CALGARY – When Kevin Sousa’s cable company botched his service repairs for a third time, he decided it was time to shop around for a better provider.But even before starting his search, he knew he had few companies to turn to, especially if he wanted to keep his services bundled in a single convenient package.“It’s terrible, we have so few options,” said Sousa. “For me to go somewhere else, I only have the option of Bell really, because if I go anywhere else I have to break it all up.”Canadians know the conundrum well, but industry watchers say that consumers can at least lower their bills by looking at the growing number of alternatives or pushing back on the big telecoms.“Look at your options, do your research, and try a smaller player like Distributel or TekSavvy, that don’t have as much of a market share, but are able to give you a better deal,” said Katy Anderson, a digital rights specialist at OpenMedia.She said smaller internet players are adding some competition to the industry, but that prices are still inflated and alternative providers are often not available in more rural parts of the country.The CRTC has been trying to foster more competition, including declaring 50 mbps internet a basic service, and requiring the major telecoms to sell space on even their fastest fibre optic lines, but Anderson said the federal government still needs to create its own broadband strategy for the country.Mohammed Halabi, director of MyBillsAreHigh, says part of the problem is too few people are pushing against the prices being offered by the big telecoms.“If you don’t ask, you don’t get,” said Halabi, whose company helps people get better telecoms rates.He said it’s unfortunate that there’s so little clarity on pricing and other issues in the telecoms industry, but consumers do have options.“Customers have been put in that position, so you have to go in there and ask, and don’t hesitate to switch your services if you’re not getting a good deal from your provider.”He said it’s important not to be outrageous in what you’re asking though, and to keep in mind that loyalty — and politeness — does help as you negotiate through escalating levels of customer service staff.“Tenure does go a long way in negotiations, 100 per cent. One of the most important factors actually.”He said telecoms providers are, however, also eager for new customers, so it’s a good idea to push for the best deal possible when signing up. He said you can often extend promotion pricing from six months to a year, and get better than the advertised rates.Halabi also said that unless you really need the trio of cable, phone line, and internet, you can generally get a better deal by splitting up the services and pushing for the best rate individually on each.As to knowing how far you can push, Halabi said the cheaper upstart options provide a good reference point on pricing.“Usually you can get something close to that price point with the big three, after some negotiating. After all, they’re selling the service to that company.”He pointed to a current Rogers promotion for a 150 mbps speed hookup at $80 a month, down from $100, but said he’s been able to get it for new clients at $60, which is about the same rate that TekSavvy’s pricing for that speed starts.With more than 500 internet service providers in Canada, the variance on pricing can go even further though. The CRTC says that for a basic five mbps download internet connection, some providers charge as much as $73 a month for the service in Vancouver and Winnipeg and $85 in St. John’s, while competitors offer the same speed for as low as $25 a month in those cities.Sousa said that he’s been able to get his bill down close to the competition, but it takes work.“You have to do the footwork. I call it a dance,” said Sousa.“You can eventually get it down to about the same price as those other services, but you’ve got to fight for that kind of stuff.”
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UNMIK chief Hans Haekkerup told Kosovo’s Interim Administration Council that this welcome development came in fulfilment of a promise he had received from the authorities in the FYR of Macedonia when he visited the country last week.Mr. Haekkerup also announced plans to meet Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica in Belgrade on 5 April to discuss the legal framework for provisional self-government institutions. He said he would press for the release of all Kosovo Albanian detainees in Serbia, and anticipated discussing the participation of Kosovo Serbs in elections to be held later this year. Next week, Mr. Haekkerup is expected to visit Albania for talks with the country’s Prime Minister, Ilir Meta.In another development, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that at least 2,000 residents of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have headed back to their homes over the past few days after fighting died down in the north of the country. UNHCR also said that only a handful of people crossed into Kosovo over the weekend.Meanwhile, the international security force (KFOR) said today that it had increased its troop levels by nearly two battalions on Kosovo’s border with the FYR of Macedonia. KFOR also announced that it had found an arms cache yesterday near the Kosovo village of Krivenik — an area close to the border which had recently come under attack.
October auto sales up 7.4 per cent from a year ago, DesRosiers says AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2013 12:28 pm MDT TORONTO – Canadian auto and truck sales last month were up 7.4 per cent from a year ago, according to data compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.Light vehicle sales totalled 145,460 for the month, up from 135,476 in October 2012 as Ford led the way with a gain of more than 10 per cent.The U.S. automaker sold 22,635 vehicles for the month, up from 20,561 a year ago.“We are proud to have achieved the best month of sales on record in more than 15 years,” Ford Canada president and chief executive Dianne Craig said in a statement.Canadian auto sales have set a torrid pace so far this year.According to DesRosiers, the industry has sold 1,496,216 light vehicles through the first 10 months of the year, up 3.8 per cent from 1,441,014 a year ago.General Motors, which posted a nearly 10 per cent gain, was second in October as it said sales jumped across all four of its brands, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac for the month that included an extra selling day than last year.The automaker sold 20,503 vehicles last month, compared with 18,651 in October 2012.Chrysler rounded out the top 3 with sales of 18,007, up from 17,333 a year ago.Meanwhile, Japanese automaker Toyota Canada Inc. said it saw an uptick of 3.5 per cent in sales of its cars and trucks in October, helped by its popular RAV4 sport utility vehicles.Toyota sales totalled 15,593, while its Lexus brand climbed 5.9 per cent from a year ago to 1,609. Scion sales amounted to 392.Honda Canada reported that last month was its best October in monthly sales since 2002.It saw combined sales from its Honda and luxury segment Acura, climb to 15,302, a jump from 14 per cent from October 2012 sales. Honda sales were up 19 per cent over the last year, coming in at 13,770 units while Acura sales were down 19 per cent, to 1,532 units.“Honda Canada Inc. surpassed an eleven-year-old October monthly sales record this month, which was bolstered by double digit growth of Honda Automobile Division’s small cars, Fit and Civic,” said Dave Gardner, vice-president of sales and marketing, Honda Canada Inc.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2014 12:47 pm MDT Augusta stock soars following takeover bid from largest shareholder, HudBay TORONTO – HudBay Minerals Inc. says shareholders of Augusta Resources Corp. would be wise to accept its all-stock takeover offer because the junior mining company doesn’t have the financial strength or expertise to develop its major project without help.The Toronto-based company, in a bid announced on the weekend, is offering to exchange 0.315 of a HudBay share for each Augusta share it doesn’t already own — valuing the junior mining company at about $540 million.Shares of Vancouver-based Augusta (TSX:AZC) soared more than 27 per cent, or 69 cents, to $3.20 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday, well above the implied value of $2.96 when the offer was made.HubBay (TSX:HBM) stock fell 57 cents, or just over six per cent, to $8.83.HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM) is out to acquire all the shares of Augusta Resources Corp. (TSX:AZC) that it doesn’t already own in a cash and stock deal worth about $540 million. August’s prime asset is its Rosemont copper deposit in Arizona. HudBay is offering $2.96 a share. HudBay fell 57 cents to C$28.81 while Augusta shares rocketed more than 27 per cent to $3.20.HudBay president and CEO David Garofalo told analysts Monday that his company believes Augusta’s management has consistently underestimated the time and cost of developing Rosemont.“We have been patient and supportive shareholders in Augusta since our initial investment in 2010” and remain confident that Rosemont will eventually get the necessary permits, Garofalo said Monday.But “we believe Augusta’s management continues to be overly optimistic about the permitting time and Augusta’s ability to complete the necessary engineering and raise the necessary financing to construct the Rosemont project,” he said on a conference call.“At this point, we strongly believe our technical team will be better-positioned to advance this project forward, given our extensive history in bringing projects into production.”“In fact, since our initial investment in Augusta, we’ve built two new mines and substantially advanced another,” Garofalo said.He said the addition of the Rosemont project would enhance HudBay’s position as an intermediate-sized base metals mining company and fit within its own timetable for growth projects.HudBay would be able to finance its share of Rosemont’s future costs from internal cash flow, once the Constancia copper project in Peru is completed, Garofalo said. Constancia is scheduled to begin commercial production next year, according to HudBay’s estimates.HudBay currently owns just over 23 million of Augusta’s more than 144.5 million shares — making it the largest shareholder at the time of its takeover offer.It thinks the deal benefits Augusta shareholders because they’ll get a stake in a larger mining company but still have a chance to get some of Rosemont’s growth potential.HudBay has set March 19 as its deadline for Augusta shareholders to tender their shares, although such deadlines are often changed by the bidding company. Among the conditions is that two-thirds of Augusta’s shares are tendered to HudBay’s offer.
Economy tops expectations, growing faster than expected in January OTTAWA – The economy kicked off the year with a bang, rising faster than expected in January, providing further evidence of robust growth but not enough to alter expectations that the central bank will maintain its dovish position.Statistics Canada said Friday gross domestic product increased 0.6 per cent in the first month of the year, with strength across both goods- and service-producing industries. Economists had expected a gain of 0.3 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.“One month does not a year make, but Canada opened its 150th birthday celebration with January alone registering a quarter of the gains expected for the year as a whole,” CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld wrote.“Even for those of us with enough experience to downplay any one data point, the fact that GDP is up 2.3 per cent from a year ago, and is gaining leadership from the ‘right’ sectors, makes a compelling case that we’ve put the post-oil-dive blues behind us.”The increase for January was the biggest increase for the economy since June 2016, when it also advanced by 0.6 per cent.The strong figures cap a recent string of better-than-expected economic data that included retail, wholesale and manufacturing sales as well as job creation.The Conference Board of Canada also reported Friday its index of consumer confidence rose 1.1 points in March to 111.7, its highest level since January 2010.Still, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said earlier this week that risks for the economy remain.“We’ve had positive data points in the last three years, too — and they didn’t last,” the central bank chief said Tuesday. “So, we’re being very cautious in that outlook.”In its most recent monetary policy report, the Bank of Canada predicted growth in the first quarter of 2017 to come in at an annual pace of 2.5 per cent.TD Bank raised its forecast Friday for the first quarter to an annual pace of 3.4 per cent compared with the its earlier expectations of 2.6 per cent.TD senior economist Brian DePratto said the central bank will likely also raise its forecast in the next monetary policy report on April 12, but he expected Poloz to remain prudent.“Core inflation remains very weak in Canada and we still haven’t seen any kind of meaningful comeback in business investment, so those are two areas that he’s probably going to remain concerned about,” DePratto said.“He’ll be happy but I don’t think this is really going to change the tone for him. He’s going to want to see a little bit more.”The Bank of Canada’s key interest rate has been set at 0.5 per cent since July 2015, when it cut its target for the overnight rate by a quarter of a percentage point.Statistics Canada said Friday that goods-producing industries grew by 1.1 per cent in January, while service-producing industries rose 0.4 per cent. The manufacturing sector was the largest contributor to the increase as it advanced 1.9 per cent.A partial rebound in the oil and gas industry also helped the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector, bumping it up 1.9 per cent after contracting 0.5 per cent in December.Oil and gas extraction was up 2.0 per cent, offsetting some of its decline in December. Mining and quarrying excluding oil and gas extraction gained 1.1 per cent in January. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2017 6:45 am MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Caterpillar® has added four new towed-scraper models to its product line. The new towed-scraper models-TS180 and TS220, with two rear wheels, and TS185 and TS225, with four rear wheels-feature an innovative, heavy-duty design and large load capacities for durable productivity in construction applications. The towed scrapers come standard with dry-disc brakes and radial tyres. They also complement existing Cat hauling systems, including the articulated and rigid frame trucks loaded by hydraulic excavators and wheel loaders as well as the wheel tractor scraper and track-type tractor.Heaped-capacity ratings for the new towed scrapers range from 14.4 m³ for the TS180; 14.5 m³ for the TS185; and 18.0 m³ for the TS220 and TS225. These towed scrapers use a durable bowl design, with high-strength, abrasion-resistant steel used throughout-floor, walls, ejector and apron.The box-section design of the bowl floor resists the stress of top loading and provides structural rigidity for intermittent push loading; the cellular design of the bowl walls resist load pressures and dents; and the ejector gate, fabricated from a single sheet of high-strength abrasion-resistant steel, moves on the same high-strength rollers used in Cat articulated ejector trucks. Ejector alignment guides, made from ultra high-molecular-weight plastic, maintain alignment and eliminate metal-to-metal wear.The bowl features a centre-lift design, which eliminates the large draft arms (external supports) employed in most conventional-scraper designs. The design is extremely strong, less complex and saves weight. The rear cylinders on the four-wheel TS185 and TS225 models allow the operator to adjust the cutting-edge angle to best accommodate different soils-an industry-exclusive. These models also feature walking-beam suspension for a smoother ride, reduced side sway and easier grading.Because the new scrapers can be used in tandem, ‘lead’ and ‘trailing’ configurations are available. Both configurations use a heavy-duty truss and push block at the rear for intermittent push loading, and lead units have a countersunk hitch that allows push loading when the unit works alone.Larger Cat track-type tractors and ChallengerTM Special Application tractors are ideal pulling units for the new scrapers, but other high-horsepower agricultural tractors (wheel or rubber-track) can be used. Drawbars and hitches are available for a range of pulling tractors, and the hitch features a bolt-on design that reduces wear on the massive 165 mm hitch pin.The hitch platform allows the tongue to move in six directions to prevent excessive stress on the tongue and stop blocks on the hitch prevent the tongue from contacting the tyres or tracks of the pulling tractor-eliminating a potential source of damage. The tongue itself features a robust, straight-line design that effectively transfers maximum drawbar pull to the cutting edge for reliable performance.The new towed scrapers use Cat XT-3 ES hydraulic hoses (designed to be 20 times more abrasion-resistant than standard hoses) and O-ring face-seal fittings to reduce leak potential. No hydraulic lines are exposed in the bowl, and the steel lines used for rear hydraulic circuits and for brakes run within the bowl walls for complete protection.
Jose Javier Hombrados Maybe you thought that he will end his career at age 43 after the farewell party in Wetzlar like Ivano Balic, but no. José Javier Hombrados still want to compete with the youngstars. The legendary Spanish goalie will try to help ASOBAL member Guadalaraja in the upcoming season.That will be his ninth team in proffessional career with began with BM Atletico Madrid at the beginning of 90’s. The biggest successes, Hombrados had as a member of BM Ciudad Real between 2002 and 2011. He won three times EHF Champions League, five titles of ASOBAL and was choosen twice for the best goalkeepeer of the season in Spain.He spent last two seasons in German HSG Wetzlar, proving that is still fit for the TOP handball. ← Previous Story ASOBAL: Stop for Teucro and Cangas! Next Story → Beach Handball explosion in front of IOC
Piqure de guêpe : les gestes qui sauventFrance – En cette saison à risques, Anne Jouan du Figaro rappelle les gestes à connaître pour soigner les piqures d’hyménoptères.Faute de bénéficier rapidement de soins adaptés, vingt personnes meurent chaque année en France après avoir été piquées par une abeille, une guêpe ou un frelon. Cette issue fatale est provoquée dans la majeure partie des cas par une allergie au venin, qui cause un choc anaphylactique. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Si vous vous savez allergique, vous pouvez vous faire prescrire un kit d’adrénaline, qui permet d’éviter l’arrêt cardiaque en attendant l’arrivée des secours. Même s’il n’y a pas d’allergie avérée, les scénarios suivants doivent vous alerter et vous faire appeler les secours : piqure sur les muqueuses, sur la gorge ou piqures multiples. Ces différentes situations peuvent créer un œdème susceptible de causer une asphyxie. Enfin, sachez que le venin peut être désactivé assez facilement : il ne supporte pas les différences de température et sera annihilé par l’application d’une source de chaleur puis de glace sur la piqure.Le 21 août 2010 à 12:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 27, 2017 – Providenciales – The second day of the Caribbean Development Bank’s Youth Vybzing Forum gets underway this morning also; catering to young entrepreneurs and potentials over three days. The Forum opened Wednesday at Beaches Resort with remarks from the main presenters and brought on behalf of the Minister of Education & Youth, Josephine Connolly. Thirty young adults filled the room and are counted as among the ‘creative beings’, some with start-ups already in fashion, jewelry, design and music.Today attention shifts to shaping creative projects led by Dr. Jo-Anne Tull, researcher, lecturer and consultant and Dexter Musgrave, a regional branding boss – both from Trinidad and Tobago.#MagneticMediaNews#CDBYouthVybzingForum2017 Related Items:#CDBYouthVybzingForum2017, #magneticmedianews
August 10, 2018 FacebookTwitter Posted: August 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom Updated: 1:19 PM KUSI Newsroom, Man who threatened Torrey Pines High School sent to jail, treatment SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A former Torrey Pines High School student who posted threats targeting the school on his Instagram account was sentenced Friday to a year in custody, with at least six months to be served at a residential alcohol and mental health treatment facility.Kevin Matlak, 21, pleaded guilty last month to one count of making a criminal threat.Superior Court Judge Polly Shamoon placed Matlak on five years probation and ordered him to stay away from Torrey Pines High and have no contact with three people named in a criminal complaint.Defense attorney Brian Watkins said Matlak didn’t threaten anyone directly, but three former classmates — whom the defendant didn’t know — read his posts on Instagram and felt threatened by them.The classmates of Matlak’s who graduated in 2015 reported the threats to law enforcement on May 30, leading to his arrest.“I hate all of you,” Matlak wrote in one post, according to Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco.“Get the (expletive) out of San Diego 2K18 before I find u,” the defendant wrote in another post. Matlak also posted a photo of him holding an AR-15 rifle in one hand and giving the middle finder with the other hand, Greco said.RELATED STORY: Former Torrey Pines High School student pleads guilty to making threatsThe principal of Torrey Pines High School wrote a letter to the court, detailing how the threats impacted him and his assistant principals, knowing that the person making the threats had not been arrested and knowing that they could be in harm’s way after they made the decision to keep the school open the next day.Kevin Matlak from 2015
A government team will tour Dillingham facilities ahead of a possible Presidential visit later this year.About a dozen people loaded off a jet bearing an American flag at the Dillingham airport Thursday evening.Credit Hannah Colton/KDLGA team from the White House will be in Dillingham this Thursday and Friday to check out the town ahead of a possible visit by President Obama later this year.Alice Ruby is Mayor of Dillingham:“We were contacted by some Washington staffers to tell us that it’s possible the President would make a trip to Alaska sometime in the late summer or fall, and that it’s also possible that he might visit some rural communities, and Dillingham had made the list of those communities,” said Ruby. “So a pre-advance team would visit and look at different facilities and meetings and so on.”Mayor Ruby says the team will visit various facilities, including the airport, the hospital, the school and the campus.Ruby says she thinks Dillingham may be one of several Alaskan communities receiving such a visit this summer.A White House spokesperson said they have no official details to share at this time.
Chelsea Sam, 22, was arrested a few weeks after she allegedly sold a dose of heroin to a police informant at her HUD apartment. (Photo via Dillingham Police Department)Police allege that Chelsea Sam, 22, sold a dose of black tar heroin to a confidential informant three days before Christmas. At her arraignment on a felony charge of second degree misconduct involving a controlled substance Thursday, Chief Dan Pasquariello was asked to testify about the substance police recovered.“It had the odor and appearance of black tar heroin. I’ve seen black tar heroin before. They sell, looks like it was supposed to a tenth of a gram, but it seemed like a very small amount. We sent it to the crime lab so they can test it,” he said.Sam was emotional, and in lieu of her ability to respond, Judge Daniel Schally ordered her held on no bail until an appointed public defender can argue otherwise.Police say she only sold that one tiny dose to the confidential informant. Still, that’s good enough to charge a defendant with a class A felony drug offense. Even with no prior felony convictions, Sam could still face a presumptive range of between 5 and 8 years behind bars if convicted.How many confidential informants are buying heroin for the police, or how many other felony charges DPD is currently sitting on, Pasquariello won’t say.
A drill site at the Palmer Project north of Haines. (Photo courtesy of Constantine Metal Resources)Constantine Metal Resources recently announced it is beginning a Preliminary Economic Assessment for a potential underground mine in the Chilkat Valley. The assessment will examine the viability of mineral resources at the Palmer Project, an exploratory site upstream from the Klehini River about 35 miles north of Haines.Listen nowThe Palmer Project has seen some opposition from residents in the Chilkat Valley. The Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan and three conservation organizations filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management for approving an expanded exploration plan for the project in 2016. The complaint claims BLM failed to consider future impacts of mine development.So far, Constantine has been drilling holes at the Palmer Project to determine the kinds of minerals available and where they are located. Mostly they have found copper, zinc, gold and silver. Liz Cornejo is the Vice President of Community and External Affairs for Constantine Metal Resources. She said the Preliminary Economic Assessment, or PEA, will be the first analysis of the economic viability of the project.“It’s a document designed for investment for people to compare one project to another,” Cornejo said. “It’s a starting point that analyzes the resource, the minerals that you have in the mountain, and then the economics of actually getting those out. So it’s an investment document, it’s not a permitting document.”The assessment is part of a trio of studies to see if the mine is worth developing. The pre-feasibility and feasibility studies come later. These more comprehensive documents analyze the actual technical and economic feasibility while the PEA looks at the potential of the site.“From the results of the PEA it will help determine the future plans for the project as far as where we’re going to be putting our energy for engineering work or environmental work or exploration work or economic work to help advance the project,” Cornejo said.The assessment will be completed by two third-party mining firms. Constantine has contracted JDS Energy and Mining and Klohn Crippen Berger to carry out the analysis. JDS is an engineering, project and construction management firm that has worked with mining projects all over the world.Klohn Crippen Berger, or KCB, has been involved in the waste management of several mines including the Highland Valley Copper Mine in British Columbia, the Jackpine Mine in Ottawa and the Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea. KCB will complete the water and waste management design components of the assessment.“They’ll come up with potential places for waste storage and potential methods for water treatment,” Cornejo said. “Once you develop those potential locations and methods then you can estimate the cost of the construction of that particular method.”When asked if KCB’s waste management designs for the assessment will be used if the mine moves forward, Cornejo said plans may change as more information becomes available.“Those conceptual plans may stay very similar throughout the process towards the permitting, or they may change significantly if we learn something new about the site,” Cornejo said. “Throughout the whole process from PEA, to pre-feasibility to feasibility, there will be conceptual design plans that’ll become more and more realistic because we’ll have more site-specific information.”The PEA doesn’t have a defined timeline, but Cornejo said Constantine is hoping it will be completed this winter.
Srikakulam: Sports and games helps in maintaining sound mind and health, said district judge M Babitha and first additional district judge V S Anjaneya Murthy. They inaugurated sports and games for advocates here on Saturday to mark the Independence Day celebrations which would be held on August 15. The competitions are being conducted under the aegis of State Bar Council members Gedela Vasudeva Rao, District Bar Association president Sistu Ramesh, general secretary Geddapu SriKrishna Prasad, sports secretary S Srinivasa Rao, other representatives of the association and executive body members of the association. Bar Association media cell convener Ch Laxman Rao, senior advocates T Radha Krishna, P Mallibabu, K Nagabhushan Rao, B Damodara Rao, G Rama Rao, women advocates G Visalakshi, P Usha, D Sarala and others participated. On the occasion, judges and advocates planted saplings on district court premises.
Biswajit murderA High Court bench on Monday fixed 6 August the date to deliver the verdict of the death references and appeals in old Dhaka’s Biswajit Das murder in 2012.The bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty fixed the date after concluding hearing on the death references and appeals.Biswajit, 24, a tailor, was hacked to death in public on his way to his tailoring shop at Shakharibazar in Old Dhaka during a countrywide road-blockade programme on 9 December 2012.A Dhaka court sentenced eight activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling Awami League, to death and 13 others to life in jail for killing tailor-shop employee Biswajit Das on 18 December 2013.Eight of the convicts are in jails whereas 13 others, including two with death sentence, are on the run.
Share Megan Kamerick/KUNMKate Noble speaks to voters at a listening session at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M. She ran for a seat on the Santa Fe Public Schools Board.Will the election of Donald Trump, who once boasted of grabbing women by the genitalia and has a history of sexist remarks, create a wave of female candidates at all levels of government in the coming years?Early signs from the groups that work with women considering a bid for office suggest a level of intense interest not seen in at least a quarter century.Kate Noble had never considered getting involved in politics until she woke up the day after Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.Noble worked for years in the economic development office of Santa Fe, N.M., and she believes a good workforce depends on well-educated citizens, so she decided to run for a local school board seat.Her political philosophy is distinctly un-Trumpian: “I want to be someone who can bring forward anybody’s and everybody’s good ideas. They don’t need to be my own.”The interest in running for office comes as women are still far from having anywhere close to proportionate representation at any level of government. In Congress, about 20 percent of lawmakers are women, while in statehouses, about 25 percent of lawmakers are women.In Noble’s case, she contacted the New Mexico branch of Emerge, a group that trains Democratic women to run for office. She ended up running unopposed and won.A Trump bumpIt turns out Noble wasn’t the only woman to wake up with the same idea after the election.“We saw an immediate uptick in interest in our work,” said Andrea Dew Steele, the president and founder of Emerge America. “And it has persisted through today. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”Applications for the group’s training sessions increased 87 percent after Election Day, Steele said.“Some of it is absolutely a reaction to President Trump and his policies,” said Jean Sinzdak, of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “For others, it is Hillary Clinton’s loss,” because the fact that we don’t have a female president “sort of woke them up to the idea that maybe we haven’t made as much progress as we thought.”Sinzdak oversees the university’s nonpartisan New Jersey training program, Ready to Run, which also has affiliates nationwide. Ready to Run is experiencing its own Trump bump with more than 50 women signing up immediately after Election Day. This year’s program is already at capacity, which Sinzdak, who has been running the program for 12 years, says typically doesn’t happen until March. The program has been expanded to accommodate up to 50 extra people.Both Steele and Sinzdak say the interest they’re seeing from women who want to run for office reminds them of what they saw in the early 1990s following the Anita Hill hearings. Hill had accused then-Supreme Court nominee, now Justice, Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.After those hearings, Sinzdak said, “We did have an increase in the numbers of women running for office and we saw a big jump in the number of women who ran for and won election to Congress.”Local and state officesWhile Trump became president without ever running for another office, most people get their start in politics the way Noble is, by running for local office.“I don’t think people realize that a lot of the decisions that are made that affect their daily lives happen at the local and state levels,” said Ashley Sanderson, the executive director of Emerge New Mexico.But a surge in interest in running for office might not translate into women actually running for office, said Rachel Michelin, executive director of the nonpartisan training group California Women Lead, pointing to 2012 as a year that was supposed to be good for female candidates in California.“We had open seats. We just had redistricting in California. It was a presidential election. So we thought we would see this big surge of women getting elected,” she said. “What happened, though, was we just didn’t have enough women running.”That’s where groups like California Women Lead, Emerge America and Ready to Run come in to help guide women from signing up for a training program to actually running for office. Steele, of Emerge America, believes this latest burst of enthusiasm is different from past years and she’s confident that more women will actually run in 2018.“The biggest challenge for us is getting more women interested in running,” said Steele. “So the fact that women are self-nominating, are waking up and saying ‘I want to do this,’ is the biggest, most hopeful sign that I’ve seen definitely since the Anita Hill hearings.”As for Noble, she says she’s already learned a lot by running for office.“I have really liked listening to people, working on ideas, having people listening to me.” She says the school board campaign was a good test run for future campaigns. “I’m so energized.”Copyright 2017 KQED Public Media. To see more, visit KQED Public Media.
Dark Souls III has traditionally been a series that utilizes a third-person camera angle to present its unique brand of Action RPG Horror. But what if it could be experienced from a different perspective altogether? Thanks to a newly discovered glitch, we get to see what the game looks like if it had the same camera position as the original Grand Theft Auto titles.A YouTuber by the handle of Kappamari was the one that discovered this glitch. As you can see from the video below, by going to the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire area and dropping down from a ledge, the camera will stay fixed in a top-down perspective. No matter where the player goes, the camera remains fixed and doesn’t pan down or revert back to its third-person angle. This perspective makes it look a lot like our favorite illegal vehicle appropriating simulator.While having Dark Souls III playable with this camera angle is amusing, it isn’t exactly practical. For one, you cannot see your character when entering buildings, thereby preventing you from seeing any of the terrifying monstrosities along your path. Also, the game loses some of its scare factor with this angle — this angle makes it seem rather charming, an adjective one wouldn’t normally associate with a Dark Souls game.Will this glitch be fixed by From Software? That’s hard to say, considering how one has to go out of their way to initiate the glitch in in the first place. Bloodborne had a similar glitch as well, so it might go hand-in-hand with this game engine.
Heineken pulls light beer commercial after racism complaints FILE- In this Dec. 9, 2008, file photo, visitors watch Heineken commercials on large screens at the Heineken Experience, Amsterdam. Heineken has removed a commercial for its light beer after some complaints that it was racist. Hip-hop star Chance the Rapper on Sunday, March 25, 2018, tweeted the commercial was “terribly racist.” In a statement, Heineken says while the ad was referencing Heineken Light, “we missed the mark.” (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Heineken has removed a commercial for its light beer after some complaints that it was racist.The ad featured a bartender sliding a bottle of Heineken light. The bottle passes several black people before it arrives to a lighter-skinned woman. The tag line: Sometimes lighter is better.Hip-hop star Chance the Rapper on Sunday tweeted the commercial was “terribly racist.” He said he thought some companies were purposely “putting out noticeably racist ads so they can get more views.”In a statement, Heineken says while the ad was referencing Heineken Light, “we missed the mark.”Heineken drew praise last year for its “Open Your World” commercials, which featured people of different backgrounds discussing their viewpoints. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2018 9:50 am PDT Last Updated Mar 27, 2018 at 10:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
December 2, 2013We reported on 10/28/2013 on a pour for the footing of a shade structure across from the Arcosanti site. The SUNAMI shade structure was generously donated by alumnus The concrete has cured and day before Thanksgiving the crew erected the steel structure for the shade.There is a visitors trail that starts below the Crafts III building, winds its way into the valley and comes back up to an observation platform, where the structure is located.The SUNAMI shade is the centerpiece of a planned rest area on the Arcosanti visitor trail.