Rain fury unabated in Ker toll rises to 42 nearly 125 lakh

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: : As the rain fury remains unabated in most parts of Kerala, rocked by 80 landslides and floods in the last three days, the death toll climbed to 42 on Saturday and nearly 1.25 lakh people have been displaced from their homes, officials said. A year after Kerala was devastated by the deadliest monsoon that led to the worst deluge in a century, the southern state has been at the receiving end of nature’s fury again. One of the four shutters of the Banasurasagar dam, located about 21 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad, one of the worst affected districts, was opened at 3 p.m to discharge excess water and people on the banks of the Kabini river have been asked to be cautious. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details One of the largest earth dams in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia, Banasurasagar, impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River. A red alert for rainfall has been issued in eight districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod. Across the state, 1,24,464 people have been shifted to 1,111 relief camps, including 25,0028 in Kozhikode and 24,990 in Wayanad, officials said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Many people are still feared trapped under debris following major landslides that hit Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Meppadi in Wayanad. As rescue operations were on in Kavalappara, another landslide occurred in the region on Saturday due to which search operations have been halted. The continuous rains have triggered multiple landslides and overflowing rivers have caused flooding in several parts of Malappuram, Kannur, Idukki, Palakkad, Chalakudy in Thrissur and Kasaragod districts. Several trains have been cancelled and flight operations from the Kochi international airport, which had been suspended following inundation, will resume at noon on Sunday, an airport official said. “Airport is ready. Flight operations will resume at noon tomorrow. That is ahead of the deadline. Airlines are instructed to facilitate services accordingly,” a Cochin International Airport Limited Spokesperson told reporters in Kochi on Saturday. Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, who took stock of the flood situation, said on Saturday around 80 landslides had occurred in 8 districts in the last three days and allayed fears of opening dams, saying all the major dams have enough storage capacity. He also warned that strong action would be taken against those spreading false news about floods. “While we are engaged in rescue operations, some are spreading false news across the social media. Will take strict action against such people. Some people were spreading news that there will be power cuts or shortage of petrol and all that. “Not all dams are full. We have enough storage capacity in all major dams of the state. As of now only 30 per cent of water is there in Idukki dam. Last year it was nearly 98 per cent,” he added. Various agencies including the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, NDRF, police force, volunteers, including fishermen are working together in the rescue mission at various places. “Most of the people, specially youngsters have come forward to volunteer for the rescue and rehabilitation missions. Their act builds confidence among us,” Vijayan said. Rains have subsided in Ernakulam district but Pathanamthitta district was receiving heavy rainfall and the water level in Pamba river was rising. The government has opened 15 relief camps in Thiruvalla. The Chief Minister also praised a KSEB assistant engineer who lost his life while on duty. “Officials are putting their lives in danger, risking their lives during rescue operations. They doing selfless service. One such official, an Assistant Engineer of KSEB, Baiju lost his life while performing his duty. Such dedicated officials are on the field for rescue operations,” Vijayan said. The deluge continues in Kerala even as the state grapples to fully recover from the extensive damage caused by the floods of August, 2018 that claimed over 400 lives and left lakhs of people homeless.last_img read more

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Dancers For Goods 3rd Annual Benefit Raised Funds To Support The Actors

first_imgA gifted assemblage of dancers gave their time and miraculous talents in support of Dancers For Good to raise funds for the vital services of the evening’s beneficiary, The Actors Fund.Dance Humanitarian Award recipient Bebe NeuwirthCredit/Copyright: Dancers For Good, Inc.Members from Amy Marshall Dance Company, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Eryc Taylor Dance, Martha Graham Dance Company, Pam Tanowitz Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company and special guest stars Adrienne Canterna and tap dancer Luke Hawkins transported an audience of over 350 people by the mesmerizing and awe-inspiring capacity of the human body to express itself through the marvelous wonder of movement through dance.The Legendary Chita RiveraCredit/Copyright: Dancers For Good, Inc.Notable attendees included: Chita Rivera, Michael Apuzzo, Eric Gunhus, Barbara Davis, Bebe Neuwirth, Luke Hawkins, Stephanie Pope, Howard Williams, Lloyd Culbreath, Luke Hawkins, Bernt Heiberg, Cristina Cuomo, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Raul Ruiz, Simon Sutton, Don Sutton, Sylvain Bazinet, Nancy Vaden, Steve Ram, Amy Marshall, Eryc Taylor, Michel Wallerstein, Pam Tanowitz, Victor Lozano, Patricia Delgado, Jason Collins, Madelyn Ho, Christina Lynch Markham.Between performances, Dancers For Good co-founders and co-producers Eric Gunhus and Michael Apuzzo, with the evening’s host Stephanie Pope, a renowned Broadway actor and dancer, paid tribute to Chita Rivera and Bebe Neuwirth, two iconic legends of dance. Through their talent demonstrated via luminous careers, and also as vigorous champions of dancers, Ms. Rivera and Ms. Neuwirth embody what it means to be a Dancer For Good. Ms. Rivera was honored with the first annual Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award and Ms. Neuwirth was the recipient of the inaugural Dance Humanitarian Award for her tireless advocacy on behalf of dancers, which is exemplified by her founding of The Dancers’ Resource within The Actors Fund.Following the performance, guests such as interior designers Bernt Heiberg and Bill Cummings, Cristina Cuomo, Darren Starr, David Nickle, Hal Rubenstein, Joe Lupo, architect Russell Groves, President of HBO Simon Sutton, six-time Emmy-winning Nancy Vaden, celebrity facialist Thuyen Nguyen and The Actors Fund’s Barbara Davis enjoyed chilled Fleurs de Prairie rosé, HINT water and delicious hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail reception under the stars at Guild Hall in East Hampton.Eric Gunhus, co-founder said of the evening, “Over the last three years we have seen our audience triple in size and we are immensely proud of coupling that with bringing world-class dance to the Hamptons and raising awareness for The Actors Fund’s many services. We look forward to seeing the event get bigger and better and like Chita Rivera quipped on stage Friday night, ’there’s still a lot of salt left in the shaker!’”last_img read more

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Police wanted to obtain video of teens suicide but coroner wouldnt pay

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN News SaturdayAn Ontario coroner wouldn’t pay to unlock the iPod of a 15-year-old girl who used it to film her suicide inside a Sioux Lookout foster home despite police wanting to secure it as evidence, according to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) documents.And if the parents of the Ojibway teenager put up any fuss they could pay to have the video removed before the device was returned to them the coroner told investigators.Or they could let the OPP wipe the device – deleting the video and everything else on the iPod.That girl was Kanina Sue Turtle.She hanged herself Oct. 29, 2016.“Dr. (Michael) Wilson was consulted about the fee to Cellbrite (sic), and he advised the coroner’s office will not pay this fee,” says OPP notes of the Nov. 2, 2016 conversation with the regional coroner out of Thunder Bay.“Coroner requests to keep the device and if the family demands its return, the family can pay the fee to remove the video, or agree to allow police wipe the device.”Cellebrite is an Israeli company that specializes in data extraction from mobile devices, particularly Apple, and is commonly used by law enforcement in Canada.Investigators knew Turtle had filmed her suicide because Const. David Laviolette watched it as one of the first responders to Turtle’s death.Laviolette made notes of what he saw but then the device apparently “timed out” and locked according to Chief Coroner Dirk Huyer.Huyer wouldn’t respond directly to questions about the coroner’s investigation into Turtle’s death.“If the question had come to me, generally speaking, I would not be advocating for the family to pay for something,” said Huyer.The iPod remained with the coroner’s office for months.Then in May 2017 APTN first learned of Turtle’s death and spoke to her parents who said at the time they didn’t believe she killed herself.Clarence and Barbara Suggashie also said then, about six months after Turtle’s death, they didn’t have their daughter’s autopsy report.But they had filed a Freedom of Information request with the Ontario government to get the OPP’s police report into Turtle’s death.They got the report last summer, right around the same time Huyer said he ensured the family got the iPod, too.“I facilitated the family getting the iPod back to them. That’s how they got it back,” he said.Unlike police, the family was able to figure out the iPod’s passcode.That’s when they finally believed their daughter died by suicide because they watched the video.Suggashie would sleep with the device every night for months afterwards.The parents saw in the video what APTN News first reported in February: Turtle was left alone for 45 minutes before anyone in the foster home came to check on her.By the time a worker did, it was far too late for Turtle who was “chronically” suicidal according to her post-mortem report.At the time of her death, she had “hundreds” of cuts all over her body from self-harming.“The Occurrence report records that this woman had some self-inflicted type wounds to her arms. However, at autopsy, she had enumerable (hundreds) of fresh superficial self-inflicted type wounds to all limbs,” says the post-mortem report.She also had multiple hospital visits in the days before her death and the device had more videos – videos the police could have found if they accessed the device.Turtle had attempted to die by suicide the day before and filmed it as well. She also had a video of another foster child trying to kill herself just a few days before that.Barbara and Clarence Suggashie holding a picture of their late daughter Kanina Sue Turtle about six months after her death. At the time they didn’t believe she died by suicide.So how was Turtle left alone?What went wrong?Those are questions Turtle’s parent’s keep asking all these months later.“I wish someone would reach out to me and say the truth,” said Barbara Suggashie, who lives in Poplar Hill First Nation near the Manitoba and Ontario border.Suggashie has told APTN she believes Tikinagan Child and Family Services is hiding something.Tikinagan owns and operates the home that Turtle died in. It’s still being used by the agency.Up until this week Tikinagan wouldn’t answer any of APTN’s questions citing privacy, and sometimes didn’t respond to emails at all.“I can verify that Tikinagan has spoken with Barbara in the past and answered her questions. We will be reaching out privately to her again because we prefer to offer information and support personally to families,” said spokesperson Irene Dube.Suggashie said this isn’t true.In fact, last month in Sioux Lookout Suggashie, with her son Winter, 12, by her side, said she asked Tikinagan again why Turtle was left alone. Both Suggashie and her son said they never got a response.Turtle’s police report is partially redacted, meaning portions have been deleted.That’s information relating to Tikinagan.That means if police asked Tikinagan why Turtle was left alone for 45 minutes or what level of care was she supposed to be getting her parents don’t know because Tikinagan exercised a third-party clause that allowed them to keep that from the parents.“Tikinagan is prohibited by law from disclosing personal information except in limited circumstances. Tikinagan staff and the foster parent chose to have their personal and identifiable information redacted, which is their right. You also should know that Tikinagan was unaware of the source of the information request,” said Dube.The home where Kanina Sue Turtle died by suicide is owned and operated by Tikinagan Child and Family Services.Suggushie believes her last hope of finding out the truth is with the coroner’s office.Huyer is leading what he’s calling an “expert panel” review of 11 deaths between Jan. 1 2014 and July 31, 2017, that occurred with children in protective services and living in residential care, like foster and group homes.Seven of those deaths were Indigenous children, including Turtle.Of the 11 deaths under review, seven were suicides, one homicide and all had a history of mental health challenges, according to the terms of reference provided by the coroner’s office.The terms also further outline the causes that sparked the review.They include potentially being placed in the wrong homes based on the children’s needs, training and qualifications of caregivers, availability of treatment and the oversight provided by children’s aid societies.It also found concerns with the ministry of Children and Youth Services’ oversight of the placements.Huyer said the review is in the final stages and should be released later this summer.The coroner’s office did finally get a copy of the suicide video when Huyer met with Turtle’s parents this past January as part of the expert panel review.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

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Twitter says it doesnt shadow ban after Trump tweet

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Twitter shares fell Thursday after President Donald Trump said in a tweet the company was limiting visibility of prominent Republicans and said he was going to look into the matter.The tweet came after a story in Vice magazine said prominent Republicans such as Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel were not showing up in one aspect of Twitter’s search function.While the accounts did show up during a general search, they didn’t automatically populate in a drop-down bar when typing in the name.In his tweet Trump accused Twitter of “shadow banning,” or limiting visibility, of some Republicans and said it was “discriminatory and illegal.”Twitter said it does not “shadow ban.” The company said it was aware that some accounts were not automatically populating but that was due to a bug they are working to fix. The social media site said in a statement it does not make judgments based on political views or substance of tweets.Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have been accused of having a bias against conservatives before. Diamond and Silk, the Trump-supporting video personalities, had their page removed by Facebook earlier this year, leading to outcries of censorship, including from several congressmen. During his Congressional hearing in April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said this was an “enforcement error” and the page would be reinstated.Twitter shares fell 4 per cent in afternoon trading.last_img read more

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NITI Aayog VCs remarks against Congs NYAY violated poll code EC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission Friday expressed “displeasure” over NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar’s remarks against the Congress’ proposed minimum income scheme ‘NYAY’ and said the comments violated the model code of conduct norms. In a communication sent to Kumar, the EC asked him to be cautious in future while making statements. The EC asserted that the public servants should not only be impartial in their conduct but also in their public utterances, “which was found wanting in the instant case”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ On March 27, the poll panel had sought Kumar’s response on his remarks in which he had attacked the Congress over its minimum income guarantee promise. The EC had felt that since Kumar is a bureaucrat, his remarks were prima facie violative of the model code. Kumar is learnt to have told the Election Commission that he spoke against Congress’s Nyuntam Aay Yojna (Nyay) scheme as an economist and not as part of the policy body. The commission, in its letter, said that it considered his reply and has not found it to be satisfactory. At a press conference here on March 25, Congress president Rahul Gandhi announced that 20 per cent families belonging to the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as minimum income if his party comes to power.last_img read more

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Two Moroccans Rescued After Boat Sinks Off Tunisia Killing 35 Migrants

Rabat – More than 30 people were killed after a boat carrying undocumented migrants capsized off Tunisia’s southern coast. The coast guards managed to rescue 67 others, including two Moroccans.The list of victims includes Tunisian nationals and other nationalities, the Tunisian Ministry of Defense said on Sunday.The civil guard also rescued two people from Ivory Coast and two others from Cameroon. Tunisian authorities said that the boat was carrying 180 migrants, including 80 from African nations.Thousands of migrants die every year while attempting to reach Europe.In February, 90 migrants were killed after a migrant boat capsized off the Libyan coast near the city of Zuara. In the same month, Moroccan Royal Navy rescued 71 passengers off the coast of Tangier.Since the beginning of 2018, Morocco-based National Observatory of Human Rights (ONDH) reported in January that over 1000 migrants tried to enter Spain during January 2018. read more

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Haiti UN security operation brings stability to area wracked by gang violence

13 February 2007Some of Haiti’s poorest people can now go about their daily business free from the fear of being terrorized by armed gangs following a large-scale United Nations security operation in the Boston area of the Cité Soleil quarter of Port-au-Prince, the capital, according to the top UN commander in the country. “The situation has been stabilized and UN troops have re-established conditions in this quarter for the Government and international organizations to work there for the wellbeing of the population,” UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) Military Force Commander Major-General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz told a news conference yesterday in Port-au-Prince. “Under no circumstances can MINUSTAH troops accept that the local population should be victims of armed violence,” he added, referring to the four-day operation which ended yesterday and is part of an ongoing campaign by UN peacekeepers against criminal gangs in the capital. Some 700 UN troops took part in the operation, which was aimed at dismantling the band of a gang chief named Evans and led to the arrest of 38 presumed bandits in Cité Soleil and elsewhere, and the seizure of battle materiel, including assault rifles, bipods for automatic weaponry, more than five thousands rounds of ammunition, sabres, daggers, knives, telescopes and portable radio communications equipment. UN Police continue to patrol Cite-Soleil and Martissant areas in the capital. MINUSTAH, set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, has reported that armed criminal gangs are forcing children to take part in their operations, often under threat of killing them, and using them as human shields in confrontations with the police. read more

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Strong earthquake hits Osaka in western Japan leaving three dead

A child and two elderly men were killed by a strong earthquake that struck a bustling metropolitan area in western Japan on Monday. The magnitude 6.1 quake brought down walls in Osaka and surrounding areas and raised fears of landslides, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said. The earthquake reminded many in Japan of the magnitude 7.3 Hanshin-Kobe quake in 1995 that killed more than 6,000 people in the same region.Monday’s quake also followed a series of smaller quakes near Tokyo in recent weeks. (Courtesy Associated Press) More than 200 other people were injured. “Unless it’s absolutely necessary, everyone should avoid entering dangerous areas and take precautions to ensure your own personal safety,” he told Japanese broadcaster NHK.The three victims included a nine-year-old girl who died when a school wall made of concrete blocks partially collapsed in Takatsuki City. A man aged in his 80s was killed by a collapsing brick wall in Osaka City while another man in his 80s died after being struck by a bookshelf in his home in Ibaraki City. Meteorological agency official Toshiyuki Matsumori warned aftershock tremors are expected and could occur for up to three days after the initial quake. read more

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UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia considering plea deal for Croatian Serb

Milan Babic, the president of the self-declared Republic of Serbian Krajina in 1991-92, pleaded guilty today to one count of crimes against humanity – persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds – before three judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.Mr. Babic, 47, entered the guilty plea as part of a plea deal with prosecutors, who then asked the ICTY to dismiss the four other charges – murder, cruel treatment, wanton or militarily unnecessary destruction of villages, and destruction or damage to educational or religious institutions – against him.Judges Alphons Orie of the Netherlands, Amin El Mahdi of Egypt and Joaquín Martín Canivell of Spain said they would give their decision at a later date. They can accept or reject the plea agreement. Prosecutors have also requested that Mr. Babic be given a sentence of no more than 11 years in jail.Mr. Babic, who had been indicted by the ICTY in November, is alleged to have “participated in a joint criminal enterprise” that aimed to forcibly and permanently remove the majority of the Croat and other non-Serb population from one-third of the territory of Croatia during the early 1990s. read more

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Darfur beset by another round of violent clashes and banditry says UN

UNMIS said that an unknown man fired two shots yesterday at a vehicle carrying AU soldiers near Kutum airstrip in North Darfur state. One soldier was struck in the leg while driving, and the gunman escaped.On Tuesday, 10 armed men forced their way into a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Tawilla, also in North Darfur, and stole animals. AU soldiers later killed one of the gunmen in an exchange of fire.In South Darfur, the area around Buram remains inaccessible to humanitarian workers because of continued fighting, UN spokesman Yves Sorokobi told reporters at the daily press briefing in New York.There have also been continuing clashes between Government forces, allied militias and rebel groups in West Darfur and North Darfur, according to UNMIS, although the number of casualties in either state is unconfirmed.The clashes and banditry were reported one day after Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that Darfur is headed for a catastrophe unless the Sudanese Government changes its mind and allows UN peacekeepers to take over from the existing AU operation.Mr. Annan told a press conference at UN Headquarters that the world faced a “big challenge” to ensure there was not a repeat of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.“If the African Union forces were to leave, and we are not able to put in a UN follow-on force, we are heading for a disaster, and I don’t think we can allow that to happen, particularly since we only recently passed the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ resolution,” he said.Last month the Security Council voted to deploy more than 17,000 blue helmets in Darfur, saying it “invites the consent” of the Sudanese Government. But Khartoum has said repeatedly that it is opposed to such a force. read more

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Pending US home sales up 33 per cent in July in hopeful

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2014 8:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pending US home sales up 3.3 per cent in July in hopeful sign; purchases still below 2013 level WASHINGTON – More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, a sign that buying has improved as mortgage rates have slipped, the number of listings has risen and the rate of price increases has slowed.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 3.3 per cent to 105.9 last month. Still, the index remains 2.1 per cent below its level a year ago.The pressures that caused home sales to stall last year have started to ease. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has dropped to 4.1 per cent, a 52-week low. Prices are no longer rising at double-digit annual rates, thereby helping to improve affordability.Pending sales are a barometer of future purchases. A one- to two-month lag usually exists between a contract and a completed sale.The number of signed contracts in the Northeast climbed 6.2 per cent and is ahead of its pace last year. Pending sales also rose in the South and West, though the index for both regions remains below its levels in July 2013. Contracts in the Midwest fell 0.4 per cent last month and also lag behind the pace of a year ago.Modest wage growth, which has barely run ahead of inflation, has hampered home sales. The Realtors forecast that roughly 5 million existing homes will be sold this year, down from 5.1 million in 2013.But price growth, which had hurt affordability at the end of last year, has moderated in recent months.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 8.1 per cent in June from 12 months earlier, according to a report this week. Year-over-year price gains at the start of 2014 had averaged more than 13 per cent, according to the Case-Shiller index.And while more homeowners have started to list their properties for sale, the ability of the real estate market to grow is limited.That’s largely due to the consequences of the housing bust that triggered the Great Recession at the end of 2007. Nearly 35 per cent of homeowners are still “effectively underwater” on their mortgages: They either have less than 20 per cent equity in their homes or they couldn’t sell their properties and have enough money left for a down payment on another home, the online real estate firm Zillow said this week. read more

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Football Running back JK Dobbins named freshman AllAmerican by ESPN

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorOhio State running back J.K. Dobbins was named to the freshman All-American team by ESPN Monday as the all-purpose back.His current teammate, redshirt sophomore Mike Weber, was named to the team by ESPN last season.In Ohio State’s 27-21 win in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin, he took 17 carries 174 yards en route to being named the game’s MVP. The freshman running back set the Ohio State record for most rushing yards in a season by a freshman with 1,364, surpassing Maurice Clarett’s record of 1,237 yards set in 2002.In rushing for more than 1,000 yards, Dobbins became only the fourth freshman in Ohio State history to accomplish the feat, joining Weber, who rushed for 1,096 last season, Clarett and Robert Smith. His 1,364 yards are currently the 14th-most in the nation.Dobbins racked up those yards on just 181 carries, bringing his average yards per carry to 7.5. Seven of those carries went for touchdowns. The true freshman also proved to be a receiving threat as well, hauling in 22 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown. read more

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WBNS stops student radio

The estimated 200 listeners of The Underground’s webcast of Ohio State football games might have to turn to other means of media to cheer on the Buckeyes this season.Steve Snapp, the OSU sports information director, told Aaron Stollar, director of the sports department at the Underground, to cease broadcasts of the games immediately. Stollar was told that WBNS – The Fan 1460 AM and 97.1 FM – has an exclusive $1.5 million deal for the rights to broadcast football games.The Underground had been offering a completely free webcast of the games, while WBNS’s service charges a monthly fee through the athletic department’s Web site. Both Snapp and Director of Athletics Andy Geiger denied that there is a charge for the service, Stollar said.Stollar admitted The Underground is technically in violation of the contract signed by WBNS, but that everyone at its station thought the games could still be broadcasted without a problem.“I guess The Fan sees our 150-200 viewers a week as a threat,” Stollar said.Scott Barthelmas, who announces OSU games along with Stollar every Saturday, calls the ordeal an “odd situation.”“We’ve been doing this a long time, and the communication from the athletic department has not been clear,” he said.Ruth Gerstner from Student Affairs said she was surprised the Underground had been allowed to broadcast games. She said anything other than the WBNS broadcast would be violating the contract made by the athletic department and WBNS, which holds exclusive rights to the games.The athletic department gave The Underground $3,000 in August in order to ensure the broadcast capabilities of the station. The Underground broadcasts many Ohio State sports, including football.In an article which appeared in the Oct. 3 issue of The Lantern, Snapp said it was important for students to hear a wide variety of games from the perspective of other OSU students. He also said Geiger wanted to assist the troubled organization so it could continue broadcasting games.“Student affairs tells us to be more visible, and get our name out there and advertise, and then we get shut down,” Stollar said.Barthelmas and Stollar both said they might be able to solve the issue and keep broadcasting the games on Saturdays, but they might need some help from Geiger, whom Stollar said is on their side.Numerous phone calls to Snapp and Geiger were not returned.“Nothing is final as of yet,” Stollar said. “This could still be worked out.” read more

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Cocaine deaths reach alltime high in England and Wales

The rate in the capital dropped from 32.3 deaths per one million people in 2016 to 24.6 in 2017. Ellie Osborn, a health statistics specialist at the ONS, said: “The figures published today show that the level of drug poisoning deaths in 2017 remained stable.“However, despite deaths from most opiates declining or remaining steady, deaths from fentanyl continued to rise in 2017 as did cocaine deaths which increased for the sixth consecutive year.“These findings combined can be used to develop initiatives and policies that are targeted to support those at greatest risk of drug addiction.” Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick says ‘hypocritical’ middle class drug takers are driving the crime surgeCredit:PA Cocaine prices are currently believed to be at their lowest level for 25 years, meanwhile the purity of cocaine sold on the street has risen for the fifth year running, increasing the risk for the end user. Overall there were 3,756 drug poisoning deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs registered in England and Wales in 2017, an increase of 12 deaths on the previous year.Two-thirds of these deaths related to drug misuse. While the number of deaths have risen, so too has the age of those impacted.Since 2010, the proportion of people aged 20 to 29 who died from cocaine has dropped by 34 per cent, and by 18 per cent among those aged 30 to 39By contrast, deaths increased by 46 per cent among those aged 40 to 49, and 138 per cent those aged 50 to 69. Meanwhile a global survey found that people living in England and Scotland could, on average, get cocaine delivered to their front door faster than a takeaway pizza. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick says 'hypocritical' middle class drug takers are driving the crime surge The new report comes after after a study by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction identified people in England and Wales as the highest users of cocaine in Europe. Cocaine deaths have reached their highest numbers since records began, official figures reveal.A new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found there were 432 deaths relating to use of the Class A drug in 2017, nearly quadruple the number in 2011 when rates began to rise again following a brief decrease.The figures follow police warnings that low prices are fueling a boom in cocaine sales, with an estimated 875,000 people using the drug in England and Wales last year, a 15 per cent year-on-year hike.Last week Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said “hypocritical” middle-class users were behind the trend which is partly driving the increase in gangland killings.The ONS report found that deaths from cocaine – the second most commonly used drug after cannabis, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales – have increased 16 per cent from 2016 alone. Home Office figures released last week showed use of the drug among the wealthiest people in England and Wales is as its highest for nearly a decade, with 3.4 per cent of 16 to 59-year-olds living in households with an income of at least £50,000 taking the drug in powder form last year.The ONS statistics comprise both deaths relating to cocaine in powder form and crack cocaine.Last Week Cressida Dick said: “There is a challenge that there’s a whole group of middle class people who will sit round happily talking about global warming, fair trade, environmental protection and organic farming, but think there’s no harm in taking a bit of cocaine.”The ONS report found the rate of male deaths relating to drug misuse had fallen for the first time since 2012.Since 1993, when drug death statistics began being collected, the increase in cocaine deaths by cocaine is almost 4000 per cent. The North East of England had the highest rate of drug misuse deaths last year, with 83.2 per one million people, while London had the lowest. Deaths from the opioid fentanyl, which has been partly blamed for being behind the opioid epidemic afflicting the US and Canada, reached 75 last year, 15 times higher than a decade ago.However, there was good news for the struggle against so-called new psychiatric substances, such as “spice”, deaths from which halved between 2016 and 2017 to 61. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Genteel village torn apart by infighting as parish councillors resign amid tensions

A view of the dunes and fishermen's huts at Winterton on Sea It is one of East Norfolk’s most popular and genteel coastal villages, boasting a clutch of thatched cottages and tranquil views over rolling sand dunes.But the picturesque hamlet of Winterton-on-Sea has been rocked by allegations of bitter infighting amongst members of the local council, resulting in warnings that the village is being “torn apart,” causing “stress, hurt and anger.”The conflict has already prompted three resignations from the parish council. They, in turn, follow the resignation of the entire village hall committee.Tensions have been exacerbated by the now former council chairman’s repeated refusals to apologise to a member of the public after apparently suggesting she could be solely responsible for a rise in council tax.Her alleged crime was to organise – and enthusiastically promote – a garage sale to rival that of the annual event run by the council.The audacious move by villager Sarah Neve, 49, a local school support worker, caused fury in some quarters. Catherine Moore, the parish clerk, was forced to issue a statement clarifying that Ms Neve would not be personally responsible for any council tax increase.The row followed a “village hall fiasco” which saw the entire village hall committee resign en masse, following “some tensions” with the council .Sources suggested they had been made to feel like “complete idiots” amid accusations they had “not been doing things properly.”As such, the council  took charge of the hall management and promptly hiked the hourly hire rates, immediately causing several local groups to stop using the facility altogether. A view of the dunes and fishermen’s huts at Winterton on SeaCredit:Jon Gibbs/Alamy Stock Photo On discovering that she had organised such an event, Eric Lund, then chair of the parish council, released a statement announcing that the “official” village garage sale, scheduled for later this month, had been cancelled.It noted that the rival sale had attracted strong support, not least because of Ms Neve’s “promotional efforts”, and as such, the official sale had become “unviable”. Winterton is a pretty Norfolk village on the coast Winterton is a pretty Norfolk village on the coastCredit:Neil McAllister/Alamy Stock Photo It went on: “Unfortunately, the sale generates significant funds towards the upkeep of the hall and the committee will have to make up the shortfall by other means, possibly a few pence on the council tax”.The statement prompted an angry backlash amongst some members of the community, many of whom questioned why there could not be two such sales.Sue Daglish, said it was a “bit childish” to threaten residents with an increase in council tax while Ross Birkett suggested it was “inappropriate” to imply that a future increase may be “specifically due to the actions of a local resident.The statement prompted such acrimony that the notice was covered up at the local Post Office by an unidentified third party. At last week’s meeting it was announced, amid reports of an “excellent” fete, that Mr Lund as well as two other councillors had resigned.Ms Neve told The Telegraph: “I’m massively disappointed with what has happened. It’s very sad, petty and churlish.”Mr Lund was not available for comment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Viva multicultural Victoria

first_imgMelbourne’s Federation Square will be packed with culture and colour as it ends week long festivities for Cultural Diversity Week this Sunday.Many Greek Australian artists will perform, while Greek cuisine will shine amongst hundreds of other cultures that make up the ethnically diverse state of Victoria in a big event called Viva Victoria.Byron and the Gypsy Cats will be performing at the event, with the band taking to the Riverside Terrace stage at 2.30 pm to entertain audiences with a mix of traditional music from the Greek islands and Asia Minor.Fronditha Care will be one of 23 stalls offering home made food from their motherland, so expect lots of tiropites and desserts to fill the bellies of the hungry crowd. Despite featuring in other years, there will be no Greek dancing troop on the program, but there will be new first time performers on the bill. The festivities add to a full week long calendar of events all across the state.The week kicked off with the Premier’s Gala Dinner that saw outgoing Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship minister Nicholas Kotsiras hand over the reins of the portfolio to the Planning Minister Matthew Guy.The Greek Australian community was showcased in a number of events throughout the week, including a special Greek food night at the Mill Park Library that included cooking demonstrations and tastings. Vasili Kanidiadis from Vasili’s Garden was out in Greensborough this week to give a talk on how to switch to a healthier lifestyle through gardening in the community. Today in Lalor, Greek band Aetos will take to the stage for the Lalor Community Connection Day.Cultural Diversity week always includes Harmony Day, which was celebrated on Friday with a number of events including the Harmony Cup.Premier Denis Napthine says the week is a perfect way to honour the thousands of ethnically diverse Victorians who call the state home.“With 26 per cent of Victorians born overseas, we are fortunate to be home to one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse societies in the world,” Dr Napthine said.“Cultural Diversity Week is a vibrant celebration of the benefits that multiculturalism brings to every part of our great state.”Cultural Diversity Week is held annually to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March. For more information and a full list of events visit www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Soldotna Man Caught With Stolen Firearm During Traffic Stop

first_imgAccording to the online Trooper dispatch, subsequent to the investigation Jas was arrested, transported, and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial on the charges of Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Fifth Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Soldotna man was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm during a traffic stop off Gas Well Road, on January 25. The Alaska State Troopers contacted Devin Jas, 21, of Soldotna. Jas was found to be concealing a firearm which was not declared to law enforcement, and the firearm was found to have been reported stolen.last_img read more

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Where the Dollars are Going in BtoB

first_imgRegardless of an economic turnaround and the emergence of new e-media services, many b-to-b publishers are facing the fact that some ad dollars have disappeared and are not coming back. “A lot of money has left the b-to-b space, probably permanently,” says Ted Bahr, president of BZ Media. “Clients that spend $6,000 per month on print might spend $25,000 per month on paid search listings.”The good news is that many b-to-b publishers are uniquely positioned to serve clients directly in new channels—particularly marketing services—provided the publisher understands the new role its playing and puts appropriate resources behind it.And while paid search may be stealing ad dollars, it also opens up a new opportunity for publishers, according to Bahr. “Clients are spending on custom content,” he adds. “I don’t think this is just because it is in vogue. What is driving it is the need to improve their Web site’s organic returns on search engines—the custom content is an effort to improve their SEO.”Another hidden sponge for media dollars is personnel. “It takes people to analyze the effect of their online marketing efforts, not to mention the gathering, care, and nurturing of leads,” says Bahr. “And now with social media opportunities the amount of work one could do to optimize these opportunity streams is almost limitless.” But it takes people to do it. Years ago a marketing department might be three people and now it’s 10.” Jeff Giesea, founder and former CEO of FierceMarkets, recently launched a company called BestVendor that facilitates social recommendations among buyers and acts as a customer acquisition agent for vendors. “We’ll make money by helping vendors find new customers,” says Giesea.Seed funding has come from Giesea and Peter Thiel, one of the first investors in Facebook. The company so far has five employees and plans a series A venture capital round this fall.Initially, BestVendor will focus on business software applications in the technology startup and creative and design verticals, companies with up to 100 employees. Right now, users can sign up and share their favorite software and, in turn, will be able to view the same from others. “You share a few applications that you use and love and in exchange you see what others use and love,” says Giesea. “It’s a give to get community. It will take some time to build up our data set.”Longer term, as the data set grows across different business verticals and product categories, the platform will allow users to better navigate their “find and evaluate” purchase phase by browsing what other people and companies are using an recommending. Eventually, BestVendor will have data spread across small to medium-sized businesses in virtually any vertical.Media Follows ThePurchase Decision JourneyDigital technology advancement has made the buyer the hunter, according to Tony D’Avino, executive vice president at Questex. “An emerging objective for the marketer is to build an audience that actively participates in the discovery of their value,” he says. “So the dollar is increasingly being targeted at tactics that support that objective. Next generation marketers are building Web sites based on audience interests and relevant content …. well beyond the first generation digital product brochures.”But while educational marketing objectives are opening new content marketing and service partnerships, traditional product enhancements that contribute to building audience for clients are just as important, says D’Avino. “As an example—how do we create more interactive mechanisms in print, or on the show floor? The use of QR codes and personalized URL’s are proving to be effective in driving audience to desired information. Platform, creative, and messaging consultation based on our on-going audience insights is proving to be very valuable for clients.”The mission is changing. “We understand that our core value proposition is shifting from marketing message distribution to audience insights, audience attraction (to our marketer’s content) and demonstrated buyer-seller connections,” says D’Avino.Many publishers find themselves taking on the role of agencies. “One of our strategies is to help mid-size clients produce content that competes with the big boys in their market,” says Tom Harper, president of NetWorld Alliance. “Our approach with larger clients is to offer them an easy way to go through the same AE and expand their relationship with us to take advantage of our industry knowledge as well our connection with our audience. Their current agencies usually can’t compete.”Harper says that most new dollars come from other budgets within the same clients. “We’re starting to tap into money earmarked for research, events, video and even dollars that previously paid the salaries of internal producers,” he adds.Coming into 2011, Meister Media, which serves the agriculture industry, expected 69 percent of total revenue coming from print, 9 percent from e-media and 17 percent from events (with the rest coming from ancillary services). “But as the year is shaping up events are exploding and e-media is growing faster than we expected, particularly around marketing services,” says president Michael DeLuca. Last year, Meister Media built a video studio as part of its marketing services push and today does custom video and pre-roll advertising for clients.Still, DeLuca says publishers need to protect the core products that probably brought the client to the publisher in the first place. “I also feel a strong need to insulate our editors from advertising content,” DeLuca says. “The reason why companies are coming to us is because of the market knowledge and the credibility we have, which is embodied in the editors.” Events Return To FormPre-recession, events were touted as the cornerstone of b-to-b, boasting significantly higher profit margins than print (and significantly more revenue than e-media). However, as travel budgets collapsed, so did publisher events. The good news is that many publishers are starting to see event dollars rebound.“We’ve chosen to throw more of our investment toward face-to-face events where you can build a brand for your trade show or conference,” says Bahr. “Successful event brands often have a high barrier to entry, can survive Internet disintermediation and have excellent margins. BZ Media will get more than half of its revenues from shows in 2011.”last_img read more

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Sonagazi AL chief arrested over Nusrat murder

first_imgShahadat, Jubayer and Jaber went to the roof wearing burkas along with Kamrun Nahar Moni and Umme Sultana Popy, he said. Sonagazi upazila unit Awami League president Ruhul Amin. UNB File photoSonagazi upazila unit Awami League president Ruhul Amin was arrested on Friday in connection with the madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case, reports UNB.A team of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) picked Ruhul Amin, also vice-president of the governing body of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, up from his Takia Road residence in the upazila around 5:30pm, said PBI additional superintendent of police Abu Taher.With this, a total of 18 people, including eight FIR-named accused, have so far been arrested over the murder of the madras girl.Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa in Sonagazi upazila of Feni, was set ablaze on 6 April allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against principal Sirajuddoula of the madrasa for sexually harassing her last month. After fighting for her life for five days, the madrasa girl died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on 10 April. Shamim reportedly talked to Ruhul Amin over mobile phone after they set Nusrat afire. At that time, he allegedly told Shamim that he was aware of the incident and asked them to go into hiding. Four accused — Nur Uddin, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Abdur Rahim Sharif and Abdul Quader — reportedly confessed before a court to their involvement in setting fire to Nusrat.Sharif told the court on Wednesday that they met the principal at the jail on 28 and 30 March. Later, they made the final plan at a meeting on 4 April in presence of 12 people. He was assigned to guard the gate while Nur Uddin and Abdul Quader were with him.last_img read more

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Will Smith Launches Bucket List Challenge Reality Show on Facebook Watch

first_imgSmith has a massive fanbase on Facebook, with 76.8 million followers for his official page. “For the last few months, I’ve been shootin’ a show called THE BUCKET LIST,” he wrote in a post promoting the show. “I turned 50 and I decided I was gonna do EVERYTHING I’ve ever wanted to do – Swim with Sharks, do Stand-Up and make Jada Pinkett Smith jump out of an Airplane (Which is what happens in the first episode).” He’s also promoting the show on his Instagram account, which has 28 million followers.The show is produced by Smith’s Westbrook Entertainment, which is also the company behind Facebook Watch original “Red Table Talk,” a talk show featuring Pinkett Smith. Will Smith is repped by CAA and managed by Westbrook Entertainment.Will Smith made his first big leap into digital media — literally — last fall. In a special stunt produced in partnership with YouTube, on his 50th birthday (Sept. 25, 2018) he live-streamed his helicopter bungee-jump over the Grand Canyon on his YouTube channel. The stunt raised money for Global Citizen’s education campaigns. Currently, Smith’s YouTube channel has 4.7 million subscribers.For Facebook, the Will Smith project is the latest celebrity-driven entertainment project — aimed at generating more video viewing (and ad dollars) on its massive global social service. This week it announced “Human Discoveries,” an animated comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron slated to debut later in 2019, and touted the upcoming premiere of a docu-series on NBA star Stephen Curry called “Stephen vs. The Game.”Watch the trailer for “Will Smith’s Bucket List” below (or at this link): Will Smith is turning his passion for fear-challenging stunts into new show, funded by Facebook.“Will Smith’s Bucket List,” which debuted on the Facebook Watch video hub Wednesday (Feb. 27), follows the actor-comedian-rapper-daredevil as he ticks off items from his bucket list one at a time.In the six-episode series, with new installments to be released weekly, Smith travels the globe, taking on various insane and unusual challenges. His “Bucket List” adventures include skydiving in Dubai with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith; racing a Formula 1 car in Abu Dhabi; swimming with sharks; taking part in a Bollywood movie; running a half marathon in Cuba — and performing stand-up comedy with Dave Chappelle.“Will Smith’s Bucket List” premiered Wednesday at 9 a.m. PT on Facebook Watch on the Show Page (facebook.com/willsmithsbucketlist). New episodes will drop every Wednesday at the same time. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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