first_img Facebook Emily Andras (Christina Gapic/Courtesy of Syfy) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Should ‘Axeholes’ move forward, it would be a co-production between Emily Andras and the cable network.  Wynonna Earp creator Emily Andras is looking to expand her relationship with Syfy.Andras is teaming with the NBCUniversal-owned cable network to develop Axeholes, a meta drama that would be a co-production with Syfy.Axeholes follows a mismatched bunch of comic convention attendees who inadvertently get transported into the real-life world of their favorite fantasy TV series, Blue Bar’Bara. In the worst role-playing game ever, the unequipped party must learn to navigate a dangerous land of profanity-spewing battle axes, sociopathic fairies, disturbingly sensual dragons and a chainmail-bikini-wearing shield maiden as they struggle to find a way back home. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Trishakti Corps observes 59th Raising Day at Sukna

first_imgDarjeeling: The Trishakti Corps observed 59th Raising Day at Sukna, near Siliguri on Friday.Trishakti Corps was raised in 1942 and had participated in the Burma Campaign during World War II. The Corps was subsequently demobilised after successful completion of the task at Rangoon in May 1945. The Trishakti Corps was again reinstated at Shillong on May 10, 1960, by Lieutenant General Umrao Singh and moved to Sukna in 1962. Over the years, the Corps has successfully safeguarded the Indian borders and thwarted all threats, both external and internal in a steadfast manner. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAlways living up to its motto of “Aadi Anant Ajeya”, the Traishakti Corps has produced a large number of war heroes. Since 1960, the Trishakti Corps has played a significant geo-strategic role based in the strategically located Siliguri corridor also known as the “Chicken’s neck” the thin strip of land connecting the North Indian states to the Indian mainland. The troops of Trishakti Corps had played important roles in the 1961 war of Liberation of Goa and in the Nathula-Chola standoffs of 1967. During the 1971 War, the Corps played a pivotal role in the “Liberation of Bangladesh.” On the occasion of this historical day, Major General Rajeeva Kumar, YSM, SM, Chief of Staff, Trishakti Corps laid the wreath at the War Memorial, in the honour of the valiant soldiers, who have made the supreme sacrifice for the safety, integrity and honour of the Nation. A military band played military tunes at the war memorial to commemorate the occasion.last_img read more

Mixed picture reported in Malaysian clampdown on migrants – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency, concerned that thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia could be at risk of arrest, detention or deportation as a crackdown on illegal migrants got under way today, reported that a mixed picture was emerging.“So far, we are encouraged by early reports showing that Malaysian law enforcers, especially RELA – a volunteer corps – and the police, have released people carrying UNHCR documents,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva.“However, some 29 persons with documentation have been arrested by immigration authorities and sent to immigration detention centres. We have quickly responded by sending staff to the centres to ensure the refugees are not deported,” he added.UNHCR last month received assurances from the highest levels of the Government that people of concern to the agency would not be affected. They number some 35,000, including ethnic groups from Myanmar, people fleeing from Indonesia’s Aceh province and Cambodians.More than 300 people crowded outside the UNHCR’s main office in Kuala Lumpur today, hoping to secure its assistance to remain in the country, some having camped outside the compound since the previous night. The office is trying to register asylum seekers on an urgent basis and counselling them accordingly.Almost half a million enforcement personnel from immigration and a civil volunteer corps called Ikatan Relawan Rakyat (RELA) and the police started moving in small groups across the country after midnight, to round up an estimated 400,000 illegal workers and their employers.UNHCR, which last week already voiced concern over the impending crackdown, today received and accepted an offer from RELA to accompany their raids against illegal migrants and do an immediate verification of those of concern to the agency.It had already set up a 24-hour operations room with three hotline numbers to ensure that the authorities can check whether an individual is registered with UNHCR or is of concern to the office. read more

International donors conference on Iraq opens with UN urging greater flexibility

“Cohesion and coordination are key factors in ensuring political traction in the future months,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative for Humanitarian, Reconstruction and Development Affairs in Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, told the fourth Donor meeting of the International Reconstruction Trust Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI) meeting on the shores of the Dead Sea.“This process has begun and is one of the success stories,” he added, calling aid coordination, in conjunction with fiscal reform and good budgetary management, crucial ingredients towards regaining the confidence of the international community, as well as prospective private investment.“At the same time, the international community must be more responsive to Iraq’s needs as the Iraqis see them. There has to be more flexibility in utilization of funds in order to tackle emerging priorities,” he added. He stressed UN willingness to reallocate unused funds toward top Iraqi priorities in collaboration with donor countries, especially those that are required for short-term impact.Turning to lessons learned from past experience, Mr. de Mistura said the first lesson – the terrorist attack against UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 – was the most difficult.“It was the realization that despite being a humanitarian organization and mediator for peace, we were no longer immune to attack,” he declared. “That was the hardest lesson we faced as an organization, one that no other here really had to experience. It was the first time in our 60-year history that the organization was a direct target. This single act changed the way we did business, probably forever.”He emphasized, however, that the UN commitment to the Iraqi people remains unchanged in its continued support for the country’s drive toward democracy, peace, and security from within and outside, highlighting UN assistance in the constitutional and electoral processes.“The UN continues to plan, assess and review what we have achieved to date,” he concluded. “Our expectation from this exercise is that we will have information to direct effectively our future efforts, while also helping Iraq focus on policy areas that will support Iraqi progress. The better informed we can all be, the better equipped we are to address the difficulties now facing the Iraqi people.”The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said that since 2004, in collaboration with the Health Ministry, it had developed a four-year reconstruction plan. It pinpointed a host of challenges, ranging from essential medicines and maternal and child health care to communicable disease control and the short-term priority of access to safe water and food to curb typhoid and cholera.“The UN’s strength lies in its broad mandate and technical competencies,” WHO said in a news release. “Despite the limited presence of international staff, the UN is present with hundreds of national employees. The UN’s relations with the Iraqi authorities provide a solid basis for on-going institutional development and capacity building.”As an example, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) highlighted the world body’s support in a recent massive polio vaccination campaign targeting nearly 5 million children across the country as part of a series of initiatives aimed at bolstering the population’s health. read more

UN welcomes Brazils decision to grant residency to Angolan and Liberian refugees

The Government’s decree, which was issued on 26 October, will give Angolan and Liberian refugees 90 days after they have been notified by the authorities to request their permanent resident visa. The decision will affect some 1,681 Angolan and 271 Liberian refugees, representing nearly 40 per cent of the refugee population in Brazil.The measure was adopted by migration authorities following a recommendation by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in January, asking States to pursue local integration or an alternative status for former refugees. By granting Angolan and Liberian refugees residency status, Brazil has become the first country in Latin America and outside the African region to adopt UNHCR’s recommendations, the refugee agency said in a news release. Most Angolan and Liberian refugees in Brazil arrived in the country during the 1990s, fleeing internal civil conflicts that displaced millions of people. In Angola, more than 40 years of armed conflict ending in 2002 displaced over four million people internally and forced another 600,000 in to exile. In the case of Liberia, two civil conflicts spanning from 1989 to 2003, created thousands of refugees. Both conflicts came to an end with the signature of peace agreements involving different actors and stakeholders.According to the decree, refugees will need to comply with at least one of four conditions consisting of: having lived in Brazil as a recognized refugee over the past four years, being currently hired by any private or public company registered with Brazil’s Ministry of Labour, be a qualified worker with formally recognized expertise, or run his or her own business. Refugees who have been convicted of a criminal offence will not qualify for residency.UNHCR added that it believes the majority of former Angolan and Liberian refugees will meet the Government’s requirements to remain in the country. It noted that most of them are already largely integrated to society, mainly in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with many married to locals and with Brazilian children.Brazil hosts around 4,600 recognized refugees. Its main other refugee populations are from Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 4

It was a tough call Sunday with great games across the board, but ultimately it’s Argentina — the second-ranked team in our Soccer Power Index (SPI) — that we want to see play.IN BRIEFSee our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHArgentina has one of the most storied World Cup histories, winning the championship in 1978 and 1986 (the latter after Diego Maradona’s infamous quarterfinals goal), but then failing to find that level of international success ever since.This year might be different. After the host and favorite Brazil, Argentina has the greatest chance of winning the tournament at 13 percent. Its opponent on Sunday, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has a less than 1 percent chance of being this year’s champion. Their matchup has the Argentines favored to win at 62 percent compared to the Bosnians’ 15 percent — much of which has to do with Argentina’s strong offense.The attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero is one of the strongest in the tournament, with an SPI offense score of 2.9 (that means we would expect Argentina to score 2.9 goals against an average team), behind only Brazil and Germany. Still, Bosnia’s offense is strong, too, with an SPI offense score of 2.3, so goals may abound in Sunday’s game.To see who’s more likely to find the back of the net, we looked at each team’s three leading scorers since 2011 and how they’ve been performing at their respective clubs in the run-up to the World Cup (some leagues keep spotty game data; we pulled data from a broad set of league games that had the most extensive statistics — the trends are clear).The projected average goals for each team in Sunday’s matchup are 2.0 for Argentina and 0.9 for Bosnia. And it’s pretty clear how much more dominant Argentina’s three best forwards are compared to Bosnia’s best three: Together, Messi, Aguero and Higuain are better at passing, shots on target, “take ons” (as opposed to passing in a one-on-one situation) and goals per game. Even though Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko scores a fair bit for his club team, Manchester City, his broken-down stats don’t seem very impressive.Messi, on the other hand, sweeps the table in almost every category (except goals per shot). And that’s a big reason why Argentina versus Bosnia is our game to watch — because when we say we want to watch Argentina play, what we really mean is that we want to watch Messi play.YesterdayLed by Andrea Pirlo, Italy’s 35-year old midfield Methuselah, the Azzurri completed an astonishing 92.2 percent of their passes in Saturday’s 2-1 win against England, the highest by any team in a World Cup match since 1966 (the start of Stats & Info’s data set). Italy’s experience and efficiency stood in stark contrast to an England side that was wasteful in attack.The final third actually belonged to the English — at least in volume — especially after Mario Balotelli gave Italy the lead in the 50th minute. England had a 192-117 advantage on touches in the attacking third, but struggled to create chances by passing into the penalty area (two chances created off 8-of-37 passing). One goal on 18 total shots wasn’t enough for England, with Wayne Rooney’s 0-for-3 shooting performance bringing his career drought to 25 World Cup shots without a goal.The most glaring English inefficiency was their reliance on the wings to generate offense while failing to deliver quality crosses. England connected on one of 25 crosses (4 percent) in the match, its lowest cross completion percentage in a World Cup match in 44 years.The Italians opted for quality in their attacking-third approach, especially in the match’s final 60 minutes. Over the last two-thirds of the match, the veteran Italian midfield picked apart the English back line. Italy completed eight of 14 passes into the box, creating five chances and a game-winning assist on Balotelli’s 50th-minute header. Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Daniele de Rossi (16 combined World Cup games entering Saturday) were a combined 5-for-6 in that span. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHNo matter how small the probability, there’s a chance that Argentinian players could have Bosnian souls soles. Tanned horse and cow hides are the biggest single import from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Argentina. Although, they’re only worth $6 million dollars per year.The data, taken from the BACI International Database of trade, shows another surprising reliance between two countries in another of Sunday’s matchups: 28 percent of all French imports to Honduras is packaged medicine (another 4 percent is perfumes, and 3 percent is beauty products).Does Switzerland live up to the assumption that it’s all about the chocolate? Kind of: 22 percent of all exports from Ecuador to Switzerland is cocoa beans, worth a total $34 million. Swiss footballers’ WAGs may also be offered jewelry made of Ecuadorian gold (which makes up 41 percent of all Swiss imports from the South American country and is worth $64 million annually) or one of the thousands of bunches of Ecuadorian cut flowers imported each year (worth $17 million).What about Swiss exports to Ecuador? After chemical products and machinery are Swiss watches, of course, worth $5 million in 2011 alone. — Mona ChalabiFURTHER READINGSpain Is Now an Underdog to Make the Knockout Stage read more

Major traffic delays after three car crash on the N7

first_imgA THREE CAR crash on the N7 Naas Road is causing major traffic delays.The crash happened approximately two kilometres west of Newlands Cross between Junction 3 and 4.Emergency services are at the scene.There is very heavy traffic on the N7 outbound from the Red Cow and heavy delays on approach.Traffic is being diverted via Saggart Village and is rejoining the N7 at Rathcoole.Motorists are advised to take an alternative route if possible. Gardaí say the delays are both inbound and outbound.Read: Gardaí close Dublin street after van catches fire> DUBLIN: Heavy delays remain on the N7 Naas Rd outbound from the Long Mile Rd past J3 Citywest due to that incident. http://t.co/Oaq2P66WH3— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) July 16, 2014center_img Source: AA Roadwatch/Twitterlast_img read more

Jailbreaking your iPhone could become a crime

first_imgIs jailbreaking your iPhone a crime? Right now it isn’t, but that could soon change. In yet another example of legislators not quite knowing how to adapt law to the digital realm, jailbreaking has gained only a temporary legal status. Its fate will once again be determined in 2012.Some manufacturers (including Apple) have claimed that jailbreaking violates a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In 2010, the US Copyright Office said that it isn’t a crime, and granted it an exemption. Unfortunately, that exemption didn’t last long. Unless it’s renewed, it’s set to expire later this year. If that happens, there could potentially be strict penalties for using something like the Absinthe tool to jailbreak your iPhone 4S.It should come as no surprise that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) adamantly opposes making jailbreaking a crime. Wisely, they aren’t limiting their voice to defensive moves. The EFF also wants the exemption to be expanded to tablets and video game systems.We’re pretty sure that George Hotz (aka Geohot) is with the EFF on this one. Sony famously dragged him through courts after he provided a public jailbreak for the PS3. They eventually settled, but only after he racked up considerable legal fees and agreed to an injunction (which meant he had to remove his tools from the web and not hack it again).Software freedom is something that has gone hand-in-hand with desktop and laptop PCs since they entered the market. But when mobile devices and gaming systems entered the digital realm, manufacturers seized the opportunity to establish a new norm: “we decide what can and can’t be installed on this.”In Sony’s case, this stance is completely motivated by concern about piracy. With Apple, though, closing the platform can be traced back to the company’s core philosophy. It’s probably as much of an attempt to uphold a certain level of quality (from Apple’s perspective) as it is an attempt to control the device’s commerce. That alone isn’t a problem; in fact it’s a huge part of what makes Apple’s devices so appealing to millions of users.But why should it be a crime to circumvent the closed platform? Of course we know why manufacturers want jailbreaking to be illegal. Many users jailbreak so that they can pirate content, but many don’t. Many users like the tweaks and customization, while others simply stand behind the principle that they paid for their devices, so they can do with them as they please.Jailbreaking itself has no direct association with piracy; it simply returns the device to a “do as you wish” state. You know, the same state in which you’ll find every Windows and Mac computer that has ever been sold.2012 has already seen several hot button internet freedom issues making headlines, including SOPA/PIPA, the Feds’ Megaupload takedown, and Hawaii’s ludicrous web tracking proposal. If you want to add your voice to the group of citizens who want jailbreaking to remain legal, you can sign this petition, and read more tips from the EFF below.EFFlast_img read more

Naxos among best islands in world

first_imgNaxos has been recognized amongst the world’s top island destinations in three categories, by travelers on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, in its Traveler’s Choice Islands awards 2014.More specifically, Naxos was ranked number six in the Top 10 Islands in the World category, number two in the category Top 10 Islands in Europe, and in the category of Top 10 Islands-Greece, Naxos came in as first. “A spot of white in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the island of Naxos is a unique blend of ancient ruins and beach culture,” travel review site, Tripadvisor, said referring to the largest island of the Cyclades group.“Naxos is the childhood home of none other than Zeus, king of the gods. Upon arrival in Naxos, hike over a causeway to Palatia, where the Portara, a stone gateway to an ancient temple that no longer exists, stands alone, the symbol of the island. At sunset, the views of the island, and the sea beyond, are breathtaking.”In its second year, the annual awards recognize more than 100 islands globally, including top 10 lists for Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, and the U.S.
According to TripAdvisor, Travelers’ Choice Island winners are determined based on the quality and quantity of the most highly-rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions listed for each island on TripAdvisor gathered during a 12-month period. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Windows Phone a son assistant vocal Angie

first_imgWindows Phone a son assistant vocal : AngieAprès Siri, découvrez Angie, l’assistant vocal exclusif à Windows Phone. Le programme a été développé par une entreprise lilloise et sera une plateforme ouverte disponible prochainement sur toutes les plateformes mobiles.En ce moment se tient à Paris le salon TechDays 2012, un évènement mis au point par Microsoft pour réunir les principaux acteurs de l’univers technologique et y dévoiler les nouvelles innovations. Lors des présentations, la société lilloise xBrainsoft a dévoilé son assistant, un équivalent du Siri de l’iPhone, mais sur Windows Phone.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce logiciel baptisé Angie et basé sur la technologie de reconnaissance vocale Nuance, permet d’effectuer un panel de commandes comme appeler un contact, dicter un SMS, régler le réveil, activer le WiFi ou encore lire les actualités. Mais Angie s’avère un peu plus complet que le système fermé d’Apple, puisqu’il peut aussi traduire un texte en 17 langues et mettre à jour des réseaux sociaux comme Facebook ou Twitter. On peut joindre à Angie ses différents comptes pour intégrer cette technologie directement dans les applications. En guise de coquetterie, on peut opter pour une voix féminine (Virginie) ou masculine (Sébastien) indique Business Mobile.Selon xBrainsoft, Angie n’est qu’une vitrine pour promouvoir sa plateforme Intelligent Agent Server qui sera disponible pour tous les développeurs via un kit de programmation. Ces derniers pourront selon leurs envies ajouter des fonctions à Angie relatives à leurs produits ou aussi bien créer leur propre assistant vocal.Enfin, Angie sera une technologie ouverte puisque son développeur indique travailler à des versions Windows, iPad, iPhone, Android ainsi qu’un accès à Angie sur Facebook et Google+ disponibles prochainement. Le 10 février 2012 à 14:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Yakuza 6 Gets a Release Date and Fancy Collectors Edition

first_imgYakuza 6 was originally released in Japan last year. Built entirely on the PlayStation 4, it is the most technologically advanced entry in the series. Now, fights that begin in the streets can end inside of stores you throw opponents into. Like every Yakuza game, it has a deep and compelling story centering around Japan’s criminal underground. At the same time, it has a ton of silly side missions and recreational activities to balance out the main story’s seriousness. It has received positive reviews in Japan, and should be greeted the same once it releases in the West.Sega also released a brand-new trailer to celebrate today’s announcement. When Kiryu isn’t beating the holy hell out of bad guys, he’s taking care of babies, drinking with friends, and feeding a whole load of cats. The trailer also shows how great the game looks. It doesn’t give us much in the way of story, but it’s a nice teaser of what to expect.This is the final Yakuza starring Kiryu, but it won’t be the last entry in the series. Sega promises details about the future of Yakuza on August 26.Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 on March 20, 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay center_img Next year will see the release of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life in the West. Since this is the last game starring Kiryu Kazuma, Sega is giving Yakuza 6 the royal treatment.The game will get an After Hours Premium Edition. This version is for drinking aficionados (or alcoholics). It includes two bar glasses, two coasters, and two ice stones to keep beverages cool. All of that (plus the actual game) comes in a collectible outer box. Expect this edition to cost $90. If you pre-order the game, you’ll get a free hardcover art book which also acts as a disk holder. The standard edition costs $60.last_img read more

New cannabis regulations for testing labeling and packaging

first_img July 2, 2018 Updated: 8:57 PM New cannabis regulations for testing, labeling, and packaging Posted: July 2, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – While cannabis for adult recreational use has been legal since January 1, a new set of legal requirements could shake up the current supply of marijuana available for sale at dispensaries.The new regulations imposed by the State of California took effect on July 1, mandating certain standards for testing, labeling and child resistant packaging. At  Outliers Collective, a dispensary near El Cajon, sales director Betsy Romero said her dispensary has been preparing for the new regulations, by making sure all products are in compliance with the law. Those that weren’t laboratory tested, properly labeled or child tamper-proof were removed from the shelves.The state Bureau of Cannabis Control requires dispensaries to sell only marijuana that has been tested for pesticides, contaminants, and microbial impurities. At PharmLabs, an accredited ISO/IEC cannabis testing lab in the Midway District, sample intake specialist Alicia Morf said after a sample is tested, a Certificate of Analysis is issued to allow that product to be sent to the retailer.The lab will also determine the plant’s potency, testing for levels of THC and CBD, so that the information can be included on the product label, as now required by law.The transition from a largely unregulated industry to one that has a host of new legal requirements has been a bumpy one. Cannabis business attorney Michael Cindrich said some of his clients had hoped the state would extend the deadline for complying with the new regulations. The State of California had given cannabis retailers a six month period from January to June 2018, to sell off their untested product and prepare for the new testing and packaging standards.RELATED STORY: New standards for cannabis go into effect this weekend in CaliforniaCindrich said one of the problems his business clients face is the lack of local regulations that allow businesses to cultivate, manufacture, and distribute cannabis. “Because there are so few local regulations, there aren’t enough businesses that are fully licensed that are up and running, that can provide these regulated products to the distributors and to the retail outlets,” Cindrich said.He also said there are not enough cannabis testing facilities in California. Cindrich and other advocates for the cannabis industry are predicting a temporary shortage of lab tested marijuana and cannabis products, until supplies can catch up.The new state regulations formally took effect July 1, 2018. The requirements are meant to protect the consumer, and to make sure that cannabis related products are safe for the consumer.KUSI’s Sasha Foo has the details. center_img Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Marijuana FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Winters grip remains tight as spring arrives

first_imgOld Man Winter is expected to keep his grip on Clark County on Monday morning but a forecaster said he did not see snow being a factor.Hail was the big player Sunday, hitting at about 7 p.m., and it contributed to six crashes on Interstate 5 between Battle Ground and La Center, a Washington State Patrol dispatcher said. No serious injuries were reported.Chris Collins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland, said the weather service received reports of up to an inch of hail.“There’s pea-sized hail that’s covered the ground and I’ve never seen it quite that large out here,” Jim Flaherty said Sunday evening. He lives northwest of Dollars Corner.Collins said Monday’s low is predicted to be 34 in Clark County, with highs in the mid-40s. He did not see snow being a factor in Clark County.last_img read more

Petersburg High School to use alcohol sensor on students for prom

first_imgPetersburg Middle and High School Principal Rick Dormer shows off the school’s new Passive Alcohol Sensor at the school board meeting, April 10, 2018. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)Petersburg’s School District is considering using an alcohol detector at this year’s high school prom to encourage students to stay sober.Listen nowPetersburg’s homecoming dance was held in February at an off-campus community hall. It would’ve been a completely normal affair except a few of the teenagers ended up in the emergency room after consuming a lot of alcohol.“I think some kids wanting to have a good time were trying to consume as much alcohol as possible before the dance and that just got people in the hospital,” principal Rick Dormer said, “And that’s just dangerous, that’s not what we want.”Nothing like this had happened in the nine years Dormer has been the school’s principal but once was enough. When trying to answer the question, ‘What can you do to keep teens from secretly drinking before a school event?’ he discovered a device called a PAS, which some other schools use.“We just got ours in the mail today,” Dormer said.PAS stands for Passive Alcohol Sensor. It’s a hand held electronic device that detects alcohol in the air. It doesn’t require blowing into it, like a traditional breathalyzer. It measures the presence of alcohol as a positive or negative but does not determine the level.“It looks like a flashlight,” Dormer said. “Students just walk in and they just speak their full name.”The PAS could then detect alcohol on their breath without any contact with the device.Dormer says the school is working with the local police department to get training and make sure they would use the device legally.Back in February after the homecoming dance, teachers talked to students about what had happened. Dormer also encouraged parents to talk to their children at home about it and so did Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter.“It’s an opportunity to learn,” Kludt-Painter said. “It’s an opportunity to reinforce lessons with kids. It’s an opportunity to have really good conversations at times when it’s really fresh in kids’ minds. It’s real.”Besides educating students on the risks of alcohol, the PAS is another tool the school can use as a deterrent. Dormer says the goal is not to bust students.“It is all about safety, it is not about busting,” Dormer said. “And we’re going to work with the police department and we don’t know what would happen if there is a positive, it could be anything as minimum as, ‘We’re going to inform your parents and get you home safe’, and it could be having the police involvement.”Dormer says the school is still working out the details of the policies and procedures but they would like to have the PAS working by prom on May 5. They plan to talk to students and parents about it first.School Board President Mara Lutomski says there are still details to work out but she supports the effort.“Ultimately, we want students to choose to enjoy student activities sober, of course, at all times,” Lutomski said. “We would hope that this device would act as a deterrent and the student would make a better choice before coming to a school activity.”Dormer says the alcohol sensor could also be used in the school to test things like suspicious bottles if needed.last_img read more

SBI slumps 4 on bad loan woes and analysts think the worst

first_imgThe logo of State Bank of India is pictured next to its headquarters in Mumbai, India, March 14, 2016.Reuters fileShares in State Bank of India slumped on Monday after the country’s biggest lender by assets reported increase in bad loans after a surprise quarterly loss.The lender said an audit by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) showed bad loans was about Rs 23,239 crore ($3.6 billion) higher than what the state-run lender reported for the end of March 2017.Mirroring the concerns, State Bank of India stock fell as much as 3.8 percent to Rs 285 on the Bombay Stock Exchange. About 28 million shares changed hands in the first two hours of trading compared to a 30-day average of 23 million.SBI was the only loser on the 30-share Sensex, which was up 0.67 percent.Indian banking system is plagued with bad loans. The non-performing assets accumulated by lenders are higher than those of banks in most major economies, including the U.S., UK, China, and Japan.In fact, India ranks fifth out of 39 major world economies plagued by bad loans, according to a report by Care Ratings last year.”The shares (of SBI) could potentially tank 7 percent this month, given the “bearish overhang”, according to derivatives expert Rajesh Palviya of Axis Securities.Another analyst Chandan Taparia of Motilal Oswal expects the correction to persist for another few sessions.SBI on Friday reported a net loss of Rs2,416 crore for the fiscal third quarter after making a loan loss provision of Rs17,760 crore, as compared with Rs9,662 crore a year ago.Provision coverage ratio improved to 65.92 percent at the end of December, from 58.96 percent a year ago.last_img read more

Joe Biden Campaigns In Houston Eminent Domain Reform Dies In Texas Legislature

first_img Share Tuesday, May 28, 2019Top afternoon stories:John Locher/APFormer Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a rally with members of a painters and construction union, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Henderson, Nev.Joe Biden Campaigns In HoustonFormer U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Houston Tuesday for a campaign event, including a town hall meeting with the American Federation of Teachers and then a fundraiser.The ATF town hall took place at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union in northwest Houston. The combined membership of the AFT and the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is approximately 2.5 million members.According to his campaign website, Biden’s political platform includes rebuilding and empowering America’s middle class and building on the Affordable Care Act, which Congress passed in 2010 when Biden served as vice president in the Obama Administration.As far as important issues for Texas, Biden doesn’t support a border wall and is in favor of a path to citizenship for “Dreamers,” as reported by PBS News Hour. Additionally, the former vice president has called climate change an “existential” threat and has urged the Trump administration to take action on the issue.Illustration by Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneState Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, and state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland.Eminent Domain Reform Dies In Texas LegislatureTexas state lawmakers looking to reform the eminent domain process were unable to find common ground this session, despite hundreds of hours of negotiation.State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst‘s Senate Bill 421 sought to better protect property owners when private companies condemn their land — a nod to landowners in Texas who’ve grown accustomed to encroaching oil and gas pipelines. The bill would’ve required public meetings between property owners and industry groups and instituted measures to prevent low-ball offers to property owners, among other reforms.But after the bill was markedly watered down in a House committee and approved in that chamber — a charge led by state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland — the legislation couldn’t make it out of a joint House-Senate conference committee. The House version of the bill removed too many of the provisions Kolkhorst believed were critical, including measures aimed at restoring condemned land to as close to its original condition as possible.University of HoustonThe Health 2 building serves as the temporary home to UH’s College of Medicine.Texas Legislature Approves $20 Million For UH College Of MedicineThe Texas Legislature has approved $20 million in state funds for the University of Houston’s upcoming College of Medicine to help with start-up costs, including hiring faculty and staff and curriculum development.The medical school is scheduled to open in Fall 2020, pending accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.The curriculum will focus on addressing the shortage of primary care physicians in under-served urban and rural communities. Texas ranks 47th in the U.S. in primary care physician-to-population ratio.Earlier this month, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill formally recognizing the UH College of Medicine in the state Education Code. The formal recognition authorizes public university systems in Texas to approve curricula and operational protocols for medical schools. It also makes them eligible for related state funding.UH plans to ask state lawmakers for an additional $20 million over the next four legislative sessions, according to a university spokesman.last_img read more

Baltimore City Police Officers to Begin Using Body Cameras

first_imgBaltimore City Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere discusses the use of body cameras at a news conference on Oct. 26. (Photo credit: YouTube screenshot)On Oct. 26 the Baltimore City Police Department held a press conference to announce a trial program in which 155 officers from the Eastern, Western and Central districts of Baltimore will wear body cameras while dealing with civilians.The officers – who volunteered or were chosen by their commanders – have been instructed to use the cameras for 54 days. The cameras being used in the trial were provided by three different companies. “Our three different cameras we are testing currently are from Panasonic Arbitrator, the Vievu System and the Taser System,” said Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere. “Once we conduct and conclude our pilot program, we are looking at February of 2016 to where a contract will be awarded for one of those vendors.” Civilians have the option of asking officers to disable the cameras under specific circumstances that have been stated in the department’s draft policy – which has not been released because it is not finalized. Palmere said that the State’s Attorney office was involved in the trial program’s formation.Body cameras for police became an issue after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody earlier this year. Six officers are facing trial for the circumstances surrounding his death.“What we expect out of these cameras is improved public confidence in their law enforcement agency, additional evidence that could be used for prosecutorial purposes, enhanced officer safety and decreased citizen complaints,” Palmere said. Officers will be in charge of enabling the cameras before any encounter with civilians. They have to transfer the footage, which is owned by the police department, to storage folders provided by the three companies. Palmere encouraged officers who are unsure whether to record a situation to do it anyway.“When in doubt, record it,” he said.Palmere said that officers may have the option of disabling their body cameras depending on the situation they are in, but specific details are stated in the private draft policy. Officers are not, however, allowed to delete videos.The police department plans to implement body cameras across the entire city department within two years, Palmere said.last_img read more

Apple launches iPhone tradein program in US

first_imgNo related posts. SAN FRANCISCO, California – Apple on Friday began letting U.S. iPhone owners trade in their smartphones for credit toward buying new models.The California company’s trade-in program kicked off in the wake of unconfirmed reports of a Sept. 10 event at which Apple will unveil new iPhones, with rumors ranging from a gold handset to a low-price version aimed at emerging markets.“iPhones hold great value,” Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette said in an email to AFP. “So Apple Retail Stores are launching a new program to assist customers who wish to bring in their previous-generation iPhone for reuse or recycling.”She would not specify how much Apple is paying for old iPhones, but they can fetch $300 or so depending on the model at an array of websites or U.S. consumer electronics shops that buy handsets.The Wall Street Journal earlier this month reported that Apple had asked its Taiwan-based supplier, Hon Hai Precision, to begin shipping two new versions of the iPhone in September, including a lower-cost model.Speculation has centered around whether Apple will shift its strategy of focusing on premium devices priced at the high-end of the market to include a lower-cost handset appealing to people with tight budgets.A survey by Gartner said Apple’s share of the smartphone market worldwide fell to 14.2 percent in the second quarter, while Samsung’s rose to 31.7 percent.Samsung has found global success with smartphones powered by Google’s free Android software, which now dominates the market.As the smartphone market in the United States and other Western countries matures, companies may have better luck encouraging upgrades rather than reaching out to first-time buyers, according to Gartner analyst Van Baker.Motives for Apple’s trade-in program likely include keeping iPhone users loyal to the smartphones as well as the lucrative iTunes shop for digital music, films and books.“Keeping people in the fold is what it is all about,” Baker said. “The question for me is whether it will be competitive with programs that already exist in the market.”Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry saw the trade-in program as Apple delivering product management instead of product innovation.Analysts and Apple fans have been watching whether chief Tim Cook will live up to the legacy of company co-founder Steve Jobs when it comes to wowing the world with culture-changing devices.“Tim Cook’s Apple is very different from Steve Jobs’s Apple,” Chowdhry said.“This is not the thing customers are looking for.”He said Apple lovers are more likely wondering, “Where is my iWatch” and “Where is my Apple TV.”Cook took over as chief of the Cupertino, California company in 2011 as Jobs stepped down to grapple with illness that took his life later that year.Cook is considered an operational mastermind with a relentless work ethic, and is believed to have played a leading role in the gadget company’s turnaround.Cook was Apple’s chief operating officer until his elevation to CEO. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Consumer Sentiment Rises to SevenYear High

first_img Confidence Consumer spending Jobs 2014-10-31 Tory Barringer October 31, 2014 462 Views Consumer Sentiment Rises to Seven-Year High Consumer sentiment rose in October to its highest level in more than three years, spurred by high economic hopes and improved job prospects.The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment climbed to 86.9 in its final October reading, up from 84.6 in September and 73.2 last year. October’s index was the highest since July 2007, the group conducting the survey reported.All of this month’s gain was concentrated in the survey’s Expectations Index, which rose to 79.6 from 75.4 in September. The Current Conditions Index, meanwhile, slipped to 98.3 from 98.9.Nearly 60 percent of consumers surveyed this month reported that the economy had recently improved in their view, the most positive rating in more than a decade, the group reported. Asked about their economic outlook for the year ahead, 45 percent said they expect “good times financially,” the highest level since July 2007.Consumers also anticipated that ongoing economic strength will lead to further declines in the national unemployment rate, which fell below the 6 percent mark in its most recent reading for the first time since 2008.”[C]onsumers reported the most favorable personal financial expectations as well as the most positive year-ahead outlook for the national economy in the past seven years,” Surveys of Consumers said in its report. “What the survey did not find was any negative impact on confidence from the global economic slowdown, military conflicts, or Ebola.”Income expectations were also optimistic. In both the September and October surveys, more households expected income gains than any time since September 2008. The median increase was 1.1 percent, also the highest since late 2008.”Consumers have been gradually regaining their economic footing in the past several months, with confidence rising to the highest level since the start of the Great Recession,” said Richard Curtin, the survey’s chief economist. “This is not the first time such a strong rebound has occurred, but this time it appears to have more forward traction. … Finally, five years after the start of the recovery, consumers have begun to adopt the expectations and behaviors that have driven past expansions.”The UMich survey isn’t the only confidence measure to improve this month. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, also released this week, surged to 94.5 in October following a drop in September.”A more favorable assessment of the current job market and business conditions contributed to the improvement in consumers’ view of the present situation,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “Looking ahead, consumers have regained confidence in the short-term outlook for the economy and labor market, and are more optimistic about their future earnings potential.”center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

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