PRRD lifts evacuation order near Tommy Lakes Fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has rescinded the evacuation order that had been in effect for the area near the Tommy Lakes Fire north of Fort St. John.The PRRD issued the evacuation order last Saturday after high winds fanned the flames of the fire, causing it to grow rapidly over the weekend. The PRRD said this morning that as of 9:00 a.m., that evacuation order has been lifted, however, residents that were forced from their homes will continue to be on evacuation alert.The area covered by the evacuation alert is identical to the area of the previous evacuation order, and includes the following area northwest of Prespatou: Starting at the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road, bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beaton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continue stopping near Two Creeks road near the Beatton River; Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.Residents who are under an evacuation alert should prepare for the possibility of an evacuation order by doing the following:Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc). Have these items readily available for quick departure.Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 1-800-670-7773 or 250-784-3200.Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.last_img read more

Sewer deaths NHRC notice to Delhi Chief Secy Police commissioner

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo moto cognizance of media reports that two labourers died while three others are battling for life after they entered an unauthorised ten feet deep septic tank at an under-construction house in Prem Nagar in Rohini on the May 7.According to NHRC, the commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi and the Commissioner of Police (Delhi) calling for a detailed report in the matter within six weeks. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe Commission has also asked the Delhi Government to inform whether it had issued any guidelines prohibiting unauthorised construction and cleaning of septic tanks and, if so, why its strict compliance was not being ensured. It has directed the Delhi Government to chalk out appropriate instructions to deal with the issue and inform. The Commission has observed that apparently there were multiple reasons which might have caused the death of two persons in the incident. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarHad the septic tank not been constructed in an unauthorized manner and had the labourers been not forced to go inside the septic tank without any safety gear/ training, two precious lives could have been saved. “A large number of people are dying every year in such painful incidents, due to negligence by the authorities. In spite of specific law and guidelines on the subject, such incidents are happening,” said NHRC. The Commission has also condemned as uncivilized the attitude of some people gathered at the place of the incident for not coming to the help of the victims terming them as untouchables. Main accused arrested Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have arrested the house owner Mustafa who with his mason (Rambir) had forced the labourers to go inside the sewage tank. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) SD Mishra stated that no other casualty was reported in the incident. Police identified the deceased as Ganesh Shah (35) and Deepak (20). The victim has been identified as Bablu (40), Sher Singh (40) and Ranbir Singh (33). DCP said Mustafa and Rambir (Mason) forced them to go inside the tank after threatening them for not paying their three days wages. “The compelled labourers went inside the tank and fell unconscious. Rambir also went in the tank when he didn’t get any response and fell unconscious too due to poisonous gases,” said DCP.last_img read more

Death Toll from Italy Earthquake Rises to 120

Rome- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the death toll from the quake that hit central Italy has risen to 120.Renzi spoke Wednesday in the provincial capital of Rieti after visiting rescue crews and survivors in the town of Amatrice and other demolished towns in nearby Le Marche region.The quake struck towns and villages in the mountainous heart of the country, which was making the rescue operation more difficult. The quake, estimated to have struck after 3:30am at a depth of 6 miles, was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome where people in homes in the historic centre felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.The last major earthquake to hit the country struck the central city of L’Aquila in 2009, killing over 300 people

Adel Taarabt Blames Moroccan Media for Ruining His Sports Career

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Moroccan international midfielder, Adel Taarabt, criticized Moroccan media on July 8, claiming it had negatively influenced his sporting career.During an interview with national sports TV channel Arryadia, the 28-year old footballer revealed he had not played for the Moroccan national football team for two years. “I miss the national team,” said Taarabt. He added that he has had a very hard time with his football clubs, including current Portuguese team, Benfica. However, the Moroccan was optimistic: “I am always here and I am always working to improve my skills.”“My hometown makes my happy”When asked about his native city, Taza, Taarabt said that the city is very important to him: “All my family members live in Taza. My mother and father’s family are there, [….] It has my roots; whenever I feel down, I go back to the city to visit my cousins and my family.”Taarabt emigrated to France with his family when he was only 11 years old. “People, especially Moroccans, do not know that I always felt pressure. People were always expecting me to be the future Zinedine Zidane (French former footballer), a pressure that was always difficult to manage.”While he knows he will not be able to forge a better career for himself, he does not regret what he has done so far. “I have already played for famous international teams, like Tottenham Hotspour, Queens Park Rangers,Benfica, which itself is an achievement.”Taarabt has also played for France’s national under-17 and 19 teams.During the televised interview, Taarabt mentioned the first time he was called to play for the Moroccan national team. “I asked my family, my mother and father, and they told me that it would be a pleasure for me and them if I accepted Morocco’s invitation, but emphasized it was my own career, telling me ‘you can do whatever you want’.”“I think before I speak”The footballer touched on past clashes between him and former coaches for the Moroccan national football team, including Moroccan Zaki Badou and Belgian Eric Gerets. “I have never done anything bad to them, I just was very honest. Whatever I felt like I wanted to say, I just said it without thinking of the consequences.”Taarabt made a number of mistakes while playing for the Moroccan team. On the eve of the national team’s match against Algeria during the 2012 African of Cup of Nations qualifiers, he decided to leave the training camp andconsequently did not play the match.Taarabt has blamed Moroccan media for continuous rumors, which he claimed were untrue. “They keep publishing stories that I went partying here and there, which is not true.” He continued that the majority of articles published were in Morocco, “from unprofessional journalists.”“They were not aware that these rumors might affect my sporting career, and even my family.” The footballer added that his mother was always receiving calls from family, asking if there was any validity to the rumors that he had been fired from Benifica.A potential future representing Morocco?Earlier this year, Taarabt expressed his desire to rejoin the Moroccan national football team. “I’d be happy to join the Moroccan team in the future, and I will do my best with Genoa to have the opportunity to get back my Moroccan team’s jersey, which I had been hoping to defend during the African Cup of Nations,” Taarabt said.The footballer’s wish may come true if he succeeds in developing his football techniques with Genoa FC. The Moroccan joined the Italian club in 2017, on loan from Benifica. read more

UN health agency helping to contain deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is leading a joint team of health experts and clinicians rushing to control an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has reportedly killed more than 60 people in the northwestern part of the Republic of the Congo.According to the UN agency, laboratory tests conducted late last week confirmed that a recent outbreak of haemorrhagic fever was caused by deadly Ebola, one of the most virulent diseases known to humankind. The virus, which causes death in 50 to 90 per cent of all clinically ill cases, is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons. In past outbreaks, health workers have become sick after contact with the bodily fluids of patients they were treating.WHO said 80 cases have been reported as of Tuesday, including 64 deaths. Most of the cases – 72 people reported ill and 59 deaths – are in the district of Kéllé.The Congolese Government in Brazzaville requested assistance from WHO, and a joint Ministry of Health-WHO assessment team travelled from the capital to the site of the outbreak two weeks ago. The agency is providing further support from its headquarters in Geneva as well as from the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. read more

Independent UN human rights expert highlights serious transgressions in DPR Korea

Vitit Muntarbhorn, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, said that the State had declined to cooperate with him and had not invited him to the country, while the North Korean representative who also spoke during today’s debate flatly denied all findings in the report.The situation in the country provides a continuing cause for concern – there are still many transgressions and discrepancies of an egregious nature, which require effective redress, Mr. Muntarbhorn said, according to a press release from the Council. Specific concerns raised in this report include women’s rights, particularly violence against women; children’s rights, particularly to protection and participation; the rights of older persons/the elderly; the rights of those with disabilities; and ethnic issues, he continued.In response, Choe Myong Nam said the DPRK resolutely rejected the report, adding that the country was a target of a “human rights offensive” by the United States, which wanted to dominate the whole Korean peninsula. He said Japan had also been fanatical in its clamour against the country.Representatives from 10 other countries also made statements during the debate, before the 47-member Council went on to discuss reports on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Myanmar. Akich Okola, Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Burundi, said the new Government had made commendable strides in the area of social and economic rights and had also satisfactorily resolved the issue of political prisoners. However, the overall human rights situation remained of deep concern, he said.Human rights violations still continued on a daily basis due to the culture of impunity, widespread poverty, and the weakness of the culture of human rights in general, Mr. Okola said, adding that the most violated rights were those to life, physical integrity, safety and inviolability of the person, opinion and expression, and property.In response, Francoise Ngendahayo of Burundi said elected democratic institutions had only been operating for a year and the period was relatively short to make an objective evaluation of the actions of the Government and in particular of the human rights situation.The socio-economic situation of the country should also be considered as 12 years of civil war had destroyed the infrastructure, devalued the currency by diminishing the purchasing power of the population, and also destroyed social, moral and human values, the representative added. Six other countries also made related statements.Turning to the DRC, the report of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights, Titinga Frederic Pacere, was considered in his absence. The report highlighted that the human rights situation continues to be a matter of concern throughout the country, but especially in the eastern regions and in northern Katanga, where militias and other armed groups are committing atrocities.In response, Marie Madeleine Kalala requested that the Independent Expert visit the DRC in the next few days to see the changes on the ground in a number of key areas.Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, said that he had not been permitted to conduct a fact-finding mission to the country since November 2003. He said grave human rights violations were taking place not only with impunity but authorized by the sanction of law, adding that the criminalization of the exercise of fundamental freedoms by political opponents, human rights defenders and victims of human rights abuses was a matter of grave concern.Responding, U Nyunt Maung Shein said that although there were many contentious chapters in the report that Myanmar could argue against, time constraints would allow him to take up only a few cases to shed light on the truth, especially regarding forced labour.In particular, he contradicted the report’s view that relations between Myanmar and the International Labour Organization were deteriorating, saying there had been positive developments and two persons mentioned in the report in this connection – Su Su Nway and Aye Myint – had been released from prison. He also said the perception that there were vast violations of human rights was not accurate and entirely based on information collected from a few remaining insurgent groups confined to border areas and foreign-funded expatriates with a hidden political agenda.Representatives from 11 countries made statements before the Council discussed a report from Arjun Sengupta, Independent Expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty, which highlighted that poverty existed in most countries as a failure of social action. This second session of the Council, set up earlier this year to replace the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights, opened on 18 September and will run until 6 October. read more

Security Council extends mandate of European peacekeepers in Bosnia for another year

The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the European peacekeepers tasked with ensuring the continued compliance by all sides with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.The European Union assumed peacekeeping responsibilities in 2004 when it took over from a stabilization force led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which continues to have a presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.The resolution, adopted unanimously by the 15-member Council, authorizes the force – known as EUFOR ALTHEA – to continue its “peace stabilization role” for another 12 months, beginning today. The reconfiguration of EUFOR ALTHEA was completed in September, resulting in a reduced number of forces based in the country and focusing on capacity-building and training while also retaining the capability to contribute to the Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities’ deterrence capacity if the situation so requires.Yesterday, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, told the Council that the country’s political leaders are failing to produce what they should be 17 years after the signing of the Dayton accords, and that secessionist rhetoric is on the rise. “They must stop their divisive behaviour and finally start leading the way to the country’s full reintegration in the interests of all its citizens,” he said.In particular, he noted that the “anti-State, secessionist rhetoric” emanating from the current leadership of Republika Srpska – one of two semi-autonomous entities that make up the country – has intensified and worsened considerably during the past six months.In its resolution, the Council also called on the parties to “comply strictly with their obligations” under the peace agreement, while reiterating that the primary responsibility for its further successful implementation lies with the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina themselves.“The continued willingness of the international community and major donors to assume the political, military and economic burden of implementation and reconstruction efforts will be determined by the compliance and active participation by all the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementing the peace agreement,” it added. read more

New AODA coordinator brings world of experience to Brock

Chris Lytle is Brock’s new AODA co-ordinator.The University has a new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) co-ordinator.Christopher Lytle started at Brock in March, replacing Margaret Sanderson, who left in September for a post at Sheridan College.Lytle brings with him a world of experience. He has worked as a research associate for Disability Rights Promotion International at York University, where he helped national organizations of people with disabilities develop individual human rights monitoring, systems monitoring and media monitoring. His work at York took him to Rwanda, Serbia, Nepal, Thailand and Montenegro to establish pilot monitoring initiatives.Prior to that, he participated in the development of the draft text of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a part of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD).After leaving York in 2012, Lytle started a consulting firm to help businesses and organizations improve accessibility to comply with the AODA Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.He has a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology and his master’s in Critical Disability Studies from York University.Lytle sees the AODA as a mechanism of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will work toward an inclusive and barrier-free environment for all faculty, staff and students. His initial goal is to ensure the University is compliant with the IASR in its built environment, teaching and learning, employment standards, and information and communications systems.“Accessibility is an aspect of a healthy vibrant community and by its nature, it is a continuum,” he says. “I am here to complement the work that has been done so far with my goal of ensuring that Brock University can become a central figure as an inclusive place for people to learn and work.“I see my role as an opportunity to build a positive cultural awareness surrounding inclusion at Brock,” he adds.Lytle can be found on the 11th floor of the Schmon Tower where he works with Kathryn Walker, Interim Manager, Health Management and Wellness. read more

COMMENTARY Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio States 5610 win against Miami

No. 18 Ohio State opened their 2012 season with a 56-10 victory against Miami (Ohio) in Urban Meyer’s first game as head coach. There is still much to be learned about the Buckeyes this season, but a few things were made evident in OSU’s route of the RedHawks. An offense can be fast while going nowhere Even in the first quarter, when the Buckeyes punted four times in four possessions, it was evident how fast Meyer wants his team to play. As the stagnant OSU offense managed just 48 yards in the opening quarter, sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller continued to hurry his teammates back to the line of scrimmage for another play. This offense will struggle at times, but they will not compromise their game plan, or their aggression.  But when moving it’s a thing of beauty After a shaky first quarter the Buckeyes responded with an offensive barrage. It took the offense only four plays to move the ball 83 yards for their first touchdown of the season, and from that point forward the Buckeyes moved down field at a rapid pace. In the second quarter alone, OSU accounted for 297 yards of offense; more yards in one quarter than they had in five games last season. With Miller at quarterback, Ohio State had four touchdown drives of more than 50 yards. None of those drives took more than nine plays.  Braxton Miller in a nutshell Miller’s performance was essentially a microcosm of what I expect his season will look like. At times, his play will remind everybody that he is just a sophomore learning a brand new system. He showed that he still struggles throwing the deep ball, missing an open Evan Spencer three times in the first half. The first pass attempt was overthrown and the next two were underthrown. All three could have been touchdowns. But after starting the game by completing just 1 of 7 passes for five yards, Miller caught fire, connecting on 13 of his next 17 attempts for two touchdowns and no interceptions. Miller also broke the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game, accounting for 161 yards on the ground. The secondary was second best The Buckeyes’ secondary could be a cause of concern this season. Miami quarterback Zac Dysert finished with 303 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, but could have had an even better game. The Buckeyes benefited from several dropped passes by Miami receivers, and will have to tighten up their coverage as the move closer to conference play. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The OSU wide receivers. Last season, the team’s leading receiver had 14 receptions. Yesterday, Corey “Philly” Brown led the team with seven. That’s a testament to how anemic OSU’s aerial attack was last year. But it also indicates how improved the receivers, and in particular Brown, are. Brown is clearly a focal point of Meyer’s offense, and one of Miller’s favorite targets. He was used in a multitude of ways, lining up out wide, in the slot and occasionally, in the backfield. Sophomore Devin Smith’s acrobatic, one-handed touchdown reception in the second quarter could be the play of the year in college football. It also ended OSU’s offensive drought, and provided a much-needed spark of excitement to the entire stadium. read more

Hospital appeal for sick toddler gets amazing global response

first_img 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. The toddler’s cancer was treated successfully; however she has since suffered complications following a bone marrow transplant and is currently unable to leave hospital.Jessie has also suffered severe side effects from intense chemotherapy treatment and a rare genetic abnormality in children which made her leukaemia difficult to treat. Her mother Mel, 37, launched a social media appeal asking for people to send her daughter postcards to decorate her hospital room with and the response has been incredible.Thousands have shared the Facebook appeal and Ms Stocks admits the outpouring of support has been “mind-blowing”, adding that postcards have arrived from “all over the world”. A toddler recovering from cancer has been inundated with messages of support from kind-hearted strangers around the world.Two-year-old Jessie Stocks, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and has spent most of her early life at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Her mother told the BBC she has been “overwhelmed” by the response, adding: “It’s already made a massive impact on Jessie.”You can follow her progress on Facebook and send any postcards to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.Heartbroken girl spends 18th birthday alone – the internet had an amazing response  last_img read more

GTA V is crashing Xbox 360s manufactured before 2009

first_imgOne of the benefits of creating a game for consoles is the hardware remains a constant platform. For several years the same platform can be targeted, and a new game will play on even the oldest models of that console. Or will it? There’s growing concerns that GTA V is unplayable on older models of the Xbox 360, to the point where it is freezing up and crashing consoles.There’s growing frustration on the unofficial gtaforums.com from gamers who own Xbox 360 consoles manufactured between 2005 and 2009. These consoles typically shipped with 20GB or 60GB hard drives and were the most prone to the Red Ring of Death (RRoD) issue. GTA V isn’t causing any RRoDs as far as I can tell, but it isn’t playable for more than 30 minutes on certain machines.At first the small hard drive size was thought to be the problem, but even older models upgraded to a larger hard drive are experiencing the freezing issue that forces a console restart. And that freezing occurs anywhere from every 5-30 minutes, rendering the game unplayable. The first freeze typically happens during Franklin’s first mission and after the introductory mission and cutscenes.Rockstar is thought to be in the process of gathering information about the freezing while trying to figure out why it is happening. No official solution has been forthcoming yet, but we have just had a weekend so hopefully the issue can be pinpointed and a patch issued to resolve the problem this week. If it’s a problem that can’t be fixed, then Rockstar will have to offer owners with older 360s some way to return the game. I’m pretty sure they’ll come up with a fix, though.last_img read more

Thessaloniki metro off track again

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The troubled project to construct a metro system in Thessaloniki, which is already several years behind schedule, could be set for another blow as the consortium building the underground transport system on Wednesday asked for its contract to be torn up.The consortium, made up of Greek and Italian companies (AEGEK-Impregilo-Ansaldo-Seli-Ansaldobreda), made the move after a court of arbitration ruled earlier this year that it had the right to ask for the contract to be scrapped. The government had extended the agreement with the consortium to November 2016 after a series of obstacles, including archaeological fines, held up the project.However, the consortium argued that it had not agreed to the extension and that it should be allowed to walk away without having to pay compensation. The court ruled in the contractor’s favor.Attiko Metro, which manages the project, is left with two options. One is to accept the consortium’s request, pay up for the work that has been carried out and launch a new tender. The other option is to reject the consortium’s request and attempt to find a way to continue their relationship.“Attiko Metro wants the project to continue through a lawful process,” the company’s president Christos Tsitouras told Kathimerini. “We will not accept a discussion on issues that have already been referred to arbitration. We can discuss with the consortium possible changes to the remaining project, which could be recorded in a supplementary contract.”The original contract for the construction of the Thessaloniki metro was signed in April 2006 but less than 40 percent of the project has been completed so far.last_img read more

Economist Harvard Biz Review Find Success in Paid Circ By the Numbers

first_img(More here.) (More here.) (More here.) (More here.) A significant portion of our analysis at Folio: tends to skew toward the qualitative—be it of magazine redesigns, leadership strategies, or creative marketing campaigns—but we’ve always considered it a mandate to include the numbers behind the story (or, at the very least, ask for them). And while those numbers don’t always tell the whole story, they often help illuminate a particular trend or directional change in a way that descriptors alone can’t.Below are a handful of the most intriguing (or, in some cases, puzzling) statistics from around the magazine industry, as culled from our last few months of coverage. For further reading, click some of the corresponding links below. (More here.) (More here: The Saturday Evening Post and Cartoon Collections)last_img read more

Jaguar Land Rover wants to pay you cryptocurrency for reporting road problems

first_img 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Capability and hustle combine Preview • 2020 Jaguar XE first drive: Even more reasons to consider the underdog Land Rover Jaguar Cryptocurrency Auto Tech Future Cars Tags Jaguar Land Rover Post a comment More From Roadshowcenter_img 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic 0 Share your voice More about 2020 Jaguar XE S RWD Enlarge ImageIt might not be the most visually impressive tech, but who’s about to turn down free money? Jaguar Land Rover If you want somebody’s help, it doesn’t hurt to pay them. In an effort to create an ecosystem that can better prevent congestion and collisions, Jaguar Land Rover is willing to pay owners a little bit of cryptocurrency to grease the wheels.Jaguar Land Rover on Monday unveiled its Smart Wallet connected-car technology. While it’s still only in testing, the premise is pretty straightforward: Give JLR some important road information, and the automaker will repay you by depositing cryptocurrency into your car’s built-in “wallet,” which you can then use for a variety of purposes.Don’t worry — you’re not giving JLR access to your social security number. It’s not that kind of information the automaker is after. Rather, it wants you to report on road conditions, including traffic, potholes and bad weather. The idea is that, the more cars there are delivering this kind of information, the better JLR’s system can be at choosing routes that avoid all that nastiness. It’s part of the OEM’s desire to reach zero accidents and congestion — an admittedly high bar, but multiple manufacturers have expressed desire to see within our lifetimes.In exchange for that data, Jaguar Land Rover will give contributors a small chunk of crypto — Iota, specifically, which operates with a unique type of distributed ledger that’s different from the typical blockchain you might be familiar with. Those coins will live in the Smart Wallet until they’re used to pay tolls, juice up an EV or cover parking fees. The Smart Wallet can also be filled up using more conventional methods, too, although JLR didn’t dive too deep into the details.There’s plenty of time to hash out the specifics, because the system is just in the test phase for now. JLR is currently running cars with its Smart Wallet system at its software engineering center in Ireland. While it’s not a shoo-in for production, it’s a smart way to incentivize opting into vehicle-to-x communication, which does have the potential to save us all from daily commute frustrations.Originally published April 29, 7:37 a.m. PT.Update, 1:41 p.m.: Updated story to specify which cryptocurrency will be rewarded. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeedlast_img read more

Deputy Speaker launches storm drain works

first_imgTarnaka: Deputy Speaker of Telangana State Assembly T Padma Rao Goud launched storm drain works taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore at Tarnaka on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Padma Rao Goud said that several preventive measures taken by the State government has enabled the authorities to address many issues. He instructed the officials to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience during this monsoon season. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us He urged them to find a permanent solution to prevent inundation of low-lying areas. Lauding the proactive measures of the State government, he said no other government has undertaken so many developmental works in the Secunderabad constituency in the last 50 years like the TRS government.Later, Padma Rao Goud, accompanied by local corporator Saraswathi and government officials, undertook padayatra and inspected the colonies near Suraksha Hotel, Tarnaka. During his padayatra, he observed water logging in a vacant area near Suraksha Hospital and instructed officials to take necessary measures to address the issue. GHMC Deputy Commissioner Ravi Kumar, Jalamandali GM Rajashekhar, GHMC EE Pramod Kumar and other officials accompanied the Deputy Speaker during his visit.last_img read more

Dutch expel Turkish minister as police break up protests

first_imgPolice break up protests that erupted after Dutch authorities barred Turkish ministers from visiting in Rotterdam. Photo: AFPDutch police used water cannon and horses early Sunday to break up protests outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam as the city expelled a Turkish minister, amid an escalating diplomatic row with Ankara.After several hours of calm demonstrations, police moved in to disperse over 1,000 people gathered close to the consulate, charging the crowd on horseback and using dogs to regain control.Protestors hit back, throwing rocks at riot police, while hundreds of cars jammed the streets blaring their horns and revving their engines.Tensions finally tipped over into violence after a day of fast-moving events, triggered when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he planned to attend a pro-Turkish government rally in Rotterdam.The Netherlands, which holds general elections on Wednesday, had repeatedly said Cavusoglu was not welcome to campaign for Turkey’s April referendum in the country and refused his plane permission to land.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted angrily accusing the Dutch—who were once under Nazi occupation—of being “the vestiges of Nazis.”The Dutch decision to ban Cavusoglu from visiting came after Germany and other European nations also blocked similar campaign events.“They are the vestiges of the Nazis, they are fascists,” Erdogan told an Istanbul rally on Saturday, days after he angrily compared moves to block rallies in Germany to “Nazi practices”.“Ban our foreign minister from flying however much you like, but from now on let’s see how your flights will land in Turkey,” Erdogan said.Minister expelledBut later, Turkey’s Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya appeared at the scene after reportedly travelling by car overland from Germany.She was stopped just outside the consulate by Dutch police, and after several hours of negotiations escorted back to the German border.Kaya was “on the way from Rotterdam to Germany,” mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told reporters, adding: “She has been expelled back to the country she came from.”After several hours of negotiations, it had proven “impossible to find a solution,” he said, adding Ankara had been repeatedly told she was “not welcome. But nevertheless she decided to travel”.Kaya complained of her treatment, and could be seen in images on Dutch NOS television appearing to argue with Dutch police about the situation.“We’ve been here for about four hours. We were not even offered water,” she told the NTV television channel.“I was told to leave the country and return to Germany as soon as possible,” she added.Cavusoglu meanwhile flew to France where he is expected to address a rally Sunday in the eastern city of Metz. A French official said the visit had been cleared by the foreign ministry in Paris.As the row raged, Turkish foreign ministry sources said the Dutch embassy in Ankara and consulate in Istanbul had both been sealed off for “security reasons”.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Erdogan’s criticism was “crazy.”“I understand that they are angry but this is way out of line,” he said. “I really think we made the right decision here.”‘Don’t return’Cavusoglu, speaking in Istanbul, said the ban was “unacceptable”.“Why are you taking sides in the referendum?” he said, adding: “Is the foreign minister of Turkey a terrorist?”The Turkish foreign ministry said the Dutch charge d’affaires in Ankara was summoned and told Turkey did not want the Dutch ambassador—currently on holiday—to return “for a while”.The Netherlands is home to some 400,000 people of Turkish origin, and Ankara is keen to harness votes of the diaspora in Europe ahead of the April 16 referendum on creating an executive presidency.The Turkish government argues the changes would ensure stability and create more efficient governance, but opponents say it would lead to one-man rule and further inflame tensions in its diverse society.The latest row came after NATO allies Turkey and Germany sparred over the cancellation of a series of referendum campaign events there.Germany is home to 1.4 million people eligible to vote in Turkey—the fourth-largest electoral base after Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.Although Berlin insisted the cancellations by local authorities were for logistical reasons, Turkish officials repeatedly hit back.last_img read more

Jazz Café to host first annual Costa Rican Women in Music Festival

first_imgOriginal music in Costa Rica has come a long way, but until a couple years ago, that applied mostly to men. But things are quickly changing, according to musician Hazel Marcie.One big step forward, she said, is this Saturday’s Costa Rican Women in Music Festival, the first of its kind in the country, featuring (mostly) all-girl bands. The festival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Jazz Café in San Pedro, east of downtown San José.Among featured bands are ColorNoise, The Great Wilderness, The Beagirls, Pamela Frank, PontiCello and The Girl Next Door.Proceeds from the door will be donated to the organization Fundamentes, which assists children and adolescents with mental disabilities.Marcie, 30, has played piano since she was 9 and currently is in The Beatles tribute band The Beagirls. She also created the organization Mujeres Músico de Costa Rica. Marcie said she has witnessed firsthand the increasing number of women in bands here, and she told The Tico Times that the Costa Rican music scene has evolved significantly in recent years.“A couple years ago, women were isolated from the music scene. But today, there’s really a lot going on. It’s changed a lot. For women, the national music scene is really starting to take off,” Marcie said. The Beagirls’ Hazel Marcie. (Via Facebook)Women musicians still confront sexism in Costa Rica, but it’s slowly diminishing day by day, she said.In the past, it was common to see women only as vocalists, with the rest of the bands composed of men. Not so much anymore, she said.“The Beagirls or The Great Wilderness and other similar bands are composed mostly of women. Well, there are a few guys. But this really never happened two years ago,” she said.Music in general has progressed in Costa Rica, and the styles of live and recorded music are becoming increasingly diverse.“People are making great music. Bands are polished, they produce videos and make records that are actually interesting to listen to,” Marcie said. “They’re also recording in top-quality studios. I think music in Costa Rica is good, but it could be even better.”Organizers hope the festival also will be an opportunity for musicians to network. For example, participants could find more studio work, join other bands or book other shows together, Marcie said. Rock on!—What: The Costa Rican Festival of Women in MusicWhen: Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 p.m.Where: Jazz Café San PedroEntrance: ₡4,000 ($8)Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/745377805498997/ Facebook Comments Related posts:Singer-songwriter Kevin Johansen makes everyone feel good in Costa Rica debut Kevin Johansen and The Nada to join illustrator Liniers in live art-music show in Escazú Rolling Stones to tour Latin America VIDEO: Rolling Stones promise ‘historic’ Cuba concertlast_img read more

Equifax Home Equity Credit Hits ThreeYear High

first_imgEquifax: Home Equity Credit Hits Three-Year High October 17, 2012 439 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Delinquency Equifax Home Equity Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-10-17 Tory Barringercenter_img Home equity revolving credit hit a three-year high in July, signaling continued growth in housing confidence, “”Equifax””:http://www.equifax.com/home/en_us said in a report.[IMAGE]The company’s October _National Consumer Credit Trends Report_ showed new home equity revolving lines of credit totaled more than $44 billion year-to-date through July. July’s total was an approximately 9 percent increase from the recession low of $40.6 billion set in the first seven months of 2010.Home equity revolving lines of credit peaked at approximately $680 billion in May 2009 and have since fallen about 21 percent to $537 billion as of September 2012, Equifax reported.The number of new revolving home equity lines of credit year-to-date through July stood at 495,000, a three-year high. However, that number is still historically low, resting 76 percent below that seven-year high of more than 2 million from January-July 2006. Since November 2007, the total number of home equity revolving accounts has declined more than 34 percent, falling from 14.7 million then to 11 million in September 2012.””Increasing new home equity revolving credit indicates homeowner confidence and momentum towards an improved market,”” said Craig Crabtree, SVP and general manager of Equifax Mortgage Services. “”While the levels are significantly lower when compared to pre-recession peaks, the recent stability has given way to consistent growth.””Equifax’s report also revealed the total balances of severely delinquent mortgages have fallen 41 percent since peaking at $714 billion in March 2010. As of September, the total balances were at an estimated $419 billion. The report noted that more than 76 percent of severely delinquent balances among home equity revolving credit balances are sourced from originations made between 2005-2007.Severely delinquent balances among mortgages sourced from the FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac have fallen more than 13 percent to $125 billion since peaking in March 2010, the report said. Mortgages sourced from private investors and banks have fared better, posting a 48 percent decrease in severely delinquent balances.First mortgages originated between 2005-2007 continued to show weakness: Though they represent less than 27 percent of all first mortgages outstanding, they comprise 68 percent of severely delinquent mortgage balances.Crabtree said while total first mortgages are still contracting├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øfalling 3.4 percent year-over-year in September├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øthe decreasing debt and delinquencies “”are positive signs of a stable foundation towards recovery.”” in Data, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

Illegal organs trade suspected in north

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