first_imgPakistani officials say a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children who spent five years in captivity have left Pakistan.Two security officials say Joshua Boyle, Caitlan Coleman and their children left by plane from Islamabad, but did not say where the family was headed.The BBC was reporting early Friday that the family was headed to London, England.The couple was kidnapped in Afghanistan in October 2012 while on a backpacking trip. All three of their children were born in captivity.Pakistan said Thursday that it had rescued the family after their captors moved them across the border from Afghanistan.Boyle’s parents, who live in Smiths Falls, Ont., said Thursday evening that their son and his family intend to come to Canada.Patrick Boyle said the family was safe “but exhausted.”Related stories:Pakistan rescues Canadian man and family held by TalibanTimeline: Captivity of Joshua Boyle and his familyForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has met with the Boyle family in the past, said Thursday that they had endured an “absolutely horrible ordeal.”Freeland refused to describe the circumstances of the release, citing security reasons but said Canada had been working with the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan, whom she thanked.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in Mexico City, thanked U.S. and Pakistani officials for their efforts in freeing the captives.“We’re pleased that the ordeal they’ve been through over these past years has finally come to an end,” Trudeau said Thursday night during a news conference.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img Facebook News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 21, 2018 – 3:13 pm Tank On Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B Exclusive: Tank Talks Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B Email Twitter The soulful singer/songwriter discusses the importance of putting passion behind the musicAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 21, 2018 – 3:13 pm GRAMMY-nominated R&B singer-songwriter Tank has been crafting hits since 2001, so he definitely knows a thing or two about putting heart and soul into music. His most recent hit, and most popular song to date, “When We,” has spent the last year on the charts, proving that the R&B sound is ever-evolving. Tank On Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B exclusive-tank-talks-bringing-feeling-back-rb We caught up with the artist backstage at Essence Festival 2018 in New Orleans to hear him share how he and others are changing the game by making “R&B music that feels like something.” Despite the almost two decades he has spent contributing to the R&B scene, he knows he has more to accomplish.”As long as you’re putting in the work, at some point…there will be a harvest,” Tank says, sharing his advice for younger artists.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

first_imgJohn HarveyRegister to voteTexas will host the first statewide primaries of 2018 on March 6 and, with the Feb. 5 registration deadline fast approaching, Texans don’t have much time left to become eligible to vote. For both Democrats and Republicans, the race for U.S. Senate will be at the top of the ballot. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is vying against four other Republicans in his bid for re-election and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, is the most well-known of three Democrats aiming to unseat him.Eight Texans in the U.S. House aren’t running for re-election, which has led to some packed races to replace them, including 18 Republicans and four Democrats running for the seat U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, has held for more than 30 years. And three Republicans running for re-election — U.S. Reps. John Culberson of Houston, Pete Sessions of Dallas, and Will Hurd of Helotes — have emerged as top targets for Democrats as potential pick-ups in November, creating higher stakes in the Democratic primaries there.At the state level, nine candidates are crowding the Democratic gubernatorial primary, with the highest-profile being former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston entrepreneur Andrew White, son of late Texas Gov. Mark White. And Republican Land Commissioner George P. Bush is facing three primary challengers including Jerry Patterson, who previously held the job.  Share Lower on the ballot, all of the seats in the Texas House of Representatives and half of those in the Texas Senate are up for re-election.Here’s how Texans who aren’t yet registered to vote can do so in time for the March 6 primary:Voters need to submit their applications at least 30 days in advance of an election. Registering online isn’t an option in Texas.To register, Texans can fill out an application in person at their county voter registrar’s office or pick up a copy at other locations including local libraries and most post offices and high schools. They can also print out the application online or request it through the mail. Voters must submit their registration to the county where they are a resident, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Mailed applications must be postmarked before or on the Feb. 5 deadline.You can look up if you’re already registered to vote at the Texas Secretary of State’s website.Early voting starts on Feb. 20.last_img read more

first_img Listen Karl B. DeBlaker/APAfter three seasons as the head football coach at Eastern Carolina, Scottie Montgomery will serve as offensive coordinator at the University of Maryland. 00:00 /13:39 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img Share Very few college football players look at their head coach and see someone who looks like them.As recently as 2017, black men made up more than half of the players on Division I college football teams. But, at the time, only 14 head coaches were black. That’s about 11 percent. That’s according to a study from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.So, why aren’t there more minority head coaches in college football, the NFL, and other sports? Research suggests the issue is systemic, that black players have historically been steered away from playing the positions on the field that often lead to coaching jobs.Richard Johnson covers college football for SBNation.com and addressed the issue in a 2017 article. In the audio above, he joins Dr. Billy Hawkins of the University of Houston’s Department of Health and Human Performance to discuss why this issue persists and what can be done to change it. Xlast_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Brought to you by Business on Main Yes, viruses, worms, phishing and other horrible-sounding threats make for a dangerous world out there for your computer network. But there’s comfort in the fact that 84 percent of network attacks are considered preventable with simple security measures.Yet to be convinced that you need to take protective measures? Then consider the following:It takes 20 minutes for an unprotected computer to get infected after it’s been hooked up to the internet.Forty percent of passwords can be cracked within one hour.In 2007, 127 million personal records were either lost or stolen.Now that I’ve made you aware that something must be done, it’s good to know that protecting your computers doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. In fact, just like in the physical world, it mostly requires some basic common sense. Below are the four critical tools for locking your computer network up tight.Antivirus software. In my opinion, antivirus software should be mandatory, like car insurance–you can’t get a computer without it. Yes, antivirus software has historically been a royal pain in the processor. It was costly, it updated itself all the time and it would slow your computer to a crawl. But I see antivirus protection as being like flossing: It sucks, but think what you may lose without it. Besides, there are some free (yes, free) antivirus programs that are top-notch, such as AVG (which also has a pay version). And the performance drags have drastically improved in the last year or two, especially with products like Symantec’s Norton Internet Security . Get something on every system in your company and keep it up to date. It’s basic hygiene.Firewall. For both individual PCs and networks, firewalls are must-haves. These are simple programs that, based on a certain set of rules, examine the traffic coming in and out of your computer or network and block any unauthorized access. It’s like having a lock and peephole on your front door. Many internet security software packages, such as Symantec’s, have firewalls built in. Check Point Software Technologies , probably the most recognized brand in the firewall business, also markets a free version of its basic firewall software called ZoneAlarm .Get a VPN. If you or your employees ever access the company servers remotely, you need a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN simply creates an encrypted tunnel between your PC and the network, so that anything you send between the two is protected. It sounds more complicated than it is. And there are free versions of this as well, including Alonweb and PacketiX VPN . Some of these free versions hit you with advertising, but that’s nothing you can’t handle.Passwords, passwords, passwords. I’m not just talking about passwords to log on to the network or a website. Those are obvious. But did you know that your hard drive can (and should) be password-protected? Did you know that you can require your employees to enter a password before they download anything onto their system? And did you know that those passwords must all be different; change regularly; include letters, numbers and symbols; and in general be really difficult to guess? It’s called password strength, and for more on how to make a weak password stronger, see this handy reference guide .How well you protect your network will depend on how well your employees adhere to the guidelines. And sometimes just educating them on good, safe computing habits (like not clicking on links in e-mails from unknown sources or downloading anything from an untrusted site) is not enough. So a little security technology can go a long way toward helping you sleep at night. And most of it won’t cost you a thing, which will also help you sleep. 4 min read July 16, 2010 Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgDid you know? Why it’s always so cold on airplanes Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — How many of us have sat on an airplane, teeth chattering and shivering in our seats, wondering why on earth must the air conditioning be on at full blast?Too many of us, we suppose, since arctic temperatures in airplanes are a common occurrence. But why does it have to be? If airplanes – the very existence of which is a miracle unto itself – can magically stay afloat in the sky, why, pray tell, can’t they get something as simple as temperature control right?Turns out, the problem lies in the age of the aircraft, reports Bravo. According to retired Delta captain Paul Eschenfelder, as cited in Traveller, the older the aircraft, the colder it is onboard. Newer airplane models are able to regulate temperature in different areas of the cabin right down to the exact row. However, older aircraft aren’t built to do this, which means they have to use the same temperature throughout the cabin.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAs such, while some passengers are left overheated with little to no relief, others are being blasted with cold air.So what can you do about it? Pack plenty of layers, or a sarong or shawl. You can request an extra blanket from the flight crew if one is available. And you can also ask a flight attendant to change the temperature; if it’s a newer plane, it can be done.And as Jezebel noted, if you’re able to pre-select your seat, avoid the back of the plane where it’s often chillier. And choose a seat that’s at least two rows away from any exit doors as they can often be the draftiest seats onboard. Wednesday, February 8, 2017 last_img read more