first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau government has tabled its promised child welfare legislation aimed at stopping the over-representation of Indigenous children in foster care.The bill emphasizes the need for the child welfare system to promote more preventative care and support for families instead of apprehending Indigenous children from their mothers.Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan calls the legislation “historic” and says the main goal is to provide more opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Metis to exercise jurisdiction over child and family services in their communities.Indigenous leaders are applauding the bill, which was one of the first five calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations says the number of First Nations children in care — over 40,000 — is a human rights crisis and that more attention must be paid to the needs of First Nations children in Canada.Bellegarde says the legislation is an important first step, but stresses the need to have it passed before Parliament dissolves for the October election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement In fact, 67.5 per cent of shows, or 108 out of 160, were written, directed or choreographed by a female artist.That’s an amazing statistic, especially since it’s not reflected in the theatre scene during the other 50 weeks of the year.It was also a great year for cultural diversity. Some of the strongest ensemble shows, like Nasty, Grey, Hands Down and Lysistrata showcased performers who reflect the population of the city, and not the same old white faces we see routinely on mainstages.READ MORE Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Fringe 2017 will go down in history for several reasons.It was the biggest ever Toronto Fringe, with 160 shows, which may have had something to do with its record-breaking sales of $519,707 (the first time it’s broken the $500K mark); it was the first Fringe at its new home at Scadding Court; the near-paperless ticketing system, which had a trial run at last winter’s Next Stage Festival, went very smoothly; and this was the final Fringe under executive director Kelly Straughan.It was also the year that #FringeFemmeTO, a hashtag to celebrate women playwrights, directors and choreographers at the Toronto Fringe, really broke through and got people discussing gender parity in theatre. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rabat – Minister delegate for the Interior Charki Drais and Gabon’s minister delegate for Social Forecasting Marie-Françoise Dikoumba approved, on Friday in Rabat, the formalization of the joint steering committee on the framework agreement for cooperation on human development and investment, and its standing secretariat.The setting up of this committee and its secretariat, under minutes signed by Drais and Dikoumba, marks the effective enforcement of the framework agreement, signed on Dec. 22 in Libreville, by the Moroccan ministries of Interior and Health and Gabon’s Social Forecasting ministry concerning sharing expertize and good practices related to income-generating activities, the fight against precariousness, community-based health care, supervision and assessment, and actions by associations.The joint steering committee is co-chaired by the Gabonese minister delegate for Social Forecasting and Minister delegate for the Interior, or their respective representatives. The formalization follows a Gabonese technical mission (March 29-April 3 in Morocco) meant to establish governance bodies tasked with monitoring the implementation of the framework agreement, said Dikoumba who is also the national coordinator of human investment strategy (SIHG).Drais underlined Morocco’s and Gabon’s steadfast resolve to strive for the well-being of their respective citizens, reiterating Morocco’s unwavering readiness to assist Gabon in order to improve its population’s economic and social conditions.The two parties signed the 2015 action plan, by virtue of which they will meet in Libreville in May. The action plan provides mainly for organizing training workshops for the benefit of SIHG technical committee and formalizing partnerships related to hemodialysis centers and Autistic kids centers in Gabon. read more

TORONTO — Despite recent challenges faced by Canada’s retail sector, analysts have a rosy outlook for the looming holiday shopping season — particularly on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.[np_storybar title=”Cross-border shopping, reversed: This Black Friday, Canadian malls set to be packed with Americans” link=””%5D It’s likely that this year there will be more than a few U.S. license plates in the parking lots at Canada’s outlet malls, as the flow of cross-border traffic has begun to reverse.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Rob Cameron, chief product and marketing officer of processing payments firm Moneris, said there has been an increase in sales on both days for the last four years.Despite the high-profile departure of U.S. discount chain Target from Canada, along with the closures of Mexx, Boutique Jacob and Smart Set, consumers continue to spend. Cameron said retail sales are up around six per cent this year.“I think this Black Friday … we would anticipate it being a larger increase than last year, so we tell retailers to be ready for more sales,” said Cameron.He added that e-commerce retailers are also expecting strong sales and experts predict a surge in online transactions.“We expect Cyber Monday to again be a double-digit increase year over year.”An online survey conducted this fall by IPG Mediabrands revealed that 68 per cent of respondents said they would shop at stores in Canada on Black Friday, while only 15 per cent said they planned to shop at U.S. stores — a 37 per cent decline compared to a previous survey.The poll of more than 1,000 Canadians also revealed 68 per cent planned to shop online through Canadian websites on Cyber Monday, while 42 per cent said they’d do so through U.S. sites — a decrease of 18 per cent.How investors can play Black FridayBlack Friday or Boxing Day? Where Canadians can get the best dealsRespondents said they plan on spending, on average, $332 per person on Black Friday, said Loraine Cordery, insights manager at IPG Mediabrands. Clothing and accessories were the top category, followed by technology and home electronics, books, music and DVDs, and computer hardware or software, she added.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.“Beforehand, Boxing Day was a big sales day. But now, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are becoming just as important and a big part of this holiday shopping period,” said Cordery.Beforehand, Boxing Day was a big sales day. But now, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are becoming just as important and a big part of this holiday shopping periodThe survey also revealed that about one-quarter of the respondents believed deals in Canada are just as good as those in the U.S., compared to 14 per cent in a similar survey last year, she noted.The bargain bonanza events have been longtime hallmarks of the U.S. shopping calendar, but have increasingly been adopted by homegrown retailers in a bid to keep consumers from flocking south to spend on deals.“When the dollar was at par and Canadian retailers were losing sales to the U.S. because of all of this excitement of Black Friday, the two things combined meant Canadian retailers said: ’Enough is enough,”’ said Michael LeBlanc, senior vice-president of marketing and digital at the Retail Council of Canada.“Retailers don’t necessarily create demand, they follow it. In other words, they reflect the consumer. And the consumer was clearly interested in Black Friday-Cyber Monday excitement.” read more

A heated debate later took place between the Government and the opposition and Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakody then suspended sittings for 10 minutes. When sittings resumed the tense situation continued and sittings were suspended for 15 minutes. Proceedings resumed again but the tense situation remained and the Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella then proposed that Parliament be adjourned till tomorrow. Parliament proceedings were adjourned till tomorrow following a tense situation which arose over the Central Bank Governor.When sittings commenced today the opposition put forward a no-confidence motion on Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and demanded that he be removed from his post.

“Throughout his rich and varied life, Senator Moynihan displayed exceptional intellect, vision and passion on a range of issues in the domestic and international arenas alike,” said a statement issued by a spokesman for the Secretary-General. “He was a steadfast advocate of the core ideals of the United Nations, from the promotion of international rule of law to the work for social and economic justice.”The statement noted that although Senator Moynihan, who also once served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, was sometimes critical of the way the Organization worked, “he retained and expressed a deep and abiding belief in the need to balance national interests with a commitment to multilateralism.””His courage, character and unforgettable flair will be remembered and missed by many people, not only in his own country, but around the world,” the statement said. read more

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today it had given $51,000 for immediate relief efforts in the five affected northern provinces, where agricultural lands in more than 100 villages remain under water, although the situation has improved. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a further $50,000 to support the Government’s relief efforts. Initial Government surveys estimated damage of more than $8 million, which does not include that to the affected population’s properties and personal belongings. The Government has allocated some $63 million to the Flood Relief Fund for the five affected provinces. In addition to its cash grant, the UNDP will work with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to facilitate construction of permanent housing for those affected by the flooding. read more

Stunned by the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling against Phil Ivey. He gained an advantage but it wasn’t his fault he was that smart.— Neil Monnery (@neilmonnery) October 25, 2017 Phil Ivey did not cheat. Why the world is so uptight about gambling and gamblers I don’t know— Kevin (@hula5150) October 25, 2017 Phil Ivey has won 10 World Series of Poker tournaments. (J.Sciulli/WireImage for Media)Phil Ivey, a poker player dubbed the Tiger Woods of the card game, has been ruled against in a challenge over his 2012 earnings at a London casino. The World Poker Tour winner had been embroiled in an edge-sorting scandal and sued to recover $10.2 million from a baccarat game.The UK Supreme Court said Tuesday, Oct. 24 Ivy engaged in the technique, called edge-sorting, that involves a player reviewing subtle differences on the back of a card to gain an advantage while playing Punto Banco at Crockfords Club in Mayfair in 2012.Maurice “Mac” VerStandig, an attorney who counsels professional poker players, sports bettors and advantage players said this about edge-sorting regarding a similar lawsuit Ivey faced from a New Jersey casino in 2012, it “really amounts to little more than the strategic exploitation of inconsistencies in the way patterns on the back of playing cards are cut. Many houses, these days, have a white border around their playing card patterns, in large part to block against this precise scheme.”VerStandig added that at the time there was no real precedent for a case like Ivey’s. In an attempt to highlight the murky claims against the poker star, he offered this analogy:“On one extreme end of the spectrum is a player who uses loaded dice in a craps game — this individual, if caught, is destined for a rendezvous with the civil justice system.“On the other extreme end of the spectrum is a card counter crunching numbers through a six-deck blackjack shoe — this individual, if caught, will be kindly asked to leave the premises, allowed to keep his or her winnings, and revered in the halls of MIT.”Edge-sorting falls somewhere in between.“It makes no sense that the UK Supreme Court has ruled against me, in my view, contrary to the facts and any possible logic involved in our industry,” Ivy said after the ruling over the blackjack-like game, according to the Daily Mail. “At the time I played at Crockfords, I believed that edge-sorting was a legitimate advantage play technique and I believe that more passionately than ever today. … As a professional gambler, my integrity is everything to me.”Ivey added that if the justices understood casinos and advantage play, which are legal methods used to gain an advantage during play, then the case would have been decided in his favor.The ruling upholds a 2016 majority decision that dismissed his case against Crockfords Club owner Genting Casinos UK.“What Mr. Ivey did was to stage a carefully planned and executed sting,” Lord Justice Hughes said to the Daily Mail. “If he had surreptitiously gained access to the shoe and re-arranged the cards physically himself, no one would begin to doubt that he was cheating. He accomplished exactly the same result through the unwitting but directed actions of the croupier, tricking her into thinking that what she did was irrelevant.”Related: Gambling In the NewsPaul Pierce Bows Out at The World Series of PokerTobey Maguire Decides To Fold His Hand In Illegal Poker LawsuitCasinos Brace For Change as States Legalize Online GamblingThe croupier is a Chinese woman named Cheung Yin Sun, a fellow gambler who was caught up in the scandal in 2012.In the court of appeal, Lady Justice Arden referred to the Grambling act of 2005, which says someone may cheat “without dishonesty or intention to deceive.”Many online have sided with Ivey.That Phil Ivey ruling is absolute bollocks. Ridiculous that gambling institutions are so well protected in every regard.— Jake Miller (@jakemiller10) October 25, 2017 read more

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (March 1, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle chat about Jimmy Butler’s recent injury and how it might affect the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are currently on track to make the playoffs. Next, they dive into tanking in the NBA. As of our taping, eight teams were within 2.5 games of having the league’s worst record. The crew take a look at why that number is so high this season and offer suggestions on how to reduce tanking. Plus, a significant digit on the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Jimmy Butler is out indefinitely after surgery to repair his meniscus, per ESPN.Deadspin’s Patrick Redford warns that we should get ready for the NBA tanking campaign of a lifetime.Significant Digit: 41.5 and 15.0. Coming into Wednesday’s game, that was the number of points and rebounds per game that Anthony Davis of the Pelicans was averaging over his last six games. The Pelicans won all six games. read more

first_imgMineworx Technologies, a leading provider of proprietary, cost-effective and non-toxic precious metals extraction solutions to the mining industry as well as to the E-Waste industry, through its collaboration with EnviroLeach Technologies, announces that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued US Patent Number 10/124,345 covering the Mineworx HM X-tract mobile modularmining/extraction process.The HM X-tract proprietary mining technology, combined with a unique operational system results in an environmentally responsible, non-toxic process for precious metal reclamation which requires no tailings ponds and consumes 80% less water. The system is capable of high efficiency recoveries from both alluvial and crushed hard rock deposits as well as being able to process old tailings for remaining value. “The new technology allows us to deploy rapidly, process efficiently and decommission quickly in an environmentally sound manner with little capital expenditure and significantly reduced permitting process.”The HM X-tract will target:• Deposits previously not minable due to environmental concerns• Smaller deposits where large capital expenditures are not justified• Deposits in areas where permitting and lack of water prohibit mining• Cleanup of any other metallic solids soil contaminationlast_img read more

first_imgTHE WATERFORD FIRE service had to be called out to Duffy’s Circus during the week to provide water for sea lions after an unexpected problem with water pressure on the site in Tramore. The fire brigade filled the tank the sea lions are kept in and the show can roll on, presumably to draw in large crowds of August holidaymakers.There was no animal welfare issue at any time, said an inspector from Waterford Animal Welfare. Animals weren’t short of drinking water and the three sea lions got into their tank promptly.With all due respect to Waterford Animal Welfare, that is missing the point of ‘animal welfare’ by a country mile. As ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly told this publication, the incident was further evidence that “circuses cannot provide a suitable environment for wild animals”.Or, in other words, there is a place where sea lions rarely have difficulty with water pressure. It’s called the sea.Circuses or other venues that use wild animals in their performances are the type of thing that, hopefully, people in 100 years will look back on about the same way as we consider Victorian ‘freak show’ performances using disabled people. The entire process of what goes into getting a wild animal to play with a ball or perform other tricks is cruel and unusual when you break it down.Training wild animalsBe it a whale, a sea lion, a monkey or an elephant these animals must be captured in the wild, or bred into captivity. They are kept in tiny spaces compared to what they are used to and designed for in the wild. Typically, circus animals are trained through a mixture of repetition or starvation at the ‘humane’ end of things, and with skin-piercing bull hooks at the other. They are subjected to stressful and abnormal situations on a regular basis. Apart from performing in a giant tent, the animals are regularly put onto the back of trucks and driven around. Not something you’re likely to find an elephant herd doing in the wilds of Africa.I have no doubt that the likes of Duffy’s Circus treat their animals humanely and care for them as best they can on the road. But there is no guarantee that the animals they have purchased were not captured and trained in the most inhumane fashion imaginable. One of the source markets for trained elephants is India, where the bull hook is a favoured method of training.Even if Duffy’s are keeping the animals well, the fact remains that three adult sea lions are living in a blue tarp swimming pool. Sea lions typically cruise in water at 17kmh, and can burst up to 40kmh. Three of them stuck in a tank together aren’t going anywhere fast. Outside of circuses, killer whales swim 120km to 160km per day, a little more than the distance between Dublin and Waterford. A killer whale in Seaworld would have to swim around the tank in a circle 1,600 times to get the same range.Be it a travelling animal circus you meet on your holiday in the south east or somewhere like Loro Parque in the Canaries, where killer whale shows are popular, you are contributing to an industry of misery by paying to see a show.Conservation and studyAnimals are kept in captivity for a number of reasons. Many zoos and aquariums play an important role in the conservation and study of endangered species. Farms play host to domesticated livestock that feed a good proportion of humanity. Circuses and entertainment venues have no practical function other than to provide a good talking point and a few pictures from a day out.Unlike a human performer, an animal doesn’t head home after a stressful or busy day dancing around the arena. They don’t crack open a beer and watch their favourite programme. They’re not even like domesticated pets, such as a dog who has a loving bond with its owner or that plays an important function like aiding a disabled person.They’re wild animals that are sociable and intelligent enough to be trained, locked up in a cage and prodded till they perform meaningless tricks.There have been steps taken by some consciences officials to stop this. South Dublin County Council will no longer allow circuses that use animals on public land. On the other hand, the Arts Council and Meath County Council gave a grant of €20,000 to Duffy’s Circus this year under their annual programming grant.Money talksUltimately, however, the power to stop animal exploitation like this rests with consumers. Some circuses have dropped animal performances, partly in response to consumer pressure.If you find a circus setting up near you and it uses animals, please don’t go. If you’re in the Canaries or Florida or anywhere else a Sea Life Park is found, just don’t. If the animals are forced out to do a show, perform tricks and entertain then you are furthering animal cruelty by paying to keep it running.There are lots of other things you can do to pass the time, none of which involve locking wild animals up in cages or putting them in swimming pools.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.Read:  Fire service called out to water sea lions at circusRead:  Activists ‘alarmed’ after circus camel walks into traffic in CorkRead: Dublin council bans animal-act circuses on public landlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 24 Mar 2015 – Immerse Bahamas launches its new magazine and among the first to receive the publication is the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Rt. Hon. Perry Christie. The colorful magazine hits stands today and features Ginger Moxey, President & CEO of Immerse on the cover, donning a vibrant costume from among the collection for the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival slated for April in Grand Bahama and May in Nassau. Also included in the debut edition of Immerse, as the magazine is called is recent Caribbean Hall of Fame inductee, Ronnie Butler, MBE. The PM was impressed and filled with well wishes for Moxey, who is also busy linking Sister City organizations with Bahama Islands for development in tourism, commerce and philanthropy. PM calls ‘sell out’ rumors a Lie Recommended for you GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessions Related Items:immerse bahamas, perry christie Former PM And Deputy PM Christie and Davis Deep in Water Debtlast_img read more

first_img Recommended for you MORE THAN PREGNANT WOMEN need to be concerned about Zika Related Items:baby, Colombia, south florida, venezuala, zika virus CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ADDS CARICOM NATIONS TO WATCH LIST Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 jan 2016 – A baby affected by Zika was born in the United States with a smaller than usual head and Canada has issued a health notice and now South Florida reports three cases of the mosquito borne virus which originated in Central and South America. The CDC has issued warning for pregnant women of the USA travelling to that part of the hemisphere; their advice is to postpone travel there. The Florida cases were found, two in Miami, the third in Hillsborough County – the Zika infections in those cases originate from Colombia and Venezuela. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Airliners spraying for Zika prevention; Zika impacting tourism arrivalslast_img read more

first_imgThe Air Force’s target date for restoring readiness to levels that existed prior to sequestration has been postponed once again, with the objective still remaining more than a decade away, officials told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee last week.“The 2025 timeframe was based on some assumptions that haven’t panned out,” said Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force’s vice chief of staff. “We assumed we wouldn’t be increasing our activity in Europe, in the Pacific and in Iraq and Syria. As long as that demand signal is there, what you’ll see is a continual, rolling eight-to-10 year delay in getting to full spectrum readiness. Our prediction is that for the next two-to-three years, we’ll probably be able to just hold our own,” said Goldfein, reported Federal News Radio.Currently, only about half of the Air Force’s combat units are sufficiently trained for conflict against high-end adversaries. One of the primary hurdles preventing air crews from regaining desired readiness levels is that instead of conducting training missions, units are committed to carrying out missions overseas that don’t provide the appropriate experience.“What that means in the F-16, for instance, is that air crews that are trained and designed to do high-end peer-to-peer conflicts in a contested environment are actually spending most of their time flying counterinsurgency missions, and they lose their skills over time,” Goldfein said.The service also is trying to cope with a deficit in maintainers needed to work on next generation F-35s, which are slowly being introduced into the fleet.“We’ve offered numerous retention incentives so that our older maintainers will stay in, but we’re still digging a hole because we have a force structure we can’t divest,” said Lt. Gen. John Cooper, the deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_img How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad James Martin/CNET At WWDC 2019 Apple debuted Noise, a new app for WatchOS that supposedly can protect you from hearing loss. Apple has been making big strides in health tech, first with adding the EKG feature to the Apple Watch series 4, and now with Noise.Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s latest health endeavor. $399 Memoji get a makeover WWDC 2019 Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) See It Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Best Buy Comments Apple introduces cycle and noise tracking for Apple Watch Now playing: Watch this: Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC See also $413 Wellness See it 46 Photos See All 2:44 $349 News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? 3:32 Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference?center_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Noise app is proactive versus reactive: Instead of just hoping hearing loss doesn’t happen to you, you can take care to monitor the environments you’re in and prevent hearing loss from happening in the first place. For example, if you’re at a football game and Noise pings you, you can grab some protective earplugs. As the sound levels change, so does the decibel meter, so you get an accurate picture of what’s going on. And you can always take the ear plugs out if and when the decibel level goes down. If you’re worried about your Apple Watch recording the environment you’re in, don’t be. Apple says the app doesn’t record or save any audio.How can I get the Noise app?This app isn’t live just yet: It’s part of Apple’s WatchOS 6 beta, and should roll out to everyone in fall 2019. Walmart Now playing: Watch this: Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements Share your voice Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) How does the Noise app prevent hearing loss?The big problem with hearing loss is that most of the time, it happens gradually. Most people don’t notice subtle changes to their hearing until it becomes significantly more difficult to hear, such as having trouble hearing during a conversation when you’re right next to someone. Often, people only seek treatment when they notice changes like that, and at that point, the damage has been done. • What is Apple’s new Noise app?apple-watchos6-noise-app-060319-inline-jpg-large Apple Available only for the Apple Watch, the Noise app detects loud environments and notifies you when it thinks you may be at risk for hearing damage. The app uses the watch’s built-in microphone to measure the decibels at concerts, theaters, parades, construction zones and other loud situations that generally aren’t good for your ears. If you think you may be in an at-risk environment, you can open the app and check the decibel meter, which adjusts in real time. But, you don’t even remember to open the app in loud situations — Noise will automatically notify you if the sound around you is 90 decibels or higher. That’s about as loud as a lawn mower or a motorcycle driving past you on the street.How does hearing loss happen?There are three types of hearing loss:Conductive (interferes with the way sound waves travel through the ear)Sensorineural (results from damage to the ear or nerves within the ear)Mixed (combination of the two) Common causes of hearing loss include damage to the inner ear; buildup of earwax, dirt or other substances; ear infections and ruptured eardrums. Exposure to loud environments can exacerbate hearing loss, and Apple built the Noise app to help limit your exposure.Read more: Apple announces new menstrual cycle and activity trackers at WWDC 2019 As Apple continues pushing the Apple Watch as a health device, expect it — and other Apple products — to become more health-centric as developers continue to find new ways to make tech work for people, not against them.  Apple Watch Series 4 2 WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote Apple See It See It Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now $349 Tags WWDC 2019 Apple Event reading • Apple Watch Noise app: Everything you need to know Apple WatchOSlast_img read more

first_imgTandur: The 73rd Independence Day celebrations were held at Peedemul, Yalal, Bashirabad and Tandur on Thursday with patriotic vigour. The tricolour flag was unfurled in government offices and schools and sweets were distributed on the occasion. MLA Rohit Reddy hoisted the national flag at government junior college. Students of various colleges took out rallies at gave slogans like ‘Bharat Matha ki Jai’. Leaders of ABVP celebrated the event at Vivekananda statue near Shantamahal crossroads and also conducted ‘Raksha Bandhan’. Government officials and political leaders participated in the event.last_img

first_imgBNP Chairperson Khaleda ZiaThe High Court is likely to pass its orders on Sunday on bail petitions filed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in three cases.A bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice JBM Hasan heard the bail pleas in one case, saying they will hear the rest two bail petitions and pass orders on Sunday.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said, “The hearing in one case filed for killing people by hurling petrol bombs in Cumilla was concluded while the hearing in remaining two cases were still pending.”Among the two cases, one was filed in Cumilla on charge of plotting to carry out subversive acts and another in Narail on charge of defamation.Earlier on 19 May, the HC granted permission to Khaleda for filing the bail petitions after her lawyers sought for it.The Appellate Division earlier on 18 May upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.However, the BNP chief was not freed from jail as the former prime minister was shown arrested in the cases filed with different police stations in Cumilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh.The BNP chairperson is now facing a total of 36 cases.last_img read more

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneMichael Quinn Sullivan, president and CEO of Empower Texans, speaks during a Tea Party rally on the south steps of the Capitol in Austin on April 17, 2017.Republican incumbents who dared to buck their party leaders or supposedly influential activist groups had a target on their backs in the 2018 primaries. Nearly all of them won anyway. Even when Republican Gov. Greg Abbott put his own campaign money and clout on the line, he mostly came up empty-handed, failing to defeat maverick Republican Reps. Sarah Davis of Houston and Lyle Larson of San Antonio.Perhaps no group got spanked harder Tuesday night than Empower Texans, a conservative group known for using hardball tactics and waging aggressive campaigns against legislators like Davis and Larson who buck the Tea Party orthodoxy. Its political action committee, fat with oil money, spent more than any other PAC in Texas as of late January, a Texas Tribune analysis showed, but when the smoke cleared from the 2018 Republican primaries, the group could claim only a small handful of scalps. Of the 16 sitting state House members the group went after in the GOP primaries, only two were defeated — Rep. Jason Villalba, a Dallas Republican carrying self-inflicted wounds from his Twitter and Facebook rants, and Rep. Wayne Faircloth, R-Galveston, who was also opposed by Abbott and lost to a businessman who largely self-funded.Villalba represents a district Democrats are targeting as a prime pickup opportunity in November, so interior designer Lisa Luby Ryan, the more conservative candidate who beat him, won’t be a shoo-in. Empower Texans can take some credit for helping to unseat incumbent GOP Sen. Craig Estes of Wichita Falls, but he was opposed by his own lieutenant governorand had been underwater in the polls for months. GOP Sen. Kel Seliger of Amarillo, meanwhile, beat back Empower Texans’ preferred candidate, narrowly escaping a runoff.The group’s top target — Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth — also cruised to an easy re-election Tuesday night even though the hundreds of thousands of dollars Empower spent to oust him made his race the state’s most expensive House contest. The Empower-endorsed candidate, Bo French, who also ran against Geren in 2016, improved his performance from two years ago by 1.4 percentage points. He still lost 57-43.“The forces of extremism, like Empower Texans … overplayed their hand, turned voters off and experienced significant losses in the March primaries,” said GOP consultant Eric Bearse, who helped Davis and three other candidates win amid an onslaught from Empower and other critics. “It started to become clear in some of these races that it really was a choice between our local representative and someone who is wholly owned by outside groups and outside money.”In a tweet Tuesday night, Empower CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan declared victory by pointing out that it helped re-elect all of the conservative “Freedom Caucus” House members on the ballot while knocking off Faircloth and helping to snag an open seat in staunchly conservative Montgomery County with the election of Steve Toth, who had formerly served in the Legislature. Top goal of 2018 election cycle achieved: every member of #txlege @freedomfortx protected AND adding to the ranks! Congratulations to @mayes_middleton @Toth_4_Texas & more to come!— Michael Q Sullivan (@MQSullivan) March 7, 2018Sullivan did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment, but in a subsequent tweet Wednesday he took note of firebrand Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick‘s big re-election margin and pointed to runoffs in open seats formerly held by “RINOs” — a political slur meaning “Republicans in Name Only.”“House & Senate have moved right. GREAT!” he wrote.Abbott, who crushed no-name opponents in his own primary, glossed over the losses of two of his three hand-picked House candidates in a Facebook Live event Tuesday evening, though he acknowledged that in all the primary races he got involved in, “some didn’t win.” The governor said he took sides in primaries because he wanted Republican voters to have alternatives, and now that they have spoken he’s ready to move on to November, when the GOP will be fighting to stop a feared “blue wave” that could sweep some of their candidates out of the heavily-Republican Legislature.“The important thing is getting involved, giving primary voters a choice, to choose the candidate they support,” Abbott said. “Now that we turn the corner and head toward November, it’s important that Republicans come together. Sure we may have differences in our family. But we are one family in the Republican Party.”An Abbott campaign official said regardless of the election night results, the governor’s willingness to back challengers will make other Republicans think twice before taking on the governor in the Legislature or straying too far from the conservative orthodoxy. “I don’t think anyone can say that we didn’t send a message. What candidate wants to spend half a million dollars in a primary where they are the incumbent?” said the official, who was not authorized to speak on the record. “Additionally, it is clear that the governor’s coattails continue to be the most effective and sought after in the state. In the vast majority of  contested races, the victors used the governor’s messages and images during the primary.” last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Samir Mullick (60), a resident of Nabapally area of Barasat in North 24-Parganas was allegedly killed by his son Sanjib.He has been arrested by the district police. The incident triggered tension in the locality. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect a quarrel that broke out over some property related issues might have led to the murder. Police came to know that the accused had fought with his father on a number of occasions in the recent past. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe accused was pressurizing his father to name him his entire property. But the victim did not bow to his pressure. On Saturday evening, the accused entered the house in a drunken state and threatened his father of dire consequences if he did not hand over the property. As the victim refused to do so, the accused pounced on his father with a knife and stabbed him indiscriminately. After hearing the screams of the elderly man, locals reached his house. They took him to the Barasat district hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on late Sunday night. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe victim was suffering from various age-related ailments. The locals told police that the accused used to torture his father for his property. After being informed police reached the spot and arrested the accused. It was learnt from the sources that the accused son had admitted his guilt in the face of police interrogation. The investigating officers have started a probe. They are yet to ascertain if the accused had killed his father following some property related dispute.last_img read more