Case filed against Gurung, wife for Darjeeling violence

first_imgDarjeeling A case has been lodged against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung and his wife Asha for their alleged involvement in violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes in Darjeeling hills on the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.“We have lodged a case (against Gurung and his wife) and the investigation is on. There were allegation that they were involved in the violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes on Saturday,” a senior police official said.Reacting to the police case against Gurung and his wife, a senior GJM leader charged that the police were implicating them in false cases.“Three of our supporters were killed and they are filing cases against us. Cases should be lodged against the police and state administration for violating human rights and killing,” the GJM leader said.GJM, which was spearheading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state and observing an indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills, claimed that three of its supporters were killed during clashes with police on Saturday. However, the police confirmed only one death.last_img read more

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Captain’s Diary – Nathan Jones

first_imgIn the second edition, Australian Men’s Open captain, Nathan Jones, speaks about how it feels to be captain of the side and his memories from the 2007 World Cup in South Africa.  Nathan Jones on:Being named captain of the Australian Men’s Open team:It was a special feeling to be named captain and it’s an achievement I am very proud of. We have a great ‘team’ culture in the current Men’s Open team and I feel extremely privileged and honoured to be able to lead such a talented team at the World Cup.His past Australian captains and what he has learnt from them: I have had two previous captains in the Men’s Open team in Gavin Shuker and Drumayne Dayberg-Muir. Both have different personalities and leadership styles. Drum was a dominant player on the field for our team and would lead in that respect whereas Shukes did a lot of work behind the scenes with tactics and game plans. I have my own ideas on captaincy so there will be differences between us but if I can have the same success as these guys I’ll be happy. His memories of the 2007 World Cup: Aside from visiting New Zealand a couple of times, South Africa was my first real experience overseas. The tour started with a couple of days sightseeing which included a visit to Table Mountain in Cape Town and a bus tour around the Western Cape. One memory that has stayed with me is when we drove past a shanty town on the way back from the bus tour. On one side of the road are rusty tin shacks as far as you can see and the other side are two storey houses surrounded by 10 metre high fences. The difference in living conditions and the poverty experienced by some South Africans was unbelievable. The days sightseeing allowed us to take in some of the culture and gain a greater appreciation for the country before we got down to business. The opening ceremony was a great experience and obviously winning the final but what I remember most is the dressing room before the final. I have never been in a more intense and passionate dressing room before a game. I can’t remember exactly what was said (I’m sure Trady had a very motivational speech) but the feeling and atmosphere was incredible.His individual training in the lead up to the World Cup: After injuring my ankle at the National Touch League, I have been doing some alternative training which has included some pool sessions with Australian Mixed Open captain Ryan Pollock. While Ryan’s freestyle technique has improved his backstroke still resembles an octopus falling out of a tree. Aside from swimming I have been fitting in some cycling, gym and running sessions before and after my long days at work.Stay tuned to the website to hear from Australia’s other captains, with insight into Australia’s preparation in the lead up to the World Cup.   With only 38 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

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7 days ago​AC Milan reveal continuing losses for 2018/19

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​AC Milan reveal continuing losses for 2018/19by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are set to post a loss of €145.9 million (US$162.3 million ) for the 2018/19 season, according to their latest financial filings, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure makes for grim reading for the Serie A club, with losses approximately €20 million (US$22.3 million ) greater than the previous year.Revenue has also fallen 6.1 per cent to €241.1 million (US$268.8 million), according to the filing. This is despite an increase in revenue from broadcast rights, which rose from €113.8 million (US$126.9 million) to €113.8 million (US$22.3 million).The decline can partly be attributed to revenues from sponsorship income, which fell from €44.7 million (US$49.6 million) to €38 million (US$42.3 million), player management, down from €42 million (US$46.6 million) to €25.5 million (US$28.4 million) , and competition revenue, which dropped from €35.3 million (US$39.3 million ) to €34.1 million (US$37.8 million).Milan also saw business costs increase, jumping 5.1 per cent to €373 million (US$415 million).Personnel costs rose more than €34 million (US$37.7 million) to €184.8 million (US$205.5 million), with depreciation and amortisation increasing from €86.4 million (US$96.1 million) to €89.1 million (US$99.1 million). last_img read more

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Portmore Urged to Develop 10-Year Plan

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has challenged the leaders and citizens of Portmore to develop a 10-year plan for the municipality, which must be aligned to the National Development Plan: Vision 2030.Mrs. Simpson Miller said the steps and strategies in the attainment of that Portmore Vision 2030, must involve broad-based community consultation. She said that the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development stands ready to support the plan.The Prime Minister was addressing a civic ceremony at the Power of Faith Ministries, Portmore Mall on June 28, where she was presented with the Key to Portmore in honour of her invaluable contribution and service in assisting the area to achieve municipal status while serving as Minister of Local Government in 2003.The event was the highlight of a week of activities to commemorate the municipality’s 10-year anniversary.[RELATED: PM Appeals to Citizens of Portmore to Reject Violence]The Prime Minister commended the citizens of Portmore for working closely with the Government to achieve the municipal status they desire.She recalled that as Local Government Minister, she was given a mandate by the people to ensure that the area would be accorded the honour and recognition that it deserved.“I took that people’s mandate seriously and I delivered on that promise, working with the Members of Parliament and you the citizens of Portmore,” she said.“When we consult, when the people agree and say what they want and work with their representative, nothing can stop that power. Portmore is a clear example,” she noted.She said that the Portmore municipal model stands as a symbol of what can be achieved through effective community organisation and participation. This citizen involvement, she said, is at the heart of the local government process and cannot be allowed to die.“Every developed society in the world has a strong local government system. It is the community, which builds the society. The community is therefore the building block of the nation. You are well advanced in that regard and I congratulate you,” she stated.Several members of the Diplomatic Corps; Councillors; Members of Parliament; Government officials and scores of students and community members attended the event, which was celebrated with pomp and pageantry.There were marching bands heralding the Prime Minister’s arrival and a guard of honour mounted by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Several cultural pieces in poetry, song and dance also displayed the talent of the young people in the municipality.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

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Greeks in Athens run into streets after 51 magnitude quake

first_imgATHENS, Greece — An Associated Press reporter says a strong earthquake has been felt in the Greek capital of Athens, causing people to run out into the streets.The shock was caught live in the studios of state broadcaster ERT.The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1There was no immediate word on injuries or damages.The Associated Presslast_img

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Alicia Keys And VH1 Empower Women With AIDS

first_imgVH1 is helping to bring attention to the impact of HIV/AIDS on women with a new series of public service ads slated to air during its popular Monday night programming block starting June 24.The spots are part of a new campaign from Greater Than AIDS and Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys, called EMPOWERED that encourages women to lead in their everyday lives in response to HIV/AIDS.“They say that knowledge is power. And that adage has never been truer today in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS awareness as National HIV Testing Day approaches on June 27,” said Tom Calderone, President, VH1. “We at VH1 are more than happy to partner with the wonderful Greater Than AIDS team and the talented and dedicated Alicia Keys this summer to amplify their EMPOWERED campaign and promote across our platforms their important messages and stories about HIV prevention and current treatments.”Of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S. today, one in four is a woman. Women of color have been disproportionately affected. One in 32 Black women will contract HIV today if current trends continue.“Women are vital in changing how we think and talk about HIV/AIDS in our relationships, our families, and our communities,” said Alicia Keys. “When we empower women to have a voice and share their stories to help educate and bring understanding we’re taking charge in the fight to make the end of AIDS a reality.”“Media plays a powerful role in confronting the stigma that still surrounds this disease. With VH1’s support, EMPOWERED will reach millions of viewers across the country with information about HIV/AIDS and real stories of women who are both living with HIV and thriving,” said Tina Hoff, Senior Vice President and Director of the Health Communication and Media Partnerships program at the Kaiser Family Foundation.A focal point of the EMPOWERED campaign is a conversation between Ms. Keys and five women living with HIV. Each week VH1 will feature a new spot profiling each of the EMPOWERED women and their stories, including: • Cristina, a graduate student from the San Francisco Bay Area who was born with HIV • Eva, a home health care worker living in Atlanta with her family • Jen, a wife and mother in Portland (OR) who has being living with HIV for more than 20 years • Kym, a young professional living in Texas who learned she was positive after her new husband became sick and died as a result of HIV • Stephanie, a recent college graduate from North Carolina, who appeared in an MTV special on youth and HIV last yearThey each open up about their lives in the hopes of showing other women that we are all empowered in this fight.Additional VH1 properties will extend the reach of the messages on-air and online, including airings on sister channels VH1 Soul and Palladia, Viacom Media Networks’ high-definition music channel, as well as digital placements with pre-roll video messages and banners on VH1.com.HIV is both preventable and treatable. For those who are positive, there are highly-effective therapies today that improve health and extend life, as well as help prevent the spread of the disease. Research confirms that people living with HIV who are on regular antiretroviral treatments reduce the chances of passing the virus to sexual partners by as much as 96 percent. Furthermore, according to the CDC, condoms are highly effective in preventing the spread of STDs during sexual contact.Yet, despite the progress of the past three decades since the first diagnosis, stigma and misconceptions continue to be significant drivers of HIV today, keeping many from taking actions – such as talking openly, using protection, getting tested or staying on treatment – that can stem the spread of the disease.Launched in March 2013, EMPOWERED highlights the power of women – as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, partners and people living with HIV – to change the course of this disease through everyday actions. The theme of empowerment carries throughout the cross-platform campaign, which includes TV, radio, outdoor, print and digital public service ads (PSAs), special programming and editorial, social media promotions, informational resources, community programs and more.For more information about Greater Than AIDS and the EMPOWERED campaign, as well as to view the video of Alicia Keys conversation with women living with HIV, visit www.greaterthan.org/empowered.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Trans Mountain Hearing

first_imgPresenters including elder Ivy Raine and band administrator and member Allison Adams-Bull described their family ties to other Indigenous communities along the pipeline route to the West Coast and their concern that their traditional hunting, fishing and gathering of medicinal plants could be affected by a pipeline spill.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its NEB approval, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on the marine environment.The NEB’s rehearing is designed to address the latter issue. The oral traditional evidence gathering continues this week in Calgary before heading to Victoria from Nov. 26-29 and concluding in Nanaimo, B.C. from Dec. 3-6. CALGARY, A.B. – A rooftop smudging ceremony where herbs were burned and prayers said served as a proxy for swearing in as the oral traditional evidence gathering part of a National Energy Board reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project began Tuesday.Lyne Mercier, the vice-chair of the NEB and chairwoman of the three-member panel hearing evidence, welcomed Indigenous presenters from the Louis Bull Tribe about 80 kilometres south of Edmonton as the first to speak as three weeks of hearings started in Calgary.She said the NEB appreciates that the Louis Bull Tribe has a tradition of sharing knowledge from one generation to another through spoken word, noting that two hours had been set aside for presentations but video evidence could also be submitted if time runs short.last_img read more

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Tiger found dead at Corbett

first_imgDehradun: A tiger was killed in a fight for territorial supremacy with another tiger, said an official at the Corbett Tiger Reserve Saturday. The 10-year-old tiger’s carcass was found with deep injury marks near a water body in the Amdanda forest beat of the Bijrani range Friday, Tiger Reserve Director Rahul said. “The deep wounds on the carcass suggested that it died of injuries sustained in a fight with another tiger over territorial supremacy,” he added.last_img

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Tiffany Cameron earns Big Ten honor after recordsetting week

For her recently concluded record-setting week for the Ohio State women’s soccer program, senior forward Tiffany Cameron has been named the Big Ten Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week. Cameron posted a four-goal week in games against then-No. 17 Michigan and Michigan State, scoring two goals in each game. Two goals in a 3-1 upset win against the Wolverines on Thursday allowed Cameron to set the program’s single-season record. During her final regular season home game donning Scarlet and Gray, Cameron scored two more goals to extend her single-season scoring record to 16 and pull into a tie for most career goals with 35. Cameron, a Canadian international player, tied former Buckeyes Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb for OSU’s career-goals record with her second tally in the 3-1 win against the Spartans. Cameron will have an opportunity to break the career-goals record in the Buckeyes’ final regular season game at Indiana, but will have her work cut out for her as the Hoosiers defense has posted six shutouts this season. The game against the Hoosiers (9-8-1, 4-6-0 Big Ten) kicks off Friday at 7 p.m in Bloomington, Ind. read more

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United fans are angry at Arsenal

first_imgThe FA Cup match between Arsenal and Manchester United will be played with only 8.7% of Manchester United fans, instead of the normal 15%.One of the most magical moments in the FA Cup is the requirement that at least 15% of the tickets will be allocated to away fans.But Arsenal has asked to only sell half of these tickets to Manchester United fans, citing “safety reasons,” something which of course has angered the Red Devils’ supporters.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“What makes the FA Cup special is the larger away allocations than you get in league games. This creates the unique stadium atmosphere? so beloved of the FA’s premier cup competition,” a spokesman for Manchester United Supporters’ Trust said to The Manchester Evening News.“For Arsenal to offer little over half the proper allocation is a joke. And to say away fans cannot be in an upper tier, where they are at many league grounds, is ridiculous.”“We need to keep the FA Cup special, and that means making Arsenal stick to the full away fan allocation,” he added.last_img read more

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Kyle Walker Boly red card made it easier for City

first_imgDespite the visitors losing 3-0, Manchester City defender Kyle Walker was impressed with their performance and believed the game easier when Willy Boly was sent off.Wolves have built a reputation of producing big results against the Premier League top sides, but Monday night’s trip to the Etihad proved too big a task for them.Nuno’s side went one man down in the 19th minute after having gone behind thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ 10th opener.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Wolves lost the game 3-0, but Walker thinks the result might have been different if they didn’t go down to ten men.“I haven’t seen the incident, but obviously it’s a bit easier when your opponent goes down to ten men but to be fair to Wolves, they gave it a good go and we were probably fortunate to win by three goals,” Walker told the club’s website.Manchester City are now four points adrift of league leaders Liverpool and will Huddersfield Town on Sunday.last_img read more

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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 76th Anniversary

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This upcoming weekend the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be celebrating its 76th Anniversary. Leah Eskelin with the Refuge: “The whole time we will have family friendly activities in our multi-purpose room.” Festivities include a wild-game chili cook-off starting at noon, fun family hands-on activities and a guided snowshoe walk at 1 p.m. Story as aired: http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jennifer-on-KNWR-Anniversary.mp3 The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was first established as the Kenai National Moose Range in 1941 to protect moose. In 1980, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) changed the name and purpose of the refuge. The Refuge is one of over 500 units in the National Wildlife Refuge System, a 150-million acre network of lands and waters set aside to help conserve the nation’s fish and wildlife heritage. To celebrate the Refuge will be hosting an Open House at the Refuge Visitor Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.last_img read more

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Two Charged With Attempting To Smuggle Drugs Into MatSu Pretrial Correctional Facility

first_imgJoshua Jacob Reed, 30, an inmate at Mat-Su Pretrial at the time of the offense, and Olivia Danielle Blake, 27, of Wasilla, were both named in the indictment, according to a press release from the U.S. District Attorneys Office in Anchorage. Reed is charged with (1) attempt to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, and (2) attempt to possess contraband in prison. Blake is charged with (1) distribution of a controlled substance, and (2) attempt to provide contraband in prison. The drugs that Reed and Blake attempted to smuggle into Mat-Su Pretrial included quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and Buprenorphine, which is one of the narcotic drugs in Suboxone. According to the indictment, on or about Feb. 28, 2017, Blake allegedly attempted to pass drugs to Reed, who was an inmate at Mat-Su Pretrial at the time. Blake did so at Reed’s direction on the morning that Reed was set for trial in an unrelated state criminal case.center_img The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, or both, for the most serious charges alleged in the indictment. Under federal sentencing statutes, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the two charged. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two have been charged with attempting to smuggle drugs int0 the State of Alaska Department of Corrections (“DOC”) Mat-Su Pretrial Correctional Facility (“Mat-Su Pretrial”) in Palmer.last_img read more

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Somebody out there wants to hurt us Arson in Boston Chicago rattles

first_imgAysha Khan ayshabkhan Survey: 1 in 3 Protestants think more stories of abuse by pastors yet to come By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,BOSTON (RNS) — A rash of fires that police say were intentionally set at Jewish community centers in Chicago and around Boston last week has left Jewish groups feeling vulnerable.At the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Arlington, Mass., where Rabbi Avi Bukiet and his family live about 20 minutes outside of Boston, firefighters were called to put out a shingle fire May 11.Then they were called there again for another fire May 16.Then, about an hour later that day, firefighters responded to a nearby fire at the Chabad Jewish Center in Needham, where Rabbi Mendy Krinsky lives with his family about 30 minutes outside of Boston.Authorities say all three Boston-area fires were deliberately set and are being investigated as potential hate crimes.RELATED: For houses of worship, interfaith collaboration is the future of security Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! News “Somebody out there wants to hurt us,” wrote Krinsky’s wife, Chanie Krinsky, who co-directs the Needham Chabad, on Facebook after the fire. “Just because we exist. And that is frightening. Hate can’t be reasoned with. Hate just needs to be eradicated. A little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness. Please take this opportunity to help us end this darkness. Do a mitzvah today to bring more light into this world!”No one was injured, and law enforcement officials said they have not determined whether the fires in the two Boston-area towns are connected. Nor have they said whether the incidents were linked to a fire that damaged the Diyanet Mosque in New Haven, Conn., the same week, which police also say was intentionally set.“People are scared but are refusing to be intimidated in any manner,” said the Anti-Defamation League’s New England regional director, Robert Trestan. “An attack on one synagogue is an attack on the entire Jewish community. It’s not just one building.”An attack on a rabbi’s home is particularly alarming, he said.“People lived there,” Trestan said. “It’s not like a synagogue, where it’s closed at night and no one’s there. It’s a reminder that people don’t just pray in a large, established building. And when you try to start a fire at an institution like this, you’re also trying to burn someone’s house down.”Days later, in Chicago, police found Molotov cocktails outside a synagogue and an adjacent Jewish community center over the weekend. Authorities say two attempts were made Saturday night to ignite the Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation and that windows of cars parked outside the synagogue and another nearby synagogue were smashed.Chicago police released a photo of a man they are trying to identify in relation to the attempted arson on May 19, 2019, at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Chicago Police Department“The willful effort to attack a house of worship, to try to burn it down, is a chilling reminder, at a time of rising anti-Semitism in the United States, of the vulnerability of synagogues and other Jewish institutions,” said Laurence Bolotin, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Chicago branch.“While thankfully the attacks did not cause any injuries or damage, this incident is yet another disturbing reminder of the recent escalation in attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions,” David Goldenberg, Midwest regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement.Goldenberg pointed to the Boston fires and recent shootings at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and the Chabad of Poway near San Diego, which left a combined 12 worshippers dead.In Massachusetts, the ADL, the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the state fire marshal have offered a combined $21,000 reward for tips leading to the arsonist’s conviction.“This is something which has not just shook (my wife) Luna and myself to the core, but it has shocked the entire community, and they’re sharing that with us,” Avi Bukiet said in a news conference Friday (May 17). “What has gone on … it has targeted not just a Jewish center, it has targeted our personal family and we are hurting because of this.”But Boston’s Jewish community leaders emphasized that the attacks have not broken their community’s spirits and that the chabads’ doors will remain open to all.“We have committed our lives to spreading the universal message of light and love,” Luna Bukiet said. “This will not deter us. If anything, we will double down to bring more goodness into the world and create a better world for all of our children.”Two weeks ago, the Chabad Jewish Center in Needham held a Shabbat service in response to the shooting at the Chabad of Poway. “Our response to cold-blooded, baseless, relentless hatred must be pure, unconditional love and acts of kindness,” the center posted on Facebook. “Today more than ever we must respond to darkness with unyielding light. He brought death to Shul. Let us bring life to Shul!”Earlier this month, video footage also surfaced showing two separate incidents in which Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn were being assaulted and harassed on the streets. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Wilton Gregory installed as new Catholic archbishop of Washington Tagsanti-Semitism Boston Chabad Chabad of Poway Chicago homepage featured synagogue attack,You may also like Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Photos of the Week August 30, 2019last_img read more

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Pedestrians follow the herd instinct when crossing the road

first_img More information: Collective behavior in road crossing pedestrians: the role of social information, Behavioral Ecology (2010) 21 (6): 1236-1242. doi:10.1093/beheco/arq141 (PhysOrg.com) — A Leeds University study has discovered pedestrians are likely to act like a herd when crossing roads, blindly following other pedestrians. Deciphering the movement of pedestrians in a crowd This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Pedestrians follow the herd instinct when crossing the road (2010, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-pedestrians-herd-instinct-road.htmlcenter_img Explore further The study was led by Dr Jolyon Faria who was at Leeds University in the UK but has now relocated to Princeton University in the US. Dr Faria said the study aimed to find out if the behavior of pedestrians crossing a busy and dangerous road was affected by the behavior of people on either side of them.The study analyzed the behavior of 365 people at a busy crossing in Leeds during peak traffic periods over three days. The pedestrian crossing was chosen because it was especially busy and one at which pedestrians often went against the Don’t Walk light, placing themselves in a potentially dangerous situation. Computer simulations were also used to determine what might happen if pedestrians ignored the actions of those around them.The study, published in Behavioural Ecology and Planet Earth Online revealed that people are 1.5-2.5 times more likely to cross a busy road if the pedestrian next to them sets off first, and males were more likely to follow other pedestrians than females.Dr Faria said the behavior could be because people feel safer when making a dangerous crossing with others. He speculated the gender difference may be because women are more conscious of their surroundings than men, who are more willing to risk following someone else.The behavior may have originated in our evolutionary past, since herding behavior is common in many species. For example, wildebeest wait nervously on river banks until one is brave enough to go in first, after which all the herd follows. In their case the behavior makes sense because of the likelihood of crocodile attacks. Similarly, penguins wait on the edge of ice floes until one of them is brave enough to dive in and face attack from leopard seals.Dr Faria said he hoped the study might encourage people to think twice before blindly following others onto the road, and said it also adds to our understanding of herding, flocking and shoaling behaviors. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Apple looking to smarten up Siri with patent application for crowd sourcing

first_img Explore further More information: United States Patent Application Citation: Apple looking to smarten up Siri with patent application for crowd sourcing (2013, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-apple-smarten-siri-patent-application.html Voice of Siri steps forward Apple Inc. of Cupertino California has applied for a patent on new technology that if employed could boost the accuracy of answers provided by Siri, the digital personal assistant that comes with its line of Smartphones. According to the patent application, Apple is looking to improve upon answers that Siri gives by offering a second go that would include looking through other websites, databases, or even asking other people that seem to be in a position to know. Such an option, the company notes, would lie outside the realm of instantaneous results that Suri normally provides, extending wait times to hours, days, or even weeks.center_img Apple’s Suri has without question, met with a divided response from the public. Some claim they love the application and use it extensively, others laugh and call it quaint—an indication that it’s not really something they take seriously. Apple is aware of the application’s limitations, of course, and by applying for a patent on technology that would help the app do a better job of supplying answers to real world questions, the company has revealed that it realizes that serious improvements need to be made.In the patent application, Apple makes clear that Siri needs more than its current slew of resources such as Yelp, Bing, or even Yahoo. Such new resources it appears would include expert databases, data from existing Question & Answer forums, or perhaps even answers drawn from a real-time application that would simply ask relevant people if they know they answer. Using such resources would of course, alter Siri’s response time, and it’s not clear if users would be willing to wait, especially if they are looking for answers to help them out of real-time quandaries.Many in the press have noted that what Apple appears to be looking for already exists in the form of Q&A site ChaCha—people type in questions and other people type in answers. Users of either type can visit the site directly or access it through a smartphone. What makes the site powerful is that it keeps track of every question and answer pairing ever asked and answered, so if someone asks again, it can dish up all the answers ever given, which sounds like something Siri could use.It might be that Apple’s patent application is merely a preamble to an acquisition by the company, after all, buying ChaCha and giving Siri access to all those answers would seem a simpler way to go. Or it might just mean Apple is looking at various options. Either way, users will likely cross their fingers, hoping that whatever Apple settles on, it will be an improvement over what exists right now. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Robert De Niro is bringing his upmarket hotel chain to Toronto

first_img Posted by Tags: Canada, Luxury Travel, Toronto, USA & Canada << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Robert De Niro is bringing his upmarket hotel chain to Torontocenter_img TORONTO — Celebrities in town for TIFF will soon have a new place to see and be seen: Nobu, co-founded by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, will be launching a combination hotel and condo complex in Toronto.The brand, back by De Niro as well as chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, is building two 49-storey towers, which are set to include 700 condominium suites, hotel rooms and a 1,400-square-metre restaurant.Credit: Nobu ResidencesThe first Nobu restaurant was launched in New York in 1993 and the brand has since expanded to cities including Beijing, Dubai, Las Vegas, London, Melbourne, Mexico City and Moscow.Nobu hotels can be found in cities including Chicago, Malibu, Manila, Miami and Riyadh.Toronto is the first city to have a restaurant integrated with Nobu-branded high-rise residences and a hotel, the company said Wednesday in a release.Maybe someone should let them know they can still buy Trump Tower before they break ground.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported With file from The Canadian Press Michael Smith Thursday, March 9, 2017 last_img read more

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A House Win For State Insurers

first_img Share Fannie Mae Flood Insurance Freddie Mac House Financial Services Committee 2016-04-29 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News A House Win For State Insurerscenter_img The House Financial Services Committee unanimously passed a bill this week that lifts certain restrictions placed on insurance companies by the federal government and gives states more flexibility to license and regulate private flood insurance.The H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, authorizes state insurance commissioners to approve flood insurance policies for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other federally-backed mortgages. In addition, the bipartisan bill encourages the development of a robust private flood insurance market that offers homeowners more pricing and coverage options.The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Florida) and Patrick Murphy (D-Florida) and passed on a 419-0 vote.Ross stated in his House floor speech that regulatory restrictions along with the bias of regulators favoring National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies have prevented the development of a private flood insurance marketplace, and this was “an unintended consequence.”“While the NFIP is limited in what its policies cover, the private sector is not. The private sector is also in a better position to provide stronger incentives for property owners to invest in mitigation and resiliency. Ultimately, this increased emphasis on mitigation will benefit homeowners and taxpayers alike,” he said.Although the bill is specifically for Florida homeowners, Ross stated that homeowners all over the U.S. could benefit from flood insurance reform.“Floridians and all Americans across the country would greatly benefit from more choices when it comes to flood insurance policies, and private competition in this market will lead to greater innovation and more affordable and comprehensive policies for consumers,” Ross stated.Murphy added, “This bill is a win-win for Florida families, giving them more options for flood insurance coverage and bringing down the cost of policies. It was great to see our legislation pass with unanimous support, and I urge the Senate to swiftly follow suit.” April 29, 2016 499 Views last_img read more

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Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler the Privat

first_imgHong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineToday, Firestone Management Group, a boutique private jet advisory practice focused on assisting multinational private jet organizations interested in penetrating the emerging markets of Asia-Pacific, releases a current report on the private jet landscape within the Republic of India. This is the inaugural issue of a bi-annual report on India from the Firestone Management Group.As of March 15, 2011 there are currently a combined total of 136 private jets registered in India made by the following private jet manufacturers:-Hawker Beechcraft leads the industry with 35 private jets registered representing 26 percent of the entire installed base.-Cessna Aircraft Company closely follows with 31 private jets currently registered in the country, representing 23 percent of the installed base.-Bombardier has 24 private jets representing 18 percent of the installed base.-Dassault Falcon Jet has 17 private jets representing 13 percent of the total installed base.-Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has 15 private jets equaling 11 percent of the total installed base.-Embraer, Boeing, and Airbus have yet to reach double digits with 9, 3 and 2 private jets respectively.Of the combined total of 136 private jets, 95 were manufactured less than 10 years ago, representing nearly 70 percent of the current installed base of aircraft currently registered in India. In the last 36 months alone, 43 jets have been added to the registry representing a 46 percent growth.“The growth opportunity for private jet manufacturers to deliver their products into India is tremendous,” says Justin Firestone, managing director of Firestone Management Group. “As the world’s largest democracy, the second most populous country and one of the fastest growing major economies, this quantitative data indicates India is clearly embracing the need for safe and efficient business jet travel.”Data used within this report was collected using AMSTAT, the leading source for worldwide corporate aircraft fleet operator and market information, and other primary and secondary research.www.FirestoneManagementGroup.comlast_img read more

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