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  • BC home sales to fall as interest rates rise but prices stay

    first_imgVANCOUVER – Real estate experts in British Columbia predict residential home sales will dip this year but remain well above the province’s 10-year average, although they warn rising interest rates could leave some B.C. households “vulnerable.”The British Columbia Real Estate Association has released its 2018 first quarter housing forecast, showing residential sales are expected to fall 8.6 per cent to 94,855 units this year, with the decline continuing into 2019.The projected skid follows the 7.5 per cent decrease recorded last year but the association says residential sales in B.C. are still well above the 10-year average of 84,800 units.Strong employment growth, consumer confidence and more workers moving to B.C. are credited for the booming housing market over the last four years, including 2016, when a record 112,209 homes changed hands.But the association predicts the pace of sales will cool due to several factors, including a five-year qualifying rate for a mortgage that is forecast to reach 5.70 per cent by the fourth quarter of 2019.Chief economist Cameron Muir predicts higher interest rates, coupled with slower economic growth, will carry the moderating trend in home sales right through next year.“More stringent mortgage qualifications and rising interest rates will further erode affordability and household purchasing power,” Muir says in a news release.The association also notes the supply of homes for sale continues at, or near, decade lows in most B.C. regions but it says 60,000 new homes are now under construction, well above the 2008 high of 45,000 units.“Slowing consumer demand combined with a surge in new home completions over the next several quarters will create more balance in the housing market and produce less upward pressure on home prices,” the association says in its release.It estimates the average price for a home in B.C. is forecast to increase 6.0 per cent to $752,000 this year, and a further 4.0 per cent to $781,800 in 2019.last_img read more

  • Scandals Bellamy Young Gets True Love With Shelter Pets

    first_imgScandal’s First Lady Mellie Grant won’t let anything get in the way of her ambition, but the actress behind Mellie, Bellamy Young, has a big soft spot for shelter pets.Bellamy Young’s Shelter Pets AdYoung, her rescued cat, Sadie, and dog, Bean, are the stars of a new online video in the “Meet My Shelter Pet” series from The Shelter Pet Project. A campaign of The Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States, and Maddie’s Fund, The Shelter Pet Project showcases the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners, and reminds viewers there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them.“I am so honored to be a part of this campaign and to be able to share the joy that Bean and Sadie bring to my life,” said Bellamy Young, star of ABC’s Scandal. “I’m proud to encourage folks to explore the wonders of adopting a new furry family member, and I hope as many animals as possible find their forever homes with some help from this video. Shelter pets are the most loving, loyal companions imaginable, and we are lucky to share our lives with them. Just when you think you’re saving them, they save you right back.”The Shelter Pet Project is a national public service campaign that has helped positively change the perception of shelter pets.“Bellamy shows us that it’s no scandal to adopt a shelter pet. We hope her story inspires animal lovers nationwide to adopt their next pet from a shelter or rescue,” said Betsy McFarland, vice president of The HSUS.Shelter pet adoptions are on the rise in the United States, with the American Pet Product Association reporting that 35 percent of dogs and 43 percent of cats in American homes today came from shelters or rescue groups. However, 2.4 million healthy and treatable pets still need to find loving homes each year. The Shelter Pet Project’s goal is to bring that number down to zero.“We believe this is the year we will guarantee all of our healthy and treatable companions a loving home. The finish line is in our grasp and stories like Bellamy’s highlight the love and joy a shelter pet brings to one’s life,” said Maddie’s Fund president Rich Avanzino.“The power of this campaign comes from real stories,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “By getting adoptive families to share their positive, loving experiences with their shelter pets, we will encourage more people to visit their local shelter or rescue group and consider adopting. This video is a poignant extension of our long-term efforts.”To view the videos or for more information about The Shelter Pet Project, visit read more

  • 3 detained over unaccounted money

    first_imgKolkata: Large amount of unaccounted money has been seized from Durgapur and Salt Lake on Thursday. The first incident took place at Durgapur railway station where one person was detained and Rs 70 lakh was seized from his possession. In the second case, a man was detained in Salt Lake and Rs 40 lakh was seized from him.According to sources, on Thursday, around 11 am, a person, who was later identified as Suresh Prasad Barman, was seen loitering at the Durgapur railway station by Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel. The GRP personnel kept a close watch on Barman as they felt his activities were suspicious. Later, they intercepted him and inquired what he was doing at the station. Barman said he was about to board a train to Kolkata. GRP personnel questioned what he was carrying inside his luggage bag. Barman said there were garments in the bag but the police personnel were not satisfied. Barman was taken to the police station at Durgapur railway station and there his luggage bag was opened and huge amount of money was discovered. Asansol-Durgapur Police was informed about the incident. After counting it was found that Barman was carrying Rs 70 lakh. During the interrogation, he said he had come from Varanasi and got down at Durgapur to catch a corresponding train to Kolkata. It is suspected that the money was intended to be used in the last phase of the Lok Sabha Elections which is scheduled on May 19. Barman was immediately detained. The information of money seizure has been conveyed to the Income Tax department and the Election Commission as per the procedure. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn another incident, on Thursday afternoon, two persons identified as Surajit Singh of FE block and Ratan Hagen of AA block of Salt Lake were intercepted during naka checking in front of FE block community hall in Salt Lake. According to sources, as per the procedure of Election Commission, police personnel from Bidhannagar South police station were on naka checking duty. They spotted two persons, on a bike, were moving towards the checking point and one of them was carrying a backpack. After documents of the bike were checked, the duo was questioned what they were carrying inside the bag. As they started fumbling while answering the cops, the officers asked them to open the bag. The officers found a huge amount of money inside the bag. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe duo was brought to the police station and after counting police officers came to know that the duo were carrying Rs 40 lakh. When asked about the source of the money, they couldn’t provide satisfactory answers. The duo claimed that they were businessman and the money was meant to be used for business. But they were not able to produce any valid documents. Later, they were detained and money we seized. The information about the seizure of the money was conveyed to the Income Tax department and Election Commission.last_img read more

  • Security Council extends mandate of UN force in Lebanon

    30 August 2010The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year, saying its presence there, as well as that of the Lebanese armed forces, is helping to promote stability in the south of the Middle Eastern country. The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year, saying its presence there, as well as that of the Lebanese armed forces, is helping to promote stability in the south of the Middle Eastern country.In a unanimous resolution, the Council said it had determined that “the situation in Lebanon continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security” and had therefore decided to extend UNIFIL’s mandate until 31 August 2011.The Council strongly urged all parties concerned to respect the cessation of hostilities, to prevent any violation of the so-called Blue Line separating Lebanon and Israel, and to cooperate fully with the UN and UNIFIL.It also urged the Israeli Government to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar, a village that straddles the Blue Line, without further delay in coordination with UNIFIL, which, the Council said, has actively engaged Israel and Lebanon to facilitate the withdrawal.The Council also reaffirmed its call for the establishment, between the Blue Line and the Litani River, of an area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons except those of the Lebanese Government and UNIFIL.It strongly deplored the recent incidents involving UN peacekeepers, emphasized the importance of not impairing the ability of the mission to fulfil its mandate, and called on all parties to abide by their obligation to respect the safety of UNIFIL and other UN personnel.UNIFIL was originally created by the Security Council in March 1978 to confirm Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security and assist the Lebanese Government in re-establishing effective authority in the area. The mandate had to be adjusted twice due to developments in 1982 and 2000.Following the 2006 conflict, the Council enhanced UNIFIL and decided that in addition to the original mandate, it would, among other matters, monitor the cessation of hostilities; accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the south of Lebanon; and extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilians and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons. read more

  • Seven Estonian cyclists abducted in Lebanon freed in good health – UN

    “I wanted to say firstly how pleased I am with the news of the release of the seven Estonian citizens a few hours ago,” Michael Williams, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, said in a statement after meeting with Ammar Moussawi, the head of the International Relations Department of Hizbollah in the capital, Beirut.“We understand that they are now in Beirut and that they are in good health and I would like to take this opportunity to thank also all the agencies of the Lebanese Government and others who have worked for their release,” Mr. Williams added.The Estonians were abducted on 23 March after entering Lebanon through Syria on their bicycles.Mr. Williams said his discussions with Mr. Moussawi had focused on Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the month-long war between Israel and Hizbollah in 2006. It also calls for respect for the Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon, the disarming of all militias in Lebanon, and an end to arms smuggling in the area.“I welcomed the continued commitment to the resolution from the new [Lebanese] Government and also from Hizbollah,” said Mr. Williams. His discussions with Mr. Moussawi also touched on the question of Lebanon’s so-called National Dialogue.“My view and the view of the United Nations is that this is still an institution which is very important for Lebanon and we hope, with the President’s blessing and chairmanship, it can continue in the future even to discuss critical issues such as national defence,” he added. 14 July 2011Seven Estonian cyclists abducted in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in March were released today, the United Nations envoy for the country said, adding that they were in good health. read more

  • Former soldier under threat from extremists after trying to join Kurds against

    first_imgDetectives arrested him for failing to cooperate and he was later remanded into custody after pleaded guilty to obstructing or frustrating a schedule seven search under the Terrorism 2000 Act.Karina Claire, defending, said Clarke admitted he had acted like a “teenage brat”.She said he had wanted to protect “women and children” and that his cause was “humanitarian”, but as well as packing medical supplies, he had also carried “military paraphernalia” and items “to defend himself in armed combat”.She said: “In the run up to this case he had been open with police. Robert Clarke spent four years in the ArmyCredit:Wales News Service Westminster Magistrate’s Court heard Clarke received death threats from purported Islamist extremists after details of his arrest first emerged. Prison staff were so worried about the threat from Islamist terrorist inmates that he was transferred to solitary confinement while on remand.Louise Gray, prosecuting, told the court Clarke came to police attention from July 2016 when his social media accounts suggested he wanted to join Kurdish forces against Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil).Police repeatedly warned him of the dangers, but he told them he was booked on a flight to Jordan on September 8 of last year. He was held by detectives at Heathrow under counter-terrorism stop and search powers and officers asked for his iPhone and then his pin number.Clarke, who is unemployed from Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, refused to give it to them, claiming he had forgotten it.Clarke then told officers: “I ain’t telling you s***, charge me with perverting the court of justice, f*** your interview and f*** you.” 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. There are a number of people there on remand for cases of terrorism or supporting that offence of terrorism who would not take kindly to the presence of someone like Mr ClarkeKarina Claire, defending “He had made them cups of tea and he had told them in great detail what his plans were.”Having served in the military he felt he could assist victims of war in that country.She went on: “As a result of press coverage he was sent extremely nasty threats from Islamic extremists or people purporting to support Islamic extremism.”Prison staff had told her they had concerns about his safety because he had openly said he wanted to fight Isil. She said: “There are a number of people there on remand for cases of terrorism or supporting that offence of terrorism who would not take kindly to the presence of someone like Mr Clarke.  “He had to spend time in solitary confinement.”District Jude John Zani told Clarke: “I am afraid Mr Clarke we live in difficult and potentially dangerous times, when frustration has to be relaxed when you’re asked to supply important information by police officers, who are merely doing their job trying got keep everyone, including yourself safe.”Nobody knows what was on your phone because you never handed over your pin.”Had you not served the time you have you would almost certainly be going to prison.”Taking into account his early guilty plea and the time spent in custody he handed Clarke a 12 months community order, 50 hours of unpaid work and £85 in victim surcharge.He was also given a 12 month ban on travelling abroad. A former British soldier arrested while travelling to fight against Islamic State in Syria received death threats from extremists and had to be held in solitary confinement for his own safety, a court has heard.Robert Clarke was held after refusing to hand over the pin code to his phone when police stopped him at Heathrow on his way to join Kurdish fighters.The 23-year-old from South Wales was handed a 12 month community order after admitting obstructing police under counter terrorism laws. Robert Clarke, 22, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of attempting to leave the UK for the Middle East to join in the fight against Isillast_img read more

  • Twitter bot automatically argues with climate change deniers

    first_imgWhen you feel passionately about the wrong-headedness of a subject, you oftentimes find yourself repeating the exact same arguments over and over again to combat other people’s ignorance. It can get tedious. What if you could just build a robot to automatically make those arguments for you, though? That’s just what one software developer did on Twitter.Software developer Nigel Leck believes strongly in human-caused climate change, and he got sick of making the same arguments over and over again to climate change deniers. His solution? An excellent Twitter Bot called @AI_AGW that prowls the Twitter feeds, looking for phrases that commonly pop up in the arguments of climate change deniers, and then automatically refuting them. How’s it work? Simple. As it turns out, when you have to make the same argument against something, you’re usually responding to the same argument for it. @AI_AGW capitalizes on this principle by using a database where phrases common in specific arguments made by climate change deniers are linked to refuting statements and source links.It’s a nifty (albeit slightly snotty) system to get the message out. Of course, like any other software bot, @AI_AGW can sometimes mess up and start challenging people who don’t actually deny that climate change has human causes. In that case, Leck apologizes in person.Cool, but man, I hope this idea doesn’t catch on: I don’t really want to have my every tweet challenged by a bunch of automated Twitter bots with an axe to grind.Read more at Technology Reviewlast_img read more

  • WWE Studios 12 Rounds 3 with Ambrose release date

    first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Pinterest Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns talks about teaming with The Undertaker, Jon Moxley’s comments on WWE Jon Moxley Joins AEW Google+center_img Courtesy of Ambrose stars in ’12 Rounds 3: Lockdown’WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose makes his motion picture debut in WWE Studios’ “12 Rounds 3: Lockdown” presented by Lionsgate!Ambrose plays Shaw, a detective that returns to active duty after the death of his partner. When he uncovers evidence linking his fellow officers to a murder, they frame him for a homicide he didn’t commit. Trapped in his own precinct, Shaw will do whatever it takes to expose the dirty cops and clear his name. With twelve rounds in the clip and one shot at redemption, nothing will stand in Shaw’s way in this action-packed thriller.“12 Rounds 3: Lockdown” is in theaters and on-demand Sept. 11.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jon Moxley: AEW Was Bigger Than WWE Title These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other WhatsApp Shawn Michaels WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Ronda Rousey Seth Rollins responds to Jon Moxley’s post-WWE comments made on the Jericho podcast Twitter Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns talks about his relationship with Jon Moxley; Rollins and Lynch get challenged Videos Articleslast_img

  • Prime Minister Outlines Plan To Expand Cassava Industry

    first_img Happy Independence to resilient Jamaica, 53 Years and counting… Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Aug. 3 (JIS): The Government is moving apace to expand the cassava industry through a number of partnerships with the private sector and the University of the West Indies, with support from the Colombian Government in the establishment of a factory.Providing details at the 63rd staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, in May Pen, Clarendon, on August 2, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said the partnership between the Government and Red Stripe, where that company is using the tuber as part of its brewing of beer, has shown that the industry can grow, and the Government is taking the expansion to the baking industry.“As this new industry develops, I look forward to the opening soon, of a new cassava processing plant in Elim, St. Elizabeth, and thanks to the Government of Colombia for having provided this gift,” the Prime Minister said.“We are also strengthening the cassava industry by working with the University of the West Indies, to produce cassava flour for use in the baking of bread,” she added.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister emphasised that a vibrant agricultural industry is what is required for rural development and the nation’s food security, and that with the $1.74 billion the Government has spent over the past three years to develop the Agro Parks project, a foundation has been laid for “sustained increase in production.”She said the project has helped to reduce imports and increase exports. “In doing so, we have been able to save millions of dollars as we import less, and earn more from export,” the Prime Minister explained, while lauding the over 200 farmers who have “shown resilience,” despite the many challenges facing the sector.“No other sector has been hit by climate change as the farming sector,”Mrs. Simpson Miller said, as she committed the Government’s support in tackling the various issues threatening the sector, such as bush fires and drought conditions.“At the global level, I have been leading efforts to secure environmental cooperation and financing to help our farmers to plan for, and recover from events like droughts, hurricanes and sea level rise,” the Prime Minister noted. Prime Ministers Tour Bob Marley Museum State Agencies Must Provide Quality Service – Pm Related Items:cassava industry, expand, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Millerlast_img read more

  • Kashmir communications blackout angers some in the Indian media

    first_img Big Kashmir move? Modi govt proposes to revoke Article 370 The unprecedented clampdown is prompting criticism from an increasing number of Indian media organisations and senior editors.ReutersIndian authorities imposed a communications blackout on Kashmir for a fourth straight day on Thursday, stopping India’s normally vibrant media from being able to report what is happening in the disputed region after the government revoked its special status.The unprecedented clampdown is prompting criticism from an increasing number of Indian media organisations and senior editors, though some also support the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – saying the curbs were important for national security.Editors at newspapers and television stations say that in many cases it has been days since they have heard from their correspondents based in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir. They don’t even know whether they are safe.”There should have been no suspension of communication services for journalists at all,” said Amit Baruah, resident editor of The Hindu newspaper. “There should have been proper arrangements made and journalist passes issued. The press should be allowed to do its job.”There is virtually no information coming out of most of the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley.Journalists who are communicating in some way say they are only able to report from a very small part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, mainly a few blocks in the summer capital Srinigar. If they try and go outside that area they face layer upon layer of security checkpoints at which they are often turned back.Government officials have defended the clampdown, which has included the detention of at least 300 politicians and activists, as well as the addition of tens of thousands of soldiers in a region that was already one of the most militarized in the world. They say the measures are necessary for the security of the state’s population.The Hindu, which ran an editorial on Thursday calling for the immediate removal of all curbs on communications and movement in the state, had not been able to contact its staffer in Kashmir since the restrictions were imposed, said Baruah.”We have had no story from him,” he said.Temporary shutdowns of the internet by the Indian authorities in small areas for a short period of time are not unusual, especially in Kashmir.But what has made this one different is the extent of the blackout. It began late on Sunday, was still in place late on Thursday, and involves the snapping of links for cellphones, the internet, landlines, and television in a state that is almost the size of Britain. Reuters”CONFORMIST” MEDIA CRITICISEDSome longtime editors criticized the Indian media for not complaining enough about the communications curbs and for bowing to government pressure to support the Kashmir policy, which removes the state’s rights to frame its own laws and lifts a ban on people from outside the region buying property there.”Other than two or three media houses, most others have simply abdicated their responsibility of giving a correct and accurate picture of Kashmir and Kashmiris,” said Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire, a news portal.H.K. Dua, a former media advisor to two past Indian prime ministers, said: “Most of the press I find have become very conformist,” adding that “most of the channels look like they are afraid of the government”.The anchor of a leading news channel told Reuters some government officials had asked the channel to ensure coverage of Kashmir “supported the government”.”I am extremely distressed by what is happening right now,” the anchor said, declining to be named out of fear of reprisals from the channel’s management.A government spokesman told Reuters there was no pressure or restrictions on the media over its coverage of Kashmir.Navika Kumar, managing editor of the Times Now news channel, which has been supportive of Modi’s Hindu nationalist government on the issue, said her channel had not faced much restriction broadcasting from Kashmir and reporters were sending feeds through satellite-linked outside broadcasting vans.”As far as Times Now is concerned, we have taken a position that removing Article 370 is a welcome step,” she said, referring to the constitutional change. “We are not ambiguous about the stand we take.”But many people are reluctant to make public comment on the situation in the region – even those based outside Kashmir.Four major Indian hotel groups declined to comment to Reuters on what was happening to their operations in Kashmir when asked whether they had any guests staying there, were taking bookings or laying off staff.And a senior journalist at NDTV, Sreenivasan Jain, tweeted on Wednesday: “Tried to get Kashmiri voices @OnReality_Check tonight. This is how it went: Shawl exporter: “I have a lot to say but I am afraid” Journalist: “My family is in Kashmir, will not speak” Filmmaker: “I do not want my name to come anywhere” Academic: “I have family in Kashmir.” Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:13Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:12?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

  • Chidambaram files special leave petition in SC ED issues lookout notice

    first_imgCongress official websiteFormer Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s his legal team, led by advocate and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, on Wednesday, filed a special leave petition in Supreme Court, seeking interim relief after the Delhi High Court denied his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media case.”None of the three grounds to deny bail were made out (by the HC): there is no allegation that the petitioner is likely to flee justice; or that the petitioner is likely to influence the witnesses; or that the petitioner is likely to tamper with the evidence,” said the petition filed by Chidambaram.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) argued against the interim relief and said it was a “monumental magnitude of money laundering case”.Justice Ramana said that the file will be sent to the Chief Justice of India (CJI). “We can’t pass the order right away,” he said.On May 15, 2017, the Central CBI registered an FIR in the INX Media scam alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore.Chidambaram continued to remain missing after the Delhi HC’s order. The CBI late on Tuesday night pasted a notice on his gate asking him to appear before the investigation officer “within two hours”. The CBI and ED teams have reportedly visited his Jor Bagh residence.A lookout circular was also issued against the former finance minister on Wednesday. His lawyer said the lookout notice is a from political vendetta because the former Minister “is not a flight risk”.Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra came out in his support. She took to Twitter to say, “An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha @PChidambaram_IN ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as Finance Minister & Home Minister.””He unhesitatingly speaks truth to power and exposes the failures of this government, but the truth is inconvenient to cowards so he is being shamefully hunted down. We stand by him and will continue to fight for the truth no matter what the consequences are,” she added. Senior lawyer and Congress leader Salman Khurshid also called the CBI action “extremely unfair”.last_img read more

  • Md Lawmakers Complete First Step to Expand ExFelon Access to Voting

    first_imgEx-felons in Maryland are one step closer to gaining expanded access to the ballot box after the state’s House of Delegates voted on Jan. 20 to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto on legislation that would restore voting privileges to ex-offenders immediately upon their release from prison, even if they are still subject to parole or probation.Voting rights activists hailed the lawmakers for their action and urged the Maryland Senate to follow suit. The chamber is slated to take a similar vote on Feb. 5.“Today, the voting rights of an estimated 40,000 individuals are at stake,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement. “The Lawyers’ Committee looks forward to a Maryland Senate vote that recognizes the importance of breaking down barriers to the ballot and increasing participation in our democracy.  We look to Maryland’s elected representatives to fight for those citizens who are ready to re-engage in their society.”According to the Maryland Manual, a three-fifths vote of the elected membership of both chambers is necessary to override a veto. The House voted 85-56 to overturn Hogan’s veto on the voting measure.“We thank our House of Delegates for standing firm in furthering the right to vote for all Marylanders [and] we eagerly await February 5 for the Senate [to] affirm the House’s override vote,” said the Unlock the Vote coalition in a statement.“Thirty days after this Senate vote to override, the bill will go into effect and over 40,000 Marylanders will regain their right to vote,” the statement continued. “It is time for the voice of these new voters to be heard in the voting booth as they help to choose our elected leaders [and] we look forward to registering and turning out voters for the April 26 local and federal primary.”House Bill 0980 and Senate Bill 340 were overwhelmingly passed by the House and Senate in 2015 General Assembly. The legislation would overturn current statute which prevents ex-felons from regaining their right to vote until they have completed the terms of parole and probation.Approximately five weeks after the bills’ passage, however, Gov. Hogan vetoed them.“The fact is that persons released from incarceration on parole or mandatory supervision are still serving their time as a debt to society for their actions,” he wrote in his veto letter. “The current law achieves the proper balance between the repayment of obligations to society for a felony conviction and the restoration of the various restricted rights.”If the Senate overrides the veto as expected, it would be the third time the state has enacted laws to expand the voting rights of ex-offenders in the past decade. Maryland would join the District of Columbia and the 38 other states where most ex-felons automatically gain the right to vote upon the completion of their sentence, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.last_img read more

  • Acer Unveils ConceptD Laptops to Overtake MacBook Pro

    first_imgPortsThunderbolt 3, USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, USB 3.1 (2)Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, Mini DisplayPort 1.4USB Type-C, USB 3.1 (3), HDMI, SD card reader by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoForbes15 Cities With the Worst Drivers in AmericaForbesUndoComputerWorldBrandPost: Lowering Costs on PC Management?ComputerWorldUndoAdvertisement NEW YORK – Acer has introduced a new brand in ConceptD, which is targeting creative pros by focusing on precision, performance, design and silent operation. And there are three new laptops that are going right up against the MacBook Pro. The ConceptD 9 is the flagship of the lineup, boasting a 17-inch 4K display that’s Pantone validated and has a Delta-E accuracy rating of less than 1. (0 is perfect.) It also uses a swiveling Ezel hinge for maximum flexibility and comes with a Wacom pen. Acer Concept D9 Hands-on: A $5,000 Surface Studio to GoTargeting creative pros, the Acer Concept D9 sports a swiveling 17-inch 4K display, pen input and serious power from a Core i9 CPU and Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0001:5401:54Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC02:14Chromebook Buying Guide关闭  Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom’s Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Display17.3-inch, 3840 x 2160 IPS display15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 IPS display15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 IPS display Size and Weight16.8 x 11.9 x 0.92 inches, 9 pounds14.1 x 10 x 0.7 inches, 4.6 pounds14.1 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches, 3.3 pounds CPU9th Gen Intel Core i99th Gen Intel Core i78th Gen Intel Core i7/i5 Acer ConceptD 9Acer ConceptD 7Acer ConceptD 5 Author Bio Despite packing powerful specs, Acer says the fan noise will be less than 40 decibels, which beats the MacBook Pro. This is thanks to Acer’s 4th generation 3D aero blade fans.Acer is also launching a ConceptD 5 thin and light notebook and ConceptD 7 system, both of which sport 15.6-inch 4K displays that also promise up to 400 nits of brightness. The D 7 packs a 9th Gen Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to an Nvidia RTX 2080 Max Q and up to 1TB of SSD storage. The sleeker D 5 rocks an 8th Gen Core i7 CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics chip and up to 1TB of storage in addition to a fingerprint reader. The Acer ConceptD 9 launches in June starting a $4999, while the D 7 and D 5 are slated to arrive in April starting at $2,299 and $1,699, respectively. These laptops have the potential to be some of the best workstations yet for serious creators, so we look forward to testing them in our labs later this year.The Best Laptops for Business and Productivity StorageUp to 1TB SSDUp to 1TB SSDUp to 1TB SSD Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief The bezels on the D 9 are pretty thick, but some may be willing to live with that trade-off. The laptop is powered by a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 CPU, and supports up to 1TB of SSD storage. Acer’s notebook supports a variety of modern connections, including Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C and DisplayPort 1.4.AdvertisementAcer ConceptD Series Specs RAMUp to 16GB, upgradable to 32GBUp to 16GB, upgradable to 32GBUp to 16GB Price $4,999$2,299$1,699 GraphicsNvidia GeForce RTX 2080Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q or Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief onlast_img read more

  • Ghacks Deals Machine Learning Data Science Certification Training Bundle Price Drop

    first_imgGhacks Deals: Machine Learning & Data Science Certification Training Bundle (Price Drop) by Martin Brinkmann on June 20, 2019 in Deals – No commentsA huge Machine Learning & Data Science Certification Training Bundle is available for just $25 right now. It features eight courses in total that deal with a diverse range of topics that include Python, Tensorflow, R, Data Science and Analysis, neural networks, and deep learning.The entire bundle is available for $25, access is provided for lifetime, the courses are suitable for beginners and experienced users alike, and certification of completion is included.The following courses are included in the bundle:Tensorflow & Keras Bootcamp For Machine Learning & Deep Learning in Python — Master the Most Important Deep Learning Frameworks for Python Data ScienceTensorflow Bootcamp For Data Science In Python — Complete Tensorflow Mastery For Machine Learning & Deep Learning in PythonPython Regression Analysis: Statistics & Machine Learning — Learn Complete Hands-On Regression Analysis for Practical Statistical Modeling & Machine Learning In PythonComplete Data Science Training with Python for Data Analysis — Learn Statistics, Visualization, Machine Learning & MoreComplete Time Series Data Analysis Bootcamp In R — Learn How To Work with Temporal Data Using Statistical Modeling & Machine Learning Techniques In RPractical Neural Networks & Deep Learning In R — Discuss Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Practical Data Science in RClustering & Classification with R — Harness The Power of Machine Learning For Unsupervised & Supervised Learning In RClustering & Classification with Machine Learning In Python — Harness The Power of Machine Learning For Unsupervised & Supervised Learning In PythonClick here to open the Machine Learning & Data Science bundle on Ghacks DealsNot for you?If this particular offer is not for you, you may want to check out other machine learning deals on Ghacks Deals.Fine print: make sure that you check out the specs and terms of the deal.Disclosure: The deal is provided by StackCommerce in partnership with Ghacks Technology News; you need a StackCommerce account to participate in giveaways or make purchases. Check out the privacy policy and Terms of Service here.Ghacks Technology News benefits from sales made on the Ghacks Deals website through a revenue share agreement. All revenue goes towards the running costs. Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

    first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, February 8. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 17:38Delays in Blythe BridgeWe’re getting reports of delays in Blythe Bridge near the level crossing16:18Accident in LongtonA5007 Market Street partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved at B5039 Anchor Road. 14:53Two arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after four children die in Stafford house fireA 28-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman have now been arrested. More here.14:39Accident in OultonA520 Longton Road Northbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident, one vehilce involved from Oulton to Oulton.Officers on scene are awaiting recovery.13:48Traffic held on M6Reports of slow traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and emergency repairs on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Report of traffic being held due to potholes in the road. 13:26 A34 Newcastle Road clear between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 11:41Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is six minutes. 11:17Saturday’s #wind warning has been extended further south. Gusts could reach 70 mph in places. Stay #weatheraware— Met Office (@metoffice) February 8, 201910:27A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 10:02Heavy traffic on A534 Congleton Road in both directions from A50 Newcastle Road (Arclid Traffic Lights) to Hemmingshaw Lane. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 09:43Heavy traffic on A534 Congleton Road in both directions from A50 Newcastle Road (Arclid Traffic Lights) to Hemmingshaw Lane. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 09:43Met Office issue Yellow Weather Warning for WIndA warning for strong wind has been issued for Saturday, between 12.15am and 3pm.A Met Office spokesman said: “A spell of strong winds will move from west to east through Saturday, bringing potential travel disruption.”08:33One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed. 08:23Services at a stand on Virgin Trains West Coast between Wolverhampton and Stafford due to overhead line problems at Wolverhampton.08:23One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed. 08:05Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 08:05Usual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 08:05Collision Lorry/Car, in Lane 1 (of3) #M6 J15 #Hanchurch to J14 #Creswell, #Traffic Officers en route & #Free Recovery.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 8, 201907:49Moorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 07:49Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. 07:49Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 07:08Heavy traffic on A34 Manchester Road in both directions at Walfield Avenue. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 07:04Heavy traffic on A530 Middlewich Road in both directions from Pyms Lane to Leighton Hospital. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 07:04Heavy traffic on A534 Congleton Road in both directions from A50 Newcastle Road (Arclid Traffic Lights) to Hemmingshaw Lane. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 07:04One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed. 07:04Good morning!Welcome to our daily live blog!last_img read more

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    first_img News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 30, 2018 Children’s Hospital Colorado to Manage Medical Images Via the Cloud With Platform NucleusHealth and Children’s Hospital Colorado’s (Children’s Colorado) Center for Innovation have formed a strategic… read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  Related Content News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | September 04, 2018 Novarad Highest Rated in Customer Satisfaction on Gartner Peer Insights VNA Category Novarad Healthcare Enterprise Imaging has taken the highest rated spot on Gartner’s Peer Insights technology review… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 09, 2018 Visage Signs Mercy for Visage 7 Open Archive Visage Imaging Inc. announced that it has signed a seven-year contract with Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health… read more News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more In today’s complex healthcare landscape, protecting sensitive patient information is a top priority. To that end, industry regulations are increasing and complying with HIPAA and HITECH regulations is becoming more costly, even as reimbursement rates drop.To add to this problem, costs associated with medical imaging continue to rise. Imaging facilities typically have to upgrade equipment every three to five years, which places a huge burden on their financial resources.In light of such expenditures, one expense that may be overlooked is the need for storage space for medical images. The hidden costs associated with this storage are not trivial. Aside from hardware, there will be staff time to back up and manage the storage and related software licenses, power, cooling, and not to mention the cost of the real estate itself. Healthcare facilities need to find a way to increase their storage capacity while remaining within limited capital and operating budgets.Current best practices require medical facilities to maintain two copies of images, in geographically separate locations. Because guidelines regarding how long records should be retained are not always well defined, many providers are retaining all of their images indefinitely.Most of these images are never accessed after the first few years, so a healthcare facility may have a data center full of unnecessary records, preventing the facility from storing newer, more relevant images. Combined with the fact that the number of imaging procedures is rapidly growing (8 percent per year over the last decade), industry-wide storage needs are increasing by 20 to 25 percent year over year.Collaboration Challenges and Disaster RecoveryAlongside the problem of sufficient storage space is the need for clinicians to share images. Due to the decentralized nature of the healthcare system, primary care providers, specialists and imaging services are rarely located in the same facility, making it challenging to share information about a particular patient. This presents a series of security and logistical challenges.For lack of a better system, sharing of medical images has typically been done through the transfer of physical media. But sending discs through the mail or sending them with a patient poses an obvious risk of loss or theft, compromising the patient’s privacy. Additionally, proprietary wrappers and encryption can render even DICOM-standard files useless at the receiving provider. The most common alternative, utilizing a VPN to share images digitally, requires significant effort and expense to implement and maintain.Our healthcare industry continuously adopts the most state-of-the-art equipment for patient care; isn’t it time to implement the most cutting-edge technology for information management? Expensive equipment is worthless if the data gathered gets lost or corrupted.According to the International 2010 Data Management Healthcare Survey, healthcare IT executives listed disaster recovery as their No. 1 investment priority for 2011. Implementing such a plan can place yet another burden on an already strained budget, but the need to recover lost data is a real concern.Finding the Ideal SolutionAs healthcare staff try to deal with these complex issues, they should keep in mind that simply adding more digital storage space only addresses part of the problem. In maintaining this data, only 50 percent of costs go toward the software and hardware; the rest goes toward maintaining the facilities and staff necessary to manage onsite data and provide necessary support.The ideal solution to medical imaging storage should address all of these concerns. By moving to a service that hosts data offsite, the costs of personnel and facility maintenance are reduced or eliminated. Also, there is no need to migrate the data to a new system as new equipment is introduced at regular intervals.These services also offer economies of scale, so the storage cost per terabyte is greatly reduced compared with onsite storage. Facilities utilizing an offsite solution would see savings of 25 to 50 percent compared to maintaining onsite storage. In addition to cost savings, the risk of data loss is greatly reduced when selecting a service that keeps a redundant copy of your files.The image storing service a practice selects should also allow for file sharing between clinical staff in different locations, and it should do so without the need for new software installation. Data should be accessible from any computer with an Internet connection, without the need for implementing a VPN, and it should be secure enough that only those granted permission may access it.  Additionally, any data containing ePHI should be encrypted at rest and in motion.Because costs are rising throughout the healthcare industry and the need for medical image storage space continues to grow, healthcare facilities need to rein in expenses. Contracting with an offsite data storage service can provide several advantages, but medical practices should look for a provider that can solve multiple problems by reducing digital image storage expenses, providing data recovery in the event of a disaster and making it easier to share images between clinicians over the Internet. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Technology | Archive Cloud Storage | November 19, 2018 Intelerad Launches Nuage Disaster Recovery Platform November 19, 2018 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced the launch of the nuage Disaster Recovery (DR) Platform. read more News | Archive Cloud Storage | December 20, 2018 IMS Announces Integration of Cloud Image Viewing Platform With Google Cloud International Medical Solutions (IMS) recently announced it will provide Google Cloud account users with the ability to… read more Feature | July 18, 2011 | David Finn, Health IT Officer, Symantec The Need for Improved Medical Image Storage This article appeared as the introduction to the cloud storage systems comparison chart. News | Enterprise Imaging | August 31, 2018 Greenville Health System Adopts Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging System Agfa HealthCare and Greenville Health System (GHS), South Carolina, announced the successful implementation of a… read more News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more last_img read more

  • Costa Rica Coast Guard seizes more than 1 metric ton of cocaine

    first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica takes custody of 3 suspected cocaine smugglers nabbed by US Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal US seizes $12 million of drugs in Caribbean US anti-drug trafficking review arrives in Costa Rica as lawmakers debate permissions A joint patrol operation between the U.S. and Costa Rican Coast Guard seized more than a metric ton of cocaine from two Costa Rican fishing boats on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry. Seven suspects were arrested on two boats.The first boat, Embarcación Huko II, was stopped by U.S. authorities near Coiba Island in Panamanian waters. Four Costa Ricans were arrested when 640 kilograms of wrapped cocaine was found on board. The cocaine bricks were stamped with the words “ ilo” and “Fruco.”The four suspects were identified with the last names Ramírez, 53; Miranda, 27; Chamorro, 55; and Bolaños, 27. All had prior criminal records, authorities said.The Costa Rican Coast Guard and Drug Control Police stopped another fishing boat, the Kinia Andrea, more than 110 miles off the coast of Punta Burica, a thin peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean bordering Panama. Authorities arrested two Costa Ricans and an Ecuadorian with 397 kg of cocaine on board.The three arrested on the second boat were identified as Sánchez, 41, and Granados, 30. The third, an Ecuadorean, is surnamed Mora, 18.The drugs and Costa Rican suspects are on Costa Rican soil and have been handed over to the authorities.The Public Security Ministry has confiscated more than 9,240 metric tons of cocaine so far in 2015. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

  • Man killed by shark while diving off Australian coast

    first_imgSharks are common off Australia’s beaches, but fatal attacks are rare. The country has averaged fewer than two deadly attacks per year in recent decades.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories HOBART, Australia (AP) — A woman watched her father being mauled to death by a large shark on Saturday while the pair were diving off the Australian island state of Tasmania, police said.The adult woman had returned to their boat with scallops that the pair had collected then became concerned that her father, in his late 40s, had not surfaced after her, Inspector David Wiss told reporters in the state capital of Hobart. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like “His daughter became worried and went down and checked on her father,” Wiss said. “She saw a very large shark. She saw her father being attacked by the shark.”The attack happened off the east coast near where a 4 1/2-meter-long (15-foot-long) great white shark was seen on Friday, government ranger Peter Lingard told The Examiner newspaper.The last fatal shark attack off the Australian coast occurred in February, when Japanese tourist Tadashi Nakahara, 41, lost both his legs to a great white shark 3 to 4 meters (10 to 13 feet) long while surfing at Ballina, 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) north of the scene of Saturday’s attack.Saturday’s attack occurred as Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning made his first return to the water since he fought off a large shark during a World Surf League competition in South Africa last weekend.The three-time world champion went surfing alone at his hometown of Tweed Heads, 700 kilometers (430 miles) north of Sydney. He had contemplated giving up the sport after he was knocked off his board by a large shark at Jeffreys Bay. That attack was televised live around the world. He survived unscathed.“First surf back. Feels so good,” Fanning wrote under a silhouetted photo of himself looking out to the ocean, which he posted on Instagram. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

  • PO Cruises Pacific Dawn makes history in Melbourne

    first_imgPacific Dawn sails under the West Gate Bridge. Image by James Morgan.P&O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn has made history as the largest cruise ship to sail under Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge.Carrying 2000 guests, the 47.6 metre high Pacific Dawn passed under the West Gate Bridge, which has a clearance of 50.1 metres, before berthing at Victoria Dock, next to Melbourne’s Docklands early this morning.The central location will give Pacific Dawn’s 2000 guests unprecedented cruise ship access to the city during their two-day stay for the Melbourne Cup.The 70,285-tonne superliner is one of a record four cruise ships visiting Melbourne for the Cup. P&O Cruises’ Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel are both docked at Station Pier along with Carnival Spirit, from P&O’s sister cruise line Carnival Cruise Line.Between them, the ships’ 8000 guests will represent around 8 per cent of total attendees at the Melbourne Cup.The four-ship visit is expected to inject more than $7 million into the economy in passenger and crew spending as well as port charges and fees, with the ships spending a combined 12 days in Melbourne.Pacific Dawn sails up the Yarra for Melbourne Cup. Image by James Morgan. Book your P&O Cruise hereSource = P&O Cruiseslast_img read more

  • Stronger action needed to protect children online

    first_imgStronger action is needed to protect children from sexual exploitation online, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Stella Kyriakides said on Saturday, highlighting a new set of guidelines, due next year, that Council of Europe member states will be asked to abide by.In her message to mark the European Day to Protect Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse – marked on November 18 – Kyriakides said this annual anniversary “offers a unique opportunity to recall the importance of strong laws and proactive measures against cyber-bullying, cyber-grooming, self-exposure and harmful content, as well as empowering children to protect themselves”.“We look forward to the new set of guidelines being drawn up by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers – expected in 2018 – which aim to protect, promote and fulfil children’s rights in the digital environment. We in the Assembly will do everything we can to ensure these guidelines are followed,” she said.“The wellbeing of children is paramount for all of us. It is up to us to keep them safe in cyberspace in every way we can,” Kyriakides said.To mark the day, the CoE this week published a series of online video tutorials that offer practical tips for parents on digital parenting for various age groups – children under eight, between 9 and 12, and between 13 and 17 – to help them safely navigate the digital environment.Offenders, according to the CoE, use social networking sites, online gaming platforms and chat forums to approach minors, and it takes on average only two minutes for online paedophiles to turn their conversations with children in chat rooms into highly sexualised dialogues.According to the latest EU Kids online survey, the Coe said, 43per cent of respondents had contact online with strangers, while one fifth of those between 14 and 16 received sexual images. More than one in ten children asked said they sent their photo/video to strangers and 14 per cent said they met offline someone they met online.The tutorials explain to parents different kinds of online threats their children may encounter – sextortion, sexting, sex-chatting, grooming, revenge porn – and how to handle such situations.For more information: May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more