Rajapaksa added that Sri Lanka would continue to firmly support China on issues concerning its national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa over phone that China supports his country’s efforts to protect its national sovereignty, and would continue to offer assistance, the Xinhua news agency reported.During their telephone conversation, Rajapaksa congratulated Xi on his election as Chinese president, and said the two countries are close friends. The Sri Lankan people appreciate China’s assistance to help the country promote peace, stability and development. Xi also thanked the Sri Lankan president for the country’s long-term support on issues regarding China’s core interests, and said China highly values the development of its relations with Sri Lanka.China firmly supports Sri Lanka’s efforts to protect its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and would like to continue to provide assistance to Sri Lanka within China’s capacity, said the Chinese president. Xi said that he hopes the two countries will make concerted efforts to promote their comprehensive relations of cooperation and partnership to even higher levels.Xi, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), was elected state president and chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Thursday at the plenary meeting of the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC). Xi, for his part, thanked Rajapaksa for his congratulations. He said China and Sri Lanka are friendly neighbors. For many years, bilateral ties have maintained a healthy and stable development momentum, with fruitful cooperation in all sectors.
A shooting in central Hamilton has left one man in hospital – and a woman was taken into custody at the scene.According to witnesses in the area — it was just after five o’clock, when the sound of three quick gunshots filled the street outside a small Jamaican grill, on Tisdale Avenue North.Just moments before, some men in a black car, had been parked on the street. According to neighbours in the area, a man riding a scooter got into the car and was speaking to at least one occupant, when the vehicle was approached by another man — who started shooting.The shooter was described as a tall thin black man, in a striped shirt. He was seen running down the alley way behind a local pub, by at least two people. Police have already asked for, and reviewed a security tape from that pub. A short time later, police began to gather outside an apartment building on Emerald Avenue, a block away. Soon after, a woman in handcuffs was loaded into a police cruiser, and taken away.Buillding residents told me that the woman is known as Maya. That she lives in the building, and that they believe her apartment is often used for drug activity. Police remained outside the building long after taking the woman into custody. We were told that they were waiting for a warrant to search an area inside the building, but that they did not expect to find the shooter there. In the interim, a single forensics officer arrived to investigate the scene, where the shooting allegedly took place.The Emergency Response Team has just entered the building for which the warrant was obtained. Police will say very little about this incident at the moment, as they are still in the thick of the investigation. However, they did confirm however that one male is in hospital, with non-life threatening injuries.
A 31-year-old man who “terrorized” Norfolk County was sentenced in Brantford’s Ontario Court to 30 months in prison. David Daniel Minor, of Port Rowan, caused thousands of dollars in damage last April while he stole items to feed a raging opiate addiction. “He was 16 months into a probation order when he fell off the wagon, and went back to his pattern of terrorizing Norfolk County,” assistant Crown attorney Lynette Fritzley told Justice Colette Good last month, “In 2015, he was breaking into cottages along Long Point and stealing items that included firearms.” Fritzley said Minor has become a boogeyman to area farmers, whom he targets. One day last April, Minor used a stolen ATV to ram a pickup truck that was blocking the doors of a barn. Once the truck was moved, he loaded a 1995 LT4 Corvette engine, transmission and water pump into a 2004 trailer to haul away the loot. But first he carved a message to the barn owner into the side of the truck. As he was leaving, a couple driving by saw the open barn and Minor hauling the trailer with the ATV. Minor drove at them, causing the couple to back up for a quarter-mile before Minor passed them. When the couple tried to follow, Minor grabbed a gas can and walked toward their vehicle, uncapping the can. On April 28, when two farmers caught Minor in the act, he threw a can of propane at the windshield of one of their vehicles and then fought with the two men, who had called police. As Minor was marched to the road by the farmers, he said: “I’m not going back to jail. You’ll have to shoot me!” And he ran for a bush area. Police later learned Minor had talked someone into giving him a ride home to Port Rowan. Minor turned himself in later that day. Fritzley said Minor’s victims were accustomed to living in a community where they could leave doors unlocked and keys in vehicles. “These were law-abiding citizens who worked hard to accumulate property and to have Mr. Minor come in at all times of the day and night to steal things at pennies on the dollar, just to feed it into his veins or up his nose … and for what? Now these victims have to live with the consequences.” Minor pleaded guilty to 15 crimes committed from April 2 to 28. They included: stealing a 2008 Honda ATV; breaking into a shed and stealing items; breaking into Houghton First Baptist Church; stealing thousands of dollars worth of power tools, committing arson by burning a John Deere gator; breaking into a barn to steal car parts; driving dangerously; threatening a couple who tried to follow him; damaging a pickup truck by carving a message on it; assaulting a farmer who tried to hold him for police; escaping from custody; breaking into several sea containers; and breaking probation orders by twice not being found in his home when Norfolk OPP officers checked if he was obeying curfew orders. Fritzley presented victim impact statements from several of those who had run-ins with Minor and restitution requests that totalled more than $55,000. “To his credit, he’s pleading guilty and saving us from having a lengthy trial,” said Fritzley. “And some of the offences had only circumstantial evidence.” Defence lawyer Ann Marie Stewart said her client’s addiction has left his relationship with his partner and his son “in tatters. Minor understands what he’s done is wrong, she said. “He is truly sorry. Opiates have consumed his life.” The lawyer said that Minor hopes to one day be able to pay back his victims. “I’m deeply sorry for this,” Minor told the judge. “My addiction overwhelmed me and took control of my life. It ruined my life….” The judge said Minor has taken responsibility for his crimes but warned that his addictions mean he no longer thinks clearly. “Your behaviours during this last set of offences are scary and concerning,” said Good. “With people trying to place you under arrest you were violent and aggressive. “Open your eyes wide,” she said. “If you’re that out of it that you’re willing to throw things at vehicles, chase toward a vehicle, attempt to throw gasoline on a vehicle, that is somebody who is completely and utterly out of control because of the drugs.” The judge said she had a lot of sympathy for Minor’s farming victims who labour at difficult jobs and were left with fear and without tools and vehicles they need for work. “I would strongly encourage you to take advantage of all the resources in the penitentiary and use the next 30 months as productively as you can.” Minor got credit for having already served 357 days in jail. He’s to have no contact with his eight known victims, can’t own or use weapons for the rest of his life and, once released, can’t drive for 42 months. Orders for more than $21,000 in restitution were made. SGamble@postmedia.com @EXPSGamble
The investigation team, led by Swedish scientist Åke Sellström, completed the logistical arrangements over the weekend, according to a UN spokesperson.In the meantime, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, has continued her consultations with Damascus with a view to reaching agreement as soon as possible on the modalities essential for cooperation to ensure the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the mission.“Once the Government of Syria confirms its acceptance of the modalities, the mission will depart without delay,” said the spokesperson.The fact-finding mission was launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this year following a formal request from the Syrian Government.Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad, more than 100,000 people have been killed, almost 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced. In addition, at least 6.8 million Syrian require urgent humanitarian assistance.
Jacob Jarvis, 17, has been as important to the Ohio State football team as any player in the past four years he has been around the program. On Saturday, in front of 80,000 people, Jarvis had a moment of glory.With the final play of Team Scarlet’s 38-31 victory over Team Gray, Jarvis, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair, received a handoff from redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett and powered into the end zone for a touchdown.17-year old Jacob Jarvis, a Buckeye fan who suffers from muscular dystrophy, was able to score the final touchdown in today’s Spring Game. pic.twitter.com/V6w5hsYWbt— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) April 15, 2017Redshirt senior and senior defensive ends Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes came to Meyer on Friday asking if they could do something for Jarvis.“This is one of the best groups of older players I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said. “We love Jacob. Jacob’s part of our family. He’s been that way for about four or five — four years now.”Other players also commented on the touching tribute.Redshirt senior center Billy Price: “Jacob, he’s a part of the Ohio State football family. He will always be a part of the Ohio State football family and to be able to do something like that for him, whatever he wants to do, I support as well.”Lewis: “It just means a lot, because not everybody is as fortunate to have the same opportunities as us. To do that for someone, it means a lot to the heart because Jacob is a part of us. He has a lot of love for us and we love him the same way back … Everytime I see him, my spirits get lifted up.”
Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) intercepts a pass intended for an Indiana wide receiver during the 2017 season opener. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Ohio State’s first two games of the year, its passing defense performed poorly, allowing more than 380 passing yards in each game. The inexperienced defensive backfield, which lost three players early to the NFL draft, looked incompetent at times.But in the Buckeyes’ next four games, all of which came against lowly regarded, run-heavy teams, no opposing quarterback passed for more than 88 yards. In Saturday’s game against Nebraska, their secondary might be tested for the first time in more than a month.When redshirt junior quarterback Tanner Lee transferred to Nebraska from Tulane, the Cornhuskers thought they might have just landed a stud signal-caller. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 220 pounds, Lee looks the part. And when he throws the ball, his cannon arm is readily apparent. But the early on-field results were not pretty to open the year. He combined for five touchdowns and nine interceptions in consecutive games against Oregon, Northern Illinois and Rutgers. Despite the struggles, Ohio State still sees the talent.“We definitely respect him,” sophomore safety Jordan Fuller said. “We see the talent. We see the arm. We see his confidence in the pocket. So we have to be ready for that.”Through six games, Lee has completed 109-of-202 passes for an average of 243.3 yards per game, and tacked on 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The one trait Lee does not possess is an ability to run or escape the pocket. He has not rushed for more than five yards in a game this season. Lee often uses five-step drops and waits for plays to develop which will give Ohio State’s defensive line more opportunities than usual to rush the quarterback.“I think it’ll be a good game for us just because he’s a pro-style guy who wants to sit back there and scan the field a little bit, which we haven’t seen very much of,” sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said. “So, we’re excited for that, to get after him.”The Buckeyes have not faced a team whose primary offensive strategy was to have its immobile quarterback drop back since Lagow tore their defensive backfield up in Week 1. Even when Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield racked up yards against Ohio State, he used his mobility as a threat.If Bosa and the Buckeyes’ fearsome defensive front, which combined for six sacks and 12 tackles for loss against Maryland Saturday, can pressure Lee, he could be forced to make poor passing decisions. Lee will be dropping back with a less-experienced offensive line, which includes a true freshman protecting him at right tackle.Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he believes Lee had difficulties early in the season because he struggled to get over bad plays, especially when he threw two pick-6s against Northern Illinois. He said improving quarterbacks’ ability to rebound from interceptions is the hardest thing to coach, but he believes Lee is constantly improving in the area.“We’re going to have to really work hard to affect the passer,” Schiano said. “Because if we don’t, he’s a very fundamentally sound quarterback and he’s got a good arm.”Given the Buckeyes’ early-season secondary issues, not allowing Lee to have time in the pocket could help negate the concern of Lee picking on inexperienced cornerbacks. That will be even more important due to the smaller-than-normal cornerback rotation.Ohio State will be without starting cornerback Damon Arnette for the first half of the game due to a suspension as he was flagged for targeting in the second half of the game against the Terrapins. Head coach Urban Meyer said cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kendall Sheffield will start and freshman Jeffrey Okudah “will work in.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lois Labrianidis, an economic geographer who researches migration at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, told CNBC that off the estimated 160,000 to 180,000 university graduates who have emigrated in the past few years about half have doctorate degree. He also claims that 46% of Greeks plan moving abroad.According to Labrianidis “the brain drain has huge implications for Greece”, who explains that young scientists are emigrating because “the economy keeps sinking and there is no one left to create high-value-added products or services”, thus creating a vicious cycle.The managing director of Endeavor Greece Haris Makryniotis underlined that the uncertainty in Greece has gotten worse since the recent elections, which further pushes people from all walks of life to emigrate. The recent loan agreement extension has also increased uncertainty, as everyone waits to see what will happen in four months.
The swirling blue pattern here is actually the souls of Acer’s design team which are doomed to an eternity of servitude to the Predator 21X.<><> Even though this thing is brimming with USB ports, you won’t need to worry about external storage. You can just keep popping drives into another one of the laptop’s five internal bays until you’re satisfied with the total number of terabytes.Want to hook up an external monitor? Not a problem. In fact, why not hook up three? The Predator 21X has two DisplayPort and one HDMI output options, so you’ll never have to worry about feeling limited by its single, puny 21-inch screen.With this kind of hardware, the Predator 21X can’t be powered by an ordinary laptop brick. No, it takes a pair of AC adapters to supply enough juice to keep it running. We’ll assume you can just plug them into an ordinary wall outlet, but who knows? You might have to get an electrician to come wire in something that’s more like an EV charger. On the same day that they revealed a 2.5-pound Ultrabook measuring just 0.39 inches thick, Acer also showed off another model that weighed 17.6 pounds and probably eats Ultrabooks to power itself.This mammoth new machine is the Predator 21X, with the 21 referring to the diagonal measurement of its curved IPS display, and the X referring to the extra everything that Acer decided to cram inside its cavernous shell. Seriously, the hardware in this thing is absolutely insane. As insane as the $5,000 price tag Acer plans to slap on it.Let’s start with the normal stuff. It’s powered by an Intel Kaby Lake processor and has 802.11ac+ WiFi, gigabit Ethernet, and several USB ports (two type-a and “at least” one type-c). The rest of the Predator 21X’s components aren’t exactly typical laptop fare.The keyboard, for example, is mechanical and uses Cherry MX switches. The Predator 21X’s numeric keypad isn’t mechanical, but it does do backflips: you can turn it over if you need a gigantic touchpad to mouse around with. It also has dual GPUs — Nvidia GTX1080s, to be specific. Sound is pumped — nay, pounded — out through four speakers and two subwoofers. Its webcam? It supports eye-tracking, so you can glare at targets in some games to lock in headshots.
Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target Flippy, the burger-flipping, chicken tender-frying robot, might be making an appearance at a Walmart deli near you.Walmart is currently testing the kitchen robot assistant at its Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters to determine if it’s the right fit for its in-store delis, Yahoo Finance reports.Flippy, created by Miso Robotics, is the world’s first autonomous robotic kitchen assistant powered by artificial intelligence. It has previous real-world kitchen experience, including flipping burgers at CaliBurger and cooking fried chicken tenders at the Chick ‘n Tots stand at Dodgers Stadium.In September, Miso Robotics announced that Flippy has helped Dodgers Stadium team members consistently cook and serve more than 10,000 pounds of fresh chicken tenders and crispy tater tots to Dodgers fans, producing up to 80 baskets of food per hour.“Walmart saw what we were doing and said, ‘Could you bring Flippy from Dodgers Stadium to our Culinary Institute?’” Miso Robotics CEO David Zito told Yahoo Finance.Flippy has 3D and thermal scanners for eyes and uses the cloud-connected Miso AI for a brain, according to Miso Robotics. It can work a grill or fryer, cooks perfectly and consistently every time, and it features automatic tool switching and cleaning.At Walmart, Flippy would likely be used to do some of the more tedious tasks at the delis, and automate the frying process for many of the items, including chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, and potato wedges.It would put the food into the appropriate fryers, using visual recognition technology to make sure each food item goes into the right basket. Flippy would then “agitate” the basket by shaking it to make sure the product cooks evenly, and then move the basket to the drip rack. A Walmart associate will then test the food’s internal temperature, and then season the food before moving it to the display case and making it available for purchase.“What we want to do is assist the hardworking linemen cooks and chefs in America with tools to give them the ability to faithfully reproduce while taking the burden off some of these more repetitive and mundane tasks,” Zito said.More on Geek.com:Watch: This Toilet-Cleaning Robot Does the Dirty Work for YouThis Robot Cowboy Is Helping Make Cattle Herding SaferThis Electronic Glove Can Give Robots a Sense of Touch
Facebook WWE 205 Live Preview for June 26, 2018 episode airing tonight at 10:00 PM ET on WWE Network from Ontario, California.* The debut of Lio Rush* 6-Man Tag Team Elimination Match: The Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik) vs. Drew Gulak, The Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack GallagherWrestleview.com will have results from 205 Live later tonight. “GLOW” stars heading to Smackdown tonightA number of members of the cast of the hit Netflix series “GLOW” about the 1980s women’s wrestling promotion have been posting on Twitter about heading to tonight’s Smackdown taping in Ontario, California, with WWE.com even teasing as part of the preview for tonight’s episode of Smackdown that they might appear on the broadcast. @GlowNetflix coming for you WWE Smack Down!! Live TOMORROW! @wwe @naomiwwe #WWE #SDLive #glownetflix pic.twitter.com/WmG0I9j2Ft— Britt Baron (@brittbaron) June 25, 2018 WWE 205 Live Results – 9/3/19 (Drew Gulak aligns with Tony Nese, Lince Dorado competes) Pinterest WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) Google+ Twitter WhatsApp What ya’ll wanna do #WWE? @GlowNetflix coming for ya!! SmackDown Live!!! Tomorrow!@WWE @NaomiWWE #SDlive #GLOW #CherryBang pic.twitter.com/kxNpQBrHcU— Sydelle Noel (@sydelle_noel) June 26, 2018It is also said per a new report by Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com that former WWE and Impact star, Chavo Guerrero, who currently works for Lucha Underground and helped train the cast members of GLOW, will be heading to the taping tonight as well, but its unclear if he will appear on the broadcast or not. Source: PWInsider.com WWE 205 Live Results – 8/27/19 (Lorcan vs. Carrillo fight in a #1 Contender’s Match) Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
The Ministry of the Interior in a press release dated 31 March 2017 has indicated that it has decided to partially lift the temporary ban on the issuance of Machine-readable passports with effect from Monday April 3, 2017,The objective of the partial lifting of the ban, according to the release, is to allow Gambians who intend to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform their religious injunction as regards the Umrah and those travelling on medical grounds to have the required national identification document.The ministry however is applying the following conditions for an intending pilgrim to be issued a passport;The intending pilgrim must personally appear before a panel for interviewThe intending pilgrim must bring along authentic proof of Gambian nationalityThe intending pilgrim must submit airline reservation indicating date of departure/returnThe intending pilgrim must pay the prescribed feeFollowing the satisfaction of the above conditions and clearance by the immigration department, passport will be issued within two working days.The motive of these measures, the release states, is to meet the need for the government to restore integrity and eliminate fraud in the issuance and acquisition of vital national documents.The release has revealed that the Ministry has, in fact, started a review of the process of issuance of passports and national identity cards so as to ensure the sanitization of the serious defects involved in the acquisition of these vital national documents.The release concludes by soliciting the cooperation of the public in ensuring the integrity of the Gambian passport and other vital national identification documents.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 5, 2017 – Providenciales – The motoring public on the Island of Providenciales is advised that the access to windward road or Glass shack and Menzies corner as it is commonly called and to Leeward Highway turning right from the same road is closed. Motorist will be able to make a left turn coming out of Windward Street onto Leeward Highway and make a left turn into Windward Street off of Leeward Highway.The decision to close off this access was taken following intense discussions between various Government agencies as to the best course of action to take to manage the flow of traffic at this junction of the Leeward Highway. Serious concerns arose as a result of the number of accidents that occurred on Leeward Highway and Windward Street which resulted in fatalities, extensive damage to property and grievous bodily injury. Previous attempts to manage traffic at this junction proved futile as motorist have not been adhering to signs erected, advising of a left turn only resulting accidents continuing to occur.Access to the glass shack area can now be gained at the roundabout at First Caribbean and industrial park road or motorist may travel to the Suzie Turn roundabout, make a right at the roundabout, travel down to Windward Street and make a left turn. Coming out of Glass Shack and getting onto Leeward Highway, traveling in easterly direction can be access through Paradise Road onto Discovery Bay exiting at the Junction next to Shell Gas station.The Road Safety department along with the other Government agencies with responsibility for Traffic management take this opportunity to appeal to the motoring public to pay strict attention to the rules of the road and the signs that are erected. Every effort is being made to ensure safe driving on our streets.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:
HORRIFIC SCENE: Do not let this be called anything else but DOMESTIC TERRORISM. AP reports 2dead 13critical & dozens injured. #MandalayBay pic.twitter.com/q7faKkCPpN— Eduardo Samaniego (@EduSamani) October 2, 2017More than 520 people were hospitalized and at least 58 were killed, including two unidentified off-duty Las Vegas Metro Police officers. KUSI Newsroom LAS VEGAS (KUSI) — At least 59 people were killed, including the gunman, and several hundred were injured when they were hit with bullets from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel onto concert-goers watching headliner Jason Aldean perform Sunday night.The country music star was performing for 22,000 people at an outdoor three-day music festival called Route 91 Harvest Festival when a gunman — identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite Nevada — opened fire from a room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino room across from the concert. Left: Photo of 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada. Right: Windows shot out of a room at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where Paddock was believed to have rained bullets onto a crowd of concert-goers (Getty Images). There was no stated motive for the attack, but officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said they do not believe there is a threat to the United States at this time. The Federal Bureau of Investigations said Monday they do not believe the attack had any link to terrorist groups, despite ISIS claiming responsibility for the shooting without any evidence. The gunman was described as a “lone wolf.”A woman previously considered a person-of-interest was found outside of the country at the time of the attack, police said. Marilou Danley, 62, was Paddock’s roommate and was not believed to be involved. Las Vegas shooting leaves at least 59 dead, including gunman, several hundred injured in deadliest attack in US history My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017Previously, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. In that attack, 49 people were killed. @FBILasVegas is asking anyone with videos or photos from the 10/1/17 Las Vegas shooting to please call 1-800-CALLFBI (255-5324)— FBI Las Vegas (@FBILasVegas) October 2, 2017Paddock did not have any previous criminal history, according to police. His brother, Eric Paddock told reporters in Orlando, Florida his brother was “not a normal guy” and that he played high-stakes video poker. They were last in contact in September, Eric Paddock said. Speaking from the White House Monday, President Donald Trump offered his support to the victims of the attack. He called the shooting an “act of pure evil” and said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday.”I feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that binds us today and always will,” Trump said. Earlier in the day, the president tweeted his condolences: October 2, 2017 To my beloved friends in #LasVegas, my thoughts and prayers are with you today. pic.twitter.com/C3kUkjoVzw— Lisa Remillard (@LisaRemillard) October 2, 2017 Insane…. this JUST happened. #PrayForVegas pic.twitter.com/RWgjFW7BHy— Luke (@LukeBroadlick) October 2, 2017 Posted: October 2, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, We are sadden to report that one of the deceased from Sunday night’s shooting, was an off-duty #LVMPD police officer. #LVMPDnews— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017About 15 to 20 San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officers were at the weekend music festival, but all were okay, SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said Monday. The department was working to gather an exact count of officers and identify who exactly was in attendance. The Los Angeles Police Department said one of their off-duty officers was shot in the leg but was expected to recover. LA County Sheriff’s officials said two off-duty employees were struck by gunfire. One was in critical condition and the other was stable.Related Link: California law enforcement officers wounded in Las VegasAn Orange County sheriff’s deputy, a Bakersfield police officer and an Ontario police officer were among the more than 500 people injured Sunday. Aldean was in the middle of a song when shots were fired rapidly over the crowd. The music paused momentarily and began again, before a second round of shots rang out, a witness told Associated Press. Video from the scene shows Aldean stopping his performance and running from the stage as concert-goers scattered. The country star posted on Instagram, “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say… My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”With several hundred people injured, hospital rooms were jammed with patients transported by ambulance and driven in cars. Those who were missing family or friends were asked to call 1-866-535-5654. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said at a news conference Monday he visited some of the injured at local hospitals and described the victims as feeling angry and confused. He called the act cowardly and despicable. A SWAT team stormed the gunman’s hotel, using explosives to get access inside, and found Paddock dead. Officers believe he killed himself. At least eight weapons, including many long rifles, were found in the hotel room. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombado said 18 additional firearms, explosives and several hundred rounds of ammo were found in the suspect’s home. 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KUSI Newsroom, 19-year-old Oceanside man jailed for triple-fatal crash VISTA (KUSI) – A 19-year-old Oceanside man was behind bars today for allegedly plowing a pickup truck broadside into a passenger-packed car at an intersection near Buccaneer Beach while intoxicated, killing a 74-year-old woman and her two adult daughters and injuring three of their other relatives.Mason Robert Fish was heading south on South Coast Highway shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday when he allegedly ran a red light at Oceanside Boulevard, crashing his 2007 Toyota Tacoma into the driver’s side of an eastbound 2003 Mazda sedan, according to police.The broadside impact sent the sedan spinning “violently” across the road crossing and ejected two of the four backseat passengers, 40-year-old Petra Arango of Oceanside and her 13-year-old daughter, onto the pavement, Sgt. Rick Davis said.Arango’s mother, Rufina Arango Rodriguez of Oceanside, and 56-year-old sister, Eloina Arango of Mexico, died in the mangled car.Medics took the teenager, whose name was not released, and Arango to hospitals. Physicians pronounced Petra Arango dead about an hour after the crash.The two men in the front seats of the Mazda — 82-year-old Aquilino Arango Ojeda of Fallbrook and 43-year-old Rey David Velasco Herrera of Oceanside — wound up trapped in the wreckage. After firefighters freed them, they were taken to trauma centers for treatment of moderately serious injuries.Fish, who was uninjured, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Davis declined to specify what kind of drug Fish allegedly had in his system at the time of the deadly crash.The suspect was booked into county jail in Vista on three counts each of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI resulting in bodily injury, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of an undisclosed type of controlled substance.He was being held in lieu of $602,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday.As of this afternoon, Aquilino Arango — the teen-ager’s grandfather and Rufina Arango’s husband — had been released from medical care, as had his granddaughter. Herrera, who was believed to be the girl’s father, remained hospitalized.It appeared that none of the family members were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision, Davis said. February 6, 2019 Updated: 5:37 PM Posted: February 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Clutter happens. It’s one of the sad consequences of online ad economics. Publishers hungry for more digital dimes seem unable to resist slapping in another line of code and adding that next bright shiny ad network widget to squeeze a few more pennies of revenue per page. In recent years, the ubiquitous and nearly invisible banners and badges have been joined by so-called “native” sponsored content networks that only add to the mess. These boxes of paid headline link to other content and sponsors often promise contextually relevant information users appreciate. But they are just as often responsible for planting Kim Kardashian clickbait into the latest news from the Middle East or a retirement advice piece.This is precisely the problem legendary financial advice brand Kiplinger.com found at its own site. “A year ago we were looking at our website and realized we have a lot of noise,” says business development manager, Phil Hawken.Kiplinger was working with up to five redistribution partners as well as using an entry page interstitial that greeted newcomers with an ad. “While the ad had great visibility, it didn’t have great performance,” he admits. “It was a terrible user experience.” Relevance and utility are the winning combination for Kiplinger now. Widgets like mortgage comparison tools have proven especially engaging in visitors in the lead-to- sale process. By focusing on content links from a single specialized source like Dianomi, Kiplinger is seeing not only better performance from third party sponsored content but from ad performance overall. “We were up 10 percent in terms of the advertising side, and up 40% on the site partnership level,” he says.The lesson here is that experience matters (user experience, that is). And it matters to more than responsiveness to the clutter on any single page. It matters to a user’s overall interaction with a media brand. That Kardashian clickbait may have an immediate CTR and CPM payoff, but that math is short sighted. The full equation calculates overall impact on ad receptiveness. “We found not only that our users didn’t have interest in irrelevant content links, but that it was a negative. It turned them off to engaging more in our site.”View the redesigned site here. The Kiplinger cleanup theorized that a cleaner U/X would also lead to better performance for the ads that users were now seeing. The site eliminated the opening interstitial unit and now only serves it for email sign ups.“We still have site banner ads,” he says. “But we try to limit that to a number of key placements and talk more to the advertisers.” There is still a prominent leaderboard unit, but it actually performs well for Kiplinger. “A lot of users say they don’t click on banners. But our audience does skew older and are interested in personal finance. So when we run personal finance ads next to that content we see a bit of an uptick for advertisers.”To be sure, Kiplinger enjoys the advantage of skewing older and still seeing more of its traffic coming from the desktop than many competitors. The mix is still 75 percent desktop, 18 percent mobile and 7 percent tablet. But the site is fully responsive, so the same new pared down ad experience moves to mobile as well. Kiplinger does still use some pop-ups on mobile because of the limited real estate and “ads don’t perform quite as well on phones in terms of clicks and engagement,” he says.But the real lesson from the Kiplinger rethink was not only that relevance matters in ad performance, but irrelevant ad content negatively impacts overall ad effectiveness.Kiplinger reduced the number of content network partners from five to one, settling on Dianomi, a native ad platform that specializes in financial content. The test, says Hawken, was “let’s see if we can feature the right links rather than even the ones that could make the most money. By putting more relevant content up and taking some of the others away, we found that more people were engaging with the content that was up there.” They did considerable A/B testing of different formats and link content to discover, “when we put [fewer] contextual links in the right places the performance was much better than having many things vying for attention.” Kiplinger also suspected that the clutter was not only eroding the user experience but overall revenue as well. More was not necessarily more.
Hyderabad: Dean Student’s Welfare, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) is organizing Students Induction Programme (SIP) for newly admitted students. The programme was started on 1st August and will continue till 8th August. Prof. Saneem Fatima, Joint Dean, Academics and Head, Department of Management and Commerce, today in her addressed talked about MOOCs (Massive open online course) online courses. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Rizwan Ahmad, Director, Instructional Media Centre (IMC) spoke in detail about the educational content available online. Today education is not limited to the classroom, it can be accessed from anywhere through laptops and mobiles, he said. He further advised students to use platforms such as Swayam, Swayam Prabha and to make social media platform as educational media by transferring educational content on it. New students also visited IMC today along with Dr Rafi Mohmad, Assistant Professor, Department of Education and Training Education. Dr. Mohd. Akbar, Assistant Professor, CPDUMT was the host. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Earlier, Prof. Siddiqui Md. Mahmood, Department of Education and Coordinator, Induction Programme, on the second day, delivered a lecture on “Human Values & Ethics”. Prof. S. K. Naqvi, Director, Centre for Information Technology in his presentation informed students of various online requirements such as payment of fees, selection of various subjects, etc and how to use online facilities during their study periods. Prof. Syed Alim Ashraf Jaisi, Dean, Student’s Welfare welcomed the gathering. Dr. Abdul Sami Siddiqi, Assistant Professor, Department of English hosted the second-day session. A film was also screened by IMC in this session.
Some 3,000 more Rohingyas entered Bangladesh since 22 November putting the total number of new arrivals at 624,000 since 25 August, said the UN Migration Agency on Monday, reports UNB.As of 25 November, Bangladesh immigration and passports department registered 663, 694 people through biometric registration, according to the IOM Needs and Population Monitoring.Meanwhile, Bangladesh social service department has identified 7,771 unaccompanied and separated children.The report is produced by Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in collaboration with humanitarian partners that covered 17 November to until 24 November. The next report will be issued on 3 December.This week the ISCG Humanitarian Hub in Ukhia will become operational and the ISCG will deploy staff to the field in order to provide coordination services on the ground for sector partners, government authorities and both national and international nongovernmental organisations.The hub has been constructed by the International Humanitarian Partnership and IOM.Violence in Rakhine State which began on 25 August has driven the Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.The people who have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August came with very few possessions.They have used most their savings on transportation and constructing a shelter, often out of no more than bamboo and thin plastic.The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, having fled conflict and experienced severe trauma, and now living in extremely difficult conditions, said the report.Population movements within Cox’s Bazar remain highly fluid, with increasing concentration in Ukhia, where the government has allocated 3,000 acres for a new camp.
(Photo By Justin Wright, Howard University News Service)High school students from two Washington schools will be able to earn college and high school credit under a new partnership between Howard University and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Starting next fall, seniors at Banneker and McKinley Technology high schools, who meet the eligibility criteria, can take courses at the university free of charge while receiving high school and college credit.DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson said the school system was grateful to Howard University for its support.“This collaboration provides our students with unprecedented access to a treasure trove of opportunities,” Henderson said. “The benefits of this program go far beyond exposure to rigorous college courses. It will give students the focus, confidence, and foundation that they will need to succeed in college and 21st century careers.”Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick said the program represents a deepening of the relationship between the university and the school system. “Through this program, we are aiming to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders and innovators from right here in the District,” Frederick said. Each student is able to take a maximum of two classes during the normal semester and one class over the summer. The university will waive all tuition and fees, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education will cover the cost of books and transportation. Students looking to enroll in the program must complete the Howard University Dual Enrollment Program application, provide PSAT, SAT or ACT scores, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and provide a personal statement essay, a letter of recommendation from their high school counselor or principal, and written permission from a parent or legal guardian.According to the university, it was Frederick who suggested the program and partnership with DCPS.The city is looking to expand the program to all DCPS high schools over the next three years through new partnerships with other local universities, Mayor Muriel Bowser said during the press conference to announce the program. “Our young people deserve and desire more opportunities to expand their academic horizons,” Bowser said. “This new program is an excellent example of a public-private partnership that looks to the future of this city with optimism and hope.”McKinley Tech Principal Louisa Jones said the program has an additional benefit in conjunction with all the others. “It also helps students get a break on tuition and provides the university with access to talented and motivated students that they may recruit,” Jones said.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgWhile Omorosa Manigualt-Newman might have been fired from “The Apprentice,” the White House and most of Black Twitter, the former Donald Trump crony always finds a way to stay relevant . Since announcing her new tell-all, “UNHINGED”, the reality-star-turned-political-advisor has reportedly been using secretly recorded conversations with the President as a leveraging tool while shopping around her book.According to The Daily Beast, Manigault-Neman secretly recorded conversations with Trump.Omarosa Manigault, former President Donald Trump aide and “Apprentice” contestant has a memoir coming. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)The Daily Beast reported it appeared to be the voice of the President in the recordings. The recordings allegedly come from conversations both in person and over the phone.Similar to Trump’s reaction to the Michael Cohen tapes, it is clear the President does not take kindly to being recorded without his knowledge. It’s indicative of the mistrust and tension that exists in some of the President’s closest relationships.Manigault-Newman has been quiet but did post on her Facebook account that she’d be on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday.While the world may have to wait until Sunday to know more about the tapes, Twitter can keep everyone entertained in the meantime.Us inviting Omarosa back if she helps get Trump impeached. pic.twitter.com/Iv7Vq1FfJF— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) August 8, 2018
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Virtual reality is no longer some futuristic concept from a 90s movie with bad CGI effects. Every household may not be equipped with the technology just yet, but consumers are getting a taste of it at technology events and retail stores. People bought VR “goggles” by the thousands during the holiday season this year. By 2020, Forrester predicts that there will be 52 million units in circulation as consumers and businesses find different ways to put it to use.Related: Why Virtual Reality Is Vital For marketers, the growing availability of VR headsets means rethinking many of the campaigns used to win over customers. Consumers will grow accustomed to immersive brand experiences, requiring businesses to create campaigns that are more interactive. Here are a few ways virtual reality will change advertising and marketing in the next decade.A focus on storytellingStorytelling is already immensely popular in today’s competitive marketing landscape. Storytelling helps businesses connect with customers in a way traditional marketing can’t. People generally become interested in the story behind a business or its products and they purchase based on the connection that creates.With virtual reality, your business has the opportunity to tell a story from start to finish through visuals. This can be the story of how your company got its start or a behind-the-scenes look at how your company’s items are made. Storytelling provides the opportunity to bring customers into your showroom, factory or workspaces and helps them get to know your team on a personal basis. This could lead to more loyal customers who are also likely to tell friends and associates about you.Create experiencesVirtual reality gives consumers the chance to experience things they might not be able to otherwise do, such as climbing Mount Everest or riding a zip line through the Amazon rainforest. While it may not be 100 percent like the real thing, being able to enjoy these adventures from the comfort of home is a huge bonus. NASA is working on software that will allow virtual reality device owners the chance to walk the surface of the planet Mars, demonstrating the many possibilities for the technology.Related: How This Couple Is Amalgamating Virtual Reality with Architectural Visualization For you as a brand, this means finding ways that your own products or services can be applied to a virtual reality experience. A sporting goods retailer, for instance, has a wide variety of opportunities for VR storytelling — from putting customers on the water to try out a new speedboat to playing basketball in the pros. A fashion retailer could create an online experience that allows shoppers to browse the aisles and choose products from shelves or racks, rather than having to enter keywords into a search engine.Provide product demonstrationsIn addition to putting customers in your store or on outdoor adventures, you can also give potential consumers the opportunity to try out your product. This is especially valuable if you sell high-dollar items that customers generally like to try before buying. It could be used in place of a prototype to let customers and potential investors learn more about a product without actually seeing it in person.Virtual reality could be especially beneficial to real estate agents and car salespeople, since customers currently have to visit a showroom or trek from one property to the next before making a buying decision. Businesses and consumers are likely to use the technology to tour a hotel or other rental property before making reservations. This will help business owners erase geographic boundaries and attract long-distance customers.Related: Someday Virtual Reality Will Be Entertaining But It’s Useful Right Now Virtual reality stands to change the way consumers try out products and learn more about the world outside of their own communities. When marketers find a way to use the technology to engage customers, brands can get the word out about their products and services and consumers can learn almost everything they need to know about a business from the comfort of their homes. 4 min read December 27, 2016 Register Now »