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Toronto stocks fall for a seventh straight day crude oil prices fall

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index started the week losing ground for a seventh-straight session amid an off-day for any headlines on NAFTA as negotiations are set to resume Tuesday.It was a rather directionless day for equities with some pockets of strength and weakness, said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist for Edward Jones.He expects political drama and issues over trade and tariffs will probably spook the markets sporadically but otherwise return to fundamentals such as economic growth on light news days.“You put those together and on days when there’s not the distraction of political drama or policy risks, I think that is probably where the markets will gravitate back to which again absent the headline risks probably leads the markets higher over time,” he said in an interview.The United States has enjoyed strong corporate earnings and economic data, including last week’s labour report. Canada’s employment report was weaker with 51,600 net jobs lost last month that drove the national unemployment rate to six per cent, up from 5.8 per cent in July.While weekend tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump about China stoked some fears, markets didn’t overreact because the trade dispute between the two countries will simmer for awhile, Fehr said.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 33.18 points to close at 16,057.09, after reaching a low of 16,057.09 on 200.7 million shares traded.The stock market is down about two per cent since Aug. 29.Monday’s session saw major sectors like gold fall 1.78 per cent and energy move down one per cent. Materials, metals, consumer staples and financials also lost ground.The cannabis-heavy health-care sector led, rising 1.5 per cent. Information technology, consumer discretionary, real estate, utilities and telecom services were up.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 59.47 points to 25,857.07. The S&P 500 index was up 5.45 points to 2,877.13, while the Nasdaq composite was up 21.62 points to 7,924.16.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average of 75.97 cents US, compared with an average of 75.96 cents US on Friday.The October crude contract was down 21 cents to US$67.54 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up 2.8 cents to US$2.80 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down 60 cents US to US$1,199.80 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 0.55 of a cent at US$2.63 a pound.last_img read more

City taking action against five properties with illegal suites on 109A Street

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A motion was carried at Monday’s Council meeting authorizing City staff to file Bylaw Contravention Notices on five properties on 109A Street in the Sunset Ridge neighbourhood of Fort St. John.The notices have been put onto the titles of the properties, which are all located in the same block of 109A Street between 105th and 108th Avenues, under Section 57 of the Community Charter.The notices were issued to the following five properties: Jackson added in her report that to date, no applications have been received nor have the owners contacted the City with regard to the bylaw contraventions.This is the second instance of the City issuing notices on property titles for secondary suite bylaw contraventions.In July, notices were issued against six properties in three duplexes located on 77th Street, 101st Avenue, and 104A Avenue.The City’s Planning Manager Renee Jamurat said then that the Bylaw Contravention Notice on the properties’ titles mean that the current and future owners of the properties will be made aware of the issues. 10611 109A Street; PID Number 029-142-27010612 109A Street; PID Number 029-142-42310615 109A Street; PID Number 029-142-28810703 109A Street; PID Number 029-142-29610708 109A Street; PID Number 029-142-393. A house at 10611 109A Street that has had a bylaw contravention notice issued for an illegal secondary suite. Photo by Chris Newton A house at 10611 109A Street that has had a bylaw contravention notice issued for an illegal secondary suite. Photo by Chris Newton A house at 10612 109A Street that has had a bylaw contravention notice issued for an illegal secondary suite. Photo by Chris Newton A house at 10612 109A Street that has had a bylaw contravention notice issued for an illegal secondary suite. Photo by Chris Newton A house at 10615 109A Street that has had a bylaw contravention notice issued for an illegal secondary suite. Photo by Chris Newton A house at 10615 109A Street that has had a bylaw contravention notice issued for an illegal secondary suite. Photo by Chris Newton A house at 10703 109A Street that has had a bylaw contravention notice issued for an illegal secondary suite. Photo by Chris Newton A house at 10703 109A Street that has had a bylaw contravention notice issued for an illegal secondary suite. Photo by Chris Newton A house at 10708 109A Street that has had a bylaw contravention notice issued for an illegal secondary suite. Photo by Chris Newton A house at 10708 109A Street that has had a bylaw contravention notice issued for an illegal secondary suite. Photo by Chris Newton A building permit was issued for one of the five single-family detached homes in November 2013, while the other four were all approved on November 19, 2014.Final inspections of the five homes were conducted between May 22, 2014, and November 16, 2015, with occupancy being granted to each home on the same day as their inspections.In her report, Planner Charlene Jackson said that complaints were filed with the City on April 26th, April 30th, May 4th and May 8th of this year against the five properties.Jackson said that in each case, the City requested to schedule a secondary suite inspection via a registered letter sent on June 19th, with a deadline to contact the City to schedule an inspection of July 22nd.On July 27th, a second notice was sent informing the Owner that, under Section 57 of the Community Charter, the Building Inspectors were recommending that a notice be registered on the title.center_img She said that though titles have been issued for the properties, the City won’t be taking the approach of getting property owners to have the illegal suites removed.last_img read more

Discounts to insurance Many ways seniors can save on travel

DALLAS — Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities including travel, but money is tighter when the paychecks stop at retirement.Retirees who want to travel can make those trips more affordable by taking advantage of senior discounts and through less obvious strategies.Many of the tips offered by travel experts work just as well for anyone, regardless of age, but could be especially valuable for seniors. Among them:— When travelling by air, be flexible about dates and even destinations.— Be impulsive; grab bargains when you see them.— If you’re paying a lot upfront, insure your trip.Few airlines provide senior discounts anymore. American Airlines and United Airlines said they don’t offer senior discounts. Delta did not respond to inquiries. Southwest Airlines does, for travellers 65 and older. It is not a set amount, a spokesman said.Southwest’s website lets customers indicate that they are a senior, and their searches will include four fare levels instead of three. An Associated Press sample of popular routes on a Saturday in March and a Monday in April indicated that the senior fare was often much lower than the middle “Anytime” fare, which comes with the same benefits.However, the senior price was always higher than the cheapest — but nonrefundable — “Wanna Get Away” fare. Sometimes the difference was just a few dollars, but often the gap was more than $100 each way.“The only time you would ever consider buying a senior fare on Southwest is if for some reason the Wanna Get Away fares are all sold out,” said Ed Perkins, an editor at Smarter Travel. That happened a few times, but not often, on the flights sampled by the AP.British Airways offers a $65 discount on economy tickets and $200 on business-class seats when purchased through a program with AARP.Amtrak has a 10 per cent discount for those 65 and up on most trains, and also on U.S.-Canada service operated jointly with VIA Rail Canada. Eurail does the same. Some national rail lines in Europe, including those in England and France, give more generous breaks for seniors but only after buying a yearly card, likely to be a deal-breaker for most American visitors.Many big hotel chains in the U.S. offer discounts of 5 per cent to 15 per cent, generally through AARP or the AAA travel club, but smaller hotels in Europe typically don’t. Public transportation in many U.S. cities is sometimes heavily discounted for seniors, although there can be catches, like requiring a special card in addition to a license or other identification.Research before a trip pays off.“You can’t anticipate everything, but planning ahead definitely helps save money,” said Maria Gillen, who specializes in overseas travel for AARP.Gillen noted that airfare and hotel prices often rise the closer you get to your travel date. For popular summer destinations like Italy, this is the time to be shopping for flights and accommodations, she said.Travel to tourist destinations will almost always be cheaper in the off- or shoulder seasons — think spring and fall in Europe, summer for mountain resorts. You’ll also encounter smaller crowds.Expensive or exotic vacations are often planned months in advance. If you have one or a few destinations in mind, it will be worthwhile to sign up for alerts at websites that track fares and hotel deals, such as . The alerts come in handy when airlines and other travel-related companies offer online “flash” sales that can be gone in a few hours.“If you see a good flash sale, jump on it,” Perkins said. “I’m a senior, and I’ve done that a couple of times over the last three years,” including a round trip in business class between Seattle and China for $1,500, which he figured was half the normal price.Deals that bundle some combination of airfare, hotel or cruise, tours, and car rental can be cheaper than buying each separately. Some seniors, like travellers in other age groups, are using miles or points to help pay for their travel.“We find that seniors are more prone to buy packages. It’s more economical, whether it be a cruise where you’re getting your lodging and meals taken care of, or a tour package,” said Beth Godlin, president of the travel practice at Aon Affinity, a wholesaler of travel insurance. “A high percentage of folks are booking air separately because there aren’t as many (airline) discounts as there used to be and there are so many ways to collect loyalty points.”Besides advice for saving money, experts have tips for travelling safely.Julie Hall, a spokeswoman for travel club AAA, said U.S. citizens going abroad should sign up for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which makes it easier for embassies and consulates to contact them in an emergency. She suggested carrying identification besides a passport, such as an international driving permit, which translates U.S. license information into 10 languages.Hall said seniors should call ahead if they will need wheelchair assistance at the airport, arrive early if they don’t know the airport, and carry extra medicines in case the flight home is delayed.___David Koenig can be reached at Koenig, The Associated Press read more

Annan appoints head of group formed to foster respect among cultures

Tomas Mastnak, currently a director of research at the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts, was chosen to be the first Director of the Office of the Alliance for Civilizations, and will take up his duties toward the end of December, a UN spokesperson said today.Shamil Idriss, formerly Senior Adviser dealing with Islamic-Western relations for the international conflict resolution organization Search for Common Ground has been named Deputy Director of the office.The establishment of the office of the Alliance of Civilizations follows up on a Spanish and Turkish initiative, announced this past July, meant to respond to the need for the international community to bridge divides and overcome misconceptions that threaten world peace, according to a statement issued by Mr. Annan at the time.Today, reiterating that theme in a message delivered to a meeting in Vienna by his Special Advisor, Lakhdar Brahimi, Mr Annan called for unity between cultures in addressing extremism in all faiths. “The great religions all contain pluralistic traditions, yet, increasingly, many of their followers are succumbing to exclusivism,” he said in the message to a conference titled Islam in a Pluralistic World and taking place in Vienna, Austria. “We must respond to extremists, but not in kind,” he continued, saying that the answer should come from the logic of “reconciliation, of inclusion and mutual respect.”The inaugural session of the high-level group of the Alliance of Civilizations, chaired by former UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Frederico Mayor and including eminent personalities such as Desmond Tutu, is expected to take place in Spain on 27 November.Mr. Annan expressed regrets today that he will not be able to attend the inaugural session, but will be sending as his personal representative S. Iqbal Riza, who currently serves as his Special Advisor on the initiative. read more

Thursdays Daily Brief Harrowing terrorist survivors stories children first in Mediterranean rescues

Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 15 August on SoundCloud: The fate of 130 children on board two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea should not be put at risk by political point-scoring, the UN said on Thursday, amid ongoing uncertainty about whether the vessels will be allowed to dock in Italy.The appeal by UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, to European Governments to prevent EU-bound migrants and refugees from being stranded at sea, follows the signing of a second Italian decree banning humanitarian vessels from entering the country.Here’s our full coverage.UN steps up efforts against Dengue fever in Yemen  To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier this year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell, about how terrorism has shattered their lives.Hawa Abdu shared her experience in her own words.Read about Kedra Abakar’s first-hand ordeal here.And listen to why some youth become involved with terrorism: And finally, a special UN News interview feature story: Back in May, six innovative public figures joined the battle to push the world towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Each of the new official SDG Advocates committed themselves to pursue the 17 goals on behalf of “peace, prosperity, people, planet, and partnerships.”As we inch closer to the SDG Summit in September, UN News caught up with some of them.See what they have to say here. The World Health Organization, or WHO, has stepped up measures in Yemen to control the spread of dengue fever, a severe, flu-like illness. In a tweet on Thursday, the UN agency said that staff had concluded a second round of dengue prevention measures in Taiz, Yemen’s third city. The aim is to help more than 430,000 people in four districts of the embattled city to avoid the mosquito-borne viral infection, which is endemic in Yemen. The development comes after more than four years of conflict between Government and opposition Houthi forces that have shattered health and other public services in Yemen, killed thousands of civilians and brought millions close to famine. WHO welcomes Switzerland’s decision to end tobacco deal at Dubai Expo  Children’s lives in Mediterranean Sea must take priority over politics, says UNICEF The Swiss Government’s decision to decline a sponsorship deal with a  major tobacco firm is a welcome move that other countries should follow, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Responding to reports that Switzerland has reconsidered the support of Philip Morris International at the Dubai World Expo 2020, WHO said that “featuring a …producer of tobacco products and cigarettes — the only product that is known to kill half of its consumers – goes against the theme” of next year’s expo in the United Arab Emirates, namely “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.  In a statement, WHO insisted that tobacco addiction linked to industry’s “aggressive marketing” of its products causes “suffering and millions of deaths each year”. Its warning comes amid reports that tobacco companies are aiming to establish new partnerships with governments to sponsor events or pavilions around the world, WHO explained. All Governments should “proactively aspire” to reduce the number of people who smoke, the UN agency stressed, in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Gender equality, education and the environment at the forefront of new SDG Advocate campaigns First-hand accounts of Boko Haram terrorism survivors read more

Work is Plugging Along at Millsite

By Julie JohansenStarting their third construction season on the rehabilitation of the Millsite Dam, two construction crews have been working 12 hour-shifts, six days per week to continue to raise the embankment on the dam. The day crew works on filters and drains while the night crew does general earth fill. It is now within 35 feet of the crest.As the embankment goes up, a new challenge is facing construction crews: the slope of the dirt becomes narrower and now they must find a way for the dump trucks to load the shouldering machine and get past it for a new load, or back up the long distance of the dam, about 3,400 feet. This will require a shift in procedures for construction. Crews must also remove the vegetation along the dam face, which requires burning the weeds before the zones of dirt can be added to make sure that the weeds don’t leave a space in compaction. The focus is to finish the dirt work before winter settles in.The spillway is still on a holding pattern. The final review from the Natural Resources Conservation Service has not yet been received. Once received, questions will need to be answered and the review returned for final signature. This final review is expected mid-to-late fall and the hope is that concrete work will be finished during the winter months. Except for a little earth work on both sides of the spillway, the dam needs to be finished before the concrete work is done. Because of all the advancements in cold weather concrete protection, this can happen during the winter months regardless of the weather.The good news is that Ferron Creek Irrigation Company has been able to deliver water to their members both irrigation seasons. The flow out of the outlets is greatly reduced, just releasing needed water. The reservoir is slowly reducing but will store what is left after the irrigation season ends. The inspectors at the dam are grateful that Ferron Creek Irrigation Company has been pleasant to work with. read more

5 awesome freetoplay games like World of Tanks

first_imgWorld of Tanks may look at first like a massively complicated warfare simulator — a sweeping recreation of battles past. In fact, it’s a very accessible online action game where you get to drive and customize your very own virtual tank. It plays like a shooter, but your gun is attached to a few tons of rolling steel.This game has been a smash on PCs, where its engaging free-to-play gameplay has hooked plenty of gamers. The beta just rolled out on the Xbox 360, and players seem pleased there as well. World of Tanks doesn’t have the exclusive on this style of gameplay, though. Here are five similar games you might want to play if you like World of Tanks.Mechwarrior OnlineMechwarrior is a storied franchise that suffered from many years of neglect, but it’s back and (some say) better than ever with Mechwarrior Online. This game, again, is free-to-play with microtransactions. Just like World of Tanks, you build up experience and upgrade your vehicle to do more damage in online matches, although your vehicle is quite different.The mechs in this game are giant armored walking robots bristling with guns, but piloted by frail, squishy human beings. This title plays more like a first-person shooter, but there are some clues that remind you you’re in a walking tank. You can see the gun emplacements and metal frame of your mech bobbing along at the bottom of the screen.The graphics are a bit more advanced in Mechwarrior than most free-to-play online games, but that’s not something I’m going to complain about.Mechwarrior is still in public beta, but the final version is expected on September 7th. Over 1 million accounts have been registered, so there should be plenty of people to shoot at.Gear UpWhereas World of Tanks goes for realism with recreations of real vehicles, Gear Up is more off the wall. This title is also free-to-play, but it has a more cartoon-y vibe. Comparing this game to World of Tanks is like comparing Team Fortess 2 to Call of Duty.The tanks in this game bear little resemblance to the real thing, and you can add all sorts of crazy attachments. Want a walking hexapod tank? That’s doable. The way you upgrade tanks in this game is just so open. You can essentially build a completely new vehicle from the ground up.The online multiplayer angle is robust in Gear Up. Games can support up to 32 players, and there are a wide array of game types including battles, races, and team challenges. You level up your tank and unlock new technologies by completing challenges, more of which are being added all the time.Gear Up is still in alpha, but you can still get in on the fun as the game takes shape. It’s on Steam at no upfront cost. There will be microtransaction for additional content, or you can buy the premium version for $9.99.Next page: War Thunder and more games like World of Tanks… 1 2last_img read more

UK judge blasts shambolic and cowardly Tunisian police at terror attack inquest

first_img Share14 Tweet Email A policeman stands guard at the scene of the terrorist attack a few days after 38 people were killed Image: Abdeljalil Bounhar AP/Press Association Images THE TUNISIAN POLICE response to the 2015 Sousse beach resort massacre was “at best shambolic, at worst cowardly”, the judge investigating the deaths of 30 Britons in the attack said today.“Their response could and should have been more effective,” judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said in his conclusions after a series of hearings that began in January.“The response by the police was at best shambolic, at worst cowardly,” he said, adding that the hotel guards were not armed and had no walkie-talkies.Loraine-Smith said that, with the exception of two marine guards, no police entered the area the shooting was taking place until the gunman had killed 38 people.One officer is said to have “fainted through terror and panic”, while another took off his shirt to hide the fact that he was an officer.But the judge said there was no “neglect” by the tour operator TUI because the victims were “not in a dependent position” and said there was “nothing that the hotel might have done before the attack”.Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui killed 38 people including 30 British tourists and three Irish citizens in a shooting spree in June 2015 at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, Tunisia.The attack was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.“The simple but tragic truth in this case is that a gunman armed with a gun and grenades went to that hotel intending to kill as many tourists as he could,” the judge said.Loraine-Smith said all 30 British tourists were unlawfully killed.The British inquest, which is in fact a series of individual inquests into the circumstances of death of each British citizen, is not a trial but the ruling could be used in civil lawsuits by some survivors and victims’ families.Tunisia’s ambassador to Britain, Nabil Ammar, told BBC radio today: “The police was not ready as it should be”.A lot has changed now. Many improvements have been made in terms of security services, security efficiency, security of hotels, the level of general security in the whole country.Little securityBritain’s Foreign Office warns against all travel to some border regions of Tunisia and “all but essential travel” to the rest of the country.Tunisia’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism and has repeatedly asked for the warning to be lifted.Samantha Leek, the main lawyer for the inquest, said at one of the hearings that a report by a Tunisian judge had identified failings by local security which could have ended the attack before more police arrived and killed Rezgui.“He said the units that should have intervened in the events deliberately and unjustifiably slowed down to delay their arrival at the hotel,” she said.“They had the ability to put an end to the attack before the police arrived but wasted a considerable amount of time in getting to the hotel,” she added.Ammar said the accusation that the police had deliberately delayed their arrival was “exaggerated and unfair”.A report on security at the hotels by a British embassy staff member conducted in January 2015 was also read out in court during one of the hearings by Andrew Ritchie, a lawyer representing 20 victims’ families.“There seems to be little in the way of effective security to prevent or respond to an attack” from the beach, he quoted the report as saying.© – AFP 2017Read: An Irish woman is among the dead in the Tunisian resort terror attackRead: 45 dead in terrorist violence in Tunisia Short URL Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 1:18 PM By AFP UK judge blasts ‘shambolic’ and ‘cowardly’ Tunisian police at terror attack inquest Three Irish citizens were among the 38 people killed in the 2015 terror attack at Sousse beach resort. center_img Feb 28th 2017, 1:18 PM A policeman stands guard at the scene of the terrorist attack a few days after 38 people were killed Image: Abdeljalil Bounhar AP/Press Association Images 23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,642 Views last_img read more

Luke Treadaway Tipped for 13th Doctor Role

first_imgWhovians wait with bated breath to find out who will play the 13th incarnation of Gallifrey’s Time Lord.Names like Kris Marshall, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, and David Harewood have crossed bookies’ point spreads.But there may be a new contender for the coveted role: Luke Treadaway.Radio Times on Friday cited an anonymous source who said the Fortitude star is “in the race” for season 11 of Doctor Who.The 32-year-old Englishman reportedly caught producers’ attention for his portrayal of scientist Vincent Rattrey in Sky Atlantic’s chilly sci-fi psychological thriller. Treadaway appears alongside big names like Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Dennis Quaid, and the Doctor himself, Christopher Eccleston, who played professor Charlie Stoddart in the first series.A singer and actor, Treadaway won an Olivier Award for Best Leading Actor during his tenure as Christopher in the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2013. (Current companion Pearl Mackie performed in the West End production two years later.)US audiences, meanwhile, may recognize him from the film adaptation of A Street Cat Named Bob—the true story of how a stray cat transformed the life of busker and recovering drug addict James Bowen.And, look closely and you might spot Treadaway in Clash of the Titans and Unbroken. He was also cast in the National Theatre’s upcoming version of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, with Imogen Poots and Imelda Staunton.Since Peter Capaldi announced his departure from Doctor Who early this year, fans have speculated about his successor—to be determined under the leadership of incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall.Treadaway isn’t the ideal candidate for those still holding out hope that the BBC will break its five-decade trend of white-dude Doctor. Headliners like Sacha Dhawan, Fleabag‘s Waller-Bridge, and Supergirl star Harewood may be a better choice.For now, you’ll just have to keep waiting—something Doctor Who fans are getting really good at.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

Washington House passes bill limiting vaccine exemptions

first_imgOLYMPIA — As health officials continue to monitor an outbreak concentrated in Clark County, the state House approved a measure that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles.The vote comes in the midst of an outbreak that has sickened at least 71 people — mostly children age 10 and younger.The chamber passed the bill on a 57-40 vote late Tuesday night and it now heads to the Senate, which is expected to vote in the coming days on its own bill, which is broader. While the House bill removes the philosophical exemption for just the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, the Senate measure seeks to remove such exemptions for any required school vaccinations.Republicans initially introduced more than three dozen floor amendments, but withdrew most of them before the late night vote after majority Democrats agreed to accept a few of them, including one that exempts a child from the requirement if a parent or legal guardian presents a written certification that a biological parent or sibling has immune system problems or adverse reactions to a particular vaccine.It’s unclear which measure Washington lawmakers will ultimately move forward with if the Senate passes its measure before next week’s deadline to get policy bills voted out of the chamber of origin. The 105-day legislative session ends April 28.Washington is among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical vaccine exemption for “personal, moral or other beliefs,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.last_img read more

Former San Diego school teacher sentenced for receipt of child pornography

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Former San Diego school teacher sentenced for receipt of child pornography Posted: February 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Former San Diego Unified School District teacher David Gordon Weaks was sentenced today to 70 months in prison following his guilty plea to one count of receipt of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Weaks was a fifth-grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School up until the time of his arrest. He has been in custody since federal agents executed a search warrant at his home and arrested him on April 19, 2018. Weaks’ term of custody will be followed by an eight-year term of supervised release, including restrictions on his use of the internet.Weaks, 60, came to the attention of agents from Homeland Security Investigations in early April 2018, when agents found that a computer associated with Weaks’ residence was making files of child pornography available for downloading by others through a publicly available peer to peer file sharing network. Analysis of the devices seized from Weaks’ residence at the time of the April 19, 2018, search warrant, revealed that child pornography files were found on a desktop computer, two laptop computers and a backup hard drive. February 11, 2019last_img read more

Report alleges widespread mistreatment of workers by gaming giant Oriental Group

first_imgRelatedPosts PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 Philippines-based gaming giant Oriental Group has been accused of treating thousands of Chinese employees like slaves, including seizing their passports, cramming them into dormitories and forcing them to work 12-hour says, seven days a week.The revelations formed part of an investigative report by The Beijing News this week, which outlines a systematic scheme by the company to lure Chinese workers to Manila with the promise of a high-paying job. Instead, they are forced to endure shocking conditions including huge fines for breaking company rules.According to the report, recruiters for Oriental Group have been convincing Chinese citizens to pay up to RMB16,000 (US$2,325) to be flown to Manila. Once there, they are paid monthly salaries of between RMB6,000 (US$870) and RMB8,000 (US$1,160) but rarely receive the full amount due to huge fines being imposed for infringements such as taking long lunch breaks, taking photos in the office or failing to meet certain performance goals. The fines are said to be more than the workers’ monthly wage.The Beijing News report also says the Chinese workers are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week with only one day off per month. They are allegedly beaten and forced to eat rotten food as punishment but are unable to leave due to Oriental Group having taken their passports. Instead, the report claims the workers are forced to live in dormitories with up to 12 people in each room.Oriental Group describes itself as “Asia’s leading gaming operator in the online and land-based gaming industry duly licenses by PAGCOR”, the Philippines gaming regulator.It runs proxy-betting operations out of the Midas Hotel in Pasay City and says it has partnered with a number of leasing junket operators including Suncity Group and Tak Chun Group.The report by The Beijing News has been likened to the 2016 arrest and deportation of 1,316 Chinese nationals working illegally at Jack Lam’s Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks casino in the Clark Freeport Zone. Lam was subsequently charged with bribery in a case that is ongoing, although his whereabouts remains a mystery with rumours he is currently hiding in China. SkyCity sees 900 New Zealand casino workers strike for second straight weekendcenter_img Load More PAGCOR puts freeze on approval of new POGO applicationslast_img read more

Shahbaz to succeed Nawaz Abbasi interim Pakistan PM

first_imgshahbazOusted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s younger brother Shahbaz Sharif has been chosen as his successor, The Dawn newspaper reports.In two separate meetings on Saturday, headed by Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz/PML-N) leaders decided to rally behind Shahbaz as his eventual successor.Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was till Friday the petroleum minister, was tapped to take over as interim prime minister till the time Shahbaz is elected to parliament, and then to the prime minister’s office, according to the report.Dawn said Shahbaz’s ascension to the prime minister’s office is considered to be a foregone conclusion, as the PML-N continues to hold a hefty majority in parliament and can independently vote him into office.He will also likely seek election to the National Assembly from Nawaz Sharif’s vacated seat, which is a PML-N stronghold.As part of the agreed-on course of action, Shahbaz will also have to forego his seat in the Punjab Assembly and his successor will also need to be chosen, the report added. Quoting sources it said that Punjab excise and taxation minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman is likely to replace Shahbaz as the chief minister Punjab.The names were finalised in two separate meetings, one informal and the other involving the PML-N’s parliamentary committee, which were attended by close aides of the outgoing prime minister, including Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ahsan Iqbal, Ayaz Sadiq, Saad Rafique, Rana Tanveer, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Shahbaz Sharif along with other members of the PML-N’s leadership.The meetings reportedly came as the PML-N deliberated its political and legal options after Nawaz’s disqualification and decided on who would take over the party’s reins in parliament.A formal announcement has yet to be made, said the report.last_img read more

Accepting Bitcoin Payments The Risks and Benefits

first_img Corrections & AmplificationsBitcoins, in case you haven’t already heard all the buzz about them, are virtual coins traded directly between two individuals online. They’re exchanged anonymously without a trace and without ever passing through a single bank or other financial institution.As a business owner, questions likely arise. How much is a Bitcoin worth? Should my business accept them? Is it legal? Is this the payment method of the future?There’s a lot to consider before deciding if accepting the decentralized, crypto-currency is right for your company. Here are four common questions about Bitcoin, explained:1. What are Bitcoins and how much are they worth? They are essentially pieces of computer code — mathematical algorithms, actually — that represent monetary units. Bitcoins are purchased online using real analog money via Bitcoin exchanges and private sellers. They’re then used to trade goods and services on the internet, sometimes illegally. However, more reputable online vendors are beginning to accept Bitcoins, including WordPress, Reddit and dozens of Etsy vendors.Approximately 11 million Bitcoins are currently in circulation. In all, only 21 million will be generated through the year 2140. A single Bitcoin is worth approximately $117 U.S. dollars, according to Tokyo-based Mt. Gox K.K., the leading Bitcoin trading exchange. Values can fluctuate dramatically from day to day.Related: The Bitcoin Buzz and How Young Entrepreneurs are Cashing In2. Are Bitcoin transactions safe?They are generally considered safe. Bitcoin transaction are secured using what’s called public key cryptography encryption, a two-part encryption process that involves a combination of public and private data. Each transaction is publicly verified by the peer-to-peer community network of Bitcoin users.But Bitcoins are merely code, and cybercriminals can hypothetically hack them. Cybercriminals recently attacked Mt. Gox and Bitcoin-stealing malware continues to spread via Skype.3. Why would I want to accept them as payment? Bitcoin can be attractive to business owners mainly because there are zero bank or credit card transaction fees to accept it, which can lead to higher profit margins, more competitive pricing and the ability to operate globally at lower cost. Also, Bitcoin transactions are not subject to tax since Bitcoin is not an official form of money issued by any government. And Bitcoin transactions are completed instantaneously and anonymously, without having to go through a third-party bank, credit card company or PayPal.But the U.S. Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has issued rules about Bitcoin transactions and the IRS is expected to follow suit.4. How can I begin accepting Bitcoin payments? The first step is to create an account with a Bitcoin merchant solution that can help you accept Bitcoins. Mt. Gox is the most popular choice, but there are several others to choose from, including BitPay and BitMerch‎. Exchanges like these convert Bitcoins to U.S. dollars and other currencies for a nominal fee. For example, Mt. Gox charges up to 0.6 percent from each party for each payment.Next, you’ll want to post an image on your main website or online store that reads “Bitcoin accepted here.”  If you sell goods and services from a brick and mortar location, your customers can pay in Bitcoins using a mobile phone app like Paytunia Bitcoin Wallet or Blockchain. Both require a QR code, so be sure to place one near your checkout area.Related: A Look at ‘Bitcoin’ Currency Corrections & Amplifications: A previous version of this story misstated how many Bitcoins are expected to be in circulation by the year 2140. In all, only 21 million will be generated. How Success Happens Listen Now May 20, 2013center_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 3 min readlast_img read more

Nonbinary activist assaulted as man allegedly puts head up their dress

first_imgWindust shared the details of the encounter on their Instagram story for their more than 13,000 followers.It occurred at a coffee shop, when Windust reported three men suddenly approached them.‘One proceeded to put his hands and head underneath to “investigate” what I was,’ they alleged.Jamie Windust’s story | Photo: Instagram @leopardprintelephantWindust said they got the man off of them, but the most shocking part was that no one did anything when it happened.‘The fact that no one responded to the incident, asked if I was ok or even looked over was completely shocking and not ok.’Jamie Windust’s story | Photo: Instagram @leopardprintelephantNext, Windust shared the reason they were revealing the story.They wrote it was to highlight the violence trans and non-binary people face, as well as the way men act entitled around ‘femme presenting bodies’. Jamie Windust | Photo: Instagram @leopardprintelephant Is Pride a safe space for all?Everyday moments of gay history captured on new websiteNetflix sitcom One Day at a Time features non-binary characterRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Jamie Windust’s story | Photo: Instagram @leopardprintelephantWindust further revealed they contacted the MET police about the incident. They said they were ‘surprised and happy’ because the police are reportedly currently investigating what happened.They then went back to the fact that no one came to help.‘Straight people, step your asses into gear and be aware of your surroundings,’ they wrote. ‘I was vulnerable and audibly shouting on the street at a busy time and not one person came over or asked if I was ok.’Windust finished with a heartfelt thank you.Jamie Windust’s story | Photo: Instagram @leopardprintelephant‘I will never change myself for other people, I will continue to be myself, and will continue to empower myself and my community to know our worth. … If one of us is not free, none of us are.’GSN reached out to the police and Windust for comments.More from Gay Star NewsAustralians ‘Wear it Purple’ to empower LGBTI youthFirst trans governor nominee Christine Hallquist is receiving death threatsHere are the gender-neutral words and phrases you should knowGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Non-binary activist Jamie Windust posted on Instagram yesterday (2 September) about a man allegedly assaulting and discriminating against them. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

21 killed 30 injured in Veracruz highway accident

first_imgCivil Protection has reported the death of 19 on site and two in hospital after a tractor trailer reportedly rear ended a passenger bus. The bus, which was heading from Mexico City to Chiapas, was carrying a full busload of passengers. center_img Xalapa, Veracruz — The Secretariat of Civil Protection of Veracruz has confirmed the death of 21 people after a bus and tractor trailer collision along the Acatzingo-Ciudad Mendoza highway in the state of Veracruz. Both vehicles caught fire after the collision. Reports say another 30 people were also injured in the massive highway accident. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ancient sites in north at risk

first_imgOngoing efforts to unearth and preserve cultural treasures in the north of Cyprus remain the victim of the Department of Antiquities’ refusal to pursue collaboration until there is a solution to the Cyprus problem, the Science journal reported this week.On Wednesday, a report published in the prestigious journal presented the ongoing work of Dr Muge Sevketoglu, a Turkish Cypriot archaeologist who has dug up evidence of a settlement of farmers in Akanthou dating back more than 10,000 years – “among the earliest on this island” or, indeed, “anywhere”, the journal reported.It is quite a big deal, but not bigger, apparently, than the Department of Antiquities’ firm insistence that any and all archaeological digging in the north is illegal.“The Department of Antiquities in the south forbids excavation in the north, and condemns journals or meetings that present research on northern sites,” the Science report said.Resisting any trend toward normalising the political situation in the north, the department won’t approve excavations there unless they are “strictly required to safeguard, record or preserve cultural property”, it added.“We do not feel that the on-going excavations [at Akanthou] reflect any of the above categories,” director of antiquities Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou said in a statement to Science. She says research excavations should only resume when the island is politically reunited.Meanwhile, Cyprus’ cultural heritage in the north faces mortal perils. Development projects and the Turkish army have damaged several monuments before or even after they were designated as such, while still-uncovered prehistoric settlements, according to Sevketoglu, are at very real risk of being consigned to oblivion.In its own mission statement, the Antiquities Department lists the “management of the archaeological heritage of Cyprus” as its key responsibility, with main areas of activity being “systematic and rescue excavations”, as well as the “conservation, restoration, protection and promotion of ancient monuments, archaeological sites and of monuments of architectural heritage”.To the layman’s eyes, this may seem like a mandate to dig anywhere Cypriot cultural heritage might be found, and then conserve, restore, protect and promote what has been unearthed.Turkish Cypriot students under training recovering a burial site“Any excavation conducted in the occupied areas is illegal,” Solomidou-Ieronymidou replied flatly to the Sunday Mail’s questions on the possibility of engaging in archaeological activity in the north.“There is no way to hold excavations in the Turkish-held areas legally. The only way for excavations to be legal in the territory of the Republic of Cyprus is with permission from the head of the Antiquities Department.”Solomidou-Ieronymidou referred to “the Hague Convention and other international treaties”, which she argued make any digging in the occupied areas illegal.“The only way to have legal excavations in the Turkish-held part is after the solution of the Cyprus problem,” she repeated.But in the vortex of complexity that is the Cyprus problem few things are this straight-forward. Indeed, according to one individual familiar with the issue, who requested to remain anonymous, the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which Cyprus ratified in 1964 and Turkey a year later, allows for co-operation under certain conditions.According to the rules, “any High Contracting Party in occupation of the whole or part of the territory of another High Contracting Party shall as far as possible support the competent national authorities of the occupied country in safeguarding and preserving its cultural property”.“Not only have [the Department of Antiquities] not pursued such co-operation, but you know what our Republic is like – you know, that rigid insistence on the letter of the law that not only creates insurmountable obstacles but actually makes things worse,” the Sunday Mail’s source said.According to Science, options include expanding the mandate of the bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. This EU and UN-funded committee has overseen the renovation of historic churches, mosques and other cultural monuments on both sides of the divide, the Othello’s Tower in Famagusta in particular.Its mandate currently includes only immovable cultural heritage but could be expanded “to include archaeological sites, and encouraging observational studies in the north without changing existing policies”, the journal said.“I am not a government official, nor do I desire such a position – I am a scientist voicing out the situation and raising the flag, as I look back on my experiences and the near-future dangers: irreparable destruction and loss of heritage,” Sevketoglu told the Sunday Mail.“I have my ideas of how collaboration can work under the umbrella of an international committee of selected people who worked or are working in Cyprus. Many archaeological sites in the south are ironically excavated by foreign teams – French, American and British – but they are barred from helping at rescue works in the north.”It is not entirely unironic that, among the accomplishments she is most proud of in her career, Sevketoglu lists the staffing of pretty much all of the Turkish Cypriot archaeology staff working on the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) – the very model for bicommunal co-operation in the service of a higher purpose.“We used the opportunity of the rescue excavation at Akanthou from 1999 to 2005 to train Turkish Cypriot archaeology students,” she said.“Ninety-five per cent of the Turkish Cypriot archaeologists working on the CMP were trained at Akanthou rescue excavations. The CMP’s work – Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots exhuming missing persons in such admirable co-operation – would not have been possible otherwise.”Citing Greek and Turkish archaeologists working and publishing together in projects on both sides of the Aegean, Sevketoglu stressed the urgent need of working out an arrangement.“In 2018 I will complete 30 years of service in Cyprus archaeology,” she said.“This is my last shot to inform those in authority to change their stance – the United Nations needs to step in and establish the rules between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot authorities to make this work out.”You May LikeYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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