Pak court adjourns hearing in treason case against Musharraf as gov fails

first_imgIslamabad: The hearing in a high treason case against Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf has been adjourned for a month by a special court after the government failed to appoint a defence counsel to represent the Pakistan’s former military dictator, according to a media report on Wednesday. The three-judge bench headed by Justice Tahira Safdar on Tuesday adjourned the hearing for a month on the request of Acting Law and Justice Secretary Arshad Farooq Fahim who said his ministry has shortlisted the names of six lawyers “but they were either unwilling to represent Musharraf or need time to study the case”, the Dawn reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US On June 12, the court had rejected Musharraf’s plea for the adjournment of the hearing on medical grounds and decided to conclude the trial even in his absence. The court also cancelled the 75-year-old former president’s right of defence due to his repeated non-appearance before the court. The court had also barred Musharraf’s lawyer Salman Safdar from arguing on his behalf and directed the law ministry to appoint a defence lawyer for him. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The ministry had on June 27 shortlisted six lawyers – Syed Ali Zafar, Raja Amir Abbas, Shah Khawar, Ishfaq Naqvi, Tahir Malik and Riaz Hanif Rahi – to represent the former president in the case, the report said. The previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had filed the treason case against the ex-Army chief in 2013 over the imposition of extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007, which led to the confinement of a number of superior court judges in their houses and sacking of over 100 judges. The trial has not seen much progress since Musharraf left for Dubai in March 2016 after his name was removed from the Exit Control List. He has not returned since, and is said to be suffering from Amyloidosis, a rare condition for which he has been admitted to a hospital. The special court has declared him a proclaimed offender and ordered the confiscation of his property owing to his no-show. The case has been virtually stalled as Musharraf’s presence is important to record his statement. The Supreme Court in a judgment on April 1 said that Musharraf can come back to record statement by May 2, otherwise the tribunal was free to conclude hearing even in his absence. On May 2, Musharraf requested the court to delay proceedings until end of holy month of fasting. So the court adjourned and set June 12 for hearing and his appearance. But he failed to turn up and his lawyer requested the tribunal to delay the proceedings until improvement in health of Musharraf so that he could come back. The bench, headed by Justice Tahira, rejected the plea with observation that proceedings could no longer be halted due to the accused’s illness. The tribunal said the former ruler was fugitive and has lost the right to engage a counsel unless he surrenders. Musharraf ruled the country from 1999 to 2008. A conviction for high treason carries the death penalty or life imprisonment.last_img read more

Quebec mall shelves decision to ban minors without a parent

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec mall says it is dropping a controversial decision to ban people under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a parent.Le Carrefour du Cap shopping centre, about halfway between Quebec City and Montreal in Trois-Rivieres, said in a statement Thursday that it was ending the practice despite what it calls “escalating problems regarding vandalism, theft and misbehaviour.”It said the “temporary measure” was driven by theft, increased vandalism, bullying against employees and clients, the use of bikes and skateboards inside the centre and other factors.The mall also said in a statement issued through a public relations firm that it wanted to apologize “for employing a measure without realizing the impact it could have on teenagers and their parents.”“The intention was to swiftly ensure security for all clients and all retailers, in face of an increasingly important level of problematic situations,” the statement said.The shopping centre says it will meet with local police and school board officials on May 7 to discuss solutions to vandalism, theft and misbehaviour at the centre.Trois-Rivieres police spokesman Luc Mongrain said Wednesday he was surprised by the mall’s decision because he doesn’t consider the location to be particularly problematic.He said officers were called to respond to loitering complaints about 10 times in the last year but did not make any arrests.last_img read more

Augmenting capacities

first_imgThe benefits of diversity in the workforce are known to give companies a competitive edge and this, in turn, enables higher growth. A 2018 McKinsey & Company Report, “Delivering through Diversity”, found out that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on their executive teams were 21 per cent more likely to experience financial returns above their national industry means than the companies in the fourth quartile. While the research findings point towards a positive correlation between financial performance and greater inclusion of women in leadership roles, it is essential to address the issue of gender disparity in education as this sector helps in developing professional capacities in both men and women. As the world moves closer to covering the gender gap in education, with only 5 per cent of the gap remaining, one of the issues which mask under gender parity in education is the lower participation of both men and women which is preventing the world from fully utilising the human capital. The Global Gender Gap Report, 2018 (WEF, 2018) points out that globally, there were on average 65 per cent girls and 66 per cent boys who were enrolled in secondary education and only about 39 per cent girls and 34 per cent boys who were participating in tertiary education. Thus, gender gaps cannot be completely closed until the participation increases in education at all levels. Further, to the issue of the lower overall participation, particularly in the tertiary sector, is the fact that although there are more females graduating than males globally when it comes to the skills for the lucrative jobs, women tend to lag behind men. According to the Global Education Monitoring Report Gender Review (UNESCO, 2018), in countries such as Chile, Ghana and Switzerland, women account for less than one-quarter of all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degrees. Among the South Asian countries, India has about 42 per cent tertiary graduate females pursuing a STEM programme, which is much higher than many developed countries. The only few countries where the majority of STEM graduates are females are Algeria, Tunisia and Albania. In the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, when the in-demand skills in the job market include Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, these gender gaps in STEM studies, if left unchecked, will broaden gender disparities across the industries. Currently, there is a significant gender gap among the AI professionals, with only about 22 per cent of them being female and 78 per cent being male. Regional analysis across the globe reveals that the top three countries where AI talent is the most prominent are the United States, India and Germany – along with a significant gender gap in AI skills biased against women (WEF, 2018). Industry-level workforce data for the gender gap indicates that the top three sectors where the proportion of men is much greater than women are manufacturing, energy and mining sector and software and IT services. Out of these, the third sector employs about 40 per cent of the AI professionals in the total workforce, with women accounting for just 7.4 per cent of the AI talent pool. The other two sectors have a very low percentage of AI-skilled workforce. Another sector where the share of professionals possessing AI skills is high is education, accounting for about 19 per cent of the total workforce – of which women account for just one-third of the male talent pool. However, education is also one of the few sectors where the number of women working is greater than men. If the current trend of male domination in STEM disciplines at the college level or in acquiring emerging skills at the workplace continues unabated, it can lead to wider gender disparities across industries due to the rising demand for the AI skills, irrespective of being a traditionally male or a traditionally female-oriented sector. Efforts towards achieving gender parity in education beyond enrolments, to take account of equality in choosing skills which are a gateway to employment opportunities, will help in creating a gender-equal workforce in the future and greater financial gains. Addressing the gender disparity issue in education not just results in financial improvements for businesses, and greater growth, but also helps in achieving better development outcomes. For instance, in the health sector, there is a global shortage of 17.4 million healthcare workers, including 2.6 million doctors, 9 million nurses and midwives (WHO, 2016). While women form the majority of the sector’s workforce, they are primarily clustered in the lower-level positions, with senior positions being held by men. Efforts to attract more males to nursing courses and elevating the status of care-related work can help to break the feminisation of the nursing profession and address the shortage of workforce to some extent. For women to move up to senior positions amidst the rapidly digitising technology, efforts towards reskilling them can close the gender gaps in senior positions. As for improvements on other fronts, the water and sanitation sector, for instance, faces a significant shortage of qualified professionals. While the importance of involving both men and women in management of water and sanitation facilities has for long been recognised globally, mostly men are still seen as the primary decision makers. Thus, alleviating gender inequalities in education can bring out more qualified female professionals in decision-making roles.(Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness. Deepti Mathur, senior researcher at large, Institute for Competitiveness has contributed to the article. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Minister of Interior and Head of MINURSO Discuss Polisario’s Illegal Actions…

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit,  met  Colin Stewart, UN’s Special Representative and Head of MINURSO earlier today, January 12. Laftit reiterated Morocco’s warning over the Polisario’s repeated illegal maneuvers in the restricted buffer zone of Guerguerat.Laftit also reasserted Morocco’s commitment to support the MINURSO in fulfilling its mandate, emphasizing that Polisario’s activities could undermine peace and security in the region and hinder the negotiation process to reach a consensual solution to end the four-decade-long conflict over the Western Sahara.Stewart, recently appointed to the MINURSO role, acknowledged the warm welcome and desire to work together.  He reiterated his commitment to continuing efforts to comply with military agreements and return to the status quo in Guerguerat Region, in accordance with the UN Secretary-General’s call on January 6, 2018, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The meeting comes just days after a warning letter issued by Antonio Guterres, UN’s  Secretary-General,  urging the Polisario to ease tension and avoid further escalation in the region. Guterres ordered the separatist front to comply with international regulations and to “avoid any operation likely to change status quo of that area”.The UN top official repeated his steady commitment to relaunch the political process of dialogue between Morocco and Polisario over the Western Sahara conflict.Guterres’ new warning message came after his official statement issued on Saturday, January 6, when he expressed his deep concern over rising tensions near Guerguerat.Guterres statement and his new letter followed a series of illegal maneuvers carried out by Polisario in the region. Members of the Polisario Front have been blocking trucks registered in Morocco from crossing the Moroccan-Mauritanian border.Stewart arrived in Laayoun on December 28 to his office at the Headquarters of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara. Today’s meeting was marked by the attendance of the Governor in charge of Coordination with the Minurso, Hamid Barez, and the UNSG special representative’s adviser Alexander Ivanko. read more

Pope Francis Washes a Moroccan Prisoner’s Feet on Maundy Thursday

Rabat – Pope Francis traveled to the south of Rome to celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 18, in the Velletri prison.During the mass, the pope kissed and washed the feet of 12 prisoners, calling on them to help each other and abolish the “inmate hierarchy structure” in prisons.The 12 prisoners came from Italy, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, and Morocco. During the ceremony, the pope thanked the inmates for a “beautiful letter from several of them,” according to the Vatican News.“The pope reflected briefly on the gesture of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, which priests around the world repeat on Holy Thursday,” said that news outlet.Christians around the world commemorate Maundy Thursday as the night before Jesus’ crucifixion when he shared a last Passover meal, also called the Lord’s Supper, with his disciples, washing their feet to demonstrate how to be a servant-leader.On March 30 and 31, Pope Francis visited Morocco for the first time.During his visit, Pope Francis met with King Mohammed VI, senior officials, and migrants.The pope enjoyed his visit to Morocco, delivering statements to express gratitude for the warm welcome he received.“Last Saturday and Sunday [March 30-31], I completed an Apostolic Journey to Morocco, and I thank His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the other authorities, for their warm welcome.”The pope also said that it was an honor and a joy to visit the “noble kingdom of Morocco.”“King Mohammed and I reiterated the essential role religions have in defending human dignity, promoting peace and justice, and in caring for creation, our common home.”The pope also promised to visit prisoners held at in the Castellon II prison in Albocasser, Spain. read more

UNP and US discuss 13A

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) had talks today with the US Embassy in Colombo on issues regarding the 13th Amendment to the constitution.UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake and political officer at the US Embassy Micheal Honiestin met at Attanayake’s residence in Colombo today and discussed the issue. The UNP says the 13th Amendment is not aimed at dividing the country but instead one that was approved by the Supreme Court as part of Sri Lanka’s constitution.Following today’s discussion the UNP General Secretary handed over a copy of the proposed National constitution to the US official. (Colombo Gazette) The position of the UNP has been that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution must be implemented in its current form. Both sides also discussed other political developments in the country, a UNP spokesman told the Colombo Gazette. read more

Central African Republic UNICEF urges support for forgotten crisis

“The CAR is a forgotten crisis at the global level,” Souleymane Diabate, UNICEF Representative in the country. “While the world is preoccupied with what is happening in Syria or the Philippines, the situation is very tragic.”Despite a “very fragile, volatile and unpredictable context”, the UN agency is holding immunization and back-to-school campaigns to decrease the maternal and infant mortality rates in the country which ranks among the lowest in social indicators.UNICEF is also working with armed groups to release children conscripted into the army, Mr. Diabate and spokesperson Patrick McCormick said. As many as 6,000 children are estimated to be associated with the armed groups.Plagued by decades of instability and fighting, the CAR witnessed a resumption of violence last December when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.There is now a transitional government, headed by Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, entrusted with restoring law and order and paving the way for democratic elections. But armed clashes in the north-east have increased since the beginning of August, and the country is facing a dire humanitarian situation affecting the entire population.In addition, there are continued reports of gross human rights violations since the Séléka coalition seized power this March, including the deliberate killing of civilians, acts of sexual violence against women and children, and the destruction and looting of property, including hospitals, schools and churches.In his latest report to the Security Council on the situation in the CAR, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he is increasingly concerned by the deepening crisis in the country and that there is an urgent and growing need to address the crisis before it spirals out of control. Mr. Ban noted his concern about growing tensions between communities and that these tensions might lead to uncontrollable sectarian violence with untold consequences for the country, the sub-region and beyond. read more

Another World Chess Championship Draw — Its Time For Caruana To Attack

Seven games. Seven draws. And the World Chess Championship in London, between the two top-rated grandmasters in the world, remains level with five games to go.Magnus Carlsen of Norway, 27, is No. 1 and trying to successfully defend his title for the third time. Fabiano Caruana of the U.S., 26, is No. 2 and trying to become the first American world champion since Bobby Fischer in 1972. On Sunday, Carlsen marshalled the white pieces and Caruana the black.The first nine moves of Game 7 exactly matched those of Game 2, which ended in a 49-move draw this past weekend. These moves fall into a category of chess opening called the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Harrwitz Attack. In 1858 in Paris, Daniel Harrwitz deployed his eponymous attack to victorious effect in a game against Paul Morphy, the great American player and unofficial world champion. But “Attack,” in Sunday’s case, was a bit of a misnomer.“What I did was just way too soft,” Carlsen said after the game.Caruana’s 10th move — retreating his queen back to its home on d8 after it essayed an aggressive journey to a5 — was a rarity. And after the 11th move, the two grandmasters were in completely uncharted chess territory, according to the ChessBase database. That looked like this: The game’s brakes locked in this complex position, and moves 12, 13 and 14 alone took an hour and a half to complete as the players each contemplated a number of plans.But the game never really appeared to anyone like anything but a draw. (I’ll renew my pro tip here: If you want to sound smart about a championship chess game, just say it “looks drawish.”) In an interview at the venue in London, Demis Hassabis, the co-founder of DeepMind and co-creator of the impossibly strong chess-playing program AlphaZero, predicted a draw at this point. Bookmakers put the live chances of a draw at around 97 percent. The supercomputer assessed it at 0.00 — dead level. And Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the world No. 6, predicted a draw within the next half hour on a Chess.com broadcast.But Carlsen wasn’t quite done yet.“Magnus likes to play these positions until he’s sucked the life out of them,” Vachier-Lagrave said. Such is Carlsen’s reputation at the board. The position in question was a bishop-versus-knight endgame with constellation of pawns that looked like this after the 36th move: 87654321abcdefgh Someone will win eventually. If the 12 games end with the score tied — a possibility that is drifting toward a probability — the two grandmasters will play a tie-breaking series of much faster “rapid” and possibly “blitz” games — and possibly even an “Armageddon” game. According to the live world ratings, Carlsen is the No. 1 rapid player and the No. 1 blitz player in the world. Caruana is No. 8 and No. 16, respectively. Given that Carlsen would be the heavy favorite in the tiebreakers, meta-match strategy seems to dictate that Caruana should favor the gas pedal in the five lengthy games to come. If he has any secret attacking weapons, the time has come to fire them.Watching every second of this match has taken on the cast of a Buddhist meditation — the games are drawn and the mind is cleared and the mantra is repeated. It is, frankly, a rather lovely routine and a cheap bit of self-care. I’ve also been starting to dream about this match. Last night’s installment featured Caruana and an unidentified friend sitting on the ground in the center of a large complex of tennis courts, with me on the outside of its chain link fence, looking in. Players on these courts were equipped with strange wooden spatulas, rather than racquets, and white tennis balls. Caruana and friend had given up playing this weird quasi-tennis, cast their spatulas aside and sat playing with purple Gameboys. What does this augur for the rest of the match? I do not know. Freudians, get in touch.Game 8 begins Monday at 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time — that’s 10 a.m. Eastern. I’ll be covering it here and on Twitter. read more

Cops identify man killed after viewing sex act on the beach

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBartica man killed after witnessing sexual act on the beachJune 27, 2017In “Crime”Cops seeking public’s help in identifying man who was killed after viewing ‘threesome’June 27, 2017In “Crime”Top Cop concerned about vigilante justiceJuly 19, 2015In “Crime” The unwelcomed viewer of a reported ménage à trois who was beaten to death on a beach at Third Avenue, Bartica after refusing to refrain from witnessing the sexual act on Monday morning has been identified as 49-year-old Kumar Persaud.Persaud’s identity was revealed after police found his identification card on his lifeless body. His address remains unknown.This bit of information comes after police sent out a release on Tuesday evening seeking the public’s assistance in identifying Persaud who was known only as ‘Radika’ at the time of his death.Inews had previously reported that between 04:00hrs and 05:00hrs on Monday, the now dead man, accompanied by two males aged 18 and 21 and a 25-year-old female, went to the beach for some enjoyment. A police source disclosed that the young adults were all engaged in “a sexual threesome act” while the deceased was “just viewing.”This publication was informed that before the act could reach its climax, a misunderstanding erupted between the young adults and the man, and the three reportedly began to “cuff and kick”  Persaud about his body.Quick action by police in Bartica resulted in the three young adults being arrested on Monday morning just after they had beaten the man, who was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at about 10:00hrs on Monday.This online publication was told that the trio did not resist arrest. A post mortem examination is expected to be performed on Persaud’s body. Police investigations continue. read more

Century gold project Timmins Ontario – public comments invited

first_imgThe Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Century gold project, located in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment, as detailed in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines. Comments received will be taken into consideration in finalizing the EIS Guidelines before issuing them to the proponent, Porcupine Gold Mines, a subsidiary of Goldcorp Canada Ltd.This is the second of four opportunities for the public to comment on the environmental assessment of the project.Goldcorp says “Century is an exciting development project that has the potential to extend the life of Porcupine Gold Mines.” It is a potential large-scale open pit mine and related processing facility that will double the depth and diameter of the existing open pit above the Dome underground mine, adding to reserves and increasing production.Concept study on engineering, waste rock management and economics of an open pit mine and related processing facility – completedPFS underway that includes possibility of adding lower grade ore from additional pits – expected completion in late 2018Feasibility study – expected to be completed in 2019.last_img read more

RAW sold out in Brooklyn on Monday night PostRAW videos in Brooklyn

first_img WhatsApp WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Cesaro Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Google+ Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Videos Articles Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR RAW sold out in Brooklyn on Monday nightAccording to reports by The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online and PWInsider.com, last night’s WWE RAW taping in Brooklyn, New York was legitimate sell out at the Barclays Center. Signs had been posted backstage that no comp tickets were available.Post-RAW videos in BrooklynWWE posted these post-RAW videos from last night in Brooklyn. Facebook Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAWlast_img read more

ComicCon celebrates 50 years in San Diego

first_img Ed Lenderman, July 9, 2019 Posted: July 9, 2019 Ed Lenderman Comic-Con celebrates 50 years in San Diego 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) – Comic-Con may be more than a week away, but its 50th anniversary in San Diego was celebrated today. And it was the County with the proclamation.As we told you recently,  Comic-Con has re-upped.  That includes its more than 130,000 attendees and the 10s of millions of dollars those fans spend.That’s along with  local residents who flock to the Gaslamp Quarter to be part of it all.  So, fresh off signing an agreement to stay in San Diego through 2024, County Supervisor Greg Cox recognized the pop culture phenomenon and all it’s meant to region, not just to the City.Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer stood beside him in the Supervisors’ Chambers as Cox read the proclamation:  “We have declared July 9th, 2019  Comic-Con International 50th Anniversary Day. David, thank you so much for coming down and thank you for what you’ve done for the region:  Attendees in the Chambers applauded.In an interview with KUSI, Glanzer told me, even in it’s infancy, organizers thought, “If we can just get people through the doors, they’ll come back and bring their friends.”And have they ever. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Explosions go off as crews battle junkyard fire in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – It was an explosive night for crews who responded to a junkyard fire in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded after 10 p.m., Friday, to the scene along Southwest 224th Street and 119th Avenue.Firefighters found a large pile of tires and three tractor trailers ablaze. The flames also spread to nearby grass.Officials said several explosions went off as crews attempted to contain the flames. They are believed to have been caused by propane tanks, diesel fuel and stored oils.“Oh, man, we thought it was the Fourth of July or something,” said a witness. “That was crazy. The boom, the shock waves of, you know, knocking on cars’ alarms and the vibrations of the windows from my car. It was like — like a bomb.”Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames.No injuries were reported. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Hearst CarpetBombs the App Store

first_imgAt first, I thought Hearst’s new iPhone app division sounded cheesy, but the idea is gradually growing on me. The division, called LMK, short for “Let Me Know”, is a lean operation. Five employees churn out apps that cost $.99 to $1.99 for a “few hundred dollars of employee time,” said the division’s executive vice president George Kliavkoff in an article by The Wall Street Journal. This thing is built with one objective, load up the App store with as many products as possible, as quickly as possible and wait for the money to flow in.The app generation operation seems to have emerged out of a destination site called LMK.com, originally built by Hearst Entertainment last year as a growing number of vertical channels supported by content aggregation and curation tactics. The apps are essentially mini content aggregators by themselves. Each is built within a similar template and collects links from a variety of sources on a particular niche topic—specific celebrities, sports teams, etc. “LMK’s five full-time employees simply dig up the best sources of information on each topic area and feed the sources into a common template,” says the WSJ.com story. The only costs apparently are employee time and photo licensing as needed.It’s a corporate approach to everyone’s app creation lottery fantasy. (What if we created an app that didn’t require much work, chucked it into the App store for 99 cents and see if we can sell a few thou?)It’s an adaptable strategy. If it doesn’t work, roll it up and move on. In the meantime, the plan is to eventually have thousands of apps available. At its heart, the plan acknowledges that the store is already bloated with 150,000 apps and aims to tip the ratio in its favor (reports note that Hearst has confirmation from Apple that the apps will not be barred from the store despite their volume and lightweight utility). Second, studies have pointed out that many apps are downloaded, consumed and then discarded shortly thereafter anyway. Why not keep the pipeline stocked as long as the demand continues? As one trend emerges, LMK produces an app. As that trend dissipates, LMK is close behind with another app based on the next trend. Rinse, repeat.Curiously, the strategy hinges on an automated, multi-source aggregation tactic that is reminiscent of similar tactics from other aggregators that frequently draw the ire of big publishers. It’s also a light-weight product, a simple bet that consumers will value an aggregation tool at 99 cents that collects news about a favorite team or celebrity.But it’s a low-cost, under-the-radar operation for Hearst and one that just might produce decent returns.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia intercepts two Houthi missiles targeting Mecca claims embassy Video

first_imgHouthi rebels fired missiles at Saudi Arabia. [Representative Image] In Picture:ReutersIn a fresh escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Yemen-based Houthi rebels, the Arabian authority claimed to have intercepted two ballistic missiles fired from Yemen over Taif. Riyadh’s embassy in Washington said that the kingdom’s air defense destroyed two missiles over its air space. One of the missiles was headed to Mecca and Jeddah was targeted by the other. The alleged attack has come after Saudi Arabia blamed Houthi rebels last week for attacking its oil pumping stations with explosive-laden drones.Rubbishing the claims made by Riyadh on Monday’s attack, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said, “The Saudi regime is trying, through these allegations, to rally support for its brutal aggression against our great Yemeni people.”Recent attacks may add further tensions between the two countries. The crisis in Yemen, caused by prolonged conflict, has led to lasting impacts on human life, basic public services, and the economy. As per the United Nation Security Council (UNSC), more than 2 million people have been displaced and 14 million are in desperate need of food. The involvement of external players including Saudi and Iran has further deteriorated the situation in the region. REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE: Burnt-out vehicles are seen at a gas station after it was hit by an air strike in Yemen’s northwestern city of Saada, April 16, 2015.Reuters FileNotably, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading a Western-backed coalition of Sunni Muslim countries that meddled in Yemen in 2015. The main objective of the US-backed coalition was to restore the internationally recognised government ousted from power in the capital city of Sanaa by the Houthis in late 2014. Since then millions of civilians have lost their lives and Yemen is facing one of the biggest humanitarian crisis in the history of mankind. Last week, the Houthi group has said that the attacks on the oil stations were a part of a larger military operation which would target 300 vital Saudi military installations in the area. Houthi controlled SABA news agency has reported that the group is further targeting military headquarters and facilities in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia as well as their bases in Yemen. However, deputy defense minister of Saudi Arabia accused Iran of carrying the attacks on its oil pumping stations. Close Houthi rebels release footage of its second missile launch targeting Saudi Arabia palace IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:05Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner for Android

first_imgBlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner for Android by Martin Brinkmann on September 14, 2017 in Google Android – 18 commentsBlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner by Armis is a free application for Android devices that checks whether the device is vulnerable to BlueBorne.BlueBorne is an attack vector that attacks devices via Bluetooth. Any device with Bluetooth may be vulnerable to attacks that are carried out over the air. The researchers state that the attack affects mobile, desktop and Internet of Things operating systems including Android, iOS, Windows and Linux.Hackers may exploit these vulnerabilities to take control off devices via BlueTooth connections. What makes BlueBorne particularly worrying is the fact that it does not require that devices are paired, and that the Bluetooth processes run with high privileges on operating systems.BlueBorne allows attackers to take control of devices, access corporate data and networks, penetrate secure “air-gapped” networks, and spread malware laterally to adjacent devices.Armis discovered eight vulnerabilities of which it classified four as critical. The main question for users is whether their devices are vulnerable, and that is what BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner reveals.BlueBorne Vulnerability ScannerThe application for Android is a simple program: install it, fire it up, and hit the scan button to have the device scanned for vulnerabilities.The scan takes a few seconds to complete, and you are informed whether the device is vulnerable or not in the end.If found vulnerable, the app suggests to check with the device manufacturer to find out if updates have been released already that patch the vulnerabilities.Users who discover that this is not the case may want to turn off Bluetooth for the time being as it is probably the only option to protect the device from attacks targeting the vulnerabilities.The other option that the device supports is to run a scan for devices in the vicinity to find out whether they are potentially vulnerable to the attack as well.What about security updates?Google released security patches for Android devices to its partners in early August of 2017. The vulnerabilities that affect Android are patched in the September 9th, 2017 security patch level for Android.Microsoft released security updates in July 2017; Windows users who have not downloaded the patches yet and are using Bluetooth should download and install the patch to protect their devices against attacks.Additional information on BlueBorne is available on the Armis website.Now you: are your devices vulnerable?Summary12345 Author Rating0 based on 2 votes Software Name BlueBorne Vulnerability ScannerOperating System AndroidSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.armis.blueborne_detector Advertisementlast_img read more

Adventure Time series finale features longawaited lesbian kiss

first_imgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/adventure-time-kiss/ GAYSTARNEWS- Creators of the show have long hinted at chemistry between Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bubblegum. So much so that fans dubbed the couple ‘Bubbline’.In 2014, the show’s creator Pendleton Ward even hinted they’d previously dated.But during the final ever episode of Adventure Time last night, it all came out… and so did the two main characters.The final episode, entitled Ultimate Adventure: Come Along With Me, saw a major war with the mysterious entity GOLB.When Marceline thinks Princess Bubblegum falls to a demonic attack, she unleashes her anger.But when she finds out Princess Bubblegum is safe, the pair passionately embrace.BUBBLINE IS CANON!!!! OMG WHAT A YEAR WE ARE REALLY IN 20GAYTEEN pic.twitter.com/OmtHr6M6Tj— luli (@ifavgamora) September 3, 2018Marceline says: ‘I was so afraid something bad would happen to you and I wouldn’t be there to protect you.She adds, with tears streaming down her face: ‘And I don’t want to lose you again.’The two joke about Princess Bubblegum’s possible concussion, then lean in for a cute little make out sesh.The show also aired a montage of characters at the end, with both Princess Bubblegum and Marceline cuddled up watching TV together.Fans believe this implies they’re officially dating. The series finale of Adventure Time aired last night (3 September) and fans got exactly what they’ve long been hoping for – a same-sex kiss. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen. | Photo: Adventure Time eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) My friends and I looking at that kiss #Bubbleline #AdventureTime pic.twitter.com/RhrXwKgH85— Avatar Jess (@Panquem) September 4, 2018The Cartoon Network show premiered in 2010 and even though the TV series is now finished, the storyline will continue through the comic books.Steven Universe same-sex kissEarlier this year, Cartoon Network series Steven Universe also featured a widely popular same-sex kiss.Characters Sapphire and Ruby confessed their love for each other, then got married in a sweet wedding ceremony.During the ceremony, Sapphire says: ‘You changed my life and then I changed your life and now we change our lives.’They place each other’s wedding rings on their fingers and Ruby swings Sapphire around in a passionate kiss.They then combine into their ultimate form, Garnet.[embedded content]Steven Universe is a major American cartoon series created by Rebecca Sugar, who identifies as bisexual and non-binary.The show is also Cartoon Network’s first animated show with a sole woman creator.Steven Universe is also being turned into a movie.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

RamSoft Introduces Remote Rendering

first_imgTechnology | Remote Viewing Systems | September 09, 2016 RamSoft Introduces Remote Rendering Software streams medical images to any device to reduce image processing times News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more September 9, 2016 — RamSoft announced the introduction of its new Remote Rendering solution for medical image processing. With Remote Rendering, images are streamed to you much like an online webinar, eliminating the need to download mass amounts of data to your computer. This process significantly improves efficiency and reduces the response time from click to display.Remote Rendering also reduces costs and hardware requirements, eliminates the need to create and manage pre-caching rules, and operates with zero-footprint architecture, so you can access data on any browser-capable device via RamSoft’s zero-footprint viewer, RapidResults.For more information: www.ramsoft.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read morelast_img read more

Reports that Carnival has cancelled Antigua calls

first_img Share Reports that Carnival has cancelled Antigua calls Friday, March 15, 2019 Tags: Antigua & Barbuda, Carnival Cruise Line Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Carnival has reportedly cancelled calls in Antigua for the 2019 – 2020 season and other Carnival Corp. cruise lines are said to be following suit.The cancellations are said to stem from comments made by the Antiguan government.Last month Antigua’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne accused the cruise industry and specifically the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) of “exploiting the Caribbean”, according to a report in The Daily Observer.Media outlets including Fox News have reported that Carnival reps confirmed the move to drop Antigua. “Government officials in Antigua have taken steps which indicate they don’t want cruise lines and our guests to visit so for the time being we are focusing our itineraries on the destinations that are more welcoming.”Now the St. Lucia Times and the Antigua Observer are reporting that Seabourn’s Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Sojourn, and Holland America’s Volendam and Konigsdam, have cancelled Antigua ports of call as well. Both Seabourn and Holland America are part of Carnival Corp. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

What Homeownership Really Costs

first_img homeownership costs HOUSING mortgage Zillow 2017-07-31 Aly J. Yale July 31, 2017 552 Views What Homeownership Really Costs in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studiescenter_img Share If buyers want to avoid falling behind on their mortgage loans, they’ll want to consider more than just a home’s listing price—especially given new data just released by Zillow. According to Zillow and Thumbtack, the average U.S. homeowner spends an additional $9,080 on their home every year. In some cities, some spend as much as $16,000.“Buyers too often focus on a home’s list price or mortgage payment to determine what they can afford,” Zillow reported. “However, the numerous less-obvious costs associated with homeownership can affect the monthly bottom line.”In total, Zillow found that homeowners pay an average of $6,059 in “unavoidable costs,” which includes things like insurance, utilities, and taxes. These costs are highest in San Francisco, where homeowners pay more than $13,000 in unavoidable costs, and lowest in Indianapolis, where they pay just $4,699.Maintenance and repair costs—including carpet cleaning, HVAC maintenance, gutter cleaning, yard work, and more—run the average homeowner about $3,021 per year. Maintenance costs are highest in Seattle ($4,052) and lowest in San Antonio ($1,962).According to Svenja Gudell, Chief Economist at Zillow, considering these added costs is crucial when buying a home.”Determining how much a home will ultimately cost you each year and what you can afford is one of the most challenging aspects of homebuying, especially for first-time buyers,” Gudell said. “Before starting a home search, take a good look at your finances to determine a monthly payment range you can comfortably afford. While that big back yard or larger home may be appealing, it is important to consider how much maintaining those spaces could cost you.”All in, San Francisco had the highest total homeownership costs, with residents paying $16,290 per year. Boston came in at No. 2, with $14,377 in costs, while San Diego ($13,488), Seattle ($12,924), and Los Angeles ($12,556) rounded out the top five.According to Zillow, more than a third of U.S. buyers go over their initial budget when buying a home. To help buyers better estimate these costs and factor them into their homebuying decisions, Zillow recently launched RealEstate.com, which offers an “all-in monthly pricing” calculator. It includes mortgage payments, taxes, HOA fees, insurance costs, and more.Read the full report at Zillow.com.last_img read more