Nuns funds and guns the firearms debate on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Some of Wall Street’s heaviest hitters are stepping into the national debate on guns as investment firms ask firearms makers what they are doing about gun violence.The firms speak softly, but because they own trillions of dollars’ worth of stock, their voices travel far. And they’re now joining forces with some unusual allies, including smaller and untraditional investors. In this context, the investment fund BlackRock, which owns big stakes in three different gun makers, might end up working alongside a group of nuns.Sister Judith Byron, the director and co-ordinator of the Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, says her group and BlackRock appear to have similar ideas when it comes to gun manufacturers and retailers. Following the killing of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, funds like BlackRock started asking gun manufacturers what they are doing to reduce the risks of gun violence, and asking retailers how much they make from selling guns.Byron says her group, a coalition of religious communities and health care systems, invested in firearms makers a decade ago and has been working on gun safety issues for years. In the last few months the coalition introduced resolutions pushing American Outdoor Brands, Sturm Ruger and retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods to give reports to investors about the steps they are taking to reduce gun violence.“We’re hoping we can engage these big investors and encourage them to vote for our resolutions,” she says.Some larger investors have similar views. The biggest public pension funds in the U.S., CalPERS, recently refused to sell its investments in companies that sell assault rifles. It says that by remaining an investor, it’s been able to get those companies to make positive changes.The nuns aren’t protesters, and they don’t carry props or signs to disrupt board meetings, although they sometimes work alongside groups that use those tactics. Byron says some of the shareholder meetings she’s attended have been downright pleasant, with investors and board members thanking her for asking questions.Support from investment firms was crucial to the coalition’s big success last year when, after decades of work, it backed a successful resolution that required oil giant Exxon Mobil to disclose the effects climate change is having on its business.Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, said companies are often reluctant to risk any sales in order to do the responsible thing. But it does sometimes happen, as when CVS stores stopped selling cigarettes in 2014. He said activists deserve most of the credit for getting the funds to speak out.“BlackRock didn’t wake up one morning and say, ‘We are going to take a different approach to investing, it’s the right thing to do,’” he said. “It’s a reaction to the activists.”The top priority of firms like BlackRock, State Street and mutual fund company Vanguard is to make as much money as possible for their clients. But because they own so much stock, they can wield a lot of influence: They can support new directors who want to change the direction of the company and back proposals that change the way it operates.BlackRock is a major shareholder in gun makers Sturm Ruger, American Outdoor Brands, and Vista Outdoor Brands. About a week after the shooting in Parkland, BlackRock said it wanted to speak with the three firearms makers about their responses to the tragedy. The fund said it is looking into creating new investment funds for investors that exclude firearms makers and retailers, and if many funds and investors followed suit, that would affect the price of those stocks.In a letter to BlackRock, American Outdoor Brands said it supports steps that will promote gun safety while protecting the rights of firearm owners. The company said it backs measures including improved background checks and improved support for people with mental illnesses, but said it’s opposed to “politically motivated action” that won’t improve public safety. Sturm Ruger did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In other words, there are limits to the funds’ power. They aren’t choosy investors and won’t dump the gun makers no matter what they say. That’s because their main investment strategy to invest in huge numbers of companies, including every stock listed on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.According to Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA’s director of research into funds and exchange-traded funds, that means BlackRock and Vanguard don’t have that much leverage compared to activist investors or hedge funds. Those investors can have more dramatic effects on individual companies because they can buy up the stock, run for seats on the board themselves, or threaten to sell the shares if they don’t like the company’s choices.“They can use their wallet and sell the shares or they can pressure the companies and threaten to sell the shares if actions aren’t taken,” said Rosenbluth. So far, he said those investors aren’t really getting involved in the debate.Still, there have been changes: Dick’s, Walmart, Kroger and L. L. Bean have all said they will no longer sell guns to shoppers under the age of 21. Rosenbluth said that has more to do with the ongoing national debate about gun safety and regulations than anything the investment firms have said, and he believes laws will ultimately have a larger effect.But Byron, who also wants new gun laws, says she is encouraged by the response from corporate America.“We see companies taking leadership roles in environmental and social issues, which is encouraging,” said Byron, adding that as shareholders, “they’re our companies. We own them.”last_img read more


Sudan Senior UN rights official praises agreement to end use of child

The Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which fought in the nation’s long-running north-south civil war, signed the action plan to discharge the children on Friday in the southern capital, Juba.“This commitment is a milestone in the efforts to end association of children with the SPLA,” said the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, on the eve of her departure from Sudan after a nine-day visit. “I shall continue to appeal to the SPLA leadership to spare no effort to release and prevent re-association of these children with their armed elements,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy. She also stressed that her office will collaborate with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help find much needed resources and funds to support rehabilitation and reintegration efforts of former child soldiers in the whole of Sudan.While praising the Government of National Unity for its progress over the past two years in strengthening child protection, Ms. Coomaraswamy voiced concern over the “presence of children amongst non-State armed groups including the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) factions.” In addition, she stressed that incursions into villages and abductions in southern Sudan led by the notorious Ugandan rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) remain a threat to children in the region.“I spoke to girls and boys formerly abducted by the LRA in Juba who recounted that they lived in fear of death everyday,” she said. “Children’s experiences were horrendous, and the LRA remains one of the worst offenders in the world today.”The Special Representative urged the international community to harness all its force in a bid to protect civilians, especially children in the LRA affected regions. 22 November 2009A top United Nations human rights official today welcomed a deal agreed by a former rebel group in southern Sudan to end the use of child soldiers among its ranks, while warning of the threat posed to children by various armed militia operating in the region. read more


UN envoy welcomes pharmaceutical companys release of malaria data

GlaxoSmithKline announced today its decision to freely disseminate information on more than 13,500 chemical compounds with malaria-fighting capabilities. Raymond Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, praised the move calling it a “revolutionary nexus between the corporate and humanitarian worlds” that “will undoubtedly catalyze research and development and ensure a competitive marketplace.”According to UN data, malaria kills a child every 30 seconds.In a statement released today, Mr. Chambers said GlaxoSmithKline’s decision would accelerate intervention and “directly translate into more lives saved.”Of the nearly half a billion people infected with the malaria parasite each year, about 1 million die. Nearly 90 per cent of cases are in Africa.In April 2008, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set a timetable for comprehensive malaria control in Africa by the end of 2010.“With just one year remaining until the Secretary-General’s deadline to ensure universal access to malaria control interventions, I’m extremely grateful for GlaxoSmithKline’s commitment,” Mr. Chambers said. Combating malaria is also one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the world’s leaders in 2000, for which the countdown to 2015 – when they are supposed to be achieved – is ticking. 21 January 2010The envoy leading United Nations efforts against malaria today praised one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies for its plan to open up its database to scientists in hopes of promoting research to help combat the deadly disease. read more


Python found lurking in Essex toilet may have been on the loose

first_img Laura Cowell The snake Credit: Laura Cowell Although royal pythons are in fact harmless, Mr Yardley was unwilling to cause panic amongst his neighbours by publicising the missing snake on social media.He had eventually resigned himself to losing Reggie, fearing that he could have been eaten by a fox or a cat, until he heard of the snake’s emergence in Mrs Cowell’s bathroom. He has apologised on social media to the Cowell family for the “total accident” and thanked Reggie’s rescuers for saving him from the sewers.For now, Reggie is staying at Scales and Fangs with Mr Yeldham, as a disheartened Mr Yardley had given away Reggie’s enclosure, believing he would never get his pet back.Reggie also was suffering from scale rot from bleach in the sewer system, and so Mr Yeldham said that he wants to keep the snake “until his skin problem is gone and I am sure that he is feeding alright.”Mr Yeldham has also donated a new enclosure to Mr Yardley for Reggie on his return. A snake that shocked a five-year-old boy after it was found lurking in a toilet seems to have been on the loose for more than two months.”Reggie”, the baby royal python, escaped from Tim Yardley when he moved house, and had been missing until it emerged in Laura Cowell’s bathroom when her son went to the toilet last Wednesday. The snakeCredit:Laura Cowell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “But when Mr Yardley came in he quickly proved it was his with photos on his phone – snake’s skin patterns are like fingerprints and Reggie has a very recognisable stripe on the back of his head.”The snake had been lost as the air vent of its enclosure had been dislodged during Mr Yardley’s move, he added.“During the night, the python must have found its way up the enclosure to the air vent and pulled it off, which opened a hole. From this it escaped and made its way to the toilet.” After the snake’s appearance gained attention in the news and on social media, Mr Yardley telephoned the pet shop Scales and Fangs, whose owner, Rob Yeldham, had retrieved the python from the toilet.Mr Yeldham said: “After seeing the social media activity we received a few phone calls from people claiming the snake was theirs.last_img read more


Just one day of work a week is enough to give a

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The study suggests that to get the mental well-being benefits of paid work, the most “effective dose” is only around one day a week – as anything more makes little difference.”We have effective dosage guides for everything from Vitamin C to hours of sleep in order to help us feel better, but this is the first time the question has been asked of paid work,” said study co-author Dr Brendan Burchell, a sociologist from Cambridge University who leads the Employment Dosage research project.”We know unemployment is often detrimental to people’s well-being, negatively affecting identity, status, time use, and sense of collective purpose.”We now have some idea of just how much paid work is needed to get the psychosocial benefits of employment – and it’s not that much at all.”Supporting the unemployed in a future with limited work is the subject of much policy discussion, such as universal basic income.However, researchers argue that employment should be retained across adult populations, but working weeks dramatically reduced for work to be redistributed.”In the next few decades we could see artificial intelligence, big data and robotics replace much of the paid work currently done by humans,” said Dr Daiga Kamerade, study first author from Salford University.”If there is not enough for everybody who wants to work full-time, we will have to rethink current norms.”This should include the redistribution of working hours, so everyone can get the mental health benefits of a job, even if that means we all work much shorter weeks.”Our findings are an important step in thinking what the minimum amount of paid work people might need in a future with little work to go round.”Researchers suggested creative policy options for moving into a future with limited work, including “five-day weekends”, working just two hours a day, or increasing annual holiday from weeks to months – even having two months off for every month at work.Dr Burchell added: “If the UK were to plough annual productivity gains into reduced working hours rather than pay rises, the normal working week could be four days within a decade.” Just one day of work per week is the most “effective dose” to give the mental health benefits of paid employment, research by Cambridge University suggests.A study indicated that the risk of mental health problems reduces by 30 per cent when people move from unemployment or stay-at-home parenting into paid work of eight hours or less per week.But researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Salford found no evidence that working any more than eight hours provided further boosts to well-being.Sociologists had set out to define a recommended “dosage” of work for optimal well-being and their findings are published in the journal Social Science And Medicine.They did this in the context of a rise in automation which may require shorter hours for all and a redistribution of work.The researchers used data from a panel survey to examine how changes in working hours were linked to mental health and life satisfaction in more than 70,000 UK residents between 2009 and 2018.They controlled for characteristics including age, children, longstanding illness and household income. read more


Gambian people are using the Irish Credit Union system to get themselves

first_img Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 9:15 AM By Cliodhna Russell 29,943 Views Feb 12th 2017, 9:15 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3227339 Share460 Tweet Email4 Ran by GambiansAlan Moore, the foundation’s general manager, visited The Gambia for the first time 12 years ago.He told TheJournal.ie, “What struck me was how tiny the country was – it has about a third of the population of Ireland and is about the size of Munster.Even though they live in extreme poverty, the Gambians are very friendly and happy people. Also, when I visited any credit union, it was very clear to me that they owned the credit union and no-one else – like our Irish credit unions, which are owned by their members. THERE ARE MORE than 70 credit unions in The Gambia, a small West African country that is one of the poorest nations in the world.Over the past 25 years, the Irish League of Credit Unions’ International Development Foundation (ILCU Foundation) has supported the development of these branches.The Gambia, which is rated 175 out of 188 on the Human Development Index, now has around 70,000 Credit Union members and total savings of €16 million.Alpha Jallow is one of those who used the credit-union membership to access both loans and savings which allowed him to empower himself financially.The 27-year-old left school ten years ago and travelled to the US to find a job after having no success in securing one at home in The Gambia.However, after two unsuccessful attempts to secure an American Visa, Jallow was introduced to the credit union by his sister in 2010.He took a loan of GMD 2,500 (€51) from Kombo East Youth Development Association Cooperative Credit Union (KEYDA), to help to set up a hair salon business.The business grew and he repaid his sister and began to make regular savings in the credit union. In 2012 he took out a number of loans to expand the business.Alpha continued to save regularly and in 2016 he opened a second business, a fashion shop, all with the financial support from KEYDA Credit Union. Jallow said:I don’t travel to Europe or US now to look for employment, I am self-employed and am happy and proud of my businesses, thanks to my sister and credit union I am now empowered financially. He said that the credit-union membership supports up to 700,000 people and as the average Gambian household has up to 10 people in it – that’s close to 50% of the population.The Credit Unions run in Gambia the same way they do in Ireland, Moore said, “It is very much the Irish model there … what you would see in your own local credit union.Credit Unions are fully owned and operated by Gambians, and this has always been the case. We have provided training and some financial assistance, and continue to do so, but today at a more strategic level.“We also have an annual coaching programme where Irish credit union senior staff travel to The Gambia to volunteer their technical expertise.“Unfortunately, due to the circumstances in Gambia this year, this programme has been postponed until later in the year. It is important to remember that the relationship we have with any of the projects we support is a “hand-up” rather than a “hand-out”.”Looking to the future Moore described how over the past 20 years, the number of people who have access to savings and loans has skyrocketed, which has helped bring them out of poverty using same model we have been using for the past 50 years in Ireland.Looking ahead, Moore explained that the current emphasis is on rural areas, which are still underdeveloped.“Financial literacy programmes, group lending with a strong focus on the participation of women, and agricultural lending are key areas for continued development.“The foundation is also exploring how the use of new mobile technology can enable rural development by bringing financial services to remote areas which, up to now, have struggled due to lack of roads and physical infrastructure.”Read: Exiled Gambian leader ‘stole millions’ from country in his final weeks of power> Gambian people are using the Irish Credit Union system to get themselves out of poverty ‘I didn’t have to go to the US for a job, I’m now self-employed thanks to the Credit Union’.last_img read more


Varoufakis advises Turnbull on debt

first_imgYanis Varoufakis, Greece’s much maligned/celebrated/misunderstood/visionary former finance minister (delete as appropriate), offered his thoughts on the priorities for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week, as the Coalition embarks on its leadership of Australia’s 45th parliament.Speaking to the ABC, the globe-trotting Varoufakis, who spent the 1990s teaching economics at the University of Sydney, said Mr Turnbull needed to “overcome the fixation with public debt [and] concentrate on the real issue: private debt that has gone beyond the pale”.The ex-SYRIZA minister said private debt was “maintaining a bubble and the deception and the illusion of ‘the lucky country’”.Mr Varoufakis urged Mr Turnbull to “concentrate on how to start making things again, instead of shuffling things around while private debt is exploding”.Turning his attention to Australia’s immigration policy, Varoufakis said that the new Coalition government had a duty to review and reform its asylum seekers policy.“Australia in the 1990s led the world into misanthropy regarding refugees. The ‘Australian solution’ has now been transplanted to my neck of the woods in Europe,” he said. “Maybe Australia could start a renaissance in this realm by altering its attitude to refugees. I’m hoping the tail will wag the dog once more, but this time in a beneficial manner.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Hadopi la CNIL dénonce un manquement en matière de sécurité

first_imgHadopi : la CNIL dénonce un manquement en matière de sécuritéTMG, le prestataire technique chargé de la collecte des adresses IP des internautes téléchargeant illégalement a reçu une mise en demeure de la part de la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL). Elle dénonce notamment l’insuffisance des mesures en matière de sécurité.Décidément, la CNIL et l’Hadopi ne cessent de se faire face. Cette fois, c’est TMG, le prestataire chargé de collecter les adresses IP des internautes procédant à du téléchargement illégal qui est la cible de la Commission, explique L’Expansion. La CNIL donne en effet trois mois à cette société, ainsi qu’aux ayants-droit, pour sécuriser leur système de surveillance des pirates. Elle leur a adressé une mise en demeure le 16 juin, à la suite d’un audit mené après qu’un blogueur a révélé en mai une faille de sécurité sur certains serveurs de TMG.À lire aussiThe Pirate Bay : le cofondateur incarcéré en SuèdeL’audit en question a en outre permis de constater des négligences quant à la durée de conservation de certaines données à caractère personnel. De leur côté, Hadopi comme les ayants-droits n’avaient jamais mené d’audit.Alors que les premiers téléchargeurs viennent tout juste d’être convoqués, Hadopi a par ailleurs demandé aux producteurs de musique à travers un communiqué de “se concentrer sur la partie qui leur incombe, à savoir le développement encore plus rapide d’offres légales complètes, financièrement raisonnables et répondant aux attentes des utilisateurs”, dénonçant ainsi leurs efforts sur la création de logiciels de filtrage plutôt que sur celle d’une offre légale susceptible de convaincre les consommateurs.Le 7 juillet 2011 à 19:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Deschamps admits they could do better

first_imgFrance international team’s coach Didier Deschamps admitted the squad could, in fact, do better after they won the controversial clash with Australia with a result of 2-1.The European team were the first team to make use of the video assistant referee technology and were awarded a penalty, which caused debates. Eventually, it was converted by Antoine Griezmann.“It was not easy, but winning the first match is very important,” Deschamps told SkySports.“It was complicated today with a team who gave us a hard time.”Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“It’s hard to explain everything. We missed a change of pace, a little juice.”“At the end of the match, we had a few more opportunities. It’s hard for everyone, apart from the first match of the Russians against Saudi Arabia (a 5-0 win),” Deschamps went on to add.“We did the job. But we can do better, do a lot better.”France will be facing Peru next Thursday in the next game of the group.last_img read more


Watford legend tips Abdoulaye Doucoure to leave for PSG

first_imgTommy Smith expects Abdoulaye Doucoure to leave Watford for a big money move to Paris Saint-GermainThe French midfielder has thrived at Vicarage Road following his arrival in 2016 from Ligue 1 side Rennes, which has led to reports of interest from bigger clubs.Liverpool and Everton have both been linked with Doucoure recently, but Smith believes PSG are the favourites to make a £50m bid in this month’s transfer window.“He’ll be a huge loss if he does leave and ultimately he probably will do,” Smith told Love Sport Radio.“When you’re talking about clubs the size of PSG, Champions League football and titles, for any player that’s going to be attractive.“When you’re talking £50m for a player, for a club like Watford that’s enormous. I think if that is the kind of interest, it will only be a matter of time.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The former winger compared Doucoure to fellow French midfielder and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who now coaches OGC Nice in Ligue 1.“I’ve seen him play a number of times and he’s an exciting talent who can score goals as well,” added Smith.“He’s a Vieira-esque midfielder who gets up and down and gets in both boxes.“He’s quite physical and he’s good on the ball as well so I’m not surprised by the interest.”Doucoure didn’t feature in Watford’s 2-0 FA Cup win over National League side Woking on Sunday.last_img read more


DMV opens several offices on Saturday to alleviate long lines

first_imgDMV opens several offices on Saturday to alleviate long lines June 16, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Department of Motor Vehicles took a big step Saturday to help alleviate the long wait times being experienced all across San Diego.The San Marcos, Poway and Chula Vista DMV locations opened for limited Saturday hours. They will also be open next Saturday, June 23.The wait times are still averaging 4-5 hours according to the DMV.In July, the offices will transition to the first and third Saturday of every month. The offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Behind-the-wheel exams will not be available on Saturdays.Appointments are recommended but not required for Saturday service.To schedule a Saturday appointment just go to the DMV website, or call 1-800-777-0133 John Soderman, John Soderman last_img read more


Secret cable shows Saudi Arabia had ominous information on Sri Lanka church

first_img Close TwitterA leaked diplomatic cable shows that Saudi Arabia had an alarmingly accurate bit of information on the dastardly bombings of Sri Lankan Christian churches and high-end hotels on Easter Sunday.The cable, leaked in a Lebanese newspaper earlier this month, establishes that Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf sent clear warnings to his mission in Sri Lanka before the bombings.The cable, which was addressed to the Saudi Ambassador in Sri Lanka, was marked ‘urgent, confidential and top secret’, Lebanese Al-Ahed News revealed.The article in the website is headlined – Saudi Arabia Has, ‘Literally’, Sri Lankan Blood on Its Hands!The crux of the cable is this: “You should inform all those related to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia including counselors, security forces and intelligence during the three coming days, especially on the Christian Easter Day, to avoid presence in public and crowded places namely churches.”The cable was sent to the ambassador some five days prior to the Church bombings that killed more than 250 people, just showing that Riyadh had close information about the impending attacks, that too ominously close to the day of the attack.The foreign minister also instructs the envoy to “delete all documents, computer data and latest correspondence.”The Saudi Arabian government hasn’t denied the existence of this cable of its contents so far.Here’s the full content of the cable:His Excellency Ambassador Abdul Nasser bin Hussein al-HarethiYou should carry out the following measures immediately:First: You should delete all documents, computer data and latest correspondence with domestic and foreign members and groups, in addition to imposing a curfew for the embassy personnel unless it is necessary Second: You should inform all those related to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia including counselors, security forces and intelligence during the three coming days, especially on the Christian Easter Day, to avoid presence in public and crowded places namely churchesThird: You should send written news about the Sri Lankan authorities and their viewpoints regularly to this ministry.Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf Foreign Minister Zahran HashimFile PicThe alleged Saudi connection and the leaked diplomatic cable never made it to the international news cycle on the Sri Lanka bombings until the Times of India carried a report by Indrani Bagchi on Wednesday, May 22. The story is ‘Did Saudi Arabia have inkling about Lanka blasts?’ Bagchi is ToI’s diplomatic editor and one of the most authoritative national security analysts in the country.Why didn’t Saudi Arabia alert Sri Lankan govt?While India passed on crucial information on the attack plot hatched by the suspected Isis-affiliated National Tawheed Jamaat (NTJ) to the Sri Lankan government, Saudi Arabia hadn’t taken such a measure, as per available information, despite having such information in its possession.In the event, it remains a fact that no amount of warning helped Colombo avert the attack, displaying a spectacular collapse of the Sri Lankan state mechanism.The Saudi connection to the blast came to the fore in mid-May when Sri Lanka arrested a Saudi-educated scholar who was linked to Zahran Hashim, the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday attacks The arrested man, Mohamed Aliyar, had a close relationship with Zahran and had been operating financial transactions,” Sri Lankan police said, according to Reuters. Aliyar is the founder of the Centre for Islamic Guidance in Sri Lanka in Kattankudy, Zahran’s hometown.Zahran, who was also one of the eight suicide bombers who attacked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, was seen in a video exhorting his followers from Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to help establish Islamic rule in the region.center_img WATCH: ISIS chief Baghdadi is back, hails Sri Lanka attack in 1st video in 5 yearslast_img read more


25 injured in policeBCL clash in Chandpur

first_imgAt least 25 people were injured during a tripartite clash involving police, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and local Juba League men in Chandpur on Friday, reports UNB.According to police and locals, a team of law enforcers intercepted three motorcycles of local BCL activists, including former BCL’s district unit president Zahidul Islam Roman, in Kalibari area of the town in the afternoon for checking documents.The clash ensued following an altercation over the interception. At one stage, a policeman allegedly assaulted a BCL man and seized the three motorcycles.Learning about the seizure, the supporters of Roman and some local Juba League leaders and activists rushed in and tried to block the road.As policemen chased them to disperse the gathering, the BCL and Juba League leaders and activists threw brick chips at policemen.At one stage, policemen charged baton on them and fired 20 rounds of bullets in the blank to bring the situation under control.At least 20-25 people, including policemen, BCL activists and pedestrians, were injured in the clash.Of the injured, 18 people were given first aid at Chandpur General Hospital.last_img read more


Harris County Commissioner Gene Locke To Seek Democratic Nomination For Precinct One

first_img Share Courtesy of the County Commissioner’s office.Gene LockeHarris County Commissioner Gene Locke will seek the Democratic nomination for Precinct One this November.Locke, a partner at the Andrews Kurth law firm, was appointed earlier this year to fill former Commissioner El Franco Lee’s unexpired term through December 31, 2016. Lee, the first African-American ever elected to the Harris County Commissioners Court, died on January 3, 2016 at the age of 66. He served as commissioner of Precinct 1, which includes much of the inner city and south Houston, for over 30 years. He was running unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the March primary.When Locke was appointed as Lee’s interim replacement, he said that he did not intend to run for Precinct 1 commissioner in November.However, Locke issued a statement Monday, saying many community leaders and residents in Precinct One have urged him to run for the seat and he believes his personal and professional experience, and his deep roots in the precinct make him the best person for the position.See Commissioner Locke’s Precinct One announcement below:After much thoughtful consideration and prayer, I have decided to seek the Democratic nomination for a full term as Harris County Precinct One Commissioner. I am now calling each precinct chair to explain how I reached my decision and to ask for their support.On January 3, 2016, the people of Harris County lost a beloved public servant. Commissioner El Franco Lee faithfully served the residents of Precinct One for more than 30 years. He was a close personal friend and we worked on many projects together.With a heavy heart and a sense of great responsibility, I was honored to be chosen in late January to serve the remainder of Commissioner Lee’s term. Since that time, I have worked to continue Commissioner Lee’s legacy of service by maintaining his various programs, plus launching new projects to serve our citizens.As I have traveled Precinct One, I have had the opportunity to meet with many residents and discuss their concerns, and to see firsthand the challenges they face. Many residents and community leaders have urged me to continue Commissioner Lee’s legacy of service and seek the nomination of the Democratic Party for County Commissioner, Precinct One.I believe my personal and professional experience, deep roots in Precinct One, and thorough understanding of how County government works make me the person best suited to honor Commissioner Lee’s work and get the job done for Precinct One residents.Commissioner Gene L. LockeHarris County Precinct One Commissionerlast_img read more


Quadcore Snapdragon S4 is firing up for laptop wars

first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Google is moving toward social; Facebook is moving to search; and now the chip kings are doing a similar dance into different territory. Intel is muscling in on smartphones and Qualcomm wants a big bite out of the laptop market. The news is that Qualcomm intends to place its quad-core Snapdragon S4 chips for Windows 8 laptops on the market later this year. Expectations are that, as Windows 8 launches in October, the Qualcomm chip laptops will be on board by the year’s end. News of the Qualcomm plan to make a dent in the laptop market was presented in PC World’s exchange with Qualcomm senior vice president, Rob Chandhok. Citation: Quad-core Snapdragon S4 is firing up for laptop wars (2012, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-quad-core-snapdragon-s4-laptop-wars.html Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset heads for tablets, TVs © 2012 PhysOrg.com In pacing this PC market push, Qualcomm already started shipping prototype Snapdragon-based Windows 8 machines to developers. The program combines a pre-release version of Windows on ARM with Snapdragon S4 test PCs. Qualcomm has become part of Microsoft’s Windows on ARM developer seeding program. The two companies are working on putting test PCs, SoC-loaded computers, in the hands of select developers, in an invitation-only program. The developers can test and optimize applications for Snapdragon-powered Windows on ARM PCs. Qualcomm’s Windows move will serve its intention to bite into Intel market share in the PC and tablet category. The Qualcomm selling point is that the Snapdragon S4 chip, with its 28nm architecture, will pave the way for vendors to issue skinny, light, powerful, yet power-efficient, laptops, head to head with Intel “ultrabooks.”Chandhok is also playing on the advantages of Snapdragon-based Windows 8 machines as very light. He seemed to be suggesting they will be surprisingly light. “We think much lighter than what Intel calls an ultrabook,” Chandhok said in the report. He noted that having a powerful Snapdragon chip with four CPU cores and multiple graphics cores will really enhance Windows 8 devices for applications such as games. Those outside Qualcomm are prepared to wait and see to what extent Snapdragon on Windows 8 will boost the company’s standing in ultrabook PCs, especially as to if and how Snapdragon S4 chips for Windows 8 laptops will outperform competing products with Intel on board.Until now, Qualcomm has been known as a manufacturer of chips for smartphones and tablets. They will be going up against competition not only from Intel but also from Nvidia and Texas Instruments. As several observers note, consumers can expect to have interesting choices in ultra-thin laptops as a result. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


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