Quickthinking truckers corral AWOL horse on busy Alberta highway

first_imgBALZAC, Alta. – Two semi-trailer truck drivers are being praised for playing a little blacktop rodeo when they used their big rigs to safely steer an AWOL horse off a busy highway north of Calgary and prevent the chance of a collision.Airdrie RCMP say they got word around 4 a.m. Monday from an Edmonton woman who said her horse had escaped from a racetrack stable in the Balzac area.The horse was later spotted galloping down the middle of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway near the community when the truck drivers worked together with their semis to corral it in a ditch, then control it with harness fashioned from a tow strap.“I think the horse had kind of stopped in the headlights and started to move toward a ditch,” said Const. Dan Martin, an RCMP spokesman.“One truck stopped and blocked the horse from getting back on the highway. The other driver stopped to help and, between the two of them, they were able to approach it and put the harness on. Police arrived shortly after.”Martin said it helped that the horse appeared to be calm and that one of the drivers seems to know his way around animals.“One of the investigators explained that the driver who made the harness seemed to be quite familiar with livestock. I’m assuming he’s worked with horses or cattle before and kind of knew what to do.”There were no reports of drivers having to swerve to miss the horse, and police did not have to set up roadblocks to reroute motorists during the roundup.The Mounties contacted an Airdrie towing company that came to the scene with a livestock trailer to transport the horse back to Airdrie for pickup by its owner.Martin said the woman was thankful the animal was not injured.“She was quite upset that her horse was able to get out, but quite thankful for everybody — RCMP as well as the towing company and the trucks drivers — for working together to get it back.”Police will not be laying charges.Martin said the Airdrie detachment is no stranger to calls about livestock on the loose, but admitted this case was somewhat different.“We definitely get a lot of cattle that get out and walk around highways here all the time, but (escaped) horses are quite rare for sure.”Martin also said there’s no “black and white answer” when it comes to whether drivers should follow the lead of the two truckers if they come across escaped livestock on a busy road.“If somebody was trying to move ducks and stopping traffic, well that could be quite dangerous,” he said. “Exercise caution and use common sense, and hopefully all ends well for everybody.”last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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Full service restored after holiday storm cuts power for many Nova Scotians

first_imgHALIFAX – Crews have resolved the last remaining power outages in Nova Scotia, about four days after a major storm knocked out electricity for tens of thousands of customers, Nova Scotia Power said on Friday.The utility issued a press release on Friday afternoon saying all of the 158,000 customers who were affected by widespread outages over the holidays have their power back.“This completes restoration of customers who lost power in the Christmas Day / Boxing Day storm,” the news release said, “other than customers with damaged electrical equipment who must have an electrician complete repairs before power can safely be restored.”Winds of more than 100 kilometres per hour gusted through Nova Scotia on Christmas Day and into Boxing Day, snapping power lines and toppling utility poles in many parts of the province.Crews restored electricity to a handful of customers on islands in Mahone Bay on Friday morning, the release said, and later in the day completed reconstruction of the electrical system along one Dartmouth street where 10 hydro poles had been downed.Nova Scotia Power’s web site had estimated 100 customers were without power at 7 a.m. on Friday, but the utility said in a morning press release that some of those outages were not caused by the storm.The utility had said electricity would be returned to all customers on Friday after pushing restoration estimates several times in recent days.last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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A timeline of events in the case of Meng Wanzhou

first_imgVANCOUVER — A timeline of the Meng Wanzhou case, and rising tension between Canada and China.2018Aug. 22: A New York court issues a warrant for the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.Dec. 1: Canadian authorities arrest Meng at Vancouver’s airport while she is en route from Hong Kong to Mexico, after an extradition request from the Americans. The news becomes public on Dec. 5.Dec. 6: China demands Canada release Meng and “immediately correct the mistake” officials made in arresting her. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng’s arrest.In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Meng’s case is part of an independent legal process with no outside political influence.Dec. 7: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s envoy to China has briefed Chinese officials about Meng’s case. She declines to comment on suggestions from analysts and former diplomats that China will likely retaliate by jailing Canadians.In Vancouver, Meng appears in court, where allegations of fraud are laid out. The U.S. alleges Meng misled American banks in a bid to get around American sanctions on Iran.Dec. 8: Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, is summoned to a meeting with China’s assistant foreign minister so the country can register complaints about Meng’s arrest. “China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained Huawei executive … or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for,” the assistant minister, Le Yucheng, says in a statement.Dec. 9: China summons the American ambassador to China to lodge similar complaints about Meng’s case and demand the U.S. rescind the order for her arrest.Dec. 10: Chinese authorities arrest two Canadian men. Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor. Kovrig’s arrest becomes public on Dec. 11. Spavor’s becomes public on Dec. 12.Meanwhile, China’s vice premier, with responsibility for the domestic economy, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talk about the ongoing tariff battle between the two countries.Dec. 11: In the morning, Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, tells reporters it is “absolutely false” to assume a political motive behind the Meng’s arrest.Later in the day, Meng is released on $10 million bail. In an affidavit submitted for a bail hearing, Meng, 46, details a lifetime of health issues, including thyroid cancer, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.The day ends with U.S. President Donald Trump telling Reuters in an interview that he would “certainly intervene” in Meng’s case “if I thought it was necessary” to help forge a trade deal with China.Dec. 12: China’s foreign ministry says it has no information about Kovrig, but says the organization he worked with — the International Crisis Group — was not registered in China, making its activities in the country illegal.The Liberals spend the day outlining how the extradition process will work, reiterating that it is an independent process. Trudeau reaffirms Canada’s commitment to the rule of law, “regardless of what goes on in other countries.” Freeland warns any comments made in the United States could be used by Meng’s lawyers before Canadian courts, which would have to judge their relevance in deciding whether to follow through on the American extradition request.Dec. 13: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accuses Trudeau of taking a “naive approach” to China, leaving Canada without “the leverage that we might otherwise have” to resolve the situation. He calls on Trudeau to reach out to the highest levels of the Chinese government.Earlier in the day, Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, says the arrests of the two Canadians were plainly a response to Meng’s arrest: “That’s the Chinese playbook and again the problem we always have with China is when we launch legitimate concerns over whatever it is, China comes back and does these kinds of actions.”China’s foreign ministry says Kovrig and Spavor have been detained on suspicion of “endangering national security.”Dec. 14: Canadian officials are granted consular access to Kovrig, and McCallum meets with him in Beijing. Meng’s case comes up during a meeting between Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the two agreeing that no politics be injected into the extradition process. Pompeo publicly calls on China to release Kovrig and Spavor.Dec. 16: Canadian diplomats in China are granted consular access to Spavor.Dec. 19: Global Affairs Canada says a third Canadian has been detained in China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has no reason to believe the case is linked to the detention of Kovrig and Spavor. The next day, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian woman, Sarah McIver, received an administrative penalty for illegal employment.Dec. 20: Indictments unsealed in the United States allege two Chinese citizens targeted companies in Canada and around the world as part of a years-long hacking campaign to steal data.Dec. 21: Kovrig’s employer, the International Crisis Group, says he has not been given access to a lawyer while in custody. A source familiar with the conditions of Kovrig’s detention says he is questioned three times a day and kept in a room with the lights on continuously.Freeland formally demands both men be let go, calling in a statement “for their immediate release.” Similar statements come out from the United States, Britain and the European Union.Dec. 22: During a visit to Canadian peacekeepers in Mali, Trudeau says countries around the world are “extremely disturbed” by China’s detention of Spavor and Kovrig.Dec. 24: China’s foreign ministry calls out the U.S., Britain and EU, saying the trio should be condemning Canada for Meng’s arrest. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying says Canada should “correct its mistakes” and stop acting at the behest of the United States. She says Kovrig and Spavor’s rights are being respected in custody.Dec. 27: Chinese state media bring up the case of a Canadian man charged with drug smuggling. The Global Times, an English-language publication of the official People’s Daily, says Robert Lloyd Schellenberg appeal of his conviction will be heard on Dec. 29. Global Affairs says the case has been ongoing for several years.Dec. 28: Global Affairs confirms that McIver has returned to Canada after being released.Dec. 29: A Chinese court orders a retrial for Schellenberg, raising the possibility of a harsher sentence, including death. The Wall Street Journal reports Chinese authorities took the odd measure of inviting a number of news outlets to the appeal.Dec. 30: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne says in a statement that her government is “very concerned” about Kovrig’s and Spavor’s detentions. Earlier in the day, a group of 36 Australian academics demanded their government “call for the immediate release of these two detainees.”2019Jan. 3: At a news conference, China’s prosecutor general Zhang Jun says Kovrig and Spavor “without a doubt” violated Chinese law. He says the investigation is also following the rule of law, but doesn’t provide more details about the allegations.Jan. 7: The Prime Minister’s Office says Donald Trump has affirmed his respect for judicial independence. In a summary of a phone call between Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the PMO indicated the leaders discussed the high-profile U.S. extradition request — though Meng was not named — and agreed on the importance of respecting the independence of judges and the rule of law.Jan. 08: Canadian officials visit Spavor for a second time. Global Affairs Canada says it is also trying to arrange another meeting with Kovrig.Jan. 9: China’s envoy in Ottawa suggests Canada and its Western allies are white supremacists for calling for the release of two Canadians imprisoned last month by his country’s communist government.  Ambassador Lu Shaye makes the accusation in an op-ed in the Hill Times.Jan. 10: Kovrig receives a consular visit for the second time since his arrest.Jan. 14: Trudeau says he’s very concerned to see China “acting arbitrarily” by applying the death penalty to a Canadian convicted of drug trafficking. He says Canada will do all it can to intervene on Robert Lloyd Schellenberg’s behalf after a court in Dalian in northeastern Liaoning province announced it had given Schellenberg the death penalty after reconsidering his case.Jan. 15: China expresses its “strong dissatisfaction” with Trudeau over his criticism of Schellenberg’s sentence. Trudeau should “respect the rule of law, respect China’s judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says. Jan. 16: The U.S. State Department says China’s death sentence against Schellenberg is “politically motivated.” A statement says Pompeo and Freeland spoke and “expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals.”Jan. 17: Ambassador Shaye says Canada’s arrest of Meng was an act of “backstabbing” by a friend. Lu warns of “repercussions” if Canada bars the firm from its new 5G network for security reasons, as have three of its intelligence-sharing allies.Jan. 18: Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government’s decision on whether to ban Huawei from being used in Canada’s next generation 5G wireless network will not be influenced by threats of retaliation from China.Jan. 22: China demands the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite Meng. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Meng’s case was out of the ordinary and Canada’s extradition treaty with the U.S. infringed on the “safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”Jan. 23: Ambassador McCallum says there are strong legal arguments Meng can make to help her avoid extradition to the United States.  Speaking to Chinese reporters a day earlier in the Toronto area, McCallum listed several arguments Meng’s legal team can make in her defence. Jan. 24: Trudeau dismisses calls to remove McCallum following his comments to Chinese reporters, saying such a change wouldn’t help the two Canadians detained by Chinese authorities get home any sooner. Later, McCallum says he “misspoke” when he suggested detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou had a strong case to avoid extradition to the United States.Jan. 25: McCallum tells StarMetro Vancouver it would be “great for Canada” if the United States drops its extradition request. “We have to make sure that if the U.S. does such a deal, it also includes the release of our two people. And the U.S. is highly aware of that,” he told the Star.Jan. 26: McCallum resigns as ambassador to China at Trudeau’s request.Jan. 28: The U.S. Department of Justice formally levels criminal charges against Huawei, two subsidiaries and Meng. The charges, contained in two newly unsealed indictments, allege that Huawei misrepresented its ownership of a Hong Kong-based subsidiary to circumvent American sanctions against Iran. Furthermore, they say Huawei stole telecommunications technology, trade secrets and equipment from U.S. cellphone provider T-Mobile USA. Meng is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit both. In a statement, Huawei denied committing any of the violations cited in the indictment.Jan. 29: The Canadian government says it has received a formal request for the extradition of Meng, who appears in a Vancouver court to change the people who are providing her with some of the financial sureties for her release. China calls on the U.S. to “stop the unreasonable crackdown” on Huawei, saying it will “firmly defend” its companies. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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2019-10-17

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Airline ends transAtlantic routes due to 737 Max grounding

NEW YORK — Norwegian Air says it’s ending trans-Atlantic service between Ireland and three U.S. and Canadian airports because the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft has made the routes “no longer commercially viable.”The Oslo-based carrier announced Tuesday its last flights to Ireland from Stewart Airport in New York’s Hudson Valley and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, would be on Sept. 14. Its last flight to Ireland from Hamilton, Ontario, will depart on Sept. 13.The airline says the decision reflects uncertainty about when or whether the troubled Boeing 737 Max will return to the air. Aviation authorities around the world grounded the plane in March after two fatal crashes.Norwegian bought the 737 Max specifically to support service between Europe and smaller airports across the Atlantic.The Associated Press read more

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2019-10-07

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Ban urges parties in Burundi to refrain from violence during elections

“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon further calls on all parties to refrain from any acts of violence that could compromise the stability of Burundi and the region,” reads the statement issued by the UN Spokesperson.Mr. Ban reiterates his appeal for the resumption of a frank dialogue and urges parties to avoid undermining the progress achieved in “building democracy” since the signing of the Arusha Agreements, adds the statement.The inter-Burundian dialogue that started on 14 July 2015 under the facilitation of Uganda has been indefinitely suspended.“The Secretary-General notes that the suspension of the dialogue took place without agreement being reached on a range of issues that would have contributed to the creation of a climate conducive to the holding of credible and peaceful elections, as contained in the relevant recommendations of the East African Community (EAC) and the African Union.”Recalling that the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission has deployed observers countrywide, the UN Chief calls on all parties to facilitate their work and, “in particular,” on the government to ensure their security.According to the UN, civil unrest erupted on 26 April in Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital, after the ruling Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD-FDD) party elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on 25 April as its candidate for the then-scheduled 26 June presidential election. It was postponed to July 15, then July 21. read more

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2019-10-02

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Suitcase spy poisoning plot nerve agent was planted in luggage of Sergei

first_imgAt a public meeting on Thursday evening Paul Mills, deputy chief Constable of Wiltshire police, revealed 131 people could have potentially come into… The nerve agent that poisoned the Russian spy Sergei Skripal was planted in his daughter’s suitcase before she left Moscow, intelligence agencies now believe. They are working on the theory that the toxin was impregnated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or else in a gift that was opened in his house in Salisbury, meaning Miss Skripal was deliberately targeted to get at her father.center_img Senior sources have told the Telegraph they are convinced the Novichok nerve agent was hidden in the luggage of Yulia Skripal, the double agent’s 33-year-old daughter. last_img read more

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2019-09-25

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31 arrested as 190 ranks sweep A D Divisions in

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related12 arrested after massive police operation in BerbiceApril 18, 2019In “Crime”29 arrested in Agricola, North Road during police raidsSeptember 30, 2018In “Crime”38 arrested in operation ‘Restore Order’October 14, 2018In “Crime” The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Sunday conducted a number of cordon and search exercises in Divisions A and D under “Operation Restore Order”.According to a release from the GPF, the  simultaneous operations which were conducted in the villages of Kaneville and Diamond on the East Bank of  Demerara (EBD) and Westminster and La Grange on the West Bank of Demerara (WBD), involved more than one hundred and ninety ranks inclusive of a number of Senior Officers.The police reported that 31 persons inclusive of three females have been arrested for various offences, including possession of naracotics for the purpose of trafficking, robbery under arms , unlawful possession and wounding.Following the arrests, the officers confiscated various items, such as televisions,  a DVR,  a music box, 15 cellular phones, an amplifier, video cameras, a laptop, two car rear view mirrors and a vehicle headlight among many others.Moreover, the officers confiscated 1500 grams of cannabis  and $207,740 cash.Those arrested will more than likely be processed for court. read more

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2019-09-25

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15 of the best things about a sunny day in Ireland

first_imgSasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandAfter work drinks al frescoYou just sort of have to, don’t you?Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandThe Spanish Arch/The Phoenix Park/Mullaghmore/various other locations which come into their own on a sunny dayThese are nice places all year round, but on a sunny day they are simply magical.Flickr/Barnacles HostelsJames Horan/Photocall IrelandFlickr/dingbat2005BarbequesOk, so our cookery skills leave a little to be desired when it comes to barbeques (we just don’t have the practice!), but we know how to enjoy eating outside.We savour every single moment and everyone is bound to know someone who is firing one up in their back garden this evening.We can smell the charred meat already!photoeverywhereTables and chairs outside bars and restaurants seem to appear from nowhereSuddenly we’re living in the café culture Michael McDowell always dreamed of.Sam Boal /Photocall IrelandThe memory of it lives on for aaaagesImage via Sam Boal/ Photocall IrelandEveryone is in good humourLook at them! Look how happy they are! Brian O’ Leary/PhotocallIf you’re not studying, the gratitude for the fact that you’re not studyingFor many people, good weather will forever be associated with being locked away studying for exams.Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandLast of all, your pets love itLove-hungry giraffe gets it horribly, horribly wrong>9 unlikely animal friendships that will put a smile on your face> YOU PROBABLY DON’T need us to tell you that a sunny day in Ireland is something very special.Like David Attenborough waiting for an elusive creature, we sit and wonder all year round when the magical day will come that the sun will grace us with its presence.Ladies and gentlemen, it would appear that time is now.To celebrate, here are 15 of the best things about a sunny day in Ireland.99sThe humble 99 is a simple pleasure all the year round for some people, but it never tastes better than on a sunny day.DailyEdge.ie/Louise McSharrySwimmingWe live on an island, but aside from the very brave among us, we rarely swim in our water.Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandGetting to wear your ‘summer clothes’We all have lovely Summer clothes that we get for our holidays, and the poor things are only allowed out of the wardrobe for a week or two per year.It’s not fair and it’s not right.Sam BoalYou can get your ‘base’ for your holiday tanAlright, for many ‘base’ will translate to ‘burn’, but still, isn’t it nice to get a bit of the glare off your white skin?Be safe though – wear protection!Graham Hughes/Photocall IrelandOur beachesWe have them!  They’re beautiful!  Unfortunately most of the year we can’t enjoy them the way we’d like to though.When the sun comes out they’re glorious.Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandYou can break out all the outdoor sporting equipment you bought during the last sunny spellSasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandHaving your lunch outside…and eking out every single second of your break to enjoy the sun. Even if the only available place to sit is on a bench at the side of the road.last_img read more

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2019-09-22

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Microsoft warns of Xbox Live phishing attempts via Modern Warfare 2

first_imgFirst it was Sony’s troubles with PSN, now Microsoft has its own issues to worry about. The company today issued a service alert warning for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 players to be on the lookout for phishing attempts against them while playing the game. Microsoft warned that the attempts could come via “title-specific messaging,” which is remarkably vague, but clearly the issue was significant enough for a public warning.The service alert tells users a phishing attempt may appear via messaging in the game. Microsoft claims they’re looking into the issue more closely and hope to resolve it. At the same time however, the only reasonable language this translates into is that Modern Warfare 2 players should be cautious and wary of any messages they receive while playing the game, especially if the messages they receive ask them to divulge any information about their Xbox Live account.AdChoices广告It’s worth pointing out that while Modern Warfare 2 has been out since late 2009, the game is still one of the most popular games on Xbox Live. Even among players who own the sequel, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2 is still a hot commodity, and the second most-often played Xbox Live title. There are still plenty of players out there who happily play Modern Warfare 2, and they’re apparently an attractive target for people looking to swipe personal information.Admittedly, the issue pales in comparison to Sony’s massive breach of security on PSN, but it’s still a serious issue. Considering game-hungry PlayStation owners may be firing their Xbox 360s up to play a little Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, it’s a good time to remember not to divulge personal information like your Xbox Live account information to anyone who asks for it, especially online.Read more at Xbox Supportlast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Ouya will have Final Fantasy III as a launch title

first_imgIt doesn’t matter what name is on a new console, if it doesn’t have a good line up of launch games then there’s little reason for gamers to invest. That’s true of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft hardware, so it’s also true of Ouya.Slated for a launch in March next year, Ouya already has a desirable price point, and it is looking more likely the line-up of launch games will be compelling too. That’s because Square Enix has confirmed Final Fantasy III will be a launch title for the system.Better still, Square Enix is considering other titles for the console, seeing it as an opportunity to port several of its franchises to a machine that already has millions invested in it by gamers eager to pick up the system.From a business perspective it makes sense to cash in on the popularity of the hardware with a well-known gaming series. The fact Square Enix has already committed to supporting the platform means it’s likely other publishers will follow them and port their popular games.Originally released in 1990, Final Fantasy III has since been updated and released on the Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, and later this year PSP. With an Android port already available, there won’t be much work required to get it ready for Ouya. What will be interesting to see though, is if Square Enix makes this an Ouya-specific release and adds something new to the game.The Ouya Kickstarter still has 8 days left to go, but has already received pledges of over $5.8 million. With the original goal being just $950,000, there’s no excuses for the console not to hit its release date and start vying for gamers attention alongside the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii/Wii U under our TVs.via Siliconeralast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Rate cut could lead to home buying boom

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut official interest rates from 2.75 per cent per annum to 2.50 per cent, bringing an end to the three month hold at 2.75 per cent p.a. This rate cut could lead to a spike in purchases in the property market as many people look at entering the market as a first-time buyer or expanding their portfolio by moving into investment property. A new report from RP Data* has shown there are 3,230 suburbs across Australia in which it’s cheaper to buy than rent, so now could be a good time to look at buying. Source: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Romero Solskjaer has brought happiness back to Man United

first_imgGoalkeeper Sergio Romero believes interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has boosted Manchester United’s confidence and brought back a “certain happiness”Since his appointment last month at Old Trafford, Solskjaer has gone on to match the legendary Sir Matt Busby’s record of winning all five of his opening games.Aside from that, United have also returned to their usual style of attacking football after deploying a rather conservative and unattractive style of football under former manager Jose Mourinho.And Romero believes that the results achieved under Solskjaer have given United a new-found level of confidence as they look to end the season with a top-four finish in the Premier League.“We’ve had a great run,” Romero told the club website .Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Not just the results, but the way in which we have won the games as well. Scoring five goals in one match was a big boost to confidence and was really something.“What we’re showing now, after a great Christmas, is only right for a club of this stature, [it] proves what we can do. The run we’ve had over Christmas and the new year is a testament to that.”Romero added: “[The manager] knows what he wants to achieve – both for the club and us as individuals. On the pitch and within the club, he has made it very clear from the outset so we know the expectation of us inside the club and externally.“You can see he has brought to the club a certain happiness and it is going well.”The Red Devils will take on Tottenham on Sunday at Wembley in the Premier League.last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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ASA Testifies on the Effectiveness of Ag Export Promotion Programs

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Censky testified today before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, which is reviewing export promotion programs and their effectiveness in expanding exports of U.S. agricultural products.Soybeans and soybean products are our country’s number one export commodity. Last year, the United States exported a record-setting $23 billion in soybeans, soybean oil and soybean meal. This impressive export growth could not have been achieved without the unique government-industry partnership that characterizes the Foreign Market Development (FMD) “Cooperator” Program and the Market Access Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).”These programs have been tremendously successful and extremely cost-effective in helping expand U.S. exports of soybeans and other agricultural commodities, including corn, wheat, rice, cotton, livestock and meat products, dairy, forest products, peanuts, seafood, and a host of horticultural products,” Censky testified.Censky was asked by the Subcommittee to focus on the role of the FMD Program in expanding U.S. agricultural exports. The FMD program is a public-private partnership program dedicated to the long-term development of foreign markets for U.S. agricultural exports. ASA’s FMD funding is leveraged on a 2 to 1 basis with funding for international marketing provided soybean farmers themselves under the soybean checkoff and by contributions from exporters.”FMD is cost-effective,” Censky said. “According to a recent comprehensive study conducted by Global Insight for FAS, the multi-year impact of the increase in market development expenditures by both industry and government is equal to $35 in agricultural export gains for each dollar spent.”ASA became a Cooperator under the FMD program in 1956, when it opened a foreign market development program in Tokyo, Japan. At that time, Japan was importing only small quantities U.S. soybeans. Today, Japan is a top market for U.S. soybean products, surpassed only by China and Mexico. U.S. exports of soybeans to Japan are valued at $1.3 billion.While Japan represents ASA’s first success story, China is perhaps its most impressive. ASA opened an office in Beijing in 1982. Through a long term and comprehensive program of demonstrating the value of soy-based feeds, ASA helped build demand for soybeans. The value of U.S. soybean exports to China has grown 26 fold since 1996, from $414 million to over $11 billion in 2010.”The FMD program helps U.S. agriculture overcome the effects of foreign trade practices,” Censky reported. “As just one example of the competition we face, the European Union recently announced that it will spend the equivalent of $1.0 billion this year on promoting agricultural exports, and that it plans to increase this amount on an annual basis. By comparison, the U.S. will spend $234.5 million on FMD and MAP this year.”The international marketing activities for the U.S. soybean industry are implemented by the U.S. Soybean Export Council. These activities to expand international markets for U.S. soybeans and products are made possible through ASA’s investment of cost-share funding provided by FAS, support from cooperating industry, and by producer checkoff dollars invested by the United Soybean Board and various State Soybean Councils.last_img read more

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2019-09-16

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Enthusiast Publisher Changes its Name

first_imgNo other changes were made in addition to the new name, a Miller spokesperson said.Miller Magazines was founded in 1962 by Jim and Jill Miller. The company publishes Digital Photographer, Rock & Gem and COINage magazines. Ventura, California-based magazine publisher Miller Magazines Inc. has changed its name to JMiller Media.According to general manager Thomas Trimbach, the new name reflects the publisher’s desire to shift its focus to emerging markets while “honoring its connection” to traditional publishing. “Our print titles are now complemented by online media and a strong Web presence,” Trimbach said in a statement. “And while print publishing remains at our core, it’s is only part of our offering.”last_img read more

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2019-09-14

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School Committee Accepts 100K Grant Donation To Strengthen STEM Extracurricular Programs Create

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At a specially scheduled meeting, the Wilmington School Committee recently accepted a donation of $100,000 in the form of a grant from the Cummings Foundation.Wilmington High School AP Chemistry Teacher Julie Kim successfully applied for the grant through the Cummings Foundation’s annual “$100K For 100” charitable giving initiative.  Wilmington Public Schools will be the recipient of $33,333.33 per year over the next three years.The purpose of the grant is to provide “financial support to strengthen and build STEM extracurricular programs like the Engineering Career Club, the Science Club, and the Robotics Club at the High School and Middle School levels.”The Engineering Career Club is run under the guidance of WHS math teacher Ms. Steph Murray, a former engineer. The club, which has approximately 20 regular members, meets twice a month for two hours after school. Club members have previously designed, built and launched catapults. They’re currently learning about solar energy and other renewal resources, while designing and building tree-like structures to harness solar energy.The Science Club is run under the guidance of WHS science teacher Mrs. Michelle Hooper. The club meets once  a month on Fridays to run experiments and investigate science phenomenon. The Club has considered joining the North Shore Science League.The Robotics Club is attempting to start up under the guidance of WHS AP Physics Teacher Marlene King and WHS AP Chemistry Teacher Julie Kim.  The idea for the club came out of a discussion that took place in Kim’s AP Chemistry class.“Students and teachers are trying to figure out how to fundraiser for the very expensive robotics supplies and for new computers to write the codes and design the robots,” Kim wrote in her application, where she also noted that most of her AP Chemistry students are female, as are most of the science and math teachers at Wilmington High School and Middle School.“The teachers have a passion for sharing our loves of math and science with the students of our schools, but we’d especially love to encourage more female students to pursue these fields,” added Kim.Because of the grant Kim secured, a robotics club will, indeed, launch at Wilmington High School, and necessary supplies for the other two science clubs will be purchased.  Previously, the clubs’ resources were severely limited and based solely on the amount of money fundraised or contributed by students and teachers.“This grant is very exciting and great news for the Wilmington Public Schools,” announced Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero, after reading Kim’s grant application.Kim, unfortunately, could not attend the School Committee Meeting at which she was being recognized as she was stuck in traffic returning from the 8th Grade Science Field Trip to Fenway Park.  Kim will, however, be present at a reception held by the Cummings Foundation on Thursday, June 7 where she will be honored.Wilmington School Committee Chair Julie Broussard with WHS Chemistry Teacher & Grant Recipient Julie Kim after a recent meeting.(Photo courtesy of School Committee member Jennifer Bryson.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Receives $100,000 Grant From Cummings FoundationIn “Community”Wilmington’s CLASS Inc. Receives $200,000 Grant From Cummings FoundationIn “Community”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

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2019-09-11

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Google Doodle has Santa Claus set for holiday deliveries

first_img3:40 Online 0 Our favorite Google Doodles through the years 49 Photos Behold Google 20th anniversary Doodle: Take a look back at popular searches since 1998.Google in 2018: Its workers found voice in protest this year. There will likely be more of that.First published Dec. 23 at 9:29 a.m. PT.Update Dec. 24 at 9:15 a.m. PT.: Adds Christmas Eve doodle and a preview of the Christmas Day doodle. In the hours leading up to Christmas on Sunday, elves loaded Santa’s sleigh with gifts. Google And then on the day of Christmas Eve, Monday, Santa dropped gifts down a chimney.  Google Twas the doodle before Christmas and all through the ‘net, Google’s elves were a-stirring to get us all set.As gift-givers shifted from shopping to wrapping, the holiday turkey began to thaw, and advent calendars got down to their last unopened window, Sunday’s Google Doodle showed us the man of the hour getting ready for his annual mission around the world. The first of several lightly animated holiday doodles showed a trio of elves flinging presents into Santa’s sleigh as the reindeer awaited clearance for takeoff.That image reached many countries in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Greeting folks in the UK, Italy and sub-Saharan Africa was a static, non-Santa illustration, filled with items including tree branches and flowers, cook pot and teakettle, a lone reindeer and a brace of birds (apparently not turtle doves, though).On Monday, Christmas Eve, Google offered a day-two Santa-themed doodle with an illustration of Santa Claus dropping gifts down a chimney in a snowy suburban landscape. The second-day image for the southern hemisphere shows Santa dropping gifts but not through chimneys. And the image for the UK, Italy and sub-Saharan Africa was a new, non-Santa holiday illustration.Google is also ready with a Christmas Day doodle, for both hemispheres, featuring Santa and his team napping after their big night. Google has been decorating its homepage with near-daily doodles for 20 years, a tradition that started with a simple line drawing to mark an outing to the Burning Man festival by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Since then, the whimsical and sometimes interactive illustrations have celebrated everything from poets to Pac-Man and from Halloween to Bastille Day. Tags Share your voice Google Doodle Google Post a comment How Google made a Doodle game Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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2019-09-10

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Another clue points to Apple revealing iPhone 11 on Sept 10

first_img Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier First published at 4:37 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:01 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Post a comment See It See It Apple iPhone XS See It Phones Apple Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy $999 Boost Mobile reading • Another clue points to Apple revealing iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 See All $999 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demandcenter_img Share your voice See it A Sept. 10 iPhone 11 reveal is looking ever more likely. Angela Lang/CNET CNET predicts that Apple will announce its iPhone 11 models on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and code hidden within iOS 13’s seventh beta seems to add fuel to that fire. A screenshot of the update, called “HoldForRelease” shows an iPhone’s home screen with that date on the calendar, iHelp BR reports.The Brazilian Apple fan site noted that it found a similar screenshot in 2018, before the iPhone XS models’ Sept. 12 reveal. The company is expected to unveil a trio of fresh iPhones, which might use the “Pro” naming convention, this September and one analyst predicted they’ll be released by the end of that month.Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X • $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 0 iOS 13 Rumors Apple Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Sprintlast_img read more

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2019-09-10

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Delhi journalist shot at while driving home eggs thrown on cars windshield

first_imgFacebook/Mitalli ChandolaA Delhi-based journalist was shot at late on Saturday in east Delhi’s Ashok Nagar near Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital.The journalist, Mitalli Chandola, recounted her experience, saying that the assailants first threw eggs on her car’s windshield and when she did not stop the vehicle, they fired two shots at her, which pierced through the windshield.The bullets from the shots fired injured Mitalli’s arm. The injuries were given medical attention and she is out of danger.”Prima facie it appears to be a case of a family dispute,” Jasmeet Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), was quoted as saying by ANI. Reports state that Mitalli was not on good terms with her family.However, the police are also investigating if this was a gang-related incident where they target drivers with eggs in order to distract them and rob them.It is not known if the assailants targeted her because of her profession or it was another reason.On June 8, a crew of a Hindi news channel was shot at by two armed men at Barapullah Road in New Delhi. The men were on a bike, came near their car and asked the crew of three (driver, reporter, cameraman) to stop the vehicle. The driver tried driving faster when he spotted a pistol in the bike driver’s hand.”A man on a black pulsar approached the vehicle when we were near the Pragati Maidan cut. When we noticed a firearm in the biker’s hand and tried speeding, the biker then fired three shots at the vehicle. The first bullet hit the gate, second hit the driver side window and the third one missed,” one of the targets told India Today.last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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Man held for rape attempt in Jashore

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA man was held on Thursday for his alleged attempt to rape of a four-year-old girl in Chaugachha upazila of Jashore, reports UNB.The detained is Khairul Islam, 38, of Ichhapur village in the municipality. The minor girl used to call him uncle.The victim’s father said his daughter went to neighbour Khairul’s house around 11:00am on Wednesday when he was alone there. Taking the advantage, he took her to a room and tried to rape her.Hearing her scream, locals rushed in and caught Khairul red-handed.Later, police went to the spot and detained Khairul, said Chaugachha police station officer-in-charge Rifat Khan Rajib.Khairul was produced before a court on Thursday.last_img read more

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2019-09-03

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Ballot over bullet

first_imgWhat/who inspired you to write the book? Please quote personal instances, if any. Parliament of India has almost an infinite canvas to work on, domestically and internationally. While, what it does within its magnificent red stone building always gets much talked about, little is known of its performance in the international arena. Many people do not know that our Parliament, which is the nerve centre of the largest democracy in the world, is highly admired by other Parliaments. I have personal experience of many speakers, including those of advanced countries, coming to me to enquire what stand I was taking on a particular issue or who I was voting for so that they could do the same. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Although, our Parliamentary system is based on the Westminster model of U.K, yet over the years it has evolved so much that speakers of several Commonwealth counties have told me that in a difficult situation they invariably study the rulings given by the Indian speakers to find a solution. Such is the stature of our Speaker and our Parliament. Needless-to-say, a great deal of hard work goes into achieving and maintaining this position of eminence. I therefore felt the need to write this book and give a glimpse of how it is done. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow do you define Parliamentary diplomacy? What role does it play in improving foreign relations?Parliamentary diplomacy is the fine art of a parliament engaging fruitfully with other parliaments. It has come of age the world over. In India too it is increasingly becoming an effective instrument of state craft. It is conducted by the Speaker who represents our Parliament in bilateral and multilateral forums, accompanied by members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The discussions are not only on parliamentary affairs but also, in fact and more, on bilateral, regional and global issues. It is a parallel function of the Speaker to strengthen our relationship with the world. The foreign policy pronouncements of our Speaker are the same as that of the Prime Minister, but the style and channels used are different. Parliamentary diplomacy, on its own, has the potential to generate abundant international goodwill. Do you think our Parliamentarian have broader understating of global concerns?Yes. The Constitution of India has empowered our Parliament to enact laws regarding our relation with any foreign country. Our parliamentarians therefore, have to be aware all the time, of international developments.  Personally, I find that many of our members have a sound knowledge of the intricacies of foreign affairs.The decorum in the Indian Parliament is generally questioned by many. As a former speaker, don’t you think there needs to be some sort of moral conduct while discussing important issues like terrorism, internal security etc?There are rules in this regard but rules cannot always be effective. Member of Lok Sabha are elected representatives and, I am sure, most of them would want to get re-elected. Since the proceedings of the House are directly telecast, it is most likely that the members would do what their voters want.  In my view, the demand for decorum, to be effective, should also come from the voters.Shouldn’t there be healthy meeting of minds when it comes to dealing with such important issues?Parliament of India has many beautiful traditions. One of them is that the political parties or independent members in both the Houses of Parliament never ever differ on foreign policy.  This key institution of our polity firmly projects its view of the world in one voice.As the first women speaker of India and as an ex- IFS, how do you think India fares globally?As the first women Speaker of India I attended the 6th conference of the women speakers of the world in Berne and hosted the 7th conference in our Parliament. My interactions in a forum where my predecessors could not participate had its benefits. However, the fact remains that the work of a speaker is gender neutral. As a former foreign service officer who has worked at many levels to formulate the foreign policy, I think India commands respect globally and the Parliament is definitely looked up to.Beyond being an avenue for discussion, such networks can have a long-term impact on the avoidance of conflict. Do you agree?Certainly. Democracy and democratic temper always help in minimising conflict. Power of the ballot is far more than that of the bullet. Our commitment, tenacity and enduring faith in the sublime process of democracy contribute in no small measure to conflict avoidance and world peace.last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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