New charges laid against Montreal man accused in death of newborn

first_imgMONTREAL – New charges have been laid against a Montreal man already accused of first-degree murder in the death of a newborn baby whose pregnant mother was stabbed.Sofiane Ghazi was charged last month with murder as well as attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed his partner, who was eight months pregnant.The baby died in hospital shortly after being delivered by emergency C-section following the attack.The Crown says Ghazi was charged Friday with assault and criminal harassment stemming from incidents that allegedly involved the pregnant woman.The 37-year-old Ghazi has been in custody since July 24 and has been ordered to not contact his spouse, his mother-in-law or his children.He also faces various other charges including vehicle theft, uttering threats, armed robbery and breaking his conditions.last_img read more

Harlem Globetrotters Show Off Their GOATees On Giving Tuesday

first_imgThe Harlem Globetrotters did much more than just talk about #GivingTuesday this week – several players donated their faces to charity by taking part in the Christian humanitarian agency World Vision’s “#GOATee for a Good Cause” campaign.World Vision and Harlem Globetrotter’s Goatee for a Good Cause CampaignOver the past month, five iconic players and the Globetrotters’ CEO, Kurt Schneider, each grew a #GOATee to raise awareness about how goats and other livestock gifts can help break the cycle of poverty in developing countries. As part of Giving Tuesday – a national day devoted to charitable giving – they debuted their stylish stubble on Twitter (@Globies and @WorldVisionUSA) and are encouraging fans to take part in the campaign by gifting a goat in World Vision’s 2015 Gift Catalog to a child in need.Why a #GOATee for a goat? 
”Being a part of something bigger than yourself is not easy when you’re 6’8″ and 225 pounds,” says Globetrotter’s star Zeus McClurkin. “By doing something as basic as not shaving for a month, I’m helping World Vision bring awareness to how a healthy goat can provide lifesaving nutrients and a lasting income for a family in need. Fans have noticed my new look, which is exciting because it gives me a chance to explain how they can share big dreams with a child through a simple gift.”Recent scientific studies show livestock aid is successful in giving the extremely poor a large and lasting economic boost out of poverty. That’s just one reason goats are the most popular item every year in World Vision’s Gift Catalog. For a donation of $75 just one goat can: • Nourish a hungry family with up to 16 cups of milk a day • Provide a source of income for families to sell surplus milk, cheese and yogurt which can be used to buy needed medical or school supplies • Supply valuable fertilizer to help crops and vegetable gardens thrive • Produce up two offspring a year, which can be shared with neighbors to lift an entire community out of povertyGoats are just one way to give back this holiday season. World Vision’s Gift Catalog features over 100 other life-saving gifts that can be donated in a loved one’s name this holiday season. Shoppers can also choose to send a personalized card describing the gift and its impact. You don’t have to spend a fortune to bring about tremendous social change. Gifts in the catalog range from $16 (the price of an average t-shirt) to $39,000. In fiscal year 2015 alone, more than 122,000 donors gave more than 297,000 items from the Gift Catalog helping more than 650,000 people around the world.To find out more about World Vision’s Gift Catalog, visit or call 1-855-WV-GIFTS.last_img read more


first_imgDemi Lovato (Shutterstock, Courtesy of NBC) Advertisement Facebook DEMI LOVATO ANNOUNCES RETURN TO ACTING IN NEW ‘WILL & GRACE’ ROLEShe’s back. Demi Lovato announced her return to acting in a mysterious role for the new season of Will & Grace.The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer, 27, took to her Instagram on Tuesday, August 27, to reveal that she will star on season 11 of the Emmy-winning sitcom. NBC confirmed to Us Weekly that the former Disney Channel star will play Jenny, a guarded woman who comes into the life of Will (Eric McCormack) in an unexpected way. Lovato will appear in three episodes sometime in 2020, when the next season airs. READ MORE WILL & GRACE CASTS DEMI LOVATO IN MYSTERIOUS ROLE OPPOSITE ERIC MCCORMACKLook who’s coming to play with TV’s favorite platonic couple?EW has learned that Demi Lovato has been cast as a guest star in the upcoming season of NBC’s Will & Grace. The singer-actress will play the role of Jenny, a guarded gal who comes into the life of Will (Eric McCormack) in an unexpected way.Lovato will appear in three episodes sometime in 2020, when the third season is expected to air as part of NBC’s midseason lineup. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement DEMI LOVATO JOINS WILL & GRACE’S FINAL SEASON: WHAT’S HER CONNECTION TO WILL?Will & Grace‘s newest addition comes with a side of mystery. Demi Lovato will appear in three episodes of the NBC revival’s final season, EW reports, though the details surrounding her character are a bit foggy.All we know about Lovato’s “guarded” character Jenny is that she enters Will’s life in an “unexpected way.” READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more

Hurricane Irene killed two in Haiti and flooded farmland UN reports

Nearly 1,000 people were evacuated to emergency centres, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Emmanuelle Schneider said in an update on the situation, citing local officials.All alerts for Haiti have now been lifted in connection with the hurricane, which saw the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) mobilize some its 12,000 uniformed personnel in preparation for any emergency. The storm has since battered the Bahamas and is now headed towards the United States.The UN has more than 100,000 tents and tarpaulins in readiness in Haiti, enough food in reserve to feed 500,000 people for a month, and a 30-day supply of medical kits for 10,000 people in the event of a crisis in a country that is still struggling to recover from last year’s devastating earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people and displaced 2.3 million others.The situation was further compounded by last November’s Hurricane Tomas, which caused widespread flooding, unleashing a cholera epidemic that killed hundreds and infected some 20,000 people. MINUSTAH has been in the country since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. 25 August 2011Hurricane Irene killed two people in Haiti, flooded houses, cut roads, unleashed landslides and devastated farm fields during its passage off the coast of the Caribbean country earlier this week, the United Nations reported today. read more

Hansen relay coming to Brock on Monday

The Rick Hansen relay will head through Brock’s St. Catharines campus around noon on Monday.The relay will enter from Glenridge Avenue and travel along University Road West, continuing on the sidewalk that runs in front of the Mackenzie Chown complex to the front of the Schmon Tower.Christine Rougoor, a masters student in Education, will do the relay at 12:19 p.m., handing it off to Stephanie Bowes, a student in the teacher education program, at 12:22 p.m. David Ditor, associate professor of Kinesiology and spinal cord injury researcher, will begin his leg at 12:25 p.m.The group will gather in Market Hall for lunch. Ditor will welcome visitors to his Welch Hall lab for an open house from 12:30 to 2 p.m.Related story:• Spinal cord researcher carries Rick Hansen’s legacy forward

Millions of urban children live in lifethreatening environments UNICEF reports

Many urban children live in chronic poverty and are marginalized, spending their nights on the streets where they risk violence and exploitation, says the report, “Poverty and Exclusion among Urban Children,” released today by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Innocenti Research Centre (IRC).”These children deserve to live in a protective environment – one that safeguards them from abuse and exploitation. This was the commitment reaffirmed by Heads of State and Government in 2002 at the Special Session on Children and we need to take it seriously and translate it into action,” UNICEF Deputy Director Kul Gautam said at the launch of the report, which coincides with a conference in Florence, Italy, on the rights of urban children.The report also notes that in 2002, an estimated one billion children lived in urban areas – close to half the world’s youngsters. Over 80 per cent of these children live in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and their numbers are growing fast. Many low-income countries still have urban child mortality rates as high as 100 to 200 per 1,000 live births, with high percentages of poor urban children only partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated at all. There are also high levels of anaemia and a high proportion of severely undernourished children. read more

European demand for commercial vehicles continues to rise in April

Demand for new commercial vehicles in Europe grew again in April 2015, with registrations rising 12.2% compared with last year, to reach 169,746 units. The UK led this growth, with a 22.8% rise, while other key markets also saw an increase in demand in April, including Spain (18.5%), Italy (9%), Germany (7%) and France (1.4%).New CV registration figures for the first four months of the year were also positive, as demand rose 13% in Europe to a total of 671,701 vehicles registered.  Spain, the UK, Italy and Germany all posted increases, of 35.2%, 23.9%, 7.6% and 7.1% respectively for the year-to-date, while the French market remained stable at 0.01% growth.Demand increased across all commercial vehicle segments, with heavy trucks (over 16t) posting a staggering 20.8% rise in April. Similarly, 3.5-16t trucks were up 15% and LCVs increased 11.8% to 139,598 units. Demand for new buses and coaches also grew in April, with registrations rising 15% compared to 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Confident Haskins says his numbers are deserving of Heisman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was subtle, but that definitely was the Heisman Trophy pose that Dwayne Haskins Jr. struck in the end zone after throwing his fifth touchdown pass of the Big Ten championship game last weekend.It wasn’t quite the hey-look-at-me, Desmond Howard version, but it was an unmistakable Heisman stiff-arm, high-leg stance, even if just for a second.“I wasn’t planning it,” the Ohio State quarterback said. “I felt it was the right moment for me to do that. I tried to be low key with it, but that didn’t work. It wasn’t a full-on Heisman pose, but it’s a cool picture to have one day.”Why not? The supremely confident Haskins put up Heisman-worthy numbers, broke records and led his team to a 12-1 mark in a tumultuous season that will end with a trip to the Rose Bowl — two spots outside the College Football Playoff. The other two finalists, quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Kyler Murray of Oklahoma , led their teams to playoff berths.The prize will be awarded Saturday night.Haskins finished with 4,580 passing yards and 47 touchdowns, both of which led the nation. He broke 11 Big Ten and Ohio State single-season records. He’s tied for 10th all-time for passing touchdowns in a single season in NCAA history. He was Big Ten offensive player of the year and MVP of the conference championship game.After starting 12 games as a college quarterback, he’ll likely enter the NFL draft, where he could be a first-round pick.He remade the Ohio State offence in his own image, turning the Buckeyes into a pass-first team after four years of J.T. Barrett running for first downs. Then, late in the season, Haskins showed he could put his head down and run the ball effectively when he had to.“The quarterback’s dream is to sit back and pick a defence apart,” Haskins said. “I gave coach (Urban) Meyer the confidence to do that. I gave coach (Ryan) Day and coach (Kevin) Wilson an opportunity to call great plays for me and execute them. We just had a whole bunch of fun this year.”The 21-year-old New Jersey native who played high school ball in Potomac, Maryland, is one of the best throwers ever to wear an Ohio State uniform. In the last two games of the season, against rival Michigan in the season finale and Northwestern in the conference championship game, Haskins threw for a combined 895 yards and 11 touchdowns.“That’s one of the best performances in the last two weeks in college football history,” Meyer declared.Just as important to Meyer — who will retire after his team plays in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1 — is the willingness Haskins showed to tuck the ball and run for tough yards down the stretch, which didn’t come naturally to the pro-style quarterback.“How do you measure a quarterback? Obviously, wins. But can he get and will he get the first down for you?” said Meyer, who had promised to fly Haskins to New York himself if his quarterback wasn’t chosen as a finalist.Like Barrett, his predecessor, Haskins showed poise beyond his years whether the offence was clicking or not.“I think the biggest thing about Dwayne is he never gets too high and he never gets too low,” senior wide receiver Parris Campbell said . “He’s always poised.”Haskins said he knows Tagovailoa and Murray well from prep quarterback circles and considers them friends.“Quarterbacks, we all are the alpha males, and we all compete against each other at all the camps, and we all know about one another,” he said. “Kyler coming out of high school was the best quarterback in the country. Tua was like a god. And to be able to be in the same conversation with them makes me feel like I put the work in to be considered the best quarterback in the country. I have much respect for those guys.”Haskins said he first heard of the Heisman Trophy playing the NCAA Football video game as a kid. He’d always choose to be No. 7, the Ohio State quarterback, and he’d win the bronze statuette every time.“We’ll see how realistic that is this week,” he said.___More AP college football: and Mitch Stacy at Stacy, The Associated Press read more

BG cleared for work on S Parkway Avenue

first_imgBattle Ground’s South Parkway Avenue will finally have some work done starting next year.The city received the final permit to go ahead with the South Parkway Improvement Project from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sept. 13.The project will start in the spring, and construction is expected to last nine to 10 months, ending a quest to bring South Parkway up to modern standards.“The city has been pursuing funding for the project for more than 12 years,” Battle Ground City Manager Jeff Swanson said.The $5.6 million project is fully funded, with the bulk of it coming from two State Transportation Improvement Board grants totaling $4,305,216. The rest of the funds will be made up from the city’s traffic impact fees ($695,000), water fund ($498,350), sewer fund ($41,000) and Transportation Benefit District ($65,000).The project will be broken up into two parts: Southwest Eaton Boulevard to Southwest Rasmussen Boulevard and Rasmussen to West Main Street.The stretch from Eaton to Rasmussen requires a complete reconstruction of the roadway to replace the road’s failing base. New additions will include sidewalks on the east side, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramp upgrades, planter strips, bike lanes, lighting, a travel lane in each direction and a center left-turn lane. Construction activities will include stormwater facilities and an upgrade to the water and sewer utilities infrastructure.The stretch between Rasmussen and Main requires less work, as the first few inches of the roadway will be ground down and a new layer of asphalt will be laid on top of it. Sidewalk ADA-compliant ramps will be upgraded and some utility work will be done.The project was originally on the schedule for this year, but a backlog of permit applications delayed that process, so the city decided to push the project back to 2017.last_img read more

District 7 Council Race

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 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) – Five council districts will be on the 2020 ballot, and two of them are open seats, including District 7 where Scott Sherman is termed outAs of today, there are five Democrats and two Republicans.Last November the city came under one party rule by the Democrats, who are advancing a progressive agenda. That’s an issue for Republican Tom Keliinoi, who believes the city is going in the wrong direction, essentially enacting laws that address only part of a particular problem.That’s why he’s running for City Council.He’s a former communal executive, a small business owner, and a charter school advocate. He has a chance if he can convince Independents who outnumber Republicans in his district. Steve Bosh, Posted: March 19, 2019 Steve Bosh March 19, 2019 District 7 Council Racelast_img read more

Burn Suspension In Effect For Kenai Peninsula Borough

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Due to current and forecasted weather conditions, open burning has been suspended by the Alaska Division of Forestry until further notice on the Kenai Peninsula. Warming and camp fires under three feet in diameter are still allowed but use extreme caution with any kind of fire or activity that could spark a wildfire. All open debris burning and the use of burn barrels is prohibited during a burn suspension. This suspension will remain in place until further notice starting on Thursday. CONTACT: Division of Forestry, Kenai-Kodiak Area, 907-260-4262 Howie Kent with the Division of Forestry: “We are putting one in place to prevent other fires from occuring when we are pretty busy with other fire activity.”last_img

SHE teams conduct awareness meet

first_imgZaheerabad: Division rural CI Sydeshwar, SI Venkatesh participated in the awareness meeting on Wednesday organized by She Teams in DRLR School.Speaking on the occasion, they said, “She Teams is formed for the safety of women. Students should reach heights in their life without getting addicted to bad habits.” He further added, “In case of any problem for women, they can call 100 and complaint in She Teams. Details of the complainant will be hidden. Many CCTV cameras have been installed across the city to stop eve teasing.” They explained about the services done by the She Teams. SI Naga Lakshmi, rural SI Vinay Kumar, Shanu Bhai, Srinivasulu, G Kavitha, Rameswar Reddy, Sayyed Azeez and others participated in the programme.last_img

Pakistan arrests three suspected RAW agents

first_imgAt least three persons, said to be agents of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of India by police, have been arrested in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.Mohammad Khalil, Imtiaz and Rashid, all from Taroti village in Abbaspur, were in the custody of police in Rawalakot, the headquarters of Poonch division, Dawn online reported.According to Poonch Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sajid Imran, Khalil is the “main suspect.” He said the three were involved in anti-state activities, including the bombing of a police station, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.Khalil, according to the police, had reportedly visited Indian Kashmir in November 2014 to see his relatives in Bandi Chechian village. There he came in contact with RAW which “lured him to work for them.”Khalil had an intra-Kashmir travel permit.Later, he is said to have recruited Imtiaz and Rashid to work with him “for handsome returns”.During preliminary investigations, according to the police, Khalil told investigators that he had crossed the Line of Control (LoC) about 14 or 15 times from different parts in Abbaspur sector.Imtiaz and Rashid had also “confessed to crossing the LoC five to six times,” the paper said.“Khalil would take with him cigarettes and [mobile phone] memory cards, carrying pictures of bridges, mosques controlled by the Deobandi school of thought, and army and police installations,” Imran said.According to him, he had given two active SIM cards registered in his name to Indian officials.The DSP said the arrested persons had planted an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) outside a police station in Abbaspur on 27 September last year.“We tracked their movements and phone calls with the help of intelligence agencies and finally arrested them two days ago (Tuesday),” he said.They have been booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and Explosives Act.The development follows the death sentence given to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav on 10 April. Jadhav has been charged with espionage and waging war against Pakistan. India says Pakistan had abducted Jadhav from Iran.last_img read more

With Syndicated Stories and an Ad Network Snapchat Cautiously Opens Up

first_imgGetting that balance right could be crucial for Snap. Facebook has faced an avalanche of criticism over the ways it has been sharing data with partners, and used its third-party integrations to grow its own data coffers.Snap wants to avoid some of those pitfalls by limiting the types of data it shares with partners. Spokespeople said third-party apps won’t have access to friend graph data — an industry term for data points about the friends a user has on social networks, and data those friends are sharing with that user. CREDIT: Janko Roettgers / Variety Snapchat executives also announced new features that play to the company’s strengths. One of them is its AR integration, which has thus far primarily focused on lenses for selfies, animal pics, and more. Users and developers have created more than 400,000 such lenses, which have been used over 15 billion times, according to company information.On Thursday, Snapchat started rolling out another version of lenses called Landmarkers. These are geolocated AR effects associated with historic landmarks. At launch, only five of these locations will be made available, including the Buckingham Palace in London, the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Flatiron Building in New York, and the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles (see  the image above for an example).The way Snap has been developing these AR filters shows that the company’s users are an asset in more ways than one. Spokespeople said Snap used photos from Stories feeds to recreate what’s known as a point cloud, which is essentially a way to recreate a 3D image of an object based on a number of individual data points.Snapchat is also making use of some of its public user data to inform decisions around its original content efforts for Snapchat Discover. A show about sneaker culture that Snapchat announced Thursday was directly influenced by employees observing a trend of public stories of a sneaker convention over-performing with the app’s users, according to a company spokesperson. That notion is not new: Snapchat, with its ephemeral nature, and the absence of a newsfeed with like and share counts, has been immune to some of the privacy pitfalls and disinformation campaigns that Facebook has struggled with, executives have argued.At the same time, Snap introduced a number of new features meant to interconnect with other apps and services Thursday that ultimately make the company and its products a lot more like Facebook. The most important such initiative is the Snap Audience Network, an ad network that promises to bring ads running on Snapchat to third-party apps, giving app publishers a new revenue stream and Snap the ability to sell bigger audiences to advertisers. The company said it would begin signing up app developers immediately, with plans to launch the actual ad network on iOS apps in the U.S. in the future.Another example: As part of a new web integration, Snap is launching the kind of sharing buttons you already know from Twitter and Facebook. The Washington Post will be a launch partner for this feature, which will make it easier for users to share article links back to Snapchat. (The company also announced a range of different app and service integrations with a number of other companies, ranging from GoFundMe to Netflix.)But as Snap rolls out those partnerships, it also shares some of its user data with those partners — a practice that has attracted criticism even in some more benign cases in recent months, with the biggest headlines reserved for data leaks affecting many millions of customers.How hard it will be to square the notion of the knight in shining armor with the realities of inter-connected commercial services was evident during a background briefing the company conducted for select journalists ahead of the summit earlier this week. Peppered with questions about privacy implications of some of Snapchat’s new initiatives, company spokespeople scrambled to assure journalists that Snap had a different approach to privacy, and that it would stick to those values even while opening up. CREDIT: Janko Roettgers / Variety Snap has been less specific about other types of data it could collect as it allows developers to add its own code to their apps and sites. One example: Facebook has faced scrutiny over so-called shadow profiles — data it collects on internet users that may not even have Facebook accounts of their own, but use websites that implement Facebook tracking codes, either through Facebook’s advertising network, or simply by adding a Facebook share button to their site.Snap spokespeople suggested that the company would only collect aggregate data from third-party sources, but also acknowledged that some of the details of its ad network still had to be ironed out.The company will also have to tackle other issues as it gradually opens up. One of them is what some have called Stories fatigue. Snapchat may have pioneered Stories as a format, but the rest of the internet didn’t shy away from copying it. Led by Facebook’s embrace of the rival’s core feature, Stories have found their way pretty much everywhere.Now, Snapchat may further that overload by allowing its own users to share Stories in select third-party apps. Company executives said Thursday that Snap had partnered with dating service Tinder, video chat app Houseparty, and outdoor activities app Adventure Aide to bring custom Snapchat Stories to their apps. These types of integrations are supposed to launch at some point in 2019. Popular on Variety Snap CEO Evan Spiegel wants to have it both ways: Keep Snapchat insulated from the darker sides of the internet, and also open it up to some of the rest of the web. Spiegel shared these dueling visions during the company’s first partner summit in Los Angeles Thursday. In a keynote speech, the chief executive not only introduced new products, but also aimed to separate Snap from some of the companies that have been under scrutiny in recent months.Without naming competitor Facebook specifically, Spiegel seemed to suggest that Snapchat could be an antidote to many of the negative aspects of social networking. “Our camera lets the natural light from our world penetrate the darkness of the internet,” he said. “The internet started as a military research project. It’s just not our natural habitat. But as we use the internet more and more in our daily lives, we need a way to make it a bit more human.” In a way, these so-called App Stories can even be seen as a defensive move. If every app gets its own version of Stories, then why not power those Stories to make sure that these apps don’t replace Snapchat in the process? ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 To gain these kinds of insights, Snapchat needs to keep its audience engaged, and ideally grow it further — something that has been a challenge in recent quarters. Spiegel seemed to suggest Thursday that the company’s stagnating growth doesn’t tell the whole story, pointing to a reach of nearly 75% of all 13- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. “We reach 90% of 13- to 24-year-olds,” he added during his keynote speech. “In fact, we reach more 13- to 24-year-olds than Facebook or Instagram in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Australia.” “We believe that by opening into the camera, we can create a computing experience that combines the superpowers of technology with the best of humanity,” Spiegel said Thursday, further raising the bar for Snapchat’s lofty moral ambitions. Whether Snapchat’s users will buy into that idea may at least in part depend on how the company handles the challenges it faces as it adapts to a more interconnected world of apps and internet services. CREDIT: Janko Roettgers / Varietylast_img read more

Motor Vehicles Act revision Drivers may soon heave sigh of relief

first_imgKolkata: The Centre has written to the state government regarding the changes that have been proposed in the Central Motor Vehicles Act, to save the drivers from harassment.If the Act is passed in the Lok Sabha, drivers will be allowed to have details of their driving licence, insurance papers, pollution certificate and smart card in their phones, which they can show to the police if asked for.Thousands of drivers throughout the country have lodged complaints about police harassment over the production of documents in case of any traffic violation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn case of any offence, police personnel ask drivers to show their driving licence along with smart card, insurance papers and pollution certificate. Often, the traffic personnel on duty seize the driving licence, which the driver has to obtain from the traffic guard later at a stipulated date, on the production of a receipt.The trouble begins if the driver is caught for a second offence before the stipulated date. Also, it is never disclosed on what ground the driving licence has been seized. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe drivers also face harassment over the failure to produce insurance papers and smart cards. The drivers of commercial vehicles have complained that police personnel on duty often ask them to pay graft money, which goes up to one thousand rupees when they fail to produce documents. For quite some time, MPs have raised the issue in the Lok Sabha. Once the Act is passed in the Parliament, the harassment of the drivers will stop. Both drivers of private cars and drivers of commercial vehicles have welcomed the Centre’s move. When contacted, Rajiv Sahani, a driver who drives interstate commercial vehicles, said if the driving licence is seized, it becomes difficult to drive on the highways and the so drivers become ready to pay any amount to ensure that the police personnel do not seize the driving licence. Dr Subrata Ghosh, who drives in the city regularly, said the police personnel often stop random vehicles and ask the owners to show the documents. If all the documents are not in possession of the owner, the driving licence is seized and “it becomes a real problem to get it from the office of the traffic guard.”last_img read more

Samesex couples can officially begin to apply for weddings in Malta

first_imgAs of this weekend, same-sex couples in Malta can begin to apply for marriage permits.Same-sex marriage was legalised on July 12 but now the law has been finalised same-sex couples can begin to officially fill out applications. Explaining his vote, Vassallo said he could not set aside his religious beliefs.Speaking to the Malta Independent, he took exception to parts of the bill that modernise the country’s legal system, removing gendered terms like ‘husband and wife’.He said: “[It] completely removes the concept of the nuclear family, mother, father, son and daughter. This was never promised in the election manifesto and it is why I voted against the bill after I had asked for a free vote, which was denied.”When the UK voted on equal marriage, 170 MPs voted against. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel joined 225 members of the Bundestag in voting against. In France, 229 MPs were opposed.In 2015 Malta was ranked the best place in Europe for LGBT rights by the International Lesbian-Gay Association.Despite not having marriage equality, the small island nation had granted 89 percent of the total rights putting it ahead of the UK, Belgium and Sweden.The ranking marked a turn around for the country as it sat in 18th place just two years prior.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The law became official on September 1.All marriage applications in the country, be it for heterosexual or homosexual couples, have a waiting period of six weeks.This means that the first same-sex weddings will likely begin in November.Gabi Calleja, a spokesperson for Malta Gay Rights Movement, celebrated the quick turn around of the law since it was passed on July 12.She said: “It’s quite extraordinary to have come so far in such a small time.”“It’s great to have both sides of the house vote for equality – unanimously.“While of course there are some concerns from the conservative side, Maltese society has become much more accepting of the LGBTI community and rainbow families.”The law passed with little political opposition.66 of the country’s 67 Members of Parliament voted in favour, all except Edwin Vassallo.Vassallo, a member of the conservative Nationalist Party, ignored his own party’s whip to cast his vote against the legislation. Malta government makes same-sex marriage legalWhy LGBT Travelers love Malta as the number one destination on Europe Rainbow Index?Let Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoPINK NEWS-last_img read more

Forecasting the Future of Home Values

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Housing forecasts can be tricky, especially in the present market conditions where values change by the day. According to CoreLogic’s latest House Price Index (HPI) Validation Report released on Thursday, the company’s national HPI forecast for 2017 came within 1.7 percent of the actual increase in HPI over a 12-month period ending in November 2017.The annual report publicly compares its 12-month HPI Forecasts to the actual CoreLogic HPI Index, along with changes in national and key Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) level forecasts made in November 2017 to the actual HPI index released in February 2018. The report includes data through November 2017.According to the report the national prediction forecast of 4.5 percent increase was within 1.7 percent of the 6.2 percent increase of HPI. The CBSA covering Washington-Arlington-Alexandria had the most accurate CBSA-level results with the forecast coming within 0.1 percent of its actual values and five other CBSAs coming within 0.5 percent of their actual values.The St. Louis CBSA straddling Montana and Illinois was the second most accurately predicted area with its 12-month actual HPI change at 3.8 percent against the forecasted rate of 3.6 percent. The Cincinnati area straddling Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana came in third in terms of accurately predicted HPI forecasts followed by Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland; Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California; Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio; and Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida.According to the report, Miami was the most overvalued housing market (63.9 percent overvalued), followed by Cape Coral-Fort Myers (55.7 percent), and Austin-Round Rock (51.9 percent). At 32.4 percent under its actual value, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk housing market remained the most undervalued market in the U.S. followed by Detroit (30.7 percent) and Cleveland (26.1 percent).The report also indicated that 50 percent of the metro areas under consideration for Amazon HQ2 are already overvalued. “[Our] insight into the potential Amazon HQ2 locations shows that all the markets being considered are currently experiencing home price growth, which we can expect to accelerate in the city that is eventually selected.”The report said that Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, and Atlanta had the ideal housing conditions to support the expected population influx from Amazon’s HQ2. Austin, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, and Washington were already overvalued markets which could represent additional housing challenges should HQ2 be built in these cities, the report said.To view the full report, click here. February 22, 2018 604 Views center_img CBSA CoreLogic Home Prices HOUSING Housing Conditions Housing Market HPI HPI Index market overvalued undervalued 2018-02-22 Radhika Ojha Forecasting the Future of Home Valueslast_img read more

The RitzCarlton opened the doors of its first hot

first_imgThe Ritz-Carlton opened the doors of its first hotel in the capital of Kazakhstan. With the capital city an emerging destination for business and leisure travellers, The Ritz-Carlton, Astana elevates the local hospitality landscape with exceptional service, elegant accommodations, and commitment to creating memorable experiences.“We are excited to be launching The Ritz-Carlton in this flourishing capital and can’t wait to help our guests discover what made The New York Times call Astana one of the 52 places to visit in 2017,” said Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “With the highly anticipated international exposition, Astana EXPO-2017, expected to draw three to four million visitors to the city this summer, there is no better time to introduce The Ritz-Carlton, Astana and showcase this as a destination with a bright future.”Located in the Talan Towers, The Ritz-Carlton, Astana, owned by Verny Capital Group, joins an elite business centre and luxury shopping gallery to create the city’s first high-end, mixed-use complex, creating a new type of lifestyle and luxury experience in the region. With a unique yet graceful design, The Ritz-Carlton, Astana is also a natural extension of the square around the nearby Bayterek Tower, a monument and symbol of modern Astana.The Ritz-Carlton, Astana features 157 guest rooms, including 32 suites, and 27 residences, all of which offer panoramic city views, thoughtful design that celebrates the beauty of the capital city, and spacious layouts. A Club Lounge on the 14th floor provides guests with an additional sanctuary, private check-in, dedicated Club Concierge, and culinary presentations throughout the day.Three new restaurants showcase gastronomic excellence from around the world and will delight guests and local residents alike. Adjacent to the main entrance, Өzen offers the finest selection of organic produce, while Mökki, an all-day dining restaurant, offers guests a sense of comfort. The selection is completed with Selfie Astana, the newest creation of the Russian-based restaurant group White Rabbit Family, which will offer masterful cuisine to accompany the stunning city view from the 18th floor.A peaceful spa retreat will also offer an array of treatments and spa packages that include seasonal offerings and signature treatments, all of which are chosen for their holistic qualities. Spa amenities include a dry and steam sauna and swimming pool, with a fitness studio adjacent to the spa. Additionally, The Ritz-Carlton, Astana will help create unforgettable meetings and events by offering luxurious settings paired with exceptional cuisine and personalised service. The hotel’s 1000-square-metre ballroom, well-appointed meetings rooms, and modern business and banquet amenities are well suited to accommodate a diverse range of meetings and events.last_img read more

Rehab plans for young drivers who fail narcotests

first_imgYoung drivers found to have been under the influence of drugs when behind the wheel will be able to opt for rehab instead of serving a sentence, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou announced on Tuesday.The protocol to implement the measure will be ready in 10 days.Nicolaou was speaking after a meeting with Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou, chairman of the national authority on addictions Chrysanthos Georgiou and police officers.Specifically, drivers below the age of 24 would be able to go for rehab and not have their case taken to court.Drivers between the age of 25 and 40 will be able to undergo therapy and present it to court as a mitigating factor.Nicolaou said figures showed most drivers who had taken drugs were young, and this was a matter of concern.A total of 91.9 per cent of drivers who were found to have been driving under the influence of drugs were between the ages of 15 to 39.The figures stem from 104 narcotests carried out between January 25 and April 2.Of those, 70 were positive, and confirmed to be illegal drugs after tests at the state lab.Thirty-three of those, or 45.95 per cent, were aged between 15 to 24 and the same number of drivers who tested positive for drugs were aged 25 to 39.Of the 70 drug positive drivers, 68 were men and two were women.The figures reveal a rehab progamme is necessary, Nicolaou said.He added the protocols would be ready in 10 days and would be discussed again in two months to evaluate the results.Georgiou said this was a step in the right direction and the possibility of implementing the strategy for drunk drivers should also be considered.Narcotests were rolled out in Cyprus on January 15 this year.You May for BraveA Browser that’s 200% Faster than for BraveUndoExciting Magazine15 Pro Tips To Look YoungerExciting MagazineUndoAuto Overload30 Photos From Behind The Scenes Of Star Wars – Look CloserAuto OverloadUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Tourist arrivals up 82 in June

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe number of tourist arrivals in June rose 8.2 per cent to 511,073 compared to the respective month of 2017 on a strong performance of the UK market amid signs of fatigue shown by secondary markets, the statistical service said.The number of visitors from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’s largest source of incoming tourism, rose last month an annual 9.9 per cent to 165,477, Cystat said in a statement on its website. Arrivals from Russia, which in recent years developed to Cyprus’s second largest market, fell 5.1 per cent to 123,327. The number of tourists from Germany and Israel fell 15 per cent to 23,814 and 11 per cent to 16,289 respectively.In the first six months of the year, the number of tourists visiting the island rose 12 per cent to 1,645,149 compared to the respective period last year, Cystat said.In a separate statement, Cystat said that the number of Cypriots who travelled abroad last month rose an annual 4.7 per cent to 115.450.You May LikeSportsRetriever10 Years After The Famous Photo, Olympic Athlete Makes A Brave ConfessionSportsRetrieverUndoAutoversedThe Engine Parts QuizAutoversedUndoBest BikesTop 10 Best Bikes in India 2019- Price Mileage Images FeaturesBest BikesUndo New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more