first_imgAPTN National NewsVideo of Brian Sinclair’s last hours of life was released this week at the inquiry probing the circumstances of his death in Winnipeg.But the video is incomplete. Five minutes of footage is missing.Sinclair died in 2008 in a hospital waiting room after no one checked on him for 34 hours.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.last_img

first_imgThe Toronto Stock Exchange shut down early Friday because of a technical problem. Here are some of the most active companies traded on the exchange as of 1:37 p.m. ET:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,668.93, up 31.34 points)Detour Gold Corp. (TSX:DGC). Miner. Down $4.35, or 30.21 per cent, to $10.05 on 7.6 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 15 cents, or 2.63 per cent, to $5.55 on 5.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.75 per cent, to $3.99 on 4.8 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down seven cents, or 0.91 per cent, to $7.65 on 4.3 million shares.Potash Ridge Corp. (TSX:PRK). Miner. Up two cents, or 23.53 per cent, to 10.5 cents on 3.6 million shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Up seven cents, or 1.59 per cent, to $4.46 on 3.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Up 27 cents, or 2.08 per cent, to $13.22 on 1.4 million shares. The uranium miner reported a first quarter profit compared with a loss a year ago as it was helped by a restructuring of its Kazakh joint venture and higher uranium prices and sales. The Saskatoon-based company says it earned $55 million (14 cents per share) compared with a loss of $14 million (five cents per share) a year ago.last_img read more

CONCORD, N.H. — A federal judge has ruled that a law prohibiting interstate wagering applies only to sports gambling and not to state lotteries as some had feared.Monday’s ruling sets aside an opinion issued last year by the U.S. Justice Department that interpreted the 1961 Wire Act as applying to any form of gambling that crosses state lines. That raised concerns that states would lose their lotteries and the educational and other programs they fund.The New Hampshire Lottery Commission sued in February, saying the opinion subjects its employees to prosecution, creates uncertainty about whether it should cease operations and could cost the state more than $90 million a year.In his ruling, Judge Paul Barbadoro said the state had the standing to sue and that the Wire Act is limited to sports gambling.The Associated Press read more

World Heritage Committee members will evaluate the condition of scores of locations already on UNESCO’s List, as well as the nominations for new additions of cultural and natural sites during its annual session, which opened in Seville yesterday.“The 177 reports on the state of conservation of sites that will be submitted to your review over the week illustrate the extent of the challenges facing the Committee,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in his opening address to the nine-day meeting.Among the challenges facing the Committee highlighted by Mr. Matsuura was ensuring that all States Parties – soon to number 187 – were represented on the World Heritage List, to improve geographical balance and correct the imbalance between the number of cultural and natural sites.Currently there are 878 sites of “outstanding universal value” in 145 countries inscribed on the World Heritage List, including 679 cultural, 174 natural and 25 mixed properties.Mr. Matsuura also took stock of developments in his agency’s work in protecting World Heritage sites, since he chaired the Committee in 1998 in Kyoto, Japan, and as head of UNESCO, a post he will leave at the end of his term in November.“Over the last ten years, I have had great satisfaction from observing the achievements of the Committee, as well as the growing challenges for the States Parties in protecting World Heritage,” said Mr. Matsuura.He also paid tribute to “the achievements of UNESCO in responding to the growing concerns of national and local authorities, site managers, research institutes, development agencies, the media and the general public.”The World Heritage Committee, chaired by María Jesús San Segundo, Spain’s Ambassador to UNESCO, is slated to close next Tuesday, 30 June. 23 June 2009The annual gathering of the committee that examines requests for inclusion on the World Heritage List is underway in Spain, with 27 new sites up for consideration, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today. read more

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado told reporters in Geneva the agency and its partners have already delivered learning materials for over 90,000 students, and during the coming school year, 9,000 teachers will receive training and temporary learning spaces will be set up, while schools are refurbished or repaired.Since January 2012, a rebellion of ethnic Tuareg groups followed by an insurgency of Islamist extremists displaced hundreds of thousands in Mali and prompted the Government to request assistance from France to halt the southward march of the extremists.The conflict caused a dire humanitarian crisis affecting many areas in the north, including Gao and Bourem, where the rate of global acute malnutrition stands at 13.5 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively, making it a “serious” nutrition situation according to UN classification. The conflict also destroyed or damaged around 200 schools. Many reopened earlier this year, and classrooms in Gao and Timbuktu were packed with students, who in many cases, sat on the floor because there was no furniture. In the south, already overcrowded classrooms saw an influx of about 75,000 displaced students.Ms. Mercado added that while the agency plans to scale up its operations, funding is still a constraint, with just 27 per cent of the $12 million sought for emergency education received so far this year. read more

SMMT Ltd 6,773 -16.2% 122,134 YTD 2009 -16.2% ·      Car output up 15.7% in November, the first rise since September 2008.·      Commercial vehicle output continues to fall, although pace of decline has slowed. Nov-09 Source: “Total vehicle production is still well below previous levels and 2010 is set to be another tough year with considerable uncertainty at home and abroad.  It is essential that governments continue to sustain and strengthen economic recovery, improving access to credit and encouraging investment in new technologies and products.” 9,186 Export Car production 61,331 “Weak demand in key sectors of the economy and fragile business confidence continues to stall recovery in commercial vehicle output. Production volumes have fallen in every month since September 2008,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.   73.7% 12.5% 997,525 15.7% 18.1% -70.7% 24,776 21.9% -37.2% 78.1% 56.3% 218,556 Cars 83,408 -37.7% 914,117 % of total -37.1% -35.7% Nov-09 Home 27,189 YTD 2009 4.1% 94,945 Nov-09 22,077 Total vehicles  -34.4% 77.7% -49.4% 26.3% 70.7% 2,413 22.3% 240,633 756,892 -29.7% 112,948 YTD 2009 Total % of total 76.1% Commercial vehicles  -16.3% 695,561 75.9% 88,172 24.1% -57.6% 6.1% “November saw the first increase in UK car production since September 2008, reflecting the positive impact of scrappage schemes and economic stability in a number of major European markets,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. 23.9% Commercial vehicle production 77.7% “Whilst the November figures represent the smallest recorded fall in the past 14 months, the sector is still down almost 60% on the year-to-date.” For more details, please see the attached document. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

UPDATE (Nov. 29, 3:52 p.m.): The interactive tables above have been updated to include the results of Thursday’s match-ups, and those games has been removed (the text of the article has not been updated).Turkey and football is an annual tradition. Turkey and meaningful football is a treat. So be thankful this year: When ranked by total playoff “swing” — a measure of how much each game affects the playoff picture1As measured by the cumulative amount of playoff probability at stake — three of the top four Week 13 games will take place on Thanksgiving.When the Chicago Bears visit the Detroit Lions in the first Thanksgiving Day game, the stakes are straightforward. The Bears are largely out of playoff contention, so all affected teams do better with a Lions loss — excluding the Lions, of course.You don’t need a complicated statistical model to tell you that the next game, between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, will have huge implications for the NFC East title race. Going into the game, the Eagles have a slight edge on the Cowboys, with a 55 percent chance to win the division. A win in Dallas would increase its division title chances to 82 percent; a loss would drop it to 36 percent. Outside of the NFC East, the Green Bay Packers would prefer an Eagles victory, and the 49ers would prefer a Cowboys victory.2The Packers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles, and the 49ers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys.Thursday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers will have significant playoff implications, but probably not in the way envisioned when the schedule was drawn up. The NFC West title isn’t at stake; the Arizona Cardinals have crashed the divisional party this year. Arizona holds a two-game lead over both Seattle and San Francisco. The Lions, Cowboys and Eagles will all be rooting for a San Francisco loss. And though Arizona’s playoff chances are better with a 49ers loss, its division title chances are better with a Seattle loss.We’ll let the charts do the talking for the rest of Week 13’s games. The most meaningful non-Turkey Day game is between the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers, with more than 90 percentage points of playoff probability on the line. But, to close out this column, we thought we’d highlight some of the more interesting (or infuriating, depending upon your perspective) playoff scenarios that emerged from the 50,000 simulations that form the basis for this weekly feature. You can try your own hand at this with ESPN’s excellent Playoff Machine tool. But the scenarios below at least have a veneer of statistical plausibility.In last week’s column, we mentioned there were five simulations in which a five-win team won the NFC South. With losses from both the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans last week, there are now 107 simulations in which a five-win team wins the NFC South, amounting to an 0.2 percent probability.3Of those 107 simulations, 89 resulted in a Carolina Panthers division title, and 18 resulted in a title for Atlanta.There were 2,029 instances (4 percent probability) in which an 11-win team did not make the playoffs. The Cowboys and the Eagles are the two teams most likely to suffer that fate.There were seven simulations in which a five-win team made the playoffs and an 11-win team did not.There were two simulations in which all four AFC North teams finished with 11 wins.A five-win division winner hosting a 12-win wild card team? That happened nine times in our simulations. read more

It ruled small traces of arsenic, found in her supposed victims, were not uncommon in the human body and that tests carried out at the time proved inconclusive. But Sarah Chesham, a farmer’s wife from Essex, fell victim to a “miscarriage of justice”, legal and medical experts have determined following a review of her conviction in 1851. She became known as “Sally Arsenic” after her two sons and husband died from suspected poisoning, and her subsequent execution featured in newspaper cartoons at the height of Victorian England’s ‘poison panic’. Her descendants have now written to David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, in a bid for a posthumous pardon so their ancestor’s name will be cleared. Chesham,… read more

first_imgThe X Prize Foundation and Qualcomm have teamed up to offer a $10 million prize to the first firm that can come up with a mobile medical diagnostic device with accuracy equal to or better than a panel of board certified physicians. That essentially means that if the Foundation gets their way, soon we’ll be able to carry mobile devices – or at least a doctor will – that can scan us, diagnose our illnesses, and potentially even recommend a treatment.The X Prize Foundation specifically called out the famous “Tricorder” from Star Trek in its press release as the inspiration for the prize. The goal is to bring together doctors and physicians, experts in mobile health, programmers, experts in wireless sensors and cloud computing, and other professionals in technology and medicine. In the end, they would like to design and build a device that can wirelessly examine a person or take input from a user as to symptoms, compare it to a repository of medical information, and then return an accurate diagnosis.The winning tool, according to the release, will allow consumers to assess their health and see if they need to consult a professional. All too often, most people get stuck in a situation where they know they’re ill but they don’t know how ill and whether they should see their doctor. This device would make that process easier by giving an average person a way of scanning themselves and determining whether their condition warrants a trip to the doctor or the emergency room.Right now the project is in the planning stages, and the X Prize Foundation and Qualcomm are working with donors and interested companies to put together a list of what they want the device to do and accomplish specifically. They hope to have the design for the prize finished by the end of this year, and plan to launch the competition next in 2012.Full release at Marketwirelast_img read more

first_img 13 Comments By Aaron Gallagher I am absolutely delighted for him,” O’Brien says reflecting on Parrott’s development since last summer’s Euros, as a new U17 side prepare for this year’s competition — which is held on home soil for the very first time.Parrott just recently turned 17 and is still eligible to represent his country at this year’s U17 European Championships — the competition will be hosted in Dublin, Longford, Wicklow and Waterford. But following his call-up to Stephen Kenny’s U21 side a fortnight ago, the player has gone on to another level again in the blink of an eye.“Progression is what it’s all about,” says O’Brien. “I’ve been asked a lot about his availability for us [for this year’s U17 Euros] and there is almost a sense of disappointment in people’s voice where we just have to accept that the boy has progressed to a higher age group already. Parrott (second from right) during a training session with Tottenham’s senior squad at the end of January. Source: Twitter @SpursOfficial“Troy knows the platform he got last season and what it did for him. In the next couple of years if someone is running out at the Aviva with the senior team having played with our underage teams, that’s the most satisfaction me and my staff will get.”As with every promising underage player, there is a crucial desire to protect them from the weight of expectation at such a young age. Parrott’s ability with the ball at his feet alone is impressive, but the accolades he has chalked up before his 17th birthday has been even more staggering.Seeing a Dublin teenager training alongside Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen and being name-checked by a manager like Pochettino during Premier League press conferences is not an everyday thing. All of this, as a result, has created an intrigue with what makes a player like Parrott so unique and special.He’s got a good mix of talent, determination and work rate,” says O’Brien, who played an important role in his development with the Ireland U17s over the last two years.“Personally I’ve always just liked his mentality. He’s one of these attacking players that does his defending duties as well. You nearly have to get him to curb his defending a little bit, but that’s fine. You’d rather that than the other way around.“He just has a good mentality and he can back that up because Troy has that bit of streetwise-ness about him on the pitch, which a lot of players might not have naturally. He still has plenty of things to learn in the game. He is still progressing nicely at Tottenham and that’s good to see. Hopefully he will move on even further.” Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Subscribe The forward moved from Belvedere to Tottenham in the summer of 2017. Source: Andrew Fosker/INPHOSpeaking with The42, O’Brien constantly picks out Parrott’s internal motivation as crucial to his current success. It’s not solely about what a coach can teach him, but about how Parrott takes the weight of expectation on his own shoulders and drives himself on through an ongoing, internalised self-motivation.“There’s just a real love of the game there with Troy,” O’Brien explains. “There’s a huge desire… even with training, he’s on the pitch first. He wants to get going straight away, doesn’t want training sessions to end at all.He has that brilliant exuberance and enthusiasm about the game. He always trains at a really good level. Every single time, he is always good in training and he always takes that style and desire he has out onto the field of play as well. For us at the U17s he was able to transfer what he was doing in training out into games, which is a good quality.”Last Sunday the Irish public recognised Parrott’s success over the last year via the televised FAI Awards on RTÉ 2. Soft-spoken and exceedingly modest, Parrott said how grateful he was for the opportunities he has been given after receiving his Player of the Year award.“I’m really happy with it,” he said speaking with The42. “Last year I won the U15s and this year I’ve won U16s, so I’m really happy. I just try and keep my head down and keep improving as a player. You get rewards for improving and doing well.”Primarily playing with Tottenham’s U18s and U23s this season, he has lined out alongside the Premier League side’s senior pros in training sessions on a pretty regular basis. “It’s an unbelievable experience,” Parrott explains. “You feel yourself getting better as a player. The players, coaches and facilities, it’s out of this world. I love it there.” Source: FAI TV/YouTubeLater this afternoon at Tallaght Stadium Stephen Kenny will take charge of his first competitive game as Ireland U21 manager against Luxembourg. Parrott was called into the ex-Dundalk boss’s initial squad, but will not feature after being ruled out with a toe injury.Parrott recently underwent surgery to correct the setback and is expected to play an important role as Ireland try and qualify for their first ever Uefa U21 European Championships before Kenny succeeds Mick McCarthy as Ireland’s senior manager in 16 months’ time.It’s a real honour to get called up to 21s,” Parrott said last Sunday speaking about being included in Kenny’s initial squad. “And to get called up at any age is such an honour.“I had an operation on my toe. I had to get an operation to get a bone taken out that wasn’t supposed to be there. I’m working every day to try and get back as quick as I can.”There will be more than a few disappointed onlookers at Tallaght Stadium with the striker’s absence, but many also know there will be plenty more opportunities to see Parrott in an Ireland jersey in the near future all going according to plan.“Troy is just a case of talent that works hard,” says his former manager O’Brien when asked to try and explain the forward’s rapid development over the past year, adding that it is also vital to recognise that this is still a kid who needs the time, space and freedom to simply play his football. The teenager impressed against Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSV in the Uefa Youth League this season. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images“We all just need to keep a bit of a simmer on it,” he explains, “because he is still playing underage football. He’s only played a few bits with Tottenham’s U23s — yes he’s trained with the first-team, that’s great for him — but for him to progress a little bit more with his club he is still going to have to play with older players.”“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard,” said Kevin Durrant. Still just 17 and with the world at his feet with Tottenham and the national team, Parrott has shown that both combined together is the dream partnership to achieving success.No room for complacency or standing still, but just an ongoing, internalised desire to keep getting better. Talent, which works hard.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share15 Tweet Email Parrott scored three goals as Ireland made it to the quarter-finals of the U17 European Championships. ‘Troy has that bit of streetwise-ness about him’: Parrott’s mentality key to young Tottenham star’s rise Colin O’Brien reflects on the rapid progression of Ireland U16 Player of the Year Troy Parrott. 26,044 Views Image: Andrew Fosker/INPHO Mar 24th 2019, 12:01 PM Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 12:00 PM Parrott scored three goals as Ireland made it to the quarter-finals of the U17 European Championships. Image: Andrew Fosker/INPHO THE POPULAR MOTIVATIONAL slogan made famous by NBA star Kevin Durrant goes something like: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” So what happens when someone is blessed with God-given talent, and they also have the mentality and motivation to put in the hard yards too?Dubliner Troy Parrott is putting that question to the test. The teenager, born and raised in Buckingham Street in Dublin’s inner city, has risen to prominence in an extraordinary manner over the course of the past year.Last Sunday night in Donnybrook the 17-year-old collected his second successive FAI International Award, following up last year’s U15 Player of the Year with the U16 equivalent at RTÉ studios in front of an audience which included Mick McCarthy, Robbie Keane and Seamus Coleman watching on.Great things are expected of Parrott in the future, a prolific striker who has trained with Mauricio Pochettino’s senior Spurs side on numerous occasions this season and an underage international who received his first U21 call-up by Stephen Kenny just two weeks ago.With Ireland managing to score just four senior international goals in 2018, some have even jibed that he ought to be called up into Mick McCarthy’s squad to show the rest of his countrymen how to stick the ball in the back of the net — many only half-joking in their suggestion, such is the buzz of excitement around him at the moment. Parrott was named U16 International Player of the Year last Sunday. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOThose who know the young Dubliner best say his desire to improve has been instrumental to his success. Sure, they say, he has the talent. Plenty of young players have talent.But those like his former Ireland U17 boss Colin O’Brien insist that Parrott also has the awareness and maturity to put in the hard work, too. To always strive and push limits, get better and not slip into complacency.The forward made headlines last summer after scoring three goals as Ireland made it all the way to the quarter-finals of the Uefa U17 European Championships, where the Boys in Green controversially exited on penalties to eventual winners Holland.last_img read more

first_img“Rose Petal” by second-grader Elizabeth Z. is in the third annual “Focus on the Future” student art show at Alcove Art Gallery. See more images of students’ art at Alcove Art Gallery“Focus on the Future” student art show10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Jan. 26.328 Pioneer St., Ridgefield360-727-3088alcoveartgallery.comNorth Bank Artists Gallery“Clark County and Beyond” art teacher and student show11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Jan. 26.1005 Main St.360-693-1840northbankartistsgallery.comSWIFT Gallery“Candid Creatures: A Closer Look at Animals” Battle Ground High School student digital photography exhibitArtists’ Reception 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11Exhibit dates: Call library for available hours, through Feb. 28; closed Sundays.Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way, Battle Food Co-op“Fort Vancouver High School Graphic Design Show”11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. through Jan. 31.1002 Main St.360-694-8094A menagerie including a tiger, a horse and a nervous dog appears in a digital photography exhibit by Battle Ground High School students at Battle Ground Community Library’s SWIFT Gallery. It’s one of four student art shows that opened Friday, from Battle Ground to Ridgefield to Vancouver.County and beyondAt North Bank Artists Gallery in downtown Vancouver, the “Clark County and Beyond” art teacher and student show features more than 50 pieces from artists grades 6 to 12.In its second year, the show added work by art teachers from Clark County schools. Participating high schools are Camas, Columbia River, Evergreen, Heritage, Hockinson, Hudson’s Bay, Mountain View, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and Woodland. Middle schools participating are Alki, Discovery and the Gardner School. The teachers served as curators and winnowed the entries for the exhibit.“We want to provide a professional outlet for student artists,” said Rachel Aponte, North Bank member artist and part of the gallery’s education committee. “Their art must be titled, priced and ready to hang.”The exhibit, with media including painting, pencil, photography and sculpture, runs through Jan. 26.Graphic design showJust across the street, the Vancouver Food Co-op is hosting the “Fort Vancouver High School Graphic Design Show” through Jan. 31. First-year students in Emily McGowan’s graphic design course at Fort Vancouver studied the work of modern artist and graphic designer Rex Ray, then created multi-layered, original works featuring repeated patterns and custom textures using computer software programs Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.last_img read more

first_imgMedia strategy organisation Total Media has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The organisation has committed to paying its 129 permanent employees, as well as any third-party contractors, at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.75 an hour for staff working in the UK and £10.20 an hour for employees based in London.Total Media will implement the living wage rates from 17 February 2018.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage rate, which is updated annually, on a voluntary basis. The living wage is currently set at £8.75 an hour for employees working across the UK and at £10.20 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.Vicky Cooper (pictured), head of people and culture at Total Media, said: “A business is only as good as its talent, and we strive to ensure our employees are valued and their wellbeing is a key priority of our business. In a competitive market, we know we can offer employees a fantastic experience and our voluntary commitment to the living wage reflects this.”last_img read more

first_imgThe new — and currently hard to get — Echo Dot. Ry Crist/CNET Good luck trying to get the new Echo Dot with two-day shipping.Amazon’s most popular smart speaker is out of stock until early March, according to the company’s website. Target is also out of stock on its site and Best Buy’s stock was limited to two of the three available colors.”Customer response to the all-new Echo Dot has been incredibly positive,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re working hard to get it back in stock.”The Echo Dot, which costs $50 and first became available in October, was out of stock at times during the holidays, when customer interest for new gadgets was at its highest all year. The Dot, which competes directly against the Google Home Mini speaker, became the best-selling item on Amazon worldwide during the holidays.It’s less typical for an Echo device to run out during a quieter part of the shopping year. The company had promoted the Alexa-powered gadget during a Super Bowl ad on Sunday, which may have sparked interest.Amazon said customers can check the Echo Dot page online for inventory updates. The company will continue accepting new orders, but Amazon won’t replenish its virtual shelves until March 5 for its charcoal Dot and March 11 for heather gray and sandstone, its website stated Tuesday.Availability for some colors of the Echo Spot, Echo and Echo Plus are delayed until Feb. 10; other colors for those models are in stock. See it Amazon Echo Dot $29 Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini Adorama See It Smart Home Smart Speakers & Displays Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense 2 $49 News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 See Itcenter_img $29 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Best Buy Crutchfield $49 Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Alexa Amazon Best Buy Google Tags Share your voice Commentslast_img read more

first_imgCrime scene officials inspect the site of a bomb blast inside a church in Negombo, Sri Lanka.Reuters file [Representational Image]After the gruesome Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka, the plot took a major twist after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack. In another major turn of horrific events, Fatima Ibrahim, the wife of millionaire-turned-suicide bomber Inshaf Ahmed Ibrahim, blew herself with her unborn baby and three kids after the police raided their residence. Three policemen were also killed in the incident.Inshaf, 33, along with his brother Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim, 31, were behind the blasts at churches and hotels in the island nation which killed 359 people and injuring many more on April 21.Fatima, the intelligence sources said, is believed to have been present amid a group of veiled suicide bombers swearing allegiance to the Islamic State, whose images were released by the jihadist organisation on Tuesday night. She can be seen, the sources said, on the right-hand side of the frame, standing behind her husband, reports Firstpost. Sri lankan bombersTwitter [Representational Image]Inshaf and Ilham were the sons of one of the wealthiest man in Sri Lanka, Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim, who had contested elections on a Janatha Vimukhthi Peramuna party ticket. He was a close friend of Sri Lankan minister Rishath Batiudeen and was often seen at the former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s functions, adds the report.Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim and his youngest son Ijaz Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, are being questioned by the police over the blasts.Fatima detonated the bomb fearing that she might be arrested by the police for her involvement in the terror outfit. She blew herself in the 3 storeyed luxury home at Dematagoda along with her kids.Inshaf owned a manufacturing plant, Colossus Copper in Colombo, which according to the investigators was used for making the suicide bomb vests used in the attack. On Sunday, nine workers of the factory were arrested along with the manager.The Sri Lankan defence ministry has stated that the terror attacks were carried out as a retaliation against the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target PlayStation 4’s upcoming firmware 4.50 will be a significant update that adds long-requested features like support for external hard drives and custom wallpapers. Sony posted what the update’s biggest features will be on their site. However, it didn’t mention the existence of a feature that will reportedly boost the performance of older games.This new setting, dubbed “Boost Mode,” was discovered by users who are currently participating in the update’s closed beta. A screenshot by PSN user Mladen Tapavicki (via Polygon), shows what “Boost Mode” is all about. This setting will have “improved gameplay, including higher frame rates, for some games that were released before the introduction of PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 series).”According to users who’ve tried out “Boost Mode,” the new setting will only enhance the performance of games that don’t have locked frame rates. It doesn’t appear that this feature is without flaws, however. Users are warned that there may be “unexpected behavior during gameplay” while “Boost Mode” is enabled. This last part leads us to believe that the PS4 Pro is overclocking the performance of certain games — a technique that potentially comes with risks.A YouTuber by the name of Noel Underson posted a video that shows how “Boost Mode” enhances games. The game being played in the video is The Evil Within — a title that was developed and released well before the PlayStation 4 Pro even existed. It doesn’t look as though the game is running at a full 60fps, but it is clearly running higher than its original 30fps.Though the PS4 Pro is worthwhile for those who own HDR capable 4K televisions, those with standard 1080p TVs do not get much out of the console. Outside of a few titles, most games on PS4 Pro don’t run higher than 30fps. If “Boost Mode” works as intended across multiple games, it will certainly give PS4 Pro owners with 1080p TVs a better reason to own the system. We’ll hopefully find out more about this feature when firmware 4.50 is officially launched. PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive last_img read more

first_imgMitra was arrested in a case relating to Saradha Realty on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, misappropriation of funds as well as deriving undue financial benefits from the Saradha Group, a CBI spokesman here said.”Mitra was arrested on prima facie evidence of criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation as well as deriving undue financial benefits from the Saradha group,” CBI official said.He was taken into custody after five hours of intense questioning at the Salt Lake CGO complex housing the CBI office.Balodia had drafted the letter which Sudipto Sen had sent to the CBI, he said.The CBI had earlier arrested two TMC MPs Kunal Ghosh and Srinjay Bose in connection with the Saradha scam.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Following recent crime wave, Solís announces new investment in San Carlos police force Inept criminals sentenced to prison for attempting to steal a truck they couldn’t drive Costa Rica police launch operations in several neighborhoods in the capital to battle crime wave Organized crime prosecutor named new director of Costa Rica’s investigative police It could have been the setting of a horror film. Police find four young children living in a dirty home with the walls and windows covered in hooks, black plastic, mirrors and symbols painted on the walls.But the disturbing scene — as described by the daily La Nación — was no fiction, but rather where two boys, ages 6 and 2, respectively, their 4-year-old sister, and a 3-month-old baby girl were living in the San José neighborhood of Guadalupe. The newspaper reported that authorities said there was nothing to eat in the home save flour and yeast.The Child Welfare Office (PANI) received an anonymous tip alleging abandonment at the home, and on Tuesday officials from PANI visited the family. When the PANI officers asked to see the children, their father, a U.S.-Costa Rican man with the last names Amador Cedeño, refused to let the officers into the home. PANI filed a complaint with the San José Second Circuit Assistant Prosecutor’s Office and returned hours later with police.Amador Cedeño and the children’s mother, identified as Salazar Marín, were both arrested and remanded to a psychiatric hospital for three months as preventive measures. Both adults showed signs of “psychiatric problems” after an examination by the Department of Forensic Psychiatry, Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Tatiana Vargas told The Tico Times.The children are under the care of PANI, La Nación reported.Vargas said that Amador was also wanted in connection to a homicide investigation. She said that Amador allegedly provided a blade to a suspect that was used to kill someone. No charges have yet been filed in this case, Vargas said.The child abuse case is under investigation. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img2014with New Orleans SaintsCardinals trade: 1st-round pick (No. 20 overall)Cardinals receive: 1st-round pick (No. 27 overall), 3rd-round pick (No. 91 overall)The Saints moved up in order to land speedy Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks, who has caught 137 passes for 1,688 yards and 12 touchdowns in two NFL seasons. With the first-round pick, the Cardinals chose Washington State safety Deone Bucannon, who has played more of a linebacker role in the NFL. He followed up a solid rookie campaign with an even better second year, leading the Cardinals with 127 total tackles to go along with three sacks, one interception and four passes defensed. But of course, Bucannon was not the only player the Cardinals landed via the trade, as they took receiver John Brown out of Pittsburg State with the other pick and he has been, well, excellent. Brown posted his first 1,000-yard season in 2016, and in two years has caught 113 passes for 1,699 yards and 12 touchdowns.2015with Baltimore RavensCardinals trade: 2nd-round pick (No. 55 overall)Cardinals receive: 2nd-round pick (No. 58 overall), 5th-round pick (No. 158 overall)The Ravens moved up in order to select Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams, who as a rookie caught 32 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown. With the second-round choice, the Cardinals chose Missouri linebacker Markus Golden, who notched four sacks, 16 QB pressures and 14 QB hits as a rookie, and with the fifth-round pick they nabbed West Virginia linebacker Shaquille Riddick, who was injured during training camp and never appeared in a game. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) scores a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Don’t believe us? Here’s a look at each of Keim’s five draft-day deals.2013with San Diego ChargersCardinals trade: 2nd-round pick (No. 38 overall)Cardinals receive: 2nd-round pick (No. 45 overall), 4th-round pick (No. 110 overall)The Chargers felt a need to move up in order to select linebacker Manti Te’o, who was at the time seen as one of the draft’s better linebackers. He has had a productive career thus far, and last season notched 83 total tackles along with one interception and half a sack. The Cardinals used the second-round pick they received to take LSU linebacker Kevin Minter, who after struggling to get on the field as a rookie and dealing with injuries the following season, in 2016 established himself as a productive linebacker with 89 total tackles to go along with half a sack, six passes defensed and one forced fumble. As for the fourth-round pick, that was sent elsewhere in Arizona’s second trade of the draft.with New York GiantsCardinals trade: 4th-round pick (No. 110 overall, from Chargers)Cardinals receive: 4th-round pick (No. 116 overall), 6th-round pick (No. 187 overall)The Giants moved up in order to nab Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, and since then the QB has completed 9-of-10 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown in regular season action. As for the Cardinals, they chose lineman Earl Watford out of James Madison with the fourth-round pick and running back Andre Ellington out of Clemson with the sixth-round choice. Watford has appeared in 18 games with the Cardinals — starting two of them (at right tackle in 2015), while Ellington became a key cog in Arizona’s offense in 2013 (652 rushing yards, 371 receiving yards, four total touchdowns) before being named the starting running back heading into 2014. Injuries have plagued him the last two seasons, however, and though he’s been productive when on the field, the Cardinals have since added other running backs whose roles may have surpassed Ellington’s. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling There’s a reason why no one would be surprised if the Arizona Cardinals pulled off a trade or two over the course of the 2016 NFL Draft.Since taking over as GM in 2013, Steve Keim has orchestrated at least one deal in every draft he has led.Given that none of the players involved in the deals have been in the NFL for very long, it might be unfair to pass final judgment on the moves, but suffice to say it appears Keim and the Cardinals have done pretty well for themselves. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires with Cleveland BrownsCardinals trade: 4th-round pick (No. 123 overall), 6th-round pick (No. 198 overall), 7th-round pick (No. 241 overall)Cardinals receive: 4th-round pick (No. 116 overall)For the first time under Keim the Cardinals were the team looking to move up, and they did so in order to snag defensive lineman Rodney Gunter out of Delaware State. The mostly-unknown player impressed during the offseason and then was pressed into a prominent role early with the injury to Corey Peters. He started 11 games for the Cardinals, finishing with 34 total tackles and one sack. Meanwhile, the picks Arizona gave up turned into Washington State receiver Vince Mayle, USC tight end Randall Telfer and Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Of those three, only Telfer is still with the Browns.last_img read more