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WestJet plane hit by green laser on approach to airport in Charlottetown

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – RCMP are investigating a report of a green laser being directed into the cockpit of a commercial aircraft as it approached the airport in Charlottetown.Police said the WestJet passenger aircraft encountered the beam of light at around 11 p.m. Sunday as it flew over the Brackley Beach area of P.E.I.The laser, which could temporarily blind pilots, shone in the cockpit for about five to 10 seconds. The pilot landed the plane without incident a few minutes later.RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Leanne Butler said police are appealing to the public for help after they patrolled the area, but did not find anything.“We did not find a person last night,” said Butler. “If anyone knows who did it, was a witness to it or can point us in the right direction we’ll certainly follow up.”Butler said the act of shining a laser at an aircraft is a serious federal offence and could carry fines of up to $100,000 and five years in prison.“We take it as a very serious matter because it could have dire consequences,” she said.A spokesman for WestJet confirmed the incident took place, but said it didn’t interfere with the landing of the plane.“Neither pilot looked at the laser and were not affected,” Robert Palmer said in an email, adding that the matter was reported to air traffic control.last_img read more

Neighbours take BC condo owner to court over allegations of prostitution

first_imgVANCOUVER – A condo owner has been ordered to stop using his property for business purposes — including alleged “prostitution related activities” — after his neighbours went to court armed with evidence they put together through dedicated sleuthing.Court documents say residents of the building in Burnaby, B.C., started raising concerns in August 2015 about visitors and disturbances at a unit owned by Christopher Nino Diopita.In a petition filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia, neighbours reported hearing sounds of alleged physical violence and “hysterical screaming” coming from the unit as well as seeing women letting men into the building.Affidavits filed in the case say residents referred to the unit as a “brothel.”In a lengthy affidavit, one resident said the activity in Diopita’s unit made him feel uneasy, so he started investigating.He did online research, saying he compared a real estate listing for the condo to ads for escort services in Burnaby and found several similarities, including unique carvings on the bed posts.He also contacted several sex workers pretending to be a potential client.“I created a fake online account and contacted women who posted prostitution-related advertisements relating to (Diopita’s unit) for the purpose of obtaining evidence that prostitution is taking place,” the affidavit says.When asked for a rendezvous spot, some of the women gave the address of the unit, it says.The condo board’s petition says the property manager spoke with Diopita about the neighbours’ concerns. It says Diopita replied that his girlfriend was operating a tattoo business.The board’s bylaws prohibit tenants and owners from using the property to operate a business, and the board sent Diopita letters asking him to stop the alleged commercial activities. He was also issued $8,000 in fines.Diopita, who could not be reached for comment, did not reply to the petition in any court filings.In an 2015 email filed as evidence in the case, Diopita wrote to the building’s manager, saying he had moved to Ohio. He described his financial situation as “basically pitiful” and said he was planning to sell the unit.Court documents say he did not respond to the letters or fines, so in November the condo board asked a judge for an order banning him from the property and forcing him to sell his unit.The judge issued an order Tuesday that says Diopita cannot use his condo for any kind of business, including “prostitution related activities,” and bans him from causing or allowing unreasonable noise in the unit.He has not been banned from the property or forced to sell the unit.— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitterlast_img read more

Commission sittings suspended as MR cries foul

However when the Commission met, Rajapaksa’s lawyers objected to judges of the High Court being part of the Commission. Sittings were then suspended till tomorrow. The sittings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) were suspended today after former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa objected to the composition of the Commission.Rajapaksa appeared before the Commission today to make a statement over the failure to pay State owned ITN for the advertisements promoting him ahead of the January 8 Presidential election. “In any event, all matters relating to campaign advertisements are handled by the political party or alliance of the candidate. As such these matters are not the responsibility of the candidate but of the relevant political party or alliance. When it was proposed within the SLFP that President Mahinda Rajapaksa should contest for the presidency for the third time, it was the present Chairman of the party who seconded that proposal,” Rajapaksa’s office said.Rajapaksa’s office said that summoning the former president before the Commission to inquire into serious corruption over matters of this nature is undoubtedly an attempt to convey to the public the impression that the former president had engaged in wrongdoing and to gain some political mileage thereby. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa contested the January 2015 presidential election as the candidate of the UPFA. Rajapaksa’s office said that the presidential candidate of a major political party cannot possibly supervise the advertising campaign carried out on his behalf. His office said that campaign advertisements are given to media organisations by the advertising firm retained by the candidate’s political party. The candidate or even his political party very often has no direct contact with the media organisations over advertising. The first matter that is under investigation by the Commission is the appointment of Mr Anura Siriwardene as the Chairman/CEO of Independent Television Network at a time when the position was not vacant. This appointment is not made by the President but officially by the Secretary to the Treasury as the Treasury owns the majority of the shares of ITN. This appointment had been made after the former Chairman left that position.The second matter under investigation is an alleged financial loss caused due to an advertising firm by the name of ‘Media Factory’ not paying dues owed to ITN for televised ads. ITN had issued a letter dated 27 January 2015 claiming what was due to them and Media Factory had settled the outstanding amount in full. ITN has under signature accepted that the payment has been received. Meanwhile, Rajapaksa’s office said that the former President appeared before the Commission to Probe Serious Acts of Corruption today in response to a letter sent to him by the commission. This letter mentions five matters which are under investigation by the commission. A financial loss of Rs. 24 lakhs allegedly caused by an advertising firm by the name of ‘Special Solutions’ not paying their dues to ITN is the third matter under investigation. We understand that all outstanding amounts due to ITN with regard to this transaction have been paid by the said advertising firm. It should be borne in mind that when advertisements are repeated many times, all media organisations broadcast a certain proportion of them free of charge as an incentive to advertisers.The fourth matter under investigation is the allegation that up-front payment was received for advertisements promoting presidential election candidate Mr Maithripala Sirisena, but that these advertisements had not been aired and Rs 86 lakhs had been returned thus depriving ITN of an income the institution should have received. This is an internal administrative matter of ITN.The letter sent by the Commission to the former President also states as the fifth matter under investigation the allegation that Mr Maithripala Sirisena had been charged twice the usual amount for advertising thus discriminating between two equal presidential candidates. This too is an internal administrative matter at ITN. read more

Rutgers halts Ohio State mens soccer teams winning streak at 8

OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) tries to keep the ball away from Cleveland State sophomore forward Kareem Banton (20) on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerThe battle of the two hottest teams in the Big Ten conference lived up to its expectations in an intense all-out war, but the better team of the two ended up being Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights slashed the Ohio State men’s soccer team eight-game winning streak in a 1-0 game.The Buckeyes dropped to No. 2 in the Big Ten standings and fell to 9-5-2 on the season and 3-2-1 in Big Ten play. Rutgers moved to the top spot in the standings and improved to 10-4-1 on the season and 4-3-0 in Big Ten action.Last season, OSU defeated the Scarlet Knights in a 4-1 victory, but the Scarlet and Gray could not pull off a repeat performance on Sunday afternoon in Piscataway, New Jersey.Rutgers sophomore forward Jason Wright managed to score the game-winner in the final 20 minutes after a tight defensive battle.The Scarlet and Gray had not given up a goal since October 7 nor had they trailed a team in more than 991 minutes prior to Wright’s score.The first half of the game saw the teams struggling to feel the other out, as shots were just 2-1 in favor of Rutgers in the 18th minute.The first good look of the first half came from OSU senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle when he shot the ball to the near post. Doyle’s kick barely missed, leaving the game scoreless.The Buckeyes eventually kicked it into high gear and by the 39th minute of the game, shots were 6-5 in favor of the Buckeyes.Despite the lead in shots, OSU could not get a point on the board in the first half. However, the Buckeyes’ stout defense managed to keep Rutgers from scoring, leaving the game leveled at zero heading into the second half.The Buckeyes came out of the gate in the second half strong.The Scarlet and Gray found ways to break through the Scarlet Knight offense, but could not manage finish it off with a goal.OSU junior forward Yaw Amankwa forced a turnover in the 53rd minute, but on the ensuing offensive possession, his shot missed high. Five minutes later, junior forward Danny Jensen broke through Rutgers’ backline in the 58th minute, but his shot went wide right.With less than 20 minutes left to go in the match, shots were 14-10 in favor of the Buckeyes.Being down in shots, the Scarlet Knights knew they had to do something if they wanted to walk away with the victory.In the 74th minute, Wright scored on a deflection off OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer, giving him his 13th goal of the season and the Scarlet Knights a 1-0 lead.The Scarlet and Gray tried to fight back in the remaining time but could not pull out its ninth consecutive victory.Overall, shots were 16-15 in favor of Rutgers, while the Scarlet Knights also held a 7-5 lead in corners.Froschauer had a season-high eight saves, but fell to 9-5-2 on the season. The goal allowed was the first to get past Froschauer since Oct. 7 against Bowling Green.The Buckeyes will next prepare to host Maryland at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Big plans for Global Geoscience in coppergoldsilver exploration

first_imgGlobal Geoscience started trading on the Australain stock exchange on December 19, following the Sydney-based company’s successful A$3.3 million Initial Public Offer, which closed fully subscribed on December 7. “We are delighted with the level of interest shown in our Initial Public Offer,” Global Geoscience Managing Director, Mr Bernard Rowe, said. “It is a strong show of faith by investors in our exploration projects and our team and we look forward to commencing exploration activities early in the New Year. A 25-year hiatus in regional exploration has led to a critical shortage of new exploration projects of significant size. Global Geoscience wants to reverse that trend. With our experienced team and the advantage provided by our ‘Geoscience’ intellectual property, we believe we can make a real difference”.Global has accumulated a portfolio of highly prospective and wholly-owned gold, silver and copper/gold projects located in Peru, Mexico, Nevada and Australia. The company is targeting greenfields exploration projects that it has identified and advanced through prior exploration programs. The projects are now at the stage where they can be advanced to drill testing stage in a timely and cost effective manner. Rowe said that exploration programs planned for the first three months after listing would focus on key projects that have returned highly encouraging results from previous work conducted by the Company including:? Mancha Pampa in Peru is located 25 km south of the Yauricocha silver-copper-lead-zinc mine in central Peru. The project covers an area of extensive silica alteration with coincidental anomalous gold and arsenic in stream sediment samples. High silver, gold, copper and arsenic values have been obtained from reconnaissance soil geochemical sampling.? Dun Glen in Northern Nevada, USA, lies within 70 km of multi-million ounce gold mines at Florida Canyon, Gold Banks, Lone Tree, Copper Canyon, Battle Mountain and Sleeper. Two separate areas of interest have been defined by stream sediment geochemical sampling, geological mapping and geophysical data.? Tokop in Southern Nevada, USA, is located within the Walker Lane tectonic zone and within 60 km of major past-producing gold mines of Goldfield and Bullfrog. Gold mineralisation at Tokop occurs within a series of north-west and north-east trending ferruginous-siliceous zones and sheeted quartz veins developed within and adjacent to a multi-phase intrusive.? Denham Range in Queensland, Australia, is located within the Bowen Basin. A strong copper (>1,000ppm) and gold (>100ppb) soil geochemical anomaly is the main target and has not been previously tested by drilling. Rock chip channel samples collected by a previous explorer from a trench excavated across the soil anomaly produced a best result of 50 m at 0.3g/t Au and 2.2% Cu. “Drilling of these targets is planned to follow shortly thereafter, so we are looking forward to a very active period in the first 12 months of becoming a publicly-listed company.”last_img read more

Geodex firms takes control of Champlain

first_imgGeodex Minerals has cleared the final hurdle in its acquisition of a 53% controlling interest in Champlain Resources, having received final TSX Venture Exchange approval for the transaction. Geodex paid just over C$4.164 cash and 550,000 common shares for its stake in Champlain. Champlain’s principal asset is a 30% carried interest in Geodex’s Sisson Brook tungsten-molybdenum property in Nova Scotia.In mid-December, Geodex stood down the three drills which had been active since April on both of its two main projects in New Brunswick. Drilling will continue in January in several areas to finish up programs. Drilling with three machines will resume in April 2008 to continue operations at Sisson Brook and in the Mount Pleasant camp.The Sisson Brook tungsten-molybdenum deposit remains the company’s flagship project and it saw an aggressive program of drilling and engineering in 2007, which culminated in a positive scoping study by Wardrop Engineering in November. A total of 20,400 m were drilled in 2007 – mostly infill drilling in Zone III, to take the open-pit resource to Measured and Indicated status – but also in successful testing of extensions and satellite zones. One new discovery hole on the east flank of Zone III returned 0.305% Mo and 0.080% WO3 over an interval of 85.5 m, one of the best intersections reported in Canada in 2007. Many new targets have been staked or acquired in the belt for exploration and drilling in 2008.In the Mount Pleasant area, survey work was carried out throughout the year to prepare many of the Geodex targets around the former mine for drill testing. By year-end, over 7,000 m of drilling had taken place on seven of these mineralised areas, about half of this on the Pughole-Whopper discovery west of the old mine. Work will continue throughout this belt in 2008 to further develop many of those targets.last_img read more

ExCRC chief extremely ill unable to answer questions about €742k payoff

first_imgTHE FORMER CHIEF executive of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC), Paul Kiely, is “extremely ill” and will be unable to attend a Public Accounts Committee hearing to answer questions over his €742,025 retirement package and other issues at the scandal-hit disability clinic.The PAC heard this morning that Kiely cannot attend hearings due to take place next Thursday.Members also raised concerns that the former chairman and former board members at the north Dublin clinic have not yet responded to requests to attend hearings next week.A report into the clinic published last week said that the CRC set up its charitable arm for the sole purpose of making sure it got as much money as possible from the HSE. This fund was used to pay salary top-ups for senior executives at the CRC.There has been pressure on Kiely to repay part of his retirement package in light of the findings of a report by administrator John Cregan.Independent TD Shane Ross said this morning it was “ominous” that former board members at Rehab had not yet indicated whether they would attend.The committee has asked former chairman Jim Nugent as well as former executives David Martin and Brian Conlan to attend. The three last appeared before PAC in December and January last year where there were numerous revelations about salaries and pay-offs at the clinic.PAC has also written to former chairman Hamilton Goulding asking him to attend and heard today that that in his reply he had confirmed it was his intention to give “a full and frank account” of his involvement.In a statement following the Cregan report last week, Goulding said he believed it “exonerates CRC of wrongdoing allegations”.Kiely last appeared before the committee in December when he said he received a lump-sum pay-off of €200,000 upon retirement in 2012 and would be getting an annual pension of €98,000.However the HSE revealed on 16 January that in fact Kiely’s package consisted of a €200,000 tax-free lump-sum and a €273,336 taxable payment with an additional €268,689 – meaning a total of €742,025 was paid out.He had indicated that he would attend further hearings but committee clerk Ted McEnery informed TDs today that he had been told by Kiely’s solicitor that he is “extremely ill and is not in a position to attend”.“I think we should accept that,” committee chairman John McGuinness said.The PAC is due to discuss the CRC controversy at its meeting next Thursday morning with HSE officials and Cregan due to attend.Read: Former CRC chief rejects that any fundraised money was kept secretRead: The report into the CRC says it only set up its side charity to get more money from the HSElast_img read more

100 AIDS experts were killed in the Ukraine plane crash

first_imgAS MANY AS 100 of those killed on a Malaysia Airlines plane that went down in Ukraine were delegates on their way to a global AIDS conference in Australia.The Australian broadsheet and the Sydney Morning Herald both said that more than one-third of the nearly 300 who died were AIDS researchers, health workers and activists en route to Melbourne.The Herald said those attending a pre-conference meeting in Sydney were told that around 100 of their colleagues were on the plane that went down, including former International AIDS Society president Joep Lange.The Australian reported that delegates to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, which is due to begin on Sunday, were to be informed that 108 of their colleagues and family members died on MH17.The International AIDS Society has confirmed that “a number of our colleagues and friends” were killed, but has not said how many.Asked by reporters whether 108 people attending the conference were on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, International AIDS Society president Francoise Barre-Sinoussi said she was not sure.“We don’t have the confirmation (of numbers),” she said. We don’t know how many were on that flight.Organisers of the conference in Melbourne said it would go ahead regardless. Barre-Sinoussi said:The decision to go on, we were thinking about them because we know it’s really what they would have liked us to do.Meanwhile, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the OSCE, has called a for a crisis meeting to discuss the crash.The Vienna-based body has been monitoring the security situation in eastern Ukraine for months.A special Permanent Council meeting is taking place at 11:30am irish time.- © AFP, 2014Read: In pictures: The MH17 crash site>Read: Ukraine and Russia blame each other for shooting down of plane>last_img read more

Chinese court seizes bank accounts of online card game developer Boyaa

first_imgIn a weekend announcement, Boyaa, which develops and operates online card games, revealed that a significant portion of the company’s idle cash reserves had been frozen due to Zhang’s prosecution for “alleged illegal activities conducted through one of the company’s onshore online gaming platforms.”It also revealed that the RMB635 million in question could be confiscated by authorities if it is found that some or all of the relevant cash reserves were obtained via Zhang’s misconduct.Boyaa said it had not been previously notified of the situation because the company itself was not implicated in the case. As such, “the risk that the Company, its directors and its senior management will be subject to any prosecution by the relevant PRC judicial authority in relation to the alleged crime is remote,” it said. No other detail on the case has so far been issued.Boyaa has faced a difficult 18 months after its user base and revenue were stifled by an April 2018 crackdown on online poker applications by the Chinese government, which saw online Texas Hold’em poker games shut down and prohibited as of 1 June 2018. Load More RelatedPosts Donaco’s US$190 million Singapore court case against Thai vendors delayed Chinese online games developer Boyaa Interactive has had bank accounts holding RMB635 million (US$88.6 million) in company funds frozen by a Chinese court in the wake of its Chairman and CEO being sentenced to prison last September.Zhang Wei was handed a 12-month jail term last year and resigned from his various senior management positions with Boyaa after the Municipal of Intermediate People’s Court found one of the company’s indirect subsidiaries, Boyaa Shenzhen, guilty of offering “bribes by entities”. Silver Heritage defends land encroachment allegations Silver Heritage yet to see any court documents on alleged Tiger Palace land encroachmentlast_img read more

Monthly massive bike ride adds to Miami rushhour traffic

first_imgTRAFFIC ALERT: Miami Critical Mass – Friday, March 31st. Pedals up 7:15pm 🚴🏽 https://t.co/Ssz0QROGxU pic.twitter.com/a4A3GqjgKK— The Miami Bike Scene (@MiamiBikeScene) March 28, 2017Beginning at 7:15 p.m., the route takes bicyclists through Government Center, Overtown, Wynwood, Little Haiti, Upper East Side, North Bay Village, North Beach, Miami Beach, Venetian Islands, and then back to the downtown area. The 20-mile bike ride is free to the public and has an after-party at Omni Park, from 8 until 11 p.m. Tickets for the after-party can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/magic-city-bike-party-tickets-33236758038Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A monthly bike ride may leave rush-hour commuters pulling out their hair, Friday evening.Thousands of bicycle riders will be participating in Miami Critical Mass, which is a ride through Miami on the last Friday of every month.center_img #Traffic: Tonight Critical Mass rides thru Miami Beach. MBPD will LIVE tweet traffic delays starting @ 7:15PM. https://t.co/0fX13l2uTo pic.twitter.com/mKCU4zbPBm— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 31, 2017 last_img read more

Power restored after pole cracks in SW MiamiDade neighborhood

first_imgNo injuries were reported.Just before 11 p.m., FPL confirmed power had been restored to all customers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Caller Stephanie Ortiz said they were inside the house when they heard a crack. When she looked outside, she said she saw the pole was down. She also saw the lines down on the house.“This is my father-in-law’s house behind me where the pole fell,” said one man on scene. “I live there with him. He’s a hemophiliac, and I also have my wife’s great-grandfather, who also has a medical condition, and my three children.”He said that this situation could have been avoided. “We have called about this pole for several years,” he said. “And FPL has kind of given us the go-around.”“This is a late call,” said another resident. “This was a death about to happen with that post that fell over that gentleman’s house.”According to FPL, 63 customers were affected.It is unknown why the pole collapsed. The wires have been de-energized and are not live.FPL released a statement, Friday evening that reads in part, “The pole was reported as damaged after Hurricane Irma and was in the queue to be replaced very soon. We take the safety of our infrastructure seriously, and conduct routine inspections of our poles to ensure their safety.” SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Power has been restored in a South Florida neighborhood after, officials said, a pole landed on top of a homeowner’s property, causing a small outage.The power lines went down near the home, along 2800 Southwest 67th Avenue, Friday afternoon.7Skyforce HD hovered over the scene as Florida Power and Light and Miami-Dade Police assessed the situation.“We heard a loud explosion,” said one person who lives nearby.FPL crews worked to remove the pole and have a replacement on hand.Officials blocked off the southbound lane on 67th Avenue while crews worked to restore power.7News sources said that two elderly people were trapped inside the house but were later seen on the porch. last_img read more

Hyderabad Old vehicles to get big ticket

first_imgHyderabad: Are you using a 15-year-old vehicle? Get ready to pay huge penalties as the state government proposes to increase renewal charges for registration of four-wheelers by about 15 times and 10 times for two-wheelers. Those who fail to get their vehicle registration renewed will have to pay ten times the existing penalty every month.With an intent to boost revenues, the Transport department, according to official sources, has come up with this idea and has sent the proposal for the Chief Minister’s approval. This would be applicable for private vehicles with white number plates only. Transport vehicles with yellow number plate have different set of rules which are now in force and that would continue. As per the Motor Vehicles Act, owners of the vehicles with over 15 years must go in for renewal of the registration of their vehicle for the next five years. Presently, the fee for renewal of the registration of a two-wheeler is Rs 600 plus Rs 285 as Green Tax.last_img read more

Two children killed in Pakistan grenade explosion

first_imgTwo children were killed and another critically wounded in a grenade explosion in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, officials said.The children of a shepherd family were playing in a mountainous village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when they found the hand grenade and accidentally set it off, local government official Zariful Maani told AFP.The two brothers aged nine and 10 died, while their seven-year-old female cousin is in a critical condition, Maani said.Another local government official, Aizaz Ahmad, confirmed the details.The village is close to the Swat Valley, where the army sent 30,000 troops in 2009 to battle Taliban fighters led locally by cleric Maulana Fazlullah.He had taken control of the valley and waged a campaign of violence, including beheadings and attacks on girls’ schools.Pakistani officials say that Fazlullah fled to neighbouring Afghanistan during the offensive.In 2013 Fazlullah became chief of the wider Pakistan Taliban group.last_img read more

Harris Grills Kavanaugh Over Mueller Investigation

first_imgThe judicial cat and mouse game between Harris and Kavanaugh went on for nearly eight minutes with the judge deflecting throughout. But, it seems clear the Democrats on the Senate Judicial Committee presiding over Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing believe Kavanaugh is hiding something that could be incriminating in some way.The questioning of Kavanaugh will continue through Sept. 6. By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comWhile the back to back bombshells from Bob Woodward’s new book and an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times, allegedly from a Trump White House senior official, triggered a “volcanic” reaction by the 45th president, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court sparred with a possible 2020 Democratic presidential contender.During the first full day of direct questioning of Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 5, California Sen. Kamala Harris, widely believed to be poised to make a White House bid in 2020, leaned into the opportunity to confront the potential Supreme Court Justice over his possible connection to the high-powered Washington D.C. law firm of Kasowitz, Benson and Torres. Part of the skirmish between Harris and Kavanaugh went as follows:Caption: Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., left, sharply questions President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)H: Judge, have you ever discussed Special Counsel Mueller or his investigation with anyone?K: Well, it’s in the news everyday…H: Have you discussed it with anyone?K: Uh, with other judges I know…H: Have you discussed Mueller or his investigation with anyone at Kasowitz, Benson and Torres, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s personal lawyer?K:Uh…H: Be sure about your answer sir.K: Uh, well I’m not remembering, but if you have something you wanna…H: Are you certain you’ve not had a conversation with anyone at that law firm?K: I said…Kasowitz, Benson…H: Kasowitz, Benson and Torres, which is the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, who is President Trump’s personal lawyer. Have you had any conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that firm, yes or no?K: Well, is there a person your talking about?H: I’m asking you a very direct question, yes or no?K: I need to know, I’m not sure I know everyone who works at that law firm. H: I don’t think you need to, I think you need to know who you talked with. How’d you talk to?K: I don’t think I…I’m not remembering, but I’m happy to be refreshed, or if you want to tell me who you…H: Sir, are you saying that with all that you remember; you have an impeccable memory, you’ve been speaking for almost eight hours, I think more with this committee about all sorts of things you remember. How can you not remember whether or not you had a conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that law firm.Watch the entire exchange below.last_img read more

Sony Takes Premium Film1 Movies Service Direct to Consumer

first_imgSony’s OTT move comes as other major U.S. channel operators launch film  services as direct-to-consumers offerings in Europe. Turner is rolling out its Filmstruck service, which started in the U.K. at the beginning of the year and has since launched in France and Spain. Disney has its DisneyLife streaming service, which has movies as well as series and shorts. Popular on Variety Sony is making an OTT play in Western Europe for the first time, launching its Film1 movie service as a direct-to-consumer service in the Netherlands. The launch lineup includes “Blade Runner 2049,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “Baby Driver.”Film1 is an existing Sony Pictures Television Networks linear brand. It comprises a four-strong bouquet of premium pay-TV channels. It will launch as a standalone streaming service on Thursday, for €7.99 ($9.23) a month, or €79.99 a year. There will be a live feed of the linear Film1 network and about 300 movies available on-demand.“We’re delighted to be expanding into OTT with the launch of our new Film1 service,” said Kate Marsh, SPTN’s EVP, Western Europe, International Networks. “We take pride in securing the latest and best film content for our Dutch audience, and this new direct to your screen service complements our partnerships with pay-TV operators and delivers a new way for people to access our top-quality content.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Opt for dresses that suit your body type

first_imgThe right kind of dress can either make or break your look so before opting for the right dress, it is important to understand your body type, say experts.Here are some guidelines to choose the right dress for each body type:Dresses for triangle or pear shaped bodies: With a wider lower body and a thinner upper body, pear shaped women should select dresses that draw attention to their shoulders and on the upper part of the body. A-line and empire line dresses work best for this body shape. Keep in mind to stay away from Also Read – Add new books to your shelfbodycons or peplum dresses that draw attention towards your lower body. Also it would be smart to choose necklines like boat neck, halter or cowl that draw the focus towards your upper body.Dresses for rectangle shaped bodies: With a smaller bust and little or no difference between bust, waist and hips, you just need to add the right amount of volume at all the right places. Ruffles near the neckline and voluminous bottoms are the way to go. Fit and flare or skater dresses would work best for your body structure. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDresses for inverted triangle shaped bodies: Wide shoulders than the hips, heavier bustline and inverted triangle shaped women should select dresses that draw the attention away from their upper body.Flare the lower body is your key to dressing up and looking proportionate. Opt for dresses that have V-necklines and maybe sleeveless too. Then add the flare to your lower half by wearing a flared bottom dress or even a peplum dress which will work well for you. Dresses for round or apple shaped bodies: Women with bodies that are fuller around the tummy and have slightly narrower shoulders and bust, must opt for a non-clingy, flowing dress which draw the attention away from your upper body. Dresses for hourglass shaped bodies: You are truly blessed with proportionate bust, waist and hips. Anything and everything looks best on you.last_img read more

Police stop driver for traffic violation discover 2 tons of drugs

first_imgNuevo León, Mexico — A traffic violation along a highway in the state of Nuevo León led police to the discovery of a two-ton shipment of marijuana.On Saturday, federal police stopped a transport truck for a traffic violation. The driver of the truck said he was carrying a load of paint. The National Security Commission says the surveillance check took place along the Matehuala-Saltillo highway.Although the truck driver said he was carrying paint, federal agents detected the intense smell of marijuana. Upon inspection, they discovered a load of rectangular packages wrapped in cinnamon tape. The drug haul weighed approximately two tons.The truck driver as arrested and handed over to the Public Ministry who will investigate the origin and destination of the drug.The driver was stopped for not wearing his seat belt.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gender and the city improving equality in Costa Rica through urban design

first_imgHave you ever thought about the role gender plays, or should play, in the way cities and towns are designed and built?Conversations on that topic took place in San José on March 9, when the Center for Urban Sustainability (CPSU), a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve quality of life in Costa Rican communities, in partnership with the International Cooperation University (UCI), hosted a conference. Led by four women – psychologist Cynthia Castro, economist Nathyeli Acuña, architect Laura Rodríguez, and biologist Andrea Quesada – the event examined a wide array of issues related to gender and urbanism.These included improving urban mobility from a gender perspective; the development and design of inclusive public spaces; the development of green, decent, and gender-responsive jobs; and the importance of gender equality to sustainable development.“The women living in [Costa Rican] cities are housewives, single mothers or elderly women,” said Andrea San Gil, founder of CPSU, at the conference. Urban centers “have not yet adapted and do not provide the infrastructure opportunities and services that both genders need.”CPSU follows One Planet Living’s principles of sustainability to achieve a sustainable city and community. These principles include the incorporation of elements such as clean energy, sustainable transport, locally-sourced, sustainable materials, sustainable water, natural habitats, wildlife and biodiversity, heritage and culture, equality and local economy, and health and happiness. Costa Rican psychologist Cynthia Castro spoke about “gender sustainability.” (Courtesy of CPSU)Castro spoke about the importance of gender equality to sustainable development, going back to the way children are raised.“Men were taught since they were children that they can’t express any of their emotions and must show it through anger,” she said. “This has consequences for both men and women. Oftentimes it’s believed that it’s a topic for women only; women in Costa Rica get more depressed, but more men commit suicide, and that has to do with the management of emotions.”She ticked off various recent cases of violence due to this gender unsustainability.“We’ve got the Gerardo [Cruz] case and also the recent event in which a pregnant woman was assaulted and lost her baby in a public space. This means that [women’s] capacity to be able to use a public space is completely affected. Our cities are being affected. We’ve also got the Matapalo [murder] case, which became a discussion topic in which people blame both the man and woman. In Costa Rica 1 out of 3 women has been a victim of domestic violence. This inequality has consequences for all of us,” Castro said.She added that while 63% of university degrees go to women in Costa Rica, the unemployment rate for women is higher. Costa Rican women earn 28% less than men, while simultaneously reinvesting much more of that income (90% for women compared to 30-40% for men, according to the World Bank) of that income in their “city, community, education, and health.” Conference leaders turned their attention to ways urban planning can help reverse these trends. Economist Nathyeli Acuña. (Courtesy of CPSU)“The public transportation system is one of [Costa Rica’s] most lucrative sectors,” said Nathyeli Acuña. “One of the benefits from the inversion in gender equality on the public transportation system is the augmentation of the infrastructure and profitability patterns. This means that if women use public transportation more, the companies will have more money, and that will be redistributed towards the rest of the city… This also improves women’s access to other economic, social and educational rights.”In order to create balance within the public transportation system, both women’s and men’s distinct needs must be taken into account, she argued, using their different security needs as an example. The Costa Rican economist Nathyeli Acuña speaks about the public transportation system regarding gender. (Courtesy of CPSU)“Men and women don’t access the public transportation system in the same way. Women are victims of violence with much more frequency than men within the infrastructure sector, and women tend to use public transportation system less often [as a result],” Acuña explained. “This is a loss of public space, and it limits access to jobs, political and social status.”Public transportation is just one example of a public space that must be improved and made more inclusive. Architect Laura Rodríguez spoke about the importance behind a well-designed public space that seeks for the inclusion of all the community members. Architect Laura Rodríguez. (Courtesy of CPSU)“It’s about knowing for whom we’re designing and what possibilities we’re giving to different people,” Rodríguez said.“There’s productive work, which is the work we get paid for outside of the home. Generally, this work is given to men and takes place within a public space. Women are still carrying out a lot of the reproductive work, which is taking care of children or elderly members from their families, and they have to clean their homes. We’ve also got community work, which is the work done to solve the community’s problems. Many of the reasons why community work takes place is because women stay more at home and have more time to gather in order to help the community,” Rodríguez added. She advocated for changes such as the creation of more care centers for both children and elderly people. When this happens, both children and elderly people become more independent, and the family members who usually take care of them can go out and work, bringing down poverty rates. Biologist Andrea Quesada. (Courtesy of CPSU)Finally, biologist Quesada spoke about the development of green and gender-responsive jobs: work related to the environment that contributes to a more sustainable world.“This is a relatively new topic and because it’s relatively new, we’ve got to understand the social landscape: the gaps between genders, the existent realities, and different perceptions,” Quesada said. “According to one of the United Nations’s 2015 statistics reports, two thirds of the world’s 781 million illiterate adults are women. Of working-age adults, 77% of men participate in the labor force, and only 50% of women. And a World Bank study found that 90% of 173 countries analyzed have a law or regulation that significantly reduces women’s economic opportunities,” Quesada said.Green jobs must be created based on a basic understanding of this inequality and the needs of each country, she added. 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Poed head warns of tragic consequences after data breach

first_imgThe head of primary teaching union Poed, Phylios Phylactou warned on Monday that “tragic” consequences would follow after a ruling by the personal data commissioner that the education minister would be reprimanded by her office for sending emails to the personal accounts of teachers earlier in the month.Phylactou wrote on his Facebook profile that the education minister was subject to “a reprimand and a prohibition” for illegal activities.“And this is just the beginning. Tragic developments are on the cards,” Fylaktou said without providing further explanation.According to state broadcaster CyBC, teacher unions were informed on Monday by the office of the personal data commissioner that the minister was found violating the law by sending emails earlier in the month to the personal accounts of teachers.The probe followed several complaints filed by recipients of this email which the education ministry had sent a day before teachers voted to allow union leaders to decide on strike measures.In the email, education minister, Costas Hambiaouris, informed teachers about a cabinet decision.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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