Calgary 2026 leadership in the hands of entrepreneur skier Scott Hutcheson

first_imgCALGARY – Riding around in the back of the Canadian men’s ski team van and reading The Economist directed the course of Scott Hutcheson’s life.He decided to go back to school — he’d dropped out to join the ski team — and learn what it takes to launch projects to profitability.Hutcheson is a man who has stood at the intersection of business and sport for much of his life.Those who know him say he has the skill set to shepherd a city to where both worlds fuse on a monolithic scale, which is an Olympic Games.As chair of Calgary 2026, the bid corporation tasked with constructing a deal that business, government and the public will embrace, Hutcheson has a lot to do and little time to do it.Calgary must decide by January if it will make a pitch for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. There will be a plebiscite later this year when the populace will give a thumbs up or thumbs down.“It’s never safe to step out as a leader. It’s often got giant challenges,” Hutcheson told The Canadian Press on the 15th floor of The Edison, an office tower owned by his company Aspen Properties.“If we get to put to bid in, I think Calgary has a fantastic opportunity, but we’ve got to get there. There’s a lot of hurdles between now and then. It’s not for the weak of stomach.”You’d think a man who bought the Calgary Tower must be whimsical, but the 191-metre downtown tourist attraction came in a 2006 deal for a larger commercial property, to which the tower is attached.“It’s a very tiny piece of the bigger investment,” Hutcheson said. “It kind of scared me to be honest because it’s a different business than commercial real estate. It’s a tourism destination.”The 58-year-old from Huntsville, Ont., moved to Calgary to start his own company in 1998 after working in finance and commercial real estate in the U.S.Aspen Properties owns and manages $1 billion in assets in Calgary and Edmonton. The Canadian Press rents space in the base of the tower for its Calgary bureau.The commercial vacancy rate in Calgary hovers around 25 per cent. So what’s in it for Hutcheson, if the city pursues and wins the bid for 2026?“I don’t know that Aspen gains necessarily,” he replied. “If we as Calgarians, whether we get the bid or not, can turn a conversation from the negative place our business community is today, to some dreams and some hope, I think the community can change some of the narrative.“I would hope we put good numbers and good value propositions that are very believable and very accurate in front of our community and let the community assess that.”Hutcheson is 2026 bid chair in part because John Furlong, the head the Vancouver organizing committee for the 2010 Winter Games, championed him.“To me, the big test of leadership is, is anyone following?” Furlong said. “When Scott is at the front of the room, people are paying attention and they’re following.“He has a way to take a room. He speaks thoughtfully. When he presents something, people tend to gather around it because they think it’s well thought-through.”According to those who know him, Hutcheson speaks quietly, listens a lot and analyzes continuously.“Scott’s one of those guys that has the highest form of intelligence, which is acute common sense,” said Bob Rooney, chief legal officer of Enbridge.“You can get a lot of people that will overanalyze and go too far into esoteric issues and he can bring it back to what’s fundamentally important, to whatever issue you happen to be dealing with at the time.”Added Calgary Chamber of Commerce CEO Sandip Lalli: “What he’s known for is a wholesome business leader with multiple industry experience and having the foundational experience as an athlete.”You don’t take on a tilting-at-windmills project like an Olympic Games without loving sport.Hutcheson has chaired and served on various boards running national sport, including WinSport, which oversees the legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and Own The Podium, which directs funding and provides technical expertise in Canada’s high-performance sport system.He’s also been a board member for the annual World Cup downhills at Lake Louise, Alta., where he and some Canadian ski legends raced in the first one in 1980.Hutcheson doesn’t count himself among the Crazy Canucks. He says that title is reserved for six men — Steve Podborski, Ken Read, Dave Irwin, Dave Murray, Jim Hunter and Todd Brooker.Hutcheson was primarily a slalom and giant slalom skier for Canada from 1978 to 1982, although he liked downhill too. He competed in all three disciplines at the 1982 world championship in Schladming, Austria.“He’s a big strong guy. He was a power skier,” Podborski said. “He made it happen on the race course much the same way he does in business.”Hutcheson’s father Bob put his son on skis, as the saying goes, as soon as he could walk.Bob Hutcheson owned and operated several businesses in the Huntsville area. He and wife Jane volunteered at the ski venue, Nakiska Ski Resort, at the ’88 Games in Calgary.Scott’s younger brother Blake was chief executive officer of Oxford Properties Group, but was recently named president and chief pensions officer for Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) that boasts $95 billion in assets.After retiring from the Canadian team, Scott headed to the University of Utah where he raced on scholarship, finished his high school equivalency and obtained his first finance degree.The father of two sons says the parallel between entrepreneurship and ski racing is managing risk in a healthy way.That is also a requirement for a successful Winter Games bid.“We’re built with healthy fear and unhealthy fear and when you’re hurdling down a ski hill at really fast speeds, you have to overcome some healthy fear and you have to work through that over time,” Hutcheson explained.“Business is similar to being an athlete. You’d better take baby steps and if you take a leap too far ahead at any point in time, you can get yourself into trouble by taking risks that you’re not aware of.”last_img read more

PQ candidate Guy Leclair quits Quebec election amid drunk driving charges

first_imgMONTREAL – A candidate for the Parti Quebecois has withdrawn his candidacy just weeks before the provincial election.Guy Leclair, the PQ candidate and outgoing member of the legislature for the Montreal-area riding of Beauharnois, announced his resignation in a statement late Wednesday.The announcement came on the same day Leclair was charged with impaired driving and refusing to obey a police officer.In his statement, Leclair says he expects to be acquitted of the charges but he had to withdraw for the good of the party.He’s due to appear in court Sept. 21, just 10 days before Quebecers go to the polls.PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, who spent much of the past two days defending Leclair after the allegations became public, has 10 days to find another candidate.last_img read more

Rob Lowe is heading to Vancouver to Direct Star in THE BAD

first_imgFilming starts February 26th and wraps March 30th Facebook THE GRINDER: THE GRINDER premieres this Fall on FOX. Pictured: Rob Lowe. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Company. Cr: Justin Stephens/FOX Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Rob Lowe will be directing and starring in a remake of the classic 1956 Oscar-nominated thriller The Bad Seed for Lifetime.Lowe plays the father who must stop his seemingly perfect daughter Emma from hurting people.The reimagining of the cult 1956 psychological horror film is penned by Barbara Marshall(Wish Upon) based on a best-selling novel by William March that was adapted to a long-running Broadway play.  Lowe, The Wolper Organization’s Mark Wolper (“Bates Motel”, “Roots”) and Elizabeth Stephen executive produce. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Edmonton trying to deepen relationship with First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsEdmonton signed a “declaration on Aboriginal relations” in 2005 to improve relations with their Aboriginal residents.Since then a dozen cities have looked at emulating that model.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan takes a look at what impacts the strategy has had so far.last_img

A Brazilian auctions her virginity receives 15 Million offer from

first_imgCasablanca- Today, you can find anything exposed for sale on the internet—even a girl’s virginity! Catarina Migliorini, the Brazilian college girl who stirred a polemic by auctioning off her virginity online 15 months ago, is now doing it again after the initial deal proved to be a total failure. Surprisingly, someone has even proposed to her!We all remember the 21-year-old Migliorini who had sold her virginity online for $ 780,000. Well, the Japanese billionaire who won the online bid against three other bidders seemingly changed his mind, and Migliorini said she was the victim of a well-sewed dupery, especially after she shot the Justin-Sisely-made documentary “Virgins Wanted” on that very auction.The controversial Brazilian college student re-launched the online auction again, and this time on her own website, Since then, one of the most tempting offers she has received for her virginity is $440,000. However, Migliorini is now raising the bar higher after she has recently received a $1.5 million marriage proposal from an undisclosed Arab billionaire. Hence, she has disregarded the $440, 000 offer, extended the deadline for bids until February 14 and started probing the very tempting marriage offer.“”I decided to continue because I received a proposal from an Arab millionaire and I’m thinking about it, [because] this proposal involves a possible marriage,” she was quoted as saying by The Huffington Post.” I decided to extend the time so I could analyze everything well in advance.”Migliorini seemed very optimistic about the Arab billionaire’s recent offer, describing the Arab proposer as a “romantic,” “handsome” and “very intelligent” man, who “lives in a beautiful mansion [and] speaks 11 languages.”Migliorini claims that she plans to donate 90% of the auction money for charity, mainly to enable certain associations in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, where she’s from, to build homes for people in need.However, according to Huffington Post, Australian filmmaker Sisely said he was surprised to hear Migliorini speak about the 90% charity donation part, since she had affirmed to him that offering her virginity for sale was “a business decision for her.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

ISIS Loses Ground in Iraq Libya and Afghanistan

By Christopher BrodskyRabat – The Islamic State, commonly referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is losing territory in Iraq as coalition forces continue to advance on Mosul.The Telegraph noted early Monday morning, large amounts of intelligence have been collected by Iraqi security and international coalition forces throughout the city. Phones, laptops, and hard-drives have been confiscated and will soon be passed along to intelligence agencies for processing. The coalition’s recent capture of Manbij, a city in the north of Syria which has functioned as a gateway for ISIS militants entering Turkey and Europe, also provided intelligence analysts with a trove of data on the terrorist group and its larger network. The intelligence included crucial information on ISIS’s recruits, finances as well as plans for international terror plots in Europe and elsewhere.Major General Rupert Jones, second in command of the international coalition against ISIS in Iraq, said efforts to uproot the militants in Mosul are well underway. He reported the international coalition has been degrading the city’s defenses for months. Indeed, the general reported ISIS has since lost between fifty and sixty percent of its territory in Iraq.Jones acknowledged that, because of the sheer size of the city and the number of civilians remaining within its bounds, clearing the rest of the militants from Mosul will be a slow process.Efforts to retake ISIS’s Syrian stronghold in Raqqa, however, will be more difficult than the Mosul operation, Jones reported. There, the coalition lacks the support and logistical capability to launch a campaign as effective as the one against Mosul.According to Reuters, civilians are slowly beginning to return to their daily routines in areas liberated from ISIS’s control. Under the Islamic State’s authority, wages had been skimmed to fund the war effort, access to medicine was restricted, and strict social and religious laws were forced upon civilians.ISIS has likewise lost ground in Libya and Afghanistan, where the group once hoped to carve out enclaves of influence.Foreign Policy magazine noted on Monday, local militias in Libya have, for months, been surrounding the Islamic State’s remaining forces in the coastal city of Sirte. Supported by their international allies, the Libyan militias have almost completely defeated Islamic State forces.The situation in Libya is not all encouraging, however, since the various competing actors, from Field-Marshall Haftar’s government in Eastern Libya, to the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, did not coordinate their efforts toward restoring a cohesive, national government.Similarly, the Islamic State’s modest holdings in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, have been contained by resurgent Taliban forces. Analysis from the RAND Corporation argues ISIS has not been able to carry out a successful military campaign or secure the support of local residents in Afghanistan. read more

Romania Denounces Iranian Interference in Moroccos Internal Affairs

Rabat – Romania has joined the list of countries that condemn the Iranian interference in Morocco’s domestic affairs.On Friday, Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister, Teodor Melescanu, expressed his approval of Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran, emphasizing that his country is against any interference that may undermine the stability of Morocco.Commenting on Morocco’s diplomatic move, the Romanian official said that the stability of Morocco vital to the security of the region and the world. Melescanu made his remarks in Rabat on Friday, during his meeting with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.Currently on a working visit in Rabat, the Romanian minister confirmed that Morocco can count on the support of Bucharest.“We are against any interference by states, organizations, political parties, or others, which can affect and harm the stability of Morocco,” he added during a press conference at the end of his talks with Bourita.On Tuesday, Morocco announced its decision to cut ties with Iran due to its involvement in delivering military equipment to the Polisario and training its militias.The Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council backed Morocco’s move, calling Iran’s support of Hezbollah an attempt to “destabilize Morocco and undermine its territorial integrity.”Gulf countries have noted that Iran “is destabilizing the security of Islamic countries by igniting sectarianism, interfering in their internal affairs, and supporting terrorism.” read more

Saying change is in the air Ban urges new UN body to

“We are now poised for the crucial next phase of human development – a universal post-2015 sustainable development agenda. That agenda needs a strong voice for the environment,” Mr. Ban said in his address to the closing session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which held its inaugural meeting this week in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 1,200 high-level participants, including UN officials, diplomatic and civil society delegations, have been taking part in the historic first session of the Environment Assembly, being held under the theme “A Life of Dignity for All.” The body, created in answer to a call made by governments at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) for a more representative entity dealing with the issue, includes all 193 UN Member States sitting alongside major stakeholders. The Environment Assembly now plans to meet every two years and will replace the Governing Council of the Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“With its augmented role as a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly, UNEA has the mandate and capacity to position the environment alongside peace and security, poverty reduction, global health, trade and sustainable economic growth as an issue of crucial importance to every government,” said Mr. Ban.At UNEA this week, stakeholders deliberated on many important topics – including the sustainable development goals, consumption and production patterns, the environmental rule of law, and the illegal trade in timber and wildlife. “The message is clear: protecting humanity’s life support system is integral to sustainable development. And it is a duty for all,” the UN chief declared.He went on to say that UNEP and the UNEA have a central role to play in the coming months and beyond, as 2015 marks the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and subsequently, the UN will a launch post-2015 sustainable development agenda. It is also when Member States have pledged to sign a meaningful new global climate agreement.“The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate global ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure from human activities,” said Mr. Ban, and as such, the decisions that will be made over the coming months will have profound implications for this generation and many to come.Noting that the “heavy hand” of humankind is now visible everywhere – from tropical deforestation to depleted ocean fisheries and from growing freshwater shortages, and the rapid decline of biodiversity to the growing menace of climate change – he recalled that on 23 September, he will convene a climate summit meeting in New York to mobilize political will and catalyze ambitious action on climate change.“I urge you all to ensure that your Heads of State and Government and your leaders from business and civil society attend. We need all sectors and all nations to work together to combat climate change and promote sustainable development,” declared the Secretary-General.Emphasizing that decisive action is needed “to change humanity’s relationship with our planet,” he said: “This forum has the power – and the responsibility – to promote a global transformation of attitude and practice.”Yet he stressed that the UNAE’s job will not be easy, “as there are many vested interests and entrenched attitudes that will stand in your way. You will have to advocate hard with your counterparts in finance, energy, agriculture and trade.“But whenever you need inspiration, just look at the advances of the past four decades; the arguments for environmental sustainability are compelling – and they are winning, in the minds of people, in boardrooms and in the corridors of power,” said Mr Ban, telling the Assembly: “Change is in the air. Solutions exist. It’s time to lead.” read more

Capcom wants to know which PSOne games you want on PSN

first_imgWe all have fond memories of games we played on the first PlayStation, eventually known as the PSOne. If you were asked to produce a list, at least one Capcom game would likely appear, right?Capcom Japan has realized there is a lot of love out there for its PSOne titles. Rather than try and guess which games it should prioritize for re-release, the publisher has instead decided to ask the audience. So, which PSOne games would you like to see appearing in updated from on PSN?AdChoices广告Your answers should be directed to the Capcom_retro Twitter account using the hash tag #cpga2011 in your tweet. But remember, this is Capcom Japan asking the question so you need to supply the Japanese name of the games you love. A good example of this is Mega Man which in Japan is known as Rockman.Anyone wanting a reminder of which games Capcom released on PlayStation would do well to visit Wikipedia which has a full list.Read more at GamesRadarlast_img read more

Lappel doffres pour les licences 4G sera lancé en mai

first_imgL’appel d’offres pour les licences 4G sera lancé en maiLe président de l’Autorité de régulation des télécommunications (Arcep) a annoncé que l’appel d’offres pour les futures licences 4G sera ouvert en mai.Les licences 4G seront attribuées d’ici à la fin de l’année 2011. C’est ce qu’a expliqué Jean-Ludovic Silicani, le président de l’Arcep, dans des propos relayés par Le Monde : “Nous sommes en train de finaliser avec le gouvernement le cadre des appels à candidature. Si les choses se passent normalement, on peut penser que d’ici à début mai la procédure pourrait être lancée, ce qui permettrait d’attribuer les lots (de fréquence) de 2,6 gigahertz et 800 megahertz d’ici fin 2011”.À lire aussiLe Nexus 4 disponible mardi en exclusivité chez SFRCette nouvelle génération permettra des débits supérieurs à 100 mégabits par seconde et ainsi un accès à Internet encore plus rapide pour les utilisateurs de l’Internet mobile. De nouvelles licences, dont Jean-Ludovic Silicani espère qu’elles “se vendent à un niveau satisfaisant. Elles sont un bien rare et donc un bien cher, que l’Etat ne brade pas. Le gouvernement a cité dans le cadre du débat sur les finances le chiffre de 2 milliards d’euros, cela veut donc dire qu’il attend des recettes à cette hauteur”. Selon Le Monde, les concurrents d’Orange craignent que l’opérateur historique ne fasse main basse sur ces fréquences et a demandé à l’Etat que celui-ci garantisse une certaine équité. L’obligation de partage de réseau ou la fixation de plafonds d’achat seraient ainsi envisagées par les autorités.Le 11 avril 2011 à 11:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

See Micro Blood Moon Eclipse Through the Internets Eyes

first_img Alas, cloudy skies (and lazy nights) hampered my attempts to spot Friday’s Micro Blood Moon eclipse from my window in Edinburgh.Luckily, folks around the globe (and galaxy) shared snaps of 2018’s second total lunar eclipse on social media.German cosmonaut Alexander Gerst tweeted a series of photos, captured by the International Space Station.“Just magical,” he wrote. Caught the Moon leaving Earth’s core shadow, just before setting over the South Atlantic. Last photo of the #LunarEclipse taken from #ISS. #Horizons— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) July 27, 2018Earth-bound photographers, meanwhile, posted some stellar shots for the world to admire.Some classically beautiful: Full moon lunar eclipse viewed this morning from Cleveland Point in south east Queensland. Second photo is a mobile phone wide shot showing the moon and Mars over Raby Bay. #lunareclipse #bloodmoon #fullmoon #redlandsanyday #Queensland— Chris Walker (@WildRedlands) July 27, 2018 Beginning of the total #LunarEclipse – 10:22 July 27, Bavaria, Germany— ★TomCat★ (@demonhawk) July 27, 2018Others creatively charming: Stay on targetcenter_img Photographer and astronomer Matt Robinson’s stunning view of the Moon in full eclipse between the Milky Way and Mars earned 12,000 likes in three days, as well as a retweet by physicist Brian Cox. Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface The Moon in full eclipse alongside the Milky Way and above Mars during tonight’s #LunarEclipse #BloodMoon @ProfBrianCox— Matt Robinson (@Astro_Matt27) July 27, 2018Neither “super” nor “blue,” the Blood Micro Moon eclipse was the longest of the 21st century, lasting approximately 103 minutes—visible primarily from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia.Admittedly, photos can’t quite do the cosmic event justice. You can still watch NASA’s no-longer-livestream (complete with chilling Stranger Things-esque soundtrack), sourced from international planetariums. The Virtual Telescope Project’s belated broadcast is also available on YouTube.A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes within Earth’s umbra, or shadow, which appears to “cover” part of the orb, turning it a deep shade of red. (That coloring, due to Rayleigh scattering, is the same effect that gives sunsets their beautiful complexion.)Unlike January’s Super Blue Blood Moon, when the planetoid was circling quite near us, on the day of this eclipse, the Full Moon was at its farthest from Earth, appearing smaller in the sky, thus taking on the “micro” title.”Though the star of the show, this month’s lunar eclipse was joined by an opening act: Mars orbited very close to the eclipsed Moon last week, making it easy to spot with the naked eye.An eclipse never travels alone: The lunar event is sandwiched between two partial solar eclipses on July 13 and Aug. 11.For more, check out Geek’s lineup of the best eclipses in sci-fi history.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Wheel of Fortune hosts in Providenciales show coming

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beaches resort and spa, key west village, pat sajak, vanna white, wheel of fortune Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2015 – In February next year a very famous game show will spend a week on air in The Turks and Caicos at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa. Turks and Caicos Media will today meet the hosts of Wheel of Fortune: Pat Sajak and Vanna White at the Key West Village to learn more about the family week Wheel of Fortune on the World’s #1 Island, Providenciales. PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspectlast_img read more

Suspect drives off in Clackamas patrol car

first_imgMOLALLA, Ore. (AP) The Clackamas County sheriff’s office says a stabbing suspect fled the scene early Friday by speeding off in a patrol car.Deputies responded about 1 a.m. to the stabbing and one who arrived a few minutes later noticed a patrol car driving away at a high rate of speed with no lights on. A pursuit ended when the suspect lost control and crashed near Molalla. Police say the driver was not injured. They arrested 25-year-old Tara Axmaker of Milwaukie on car theft and felony eluding charges. The 33-year-old man who was stabbed was flown to a hospital, condition unknownlast_img read more

Nancy Pelosi slams Facebook over doctored video that made her seem drunk

first_imgHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “I can take it … but (Facebook is) lying to the public.” Bastiaan Slabbers/Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Facebook’s refusal to take down a video that was manipulated to make her sound drunk showed that the company’s leaders were “willing enablers” of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.”We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians. I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think it’s wrong,” Pelosi, a Democrat from California, told KQED News in her first public remarks about the doctored video. “I can take it … but (Facebook is) lying to the public.””I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election,” she added.Pelosi’s remarks show how tensions between Facebook and lawmakers continue to escalate as the social media giant struggles to combat misinformation on its platform while trying to balance safety with free speech. Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.YouTube took down the video, but Facebook and Twitter left it up. Facebook doesn’t have a rule that requires content posted on the site to be true. Its “community standards” state it doesn’t remove fake news on the social network but will show it lower in the News Feed. The company has also taken down fake accounts for “inauthentic behavior,” which means the people behind the accounts tried to mislead users about who they were and what they were doing. One version of the doctored Pelosi video shared on a Facebook Page garnered 2.8 million views and more than 48,400 people shared it. If you try to share the video, Facebook directs you to fact-checkers that published articles about how the video footage was distorted. It doesn’t identify the video as having been manipulated. d7xiyezu8aea5boHere’s how Facebook handles the Pelosi video. Screenshot/Queenie Wong Other lawmakers are calling on Facebook to pull down the video. On Tuesday, Rep. Ro Khanna, also a California democrat, tweeted that he talked to an informed voter who didn’t know the videos of Pelosi were altered, and that Facebook must remove it. Tags Comments Tonight, over dinner, a fairly informed voter said to me that given the events of last week, Nancy Pelosi had to go. After my surprise, he asked had I not seen the videos. I explained they were doctored. He replied cavalierly, “oh I didn’t know.” Facebook must remove the video.— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) May 29, 2019 Last week in an interview with CNN, Facebook’s vice president for product policy and counterterrorism, Monika Bickert, defended the social network’s decision to leave up the video.”We think it’s important for people to make their own informed choice for what to believe,” Bickert said. “Our job is to make sure we are getting them accurate information.”Originally published May 29Update, May 30: Adds a screenshot.  Share your voice 19 Politics Tech Industry Facebooklast_img read more

Yogi govt to cancel arms licences of mafia criminals

first_imgThe state Home Department is drawing up the list of criminal-turned-politicians on the instructions of the Chief Minister.IANSThe Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to cancel the arms licenses of mafia and criminal-turned-politicians and is preparing a list of such names.According to highly placed sources, the state Home Department is drawing up the list of such persons on the instructions of the Chief Minister.”We are checking the track records of prominent persons with criminal antecedents and the number of arm licences issued to them. We are also making a list of the licenses issued to their family and gang members and supporters. It has been seen that though arms licenses are issued to family members, they are used in gang wars,” said a senior official.On the list are names of mafia-turned-politicians such as Mukhtar Ansari, Ateeq Ahmad, Dhananjay Singh, Abhay Singh and Raja Bhaiyya. All these leaders, sources said, have multiple licenses.The state government believes that disarming persons with criminal antecedents would go a long way in improving the law and order situation in the state. This would also curb public display of firearms, which is aimed at intimidating the public.last_img read more

BNPs street campaign over should prepare for polls Quader

first_imgAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File photoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Saturday opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) anti-government campaign is over.Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader suggested that BNP should rather prepare for the next general elections now.Speaking to newsmen while inspecting the repair work of the Dhaka-Tangail four-lane highway in Chandra of Gazipur, the AL leader also claimed that the ruling party has no desire to keep BNP out of the next polls slated to be held at the year end.“As a registered political party, BNP reserves the right to take part in the polls. The issue of Khaleda Zia’s release is not in our hands. We’ve no objection if Khaleda Zia is freed through legal battle,” said Quader.The road transport and bridges minister said as much as 70 per cent work of Dhaka-Tangail four-lane highway is complete so far, hoping the home-goers would not need to suffer during the next Eid journey.last_img read more

Seven Palestinians killed in Gaza border clashes

first_imgPalestinian protesters are seen near burning tyres during clashes along the Israeli border fence, east of Gaza City on 28 September. Photo: AFPSeven Palestinians, including two boys aged 12 and 14, were killed in clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled strip said.It was the bloodiest day of border protests since 14 May, when more than 60 Palestinians died in violence accompanying the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem, a move that enraged Palestinians.Nasser Mosabih, 12, Mohammed al-Houm, 14, and Iyad Al-Shaar, 18, were shot dead Friday in clashes along the frontier with Israel, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.Four men in their twenties were also killed in the widespread violence along the border, the spokesman said, adding that 210 people were hospitalised, including 90 with gunshot wounds.The Israeli army said in a statement that some 20,000 “rioters” had gathered at multiple sites along the border and that people had hurled “grenades and explosive devices in several different locations”.The military said troops fired “in accordance with standard operating procedures” and that an Israeli aircraft also struck two positions belonging the Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.Palestinians have been protesting at least weekly along the Gaza border since 30 March in what they call the “Great March of Return”.Friday’s protests were bigger than those in recent weeks.At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March, the majority during border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.Free fallThe Israeli military declined to comment on Friday’s reported deaths.It said in a statement that troops spotted several Palestinians breaching the border fence and briefly entering Israeli territory before fleeing back into Gaza.Israel holds Hamas responsible for unrest originating in the territory under its control.The two sides have fought three wars since 2008, and in between there have been spikes of violence marked by Palestinian cross-border rocket and mortar fire and retaliatory Israeli air strikes.Throughout the protests since March, Israel has said its actions are necessary to defend the border and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to attempt infiltrations and attacks.Palestinians and human rights groups say protesters have been shot while posing no real threat.The protests are demanding the right of Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to homes their families fled in the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel and which are now in Israel.Israel says any such mass return would mean the end of it as a Jewish state.The march is also a protest against a more than 10-year-old Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.Repeated deadly Palestinian clashes with the army along the frontier have brought warnings of the risk of a new conflict.The World Bank on Tuesday said that the Gaza Strip’s economy is in “free fall” as cuts to aid and salaries add to the effects of the already crippling Israeli blockade.last_img read more

Brazil dam collapse toll rises to 58

first_imgMembers of rescue team carry a body recovered after a tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA collapsed, in Brumadinho, Brazil, 27 January, 2019. Photo: ReutersBrazilian rescuers searched into the night on Sunday for hundreds of people missing after a burst mining dam triggered a deadly mudslide, as the death toll rose to 58 and was expected to keep climbing more than two days after the disaster.Rescuers worked past sunset to search a bus thought to have bodies inside and a home where three bodies were already found, state fire department spokesman Pedro Aihara told reporters.The collapsed dam at Vale SA’s Corrego do Feijao mine buried mining facilities and nearby homes in the town of Brumadinho, killing dozens and leaving the community in shock.“Until the last body is found, the fire department is acting on the possibility there could be people alive,” Aihara told reporters. “Obviously, given the nature of the accident, as time passes, this chance will go down.”After announcing the latest number of confirmed dead, state civil defense agency spokesman Flavio Godinho told reporters he expected the death toll to continue rising.Just over 300 people were still missing, with the list of those unaccounted for being constantly updated, Godinho said. Most of the missing are presumed dead, officials said.The cause of the dam burst remained unclear. Recent inspections did not indicate any problems, according to the German firm that conducted the inspection.Avimar de Melo Barcelos, the mayor of Brumadinho, blasted Vale for being “careless and incompetent,” and blamed the mining company for the tragedy and the state of Minas Gerais for poor oversight. He vowed to fine the miner 100 million reais ($26.5 million).Vale chief executive officer Fabio Schvartsman said in a television interview on Sunday the disaster happened even after the company followed experts’ safety recommendations.“I’m not a mining technician. I followed the technicians’ advice and you see what happened. It didn’t work,” Schvartsman said. “We are 100 per cent within all the standards, and that didn’t do it.”The CEO promised “to go above and beyond any national or international standards. … We will create a cushion of safety far superior to what we have today to guarantee this never happens again.”Vale’s board of directors suspended its planned shareholder dividends, share buybacks and executive bonuses in light of the disaster, according to a securities filing on Sunday.The board also created independent committees to investigate the causes of the dam burst and to monitor relief efforts.ECHOES OF SAMARCOIn 2015, a tailings dam collapsed at an iron ore mine belonging to Samarco Mineracao SA, a Vale joint venture with BHP Group, less than 100 km (60 miles) to the east. The resulting torrent of toxic mud killed 19 people, buried a small village and contaminated a major river in Brazil’s worst environmental disaster on record.Fears of another dam burst in Brumadinho on Sunday triggered evacuation sirens in the town before dawn, adding to the anxiety of residents waiting for word about lost relatives and friends.Firefighters halted searching and evacuated thousands from their homes until the afternoon when civil defense authorities ruled out the risk of another dam burst, calling off the evacuation and reinstating search-and-rescue efforts.Aihara initially said 24,000 people would be evacuated, but later lowered the total to 3,000. In all, 24,000 people have been affected by the disaster, he said.Renato Maia, a 44-year-old salesman whose best friend’s daughter remained missing, fled his home in panic early on Sunday and waited for hours with his wife at a police barricade on the outskirts of town.“We’re all fed up with Vale … and this is really adding to the tension,” he said. “It was a huge tragedy and now we don’t know what might come next.”The Brazilian government ordered Vale to halt operations at the Corrego do Feijao mining complex. On Sunday, courts nearly doubled to 11 billion reais the amount of Vale assets frozen in anticipation of damages and fines.Federal prosecutor Jose Adercio Sampaio told Reuters on Saturday that state and federal authorities had failed to apply more stringent regulation to the hundreds of tailings dams around the country.Schvartsman said all of Vale’s tailings dams were checked after the 2015 disaster and periodic reviews carried out.last_img read more

Origin NT15 Quadro Review

first_img Ports (excluding USB) Optical Drive 8GB Microphone Ports (excluding USB) Weight 3DMark Fire Strike1 of 16Tests notebook graphics performance.Origin NT-15 QuadroHP ZBook 15 G5Lenovo ThinkPad P1Category Average (as of 02/28/19) Mobile Broadband Ports (excluding USB) Specifications 15 x 10 x 0.7 inches Bluetooth 5.0 Video Memory SSHD Nvidia Quadro P4200 Ports (excluding USB) Ports (excluding USB) 512GB SIM card Wi-Fi Model Size RJ-45 SD/MMC memory reader one-year warranty (Lifetime 24/7 support and free labor). 2TB Native Resolution USB 3.0 Ports (excluding USB) Intel Core i7-8750H 4.2 x 2.4 inches Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560 Secondary Hard Drive Size Secondary Hard Drive Speed 3840 x 2160 Hard Drive Speed Optical Drive Speed 32GB RAM 5 6044 Ports (excluding USB) USB Ports 11282 PCIe NVMe M.2center_img Warranty/Support Card Slots 7228.44 0 4000 8000 12000 16000 20000 24000 SIM Secondary Hard Drive Type Ports (excluding USB) Mini DisplayPort 6121 LTE modem (LTE model) Operating System Display Size 802.11ac Wi-Fi 32GB HDMI Hard Drive Type Ports (excluding USB) Windows 10 Pro RAM Upgradable to Content creators in search of a powerful laptop have yet another brand to choose from. Origin PC, best known for its gaming rigs, is now branching out into the professional space with the 15.6-inch NT-15 Quadro ($2,626 starting, reviewed at $3,551). This workstation’s Core i7-8750H CPU and Quadro P4200 Max-Q graphics offer good performance in a chassis that’s both slim and lightweight. Unfortunately, the NT-15 Quadro’s 4K display is dim and you’ll need to stay near an outlet due to the laptop’s subpar battery life.article continued below Origin NT-15 Quadro Pricing and Configurations The NT-15 Quadro isn’t a gaming laptop, but Origin still gives you tons of customization options. The $3,551 unit I reviewed came loaded with a Core i7-8750H CPU, 32GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, along with a secondary 2TB SSHD and an Nvidia Quadro P4200 GPU. The $2,626 base model is equipped with a Core i7-8750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 250GB SSD PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, a secondary 250GB SSD and an Nvidia Quadro P3200 GPU. Those with deep pockets can configure the NT-15 Quadro with a Core i7-8750H CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 4TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD, another 1TB Samsung 970 Pro PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and a Quadro P4200 GPU for $4884. You can also customize the NT-15 Quadro’s lid with a solid metallic color for an extra $150. Themed lids cost between $249 to $299 while custom laser etching is a $50 fee. A display color calibration service costs $29, although I’m not sure why Origin would sell a laptop without optimizing its display in the first place. Design While the laptop looks rather bland, I appreciate the restraint Origin exercised when it designed the NT-15 Quadro. The company successfully crafted a machine that blends in better at an office than at a LAN party. The NT-15 Quadro’s aluminum lid flaunts a stealthy matte-black finish with an off-centered white Origin logo. Chrome accents form a border between the lid and the NT-15 Quadro’s plastic silver hinge, while aggressive rectangular vents are a not-so-subtle reminder that this machine was designed by a gaming brand. The company successfully crafted a machine that blends in better at an office than at a LAN party. Open the laptop and you’ll find the same nondescript design on the interior. A matte-black deck matches the exterior finish while a raised silver hinge separates the deck from the screen. A slim fingerprint sensor sits in the top-left corner of the laptop’s glittery touchpad and a rectangular power button resides above the keyboard. A stippled grill stretches between the two hinges, hiding two top-firing speakers underneath. Despite its subtle design, the NT-15 Quadro could still be confused for a gaming laptop if you look hard enough. A “Tuned By Sound Blaster Pro-Gaming” emblem is stamped on the deck and outlined WASD keys nearly ruin this workstation’s enterprise disguise. Also detracting from the premium design are thick plastic bezels that border its 15.6-inch display. The NT-15 Quadro may look like a laptop for business professionals, but it doesn’t feel like one. The lid bounces under slight pressure and the laptop’s hinges don’t feel rigid enough. These issues are inexcusable for such a pricey machine, especially when you consider that most rival workstations trumpet military-grade durability. MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Brands As is tradition with Origin products, customers can customize the NT-15 Quadro with a new paint job. Metallic finishes come in a variety of solid colors, from bold lime green to a more conservative gray. You can also choose between eight different themes, none of which are work-appropriate. Be ready to get some strange looks from co-workers if you bring a laptop with a blood-splattered lid into the office. At 15 x 10 x 0.7 inches and 4.3 pounds, the NT-15 Quadro is a relatively compact workstation. The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches, 4 pounds) and 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro (13.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches, 4 pounds) are even smaller and lighter than the NT-15 Quadro, but those devices have class-leading designs. The ZBook 15 G5 (14.8 x 10.4 x 1 inches, 5.7 pounds), a more typical workstation, is significantly bulkier than the NT-15 Quadro. Ports Origin fit a ridiculous amount of ports in the NT-15 Quadro’s slim chassis but forgot about Thunderbolt 3 for connecting to multiple monitors or an eGPU. On the right side of the workstation are an RJ-45 Ethernet port, an SD/MMC card slot, a SIM card slot, a USB 3.1 Type-A port and separate jacks for external microphones and headphones. The left side is loaded with ports, including an HDMI, two Mini DisplayPorts, two USB-C inputs and two USB 3.0 ports. Durability and Security The NT-15 Quadro is not MIL-SPEC tested like its modern workstation competitors. That said, it’s probably best that this laptop wasn’t subjected to rigorous conditions given its thin lid and weak hinges. When it comes to security, the NT-15 Quadro comes better prepared. A company’s IT department can control the NT-15 Quadro’s TPM 2.0 microchip to enable hardware-based protection against intruders looking to snag unprotected passwords and encryption keys. On a local level, the NT-15 Quadro has a fingerprint sensor embedded in the top-left corner of its touchpad for secure login. Display Business users won’t need an external monitor unless they plan on using the NT-15 Quadro outdoors. The workstation’s 15.6-inch 4K non-touch display is extremely sharp and plenty vivid but it doesn’t get bright enough. The amount of detail this 4K panel captured made the trailer for Jordan Peele’s upcoming thriller “Us” even more unnerving. I could see webs of red veins in Lupita Nyong’o’s teary eyes as her alter ego menacingly tapped her fingers against her face. In one especially disturbing scene, Nyong’o’s white shirt is soaked in rich, scarlet blood as she stares down her son’s doppelgänger while plumes of orange flame envelope the ground around him. Although the display looked great in general, I missed out on details during dark scenes when the panel didn’t get bright enough to illuminate certain objects. The amount of detail this 4K panel captured made the trailer for Jordan Peele’s upcoming thriller “Us” even more unnerving. The NT-15 Quadro’s 15.6-inch display covers 119 percent of the sRGB color gamut. While that would be good for the average consumer, it isn’t quite up to the standard set by other workstations. For example, the 15.6-inch, 4K display on the ThinkPad P1 (179 percent) is much more colorful, as is the average premium workstation (153 percent). However, the 15.4-inch, 2880 x 1800-pixel display on the MacBook Pro (117 percent) and the 15.6-inch, 1080p screen on the ZBook 15 G5 (112 percent) aren’t as vivid. MORE: Laptop Screen Guide: Resolution, Refresh Rate, Color and Brightness I wasn’t surprised to discover that the screen on the NT-15 Quadro tops out at just 227 nits of brightness. That’s a poor result for any laptop and especially bad for a workstation, considering the category average is 343 nits. The 15-inch MacBook Pro (354 nits), the ThinkPad P1 (285 nits) and the ZBook 15 G5 (631 nits) all shine brighter than the Origin workstation. Audio The twin top-firing speakers on the deck of the NT-15 Quadro lack depth. When I listened to Leon Bridge’s “Coming Home,” the soul singer’s voice sounded clear, but the high notes produced by percussions and cymbals pierced my ears. Toning down the treble in the Sound Blaster Connect software didn’t help. Rather than smoothing out harsh treble peaks, the program hollowed out the midrange. The speakers didn’t do any better with Khalid’s “Better.” The R&B singer’s vocals were masked by sharp high notes, and the speaker’s nonexistent bass didn’t improve when I maxed out the low frequencies in the Sound Blaster EQ. Keyboard and Touchpad Origin brought the comfortable island-type keyboard from its gaming laptops to the NT-15 Quadro. The keys are cushiony but still have a nice amount of tactile clickiness thanks to their 1.7 millimeters of travel and 68 grams of actuation force. The keys are also large and nicely spaced despite a full numpad taking up the right portion of the deck. Bright RGB lighting does a nice job illuminating the NT-15 Quadro’s off-centered keyboard. You can use Origin’s Control Center 2.0 software to adjust lighting colors, effects and brightness levels. Stylized font and a border outlining the WASD keys fail to hide that the keyboard was originally meant for a gaming laptop. I typed at 120 words per minute with an accuracy rate of 94 percent on the typing test, which is slightly faster (119 wpm) but less accurate (95 percent) than what I typically score. The NT-15 Quadro’s smooth, 4.2 x 2.4-inch touchpad responded quickly to my swipes. I had no problems executing Windows 10 gestures, like pinch-to-zoom and three-finger swipes to switch apps. Tap-to-click also worked fine and, if you’d prefer, there are discrete left and right buttons under the touchpad. Performance Anchored by an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and 32GB of RAM, the NT-15 Quadro sailed through my real-world performance tests. I didn’t experience any slowdowns, even after pulling up 22 Google Chrome tabs comprised of three 1080p YouTube videos and a pair of Twitch streams. Web pages took a split second longer to load once I started streaming ESPN+ but that didn’t prevent me from browsing through my favorite sites. On paper, the NT-15 Quadro’s performance is good, but not great when compared with other workstations. The laptop scored a 19,087 on the Geekbench 4.3 overall performance test, which is just below what the MacBook Pro (Intel Core i9-8950HK, 23,138) and the ZBook 15 G5 (Intel Core i7-8850H vPro, 22,013) achieved. The Origin workstation topped the ThinkPad P1 (Xeon E-2176M, 18,782) but couldn’t reach the category average (20,409). Anchored by an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and 32GB of RAM, the NT-15 Quadro sailed through my real-world performance tests. The 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD inside the NT-15 Quadro needed only 9 seconds to duplicate 4.97GB of mixed-media data on our Laptop Mag File Transfer Test. That equates to a transfer rate of 565 megabytes per second, which is speedier than the ZBook 15 G5 (512GB NVMe M.2 SSD, 508MBps) but not quite as fast as the ThinkPad P1 (2TB NVMe SSD, 848 MBps) or the category average (631.7 MBps). The MacBook Pro’s (2TB SSD, 2,724 MBps) ridiculously fast SSD wipes the floor with the competition. MORE: How to Speed Up and Upgrade an Old, Slow Laptop – 13 Tips The NT-15 Quadro beat the category average (12:47) on our HandBrake video transcoding test (converting a 4K video into 1080p resolution) with a time of 12 minutes and 21 seconds. The ThinkPad P1 (9:45), ZBook 15 G5 (9:53) and MacBook Pro (10:16) completed the task several minutes earlier. Graphics Packing an Nvidia Quadro P4200 Max-Q GPU, the NT-15 Quadro has enough power to run graphically-demanding software and as well as some modern games. The NT-15 Quadro scored a 3,424 on the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra graphics benchmark, more than doubling the results of the ThinkPad P1 (Quadro P2000, 1,576) and ZBook 15 G5 (Quadro P2000, 1,645). The workstation average is 1,871. MORE: The Laptops With the Best Graphics Performance: Guide In our real-world test, the NT-15 Quadro played the racing game Dirt 3 at 198 frames per second, beating out the MacBook Pro (Radeon Pro 560X, 83 fps) and the ThinkPad P1 (190 fps). However, drifting around hairpin turns was smoother on the ZBook 15 G5 (235 fps). The NT-15 Quadro switches to integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics to conserve power when it isn’t running graphics-intensive software. Battery Life The NT-15 Quadro’s battery life is poor, even for a workstation. The laptop lasted just 3 hours and 47 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. That result is worse than the ThinkPad P1’s (4:16) poor showing and well short of the workstation average (6:19). Heck, the NT-15 Quadro would power down twice before the MacBook Pro (10:21) or ZBook 15 G5 (8:56) even hit battery-saver mode on their first charge. Webcam I have mixed feelings about the NT-15 Quadro’s 1080p webcam. While the lens captures tons of detail, the images it produces are dull. A selfie I shot in our dimly lit office was practically colorless. My face was so white that I looked like a zombie and my unflattering blonde hair, which looked gray, added 30 years onto my age. That’s a real shame because I was able to make out fine details in my face, like individual strands of hair in my beard and the reflection of light in my eyes. This is also one of few webcams I’ve tested that produced a relatively noise-free image. Heat With such a thin chassis, it’s not surprising that the NT-15 Quadro ran hot in our testing. The bottom of the laptop reached a concerning 104 degrees Fahrenheit after we played a 15-minute HD video in full screen. Even the touchpad (99 degrees) and the center of the keyboard (103 degrees) warmed beyond our 95-degree comfort threshold. Software and Warranty It’s refreshing to see so few programs pre-installed on the NT-15 Quadro. The only Origin-made program on the NT-15 Quadro, Control Panel 2.0, is hidden on the taskbar or can be opened via a keyboard shortcut. From this app, you can monitor CPU and GPU usage, change performance modes, and adjust RGB keyboard lighting, effects and hotkeys. Other third-party programs include a Spyder5Pro app for calibrating the NT-15 Quadro’s 4K display and the Nvidia Control Panel for fine-tuning the discrete graphics card. In the Sound Blaster Connect app, you can choose from several audio presets or tinker with an EQ to control bass, midrange and treble. Microsoft hardly laid a finger on the NT-15 Quadro. There are your standard Windows 10 Pro apps, like Excel, Outlook and Xbox, but McAfee and Candy Crush are nowhere to be found. The NT-15 Quadro comes with lifetime 24/7 U.S.-based support as well as lifetime labor, one-year part replacement and 45-day shipping warranties. See how Origin did in our Best and Worst Gaming Laptop Brands special report. Bottom Line The NT-15 Quadro is a good first attempt but Origin needs to make a few improvements if it’s going to be a legitimate contender in the business professional space. The NT-15 Quadro packs quite a performance punch and it does so in a chassis so thin that you can easily slip it into a backpack. On the flip side, the NT-15 Quadro’s battery life is poor, there is no Thunderbolt 3 port, and it runs hot under a heavy workload. And while the 4K display is detailed and vivid, it just doesn’t get bright enough. For around the same price as the NT-15 Quadro, we recommend the ThinkPad P1. This durable workstation sports a vivid 4K panel, and at 4 pounds, the P1 feels more like an ultrabook than a powerful business laptop. Unfortunately, it also has poor battery life and gets warm under a heavy workload. If you don’t mind macOS and can afford it, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is one of the best laptops on the market. Apple’s flagship machine offers outstanding performance, long battery life and a vivid display in a slim, lightweight chassis. But a high price and shallow keyboard are the worst of the MacBook Pro’s few shortcomings. Overall, the NT-15 Quadro is a good workstation for creators and business professionals, but you can get more for your money. 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Teens who strangled and forced student to apologize for being gay plead

first_imgThe attackers who forced a young gay student to apologize for being gay in a violent attack on the UK capitals tube network – have pleaded guilty. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Left: Will Mayrick Right: Will in his outfit on the night of the attack, which was covered up by a parker coat. | Photo: Will Mayrick (supplied) ‘Strangled and forced to say sorry for being gay’Speaking about the attack, Will tells GSN of the cruel nature of it:‘We’d met some friends and then we were on the tube, dressed up in fancy dress. I covered myself up in a big parker, you couldn’t see my outfit.‘These guys got on the tube just before North Greenwich where we were going to get off. They walked on and started shouting abuse at my friend who stood up. The attackers got face to face with him. Which is when I got up and said “come on guys, give it a rest.”‘But they didn’t, and the attack intensified:‘He got me in a headlock so tight that I couldn’t breathe. They were telling me to apologize [for being gay]. At the same time the guy was reaching into his jacket and making gestures to pull out a knife and they were threatening to stab me.’‘Inside I was like – I’m not going to do that. Nobody should ever have to apologize for being gay or LGBTI. But I thought if I don’t apologize – I don’t know what’s going to happen.’Since the attack, Will’s resolve has been focused forward.Inspired by the attack, he’s not only ramped up his work on campus running the LGBTI society he’s been training with the Diversity Role Models and going into schools.He believes that if the young men who attacked him had been given LGBTI inclusive education – any prejudice inside them that fueled the attack would have been extinguished in them.You can follow more of Will’s inspiring story from attack to role model over the coming week’s by subscribing to the Gay Star News YouTube channel.Read more on Gay Star News:Two 16-year-olds arrested after teen in London is strangled and forced to apologize for being gay GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Will Mayrick, who studies Digital Photography at Ravensbourne University in London, was attacked in October last year on the way to a popular queer club night, Sink the Pink.Friday at the Bexley Magistrate Courts in London, two sixteen-year-olds pleaded guilty to assault. Both are now subject to a referral order of 12 months and will have to work with the youth offending team throughout that time.Covered up in a large parka coat for to protect himself from the English winter, Will went out dressed as a unicorn last October to have a fun night out with his friends.But on the way, Will was strangled and forced to apologize for being gay. Today, his attackers pleaded guilty to the attack, and Will feels vindicated:‘I hope today’s verdict sets an example to homophobes everywhere. The sentences will ever replace what took place that weekend and how it affected us that weekend. I hope it raises awareness that a lot can be done to combat homophobia. It’s still a massive issue on our streets.’ he tells GSN in reaction.The pair will have to pay Mayrick compensation, but he has already told GSN he will give any compensation he receives to an LGBTI support charity.The outfit Will was wearing the night of the attack | Photo: Will Mayrick (supplied) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Guy choked and forced to say sorry for being gay has message for his hatersGay couple attacked for ‘holding hands’ after leaving Edinburgh gay clubBBC Presenter Evan Davis headlines night for LGBTI homeless charityRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more