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Standing Rock protesters continue to focus on money behind pipeline

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsStanding Rock water protestors have been staging daily demonstrations at different targets.Wednesday was no different, with not one but two locations in Bismarck.last_img

Chabat Controversy King Mohammed VI Calls Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz

Casablanca — The Mauritanian Press Agency (MPA) has reported that King Mohammed VI spoke with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz over the phone, following controversy surrounding Chabat’s claims that Mauritania is sitting on Moroccan land. The call comes after a statement issued by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign affairs, issued yesterday, which reiterated the country’s official respect for Mauritania’s territorial integrity. Moroccan Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane also confirmed his travel plans to Mauritania with Le360, likely in an effort to smooth over the situation.  Istiqlal Secretary General Hamid Chabat raised controversy this week when he called Mauritania “a Moroccan territory” during a speech, adding that “Morocco’s borders extend from Sebta in the north to the Senegal river in the south.”During the call held today between King Mohammed VI and President Ould Abdelaziz, reports the MPA, “the two heads of state discussed the brotherly bilateral relations and ways to reinforce and develop them.” The MPA did not indicate that any formal discussion was held over Chabat’s controversial statement. read more

Myanmar UN rights expert voices concern over health of political prisoners

Tomás Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said he has received reports that 15 “prisoners of conscience,” currently on hunger strike in Insein prison, are being tortured or ill-treated, and that they have been denied drinking water. Eight of the prisoners have reportedly been held in dog cells, he noted in a news release. Mr. Quintana also raised concerns about the health of U Gambira, held in Kalay Prison in Kalay District, whom he had visited in jail in 2008. “I have received information that he was beaten during his transfer between prisons, leaving him suffering fits of extreme pain. He needs urgent access to medical care,” said the expert. Mr. Quintana reminded the Government of international standards – such as the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment – as the basis for humane treatment of prisoners. The Special Rapporteur reiterated his call for all political prisoners to be freed and urged that the Government investigate all allegations of mistreatment of prisoners, including U Gambira. Last month the Government released over 200 prisoners of conscience, a move welcomed by the expert, who stated that, that pending further prisoner releases, the Government should take immediate measures to improve the conditions of detention and the treatment of prisoners in compliance with international standards. “This is the time for Myanmar to not only release prisoners of conscience, but embark on more comprehensive prison reforms.” 8 November 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about the situation of political prisoners on hunger strike in Myanmar and about the health of Buddhist monk U Gambira, who needs urgent medical care. read more

SF wants army camps removed

He said that the army should do only what the army does best and not get involved in civil administration. During his victory day speech President Mahinda Rajapaksa rejected calls to close army bases in the former war zone. “We must ask if we are in a position to remove the armed forces camps in the north and reduce our attention to national security. That is not possible.”Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan told the media this week that his party would continue to press for the removal of military camps in the former war-torn northern part of the country.“The current ratio of security personnel in the north of the country is one soldier to every eight civilians. This is too much and we have highlighted the need to reduce the military presence to restore normalcy to this region,” he said. Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka says military camps in the north must be removed.Speaking to the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, Fonseka said that the military is involved in the civil administration in the north. Rajapaksa said reducing the military camps in the former war zone would be a risk to national security.“There are many who shout that the security forces camps in these areas should be removed. They ask us why they are not removed,” he said, pointing out the north was under civilian, not military rule. Sri Lanka’s key commission on accountability appointed by the president, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has also recommended that military camps be removed from the north. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Opposition claims arrests to coincide with UNHRC session

The former Media Minister said that he has no issue with criminals being arrested but he said due legal process must be followed.Rambukwella also accused the Government of violating the legal process to arrest suspects over various incidents. (Colombo Gazette) “In the Keith Noyahr case the military intelligence officers were arrested just to show the UNHRC something is being done,” he said. The joint opposition today claimed that some arrests are being made to coincide with the upcoming UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session.Joint opposition member of Parliament Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters today that military intelligence officers are being arrested over criminal incidents to show the UNHRC something is being done to address concerns on serious criminal incidents. Rambukwella claims the suspects in the Keith Noyahr case were arrested purely on some telephone calls and where they originated from. read more

New initiatives introduced to revive the economy

The concessionary income tax rate of 14% on agriculture is presently applied only for the companies engaged in agricultural businesses. The income of individuals from Agricultural undertakings will also be reduced from the existing maximum rate of 24% to 14% so that individual farming agriculture is also encouraged. Accordingly, the government is confident that the primary surplus of 1.8 percent of GDP and the budget deficit of around 4.9 percent of GDP that have been targeted for 2018 could be achieved in support for further fiscal consolidation to provide economic stability. The measures to further consolidation of external trade and payment transactions are also being examined to provide much needed stability to the exchange rate.The President and Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs have directed the implantation of the policy measures. The necessary Gazettes for the tax related proposals will be issued today and Cabinet approval sought to amend the necessary tax laws. (Colombo Gazette) In order to mitigate the impact of adverse weather conditions which resulted in farmers losing their livelihood and becoming heavily indebted, interest and the penal interest incurred by farmers and small Paddy Mill owners on loans up to a maximum of Rs.50 million, from all Commercial Banks during the past 3 years, will be written off in full and will be borne by the Government. The Government today introduced a set of new initiatives in an attempt to revive the economy.The Finance Ministry said that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Mahinda Rajapaksa, have raised concerns regarding the serious setback in the economy as reflected in the persistently low growth rates during the last three years along with the rising cost of living. The VAT rate applicable on the import of Sawn Timber will be reduced to 5% to support the local Construction Industry. VAT on import of fabric will be exempt providing benefits to the small and medium garment manufacturers. A guaranteed price scheme will be introduced for Paddy, Onion and Potatoes produced locally by our farmers. Accordingly, SCL will be raised during harvesting period to protect farmers through remunerative guaranteed prices. As  potatoes and B-Onions are  being harvested, SCL on potatoes  and B-Onions will be maintained at Rs.40 per Kg. The maximum threshold on Loan advances given by Samurdhi Banks to Samurdhi beneficiaries to support their livelihood activities will be increased by Rs.10,000/-. The Government says the consumers have been saddled with high cost of living. In this background the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs has given direction to implement following initiatives to revive the economy. Considering the high tax imposed on the Telecommunication services, the Telecommunication Levy of 25% will be reduced to 15%.The thrust of these initiatives are to encourage production and simplify the tax system. The Government says it will help households with additional income in their hands. The proposed changes to the tax system will also encourage inward remittances and savings.The Government also expects to reduce its expenditure with the rationalization of Cabinet ministries as reflected in a lessor number of ministries and reexamination of capital expenditure programs. The concessionary Income Tax rate of 14% is presently applicable under the SME categories only for Companies. This rate will be extended to include individuals including those providing professional services.Therefore,the income tax rate for professional services will be reduced from 24 percent to 14 percent. Fertilizer prices for paddy will be maintained at Rs.500/50kg bag and fertilizer prices for other crops will be reduced to Rs. 1,000/50kg bag from Rs. 1,500/50kg bag. To encourage local entrepreneurs, professionals and migrant workers to remit their earnings in foreign currency on services provided outside Sri Lanka, Income tax will be exempted on such remittances. The Prime Minister is of the view that ill-conceived economic and financial policies of the previous Government have led to this situation by marginalizing local entrepreneurs, industries and domestic production. In order to ease the pressure on high cost of living while also protecting the local farmer, Special Commodity Levy will be reduced on Dhal by Rs.5 per Kg, Chickpeas by Rs. 5 per Kg, Black gram by Rs.25 per Kg. Customs Duty will also be waived on Wheat grain to Rs. 9 per Kg from the existing waiver of Rs.6 per Kg. Sugar will be brought under the Special Commodity Levy whereby the applicable taxes on Sugar will also be reduced by Rs.10 per Kg. Accordingly, the commodity prices will be reduced with immediate effect. Withholding tax will be exempted on Interest on any savings and fixed deposits maintained in any financial institution. The adverse impact created by high indirect taxes will be mitigated by simplification of VAT and NBT. The VAT threshold will be increased from Rs.12 million per annum to Rs.24 million per annum.The threshold for the VAT liability of wholesale and retail sector also will be increased from Rs.50 million to Rs.100 million per twelve months providing benefits to small traders and businesses. Given the impact of fuel pricing on all strata of the society specially those engaged in transport, agriculture and fisheries sectors, price of Petrol (Octane 92) will be reduced by Rs. 10 per litre, Auto Diesel by Rs.7 per litre and Lubricants including the 2T lubricants used in three-wheelers and small agricultural engines by Rs.10 per litre with effect from mid night today.At the same time a cost based pricing mechanism will be implemented on fuel in place of the monthly fuel price formula. read more

Asian markets mixed after Wall Street slide

BEIJING — Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday as uneasy investors watched for signs of progress on U.S.-China trade after Wall Street slid.Shanghai retreated, Tokyo advanced and Hong Kong was unchanged.Investors who worry the U.S.-Chinese tariff war will drag the global economy into recession were left guessing after President Donald Trump’s conflicting comments on trade talks.Markets rose after Trump said Monday that Beijing was ready to negotiate seriously following two weekend phone calls. But a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman couldn’t confirm any exchange had taken place.Investors are “finding it difficult to put a finger as to where the ongoing U.S.-China trade issue is headed,” said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report. “The saying that we are a tweet (from Trump) away from the next trade escalation between U.S. and China had certainly grown to become the broad view.”The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3% to 2,892.92 and Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 advanced 0.1% to 20,484.52. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was off 4 points at 25,671.24.Seoul’s Kospi gained 0.9% to 1,942.75 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX was 0.4% higher at 6,498.20. India’s Sensex shed 0.3% to 37,541.36.Taiwan, New Zealand and Jakarta advanced while Singapore retreated.On Wall Street, investors shifted money from stocks to U.S. government bonds, gold and other traditional safe-haven assets.UBS, the largest wealth manager in the world, recommended that customers reduce their exposure to stocks, the first time the bank has done so since the depths of Europe’s debt crisis in 2012.The yield in the 10-year Treasury bond was below that of the two-year Treasury, an unusual phenomenon that has correctly predicted the five most recent recessions.The benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.3% to 2,869.16. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.5% to 25,777.90. The Nasdaq slid 0.3% to 7,826.95.U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are due to meet next month in Washington, but neither side has given any indication of offering concessions to break a deadlock. A round of talks last month in Shanghai ended with no sign of progress.Washington and Beijing fueled investor pessimism on Friday with an additional round of tit-for-tat tariff hikes. Their punitive duties on billions of dollars of each other’s goods already have battered exporters on both sides and prompted forecasters to cut economic growth outlooks.“There are no grounds to believe China will concede to a deal based on unilateral, lopsided demands under rising tariffs duress,” said Mizuho Bank in a report.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained 53 cents to $55.46 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.29 on Tuesday to close at $54.93. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 40 cents to $59.43 per barrel in London. It advanced 91 cents the previous session to $59.03.CURRENCY: The dollar advanced to 105.84 yen from Tuesday’s 105.76 yen. The euro declined to $1.1088 from $1.1092.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

UN police in DR of Congo help arrest 10 suspected of involvement

Fifteen people were killed and more than 90 homes were burned in an attack Monday on the village of Lengabo. Peacekeepers from the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) were dispatched immediately to the site.On Thursday MONUC police assisted the DRC national police during a raid on the village of Medu, which is populated by the Ngiti ethnic group suspected of being involved in the Lengabo massacre. Local accounts at the time described the incident as a dispute between two communities.Ten suspects, including two minors, were taken into custody and transferred to Bunia.Searches were conducted simultaneously within the camp of the Front de Résistance Patriotique pour l’Ituri (FRPI) situated at the centre of Medu, located west of Bunia in the North Kivu province. Documents, uniforms, pieces of armament and ammunitions were seized. read more

Protect womens rights before during and after conflict UN chief tells highlevel

At the meeting marking the 10th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1888, which created the mandate of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Council adopted a German-drafted resolution to reduce sexual violence in conflict and end rape as a weapon of war, with 13 in favour, and two countries, Russia and China, abstaining..@UN Security Council passes resolution on violence against women in conflict @endrapeinwar https://t.co/nS9avFJgGz pic.twitter.com/9wBWqXDGqv— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) April 23, 2019 UN Photo/Loey Felipe | Secretary-General António Guterres (left) with (left to right): Amal Clooney, Barrister; Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of UNODC; and Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany.“This is your Nuremberg moment”, she told the Council, referring to the trials carried out in Germany after World War Two that prosecuted Nazis and others indicted on charges of crimes against humanity. ‘A dangerous phenomenon’Sexual violence crimes committed against women across the world have become “a dangerous phenomenon” that requires action by all, Nadia Murad, UN Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, told the Council.The Yazidi survivor of rape-turned-advocate, spoke of how the thousands of Yazidi women and girls had been enslaved of in front of the local and international community, remarking that “no one intervened to stop them”.Moreover, the genocide of the Yazidis continues.“The social fabric of an entire society has been torn, the hopes and aspirations of generations were wasted”, she bemoaned. “We were prevented from practicing our traditions… [and] there were dozens of mass graves across our region.She said that the international community must “shoulder the responsibility” to rescue those still missing and in captivity since 2014.Ms. Murad said that some Yazidi women who had been subjected to sexual violence at the hand of ISIS had “broken the barrier of silence” and “told their stories to the world”, hoping for justice.“However, so far, not a single person was tried for sexual enslavement crimes against the Yazidis”, she informed the Council, adding that more than 350,000 Yazidis are still displaced in camps.“After five years since the genocide against my people, as the world stood and watched, no clear steps have been taken to save the surviving Yazidis”, she said.Asking that those perpetrators who “used Yazidi women as weapons of war” be brought to justice, Ms. Murad urged that they be tried before an international tribunal “for crimes of genocide and sexual violence against women and children” to send a message to others that would “prevent such crimes in the future.” Lengthy negotiations reportedly took place over the wording of the final resolution, with some Members arguing against the establishment of a formal new reporting mechanism, and also references to womens’ reproductive and sexual health service provisions.  Addressing the overall scourge, Mr. Guterres said that “Local civil society organizations, many of them women’s organizations, are on the frontlines of our efforts to prevent and provide redress for this crime, and they deserve our strong and consistent support.”Sexual violence in war “largely affects women and girls because it is closely linked to broader issues of gender inequality and discrimination”, Mr. Guterres said, adding that “prevention” must be based on “promoting women’s rights and gender equality in all areas, before, during and after conflict”.“This must include women’s full and effective participation in political, economic and social life and ensuring accessible and responsive justice and security institutions”, he said.Mr. Guterres also recognized the links between sexual violence in conflict, gender inequality and discrimination, and violent extremism and terrorism.“Extremists and terrorists often build their ideologies around the subjugation of women and girls and use sexual violence in various ways, from forced marriage to virtual enslavement”, he explained. “Sexual violence continues to fuel conflict and severely impacts the prospects for lasting peace”.  “I encourage this Council to include the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in all your country-specific resolutions, and in the mandates of peace operations”, he said.Mr. Guterres stressed the need to strengthen justice and accountability, saying that despite a handful of high-profile convictions, “there is widespread impunity for sexual violence in conflict” and that most “are never reported, investigated and much less prosecuted”.He encouraged the Council to continue working together “to reconcile differences”, as the “global “response to these crimes must ensure punishment of the perpetrators and comprehensive support to survivors with full respect for their human rights”. ‘Stand on the right side of history’World-renowned human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, recounted some of the “important milestones” she had reached advocating on behalf of Yazadi women and girls from northern Iraq, thousands of whom were sold into sexual slavery by extremist group ISIL.She said that two weeks ago in Germany, she had represented the mother of a five-year old Yazidi child, at the first trial against an ISIS terrorist fighter, facing war crimes charges.Ms. Clooney said the mother had been “enslaved, chained outdoors to a window, and left to slowly die of thirst in the scorching heat” but now justice was being served and he “faces charges of murder as a war crime”.“Crimes committed by ISIS against women and girls are unlike anything we have witnessed in modem time” she said, adding that “the question of bringing them to justice has barely raised a whisper…if we don’t act now, it will be too late”. Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, addresses the Security Council meeting on women and peace and security, with a focus on sexual violence in conflict. (April 2019), by UN Photo/Loey Felipe“Together, we can and must replace impunity with justice, and indifference with action”, stressed the Secretary-General.‘Utterly shell-shocked’ communitiesAlthough stigma and other social barriers contribute to the chronic underreporting of sexual violence, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, told the Council that “we now understand much more about its many forms, drivers, and impacts, and about the devastating physical, psychological, and social burdens survivors bear”.And yet, after a decade of concerted attention and action to deal with this crime, she spelled out: “Wars are still being fought on, and over, the bodies of women and girls”.“Sexual violence fuels conflict and severely impacts the prospects for lasting peace” Ms. Patten stated, adding that it is used “precisely because it is such an effective means to target individuals and devastate entire communities”.The UN envoy painted a picture of victims targeted because of their ethnic, religious, political or clan affiliation.Ms. Patten recounted a visit to South Sudan where she was “horrified” by the “sheer brutality of the sexual violence, perpetrated along ethnic lines against women and girls, even children as young as 4 years”.She described “utterly shell-shocked” communities in the UN Protection of Civilian site in the capital, Juba, who were ganged raped and abducted for sexual slavery.“Imagine a desperation so raw that parents would marry their daughter off to one stranger to spare her rape by many”, she asserted.“If we are ever to prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place, we must confront the unacceptable reality that it is still largely cost-free to rape a woman, child or man in armed conflicts around the world”, she said. “To turn the tide, we must increase the cost and consequences for those who commit, command or condone sexual violence in conflict”.“We must convert a centuries-old culture of impunity into a culture of accountability,” concluded the Special Representative. read more

How Google Searches Can Predict Hockey Ticket Sales
How Google Searches Can Predict Hockey Ticket Sales

As you can see, there’s a strong correlation. Nine of the 10 most popular teams based on Google searches also ranked in the top 10 in ticket sales this season, the exception being the Philadelphia Flyers.Further, there are huge differences in ticket sales between the top and bottom teams. Whereas fans spent only $27 million on Florida Panthers tickets this season, they shelled out more than $184 million (in U.S. dollars) to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play.Most of the differences are based on discrepancies in ticket prices rather than attendance. The NHL is a terrific live-spectator experience — I say this as someone who spends way too much on Rangers tickets — and most NHL teams can sell out their arenas if they charge the right price. But the right price varies. Whereas the average ticket cost $236 in Toronto, it was $74 in Tampa.The relationship is even clearer if we chart the data:You’ll notice that there are some diminishing returns to having more fans in your area.3I’ve used a logarithmic curve to fit the data, which tracks it more closely than a linear fit. Perhaps this is because there are only so many good seats available for each game or because larger markets like Toronto and New York have more non-hockey substitutes for the fan’s entertainment dollar.Still, the correlation is clear, and very strong. The size of the fan base, based on Google searches, accounts for 81 percent of the differences in ticket sales.4The 81 percent figure reflects the coefficient of determination of the regression line.You could undoubtedly do a bit better still by accounting for other factors, like how well the team has played recently. The on-ice success of the Chicago Blackhawks may explain why they do so well at the box office, for instance.But there aren’t a lot of exceptions, and there aren’t a lot of favorable precedents for a hockey team in Las Vegas. The Nashville Predators are a comparative success story — they’re a very good team that’s made some inroads in a highly non-traditional hockey market. And yet, while the Preds are usually selling out their rink, fans are paying comparatively little for tickets. So Nashville ranked just 24th in NHL ticket spending this year, and the Predators have barely been breaking even financially.Several other teams in non-traditional hockey markets — the Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers, for instance — are losing money. And most of them play in metro areas with considerably larger populations than Las Vegas.When should you be skeptical of Google Trends data? Sometimes ambiguities of language can cause problems. (Do you mean Kenny Rogers the singer or Kenny Rogers the pitcher?) And as the complexity of the analysis increases, so can the potential for error. It proved to be more difficult than Google expected to determine which searches predicted flu outbreaks, for example — although that was more an issue of flawed analysis than faulty data.In this case, though, Google is just stating the obvious: Putting an NHL team in a small market in the middle of the desert isn’t a good gamble. You may have doubts, as some readers did, about whether Google searches are a reliable way to predict that an NHL expansion team would struggle in Las Vegas. But it’s actually a pretty good way to forecast this kind of thing, and there’s another way to prove it:It turns out that there’s a strong relationship between Google searches and an NHL team’s bottom line. How often fans are Googling the term “NHL” in a metro area reliably predicts how much they’re spending on hockey tickets.In the chart below, I’ve estimated how much fans spent on tickets at each NHL arena during the past regular season. The process is simple: I just took total home attendance and multiplied it by the average ticket price.1The average ticket price is estimated based on a 50/50 blend of face-value and resale-market prices. For face-value prices, I used data from Team Marketing Report. For resale prices, I used data from TiqIQ, averaging prices from the start of the 2014-15 season and its most recent report in February. Then I compared ticket spending against the estimated number of NHL fans in each market based on Google search traffic.2The only new wrinkle: I subdivided fans between the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils based on the relative Google search volume for each team in the New York metro area. The Rangers are more popular than the other teams and capture more than half of New York’s hockey fan base. I did the same in the Los Angeles area; the LA Kings are more popular than the Anaheim Ducks. read more

Ireland to promote EU presidency with branded ties and scarves

first_imgIRELAND IS TO promote its forthcoming presidency of the European Union’s council of ministers by offering visitors and staff branded neckties and scarves commemorating Ireland’s six-month stint at the helm.The Department of Foreign Affairs has awarded tenders to companies in counties Monaghan and Clare to provide neckties for men and scarves for women as branded accessories to promote Ireland’s term as president of the European Council.Each is intended “to be used as promotional mementoes” to mark Ireland’s six month term, which begins on January 1.15 tenders were received for the contract to provide the men’s neckties, while eight applicants sought the contract for the women’s scarves. Notices published by the Department do not indicate the value of the contracts reached.The branded garments will bear stylised versions of the official logo for Ireland’s presidency, which was decided in a public vote earlier this year.Notices published by the Department of Foreign Affairs also show the department will be seeking outside contractors to provide a series of other services, including the provision of meals and refreshments, ground transport services, interpretation and translation, website hosting, and more.The European Council is likely to see over 1,600 meetings of various levels, with about 160 held in Ireland, including at least one visit from each cabinet minister of the other 26 EU member states.last_img read more

Gasoline prices fall to 246 per gallon in Vancouver

first_imgGas got cheaper by the day in Vancouver over the past week, with regular unleaded dropping by a dime to $2.46 per gallon in this week’s AAA Oregon/Idaho survey.The state as a whole also averaged a gasoline price of $2.46 per gallon, the ninth-highest in the nation. Oregon came in 10th place nationally with gasoline at $2.44 per gallon. To the east, Idaho prices dropped by 15 cents to $2.07, the 34th most expensive of the 50 states.The national average for regular unleaded has fallen for a record 103 days and now is selling for an average of $2.19 per gallon, AAA reported.last_img read more

BSO deputy goes into cardiac arrest outside Broward Jail
BSO deputy goes into cardiac arrest outside Broward Jail

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews rushed a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy to the hospital in cardiac arrest after he collapsed while escorting a man to his car outside the Broward County Jail, Friday.According to deputies, they stopped a man from entering the jail lobby when they discovered a knife on him. Officials said the man came to the Fort Lauderdale facility to either collect his belongings or the belongings of another person.Security asked the man to return the knife to his vehicle before entering the building.A BSO deputy was escorting the man, who was not in custody, when the deputy collapsed in the parking lot.According to officials, the man with the knife fled, and the deputy was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center in cardiac arrest. He reportedly had to be shocked with a defibrillator either on the way or at the hospital.“An ambulance was on site within three minutes, and I was told to resuscitate him,” said a nurse who did not want to be identified.According to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, the deputy is currently under a medically-induced coma. Fort Lauderdale Police set up a perimeter around the jail and courthouse facility, but it has since been lifted.Officers found a man matching the description of the man with the knife and questioned him.The subject was detained at a park alongside the New River. It’s unclear what, if any, charges he might be facing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmington Man Suffers LifeThreatening Injuries In Connecticut Crash
Wilmington Man Suffers LifeThreatening Injuries In Connecticut Crash

first_imgMANCHESTER, CT — 59-year-old Mark Geanakakis, of Wilmington, suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle car accident on Interstate 84 in Connecticut during the early morning of Saturday, August 3, 2019.According to Connecticut State Police, Geanakakis was driving east on I-84, near Exit 63, around 2:50am on Saturday when his SUV was struck from behind by another SUV driven by 37-year-old Jermaine Clark, of East Hartford.Geanakakis was ejected from his vehicle, which rolled over and caught fire.Geanakakis suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital.Clark suffered minor injuries and was evaluated on scene by emergency personnel.The accident remains under investigation.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Man Injured In Fatal Car Crash In WoburnIn “Police Log”REPORTS: Wilmington Man Killed In Crane Accident In New HampshireIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 29: Car vs. Pole; Raccoon ConcernsIn “Police Log”last_img read more

911 after 16 yrs New Yorkers still on edge
911 after 16 yrs New Yorkers still on edge

first_img.It’s a typical late summer weekend in New York’s Times Square, and tourists from around the world are snapping pictures beneath the commercial hub’s iconic neon billboards-watched closely by a heavy contingent of police.Four cruisers are parked in the middle of the busy intersection, and pedestrian zones have been surrounded by barriers to stop cars from ramming the crowd, a mode of attack favored by violent extremists in recent years.“I don’t like to come to places like this,” says Sue Garcia, a massage therapist from Brooklyn. “Or anywhere where incidents have happened repeatedly-the fear comes to mind.”Fear of an attack. Fear of another 9/11, the deadliest terrorist assault in history, when almost 3,000 lives were extinguished, many in the rubble of the World Trade Center.For New Yorkers who lost loved ones, narrowly survived or just witnessed the event, memories remain fresh and old wounds are re-opened on its anniversary. And a perpetual state of high alert is the new normal.Garcia, now 33, was a high schooler when the planes slammed into the Twin Towers. She saw them burn then collapse, and walked all the way home like hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers that day after metro services were suspended.“I was there, I saw it over and over again, I don’t need to think about it,” she says.But her mind always drifts toward the horrors of that day, whenever it is mentioned on TV, or even “when I hear an airplane: it is like the trigger to the thought. It has subsided over the years but it is still there” she adds.Or while waiting to meet her sister in Times Square, “The Crossroads of the World,” that symbolizes the spirit of New York.Close calls -Twice in recent years, catastrophe loomed. In May 2010, police discovered a car packed with explosives and primed for carnage.In May, a mentally-ill ex-soldier deliberately drove his sedan into 23 pedestrians, killed a young American tourist.The episodes of anxiety described by Garcia are a burden borne by many New Yorkers.For those directly affected, the anniversary of the attacks are the “most dreaded date” of the year and post-traumatic stress can remain for an individual’s entire life, says Charles Strozier, a psychoanalyst and author of a book that documents the experiences of survivors and witnesses.“There was a collective trauma, the sense of having been proven to be not invulnerable,” he says.“To say that New Yorkers are still traumatized is an exaggeration. But they think about it, they are aware of it, they do have active fears just below the surface of consciousness about things like bombs in the subways,” adds the professor, who watched the destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) from his office just off Union Square.Many are also convinced that, even though recent terror attacks have focused on Europe, it is New York, the beating heart of the Western world, that remains the prime target.Prime target -“What better target, unfortunately, than NYC?” asks Tim Lambert, an IT consultant.Then, as now, he worked on the southern tip of Manhattan near the WTC site. The city, he says, is a “magnet for people from all over the world… It symbolizes the freedoms that we have, the money that we have. What better way to make a statement?”The 52-year-old says a heavier police presence is now a fact of life that people have come to expect.“I am not comfortable with it, but it is the new norm. The world is changing and the terrorist threat is part of that change,” he adds.They are apprehensions shared by the city’s leaders.“Thank God this is not an act of terrorism. It is an isolated incident,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in June when a doctor went on a shooting rampage in a hospital where he used to work in Bronx, killing one and injuring six.When the car ramming incident happened in May, police chief James O’Neill admitted “the worst went through my mind.”To protect its 8.5 million inhabitants, New York has to remain fully prepared.See something, say something -A 38,000 strong police force that keeps watch over the city’s public spaces, a massive network of cameras providing round-the-clock surveillance and a ubiquitous campaign to remind denizens “If you see something, say something,” are all reminders of the cost of security.Since 2001, the city has had its own anti-terrorist unit, which today has about 2,000 personnel and representatives in several foreign capitals, according to Robert Strang, president of the New York-based Investigative Management Group.The agency has at times courted controversy, notably for its programme that monitored citizens frequenting the city’s mosques which was criticized for being discriminatory.But the intelligence network is essential and overall and has been successful in preventing major new attacks, said Strang.The US financial capital also wants to set an example when it comes to honoring the victims of terror abroad.After recent attacks in Europe, authorities were quick to offer their condolences and assistance, and turned off the lights at the Empire State Building in a mark of solidarity.And the 11 September Memorial, with its two immense black granite craters, built on the site of the Twin Towers, has become a site of meditation and mourning not just for New York but for the entire world.It’s “a memorial to all the terror victims in a way,” said Monique Mol, a 52-year-old Dutch tourist.“It is like these people will live forever-like the pyramids and the mummified pharaohs in Egypt.”last_img read more

Hogan Secretly Tries to Keep NFL Franchise in Prince Georges County
Hogan Secretly Tries to Keep NFL Franchise in Prince Georges County

first_imgBy Mark Gray, AFRO Staff Writer,  mgray@afro.comWith the District of Columbia ready to make a strong run at luring the professional football franchise back to the place it represents, Gov. Larry Hogan appears ready to call a Hail Mary to try and keep the team from leaving the free state.According to MarylandMatters.org – an independent, non-partisan, non-profit website that covers state politics – the Hogan administration reached the parameters of a deal with the U.S. Department of Interior to gain control of land near National Harbor as part of a strategy to keep Washington’s NFL from heading back to D.C.Oxon Cove Park is one of the sites being considered for the new Redskins stadium. (Courtesy Photo)The memorandum of understating involves a 300-acre tract at Oxon Cove Park, which is located inside the Capital Beltway just prior to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. This clandestine deal was reportedly negotiated between Maryland officials in September 2017 but wasn’t made public until a recent story published in The Washington Post.  It also reportedly involves two separate letters from Hogan and former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker sent to President Donald J. Trump to request the Department of Interior transfer the site to the county.Maryland’s new potential home site being eyed for a possible NFL stadium is home to two popular attractions — the Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm – that were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. According to The Post, the city’s lease on the stadium site, with the National Park Service, states the land must be used for “stadium purposes” or “recreational facilities, open space or public outdoor recreation opportunities,” only excluding commercial development.Washington’s NFL franchise has played in front of more empty seats despite a season where they remain in contention for the playoffs. However, despite the efforts of the new aggressive marketing team, they haven’t been able to improve the overall fan experience. Most games are filled with fans of opposing teams who purchase unused season tickets from disgruntled owners choosing not to brave the elements or deal with traffic problems heading into and leaving games.The original configuration has been altered as the team has removed thousands of seats due to declining fan interest. A new generation of fans – without allegiance to days when the franchise was among the NFL’s elite – have grown alienated and are not continuing the legacy of watching games in the stadium. During this dismal era – since Daniel M. Snyder wrestled the franchise away from Jack Kent Cook heirs – the organization confirms there is no longer a waiting list for season tickets.Another suburban Maryland stadium as home for the franchise appears to be a difficult sell for the fan base that has become disillusioned with traveling to FedEx Field, which has become antiquated.  Despite attempts to remodel the facility it remains less than state of the art by standards set by the new generation of stadiums around the NFL. Snyder reportedly commissioned an architect to begin design work on a new stadium that would revive memories of RFK Stadium although the lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027.The Post also reported that the organization and certain congressional leaders are pushing for a provision in a federal budget deal that would enable the club to build a new stadium at the site of the old RFK Stadium in Northeast, D.C.Amelia Chasse, Hogan’s communications director, reportedly said he has met with Snyder at least twice to discuss the Oxon Cove site as an ideal location for a new stadium.  However, elected officials in Prince George’s County feel they’ve been made bystanders on a high-profile project that would have a major impact on area residents.last_img read more

Facebook Might Remove AntiVaccine Recommendations

first_img ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event Facebook might take extra steps to remove misleading anti-vaccine information from its social network site.The company, which has taken measures to minimize fake news, is still having issues with hoax content: Information urging people to not vaccinate their children has gone viral on the social media platform, and it might have played a role in measles outbreaks across the U.S., Bloomberg reported.This dilemma was brought to the attention of Representative Adam Schiff, who sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday and asked him to address the fake information issue. In the letter, he urged tech companies, including Facebook, to take action against fake anti-vaccine information due to the resurgence of measles in many states.AdChoices广告Democratic lawmaker Adam Schiff is questioning Google and Facebook about anti-vaccine information on their platforms https://t.co/r0dgYEvWZU— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) February 14, 2019“There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surface on the websites where many Americans get their information,” Schiff wrote in the letter. “The algorithms which power these services are not designed to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information, and the consequences of that are particularly troubling for public health issues.”Facebook responded to Schiff’s letter and told Bloomberg in a statement that it’s “exploring additional measures to best combat the problem.” These next steps might include minimizing or reducing false anti-vaccine content from recommendations, including Facebook’s Groups You Should Join, and giving them a lower ranking in Facebook search results. Additionally, Facebook will step up its fake news policing to ensure more authoritative information is available on its social network site.In addition to cracking down on false anti-vaccine content, Facebook recently announced new page initiatives that will try to reduce fake news. In January, Facebook added a page quality tab and an updated recidivism policy, which aim to make the social media platform more credible and transparent for users.More on Geek.com:Facebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake NewsFacebook Messenger Will Now Let You Delete MessagesFacebook Is Reportedly Integrating Its Social Messaging Apps Stay on targetlast_img read more

Promoting Indian culture through books
Promoting Indian culture through books

first_img“Without knowledge, one cannot attain salvation,” said Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) while inaugurating the Noida-Greater Noida Book Fair recently. The book fair is being organised by National Book Trust, India at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida from September 12 – 18.Dr. Mahesh Sharma added that books open up the door for development. Therefore, it is important to spread the culture of reading good books across the society. He also appreciated National Book Trust, India’s role in promoting Indian culture through books. Reflecting upon the importance of books, Dr Mahesh Sharma said that books change the course of life and guide people in distress to take the right course. He urged people to be a part of this book fair to gain knowledge through books. NP Singh, District Magistrate, Gautam Buddha Nagar was the chief guest on the occasion. He observed that our ancient texts are the basis of our culture and knowledge. They have played a significant role in passing wisdom from generation to generation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEarlier, Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman, NBT welcomed the guests. He opined that the habit of reading has not diminished as a large number of people enthusiastically participate in the book fairs and mobile exhibitions that are organised in different corners of the country. He also informed that NBT has come up with two new series namely ‘Veergatha’ series on Paramveer Chakra awardees and ‘Women Pioneer’ series on great women activists. More than 100 publishers, distributors and booksellers are participating in the book fair and are displaying books on all subjects and genres. A discount of 10% on the sale of all books, and special discount will be given on library purchases.last_img read more

Bodies of mother daughter found hanging
Bodies of mother daughter found hanging

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a woman and her daughter whose bodies were found hanging from the ceiling inside their house.The incident occurred in the Jhargram’s Sankrail area on Monday night. The incident triggered tension among locals. The victims have been identified as Pramila Mahato and Chanchala Mahato. Locals found the victims hanging from the ceiling of two separate rooms. They reported the matter to the local police station. After being informed police reached the spot and recovered the bodies. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNo suicide note has been recovered from their rooms. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect the victims might have committed suicide. They are also investigating to know if the mother instigated her daughter to commit suicide and then killed herself. Police have sent the bodies for autopsy. They are waiting for the reports. Locals told police the mother used to reside there with her daughter. The victims might have committed suicide over a family quarrel. Police are interrogating the locals and some of the family members of the victims. A detailed probe has been initiated.last_img read more

As World Awaits Apples iPhone 6 Analysts Expect Dull Q2 Results

first_imgiPad 2Image credit: leondel via Flickr This story originally appeared on CNBC Register Now » Where will growth come from?Investors should focus on the upcoming product cycle and new product categories to drive growth, but shouldn’t expect these catalysts until the second half of this year, analysts said. According to reports, Apple is planning to launch two larger iPhone models, a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch version, this fall. The current iPhone 5S is a 4-inch model.Lamba said he expects the 4.7-inch model to be introduced around September and the 5.5-inch unit to launch around November.It’s also speculated that the company will roll out a wearable product, likely an iWatch, during the second half of this year, according to analysts.”We expect investors to focus on the new products to be introduced later this year instead of the company’s performance in the March or guidance for June,” Lamba said in his note. “The company is clearly off to a slower start for the year but product launches in the second half should help improve the sentiment and its financial performance.”Apple’s stock has risen more than 30 percent over the last year to about $530 a share. However, it is down from its 52-week high of $575.14. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Apple is expected to report fiscal second-quarter earnings of $10.18 per share—which is just 1 percent growth year over year—on revenue of $43.53 billion, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters.The iPhone maker has forecast its revenue would fall to between $42 billion and $44 billion in the quarter, no better than it did in the same period last year.Marshall, who has a “buy” rating on the stock with a price target of $600, estimates the company will post more conservative earningsof $9.75 per share on revenue of $42.7 billion.Part of the tepid mood on the quarter is the early release of the iPhone 5S to international markets.Apple launched its latest iPhone in markets outside the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2013, which is much earlier than the company normally sells its updated smartphone in foreign markets. Consumers who would have normally bought Apple’s latest smartphone in the company’s second quarter, likely already made a purchase in a previous quarter.”While this is the case almost every year due to AAPL’s once-a-year product release cycle, we believe the pause this year could be magnified,” he said.During the company’s second quarter last year it sold 37.4 million iPhones and 19.5 million iPads, which is a bit stronger than what the company is estimated to have sold during the same period this year.The Street is predicting Apple shipped 37 million iPhones and 19.5 million iPads in the second quarter, which is a far cry from the company’s record-breaking first quarter this year when it sold 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads.”We expect iPhone sales to fall short of expectations while iPad results should be in-line. Our checks indicated that iPhone shipments could be around 35 million units in the quarter,” said Abhey Lamba, a senior technology analyst at Mizuho Securities, in a recent note to clients.”For iPads, the company experienced increasing competition from lower-cost Android offerings though iPads continue to offer significant advantage over other solutions.”Lamba, who has a “buy” rating on the stock and a $575 price target, also estimates that revenue and EPS for the second quarter will fall below consensus. He predicts that the company will report revenue between $42 billion and $43 billion with EPS coming in around $9.75 to $10.center_img With many consumers holding out for the new iPhone 6 model and subsequently not driving up sales, Apple is likely to report unimpressive earnings after the bell on Wednesday, analysts say.Many are waiting for the iPhone 6 to hit the market before they upgrade their smartphones and that means dull quarterly earnings for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company.”With the much anticipated iPhone 6 due for release later this year, we believe many potential iPhone buyers will pause before the major upgrade,” said Brian Marshall, an analyst at ISI Group, in a recent note to clients. April 23, 2014 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more