Alberta school bus driver charged with drunk driving after bus hits tree

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A school bus driver is facing drunk driving charges after a bus hit a tree in Red Deer, Alta.RCMP say it happened Monday afternoon in the Vanier Woods neighbourhood.A witness told police the bus collided with a tree and a sign, then continued driving through the neighbourhood for short distance before stopping.EMS assessed the driver and the children and said there were no injuries.Children between the ages of five and 12 were on the bus.Shelly Joy Kolodychuk, who is 42 and from Red Deer, is to appear in court on July 12 on several charges, including impaired driving and dangerous driving.last_img

Vancouvers empty homes tax prompts audits call to complete forms

first_imgVANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver has launched its empty homes tax audit system meant to ensure residents are complying with the program.The deadline for homeowners to declare if their residence is empty is Feb. 2, but the city says it has already sent out notices requesting that some property owners provide evidence to support their declaration.Mayor Gregor Robertson says in a news release that the tax encourages the best use of all housing in the city and will increase the rental supply for those who live and work in Vancouver.So far, 55 per cent of all property owners have completed their form telling the city if their home is lived in or empty.Property owners who don’t declare by the deadline will have their homes declared vacant, will be fined $250 and will have to pay the tax at a rate of one per cent of the properties assessed taxable value.The mayor said in November that the tax could put as many as 25,000 empty units back on the rental market.last_img read more

Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka has expelled over 600 foreign nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since the Easter suicide bombings blamed on a local jihadi group, a minister said Sunday. Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the clerics had entered the country legally, but amid a security crackdown after the attacks were found to have overstayed their visas, for which fines were imposed and they were expelled from the island. “Considering the current situation in the country, we have reviewed the visas system and took a decision to tighten visa restrictions for religious teachers,” Abeywardena said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”Out of those who were sent out, about 200 were Islamic preachers.” The Easter Sunday bombings that killed 257 people and wounded nearly 500 were led by a local cleric who is known to have travelled to neighbouring India and had made contact with jihadists there. The minister did not give the nationalities of those who have been expelled, but police have said many foreigners who have overstayed their visas since the Easter attacks were from Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Pakistan. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”There are religious institutions which have been getting down foreign preachers for decades,” Abeywardena said. “We have no issues with them, but there are some which mushroomed recently. We will pay more attention to them.” The minister said the government was overhauling the country’s visa policy following fears that foreign clerics could radicalise locals for a repeat of the April 21 suicide bombings, which targeted three Christian churches and three luxury hotels. Sri Lanka has imposed a state of emergency since the attacks and given wide powers to troops and police to arrest and detain suspects for long periods. House-to-house searches are being carried out across the country looking for explosives and propaganda material of Islamic extremists.last_img read more

Russian invasion challenges UN charter Georgian President says

23 September 2008Last month’s “invasion” by Russia flouted principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the President of Georgia said today, expressing the Caucasus nation’s determination to rebuild and further consolidate democracy. Mikheil Saakashvili told the General Assembly’s high-level segment that his country, with a population of less than 5 million people, was “trampled” in August by Russia.“Despite our small size, the legal, moral, political and security implications raised by that invasion could not be larger in consequence,” he said, referring to principles protected by the Charter, including state sovereignty, human rights and international law.“All of these principles were put to the test by the invasion, and now hang in the balance.”Mr. Saakashvili said that he welcomes a comprehensive and independent investigation into the causes of the conflict, calling on Russia to fully cooperate with such an assessment.He stressed the need for another Rose Revolution, the first having been held in Georgia in 2003 to battle domestic corruption. “Our second revolution must be even more focused, as now we face an even greater challenge, one that comes from outside.”Thanking the international community for its support for Georgians in need, the President vowed that resources contributed to the country’s reconstruction efforts will be spent “wisely, well and with full transparency.”He added that the “Georgia we rebuild will contribute to the prosperity and security of all our citizens, and to the entire international community” by acting as a beacon of stability and model of democracy. read more

Full speed ahead for Canadian economy in 2013 RBC

OTTAWA — Canada’s largest private sector bank is taking a relatively bullish stance on the prospects for the economy going forward.The Royal Bank’s latest quarterly outlook predicts growth will accelerate to 2.4% next year and continue to expand to 2.8% in 2014, following a year that saw the weakest growth since the recession and a virtual stall in the third quarter.The forecast is slightly rosier than the Bank of Canada’s call for 2.3 and 2.4% growth in the two years, and even more at odds with the consensus forecast of 2.0 in 2013.We are cautiously optimisticThe bulwark of the economy continues to be the resource sector — with Alberta and Saskatchewan supporting much of the growth in both years.But RBC chief economist Craig Wright says he believes the global economy is putting a number of hiccups that occurred in 2012 in the rear view mirror and is ready to start accelerating again.That will be good for Canadian exports, he says, which is the key reason the country’s economy underperformed this year, at an expected two per cent. It braked to as low as 0.6% in the summer months.The sanguine view on exports is despite the fact that RBC sees the Canadian dollar strengthening to about US$1.05 by the end of 2013. A strong dollar makes Canadian products more expensive and less competitive in foreign markets.“I would say we are cautiously optimistic,” Wright said. “We’re slightly more upbeat than consensus, but not dramatically so.”The big difference going forward is in the trade side — which many still see as a continuing weakness.But the RBC report notes that the American economy is picking up, particularly in the housing sector, and barring a budgetary crisis that sends the U.S. sliding toward recession — the so-called “fiscal cliff” scenario — that should be supportive of Canadian exports of autos, parts and wood products.As well, China’s economy has stabilized, which will likely lead to firmer prices for commodities Canada exports, such as oil and metals.According to RBC, net trade in Canada will shift from a drag on growth to a 0.3 and 0.4 percentage point boost in 2013 and 2014 respectively.“This represents the most significant support since 2001 after most of the intervening years showed the sector acted as a drag on growth,” the report notes.The other engines of growth, Wright said, will be business investment — which has been a strength for the past year or so — and consumers. But housing is weakening and the bank sees little contribution from government spending.The report sees Canada’s unemployment rate continue to inch down, breaking through the seven-per-cent threshold in 2014 to average 6.9%.The assumptions are contingent on U.S. policy-makers reaching a budget deal, if not before the Jan. 1 deadline, at least shortly afterward, Wright said.“If that doesn’t happen, we’ll have to rewrite our forecasts,” he said.While brighter than the consensus, the RBC outlook can still be characterized as modest, or representing sluggish growth for Canada, now three years into a recovery period.“It’s discouraging to keep seeing sluggish growth, but it’s not really surprising,” said Wright.“This was a crisis (2008-09) that was a decade in the making, so fixing it is probably going to take a decade as well. We’re really just half-way through it.”In most respects, Canada is still relatively better off than many other advanced countries — the report calls it “the little economy that could.”U.S. growth rates have caught up to Canada’s, but it is starting from a lower base because its recession was deeper and lasted longer. And next to Europe, which will have been in a slump through most of 2012 and is projected to be flat in 2013, Canada is positively booming.Two advanced economies forecast to do better are Australia and New Zealand, whose economies are more tied to fast-growing emerging nations in Asia.The Canadian Press read more

Shirani says rule of law brutally mutilated

The son of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake steps out of the car after reaching the Rajagiriya house A VIP vehicle waiting to enter the official residence of the Chief Justice in Colombo The police also made attempts to prevent her from speaking to the media near the gate or on the road even as she left the official residence.Her vehicle was followed back to her house in Rajagiriya by the police and men on motorbikes dressed in civil clothes. “Since it now appears that there might be violence if I remain in my official residence or my chambers I am compelled to move out of my official residence and chambers particularly because the violence is directed at innocent people including judges, lawyers and committed members of the public,” she said.Report and pictures by Easwaran Rutnam Former Chief Justice (CJ) Shirani Bandaranayake says the very tenor of rule of law, natural justice and judicial abeyance has not only been ousted, but brutally mutilated.In a statement after she forced to leave her official residence today after being sacked by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former Chief Justice said that though she was accused and arbitrarily convicted by the Parliamentary Select Committee, she had been vindicated in the bastions of the law. Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake speaks to the media outside her house in Rajagiriya Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake lowers her car shutter after reaching her house in Rajagiriya Her son, who drove the vehicle, told reporters who followed the vehicle that the former CJ and her family were at risk.Bandaranayake said in her media statement that it is not only the office of Chief Justice, but also the very independence of the judiciary, that has been usurped.“I have suffered because I stood for an independent judiciary and withstood the pressures. It is the People who are supreme and the Constitution of the Republic recognizes the rule of law and if that rule of law had prevailed, I would not have been punished unjustly,” she said. Bandaranayake was not allowed to hold a press conference in the official residence of the CJ just before she left. Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake’s son gestures to the police when they demanded that he drive through the media without stopping She also insisted that the accusations levelled against her are blatant lies and that she is totally innocent of all charges and had there been a semblance of truth in any allegation, she would not have remained even for a moment in the august office of the Chief Justice. “I stand here before you today having been unjustly persecuted, vilified and condemned. The treatment meted out to me in the past few weeks, was an ordeal no citizen let alone the Chief Justice of the Republic should be subjected to,” she said. Police outside the official residence of the Chief Justice in Colombo The vehicle of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake is taken into the car park of her house in Rajagiriya read more

BIA to close for eight hours daily from Jan to March

Accordingly the airport will be closed from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m during that period. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s main international airport, the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) will be closed for eight hours daily for three months from January next year.The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the airport will be closed for much needed maintenance work.

Nearly Half The Kentucky Derby Field Is Racing Against A HalfBrother

3A. P. Indy19892910– Curlin could break into the ranks of top Derby siresSires with at least five offspring who raced or are set to race in the Kentucky Derby, 1875* through 2018 Dynaformer19855– Mendelssohn✓✓ Ambiorix19465– Dixieland Band19805– Count Fleet19405– McGee19005– Graustark19635– Heliopolis19369– Mr. Prospector got luckyRelationship of Mr. Prospector to every horse in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Bold Bidder19625– Pompey19235– Promises Fulfilled✓✓ The Porter19158– 13Scat Daddy20047– Flameaway✓✓ El Prado19895– Ballot190410– Cox’s Ridge19747– Hofburg✓✓ Hail to Reason19587– Khaled19436– Wrack19095– North Star III191410– Man o’ War19177– Magnum Moon✓✓ Sweep19077– Gone West19845– Gulch19845– Tiznow1997217– In every Kentucky Derby, breeding is the silent, invisible force that can play a huge role in deciding the outcome of the race. What’s unusual about the 2018 Kentucky Derby is the sameness of the breeding.When the race kicks off at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 20-horse field1We’re considering only the 20 horses that have a guaranteed spot in Saturday’s race. One additional horse was granted alternate status in case another horse scratches, but the alternate was not counted in this analysis. will feature nine runners who were sired by just three stallions, which means 45 percent of the runners will be competing against what humans might consider a half-brother. And that’s the third-highest percentage in the 94 Kentucky Derbys for which horseracingnation.com has sire data on all the competitors.Leading the family business this year is the stallion Scat Daddy, who sired four colts in the race: The morning-line favorite Justify (3-1) and the second-favorite Mendelssohn (5-1), as well as long shots Flameaway (30-1) and Combatant (50-1). To see how unusual it is for four half-siblings2In horse-racing parlance, two horses with the same sire are technically not considered “half-siblings,” a term reserved for two horses with the same mare. to enter the same Kentucky Derby, we looked at the sires of every Derby horse on record. Assuming none of his progeny scratch, this year Scat Daddy will tie Chicle as the most prolific derby sire for any one year.3Data gets spotty in the 19th century, so we may be missing some Victorian-era superstuds. (Chicle sired four racers in the 1923 Derby.)Scat Daddy isn’t the only stallion with multiple offspring in this year’s race. Three competitors were sired by Curlin: Vino Rosso (12-1), Good Magic (12-1) and Solomini (30-1). And just to keep it interesting, Bolt d’Oro (8-1) and Enticed (30-1) are both by the stallion Medaglia d’Oro.Scat Daddy died unexpectedly in 2015 at age 11, so this crop of 3-year-olds will be the second-to-last of his direct offspring to run for the roses. But Curlin, the two-time horse of the year, has a chance to enter the record books as a stallion. Overall, Curlin has already sired eight Derby contenders4Scat Daddy has sired seven. Again, assuming none of their offspring scratch from this year’s race. and he’s only 14, which means he may be able to keep breeding for another decade or so. According to our research, the record for fathering Derby runners is held by Black Toney, who sired 16, including Derby winners Black Gold and Brokers Tip. Fair Play19055– Free Drop Billy✓✓ Herbager19565– Alydar19756– Bull Dog19277– Wild Again19806– Sovereign Dancer19755– Mr. Prospector19707– Blue Larkspur19267– 7Tapit2001179– Seattle Slew19745– 26Mineshaft1999196– Mr. Prospector was the horse’s … Maria’s Mon19935– My Boy Jack✓ 37Into Mischief2005135– Damascus19645– Source: Equineline.com The 2018 Derby is something of a chance to avenge the 2007 Kentucky Derby for both Curlin and Scat Daddy, who had disappointing results in that race. Curlin finished a respectable third, but went on to beat that year’s Derby winner, Street Sense, to win both the Breeders’ Cup and the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown. Scat Daddy had been a favorite at the betting windows before the 2007 Derby, but he finished a dismal 18th after suffering an injury.Why have these two returned so prominently, via their progeny, to the track? The answer lies both in talent and modern breeding practices.When thoroughbred racehorses shift to their second career as studs, it’s never a sure thing that they will produce high-quality foals. But as their progeny start showing promise, the stallions are held in higher regard, so breeders send in better and better mares, combining the most promising bloodlines in hopes of producing more competitive offspring.“Once a horse shows aptitude and ability, his commercial appeal increases,” said John Sikura, president of Hill ’n’ Dale, the Kentucky breeding farm where Curlin lives.Both Curlin and Scat Daddy attracted more interest from breeders as their progeny were increasingly successful. Curlin’s stud fee was set at $150,000 for the 2018 season, and Scat Daddy was also commanding six figures before his untimely death.The fact that Curlin and Scat Daddy have so many horses in the field is also a function of the modern approach to breeding: Keep ’em busy.Stallions today might “cover,” or breed with, more than 200 mares in a season, whereas the great sires of the past were breeding to a list, or book, of about 50 mares.“What you’re seeing is the ‘big book’ phenomenon,” said Jamie Hill, co-owner of McMahon and Hill Bloodstock agency.In 2014, when this year’s crop of Derby contenders was bred, Curlin bred with 152 mares and Scat Daddy covered 202, as reported to the Jockey Club. Of their more than 350 matings, seven progeny have made it to the 2018 Kentucky Derby, which only takes 20 horses every year.Shared parentage, though, is nothing in the big picture of breeding thoroughbred race horses. Look a few generations back, and they’re practically all related.Certain names crop up over and over in the pedigrees of this year’s Derby runners. Mr. Prospector, for example, shows up in every 2018 Derby runner’s lineage. 2Sir Gallahad III192013– Instilled Regard✓ Horsegreat-grandfathergreat-great-grandfathergreat-great-great-grandfather Bull Lea19355– Good Magic✓✓ Vino Rosso✓✓ Sickle19245– Enticed✓✓ 1Black Toney191116– Audible✓ Nasrullah19408– Show more rows*Sire data is incomplete for many of the early Derbies.Sources: Horse Racing Nation, Equineline.com Pulpit19946– ✓ Bravazo✓ Pharamond II19256– Royal Minstrel19255– Chicle19137– Halo19696– Justify✓✓ Smart Strike19926– Giant’s Causeway19978– Firenze Fire✓✓ Solomini✓ Unbridled19876– 9Curlin2004148– Distorted Humor1993257– Alibhai19385– Danzig19776– Nashua19527– Malibu Moon1997217– Broomstick190110– RKsirebornAge (if alive)Offspring in the derby Lone Sailor✓ Noble Indy✓✓ Bolt d’Oro Combatant✓✓✓ Unbridled’s Song19936– “He’s a dominant force. He was a sprinter, and he set a track record,” said Hill, adding that the horse’s widespread influence is even more impressive for the fact that Mr. Prospector was breeding in the era where studs covered 40 to 60 mares a year.Another major stallion, Northern Dancer, is widely represented. Scat Daddy, for example, had both Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector in his pedigree. And when Scat Daddy was paired with the mare Stage Magic, whose bloodline also traces back to Mr. Prospector, they produced the 2018 Derby favorite Justify.While breeders are concerned that too much inbreeding will create freakish horses, the right combination can make for horses that are freakishly brilliant, said Hill, whose family owned the 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.Can Justify get it done? He’s got history working both for and against him. Justify did not run as a 2-year-old, and the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby without running at age 2 was Apollo, more than 130 years ago in 1882. But Justify has been working with Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the Derby four times.Scat Daddy also sired another morning-line favorite, Mendelssohn, who won the UAE Derby in Dubai by a huge margin — almost 19 lengths. He’s under the care of star trainer Aidan O’Brien.Among Curlin’s offspring, Vino Rosso won his last race, the Wood Memorial, and is trained by 2017 Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher. There’s also reason to like Good Magic, who won the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and is trained by rising star Chad Brown.They’ve all got about two minutes to make daddy proud. read more

Were ready to come back to the top says Nikola Karabatić

With France preparing their last match in Group C against Serbia, having already secured their place in the Main Round; one of the biggest stars in ‘Les Experts’ team, Nikola Karabatić shares his views on the Championship.When in doubt- Karabatić! It was evident in the match against Poland, when the attacking option ran down; when, as many times before Karabatić took the matter (ball) into his own hands,breaking down the opponent with a series of great moves.– When it goes downhill, it is either Narcisse or myself that calls the play. It comes natural, as we are the most experienced. We look for a solution, how to outplay the defense; that’s what the coach and the team expect from us. I know I have to make decisions in moments like these.You’ve already secured the Main Round, but the points from Serbia are needed to complete to seal the deal.– There will be no favors for Serbia from us. This is an all-important match. We know in case of a loss we take only two points into the Main Round- our main goal is (to take) four.  I know that defeat against us can call an end to Serbian hopes in the championship.You have done well in your first match, against Russia, only to face struggle against Poland– We play a fine defense, and our attack as well as power play has improved. We are better in tactical aspect, that’s what matter to us. We’ve had solid performance against Poland; created a number of chances to wrap up the game earlier, with more than a one-goal lead. We fought all the way and won in the end- that is very important.What are your expectations in a match against Serbia?– It’s going to be a tough match. Serbia must not lose, and it is always difficult playing against someone who is 100% motivated. Serbia has an excellent team, great players and defense as well as a goalkeeper with great experience. Tactical imperfections are visible, but the know how to play handball. There are players that can win games on their own like Vujin, Nenadić or Ilić. Serbia’s got all their positions well covered.You’ve had a tough year behind you, loosing the World Champion’s title in Spain. You must be have a very big motive to climb back up to the very top.– That is our great motivation. People do not know what France is capable of yet. We are like outsiders right now. We’re not among the favorites any more. Our goal is to prove we can still get back to the top; others beware!BRONZE IS NOT ENOUGH TO MEYou are used to winning the Gold. Is any other medal of significance to you, like for example Bronze, or is it only Gold that satisfies you?– I do not feel Bronze is enough for me. But looking at how many quality teams are playing here, every medal is a success. We are taking it game by game, the will be enough time to think about what and how (to do). I don’t want to get ahead of myself.It would most certainly be a pleasure to win against Denmark in front of 14.000 of their fans in Herning.– Yes. And we have done it more than a few times. We’ve defeated the host, Croatia at the World Championship in 2009, with 16.000 home fans witnessing.  We won against Denmark in the 2011 World Championship final in Sweden, in what felt like playing an away match in Denmark, really. These victories are the sweetest. It is difficult, but we know it’s possible- boasts Karabatić confidently.TEXT: ZIKA BOGDANOVIC & NEMANJA SAVICPHOTO: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com EHF EURO 2014franceFrench handballhandballhandball interviewles experts handballNikola Karabatic ← Previous Story RK Vardar appoint Vladimir Vujović as the new coach Next Story → Last-day uncertainty for three teams in Group C read more

Driver crashes into fallen tree in north Clark County

first_imgA driver escaped injury after he crashed into a tree that had fallen on the roadway in front of him Wednesday morning.A man was driving a pickup truck north on Northeast 72nd Avenue near Northeast 252nd Way, just south of Daybreak Park, at about 7:15 a.m., according to Clark County Fire & Rescue Spokesman Tim Dawdy.A tree fell across the roadway and the man wasn’t able to stop in time and crashed into the tree, Dawdy said.Emergency crews responded and assessed the man, but he refused medical treatment, Dawdy said.The downed tree blocked the roadway in both directions, but firefighters and public works crews used chainsaws to remove the tree, reopening the road up about an hour later.last_img

Melco International Development sees 1H18 profit double

first_imgMelco International Development Co, the majority owner of Macau integrated resorts operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment, saw its profit grow 109.4% to HK$344.6 million in the six months to 30 June 2018, with the company putting the improved results down to “better group-wide performance in all gaming segments, recovery of previously provided doubtful debt and lower finance costs.”The profit boost comes despite a slight 1.6% decline in revenue to HK$19.8 billion, impacted by higher commissions which the company says are now being reported as a revenue reduction. Under previous reporting rules, revenue would have increased 7%, Melco said. High VIP win rate keeps Genting Singapore’s 2Q19 results respectable despite 5% profit fall Adjusted EBITDA grew 16.7% to HK$5.5 billion, up from HK$4.7 billion, due to the previously stated gaming improvement and recovery of doubtful debt.Melco Resorts last month reported a 5% decline in revenue for 2Q18 to US$1.23 billion (HK$9.7 billion) under the same revised reporting rules.The company celebrated two significant property launches in the first six months of 2018, including a temporary gaming facility in Cyprus while construction on City of Dreams Mediterranean gets underway, and luxury hotel Morpheus at City of Dreams in Macau.“These developments help Melco International to further its goals to be a pioneer in premium travel, leisure and entertainment and to deliver world-class premium offerings that go beyond gaming to satisfy tomorrow’s most sophisticated international travelers,” Melco International said in its results announcement.The company also reiterated its Japan ambitions.“Japan remains a pivotal focus of the group’s long-term plan,” it said. “We view Japan as a market with the potential to rank among the largest global gaming destinations in Asia, second only to Macau.“With the goal to become a trusted partner in Japan’s integrated casino resorts industry, the group has been dedicating the necessary resources and investments for the development of this potential market. Following the establishment of a Japanese subsidiary, opening an office in Tokyo and appointing a local leadership team in 2017, the group has since opened an Osaka office in the first half of 2018.“With the successful passage of the Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill at Japan’s National Diet, our current near-term aims are to explore local partnerships that will help us build a strong consortium and to build up our local team to support our business development efforts.” Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger Load More RelatedPosts Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaullast_img read more

Over 40 dogs cats rescued after Hurricane Michael need forever homes

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Nearly four dozen domestic animals from a small rural shelter in Alabama were rescued after Hurricane Michael tore through the area, and some were taken to South Florida in search of forever homes.The Humane Society of Broward County was able to rescue about 44 dogs and four cats and bring them to its Dania Beach facility.7News was there as some puppies were being off-loaded, Monday.Those who are interested in taking one of the puppies home can do so as early as Wednesday.The Humane Society of Broward County said this was something they had to do when storms come through. The Alabama shelter where the animals were staying in suffered extensive damage, leaving them with nowhere to go.“It’s so important to the animals, obviously,” said Mary Steffen with the Humane Society of Broward County. “I mean, they’ve obviously been through a traumatic situation, and they couldn’t live in a building with no roof. The walls were not structurally sound.”If you would like to adopt one of these animals, click here. last_img read more

EU Googles favourable treatment over its shopping services hurts competitors

first_img The European Union Competition Commissioner accused Google on 16 April of cheating consumers and competitors by distorting Web search results to favour its own shopping service, after a five-year investigation that could change the rules for business online.EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the US company, which dominates Internet search engine markets worldwide, had been sent a Statement of Objections – effectively a charge sheet – to which it has 10 weeks to respond.The preferential treatment by Google in its general search of one of Googles own products, the shopping comparison service, also known as Google Shopping – what we see is that this favourable treatment over its shopping services constitutes an abuse under EU competition law, Vestager told reporters in a high-profile visit to the United States.Her findings follow nearly five years of investigation and abortive efforts by her Spanish predecessor, Joaquin Almunia, to strike deals with Google.Either for Google to come forward with remedies, which can be turned into binding commitments, or it can go to the direction and end up with a fine for the abuse, if so proven, she warned, if the Commission proves its case that it has used its near monopoly in Europe to push Google Shopping ahead of rivals for the past seven years. Google rejected the charges.Meanwhile, Googles rivals are pushing US antitrust enforcers to investigate the use of Android, two people with knowledge of the matter said.The Mountain View, California-based company said in a blog post that it strongly disagreed with the EUs statement of objections and would make the case that its products have fostered competition and benefited consumers.If it finds that companies are abusing a dominant market position, the EU regulator can – as well as charge a fine – demand sweeping changes to their business practices, as it did with US software giant Microsoft in 2004 and chip-maker Intel in 2009. Closelast_img read more

RAMBLING ROSE

first_imgLet the Church Say Amen! Hello everyone! How are you this week? I hope if you are reading me now, your answer should be I’m truly blessed and I’m above ground. I have gone to so many funerals this month it is unbelievable; so you are better off than those who are no longer with us or lying in a nursing home who can’t move or talk. I entitled my column, “Let the Church Say Amen” because of the uplifting program that the First Emmanuel Baptist Church, located 2209 Park Avenue in Baltimore is hosting with the Melodyaires for their Annual Scholarship Concert on Sunday, March 24 starting at 3 p.m.“The Melodyaires support Team Ministries” will host their Annual Scholarship Concert featuring Kenny Davis & The Melodyaires, James Hillian & the Hillian Ensemble, Lil David & Bells of Joy, Sparkie & the Tones of Joy, The Gospel Soulettes of Philadelphia, Pa. and so many more at the first Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2209 Park Avenue. For more information, call 410-358-9661. (Courtesy Photo)The program will include some of the greatest gospel artists including; James Hillian & the Hillian Ensemble of Washington, DC; Kenny Davis & the Melodyaires, 55 years of singing gospel; Lil David & Bells of Joy, Sparkie & the Tones of Joy, The Gospel Soulettes of Philadelphia, Pa., Power House World Ministries Praise Team, and Joyful Noise Singers.The Great Blacks in Wax Museum and the Baltimore Times wants you to join them for the official unveiling of the wax figure of Joy Bramble, founder and publisher of the Baltimore Times Newspaper on March 27, 10:30 a.m. at the House of Delegates Building, 6 Bladen Street, Room 180 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Courtesy Photo)I also say amen to my boss, Joy Bramble the founder and publisher of the Baltimore Times, who I have had the pleasure of working for as her Entertainment Columnist and Journalist since she and her husband, Bishop, Peter Bramble started their newspaper in 1986 is now being honored with an unveiling of her in a Wax Figure by the “Great Blacks in Wax Museum” and the “Baltimore Times” on Wednesday, March 27 10:30 a.m. at the House of Delegates Building, 6 Bladen Street, Room 180 in Annapolis, Maryland. Light Fare & transportation is provided. RSVP by March 15 by calling 410-366-3900 or email: btimes@btimes.com. Congratulations Joy Bramble!! Well deserved. Damn! What a legacy!Happy Birthday to Thomas Ridgley, husband to Rev. Jo Jo Ridgley. Pictured here with their children, Deborah Waters, Tee Sheffield, Carla Corbett, Anton Holt Sr. and Craig Ridgley. (Courtesy Photo)I attended the first of many gospel series at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginia last week and it was awesome! Honey Child! The Casino Entertainment Venue turned into church a when Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin graced the stage with his band and back-up singers. With thousands of attendees, they clap their hands, danced in the isles wave their hands and jumping up & down doing the James Brown as they song along with the popular gospel singer. As I looked around the audience they all were truly embrace by McClurkin selections of his songs from his albums old and new as they song along with him. Shorty and I are looking forward to seeing the casino next gospel show, who is Fred Hammond coming April 5th.DJ Uzoma and DJ Tweety will play all your favorite songs on wax at the Lexington Market on the Market’s Arcade Stage March 16 from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m. (Courtesy Photo)The Lexington Market is hosting a “House and Hops” event that will take place on Saturday March 16 from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. This is a free event and they will have a couple of DJ’s playing. They will be serving corn beef, cabbage & potatoes dinners, and corn beef and coleslaw sliders. They will also have local craft beer, local artisans selling jewelry and raffles for prizes. Check it out! Honey child! I will see you there.Well my dear friends that is all I got for you. I am out of space, but remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.last_img read more

Nintendo offers Pokemon XY for free with 3DS or 2DS purchase

first_imgToday marks the 3rd birthday of the Nintendo 3DS, which saw a release back on February 26, 2011. Since then, Nintendo has managed to ship over 42 million of them in various guises, including the larger 3DS Xl and 3D-less 2DS.Sales are still well short of the Nintendo DS, which achieved nearly 154 million units worldwide, but Nintendo is working hard to push up sales wherever it can. And their latest offer is sure to entice more than a few gamers to pick up the handheld.During the month of March it’s possible to receive a digital download copy of either Pokemon X or Pokemon Y completely free. You need to purchase either a 3DS, 3DS XL, or 2DS and register it to your Club Nintendo account during March. Then you need to purchase at least one of the following titles:Animal Crossing: New LeafDonkey Kong Country Returns 3DLego City Undercover: The Chase BeginsMario Kart 7Super Mario 3D LandYoshi’s New IslandBy registering one of those games alongside your newly purchased handheld, Nintendo will gift you a free copy of Pokemon X or Y to download and enjoy. The only other factor to take into account is that you must redeem the game using the code you are sent no later than May 31.This is a great deal because everyone purchasing a 3DS/2DS was probably going to pick up one of the prerequisite games anyway. It’s also timed well, as we’re now entering that part of the year where games hardware and software sales start dropping off. It gets much worse in the summer, but that’s typically due to no new game releases.So, if you’re in the market for a Nintendo handheld, or are considering replacing an existing one, March is definitely the time to do it.last_img read more

The Space Stations New 3D Printer Recycles Old Plastic Into Custom

first_imgThe Refabricator can recycle plastic and 3-D print it, all within a box the size of a mini fridge. (Credit: Allison Porter, Tethers Unlimited, Inc.)Last week, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft departed the International Space Station, having delivered a batch of new experiments and cargo. Among them was the Refabricator, a new machine that will not only make objects on demand things for the astronauts, it will recycle them too.While 3-D printers are becoming commonplace, nowhere are their benefits more obvious than in the confines of space. Cargo resupply missions to the ISS are routine, but as human spaceflight pushes farther out into deep space, there will be more pressure for self-sufficiency, as resupply missions become more difficult and expensive. That means not only manufacturing supplies, but also conserving and reusing the supplies on hand.Re-use and RecycleThe Refabricator is in part a 3-D printer, allowing astronauts to make tools to their own specifications immediately, without waiting months for items to be flown from Earth. But there’s been a 3-D printer on the ISS since 2014. The Refabricator stands out because it’s able to recycle things it’s already printed and turn them into new materials.A ratchet wrench 3-D printed aboard the ISS. (Credit: Made in Space)It can even create the raw 3-D printer filament from old packing supplies, like the foam and plastic shipping materials NASA uses to pack its cargo for the trip to space. Most 3-D printers cannot reuse plastics once printed, because the way they print weakens the plastic’s integrity. But the Refabricator uses a different printing method, so that it can reprint the same material many times.NASA hopes the new printer/recycler will both free up space on future resupply launches and reduce overall waste on the ISS. It could even lead to 3-D printers on Earth that one day use the items we normally put on the curb, like water bottles or plastic bags, to create brand new custom materials for our homes.Tethers Unlimited, Inc. developed the Refabricator for NASA’s In-Space Manufacturing Office. Their whole creation fits into a cube about the size of a minifridge. The company can monitor the Refabricator from Earth, but astronauts on the ISS will perform the operations.For this first test flight, that will mean having the Refabricator print, recycle, and re-print creations up to seven times in a loop, to prove that the material doesn’t weaken with repeated recycling. Those final printings will then be delivered back to Earth for testing – in particular, to see if and how the printing process differs in space from on the ground.Check out the Refabricator in action with the NASA video below:[embedded content]last_img read more

Why does more than half the IT industry suffer from Burnout

first_imgI remember when I was in college a few years ago, this was a question everyone was asking. People who were studying Computer Science were always scared of this happening. Although it’s ironic because knowing the above, they were still brave enough to get into Computer Science in the first place! Okay, on a serious note, this is a highly debated topic and the IT industry is labeled to be notorious for employee burnout. The harsh reality Honestly speaking, I have developer friends who earn pretty good salary packages, even those working at a junior level. However, just two in five of them are actually satisfied with their jobs. They seem to be heading towards burnout quite quickly, too quickly in fact. I would understand if you told me that a middle aged person, having certain health conditions et al, working in a tech company, was nearing burnout. Here I see people in their early 20’s struggling to keep up, wishing for the weekend to come! Facts and figures Last month, a workspace app called Blind surveyed over 11K (11,487 to be precise) employees in the tech industry and the responses weren’t surprising! At least for me. The question posed to them was pretty simple: Are you currently suffering from job burnout? Source: TeamBlind Oh yeah, that’s a whopping 6,566 employees! Here’s some more shocking stats: When narrowed down to 30 companies, 25 of them had an employee burnout rate of 50% or higher. Only 5 companies had an employee burnout rate below 50%. Moreover, 16 out of the 30 companies had an employee burnout rate that was higher than the survey average of 57.16%. While Netflix had the least number of employees facing burnout, companies like Credit Karma, Twitch and Nvidia recorded the highest. I thought I’d analyse a bit and understand what some of the most common reasons causing burnout in the tech industry, could be. So here they are: #1 Unreasonable workload Now I know this is true for a fact! I’ve been working closely with developers and architects for close to 5 years now and I’m aware of how unreasonable projects can get. Especially their timelines. Customer expectation is something really hard to meet in the IT sector, mainly because the customer usually doesn’t know much about tech. Still, deadlines are set extremely tight, like a noose around developers’ necks, not giving them any space to maneuver whatsoever. Naturally, this will come down hard on them and they will surely experience burnout at some time, if not already. #2 Unreasonable managers In our recent Skill-Up survey, more than 60% of the respondents felt they knew more about tech, than what their managers did. More than 40% claimed that the biggest organisational barriers to their organisation’s (theirs as well) goals was their manager’s lack of tech knowledge. As with almost everyone, developers expect managers to be like a mentor, able to guide them into taking the right decisions and making the right choices. Rather, with the lack of knowledge, managers are unable to relate to their team members, ultimately coming across as unreasonable to them. On the other side of town, IT Management has been rated as one of the top 20 most stressful jobs in the world, by careeraddict! #3 Rapidly changing tech The tech landscape is one that changes ever so fast, and developers tend to get caught up in the hustle to stay relevant. I honestly feel the quote, “Time and tide wait for none” needs to be appended to “Time, tide and tech wait for none”! The competition is so high that if they don’t keep up, they’re probably history in a couple of years or so. I remember in the beginning of 2016, there was a huge hype about Data Science and AI – there was a predicted shortage of a million data scientists by 2018. Thousands of engineers all around the world started diving into their pockets to fund their Data Science Masters Degrees. All this can put a serious strain on their health and they ultimately meet burnout. #4 Disproportionate compensation Tonnes of software developers feel they’re underpaid, obviously leading them to lose interest in their work. Ever wonder why developers jump companies so many times in their careers? Now this stagnation is happening while on the other hand, work responsibilities are rising. There’s a huge imbalance that’s throwing employees off track. Chris Bolte, CEO of Paysa, says that companies recruit employees at competitive rates. But once they’re on board, the companies don’t tend to pay much more than the standard yearly increase. This is obviously a bummer and a huge demotivation for the employees. #5 Organisation culture The culture prevailing in tech organisations has a lot to do with how fast employees reach burnout. No employee wants to feel they’re tools or perhaps cogs in a wheel. They want to feel a sense of empowerment, that they’re making an impact and they have a say in the decisions that drive results. Without a culture of continuous learning and opportunities for professional and personal growth, employees are likely to be driven to burnout pretty quickly, either causing them to leave the organisation or worse still, lose confidence in themselves. #6 Work life imbalance This is a very tricky thing, especially if you’re out working long hours and you’re mostly unhappy at work. Moreover, developers usually tend to take their work home so that they can complete projects on time, and that messes up everything. When there’s no proper work life balance, you’re most probably going to run into a health problem, which will lead you to burnout, eventually. #7 Peer pressure This happens a lot, not just in the IT industry, but it’s more common here owing to the immense competition and the fast pace of the industry itself. Developers will obviously want to put in more efforts than they can, simply because their team members are doing it already. This can go two ways: One where their efforts still go unnoticed, and secondly, although they’re noticed, they’ve lost on their health and other important aspects of life. By the time they think of actually doing something innovative and productive, they’ve crashed and burned. If you ask me, burnout is a part and parcel of every industry and it majorly depends on mindset. The mindset of employees as well as the employer. Developers should try avoiding long work hours as far as possible, while trying to take their minds off work by picking up a nice hobby and exploring more ways to enrich their lives. On the other side of the equation, employers and managers should do better at understanding their team’s limitations or problems, while also maintaining an unbiased approach towards the whole team. They should realize that a motivated and balanced team is great for their balance sheet in the long run. They must be serious enough to include employee morale and nurturing a great working environment as one of management’s key performance indicators. If the IT industry must rise as a phoenix from the ashes, it will take more than a handful of people or organizations changing their ways. Change begins from within every individual and at the top for every organization. Read Next Should software be more boring? 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US Cuba sailors compete in first regatta since diplomatic thaw

first_imgRelated posts:Latin American leaders hail renewed US-Cuban diplomatic relations Cuba won’t abandon communism, Raúl Castro says Cuba, US see good first day of historic talks What the ‘Pope Francis effect’ hasn’t delivered in Cuba HAVANA,Cuba — Cuban and American sailors competed Tuesday in the first regatta since their countries’ decision to seek normal ties after more than five decades of Cold War strains.Featuring five two-person catamarans from each side, the Havana Challenge was the first regatta authorized by the U.S. since 2004 — and the first since the December announcement of the process of normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States.“We are the first group of Americans with a permit from the U.S. government with permission to participate in sporting event in the water in Cuba,” sailor George Bellenger told AFP.He was aboard one of the catamarans — flying tiny U.S. and Cuban flags — speeding in the Caribbean just off Havana’s landmark Malecón seafront, within sight of the Hotel Nacional and the U.S. Interests Section.When the neighbors do restore full diplomatic relations, it will be the site of the new U.S. Embassy in Cuba’s capital.Read more Tico Times Cuba coverageThe regatta was organized by boating clubs in Cuba, and in Key West, the Florida island closest to Cuba.At Havana’s Hemingway marina before the event, the two sides got organized and chatted like old friends. They even carried some of each other’s belongings in ride-along powerboats.That included the Cuban side’s cooler full of cans of Tukola, the Cuban answer to Coca Cola.Signs of friendliness“It is really a great thing for people to see the friendliness that is starting to emerge between the Key West and Havana city clubs,” said Cuban coach Vicente de la Guardia.“We are not equally matched with the boats; ours are really old. But their athletes are really good.”Dozens of Cubans gathered on the Malecón to watch. Above, tourists were doing the same at the stately Hotel Nacional.“Today is a special day. You just don’t see this every day,” said Cuban skipper Alexander Rey, 17.Amid all the excitement, goodwill and stifling midday heat, no one paid any attention to who won the regatta.U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced in December that the two countries were ending a half-century of enmity and would seek full diplomatic relations. They currently have downgraded ties and Interests Sections only in each other’s capital.Castro and Obama also held a historic meeting in Panama in April on the sidelines of a regional summit.Obama has relaxed a few restrictions on travel to and from the Americas’ only Communist-ruled country, but the trade and financial embargo the U.S. has imposed since 1962 still is in effect.A fourth round of talks on restoring full ties is due to be held in Washington on Thursday between top-level U.S. and Cuban officials, a senior State Department official said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Pizza delivery man beaten and robbed

first_imgA 27-year-old delivery man was attacked in Limassol on Friday night by three men who stole the pizza he was delivering as well as a sum of €300.According to the police, the robbery took place at 7.30pm on Friday in the Neapolis area in Limassol.The delivery worker was attacked by the three men who had their faces covered.The men beat up the 27-year-old and took a sum of around €300 in restaurant takings that the delivery worker was carrying, as well as the pizza that was being delivered.Police are still searching for the perpetrators. You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoWeeklyPennyCalifornia Woman Was Playing on This Free Slot Machine App, When All Of A Sudden She Won BigWeeklyPennyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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