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Eight stories in the news for today Nov 9

first_imgEight stories in the news for Thursday, Nov. 9———PARENTAL LEAVE DETAILS SET TO BE UNVEILEDNew mothers and fathers poised to go on parental leave before the end of the year will be able to spread federal benefits over a longer period of time starting next month. The federal government will today unveil the details of its long-promised changes to parental leave rules that will allow eligible new parents to take up to 18 months of employment insurance benefits after the birth of a child.———HOSPITALS SOURCE OF MOST COMPLAINTS: WATCHDOGOntario’s Patient Ombudsman will deliver her first annual report today and it will outline how many patients, their families and caregivers fear reprisals if they file a complaint with her office. Christine Elliott’s report also says her office received about 2,000 complaints between 2016 and 2017 and the bulk of them — about 70 per cent — ere related to Ontario hospitals.———PM TRUDEAU SPENDING SECOND DAY IN VIETNAMIt’s another busy day for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his Asian tour. In Vietnam today, his itinerary included a roundtable with business leaders in Ho Chi Minh City. The heavy lifting comes Friday in Da Nang where Trudeau will join other leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit where a key issue is the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. U.S. President Donald Trump has pulled the his country out of the pact and the remaining members are trying to keep it alive.———EX-OFFICER TO CONTINUE TESTIMONY AT BABCOCK TRIALA retired forensic officer is set to take the stand for a third day at the murder trial of two Ontario men accused of killing and incinerating a young Toronto woman. Jim Falconer spent much of Wednesday going over a massive haul of data retrieved from three computers seized by officers at Dellen Millard’s home. Both Millard and Mark Smich have pleaded not guilty in the death of Laura Babcock in 2012.———MILITARY VEHICLE REPAIR IS GROUP THERAPY FOR PTSD VETSA group of former Canadian Forces personnel are turning to tinkering with engines as a way to cope with the stress of leaving military life. About 20 individuals meet at The Military Museums in Calgary every week to work on decommissioned army vehicles. John Senior, the leader of the so-called Ghost Squadron, says hanging out with ex-military types is therapeutic and helps many having trouble with civilian life.———B.C. CLIMBER FINISHES GLOBAL MOUNTAIN TREKA young mountain climber from Vancouver has completed her goal of reaching the top of the tallest mountain on every continent. Liz Rose finished the feat this week when she climbed Mount Kosciuszko in Australia. About 400 people around the globe have successfully completed the so-called Seven Summits and at 26 years old, Rose is believed to be the youngest Canadian to finish.———WINNIPEG MAYOR WANTS EDMONTON ESKIMOS TO PICK A NEW NAMEWinnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman thinks the CFL Edmonton Eskimos should change their team name to something more inclusive. Bowman, who is Metis, said he respects the Edmonton CFL club but would prefer a different name. The Eskimos said in a statement that it uses the name with “pride and respect” but is listening to any and all concerns. The issue arises ahead Saturday’s CFL western semi-final between Eskimos and Blue Bombers.———STUDENTS CAPTURE PRIZE FOR CANCER-DETECTING DEVICEA group of four McMaster University students has won a $50,000 prize to develop their idea for a handheld device that detects skin cancer. The recent grads in electrical biomedical engineering at the Hamilton university earned the International James Dyson Award for their final year project, called The sKan. They say the non-invasive device can diagnose melanoma by monitoring the heat emissions of various cells.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release the new housing price index for September.— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan takes part in events marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.— Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony for Carol Huynh, Cindy Klassen, Lanny McDonald, Mike Weir, Simon Whitfield, the late Gaylord Powless, Dr. Charles Tator, the late Dr. Robert W. Jackson and The Edmonton Grads basketball team.last_img read more

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Hollyoaks Cast Stands Up To Cancer In The UK

first_imgJennifer Metcalfe, Gemma Merna, Ashley Taylor Dawson, Kieron Richardson and Fabrizio Santino are just some of the Hollyoaks cast who have united to join the frontline against cancer this autumn to show cancer ’it’s payback time’.Hollyoaks Cast Stand Up To CancerSupporting Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 which aims to accelerate new treatments to cancer patients, the cast have joined together to take a defiant stance against the disease which affects more than one in three of us in our lifetime.Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 raising funds to accelerate new cancer treatments to patients and save more lives. People can join the frontline against cancer this autumn by joining the March On Cancer on Saturday 11th October, through fundraising, buying Stand Up To Cancer merchandise, and tuning into the live TV show on Channel 4 on Friday 17th October. Visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk for more information.last_img read more

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UN University UNESCO host Tokyo forum on globalization

“Globalization With a Human Face – Benefiting All” is the subject of the two-day conference organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UNU in Tokyo. The conference, which will run through tomorrow, will take stock of the achievements made in understanding the many links between the economic and political driving forces of globalization and socio-cultural development. It will also evaluate the effectiveness of political action taken to balance the negative with the positive effects of globalization on people’s lives. This assessment will serve as a basis to identify areas and means for improving the policy response on part of governmental and civil society actors on the international, regional, national and local levels to the challenges of globalization.UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura was scheduled to open the conference. A public forum following the opening ceremony will explore current understanding of the factors promoting globalization, the side-effects of globalization – intended or unintended – in a number of key policy areas, and the impact on cultural diversity and ethics brought about by globalization. The forum will be followed by a workshop tomorrow that will focus on best policy practices as well as areas and means for improving the policy response to the challenges of globalization. In four working groups, more than 30 participants attending the conference will explore the effects and potential of globalization in culture, education, environmental policy and communication.Among the keynote speakers are Fidel Ramos, former President of the Philippines, Moeen Qureshi, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Andries van Agt, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Eduardo Aninat, former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). read more

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Fuel Filter Blocking

Frequently asked questionsSince winter 2013/14, the issue of diesel fuel filter blocking has affected a relatively small number of cars and vans – around 0.3% of vehicles on the road. Incidents have been reported during cold weather conditions, and mostly in very localised areas of the UK. The problem has not been uniquely experienced by any manufacturer: vehicles of many makes, models and ages have been affected. While a single root cause of the problem remains unclear, vehicle manufacturers, in collaboration with the fuel industry and government, are working hard to put a solution in place.What is fuel filter blocking?Fuel filter blocking can occur during cold temperatures when the fuel becomes too viscous to pass through the filter. This can starve the engine of fuel and cause loss of power, resulting in the vehicle either failing to start or going into ‘limp home’ safety mode. Breakdowns can be distressing and inconvenient, but drivers should be reassured that the filter has done what it is designed to do: protect their vehicle’s engine from solid material in the fuel causing costly damage.What’s being done about it?SMMT, on behalf of vehicle manufacturers, is collaborating with the fuel industry as part of a government-led British Standards Institute Task Force to establish the root cause of the problem via statistical analysis of breakdown data and testing of affected fuel samples and filters. This has been a highly complex process due to variables in the fuel’s composition over time.Should I be worried?The risk of being affected by fuel filter blocking is extremely low – you are around 85 times more likely to call out the breakdown services for a tyre puncture than for a blocked filter. Furthermore, the issue is linked to winter when temperatures fall to 0°C or under. During the summer, the chances of a fuel filter blocking breakdown are minimal, and motorists can be assured that government, the fuel industry and vehicle manufacturers are collaborating to identify the root cause of the issue.Read the British Standards Institute (BSi) statementIn recent winters a small number of diesel vehicles have experienced problems with fuel filter blocking, causing the engine to either fail to start or go into ‘limp home’ mode.The British Standards Institution has formed a task force to investigate the issue. The task force includes members of the Downstream Fuel Association, the Petrol Retailers Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association, officials from the Department for Transport and representatives from Oil Industry Additive Manufacturers.Understanding the root cause of the issue has been challenging due to the sporadic and inconsistent nature of the failures. Indeed, it has not been linked to any individual fuel retail sites or fuel suppliers, nor has it just affected individual vehicle makes or models. TheBritish Standards Institution task force continues to investigate the issue. For further information and to report the issue visit www.dieselfilter.org.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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US expands travel ban to include Venezuela N Korea

Passengers arrive at Washington’s international airport in July after the Supreme Court (Reuters)(BBC) US President Donald Trump has expanded his controversial travel ban to include people from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, citing security concerns.The new, open-ended restrictions follow a review of information sharing by other countries, the White House said.Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia remain under the travel ban. Sanctions previously placed on Sudan were lifted.In a presidential proclamation, Mr Trump said the countries in the list had “inadequate” security protocols.“I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people,” he said in the document, issued late on SundayMr Trump’s original ban was highly controversial, as it affected six majority-Muslim countries, and was widely labelled a “Muslim ban”.It was subject to a range of legal challenges and several large-scale protests, and is due to be considered by the US Supreme Court in October, having been partly reinstated in July.The American Civil Liberties Union rights group said the addition of the new countries did not “obfuscate the real fact that the administration’s order is still a Muslim ban”.It is not yet clear how the president’s new proclamation, which changes several key elements, will affect that legal challenge.The addition of North Korea and Venezuela now means not all nations on the list are majority-Muslim. The restrictions on Venezuelans apply only to government officials and their family members.The criteria for the new ban list are now based on vetting procedures and co-operation, and the restrictions have been “tailored” on a country-by-country basis:The White House said North Korea did not co-operate with the US government “in any respect” and failed all requirements – and so all travel to the US by its citizens had been banned. However, officials acknowledged to US media that numbers of visitors were very low and the measure might have a limited impactChad, while an important counter-terrorism partner, did not share terrorism-related and other public information the US required – business and tourist visas for its nationals have been suspendedOnly “certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members” have been banned – its government has recently been hit with economic sanctions by the US, who now say it does not co-operate “in verifying whether its citizens pose national security or public-safety threats” and does not receive deported nationals willinglyMost of the restrictions come in the form of suspension of B-1 and B-2 business and tourist visas, and are not time-limited in the way that Mr Trump’s former executive order was.In a fact sheet accompanying Mr Trump’s proclamation, the White House said that while Iraq also fell short of the required criteria, the country was not included in the new restrictions “because of the close co-operative relationship between the United States” and their part in fighting so-called Islamic State.The restrictions come into effect on 18 October, but will not apply to those already in possession of a valid visa, the White House said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump lauds ‘tremendous’ Supreme Court travel ban rulingJune 26, 2018In “World”Trump signs new immigration orderMarch 6, 2017In “World”US reverses travel ban over court ruling as Trump fumesFebruary 4, 2017In “World” read more

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Filip Jicha with new contract in THW Kiel until 2016

Czech Republic handballFilip JichaTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Jesper Nielsen leaves AGK! Next Story → Serbia tight win over Tunisia One of the biggest handball stars worldwide and probably the men, who will miss everyone at the Olympic Handball Tournament in London, Filip Jicha (30) signed new contract with THW Kiel until 2016. Jicha has been voted for the Best World Player 2o10 by IHF, won three EHF Champions League with “Zebras”. His previous contract ends in 2014.He came to Kiel in 2007 from TBV Lemgo.Handball fans will have oportunity to enjoy in the brilliant performances of guy from Plzen… read more

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Man Utd hero David Beckham wants Real Madrid to beat Liverpool

first_imgThe Real Madrid boss, David Beckham came face-to-face with Jurgen Klopp as the two sides meet in Kiev in the Champions League final.The Spanish giants Real Madrid are seeking their third consecutive European title yet they the highest scorers in this year’s competition. Los Blancos are the slight favourites going into the clash and are spearheaded by the competition’s all-time top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo.Beckham played with Zidane at the Bernabeu for three years and in an interview between the two ahead of tomorrow’s game, the former England international admitted that he’s backing Real Madrid, according to Dailystar.“To have been successful as a player and now to be successful as the boss, the big boss, is incredible,” he said.“I just want to wish Zizou, the boss, the president, the club good luck in the Champions League final.“And please beat Liverpool, please.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Zidane is aiming to win the competition for the third time as he looks to make up for a miserable domestic season.The Frenchman also emphasized that he is not surprised by the level of success he’s experienced since taking charge.“We suffered and worked a lot to make it to the final,” he said.“There has been a lot of sacrifices, a lot of work, a lot of personal investment from everyone.“Once I decided to become a coach I thought nothing is impossible. Being a coach of Real Madrid I knew we could achieve great things.”last_img read more

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Proposed bill would allow medical cannabis in hospitals for terminally ill patients

first_imgProposed bill would allow medical cannabis in hospitals for terminally ill patients Posted: April 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego area lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow medical cannabis to be used in hospitals and other facilities that treat the terminally ill.KUSI’s Sasha Foo has more. last_img read more

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Raccoon scales apartment building before falling running off

first_imgOCEAN CITY, N.J. (WSVN) — Beachgoers in New Jersey watched in disbelief as a raccoon scaled the side of a building, only to fall — and survive!Micah Rea from South Carolina was vacationing in Ocean City when they spotted the raccoon climbing up the side of an apartment building by the boardwalk.Rea and others began recording the raccoon, who was about nine stories up. He then began spinning the camera to show the crowd of people that had gathered, including animal control.By the time Rea turned the camera back to the raccoon, the animal lost its footing and fell, spinning as it plummeted to the ground.The impact is hard to watch, but amazingly, the raccoon gets right up and runs away.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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AL skips Bangladesh dialogue at UK House of Lords

first_imgBangladesh ruling party Awami Leagueskipped a dialogue on Bangladesh affairs organised by the House of Lords of the British parliament on Tuesday. Photo: CollectedRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has skipped a dialogue on Bangladesh affairs organised by the House of Lords of the British parliament on Tuesday.The dialogue styled ‘Terrorism in Bangladesh and Rule and Law’ held at the upper house of the British parliament, was, however, joined a delegation of AL’s rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Speaking in the dialogue, BNP leaders alleged that free and fair elections are not possible in Bangladesh with AL president Sheikh Hasina as prime minister.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s economic affairs adviser Masihur Rahman, her foreign affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi and AL government’s former foreign minister Dipu Moni were supposed to join the dialogue.They arrived in London, but did not join the dialogue.House of Lords’ independent member Alexander Charles Carlile organised the dialogue. He in a statement later termed “disappointing” AL’s boycotting of the dialogue. “It is a disregard to the British Parliament as well,” he said.After the dialogue, the AL delegation, however, organised a press conference at the Bangladesh High Commission in the UK where AL officials said they didn’t join the dialogue as it was organised at a personal level.They said they were told that the dialogue would be organised either by the British government or British parliament, but later they came to know that it was organised on personal initiative.BNP standing committee member Amir Khorsu Mahmud Chowdhury, party’s assistant secretary for international affairs Rumeen Farhana, and another BNP leader Humayun Kabir represented the party in the dialogue.The dialogue was also attended by Human Rights Watch’s South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly and two representatives of UK foreign ministry.The dialogue discussed Bangladesh’s politics, the next elections and the human rights situation.Joining the dialogue, BNP officials alleged that Bangladesh’s AL government is harbouring terrorism to mute its opponents and militancy is spreading its tentacles in absence of democracy.The BNP leaders alleged prime minister Sheikh Hasina was exerting her influence everywhere in the administration including in the police administration and will exert her influence in the election if she remains at the helm of the administration during the polls.Members of House of Lords, however, told the BNP leaders that BNP should not boycott the election no matter what the circumstance would be.Bangladesh is going to hold its 11th general election either in late 2018 or early 2019.last_img read more

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Digital Security Bill placed in parliament

first_imgDigital Security Bill-2018 proposed in parliament. Prothom Alo IllustrationThe Digital Security Bill, 2018, aiming to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the liberation war and Bangabandhu, and illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data, was placed in parliament on Monday.Posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar placed the bill in the house.Later, it was sent to the parliamentary standing committee concerned for scrutiny. The committee was asked to submit its report within four weeks.Many crimes mentioned in the proposed law have been made cognisable and nonbailable offences.In the proposed bill, digital, database and critical information infrastructure have been defined.Read More: Digital security law to guillotine democratic dissent: CSOsAs per the bill, digital forensic labs, and a digital security agency under the prime minister’s office will be set up, while a national computer emergency response team and an 11-member digital security council, headed by the prime minister, will be constituted.According to the proposed law, anyone spreading negative propaganda against the liberation war or Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, using digital devices, will risk being sentenced. The punishment for spreading such propaganda is maximum 14 years’ jail, Tk 10 million fine or both.If any person commits the offence for second time or more, the punishment will be lifetime imprisonment or fined Tk 30 million or both.The punishment for illegal access to critical information infrastructure (CII) is maximum seven-year of imprisonment, or Tk 2.5 million fine or both, while that for damaging the CII through illegal access is maximum 14 years’ imprisonment, or Tk 10 million fine or both.Read More: Sec 57 being kept in Digital Security Act in one way or the otherIf the offence is committed by the same person for second time or more, the punishment will be lifetime imprisonment or Tk 250 million or both.The punishment for resorting to cyber violence which will jeopardise integrity or security or sovereignty of the state, intimidate people or any section of people, impede legitimised access to computer, computer network or internet is maximum 14 years’ imprisonment or maximum Tk 10 million fine or both.The punishment for hurting religious values and sentiment is maximum 10-year imprisonment, or Tk two million fine or both.The punishment for providing or spreading defamatory data is maximum three-year jail or maximum Tk 500,000 fine or both, while that for destroying communal harmony is maximum seven years’ imprisonment, Tk 500,000 fine or both.The punishment for illegal activities using e-transaction services of bank, insurance, financial institution and any other organisation is maximum five years’ imprisonment, Tk 500,000 fine or both.Read More: Editors’ Council calls section 32 an attack on democracyThe punishment for resorting to cyber hacking is maximum 14 years imprisonment and Tk 10 million fine, or both.Resorting to digital theft by capturing any confidential information of government and semi-government, autonomous and statuary bodies by using computer, computer network, digital network or any other electronic devices through illegal access is a cognisable offence.The offences under sections 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34 of the proposed law are cognisable and non-bailable, while the offences under sections 20, 25, 29 and 48 are bailable ones.last_img read more

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Family Of Man Electrocuted After Hurricane Harvey Sues CenterPoint Energy

first_imgPasek’s mom, Jodell says she wants changes to electric company policy to prevent future tragedy. “When we came home we all went outside and we all sat around the table and we were trying to think of what can we do,” said Pasek, “This seems so senseless that he had died. What can we do to make sure he didn’t die in vain?”The Pasek family is also suing Antwine Electric and TE Connectivity for alleged faulty installation and equipment.In a statement, CenterPoint Energy says it doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation. We asked for the company’s policy on shutting off power during floods and they declined to comment.Two volunteers who helped rescue flood victims were also killed from electrocution after Hurricane Harvey.  After a young man was electrocuted in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters, his family is suing the local utility provider and two other companies.In the days after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Andrew Pasek was walking through a flooded street on his way to rescue his sister’s cat. He was killed by an electric current in the water. Pasek’s family is suing CenterPoint energy for negligence, saying the death could have been prevented if the utility had shut off electricity in flooded areas. X 00:00 /00:53center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

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AntiGay Protest Backfires at Howard University

first_img(Twitter@VikkieNotVicky)WASHINGTON –Westboro Baptist Church, the infamous unaffiliated church known for its hateful, unorthodox protests, especially against homosexuality, brought its hate speech to Howard University April 10 – and the university’s students and staff fought back.Armed with picket signs, the organization, which has been denounced by the two largest Baptist denominations, gathered on Howard’s campus at 6th Street to denounce OUTlaw, Howard University School of Law’s organization for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender and queer students.“AMERICA IS DOOMED,” “MOURN FOR YOUR SINS” and “GOD H8S FAG MARRIAGE,” the signs read. One featured a depiction of anal sex.Howard students met the signs with their own. Dressed in all-black or rainbow colors, the students held signs that read “HOWARD <3s OUR LGBTQ,” “ALL BLACK LOVE MATTERS” and “GOD LOVES EVERYONE.”Howard Protest (Photo from Howard U. News Service (HUNS))Nearly 100 students gathered at the flagpole and marched to the corner of 6th Street and Howard Place, where they promptly turned their backs on Westboro. With fists raised in defiance, the sea of students sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and more than one student shed a few tears. Only 20 minutes after starting, Westboro headed down the hill to the taunts of Howard students, who turned around to send them on their way.“I thought it was perfect,” said Nia Johnson, a junior economics major. “I definitely felt the love and I felt proud. I was actually happy it ended early. Our power showed them that it wasn’t worth it here.”Amber Mason, president of OUTlaw, agreed. “This sort of hate-filled rhetoric is not condoned on our campus, and we want to show them that through a show of solidarity,” Mason said. “That’s now how we think here at Howard. We are inclusive, we’re accepting and their kind of speaking and behavior will not be condoned.”Lydia Durfler, the organizer of the student protest, said she did so because the LGBT community at Howard is often slighted. “I don’t think it gets enough outright support from the Howard community, especially where the administration and faculty Anti-Gay Protest Backfires at Howard University is concerned,” said Durfler, a senior political science major and an Amnesty International intern.“And if we had a group on campus saying derogatory things about Black folk and we weren’t doing something to build ourselves up in the midst of that, that would seem pretty crazy. The same goes for the LGBTQ community.”Joshua Narcisse, president of the Chapel Assistants, an interfaith organization with Howard’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, said his organization stands against Westboro Baptist Church. “One of the dominant themes in Christianity is love,” Narcisse said. “So, at the end of the day, whether it be Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism, this love or respect for humanity is at the center of the work that the chapel does. And this is really just a part of us affirming that.”Tyleah Hawkins, a senior broadcast journalism major, also objected to Westboro’s belief and its tactics. “I’m a Christian, but I’ve always been an advocate for gay rights,” Hawkins said. “I don’t agree with preaching hate. I am a proud Christian. I love Jesus . . . and I feel like Jesus would be out here protesting with me.”last_img read more

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Hipster Dream Come True Alamo Drafthouse to Open Video Rental Store

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Dust off the VCR: Alamo Drafthouse is launching a video rental store at its upcoming North Carolina location.A “reimagining of the classic video rental store,” Video Vortex promises to be one of the largest video archives on the planet, with more than 30,000 titles, including DVDs, Blu-rays, and VHS tapes.Developed by JVC, the Video Home System (VHS) format reached the US in early 1977, encouraging people to host a movie night at home and record favorite TV programs for repeat viewing.AdChoices广告A mainstay in television-equipped living rooms for more than two decades, the VHS VCR became obsolete with the introduction of digital recording and the DVD format.Some folks have held onto their bulky machines for nostalgic value—after all, how many memories exist only in VHS format?Alamo Drafthouse is preying on catering to those sentimental saps with the “crown jewel” of Video Vortex: a massive rental selection of rare VHS tapes, “including titles never released on digital formats,” the company boasted.Don’t have a VCR? Don’t worry, Alamo Drafthouse will rent you one, as well (including an HDMI-to-RCA adapter at no added charge). Or, you can just borrow from the collection of available DVDs and Blu-rays like most normal people.Customers are encouraged to hang out, have a drink, and relax among a gallery of vintage exploitation-era film posters (via Alamo Drafthouse)Return rentals on your next trip to the cinema, or mail DVDs and Blu-rays back to the shop with a pre-stamped envelope.Housed in the lobby of the cinema eatery’s coming-soon 11-screen Raleigh location (2000 New Bern Ave.), the space also features curated Blu-rays for sale, film-related merchandise, and Mondo apparel.Customers are encouraged to hang out, have a drink (the lounge offers 40 local draft beers on tap), and relax among a gallery of vintage exploitation-era film posters.According to the movie theater, Video Vortex was inspired by a long-running Drafthouse programming series that celebrates straight-to-video films from the ’80s to early aughts.“It gives me hope for humanity to see Video Vortex grow from a series at the Alamo to an actual video store,” curator Joseph Ziemba, founder of review site Bleeding Skull and director of AGFA and genre programming for Alamo Drafthouse, said in a statement.“VHS is still the only way to see hundreds of forgotten genre movies,” he continued. “But in this era of rare tapes selling for insane amounts of money, Video Vortex will make them easily accessible for everyone in the Raleigh film community.”Since opening its doors as a second-run movie theater in 1997, the growing chain has gained a reputation for its strict policy that audiences maintain proper cinema-going etiquette. Its food and drink service (including cold beers) and cabaret-style seating also sets the brand apart from other multiplexes.center_img Urban Outfitters Charges $40 for 5-Pack of Random Used VHS TapesThe last new VCR will be manufactured this month last_img read more

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Legend of Solgard is Kings First Foray Into the RPG Genre

first_img Max Gentleman Sexy Business is the Victorian Dating Sim We NeedBoyfriend Dungeon: Date Your Weapons! Kickstarter is Now Live Stay on target King is one of the biggest mobile gaming companies in the world thanks to the success of titles like Candy Crush. The company has released hundreds of games, but none of them have been in the RPG genre. That is about to change with the launch of their latest title: Legend of Solgard.Developed in partnership with Snowprint Studios, Legend of Solgard tasks players with saving the world from the coming of Ragnarok. As Embla, the game’s protagonist, users travel to nine worlds where they fight against enemies and bosses with creatures they collect. Embla’s journey will make her one of Solgard’s most powerful heroes.Legend of Solgard has a bevy of different challenges and game modes. In each mode, players have to employ different tactics and strategies. In campaign mode, players must travel and fight across a long winding road to each world’s final boss. Players collect creatures to use in battle after defeating frost minions and ice portals. In Treasure Caves, players collect as many Sun Gems as possible. One good way to earn gold is to claim bounties on villains that populate the world of Solgard. Dungeons allow users to fight alongside their guild to defeat bosses. Hero Arenas give players the opportunity to fight one another, while Boss Arenas let them take on world bosses in a series of challenges.“We’re excited to partner with King to launch Legend of Solgard –- our first RPG battler. Legend of Solgard combines puzzle combat with character collection in a world rich with Norse Mythology,” said Alexander Ekvall, CEO and co-founder of Snowprint Studios. “Our focus has been to offer players a unique and immersive experience, with plenty of depth and personality. It’s time to Ragnarok…!”“We are excited for our first RPG launch in partnership with Snowprint Studios,” said Arnaud Loiseau, Vice President of Publishing and Corporate Development, King. “Legend of Solgard expands our portfolio into this popular mobile gaming genre, bringing new and compelling content to our global player base.”Legend of Solgard is available now on iOS and Google.If you think is Legend of Solgard is cool you’ll like Cat Quest too. You can also read up on all the Japanese RPGs we wish were translated. But to read about every RPG on Geek head here. center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Odisha CM seeks Centres help over Posco deadlock

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Centre to help resolve the deadlock over South Korean steel major Posco’s Rs 52,000-crore proposed project in the state.”Met Union Finance Minister and discussed about special central assistance and increase in fund allocation under various schemes…”Also, for a high level meeting to resolve the Posco issue,” Patnaik tweeted after meeting Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Thursday. Patnaik also demanded Rs 3,500-crore special assistance from the Centre to mitigate the drought condition in the state. Posco, which proposed to set up a 12 mtpa greenfield mega steel project near Paradip, unanimously decided to put the project on hold. Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsThe company also did not inform the state government about its decision. Though an official level meeting between the Odisha government, Posco and the Steel Ministry was held earlier at Delhi to resolve the matter, it failed to yield any result. “Therefore, Patnaik urged the Centre to organise another ministerial high-level meeting to resolve the matter,” a Steel and Mines Department official said.Billed as the highest FDI in the country, the project has not progressed much due to several reasons, including local protest over land acquisition, after the state government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Posco in 2005.Though the MoU for establishment of the steel plant has lapsed, it is yet to be renewed.Meanwhile, the new Mines and Minerals Development Regulation (MMDR) Act passed in Parliament made provision of leasing iron ore mines through auction route instead of recommendation by the state government.last_img read more

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WATCH New look Sixers literally cant make a single shot in embarrassing

first_imgThere’s a ton of optimism surrounding the Sixers for the first time in a long time. Fans are finally hoping to contend for a playoff spot instead of spending another year “trusting the process.”Those fans clinging to optimism should avoid watching the video that came out of a team shootaround that was posted online today. The embarrassing 40 second video shows the entire team literally failing to make a single shot, from threes, to layups, to short jumpers.The ‘new look’ squad sure looks a lot like the old one. Trust the process, or something.“Sixers are making the playoffs” pic.twitter.com/uqn9hgua32— NBA Bulletin (@TheNBABulletin) September 27, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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JetBrains announces Pycharm 20182

first_imgJetBrains’ Pycharm is back with its Q2 release for this year, Pycharm 2018.2. The release of Pycharm 2018.1 in the month of March included several major features such as code shells and partial commits. SSH remote Python interpreters and a lot more features. This quarter’s release includes some new features such as pipenv config, pytest fixtures and much more! Pycharm’s motto is to help developers‘ Develop quickly, and with confidence’. Known as one of the popular Python IDEs for professional developers, Pycharm includes an integrated development environment for computer programming with support for all Python tools at one place. Pycharm is available in two editions, Pycharm Professional Edition, and Pycharm community edition Pycharm 2018.12 includes new features classified in five broad categories: Python improvements Pipenv support Pipenv makes an application’s dependency management extremely simple. PyCharm 2018.2 will auto-create a pipenv when one open’s a project with a Pipfile, and will make it easy to create new projects with pipenvs. New and improved quick documentation PyCharm’s quick documentation is easier to read and appears right in the editor. Simply press Ctrl-Q (Ctrl-J on macOS) to see exactly the documentation required. pytest Fixtures and pytest-bdd PRO ONLY Pytest makes testing your code a cakewalk. The 2018.2 version includes an upgraded Pytest support with BDD and code intelligence for fixtures. Fixtures are available in both the community and the professional edition of PyCharm 2018.2. However, the BDD support is only available in the PyCharm Professional Edition. reST Preview and Attrs support With a PyCharm plugin, on can see how their Markdown document looks like. This and other functionalities are now available for reStructuredText. The attrs library, on the other hand, allows one to upgrade the project by including new Dataclasses in Python 3.7 Improvements in Code insight PyCharm’s aim is to help in writing better and faster Python code. Following this, the code insights have been improved. It now checks more type hints, and also if one’s correctly awaiting function calls in asynchronous code, and offers quick fixes. VCS (Version Control Support) improvements Support for multiple GitHub accounts This version of PyCharm makes switching between a whole bunch of GitHub accounts more convenient. Multiple tabs and diff preview using Logs tab The version 2018.2 allows segregating system’s history in multiple tabs to make it easier to learn from one’s project history. Browse the entire repository at a specific revision This improvement makes it easy to browse project repository at a specific revision. Database improvements Create query plan diagrams In order to keep the application performant, a regular check on the query plans is necessary. In PyCharm 2018.2 one can visually inspect where a query tweaking or adding an index is required. However, this feature is only available in the professional version of Pycharm. New icons PyCharm 2018.2 looks sleeker than ever before. The new design philosophy reduces the usage of color to where it is semantically important, making it easier to find what you need at a glance. Support for MacBook Pro Touch Bar PyCharm now provides context-sensitive touch bar contexts for running your code, debugging, VCS, and more on the MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar. Javascript improvements All the improvements here, are available only in the professional version of Pycharm. Code coverage for code running in the browser: find unused code Code maintenance is usually a non-favorite task for developers. Moreover, deleting unused code makes the job quicker and faster. PyCharm now helps in finding unused client-side JS code, resulting into a faster job completion. Faster indexing for Angular Indexing new Angular projects is now twice as fast in this new version. New intentions and refactorings, such as Extract React Component Now one can refactor JavaScript with confidence in PyCharm 2018.2 by Extracting React component, Implementing interface, Generating cases for a TypeScript switch statement over an enum, and a lot more. Code completion for Vue events and event modifiers Most Vue templates will have event code attached to them. PyCharm now makes it easier to hook up handlers to the correct event. Read more about the Pycharm 2018.2 on its official website. Read Next What is interactive machine learning? Cryptocurrency-based firm, Tron acquires BitTorrent Google Cloud Next: Fei-Fei Li reveals new AI tools for developerslast_img read more

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Talking Housing with Industry Experts

first_img September 21, 2018 484 Views Share Talking Housing with Industry Experts in Daily Dose, Newscenter_img experts industry 2018-09-21 Seth Welborn On Wednesday, September 26, Altisource will host the Mortgage Insights Speaker Series in Plano, TX at Del Frisco’s. At the event, industry thought leaders will give insights into the topic “U.S. Housing Market: Where Do We Go From Here?”The expert panel includes Kevin Cooke, Jr., VP of Enterprise Solutions at Altisource, Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute; Tim Rood, Chairman and Managing Director of The Collingwood Group; and Rick Sharga, EVP, Carrington Mortgage Holdings.“We are excited to host our Mortgage Insight Speaker Series lunch in Dallas on September 26, 2018.,” said Cooke. “ We believe these intimate events allow industry participants to spend time together in a casual setting while participating in a lively discussion about topics affecting the housing finance industry.”The panelists will discuss the U.S. macroeconomic environment and its state in the coming year, cover trends and predictions for the U.S. housing market in a rising rate environment, explore the loan servicing environment, its record low delinquency, and review emerging warning signs, and debate how this contentious political environment is affecting the industry.“We are honored to have three of the most respected voices in our space join us for this fun lunch,” Cooke said. “Ed, Rick, and Tim have all proven to be entertaining, thought-provoking panelists and we are confident our guests will walk away with good knowledge and a smile on their face.”“I’m privileged to have the opportunity to share the stage with a distinguished panel of subject matter experts,” said Delgado. “I look forward to discussing the future of housing and preserving homeownership for generations to come.””There are a lot of countervailing forces affecting the housing market today,” said Sharga. “On the one hand a robust economy is fueling household formation and driving demand, but on the other hand there’s a dramatic lack of inventory and increasing concerns about affordability. We’ll be discussing what the implications of these forces will be on the housing market for the balance of this year and for 2019.”For more information and to RSVP, click here.last_img read more

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Why Is Loan Application Defect Risk Rising

first_img The frequency of defects, fraudulence, and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications increased by 4.4 percent in February compared with the previous month, according to First American’s latest Loan Application Defect Index. Year over year, the index rose 14.5 percent.An increase in purchase loans as refis dried up and a competitive housing market with increasing home prices and low inventory for the most part of 2018 were responsible for this rise as buyers faced pressure to seek qualification for larger loan amounts, according to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist First American.However, the index remained 6.8 percent lower than its October 2013 high. While the refinance index 24.6 percent in February compared with the same time last year, purchase defects rose 8.8 percent compared to February 2018, the report indicated.A shift towards purchase loans was another factor that led to a rise in defects, according to Fleming.”The shift in the mix of loan applications toward more purchase applications and pressure on borrowers likely fed the 2018 increase in income-specific defects,” said Fleming. “Purchase loan applications typically are more likely to have fraud than refinance transactions. Furthermore, in the strong seller’s market we experienced in 2018, borrowers had more motivation to misrepresent income on a loan application in order to qualify for the bigger mortgage necessary to win the bidding war for a home.”However, as mortgage rates began falling towards the end of 2018 and have remained in the low range since then, income-specific defects are also likely to plateau in 2019.”Two thousand and eighteen ended the year with a decline in the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage in December, a trend that has persisted through the first quarter of the year. Additionally, nominal house price appreciation in January sank to the slowest pace of growth since February 2015, according to the DataTree by First American House Price Index,” Fleming said. “As affordability improves and demand increases going into the spring home-buying season, we expect the seller’s market conditions to return, potentially elevating income misrepresentation risk as well.” Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Affordability First American Home Prices Homebuyers loan application defect index mortgage Mortgage Rates 2019-04-01 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Why Is Loan Application Defect Risk Rising? April 1, 2019 818 Views last_img read more

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