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first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target A bobcat struck by a police car in Orange County, California earlier this year has recovered and was released back into the wild on Saturday.The bobcat was injured in February when it ran onto Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach and was struck by a police car. It was taken to the Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital, where it underwent rehabilitation for two months.Thank you to @LagunaBeachPD and vet Dr. Weldy who released a rehabilitated bobcat into the backcountry of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park today. The cat had been hit by an officer on Laguna Canyon Road in February, and he was on hand to see the release. pic.twitter.com/bBJOr7Wzfz— OC Parks (@OCParks) April 13, 2019Laguna Beach police Officer Thomas McGuire, who was driving the car, and veterinarian Dr. Scott Weldy, who treated the wild animal for head trauma, were both on hand to witness the rehabilitated bobcat’s release into the backcountry of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.Weldy told the Los Angeles Times he fed the bobcat a final meal of chicken parts before taking it to the wilderness park, near where it was injured, for its release.McGuire was responding to a call on Feb. 19 when it struck the year-old bobcat. “I felt horrible,” he told the Times.center_img He pulled over immediately and called animal control officers, who rushed the animal to Weldy’s facility.It was that immediate reaction, the vet told the Orange County Register, that saved the bobcat’s life.Weldy found the bobcat had significant head trauma, and its sternum had been fractured. Weldy also discovered from full body X-rays that the cat had been shot, the OC Register reported. Lead fragments in the cat’s hind legs near the ankles had healed over the bullets.According to Weldy, putting the bobcat back close to where he was found is critical for his surviva. The park is stocked with rabbits and squirrels, the favored diet of bobcats.“I’m happy for him,” McGuire told the OC Register. “Hopefully, it all goes well and it’s almost like it never happened for him. It’s nice to see him back where he belongs.”More on Geek.com:‘Badass’ Bobcat Kitten Named Mr. Murderbritches Released Into the WildAnimal Control Looking for Exotic Pet Cat On the Loose in VirginiaWatch: Firefighters Use Crane to Hoist Elephant Back to Her Feetlast_img read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Oct 2015 – Private property owners and private residents are a big part of the problem of mosquito infestation – some deliberately and others inadvertently – these views are being expressed in social media strings and by some politicians. Vociferous residents have chimed in on the popular Speak Your Mind TCI to say that ‘nastiness’ is to blame for some of the inundation of mosquitoes; these residents say there are just too many people prepared to throw garbage along the roadways and that is a known haven for mosquito breeding. In a media statement, another challenge brought to light may not be so irresponsible according to former PDM leader and current PDA Leader, Oswald Skippings. Skippings called the PNP Administration insensitive. “…some of the owners are unemployed and are struggling to survive and therefore cannot afford to pump the water off their property. Government must also understand that while it may be a private property, the possible resulting problems may affect the entire community if not the entire island and country.” Skippings accuses the Government of refusing to pump water out of areas like Five Cays, which he says still has standing water from Hurricane Joaquin. During the recent House of Assembly debate, Minister responsible for public works, George Lightbourne said over $400,000 was approved at Cabinet for work and repairs in the aftermath of the hurricane. Environmental Health on Thursday shared the fogging schedule for Provo and explained to Magnetic Media that both North and Middle Caicos are being sprayed daily. Related Items:Mosquitoes, oswald skippings, pda, pnp, speak your mind TCI Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more


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first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club was down 2-1 but ended up winning 5-2 against the Luxembourg side in the Champions LeagueFor 17 minutes Luxembourg’s Dudelange was up 2-1 against AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League.But the Rossoneri were able to turn their luck around and ended up winning 5-2.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We respect Dudelange and they played well today, especially in the first half. It wasn’t easy, because they came here to put in a great performance at San Siro,” Hakan Calhanoglu told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“I think we had a decent second half and that kind of spirit is how we must win. Finally, my foot doesn’t hurt anymore and I’m in good shape.”“The most important thing isn’t who scores, but the team victory. A goal is just a bonus,” he added.last_img read more


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first_img Email Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Residente Wins Best Urban Song Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Mexican singer/songwriter takes home the folk album award at The Biggest Night in Latin MusicRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 2:18 pm No stranger to the Latin GRAMMY stage, Mexican singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade added another Latin GRAMMY to her collection, winning Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards. Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade Wins Best Folk Album | 18th Latin GRAMMYs MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com News Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.comcenter_img Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Residente Wins Best Urban Song Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Prev Next Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Twitter Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Facebook Residente Wins Best Urban Song Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment “Wow. Hi everyone. We are very excited. I am very grateful. I have next to me, two great men, the Macorinos, I wanted to collaborate on this project to reconnect with myself and reconnect with music, folklore [and] the composers that I admire [and] with Mexico [and] with Latin America. I felt it was necessary to unveil the music and return it to that … intimate space of heart and soul and, fortunately, this spread to my team. This spread to our producers, Gustavo Guerrero [and] Cheche Alara. It spread to my management team, to Queta, Kevin [and] Carlos. It spread to my record company, my family [and] my record company that indulge [my] crazy whims. … Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 16, 2017 – 7:22 pm Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY natalia-lafourcade-wins-best-folk-album-18th-latin-grammys Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Read more Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech “There they are, and they tell me, “Let’s go forward.” [Thank you to] the team of people that have been behind this Musas [album] that we completed. And [to] my men, my Macorinos: What I most wanted was [for] the world [to] remember them always for how pleasant they are. …  Thank you very much.” — Natalia LafourcadeA GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner, this win marked her first win in the Best Folk Album category. She also took home Best Long Form Video at the 18th Latin GRAMMYs for Musas, El Documental, marking her ninth career win. Past wins include the Latin GRAMMY for Record and Song Of The Year for “Hasta La Raíz” at the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards.The other nominees for Best Folk Album were Yuvisney Aguilar & Afrocuban Jazz Quartet’s Piango, Piango, Magín Díaz’ El Orisha De La Rosa, Quinteto Leopoldo Federico’s Pa’ Qué Más (Música Andina Colombina), and Edward Ramírez & Rafa Pino’s El Tuyero Ilustrado. Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMYlast_img read more


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first_imgAnchorage School Board won’t renew superintendent’s contractAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage School Board will not renew the district superintendent’s contract next year.Arctic coast guards team up, Russia includedLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe head of the U.S. Coast Guard met today with his counterparts from seven other northern nations. They created the Arctic Coast Guard Forum, at a signing ceremony in New London, Conn.Who’s the boss of Alaska LNG? I am, Walker saysRachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageAs lawmakers close out the first week of their special session on the Alaska LNG gas line project, there’s one question in the air — why are we still here?Senators grounded while SecDef visits Alaska without themLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Alaska’s two U.S. senators were supposed to be at Fort Wainwright today with a high-profile visitor on a stopover.2 jailhouse informants say Fairbanks 4 talked on crimeDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksMembers of the Fairbanks Four made incriminating statements in jail.  That according to men men who served time with them.Staffer honored for thwarting would-be school shooter in NewtokCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelThe Lower Kuskokwim School District Board of Education, in their Friday morning meeting, recognized Harry Nevak for his role in stopping a possible school shooting earlier this fall in the Southwestern Alaska village of Newtok.Museum exhibits German photographer’s Arctic collectionZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageFew people are willing to camp out at thirty below for days at a time in order to get the perfect photograph of a polar bear feasting on whale bones. An exhibit at the Anchorage Museum is showcasing wild works made with exceptionally radical methods.AK: Stalking the ultimate Halloween movieDave Waldron, APRN – AnchorageHallow’s Eve is almost here, and it’s safe to say that most of us have our costumes and candy ready. But what about something to watch? A scary movie can complete a haunted house or be the perfect past time between trick-or-treaters. We tap the expertise of a film junkie in search of the ultimate Halloween flick.49 Voices: Halloween display king Eugene Enstice of AnchorageThis week we went hunting for one of the best Halloween displays in Anchorage. When we knocked on the door, Eugene Enstice answered. He says he’s been going all out with decorations since he bought the house in 1988. 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 @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more


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first_imgRam Charan and Varun Tej in CaliforniaInstagramThe recent picture of Ram Charan which was posted by his cousin, Tollywood hero Varun Tej, has drawn huge attention from all over. It appears like Ram Charan is having a vacation before he starts shooting for RRR.Varun Tej, who got very famous with his movies Mukunda, Fidaa, Tholi Prema etc, posted a picture on his social media profile a while ago and captioned it “‪Randomly bumped into Mr.C in Cali!”. In the picture, Varun Tej is seen posing with Ram Charan, with his stunning new look, which is probably for his upcoming movie RRR.Ram Charan, who was praised for his natural looks in the blockbuster movie Rangasthalam, sported a ribbed body for his latest movie Vinaya Vidheya Rama. Now that he is all set to start shooting for the upcoming movie RRR, Ram Charan seems to have worked on his looks.It is a known fact that SS Rajamouli is all set to create another sensation with his upcoming movie RRR. Tollywood’s top heroes NTR and Ram Charan are slated to play the roles of two freedom fighters in this fictional movie. Ram Charan will play the role of Alluri Sitharama Raju, a freedom fighter.Ram Charan’s look with the moustache looks apt for the role he will portray in the movie RRR. The much-awaited information regarding star director SS Rajamouli’s directorial- RRRwas announced recently. SS Rajamouli and his team members had organized a press meet to reveal the details of RRR.It was revealed that RRR is a movie with a fictional representation of the life of Alluri Sitharama Raju and Komaram Bheem, the unsung heroes. It was also revealed that star heroes Ram Charan and NTR will be appearing as Alluri Sitharama Raju and Komaram Bheem respectively.last_img read more


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first_imgBangladesh ParliamentThe 17th session of the 10th parliament will begin on 10 September, which is likely to witness a lively debate over the Supreme Court observation on the 16th amendment verdict.President Abdul Hamid called the session of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) on Tuesday exercising the power bestowed upon him as per Article 72 (1) of the constitution, said a parliament secretariat handout.The session will begin at 5:00pm.On Monday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina while talking about the much-talked-about 16th amendment to the constitution said she has doubt whether other judges of the Appellate Division had the scope of freely giving their opinions.She also said the chief justice might have not given them that scope and many things can be understood after reading the verdict.Mentioning that there were many ‘contradictions’ in the judgment, Hasina said adding she was reading it and taking notes. “I’ll speak about those in parliament.”last_img read more


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first_imgResidents who escaped spoke of others trapped and screaming for help, with some holding children from windows and others jumping from upper floors. Some were reported to have attempted to use bin bags as makeshift parachutes.A witness, Samira Lamrani, told the British Press Association a baby was thrown from a 9th or 10th floor window and caught by a bystander.“The windows were slightly ajar — a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby,” Lamrani said, according to the BBC. “A gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby.”Lamrani said there were “endless numbers of people” trapped and “screaming for their lives.”One person, who did not want to be identified, told the British newspaper The Guardian, “I’m lucky to be alive — and lots of people have not got out of the building.”Police say it will take some time to confirm the cause of the fire, and authorities did not want to speculate on why it spread so rapidly, The Associated Press reports.As noon approached Wednesday, the building in the west London neighborhood of North Kensington was still smoldering and breaking out into flames. Volunteers were bringing sandwiches to people forced out of their homes; others donated supplies and money.The AP reports that the building had been viewed as a fire risk:“Local residents said they had warned local authorities about fire issues in the building, a public housing block built in 1974 and containing 120 homes, according to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.” ‘We’ve complained to council,’ said Edward Daffarn, 55, who said nothing had been done to improve safety. ‘I consider this mass murder.’ “On Twitter, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the fire was declared a major incident; he and other city officials are spreading information about how survivors and families can find one another or report someone missing.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Matt Dunham/APFire and rescue crews are fighting a blaze and searching for people who may have been trapped in a 24-story apartment building in London that was engulfed in fire overnight. At least six people have died from the fire, which was not yet fully under control nearly 12 hours after it started.“These are very early stages and we do expect that figure to rise,” London’s Metropolitan Police said of the death toll.The blaze at Grenfell Tower was reported around 1 a.m. (8 p.m. ET Tuesday). Soon after, people nearby reported seeing smoke and flames shooting from its windows. Since then, more than 64 people have been taken to hospitals, and 20 are in critical care units, the London Ambulance Service says.“This is an unprecedented situation, with a major fire that has affected all floors of this 24 story building, from the second floor up,” said London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton.Cotton told reporters she’d never seen anything like the fire in her nearly 30 years as a firefighter.#GrenfellTower fire: Crowdfunding page raises more than £20,000 in just hours https://t.co/XBuimKyMLK pic.twitter.com/GX9zv4IVsi— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) June 14, 2017Up to 600 people may have been inside the building’s 120 apartments at the time the blaze broke out.Alex Ritson, reporting from London for NPR, says the blaze appeared to start on a lower floor of the building and spread with astonishing speed. “At its height, pretty much the entire building appear to be ablaze, with huge flames of several hundred feet running up the side of the tower,” he says. “Forty fire engines and around 200 firefighters went to the scene — but their equipment didn’t reach much beyond the 11th floor.“There are already disturbing reports emerging of the pipework in the building for a fire emergency being out of action,” Ritson says. “Also, the fire escape plan for the building told residents to stay in their apartments behind supposedly fire safe doors. Those who escaped the blaze were the ones who both woke up and ignored that advice.”Mickey Paramasivan, who took his children out of the building after he woke up and smelled smoke, told Ritson they made it out with just a few minutes to spare.“I sure would have been dead if I weren’t awake,” he said. “Five more minutes and that was us. That’s how close it was.”He described a perilous situation: “Only one fire escape to get down, and apparently that caught on fire,” he said. “And the fire alarm that was going off, that wouldn’t have woken no one up. It was as silent as it could be. … Someone’s got to be held responsible for this. It’s ridiculous.”Eyewitness accounts describe horrifying scenes of people who could not escape from the building.The Telegraph reports:Strangers rally to support survivors of the #GrenfellTower fire by offering food, clothing and somewhere to rest https://t.co/4jzAtqpwoN pic.twitter.com/secTyahG6e— The Sun (@TheSun) June 14, 2017 Sharelast_img read more


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first_imgIf you are a fan of Stephen King’s multi-novel epic tale The Dark Tower, you’ve probably been giving the film adaptation — currently in production with director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) — a wary side-eye. The project was in development hell as far back as 2007, with Ron Howard pitching grand plans of a serialized, interwoven movie and television series and no one buying it. Then, suddenly, Sony had a “Dark Tower” film slated for February 2017, and Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey were cast and the movie was happening, even if fans were unclear just how much of the sprawling Dark Tower epic would make it into one film. We assumed it would be an adaptation of the first novel, The Gunslinger, but it turns out the truth is much more interesting.Stephen King and Nikolaj Arcel took some time from the Dark Tower production in Cape Town, South Africa to talk to Entertainment Weekly on a podcast. King revealed that the story will “start the same,” which implies Idris Elba’s Roland and newcomer Tom Taylor’s Jake will start like at the beginning of The Gunslinger, but King implies the story will jump ahead as well.Idris Elba on set as Roland.“I expect that the movie will start where the book starts,” King explained. “You know, ‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed,’ so I think that nails it right in place for people. I’ve been pretty insistent about that, and I think everybody’s pretty on board with it.” However, this might not an adaptation of The Gunslinger at all. King added: “It starts sort of the middle of the story rather than the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it because it is the story.”We’re expecting a chase across the desert, but also to be dropped in the middle of a story? Skipping to a story in the middle would suggest something closer to an earlier draft of the movie by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, where much of the film was spent in our world with Jake trying to get back to Mid-Land.Even more puzzling, after Elba and McConaughey were cast as Roland and the Man in Black, the other casting hasn’t revealed an Eddie or a Susannah, or really any other characters we’d expect from a Dark Tower movie. Actress Abbey Lee was cast as “Trina,” and a character with that name doesn’t show up until the seventh book.If all of those references didn’t ring any bells, you might want to avoid the rest of this post, because things are about to get nerdy and spoilery for both the book and the upcoming Dark Tower movie.The aforementioned draft of a The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner was reviewed online by Quint from Ain’t It Cool News earlier this year and outlined what that “old” draft might have in common with whatever final film is being made. That review had the screenplay starting with the Man in Black in the town of Devar-Toi, not fleeing through a desert, but other details have lined up with the casting. This screenplay has Jake know he has to help Roland find the Dark Tower while Roland is consumed with revenge. As the report puts it: “Goldsman and Pinkner decided to fold in Jake’s journey to Roland’s world from The Wastelands (complete with the fight with the Guardian in the old haunted house) with his entry into The Gunslinger.”A new tweet by Stephen King looks like it could be confirming another detail about the movie and why it’s different than the book, and this one means that the major changes in the film version might coexist with the novel’s narrative.The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow. pic.twitter.com/rqGSKM3dWL— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 19, 2016Dark Tower fans will recognize the Horn of Eld, and object that Roland kept as he was sent from the Dark Tower at the end of the book back to the beginning of his journey. Roland doesn’t remember that he’s chased the Man in Black before, the only evidence he lived through the novels is that he has the Horn of Eld, which he doesn’t at the start of The Gunslinger.Stephen King saying Roland will blow the horn paired with the phrase “Last Time Around” is exciting. In short, it means the events of the novel happened, then the movie happened. Much like how JJ Abrams rebooted the Star Trek movie universe in 2009 by fracturing the timeline, this keeps the narrative of the book canonically separate from the movie (or movie series, if this does well).This time around, it sounds like Tull might be populated with Taheen, and Jake might be the one who knows what’s really going on. It had been a slight hope since the script report claimed Goldsman and Pinkner’s Roland also had the Horn of Eld.Whatever Dark Tower movie we get might not bear much similarity to the Dark Tower story that we read on the page, but we won’t be dealing with a direct adaptation. We can frame our expectations accordingly.last_img read more


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first_img Explore further Research questions the educational possibilities of some TV and computer games A position winning for white and one not winning. Image from “Learning Games from Videos Guided by Descriptive Complexity” by Łukasz Kaiser This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Computer turns into boardgame master of all it surveys (2012, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-boardgame-master-surveys.html More information: liafa.jussieu.fr/~kaiser/pub/l … ptive_complexity.pdf “The presented algorithm requires only a few demonstrations and minimal background knowledge, and, having learned the rules, automatically derives position evaluation functions and can play the learned games competitively,” according to the paper. “Our main technique is based on descriptive complexity, i.e., the logical means necessary to define a set of interest. We compute formulas defining allowed moves and final positions in a game in different logics and select the most adequate ones.”He used software that processed video clips to recognize the board, pieces, moves, and outcomes. The system could examine viable moves, draw data from all possible outcomes, and proceed with an optimal calculated move. The video recognition procedure was implemented in C++ and the game learning algorithm in OCaml. Both were integrated with Toss, a game playing program. Toss is an open source project hosted by SourceForge and distributed under the BSD license.He used relational structures that recognize rows, columns and diagonals of a boardgame, and made use of different logic systems —pure first-order, existential and guarded. Additionally, a General Game Playing program enhanced the system’s learning power to play tactically and know legal moves. (General Game Playing is the design of AI programs that can play more than one game successfully. The system is valued by researchers for use beyond gaming to an intelligence support for search and rescue missions.)Kaiser said he chose to use games as a primary learning tool because they are models of real-world interaction scenarios, making the results significant in a broader context. “Systems able to learn from visual observations are of central importance in many fields, especially in autonomous robotics and interactive computer vision,” he said.The tests for Kaiser’s experiment were run on a laptop with 4GB RAM and a2.13GHz Intel L9600 processor. The computer’s performance depends on the complexity of the game. Nonethtless, observers agree that the significance of Kaiser’s efforts is to demonstrate that software can learn the rules of a game with a modest amount of external input. © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — Igniting interest in computer logic and gaming, a paper titled “Learning Games from Videos Guided by Descriptive Complexity” shows how computer systems can successfully learn how to play boardgames, just by its watching two-minute videos of humans playing and can then proceed to try to beat them at their own game. Łukasz Kaiser, the author of the paper, studies logic and games at Paris Diderot University in France. His research effort was to introduce a system for learning board game rules from brief videos and demonstrate it on several well-known games—such as Connect4,Gomoku, Pawns, and Breakthrough.last_img read more


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first_imgIt will be his second working project tour of the state. 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) Another agenda topic is the Free Zone project where concerns remain since the National Development Plan only includes the North Zone. The visit is in part, for the economic detonation of the south of Quintana Roo where members of the business sector are interested in the construction of the section of train that will connect Tulum-Bacalar since it will allow local construction companies to participate in its tender. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be heading to the region in coming days to discuss state project plans. center_img President López Obrador will visit three regional municipalities during his short visit. They include Merida on June 22, Tulum at 11:00 a.m. and Playa del Carmen at 4:00 p.m. on June 23 and a morning press conference in Cancun June 24. López Obrador made the announcement of his planned visit to discuss projects that include Welfare Programs, the Maya Train, the decentralization of the Ministry of Tourism and the implementation of the Free Zone in Chetumal. last_img read more


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first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by ‘Fall Only in Cayman’ deals available now for autumn travel Tags: Cayman Islands, Promotionscenter_img TORONTO — The Cayman Islands’ ‘Fall Only in Cayman’ consumer incentive offers deals on accommodation, dive and watersports packages, and attractions and restaurants.The new promotion is available for travel Sept. 1 – Dec. 15, for bookings now through Sept. 30.The Cayman Islands is a four-hour flight from Toronto via direct service with Air Canada or WestJet, or via U.S. carriers and gateways.Resort deals include:Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa: Stay two or three nights and receive a US$100 food and beverage resort credit and a $100 spa credit or stay four or more nights and the fourth night is free.The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman: Fifth nights free.Turtle Nest Inn & Condos: Two can stay in a fully equipped apartment with kitchen for $799 per week (until Oct. 31), rental car included.Sunset House: Receive a day of diving and fifth night free with a minimum five-night diving package.Luxury Cayman Villas: Complimentary welcome dinner for eight guests with fall bookings.The Avalon Condominiums: First time guests receive 15% off.Holiday Inn Resort: Book three nights or more and receive 20% off best flex rates.Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort: Fourth night free with a $50 food and beverage credit.Cayman Condos: Every fifth night is free and kids 17 and under stay for free with a paying adult.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAgents are asked to contact resorts directly. Each property has its own individual booking requirements and commissions may apply.Visitors will also receive discounts at attractions and watersports outfitters including: 15% off a Cayman Segway Tours package before Sept. 30; 25% off Sealand Adventure Tours’ wave runner adventure; free gear rental for each two-tank dive with Epic Divers, and 20% off adult and 25% off children’s fares for a three-stop Stingray City snorkel tour with Capt. Marvin’s Watersports.Further discounts include: 15% off a Cayman Islands Boat Rentals charter; purchase a three day, three tank dive package with Brac Scuba Shack Ltd and get the second at 50% off, and 10% off Grand Old House restaurant meals. See caymanislands.ky. Friday, September 2, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


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first_img Thursday, January 18, 2018 Busabout boasts 80% growth in 2018 trade bookings; gets ready to offer USA product in 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — Busabout hosted a fun trivia evening in Toronto last night, during which the company shared news of exciting developments with its travel agent partners. According to Busabout, agents are largely responsible for an 80% increase in bookings for 2018, a year that will include new itineraries, price reductions and FAM incentives.Even more exciting was news that the company will soon offer USA product for the first time starting in 2019, which will complement its existing Europe and Asia offerings.Busabout offers clients complete autonomy on their trip, allowing them to do Europe their way, with a unique hop-on, hop-off network that links up 47 European destinations across 15 countries. A similar Busabout system also exists in South East Asia aimed at independent travellers who want the ultimate in flexibility, freedom and value. They then have the ability to decide where to visit and for how long, creating their own adventure.Canadian bookings for 2018 departures are up 80%, while overall sales are up 103%, undoubtedly due to the hard work of regional team members Damien Bennett, Vice-President of Sales in North America, and Adam Bubowsky, National Sales Manager.“Agents don’t have a massive amount of products they can use for FIT. We are a great option because we allow all the flexibility of FIT, but you also get the social, guided and safety elements of more traditional tours, so we really are the best of both worlds,” says Bubowsky. “We really try to get agents to focus on the value that Busabout can add for their clients.”Busabout has some serious savings to consider for 2018 travel, with many price reductions announced. For example, the two-week pass for Europe is down 8% in price, while the one-month pass is down 20%. Also on offer for Asia is the Unlimited Pass, where for $5,999 clients can travel once on all Busabout Asia trips within a three-month period. Finally, the Early Booking Deals booking incentive has been extended until the end of January where an additional 15% savings in possible.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJTo incentivize agents, Busabout is offering a spot on the All-Star Greece FAM with all expenses paid, including flights. The trip will include both a mainland itinerary as well as island hopping. The top two selling agents from the region will be invited, plus another three wildcards.“We don’t hold anything back on this FAM and it is a ton of fun,” says Bennett. “The agents love it because it’s a multi-region FAM, so it’s not just Canadians with Canadians, but you get to experience the Busabout product, the Busabout way, which is with people from all over the world having a good time.”The company recently announced that it will be entering the USA market in 2019, offering a similar hop-on-hop-off bus network for independent travellers who are looking for flexibility. No details on destinations, routes or pricing have been announced at this time.“85% of our product operates in Europe, which is where we started, then South East Asia, and now we are planning to move into the U.S. in 2019,” says Bennett. “This will be a brand new destination for us, and again this is market driven. We have customers who have done Europe then Asia, they love the product, love the brand, love the way we operate, and they are looking for more so we are expanding our destinations.”New winter ski itineraries will also be on offer for the 2018-19 ski season.Other highlights from the new 2018-19 program include:NEW 2-day Croatian Adventure: A much sought-after itinerary with travellers, this trip visits the iconic Plitvice National Park and its spectacular waterfalls, as well as Krka National Park where visitors are able to swim amongst the waterfalls. As these magnificent sites are difficult to visit independently, Busabout takes out all the hassle.NEW Ultimate Eastern Adventure (+ Eastern Highlights and Eastern Trail): This incredible 15-day itinerary explores not only the highlights of Eastern Europe, but some truly off-the-beaten-path gems across Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia.NEW Ski Festivals – Above & Below Ski Adventure and Rise Festival: For the 2018/19 winter season, Busabout is offering the ultimate freestyle Winter Adventures – passengers can ski down the pristine slopes of the French Alps, party in mountain bars and check out those incredible views.NEW Hop-On Hop-Off destinations: Bologna, Austrian Alps, Zakopane, Evora, Santiago de Compostela; now featuring 47 destinations in 15 countries across Europe.5-day Southern Thailand Adventure – Embrace the heat, swim in jungle rivers and explore the everchanging culture and landscapes of Thailand. Busabout guests will stay on floating riverside bungalows, visit a sustainable elephant sanctuary, explore Bangkok’s off-the-beaten track sights such as Chinatown, discover the incredible Wat Arun and Wat Pho temples and spend lazy days on the beach.6-day Southern Vietnam Adventure – Gain insight into the daily life of this previously war-torn country. Now including an overnight train from Hoi An to Nha Trang, meaning Busabout travellers gain a whole extra day in Hoi An, making sure there is enough time to enjoy this amazing UNESCO town and all the intoxicating street food it has to offer.10-day Thai Island Hopper – Gorging on curries, dancing until dawn and chilling out on amazing beaches, travellers should be ready for the perfect balance of party and relaxation. This year, Busabout has built in twin-share accommodation into this island-hopping trip, with the option to upgrade to hotel and resort stays. Not only that, they are taking travellers to islands with fewer crowds, visiting the next big thing in the Thai Islands, the hidden gem, Koh Lanta.24-day Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure – Ready to fall in love with traditions, tastes and temples? In 2018 guests will gain two extra nights in Phnom Penh before they move onto a countryside bike tour in Battambang, visiting several local homes throughout the Cambodian village to learn about the livelihoods of the community.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthFor more information, visit busabout.com.center_img Share Tags: Busabout << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


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first_imgMore broadly, the CIA and the NSA may be forced to re-examine their relationships with contractors, who were employed in roles ranging from technical support to paramilitary operations before concerns about the outsourcing of such sensitive assignments prompted a backlash in Congress and pledges from the agencies to begin thinning their contracting ranks.Some former CIA officials said they were troubled by aspects of Snowden’s background, at least as he described it to The Post and the Guardian.For instance, Snowden said he did not have a high school diploma. One former CIA official said that it was extremely unusual for the agency to have hired someone with such thin academic credentials, particularly for a technical job, and that the terms Snowden used to describe his agency positions did not match internal job descriptions.Snowden’s claim to have been placed under diplomatic cover for a position in Switzerland after an apparently brief stint at the CIA as a systems administrator also raised suspicion. “I just have never heard of anyone being hired with so little academic credentials,” the former CIA official said. The agency does employ technical specialists in overseas stations, the former official said, “but their breadth of experience is huge, and they tend not to start out as systems administrators.”A former senior U.S. intelligence official cited other puzzling aspects of Snowden’s account, questioning why a contractor for Booz Allen at an NSA facility in Hawaii would have access to something as sensitive as a court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.“I don’t know why he would have had access to those … orders out in Hawaii,” the former official said.The Guardian initially reported the existence of a program that collects data on all phone calls made on the Verizon network. Later in the week, the Guardian and The Post reported the existence of a separate program, code-named PRISM, that collects the Internet data of foreigners from major Internet companies.Snowden expressed hope that the NSA surveillance programs will now be open to legal challenge for the first time. This year, in Amnesty International vs. Clapper, the Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit against the mass collection of phone records because the plaintiffs could not prove exactly what the program did or that they were personally subject to surveillance.“The government can’t reasonably assert the state-secrets privilege for a program it has acknowledged,” Snowden said.Pushing back against journalistsSnowden’s name surfaced as top intelligence officials in the Obama administration and Congress pushed back against the journalists responsible for revealing the existence of sensitive surveillance programs and called for an investigation into the leaks.Clapper, in an interview with NBC that aired Saturday night, condemned the leaker’s actions but also sought to spotlight the journalists who first reported the programs, calling their disclosures irresponsible and full of “hyperbole.” Earlier Saturday, he issued a statement accusing the media of a “rush to publish.”“For me, it is literally — not figuratively — literally gut-wrenching to see this happen because of the huge, grave damage it does to our intelligence capabilities,” Clapper said.On Sunday morning, before Snowden’s unmasking, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., had harsh words for the leaker and for the journalist who first reported the NSA’s collection of phone records, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald.Greenwald “doesn’t have a clue how this thing works; neither did the person who released just enough information to literally be dangerous,” Rogers said on ABC’s “This Week,” adding: “I absolutely think [the leaker] should be prosecuted.”Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., agreed that whoever leaked the information should be prosecuted, and she sought to beat back media reports suggesting that the Obama administration overplayed the impact of the programs.After opponents of the programs questioned their value last week, anonymous administration officials pointed to the thwarting of a bomb plot targeting the New York City subway system in 2009. Soon after, though, reporters noted that public documents suggested that regular police work was responsible for thwarting the attack, rather than a secret government intelligence program.Feinstein said the programs were valuable in both the New York case and in another involving an American plotting to bomb a hotel in India in 2008. She noted that she could talk about those two cases because they have been declassified, but she suggested that the surveillance programs also assisted in other terrorism-related cases.A chief critic of the efforts, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he is considering filing a lawsuit against the government and called on 10 million Americans to join in.“I’m going to be asking all the Internet providers and all of the phone companies, ask your customers to join me in a class-action lawsuit,” Paul said on “Fox News Sunday.”—Understanding the NSA surveillance system Chairman the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Sen. Dianne Feinstein answers questions from members of the media on June 6, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Feinstein and Chambliss spoke on the millions of Verizon customers whose phone records were collected by the NSA. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP PRISM: Code name for a program under which the National Security Agency has collected communications from American Internet companies. It was authorized under Section 702 of a law passed in 2008 known as the FISA Amendments Act.FISA AMENDMENTS ACT: This law broadened the authority for the U.S. government to collect, without a warrant, emails, phone calls and other electronic communications inside the country for foreign intelligence and antiterrorism purposes. Under the law, which amended the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the government must satisfy a special court that its procedures will target foreigners located overseas and ensure the privacy of U.S. citizens whose communications are incidentally collected. Targeting the communications of a U.S. citizen or anyone inside the United States requires a warrant. The emails and other data are sent by Internet and telecommunications companies to the FBI and NSA based on specific targets. The law also immunized companies that cooperated voluntarily with a secret NSA program to collect communications without a warrant in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks.NSA: The National Security Agency is a signals intelligence agency that is part of the Defense Department. It is the largest spy agency in the country. The NSA is responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign electronic intelligence and for ensuring the security of classified U.S. computer systems. Established in 1952, it is housed at Fort Meade (Md.) and has more than 35,000 employees. It works closely with U.S. Cyber Command, a military subcommand that helps defend Defense Department computer networks and, when authorized, can conduct offensive cyber-operations against adversaries.GCHQ: The British equivalent of the NSA.Sari Horwitz and Julie Tate contributed to this report.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments A 29-year-old former undercover CIA employee said Sunday that he was the principal source of recent disclosures about top-secret National Security Agency programs, exposing himself to possible prosecution in an acknowledgment that had little if any precedent in the long history of U.S. intelligence leaks.Edward Snowden, a tech specialist who has also contracted for the NSA and works for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, unmasked himself as a source after a string of stories in The Washington Post and The Guardian that detailed previously unknown U.S. surveillance programs. He said he disclosed secret documents in response to what he described as the systematic surveillance of innocent citizens.In an interview Sunday, Snowden said he is willing to face the consequences of exposure.“I’m not going to hide,” Snowden told The Post from Hong Kong, where he has been staying. “Allowing the U.S. government to intimidate its people with threats of retaliation for revealing wrongdoing is contrary to the public interest.”Asked whether he believes that his disclosures will change anything, he said: “I think they already have. Everyone everywhere now understands how bad things have gotten — and they’re talking about it. They have the power to decide for themselves whether they are willing to sacrifice their privacy to the surveillance state.”Snowden said nobody had been aware of his actions, including those closest to him. He said there was no single event that spurred his decision to leak the information, but he said U.S. President Barack Obama has failed to live up to his pledges of transparency.“My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them,” he said in a note that accompanied the first document he leaked to The Post.The Guardian was the first to publicly identify Snowden, at his request.The White House said late Sunday that it would not have any comment on the matter.In a brief statement, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the intelligence community is “reviewing the damage” the leaks have done. “Any person who has a security clearance knows that he or she has an obligation to protect classified information and abide by the law,” said the spokesman, Shawn Turner.Snowden said he is seeking “asylum from any countries that believe in free speech and oppose the victimization of global privacy,” but the law appears to provide for his extradition from Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous territory of China, to the United States.Although any extradition proceeding could take months or even years, experts said Snowden has not put himself in a favorable position.“The fact that he outed himself and basically said, from what I understand he has said, ‘I feel very comfortable with what I have done’ … that’s not going to help him in his extradition contest,” said Douglas McNabb, a lawyer and extradition expert.The Justice Department said it is in the “initial stages of an investigation” into the unauthorized disclosure of classified information but declined to comment further.A sweeping look at security measuresCurrent and former U.S. intelligence officials said the revelation of Snowden’s role in the leaks will lead to a sweeping re-examination of security measures at the CIA and the NSA, and they described his decision to come forward as a stunning conclusion to a week of disclosures that rattled the intelligence community.“This is significant on a number of fronts: the scope, the range. It’s major, it’s major,” said John Rizzo, a former general counsel of the CIA who worked at the agency for decades. “And then to have him out himself … I can’t think of any previous leak case involving a CIA officer where the officer raised his hand and said, ‘I’m the guy.’ ”A half-dozen former intelligence officials, including one who now works at Booz Allen Hamilton, said they did not know Snowden or anything about his background. Several former officials said he easily could have been part of a surge in computer experts and technical hires brought in by the CIA in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as its budget and mission swelled.“Like a lot of things after 9/11, they just went on a hiring binge, and in the technical arena young, smart nerds were in high demand,” a former U.S. intelligence official said. “There were battalions of them.”Officials said the CIA and other spy agencies did not relax their screening measures as the workforce expanded. Still, several officials said the CIA will now undoubtedly begin reviewing the process by which Snowden was hired, seeking to determine whether there were any missed signs that he might one day betray national secrets. The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, in this Jan. 29, 2010 file photo. U.S. spies are secretly tapping into servers of nine Internet giants including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google in a vast anti-terror sweep targeting foreigners, The Washington Post reported last Friday. Saul Loeb/AFP Related posts:Edward Snowden: ‘I already won’ Snowden wants asylum in Brazil: report Britain targets Guardian newspaper over Snowden leaks Snowden seeks asylum in Russia, meets activists at airportlast_img read more


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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Eni said the decision `’definitively concludes” U.S. criminal proceedings against Snamprogetti Netherlands BV, a former indirect subsidiary of Eni and currently a subsidiary of oil service group Saipem, which is controlled by Eni.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day MILAN (AP) – Italian gas and oil company Eni says a U.S. district court has dropped a corruption probe against one of the company’s subsidiaries.Eni announced the closure of the investigation on Wednesday, two years after it agreed to adopt anti-corruption procedures in a deal with prosecutors.The probe alleged corruption of Nigerian officials in connection with the installation of Liquefied Natural Gas plants on Bonny Island in Nigeria.center_img Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img

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first_img conventional loans Credit Score Ellie Mae FHA FICO Score Homebuyers House Millennial mortgage Purchase Loans rates VA 2018-06-06 Radhika Ojha Rising interest rates are not likely to slow down millennial demand in the housing market, but they may lead millennials to purchase less expensive homes, according to the latest Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker, released on Wednesday and revealing data for April. Interest rates rose to an average of 4.73 percent in April, up 0.10 percentage points from the previous month and the highest rate recorded on Ellie Mae’s Millennial Tracker, which was initiated in January 2014. Loan amounts for millennials fell over the past two months, from $194,300 in February, down to $192,055 in March, and then they slipped again to $188,171 in April, according to Ellie Mae’s data. “We believe millennial home purchases will continue to climb this summer and while interest rates may slightly impact the size of homes borrowers can get for their money, we don’t foresee it impacting their desire to buy,” said Joe Tyrrell, EVP of Corporate Strategy at Ellie Mae. “Most millennials are buying a house because there are major changes happening in their lives such as starting a family, getting a new job, or because they’ve decided that they want to build equity and stop renting,” he said. The majority of mortgage loans made to millennials in April were conventional loans. About 67 percent of millennial mortgage loans were conventional, while 29 percent were FHA loans. VA loans accounted for only 2 percent of mortgage loans made to millennials. On the other hand, millennials accounted for 79 percent of total VA loans closed in April. This is up significantly from 66 percent recorded in February. Millennial mortgage purchase loans took an average of 39 days to close in April, matching the previous month’s time to close. Refinance loans for millennials took 44 days to close. Purchase loans made up the overwhelming majority of loans made to millennials in April, accounting for 89 percent, while refinance loans accounted for 10 percent. FHA loans made to millennials took 41 days to close, while VA loans took 49 days to close. The average FICO score for a millennial who took out a mortgage loan in April was 721. The average was one point higher for women than for men—723 compared to 722. Millennial borrowers are getting a little younger with the average age of millennials obtaining mortgage loans in April at 29.9 years of age, down from 30.1 years the previous month, according to Ellie Mae. Millennial borrowers who closed loans in April were more likely to be male, and just over half were married, according to Ellie Mae. Sixty-two percent of millennial borrowers in April were male, while 32 percent were female. Fifty-two percent of millennials who obtained mortgage loans in April were married, while the remaining 42 percent were single. Millennial Homebuyers vs Rising Rates Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination June 6, 2018 765 Views last_img read more


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first_imgThere is no plan B for Cyprus, British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie said, urging Greek and Turkish Cypriots to resume reunification talks as soon as possible, as conditions were becoming more difficult with the passage of time.In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, Lillie said “division would be plan B and there isn`t a plan B,” and that “it is important that everybody involved seizes the opportunity now before the momentum from Crans Montana is lost forever.”“Our clear view is that bi-zonal, bi-communal federation is the best available solution. It may not be perfect, but it is the best most practical available solution.”The British high commissioner said the current status quo was not an option: “unofficial division like we have now is not sustainable”.He went on to say that “the status quo in Cyprus is not static. As the northern part of Cyprus becomes more reliant on Turkey and as Turkish influence grows there, it becomes more difficult to reunify Cyprus. That’s I think something that all Cypriots need to reflect on,” he added.“If you think it is difficult to resolve the Cyprus issue 44 years after the invasion, it will be even more difficult if you wait longer and longer. The longer you wait the less favourable the conditions will be.”Lillie said the economic woes experienced by the Turkish Cypriot community at the moment highlighted its dependence on Turkey, which grew and was set to grow further over time worsening prospects for reunification.“It shows how interdependent the Turkish Cypriot and Turkish economies now are, and that is something that has happened over a period of years, and in the future, this interdependence will continue and grow unless there is a settlement to the Cyprus problem.  But often people talk as if there is no urgency to resolve the Cyprus problem,” the high commissioner noted.He expressed the conviction that a solution would be a win-win situation for both communities because reunification would multiply the opportunities across the island, it would obviously allow the whole island to be part of the EU, with an integrated economy, and to play a much bigger role in the region.The British diplomat said the Cyprus problem was full of thorny issues, security and guarantees clearly a very important one for both communities.“Both Cypriot communities have their own respective views on what security means for them and there needs to be a lot of work done to bridge the gap between the two parties on security.”Lillie reiterated Britain’s stance on the matter, being one of Cyprus’ three guarantor powers along with Greece and Turkey.“We have said that we are amenable to a solution around guarantees that is acceptable to all the parties, and that hasn’t changed.”On security more generally, Lillie said, a solution on security for one party cannot be at the expense of the security of the other, so everyone had to work together to help reach a good solution that will leave both Cypriot communities feeling safe and secure in a reunited Cyprus. You May LikeGetsInside Motorcycles4 Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe on a Budget | Gets Inside:: Explore The World!GetsInside MotorcyclesUndoMan With A Truck Moving CompanyMan With A Truck Moving Company – Mar Vista – Los Angeles, CAMan With A Truck Moving CompanyUndo22DailyShe Delivered 7 Babies – Here’s What They Look Like 20 Years Later22DailyUndo Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoRomanian man missing from Paphos homeUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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first_imgState Rep. Jim Runestad (right) talks with constituent relations aide Patrick Murray in the 44th House District legislative office. Runestad, R-White Lake Township, moved into the office this week. Murray and Joe Martin will staff the office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located in Room 893 of the House Office Building at 124 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing. Residents can contact Rep. Runestad at (517) 373-2616, by e-mail at JimRunestad@house.mi.gov or at his website RepJimRunestad.com.### 09Jan Rep. Runestad opens Lansing office Categories: Runestad News,Runestad Photoslast_img


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first_img05May Rep. Sheppard schedules May in-district coffee hours Categories: Sheppard News State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, will hold coffee hours this month at three local establishments to connect with residents of the 56th District. He encourages people to share their thoughts and concerns about state and local issues.“It’s always a pleasure to hear from residents in our communities,” Rep. Sheppard said. “Coffee hours are a great opportunity to meet with people in a comfortable setting and answer their questions regarding state government.”The times and locations are as follows:7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 13, at DaCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Ave. in Temperance.7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, at Gander’s Family Restaurant, 4219 Luna Pier Road in Luna Pier.7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, at Tim Horton’s, 107 Cabelas Blvd E in Dundee.For those unable to attend, Rep. Sheppard’s legislative office can be reached at any time by phone at (517) 373-2617, by email at JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov and online at RepJasonSheppard.com.###last_img read more


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first_img08Feb Rep. Afendoulis announces local office hours State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township announced her first set of in-district office hours for 2019.“One of my top priorities as your representative in Lansing is to be open and accessible to you,” Afendoulis said. “Holding regular office hours is a great way to hear your thoughts and ideas on state government, and I welcome you to attend.”The representative will be available on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Cheers Restaurant, 3994 Plainfield Ave. NE in Plainfield Township. No appointment is necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Afendoulis by phone at (517) 373-0218 or by email at LynnAfendoulis@house.mi.gov. Categories: Lynn Afendoulis Newslast_img read more