Afghan Prez says hell visit Pak to improve ties

first_imgKabul: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he will visit Pakistan on June 27 to open a new chapter in his country’s uneasy relationship with its neighbour and mend ties that are often characterized by mistrust and tit-for-tat accusations. In his message to mark Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan, Ghani said he agreed to visit Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan after the two leaders met last week on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Saudi Arabia. “I hope the visit will be positive,” Ghani said.last_img

Dennis Olands retrial in fathers murder set to resume after unexpected delay

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — The stalled retrial of Dennis Oland for the second degree murder of his father, Richard Oland, is due to resume on Tuesday morning in a Saint John courtroom.It has been more than a month since 16 jury members were selected for what is expected to be a lengthy, four-month trial, but an unplanned, two-week delay has set back the trial schedule.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Terrence Morrison told jurors on Nov. 7 when he announced the adjournment that an “unexpected legal issue” had to be resolved before the trial could begin.“Unfortunately, it has become clear that we need some more time,” Morrison said, as he dismissed the jurors until Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.Information relating to the delay is under a publication ban.This is the second trial of Dennis Oland, 50, a financial adviser, in the bludgeoning death of his multi-millionaire father.Richard Oland’s body was discovered on the morning of July 7, 2011, in his uptown Saint John office. The 69-year-old businessman and former executive of Moosehead Breweries Ltd. had been beaten to death.Dennis Oland, his only son, was charged with second degree murder in 2013. He was tried in 2015 but the jury verdict in that case was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered.Oland has been present throughout the jury selection and legal proceedings. At the start of jury selection last month, he once again pleaded not guilty to killing his father.Oland, supported by his family, has steadfastly maintained his innocence.Earlier this month, the Oland family once again issued a statement of support for Dennis. His mother and Richard’s widow, Connie; his wife, Lisa, and his uncle Derek, executive chairman of Moosehead, and his wife Jacqueline, all signed the statement.“We wish to restate our steadfast support for Dennis and our faith that the judicial process will prove his innocence,” the family said in the statement“Our family has endured an unimaginable ordeal since Dick’s death in 2011 which has been compounded by Dennis’ groundless arrest … During this time our faith in Dennis’ innocence has never wavered.”The prominence and wealth of the Oland family combined with the violent killing and the exhaustive legal proceedings have made the murder case the most high-profile in New Brunswick history.Chris Morris, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rio Theatre to host An Evening with Kevin Smith as filmmaker keeps

first_imgKevin Smith. LEWIS JACOBS/AMC / VSUNWP Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Kevin Smith is headed to the Rio.The Hollywood filmmaker will be hosting “An Evening With Kevin Smith” at the Rio Theatre on March 30th, as he makes good on his promise to help save the popular East Vancouver venue from the threat of redevelopment.After its building was listed for sale, raising the possibility that a developer might attempt to tear it down, Smith said he would do whatever it takes to save the Rio, including “literally (holding) the doors open,” if needed. Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Judge says Papa Johns founder entitled to corporate records

first_imgDOVER, Del. — A Delaware judge has ruled that the embattled founder of the Papa John’s pizza chain is entitled to corporate records that the company has refused to turn over to him.John Schnatter sued Papa John’s International Inc. last year, claiming he needs the records to inform himself in order to fulfil his corporate duties, and to ensure that other directors are doing the same.The company argued that Schnatter, who was pressured to resign as chairman in July, wanted the records to further his own self-interests.The two sides eventually resolved disputes over 13 of 17 categories of documents.The judge ruled Tuesday that the company failed to prove that Schnatter’s purpose for seeking to inspect the remaining four categories of documents was improper.Randall Chase, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Offshore oil disaster in Azerbaijan leaves 1 dead 9 missing

Offshore oil disaster in Azerbaijan leaves 1 dead, 9 missing by The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2016 2:39 am MDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Friday, June 19, 2015 file photo, skyscrapers stand in the background as an oil pump works a nearby hill in Baku, Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani oil officials say one worker has been killed and nine others are missing after part of their offshore oil installation broke off in strong winds. The state oil company, known as SOCAR, reported that a 150-meter (490-foot) section of walkway fell into the Caspian Sea amid 90 mph (145 kph) winds and 10 workers were swept away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) BAKU, Azerbaijan – Azerbaijani oil officials say one worker has been killed and nine others are missing after part of their offshore oil installation broke off in strong winds.The state oil company, known as SOCAR, reported that a 150-meter (490-foot) section of walkway fell into the Caspian Sea amid 90 mph (145 kph) winds and 10 workers were swept away Thursday.President Ilham Aliyev’s office said in a statement that “the body of one of the missing has been found. Search and rescue operations are continuing.”The company said five victims had been working on the installation and another five were in a cabin dislodged by the high winds.Senior oil official Balmirza Agarahimov said 10 boats were in the area carrying out the search, which would continue for a long time despite stormy, snowy conditions.He added that the structure that was destroyed by the winds had been built in 1978 and had last undergone repairs in August.The event comes one year after the worst disaster in the history of Azerbaijan’s oil industry, when a fire and lifeboat sinking on the Guneshli oil platform left 30 workers either confirmed dead or lost without trace. read more

KPMG pledges 200000 for smart classroom

A $200,000 pledge from KPMG LLP will help complete a major renewal and expansion of Brock University’s Goodman School of Business in St. Catharines.The announcement was made Wednesday by KPMG representatives Bobbi-Jean White and Ruth Todd and by Brock President Jack Lightstone. The gift will support the Goodman School expansion project and is specifically earmarked for a new 45-seat smart classroom on Level 300.“At KPMG, we are passionate about giving back to the communities in which we work and helping young people develop to their full potential,” said Ruth Todd “Our donation to the business school’s capital infrastructure campaign is just one way we can help support post-secondary education.”“We are thrilled that KPMG has made this contribution to Brock University,” said Lightstone. “This commitment to our business school plays a significant role in helping to develop Canada’s future leaders.”The Goodman School of Business has 2,890 undergraduate and 519 graduate students. It offers three undergraduate and three graduate degrees, as well as some of Ontario’s most successful co-op programs.A groundbreaking event will be held Friday to kick off the $22-million expansion project of the Goodman School. Besides reconfiguring and modernizing Goodman’s current facilities in Taro Hall, the project will increase the number of classrooms and add interview rooms, offices and a large atrium that will become a striking new feature adjacent to two other University landmarks: the Schmon Tower and the bronze sculpture of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock. read more

The Seahawks Dont Stand A Chance Unless Russell Wilson Can Keep Up

The most anticipated matchup of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs might be the Atlanta Falcons’ No. 1 scoring offense against the Seattle Seahawks’ No. 3 scoring defense. But the game between the two teams may be decided when the ball is in Russell Wilson’s hand.When the two met in Week 6, the Seahawks edged the Falcons in Seattle, 26-24. But both teams have played a lot of football since then, and though Wilson has already led the Seahawks to eight playoff wins in his young career, he might not have enough talent around him to go into the Georgia Dome on Saturday and end the Falcons’ season.The most obvious change to either team has been the Seahawks’ loss of safety Earl Thomas; his five-year Pro Bowl streak ended when he missed five of the Seahawks’ last six regular-season games with injuries. With him patrolling the backfield, the Seahawks allowed just 16.4 points per game. In the Seahawks’ five regular-season games without him, opponents averaged 22.4 points, including 34 points in a home capitulation to the already-eliminated Arizona Cardinals.But as much as the Seahawks have missed Thomas, it is their offense that has struggled with explosiveness and consistency all season. The 26-6 final score of last week’s wild card game against the Detroit Lions might make it look as though the Seahawks are back to business as usual. But going into the fourth quarter the score was just 10-6.While the Seahawks’ offensive line earned praise for its dominant run-blocking performance against Detroit, it also allowed slumping Lions pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah to register two sacks, as many as he tallied throughout the regular season. The Seahawks will have a much tougher task on Saturday when they face the Falcons’ Vic Beasley, who had 15.5 sacks in the regular season.Tailback Thomas Rawls set a franchise playoff rushing record against the Lions, but going into the rematch with the Falcons there’s little depth behind him. Christine Michael, the Seahawks’ top rusher in the first Atlanta game, now plays for the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that C.J. Procise, who has been out since Week 11 with a shoulder injury, will be a game-time decision; fifth-round rookie Alex Collins would be the only option behind Rawls if Procise can’t go.Between Michael, tailback C.J. Spiller and receiver/returner Tyler Lockett, 43 percent of the Seahawks’ 333 total yards in Week 6 were produced by players no longer on the Seahawks active roster, and the Falcons still outgained them 362-333 in that game. Wilson targeted wideouts on just 43.2 percent of his attempts; according to Pro Football Reference’s charting, he attempted only two passes deeper than 14 yards all day. He threw no touchdowns.The lack of deep passing that day was partly by design, to keep opposing pass-rushers off the banged-up Wilson.“We’ve been careful in how we would expose Russ,” head coach Pete Carroll later told the team’s official site. “He was begging us to do more and all that, but we were trying to do the right thing by him, and he was doing phenomenal things just to play for the last two months.” But Wilson’s adjusted yards-per-attempt didn’t increase meaningfully after that interview.Though three rushing touchdowns got Seattle the points they needed to win in Week 6, they might not have happened if the Falcons hadn’t set them up: Ryan’s sack-fumble on his own nine-yard line led to the game’s first score; his interception near midfield set up the last one.Even then, it almost wasn’t enough. The Seahawks’ final go-ahead field goal still left Ryan and company with a 1:57 to drive for a game-winning score; a controversial fourth-down no-call sent them packing:Since that play, however, the Falcons spent the season improving — and proving themselves the better team.In Football Outsiders’ Weighted DVOA, which prioritizes recent performance, the Falcons are the No. 4-ranked overall team at 19.8 percent; the Seahawks are ranked 14th at 4.7 percent. While the Seahawks’ offense ranked 17th in both season-long (-2.7 percent) and weighted (-2.1 percent) DVOA, the Falcons’ defense rises from 27th (8.1 percent) to 22nd (5.6 percent) when recent games are more heavily weighted.Now Wilson will have go on the road and score more points against the improved Falcons than Ryan can score against the Seahawks’ struggling defense.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. read more

Portuguese derby for the Championship Porto VS Benfica for No1

3SPORTING C.P.49870123820731 1SL BENFICA52860223517362 6SP. C. HORTA/ELITE SECURITY349108221301-80 The decisive match in which Portuguese champion could be decided will be played on Friday between two eternal rivals – SL Benfica and FC Porto Vitalis. Both teams are on the TOP of the Play-Off League two matches before the end. The third team this season, Sporting Lisbon also is interested in the clash between first two teams with possibility to catch the “last train” for the trophy…In the last round, Benfica will host Sporting.STANDING: 4ÁGUAS SANTAS – MILANEZA418404209219-10 2FC PORTO VITALIS52860222819335 andebolBenficahandballportoportuguese handballsporting 5ABC/UMINHO369108209247-38 ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Who will win the first F4 in Nantes? Next Story → Polish Stal Mielec sign Balkan boys read more

Worst in show 23 dogs whod rather be anywhere else

first_imgSmug (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)But what about the dogs who don’t make it to Best in Show? The dogs that wish they were anywhere else but here?This is for them… EARLIER THIS WEEK Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher from Holland was named Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.Here he is, trotting triumphantly around the ring with his handler Ernesto Lara:last_img

Daily Gift Design Your Own Laptop Case with Caseable

first_imgDon’t you just hate getting (and giving) gifts that are super impersonal? There are only so many journals or bath soaps you can own in a lifetime. If you don’t want to get your friend or family member another gift card this year because you want to get them something that actually means something to them, then there are ways to personalize products that are normally impersonal — take a laptop bag, for instance. You could go to the Apple Store or Best Buy and buy a generic laptop case if you want, or, you could decide to use your own design to keep your loved-one’s computer safe, while still maintaining that person’s style. caseable, a small Brooklyn-based startup company, allows you to design your own laptop cases (Timbuk2-style). caseable lets you design every part of your laptop sleeve: front, back, zipper, side, and handle. You can choose solid colors, pre-loaded photos and designs, or you can upload your own photos. Shown above, I uploaded my own photo from colorful Colorado, changed the zipper color to maroon, and the side to green, and the handle to orange, and voila! Plus, it was extremely easy to do. You can choose from a multitude of sizes, including Mac 13-inch to Mac 17-inch, as well as Mac Air, and then from PC 10.1-inch to PC 17-inch (iPad is on its way). Then, in terms of width, you can choose from classic or slim. I tried building a few different laptop bags, and no matter what options I changed, it always came out to $69.90. Yes, this is a little expensive for a laptop bag, but how many laptop bags do you have with your cute dog’s face on it? Not many, I assume. AdChoices广告And, according to the site, caseable is now offering free shipping for a limited time.last_img read more

US To Invest 53 Billion In High Speed Rail System

first_imgDuring his State of the Union speech, President Obama announced a goal to make high speed rail transportation available to 80 percent of the country over the next 25 years. And now we know just how he’ll do it: with billions of dollars.Vice President Biden has announced that over the next six years, a total of $53 billion will be invested in high speed rail infrastructure, starting with $8 billion over the next fiscal year, which will be used to get the nation’s current system up to speed.AdChoices广告“As President Obama said in his State of the Union, there are key places where we cannot afford to sacrifice as a nation — one of which is infrastructure,” Biden said in the announcement. “As a long time Amtrak rider and advocate, I understand the need to invest in a modern rail system that will help connect communities, reduce congestion and create quality, skilled manufacturing jobs that cannot be outsourced.“This plan will help us to do that, while also increasing access to convenient high speed rail for more Americans.”last_img read more

All clear given after suspicious package found on sidewalk of Las Olas

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale Police have given the all clear after they responded to a suspicious package that was left on the sidewalk of Las Olas Boulevard.The bomb squad responded to the scene outside of a post office located at 1404 East Las Olas Blvd., Tuesday afternoon. However, police gave the all clear just after 2:20 p.m.Police had temporarily closed off the 1400 block of Las Olas Boulevard and evacuated nearby businesses while they conducted their investigation. However, all operations have since returned to normal. #FLPD #UPDATE Ref. suspicious package — ALL CLEAR. Nothing suspicious was found. Roadways are now open. @USPIS_MIA @FtLaudFire https://t.co/zvi7lL7F8P— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) November 6, 2018_____Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Plea in SC challenging grant of quota to Marathas in education

first_imgNEW DELHI: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court order which upheld the constitutional validity of the quota for the Maratha community in education and government jobs in Maharashtra. The plea, which might come up for hearing next week, said the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, which provided a 12-per cent and a 13-per cent quota to the Maratha community in education and jobs respectively, breached the 50-per cent ceiling on reservation fixed by the apex court in its landmark judgment in the Indira Sahwney case, also known as the “Mandal verdict”. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Sanjeet Shukla, a representative of “Youth for Equality”, an NGO, claimed in the petition that the framing of the SEBC Act for Marathas was done under “political pressure” and in “full defiance” of the constitutional principles of equality and rule of law. “The high court erred in concluding that the mere fact that other OBCs would have to share their reservation quotas with the Marathas (if the Marathas were simply included in the existing OBC category) constitutes an exceptional circumstance warranting a breach of the 50 per cent ceiling limit set by Indira Sawhney,” the plea filed by advocate Pooja Dhar said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The Bombay High Court, in its June 27 order, said the 50-per cent cap on reservation imposed by the apex court could be exceeded only in exceptional circumstances.”The majority in the Indira Sawhney case held that the ceiling limit of 50 per cent was a binding rule and not merely a rule of prudence,” the plea said. It said the high court’s order upheld a 65-per cent reservation in Maharashtra (there being no community hailing from far-flung or remote areas), which was contrary to the nine-judge bench decision of the Supreme Court in the Indira Sawhney case. Advertise With Us “It is evident that the Maharashtra government has made a mockery of the rule of law. It has also used its constitutional powers arbitrarily and purely for political gains,” the plea said. It said the SEBC Act was “unconstitutional” for violating the Bombay High Court’s 2015 order without removing its basis, overstepping the constitutional limitations contained in the 102nd amendment to the Constitution and for merely succumbing to political pressure, in complete violation of the constitutional principles of rule of law. According to the 102nd amendment to the Constitution, reservation can be granted only if a particular community is named in the list prepared by the president. The plea further claimed that the Bombay High Court “erred” in concluding that the mere fact that 85 per cent of Maharashtra’s population was “backward” was so extraordinary as to warrant a breach of the 50-per cent ceiling limit. It also claimed that the high court overlooked the fact that Marathas occupied 40 per cent of the government jobs available in the open category. “The high court overlooked the fact that the Gaikwad Commission itself recorded that the Maratha community forms only 19 per cent of the population, which shows that the assumption behind the SEBC Act that Marathas constitute 30 per cent of the population was bad,” it said.last_img read more

Kabir Singh director If you cant slap touch kiss your woman wherever

first_imgShahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy VangaInstagramKabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga has strongly reacted to critics who slammed his film for being extremely misogynistic and a full show of toxic masculinity on screen. Despite criticism, Kabir Singh has earned Rs 218.60 crore in just two weeks and still running successfully in theatres.Calling critics as parasites, Sandeep told Anupama Chopra in his post release interview, “Probably they never experienced (love) in the right way. They were only on the feminist side, they didn’t speak about anything else. They (the critics) hate me.”There’s a particular scene where Shahid Kapoor as Kabir Singh slaps Preeti, played by Kiara Advani, on the streets after her family disapproves their relationship and Preeti pleads Kabir to not leave her.Talking about the physical assault, Sandeep said, “She slapped him without a reason, at least Kabir had a reason to slap her. If you can’t slap, if you can’t touch your woman wherever you want, if you can’t kiss, I don’t see emotion there.”Sandeep also slammed critics’ for their ‘double standards’ who lauded Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju. “Rajeev Masand gave 3.5 (stars) to Sanju. ‘Sanju where is my mangalsutra?’ What happens after that, you can talk volumes about it. Everybody loved it. When he says he slept with 300-odd women, we were all cheering and whistling in the theatre.”The director’s ‘ views on love have received mixed reactions on social media. While some have praised him for being honest and raw, actor Gulshan Devaiah and a few others have slammed him for his regressive views.There was a reason why the Nazis used film as propaganda!! A film is never just a film !! Some do have the power to influence society!! So Beware!!! #FCPostmortem— Gulshan Devaiah (@gulshandevaiah) July 6, 2019 Hello Mr @imvangasandeep maybe you are pissed off & that’s why you’re saying what you are but now I am pissed too ..so here is how I articulate my pissed off ness to you “” #FCPostmortem guess I am never getting work from your side but I ll survive — Gulshan Devaiah (@gulshandevaiah) July 6, 2019 “When you question their belief system, I think people get angry” – Sandeep Reddy Vanga. So @imvangasandeep questioning the belief system is a two way street sir and not your exclusive right . Btw many congratulations on your epic BoxOffice success #FCPostmortem— Gulshan Devaiah (@gulshandevaiah) July 6, 2019last_img read more

Ahead of T20I series Virat Kohli predicts Rishabh Pants future speaks about

first_imgAfter picking India’s squad for the three series in West Indies, chief selector MSK Prasad had said that they were now looking to groom Rishabh Pant for the future and give him a consistent role as a primary wicket-keeper batsman in all the formats. Ahead of the first T20I, skipper Virat Kohli too has backed Pant to come good in international cricket and show his true potential.”It’s a great opportunity for someone like Rishabh Pant to really play a lot of international cricket, show his credentials, really unleash his potential at this stage,” Kohli said.’These younger guys have a great opportunity’ Rishabh PantTwitter/Cricket World CupThe captain also wanted the other players to step up and make a name for themselves. Apart from this, Kohli also spoke about MS Dhoni and said that the seasoned campaigner’s experience will always be on offer, but the younger guys have an opportunity to make a name for themselves.”We know how much ability he has and we all want him to become a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team. MS’s experience is always going to be a very crucial factor but having said that some of these younger guys have a great opportunity ahead of them and they should just look forward to it,” he further added.Speaking on the first training session after their exit from the World Cup, the captain said that the players were excited to be back on the park playing the sport. He also said that he was looking forward to creating a buzz and generate interest in the USA. Virat KohliGetty Images”Yesterday the fielding session and the little bit of time we spent on the field was really good. Everyone was excited, looking forward to just playing, just being on the field again. I think that’s the best thing you can do as a team, just get on the park as soon as possible,” Kohli added.In a largely new squad which has plenty of youngsters, only six players – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar – remain from the India squad which came to Florida three years ago. Rahul was the star of the first match and the second match could not be completed.last_img read more

Millennials Struggle to Gain Financial Freedom Amid Downturn

first_imgPhoto of students at graduation, with the word ‘DEBT’ and a dollar amount written on top of their graduation caps. (Courtesy Photo)Today’s college graduates are among the most technologically savvy, socially conscious, and politically astute. They are also, unfortunately, among the most economically plagued, despite having earned college degrees and moderately salaried incomes. In fact, new research by The George Washington University finds that 74 percent of new college graduates are overwhelmed by the debt they incur in obtaining their degrees.Bank of America in partnership with the Khan Academy recently held a panel discussion pinpointing necessary tools to financially equip a new generation. John Collingwood, director, Federal Government Relations for Bank of America joined NAACP Executive Director of Financial Freedom Center Dedrick Asante-Muhammad and other influential financial thinkers to offer insight into the growing problem of millennial debt, saying nearly 69 percent of young people cite money as a top stressor.“As millennials come of age at a time of great possibility, many are facing increased financial uncertainty,” Collingwood said. “It is arguably a much greater task to help millennials secure their financial futures than with my generation or even the one that came behind me. And with 51 percent unable to live within their means, it causes a great amount of stress for both them and their parents who may be helping them out of necessity, rather than generosity.”College graduates in 2014 averaged nearly $30,000 in student debt. Coupled with moderate incomes and unreasonable costs of living in areas like D.C. where apartment rents mimic million dollar house mortgages, Annamaria Lusardi, an economist at the university said new and innovative approaches must be utilized to encourage a different type of financial literacy.“Debt is so prevalent and it is not just student loans – it is credit card debt and spending debt – and it makes it easy to get in trouble,” Lusardi said. “People turn to family for help, but there is a problem relying on parents for help because they did not necessarily graduate with student loans the way their kids have.”Asante-Muhammad said that despite having youth and college chapters around the country, the NAACP continues to host various economic education seminars to help better frame how race and economics impact millennial debt. “Everyone is facing this debt, but we show how it is one thing to deal with it when the median White household wealth is $111,000 and allows White parents to support their child’s college debt, versus, African-American and Latino household wealth is roughly $7,000. So the support White families can give their children is a lot different.”So what is a college student to do with both student loan and credit card debt leaning on them before the ink of their degrees dries? Andrew Plepler, Global CSR executive for Bank of America believes strategic planning and better tools for mobility are a must.“The opportunity for mobility is a much bigger challenge than other generations. This issue of multi-pronged approach of housing patterns, job opportunities, and financial literacy are important, but there are some deeply rooted problems about social mobility that are going to have to be looked at in an integrated strategy,” Plepler said.last_img read more

No Apologies On Hack Snapchat Founder Says We Thought We Had Done

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Despite warnings on Christmas Eve by an internet security group that a potential attack was looming, Snapchat chief executive Evan Spiegel said with a nervous laugh on the Today show this morning, “At the time, we thought we had done enough.”But then, on New Year’s Day, the names and phone numbers of 4.6 million uesrs were leaked by anonymous hackers onto the website SnapchatDB.info, which has since been taken down.While he didn’t offer much in the way of an apology, Spiegel reasoned that tech startups teetering on the brink of innovation are particularly vulnerable to unforeseen abuses. “In a business that’s moving so quickly,” he explained, “if you spend your time looking backwards, you’re just going to kill yourself.”Related: Happy New Year? Snapchat and Skype Get HackedSnapchat announced today a new version of its app that allows users to opt out of the Find Friends feature — the cause of the breach. And looking ahead, Spiegel assured the app’s users — who send 350 million images a day, the company said — that security would be top of mind.”You have to work really, really, really, hard with law enforcement, with security experts, internal and external groups to make sure you’re paying attention and addressing security concerns,” Spiegel explained.Snapchat also noted that no images or videos were compromised during the attack.You can watch Spiegel’s full interview with the Today show here: Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy January 3, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

Baby Navya fights for her life against a rare genetic disease

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. The disease is caused by homozygous mutations of the motor neurone SMN1 gene.Most of the nerve cells that control muscles are located in the spinal cord, which accounts for the word “spinal” in the name of the disease.SMA is muscular because its primary effect is on muscles, which don’t receive signals from these nerve cells. Atrophy is the medical term for getting smaller, which is what generally happens to muscles when they’re not active.The treatment for this disease is currently in usage in first world countries, including the USA, Canada and Australia at a cost of millions. However, it is neither registered nor available in South Africa. Without the treatment, Navya will have no chance of survival.The parents would like to thank all the medical practitioners, including Dr IO Vawda for doing his utmost best to see that Navya is comfortable.“All we need is love, prayer and support. We have faith in God; miracles do happen. May everyone remember our baby in their prayers.”Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Five-month-old Navya Ramdeen is in ICU at La Verna Hospital, fighting for her life.Baby Navya has been diagnosed with a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Since her diagnosis, Navya’s parents have to suction her and nebulise her throughout the day to clear secretions.Last week Tuesday, Navya was rushed to hospital after encountering difficulty breathing. Her airways became obstructed.During an exclusive interview with the distraught mother, she explained the situation…“I thought I was going to lose my baby. However, hospital staff managed to resuscitate and stabilise her,” said mother Kavisha Ramdeen (Hutheram).Kavisha and her husband Amith are first-time parents, having been married for seven years. They have known each other for over 20 years.Last year, the couple decided to start a family and that is when this beautiful soul was conceived.On January 2, Navya was born and brought into the world.“The day she was born was a blessing. We didn’t really want a specific gender; whatever God blessed us with, we were happy,” said Kavisha.It was in April that the mother realised something was wrong. Subsequently, the baby was taken to medical professionals and by clinical examination and confirmatory blood tests, the diagnosis of Type 1 SMA was made.Kavisha was heartbroken on hearing the news and recalls how she broke down in tears while still in the doctor’s rooms.“Our hearts ache to see our baby in so much pain. We never thought we would be strong enough to handle a special baby, but she has become our strength,” added Kavisha.last_img read more

Bus driver caught smuggling 30000 in his tennis shoes

first_imgRelated posts:Police carry out 9 anti-drug raids in Limón, arrest 4 The intellectual architect of the US’ modern war on drugs has died Brazilian Police release Tico accused of allegedly paying a minor for sex A letter from a Costa Rican jail Drug Control Police announced Friday the arrest of a Costa Rican bus driver caught smuggling more than $65,000 in cash into the country at Paso Canoas, at the border with Panama.Police found $30,000 in cash stuffed into a pair of tennis shoes and another $33,900 in the 45-year-old driver’s suitcase.Authorities found $65,736 and ₡122,000 – roughly $240 – in the suitcase, tennis shoes and other places on board the bus. Facebook Commentslast_img

Sea Shepherd publishes vegan cookbook

first_imgSkeptics might find it odd that a group of vigilante activists would publish a book and sell it on Amazon, but the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has an active online store and has done a remarkable job of branding itself, not only with its own reality show but also with men’s “Jolly Roger” organic polo shirts.Indeed, the society funded “Think! Eat! Act!” through a Kickstarter campaign. They easily surpassed their goal of $3,000, raising $13,075.Instead of diving directly into the recipes, the book opens with a personal introduction from the author, then describes the virtues of animal-free diets and the many species that veganism spares from slaughter. Once you’ve learned how to make pasta, salad and soup in a rocking kitchen, you can read interviews with Sea Shepherd veterans.Most intriguing of all, the book lists websites for vegan political prisoners – not people incarcerated for avoiding cheese, but people that the society considers political prisoners who also happen to be vegan. If you’ve never heard of people like Eric McDavid (who was released in January) and Marius Mason, their stories make for provocative reading. Something to discuss over kale and couscous pilaf.Recommended: Shark fin scandal in Costa Rica has Solís administration on the defensive Facebook Comments Related posts:Sea Shepherd’s R/V Martin Sheen lands in Costa Rica for 4-month research mission One of Sea Shepherd’s missions in Costa Rica: Protecting whales Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson turns to human rights commission to block Costa Rica’s legal chase Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson files human rights lawsuit against Costa Rica To describe the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as “controversial” is like calling whaling “unpleasant.” But that’s to be expected, when you routinely use guerilla warfare to sabotage illegal fishing ships. Paul Watson, the white-goateed captain of the world-famous anti-poaching campaign, has acolorful relationship with Costa Rica, mostly involving Interpol, extradition requests, and naming a ship after a murdered Tico environmentalist. (Courtesy of Microcosm Publishing)Needless to say, Sea Shepherd gets a lot of attention in a country that both abhors shark finning and has repeatedly called for Watson’s arrest. But the latest from Sea Shepherd is far more benign: a book of vegan recipes, written by maritime cook Raffaella Tolicetti. Released by Microcosm Publishing, the 192-page “Think! Eat! Act!” is now available in paperback and Kindle.“I used to cook for myself and my friends after moving away from home,” Tolicetti writes in her introduction. “I liked it but was never really passionate about it.”Raised in Italy, Tolicetti does not present herself as a born chef. She had no particular aspirations to prepare food until a shipmate admitted that she hated cooking and wanted to hand off the responsibility. Tolicetti accepted, not because she suddenly had a desire to whip up animal-free victuals, but because of its political significance.“I developed a passion for cooking because it became a way for me to express my philosophy about ethics and animals to a lot of people and show them that you can have a beautiful and wide range of food exactly as with any other traditional diet,” she writes.If you’ve spent any time on a ship, Tolicetti’s descriptions of working a kitchen during rocky seas should sound familiar – although she has the added challenge of cooking while antagonistic vessels attempt to ram each other in Antarctic waters.last_img read more