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first_imgFour stories in the news for Wednesday, Nov. 14———CALGARIANS VOTE ‘NO’ ON 2026 OLYMPIC BIDThe results are in, and a majority of Calgarians are saying “no thanks” to a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The city conducted a non-binding plebiscite Tuesday to gauge public opinion on whether there is sufficient interest to submit a bid. Out of 304,774 total votes, 56 per cent (171,750 votes) said they don’t want the city to throw in its hat for the Games. The plebiscite’s result is non-binding on city council, which has the final say on whether Calgary will proceed with a bid. The results won’t be declared official until Friday. Council is expected to address the results Monday.———SENATE BILLS NEED OUTSIDE LOOK: TOP SENATOR The government’s representative in the Senate is urging senators to stop dragging their feet and create an independent body to oversee their expenses. Sen. Peter Harder is applying pressure six years after the Senate was engulfed by scandal over alleged improper expense claims and more than three years after the federal auditor general recommended an independent oversight body to help head off future problems. Harder says senators should not be judging the legitimacy of their fellow senators’ expense claims, as has been the practice.———NO TOUGHER STANCE ON SAUDI ARMS DEAL: FREELAND The federal government is showing no apparent signs of toughening its stance on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, even after Canada’s spy chief heard a recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking to reporters Tuesday in Windsor, Ont., Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland reiterated Canada’s position that no new arms-export permits will be signed for Saudi Arabia as the Khashoggi case is being reviewed. Khashoggi’s killing last month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Canada and renewed public outrage over Ottawa’s controversial $15-billion deal to sell light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.———NASA BOSS FUELS SPACE-STATION SPECULATIONThe head of the U.S. space agency lauded Canada’s expertise in artificial intelligence in Ottawa on Tuesday, fuelling speculation that Canada will join its next bold venture to unlock the secrets of the moon. Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said he wants Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue as it embarks on the creation of its new “Lunar Gateway” — the next-generation outpost the United States is planning to send into orbit around the moon.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The Bank of Canada will launch its new financial system hub. It will also publish highlights of its autumn financial system survey as well as new analysis examining Canada’s resilience to house-price corrections.— Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman make an announcement about habitat conservation in the Canadian Rockies.— United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is scheduled to speak to the Edmonton chamber of commerce today.— Federal Tourism Minister Melanie Joly participates in roundtable discussions to help identify tourism potential in the North.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Google says it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in a security product it began selling in 2017, but blames the omission on an error.When the company’s Nest Secure home alarm system hit the market, its product information didn’t mention a microphone.As recently as January, the product specs for the system’s Nest Guard hub, which controls home-alarm sensors, still didn’t include any indication of a microphone.Then, earlier in February, Google noted that its voice assistant feature would be available on the Nest Guard.Google said in a statement that the microphone wasn’t intended to be a secret and should have been disclosed.The company said people have to specifically turn on the microphone for it to be listening.Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

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LOS ANGELES — Marvel’s Avengers are back to save the world, and the box office.“Avengers: Endgame” arrives in theatres on April 26 with the conclusion of the fight between the galaxy’s greatest heroes and Thanos, who wiped out half of all life at the end of last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” It’s one of the year’s biggest releases, and one that many theatre owners are hoping will draw huge audiences after a sluggish start to the year at the box office.It is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a collection of movies that kicked off with 2008’s “Iron Man.” Since then, Marvel films have earned $18.6 billion at the box office, with the four “Avengers” films accounting for nearly $5 billion of that haul. Seven of the films, including this year’s “Captain Marvel” and last year’s sensation “Black Panther,” have earned more than a billion dollars worldwide.The following is a look at how Marvel has built its cinematic juggernaut, with the film’s title, release date, domestic gross and total worldwide box office, as compiled by Comscore:___“Iron Man,” May 2008, $318.6 million, $582 million“The Incredible Hulk,” June 2008, $134.8 million, $263.3 million“Iron Man 2,” May 2010, $312.4 million, $623.7 million“Thor,” May 2010, $181 million, $448.7 million“Captain America: The First Avenger,” July 2011, $176.7 million, $371 million“Marvel’s The Avengers,” May 2012, $623.4 million, $1.52 billion“Iron Man 3,” May 2013, $409 million, $1.2 billion“Thor: The Dark World,” November 2013, $206.4 million, $645 million“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” April 2014, $260 million, $714.3 million“Guardians of the Galaxy,” August 2014, $333.2 million, $773.3 million“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” May 2015, $459 million, $1.4 billion“Ant-Man,” July 2015, $180.2 million, $519.3 million“Captain America: Civil War,” May 2016, $408.1 million, $1.15 billion“Doctor Strange,” May 2016, $232.6 million, $677.6 million“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” May 2017, $390 million, $863.6 million“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” July 2017, $334.2 million, $880.2 million“Thor: Ragnarok,” November 2017, $315 million, $854.2 million“Black Panther,” February 2018, $700 million, $1.3 billion“Avengers: Infinity War,” April 2018, $679 million, $2 billion“Ant-Man & The Wasp,” July 2018, $217 million, $623 million“Captain Marvel,” March 2019, $387 million; $1.06 billion___Source: ComscoreThe Associated Press read more

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“There’s no way I would ever be party to a stealth attack on a sitting prime minister elected by the people,” he said. Kevin Rudd has resigned as Australian Foreign Minister, saying he will not be part of Labor’s leadership “soap opera” and effectively heading off any move to sack him.The former prime minister called a late-night press conference in Washington DC to announce his decision and left open the possibility of launching a leadership challenge from the backbench. “We all know that what happened then was wrong and it must never happen again.”Mr Rudd says he has had to conclude he no longer has the confidence of the Prime Minister following a string of public “attacks” from senior Gillard supporters.“When challenged today on these attacks Prime Minister Gillard chose not to repudiate them – I can only reluctantly conclude that she therefore shares these views,” he said. “There is one overriding question for my caucus colleagues, and that is who is best placed to defeat Tony Abbott at the next election.“Mr Abbott, I believe, does not have the temperament or the experience to ever be elected to hold the high office of prime minister of Australia. “The truth is the Australian people regard this whole affair as little better than a soap opera, and they are right, and under current circumstances I won’t be part of it,” he said. “The simple truth is that I cannot continue to serve as foreign minister if I do not have Prime Minister Gillard’s support. (ABC News) He had a pointed message for Labor MPs. “But at present, and for a long time now, he has been on track just to do that.”Mr Rudd says he will return home to Brisbane on Friday to consult with his family, community and colleagues about his future and announce his intentions before Parliament resumes on Monday.The former prime minister, who was ousted from the job by Julia Gillard in June 2010, denied he had been plotting a comeback. read more

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Amendments to the faculty handbook were approved during Senate 604 held Jan. 16 and can be viewed online. A summary report of the meeting, which includes information on the amendments, is available online. Click to read the President’s Report of the meeting.

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CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s highest court has upheld a government decision to fire a public servant who used a pseudonym to criticize government immigration policy on Twitter.The High Court’s seven judges on Wednesday unanimously overturned a lower court’s decision that Michaela Banerji’s dismissal was not reasonable and that public service rules around the use of social media and making public comments “unacceptably trespassed on the implied freedom of political communication.”The Community and Public Sector Union, which represents public servants, said the decision had serious implications for free speech and could potentially affect almost 2 million Australians who work for the federal, state and local governments.Banerji used the Twitter handle “LaLegale” to send more than 9,000 tweets in six years while she was a public servant.The Associated Press read more

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Hans Haekkerup, head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), told journalists today that the comments in the Belgrade press did not “reflect the reality.” On the contrary, he had been meeting continuously with Kosovo political representatives and members of the international community on the Legal Framework, which outlines structures of provisional self-government. “By the end of the week, we will take stock of where we are and then finish the work,” Mr. Haekkerup said, stressing his intention to include some of the Serb-proposed recommendations in the final document. Mr. Haekkerup stressed that guarantees in the document ensure the protection of minority interests. “We have been building a lot of guarantees for minorities and groups, so that it will be difficult for a majority to overrule a minority in a non-acceptable way,” he said. The document provides for an elected assembly to make decisions and pass laws in fields as varied as social welfare, health, education, the environment, agriculture, industry and trade. Mr. Haekkerup stressed that the Legal Framework would be an important step towards self-government, but would not deal with the final settlement, on which the document was “neutral.” The Framework should, however, facilitate a final political settlement, he said. read more

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by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 11:01 am MDT US sales of previously occupied homes edged up in January to second-highest level in 3 years WASHINGTON – U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in January to the second-highest level in three years, a sign that the housing market is sustaining its recovery and helping bolster the economy.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales rose 0.4 per cent in January compared with December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.92 million. That was the second-highest sales pace since November 2009, when a temporary home buyer tax credit had boosted sales.The median price for a home sold in January was $173,600, a 12.3 per cent increase from a year ago.Analysts say purchases would be higher if more homes were available. The supply of homes for sale dropped to nearly an eight-year low in January.The 1.74 million previously owned homes for sale at the end of January represented a 4.2-month supply at January’s sales pace. That’s the lowest supply since April 2008.Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors, said sellers normally begin listing homes in February in advance of the spring buying season. But he said this increase might not be enough to alleviate the tight supply.The inventory of homes for sale is 25.3 per cent below the level a year ago, when there was a 6.2-month supply of unsold homes.In December, sales declined to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.9 million from 4.96 million in November, according to revised figures released Thursday. The December drop was linked, in part, to the tight supply of homes.For all of 2012, sales rose to 4.66 million, according to revised estimates. That was 9.4 per cent more than in 2011 and the most since 2007. But even with the gain, sales were below the 5.5 million that economists associate with a healthy market.Analysts foresee further gains this year. Steady hiring and near-record-low mortgage rates have helped boost sales and prices in most markets. Still, sales are being held back by the low supply.First-time buyers, who are critical to a housing recovery, made up only 30 per cent of sales in January, unchanged from December. That’s well below the 40 per cent typical in a healthy market.And since the housing bubble burst more than six years ago, banks have imposed tighter credit standards and required larger down payments. Those policies have left many would-be buyers unable to qualify for super-low mortgage rates.The average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is 3.56 per cent. That’s near the 3.31 per cent reached in November, the lowest on records dating to 1971.Rising demand for homes is encouraging builders to step up production. In January, builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 890,000 homes. That was down from December but was still the third-highest pace since mid-2008 and nearly 24 per cent above the level a year ago.And applications for building permits, a sign of future construction, rose in January to their highest point since June 2008.Sales rose in January in all parts of the country except the West, the region that’s being hampered the most by the shortage of homes for sale. In the West, sales fell 5.7 per cent. Sales rose 4.8 per cent in the Northeast, 3.6 per cent in the Midwest and 1 per cent in the South. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Price of crude oil rises slightly on closure of Houston Ship Channel Pumpjacks at work pumping crude oil near Halkirk, Alta., June 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2014 3:22 pm MDT The price of oil edged higher Monday as traders waited to see how long a key transit route in the Gulf of Mexico would be closed following an oil spill there.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery rose 14 cents to close at US$99.60 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties, slipped 11 cents to US$106.81 a barrelOn Saturday, a barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of heavy oil collided with a ship in the Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as 636,000 litres into one of the world’s busiest waterways. More than 80 ships have been forced to wait to enter or leave the bay.Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said the oil prices could shoot higher if the waterway isn’t open by the end of the week.Soft Chinese economic data kept a lid on prices Monday. The preliminary version of HSBC’s purchasing managers’ index for China showed manufacturing dropped to an eight-month low, while factory output shrank at the fastest pace in 18 months.Some investors bet the data would spur China to introduce economic stimulus measures to prevent a deeper slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell two cents to US$2.89 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil dropped one cent to US$2.91 a gallon and natural gas lost four cents to US$4.28 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

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first_imgJury in Patrick Quirke murder trial continue deliberations this afternoon The jury of six men and six women have been deliberating for almost 10 hours so far. THE JURY IN the trial of a 50-year-old farmer charged with murdering his alleged love rival and hiding his body in an underground tank, will continue deliberating this afternoon.Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ who went by the name of Mr Moonlight.Ryan went missing on 3 June 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home at about 6.30am. His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary 22 months later in April 2013.The prosecution claims that Quirke murdered Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Lowry (52), while the defence contends the prosecution has failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and must acquit.The jury of six men and six women have been deliberating for almost 10 hours so far, and will resume again this afternoon after pausing for lunch.The two verdicts open to the jury are: guilty of murder or, alternatively, not guilty.A short time into their deliberations on Tuesday, the jury sought all of Quirke’s interviews with gardaí as well as phone records, which were handed in.In her charge to the jury on Tuesday, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told them that they must not be influenced by emotion, sympathy, anger or disgust, and must treat circumstantial evidence against the accused with care. By Ruaidhrí Giblin & Eoin Reynolds Short URL 18,950 Views Share Tweet Email Friday 26 Apr 2019, 2:23 PM No Comments Image: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotodesk.ie Apr 26th 2019, 2:23 PM https://jrnl.ie/4608183 Image: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotodesk.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img ‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully LaunchesThe Actual Pinkertons Are Suing the Makers of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Stay on target Unless you’re an unfortunate game critic who had to marathon through the 50-hour campaign to write a timely review, chances are you’re still working your way through the absolutely massive Red Dead Redemption 2. If you explore the wide wild west world at your own comfortable pace, taking on story missions but also tackling side quests and generally soaking up the world, the game could easily last dozens upon dozens of hours simply as a solitary experience.However, considering that Rockstar Studios continues to make ungodly amounts of money with Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Redemption 2 was never going to remain a solitary experience. The multiplayer component, Red Dead Online, is just barely fulfilling its promise of releasing in November. The co-op cowboy chaos is available now… for some of you.Red Dead Online as it exists now is actually a beta. If the millions of people who bought the game try out the multiplayer it makes sense to stress test how well it actually works. Access to Red Dead Online is being doled out based on how and when you bought Red Dead Redemption 2. If you bought the Ultimate Edition, you can play now. If you played on the October 26 launch day, you can play on Wednesday November 28. If you played between October 26 and October 29 you can play on Thursday November 29. And everyone can play starting Friday November 30.We’ve been so caught up with Red Dead Redemption 2’s single-player mode we actually don’t know too much about Red Dead Online aside from the streams that have been popping up. However, considering past online Rockstar games like GTA Online as well as multiplayer in the original Red Dead, expect the mode to leverage the game’s massive map for similar open-world action only this time starring real people.Here’s what Rockstar says, “head out hunting or fishing; visit bustling towns; battle enemy gangs and attack their hideouts; hunt for treasure; take on missions and interact with familiar characters from across the five states; or fight against other outlaws in both spontaneous skirmishes and pitched set-piece battles; compete with other players or whole posses in open world challenges and much more.”For more on Red Dead Redemption 2 read our review, watch us explain why you should play the original Red Dead Redemption before you die, and check out the beautiful screenshots in this Red Dead photography guide from PCMag’s Jim Fisher.View as: One Page Slides1/241. A River Runs Through It — I couldn’t help but think of Norman McLean’s tale of coming and age and fly fishing, A River Runs Through It, as I spied this view from a perilous rope bridge.2. After the Bear Fight — I was ridging through a green field of beautiful flowers when my horse reared and a grizzly attacked me. I got a few shots off, but had my varmint rifle equipped. I survived the mauling and killed the beast, but was worse for wear.3. After the Hanging — I watched this poor soul lose his virtual life. Not a pretty sight.4. Altar Tight — A raven perches atop an altar of sacrificial bones. You’ll see some weird things if you wander off the beaten path.5. Amputation — I brought this fellow to the doctor, who had to take his arm. Nasty business.6. Arthur and Deer — I couldn’t resist posing for a selfie outside the taxidermist’s house.7. Arthur Twilight Mountain Selfie — The light was gorgeous in the game, trust me.8. Bear Hat Mouth Harp Selfie — I put on my bear hat, one of the first absurd hats you can get in the game, to snap a selfie in the Rhodes town square.9. Bird of Paradise — Arthur contemplates his decisions as he stands in front of a bird of paradise.10. Boat on River — I had a Georges Seurat painting in my mind when I framed this one.11. Dry Goods Vet — The general store in Rhodes is photogenic as hell.12. Dynamite Accident — This is what happens when you stand too close to a safe during the process of attempting to open it using dynamite.13. Gunfighter Lady —Gunfighting wasn’t just for the fellas.14. Hanging Guy In The Swamp — I had a legendary fish on my horse. But I saw this and stopped to take a picture anyway. Needless to say, I was immediately murdered by swamp people. I got the fish back, though.15. In Memory — Old gravestones are one of my favorite real-world photographic subjects, so I had to snap this shot of a wooden marker when I happened upon it.16. Law Office — An urban street scene at night—not sure what these dudes are up to, but the lighting grabbed my attention.17. Lighthouse — The lighthouse is one of the prettier spots in the game.18. Look On My Works — Serial killer? I don’t know. No spoilers. Unless you know where Gavin is.19. Mouth Harp — There’s a dude in Rhodes who just hangs out and plays a mouth harp all day. Who said they didn’t have hipsters in the 19th century?20. Notions — There’s just something about the townsfolk in Rhodes that makes me think of Deliverance.21. River and Mountains —Red Dead’s scenery is amazing, even if Arthur isn’t quite Ansel Adams.22. Snowy Cabin Body — One of Arthur’s victims lies dead in the snow.23. St. Denis Street At Night — As New Orleans is in the real world, St. Denis is one of my favorite places on the Red Dead map.24. Vesuvius Studio Shot — This isn’t from Arthur’s camera. I paid to have my portrait taken in St. Denis. The photographer had a backdrop with what is presumably Mount Vesuvius, so of course that’s the one I went with.last_img read more

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first_img Dan Plante, 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 SettingsOTAY MESA (KUSI) — Border Patrol officials gave KUSI’s Dan Plante an exclusive look inside a smuggling tunnel that runs between the San Diego-Mexico border.In this case, the tunnel was shut down before it could reach a warehouse in Otay Mesa. But for every tunnel the Border Patrol finds, there is another one out there they may not find.Every year these tunnels are used to smuggle billions of dollars worth of drugs between the countries — mostly meth, heroin and marijuana.KUSI’s Dan Plante was the only reporter in San Diego to get access to these tunnels, and he has all the details in this Special Report. Posted: October 25, 2018 Dan Plante October 25, 2018 Exclusive look inside drug tunnel between U.S. and Mexico Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – After 40 days on the road, a group of South Florida cyclists wrapped up a long ride against gun violence, Sunday.Participants rolled into Goulds Park in Southwest Miami-Dade after riding down from Maryland. “This ride in particular was emphasizing and bringing awareness to gun safety and gun violence,” said bicyclist Angela Berry.The group’s work didn’t stop there. They also handed out healthy food to people in need with the goal of feeding more than 2,000 South Florida families.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, March 29, 2019:A Lake Street homeowner reported vandalism from paintball guns to his home occurring last night. House was hit with approximately 8 paintballs around 11:20pm. (8:28am)Ashley Davis (24, Billerica) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Suspended Or Revoked License and Speeding. Davis was pulled over on Aldrich Road. (10:59am)Market Basket manager reported female party shoplifting. Store decided to handle the matter civilly, not criminally. Police issued shoplifter a no trespass order. (12:26pm)A Dexter Street caller reported two hypodermic needles left outside his driveway. Police retrieved the two needles for proper disposal. (1:39pm)Elaine Geronimo (33, Lawrence) was arrested for OUI Liquor; Negligent Operation Of A Motor Vehicle; Possession Of A Class B Drug; Marked Lanes Violation; and Motor Vehicle Light Violation. Geronimo was pulled near the Route 38/62 intersection. (8:39pm)A high school custodian reported hearing he believes a group of youths in the field house. Youths took off prior to police arrival. Police did a walk through with the custodian and nothing appeared taken. (10:10pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 20: OUI Arrest; Hypodermic Needles; Plastic Sword Confused For MacheteIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 1: Lowell Woman Arrested For OUI; Billerica Teen Arrested On Warrant; 2 Drivers Issued SummonsesIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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first_imgSalman Khan to host Bigg Boss 13.ColorsThe speculations around the probable list of contestants on Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss 13 has been making the rounds ever since Bigg Boss 12 had ended. A few weeks ago, IBTimes India had exclusively revealed the names of 23 shortlisted celebrities who will be participating on the show. And, according to the latest reports, out of these 23, Chunky Pandey has now been finalised on the show. Unlike previous seasons, Bigg Boss 13 house is being built in Goregaon’s Film City ditching the usual Lonavla set where most of the seasons have been shot. While there’s a lot of speculations around Bigg Boss 13 grand premiere date, it is being said that the show will start airing on television by September 29 replacing Madhuri Dixit’s dance reality show Dance Deewane 2. It is also being speculated that owing to their crackling chemistry, Katrina Kaif might co-host Bigg Boss 13 with Salman Khan.Earlier, it was reported that Salman Khan was charging a whopping amount of over Rs 400 crore for the entire edition. Later, it was learnt that the makers of Bigg Boss have hiked Salman’s fee to Rs 13 crore per week (Rs 6.5 crore per episode) and he will eventually be earning close to Rs 200 crore (Rs 195 crore exactly). Last year, he had charged Rs 11 crore per day shooting both weekend special episodes in a day and earned Rs 165 crore from the whole season.last_img read more

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first_imgIf PlayStation 3 owners were unhappy with Sony because of the PSN hack and the extended downtime surrounding it, or if you were thinking now would be a good time to pick up a used PS3 at a good price, you’d be wrong. Sony reported that PS3 sales actually went up while PSN was unavailable, and said at E3 that the platform was “stronger than ever.”Sony started off their E3 press event with apologies to the users and customers who have been impacted by the hack and subsequent downtime, but went on to say after the event that they’re doing quite well. Sales of the PS3 are up 14% from this time last year. They also noted that PSN traffic had already gotten up to 90% of traffic prior to the breach, so clearly PS3 owners aren’t worried about going back online.Sony hasn’t wasted time getting back in the game, either. Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Sony Computer Entertainment America, noted that the launch of Infamous 2 helped get gamers excited about coming back to the PS3 and PSN. He also praised Sony’s upcoming 3D titles, investment in 3D technology, and new PlayStation Move integration as more examples of how Sony is actively bringing gamers back into the fold.At the same time, no one would expect Sony to have anything but good things to say about the strength and growth of their network after the PSN hack. It does seem clear that gamers are coming back to PSN in droves now that it’s back online, but whether or not that growth is sustainable is another matter.Some people have said they’re just logging in to get their free games, and others point out that 90% of traffic prior to the hack is still a 10% drop. At the same time, others point out that if you have a quality service, you stand by it no matter what. Regardless of how the numbers pan out in the long run, its unlikely that Sony will suffer any serious long-term damage from the hack, even though it was the fourth largest data breach of all time.Read more at IndustryGamerslast_img read more

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first_imgSource: Healthmakers The African Centre for Biosafety submitted samples of white bread sold in shops around the country, to a GMO testing facility.  This test focused on whether we are given enough information to make a sound decision about the food we eat. The results are not only scary and appalling, but they are also a true indication of how food has changed over the years. Without our approval, government has permitted Monsanto to trade in genetically modified seed, permitting the use of toxic chemicals such as Roundup, thus impacting the environment and us. Mostly the labeling on bread is deceiving and reads ‘may be genetically modified’ .GM soyaStore bought bread contains high percentages of genetically modified (GM) soya. GM soya is harmful to the human body. Research shows that genetically modified foods are linked to serious health problems such as allergies, the development of cancer tumours, infertility and birth defects. GMOs are also sprayed with dangerous herbicides such as glyphosate, which has been implicated in kidney disease among adults.Dead BreadApart from bread, specifically white bread, being genetically modified, white bread can be classified as “dead bread” All the properties needed for the bread to be nutritious are stripped off.White bread has no fibreWhite bread is bleached with chemicals to get the white colour. These chemicals have side effects. During the bleaching process all the nutrients are lost.Store bought bread is stuffed with preservatives to increase its shelf life.How does this affect your body?White bread contains gluten, a protein which causes digestive issues such as bloating, fatigue and in some cases stomach cramps. For people suffering from asthma, gluten, and all the additives and chemicals added aggravate the condition. Gluten as the name indicates is a glue like substance which is mucus forming in the body. Too much mucus in the body prevents the absorption of nutrients and toxins can’t get out.White bread has no fibre, therefore it is hard to digest which causes constipation and bloating.Commercial white bread contains sugar. Sugar is the main leading cause of obesityWhite bread is highly acidic. An acidic body is a breeding ground for illnesses, as bacteria, yeast, fungus and mould thrive in such an environment.All this is not only limited to white bread, but to all types of wheat bread including, refined rolls, croissants, bagels, pizza crust and more.Just because most of us are eating white bread sandwiches in packed lunches, does not mean that we should ignore the dangers of eating white bread and that we should not make a healthy change. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img Once upon a time, bread was made with flour, water, salt and yeast and took between eight and 20 hours to produce.In the early 20th century, bakers experimented with various mechanised techniques to speed up breadmaking. In 1961 the Chorleywood bread process changed everything. Invented by UK scientists, the Chorleywood method allows a loaf to go from flour to sliced and packaged in about three and a half hours using high speed mixers and the addition of extra yeast and dough-improving chemicals.The bread you buy in the supermarket has the texture and substance it has for one reason only: so that it can be made on an industrial scale and have a longer shelf life.Did you know that store bought bread is made with genetically modified *(GMO) ingredients?*Genetically modified organisms are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering.last_img read more

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first_imgLimassol will get its first bitcoin embassy in early 2018, fintech company Hello Group announced on Friday.The announcement followed the launch of the first bitcoin ATM in Limassol in November.“The venue will serve as an open community centre where people can talk about the cryptocurrency, participate in free discussions and attend regular meet-ups with industry experts,” Hello Group announced.According to the company, Cyprus is an ideal location for cryptocurrency to take hold as it serves as a regional financial offshore centre for many companies from Europe, Russia and the Middle East.They believe individuals on the island are more prone than others to see the benefits of a currency only they hold the keys to, as they experienced the bail-in crisis in 2013. Evidence of this is the University of Nicosia, which was the first academic institution in the world to offer an MSc in Digital Currency.It has not yet been announced where in Limassol the bitcoin embassy will be located.The ATM is set up in the Pitta & More café-restaurant under Hello Group’s Limassol office.“The cryptocurrency and blockchain world is still relatively new to Cyprus, so the introduction of a Bitcoin ATM is sure to raise awareness of this fast-growing industry,” the company said at the time of the launch.The introduction of the Hello Group BATM coincides with bitcoin’s recent rise above $10,000.The currency, which was at about $1,000 at the year’s start, has had “wild swings”, as Reuters put it.On Friday it tumbled briefly below $14,000 on the Bitstamp exchange, down roughly 30 per cent from its record top near $20,000 set at the start of the week.“Keep in mind that bitcoin has gone up a lot this year, so a correction is always likely,” said Shane Chanel, equities and derivatives adviser at ASR Wealth Advisers in Sydney.Bitcoin’s success brought cryptocurrencies to the forefront and has also boosted the profile of its rivals, which offer alternatives to bitcoin.“Trading in bitcoin is akin to gambling, so its movements don’t follow logical patterns,” said Takashi Hiroki, chief strategist at Monex Securities in Tokyo.“Unlike equities and bonds, it is not possible to calculate expected returns on bitcoin, so buying it becomes a gamble rather than an investment.”You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgPolice on Sunday evening arrested a 41-year-old British tourist for allegedly damaging the television in a pub by throwing a stone at it.According to police, the man was just about to leave for his country when he was arrested at Paphos airport.The owner of the pub had reported to police that on July 7 the tourist threw a stone at the TV, causing damage estimated at €1,600.The suspect arrived in Cyprus on July 6.You May LikeRest PeriodLooking for lush vegetation, swaying from the salt breeze of the palm trees.Rest PeriodUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoTopManFun10 Most Breathtaking Highways Of The WorldTopManFunUndo Brazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgA jury on Thursday will begin weighing the fate of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman standing trial on bank and tax fraud charges that could put him behind bars, while a former Cyprus central banker said he was surprised to hear of two major transactions, appearing as loans, at a time when tough controls were in place.During the two weeks of testimony in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, witnesses described how Manafort routed $16m in income hidden in foreign bank accounts, including Cyprus, to US vendors to purchase real estate, bespoke suits and antique rugs, income he is charged with omitting from his tax returns.The case is the first to go to trial arising out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, although the charges against Manafort largely predate his five months on the campaign.Manafort, 69, a veteran political consultant, made his fortune bringing pro-Russian politician Viktor Yanukovych to power in Ukraine in 2010. When Yanukovych fled the country in 2014, the political work dried up and Manafort lied about his finances to get loans from banks, prosecutors said.The jury heard that 31 accounts had been identified, located in Cyprus, the Grenadines and the United Kingdom, belonging to Manafort. Payments had been traced for luxury items back to those hidden bank accounts, while documents from banks and corporations showed how the corporate entities and offshore accounts were linked to Manafort.In an op-ed on Euobserver published on Wednesday, former central bank governor Panicos Demetriades suggested “Manafort’s Cyprus connections may well turn out to be just a prelude.”The former governor, who was forced to resign, albeit with a generous payment, by President Nicos Anastasiades after just two years into a five-year term, said he was surprised to see that the indictment itself lists two wires from Cyprus in 2014 and 2015, amounting to $0.9 million (€0.79m) and $1m, respectively, which were disguised as loans.“This was puzzling. How could such large transactions go under the anti-money laundering radar of any bank?” he said. “How could they happen after all the improvements made in 2012-13? How was that even possible if Manafort’s bank accounts in Cyprus had been closed in 2013?”Demetriades then discusses the role of law firms in attracting Russian business, saying that prior to the crisis of 2013, “these firms were, in fact, the catalysts of foreign capital inflows into Cyprus, often acting as ‘introducers’ of wealthy clients to the island’s banks.”“In fact, one of the first to enter the Russian market was the law firm belonging to the family of the current president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades,” he said.Demetriades argued against suggestions that Wilbur Ross, the former biggest shareholder in Bank of Cyprus and now US secretary of commerce, began forcing Russian members off the bank’s board, including a former KGB officer who had worked with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.“I find this the least persuasive part of the story. Even setting aside the allegations made in Forbes magazine on August 7 about Ross being a “serial grifter”, I very much doubt that the Cypriot government would want him there if they had thought he might have been a threat to the ‘special relationship’ between Cyprus and Russia.”He said developments in fact suggested that Ross was no such threat.“His arrival at Bank of Cyprus in mid-2014 coincided with a more high-profile Russian oligarch, Viktor Vekselberg, buying out the shares of ‘ousted’ Russians (who never wanted to be shareholders in the first place).Vekselberg, a close ally of Putin, is currently at the centre of allegations relating to Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.“It is hard to believe that the simultaneous presence of Ross and Vekselberg as major shareholders of Bank of Cyprus from mid-2014 (soon after I left Cyprus to return to my academic position in the UK) was a coincidence. Their co-existence appears to have been organised and deliberate.”In contrast to the accusations levelled against BoC and Anastasiades, in 2016, Demetriades wrote a letter to the US treasury’s Financial Crime Enforcement Network, FinCen, in support of FBME Bank, a Tanzanian lender which had its licence in Cyprus revoked, after it was deemed a primary money laundering concern.“Smaller banks such as FBME, as well as being a source of healthy competition, are inadvertently a threat to the supremacy of larger banks,” Demetriades said. “As such, they tend to attract interest by politicians, often for the wrong reasons.”He said that during his tenure as governor, the anti-money laundering capabilities of the Central Bank had been strengthened considerably and “at no time was I ever presented with any evidence to suggest that any bank in Cyprus engaged in money laundering during that period”.The former governor said that with many activities in Cyprus, including banking, being an extension of party politics, “certain politicians”, whom he did not name, “were uncomfortable with FBME’s presence in Cyprus” and may have been “overprotective of the biggest domestic banks, although it is those banks’ reckless actions that fuelled an unsustainable property boom and created large contingent liabilities for the sovereign through excessive exposures to Greece and Eastern Europe, including Russia”.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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