Bryan Brothers Play Charity Ping Pong

first_imgIdentical twins and world champion tennis players Mike and Bob Bryan are recent gold medalists and have racked up 11 Men’s Doubles career Grand Slam Titles and 61 overall titles. And, during the weekend, they went head-to-head with a team of unlikely, but worthy, opponents … firefighters from FDNY’s esteemed units in all five boroughs.Bryan Brothers Play Charity Ping PongUnlike the Bryans recent matches in London, the pros this time met New York’s finest on a different type of “court” – the table tennis court, as part of a ping-pong charity tournament hosted by NESTLÉ NESQUIK.Sixteen doubles teams representing FDNY competed in tournament-style matches to vie for the winning spot in the final round against the Bryan Brothers. The winning FDNY team then faced the champions as part of the final round of competition, culminating with a $25,000 donation made by the Bryans on behalf of NESQUIK to support the FDNY Foundation – the official not-for-profit of the FDNY that promotes fire safety in New York City and health and wellness training of FDNY members.Winning FDNY doubles team members Captain Tom Spade of Brooklyn’s Ladder Company 242 and Firefighter Glenn Brown from Manhattan’s Ladder Company 1, couldn’t prevail against the Bryans in action, but a good time was had by all.The tournament was sponsored by NESQUIK to support the FDNY and to build awareness for ways that athletes and consumers alike can keep their bodies in prime shape following physical exercise. To support their peak performance, the Bryans both drink NESQUIK as their athletic recovery drink of choice after they exercise. Replacing muscle fuel after exercise is essential for an athlete’s recovery – and results from recent studies suggest that low-fat chocolate milk, like NESQUIK, contains just the right mix of carbs and protein to aid in this process.last_img read more

Saks OFF 5TH Celebrates Grand Opening at CF Markville in Markham Ontario

first_imgAdvertisement NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2018 — On Thursday, March 8, Saks OFF 5TH will celebrate the grand opening of a new, approximately 27,000 square foot store at CF Markville in Markham, Ontario.  This location will offer Saks OFF 5TH’s extensive selection of luxury designer fashion, accessories, and footwear. Advertisement Mon – Fri: 10:00am – 9:00pm WHAT:           Thursday, March 8th Markham, Ontario L3R 4M9 Login/Register With: Sun: 11:00am – 6:00pm WHERE:     Twitter 5000 Highway 7 East WHEN:          WHO:          center_img “We’re thrilled to be opening the doors to another store in the thriving Greater Toronto Area,” commented Maria Maurmann, SVP of North America Stores, Saks OFF 5TH. “We are passionate about the Canadian market and bringing on-trend, designer fashion finds to our customers in the area.”The new store features an open, modern layout and playful graphic elements in an easy-to-shop environment. Customers can expect to see more than 800 leading brands for men, women and kids – all at great prices. 905-940-1198 CF Markville A new, approximately 27,000 square foot Saks OFF 5TH store stocked with more than 800 designer brands for men, women and kids. Advertisement CF Markville Regular Store Hours: Sat: 9:30am – 7:00pm Saks OFF 5TH To celebrate the occasion, the first 50 shoppers to arrive on March 8 will receive a $25 gift card. For more information, visit locations.saksoff5th.com/en/cf-markville. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Doors Open at 10amlast_img read more

UNESCO deplores killing of journalists media workers in Turkey Iraq

Condemning the killings of journalists in Iraq and Turkey, the head of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today once again stressed the vital role played by the media in establishing democracy and the rule of law. Those murdered in recent days included Hrant Dink, editor of the Turkish Armenian-language weekly Agos, and at least six Iraqi reporters and media workers.“Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and press freedom, its corollary, is a cornerstone of democracy and rule of law,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement on Mr. Dink’s killing. “I welcome the speed with which the Turkish authorities investigated this case, proof of their determination not to let this heinous crime go unpunished,” he added.Mr. Matsuura has repeatedly deplored the murder of Iraqi media workers in recent months. “I am horrified by the number of Iraqi journalists who are paying with their lives for their professional commitment to the fundamental human right of freedom of expression,” he said in his latest statement. “Both government officials and media practitioners agree on the essential role of press freedom in the reconstruction of Iraq,” he added, recalling the declaration adopted by participants at the International Conference on Freedom of Expression and Media Development in Iraq, which UNESCO hosted earlier this month.“They also agree on the need to investigate and bring to justice those guilty of crimes against journalists, I now hope that the authorities on the ground will cooperate in making this wish a reality.”The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that Khudr Younis al-Obaidi, a reporter for the Al-Diuwan newspaper, was killed by unknown gunmen on 15 January in Mosul, in the north of Iraq.According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), several employees of the governmental daily Al Sabah were killed from 12 to 16 January. Two, whose names have not been revealed, were kidnapped from the Al Sabah’s offices in Baghdad on 12 January and found with their throats cut the next day. Yassin Aid Assef, a correspondent for the daily, was killed by a bomb on 14 January while covering a story in Baghdad. The next day journalist Falah Khalaf Al Diyali was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Ramadi, west of Baghdad.According to RSF’s tally, 146 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the United States-led coalition invaded Iraq in March 2003. 22 January 2007Condemning the killings of journalists in Iraq and Turkey, the head of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today once again stressed the vital role played by the media in establishing democracy and the rule of law. read more

Sonys PlayStation store briefly inaccessible to users in latest possible cyberattack

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Dec 8, 2014 6:35 am MDT TOKYO – Sony’s online PlayStation store was inaccessible to users for part of Monday in the latest possible cyberattack on the electronics and entertainment company.Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo said Monday the problem lasted two hours but has been fixed globally. It said the cause is under investigation, but there is no sign of any material being stolen.Last week, the computer systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment were disrupted by a cyberattack and confidential information including unreleased movies was leaked on the Internet.North Korea was among the suspects, but it has denied responsibility.The FBI is investigating threatening emails sent to some employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and trying to identify the person or group responsible.There was no indication of a link between the PlayStation and Sony Pictures incidents.A hacker group calling itself Lizard Squad appeared to take responsibility for the attack on its Twitter account, tweeting “PSN Login #offline.”Earlier this year, Lizard Squad warned that explosives might be on a flight that included a Sony executive among its passengers, and claimed responsibility for a disruption to the PlayStation network. American Airlines diverted the domestic U.S. flight to a nearby airport.In that incident, hackers orchestrated a so-called denial-of-service attack against Sony, which involved overwhelming the company’s game network with fake visits so that legitimate users couldn’t get through.In 2011, hackers compromised the company’s network including the personal data of 77 million user accounts. Since then, the company has repeatedly said its computer security has been upgraded.___Yuri Kageyama on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yurikageyama Sony’s PlayStation store briefly inaccessible to users in latest possible cyberattack read more

Ontarios capandtrade plan raises cost of gasoline and home heating on Jan

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 29, 2016 8:08 am MDT Last Updated Dec 29, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne takes part in the meeting of First Ministers in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Ontarians will start paying for the Liberal government’s ambitious cap-and-trade program almost immediately after it comes into effect Jan. 1 with higher prices for gasoline and natural gas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick TORONTO – Ontarians will start paying for the Liberal government’s ambitious cap-and-trade program almost immediately after it comes into effect Jan. 1 with higher prices for gasoline and natural gas.The plan, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels within four years, will drive the price of gasoline up 4.3 cents per litre and increase the cost of home heating by up to $6.70 a month.In her 2016 annual report, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk said households will pay an average of $156 next year in added costs because of cap and trade, rising to $210 in 2019 plus another $75 that year in indirect costs on goods and services.Under the plan, businesses will have limits — or caps — on the amount of pollution they can emit. Companies that exceed those limits — which will be reduced each year — can buy permits or allowances through government-run auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.However, there will be major exemptions in the first four years, with some of Ontario’s largest companies — such as Essar Steel Algoma Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie, Vale Canada’s nickel refinery in Sudbury, Petro-Canada Lubricants in Mississauga and Imperial Oil’s chemical plant in Sarnia — given free allocations.The New Democrats said giving big industry “a four-year holiday” creates the perception of unfairness, but Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray defended the exemptions.“The free allocations are to protect Ontario jobs in industries that are competing with jurisdictions without a carbon pricing system, and to recognize industries that have made significant emission reductions already and need time to invest in new technology,” said Murray.Ontario hopes to raise $1.9 billion a year from cap-and-trade — $8 billion by the end of 2020 — and promises to spend all of it on programs that reduce emissions and help businesses and consumers adapt to a low-carbon economy.There will be subsidies to make homes and industries more energy efficient with solar electric systems, insulation, heat pumps and new windows, plus an existing $277-million program that provides generous rebates for electric vehicles.“That $8 billion will be going back into the lives and pockets of Ontarians,” said Murray.The Progressive Conservatives want a “revenue-neutral” carbon tax, but leader Patrick Brown says they’re still developing the policy and will have it released as part of their campaign platform for the 2018 election.“If it’s really about the environment, it shouldn’t be a revenue grab for government,” said Brown.Murray said a carbon tax would cost consumers a lot more than an extra $13 a month for gasoline and home heating.“That would see gasoline spike by dollars,” he warned.Murray said a carbon tax would also leave homeowners and businesses paying the entire cost of fighting climate change without financial help from the cap-and-trade revenues.The government insists “there will be no net increase to electricity prices because of cap and trade,” but plans to use $1.32 billion of the revenues it generates to offset its impact on electricity bills, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in the process.The auditor general, however, said residential electricity bills will still rise by 23 per cent and industrial bills by 14 per cent by 2020, just slightly less than they would have risen without the $1.32 billion from cap and trade.“The plan claims that the pricing subsidy will result in a three mega tonne estimated GHG (greenhouse gas emissions) reductions in 2020, but without specifying any credible mechanism to achieve these results,” wrote Lysyk. “The proposed subsidy will not meet any of the key policy objectives for effective emission reductions.”In 2017, only companies operating in Ontario will be able to participate in the quarterly cap-and-trade auctions — the first one is expected in March. Starting in 2018, Ontario will join the existing Quebec and California cap-and-trade market.Lysyk predicted Ontario would reduce its emissions by only 20 per cent of its 2020 target, with the other 80 per cent being reduced in California and Quebec, which have been holding joint cap-and-trade auctions since 2014.She said businesses in the province would be more likely to buy allowances rather than pay for the more expensive equipment needed to actually reduce their emissions.“Ontario businesses will pay approximately $466 million for Quebec and California allowances by the end of 2020, money that will leave the Ontario economy,” she said. “This could rise to $2.2 billion in 2030.”However, Murray said the plan includes other ways to reduce greenhouse gases, such as increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road and giving financial help to the home-building, forestry and cement sectors to adopt more energy-efficient practices and materials.“If you didn’t spend the $8 billion and you didn’t do it along the kind of program lines we’re doing, most of those emissions (reductions) would be outside of Ontario,” he said.The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, which calls the plan a “cap-and-trade tax,” said the auditor’s report was proof the program is a failure before it even starts.“Kathleen Wynne is claiming political credit for emission reductions in California and Quebec and counting those reductions towards her goal because she linked the province into a carbon market,” said CTF Ontario director Christine Van Geyn. “Cap and trade will achieve nothing, at enormous cost.” Ontario’s cap-and-trade plan raises cost of gasoline and home heating on Jan. 1 read more

As massive El Niño strengthens UN emergency fund supports millions in affected

According to a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the climatic event El Niño has impacted millions of people across the globe throughout 2015, and they will continue to be at risk of extreme weather, including below-normal rains in some areas and flooding in others, in early 2016.OCHA said that the humanitarian fallout in certain areas will include increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; and forced displacement.According to the news release, the CERF has been one of the quickest and largest supporters of early humanitarian response to climate-related events linked to El Niño.As of today, CERF has provided relief funding for: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ($6.3 million), El Salvador ($3 million), Eritrea ($2.5 million), Ethiopia ($25.5 million), Haiti ($3 million), Honduras ($2.3 million), Malawi ($9.9 million), Myanmar ($10.5 million), Somalia ($4.9 million) and Zimbabwe ($8.1 million). read more

Newtrax AI helps out Agnico Eagless Goldex mine maintenance team

first_imgNewtrax Technologies says it has applied machine-learning algorithms to help Agnico Eagle Mines’ Goldex mine predict mobile equipment maintenance issues up to two weeks in advance.With the two companies already having an existing relationship at the mine, in Quebec, Canada, Newtrax was approached in the fall to discuss the data Agnico had collected from sensors over the past six years. This amounted to 10 billion data points, according to Newtrax.“This data was exactly what was needed to apply machine-learning algorithms in order to predict mobile equipment maintenance issues at least two weeks before they were supposed to happen,” Newtrax said.Daniel Pinard, Team Lead, Special Projects with Agnico Eagle, said this predictive Newtrax AI solution allowed the company to intervene before incurring serious problems that could potentially break vehicle engines.“Through the use of machine-learning algorithms with Newtrax, we were recently able to analyse an engine that had a potential problem and we saved it from failing. This helped Goldex mine avoid serious damage on that engine which saved them C$85,000 ($63,610).”The Newtrax AI solution is unique in three ways, according to Michel Dubois, VP QA & Artificial Intelligence at Newtrax, “first, Newtrax has years of unique data that is extremely well suited for machine learning (ML)”.This creates a source of training data for ML that is unique in the world, with the data growing every time a mining company decides to join in, he said.“Second, we have a unique AI team who knows how to generate actionable results using existing AI algorithms. And, third, we have a unique approach where our AI specialists go underground and focus on quick wins, and they leverage those existing algorithms to solve high-value problems.”This is the first ever applied case study for ML in the underground hard-rock mining industry with a defined return on investment, according to Newtrax.Newtrax said it worked with artificial intelligence and ML researchers such as IVADO to apply existing algorithms to the data collected in mine sites.last_img read more

Comcast Outage Strikes East Coast Ahead of Cyber Monday

first_imgComcast customers in Boston and other East Coast cities were hit with an outage on Sunday. Comcast reported the Boston-area issues, but reports from other cities like Washington D.C. and Baltimore also hit social networking sites like Twitter last night.Comcast Boston spokesperson Doreen Vigue told the press, “Our engineers are working very aggressively to fix the problem.” The company’s sentiment on the company’s customer service Twitter was more or less the same, “Engineers still working to resolve, unfortunately I do not have an ETA for the issue at this time.”The outage came at the height of the holiday shopping period–just hours before the kickoff of Cyber Monday.last_img read more

11 People We Want to Die in the Game of Thrones Premiere

first_imgStay on target The final season of Game of Thrones kicks off this weekend, and while we don’t know much about where the plot is going due to the lack of George R. R. Martin source material to consult, we do know this: somebody’s gonna die. Probably a lot of somebodys.HBO’s epic fantasy series has been unafraid to knock off major characters ever since they lopped Ned Stark’s head off and stuck it on a pole. We’re not going to try to make any predictions, so let’s go in a different direction. Here are 11 still-living Game of Thrones characters we want to see bite the big one in the Sunday premiere.Euron GreyjoyThe whole Iron Islands crew just completely suck, but worst of the lot as of press time is Euron Greyjoy, who responded to the meeting at the Dragonpit by telling everybody else that he doesn’t really care what the White Walkers do because they can’t swim. That abject cowardice, coupled with the fact that he’s actually working for Cersei behind the scenes and funneling her troops, means the end of his life will be deeply satisfying. We’d expect it to come at the hands of his nephew Theon, who is already righteously pissed about the kidnapping of his sister Yara.Cersei LannisterUgh. So many of the true villains on Game of Thrones show themselves to have extra dimension, but Cersei is just nasty to the core. The last season ended with her revealing that she never intended to send the Lannister armies to back up Daenerys and Jon’s forces against the White Walkers, instead waiting for the two sides to weaken each other before picking the bones on whoever’s left behind. While we doubt she’ll pay for her crimes right away, how good would it feel to see Cersei finally get some karmic payback for seven seasons worth of utter despicability?Bran StarkNot to be a Debbie Downer, but it’s just not feasible that every single Stark is going to survive the show’s final season. But which of Ned’s kids (including the bastard) is going to kick off first? Our bet’s on Bran, for a few reasons. The paralyzed greenseer has primarily been used as an infodump by the show’s producers, letting us get up to speed on mythology and backstory leading up to the final fight against the Night King. After that’s done, it doesn’t seem like Bran has much of a purpose in the world. But what do we know? Current Vegas odds have Bran favored to take the Iron Throne and win the whole thing.Grey WormI mean, nobody wants this. Grey Worm has been one of the series’ best supporting characters since his introduction, providing a vital foil for Daenerys’ humanization and growth as a leader. But if they’re going to really hammer home the enormous human cost of the war against the undead, there’s going to have to be at least one character we know and love eating the wrong end of a blade. Grey Worm will go out leading his Unsullied in one final brave attempt to make his queen’s dream come true, and we’ll shed at least one tear and probably more for the brave little eunuch.The MountainCleganebowl is coming — the final face-off between the Mountain and the Hound. The two Clegane brothers have found themselves on opposite sides of the conflict since the first season, and now that the Mountain has been brought back from the dead as Cersei’s retainer Ser Robert Strong all the dominoes are lined up for one last clash between the pair. It’s hard to predict who’s actually going to come out on top of that battle, but here’s the thing: we need to see the Mountain put back in the ground. He’s been a bastard ever since he was a child and coming back from the grave didn’t do his personality any favors.Jaime LannisterOne of the absolute most satisfying character arcs on the show has been the growth of Jaime Lannister from utter incest bastard to a rich, honorable warrior coming to terms with his family’s devious schemes. At the end of season 7, Jaime cemented his face turn by riding solo from King’s Landing to join up with the armies fighting the Night King. While we don’t harbor any ill will for the metal-handed scion, he’s going to need to go out in a big way, and the season premiere would be a shocking and emotionally potent way to do just that as he alone of all his family mans up and confronts the danger that could destroy Westeros.MelisandreThe sorceress Melisandre has already let us know that she’s not long for the world, as her fate is to die in Westeros. We doubt that will happen off-screen, so it’s a safe bet that the redhead who put all of her cards on Stannis Baratheon only to see his army wiped out by blizzard is ready to take that last curtain call. It’s hard to say exactly how she’ll meet her end – we learned a few seasons back that her comely form is actually an illusion disguising the body of a withered crone, so it’s possible she’ll be one of the few Game of Thrones characters to just pass away of old age.QyburnThe vicious warriors of Westeros are often morally horrific, but for our money the real villains are the devious people behind the scenes that pull strings and get even more people killed. Qyburn is a former Maester who was expelled from the Order after his gruesome human experiments were discovered. Naturally, he found a more willing patron in Cersei Lannister, who appointed him her Hand. At first glance, he seems to be a harmless old man, but this guy is the mind behind the reanimation of Gregor Clegane, the creation of the anti-dragon Scorpion weapon and more. Cersei isn’t going to go down if he doesn’t get taken out first, so add his name to the hit list. The only question is who will do the honors?VarysLet’s hop over to the other side of the aisle for a mirror image – as Qyburn is to Cersei, so Varys is to Daenerys Targaryen. The Spider has been a trusted advisor to the Mother of Dragons for several seasons now, but how much else is there for him to do? His skillset doesn’t really lend itself to battle, and the time for behind-the-scenes political machination is just about over. We can definitely see the former Master of Whisperers biting it in the first episode, and it’s even more likely considering that Melisandre all but prophesied it last season.The Night KingYes, we know, he’s the Big Bad of the series thus far but here’s the deal: the war with the White Walkers is the least interesting part of Game of Thrones. It’s just a narrative device to get all of our lead players on the same page. The real drama is in what comes after the dust has settled, as the choices that each family has made come back to haunt them. That’s where the meat is for us, not epic mostly-CGI dragon battle scenes. Let Beric Dondarrion earn all of those resurrections and put a cork in this icy bastard at the end of the first episode so we have plenty of time to wallow in the aftermath.Tyrion LannisterNo, we’re just kidding. Don’t you freaking dare.‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 premieres April 14 on HBO.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners: ‘We Want People to Love the Finale’Peter Dinklage Figured Out Tyrion Lannister’s ‘Game of Thrones’ FateRotten Tomatoes: Top ‘Game of Thrones’ Episodes to Watch Before the Season 8 Premiere ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more

Voting underway in Mymensingh city polls mayor elected unopposed

first_imgVoting underway in Mymensingh City polls. Photo: UNBVoters are exercising their franchise in the maiden elections to Mymensingh City Corporation on Sunday, reports UNB.But only councillors will be elected through voting as the lone mayoral candidate has already been elected unopposed.The voting began at 8:00pm and will continue until 4:00pm without any break.There are 33 general councillor posts and 11 seats reserved for women. Mymensingh, the 12th city corporation of the country, has a total of 296,938 voters in 33 wards.Electronic Voting Machines will be used in all the 127 polling stations.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidate Ekramul Haque Titu was elected uncontested.He was the only left after Jatiya Party contestant Jahangir Ahmed withdrew from the mayoral race.last_img read more

Advice How To File Claims After Harvey

first_imgAPLiv Gilreath searches for salvageable items from a friend’s home after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey drenched the city, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)After a long weekend of cleanup, and as much of the region has now returned to work, Houstonians suffering flood damage due to Harvey have another hurdle to face – paperwork.Bob Passmore from the Property/Casualty Insurers Association of America joins us to field your questions about property/casualty insurance, filing claims, and other Harvey insurance-related issues. Sharelast_img read more

Ruling That Harris Countys Bail System Unfair To Poor Mostly Upheld

first_img Share Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Harris County Jail houses nearly 10,000 inmates, the biggest lockup in Texas.An appeals court on Wednesday upheld most of a federal judge’s ruling that the bail system in Texas’ most populous county was unconstitutional for people arrested for lesser offenses.In its ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal’s conclusion that Harris County’s bail system violated due process and equal protection measures of the U.S. Constitution. Harris County is home to Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city.Last year, Rosenthal ruled as part of a lawsuit that the county’s policy of detaining indigent misdemeanor defendants before trial violated equal protection rights against wealth-based discrimination.In its 26-page ruling, the New Orleans-based appeals court found that if you took two misdemeanor defendants in Harris County who were identical in every way, except that one is wealthy and one indigent, they would have different experiences as one would be able to post bond and the other not.“As a result, the wealthy arrestee is less likely to plead guilty, more likely to receive a shorter sentence or be acquitted, and less likely to bear the social coast of incarceration,” the three-judge panel wrote. “The poor arrestee, by contrast, must bear the brunt of all of these, simply because he has less money than his wealthy counterpart. The district court held that this state of affairs violates the equal protection clause, and we agree.”However, the appeals court ordered Rosenthal to revise a preliminary injunction she had issued that ordered the county to release indigent inmates without posting cash bail while they await trial on misdemeanor offenses.The appeals court said the injunction was overbroad and Rosenthal’s requirement that indigent defendants be released within 24 hours of their arrest was too strict.The appeals court also ordered that Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez be released as a defendant in the lawsuit.The lawsuit was filed by two civil rights groups and a Houston law firm on behalf of several misdemeanor defendants, including a woman who was jailed for two days for driving without a valid license because she couldn’t afford her $2,500 bail. The lawsuit, which is similar to others filed across the country, is a part of a broader push in the U.S. for bail-reform measures.Alec Karakatsanis, executive director of Civil Rights Corps, one of the civil rights groups that filed the lawsuit, said the ruling “strongly reaffirmed” that the county’s bail system is unconstitutional.“We will evaluate the next steps for helping Harris County craft a system that does not violate the Constitution and devastate tens of thousands of human beings and their families every year,” Karakatsanis said in a statement.First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard said the county was pleased with how the appeals court’s ruling reaffirmed that it’s the responsibility of county judicial officers to determine the terms and conditions of release of misdemeanor defendants.County officials had expressed concerns that they were being forced to release potentially dangerous people from jail under Rosenthal’s injunction.“Now, instead of immediate release after 24 hours without regard for risk to the community, Harris County … judges retain discretion regarding release provided a hearing for the defendant occurs within 48 hours after arrest,” Soard said in a statement.Soard said the county has been “working diligently to improve the criminal justice system” and the county remains committed to settling the lawsuit.While the county has spent more than $5 million fighting the lawsuit, some of its top officials, including the district attorney and the sheriff, are in support of bail reform efforts.“The ruling is a significant victory for justice and offers further proof that it is time for Harris County to settle this lawsuit and enact meaningful reforms that treat all people equally and fairly under the law,” Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis said in a statement.last_img read more

District Moves Homeless Indoors to Avoid Hypothermia

first_imgssherman@afro.com D.C. has set its emergency weather plan into action for the first time this winter to save hundreds of homeless residents from dying from hypothermia. (Photo credit: Institute for Policy Studies)The District of Columbia activated its cold weather emergency plan for the first time this winter on Jan. 4. By doing so, the city was able to secure temporary emergency housing for more than 500 of the area’s homeless.The District activates the Cold Emergency plan when the temperature and wind chill drop to 15° F or when the temperature, with wind chill, is 20° F and there is an accompanying meteorological event such as snow. The plan aims to protect residents from life-threatening illness and injury associated with severe cold weather and was initiated originally in 1987 after 10 homeless people died from hypothermia throughout the city.As temperatures reached unseasonable lows – in some areas the ground temperature was only 5 degrees – hypothermia alert teams hit the streets to move homeless residents indoors.“Sometimes I have to beg and prod clients indoors even when it is bitterly cold because some fear a loss of freedom and mobility by leaving their outside space,” homeless advocate Mondraya Corley told the AFRO.Corley has worked for more than a decade to convince residents without permanent homes to move indoors once the weather turns cold.  It is an effort she describes as difficult no matter how cold it becomes.As many of the region’s homeless population suffers from some form of mental illness and may not be able to advocate for their own safety, city officials have found that tips to their hypothermia hotlines have increased.During the week of Jan. 4, the D.C. hypothermia hotline received over 400 calls about homeless people in need of help; 543 people were picked up and taken to area shelters with some twenty-seven of those picked up were described, by aids, as disabled.In November, Mayor Bowser led a charge to remove several homeless encampments around the city in an effort to move homeless populations indoors before winter began. However, despite those efforts, many remained.Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) assisted in the execution of the city’s Cold Emergency Plan.  Key components of the plan include providing access to emergency shelter, access to overnight warming sites, and free transportation to warmth and safety at an emergency shelter or warming site.In releasing the city’s 2015-16 Winter Plan, Deputy Mayor Brenda Donald, said that the city had a duty to help those facing hypothermia. “With hypothermia season here, we remain focused on extending a helping hand to our homeless neighbors, and connecting them with resources as soon as possible,” Donald said.  “We need to intensify our outreach to those living on the streets. It is not safe for people to be outside when it gets dangerously cold, and because we firmly believe that we are our sisters and brothers’ keepers, we need to stand together and bring them in from the cold.”To request transportation to shelter for people in D.C. who are experiencing homelessness, contact the toll-free Shelter Hotline: 1-800-535-7252 or 311. Include the time, the address or location of the sighting, and a description of the person’s appearance.last_img read more

Best Wii Games

first_imgNo More HeroesNo More Heroes was one of the first games that got me thinking about how games can be art. On the surface this is a stylish action game about a nerd assassin with a lightsaber. But when you drill into the details like the specific nature of the assassin tournament, the purposefully pointless open-world, and your mysterious brother Henry, you find a searing satire of the video game industry itself and the people it exploits. Even if later sequels don’t reach the same punk narrative heights, this is still one of the best Wii games. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs Remember the Nintendo Wii? I sure do. I’ve argued that Nintendo’s massively successful, modestly powered, motion-control console doesn’t get nearly enough credit. Expanding the audience for video games is a wholly positive thing. And there are plenty of in-depth experiences for hardcore players too if they just got over themselves. It’s the console that most impacted the time of my life when I started getting even more serious about video games. Although there is another Nintendo console with “Wii” in the name, it’s actually the Nintendo Switch that I think has done the best job building upon the Wii’s legacy. So twelve years later, here are the best Wii games.The Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessYeah yeah it’s really a GameCube game and maybe the darker art style is just pandering after Wind Waker’s cel-shading, but The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess helped the Wii start off with a bang, even if the game’s own start could’ve been better paced. Arguably the single best Wii game for months, Twilight Princess to me is the best iteration of the classic Ocarina of Time-style 3D Zelda before Breath of the Wild really opened up the formula. Metroid Prime 3: CorruptionThe last Metroid game we could really all get behind, Retro Studios’ last crack at the franchise is a sprawling sci-fi epic. Giving players multiple planets to explore in a nonlinear order expands the Metroid formula while still honoring it. And the Wii remote pointer is the best, most accurate way to control a third-person shooter outside of mouse and keyboard. While waiting for Metroid Prime 4, remember this best Wii game. Wii Sports ResortEveryone’s family playing Wii Sports at Thanksgiving really helped the Wii take off like it did. And that’s a great game, using sports to make motion controls understandable to the masses. But Wii Sports Resort outclasses it in every way mostly thanks to the superior motion control technology of Wii Motion Plus. Games like bowling and golf control with much greater accuracy. And we got tropical new games like Mii swordfighting, fake Pilotwings, and table tennis I spent dozens of hours getting lost. The best Wii game to come from its casual legacy. Super Smash Bros. BrawlI’ve never been more hyped for a game than I was during the seven-year-gap between Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Say what you will about tripping, slower pacing, laggy online, and Meta Knight. But none of that cancels out the sheer excitement of a new Smash Bros. game, the glorious crossover cutscenes of the story mode, the ridiculous inclusion of Solid Snake, or the surprisingly ambitious stage creator. Later games in the franchise have better mechanics and rosters, but their ambition didn’t go as far as this, one of the best Wii games. Super Mario GalaxyAs far as pure art objects go, Super Mario Galaxy is maybe the best Mario game of all time. Walking around spherical planets with their own gravity fields is a brilliant evolution of the 3D Mario formula. Plus it’s a great conceit for giving players tons of creative levels to leap through without caring about how they connect. But it’s the perfectly storybook melancholy of the secret backstory of Rosalina, shamefully removed from later sequels, that makes this one really special, easily one of the best Wii games. Kirby’s Epic YarnWhen the gorgeously animated Wario Land: Shake It came out of nowhere, I was intrigued to see what developer Good-Feel’s next project would be. They didn’t disappoint. Kirby’s Epic Yarn finds a way to make the adorable pink puffball even more scrumptious by turning him and his entire world into a craft store diorama. Tear through the literal fabric of reality. The game’s intentional flatness I think also helps the aesthetic. The follow-up Yoshi’s Woolly World didn’t quite do it for me because of the more filled-in look. Kirby’s Epic Yarn is the still the best yarn-based Nintendo game, one of the best Wii games. Silent Hill Shattered MemoriesAny entry in the Silent Hill franchise has a lot to live up too. But this creepy, icy, psychological nightmare of fathers and daughters was maybe the last great excellent entry in the horror series. You can’t fight the monsters of Silent Hill. You can only run and shine your flashlight when you get a free moment hoping to figure out what’s actually going on. The way the game molds itself to your own brain hangups based on an opening questionnaire is also super unnerving. It’s no surprise that some of the minds behind Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, one of the best Wii games, went on to make Her Story, one of the best mobile games. Stay on target Donkey Kong Country ReturnsDonkey Kong Country Returns finally delivers the truly excellent 2D platformer the original series never quite lived up to as it skated by on the nifty visuals. Retro’s approach is to make stages as exciting and organic as possible, with the spectacle and free-flowing acrobatics serving as a nice contrast to Mario’s modest grid layouts. Donkey Kong himself just moves with a satisfying animal grace and momentum that feels right with an analog stick. A later period best Wii game. Tatsunoko vs. CapcomIf not for the fact that I don’t care about half of the roster in this (the Tatsunoko anime half) I would say Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is the best Vs. game. It’s the perfect balance of high-flying aerial craziness that makes the series more entertaining than Street Fighter, but it’s not obnoxiously chaotic like the later Marvel vs. Capcom games. You can also play as Roll from Mega Man and mop people up. Automatic best Wii game. Punch-Out!!Punch-Out is one of the few NES games that actually still holds up. And the enduring perfection of its unique boxing/puzzle/fighting/rhythm game format makes it surprisingly tricky to update. So Punch-Out on Wii pretty much kept everything that already worked and just gave the characters the expressive personality (and casual racism) they always had in your mind. They even found a way to basically bring Mike Tyson back, something that definitely earns a spot on a list of best Wii games.So those are our picks for the best Wii games. Maybe one day we’ll see these on a Nintendo Wii Classic edition. For more retro Nintendo games check out the best N64 games and our review of the SNES classic.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Huge awareness campaigns on World Toilet Day

first_imgKolkata: The Panchayat and Rural Development department will conduct massive awareness campaigns against open defecation and other health issues on November 19 on World Toilet Day.The department has released tickers for television to create awareness against open defecation. There are tickers on hand wash where parents, particularly mothers, have been requested not to allow their children to take food without washing their hands. People have been asked to clear containers used to store water, flower pots as they serve as mosquito breeding grounds. They have also been requested to segregate garbage at source and keep bio-degradable waste in separate bins. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAll the 22 districts in Bengal are likely to be Open Defecation Free (ODF) by December 2019. It may be mentioned that Bengal had started to spread this campaign long before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, 2015. “All the districts in Bengal will be ODF much ahead of the schedule which is October 2, 2019”, said Dibyendu Sarkar, Commissioner, Panchayat and Rural Development department. Nadia was country’s first district that became ODF. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFive districts in Bengal that are yet to be declared ODF are Purulia, Jhargram, North Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). Fourteen districts have formally been declared as ODF while in three other districts, work has been completed but the formal declaration has not happened yet. Panchayat and Rural Development department had lodged massive campaigns in the districts that have been declared as ODF requesting people to use toilets and maintain them as well. Teams have been set up comprising district officials and locals to ensure that people do not go out to defecate. The theme for the World Toilet Day is “When nature calls take action.” Throughout the globe, the movement is on to set up composting latrines that capture and treat human waste on site producing a free supply of fertilizers to help grow crops. According to a report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015, 892 million people throughout the world practice open defecation while 4.5 billion live without a safe toilet and 62.5 percent people globally do not have access to safe sanitation. Every year 315000 children die globally due to unsafe water and poor sanitation.last_img read more

Tri Services Adventure Expedition flagged off at Kalimpong

first_imgDarjeeling: A Tri Services Adventure Expedition was flagged off on Monday by General Officer Commanding, Striking Lion Division from the Gompa ground of Durpin Monastery at Kalimpong. The expedition will continue till January 15, 2019.The expedition will take place in three phases, which include cycling and trekking, paragliding and sea diving. It is being undertaken by a Tri Services team comprising three officers, three warrant rank officers and thirteen soldiers from Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe first leg of the expedition comprising cycling cum trekking will cover a distance of 200 km from Kalimpong to North Sikkim, under the aegis of the Striking Lion Division. The Armed Forces Team will cycle the treacherous and challenging mountains of North Sikkim for the next five days, reaching altitudes of 15,000 ft in the Lachen & Lachung valleys. Apart from cycling, the team will also trek through the mountain ranges along the Teesta river. The first leg of the expedition will come to an end on December 22. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThis will be followed by parasailing and power gliding. This part will be held at Hashimara Air Force Station from December 24 to December 28. The last stretch that will include diving and sailing will be held from December 30 to January 5 at Vizag. “The Indian Armed Forces have a rich saga of fostering the spirit of adventure amongst its ranks by undertaking various different adventure activities. To enhance the spirit of adventure ingrained in the Indian Armed Forces, demonstrate high standards of physical fitness, competitive spirit, mental robustness and camaraderie amongst the three Services, this expedition is being held,” stated a release.last_img read more

Costa Rica celebrates 70 years without an army

first_imgCosta Rica celebrated on Saturday the 70th anniversary of the abolition of its army.Former President José Figueres Ferrer abolished the armed forces in Costa Rica on Dec. 1, 1948 following the end of the civil war that brought him to power.Carlos Alvarado, the current President of Costa Rican, commemorated the anniversary during an event at the Plaza de la Democracia in San José.“It is with enormous honor and pride as a Costa Rican that I partake in this commemoration — one that is unique throughout the world,” Alvarado said. “My heart fills with joy and patriotic love for this country of ours. It is an occasion that unites us with our history and throughout generations.”Watch Alvarado’s full address below:“My heart fills with pride as I celebrate today, December 1, the 70th anniversary of the abolition of the army,” Alvarado added in a Facebook post. “Our grandparents were the first generation in the world to know what it was like to live in a country without an army.“We carry a responsibility that calls us to build a better Costa Rica, for that fourth generation, for our daughters and sons — the great grandchildren of the abolition.”Read more in The Tico Times from previous celebrations of the anniversary: The day has served as a Veterans’ Day for a country that has few veterans: Related posts:Costa Rican veterans reflect 66 years after abolition of army Costa Rica seeks Nobel Peace Prize for abolishing its army Costa Rica celebrates 67 years without an army Costa Rican veterans reflect 66 years after abolition of armycenter_img Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Costa Rica celebrates 67 years without an armylast_img read more

Long poll lines in Guyana vote challenging racial politics

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? “I want accountability and transparency,” said 30-year-old Aubrey Shepherd, a nurse who said he was supporting the opposition.Police and election officials reported no major problems as people formed long lines around the country to vote. Phillipa Brewster, using a walker to support herself as she voted a day before her 93rd birthday, said she would also support the opposition.“This situation in this country is not like in my day. I don’t like it so I am going to vote for change,” Brewster said.But voters like Roy Samlall, a surgeon, said the ruling party deserves credit for infrastructure projects and its plans to develop a deep-water harbor and hydroelectric power. “I don’t think the opposition has anything better to offer.”Voter Ryan Phagoo, a minibus conductor, said that some in his family are supporting the opposition but he is sticking with the ruling party. “Police officers and teachers will get more money,” the 29-year-old said. “I am glad for that so I voted for the government.”The ruling party, the opposition coalition and a handful of small parties are vying for 65 Parliament seats. More than 570,000 people are eligible to vote. Top Stories There was no obvious front-runner in the race, with no independent opinion polls.In the last election cycle in 2011, Ramotar and his party defeated Granger and another coalition he led. This time around, Granger is leading a coalition made up of the Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change parties, which together had a single-seat majority in the last Parliament.The elections were being held more than a year earlier than scheduled because Ramotar had suspended and later dissolved Parliament to avoid a no-confidence vote. Elections have to be held within three months following the dissolution of the legislature.At times, the campaign season has been tense. Amnesty International said the March 10 killing of a political activist as he was campaigning for the opposition fueled “fear” ahead of the vote.Official results were not expected until Wednesday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A party in power for over two decades in Guyana faced off in general elections Monday against a new coalition of opposition parties that seeks to challenge a tradition of racial politics and accuses the government of President Donald Ramotar of mismanagement and corruption.There were long lines at polling stations, with reports of four-hour waits in some places, as Ramotar’s People’s Progressive Party sought a sixth consecutive term leading the sparsely populated country on South America’s northern shoulder with an economy dependent exports of commodities such as gold, bauxite, rice and sugar. Ramotar said after casting his ballot that his party would keep its majority. “I am very confident of victory,” he said. “Very.”But his party, which has held power since 1992, was in a tough fight from an opposition coalition led by David Granger, a 69-year-old retired army general. The coalition has offered itself as an alternative to the racially based politics that have dominated a country divided between people of Indian and African descent.Granger predicted his coalition would win with 58 percent of the vote. “We really want to establish a government of national unity that will make people feel that it is inclusive,” he told reporters after casting his ballot in the capital of Georgetown.Ramotar has also touted his People’s Progressive Party as inclusive but it has long been primarily supported by people of Indian descent.There are few ideological differences between the two factions. The opposition’s main argument is that it would do a better job of fighting corruption fueled by the drug trade and would modernize the ailing rice industry. It has attracted Guyanese of different ethnic backgrounds amid disenchantment with the dismal economic prospects and a perception of widespread corruption.center_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

The European Union is introducing new legislation

first_img The European Union is introducing new legislation that will tighten controls on mango imports, as part of its efforts to prevent the entry of fruit fly. Juan Carlos Rivera, general manager of Peruvian mango industry association APEM, told Fresh FruitPortal.com the new law would impact the next season. But he said it was yet unclear how severely the sector would be affected.From Sept. 1, if the mangoes are not grown in a fruit fly-free area or on a farm that where the pest has not been detected in the last three months, then it must be subject to hot water treatment, he said.”This legislation will come into effect from September this year and it will apply to all fresh mangoes that enter the European territory,” said Rivera.The representative said that this new law will have major implications for the Peruvian mango industry, which ships around two-thirds of its fruit to Europe.He expected that export volumes to the market could be impacted for the next season due to start in November. You might also be interested in According to Rivera, the industry is working to implement the necessary measures to comply with the new regulations, but he doubted that it would be a seamless process.”There will indeed be an impact on the sector. What we are trying to do is reduce that impact,” he said.”We have a national fruit fly control program which we’ve been working on for years and we’re working on the eradication of the pest in various areas of the country.”We already have a fruit fly-free area which is the area around Tacna and Moquegua, but mangoes aren’t grown there.”Rivera remains hopeful that the industry will be able to adjust itself in time for the next season in order to avoid major disruption.”In this instance, we do have fruit fly in the mango-growing areas, and so we have to initiate a block-by-block process of eradication and monitoring to comply with this new requirement,” he said. May 29 , 2019 NZ: MPI issues positive update on fruit fly contro … center_img Fruit flies evolving to resist common insecticides … NZ govt reinstates produce restrictions after anot … NZ maintains ‘vigilant’ efforts to control fruit f … last_img read more