Maggie Q Honored At StarStudded WildAid Event

first_imgLast week, WildAid celebrated its international ambassadors at a special event in Los Angeles.Josh Duhamel and Fergie at WildAid’s LA Gala; photo in background by Nick Brandt/Big Life FoundationCredit/Copyright: Brian To Photography via WildAidThe event, hosted by the Montage Beverly Hills, raised over $2.5 million to support WildAid’s programs throughout the world.Actress Maggie Q was honored with WildAid’s 2015 Wildlife Champion Award. A WildAid ambassador since 2012, Maggie stars in the “Say No to Rhino Horn” campaign, which in part educates consumers about the myths of rhino horn’s medicinal properties, as well as the “I’m FINished with Fins” campaign against shark fin soup. She has filmed several PSAs, and has participated in multiple photo shoots and media interviews to help raise awareness of the plight of animals around the world.John Corbett and Bo DerekCredit/Copyright: Brian To Photography via WildAidJoining Maggie at Saturday’s gala were Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Paula Abdul, Chevy & Jayni Chase, Tanzanian music artist Alikiba, Kristin Bauer, Michael Cudlitz, Bo Derek and John Corbett, Junior Nyong’o, Amy Tan and many more devoted WildAid supporters.Source:WildAidlast_img read more

Jennie Garth Helps Raise Awareness Of Childhood Hunger

first_imgFeeding America has launched new public service advertisements (PSAs) starring celebrity actress Jennie Garth to bring attention to childhood hunger.Video: Feeding America Child Hunger PSA with Jennie GarthFeeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, has partnered with the Ad Council since 2008 on a Hunger Prevention campaign designed to raise awareness about hunger in America and the fight to solve it, led by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. Jennie Garth donated her time and talent for the project, as have other celebrity activists in past PSAs, including Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner.“No child should go hungry in this country,” said Jennie Garth. “Feeding America is working hard to make sure that, in our near future, childhood hunger will be a thing of the past.”According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – 15 million kids – struggles with hunger. While food insecurity affects people of all ages, it is particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long-term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.“Childhood hunger is a problem we have the power to solve. It takes motivated people to support local food banks and the acceptance that hunger is faced by far too many children in every community across America,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We’re so grateful to Ms. Garth for lending her influence to this issue, and hope that these new PSAs allow us to expose the prevalence of child hunger and engage the nation in solving the problem.”The new PSAs feature Garth in a food bank discussing the disproportionate effect of hunger on children and pointing out the fact that the billions of pounds of surplus edible food wasted each year in the U.S. can help feed families who are hungry. The ads encourage audiences to visit to learn more about hunger in their communities, and get involved in the fight to end hunger by volunteering at a local food bank, contacting their Members of Congress, and donating food or funds.“We’re proud to partner with Feeding America to continue to produce compelling work and help solve this critical issue,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “No one should go hungry in America, especially around the holidays. We hope that Garth’s recognition will encourage volunteers, supporters and donors to support the millions of children in need.”The new PSAs are an extension of the Hunger Prevention campaign which was launched by Feeding America and the Ad Council in 2008. The new TV PSAs were created pro bono by 360i. Per the Ad Council’s model, all PSAs will run in advertising time and space entirely donated by the media. Since the launch of the Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have donated more than $374 million in support for the PSAs.last_img read more

Data reveals close to 600 suicides in northern Ontario since the mid1980s

first_imgMartha Troian APTN InvestigatesBrian Rae remembers his nephew, Dario Strang, as someone who was smart and did well in school. Rae thought Strang had a bright future ahead of him.But on June 8, 2009 everything changed.After visiting a family member from Sioux Lookout, Ont., Strang returned to his home in Pikangikum First Nation and lost his life to suicide.He was just 18 years old.“He was a young man, he had everything going for him at that time,” says Brian Rae, originally from Sandy Lake First Nation, from his home in Sioux Lookout.“He was in school. He had aspirations of going into the army. He was already accepted to go into the Bold Eagle Program.”The Bold Eagle Program is a summer military program for Indigenous youth.Strang is just one of the hundreds of Indigenous people who have lost their lives to suicide in northern Ontario.APTN Investigates took a closer look at data collection around suicide and ethnicity and has learned the federal government and a handful of provinces are not keeping track of these deaths, despite there being a crisis.According to Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a political organization that oversees 49 communities in the north, there have been 562 suicide deaths since 1986. Of those deaths, 334 were males. Many of these deaths are also young people between the ages of 15-20 years old, accounting for 218 suicides.The most common method used was by hanging, accounting for 417 of the deaths based on the data.Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum said these numbers do not shock her, knowing the issues facing the north.(Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. Photo credit: Nishnawbe Aski Nation)“Our leadership, along with our NAN citizens acknowledge the need for community based processes and programming to address underlying issues. We’re committed to advocating and lobbying for strength-based and empowering initiatives.” said Achneepineskum.Issues of sexual abuse, bullying to addictions all contribute to suicide, Achneepineskum said, noting how the executive team at NAN remain committed to addressing these issues.Almost 100 children lost to suicide in the northFor decades the suicide rates of Indigenous people in Canada have soared, spiking three times higher than the national public average, and five to six times higher than non-Indigenous youth in Canada.Suicide rates have also been a continual presence in northern Ontario. Many of those suicides involving Indigenous youth, and in some cases children.For instance, in the NAN territory, 87 lives were lost to suicide between the ages of 10-14 since 1986, based on NAN’s data.Achneepineskum says there are special circumstances present, too, when it comes to these young children taking their own lives, such as the involvement of the child welfare system.Child welfare agency suspected First Nations girls were planning suicidesNDP MP Charlie Angus is appalled that the federal government is not keeping track of these losses, knowing how high the number of suicide deaths there are for northern Ontario.(NDP MP Charlie Angus)“I feel it is unconscionable for a nation like Canada that we don’t have the information the staggering death levels of young people to suicide,” said Angus.“In the case of Canada, the lives of Indigenous young people somehow don’t seem to be that much of a priority, and so nobody seems to think these horrific death rates are a cause for action.”Angus is pushing to launch a national action plan for suicide that entails the government of Canada providing community-based suicide prevention programs linked to a comprehensive statistical overview of suicide.Despite spending millions on prevention, feds don’t keep track of suicide epidemic of Indigenous peopleEven though data collection around suicide varies or is not gathered at all, as in the case of New Brunswick and the federal government, millions of dollar are allocated to suicide prevention and mental health by Health Canada.More healing centres coming to OntarioThe Ministry of Health and Long Term Care stated 10 healing and treatment centres will be established across Ontario. The centres will offer 50 new beds for Indigenous people and provide mental health counselling and cultural supports.One healing centre is currently operating in Fort Frances, as for the other healing centres, the exact locations have yet to be determined.Although Achneepineskum is happy to see one centre in Fort Frances, she says it is still not located far enough north, given the number of residents living there.“This has been part of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s strategy and that is we have adequate resources for mental health whether it’s treatment or through healing centres,” says Achneepineskum.“We will continue to ensure we bring these services closer to home, especially for our children, whether they are in the court system or in the child welfare system.”last_img read more

Fire at ONGC oil well kills 2

first_imgAhmedabad: Two contractual workers were killed in a fire at an ONGC well near here, the company said Thursday. A fire broke out around 2030 hours on Wednesday at Nandej well when repair and maintenance operations were being carried out by chartered hire Workover Rig Akash 4, it said in a statement. Nine fire tenders — four of ONGC and five from district fire services — were deployed and the fire was completely extinguished in less than an hour. “Unfortunately two contractual workers have lost their lives in the incident. While Sanjay Mahendra Singh, 25, was brought dead (at hospital on Wednesday), Shahjad Alam Ansari, 27, succumbed to the injury at 0700 hours today (Thursday),” it said. Four other contractual workers with severe burn injuries are being treated at a hospital here. “While reasons behind this accident are being enquired into, ONGC is committed to provide all support as per its policy to the bereaved families as well as the ones who have suffered burn injuries,” it said.last_img read more

Loonie off early highs as traders assess knockon effects of Cyprus bailout

Loonie off early highs as traders assess knock-on effects of Cyprus bailout deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Monday but off the best levels of the session as traders considered the effects of a bailout deal reached between the Cypriot government and the so-called troika of creditors — the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the ECB.The loonie was up 0.2 of a cent at 97.92 cents US after Cyprus clinched a €10-billion bailout aimed at preventing the country from sliding into bankruptcy and ditching the euro currency.But in order to get the money, the country had to come up with €5.8 billion on its own. The bulk of that money is now being raised by forcing losses on holders of large bank deposits, with the remainder coming from tax increases and privatizations.Markets were rattled after a top European official said Monday that inflicting losses on banks’ shareholders, bondholders and even large depositors should become the 17-country eurozone’s default approach for dealing with ailing lenders.Banks’ owners and investors must be held responsible “before looking at public money or any other instrument coming from the public side,” said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the Eurogroup gatherings of the 17 eurozone finance ministers.He later pointed out that “Cyprus is a specific case with exceptional challenges” but traders worry that forcing losses on large deposits could encourage investors to pull money out of weaker southern European economies to more stable nations in the north, like Germany.The European Central Bank had threatened to cut crucial emergency assistance to the country’s banks by Tuesday if no agreement had been reached.The country’s second-largest bank, Laiki, will be restructured, with all bond holders and people with more than €100,000 in their bank accounts facing significant losses.Also on Monday, Cyprus’ president said the central bank will impose some limits on bank transactions on Tuesday, when most of the country’s financial institutions reopen for the first time in over a week.All banks except the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki are due to reopen on Tuesday morning. President Nicos Anastasiades did not specify what limitations would be imposed on transactions.Investors also kept a wary eye on the other major trouble spot in the eurozone as Italy had to pay slightly higher interest rates to raise €3.8 billion in bond sales. The treasury paid a rate of 1.75 per cent in the sale Monday, up from 1.68 per cent at the last such auction last month.Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani is holding consultations on forming a new government following elections last month that ended with no clear winner. He is expected make an announcement in coming days.Commodity prices were mixed with the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.10 to US$94.81 a barrel.May copper was down two cents at US$3.44 a pound while April gold bullion fell $1.60 to US$1,604.50 an ounce.Looking ahead, traders will take in the latest read on Canada’s economic strength on Thursday. Gross domestic product is expected to have risen by 0.1 per cent in January following a 0.2 per cent dip the previous month.Canadian consumer price index numbers for February are due on Wednesday. The data is expected to show that inflation jumped 0.7 per cent, on higher gasoline prices, according to consensus expectations from BMO Economic Research. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2013 8:44 am MDT read more

Trump win wont affect Alberta climate plans environment minister

Trump win won’t affect Alberta climate plans: environment minister by Sandra Prusina Posted Nov 14, 2016 1:47 pm MDT Related Stories Senate Republican leader says he asked Trump to back Keystone XL pipelineNotley talks energy, environment and sexism following Trump win Alberta|climate change|donald trump|Shannon Phillips (Pexel) Alberta’s environment minister says the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president shouldn’t affect the province’s efforts to combat climate change.Trump is widely expected to pull back on efforts to reduce greenhouse gases.But in a phone call from climate meetings in Marrakesh, Morocco, Shannon Phillips says that doesn’t necessarily mean Alberta will have to as well.She says the province’s plans don’t depend on the United States making major moves and were designed on a business-as-usual basis.She adds jurisdictions all over the world — including China — are moving to put a price on carbon.She believes Alberta’s climate-change initiatives will open up business and investment opportunities for the province, not restrict them. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

When Should You Draft a Quarterback in the First Round

In “No Team Can Beat the Draft,” my colleague Neil Paine argued that the player-evaluation market in the NFL appears to be pretty efficient. No team or general manager has shown an ability to consistently pick players who earn better stats in their first five years than we would expect given where they were taken in the draft.Neil’s argument doesn’t imply that no teams are better at general draft strategy than others. Some add value by trading their picks for more valuable picks. Some get value by picking in the “sweet spot” — the area where the return on investment for a pick is the highest (typically late in Round 1 or early in Round 2) — more often than others. Some address their team needs better than others. And so on.Of course, there’s also a lot of uncertainty in how players are valued. For Neil’s analysis, that’s not particularly important, because any arbitrary metric will do: If someone drafts better players, they will generally have more fruitful careers as measured by most metrics. But one weakness that almost all of those metrics share is not really understanding how much each player contributes to the overall quality of a team. This is a completely open question in football, with a wide range of estimates.So rather than looking at how players perform, I thought I’d take a quick look at how teams making certain types of picks perform overall over the next five years, relative to how we would expect teams of their strength to perform over the same period.For example, here’s how teams perform relative to their SRS (Simple Rating System, or margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule) depending on where in the first round they drafted (using data from 1970 onward):Teams drafting in the top five slightly exceed expectations, while teams in the early and mid-round underperform; teams who draft late in the round do better than we’d think (again, this is in addition to the fact that teams who draft late are generally stronger).This is completely consistent (and, in fact, supports) the Massey-Thaler analysis, which suggests that early first-round picks are somewhat valuable, mid-round picks are not, and then the value of picks rises steadily until peaking in the second round.If we use this result to adjust for when a team makes its picks, we can start to look for other patterns, such as how teams have done after drafting players of certain positions in various spots.For the following table, I first calculated each team’s expected performance (in SRS) over the next five years based on its record, its SRS in the previous year and where it was making their draft pick. Then I compared that expectation to its actual performance, broken down by its draft slot and the position of the player it drafted. Here are the results for the eight positions most commonly drafted in the first round:Granted, these results are noisy. A lot of the difference is likely just variance, but slightly more results seem statistically significant than we would expect. A couple of the strongest results also reflect plausible theories:First, teams who take quarterbacks in the first five picks tend to perform better than expected (unsurprisingly), but teams who take QBs later in the round typically perform worse. This is the result I was hoping to find, based on the theory that marquee quarterbacks are easy to identify, but sorting out the rest is difficult. In other words: If the top QBs are off the board, it’s probably not worth spending a first-round pick (and more money) speculatively.Second, tackles possibly aren’t as valuable as people think. Guards didn’t make the list because a lot fewer of them were taken in the first round, though for those that were, the teams who took them did better than average. This could be explained by tackles being poorly-valued by the market relative to guards. read more

Hurshs shutout Baynes home run carry Ohio State softball to 10 win

OSU junior Shelby Hursh (19) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorTo obtain its sixth straight win, the No. 23 Ohio State softball team had to be carried by its pitching Wednesday evening, downing Dayton 1-0. OSU junior Shelby Hursh pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts, taking her season record to 13-3.Redshirt junior outfielder Alex Bayne recorded the Buckeyes’ only hit of the game on her 18th home run of the year, bringing her within one of the program’s single-season home run record.“One swing of the bat can matter, so just being there for my team is important,” Bayne said. “And them helping me stay up is really awesome.”The Flyers went down in order in the top of the first inning, giving OSU the chance to grab an early lead on Bayne’s solo shot to left center field. Through the following two innings, both teams remained hitless, as Hursh and Dayton sophomore Manda Cash, who struck out nine through six innings, continued to best batters.“(Hursh) pounded the zone,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “We didn’t mix it up, and sometimes we try and finesse the outside corners, which is where we get into trouble with walks.”Dayton got its first runners aboard in the fourth inning with singles from freshman Kyle Davidson and junior Krista Gustafson but could not continue the streak to bring them home. The Flyers threatened the Buckeyes’ defense again in the fifth with a leadoff double from sophomore Kailee Budicin, and junior Katie Ryan reached first on a fielder’s choice with one out.OSU kept its composure and got out of the jam but went down in order in the bottom of the inning, leaving the game in a tight, one-run game.“Her wind-up was something we haven’t seen before, so we just had to zone in on every pitch,” Bayne said of the left-hander Cash.Again, the Flyers got their leadoff batter, junior Gabrielle Snyder, aboard on Hursh’s only walk of the game, but sophomore Becca Gavin caught her stealing on a snap throw to second base in the top of the sixth. Hursh added two more strikeouts to silence Dayton’s bats and give her opponents one last chance to score.“We haven’t been faced with a lot of low-scoring games, so I actually really enjoyed Shelby rising to not even allow a run,” Schoenly said.In the bottom of the sixth, Bayne headed to first base on her second walk of the day and stole her fifth base of the year, but seniors Cammi Prantl and Erika Leonard left her stranded. In the final inning, Dayton went down in order to give OSU a piece of momentum heading into this weekend.“I just want to keep a positive attitude for my team. If I don’t get it done in an at-bat, I know that I can make a difference next at-bat,” Bayne said. “Just embracing every moment.”Schoenly shared Bayne’s optimism of Wednesday’s close outcome, expressing pride in her players’ composure and confidence.“It kept them super hyped, and I think that’s going prepare them for down the road here,” the coach said.That road leads the Buckeyes to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on No. 3 Michigan in a decisive Big Ten weekend series. Friday’s game, the first of three, is set to begin at 6 p.m. read more

Update Indian national robbed carjacked at Kitty Seawall

…Female colleague held at gunpointA 55-year-old man and his colleague are now tremendously shaken after he was on Friday evening robbed and carjacked in the vicinity of the Kitty Seawall, while his colleague was held at gunpoint throughout the ordeal.Lakha’s vehicle that was stolenHarjeet Singh Lakha, an Indian national, working for several years in Guyana, told INews on Saturday that he was exercising on the seawall, in the company a female colleague, between the hours of 20:00 and 20:30, on the night in question, and had parked his car, a Toyota Premio, a short distance away.He recalled that as he sat to rest, one male wearing a hat joined him and made small talk. Shortly after, he noticed that another man, dressed in similar manner stood not too far from him.Lakha told this publication that he brushed off feelings of suspicion and was about to leave to return to his car when one of the men whipped out a handgun and pointed it to the female associate who was with him, while the other held him at knifepoint.The bandits reportedly searched the 55-year-old and his colleague, relieving Lakha of $12,000 in cash and his cellphone. Further, the men took the keys to Lakha’s black Toyota Premio, PNN 3428 and fled the scene.A report was subsequently made at the Kitty and Alberttown Police Stations and an investigation has been launched.Persons who may have information as to the location of the stolen vehicle are asked to contact the authorities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNorth Ruimveldt taxi driver robbed, carjacked by gunmanOctober 16, 2017In “Crime”Man drowns after going for a swim near Kitty seawallApril 25, 2016In “latest news”Businessman robbed by duo, says he hired suspect to trim trees hours beforeJune 20, 2018In “Crime” read more

Edinburgh spook Leinster at eerie Murrayfield ghost town

first_imgUpdated 21:20LEINSTER SPURNED A late four-on-two on the right flank to fall to an 11-6 defeat to Edinburgh at a near deserted Murrayfield.Matt O’Connor’s men struggled to piece together any meaningful, sustained attacks in the first-half due to poor handling and silly penalty concessions. They started the second-half brightly but the Scots’ brutish defence saw them through at the death.Trailing but with ball-in-hand inside the opposition 22, Leinster were faced with a similar end-game to their Heineken Cup loss to Northampton Saints last week. Brian O’Driscoll went close by the posts but was held up. Four Leinster players screamed for the ball out wide but scrum-half Isaac Boss could not extricate it from his forwards in time to make it count. Play eventually went out wide but Tadhg Furlong knocked on under pressure.Rain and heavy winds are lashing both sets of players and the first setpiece of the game told a sorry story. Aaron Dundon’s overthrow was spilled near the back of the line and fell, briefly, into the hands of Dave Denton who knocked on.The ground was cutting up during scrums but Leinster’s front row of Michael Bent, Dundon and Martin Moore battled gamely to achieve parity in the opening stages. Leinster’s first attacking thrust of note came on 19 minutes when Jordi Murphy broke a couple of tackles before he was hauled short in the “22.Leinster’s pressure was rewarded two minutes later as Ian Madigan converted from just outside the Edinburgh 22. The confidence boost of that opening score encouraged the out-half to try an ambitious crossfield kick to Luke Fitzgerald on the left wing. The kick was well judged but Fitzgerald fumbled the ball forward.Greig Laidlaw then got the paltry coupling of home fans out of their seats with a break straight up the centre. He was dragged down 20 metres short of the line by Zane Kirchner but Edinburgh retained possession. Laidlaw was back with the ball in his hand and he found Dougie Fife out on the left flank after fullback Jack Cuthbert took two Leinster players out of the game with a diversionary run.YouTube credit: RaboDirect PRO12The home side pressed for further points and were rewarded when Isaac Boss was penalised for coming in from the side. Laidlaw, who missed the earlier conversion, slotted over the close range penalty.Madigan kicked an early penalty in the second-half but Laidlaw soon answered with one of his own. A Darragh Fanning drive up the left wing and an O’Driscoll line break were the best the visitors could muster in reply and Leinster fell to their second defeat in a week.Clondalkin rugby club players bare all for charity calendar5 reasons to get excited for this weekend’s Pro12 actionlast_img read more

Chromebooks going over like lead balloons fewer than 10k sold

first_imgIt’s true that we’re spending more and more time on the web. That means we’re using our browsers a good portion of the time we’re on a computer. You’d think that would have made folks a little more interested in Chromebooks, but the supply chain says otherwise.It seems people just aren’t willing to cough up a few hundred bucks for a laptop that features little more than a web browser just yet — even a comparatively advanced one like Google Chrome. When Acer and Samsung unveiled their first models running Chrome OS earlier this year, they looked interesting enough. Long battery life. Fast boot times. Near total immunity to virus infection. What’s not to like about that?Plenty, it turns out. In 2011, people still want to be able to do things like install iTunes, play games purchased through Steam, and download torrents. That desire — along with the fact that Chromebooks were less likely to be spotted in the retail wild than Bigfoot on your next camping trip — has put the clamps on Chromebook sales thus far.According to DigiTimes’ sources, Acer has sold about 5,000 units since its debut in June. Samsung has reportedly sold even fewer — and the Sammy story gets even gloomier.Back at Google IO 2011, Samsung and Google ponied up free Series 5 Chromebooks to everyone in attendance. That was about 5,000 people. If Samsung has sold fewer than Acer, that means they’ve given away more than they’ve actually sold. Ouch.Google’s not giving up on Chrome OS, of course. The updates are still coming: Netflix support was bolted on a while back and now Windows USB drives formatted using NTFS will work with Chrome OS, too. Still, the first five months on the market make TouchPad sales look like the iPad’s — even before HP pulled the plug.More at DigiTimeslast_img read more

Geek deals Loaded Dell Inspiron 15R SE laptop with 200 gift card

first_imgUpdate: The $50 coupon code has ended, but the $200 gift card is still available.Our other top deals:Lenovo Enhanced Multimedia Remote with backlit keyboard (N5902) for $34.99 + free shipping (reg. $79.99)Technical Pro HPT990 Professional Headphone for $69.99 + free shipping (reg. $99)Kiwi U-Powered Solar Portable 2,000mAh Battery for $24.99 + free shipping (reg. $59.99 | use coupon GREEN15 | ends Mar. 10 or sooner) Dell’s Inspiron 15R Special Edition is no stranger to our top deals lists, and with good reason. It offers an impressive amount of features and performance for the dollar, with some sales that absolutely blow the competition out of the water. This is one of those sales.If you aren’t familiar with the 15R SE, let’s take a stroll down bang-for-your-buck lane. Built around a 15-inch HD screen, the 15R SE uses a black anodized aluminum chassis and soft-touch paint for that exclusive and premium aesthetic, which looks subtly awesome in our opinion. This model is equipped with a powerful 3rd gen Core i5 dual-core processor, 6GB of RAM, and 750GB hard drive. Like all Special Edition models, you also get a nice upgrade to a 2GB Radeon HD 7730M graphics card and backlit keyboard at no extra cost.The standard features that we have always loved of the 15R carry over as well, including four USB 3.0 ports (with one mobile device charging port), dual video outputs, media card reader, Wireless-N, Bluetooth 4.0, and more. Let’s not forget the no-cost 1 year on-site warranty with 90 days of 24×7 premium phone support, which we’ve never seen as a standard feature from any other manufacturer.Add all this up with a $635.99 price tag, after $164 savings, and you’ve got a pretty good bargain. But the fire really gets going when you add in the $200 Dell e-gift card. We normally only see such a large gift card offered on systems that run $900 or more, much less with the large amount of savings available on this model.The gift card is good for anything from, perfect to accessorize your new laptop or get a hefty discount on some new electronics. Whatever you would use it for, you will need to hurry. We don’t expect this deal to last very long.Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition 15.6″ Core i5 Laptop w/ 2GB Radeon HD 7730M + $200 Gift Card for $685.99 $635.99 + free shipping (reg. $799.99 | use coupon J9ZR64?V1WQ2S0 | gift card delivered by email in 10-20 days)last_img read more

Radicalised inmate shot and detained after slashing guards in French prison attack

first_img File photo A ‘RADICALISED’ INMATE at a prison in France has been shot and injured in a police raid after he seriously wounded two guards in a knife attack, sources told AFP. The raid also left his visiting partner fatally wounded. Prisoner Michael Chiolo and his female partner were in the family-visiting area of a high-security prison in Normandy when police moved in and detained them, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Twitter.Chiolo and his partner were shot and wounded in the operation.“The woman died” of her injuries, a source close to the case said. Chiolo was less seriously wounded in the cheek.Elite police units moved in some 10 hours after 27-year-old Chiolo wounded the prison guards with a knife.Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet suggested the knife might have been smuggled into the prison by his partner.“There is no doubt as to the terrorist nature of this attack,” Belloubet told reporters earlier.‘Radicalised’Chiolo, who was serving a 30-year sentence, is thought to have become a “radicalised” Islamist while in prison.Chiolo was serving his sentence for kidnapping leading to a death, armed robbery and condoning terrorism.He and an accomplice were sentenced on appeal in 2015 for choking to death an 89-year-old man they had tied up while robbing his home.He was also sentenced to a year in jail – when already in prison – for asking fellow inmates to “reenact” an attack by Islamic State gunmen on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November 2015. During his rampage this week, he shouted “Allahu Akhbar”, a prison staff representative told AFP.France has suffered a series of deadly attacks from Islamist extremists since 2015 and is on high alert amid concerns about the return of Islamic State group jihadists from Syria.The Paris state prosecutor said separately that accounts by witnesses suggested Chiolo “wanted to avenge” Cheriff Chekatt.Chekatt was shot dead by police after killing five people and wounding 11 at a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg in December.Demands from prison officersThe attack comes as French prison staff, who have been demanding better working conditions, have repeatedly stage weekly protests on Tuesdays. In January 2018, prison staff held three weeks of protests after a guard was attacked by a jihadist inmate at a high-security jail in northern France.Trade unions and experts have continuously warned of the spread of extremism in French prisons. This has to the government to build special facilities to house dangerous individuals who are sometimes held in solitary confinement. The Conde-sur-Sarthe prison, where the latest rampage occured, is one of France’s most secure jails. Unlike other facilities, it doesn’t suffer from overcrowding, according to Belloubet.Despite having been identified as an extremist, Chiolo was not housed in a secure wing for radicalised inmates which was opened in September, she added.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019 Mar 6th 2019, 7:49 AM 12,108 Views ‘Radicalised’ inmate shot and detained after slashing guards in French prison attack The raid also left prisoner Michael Chiolo’s visiting partner fatally wounded. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/hrui Share17 Tweet Email center_img Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 7:49 AM File photo Image: Shutterstock/hrui 2 Comments By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Cook Inlet leaks draw more scrutiny for Hilcorp and its aging infrastructure

first_imgAn oil leak from a pipeline connected to Hilcorp’s Anna Platform, pictured here, is unrelated to a gas leak from a different Hilcorp-owned pipeline that was first detected in February. (Photo courtesy Lighthawk Volunteer Pilot Kirk Johnson)State regulators on Monday announced an oil leak from an underwater pipeline owned by Hilcorp in Cook Inlet was halted successfully.Listen nowBut at this point, the state doesn’t have its own estimate for how much oil was released into the Inlet or knowledge of what caused the leak. It’s the latest in a string of incidents associated with Hilcorp, and the company is facing a wave of scrutiny from both regulators and environmental groups.As of Monday, no one knows what hit Hilcorp’s Anna Platform in upper Cook Inlet on April 1. All that’s known is that workers felt an impact, then looked over the side of the platform to see every oil company’s worst nightmare: an oil sheen on the water.Overflights conducted later that day observed six sheens; the biggest was 10 feet by 12 feet. The company thinks the leak came from an 8-inch pipeline which was at maximum capacity, carrying more than 19,000 gallons of crude oil when the impact happened.Hilcorp shut down the oil platform, and on Sunday, the company put what’s called a pig through the oil line. This halted the leak and pushed the remaining crude into a holding tank. No sheens have been observed since Saturday.Hilcorp estimates less than 10 gallons was released, based on the size and number of the oil sheens it observed. But the state said it still needs to do some arithmetic. Kristin Ryan is director of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Spill Prevention and Response.“We’ll be looking at the volume of the line and the amount of oil they removed from the line and then try to determine what’s missing,” Ryan said.Ryan said the state hasn’t observed any impacts to wildlife. But she added there’s likely to be a penalty, based on the final calculation of the volume of oil released.“We have a zero tolerance for oil in the environment, and the release of oil is something we take very seriously. So yes, I assume there will be a penalty, which is a fine for this release,” Ryan said.Hilcorp is already dealing with another unrelated incident in Cook Inlet, a natural gas leak from a different pipeline. That leak started in December and is ongoing. Divers have been unable to fix the gas leak for weeks due to dangerous ice conditions in Cook Inlet. After talks with Governor Bill Walker, Hilcorp recently agreed to shut down the oil platform associated with the leak.While various pieces of equipment have been upgraded over the years, much of the oil and gas infrastructure in Cook Inlet was first installed in the 1960s.Ryan said there’s no indication at this point that Hilcorp was operating the oil pipeline outside of the state’s standards. Hilcorp reports it inspected the line in June 2016 and found it was in good condition.But Ryan added it’s time for state regulators to take a holistic look at Cook Inlet’s aging infrastructure, to “try to have a better record of what pipes are where, who owns them, how old are they, what’s their inspection frequency.”Over the next year, Ryan said the state will work with the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council to compile an updated report on the age and status of the Inlet’s oil and gas operations. Based on that report, Ryan said the state may decide to change its regulations.Hilcorp, which is based in Texas, is now the biggest oil and gas producer in Cook Inlet, having bought up a lot of the old infrastructure from other companies in recent years. It also operates on the North Slope.If Hilcorp is fined for the oil leak, it wouldn’t be a first. Over the past year, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission penalized Hilcorp multiple times for safety incidents. In March, the Commission fined Hilcorp $200,000 for a 2015 incident on the North Slope that nearly resulted in the deaths of three workers.Hilcorp turned down requests for interviews on both the gas leak and the oil leak.To say the fines, the ongoing gas leak and the oil leak have alarmed environmental groups would be an understatement. Among the many species that live in Cook Inlet, the body of water is home to a population of beluga whales which is listed as endangered.“We’ve seen a toxic corporate culture here,” Bob Shavelson of Cook Inletkeeper said. The group has threatened to sue Hilcorp over the gas leak.“We’ve seen a complete disregard for worker safety and environmental protection,” Shavelson added.As the state takes closer look at aging infrastructure in Cook Inlet, environmental groups are ramping up their scrutiny of all of Hilcorp’s operations.last_img read more

Varun Beverages lists at a discount but recovers later

first_imgVarun Beverages, bottler of PepsiCo, disappointed investors on Tuesday when the shares of the company listed at 3.40 percent discount to the issue price of Rs 445 per share. The stock recovered later to trade at Rs 456, a marginal gain of 2.6 percent, at around 12 noon. PNB Housing Finance consolidated its gains and was up 7.6 percent on Tuesday at Rs 958.40.In terms of volume, the counter witnessed heavy interest, with 30.26 lakh shares changing hands within about 3 hours of listing.The weak listing was on the cards since the Rs 1,000-crore initial public offering (IPO) of the company did not evince interest among retail investors resulting in under-subscription of retail portion, though at an overall level, the issue was oversubscribed 1.84 times.”On CY2015’s net profit of Rs 87cr, the issue, at its upper band is priced at a P/E ratio of 85.4x which looks expensive,” analyst Shrikant Akolkar of Angel Broking had said in his IPO note.Varun Beverages had approached the primary market with a public issue of 2.5 crore equity shares, of which one crore shares comprised offer for sale (OFS) by promoters Ravi Jaipuria and his son Varun Jaipuria. The price band was fixed at Rs 440-445 per share.Varun Beverages has total 21 manufacturing facilities in India and a few other countries. Indian operations account for 82 percent of its total revenues while rest comes from other countries.The company’s net profit in the calendar year 2015 was Rs 84 crore on turnover of Rs 3,394 crore.The BSE Sensex opened on a positive note on Tuesday, extending Monday’s gains tracking global cues but later gave up gains and was trading almost flat at 27,452. Top Sensex gainers were Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto and Asian Paints.Stock markets worldwide are factoring a victory for Hillary Clinton in the US presidential elections.”U.S. stocks ended higher breaking a nine-day losing streak, after the FBI absolves presidential candidate Hillary Clinton,” Geojit BNP Paribas said in its Tuesday note.All the three indices — Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq and S&P500 — closed with gains of around 2.25 percent.last_img read more

Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sharif was one of 20 prominent pro-democracy activists calling for political reforms who were convicted by a military-led tribunal after the government cracked down on them. He was leading WAAD at the time of his arrest in March 2011.Bahrain’s majority Shiites, inspired by Arab Spring protests elsewhere, launched an uprising seeking to limit the wide-ranging powers of the ruling Sunni dynasty. The strategic island nation is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.Brian Dooley, a program director with Human Rights First, applauded the release.“More than four years after President Obama called for the release of peaceful opposition leaders in Bahrain Ebrahim Sharif is finally out,” he said in a statement. “This is a long overdue move, and he should never have been jailed in the first place.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Quick workouts for men Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosis MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A top Bahraini opposition leader was released Friday after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Gulf kingdom.The WAAD (National Democratic Action Society) group confirmed on its official Twitter account that Ibrahim Sharif was released Friday. Sharif was sentenced in June 2011 to five years in prison for plotting to overthrow Bahrain’s 200-year-old monarchy. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Thailand to boost industry and tourist confidence

first_imgMr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, announced strategies to boost industry and tourist confidence at the press briefing held this morning (15 August, 2016) at the TAT headquarters in Bangkok. Also joining him were TAT Deputy Governors and Executive Directors.Thailand to boost industry and tourist confidenceThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has put together a raft of initiatives, including a Situation Monitoring Centre and a We Care Campaign, to ensure the safety of tourists in Thailand and to let people know that the country is still a secure and welcoming destination to visit in the wake of the incidents over the last weekend. A number of special events and festivals are being planned to stimulate future travel and bookings.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “To boost industry and tourist confidence, TAT is putting initiatives in place to ensure that Thailand’s positive image as a safe and welcoming tourist destination remains intact. TAT is also launching a “We Care” initiative, campaigning for the local communities to pull out the stops when it comes to hosting tourists and to encourage everyone working in the field of tourism to wear special White-Yellow Ribbons – symbols of the peace and unity of the nation. We want to show that Thailand and the Thai people genuinely care for the well-being of all tourists. And we want tourists to know that by visiting Thailand, they’ll make memorable travel memories and enjoy experiences that will entice them to return time after time.”A Situation Monitoring Centre was opened on 12 August, 2016, to ensure officials have the latest information from TAT local and overseas offices in order to measure the possible impact on the industry, and counter the situation accordingly. The Centre is monitoring local and international news, collecting statistics on tourist arrivals, bookings and cancellations as well as data from airline and tourism-related companies.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, is showing the special White-Yellow Ribbons as part of the TAT’s newly-launched “We Care” initiative.Based on reports from TAT offices nationwide, the recent incidents have not massively impacted on domestic tourism as people were determined to enjoy the weekend and the delights of the kingdom. As for inbound tourism, while the international media has been reporting extensively on the explosions over the weekend, the news has only had a slight impact on more sensitive markets.  There were very few changes to bookings for the present or near future.To boost travel and revenue for the rest of the year, TAT is seeking cabinet approval for a special long-holiday weekend in September. As Thailand is hosting this year’s World Tourism Day in Bangkok, TAT has sought an approval for the World Tourism Day (27 September, 2016) to be declared a public holiday in Thailand and the Monday prior (26 September), to be an extra day off. A four-day break would encourage travel and spending nationwide while boosting confidence among travellers.In addition, TAT is planning to organise a number of mega events and special tourism promotional campaigns to attract local and international visitors. The “Jazz Run Cycling Hua Hin Festival” is scheduled for the first week of September, and will comprise a jazz music festival, a food fair, a marathon, and a cycling event. A major golf tournament will also be played on the town’s famous course, featuring Thailand’s lady golf ambassadors, Ms. Pornanong Phatlum and Ms. Ariya Jutanugarn.Another large-scale event,  the “Magnificent Thailand”, will be held in Bangkok, possibly in Lumphini Park, from 1-7 October, 2016, and will comprise a street food festival, a local food fair, city street light decorations, mapping shows, and a shopping street. Also, there will be an “ExpatFest” held at the end of September to showcase unique Thai culture, traditions, cuisine and tourist attractions to the many expatriates in Thailand, to encourage them to travel more domestically and create buzz among their families and friends overseas that Thailand remains a safe and welcoming tourist destination.TAT has also scheduled to launch a new domestic tourism promotional campaign to encourage Thai people to travel in Thailand’s Southern regions. Called the “Cross Regional Travel Challenge”, the initiative will start on 1 October, 2016, and will promote the pleasures of the tropical South with its beaches, islands and rainforests.Also making a return will be the popular “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” campaign which rewarded each millionth traveller, who entered the country during June to December, 2015. For this year, there will be exciting prizes laid on for the 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 34th millionth visitor to the kingdom.Mr. Yuthasak concluded, “We believe that all these special measures and initiatives will help stimulate travel during the rest of the year, and allow Thailand to reach the 2016’s revenue target of 2.41 trillion Baht.” Fly THAI Amazing Thailand Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

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FBS schools still prefer offense over defense and other trends from

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix It’s Dec. 14 and the 2018-19 FBS head coaching carousel has completed its final spin. As of this writing, 21 jobs have come open and all 21 have been filled. In fact, as we take a look at the trends and story lines of this year’s coaching cycle, that’s your first one: one year in, the Early Signing Day is really just Signing Day, and the movers and shakers in college football have responded accordingly.For those who need a refresher, here’s the roster of new head coaches for the 2019 season.In no particular order, here are the trends of the 2018-19 FBS coaching cycle: – “Let’s make sure we can score and we’ll figure everything else out later.” That seems to be the thinking of FBS ADs, where offense has yet again won the day over defense. Of the eight first-time head coaches, six (Walt Bell, UMass; Ryan Day, Ohio State; Eli Drinkwitz, Appalachian State; Tyson Helton, Western Kentucky; Scot Loeffler, Bowling Green; Jake Spavital, Texas State) were offensive coordinators, compared to two (Manny Diaz, Temple; Mel Tucker, Colorado) defensive coordinators.When including the backgrounds of new head coaches with previous experience in the big chair, the offensive advantage grows to 15-6.In fact, if you wind the clock back a year, the gap grows even further. Since the end of the 2017 season, a total of 42 new head coaches have been hired. Thirty-four of them had offensive backgrounds. Among first-time head coaches, the offense holds a 12-4 advantage.– It’s easier to get a job if you already have a job…. or if you already had the job. Much was made of Les Miles jumping back in the game at Kansas and Mack Brown’s return to North Carolina, but it doesn’t stop there. Hugh Freeze (Liberty), Mike Locksley (Maryland), Jim McElwain (Central Michigan) and Gary Andersen (Utah State) all became head coaches again after being fired or resigning from their last head coaching jobs. That’s 25 percent of the FBS Head Coaching Class of 2019.If you want to know what the college football industry thinks about defense these days, consider this: There were more head coaches hired from the ranks of the unemployed (three) than from the roster of active defensive coordinators (two).– You can definitely see the effects of those massive Power 5 TV contracts. Not one sitting Power 5 head coach left his job for another Power 5 school. The closest equivalent is Geoff Collins leaving Temple for Georgia Tech. Additionally, the money is such that Power 5 coordinators can choose to be picky, which can perhaps explain Akron, Charlotte and James Madison choosing FCS head coaches.Three Power 5 schools hired Power 5 coordinators, three hired Group of 5 head coaches, while just as many went to an untraditional route of hiring retreads or an FCS head coach.– It was yet another poor year for hiring minorities. Of the 21 hires, only two (Colorado’s Mel Tucker and Maryland’s Mike Locksley) are black. Because of that, the number of black head coaches in FBS will drop from 2018 to 2019 — from 15 to 14 — after Mike Jinks (Bowling Green), Scottie Montgomery (East Carolina) and Everett Withers (Texas State) were let go from their respective jobs.– A group of Hall of Fame coaches just left the building. With the retirements of Paul Johnson, Urban Meyer and Bill Snyder, a total of 590 wins, 52 bowl/playoff appearances and at least a share of 26 conference or division championships just left the building. That’s got to be a record.As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.last_img read more