Wannabe rabbit and cat cuddlers inundate City of Toronto with applications

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto Animal Services says it has been overwhelmed by responses to its call for rabbit and cat cuddlers and is no longer looking for volunteers — for now.The city has ongoing volunteer opportunities for cat and rabbit snugglers at three of its shelters, but was inundated with hundreds of people submitting applications for the position in the past week.Mayor John Tory tweeted earlier this week that due to more than 900 responses, Toronto Animal Services has more than enough volunteers.Mary Lou Leiher, program manager for animals services, says that doesn’t mean they won’t need more people in the future, but they are not currently accepting new applications.She says the recent flood of applications appear to have spread after a volunteer reposted one of their calls for more animal snugglers on social media.Leiher says the program helps socialize sheltered animals and also helps them get adopted.“When animals are stressed, they get sick, so the volunteers help keep the animals less stressed,” she said. “And it’s good for the people, too — spending time with a cat, rabbit or a pocket pet can be relaxing.”last_img read more

Moroccans Bank Deposits in Switzerland Exceed 1 Billion

Rabat- A recent report released by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) shows that Moroccans’ total deposits in Swiss banks reached $1.112 billion last year, the equivalent of more than ten billion Moroccan dirhams.The report shows that savings of Moroccans in Switzerland are lower than most Arab countries, except war torn countries.Morocco ranks higher than Libya at 642 million Swiss francs, Tunisia at 564 million, Palestine at 286 million, Syria at 170 million, Yemen at 148 million, Iraq at 99 million, Sudan at 39 million, Djibouti at 30 million, Mauritania at 9 million, and Somalia at one million. The same report said that the total wealth saved by Arabs in Swiss banks was over $46 billion, with Gulf countries on top of the list.According to the annual report, Emiratis topped the list of Arabs, with savings of over $14.5 billion, followed by Saudis ($10 billion), Lebanese ($6.1 billion), Kuwaitis ($4.1 billion) and Egyptians ($3.01 billion).At the global level, the UK accounts for 22 per cent of total global funds in Swiss banks, followed by Americans.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

New UN report recommends strategies for Arab countries to benefit from globalization

Those recommendations and others are contained in the “Annual Review of Developments in Globalization and Regional Integration in the Countries of the ESCWA Region, 2002 “- the flagship publication of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) – launched today at UN Headquarters in New York and in Beirut.The report, which assesses the extent to which the Arab world has become part of the world economy and follows up on progress made towards Arab regional economic integration, also recommends establishing links between stock markets in Arab countries as well as a regional bank aimed at financing development in the region, and improve the area’s infrastructure in accordance with a common strategy.The report reviews the extent of progress in making use of the opportunities provided by globalization by focusing on four main indicators: trade, foreign direct investment, communications and tourism.Speaking at a press briefing in New York on the launch of the report, Houssam Asaad Diab, Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations, whose country currently chairs the Commission, said there was no doubt that the publication would assist member countries to use opportunities provided by globalization. read more

Tim Duncan Moved The Spurs Up The RetiredJersey Rankings

FRANCHISESEASONSPLAYERS W/ RET. JERSEYSCAREERWITH FRANCHISE Celtics6720521.8491.7 Jazz437277.6232.0 Spurs508254.4250.7 1951 to present. Includes franchise lineages as defined by Basketball-Reference.com (e.g., the Oklahoma City Thunder entry also includes players whose numbers were retired by the Seattle SuperSonics)Source: Basketball-Reference.com Magic2800.00.0 76ers6710502.2295.2 Timberwolves2812.21.4 Pistons679252.2206.6 Pelicans29113.34.9 Before Duncan’s number was retired, the Spurs’ retired-jersey crew ranked ninth all-time; now it’s in fourth place, behind the Boston Celtics and the Lakers — no shock there — as well as the Philadelphia 76ers, who’ve had a surprising number of truly great players contribute for them over the years. But if San Antonio eventually retires the numbers of current Spurs Manu Ginobili (38.1 VAR with the club) and Tony Parker (37.0), the Spurs could pass the 76ers for third, particularly because the closest Philadelphia has to a jersey-retirement candidate is ex-Sixer (and current Warrior) Andre Iguodala (17.5) — and because Iggy was no fan favorite, I doubt he’ll even be considered for the honor.Duncan also gives the Spurs an average of 31.3 VAR per honored player, which ranks fourth among all franchises — and is higher than that of both Boston (24.6) and Philly (29.5). The gold standard in this department belongs to the Chicago Bulls (36.0), who’ve retired only four players’ numbers — Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and multi-time All-Stars Bob Love and Jerry Sloan. (Artis Gilmore and Chet Walker must be wondering what they have to do for their numbers to be taken out of circulation.) But the Spurs’ retired-jersey strategy has struck a nice balance between upholding quality and not being overly picky; San Antonio has discontinued a player’s number every 6.3 years, more than twice as frequently as Chicago’s 12.8-years-per-player ratio. (Duncan’s No. 21 became the eighth number the Spurs have retired.3At least, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Technically, Bruce Bowen allowed San Antonio to unretire his No. 12 for LaMarcus Aldridge to wear, although I still included Bowen in the Spurs’ VAR total.)Other teams have less lofty standards of inclusion. As part of their apparent plan to commemorate every single member of their Bill Russell-era teams, the Celtics honored “Jungle” Jim Loscutoff despite his career average of 6.2 points per game, to go with a miniscule 8.3 lifetime Player Efficiency Rating (15.0 is league-average) and .017 Win Shares per 48 minutes (average is around .100). (In fairness, Loscutoff’s number was later kept active for Dave Cowens, a much better player.) Utah enshrined Darrell Griffith, whose nickname (“Dr. Dunkenstein”) was far superior to his stats (14.6 PER, .049 WS/48), and Portland honored Lionel Hollins (13.0 PER, .059 WS/48) even without a cool moniker to point to. Nate Thurmond became a Hall of Famer because of his performance as a Warrior, but his number was retired by Cleveland even though he played fewer than 12 percent of his career games as a Cav.Of course, winning titles like the Spurs have (five since 1999) is a surefire way to grease the wheels of jersey-retirement. It’s no coincidence that the bottom seven teams in the list above have won zero combined championships, and they’ve only retired three jerseys in total: One for a beloved local legend who played for a different franchise in the same city, and two for players who died during their careers. (Meanwhile, take the Knicks as a counterexample: They’ve won only two titles, and seven of their nine retired jerseys honor a player or coach4Yes, 12 coaches have had their “jerseys” retired, with the number often taking the form of their coaching victory total with the franchise (i.e., the number 832 is “retired” for Phoenix in honor of Cotton Fitzsimmons’s 832 career coaching wins). from those championship squads.)San Antonio wasn’t scrounging for numbers to retire before Duncan came along — it had already raised George Gervin’s iconic No. 44, and David Robinson’s No. 50 was well on its way, to go with some of their less-heralded teammates. But like he did for the Spurs as a franchise, Duncan has now elevated their honorees to the upper echelon of the NBA.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Knicks678198.5162.9 Bucks498313.6150.7 Thunder506145.8100.8 COMBINED VALUE ABOVE REPLACEMENT OF RETIRED JERSEY PLAYERS Nets507163.874.9 With Duncan, the Spurs have elite laundry hanging in the rafters Grizzlies2200.00.0 Cavaliers477139.099.2 Bulls514153.2143.8 Pacers504126.3111.0 Lakers6714672.8471.7 Wizards564103.379.4 Nuggets505165.8111.5 Heat293149.139.4 Mavericks37234.132.7 Suns499266.1173.5 Trail Blazers4710181.0135.5 Hornets1315.81.4 Warriors676210.4133.7 Rockets505224.7144.8 Raptors2200.00.0 Clippers4700.00.0 Hawks675157.3131.8 While he was playing, Tim Duncan lifted the San Antonio Spurs up the list of the most successful teams in NBA history. Now that he has retired, Duncan — thanks to his recently retired jersey — has also made the AT&T Center rafters among the most talent-filled in the league.To rank every team’s group of retired numbers, I grabbed data from Basketball-Reference.com’s franchise pages and then filtered out honored non-players — like longtime Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn (who has a microphone-themed banner hanging alongside the jerseys of Magic Johnson and company) or the No. 6 in Orlando, which is retired “in honor of the fans.” (Because they’re the “sixth man.” Get it?) For each team, I added up the total amount of value above replacement (VAR)1A cumulative value statistic based on a combination of Player Efficiency Rating and Win Shares per 48 minutes. generated by those players, both over their entire pro careers (across all franchises)2For my purposes, ABA statistics were given the same weight as NBA ones, because most former ABA teams that joined the NBA have retired the numbers of their ABA-era stars. and during their time with the specific franchise in question. Here’s the list, ranked by the latter category, to avoid ridiculous situations like the Miami Heat’s getting credit for Michael Jordan, whose jersey the team retired even though he never played for it. Kings679229.6173.4 read more

Private schools should tell police if parents try to pay fees in

Private schools should be flagging parents who try to pay fees in cash to the police, a National Crime Agency chief has said.Donald Toon, head of economic and cyber crime at the NCA, said that bursars should check  to see if anyone paying a pupil’s school fees appear on sanctions lists, and should be aware of high-risk countries listed by organisations such as Transparency International. “There is an overarching responsibility here to do more,” he said. “We have a number of areas where I am identifying very, very high-risk individuals, suspect individuals, who have children in public schools.”Public schools have previously rejected the implication they were involved in money laundering.  Mike Buchanan, the chief executive of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, has said there was no evidence they were aware of that any school had ever knowingly taken illicit payments, adding that “it is entirely wrong for anyone to suggest so”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mr Toon told the Times Education Supplement magazine that this is not about “kicking people”, and schools are not expected to carry out their own investigations into where money has come from.But carrying out a simple “Google check” to see if a pupil’s parents are known to have criminal links is “hardly onerous” for Bursars, he added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last month the security minister warned that private schools could be used to launder “dirty money”, saying that football clubs, estate agents and luxury car dealers were among organisations that should be alert to illicit money and report any suspicions.”We have to make sure that when the [criminals] go out to try to spend their ill-gotten gains, that we all take a role in asking: does this pass the sniff test?” he said.The Independent Schools Council, which represents most of the UK’s private schools, said it was working with the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association and the Home Office to update guidance for schools.Julie Robinson, the ISC’s general secretary, said that “schools fully accept their responsibility to make Suspicious Activity Reports”. “Suspicion is a very, very low threshold,” he said. “We’re not asking anybody to trace the source of money. What we’re really saying is: look, do some background checks.”If the salary of a parent is so low they could not possibly afford the fees legitimately, this should also set alarm bells ringing, Mr Toon said. read more

Intel unveils affordable 320 Series SSDs in sizes up to 600GB

first_imgOver the years, the best dollar-for-dollar upgrade you can make to an old machine to dramatically improve its performance has fluctuated, and even today, it’s true that slapping some more RAM or a new GPU into your machine should result in a sizable performance boost. At this point, though, almost all aspects of your average computer are blindingly fast enough to complete most tasks. The bottleneck on many computers has increasingly become the read/write speeds of their hard drives.Upgrading to an SSD drive, then, can be one of the most dramatic performance boosts you can give ailing hardware. Look at Apple’s MacBook Airs, which are blisteringly fast, even though the CPU, GPU and RAM are relatively wimpy. The problem with SSDs, though, are that they are not only expensive, but they come in relatively small capacities.Intel‘s latest SSD range, the 25nm-based 320 series, aims to change both deficiencies of the SSD format. Replacing the X25-M series of SSDs, the 320 Series not only ups storage capacity, but slashes prices by up to $100 per drive.Available in 40, 80, 120, 160, 300 and 600GB capacities, Intel’s third-gen 320 Series SSDs double sequential write speeds over their predecessors, offering up to 220 MB/s sequential writes and up to 270 MB/s sequential reads.The 320 Series of SSD is positioned below Intel’s SSD 510 series and uses a 3Gbps SATA II interface instead of a 6Gbps SATA III interface. If you can live with that, though, the 320 Series is worth considering to give some new life to an old machine, especially at these asking prices: 40GB at $89; 80GB at $159; 120GB at $209; 160GB at $289; 300GB at $529 and 600GB at $1,069.Read more at Intellast_img read more

Doing it arseways Pearse Doherty on plans to review HelptoBuy scheme after

first_imgI think having a report a year afterwards in terms of impact on the house process is doing it arseways. The reality here is that the evidence is showing hat this measure will push up house prices.He added that it would have made more sense to do the review before implementing the scheme.Earlier today, the Central Bank announced it was reducing the minimum deposit required by first-time buyers from 20% to 10%.In was announced that a first-time buyer will now only need a deposit worth 10% of a property, regardless of its price. However, the 20% deposit rule will continue to apply to second-time and subsequent buyers.The 3.5 times ceiling on the loan to income (LTI) ratio remains. Requirements for buy to let borrowers and the exemptions for negative equity mortgage borrowers from the measures also remain unchanged.Read: ‘My concerns were entirely ignored by government’: Alan Shatter on Guerin report >Read: India’s Minister for Women says country’s rape problem is ‘exaggerated’ > 37 Comments ‘Doing it arseways’: Pearse Doherty on plans to review Help-to-Buy scheme after its introduction The TD said it doesn’t make any sense that the review would be done after the scheme’s implementation. http://jrnl.ie/3098764 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article SINN FÉÍN TD Pearse Doherty has said reviewing the help-to-buy scheme a year after its introduction is doing things “arseways”.The scheme, which was introduced in the budget in October, was originally intended to provide a rebate of income tax over the four previous tax years.The rebate would be maximum of 5% of the purchase price of a new house up to a value of €400,000.But critics of the scheme, including Doherty, said it would result in increased house prices.It was announced, much to the Sinn Féin TD’s frustration, that the review will go ahead as planned.Speaking in the chamber, Doherty said: Short URL 14,058 Views center_img Nov 23rd 2016, 9:44 PM Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland By Garreth MacNamee Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 9:44 PM Share106 Tweet Email Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Irelandlast_img read more

There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme

first_imgSchool students from across the country took strike action on Friday to demand immediate action on climate change.  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC this week Source: Brian Lawless via PA ImagesI think a lot of people that advocated unicorns have been chasing unicorns for a very long time and as we head into the next few weeks it should be patently obvious that unicorns only exist in fairytales. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to the media in Washington DC after the first House of Commons vote on Brexit this week.I would say to people that advocate Brexit, is this really what you want Protectionism, tariffs, borders, restrictions on trade, is this what Brexit was really all about? ‘There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme violence’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. My thoughts, and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders, are with those who have been affected, and also with their families. They are us. Mar 17th 2019, 6:31 PM By Hayley Halpin The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. They have no place in New Zealand. There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was.New Zealand President Jacinda Ardern reacting the morning after the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during a St Patrick’s Day Celebration reception and Shamrock presentation ceremony at the White House Source: Brian Lawless via PA ImagesThey’re smart. They’re sharp. They’re great. And they’re brutal enemies. US President Donald Trump speaking about Irish people during his meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.   Children protesting outside Leinster House on 19 January during the children’s rally for climate change Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie We’re going to go extinct if we don’t do something about it.  7,190 Views Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 6:30 PM Share20 Tweet Email Michael Ryan, the Irishman who died on the Ethiopian Airlines flight last week Source: WFP/FacebookHe wanted to really basically to save the world as far as he was concerned and he had a vision for that and he just seemed to put all his energies in and do that.The mother of Irish aid worker Michael Ryan speaking after he died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash last weekend. Source: Áras an Uachtaráin/YouTubeToday the word green has now become profoundly linked to the protection of our environment and the challenges we face in preserving the planet for our own and future generations.Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D Higgins gave his St Patrick’s Day message earlier this week.So, this year, as famous buildings and landmarks around the world turn green in honour of St Patrick’s Day, let us resolve to play our part, however small, in the achieving of a greener world in its truest sense. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4541129 No Comments New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses media in Wellington on Friday Source: AAP Image/Boris Jancic via PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Berlusconi planning comeback as club owner

first_imgFormer Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is considering purchasing a club in the third tier of Italian football.The AC Milan owner along with his former Chief executive Adriano Galliani are considering the romantic idea of purchasing Serie C side Monza.It emerged yesterday that the former Rossoneri owner and his right-hand man were considering buying the Serie C side, and it has now been confirmed that talks are taking place.“The idea is there, but nothing is defined yet,” Galliani told Corriere della Sera, as quoted by Football Italia.Berlusconi and Galliani remember one decision they would have done differently Manuel R. Medina – June 17, 2019 The former AC Milan chiefs believe they would have chosen coach Marco Giampaolo rather than Vincenzo Montella in the 2016-2017 season.Monza is definitely a romantic idea after selling Milan. The President lives 3km from Monza [in Arcore], and I was born in the city. I lived there and trained as a football director.”Berlusconi brought unprecedented success to Milan as the club owner when he bought the club in the 80’s.The Italian politician saw his AC Milan team four European cups including two UEFA Champions League trophies and two consecutive European cups in the late 80s and early 90s.last_img read more

University of San Diego ranked as best business school in California by

first_img October 18, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 18, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – University of San Diego has the best university in the state for business, management and marketing degrees according to rankings released Thursday by college decision-making website College Factual.USD’s business, management and marketing department topped UC Berkeley, University of Southern California, University of San Francisco and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo among California schools. College Factual deemed USD’s School of Business the eighth-best in the country as well.“These rankings highlight the outstanding learning environment including small classes, cutting-edge curriculum and opportunities for international study that position our undergraduates for success in the business world,” said Stephen Conroy, the School of Business’ associate dean for undergraduate business programs.College Factual ranked the schools based on students’ post-graduation earnings, the schools’ accreditation and the number of students at each school majoring in a program related to business, management or marketing. USD is the highest-ranked school west of Texas on the list.Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., as the top undergraduate business program in the country. University of San Diego ranked as best business school in California by College Factual KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

UPDATE Man 66 in serious condition after minivan crash

first_imgA 66-year-old man was in serious condition at a local hospital Tuesday morning after firefighters rescued him from a minivan on its side Monday evening.The traffic accident happened at 5:44 p.m. on 219th Street, just north of the Interstate 5 exitThe Washington State Patrol said Norman W. Klam of La Center was eastbound on 219th Street and a 1993 Honda Civic driven by Mary E. Wisniewski, 19, of La Center was westbound on the street and was stopped to make a left turn. Klam’s 2006 Chrysler minivan crossed the centerline and struck the front of the Civic and then came to rest on its side in the westbound lane, the patrol said.Klam was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Wisniewski was not injured, the patrol said.Battalion Chief Brett Graham of Clark County Fire & Rescue said the first engine arrived in four minutes.“The vehicle was on its side,” Graham said.It became apparent that Klam would need to be extricated and, “they cut the front window shield out and removed him out the front windshield,” Graham said. He said firefighters used an ax to break the windshield. Stabilization struts were used to ensure the car did not come down on anyone.He said the minivan tipped onto the passenger’s side. Klam was the lone occupant.Graham said eight firefighters and three engines, including a crew from Fire District 6, responded. For a while, the accident blocked the Battle Ground offramp.Klam was cited for second-degree negligent driving.last_img read more

AP CM Jagan expresses condolence to kin of Sushma Swaraj

first_imgVijayawada: AP Chief Minsiter Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed shock over the demise of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He expressed condolence to the family of Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday. She is a stalwart and a towering personality who was loved across party lines, he said in his tweet. Shocked by the sudden demise of #SushmaSwaraj ji. A national stalwart and a towering personality who was loved across party lines. As an able administrator and an epitome of bravery & kindness, she inspired women of this country. My Condolences to her family.— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) August 6, 2019last_img

Senate Gives Approval To Two AbortionRelated Bills

first_imgMichael Stravato for The Texas TribuneA woman reflects quietly in the waiting room at Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast’s ambulatory surgical center in Houston Friday, August 2, 2013.The Texas Senate gave approval to two abortion-related bills on Wednesday.The upper chamber gave final passage to Senate Bill 8, which would ban what opponents call “partial-birth” abortions and put restrictions on donating fetal tissue, and gave initial approval to Senate Bill 415, which would ban doctors from performing dilation and evacuation abortions.Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, said he sponsored SB 8 because Texas law enforcement “lacks the authority to enforce the ban on partial-birth abortion.” The procedure is already prohibited by federal law, and Schwertner said he wants to align state and federal statute, allowing Texas law enforcement to prosecute cases.The other main function of SB 8 would be a ban on the sale of fetal tissue and increased restrictions on donations of such tissue for medical research. The sale of fetal tissue is illegal under federal law, but if a patient consents, abortion clinics may donate fetal tissue for use in medical research. Federal law allows clinics to be reimbursed for costs “associated with the transportation, implantation, processing preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue” for research purposes.While presenting his bill, Schwertner cited videos released in 2015 that showed Planned Parenthood officials across the nation, including in Houston, discussing how their providers obtain fetal tissue for medical research. Though the videos have been widely debunked, abortion opponents claim they are evidence of Planned Parenthood employees admitting to selling fetal tissue.The only debate the bill faced before confirmation was over an amendment by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, which would allow a women whose pregnancy was terminated to request the donation of any aborted fetal tissue for medical research that could, she said, “save lives.” Though Schwertner agreed that “research is important,” he said his bill aimed to remove “any incentive of utilization of human fetal tissue for profit.”Zaffirini’s amendment was voted down.The bill received a Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing last month, which Schwertner chairs.“What we want to do is get away from profiting motive as well as middlemen dealing with fetal tissue,” Schwertner said at that hearing.The Senate also tentatively approved SB 415, by Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, which targets dilation and evacuation abortions — second-trimester procedures where doctors use surgical instruments to grasp and remove pieces of fetal tissue. Opponents call them “dismemberment abortions.”During a heated debate on the Senate floor, Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, asked Perry whether he had consulted with any obstetrics and gynecology groups before drafting the bill. Perry said no.Later, Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, told the chamber that medical professionals agree that the dilation and evacuation procedure is the safest way to perform an abortion after the first trimester and said the bill would potentially punish doctors who use the procedure to save a woman’s life.Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, then introduced an amendment that would allow doctors to perform the procedure if it is the safest available option for a pregnant woman. The amendment failed. The bill is scheduled for a final vote on Monday.Read more:Senate Health and Human Services Committee members heard emotional testimony last month from reproductive rights activists and abortion opponents over three measures that would further restrict the procedure.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/15/texas-senate-abortion-bills/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sharelast_img read more

Florida Governor Wont Say Whether He Will Sign Gun Bill

first_imgAPFlorida Gov. Rick Scott gestures as he speaks during a news conference near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a former student is suspected of killing at least 17 people Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The shooting at a South Florida high school sent students rushing into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building. Police were warning that the shooter was still at large even as ambulances converged on the scene and emergency workers appeared to be treating those possibly wounded. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Three weeks after the Parkland high school shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a gun-control bill on his desk that challenges the National Rifle Association but falls short of what the Republican and survivors of the massacre demanded.Now he must decide whether to sign it. Scott has not said what he will do, and he plans to take up the issue Friday with relatives of 17 people slain in the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.“I’m going to take the time and I’m going to read the bill and I’m going to talk to families,” he said.State lawmakers delivered the reform package Thursday. The governor has 15 days to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and extend a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns. It would also create a so-called guardian program enabling school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they go through law enforcement training and their school districts agree to participate.Other provisions would create new mental health programs for schools and establish an anonymous tip line where students and others could report threats to schools. The bill would also ban bump stocks that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire and seek to improve communication between schools, law enforcement and state agencies.Scott has received top marks from the NRA in the past for supporting gun-rights measures, but he broke with the lobbying group after last month’s slayings, which reinvigorated the gun-control movement.The governor, who is expected to seek a U.S. Senate seat later this year, has called for raising the minimum age to purchase any type of gun, but he does not support arming teachers. Instead, he wanted lawmakers to adopt his own $500 million proposal to put at least one law enforcement officer in every school.The NRA opposes raising age limits to buy weapons or imposing new waiting periods. In a statement Thursday, NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer called the bill “a display of bullying and coercion” that would violate Second Amendment rights and punish law-abiding citizens.President Donald Trump congratulated Florida on the legislation, saying state lawmakers “passed a lot of very good legislation last night.”During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said the White House was working on a plan to ban bump stocks and that efforts to enhance background checks were “moving along well” in Congress.The Florida bill’s narrow passage reflected a mix of Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition. Survivors were split as well.Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was among those killed, said more needed to be done, but there was enough good in the bill that it should pass.“My precious daughter Meadow’s life was taken, and there’s nothing I can do to change that. But make no mistake: I’m a father, and I’m on a mission. I’m on a mission to make sure I’m the last dad to ever read a statement of this kind.”The Tampa Bay Times reported that officials in the state’s largest school districts, including Miami-Dade and Broward counties, have balked at the idea of arming employees and instead called for funding to support putting more police officers in schools.Florida’s teachers union asked Scott to veto $67 million set aside for the guardian program. Under Florida law, Scott can sign the bill but use his line-item veto power to eliminate the funding.“If guns are the appropriate answer, then we owe it to our children to provide appropriate numbers of professional, trained law enforcement personnel … whose work assignment is to protect students and staff,” Florida Education Association President Joanne McCall said in a statement.Teachers in some states, including Texas, can carry concealed weapons if they have required training. At least eight states allow, or do not specifically prohibit, concealed weapons in K-12 schools, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.Meanwhile, one student injured in the shooting was transferred to intensive care after his condition worsened. A hospital spokeswoman said 15-year-old Anthony Borges’ condition became critical overnight.A family attorney did not immediately respond to a request for information. The student has filed notice that he will sue Florida authorities to seek money to cover the cost of his recovery.The suspect in the attack, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former Stoneman Douglas student, faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the massacre.His public defender has said he will plead guilty if prosecutors take the death penalty off the table and sentence him to life in prison instead. Prosecutors have 45 days to decide. Sharelast_img read more

New Shenmue 3 footage shows off gorgeous environments

first_imgMost of us can still recall that magic moment during the PlayStation E3 2015 Press Conference when Shenmue 3 was revealed. This is a title many (myself included) have waited nearly 15 years for, and the excitement and enthusiasm for the game has only gotten stronger during that time. It’s been over half a year since the announcement, and news since then has been minimal at best. Thankfully, a bunch of new screenshots and some shaky-cam footage has surfaced, which assures us (or rather, re-assures us) that Shenmue 3 is in fact real and is coming along marvelously. 1/5Gorgeous tree, but no forklift? 1/5A rustic desk. 1/5A tranquil forest walk, probably? 1/5A pretty pumpkin patch. 1/5Blue skies, fresh air. <>center_img Series creator and industry legend Yu Suzuki was at the Monaco Anime Game International Conferences to give us some new drool-worth Shenmue 3 material. We see what appears to be an autumn setting with lush vegetation, a highly detailed farm with fields, a barn, a house, and even some farm animals. Thanks to a deeply orange hue one would expect to see from a sunset, it would seem the game either has seasons, or takes place entirely in the fall.As great as the game is progressing, we should keep in mind that it’s still a work-in-progress. Shenmue 3 is slated for release in December of 2017, so there is still a long way to go before we see anything final.Still, what we have even at this early stage gives us hope that we’ll finally get the game we’ve been waiting for. With that said, anything can happen between now and the end of 2017, so it’s best to keep cautiously optimistic about this project until we can actually play it.last_img read more

This Gadget Will Let You 3D Print in Nutella

first_img 2 min read Once upon a time, serving bananas flambé — complete with fire leaping out of the pan — was an impressive way to end a dinner party. But soon, there could be an even crazier option: bringing your desktop 3-D printer to the table and serving up 3-D printed dessert made out of Nutella.Waterloo, Canada-based company Structur3D Printing has created a printer attachment called a “paste extruder” that works with most 3-D printer models and allows makers to create 3-D printed items with a variety of soft materials.Related: With $6.4 Million in New Funding, This 3-D Printed Insole Maker Is Looking HotA Kickstarter campaign for the tool launched today and has already surpassed its initial financial target. The team was hoping to raise $30,000 Canadian dollars (CAD) and, as of 2 p.m. ET, the team had already raised more than $32,500 CAD.The company intends to use the funds to produce at least 100 paste extruder units.With the attachment, which you get with a $249 CAD pledge to the campaign, you can print objects with silicone, polyurethane, wood filler, clay, ceramics, icing sugar, Nutella or conductive paint. The goal is to give inventors and makers the ability to use more than just plastic in their existing 3-D printers, allowing them to be more creative and save money as they experiment with prototypes. The plastic filament typically required in first generation 3-D printers is expensive.Related: Beyond Novelty: Architects in Amsterdam Are 3-D Printing an Entire House“There have been 3-D printers specifically designed to print different types of food or silicone. Our product is different, because we’re allowing you to make use of the printer you already have at home,” the Kickstarter campaign reads.The Discov3ry paste extruder is compatible with desktop 3-D Printers manufactured by MakerBot, Ultimaker and printrbot, among other popular brands.Related: 3-D Printers Take a Step Toward the MainstreamCheck out the video embedded below of the Discov3ry paste extruder being used with Nutella. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img June 10, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

Italys La Scala performs a concert for peace in Bosnia

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daycenter_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that two decades after the “genocide in Srebrenica and the war, the message is to look into the future. We need reconciliation, we need peace and we need cooperation.”Italy co-sponsored the concert with Bosnia’s Inter-religious Council.During Saturday’s anniversary ceremonies marking the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serbs, Bosnian Muslims pelted Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic with rocks.“After a very sad and divisive day yesterday … Italy through the diversity of richness and the music of a brand name of the La Scala wants to give a smile to the whole country, wants to give a sign of hope,” said Italian Ambassador to Bosnia, Ruggero Corrias.“Such an event cheers up people in Bosnia, where usually there is not much reason for joy,” said Jakob Finci, the head of Bosnia’s Jewish Community.The massacre of Muslims at the end of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war was labeled by two international courts as an act of genocide.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Milan’s La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra performed a concert Sunday in Sarajevo, bringing a message of reconciliation a day after the 20th anniversary commemorations of the Srebrenica massacre were marred by an attack on Serbia’s prime minister.Bosnians heard Handel, Mozart and Pergolesi performed at the Sarajevo National Theater and also on screens in front of a mosque, a Serbian Orthodox church, a Catholic cathedral and a synagogue. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2018 8:50 am PDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Grammy-nominated Ontario conductor facing sexual misconduct allegations Noel Edison is shown in a handout photo. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir says it has placed its Grammy-nominated conductor Edison on a personal leave of absence while it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Symphony Orchestra MANDATORY CREDIT center_img TORONTO – The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir says it has placed its Grammy-nominated conductor Noel Edison on a personal leave of absence while it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct.In a joint statement with the director of the Elora Singers, a southwestern Ontario choir that Edison also conducted, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s chair and executive director say they received letters of complaint “from third parties” regarding his behaviour.They add that news of the allegations have left them with “feelings of shock and sadness.”Both organizations also say they have launched an independent third-party investigation and will not comment further until they review the findings.Edison was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year for best choral performance with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He was previously nominated in 2010.The longtime chorus master is also artistic director of the Elora Festival and was made a member of the Order of Ontario in 2009.A spokesperson at Dean Artists Management, which represents Edison, was not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

Cyprus moving towards a second fuel storage terminal

first_imgDiscussions between the Cyprus Organisation for Storage and Management of Oil Stocks (KODAP) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the financing of a fuel storage terminal are progressing smoothly, KODAP President Panagiotis Malekos has told Cyprus News Agency (CNA).Malekos said EIB officials visited Cyprus for a main evaluation mission in early 2017, adding the process is expected to conclude in the coming months with the final loan approval.The state-owned fuel storage terminal’s cost is expected to exceed €40 million and construction works are expected to begin at the end of 2017 or early 2018. This will be Cyprus’ second storage terminal following the operation of a private-owned terminal operated by VTTV, a subsidiary of VTTI, in Vasilikos.Malekos said the terminal will include six or seven fuel tanks with a total capacity of 200.000 cubic metres. The terminal will hold the bulk of KODAP’s own stocks. Under EU rules, all member-states should hold fuel reserves amounting to 90 days of inland consumption. So far KODAP has a part of its fuel reserves in the VTTV terminal, as well as in fuel tanks owned by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus and in Greece.According to KODAP budget, in 2016 the organisation paid €7.3 million to maintain the necessary fuel stocks.The operation of the terminal is expected to generate a benefit of €70 million in net present value, Malekos added.The project will be financed by the European Fund of Strategic Investments marking the first infrastructure project to be financed to receive EFSI financing. The Fund will supply 75% of the project, amounting to €30 million, while the remaining amount will be covered by a loan with domestic banks and cash reserves, KODAP President said.“There is big interest by local banks to finance the remaining amount while cash reserves will be utilised for the project. The project’s financing is totally covered,” Malekos concluded.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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