Initial findings from necropsies suggest blunt trauma for two whales found dead

first_imgNORWAY, P.E.I. – Marine mammal experts have released their initial findings after hauling three of the six North Atlantic right whales found dead in Canada’s eastern waters to the shore for post-mortem examinations.The Marine Animal Response Society says preliminary observations suggest that two of the endangered animals suffered blunt trauma, but it’s too early to rule out other underlying problems.The group says a third whale suffered from “chronic entanglement,” and all of the carcasses were in an advanced state of decomposition.It says experts will continue analyzing the results and are set to release a final report within the next two months.The society says more than 40 people were involved in the animal autopsies conducted in Norway, a tiny hamlet near P.E.I.’s northwestern tip.It says the “unprecedented die-off” of six North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence last month represents about one per cent of the estimated 525 endangered animals now in existence.last_img read more

AAP West Delhi candidate files nomination

first_imgNew Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) west Delhi candidate, Balbir Singh Jakhar, who was the last of seven candidates announced by the party, on Thursday became the first to file his nomination in the national capital. The 45-year-old filed his nomination papers in the presence of senior party leaders Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai among others at the District Magistrate’s office in Raja Garden. Jakhar is the President of the Dwarka Court Bar Association and Chairman of the Co-ordination Committee of the All Delhi District Court Bar Association. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Starting from the West Delhi, the other AAP candidates will file their nominations in the coming days, Rai said. Before filing the nomination, the AAP leaders along with Jakhar held a roadshow in west Delhi appealing to people to vote for the party to take up the demand of full statehood for Delhi. Addressing the public, Sisodia and Rai explained to the people about the importance of full statehood for Delhi. “In 2014, you voted for BJP. Their MPs have not done any work for the city. The BJP promised statehood for Delhi and did not say a word in Parliament about that,” Rai said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings He urged the people to vote for AAP to make the city a full state in just two years. The AAP had in March announced all its candidates for the national capital, where polling will be held on May 12. The AAP has fielded Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk, Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi, Atishi from East Delhi, Brajesh Goel from New Delhi, Gugan Singh from North West Delhi and Raghav Chadha from South Delhlast_img read more

Investigation Finds Obama Administration Funded Al Qaeda Affiliate

Rabat – An investigation by the Middle East Forum think tank has revealed that the Obama Administration approved a grant of $200,000 to the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA), a financier of terror groups that has been linked with Al Qaeda. The investigation uncovered that despite the government’s knowledge of ISRA’s terrorist affiliation, the grant was approved. American taxpayer dollars were knowingly bestowed to the Al Qaeda affiliation, yet uncertainty still surrounds how ISRA was initially authorized as a grantee.In a statement to i24 News, a USAID official said that the USAID partners had the “primary responsibility” to run checks on ISRA, but “did not identify ISRA as an organization subject to US sanctions when it made the initial award.” When asked to comment on the funding, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, “As this occurred under the prior administration, the current Secretary of the State, Secretary of Treasury and USAID Administrator had no involvement in decisions surrounding this award or subsequent license.” However, the USAID official told the press that since the Obama administration, the system and the bureaucratic process have changed.  Officials overseeing the agreements have received additional training to avoid reoccurrences and to improve screening of grantees.Read also: 3 Moroccans Selected among Obama Foundation’s Young African LeadersISRA, a known funder of terror groupsIn 2004 the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) listed the Khartoum-based ISRA as a terror-financing group. The designation was based upon ISRA’s strong links to Osama bin Laden and his organization Maktab al-Khidamat (MK) since 1997. By 2000, ISRA had raised $5 million for MK.The US Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2014 awarded $723,405 to World Vision, an international evangelical charity for the purposes of “improving water, sanitation and hygiene and to increase food security in Sudan’s Blue Nile State.” Despite ISRA’s affiliations, included in the World Vision grant was $200 000 directed to the ISRA as a sub-grantee. In November 2014, World Vision alerted USAID to the precarious status of ISRA, which had led USAID to “suspend all activities with the ISRA,” according to a USAID official. Consequently, on January 23, 2015, OFAC confirmed that ISRA was an unapproved entity and denied World Vision the license to engage in transactions with ISRA. Despite OFAC’s ruling, World Vision was reluctant to cut ties with ISRA, arguing that with the refusal of their license and inability to distribute grants, their humanitarian efforts were jeopardized. A stalemate followed between World Vision and OFAC, as both USAID and OFAC were unwilling to act on the issue. On May 7, 2015, after “close collaboration and consultations with the US Department of State,” OFAC took the untenable decision to issue a one-time license, which allowed the singular transfer of $115,000 to ISRA. Assessing the system The byzantine unfolding of events led to the conscious transfer of American taxpayer dollars to an Al Qaeda affiliate. A twofold system oversees grants from the US government: all grantees and sub-grantees must register under the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and with the government’s System for Award Management (SAM) database.The checks belie the ease with which ISRA was able to become a sub-grantee. ISRA was mysteriously assigned a DUNS number, which did not match with any organization in the SAM database. The void of knowledge and bureaucratic confusion which surrounds ISRA and its mysterious listing reveals blatant flaws within the system.By Isabella Wang read more

Public state memorial for Norman Kwong will be in Calgary

The Alberta government has announced there will be a public state memorial for the late Norman Kwong next week in Calgary.With more details to come, the service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, after a private funeral service for Kwong, who died Saturday at the age of 86.In the meantime, books of condolences have been set up in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as an online tribute page for those who cannot sign it in person.Albertans will be able to sign the books at the Legislature’s Rotunda and at Calgary’s McDougall Centre until the September 16.The hours in Edmonton are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.The hours in Calgary are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.Kwong was an Alberta pioneer in politics, business and sports, becoming the first CFL player of Asian heritage back in 1948, eventually becoming the youngest player to win a Grey Cup at the age of 18.He would go on to have a successful business career, including becoming one of the original owners of the Calgary Flames.He served as the province’s 16th lieutenant-governor and was a recipient of the Order of Canada.On Sunday, Premier Rachel Notley talked about his impact.“He was a gracious person who acted with great humility throughout his term as lieutenant-governor, but more than that, he also was able to make great strides and set an example and inspire many people from a number of different communities through his success,” she said. “He was very generous with his time and his support for many, many worthwhile causes.”“Albertans have lost a great, great Albertan.” The Alberta Order of Excellance/YouTube Public state memorial for Norman Kwong will be in Calgary by News Staff Posted Sep 5, 2016 1:07 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SMMT to host second eBusiness seminar in Coventry

SMMT is to hold an e-Business seminar at Coventry TechnoCentre on 4 July. The half-day event, aimed at business managers, will examine the issues faced by OEM suppliers and offer advice on how companies can take advantage of the e-Business revolution.E-market places, such as Covisint will be explained and a series of presentations on the European Exchange Network (ENX) will focus on its advantages over the Internet. There will also be a special presentation by Ford on the use of Electronic Data Interchange and how suppliers can save time and money using this technology.Unique to this event will be real case studies. Presentations will demonstrate how suppliers have benefited from e-Business in practice. Federal Mogul, Ricardo and Covisint, among others, are scheduled to present and the event will be chaired by SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan.The full programme is available (on this web site) where delegates can also find an on-line booking facility.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Steph Curry Is Running Circles Around The Cavs Defense

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James’s relative solo act has been discussed at length this postseason. But for how much his showings set him apart from his team, there’s an argument to be made that no Cavalier feels more alone than Kevin Love.And on Sunday night, Love was made to feel like he was on an island again and again and again — maybe a dozen times in all. In each instance, Stephen Curry — a two-time MVP and the greatest shooter on the planet — had Love right where he wanted him: By himself, with no help defender in sight, giving the Golden State star the time and space to dissect him off the dribble to the tune of 33 points and a finals-record nine 3-pointers. The lights-out shooting helped spur the Warriors to a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series, which now heads to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday.Certain shots will understandably garner the majority of the attention — particularly this nearly 30-foot circus shot to beat the shot clock early in the fourth that provided Golden State enormous momentum as Cleveland was attempting to make one final push. But beneath the surface, Curry is giving the troubled Cavs defense fits, in part because of what he and Klay Thompson do better than anyone else: move without the ball to free themselves for open shots.In particular, Curry has played a mix of both Hot Potato and Tag, essentially setting up give-and-go plays with his teammates by passing them the ball with the hope and intention of getting it back after he has sprinted to an open spot behind the 3-point line. The style of play makes him an even more challenging cover for the 29th-ranked Cleveland defense, not only because of the occasional confusion it brings about, but also because Curry’s teammates will occasionally use his give-and-go sequences as an opportunity to screen for him in the corner.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s tough — really tough — to guard Steph anywhere out there on the floor because he’s just so good at finding himself open,” Love said after the game, in which Curry shot a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the final period.Curry’s ability to shake free was far from the only thing that explained Golden State’s victory. The Warriors, who’ve struggled at times with focus, jumped out to a 15-6 run to start the game and appeared locked in from the outset in the wire-to-wire victory. They made a point of being more aggressive defensively with James after his stellar Game 1 and sought to force the ball out of his hands by occasionally sending a second man at him. And perhaps most noteworthy: Curry’s co-stars, Thompson and Kevin Durant, were even more efficient than Curry himself, with Durant scoring 26 points on just 14 shots and Thompson getting 20 on 13 shot attempts.Yet the performance — with the sprint-and-shoot element of Curry’s game coming alive — highlights something meaningful about the Warriors. After looking stagnant and vulnerable at times on offense in its seven-game bout with the Houston Rockets, Golden State finally appears to resemble itself again — even without injured forward Andre Iguodala, whose presence as a secondary ballhandler has been missed on that end.Since Game 6 of the Houston series, Curry has shot 5-of-9 on give-and-go 3-point tries. By contrast, he has shot just 3-of-18 on all other catch-and-shoot looks from deep, according to analyst Matt Williams with ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. (Worth noting: Curry is getting almost an extra half-foot on average between him and his nearest defender when his shot stems from a give-and-go.)Curry noted Sunday that the sprint-and-shoot strategy is one that he has used for a while now. “We’ve been doing that for a long time — it’s just that everything’s under a microscope now in the playoffs,” said Curry, who’s building a case to win his first NBA Finals MVP. “With how teams guard us with all their switching and things like that, you’ve got to find ways to create space.”That space often comes in the form of a big like Love or Clint Capela lacking the footspeed necessary to track Curry all the way back out to the 3-point line after cutting through the paint. This — and Curry’s hesitation moves into the paint, which defenders have to honor to avoid him getting off 3-point attempts — is how Golden State makes teams pay for perimeter switches.And on Sunday, it resulted in Curry making Love and Larry Nance Jr. look like bad stuntmen — they went lunging and flying after the Warriors guard when he broke free in the short corner.So, sure: The Cavaliers might be able to take some solace in the idea of going back home for Games 3 and 4. But unless they can find a way to bottle up Curry and the rediscovered Warriors offense, even home-court advantage may not be enough to make this a series again.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

OAS committed to development of the regions tourism product

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHistoric OAS tourism congress for next week, 25 countries confirm attendance so farMarch 16, 2018In “latest news”24th Inter-American Congress of Ministers, High-Level Authorities of Tourism launchedJanuary 26, 2018In “latest news”Region 10 to embrace sustainable TourismFebruary 2, 2017In “Local News” The Organisation of American States (OAS) is committed to ensuring the growth and development of the tourism sectors within its member states, so said Conference Specialist of the OAS, Luiz Coimbra.Louis noted that the “Government commitment, you have that, multilateral coordination, we need that; we are providing that, and the OAS is committed to doing this.”OAS Conference Specialist Luiz CoimbraAccording to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the OAS representative was at the time addressing a media briefing in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ boardroom to discuss activities surrounding the OAS’s 24th Congress to be held in Guyana.Additionally, Coimbra explained that the tourism sector provides a unique opportunity for economic development to take place, without the problems associated with pollution. He stated, “Tourism nowadays is a huge economic enterprise, maybe one of the strongest industries that you can have in a country without pollution, without any of the problems regular industries can cause.”Further, the Brazilian native reminded despite having great tourism products, the region is yet to realise its full potential, a cause the OAS is working toward, “I have to tell you guys that you have a beautiful country. You have the Amazon you have the sea for fishing you have rural areas that are ready to be a tourist area, beautiful wooden houses. You have to be proud of the beauties that you have in here.”The OAS representative added, “We have to do better. Guyana has to do better, Brazil has to do better, the countries of the Americas can do better. Our potential can do much bigger than what we are using right now.”The 24th Congress of OAS, which will be held at the Guyana Marriott on March 21-22,  is the first event to be hosted by Guyana. Discussions will surround the development of the tourism products of its member states. The theme of the Congress is, “Connecting the Americas through sustainable tourism” and will conclude on Thursday, March 22.Several high-level stakeholders from international tourist destinations are billed to participate, DPI said. read more

Joy Global thoughts on high technology mining machinery and critical materials

first_imgTed Doheny, President and CEO of Joy Global, is the featured guest this month on National Mining Association’s Newsmakers, the NMA public affairs video series launched earlier this year. In this, the fifth video in the series, the Doheny interview highlights high-tech mining machinery and the valuable role it plays in procuring the minerals and metals needed to meet manufacturing needs. In the interview, Doheny touched on the fact that America has vast reserves of minerals and metals that are critical to creating the innovative technology we use daily; however, reserves will not just be lying out there in an open field. Instead, Doheny explained, mining companies will need cutting-edge machinery to keep mineral supplies robust.“Well, as we like to say, ‘It starts here.’ Meaning, in order to enjoy that tablet or other handheld electronic device you probably have nearby, you need minerals and metals,” Doheny said. “And to extract those minerals and metals, you need our mechanised machinery.”Doheny then pointed out that up to 60 different minerals are used to make computer chips, while high-definition televisions require 35 different metals and smartphones can contain as many as 42 different minerals.Unstable supply chains can lengthen production time, increase logistical and transportation costs, and diminish a manufacturer’s ability to ensure environmental and social accountability of sourced materials, Doheny explained.But a predictable and steady supply of minerals and metals helps manufacturers keep the assembly lines moving and also produces great economic opportunity for America. It also fosters technological innovation that helps us maintain a high quality of life, Doheny said.To create a robust supply of minerals, Doheny suggested instituting sensible and sound policies that address supply threats head-on.“Critical minerals legislation passed in the House and proposed in the Senate is a good start,” Doheny said. “If we hope to support both manufacturers and innovators, we must reduce inefficiencies in the federal permitting process and work to invest in domestic minerals”last_img read more

Aggreko goes global with mobile and modular cooling tower

first_imgAggreko has launched the Global Cooling Tower (GT) series, its first mobile and modular cooling tower for the global market.The provider of modular, mobile power solutions said the GT series aims to “support and increase efficiency for customers operating in an increasingly decentralised and digitalised energy market”.“Engineered by Aggreko, the GT Series’ unique modular design aims to reduce customer energy costs and save space on industrial sites. Uniquely, the new cooling towers are built into a standard shipping container frame that can be installed quickly and easily on new sites, or integrated as part of existing Aggreko projects typically within a few days following delivery,” the company said.To support the frame, Aggreko has developed new extendable legs, housed within the frame, which can adjust the height of the cooling tower, based on customer need and application.The towers are currently available in two sizes, the GT-40 and GT-20, and can be lifted with a forklift or crane, and transported by road, rail, ship or air. This can reduce customer shipping costs by up to 40%, and offer a 25% smaller footprint, when compared with current towers, according to Aggreko. This, coupled with the unique extendable legs, allow the position of ancillaries under the towers to make the most efficient use of space on-site, the company says.The units, which have already been installed at customer sites from Japan to North America, can cool up to 4,000 gallons per minute (15.14 m³/min). The modular design of the units, however, allows the GT Series units to be interconnected side by side, or end to end, to cool up to 1,500,000 g/min (5,678 m³/min).Aggreko said: “The introduction of the GT series is the latest in a long line of Aggreko cooling technology innovations. In recent years, the company has led some of the largest emergency cooling operations ever undertaken, in sectors such as petrochemical and refining, oil and gas, mining, and food and beverage.”The units maintain temperature control and reduce energy costs through variable-speed fan motors. Aggreko estimates monthly energy savings from a single GT-40 cooling tower range from $2,000 to $5,000 compared with other rental cooling towers, contributing towards decarbonisation targets.Bill Carrick, Aggreko Group Director of Temperature Control, said: “As energy markets continue to transition, Aggreko remains committed to the ongoing technology investment and innovation that best suits changing customer needs.“The expertise of our people combined with the global availability of our large fleet of cooling towers, piping, pumps and power generation equipment, gives our customers an unmatched solution to meet any cooling need, no matter how large, how far or how urgent.”The GT Series is fully connected to Aggreko Remote Monitoring, providing constant monitoring of flow rates, temperatures, power consumption and water levels to ensure continuous top-performance around the clock.last_img read more

Hans Lindberg between Germany and Spain

The best scorer of Toyota Handball Bundesliga, right wing of HSV, Hans Lindberg (29) isn’t sure, where he will continue his succesfull career. The German club HSV Hamburg has offered Hans Lindberg a contract until 2017, but he’s not sure he will remain at Germany. Rumours saying that F.C Barcelona are interested for brilliant Danish right wing. One thing is certain, if Lindberg decide to stay in Germany, that will be only in T-shirt of HSV Hamburg.Lindberg is the first choice of Ulrik Wilbek in Danish squad. Before HSV, he played for Viborg. ← Previous Story Valero Rivera after fantastic start of Spain: “Defense is the key” Next Story → Laszlo Nagy won’t play at WC in Sweden Hans LindbergHSV read more

What Earth looks like from the International Space Station

first_imgPhotos of Earth taken from space are always powerful reminders of our technological progress. At once, these images show us how far we’ve come and yet how small we are in the grand scheme of things–our largest cities no more than sparkles of electric light on the surface of our own planet.Photographer Knate Myers recently took that duality to a whole new level by turning a collection of images from the International Space Station into a short video. Each frame of the video is a different, lightly Photoshopped time-lapse shot taken by crews on board the ISS, which means you get to see some beautiful imagery of our planet as it turns below. The sequences that feature flashes of lightning and the Auroras are particularly dazzling, and the frequent backdrop of the whirling cosmos certainly doesn’t hurt the presentation.What I like most about Myers’ video is the presence of the ISS itself. Almost every segment has a bit of the station in view or is shot through an observation window, and it serves as a constant reminder of where the images came from. Seeing the planet’s surface, the stars, and the ISS all moving together, you get a sense of what it’s like to be on the station. All photos of Earth are reminders that we’ve reached out into space, these highlight what we built when we got there.More imagery from the ISS, minus the musical accompaniment, is available on NASA’s Crew Earth Observations Videos page, which breaks all the views down by different regions of Earth.Read more at NASAlast_img read more

Complaints around 8th Amendment and rubbishing Mass on Rose of Tralee rejected

first_img Jan 31st 2017, 7:30 PM Complaints around 8th Amendment and ‘rubbishing Mass’ on Rose of Tralee rejected The BAI rejected seven complaints to do with last year’s Rose of Tralee 35 Comments 17,710 Views The Sydney Rose on the Rose of Tralee last August. Image: RTÉ Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 7:30 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald FIVE COMPLAINTS AROUND a Rose of Tralee contestant insulting Irish Mass have been rejected by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.Two complaints around a separate contestant expressing her support for a referendum to be held on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution were also rejected.During last August’s Rose of Tralee the North Carolina Rose gave her views on Irish Mass.Three complainants took issue with her description of mass during her interview segment and the conversation that followed with the presenter Dáithí Ó Sé.In the segment, the Rose – Maigan Kennedy – describes her experience as a North American Protestant attending a Roman Catholic mass.She lightheartedly describes mass as “like a gym, and at the end the priest gives you a biscuit”. Ó Sé then questions – “was it gluten-free?” Source: Tony Clayton-Lea/TwitterFive complainants took issue with this description of Mass, claiming that it was insulting to the Catholic religion.One complainant stated that the Rose was “allowed to ridicule, make fun of and generally rubbish the Irish Roman Catholic Mass”.Another said that referring to the Eucharistic Host as a biscuit “should not have happened” and that it was “inexcusable”.Another said the segment was an “abuse of free speech” and an “insult to Irish Catholics who believe in God’s teachings”.In its ruling, the BAI found that the segment was in keeping with the “style of the programme” and that the Rose’s comments were “irreverent and humourous”.The BAI found that while people may have been offended, the Rose’s comments were not: Image: RTÉ Share Tweet Email1 The Sydney Rose on the Rose of Tralee last August. of a nature that they would cause widespread offence and could be considered to stigmatise, support or condone discrimination against people on the basis of their religion.The Eighth AmendmentTwo complaints were also rejected by the BAI to do with a separate interview segment with the Sydney Rose the previous night.In this case, the Sydney Rose – Brianna Parkins – made comments around a referendum being held on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.In her interview segment, Parkins said:I think it’s time we give women a say on their own reproductive rights and I would love to see a referendum on the 8th coming up soon.The comments sparked a lot of debate at the time, with Parkins winning praise from some quarters, but also being criticised from festival judges.In its ruling, the BAI found that the comments were Parkins’ “personal opinion made in the context of a light entertainment interview whose focus was on her character and her interests”.The Committee also found in its ruling that the presenter (Ó Sé) ”did not specifically elicit her views on the topic of Ireland’s abortion laws nor did he pursue this topic further”.Read: Woman subjected to ‘grossly offensive comments’ on fatal foetal abnormality on 98FM showRead: Today FM team given stern talking to about ‘weak c**k’ comment Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

EA développe des jeux exclusifs pour les Nokia Windows Phone

first_imgEA développe des jeux exclusifs pour les Nokia Windows PhoneNokia semble sur le chemin de la reconquête! Après avoir dévoilé ses modèles sous Windows Phone, la marque aurait négocié des jeux exclusifs auprès de l’éditeur Electronic Arts.Le vent semble avoir tourné pour le constructeur finlandais Nokia. Après des années d’errance, l’entreprise semble prête à revenir sur le devant de la scène avec ses smartphones Lumia. Si elle a soigné l’apparence et le design de ses appareils, la partie logicielle semble avoir également avoir été très étudiée. Après l’annonce d’une suite GPS autonome intégrée dans l’appareil, c’est du côté du jeu que Nokia a travaillé en signant l’exclusivité de titres développés par l’éditeur Electronic Arts (ou EA).À lire aussiWindows Phone : les Lumia 800 et 710 mis à jourLes titres seraient des titres originaux et des adaptations de licences Hasbro, directement intégrés dans les appareils. Un cadeau pour les acheteurs des Lumia, qui pourront directement s’amuser de titres pensés spécifiquement pour les smartphones. Pour regagner sa place de constructeur important, Nokia semble miser sur l’exclusivité. Cela pourrait tout de même, du point de vue des utilisateurs de Windows Phone, être frustrant de ne pouvoir profiter de ces titres, pourtant compatibles. Le pari est intéressant pour Nokia, plus dangereux pour Microsoft, mais dans tous les cas, ces annonces successives ne font qu’attirer l’attention sur le système d’exploitation. Le 31 octobre 2011 à 19:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

You could receive 1200 from Dish Network lawsuit

first_img(WSVN) – Thousands of people could be receiving a robocall refund as part of a major lawsuit against Dish Network.A judge ruled that the network violated consumer protection laws by calling more than 18,000 people on the “do not call” registry in 2010 and 2011. People are getting paid up to $1,200 for every unwarranted call.You can look up your phone number here to find out if you’re one of the people who received that call.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 hospitalized following possible hitandrun in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A motorcyclist had to be transported to the hospital following a possible hit-and-run in Southwest Miami-Dade.Florida Highway Patrol troopers and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene near Southwest 147th Avenue and Eighth Street, Tuesday afternoon.Rescue crews transported the victim to an area hospital in unknown condition.If you have any information on this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

TSPDCL says metres must at pandals

first_imgKhairatabad: Using unauthorized power connections has always been a practice during Ganesh festival. Ganapathi pandals use about 15-20 megawatts of extra electricity to power decorative lights and music systems.While there is no official statistics available, it is estimated that at least 20 per cent of the pandals tap power in Hyderabad. On an average not more than 500 temporary connections were issued by the TSPDCL during this period every year. Many of pandal organisers use power from their houses in Hyderabad. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us G Raghuma Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, TSPDCL stated that availing of power supply by tapping or hooking directly from the power lines is illegal; moreover, it is dangerous in nature. He instructed the field superintending engineers to take necessary steps to motivate the Ganesh pandal organizers for availing power connections officially. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us For this year’s Ganesh festivities to be celebrated from September 2 to September 12, the LT temporary supply would be given for illumination of Ganesh pandals if the lumpsum amounts are paid in advance. There will be a tariff of Rs 500 up to a connected load of 250 watt, Rs 1,000 for above 250 watts and up to 500 watts, Rs.1, 500 for above 500 watts and up to 1,000 watts plus Rs 750 for every 500 watts. Advertise With Us However, if the applicants come forward for metered supply to the pandals, the same would be extended as per rules in vogue under LT temporary supply at a tariff of Rs 11.00 per unit and fixed charges of Rs 21/ kW/ month and other conditions as per the Tariff Order 2018-19 will be applicable. If any unauthorised connection is found at Ganesh pandals, then not only the connection be cut, but it can also lead to fine and legal action against the person concerned, say the officials.last_img read more

Anushka Sharma reveals why she chose to marry Virat Kohli at an

first_imgAnushka Sharma is one of the actresses who tied the knot at quite a young age compared with their counterparts. The actress, who is happily married to Virat Kohli, explained why she chose to marry Virat and that also so early.In an interview with Filmfare, Anushka said that she married Virat because she was in love with him, and also explained why it is perfectly fine for actresses to marry early. She said that an actress’ marital status does not have any impact on her career or popularity among fans.”Our audience is way more evolved than our industry is. Audiences are just interested in seeing actors on screen. They don’t care about your personal lives, whether you’re married or whether you’re a mother. We need to get out of this headspace. I got married at 29, supposedly young for an actress. But I did it because I was in love. And I am in love. Marriage was a natural progression,” she said. Anushka added that while a man never worries about his career when getting married, why should a woman?” she told the publication.Talking about her bond with Virat, Anushka further said that they got along so well because of the similarities in their characters. Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma.Instagram”His honesty is something I deeply value. I’m an honest person and have suffered on account of that. He’s brutally honest too. I’m so happy that I met someone like him because we both lead our lives with complete honesty. It’s so transparent and clean. I have a life partner with whom nothing is pretentious. Everything is real. Also, the fact that we both support each other. He’s someone, who’s constantly trying to get better professionally and as an individual. I’m also like that. We don’t take ourselves so seriously. We’re similar as people. That’s why we get along,” she added.Meanwhile, Virat and Anushka had a good time together in England during the World Cup tournament. Although India could not win the competition, Anushka was there all throughout to support her hubby and the team.last_img read more

Democrats target Trumps inner circle in probe

first_imgUS president Donald Trump addresses the National Association of Attorneys General in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on 4 March. Photo: AFPUS Democratic lawmakers on Monday launched their most ambitious investigation yet into alleged obstruction of justice and abuse of office by Donald Trump, targeting dozens of individuals in the president’s inner circle.With controversies swirling around Trump, the powerful House Judiciary Committee’s chairman sent strongly worded letters to family members of the president — including sons Don Jr and Eric — as well as political confidantes and related entities.The letters demanded documents that could shed light on possible wrongdoing by the administration and Trump himself.Son-in-law Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization’s long-time chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, were among the 81 people and organizations, such as the National Rifle Association, that received letters from the panel’s Democratic chairman Jerry Nadler.They also include White House ex-aides Steve Bannon and Hope Hicks, current Trump personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, former attorney general Jeff Sessions, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.The request is the most serious overt ramp-up of investigations into Trump since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in early January, and seeks to uncover whether Trump or his administration have participated in obstruction of justice or public corruption — potentially impeachable offenses.”This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts,” Nadler said in a statement.”Over the last several years, president Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms,” he added.”Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress.”Political hoax?Trump himself swatted away the probe as a “political hoax,” but said he would cooperate with the probe.”I cooperate all the time with everybody,” he said at a White House event.He later hardened his reaction, tweeting that any effort by Democrats to probe new avenues of possible wrongdoing “will never work.”Nadler has given the recipients of his requests two weeks to respond.Conspicuously absent among his 81 targets is the president’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, who is a senior White House advisor and is married to Kushner.The chairmen of three other House panels also joined the fray Monday, demanding the White House produce details of communications between Trump and Putin, after reports that such information was destroyed or hidden in the aftermath of their 2017 Helsinki summit.The US intelligence community has concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, and that Putin ordered the influence campaign as a way to help elect Trump. The US president has repeatedly cast doubt on the findings.Nadler’s broad investigation is focused on Trump’s business dealings and obstruction of justice allegations, along with possible Russian collusion.It also will address accusations of campaign finance law violations and potential violations of the US Constitution’s ban on foreign emoluments.Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, in explosive congressional testimony last week, implicated the president in illegal activities, including a scheme shortly before the 2016 election to pay hush money to two women who say they had affairs with Trump.One of the women reportedly received the payoffs through American Media Inc, a company run by a longtime Trump ally, David Pecker.Pecker and AMI both received letters from Nadler demanding information about their involvement.Letters to other key players include requests for information on the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower attended by Kushner, Trump Jr, now-jailed former campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian lawyer reportedly close to the Kremlin, and documents surrounding the termination of FBI director James Comey.The expansive new probe suggests the potential for laying the groundwork for possible impeachment proceedings against Trump.But Democratic congressional leaders including Nadler and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been reticent about pushing for the president’s impeachment.Nadler told ABC on Sunday that such action would be “a long way down the road.”But in the same interview, he said that “it’s very clear that the president obstructed justice.”In addition to the NRA, Nadler also sought documents from the White House, the Trump Organization, Trump’s charity, the FBI and Cambridge Analytica, a data company that worked with the Trump campaign and has been investigated by Congress in connection with Russia’s election interference efforts.last_img read more

Grinch Bots Attempt To Steal Christmas By Driving Up Toy Prices

first_imgThen he got an idea, an awful idea. The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea.I know just what to do, the Grinch laughed in his throat. All it will take is a few keystrokes.But of course he didn’t actually muse. Because the Grinch in this case is a bot. It’s automatic. It doesn’t snooze.Online scammers with an arsenal of cyber bots are stealing Christmas by buying up the most popular toys of the season and selling them for a hefty markup on third-party sites such as Amazon and eBay.While the demand for the hottest toys is particularly high this time of year, shoppers are competing against a growing army of bots. For years, scalpers have taken advantage of software robots to scoop up event tickets, but now scammers are employing the same tactics to cheat Christmas shoppers, says MSNBC anchor and economics correspondent Ali Velshi.“Regular people could never buy them at face value,” he tells Here & Now’s Robin Young. “The idea that it was bots — scalpers using algorithms — to buy up all the tickets in the first place, and then sell them either via a third-party vendor or independently to people, and this has now moved its way into the hot holiday toy sales industry.”Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on retailers to crack down on “Grinch bots” who use complex software to identify the product page of a popular toy before it even goes on sale. The program rapidly purchases thousands of products before customers have time to buy them. Oh, the Whomanity!“Grinch bots cannot be allowed to steal Christmas, or dollars, from the wallets of New Yorkers,” Schumer said. “Middle class folks save up — a little here, a little there — working to afford the hottest gifts of the season for their kids but ever-changing technology and its challenges are making that very difficult. It’s time we help restore an even playing field by blocking the bots.”Velshi says consumers are encountering hundreds of percent markups over retail on these products. For instance, the must-have Fingerlings, the interactive animal-shaped toys, sell at a retail price of $14.99, but have been showing up on websites for as much as $1,000. The Super Nintendo NES Classic Edition, which is currently out of stock on most sites, is being sold for nearly $13,000 by third-party sellers.Schumer wrote a letter to the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association this week urging them to investigate infiltration of their members’ websites by these computer programs. Both retail associations agreed to heed the New York Democrat’s call.“Retailers want to ensure that items purchased from their stores and online are purchased legitimately. The industry is committed to taking precautions to mitigate fraud and illegal transactions to ensure American consumers have a safe and secure holiday shopping experience,” Christin Fernandez, a spokesperson for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, said in a statement.Last year, Congress tried to block cyber scalping by passing the Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016, but that law only applies to event tickets.“There is simply no competition between a bot and even the most organized human,” Omri Iluz, co-founder and CEO of PerimeterX, a Silicon Valley-based startup that designs anti-bot technology, told Consumer Reports, adding that bots aggressively mine thousands of sites at hundreds of times per second, preparing to pounce when a product is launched.Velshi says people should find out the retail price of a product before they begin shopping to avoid being scammed.“The problem is these bots find out things are popular before people do themselves,” he says. “So by the time you’ve decided this is all the rage because you’ve heard about it from your kid’s friends or from someone else, it’s hard to” buy it.While avoiding the “holiday who-be what-ee” may explain the appeal of online shops, Velshi says maybe this year, consider the store to keep away from bots.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Baltimores City Lights

first_imgPerformers parade through downtown Baltimore during the Light City Baltimore 2016 while onlookers took in the sights behind the ship The Pride of Baltimore II. (Photos by Anderson Ward) Baltimore’s Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation, goes until April 3. ‘Peacock,’ by Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller, is one of the light art installations on view to the public.last_img