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293 big dams in country over 100 years old

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 293 big dams in the country are more than 100 years old, Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said on Monday as he introduced a bill on dam safety in Lok Sabha.The bill seeks to set up the National Dam Safety Authority for proper surveillance, inspection and maintenance of specified dams as well as address unresolved issues between states. Besides the National Dam Safety Authority, the government has proposed setting up a National Committee on Dam Safety to prevent dam failure-related disasters. According to the bill, the committee would maintain standards of dam safety and also evolve policies for ensuring the safety of dams.last_img

GNIDA sets up special counter for builderrelated queries

first_imgGreater Noida: The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), on Wednesday, started a dedicated counter which will help homebuyers to get all the needed information about any builder which will help them in right investment. Officials said that the property buyers can visit the counter or call on the helpline number to fetch any required details.As per a senior GNIDA officer, the dedicated counter has been set up at authority’s office for buyers to get information such as allotment of lands, map approval, completion certificate etc. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeep Chandra, Additional Chief Executive Officer (ACEO), GNIDA said that the move will help prevent cheating of buyers by unregistered builders in unauthorized areas. “The new facility is aimed at curbing the sale of illegal properties in the city which is rampant these days and we advise them to cross check with the facts before buying any residential or commercial property. Through the new facility, a person can easily get all the property related details in which they want to invest and choose a trusted developer which will prevent them from getting cheated,” said Deep Chandra. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFor this purpose, the authority has set up counter number 9 at authority’s office while a helpline number has also been circulated. “Buyers can get information related to the properties by registering their queries at the counter and by dialing – 0120-2336046,47,48 and 49. The authority will revert within three working days regarding the status and authenticity of the project,” he added. The officer further advised that the buyers must also cross check the details from the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) for which they can visit the website– www.up-rera.in. The authority, through an advisory, appealed people to avoid investing in illegal properties which can be available to them at cheaper rates and lucrative offers. The advisory further stated that if any person invests money in a property which is illegally constructed and is not authorised by the authority, he/she is responsible for the decision and the authority should not be blamed for this.last_img read more

Running afoul of the law Alberta RCMP pluck stuck ducks from sewer

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – RCMP in northern Alberta stepped in when some ducklings ran afoul of a Fort McMurray sewer over the weekend.Police say they got a call about the stuck ducks early Sunday morning.When officers arrived, they saw a mother on the road and could hear the ducklings in the sewer below, so they got quacking on a rescue.The officers popped off the manhole cover and climbed down.They were able to pluck the seven ducklings from the sewerThe birds were returned to their grateful mother.last_img

IfOnly And Lucasfilm Offer Signed Movie Memorabilia To Support NapaSonoma Fire Relief

first_imgLucasfilm has teamed up with Tipping Point to help support the relief efforts in the Napa and Sonoma areas which were devastated by fires earlier this year.Rare First Order Stormtrooper helmets worn during the filming of Star Wars: The Force AwakensThe team behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the latest chapter in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, are giving fans three chances to bid on truly unique signed memorabilia through IfOnly.Star Wars fans will be able to bid on two screen-used First Order stormtrooper helmets worn during the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and have never been offered to the public until now.One of the helmets celebrates the recent release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and features signatures by screenwriter and director, Rian Johnson, as well as Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy. The second helmet includes autographs from both The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy.Finally, an extremely limited-edition porg maquette, which is one of only five screen-used examples ever made, features the autographs of Rian Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy, and creature designer Neal Scanlan. With detailed etching and colors, the statuette showcases the doe-eyed creature that populates the sacred Jedi island of Ach-To. This particular porg was used as a film prop to line up shots in The Last Jedi in several locations overseas and in-studio throughout the filmmaking process.Proceeds from the sale of each of these one-of-a-kind collectibles will benefit Tipping Point’s Emergency Fire Relief Fund, supporting low-income communities affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay.“Giving back to the community is one of the most important privileges we have,” says Lucasfilm EVP and General Manager, Lynwen Brennan. “This particular tragedy both directly and indirectly affected so many of our employees, so it’s a cause that is very near and dear to us. We are delighted to be able to help and offer our support by providing some rare pieces for auction that we hope will draw attention to this extraordinary relief effort from our friends at IfOnly and Tipping Point.”“We are thrilled and honored to once again work with our friends at Lucasfilm in their efforts to support a worthy cause by featuring these incredible pieces of cinematic history. As a Bay Area company, we are proud to be a part of the efforts to help those most affected by the North Bay fires,” said Sean O’Neill, Director of Entertainment at IfOnly.The auctions begin on February 9th, with the first offering closing on March 2nd at 3pm EST; they can be found at ifonly.com/Lucasfilm.last_img read more

48yearold man beaten up forcefed pork in Assam for selling beef

first_imgTezpur (Assam): A Muslim man was allegedly beaten up and forced to eat pork by a group of people who were angry over his selling beef in Assam, police said Tuesday. Consumption of pork is a taboo among most Muslims.The victim, Shaukat Ali (48), was assaulted by a group of locals at Madhupur weekly market in Biswanath district on Sunday and required hospitalisation, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Raushan said. A video of the incident that has gone viral showed a dazed Ali surrounded by some people who angrily demanded to know from him where he came from and whether his name figured in the contentious National Register of Citizens that intends to weed out illegal migrants. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAli, according to Raushan, was beaten up by locals not aligned to any fundamentalist organisation. Ali, who owns a food stall, claimed he was force-fed pork by the assailants, but police did not confirm it. “We have also heard about that. It is a matter of investigation. It is only after that has been done that I will be able to tell,” the SP said. A man was arrested in connection with the incident and questioned. Ali claimed he had been selling beef at the market for over three decades and never faced such a situation. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe group also beat up 42-year-old Kamal Thapa, the contractor of the market, for allowing Ali to sell beef dishes. Cow slaughter and consumption of beef is not banned in the state but the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950, permits the slaughter of only cattle above 14 years of age after due certification by a veterinary officer. The Sunday’s incident came to light when a video shot by one among the group of assailants went viral on social media. A case was registered with the Biswanath Chariali police station on the complaint of the victim’s brother Sahabuddin Ali on Monday evening.last_img read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 1.0055Brazil real 0.4000China renminbi 0.1949Euro 1.4839Hong Kong dollar 0.170627India rupee 0.02063Indonesia rupiah 0.0001000Japan yen 0.01194Malaysia ringgit 0.3104Mexico peso 0.07318N.Z. dollar 0.9618Norway krone 0.1558Peruvian new sol 0.4069Russia rouble 0.02221Saudi riyal 0.3549Singapore dollar 0.9574South Africa rand 0.10189South Korean won 0.001164Sweden krona 0.1519Switzerland franc 1.3665Taiwanese dollar 0.04373Thailand baht 0.03915Turkey lira 0.3770U.K. pound 1.6864U.S. dollar 1.3310Vietnam dong 0.000059

Cyber Security Locking the Door Is Not Enough

Whether it’s fire and burglary, or cyber-attack, response time is critical. Having a planned security operations response to a detected security incident is as important as early detection for managing impact. Similar to a fire or a burglary, a timely response will control the spread of the security incident and minimize damage. Phish-Prone Testing, Keep Your Enterprise Secure Scott Murphy August 21, 2019 Phishing testing teaches employees to detect and respond to malicious emails, helping to create a culture of security. sctcperspective_Small.png The risks to your physical business office and assets, as well as the mitigation techniques you can take to protect your assets from this risk, are much more obvious than when it comes to the cyber world. Fifty years ago, good physical security for many businesses was a locked door – it was enough to keep most bad guys out. Today, a locked door is barely a deterrent; yes, you still need to lock the door, but that needs to be reinforced with a security system to detect if an intruder has gained entry. That security system needs to be connected to a monitoring agency that is alerted of the break-in and notifies the police so they can respond in a timely manner and catch the intruder to prevent serious loss of assets. Also like a motion sensor or smoke detector, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools — even those with very refined policies — will have false alarms, and it requires a human being to investigate the threat and determine if it is valid. It’s true that machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) systems have started to improve, but they are still not as good as an experienced cyber security analyst. It takes a human response to assess and respond appropriately to all but the most basic emergencies. Example similarities between physical security and cyber security In 2019, large and small organizations must focus their cyber security investments on the tools and operational practices to detect and respond to security events, attacks and breaches – large and small. Responding appropriately to small events stops many of them from escalating into larger breaches. Some incidents must be escalated to various levels of management for response, depending on the type of event, its severity, and the degree of response required. Systems need to be shut down to prevent further issues and be returned to their pre-intrusion state, plus fixes, before being returned to service. This can be painful for a business but is required to protect valuable assets. Further, significant events that impact the public will require reporting to government authorities, likely leading to more headaches for the enterprise. But even so, early detection and having an appropriate response strategy can prevent the bad from getting far worse. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:Best Practicescyber securitypreventiondetectionresponseSecurityE-911Monitoring, Management and SecurityOrganization & ManagementSCTC Articles You Might Like Invest in ExpertiseCyber security expertise has become a difficult human resource to hire. Some businesses should consider outsourcing some cyber security functions to ensure they have the required expertise available. Consider outside assistance for regular security reviews, security policy and procedure development, and security incident detection and response. Most IT departments do not have these capabilities internally. Murphy_CyberSecurity_629.png Keeping Your Communications Systems Safe Takes Practice Gary Audin August 29, 2019 Don’t assume you’re ready for a security attack if you’ve never exercised what you have in place. Developing human awareness and prepared response depends on what you are trying to protect. Cyber security events and incidents are commonplace for most organizations, so being able to detect and respond needs to become just as common. Just like protection of physical business assets from fire or theft, cyber security response must be pre-built into business and IT operations systems and processes. One significant difference is that while fire and theft events are relatively rare, cyber security attacks are relentless. See All in Security » The Threat of Toll Fraud Persists Irwin Lazar September 16, 2019 With a toll fraud prevention and mitigation strategy, enterprises can identify and mitigate potential toll threats – sometimes before they even happen. Security Operations: Into the Cyber WorldThe new cyber security reality is very similar to that of the physical security reality. It’s not enough to simply lock the door with technology. You must have the tools and operational capacity to detect a potential breach, investigate, and respond to the incident in an appropriate way. Just like a motion sensor or smoke detector does not stop the burglary or fire itself, you need a way to be alerted to dangerous activity. Cyber security needs tools and people to detect, alert, and respond to the potential cyber security incident. IT Security Refresh: The Cyber Defense Matrix Terry Slattery October 02, 2019 With the Cyber Defense Matrix, enterprises can measure their security coverage and discover gaps in their IT strategy. doorlock_774.png Businesses must invest a significant percentage of their cyber security budget on detection and response capabilities, or risk significant business losses due to cyber security threats. Every business sector and business size are targets because every business is part of an economic ecosystem, and the weakest link will be the most likely target. This investment must include improved tools for incident detection, security policies and procedures to allow for timely and appropriate response, and experienced people to respond to the threats. Most enterprises have long been focused on preventing the bad guys from getting in to their networks and systems. Historically, the especially security conscious enterprises — ones that understood their organizations were a target — were focused not just on prevention, but also on detection and response to security incidents. The IT security landscape has changed – the reality of today’s security landscape is that it’s not a question of if you have been hacked, it’s whether or not you know about it. Detection and response capabilities are more important than ever before. Make Teams, Slack, Other Collaboration Tools Ultra-Secure Sorell Slaymaker August 21, 2019 Read how Hotshot adds location and time elements to its MFA strategy and discover how you can protect your enterprise with a zero-trust architecture. Log in or register to post comments Get a deeper dive into cyber security in our Management and Security track at Enterprise Connect 2019, coming to Orlando the week of March 18. If you haven’t yet registered for the event, do so now to take advantage of our Early Bird Rate. Use code NJPOSTS at checkout to get an extra $200 off! read more

Former NBA Star Latrell Sprewell Living Very Modest After

Former NBA star Latrell Sprewell is the latest professional athlete to run into post-career financial problems. Several websites are reporting the retired basketball star has blown through his fortune.“During the course of his career, Latrell Sprewell made over $100 million. Today, Celebrity NetWorth reports that he has around $50,000 and lives in a modest rental,” said Financial Juneteeth.Sprewell, who was 24th in the 1992 NBA draft, played for several teams, but he was infamous for his altercation with Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo. After Carlesimo criticized his passing, Sprewell fought his coach and choked him. He then returned, after showering, and punched Carlesimo, before being dragged away by assistant coaches. He had also previously fought with other teammates, threatening one with a plank of wood and a gun.However, the choking incident cost Sprewell dearly. He was suspended by the NBA for a year and the Golden State Warriors cancelled the rest of his contract which was worth $23 million over three years.He was later traded to the New York Knicks and then the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he received negative publicity for turning down a three-year, $21 million-contract extension, claiming it wasn’t enough to take care of his family.“I have a family to feed … If (team owner Glen) Taylor wants to see my family fed, he better cough up some money. Otherwise, you’re going to see these kids in one of those Sally Struthers commercials (where she solicits donations for starving children in developing countries) soon,” Sprewell said at the time.Sprewell’s troubled reputation preceded him and other NBA teams saw him as too much of a risk to take on.“Sprewell played one more year for Minnesota without the contract extension, and played miserably,” Financial Juneteeth reported. “Still thinking higher of himself than the teams or coaches he negotiated with, he was never again able to agree on a salary and has not played professional ball since. So, some might say that his negative attitude caught up with him because no NBA team wants to sign an angry old man whose best days are behind him.”However, Sprewell’s retirement has been filled with as much bad PR and brushes with the law as his playing career. His daughter was attacked by one of his pit bulls, and he was accused of stealing by a junior college. He was investigated by police for choking a woman on his yacht and also sued by the mother of his four children for $200 million.Sprewell had several financial problems after he retired. His $1.5 million yacht was seized after he defaulted on a mortgage, and he had two homes foreclosed.Unfortunately, Sprewell is not the only retired athlete to face financial hardship. Many ex-jocks run into money problems when their income drops from a huge contract to a pension. They still have extensive financial commitments to ex-wives, mothers of their children, family and lavish lifestyles to maintain. Many athletes are also ripped off by unscrupulous advisers, who know their clients don’t understand the complex world of finance.Former baseball player Torii Hunter told Sports Illustrated financial terms sound like another language to pro athletes.“Once you get into the financial stuff, and it sounds like Japanese, guys are just like, ‘I ain’t going back.’ They’re lost,” Hunter said.According to Sports Illustrated, most ex-professional athletes are broke within a few years of retirement.“By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce,” reported Sports Illustrated. “Within five years of retirement, an estimated 60 percent of former NBA players are broke.” read more

Slurry pipeline study for anthracite

first_imgFortune Minerals has presented a summary of results from its preliminary economic assessment of the viability of transporting coal using a slurry pipeline from its proposed Mount Klappan anthracite coal mine in northwest British Columbia to the ports of Stewart and Prince Rupert. This preliminary scoping study, conducted by Marston Canada indicates that a slurry pipeline could materially reduce transportation costs to the ports as compared to the truck or rail transportation options evaluated in the company’s positive full feasibility study completed by Marston in 2005. According to the scoping study report, such a pipeline may reduce operating costs by as much as 34%. For example, the study estimates operating costs of C$23.89/t involving truck transportation to the port of Stewart compared with C$15.75/t using a slurry pipeline to the same destination. [dollars herein are US unless otherwise stated]A slurry pipeline would also help mitigate the future impacts of increasing fuel and labour costs, and certain route options would reduce the environmental footprint of the proposed development by using existing transportation corridors. Finally, it is expected that using a buried slurry pipeline to transport coal products from Mount Klappan would also reduce environmental impacts of the project by eliminating the trucks that would have been used for coal haulage.“Fortune continues its commitment to aggressively manage the costs and profitability of developing our huge Mount Klappan asset, at the same time we are determined to minimize the impact it has on our environment,” said Robin Goad, President and CEO of Fortune. “We are pleased to have this independent engineering review that gives us some options that may allow Fortune to meet all of these objectives.”The scoping study included conceptual operating and capital cost estimates prepared for two production scenarios and evaluations of three route options to the ports of Stewart and Prince Rupert:1) Slurry pipeline transport of 1.5 and 3 Mt/y west from Mount Klappan to Highway 37 and southwest along the existing highway to Stewart2) Slurry pipeline transport of 3 Mt/y west to Highway 37 as above and then south along the highway and existing forestry roads to Highway 16 and west to Prince Rupert3) Slurry pipeline transport of 3 Mt/y south from Mount Klappan along the existing BC Rail right-of-way to Minaret, west along the Stewart-Omenica Resource Road and then south along the Kispiox Road to Hazelton (320 km) for rail transport to Prince Rupert (200 km).Based on the study’s positive findings, Fortune has commissioned Marston and Pipeline Systems Inc (PSI) to conduct a more detailed prefeasibility level economic assessment of pipeline transportation using the Stewart and Hazelton route options for more precise cost estimates for the ongoing mine planning and permitting activities. This new study is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008. While the costs associated with Prince Rupert are generally higher than those involving Stewart, Prince Rupert already has an under-used worldclass handling facility specifically designed for coal. The slurry pipeline option being considered through Hazelton would allow the Company to use this handling facility and would also offer railway access to North American coal markets.The preliminary scoping study was prepared assuming that the coal would be transported as a 50%-solids coal slurry in which 95% would be less than 0.6 mm and would be dewatered and pressed into pellets or briquettes at the pipeline terminus for handling and delivery to overseas steel customers. Marston is examining the building of a briquetting plant at the pipeline’s terminus capable of producing anthracite pellets for use in the global steel manufacturing industry and test work for the production of briquettes is in progress. Notably, low ash content briquettes of suitable size, strength and quality are likely to command premium prices on the international market and would also facilitate loading and handling at the railway, port and receiving steel plant.In addition to the slurry pipeline assessment and the ongoing engineering and environmental studies, the company is conducting discussions with potential joint venture partners over the development of the Mount Klappan coal project. Notably, the price of coking coal, the best proxy for metallurgical anthracite pricing, is now being quoted on the spot market in the range of $180 to $190/t a 100% increase over the 2007 contract price. The price of ultra-low volatile PCI coal from anthracite for the steel industry is currently quoted at some $150/t and premium anthracite products used in metallurgical processing are being quoted in excess of $200/t. The 2005 Marston full feasibility study for Mount Klappan, which used a base case price of $100/t with sensitivities at higher and lower prices, had already shown attractive rates of return for several production rate and truck and rail transportation options.The company is active in the environmental assessment process at Mount Klappan to develop an export metallurgical coal mine producing ultra-low volatile pulverized coal injection (PCI) products for the overseas steel industry. Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants (RTEC), Fortune’s environmental consultants for the project, are also continuing to conduct environmental work at the Mount Klappan site and are now also conducting studies in support of the pipeline route options. All-North Engineering is also completing the road engineering and an updated cost estimate for the proposed haul roads that would service either of the pipeline route options.Fortune’s wholly-owned Mount Klappan anthracite coal project is located in northwest British Columbia and straddles the B.C. Railway right-of-way 150 km northeast of the port of Stewart and 330 km northeast of the port of Prince Rupert.last_img read more

Les tourbillons océaniques atteignent les fonds marins

first_imgLes tourbillons océaniques atteignent les fonds marinsDe nouvelles études publiées dans la revue Science révèlent que les tourbillons à la surface des océans peuvent atteindre les profondeurs et déplacer de la chaleur, des larves et des substances chimiques vers les fonds marins.   Des scientifiques de la Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ont étudié de quelle manière les différents éléments des émissions hydrothermales océaniques (organismes, minéraux, chaleur) étaient véhiculés à travers les océans. En effet, malgré des dizaines d’années de recherches, ce mécanisme de transport était jusqu’ici resté incompris.  À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merLes scientifiques ont ainsi découvert que ces différents éléments étaient très probablement transportés par des tourbillons océaniques. Générés par des vents violents, renforcés par des phénomènes atmosphériques et océaniques comme El Niño, ces tourbillons peuvent atteindre jusqu’à 500 kilomètres de diamètre et brasser les fonds marins jusqu’à 2.500 mètres de profondeur. Sciences et Avenir précise qu’il s’agit d’une surprise pour les scientifiques qui pensaient que les grandes profondeurs marines étaient isolées de la surface et de l’atmosphère. Comme l’explique la principale auteure de l’étude, Diane K. Adams, “nous savions que ces tourbillons existaient, mais personne ne s’était aperçu qu’ils pouvaient affecter les processus qui sont en cours dans les profondeurs des océans”.Le 7 mai 2011 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mount Pleasant School District voters OK property tax levy

first_imgMount Pleasant residents delivered a strong message that they wish to keep their 119-year-old Mount Pleasant Elementary School afloat, decisively approving a new property tax levy.Meanwhile, two other small Skamania County schools saw levies soundly rejected.Skamania County voters in the Mount Pleasant district, east of Washougal, voted 71 percent to 29 percent in favor of the two-year levy.All six Clark County ballots tallied were in favor of the tax, which will raise $100,000 in 2012 and 2013.The estimated tax rate will be $2.30 per $1,000 of assessed value — about half the $4.30 rate in the neighboring Washougal School District, which stands to absorb the grades K-6 Mount Pleasant school should it fail.That’s one likely reason why voters reversed a 61 percent to 39 percent defeat of a similar levy measure in 2008. Also, federal timber payments to Skamania County government and schools are seriously in peril, fueling the levy request.Only once before, in 1995-96, have Mount Pleasant residents paid a school property tax levy. Skamania and Mill A school district residents never have.That won’t soon change: Skamania district voters defeated a $350,000 levy, 56.3 percent to 43.7 percent. Mill A district voters rejected a $170,000 levy, 70.8 percent to 29.2 percent.last_img read more

Save the Date Final scream for Halloween

first_imgIf you want to hang on to Halloween just a bit longer, the Fear PDX haunted house finale is from 7 to 11 tonight. Visitors can try to brave the Slaughter, the Curse, and the Outbreak at Vancouver Plaza, 7701 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive. Tickets are $20, $35 for fast pass. Visit www.fearpdx.com• For those looking for a calmer transition into November, the Classical Mandolin Society will be offering a free public concert as part of its 29th annual mandolin convention. Tonight’s concert will feature 125 musicians performing as one large orchestra. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland. Call 360-521-0255 or visit www.classicalmandolinsociety.org• Or be inspired at the Clark County Open Studios Preview from 5 to 8 tonight. This artists’ reception and preview will feature pieces by each of the 50 participating artists on the upcoming Clark County Open Studios Tour Nov. 8-9, with refreshments and music by the Upfront Band. The reception takes place at 906 Harney St., Vancouver. Visit www.ccopenstudios.orgUpcomingLooking ahead, the 35th annual Seattle International Comedy Competition will make a stop in Vancouver on the road to crowning a comedic king or queen. The competition features 33 comedians facing off at various venues around the state. As part of the preliminary rounds, 17 comedians will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. Tickets are $10. Call 306-816-0352 or visit www.seattlecomedycompetition.org• Is it Christmas already? As part of the First Friday festivities, the Vancouver Rotary Foundation will preview its 12 decorated Christmas trees ahead of the Festival of Trees, Nov. 28-30. Each tree is decorated as part of a themed prize package that will be raffled off to benefit the foundation. The preview will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 at Divine Consign, 905 Main St., Vancouver. And the trees will remain on display through Nov. 22. Visit www.rotaryfestivaloftrees.orglast_img read more

Police crack Chinas first cryptocurrency gambling ring

first_img Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham forced to cut sponsorship ties with Russian betting site Casinos can innovate – and win new fans Chinese authorities have cracked an illegal cryptocurrency World Cup gambling syndicate worth more than US$1.5 billion in what is believed to be the first major instance of a cryptocurrency sports betting crime in China.The Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department released a statement late last week announcing that police had arrested six people suspected of running the syndicate, which operated on the dark web and attracted around 330,000 users. All bets were placed using digital currencies. Load More Hong Kong Jockey Club breaks betting turnover record in 2018-19 RelatedPosts According to the statement, around 5 million yuan in cash and 10 million yuan in cryptocurrencies have been seized.Discovery of the cryptocurrency ring formed part of a broader operation by Chinese police against illegal World Cup betting, with the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department revealing it has arrested more than 540 people suspected of being involved in online gambling rings, shut down more than 70 gambling apps and websites and seized more than 260 million yuan in funds during the Russia World Cup.Police said they had organized a series of 21 raids in locations such as Guangdong, Guangxi and Sichuan as part of a coordinated operation.“The online gambling crime gangs were closely organized, with a mostly pyramid-style organizational structure, recruiting agents at various levels, developing members at various levels and profiting from the middle members’ betting amount,” police explained.The websites also utilized familiar casino names such as “Crown” and “New Lisboa” to attract customers.Only last week Chinese social media giant Tencent announced that it had shut down 50,000 accounts on its hugely popular WeChat app for involvement in illegal gambling activities.However, Guangdong police described the discovery of the cryptocurrency ring as unique due to it being “the first case of using bitcoin for online gambling” and “the most representative of new online gambling cases.”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 20 Bad Highway Crash Snapping Turtle Impedes Traffic

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, April 20, 2019:Police transported a party off 93 South and dropped them off at the Dunkin Donuts on Ballardvale Street. (7:40am)A Randolph Road resident requested extra traffic patrols in the area due to speeding. (9:14am)A walk-in party brought a fallen North Washington Street street sign to the station. Police notified DPW. (9:28am)A caller reported people partying in a parking lot on Middlesex Avenue and leaving trash everywhere. Caller requested extra evening patrols. (12:25pm)A caller reported a male party was making verbal threats while she was at church yesterday. Police investigated and found the situation was not as reported. (4:12pm)Residents moved a large snapping turtle out of the roadway at Shawsheen Avenue and Canal Street. (4:17pm)A caller reported her parked vehicle was struck while in the Market Basket parking lot. (7:22pm)State Police handled a 2-vehicle crash with injury at 93 South Exit 41 ramp. Police assisted by blocking lanes for tow truck. (10:17pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 9: Police Issue 2 Summonses To Drivers; Windows Kicked In At BusinessIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Nov 16 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen Now Tension lingers over handling of investigation into linked homicides Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA day after news that five Anchorage murders are linked to the same gun used in an officer involved shooting over the weekend, questions remain about how officials responded to public concerns in the months before. Law enforcement had very little evidence connecting the homicides, and police walked a fine line between recruiting the public’s help and not losing their only threads in the case.Walker names Anchorage lawyer as new chief of staffAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGov. Bill Walker named a new chief of staff Wednesday, bringing in Anchorage lawyer Scott Kendall to replace Jim Whitaker, effective Dec. 2.NOAA determines that Iliamna Lake harbor seals are not endangeredAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamNOAA Fisheries announced today that after review, they concluded the listing of Pacific harbor seals in Iliamna Lake as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act is not warranted.Anchorage Assembly budget makes several cuts to increase police forceZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Anchorage Assembly passed a $504 million operating budget during it’s Tuesday night meeting, up slightly from last year’s budget of $488 million. Increases are going primarily to pay for a larger police force.Four new pot shops approved in AnchorageZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Anchorage assembly approved four new cannabis businesses within the municipality on Tuesday.Fairbanks school to change controversial nameDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA North Pole school will get a new name. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board of education approved a measure Tuesday night to rename of Badger Road Elementary. The road is named after a North Pole area pioneer who plead guilty to child rape a century ago. Members of the community claim, however, that the name has long since transcended any connection to the man.Advocates fear cutting Bethel’s Sex Offender Treatment Program could mean more victimsAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelState budget cuts have reduced Bethel’s Sex Offender Treatment Program to a fraction of its former self. The program’s staff has gone from three members with a combined experience of almost 40 years to one member with four months experience.Emmonak struggles to rebuild water systems following fireAdrian Wagner, KYUK – BethelThe City of Emmonak remains without its sewer and water after a fire.  Efforts are underway to improve the situation.Sockeye Fire trial to begin at end of NovemberEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageTwo Alaskans charged with starting the destructive Sockeye wildfire over a year ago will face trial starting late November.Ask a Climatologist: Alaska’s “relentless” streak of warm temperaturesRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAccording to an announcement this week from the World Meteorological Organization, 2016 is on track to be the warmest year ever. If current trends continue, it would be the third straight year of record-breaking heatlast_img read more

After Samjhauta and Thar expresses now Pakistan suspends

first_imgISLAMABAD: Pakistan has suspended the Lahore-Delhi friendship bus service, after suspending two cross-border trains, in the wake of India’s decision revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories, a senior Pakistani minister has said. The bus service was first started in February 1999 but suspended after the 2001 Parliament attack. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us It was restarted in July 2003. The move is in line with the decisions taken during a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) held on Wednesday, Pakistan Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed said. “In line with the decisions of NSC Pak-India bus service is suspended,” Saeed tweeted on Friday. The Lahore-Delhi bus service is operated from Ambedkar Stadium terminal near Delhi Gate. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us DTC buses ply every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) buses every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, from Delhi to Lahore. For the return trip, DTC buses leave Lahore every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday whereas the PTDC buses are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Earlier, Pakistan Minister of Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad had announced on Friday that it will suspend the Thar Express train service with India which links the two countries across the Rajasthan border, a day after it stopped the Samjhauta Express following its decision to downgrade bilateral ties. Advertise With Us Rasheed announced to suspend the services of Thar Express and said that the last train would leave for India late Friday night, the official APP news agency reported. The Thar Express has been running between Jodhpur’s Bhagat ki Kothi station to Karachi every Friday night since services resumed on February 18, 2006 after a 41-year suspension. He said the 133 km new track was built with the cost of Rs 13 billion for Thar Express and now the track would be used for Thar coal project. On Thursday, Pakistan suspended the Samjhauta Express train service with India. Rasheed said that the train service will not operate till he is the Railways minister and the bogies of the train will now be used for passengers travelling on the occasion of Eid. The Samjhauta Express, named after the Hindi word for “agreement”, comprises six sleeper coaches and an AC 3-tier coach. The train service was started on July 22, 1976, under the Simla Agreement that settled the 1971 war between the two nations. On the Indian side, the train runs from Delhi to Attari and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side. Pakistan’s decision to suspend the services of the two trains came after it expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria on Wednesday and decided to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.last_img read more

Quader warns of tough actions against BRTA irregularities

first_imgRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAnnouncing zero tolerance against corruption and irregularities at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said a new journey has to be launched to make it a corruption-free organisation, reports UNB.“There should be a fresh journey to build a corruption-free BRTA,” he said while exchanging views with BRTA officials, including its depot managers, at its newly constructed Bhaban at Banani.Quader, also Awami League general secretary, said the menace of brokers in and outside its offices must be stopped to make the BRTA free from corruption, warning that if any official or employee is found involved with any broker, stern action will be taken following investigations.He also underscored the need for increasing manpower to enhance the quality of service and improve the skills of the existing workforce to turn BRTA into an effective and dynamic organisation.Responding to a query from reporters, the minister said 63 per cent work on the Padma Bridge project has already been completed. “One kilometre of the Padma Bridge is now visible following the installation of 7th span,” he said.last_img read more

Chicago To Sue Feds Over Funding Threats To Sanctuary Cities

first_img Matt Marton/APChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a January news conference. On Sunday he announced the city will sue the federal government in defense of its status as a so-called sanctuary city and against threats to withhold U.S. grant funds.Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing back against the federal government.On Monday, the city is filing suit against the Department of Justice, which announced it would withhold millions of dollars in police grant money from so-called sanctuary cities.Emanuel is suing because he says new rules for a federal crime-fighting grant go against the Constitution and the city’s values.“Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate,” Emanuel said.Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said grant applicants have to share information about undocumented immigrants to federal officials if they want the funding.But Emanuel said he refuses to choose between immigrant rights and having well-funded community police.“We’re going to act immediately,” Emanuel said, “to make sure that there’s a ruling by the court, as there’s been on other issues as relates to immigration and refugee policies — where the court has basically stopped the Trump administration in its tracks.”Chicago was expecting to get $3.2 million from the grant to help with crime fighting this year.“The Department of Justice cannot commandeer local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration law functions,” said Ed Siskel, the city’s lawyer. “We cannot be forced to violate our residents’ constitutional rights.”Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson also expressed concern about the application guidelines.“Our job is to investigate crime, our job is not to investigate immigration status or documentation,” Johnson said.Attorney General Sessions sent letters to four other cities last week warning them that they also wouldn’t be eligible for funding: Baltimore, Albuquerque, N.M, and San Bernardino and Stockton in California.A spokesman for the Department of Justice declined to comment.Copyright 2017 WBEZ. To see more, visit WBEZ. 00:00 /01:51 Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

10 Worst Windows 10 Annoyances and How to Fix Them

first_img 1of 10Windows Updates When You Don’t Want it ToWe’ve all been there. You’re sitting there trying to do work or play a game and Windows starts installing updates and asks you to reboot your computer. If you’re not around to stop it, your computer may even restart itself without your permission.There are a couple of ways to prevent Windows 10 from updating at the worst possible time. First, you can set “active hours” under Settings -> Windows Update so that the computer will not automatically reboot during those times (default is 8 a.m. to 5 pm). Second, you can pause updates altogether for up to 35 days by going to Settings -> Windows Update -> Advanced Options and toggling “Pause Updates” to on.How to Pause Windows 10 UpdatesPREVIOUS1of 10NEXT2of 10Windows Suddenly Starts Talking Look who’s talking now! You’re not sure why but for some reason Windows 10 has suddenly started announcing everything you touch via voice. You click on the taskbar and it tells you “Cortana search box.” You start typing and the voice reads every character you type aloud. The user experience couldn’t be more annoying.What happened is that, probably by clicking CTRL + Windows Key + Enter, you launched Narrator, a feature which reads text on the screen aloud so that visually-impaired users can navigate more easily. To turn Narrator off, you can either hit the keyboard combination again or open the Narrator Settings app that appears on your taskbar and click Exit. To stop accidental launches permanently, open the Narrator Settings app, click General and uncheck “Enable the shortcut to launch Narrator.”PREVIOUS2of 10NEXT3of 10Edge is the Default BrowserMicrosoft’s browser isn’t a bad program. Edge offers speedy browsing and a clean, simple interface, but it just doesn’t offer the same level of functionality as Chrome or Firefox. Unfortunately, by default, Edge launches on every link you click in the OS or when you conduct a search from the Cortana box. To switch to Chrome, Firefox or another browser of your choice, navigate to Settings -> Apps & Features -> Default apps and click the Edge icon under “Web browser.” You’ll see a list of all the other browsers you have installed and be able to change the default.How to Switch Your Default Browser in Windows 10PREVIOUS3of 10NEXT4of 10Cortana Searches Bing Instead of GoogleNo offense to Bing, but it just isn’t Google search. Of course, it goes without saying that Microsoft loves its own search engine and launches it every time you enter a web search into the Cortana box.In order to search Google (or another search engine) from the Cortana box, first change your default browser to Chrome and then install an extension called Chrometana, which will redirect all Bing queries to Google.com. Finally, you need to install a utility called Edge Deflector which will make Cortana use the default browser for searches rather than Edge. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/worst-windows-10-annoyances?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 PREVIOUS4of 10NEXT5of 10You Must Open the Lock Screen Before Logging InEvery time you boot Windows or wake it from sleep, you’re hit with a completely pointless lock screen that you have to click or swipe away before you can enter your login credentials. Why not just go straight to the password prompt and save the unnecessary click?To disable the lock screen, open the windows registry editor (regedit.exe) and navigate to  the folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows. Create a new registry Key called “Personalization” and open its folder. Then create a DWORD (32-bit) value called “NoLockScreen” and set it to “1.” The next time you boot up, the login prompt should be the first screen you see.How to Disable the Lock Screen in Windows 10PREVIOUS5of 10NEXT6of 10File Extensions Hidden By DefaultBy default, Windows 10 won’t show you the three or four letter extension that comes at the end of common file names. For example, an image called mypicture.JPG will appear in the File Explorer as just “mypicture.” While you can look at the file details to find out exactly what type it is, you shouldn’t have to.To force Windows to show you all file extensions, navigate to the Windows control panel (search for “control panel” in the Cortana b0x) and open File Explorer options. Then click on the View tab and uncheck the box next to “Hide extensions for known file types.”PREVIOUS6of 10NEXT7of 10Programs Show Giant, Noisy NotifcationsIt’s helpful to know when your boss has just sent you an urgent email, but most Windows notifications are useless and annoying. Do you really need a giant message and loud audio alert to let you know that your computer has found “one or more settings that might effect your battery life?” You can pick and choose which apps have permission to send notifications by navigating to Settings -> System -> Notifications & actions and scrolling down to the “Get notifications from these senders” list. From there, you can disable notifications by program or leave visual alerts but turn off sound for each. And if you just don’t want any notifications at all, toggle “Get notifications from apps and other senders” to off.How to Disable Windows 10 NotificationsPREVIOUS7of 10NEXT8of 10The System Comes Loaded with CrapwareNew Windows 10 computers come loaded with crapware and, sadly, most of it comes courtesy of Microsoft, not the computer manufacturer. Every Windows laptop we see in 2017 packs some combination of a Sling TV trial, Candy Crush Soda Saga and a few other casual games such as Age of Empires. Most laptop-makers also throw on a 30 or 60-day trial of security software which you might not want. It almost goes without saying that, if you really wanted any of this trialware, you could have downloaded it on your own.To get rid of any apps you don’t want, navigate to Settings->Apps. Then select the program you want to erase and click Uninstall.PREVIOUS8of 10NEXT9of 10UAC and SmartScreen Treat You Like a ChildYou don’t have to be a hardcore computer nerd to know that you should only download reputable applications and scan them for viruses before installing. Unfortunately, by default, Windows 10 thinks you’re a baby that needs to be severely warned every time you try to do an app or tweak setting.Two different Windows features combine to infantalize you. User Account Control (UAC) warns you when you install programs or change important system settings. SmartScreen Filter tries to stop you from installing programs that Microsoft hasn’t heard of before, which includes a lot of Open Source programs.To disable UAC, navigate to the Security and Maintenance control panel menu; you can get there by typing “Security and Maintenance” into the Cortana search box. Then click Change User Account Control and slide the slider down to the bottom option (“never notify”). Turn off SmartScreen Filter by clicking on “Change Windows SmartScreen settings” from the “Security and Maintenance” menu and then selecting “no” on the pop-up which appears. PREVIOUS9of 10NEXT10of 10Your Screen Accidentally Flipped on Its SideYou don’t know how it happened, but suddenly your desktop has been rotated 90 degrees onto its side and you have no idea how to get it right-side up again. This problem occurs most often if you’ve accidentally hit CTRL + ALT + an arrow key. The solution is just as simple: hit CTRL + ALT + up arrow to put everything back to normal.How to Fix a Sideways ScreenPREVIOUS10of 10NEXT Author Bio Disable Personalized Ads on Microsoft Sites and Apps Disable Cortana Turn Off App Notifications Repair Windows 10 Next Tips »» Avram Piltch, Access the BIOS on a Windows 10 PC Windows 10 is the most powerful and versatile PC operating system around, but even the best platform has its fair share of frustrating features. From automatic Windows updates that reboot your computer at the worst possible time to a search box that strong arms you into using Bing rather than Google for search, there’s plenty of room for improvement. Fortunately, by following our handy setup guide and tweaking a few settings here and there, you can solve most of these problems.  Next Tip »» Stop Windows Update from Automatically Restarting Your PC All Windows 10 Tips Remove the Lock Screen Delete a Locked File Use Battery Saver Avram Piltch, on Remove the Lock Screen Disable or Enable Grayscale Mode Set Compatibility Mode for Apps All Windows 10 Tips Disable or Enable Grayscale Mode Disable Password Prompt on Wake Windows 10 Annoyances and Problems Disable Password Prompt on Wake Windows 10 Annoyances and Problemscenter_img Fix a ‘Boot Configuration Data File is Missing’ Error More Tips Repair Windows 10 Restart without Rebooting Clear the Run Command’s History Fix a Boot Configuration File Error Uninstall and Restore Built-in Apps ✖ Disable Internet Explorer The current editor-in-chief of our sister site, Tom’s Hardware, Avram served as editorial director of Laptop from 2007 to 2018. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of our real-world benchmarks, including the Laptop Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU. 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Update No bomb at Ladysmith High School roads now opened

first_imgPolice searched the LHS buildings and found no trace of a bomb. Everything is clear.This is the second bomb scare to take place at the school.There was also a bomb scare at the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court on November 24, 2016.Initial story: Breaking News: Bomb scare at high school in LadysmithAlso read: Update: Motorists urged to stay away from bomb scare areaAll roads around the school are now open for traffic. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img