4.5 lakh reapply for inclusion in NRC

first_imgAbout 4.5 lakh of the 40,07,707 people excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens in Assam have reapplied for inclusion in the list.Simultaneously, the authorities have received 175 applications challenging the inclusion of names of suspected foreigners in the NRC meant for bona fide residents of the State.The complete draft of the Supreme Court-monitored NRC was published on July 30. It included the names of 2.9 crore of the total 3.29 crore applicants. Claims, objections round The claims and objections round of the exercise began on September 25 and is scheduled to end on December 15. Officials associated with the exercise, seeking anonymity, said the pace of submitting applications for inclusion is expected to pick up before the window of opportunity closes. “A month ago, only 1.02 lakh people had submitted their claims form with relevant documents,” an official said.One of the reasons for the low turnout of applications is believed to be the delay by the government in setting a standard operating procedure for the disposal of claims and objections. The apex court, too, had taken time to allow five documents that State NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela sought to be scrapped from the initial list of 15 documents to be submitted by the applicants.These five documents, allowed on November 1, are the 1951 NRC, electoral rolls up to March 24, 1971, citizenship certificate, refugee registration certificate, and ration card. March 24, 1971 is the cut-off date for detecting and deporting illegal migrants, as per the Assam Accord of 1985.Decision on GorkhasThe Assam government has decided to stop marking members of the Gorkha community as suspected foreigners and referring them to Foreigners Tribunals. The government will also move the Gauhati High Court for relief to members of the community whose cases are pending with the tribunals, officials said.The move follows a circular the Assam government received from the Ministry of Home Affairs saying that Gorkhas who are citizens of India or who have Nepalese documents cannot be referred to Foreigners Tribunals to prove their citizenship.According to All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union president Prem Tamang, more than 20,000 Gorkhas have been wrongfully marked as D-voters despite having all documents. “Some 1,50,000 Gorkhas have also been left out of the draft NRC because of various reasons, including the D-voter tag,” he said.last_img read more

Campaign saves famed Lick Observatory, but challenges remain

first_imgThe historic Lick Observatory in California has gained a new lease on life. University of California (UC) administrators have scrapped a plan to cut funding for the facility. But the observatory’s financial future remains as tricky as the road that twists to its perch on a mountaintop above San Jose.The reprieve came as a relief to astronomers who rallied to save the observatory from the budget ax. “This really changes everything,” said Claire Max, interim director of the University of California Observatories (UCO), which manages the observatory program for the university system. “It’s very frugal, but we’ve got a base budget to keep the doors open and keep the telescopes operating.”The first permanent mountaintop observatory in the world when it opened in 1888, Lick has been involved in a string of important discoveries, from proof of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity to confirmation of the accelerating expansion of the universe. Today, the observatory is used primarily to search for supernovae and planets in other solar systems. 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The observatory would have had to find money elsewhere or close by 2018. The UC system planned to focus instead on the larger W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), also in Hawaii. When completed, the TMT will be among the world’s largest land-based telescopes.UC Provost Aimée Dorr and Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom announced the about-face in a 29 October letter. They said the change came after UCO convinced administrators it could pay for a slimmed-down Lick program without sacrificing other priorities. “We have also seen that there is substantial interest among UC astronomers and other communities for continued operation of Lick by UC,” they wrote.The prospect of the observatory going dark had prompted a “Save Lick” campaign, headed by UC astronomers and amateur stargazers from the corporate halls of nearby Silicon Valley. They argued that Lick was still equipped to contribute important research and that it offered students freedom to pursue projects that couldn’t compete for scarce time at bigger telescopes. Even members of Congress weighed in, with 35 members of California’s delegation sending a letter to UC President Janet Napolitano urging her to reconsider.That pressure, combined with a change in several of the main players, helped reverse the program’s fate, said several observers. Steven Beckwith, a UC Berkeley astronomer who convened a board that recommended cutting Lick’s funding, stepped down in July from his post as UC’s vice president of research and graduate studies. And in early October, Max, a UC Santa Cruz astronomer who helped design and build instruments used at Lick, took the helm at UCO.“Right from the start the provost and I established a very good working relationship and there was lots of mutual respect,” Max said. “I think everyone is looking forward instead of back.”Dorr was not available for comment, according to a spokeswoman with the UC Office of the President (UCOP).The observatory still faces a difficult future. The $1.5-million-a-year budget is considered spartan. There’s pressure to find other sources of money. Its staff has fallen from 24 in 2011 to 14 today. And a number of scientists have left amid the uncertainty. Several astronomy professors retired earlier than they might have otherwise, Max said. A highly regarded instrument designer, Rebecca Bernstein, took a job with the rival Giant Magellan Telescope.UC Santa Cruz astronomer Garth Illingworth welcomed the restoration of Lick’s funding, but said its woes are symptomatic of a broader funding crisis for the UC observatory program. An advisory committee recently concluded that the system needed approximately $7.7 million in 2016 from UCOP; this year, it is receiving just $5 million.”The thing that is really a problem now is having the budget to do justice to the excellence of TMT, Keck, and Lick. You don’t do that with $5 million. It just doesn’t compute,” Illingworth said.It’s also not clear what other projects might have benefited from the $1.5 million now being used to keep Lick operating. Max said other areas ripe for more funding include new equipment for Keck, as well as more engineers and upgrades at technical shops that help design and build instruments.Meanwhile, the campaign to rescue Lick could now morph into a push to boost its fortunes in a region synonymous with high-tech wizardry. Donors are more likely to reach into their pockets now that the university system is backing the observatory, said Jim Katzman, a co-founder of Tandem Computers, who helped pay for a supernova-hunting telescope at the observatory. A marketing firm founded by Andy Cunningham, a vaunted Silicon Valley marketing expert, has been hired to help devise a road map for Lick’s future and to build its prominence in the community, Katzman said.”Lick is not in the forefront of people’s brains around the valley, and I think it could be, and it should be,” he said.last_img read more

SJ Suryah to sport macho look for Mahesh Babu’s next with AR Murugadoss

first_imgAfter the stupendous success of the Tamil film Iraivi, director SJ Suryah has been getting a lot of acting offers. Suryah, who has been roped in to play the villain in superstar Mahesh Babu’s bilingual flick, will be sporting six-pack abs for the first time in his career.ALSO READ: Ranveer Singh heaps praise on Suriya, says he’s THE original SingamALSO READ: Happy Birthday Puri Jagannadh- 5 films of ace director that redefined commercial cinemaSuryah, who spent the last two months rigorously training, will also be seen in a clean shaven look in the film. According to reports, the team recently completed a three-week schedule in Chennai, where the unit has erected a massive setting in EVP world.Despite maintaining secrecy of the project, now it’s been rumoured that Mahesh Babu is indeed playing a stylish intelligence officer in the film.Rakul Preet Singh plays the female lead after Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra turned down the offer.Music director Harris Jayaraj, a frequent collaborator with Murugadoss will compose the film’s music.Jointly produced by Prasad and Tagore Madhu, the film is slated to release next year.last_img read more

HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017 from May 29

first_imgPune, May 25 (PTI) Global conglomerate HCL will host the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for the U/18 category in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn tennis Association here, from May 29.The Championship, which is the only B1 category tournament in Asia will take place from May 29 to June 03, 2017 at MSLTA school of tennis courts at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune, a media release said here.Players from 11 countries in the region (Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka, Iran and India) are participating in the Championship.The Championship is the second highest tournament anywhere in the world after the junior grand slams, and provides top Indian players a chance to compete against their global counterparts as well as earn valuable ITF points to build on their overall international ranking, it said.Held under the aegis of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Asian Tennis Federation (ATF), All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), the six-day Championship will witness participation from over 100 Indian and international players in the Singles and Doubles categories for both boys and girls.Each category draw of 32, will include the top 22 players (basis their ITF ranking) who will get direct entry into the main draw and the remaining players will be drawn from the qualifying matches and wild cards. Eleven girls and eight boys in the main draws are from India, it added.Kaustubh Shah has been designated as the Tournament Director of the event, while ITF White Badge referee has been appointed as the ITF Supervisor for the event.advertisementIn 2016, Naoki Tajima from Japan (world ranking of 28) and Xiyu Wang from China (world ranking of 13) were the champions of the Asian Junior Tennis Champion, said the release. PTI NRB DK DK RYSlast_img read more

Blackburn vs Newcastle: TV, stream & preview

first_imgNewcastle travel to Ewood Park on Tuesday for their FA Cup third-round replay against Blackburn Rovers.It took a late penalty from Matt Ritchie to rescue the initial tie for the Magpies, who had fallen behind at St James’ Park to a goal from Bradley Dack, which threatened to be the cause of a significant upset.Rafael Benitez’s side, however, remain in the running to face Watford in the fourth round. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Blackburn v Newcastle Date Tuesday, January 15 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream NBC ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2, BT Sport 4K UHD and streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Blackburn squad Goalkeepers Raya, Leutwiler, Albinson, Fisher Defenders Mulgrew, Lenihan, Downing, Bell, Williams, Hart, Nyambe, Travis Midfielders Rodwell, Davenport, Reed, Evans, Rothwell, Smallwood, Gladwin, Lyons, Tomlinson, Bennett, Dack Forwards Conway, Brereton, Armstrong, Graham, Samuel, Nuttall Charlie Mulgrew and Derrick Williams may return after missing the weekend’s match against Millwall, while Corry Evans is a doubt.Richie Smallwood, meanwhile, is available after a ban.Possible Blackburn starting XI: Raya; Bennett, Lenihan, Rodwell, Bell; Travis, Evans, Reed, Dack; Armstrong, Nuttall Position Newcastle squad Goalkeepers Dubravka, Elliot, Darlow, Woodman Defenders Clark, Lascelles, Manquillo, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Lejeune, Lazaar Midfielders Murphy, Shelvey, Ritchie, Atsu, Hayden Forwards Perez, Joselu, Rondon Newcastle are hampered by injuries heading into this match. Karl Darlow is still struggling and very unlikely to play, while Paul Dummett and Mohamed Diame are sidelined.Jonjo Shelvey needs a fitness test and given Newcastle’s reticence to play a strong side in the first meeting, it would be surprising to see him feature.Ki Sung-yueng and Yoshnori Muto are on international duty.Callum Roberts could feature, three years after making his debut for the club, while youngsters Sean Longstaff and Freddie Woodman are tipped to figure from the off.Possible Newcastle starting XI: Woodman; Manquillo, Sterry, Schar, Clark, Kenedy; Murphy, S. Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu; JoseluBetting & Match Odds Blackburn may be the Championship side, but bet365 have them priced as 6/4 favourites to win. Newcastle can be backed at 2/1 while the draw is 12/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Rafa Benitez Newcastle 2018-19Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has made it clear that the FA Cup, for now, is not a priority for his team.The Magpies fielded a weakened team when they first tackled Blackburn at St James’ Park and, after a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at the weekend, they find themselves in the Premier League relegation zone. Survival has to be their top priority, with a vital home encounter against Cardiff City to come at the weekend.“The Premier League is massive. You have £130 million guaranteed if you are there,” Benitez said ahead of the replay. “Everyone is trying to manage the situation.”“You have to be realistic. Who’s in the final of the Carabao Cup? One of the top sides.“And who can be in the final of the FA Cup? Now it’s even worse because the reserve team of one of these teams, they can beat another one.“Who has a chance, a realistic chance? Teams in the middle of the table because they can have a go because they are safe. The other teams, you have to manage it really carefully.”Blackburn Rovers, meanwhile, find themselves in the middle of the Championship table, having positioned themselves on the very fringes of the extensive dogfight for the playoffs.Last weekend they scored twice in the last five minutes to dispatch Millwall, with Joe Nuttall and ex-Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong on target.“We’re playing a Premier League side,” Rovers manager Tony Mowbray said.“The team know how tough the game is going to be but we always believe we can win, particularly at home.“We have a level of belief that we can ask questions and put them on the back foot.”Rovers, though, have lost their last three FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents, with Stoke their last victims in the 2014-15 campaign.last_img read more

Cigar Masters: Five Things To Know About Your Stogies

first_img SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke Editors’ Recommendations Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men In the humidor room at Cigar Masters in Boston’s Back Bay, Jack Dakermanji is the man you want to see. As Cigar Aficionado – or in his words, “I don’t know, head cigar guy?”  – he knows a thing or two about how to enjoy a hand-crafted, carefully selected stogy. He gave us the run down of cigar do’s and don’t’s that he sees on a regular basis.Please do not lick the cigar. If you’ve bought a cigar in the last ten years, there’s more than a good chance that it’s already been humidified. Back in the day, people used to lick the cigars to give them moisture. No need for that these days. Save your taste buds for the draw.Cuban does not always mean better.According to Dakermanji, this is hands-down the biggest misconception about cigars. A high-quality producer will create a box of cigars that is completely uniform, with cigars that have almost no variation in shape, color, or texture. Often, Cuban cigars have the most variance per box. “It’s more of a ‘people want what they can’t have’ thing,” he explains. Cigar seekers often like the idea of Cubans simply because they’re illegal to buy in the U.S., not because of the strength or flavors.You don’t need a special occasion.Greg Durkin, a Cigar Masters regular, says that the cigar lounge is his beloved, antisocial time. “I talk to people all day long at work, so I like to come here, open my iPad, and enjoy my cigar in silence. Some of the other regulars and I will say hello to each other, but we’re not interested in making conversation.” Sometimes your best cigar companions will be peace and quiet.Don’t smell the cigar when it’s in the wrapper.“The only thing you’re smelling is plastic,” Dakermanji has nothing more to say on this subject. Neither do we.It’s okay to go for the chocolate-flavored one.Yep, it’s slightly girly, but no more so than enjoying a dessert-flavored liquor. The flavors in cigars range from mild to strong and come in varieties such as coffee, caramel, and butterscotch. The flavors will also change from the beginning of the draw to the end, so what matters most is what you like.Big brands like Montecristo might be your go-to, but Dakermanji prefers some of the smaller, boutique producers like Tatuaje and Camacho, and he encourages people to be curious and branch out. Whether you’re looking to celebrate with friends or just get away for an hour, sit back and enjoy the draw. The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets last_img read more

Commission Introduces New Investor Alert Database

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission is making it easier for investors to find out if those latest and greatest investment opportunities are potentially scams. The commission has a new Investor Alert Database on its website. Investor alerts are published by the commission to warn of unlawful investment raising schemes that the commission learns are being directed at Nova Scotians. To make it easier for Nova Scotians to learn of investor alerts, the commission’s new Investor Alert Database lists all companies, individuals and websites for which the commission has issued investor alerts since 2014. “The commission’s leading mandate is to protect investors,” said Heidi Schedler, senior enforcement counsel with the commission. “Issuing investor alerts is a quick and effective way to protect investors by letting Nova Scotians know of schemes targeted at them by fraudsters and scam artists.” The database is at https://nssc.novascotia.ca/investor-alert-database. The commission is reminding investors to be cautious when approached or contacted by anyone, or when clicking on online ads offering new investment opportunities. In the last month the commission has issued three investor alerts, warning of companies that are approaching people or advertising without being registered to do so. The commission is also reminding investors of recent advisories issued by the Canadian Securities Administrators regarding cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and investing in the cannabis industry. The investing landscape is ever-changing, especially recently with many new investment opportunities arising, such as cryptocurrencies and the cannabis industry. The commission and the Canadian Securities Administrators have recently issued cautions to investors to be careful and do their due diligence when investing in the next big thing. The increasing popularity and exposure of these opportunities has led to them becoming a popular avenue for fraudsters and scam artists. “Whenever a new investment gains media exposure you can be sure fraudsters and scam artists are not far behind,” said Ms. Schedler. “We have seen this with cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, BitCoin as well as binary options, gold options and Forex. Investors should exercise extreme caution with these fad type of offers, especially when the parties offering the investments are outside of Canada or are requesting money by wire transfers or by credit cards. Once your funds are transferred, it is near impossible to get your money back. “An investor’s most effective first line of defence is themselves. We regularly remind investors to check registration and to check the disciplined persons list. This new database adds another tool for investors to use when making informed investment decisions. Taking the time to make informed decisions is key to your investing success.”last_img read more

Man accused of killing Cree woman suffering from demonic possession in days

first_img(Jennifer Stewart, 36, in an undated photo.)Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsEvery day they sit in the same spot just a few strides from the man accused of killing their loved one confined to the prisoner’s box at the Ottawa courthouse standing trial for first-degree murder.The victim’s family can be seen earnestly following the motions as the jury trial moves along.They’ve heard how she fought to save herself from an axe-wielding attacker with her wrists nearly severed maybe as she tried to stop the blows in the pitch black night of Aug. 20, 2010.Jennifer Stewart was a 36-year-old Cree mother who died on a gravel parking lot in the inner-city community of Vanier in the city’s east end.Those that loved her called her Jenny.She is on the long list of murdered Indigenous women over the last 30 years in Canada – nearly 1,200 names join her.And like some on that list, she was caught in the wide swath of addictions.At the time of her death she weighed 80 pounds.Stewart’s murder went unsolved for more than two years with no suspects. It was a case that was unlikely to be solved unless someone came forward.Then on Feb. 25, 2013, someone did.It was a young man already locked up in the local jail in Ottawa – Adrian Daou, now 24.Suicidal and under 24-hour watch in segregation, Daou told a jail guard he wanted to confess to a murder.That jailer called police who came the next day to get his confession on tape.The Crown has presented its case. They allege Daou killed Stewart because he was angry at his life and thought maybe if he did something crazy, like murder someone, he’d become a famous rapper.But there are issues with the case. For one there is no murder weapon. The axe he allegedly used was thrown away. First, Daou said he discarded it, then he said his dad did it.The Ottawa police lead detective has testified he only left a voicemail with the dad to confirm whether the potential murder weapon was indeed gone and did nothing more to follow up.Daou’s confession is riddled with incorrect information about the murder. He allegedly said Stewart never put up a fight to save herself – something a pathologist testified she did in vain.He also said when he lured her to the parking lot at 120 Alice St. he surprised her, hitting her in the chest and back, but according to the autopsy, she had no wounds there. There were 28 wounds in total – the five to her head is what killed her. There were wounds on a leg, thigh and her pelvis. The pathologist testified there was a struggle as Stewart had a fractured arm from being grabbed and “twisted.”Daou told police Stewart kept her hands to her side almost as though she wanted to die.Police were able to track down a receipt from the Canadian Tire store Daou said he bought the axe, along with a painter’s mask and goggles. But there is no video of him purchasing the items and the cashier who sold them wasn’t called to the stand. Not to mention, the receipt is dated weeks before he said he bought it.Daou also confessed to another murder, the name of the victim is under a publication ban, but police quickly discounted that confession because they had already arrested another man for that crime.There are also questions about why Daou confessed. When he met with two Ottawa police detectives, he told them he needed to get out of the jail where they had him locked in segregation under suicide watch. He told them he wanted out and was willing to confess to a murder if they’d take him straight to a federal prison.Throughout the Crown’s case the jury has heard him speak of hearing voices, and being mentally ill.But on Wednesday, when the Daou’s defence team, funded by Legal Aid, took its turn to present its case, they told the jury they would have to consider if Daou is criminally responsible based on his mental state at the time. It was the first time the jury had heard this.It was also the first time they heard that Daou, just days prior to allegedly confessing, had tried to get jail doctors to free him – even if that meant a trip to the hospital.“He wanted me to use my influence to get him out of jail,” testified Dr. Shirley Brathwaite, a psychiatrist who attends to prisoners in the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre where Daou was being held.Brathwaite said Daou was threatening to cut his finger and bite his arm. She found it inappropriate that he was laughing throughout the short encounter on Feb. 22, just a few days before his alleged confession to police.Brathwaite was asked to see Daou by Dr. Ian Shields, the jail psychologist, who also testified he met with Daou Feb. 20 in his office for an assessment.He noticed something was off about Daou and asked him if he was hearing voices, which Daou denied.But Daou did say he was possessed by demons and talked about cutting one of this fingers to free himself that the evil spirit.“By cutting off one of his fingers he wouldn’t be possessed anymore,” said Shields, describing Daou’s logic at the time.Shields would continue to meet with Daou, including several times after his alleged confession. In those meetings he described to the court that Daou appeared calmer and starring off into space.The trial continues Monday when the defence calls its last remaining scheduled witness – the expert to testify to his mental state.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Postal service an invaluable contributor to economic development – UN

7 October 2011In an era of rapid technological advancements, the post remains a vital communication element that links people and businesses and contributes to their economic development worldwide, the United Nations global postal agency says. “The post is an invaluable service that continues to ensure a vital communication link between people and businesses worldwide,” said the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) Director-General Edouard Dayan, commemorating World Post Day, which falls on Sunday this year.Mr. Dayan asked people everywhere to “remember the fundamental values of the post and the numerous public services it offers to people everywhere, which contribute to the economic development of countries.”The post remains the largest physical delivery network in the world, processing around 400 billion letters and 6 billion parcels each year. It is estimated that more than 80 per cent of these come from businesses associations and government administrations, making it an important resource for economic development.Mr. Dayan said that in particular, the number of parcels being processed continues to increase due to the growing popularity of e-commerce.He also stressed that the post’s services go beyond sending letters and parcels as postal financial institutions hold more than one billion of the estimated five billion current and savings accounts in the retail banking market worldwide.“These institutions offer savings and loans products to many people who cannot easily access banking services or have low incomes,” he said.As part of the celebrations this year, the UPU organized an international letter-writing competition, inviting young people to imagine themselves as a tree and write a letter to someone explaining why it is important to protect forests.This year, the prize went to Charlée Gittens from Barbados and China’s Wang Sa from China, who will receive their gold medals and prizes during ceremonies being held in their respective countries. read more

UN calls for immediate resumption of direct IsraelPalestinian talks

Today’s discussions are a follow-up to similar meetings held last month, at which both sides agreed to come forward with comprehensive proposals on territory and security within three months.The series of meetings are part of a strategy launched in September by the so-called Quartet – comprising the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – to bring the two sides together again following the breakdown in bilateral talks last year.The Quartet envoys “continued to encourage the parties to resume direct bilateral negotiations without delay or preconditions,” according to information released by the UN.They also discussed with the parties their development of proposals on territory and security, called on them to create a conducive environment for restarting talks and urged them to refrain from provocative actions. The envoys intend to have a follow-up meeting in December.Peace talks have been stalled since late September 2010 following Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory.That decision prompted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus. 14 November 2011The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the search for Middle East peace today called on Israel and the Palestinians to resume direct talks without delay or preconditions, following separate meetings with officials from both sides in Jerusalem. read more

Stay order preventing the arrest of Gotabaya extended

The FCID was looking to arrest Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the use of public funds for the construction of the D.A.Rajapaksa museum when he was the Secretary of Defence.Gotabaya Rajapaksa had filed a petition in court against the move to arrest him. (Colombo Gazette) A stay order issued by the Court of Appeal preventing the arrest of former Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has been extended till January 25, 2018.The stay order was earlier issued to the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID), effective till today, against arresting Rajapaksa over the alleged misappropriation of public funds.

Côte dIvoire UN agency concerned about people displaced by clashes

As fighting rages on in Côte d’Ivoire, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern about the continuing displacement of both Ivorians and foreigners throughout the country and in the administrative capital of Abidjan.“Obviously, our concern is that any large-scale displacement could spill over into neighbouring States and cause further instability in an already troubled region,” UNHCR spokesperson Millicent Mutuli said at a press briefing in Geneva.Over the weekend a UN inter-agency assessment mission found that the humanitarian situation in the northern part of the country seemed to be deteriorating by the day. The city of Bouaké appeared to be a ghost town, and thousands of people were reported fleeing the war-affected zones daily, with a clear increase over the weekend.The displaced persons were heading towards Brobo, M’bahiakro, Skassou, Didievi and the capital, Yamoussoukro, UN officials reported, adding that those fleeing urgently needed water, food and medication.Many people reported having walked as much as 50 kilometres, sometimes through the bush, while transport prices have soared around Bouaké. Catholic missions in and near the various villages on the way to and in Yamoussoukro have been assisting the displaced with food and temporary housing. After a few days of rest, most of the displaced continue on toward urban areas in Côte d’Ivoire, where they may have relatives. Many mentioned Abidjan as the final destination.A spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that the agency is continuing to fly in emergency food aid, especially high-energy biscuits, for persons displaced by the fighting. WFP is also stockpiling food aid in Burkina Faso and Ghana in preparation for a possible influx of Ivorians to those two neighbouring countries.Meanwhile, an emergency regional meeting is expected to take place in Accra, Ghana, at the end of this week to bring together UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, donor countries and the Red Cross, to study a common plan of action for Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ghana, Mali and Liberia. read more

Alesha MacPhail murderer Aaron Campbell has sentence cut by three years

She said others will determine whether Campbell will ever be freed, but “a lot of work” will have to be done to change him and “it may even be impossible.” The appeal hearing had heard from psychologist Dr Gary Macpherson, who doubted whether Campbell has the capacity or desire to change his behaviour in any meaningful way and as such the risks will remain for the foreseeable future.”However, Lady Dorrian said factors that had “adversely impacted” on his character, such as a “dysfunctional” home life and parenting problems, “may not entirely dictate development of his character in future.”She added: “The likelihood for change in the appellant may indeed be limited but on the basis of the expert material we do no think possible entirely to rule out any residual capacity for change in such an individual notwithstanding the atrocious nature of his crime.” A school picture of Alesha MacPhail Credit:Getty Images Europe The teenager who abducted, raped and murdered Alesha MacPhail has succeeded in having his minimum prison sentence reduced by three years.Three judges at the Criminal Appeal Court in Edinburgh ruled that Aaron Campbell should serve a minimum of 24 years before being considered for release, instead of the 27 years imposed by his trial judge. Lady Dorrian, Lord Menzies and Lord Drummond Young ruled the original sentence was “excessive” given Campbell was only 16 when he committed the horrific crime.  In a written judgement, Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, raised the prospect that he may be rehabilitated but noted there was no guarantee he would be freed after 24 years or ever. After hearing news of the ruling, Alesha’s uncle, Calum-John MacPhail, posted on social media that he would speak to Scottish Justice Minister Humza Yousaf about the decision.Liam Kerr, the Scottish Tories’ Shadow Justice Minister, attacked the “disgraceful” ruling, saying: “Yet again, Scotland’s justice system has come down favourably on the side of the criminal, and it will cause massive upset to the victim’s family.” Campbell, now 17, impassively followed proceedings in the court last month via a live TV link with Polmont young offenders’ institution, in Stirlingshire, where he will still serve the longest term of detention to be imposed on a juvenile offender in Scotland. He raped and murdered the schoolgirl before abandoning her body in nearby woodland, where she was found later the same morning.Campbell denied murdering Alesha throughout a nine-day trial but confessed while background reports were being prepared ahead of his sentencing by Lord Matthews at the High Court in Glasgow in March.The judge described him as a “calculating and remorseless” individual who had shown a “staggering” lack of remorse. Campbell told a psychologist that he was “quite satisfied” with the murder, and claimed he found it difficult to avoid laughing during his trial.The appeal court judges cut his minimum sentence after comparing a number of cases where the offender had been a young person or when the crime was of a violent nature.In her written judgement, Lady Dorrian said: “Against the cases to which we have made reference, a punishment part in excess of 20 years was plainly merited.”We have concluded that a punishment part of 24 years would be appropriate to reflect the appellant’s youth. We will accordingly allow the appeal to the extent of substituting that period for the sentence imposed.” My statement on the news that Alesha MacPhail’s murderer has had his minimum sentence reduced.Let’s be clear that the judiciary are bound to apply the law as it stands – it is up to Parliament and Government to toughen sentences and I am clear we should. https://t.co/ggZSMeQQe6 pic.twitter.com/jRGobpHvBJ— Liam Kerr MSP (@liamkerrMSP) September 10, 2019 The teenager snatched Alesha from her bed as she slept at her grandparents’ home on Rothesay in July last year, telling the drowsy child that he was a friend of her father, who was also asleep in the flat. A school picture of Alesha MacPhail  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. read more

Legion Might Be a Superhero Soon but for Now Its Something Special

first_imgStay on target At the end of last week’s premiere of Legion, the show began to look a lot like a superhero series. An hour and a half of surreal, disorienting storytelling gave way to a well-directed superpowered action scene. It was a welcome change of pace for the episode, and it gave us a clearer picture of what was going on. Syd freed David from the bad guys and delivered him to people who could help. The question was, what did that mean for the episodes to come? Would the rest of the series be as strange and visually complex as the pilot? Or would it be more superpowered action? After last night, we seem to have an answer.The second episode of Legion gave us an idea of what to expect from the rest of the season. It introduced more mutants, becoming closer to what you might expect from an X-Men TV show. It also gave David a goal in the form of someone to save. Despite those more conventional plot elements, Legion remained anything but a conventional superhero TV show. The frenetic pace, non-linear storytelling, and overwhelming visual and sound design returned in full force this week.David Haller is not a normal superhero, not even for an X-Men character. He’s lived with mental illness all his life. He’s overwhelmed easily. He sees and hears things he can’t be sure are really there. He may remember things out of order. The sound and visual design of the show does a great job of communicating how David sees the world. Even if the show makes some of the usual missteps when depicting mental illness, Legion attempts to make us understand how David experiences things. Depending on how they handle it from here, that could represent an important step forward.Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett, Jean Smart as Melanie Bird, Dan Stevens as David Haller. (Photo: FX)This week’s episode was all about memory. David is now at a school for mutants with abilities like his. It’s not Professor Xavier’s school, but it’s not too far off. He has trouble at first, being off his meds for the first time in a long time. The voices he hears are worse than they’ve ever been. Dr. Byrd introduces the idea that he can focus on one voice calling his name, and turn the rest down. He’s surprised to find that he actually can, leading Dr. Byrd to suggest that he may be telepathic. The voices he hears are other people’s thoughts. She tells him to get some rest. He has memory work the next day.Memory work, we learn, is where they dive into someone’s memories to learn what triggers their abilities. Once they know that, they can start learning to control them. To that end, we’re introduced to Ptonomy, a memory artist. Ptonomy takes David back to his childhood, which looks fine at first. He and his family live out in the country. His father, whose face is not shown (Professor Xavier possibly?), is an astronomer, often waking David up to look at the stars. The memory takes a disturbing turn when his dad starts reading a bedtime story called “The World’s Angriest Boy in the World.” The rhyming story starts out well enough but soon becomes a dark tale of a boy decapitating his mother.They also explore David’s memories of therapy, which is full of strange time skips. It’s unclear to Ptonomy whether he’s hiding something or if that’s how his memories are. Everyone at the school keeps telling David that he doesn’t have a mental illness, just telepathic and telekinetic abilities. This may be our first hint that he might have both. Lenny makes an appearance in his memories, which is great because Aubrey Plaza’s take on the character is fun and just a little bit unsettling. Through her scenes, we see David’s history of recreational drug use. She steals an oven and trades it with a dealer under a bridge for a drug called vapor. When David and Lenny get high together, he doesn’t react well. He sees her as the yellow-eyed demon and panics. Later, he insists he didn’t see anything.Aubrey Plaza as Lenny “Cornflakes” Busker. (Photo: FX)That’s not the only time the mysterious demon shows up. The memory work continues while David receives an MRI. He begins to focus on a memory but instead sees something happening at that very moment. His sister Amy visited Clockworks to see him, only to find that they have no records of David or his doctor ever being admitted. When the nurse says she’d like to keep her for observation, Amy tries to leave only to be captured by Division Three, the shadowy organization David was rescued from last week. They’ve been looking for David and will use his sister to get to him.Back in his body in the MRI, David sees the yellow-eyed demon and screams. Suddenly, he’s on the floor. The machine is gone, having been teleported outside the building. David makes up his mind to leave and rescue his sister, but Syd stops him. She convinces him to stay and train before running off to save his sister. She assures him Amy will be kept alive. After all, she’s bait. This is the closest Legion comes to looking like a superhero show.The relationship between Syd and David was another highlight of this episode. Now that they’re both in a safe and supportive place, we see that they actually do care for each other. Rachel Keller and Dan Stevens have a natural chemistry on screen, which makes the characters’ relationship feel real. There are still things he doesn’t want to talk about. She relates her side of what happened when they switched bodies. She suddenly felt as though everyone was screaming at her. In the crowd, she caught a glimpse of the yellow-eyed demon. David still doesn’t want to talk about that, but he forgives her for accidentally killing Lenny. There’s a genuine connection here. Syd is now the only person who knows even a little bit what David’s everyday life is like. He’s never had someone like that before.Dan Stevens as David Haller, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett. (Photo: FX)While Chapter Two wasn’t the visual assault on the senses that the pilot was, it did give us a better idea of what this show is going to be. It’s still way more ambitious than any other superhero show on TV, but there are still familiar elements here. They ground us and prepare us for the more surreal, abstract parts of the show. The second episode showed us that Legion doesn’t need superhero action to tell a good story. The characters are complex and fascinating enough to carry the series themselves. That said, it was a good choice to give David a goal at the end of the episode. The damsel in distress may be a worn superhero trope, but it does raise the stakes and give David a reason to explore his abilities. Besides, with the way the show has done things so far, whose to say they won’t do something completely unexpected with the damsel plot?Miss last night’s episode, stream it here from Amazon. Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness last_img read more

11 WeirdPreHistoric Creatures Id Rather See in Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

first_imgStay on target Well, there you have it! That’s a pretty insane list of prehistoric critters. From giant and peaceful sloths and giant apes to the killer raptors and camouflaging carnivores. Let us know in the comments below what dinos you’d stack above the rest.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. TITANOBOALike a creature straight out of a Ray Harryhausen film, Titanoboa were forty-eight feet long and weighed over a ton. These gigantic reptiles were easily the largest prehistoric snake ever recorded. These creatures did not use deadly venom to attack their prey, but would constrict the daylights out of them. They could crush up to four-hundred pounds per square inch leaving its enemies entrails on the outside to ingest. Basically the equivalent of being squished by three Eiffel towers. This would fit into an all hell breaks loose moment in Fallen Kingdom, showing off something else most moviegoers fear other than dinosaurs, ‘efing snakes!via commons.wikimedia.org (Bogdanov)PLIOSAURUSWhile the inclusion of the Mosasaurus was a welcomed one in Jurassic World, it would be the Pliosaurus that would really drop some jaws in Fallen Kingdom. These guys were about fifteen meters long and weighed in at forty-five tons. This is the most powerful marine mammal ever discovered. Although underwater, these creatures hunted their prey by smell, channeling water through special internal nostrils. These guys were fast going up to five meters per second, faster than any prehistoric sea creatures. Maybe we could see a two or three Mosasaurus go up against one of the big fellows? I think that would be worth the ticket of admission. Lego Captures Classic Jurassic Park Moments In Huge New Set’Jurassic Park’ Animated Series Is Coming to Netflix in 2020 center_img HELICOPRIONWhat if Bruce the shark had a saw blade within its jaws? That is basically what a Helicoprion was. Eat was a meat eater who went after boneless meals like squids or sharks.  Even though I compared the sea creature to the shark in JAWS, this creature grew much larger. Twenty-five to thirty feet larger to be exact. A few of these swimming around would looking pretty menacing during the surf scene in Fallen Kingdom, but I think us humans are too bony for their liking. Maybe Dennis Nedry would do?via commons.wikimedia.org (Daderot)DEINOSUCHUSTake a hike Lake Placid! The Deinosuchus was the largest crocodile coming in at thirty-five feet and weighing in from five thousand to eleven thousand pounds. Any prehistoric creatures large or small taking a drink break or snacking on a meal by the waterhole would pay the ultimate price if one of these were around. These would be a great contender for the second installment in the Jurassic World series.    The Jurassic Park films have given us a slew of prehistoric creatures for the last 25 years on the silver screen that have absolutely stunned audiences. From very close depictions of what we believe the Tyrannosaurus-Rex looked like thanks to creature and effects master Stan Winston, to over the top fabrications of dinos like the Dilophosaurus (I wish he had a colorful fan and spat acid too.) With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hitting theaters this past Friday, I thought it would be fun to list some prehistoric Dinos and creatures that the series has abandoned and would never dream of playing with their Dino-DNA.via commons.wikimedia.org (Fred Wierum)CARNOTAURUSNow before many hardcore Jurassic Park fans jump down my throat. Yes, I understand the Carnotaurus were depicted in Michael Crichton’s The Lost World novel along with being portrayed in a few JP video games and even possibly in the background of the volcano eruption scene in Fallen Kingdom. But fans have wanted these devil dinos to get a real meaty roll in the series for quite a while now. Carnotaurus were primarily night hunters who had the ability to cloak themselves. This lends itself perfectly to a ton of new scenarios, and many fans would be pleased by its inclusion.via commons.wikimedia.org (Robert Bruce Horsfall)MEGATHERIUM (AKA: The Ground Sloth)While not too intimidating currently due to the pop culture phenomenon of sloths, their Carnotaurus ancestor was a force to be reckoned with. Thousands of years ago during the earth’s last ice age, the giant sloth trudged through north and south America. It was the size of an African elephant who was known to be primarily gentle, but could do major damage with its twelve-inch claws. The Megatherium could walk on all fours and even its hind legs which would reach about sixteen to eighteen feet high. Their skin was as tough as armor which helped them fend off attackers. Fallen Kingdom may have forgotten these lovable creatures, but I’d be happy to see a few dive into the water with Chris Pratt.via commons.wikimedia.org (Jaime A. Headden)PELAGORNIS SANDERSIThis massive bird reached six foot long in size with a wingspan of up to twenty-four feet, which is almost the same wing size of a life-size x-wing. The Pelagornis hollow bones helped its large but lightweight body glide purposely towards the water to catch greater gusts of air for smooth sailing. This helped the creature capture prey by the sea. Its sizeable serrated beak helped tear through some of the largest prehistoric fish in the sea. A few of these would make for a fun finale wide shot alongside a hand full of Pterodactyls.via commons.wikimedia.org (Emily Willoughby)UTAH RAPTORThese warm-blooded guys were the largest Raptor to walk the earth. They measured up to twenty-five feet from head to tail while weighing in at one thousand to two thousand pounds! Velociraptors were only thirty pounds. A pack of these things could take out a brontosaurus quickly. These raptors also sported feathers and had a sharp claw that could gut any giant beast with ease. A few of these in the streets and buildings would fall like in a horrendous Dwayne Johnson film. via commons.wikimedia.org (Kaekart)GIGANTOPITHECUS BLACKIThis towering beast resided near South-East Asia nearly one hundred thousand years ago. All that has been discovered of these creatures are their teeth and jaw. It turns out that the Gigantopthecus actually splits off into three different species. The Bilaspurensis, Giganteus and the Blacki (Blacki being the largest of its kind.) These creatures were much too large to live in trees and were ground dwellers who ate fruits and large plants. Maybe Legendary Pictures has the whole large monkey vs. giant lizard thing tapped, but who knows what curve balls Fallen Kingdom shows off?via commons.wikimedia.org (Nobu Tamura)THERIZINOSAURUSThis is one I would actually really like to see appear in the Jurassic Park series. These creatures were the Freddy Kruger’s of Dinosaurs. These guys were over ten meters long and seven meters high while weighing up to five tons. They were located in the Mongolian desert and would use their one point five metered claws to pull down branches to access fruits and leaves just like the Megatherium. While not too terrifying fleeing from the island, Therizinosaurus could be terrifying at first glance at night for our fleeing heroes. via commons.wikimedia.org (Cas Liber)MEGALANIAAustralia was home to what was known as the “The Giant Butcher.” Megalania are part of the Komodo Dragon family and reached up to six meters long and weighed over half a ton. These beasts were meat eaters and ruled whatever was in its path. Seeing these things charge a beach alongside a ton of Compsognathus would be a blast to watch for some poor unsuspecting schmuck.  last_img read more

Washougal man appears in court for parking lot brandishings

first_imgA Washougal man is being held at the Clark County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail after he was accused of brandishing a gun at people in two different parking lots earlier this week.Johnathon Blake Fulmer, 24, made his first appearance Friday in Clark County Superior Court on allegations of first-degree robbery and first- and second-degree assault.The first incident occurred Tuesday at 2:14 a.m. at Chevron, 165 C St. in Washougal. Steven Riddle was getting gas when he was approached by a man, later identified as Fulmer, who made antagonistic remarks toward Riddle, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.After he was done filling up his truck, Riddle saw the man expose a pistol tucked in his waistline before returning to his car and driving away erratically, the affidavit states.About 2 1/2 hours later, Vancouver police were called to 7-Eleven, 5600 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.According to court documents, a man, later identified as Fulmer, pulled up in a vehicle and pointed a handgun at Jacob Lepley. The robber demanded that Lepley give him his cellphone, according to court documents.Montreal Massui, a store clerk, was in the parking lot, and the man pointed a gun at him, too, according to the affidavit. Massui stared running, and the man followed him in the vehicle until Massui ran back inside the store, court records state.last_img read more

Foreign Affairs Minister says Bahamas concerned about cuts to US Coast Guard

first_img Bahamas & TCI Meet, concerned on possible cut to US Coast Guard Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#fundingcutstoUSCoastGuard, #magneticmedianews, #OPBAT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas is concerned about the decision by the new Trump Administration’s proposal cut in funding by $1.3 billion to the US Coast Guard.  “In the discussions with the Premier, there is a lot of concern in this country as there is in the Bahamas  about OPBAT and its future because there appears to be a draw back of resources in the United States.  And one of the things that happens, we find ourselves as countries in a kind of catch 22 with the U.S. accusing us of being conduits for drugs and illegal trafficking and smuggling and all the rest of it, but it’s really in their security interest, we are really paying the price for their security.”During his trip to the Turks and Caicos island this weekend, the Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell told Magnetic Media that this matter was discussed as it is unclear how the announcement will impact OPBAT aka Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos which is a joint operation designed to control human, arms and illicit drug smuggling.Minister Mitchell said it is mainly a wait and see situation, but also advised that the Bahamas is not taking it lying down and has already made representation on how our smaller countries lack the capacity to cope with heavy smuggling operations; “We’re waiting to see who will become the Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, because that’s the person who will really be the key point person in the State Department to deal with policies with the Caribbean.  There is a meeting I think coming up on the 29th of March, which will have to do with this new Act that was passed by Congress for engagement in the Caribbean.”Minister Fred Mitchell said the US has to be made to understand that helping our countries ultimately means helping their own country in its interdiction and border control efforts.#MagneticMediaNews #fundingcutstoUSCoastGuard #OPBATlast_img read more

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 compact DSLR brings 4K video to its entry

first_img Yes Yes Mono; mic input Optical 820 shots (1,230 mAh) 3.2 in/8.2 cm Articulated touch screen 1.04m dots Best video Yes 24.2MP CMOS Sensor size Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 22.3 x 14.9mm Yes Body operating weight 1 – 20 EV Battery life (CIPA rating) Cameras Autofocus Yes Share your voice 0 Sensitivity range Yes H.264 MP4 4K UHD/24p, 1080/60p 3 in/7.5 cm Articulated touchscreen 1.04m dots Burst shooting Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC Shutter speed 1 x SDXC 22.3 x 14.9mm 9-pt AF center cross-type (Dual Pixel AF in Live View only) $599.95 £579 AU$1,199 650 shots (VF); 260shots (LV) 4.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 in 122 x 93 x 70 mm Canon EOS Rebel SL2 EOS 200D Hot Shoe -0.5 to 18 EV Yes Focal-length multiplier No 29m59s Maximum best-quality recording time Yes No Primary kit 5fps 10 raw/ unlimited JPEG 29m59s 1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/200 x-sync ISO 100 – ISO 25600/ISO 51200 (exp) 1.6x OLPF Optical 95% coverage 0.87x/0.54x 63-zone iFCL -0.5 to 18 EV 9-pt AF center cross-type (Dual Pixel AF in Live View only) Yes ISO 100 – ISO 25600/ISO 51200 (exp) Yes Memory slots H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/60p Canon EOS Rebel SL3 EOS 250D Wireless connection Mono; mic input 24.1MP Dual Pixel CMOS 1,630 shots (VF); 350 shots (LV) (1,040 mAh) -1 – 19 EV Yes $699.95 £679 AU$1,299 (with AF-P 18-55mm VR lens) 63-zone iFCL 4.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 in 122 x 93 x 70 mm 2,016-pixel 3D color matrix metering II $599.99 Optical 95% coverage 0.87x/0.54x Clean HDMI out 1 x SDXC Comparative specifications 5fps 100 JPEG/raw n/a Mfr. price (body only) Audio ISO 100 – ISO 25600 1.6x Yes Flash Metering Wireless flash Dual Sensing IS (Optical with gyro data sent to body) 1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/200 sec x-sync January 2017 1 x SDXC 23.5 x 15.6 mm Optical 95% coverage 0.82x/0.55x Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.1 Yes 16 oz (est.) 453 g (est.) Viewfinder (mag/effective mag) 4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 in 124 x 97 x 70 mm 20 minutes/29m59s AF sensitivity LCD Nikon D5600 H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/60p, 25p, 24p 16.8 oz 476 g Manual aperture and shutter in video 24.2MP Dual Pixel CMOS -1 to 19 EV No Tags Sensor effective resolution The only noticeable differences between the SL2 and SL3 are on the top: a simplified mode dial, no Wi-Fi button and some aesthetic changes to the buttons and switches. Canon Just in time for Mother’s Day gifting, Canon rolls out a refresh of its compact DSLR for newbies. The EOS Rebel SL3 follows the two-year-old SL2, aka the EOS 200D in the UK and Australia, bringing some of the perks bestowed by the latest version of Canon’s imaging processor, Digic 8. At the top of the list is 4K video, which makes its debut in the entry-level Canon DSLRs. The SL3 will ship by the end of April, at $600 for the body or $750 for the kit with the 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens. We don’t have pricing or availability for other regions, but the US prices directly convert to about £460/£575 and AU$840/AU$1,050. It still comes in black or silver variants. Given that it’s very much like its predecessor, the SL2 is looking like an attractive alternative to the new model. The comparable kit currently goes for $600 (£580, AU$900), and it will likely be one of Canon’s traditionally aggressive holiday sale offerings at the end of the year. In addition to 24p 4K video, the SL3 gains eye-detection autofocus, though only when you’re shooting via the back LCD, not the optical viewfinder. Since the sharpest spot in the photo of a person should be their eyes (unless you get artsy), eye AF improves the quality of portraits over simple face-detection AF.  The SL3 also offers a smooth-skin mode so your people photos can look like they were shot on a phone.  The AF system in Live View mode now covers a larger percentage of the frame. Unfortunately, when you use the optical viewfinder you’re stuck with the ancient, slow, please-kill-it-already 9-point phase-detection AF system. The body is pretty much the same as before. There are just a few design tweaks on the top: A simplified mode dial, no Wi-Fi button and some aesthetic changes to the buttons and switches. Canon did make it easier to connect to Wi-Fi and added automatic file transfers, so it’s possible we won’t miss the dedicated button. Yes Post a comment 15.8 oz (est.) 449 g (est.) Stereo, mic input IS £489.99 1.5x April 2019 1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/200 x-sync $599.99 £579.99 AU$899 (with 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens) $749.99 (with 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens) Size (WHD) Canon July 2017 3 in/7.5 cm Articulated touchscreen 1.04m dots Optical 5fps 6 raw/ unlimited JPEG 1 – 20 EV 39-pt AF 9 cross- type Metering sensitivity Yes Release datelast_img read more