Final Report on Myles Munroe Crash Released

first_img Related Items:crash, final report, freeport, myles munroe Heavy rain flooding Grand Bahama homes, senior citizens call for Govt help Recommended for you Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2015 – Pilot error is what caused Dr. Myles Munroe plane to crash in Freeport in November. A report released yesterday reveals that the two-pilot crew made a maneuver without having full and clear view of the runway in Grand Bahama and that caused a 3-second mid-air explosion which led to the deaths of all on board. The Learjet the men were piloting with Dr. Munroe, his wife Ruth, a young family of three, a bi-lingual American minister, and his brother-in-law and Senior Vice President of Bahamas Faith Ministries: Dr. Richard Pinder on board was driven right into a crane on the dark stormy afternoon. The final report issued by the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority said: The right outboard wing, right landing gear and right wing fuel tank separated from the aircraft on impact. This resulted in the aircraft travelling out of control, some 1,578 feet (526 yards), before crashing inverted into a pile of garbage and other debris in the City Services Garbage and Metal Recycling Plant adjacent to the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Both crew members and seven passengers were fatally injured. No persons on the ground were injured.” The report comes three and a half months after the crash. The Aircraft Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit or AAIPU has determined that the probable cause of this accident was, and I quote: The poor decision making of the crew in initiating and continuing a descent in IMC below the authorized altitude, without visual contact with the runway environment. Bahamas Govt bids to buy Lucayan Strip resorts, PM Minnis tours sitelast_img read more

American gay man beaten up at Junkanoo Carnival says he will sue

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 9, 2017 – Nassau – An American man who says he was attacked by a group of people during a concert at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is alleging that he was “targeted and beat up” because he is gay and he plans to file a law suit.Adrian Brown, 24, who was born in Jamaica but lives in the United States, said he wants those involved to be charged with a hate crime.    Brown vows to pursue the case when he returns to the US and also plans on suing for medical bills, pain and suffering.Adrian BrownMr. Brown, a Navy officer who came to the Bahamas to participate in Junkanoo Carnival, said he was dancing at the concert late Friday into early Saturday when he felt someone throw water on him.“So I was at the concert and there was a stoop and I stepped up on the stoop and I was dancing,” Mr. Brown accounted.    “This was about 3am in the morning.   So I am dancing and having a good time. I had on a cut out shirt and fitted pants and I felt when some water hit me.   So I looked back and I got up off the stoop and I said to the guy, ‘Why did you hit me with the water,” and he said ‘Because you a batty man,’” Mr. Brown claimed.“Now I don’t think he knew that I am originally from Jamaica, so before anything could happen his girlfriend came up in my face and slapped me and then four people just jumped me,” he claimed.    “Two girls and two guys.   Then two Bahamian men jumped in and started helping me.   There was no conversation, they just started fighting me.   I am not a fighter, I came to the Bahamas to have fun, party and go back home.    I don’t know these people from Adam and they do not know me and they were hitting me and beating me in my head with a rock.    He just said ‘you are a batty man’ and they all jumped me.    After the incident the other two guys that helped me held one of the guys until the police came.”Mr. Brown said he went to the police station and was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital a short time later but because of the long wait he went to Doctors Hospital where he was treated and discharged.#magneticmedianews#gaymanbeatenatcarnival Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #magneticmedianews #gaymanbeatenatcarnivallast_img read more

San Diego County Supervisors approve vote center study

first_img Posted: July 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a feasibility study on proposed voting centers.The 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Jim Desmond opposed, came after discussion over how much voting centers would cost, security, and possible disenfranchisement and voter fraud.Under the vote center system, the county’s registered voters would receive a mail ballot and could then drop it off or mail it to a vote center or cast a new ballot at the vote center itself. The system would eliminate the need for provisional ballots.The feasibility study will review pilot vote center locations for the 2020 election cycle, along with the costs and benefits; countywide deployment of the vote center model for the 2022 election cycle; an outreach and education campaign for 2020; and identify any state legislative changes that may be needed.The county will also consider an independent audit of the voter rolls, as requested by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar.Supervisor Nathan Fletcher made the proposal to study whether vote centers are a good idea.In a statement released after the board’s vote, he said: “Our democracy is strongest when the most voters participate in our elections. I believe we should do everything possible to make it easier for people to access the ballot. Today, the Board of Supervisors took an important step by exploring the vote center model, making it easier for people to vote. I appreciate their support and look forward to working with county staff and the community in the months ahead.”Desmond said while the county should look for more ways to expand voting, he wasn’t convinced that “we really need voting centers, when we have 1,600 polling stations.”Desmond also said that voter centers would be located in more densely populated areas, and possibly exclude those in more rural communities, such as farmers or ranchers.The board will decide whether to move forward with the vote center proposal after the study is completed in 120 days. San Diego County Supervisors approve vote center study KUSI Newsroom July 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON The Latest News From Moulton Markey  Warren

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:Democratic National Security Task Force Statement on Fallout from Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear DealSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:Senator Markey Resolution To Save Net Neutrality Passes In Senate With Bipartisan SupportSenator Markey Leads Defense Of Strong Rules For Children’s Educational Television ProgrammingSenator Markey & Warren Applaud Committee Passage Of Massachusetts Provisions In Water Resource & Infrastructure BillSenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech On Vote To Save Net NeutralityWarren & Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Servicemember Blast Exposure Injury PreventionPeters, Warrens, Brown Lead Colleagues In Call To Protect CFPB Public Consumer Complaint DatabasesLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF CVS Offering No Cost Heart Health Screenings This Valentines Day

first_img(Editor’s Note: CVS has a Minute Clinic location at its pharmacy at 222 Main Street.)WOONSOCKET, R.I — As part of its ongoing commitment to building healthier communities, CVS Health recently announced it will be offering no cost “Know Your Numbers” heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, every Thursday in February, including Valentine’s Day. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia.The company also announced it has extended its support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign with a new three-year, $15 million commitment to life-saving cardiovascular research and education. CVS Pharmacy customers will have an opportunity to give the gift of heart health by making a donation at the register at their local CVS Pharmacy stores through February 23.According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, yet most women don’t know their personal health numbers that are critical to determining one’s risk.“Women tend to put others before themselves, but it is imperative that women make their heart health a priority. The stark reality is cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. But by empowering women to be aware which includes knowing your numbers move more, eat smart and manage blood pressure, we can change that fact,” said Jennifer Mieres, M.D., an American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women medical expert.Consumers can visit their local MinuteClinic on February 7, 14, 21, and 28 and receive a no-cost heart health preventive screening, supported by TYLENOL , to learn the five key personal health numbers that can help them determine their risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. MinuteClinic is a high-quality, convenient and affordable destination for preventive care all year long, with 1 in 2 Americans living within 10 miles of a MinuteClinic.“Knowing your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke is critical to improving community health, which is why we’re pleased to be offering no cost Know Your Number screenings at all of our MinuteClinic locations on Valentine’s Day, and every Thursday during February,” said Lisa Bisaccia, Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health, and national volunteer chair for Go Red for Women. “Health starts at the community level, and that’s why we feel we can make a real difference by increasing access to cardiovascular screenings and providing customers with an opportunity to show their support for family, friends and neighbors who are affected by cardiovascular disease.”To receive a free screening, download the voucher, print a copy and bring it with you to scan at the MinuteClinic registration kiosk. Alternatively, you can use your mobile phone to show the voucher to the provider after you register at the kiosk.CVS Pharmacy customers can support Go Red for Women by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide or online at http://www.cvshealth.com/GoRed through February 23. Additionally, 3M is proud to support the 2019 American Heart Association’s Life is Why We Give Campaign by donating $100,000.About CVS HealthCVS Health is the nation’s premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,800 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 93 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 39 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including a rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offering. This innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from CVS Health.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCVS Opens 1,000th Minute Clinic In United StatesIn “Business”ANOTHER Wilmington Pharmacy Change Coming: CVS Buys Target’s PharmaciesIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: CVS Fights Rise In E-Cigarette Use, Donates $1M+ To Tobacco-Free Policies On College CampusesIn “Business”last_img read more

Ryan Reynolds shares behindthescenes peek at Detective Pikachu

first_imgDetective Pikachu is a spinoff from the Pokemon gaming franchise, which includes the Detective Pikachu game. Pokemon fans will be able to see the movie when it hits theaters worldwide in May 2019. “Pika-dots,” Reynolds captioned the photo on his Twitter and Instagram.The left side of the image shows Pikachu, while the right side features Reynolds’ face covered in motion capture marker dots. These dots are used to track his facial expressions, which will then be used to make Pikachu’s reactions looks more realistic. In the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie, Pokemon creatures and humans live together side by side.  2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment Tags 77 Photos The Pokemon movie centers on the search for an ace detective named Harry Goodman who goes missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Helping Tim in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokemon partner, Detective Pikachu, described as “a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.” Share your voice Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Knowing your visual effects lingo: From compositing to previz, understand the latest filmmaking terms with this handy glossary of visual effects jargon. 0 In the upcoming live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to the beloved yellow main character.While Warner Bros. Pictures already gave fans their first glimpse at the movie with a trailer in November, Reynolds shared an even closer look at his character on Sunday. More movies Barack Obama lists 2018 favorites: Black Panther, Annihilation Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is the superhero we need right now Movies led by women dominate box office, study finds TV and Movies Pokemon Go Deadpoollast_img read more

More screen less body in the revamped Acer Swift 7

first_imgThe super-slim Swift 7 gets slimmer bezels for more screen and less bulk.  Sarah Tew/CNET Acer’s ambitious Swift 7 laptop was one of my favorite laptops of 2018. Its main selling point was an amazingly thin body housing a 14-inch screen. But the world’s-thinnest-laptop Swift 7 was more than a one-trick pony: It was actually a very usable everyday laptop, with an excellent touchscreen, good touchpad, 180-degree hinge and fanless cooling. Exactly one year later, Acer is back with a new version of the Swift 7 for CES. The 2019 model is the Swift 7 SF714-52T, if you’re keeping track (last year’s was the SF714-51T). What’s different this time around? A few small tweaks — not that there’s much room to change a lot in a wafer-thin laptop. 85 Photos Share your voice 1 See it Acer’s Swift 7, Chromebook 315 break new ground at both… Comment The screen bezels have been reduced to under 3mm, making the laptop’s footprint smaller and allowing for a screen-to-body ratio of 92 percent. The 1.9-pound (0.86 kg) laptop does gain just a hair of thickness in the process, going from 8.98mm thick to 9.95mm. The processor gets an upgrade as well, going from a seventh-gen CPU to the eighth-gen Intel Core i7-8500Y, similar to what you’d find in a new MacBook Air. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Acer Swift 7 Now playing: Watch this: See all the best laptops from CES 2019 Mentioned Above Acer Swift 7 Review • Acer’s Swift 7 is unbelievably skinny, if not always speedycenter_img The flat keyboard and fixed (no-click) touchpad won’t be everyone’s favorite, but I found the previous version to more than make up for that by jamming a ton of features into such a tiny frame. The new Swift 7 is coming to the US in May, starting at $1,699. Exact configurations and prices elsewhere will vary by region. 40 Photos Tags All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Laptops Tablets Desktops Preview • Acer’s new Swift 7 laptop is less than 10mm thick CES 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $1,488 CES Products Acer Intel News • The incredibly portable Acer Swift 7 was my near-perfect travelling companion 2:05last_img read more

TCL debuts 8K Roku TVs quantum dot and more dimming zones at

first_img TCL also talked up additional image quality improvements in its higher-end 2019 TVs. Some models will get quantum dot technology for improved color as well as additional local dimming zones — up to 300 percent more than previous models.  That means the 65-inch set would have an impressive 360 zones, for example.Pricing and specific availability for TCL’s 2019 TVs was not announced.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. TVs 61 Photos 2:35 0 CES 2019 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags The best TVs of CES 2019 Share your voice In another first for Roku TV, select 4K models from TCL will incorporate built-in far-field voice control. That means you’ll be able to speak into thin air, hands free. You’ll also be able to perform searches and other voice commands without using the remote. US versions will use Roku’s voice system while TCL TVs outside the US will get Google Assistant far-field voice control.TCL says the system takes advantage of beam-forming technology and AI noise cancellation to deal with the issue of the TV’s own speakers overwhelming voice commands.Roku TV is CNET’s favorite Smart TV system overall, with better app coverage, search and ease of use than any of its rivals. TCL’s Roku TVs are among our top recommendations, and the company’s 2018 6 series won the Editors’ Choice award for its combination of picture quality and value. CES Products Roku Samsung An 8K TV in Roku’s booth at CES 2019. Sarah Tew/CNET TCLis joining LG and Samsung on the list of TV makers that will sell sets with 8K resolution this year.At CES 2019, the increasingly popular China-based TV maker said its 8K TV will be available in “late 2019,” and it will be the first 8K TV powered by Roku’s smart TV system. TCL debuts Roku powered 8K TVslast_img read more

Mysterious UFO lights appear in China conspiracy theorists speculate arrival of aliens

first_imgBannedbook.org/ET Data BasePopular conspiracy theorist and self-proclaimed alien researcher Scott C Waring, on his website ET Data Base, has now shared a creepy video that shows some mysterious UFO lights in the skies of China. The story about this creepy sky sighting was initially shared on the internet by a Chinese website named ‘Bannedbook.org’, but it gained popularity only after it was shared by Scott C Waring.In the website post, Scott C Waring revealed that several bright lights, possibly multiple UFOs, hovered in the skies of Beijing in night skies. The self-proclaimed alien researcher also made it clear that the UFOs not only appeared in the skies of Beijing but also in other regions of the country.”The lights caught the attention of most of Beijing, but it was seen by people that were 100 km away! That means the UFOs went to many locations, not just over Beijing. The light is lumpy and contained. That means its not a spotlight from the ground. A spotlight would spread the light evenly in all areas and cannot make lumps like this in the clouds. The lights suddenly appear as a group of spots, and then spreads into a plurality of spots, and moves quickly, sometimes ring-shaped, and sometimes resembles a pattern, and sometimes becomes another irregular pattern,” wrote Waring on his website.As the video uploaded by Waring went viral on the internet, many people have started arguing that this UFO sighting is authentic proof of alien existence. These alien buffs believe that extraterrestrials from deep space used to visit the earth to monitor human activities.Interestingly, the shape of the UFO that appeared in China seems very similar to the unidentified flying object that appeared a few months back in Baji California. The clip from Baji California was uploaded to YouTube by Tyler Glockner who runs the YouTube channel ‘Secureteam10’, and the conspiracy theorist revealed that eyewitnesses had live-streamed the UFO sighting on Instagram.However, experts have dismissed the alien connection associated with these sightings, and they claim that it might be spotlighted on the ground which is often misinterpreted as UFOs.last_img read more

Wipro sacking employees drags Infosys TCS but Mindtree Tech Mahindra gain

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai in this file photo on November 9, 2016IANSInfosys, TCS and Wipro ended with losses while mid-cap IT stocks Tech Mahindra and Mindtree closed with gains on Friday, on a day that buzzed with Wipro reportedly “hundreds of employees” citing bad performance.Infosys closed at Rs 924, Wipro at Rs 493 and TCS at Rs 2,311 while Tech Mahindra ended 1.45 percent higher at Rs 427 and Mindtree up 1.64 percent higher at Rs 450. The BSE Sensex closed 57 points lower at 29,365.It may be recalled that the three companies, among the top sponsors of H-1 B visas issued by the US government, are facing multiple headwinds and have slowed down hiring over the past few quarters, as reflected in their net addition numbers.For fiscal 2018, the overall visa applications fell 16 percent to 1,99,000 as compared to 2,36,000 for the previous fiscal, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The overall number of H-1 B visas is 85,000. Infosys, TCS and Wipro were among the top five sponsors of H-1B visa applications for fiscal 2017 amid the protectionist stance of the US, although the company-wise applications have fallen for all the three firms over the previous fiscal year, the steepest being for Infosys. The number of applications by Infosys are down by 7,884, or 23.68 percent, to 25,405 in 2017 from 33,289 last year, while the fall is 20.65 percent for TCS to 13,134 (16,553 in 2016).For Wipro, which reportedly sacked “hundreds” of employees this month, the decline is 13.06 percent to 10,607 from 12,201 in the previous year.Statistics put out by Myvisajobs.com showed that other companies in the top 10 sponsors include Capgemini, IBM, Accenture and Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS). US president Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order “Buy American, Hire American” that aims to give preference to American goods and more jobs to Americans, directly impacting prospects of Indian IT software services companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS and Tech Mahindra by the tightening of norms for issuing H-1B visas.The statistics also show an increase in the average salary by the respective Indian companies between 2016 and 2017, with the maximum being $81,705 for Infosys this year, though it is still lower than the salary paid by Capgemini and Accenture. The average salary for TCS is $76,099 this year while it is slightly lower at $72,720 for Wipro.  A U.S. embassy security guard (L) and an Indian policeman stand in front of the main gate of the embassy as the bulldozer (unseen) removes the security barriers, in New Delhi December 17, 2013.Reuters Filelast_img read more

Kotak Mahindra Bank Q3 net rises 23 marks fastest pace in 6

first_img RBI stops printing Rs 2,000 notes two years after demonetisation Close Kotak Mahindra Bank and ATM in Bengaluru, India.IBT Media/SVKrishnamachariKotak Mahindra Bank reported a 23 percent rise in third-quarter net profit on Monday, sending the shares more than 2 percent up.Kotak Mahindra, India’s fifth-biggest lender by market capitalisation, said net profit was Rs 12.91 billion ($181.20 million) for the three months to December 31, 2018. In the same quarter a year earlier the net profit was Rs 10.53 billion. The profit growth was at its fastest pace in six quarters.Highlights:Third quarter revenue up 23 percentSavings deposits up 34 percent year-on-year to Rs 73,958 croreInterest income rises 25 percentShares up more than 2 percent on Monday after the resultsThe positive results came amid the bank’s ongoing conflict with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) over the promoter stake. The lender’s ledgers were helped by higher interest income as well as write-back of provisions. The Interest income stood at Rs 62.50 billion in the quarter, an increase of about 25 percent.Even as bad loan provisions rose more than 50 percent to Rs 2.55 billion, Kotak Mahindra got a write-back to the tune of Rs 2.72 billion, Reuters reported.On March 12, the Bombay high court will take up the bank’s plea challenging RBI’s order throwing out its proposal to cut promoter stake.”In accordance with the RBI communication, provision for mark-to-market depreciation on AFS and HFT investments continue to be presented under Provisions & Contingencies. However, if above provision for mark-to-market depreciation were treated as part of other income, the adjusted income will be higher by Rs 271 crore,” Kotak Mahindra Bank said in a BSE filing.Improving asset qualityThe results also showed asset quality improved at Kotak Mahindra Bank. The percentage of bad loans was 2.07 in the latest quarter, compared with 2.15 percent in the second quarter and 2.31 percent in the same quarter a year ago. Kotak Mahindra Bank Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Uday Kotak launches the ‘811 banking app’ in Mumbai on March 29, 2017.IANSKotak Mahindra Bank is entangled in a tussle with the RBI over the equity stake of promoter Uday Kotak.On March 12, the Bombay high court will take up the bank’s plea challenging RBI’s order throwing out its proposal to cut promoter stake.The bank was facing a December 31 deadline to cut promoter holding to 20 percent from the current 30 percent. Under the RBI’s guidance, the bank should further cut Uday Kotak’s stake to 15 percent by March 2020.center_img Uday Kotak had attempted to cut his holding by using preference shares rather than common equity in August. However, the RBI cut down the move saying the bank could not take the Perpetual Non Convertible Preference Shares (PNCPS) route to pare promoter holding.The bank said earlier last month it was moving the high court as the RBI did not respond to its request to reconsider its decision on preference shares.last_img read more

Trump pushes for Mexico wall funding

first_imgMap highlighting features along the US-Mexico border. US President Donald Trump pressed for the funding of a border wall Sunday as budget deadline looms. Photo: AFPDonald Trump pressed for the funding of a Mexico border wall Sunday as a looming spending showdown in Congress threatens to shut down the US government on the president’s 100th day in office.Building the wall was Trump’s signature campaign promise, and the White House appeared determined to get Congress to approve a down payment as part of a bigger bill to keep the US government funded.Trump weighed in on Twitter, insisting Mexico will pay for the wall “but at a later date so we can get started early.”“The Democrats don’t want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members,” he wrote.White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said the administration is prepared to make concessions to Democrats on health care reform in order to get the wall money.But if the wall isn’t funded, will the president veto the larger spending bill, risking a government shutdown on Saturday—coincidentally Trump’s 100th day in office?“Don’t know yet,” Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday. “We are asking for our priorities and importantly we are offering to give Democrats some of their priorities as well.”The specter of a government shutdown has often loomed over US budget negotiations. The threat has most often been averted—but has come to pass several times, most recently for 16 days in 2013 amid a dispute over funding for Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms.Record low approvalThe fight this time comes as the White House is eager to show off Trump’s accomplishments at the 100-day mark.The president is planning a speech to the nation and an “America First” rally on Saturday to highlight his successes, accompanied by an outpouring of digital content.Trump surprised his own aides this week by promising a big announcement on tax reform on Wednesday even though lawmakers have yet to conclude negotiations on health reform, a major variable in government spending.Mulvaney said it would be a statement of principles rather than legislation, “with some indication what the rates are going to be.”“I don’t think anybody expects us to roll bill language on Wednesday,” he added.Although he has slashed government regulations and used his executive powers more frequently than any of his recent predecessors, Trump has had no major legislative achievements to speak of so far.His attempt to repeal and replace his predecessor’s health care reforms was rejected in the Republican-controlled Congress, and his executive order imposing a travel ban targeting citizens of several mainly Muslim countries as well as refugees has been blocked by the courts.A new Washington Post/ABC News poll showed his approval ratings to be at a record low for a modern US president at a point in office when most have still enjoyed a honeymoon.It found that 42 percent of Americans approved of his performance and 53 percent disapproved.Trump nevertheless found a silver lining in the poll numbers.“New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative,” he tweeted.“Would still beat Hillary in popular vote,” he said, referring to Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom he vanquished in last November’s presidential election.“ABC News/Washington Post Poll (wrong big on election) said almost all stand by their vote on me & 53% said strong leader,” Trump gloated about the survey’s findings.Spending compromise?Democrats, meanwhile, have shown little interest in compromise, particularly on the border wall project.“I hope the president will back off,” said Senator Dick Durbin, the number-two Democrat in the Senate, on CNN’s “State of the Union.”“To think that he would consider shutting down the government of the United States of America over this outlandish proposal of a border wall, which we can’t even pay for at this point, and is opposed by Democrats and Republicans all along the border, that would be the height of irresponsibility,” he said.However, Mulvaney insisted that “shutdown is not desired and it’s not a tool, it’s not something we want to have.“We want our priorities funded and one of the biggest priorities during the campaign was border security, keeping Americans safe and part of that was a border wall.”US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made similar pitches on other television talk shows.“I think it’s certainly worth hard negotiation over,” Kelly said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”“We have tremendous threats, whether it’s drugs, people, potential terrorists, coming up from the south.”Sessions said Trump would decide whether the wall money was worth the risk of a government shutdown.“But I know one thing, we need that wall,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It will help us complete the promise that the president has made to the American people. That’s what they want.”last_img read more

140 BNPJamaat men arrested in final hours before election

first_imgLogo of arrestAround 140 leaders and activists of opposition BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami have been arrested in Khulna, Barishal, Sherpur, Nilphamari and Bhola districts in final hours before the 30-December election, according to UNB.In Khulna, 60 BNP activists were arrested during different overnight drives on Thursday.The arrestees include BNP’s Khalishpur thana unit chief Fazle Halim Liton, Khanjahan Ali thana unit president Meer Kaysed Ali and Daulatpur thana unit organising secretary Sazzad Hossain Toton.Apart from them, Khulna-3 BNP candidate Rakibul Islam Bakul’s chief election agent Sheikh Mosharraf Hossain was arrested when he was going to the returning officer’s office after a press conference.Khulna Metropolitan Police’s spokesperson additional deputy commissioner Sonali Sen said Mosharraf had a warrant in his name. Police also arrested BNP’s youth wing Juba Dal’s Khulna city unit general secretary Nazmul Hasan Sagor.Meanwhile, police raided the residence of BNP’s Barishal-1 candidate Zahir Uddin Swapan in the early hours of Friday and arrested 19 party activists.Inspector of Gournadi model police station, Md Mahbubur Rahman, claimed they had been tipped off about the gathering of criminals at Zahir’s house.”Over 100 policemen encircled his residence around 10:30pm on Thursday. The stalemate continued for about three hours as he refused to open the door,” Rahman said.Police said the arrestees include former Juba Dal central committee member Md Rafiqul Islam and BNP’s Gournadi municipal unit’s former general secretary Md Hannan Sharif.In Sherpur, police arrested 26 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, including central BNP leader Mahbubur Rahman Harej and for Sherpur upazila parishad chairman Dabibur Rahman.Officer-in-charge of Sreebardi police station Ruhul Amin said they arrested Hannan Miah, son of late Mofiz Uddin of the village, while distributing money among voters at Gargaria village in Sreebardi upazila on Friday evening.In Bhola, Rapid Action Battalion members arrested a BNP man – Babul Biswas- for plotting to unleash violence in Bhola-3 constituency from where BNP leader Hafizuddin Ahmed is contesting the election.In Nilphamari, police in a special drive arrested 34 BNP-Jamaat men from different places of the district.Jamaat leader’s wife, son held in SatkhiraThe wife and son of Jamaat’s Satkhira Sadar upazila West unit chief Shahadat Hossain were among four people arrested with fake currencies.Sadar police station OC Mustafizur Rahman said they raided the area after being tipped off about Shahadat’s attempts to bribe voters.”He escaped during the raid. We found 39 counterfeit notes of Tk 1,000 denomination from his house,” the OC claimed.Shahadat’s wife Hafiza Khatun, son Zaharul Islam and two other associates were arrested.last_img read more

Murder accused killed in alleged gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what the police called gunfight with them in Lalpur upazila of Natore early Saturday, reports news agency UNB.The deceased, identified as Manikuzzaman Manik, 48 of Ishwardi upazila in Pabna, was an accused in a college student murder case, the law enforcement said.Saikat Hasan, officer-in-charge of Natore Detective Branch of police, said police arrested Manik, also a member of a hijacking gang, from Rooppur of Pabna district on Friday.The police launched a drive to arrest the other members of the gang after he had given information to the law enforcement about them.When they reached Tofakata intersection, his associates opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to shot back in self defence around 2:00am, triggering a gunfight.Police rescued bullet-hit Manik and took him to upazila health Complex where physicians declared him dead, he added.The OC said police arrested Manik while investigating a case filed for killing of a college student on 5 July at Baraigram, Natore.Manik was accused in a dozen of murder and hijacking cases, the OC added.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first five months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 162, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Report Facebook Suspends Another Data Analytics Firm As Scandal Widens

first_imgRichard Drew/APAccording to reporting by CNBC, Cubeyou collected data from Facebook users through personality quizzes “for non-profit academic research” developed with Cambridge University, and then sold the data to advertisers.As the Facebook scandal over Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of the personal data of millions of users continues to unfold, Facebook is suspending another data analytics firm over similar allegations.According to reporting by CNBC, Cubeyou collected data from Facebook users through personality quizzes “for non-profit academic research” developed with Cambridge University — then sold the data to advertisers.Cubeyou denies wrongdoing, and Cubeyou CEO Federico Treu told CNBC that it “had the rights disclaimers on a separate site.” The personality quiz websites at the center of the allegations were jointly developed with Cambridge University’s Psychometrics Center. Its director, John Rust, told NPR that contrary to what CNBC reported, users “consented to their data being used for both academic and business purposes.”Even still, the new allegations raise questions about how widespread the misuse of data was among Facebook’s third-party app developers.“These are serious claims and we have suspended CubeYou from Facebook while we investigate them,” Ime Archibong, Facebook vice president of product partnerships, told CNBC. “If they refuse or fail our audit, their apps will be banned from Facebook.”The claims here have clear parallels to Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm that obtained data of 87 million users — those who took a personality quiz, and their friends.On Monday, Facebook will begin informing those users who were impacted by the data grab, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify to lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday.Cambridge’s Psychometrics Centre is linked to the personality quizzes of both Cubeyou and Cambridge Analytica. Facebook’s Archibong told CNBC that the company is asking U.K. authorities to request information about “the development of apps in general by its Psychometrics Centre given this case and the misuse by [Aleksandr] Kogan,” the professor who developed the Cambridge Analytica quiz.According to the BBC, “Cambridge University denied working with Cambridge Analytica or its parent company SCL and said it had never provided any data, algorithms or expertise.”Rust, the center director, stressed that its “apps have at all times followed Facebook’s developer policies and the use of data collected by them has always been in line with consent given by their users.”He added that “several of CubeYou’s claims on its blog appear to be misleading and we have contacted them to request clarification.”Cubeyou’s website says it offers marketers “all the best consumer data sources in one place,” including information gathered from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.The quizzes in question, called “Apply Magic Sauce” and “You are what you like,” predict a quiz-taker’s “psycho-democratic profile” based on what they have liked and posted on Facebook or Twitter.Facebook is initiating ways to make it easier for users to understand how their data is being used.“Starting Monday, we’re going to start rolling out to everyone in the world, right on the top of their news feed, a place where you can see all the apps you’ve shared your data with and a really easy way to delete them,” Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told NPR last week.As NPR’s Aarti Shahani reported, Facebook says it is also taking steps to limit other kinds of data sharing:“For example, if I’m advertising an event, if I’m organizing an event on Facebook, it used to be that the people who are going to join my event would be visible to third-party developers, but Facebook is changing that so that now the guest list is guarded. The comments for the event are guarded as one step. And really, you know, what you’re seeing is Facebook sending out the message incrementally that, hey, we know that our borders were porous, but we’re building a wall.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Houston Municipal Courts Offer Amnesty Period until November 17

first_imgGoogle MapsThe City of Houston’s Municipal Courts Department is offering a Fall amnesty period until November 17.The City of Houston’s Municipal Courts Department announced Thursday its Fall amnesty program, by which any defendant who voluntarily appears at any Municipal Court location during the amnesty period will be allowed to resolve all of their eligible delinquent cases and will not be arrested.The amnesty period will begin Friday, October 26, at 8 a.m. and will end on Saturday, November 17, at 11:59 p.m. It includes Failure to Appear cases.Cases eligible for amnesty include cases that were delinquent prior to September 1, 2018.Only the defendant named in the citation or their attorney can participate in the Amnesty Program.  Bonding companies, friends, relatives, and spouses cannot make the amnesty request on behalf of someone else.“Many of our citizens are still putting the pieces back together from Harvey, and we understand that sometimes many are not able to meet all their obligations,” said Judge J. Elaine Marshall, Director and Presiding Judge of the Municipal Courts Department. “We are hoping this final Amnesty of the year will give everyone the opportunity to clear up old business, reduce the stress that delinquent cases cause, to start the new year off fresh.”The Amnesty Program does not apply to a defendant that is in custody, previously adjudicated cases, parking citations, administrative violations, bond forfeitures, or civil cases. Individuals may call the Houston Helpline by dialing 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 for questions about whether their specific case(s) is amnesty eligible. Share Defendants may take advantage of the amnesty program by phone, US Mail or in person at any Municipal Court location.last_img read more

Spotify Drops Hate Conduct Policy for Artist Promotions After Controversy

first_img Popular on Variety On May 11, Spotify announced the new two-part policy against “hate content” and “hateful conduct” regarding the artists it chooses to promote — and was met with an immediate backlash in the music biz. Last week, reports emerged that Spotify was rethinking the decision to ban certain artists from playlists based on their “hateful conduct.” The company reinstated rapper XXXTentacion, but not another artist, R. Kelly.CEO Daniel Ek, speaking at an industry conference this week, admitted Spotify botched the rollout of the new policy. “We rolled this out wrong and could have done a much better job,” Ek said Wednesday night, speaking at the Code Conference in a keynote Q&A.In explaining the move Friday, Spotify said the “hate conduct” provision applied only to “rare cases of the most extreme artist controversies.” The company admitted that the ambiguous wording caused concern that an artist could be blocked from a promotional Spotify playlist based on unproven allegations, thereby potentially hurting their careers. Spotify also said some artists “even worried that mistakes made in their youth would be used against them.”“Across all genres, our role is not to regulate artists. Therefore, we are moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct,” the company said.In its statement Friday, Spotify said, “We will continue to seek ways to impact the greater good and further the industry we all care so much about We believe Spotify has an opportunity to help push the broader music community forward through conversation, collaboration and action. We’re committed to working across the artist and advocacy communities to help achieve that.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Spotify has swiftly reversed course on its recently introduced policy to ban artists who have engaged in “hate conduct” from promoted playlists, announcing Friday that it was dropping the plan.“[W]hile we believe our intentions were good, the language was too vague, we created confusion and concern, and didn’t spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing new guidelines,” the company said in a statement.However, Spotify said it was keeping the ban against “hate content” in place.“Spotify does not permit content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation,” the company said. “As we’ve done before, we will remove content that violates that standard. We’re not talking about offensive, explicit, or vulgar content – we’re talking about hate speech.”last_img read more