first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named a Nova Scotia judge as the province’s new lieutenant-governor.Arthur LeBlanc, who has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia since 1998, replaces John James Grant in the vice-regal job.Lieutenant-governors represent the Queen in their respective provinces, handling her roles and functions, including granting royal assent to laws.Leblanc was born in West Arichat, N.S. in 1943, graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1964 with a commerce degree and earned a law degree from Dalhousie University in 1968.He practised law in the province for 30 years before being named to the bench.He is married to Rosemarie Patricia (Patsy) LeBlanc and they have three sons and six grandchildren.The prime minister said LeBlanc is well respected for his legal work, as well as his contributions to and volunteer organizations.“He is an excellent choice as Nova Scotia’s next lieutenant-governor and I have no doubt that he will make many important contributions to the future of his province,” Trudeau said in a statement.“last_img read more

first_imgBeijing: China on Monday praised the Pakistan’s security forces for their “swift action” in neutralising the terrorists who attacked a luxury hotel in Gwadar and ensured the safety of the Chinese personnel and institutions there. Three militants of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), armed with automatic weapons, stormed the Pearl Continental (PC) hotel in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar on Saturday and opened random firing. Eight persons, including four civilians, a Pakistan Navy soldier, were killed and six others were injured in the deadly attack. All three attackers were also killed by the security forces. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”China strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar, expresses its condolences to the victims’ families and the injured,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here while answering a question on the BLA attack. “According to China’s understanding there are no reports of Chinese casualties. Pakistan’s security forces took swift measures to eliminate terrorists, effectively guaranteeing security and stability in Gwadar and the safety of local Chinese personnel and institutions. China appreciates this,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsAccording to a BBC report, the BLA said that the hotel, a centrepiece of a multi-billion-dollar Chinese project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), was selected in order to target Chinese and other investors. A large number of Chinese are currently working in Gwadar, the key port in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province which is being linked to China’s Xinjiang province as part of the USD 60 billion CPEC. The BLA is opposing the foreign (Chinese) investments in Balochistan, saying they do not benefit the local people. Geng said “China will continue to firmly support Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts and believes that the Pakistani government and army are capable of maintaining national security and stability.” Referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement condemning the attack, the spokesperson said, “We note that Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack saying that it is an attempt to undermine Pakistan’s economic prosperity and stressed that his country would not allow terrorist plots to succeed.” Geng said that China has always supported Pakistan’s national development, and “we will continue to support Pakistan’s economic and social development and the improvement of people’s livelihoods.”last_img read more

Rabat- France’s Saint Tropez Court has summoned the second French woman who accused Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred of rape.Following Lamjarred’s last hearing on October 19, the court resolved to let the singer and his accuser meet in court for the first time to listen and compare each party’s statements, according to Moroccan news outlet Hespress.The case will take into account evidence from Lamjarred’s previous rape complaint, the news outlet said. French authorities arrested the 33-year-old pop singer on August 26 in Saint-Tropez in southeastern France after police received a new rape complaint from a young French seasonal worker.Lamjarred was released under judicial supervision but prohibited from leaving France or contacting the complainant. In addition, the singer was required to pay bail of €150,000.Read Also: Police: Rape Video is Not New But 2 Years OldOn September 18, Lamjarred went back to jail following the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal in southern France decision after the prosecutor’s office in Draguignan appealed his release under judicial supervision.The singer is already facing trial on a charge of rape for the sexual assault of French national Laura Prioul in 2016.French authorities temporarily released the artist on bail under electronic surveillance on April 13, 2017, after he spent nearly six months in detention at the Marriott Champs Elysées in Paris. Lamjarred denies Prioul’s allegations against him. Dozens of Moroccan and international celebrities expressed sympathy and solidarity with the singer, including Emirati star Ahlam and Moroccan singer Asma El Mnawar, vouching for his “good character.”Lamjarred also faced a rape charge in the United States in 2010. However, Lamjarred left the US on bail, and the prosecutor later dropped the charges when the woman withdrew her complaint due to a settlement. read more

The General Assembly today voted to upgrade the status of the European Union’s (EU) participation at the United Nations 192-member body, and to designate 30 July as International Day of Friendship in an effort to strengthen amity between peoples and cultures.The General Assembly resolution on the participation of the EU in the work of the UN was adopted by 180 UN Member States and will allow senior EU representatives to present to the Assembly the common positions of the European bloc. Syria and Zimbabwe abstained and 10 countries did not vote.It also gives EU representatives the right to make interventions during sessions; be invited to participate in the general debate of the General Assembly; and permits EU communications relating to the sessions and work of the Assembly to be circulated directly as documents of the Assembly.Under the resolution, EU representatives will also be permitted to present proposals and amendments agreed to by EU member States, but not to challenge decisions of the Assembly’s presiding officer.EU representatives will also be allowed to exercise the right of reply regarding positions of the EU. The European bloc’s representatives shall be ensured seating among the observers, but they will not have the have the right to vote or to put forward candidates.Zimbabwe introduced an oral amendment that would have denied the EU the right of reply to statements made by UN Member States, but the proposal was defeated with only six votes in favour and 142 against. Twenty other countries abstained.The resolution creating the International Day of Friendship was adopted unanimously in recognition of the fact that friendship can contribute to the efforts of the international community to promote dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.The resolution invites all UN Member States, organizations of the UN system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, to observe the International Day of Friendship in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities. 3 May 2011The General Assembly today voted to upgrade the status of the European Union’s (EU) participation at the United Nations 192-member body, and to designate 30 July as International Day of Friendship in an effort to strengthen amity between peoples and cultures. read more

YYC career fair hopes to fill hundreds of jobs for new terminal You may want to get in line early if you want a job at the Calgary International Airport’s new terminal. The airport authority is trying to fill hundreds of jobs at the YYC Career Fair this Wednesday.“Despite challenging economic times in the city, YYC continues to be at the centre of growth and opportunity for Calgary and the region,” stated President and CEO Garth Atkinson, in a news release.Several businesses operating inside the new terminal will be accepting resumes for positions ranging from seasonal to full-time jobs.“There’s something for everyone,” explained spokesperson Sarah Urbanowski. “We’re looking for everything from security to operations, to customer service roles, retail and food and beverage roles. [There’s] lots of variety. People who are looking for anything that interests them and being part of one of Canada’s busiest airports should come out.”The new international terminal is set to open in October. The career fair runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Coast Plaza Hotel at 1316 33 St. N.E.We’re hosting a career fair with several of our partners to fill hundreds of jobs on August 17th! #YYCJobs #YYC pic.twitter.com/a8O8P06Hvi— YYC (@FlyYYC) August 2, 2016 http://www.yyc.com/Careers.aspx by Crystal Laderas Posted Aug 15, 2016 11:52 am MDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2016 at 2:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary|Calgary International Airport|Career Fair|Garth Atkinson|YYC read more

The report, Teaching and learning about child rights: A study of implementation in 26 countries, also found that none of the countries studied ensure that all teachers are trained in child rights and are familiar with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.“This report is a wakeup call for countries that have ratified [the Convention] to take the necessary measures to ensure systematic implementation of a child’s right to learn about her or his rights,” said Gérard Bocquenet of UNICEF.The report, commissioned by UNICEF, analyzed the situation and identified challenges around child rights education in 26 industrialized countries and territories, including to what extent child rights are embedded in formal education settings and teacher training.The Convention, which applies in all of the 26 countries and territories, requires a formal commitment to make its principles widely known to adults and children alike. However, 25 years after the adoption of that document – the most widely ratified UN treaty – much work remains to be done to ensure that child rights are implemented in schools, including in industrialized countries. Implementing systematic child rights education in schools is therefore essential to realize the Convention.The 15 countries and territories where children lack systematic access to child rights education in curricula are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain and United States.The report also shows that seven countries –Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy and United States – include some child rights education in school curricula but fail to do so nationwide. Only three out of 26 countries explicitly and consistently monitor child rights education. Even when children learn about rights they may not learn about the Convention or about key aspects of what it means to have rights.Despite these findings, the research highlights many examples of how UNICEF and civil society partners are successfully addressing all aspects of child rights education at different levels in all the countries analysed. This is being done through policy, curriculum reform, and teacher training, as well as by embedding child rights into monitoring and inspection frameworks and by transforming the whole school environment to become rights-respecting.“A key challenge is to ensure that these examples of good practice are aligned and fully integrated throughout education systems,” said Marta Arias, UNICEF Advocacy and Policy Specialist. “The report will guide countries in this task and help them to identify the best way forward within their national context.” read more

Sophomore guard Cait Craft (13) attempts to beat a defender during a game against Michigan State Jan. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 82-68.Credit Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorThe inconsistency continues for the Ohio State women’s basketball team.The Buckeyes (14-11, 4-5) fell on the road to the Wisconsin Badgers (10-11, 3-6) Sunday, 82-71, despite having four players scoring in double figures.OSU trailed by as many as 22 points in the second half, only to cut it to seven with just 2:39 left after a free throw by sophomore guard Ameryst Alston.That is as close as the Buckeyes would get for the remainder of the game.OSU was led by junior guard Raven Ferguson, who poured in 17 points off the bench for the Buckeyes but also fouled out for the second time in conference play.OSU was outrebounded 49-34 in the game and allowed 24 second-chance points for the Badgers who shot 47.5 percent from the field.Senior center Ashley Adams, who has been a factor of late for the Buckeyes, scored only two points and grabbed one rebound in 10 minutes of play.The Buckeyes did receive solid play from senior center Darryce Moore who tallied 15 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes in a starting role.The Badgers not only dominated the boards, they were able to shut down Alston, who was coming off of a career-high game with 31 points against Illinois Jan. 30. Alston was held to just 11 points on 4-13 shooting.Wisconsin also had four players score in double figures including two who tied for a game-high 21 points. Junior forward Jacki Gulczynski and redshirt-junior center Michala Johnson each scored 21 and combined for 22 rebounds against the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes will attempt to avoid losing two games in a row for the second time this season in conference play Thursday as they are set to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on the No. 19 Purdue Boilermakers (15-7, 5-5). The Buckeyes won the first meeting between the two teams in Columbus Jan. 2, 89-78. read more

first_imgKaran Abbott, behind the wheelCredit:Facebook For his part Mr Abbott, 34, maintains Mr Levchenko reneged on his agreement to jointly fund the purchase of the cars and left him having to make monthly repayments, some as much as £7,000, on his own.The dispute promises to culminate in an expensive and unedifying legal battle at the High Court, where it is set to be heard later this year.Despite working at Credit Suisse at the time and boasting of “an outstanding track record of performance”, Mr Levchenko failed to take any investment advice in respect of these deals.According to a writ lodged with the High Court that did not stop him transferring large sums of money to Mr Abbott, apparently without making proper paper records. He claims he lost £770,000 in a series of property schemes and car loans as a result of Mr Abbott’s mishandling of what should have been lucrative deals. Mr Levchenko also claims he paid his friend £59,000 as deposits on three McLaren cars which could be “flipped” – immediately resold at a profit – but argues the cars were never bought, and that Mr Abbott has not returned the money.He is also suing over a £12,000 contribution towards a Ferrari 812 Superfast car, £15,000 towards a Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster, £20,000 towards a Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer,£10,000 towards a Lamborghini Aventador S, a £27,000 payment for a Mercedes S350 , and other payments.By April 2017, Mr Levchenko was writing to his friend on WhatsApp saying he had “bankrupted me” and that “it will sink me unless I can get out”.In court documents it is claimed that Mr Abbott sent him comforting texts, saying: “Don’t worry” and “I am here your life boat”, adding “not just think about yourself all the time and make me do work”.Mr Levchenko claims Mr Abbott used “undue influence” over him and “knowingly and deliberately took advantage of his lack of experience” in investing in cars, his ignorance about the true condition of the car, and it’s true market value.But Mr Abbott told The Sunday Telegraph that Mr Levchenko knew what he was getting into and reneged on his part of the deal without waiting for his investment to make a return. The writ alleges that Mr Abbott, who lives in a £1.25 million flat near Marble Arch and has property interests in India, also persuaded him to invest in a £875,000 Ferrari 365 GTC, saying it was only one of 19 made in the world.At one stage Mr Abbott, who used to work for Dresdner Bank and Deutsche Bank, is said to have told Mr Levchenko he was a successful investor and did not need any more money, but that “if my friends do well I am happy. God has given me enough”. Petro Levchenko Businessman Karan Abbott sitting on the bonnet of one of the classic cars he invested inCredit:Facebook Karan Abbott, behind the wheelcenter_img He said he was left paying £4,400 a month on an Aston Martin DB6, £3,500 on a McLaren 720s, and until recently £7,100 on the Ferrari 365, before selling it at a £200,000 loss.“I completely deny his claims. I’ve been stuck with the cars we invested in together and left to pay the monthly repayments on the financing myself,” he said.“He entered in an arrangement with me and pulled out after eight months. You need to hold on to these cars for at least five years before selling them if you are to recoup your investment.” Mr Levchenko claims he lent Mr Abbott £110,000 to buy a Ferrari 365, along with another £19,640 in finance payments, in exchange for a half share in the car.But he says he later discovered that around 200 of the Ferraris were made, and that Mr Abbott had bought the car on hire purchase last January for £750,000.During this period Mr Abbott is alleged to have sent him a string of text messages, insisting the car would be worth £1.2 million in a year, and that the cars would “explode” in value.He texted, “Bro property and cars are long term assets … U can’t have trader mentality with core fixed assets… U need to be patient … Which U are not …Broaden thinking a bit”. Mr Levchenko’s solicitors claim that the string of financial transactions began with him lending Mr Abbott £150,000 for a £1 million flat at Quadrangle Tower, near Hyde Park, in January 2017.Mr Levchenko believed he would earn interest of 3.75% a month on the loan, which he believed would be repaid within three months.But although he received the interest due for three months, he claims to have received nothing since and that the loan has not been repaid. When City trader Petro Levchenko met Karan Abbott in a shisha bar in London’s Maida Vale he was immediately taken with the businessman’s passion for classic cars.The 29-year-old was even more impressed when Mr Abbott took him to some of London’s smartest nightclubs, including Tramps and Annabel’s, and showed off the Lamborghini and Ferraris he drove.Soon the pair hit on the idea of combining Mr Levchenko’s experience as a trader in new digital currencies, and Mr Abbott’s understanding of the car market, to make more of the other thing they both appear to love – money.They agreed to spend hundreds of thousands on Ferraris, McLarens and Aston Martins, on the gamble that the vehicles would increase in resale value and make them a substantial profit.But the pair are now at each other’s throats following the fall in the value of the luxury car market as a result of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.Mr Levchenko is suing Mr Abbott for as much as £1 million pounds after claiming his former business partner owes him returns on his investment. Petro LevchenkoCredit:LinkedIn Businessman Karan Abbott sitting on the bonnet of one of the classic cars he invested inlast_img read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Do fuh do…April 4, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Diddling or fiddling?July 10, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Something fishy…March 15, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …a cuirass?In case you wondered why Europe’s indignant about the Tariffs Trump slapped on aluminium and steel imports, just consider the outright ban on our catfish family – gilbakka, cuirass, hassar (yes, it’s a catfish!) and “catfish”.It’s all about restricting world trade, which isn’t kosher. For hundreds of years, these developed countries had been pushing “free trade” — which means not imposing measures that would increase costs at the point of entry — when THEY had stuff they wanted to push down our throats. But now that the shoe’s on the other foot, they’re throwing up barriers faster than you can say “Mexican Wall”!!Now, after WWII, there were attempts to regulate these regulations – first by GATT and then the WTO — and to approve some “reasonable” ones. Trump tried to justify his tariffs by claiming the exception of “national security”!! They don’t have enough steel to make those drones they fly over Afghanistan? Now, if importing steel and aluminium cheaply was undermining American “national security”, why make an exception for Canada, who’s the largest exporter to them? Jeez!!Sadly, the REAL reason for Trump’s action is to influence an election that’s going on right now in Pennsylvania – where several factories that were big in steel manufacturing had to be closed down because the imports were cheaper. So other countries (not to mention US consumers, who will have to pay higher prices for stuff that has steel or aluminium) will have to suffer just so the Republicans don’t lose a Congressional seat!! But then the Americans do have a saying: “All politics is local”!And you can’t get more local that this ban on our catfish family! Ostensibly, the Americans are saying the WTO allows restriction trade because of “sanitary (animals) and phytosanitary (plants) threats. These are: “Measures that are applied to protect human or animal life from risks arising from additives, contaminants, toxins, or disease-causing organisms in their food; to protect human life from plant- or animal-carried diseases; to protect animal or plant life from pests, diseases, or disease-causing organisms; to prevent or limit other damage to a country from the entry, establishment, or spread of pests; and to protect biodiversity”.To make this stick for catfish, the US had to change the rules of the game by moving it to an agency that imposes much stricter tests!! But like with the steel and aluminium tariffs, there are domestic reasons for the sly move. In this case, the US catfish producers in the US southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas, facing cheaper imports from Vietnam, pressured the federal government. And presto!!…the ban!!But look at it this way: We’ll now be able to afford gillbakka here!! …an explanationYou could’ve knocked your Eyewitness over with a feather!! on the front page of a local daily was splashed a picture of President Granger kowtowing to the “racist” and “genocidal” Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi!! Well, at least that was how his Director of Public Information (DPI), Imran Khan, had described Modi and his government after Jagdeo and 21 MPs of Indian Origin went to India on a PIO meet!And imagine the Guyanese delegation had Indians from the PNC and AFC also!!And not only that. Granger, the very proud person of African descent, jetted off to India even though he’d been slated to deliver the keynote address to the global meet on the “International Decade of People of African Descent” at the Marriott!! And guess who he handed over his presidential baton to – none other than Carl Greenidge, who almost took him to the mat for the PNC leader’s spot.So is Modi kosher now that Granger has genuflected to him?…Government ownedUG just gave over 10 acres of its prime real estate in perpetuity to the private-public JOF Haynes Law School, being pushed by AG Basil Williams and two private-school outfits from Jamaica.  And we don’t even know if a contract was drafted, much less signed!! Exxon redux?? read more

BugojnoHandball is my future The fourth youth tournament “Handball is my future” will be held in Bugojno (Bosnia and Herzegovina) between April 14 and 17. Idea of Asim Šahman, the handball coach in Qatar, to organize this kind of event is supported by Qatari Handball Federation and thanks to them, handball fans in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also in the whole region will have a chance to see the best youngstars in generation 1998, who will start with their international journey at European Championship.In four days, eight teams will fight for the trophy – Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Poland, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia together with Qatari generation 1998.Also, generation 2000 will be active. Qatari NT will play a few matches against Slovenia and two regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina.– Like in the years before, we will give maxium to organize tournament on the best possible level. You can see how serious is from the list of participants. We will have IHF refferes in Bugojno, as we want to keep raiting. We are trying to raise all the standards in every next edition. I am glad that always is some new team who give a new dimension to the competition – said the tournament director Asim Šahman.The reigning champions are Slovenians, which generation 1996 last year won world’s silver medal in Russia. ← Previous Story VIDEO: Flensburg beat the buzzer in Montpellier Next Story → Five teams are in Rio! read more

first_imgJapan‘s National Police Agency (NPA) is used to offering reward money to people who help them track down and apprehend criminals. But until now the rewards have been limited to cases where murder or arson were involved. For the first time though, the NPA has decided to offer the reward for catching a hacker.The hacker in question has already managed to get four innocent people arrested by hacking their PCs and using them to post bulletin board messages. The messages were anything but nice, and gave details of planned killings in schools, which thankfully never happened. He’s also well-known for posting messages on 2channel using an anonymous method known simply as “Syberian Post Office.”Clearly the NPA has had enough, and will happily pay you 3 million yen ($36,000) to help apprehend him/her. That’s the maximum reward they are allowed to offer, showing you how much they want to catch this hacker. All they seem to know is that he’s a programmer that prefers to use the C# language, has created the virus known as iesys.exe, and is very good at remaining anonymous — no wonder they need help.That may be why the reward is so high, as the NPA want to entice someone who actually knows who the hacker is to come forward and rat him out. Such a scenario seems unlikely to happen unless he’s upset a fellow hacker who’s seeking revenge, or a “friend” of his is really short on cash for the holidays.Whether the reward is claimed seems likely to depend on how much the hacker likes bragging, and therefore how many people know about his actions.via NetworkWorldlast_img read more

first_imgBy Mustapha Jallow The family of Alhagi Ousman Sawaneh, the Imam of Kanifing South Mosque, has sued the state for his release from incommunicado detention at the remote Janjangbureh Prison in the Central River Region (CRR), where he has been held for 155 days, a source revealed.According to the family source the long detention of their loved one has affected the entire family members and they have now decided to take the matter to the high court to seek for his release. The source added that that there were two proceedings, on 2 and 16 March, 2016, but that the state failed to appear in court on both occasions. The case has been adjourned till today 21 March, at 2 pm. ‘‘We want our loved one to be released from prison since the 72 hours limit has exceeded and he has not been taken to court, we tried all means to have access to him but we were not allowed to see him where he is presently held in CRR,’’ a family source laments. Earlier reports have indicated that Imam Sawaneh was detained without charge or trial at various detention centres ending up at the remote prison in the CRR. Family sources say that they are distraught due to the long incommunicado detention of their husband and father. They say they do not know what the Imam has done to warrant his long detention. Family members have expressed their concern over the state of his health and psychological condition as they do not know under what condition he is being held in prison. According to the family, Imam Sawaneh was picked up by unidentified men in civilian clothes around 10 am on Sunday, 18 October, 2015, while leading a team of workers to clear the grass in the Kanifing South Cemetery. His whereabouts were not initially known to the family but he was later traced to the NIA headquarters in Banjul. He was later transferred to Janjangbureh Prison in the Central River Region (CRR) on the 27th October, 2015. Detaining a person for 155 days is inconsistent with section 19 of the 1997 Constitution of the Second Republic of the Gambia which states that “Any person who is arrested or detained… who is not released, shall be brought without undue delay before a court of law and, in any event, within 72 hours.”last_img read more

first_imgFlex Alert issued for California as heat wave reaches peak in San Diego County August 29, 2017 #ISO issues a #FlexAlert today, 8/29 to #ConserveEnergyfrom 2-9pm. More info & #energysavingtips at https://t.co/tu056Aqt2U #StayAlert pic.twitter.com/0b2loLsQFO— Flex Alert (@flexalert) August 29, 2017The California ISO issued a Flex Alert set to take effect Tuesday at 2 p.m. and extend until 9 p.m. During the voluntary alert period, residents were asked to turn off unnecessary lights, postpone using major appliances until after 9 p.m. and setting the air conditioning thermostat 78 degrees or higher. The hot spell, a byproduct of a “goliath” high-pressure system moving south from northern to southern Nevada, reached San Diego County’s deserts on Sunday.On Tuesday and Wednesday, record highs are expected in Chula Vista, Ramona and San Diego, forecasters said. Those in the east county should not expect the same rain that cooled things down Monday evening, as the location of the high-pressure system will decrease the chances of thunderstorm Tuesday and Wednesday.Due to the extreme heat, numerous public schools across the county will be on minimum-day schedules today, officials said.The weather should be slightly cooler from Thursday into the weekend, though temperatures will remain well above average for this time of year, the NWS advised.The agency reminded the public to never leave children, seniors or pets unattended in cars; to drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar and caffeine; to wear lightweight and light-colored clothing and wide-brimmed hats outdoors; and to take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Flex Alert was issued  and Schools across the county had minimum-day schedules Tuesday as the “unrelenting” heat wave that has sent temperatures soaring across San Diego County was expected to peak Tuesday.Record-setting temperatures are forecast in Chula Vista, Ramona and San Diego, with the high temperatures now expected to last into the end of the week, the NWS said. As a public safety measure, an excessive-heat warning for the county’s inland valleys, western foothills and deserts was extended through 10 p.m. Friday after it was initially slated to expire Wednesday. A less serious heat advisory will be in effect for local coastal communities over the same period.Several desert and inland-valley locales logged afternoon highs in the triple digits Monday, including 114 degrees in Ocotillo Wells, 111 in Borrego Springs, 110 in Valley Center, 104 in Campo and 105 in Ramona, according to meteorologists. The latter community tied its record high for the date, set in 1981. The maximum thermometer readings in a few other local areas, according to the National Weather Service, came close to topping the 100 mark — 99 degrees in El Cajon and San Pasqual Valley; 98 in Alpine; and 96 in Escondido. Clouds, thunderstorms and scattered showers cooled things off for many inland communities later in the afternoon Monday.Conditions were considerably more pleasant closer to the ocean, with temperatures ranging from the high 60s to high 70s near the waterfront, and up into the mid-80s a bit farther east. Posted: August 29, 2017last_img read more

first_imgA motorcyclist was hurt and rush hour traffic snarled after an accident in east Vancouver early Wednesday evening, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.The crash occurred about 5:35 p.m. at Southeast 164th Avenue and 34th Street, said VFD firefighter-paramedic Kevin Stromberg. The motorcyclist, a man in his 20s, was heading south when his bike went down on its side, Stromberg said. The man suffered scrapes and possible fractures on the left side of his body. The motorcycle rider’s name was not available.The man was wearing a helmet. He was taken to a local hospital.last_img

first_imgThe logo of State Bank of India is pictured next to its headquarters in Mumbai.Reuters fileThe government is working on a consolidation agenda with a view to creating 3-4 global-sized banks and reduce the number of state-owned lenders to about 12, an official told news agency PTI on Monday.As part of a three-tier structure, the official said, there would be at least 3-4 banks of the size of SBI, the country’s largest lender.Some region-centric banks like Punjab and Sind Bank and Andhra Bank will continue as independent entities while some midsize lenders would also co-exist, the official added.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said last month that the government is “actively working” towards consolidation of public sector banks but declined to provide details, saying this was price-sensitive information.Enthused by the success of the SBI merger, the finance ministry is considering clearing another such proposal by this fiscal if bad loan situation comes under control by then, the PTI report said.It said that according to former RBI governor C Rangarajan, the system will have some large banks, some small banks, some local banks and so forth. “What is needed in the system is variety,” the report said, quoting Rangarajan.The report said that one of the possibilities is that large public sector banks (PSBs) like Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank and Bank of India could try looking for potential candidates for acquisition, quoting another official who did not wish to be identified.Factors like regional balance, geographical reach, financial burden and smooth human resource transition have to be looked into while taking a merger decision, they said, adding a very weak bank should not be merged with a strong one “as it could pull the latter down”.In the last consolidation drive, five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) became part of SBI on April 1, 2017, catapulting the country’s largest lender to among the top 50 banks in the world.State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Travancore(SBT), besides BMB, were merged with SBI.With the merger, the total customer base of SBI reached around 37 crore with a branch network of around 24,000 and nearly 59,000 ATMs across the country. The merged entity began operations with a deposit base of more than Rs 26 lakh crore and advances level of Rs 18.50 lakh crore.The government in February had approved the merger of these five associate banks with SBI. Later in March, the cabinet approved merger of BMB as well.last_img read more

first_imgJust a day before I visited Spice Route, Kareena Kapoor had named it among her favourite restaurants in the Capital in her book The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva. All the more reason why I was curious to check out this restaurant at The Imperial. While The Imperial is all about Victorian elegance, Spice Route is far removed from it. Instead, its polished wood, brass lamps and hand-painted murals remind you of an old temple somewhere in southeast Asia. The restaurant  is designed to reflect the journey of spices from the southern coast of India to the Far East. The first impression is breathtakingly beautiful.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The restaurant recently unveiled its winter menu which is a mix of Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Thai food. The good thing is, even if you are not a spice lover like me, you can always have your dish custom-made. The menu doesn’t have too many options for that winter staple — soup. They have some Meen Rassam (mixed seafood rassam tempered with Kerala spices) and Tom Yum Thalay (spicy hot and sour mixed seafood soup). Prawns, lobsters, squid and fish dominate the menu (I am certain being a vegetarian, Kareena must have skipped the winter menu). Vegetarians please try out the regular menu because there is nothing for you here. If you are a seafood lover, you will relish it. The dishes are well cooked, service is prompt and the ambience makes for a nice meal. I sampled some  Isso Miris Temperadu which were fresh pranws, fried SRi Lankan style with paprika powder, tomato and Worcestershire sauce, some Meen Biryani (Kerala style rice cooked with squids and prawns) which was quite good with the right amount of spices. Paired perfectly with the watermelon juice I ordered. For deserts, there was  some yummy mango ice cream (not on the menu).  The perfect end!DETAILAt: The Spice Route, The Imperial, Janpath On Till: 31 January Timings: 12.30pm to 2.45 pm (lunch) & 7pm to 11.45 pm (dinner) Meal for Two: Rs 8,000 + taxes Phone: 23341234last_img read more

first_imgYesterday the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a new device called the Raspberry Pi TV HAT. It is a small board, TV antenna that lets you decode and stream live TV. The TV HAT is roughly the size of a Raspberry Pi Zero board. It connects to the Raspberry Pi via a GPIO connector and has a port for a TV antenna connector. The new Raspberry Pi addon is designed after a new form factor of HAT (Hardware Attached on Top). The addon itself is a half-sized HAT matching the outline of Raspberry Pi Zero boards. Source: Raspberry Pi website TV HAT specifications and requirement The board addon has a Sony CXD2880 TV tuner. It supports TV standards like DVB-T2 (1.7MHz, 5MHz, 6MHz, 7MHz, 8MHz channel bandwidth), and DVB-T (5MHz, 6MHz, 7MHz, 8MHz channel bandwidth). The frequencies it can recieve are VHF III, UHF IV, and UHF V. Raspbian Stretch (or later) is required for using the Raspberry Pi TV HAT. TVHeadend is the recommended software to start with TV streams. There is a ‘Getting Started’ guide on the Raspberry Pi website. Watch on the Raspberry Pi With the TV HAT can receive and you can view television on a Raspberry Pi board. The Pi can also be used as a server to stream television over a network to other devices. When running as a server the TV HAT works with all 40-pin GPIO Raspberry Pi boards. Watching on TV on the Pi itself needs more processing, so the use of a Pi 2, 3, or 3B+ is recommended. The TV HAT connected to a Raspberry Pi board: Source: Raspberry Pi website Streaming over a network Connecting a TV HAT to your network allows viewing streams on any device connected to the network. This includes computers, smartphones, and tablets. Initially, it will be available only in Europe. The Raspberry Pi TV HAT is now on sale for $21.50, visit the Raspberry Pi website for more details. Read next Tensorflow 1.9 now officially supports Raspberry Pi bringing machine learning to DIY enthusiasts How to secure your Raspberry Pi board [Tutorial] Should you go with Arduino Uno or Raspberry Pi 3 for your next IoT project?last_img read more

first_imgCase-Shiller Indices Near Five-Year High Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Home Equity Home Prices Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Realtors Processing Realtor Association S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices Service Providers 2013-07-30 Mark Lieberman July 30, 2013 444 Views Home prices rose to their highest levels in almost five years in May, increasing by a non-seasonally adjusted 2.5 percent, according to the “”Case-Shiller Home Price Indices””:http://www.spindices.com/documents/indexnews/announcements/20130730/19529_cshomeprice-release-0730.pdf?force_download=true released Tuesday. [IMAGE]The 20-city index was up 12.2 percent from a year earlier, and the companion 10-city index was up 11.8 percent. For the month, the 10-city index rose 2.5 percent and the 20-city index was up 2.4 percent. The two surveys have improved month-over-month and year-over-year for 12 consecutive months.The 10-city index rose to its highest level since September 2008, and the 20-city index to its highest level since October 2008.All 20 cities included in the survey improved both month-to-month and year-to-year.The home values found in the Case-Shiller report continued to shrug off discounts in the sales of distressed properties. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), distressed properties–foreclosures and short sales–accounted for 18 percent of home sales transactions in May (11 percent foreclosures and seven percent short sales). Foreclosures, NAR said, sold for an average discount of 15 percent below market value, while short sales were discounted 12 percent.The home values also improved despite higher mortgage rates, which could have both a positive and negative impact: Rising rates themselves might bring prices down as buyers look for affordable monthly payments, but they may also increase demand as buyers try to lock in rates before further increases. The increased demand against weak inventories would send prices up.NAR reported the median price of an existing single-family home rose 5.9 percent in May, an annual gain of 12.6 percent. The monthly Case-Shiller Home Price Indices use the ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£repeat sales method├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø of index calculation, which includes data on properties that have sold at least twice in order to capture the appreciated value of each specific sales unit, according to the description of the index on the S&P website.While good news for home sellers, the continued sharp increases–the indices have shown double-digit year-year increases for three months in a row–are likely to revive concerns of a growing housing bubble.The Case Shiller indices have gone up for six straight months and 12 times in the last 14 months; each index dipped last October and November.Overall, the 10-city index rose to 169.69–its highest level since September 2008, when it was 173.35–while the 20-city index improved to 156.14, the highest level since October 2008, when it was 158.09. The index values in fall 2008, though, were continuing to decline, while the indices reported Tuesday reflect a market on the rise.Monthly increases were led by San Francisco, where prices rose 4.3 percent, marking the 15th straight month of price increases in that city. Prices rose more than 3 percent in May in four other cities: Chicago, up 3.7 percent; Atlanta, up 3.4 percent; and San Diego and Seattle, where prices rose 3.1 percent.Prices have improved for 20 straight months in Phoenix, 15 straight months in Los Angeles, and 14 straight months in Las Vegas.Year-over-year the price gains were led by San Francisco, where prices rose 24.5 percent since May 2012, followed by Las Vegas (up 23.2 percent), Phoenix (up 20.6 percent), and Atlanta (up 20.1 percent). Eight other cities–Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Tampa–recorded double-digit year-year price gains.Despite the May improvement, the 10-city index was down 25.0 percent from its June 2006 high of 226.29, and the 20-city index was off 24.4 percent from its July 2006 peak of 206.52._Hear Mark Lieberman this Friday on P.O.T.U.S. Radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 8:45 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Eastern._center_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

first_img American Mortgage Diversity Council Bank of America Diversity and Inclusion Fannie Mae HOUSING mortgage 2018-01-30 Nicole Casperson in Daily Dose, Featured, News January 30, 2018 916 Views Fannie Mae Executive to Advance Diversity and Inclusion Councilcenter_img The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) has taken another step to promote inclusion with the recent addition of Charmaine Brown, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Fannie Mae, to serve the council as Vice Chair. Partnering with Chair Kathy Cummings of Bank of America, Brown will assist with the implementation of an aggressive agenda for the AMDC this year, working to equip the industry with the education and advocacy tools needed for fostering an industry-wide culture of diversity and inclusion.“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Vice Chair of the AMDC with Kathy Cummings at such an extraordinary time in our industry,” Brown said. “The role fits with my passion for inclusion and commitment to increasing access to safe, decent, affordable housing, helping minority, women-owned, disabled-owned, suppliers to grow their business, and amplifying the benefits of diversity and inclusion to achieve better outcomes.”Brown continued, “As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act this year, I look forward to sharing my leadership and expertise to build on our successes and create an agenda that advances the great work of the council.”Named “A Leading Lady in Housing” by MReport in 2016, and a seasoned leader with over 20-years’ experience in housing and financial services, Brown is recognized as a diversity and inclusion thought leader, innovator, and advocate. In her current role, she is responsible for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies for Fannie Mae’s Family Mortgage Business.”The appointment of Charmaine Brown as Vice Chair further reinforces Fannie Mae’s commitment to diversity and ensures that the ADMC continues to challenge the industry to be the best version of itself,” said Five Star Institute President & CEO Ed Delgado. “We look forward to partnering with Brown, Chair Kathy Cummings, and the AMDC membership at large as we push forward with an aggressive agenda in 2018.”Brown holds a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, she is credited with completing the Diversity Management Program at Cornell’s ILR School, as well as the Harvard Kennedy School for Executive Education, Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Program. She is certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a cross-cultural competency assessment tool.For more information on AMDC, you can visit their website here. Sharelast_img read more