Ruling Congress sweeps rural elections in Punjab

first_imgWhile the ruling Congress party swept the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday announced that it would hold a protest rally on October 7 against the Punjab government, accusing it of misusing the State machinery for winning the polls.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who had earlier announced his decision to hold a rally in Lambi after the Zila Parishad election results, will address party workers in Lambi’s Killianwali over the sacrilege issue on October 7.Meanwhile, the State Election Commission on Sunday announced the results of the elections held for 22 Zila Parishad and 150 Panchayat Samitis in the State.As per the official spokesperson, out of all the 353 zones of the 22 Zila Parishads, the Indian National Congress won the majority of seats. “The Congress won a total of 331 Zila Parishad seats, while the Aam Aadmi Party has won zero, the Shiromani Akali Dal bagged 18 while the Bharatiya Janta Party won two seats. Two seats went to others,” said the spokesperson.The spokesperson added that of the total 2,899 zones of 150 Panchayat Samitis, 2,351 candidates of the Congress won, while AAP’s 20 candidates emerged victorious. The SAD secured 353 seats while the BJP won on 63 seats. Apart from this, one candidate of CPI, two candidates of SAD(A), two candidates of CPI(M) and 107 other candidates won.The Akali Dal in its core committee meeting, presided by party president Sukhbir Singh, passed a resolution to organise the protest rally on October 7 in Patiala – the home constituency of Capt. Amarinder Singh.Party spokesperson Harcharan Bains said that apart from highlighting the repression in the elections, the rally would also focus on putting pressure on the government to solve the problems being faced by the people.“Punjab is reeling under a non-performing government which has gone back on all the promises made to the people during the campaign for the February 2017 Assembly elections and has brought governance, development and social welfare activity in the State to a halt. The rally would be the first in a series of initiatives by the SAD to enforce accountability on the ruling party on its failure to honour its manifesto commitments,” said Mr. Bains.‘Badal creating unrest’ As the Congress party’s delegation reviewed the Killianwali grain market site in Lambi for the proposed rally of Capt. Amarinder, an official spokesperson said that the Chief Minister had taken a serious note of former CM Parkash Singh Badal’s attempts to create communal unrest in the State through his statements on the report of Justice (Retd.) Ranjit Singh on the widespread incidents of sacrilege that had taken place during the SAD-BJP rule.last_img read more

Matriculation exams in Odisha to begin today

first_imgOver six lakh students of Odisha will write the State Matriculation Examination – 2019, which is beginning on Friday and will continue till March 8. The Board of Secondary Education, Odisha, is conducting the examination in four streams — Regular, Ex-Regular, Madhyama for Sanskrit students and Open School Certificate for school dropouts. BSE controller of examination Nihar Ranjan Mohanty informed that the Board has already dispatched question-cum-answer booklets of first three papers to all the 304 nodal centres across the State. “The booklets will be sent to various examination centres from the designated nodal centres only on the day of the examination between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and the examinations will be held from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.,” Mr. Mohanty said. Practical examinations in all the subjects have already been conducted.Education Secretary Pradeepta Mohapatra said the question-cum-answer booklets are kept at the nodal centres which are provided with round-the-clock security by armed guards. These booklets will be carried to various examination centres under armed police security, Mr. Mohapatra said. Preventive measures under Section 144 of CrPC have been clamped at hyper-sensitive and sensitive examination centers.last_img read more

PH gets clobbered by China in Fiba Women’s Asia Cup q’finals

first_imgView comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Things became even uglier for the Philippines when it managed to score just a couple of points in the second quarter while China poured in 28 to go into the halftime break with a 61-15 lead.China is set to face the winner between Japan and Chinese-Taipei in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLi Yueru led China with a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double while Huang Sijing filled up the stat sheets with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists.Afril Bernardino led the Philippines, which ended its campaign sans a victory in four games, with 11 points. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Gilas Pilipinas begins Fiba Asia buildup Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines got clobbered as China flexed its might in a massive 117-43 beating in the quarterfinals of the Fiba Women’s Asia Cup Thursday at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in India.It was never a fight as the Chinese immediately went into the offensive from the opening period with a 33-13 lead to close the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Out of rhythm in return, Marcio Lassiter working to get touch back in Game 2

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew San Miguel Beer turns cold in Game 1 as Magnolia clamps down on defense Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I think it’s more about getting my rhythm, it’s really my injury that’s affecting me because I feel good. I was out 12 days, almost two weeks since I last played long minutes so I’m just trying to get my rhythm,” he said. “I’m gonna bounce back on Game 2.”“He had an off night but I know will be back,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria, who rued his team’s poor shot selection in the loss.The Beermen shot just 37 percent from the field, including 9-of-36 from downtown.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer sniper Marcio Lassiter returned from a back injury just in time for Game 1 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against Magnolia Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ But his shooting hasn’t. At least not yet.Although his back is fine, Lassiter admitted that he’s still groping for form due to the long layoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“My back is good. [The pain] is something that I had from the previous games but I feel a lot better. I’m just gonna get my rhythm going for the next games,” Lassiter told reporters after a 99-94 loss.The 31-year-old Lassiter, who played 32 minutes, went scoreless after missing all of his eight shots, including the potential game-tying triple in the last 20 seconds of the game. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Premier League: Advantage Manchester City but fixtures favour Liverpool

first_imgManchester City have a one-point advantage over rivals Liverpool going into the final six games of the Premier League season but a tougher set of fixtures means Pep Guardiola’s side will have to be at their very best to defend their title.Liverpool’s home game with Chelsea on April 14 is their only meeting with a top-six team during the run-in and half of their games are against sides in the bottom five of the league, starting with a trip to 16th-placed Southampton on Friday.Should City, who have won their last eight games in the league, extend that run until the end of the season they will win the title again.Yet two of their fixtures stand out as absolutely crucial to deciding the outcome of what promises to be a thrilling battle.City, who play four of their last six away from home, host Spurs at the Etihad on April 20 — a game which comes after a two-legged Champions League quarter-final between the pair.City’s big test at Old Trafford on April 24Then the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on April 24 offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side the chance to ruin the ambitions of their local rivals.It is such a tight race that even a normally acceptable result — a draw at Manchester United — could be enough to tip the balance in favour of Juergen Klopp’s side.Yet there have rarely been title run-ins without some surprises.There is an argument that playing against teams scrapping desperately against relegation is tougher, at this stage of the campaign, than taking on mid-table sides with little to motivate them.advertisementTeams such as Leicester, who City host in the penultimate game and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are at Anfield on the final day, have shown they are capable of upsetting the big boys.Another factor is the Champions League — both clubs are in the quarter-finals and if one were to be eliminated their workload would ease.Whatever happens, there will be no shortage of drama between now and May 12.Manchester City:April 14: Crystal Palace (a)April 20: Tottenham (h)April 24: Man Utd (a)April 28: Burnley (a)May 4: Leicester (h)May 12: Brighton (a)LiverpoolApril 5: Southampton (a)April 14: Chelsea (h)April 21: Cardiff (a)April 26: Huddersfield (h)May 4: Newcastle (a)May 12: Wolves (h)Also Read | Tottenham manager Pochettino says Spurs must play as per ‘World Cup’ level stadiumAlso Read | Pele hospitalised in Paris with urinary infection, condition not life-threateningAlso See:last_img read more

Photos: Michigan Fan Who Became Meme Last Year Is Much Happier This Time Around

first_imgThe sad Michigan fan looking happier than in the past.Instagram/breezy_mcneezy“Sad Michigan fan” went super viral after his Wolverines lost in tragic fashion to Michigan State last season. Today, he was all smiles in East Lansing.Last year around this time, he was being made into pumpkins and Halloween costumes. This year, he took in Michigan’s 32-23 win over Michigan State at Spartan Stadium, and he’s now a bit of a celebrity within the Wovlerine fan base. A few Michigan fans posted photos with the Michigan fan formerly known as “sad Michigan fan.”He has plenty to smile about. The Wolverines are now 8-0 and in command of the Big Ten East, just beat one of their biggest rivals, and are a solid pick to make the College Football Playoff. Oh, and Ohio State didn’t exactly light the world on fire in its game against Northwestern earlier, although the Buckeyes did escape with a 24-20 win.Have a great Halloween weekend, Michigan fan. You deserve it.last_img read more

Calcutta HC dismisses CBIs plea for urgent hearing in exKolkata top cop

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court Tuesday dismissed plea asking for urgent hearing in the matter of former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s matter in connection with Saradha Chit Fund scam. The court dismissed the plea saying that the hearing will be held as per the scheduled hearing date on July 2, no urgent hearing. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had moved Calcutta HC for urgent hearing, however, it has been dismissed by the court. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Earlier on June 8, IPS officer Rajeev Kumar joined the investigation in allegedly tampering of evidence cases in multi-crore Saradha scam after he got interim relief from Calcutta High Court. During interrogation, sources said Kumar had told CBI that when he headed Special Investigation Team to probe Saradha Ponzi Scam case initially, he was not involved in the day-to-day development of the case. He had a bigger responsibility as Commissioner of Bidhannagar area and was never involved in any kind of tampering of evidence. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Sources further stated that he has stated before CBI that he himself had directed the SIT members to submit all the documents available to CBI and he has nothing to hide. Standing by his team, he has told CBI that neither he nor anyone of his team member has done anything wrong during the probe and they are “unnecessary harassed”. Kumar, who was earlier Kolkata police commissioner, reached CBI’s office in Kolkata where he was grilled for almost eight hours. The CBI wanted his custodial interrogation which Kumar had challenged. On the other hand, CBI stated that he remained evasive during interrogation. “We have questioned him and sought more documents from him. He had been evasive throughout the investigation,” said a CBI officer adding that he will be called again soon. It is for the first time he was grilled in Kolkata after faceoff between CBI and Kolkata Police three months ago. Thereafter CBI approached SC after which he was questioned by a special team of CBI at in Shillong. CBI has been looking for Kumar who went on leave following SC withdrawal of protection from arrest.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

New hub to focus on intersection between developmental disabilities and mental illness

first_imgTORONTO – One of Canada’s most high-profile mental health treatment centres says it’s opening a new research hub that will focus on the needs of people with both developmental disabilities and psychiatric conditions.The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says the new hub is the first in Canada to tackle the needs of a population that has long been ignored.Statistics suggest that incidents of mental illness are considerably higher among those with autism, Down syndrome or other neurodevelopmental disabilities than among the general population.The problem exists at all ages, but is worse for adults, as the few resources available while children are in school all but disappear once they age out of the system.CAMH’s new Azrieli Centre for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Mental Health will focus on research and education that experts hope will improve the way the medical community responds to this group’s unique needs.People with disabilities and medical experts agree it’s common to see doctors conflate disability and mental illness, often dismissing the symptoms of one disorder by attributing them to the other.Research on the topic is minimal, reflecting what many see as the level of care afforded to people who are both disabled and mentally ill. But the advocates and experts said the data that does exist illustrates the scope of the problem.A 2012 study from CAMH and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences found that 45 per cent of adults in Ontario with a developmental disability also had a psychiatric disorder, roughly twice the rate of the general population.In 2010, a study from the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry found almost half of hospital admissions for people with such disabilities were for psychiatric reasons.For Daniel Share-Strom, who has Asperger syndrome and struggled with mental health issues throughout his life, the overlap is easy to explain.“From birth, whether it’s from jerks or people who genuinely have good intentions, you’re told every single day how weird you are and how wrong you are,” Share-Strom said in a telephone interview. “People are trying to correct your basic instincts. On top of that, there’s all these sensory challenge. People are naturally going to lose their confidence and naturally going to start feeling anxious about the world around them or depressed when thinking about their perceived failures.”Dr. Yona Lunsky, head of the new centre, said there are other causes behind the complex interplay between disability and mental health.She sited ongoing stigma, social isolation, chronic unemployment and poverty as factors that loom large in the reality of many disabled people and can take a severe toll on mental health.What’s less understood, she said, is the way to best identify the needs of a person contending with both a developmental disability and psychiatric disorder at the same time.She said health-care providers will frequently overlook or dismiss a sign of a mental illness, such as anxiety or depression, by treating it as a symptom of autism. Conversely, she said people who don’t act according to social norms may have their behaviour chalked up to mental illness when it is in fact just a way their disability manifests itself.This, she said, can lead to people receiving inappropriate treatment, such as antipsychotic medication that will not address their needs.“One group sees only one side, the other sees only the other,” Lunsky said of most health-care providers. “We need to have an understanding of both.”Medical sociologist Alex Haagaard said that misunderstanding can result in patients avoiding treatment altogether for fear of how they will be served by a system that can’t grasp their needs.Haagaard, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them, said doctors have routinely misunderstood the interplay between the autism and chronic depression that are part of everyday life.The result has been some harrowing personal experiences.“When I’m having a depressive episode, I don’t feel safe bringing it to my doctors because I worry about the extent to which it will derail my attempt to seek diagnoses for my physical issues,” Haagaard said. “It’s definitely a significant problem.”Lunsky said the new centre, funded by a $10.4 million donation from the Azrieli Foundation, will not be a standalone facility where patients can go to seek direct treatment.Instead, it will focus on hiring researchers and clinicians to support CAMH’s existing services, develop new treatment protocols for the issue and share that knowledge throughout the medical community.Haagaard said educating health-care workers is crucial, but they hope the patients the centre aims to help will play an active, ongoing role in its work.Haagaard said scientists with lived experience of both disability and mental illness have unique perspectives that can help inform research and ensure that solutions actually address the needs of the population.—Follow @mich_mcq on Twitter.last_img read more

Alberta says people admitted to hospital from First Nation had common viruses

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Health Services says all of the people admitted to hospital from a First Nation west of Calgary where a baby girl died had a variety of common respiratory viruses.The agency did not comment on the cause of the four-month-old child’s death.AHS says there is no ongoing risk to the people who were sent to hospital or to the general public.RCMP were still investigating the girl’s death.Police and paramedics were called Wednesday to check on a child in medical distress on the Wesley First Nation, one of three reserves that make up the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.Ten children and four adults were taken to hospital from one home in the community.last_img

Canadian pop duo Tegan and Sara call on YouTube to stop filtering

first_imgAdvertisement Video producer Michael Rizzi, who’s based in Toronto, says he’s concerned with the message it sends to loyal YouTube users. He’s seen 176 of his 236 videos disappear in “restricted” mode, representing 75 per cent of the clips he’s uploaded over the past five years.Rizzi says he wished Google’s YouTube executives would’ve been more transparent about the problem. Instead, they appeared to sit back as YouTubers made the hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty a trending topic on Twitter over the weekend.“It’s more a feeling of being pushed to the side,” Rizzi says. “It’s a pretty big screw-up on their end.”In an emailed statement on Monday, YouTube acknowledged the filter saying “some videos that cover subjects like health, politics and sexuality may not appear for users and institutions that choose to use this feature.”YouTube added that “some videos are incorrectly labelled by our automated system and we realize it’s very important to get this right.”“We’re working hard to make some improvements,” the company said without offering further details.The lack of information has left YouTubers struggling to figure out what’s being sifted out, what isn’t and why it’s happening.Rizzi suspects video tags like “LGBT” or “gay couple” may be triggering the filter for “7 Things I Love About My Boyfriend,” a video he says shouldn’t be restricted for a younger audience.Even his clip commissioned for YouTube’s #ProudToBe campaign, timed to last year’s Pride Month, is now filtered out.“YouTube’s own equality campaign is restricted, which is probably the weirdest part of everything,” Rizzi says.Toronto-based transgender YouTuber Stef Sanjati also had 48 of her videos blocked as of Monday, including clips discussing transgender student bathrooms and makeup tutorials. Advertisement Advertisement “It sends a bad message to young gay kids and young trans kids that their lives are not normal or acceptable.”At issue is YouTube’s “restricted” designation, which lets parents, schools and libraries filter out content that may be considered inappropriate for users under 18. YouTube calls it “an optional feature used by a very small subset of users.”It’s unclear whether the types of videos in question are being categorized as “restricted” for the first time, or if the filtering is only now getting attention. Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A chorus of Canadian LGBTQ YouTubers, including pop duo Tegan and Sara, is calling for the video service to stop filtering out gay and trans-themed videos for some users.The Calgary-raised sisters took to social media to question why YouTube’s “restricted” setting appears to block a wide variety of LGBTQ-friendly content for no clear reason.“If you put YouTube on restricted mode a bunch of our music videos disappear. I checked myself. LGBTQ people shouldn’t be restricted. SAD!” Tegan and Sara tweeted. Among the missing clips were music videos from their latest album, including for “That Girl” and “U-turn.” They were joined by Halifax singer Ria Mae, who said her video for “Gold,” which features the singer in a lesbian relationship, was also being filtered out.“Young gay kids need to see themselves represented and they need to know it’s normal, it’s OK and it’s not X-rated,” Mae posted in a video on her Instagram account.last_img read more

Conservatives NDP promise national suicide prevention strategy if elected

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsLiberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted his government needs to do more to combat the high number of youth suicides in Canada but could offer no concrete plans on what the Liberals would do if re-elected this fall.Instead Trudeau highlighted what the party has done over the past four years.“[We’ve] made investments in mental health service workers, in a hotline to help out Indigenous communities, investments in education and in new schools and health centres and investments in Indigenous languages and culture,” Trudeau told reporters while in Winnipeg Thursday afternoon.Earlier this week child advocates from across Canada released a new paper on youth suicides.They also called on the federal government to implement a national suicide prevention strategy.Read More: Child advocates call for a national youth suicide prevention strategyTrudeau said it’s not just about creating a strategy it’s about making investments in Indigenous communities.“Everyday longer we take means more kids are struggling for longer,” he said. “But we have to get this right and we have to do it in the full spirit of respect and partnership.“That has been what our government has been focused on and will continue to be focused on.”First Nation people are dying at much earlier than non-Indigenous people in Manitoba, according to a new study released this week by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba.Researchers say early death rates are three times higher for First Nation people.The report also determined, “approximately 23 per cent of First Nations living on-reserve identified suicide as a community challenge.”In August, God’s Lake First Nation activated a state of emergency because of a suicide crisis. Four young people died by suicide over the summer and another 22 attempted to take their own lives.Trudeau said there is still a long way to go, “what took generations and indeed centuries to break is going to take time to fix.”Brielle Beardy-Linklater is a two-spirit advocate in Manitoba.She wasn’t impressed with what Trudeau told reporters Thursday.“What he needs to be doing is listening when people are talking. Not being defensive by reinstating the same thing over and over, which is being recited because it’s all public relations. It’s all a game,” said Beardy-Linklater.She says youth need more resources and they need them now.“It’s a big problem and it’s growing. It’s an epidemic and we’re being ignored,” said Beardy-Linklater.“Our people are not being heard so this is the time to do it.”What are the other federal parties saying?APTN reached out to each major party and asked if they would implement a national suicide prevention strategy if elected.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said on Tuesday he will support the development of a national suicide crisis if elected prime minister.“Especially when it relates to Indigenous Canadians, there’s a unique responsibility for the federal government to do that,” Scheer said. “We had a private members bill in our party for a national suicide prevention strategy. That’s something I certainly supported. And will commit to doing more as prime minister to tackle that very issue.The New Democratic Party did not provide a response from party leader Jagmeet Singh.They did refer to a motion Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus tabled earlier this year – but the statement from the party is vague on a strategy.“Youth need to be an important part of a national suicide prevention action plan. Our motion called for an analysis of priority areas and needs, followed by implementation and regular reports to Parliament on implementation,” the statement said.The People’s Party of Canada said they would not.“Health care and social services, including the issue of youth suicide, is an exclusive provincial jurisdiction. Provincial governments already have such prevention strategies. The People’s Party has promised to respect the Constitution and not intervene in these areas. We therefore do not commit to implementing a national strategy if we form government,” Martin Masse, a PPC spokesperson, wrote by email.The Green Party did not respond.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

MGM offers deal to shooting victims its suing

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – MGM Resorts International drew criticism Tuesday for saying hundreds of survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting, who are being sued by the casino operator, could opt to have the money that will be used to serve them a lawsuit instead donated to a charity.The company in July sued more than 1,900 victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at one of its properties and has been working to notify them as it faces a standard 90-day deadline.MGM told the victims’ attorneys it would rather make the donations to charities than spend the money to pay people to serve the legal notices.“The money spent on personal service of process — up to $250 per person — could be better directed to do some affirmative good,” MGM’s attorneys wrote in the letter shared with The Associated Press.MGM offered to make a $500 charitable donation for each person who waives being served or authorizes an attorney to accept service on their behalf, but a victims’ lawyer quickly called it all “nonsense.”Attorney Robert Eglet, part of a group representing most of the victims, said the company is just trying to “spin” its attempt to save money on serving legal notices.“It will cost the MGM significantly more than $250 to serve them,” Eglet said. “This is just more outrageous conduct by them.”Serving defendants is a crucial step in a civil lawsuit. It informs a defendant that a lawsuit has been filed against him or her, provides the individual a copy of the complaint and starts running a 21-day deadline for the person to respond to the lawsuit.Eglet said the firms representing most of the victims have not been authorized to accept the legal notices. That would force MGM to find and serve each of the 1,977 people it sued.Letters explaining the offer of charitable donations were sent Tuesday to 37 attorneys representing victims.As part of MGM’s offer, each defendant would choose a charity that supports survivors or families of slain victims, and the donation would be made in his or her name.If the offers are not accepted, “we will personally serve the complaints courteously and respectfully,” MGM spokeswoman Debra DeShong said.The casino operator filed the lawsuits in an attempt to have a federal judge declare that it has no liability to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The law limits liability when a company or group uses services approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. MGM argues it is free of liability because the security vendor for the outdoor venue was federally certified at the time of the attack.Twenty-two thousand people were at an MGM-owned outdoor venue for a country music festival, when a high-stakes gambler broke the windows of his 32nd-floor casino-resort suite and began shooting. The gunman killed 58 people and injured more than 800 before taking his own life.MGM has insisted its lawsuits, which don’t demand money, are meant to avoid years of costly litigation.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at read more

Security Council calls for all States to cooperate with OilforFood inquiry

Welcoming the appointment today of an independent high-level inquiry into allegations of corruption in the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme, the Security Council called on all concerned to cooperate fully with the probe.The move came as Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that the panel would be chaired by Paul A. Volcker, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System. Its other two members are Justice Richard Goldstone of South Africa, who previously served as the Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and Mark Pieth of Switzerland, a Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Basel with expertise in money-laundering.Speaking to reporters in New York today following the announcement, Mr. Volcker pledged a thorough probe “so that the UN in fact can fulfil the responsibilities and take advantage of the opportunities that arise to contribute to not only the situation in Iraq but situations that are bound to come along in the rest of the world.”In its unanimously adopted resolution, the Council called upon “the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), Iraq and all other Member States, including their national regulatory authorities, to cooperate fully by all appropriate means with the inquiry.”The resolution refers to the Council’s “desire to see a full and fair investigation of efforts by the former Government of Iraq, including through bribery, kickbacks, surcharges on oil sales, and illicit payments in regard to purchases of humanitarian goods” with respect to the programme.The text further affirms that “any illicit activity by United Nations officials, personnel and agents, as well as contractors, including entities that have entered into contracts under the Programme, is unacceptable.”Under the panel’s terms of reference, the Secretary-General will receive a report on the status of its work within three months. read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State gives up six unanswered goals in 74 exhibition

OSU then-sophomore forward Mason Jobst (26) and Michigan State then-senior center Thomas Ebbing (28) try and locate the puck after a faceoff in the third period of a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost, 5-4. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerThe No. 19 Ohio State men’s hockey team was defeated by the Canadian-based Ryerson Rams 7-4 in its only exhibition game.The Buckeyes seemed to be in control as they took a 4-1 lead in the second period, but Ryerson came back with two goals in 26 seconds late in the period which cut the lead to 4-3 going into the third.“It’s like a reset button,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “You give up a goal and how do you respond, and we didn’t respond very well.”The Rams continued battling in the third, and managed to tie the game at four with 3:33 to go with a slap shot off the stick of senior defenseman Alex Basso. Just 51 seconds later, junior forward Vince Figliomeni scored on another strong shot to give the Rams a 5-4 lead late in the game.The Rams added a sixth goal less than a minute later, then iced the game with a final goal after Ohio State pulled its goalie late in the third.“It was a learning experience for all of us,” Jobst said. “First game of the year, there’s a lot of things that we’re going have to work on this week in practice.”The Buckeyes started the scoring early, as junior forward Mason Jobst found senior defenseman Janik Möser for a quick goal off a one-timer just over three minutes into the game.Ohio State added to that lead 10 minutes later, as sophomore defenseman Gordi Myer was able to beat junior goalie Taylor Dupuis with a nice move to the net, extending the lead early on. But the Rams were able to get one back shortly after, as senior forward Aaron Armstrong got to the back door and gave redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo no chance to stopping the shot.Sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski netted one goal before the first period was over, giving the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead after twenty minutes.Not so dominant power playThe Buckeyes did not capitalize on any of their attempts with a man up in this game, which included a 5-on-3 early in the third period. Ohio State was first in the NCAA last year with a 31.4 percent success rate on power plays, over three percent more than any other team in the nation.New faces filling some big shoes The Buckeyes lost some key players from last season, and are looking for new players to step up in order to be where they were a season ago.  Romeo, who transferred from Maine and redshirted the 2016-17 season, stopped 26 of the 32 shots he faced, and freshman forward Austin Pooley picked up an assist on the Myer goal in the first period.Strong first half, weak second halfOhio State started off the game in dominant fashion, as it was able to jump out to a 4-1 lead, while outshooting Ryerson 22-10 halfway through the second. The Rams then scored six unanswered goals, and outshot Ohio State 23-7 from that point forward.“We jumped off to a good start,” Rohlik said.  “If you ever get out to a lead like that you have got to make it difficult on teams, we just didn’t do that in the second half of the game.”The Buckeyes travel to Madison, Wisconsin next weekend to play two games against Big Ten opponent No. 12 Wisconsin to open the season. read more

Researchers develop smart tags which tell you when food goes off

first_imgEVER POUR MILK into your tea without realising it’s gone sour? It’s happened to the best of us, but such a problem may be avoided if a new tag is adapted commercially.Researchers from Peking University in Beijing, China are developing  colour-coded smart tags, which can tell you if milk or any other product inside a container is fresh or not.The small tags can be attached to containers of food or medicine and start off red to indicate freshness. After that, it changes to orange, yellow and eventually green, which shows that the food is spoiled.The lead researcher Chao Zhang, PH.D., said that the tag has a “gel-like consistency, is really inexpensive and safe, and can be widely programmed to mimic almost all ambient-temperature deterioration processes in foods.”It also takes into account moments when foods are exposed to higher temperatures, which could cause unexpected spoilage, providing a reliable indicator of how fresh a product is.The tags contain tiny metallic nanorods that change colour as they react to the length of time microbes grow in food. The gold nanorods the researchers used are red, which is why the colour represents freshness. Silver chloride and vitamin C are also in the tags, reacting slowly and controllably. Over time, the metallic silver gradually deposits on each gold nanorod, forming a silver shell layer.That changes the particle’s chemical composition and shape, so the tag color now would be different. Therefore, as the silver layer thickens over time, the tag color evolves from the initial red to orange, yellow, and green, and even blue and violet. The researchers developed and tested the tags using e.coli – food-spoiling bacteria that cause stomach problems – in milk as a reference. The best part is the tags are cheap to produce; the researchers say the chemicals in one tag alone would cost $0.002.The findings was presented at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The tags aren’t available yet, but the researchers said they’re reaching out to manufacturers, showing them how the tag would be useful for them and their customers.Read: Here is why your veins look blue >Read: Drug experts slam reports with ‘misleading statistics’ on legal high deaths >last_img read more

Samaras calls on electorate to shun Syriza

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Conservative New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras on Friday night called on Greeks to back his party to secure the country’s future in the eurozone and ward off the “drachma lobby” in his last campaign speech ahead of a general election tomorrow that promises to be a two-horse race between the conservatives and leftist SYRIZA, which rejects the country’s bailout.Addressing a moderately sized but lively crowd in central Syntagma Square, Samaras said that the stakes at tomorrow’s election were higher than ever. “Our existence as a nation is at stake,” he said.The conservative leader accused his rival, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, of putting the country’s eurozone position in jeopardy. But, he said, the leftist’s strategy would backfire. “Mr Tsipras wants to reject the debt deal but he will end up signing a much worse memorandum later,” he said.He added that SYRIZA was not the only problem but there was also the “drachma lobby.” “We know there is the lobby of the drachma that is trying to push Greece out of the euro,” he said, referring vaguely to oligarchs who have taken their money out of Greece “with the aim of returning and buying everything at half-price.”Samaras, who had initially objected to Greece’s bailout, said that a modified version of the deal was the only recipe for Greece to emerge from a crushing two-year debt crisis.He said ND was seeking “a government of national salvation” that would renegotiate the memorandum and keep Greece in the eurozone. The leftists want the opposite, he said. “SYRIZA wants lack of governance and new elections. But there will be no third elections. The economy, the society, the banking system, the foreigners cannot handle the uncertainty of extended Greek instability.”The conservative leader declared that his party was the only one capable of guaranteeing security amid rising crime and a growing population of illegal immigrants. He said that SYRIZA, by pledging to disarm riot police and offer greater rights to immigrants, would aggravate both problems. “While Greek families struggle, SYRIZA offers immigrants unemployment benefits and travel documents,” he said. Samaras called for a crackdown on immigrants. “The mass invasion of immigrants will stop and the mass return to their homelands will begin.”Elsewhere in Athens, the leaders of smaller parties gave their last shot at winning round voters while Tsipras spoke in the northern port of Thessaloniki.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Statewide Smokefree Workplace Bill Signed Into Law

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker signed the statewide smoke-free workplace bill into law today at the Lucky Wishbone, reportedly the first restaurant in Alaska to go completely smoke-free. Businesses affected by the ban are required to put up signs that reads “Smoking Prohibited by Law–Fine $50.” Businesses that fail to post these signs will be liable for a fine between $50 and $300. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Starting on October 1, a new law goes into effect in the State of Alaska, the smoke-free workplace bill was signed into law today. If a community decides it wants to allow smoking in those environments, they can choose to “opt out” by putting the question on the ballot for the residents of the area to vote on. Smoking in pretty much any workplace whether it’s a public-facing business like restaurants, bars and music venues or more closed to the public like an office or hotel room is also banned. Senate Bill 63, commonly called the “Take it Outside Act,” was sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), to protect Alaskans working indoors from secondhand smoke. The law includes marijuana and electronic cigarettes. The new law will also ban smoking outdoors at open-air venues like the seating area of outdoor concerts and sporting events, as well as near entrances to buildings affected by the ban and near playgrounds when children are present. Smoking on public transportation or in shared work vehicles would also be banned.last_img read more

OBITUARY Domenic R Danieli Sr 98

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Domenic R. Danieli, Sr., age 98, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2018.Domenic was born in Boston, MA on February 23, 1920; he was the dear son of the late Lorenzo and Antoinetta (Conti) Danieli. Dom was raised and educated in Somerville, MA and was a graduate of Somerville High School.Dom enlisted in the United States Army on October 21, 1940; he bravely served in the Southern Philippines, the Northern Solomon Islands and at Guadalcanal during World War II. Dom received several commendations including the Good Conduct Medal GO 35 Headquarters 182nd Infantry 44, the Presidential Unit Citation GO 67 Headquarters American Division 43, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon as well as the Marksman Rifle 43 Combat Infantry Badge. Dom was honorably discharged on August 21, 1945 and returned home to his family.Following his return from the Army, Dom, went to work at the Cozy Grill in Somerville before taking a position as a Machinist for the Wakefield Engineering Company. Dom was a very hardworking and dedicated employee; he made lots of friends with his co-workers throughout the years.Dom then married his beloved wife Mary. The couple moved to Wilmington where they raised three wonderful sons, Dom Jr., Tom and Arthur. Dom and Mary shared many wonderful years together before her passing.Dom met Florence Lawrence and the couple became inseparable. Dom instantly became a member of the “Lawrence Clan” and he and Florence married shortly after. Dom and Florence loved spending time with their blended family in Wilmington and also heading to Pompano Beach, Florida during the winter where they had many friends.In his spare time, Dom liked to go walking, swimming in the pool and attending many potluck parties in Florida, family cookouts, and cooking. Dom was always cooking for his family and friends; he loved having everyone around the table for a good meal.Dom will be fondly remembered as a quiet and happy guy who loved being with family and friends. Dom would do anything for anyone and he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.Domenic was the beloved husband of Florence M. (Conlin) Lawrence, devoted father of Domenic Danieli & his wife Jeryl of Cornish, NH, the late Gloria, Thomas and Arthur Danieli, loving “Gramp” of Domenic, Eric & his wife Vicky and Teresa, loving great-grandfather of Noah, Kaya and Lynzie, step-father of Robert Lawrence of Wilmington, Linda Maloney & her husband Robert of The Villages, FL, Donna Blizzard of Wilmington and Jeanne Schneider of Tilton, NH, also survived by many Lawrence family grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Domenic was the husband of the late Mary Danieli and son of the late Lorenzo and Antoinetta (Conti) Danieli. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, June 14th from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.Domenic R. Danieli, Sr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Charles G. Reekie, 88In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 10, 2018)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Mary R. (Causi) Marinello, 94In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Apple says there are more than 900 million iPhones in the wild

first_img An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo See It Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X There are a lot of iPhones out there.  Angela Lang/CNET Apple may not share how many iPhones it sells each quarter anymore. But it did offer a tantalizing tidbit as part of its latest earnings.The consumer electronics giant has an active install base of more than 900 million iPhones, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestra said on a conference call with analysts on Tuesday. The number is up year over year, with 75 million units added to the total over the last 12 months, he said.The number offers a little clarity on the health of Apple’s iPhone business, which suffered a 15 percent decline in revenue in the fiscal first quarter. But be wary of these types of numbers: companies tend to cherrypick the statistics they share to put their business in the most favorable light. Maestra said Apple would share the active installed base figure “periodically.” See It Comments Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags 2 Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Apple $520 at HP See at Amazon reading • Apple says there are more than 900 million iPhones in the wild See It $60 at Best Buy • Share your voice Read the AirPods review See All Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See it Read Google Home Hub review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45)center_img Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Phones Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 7 $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Earnings Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See at Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $155 at Google Express $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $210 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Comments Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $6 at Tidal Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS Share your voice Tags The Cheapskate Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buylast_img read more

Video Can we harness the power of Cook Inlet

first_imgCook Inlet has some of the most dramatic tidal shifts on the planet. From scientists to startups, many have speculated how this fast-flowing water could be harnessed to produce electricity. Professor Tom Ravens (University of Alaska Anchorage) and Chris Rose (Renewable Energy Project Alaska) discuss the potential and challenges of tapping hydro-kinetic energy.last_img