Snowden refugee living in Montreal calls on Canada to accept others

first_imgMONTREAL — A refugee who helped shelter whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong is calling on immigration officials to allow other members of her daughter’s family to join her in Canada.Vanessa Rodel says she and her seven-year-old daughter are settling into life in Montreal, where since arriving in March they’ve found an apartment and are learning French.But she says five other members of the group dubbed Snowden’s “Guardian Angels” — including her daughter’s father and two step-siblings — remain in Hong Kong. She says they face discrimination there, and four of them could be deported to Sri Lanka.Rodel made the comments at a news conference in Montreal, where her lawyers announced they had filed additional applications to have the remaining refugees accepted on humanitarian grounds and for reasons of family reunification.Lawyer Robert Tibbo says the whole family is suffering psychologically from the separation, and it’s imperative that they arrive in Canada soon.He says a recent case in which Germany granted asylum to two Hong Kong activists lends credence to the Snowden group’s claims that they’ve been persecuted by Hong Kong authorities.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Fracking returning to NB after firing of top doctor says provincial NDP

first_img(Elsipogtog First Nation resident Amanda Polchies kneels with an eagle feather in front of a line of RCMP officers on Oct. 17, 2013. The iconic image received international recognition. APTN/Ossie Michelin)APTN National NewsNew Brunswick’s top doctor was fired by the provincial Liberal government to clear the way for the lifting of a moratorium on shale gas exploration this spring, according to the leader of the provincial NDP.Provincial NDP leader Dominic Cardy says a senior government source told him Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick’s now-fired chief medical officer, would stand in the way of a government decision to lift the moratorium.A lifting of the moratorium would likely trigger a replay of the intense, Mi’kmaq-led protests that rocked the eastern part of the province throughout 2013. The demonstrations were centered around the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog which was adamantly opposed to shale gas exploration in its claimed territory over fears it would lead to hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and eventually poison the water.As news spread of Cleary’s firing, a Facebook posting appeared calling on people to “warrior up.”During the 2014 provincial election, the victorious Liberal party campaigned on a promise to impose a moratorium on shale gas exploration. Once in government, the Liberals created a commission to study the issue and give the government recommendations, expected in early 2016.Cardy said Monday that the firing of Cleary was connected to the eventual lifting of the shale gas moratorium.“I was told by a person in the bureaucracy today that Dr. Cleary would stand in the way of the report recommending that the moratorium be lifted,” said Cardy, in a Facebook message to APTN National News.APTN contacted Premier Brian Gallant’s office seeking comment, but has yet not received a response. While in Ottawa for a premiers meeting with the prime minister in November, Gallant said consultation with First Nations was necessary on resource development projects.Cleary had been the province’s chief medical officer since 2008 and in 2012 issued a report raised concerns about the health impacts of fracking.She was also in the midst of conducting research into the use of glyphosate—a herbicide widely used on Crown land in the province—when she was put on leave several weeks ago.Cleary announced Monday that she had been fired.Cardy said there needs to be an independent investigation into why she was let go.The NDP leader, who doesn’t have a seat in New Brunswick’s legislature, took to Facebook earlier Monday to criticize the Liberal government over the firing and linked it to the shale gas exploration moratorium.“A senior source has told me Dr. Cleary had to be cleared away before the Liberals overturn their shale gas moratorium next spring,” wrote Cardy. “The Liberals used Dr. Cleary’s work to justify their first flip-flop on fracking. Now, with none of her recommendations having been acted upon, the Liberals need to make sure the Chief Medical Officer of Health is not around to point out their hypocrisy.”The previous Tory provincial government was stuck with an about $10 million bill from the RCMP as a result of anti-fracking demonstrations. The demonstrations hit their apex on Oct. 17, 2013, when a heavily armed RCMP tactical unit raided an anti-fracking camp that had trapped shale gas exploration trucks.The raid, which resulted in about 40 arrests, did not stop the demonstrations and they continued throughout November of that year and featured confrontations with the RCMP and burning tires on a provincial highway.New Brunswick is also the end-point for the Energy East pipeline which faces grassroots opposition in the province and across the country.TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline proposal would carry Alberta mined bitumen across the country to the Irving Oil refining compound in Saint John, NB.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,409.16, up 32.39 points)Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE). Oil and gas. Down a penny, or 10 per cent, to nine cents on 20.77 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 16 cents, or 3.37 per cent, to $4.91 on 11.73 million shares. The company reported adjusted net income of US$87 million or three cents per share, beating analyst expectations of one cent per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon, as its rail division improved.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 10 cents, or 1.46 per cent, to $6.74, on 6.29 million shares.Trinidad Drilling Ltd. (TSX:TDG). Oil and Gas. Down three cents, or 2.13 per cent, to $1.38 on 4.7 million shares.Gildan Activewear. (TSX:GIL). Manufacturing. Up $7.30, or 21.60 per cent, to $41.10 on 4.35 million shares. The company released second-quarter sales and profits that beat analyst expectations and upwardly revised its profit guidance for the year. The company reported adjusted earnings of 52 cents per share, beating analysts estimates of 49 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 3.62 per cent, to $3.99 on 4.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Down a penny, or 0.29 per cent, to $3.46 on 1.66 million shares. The company that owns Aeroplan confirmed it was in talks with airline alliance Oneworld on a potential loyalty program partnership. News of the talks with a rival to the Star Alliance airline network that Air Canada belongs to comes as Air Canada’s offer to buy the Aeroplan program is set to expire.last_img read more

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General Assembly highlevel debate will proceed as planned UN spokesman says

The “general debate,” which offers national leaders a chance to voice their views on a virtually all global issues of concern, will take place from 24 September to 5 October. Referring to the potential attendance of heads of State and government, spokesman Jan Fischer said, “I don’t think there have been any cancellations that we are aware of.”Meanwhile, the General Assembly, which was forced to postpone by one day the opening of its annual session due to the evacuation of UN Headquarters on Tuesday, continued its work today, taking procedural decisions necessary for its work to go forward. The Assembly elected its 21 Vice-Presidents and was informed of the selection of Chairpersons for its six Main Committees.Vice-Presidents were elected from Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Greece, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mauritania, Nepal, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, as well as the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.In other news, a UN spokesman told reporters today that the high-definition television screens that had been installed during last year’s Millennium Assembly on a loan basis by NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, have been permanently loaned to the UN and are outfitted in the General Assembly hall for this session. “The Secretary-General wishes to thank NHK, and particularly its Chairman, Katsuji Ebisawa, for providing the United Nations with this state of the art system, which makes watching the General Assembly debates a much more vivid experience,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. read more

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Mackenzie Chown complex reopened – information on evening classes

Earlier today there was a fire in an electrical room on the fourth floor of B block in the Mackenzie Chown complex. The fire has been extinguished.The Mackenzie Chown complex has been re-opened, but B block and E block will remain closed until at least 12 noon tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 1).The 400 level of B block will remain closed until further notice.Escorts to re-enter B and E blocks will be available to gather personal belongings ONLY. Please meet at the SMART Start desk in A block to gain access to B and E blocks.All evening classes for today as of 5 p.m. in the Mackenzie Chown complex will go ahead as scheduled with the exception of classes taking place in B, C and E blocks (all levels).Check back here for more info. read more

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Gold bull market to be examined at annual Perth conference next week

first_imgThe future of the world’s most “recession-proof” metal – and that of Australia’s current band of gold miners and explorers – will come under the spotlight during two days of intense industry debate at the 2009 Paydirt Gold Conference in Perth next week. The annual event, at the city’s Sheraton Hotel, is to be opened by Western Australia’s Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Hon. Norman Moore.The Conference comes at a time when gold is attracting increasing interest for its steady showing in the face of the uncertain global financial markets. The yellow metal reached a high of $993/oz in February, and has remained above $900 for most of the past two months. The Paydirt Conference, on April 1st and 2nd, will include presentations by some of Australia’s leading gold explorers, miners and geologists, as well as corporate financiers, market analysts, and minerals industry regulators from Victoria, South Australia and WA.last_img read more

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Over €46000 spent on surveillance of bogs for illegal turf cutting this

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS spent over €46,000 on surveillance for protected bogs to check for illegal turf cutting, according to figures released by Minister Jimmy Deenihan.Following a parlimentary question from TD John McGuinness, Deenihan said his department incurred costs of €34, 422 in 2012 and €46, 243 this year for the hire of private aircraft, for aerial monitoring of activity on raised bogs that are considered Special Areas of Conservation.This surveillance is carried out on bogs where there is a requirement to cease turf cutting, with surveyers looking to see if the bog has been cut.Deenihan said that private aircraft are only used when the Air Corps is not in a position to undertake these flights.The Department of Arts, Heritage and Local Government told TheJournal.ie that a total of 69 monitoring flights were undertaken this year. Thirty of these were performed by the Air Corps and the balance by the National Flight Centre.“Aerial monitoring is used to assess Special Areas of Conservation as it is the quickest and most efficient way for parks and wildlife personnel to assess a large number of habitats in the shortest time,” a spokesperson said. “A relatively short flight can pass over a number of sites that – by car and on foot – would take a much longer time to assess.”In his reponse to McGuinness’ question, Deenihan also said:It should be remembered that Ireland is at risk of action before the European Court of Justice if these Special Areas of Conservation, which are protected under Irish and European law, are not preserved. Ireland also risks daily fines of up to €25, 000 for failure to uphold its obligations under European law.Responding to the minister’s comments, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan told TheJournal.ie that “if they’re going to be flying around for that long, maybe they could bring our turf home for us”.“It’s going on a lot, people have got used to having helicopters and planes flying over but some might say the money would be better spent on helping rural Ireland,” he said.When it was suggested to the deputy that people might blame turf cutters for these costs, Flanagan said that “people can make up their own mind on that”.“But turf cutters, as an olive branch and solution, have moved out of 98 per cent of these bogs and all we need is 2 per cent – if that isn’t a compromise then I don’t know what it”.Flanagan criticised the minister’s efforts in working with turf cutters on the issue with less than 1,000 of them out of almost 9,000 turbary rights owners having signed final agreements for compensation.Read: Last year’s poor peat harvest cost Bord Na Móna over €23m>Read: Turf cutters ‘annoyed’ by wording in compensation agreement>last_img read more

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Microsoft Surface RT tablet to sell for 199

first_imgCould Microsoft really be planning to sell the Surface RT tablet for just $199? It’s a possibility, if there’s substance to the information Engadget has received from a Techready15 attendee.Techready is a twice-yearly event exclusively for Microsoft employees, and it’s certainly not a surprise that two of the key talking points would be Windows RT and the Surface tablets. Microsoft still hasn’t announced any official pricing for its first tablets, rather the company has only gone as far to say that it will be priced to compete with other comparable tablets on the market. Most in the industry expect that to mean the MSRP will fall somewhere around Apple’s prices for the iPad.But other extremely popular tablets sell for a lot less — the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, for example. Is it possible that Microsoft would try to put the Surface RT on retail shelves at a rock-bottom price like $199?The three aren’t exactly comparable, of course. The Kindle Fire certainly isn’t, with just 8GB of internal storage and a dual-core 1GHz processor. The Nexus 7 might be a closer match with its quad-core Tegra 3 processor. With the Nexus 7’s BOM pegged at around $150, it doesn’t seem farfetched that Microsoft could sell the Surface for less than $200. There’s not a big difference in terms of cost for the extra 24GB of NAND, after all, and in mass quantities 10-inch panels wouldn’t be much more than 7-inch.Microsoft also knows that a great deal of the money made from the Surface tablets will come from the Windows Store. The company will be taking a 20-30% commission from everything sold, so it might be willing to sell the hardware at (or very, very near) cost. Will other manufacturers be upset? Maybe, but if Microsoft is giving them a cut of Store sales made on the tablets those companies produce, it’ll soften the blow.So while we might have been expecting the Surface RT to arrive at $400 or $500, it’s always just been a guessing game. It still is, but it’s a lot more interesting if $199 is a possibility, too.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

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Trinity makes it back into worlds top 150 universities after error kept

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3233002 26 Comments Share115 Tweet Email5 Image: Shutterstock/Leonid Andronov 17,094 Views Feb 10th 2017, 4:00 PM TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN has been announced as the only Irish university to make it into the world’s top 150 this year, but an error in the data it supplied to the rankings body meant that it hasn’t been rated as highly as it should have over the past couple of years.For 2016/17, Trinity has been ranked as 131st in the world.It wasn’t ranked in the last round of Times Higher Education World University rankings because of an error in the documentation it supplied to Times Higher Education (THE).When they were excluded from the rankings which were announced last September, a spokesperson for Trinity College told TheJournal.ie said it was working closely with THE to resolve the issue which is a result of “underestimating research income”.The rankings judge different universities based on their citations, industry income, international outlook, research and teaching.A statement from Trinity today said that they had “discovered an error in its returns and undertook an audit of data”.This error “incorrectly depressed Trinity’s ranking”, they said.When they drew the error to the THE’s attention, their rankings have been changed to reflect this.This means that Trinity is ranked 131st in the world this year, and came in 101st place in 2015-16.Dean of Research, Professor John Boland, said: “It is good news for the University and good news for Ireland which now more so than ever needs to promote and nurture the success of flagship institutions with a truly global reach.That said, we have still dropped 30 places in a single year. This amounts to a 30% drop in rank and crystallises the international headwinds facing the Irish university sector following a decade of neglect and chronic underfunding.“If the Government expects excellence from the universities and the capacity to create the sort of skilled workforce needed in a post-Brexit world, it must begin to invest in education once again.”The results for Ireland weren’t positive in the THE World University Rankings for 2016-17, with no other university making it into the top 100.The following was provided before Trinity’s mark was reaffirmed. Source: Times Higher Education World University RankingsPhil Baty, the editor of the rankings, said at the time that the statistics represented “bad news for Ireland”. He said:The country’s best universities are struggling in the most comprehensive and the most exacting of all the global rankings. While the root of the problem is the increased competition among the world’s elite universities, particularly those in Asia, it seems clear that the major funding cuts endured by Ireland’s universities are causing problems.Read: Irish universities fail to make the top 200 in global rankingsRead: Tusla ‘in the process of apologising’ to McCabe over false sex abuse allegation Trinity makes it back into world’s top 150 universities after error kept it out of rankings Trinity College Dublin came in at 131st in the world rankings. Image: Shutterstock/Leonid Andronov Short URL Friday 10 Feb 2017, 4:00 PM By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Phil Foden to sign 6year extension with Manchester City despite lack

first_imgThe teenage prodigy has been linked with clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, among other, but the 18-year-old prefers to continue playing for his childhood club.Manchester City’s Phil Foden will sign a new six-year contract with the Premier League champions on Monday, according to the Telegraph. Foden only has 13 appearances for Man City this season and has yet to start a league match for Pep Guardiola’s team.Multiple teams have asked for Foden on loan but Guardiola believes the youngster will benefit more from being around their first team. Despite pressure to play Foden, Pep insists he is being careful with the midfielder’s growth and development.Foden trusts Guardiola’s judgment and knows he’s in good hands. The player and coach relationship between the two is second-to-none, with the Telegraph reporting that his teammates call him ‘Pep’s lad’ in reference to the manager’s fondness of the teenage Englishman.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Last year, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the Manchester City chairman, said he wants at least one academy player to make it to the first team every year.“I’d like at least a player, if not two, playing and competing at the first team level from the academy every year,” he said. “That is what I would like. Can we do that? We will try everything we can. Certainly, everyone knows that ambition and target and today I think the academy is producing.“The short answer is that the academy is producing what we aspire for it to produce and it is doing it now. I’m not talking about the future, I’m talking about now because I know what we have.”last_img read more

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Arrest warrant issued against exSonagazi OC over Nusrat murder

first_imgMoazzem HossainA Dhaka court Monday issued an arrest warrant against former Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain in a case over spreading a video on social media on Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement at the police station, reports UNB.Dhaka Cyber Tribunal judge Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein passed the order after taking the report of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) into congnisance around 12:10pm.The court fixed 17 June for next hearing.Allegations brought against former Sonagazi OC Moazzem after Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder were found to be authentic by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).An investigation report was filed at the Cyber Tribunal by PBI’s senior assistant superintendent of police Rima Sultana on Sunday.Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed the case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on 15 May.The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating madrasa student Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s principal Siraj Ud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On 6 April, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagazi upazila, reportedly by people loyal to Siraj Ud Doula.She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence.last_img read more

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Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 4 Abbott Reopens Door To Bathroom Bill

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /15:10 Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, cohosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in Texas political news:Governor Abbott’s State of the State addressSenate approves short term rentals – a win for Air BnBThe Texas Lyceum poll shows actual races are possible. So is Ted Cruz in trouble?Baylor University hires its first female presidentTexas State Board of Education: still talking evolutionThen the guys dig into the return of the “bathroom bill,” as Governor Greg Abbott weighs in on the issue. What was the impact of House hearings on the bill? Is the business community happy? Was it a peace offering to Senate? By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. Listen X  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

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Talking Magic Myths and Coming of Age With Blackbirds Jen Bartel

first_img ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseDamon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch… Magic and myths in the realm of coming of age stories are fascinating. We’re given such stories like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson to fill that role. We also have comics such as SuperMutant Magic Academy and Zodiac Starforce to fill that magic and myth charm. However, Blackbird does something a little different. Something a little unusual, but wickedly charming that touches on family, magic, myth, and coming of age in a vibrant, neon and brilliant new way.Geek had the opportunity to talk to Blackbird‘s co-creator and artist Jen Bartel about their captivating new upcoming series coming to shelves October 3rd.Thank you so much for talking with Geek! Blackbird is a book we were so excited about. The first issue is mesmerizing. Can you tell us a little bit about Blackbird?Thank you! Blackbird is a coming of age story about Nina Rodriguez, a young woman living in LA—she discovers a hidden world of magic when her sister is kidnapped by a mystical beast, and has to navigate through some pretty dicey situations because she’s convinced that she’s the only one who can save her.via Image ComicsBlackbird feels like a story within a story. It’s enriched in this mystical and mythical magic world beneath our own. Can you tell us a little bit about where the inspiration for this comic came from? Also, the inspiration behind your art? There are so many mythical elements in it.Aw wow, that feels like really high praise—thank you so much! I think part of what makes Blackbird feel as rich as it does is that Sam and I spent nearly six months just fleshing out the characters, world, mechanics, and symbolism together. We really took our time to develop something we felt happy with, and every step of it was a collaborative process, so we each brought our own strengths to the table.Sam was also incredibly receptive to writing for me specifically, so when I told him that I wanted to draw hot people and magic creatures all drenched in neon, he came up with a pitch around those things—but he gave it so much more depth by crafting a story that is ultimately about family, loss, and personal growth.As far as my art goes, I’ve always been the kind of artist that loves symbolism and hiding little easter eggs throughout everything I do—I never really excelled at narrative illustration and preferred to focus on hidden meanings of individual elements of my drawings. A lot of that has crossed over into my sequential art for Blackbird, including my love for mythology—specifically Asian mythology.via Image ComicsI feel like we have to talk a little bit about Nina. She’s instantly one of the most relatable characters in a strange way. Nina feels like the perfect into this world. Did you guys want to make her a kind of escapist within her coming of age story? She’s been through so much.I’m so glad to hear that! We really wanted Nina to be relatable, and more importantly, flawed. There’s so much pressure for female characters to model the “Strong Female Character” identity that it often feels like they don’t get the luxury of messing up, or being less than perfect.Nina is all kinds of imperfect when the story unfolds, and to your point, it’s because she’s been through a LOT. She’s really trying to figure out who she is and where she fits into the world, while still processing the grief of a major loss of a loved one. When the story begins, Nina is really just kind of letting life happen to her, rather than taking any kind of initiative or control for herself. I think a lot of young people these days feel a little defeated by the world, and Nina is no exception.Will she discover her path through this magical world with her own magic? I can’t wait for her do the stuff. Nina definitely will go down the rabbit hole of this underground magic world in Los Angeles, but whether she becomes part of it or not remains to be seen…. in later issues! ;)via Image ComicsWithout spoilers of course, can you tell us a little more about the Nina and Marisa and their relationship? Will this be a family affair throughout Blackbird? Absolutely—Nina and Marisa have that classic sister bond; sometimes (usually) they kind of hate each other, but they are always there for each other through thick and thin. Marisa is the older, responsible one, who has always taken care of Nina and made sure she had a place to sleep even when things were rough. Nina is the carefree younger sister, who thinks Marisa is stuffy and uptight and doesn’t always appreciate the things she does for her, so when Marisa goes missing, there is a definite role reversal that has to happen. And yes, we will definitely find out more about Nina’s family as the series progresses…!Thank you! I really just try my best to imagine these characters as if they were real people. Because Blackbird is set in modern LA, it’s important that the characters and environments are believable and even recognizable to locals. When Sam and I were first developing the pitch, I took a trip out to my hometown (I was born in LA, Sam is a resident) and we went all over North Hollywood (where Nina lives) so I could take tons of reference photos and do sketches of the locations and people. That really helped breathe life into the issues once I started drawing them.Can you tell us a little bit about the other characters and creatures we’ll meet within the comic? There is a small hint of what looks like to come. (And they’re so beautiful, but look hella suspicious.)You’re right to be suspicious! It’s unclear what the motives of The Great Beast are, what it even is, and whether it’s the only one of its kind or if there are more. It’s certainly not the only magical creature in Blackbird though—it wouldn’t be a story about magic without at least a few familiars, and maybe even shape-shifters…right?via Image ComicsIf you could be ANY magical creature or person, what would they be and why? Oooooh man. I think if I had to pick a magical creature, it’d be a pegasus from the Pastoral Symphony Fantasia sequence that pretty much informed all of my art as a child. They’re just so elegant, you know? Oh no, am I revealing that I was a horse girl as a kid? Whoops.Thank you again for talking with us. Where can our readers (via social media, website, etc.) find you? Are there any other projects or cons coming up for you?  I can only imagine how busy your schedule must be. Thank you! It was actually just announced that I’ll be drawing issue #6 of Black Panther, with Ta-Nehisi Coates writing. My last show of the year is going to be NYCC, and I’ll be debuting a whole new fall line of merch and prints! After that, I will hibernate for as long as possible, which, hopefully, this year will be more than three days.Here’s where to find me online:www.jenbartel.comtwitter.com/heyjenbartelinstagram.com/heyjenbartel Stay on target Blackbird #1 will be available on ComiXology and your local comic shop on October 3rd. We’ve been able to catch up with a bunch of creators this summer to learn all about their new projects. Cullen Bunn and Mark Torres dish on their new series Cold Spots. Bob Frantz educates us on MetalSharkBro. Travis McElroy gushes about RPGs with The Adventure Zone. Read up on all the latest comic news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Sourcegraph a code search and navigation engine is now open source

first_imgThe Sourcegraph team announced that they’re making Sourcegraph, a self-hosted code search and navigation engine, available as open source, earlier this week. “We opened up Sourcegraph to bring code search and intelligence to more developers and developer ecosystems—and to help us realize the Sourcegraph master plan,” writes Quinn Slack on the announcement page. This Sourcegraph master plan involves making basic code intelligence ubiquitous (for every language, and in every editor, code host, etc.). It wants to focus on making code review continuous and intelligent. Additionally, they also hope to increase the amount and quality of open-source code. Sourcegraph comprises the following features: Instant Code Search: Fast global code search with a hybrid backend. This combines a trigram index with in-memory streaming. You can search in files and diffs in your code by just using simple terms, regular expressions, and other filters. Code intelligence: It offers code intelligence for many languages using the Language Server Protocol. It also makes browsing code and finding references on your code easier. Data Center: Once you grow to hundreds or thousands of users and repositories, you can graduate from the single-server deployment to a highly scalable cluster using the Sourcegraph Data Center. Integrations: It offers Integration with third-party developer tools via the Sourcegraph Extension API. Organizations that are already using the Sourcegraph navigation engine can upgrade to Sourcegraph Enterprise (previously called Data Center) to get a hand on features that large organizations need such as single sign-on, backups, and recovery, cluster deployment, etc. However, these additional features that come with the Enterprise edition are paid and not open source. “We’re also excited about what this means for Sourcegraph as a company. All of our customers, many with hundreds or thousands of developers using Sourcegraph internally every day, started out with a single developer spinning up a Sourcegraph instance and sharing it with their team. Being open-source makes it even easier to start using Sourcegraph in that way”, explained the announcement page. For more information, check out the official announcement. Read Next Facebook open sources LogDevice, a distributed data store for logs Kong 1.0 launches: the only open source API platform specifically built for microservices, cloud, and serverless Uber’s Marmaray, an Open Source Data Ingestion and Dispersal Framework for Apache Hadooplast_img read more

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What to expect in Webpack 5

first_imgYesterday, the team behind Webpack shared all the updates we will see in its upcoming version, Webpack 5. This version improves build performance with persistent caching, introduces a new named chunk id algorithm, and more. For Webpack 5, the minimum supported Node.js version has been updated from 6 to 8. As this version is a major release, it will come with breaking changes and users may expect some plugin to not work. Expected features in Webpack 5 Removed Webpack 4 deprecated features All the features that were deprecated in Webpack 4 have been removed in this version. So, when migrating to Webpack 5 ensure that your Webpack build doesn’t show any deprecation warnings. Additionally, the team has also removed IgnorePlugin and BannerPlugin that must now be passed an options object. Automatic Node.js polyfills removed All the versions before Webpack 4 provided polyfills for most of the Node.js core modules. These were automatically applied once a module uses any of the core modules. Using polyfills makes it easy to use modules written for Node.js, but this also increases the bundle size as huge modules get added to the bundle. To stop this, Webpack 5 removes this automatically polyfilling and focuses on frontend compatible modules. Algorithm for deterministic chunk and module IDs Webpack 5 comes with new algorithms for long term caching. These are enabled by default in production mode with the following configuration lines: chunkIds: “deterministic”, moduleIds: “deterministic” These algorithms assign short numeric IDs to modules and chunks in a deterministic way. It is recommended that you use the default values for chunkIds and moduleIds. You can also choose to use the old defaults chunkIds: “size”, moduleIds: “size”, which will generate smaller bundles, but invalidate them more often for caching. Named Chunk IDs algorithm A named chunk id algorithm is introduced, which is enabled by default in development mode. It gives chunks and filenames human-readable names instead of the old numeric names. The algorithm determines the chunk ID the chunk’s content. So, users no longer need to use import(/* webpackChunkName: “name” */ “module”) for debugging.To opt-out of this feature, you can change the configuration as chunkIds: “natural”. Compiler idle and close Starting from Webpack 5, compilers need to be closed after the use. Now, compilers enter and leave an idle state and have hooks for these states. Once compile is closed, all the remaining work should be finished as fast as possible. Then, a callback will signal that the closing has been completed. You can read the entire changelog from the Webpack repository. Read Next Nuxt.js 2.0 released with a new scaffolding tool, Webpack 4 upgrade, and more! How to create a desktop application with Electron [Tutorial] The Angular 7.2.1 CLI release fixes a webpack-dev-server vulnerability, supports TypeScript 3.2 and Angular 7.2.0-rc.0last_img read more

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Freddie Macs Portfolio Resumes Decline in August

first_imgFreddie Mac’s Portfolio Resumes Decline in August Freddie Mac Mortgage-Backed Securities Refinance 2014-10-03 Krista Franks Brock Share After posting a slight increase in July, Freddie Mac’s mortgage portfolio declined at an annualized rate of 0.4 percent over the month of August, according to the GSE’s latest monthly volume summary.Year-to-date, the portfolio’s annualized growth rate has averaged -1.6 percent, bolstered by declines near or higher than 2 percent in each of the first five months of the year.Mortgage-related securities and other guarantee commitments at the GSE increased at an annualized rate of 4.1 percent in August, marking the highest rate of growth this calendar year and any time in the past 12 months.At $9.8 billion, single-family refinance purchases made up 41 percent of Freddie Mac’s total single-family purchases and issuances in August based on unpaid principal balance, while relief refinances made up 18 percent.Freddie Mac conducted $2.3 billion in new multifamily business in August, bringing the year-to-date total to $11.3 billion.Both single-family and multifamily serious delinquencies decreased at Freddie Mac in August. Single-family serious delinquencies fell to 1.98 percent, from 2.02 percent in August. Serious delinquencies in Freddie Mac’s multifamily portfolio decreased from 0.05 percent to 0.04 percent.Freddie Mac also revealed that its exposure to changes in portfolio market value was about $23 million over the month of August.Freddie Mac completed 5,374 mortgage loan modifications in August, bringing the year-to-date total to 47,356.center_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market October 3, 2014 450 Views last_img read more

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Police praise road policing policy

first_imgPolice said on Friday the force’s performance improved in 2017 due to the policy of ‘road policing’.“Road policing is a modern, international method of policing, which effectively contributes to the prevention of road traffic accidents and, more generally, to the fight against crime. The Cyprus police has been implementing road policing since 2013, aiming to tackle crime more effectively through road traffic controls. The method is based on the fact that persons committing all sorts of crimes and offenses are likely to be drivers who can be found on the roads at any time by members of the traffic police,” a police statement said.The method led to a total of 174 cases of illicit possession of drugs and controlled drugs being detected in 2017, up from 79 in 2016.The number of people caught with weapons and explosives rose to 95 in 2017 from 41 in 2016.Regarding wanted or missing persons, 80 persons were identified in 2017, 32 more than in the year 2016.A total of 46 stolen vehicles were detected in 2017, up from 26 the year before.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoMacy'sYou Will Not Believe Macy’s Deals for TuesdayMacy’sUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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