WhatsApp may not be as bad as you think

first_imgGood news for the people who spend most of the time on social media, as researchers have found that spending time on digital platforms such as WhatsApp, is good for our well-being. The study, published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, found that the text-based messaging app, which offers users group chat functions, has a positive impact on psychological health. The research found that the more time people spent on WhatsApp per day, the less lonely they were and the higher their self-esteem as a result of feeling closer to friends and family. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”There’s lots of debate about whether spending time on social media is bad for our well-being but we’ve found it might not be as bad as we think. The more time people spent on WhatsApp, the more this related to them feeling close to their friends and family and they perceived these relationships to be good quality,” said Linda Kaye, Professor at Edge Hill University. “As well as this, the more closely bonded these friendships were and the more people felt affiliated with their WhatsApp groups, the more this was related positively to their self-esteem and social competence,” Kaye said. According to the researchers, group affiliation also meant that WhatsApp users were less lonely. It seems that using WhatsApp to connect with our close friends is favourable for aspects of our well-being.last_img read more

CREA reports October home sales in Canada up 09 per cent from

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian home sales in October ticked higher compared with September, the third consecutive monthly increase.The Canadian Real Estate Association said Wednesday the number of homes sold through its MLS system in October was up 0.9 per cent from the previous month, led by the Toronto region and the Fraser Valley in B.C.TD Bank senior economist Michael Dolega said the report corroborates the notion that the Canadian housing market continues to manoeuvre a soft landing.“Markets in Ontario remain vulnerable given affordability issues and lingering uncertainty regarding policies, but it would appear that the worst is behind the province, with some stability likely in store in the near- to medium-term,” Dolega wrote in a note to clients.The increase in sales came as the number of newly listed homes slipped 0.8 per cent in October following a jump of more than five per cent in September.The national sales-to-new listings ratio rose to 56.7 per cent in October from 55.7 per cent in September. CREA said a national sales-to-new listings ratio of between 40 per cent and 60 per cent is generally consistent with a balanced market.Compared with a year ago, the number of homes sold in October fell 4.3 per cent.The national average price for a home sold in October was $505,937, up five per cent from a year ago. Excluding Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, the average price was just over $383,000.Meanwhile, the Teranet–National Bank composite house price index in October fell 1.0 per cent compared with September, the second consecutive monthly decline and the largest since September 2010.The composite index for October was up 10.0 per cent from a year ago, the smallest 12-month rise since June 2016.Home sales in Canada hit a fevered pitch in the spring of 2017 before the Ontario government moved to cool the market in and around Toronto with the introduction of measures including a tax on foreign buyers like the one put in place last year in Vancouver.The market has also seen two rate increases by the Bank of Canada that have prompted an increase in the prime lending rates at the country’s big banks, with stricter lending rules set to come into place next year.In a report Wednesday, DBRS said mortgage borrowers in Canada could be shocked at their five-year renewal to find their mortgage payments are going up as rates begin to rise.“Over the last three decades, Canadian households have generally benefited from lower rates and have not had to adjust their spending patterns to cope with higher mortgages rates,” the debt rating agency said.CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal said the combination of higher interest rates and regulatory changes will work to reduce purchasing power, but the impact will probably be short-lived.“The level of activity is likely to stabilize and perhaps soften in the coming quarters as markets adjust to recent and upcoming regulatory changes,” Tal wrote in a report.“But when the fog clears it will become evident that the long-term trajectory of the market will show even tighter conditions. The supply issues facing centres such as Toronto and Vancouver will worsen and demand is routinely understated.”Tal said that without significant change in housing policies and preferences, there is nothing in the pipeline to alleviate the pressure.last_img read more

24yearold rape accused held after 3 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on March 3 arrested 24-year-old Rahul Victor, who was accused of rape and sexual exploitation, after three years on the run.In February 2016, a woman alleged that Victor had taken her to Gurugram where he offered her a glass of cold drink spiked with some form of intoxicant. Waiting for her to lose consciousness, the accused raped her and took photographs and video clips. He, later, used these to sexually exploit her several times by threatening to leak the complainant’s clips online. Victor also came to the victim’s house to threaten her following which she registered an FIR at Kotla Mubarakpur Police Station. A team of two sub-inspectors and two constables was set up immediately under the guidance of ACP Ranbir Singh, Defence Colony and investigation was promptly started. But, due to no known addresses of the accused, a technical team was mobilised that found an Aircel sim card that Victor was using at that time. Unfortunately, after the company’s closure, no phone records could be traced. The investigating team then started scouring social media sites like Facebook in search of the accused’s profile. After looking through several profiles, the victim identified Victor. The police, then, continued their investigation during which they identified his workplace through a selfie he had posted. They were finally able to nab him from Sikandarpur, Gurugram where he lives and registered a case under sections 376/328/342/506 of the IPC at Kotla Mubarakpur police station. South District DCP Vijay Kumar said that this was a challenging case as the accused was well-versed in hiding his phone and social media records and that the team must be commended for their work in apprehending the accused.last_img read more

FA Cup Citys Aguero in frame to face Brighton

first_imgManchester: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will travel with the rest of their squad for their FA Cup semi-final against Brighton and Hove Albion having nearly recovered from a hamstring injury, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. The Argentina international, who is the Premier League’s top scorer with 19 goals, missed City’s 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Cardiff City on Wednesday and was a doubt for Saturday’s semi-final at Wembley. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Almost everybody is fit,” Guardiola told a news conference. “Sergio Aguero is almost fit. He is travelling.” City are challenging on all fronts this season and could potentially win three more trophies before the campaign ends, having already lifted the League Cup. The team are top of the league going into the weekend’s games and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League as well as the FA Cup semis and Guardiola believes they are poised to build a lasting legacy. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We are still young in terms of a lot of titles but every season when you are able to win you become a better club, a better organisation, so that’s the target,” the Spaniard added. “We can’t deny the last decade in terms of English titles and being there in the Champions League, qualifying always, so it’s really good. We came from nothing with that, now we have that, we’ll see how far we’re going to get.” Stand-in left back Oleksandr Zinchenko has a hamstring injury and Guardiola is ready to draft Benjamin Mendy, who has been recovering from a knee injury, into the side for the first time Jan. 23 as a result. “Everybody has to help us, not just Mendy,” the manager added.last_img read more

NYAY scheme an answer to BJPs wrong policies Rahul Gandhi

first_imgSitapur (UP): Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday termed the NYAY scheme as an answer to the wrong policies of the BJP government which have “annihilated” the country’s economy. Addressing an election rally for party candidate Kaiser Jahan at the Gulzar Shah ground in Biswan, the Gandhi scion slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Demonetisation and GST together annihilated the country’s economy. The NYAY Scheme of the Congress is the only answer to the poor people affected by the wrong policies of the BJP,” the Congress chief said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Modi ji favoured a group of 15 people by giving them Rs 5,55,000 crore but the Congress will take this amount back from them and use it for benefitting 25 crore poor families of this country,” he added. Talking about the plight of farmers, Rahul Gandhi said the monetary help being offered to them in the name of seeds and fertilisers is no less than a joke. “Our Prime Minister helped Anil Ambani by giving him the contract of Rafale and in turn cheated the country,” he said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Stressing that he was not afraid of Modi, the Gandhi scion claimed that the prime minister “goes into hiding” whenever he challenges him for a debate or raises questions on the corruption allegedly plaguing the different departments of his government. Rahul Gandhi further urged the people to vote for his party and assured that if voted to power, the Congress government will uplift the poor who have been “robbed” by Modi. “Youth of Sitapur who are jobless now will have jobs in their hands after the Congress comes to power,” he said. Polling in Sitapur is slated for May 6 in the fifth phase of the ongoing general elections.last_img read more

Pot producer Ascent granted creditor protection after losing licenses

VANCOUVER — Cannabis producer Ascent Industries Corp. says an order granting the company creditor protection has been issued by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.The B.C.-based company says it filed for CCAA to address near-term liquidity issues which were in “large part” caused by Health Canada’s suspension of its licences under its subsidiary Agrima Botanicals Corp.Ascent has said that Health Canada asserts that “unauthorized activities” with cannabis took place during a period of time that it was privately held, and has suspended its producer and dealer’s licence under the former Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations regime.Last month, Ascent said that Health Canada indicated that the company did not demonstrate that the suspension was not warranted and the government health agency still intends to revoke their licences, but it had until Feb. 20 to make additional submissions.Agrima is still listed as suspended on Health Canada’s website of licenced producers.Ascent said today that the suspension was negatively impacting its ability to complete its strategic review to address short-term liquidity issues.The company added that while under CCAA protection, Ascent will continue with its day to day operations and the proceedings do not include or impact the operations and activities of its other subsidiaries, including in Oregon, Nevada and Denmark.+ The Canadian Press read more

WatchPace of Canadian housing starts falls in April with Ontario Quebec leading

OTTAWA — The pace of Canadian housing starts slowed in April to the lowest level in three months.Most regions of the country saw increases in urban starts on a seasonally adjusted basis but there were declines in Ontario and Quebec.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the seasonally adjusted rate for housing starts last month was 191,512 units — down from 202,375 in March and 217,320 units in February.Vancouver houses are overvalued, but CMHC says price acceleration isn’t a concernPriced out of detached homes, Toronto buyers turn to condos — even in the suburbsOntario’s seasonally adjusted rate for urban starts fell to 62,672 in April from 85,518 in March, while Quebec’s urban starts fell to 27,423 from 29,696.The seasonally adjusted rate also fell in rural areas to 16,702 from 19,098.In terms of types of housing, urban multiple-dwelling starts fell by 4,945 to 117,851 and single-detached housing starts fell by 3,522 to 56,959.The CMHC’s six-month trend in April was 195,064 units — down from 196,103 in March. read more

Crescent Point Energy shares drop after it slashes dividend by 90 cuts

CALGARY — Shares in Crescent Point Energy Corp. fell Tuesday morning after it said it would slash its dividend by nearly 90 per cent and plow some of the savings into share buybacks.The oil and gas company also announced it would chop its capital budget for this year by about $500 million to between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion in view of lower global oil prices and volatility in crude markets.“This year’s budget highlights the new team’s emphasis on returns and capital allocation,” said Craig Bryksa, who replaced long-time CEO Scott Saxberg last May. Crescent Point Energy eyes asset sales after laying off 230 staff in September Crescent Point Energy cuts 17% of workforce, plans to reduce debt by $1 billion Cation keeps up the pressure on Crescent Point Energy The Calgary-based producer expects to generate annual average production of 172,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2019, unchanged from last year after adjusting for 2018 asset sales.It said it would continue to market assets for sale while realizing operating efficiencies. It laid off about 230 employees and full-time contractors in September to reduce its staff to about 1,200 people.The company said it will pay a quarterly dividend of a penny per share and buy back and cancel up to seven per cent of its outstanding shares under a normal course issuer bid. It had been paying a monthly dividend of three cents per share or the equivalent of nine cents per quarter.Analysts said the dividend reduction and share buyback make sense in view of Crescent Point’s high debt levels and poor share price performance.“At current levels, we were of the view that a dividend cut was likely, although the magnitude of the dividend cut may be seen by some retail/yield-based investors as overly excessive,” said analyst Thomas Matthews of AltaCorp Capital in a report.Kristopher Zack of Desjardins calculated the lower dividend would save Crescent Point about $175 million per year while cutting its yield to about one per cent at the current share price.Several Calgary oil companies have reported lower or stand-pat capital budgets for 2019 in view of Alberta government curtailments that started Jan. 1 designed to ease a glut of crude that overwhelmed pipeline capacity and fuelled high price discounts last fall.Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd., for instance, cited the cuts Tuesday as it released its 2019 capital budget of about $175 million, down 23 per cent from last year.Crescent Point produces most of its oil in Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Utah, however, and isn’t affected by the Alberta move.Its shares were down nine cents at $4.41 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Cable TV provider Comcast posts 30 per cent rise in 1st quarter

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2014 5:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cable TV provider Comcast posts 30 per cent rise in 1st quarter profit, cites NBC results PHILADELPHIA – Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income rose by 30 per cent as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Jimmy Fallon’s elevation as host of “The Tonight Show.”Comcast is the largest cable company in the country with 22 million video customers and 21.1 million Internet customers. It is in the midst of an expected yearlong review of its $45 billion acquisition of No. 2 rival Time Warner Cable Inc.In the company’s conference call with investors, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called the proposed deal an “exciting and unique opportunity.”“We remain confident that the combination will strengthen a world class organization that will benefit customers, employees and shareholders,” Roberts said.Regulators are examining whether the combination would give it undue pricing power over customers and too much leverage with programmers.Its net income in the quarter through March rose to $1.87 billion, or 71 cents per share, from $1.44 billion, or 54 cents per share a year ago.Excluding one-time items, adjusted earnings came to 68 cents per share, beating the 64 cents expected by analysts polled by FactSet.Revenue grew 14 per cent to $17.41 billion from $15.31 billion. That’s also higher than the $16.99 billion expected by analysts.NBCUniversal revenue grew 29 per cent to $6.88 billion while cable services revenue grew 5 per cent to $10.76 billion.Olympics broadcast rights boosted NBCU revenue by $1.1 billion. Even excluding the games, broadcast revenue rose 17 per cent, helped by Fallon’s selection for NBC’s late night slot, replacing longtime host Jay Leno. The network was also boosted by more hours of “The Voice” and the popularity of new shows like “The Blacklist.”On the cable connections side, Comcast added 24,000 video customers during the quarter, the second quarterly gain in a row following a six-and-a-half year losing streak. However, those gains are likely to come to an end in the current quarter as college students disconnect service at the end of the semester.Comcast added 383,000 high-speed data customers and 142,000 voice customers.The company says the roll-out of its newest X1 set-top box is starting to contribute to better video results. It is now setting up 15,000 to 20,000 boxes per day, up from 10,000 at the end of the year. An improved user interface is helping reduce customer disconnects while boosting video-on-demand spending and increasing uptake of digital video recorder service. Within three years, Comcast hopes the majority of its customers will have X1.Comcast shares rose 95 cents, or 1.9 per cent, to close at $50.83. read more

Speaker helps Brock mark Mental Illness Awareness Week

Wendy MatthewsMental illness is a setback to be sure, but there’s no reason you can’t have a happy, successful life.That’s the message Wendy Matthews will bring to Brock this week when the St. Catharines entrepreneur is the keynote speaker for Mental Illness Awareness Week.On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Matthews will present “From Sadness to Selling Happiness,” a motivational talk about how she established her apparel business “Happy Being Me” after years of struggle. She was recently nominated for a Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year award.“I want people to feel inspired and motivated,” said Matthews. “I want to share with people how I got happy.”Mental Illness Awareness Week at Brock is an initiative between the University and the Niagara branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). On Oct. 5, organizers will hold a sticker campaign through the Tim Horton’s on campus to alert people to the high prevalence of mental health problems in Canada. The campaign will direct people to the CMHA website, where they can find information for a draw for a $25 Tim Horton’s gift card.Mental Illness Awareness Week is important to educate people on the prevalence of mental illness. But it’s also a week, Matthews said, “to talk about the positive side of things.”“From Sadness to Selling Happiness” is hosted by Student Health Services and the Canadian Mental Health Association. It will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Thistle 243. The event is free and open to the public.Recent interviews with Wendy Matthews:• Niagara This Week: Happy Being Her• TV Cogeco — Keep in Touch read more

New hoist to increase production at George Fisher mine – one of

first_imgABB recently won a $24 million order to supply a complete ore hoisting solution for Xstrata Zinc’s George Fisher mine (GFM) located near Mount Isa in northwest Queensland, Australia. The ground-mounted friction hoist will carry ore from a depth of 1,135 m and help increase GFM’s production by 30% per year by 2013. Xstrata Zinc’s resources in and near Mount Isa, including GFM, comprise the world’s largest known zinc resource base, with an estimated 600 Mt of ore and 36 Mt of contained zinc metal. In addition to increasing production capacity at the mine, ABB’s integrated hoist solution will operate at the highest levels of reliability and safety.“ABB won the order for this expansion project because of our strong track record, commitment to serving the mining industry and unique position as a sole-supplier of complete mine hoist systems,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our leading-edge technologies, combined with our global and local industry expertise, ensure the efficiency, reliability and safety of these critical mining operations from day one.”ABB will design, supply and commission all the electrical and mechanical equipment for a new ground-mounted mine ore hoist system. At speeds of 16 m/s, the hoist will raise 600 t/h of ore per hour from a depth of 1,135 m. ABB’s state-of-the-art ACS 6000 medium voltage drive system, which controls torque and speed to enable energy-efficient ore haulage, will power a 9,000 kW synchronous motor to run the hoist. The hoist design will minimise impact on the surrounding power network.ABB will also design and supply the bottom dump ore skips with inspection platforms, the rope deflection sheaves and a skip dumping system. ABB’s System 800xA AC800M industrial controller will manage and control the entire mine hoisting system, from the loading conveyors to the surface ore dump station.Reliable performance of the hoist is critical to the safety and financial success of the mine operation. ABB’s proven maintenance, lifecycle support services and expertise in delivering more than 600 new mine hoist systems worldwide, were important factors in securing this contract. Delivery is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2013.Xstrata’s A$274 million expansion of GFM will increase zinc production to 4.5 Mt/y. The project involves sinking the second hoisting shaft, using large diameter raise boring technology, to service the northern area of the mine.It also includes the installation of an underground crushing and ore-handling facility and upgrades to power and  ventilation facilities. The expansion project had been encouraged by a 126% increase in zinc reserves from 33 Mt when Xstrata acquired the operation in 2003 to 76 Mt in 2010. While the increased production rate will reduce the mine life by five years to 21 years, the orebody remains open at depth to the north of the mine.”Headquartered in Madrid, Spain, Xstrata Zinc is one of the world’s largest producers of zinc and one of the commodity business units within the major global diversified mining group Xstrata. Xstrata’s zinc and lead operations and exploration projects are located in Australia, Canada, Germany, Peru, Spain and the UK.last_img read more

Sitdown Sunday 7 deadly reads

first_imgIT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour. Attorney Jesselyn Radack Source: AP/Press Association Images1. The secret keeperJesselyn Radack is the lawyer representing whistleblower Edward Snowden. This profile by Russell Brandom looks at how she went from being a whistleblower herself to taking on high-profile clients.(The Verge, approx 21 minutes reading time, 4276 words) The secrecy of Radack’s work with Snowden requires two laptops beside each other: one standard Windows, and another running an encryption setup that she asks me not to describe in detail. There’s no Wi-Fi anywhere in the office; it’s too hard to secure. “I joke that I use drug dealer tactics,” she says. That means burner phones, paying in cash, meeting in person. “It’s a terrible way to work as an attorney, but you have to.” Source: Nick Potts4. Suarez storyWhen Luis Suarez bit a player during a World Cup game, it was the latest bit of bizarre acting out he did on the pitch. As people struggle to understand his actions, Dónal Óg Cusack looks at how Suarez’s tough life may have contributed to his behaviour.(The Irish Examiner, approx 29 minutes reading time, 5949 words)Laugh? Far from it. Time after time Luis Suarez’s world got ripped apart and football put him back together. My favourite is the one I read about Suarez growing up in Uruguay in a culture where winning through knavery and roguery and a little deceit and foulness is a little bit sweeter. They call it Picardía. We call it being a cute hoor. There’s a thin line between being celebrated as a cute hoor and being convicted as something else. You learn that too late. Source: Charlie Riedel5. Danger, dangerExtreme sports have an allure that pulls people in despite the many dangerous risks involved. Eva Holland speaks to those for whom extreme is the only way.(SBNation, approx 26 minutes reading time, 5244 words)If “doing what I loved” cost me the use of my legs and my arms, or the full use of my brain, would I say it was worth it? Could I measure the sport’s rewards and stack them against the risks, and if I did, what would that balance sheet look like? What had the sport given me, and how much was I willing to pay in return? Source: Ian West3. Grammar and nunsAuthor George Saunders is interviewed about his sense of humour and comedic style. It turns out the nuns at his South Chicago school had a lot to do with it.(New Yorker, approx 16 minutes reading time, 3243 words)My family was such a big influence on me. There was a real respect for language. It was understood as a source of power. Everyone was funny in a different flavor. You could make anything right—diffuse any tension, explain any mistake—with a joke. A joke or a funny voice was a way of saying: All is well. We’ll live. We still love you. Source: Anthony Devlin2. The real Orange is the New BlackWhat happens when an ex-convict who spent time in a women’s prison sits down to watch Orange is the New Black? Adam Dawson finds out. Spoilers abound here, folks.(Washington City Paper, approx 34 minutes reading time, 6854 words)I got into a few screaming matches at first, but that was because you pretty much have to. It’s not nearly as violent as men’s prison, but criminals are criminals, you know? They always look for weaknesses to exploit. Always. So you have to roll the dice and make it clear to whoever is testing you that it won’t be easy. I mean, I was skinny and blonde, too, but I had six years of heroin addiction to sort of season me up. I looked pretty f**ked up. And after a while, word got around that I had committed armed robbery, and that helped. George Saunders Source: MOVIECLIPS Trailers/YouTube6. A marked manMohammed Gulab saved the life of a US Navy Seal, and his story was told in the blockbuster Lone Survivor. But now, Gulab tells Sami Yousafzai and Mike Spies that he has been betrayed by the man he saved, and is in worse danger than ever.(Vocativ, approx 20 minutes reading time, 4157 words)The events that brought these two men together occurred nearly a decade ago. In June 2005, Gulab stumbled upon a stranger at a waterfall near his home in the mountains of Kunar province in northeastern Afghanistan. The man—Luttrell—was the only survivor of a four-man recon team that Taliban fighters had ambushed. He’d been shot twice and was bleeding profusely, his back was broken and he had shrapnel wounds in both of his legs.…AND ONE FROM THE ARCHIVES… Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn 2004, Claudine Ko met American Apparel CEO Dov Charney (who was fired earlier this week). The resulting article showed that Charney is a sex-obsessed man who thinks he’s an idol – and whose employees think so too.(Claudine Ko, approx 29 minutes reading time, 5959 words)“It’s very different here,” says Yesenia Sandoval, 22, a seamstress. She came from Mexico five years ago, worked at another factory, then got a job here last fall. “This company is much better than the other one. I was receiving minimum wage [$6.75 per hour]. Here we earn $12 to $15. I don’t think any company is going to be better than this.”Interested in longreads during the week? Look out for Catch-Up Wednesday every Wednesday evening.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by TheScore.ie >last_img read more

Police say St Petersburg attack carried out by suicide bomber as death

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share105 Tweet Email Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 10:05 AM http://jrnl.ie/3322796 Apr 4th 2017, 10:05 AM Short URL By Sean Murray Police say St Petersburg attack carried out by suicide bomber as death toll rises to 14 Interfax quotes sources who say police believe the attacker was linked to radical Islamist groups. Source: Alexander Tarasenkov AP/PA ImagesUpdated 10.05amTHE DEATH TOLL from yesterday’s terror attack on the metro in St Petersburg, Russia has risen to 14 people.An explosion, believed to have been set off by a male suicide attacker after boarding a train, rocked through a metro station leaving dozens more injured.Authorities said that they had also defused a bomb at a second metro station.Russia’s investigate committee had said it was probing an “act of terror”, but said it was looking into all possible causes of the blast.Later, the Interfax news agency later cited unspecified sources as saying police suspected the blast was caused by a suicide bomber linked to radical Islamists.The agency said authorities believe the suspect, a 23-year old who came from ex-Soviet Central Asia and was linked to radical Islamist groups, carried the explosive device onto the train in a rucksack.The security services in the central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan have said that the attacker was from the country.“The suicide bomber in the Saint Petersburg metro was a Kyrgyz national Akbarjon Djalilov… born in 1995,” a spokesman for the country’s security services told AFP.Asked about the report, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov wouldn’t comment, saying it’s up to law enforcement agencies to comment on details of the probe.Amateur video broadcast by Russian TV showed people lying on the platform of the Technological Institute station, and others bleeding and weeping just after the damaged train pulled in. Blast victims lie near a subway train hit by a explosion at the Tekhnologichesky Institut subway station in St.Petersburg, Russia. Source: AP/PA Images“Everything was covered in smoke. There were a lot of firefighters,” Maria Smirnova, a student on a train behind the one affected by the blast, told independent TV station Dozhd.The entire St Petersburg metro system was shut down and evacuated, but partial service resumed after about six hours.Some residents of St Petersburg, a city of five million people, responded with both dismay and determination.“They won’t succeed in breaking up our country. We are all citizens of one country despite various political views and religious beliefs,” said 24-year-old Alexander Malikov, who brought flowers and candles to an improvised memorial outside one of the stations. Vladimir Putin laying flowers down near the metro station Source: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP/Press Association ImagesThree days of mourning have been announced for the city.With reporting from the Associated Press and AFPRead: Terror investigation launched after 10 die in blast in St Petersburg underground system 49 Comments 13,781 Views last_img read more

Hernandez says West Ham will finish in the Top 4

first_imgThe Mexican forward is known to make bold statements, like during the last World Cup where he insisted ‘El Tri’ should do “f*cking great things”They say that “to dream doesn’t cost a dime”, and this is how Mexican striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez seems to be taking the new Premier League season.“I’m a dreamer. I am always aiming as high as I can and if we can put West Ham in the Champions League, why not?” he told the West Ham United official website.“Top six, top four is the aim, as high as we can,” he said.The 30-year-old forward joined West Ham in 2017, having played 28 matches scoring eight goals.The attacker, and Mexico’s best goalscorer in history, has played for Guadalajara, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen in the past.“The manager [David Moyes] called me before the World Cup because he knew my situation was difficult at the end of last season, and he made me feel very good,” he commented.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He told me I was going to be an important player and would play an important role in this team, so he gave me a lot of confidence.”“I’m very motivated and I know I need to work hard to win a place in the starting line-up and then perform as well as I can to help the team with goals, assists and good performances to get the points to move up the table.”⚒️ ‘WEST HAM CAN FINISH TOP FOUR’ ⚒️Javier Hernandez has claimed West Ham are aiming to finish in the top four this season, despite their struggles against relegation last campaign.https://t.co/XUaxFu6LTk pic.twitter.com/aXH6yNwKLW— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 9, 2018last_img read more

State finalizes purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas

first_imgInterior Alaska residents are expected to see a drop in their energy bills this winter now that the state has purchased Fairbanks Natural Gas.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority closed on the purchase of Pentex, the parent company that owns the natural gas distributor, last week. The purchase includes a gas processing facility in Point MacKenzie and two gas-powered trucks used to transport the fuel.Gov. Bill Walker proposed the purchase earlier this year. In June the authority’s board of directors approved spending of up to $52.5 million for the purchase.AIDEA spokesman Karsten Rodvik says a rate change is expected and documents from when the board approved the sale estimate customers will see their bills drop about 13.3 percent.last_img read more

Meghan Markle got married in the wrong family claims journalist

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle has been on the receiving end of many trolls and insinuations but, the latest claims is just hitting below the belt. Recently, TV presenter, Lisa Wilkinson came on television and claimed that the Duchess of Sussex got married in the wrong family.The revelation came on the programme, “The Project” that comes on Network 10, where the 59-year-old host presented her opinion. She argued that despite being an intelligent woman, who is so good at public speaking, Markle’s decision to get married in the Royal family was a great disservice to her qualities. She further advocated how Markle is the perfect candidate to talk about girl’s education, homelessness and poverty.Though, Wilkinson agreed with fellow guest panellist, Steve Price, who opined that Markle had the perfect platform to advocate her beliefs and raise consciousness about those issues as she is now a part of the royal family. But, Wilkinson pointed out how there are always forces trying to clip her wings.This narration comes in the wake of Markle’s speech at a panel during International Women’s Day. There Markle talked in depth about feminism and how she views the movement in current times. “When women miss out on careers, education or opportunities because of the system that they live in, we all suffer,” she said. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesDuring the discussion, she even revealed that the Duke of Sussex is a feminist and that his position on the whole issue is something that should be the way forward for all people.Apart from this discussion, Meghan Markle even came under the light of criticism for being ‘too royal’ when she appeared at the Commonwealth Day Service. A body language expert has deciphered that Meghan Markle was being a royal star.Judi James told the Express that, “Hand-holding is a common gesture for most couples in love, but by pulling Harry’s left arm out with her free hand and pressing it against her own torso, Meghan appeared to be performing a lowering ritual of ingratiation.” And the fact that Markle was spotted clinging on to Prince Harry’s arm was seen as a sign of weakness. Later, Kate Middleton and Prince William also joined the occasion but they did not display any such action like Harry and Markle.last_img read more

Aussie PM egged on campaign trail

first_imgAustralian prime minister Scott Morrison. Photo: AFPAustralia’s election became a little more raucous on Tuesday when a protestor tried — but failed — to crack an egg on prime minister Scott Morrison’s head.The attacker’s egg, thrown from close range, appeared to bounce off the politician at a Country Women’s Association event in New South Wales, where Morrison was campaigning ahead of 18 May general elections.The woman was wrestled away by Morrison’s close protection security detail and could later be seen leaving the venue holding an egg carton.New South Wales police said they had taken a “25-year-old woman into custody following an incident involving the prime minister in Albury”.It was not yet clear whether she would be charged.In the fracas, an older woman was bundled over, and Morrison — who is trailing in the polls ahead of the May 18 vote — had to help her up.Morrison seized on the incident to attack his political detractors.”My concern about today’s incident in Albury was for the older lady who was knocked off her feet. I helped her up and gave her a hug,” he tweeted.”We will stand up to thuggery whether it’s these cowardly activists who have no respect for anyone, or militant unionists standing over small businesses and their employees on work sites.”Union leader Sally McManus pilloried the prime minister for that comparison.”How dare you accuse us of this & make the association,” she tweeted.”You seem to have no respect for the truth or any concern about running down your fellow Australians. We would never support such behaviour.”Opposition Labor party leader Bill Shorten, tipped to take over the prime minister’s job, called the assault “appalling and disgraceful”.”The prime minister has my complete sympathy,” he added, telling reporters in Melbourne: “In Australia we have violence-free elections.”The incident followed a highly publicised assault of far-right politician Fraser Anning, who had an egg smashed on his head during a press conference.His teen attacker had been protesting comments Anning made blaming the massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers in two Christchurch mosques on immigrants to New Zealand.last_img read more

Harris County District Attorney Defends New Marijuana Policy

first_imgListen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:59 Gail DelaughterHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg discussed the new marijuana policy on Houston Matters.District Attorney Kim Ogg says Harris County is spending $26 million a year on misdemeanor marijuana cases and it’s not making things any safer. “We know that our constituents want public safety to be our number one concern,” says Ogg. “And they just don’t believe that people in possession of small amounts of marijuana are their biggest public safety concern. They’re worried about burglars and rape.”Appearing on Houston Matters, Ogg explained a new policy directed at people caught with less than four ounces. The offense won’t show up on their record if they agree to take a four-hour drug education class. Ogg also answered critics who say the D.A.’s office isn’t following the law.  “Pre-charge diversion is a lawful exercise of our discretion as district attorneys,” adds Ogg. “And those decisions are made every single day in prosecutors’ offices all over this state and the United States.”  Polls in Texas and nationwide have shown support for the full legalization of marijuana.   Sharelast_img read more

Tight Race for DC Attorney General

first_imgLateefah Williams has worked in the legislative and policy arenas.When District voters go to the polls on Nov 4 to elect a candidate for the newly-created position of attorney general, they will have three African Americans in the field of five on the ballot.Lateefah Williams, Edward “Smitty” Smith, and Karl Racine want to be the District’s top legal officer. They are in a tough fight with Lorie Masters and Paul Zukerberg, who are White, to win the race.If Williams, Smith, or Racine wins in November, they will be elected to a state-level position that few African-Americans have won. Edward Brooke, a District native, was elected in 1962 by Massachusetts voters as the first Black elected attorney general of any state. Brooke was later elected the first Black elected U.S. senator in 1966 and served two terms.Kamala Harris and Vincent Frazer of the U.S. Virgin Islands are the only Black state-level attorney generals presently.Williams said that she will be an effective attorney general because of her experiences working in the legislative and public policy arenas. “I have spent my career as a public advocate,” Williams, 37, said. “For me, working in the public interest has not been something to do on the side while I enrich corporations. Rather, I made a conscious choice to dedicate my career to public service and I believe that as a community-oriented public servant, I am best suited to represent all Washingtonians and protect our most vulnerable citizens.”Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in the District. She has worked as an attorney for the Prince George’s County state senate delegation, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 289 in Forestville, Md., and as a policy analyst for OMB Watch in the District.Smith worked in the Obama administration in senior-level positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Federal Communications Commission.He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Providence, R.I. and a law degree from Harvard University School of Law in Cambridge, Mass. A District native, he spent his earlier life in the Congress Heights neighborhood in Ward 8 and in LeDroit Park in Ward 1.Smith practiced law with the firm of what was then known as Hogan & Hartson and in 2007; he joined the Obama presidential campaign and served as a deputy general counsel of the Obama presidential inaugural committee in early 2009. Smith said that he is the best candidate to be the District’s first attorney general.“I am taking the skills that I developed and experiences that I gained through years of serving communities and dedicating them to you: to serve as your lawyer and to protect your interests because as attorney general, you will be my clients,” Smith, 34, said.Smith said as attorney general, he will focus on reforming the juvenile justice system, fighting for the rights of consumers, and working to make sure that District residents enjoy the rights of American citizens.Karl Racine is considered the “establishment candidate” or one who represents the interests of the large law firms and corporations, by political observers. Racine worked for the Clinton White House, the prestigious District of Columbia Public Defender Service, and is a former managing partner with the Venable law firm. He represented former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr., recently.Racine was named by The National Law Journal as one of “The Most Influential Minority Leaders in America.”He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and earned his law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Va.“I think that it’s very important, given that this is the first time that the public will elect an attorney general, that [the candidate] have the experience, passion, and understanding of the history of the District of Columbia,” Racine, 51, said.Racine said he will focus on consumer protection and defining the responsibilities of the attorney general. He said he will not hesitate to hold the mayor and the D.C. Council accountable for their actions and wants to work for the people of the District. “I’ve got the fire in the belly to participate in public service,” he said.last_img read more

Sony performs its own teardown of the PS4

first_imgIt’s only 8 days until the PS4 launches and we officially enter the next generation of console gaming. As you’d expect, marketing surrounding the availability of the console is set to start appearing everywhere in the run up to Christmas, but today, Sony has offered a more intimate view of their new machine. Specifically, what’s on the inside of the PS4.Wired got invited to Sony’s headquarters in Tokyo to take a look at the machine’s internal components, all under the watchful eye and white-gloved hands of Sony engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori.We’re all used to detailed shots of hardware teardowns in 2013, thanks mostly to the work of iFixit. But Sony decided to do the teardown itself.What the images reveal is a very clean layout, and one I suspect will score very highly on iFixit’s repairability scale. That’s because Ootori actually took the machine apart himself for the shots over the course of 90 minutes. If this is the same unit that will ship to consumers, then it doesn’t look like any special tools will be required to open it up. There’s no glue, just an few screws holding it all together.The close proximity of the processor and memory chips has allowed Sony/AMD to cover the whole area with one large heat sink complete with heatpipes and a single fan. That should keep the PS4 relatively quiet, with the surrounding casing clearly setup to focus on dissipating heat away from that area as efficiently and quickly as possible. The teardown also confirms something we already expected to be true – there’s no separate power brick for the PS4.One interesting thing to note is the differences between the internals of the PS4 and Xbox One. Remember, these are meant to be very similar machines in terms of performance, and yet the motherboards look very different and Microsoft has opted for a much larger cooling setup (at least the fan looks much larger) sitting on top of the processor and memory. The comparison shots below show the differences clearly (click the images to see them full size):last_img read more