New Judge Appointed for Provincial and Family Court

first_imgTim Daley is Nova Scotia’s newest provincial and family court judge. “I am pleased to appoint Mr. Daley to the bench,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Attorney General and Justice Minister Lena Diab. Mr. Daley, of New Glasgow, was called to the bar in 1992 and received his Queen’s Counsel appointment in 2011. He has been the sole practitioner with Goodman MacDonald Law, which recently merged with Patterson Law and focused primarily in family law. He also practiced in the areas of criminal defence and civil litigation. Mr. Daley is the past president of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and served as the society’s special advisor on mental health awareness. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Nova Scotia Mental Health Foundation. “Mr. Daley has greatly contributed to the practice of law in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Furey. “His experience as an active member of our community will also bring a different perspective to the bench. I know he will make a strong judge.” Judges are appointed to both the provincial and family courts to allow flexibility in dealing with court workloads. They are selected from a list of candidates put forth by the Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments. The committee includes two members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, judges of the provincial and family courts, and four members appointed by the Minister of Justice. The committee recommendations are based on criteria in the Guidelines for Provincial Judicial Appointments. The provincial court presides over almost all indictable offence charges under the Criminal Code, a charge of murder by an adult accused being the main exception, and has exclusive jurisdiction over all summary offence charges under provincial and federal statutes and regulations. The family court provides a forum to hear family issues, including maintenance, custody and access, and child protection matters. For more information on Nova Scotia courts, visit www.courts.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Shooting at school shakes Colorado

first_imgHighlands Ranch (US): Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation’s worst school shootings just weeks ago. Douglas County sheriff’s officials said Devon Erickson, 18, and a younger student walked into the STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday afternoon and opened fire on students in two classrooms, prompting students to run shouting through the halls or to hide out of sight as gunfire echoed through school. “At the moment no one really knew what was going on so I didn’t know they were bullets,” said seventh-grader Sophia Marks. “I just kind of saw like flashes and we heard bangs.” Within minutes, deputies at a nearby sheriff’s department substation entered the school and arrested the two suspects after a struggle. Both were students at the school and they were not previously known to authorities, Sheriff Tony Spurlock said. Josh Dutton, 18, told The Associated Press that he was close friends with Devon Erickson in middle school but hadn’t seen him for four years as he went to a different high school. On Sunday, he spotted Erickson at a local light rail station and said he was shocked at how much his friend had changed. Erickson wore all black, a hat and sunglasses, was significantly skinnier and didn’t seem interested in talking. “He said he’d just turned 18 and he owned rifles,” Dutton said. A message left at a phone number listed for Erickson’s home was not immediately returned. The shooting took place exactly a week after a gunman killed two students and wounded four at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. It also comes nearly three weeks after neighboring Littleton marked the grim 20th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre that killed 13 people. The two schools are separated by about 7 miles (11 kilometers) in adjacent communities south of Denver. “Tragically, this community and those surrounding it know all too well these hateful and horrible acts of violence,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting and was in touch with state and local officials, Deere said. “The heart of all Colorado is with the victims and their families,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement.last_img read more

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Iranian Protesters Set Saudi Embassy in Tehran On Fire

New York – Angry Iranian protesters denouncing the execution of Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr stormed and set on fire the Saudi Embassy in Tehran on Saturday evening.Angry Iranian protesters denouncing the execution of Shia cleric Nir Al-Nimr stormed and lit on fire the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran on Saturday evening.“The Saudi embassy is on fire. The information has been confirmed by several Iranian news agencies,” France24 news reported. Shocking images and footage of protesters inside the Saudi embassy in Tehran launching petrol bombs have been posted by Iranian journalist Sobhan Hasanvand on his Twitter account.As of 12:08 a.m. local time, several Molotov cocktails were thrown at the Saudi embassy, protesting Al-Nimr’s execution, which Iranians are calling a crime.Photos of the embassy’s interior and the devastation have been posted by Hasanvand who was at the scene.A video shows the attackers breaking chairs, windows, and destroying the physical property inside the Saudi diplomatic mission.According to Iran’s Isna news agency, local police rushed to the scene and the situation inside the embassy is under control. However, several protesters remain outside of the protected embassy.The Saudi Arabia flags at the embassy and consulate were seized by the mob. According to Hasanvand, the flag at the Mashad consulate was not burned due to its Islamic inscription, which Iranians seem to have respected.In addition, dozens of angry protesters gathered outside the Saudi consulate in the city of Mashad, in northeastern Iran, on Saturday afternoon, and lit portion of it on fire.Contrary to the Saudi embassy, protesters were unable to storm through the consulate’s building since the area is protected by a fence.Images of the assault are going viral, showing the angry mob climbing over the fence and the consulate burning.Saudi Arabia executed on Saturday 47 people over terrorism charges, the interior ministry said.Most of them are Sunni Muslims convicted of involvement in al-Qaeda-linked terror attacks in 2003. They were reportedly affiliated with ISIS terrorist group.Sheikh Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Eastern Saudi Arabia in 2011.“I have no doubt that this pure blood will stain the collar of the House of Saud and wipe them from the pages of history,” Ayatollah Khatami, one of Iran’ senior Ayatollah, was quoted by Mehr news agency as saying.“The crime of executing Sheikh Nimr is part of a criminal pattern by this treacherous family… the Islamic world is expected to cry out and denounce this infamous regime as much as it can.”As of the time of writing, Saudi diplomatic staff is reported to have been evacuated before the torching of the embassy in Tehran and they are in safe condition. read more

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JHU submits bill to parliament

He note that in India if the provinces misuse their powers then the central government can take it over but in Sri Lanka the situation is different. Earlier JHU member and Government minister Patali Champika Ranawaka had said that he will submit a private member’s motion in parliament seeking to abolish the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP the venerable Athureliya Ratana thero today submitted a private member’s bill in Parliament.The bill is with regards to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, a JHU official said. The Minister said that giving land and police powers to the provinces is dangerous and should not be allowed so he will put forward a bill in Parliament against it as a private member’s motion.The government is to hold elections in the northern province in September and the Minister fears that if the TNA comes to power in the province then it will use the 13th Amendment to divide the country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UK inflation falls to lowest level in nearly 3 years

LONDON — Official figures show that inflation in Britain fell to a near three-year low in August, further easing pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates.The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that consumer prices rose by 1.7% in the year to August, down from 2.1% the previous month.The August rate is the lowest since December 2016.The fall means inflation is running below the bank’s target of 2%. Rate-setters are expected to keep the bank’s main interest rate unchanged at 0.75% Thursday as they await developments in Brexit. Governor Mark Carney has said that interest rates could go either way if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31.The statistics agency said computer games and toys contributed to the fall in inflation.The Associated Press read more

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UN not considering support for Iraqi tribunal – spokesman

Responding to press questions, Stephane Dujarric said the UN had sent a letter to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) earlier this month concerning a request to authorize Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte’s attendance at a training conference for the judges and prosecutors of the Iraqi court. The UN informed the ICTY that accepting such invitations would divert Tribunal officials from performing their normal duties at a time when they are aiming to meet mandatory deadlines for completing all outstanding work. Legally speaking, the United Nations also questioned whether UN officials should be involved in the establishment of a Tribunal that is not a UN body, Mr. Dujarric added. “In this case, we have no specific mandate from a competent political organ of the United Nations.” He also said the UN noted “serious doubts regarding the capability of the Iraqi Special Tribunal to meet the relevant international standards,” citing the Secretary-General’s position that UN officials should not be directly involved in lending assistance to any court or tribunal that is empowered to impose the death penalty. read more

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Central African Republic Four UN peacekeepers wounded in ambush by armed group

During the exchange of fire with the FPRC’s (Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique) coalition, four peacekeepers were wounded, including one severely, according to the Office of Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, which added that the attackers fled the scene after the incident.Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013.In a news release issued earlier this month, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) had stressed that two factions of the ex-Séléka armed group, namely the FPRC coalition and UPC Mouvement pour l’Unité et la Paix en Centrafrique, represent a threat for civilian populations and that UN peacekeepers will respond in case of violence.The spokesperson’s office said that peacekeepers prevented a hostile crowd – including members of the FPRC – from entering a camp for internally displaced persons in Ippy, which is some 70 miles from the city of Bambari, earlier yesterday. Some people in the crowd fired at peacekeepers, who returned fire, killing two FPRC members.MINUSCA reiterated its resolve to use force to protect civilians in accordance with its mandate and calls on all armed groups to immediately cease hostilities and to resolve any dispute through dialogue within the framework of the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation, the office added. Meanwhile, the UPC leader, Ali Darassa, left Bambari yesterday following the Mission’s calls for him to leave the town, the office said. The Mission has reinforced its police presence in Bambari. read more

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Opinion March Madness doesnt always represent college basketballs best

Connecticut junior guard Ryan Boatright (11) points to the sky in celebration after the 2014 National Championship April 7 at AT&T Stadium. Connecticut won, 60-54.Courtesy of MCTI absolutely love the NCAA Tournament. Nothing comes close to beating it, in my eyes. The hustle, the close games, the heartbreak and jubilation — it is the ultimate sporting event.But it’s certainly not without its flaws.The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 to be crowned National Champions Monday night. But does this really make them top in the country?Obviously this is a massive accomplishment. UConn’s second national title in four years is something most fans can only dream about. But is it fair that surviving the tournament is the sole mark of the nation’s best team?The problem I often have with the tournament is that it is a simple reflection of which teams got hot at the right time. It’s not like that’s not a problem in other sports (look at the New York Giants’ two most recent Super Bowl wins, both of which saw the Giants playing on Wild Card weekend), but the tournament is so much easier to get into than the playoffs in other sports.Look at Ohio State basketball this year. It was a mediocre team, plain and simple. It had no semblance of an offense, no go-to scorer, no interior presence, and seemed to only excel at defending inbound passes.But the Buckeyes easily made the tournament. Dominating their exceptionally weak non-conference schedule and squeezing out a few big conference wins was enough for 25 victories, a lock to get in, despite a 10-8 record in Big Ten play.The Buckeyes didn’t find the magic that UConn did, though, as their season came to a close in their first tournament game against the No. 11-seed Dayton. But what if OSU had figured out how to score late in the season?If the Buckeyes had managed to get hot and make a tournament run, could you really say that a team that lost twice to Penn State was one of the nation’s elite teams? I don’t think anyone could watch its offensive strategy of passing the ball around the perimeter for 30 seconds and argue that.UConn finished the regular season ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll, just four spots better than the Buckeyes. Its season featured some good wins over Florida, Memphis, and Cincinnati, but despite 32 wins, it was still only good enough to earn a No. 7 seed.Kentucky didn’t even finish the season ranked in the AP Poll, although its name can be seen in the “others receiving votes” column.Are these the teams that can be narrowed down as the two best in the country? I realize basketball is more than just stats and polls, and the postseason is what it’s all about, but is it possible that winning the tournament creates an overrated legacy just a little?I’m not saying there’s a better way to determine the season’s champion. But when you look back on this season 10 years from now, will it be easily recognizable that Wichita State didn’t lose a regular season game or Arizona, Florida, and Syracuse spent a combined 15 weeks at No. 1? No, the only thing you will see will be UConn claiming the national title.I am not trying to take away this tremendous accomplishment by the Huskies, but is it right that a few weeks in March and April completely wash out an OK regular season? read more

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Salisbury poisoning Nerve agent feared to have spread as police officer might

first_imgWiltshire Constabulary Police Sergeant Nick Bailey A woman whose back garden overlooks DS Bailey’s cul-de-sac, said: “It’s very distressing to find this sort of event coming to your doorstep like this. We are worried, but all we can to is let the police get on with their investigation.” Theresa May with Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard in Salisbury on ThursdayCredit:Toby Melville /PA Mrs May said: “We do hold Russia culpable for this brazen and despicable act that has taken place on the streets of what is such a remarkable city.” She added: “I have come down today to say thank you to our emergency services, our police and health services, and everybody at Porton Down and Public Health England who have been working so hard.” Mrs May met members of the emergency services and military at Salisbury’s Guildhall, including Pc Way and Pc Collins, two Wiltshire Police officers who were first to respond to the emergency call.PC Collins told the Prime Minister they had believed the incident was “a routine call”. Residents were being allowed to and from their homes, but only accompanied by a police officer. Neighbours said the operation began in the early hours, with police arriving in substantial numbers and sealing off the streets around his home.DS Bailey, who was among the first to attend to Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia, before possibly examining their red BMW, where it is thought the nerve agent Novichok may have been placed, was initially discharged from hospital after a check up.He later admitted to Accident and Emergency at Salisbury District Hospital feeling extremely unwell. Police and ambulance vehicle outside the property in the village of Alderholt Police guard the home of Sergeant Nick Bailey beside an Army vehicleCredit:Jeff Gilbert for The Telegraph  Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May visited Salisbury on Thursday to speak to emergency services, members of the public and local businesses.She visited local businesses before surveying the scene at the Mill pub and the bench where the Skripals were found.Mrs May spoke about the impact of several police cordons on businesses in the city while being escorted by Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard and Salisbury MP John Glen. Mrs May said: “You had no idea what you were dealing with. Thank you – what you did was what police do day in and day out. olice gaurd the address of Seargent Nick Bailey whilst the army  An Army crane was driven into position mid-morning in apparent preparation for loading DS Bailey’s car, which may have also been driven by his wife Sarah, 37, onto a low-loader.Neighbours said two cars were taken from the family’s driveway, one belonging to DS Bailey and the other to his wife. They said they were “wrapped” and removed by officers in hazmat suits. The family were not believed to be staying at the property on Thursday, but had been at the address in the days after the attack. Wiltshire Constabulary Police Sergeant Nick Bailey DS Bailey is now described as in a stable condition recovering from the effects of the nerve agent. The Skripals remain in a critical and life threatening condition.His neighbours expressed alarm on Thursday at the latest turn of events.There were questions as to why it had taken more than a week since the attack for DS Bailey’s car to be removed.Roger Hooke, 79, a retired school maintenance worker, said: “We woke and saw lots of Army and police all over the place. It’s a bit disturbing.”Why is there so much concern about his house when it all happened in Salisbury? There’s a lot that we don’t know and it’s worrying.” Concern for the family of the police officer who went to the aid of the poisoned Russian spy has grown after Army and police sealed off his street and began work to remove his car for examination.Speculation grew that Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey may have carried traces of the nerve agent Novichok home with him after attempting to resuscitate Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.Police erected a wide cordon around DS Bailey’s street, in the village of Alderholt, 20 minutes drive from Salisbury on Thursday.At the same time, soldiers set up tents and began unloading equipment such as boxes and tables on a village green yards from his semi-detached house in a quiet cul-de-sac.Firefighters in chemical protection suits were seen preparing to begin the operation to remove the officer’s family car. The Metropolitan Police said it would not comment on specific searches or aspects of the operation.A spokesman said: “We are pursuing various lines of inquiry at various location in connection with the incident in Salisbury.” Prime Minister Theresa May, with Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, in Salisbury Police and ambulance vehicle outside the property in the village of AlderholtCredit:Patrick Sawer “A routine call and you don’t know what’s there. You did a great job.”Mrs May said: “What is important in the international arena – and we have taken this into Nato, into the United Nations, take it through into the European Union – is that allies are standing alongside us and saying this is part of a pattern of activity that we have seen from Russia in their interference, their disruption that they have perpetrated across a number of countries in Europe.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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ECD mother daughter died as a result of smoke inhalation –

A post mortem examination conducted on the young mother and her toddler who were both set alight at their Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home on Sunday morning has confirmed that the duo died as a result of smoke inhalation.The woman, Latoya Telford, 26, and her daughter, Nakisha Pollard, 1, died after Latoya’s jealous lover, Leonard Pollard, set them both on fire at his BV home. According to reports, Pollard, who was also the toddler’s father, got into a fit of rage after he allegedly found text messages in his partner’s phone from another man. Shortly after setting his partner and daughter on fire, he hung himself in the home.The charred remains of the three persons were found among the debris, early Sunday morning.Telford and Pollard had reportedly shared a very rocky relationship for a number of years and they had reportedly been separated. The young mother had moved out of the home she once shared with Pollard, and had only visited on the day in question so that he could see his daughter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

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Boart Longyear expands in Canada and Mexico with latest acquisition

first_imgBoart Longyear has acquired Britton Brothers Diamond Drilling, a highly successful provider of uranium and minerals exploration drilling services located in Canada and Mexico. The acquisition enables Boart Longyear to expand both its mineral and energy footprints. Paul Brunner, CEO of Boart Longyear, said the acquisition, which is EPS positive, is an excellent complement to Boart Longyear’s expanding North and Latin American footprints, enabling new presences in both Mexico and British Columbia. “This acquisition enables Boart Longyear to create a stronger presence in these regions and will add in excess of $30 million revenue to the group,” Brunner said. Britton Brothers Diamond Drilling, with a total of 30 drill rigs, is an industry leader in surface and underground mineral drilling, with an experienced team providing efficient, reliable and high quality service to its mining customer base. Brunner said that there is potential for Boart Longyear to expand the business further in Canada and Mexico and neighbouring countries through leveraging Boart Longyear’s global infrastructure and resources. “We are still currently reviewing other acquisition opportunities which also support our strategic objectives”, he said.last_img read more

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VIDEO Two years in two minutes… story of a Dublin couple

first_imgIt takes them from Dublin to Amsterdam, Spain and Morocco and back home again. Lovely.Can’t see the video? Never fear… follow the link>Music: King Creosote and Jon Hopkins performing John Taylor’s Month AwayPhoto: Cliffs of Moher, meet the Milky Way> Photos: The sun sets over Ireland> “PICKED UP AMY’S camera and noticed there was about two years worth of pictures on it, TWO YEARS…Here it is in two minutes (it’s 20 frames per second, so blink and you’ll miss yourself)”last_img read more

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NASAs Hubble Space Telescope Back Online Continues Cosmic Research

first_img Systems are a go for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope after the successful recovery of a backup gyroscope replaced one that failed earlier this month.The spacecraft entered safe mode on Oct. 5, remaining in a stable configuration for three weeks; HST returned to normal operations late on Friday.It completed science observations the next day, using the Wide Field Camera 3 instrument to capture infrared wavelengths of a distant, star-forming galaxy.Built with multiple redundancies, Hubble had six new gyroscopes installed in 2009; it usually uses three at a time for maximum efficiency, but can continue to make observations with as few as one.The failed gyro—used to point and steady the telescope—was an inevitability, according to NASA. Exhibiting end-of-life behavior for about a year, the gadget actually exceeded expectations.“The gyro lasted about six months longer than we thought it would,” Rachel Osten, deputy mission head for the Hubble Space Telescope tweeted, admitting that the operations team “almost pulled the plug on it back in the spring.”Two gyros of the same type had already failed. The remaining three are technically enhanced and therefore expected to have significantly longer operational lives.Last week, Hubble twisted and turned through space as Earth-bound engineers switched the gyro between different operational modes. The maneuvers managed to clear what was believed to be a blockage inside the gyroscope.A few more tests ensured the tool was stable; the team then installed additional safeguards to help avoid a similar situation in the future (though “this is not anticipated,” according to NASA).Back on target for science observations, HST on Saturday collected its first set of data since Oct. 5.The agency’s Chandra X-ray observatory briefly went into safe mode just days after Hubble, also due to a glitch in one of its gyroscopes.More NASA coverage on Geek.com:NASA Shares Phone Wallpaper-Worthy Images of Feline NebulaReport: NASA Lost Apollo 11 Moon Dust, Lunar Rover PrototypeNASA Names Gamma-ray Constellations after Hulk, Einstein, Schrödinger’s Cat Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more

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New program allows drug offenders to choose treatment instead of jail

first_img Posted: May 8, 2019 New program allows drug offenders to choose treatment instead of jail Sasha Foo, May 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott and Police Chief David Nisleit announced a pilot program today to divert drug-addicted residents and low-level drug offenders to treatment rather than jail.The Prosecution and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Services program offers low-level drug offenders the opportunity to seek treatment for drug addiction rather than incarcerating them.Since the program began a week ago, six residents have opted to seek treatment and SDPD officers have made nine referrals for treatment.Elliott and Nisleit said the program is aimed at reducing recidivism, which will in turn save tax dollars that would be spent prosecuting low-level drug offenders and allow local law enforcement officers to focus on other matters of public safety.“Instead of perpetually prosecuting individuals who are addicted to drugs, we wanted to help them get to the root of the problem,” Elliott said. “PLEADS gives people a chance to escape the revolving door of the criminal justice system, begin their recovery from addiction, and build a better life for themselves.”The county is collaborating with the McAlister Institute for the PLEADS pilot program, which will fund addiction treatment at the McAlister Institute’s Sobering Services Center in downtown San Diego. Eligible residents cannot be enrolled in other addiction treatment programs or on probation or parole.When a resident is detained for a low-level offense such as being under the influence of a controlled substance, local law enforcement officers will inform them that they can seek treatment in lieu of being arrested.While at the Sobering Services Center, residents will have access to inpatient and outpatient services, government benefits, detoxification programs and various other services. Residents who forego treatment or make three visits to the Sobering Services Center within 90 days will be arrested for their low-level offense.“When community-based organizations, prosecutors, law enforcement, and social services agencies come together to create a diversion program, there is a clear benefit for the community,” Nisleit said. “PLEADS is one such program that will allow individuals to seek help while not impacting the already strained criminal justice system.” Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Merchant seamen dedicate Vancouver memorial recall WWII ordeals

first_img The Merchant Marine is a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Navy. It is not a uniformed service, except in time of war, when its sailors are considered military personnel. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill granting veteran status to Merchant Marine members who served in war.Thirteen World War II merchant seamen gathered Wednesday to honor the thousands of sailors who have lost their lives on wartime waters.One of them was a shipmate of Tauno Alanko.The Vancouver veteran was a crewman on the Star of Oregon, built by the Kaiser shipyard in Portland and the first Liberty ship launched on the West Coast. After taking on cargo in South Africa — including 1,600 pounds of gold dust — the Star of Oregon was on a zigzag course in the Caribbean on Aug. 30, 1942.It was a target-rich environment for the German “undersea boats” known as U-boats, and a bad neighborhood for an unescorted ship.While scanning the horizon, “you could see smoke from other ships that had been hit,” Alanko said, after the Merchant Seaman Memorial dedication on Vancouver’s Veterans Affairs campus.Alanko was on deck, at the end of his watch, when the captain called for more speed.“There was a big flash, and I thought the boilers blew up” from the strain, he said.It was a torpedo from the U-162, hitting the starboard side of the ship at the No. 4 hold. One crewman had been sleeping onthe hold’s hatch cover, and the blast blew the cover into the ocean.After abandoning ship, the 52 survivors were in four lifeboats when the U-boat surfaced. The German commander wanted to know if everybody had gotten off the sinking Star of Oregon, and asked a few more questions. About 9,000 merchant seamen died during World War II.last_img read more

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Siri learns to read incoming iMessages in iOS 13

first_img Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? 0 WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote 46 Photos reading • Siri learns to read incoming iMessages in iOS 13 With so much ground to cover, Apple didn’t spend a whole lot of time running through them. Here’s a quick recap in case you missed them:Apple Watch users will be able to ask Siri to search for WatchOS apps in the device’s new dedicated app store.Siri will be able to read incoming messages through your AirPods as soon as they arrive, with the option for you to reply immediately with your voice.Siri will use voice recognition to personalize HomePod responses for the specific user talking to her.You’ll be able to ask Siri to stream from a library of thousands of radio station via TuneIn and iHeartRadio.Siri Shortcuts will now be featured as a preloaded app in iOS 13.Neural Text to Speech (TTS) will use a new, completely software-based approach to making Siri sound more natural, particularly while reading long sentences.The brevity of the list might seem surprising given all of the attention that Amazon and Google have gotten for their respective AI assistants in recent years — not to mention the fact that Siri is widely seen as lagging behind both of them. Then again, that’s only because Apple hasn’t seemed to see Siri as a top priority for the past few years. This year wasn’t much different. See also Apple’s annual developer convention kicked off Monday at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The confab is in its 30th year, and it’s the third year for Apple to hold its developer conference in San Jose. The city — the third biggest in California and 10th largest in the US — is about 50 miles south of San Francisco and only about 10 miles from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.WWDC is where Apple details its newest software and services that will arrive on devices later in the year. The company may be best known for its hardware, but the seamless integration of its hardware with its software is what sets Apple apart from rivals. Apple’s ability to control every aspect of its products — something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the company in 1976 — has been key in making it the most powerful company in tech.In July of 2018, Apple hired John Giannandrea, a longtime Google AI boss, to be its new chief of machine learning and AI strategy. Giannandrea reports directly to  Apple CEO Tim Cook, and is responsible for both Siri and Apple’s Core ML machine-learning tech. Despite the new Siri features, he didn’t make an appearance at WWDC this year.CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this story.   WWDC 2019 See All Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now iOS 13 Apple Music Siri Apple Apple HomeKit Mobile Smart Home Post a comment Share your voice For instance, take the Siri-controlled Apple HomePod smart speaker. After the breakout success of the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Assistant-equipped Google Home Mini — each of which sells for just $50 — the potential for a smaller, cheaper version of the HomePod (and, arguably, the need for it) seemed obvious.For a while, rumors were circulating that such a product was indeed in development, potentially under the Beats brand. But as last year wrapped, there was still no sign of it — no HomePod Mini, no HomePod Nano, no HomePod nothin’.Instead of a $50 HomePod (or even a $99 HomePod), we got a modest price cut for the one-and-only, full-size HomePod, bringing the cost down from $349 to $299. Apple also updated the speaker’s software, enabling users to place and receive calls, manage multiple timers, search for songs by lyric, and locate missing iPhones. Notably, Alexa and the Google Assistant could already do all of that — and the same could largely be said of the new Siri features today at WWDC. • Siri will soon announce incoming messages via your AirPods as soon as you receive them. Once she reads the message, you’ll be able to voice an immediate reply. Sarah Tew/CNET The keynote address at Apple’s yearly Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just wrapped up in San Jose, California. Along with new Mac Pros and new software updates for the iPhone, the iPad, the Apple Watch and Apple TV, we saw a couple of upgrades for Siri in the jam-packed presentation, too. Tags Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC WWDC 2019 Apple Event iPhone Updatelast_img read more

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Novel protest against closure of Anna Canteens

first_imgVijayawada: Telugu Desam leaders under the leadership of former MLA Bonda Uma Maheswara Rao and former Minister Devineni Uma staged rallies and protests against the closure of Anna canteens at various places in city on Friday. Carrying tumblers and plates, the TDP men reached Anna canteens and demanded that the government reopen them. They termed the act of the government in closing the canteens as politics of vendetta. They distributed food to the poor free of cost. The leaders said TDP will expose the anti-people policies of the Jagan government by launching state-wide rallies and protests.last_img read more

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Former Indian cricketer predicts Virat Kohli will score 7580 ODI centuries

first_imgTwitter/BCCIFormer Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer took to Twitter to predict that Virat Kohli will score 75-80 ODI centuries in his cricketing career. The former Indian Test opener, after Kohli’s magnificent innings against West Indies, tweeted that normal services had begun after a break of 11 innings and then predicted that the Indian captain will get 75-80 tons.”Normal services resumes after a break of 11 innings!! i.e. another international for Virat Kohli. My prediction is he will get 75-80 ODI,” his tweet read.The 41-year-old cricketer has played 31 Test matches for India, scoring 1,944 runs with two double centuries, five centuries and 11 half-centuries. Jaffer, who used to open for India in Tests along with Virender Sehwag, has also played two ODI matches.Virat Kohli bagged a century after 11 innings and his desperation to reach the three-figure mark showed. His innings of 120 off 125 balls assured India a victory against West Indies at the Port of Spain on August 11. Wasim Jaffer.DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Indian captain broke multiple records on the day. He went past Sourav Ganguly’s tally of runs in ODIs and is currently placed as the eighth highest run-getter in ODIs.Kohli now has 11,406 runs to his name whereas Ganguly has 11,363 runs. The list is topped by Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar with a total of 18,426 runs. The 30-year-old old also broke records formerly held by Javed Miandad to become the highest run-getter against West Indies. He also broke Brian Lara’s record to become the highest score holding captain on West Indies soil.Team India won the rain-interrupted match by 59 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series at the Port of Spain. The Men in Blue posted a total of 279 runs for the loss of seven wickets with Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer guiding the way.The West Indies team got bundled by 210 runs, thanks to the brilliant bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who picked up four wickets giving away just 31 runs in eight overs. Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav also chipped in with two wickets each and took India home for a comfortable victory.Both the teams are going to play the decider at the same venue on August 14. India will contest in a two-match Test series against the West Indies which will start from August 22 and will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship.last_img read more

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WATCH Senate Holds Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

first_img Share Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set for a week of marathon hearings before the Judiciary Committee, starting Tuesday.Senators will drill down into the judge’s background, writings and legal philosophy.Republicans are focusing on Kavanaugh’s 12-year career as an appellate court judge while Democrats are expected to grill the 53-year-old conservative on hot-button issues that could swing the court’s majority rightward.last_img

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The most and least loved safari tourists according to African safari o

first_imgThe Most and Least Loved Safari Tourists According to African Safari OperatorsSafariBookings.com, the largest online marketplace for African safari tours conducted this extensive survey. In similar surveys for other destinations, Americans are often one of the least favored tourists. But not in Africa. They love Americans. No less than 85% of the surveyed operators rated Americans as pleasant to very pleasant. They indicated Americans are friendly, have great humor, and tip generously.Italians are the least favored safari touristsAlthough operators appreciate clients from all nationalities, Italians were the least loved. More than 18% of operators found Italians to be annoying, or very annoying. They indicated Italians are ruder, seldom on time, and often completely ignore the guide’s instructions. On the bright side, the survey also shows Italians are easy to please.Brazilians are notorious latecomers and the Dutch are least likely to tipThe survey also included other stereotypes. Brazilians love life… and are the 2nd worst latecomers, after Italians. A stunning 45% of operators indicated Dutch to be the worst tippers. Of all other nationalities, only the French came close to them in the “poor tipping” department.British are hard to please, Germans most punctualOverall, British tourists did very well. Operators hold them in high regard. They said British are polite, on time, and pay attention to the guide’s instructions. The only point of criticism was, according to 55% of operators, the British are most hard to please. Germans are considered to be most punctual. Over 61% of operators indicated Germans are always on time. Regarding punctuality, British and Germans scored significantly better than other nationalities.Native English speakers are more friendly and more funSurprising was that nationalities who have English as their native language scored much better than non-English nationalities. We were unable to explain exactly why, but we suspect that having English as the native language makes it easier to communicate with the tour guide.Differences between operators in East and Southern AfricaOperators in East Africa are especially fond of American tourists. In Southern Africa, operators are more charmed by British and Canadian tourists. In South Africa they like their national tourists least, although they do think South Africans have a good laugh and are fun to be with.Source = SafariBooking.comlast_img read more

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