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Dellen Millard to be tried by judge alone for fathers alleged murder

first_imgTORONTO – Twice convicted killer Dellen Millard will be tried by a judge alone for the alleged murder of his father, as Ontario’s attorney general agreed that the man’s previous high-profile trials would make it difficult to find fair jurors.Millard is serving two life sentences for murdering a former lover and a Hamilton man and burning both bodies in an animal incinerator.The 32-year-old is awaiting trial for the alleged murder of his father, Wayne Millard, whose death in 2012 was initially ruled a suicide. Given the extensive media coverage of his previous convictions, Millard had requested a judge-alone trial, which was granted.“In light of the notoriety from other trials and the difficulty getting a jury, this will ensure he gets a fair trial,” Justice John McMahon, the case management judge, said in a court hearing Tuesday.The first-degree murder trial was scheduled to begin in early April, but has now been delayed until the end of May to allow his recently retained lawyer time to prepare.Justice Maureen Forestell will preside over the trial, which is scheduled to last about a month, court heard.Millard and his friend, Mark Smich, were convicted in mid-December of killing Millard’s former girlfriend Laura Babcock, 23, who went missing in the summer of 2012 and whose body was never found.They’ve also been convicted of killing Tim Bosma — a Hamilton man who went missing in May 2013 after going with the pair for a test drive of a truck he was trying to sell online.Last week, a Toronto courtroom erupted into a standing ovation after the judge decided Millard and Smich would not be eligible for parole for 50 years, tacking a consecutive sentence for the murder of Babcock on top of the conviction for Bosma’s murder.After the death of his father in November 2012, Millard inherited a multimillion-dollar aviation business — Millardair — that was initially launched by Millard’s grandfather, Carl Millard, in the 1960s.Millard, who represented himself at the Babcock trial, had initially said he was going to represent himself for his father’s case. But he changed his mind in January and retained Ravin Pillay, who represented him during the Bosma murder trial.Pillay asked Tuesday for more time to prepare. The judge agreed to a two-month delay.“It is important for Mr. Millard to get a fair trial,” the judge said. “I think the proposed schedule counsel has come up with is completely fair and reasonable.”The trial is scheduled to begin on May 31.last_img read more

MLA Bernier concerned about impact of ALR recommendations on oil and gas

first_imgBernier said that one of his chief concerns is the potential ramifications for the natural gas extraction industry due to the upcoming final investment decision from LNG Canada, which is anticipated to occur before the end of the year.“The last thing we need is to be raising more red flags that could stand in the way of building TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline,” he added. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier says he’s concerned about some of the recommendations that were made to Agriculture Minister Lana Popham in an interim report by an advisory committee looking into revitalizing the Agricultural Land Commission and Agricultural Land Reserve, saying that those recommendations could have a negative impact on the Peace Region’s oil and gas industry.The committee’s interim report, released last Wednesday, identified 13 recommendations for legislative and regulatory change, as well as four recommendations for action to protect the ALR.The committee also identified 14 key issues that are still under consideration for its final report. Among the recommendations for action to protect the ALR, the committee made two recommendations to mitigate the impacts of oil and gas activity on agricultural lands.The committee recommended that a Deputy Minister-level multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional task force to develop a strategy focused on how a balance can be achieved between agriculture and oil and gas extraction, as well as for the ALC to have an increased presence in Northern B.C.“The Committee has previously noted that it is imperative there be a government-wide policy shift in identifying agricultural land and industry as a resource equivalent to other resources, and oil and gas is no exception,” reads the report. “It is essential an ‘agriculture-first’ approach be applied to the ALR in the Northeast.”The report goes on to say that, “The development of the energy sector has exceeded the capacity of the current regulatory environment to protect farmland. The impacts of oil and gas extraction on agricultural land and farm businesses in Northeast B.C. have reached a breaking point. Cumulative impacts over the last decade from accelerating oil and gas development have rendered portions of agricultural lands unusable and others difficult to farm. With continued changes in extraction and processing methods along with the pace and scale of development, these activities that were once considered temporary are no longer. Instead they are permanent industrial sites built on farmland and next to farm communities.”However, Bernier says that the committee’s report contains recommendations that would seek to undo changes that were made by the previous Liberal government in 2014 which he says gives farmers with ALR land more flexibility.“For over fifty years both industries have operated side by side in harmony and without major incident,” said Bernier. “Four years ago the previous government divided the ALR into two separate zones in order to recognize regional differences and give farmers more opportunities to make money on their land. The Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee for Revitalizing the ALR wants to change all that, and quite a bit more.”last_img read more

German greenhouse emissions fall for first time in 5 years

first_imgBerlin: Germany said Tuesday it had reduced emissions of greenhouse gases signficantly for the first time in five years in 2018, although it has already abandoned self-imposed targets for the end of this decade. Europe’s largest economy — which is haltingly transitioning away from coal and nuclear to cleaner energy forms — lowered output of the gases by 4.2 per cent year-on-year, environment minister Svenja Schulze said in a report. A helping hand came from the unusually mild weather, which reduced the need for heating. But Germany also “drew more energy from wind and the sun and less from coal, oil and gas,” Schulze said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt also achieved a slight reduction in emissions from transport. In total, Germany pumped 868.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, some 30.6 percent below levels in 1990 — the year taken as a benchmark for its climate targets. Last year, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fourth government officially gave up on the goal of slashing output by 40 percent by 2020. Experts had long highlighted the goal as unachievable. But Berlin still aims to cut greenhouse emissions by 55 percent by 2030 compared with 40 years before, with a long-term goal of zero net output by 2050. “In the course of this year,” minister Schulze aims to pass a far-reaching climate law with a “detailed road map” for energy production, taking into account a planned exit from coal power by 2038.last_img read more

Middle East Quartet supports US Presidents call for international meeting

The Quartet’s backing came in a communiqué released following a meeting in Lisbon that was attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, High Representative for European Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado, and European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner. They were joined by Quartet Representative Tony Blair.“The Quartet welcomed President Bush’s July 16 statement renewing US commitment to a negotiated two-State solution, and supported President Bush’s call for an international meeting in the fall,” stated the communiqué.The Quartet agreed that “such a meeting should provide diplomatic support for the parties in their bilateral discussions and negotiations in order to move forward on a successful path to a Palestinian State.The Quartet welcomed Mr. Blair’s agreement to be its Representative and discussed with him “the urgent work that lies ahead,” according to the communiqué.Noting the centrality of reform, economic development, and institutional capacity building to the establishment of a stable and prosperous Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza that will unite all Palestinians, and live in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbours, the Quartet urged the parties and all states in the region to work closely with Mr. Blair, and encouraged robust international support for his efforts. The Quartet expressed support for the Palestinian Authority Government headed by Salam Fayyad, which is committed to the political platform of President Abbas. It also “encouraged direct and rapid financial assistance and other aid to the Palestinian Authority government to help reform, preserve, and strengthen vital Palestinian institutions and infrastructure, and to support the rule of law.”The Quartet welcomed the resumption of bilateral talks between Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas, and expressed support for steps taken by the Israeli Government, including the resumption of tax and customs revenue transfers and the decision to release Palestinian prisoners.The communiqué also encouraged continued bilateral dialogue and further cooperation and urged both parties to work without delay to fulfil their previous commitments and to build confidence. Recognizing the continuing importance of the Arab Peace Initiative, the Quartet looked forward to the planned visit to Israel by representatives of the Arab League to discuss the Initiative. “The Quartet emphasized the need to find ways to sustain Palestinian economic activity and the importance of creating circumstances that would allow for full implementation of the Agreement on Movement and Access, particularly in view of the impact of crossings on the Palestinian economy and daily life,” the communiqué said, encouraging parties to address their obligations under the Roadmap – an outline plan envisaging a two-State solution – including an end to settlement expansion and the removal of unauthorized outposts, and an end to violence and terror.The Quartet expressed its deep concern over the humanitarian conditions in Gaza and agreed on the importance of continued emergency and humanitarian assistance.The communiqué also reaffirmed the Quartet’s its commitment to bring about an end to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and to work to lay the foundation for the establishment of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state living side by side with Israel in peace and security, as a step towards a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East, consistent with the Roadmap and UN Security Council resolutions.The next meeting of the Quartet will take place in September, the communiqué says, noting that members will continue to consult regularly on developments in the meantime. 19 July 2007The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East – comprising the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and the United States – today supported US President Bush’s call for an international meeting in the fall. read more

Holiday shoppers steady but not jampacked in Calgary stores

Holiday shoppers “steady but not jam-packed” in Calgary stores The streets and malls may be decked out in festive finery, but are the shoppers turning out and spending?There’s only one weekend left until Christmas, and at Chinook Centre, General Manager Paige O’Neill says traffic is down slightly from last year.“We usually do monthly (numbers), but through the Christmas season we usually do weekly, and we are trending a little bit down from last year. Part of that may be the fact that Nordstrom’s opened last September, so we’re sort of coming off that new high for them and getting a full, sort of balanced year,” she said.The real rush is likely to happen when kids get out of school for the holidays, this Friday.CrossIron Mills General Manager James Moller tells 660 News, the season got off to a roaring start.“We’ve had good traffic right up to November, including Black Friday and December has been decent. I was here on Saturday, and I actually thought it was going to be a bit busier. It was steady, but it wasn’t overwhelming,” he said.Maggie Schofield with the Downtown Business Association says the situation is similar at shops in the core.“We’re certainly seeing things you know, steady, but not jam-packed, not thinking that Christmas is a week away,” she said.O’Neill says they were very busy on Black Friday with 3,000 more shoppers than last year, and are setting their sights on Boxing Day, when most stores in the mall will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Retailers at CrossIron Mills will also open at 8 a.m. on December 26. by Cindy White Posted Dec 14, 2015 11:12 am MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2015 at 11:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email STOCK PHOTO/PEXELS.COM read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State hosts Morehead State in first round of WNIT

The Ohio State bench celebrates Janai Crooms’ and-one basket in the second half of the game against Rutgers on March 3. Ohio State lost 66-56. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter losing to Wisconsin 73-63 in the Big Ten tournament, the Ohio State women’s basketball team finished the season with a 14-14 record.As a result, Ohio State failed to qualify for the women’s NCAA tournament.Instead, being the highest-ranked Big Ten seed to not reach the big dance, the Buckeyes earned an automatic bid to the women’s NIT tournament, where they will take on Morehead State.History favors Ohio State in both this game and the entire tournament. This will be the second appearance for the Buckeyes in the WNIT. Their only other appearance was in 2001, when Ohio State won it all, taking down New Mexico 62-61. The past two WNITs were won by two other Big Ten schools, with Indiana winning in the previous season and Michigan in 2017. Projected StartersOhio State (14-14, 10-8 Big Ten)G — Carly Santoro — Redshirt senior, 11.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apgG — Carmen Grande — Redshirt senior, 8.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.0 apgG — Janai Crooms — Freshman, 8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Dorka Juhasz — Freshman, 11.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Makayla Waterman — Redshirt senior, 7.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.8 apgMorehead State (23-10, 13-5 Ohio Valley).G — Miranda Crockett — Senior, 18.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 apgG — Darianne Seward — Redshirt senior, 9.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apgG — Crystal Simmons-Cozar — Redshirt senior, 6.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.6 apgF — McKenzie Calvert — Redshirt senior, 12.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.1 apgF — Tierra McGowan — Senior, 6.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.4 apgOhio State’s biggest concern will be finding ways to become consistent. Heading into the final few games of the season, the Buckeyes were riding a four-game winning streak that featured wins against Rutgers, a team that made the NCAA tournament, and two wins against Wisconsin. During its final regular season game and its matchup against the Badgers in the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State unraveled late. The Buckeyes recorded 30 turnovers, allowing the Scarlet Knights to come back in the second half. Against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes were unable to find the basket and the Badgers thrived from 3. If Ohio State wants to bounce back and have a chance at winning, it will need to find a way to control the game in the second half. For Morehead State, the main threats the Buckeyes will have to watch out for are senior guard Miranda Crockett and redshirt senior forward McKenzie Calvert. Both are averaging double digits in points for the season and, with three players from the Eagles’ starting five having more than 100 assists on the season, plenty of playmakers will be on the court in Columbus Wednesday night. In addition, Simmons-Cozar is the Eagles’ biggest threat from the 3-point line. She is shooting 36 percent from deep on 72 attempts.Being the better seed, the Buckeyes do have the advantage of playing at the Schottenstein Center. Over the season, Ohio State holds a 9-5 home record. Ohio State will take on Morehead State at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Concert firm executive who took photos up womens skirts and amassed 50000

first_imgA concert firm boss who took photos up women’s skirts using camera concealed in a pen was spared jail because he has an “illness”. Andrew Macrae, 43, who earned £180,000 a year as vice-president of ticketing company Live Nation, amassed almost 50,000 images of strangers for his sexual gratification.He was caught when an off-duty police officer noticed a pen-shaped camera protruding from a laptop bag as he placed it between a woman’s legs on a platform at Clapham Junction station on July 19 last year. When the officer confronted him on the train to Waterloo, Macrae admitted the pen was a camera.He admitted seven counts of voyeurism for the purposes of sexual gratification and one count of outraging public decency at a previous hearing, and was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court.He told officers he was “disgusted” with himself, saying he was under financial pressure and his wife was receiving counselling, while a psychiatrist diagnosed him with traits of Asperger syndrome, an acute reaction to stress and features of sex addiction.Handing him 20 months imprisonment suspended for two years, Judge Jeremy Donne QC said: “This was undoubtedly a sophisticated, organised, planned and long-running campaign of voyeurism, albeit sporadically. “These offences are rightly regarded with revulsion by the public in general and women in particular. The judge added: “Dr Andrews has been treating you since your arrest. He has diagnosed you as having traits of Asperger’s syndrome, which might account for your relative social isolation in your formative years.”He has also diagnosed you as having an acute stress reaction – which is unsurprising but demonstrates the impact your arrest and these proceedings have had on you.”A search of his home in Redhill, Surrey, found a hard drive containing secretly taken images dating back to January 2013. The images were taken on public transport, his home and at another address, and also featured Macrae wearing some victims’ underwear. 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. It emerged that the married father of one had installed a camera in the guest bedroom of his home. He also filmed through a woman’s window while she was undergoing a waxing treatment, and secretly entered her house to photograph himself in her underwear.Macrae further revealed he had filmed a colleague during a brief meeting and taken a pair of her underwear from her gym bag and taken pictures of them laid out on his desk.Macrae was barred from owning any covert recording device and any device capable of storing images unless it was made available on request to the police for the next 10 years. He was also barred from contacting the three victims named on the indictment or any member of their family, and ordered to pay £102 compensation to one victim.Macrae’s contract with Live Nation was terminated following his arrest and he has been forced to sell his family home.The company said in a statement: “Andrew Macrae was terminated by Live Nation Entertainment in July 2017 following his arrest. Live Nation strongly condemns Macrae’s acts and is outraged by his offensive and criminal behaviour which has no place at our company, city or the world at large.” “Women will undoubtedly feel a need to be protected from such behaviour by the knowledge that the courts will deal with such offenders severely, and men will thereby be deterred from committing such offences. “On the other hand, you suffer from an illness that can be treated and you have submitted to treatment.”There has been a certain amount of comment in the media in the past year of police being unwilling or unable to pursue allegations of the type in this case, in particular so-called up-skirting.”As this case clearly demonstrates, a well-trained, diligent police officer is perfectly capable of detecting criminal activity of this kind and dealing with it appropriately.”last_img read more

BP World Cup Lady Gaga Top Yahoos 2010 Yearend Search Results

first_imgYahoo today issued its annual year in review, releasing a list of its top search terms. In the US, search was, perhaps unsurprisingly, dominated by the “BP Oil Spill,” which pumped pollution into the Gulf of Mexico from April to September.Cheerier news at the number two spot, with “World Cup.” As per usual, the next several spots were dominated by celebrities–“Miley Cyrus,” “Kim Kardashian,” and “Lady Gaga” took the third, fourth, and fifth spots (“Megan,” “Justin Bieber,” and “Britney Spears” all made it into the top 10, as well).AdChoices广告The iPhone rounded out the top six.The “NFL” dominated things over on the mobile side, with “Lady Gaga,” “Rihanna,” “Sandra Bullock,” and the “NBA” rounded up the top five.Yahoo also issued a list of top searches in other countries. Quickly: Argentina “Bicentenario,” Brazil “Adriano,” Canada “Vancouver Olympics,” France “Secret Story”, Germany “Routenplaner,” Hong Kong “Manila Hostage Incident,” India “IPL 3,” Italy “Facebook,” Korea “World Cup,” Mexico “Caso Paulette,” Phillippines “NBA,” Spain “Big Brother 12,” Taiwan “Earthquake,” United Kingdom “Lottery.”More year-end search results over at the official Yahoo Year in Review page.last_img read more

UKIP wants the Irish government to help pay for a motorway in

first_img By Darragh Peter Murphy Steffan Lewis of Plaid Cymru. Source: Welsh AssemblyHe said such an arrangement could be formalised “into a Celtic Sea alliance so we can give some hope to our western regions, and the eastern regions of the Irish state”.Jones replied: “The Celtic Sea alliance is based, I think, on co-operation between Norway and Sweden, as to how that would work.“It is likely that we will lose indirect funding [after Brexit], as far as Wales is concerned, which will have an effect, particularly on our ferry ports.We’re keen to explore new relationships around the Irish Sea, whether it’s with the Republic, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, to see how we can ensure that there is minimal disruption when the UK leaves the EU.“Of course, the British-Irish Council is a useful body in terms of exploring those issues with countries that border the Irish Sea.”Read: Stena ferry finally docks at Fishguard after being stranded at sea overnightRead: Body of missing Irish woman may have been in Wales for 22 years Will the First Minister explore the possibility of part of the costs for the M4 improvement scheme being borne by the Irish government, given that three quarters of all Irish exports to the EU and the UK pass along that road?The First Minister replied:No, it’s for the Welsh government to maintain the trunk roads and motorways of Wales.To jeers, Rowlands said:I thank the First Minister for the answer, but this is a serious proposition, as I understand Ireland may be able to access European funds from the trans-European highway funds.“Very ironic, I think,” he added. He proceeded to quote from the EU’s fund allocation principles, which, according to Rowlands, read:Although we have been investing a lot in improving transport infrastructure, there is under-investment in many smaller cross-border sections, and bottlenecks.“I trust that they know what they’re saying, and that we can now get funds from the EU. Post-Brexit, of course.” A possible ‘Celtic Sea Alliance’: Carwyn Jones and Enda Kenny. Source: Ben Birchall/PAIronySpeaking this afternoon to, Rowlands said:“Of course I’m glad they all realise the irony in what I was saying to the assembly, and they were all intelligent enough to pick it up.“But this is quite a reasonable idea to explore, if you think about it. That bottleneck in Newport is as damaging to the Irish economy as it is to the Welsh or English economy, really.It is a very main access for the Irish economy to get into the UK and Europe, and it must be causing considerable costs to the Irish motor industry and the haulage industry.“In a way, if you think about, Ireland – southern Ireland – is still part of the European Union, and it still desires access to the EU and to the British, the UK markets,” he added.“And if the European Parliament is committed, as they say they are, to having a pan-European highway and networks, they can’t say to Ireland ‘you’re out on a limb now’.So it’s reasonable for the Irish government to say that ‘this is a vital link’.“It’s the same with anything with regard to Brexit, I realise the irony.” The M4 crossing the Severn. Source: Ben Birchall/PACarefulIn his reply to Rowlands, First Minister Jones referred to Ukip’s role in Brexit.“The member seems to be urging on me that I should urge the Irish government to apply for European funding for Welsh roads,” he said.He campaigned in June to end European funding for Welsh roads – he can’t now go to another EU member state and ask them to make up the shortfall that he himself campaigned to engineer in the first place.“There’s a second point here as well,” Jones added.“We must be very careful, because England could turn around and say ‘the M4 goes across the Severn Bridge, a lot of traffic Welsh traffic, so therefore we could ask for a Welsh contribution for traffic east of the Severn Bridge’.The French authorities could say that the vast majority of freight that comes from the UK goes through Calais, so the English government should pay for road infrastructure in Calais, and the roads that lead from Calais.“Where is that argument then?”The UK is Ireland’s largest European export market by volume and value – although the value of Irish exports to Belgium recently overtook those to Britain alone.Wales recently voted in favour of Brexit, and Ukip won 13% of the recent assembly elections held earlier this year, partly down to their opposition to the EU.Belfast AgreementSteffan Lewis of Plaid Cymru said to the Assembly today that there does exist scope for a formal bilateral agreement between Wales and Ireland through the Belfast Agreement.“This is a surreal question, even by the standards of this year,” he said.Yet Lewis indicated that there is support for asking for Irish help for Welsh infrastructure.Will the First Minister consider a formal arrangement with the Irish state so we can have future joint working on infrastructure projects – even tapping, dare I say it, into the EU funds? Short URL 66,138 Views Share5139 Tweet Email4 Source: Rhun ap Iorwerth/Twitter 92 Comments Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 4:42 PM Ukip assembly member David Rowlands asks First Minister Carwyn Jones. Image: Welsh Assemblycenter_img Source: HAS ASKED the Welsh government to seek EU funding from the Irish government to help upgrade a motorway between London and south Wales.The M4 motorway is the main artery between the main cities of Wales and the rest of the UK – but it also carries a large amount of Irish goods exported and sold there.Ukip assembly member David Rowlands made the appeal to the Welsh National Assembly this afternoon. He says that Irish exporters also rely on the M4 to transport goods to other EU countries on the continent – and told that it is “quite a reasonable idea to explore”. Nov 29th 2016, 4:42 PM Rowlands – one of seven Ukip representatives in the Welsh National Assembly – asked Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones today to seek Ireland’s help in rebuilding the motorway, using EU transport funds.“First Minister, given that a large proportion of all Irish exports, both to the UK and the EU, pass along the M4 motorway,” Rowlands began – before halting to read the question posed on the order of business.Recommencing, he said: Ukip assembly member David Rowlands asks First Minister Carwyn Jones. Image: Welsh Assembly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: I kid you not. UKIP AM has just asked if Welsh Govt would ask Ireland to pay for a new M4, because Ireland could access EU funds. Oh yes.— Rhun ap Iorwerth (@RhunapIorwerth) November 29, 2016 UKIP wants the Irish government to help pay for a motorway in Wales with EU funds Assemblyman David Rowlands told “I’m glad they all realise the irony” in a Ukip member seeking EU funds to upgrade the motorway.last_img read more

Evangelist Luis Palau to visit tiny Oregon town

first_imgATHENA, Ore. — Evangelist Luis Palau travels around the world and attracts millions with his preaching.The East Oregonian reported Monday that Palau will speak to a considerably smaller audience this month in the tiny Oregon town of Athena.Palau — who was born in Argentina — is scheduled to speak on Oct. 15 at an 800-seat high school gym after a BMX bike demonstration.The town of Athena is in Umatilla County in rural northeastern Oregon and has a population of just over 1,100 people.Athena famer Bob Johns says he has been pestering Palau to visit for years.The free event is sponsored by the churches of Athena, Helix, Weston and Adams and the Luis Palau Association.last_img

Moulton Falls Trail fans object to its inclusion in January timber sale

first_imgAbout a hundred yards up the Moulton Falls Trail, Alice Perry Linker marvels at the forest canopy that envelopes the path and dapples the sunlight.“You feel like you’re out in the wilderness,” she said about a hundred yards away from the parking lot at the Hantwick Road Trailhead.But her enjoyment of the place is also marred by concern over how it’s going to look within a couple years should a logging operation be approved in the area.The Washington State Department of Natural Resources, which oversees the land that part of the trail sits on, is bundling the site with three others for a timber sale they’re calling the Michigan Trotter Timber Sale. The proposed sale date is January. Whoever buys the timber will have two logging seasons to harvest. DNR is obligated to sell state-trust land timber to generate revenue to benefit public institutions such as schools, universities and prisons. And DNR officials say the logging around the parks will be done in a way that is mindful of the area’s popularity with recreation enthusiasts.But Linker, a Sierra Club member, said she is just one of a long list of people that have concerns about logging along the trail and want to see it stopped.last_img read more

Washington State Patrol filling 60 positions to replace retirees

first_imgUnemployed for months or making minimum wage during the Great Recession that’s now grinding past its second year or longer?Working two lousy jobs in a county with 12.1 percent unemployment, to make enough to survive?Many men and women who spend half their days looking for jobs, some traveling on C-Tran buses, could be behind the wheel of a powerful police cruiser, blazing around a 2.7-mile road course while learning to drive fast safely at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton.Unlike many businesses these days, the WSP is actively looking for applicants and now has 60 vacant trooper positions statewide, due to a large number of retirements, officials say. In fact, the WSP has trouble getting enough qualified candidates to fill training classes.To attract more applicants, the patrol is offering monthly testing, and those who make it through the screening process get paid while they spend about six months training to be a trooper.Trooper cadets make about $39,000 a year, which rises to $47,000 if they pass the academy and become a trooper. The trooper salary can rise to $68,000, and more for higher-ranking jobs, said Dan Coon, a spokesman for the WSP.By comparison, the entry-level salary for a Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy is about $46,000 and can rise to about $64,700. Officers with the Vancouver Police Department earn more, about $55,700 to start and rising to about $74,700, but that agency isn’t hiring entry-level officers. The police department, though, is seeking applications from experienced police officers.last_img read more

Mysterious dark matter smashed through our milky way and its hiding somewhere

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:50Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:49?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … BUFFALO Mission: Hubble Takes Spectacular Photo of Vast Galaxy Cluster Scientists have made a critical discovery in terms of space exploration and in understanding our own universe. A “bullet” of dark matter shot through space recently, leaving a hole through the Milky Way. The “bullet” has been described as a “low-mass dark-matter subhalo” with a mass greater than the Sun.The event itself was not observed by telescopes, leading to suggestions that it could have been caused by something non-luminescent. Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered evidence of its existence. A series of gaps were found in the Milky Way’s stellar stream, indicating that something had breached the halo and left a ragged cluster of stars in its wake.”It’s a dense bullet of something,” said Ana Bonaca, a Fellow at the facility. Bonaca presented this observation at an American Physical Society conference in Denver on April 15. While discussing evidence for dark substructures in our galaxy’s halo, Bonaca also described the stellar stream. Under normal circumstances, the stream forms a curved line of stars that move together across the galaxy. A piece of dark matter has ripped a hole in our galaxy.ShutterstockThe largest of the stellar streams, GD-1 has only one gap, where stars once drifted apart in two directions. Another gap was seen recently, pointing to what is likely to be a globular cluster. There is a chance that the gap was created by a luminous object moving at a very fast speed. Though, that is unlikely because of the sheer size of the disturbance. It has been estimated that it was 10-20 parsecs (30-65 light years) across, which is “about the size of a globular cluster”. Globular Cluster NGC 1846 observed by a NASA Hubble Space TelescopeNASABonaca told Live Science that the “bullet” is unlike anything we have seen. It is much denser than a star, over a million times the mass of the Sun. She also expressed the possibility of it being a supermassive black hole, but that is unlikely since no flares or radiation were observed. Moreover, most galaxies have only one black hole, which is present at their centre.In a lecture series held at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics on March 20, Bonaca explained that about 90 percent of the universe is believed to be dark matter. John Beacom of the Ohio State University has described the search for dark matter as “looking for lost keys only under the lamppost”, referring to the unobservable part of the universe.This observation opens up new possibilities for research before our galaxy collides with another. Bonaca’s next move is to do more mapping projects and understand dark matter. She is looking for areas where unseen disturbances seem to be knocking stars around. The motive, she said, is to eventually record and map clumps of dark matter all across the galaxy.center_img Closelast_img read more

Switch Games That Arent Zelda Jackbox Party Pack 3

first_imgStay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Because we’re all such great friends here at the wonderful Ziff Davis office in New York City, some days after work we decide to keep hanging around enjoying each other’s company. And since we write about technology for a living, it shouldn’t be too surprising that we enjoy playing games together. These days one of our go-to favorites isn’t something obvious like Street Fighter or Mario Kart, but the collections of wonderful virtual party games that are the Jackbox Party Packs. The most recent edition, Jackbox Party Pack 3, just happens to be a great Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.Like its predecessors, Jackbox Party Pack, 3 offers a handful of digital party games that show off Jackbox’s ever increasing mastery of social, casual, comedy game design. After all, this is the same company that used to be Jellyvision, the brilliant Chicago-based makers of You Don’t Know Jack.Instead of forcing players to learn unwieldy button inputs on samey video game controllers, Jackbox Party Pack simply asks each player to provide a smartphone or tablet. It’s like wacky space co-op mobile game Spaceteam. Every player heads to the Jackbox website, enters the room code, and they’re in. It’s effortless.This system also allows many more players to participate at once. Most games can only have about eight active players, but others can join as audience members and vote to influence outcomes. You could even to decide to stream a game and have your viewers join in. In this third party pack, there are streaming-specific options like accounting for lag and making sure you’re friends join before strangers.Usability is nice but ultimately what makes this latest Jackbox collection so great are the five games themselves.Guesspionage is a Family Feud/Price is Right type game where players guess the percentage of people who engage in certain behaviors. You’ll be surprised by how many men are afraid of peeing in public, and the NSA aesthetic is topical in our Big Data age.Tee K.O. has players write slogans and draw pictures that others combine into the bespoke graphic T-shirts you might see at Hot Topic or Uniqlo. It takes a while to get going, but the potential for irony or just sheer hilarious non-sequiturs is through the roof.Trivia Murder Party isn’t much more than a trivia game, but the torture-porn style implied by its title is a lot of fun. Appropriately enough, this is the only game without a “family friendly” option and the only game that can be played solo.Quiplash 2 is the sequel to what might have been our favorite Jackbox game. Players receive different prompts and vote on each other’s funny answers. It’s like Cards Against Humanity with more creativity and pandering to the audience with inside jokes. The sequel even lets players write their own questions along with answers.I didn’t think anything could dethrone Quiplash as Ziff’s Jackbox game of choice, but Fakin’ It might be the new favorite. In this game for sociopaths, every player but one is told some information and the faker must successfully bluff their way out of suspicion. It leads to situations like players having to explain with a straight face how they honestly have five holes in their underwear. Or you can be an agent of chaos and lie even when you aren’t the faker. With the right group of friends, it’s incredible and personally cutting in a Truth or Dare kind of way.Jackbox Party Pack 3 is available on everything from PlayStation 4 to streaming Amazon Fire sticks. But given the success of party games on previous Nintendo platforms, it feels right on the Switch. The reliance on internet undercuts the portability advantage somewhat, but it’s not too crazy to think you might be in a place that has Wi-Fi but not televisions. Hopefully the recently announced Jackbox Party Pack 4 hits Switch as well. It’ll give your friends more to do than just watch you play Zelda.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… last_img read more

CAT 2018 to be held on Nov 25

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) will release the notification for the Common Admission Test 2018 (CAT) on Sunday. The registration for CAT 2018 will start from August 8 until September 19.According to Prof Sumanta Basu, convener, CAT 2018, the examination will be conducted on November 25, 2018 (Sunday) in two sessions. The test centres will be spread across 147 cities.Candidates will be given the option to select four test cities in order of preference. Cities and centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date of CAT 2018 registration. Hence, candidates need not rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe authorities will try their best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference and in the rare case, if a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted an alternate city. However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly.Candidates must pay the registration fee online, through credit cards, debit cards and net banking. After submitting their applications, candidates will be permitted to download their examination admit card from October 24 onwards, till the date of test. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe CAT website contains a section on ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ) that addresses some of the commonly asked queries regarding the examination. Candidates may also contact the CAT help desk through email or phone. Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they are not allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a particular section. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials available on the CAT website well in advance.last_img read more

Microsofts Edge Replacement Will Support Chrome Extensions

first_imgMicrosoft’s upcoming Chromium-powered browser will be compatible with Chrome extensions, a developer working on the project has confirmed.Microsoft announced on Dec. 6 that its Edge development team was taking up Chromium for future browser development. A day later, in the comments of a post on Reddit’s r/Windows10 forum, originating from a link to this news, users questioned on which of Microsoft’s diverse platforms this browser would be appearing. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Kyle Alden, Edge’s project manager, made a response to some common questions in the thread. One of these was a simple confirmation: “It’s our intention to support existing Chrome extensions.”In addition, Alden said that the new browser was indeed planned to come to all of Microsoft’s devices (including Xbox), and that the Edge team would continue to support progressive web apps (PWAs) that ran on the old engine, as well as ensuring Chrome extension compatibility. This is great news for the developers of the aforementioned PWAs, as it doesn’t force them to hastily recode their app for Chrome compatibility, but rather lets them do so on their own terms. MORE: 40 Best Chrome ExtensionsAfter seeing little success with the heir to the Internet Explorer legacy, Microsoft made the decision to strip out its proprietary rendering engine, and replace it with one built with Google’s Chromium instead. Since the majority of websites built today are constructed with Chrome in mind, this will make the ‘net surfing experience of the in-progress browser’s future users quite a bit smoother.Existing browsers based on Chromium, like Vivaldi or Opera, already have the ability to use Chrome extensions, so this news isn’t surprising, but will certainly be a welcome addition that won’t put off any potential converts to the Edge replacement, and will ease the minds of web developers. We’ll find out for certain when the preview build appears in Richard Priday by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Costa Rican health officials seek preventive alert for chikungunya virus

first_imgRelated posts:Health officials testing first two cases of Ticos who could have the chikungunya virus Tourism sector, Traffic Police launch campaign to prevent spread of dengue and chikungunya Costa Rica registers 2 new cases of chikungunya virus, bringing total number to 47 Double jeopardy: Costa Rica’s Health Ministry reports 2 people were infected with both dengue and chikungunya Health Ministry officials will ask the National Emergency Commission (CNE) to issue a “green alert” to draw attention to the spread of chikungunya after 13 patients tested positive for the virus in the country.The Health Ministry’s director of health surveillance, María Ethel Trejos, and its general director of health, Priscilla Herrera, on Monday evening said they would submit the preventive alert request to the CNE later this month. Included in that request will be a list of strategies to prevent the virus from spreading.“We’ll approach the issue as we did during the influenza outbreak, with specific guidelines for schools, health care centers and work places,” Trejos said. The goal is to “help people understand that we all have a role [in preventive action], and no one should wait for ministry staff to eliminate mosquito breeding sites on their own.”All 13 chikungunya cases here involve people who contracted the virus while traveling abroad. Two patients – one who contracted the virus in Haiti and another in the Dominican Republic – were referred to rheumatology specialists due to the severity of symptoms, Trejos said.The youngest patient is 4, and all are from the provinces of Cartago, Alajuela and San José.Herrera recommended that travelers avoid countries with a high number of chikungunya cases, such as the Dominican Republic.“If the number of cases continues to increase [in Costa Rica], it will have a significant financial cost,” Herrera said, referring to a potential increase in lost days at work and school, and a possible drop in tourism, a current trend in the Dominican Republic.The chikugunya fever is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. The disease – like dengue – causes fever, severe muscle and joint pain, headaches, nausea, fatigue and rashes. Chikugunya symptoms are more aggressive than dengue symptoms and can persist for up to 10 months. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Velocity Frequent Flyer and BP announce partnership

first_imgVelocity Frequent Flyer and BP have announced an Australian-first partnership that will see an award-winning airline loyalty program enter into a direct partnership with one of Australia’s largest fuel retailers.The multi-year partnership will allow all members of Velocity Frequent Flyer to earn Points on fuel and retail spend at BP by simply swiping their Velocity card in store.This is the first time an airline loyalty program in Australia has brokered a direct partnership with a fuel provider and will close a gap in the market.Velocity Frequent Flyer chief executive officer Neil Thompson, said that buying fuel is an easy way for customers to earn frequent flyer points.“We recognise the importance of rewarding our members on everyday spend and we are thrilled to announce a direct partnership with one of Australia’s leading fuel retailers,” Mr Thompson said.BP Australia and New Zealand president Andy Holmes, said that the partnership is exciting for BP in Australia.“BP’s partnership with Velocity Frequent Flyer is an exciting new direction for BP in Australia, and is part of our commitment to grow our retail business in the Australian market,” Mr Holmes said.The ability to earn Points through BP retailers will commence in early 2015 and to support the partnership, BP will also launch a mechanism for customers to participate instore and earn Points through Velocity Frequent Flyer on same day purchases.The partnership follows Velocity Frequent Flyer program reaching more than 4.5 million members.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

AccorHotels opens new hotel in the heart of Gangnam SK

first_imgSource = AccorHotels Club Limit Rooftop BarAccorHotels opens new hotel in the heart of Gangnam, SKLocated in trendy Gangnam district, the 108-room Alcove Hotel Seoul is set to open its doors this October. Designed by SungGahun, Alcove Hotel Seoul Managed by AccorHotels & Ambassador is an urban hideaway for business and leisure travellers featuring seven room types with large private outdoor spaces and a stunning rooftop bar that overlooks the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Seolleung and Jeongneung (Seonjeongneung) Royal Park.“Last year we celebrated 30 years of our partnership with Ambassador Hotel Group, and today, we are excited to embark on a new chapter together. The opening of Alcove Hotel Seoul offers travellers to the city a design experience with personalized service and an individual charm that are hallmarks of the property,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia.Overlooking the verdant Seonjeongneung park views, Alcove Hotel Seoul strives for a leitmotif of peaceful ambience with its guest rooms featuring solid wood furnishings with warm decor complemented by premium Simmons bedding and French Nuxe branded bath amenities.The element of peace extends to the culinary offerings at its restaurant, café, and two bars. Styled like a comfortable neighbourhood bistro, Salmanazar Restaurant serves a range of American classic dishes which can also be enjoyed at the restaurant’s private garden while Salmanazar Café offers all-day-and-night dining with gourmet coffees, freshly baked pastries and a selection of wines. For an intimate get-together or gathering with friends, the exclusive members-only Bluewood House lounge and bar is the perfect social club venue for an evening wine down. Perched on the rooftop of the hotel, Club Limit is a metropolitan oasis where creative dishes and mellow music come together against the panoramic backdrop of the city.For guests looking to keep up with their fitness regime while on the road, the state-of-the-art Bluewood Fitness & Pilates gym and fitness centre is fully equipped with the latest Technogym and Balanced Body Pilates equipment. Guests can also book a private session with professional trainers to maximize their workout time. Other on-site facilities include a 24-hour laundry room and a self-service business corner.Guest staying at the hotel can visit the royal tombs of the ninth King Seongjong and the 11th King Jungjong of the Joseon Dynasty at the serene forest park. Also within a short walking distance is COEX Mall, Asia’s largest underground shopping centre, which houses the country’s largest COEX Aquarium with over 180 display tanks and Kimchi Museum. Hotel guests can also book free car services to visit these nearby attractions.“Alcove Hotel Seoul Managed by AccorHotels is perfect for guest looking for a short getaway. The hotel is located in the heart of Gangnam which is well-known for its underground shopping centres and malls. We look forward to welcoming guests that appreciate creative design with a touch of personalized service in Seoul’s most hip and stylish district,” said Jae-Yeon Kang, General Manager of Alcove Hotel Seoul.Special Opening PackageEnjoy a weekend getaway from KRW 193,000 net per night for two from now until November 30, 2018. Please e-mail or call +82 2 6230 8801 for reservations.Alcove Hotel Seoul is located at 428 Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Seonjeongneung subway station is a 10 minute walk from the hotel while the airport limousine bus stop is located nearby.For more information, please visit,, or email and call +82 2 6230 8800 for general enquires.last_img read more