Man shot at for target practice 4 held Police

first_imgNEW DELHI: Four men, who had shot at a person for “target practice” and injured him in Dwarka’s Bindapur area last week, have been arrested by Delhi Police.CCTV footage from over 100 cameras was used to identify the area where the accused were staying, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Anto Alphonse said. “The footage from the CCTV cameras along the route used by the accused persons was examined. A search was conducted at the last place where they stopped, Ram Dutt Enclave in Uttam Nagar, and they were arrested,” Mr Alphonse said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe accused are Pawan, 22, Vishal, 23, Parveen, 22, and Kishan, 23. Three pistols along with 13 cartridges were seized from them, the police said. “The four men used to fire from their vehicle at random things at night for target practice. On August 29, around 3:30 am, they shot at Sunny just for target practice. They first fired in the air and then at Sunny, who suffered a bullet injury in his stomach,” he said. The police had found two empty cartridges at the spot where Sunny was shot at. They had got the weapons from an acquaintance Amir, who is in Tihar Jail, the police said.last_img read more

Not all Albertans are angry claims new hashtag

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — A hashtag is proving that some Albertans are actually not angry at the state of the province.#NotAngryAB started circling after former Wildrose Party Leader, Brian Jean shared his opinion saying all Canadians should be angry and that Albertans are furious.Read more: Former Wildrose leader has no love for UCP in op-edCalgary blogger, Mike Morrison started the hashtag after reading Jean’s piece, but he said it’s something he’s been thinking about for a while.“It tends to be the conservative leaning politicians who start every press release, every comment with “Albertans are angry, Albertans are furious” and you know, I’m an Albertan and I’m not angry and I’m not furious and I wanted to put that out there and sort of just say it’s okay to not be angry, not be furious,” said Morrison.The hashtag has caught on, to Morrison’s surprise.“They’re really incredible stories, like I keep clicking on it to hear from different Albertans, some from oil and gas, some from different political parties. These are Albertans, these are the stories I want to hear more as a fellow Albertan,” said Morrison.If you are angry or furious with the state of the province, Morrison suggests looking through the hashtag.JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Tweet using the hashtag #NotAngryABlast_img read more

Khaled Hosseini Visits Syrian Refugees In Iraq

first_imgBest-selling author and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini has called on the international community to do more to help the tens of thousands of Syrians living in camps or towns across northern Iraq while praising the resilience of refugees.Khaled Hosseini gets a bird’s eye view of Darashakran Refugee CampCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/B.SokolHosseini, a former Afghan refugee, made the appeal at the end of a three-day visit this week to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He said that while much had been done by the government and aid organizations to meet the basic needs of the 220,000 registered Syrian refugees in the north, “much more is still needed.”UNHCR has been supporting the government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to coordinate the humanitarian response to the refugees’ protection and assistance needs. This includes the provision of registration and documentation, child protection, sexual and gender-based violence protection interventions, the provision of shelter, life-sustaining items and access to basic services, including legal and psycho-social support.Since first teaming up with UNHCR in 2006, Hosseini has visited his native Afghanistan in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and Chad in 2007. His Khaled Hosseini Foundation also supports UNHCR projects to provide employment and education opportunities and health care for women and children.“Everywhere I go, I am struck with the resilience of people,” said Hosseini. “This resonates with me and I feel some sense of kinship, some part of my own background, my own family story. I have always found something in common with them no matter how different our backgrounds are.”Read the full story here.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

‘139 FIRs and DD entries against political parties’

first_imgNEW DELHI: As many as 139 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the poll body in Delhi said on Wednesday. The statistics surveillance team of Delhi’s Chief electoral office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 1.38 crore in cash and also seized 266.318 kg of narcotics and drugs. “A total of 139 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct,” Delhi EO Ranbir Singh told reporter Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Out of these, 15 are against the Aam Aadmi Party(eight FIRs and seven DD entries), 19 against the Bhartiya Janata Party (nine FIRs and four DD entries), four against the Congress (all DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (one DD entry), Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 95 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said. The office of the Delhi CEO said more than 2.87 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 29,3809 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from all over Delhi, out of which 30533 aree removed from the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 11 8456 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 99,334 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement said.last_img read more

Morocco Predicted to Outperform MENA Nations in Renewable Energy Sector

By Amaan AfzalRabat – A recent report on Morocco’s renewable energy source ambitions by BMI Research, a branch of the Fitch Group, predicts the countries continued outperformance among Middle Eastern and Northern African (MENA) nations over the next decade.These strides have been ongoing since their introduction of wind power generation in 2002 and were prompted by Morocco’s reliance on imported energy sources, including hydrocarbons and fossil fuels, meaning their overall energy production was subject to potential instability due to possible external supply shortages – as opposed to the more reliable domestically produced solar and wind power sources. BMI Research’s glowing view of Morocco’s energy future can be attributed to an impressive track record over recent times, “delivering tendered renewable projects in a timely manner at steadily decreasing costs,” a direct result of the governments need for energy sector diversification. The Moroccan government has set its sights high, with its goal of improving its total yearly energy production coming from renewable processes from 33% in 2017 to 42% by 2020. BMI Research predicted, in its report, that by 2027 wind and solar power sources will account for 21% of the Moroccan power mix, nearly doubling the current figure of 11%, catapulting them ahead of all MENA competition. Given that the energy demand is simultaneously rising by circa 7% each year, these projections are made even more impressive.The Western Kingdom has already set into motion a zealous solar plan with the goal of generating 2 gigawatts of solar power by 2020, through the construction of five large-scale solar power projects in Laayoune, Boujdour, Quarzate, Tarfaya and Ain Beni Mathar – all fitted with contemporary concentrated solar power, solar thermal and photovoltaic machinery. Morocco also has great wind power potential due to high wind speeds across its 3,500-kilometre-long coastline, where it already has a number of wind farms capable of achieving their renewable energy goals, with some expansion. Due to the inherently erratic nature of the energy production from renewable sources, Morocco will have to invest in technology capable of storing excess power produced on days of high yield to compensate for unavoidable low output days – according to the BMI report. Although this presents a potential obstacle, Morocco has already demonstrated its ability in improving the reliability of its solar power production, having eliminated blackouts in the Quarzazate Province through the thermal storage capacity of the Noor 1 Concentrated Solar Power farm.In total, Morocco will invest 13 Billion USD in supplementing their renewable energy sector to reach their 2020 objective. Given that they annually spend three billion less in non-renewable energy imports, they are truly planning for a more stable long-term future. read more

AIDS epidemic grows in China with 70000 new HIV cases every year

China’s AIDS epidemic is growing and every year 70,000 more people become infected with HIV, according to a report released today by the Chinese Ministry of Health, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO).According to a statement released in Beijing, the report shows that around 650,000 people are now living with HIV in the country and that overall HIV prevalence is now estimated at approximately 0.05 percent.The UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, known as UNAIDS, and the WHO stressed that the figures show that “prevalence of HIV is not falling”, but rather is on the rise in China.The report urges immediate action to try and combat the disease. “There is clearly no room for complacency. Intensified prevention efforts are needed to stop the further spread of HIV in China and to keep the overall HIV prevalence low,” it says.The majority of all estimated HIV infections – approximately 80 per cent – were related to injecting drug use and commercial sex, according to the report. The epidemic is equally or more serious than previously thought in all parts of the country, except in central China where HIV transmission in connection with the sale of blood and blood plasma may have been overestimated in the past.UNAIDS and WHO commended the Chinese Government for working to improve its monitoring systems for the disease and urged authorities to use the results of the report to further scale up of HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes across the country.“China will continue to face challenges in surveillance and monitoring of the epidemic, and improvements in this area can and should be implemented in the future,” UNAIDS and WHO concluded.Earlier this month, UNAIDS said that despite important gains in political leadership and financial resources to fight AIDS, 3 million people died from the disease and 5 million people became newly infected with HIV last year alone. The agency warned that “vastly increased HIV prevention and treatment efforts are urgently needed to slow and reverse the AIDS epidemic.”Speaking at last year’s World AIDS Day on 1 December, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the international community to intensify its efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goal of reversing the epidemic by 2015.”For halting the spread of AIDS is not only a Millennium Development Goal in itself; it is a prerequisite for reaching most of the others,” he said, referring to the development targets to reduce extreme poverty and a range of other ills set by world leaders at the Millennium Summit in 2000. read more

At highlevel forum UN officials urge steps to ensure financing of sustainable

“Placing our world on a sustainable path needs to be infused with a new global partnership for development. This partnership must be based on equity, cooperation and accountability. It must aim for transformative change,” Mr. Eliasson said, opening the Economic and Social Council’s annual Spring Meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions and UN agencies.Along with ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik, the meeting featured presentations by high-level officials from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).Delivering remarks on behalf of the Secretary-General, Mr. Eliasson said that in the wake of the 2009 crisis growth remains insufficient and the employment situation is dire in many countries. Inequalities are growing. The world’s wealthiest 85 people have as much wealth as the poorest half of our planet’s population.While this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Bretton Woods institutions and the 50th anniversary of UNCTAD, the world continues to wrestle with many of the challenges they were set up to address, he noted. “Bold leadership is indeed needed for strengthened multilateralism,” he said of the major development financing bodies, adding that macro-economic policies must focus on a strong, balanced and sustainable recovery, with particular emphasis on jobs.“Our task ahead is two-fold. We must ensure that hard-won development gains are preserved…and as we now look beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), our agenda for post-2015 should be ambitious, inclusive and focused on the concrete challenges for us and for future generations, as well as on strong institutions to meet these challenges.” Mr. Eliasson said the role of ECOSOC and the organizations represented at the Meeting is crucial. “You can channel financing for critical long-term investments, such as infrastructure. You have the capacity to act counter-cyclically, contributing to greater stability in the financial system,” he said, adding: “Your institutions can wield vast influence in the success of the climate and post-2015 development agendas.”Echoing that sentiment, Mr. Sajdik said the success of the new development agenda depends on a strong global economy. Achieving a stable and equitable economic growth will in turn require greater cooperation and coherence in macroeconomic policies.This is why “Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda” was chosen as the theme of this year’s two-day Meeting.“The post-2015 development agenda will require a comprehensive financing framework that ensures the mobilization of financial resources and their effective use for sustainable development,” he said, adding: “We need a comprehensive strategy that incorporates all forms of financing, including public and private, domestic and international.”Also addressing the Meeting, Jorge Familiar Calderon, Acting Executive Secretary of the World Bank Development Committee, reported on the body’s annual session last week in Washington, D.C., where, he said, the Committee’s Governors recognized that policy adjustments and appropriate coordination and communication will be required to fostering strong, inclusive and sustainable growth in today’s interconnected global economy.As such, the Committee encouraged the World Bank Group (WBG) and the IMF to work jointly and with all member countries in pursuing sound and responsive economic policies; addressing underlying macroeconomic vulnerabilities; rebuilding macroeconomic buffers; and strengthening prudential management of the financial system. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State ahead of schedule going into next season

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann yells onto the court after a Buckeye turnover in the second half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEntering his first season as Ohio State men’s basketball head coach in fall 2017, Chris Holtmann went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a preseason college basketball preview from a local publication. To his surprise, no Ohio State players were featured on the cover.“To me, that was a statement about how relevant the program was at the time,” Holtmann said.Now, going into his third season with the Buckeyes, Holtmann and the nation’s No. 9 recruiting class have been top 10 selections in both ESPN and Sports Illustrated’s “Way-Too-Early” Top 25 rankings for next year.“I think we’re ahead of schedule,” Holtmann said. “I wasn’t sure, this quickly, we would be in a position to where we would have guys that have had early tournament success. Both getting there and competing.”Finishing 20-15 overall and just 8-12 in the Big Ten, Ohio State squeaked into the NCAA Tournament as an 11-seed, but still managed a victory over No. 6 Iowa State in the Round of 64.That upset was an impressive feat for a team without any All-Big Ten performers. To get there, it survived a five-game losing streak and a three-game suspension for sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.Still, Ohio State will be without a couple key pieces come next season.Senior guard C.J. Jackson was the team’s second-leading scorer at 12 points per game and senior guard Keyshawn Woods nearly doubled his average of 8 points per game in four postseason games for the Buckeyes this year.Taking their place, however, are three top-50, four-star recruits in DJ Carton, Alonzo Gaffney and E.J. Liddell.The highest rated of the bunch is Carton, an athletic point guard hailing from Bettendorf, Iowa, who Holtmann said is “hard-nosed.”Gaffney, a forward standing at 6-foot-9, adds height to a team that sorely missed it in stretches this past season with no player on the team being taller than 6-foot-9 in 2018-19.Holtmann said Liddell brings versatility and a winning pedigree to the Buckeyes, having won two state championships in Illinois.The expectation is that these three will play heavy minutes right away, which is a prospect that Holtmann said is exciting.“What you really hope is the youth we played this year and the youth that we’ll play this coming season will provide benefits for us here moving forward,” Holtmann said.One young player that Holtmann said made significant strides this year was Wesson, who led the team in points at 14.6 and rebounds with 6.9.Wesson entered his name in the NBA Draft last Wednesday, but the current rules allow players to retain college eligibility if they go undrafted.Without Wesson this past season, Ohio State was a shell of itself, losing all three games and nearly its chance at an NCAA Tournament berth during his suspension, including a 35-point demolition by Purdue.Wesson is expected to return for his junior season, and Holtmann said the team needs a backup for down low. That need became even greater with freshman forward Jaedon LeDee’s intention to transfer out of the program.Holtmann got his wish Sunday, as 7-foot center Ibrahima Diallo out of Senegal committed to Ohio State.The four new commits give Ohio State its best recruiting class since 2015, but Holtmann and the Buckeye coaching staff will spend the next several months trying to duplicate that success with the class of 2020.“It’s always a challenge when you have a good recruiting class, in some cases a really good recruiting class, and then back that up with another really good recruiting class,” Holtmann said. “That’s what we need to do. That is absolutely what we need to do.”Ohio State will be doing so without assistant coach Mike Schrage, who took the head coaching job at Elon on April 5. Schrage coached for Holtmann in his last year at Butler before following him at Ohio State for the past two seasons.Holtmann said special assistant Mike Netti and director of recruiting and player development Scoonie Penn are among his top candidates to fill the open position for next season.For the past two seasons, Holtmann and the Buckeyes have overachieved.With the early hype already rolling in for next season’s team, however, Holtmann knows the bar will not be set as low.“I didn’t get into coaching at the highest level of college basketball to be fearful of expectations,” Holtmann said. read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1.#MEDICAL CARDS: The HSE moved to clear up the controversy surrounding the awarding of medical cards. The executive said that they were moving to combat the “lack of clarity” and “misinformation” that has surrounded eligibility for the cards. The health minister, meanwhile, apologised for the problems and said it was “a balancing act”.2.#WATER WATER NOWHERE: Plans to restrict Dublin’s water supply from tonight were roundly criticised by councillors and local traders.  One councillor said that the capital was “like a third world country” when it comes to water supply.3.#DUBLIN BUS: Dublin Bus announced that it will implement cost-saving measures, despite drivers still being balloted on an agreement. SIPTU members will vote on industrial action next week, but Dublin Bus says that it cannot wait to start the measures.4.#DRIVING ON: The National Driver Licence Service was back up and running after IT difficulties had besieged the system yesterday. A spokesperson for the Road Safety Authority said that things are “a lot calmer” today.5.#WEB HEADS: 10,000 tech industry leaders gathered in the RDS today for the fourth Dublin Web Summit. The summit, which runs until tomorrow, features start-ups, talks by industry experts and this year saw the NASDAQ Stock Exchange opening bell being rung live on stage by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.last_img read more

Tested Rdio app for Mac

first_imgRdio, the popular internet-based streaming music service, now has an app for Macs. It’s free for subscribers and it’s an excellent alternative to using their site.I’ve been a Rdio subscriber for a few months now and I really like the service. It’s $5 a month for the ability to listen to an unlimited amount of music on your computer and $10 if you want to be able to listen on your mobile and sync your phone with music as well. It’s a great deal for me because I get access to a huge selection of music, it keeps me in touch with newer music, and it save me money on buying albums. I tend to listen to podcasts when I’m on the go, so the cheaper plan is ideal.Rdio’s site is an OK, but not great, way to use the service. You need to have Flash running to play the music and since I tend to use it in a lot of short bursts I always have a dedicated browser window open for it. Aside from it being on the web and subject to unavoidable issues like browser crashes and internet connectivity, the site doesn’t handle keyboard controls and has no interaction with the OS. By moving to an application, Rdio enables both of these, plus it handles your Rdio downloads and there is a new Match Collection feature.The Mac app (in case you are checking, it’s not available from the Mac App Store) basically carries over the UI of the site, but with some improvements. Your queue is moved to the top, as opposed to the left side and the controls (volume, play/pause, etc.) are even more prominent. Page load times are about the same, but you tend to get more useful information on the page, and less cruft. The song controls (add to queue/collection/playlist, download song) are all there in the familiar “+” drop down and you also get the chance to see activity information about the popularity of an artist, track, or album.The biggest single improvement with the app is the use of Growl notifications. When a new song starts playing you’ll get a familiar notification window that  tells you the artist and track names. This is a great feature–it gives a bit of information about your music without taking you away from what you are doing. The feature can be turned off using your Growl controls.Being a good Mac app there are a lot of keyboard commands available. You can pause, go next/back, or control pages with commands like home, forward, back and reload. Rdio does not work with iPhone-compatible headsets, so if you are using one you’ll be able to adjust the computer’s volume but not change/pause tracks.The other feature that makes the app attractive is Match Collection. This will scan your iTunes music collection “to see which music from your iTunes Library is in Rdio’s catalog.” It won’t transfer files to or from your computer, it will just scan for information so that Rdio knows what you’ve been listening to. When I tested this on the limited music collection on my Mac never completed. For some reason it just scanned and scanned until I had to force quit.Customizations and preferences are very limited right now. You can basically disable iTunes keyboard controls (so that the Rdio app is used), keep the Rdio mini player on top of all your other windows, and keep Rdio in all your Spaces.It seems like the developers are still working out some kinks. My Match Collection feature doesn’t work and when I try to upgrade (from 1.02 to 1.03) the new version downloads but I get an error extracting the archive. Those are relatively minor though and I do consider the app a better way to use Rdio.If you are a Rdio subscriber I’d recommend giving the app a try. If you aren’t and are looking for subscription service, Rdio offers a free week trial, it’s probably worth checking out.last_img read more

Judge says Julian Assange is not above the normal rules of law

first_img Feb 13th 2018, 5:07 PM He appears to consider himself above the normal rules of law and wants justice only if it goes in his favour.Gareth Peirce, one of Assange’s lawyers, told AFP it would be possible to appeal against the judge’s decision, but she said this had not yet been decided.‘Akin to imprisonment’Assange wrote on Twitter before the hearing that his latest legal argument hinged on an alleged “cover-up” by the British government to keep him detained.He highlighted newspaper report which quoted emails sent by Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to Swedish counterparts in 2012, urging them not to drop their application for a European arrest warrant.In the emails, a CPS lawyer apparently commented on a 2012 article saying that Sweden was dropping the case by writing: “Don’t you dare get cold feet!”Swedish prosecutors told the CPS in 2013 that they “felt obliged” to lift the warrant, but only announced last year that it had finally been dropped.The CPS also admitted it destroyed emails relating to the case after the lawyer handling the British response retired in 2014.Ecuador’s foreign ministry said it wants to reach a solution with Britain that satisfies both sides and respects Assange’s human rights.Assange’s lawyer Mark Summers said his client had been living in conditions “akin to imprisonment” and his “psychological health” has deteriorated and was “in serious peril”.The court heard that the 46-year-old was suffering from a bad tooth, a frozen shoulder and depression.Assange only very rarely emerges onto the balcony of the embassy building, citing concerns for his personal safety, but he frequently takes part in media conferences and campaigns via video link.Ecuador in December granted citizenship to the Australian-born Assange, and asked Britain to recognise him as a diplomat in an unsuccessful attempt to provide him with the immunity that could see him walk free.But London swiftly rejected the move.© – AFP 2018Read: Julian Assange has ‘a bad tooth, a frozen shoulder and depression’ but the UK still wants to arrest him >Read: Ecuador has granted Julian Assange citizenship > Judge says Julian Assange is not ‘above the normal rules of law’ and should be arrested The Wikileaks founder suffered a further court setback today. Share62 Tweet Email Assange has been in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for five-and-a-half years. Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images 48 Comments By AFP 12,978 Views WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN Assange has lost his legal battle to overturn a British arrest warrant against him, and with it his hopes of freely leaving Ecuador’s London embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.In a court in the British capital, Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected his lawyers’ argument that upholding the warrant was no longer in the public interest.“I find arrest is a proportionate response even though Mr Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years,” she said.Assange was awaiting extradition to Sweden over a 2010 investigation into claims of rape and sexual assault when he breached his bail conditions to seek refuge in the embassy.Sweden dropped its investigation last year, but the British warrant for his arrest for jumping bail remains, meaning he would be detained as soon as he steps outside.The judge rejected claims that Assange was suffering from his confinement, saying: “Mr Assange’s health problems could be much worse.”She had last week rejected claims by Assange’s team that the warrant was rendered null-and-void because there was no longer any underlying crime.Assange says he fears his arrest could lead to his extradition to the United States over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret US military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.US Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year said his arrest was a “priority”.But the judge rejected this, adding: Short URL Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/3850199 Assange has been in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for five-and-a-half years. Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 5:07 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Support for PNG policy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Australian community has indicated that it supports the government’s decision to sign a 12 month agreement with Papua New Guinea’s government for the settlement of the asylum seekers – who acquire the status of refugees – to PNG instead of Australia, according to our online weekly poll. This week, Neos Kosmos asked our readers the question ‘Do you support the government’s decision to transfer refugees to Papua New Guinea?’, and although the results were close, our readers indicated they do. Fifty four per cent of respondents answered in the affirmative, while forty six per cent expressed opposition to this agreement. It appears that for a majority of our respondents, the issue of regaining state control over the immigration program or over the borders of this country prevails over all other considerations. This week’s poll question is ‘Do you believe Greece is a top tourist destination‘. You can vote now at www.neoskosmos.comlast_img read more

Parents of Ben Jealous Gubernatorial Candidate Renew Marriage Vows and Honor Loving

first_imgSunday, June 11, Ben Jealous, the former NAACP president and candidate for governor of Maryland witnessed his parents Ann and Fred Jealous, renew their wedding vows a the church where it was once illegal for them to get married in 1966. In that spirit of love, the couple also honored the legacy of Loving v.Virginia, the Supreme Court decision, which legalized interracial marriages. June 12th marks the 50th anniversary of that landmark decision.Ann and Fred JealousThe ceremony for Ann and Fred Jealous took place at historic St. James Episcopal Church Lafayette Square in West Baltimore, as their son Ben, as well as other family members and friends looked on. Originally, the couple was forced to get married in Washington, D.C. because in 1966, it was illegal for an interracial couple to be married in their home state of Maryland. More than 50 years later Ann and Fred continue their commitment to civil rights, a cause they have spent decades fighting vigorously to promote.Ann and Fred Jealous stand with their son, Ben Jealous, the former NAACP president and candidate for governor of Maryland.last_img read more

Switch Games That Arent Zelda Snipperclips

first_imgStay on target Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! is all about surprises. It was a surprise reveal during the Nintendo Switch unveiling. It was a surprise first-party download-only launch title. The history of its development is surprising. But the best surprise of all is that Snipperclips is a fantastic little puzzle game, a great Game for Switch That Isn’t Zelda.You could compare Snipperclips to other games if you want. Like QWOP or Octodad, it makes seemingly simple actions hilariously awkward by demanding precise, highly coordinated actions and movement. The two-player cooperative puzzles also recall Portal 2. Even the paper cut-out art style, while adorable, was used to similarly great effect not that long ago in Tearaway. But the puzzles Snipperclips asks players to solve are so delightful and creative and original, they overpower anything that might seem familiar.AdChoices广告Using a single sideways Joy-Con each, two players control two pieces of paper (Snip and Clip) with expressive faces and bow ties. Overlapping with a player and pressing a button causes one player to cut that piece out of the other. So through strategic snipping and clipping and moving and teamwork, players must solves tasks like filling in outlines, dunking basketball, rotating eggs into baskets, and popping balloons. It’s a great hook that allows for satisfyingly open-ended gameplay. The game presents a variety of ideas across its 45 levels, but going back to earlier puzzles and trying to solve them with different (potentially lewd) shapes adds a surprising amount of replay value. Playing with a new partner you love (or hate) can also make a puzzle feel new again.#Snipperclips #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/Jx9mPr9Q7t— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) March 4, 2017Snipperclips’ two-player mode is clearly the main draw, but there are some decent extras. You can play the game solo by switching control between the two characters. There are four-player puzzles as well as party modes. Side games like air hockey or trying to cut the other player as fast as possible may not be as smart as the real puzzles, but they are funny. Really any excuse to hear the charming music and watch the sheer joy on Snip and Clip’s faces as they cut and get cut is worthwhile.The only thing more heartwarming than Snipperclips itself is the story of its development. It originally began as an indie Flash game called FriendShapes from SFB Games. After demoing the game at various European games festival, SFB Games partnered with Nintendo to turn the game into a Unity-powered launch title for the Switch and a new Nintendo IP in the year of our lord 2017. Great stuff!At the perfect price of $20, Snipperclips is both an awesome puzzle game in its own right and one of the best early supplemental Switch games. Snipperclips is definitely a Switch game you should play That Isn’t Zelda.Check back next week for another Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessorieslast_img read more

Microsoft Says Xbox One X is the FastestSelling Xbox System Ever

first_img Microsoft’s E3 2019 Sale Slashes $100 From the Xbox One XNYCC 2018: Devil May Cry 5 is a Hell of a Good Time Stay on target Earlier this week, Microsoft made the Project Scorpio edition of its upcoming Xbox One X available to pre-order. Despite its hefty $500 price point, the system quickly sold out. The console has done so well that Microsoft claims it is now the fastest-selling Xbox system ever.“Within just a few days, we saw record-setting sell-out times and are currently sold out in many countries around the world,” said Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Xbox on Xbox Wire. “You, our biggest fans, have pre-ordered more Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles in the first five days than any Xbox ever.”While this is certainly good news for the company (at least on the surface), it doesn’t tell the whole story. The main thing to take away from this statement is that actual sales numbers weren’t revealed. For all we know, only a few thousand systems were manufactured. We don’t know if that is the case or not, but it is entirely possible. Again, it is difficult to truly gauge the initial success of Xbox One X since there are no concrete numbers to look at.Much like the SNES Classic Edition, the Project Scorpio SKU of Xbox One X is sold out everywhere. Will the standard edition of the mid-gen upgrade Xbox meet with the same success? As Xbox head Phil Spencer stated, the Xbox One X was made for the enthusiast Xbox fan, and not the general consumer. Despite how vocal they can be on Twitter, these folks represent a small minority of the gaming community (and Xbox fans). All of them will no doubt plunk down the $500 for the console formerly known as Scorpio. Beyond that, it is difficult to say if the Xbox One X can maintain significant momentum into the holidays and beyond. I personally don’t think so, but I could be wrong.Microsoft will reveal more information on pre-orders for the standard Xbox One X edition next month so stay tuned for details on that.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Man dies while crossing metro track

first_imgAn unidentified man allegedly jumped in front of an approaching train at the Tilak Nagar Metro station on Saturday in a bid to reach one platform.  He died on the spot. Police have not ruled out the possibility of suicide and are investigating the matter under Section 174 of the CrPC. According to cops, the man is in his mid-forties and was crossing the Metro tracks as he wanted to go from platform number 2 to platform number 1 at the Tilak Nagar Metro station when a train crushed him. No documents were recovered from the man’s possession to establish his identity.last_img read more

Being more social this New Year may improve health

first_imgLeveraging existing relationships with friends and family may be a more effective way to improve patients’ health than increasing interactions with physicians or other clinicians, scientists say.In a new study, researchers suggest a five-step ladder to effectively engineering social engagements that promote health and to test their acceptability and effectiveness.“Spouses and friends are more likely to be around patients when they are making decisions that affect their health – like taking a walk versus watching TV, or what to order at a restaurant,” said David Asch, professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Patients are also more likely to adopt healthy behaviours – like going to the gym – when they can go with a friend,” Asch said.“Though people are more heavily influenced by those around them every day than they are by doctors and nurses they interact with only occasionally, these cost-free interactions remain largely untapped when engineering social incentives for health,” he said.Due to these lost opportunities, and the high costs when doctors and nurses keep tabs on their patients, the researchers said it is important to engineer social engagements that enlist the social support patients already have and allow organisations to test their acceptability. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Concerns about privacy are often the reason doctors and hospitals avoid organising social support,” Asch said.“But while privacy is very important to some patients under some circumstances, more often patients would love if their friends and family helped them manage their diabetes, and those friends and family want to help people get their health under control,” he said.“Although we don’t normally think of competition or collaboration among patients as a part of managing chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart failure, or diabetes, research shows that behaviour is contagious, and programmes that take advantage of these naturally occurring relationships can be very effective,” said Roy Rosin, chief innovation officer at Penn Medicine.The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.last_img read more

VIDEO KDs and Steph Currys moms celebrated like fired up teammates after

first_imgKevin Durant and Steph Curry torched the Cavs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night, and after the game their mom’s hugged it out.KD’s pull up 3 in transition gave the Warriors the lead with time winding down and provided the dagger for the Cavs. It will likely go down as the signature moment of his career when it’s all said and done, permanently supplanting his ‘Mr. Unreliable’ label.No one was happier about the win than KD’s mom Wanda. In the concourse after the game, she and Sonya Curry were more fired up than KD and Steph on the floor.They got in each other’s face like it was the pregame team huddle, Wanda also threw some shade at the Cavs, saying:“They tried to give it to ’em but they wouldn’t take it!” Check out the Golden State super moms dominating the postgame:last_img read more

Live Major StokeonTrent roundabout expected to remain closed all day

first_imgA major roundabout is set to remain closed for the rest of the day and one person has been taken to hospital following a collision. The Heron Cross roundabout, just off the A50 near Fenton , is expected to remain closed for most of the day following an incident at around 9am this morning. Police officers revealed the road is likely to need resurfacing due to the amount of fuel that has been spilt onto the highway. Read MoreOne person trapped and major roundabout ‘partially closed’ due to overturned vehicle A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A lorry has tipped over on the A50 Heron Cross roundabout, causing a large fuel spillage. “Unfortunately the road will need to be resurfaced due to the amount of fuel, meaning the roundabout is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day. Please avoid the area if possible.” Fuel spillage on the Heron Cross roundabout (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service) Firefighters also attended the scene this morning with crews from Longton, Hanley, and Cheadle freeing a casualty from the lorry’s cab. Read MoreCity road cordoned off due to fire in abandoned flats We will bring you more on this story in the live news feed below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.20:12Heading #A50 #HeronCross roundabout #Fenton? Please be aware the roundabout remains closed following this morning’s collision. Extensive spillage and damage to the road surface. Our contractors continue to carry out these emergency repairs. Please plan ahead.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) June 18, 201818:19Recovery operations and load transfer from overturned HGV remain ongoing on the #A50 #Heroncross roundabout #Fenton #Staffordshire. The A50 / #A5007 west roundabout remains closed and resurfacing will take place when recovery completed. Expect protracted closure. pic.twitter.com/7KeWXXG2Ph— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) June 18, 201815:05Temporary road surface to be put in placeThe southern side of the roundabout is closed, whilst cleanup of 200 litres of fuel takes place. The road surface will need removing and a temporary one will be in place later today. Traffic from the Eastbound A50 can still use the roundabout. 13:54Drivers urged to find alternative routeTraffic is very slow in Fenton with problems remaining on Baths Road Eastbound between A5005 / A50 / Foley Road (Longton / Blurton) and A5005 The Strand / A50 Times Square. Drivers are urged to find an alternative route due to the accident.13:29500 litre spillageHighways England has revealed more than 500 litres of fuel was spilt on the carriageway.12:14INRIX updateA50 Heron Cross Roundabout Westbound exit slip road closed at A5007 Victoria Place Fenton (Heron Cross / Fenton). Traffic is coping well.The exit slip road from the Westbound A50 onto the Heron Cross Roundabout above the motorway is closed to assist a lorry that has overturned on the roundabout.11:39Highways England update11:16INRIX traffic updateA50 Heron Cross Roundabout blocked, slow traffic at A5007 Victoria Place Fenton (Heron Cross / Fenton), congestion to A50 / Upper Normacot Road. On the roundabout.Lorry has overturned on the roundabout affecting traffic heading from A50 towards Fenton. Traffic is not helped as it was using this route as a diversion for a closure on Uttoxeter road in Longton. 11:1611:00Firefighters work on the overturned lorry (Image: Stoke Sentinel)10:53A fuel spillage meant the Heron Cross roundabout off the A50 had to close. (Image: Highways England)10:52Pictures from the scene (Image: Highways England)Police officers and fire engines have been tackling the incident.10:46Driver hospitalisedStaffordshire Fire and Rescue service revealed the driver has been taken to hospital.A spokesman said: The driver is now on his way to Royal Stoke Hospital. There is a large amount of diesel on the road and this will take some time to clear. The road is expected to be shut for the majority of today. Please avoid the area.last_img read more

Reverse Loan Originator Onetime Company Exec Make Fraud Blotter

first_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing A former company executive previously convicted of $100 million in mortgage fraud saw his name on our mortgage fraud blotter for his role in orchestrating an attempted hit from prison, right next to a loan officer sentenced to jail time for taking in $2.5 million in a reverse mortgage plot.[IMAGE]_MReport_ sourced the two stories Monday from the “”Justice Department””:http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/January/12-civ-084.html and “”_Washington Post_””:http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ny-man-jailed-in-100m-mortgage-fraud-plot-admits-trying-to-get-key-witness-killed-in-revenge/2012/01/23/gIQAtJjHLQ_story.html.First up, the Justice Department offered the account of a Florida loan officer, Louis Gendason, sentenced by a federal judge to 70 months in the slammer, plus five years of supervised release and $2 million in restitution fees, for coordinating a reverse mortgage fraud scheme that targeted elderly borrowers.According to a statement, Gendason masterminded the effort with co-conspirators Kimberly Mackey and Marcos Echevarria to lure elderly borrowers in distress to apply for reverse mortgages, conceal real equity with a false kind obtained with fraudulent appraisals, and then abscond with actual equity.[COLUMN_BREAK]Mackey and Echevarria both received prison sentences lasting for 60 and 24 months, respectively, last year, with Gendason making the final defendant in the case.””The stiff sentence the court imposed on the leader of this reverse mortgage fraud scheme sounds a cautionary note to those who prey upon elderly, distressed homeowners,”” Tony West, assistant attorney general with the Justice Department, said in the statement. “”We will not waver in our commitment to investigate, prosecute, and hold accountable those who try to victimize our nation’s most vulnerable consumers,”” he added.In another case, former AFG Financial Group Inc. President Aaron Hand, previously convicted for his role in reaping $100 million by way of mortgage fraud, pled guilty Monday to trying to order a hit on the witness responsible for his current sentence, according to the _Post_.The news outlet said that Hand pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, with prosecutors saying that he gave an undercover investigator money for a gun, along with detailed instructions and $2,000 for his trouble.He previously solicited $100 million in loot from loans he and a cadre of mortgage brokers and attorneys obtained by thieving proceeds from mortgages that banks made available to homebuyers, according to the _Post_.The news outlet said that the investigator offered the court a recorded conversation in which Hand reportedly said, “”I wish I was there to├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª watch him suffer.””The onetime company executive could face 25 years to life if convicted on attempted murder, according to the _Post, a number of years that would top eight and 25 he continues to serve for his role in mortgage fraud. January 23, 2012 520 Views Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2012-01-23 Ryan Schuette Fraud,Reverse Loan Originator, Onetime Company Exec Make Fraud Blotterlast_img read more