Inuk teen wanted in Ottawa highrise homicide

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Inuk teen has been charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault in an ongoing homicide investigation in Ottawa but police need the public’s help tracking her down.Police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for the girl who cannot be named because of her age.Two others are wanted by police as well. Daniel Jean Charles, 20, and another minor.Ahmad Afrah, 19, died last week in Ottawa after it is believed he fall from a highrise building on MacLaren Street.Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Ottawa Police Major Crime Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).news@aptn.calast_img read more

No longer just about black or white Kunal Kemmu

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Kunal Kemmu is kicked about the response he is getting for his “grey” character in the multi-starrer film “Kalank”. He says it is a great time to be an actor as it is no longer just about essaying black or white roles or being a hero or villain on screen. “The way we conceive, develop and make films today is completely different from how we did 20 years ago. The makers and the audience as well have evolved and we are making films that are breaking genres,” Kunal told IANS in an email interview. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Characters are written differently and it’s no longer just about black or white, hero or villain. Hence, it’s a great time to be an actor and experiment with various characters and different kinds of films.” Kunal, who essayed the role of Abdul in “Kalank”, finds appreciation from critics and fans as a validation of his hard work. The 35-year-old actor made his debut as a child artist in the TV series “Gul Gulshan Gulfaam” in 1987. He ventured into the world of cinema with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s movie “Sir” in 1993. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Kunal then went on to star as a child artiste in movies including “Raja Hindustani”, “Zakhm”, “Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke” and “Dushman”. It was in 2005 that he played the male lead in “Kalyug” and was later seen in multi-starrers like “Dhol”, “Golmaal 3” and “Goa Goa Gone”. Has he found his comfort zone in multi-starrers? “It’s not really always been about whether it’s a multi-starrer or a solo film. Depending on the script, the character or the production house and the director involved, we do films. I haven’t done solo films for a while because I haven’t got any interesting scripts coming my way,” he said. Kunal, who is married to actress Soha Ali Khan, added: “So, it’s not a conscious decision or attempt and yes, when we do a multi-starrer, it is less load on your shoulders but the hard work is the same.” Looking back at his career, Kunal says he is happy the way things went for him. “I am very thankful and will always be for getting the chance to do the work which I like to do and keep getting offers to do different kinds of films. My journey could have been better, it could have been worse, but I don’t want to mourn over what happened, what went right or wrong. “I am just happy that I can still continue doing what I enjoy,” he said. Kunal is looking forward to working in his upcoming movie “Malang”, which also stars Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur and Disha Patani.last_img read more

Libyan soldier killed as army again under fire

first_imgBenghazi — Gunmen on Thursday opened fire on a vehicle in Libya’s second city Benghazi killing a soldier, witnesses said, in the latest attack on the army in the country’s volatile east.The killing comes on the final day of a three-day Benghazi strike in protest over militias after a shootout on Monday between a jihadist group and the army left seven people dead and 50 wounded.Three soldiers were shot dead in the city on Wednesday and the bodies of two more were found in the nearby town of Derna, officials said. Thursday’s attack was carried out by gunmen in a vehicle, who fired a volley of bullets at two soldiers as they got into a car after leaving a cafe, witnesses said.“The soldier died after being shot in the head,” said a medic at Benghazi’s Al-Jala hospital.Witnesses said the second soldier escaped unharmed.Benghazi city council declared the three-day strike after an army patrol came under attack near the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia, a jihadist group blamed for the 2012 attack on a US mission in which the ambassador and three other Americans were killed.Libya has seen mounting unrest since the toppling of long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 by a ragtag assortment of rebel brigades, many of which have since been transformed into militias that defy the weak central government.last_img read more

Hamstring Injury Sidelines 400M Champ LaShawn Merritt

LaShawn Merritt’s worst fear was realized. Injury.The reigning gold medalist in the 400 meter race, Merritt has been pulled from the London Olympics because of a bad left hamstring. It is a disheartening end to a four-year period that saw Merritt either injured or sidelined with a 21-month drug suspension.This was his opportunity to get beyond all that. But Merritt pulled up halfway through his 400-meter heat Saturday and will not be around to defend his title.“It’s very disappointing to be dealing with an issue and not be able to finish the race,” Merritt said. “I’ll regroup.”Regrouping has been a constant for Merritt since winning in Beijing.He failed three successive drug tests between October 2009 and January 2010 for a banned substance found in a male-enhancement product. The substance has been used as a masking agent, but Merritt convinced the those judging the case that he really did buy it at a convenience store for its intended purpose.His ban was reduced in time for him to compete at the world championships last year, then he won another case challenging an International Olympic Committee rule that would have kept him out of the London Games.At worlds last year, however, he finished second behind Kirani James of Grenada because he hadn’t been back long enough to get into strong competition shape.Now this. His first loss in 2012.It was a result of an injury he suffered last month during a tuneup race in Monaco. He has spent the time between then and now in rehabilitation, but earlier this week, coach Loren Seagrave conceded he wasn’t sure how Merritt would do once the Olympics arrived.At the 150-meter mark, Merritt started slowing down and by the time he reached the far turn, he was done, hands on his hips, for a slow walk out of the stadium.“I thought I could get through these rounds, not at 100 percent,” Merritt said. “I got out and got around the curve and started to feel it. I moved a little more and still felt it. I think I need more rest.”With Merritt’s exit, the 400 meters turns into a free-for-all, with James now the favorite and a bunch of interesting possibilities beyond that. Jonathan Borlee of Belgium set a national record in qualifying at 44.43 seconds. His brother, Kevin, also had a top-six time.“Yeah, it may be a little bit more fun to watch,” said Erison Hurtault of Dominica. “Now we’re going to see, I guess it’s someone else’s turn now.” read more

Utility scale possible with BESS battery backup technology

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 1, 2017 – Nassau – The country’s leading experts on renewable energy yesterday weighed in on the now-public report by PowerSecure, the BPL management company given the government boot, declaring that while parts of PowerSecure’s assessment were accurate but the conclusion that the Bahamas could not generate enough solar energy during peak demand is inaccurate as they failed to take into account Battery Energy Storage Solutions.“There is no “silver bullet” for solving the energy crisis of the Bahamas.   It must be approached as a mixed generation of reliable, viable and economical solutions working in conjunction with each other, instead of in opposition,” said Philip Holdom, President, Alternative Power Supply and co-founder of Sustainable Energy Ltd Bahamas.   “The Bahamas will be best served by decentralizing the power grid, mandating the highest energy efficiency standards in homes and businesses and modernizing the highest energy users, public buildings,”Sustainable Energy co-founder Zev Crystal agreed, adding that the report may have led to confusion.“You say the word solar and everyone thinks, simple, The Bahamas is bathed in sunshine year-round so why not?” said Crystal.   “But, like anything, the devil is in the detail.   In solar, there is a significant difference between tying into the grid and creating true energy independence, which we can now do at a utility scale generation capacity thanks to the progress that has been made in the last few years with powerful battery back-up systems. Those systems are built for storage so you make and store power when the sun shines and you use it when it is not.   Unfortunately, the way the report was interpreted may have confused the issue because it did not clarify that a grid tie-in is a different animal from a utility scale install, which is quite feasible in New Providence.”According to Mr. Holdom, who installed one of the first solar systems in The Bahamas 27 years ago, “The Bahamas as a nation is just getting into renewable energy and is three decades behind countries with one quarter of the solar potential of this country.   Therefore we need to approach solar integration immediately on large utility scales as well as commercial and residential rooftops”.   Mr. Holdom is also developing the national curriculum for multiple levels of solar certification through BTVI and his consortium is donating the solar power system for the course.The first move in a step-by-step process, he explained, is to install a large Megawatt PV plant with Battery Energy Storage that connects directly to the grid and provides continuity of clean power to the utility, doing so under a Power Purchase Agreement with the government.   This Solar PPA would be funded by a Bahamian Renewable Energy Consortium that provides solar energy to the government with no up front costs at a competitive fixed rate for 20 years.“In addition the existing Renewable Energy Self Generation Program allows businesses and homes to connect residential, commercial and public solar systems that can feed into the utility grid.   Battery-based systems that do not interact with the grid can also be installed,” he added.“The statement that utility scale renewable energy is not economically feasible in the Bahamas underestimates our strength to be a leader in the move toward sustainable, renewable, eco-friendly power generation and I would go so far as to state that it is simply false and does not take into consideration the technology that exists today.   Utility scale renewable energy is the fastest growing energy sector in the world and that would not be so if were not economical.”APS and Sustainable Energy, the first company to have a 1 MW power plant approved for commercial use in Nassau, say they would welcome an opportunity to demonstrate to the government that a utility scale plant is economically viable and will produce energy at a substantial savings to the nation.“The BPL management were partially correct when they concluded that utility scale PV could not ‘produce energy when it was most needed’ because they were only viewing it as a grid tie system with no battery backup.   Any utility scale solar plant in The Bahamas must, by necessity, have a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and this is no more critical anywhere than in The Bahamas due to the fact that the utility is underpowered and has been so for the past 40 years,” said Holdom.“The Bahamas is plagued by constant brownouts that damage all manner of sensitive electronics including fridges, TV’s, cable boxes, computers, networks and more.   This affects homes and businesses throughout the archipelago. A brownout occurs when the utility cannot provide constant voltage and frequency in peak load periods or even as a matter of course.  Without sufficient capacity, supplemental capacity is required that is available 24 hours a day.”But there are, he said, only so many viable energy solutions and the first, installing 27 new power plants is simply out of the question because of capital costs.“The second option is a viable economic solution that helps the short term problem and supplements any long term solution, and incorporates multiple utility scale Solar plants with Battery Energy Storage Solutions.   This can be done in 10 to 50 MW increments fairly quickly on the main islands and in smaller increments on the primary Family Islands.   There is more than sufficient low use land in Nassau to accommodate these plants.   The solution is within reach and it is possible with a public-private partnership.   We are hopeful that this government, which we believe is committed to sustainable development, moves to make solar with BESS back-up a reality and does not heed the outdated or confusing interpretation of the BPL ex-management report that was released recently and clouded the issue.”last_img read more

PM Minnis promotes TeamOne Bahamas concept towards creating worldclass status for country

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 23, 2018 – Nassau – The Bahamas will attain world-class status as a country and a people only when all of its citizens unite under a One Bahamas or Team Bahamas concept, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said.“We are first and foremost Team Bahamas. While we have our different political, religious and other affiliations, we have a shared vision and ambition to make ours a land of opportunity, with a commitment to the common good, to social justice and to helping the least among us to leading better lives,” the Prime Minister said.“We are Bahamians before we are PLP, DNA or FNM. When we cheer our athletes in international competition, we do so as fellow Bahamians, as Team Bahamas.  We pledge allegiance to one flag in love and unity.  While we may rush as Saxons, Valley Boys, Music Makers, One Family, Roots, Colours [or any] of the other groups, we all share a love of Junkanoo as an expression of our history and heritage.”Addressing the Jones Communications Network’s Person of the Year and Civil Society Awards (Friday, January 19) at the Jones Communications Media Centre, University Drive, Prime Minister Minnis said while The Bahamas may have a number of challenges as a country in terms of social and economic development and fighting crime, the country also has many possibilities.“At the end of my address at The Bahamas Business Outlook Seminar (held Thursday, January 18), I noted that if we harness the energy of our people; if we harness the energy of the sun and renewable power; if we harness the many advantages of our archipelago of possibilities – we will have embarked in earnest in creating a new and world-class Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“To accomplish this vision, we need to have One Bahamas and indeed what I want to call Team Bahamas.  I include in this, the Bahamian Diaspora around the world.”Using Cabinet as an example of how being “one team” can best serve the interests of the Bahamian people, Prime Minister Minnis said every Prime Minister has his/her strengths and limitations.  Being surrounded by a good team, Dr. Minnis continued, can help a Prime Minister to build upon his/her strengths and to work with others in terms of one’s limitations.“As I mentioned in a message to Parliamentary colleagues last year, ours is not a Presidential system.  There is no chief executive in our system of government.  We are a Westminster-based system in which executive authority is vested in the Queen and exercised on her behalf, by the Governor-General.“The Cabinet has general direction and control of the Government and is collectively responsible to Parliament. Our system demands collegiality, collaboration and teamwork.“I know from my experience as a surgeon that having a good team is essential.  As Prime Minister and as Leader, I know that I will only be as effective as the team with which I work,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis (centre) and Jones Communications Network’s President & CEO, Wendall Jones share a private moment during Jones Communications Network’s Person of the Year and Civil Society Awards Friday, January 19, (2018) at Jones Communications Media Centre. Prime Minister Minnis, who was awarded the ‘Person of the Year’ for 2017, was accompanied by his wife, Patricia (at left). JCN also presented awards to Dr. Robin Roberts (contributions to medicine); Bishop Walter Hanchell (benevolent work with the less fortunate), and Mr. Damien Blackburn, business.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Officials demand Kevin Beiser resign from San Diego Unified School Board

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Democratic Party voted 58-4 to call for the resignation of San Diego Unified School Board District B Trustee Kevin Beiser amid allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct that surfaced this week.The party’s vote in favor of Beiser’s resignation came after a discussion of the allegations made against him. The party also invited Beiser to attend the Tuesday night meeting, but he declined, according to party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy.Beiser issued a statement Tuesday night denying the allegations and suggesting they were politically motivated.“We will take swift action against any public official who uses their power to abuse others,” Rodriguez-Kennedy said. “Kevin Beiser is entitled to his day in court, but we believe that he has lost the confidence of the public and will not be able to focus on the important work of the people.”A lawsuit filed Monday named Beiser and his spouse, Dan Mock, as defendants, alleging that Beiser date-raped the plaintiff and made increasingly aggressive and physically abusive attempts to seduce him between 2013 and last year.The suit also alleges that Mock failed to help the anonymous victim when he was being abused at the couple’s home.Further reporting by Voice of San Diego revealed that four other men corroborated similar interactions with Beiser in recent years. All five alleged victims were locally involved in politics in some way.Local Democratic Party officials condemned Tuesday’s initial reports of Beiser’s alleged sexual misconduct, but pumped the brakes on calling for his resignation until a vote could be taken. With the vote, the local Democratic Party joins a rapidly growing chorus of local political officials, groups and LGBTQ community leaders to call for Beiser to step down.San Diego Democrats for Equality, the Republican Party of San Diego County, San Diego Unified School Board President Sharon Whitehurst-Payne and a joint group made up of Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, San Diego City Council members Georgette Gomez, Jennifer Campbell and Chris Ward, Carlsbad City Councilwoman Cori Schumacher, Chula Vista City Councilman Stephen Padilla and Encinitas City Councilman Joe Mosca all called for Beiser to resign from the board.In a statement issued Tuesday, the joint group said: “As LGBT elected officials who are committed to changing the overarching cultural and political climate to prevent sexual harassment, we want to ensure that every complaint is fully investigated and appropriately decided. That said, even following the principles of due process, there are cases, especially those with multiple and severe allegations, where the obvious right thing is for the accused to step away from their position. This is one of those cases.”Beiser, who was elected to the school board in 2010, is currently a math teacher at Castle Park Middle School in Chula Vista. He has also filed to run for San Diego City Council next year in District 7. March 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Officials demand Kevin Beiser resign from San Diego Unified School Board Posted: March 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

No Senators vote in favor of OcasioCortezs Green New Deal

first_imgNo Senators vote in favor of Ocasio-Cortez’s, “Green New Deal” Posted: March 26, 2019 AP, March 26, 2019 Updated: 2:50 PMcenter_img WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday defeated a proposal to take up the Green New Deal as both parties shunned an opportunity to debate a comprehensive climate change plan offered by Democrats.Majority Republicans forced the vote as they seek to turn the Green New Deal into a wedge issue in the 2020 elections. Democrats called the GOP’s move a “sham” and said it carries its own political risk by mocking an issue that a growing number of Americans care deeply about.Senators voted 57-0 against a procedural motion to take up the nonbinding resolution, which calls for the U.S. to shift away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power.Four Democrats joined all 53 Senate Republicans in opposing the motion to take up the climate plan. Forty-three Democrats voted “present” to protest the GOP’s action. Democrats accused the GOP of quashing debate by blocking public hearings and expert testimony about the consequences of inaction on climate change.In shifting the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels, the Green New Deal calls for virtual elimination by 2030 of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.The plan has broad support among Democratic activists, and all six of the 2020 presidential contenders serving in the Senate have signed on as co-sponsors, putting it at the forefront of the party’s sprawling primary race.However, Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper said Tuesday he opposes the Green New Deal. The former Colorado governor said the proposal sets “unachievable goals” and shuns the private sector.Republicans say the plan would devastate the economy and lead to a huge tax increase. They call it more evidence of the creep of “socialism” in the Democratic Party, along with “Medicare for All” and a sweeping elections reform package that would allow public financing of congressional campaigns.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky scheduled the vote on the Green New Deal, saying it would force Democrats to take a stand on a plan that “might sound like a neat idea in places like San Francisco or New York” but would result in communities across the country being “absolutely crushed.”By “basically outlawing the only sources of energy that working-class and middle-class families can actually afford,” the Green New Deal would “kill off entire domestic industries” and eliminate millions of jobs, McConnell said. The plan could lead to a spike in household electric bills of over $300 a month, he said.Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, called the Green New Deal “ridiculous” and displayed pictures of dinosaurs, cartoon characters and babies on the Senate floor. He said he was treating the plan “with the seriousness it deserves.”Lee’s remarks enraged Democrats, who called climate change deadly serious, citing recent floods in the Midwest, wildfires in the West and hurricanes in the South.“Climate change is not a joke,” said Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, the bill’s lead Senate author. “Mocking it is shameful.”New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of a half-dozen senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said Republicans treat climate “as a game” and said Democrats “will not fall for this stunt.”Addressing climate change “should be our nation’s moonshot” in the 21st century, Gillibrand said, calling it a generational challenge similar to the race to the moon in the 1960s.“We don’t know if we can get to net-zero carbon emissions in 10 years, but why not try?” she said at a rally before the Senate vote.Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said Democrats were being hypocritical by refusing to vote for their own plan. “I’ve never seen a bill sponsored by a dozen people who don’t want to vote on it,” he said. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Green New Deal FacebookTwitter AP last_img read more

Time Out Chicago Eliminates Six Positions

first_imgTime Out Chicago announced the elimination of six positions in its editorial, circulation and administration departments. According to editorial director Elizabeth Barr, the move was a cost-cutting measure that TOC editorial director Elizabeth Barr attributed to increased paper costs, a competitive advertising market and an uncertain economy.The cuts come despite increases in circulation and advertising. Sales grew 25 percent in 2007, circulation 11 percent, according to Barr. “By taking a closer look at the bottom line, reallocating duties and eliminating duplication of workload, we have positioned ourselves for financial success in 2008.”Publisher David Garland says the magazine does not anticipate any more cuts. “This was a preemptive effort to keep ourselves as lean as possible against the continuing competitiveness and recessionary economy,” he told FOLIO:.last_img read more

Human Rights Day Hits Musical High Note With UN

first_img Facebook U.N.’s First Human Rights Music Award human-rights-day-hits-musical-high-note-un Email Twitter News Human Rights Day Hits Musical High Note With U.N. First High Note Music Prize to be awarded next year by United Nations High Commissioner for Human RightsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 8, 2017 – 5:43 pm Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 commemorates the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Now a new High Note international partnership including the GRAMMY Museum has come together to commemorate music’s power to stand up for the human rights principles of “the equality and dignity of every person.””We commend The High Note Project and the U.N. Human Rights Office on their launch of The High Note Music Prize, which will place a deserved spotlight on artists using their music and platform for good,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. “Music is a powerful tool, and when used to call out injustice that power inspires goodwill in others and affects change across a broad spectrum of social issues.”High Note Project executive producers David Clark and Chantel Sausedo are helping to organize the first annual High Note Honors Concert in London, Fall 2018, with proceeds benefitting a charity to be chosen by its recipient — a major recording artist with more than a decade of philanthropic efforts — as well as the GRAMMY Museum and the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.GRAMMY Museum Awards $200K For Music Grantslast_img read more

Exclusive Greta Van Fleet On Lollapalooza When The Curtain Falls Touring

first_img Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 4, 2018 – 11:02 am Greta Van Fleet Talk “When The Curtain Falls” & Mo Exclusive: Greta Van Fleet At Lollapalooza exclusive-greta-van-fleet-lollapalooza-when-curtain-falls-touring Twitter Exclusive: Greta Van Fleet On Lollapalooza, “When The Curtain Falls” & Touring Email Jake and Sam Kiszka talk about the iconic music festival, their latest single and life on the road backstage at Lollapalooza Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 4, 2018 – 11:03 am Rock and roll is alive and well—just ask Greta Van Fleet (or any of their many, many fans). With a pair of scorching EPs fanning the fire burning toward their highly anticipated debut album, the full-throttle rock band from Michigan have made everyone’s list lately of artists to keep a close eye on in 2018 lately. Brothers Jake and Sam Kiszka cruised by our tent backstage at Lollapalooza to describe the feeling of playing the iconic Chicago music fest, tell the story of how their latest single “When The Curtain Falls” came to be and what life is like on the road when you’re one of the hottest bands around.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” News last_img read more

OBITUARY Alexander T Fairweather 90

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John H. Nee, 93In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Anthony Charles Mack, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries” NORTH READING, MA — Alexander T. Fairweather, 90, of North Reading and formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, November 30, 2018.Born in Somerville, MA on October 31, 1928. He was the son of the late Alexander and Mary Jane (Scott) Fairweather. He was raised and educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School, Class of 1948.He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954, he served on the USS Howard Gilmore and he received an honorable discharge.Alex went into the plumbing trade, he was member of the Plumbing Local 12 in Boston, 283 in Lawrence and Local 138 in Salem.He loved his family, hunting and fishing, his boat, playing the drums and listening to classical music. Alex was also an avid Patriot fan. He has been a resident of North Reading for 55 years.Family members include his loving wife of 56 years, Joan A. (Turner) Fairweather; his son, Lee Fairweather and his wife Evelyn; his grandson, Scott Fairweather and late grandson, Joseph Fairweather; he was the brother of the late James Fairweather, Betty Long and Mary Hollenbeck.Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. http://www.croswellfuneralhome.com.Alexander T. Fairweather(NOTE: The above obituary is from Croswell Funeral Home.)Thank You To Our Sponsor:last_img read more

E3 2019 Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 brings Bluetooth Scarlett compatibility

first_img See It E3 press conferencesSaturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD.  The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET)Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET)Ubisoft — 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET)Square Enix — 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)Tuesday, June 11Nintendo (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) Abt Electronics Post a comment $115 Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw reading • E3 2019: Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 brings Bluetooth, Scarlett compatibility Updated 12:09 p.m. PT: Scarlett compatibility confirmed. E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox Elite Controller Our first look at the new elite controller at E3 2019. James Martin/CNET At the Xbox-centric E3 press conference Sunday, Microsoft pulled back the curtains on an update to the Elite Controller: Series 2. An even more Elite controller with a slew of adjustments to bumpers, grips and thumbsticks that looks to iterate on and improve one of gaming’s best controllers. The short trailer showed off, in around 90 seconds, all the new features of the controller. In brief:Adjustable tension thumbsticksHigher precision controlNew trigger grip and redesigned bumpersWrap-around rubberized gripBluetooth connectivityThree profilesInternal rechargeable battery and dock with 40 hours per charge.xbox-elite-controller-3The Series 2.  Microsoft The controller will work on both Xbox One and PC and Series 2 program manager at Microsoft, Allan Carranza, confirmed the controller will also be compatible with Xbox Scarlett. Cool! The Elite Series 2 will be available from November 4, 2019 and you can already pre-order at xbox.com.You can watch the full reveal below: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 Share your voice See It Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Review • Xbox One Elite controller review: Luxury gaming and customization, at a price 17 Photos Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Preview • Xbox Elite Wireless controller lets you customize to your heart’s content E3 2019 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Tags Microsoft Xbox Elite Controller • See All $149 E3 2019 $190 Walmart See it Gaming Accessories Microsoft Nintendolast_img read more

Seventh Pay Commission can be potential game changer for struggling real estate

first_imgThe struggling real estate market in the country could get a major relief once the Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations are implemented by the government as an increase in salaries of government employees is likely to boost the demand for home purchases.While, on the supply side, the country’s real estate sector is likely to be supported by recent easing of foreign direct investment (FDI) norms by the government, the implementation of the pay panel proposals is being seen as a “potential game changer” on the demand side.”The Pay Commission recommendations will have a significant impact on the real estate cycle in small towns as more than 80 per cent of Central government employees reside in tier II, III cities,” said analysts at Credit Suisse in a report.The Seventh Pay Commission, headed by Justice AK Mathur, recommended a 16% hike in basic salary and a 63% increase in allowances for government employees, taking the overall hike in salaries to 23.55%.The recommendations are expected to rise in incomes of 3.4 crore employees and pensioners once the state and central governments implement them. Housing and transport sectors are expected to be the biggest beneficiaries from an increase in incomes of government employees.”Altogether around 80 per cent of the beneficiaries would see an increase of less than Rs10,000 per month and account for 50 per cent of the payout. The rest would get around Rs 24,000 more every month on an average,” said the report prepared by Neelkanth Mishra, Prateek Singh and Ravi Shankar of Credit Suisse.The report said that those employees who who will see an increase in monthly salary by around Rs 24,000 are likely to play a key role in pushing up the demand in the housing sector.”Most of this impact is likely in the smaller cities (only 20 per cent of central government employment is in the tier I cities). The Pay Commission recommendation, in our view, is an important milestone in the real-estate cycle in the smaller towns, recent weakness was likely the effect of the last pay commission fading,” The Indian Express quoted the Credit Suisse report as saying.last_img read more

Terrorists planning attack on Buddha Purnima in West Bengal Bangladesh Intel inputs

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:41Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The Government of West Bengal received an alert on Friday afternoon from the Central Government.Representational image | ReutersWest Bengal is on high alert after an Intel agency has warned of the possibility of terror attacks on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on Sunday, May 12. The warnings came ahead of the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections which is on Sunday. The alerts issued by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) states that a possible fidayeen attack might be carried out by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) or Islamic State (ISIS).Along with the warning, IB mentioned that the attacks might be carried out in Hindu or Buddhist temples by fidayeen, who could be impersonating as a pregnant lady in undivided Bengal – which includes India’s eastern state of West Bengal and Bangladesh.The Government of West Bengal received an alert on Friday afternoon from the Central Government. According to sources in the intel agency, the attack might take place in West Bengal or Bangladesh, reports Zee News.In the aftermath of the Sri Lanka attacks, Bengal should take precautionary measures to avoid the sort of unpleasant events that have unfolded in the neighbourhood.The West Bengal Police has reportedly beefed up security across the Hindu and Buddhist temples in and other parts of the state after receiving inputs from the Intel agency.On April 27, a Bengali poster was released by a pro-Islamic State Telegram channel which had these two words – “SHIGHROI ASCHHE [coming soon]”. International Business Times had reported the story on the given date. The poster was reportedly hugely circulated and also had the logo of a group named Al-Mursalat.Earlier, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) came under scanner for possibly carrying out Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. The NTJ had close links with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India unit. Sri Lankan state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene had earlier said the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India (JMI), a unit of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB, may have had a role in Sunday’s bombings.However, there is very little information on JMI’s activities in India. But, there have been several reports that indicate its presence in India. In February, two members of the JMB were arrested from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district. Close United Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristcenter_img https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/713577/united-nations-declares-jaish-e-mohammad-chief-masood-azhar-global-terrorist.jpgUnited Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristIBTimes IN https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/713577/united-nations-declares-jaish-e-mohammad-chief-masood-azhar-global-terrorist.jpgUnited Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristIBTimes INlast_img read more

F16 fighter jet crashes into building near Californias March Air Reserve Base

first_img Close An F-16 fighter jet returning to March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley of California in the US has crashed into a building after its pilot was ejected, the media quoted base officials as saying.The jet slammed into the side of a commercial building off the base, on Van Buren Boulevard, about 3.45 p.m. on Thursday, March Air Reserve Base Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Holliday was quoted as saying.The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Twitter that the crash occurred around Van Buren and the 215 Freeway, Xinhua news agency reported.The pilot was ejected and being medically evaluated.”Multiple agencies responding. Please stay out of the area and clear emergency vehicles,” the department tweeted.Details on the crash and the pilot’s condition have not been disclosed. Authorities did not have details on any other injuries. UVDA AIR BASE, Nov. 10, 2017 (Xinhua) — An Israeli F-16 jet fighter takes off from the Uvda air base during an international air force exercise in Israel, on Nov. 8, 2017. Hundreds of pilots from eight different countries gathered recently in Israel’s Uvda air base to join the largest international air force exercise ever conducted in the country.IANS [Representational Image] F-16 fighter jet crashes into building near California’s March Air Reserve Base, pilot ejects safelycenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:29Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:29?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Assam Police arrest 2 BJP IT cell members over derogatory post on

first_imgThe Assam Police have arrested two members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) social media team on Thursday, June 13, for allegedly making communal remarks on Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal through posts on their private social media handles.While Nitumoni Bora and Nani Gopal Dutta were arrested for communal and derogatory social media posts, the house of another member, Hemanta Baruah, was raided by the police on Wednesday night.In recent social media posts, Bora had claimed that the BJP government was unable to protect indigenous Assamese from migrant Muslim settlers in Assam. He also posted that he believed the Chief Minister was to blame for the failure to maintain law and order in the state.He demanded BJP legislator from Jalukbari assembly seat, Himanta Biswa Sharma, to be sworn in as the new Home Minister.”There was an FIR lodged against Nitumoni Bora by Raju Mahanta last night based on which we have arrested him. It was stated in the FIR that he had posted a derogatory comment against the Chief Minister,” Swapneel Deka, Superintendent of Police, Morigaon, reportedly said.The social media team of BJP questioned the internal democracy of the party, after the arrests.”We have been working very hard since 2014 to popularize the party (BJP) in Assam because we love the party and its ideals. We had launched an aggressive social media campaign against the then ruling Congress, exposing the party and its misrule to the people which in fact paved way for a change of guard in Assam. However, our members were not arrested by the then Congress government,” a member of the BJP’s social media team said.”How can they stop us from exercising our right to freedom of speech? This is intolerance if I cannot speak my mind on social media. None of the members has made any derogatory comment. However, some of the members-only expressed their unhappiness when the government fails to protect the indigenous people of the state. There is nothing wrong in it,” he added.last_img read more

Murder accused killed in gunfight

first_imgGunfight IllustrationThe main accused of a murder case was killed in what the law enforcement called a gunfight at Baklia in Chattogram city early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Md Saiful, 28, son of Rafiq Ahmed of Sabujbag residential.Saiful was the prime accused in the killing of HM Lokman Hossain of Golpahar area, said Pranab Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Baklia police station.According to the law enforcers, a team of police arrested two murder case accused — Saiful and Ziauddin Babul — from Fatikchhari area on Monday.Following their information, police conducted a drive in Kolpolok Residential area to recover arms.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, associates of the accused tried to snatch them and opened fire on the policemen, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.The gunfight left Saiful injured with bullet.Later, the injured was taken to Chattogram Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Lokman was shot dead in Baklia Khalpar area on 6 April when he went there to settle a love affair-related dispute among two groups of youths.Lokman’s family members then claimed that Lokman was shot dead by Saiful.last_img read more

Supreme Court Takes On Case About Free Speech And Abortion

first_img Share Becky Sullivan/NPRAfter California passed the Reproductive FACT Act in 2015, a number of anti-abortion pregnancy clinics filed lawsuits. The Supreme Court says it will consider the law in its upcoming session. One of the clinics was the East County Pregnancy Care Clinic in El Cajon, Calif., seen here in a file photo.Does a California law violate the Constitution by requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to inform clients about free or low-cost abortion and contraception services? That’s the question the Supreme Court is taking on, in a new case it accepted on Monday.California’s Reproductive FACT Act became law in October of 2015. It requires licensed and covered facilities to give all their clients notice that the state “has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion, for eligible women.”The law also gives the attorney general and other prosecutors the power “to bring an action to impose a specified civil penalty against covered facilities that fail to comply with these requirements.”Anti-abortion group NIFLA — the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates — filed a legal challenge to the Reproductive FACT Act, saying that it forces clinics to promote or advertise abortion services.In taking the case on, the Supreme Court justices limited their participation to one question: “Whether the disclosures required by the California Reproductive FACT Act violate the protections set forth in the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, applicable to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment.”The California law generated lawsuits almost immediately, with several pregnancy centers suing the state and asking for the law to be struck down, as NPR’s Kelly McEvers reported in the fall of 2015.One of those suing was the Pacific Justice Institute, whose Brad Dacus spoke to Kelly about his reasoning.“It’s like telling the Alcoholics Anonymous group that they have to have a large sign saying where people can get alcohol and booze for free,” Dacus said. “It’s like telling a Jewish synagogue that they can have their service, and do their thing, but they have to have a large sign where people can go to pray to receive Jesus.”The Reproductive FACT Act details both the content of the clinics’ message about abortion, and the method of delivery.According to the law, the notice must read, “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].”It adds that the information must be disclosed in one of several ways, including a public notice in a conspicuous place in the waiting area, on paper which “shall be at least 8.5 inches by 11 inches and written in no less than 22-point type.”Other options include providing printed or digital notices to all the clinics’ clients.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

White House Doctor Trump In Excellent Health

first_img Share Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Trump talks with journalists at the White House after signing the tax overhaul into law on Friday.President Donald Trump’s White House physician declared him in “excellent health” after the president received his first medical checkup at Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, undergoing a physical examination amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he’s mentally unfit.Dr. Ronny Jackson, in a statement released by the White House, said the examination “went exceptionally well. The President is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday.” Trump spent about three hours at the medical facility in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington, for the Friday afternoon checkup, his first as president, before departing for Florida for the weekend.The fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump’s recent slurring of words on national TV.Some of the comments were published in a new book about Trump’s first year, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has denounced as “complete fantasy” for portraying her 71-year-old boss as undisciplined and in over his head as president.Trump himself has pushed back hard against any suggestion that he’s mentally unfit, declaring himself “a very stable genius.” He told reporters on Thursday that he expected the exam “to go very well. I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t.”The examination lasted several hours and measured things like Trump’s blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart rate and weight. The White House did not provide specific results of those tests. Jackson, who also provided care for President Barack Obama and became a White House physician in 2006, is expected to provide a detailed readout of the exam on Tuesday and answer questions from reporters.But conclusions about Trump’s mental acuity were not expected. The White House said Trump would not undergo a psychiatric exam. Officials did not address a different type of screening: assessments of cognitive status that examine neurologic functions including memory. Cognitive assessments aren’t routine in standard physicals, though they recently became covered in Medicare’s annual wellness visits for seniors.While the exams are not mandatory, modern presidents typically undergo them regularly and release a doctor’s report declaring they are “fit for duty.”Two months before the November 2016 election, Trump released a five-paragraph letter from his longtime physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, who concluded that Trump “is in excellent physical health.” A year earlier, Bornstein said in a December 2015 letter: “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”The 2016 letter put Trump’s blood pressure and cholesterol measurements in the healthy range, though he uses a cholesterol-lowering statin medication. His EKG, chest X-ray, echocardiogram and blood sugar were normal.The 6-foot-3 Trump weighed 236 pounds (107 kilograms), and his body mass index, or BMI, of 29.5 put him in the category of being overweight for his height.Trump takes Crestor for his cholesterol, a low-dose aspirin for heart attack prevention, Propecia to treat male-pattern baldness and antibiotics for rosacea. The doctor’s 2016 letter stated that Trump’s testosterone level, 441.6, was in the normal range, as were his PSA reading for prostate abnormalities and tests of his liver and thyroid.Trump was 70 when he took office on Jan. 20, 2017, making him the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office.How much of Trump’s health information is released to the public is up to the president, but Sanders said she expects the White House to release the same kind of details past presidents have made public.Obama’s three medical reports included sections on vital statistics; physical exam by system, such as eyes, pulmonary and gastrointestinal; lab results; his past medical and surgical history; his social history; and medications, among others.Trump has said he gets most of his exercise playing golf. The American Heart Association has said the best types of exercise increase the heart rate and make a person breathe heavily, but that activities like golf don’t provide as much cardiovascular benefit since they don’t require much extra effort. The association suggests players walk the golf course instead of renting a golf cart. Trump drives a cart from hole to hole.Obama played basketball, lifted weights, worked out on an elliptical machine or treadmill and played golf. George W. Bush traded running for mountain biking to preserve his knees. Bill Clinton was a runner who installed a jogging track at the White House. He also played golf and indulged in Big Macs.Trump likes fast food, too, along with well-done steaks, chocolate cake and double scoops of vanilla ice cream. He reportedly downs 12 Diet Cokes a day. In their recent book, “Let Trump Be Trump,” former top campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie described the four major food groups on Trump’s campaign plane as “McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke.”last_img read more