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Man charged with seconddegree murder in deaths of Calgary woman toddler

first_imgCALGARY — A man suspected of killing a Calgary woman and her toddler daughter has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder.Robert Andrew Leeming, 34, appeared via video before a justice of the peace.Calgary police announced Monday that they had found remains believed to be those of Jasmine Lovett and 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson.The bodies were discovered before dawn in a heavily wooded wilderness area in the Rocky Mountains west of Calgary.Police have said Lovett and Leeming were in a relationship that deteriorated, and that the motive was domestic in nature.Leeming, who is from the United Kingdom, has his next court appearance May 14.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Sri Lanka saddened by devastating tsunami in Indonesia

The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia rose to over 830 today. Indonesian Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho estimates that 2.4 million people were impacted by Friday’s earthquake.Nugroho said 71 foreigners were in the city of Palu at the time of the quake and most were safely evacuated to Jakarta, CNN reported. Sri Lanka today said it was saddened by the devastating tsunami in Indonesia.President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted saying Sri Lanka stands in solidarity with the people of Indonesia in this hour of grief. “Saddened to hear about the devastating tsunami in Indonesia. My deepest condolences to the families of those affected. Sri Lanka stands in solidarity with the people of Indonesia in this hour of grief,” he tweeted. At least five foreigners, including three French nationals as well as a Malaysian and a South Korean national, are unaccounted for, he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Beside The Points For Monday Oct 30 2017

Things That Caught My EyeWhat on earth did I just watchLast night Houston beat Los Angeles 13-12 at home in 10 innings in one of the most ridiculous baseball related experiences America has collectively endured. The FanGraphs win probability chart looks like an advanced Lunar Lander level on Atari. There were seven home runs in the game’s 5-hour, 17-minute runtime. The Astros outscored or tied five NFL teams this week. Based on average change in win probability alone, it was the second-best ever World Series game ever. [FiveThirtyEight]Alabama is No. 3…of all time. Alabama is at the top of the Associated Press college football poll this week for the 99th time. This puts them above Notre Dame and behind only Ohio State and Oklahoma in all-time appearances at #1. [ESPN]Ohio State gets a massive winNo. 6 ranked Ohio State had a come-from-behind victory over No. 2 ranked Penn State to win 39-38. They entered the fourth quarter down 35-20 with an abysmal chance at winning. Later, down by 5 and with just under two minutes left the Buckeyes scored a touchdown, a single play that raised their win probability by 34.2 percentage points, one of the biggest swings of the week. Following the win, we give Ohio State a 64 percent chance of winning the Big Ten conference and a 57 percent chance of making the playoff, while Penn State has a mere 3 percent chance of winning the conference and only a 13 percent chance of making the playoff. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]Maybe comparing your employees to prisoners isn’t super coolTexans owner Bob McNair made a comment that “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” during an NFL owners meeting in reference to recent player demonstrations against white supremacy. This ticked off his team mightily. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back D’Onta Foreman missed a practice Friday in response, and Sunday all but about 10 Texans players took a knee during the national anthem. [ESPN]Something’s up with the ballsPlayers have begun to flag that something is off with the balls this World Series. Gosh, I wonder what’s up. The regular season wrapped with the most home runs ever. The rate during that season — that insane, record-breaking season — of one homer every 27.1 at-bats. In this World Series through the first four games, there were 15 homers or one every 17.5 at-bats. That’s a crazy 35 percent improvement in the rate, which is huge. Then you think about last night: There were 7 home runs in 85 at bats, or 1 every 12.1 at-bats. Something’s up. [Sports Illustrated]Olympics could be a distractionYear three of the National Women’s Hockey League started up Saturday, and the league will balance new signings and partnerships with the challenge of running operations while the top talent in the league is off the ice elsewhere preparing for the 2018 Olympic games. [ESPN]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number19 touchdownsIt would appear that Houston has found its future in Deshaun Watson, who Sunday passed Kurt Warner with 19 touchdowns in his first seven games. His statline in Sunday’s loss to Seattle was outstanding, and on the season he’s got three games with four passing touchdowns. Houston is far from a favorite but also far from out of the hunt when it comes to the playoffs this year — 18 percent chance of making the playoffs according to FiveThirtyEight — but finding a player like Watson could turn things around in years to come. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: Every Single Message Sent on Sundayrob:Well well well NFL See more MLB predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe waltjust looked at our predictions by the way and there’s a 19 percent chance the Browns go Defeated this seasonalways worth keeping an eye on that lovely numbergiven that we’re halfway thereNiners have a 9 percent chanceso actually a decent chance one of them goes defeated tbhPredictions MLB Oh, and don’t forgetWest Virginia had to put in the backup mascot on Saturday All newsletters See more NFL predictions read more

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Parlour Arsenal should have chosen Ramsey over Ozil

first_imgArsenal legend Ray Parlour believes keeping Aaron Ramsey would have been a better option than sticking with Mesut OzilFollowing Alexis Sanchez’s departure to Manchester United in January and Ozil’s contract expiring in the summer, Arsenal broke their salary policy in order to keep the German playmaker.Ozil now earns a weekly wage of £350,000, while Ramsey is set to end his decade-long association with Arsenal at the end of the season.The Welsh midfielder’s contract will expire in June and talks over a renewal appear to be over after Arsenal withdrew a contract offer.“My personal decision would be that I’d rather keep Ramsey than Ozil,” Parlour told talkSPORT.“I think Aaron brings a little bit to the team.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Mesut Ozil is a great player, I’m not doubting that, but you can leave him out. We didn’t miss him [against Tottenham], whereas I thought Ramsey made an impact in the second half.“Aaron has been there a long time, he’s been there for 10 years, so you’ve got to look that as well.“Some players would sulk and say, ‘I’m leaving at the end of the season, so it doesn’t really matter’, but his attitude has been spot on.“He knows he’s leaving at the end of the season, but he was brilliant in midweek in the Europa League.“I would rather have Aaron Ramsey.”Ramsey made two assists in Arsenal’s 4-2 derby win over Tottenham on Sunday after coming on as a substitute during the break.last_img read more

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Troller rolls sinks in high winds outside of Sitka Harbor

first_imgThe 40-foot troller Safari rolls and sinks just off Sandy Beach in Sitka. Troopers in the patrol vessel Courage rescued 62-year old Calvin “Mark” Bigelow before the Safari went down. (Jason Jones photo)A 40-foot troller rolled and sank in high winds just outside of the Sitka harbor Saturday afternoon (10-27-18). The skipper was rescued unharmed.According to Alaska Wildlife Troopers, 62-year old Calvin “Mark” Bigelow issued a distress call Saturday afternoon when his boat, the fishing vessel Safari, encountered high wind gusts near Kasiana Island. The Safari reportedly became unstable in the gusts, causing it to list and to take on water.Troopers responded in their patrol boat Courage, and took Bigelow on board. The Safari at this time was capsized and rapidly sinking.The incident unfolded in full view of residents of Sitka’s Halibut Point Road. Many drivers stopped along the highway to watch the rescue.The US Coast Guard and salvage crews have responded to the scene for investigation, potential spill response, and recovery operations.Troopers delivered Bigelow to Sitka Harbor unharmed. They report no impairment was involved in the accident.last_img read more

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Patanjali atta noodles not approved says food safety regulator FSSAI

first_imgThe Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said that Patanjali Yogpeeth (Trust) has not taken approval from the regulator to manufacture instant noodles that was launched under the brand name ‘Patanjali Atta Noodles’ by yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday.”Patanjali Atta Noodles has not got product approvals from us. The matter has been brought to our notice. We are pursuing it,” FSSAI chairperson and CEO Ashish Bahuguna told The Indian Express.When questioned about the licence number 10014012000266 printed on the noodle packets, he expressed both surprise and ignorance. “How can licence be given for a product that has not been approved? Licences are issued by the state government to manufacture certain items. But approvals for (non-standardised) products are given by us. That approval was not taken. I do not know how the licence was procured,” Bahuguna said. According to The Indian Express sources, Ramdev’s FMCG company Patanjali Ayurved Ltd hasn’t applied for approval to manufacture instant noodles.The daily quoted FSSAI sources as saying that since noodles falls is not a standard product, it needs to be approved by the food safety regulator before sold commercially.The FSSAI licence issued to the company only allows manufacturing of products, including fruit juices/ready to serve fruit beverages, ghee, mustard/coconut oil, salt, asafoetida, biscuit, sattu, oats, cornflakes, poha, soan papdi, jaggery powder, namkeen and papad, gur, whole wheat atta, pulses, sweets and pasta products (macaroni, spaghetti, vermicelli). Patanjal Trust, however, claims it has not violated any FSSAI rule saying FSSAI rules do not legally bind a manufacturer to get a separate licence for launching noodles.”In context with misleading news published today in newspapers regarding Patanjali Atta Noodles, we categorically state that we have followed all FSSAI rules and guidelines and committed no violation,” the Trust said in a press release released on Wednesday. The FSSAI will have to wait for Patanjali Yogpeeth to launch its atta noodles in the retail market to take any action. The trust is likely to launch the product in the market by next month. Baba Ramdev has apparently pitched  ‘Patanjali Atta Noodles’ as a competitor to Nestle India’s Maggi instant noodles, to take advantage of the regulatory challenges it has faced over safety concerns, in the past few months.last_img read more

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Hike Messenger raises 175 million in funding led by Tencent Holdings Foxconn

first_imgHike Messenger has raised $175 million in the latest round of funding that values the Indian messaging platform at about $1.4 billion. The Series D funding was led by Tencent Holdings Limited and Foxconn Technology Group.The firm’s existing investors, Tiger, Bharti and the SoftBank Group also participated in what Hike called the “biggest to date.” The latest round takes the total investment in the messaging platform to $250 million, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.Hike was founded in 2012 by Kavin Bharti Mittal, son of Sunil Mittal. The service said in January this year that it had a user base of 100 million, of which 95 percent were based in India.”The new fund raise is going to allow us to push Hike to greater heights and invest in areas that will be key to our long term vision and success,” Kavin Mittal said.Tencent Holdings said that the latest round of funding would enable Hike to take advantage of its (Tencent’s) domain strength.”Hike deeply understands India; a highly diverse market with many nuances. It is on a mission synergistic to ours, which is to enhance the quality of human life through internet services. With our investment, Hike will be able to leverage our deep domain expertise in the messaging platform space to provide more value to its users in India,” Martin Lau, President, Tencent Holdings, said.Foxconn said that the investment would benefit both the companies, given the fast-growing Internet penetration in India and people accessing it for the first time on mobile phones.”Hike with its hyperlocal strategy is clearly the company of choice for us to co-invest with our partners, SoftBank and Tencent,” Calvin Chih, CEO, FIH Mobile, said.SoftBank Group said its investment in Hike ranks high in terms of performance. “Hike is one of SoftBank’s best performing portfolio companies in India,” Masayoshi Son, Founder, Chairman and CEO, SoftBank Group, said in the statement.last_img read more

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SpaceX is laying off 10 of its workforce Heres why

first_img[Representational Image]Facebook/ Richard GagnonSpaceX is laying off 10 per cent of its 6,000-person workforce as it tackles two hugely expensive projects, the company said.”To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company,” the Elon Musk-owned company said in the statement on Friday.”Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organisations. This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team.”We are grateful for everything they have accomplished and their commitment to SpaceX’s mission. This action is taken only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead and would not otherwise be necessary.”SpaceX has a booming business conducting uncrewed resupply trips to the International Space Station (ISS) through contracts with NASA.The company also delivers satellites to orbit through contracts with the US military and commercial firms.SpaceX, along with competitor Boeing, are supposed to start flying astronauts to the ISS for NASA sometime this year.SpaceX was recently valued at $30.5 billion after initiating a $500 million equity sale in December. The company also took on about $250 million in debt last year in its first loan sale, according to the Wall Street Journal.But SpaceX’s new products are expected to cost billions to develop.In September, Musk estimated SpaceX would spend between $2 billion and $10 billion developing an ultra-powerful spaceship and rocket system, recently renamed Starship and Super Heavy.SpaceX also plans to use the technology to fly tourists to space and, potentially, one day send humans to Mars, CNN said.SpaceX is developing a constellation of satellites that could one day beam high-speed internet down to the Earth.last_img read more

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Trump open to compromise immigration bill

first_imgVice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) listen as US President Donald J. Trump (C) delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. AFPUS president Donald Trump, signaling a potential shift on a signature issue, indicated Tuesday that he’s open to immigration legislation that would give legal status to some people living in the US illegally and provide a pathway to citizenship to those brought to the US illegally as children.The president, in a lunch with news anchors ahead of his address to Congress on Tuesday night, said, “The time is right for immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides.” A person with knowledge of the discussion confirmed his comments to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.Trump campaigned as an immigration hardliner, vowing to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and pledging to step up deportations. Since taking office, some of his policy moves have hewed closely to those promises, including new guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that would subject any immigrant in the country illegally to deportation if they are charged or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime.But the president also has suggested he is open to finding a solution for the so-called Dreamers — those who were brought to the US illegally as children. Although he railed again President Barack Obama’s executive actions to protect those immigrants from deportation during the campaign, Trump has not rolled back those safeguards and has suggested he has other priorities.During a White House news conference earlier this month, Trump said he would deal with the Dreamers with “great heart” but didn’t say what his administration’s policy would be. He called their status “one of the most difficult subjects I have, because you have these incredible kids.”Immigration activist Astrid Silva, who came to the US as a child, was slated to deliver a Spanish version of the Democratic response to Trump’s Tuesday night address.Trump has flirted with a more lenient immigration policy before, saying during the campaign that he was open to “softening” his position. But he ultimately landed where he started, declaring during a speech in September that under his presidency, there would be “no legal status or becoming a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country.”Congress last took up immigration legislation in 2013, after Hispanic voters overwhelmingly backed Obama in his re-election campaign. A measure including a pathway to citizenship passed the Senate, but stalled in the House.The popularity of Trump’s tough immigration message among Republican voters appeared to kill any prospect of taking up legislation during his tenure.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that if Trump has an idea on immigration, “we’d be happy to take a look at it.”But immigration hard-liner Rep. Steve King of Iowa cautioned Trump against attempting to pursue comprehensive immigration legislation, calling it a “trap.””Comprehensive is the code word for amnesty and everyone knows that by now,” King said, arguing Trump needed to make good on his campaign promises including ending protections for the younger immigrants brought here illegally as kids. “If it’s not going to be a promise kept on immigration the base will be gone.”On the other side, Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, argued that his conservative district and most of the country is ready for a solution on immigration that deals with the 11 million in the country illegally.”I applaud the president for bringing this up,” Flores said. “It’s one of those areas where if you bring it up somebody’s out there screaming the word amnesty at the top of their lungs and it’s not amnesty, and so I think he’s showed real leadership by bringing it up. I was thrilled to hear it.”As for the immigration hard-liners who’ve defeated past immigration efforts in the past, Flores said they didn’t have Trump to contend with before.”You’ve got a different president who can unleash Twitter jihad,” Flores said.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the president has “got a lot to undo” if he wants to pursue a bipartisan plan.”I mean, the immigrant community is rightfully scared of what President Trump has done. His executive order goes far beyond anything that anyone proposed,” he told reporters. “People are cowering.”last_img read more

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PM urges Alem Ulema to stay away from social media propaganda

first_imgSheikh Hasina and Allama Shah Shafi in a thanksgiving rally for recognising Dawrae Hadith (Takmil) Certificate in Qawmi Madrasa with the status of postgraduate degrees held in capital`s Suharawardy Udyan on Sunday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the Alem-Ulemas of the country not to take laws in their own hands provoked by false propaganda on social media, reports UNB.”If anyone says anything against our prophet, his/her trial will be done as per laws of the land, we won’t take laws in our own hands…the law will take its own course,” she said.She also said, “We’ll give them [propagators] appropriate lessons so that they cannot spread such propaganda in the future.”  The prime minister said this while addressing the Sukrana Mahfil (thanksgiving rally) for recognising Dawrae Hadith (Takmil) Certificate in Qawmi Madrasa with the status of postgraduate degrees of Islamic Studies and Arabic at Suhrawardy Udyan organised by Alem and Ulemas of Qawmi Madrasa under Al-Haiyatul Ulia Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia.To prevent false propaganda in social media, she said, the government has enacted the cybercrime law.Hasina said she knows various types of propaganda are being spread on social media and urged all not to believe those. “We’ve enacted the Cybercrime Act, if anyone spreads false propaganda that person’s trial will be booked at once and put on trial under the law of the land,” she said.The prime minister said she and her party always follows the path of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).  The essence of Islam is peace, brotherhood, cordiality and the spirit of non-communalism, she said adding, “We all will walk taking the lessons what our Prophet taught us.”Hasina said the world has been created by the Allah, not a single leaf of a tree moves without the permission of Allah. “Everything good-bad has been created by Allah, our trust and confidence have to be always in Him.”She said all have to think about the welfare, development and good for people shunning the thinking of hatred, enmity and bad for others.Talking about the ongoing enmity and killing among the Muslims across the world, Sheikh Hasina said the arms producers and sellers are gainers from these killings among the Muslims.She mentioned when she had meetings with the OIC secretary general and Saudi king, she told them that Muslim Ummah has to be united and step forward together. “If anyone has conflict that can be resolved through dialogue… Islam is the religion of peace and we want to prove that,” she said.Sheikh Hasina iterated her firm stance against terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption on Bangladesh soil.For a handful of people Islam cannot be stigmatised, she said adding, “The terrorists have no religion, country and society, they’re just terrorists and militants. When a person believes in Islam properly must not become terrorists and militants.”The prime minister said the government does not want the prevailing peaceful situation of the country to fade away. “If peace prevails in the country, it’ll achieve prosperity. If the country develops, everyone will be benefitted,” she said.She sought blessings of the Alem-Ulemas as the next general election is getting closer.Al-Haiyatul Ulia Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia president Allama Shah Shafi presided over the programme. Mufti Nurul Amin read out his speech at the Sukrana Mahfil.In his written speech, Allama Shafi said he has no involvement in politics and his speeches are often misinterpreted politically.He also said there is negative publicity regarding him on social media and requested the people involved in Qawmi education not to believe and misled by the negative propaganda against him on social media and electronic media.Later, Allama Shafi conducted a munajat where he sought blessings for the country and its people.last_img
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Corker Said Trumps Threats Could Put The Nation On The Path To

first_img Share ..my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said “NO THANKS.” He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017 …Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017 Another Sunday, another Trump Twitter war.This time, President Trump, who is spending the day at his golf course in Virginia, took aim at retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.And Corker fired back.“It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center,” Corker wrote. “Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) October 8, 2017Later Sunday in a New York Times interview, Corker said Trump was treating the presidency like a reality show, and could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”In what has been widely perceived as an effort to save face, Trump claimed that Corker had “begged” the president to endorse him for re-election, but that Trump had turned him down. According to the president, that refusal is what ultimately led to the high-ranking senator’s September announcement that he would not seek another term. Trump ended the trash-talking with this: “Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”center_img “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!” Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has been increasingly critical of the president in recent weeks, publicly airing his frustration with the dysfunction within the White House.On Wednesday, he said, “I think Secretary Tillerson, (Defense) Secretary (Jim) Mattis and Chief of Staff (John) Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos.”And at a marathon Senate Budget Committee hearing this week, Corker expressed a deep disdain for the political theater of the job. “I have difficulty putting that much energy into discussing this budget document because this is some of the most meaningless work that we do here,” Corker said with a sigh. “It has nothing to do with the chairman or the committee. It’s a waste of time.”Shortly after Trump’s Sunday morning tweets, Corker’s chief of staff, Todd Womack, rebutted the president’s claims, The Washington Post reports. Womack says that it was Trump asking for a favor.The article states: “Trump called Corker early last week and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection, according to Womack. He said the president also reaffirmed that he would have endorsed Corker had he decided to run again — which, Womack added, was not the first time that Trump had extended such an offer of support.”Trump’s latest feud with Corker comes at an inopportune time for Republicans trying to pass tax legislation. As NPR’s Susan Davis reported, Corker could be a bigger threat to the Republican tax bill than the party realizes.Just like on health care, Republicans can only lose two votes and still pass a tax bill if no Democrats or independents support it. That is why securing Corker’s vote is critical.But Corker has repeatedly said he views the deficit as the biggest threat to the nation. Senator Bob Corker “begged” me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said “NO” and he dropped out (said he could not win without…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017last_img read more

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METRO Houston Injects 3 Million To Make Bus Stops More Accessible For

first_img Listen X – / 4 METRO has about 9,000 bus stops throughout its service area. While many of those stops have shelters and benches, some pose a challenge for disabled riders because of broken or non-existent sidewalks.METRO’s Board of Directors has now approved a $3 million construction contract to help make stops more accessible to all users. That includes things like sidewalk repairs and new curb ramps.Metro CEO Tom Lambert said they’re focusing on stops where riders are having the most difficulties.“We have a very good foundation in place now and we have contract capacity in place now,” said Lambert. “We basically put together a priority strategy based upon particular ridership, the disabilities of our riders, the economic status of our riders, what should be our priorities going forward.”Lambert said they’re working with the City of Houston in the effort and they hope to form similar partnerships with Harris County and other entities. As for additional funding for bus stop improvements, Lambert said they’ve also made a request through the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Call for Projects.Some of the stops that have already been improved include Fuqua and Fondren as well as Beechnut and Synott. Those stops are in the southwest portion of METRO’s service area where there’s a large population that depends on transit.Lambert is also asking riders to get in touch with METRO if they have concerns about a particular bus stop. center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:52last_img read more

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Baltimore Police Commits to Sweeping Changes in Deal with US

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore police department committed to a sweeping overhaul of its practices Thursday under a court-enforceable agreement with the federal government.The Justice Department agreement, which was approved by the city government and will now be submitted to a judge, mandates changes in the most fundamental aspects of police work. The agreement, known as a consent decree, is the culmination of months of negotiations with the federal government and is meant to correct constitutional violations identified in a scathing report released last year.The filing of the agreement, in the waning days of Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s tenure, is meant as a capstone for an administration that has made civil rights enforcement a key priority and that has pursued similar consent decrees with other large American police forces.The agreement is intended to remain in place long after Lynch leaves office, though civil liberties advocates are concerned that Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican who’s been nominated to replace her, may not look to enforce consent decrees with the same vigor.The Baltimore city government signed off on the agreement Thursday. A hearing will allow for public comment on the agreement before it’s approved by a federal judge.The Justice Department began investigating the Baltimore force following the April 2015 death of a young black man who was fatally injured while in the custody of officers. Its report last August found that officers were routinely stopping large numbers of people in poor, black neighborhoods for dubious reasons, and unlawfully arresting residents merely for speaking out in ways police deemed disrespectful.The consent decree is meant as a remedy for some of those same problems. It discourages the arrests of citizens for quality of life offenses, requiring a supervisor to sign off on any request to take someone into custody for a minor infraction. It also mandates basic training for making stops and searches and for transporting a suspect.last_img read more

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Four Doctors Battle Cybermen in 50th Anniversary Comics

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Titan Comics celebrates the 50th anniversary of Cybermen with its Doctor Who event, Supremacy of the Cybermen.The book, now available in hardcover for about $15 (and paperback), unites multiple Doctors through time to fight the “unstoppable” cyborgs.“Can the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors—each battling the Cybermen alone, on a different temporal front—undo the damage that has been wrought on the universe, before they are converted themselves?” the Titan Comics description said.Written by George Mann and Cavan Scott, with art by Alessandro Vitti, the 124-page volume comprises five stories published between July and November 2016.Titan ComicsThe series begins with Rassilon—fallen leader of the Time Lords, exiled from Gallifrey. Captured by the last of the Cybermen, his time-traveling power is reappropriated by the walking tin cans.“With it, every defeat is now a victory,” the comiXology summary said. “Every foe is now dead—or cyberized.”What follows is a four-issue race to end the Cybermen before they end the world. Each Doctor fights his own battle across four separate time zones, ending in what comiXology called a “staggering finale.”Each issue is available digitally for $2.99; the Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen Vol. 1 edition sells for $14.99 (digital) or $19.99 (print).The cybernetically augmented humanoids were first introduced in the 1966 episode “The Tenth Planet”—William Hartnell’s final story as the First Doctor. The original Mondasian Cybermen will return this summer to cap off Season 10—Peter Capaldi’s final stories as the Twelfth Doctor.Cybermen were last seen (on TV) among alien refugees hiding in London (“Face the Raven”) and in season nine finale “Hell Bent,” in which a rusted robot it imprisoned in the Cloisters of Gallifrey.Now, after more than 50 years off the air, the original version of the deadly enemies return for a two-part tale featuring the Twelfth Doctor, Bill Potts, Nardole, and Missy—written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay.For more Whovian wonders check out our Doctor Who gift guide.last_img read more

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The Worlds Smallest Spontaneous Atomic Valentine

first_imgThe Jeol 2100F microscope, a new generation aberration-corrected electron microscope, allows a clear view of the palladium atoms. Explore further Citation: The World’s Smallest Spontaneous Atomic Valentine (2010, February 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-world-smallest-spontaneous-atomic-valentine.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. According to the physicists observing the atoms through the Lab’s JEOL 2100F microscope, Zhiwei Wang and David Pearmain, they watched with love, but really had absolutely nothing to do with the heart formation of the atoms.Sadly, the bright, beautiful palladium Valentine will not be given to a special lady. Being only 8 nanometers in size, it can’t be seen by the human eye, and cannot even be relied upon to stay in the smallest ring setting. But we can all admire the wonderful high-angle, very high-power shot of the world’s smallest and, arguably, prettiest naturally-formed Valentine.Although the palladium Valentine was a nice surprise for the scientists, they actually have other reasons for studying the palladium atoms. Professor Richard Palmer, head of the Laboratory explained:”Size-selected atomic clusters, of the kind which fused together to assemble the atomic heart, are of practical relevance as model catalysts; the palladium/carbon system is employed as a real industrial catalyst in the fine chemicals sector. Precise control of the atomic architecture of the clusters may lead to enhanced yield and especially selectivity in complex catalytic reactions, as well as reducing the number of metal atoms needed to catalyze the reaction.”The Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory was established in 1994 as the first centre for nanoscience in the UK. Four spin-off companies have been generated from the Laboratory since 2005. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Information provided by: Professor Richard Palmer, The Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory, University of Birmingham. Platinum nanocatalyst could aid drugmakers (PhysOrg.com) — Palladium atoms placed on a carbon base spontaneously formed into an 8 nanometer heart at the University of Birmingham’s Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory this week. Just in time for Valentine’s Day! last_img read more

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Liquid Robotics launches quartet on epic swim across Pacific

first_img More information: google-latlong.blogspot.com/20 … iders-on-record.html Citation: Liquid Robotics launches quartet on epic swim across Pacific (2011, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-liquid-robotics-quartet-epic-pacific.html Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com The company aims to set a Guinness world record for longest unmanned ocean voyage. The journey will take an estimated 300 days.Their propulsion systems will run by waves and their sensors will be powered by the sun. Much of the robots’ bodies sit above water. They propel themselves by repeatedly changing their buoyancies, using the motion of surface waves to paddle underwater fins. The upper half of the wave-riding robot looks like a surfboard and is attached to a lower part that sports the fins.The four robots will take sensor readings every 10 minutes on data such as salinity, water temperature, weather, fluorescence, and dissolved oxygen. These gliders are essentially little data centers on the ocean with big ambitions in collecting information that scientists can use. The sensors will also collect information about wave features and currents. The Iridium satellite network will stream the robot data. The data can be accessed on Google Earth’s Ocean Showcase, or in a more complete form to researchers who register.The four robots are expected to collect approximately 2.25 million discrete data points. The expedition is being supported by Google Earth and Richard Branson’s Virgin Oceanic. Most of the ocean remains unexplored with less than 10 percent of it mapped out, said Jenifer Austin Foulkes, Google product manager.The point, says Graham Hine, senior vice president of operations at Liquid Robotics, is to prove that this type of technology is ready to increase understanding of the ocean.James Gosling, creator of Java, is chief software architect of Liquid Robotics, which sells the robots to energy companies that monitor offshore rigs and collect oceanographic data. Customers also include government and research organizations.As for this project, Liquid Robotics wants to see what the scientific community does with all the data. The company seeks project abstracts, and will award the top five proposals. The award is in the form of six months’ use of a Wave Glider, to be optimized to collect whatever information the winner needs.center_img Robotic boats to travel across Pacific Ocean (PhysOrg.com) — Four self propelling robots, called Wave Gliders,from the company Liquid Robotics were launched last week from San Francisco for a 33,000 nautical mile journey. The robots took off from the St. Francis Yacht Club. The robots will swim together to Hawaii and then will split into pairs. One pair will be off to Japan (“Piccard Maru” and “Fontaine Maru”). The other pair will be off to Australia (“Benjamin” and “Papa Mau). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Sunwings latest Groups Guide offers new Book 10 Hold 20 promotion

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Travelweek Group Sunwing’s latest Groups Guide offers new ‘Book 10, Hold 20’ promotioncenter_img TORONTO — The latest edition of Sunwing’s Groups Guide is now available with insider tips, exclusive perks and savings opportunities on group vacation and cruise packages with Sunwing. With the Groups Guide’s launch Sunwing is also offering agents the chance to win big in 2019. The tour operator’s STARMillionaire program is back, giving agents the opportunity to win one million STAR Agent Reward Points that convert to cash (a cash value of $1,800). Agents have the chance to win when they book a group of 10 adults or more by Aug. 27, 2019. The more group bookings agents make, the more chances they have to win.New to the Groups Guide is the ‘Book 10, Hold 20’ promotion. When an agent books 10 seats for any group type with a reduced deposit, they can hold an additional 20 seats with no deposit required. Seats may be held for 60 days or up until 120 days before departure, whichever comes first. More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthGroups can also add up to double their original group size at the original contracted rate (maximum of 50 guests total or 20 guests total for cruise packages).And back for a second year is Sunwing’s Groups Plus Premium, a collection of over 180 properties offering concessions and competitive inclusions exclusive to Sunwing groups customers. Groups also still get all the same benefits of Groups Plus including private transfers with a minimum of 15 passengers arriving on the same flight, complimentary room upgrades for the group leader and rooms located in the same area of the hotel. And when eight adults or more travel together, one adult can travel for free.Sunwing says attractive group pricing is available on cruise packages with MSC Cruises, NCL and Marella Cruises when more than eight guests cruise together. Plus, when agents book a group cruise package by Aug. 27, 2019 for sailings between Nov. 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020 they can earn 10X STAR Agent Reward Points that convert to cash and the 16th adult can travel for free (including air, cabin and pier transfers).More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upSunwing Platinum Club is also back for 2019 with a chance for travel agents to earn free seats, Elite Plus upgrades and excursion credits. Depending on the number of bookings made, agents can achieve a higher tier and earn higher rewards. Sunwing is now offering more options to earn; when agents book a minimum of 75 group seats, they can earn up to a $1,000 seat credit towards a future group booking.An online version of the Groups Guide can be found at sunwingagents.ca. Full details of the current STAR points promotion and other group offers are also listed on the site. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Tags: Sunwinglast_img read more

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No help at hospital after dog bite

first_imgA young woman living in Acaciavale is furious with the staff of Ladysmith Provincial Hospital after being bitten by a dog and having to wait for hours to be attended to.Last Saturday, the woman (who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation) was attacked by her neighbour’s dog and bitten on the leg. Traumatised, bleeding and in a great deal of pain, she was immediately rushed to hospital.However, her hopes of being seen to soon were dashed, as she sat and waited for hours before receiving medical attention from the nurses.Not only is she furious with the nurses for taking so long, she says the nurses who were on-duty were incredibly rude and had a terrible attitude not only to her but also towards the many other patients waiting to be helped.“They took their own sweet time in helping the patients.“It is very sad to see this happening in our hospitals, places where the doctors and nurses are meant to have a ‘calling’ to help those in medical distress.“Having to wait is one thing, but then also having to deal with a rotten attitude just adds insult to injury,” fumes the woman.She says she rushed to hospital because she knows how dangerous rabies is and wanted to take immediate preventative measures, only to sit and wait in growing fear and agitation.“Don’t hospital staff take some sort of an oath to help, not to make people beg for attention and treatment? I was so scared when I got bitten, knowing that you can’t take chances when it comes to rabies.“That’s the reason I rushed to hospital as soon as possible, so I could get help to treat my bite. That was all in vain, because I just had to wait and pray that my turn came quickly.”The woman was given two injections and then sent home.At the time of going to press, the management of Ladysmith Provincial Hospital had not commented. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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The NCAA has announced its Division II and Division III playoff

first_imgIt’s playoff time in (some levels of) college football, as the NCAA on Sunday revealed the Division II and Division III playoff brackets.The Division II bracket features 28 teams — does any other playoff bracket in any sport call for a 28-team bracket? — headed by California (Pa.), North Alabama, Northwest Missouri State and Grand Valley State (Mich.) Northwest Missouri State claimed last year’s championship and has won two of the last three Division II crowns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix The Division II Championship will be played at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Dec. 17 (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2).In Division III, a more traditional 32 teams will compete in this year’s field. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), St. Thomas (Minn.), Alfred (N.Y.) and, fresh off their earth-shaking upset of Mount Union, John Carroll (Ohio) sit at the top of each bracket.center_img The 44th Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl will be played at Salem Stadium in Salem, Va., on Friday, Dec. 16 (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU). Mount Union won last year’s title… and 11 titles before that.The FCS bracket will be announced this Sunday (11 a.m. ET, ESPNU), while the FBS College Football Playoff bracket will be revealed Dec. 4.last_img read more

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Berries Australia Govt must do more to address la

first_img Berries Australia: Govt must do more to address la … You might also be interested in Australia: Costa Group upbeat for 2019 despite pro … Australia: New project will boost capability to de … Australian table grape season in China “outstandin … center_img “Farming can be rough and unpredictable. Dynamic real-time weather forecasting helps farmers make better decisions instead of relying on seasonal weather forecasts.“One project will show farmers how to use manures and composts with other fertilisers to avoid doubling up and wasting money as they improve soil health and on-farm productivity.”In addition, he said that new blockchain technology would help sugar exporters track their products overseas and get better access for exports, while innovative technology will measure pasture productivity against soil nutrients on grazing farms in Western Australia to reduce fertiliser use, improve water quality and deliver better pasture.“Other projects include pest control and vegetation management to meet the growing demand for verified sustainably produced products,” he said.The recipients of the grants include Landcare, farming, and community groups, indigenous organisations, universities, research and development bodies and technology groups.www.freshfruitportal.com The Australian Government is awarding AUD$27 million (US$20 million) in funding through round one of the Smart Farming Partnership grants, aimed at improving soil health, innovation, digital farming and next-generation weather forecasting.Fifteen projects will be funded through grants of up to AUD$4 million to adopt the next generation of sustainable farming practices.Agriculture and Water Resources Minister, David Littleproud, said the multi-year grants will bring together farmers, researchers, community groups and others.“We are funding ambitious projects to benefit sugar cane farmers in Queensland, graziers in Western Australia and on farm weather forecasting in NSW,” he said. June 26 , 2018 last_img read more