130 fighters killed in 48 hours in northwest Syria Monitor

first_imgBeirut: Fighting raged in northwest Syria on Thursday with clashes between regime forces and jihadist-led fighters killing 130 combatants in two days, a war monitor said. The Idlib region, home to some three million people, is supposed to be protected by a months-old international truce deal, but it has come under increased bombardment by the regime and its Russian ally since late April. On the southwestern edges of the jihadist-run enclave, bombardment and fierce fighting since Tuesday have killed 89 anti-regime fighters and left 41 dead on the government side, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London This included at least 14 anti-regime fighters and 21 pro-government forces killed early Thursday, it said. The fighting has centred around the village of Tal Meleh in the north of Hama province, according to the Britain-based monitoring group. “The clashes are ongoing,” with both regime and Russian war planes pounding the area, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. On Wednesday, 17 civilians were killed in regime bombardment on several parts of the rebel region, he said. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Russia and rebel backer Turkey brokered an agreement intended to stave off an all-out regime assault on Idlib in September, but that deal was never fully implemented as jihadists refused to withdraw from the planned buffer zone. The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, led by ex-members of Al-Qaeda’s former Syria affiliate, extended its control over the region, which spans most of Idlib province as well as slivers of the adjacent provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo. The Syrian government and Russia have upped their bombardment of the region since late April, killing more than 400 civilians, according to the Observatory. Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions at home and abroad since it started in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.last_img read more

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Alberta changes abortion clinic bill conservatives still noshows on votes

first_imgEDMONTON – Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government made more changes to its abortion clinic bill Wednesday while the Opposition United Conservatives continued to register their displeasure by walking out en masse during votes.Government members accepted an amendment from Independent Derek Fildebrandt to specifically include the role of municipal bylaw officers in enforcing the proposed legislation, which mandates no-protest zones around clinics.However, they rejected a second Fildebrandt motion aimed at ensuring the bill won’t restrict the freedom of the media to cover news events surrounding the clinics.“I don’t think (privacy of clinic participants) has been abused by the media to date and I don’t think it would be abused in the future, but I think (press freedom) is an important aspect to take note of when we’re writing legislation,” Fildebrandt told the house.NDP Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen spoke against the amendment.Jansen, a former journalist, said mainstream journalists already handle the clinics respectfully. But Jansen said some anti-abortionists billing themselves as journalists would use the amendment to breach the no-go zone and harass staff and patients.“While I appreciate the effort, I will say that I find the implications of this amendment frightening,” Jansen said.Bill 9 would create minimum 50 metre no-protest zones around abortion clinics.It would also make it illegal for anyone to harass a doctor by phone, mail or online to convince them to not provide abortion services. Anyone breaking the law would face fines up to $10,000 or a year in jail.UCP Leader Jason Kenney has said the legislation is unnecessary because abortion clinics already have legal tools at their disposal to deal with protests. He said he and his caucus are abstaining from what they call deliberately political and provocative legislation.Five of the 25-member UCP caucus sat silently during debate of Fildebrandt’s amendments and walked out when the votes were called.The UCP has now left the house en masse six times during discussions on Bill 9.The NDP says the UCP members are failing to meet their responsibilities as legislature members by walking out on an important bill.Earlier Wednesday during question period, Kenney questioned the government’s sincerity, noting, “Bill 9 is something they did not even think was important enough to mention in their (recent) throne speech let alone their (2015 election) platform.”The UCP caucus also walked out of the vote late Tuesday night when the government accepted an amendment by NDP backbencher Deborah Drever to increase the safety zones to 150 metres if the proposed minimum of 50 metres doesn’t prove effective.Fildebrandt argued against it.He said while he is in favour of legislated protections for women and staff, that must be balanced with respect for freedom of speech.If the bill becomes law, Alberta would join British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador in creating so-called bubble zones.Notley has said the UCP absence at debate speaks to the party’s broader unofficial policy of not standing up for women’s rights.This past weekend, United Conservatives voted to adopt a policy that would mandate parents be told when a minor has “invasive medical procedures.”Those on both sides of the abortion debate say that would open the door to mandatory parental consent in abortion procedures for minors.Kenney has said he will decide what resolutions are part of the party’s election platform and reiterated he won’t legislate on abortion.last_img read more

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Ancient fish species discovered in Nova Scotia opens door for future research

first_imgA species of fish that lived 350 million years ago has been discovered in Nova Scotia, casting new light on a little-understood time period.The discovery was made in 2015 by Jason Anderson, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Calgary, at Blue Beach, N.S., and announced Wednesday.Chris Mansky, fossil researcher and curator of the Blue Beach Fossil Museum, says Anderson located the skull of the early Carboniferous fish and was able to compare it to the family tree of better-known relatives of the fish.Mansky says the research of Anderson and his team show the fish’s lineage appears to be a survivor of the Devonian extinction, which contradicts the notion that the extinction wiped out that group.The species — Avonichthys manskyi — was named after the nearby Avon River and for Mansky, in honour of his years of collecting and exhibiting the fossils of Blue Beach.The findings were published Wednesday in the United Kingdom’s peer-reviewed Royal Society Open Science journal.Mansky said the fish is unique, and the discovery means that researchers may start looking at evolution differently.“It paves the way for future researchers. It gives us new theory and it upsets the old theory,” he said.“The old politics of the Devonian extinction is very much in debate. This is essentially a road map of new opportunities for young researchers who can work at this for many years… The actual shape and patterns of evolution are not so clear. To gain an understanding of how it really was, we still have a lot of work.”Anderson said he came across the specimen by chance during a stroll on Blue Beach.“There’s nothing extraordinary about that moment at all. I was just literally walking along looking at the ground, kicking rocks, and I found one that was the shape of a bone. I didn’t even know it was a fossil,” said Anderson from a conference in Ottawa.“It wasn’t until a few months later that I actually put it under a microscope.”Anderson said there are many lingering questions, including how many of these fish species survived the extinction.“Or is it an artifact of preservation, the fact that we just don’t have very many fossils of this age? Now that we’re actually actively exploring, will we start filling in more of these lineages? Or is this one real lucky one that managed to squeak through?” he said.“We need to get a better idea of what other fish lived at that time, and in other places at the same time, and that will tell us more about how severely vertebrates were impacted by the mass extinction.”He said that research has already taken him back to Blue Beach.The site where the fossil was located is on the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin, which has the highest tides in the world. The sea has eroded into the shoreline, uncovering 350-million-year-old fossils.“This highly dynamic environment, over four kilometres in length, creates unique opportunities for discoveries that would otherwise be very difficult to make,” said Mansky.“Nature does the digging here.”Mansky said his museum has a collection of roughly 10,000 fossils, weighing roughly 100,000 pounds. He described it as “busting at the seams,” making it impossible for researchers to examine and catalogue the material properly.“These were findings and a paper generated from a single fossil, so we can only imagine how much more there is to be learned in the upstairs of Blue Beach Fossil Museum,” said Mansky.“There needs to be a new paleontology centre developed here to establish a permanent foothold for this fossil collection. It’s a world-class collection and right now we have a private home-based, ma-and-pa museum. The collection has outgrown its home.”Conrad Wilson and Jason Pardo were also authors of the article published Wednesday.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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French Court Sentences Controversial Comedian Dieudonné Mbala Mbala

Rabat – Dieudonné M’bala M’bala leaving a Paris courthouse, following a previous court appearance on Feb. 4, 2015.A Criminal Court in Paris has sentenced incendiary comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala to two years in prison for tax evasion. The comedian was suspected of diverting over a million euros in revenue from his live shows. In addition to serving time in prison, on Friday, July 5 the court ordered the 53-year-old to pay a fine of €200,000. Dieudonné’s business partner and his production company were also fined for related tax evasion.The comedian, his partner, and his lawyers were all absent during the trial.France 24 reported Dieudonné, who has a large fan base in low-income areas around major French cities, will likely fulfill his sentence through community service instead of prison time.This was not the first time the controversial comedian has been summoned to court.As early as 2006, Dieudonné was fined for defamatory comments, calling a prominent Jewish television presenter a “secret donor of the child-murdering Israeli army.” Dieudonné has since been repeatedly convicted for using provocative and anti-semetic language. The infamous comedian has been accused of publicly supporting terrorism, and referred to Holocaust commemorations as “memorial pornography.”In addition to multiple defamation lawsuits, Dieudonné was also convicted of tax evasion in 2012.Morocco has cancelled several of Dieudonné’s scheduled appearances in the past. The comedian alleged his shows were cancelled due to pressure from what he described as “community organizations.”Defending his language, Dieudonné has said he has the right to free speech and claimed he was the victim of a “Zionist Lobby.” read more

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UN launches campaign to text message for peace

One of the events promoting the International Day of Peace, held on 21 September to observe “a day of ceasefire and non-violence”, encourages US cell phone users to send 160-character text messages starting with the word ‘PEACE’ to phone number 69866. The UN Department of Public information will collect the texts on a website www.peaceday2008.org as well as send the messages to dignitaries attending the UN General Assembly on 23 September.“I call on world leaders and peoples around the world to join forces against conflict, poverty and hunger, and for all human rights for all,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message on 29 August.“Together let us send a powerful signal for peace that will be read, heard and felt around the world,” he added. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the General Assembly, and this year the Secretary-General will ring the Japanese Peace Bell at UN Headquarters on Friday, 19 September at noon to signal a minute of silence. Attending the ceremony in New York will be Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall and Midori Goto, who are all UN Messengers of Peace. After the ceremony, students from schools around New York will hold a video conference with their counterparts in Sudan, Afghanistan and Liberia. 2 September 2008The United Nations launched a text messaging for peace campaign today, urging cell phone users in the United States to compose peace messages to be published on a website and delivered to world leaders gathered for the General Assembly later this month. read more

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UN agency supports struggling farmers in Swaziland affected by food price crisis

8 September 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced plans today to help cash-strapped farmers in Swaziland, affected by the global food price crisis, buy seeds in time for the next planting season. The combination of the sudden hike in food prices – more than 50 per cent in the last year – and the high cost of fuel and other agricultural inputs threatens to leave Swazi farmers with no harvest, food or income.FAO is preparing to deliver emergency assistance to farmers in the southern African country who cannot afford to purchase seeds and other raw agricultural materials, under its Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP).Starting at the end of the month, farmers in the landlocked region will receive vouchers they can use to choose seeds and other agricultural supplies from local producers at markets set up by FAO, known as Input Trade Fairs.Swaziland is on of a growing list of countries around the world targeted by a coordinated UN-wide effort to combat the effects of months of spiralling food prices.“We are stepping up the momentum, from one country to the next,” FAO Director-General, Jacques Diouf, told reporters at a school-based farming project in Boyane near the capital, Mbabane.“We must work together to produce more food where it is urgently needed to contain the impact of soaring prices on poor consumers,” Mr. Diouf added.In Boyane, AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children showed Mr. Diouf some of the sustainable agricultural practices, handicrafts and other skills they have learned through Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools initiative, sponsored by FAO and other UN agencies.Mr. Diouf used the occasion to call for further investment in agriculture and programmes designed to tackle problems contributing to the overall increase in food insecurity throughout the region.According to FAO, the hardest-hit countries, most of them in Africa, will need at least $30 billion annually to ensure food security and revive agricultural systems that have been neglected for several decades. read more

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Moving from megabytes to gigabytes Ottawa pledges 50M for Arctic internet

IQALUIT, Nunavut — The federal government has promised to contribute nearly $50 million to bring high-speed internet to Nunavut where some of the poorest and most expensive service in Canada has long been considered an economic drag.The money, together with $73 million from regional service provider Northwestel, will put satellite dishes and ground stations in all 25 Nunavut communities, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said Thursday in Iqaluit.“We’re moving from megabytes to gigabytes.”Everyone from local users to federal committee members has long identified poor internet as a major barrier to northern development.Current internet speeds in Nunavut are, at best, about three megabytes per second — enough to transmit just one medium-sized picture.Earlier this year, a report to then-Indigenous and northern affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett found internet access to be a greater concern among northerners than environmental conservation. The drag poor internet access has had on Arctic development has been pointed out in studies dating back to 2011.Mining companies have had to courier documents to northern regulators because internet connections couldn’t handle the file sizes. An Iqaluit band that recorded a music video to accompany its latest release found it couldn’t be uploaded.The new satellite dishes are expected to provide speeds of between five and 15 megabytes per second. Broadband capacity is expected to increase by 20 times.The dishes will be built over a three-year period, said Northwestel vice-president Curtis Shaw. The first communities are to be hooked up by early next year.All satellites will be open access for other providers, he said.The new dishes are expected to open a broad range of possibilities for northerners, said Shaw.“You think about a school having video-conferencing in the school, having distance education, a field trip to a museum.“From a health-care standpoint, you can now start sending results and use the internet for diagnostic tools. For an elder, it could mean not travelling out of the community for service.”Shaw said costs are also expected to come down.“We’re expecting costs will drop to the end user.”Actual Arctic internet users were dubious about Thursday’s announcement. Several pointed out on Twitter that five megabytes per second is still slow.“That’s the CRTC’s minimum requirement from about six years ago,” tweeted someone under the name of Ryan Oliver.Another said that by the time the satellite dishes are in place, increased demand will eat up any gains in speed.“Satellite is pointless,” tweeted someone under the name of Kyle Sheppard.Bains said the government remains committed to a fibre-optic link for northern communities.“We continue to look at that option and other options as well. We felt this was an important step in the short term to be able to use new satellite technology to provided that backbone infrastructure.”Bains said the project fulfils a government promise.“It’s about equality of opportunity. We want people to have the tools they need to succeed.”Many northerners are heavy internet users. Social media such as Facebook helps connect with relatives and friends in distant communities where travel is expensive. Such services are also widely used to trade items such as country foods.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960 read more

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Nurses staging 1day strike at 12 hospitals in 3 states

HIALEAH, Fla. — Registered nurses staged a one-day strike against Tenet Health hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona on Friday, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.About 6,500 National Nurses United members walked out at 12 Tenet facilities after working without a contract for two years in Arizona and under expired contracts for months in California and Florida, the union said. They plan to resume working Saturday.Members are also passing out leaflets in Texas, where contracts at two Tenet hospitals in El Paso expire later this year.Yajaira Roman, a union leader and neurological intensive care nurse at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, Florida, said that although the Tenet nurses want higher wages, they also want a lower patient-to-nurse ratio as a way to avoid burnout and improve care. For example, the union says Tenet assigns eight patients per nurse in Palmetto’s surgical unit, double the level the union says research recommends.“We are nurses — we are really proud of what we do and we’re happy that we’re serving the community, but we want to do it in a way where when patients leave the hospital they are extremely satisfied,” said Roman, a nurse for 18 years.Tenet, which has 65 hospitals and 115,000 employees nationwide, issued a statement saying it has negotiated in “good faith” and it is disappointed the union chose to strike.“While we respect the nurses’ right to strike, patients and their loved ones can be assured that our patients will continue to be cared for by qualified replacement registered nurses and other caregivers,” the Dallas-based company’s statement said.According to the U.S. Labor Department, almost 3 million registered nurses are employed nationally, with an average annual salary of $75,510. Florida’s average RN salary is $66,210, Arizona’s is $77,000 and California’s is $106,950, tops in the nation. RNs typically have either an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in nursing or graduated from a three-year program at a teaching hospital. They then must pass a state licensing exam.The Tenet walkout is one of several strikes and organizing efforts nationwide as unions work to rebuild from a steep membership decline that began 50 years ago. Many are focusing on white-collar, female-dominated and service-sector industries such as health care, teaching, the media and hospitality instead of just blue-collar, male-dominated industries like manufacturing, where the United Auto Workers is striking against General Motors.A recent Gallup poll showed Americans support unions by a 2-to-1 margin, up from a near even split 10 years ago and nearly the highest level since the 1960s.The Associated Press read more

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NY lawmakers Cuomo is moving to cut funds to fight cancer

NY lawmakers: Cuomo is moving to cut funds to fight cancer ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a $25 million reduction to programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other public health challenges — a move intended to eliminate inefficiencies that is being fought by some lawmakers and health advocates who oppose the cuts.Critics worry the cutbacks in Cuomo’s $152 billion budget proposal represent a reversal for a Democratic governor who last year made cancer screenings a key issue after his longtime companion, celebrity chef Sandra Lee, successfully overcame breast cancer.Lee was by Cuomo’s side last summer when he signed legislation ordering hospitals to expand hours when mammograms are offered and requiring insurance companies to eliminate deductibles and co-pays for the screening and other diagnostic tests. He also approved $16 million in annual funding dedicated to breast cancer screenings, money that wouldn’t be affected by the proposed cuts.Lawmakers and public health advocates say they are opposed to the proposed cuts to funding that supports screenings for cervical and colorectal cancer as well.“It’s a vital service,” said Julie Hart, government relations director for the American Cancer Society in New York. “Over 25,000 New Yorkers received a free screening in the past year thanks to that program.”The administration notes that it would be up to state health officials to make pinpointed reductions to obsolete or inefficient programs, and that it’s possible some individual programs could even see increased funding taken from other less valuable initiatives.“Our proposal consolidates outdated and duplicative appropriations so we can direct more resources to our health care priorities – which include preventing and treating cancer and other diseases,” said Robert Mujica, Cuomo’s budget director. He said that when Medicaid spending is included overall spending on health care is up in Cuomo’s budget proposal.The 39 different programs facing cuts also include ones that support poison control, teen pregnancy prevention as well as efforts to fight obesity, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, childhood asthma and other conditions. Cuomo has called for a 20 per cent reduction overall, equal to just under $25 million.Some lawmakers from Cuomo’s own party don’t buy the administration’s explanation. Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, said the decisions about which health programs are cut and which ones are not should be discussed in public with lawmakers before they vote on the budget.“He’ll say, ‘I’m not cutting any individual program … I’m just giving the agency the discretion to move around money,’” she told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “These are individual funding streams for important things.”An analysis of the proposal by Democrats in the state Assembly found that if the cuts are administered evenly, the program supporting a variety of cancer screenings would take a $4.9 million hit. Programs targeting obesity and diabetes would lose nearly $1.5 million, while efforts to prevent teen pregnancy would see $2.1 million in cuts.Lawmakers hope to approve a state budget by April 1. FILE – In this June 27, 2016, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs legislation concerning breast cancer screenings with his girlfriend Sandra Lee standing behind him, during a breast cancer awareness motorcycle event in New York. Following Lee’s successful battle with breast cancer Gov. Cuomo called for big investments to fight cancer last year, but now seeks to cut $25 million from public health programs that pay to fight cancer, diabetes and other conditions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) by David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2017 4:14 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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High speed robot takes slowmotion video to the next level

first_imgThere may be a reason to actually watch commercials on television again. That is, as long as they are created by “The Marmalade,” a German studio that has created a new high speed robot named “Spike” that is capable of capturing some mind-blowing slow motion shots.Traditionally, high speed video capture is done using a stationary camera that captures an event happening literally in the blink of an eye. When the footage is slowed down you are able to witness detail you wouldn’t otherwise get to see. While this method has created some high-quality visuals, The Marmalade realized the constraints of the technique as a limitation to creativity, and so sought out a way to break through the normal paradigm.Borrowing from the virtual cameras employed inside 3D modeling software, engineers for the studio set out to create a robot that could use the same methodology in the real world. The result was a robot that can move at virtually any speed desired and is driven by a custom piece of software that users can employ to dictate the robot’s movements on the fly. As you witnessed in the video above, Spike is capable of moving its camera in ways that reveal a totally novel way of looking at motion events in the real world.The effects that The Marmalade has come up with are so good that they are often mistaken for computer generated graphics. Indeed watching the trailer that the studio made it’s hard to believe that everything seen is something that actually happened.spike1spike1Spike robot and cameraspike3spike4spike5Read more at The Marmalade’s site via PetaPixellast_img read more

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Juventus ready to sell Miralem Pjanic

first_imgJuventus are now prepared to sell star midfielder Miralem Pjanic this summer with both Barcelona and Manchester City interested, claims Yahoo SportThe Serie A champions have decided to part with Pjanic this summer in a bid to bolster their finances following Cristiano Ronaldo’s €112m arrival from Real Madrid earlier this month.Pjanic is believed to have an asking price of around €80m and has been strongly linked with a departure from the Old Lady lately with City believed to be the frontrunners for his services after missing out on Jorginho to Premier League rivals Chelsea.While satisfied with his midfield options, City boss Pep Guardiola may still be interested in launching a bid for a player of the calibre of Pjanic.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Bosnia international is not the only one set to leave Turin due to Ronaldo’s arrival with Juventus looking to offload a number of high profile players in order to balance their books once more.Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani have both been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, while Barcelona have also been linked with a move for Pjanic.The La Liga champions are still looking to bolster their midfield options for the new season due to the departure of club legend Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.And it appears that Barcelona are ready to rival the big-spending City for the signature of Pjanic, who scored five goals and made eight assists in 31 Serie A appearances last season.last_img read more

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US Air Force copter crashes in England killing 4

first_imgLONDON — A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in the coastal marshes of eastern England during a training mission on Tuesday night, killing all four crew members aboard, officials said. The helicopter crashed at about 6 p.m. local time near Salthouse on the Norfolk coast, a statement from the U.S. Air Force said. The aircraft was based at the nearby Royal Air Force station in Lakenheath, Suffolk County, which hosts USAF units and personnel.The helicopter, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, was flying low at the time of the crash, the statement added.In Washington, a U.S. defense official said the accident killed the four U.S. Air Force crew members aboard. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the crash publicly. Local police in Norfolk County also said they believed all four crew had died. Family members will be notified before details about the victims are released.Emergency workers from the fire brigade, coast guard and police responded the scene. Police in Norfolk County believed ammunition was onboard the helicopter, and the scene was cordoned off so that experts could ensure the area was safe. Apart from the crew, nobody was put in any danger, police said. It is not yet known what caused the accident.Pave Hawks — a modified version of the better-known Black Hawks — are mostly used for combat search and rescue missions, mainly to recover downed air crew members or other personnel during war and other hostile situations. They typically practice flying low and fast, often at altitudes of hundreds, rather than thousands, of feet. Pave Hawks have been deployed in numerous missions, including to Japan in the wake of the tsunami in 2011 and to the southern U.S. after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They also support military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.last_img read more

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Report Grandfather fatally stabbed after asking man to stop doing drugs in

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. UTICA, Mich. (WSVN) — A grandfather in Michigan was stabbed to death at his grandchild’s first birthday party after he reportedly asked a man in the park to stop doing drugs in front of the children.The Macomb Daily reports the victim spotted the man using drugs on a nearby park bench during his granddaughter’s birthday party at Grant Park in Utica, about 30 miles north of Detroit.Amanda Pasho witnessed the attack, telling the newspaper that the suspect flew into a rage and stabbed the grandfather more than a dozen times.“He had his arms up to fend off the man from stabbing him,” Pasho told the Macomb Daily. “The man put his knee in the guy’s abdomen to hold him down and then put his arm across his face and began stabbing him with a knife, like non-stop, just jabbing at him with the knife.”Police arrested the suspect at the scene, WXYZ reports. Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect or victim.Christopher Kaftas told the station the victim was his best friend, and said the attack happened in front of children and family.According to Fox News, witnesses said the attacker had a box of whippets, or canisters containing nitrous oxide, which can cause hallucinations if inhaled. last_img read more

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Googles Inbox by Gmail app will apparently shut down April 2

first_img 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). 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. $6 at Tidal $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Turo Post a comment Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 0 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. 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. See It 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. Internet Services Mobile Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The iOS version of the alert still says the app “is going away at the end of March,” and suggests people start using the Gmail app instead.Google often used the Inbox app to test features before adding them to the main Gmail app. But last year’s Gmail overhaul saw that app incorporate many of Inbox’s features.Google declined to add further comment.First published at 5:19 a.m. PT.Updated at 9:50 a.m. PT: Highlights differences between Android and iOS versions of the alert. Now playing: Watch this: Apple iPhone XS Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sprint Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Google+ shutting down earlier than planned, Amazon fires… Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Google Home Hub review See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. 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. Best Buy See it Tags $210 at Best Buy $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Chris Monroe/CNET Commentscenter_img 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon Inbox by Gmail, which has a different layout to the normal Gmail app, will be gone in two weeks. Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images The Inbox by Gmail app will join Google+ in digital oblivion in two weeks, it seems.We’ve known for a few months that Google would be discontinuing the personalized email app, but some people using it on Android devices got a notification saying it will shut down on April 2 and a link pushing them to the main Gmail app.”This app will be going away in 15 days,” the alert reads. “You can find your favorite inbox features in the Gmail app. Your messages are already waiting for you.” Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Photos 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo Turo Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview See at Amazon The Cheapskate $60 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $155 at Google Express Gmail Google,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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags See It 1:04 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 7 reasons to switch to Google Inbox 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. $520 at HP $999 7 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Amazonlast_img read more

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first_imgAfter Lajpath Nagar Market we take on our  favourite Sarojini Nagar Market. After all, where else will you get some killer fashion pieces and not pay a bomb for it!? And while you are working through piles of clothes and hungers pangs strike- here’s where you can go. KHURANA JUICE CORNER: Right at the entrance to the Sarojini Nagar market which is best known for bargain shopping, you can refresh yourself with drink of your choice from a large variety of fresh juices or a special ‘nimbu’ lemon priced very reasonably and even order a sandwich or patty to gear up for day full of shopping and bargaining. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’CAKE AND DAIRY SHOP: This may not look like an up-market modern bakery and cake shop but this 18 years old out-let offers amazing cakes, pastries and rolls. Besides the sweet treats, one can have oven fresh patties and lovely burgers for a snack-on-the-go. HOT POT: Located opposite the Haldiram’s outlet, this is a popular spot amongst the shoppers and local residents as well who relish Delhi’s traditional street food staples like Chhole Bhature, Gol- gappas, Aalo Tikki, etc. But, Hot Pot’s most popular offering is their delicious Dal ka Chilla. All the items on the menu at this 19 years old eatery are pocket friendly and freshly prepared.SHYAM JUICE AND CHAAT: With reasonably priced fresh fruit or vegetable juices, cold coffee, delicious creamy Kulfi Faluda, a variety of great milkshakes and mock-tails, this is a popular hang-out for the shoppers and the local residents of all ages.last_img read more

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The Browns can still win the AFC North if this Armageddon scenario

first_imgIt seems flat out bizarre that we’re heading into Week 15 and there’s still tons of buzz around the Browns. Baker Mayfield has been upright and effective since Freddie Kitchens took over playcalling from from Todd Haley, and Cleveland has won 3 out of 4.Most have resided to the seemingly foregone conclusion that the Browns will miss out on this year’s playoffs, but there is still a ridiculously fine needle they could thread to win the AFC North. It’s a 5000/1 shot, but the fact that it’s Week 15 and the 5-7-1 Browns haven’t been mathematically eliminated from the postseason is the franchise equivalent of a Super Bowl.If this goes down, Cleveland would make the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and Mike Tomlin and Jim Harbaugh would certainly be fired for totally and completely collapsing down the stretch. Take into consideration, the Steelers are currently 1st at 7-5-1, and Baltimore is 2nd at 7-6.Here it is:The #Browns – yes, the #Browns, can still win the AFC North.Here’s how:– CLE would need to win their last 3 vs DEN, CIN & BAL.– PIT would have to lose their last 3 vs NE, NO & CIN.– BAL would have to lose to TB or LAC. 1 out of the 2.Unlikely… but would be CRAZY.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 10, 2018last_img read more

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Amazon Supplier Recruits Young Schoolchildren In China To Make Alexa Devices

first_img DEAL OF THE DAY Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийAccording to the report, Foxconn recruits teenagers ages 16 to 18 from schools surrounding the Hengyang city in China. These schoolchildren are called interns and their teachers are hired to supervise them during their shifts.In China, factories are allowed to hire children from the age of 16. However, they are not supposed to work overtime or at nights.According to China Labor Watch, the factory asks teachers to pressure interns into working overtime hours. Teachers are reported to verbally and physically attack interns with witnesses even spotting a teacher hitting one intern at one point.Responsible Business Alliance states that work hours should be limited to 60 hours every week, which already includes overtime. However, data showed that 375 of Foxconn workers are violating this rule as of July 2019.What The Companies, Students SayFor its part, Foxconn admitted that some of the operations are not in line with the country’s legal laws. The company revealed that they have already doubled their oversight of the group’s internship program with partner schools to stop making interns stay overtime and work night shifts.”There have been instances in the past where lax oversight on the part of the local management team has allowed this to happen and, while the impacted interns were paid the additional wages associated with these shifts, this is not acceptable and we have taken immediate steps to ensure it will not be repeated,” Foxconn added in a statement.At the same time, Foxconn also pointed out that its decision to tap student workers helps schoolchildren of legal age with the opportunity to gain work experience and help their future career prospects.However, student interviews revealed that the work they do in the factory has no relevance to their courses. Working conditions in the factory are also not ideal with teachers and managers warning students that their graduation and scholarship opportunities could be affected if they refuse overtime.Amazon also made it clear that it does not tolerate violations of its code of conduct and it is currently investigating the situation.”We are urgently investigating these allegations and addressing this with Foxconn at the most senior level. Additional teams of specialists arrived on-site yesterday to investigate, and we’ve initiated weekly audits of this issue,” an Amazon spokesperson told The Guardian. TAG Amazon Echo, Amazon Alexa, China Related Products Bestseller Echo Spot – Smart Alarm Clock with Alexa – Black Close An Amazon supplier in China is reportedly employing schoolchildren to produce Alexa devices. The operations are done to meet production targets.   ( Andres Urena | Pexels ) Amazon’s Alexa devices have turned out to have controversial roots. Reports revealed that hundreds of schoolchildren are tapped to make these gadgets.These children are reportedly made to work long and grueling hours to meet the goals of Amazon supplier Foxconn.Student Workers Deal With Heavy Labor, Rough TreatmentBased on leaked documents and interviews with workers, The Guardian found that schoolchildren have been working overtime and during nights to produce great volumes of the Alexa devices. Many of the cases are considered illegal under Chinese labor laws. 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Blue Mountains tourism recovery

first_img“If people are wondering how they can support the Blue Mountains the answer is quite simple – come up and enjoy yourselves… it’s a win-win for everyone.” Image: Sam Mooy. Source: News Limited. Earlier this week, forecasters had warned that fires in the region could join together to form a ‘megafire’, forcing the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to urge visitors to stay away. Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism chairman Randall Walker asked all tourism operators in the region to inform their customers to stay away on Wednesday given the severity of conditions. “Anyone who does not have an important reason to be in the Blue Mountains tomorrow, do not be there,” NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said earlier this week. While the Fairmont Resort MGallery in Leura was not directly affected by the fires, the hotel has reported losses to leisure and conference business, due to the disruptions to regular travel. Source = ETB News: P.T. The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, just outside Sydney, will face a tough road to recovery, not just in terms of property damage but significant losses to the tourism industry. The RFS has warned it may take weeks for the fires in the mountains to be totally extinguished. “It’s now very important that tourists and conference groups support the area in its recovery phase by maintaining their travel plans over the next few months,” Fairmont Resort MGallery general manager Bernie Boller said. However, with the emergency situation now downgraded, roads re-opened and milder weather on the way, hoteliers have begun returning to full operations.last_img read more

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Mortgages More Difficult to Acquire

first_img Share mortgage 2017-10-13 Dean Terrell in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Mortgages More Difficult to Acquirecenter_img The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center released their Housing Credit Availability Index (HCAI) Friday, which focuses on the share of home purchases likely to default, or go unpaid for more than 90 days past their due date. The index measures GSE loans as well as the government (FVR) channel, which includes the Federal Housing Administration, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The HCAI also covers portfolio and private-label securities (PP); both FVR and PP channels remain close or at record lows.Mortgage credit availability dropped from 5.4 percent in Q1 2017 to 5.1 percent in Q2 2017 based on data from the HCAI. A higher HCAI would indicate lenders are willing to take more risk by tolerating more defaults, while a lower HCAI would indicate the opposite, making it more difficult to get a loan. GSE loans have rebounded since Q2 2011 from 1.4 percent to 2.4 percent in Q2 2017 due to the expanded credit box for borrowers, where total risk taken on by GSE has expanded 73 percent over that time. This is cannot be said for the FVR channel where risk has remained about the same at 10.7 percent in Q2 2017 compared to its bottomed out measure of 9.6 percent in Q3 2013. The risk in the FVR channel has gone up 0.7 percent since Q1 2017.The PP channel took higher risk during the housing bubble compared to the FVR and GSE channels, but has been stabilizing since 2013. Product risk fluctuated below 0.6 percent and borrower risk around 2.0 percent 2013. The PP channel only took a 0.19 percent product risk and total default risk taken by PP remains low at 2.1 percent in Q2 2017.The full report of the Index can be viewed here. October 13, 2017 637 Views last_img read more

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Fannie Mae Promotes Forlines to CRO

first_img Fannie Mae recently announced the promotion of John Forlines to SVP and Chief Risk Officer, effective immediately.Forlines will report to the CEO and manage Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). He has been interim CRO since March 2018. “Today’s promotion reflects my confidence and the confidence of our Board that John is the right person to continue to strengthen Enterprise Risk Management and to lead its drive to become a world-class risk organization,” said Fannie Mae’s CEO Timothy J. Mayopoulos.Forlines’ experience at Fannie Mae spans over 30 years. Before assuming the role of Deputy Chief Risk Officer in December 2015, he served as Fannie Mae’s SVPt and Chief Audit Executive, and SVP and Chief Credit Officer for the company’s Single-Family division.Forlines is a certified public accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Risk Management Association and Global Association of Risk Professionals.He has a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master of business administration in human resources management from the University of Dallas. He has also completed the Chief Risk Officer Certificate program at Carnegie Mellon University. Fannie Mae GSE HOUSING John Forlines mortgage Risk Timothy J. Mayopoulos 2018-10-05 Rachel Williams Fannie Mae Promotes Forlines to CRO October 5, 2018 759 Views center_img Share in Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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