During the weekend, iconic singer, songwriter, humanitarian, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time GRAMMY Award winner Steven Tyler, and Live Nation celebrated the inaugural Janie’s Fund Gala with an exclusive live viewing of the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, elegant dinner, and unforgettable night of performances at the historic RED Studios Hollywood.Steven Tyler Performs At Inaugural Janie’s Fund Gala and GRAMMY Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe inaugural event raised over $2.4 million dollars for Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler in partnership with the national family services nonprofit Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls across America who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler first gave voice to this cause with his hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come.Celebrities, VIP guests and Janie’s Fund supporters in attendance included Alice Cooper, Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross, Ashley Tisdale & Christopher French, John Corbett & Bo Derek, Caitlyn Jenner, Cheech Marin, Chelsea Tyler & Jon Foster, Cody Simpson, David Foster & Katharine McPhee, Francesca Eastwood, Haley Reinhart, Jason Sudeikis & Olivia Wilde, Joey Kramer, Matt Sorum, Melissa Peterman, Moby, Nina Dobrev, Nuno Bettencourt, Pete Wentz, Randy Jackson, Ruby Rose, Sharon Stone, Sophia Hutchins, Suzanne Sommers, Terry Crews and more.Following the star-studded red carpet arrivals, Tyler hosted guests at an intimate VIP cocktail reception – true to his style, the transformed rock ’n roll chic space featured custom velvet drapes and glowing chandeliers with hanging scarves. The London Essentials entertained guests roaming around the party performing acoustic classics and ushering the guests into the decadent ballroom to watch the GRAMMY Awards telecast live.Guests were then treated to a multi-course dinner menu designed by Trisha Yearwood while emcee Melissa Peterman had the audience in stitches throughout the evening. Following the telecast, celebrities took part in the live auction which featured exclusive trips including a VIP New Orleans Jazz Fest experience featuring Aerosmith, and original artwork and photographs by Christopher Makos, The Haas Brothers, Mr. Brainwash, Bernie Taupin, and more. Auction highlights included Terry Crews and Olivia Wilde purchasing custom scarves designed by Tyler and limited edition event prints by Brian Fox. Sharon Stone placed the highest bid of $116,000 for the exclusive Christopher Makos print of Andy Warhol kissing John Lennon.The inaugural gala was capped off with Sharon Stone introducing Tyler and his Nashville-based band, LOVING MARY, who performed the classic hits “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On,” “Jaded”, and more. The jovial crowd was surprised when Nuno Bettencourt took the stage performing his hit “More Than Words” with Tyler. During “Walk This Way,” Tyler was also joined by Aerosmith’s drummer Joey Kramer and a West African drumming group featuring the girls supported by Janie’s Fund.Sponsors for the event include Kia Motors, Hilton, and Patrón Tequila.Co-chair supporters for the event included Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Andrea Bocelli, Bo Derek, Britney Spears, Sir Elton John, Jim Carrey, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe & Marjorie Walsh, Kate Hudson, Lionel Richie, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Yoko Ono.
Media reports say at least six people have died after security forces fired on protesters outside the Omari mosque in Deraa. The mosque has reportedly been the focus of anti-Government demonstrations in recent days. “There should be a transparent investigation into the killings, and those responsible must be held accountable,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. The Secretary-General reiterated his call on the Syrian authorities to refrain from violence and to abide by their international commitments regarding human rights, including the right to peaceful assembly. “He reminds the Syrian Government of its obligation to protect civilians and of its responsibility to address the legitimate aspirations of its people through a purposeful dialogue and reforms,” the statement added. Yesterday the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for an “independent, transparent and effective” investigation into the killing of six people by security forces in Deraa since last Friday, when thousands took to the streets following Friday prayers, calling for greater political freedom and an end to corruption. OHCHR reiterated the need to put an immediate halt to the excessive use of force against peaceful protesters by security forces, especially the use of live ammunition. Syria is among a handful of nations in North Africa and the Middle East witnessing popular uprisings demanding greater freedoms and democratic reforms. The wave of protests that began in Tunisia has already toppled the long-serving leader of that country, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, as well as Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. In Libya, the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi has waged a fierce military offensive against the opposition movement. 23 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the violence against peaceful protesters in the southern Syrian city of Deraa that left several dead and many more wounded today and yesterday, stressing that those responsible must be held accountable.
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An inquiry into long term care began in St. Thomas Ontario, after a serial killer was caught.Inquiry Commissioner Justice Eileen Gillese got somewhat emotional as the inquiry got underway a live stream of the proceedings is available to the public.Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to killing eight people and harming several others and is serving a life sentence. She will not be testifying at the inquiry but her statements will be used as evidence. If she hadn’t confessed her crimes would likely never have been discovered, the inquiry heard. What failings of the system allowed her to do this, the Commissioner asked and what can the system do to prevent it from happening again.The inquiry will be heard for a total of 10 weeks between June and September, but the final report isn’t expected until next July, 2019. Although one week of expert evidence will be heard in Toronto the Commissioner said she wanted most of the evidence to come out here in St. Thomas where the people most affected by Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s crimes would be able to attend.Lawyers involved represent families, long term care facilities, nurses associations, the college of nurses, and the Health Ministry among others. Gillese says the hearings are about being heard and healing broken trust in the long term care system.
CALGARY — A judge has found a Calgary man guilty of killing his young grandson.Allan Perdomo Lopez was charged with manslaughter in the 2015 death of five-year-old Emilio Perdomo.The trial heard that Emilio died of a blunt-force brain injury five months after he came to Canada from Mexico for a better life.The Crown played a police recording from the family minivan of the accused praying in Spanish.An English transcript of the intercept submitted by the prosecution said Perdomo Lopez was saying he “didn’t want to kill that child.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The man’s defence lawyer had said the remark was not a confession and that the Crown cherry-picked segments of the recordings to construct its story.Justice Richard Neufeld said Perdomo Lopez’s prayer had to be given great weight given his devout Christian faith.“I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Perdomo confessed to having killed Emilio, even though he did not want to do so,” Neufeld said in his verdict Wednesday.The prayer was one of 11 police recordings from the accused’s vehicle, home and phone that were presented as evidence.Court heard the boy was taken to hospital unconscious on July 9, 2015, and underwent emergency brain surgery. Emilio never woke up and died eight days later.Prosecutor Shane Parker said in his closing arguments in June that the boy was brought to Canada for a better life, but instead was abused for weeks by his grandfather.Court was shown photos of bruises and scars in various stages of healing all over Emilio’s body. The injuries were not visible in photos of the child when he was in Mexico or shortly after he arrived in Canada.Defence lawyer Darren Mahoney suggested there were other reasonable conclusions Neufeld could draw, including that the boy’s death was an accident or that someone else in the household could have assaulted him.
Brock Holt3.4+1.31.6-0.3-1.7 David Price4.9+3.45.2+3.9+0.5 Brandon Workman1.2+0.42.1+1.4+1.0 SeasonTeamPreseason Elo RatingWinsLosses Christian Vazquez2.5-0.33.9+1.7+2.0 2018Dodgers1568514 In the bullpen, the team probably has missed closer Craig Kimbrel, who recorded 1.8 WAR last season but was not re-signed (and remains a free agent today). But mostly the story of the 2019 Red Sox is of the holdovers from last year’s championship team — and most of those have fallen short of the performance standards they set for themselves a season ago.Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has actually played extremely well in the early part of this season, starter David Price and first baseman Mitch Moreland have been solid, and third baseman Rafael Devers has improved on last year’s disappointing sophomore campaign. But those gains don’t make up for declines by Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez and subreplacement starts from Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Nunez, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and — most concerning — Sale. Nathan Eovaldi1.5+1.15.7-2.0-3.1 2000Yankees1565316 2010Yankees1563613 2019Red Sox*1562613 2019221822301727 Rafael Devers4.5+0.56.2+2.5+2.0 The Red Sox’s strengths have become weaknessesMLB-wide wins above replacement (WAR) rankings for the Boston Red Sox, 2018 vs. 2019 seasons Steve Pearce1.5+1.22.1-3.4-4.5 PlayerPlaying timeWAR/162Playing timeWAR/162WAR/162 Diff. Worst 19 Games Andrew Benintendi6.1+4.15.6+2.8-1.3 WAR numbers are through games of April 17, 2019.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs J.D. Martinez6.0+6.16.6+5.0-1.2 201821818653 * Based on plate appearances and (leverage-weighted) innings pitched.WAR numbers are through games of April 17, 2019.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Chris Sale4.4+6.54.9-2.5-9.0 * First 19 games of season. Heath Hembree2.0+0.32.4+0.0-0.3 Eduardo Nunez4.6-0.73.8-5.8-5.1 Sam Travis0.4-0.20.6-0.1+0.1 Mitch Moreland4.2+0.85.3+2.2+1.4 Tyler Thornburg0.6-0.21.4-0.2+0.0 Blake Swihart1.9-0.32.4+0.6+0.9 Betts has placed a lot of the responsibility for the team’s slow start on himself. “Basically, what I’m doing is unacceptable,” Betts said Monday. “I have to figure out a way to get something done and help the team.”The reigning AL MVP should start to turn things around sooner or later, though. His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is an unsustainably low .208 this season, indicating a lot of potential for improvement, and most of his Statcast metrics are in line with his career numbers before last year’s career season — when he still was a .292/.351/.488 hitter with outstanding defensive skills.If Betts will be fine, Sale is a bigger worry. The lanky left-hander’s fastball velocity has been low in three of four starts — though he did reach an average of 96.1 mph against the Yankees on Tuesday (which is near where he was most of last season before a sharp drop-off in September). But radar-gun readings aside, Sale is also walking a career-high2Among seasons with at least 100 innings pitched. 2.5 batters per nine innings and has already given up nearly half as many home runs (five) as he yielded all of last year. The Red Sox have enough other talented players to remain a good team in a down year from Sale, but they might not be able to be a truly great team without him pitching at his best.And are they actually a good team, despite this horrid start? Or will this season eventually spiral into disaster the way Boston’s last championship defense did? As bad as the Red Sox have looked, it still seems foolish to count them out. In a sport where it takes 67 games before a team’s record is even roughly half-luck and half-skill, 19 games shouldn’t matter much to our expectation for a team going forward. Even after this rough start, our Elo model gives the Sox a rating of 1538, which equates to the talent needed to win about 89 times per 162 games. That’s only about five and a half fewer wins of talent than Elo thought they had before opening day.But the problem is that the Red Sox have to live with that 6-13 record they’ve banked for themselves so far. If they play like an 89-win team over the rest of the season, they’d still only end up with 85 wins by season’s end. In a division where the Tampa Bay Rays and even the up-and-down Yankees are on track for 92 or more wins, 85 to 90 wins might leave Boston right on the edge of the playoffs. (And to get to, say, 95 wins, they’d have to play at a 102-win pace over the rest of the season.) Although it is often said that the MLB season is a marathon and not a sprint, don’t be surprised if Boston’s early struggles force it to run ragged down the stretch just to make a bid for the AL’s second wild-card spot.Check out our latest MLB predictions. WAR Rankings Xander Bogaerts5.4%+4.36.2%+6.5+2.2 Tzu-Wei Lin0.7+0.00.1-0.1-0.1 Marcus Walden0.3+0.22.0+0.2+0.0 Sandy Leon2.7+0.00.2-0.7-0.7 1977Reds1566415 Dustin Pedroia0.1-0.11.7-3.2-3.1 Ryan Brasier1.1+1.12.8+1.3+0.2 Most of the Red Sox holdovers are ice-coldPercentage of team playing time* and wins above replacement (WAR) per 162 games for players who were on both the 2018 and 2019 Boston Red Sox 2002Athletics1565415 It’s a bad idea to read too much into any April baseball games, but this week’s two-game sweep at the hands of the archrival New York Yankees appears to have officially sent the Boston Red Sox into a full-blown crisis. The team’s record dipped to 6-13 — tied for the second-worst for a defending champ since 1947 (trailing only the fire-sale 1998 Marlins) — and they landed once again in last place in the American League East.[Our 2019 MLB predictions are updated after every game.]“This is flat-out embarrassing for my family, for my team, for our fans,” Boston ace Chris Sale told reporters after giving up four runs over five innings in Tuesday’s 8-0 loss. “This is about as bad as it gets. I have to pitch better.”“We’re not really playing very well anywhere,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski added. “Our starting pitching hasn’t been very good, our defense hasn’t been overly good, our hitting hasn’t been like it’s been capable of being.”As Dombrowski suggests, Boston has come by its horrible record honestly: Only the dreadful, rebuilding Miami Marlins (-49) have a worse run differential than the Red Sox’s -42 mark this season. Bad stretches happen to good teams sometimes, but ones this terrible haven’t happened often to teams that were supposed to be as good as Boston — especially coming off last year’s 108-win season. Since World War II, only six other teams that started a season with an Elo rating of at least 1562 (like the 2019 Red Sox) had any 19-game stretch in which they won six or fewer games — much less had those be the only 19 games we saw of them. 1955Yankees1568613 Hector Velazquez2.2+1.02.7+1.8+0.8 When bad stretches happen to good (we think?) teamsAmong teams that started a season with an Elo rating of at least 1562, the worst 19-game stretches at any point in the season, 1946-2019 SeasonBattingBase runningFieldingStartersBullpenTotal Jackie Bradley Jr.4.9+2.44.8-4.0-6.4 Brian Johnson2.6+0.91.0-1.9-2.8 (The good news for the Red Sox? Those other teams posted an average of 94.3 wins per 162 games even with the bad 19-game stretch, and none won fewer than 87. But again, those 19 games weren’t the only bits of evidence we had about the teams to begin the season.)It was always likely that the Red Sox would regress some — and perhaps even a lot — after last year’s storybook season. But nobody could have predicted that the wheels would fall off so quickly and thoroughly as they have. According to wins above replacement (WAR),1Averaging together the WAR figures found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. the Red Sox went from the third-best team in MLB last season (behind the Astros and Yankees) to the fourth-worst this year (ahead of the Orioles, Marlins and Rockies). For two categories in which the team ranked among the top six last season — hitting and starting pitching — Boston has dropped into the bottom nine (including the very worst starting performance in baseball), and the bullpen has also dropped from the top five to the league’s bottom half: Rick Porcello5.3+2.93.0-4.8-7.7 Eduardo Rodriguez3.6+2.54.0-1.6-4.2 Mookie Betts5.7+10.66.8+1.5-9.1 2018 Season2019 Season Matt Barnes2.1+1.22.3+3.0+1.9
Molten salt technology is being developed for use in mineral processing to reduce energy and water costs. The University of South Australia has formed a collaborative research funding partnership with Centrex Metals in a bid to use the cutting-edge technology to significantly reduce energy and water usage, and therefore the cost of mineral processing using molten salts.The research, based around the Oxley potassium project in Western Australia and undertaken by UniSA’s School of Engineering and Future Industries Institute, will expand current molten salt research for solar energy applications into minerals processing with a view to maximising successful technology development and commercialisation. The research program, led by University of South Australia Associate Research Professor Frank Bruno, will develop a minerals processing circuit to leach, extract and purify metals from silicate minerals in a solely molten salt environment, without the need for subsequent aqueous processing.If the research successfully provides the ability for all processing steps to be undertaken in a molten salt environment it will significantly lower energy and water use and the associated costs.South Australian company Centrex Metals will use the technology at its Oxley potash project to become the first commercial and cost competitive manufacturer of bulk potassium chloride fertiliser from potassium feldspar ore.The Oxley project is located in the Midwest of Western Australia about 125 km southeast of the port of Geraldton. The project is a very rare 32 km long shallow dipping and outcropping potash feldspar rich lava flow.Centrex Minerals CEO Ben Hammond said the technology would take advantage of the unique liquid properties of molten salt to not only convert metals within silicate ore to an extractable form, but also separate and purify them, saving energy, water and reducing the overall project footprint.“It will allow us to look at competing in the bulk fertiliser space for our globally unique large scale potassium feldspar deposit at Oxley, ” Hammond said.Molten salt technology has previously been used in the solar and nuclear energy industries at temperatures up to 600oC, including the 110 MW Crescent Dunes solar energy project in Nevada.The University of South Australia project will use salts at temperatures from 850oC and above for the first time.Bruno said the research could have broader implications for mineral refinement in the mining industry and provide valuable insights for its further development in the solar and nuclear industries.“Salts at the higher temperatures are generally more corrosive and also because you’re at higher temperatures that in itself creates greater reactions,” he said.The UniSA team is a world leader in molten salt technology and has focused on its applications for thermal energy storage for the past four years.“At that point in time we would never have thought we would be able to use it for this application,” Bruno said. “Now that people know that we are working with a higher temperature molten salt they are coming to us with all sorts of applications they are wanting us to look at.”Between Centrex, the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and the Mining Industry Participation Office of South Australia,A $464,000 of external funding will support UniSA’s work on the first two stages of the proposed three stage research program.South Australia’s capital Adelaide has three long-standing public universities, Flinders University, University of South Australia, and the University of Adelaide, each of which are consistently rated highly in the international higher education rankings.The picture shows University of South Australia Associate Professor Frank Bruno
When official interest rates move, mortgage borrowers have decisions to make. Broadly speaking, you can stick with a variable rate loan which means paying the best market rate in any given month. Or you can take a fixed rate mortgage where you lock in a rate for a set number of years. Neither approach is risk-free. If you fix for three years you risk that during that time the variable rate will become cheaper, and you’ll be paying too much on your loan. The reverse is that you have a variable rate loan during a time when the Reserve Bank puts up the cash rate, and your mortgage goes up too. So what should borrowers be doing now? You should think about two perspectives: interest rates and products. Firstly, form a view on where interest rates are going. We can gain insight into this by looking at what the professionals think: the ones to watch are the Reserve Bank of Australia and the banks’ swap rate markets. The Reserve Bank has been cutting the cash rate since November 2011, and it is now at the historically low 2.75 per cent. Will they cut further? They’re giving themselves the permission to cut again. The latest decision in June included the statement that current inflation ‘might provide some scope for further easing’. You have to balance that against the fixed rate market. Several lenders currently have 4.99 per cent fixed loans for three years, which is a good deal compared to the best variable loans which are around 5.3 per cent. The markets that underpin fixed rate mortgages are the ‘swap rates’ – in the past three weeks they slid from around 3.2 per cent to 2.9 per cent, which indicates banks believe the price of money is dropping. The job for anyone who wants to fix is to look at the RBA and the swap rates and make a determination as to how low the price of money goes and for how long. You should also look at products. While variable rate mortgages are fairly simple market-linked loans, fixed rate mortgages have potential pitfalls. If you take a fixed rate at 4.99 per cent, you want to get further ahead than if you took a variable rate. So you want the lender to allow lump sums on the loan so you can pay it out fast. Many fixed rate loans only allow a fixed payment. Secondly, watch for break fees on fixed loans. If you sell your home during your three-year term and pay out the mortgage, some loans require you to make good on the income the banks otherwise would have earned. The third point is to know yourself. Some want the certainty of fixing at a low rate while others want the best market rate in any given month. It’s a personality thing and you should understand where you’re comfortable. As always, be aware of the forces that work on your finances and be informed. If you’re confused, ask an adviser. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Markonmark.email@example.com with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Tokyo-based marketing support organisation Piala has introduced up to six days of paid leave for non-smoking employees in order to counterbalance the time spent by staff who take smoking breaks.The organisation, which has approximately 120 employees, launched the benefit to staff in September, and to date it has been taken up by 31 employees. In addition, four employees have started smoking cessation programmes since the scheme’s introduction.The benefit, named ‘smoking holiday’ by the organisation, has been implemented to help staff improve their health as well as to help reform working practices. To receive the paid leave, employees have to declare that they have not smoked for the past year.The paid leave benefit was launched after non-smoking employees left comments in the organisation’s suggestion box, stating that smoking breaks were causing problems.Piala is based on the 29th floor of an office block, so smoking employees would spend approximately 10 to 15 minutes travelling to the basement floor in order to have a smoking break, with some employees taking several of these breaks during the working day. The organisation reports that 35% of its workforce are smokers.Taka Asuka, president at Piala, said: “It is nice to get rid of the sense of inequality.”
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds hit the pavement in Southwest Miami-Dade to take part in the 10th annual run/walk benefitting Special Olympics Florida.The Sponsor an Athlete 5K was held at Gulliver Preparatory School, Sunday morning. It aimed to raise funds to help support more than 7,000 athletes that Special Olympics Florida serves in Miami-Dade County.This year’s event raised more than $65,000.The Sponsor an Athlete 5K also featured a live DJ, food trucks, face painting, balloon artists and food vendors.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowMurkowski said to find Kavanaugh accuser ‘very credible’Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Sen. Murkowski told a reporter at midday that she was withholding her judgment until she heard from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.After one year, Feds examine how DOT takeover of environmental reviews is workingRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThere are few areas that could be improved — like one instance where the state should have held a public hearing — and didn’t. And there are questions about having enough staff and allocating the time and money they need for training.Mount Polley engineers face disciplinary hearingsJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauEngineers at the Canadian mine that discharged millions of cubic yards of tailings stand accused of negligence by their professional peers. The copper-gold mine waste discharged into salmon-producing rivers that are important to Alaska fisheries.Bank employee suspected of stealing $4.3M extradited to USAssociated PressA former Alaska bank employee suspected of leaving the country with $4.3 million seven years ago has been extradited from Mexico to face federal charges.Lava continues to flow from Mount VeniaminofIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamMount Veniaminof, located on the Alaska Peninsula north of Perryville, has been emitting lava and sporadic plumes of ash since early September.Former Providence Hospital CEO now working to reduce Anchorage homelessnessZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIn April, Dr. Richard Mandsager retired as the CEO of Providence Hospital. Now, he’s starting a new chapter working for the Rasmusson Foundation as a senior fellow, and will spend the next three years trying to leverage the foundation’s resources to partner with other groups reducing homelessness in Anchorage.Showcasing your work: Eagle River art teacher nominated for Alaska Teacher of the YearWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageJacob Bera is the fine arts chair at Eagle River high school. He has students at all levels, from kids who’ve never considered art as a hobby, to those who are just as passionate as he was in his AP Studio Art class.Haines Borough Assembly discusses Alaska Excursions tour permitHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesThe Haines Borough Assembly has been discussing the status of a permit for tour operator Alaska Excursions. In February several former employees complained about the company’s safety practices.‘Bush Blues’: An ordinary cop solves crimes in an extraordinary worldRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaA new crime thriller based in western Alaska was penned by a newcomer to fiction, but a veteran in law enforcement.
Ferry services. UNB File PhotoFerry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma river resumed after one hour of disruption caused by dense fog on Saturday morning.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation assistant general manager (Aricha ghat) Nasir Mohammad Chowdhury said, “The ferry services were disrupted from 8:00am due to poor visibility caused by thick fog.”He saod the ferry services resumed around 9:00am as the fog cleared, reports UNB.
Share J. Scott Applewhite/APHouse Speaker Paul Ryan, flanked by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas (left) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, meet with reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.Addressing the resignation of President Trump’s national security adviser, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Michael Flynn had lost the president’s trust and he was right to ask for Flynn’s resignation.Flynn resigned Monday night following reports that he had discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia prior to Trump’s inauguration — and then misled then-Vice President-elect Pence about that conversation.“National security is perhaps the most important function or responsibility a president has,” Ryan told reporters in a weekly briefing. He added, “I think the key is this: That as soon as this person lost the president’s trust, the president asked for his resignation, and that was the right thing to do.”Before the resignation, press secretary Sean Spicer said the White House was “evaluating the situation” with regards to Flynn — comments that contradicted remarks a short time earlier when Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC the president had “full confidence” in Flynn. The White House has not said that Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation. Trump did not answer questions about Flynn when asked by pool reporters at an education listening session on Tuesday morning.Many Republicans are making it clear that Flynn’s resignation is not the end of the story for them.In a statement, Republican Sen. John McCain thanked Gen. Flynn for his “many years of distinguished service to our country,” but called the resignation “a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus.” He called on the president to find a replacement who is “empowered by clear lines of authority and responsibility and possesses the skills and experience necessary to organize the national security system across our government.”Flynn has temporarily been replaced by retired Lt. Gen. Joseph Kellogg.Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the committee should talk to Flynn “very soon.”“I think everybody needs that investigation to happen,” Blunt in an interview with KTRS radio, CNN reports. “And the Senate Intelligence Committee, again that I serve on, has been given the principle responsibility to look into this, and I think that we should look into it exhaustively so that at the end of this process, nobody wonders whether there was a stone left unturned, and shouldn’t reach conclusions before you have the information that you need to have to make those conclusions.”Senate Democrats have called for a “full classified briefing by all relevant agencies, including the Department of Justice and the FBI, as soon as possible and certainly before Thursday, February 16.” Reps. John Conyers of Michigan and Elijah Cummings of Maryland called Flynn “unfit” to be national security adviser and said he should have been dismissed weeks ago.“We in Congress need to know who authorized his actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks,” their joint statement said. “We need to know who else within the White House is a current and ongoing risk to our national security.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Windows Security Only Update won’t include Internet Explorer patches anymore by Martin Brinkmann on January 14, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: January 14, 2017 – 11 commentsMicrosoft’s Nathan Mercer announced new servicing changes for Windows 7 and 8.1 in a new blog post on the Windows for IT Pros site on January 13, 2017.The company switched to a new update servicing system for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and the server operating systems Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2, in October 2016. The company switched from releasing individual patches for security and non-security updates, to a rollup model.Microsoft released update collections which included all updates instead of individual updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.Windows users and administrators ran into issues with the new update servicing model for those operating systems right away.The first issue that users experienced was that the syntax for the updates was confusing. Microsoft releases three servicing updates each month for each of the supported operating systems:Security Monthly Quality Update (Monthly Rollup) — This update includes security and non-security updates for the operating system. It is cumulative.Security Only Quality Update — (Security Only Update) This update includes only security updates. It is not cumulative, and not available through Windows Update.Preview of Monthly Quality Update (Preview Update) — This update includes non-security update previews that Microsoft will release in the next month.It is easy enough to confuse the monthly rollup update with the security only update because of the naming scheme for these updates.Microsoft revealed a supersedence issue back in December 2016 then that affected customers using WSUS or Configuration Manager 2007.The main issue was that the installation of a monthly rollup update would supersede security only updates. This should not have happened, and Microsoft made changes to the system to prevent this from happening in the future.Microsoft won’t provide security only updates to PCs where a monthly rollup from the same month or later month is installed on. This was applied retroactively to all security only updates from October 2016 on.This is accomplished through an applicability definition on the Security Only update, which checks for the installation of a Monthly Rollup (from the same or later month) to determine if it applicable on the PC. For example, if a PC attempts to install the February 2017 Security Only update, and the February 2017 (or later) Monthly Rollup is already installed, the Windows Update client will now report the Security Only update as not applicable. In addition to simplifying the installation scenario, tools that leverage such applicability for deployment reporting would see the Security Only update as not needed on the PC.The new change that Mercer announced on Friday excludes Internet Explorer updates from the Security Only update starting with the February 2017 updates.This means that Internet Explorer updates will be offered as standalone updates from that month onward similar to how Microsoft .NET Framework updates are offered.The change reduces the size of the Security Only update. It means however that users and system administrators will have to install the Internet Explorer patches separately.The Monthly Rollup update will include Internet Explorer updates just like before, so nothing changes on this front.SummaryArticle NameWindows Security Only Update won’t include Internet Explorer patches anymoreDescriptionMicrosoft’s Nathan Mercer announced new servicing changes for Windows 7 and 8.1 in a new blog post on the Windows for IT Pros site on January 13, 2017.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Chilean kiwifruit production to drop this season … New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) says it is pleased that around 250 people have successfully applied to vary the conditions of their visitor visas following the declaration of a labor shortage.The declaration for the Bay of Plenty and extension in Hawkes Bay was made on April 5 amid concerns over whether there would be enough people in the orchards and in the packhouses for the harvest.The group said the number of people successfully applying to stay longer in the country is expected to “increase sharply over this week”. This week marks the beginning of the peak of harvest for the kiwifruit industry in the Bay of Plenty, NZKGI said in a release. The peak is expected to last until the end of May. Chilean kiwifruit volumes forecast down 15% this s … You might also be interested in April 16 , 2019 Zespri: “It’s certainly been a busy year for us” … Retailers encouraged to “get with the program” … More than 18,000 seasonal workers will be required to pick and pack the kiwifruit, it added.”While we are pleased our attraction campaign has increased the number of visitors who have shown interest to work in the kiwifruit industry, we are likely to require more workers to pick and pack at season peak,” CEO Nikki Johnson said.“As a first priority, we are calling on people who live in close proximity to orchards and packhouses to roll up their sleeves and join us in this booming industry.”Current estimates put the potential labor shortfall at peak around 3,550 the Bay of Plenty’s kiwifruit industry, NZKGI said. There was a shortfall of 1,200 vacancies at the peak of harvest in 2018.So far around a quarter of New Zealand’s estimated volume of over 155 million trays has been picked and packed.Potential employees who would like to find work in the kiwifruit industry can find information around employers, job types and rights on the NZKGI website (www.nzkgi.org.nz). Overseas visitors are encouraged to visit the Immigration New Zealand website where detailed information about varying the conditions of a visa can be found.
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The Yeroskipou municipality held 860 civil marriage ceremonies in 2017, head of the municipality’s civil ceremony office Marina Poylviou said on Tuesday.The number was only ten more than had been carried out the previous year.The majority of couples, Polyviou said, were from the United Kingdom, Russia, Israel and Lebanon, as well as other European countries. However, she noted that there was less demand from Russian couples, in comparison to 2016, while there was a slight increase in demand from Israeli couples.Looking forward, she said her office expects an increase this year from Israeli and British couples.Polyviou added that the increase in Israeli couples is due to daily flights from Paphos airport to Israel.She said that the civil ceremonies are conducted in the Kato Vrysi area, at the beaches and gardens of hotels, or at Aphrodite’s rock.Polyviou also noted that the municipality’s civil ceremony office will take part in the IMTM convention in Tel Aviv form February 6 to 7, where meetings will be held with travel agencies and wedding planners.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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