2 NRC officials arrested on bribery charge

first_imgSleuths of Assam’s Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau on Thursday arrested two officials of a National Register of Citizens (NRC) service centre for taking money to include a person’s name in the updated NRC.The two were identified as field-level officer Syed Shahjahan and assistant local registrar of citizen registration Rahul Parashar. Both were posted at the Ganeshguri NRC centre in Guwahati.“A woman named Kajari Ghosh Dutta had filed a complaint that the duo had sought ₹10,000 for including her name in the NRC after correcting some defects in her application. A team led by a DSP caught the 48-year-old Shahjahan and found the money on him,” an officer saidThe team also caught Mr. Parashar as he was found to be involved with the bribery case and seized connected documents.The office of the State Coordinator for NRC, in a statement, allayed fears of tampering with the NRC process in view of the arrests. “The system of NRC update is strong enough to ensure quality and will remain unaffected even in case of complicity,” it saiThe final NRC draft is expected to be published by July 31 as directed by the Supreme Court. NRC officials said that about 85% of the process has been completed so far. This includes preparing an additional draft by June 22 for those included in the final NRC but was found ineligible on verification.Some 40.07 lakh out of 3.29 crore applicants had been left out of the complete draft of NRC that was published on June 30, 2018. The claims and objection phase for the excluded as well as those who names were included faultily had been completed on December 31, 2018.These claims and objections are being verified.last_img read more

Mercedes-Benz A-class set to be launched in September 2012

first_imgThe new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback is scheduled to be launched in September 2012 in Europe, will be offered with a choice of four diesel and three petrol engines mated to two different transmissions. According to reports, Mercedes-Benz is downsizing engines for its entry level cars for improved performance, economy and lower emissions. And its stop/start system will come as standard on all models; while a low drag coefficient of 0.27, turbocharging and improved fuel injectors will make them more efficient.The report published in The Telegraph said, “this new baby Merc is certainly attractive, especially at the front, where a wide grille feeds into the clamshell bonnet and into heavily scalloped sides. With a coefficient of drag of 0.27Cd, this is one of the slipperiest hatches in this class. The rear is not such a success, looking slabby from some angles.”The 1461cc engine in the A 180 CDI has a claimed output of 108PS and mileage of 26kmpl, and emits 98g/km of CO2, the lowest of any Mercedes-Benz. Renault-Nissan and Mercedes-Benz inked a pact in 2010 to develop engines for small cars. The diesel A200 CDI with a 1.8-litre engine has been made Euro VI compliant, emitting 111g/km of CO2. Its engine delivers 134PS and 300Nm of torque. Topping the diesel range is the A220 CDI, featuring a 168PS 2.1-litre engine with 350Nm of torque, and a 0-100km/h time of 7.8 seconds. All the diesel engines get new hydraulic mounts to reduce vibration and noise.In quality of materials and build, the A-class however doesnt quite match the class-leading standard of Audis new A3, but the quality of design surpasses the slightly dated Audi, especially the instrument binnacle with its small inset dials for fuel contents and coolant temperature. The A-Class will sport the basic 6-speed manual transmission, with a option of the semi-automatic 7-speed dual clutch 7G-DCT transmission. The top end A 250 only comes as an automatic, with three drive modes, Economy, Manual and Sport, and paddleshifters. The vice-president of compact cars at Mercedes, Jrg Prigl, claims that one of the reasons Mercedes has produced such a conventional hatchback is the requirement for it to be sporty, adding “The old A-class was far too functional and unemotional.”The A-class will sell by the bucketload purely on the strength of its provenance. The Volvo and the Audi have marginally better dynamics, but the Merc gives you a star on the bonnet and thats important in this badge-obsessed world.Theres nothing shy and retiring about this new Mercedes-Benz, it will appeal to the young and the young at heart in a big way. The A-Class isnt just about style. Under that shapely skin it has the features you just dont see in this class. Because in luxury, connectivity and safety its as well equipped as its big brothers.It has also fitted with a suite of crash avoidance items as in the more expensive Mercs. Lane departure, blind-spot and tailgating warnings are all offered on the new A-Class. With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Alia to Riteish: Bollywood stars add spice to Farah Ki Daawat

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A-Roid Gets #661, Passes Mays

first_imgNEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list, connecting for No. 661 on May 6 after he was robbed of the milestone drive by a leaping catch earlier.The New York Yankees star hit a liner off Baltimore’s Chris Tillman into a secure area just to the left of Monument Park in center field in the third inning. A-Rod sent a soaring shot in the first that Delmon Young caught by reaching over the top of the wall in right field.“Nobody will ever pass Willie Mays,” Rodriguez said after the Yankees beat the Orioles 4-3. “I talked about him being my father’s favorite player. There’s only one Willie Mays. Not only what he did on the field but what he meant off the field. He’s a legend and he’s also a role model for all of us.”Next up for Rodriguez: Babe Ruth at 714 home runs.The Yankees, who said they will not pay a $6 million bonus after Rodriguez matched the Say Hey Kid on May 1 in Boston, put a message on the main videoboard saying, “661 Home Runs. Alex Rodriguez just surpassed Willie Mays for sole possession of 4th place on baseball’s all-time home runs list.”The slugger pumped his fist as he rounded first base, and fans gave Rodriguez, who didn’t play last year while serving a drug suspension, a standing ovation as he was greeted warmly in the dugout by his teammates.“It’s a lot of fun to be part of,” said Brett Gardner, who pulled off Rodriguez’s helmet. “I know there’s a lot of questions surrounding everything. Still, 661 home runs is a lot.”Mark Teixeira stayed out of the batter’s box as the cheers swelled. Rodriguez was encouraged by the Yankees to take a curtain call, and he said he looked to Manager Joe Girardi for reassurance that it was OK.Then, ever so briefly, the three-time AL MVP jumped to the top step and thrust both hands above his head.“When you’re productive you re-earn their respect and they pull for you,” Girardi said of the fans.Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, moved into a tie for fourth in the AL this season with seven home runs.The Yankees and A-Rod have a marketing agreement that calls for $6 million each for up to five achievements, payable within 15 days of designation by the team.But New York has said the marketing possibilities were ruined after Rodriguez served his performance-enhancing drug penalty for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.The accomplishments were contemplated to be homers 660, 714, 755 (Hank Aaron), 762 (Barry Bonds) and 763 as he moved up baseball’s list.No payment likely would trigger a grievance on Rodriguez’s behalf by the players’ union. Without a settlement, the case would be heard by an arbitrator.“That’s not where my mind is right now,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really just trying to enjoy this moment.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Scaling the Internet of Things with cellular technology

first_imgWi-Fi and Bluetooth are the de-facto standards for consumer networking but they do not translate equally well to the IoT. Fortunately there is an already existing viable solution to the IoT networking problem, and we use it every day – the mobile communication network. XBee application example: embedded modem provides a simple way to integrate cellular connectivity into devices (Source: Digi). By Mark Patrick, Mouser Electronics                      Download PDF version of this article The Internet of Things (IoT) has gone, almost overnight, from buzzword to major technology trend. IoT devices are showing up these days in everything from consumer electronics, like wearables and smart home sensors, to industrial automation, healthcare, warehousing/logistics and much more besides. But as the IoT develops and matures it is also experiencing what can only be described as fairly severe growing pains. Many of the technologies and protocols that made sense for a world of centralised desktop, laptop and mobile computing, are not equally valid for the decentralised network of ultra-low power devices that IoT technology is creating.Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the de-facto standards for consumer networking, do not translate very well to the IoT. Wi-Fi has decent range, but heavy power consumption. Bluetooth has low power consumption, but poor range. Both solutions do not scale well because they require routers. In fact however there is a viable solution to the IoT networking problem that already exists, and we use it every day – the mobile communication network.The term IoT encompasses a wide variety of ‘things’, from smart thermostats and white goods on the consumer side right through to pressure sensors, water meters and smart irrigation systems on the industrial side. But while the applications and the markets they serve can be extremely varied, IoT devices share a few key characteristics.Many IoT devices are battery powered. For mobile applications, such as wearables or asset trackers, battery power is the only solution. However, even IoT devices which do not spend time moving around, such as smart water meters, pressure sensors for a pipeline, or a thermostat in an industrial automation process, may also be battery powered for convenience’s sake, as there might be no readily available mains power nearby.IoT devices are often located in unexpected, and often inconvenient places. Whereas most consumer and enterprise electronics sit on our desks, in our homes, or our offices and can rely on easy access to electricity, Wi-Fi and cellular reception, and are not difficult to reach for maintenance purposes, the same is not true for IoT. A smart parking meter might be situated in an underground garage with poor cellular reception and no power source nearby. A pressure sensor may be sited in a remote pipeline in the desert. An asset tracker may be stuffed into the bottom of a shipping container and inaccessible for months at a time.Finally, IoT devices are being deployed in greater numbers than almost any other class of electronic device in history. Rather than a single computer per person, IoT applications often are most effective when deployed in large volumes. Whether as parking meters, beacons, irrigation sensors, or asset trackers, IoT deployments often number in the dozens, hundreds or even thousands of discrete devices.These characteristics – battery power, mobile or out-of-the-way installations and large-scale deployments – present a unique and seemingly contradictory set of challenges for IoT connectivity. The communication protocol used needs to be wireless and have good range/penetration, yet also have minimal power consumption to allow for long battery life and infrequent maintenance.Wi-Fi, the traditional wireless protocol for consumer and enterprise networks, has decent range and penetration, but is intrinsically power hungry, making it unsuitable for battery-driven devices. Bluetooth, while low power, has limited range in real-world environments, impacting on its effectiveness for all but the smallest scale IoT deployments. Another solution is needed and cellular seems to be the best route to go down.In some ways, mobile phones share many characteristics with IoT devices. These battery powered, mobile devices are connected to the Internet, filled with loads of sensors and interface our physical world with the cloud. So it makes sense that an ideal IoT protocol may have certain cellular attributes.The most salient benefit of cellular networking is that it presents an incredibly easy to setup and easy to use communications protocol for the end user. As already mentioned, Wi-Fi networks require a router to connect to the Internet and client devices, then need to subsequently be programmed to connect to the Wi-Fi network. Bluetooth networks require similar steps.Cellular networks, on the other hand, require the end user to simply install a SIM card in their device, which then configures itself and connects to the available network automatically. If the device is moved to a different location, as long as there is a compatible network, it will hand off and automatically. There is no provisioning, no router setup, no passwords to set and very few connectivity issues for end-users to debug. It simply works.For IoT applications, this kind of easy-to-use networking is game-changing. Instead of having to hire networking specialists to plan out how many routers are needed to support a certain number of devices, configure them and then provision client devices, the plug-and-play nature of cellular networking allows end users to add IoT connectivity without needing a networking department.Cellular connectivity is also massively scalable. There is no need to buy and configure additional routers as more devices are added to a network. As long as there is network coverage, scaling up just means adding more devices.For all its inherent benefits, the cellular connectivity we are familiar with in our smartphones is not ideally suited to most IoT applications. As anyone who has bought a power bank for their smartphone knows, LTE connectivity can drain batteries quickly.To address these concerns, 3GPP, the standards body in charge of maintaining and advancing LTE, has introduced LTE Cat 1 and LTE-M. These new categories of LTE curb power consumption by reducing bandwidth and protocol complexity. In addition, they improve signal penetration and lower module cost, all while preserving many of the easy-to-use characteristics that make cellular connectivity well suited for the IoT market.LTE Cat 1: This is a simplified cellular protocol which decreases peak speeds to 10Mbps for downlinks and 5Mbps for uplinks. Power consumption is thereby kept in check – with products like the XBee LTE Cat 1 module from Digi drawing just 10µA while in deep sleep, and a few hundred mA while active (depending on the exact operating conditions). The reduced complexity of the protocol also means lower cost radios. LTE Cat 1 provides enough bandwidth to support video or voice data, but at lower power consumption and hardware costs than higher category levels of LTE. Relevant applications include digital signage, ATMs, video surveillance, and vehicle telematics.LTE-M: Also known as LTE Cat M1, this is an even lower bandwidth protocol which goes further to lower power consumption, protocol complexity and cost. Operating at a channel bandwidth of 1.4MHz, peak download and upload rates are 1Mbps for full duplex or 375kbps for half. These lower speeds, reduced protocol complexity and additional power savings modes help LTE-M achieve lower energy consumption than LTE Cat 1 – the SARA-R4 from u-blox, for example, only needing 100mA to deliver LTE communication. This will enable battery life of up to 10 years to be achieved.Besides enhanced battery life, LTE-M also provides greater coverage, with up to 21dB of gain relative to legacy LTE devices. This means improved range as well as better indoor penetration for applications in buildings, underground, or in other locations where traditional cellular reception becomes weak. Relevant applications for LTE-M include asset trackers, wearables, sensors, utility meters and monitoring systems. Based on the existing LTE protocol, LTE Cat 1 and LTE-M have the benefit of operating in licensed spectrum, as well as being easy to deploy for network providers. LTE Cat 1 and LTE-M networks are already available across most of North America and are increasingly being deployed here in Europe.As the IoT grows, it needs to have the right infrastructure to allow it to reach its full potential. While traditional wireless protocols like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are already familiar to us, they do not work as well at the scale that IoT implementations will expect. The latest versions of the LTE standard from the 3GPP group have introduced new categories of this cellular standard to specifically address IoT use cases. By adjusting bandwidth to match IoT requirements, these LTE categories can achieve very low power consumption and strong signal penetration. Battery life in the order of years is possible, plus devices will have the benefit of long range connectivity and the intrinsic mobility of cellular communication. But most importantly, LTE-based IoT connectivity offers incredible ease of setup and scalability. With no need for routers or network configuration, it will mean that IoT devices are considerably more straightforward to deploy.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Slimming program for medical operating devicesNext ADLINK: “quad” core i3 value processor on COM Expresslast_img read more

Report: Napoli 3 Sassuolo 1

first_imgNapoli 3 Sassuolo 1: Partenopei go clear at Serie A summit Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 23:53 10/29/17 Napoli - cropped Getty Images Napoli have pulled clear of Lazio and Juventus at the top of Serie A as they brushed aside a limited Sassuolo outfit. Napoli moved three points clear at the Serie A summit with a comfortable 3-1 win over struggling Sassuolo at Stadio San Paolo on Sunday.Brazilian midfielder Allan opened the scoring midway through the first half for Maurizio Sarri’s side before Diego Falcinelli scored an undeserved equaliser in the 41st minute.Napoli’s advantage was restored on the stroke of half-time as goalkeeper Andrea Consigli parried a corner into his own net to concede a goal that was attributed to Jose Callejon, before Dries Mertens ensured a 10th win in 11 league games with a second-half strike. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Inter can move second and close the leaders’ advantage to two points if they win against Hellas Verona on Monday, but it is the Partenopei who are setting a blistering early pace in the race for the Scudetto. GL   @dries_mertens14 #NapoliSassuolo 3-1   #SerieATIM   #ForzaNapoliSempre   pic.twitter.com/N7c0WFzvPy — Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) October 29, 2017 The visitors almost took a shock lead after just 11 minutes, but Stefano Sensi’s whipped free-kick from the edge of the penalty area crashed back off Jose Reina’s crossbar.Sensi then played an unfortunate role in Napoli’s opener in the 22nd minute. The midfielder took too long to clear on the edge of his own area and had his pocket picked by Allan, who coolly slotted through the legs of Consigli.Faouzi Ghoulam came agonisingly close to extending the hosts’ lead shortly after, thumping a half volley against the post after a corner fell kindly to him.Sassuolo responded well to the setback and scored an unlikely leveller four minutes before the break. Matteo Politano delivered a teasing cross from the right and Falcinelli beat his marker to plant a firm header past Reina for his first goal of the season.Their joy was short-lived, though, as Consigli conspired to punch Lorenzo Insigne’s corner, which had glanced off the head of Callejon, into this own net just a minute before half-time to restore Napoli’s lead.#NapoliSassuolo is @dries_mertens14 ‘s th appearance for the club!   https://t.co/hO8uZmYzPR   #ForzaNapoliSempre   pic.twitter.com/UE0bKhqQVb — Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) October 29, 2017 Mertens’ stunning form continued nine minutes into the second half as he bundled home Raul Albiol’s knockdown for his 10th league goal of the campaign.Francesco Cassata thumped a header against the post as Sassuolo tried in vain to find a way back into the game, while substitute Piotr Zielinski was denied a fourth late on for Sarri’s side as his long-range effort hit both posts before being scooped up by Consigli, who also saw an injury-time strike from Mertens flash narrowly wide.  Key Opta stats:- Dries Mertens played his 200th games for Napoli in all competitions (80 goals).- The Belgian has found the net in each of the last two Serie A clashes against Sassuolo.- Diego Falcinelli took 19 shots to score his first goal in Serie A this season.- Just four of Callejon’s 52 Serie A goals have come from outside the box.- Napoli have not lost any of their first 11 Serie A match-days of the season for the first time since 1989-90, when they won the Scudetto.- Sassuolo have set a new negative record of points taken after 11 match-days, eight – they picked up nine in their very first season in the top flight. read morelast_img read more

Updated Bowl Game Standings Heading Into The Rose Bowl

first_imgAn aerial view of the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)Three more bowl games are in the books as we head to the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl tonight. Let’s take a look at how the Power 5 conferences are stacking up against each other as of now.The SEC picked up two more wins today, with LSU beating UCF in the Fiesta Bowl and Kentucky taking down Penn State in the Citrus. In the Outback Bowl, Iowa outlasted Mississippi State to secure a win for the Big Ten.The SEC has the best record right now with a 6-4 mark. Every other conference is .500 in bowl play.ACCRecord: 5-5Winners: Clemson, Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake ForestLosers: Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State, Pitt, Virginia TechBig 12Record: 3-3Winners: Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCULosers: Iowa State, Oklahoma, West VirginiaBig TenRecord: 4-4Winners: Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin, IowaLosers: Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Penn StatePAC-12Record: 3-3Winners: Oregon, Stanford, Washington StateLosers: Arizona State, California, UtahSECRecord: 6-4Winners: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M, LSU, KentuckyLosers: Missouri, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Mississippi StateWe’ve got Big Ten vs. Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl with Ohio State taking on Washington. Tonight, Georgia and Texas meet in an SEC-Big 12 matchup in the Sugar Bowl.After that, the only game remaining will be the national championship between Alabama and Clemson.We’ll keep these standings updated.last_img read more

Good Neighbor Protocol to be Signed

first_imgAn agreement signed today, Oct. 27, between health-care unions and the province will help ensure patients receive good care during an emergency by making it easier for health-care providers to go where they are most needed. The Good Neighbor Protocol confirms how health human resources will be shared across the province and how health-care providers will be compensated and protected while responding to an emergency that impacts the health-care system. The protocol will apply to workers from within the province, from other jurisdictions and to volunteers. “By developing and agreeing to this protocol, unions, health-care workers and district health authorities have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the health and well-being of Nova Scotians,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “I feel confident that, in the case of an emergency, health-care workers will be able to provide a high level of care to Nova Scotians in every community across the province.” The protocol will be part of the province’s planning and response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and will be applicable during other declared emergencies. The signing of the protocol also fulfills one of the recommendations recently made by the auditor general in his report on pandemic planning in Nova Scotia released in July. “Having the right mix of health-care providers in the right place when we need them is the foundation of this agreement,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “The knowledge, skill and caring that health professionals bring to their jobs makes the difference in how patients and families feel about their experience with the system. It may also make a difference in how patients physically respond to the treatments and services they receive.” “I think what the health-care unions have done is wonderful,” said Rick Clarke, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. “They’ve shown tremendous leadership during a challenging time.” The agreement was signed by Premier Dexter, Ms. MacDonald, Mr. Clarke, Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union president Joan Jessome, Canadian Union of Public Employees president Danny Cavanagh, Nova Scotia Nurses Union president Janet Hazelton, Canadian Auto Workers Union national representative Susan Burrows, Canadian Union of Postal Workers national director, Atlantic region Jeff Callaghan, Service Employees International Union Local 902 business agent Gerard Higgins and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 727 president Dwayne Fitzgerald.last_img read more

Police search for suspect Piece of concrete thrown at Winnipeg transit driver

first_imgWINNIPEG – Police are searching for a suspect who threw a large piece of concrete at a Winnipeg transit driver and hit him in the head.The driver was not badly hurt.Police say a man got on the bus at the St. Vital Shopping Centre last month, refused to pay and argued with the driver before getting off downtown.A short time later, the driver stopped to pick up people waiting at a different bus stop and saw the same man.Officers say that’s when the suspect threw the concrete before he fled on foot.Winnipeg bus driver Irvine Jubal Fraser died in February after being stabbed multiple times by a passenger.The bus had reached the end of the line late at night and Fraser was trying to remove the man, who had been sleeping at the back of the bus.In June 2002, Robert Stanley was killed when two teens dropped a boulder the size of a basketball from a bridge over Edmonton’s Whitemud Freeway. The rock crashed through Stanley’s school bus windshield and struck him in the chest.(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

ASPCA To Host 2017 Humane Awards Luncheon

first_imgThe ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals) 2017 Humane Awards Luncheon, with Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough, will recognize both people and animal heroes who, over the past year, have demonstrated extraordinary efforts and a commitment to animal welfare.Other guests include Lo Bosworth, Candice Bergen, Jill Rappaport, Wes Gordon & Paul Arnhold, Ellen Scarborough, Jean Shafiroff, Mark F. Gilbertson, Sharon Jacob, Barbara Cates, Jeff Pfeifle, ASPCA CEO Matthew Bershadker and more…Following a nationwide public call for nominations, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in six categories, including the brand new ASPCA Citizen Hero Award. This year’s 2017 honorees in attendance include:· ASPCA Dog of the Year: “Rescue,” Cambridge, MARescue, a service dog trained by NEADS, provides essential support to Jessica Kensky, who became a double amputee as a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue’s assistance for Jessica includes opening doors, fetching objects, calling for emergency help, and many other tasks. At the same time, Rescue also provides Jessica and her husband Patrick Downes with invaluable emotional support and comfort that has helped transform their lives after tragedy.· ASPCA Cat of the Year: “Flame,” Greenville, SCFlame was a malnourished orange and white kitten when he strayed into the Belmont Fire Department in South Carolina in 2015. He attached himself immediately to the firefighters, who returned the affection, opening their home and hearts for him. Flame brings them companionship and comfort, even during the most stressful and tragic moments, and also participates in educational events with local children.· ASPCA Citizen Hero Award: Judy Obregon, Fort Worth, TXWhen Judy Obregon discovered that an area near Fort Worth, Texas had become a dumping ground for abandoned, injured, and deceased animals, she vowed to help them. Since 2010, Judy has visited this financially challenged, high-crime area to rescue animals, arrange veterinary care, and assist with their adoption. With help from a network of local volunteers she formed, Judy has rescued more than 300 dogs to date, inspiring admirers across the country.· ASPCA Henry Bergh Award: Mission K9 Rescue, Houston, TXMission K9 Rescue assists American retired military and working dogs who risk their lives in heroic service at home and abroad. While these animals are cared for during their tours of duty, some end up homeless, injured, and very vulnerable afterward. Mission K9 Rescue provides necessary care and rehabilitation, and facilitates reunion and adoption opportunities. Since its founding, Mission K9 Rescue has reunited more than 70 canine handler teams and rescued more than 100 dogs in need.· ASPCA Equine Welfare Award: Fleet of Angels, Evans, COWhen lifelong horse-lover Elaine Nash saw how badly horses needed help across the U.S., she launched Fleet of Angels – a program to manage large equine crises and to move at-risk horses to safety through a network of thousands of trailer owners and service providers. Early this year, in the largest known horse rescue in history, Fleet of Angels took in a group of more than 900 starving and neglected horses that had been seized, and have now almost completed the mission of placing them all in good homes. Each year, thousands of horses are assisted by Fleet of Angel’s life-saving work, including horses recently displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.· ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year Award: Jessica Brocksom, Milford, CTEleven-year-old animal lover Jessica Brocksom won the job of 2017 Connecticut Kid Governor on the strength of her inspiring animal welfare platform. Elected by fifth graders from across the state, Jessica works actively to help animals and owners in need, including advocating for legislation to allow children to have therapy animals with them while testifying in court, and helping increase awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs and other animals in cars during hot weather.WHEN: Thursday, November 16thWHERE: Cipriani 42nd Street 110 East 42nd Streetlast_img read more

Twists from cast wring new life out of King Lear review

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The opening of King Lear this week marks the 35th anniversary of Canadian Stage’s summer Shakespeare component of its annual programming, Shakespeare in High Park, the longest-running outdoor theatre series in Canada. This King Lear also stars actress Diane D’Aquila in the gender-swapped title role, a Canadian theatre vet who performed as Titania in the first-ever High Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1983.But this King (or Queen) Lear is also a testament to the mercy that outdoor theatre productions must throw themselves to the elements: even with such a storied cast and program, opening night was still buzzy with the threat of rain from dark, cloudy skies overhead, and the last-minute casting change that required director Alistair Newton to take the stage (script in hand) to play Lear’s Fool, when actor Robert Persichini had to withdraw from the next week of performances due to health reasons. Besides being a wholesome summer tradition, outdoor theatre is often the definition of “the show must go on.” (Looking on the bright side, there were no outbursts from political protesters at this performance.)READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgThere’s good times ahead with Bad Times at the El Royale starring Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Cailee Spaeny and Cynthia Eriv. The movie is scheduled to shoot from January 29 to April 6, 2018. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Bad Times at the El Royalecenter_img Advertisement There are at least 8 movies scheduled for filming in and around Vancouver this month including 4 feature films and 4 TV movies. Stars you can expect to see around town include Anna Kendrick, Candace Cameron Bure, Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges and Katherine Langford.NoelleIt’s still Christmas time in Vancouver with Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick in the Disney holiday movie Noelle. Kendrick plays Santa’s daughter, Nicole Claus, who has to take over the reins (and reindeer) as old Saint Nick retires. Shirley MacLean, Bill Hader and Billy Eichner also co-star. Filming in Vancouver began last October and is scheduled until January 19th. The release date of the movie is slated for November 8, 2019, just in time for next year’s Christmas season. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Girl convicted of seconddegree murder of Serena McKay sentenced in Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN NewsA teenage girl has been sentenced to just over three years for her role in the beating death of Serena McKay.The girl, who was 17-years-old at the time plead guilty to second-degree murder.The girl, who is now 18, cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.The body of McKay, 19, was found on Sagkeeng First Nation in April 2017.Her death made headlines after a video showing the attacked was circulated on social media.A judge sentenced her killer to 40 months in jail, and 23 and a half months under supervision.McKay’s family made a short statement after the sentencing.“We’re relatively pleased, I guess, even though we can’t change that the plea was made or that the bargains were made and that they were decided before we came to court,” said Delores Daniels, McKay’s mother.“We have no choice in that matter. Before we had hope that it would be an adult sentence unfortunately that didn’t happen.”A second girl plead guilty to manslaughter in January. She will be sentenced later in June.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Flags of nonmember observer States to fly at UN offices

The resolution, “Raising the flags of non-member observer States at the United Nations,” was adopted by a vote of 119 in favour to 8 against, with 45 delegations abstaining. The text also requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take “the measures necessary” for the implementation of this decision during the Assembly’s seventieth session, which begins on 15 September, and within 20 days of the adoption of the resolution. The Assembly took today’s decision noting the participation of non-member observer States that maintain permanent observer missions at Headquarters, of which there are currently two – the Holy See and Palestine, in its sessions and work. read more

Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo amidst growing funding gap UN health

“We are entering a phase where we will need major shifts in the response”, said Mr. Tedros, adding that the challenges can only be tackled if the international community steps in to “fill the sizeable funding gap”, which is around 50 per cent underfunded.Pride and respect for WHO staffThe head of WHO said also in the statement that Dr. Mouzoko’s death had “moved him profoundly” and added that the much-respected epidemiologist deployed by the agency “was on his mind the whole time of the visit, as they met with other dedicated colleagues”.Dr. Moeti underlined that colleagues have been through something “unimaginable and yet they were willing to continue the vital work”. Reiterating the importance of having the security situation under control for both staff and local people, she said WHO would continue to work with various groups and embed their response at the community level.More than 1,200 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola have been recorded since the outbreak began, with more than 760 deaths confirmed. Following their visit to Butembo, to express gratitude and show support to staff, in the wake of the recent attack at a treatment centre that killed Doctor Richard Mouzoko and left two others injured, World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus and the agency’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, reiterated their commitment to “defeat Ebola”.During the visit, Dr. Moeti and Mr. Tedros assessed the next steps needed to adjust the response, after meeting local political, business and religious leaders, calling on them to accelerate their efforts to help stabilize conditions on the ground.“Most Ebola response activities, including community engagement, vaccination, and case investigation, have been re-launched following a slowdown in the wake of the attack, however a rise in reported cases in recent weeks is straining resources even further”, WHO said in the statement.“We will continue to adjust the response, as we have done for each context in each community,” said Dr. Moeti, calling for action. “In the end, it is only through ownership by all the affected communities that the outbreak will end. Some would have Ebola drive us apart. We can only defeat it if we all work together”, she added.WHO Director-General @DrTedros and @WHOAFRO Regional Director, @MoetiTshidi, have concluded a visit to Butembo, #DRC, following the death of WHO epidemiologist Dr Richard Mouzoko who was killed while working on the #Ebola response.Their statement: https://t.co/NDHMHpMHig pic.twitter.com/Ur64IWq9DQ— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 30, 2019 read more

Obama wont take position on Kermit Gosnell trial while its ongoing

first_img 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change WHITE HOUSE PRESS secretary Jay Carney said that some of the details emerging from the trial of former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell were “unsettling.”Carney said, however, that President Barack Obama would not take a position on the trial while it is ongoing.“The President does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial, so I won’t as well,” Carney said, responding to a question from Fox News’ Ed Henry.“Certainly, the things that you hear and read about this case are unsettling,” Carney said, adding that Obama is “aware” of the proceedings.Entering its fifth week today, the Gosnell trial earned major attention at the end of last week amid criticism that the mainstream press was ignoring the news.Gosnell is charged with killing a female patient and seven babies while performing late-term abortions. Some of the details are gruesome, from Gosnell allegedly “snipping” the spinal cords of babies to keeping jars of their feet.Last year, Obama offered a statement on the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, noting that he was wary of “impairing” the ongoing legal process.- Brett LoGiuratoComments are disabled as legal proceedings are active.Read: US doctor charged with killing seven babies > China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 10 things in tech you need to know today last_img read more

Rhona Mahony says she learned a lot from coping with controversy

first_imgTHE MASTER OF Holles Street Maternity Hospital, Doctor Rhona Mahony, said she ‘learned a lot’ from the controversy about her salary last year.It was reported that Mahony received an alleged privately funded €45,000 top-up to her €236,000 salary.She said that the money came from professional fees from private hospitals.Rhona Mahony has been the Master of the National Maternity Hospital since the start of 2012.At the time of the controversy last year, Mahony said she was ‘personally vilified’.Speaking about the experience on RTÉ Radio 1, she said that “It’s not pleasant” but added “it’s not all bad, you learn a lot”.Would I give back the experience? Actually no I think I learned a huge amount about myself, about how the system works. You also learn you have some great friends. “My job is to run Holles St, my job is not to get distracted about things that actually maybe don’t directly affect patient services”.Children Dr Mahony said she believes that childbirth is one of the main reasons that women don’t progress in the workplace.The elephant in the room is childbirth and we go to great lengths to ignore this as a contributing factor as to why women don’t progress in their careers.She also told ‘Sunday with Miriam’, “What we really need to do is start supporting young families much more.“I think people need much more permission. Men need permission to stay home and bring up children.We need to stop saying to women ‘Do you feel guilty? Do you feel guilty because you work?’“And you’re thinking well actually I work really hard and I think I do an important job. So I’m not sure I do feel guilty, thank you.”The interview will be broadcast tomorrow morning on RTÉ Radio 1 at 10am.Read: Holles Street Master breaks silence on top-ups, says she was personally vilified>last_img read more

Scientists Create Baby Mice From Two Fathers

first_imgAccording to the latest issue of the journal Biology of Reproduction, researchers have found a way to successfully produce baby mice using genetic material from two fathers. Those crazy scientists!But don’t fret, ladies! We still need you to do all the hard, child-bearing stuff… for now. The first step to bringing this wacky sitcom scenario to fruition is to take genetic material from a male mouse embryo and manipulate it into the eggs of a female mouse. The female mouse was then allowed to naturally mate with available male mouse studs. The female carriers later gave birth to both male and female mice that caried genetic contributions from two fathers. (It’s, of course, much more complicated than that–a PDF with some way too technical details available here.)This achievement of two-father offspring could be a valuable tool in preserving endangered species, improving livestock breeds, and even open the door to the possibility of same-sex couples having their own genetic children. Also, that Arnold Schwarzenegger pregnant man movie is one step closer to being true now. Congrats, science.last_img read more

Crazed Gorilla Glass enthusiast uses his HTC One X as a hammer

first_imgThere are few things that make us cringe here at Geek.com, but one of them is witnessing people abusing their electronics in ways that defy logic. Here’s a particularly egregious one: a Russian gentleman who is showing off the strength of the Gorilla Glass that his HTC One X phone uses. While it’s incredible that the screen can handle such punishment, it’s still enough to make us shed a tear at the possibility of marring such a beautiful piece of technology. Aren’t their enough videos on YouTube showing off just how tough Gorilla Glass is?If you’re unfamiliar with Gorilla Glass, the super-strong mobile screen covering is a product of Corning. It goes through a special process to be able to withstand the wear-and-tear that devices go through on a daily basis, as well as standing up under, um, extraordinary circumstances. As shown in the video above, the glass is able to withstand the impact of a nail head without causing any damage the display, the case, or the multitouch capabilities.If we worked for HTC’s marketing department, we would be jumping onto this video as proof of how much punishment the device can actually take.  This has to be one of the best stress tests we have seen a mobile phone go through, the fact that the guy in the video is putting all of his strength behind his phone to drive the nails home is pretty amazing. (This is, of course, assuming that this video itself isn’t a marketing attempt by HTC, Corning, or an associated company.)via Android.gslast_img read more

Eurobank to help improve small companies cash flow

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eurobank Ergasias signed a contract with the state-run National Entrepreneurship and Development Fund (ETEAN) for the “supply of collateral for the issue of letters of guarantee in favor of very small, small and medium-sized enterprises.”The program will allow small companies to be granted letters of guarantee from ETEAN and enable them to bolster their cash flow in a period when vital liquidity is hard for struggling firms to gain access to.The contract’s budget amounts to 45 million euros and is seen covering letters of guarantee adding up to 90 million euros, while the portfolios concerned will be 10,000 euros to 150,000 euros per company.Enterprises eligible for the scheme are those employing up to 250 people and with a turnover of no more than 50 million euros per year.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more