first_imgUnited Nations: The rare closed-door consultations on Kashmir by the Security Council ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan and its all-weather ally China to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad. The informal consultations, requested for by China, lasted over an hour on Friday after which Beijing’s Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun and Pakistan’s UN envoy Maleeha Lodhi made remarks to the media at the UN Security Council stakeout one by one. The two left without taking any question from the reporters. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Sources familiar with the consultations told PTI that China was pushing for an outcome or a press statement to be delivered after the consultations by Poland, the President of the Security Council for the month of August. The UK also sided with China in calling for a statement to the press. “Pakistan raising Kashmir at the UN doesn’t have any traction. This time also it did not get any traction at all. There was no outcome, no statement from Poland, as UNSC President, after the consultations,” the sources added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Majority of the 15 members said there should not be any statement or outcome issued after the consultations and their will prevailed, leaving China to come out and make a statement in its national capacity followed by Pakistan. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin in his remarks to the media said that he will present New Delhi’s national position too “if national statements try to masquerade as the will of the international community,” a reference to statements by China and Pakistan. Further, an “overwhelming” number of Council members maintained that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan that they need to address themselves, a rebuff to Islamabad’s intention to internationalize Kashmir, according to sources privy to the internal discussions. China, a permanent member with veto, had asked for a meeting in the Council. As per UNSC procedures, Council members can ask to bring up any issue for discussion. “Everybody will ask for something or the other.” There will be no record nor any minutes of the closed consultations. Sources with knowledge of the proceedings said that in its discussions with UNSC members, India was able to break down “piece by piece” each of the arguments. India’s approach was that how can a constitutional matter become a threat to peace and security, as claimed by Pakistan in reference to Article 370. “How does a federal arrangement create an implication for beyond the border,” the sources said. Further, India has been repeatedly stressing that it is committed to the Simla Agreement on the issue of Kashmir. On the issue of gross violation of human rights, sources said, “Pakistan lost that battle also because China is talking about human rights.” Sources familiar with the development also said that if Pakistan feels Article 370 is a material change of a situation, “what is CPEC”, a reference to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “How many material changes have they done?” Sources said that China could have stopped at the first step of calling the meeting “but by trying to get the Council to react to it they overplayed their hand” and by “pushing their hand, they lost everything.” African nations in the Council – Cote d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea, Dominican Republic, Germany, US, France and Russia supported India, sources said. A UN diplomatic source said that while France was paying close attention to the situation in the region, for it the priority was “bilateral dialogue” between India and Pakistan, a position shared by the US and Germany. Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy, before heading into the Security Council Consultations Room, told reporters that Moscow favours a bilateral track between India and Pakistan.” Indonesia is also concerned by the increasing tension and urges both countries to return to dialogue and diplomacy. A UK Government spokesperson said, “Today the UNSC discussed the situation in Kashmir. We continue to follow the situation closely. Events in Kashmir can have regional and international relevance – we continue to urge calm and caution from all.” Pakistan suffered several setbacks on various fronts in the run up to the closed consultations. It sought an open meeting on the matter, following a letter by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi calling for the Security Council to discuss India’s move to revoke the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Instead, the Council conducted consultations in an informal, closed format. It is significant that the discussions were not held at the horse-shoe table in the Security Council Chamber, which is a more formal and official format for meetings. Qureshi had also requested that a representative of the Government of Pakistan be allowed to attend the meeting. That request was also not allowed as the consultations were held only among the 15 Council members. Closed meetings are not open to the public and no verbatim record of statements is kept. Consultations are informal meetings of the Security Council members and are not covered in the Repertoire. The Repertoire, mandated by the UN General Assembly, provides comprehensive coverage of the Security Council’s interpretation and application of the UN Charter and its own Provisional Rules of Procedure since 1946.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – The United States has arrested and charged the chief executive of cybersecurity firm Phantom Secure, alleging the Vancouver-area businessman has conspired to provide drug traffickers with modified BlackBerry smartphones to evade law enforcement.Vincent Ramos of Richmond, B.C., was arrested March 7 in Bellingham, Wash., near Seattle, and faces criminal charges filed with a U.S. district court in San Diego, Calif. Those records are sealed.The U.S. Justice Department announced the charges Thursday following a years-long undercover operation that included several American, Australian and Canadian agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.Authorities continue to seek four other suspects from various countries.They allege that Phantom Secure, which bills itself as “the world’s most trusted communication service,” advertised its products as impervious to decryption and guaranteed that evidence on a device could be destroyed remotely if it was compromised.The Department of Justice said the case is the first time the U.S. government has targeted a company and its principals “for knowingly and intentionally conspiring with criminal organizations by providing them with the technological tools to evade law enforcement and obstruct justice while committing transnational drug trafficking.”The Canadian Press hasn’t been able to contact Ramos or his lawyer for comment. None of the charges against Ramos have yet been proven in court.However, the Phantom Secure website has a notice that says it’s a “law-abiding company” that was founded to provide businesses and people the opportunity to communicate in private in this modern technological age.Ramos faces charges of racketeering conspiracy, also known as RICO conspiracy, and conspiracy to aid the distribution of narcotics. Both carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.A partially blacked-out affidavit by an FBI special agent and attached to the warrant to arrest Ramos, alleges that Phantom Secure devices and services were “specifically designed to prevent law enforcement from intercepting and monitoring communication” and its corporate structure was set up to “obstruct, impede, and evade law enforcement.”It alleges the company’s marketing material promotes Phantom Secure’s technical team modifies BlackBerry handsets by removing the microphone, GPS navigation, camera, internet and messenger service and then installs encryption software on an email program routed to servers in countries such as Panama.“According to law enforcement sources in Australia, Canada and the United States, Phantom Secure devices are used by the upper echelon members of various transnational criminal organizations to communicate with their criminal compatriots and conduct the illegal activities of the organization,” the affidavit said.The affidavit also includes a transcript of an exchange between an undercover RCMP agent posing as a drug trafficker and an unidentified Phantom Secure employee who wiped supposedly incriminating data from a modified BlackBerry.last_img read more

MONTPELIER, Vt. — U.S. maple syrup production increased slightly this year, even though the sap-collecting season was shorter than last year’s, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The country produced 4.2 million gallons (16 million litres) of the pancake topper, up 1% from 2018.Vermont, the country’s leading producer, made more than 2 million gallons (7.6 million litres).New York, which yielded 820,000 gallons (3.1 million litres), followed, according to the data released this week. Then came Maine with 580,000 gallons (2.2 million litres) and Wisconsin with 270,000 gallons (1 million litres). Michigan ended up with 195,000 gallons (738,155 litres) and Pennsylvania produced 157,000 gallons (594,310 litres). New Hampshire, the only state in the available data to see a decline in production, yielded 148,000 gallons (560,241 litres). Total production numbers were not available for some other maple-producing states.The maple season requires warm days and nights below freezing for the sap to flow in maple trees. The sap is then boiled into syrup. This year’s season lasted an average of 30 days in the syrup-producing states, compared with 42 days in 2018, the USDA said.In Vermont, the season started later than in recent years, worrying some producers that it would be too short. But the state ended up producing more syrup than in 2018. It also had 330,000 more taps in trees this year for a total of 6 million taps that helped to draw more sap.Amanda Voyer, executive director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, said she was even shocked by the amount produced. A number of sugar makers reported one or two record-breaking days of sap flow, she said.“You can have one day where it’s trickling sap or you can have one day where it’s coming out gangbusters,” she said. “There just happened to be some really solid days.”Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press read more

Obama says his health care law already benefiting majority of Americans who have health care AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 11:38 am MDT WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama argues that his signature health care law is already benefiting most Americans even if they don’t know it.The president says despite what he calls “sky is falling” predictions, the Affordable Care Act’s provisions are already in place for those with health insurance.He says what’s left is to help those Americans who don’t have health care coverage to obtain it. He acknowledged that is “a big undertaking” and predicted there could still be some glitches as the details are worked out.Obama was speaking at a news conference Tuesday at the White House. read more

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball to sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) during a game against Maryland Oct. 4 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won 52-24Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorLed by redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Ohio State football team has broken school records and dominated its opponents.One cannot help but wonder, though, how does the Barrett-Elliott combination compare to last year’s two-headed monster that was Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde?First, let’s compare Barrett to Miller.In his first five starts under coach Urban Meyer in 2012, Miller totaled 933 yards through the air, tallying eight passing scores to go along with three interceptions.Barrett’s stats have been even more impressive.Despite being named the starting quarterback a month after being listed as third on the depth chart, Barrett has accumulated 1,354 yards through the air, including 17 touchdowns and five interceptions.But Meyer said Miller will still be the starting quarterback once he returns from injury.“Braxton is our quarterback,” Meyer said Sept. 29. “To be fair to Braxton, (he was) Big Ten Player of the Year. Good to know we’ve got both of them.”Meanwhile, Elliott, who has improved in games against Cincinnati and Maryland, has not put up the Hyde-like numbers Buckeye fans are used to seeing.After sitting out the first three games of 2013 because of suspension stemming from an incident at a local bar, and seeing little time against Florida A&M, Hyde exploded during the rest of his senior campaign. In his first five games (not including the game against the Rattlers) he amassed 660 yards on the ground to go along with seven scores.Elliott, who has put up back-to-back 100-plus-yard rushing games for the first time in his career, has totaled 462 yards on the ground in his first five starts as a Buckeye, while adding three scores.Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said Sept. 29 that while he is pleased with Elliott’s production, he is not the same running back Hyde was when he donned the scarlet and gray.“He’s playing with very low pad level and so he plays with great energy. He’s explosive,” Warinner said of Elliott. “And he finishes runs with great pad level. And he doesn’t want to make direct contact. He did the job you would want a Carlos Hyde to do (against Cincinnati). But he’s a different runner than Carlos.”OSU then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) celebrates with then-senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) during a game against Illinois Nov. 16. at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. OSU won 60-35Credit: Lantern file photoWhile the Miller-Hyde combo led the Buckeyes to an undefeated regular season in 2013, the Barrett-Elliott connection is helping produce a more balanced offense.Following the 2013 campaign, the Buckeyes ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense while finishing 90th in pass offense.The 2014 season has produced much different results so far as the Buckeyes currently rank 19th in rush offense and sit 36th in the country in pass offense.Meyer said the Buckeyes strive for balance on offense.“What I think is going on best is the balance right now. When you start looking up at the scoreboard and you see 250 or 300 (yards) each that’s a good sign,” Meyer said Wednesday. “The last two years have been kind of run-dominated, and to win those big games, you can’t be 220 run and 68 pass. You’re going to lose that game.”While the Buckeyes have in fact lost a game with Barrett and Elliott occupying the backfield, the improvements being made since the embarrassing loss to Virginia Tech seem to be giving Buckeye players, coaches and fans hope for the future.Meyer said that he is particularly happy with the offense’s recognition of certain coverages.“I have to watch the videotape, but I think I’m impressed with the fact that ever since the Virginia Tech game we are really getting that bear zero coverage,” Meyer said following Saturday’s game against Maryland. “You start to see the quarterbacks, receivers and coaching staff get really excited and start making more aggressive calls.”OSU is scheduled for a bye week before taking on Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

Infantino and Forde then closed off the visit with a conference where the two gave their outlook of what was happening in Guyana in terms of the sport.Infantino commended the efforts of Forde.Forde explained that this was a historic moment and thanked Infantino for seeing what was happening with Football in Guyana.President Infantino was elected to lead FIFA, which governs and serves 211 member associations around the world, in February 2016 with a mandate to reform football governance, rebuild trust in the game, and increase investment in football development.The Guyana Football Federation had said that under President Infantino, FIFA member associations now have access to at least USD 1.25 million per year to support running costs, training, infrastructure and facilities projects, and for development programmes and competitions such as youth leagues and women’s football.“This level of funding has the power to transform football in Guyana for generations to come,” Forde had said.The FIFA Head arrived in Guyana at 08:30hrs and departed at 13:00hrs. The entire group then made their way to visit President David Granger,  followed by a visit to the CARICOM Secretariat where Infantino paid a courtesy call on Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.The FIFA President then made a stop at the Academy Training Centre (ATC) at the GNS ground on Carifesta Avenue where he witnessed the youngsters in action and even intermingled with his fans. FIFA President Giovanni ‘Gianni’ InfantinoFIFA President Giovanni ‘Gianni’ Infantino was welcomed into Guyana for the very first time where he participated in a number of activities even though he was on a packed and tight  schedule.Infantino was accompanied by a delegation of six (6) persons to see first-hand what football was in Guyana. His visit coincides with visits from other top football officials to the Caribbean as international bodies focus on supporting the progress of national football associations in reforming and developing football around the world. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFIFA President to visit Guyana says GFFApril 1, 2017In “Sports”FIFA gives thumbs up to Guyana Football FederationFebruary 21, 2017In “latest news”FIFA president gets votes pledge from CaribbeanDecember 21, 2018In “latest news” Immediately after arriving, the FIFA President, along with two legendary footballers and the President of Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Wayne Forde visited the site for the FIFA forward project where they turned the sod for the first ever football complex in Guyana that will be located in Providence.Minister within the ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry who was on hand to receive Infantino participated in the activity.(L) President of GFF Wayne Forde, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Minister within the ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry turning the sod for the football complex at Providence read more

first_imgDirect Nickel Ltd (DNi) has developed what it describes as a “game changing process for extracting nickel from nickel laterite deposits.” It has proven the technical efficiency and potential economic advantages of the DNi process in a locked cycle demonstration plant that employs the full process flowsheet. At the same time, it has established a joint venture partnership with Indonesia’s most prominent nickel company, 65% government-owned PT ANTAM. It now has a dedicated site for the first DNi process plant. In December 2013, ANTAM and DNi commenced a new feasibility study to estimate the viability of an operation based on Halmahera Island, Indonesia using feed from ANTAM’s Tanjung Buli and other local deposits. This will initially consider a facility producing 20,000 t/y of nickel.The Direct Nickel Process can also produce the following co-products MgO, Fe2O3, and Al2O3, and the extra revenue these produce will be recognised in the study Based on the 2013 test plant demonstration program, nitric acid consumption is 60 kg/t of ore.last_img read more

One of the biggest favorites at World Championship 2015 in Qatar, Croatia arrived in Doha with 16 players in the roster. Team’s coach Slavko Goluža decided to “cut” two players from the last list, goalkeeper Ivan Pešić and playmaker Sandro Obranović.Here is the squad who will try to defend the bronze medal position from the Spain 2013.ROSTER:1. Mirko Alilović (Veszprem)2. Filip Ivić (PPD Zagreb)3. Manuel Štrlek (Kielce)4. Ivan Ninčević (Bešiktaš)5. Ivan Čupić (Kielce)6. Zlatko Horvat (PPD Zagreb)7. Igor Vori (PSG)8. Željko Musa (Kielce)9. Ilija Brozović (PPD Zagreb)10. Marko Kopljar (PSG)11. Luka Stepančić (PPD Zagreb)12. Damir Bičanić (Chambery)13. Ivan Slišković (Celje PL)14. Jakov Gojun (PSG)15. Igor Karačić (Vardar)16. Domagoj Duvnjak (Kiel) croatiaQatar 2015Slavko Goluza ← Previous Story Onesta picks 17 players for Qatar 2015 Next Story → Qatar 2015 prediction: France going for a gold! read more

first_img Image: PA Archive/PA Images By Órla Ryan Share54 Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/4570492 24,804 Views 4 Comments Apr 1st 2019, 8:01 AM File photo Image: PA Archive/PA Imagescenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A MAN IN his 60s has died following a single-vehicle collision in Co Mayo.The incident happened on the N59 near Mulranny at about 7pm yesterday.The man, who was driving the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was brought to Mayo University Hospital.A 12-year-old boy, who was a passenger in the car, was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.A garda technical examination of the scene is due to take place today. The road remains closed at the scene and local diversions are in place.Gardaí have appealed for anyone with any information to contact Westport Garda Station on 098 50237. File photo Man dies and boy injured in single-vehicle crash in Mayo Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information to come forward. Short URL Monday 1 Apr 2019, 8:01 AMlast_img read more

first_img Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like $143 million wasted on romance scams.The Federal Trade Commission this week revealed that lovey-dovey shakedowns account for more monetary losses than any other consumer fraud type.Last year, the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network received 21,000-plus reports about romance scams—more than double the number filed in 2015 (8,500).Total dollar losses have also been increasing, rising steadily from $33 million four years ago to a whopping $143 million in 2018.In the age of social media and online dating apps, it’s easy for romance scammers to bait their prey. All it takes is a phony profile, some kind words and false promises, and a deep-seated malevolence.“Once these fraudsters have people by the heartstrings, they say they need money, often for a medical emergency or some other misfortune,” the FTC explained. “They often claim to be in the military and stationed abroad, which explains why they can’t meet in person.“Pretending to need help with travel costs for a long-awaited visit is another common ruse,” the agency said.Romance scams rank No. 1 on total reported losses in 2018 (via Federal Trade Commission)And because there are no date nights or get-aways to tie them up, con artists can reap large rewards for minimal effort courting their targets—often older, unsuspecting marks.Folks aged 40 to 69 cashed out at the highest rates—more than twice that of people in their 20s (who, let’s face it, probably don’t have as much disposable income to give away).But it is those victims aged 70 or older who squandered the most money: an average $10,000 each, well above the median individual loss of $2,600.Based on these stats, and seven seasons of Catfish: The TV Show, it’s clear that people across the country (and the world) can be easily lured into a trap. So how do you stay safe while online dating?The Federal Trade Commission offers some tips to “help spot bogus suitors”:Never send money or gifts to a sweetheart you haven’t met in person.Talk to someone you trust about this new love interest; in the excitement of a new relationship, we can be blinded to things that don’t add up. Pay attention if your friends or family are concerned.Take it slow: Ask questions and look for inconsistent answers. Try a reverse-image search of profile pictures; if they’re associated with another name or details that don’t match, it’s a scam.Also, be sure to report suspicious profiles or messages to the dating or social media site, and tell the FTC.More on Geek.com:Is That Netflix Email Legit? FTC Warns of Phishing ScamBitcoin Bomb Threat Scam Disrupts Businesses Across US, CanadaCouple, Homeless Man Allegedly Made Up Story to Scam GoFundMe DonationsGeek’s Guide to Online Dating Feds Bust Hundreds of Email Scammers WorldwideFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Nov 2014 – A two hour power outage was the least of the concern Friday night once residents learned there had been a traffic accident; that news spread rapidly and also revealed that the lone driver in that truck died, reportedly at the scene. The man, who was in his Ford F-150 truck alone slammed into a utility pole; the impact snapping the pole in half and that caused the outage in the Leeward Highway side of the Bight on Friday around 10pm. Police have still not given the go ahead on the identity of the deceased officially nor any insight thus far on what may have led to the accident. We can say the man is of the Walters family here in Provo and that he may be considered the fourth traffic death for 2014. It is still unclear how the police rule the death of Quincy Gardiner of North Caicos, who was in August found lifeless in the road. The autopsy is still not made public in that case. Recommended for you PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Related Items:leeward highway, North caicos, quincy gardiner, traffic accident Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos Police move to charge man for weekend traffic fatalitylast_img read more

first_img333 names have been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial since the wall was dedicated in 1982.More than 40 years after Richard Daniels died in Vietnam, the name of the Washougal sailor will be added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.Daniels was 23 when he died on March 1, 1971, aboard a U.S. Navy vessel at Dong Tam, in what was then South Vietnam.Daniels’ name is one of five that will be added to the black granite wall within the next week, according to a news release from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.All five met Department of Defense criteria for addition to the wall. They died of wounds sustained in the combat zone during the Vietnam War, including one soldier who died in 2009 — 41 years after he was shot in the spine and paralyzed.Daniels was on his third tour in Vietnam when he died as a result of noncombat injuries, said his brother, Washougal resident Roger Daniels.The family never did learn the circumstances of the death, Roger Daniels said. But the essential point, he said, is that, “My brother was a casualty of the Vietnam conflict.”last_img read more

first_imgAlayna Higdon reacts Tuesday when a Clark County jury acquitted her and John Eckhart of unlawful imprisonment in connection with their practice of locking Eckhart’s two autistic sons in a bedroom secured with a cage-like door. Learn more about autism:n Autism Society of Washington: http://www.autismsocietyofwa.org• Autism Society of Washington Southwest Chapter: http://www.autismsocietyofwa.org/asw-southwest• The Arc of Southwest Washington: http://www.arcswwa.org• Autism Speaks: http://www.autismspeaks.org/• Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy: http://www.washingtonautism advocacy.org/For autism behavioral therapy in Southwest Washington:n Autism Behavioral Consulting: http://www.autismabc.orgIn light of a jury’s decision to acquit a Vancouver couple of unlawful imprisonment for keeping two autistic boys behind a locked gate, autism experts have weighed in to say that restraint is not the best solution for special needs children — but is a common one.There are resources for parents of severely autistic children, when it reaches the point that the children are harming themselves or others, said Arzu Forough, chief executive officer of Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy. Forough, a mother of two autistic children, said she strongly supports intensive behavioral therapy to teach the children ways to communicate.“The child needs to be taught to self-advocate about what’s prompting these behaviors,” Forough said.John Eckhart and Alayna Higdon presented a defense that the boys, ages 5 and 7, were locked up in the bedroom for fear they would wander from the apartment at night, injure themselves and eat inedible objects. Two experts, a psychologist and speech therapist, supported this defense.Autism is a disorder where the typicalneurological development of the brain does not occur. People with autism have social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, according to the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

first_imgLegg Mason has enhanced paid parental leave for its 785 US-based employees.The investment management firm’s new parental leave offering, which will be effective from 1 January 2018, will enable both men and women who are new parents and who have at least one year of service to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave on full pay, irrespective of whether the employee has a stay-at-home partner. Birth parents and adoptive parents will both be eligible for the benefit.Previously, Legg Mason provided 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave for primary caregivers, and two weeks of parental leave at full pay for a secondary caregiver.Legg Mason is also introducing a benefit that reimburses mothers who travel globally for business for any expenses related to shipping breastmilk home. This is effective immediately.The initiatives form part of Legg Mason’s wider diversity and inclusion strategy.Patricia Lattin, human resources chief at Legg Mason, said: “It shouldn’t matter if you are the mother or father. We felt it was important to equalise these policies. We needed to update our policies to look the way families look today.”last_img read more

first_imgSome of Alaska’s social service agencies say they are feeling strained finances caused by delayed state grant funding caused by the Legislature’s late budget and expenditures on a new state computer accounting system.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that state health officials said Wednesday that the Department of Health and Social Services has only awarded about 45 percent of its grant, compared to nearly 96 percent of grants awarded at this time last year.Department of Administration spokesman Andy Mills says the health department warned grant recipients about possible delays caused by the new accounting system in May. Those challenges were made worse when the legislature took extra time to pass a budget.Health department officials say struggling nonprofits should contact program managers in state government for help.last_img read more

first_imgIBTimes poll survey resultsMany viewers have voted for Baba Bashkar and Tamanna Simhadri in the elimination round from the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 3, in the third week in the poll conducted by International Business Times, India.Instead of the secret room, Big boss held the nominations for elimination openly in the living area. He asked everyone to put the nomination seal on the faces of the two housemates who they want to send out of the house. After everyone it, he announced that five contestants like Tamanna, Punarnavi, Vithika, Bashkar and Rahul were nominated for elimination from the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the third week.The audience were given the option to vote through phone calls and Hotstar App to save their favourite inmates. The voting process ended at Friday midnight and Nagarjuna is set to show the doors to one of these five contestants on Saturday or Sunday night. The viewers are eagerly waiting to see who will walk out of the house.IBTimes India conducted a survey to predict the contestants, who the audience wants to eliminate from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the third week. Our poll has got a huge response with thousands of casting their votes in it. Here are the results of our survey.In IBTimes India’s poll, Vithika Sheru, Punarnavi Bhupalam and Rahul Sipligunj have received 11.73, 10.75 and 7.53 per cent of the total votes and they are third, fourth and fifth options for elimination, respectively. Baba Bashkar is the first choice for eviction with 37.04 percent of our readers opting for him to out of the show. Tamanna Simhadri has got 32.95 percent votes and she is the second choice for the elimination.Among the top two choices, Baba Bashkar is very friendly and cordial to other housemates. He has always maintained distance from fights and arguments and tried his best to entertain the viewers. On the other hand, Tamanna Simhadri has also been entertaining, but at times, she was irritating with her overacting and fights with Ravi and a few others. It should be seen who among them would be shown the doors by Nagarjuna.last_img read more

first_imgA neighbour looks out from a window near the building where 11 family members were found dead inside their home in the neighbourhood of Burari in New Delhi on 1 July 2018. Police have cordoned off the home in Burari in the north of the capital where the bodies of seven women and four men were discovered July 1. `10 of the 11 family members were found hanging when we reached the house. The last, a 75-year-old female, was dead on the floor,` a Delhi police official told AFP. Photo: AFPA family of 11 found dead at their home in New Delhi had been observing “spiritual, mystical practices”, police said Sunday.Officers cordoned off the property in the north of the capital where the bodies of seven female and four male victims were discovered early Sunday morning.”Ten of the 11 family members were found hanging when we reached the house. The last, a 75-year-old female, was dead on the floor,” a Delhi police official said.”It is still too early (to know what happened). It is an ongoing investigation and we haven’t ruled out anything.”A police statement drew attention to the family’s spiritual beliefs.”During search of the house, certain handwritten notes have been found which point towards observance of some definite spiritual, mystical practices by the whole family,” the statement said.”Coincidentally, these notes have strong similarity with the manner in which the mouths, eyes etc of the deceased were tied and taped,” it added.The police said that the house had not been robbed or ransacked, and detectives await the results of post mortem examinations on the bodies.The dead included two brothers, their wives, five children and a 77-year-old woman. The youngest to die were two 15-year-old brothers.Local news reports said a neighbour made the grisly discovery after checking on the family after they failed to open their shop.Their bodies were hanging from an iron grill in the ceiling.Police are questioning neighbours and scanning CCTV footage in the area for leads.last_img

first_imgThree people are dead after a small plane crashed in the parking lot of an Ace Hardware store near Hobby Airport Thursday in southeast Houston.The incident was reported at 6800 Telephone Road where Houston Fire Department units arrived to find a small single engine plane down in a parking lot. The plane had struck a parked vehicle. Drivers are urged to avoid travel in the following perimeter:Bellfort to the NorthBroadway to the EastAirport Blvd to the SouthMykawa to the West NTSB on the angle of descent. Plane missed power lines, propane tank & a building. “Yes, that’s remarkable.”#khou pic.twitter.com/bUMRDDMwiB— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) June 9, 2016No other information was immediately available. Stay with News 88.7 for the latest in this breaking news story. We will update as we learn more. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgLouisville countered in singles as Neely knotted the score at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Caroline Morton on court three. Suswam then gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead, topping Guna 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s tennis team topped Cincinnati 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center to remain undefeated in dual match action. With the victory, the Cardinals improve to 5-0, while the Bearcats drop to 1-2.   Tennis Match ResultsCincinnati vs Louisville1/27/2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Russ Tennis Center) The Cardinals continued to roll, picking up another victory on court four as Jovic triumphed over Coutino 6-2, 6-3 to extend the lead to 3-1. However, the Bearcats responded with a win of their own at the five-spot as Maria Santili beat Hamlin 7-5, 6-1. Photo Gallery  Singles competition1. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) def. Antonella Bramato (CIN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-22. Sena Suswam (LOU) def. Ioana Guna (CIN) 6-3, 6-23. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Caroline Morton (CIN) 6-3, 6-14. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Alexia Coutino (CIN) 6-2, 6-35. Maria Santilli (CIN) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 7-5, 6-16. Diana Wong (LOU) def. Emma Miceli (CIN) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 In other doubles action, the Cardinals’ Nikolina Jovic and Chloe Hamlin downed Ioana Guna and Anna Philip 6-4 at No. 2. Mally also won a tightly contested battle on court one, prevailing over Bramato 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to seal the 5-2 win over the Bearcats. “I’m really happy with this. We didn’t play as well as we could, but part of that was because of Cincinnati,” said UofL head coach Mark Beckham. “We did have a couple nicks here and there, but once again, I’m not in the excuse making business. The thing that I really liked was that we still found ways to win. For me, it was a really good win because Cincinnati battles.” Story Links The Bearcats gained the initial advantage in doubles as Antonella Bramato and Alexia Coutino defeated Sena Suswam and Raven Neely 6-4 at No. 1. Despite a hard-fought effort on court three, Dina Chaika and Diana Wong fell to Emma Miceli and Caroline Morton by a mark of 6-4, allowing Cincinnati to secure an early 1-0 lead.center_img Matchup History With the match coming down to courts one and six, Wong outlasted Cincinnati’s Miceli 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 6 to move the score to 4-2 and clinch the victory for the Cardinals. Up next, the Cardinals will head south to play Charleston Southern on Saturday at 12 p.m. Next Match: vs. Charleston Southern 2/2/2019 | 12:00 p.m. Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,2,4,5,6,1) Print Friendly Version Louisville 5, Cincinnati 2 Preview  Doubles competition1. Antonella Bramato/Alexia Coutino (CIN) def. Sena Suswam/Raven Neely (LOU) 6-42. Nikolina Jovic/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Ioana Guna/Anna Philp (CIN) 6-43. Emma Miceli/Caroline Morton (CIN) def. Dina Chaika/Diana Wong (LOU) 6-4 Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

first_img Alexa Lets You Donate School Supplies to Students in NeedAmazon Alexa Provides NHS Medical Advice in the UK Stay on target Some of you might remember Big Mouth Billy Bass from his numerous… er… hilarious? TV appearances. Well, he’s back. And this time he’s not singing “Don’t worry, be happy.”Billy has been given a properly geeky upgrade for 2016, thanks to Brian Kane and the industrial design group at the Rhode Island School of Design. They removed his primitive, turn-of-the-millennium brain and replaced it with full-blown artificial intelligence.Meet Alexa Bass, the taxidermied virtual assistant of Jeff Foxworthy’s wildest dreams. She’s powered, obviously, by Amazon’s in-house assistant, and ready to serve.It’s even more satisfying to see Billy Bass flap his jaws to Alexa’s responses like an actor in a badly-dubbed Kung Fu movie than it was to hear him sing and spout quips. Maybe not quite as satisfying as hearing him recite Monty Python lines like someone modded him to do back in 2009. Here’s a video of that glorious hack:So where did the idea for this amazing (or nightmarish, depending on your feelings about Billy Bass) come from? Kane says it was meant “as an in-class demo on rapid prototyping for my new AI design course.” He doesn’t mention technical details, but it’s likely that he and his students took advantage of the Alex API. Amazon opened access to it shortly after they launched the Echo Dot in April of this year.Maybe he and his students will take on other iconic talking bric-a-brac from the not-too-distant past. Perhaps an Alex Ruxpin is in the offing? Or a Furbexa?last_img read more