first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Transit is going to be bringing new city buses to Fort St. John this year, with an unveiling of the new bus model happening at City Hall tomorrow.The new Vicinity buses are made by Aldergrove-based Grande West Transportation International Ltd. and are 35 feet long. BC Transit says the bus model performs better and has more safety features than those in its current fleet.The buses can seat 30 passengers with room for another 24 standees, with space for two mobility aids. The new buses are also equipped with two doors for more efficient operation and easier access for customers. The same model bus was unveiled in Prince George on Tuesday. The buses will be unveiled tomorrow at City Hall at a ceremony beginning at 1:00 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council awarded the tender for new signal lights and upgrades for the curling club and the North Peace Cultural Centre.The 2019 Capital Roadworks tender was awarded to Knappett Industries (2006) Ltd. of Fort St. John, totalling $408,738.75 and the funds are allocated from the one-time extra payment from the Gas Tax Agreement Community Works Fund. For the signalization of the intersection of 98 Street and 100 Avenue and modification of the existing traffic signals and lane markings at the intersection of 102 St and 100 AveThis project was identified at the 100 Street Charrette process as a first step in improving traffic flow around the phased construction projects related to infrastructure and surface works upgrading. To read more; CLICK HERE Tender for the 2019 Curling Club and Cultural Centre – Facility Improvements was awarded to Hegge Construction Ltd., from Dawson Creek, BC, for $422,750.00 plus applicable taxes.From the IRC Facility Audit recommendations, the Curling Club and Cultural Centre will receive improvements.The Curling Club will receive exterior improvements to lower walls, some interior painting, replacement of the overhead door, some added insulation to the exterior walls and some new exterior doors.The Cultural Centre will receive interior improvements to office spaces, some new carpeting and some new interior doors, the exterior concrete will be repaired and new exterior doors will also be replaced.last_img read more

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell in late-morning trading as Bombardier Inc. shares weighed on the key industrials sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 11.80 points at 16,574.72 as shares of Bombardier fell following a move by the company to cut its financial guidance for the year.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 205.5 points at 26,391.55. The S&P 500 index was down 5.23 points at 2,922.02, while the Nasdaq composite was down 0.55 points at 8,101.46.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.10 cents US compared with an average of 74.21 cents US on Wednesday.The June crude contract was down 11 cents at US$65.78 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down 3.6 cents at US$2.54 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$2.70 at US$1,282.10 an ounce and the May copper contract was down 3.75 cents at US$2.87 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more

“Let’s differentiate the farmers from the tobacco farmers. I have seen the tobacco farmers… They always try to manipulate. Even if they are brought on table, they are not on the table and always think about the profits. They bribe… so sometimes it’s difficult to actually let them participate due to conflict of interest,” Vera da Coasta Silva, Head of the UN Tobacco Treaty Secretariat, told IANS.Additional Health Secretary Arun Panda said: “We will certainly talk to them (tobacco farmers) over their demands and grievances.” (Colombo Gazette) Pointing out that tobacco is part of the socio-culture, a major cause behind its increased consumption, Nadda said: “We are certainly trying to remove this issue from roots.”Member countries on the occasion said the WHO FCTC rules were the strongest tool to curb tobacco use in the world.The six-day COP 7 Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Convention will bring together the WHO FCTC’s 180 Parties (nations) — which includes almost every country in the world as well as regional economic integration organisations like the European Union. Several letters were written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nadda seeking participation in FCTC COP7 but they did not yield any result.On Monday, over 500 tobacco farmers protested under the banner of the Federation of All India Farmers Association and International Tobacco Growers Association. They were detained outside the India Exposition Mart — the main venue of the COP7 FCTC.Though the FCTC Secretariat said there was no point negotiating with the farmers as they were manipulative and adamant over their own demands without understanding the disease burden caused by tobacco, the Health Ministry said it will talk to them after the convention gets over. WHO and the Health Ministry have been facing criticism from tobacco farmers for last six months over FCTC COP 7 and the stringent laws against the tobacco industry including the hike in pictorial warnings on all tobacco products. As part of the new efforts against the industry, Sirisena said Sri Lanka will introduce plain packaging of all tobacco products in a new step to curb its consumption and its illicit trade, stating smokeless tobacco was an alarming issue in his country. The 7th edition of World Health Organisation(WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – the world’s biggest conference on anti-tobacco policies — began in India today, with India and Sri Lanka determined to eliminate tobacco consumption from the roots, IANS reported.At the convention, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena urged the world not to succumb or compromise with the tobacco industry, terming them manipulative and influencing policy makers most of the time. “We still have a long way to go in terms of preventing the millions of deaths caused by tobacco both in India and other parts of the world. There is a huge economic burden on people due to the tobacco use, which needs to be prevented,” said Nadda.According to WHO, India has 75 million tobacco consumers and every year 1.2 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is spent on tobacco control programmes and treatment of patients suffering from various types of cancers caused by tobacco. Indian Health Minister J.P. Nadda, who opened the convention, called for the prevention of youths from adopting tobacco consumption as it continued to cause one million deaths every year. read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2013 11:47 am MDT US stocks advance in midday trading as concerns ease of a sudden reduction in Fed stimulus NEW YORK, N.Y. – US stocks are rising as investors judge that the economy still isn’t growing fast enough for the central bank to cut back on its stimulus program.Last month the Standard & Poor’s 500 index logged its first monthly decline since October after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank could ease back on its stimulus this year if the economy continues to recover.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 146 points, or 1 per cent, at 15,054 at midday Monday.The S&P 500 was up 17 points, or 1.1 per cent, at 1,623. The S&P 500 had its best first half of a year since 1998, returning 13.8 per cent with dividends reinvested.The Nasdaq composite was up 44 points, or 1.3 per cent, at 3,447. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

first_imgPolice search a landfill site in Milton, Cambridgeshire, for missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague. Credit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images Nicola Urquhart, mother of missing 23-year-old Corrie McKeague Corrie who was based at RAF Honington, Suffolk, was last seen on CCTV as he walked into a refuse collection area in Bury St Edmunds The lorry took a route which appeared to coincide with the movements of his phone. Suffolk Police said the search of the area was the “next logical step” after the vehicle’s waste load was found to be far heavier than first thought. 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. It follows work to move 8,000 tonnes of bulk material to make the area safe to search. “I can only pray that Corrie is found quickly and that we are able to get answers as to how this could have happened.”Please can I ask everyone on here to try really hard not to speculate just now. Each second waiting to find Corrie is torture enough. “This page was set up to find Corrie. We still need to do this.”From myself, Makeyan and Darroch thank you for your neverending support more than ever.”  CCTV footage shows Corrie McKeague in Bury St Edmunds on the night he went missing Mr McKeague pictured with girlfriend April OliverCredit:PA Mr McKeague pictured with girlfriend April Oliver Search teams have been scouring a landfill site this weekCredit:SWNS  The drastic difference in the weight of the load prompted police to swoop on a 26-year-old man, who was not the driver, before he was bailed on March 1.He was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice by misleading officers about the weight, but on Tuesday was told he faced no further action.He was told he will not face charges after detectives concluded he was not hiding information, police said.The last CCTV sighting of Mr McKeague showed him walking from a shop doorway and into a horseshoe-shaped area in Brentgovel Street, with no sign of him emerging. Specialist search team searching the Milton landfill site in Cambridge for the body of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague.  Ms Elliott said: “The search of the landfill is a huge undertaking, and still may not provide the answer as to what happened, but now, with new information uncovered by the officers working on the case, this is the priority.”  CCTV footage shows Corrie McKeague in Bury St Edmunds on the night he went missingCredit:Suffolk Police Responding to the update from Suffolk Police, Mr McKeague’s mother, Nicola Urquhart, wrote on a social media page called Find Corrie: “With the weight of the bin that was lifted the night Corrie went missing has been incorrect and the true weight is over 100kg (sic).”This can really devastatingly only mean one thing. Police search a landfill site in Milton, Cambridgeshire, for missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague.  Corrie who was based at RAF Honington, Suffolk, was last seen on CCTV as he walked into a refuse collection area in Bury St EdmundsCredit: Andrew Parsons / i-Images Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said: “We now know the weight of the waste collection from the ‘horseshoe’ on the night Corrie went missing was over 100kg, when the original information we were given indicated that this was 11kg, and this makes our search of the landfill the next logical step to try to find Corrie.She added: “There was no intention to mislead the investigation, however our discovery, through persisting with this through our inquiries and evidence gathering, now puts a new emphasis on the search.”The search of the landfill site will take six to 10 weeks, covering around 920 square metres up to a depth of eight metres, police said. Missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague could have ended up in the back of a rubbish lorry, police have suggested after they discovered that its load was much heavier than previously thought.His mother said that the news could “only mean one thing”. Officers are considering whether the lorry, which was spotted on CCTV making a collection near where Mr McKeague was last seen, could have carried Mr McKeague to a landfill site. Despite initial suggestions that the load of the lorry was 11kg, police said it was found to be more than 100kg.Forensic examinations previously found no traces of Mr McKeague in the lorry.The 23-year-old, from Fife, vanished on a night out with friends on September 24 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. His mother said she hoped he could be found quicklyCredit:Chris Radburn /PAlast_img read more

first_imgOn November 18 Lucara Diamond Corp, the high quality diamond producer with assets in Botswana, announced the recovery of a 1,111 ct gem quality, Type IIa diamond. The company stated: “The magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucara’s Karowe mine, is the world’s second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and the largest ever to be recovered through a modern processing facility. The stone was recovered by the newly installed Large Diamond Recovery (LDR) XRT machines. The stone measures 65 mm x 56 mm x 40 mm in size and is the largest ever to be recovered in Botswana.”William Lamb, President and CEO: “This historic diamond recovery puts Lucara and the Karowe mine amongst a select number of truly exceptional diamond producers. The significance of the recovery of a gem quality stone larger than 1,000 ct, the largest for more than a century and the continued recovery of high quality stones from the south lobe, cannot be overstated. Our focus on mining the south lobe, which is delivering value beyond expectation, has been perfectly timed with the commissioning of our recent plant modifications, enabling the recovery of these large, high quality exceptional diamonds.”Today Lucara Diamond announced that two more exceptional white stones have now been recovered through the XRT diamond recovery units. The two white diamonds, an 813 ct stone and a 374 ct stone. The weights of the stones are subject to change as these stones have not yet been cleaned. Once cleaned, photos will be published on the Lucara website “I am truly at a loss for words. This has been an amazing week for Lucara with the recovery of the second largest and also the sixth largest gem quality diamonds ever mined. We are truly blessed by this amazing asset.”last_img read more

first_img“For TV you always have to build to a certain point,” explains Nugent, “then make room for an ad break and then build up to another point. If that documentary had just played as a feature length it would have had a very different feel to it.” Jonny Sexton’s younger brother forging his future in France ONE THING WAS certain before the Ronan O’Gara documentary, ‘ROG‘, was unleashed on RTE One on Thursday night, finding words other than ‘honest’ to describe it was going to be difficult.Little wonder. Over the years O’Gara has always assured straight-talking as a minimum. So when he agreed to allow a documentary chart the final chapter in his playing career, the legendary Munster and Ireland number 10 was only ever going to become even more frank.Dave Berry and Nathan Nugent have spent the past four years watching O’Gara work from close proximity. ‘ROG’, though, differs from the normal documentary in a number of ways.Firstly; Berry and Nugent did not have to waste any filming time building up a trust with their subject, it already existed. The co-directors are the men who brought you the previous behind-the-scenes looks at the Irish rugby camp; from Final Words, Triple Crown (2004), Reaching for Glory – when Berry gained access to the dressing room for the 2007 season – and Ireland’s Grand Slam Journey (2009). In that time the pair ran an idea past O’Gara and the rest is television history.Perhaps it is fitting that an O’Gara film has divided opinion. Indeed, even O’Gara himself expressed some discontent in his Irish Examiner column yesterday, saying his enjoyment of the sport had not come across as clearly as it could have. Of the criticisms that arose from the wider public during and in the immediate aftermath of Thursday night, most revolved around the omissions. The feeling is almost mutual with the filmmakers:“Keeping it down to 78 minutes,” says Berry when asked about the biggest challenge of the film.“Keeping it focused on the latter part of his career. The Heineken Cup final in 2008 is just a three-second shot, for the Grand Slam there’s about five seconds, then on top of that we had whole sections on Paul Darbyshire, the Lions, and summer tours… a whole load.“But when you do anything like this, it’s like writing a book: sometimes you have to leave chapters out to let it flow. That’s what Nathan Nugent did brilliantly. These parts might be 10 seconds long, but they add up and up and up.”©INPHO/Dan SheridanNugent also laments the omission of a touching segment on Darbyshire – the Munster fitness coach who suffered with motor neurone disease and died in 2011 – along with moments when the retired O’Gara revealed hand-written letters of admiration from Leinster players whom he would never have counted as close friends (perhaps the opposite) as a player. The co-director also happily accepts what he says are ‘absolutely valid’ criticisms of the way the story is knitted together without being tied to the raw chronology.“When we started editing it two years ago, a couple of people pointed out that the real story was that we had come to him towards the end of his career.“In many ways the Munster story has been told several times in other really good documentaries and he was such a part of that that we felt we were just repeating ourselves. What we really wanted to do was single out what was unique about this, but at the same time keep a flavour of the man himself.“The main story was from 2009 up to when he retired. We had to acknowledge his past, but if we had just gone back and started at the beginning it would have been a three-hour documentary.”Many probably wouldn’t have complained had that 180-minute epic been the appointment viewing that lay in store for them on Thursday, but the shop window of RTE One in prime time at the tail end of the Christmas schedule has its own constraints.center_img The content is now there at RTE’s disposal should they wish to fill a Blu-Ray disc with hours and hours of extras. For now, though, the film exists as a snappy, focused piece of work trained on the closing chapters of one of Ireland’s greatest ever rugby players.Of course, those last few pages of the O’Gara story were made turn all the faster by the arrival of Jonathan Sexton on the international scene. in 2010, under the stand in Stade Mayol, O’Gara had confided with Nugent, Berry and their camera that he was ready to give up the game he loved. However, with a year to still to run on his contract and a World Cup in the offing, the pair fancied he might take a rare backward step once he had a chance to shower and change out of his work clothes. When O’Gara did decide to retire last year, neither Berry nor Nugent had any more forewarning than the rest of the world.“Okay, we’ve got a finish here,” thought Berry when the Adidas boots were hung up. But the story had a twist. The story had an epilogue.©INPHO/Dan SheridanThe relationship between, the once rival, O’Gara and Sexton frames the film’s story arc: from O’Gara’s insistence that there could be no comparison between the pair in 2009; to 2013 when he is seeing more and more of himself in the man sitting in the back seat of his car.Some viewers had their tongue firmly in their cheek when calling that element a great modern love story, but you only need look at the treatment of Sexton from the O’Gara children from ‘Jonny’s wearing your jersey’ to happily poking him with a toy sword (the true mark of acceptance into a family) to know that this Bromance is sincere.Throughout the story, another aspect makes this film different from your average sportsman’s documentary.Two extensive interviews with O’Gara form the basis of the content. From there, there are shorter snippets when either Berry, Nugent or both caught up with him for a word on the sidelines or in a hotel room. Yet there is no voiceover, no talking heads or rent-a-quotes wheeled up to say what a great man he is and shuffle off again.He may have never been feted for his voice projection, but Ronan O’Gara has never needed anybody to talk for him, so the directors let him speak for himself.“You’re listening to Ronan O’Gara for the guts of 80 minutes and we never got him to link one section to the next,” Berry says with the voice of a man who’s achieved something he once thought a little crazy.“Yeah, there’s the odd bit of commentary and the news reports post World Cup, but that’s the craft of Nathan Nugent. He just has an amazing ability to let it flow. For me, the thing I’m most proud of is that it’s just the one voice.”“It was a real challenge,” says Nugent. “Normally in any documentary some people shine because you take the best of what they say and reinforce it through the words of other people to make a bit of light and shade. It put an awful lot of weight on just his voice. So he had to deliver.”Once again O’Gara has managed to come up with the goods. In a week where RTE’s documentary department has surpassed itself with films on Donal Walsh and tomorrow’s The Summit, ‘ROG’ more than holds its own – though, as O’Gara points out, the concerns of a sportsman are cast into a harsh light by the Donal Walsh documentary that aired 24 hours previously.SavageryThose who disliked it on first viewing will not be easily swayed, but Nugent and Berry have made clear this should not be viewed as an encyclopedic work on the career, life and times of Ronan O’Gara. This is a film for people who already know the source material, who know the tries and trials that did not make the cut. The people who know that incidents such as the savagery of Duncan McCrae could not be covered better than the blood-spattered Living With Lions, but who might still feel like they know ROG just a little bit better by the time the closing montage starts to roll.“I wouldn’t dare to suggest I know the guy, even still,” says Nugent, acknowledging there are still layers to be found in O’Gara’s character even after 10 years spent in his wake.“Shooting and interviewing him over the course of four years, he was always available to talk to us, always eager. He never once said, no he won’t talk to us. Or; ‘ah, listen lads, I’m not in the mood.’ He was always open to us and that was what helped bring forward all these little nuggets.”“A great guy,” comes Berry’s assessment. “If he has your trust he has your back. Any player we were there with just has nothing but absolute respect for him. He’s committed, he’s honest – he’s a perfect family man.”Archive>> Honesty & magic — O’Gara retires having made Irish rugby greatlast_img read more

first_imgThe release of OS X 10.7 Lion has for the most part been a positive event for end users on a Mac. That is, unless you use Adobe software, or are Adobe trying to support people using your software on their Mac.It seems that Apple has decided it really doesn’t like Adobe that much and has broken a whole range of their products with its release. Probably the biggest kick in the teeth is to do with that bit of software that Apple has already banned from iOS devices: Flash Player.AdChoices广告OS X Lion disables hardware acceleration for Adobe Flash applications. That means, if you run anything that uses Flash on your Mac your CPU usage will sky rocket as it struggles to cope. This is going to be especially bad if the Flash instance is graphically intensive e.g. a game.Apple has also decided to leave out the Java Runtime, and a lot of Adobe software relies on having access to it, so you will need to install it yourself.Other than that, Adobe has made live a “known issues” list regarding running its products on Lion. It has caused problems for the majority of the company’s applications including Acrobat, Adobe Drive, Contribute, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst, Flash Player, Illustrator, Lightroom, LiveCycle, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.If you rely on any of those products for work, and use a Mac, I’d suggest reading what the issues are before applying that Lion update.Read more at the Adobe known issues listlast_img read more

first_imgConstruction continued Friday at The Waterfront Vancouver, the 32-acre development along The Columbia River, in this view from one of the project’s construction cranes. Near the water, work is nearly done on two restaurant buildings, a park and the Grant Street Pier that will open in the summer. At Block 6 along Columbia Way, a seven-story office building and a six-story apartment are rising. And work recently started on a seven-story apartment with ground-floor shops along Grant Street.A total of 21 blocks will be rebuilt into offices, apartments and restaurants by the time the project is done.last_img read more

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac warned his side to give it 100% against Benfica tonight, despite only needing a point to qualify for the Champions League knockout stagesWhile things in the Bundesliga haven’t gone according to plan for Bayern this season, their form in Europe has been good.The Bavarians lead Group E with 10 points from four games and can book their last-16 spot by either defeating or drawing with Benfica tonight.But Kovac wants all three points with Bayern having failed to win their last two games.“We only need a point but we want to win,” Kovac told reporters on the club website.“We want to make it through to the next stage of the Champions League, and we want to do that tomorrow.”Kovac added: “I’m confident the boys will perform at their maximum level tomorrow.”The 47-year-old is well aware of Benfica’s circumstances with victory in Munich a must if they are to retain their own qualification hopes.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“We’re aware that Benfica have to win tomorrow to maintain a realistic chance of qualifying for the last 16,” said Kovac.Corentin Tolisso, James Rodriguez, Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman are all sidelined for Bayern tonight with injuries.Meanwhile, Serge Gnabry is also doubtful after missing Bayern’s 3-3 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday with an adductor injury.“Unfortunately, injuries to important players have been a feature of our current situation,” admitted Kovac.“We’re weakened at the moment and we have to get by with what we’ve got.”He added: “We can win the game with the players we have – and I’m sure we will.”The Bayern-Benfica match will begin at 21:00 (CET) at the Allianz Arena.last_img read more

first_img Updated: 8:12 PM Sexually violent predator released by judge to Jacumba Hot Springs 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A judge Friday ordered the release of a sexually violent predator to a home in Jacumba Hot Springs where he’ll be closely supervised as part of a conditional release program.Alvin Ray Quarles will be sent back to Coalinga State Hospital if he violates any terms of his conditional release, said Superior Court Judge David Gill.After a trial in May, Gill found that Quarles was eligible for the conditional release program as the next step in his ongoing treatment.County Supervisor Dianne Jacob vehemently opposed Quarles’ placement in the East County’s backcountry, saying the area should not be a “dumping ground” for sexually violent predators.Quarles, 56, was dubbed the “Bolder-Than-Most” rapist because he attacked his victims at knifepoint, sometimes forcing the women’s husbands or boyfriends to watch.Quarles pleaded guilty in 1989 to committing more than a dozen sexual assaults in the mid-to-late 1980s and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.Prior to Quarles’ release from prison, the District Attorney’s Office filed a petition to have him civilly committed as a sexually violent predator.In 2014, Quarles was committed to the Department of State Hospitals to undergo sex offender treatment.In September 2016, Quarles petitioned the court to be granted release through the Conditional Release Program for sex offenders.Two months ago, the Department of State Hospitals proposed placing Quarles at a residence at 43050 Desert Rose Ranch Road, about four miles from the downtown area of Jacumba Hot Springs.More than 30 people showed up at a hearing Friday to oppose Quarles’ release.Among them was Mary Taylor, one of Quarles’ victims in 1988.Quarles told Taylor and her female roommate to do what he wanted or he would kill them both, Taylor told the court.“My life turned left that night,” Taylor said. “You just never think it’s going to be you. My life’s been haunted for 30 years.”In 2013, Taylor and other victims protested when Quarles petitioned to be released from the hospital. He eventually went back into treatment at Coalinga.Taylor said she was told that when Quarles was sentenced to 50 years in prison, “50 years meant 50 years.”Gill said he had confidence that Quarles would be properly monitored by Liberty Healthcare, the company contracted to run the conditional release program.The judge ordered Quarles to be placed in the Jacumba Hot Springs residence by Nov. 30.Hearing Continued: Ginger Jeffries, KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 12, 2018 If you are on a mobile device, click here.Part 1: Ginger Jeffries, KUSI Newsroom, If you are on a mobile device, click here.RELATED STORY: Hearing to decide placement of sexually violent predator Alvin Quarles October 12, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Alvin Quarles FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgEINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses. Flags at half-staff flapped in the wind.The carefully choreographed, nearly silent ceremony contrasted sharply with the boom of shells and shattered glass around eastern Ukraine as pro-Russian rebels fought Wednesday to hang onto territory — and shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets. The bold new attack showed they are not shying away from shooting at the skies despite international outrage and grief at the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.Even though they are still unidentified, the corpses that arrived in Eindhoven were embraced by a nation unmoored by the loss of so many people caught in someone else’s faraway war.Boys going to visit their grandparents, a flight attendant in a hurry to get home, a bouncer heading to see his sweetheart were among the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, whose downing last week has intensified anger at the pro-Russian rebels suspected of bringing the plane down.Nearly a week later, international investigators still don’t have unfettered access to the area, some remains are unrecovered, and armed men roam, defying their government.last_img read more

first_imgKrishna: A State Bank of India cashier was arrested on Saturday in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada for allegedly swindling the account holders’ cash and gold amounting to Rs 80 lakh, the police said. According to the police, Rs 20.75 lakh in cash, 2,200 gram of gold worth Rs 61 lakh and a car worth Rs 6 lakh were recovered from G Srinivas Rao, the cashier. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us Rao, who works at Paritala branch of the SBI, used to handle cash and gold transactions. He was close to former branch manager, Yogita, that she let him keep the keys of the bank locker, which is against the norms, the police said. According to rules, only the bank manager can keep the locker keys with them. “Taking advantage of the situation, Rao stole Rs 19 lakh cash kept in the locker. He also stole three bags having gold kept in it from the locker. He stole a piece of gold kept as mortgage and took a loan on it with a fake name,” senior police officer Raveendra Baby said. Also Read – Second batch of banking course begins Advertise With Us The accused used other fraudulent ways to steal customers’ money, instead of depositing it in their name, the police said. The matter came to light when a new branch manager who took charge found Rs 19 lakh cash missing from the locker. G Omprakash, the new manager, filed a complaint with the police.last_img read more

first_imgA house is seen on fire in Gawduthar village, Maungdaw township, in the north of Rakhine state, Myanmar September 7, 2017. Picture taken September 7, 2017. REUTERSPressure on Myanmar soared as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the violence against Rohingya Muslims “unacceptable” and rights group Amnesty said on Friday it has evidence of the military’s “systematic” torching of villages.The increasingly harsh global condemnation comes as the number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state for Bangladesh to escape ethnic unrest hit 389,000, and the United Nations warned of a looming “worst case scenario” with all of the Muslim minority group trying to leave.The number of refugees was up 10,000 in just 24 hours, as the three-week old crisis deepens.“We need to support Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership but also be very clear and unequivocal to the military power sharing in that government that this is unacceptable,” Tillerson said Thursday of Myanmar’s first civilian leader in decades.“This violence must stop. This persecution must stop. It has been characterised by many as ethnic cleansing. That must stop,” he said during a visit to London, speaking alongside British counterpart Boris Johnson.Johnson also called on Myanmar’s de facto leader to use her “moral capital” to highlight the plight of the Rohingyas.A house is seen on fire in Gawduthar village, Maungdaw township, in the north of Rakhine state, Myanmar September 7, 2017. Picture taken September 7, 2017. REUTERSSuu Kyi, a Nobel laureate and long-time human rights champion, has been condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in resolving the crisis.She has no control over the powerful military, which ran the country for 50 years.UN chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said the mass displacement of Rohingya amounted to ethnic cleansing.Amnesty International released fresh satellite images Friday of burned villages in Rakhine state, alleging Myanmar’s security forces have led “systematic” clearances of Rohingya Muslim settlements over the last three weeks.At least 26 villages had been hit by arson attacks in the Rohingya-majority region, the rights group said, with patches of grey ash picked up in photos marking the spots where homes had once stood.Backing up the pictures, Amnesty said fire sensors also deployed on satellites had detected 80 large-scale blazes across northern Rakhine state since August 25, when the army launched “clearance operations”.“Rakhine state is on fire,” said Olof Blomqvist, a researcher with Amnesty International, in a “clear campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar security forces”.The group quoted Rohingya witnesses who described security officers and vigilantes using petrol or shoulder-fired rocket launchers to set homes alight, before firing on villagers as they fled.“It’s very difficult to conclude that it is anything other than a deliberate effort by the Myanmar military to drive Rohingya out of their own country by any means necessary,” Blomqvist added.‘Worst case scenario’Relief workers are struggling to contain the humanitarian disaster unfolding around the Bangladesh border town of Cox’s Bazar with 10,000-20,000 people crossing over each day—far more than the UN and other agencies had expected.“We have to estimate the worst case scenario” where all Rohingya flee Rakhine, said Mohammed Abdiker Mohamud, a director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN’s migration agency.“We cannot just put our heads in sand (and) say that everything will be OK,” he added.“Unless a political solution is found there is a possibility that the entire Rohingya community may come to Bangladesh.”ap of Myanmar`s Rakhine State showing areas where fires were detected by satellites, according to Amnesty International. AFPThere were previously an estimated 1.1 million Rohingya in Rakhine state, who have endured decades of persecution in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar.At least 300,000 had fled to Bangladesh before the latest crackdown started on August 25, following attacks by Rohingya militants on police targets.The exodus since has taken the overall figure of those who have quit Myanmar to at least 700,000.Even before arriving to safety in Bangladesh, refugees who have trekked through jungles for days to reach the border are being targeted by profiteering boat operators who have hiked prices 200 times to cross the river separating Myanmar and Bangladesh.An AFP correspondent at the Naf river said boat owners were charging refugees up to $100 for a 10-30 minute trip that would normally cost less than 50 cents.“The boatmen threatened to throw us into the sea if we refused to give them our valuables,” said Nadera Banu, 19, who got married only last year but is already a widow.“I gave up the final memento of my husband, a gold locket given on my wedding day, to escape.”Bangladeshi magistrates operating mobile courts in Cox’s Bazar and nearby districts have now started sentencing boat owners and local villagers to terms of up to six months in prison, officials said Thursday.Once in Bangladesh, refugees—with UNICEF saying 60 percent of new arrivals are children—are faced with desperate conditions in already overstretched camps around Cox’s Bazar. UN agencies have warned the country is struggling to cope.Smoke is seen on Myanmar`s side of border as a boat carrying Rohingya refugees arrives on shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip. Reuters“There are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water,” UNICEF’s representative in Bangladesh Edouard Beigbeder said in a statement.“Conditions on the ground place children at risk of high risk of water-borne disease. We have a monumental task ahead of us to protect these extremely vulnerable children.”last_img

first_imgNation’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur RahmanPeople across the country are observing the National Mourning Day, the darkest chapter in the history of independent Bangladesh.On this day in 1975, the nation’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of military men.Eighteen members of his family, including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons – Captain Sheikh Kamal, Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu were, among others, were killed on that fateful night.Bangabandhu’s Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil was also killed. Several members of a family in the capital’s Mohammadpur area were killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day.His two daughters – Sheikh Hasina, now the prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana – luckily survived the massacre as they were abroad at that time.The government, various socio-cultural, political and professional organisations, including ruling Awami League and its associate bodies, chalked out programmes to observe the day.Marking this day, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina urged everyone to work together for building a happy and prosperous Bangladesh by completing the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu.They paid homage to the nation’s Independence hero by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the capital in the morning.After placing the wreaths separately, they stood there in solemn silence for some time showing deep respect to the great leader.A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave state salute at that time, while the bugle played the last post. A munajat was offered seeking the eternal peace of the departed souls of the 15 August carnage. Later, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Awami League, flanked by party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader and senior leaders, placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the Awami League.After paying tributes to Bangabandhu, the prime minister visited the historic residence of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 which witnessed the world’s most barbaric carnage on this day 44 years ago.Sheikh Hasina stayed for some time in the house which now has been turned into Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.Later, the prime minister went to Banani Graveyard where her mother Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib, Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell and other martyrs of 15 August were laid to eternal rest.Sheikh Hasina placed floral wreaths and spread flower petals on their graves. She also offered Fateha and dua seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of 15 August.In a message, the president said: “On the National Mourning Day, let’s translate our grief into strength and devote ourselves to building Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.”Terming Bangabandhu a visionary leader and the prime mover of independence, president Hamid said Bangabandhu led the nation at every struggle and democratic movement.Bangabandhu never compromised on the question of the rights of people and he upheld the interest of Bangali and Bangladesh even at the gallows, the President said. “Though the assassins killed Father of the Nation, they could not wipe out the principles and ideals of this great man.”Bangabandhu, throughout his life, struggled for independence along with people’s economic emancipation. He dreamt of building ‘Sonar Bangla’ (Golden Bangla) free from hunger and poverty.“Therefore, it’s our utmost responsibility to build our country a happy and prosperous one by completing the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu and in this way we can pay our deep tributes to the immortal soul of the soil,” said president Hamid.Prime minister Hasina, in her message said, under the dynamic, courageous and charismatic leadership of Bangabandhu, the Bangalee nation snatched the shining sun of Independence breaking away the chain of subordination. “The Bangalee got an independent sovereign country, its own flag and national anthem.” “On this day, I pray to the Almighty Allah for salvation of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation and all other martyrs of the 15th August,” she said.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the anti-liberation clique killed Bangabandhu at a time when he had engaged in the struggle to building a Golden Bangla along with the whole nation by reconstructing the war-ravaged country.Through the killing of Bangabandhu, she said, the defeated forces of the Liberation War made abortive attempts to ruin the tradition, culture and advancement of the Bangalee Nation. “The aim of the killers was to break the state structure of secular democratic Bangladesh and foil our hard-earned independence.”Sheikh Hasina said the killers had been able to assassinate Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman but they could not kill his dreams and ideals.“Let’s turn the grief of the loss of Bangabandhu into strength, engage ourselves in building a non-communal, hunger- and poverty-free prosperous Bangladesh by upholding Bangabandhu’s philosophy and establish a Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation. This should be our solemn pledge on this National Mourning Day,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgBy MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment WriterNEW YORK (AP) — When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.The North Carolina lawyer completed the historic triple Thursday with pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris.In this Thursday, May 2, 2019 file photo, Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst wins the 2019 Miss USA final competition in the Grand Theatre in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. Three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. Chelsie Kryst completed the historic triple on Thursday, May 2, 2019 beside pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)“The three young women who have focused their energy on demonstrating how standards of black beauty speak for American standards of beauty are to be commended,” said Thomas DeFrantz, a professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University.“These three standard-bearers prove that black beauty is at the heart of a 21st century American ideal,” he added.: In this Sept. 9, 2018 file photo, Miss New York Nia Franklin reacts after being named Miss America 2019 in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)Franklin, from New York, won her title in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey, becoming the first woman also to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit. Garris, from New Haven, Connecticut, won her crown in April, and hopes to become a trauma nurse.Kryst, a former Division I athlete and attorney at Poyner Spruill LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, won her crown in Reno, Nevada. She holds an MBA from Wake Forest University.“Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity, strength and empowered women. I’m looking forward to continued progress in my generation,” said Kryst, after accepting her crown. She now advances to the Miss Universe competition.2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris (Instagram)The oldest of the three is the Miss America pageant, which began in 1921 but women of color were barred from participating until the 1940s by a rule that said contestants must be of “the white race.” Frustration led to the creation of Miss Black America contest.In 1970, Cheryl Browne became the first black woman to participate in the Miss America pageant. Since then, more than a dozen black women have been named either Miss America or Miss USA, including actress Vanessa Williams, the first-ever black Miss America in 1983.The Miss USA contest was created in 1952 and crowned the first African American contestant — Carole Anne-Marie Gist — in 1990. A year later, Janel Bishop won the Miss Teen USA title, becoming the first African American winner.___Mark Kennedy is at read more

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 10, 2005 Hopefully by now, you’ve learned how to protect your business from such internet dangers as viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other dastardly computer infections. But many of you may be totally unaware of the latest and greatest Internet plague known as “phishing.”Phishing is the deceptive practice that involves a scam artist-known as a “phisher”-sending out legitimate-looking e-mail messages that appear to be sent by well-known banks, credit card companies, online retailers and even internet service providers. The point is to trick unsuspecting people and businesses into giving out confidential financial data such as passwords, social security numbers and even bank account numbers.Here’s how a typical “phishing expedition” works:You receive an e-mail that contains a “serious looking” subject line like these:”Warning: You Must Update Your Account Information Immediately”or”Notice: Your Account Will Be Suspended”The subject line may even contain the name of a real bank, credit card company or other legitimate business. Once you open the e-mail, you notice that it contains official-looking logos, graphics and other indications that the e-mail is legitimate and has been sent from the actual company named in the e-mail.The phishing message will then tell you there’s a problem with your account or service that requires you to verify certain information such as your password, account code, federal tax ID number or social security number. Or the message will ask you to click over to a website that again contains very official-looking logos and graphics. The text on the website page will similarly ask you to provide confidential information to “verify” your account information.If you respond to the phishing e-mail or website as requested, you or your business-being the “phish”-will have swallowed the bait. The phisher now has you hooked and can immediately use your confidential information to loot your bank account, run up tremendous charges on your credit cards and, in some cases, engage in complete identity theft.Before you think that phishing isn’t that big a deal, know this: Experts believe phishers are able to dupe as many as 5 percent of the people they send e-mails to, people who fully respond and give up their valuable and confidential information without a moment’s hesitation.So what can you do to prevent phishers from hooking you and your employees?1. Be sure to alert all your employees who have internet access to be on the lookout for phishing messages. Your employees shouldn’t even open the suspect e-mail but rather should immediately report it to the person in charge of technology for your company for further handling.2. Company policy should require that none of your employees be authorized to give out any confidential or financial information over the internet without first receiving approval from you or someone you’ve assigned this task to. This policy would cover any “nonroutine” online banking, account or credit card inquiries or transactions that your business may make. Remember, phishers routinely hijack the names of well-known banks and credit card companies to lure people into responding, so employees should suspect even legitimate-looking e-mails.3. Make sure your internet browser software, your internet security software, your anti-virus software and your anti-spam software is up to date at all times. One particularly nasty phishing expedition occurs when a phisher uses a virus or Trojan horse to install a “key logger” program on your computer which allows the phisher even easier access to your confidential information.4. Have the person who reviews your bank, credit card and debit statements be on the lookout for any unusual transactions that may be the result of a successful phishing expedition.If you find out too late that your business was hooked by a phisher, here are some of the actions you should consider taking at once:1. Immediately contact all your credit and debit card companies, banks and other financial institutions and, if necessary, cancel your existing accounts and open new ones. Remember that your liability for unauthorized use of your credit cards, bank accounts and other financial accounts can depend on how quickly you report the fraud.2. Depending on just what type of information was given to the phisher, consider contacting the three major credit reporting companies:Experian,Equifax and TransUnion Corporation to explore your options. These may include placing a fraud alert on your file and requesting a free copy of your credit report to check for any unauthorized transactions or accounts.3. Carefully review all your current account statements and then fax or e-mail a detailed explanation of any suspicious or fraudulent activity to the vendor, bank or credit card company involved.4. If you know or believe that the fraud is extensive, you should consider contacting local law enforcement to file a criminal report as well as the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center.Unfortunately, reports of phishing expeditions are on the rise and continue to be a real problem for many banks, credit card companies, online vendors and internet service providers, not to mention their customers. It goes without saying that you and your business should take these and other precautions to be ahead of the curve regarding this latest internet plague.To paraphrase a once-popular ad, when a phisher drops his well-baited hook in front of your business, you should be prepared to simply say, “Sorry, Charlie.”Note: The information in this column is provided by the author, not All answers are general in nature, not legal advice and not warranted or guaranteed. Readers are cautioned not to rely on this information. Because laws change over time and in different jurisdictions, it is imperative that you consult an attorney in your area regarding legal matters and an accountant regarding tax matters. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgFollowing the U.S President Donald Trump’s accusatory tweet on Tuesday morning, Google released a statement on the same day denying that it’s algorithms favor liberal media outlets over right-wing ones. President Donald Trump went on to claim that Google search results for “Trump News” reports fake news. He accused the search engines’ algorithms of being rigged. Source: Twitter Source: Twitter The 96% statistics were apparently taken from the results of a PJ Media investigation into Google News searches for the word “Trump”.  The news came with a headline “96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets.“ Writer Paula Bolyard said she made the assessment after typing “Trump News” into Google’s ‘News’ tab across multiple computers, and then analyzed the top results against conservative journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s media bias chart. Trump has been tweeting since late July about discriminatory practices on Twitter and other social media sites more broadly and now his focus on Google is making rounds on the internet. Google’s spokesperson Riva Sciuto, addressed these accusations by stating that hundreds of improvements are done to the search giant’s algorithms each year to ensure that they surface high-quality content and the most relevant answers in response to users’ queries. Google testifies that setting a political agenda was never entertained nor were its search results biased toward any political ideology These allegations- based on an analysis from the conservative online media outlet has little evidence behind them. “Google and Twitter and Facebook, they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory. And they have to be careful,” the president said later on Tuesday. “It’s not fair to large portions of the population.” Just 9 hours ago, the President posted another video with the caption #StopTheBias claiming that Google had promoted Barack Obama’s state of the union address on its homepage but refused to do the same for Trump once he got elected as the president. The Trump administration on Tuesday said it might explore regulating Google, an effort that would challenge protections around free speech online. Read Next- Jack Dorsey to testify explaining Twitter algorithms before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Facebook, Twitter takes down fake accounts with ties to Russia and Iran, suspected to influence the US midterm elections Epic games CEO calls Google “irresponsible” for disclosing the security flaw in Fortnite Android Installer before patch was readylast_img read more

first_imgThe morning-after pill, taken to prevent pregnancies, caused friction between the authorities of Costa Rica. The Ministry of Health intends to restrict its sale while the National Institute of Women (INAMU) says that it should be freely available.The debate arose while health authorities were discussing whether or not to register the drug, known as Levonorgestrel, taken to avoid pregnancy after sexual intercourse.“If a woman is a victim of rape or if she has had risky sexual intercourse, she ought to have the option of free access to emergency contraception,” the INAMU stated in a press release.The organization claimed that it is effectively a method of contraception, like condoms or the IUD device and “it has no medical contraindication or any age limit” for its use.However, the head of the Drug Registration Unit of the Ministry of Health, Ileana Herrera, told journalists that the morning-after pill ought to receive the same treatment as other pharmaceutical products.“Products that are sold in the pharmacy can only be bought with a prescription, therefore, women should have to get a prescription and be sent by a doctor, in accordance with her health and personal circumstances,” said Herrera.Feminist organizations have jumped to defend the pill as well as selling it without a prescription since time affects the efficiency of the pill.Religious groups have spoken out against the drug’s approval, stating that it is effectively “an abortion,” and therefore, its sale in the country contradicts Costa Rican legislation, which only permits abortion in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. The pill only works to prevent pregnancies though and has no effect if a woman is already pregnant.INAMU, quoting the World Health Organization, said that “all women and girls who run the risk of an unwanted pregnancy ought to have the right to emergency contraception.”Correction: A previous version of this story included a photo of Mifepristone (RU-486), a drug that can be used to terminate an existing pregnancy. We have replaced it with a photo of the correct drug, Levonorgestrel, which is used to prevent pregnancy. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Drug policy in Central America criminalizes poverty, says Costa Rica Public Security Minister OAS chief urges new approach to failed ‘war on drugs’ Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’last_img read more