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Ottawa BC to push electrification of gas industry to cut carbon emissions

first_imgB.C. Premier John Horgan joined Trudeau in making the announcement at a BC Hydro training centre in Surrey, saying the two governments are working to make the economy more environmentally sustainable.Environmental groups have criticized Horgan’s NDP government for its backing of the liquefied natural gas industry in B.C., arguing changes to the province’s tax structure and subsidies are helping a sector that increases carbon pollution.The federal and provincial governments have boosted LNG Canada’s plans for a $40-billion project in Kitimat, which is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and up to 950 permanent positions in the processing terminal on the coast of B.C. SURREY, B.C. – The federal and British Columbia governments want to power the production of the natural gas industry in the province using electricity.As part of an agreement announced today, the two governments and BC Hydro are forming a committee to push projects that increase power transmission.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the agreement is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas industry, which produces about 18 percent of the carbon pollution in the province.last_img read more

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White House defends spying on civilians

But the Obama administration, while declining to comment on the specific order, said the practice was “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States”. The administration stressed that the court order obtained by the Guardian relates to call data, and does not allow the government to listen in to anyone’s calls. Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.The disclosure has reignited longstanding debates in the US over the proper extent of the government’s domestic spying powers. Under the Bush administration, officials in security agencies had disclosed to reporters the large-scale collection of call records data by the NSA, but this is the first time significant and top-secret documents have revealed the continuation of the practice under President Obama.The White House stressed that orders such as the one disclosed by the Guardian would only cover data about the calls rather than their content. A senior administration official said: “Information of the sort described in the Guardian article has been a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States, as it allows counter-terrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the United States.“As we have publicly stated before, all three branches of government are involved in reviewing and authorising intelligence collection under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Congress passed that act and is regularly and fully briefed on how it is used, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorises such collection. There is a robust legal regime in place governing all activities conducted pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.” The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19. The White House has sought to justify its surveillance of millions of Americans’ phone records as anger grows over revelations that a secret court order gives the National Security Agency blanket authority to collect call data from a major phone carrier.Politicians and civil liberties campaigners described the disclosures, revealed by the Guardian on Wednesday, as the most sweeping intrusion into private data they had ever seen by the US government. This point was also made by the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Dianne Feinstein. “This is just meta data. There is no content involved,” she told reporters on Capitol Hill. “In other words, no content of a communication. … The records can only be accessed under heightened standards.” read more

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Security Council ready to help implement Cyprus plan if it is approved

German Ambassador Gunter Pleuger, Council President for April, told reporters that should Cypriots approve the plan on 24 April, Council members stood ready “to take further actions as provided for in the plan, including by establishing a new UN operation in support of its swift and full implementation by all parties.”They would also be committed to helping ensure that the parties fully meet their commitments under the settlement, Ambassador Pleuger said.Both Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash have voiced their opposition to the plan, which was finalized last month by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and would create a Greek Cypriot state and a Turkish Cypriot state linked by a federal government.Ambassador Pleuger also said Council members welcomed the results of yesterday’s preparatory International Donors Conference for Cyprus in Brussels to organize financial support to cover costs linked to a possible political settlement to the Cyprus question.”The members of the Council recognize the commitments of the donors as a demonstration of their willingness to provide the necessary financial resources” to implement the Secretary-General’s settlement plan should it be approved, he added. Video of Council President’s remarks [08mins] read more

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The Spurs Deconstruction of the Heat Is Now Complete

For the fifth time and in one of the most dominating fashions the NBA Finals has ever seen, the San Antonio Spurs won the title on Sunday night. The Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 104-87, their third consecutive double-digit win.How dominant were the Spurs? San Antonio led the league in per-100-possession point differential during the regular season at +8.1. The Spurs were +13.0 or better in all four of their Finals wins.The ascension of finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, the decline of Miami’s defense, the battle of the role players going emphatically to San Antonio, Manu Ginobili immersing himself in the fountain of youth — many elements explain this Spurs breakthrough. But perhaps nothing was more important than San Antonio’s ball movement.As I’ve highlighted before, the Heat play an aggressive, trapping style of defense. If the Spurs maintained composure and continued to swing the ball during the finals, they would stretch Miami’s defense to the breaking point.That’s exactly what happened.In the Finals, the Spurs had 127 assists to just 76 for the Heat. Even if we account for their many more made field goals and instead compare the percentage of assisted baskets, the Spurs still have an enormous edge: 66 percent to 45 percent.More revealing: The Spurs had 42 secondary assists in the series (tracked by the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking System, these are passes that led directly to an assist). That means that a third of the Spurs’ assists in the series were part of a sequence of two or more passes. Looking at the numbers game by game, we can see the stark difference in the way the Heat and the Spurs went about their business.The secondary assist percentage shown here is the percentage of each team’s baskets for which a secondary assist was recorded. For the Heat, those numbers dropped off significantly from the regular season, when Miami had an assist percentage of 59 percent and a secondary assist percentage of 16 percent. The Spurs defense was disruptive enough that it forced the Heat toward relying on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to create offense, often singlehandedly.One might imagine that the Spurs would have a harder time executing against an NBA Finals-caliber team (not to mention a two-time defending champ) than they did in the regular season. But the Spurs pretty much met their regular season numbers: an assist percentage of 62 percent and a secondary assist percentage of 18 percent. The Heat’s defense wasn’t able to shake the Spurs out of their rhythm, and Miami paid the price, over and over again. read more

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Queen spotted at the wheel of her Jaguar on the way back

first_imgWhile she has multiple vehicles and a chauffeur for Royal events, she is most frequently seen in her trusty Range Rover.After the Duke of Edinburgh announced his retirement from his Royal duties last week, the children and grandchildren of the Queen have embarked on a new phase of public duties, as “Team Windsor” rallied round to fill the his shoes. Staff at the palaces have been given a pep talk on how they will be encouraged to pull together, as three generations of the Royal family work ever closer with the common purpose of supporting the Queen.Team Windsor, as it is being called by aides, will jointly spread the burden of taking the Duke’s workload from August, when he has announced he will retire from public duties. Credit: JIM BENNETT  Dame Anna Wintour is made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II The Queen Leaves the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Park Today after going to Sunday Service Via Public Roads. Despite her husband’s retirement last week, the Queen is still happy to be out and about, driving herself back from church.The 91-year-old was seen behind the wheel of her Jaguar car as she returned from a Sunday morning service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Park.She is known for her love of driving and is often seen in her cars on the Sandringham estate.center_img  Dame Anna Wintour is made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth IICredit:Yui Mok/PA Wire The Queen learned to drive while serving as a mechanic in the Women’ s Auxillary Territorial Service during the Second World War.  Despite her prowess, the monarch is the only person in the UK who is allowed to drive without a license.She is also the only person apart from park rangers who is allowed to drive down the 2.6-mile Long Walk in Windsor. The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex each stepped up a day after the Duke announced his retirement, in a very visible sign of a new collaborative Royal era.While the Duke of Edinburgh, 95, departed London to spend the day privately with friends, the Queen was joined by the Duke of Cambridge for a working lunch at Buckingham Palace. 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.last_img read more

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TV3 received 20 complaints about Keith Barrys Russian Roulette stunt

first_imgTV3 ensured that the gun effect on Brain Hacker was aired after the 9pm watershed and as late as possible into the show.Within the actual effect itself, Keith (under fully supervised conditions) attempts to demonstrate just how dangerous even a “blank” bullet can be (by destroying the apple), so at all times viewers are reminded of the absolute dangers involved in the effect.Barry also defended the broadcast: “I have trained extensively for years to accomplish the stunts I perform. Using a combination of hypnosis/persuasion and heightened intuition I am in the position to be able to perform the impossible”, he said.Throughout my career I have included danger stunts in the form of entertainment and look forward to performing many many more in the future. At no time should anyone attempt to replicate what I do.Keith Barry: Brain Hacker continues this Sunday at 9pm on TV3.Here’s what to expect from Graham Linehan’s new Irish sitcom>Republic of Telly’s take on Transfer Deadline Day is pretty funny> MENTALIST KEITH BARRY’s latest Brain Hacker stunt didn’t go down too well with some TV3 viewers.The broadcaster confirmed that it has received 20 complaints in relation to a Russian Roulette style segment featured in a recent episode of the series.During Sunday night’s episode Barry loaded one of three pistols with a blank cartridge before asking a member of the audience to shuffle the guns. He then proceeded to pick up two of them at random, point them at his own head, and pull the trigger.Neither of the guns he selected were loaded and he used the third to shoot an apple, revealing the extent of the damage which the bullet could have caused. However, some viewers argued that watching Barry pull the triggers of the unloaded weapons had been distressing.A spokesperson for the broadcaster defended the decision to air the stunt, highlighting the fact that the show carried a warning at both the beginning of the programme and the end.last_img read more

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Microsoft might let you skip the Start Screen in Windows 81

first_imgRejoice, Windows 8 users who don’t like that pesky Start Screen getting in your way after every boot sequence. Microsoft might let you flip a switch and jump straight to the desktop in Windows 8.1.Leaked builds of the first Windows Blue update have been floating around the web for a while now. The latest features a revamped twinui.dll file that looks like it will check either a registry key or policy setting to see if a user wants the Start Screen displayed.Russian blog Microsoft Portal spotted the value, which is tagged CanSuppressStartScreen in the DLL’s inner workings.Unless this toggle happens to pop up in the expanded Start Screen personalization options, it’s clear that this is aimed squarely at enterprise environments. The Start Screen and Windows 8’s dual interfaces have been heavily criticized by some, and Microsoft is no doubt considering all kinds of adjustments that will make Windows 8.1 a little more appealing to IT administrators.Since it’s already possible to shoehorn something similar (just add Explorer.exe to the CurrentVersion\Run registry key), Microsoft may have decided that adding a policy option makes sense. Policy settings, however, only apply to Windows Pro or Enterprise versions.Does that mean this won’t be offered to home users? Not necessarily. Windows 8.1 won’t be ready for public consumption for a few more months, so there’s plenty of time for Microsoft to add a switch somewhere in the revamped PC settings screens. After all, Windows 8 home will skip the Start Screen with the aforementioned registry hack, too.last_img read more

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Facebook les utilisateurs privés de vie privée

first_imgFacebook : les utilisateurs “privés de vie privée”Monde – D’après le site GNT, le réseau social Facebook, qui a déjà subi des attaques lorsqu’il avait voulu partager les informations personnelles de ses internautes avec des sites partenaires, aurait à nouveau l’ambition de s’engager dans cette voie.Les utilisateurs de Facebook ont manifesté plusieurs fois contre l’idée d’une “licence perpétuelle sur le contenu des utilisateurs”. En effet, la firme déclare “travailler avec des sites partenaires sélectionnés par [ses] soins, afin d’offrir une expérience plus personnelle quand [ses] membres visiteront ces sites”.L’objectif est sans nul doute de revendre ces informations à des agences publicitaires ou autres cabinets, qui tireraient profit de ces informations et données personnelles à des fins commerciales, soit pour cibler davantage leurs consommateurs et prospects, soit pour revendre des fichiers et bases de données.Facebook est à l’origine un réseau social, à travers lequel chacun est libre de dialoguer, d’échanger, et de partager les informations qu’il souhaite. Avec ces réformes, les internautes ont peur de se voir “privés de leur vie privée”. A savoir que ces données seraient utilisables même après désactivation du compte. Le 29 mars 2010 à 13:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Officers mark Wulles departure from bench with full honor

first_imgSuperior Court Judge John Wulle got a surprise send-off from city and county officers Friday afternoon as he left the Clark County Courthouse on his final day as judge.About 60 local law enforcement officers waited for Wulle at the back of the courthouse, lining each side of the stairs and walkway.“He’s always been pro-cop to us,” said Vancouver Officer Mark Brinski, who helped organize the event. “That’s not that common in this day and age.”Brinski said he wanted to send Wulle out the proper way and show that the police support him as much as he supports them.As Wulle walked through the doors, an officer began playing the bagpipes and kept piping until Wulle walked up and gave him a hug.“My god,” Wulle said as he stood before the officers. “I am shocked. Thank you all for being who you are and working with me.”last_img read more

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Borough Cities Seek Representative On LNG Advisory Board

first_imgThe Kenai City Council approved a resolution supporting the local appointment at their meeting on Wednesday. The resolution is also supported by the cities of Seward, Homer, Soldotna and Seldovia. The board was created in 2014 by former Governor Sean Parnell to evaluate the effects and issues that will arise in the future concerning development of the state’s North Slope natural gas resources. In a letter to the Kenai City Council from Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “On October 24, the City Managers of Soldotna, Homer, and Seldovia met and discussed the idea of supporting the creation and appointment of a seat on the board that could represent the unique interests of cities within the Kenai Peninsula Borough.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cities within the Kenai Peninsula Borough are looking to add a local representative to the Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board.center_img The board consists of twelve members, each member of the board serves a term of one year and can be reappointed. This story has been corrected- KSRM News previously stated that the representative had already been selected which was incorrect.last_img read more

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FCCs Ajit Pai wont meet Congress about phonetracking scandal

first_img 7 The best PCs for privacy-minded people Don’t expect to see FCC Chairman Ajit Pai brief the House Committee on Energy and Commerce anytime soon. Alex Edelman / Getty Images Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai won’t brief a Congressional committee Monday about mobile carriers’ ability to share their subscribers’ location data with third parties.Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., the chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, sought Pai for an emergency briefing after a Motherboard investigation revealed carriers are selling customers’ location data. But the committee was told the FCC boss wouldn’t appear due to the ongoing government shutdown.”In a phone conversation today, his staff asserted that these egregious actions are not a threat to the safety of human life or property that the FCC will address during the Trump shutdown,” the New Jersey Democrat said in a statement. 22 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Stronger data privacy laws may be coming to the US 1:41 Commentscenter_img It noted that the investigation would continue once normal FCC operations resume.Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who questioned last May why cops can track any phone in seconds, reportedly slammed Pai for tweeting “cat videos and tired memes” instead of briefing Congress.”It’s a new low for someone who has spent his tenure at the FCC refusing to do his job and stand up for American consumers,” Wyden said in a statement to Gizmodo.One of the third parties using the location data is credit reporting company Microbilt, which is offering to “track down delinquent debtors” via its Mobile Device Verify service.Ajit Pai on net neutrality: Congress was right not to restore the regulations, the FCC chairman says.A boost for 5G and Wi-Fi: The FCC votes to make more wireless spectrum available. FCC Privacy Security Politics Share your voice Pallone noted that Pai is still working, even though the shutdown resulted in the FCC ceasing most of its operations on Jan. 3.”There’s nothing in the law that should stop the Chairman personally from meeting about this serious threat that could allow criminals to track the location of police officers on patrol, victims of domestic abuse, or foreign adversaries to track military personnel on American soil,” he said.The FCC, however, stood firm in an emailed statement.”The Commission has been investigating wireless carriers’ handling of location information,” a spokesperson wrote. “Unfortunately, we were required to suspend that investigation earlier this month because of the lapse in funding, and pursuant to guidance from our expert attorneys, the career staff that is working on this issue are currently on furlough.” Tagslast_img read more

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Essar Bags 54 Million Contract from Saudi Aramco

first_imgEssar Projects, an engineering company on Tuesday announced that it has bagged a $54 million (₹328 crore) project from Saudi Arabian national oil and natural gas company Aramco.The project, which is scheduled to be completed in two-and-a-half years, will involve procurement and construction of crude tank, replacement of crude pumps, piping, electrical and instrumental facilities.”This contract is a reflection of our capability to undertake global projects from reputed clients in this region. We will leverage the capabilities gained to enhance our foot print in other Middle East countries,” Amit Gupta, CEO of Hydrocarbon SBU, Essar Projects said in a statement.The company has previously set up a world-scale grass roots refinery at Vadinar, Gujarat, with an initial capacity of 10 million tonnes per annum, which was later expanded to 14 MMTPA and then to 20 MMTPA.The company had also implemented Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) method for crude unloading, product jetty for refinery product export, a tank farm with total capacity of 3 million cubic metres for crude, and 77 MW of captive power plant.However, on Tuesday, stock price of Essar Oil Limited recorded 0.48 percent lower at ₹114.40 per share.On 3 August last year, Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical transferred ownership of 32 billion riyal ($8.5 billion) petrochemical facility to their joint group PetroRabigh, Reuters reported.Ownership of the planned new factory will be transferred from Aramco and Sumitomo to PetroRabigh in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said on Sunday.last_img read more

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Be a good human being to be a good physician Bhutanese PM

first_imgBhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering with his old friends at Mymensingh Medical College on Sunday. Photo: Anowar HossainBhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering, who was a student of Mymensingh Medical College, on Sunday said one has to be a good human being for becoming a good physician.”I’ve entered politics without discarding my uniform. I thought about the people of Bhutan and worked for them from 2013 to 2018 without doing any job and going abroad. Today, I’m the prime minister of that country,” he said.The Bhutanese prime minister was addressing a special reception accorded to him by Mymensingh Medical College at its auditorium.Going down the memory lane, Lotay Tshering said he along with his classmate and current Bhutanese foreign affairs minister Tandi Dorji stayed at room No-20 of Baghmara College Hostel in the district town from 1991 to 1999. “We’re now doing politics together. There’s no rift between us during this long period. Today, I’m the prime minister because of him. He made me the prime minister.”Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering passes time with his classmates. He also exchanges greetings with them. Photo: Anowar HossainHe also underscored the need for forgetting all the differences to take the country forward.The Bhutanese prime minister turned emotional recalling various incidents of his student life at the medical college.Earlier, students of the medical college welcomed him when he arrived in Mymensingh by a helicopter.Lotay Tshering later visited the surgery ward of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.A 28th batch student, Lotay Tshering enrolled in Mymensingh Medical College in 1991 for pursuing MBBS. On completion of the MBBS degree, he did FCPS in Dhaka.Lotay Tshering entered politics in 2013 and became the prime minister of Bhutan on 7 November last year after his party won the election.This was his first visit to Bangladesh after becoming the prime minister.last_img read more

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5 Tips for Getting Started With Mobile Advertising

first_img Mobile advertising is becoming more popular as people use mobile devices to access websites, shop and make purchases. For business owners, now can be a good time to start experimenting with mobile advertising — especially while it’s still highly affordable.If you’re on the fence about whether advertising on mobile might be right for you, consider some new research from Williamsburg, Va.-based research firm Borrell Associates: nearly half of small-business owners are somewhat or very likely to purchase mobile advertising in the next year, while more than one in four expect to increase mobile ad spending.How can you figure out how mobile advertising might best benefit your business? Here are five tips to help you determine its value and to get started on the right foot:1. Determine where your customers are. Most mobile ad networks allow geo-targeting so that only mobile users in a defined area see the ads. But narrow targeting to only a zip code or two will likely yield few prospects and little new business.Mobile ads offer the best return on investment for businesses that can serve clients who are located anywhere, or at least throughout a major metropolitan area. A jewelry designer who ships anywhere or a motel owner near a popular tourist destination might be a great match for mobile advertising. But a massage therapist who relies mainly on local customers probably should spend her ad dollars elsewhere for now.In a couple of years, however, that may change as technologies improve and mobile users begin to outpace computer users in conducting local internet searches.Related: Building a Successful Google Campaign from Scratch2. Define your conversion points. If you develop a mobile advertising strategy, you not only want to tell mobile users your business exists, but also encourage them to take action.What can people do on their smartphones or tablets that can help your business? Plenty. They can call or email you, submit their contact information via an online form, make an appointment or reservation, follow you on social media, sign up for your email newsletter or text alerts, register for your events, or buy something from you online.These actions are measurable “conversion points.” Tracking your conversion rate (number of mobile site visitors divided by the number of actions taken) is how you’ll discover which kinds of mobile ads work best.3. Build a mobile landing page. Your existing website, even if it’s mobile friendly, might not be the most effective destination for your mobile ad. You need a useful landing page designed to convert mobile visitors into customers.Your mobile landing page should link to your main website, of course. But it’s even more important that it display your address on a map, list your phone number and hours, indicate the region you serve, and offer features, such as online appointment scheduling, that are directly relevant to the pitch you made in your mobile ad.If you can build a mobile landing page in your existing website platform, that’s great. If not, your mobile landing page doesn’t need to be part of your main site.You can build a simple mobile landing page with Google Sites (free the first year) and access analytics data about traffic to the page and users’ activity on it. DudaMobile also offers free mobile landing pages with analytics, but for $9 a month you can get more pages and features such as click-to-call and integrated maps and directions. You may want to set up more than one mobile landing page if you’re running multiple campaigns targeting different market segments or making different pitches or offers.Related: Common Google AdWords Mistakes and How to Avoid Them4. Start with Google AdWords. Search ads are currently the biggest part of the mobile ad market, and Google’s AdWords offers a variety of services for mobile advertising. Plus, these are text ads, so you don’t need to create an ad banner to get started.You can set up a mobile-specific AdWords campaign that targets only mobile devices with full web browsers. You also can set AdWords bids for mobile searches only.Control costs by setting your own maximum daily spend, starting at, say, $30 to $50 a month. Then, track your AdWords mobile performance and stay focused on conversion rates.5. Explore other mobile ad networks. You’ll need to supply a mobile banner ad for other networks, most of which deliver ads to apps and some mobile websites. AdWords users can use Google’s display ad builder, but you also can create a mobile banner with any design software.The cost, reach, targeting and other features of these networks vary widely. Most allow you to specify your maximum daily spend. The MobiThinking “Guide to Mobile Advertising Networks” offers useful overviews of the different types of networks and detailed reviews. Related: Mobile Advertising Platform Delivers Real Leads 5 min read October 3, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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73 people arrested for recent Ivory Coast attacks

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Prosecutor Ange B. Kessi Kouame said on Thursday that 149 people had been detained in response to the attacks, though 76 were released after the investigation. He said the 19 soldiers faced charges including murder, violating state security and disturbing public order, and that their trial would start on Sept. 6.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Check your body, save your life Four benefits of having a wireless security system ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – Ivory Coast’s military prosecutor says that 73 people, including 19 soldiers, have been detained in connection with a recent spate of attacks on military positions in the West African nation.Gunmen have carried out seven attacks against the military so far this month, killing at least 12 soldiers and one civilian. Officials blamed the attacks on loyalists of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to leave office after losing the 2010 election dragged the country into near-civil war. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories last_img read more

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