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Governors of 5 states meet Home Minister Amit Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: Governors of five states including West Bengal Monday met Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed various issues concerning their respective states, an official said. The governors met Shah separately and officials described the meetings as courtesy calls on the new Home Minister, who assumed charge about 10 days ago. Besides West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, others who met the Home Minister are: Tamil Nadu’s Banwarilal Purohit, Telangana’s E S L Narasimhan, who is also the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand’s Draupadi Murmu and Arunachal Pradesh’s Brigadier (Retd) B D Mishra, a home ministry official said. The Governors discussed with the Home Minister issues concerning their respective state, the official said.last_img read more

Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar says hes always ready to guide youngsters like

first_imgLauderhill (USA): Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is happy with the coming up of bright prospects like Navdeep Saini and says he’s always ready to guide the youngsters when they come in to the national team. The 29-year-old Bhuvneshwar took two wickets for 19 runs to play an important role in India’s four-wicket win against the West Indies in the first T20 International here on Saturday. “As a senior player you always want to perform. Even you could not perform you have to contribute to the team. That is the first thing I want to do and luckily I did that,” Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match press conference. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”When young players like Navdeep Saini does well and Khaleel (Ahmed) does well, you want to always talk to them. You want to make them comfortable. That is the first thing I want to do and I always guide them,” he added. Bhuvneshwar was all praise for Saini who starred in the India’s win with figures of 3/17 in his India debut match. “Just before coming into the team he played for India A against West Indies A in West Indies. That is why he did well. When you do well at international level, it gives you a lot of confidence,” said the senior pacer. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”He has bolwed really well. The most important thing is, he has proved in different stages. He plays so much of cricket, in IPL and for India A. So when he came into the (senior national) team he was very confident.” Asked about the switching from ODI cricket to T20 format, he said, “Not really mental adjustment because T20 and ODI are the same, not the same format but you have to bowl deck bowling in ODI and T20 as well. “It is only that T20 is a shorter format and when you go to ODI, it takes more load on the body. This is something we always take care of.” He said the pitch used for the first T20 International match was a bit sticky as it was under cover in the last two days, and was not easy to bat on. “The ball was not really coming onto the bat, it was a bit difficult for the batsmen. In the morning, it was a bit moist but got better in the second innings as the sun was out by then.”last_img read more

Bouknadel Train Accident Spain Qatar Send Condolences to Morocco

Rabat – Several countries have shown solidarity by sending condolence cables to the families of victims in the Bouknadel train accident.The Spanish government expressed solidarity with Morocco in a statement from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Spanish government “wishes to express, on behalf of the Spanish people and in these sad moments, its solidarity with the authorities and the people of Morocco, a friendly country, neighbor and strategic partner.” Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani also sent a sympathy message to King Mohammed VI and the victims of the train accident.He also wished the injured passengers “speedy recovery.”Kuwait and Jordan also sent condolences to Morocco.King Abdullah of Jordan offered his condolences over the victims of the train derailment in Bouknadel.While international governments were quick to send condolences to the victims, the Moroccan government has not issued any joint statement to show solidarity with the families.However, some Moroccan officials have preferred using social media to express regret and condolences, including Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.A train derailed in Bouknadel, between Rabat and Kenitra, on Tuesday, October 16, killing 7 and injuring at least 125.Rabat’s public prosecutor at the Court of Appeal has opened an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.Read Also: Bouknadel’s Train Incident Death Toll Grows to 7, Public Prosecutor Opens InvestigationThe accident might be a discussion point in today’s weekly government council.ONCF Director Rabie Khlie told journalists on the scene that the accident might be due to a technical problem. Fully two days after the accident, ONCF has still released no information on the cause of the tragedy.By midday Wednesday, ONCF had cleared one track and begun re-running trains on the Casablanca-Kenitra line.On Wednesday, a leaked audio recording between ONCF employees blamed the accident on a faulty track and the train’s speed.The drivers said that they had complained about a problem in the stretch of track where the train derailed.Read Also: Bouknadel Train Accident: ONCF Removes Train Cars from RailwayOne of the employees stated that the technical issues on the track were noticed last Friday, but ONCF did not properly communicate the speed limit to drivers or take it into consideration.One of the speakers urged: “It’s about time that we speak up about our rights.” read more

Azerbaijan UN rights expert on displaced persons urges progress in peace process

28 May 2010Progress is needed in the ongoing peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region so that internally displaced persons (IDPs) can find a durable solution to their predicament, an independent United Nations human rights expert has said. Nagorno-Karabakh, which was an autonomous region during Soviet times, has been at the centre of a dispute between the neighbouring countries since they became independent in the early 1990s.“Despite efforts to improve conditions, internal displacement in Azerbaijan has lasted too long,” Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the Human Rights of IDPs, said in a statement issued on Tuesday in the capital, Baku. “It is necessary to come to a peace agreement to restore the human rights of internally displaced persons.“I urge the international community to actively renew and strengthen their efforts to facilitate the speedy adoption of a peace agreement, and to ensure that in this process the human rights of internally displaced persons are addressed, in particular their right to voluntary return in safety and dignity,” he said after wrapping up an official visit to Azerbaijan – his first to the Caucasus country since 2007.“This protracted displacement of more than 18 years that has now affected several generations – and, which despite Government efforts, is continuing to cause much human suffering – has no place in Europe,” the Secretary-General’s Representative stressed.During his visit to Azerbaijan Mr. Kälin met with President Ilham Aliyev as well as a series of senior Government ministers, the national ombudsperson, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and representatives of the international community. He also visited locations where IDPs are living, such as Baku, Beylagan and the Lachin winter grounds in Aghjabedi.Mr. Kälin said Azerbaijan had made important achievements in housing for IDPs, the construction of educational facilities for them and improving their access to health care in rural areas.“I commend the authorities for their commitment and encourage them to continue and reinforce their efforts, with particular focus on improving the very difficult living conditions in urban collective centres.”Mr. Kälin also noted that the Azerbaijani Government was moving to build new apartments in urban areas for IDPs.However, he added that he was concerned about the risk of future evictions in urban areas, particularly as a result of privatization or public construction works.“It is key that internally displaced persons be provided with adequate notice, housing alternatives and assistance in such situations.”In addition, Mr. Kälin emphasized the need for appropriate assistance to vulnerable groups, such as female-headed households, the elderly and the disabled, and for greater job opportunities for IDPs. read more

Vietnam Sri Lanka to increase exchange of highlevel visits

They agreed that the two countries should increase the exchange of high-level visits and soon organise the fourth meeting of the inter-governmental committee at the foreign minister level and the third political consultation. Vietnam wants to further the traditional friendship and cooperation with Sri Lanka, Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam told President Maithripala Sirisena on their sideline meeting at the second Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit in Bangkok.Both sides took note of significant developments in multiple sectors such as economics, justice, defence, culture, education and agriculture. However, they acknowledged that room for bilateral cooperation remains extensive. The two countries should seek ways to boost two-way trade revenue from the current average figure of 200 million USD per year, with agriculture and fisheries considered for joint projects. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam suggested the two countries further mutual support at regional and international forums and cooperation in protecting interests of developing countries.He thanked Sri Lanka for backing Vietnam’s bids to run for seats in UN bodies, and wished for the country’s support for Vietnam’s candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director-General for the 2017-2021 tenure. read more

Appeals court NYC can ban ads in Uber and Lyft cars

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court in New York says the city can ban advertisements in vehicles driven for companies like Uber and Lyft.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a lower court decision last year that concluded the city could not justify its regulations.The appeals panel said the city was correct in arguing the ban survives First Amendment scrutiny by advancing the government’s interest in improving the passenger experience.The ruling came in a case brought by Vugo Inc., a Minnesota company that sued the city in 2015 after the Taxi and Limousine Commission prohibited the ads in vehicles that were not medallion taxis or street-hail liveries. The company puts digital content in vehicles driven for ride-share companies.A message was left with company executives.The Associated Press read more

At firstever summit speakers stress central role of police in UN peace

More than 100 national police chiefs gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York to chart the way forward for UNPOL to deliver greater impact on the ground. Today, 12,600 male and female police officers from 87 countries are deployed in 18 UN peace operations.In his video message to the UN Chiefs of Police Summit, or UN COPS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that around the world, brave police officers are making a difference by establishing the rule of law and paving the way for peace and sustainable development. “From Kabul to Kinshasa […] from Port-au-Prince to Pristina, United Nations Police work in some of the most challenging situations on earth,” he noted, acknowledging their work to protect communities, bring stability, and restore confidence.Key partners and senior United Nations officials also joined the discussion, held in the UN General Assembly Hall, on how peace operations and national policing complement and mutually reinforce each other when addressing current and emerging challenges, such as transnational threats.Addressing the Summit on Mr. Ban’s behalf was Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, who said that UN police operations are making a difference in places where the rule of law is weak or absent.In Mali, UNPOL are building national capacities, mentoring Malian law enforcement in forensics, counter-narcotics works and crime analysis. They are also making invaluable contributions in South Sudan, Somalia, the Central African Republic, and Liberia.Last year, the UN celebrated its 70th anniversary by launching major reviews of the tools to respond to conflict – peace operations, peacebuilding and the role of women in peace and security, Mr. Eliasson said. These efforts were complemented a few days ago by the finalization of an important review on UN police, he added.Emphasizing some key requirements and qualities needed with UNPOL, he said police officers need to be well-prepared, well-equipped and well-trained. They need to be capacity builders and experienced leaders.They need the latest technology and access to intelligence, crime data and analytical tools, and they must help root out sexual exploitation and abuse. More women are needed in UNPOL, he said.Given the integrated nature of global challenges, such as the record high number of displaced people worldwide, humongous humanitarian needs caused by conflicts, and the rise of violent extremism, there is a growing role for police.In any mission setting, UNPOL are central to protecting human rights and preventing situations from deteriorating, he said, adding that they can act on the early signs of crisis – not wait for disasters and atrocities to occur.Police can help strengthen UN work on prevention and post-conflict peacebuilding. There are areas where police have special competence and comparative advantages, he said.The UN reviews and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reaffirm the conclusion of the World Summit in 2005, a meeting that Mr. Eliasson, as President of the General Assembly, presided: “There can be no peace without development; no development without peace; and neither without respect of human rights.” “UN Police is central to this equation, to this structure,” he said. “It has become a central pillar of United Nations peace operations as indicated in the external review of the functions, structure and capacity of the UN police function.”“We need to work with 21st century tools” “Over the years, how many paths have we followed,” said Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, citing examples such as significantly improved criminal statistics in Haiti; the fact that Liberia’s National Police are “now set to assume security responsibilities in a country, which in 2003 had no police at all;” or improvement security in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson makes remarks at the opening of the United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UN COPS), a historic gathering of more than 100 police leaders from around the world, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe “All of that is real progress,” he said, stressing that it must be understood that the policemen and policewomen of the United Nations make a real differing in the lives of people in various countries in post-conflict situations. “They help countries torn apart by conflict to lay the foundations of sustainable peace,” he explained, adding that when people saw police on patrol and knew that they could call their local emergency number and receive assistance or lodge complaints when crimes had been committed “all of this shows there is a return to normalcy; that people can begin to rebuild their lives and their country.” Moreover, he said UN police have a comparative advantage that is unequalled: they bring international legitimacy to the development of efforts for security solutions. “They create and expectation but also a confidence […] that should be assumed by the host country as well,” said Mr. Ladsous. He went on to note that the UN Police force had grown from 2,000 in 1999 to more than 13,000 today, which is proof of growing demand for their unique services.With such growth, and acknowledging the changing circumstances under which [UN Police] work, we need to ask ourselves, ‘are we doing our utmost to support our men and women in the field,’” asked Mr. Ladsous. Recalling that last year, the High-Level Panel on Peace Operations had highlighted gaps that needed to be addressed in this regard, and as such, the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support, are working hard “to give our men and women in uniform the support the deserve.”The UN Police Division had made significant progress in developing a strategic guidance framework, or the overarching policy objectives that gives consistency, “and which we hope will avoid former mistakes and improve the work that we do,” he said, also stressing that the UN is making a more determined effort to attract women police officers, “not as poster models,” but to address real needs and make UN policing more effective overall. Work was also under way to ensure that police officers were more effectively integrated into the mission environments they would serve and to push forward other recommendations of the Panel. “I have often said that we need to work with the tools of the 21st century because criminals and trouble makers will not hesitate to resort to the most sophisticated means,” he said, noting that all such efforts at improving UN Police operations would not be successful without support from Member States. “We need you, all of you, if we are to strengthen UN police,” said Mr. Ladsous, calling for more competence and skills, as well as a greater pool of police-contributing countries. He also noted the need for more Arabic- and French-speaking personnel as well as more strategic planners.To those national police chiefs who might ask ‘well, what’s in it for me?’ by sending qualified, multi-lingual staff to another country to serve in perhaps a dangerous situation, Mr. Ladsous said that in today’s globalized environment, “national security in one country is indivisible from that of the rest of the world. Your police officers in United Nations filed missions are at the forefront of the global effort to frustrate the activities of criminals and extremists. They also acquire additional skills and qualifications that will better serve them when they return home.”Field Support for UN PoliceIn his opening remarks, Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support said that since he had joined the Department of Field Support, he had been determined to address the issue from the standpoint of partners, stakeholders and clients, including police contributing countries and police components in UN missions.Fully cognizant of the challenges faced by UN Police units and the difficult environments in which they work, his Department was committed to finding solutions that are effective and grounded in data analysis. Further, he has Directors and chiefs of Mission Support in the field to work closely with the senior leadership of their respective missions, including Chiefs of Police, to address the particular support challenges of police personnel, for example, to address the respective needs for formed police units as opposed to individual police officers.Looking ahead, Mr. Khare said that his Department, known as DFS, had defined priorities and initiatives towards providing better field support: supply chain management that strengthened the ability to get the right products and services “to the right places, at the right time and at the right cost”; environmental management that sought to control hazards, conserve resources and protect natural habitats; conduct and discipline, including addressing sexual exploitation and abuse; use of technology and innovation to ensure field operations can be made safer and more efficient; and following-up the recommendations from the report of the report, High-Level Panel on peace Operations. read more

OSU gymnast falls short at Olympic trials

Junior Sean Melton competes during the 2015 P&G Championships. Courtesy of OSU athletics“If you don’t want it, it’s not going to happen.”This mantra is what junior gymnast Sean Melton lives by. He said it applies to both his team play with the Ohio State Men’s gymnastics team and his personal endeavors to go for gold in Rio.Melton travelled to St. Louis this weekend for the first step in accomplishing his Olympic dream, to participate in the U.S. Olympic Trials. 18 participants were vying for the coveted spot to represent Team USA and to hopefully earn gold at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.With only five gymnasts named to the U.S. Olympic team, Melton’s quest for Rio came to an end Sunday when he finished 12th. Melton was disappointed about his finish.“Trials didn’t go as well as planned,” Melton said. “I wasn’t able to do all-around either day because I was battling with some shoulder problems throughout the year. It kind of just acted up at the wrong time.”Even with battling shoulder injuries, Melton managed to finish ninth in rings and tenth in floor exercise.He feels an Olympic berth is not far away.“I’m definitely headed in the right direction,” Melton said. “It comes between a couple of tenths to who makes the Olympic team and who doesn’t. I just need to get better on everything.”His accolades as a member of OSU’s gymnastics team is what got him to participate in the Trials. A six time All-American and five time Big Ten champion, Melton won 2016 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year. The 2015 team captain also led his team to a third place finish at the NCAA Championship in April.Looking back at his accomplishments this year, Melton said he feels like he has improved immensely.“I became more of a professional in the sport,” Melton said. “I really just dedicated my life to the sport because I know that is what it takes to get to this level and to make the Olympic team.”That same dedication is what fuels his leadership ability. Melton made an extra effort to become a more established leader for his college teammates.“I stopped talking as much and started doing what I thought was right,” Melton said. “They see me having success and they want success also. It made me train harder in the gym just knowing I’m doing it for 20 other guys and not just myself. It really just made me better in all aspects of the sport.”The team is Melton’s next focus after falling short of Rio.“I’m going right back to Columbus,” Melton said. “First, I’m going to get fully healthy again. Then I’m right back to training. Start preseason for college and get ready for the NCAA season.”As for his Olympic dreams, they are still alive and well. Melton now knows exactly what he needs to do to make that leap to Olympic glory.“I know I want it just as bad as everyone else if not more because now I have a taste of it and didn’t get it,” Melton said. “It’s definitely a huge learning process. I just need to take my gymnastics to another level now.” read more

High street shops secretly track customers using smartphones

first_imgHigh street shops including Marks & Spencer are secretly tracking the movements of their customers using their smartphones, it has emerged.Companies such as footwear supplier Dune, Morrisons and Topshop are among major retailers taking advantage of new technology which picks up the pings emitted by phones as they look for wi-fi networks to join.The ceilings of many major stores now contain small white receiver boxes which are continuously gathering data.The shops use the data not only to record the numbers of their customers, but also to see where they move about in the shop, so they can alter the layout to make walking between departments more convenient, or steer customers towards goods they may have missed.Some retailers have even started sending location-based adverts direct to smartphones of customers as they move around the store, while some Westfield shopping malls now send discounts on the spot if a shopper checks the price at a rival store. Topshop has already made changes based on analytics from wi-fi signals A spokeswoman for Marks & Spencer said: “We’re trialling this technology in four stores at the moment and it’s really looking at footfall and time spent in store, and where that smartphone is moving.”Ed Armishaw head of customer acquisition at Walkbase said: “Through the anonymous detection of Wi-Fi signals emitted from smartphones, retailers now have the ability to far better understand shopper behaviour in-store.“Everything from where they go, what they look at, how long they engage with a product and whether all this ultimately results in a sale, can all be anonymously monitored and used to make each experience more personal.”Apple and Google are also about to launch indoor-location services to retailers so that shoppers can be directed not just to stores, but also to the aisles and shelves that they are looking for.The wi-fi analytics industry is expected to be worth around £19 billion within five years, according to market experts. Marks & Spencer are trialling the technology in four stores Credit:Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A heatmap created by Walkbase showing customer movement in a large store The Finnish company Walkbase recently used its wi-fi analytics technology to monitor customers at Morrisons, to find out why people were abandoning baskets before reaching the checkout. They discovered that there were too few staff serving during peak periods, leading to shopper frustration.Topshop,  another Walkbase client, changed its opening hours at its London Oxford Street flagship store, based on data taken from phones of customers, who had not logged onto the store’s wi-fi network. It also used smartphone data to check whether customers in fitting rooms were more likely to buy clothes if a call bell was fitted, so they could select alternative sizes.Alex Hanson, the regional controller for Arcadia, which owns Topshop said they had ‘only touched the tip of the iceberg’ of what the data could provide.Marks & Spencer is also currently trialling similar technology at four of its larger stores, although would not reveal which ones. Many stores also offer free wi-fi, but only if customers provide personal details or agree to terms and conditions which allow access to their online search history and give permission for their movements to be tracked, or details to be shared with third parties.However privacy campaigners say that customers are often unaware that they are being ‘watched’ through the mobile phone and are calling on stores to put up notices, in the same way that people are warned that they are on CCTV.“It’s a huge problem, and most people don’t even know that their own phone is being used to monitor them,” said Renata Samson, the Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch.“In some big shopping malls, you are actually being tracked from shop to shop.“Shops will say they are just trying to make the experience more personalised and better, but why aren’t there signs warning people that it is happening, like for CCTV?“When you login there need to be explicit opt-in procedures so people know what they are signing up for and can say whether they want their data to be used for analysis.“Not only is it an invasion of privacy but it’s a security risk. Nobody knows how safe these networks are, and who is to say that the wi-fi network you join is legitimate.” Marks & Spencer are trialling the technology in four stores  Topshop has already made changes based on analytics from wi-fi signals A heatmap created by Walkbase showing customer movement in a large storelast_img read more

Police officers being signed off sick with stress and anxiety doubles in

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more Sgt Cooke said: “People have got far too heavy workloads, which contain a lot of risk, and that’s weighing very heavily on their minds.”The problem is that the relentlessness of the demand, leaves absolutely no time because officers are going from one job to the next job, to the next, with no time to in between, to download, to discuss, to reflect.”He said that he had also suffered from ‘low moods’, adding: “There’s been times in the last five to 10 years that I was adamant that as soon as I got an opportunity I was going to leave the service. I was fed up of it.”The Home Office said: “Our police officers do an incredibly difficult job and we take their physical and mental health very seriously.”That is why we have given £7.5 million to the recently-launched National Police Wellbeing Service which will improve the support provided to police officers and staff.”It is vital that chief officers give their staff the support they need and the Government welcomes the work being led by forces to promote officers’ health and wellbeing.” Richard Cooke, Chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, said officers are “broken and emotionally exhausted”. Police officers being signed off sick with stress and anxiety has doubled in the past five years, new freedom of information figures have revealed.One in 14 officers have had to take off time in the past year, a rise of 96 per cent overall.There are around 144,000 officers in the UK, and the figures show 10,684 officers needed leave to recover from stress, depression, anxiety of post-traumatic stress disorder.In March 2014, the same figure was just 5,460 officers – with police chiefs blaming cuts to workforce numbers has added to the stress of the job.Of the 43 forces, only Cumbria, Dyfed Powys and Lincolnshire Police did not respond to the Freedom of Information request.West Midlands had the highest number of officers off sick, with 1,251 – double the previous year. The figure works out at around one in five of their entire force.This was followed by the Met Police, with 783, and 597 in Manchester.A total of 715 officers in Police Scotland took time off sick with stress compared to 723 the previous year, and 449 officers working for the PSNI took time off for stress.The force with the lowest number of officers taking time off for stress was Wiltshire, with just 63 cops off sick in the past year. read more

WATCH This crash will make your stomach drop through the floor

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Inn0bLF-m-wYouTube/Daniel CaviezelSO THERE YOU are, riding your dirt bike, happy as Larry.When suddenly you’re not riding your dirt bike anymore. You’re flying through the air.If this video doesn’t give that stomach-dropping-through-the-floor feeling, you are WAY too hardcore.(PS: The rider was fine.)VIDEO: This woman’s description of a hailstorm is the best ever>VIDEO: Unloading a truck… like a boss>last_img

Italy avalanche Several children confirmed missing as extent of devastation emerges

first_img Jan 19th 2017, 4:18 PM By AFP Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 4:18 PM Share391 Tweet Email1 27,229 Views 8 Comments Short URL Waiting The hotel was located at an altitude of 1,200 metres, around 90 kilometres east of the epicentres of yesterday’s earthquakes, all near Amatrice, the town devastated in an August quake in which nearly 300 people died.A region dominated by Gran Sasso, a majestic 2,912 metres peak, has numerous small ski resorts popular with day-trippers from Rome and urban centres on Italy’s east coast.The one person confirmed dead yesterday was a man found buried under the debris of a building in Castel Castagna, a small town to the north of Farindola.The quakes affected an area that straddles the regions of Lazio, Marche and Abruzzo which is home to many remote mountain hamlets.Although many residents had been evacuated from their homes after last year’s quakes, there were fears for families who had decided to stay and are now cut off.Guido Castelli, the mayor of the Marche town of Ascoli, said his staff were trying to check on around 1,000 people in cut-off hamlets.“It is like Waiting for Godot,” he said.Some 130,000 homes were without electricity overnight as a result of quake-damage to pylons and other infrastructure.Schools in the affected region have been closed until next week to allow structural safety checks to be carried out.Italy is prone to earthquakes but has rarely suffered so many in quick succession.Since the Amatrice disaster, there have been nine shocks measuring more than a five magnitude and a total of 47,000 registered aftershocks.Italy straddles the Eurasian and African tectonic plates, making it vulnerable to seismic activity when they move.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘A man was beaten up, stabbed, slashed, run over – all on a public road’ >Read: Woman in her 70s killed after car goes into a ditch >center_img http://jrnl.ie/3194788 Source: Wall Street Journal/YouTubeSEVERAL CHILDREN ARE among the missing after a devastating avalanche buried an Italian mountain hotel, with more than 25 people believed to be trapped inside.The prospects of anyone being rescued alive from the ill-fated Hotel Rigopiano look bleak with rescue efforts hampered by heavy snow that has blocked access roads to the remote site.The three-storey building was hit by a two-metre high wall of snow late yesterday afternoon.The first rescue workers only reached the remote site in the early hours of the morning and it was midday by the time a snow plough and the first mechanical excavation equipment got there.As some 35 firemen and sniffer dogs combed the rubble, officials said one body had been recovered and the location of another one identified by early afternoon.“We are trying to recover bodies,” said fire service spokesman Luca Cari. Asked if there was any hope of survivors, he told AFP: “You never know.”He added:“The building was basically run over by the avalanche leaving it buried.I saw mattresses that had been dragged for hundreds of metres, which shows how big the search area is. There are tonnes of snow, tree trunks and all kinds of detritus.Italian television showed images of piles of masonry and rubble in the entrance area of what they dubbed a ‘coffin hotel’. The extent of the damage inside the hotel is now becoming clear. Source: WSJ/ScreengrabWife and children missing The region was hit by four seismic shocks measuring above five magnitude in the space of four hours yesterday, when at least one person was confirmed to have died. Quake experts said the tremors almost certainly triggered the snowslide.The four-star hotel’s guests had been assembled on the ground floor awaiting an evacuation following the quakes that was delayed by snow-blocked roads when the avalanche struck.The building was moved some 10 metres off its foundations by the force of the hurtling wall of snow.Local officials confirmed two guests who were not inside when the avalanche struck had been rescued. They were suffering from hypothermia but not in any danger.One of them, identified as Giampiero Parete, 38, was quoted by friends in Italian media as saying his wife and two children, aged 6 and 8, had been inside the hotel.Officials said there had been 20 guests staying and seven or eight staff on duty at the hotel on the eastern lower slopes of the Gran Sasso mountain.The first mountain police on the scene got there by helicopter with others following on skies.They were quoted as saying there were no signs of life inside the building while one of their commanding officers told reporters: “There are many dead.”Ambulances were blocked for hours by two metres of snow in the nearest village, Farindola, some nine kilometres away, according to the civil protection agency. (19gen-8:30) #HotelRigopiano, Drago54 sta calando ora squadre soccorso #vigilidelfuoco con verricello su obiettivo pic.twitter.com/LQAhSRaSES— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) January 19, 2017 Italy avalanche: Several children confirmed missing as extent of devastation emerges Prospects of anyone being rescued alive from the ill-fated Hotel Rigopiano look bleak. Source: Vigili del Fuoco/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur Daniel Levy a tough negotiator on transfers

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists the club’s chairman Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator when it comes to transfers and contract negotiations.Pochettino feels he has an advantage over his predecessors when it comes to dealings with Levy because he doesn’t have an agent.The Argentine will face his suitors Manchester United on Sunday, with reports in the English press saying that he remains the favourite to be named the next permanent manager at Old Trafford.The former Southampton boss has shown little desire to leave Tottenham and recently stated just last week that he can envisage himself staying for the next two decades.But Pochettino says he’s aware that Levy makes it as difficult as possible for other clubs to take key personnel out of Spurs.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Daniel is, you know very well, it’s so tough to negotiate with him,” said Pochettino, according to ESPN.“It’s so difficult for different clubs in England to do business with him.”“For me, it’s the opposite. For me, if there was one person that was easy to do business with it was Daniel, personally. For me it wasn’t difficult — I think it was more difficult for him than me. It’s difficult because I’m the manager and he cannot upset me. If we’re talking about extending a contract or giving more money, you need to be careful.”“With agents, you can talk very openly and say anything that you want and then the agent will manage the situation. But when you’re talking directly to your manager, you need to be careful because one word can change the negotiation or change your mind. I think for him that was new and it was tough every time he needed to talk to me.”“I negotiate harder when I’m talking about my staff. I’m tougher when I talk about them because I feel a massive responsibility when I talk about the people I bring with me, because they depend on me.”last_img read more

Miami Heat serves hot meals for the holidays in Overtown

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami Heat teamed up with the Miami Rescue Mission to feed more than 600 families in Overtown, Wednesday.The team’s players, coaches and executives served the families hot meals and food to take home for the holidays. It’s the 25th season of giving for the Heat organization.“They support us so much, so any little thing we can do, anytime we can give to them, I think they really appreciate it,” Justise Winslow said.Udonis Haslem, a Miami native who has spent his entire career with the Heat, said giving back is personal for him.“For me personally, obviously, it’s my community, it’s my city,” Haslem said. “I never left, and when I say I never left, I really never left my surroundings. I’m always in the inner city hanging out in Overtown.”The event was held at the Miami Rescue Mission Community Activity Center in Overtown.“To make a memory, there’s so many, there’s so many dark memories and things that are going on in our community, but to make a memory, to see somebody smile,” Antonio Villasuso from Miami Rescue Mission said, “to see somebody happy at least for that moment, you give them a moment.” “We don’t get help like this at all, so it’s just a blessing,” Jazzlin Walker said.The Heat’s work with Miami Rescue Mission also helps communities in need in Little Havana and Little Haiti.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The players didn’t just serve hot meals, they also took pictures and played games with the fans.“You never get to see them close up, so I really got a first-hand, got to shake some of their hands,” Janie Jackson said, “and I am just grateful and thankful.”Team President Pat Riley, who has been with the team since 1995, is proud of the work the team has done.“Over the 25 years, 15,0000 turkeys and 10,000 meals, on this one day, have been given out, so that’s all this is about,” Riley said.Coach Erik Spoelstra enjoyed seeing the reactions of the families and kids.“To be able to take a day and spend time in our neighborhood giving back seeing the families, the kids, their faces light up, last_img read more

Watch mice on the ISS turn into microgravity athletes

first_img Of mice, men and microgravity NASA Sci-Tech Mice and humans share some biological similarities, so it’s hoped the experiments in NASA’s Rodent Hardware System will offer more insight into the effect of microgravity as we look toward more extended missions to the moon and Mars. GIF by Jackson Ryan/CNET NASA scientists have published the first detailed study of mice behavior in microgravity — and turns out they’re adaptable little critters.Within seven to 10 days after launching, younger mice participating in ISS experiments began to engage in a notable and extremely GIF-worthy behavior not seen in their Earth-like brethren — group circling that looks like they’re running around a track. The scientists don’t know exactly why the mice started becoming more physically active than their grounded counterparts, but say it could be their way of stimulating the body’s balance system, which is mostly absent in microgravity. While more research is needed to better understand the behavior, stress is less likely the cause, the scientists say, as the space mice were healthy and behaved normally other than their repeat laps. They groomed their fur, for example, and huddled together with other mice by anchoring themselves to their habitat walls with their hind limbs or tails and stretching out their bodies. See one astronaut’s wild pictures from space “Behavior is a remarkable representation of the biology of the whole organism,” April Ronca, a researcher at NASA’s Ames Research Center and lead author of the paper, published online in the journal Scientific Reports, said in a statement. “It informs us about overall health and brain function.”The Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research and the nonprofit Center for the Advancement of Science in Space collaborated with NASA on the study, which looked at the weightless mice over the course of 37 days. The Rodent Hardware System will be used in future rodent research, but unlike other studies into the effects of weightlessness these subjects don’t get benefits like big-screen TVs. Comment 1 Share your voice NASA will pay you $19,000 to be spun in a centrifuge Scientists give mice infrared vision, turning them into tiny Predators What it feels like to kill 563 mice for science Tags 18 Photoslast_img read more

Struggles for equality in the LGBTQ community

first_imgAlaska Pridefest week runs from June 18th to the 25th and is an opportunity to celebrate and support diversity in the broadest sense, mixing fun with education about the triumphs and ongoing struggles for equality for LGBTQ citizens. This year’s event will also be a time of somber reflection after the Orlando massacre. We’ll discuss pride week, respect and safety on the next Talk of Alaska.The PrideFest 2016 logo. (Courtesy Identity, Inc.)Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Drew Phoenix – Ex Director of Identity Inc.Reverend Matt Shultz – Christians for EqualityStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Sushma Swaraj arrives today

first_imgSushma Swaraj. File PhotoIndian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj arrives here on Sunday on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral issues with an expectation to take forward the relations to next level, reports UNB.She will arrive at the Bangabandhu Air Force base at 13:55pm, a senior official told UNB on Saturday.Bangladesh and India will hold the next Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting on Sunday afternoon to review the entire bilateral relations and take forward the decisions taken so far.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will lead their respective sides at the meeting which will begin at 4:30pm at state guesthouse Padma.The meeting will coordinate, oversee and follow-up implementation of initiatives as well as explore new avenues for cooperation.The Indian external affairs minister will meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina at 6:00pm on the same day.Rohingya issue is likely to come for discussion in both the meetings, a diplomatic source told UNB.Earlier, Indian minister of finance and corporate affairs Arun Jaitley paid a three-day official visit from 3 October at the invitation of finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith.The two Ministers reviewed the status of economic cooperation and development partnership initiatives taken during the visit of prime minster of India Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in June 2015 and prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina to India in April 2017.India and Bangladesh have witnessed a deepening of bilateral economic cooperation in recent years, particularly in terms of increasing volumes of trade and investment flows, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.During the visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April 2017, an Indian Line of Credit of US$ 4.5 billion was announced for Bangladesh.The dollar credit line agreement for implementation of this third Line of Credit (LoC) was signed in presence of the finance ministers of finance of India and Bangladesh on 4 October.This brought the total quantum of credit lines extended by India to Bangladesh over the last six years to US$ 8 billion.last_img read more

Las Vegas Attack The Ones Who Were Lost

first_img Share Stacee Etcheber, 50, Novato, Calif. Etcheber was a hairstylist, a wife, and a mother to two children — a son and daughter ages 10 and 12.Her husband, Vincent, told NPR that the two of them were standing next to each other at the concert when the first round of shooting began. Vincent, an officer with the San Francisco police, urged his wife to flee as he stayed behind to try to assist.Asked for the best words to describe Etcheber, Vincent did not hesitate: “strong person, great mother.” But he said he was not in a state to talk about her in more detail.Etcheber grew up in Northern California and photos on her Facebook page show her engaged in all manner of outdoor activities — doing a handstand on a beach, getting a kiss from a seal, riding a horse rodeo-style, celebrating with friends on ski slopes, and grinning widely as she hugged her husband and children.Carrie Barnette, 34, Riverside, Calif.Barnette reportedly worked at Disney’s California Adventure park, at Pacific Wharf Cafe.Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney, confirmed her death in a tweet, calling her “a wonderful member of the Disney family” and describing her death as “tragic.” Her cousin, Janice Chambers, told the Arizona Republic that Barnette was an “animal lover” who was “always smiling, happy and upbeat.”Susan Smith, 53, Simi Valley, Calif.Smith was the office manager at an elementary school in Simi Valley. Jake Finch, a spokeman with the Simi Valley School District, confirmed her death to member station KPCC. KPCC reports:“‘Susan was very patient and kind with the students,’ said Finch. ‘She always had a smile on her face when you walked into her office. She was also incredibly efficient and skilled at her job. And most importantly, she had a great sense of humor. She was just a really sweet, kind, neat person.’” Smith, who lived in Simi Valley, had worked for the school district for 16 years, at five different schools. She worked at Vista Fundamental Elementary for the past three years, said Finch. She was married, and was the mother of two adult children.” Lisa Patterson, Lomita, Calif.Patterson “was a mom, who worked with her husband in the family hardwood flooring business in Los Angeles,” North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann reports. “She also wanted to be a schoolteacher.”Brian spoke to Patterson’s daughter Amber, 19, a college student.“She was the most amazing person. She just cared for people and always put other people first,” Amber Patterson said.After the shooting, the family went through a long wait to find out if Lisa Patterson was among the hundreds of people who had been taken to Las Vegas hospitals.“We didn’t know where she was. I was expecting to come here and for her to just be injured, but then we found this out, so it was devastating,” Amber said.Mann said Amber was wearing her mother’s bracelet — part of the personal effects local authorities had given to the family.“She was the most beautiful individual,” Amber said, “and I’m going to try my hardest to be the best daughter she could ever imagine and take care of my family and I hope she knows that.”Lisa Patterson had been married to her husband, Bob, for 30 years. She had three daughters — the youngest is 8 years old.Lisa and Bob Patterson were also supporters and volunteers in the Palos Verdes Girls Softball League.As KPBS reports, a friend of the couple, Andy Tamilin, wrote on a GoFundMe page that Patterson and her husband “spent endless hours donating their time and energy to help the girls of our community.”Jennifer Irvine, 42, San Diego, Calif.Irvine “ran a family-law and criminal-defense practice out of an office high-rise near San Diego’s El Cortez hotel,” according to KPBS in Los Angeles.“My good friend, colleague, and business partner Jennifer Irvine was killed by a madman at the festival in Las Vegas,” San Diego-area attorney Thomas Slattery wrote on Facebook. “A tragic loss of a kind, generous, and beautiful lady. She will be greatly missed.”John Phippen, 56, Santa Clarita, Calif.Phippen was “a handsome guy with gray hair and a moustache,” North County Public Radio reporter Brian Mann reports. “He was at the music festival with his son Travis, an emergency medical technician. They were dancing when one of the bullets struck John in the lower back.”Travis Phippen was shot in the arm, but he managed to get his dad out of the venue that was under fire, get him into a car and get him to a hospital. But despite Travis Phippen’s efforts to control the bleeding and help his father along the way, John Phippen died.Brian reports of John Phippen:“He ran a home repair and remodeling company in Valencia. But really he seems to have been a family man. He had six kids. His youngest daughter is just 14 years old. His friend Leah created a fundraising page for the family on the GoFundMe site and she talks about him just being a good guy — someone who liked to go camping, liked a cold beer, was always willing to help out a friend.”Michelle Vo, 32, Los Angeles Vo worked for an insurance company in Southern California and lived in Eagle Rock. Her sister, Cathy Vo, told member station KPCC that Michelle Vo had a bubbly personality, a newfound passion for country music and a gift for making friends.“You instantly loved her, and she could talk to anybody, whoever you were,” Cathy Vo told KPCC.Vo had just made a new friend at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas when the shooting began. That man, Kody Robertson, was the one who called her family to tell them she’d been shot.The Washington Post‘s Wesley Lowery reconstructed the events of that night — from the two strangers chatting over beers to a blood-covered Robertson desperately checking hospitals to find where Vo was taken. You can read the full story here.Charleston Hartfield, 34, Henderson, Nev.Hartfield, a Las Vegas police officer, was off duty when he attended the Route 91 Harvest music festival and died in the massacre. The city’s police force confirmed that one off-duty officer had been killed but did not identify him; a friend of Hartfield’s, Troy Rhett, spoke to NPR and confirmed his death.A 34-year-old military veteran and married father of two, Hartfield was better known to many as Coach Charles or Coach Chucky — he coached youth football for the Henderson Cowboys.“I think he was every kid’s favorite coach,” Rhett told NPR. Hartfield was a big guy, Rhett said, always positive and always encouraging self-improvement and community service. “He was a father figure for a lot of the people he interacted with.”Rhett choked up as he described the number of children who came to a vigil for Hartfield on Monday night. “It’s just indicative of who he was,” he said. “The community here at Vegas will never be the same having lost such a bright star.”Hartfield also wrote and self-published a book, Memoirs Of A Public Servant, about life as a Las Vegas police officer. He wrote in the book that he began talking publicly about community-oriented policing as an accident — a local high school was short on a speaker for an event, and Hartfield agreed to fill the slot. But he discovered he could start meaningful conversations with young people about police use of force and race relations.In a forward to the book, Hartfield told his fellow police officers that the perception of policing depends on the interactions officers have with the public every day. “I feel honored that you have allowed me to serve our community side by side with you,” he wrote to his colleagues.Rhett knew Hartfield was at the music festival, and texted on Sunday night to ask if he was OK. When he didn’t reply, Rhett just assumed that Hartfield was too busy assisting others to respond.“He’d be the guy that would be helping everybody, saving everyone first, before he would even think of saving himself.” Rhett said. “He’s the best of what we have in society … as a police officer and a serviceman, and then he volunteered so much of his time to the community. I don’t know if you can ask more out of an individual. In the short period of time that he was on this earth, he’s done more than most people do in a lifetime.”Rocio Guillen Rocha, 40, Eastvale, Calif.Guillen had given birth to her fourth child — a baby boy — just six weeks ago and was still on maternity leave from her job as a manager at a California Pizza Kitchen restaurant.She and her fiancé, Chris Jaksha, both major country music fans, had traveled from their home in Eastvale to attend Sunday’s concert as part of a birthday celebration for one of their friends, Jaksha’s sister Nikki Stowers told NPR.Stowers said that according to her brother, when the shooting began, Guillen was hit in the thigh. Jaksha was able to get Guillen to a hospital with the help of police, but she died soon after arriving.Now Stowers is caring for the infant, along with the couple’s 18-month-old daughter. Guillen’s two older boys — one 13, the other 17 — are with Guillen’s relatives.“I don’t even know what to say,” said Stowers, her voice thickening with emotion. “She was such a great mom. My parents have a house by the river and she loved going out there and taking the kids. Just being a family person. She was that type of mom who just loved holding her kids. And she loved her two older boys so much — just watching them play sports. It’s so unfair that she’s had her life taken away.”Jenny Parks, 35, Palmdale, Calif. Parks was a kindergarten teacher at Anaverde Elementary School, where she’d worked for three years. A representative of the school district confirmed her death to NPR.“She was always enthusiastic, energetic, committed and dedicated,” the Westside Union School District said in a statement. Parks was “so proud to be a teacher,” the district wrote. “Her spirit was something to behold. The students who were instructed by her knew what it was to love learning as Jennifer gave them the sense of wonder, curiosity, and excitement about all they did.”Parks attended the music festival with her husband, Bobby, who was injured but survived. They have two children.Bobby Parks’ uncle, Steven McCarthy, told People Magazine that the Parks were “the perfect family.” Jenny was “absolutely beautiful and very intelligent, had a wonderful sense of humor and was so kind,” he said.Angie Gomez, 20, Riverside, Calif.Courtesy of Tawny FinnAngie Gomez and her boyfriend, Ethan Sanchez, were high school sweethearts. Gomez died on Sunday night.Gomez, who graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 2015, was an aspiring nurse with a passion for children’s theater. Gomez’s older sister, Tawny Finn, told NPR that Gomez adored spending time with her family — and loved country music.“I was 9 when she was born. I just fell in love with her,” Finn says. “She was such a good baby. … She’d barely ever cried but when she did, I’d sing to her and she’d put her ear up to my mouth and just stop crying. She was just so wonderful.”When she grew up, Gomez was just as sweet. “There was not a bad bone in her body,” Finn says. “My sister was just the greatest person. And I know that seems like something that someone would say … but she really was the greatest person, with the kindest heart, and her main goal in life was just to make other people happy and take care of them.”Gomez was at the music festival with her boyfriend, Ethan Sanchez. Gomez rarely went to concerts but wanted to see this one — and Ethan, who wasn’t as big a country music fan, went to be with her, Finn says. The two were high school sweethearts with a bright future in front of them.“She just recently got a job last week as a certified nurse’s assistant and she was really excited about that,” Finn said. “They had so many plans — when they were going to get married, when they were going to have kids. They were the childhood sweethearts that were going to make it.”They wanted to be close to the stage for the Jason Aldean concert. That’s when the massacre started. The second volley of shots brought Gomez down; she fell into her boyfriend’s arms, struggling to breathe. With the help of bystanders, Sanchez carried her to the road. Several cars flew by before a good Samaritan stopped and gave her a ride to the hospital in his Camaro.But it was too late, Finn says.“She was my best friend,” she said. “It’s just going to be hard to live without her.”Jordan McIldoon, 23, Maple Ridge, CanadaMcIldoon was a heavy duty mechanic and “self-described, cowboy-boot, tattoo-covered redneck who loved the outdoors,” according to a statement given to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. by McIldoon’s parents, Al and Angela.He was attending the concert with his girlfriend, but he died holding the hand of a stranger: Heather Gooze, who was working as a bartender at the concert. She told CNN that several men carried a gravely injured McIldoon to the bar area, then ran out to help others who were wounded. Gooze said she kneeled down to take McIldoon’s hand and could feel his fingers wrap around hers. “I felt, like, a squeeze on my fingers and then I just felt the fingers go loose,” she recalled.Soon after, McIldoon’s cellphone rang — a friend calling to see if he was OK. Gooze told the broadcaster that she answered the call and learned McIldoon’s name from the friend. Soon she was also in phone contact with McIldoon’s girlfriend, who was in lockdown at a nearby hotel, and his mother back in Canada.Gooze said she promised them she would stay with his body until authorities came to take him away so that they would know what had happened to him. It took several hours. “I just sat with him,” Gooze told CNN. “I would like to think, if it was me, somebody wouldn’t let me sit there alone.”McIldoon’s parents told the CBC that he was their only son. “We only had one child,” they said. “We just don’t know what to do.”Bailey Schweitzer, 20, Bakersfield, Calif.Schweitzer worked as a receptionist at Infinity Communications, a company serving the cellular industry. Her supervisor, Amie Campbell, confirmed her death to NPR.“At work we just called her our sunshine,” Campbell said. “She just kept a smile on everybody’s face and you couldn’t have a bad day around her.”A co-worker, Katelynn Cleveland, told The Californian that Schweitzer had been looking forward to the Route 91 Harvest festival for weeks — and was already starting to plan a trip back to Las Vegas for her 21st birthday in April.Christopher Roybal, 28, Corona, Calif.Roybal was a Navy veteran who had served in Afghanistan, NPR’s Ina Jaffe reports. His death was confirmed by his mother, Debbie Allen, in a post on Facebook.“Today is the saddest day of my life,” Allen wrote. “My heart is broken in a billion pieces.”Matthew Austin, who served with Roybal in the Navy, wrote, “it breaks my heart and infuriates me that a veteran can come home from war unharmed and events like these occur. Shipmate, you were taken much [too] soon.”The most recent post visible to the public on Roybal’s own Facebook account, from July, answers the question, “What’s it like being shot at?”Roybal described adrenaline, fear and anger. He wrote:“The anger stays, long after your friends have died, the lives you’ve taken are buried and your boots are placed neatly in a box in some storage unit. Still covered in the dirt you’ve refused to wash off for fear of forgetting the most raw emotions you as a human being will ever feel again.“What’s it like to be shot at? It’s a nightmare no amount of drugs, no amount of therapy and no amount of drunk talks with your war veteran buddies will ever be able to escape.“Cheers boys.” A 20-year-old aspiring nurse who fell into her high school sweetheart’s arms. A Navy veteran haunted by the memories of war. A mechanic who loved the outdoors and held a stranger’s hand as he died. A mom of four with a newborn at home, still out on maternity leave.Fifty-eight people died in the Sunday night attack on a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip, not counting the shooter, and more than 500 were injured. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.Not every victim has been named. “It’s a long, laborious process to identify the victims and reunite them with the family members,” said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.But dozens of victims have already been identified, and across the country, families, friends and entire communities are grieving their losses.Here is what we know from official sources, friends and family members about some of those who died.This post will be updated with further information about the victims as we learn more.Denise Burditus, 50, Martinsburg, W.Va.Burditis’ husband of over 30 years, Tony Burditis, confirmed his wife’s death to NPR.He also told Anderson Cooper 360 that she always had a smile on her face.“I want the world to know Denise,” he told CNN. “I’m going to miss her greatly. Her family is going to miss her greatly. Her friends are going to miss her greatly. She was a great person.”Denise Burditis had two children and four grandchildren, with a fifth grandchild due in February. Tony described her grandchildren as the light of her life.Burditus described herself on Facebook as a college student and semi-retired.She had also served as president of the Association of the United States Army subchapter in Lacey, Wash. Tony is a recently retired soldier, and the couple had moved around the country together throughout his military career.Both lovers of country music, Tony and Denise had attended the same festival in Las Vegas last year.Dorene Anderson, 49, Anchorage, Alaska“Dorene Anderson had come south to Las Vegas with her family on holiday,” North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann reports.On her Facebook page, Anderson described herself as a stay-at-home wife and mother. “In a Facebook photograph with her husband and two daughters, she just looks incredibly happy,” Brian says.A candlelight vigil is scheduled to remember Anderson on Tuesday at the Sullivan Arena — where her favorite hockey team, the Alaska Aces, plays. Anderson was part of a group of devoted fans who call themselves the Cowbell Crew.Alyssa Igtanloc, a friend of the family, has set up a GoFundMe campaign for the family. She writes, “Dorene went above and beyond for everyone else and we would like to do the same for her and her family. She was not only a mother to her two beautiful daughters but a mother to the community.”Adrian Murfitt, 35, Anchorage, AlaskaMurfitt was a commercial fisherman in Alaska who was known to many simply as “Murf.”Brian Mann reports:“Adrian Murfitt never married, but he had a dog named Paxson he called his baby. He loved to hang out with his family. He was at the concert here in Las Vegas with another Alaskan, Brian MacKinnon, who wrote on his Facebook page that one of the bullets knocked his hat off. But then another round caught Adrian Murfitt in the neck.” ‘Sadly he died in my arms,’ Brian MacKinnon wrote.”Adrian Murfitt’s mother spoke to Alaska Public Radio, which relays, “Murfitt’s mother, Avonna, described her son as tall, handsome and shy most of the time. He was a big country music fan and went to the festival annually. This year he was celebrating a successful fishing season.” Dana Gardner, 52, Grand Terrace, Calif.Gardner worked for San Bernardino County for more than 25 years; the county spokesman confirmed her death to member station KPCC.ABC 7 reports that Gardner was with her daughter Kayla at the time of the shooting, and says that Kayla Gardner survived with no injuries.Sonny Melton, 29, Big Sandy, Tenn.JUST IN: Sonny Melton, from Tennessee, identified as one of the victims killed in #LasVegas mass shooting https://t.co/PmoI5oRJFY pic.twitter.com/OlTN7f3UVC— ABC6 (@wsyx6) October 2, 2017Melton, a registered nurse at the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn., was in the lifesaving business, but his employer confirmed he lost his own life. He was at the concert with his wife, Heather, an orthopedic surgeon, who made it out alive.“He saved my life,” Heather Melton told USA Today. “He grabbed me from behind and started running when I felt him get shot in the back.”Lisa Romero-Muniz, 48, Gallup, N.M.Lisa Romero was “an incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor, and advocate for students” https://t.co/IWofSjptpa pic.twitter.com/HRHsfWs33F— Colin Jones (@colinjones) October 2, 2017Romero-Muniz, a grandmother, worked as a discipline secretary at Hiroshi Miyamura High School in Gallup, N.M.“She was not only an employee of our school district, but was an incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students,” Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools Superintendent Mike Hyatt said in a statement.Sandra CaseySandy Casey, a 35-year-old special education teacher from SoCal, was there with colleagues. She didn’t make it home. https://t.co/Ucdve86SLz pic.twitter.com/IhUyyjTHNU— Katie Zavadski (@katiezavadski) October 2, 2017Casey also worked in a school; she had been a a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School in Los Angeles County for the past nine years. The Manhattan Beach Unified School District said Casey was “loved by students and colleagues alike and will be remembered for her sense of humor, her passion for her work, her devotion to her students, and her commitment to continuing her own learning.”Matthews emailed school families to say that Casey was among numerous Manhattan Beach high school and middle school employees who were at the concert; the others escaped unharmed.Rachael Parker, 33, Manhattan Beach, Calif.Manhattan Beach police records tech Rachel Parker confirmed killed in Las Vegas mass shooting. https://t.co/uwmBMKRUsE pic.twitter.com/Y7kp130A1Q— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) October 2, 2017Parker was also from Manhattan Beach. She was a 10-year veteran of the city’s police department and worked as a records technician.The 33-year-old “was shot and ultimately lost her life in the hospital,” police said in a statement. Parker was among four department employees at the concert; one officer was shot and suffered minor injuries.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

While Apple Sets the Stage for iPhone 7 Many Are Already Waiting

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The iPhone 7 is expected to make its global debut on Wednesday, but many consumers and investors are already setting their sights on Apple Inc.’s 2017 version of the popular gadget, hoping for more significant advances.At its annual product launch in San Francisco on Wednesday, the world’s most valuable publicly traded company is expected by blogs and analysts to reveal an iPhone without a headphone jack, paving the way for wireless headphones, a touch-sensitive home button that vibrates, double-lens cameras for the larger “Plus” edition and other incremental improvements.Apple typically gives its main product, which accounts for more than half of its revenue, a big makeover every other year and the last major redesign was the iPhone 6, in 2014. The modest updates suggest that this cycle will be three years.“It looks like part of the reason they are keeping the design the same this year is there are bigger changes they are working on for next year,” said analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.Sales of the iPhone dropped two quarters in a row this year, the first declines in the history of the device. With many consumers who purchased the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus due for an upgrade, Apple may eke out single-digit gains in sales for the 7, Dawson said.But some consumer technology sites are advising users to hold off on upgrading until the next year’s version, which will mark the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone.Analysts say the iPhone 8 may feature a wider display that reaches from one edge of the device to the other and a home button integrated into the screen.Wall Street is impatient for growth, and Apple will be hard-pressed to reverse the downward trend this year, said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners.“The iPhone 7 runs the risk of disappointing investors,” he said.Consumers are waiting longer before replacing their phones, a shift that Apple must address in its product roadmap, said analyst Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies.Analysts predict the Apple Watch will be the second closely watched feature of the event. Apple is expected to revamp the wearable, released last year, with a faster processor and a GPS chip, enabling users to track runs and other workouts without their phones. Most analysts believe sales of Apple’s watch — which the company has not disclosed — have not yet justified the fanfare.Starting at $299, well above many other wearables on the market, the most meaningful change Apple can make is a price cut, Bajarin said.“This category is very price sensitive,” he said. Apple is “not there yet.”(Reporting by Julia Love; Editing by Bill Rigby) September 7, 2016 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

Tax Reform Whats the Impact

first_img ben graboske Black Knight HOUSING mortgage Tax Reform 2017-12-04 Nicole Casperson Share Tax Reform: What’s the Impact? December 4, 2017 633 Views center_img On Monday, the Data & Analytics division of Black Knight, Inc. released its latest Mortgage Monitor Report for October 2017.The report takes an in-depth look at the impact proposed changes to the tax code could have on the housing and mortgage markets—reporting that the tax reform, in its currently written state, could worsen the tight housing inventory, while increasing housing expenses for buyers.The House tax reform plan proposes doubling the standard deduction while capping the mortgage interest deduction (MID) to the first $500,000 of mortgage debt, while the Senate version also doubles the standard deduction, but leaves the MID cap at $1 million.Black Knight’s analysis notes that doubling the standard deduction would provide greater benefit to renters than homeowners—while reducing the tax incentive to purchase a home by making the MID less valuable to borrowers.“We’ve observed in the past that positive tax incentives can certainly impact home buying decisions – the Black Knight Home Price Index (HPI) showed clear evidence of this as a result of 2008’s first-time homebuyer tax credit,” said Black Knight Data & Analytics EVP Ben Graboske. “However, limited data is available to examine the effects of removing an existing tax incentive on borrowers’ purchase behavior.”Graboske continued, “One thing that seems clear is that a reduction of the MID could further constrain available housing inventory, which itself has helped to push home prices even higher in many places.”There are currently 2.9 million active first-lien mortgages—current mortgage holders, which have original balances exceeding $500,000, or the cap proposed in the House version of the tax bill.Existing mortgage holders would be exempt from this new cap, as they can still deduct interest up to $1 million. Therefore, if one of those homeowners sells and buys a same priced or more expensive home, the MID on subsequent loan would be capped at $500,000.“The question now becomes whether the proposed tax reform adds another layer of ‘tax deduction lock’ on the market,” added Graboske. “Do these homeowners now also have a disincentive to sell their home in order to keep their current interest rate deduction of up to $1 million? If so, this would potentially add new supply constraints.”While lower-priced markets may not experience a great impact from these changes, the most recent Black Knight HPI reported 22 markets nationwide where the median home price is over $500,000. The report notes that “Mortgage originations at or above that point have increased by 350 percent since the bottom of the housing market.”In this current state, the market could experience an estimated 480,000 purchase originations in 2018 with original balances over $500,000, with an estimated 2.9 million over the first five years of the tax plan.“Even if interest rates stayed steady around 4 percent, a $500,000 MID cap could cost the average homeowner with a larger mortgage an additional $2,600 – $4,200 per year depending on their tax bracket, representing a 6 to 10 percent increase in housing-related expenses as compared to the average annual principal and interest payment today,” Graboske explained.Additionally, Black Knight’s data found that the national delinquency rate experienced its second consecutive annual rise—currently at 4.44 percent—driven in large part by the impact of the recent hurricanes’ continued impact on the mortgage market.Meanwhile, foreclosure starts are up by 11 percent month-over-month. Despite the increase, October’s 50,200 foreclosure starts marked the second lowest number of monthly starts since 2004.In addition, prepayment activity rebounded from September’s 15 percent drop, increasing 17 percent month-over-month in October.To view the full report, click here. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, Newslast_img read more