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Success for the Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon Fundraiser took place on  Saturday, February 23rd, 2019. The walk was a big success in raising funds for Community Bridge.“We raised almost $22,000,” said the event organizer Faye Anstey, “Despite the coldest temperatures we have seen since we started the walk in 2017, we saw 70 brave souls come out and participate.”The Annual Event starts and finishes at the Northern Lights College, which can be either a 2km or 5km walk from the College to the Credit Union and then back to the college.  Money raised goes to Community Bridge who is committed to creating a safe, caring environment for people to nurture their emotional and social well-being.Anstey thanks their main Sponsor Surerus Pipeline and the ‘Rest Stop’ sponsors North Peace Savings and Credit Union, Rumble Industries, Finning Cat and to the Northern Lights College for the ‘Start and End’ Location as well as the delicious Chili to warm everyone up at the end of the night.To visit the official site; CLICK HERE To visit Community Bridge FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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India increases aid to Sri Lanka

Prof V Suryanarayana, a senior research fellow at the Centre for Asian Studies, said India has committed to help the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka in recent years. “Housing scheme and other development projects have been announced by the Indian government with the good intention of helping Tamils,” Suryanarayana told TOI. But most of the projects have been getting delayed due to ‘non-cooperative attitude’ of the Sri Lankan government, he said. “For instance, housing for internally displaced Tamils have been delayed due to non-allotment of land by the local government,” Suryanarayana said. Under the non-plan category, the Indian government has proposed to donate Rs 4,143 crore to various foreign governments and organizations, besides Rs 1,406 crore under the plan category to Afghanistan, Bhutan and Myanmar. But unlike 2012-13, when the government allocated Rs 550 crore to Bhutan and Maldives, in the budget for 2013-14, there is no loan component to any country and all the money is treated as grant alone. The Indian government has increased its annual grant to Sri Lanka in the Union Budget, the Times of India reported today.The allocation has gone up to Rs 500 crore for 2013-2014 from Rs 290 crore last year. It was Rs 181.94 crore in 2011-2012. The Budget has allocated Rs 5,550 crore as aid for foreign governments and organizations. He also pointed to the speedy progress of Chinese projects in Sri Lanka. “The projects of the Chinese government are being completed quickly with the co-operation of the Sri Lankan government,” he said. read more

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Indian fishermen claim were attacked by navy

A 50-year-old Rameswaram fisherman suffered a head injury and many others lost their fishing nets and other paraphernalia when the Sri Lankan Navy allegedly attacked them with iron balls and bottles and cut their nets when they were fishing on the high seas on Saturday night, The Hindu newspaper reported.A couple of days after arresting 14 Rameswaram fishermen with their three trawlers on charges of poaching, the Lankan Navy stepped up the offensive and attacked the fishermen after warning them to cut the fishing nets and retreat. A Varghis (50), who set in a trawler with three others on Saturday morning from the Rameswaram jetty, was fishing about 27 nautical miles north off the jetty when Sri Lankan Navy personnel descended in the area around midnight and started attacking them. He was trying to cut the fishing net to return fast, when the navy personnel attacked them with iron balls, which are used to drop nets, stones and bottles, Varghis said. While his colleagues managed to duck, he was hit by an iron ball on the forehead and suffered a deep cut. A native of Colachel in Kanyakumari district, Varghis, a class IX drop out, had been in fishing in the island for nearly three decades. This was his first encounter with the Navy, he said. Many other fishermen lost expensive fishing nets, he said. After the Sri Lankan Navy threatened them, the fishermen cut the nets with wooden planks to retrieve them later, but the naval personnel cut the nets from the plank ends causing a huge loss, he said. His colleagues tried to stop the bleeding by applying coffee powder and a piece of dhoti. They could not immediately return to the shore for medical aid as they had to retrieve the net, he said.On reaching the shores around 8.30 a.m. on Sunday, Varghis was given first aid at the government hospital in Rameswaram and admitted to the Government District headquarters hospital here. His condition was stable, hospital sources said. read more

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Minnesota edges Ohio State womens basketball with lastsecond shot

For the first time since coach Jim Foster’s arrival in 2002, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is closer and closer to not making an appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes (14-12, 4-9) haven’t had much success in Big Ten play this year and that trend continued against Minnesota Thursday, as the Gophers dropped OSU, 57-56. With their ninth conference loss this season, the Buckeyes are now tied with Northwestern for ninth out of 12 teams in the Big Ten. It’s a scenario-a season-that OSU senior guard Tayler Hill didn’t see coming. “I couldn’t imagine this record we have,” she said after the game. After going 1-7 in January, OSU started February with a 3-1 record, thanks in large part to its play on the defensive end. But those defensive efforts seemed absent for OSU Thursday, as Minnesota (16-11, 5-8) shot 42 percent from the field. With just 13 seconds to play, OSU had the chance to pull off a come-from-behind victory as sophomore guard Raven Ferguson drained a 3-pointer, giving the Bucks a 56-55 lead. But for every shot the Buckeyes made, the Gophers had an answer. With two seconds left, Gophers sophomore guard Rachel Banham hit an improbable running jumper, giving Minnesota a 1-point and the win. “We always think we have a chance to win games this close,” Ferguson said. “She hit a big shot, a crazy shot. That happens in basketball.” OSU couldn’t find an answer for Banham all night, as she had 17 points and eight rebounds. Similarly, Minnesota junior forward Micaella Riche had her way in the paint as well, totaling 17 points. A strong first half helped the Gophers maintain a lead throughout the game. In the period, Minnesota Gophers connected on 44 percent of their tries while the Buckeyes shot an ice-cold mark of 19 percent and went 0-of-6 from behind the arc. Still, OSU trailed just 26-20 at halftime. In the game’s second act, OSU’s offense began to finally click, as the Buckeyes shot 44 percent from the field 30 percent from the 3-point line. But despite outscoring the Gophers, 36-31, in the second half, OSU wasn’t able to rally past its first half deficit. “We got to have other players contribute,” Hill, who led OSU with 25 points, said. “We missed way too many layups in the first half. We got to be able to finish.” Ferguson and senior guard Amber Stokes and were the only other major contributors for the Buckeyes. Stokes scored 10 points, four rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes of playing time. Ferguson finished the night with 10 points and seven rebounds. The post play for the Buckeyes lacked most of the night as junior centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore combined for a 3-of-11 outing in the paint. “We’re getting no productivity with our post players,” Foster said. “You need to establish the block. The difference in this game is their low post player (Riche).” With 17:55 left to play, Hill became the second OSU player (Samantha Prahalis) to record at least 1,900 points, 300 assists and 200 steals when she hit a 3-pointer. With the loss, Buckeyes have now stumbled to their worst Big Ten record since 2001. “It’s always a challenge to come in here and win,” said Minnesota coach Pam Borton. “Everybody got their money’s worth, didn’t they?” OSU is set to take on Michigan State on Monday at the Schottenstein Center at 6:30 p.m. read more

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US Mexico set to battle in World Cup qualifier

U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey celebrates a goal during a match against Germany June 2, at RFK Stadium. The U.S. won, 4-3.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe U.S. Men’s National Soccer team is looking to take another step toward qualifying for the 2014 World Cup this week in Columbus.In the team’s latest qualifying match, the U.S. saw its 12-game winning streak come to an end when it fell on the road to Costa Rica, 3-1. The loss dropped the U.S. to second place behind Costa Rica in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football  qualifier standing. The Ticos now lead the group with a total of 14 points, one point ahead of the U.S.The U.S. men’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup increased on Friday despite the loss, as Mexico was defeated at home by Honduras, 2-1, earlier the same night. Mexico is in fourth place in the group on eight points, the top three teams advance directly to the World Cup.This was the first qualifying match has Mexico lost at home since 2001, when it fell to Costa Rica 2-1.Mexico fired manager Jose Manuel de La Torre the day after the Friday loss to Honduras. Luis Fernando Tena, one of Torre’s top assistants, will take over in an interim position.The U.S. will be missing four players from the team in the match against Mexico. Midfielder Michael Bradley sprained his left ankle minutes before the game against Costa Rica and will sit out again against Mexico. Defenders Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler and forward Jozy Altidore will all sit out because of yellow card accumulation. Altidore had scored in five straight matches before failing to tally against Costa Rica.Many Ohio State students were interested in attending the game, especially after D-Tix at the Ohio Union announced an undisclosed amount of tickets would be offered to students with a valid BuckID for $25 each.The tickets went on sale through D-Tix Sept. 3, but because of more students wanting tickets than originally expected, D-Tix switched the method for students to buy tickets to a lottery.Former Columbus Crew right back Frankie Hejduk said he is excited for the game against Mexico as well as the growth of the soccer scene in Columbus.“It was very awesome to see how excited and passionate students are for soccer,” Hejduk said in an interview with The Lantern. “I see students getting into soccer more and more. I see Crew, U.S. and (Premier League) stuff all over the place.”The U.S. would qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a victory over Mexico and a win or tie by Honduras. A loss for Mexico and a Honduras win over Panama would almost completely end Mexico’s chances of moving out of fourth place in the group.The fourth place team will compete in a playoff with New Zealand to determine another spot in the Cup.The U.S. v. Mexico game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crew Stadium. read more

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16 amazing songs from the 1990s that youve forgotten

first_imgAH, THE 1990s. For many of us, it’s where we cut our musical teeth.But the songs that spoke to back then? Many are mouldering in the dusty vaults of, er, YouTube.Here are the ones you loved… and then left behind. (You can also listen to them all on Spotify here.)What have we missed? Add your own in the comments…1. Spin Doctors – Two PrincesAKA the “Go Ahead Now” song.All together now: “If you! Want to buy me flowers…”YouTube/EvilFox3022. The Connells – ’74-’75Got no reason, for coming to me with the rain running down. Got no idea what this song is about. Doesn’t matter.YouTube/Rick Pollock3. Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’sSo wait – did they have something in common, or not? We never knew.YouTube/falcige4. Bran Van 3000 – Drinking In LAI woke up again this morning with the sun in my eyes…YouTube/drscaryu5. Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm MmmWas this the most screwed up song of the 1990s? Probably.YouTube/crashtestdummiescom6. OMC – How BizarreThe video to this is also bizarre.YouTube/Ivan Barros7. Barenaked Ladies – One WeekOnly  in the 1990s could the Barenaked Ladies have been taken in any way seriously.YouTube/warnerbros8. Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo!If this wasn’t the soundtrack to at least one summer in your 1990s, you weren’t there.YouTube/genimas9. They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your SoulThe song that teenage dweebs everywhere (shout out!) felt clever because they knew the words to.YouTube/Shuda710. White Town – Your WomanCan you sing the intro to yourself before you hit play?YouTube/emimusic11. Third Eye Blind – Semi Charmed LifeAll together now: Doop doop doop, doop doo-doop dooooo….YouTube/wamloquamlo12. Space – Female Of The SpeciesWeird Welsh rockers come up trumps.YouTube/punkrockfuneral13. James – Laid“She only comes when she’s on top.” We didn’t know what this meant. She only visits when she can have the top bunk?YouTube/fishnchips1414. Blueboy – Remember MeGING-GA-GING GA GA GING GING GING.YouTube/VidZone15. Soul Asylum – Runaway TrainNever coming back.YouTube/Brinton James Bingham16. Cornershop – Brimful of AshaEven a terrible Fatboy Slim remix couldn’t drag this doozy of a summer anthem down.We had no idea what he was talking about though.YouTube/CornershopHQYou can listen to all the tunes in our Forgotten 1990s Tunes playlist on Spotify.17 tunes you smooched someone to in the 1990s>Are you a child of the 1990s? Here are 26 ways to tell>last_img read more

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Man accused of murdering April Jones 5 kept pictures of her on

first_imgTHE MAN ACCUSED of the murder of five-year-old April Jones in Wales kept pictures of her on his computer.BBC News reports that Mark Bridger, 47, of Ceinws, Powys, Wales also stored images of April’s half-sisters, other local girls and child murder victims.The prosecution claims the defendant murdered April in a sexually motivated attack, however, Bridger said he accidentally hit her with his car but does not remember what he did with her body. A young witness says April climbed willingly into Bridger’s car.The court in Wales also heard how Bridger approached April’s half-sister on Facebook last year, and tried to ‘friend’ her.Mark Bridger arrives at Mold Crown Court. (Images: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)Bridger is accused of abducting and murdering April last October but denies all charges against him including perverting the course of justice.The schoolgirl’s disappearance sparked one of the biggest police searches ever mounted in Britain and drew in hundreds of local people to scour the mountainous area, but her body has never been found.The trial heard that blood and tiny bone fragments found at Bridger’s cottage were a near-perfect match with April’s DNA.Bridger, an experienced slaughterman who once worked at an abattoir, denies abducting and murdering April as she played near her home in the small town of Machynlleth in mid-Wales on October 1 last year.Coral and Paul Jones, the parents of April Jones arrive at Mold Crown Court. (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)The prosecution says he went to great lengths to clean up the evidence of her murder, although police officers who went to his home had not realised the significance of his efforts at the time.Earlier on the day that April vanished, Bridger exchanged text messages with his ex-girlfriend Vicky Fenner about their relationship that she had broken off.Bridger then allegedly texted his employer to ask for the day off and went to collect a benefit payment before returning home, viewing indecent images on his computer, looking at photos of local girls on Facebook and asking three women for dates on the social networking site.Additional reporting © AFP, 2013Read: Man accused of murdering April Jones ‘approached her sister on Facebook’> More: Suspect says he wishes he remembers what he did with April’s body>last_img read more

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Wait for Pokemon on the Nintendo Switch

first_img NX Revealed as the Nintendo SwitchNintendo NX launches December 31 for $450 according to UK retailer Stay on target Between remakes and later variants of existing games, Pokemon handheld RPGs are almost an annualized franchise at this point. However, there’s still just enough time between brand new core entries to make the arrival of the next Pokemon generation feel like a true gaming event. That event is almost upon us again as Pokemon Sun and Moon for Nintendo 3DS are less than a month away. What we’ve seen so far has looked very promising, and you can even play a demo now.However, as fabulous as Dugtrio’s new Alolan hair looks, I’m not sure I’ll pick up this new game. I probably won’t be joining in on this celebration of the franchise’s 20th anniversary. This isn’t because I think Pokemon Sun and Moon look bad. It’s just that in my gaming travels, I’ve learned that the best way to play Pokemon is to know when to wait. And I’m waiting for Pokemon on Nintendo’s next console, the recently revealed Nintendo Switch.My Pokemon history, let me explain it to you. I remember being a kid when Pokemon Red and Blue changed everything back in 1998. The Game Boy games were truly a seismic gaming shift, getting Westerners addicted to a concept as thoroughly Japanese as collecting pocket monsters as well as getting children addicted to the relatively complex role-playing game genre. I liked the cards and the anime but I loved the games. And sure, when looking back now nostalgia plays a big role, but few would disagree that part of the franchise’s impressive longevity (and profitability) is due to the continuing sheer strength of its fundamental gameplay, gameplay that started with those games.Despite my love affair with the original games, though, I didn’t immediately make the leap to their sequels Pokemon Gold and Silver. I don’t exactly remember why. Maybe it was because I thought having to buy a new Pokemon game was a scam? That’s why I didn’t get a Game Boy Advance until well after the SP game out. Maybe it was because I thought the originals were still great. Or maybe it was because I was just a poor, broke child living in Dot-com bubble New Jersey, not a fabulously wealthy New York City games journalist.From 2004 on I was a huge fan of the Nintendo DS, but I was also a self-conscious tween embarrassed by the idea of playing a “kiddie” franchise like Pokemon. It wasn’t until I became confident enough in my own game opinions, mostly by writing reviews, that I finally revisited the franchise. And boy were they worth the wait.Pokemon Gold and Silver and Pokemon Black and White are in my opinion the best Pokemon games not just because they have the coolest names but because they are actual sequels that build upon the franchise’s ideas. They aren’t just Pokemon on a new system. This is because they were the second generations of their respective platforms, they couldn’t coast on the novelty of new hardware. Pokemon Sun and Moon look encouraging for similar reasons Furthermore, taking a lengthy Pokemon hiatus allowed years of incremental changes to hit me all at once. More than 151 Pokemon? A city based on New York? Color Graphics!?!?High on the freshness of Pokemon Black and White, I decided to buy Pokemon X and Y for the Nintendo 3DS on launch day. Unfortunately, this was a mistake. Despite 3D graphics being a huge change for the series, I couldn’t ignore the underlying sameness. It was pretty much the same game I already played just two years earlier. Deflated, I returned to Pokemon hibernation, aside from a little Pokemon Go.I get why Pokemon comes out as often as it does. It makes money and there are always kids who need a jumping on point for the series. Pokemon Sun and Moon will be some child’s first Pokemon game and it will blow their minds. But once you’re in, you don’t have to stay in. If you step out, you can return with an even greater appreciation.That’s why I’m waiting for the inevitable Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch, and you should too. For one thing, by the time it comes out I will have recovered from my Pokemon X and Y burnout. But furthermore, the very nature of the Switch promises a Pokemon game the likes of which we’ve never seen.The Switch marries Nintendo’s console and handheld hardware in a mobile device you can dock on your TV. That means we should be getting the true handheld Pokemon RPG adventure we’re used to in a machine powerful enough to run Skyrim. Imagine the possibilities! How can you not be at least intrigued by that?If you want to play Pokemon Sun and Moon on November 18, go ahead. There are plenty of reasons to be jazzed for it. But if you want your next Pokemon experience to be a truly revolutionary one, join me in waiting for Pokemon on the Nintendo Switch. Or maybe Nintendo will just port Sun and Moon to Switch and we’ll all be happy.last_img read more

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PHOTO: WWE looks to be debuting a new set for tonight’s RAW in Pittsburgh,…

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook A photo has started making the rounds on Twitter courtesy of @J_Ortosky showing what looks to be a new set for tonight’s WWE RAW taping in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.WWE already revealed a new RAW logo over the weekend for the reboot tonight.You can check out the photo below.@ProWrestlingMag new stage confirmed for tonight my buddy @capn_spanky is in Pittsburgh setting up for tonight. pic.twitter.com/HODOSNRWyH— Justin Ortosky (@J_Ortosky) July 25, 2016 WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottecenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Google+ WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions last_img read more

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US approves secret deal to sell nuclear technology and assistance to Saudi

first_imgU.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DCREUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoIn a move that has raised several eyebrows and questions, the Donald Trump administration has approved a secret deal to sell nuclear technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia. Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers on Thursday, March 28, that the admin had approved six applications from US companies, which had requested that the application be kept a secret.Perry revealed that the Energy Department had approved 37 nuclear applications since January 2017, of which nine were in the Middle East. Two other applications were also approved for Jordan. The approvals will allow the companies to carry out ground work on nuclear power, before a deal to build a nuclear plant gets a nod. There have been plans to build at least two nuclear plants in the nation. However, the companies will not be permitted to ship any equipment to these nations.The approvals were first reported by the Daily Beast, after which Perry confirmed them to the Senate Armed Services Committee.Meanwhile, the six companies had reportedly requested that the details of the application and the deal be kept a secret. “In this case, each of the companies which received a specific authorization for (Saudi Arabia) have provided us written request that their authorization be withheld from public release,” the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a document, accessed by Reuters. However, Perry refuted these reports and said that the US companies just wanted to keep the details of the application private. “These US companies that are going to be doing this work want to keep that proprietary information from being out in the public domain,” the Associated Press quoted Perry as saying. “What we’re talking about here is something that goes on every day in this town and across the country.”Lawmakers question Trump admin’s decisionThe revelation comes at a time when Riyadh and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have faced the ire of several nations for the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Several US lawmakers have slammed the crown prince for this act over the last few months, with many even calling him a “wrecking ball” and someone who had gone “full gangster.”After Perry spoke of the plans, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine asked him if the approvals came after October 2, when Khashoggi was murdered, but the former said that he did not know the specific dates. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have slammed the move and many said that one couldn’t trust Saudi Arabia with such crucial nuclear power, when they couldn’t even be trusted with a bone saw — a reference to Khashoggi’s murder.  Many are also specially concerned about the deal with Riyadh after a Washington Post article earlier, citing satellite imagery, said that there were speculation on how Saudi Arabia has built a facility to produce ballistic missiles. Keeping in mind all these issues, Representative Brad Sherman, a Democrat, has urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to release the names of the companies that got the approvals by the mid of April and also added that the Trump admin has tried to evade the Congress in regard to sharing nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia. However, Pompeo has said that he will look into the matter and that the US officials were “working to ensure that the nuclear power that [the Saudis] get is something we understand and doesn’t present that risk” of allowing them to make nuclear weapons, reported AP. Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez have also said that they were “troubled by the administration’s lack of consultations with Congress.”last_img read more

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Miley Cyrus responds to being groped by a fan in Barcelona and

first_imgMiley Cyrus and Liam HemsworthInstagramMiley Cyrus is not happy with how things turned out in Barcelona when a fan groped her and kissed her. The singer has often expressed that she understands fanaticism and is okay with fans going overboard. However, there is a time and place and the necessity of consent involved in everything. And this fan in Barcelona seems to have crossed the line!Taking to her Instagram, Miley Cyrus shared videos of the terrifying incident and wrote, “She can be wearing what she wants. She can be a virgin. She can be sleeping with 5 different people. She can be with her husband. She can be with her girlfriend. She can be naked. She CAN’T be grabbed without her consent.” On the same, a source further told E! News, “She always respects her fans’ enthusiasm… She is certainly unsettled by this. But is doing fine now.” Miley Cyrus’ Instagram storyInstagramThe incident was very shocking and terrifying for Miley as she was caught completely off guard by the fan. He just jumped and grabbed her as she made her way to the car with husband Liam Hemsworth. On the same, another source told HollywoodLife, “The guy didn’t mean any harm, but it was way over the line because it was totally without consent. Miley was able to duck right out of his grasp, but it freaked her out a little.” A second insider further added, “It was definitely uneasy and confusing, but it all happened so fast, that she didn’t really have a chance to be scared. She was briefly upset, but was able to move on pretty quickly from the hysteria.” Miley Cyrus InstagramInstagramAs soon as the groping incident took place, Liam Hemsworth quickly got hold of Miley and took her inside the car. While the video was cut off as soon as Liam got hold of Miley, it seemed as if he was ready to show the man his place. An insider told HollywoodLife, “Miley doesn’t like being overly sheltered. She has always resisted that. She wants to live a normal life, so she tries to find the right balance of keeping herself protected and interacting with her fans, because she really does love her fans.”Miley visited Barcelona along with Liam to promote her new EP, She Is Coming.last_img read more

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Robbins Heritage Center Reading from Everything I Seen

first_imgThe Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester will celebrate Black History Month by encouraging the sharing of personal histories from the Black perspective, unfiltered or censored.  On Feb. 9th at noon in the Robbins Heritage Center passages from “Everything I Seen,” a manuscript by Barbara Lockhart, will be read by Mrs. Nona Stanley. This work was developed from a years’ long relationship that Ms. Lockhart had with the subject, Mary Taylor.  Ms. Taylor shared her thoughts, experiences and realities as a Black woman who lived in North Dorchester for decades.  The Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester is located at 1003 Greenway Dr, Cambridge, MD 21613. For more information go to dorchesterhistory.com.last_img read more

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Will visit every doorstep to expedite pending tax collection Atin Ghosh

first_imgKolkata: Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh will be going to the doorsteps of citizens to speed up the collection of pending taxes. Ghosh was handed over the charge of the Assessment Collection department on Tuesday.”I have gone to every single doorstep to create massive awareness against vector-borne diseases like dengue. The same model will be followed in tax collection. There is still Rs 4,700 crore tax pending and we will try to mop it up quickly,” Ghosh told reporters after sitting on the Deputy Mayor’s chair for the first time. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources said that Ghosh has instructed the concerned officials of his departments to write the name of the officer along with the date on top of the files as soon as they reach his table. “This will be helpful in monitoring delay, if any, on the part of any officer in dispatching of files,” the sources said. Ghosh said he will also take steps to simplify the process of depositing property tax through unit area assessment (UAA). “People will also be informed that if somebody wants to pay property tax using the old method, it will also be accepted,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that KMC had introduced UAA in April 2017, but a good number of people have been unable to properly understand the process of submitting tax through the same. There are a total of 2.75 lakh assessees under KMC but till March this year, only around 50,000 people had paid their taxes through UAA. “An unnecessary scare about the new property tax calculation method has kept assessees from embracing the new method. We need to put an end to this irrational fear and for this, we are taking all measures,” a senior official of the Assessment department said.last_img read more

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The Monumental Ruins of Petra Built into a Sacred Desert

first_imgPetra was once a bustling city in the southern desert of Jordan near the town of Wadi Musa.  Thought to have been established about 312 BC, it was populated by the Nabataeans, who called it Raqmu.  The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs who helped established Petra as an important stop and trading hub along well-traveled caravan trade routes carrying silk, spices, and herbs from India, China, and Egypt. Petra was under Roman rule for about 100 years starting at about 106 AD, when progress suddenly stopped and the city of Palmyra took over as the region’s foremost trading hub.  In 363, an earthquake destroyed part of the town as well as the Nabataean aqueducts that had supplied water to the city.  The last residents abandoned the city when the Arab conquered it about 663.Petra, JordanThe town is carved from the surrounding rose-colored rock, using Hellenistic and Nabataean styles of architecture on the royal tombs, the Urn Tomb, the Palace Tomb, the Corinthian Tomb, and the Monastery.  They also constructed one of the most efficient water-collecting methods ever seen in the desert by using dams and cisterns to collect the water from the few rainstorms that occur.  On average, Petra gets rain about nine days per year.  When it falls, it is often torrential, and flash flooding is a result.  The Nabataeans were able to capture the floodwater and store it.View of the Royal Tombs in Petra. Author: Carlalexanderlukas CC BY-SA 3.0.They learned how to purify and pressurize the water and had hundreds of tanks to store it. Tunnels were carved through the rock to allow the water from nearby springs to flow into the city.Ancient columns of the Great Temple. Author: Diego Delso CC BY-SA 3.0.The ruins of Petra have attracted the curious since the Middle Ages. In 1812, Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt visited the site at a time when it was dangerous for a foreigner to have traveled so far into the Ottoman Empire.  Burckhardt disguised himself as a Persian pilgrim but was unable to stay long for fear of raising suspicion.Al Khazneh or The Treasury at Petra. Photo by Berthold Werner -CC by SA-3.0“Great must have been the opulence of a city which could dedicate such monuments to the memory of its rulers,” he wrote. “Future travelers may visit the spot under the protection of an armed force; the inhabitants will become more accustomed to the researches of strangers, and then antiquities…will then be found to rank among the most curious remains of ancient art.”Lonely cave. Author: Leon petrosyan CC BY-SA 3.0.Archaeologist Dr.  Martha Sharp Joukowsky from Brown University has been excavating Petra for over 15 years, primarily in the area of the Great Temple.  Her team has found evidence of a 600-seat theater, a public bath, and a paved courtyard over vaulted underground rooms. Over 800 tombs were found in caves, as well as piles of rock that were once homes and shops, Nabatean coins, and parts of statues litter the ground.  A student of Joukowsky’s, Leigh-Ann Bedal, found the remains of terraced gardens, swimming pools, fountains, and large shade trees, possibly indicating a public area.  Recovered tools such as olive presses suggest orchards of olive trees.  Nutshells and seeds were found, possibly from cultivated nut trees.Several teams under the direction of the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project are surveying the lands around Petra.  Another team is studying the old routes to the city.  The people of Petra took advantage of the oasis in the desert and the city had a thriving business culture of cafes, rooms for rent, shops, and public baths.  The high demand for perfumes and spices kept the traders coming.General view. Author: Leon petrosyan CC BY-SA 3.0.Petra was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December of 1985. Unfortunately, looting and destruction of excavated sites is an ongoing problem and archaeologists are seeking help from UNESCO to secure and protect what remains. Today Petra is an important tourist destination in Jordan.  While many building interiors are off limits, most of the site can be explored on foot.Read another story from us: The ancient Pinnacles Desert of Western AustraliaThe nearby village of Wadi Musa has a visitor center and accommodation for tourists.  Locals also conduct concerts in Petra as entertainment for the tourists. Excavations are still going on, as less than half of Petra has been uncovered. The Brown University archaeology teams now have access to satellite photography that allows them to see images under the sand allowing them to efficiently focus their research efforts.last_img read more

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Firefox 51 shows memory usage of individual processes

first_imgFirefox 51 shows memory usage of individual processes by Martin Brinkmann on September 05, 2016 in Firefox – 12 commentsWith multi-process Firefox slowly rolling out to stable channel installations of the browser, further work is done on improving the feature for all Firefox users.Mozilla made the decision to roll out the new multi-process architecture with a single content process initially that is separated from the browser core.The company plans to change that by adding more processes to Firefox.The feature needs to be stabilized first however as it is plagued by a couple of bugs currently.Another improvement that is still in the works is sandboxing which will improve security once it lands.One core difference between Firefox’s multi-process architecture and that of Google Chrome is that Firefox will never use Chrome’s one process for every site system. The main reason for that decision is RAM usage, as it can quickly go out of hand.Mozilla’s initial implementation uses about 20% more memory when compared to vanilla Firefox without multi-process enabled.Memory usage of SubprocessesMozilla landed a new feature in Firefox 51 Nightly recently that lists the memory usage of each process in the browser itself.All you need to do is load about:performance in Firefox to get a listing of each process, and the memory it uses.If you have not changed the number of processes, you get one parent process and another that is used for the content listed on the page.Each content process is listed with its process ID which makes identification easier. While there is no option to deal with a process right from the about:performance page, you may open the Task Manager to locate and kill a misbehaving process using its ID; this should not have any effect on the parent process or other processes used by Firefox.The new feature is comparable to Chrome’s Task Manager which lists memory use and process IDs as well. Chrome however has options to end a process right from within the Task Manager, and it lists network and cpu use of each process on top of that.One issues with Firefox’s memory usage listing on the page is that there is no indication about the sites that are open in any given content process. It would be useful to have a listing of each site open in a content process, as it may help analyze why RAM usage shot through the roof.It will take a while before the new feature lands in Firefox Stable. (via Sören)SummaryArticle NameFirefox 51 shows memory usage of individual processesDescriptionMozilla launched a new feature in Firefox recently that lists the memory usage of each individual multi-content process in the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Microsofts Hotfix service is no longer available

first_imgMicrosoft’s Hotfix service is no longer available by Martin Brinkmann on November 05, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: November 05, 2018 – 28 commentsIt appears that Microsoft retired the company’s Hotfix service for its Windows operating system and Microsoft Easy Fix solutions.System administrators and users who attempt to download hotfixes from Microsoft’s website are greeted with a “This hotfix is no longer available message”.The entire message reads:The Hotfix service is no longer available. Instead you can find your fix or patch by upgrading to the latest update available for your product.You can also obtain Microsoft drivers, software updates, and other support files by downloading them from the Microsoft Catalog, the Microsoft Download Center, or upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 10 contains the most up-to-date security and other features built right in.Microsoft suggests that devices are updated to the latest version to patch the issue and that drivers, software updates, or support files can be downloaded from various Microsoft services.Microsoft released hotfixes in the past to address critical issues on Windows PCs.  Examples include: a hotfix that fixed a corruption issue in Windows 7,  another to improve the printing performance on Windows 7, and a third to address a security issue in Internet Explorer.Hotfixes were provided as separate downloads that administrators could install on Windows PCs to fix certain issues on the devices. These were temporary in nature, usually, as Microsoft integrated the patches into updates that it released at a later point in time to all users usually.Microsoft did not make any announcement in regards to the retiring of the hotfix service to the best of my knowledge. I contacted Microsoft to find out more about the shutdown of the service but have not heard back from Microsoft. I will update the article with additional information if Microsoft responds.Hotfixes are still listed on the Microsoft Update Catalog website. A search for hotfix on the catalog website returns more than 1000 items (1000 is the hard limit and the output is limited to the first 1000 results on the catalog website).It is interesting to note that the Support pages of hotfixes are still available, and that the download links still work. Some download links open the Microsoft Hotfix Index site while others the Microsoft Update Catalog website to download the hotfix.This suggests that previous hotfixes are still available when you dig deep enough.Microsoft announced the end of support for Microsoft Easy Fix solutions as well. Microsoft Easy Fix was known as Fix It previously.Microsoft notes that solutions are no longer supported and that downloads have been removed.You might have tried to download a Microsoft Easy Fix solution (formerly referred to as a “Fix It”). Easy Fix solutions are no longer supported or offered for download.The company suggests that users run the Troubleshooter that is integrated in the client version of the Windows operating system to fix issues.Closing WordsWhen did Microsoft release the last hotfix for a Windows operating system? The last hotfix release for Windows 8 happened in 2015 and the last release for Windwos Server 2012 R2 in 2016 according to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.No hotfixes are listed for Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 according to the site.Now You: Did you install hotfixes in the past on Windows PCs? (via Born)SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft’s Hotfix service is no longer availableDescriptionIt appears that Microsoft retired the company’s Hotfix service for the Microsoft Windows operating system recently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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N3 traffic volumes expected to be highN3 traffic volumes expected to be

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite As the long weekend draws to an end, many motorists will be on the N3 travelling back home.Due to this, one can expect high traffic volumes for Sunday from 12pm to 8pm.Bear this in mind as you plan to head back home.Read also: Update: Scene of fatal crash cleared, but other incidents cause traffic backlogsRead also: 3 fuel stops closed to motorists There are also 3 fuel stops along the N3 that are closed, so motorists should plan accordingly.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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US bank earnings up 69 percent in Q1

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks’ earnings rose 6.9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier as revenues increased, delinquent loans continued to fall and the number of “problem” banks reached a six-year low.The data issued Wednesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed “gradual but steady improvement” for the banking industry, FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg said at a news conference. Still, low interest rates continued to crimp banks’ profit margins on loans during the January-March period. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories The FDIC reported that U.S. banks earned $39.8 billion in the first quarter, up from $37.2 billion a year earlier.Nearly 63 percent of banks reported an increase in profit in the first quarter from a year earlier. Only 5.6 percent of banks were unprofitable — the lowest percentage of unprofitable institutions since the second quarter of 2005.The volume of delinquent loans fell by 6 percent, and the average noncurrent loan rate declined from 1.96 percent to 1.83 percent, a seven-year low. Banks also increased by nearly 10 percent, or $756 million, the amounts they set aside to cover losses on loans. Lending grew by 0.6 percent, or $52.5 billion.The number of banks on the FDIC’s confidential “problem list” fell to a six-year low of 253 from 291 in the fourth quarter.Community banks scored strong earnings growth in the first quarter, jumping 16.4 percent from the same period last year to $4.9 billion. They showed stronger growth in lending than the rest of the industry, the FDIC said.But continued low interest rates “remains a challenge for banks,” Gruenberg saidThe average net interest margin on loans and other investments fell to 3.02 percent from 3.16 percent from a year earlier. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Quick workouts for men The number of bank failures continues to slow, marking 18 last year. That is still more than normal. In a strong economy, an average of four or five banks close annually. But failures declined from 24 in 2013 and were down sharply from 157 in 2010 — the most in one year since the height of the savings and loan crisis in 1992.So far this year, five banks have failed. Eight had been shuttered by this time last year.The decline in bank failures has allowed the deposit insurance fund to strengthen. The fund, which turned from deficit to positive in the second quarter of 2011, had a $65.3 billion balance at the end of March, according to the FDIC.The FDIC was created during the Great Depression to insure bank deposits. It monitors and examines the financial condition of U.S. banks. The agency guarantees bank deposits up to $250,000 per account.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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Mortgage Rates Up in Mixed Measures Following Jobs Report

first_img Share October 11, 2012 426 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Freddie Mac’s “”Primary Mortgage Market Survey””:http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/ (PMMS) showed surprisingly little life this week following the better-than-expected jobs report for September.[IMAGE]While rates did rise for the week ending October 11, most increases were mild. The 30-year fixed average posted the largest growth, rising to 3.39 percent (0.7 point) from 3.36 percent├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øa record low├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øthe week before. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also saw an increase, averaging 2.70 percent (0.6 point), up from 2.69 percent previously. For the second week in a row, the 15-year fixed average was lower than the average for a 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). Until last week’s survey, the last time the 15-year fixed dipped lower than the 5-year ARM was in October 2009.Meanwhile, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.73 percent (0.6 point), up from 2.72 percent before, while the 1-year ARM edged up to 2.59 percent (0.4 point) from 2.57 percent previously.””Bankrate’s””:http://www.bankrate.com/ survey saw more dramatic increases, with the 30-year fixed hiking up seven basis points to 3.59 percent. At the same time, the 15-year fixed slid up to 2.84 percent.The 5/1-year ARM inched up, averaging 2.68 percent for the week.With the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ working to keep rates down and a slowly recovering economy propping them up, the vast majority of experts-67 percent-interviewed by Bankrate “”anticipate little to no change in the coming week””:http://www.bankrate.com/news/rate-trends/mortgage.aspx.””A lower-than-expected unemployment rate in the U.S. and a lack of bad news out of Europe were the catalysts for the slight rise in rates,”” said Michael Becker, a mortgage banker for “”WCS Funding Group””:http://happymortgage.com/. “”Looking forward, QE3 and weaker third-quarter earnings keep bond yields and mortgage rates from rising. But it’s also hard to see them dropping from current low levels. I expect mortgage rates to hold steady in the coming week.””Market expert Dan Green, one of the 19 percent minority who expect rates to fall again, offered much simpler reasoning for his forecast.””Don’t fight the Fed,”” Green told Bankrate. “”QE3 for the win.””center_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2012-10-11 Tory Barringer Mortgage Rates Up in Mixed Measures Following Jobs Reportlast_img read more

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Homebuyers Still Worried About Prices and Availability

first_img Share January 15, 2018 581 Views Potential homebuyers are having their plans hampered by limited availability and affordability, leading some to reconsider staying in their current home and renovating instead. That’s according to a new report by the National Association of Home Builders, released recently during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida.NAHB reports that housing starts increased 9 percent year-over-year in 2017, but housing availability and affordability remains serious obstacles to many homebuyers. Of the potential homebuyers surveyed by NAHB, 65 percent don’t see any relief for these problems coming in 2018. Of those surveyed, 79 percent of prospective buyers told NAHB that they can only afford half the homes in their markets.Rose Quint, Assistant VP of Survey Research for NAHB, said, “These potential buyers see a problem with housing availability. They know it’s a tough nut to crack, but they are not deterred. They are still planning to buy a house in the next 12 months.”The inventory and affordability issues are also leading more homeowners to stick in their current homes longer than they otherwise would. According to NAHB, homeowners are staying in their homes an average of 12-13 years, and that longer timeline means many homeowners are looking to renovate.NAHB reports that the top five renovation projects homeowners are considering include changing paint colors (48 percent), changing flooring (43 percent), or fixing up their kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor areas. That holds true for both luxury homes and mainstream homes (the latter defined as those owned by homeowners with an income of less than $125,000 per year).According to NAHB, the average home size for 2017 was 2,627 square feet, more or less unchanged from the 2016 total of 2,622 square feet. Forty-six percent of homes had four or more bedrooms in 2017, as compared to 45 percent in 2016. NAHB reports that in 2017 37 percent of homes had three full bathrooms, up from 35 percent in 2016.Per NAHB’s surveys, homes built in 2018 will likely include “a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, separate laundry room, a great room, nine-foot ceilings on the main floor and granite kitchen counters.” Energy-saving perks such as Energy Star-certified windows and appliances are also on track to be very popular in the year ahead.Furthermore, apparently not every potential homeowner puts a premium on having a lot of space. According to NAHB, 53 percent of respondents said they would consider buying a home smaller than 600 square feet at some point in their lives, with Gen Xers and millennials considerably more open to the idea than Baby Boomers or seniors.You can find out more about the NAHB’s homebuyer survey data by clicking here. Home Prices home renovation Homebuyers Housing Inventory National Association of Home Builders 2018-01-15 David Whartoncenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Origination Homebuyers Still Worried About Prices and Availabilitylast_img read more

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