October 19, 2019
  • 11:28 am Bihar floods affect rail traffic movement of trains suspended on a section
  • 11:26 am Diluted criteria
  • 11:26 am India Myanmar sign def cooperation agreement
  • 11:21 am Gr Noida Cab driver robbed of car police recovers it in 40
  • 10:58 am Moderate intensity earthquake hits Kutch in Gujarat

first_imgNoida (UP): Two people robbed a cab driver of his car in Greater Noida, but police recovered the vehicle in 40 minutes and arrested one of the perpetrators after an encounter in the early hours of Monday, officials said. The victim, was a driver with taxi-aggregator Ola, and the robbery took place around 1:35 am near D Park, which falls under the Ecotech-3 police station area, they said. The armed robbers fled with the Delhi-registered cab, a Swift Dzire, towards Bhatta, under the Surajpur police station. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Personnel at the station were alerted and they chased the accused, recovering the vehicle from the Bhatta roundabout in Greater Noida around 2:15 am following an exchange of fire, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna, said. One of the robbers Tarun Guatam, a native of Agra, was seriously injured in the encounter and he has been hospitalised, the officer said, adding that Gautam’s accomplice managed to escape. The SSP said a firearm along with some ammunition was recovered from his possession. Searches are underway to nab the other robber and a case is being registered, he said. The officials said almost a dozen alleged criminals, including contract killers and those accused in loot and murder cases, were arrested after nine encounters with the police during last week in Noida and Greater Noida.last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says this cake isn’t for kids.The centre’s Cybertip.ca program is warning parents that an app called Cake — Live Stream Video Chat is a risk for teens due to its significant volume of sexual content.It says within 12 hours of creating an account, it received four unsolicited messages with sexual content, including a sexually explicit video from a male user.The centre says sections of the app include a “Hot List” and “Top Cakers” where the top 10 profile pictures are exclusively young females, most of whom are in provocative poses.And it says teens can connect and share videos with anyone, which increases the risk of sextortion.The centre says the app encourages users to share live video broadcasts and to video chat with new people by rewarding them with “diamonds,” which can be exchanged for cash value.“While the Cake app is intended for users who are at least 13 years old, this is buried in the Terms of Use and is not enforced, even when a new user enters a birth date indicating they are younger than 13,” it said in a release.It said children under 13 should not be on Cake.“The highly sexual nature of the app also raises questions about why youth need to use it at all,” it added.Police forces across the country, including the RCMP, have retweeted the Cybertip.ca alert about the app.last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgBeijing: In a bid to curb piracy, China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba has come up with ‘video fingerprints’ technology that gives each original video a unique online identity. Short videos have become a popular form of advertisement for sellers on Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms Taobao and Tmall. But the videos are often left unpatented due to a cumbersome process, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. To curb this malpractice, Alibaba’s security lab has created ‘fingerprints’ for all original videos on Taobao and Tmall, said He Yuan, a senior algorithm expert at the lab. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The fingerprints can be used to identify the video even if it is trimmed or its images modified, he added. Businesses participating in the project can upload their videos and have ‘fingerprints’ generated automatically. Once qualified as an original video, any other videos with high similarity will be reported to the business owner. After being online for about a month, more than 7,000 businesses have signed up to participate in the project, said Alibaba.last_img read more

READ MORE

Handy and Harman fine silver quotations in Canadian dollars:Monday $21.507 oz., $691.45 kg.; Friday $21.535 oz., $692.35 kg.

READ MORE

Rahul Gandhi also said that the only way one can fight violence is by non-violence. “There is no other way. You might be under the illusion that you can fight violence with violence, but it will come back. You might think that you are very powerful and that you can subdue somebody else, but they will find a way of coming back.” “He might have been a bad or an evil person, but the violence that was done against him was impacting others, like it had impacted me. If you go deep, you will find there is something that triggered that violence. It’s not just a random event. Some action or violence done against him or her has triggered it,” he also added.Indira Gandhi was shot dead by two of her bodyguards at her official residence here on October 31, 1984 while a suicide bomber from Sri Lanka’s now vanquished Tamil Tigers group blew up Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally in Tamil Nadu on May 21, 1991.Sri Lankan security forces shot dead Prabhakaran and virtually destroyed the Tamil Tigers in May 2009, ending a quarter century of separatist war in the island nation. “My grandmother (Indira Gandhi) and my father (Rajiv Gandhi) were both killed. So, I have suffered violence. I am talking actually from experience. The only way you can move forward after violence is forgiveness. There is no other way. And to forgive you have to understand what exactly happened and why it happened.” He said: “To deal with it is to actually listen and act non-violently. People think this is weakness. But, in fact this is strength. My father was killed by a terrorist in 1991. In 2009, I saw the person who killed my father lying in a field in Sri Lanka. Congress President Rahul Gandhi said he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were not happy after his father’s (Rajiv Gandhi) killer, LTTE chief Prabhakaran was killed, as they felt “the violence inflicted upon him had impacted others, including his children”.While addressing a gathering at Bucerius Summer School in Germany, Gandhi said he lost two members of his family due to violence, the National Herald reported. He went on to say: “I called up my sister Priyanka and said that this is very strange, but I am not happy. I should be celebrating that the person who is dead is the person who killed my father. But somehow I am not happy. She said: ‘you are right, I am not happy either’.”“The reason I wasn’t happy was because I saw myself in his children. So, I realised, him lying there actually means that there are kids like me who are crying,” he added. “Violence is being cause because of a certain anger inside. Until you understand and remove the anger, it is going to remain there. You can’t fight violence with more violence.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

READ MORE

TORONTO — TransUnion says a spike in borrowing over the past year has led millennials to overtake boomers in total debt holdings as part of a generational shift. The credit reporting agency says total millennial debt was up by 12.3 per cent at mid-year compared with a year ago to hit $515.9 billion, just ahead of the $514.3 billion owed by boomers but still behind the $767.4 billion held by Gen X.Younger borrowers helped push overall consumer debt up 4.3 per cent at the end of the second quarter compared with last year to $1.88 trillion, while debt held by boomers declined.The rising debt loads came even as lenders issued 8.9 per cent fewer new mortgages in the first quarter, and 1.6 per cent fewer auto loans, though the number of lines of credit was up 13.9 per cent.Average mortgage debt went up 3.56 per cent year over year to $269,274, while the average consumer balance on instalment loans rose 7.38 per cent to $34,168 as younger borrowers took on more loans in the category.TransUnion says low unemployment and stable interest rates have helped keep delinquencies low even as debts rose, but the risk of a slowing economy means borrowers will have to manage carefully going forward.  The Canadian Press read more

READ MORE

In a statement to the press today, Security Council members condemned in the strongest terms the attacks in Uruzgan province on 26 November and Faryab province on 27 November. They expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the “heinous acts”, and to the Government and people of Afghanistan.Condemning acts of violence against development workers and humanitarian personnel, the Council stressed that such personnel are undertaking essential work in support of the Afghan people and that the continuation of such acts “significantly impedes the delivery of this important assistance to Afghanistan.”The members of the Council reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and illegal armed groups to the local population, national security forces, international military and international assistance efforts in Afghanistan, particularly in light of a number of recent terrorist attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in the country.Underlining the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.They also reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.The Council reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Afghan Government and the international community.On Monday, Mark Bowden, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, called on all actors in Afghanistan to respect and uphold the neutrality and independence of relief workers, saying that the tragic incidents of 26 and 27 November illustrate the growing risks surrounding the delivery of aid and the increasing disrespect for humanitarian personnel in Afghanistan. read more

READ MORE

Junior distance runner Nicole Hilton jumps a fence during the 3000-meter steeplechase as part of the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 19 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Hilton won the race.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsUnder sunny skies, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams stood tall at the Jesse Owens Track Classic.Leading the way for the Buckeyes at the two-day meet was the women’s 4×100-meter relay team of sprinters sophomore Aliyah Everson, redshirt-junior Chesna Sykes, senior Alycia Prior and redshirt-senior Ashlee Abraham, who scampered to a time of 44.56 seconds. The result is a season-best time for the squad and the best in the Big Ten this year.Several individual events also scored high, as junior distance runner Nicole Hilton won the 3000-meter steeplechase under the lights Friday with a time of 10:37.78. Saturday afternoon, senior sprinter and jumper Adenike Pedro claimed the long jump title with a personal-best jump of 6.13 meters. Senior jumper Bianca Walton jumped 12.31 meters in the triple jump, earning her second place. In the 100-meter dash, Abraham ran 11.65 seconds putting her in the runner-up position. Finally, junior mid-distance runner Katie Borchers finished third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:11.56Women’s associate head coach Rosalind Joseph was excited by the outcome of the meet and how each of the players built on the foundations they had coming in to the meet.“Everybody was aggressive,” Joseph said. “Everyone came out to get something done. We asked them all to take something away from this meet that we can fine tune.”Pedro agreed with Joseph that the meet helped identify what needs to get done in the next few weeks in practice as the team prepares for the conference meet, scheduled for May 16-18 in West Lafayette, Ind.“There’s always something to improve on,” Pedro said. “From now on, every day in practice I know I have to work hard because there is somebody else out there who is working just as hard as me.”This meet proved to be an emotional one for Pedro — it was the last time she will compete in Columbus wearing the Scarlet and Gray.“(This is the) last home meet, I knew I had to go out there and give it my best,” Pedro said. “I’m just glad we all came out as a team and fought hard and fought together.”Joseph said the women’s team immediately turned the focus back to practice and where each athlete can improve for next week.“We aren’t trying to change a bunch of things or add a bunch of things,” Joseph said. “We are just fine tuning. There are a lot of things to fine tune, but at the same time I think this meet really helped us identify what they were.”In the men’s 4×100-meter relay, sprinters redshirt-freshman Donovan Robertson, junior Nick Batcha, junior Timothy Faust and senior Brandon Blackwell were victorious and ran their fastest time this season of 40.14 seconds. The time earned them a Top 30 performance nationally.The men’s 4×400-meter relay had similar results. The relay, ran by sophomore Armand Austin, senior sprinter and hurdler Jordan Rispress, redshirt-senior Javon Walker and freshman LaMar Bruton, won with a time of 3:10.40.Rispress also ran a personal-best time in the 400-meter hurdles of 51.51, earning him first place. Walker finished second in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore distance runner Jordan Redd finished third in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Finally, two Buckeye runners placed Top 5 in the 1500-meter run. Redshirt-sophomore distance runner Josh Sabo placed second and graduate senior Andy Arnold finished fourth.Women’s coach Karen Dennis said while many athletes have made their way back to the track after injuries, they are still focused on getting everyone 100 percent healthy.“There are things that are going well, but we have to continue to get people healthy, and in a better competitive posture for the future,” Dennis said.Looking head, the men’s team is slated to compete Friday and Saturday at the Ole Miss Open in Oxford, Miss., and the women’s team is set to compete Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Drake Relays. read more

READ MORE

Ministers refused to be drawn on whether there would be a new regulator for the tech firms or if responsibilities could be taken over by Ofcom.A green paper earlier this year proposed a statutory code of conduct for tech giants, who would also be forced to publish annual reports on how quickly and effectively they took down harmful content.Andy Burrows, NSPCC Associate Head of Child Safety Online, said: “Children face unacceptable risks when using social networks, so tough regulation is needed to keep them safe and any legislation must have child safety at its heart.” Culture secretary Jeremy Wright “We are considering all options, including what legislation will be necessary and whether a regulator is needed.”Some campaigners remain concerned the government may still back away from statutory regulation.Margot James, the minister responsible for the internet at the culture department, said: “The issue we have to settle is whether to regulate or not.” “If we don’t get it right you can be guaranteed whatever system of restriction or regulation we come up with will be robustly challenged by [the internet companies],” he told the Royal Television Society.He revealed he will visit Germany next week to review its laws against online hate speech. Along with Australia and France, it is one of the few countries to have successfully introduced legislation to crackdown on the internet firms.In the past week both of Britain’s key regulators – Ofcom and the information commissioner – have backed new regulation on the tech giants.Sharon White, Ofcom’s chief executive, outlined a potential blueprint for regulating social media platforms, saying they should be forced to remove inappropriate material quickly or face fines.Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, said voluntary regulation of the tech giants was no longer sustainable. She said: “The time has come for more rules and more controls to protect individuals against some of the harms that are of deep public concern.” Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, has adopted a cautious approach since taking over from Matt Hancock this summer. This week he warned he would not rush into creating “flawed” legislation but wanted to get it right. Research published by the two revealed one in five Britons – 12m people – had been harmed by online content or conduct with social media firms blamed for the vast bulk. Ministers have started drafting proposals for new laws to regulate social media and the internet after a Daily Telegraph campaign.The move has been prompted by widespread consumer concerns over a range of online harms including child abuse, bullying, fake news and internet addiction.The white paper is being drafted by three government departments – the home office, culture and health – but it is still unclear if they will introduce a wide-ranging statutory duty of care.The Daily Telegraph has been campaigning for such a duty of care to provide bullet proof protection for parents and children from online harms. Last week the Labour party formally backed a duty of care as its policy.A culture department spokesman said: “This winter we will publish a White Paper, setting out new laws to tackle the full range of online harms and set clear responsibilities for tech companies to keep UK citizens safe. 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. Culture secretary Jeremy WrightCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP read more

READ MORE

38–33 33–25 Final Argentina handballQatar 2015 Czech Republic Final Final Final Saudi Arabia Final 24–24 Bosnia-Herzegovina Tunisia Sweden Argentina 36–23 Final Germany Final 26–29 Belarus Final Algeria 20–34 24–16 Chile France Final Denmark Spain Poland Croatia Iran Iceland Austria Here are the results of the Day 2 at the 24th Men’s Handball World Champioship in Qatar. 27–17 Final Egypt 30–27 Russia Final Slovenia Macedonia ← Previous Story Valero Rivera: Saric was a key for success Next Story → Danish disappointment as Argentina steals a point! 30–25 32–30

READ MORE

first_imgMost users are fine using whatever keyboard is placed in front of them, but a committed writer, gamer, or coder often wants a little more. Mechanical keyboards are an exotic, and somewhat expensive alternative to the consumer-grade input devices that currently dominate the market. But which keyboard to get? Even dipping your toe in the mechanical keyboard waters can be confusing, but one industrious fan of these devices has put together a handy visual guide that gives you a good starting point.Why are mechanical switches better?Most of the keyboards you’re likely to encounter use inexpensive, softer switches under the key caps. These are usually membrane keyboards with rubber domes or scissor switches, the latter being more common in laptops. When you type on such a device, you’re really just awkwardly mashing down the switch until it triggers a button press.A mechanical keyboard has an independent switch for each key, and makes for a more accurate typing experience. Each key you press has the same predictable up and down motion, and some switches come with a satisfying click. These switches are also much more durable than the rubber domes. Most mechanical switches are good for up to 50 million keystrokes.These high-quality keys are also much better in terms of long-term ergonomic use. Whereas there is nothing in a membrane switch to let you know when the key has actuated, a mechanical switch has the tactile feedback to give your fingers some warning. This means you don’t have to bottom-out each keystroke to have it registered. Softer typing means less strain on your hands and wrists.So many choicesThe infographic designed by Wise-San goes into extreme detail on all the various mechanical key switches you might find in modern keyboards, but let’s generalize a little.Some switches require a little more or less force to depress, while others have different levels of tactile feedback and noise. It all comes down to how you’re going to be using the device. A flowchart in the graphic runs you through a number of scenarios. For example, if you’re going to use your keyboard for serious FPS gaming, you probably want a Cherry MX Black or Red. Both of these switches are mostly silent with no click, and they move smoothly up and down with no tactile catch.Someone that types a lot might be more comfortable with a Cherry MX Blue or White Alps switch. Both of these have loud (and satisfying) clicks at the actuation point, and very strong tactile feels. Typing is extremely precise on these switches.A good all-around key switch for a more varied computing experience might be the Cherry MX Brown (like this Filco), Cherry MX Clear, or Black Alps. These are all tactile, but have very little clicking noise. You won’t disturb nearby coworkers or family members, but you can still type more efficiently.The whole packageSo you know what kind of switch is best for you, where do you get the keyboards? This is usually not the kind of product that you can just swing by your local electronics retailer to buy. You’ll have to order online, sometimes directly from the manufacturer. Amazon and Newegg are a good starting point, though.Das Keyboard is a well-known maker of mechanical switch keyboards in the US. They offer keyboards with the Cherry MX Brown or Blue switches. Another big name, Filco Majestouch 2 keyboards can be found at numerous retailers online and sport black and blue switches, depending on the model. All of these keyboards will run you well over $100.Corsair has recently gotten into the mechanical keyboard game with its Vengeance line. These are usually a little cheaper (at or under $100) and use Cherry MX Red switches. Razr has also moved into the gaming-oriented mechanical keyboard space with the Blackwidow series. These keyboards are based on Cherry MX Blue switches, but also include a lot of gaming features like LED backlighting and macros. Expect to pay a little over $100 for the basic versions.Some (OK, most) users would probably scoff at paying $100 for a wired keyboard. You’re not paying for flashy features, but for a well-made piece of computing equipment that is going to last. Make sure you check out this’s guide to get the point-by-point details on all the mechanical switches there are, then start looking for your ideal package.And the total package…via r/mechanicalkeyboards/last_img read more

READ MORE

first_img 22,633 Views By AFP 31 Comments Friday 10 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM Share Tweet Email Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3282089 POLAND RISKS ISOLATION in the European Union after its right-wing government failed in its bitter campaign to derail the re-election of its own citizen Donald Tusk as the bloc’s president.“Alone in the EU” and “Tusk won 27 to 1″ read headlines splashed across the front pages of major liberal and centrist newspapers in Poland on Friday, while a high-circulation tabloid declared Tusk “King Donald II”.The bloc’s leaders voted by 27 to one at a Brussels summit to give former Polish premier Tusk a new two-and-a-half-year mandate – with only Poland’s current Prime Minister Beata Szydlo voting against.Szydlo, whose eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party has nursed a long and bitter enmity with the centrist Tusk, on Friday also blocked the summit’s final statement in response.Her government accuses Tusk of having “brutally violated” the rule of “political neutrality” by becoming involved in domestic political disputes.Since winning power in October 2015 elections, Szydlo’s populist administration has pushed through a string of controversial reforms that triggered mass protests at home and an EU threat of sanctions over rule of law violations.The Rzeczpospolita newspaper on Friday branded Tusk’s re-election an “unprecedented failure” for Szydlo’s government.“It’s obvious that Warsaw is isolated and has no allies in Europe,” the daily said in an acerbic editorial.Gazeta Wyborcza meanwhile observed that “the open war against the EU will have detrimental consequences for Poland”, particularly in terms of the future EU budget and regional policy.‘Complete outsider’“If (PiS party leader Jaroslaw) Kaczynski forces the government to get angry with the EU, it’s not the EU that will lose but Poland,” it said.Although he holds no office other than being an MP, Kaczynski is Poland’s de facto most powerful politician.“Poland’s European policy under the PiS is a total failure. It has positioned itself as a complete outsider,” Professor Radoslaw Markowski, a political scientist and member of Poland’s Academy of Sciences told AFP.Remarks by other EU leaders appear to back up the criticism levelled at the government on the home front.“It’s not acceptable that one member says ‘I don’t want that’, and then the other 27 are paralysed,” said Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel as he arrived for the talks Friday.Bettel also accused Szydlo of “not acting like an adult”.Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern was more circumspect, saying that “it’s not in Poland’s interest to pull out of the process of joint discussions”.Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault pointed to “domestic politics” as the real reason behind the clash and disagreed with PiS allegations that Tusk lacked neutrality.Bad bloodKaczynski called political arch-rival Tusk “Germany’s candidate” before the vote, warning that his re-election would sow crisis in the EU.Poland also accused Germany of forcing its will on the EU after Tusk’s re-election, with Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski saying: “We know that this is now a Union under Berlin’s diktat.”Adding to the bad blood, Kaczynski has long accused Tusk of “moral responsibility” for the death of his brother Lech, then president, in an air crash in Russia in 2010. Tusk was prime minister at the time.“They live in two completely different universes,” liberal Polish MEP Roza Thun told AFP of the two politicians.“Kaczynski isn’t a democrat — he has no idea about compromise, cooperation, community, and he regards political rivalry as war rather than dialogue,” Thun added.“Tusk beat him several times as a political rival on the Polish domestic scene. Since then, he (Kaczynski) has become emotional.”Warsaw University political scientist Anna Materska-Sosnowska told AFP the conflict was based in a “vendetta”.“If you look at Kaczynski’s reaction to Tusk’s re-election – his insults and degradation, accusing Tusk of betraying Poland – it’s all very personal and shows Kaczynski’s inability to put the past to rest,” she said, adding: “It’s made Poland’s diplomatic policy look ridiculous.”The PiS insists it wants Poland to remain rooted firmly in the EU, but it has rejected any notion of the “multi-speed EU” favoured by powerhouse states Germany and France as a means to deepen ties at different speeds.- © AFP 2017Read: Pope Francis says he may consider allowing married men to become priestsRead: Med schools ‘conscious of distress’ experienced by families of infants whose remains were sent to universities Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poland at risk of isolation in the EU as it opts to become ‘complete outsider’ The Polish government was the only country to oppose the appointment of Donald Tusk as the bloc’s President. Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images Mar 10th 2017, 8:30 PM last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2017 – Providenciales – Yesterday the Premier spoke to the nation.   Strong media presence and Ministers of Education, Tourism, Home Affairs, Infrastructure and Deputy Premier/Border Control were also on hand at the Office of the Premier.CDEMA, a part of CARICOM has turned in an Irma Damage report.The country’s economic center Provo was with almost 80% of buildings damaged, but Salt Cay is with the worse building damage, 100% and South Caicos records 99.9% damage as only two homes were with no damage from catastrophic Hurricane Irma on September 7 and 8th.North Caicos had 70.9% damage and Middle Caicos has 62.9% of its buildings damaged.The country’s capital Grand Turk had 45 structures completely destroyed and overall saw just under 77% building damage according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency report.The Maria report by CDEMA is in the works said Premier, Hon Sharlene Robinson.#MagneticMediaNews#hurricaneIrmadamagereport Related Items:#hurricaneIrmadamagereport, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council voted unanimously Monday night to pay a part of their own health insurance premiums.The council stirred some rancor from citizens and unionized workers when they voted in November against paying for 15 percent of their dependents’ premiums, which is what city management and nonunion employees pay. Before the vote, city council members did not contribute to their insurance.The move, originally proposed by Councilor Jack Burkman, will save the city a minimum of $3,000 in 2011. Burkman has said that while that’s not a lot of money, it’s more of a gesture to lead by example: This summer the city asked its unions to increase their contributions from 10 percent of dependents’ premiums to 15 percent.“When I brought this up … I didn’t envision it would create quite the firestorm it has,” Burkman said Monday. “I didn’t do it for political goodwill, to be calculating … or other interesting terms that have come up. I did it as a simple act of leadership, where leaders treat themselves as those they are leading.”Following the vote, the council will now pay whatever management and nonunion workers pay for their insurance. The resolution also gets rid of a $230 a month payment to the three councilors who opt out of the city’s coverage. That opt-out pay is well below the $1,000-plus a month cost of providing the health plan.When Burkman first brought it up during a meeting on Oct. 18, some members of the council seemed to voice their support of the plan. Four of the seven council members use the city-provided benefits, including Burkman, whose wife is also on the city plan.last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgTerry Glenn Mortensen A man with a parole warrant from a Clark County crime set a Portland hotel room on fire and threw knives and a hatchet at police in a standoff that lasted several hours Monday morning, according to Portland police.At 2:45 a.m., police received information that Terry Glenn Mortensen, 57, who had an outstanding parole warrant for a 2003 assault in Clark County, was in a room at Motel 6 on Southeast Powell Boulevard in Portland. Portland police did not have a current address for Mortensen.Police arrived and Mortensen refused to come out of the motel room, prompting a call to the agency’s Special Emergency Reaction Team. After they talked to him for more than two hours, police said, he still refused to exit.Officers eventually used an explosive to open the room and, after looking inside, learned that Mortensen was in the bathroom, police said. Officers saw smoke coming from the closed bathroom door and a stream of liquid was being sprayed from the bathroom to the main motel room.Mortensen then allegedly lit the room on fire and started throwing knives and a hatchet at officers, who were still outside of the motel room.last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgPlans for a developer to construct four office buildings inside the fence line at Naval Air Station Patuxent River under DOD’s enhanced use leasing (EUL) program continue to move forward despite resistance from the business community in southern Maryland.Hines is poised to reach a deal with the Navy to build four, 150,000-square-foot office buildings, an initiative Maryland officials and local advocates for the base favor as a way to enhance the mission at Pax River as a possible round of base closure looms, reported BayNet.com.The Navy needs the project, which has the potential to encompass seven sites and 2 million square feet of space, to accommodate 3,000 Naval Air Systems Command workers now housed in trailers on base. Local developers, however, fear the project would compete with vacant office space in the surrounding communities.To address the community’s concerns, Robin Finnacom, acting head of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, last month said in a memo: “The Navy is expected to lease all of the space to alleviate a chronic lack of office facilities. The EUL project is seen as critical to strengthening the Navy’s capacity to handle current and future projected levels of work and is considered necessary to improving Pax’s standing in any future rounds of BRAC.”The EUL project should help protect Pax River against that possibility that some of its activities are shifted elsewhere following the next BRAC round. “I don’t believe Pax River is under threat of closure,” said Michael Hayes, program director of the state office of military affairs.The first phase of its project would cover one of the office buildings, according to Hines. An agreement previously reached with the Navy would bar the project from including retail uses such as restaurants. County and Navy officials also plan to hammer out an agreement to compensate St. Mary’s for lost tax revenue.A Hines representative said he hopes to have a final EUL signed by all parties by the end of the summer, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgThe CenterThe Center for Transyouth Health and Development ‘promotes healthy futures for transyouth by providing services, research, training and capacity building that is developmentally informed, affirmative, compassionate and holistic for gender non-conforming children and transyouth,’ according to their website. Additionally, The Center is celebrating its 1,000 transyouth in active care.The Fab Five and Trans YouthOn season two of Queer Eye, the Fab Five helped out a transgender man for the first time in the show’s history. While some members of the group, like Tan, didn’t have much experience with trans people prior to this episode, their experience with Skyler Jay broadened their understanding of the transgender side of the LGBTI community. And now, they’re giving back.The black t-shirt, featuring the Fab Five as fruit icons, comes in a unisex crewneck and a women’s crewneck. Two versions are available. One reads ‘Queer I Am’ in rainbow lettering and the other features just the fruit icons. The sizes range from XS to XXXL.You can buy this fabulous t-shirt here and feel great about rocking a Pride shirt that actually benefits LGBTI youth.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The graphic on the Fab Five’s benefit t-shirt Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/this-queer-eye-t-shirt-helps-trans-youth-and-their-families/ The Fab Five of Netflix’s Queer Eye have recently launched a unique Pride t-shirt. All net proceeds from the shirt go to benefit The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- The shirt‘We’re so proud to come together for this important cause. This shirt is an incredible representation of Queer Eye’s mission to make people feel seen, supported and loved,’ the Fab Five say of the shirt. ‘Plus, we think it’ll look great on you.’‘Can you believe… how awesome this t-shirt is from Queer Eye’s Fab Five?’ the description of the shirt on Omaze reads.‘Not only will it inspire you to live your best life, it’ll help others too. That’s because every shirt sold will benefit The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and their mission to support transgender youth and their families. Whether you pair this tee with a bomber jacket or your favorite patterned button-down, you can wear it proudly knowing you’re sending some love to a great cause. (We’re not crying, you’re crying.)’last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgCosta Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office, or PROCOMER, is eyeing a recent U.S. Agriculture Department report that noted the United States will spend an additional $8 billion this year on food, compared to last year’s figures. PROCOMER says the increase could benefit Tico exporters, particularly producers of fruits and vegetables. The USDA report noted that fruit and vegetable imports would increase from $8.3 billion in 2013 to $9 billion this year. Imports of juice, meat, candy, chocolate and coffee also are expected to increase.The U.S. was one of Costa Rica’s most important trading partners in 2013, with exports to to the U.S. totaling 38 percent of Costa Rica’s total sales, PROCOMER said.Costa Rica’s agricultural sector in 2013 exported $1.1 billion to the U.S., with pineapples, bananas, premium coffee, yuca and melon being the top-exported goods.Producers interested in selling to the U.S. can contact PROCOMER’s Foreign Trade hotline at: 800-PROCOMER or by email at info@procomer.com. Bilingual staff is available.The agency currently has two trade promotion offices in the U.S. that serve as a liason with buyers in that country. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s exports in 2014 down 2.4 percent from previous year, but surpass expectations China helps boost Costa Rica’s beef exports Intel’s exit still affecting Costa Rica export figures Costa Rica fashion designers to promote their creations abroadlast_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgThe Philippines’ airline, Cebu Pacific Air (CEB), has widened its network this week, now that its interline agreement with Tigerair Singapore has reached its final phase.Destinations including Bangalore, Yangon, Perth, Maldives, and Dhaka, are now available through the CEBU website.This represents the final phase in the project as CEB flights are already available on the Tigerair website, providing convenience with the ability to cross book between airlines.“We are very happy to offer our guests more travel options and easy connectivity through the Manila and Singapore airports, cross-booking flights on a single itinerary to the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East becomes very convenient,” CEB vice president for marketing and distribution, Candice Iyog said.Both Tigerair and CEB operate out of Singapore’s Changi International Airport Terminal 2, which provides a sound base for the two airlines.Guests who purchased CEBConnect simply have to collect a boarding pass for the onward flight at Changi Airport Transfer Lounge, with no further need to clear through Immigration, pick up bags or check in again.This is applicable for flights with a minimum of two hours connecting time at Changi Airport.“We continue to work on providing travel options and opportunities for our guests,” Iyog said.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgAudits final closing documents, alerting lenders to closing table changes that create compliance issues and calculating refund and deadline for remediation ComplianceAnalyzer ComplianceEase TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure 2015-06-16 Staff Writer Audits all disclosure timing requirements, tracking dates and delivery methods ComplianceEase, the nation’s leading provider of automated compliance solutions to the financial services industry, recently announced that its online compliance management platform, ComplianceAnalyzer, now fully supports loans originated under the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rules and has incorporated TRID changes into the thousands of federal and state compliance tests that have been affected by the new rules.The latest ComplianceAnalyzer release includes a new module, TRID Monitor, which provides complete auditing of TRID disclosure timing, changed circumstances, and fee tolerances across all disclosures, according to the company. This will allow lenders to test the new module and finalize their compliance procedures before the current TRID effective date of August 1, 2015, or the proposed new date of October 1, 2015.“Our latest release of ComplianceAnalyzer can quickly and definitively answer the questions of the hour: is this loan TRID compliant and how can I prove it?” said John Vong, president of ComplianceEase. “ComplianceAnalyzer with TRID Monitor can audit all of the new TRID documents—from the Initial Loan Estimate through to Closing and Post-Consummation Closing Disclosures—to ensure compliance and to detect and help correct fee tolerance issues.”The company also noted that ComplianceAnalyzer is a comprehensive, real-time TRID auditing option available in the market for lenders of all sizes. This new technology allows lenders to insert flexible TRID compliance controls into any system, and it can be used at any point in the lending process across a variety of origination channels.“Our deep experience with regulatory examinations, including creation of the Lending Examination File (LEF) standard for e-Exams, gave us unique insight into the kind of audit reports that investors and regulators might expect, and the compliance audits that they will most likely perform,” said Jason Roth, SVP of product management at ComplianceEase. “ComplianceAnalyzer’s new TRID Monitor module is designed to meet and exceed the most exacting standards and to give lenders, of all sizes, greater comfort levels.”ComplianceAnalyzer with TRID Monitor Features: Reviews new disclosures, renders a compliance decision in seconds and displays findings with an easy-to-read risk score and tolerance analysis, backed by regulatory citations and narrative explanations Monitors all disclosed fees throughout the origination process to determine if changes are allowable under TRID and if re-disclosure is permitted and/or required Maintains a complete audit trail throughout the loan origination lifecycle ComplianceEase Launches TRID Disclosure Monitoring and Auditing Solution Share Tracks allowable reasons for re-disclosure to automatically compare disclosed fees and terms from Initial and Revised Loan Estimates to those on the Closing Disclosure(s) in Government, Headlines, News, Technology June 16, 2015 474 Views last_img read more

READ MORE