OTTAWA – About half of the asylum claims heard so far from those who’ve crossed the Canada-U.S.. border since July have been rejected, the Immigration and Refugee Board said Tuesday.But the actual number of cases the board has heard since then is a mere fraction of the 8,000 or so claims that have been filed to date.Shereen Benzvy Miller, the head of the IRB’s refugee protection division, told a House of Commons immigration committee hearing that 240 have already been finalized, and a further 373 had been scheduled as of earlier this week, with the rate of rejection around 50 per cent.That’s in line with the historical acceptance rate for claims by Haitian nationals in past years; the vast majority of the asylum seekers who have arrived in Quebec in particular since the summer are Haitian.In August, the board set up a dedicated team of 17 members to hear asylum claims solely from the border crossers. The fate of those who crossed before July remains unclear, as those claims were just part of the board’s general caseload and aren’t specifically tracked.The dedicated team is aiming to hear about 1,500 cases between now and the end of November. After that, claims from the border crossers will go back to being part of the regular workflow.It’s a case load that has overwhelmed the board, Miller told the committee Tuesday.The board is funded to hear at most 24,000 cases a year and at present, is anticipating more than 40,000 to be filed in all of 2017.There are currently 40,000 cases in the backlog as well, she said. Wait times for a hearing are currently about 16 months with nowhere to go but up, she added.“The math is clear — unless you put more resources to this problem, then it takes longer time to schedule so there will be longer wait times.”The reason so many people have chosen to cross illegally into Canada in order to claim asylum is the Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S., which prohibits people from making asylum claims at land border entry points, though there are some exceptions.Critics of the deal say current immigration policy in the U.S. makes that country anything but safe for asylum seekers, but immigration officials insisted Tuesday they believe the U.S. asylum system is still functioning.A policy review carried out on the agreement indicated that the asylum system in the U.S. had not changed as of January, said Andre Baril, the director of asylum policy for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.Still, a legal analysis of the deal is also being done, and two international experts have been drafted to do another to “confirm the conditions that existed continue to be met,” he told the committee.Both the NDP and Conservatives have called for the Liberal government to either suspend or amend the deal. The NDP say suspension, which would allow asylum claimants to just enter at regular ports of entry, is the humane choice. The Conservatives say the deal should apply across the entire border so claims can’t only be lodged at land entry points.A report on focus groups held by the department earlier this year on immigration policy describes two predominant positions on the deal. One group couldn’t understand why illegal border-crossers are allowed to stay, while those who show up at designated points of entry are turned away.“For these participants, the agreement is counterintuitive and the logic of the agreement should be either reversed or more complete so that those who cross ‘illegally’ are also turned back.”While no one in the focus groups proposed suspending the deal, some participants agreed it made some sense when the idea was put forward as a hypothesis.“There was a sense that these refugee claims are justified and by having more, even if not all, claimants present at designated ports of entry, Canada is at least establishing more control over who crosses our border.”
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Conservative Party of Canada is adding police checks to its candidate vetting policiesThe party hired lawyer Carol Nielsen more than a year ago to probe how Rick Dykstra was allowed to continue on as a candidate in the 2015 election after the party learned he was accused of assaulting a woman who worked for another MP.Dykstra denies doing anything wrong and lost his Ontario seat in the election before the allegations were made public.Nielsen’s report says party officials failed to make the necessary inquiries about the allegations, a failure she blames on the lack of any actual protocol for handling such complaints.The party relied on Dykstra’s word that the police had investigated and decided not to lay charges and Nielsen says one of the failures was that party officials never bothered to check with the police themselves.Police have said they dropped the investigation because the complainant did not want to proceed.
APTN National NewsThe Metis Nation is mourning the passing of one of its leaders.Philip Chartier died on Aug. 29 from cancer.APTN National News reporter Priscilla Wolf has this story.
AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde called RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki “to ensure the RCMP is operating in good faith and to remind the RCMP they are there to serve and protect, not incarcerate.”Justin BrakeAPTN NewsHereditary Wet’suwet’en leaders turned to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) last week amid an ongoing threat of RCMP retaliation to the continued defence of unceded Wet’suwet’en territories by members of the Unist’ot’en House group.APTN News has learned that on Jan. 10, as hereditary chiefs were brokering a deal with RCMP over the enforcement of a B.C. Supreme Court injunction granted to a private pipeline company against Indigenous land defenders, AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde called RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki “to ensure the RCMP is operating in good faith and to remind the RCMP they are there to serve and protect, not incarcerate,” a briefing note share with APTN by the AFN said.The AFN note confirms Na’Moks, a hereditary chief of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, requested Bellegarde intervene on the matter days after armed officers of the RMCP’s tactical and paramilitary units raided an access point and camp belonging to the Gidimt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en.Gidimt’en members and supporters were defending their territory from Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp.—now going by the name TC Energy—which was granted an injunction in late November to deal with Indigenous people defending their lands.Bellegarde asked Lucki “for assurance…that talks will continue [with Wet’suwet’en leadership] and peace will be maintained,” the note says.“The Commissioner said that as long as all sides are talking there will be no action,” it continues, adding Lucki stated the “RCMP has to take action if there are Criminal Code offenses but that is the only situation in which they will act.”On Jan. 7 the RCMP arrested 14 individuals during their raid of the Gidimt’en access point along a remote service road about an hour outside the town of Houston, B.C.The event garnered international media attention and brought the Wet’suwet’en struggle for jurisdiction and sovereignty to the fore.In an unusual move prior to enforcing the injunction the RCMP released a statement interpreting the 1997 Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) Delgamuukw decision, which affirmed the Wet’suwet’en have never ceded their 22,000 square kilometres of lands.But the RCMP’s take on the landmark case stated that, because the Supreme Court ordered a new trial, and since that trial hasn’t happened, “Aboriginal title to this land, and which nation holds it, has not been determined.”After public backlash for what many perceived as an attempted justification for the RCMP’s forthcoming actions, the force retracted the statement.On Jan. 9, two days after the raid, Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and the RCMP reached a tentative agreement to let pipeline workers through the Unist’ot’en access point, which has kept industry out of the territory for almost a decade.The following day an agreement was reached that will see the Unist’ot’en control the access point while allowing pipeline workers and police through.That agreement also includes the establishment of a temporary RCMP “detachment” and a police presence to ensure the safety of Unist’ot’en House members who say they’ve faced threats of violence from locals in recent years.Members of the RCMP tactical and paramilitary units raid a peaceful camp on territory belonging to the Gidimt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation on Jan. 7, 2019. Photo: Michael Toledano.A statement from RCMP media relations Tuesday said Lucki and Bellegarde “have spoken on this matter and are in frequent contact on a wide range of issues.“The RCMP supports continued efforts for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.”Na’Moks told APTN Monday that he appreciates Bellegarde’s support in the matter.Bellegarde and the AFN serve as an advocacy group for First Nation bands, chiefs and councils established by Canada under the Indian Act.But in a Jan. 8 statement he called the RCMP’s “use of force against people people” at the Gidimt’en camp “a violation of human rights and First Nations’ rights.“Building consensus under duress will make the resolution of the situation in Northern British Columbia very difficult,” he said. “Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in meaningful and productive dialogue.”On Monday Bellegarde raised the issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several cabinet ministers at a meeting in Ottawa.He told Trudeau the RCMP’s actions were “not respectful of our laws, of our people’s rights,” and that “First Nations law was vetoed by Canada’s domestic laws in the assumed Crown sovereignty over our lands and territories.”Na’Moks said he’s glad Bellegarde raised the matter with Trudeau, “because the more people realize that we were the peacekeepers in this, and that we were actually invaded — I think the public needs to know that.”On Monday RCMP held a press conference in Surrey, B.C. to brief media on the situation.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Eric Stubbs said the RCMP would conduct a standard review of their operation, which will include reviewing video footage of the arrests, but that as of Monday they “have not yet identified any issues regarding police officer conduct.”Stubbs also referred to the territory Wet’suwet’en were defending as “traditional” and did not use the term Unist’ot’en, Gidimt’en and others refer to as “unceded”.The issue of title and jurisdiction has been front and centre of the conflict.Na’Moks said he wants it to be known that Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have not struck a deal with CGL, only with the RCMP.Stubbs thanks the hereditary chiefs during Monday’s press conference.“It’s clear to me [that] the level of trust between the RCMP and the Hereditary Chiefs now in place will continue to play a direct and positive role going forward.”Responding to the comment Na’Moks said that “at this point in time we don’t have trust” with the RCMP, and that “that trust has to be built.”He said the Wet’suwet’en chiefs only made the agreement “for the safety of our people” against the threat of further action from the RCMP, and that they are “still adamantly opposed” to the pipeline.In a statement released Friday, the same day RCMP and hereditary leaders brokered the deal, CGL President Rick Gateman said that a “positive solution enabling us to peacefully cross the bridge and public access road, allowing work to progress, has been achieved.”He reiterated the company’s agreements with the elected chiefs and councils of the Wet’suwet’en Nation to build the pipeline through the territory.“I credit this achievement to a commitment to respectful and meaningful dialogue demonstrated by all parties involved in our discussions with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and RCMP.”Since the RCMP’s enforcement of the injunction solidarity rallies and demonstrations have continued across the country.On Wednesday Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders will be joined by Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in leading a rally and march outside the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre in Smithers.Phillip has called the situation a “crisis” and demanded intervention by the provincial and federal firstname.lastname@example.org@JustinBrakeNews
Fernando, who is charged with overstaying, was remanded when he appeared before magistrate Pusey this week. She ordered him remanded until a trial that’s set to start on October 27. He’s being tried for failing to leave the island following his arrest for overstaying his 2012 visit.However, his lawyer, Christopher Dunkley, says the magistrate did not make an order for the return of his client’s passport, which was with the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency. The Jamaican Supreme Court has restored the bail of a Sri Lankan man and criticised senior magistrate Judith Pusey for revoking it, jamaica-gleaner.com reported.In her decision, Justice Georgiana Fraser, said Pusey had no ‘good reason’ to revoke the bail of 58-year-old accountant Godffrey Fernando. He says the passport was needed because he would have to apply for a visa to go to Europe and then to Sri Lanka.The lawyer said the man came to Jamaica to attend his son’s graduation from the University of the West Indies.It is understood he was given 90 days after landing in October 2012 and a subsequent extension that ran up to November 2013. However, he never left Jamaica.
TORONTO — Postmedia Network Inc. invested in a company that runs a lifestyle website for “modern cannabis enthusiasts” in an effort to help the media company be at the forefront of cannabis content and solutions in Canada, the media conglomerate said Tuesday.The company, which owns the National Post among other newspapers and digital publications, says it made a strategic investment in Prohbtd. Financial terms were not disclosed.“Our goal is to help close the gap for clients making sure that they are not only reaching the right audience but that their content is premium, relevant and dynamic,” said Andrew MacLeod, Postmedia’s president and chief operating officer, in a statement.Fresh or dried bud, plants and seeds became legal in Canada for recreational use in mid-October.In addition to the lifestyle website, Prohbtd offers cannabis companies services including original content, digital storytelling and premium marketing opportunities to help them reach and educate consumers about their products.Postmedia will exclusively partner with the California-based company to showcase Prohbtd’s videos on The GrowthOp, its cannabis editorial brand, as well as other channels. Advertisers can then position their ads around these videos, Postmedia said.The two companies will work together to help cannabis companies shape their brand messaging through video and marketing initiatives.Postmedia, like many other traditional print publications, has struggled with declining advertising revenue following the advent of the internet and against behemoths like Google and Facebook.The company reported a $22.8-million net loss in its most recent quarter.Postmedia announced multiple rounds of layoffs and cost-reductions in recent memory as it works to build a new digital business.Companies in this story: (TSX:PNC.A, PNC.B)
MONTREAL – Ontario transportation agency Metrolinx says it has been in discussions with an alternate light rail vehicle supplier as it continues a court battle with manufacturer Bombardier.Metrolinx, which helps co-ordinate transportation in the greater Toronto and Hamilton area, said in an Ontario court filing Thursday that talks with an unnamed supplier are designed to ensure “the urgent supply” of vehicles for the Eglinton Crosstown line in Toronto.It noted the number of potential suppliers is limited because it would have to comply with Canadian content requirements.Metrolinx submitted the lengthy legal document, including affidavits, in response to an injunction filed last month by Bombardier that aims to prevent the provincial agency from terminating its $770-million contract for 182 vehicles.It alleges that Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) has repeatedly failed to deliver a prototype vehicle on time for the scheduled 2021 opening of the $5.3-billion line, citing deficiencies in Bombardier’s operations in Mexico and Thunder Bay, Ont.Metrolinx says Bombardier’s injunction effort is a tactic to force it into months of litigation that would make it impossible for another supplier to provide the vehicles in time.Bombardier responded by saying it rejects the allegations made by Metrolinx. The Montreal-based company says Metrolinx’s reasons for wishing to end the contract have nothing to do with its ability to deliver.Bombardier said in statement that it is able to deliver the vehicles on time by November 2018, well before the Eglinton Crosstown tracks are even built.It says Metrolinx has refused to inspect the pilot vehicle since October and won’t use a dispute resolution process included in the contract. Metrolinx talking to alternate rail supplier amid court battle with Bombardier by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2017 3:05 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In his address to the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture organizations (FAO) told participants that while progress against hunger continues, “it is a society – not a Government – that decides to eradicate hunger and achieve food security.”“Political commitment and leadership from governments is the first step,” declared Mr. Graziano da Silva. “However, civil society, private sector and other non-state actors also need to embrace this goal. At the global level the CFS promotes an enabling environment for this to happen.”The CFS meets annually to take stock of progress on reducing food insecurity in the world, and to map out key policy objectives over the course of the year. It reports to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).In this year’s session, two policy roundtables will tackle looming food security-related issues as highlighted in the latest report produced by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition, including food losses and waste, which currently amount to one-third of food produced worldwide, and the contribution made by fish to food security and to healthy diets. Among the more pressing matters tied to food losses, CFS participants are expected to debate the matter of improved labelling and other forms of information for producers and consumers which are considered as efficient methods in curbing waste. Meanwhile, amid a 12-fold increase in farmed fish production over the last three decades, participants will also engage in discussion over the importance of international partnerships and initiatives on oceans and fish in order to improve fish production growth, sustainability and food security and nutrition. Speaking at the Committee’s opening, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin warned that world food security was “increasingly fragile” and ever-more vulnerable in today’s volatile global environment. “An unprecedented number of shocks, stresses and ever-more complex crises now threaten food and nutrition security, repeatedly proving that without stability, the fourth dimension of food security, food systems can quickly collapse, sometimes in matter of weeks, to humanitarian crisis, setting back years of progress in hunger reduction,” stated Ms. Cousin. The CFS meeting comes on the heels of the FAO’s annual forum of the International Civil Society Mechanism (CSM), which promotes non-state actor participation in policy making.
In a Geneva briefing today, UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler said that the fighting has also forced over two hundred thousand Ukrainians to flee to Russia and other neighbouring countries.Applications for asylum by Ukrainian citizens have also risen in the European Union (EU) this year, Spindler told journalists. As of the end of October, 8,936 Ukrainians had asked for international protection in the EU, a tenfold increase from the 885 asylum applications for the whole of 2013. The EU country receiving the largest number of Ukrainian asylum seekers so far this year was Poland (1,826) followed by Germany (1,622), France (1,076) and Sweden (840).“The number of Ukrainians fleeing abroad could be considerable higher than the number of asylum seekers, however, as many Ukrainians prefer to apply for other forms of legal stay such as temporary or permanent residence permits in other countries,” Mr. Spindler said.So far this year, more than 317,000 Ukrainians have applied for such permits in Russia (222,000), Belarus (60,000), Poland (23,000) and other neighbouring countries.In Ukraine, most internally displaced people (IDP) remain in regions close to the conflict, including the eastern city of Kharkiv and government-controlled territories in Donetsk and Luhansk as well as in the Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk regions. Most internally displaced persons (IDPs) are children (27 per cent), elderly or disabled people (21 per cent) and women (65 per cent of the adult displaced population).Meanwhile, Mr. Spindler noted that the Ukraine government last month adopted a resolution which provides for the transfer of state-run institutions and social payments from the regions not currently under government control to government-controlled areas.“UNHCR is concerned that this provision will have unintended negative effects such as increasing internal displacement, as people are forced to move from areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government in order to receive their pensions and social benefits, while causing serious hardship to those unable or unwilling to leave their homes,” he said.“Although UNHCR has no first-hand information about conditions in areas not under government control, there are strong indications that the civilian population in these areas is facing considerable hardship. We are seriously concerned about a deepening humanitarian crisis in these areas,” he added.With the onset of winter, UNHCR continues to work to improve the conditions of some of the most vulnerable displaced people, he said. The Agency is extending its one-time cash assistance programmes for vulnerable IDP families to 11 other regions.Since needs are greatest near the conflict areas, UNHCR and its partner, People in Need, are planning to repair and make ready for the winter a further 12 collective centres in the northern Donetsk and Kharkiv regions. This brings the total number of premises under different stages of refurbishment to 47. In Russia, UNHCR undertook monitoring missions in late October to Vladivostok and Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East, and to Irkutsk in eastern Siberia, to observe how Ukrainians were being integrated in these areas.The majority of the refugees and people with temporary asylum status stay mostly in Temporary Accommodation Centres (TACs) which have been set up in the dormitories of colleges and universities, children’s holiday camps and sanatoria.“While the TACs that the UNHCR teams visited were well equipped for winter conditions and had adequate schooling and medical facilities, UNHCR has received information that reception conditions for other refugees are less satisfactory. Ukrainian refugees also report restrictions to moving to other cities,” Spindler said.
The libraries of today are no longer places to only access texts from the past.Alongside a wide variety of digital and print resources, Brock’s James A. Gibson Library is also home to a wealth of state-of-the-art technology.Brand new 3D-printing options, Snowball microphones and GoPro cameras are just some of the advanced tools in Brock’s Makerspace that are playing a key role in enhancing the University’s experiential education efforts.Last year, the University received provincial funding through the Career Ready Fund, which was offered to all Ontario universities for the purpose of expanding experiential learning and career-readiness initiatives. Along with expanding initiatives into new, first-year and international courses, Brock also added digital technology to reduce barriers to innovative teaching and learning.Tabitha Lewis, Brock’s Makerspace Co-ordinator said the new tools have allowed faculty members to enhance their courses in ways that would have once been much more complicated.“We’ve been able to run a variety of seminars for classes that have a use for the technology found in the Makerspace,” she said. “The seminars often lead to instructors choosing to borrow the equipment for longer periods of time to run in-class exercises of their own, and we are happy to help make that happen.”This term, Political Science students have participated in seminars that have taught them how to make their own podcasts, while Classics students have engaged in 3D modelling exercises to better understand the artifacts they are studying. For Associate Professor of Classics Carrie Murray, the experiential opportunities available in the Makerspace create new horizons for students in the Introduction to Archaeology course (CLAS 2P32).“The 3D printing of real archaeological artifacts brings a new dimension of experiential learning to our Art and Archaeology courses in the Classics Department,” she said. “Students are researching artifacts from major international museums that have been 3D scanned and made available online. We will be printing one or more of the artifact replicas that the students propose in order to increase the experiential education opportunities in other Classics courses.” Associate Director of Experiential Education Sandy Howe said the additional funding and new hardware it has provided has allowed Brock to continue to set the standard for experiential learning opportunities at Ontario universities.“The funding has allowed us to invest in an area of student growth that is critical to future employment, while also exploring new ways of teaching and learning,” she said. “The technology allows for more innovative experiences in academic courses, where students not only learn the skills required to use the technology, but they also have the opportunity to prepare for their next steps.”Alongside Political Science and Classics courses, students and faculty in ESL Services, Modern Languages and Education have also explored the new resources.With countless other potential uses, Lewis hopes people from every area of the University will take advantage of the available technology.“We want as many people as possible to come in and learn how to use the tools,” she said. “We are ready to work with programs in any Faculty, and we can’t wait to see what creative projects our technology is used for next.”Faculty members interested in learning more about the Makerspace or other experiential learning opportunities can: review the Faculty Guidebook on the Experiential Education web page, contact the experiential education co-ordinator connected to their Faculty/department, or contact the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation’s new Curriculum Specialist, Jennifer Kopczinski, whose position was also funded by the Career Ready Fund, or Faculty Associate for Experiential Education, Madelyn Law
LASE has provided 15 LaseBVC conveyor belt measuring systems to Vale’s S11D Complex in northern Brazil. In this huge plant the material volume, which is being transported on conveyors, needs to be determined by specific measurement applications from LASE. In the Brazilian municipality Canaã dos Carajas (Federal State of Para) Vale opened the world’s largest iron ore mining project in history, last December. After starting with the commercial operation in January, LASE has already begun with the rollout of the application LaseBVC (Bulk Volume Conveyor) and delivered 14 volume measurement system for conveyors in the so called S11D Eliezer Batista Complex. Together with LASE’s longstanding Brazilian partner company C+ Tecnologia the laser-based bulk material measurement systems will be fully commissioned for Vale. “This prestigious project sets a new standard in the mining industry where advanced technology meets high productivity,” LASE reports.In order to measure the height of iron ore on conveyors as well as its volume, one laser scanner is mounted above each conveyor belt. The scan direction of the laser systems runs across the transfer direction of the conveyed material and generates 2D profiles. These are compared to so called zero-profiles, which have been stored during the initial commissioning of a conveyor belt. By knowing the individual difference and the belt speed, the exact volume can be determined. Additionally, if the bulk density is known, the mass flow can be calculated, too.By the use of high-resolution laser scanners with a scan ratio of up to 100 scans/sec the material can be recorded even at high transportation speeds. “Special algorithms within the LaseBVC software application for the adjustment and calibration ensure high measurement accuracy. The system can be operated intuitively due to an user-oriented dialogue control and configuration wizards for a simple commissioning. For integration in production plants these common interfaces are already integrated: Ethernet TCP/IP, Profibus DP, Analog 0…20 mA and Serial RS 422. Because of its robust design the application LaseBVC allows a reliable operation even at raw environmental conditions.”
The Windows Phone 7 jailbreak experience hasn’t been a smooth ride thus far. Early on, the ChevronWP7 team — Chris Walsh, Rafael Rivera, and Long Zheng — delivered a simple Windows-based tool for unlocking phones in much the same way iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can with Snowbreeze or ultrasn0w. Then things took a turn, with Microsoft approaching the trio and the two sides deciding to take the ChevronWP7 download offline. No worries, said Microsoft — some sort of official support for homebrew development would be released in the near future.Now, with excitement building and the Mango update being made available to developers very soon, Microsoft and the ChevronWP7 team are back at it. Over on the team’s official blog, they’ve announced the creation of ChevronWP7 Labs where a new jailbreak tool will soon be made available. The new release will still allow users who want to tinker with their devices or dabble with WP7 development to get started at a fraction of the cost of signing up for Microsoft’s App Hub, but this time around it’s going to be officially sanctioned by Microsoft. Apart from the fact that payments will only be accepted via PayPal, details are scant.AdChoices广告While it might have been a surprise to see a company like Microsoft supporting a development like this in years past, getting cozy with developers and the enthusiast community is becoming more and more common. HP followed up its server donation to the webOS Internals crew with a shipment of pre-launch TouchPads, Samsung shipped several top-end phones to ROM cookers, and Android bootloaders are getting unlocked left and right. What next, Apple sending prototypes to the Dev-Team?More at ChevronWP7
Today, users have been receiving notifications from the Google Play store that the Nexus 4 will now be in stock starting at 12pm PST. However, in line with the device’s rocky launch and early life, it’s only in stock in the US — not exactly appeasing the rest of the world that has been patiently awaiting their new phone.Google’s new phone sports a rocky history regarding its initial life cycle. Google’s big New York City event planned to announce the Nexus 4 was canceled by a literal natural disaster, Hurricane Sandy, and Google had to settle for a much less exciting blog post instead. Then the smartphone launched on November 13, and has been hit with limited availability ever since. Customers have been reporting that their phone is still on backorder, and though the release was two weeks ago.At launch, the Nexus 4 was not supported by the Android Open Source Project, which is what helps make the platform so open and so starkly different from Apple’s operating system. The phone also didn’t launch with 4G LTE connectivity. Then, during the drought, the device appeared on eBay for a ridiculous $1900 — essentially a price you can’t pay without massive regret, a notion that was shown when the auction didn’t receive a bid. If that wasn’t enough, customers who ordered and were eagerly awaiting the Nexus 4 were met with emails from Google stating their shipment would be delayed up to three weeks.So, if you’ve been clamoring for the new Nexus 4, hop on the Google Play store as soon as you can, and keep your finger on the refresh button. Just like with the initial launch, Google has not disclosed how many units will be made available. If you’re not in the US, be patient, as Google wants to sell your their product as much as you want to buy it.via Daniel CharltonRead more: The Nexus 4 has LTE after all
Jupp Heynckes hailed the performance of his Bayern Munich side following their 6-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on SaturdayFive first-half goals from Robert Lewandowski (twice), James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller and Frank Ribery gave the Bundesliga leaders a 5-0 lead into the break.Three minutes from the final whistle, Lewandowski added another to seal a hat-trick at the Allianz Arena with Heynckes delighted with the response his players showed after the international.“It’s always difficult to recover your rhythm after an international break, but we did a very good job. Our plan was to win the game because we had to lay down another marker. The team turned in an outstanding display over 90 minutes, they turned in a gala display in the first 45 minutes. We made the most of our tactical and technical dominance.” said Heynckes, according to the club website.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Muller was also very pleased with the dominant display and believes Dortmund paid the price for a sloppy display, while revealing that Bayern had actually eased off in the second-half.“We got off to a good start. Dortmund pressed a bit but they weren’t 100 percent consistent. We had space and exploited it well from the start. If you concede one or two at the Allianz Arena you might be in for a thrashing. We eased off a bit in the second half.” said Muller.The win puts Bayern one step closer to winning the Bundesliga for a sixth consecutive season with Heynckes’ men leading the standings by 17 points from nearest challengers Schalke 04.
Former Croatia goalkeeper Joey Didulica lauded the side for their stunning World Cup semi-final win over England on WednesdayThe Vatreni fell a goal behind early on due to Kieran Trippier’s 20-yard free-kick, before midfielder Ivan Perisic cancelled it out to take the match into extra-time.The Inter Milan star would then provide the assist for Mario Mandzukic to score the match-winning goal in the 109th-minute to send Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.“From a Croatian perspective, unbelievable,” said Didulica, as stated on SportsKeeda.“Not only the football, just to see these human beings going at it, playing like warriors, three games in extra time and to come out on top, it’s something I’ve never seen before in my lifetime.”Croatia have now been through extra-time in their past three games in what has been, undoubtedly, an exhausting experience for the entire squad.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.But Didulica, who was a member of the 2006 World Cup team, applauded their bravery and felt that they were the deserving victors.“In terms of the game, it was cagey, but once again I think our fight came out on top,” said the four-time international.“I think we wanted it more in the end and I think it came down to the will.“I think we’re better footballers to be honest, we’re classier, all over the ground, from the midfield to up front, but I think it came down to the guts and determination.”Croatia will now take on France in Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow with the hope of writing more history by claiming their first ever world title.
Head coach of Serie A club AS Roma, Eusebio Di Francesco grabbed the victory at Torino, butwarned that Roma “need to improve both going forward and defending.”“My team always has an attacking approach, we just need to improve both going forward and defending,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia.“We did better at the back than the front, where we weren’t very sharp today. Everyone needs to improve and step up their game.“I have many new players who just arrived and need time to adapt, such as Javier Pastore. He can be a trequartista or a midfielder in my system, it changes little, and he brings a lot of quality to the side.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.When Di Francesco was asked if Roma were stronger this season than the last, despite losing Alisson Becker and Radja Nainggolan, he said.“I hope that we can become stronger, but that sort of chatter is worth nothing at this point. We sold two important players, but they were replaced.“Apart from one slight uncertainty, Robin Olsen did very well and was comfortable on the ball.”
Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney scored one of the best goals of his career against Newcastle after complaining to referee Neale Barry and he has revealed what transpired on the matchday.Speaking as a BT pundit after Manchester United win against Cardiff, Rooney was asked by a viewer what he was saying to referee Neale Barry before his long-range volley against the Magpies.And he revealed that his anger was aimed at the fact that Shearer was not being booked for perceived fouls.It was Alan Shearer, he was committing foul after foul but the referee refused to book him, Rooney said as quoted in Chronicle LivePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I knew it was in,” Wayne Rooney’s verdict on Alan Shearer’s famous volley against Everton.“I said, If that was me, I know 100% I would have a yellow card but because it was Alan Shearer he wasn’t booking him. I was a bit upset with the referee and I took that anger out on the ball.“I was getting taken off because I was struggling with a dead ball. It was just sheer anger and aggression and it turned out to be one of the best goals I’d ever scored.”
A five-car crash involving two semi trucks slowed north Interstate 205 Friday afternoon.The crash was reported just north of Mill Plain Boulevard around 1:30 p.m., according to emergency dispatch logs.The Vancouver Fire Department and Washington State Patrol are on scene.WSP spokesman Trooper Will Finn said one semi is on the left median. The other four vehicles and first responder vehicles are blocking the right lane of traffic, Finn said.Kevin Stromberg, a VFD spokesman, said one woman was sent to the hospital as a precaution after complaining of back pain.This story will be updated.
Comments Roadshow Enlarge ImageThe average age of the LLVs in the USPS fleet is over 27 years. Austin102 via Wikipedia Usually, when cars start catching on fire without having first been in a crash, people start freaking out. Manufacturers issue recalls, and those recalls hit the news and it’s a big deal. But when the public doesn’t drive those vehicles, those fires tend to get a lot less publicity. That seems to be the case with the Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV) or as you probably know it, the Postal Service van, according to a report published on Monday by Trucks.com that alleges that there have been upward of 120 noncrash vehicle fires in the last five years with the LLV, 12 of which happened between January and April of this year. The LLV had a production run from 1987 to 1994, and the USPS has been keeping them alive and on the road ever since. The LLV is based on the Chevrolet S10 chassis, powered by GM’s objectively terrible Iron Duke 4 cylinder engine, which is bolted to a three-speed automatic transmission. The LLV has an aluminum body and features a narrower front track than the rear, which gives it its excellent maneuverability at low speeds, and its rather agricultural underpinnings have made it supercheap to operate, despite its terrible fuel economy. That low cost is a significant reason why the USPS maintains a fleet of nearly 140,000 LLVs across the country. According to Trucks.com, the agency launched an inquiry into the fires in 2014 and employed the services of an engineering firm to find the root cause of these fires, but the results of the investigation were inconclusive. At that time the post office doubled down on maintenance, but that 120-fires figure suggests that wasn’t enough to address the problem. One of the things that makes these fires so tough to track down is the fact that the average age of the LLVs in the USPS fleet is over 27 years. That age coupled with the hard life lived by the vehicles makes them atypical in the world of road-legal vehicles. Also, the USPS is on the verge of selecting the LLV’s purpose-built replacement, which likely makes it reluctant to spend lots of money on ancient vehicles. “The safety of our employees is a matter of great importance to the Postal Service. Vehicles that are purchased for use by our employees are required to meet all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMSS). The requirement to meet all FMSS requirements applies not only to the purchase of commercially built vehicles but also purpose-built vehicles such as the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV),” Kim Frum, senior public relations representative for the USPS, told Roadshow. “The Postal Service is currently in the procurement process for NGDVs, with delivery of NGDVs anticipated to begin by December 2022,” Frum continued. “In addition to requiring that all vehicles purchased for our employees meet all FMSS, the Postal Service has implemented mandated maintenance schedules and fine-tune repair and maintenance procedures for the existing Postal Service vehicle fleet, with the goal of making sure vehicles used by postal employees are safe to operate before they are put into use on a daily basis.” Currently, USPS doesn’t list any reports of fatalities stemming from the fires, and only one report of injury where a mail carrier burned one hand, according to Trucks.com. Still, 120 fires in five years is a lot of damaged property — both the government’s and private citizens’ personal mail — and those numbers have mail carriers rightfully concerned.(PDF)It’s unclear at this time whether another agency like NHTSA will intervene and force a recall, and what that recall would look like. More From Roadshow Originally published May 13. Update, May 14: Adds comment from USPS. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 12 Photos Share your voice 4 Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow…nor Saturdays (pictures) 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags
Paris: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump discussed the Kashmir issue on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France on Monday. Modi, with US President Donald Trump by his side at their meeting in France on Monday, stressed that India and Pakistan were one before 1947 and all issues between the two were bilateral, categorically rejecting any third-party mediation. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “There are many bilateral issues between India and Pakistan, and we don’t want to trouble any third country. We can discuss and resolve these issues bilaterally,” Modi said, addressing the media jointly with President Trump before their talks on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Biarritz. President Trump, who had twice offered to mediate on Kashmir, said: “We spoke last night about Kashmir… and the Prime Minister really feels that he has the situation under control.” Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The US president said he spoke to Modi “at great length”. “I have very good relationship with both the gentlemen (Modi and Khan) and I”m here. I think they can do it (resolve the issue) themselves,” he said. The meeting took place against the backdrop of continued restrictions in parts of Jammu and Kashmir since the government’s decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and split the state into two union territories. Earlier, Trump had described the Kashmir situation as “explosive” and offering to mediate between India and Pakistan if asked. Washington has traditionally maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan.