Guns drugs and cash seized during Fort St John drug bust

first_imgThe homeowner, 46 year-old Dana Andrew Nazarek, has been charged with four counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking, though police say additional charges may be laid. Nazarek is expected to appear in court on March 12th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A 46 year-old man is facing a number of drug trafficking charges after police raided a home in Fort St. John late last month.At around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th the Fort St John RCMP’s Drug Section and Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant at a home in the 8900 block of 87th Avenue.During the search, police seized 5 loaded firearms, approximately 800 suspected fentanyl tablets, 2 ounces of suspected fentanyl, 20 ounces of suspected powder and crack cocaine, 3 ounces of suspected crystal meth, and $38,000 cash.last_img read more

Judge orders Othman Hamdan to remain in custody

first_imgIn the decision released by Federal Court Judge Martine St-Louis, Hamdan will remain in custody until a full hearing can be scheduled.  A full transcript of the Immigration and Refugee Board hearing must be delivered to the court by August 9, 2019.  The court will then schedule an expedited hearing to determine if Hamdan will be released from custody before being deported back to Jordan.Othman Hamdan came to B.C. from Washington state 16 years ago on a refugee claim and was arrested in Fort St. John in the summer of 2015 when he was originally charged with four terrorism offences.Hamdan, a Jordanian national, was acquitted of those charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in September 2017. Immigration authorities arrested him and determined at multiple detention reviews that he poses a danger to the public.The CBSA said that Hamdan made himself out to be a cheerleader for the Islamic State in many of his 85 Facebook posts as he glorified and encouraged lone-wolf attacks in Canada, the United States and other western countries.Hamdan cast his activity on Facebook as an alternative news source, providing his followers with another view of events in the Middle East as he relayed the message of a terrorist organization. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Othman Hamdan will stay in custody after the Immigration and Refugee Board said he must be released before being deported.A Federal Court Judge overruled the IRB decision and Hamdan will remain in custody until the Canada Board Services Agency can appeal the decision handed down on Friday.On Friday the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada ruled he must be released from custody until he is deported from Canada.last_img read more

Edmunds: Carmakers reel in free maintenance plans

A number of automakers have offered free maintenance programs for over a decade as a way to sweeten the deal on a car lease or purchase. But in recent years, automakers have begun to reel in their plans by shortening the term, reducing the scope of coverage, or eliminating them altogether.In light of all these perk reshufflings, it’s worth asking: Should these free maintenance programs factor into your car-buying decision?FREE MAINTENANCE ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BETake someone deciding between a then-new 2016 vehicle from BMW and one from Audi. In 2016, BMW offered four years or 50,000 miles of free maintenance coverage and included the replacement of items that wear out, such a brake pads, brake rotors and windshield wipers; Audi only offered one initial maintenance service free of charge. These luxury cars can be expensive to maintain, so the savings undoubtedly tipped some cost-conscious shoppers toward BMW.If you were buying a BMW today, you’d see that the coverage has been reduced to three years or 36,000 miles and now excludes wear items. It’s still better than Audi’s coverage, but the savings aren’t as enticing.Here’s another example: For the 2019 model year, General Motors cut back on coverage for its Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands. Cadillac vehicles now get just a complimentary initial service. That’s a reduction from the three-year or 36,000-mile coverage offered for most 2017 and 2018 Cadillacs.Consumers lose out on some savings: If you were buying a 2018 Cadillac, the free maintenance services would be worth around $1,054, according to an Edmunds analysis. For 2019, the service value is $250.Chevrolet’s 2019 vehicles come with the initial maintenance visit free. For 2018 vehicles, the coverage was two years or 24,000 miles. Savings went from $752 for 2018 to $173 for 2019.In addition to annual changes that carmakers can make to plans, there’s fine print to read. Some plans can be transferred to subsequent vehicle owners but others cannot. There also are often requirements on when maintenance must be done to be free. Jaguar, for example, requires that the car be serviced within one month or 1,000 miles of the recommended service interval.A MARKET-DRIVEN BENEFITTightening credit conditions are prompting automakers to carefully analyze their incentive spending, and free maintenance plans are constantly under review, said Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds’ manager of industry analysis.“Free maintenance programs are expensive endeavours for automakers and may not be providing the differentiation that manufacturers had hoped they would,” he said. “With these programs having been available for some time now, automakers can revisit them to assess where the value is for shoppers and what expensive elements can be eliminated.”PERKS FOR SOMESome automakers are narrowing who can get free maintenance. Lincoln reserves its program for vehicles in the big-ticket Black Label trim level. Kia provides it only for its K900 luxury sedan. Subaru has its two-year or 24,000-mile Maintain the Love program that’s good for all its new vehicles, but it’s offered regionally through participating Subaru dealers. You’ll need to visit a specific dealership’s site to see if it offers the plan.There are still a few generous free maintenance programs out there: Jaguar leads the pack with its five-year, 60,000-mile plan for 2019 vehicles, unchanged from 2018 and prior years. Genesis, Mini and Volvo offer three years or 36,000 miles. Toyota gives two years or 24,000 miles, with some additional coverage for its hydrogen-powered Mirai.EDMUNDS SAYS: Free car maintenance is a nice perk. But when you’re shopping, it’s best to focus on the price of the vehicle itself. You can pay for maintenance with the money you save by negotiating a good deal.___This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Ronald Montoya is a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @rmontoyaedmunds.Related links:— Sizing Up Free Car Maintenance Plans https://edmu.in/2GMYsHz— Should You Buy a Prepaid Car Maintenance Plan? https://edmu.in/2G1FDQARon Montoya, The Associated Press read more

Poddala appears before CID says not satisfied with probe

Poddala Jayantha fled the country in 2010 but he said he returned to file a complaint with the CID today as he wanted justice. Former media activist Poddala Jayantha appeared before the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today to file a complaint over the ongoing investigations into an assault on him.The former secretary of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA) told reporters that he was not satisfied with the investigations into the assault in 2009. He said there was suspicion the suspects arrested earlier over the assault on journalist Keith Noyhar may have been involved in the assault on him. (Colombo Gazette) read more

BA pilots call off planned 24hour strike urge cool heads

LONDON — British Airways pilots have called off a planned 24-hour strike in their dispute with the airline over pay.Members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association were due to walk out on Sept. 27.The union said Wednesday that a 48-hour strike earlier this month had demonstrated the “anger and resolve of pilots.” But general secretary Brian Strutton said “now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism.”The first strike forced the airline to cancel almost all its flights for 48 hours, affecting almost 200,000 travellers.BA offered pilots an 11.5% pay raise over three years, but differences remain over pilots’ demand for a bigger share of the company’s profits.BA’s parent company, IAG, made a net profit of 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion) last year.The Associated Press read more

INTERVIEW Poverty education and inclusion top new General Assembly Presidents priority list

UN Photo/Mark Garten | Newly Elected PGA for the upcoming 74th session of the General Assembly speaks to reporters at the Stakeout. (September 2019) UN News: You will become President of the General Assembly during a time of great distrust between nations. How will you bring them together on the world stage? GA President: Well, first (we must) keep reminding ourselves why this Organization was established in the first place. This is vitally important because a lot of things go wrong by not getting us to reflect on what might be the case, should we not have this Organization in terms of chaos, in terms of ability to deal with, say, pandemics, in terms of ability to deal with issues – even migration and refugee issues. So when you remind people as to what might happen and these are not at times, just theoretical constructs, these are realities that we can draw people to historically, to say look what has happened, look what might happen if we do not listen a bit more, if we do not cooperate a bit more. In terms of the whole notion that as representatives of Members States, we should show respect to others, because they are here, because they are also members and they have a voice. They have things to say, which we must listen to. And it is only through this approach that we’re able to achieve results.UN News: You’ve spoken about improving how things are done at the UN. What are some of the ideas that you would like to implement?GA President: It’s simply to go back to some of the discussion, which is all over the place concerning how various organs are able to coordinate their work to reduce overlap, to also learn from what others are doing and reduce the overlap in terms of cost.  Let us say that in the next five years, it’s a different kind of conversation we should be having concerning synergy, concerning (our) ability to join efforts to achieve results.UN News: Your mandate coincides with the historic moment, the UN’s 75th anniversary. What are your thoughts on the UN’s work and, and its future?GA President: It has had also a very good basis from its beginning. We have had a few areas in which we didn’t do as well concerning, for example, genocide in Rwanda. There are many other areas in which, for example, norms concerning health issues and pandemics, issues relating to agriculture, issues relating to counter-terrorism, there is an emergent view, and, some constraints concerning the need not only to work together, but also (take) action on the ground on these matters. There’s a lot of excitement around the system and outside the United Nations itself concerning the need to mark this 75th anniversary as important in the history of the Organization and of the world and of politics in general. It should remind us as to the purposes of the Organization, its limitation and its promise and this promise is what we should all keep in mind. In his first major interview with UN News, Mr. Muhammad-Bande highlighted poverty eradication, quality education, and inclusion as his top priorities. The new General Assembly President has had an outstanding academic career in political science, in which he received a B.Sc from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, an MA from Boston University in the United States, and a Ph.D from the University of Toronto, Canada. UN Web TV | President of the UN General Assembly’s 74th Session.  UN News/Nam Cho | General Assembly President-elect Tijjani Muhammad Bande speaks to UN News. (September 2019) He has been the recipient of many awards and honours,  most notably, Nigeria’s Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR); one of his homeland’s highest honours.In terms of the coming year, he tells UN News that “education is really a complex matter. Whoever is denied an education is denied almost everything”. With education “we are likely to have less hate, we are likely to have better understanding…we are likely to have more equality”. On the upcoming 75th anniversary celebration of the UN’s founding, he said there was a need to mark this important event “in the history of the Organization and of the world, and of politics in general. “It should remind us as to the purposes of the Organization, its limitation and its promise and this promise is what we should all keep in mind.”UN News began by asking him to outline his main priorities:GA President: My three main priorities, aside from the normal priorities of all Presidents of the UN General Assembly – aside from peace and security, which is fundamental – the three other ones are, poverty eradication, quality education, and inclusion.UN News: You had mentioned in your election speech that you would work for the world’s most vulnerable and you mentioned poverty eradication and education. Can you give us an idea of how you intend to go about these priorities? Any concrete initiatives?The whole idea is that all Members are able to help others at times by showing what they have done, which has worked, which has not worked, and what support they are able to give to others on a short-term basis.GA President: There have been a lot of initiatives over a long period of time concerning methods and norms, concerning the eradication of poverty and the connections between poverty and many other afflictions. And I think (it’s important to work with) Member States to look at those things, and see what within those parameters they’re able to work with others to achieve. So, it is a whole range of things that can happen if we are able to listen to each other in terms of our needs and our ability to work together in solving or mitigating some problems. UN News: Do you think it’s an occasion to celebrate multilateralism and what it has accomplished?GA President: Oh, it is a celebration – to celebrate multilateralism and also to look at forces that hinder our full achievement of multilateral approaches to solving some of the problems. UN News: Do you have any plans for improving gender parity at the UN? GA President: I think the improvement is really in implementing what we’ve agreed to, that is to restate and to also act in a concerted manner to see that no one is left behind regardless of gender or race or religion. All elements offered, representations are important – gender certainly, given the equality of men and women in terms of numbers as well. So this is really crucial and the United Nations has shown a lead in this. It has its issues, but you have seen efforts that are very determined…And of course, during the Presidency of 74th (session), we have the opportunity also of dealing with Beijing+25. It gives us another platform to reflect further and see whether we’re able to find, even more effective means of ensuring gender equality.UN News: I’m going to go back to your second priority. You mentioned education; can you tell us why it’s so important for you and how it translates on the ground? Its impact?GA President: Education is really a complex matter. Whoever is denied an education is denied almost everything. Look at the connection between education and employment, education and equality, education and a sense of your rights, and around the globe, we expect with more access to education, better curricula, we are likely to have less hate, we are likely to have better understanding, we are likely to have a better economy, we are likely to have more equality. People are born into certain position. It’s only education that equalizes everything and everyone. It is important.UN News: Finally, what would you like your legacy to be in September 2020?GA President: Well, I think I would not want to give a broad view of what to do other than to say that we would want to know that as a team, and part of a team, we have pushed those matters of importance to the world, in a fair and transparent manner. And that whoever comes after us will find it easier to address some of these issues going forward. read more

Why Almost No Lead Feels Safe Against Tom Brady

The Philadelphia Eagles better hope they run away with the Super Bowl on Sunday. As you’ll see in the video above, a big lead may be the only way to stop Tom Brady from rescuing the game for the New England Patriots.

Golden Dawn completes dewatering at Greenwood precious metal project

first_imgInferred12,0004.421.035.962,300 Measured58,0006.981.18.6316,100 ClassTonnesAu g/tCu %AuEq g/tAuEq ozs Meas & Ind372,0006.471.058.0596,300center_img Wolf Wiese, President & CEO of Golden Dawn Minerals Inc provides the following update on the Greenwood precious metal project, located 500 km east of Vancouver, B.C on Highway #3. The project comprises approximately 15,400 ha., hosting 31 historic mines and three mines being actively developed by the company.Dewatering at the company’s Lexington mine is now complete. The underground mine workings are in excellent condition with no major rock falls nor compromised ground support. Additionally, the east portal and decline, as well as the main underground haulage route, are in excellent condition. In early 2018, the west portal canopy will be refurbished with new timber. A third access to the mine, the fresh air raise, has been equipped with a new ladderway. The mechanical services shop and other on-site service buildings have been refurbished.The next steps towards restarting operations include installation of mine services, including compressed air and water supply, electrical and ventilation, all to be serviced from the west portal. Initial technical work, including geological mapping and sampling of the exposed mineralization are scheduled to commence this month. A mine engineering consultancy is now working to produce a detailed mine plan and schedule. Following completion of these initial activities and coinciding with refurbishing the Greenwood process plant, the mining program is scheduled to provide mill feed for the plant by the second quarter of this year.The process plant will be wet commissioned when the mining activities start, to initiate production of gravity gold and gold-copper flotation concentrates. Remaining start-up costs are expected to be approximately C$2 million. The project is scheduled to ramp up to full-scale production in the second half of the year.The company is considering the installation of an ore sorting facility to increase the grade of feed for the Greenwood process plant. An initial pre-concentration test was conducted in December in Kentucky, USA using material previously mined in 2008. Sorted materials have been sampled and delivered to Lakefield, Ontario for assaying, the results of which will quantify the effectiveness of this approach.Exploration drilling at the Golden Crown property continued until December 11, 2017, with assay results for intercepts in the last 14 holes still pending. The company plans to resume drilling northwest of the Golden Crown property along a 3 km mineralized zone onto the J.D. property, where last year’s extensive prospecting program returned high gold values over metre widths in rock samples.The 100% owned Lexington-Grenoble deposit was developed as an underground copper-gold mine by Merit Mining Corp and saw a short period of production in 2008 by Merit, after which it ceased operation due to lack of funding indirectly related to the 2008 market crash. It has been kept on care and maintenance.A total of 54,237 t of ore were mined from the underground Lexington-Grenoble mine by Merit from April to December 2008 and processed through the Greenwood gravity-flotation plant, producing 5,486 oz gold, 3,247 oz silver and 860,259 lb of copper. Only a small portion of the Lexington-Grenoble deposit was mined then.At 5 g/t AuEq cut-off) Indicated314,0006.381.047.9480,200last_img read more

Petar Metličić goes to HC Montpellier

Croatia handballHandball championshipHC MontpellierPetar Metlicic ← Previous Story Cupic: I refused AGK and Metalurg Next Story → Jovanka Radicevic (Gyori): “I want to play Final in Podgorica” Legendary captain of Croatian NT from Portugal (WCh 2003) and Athens (OG 2004), Petar Metlicic (36) signs one year contract with French champion, HC Montpellier.  He will be a substitute for Vid Kavticnik, who will miss the first few months of next season. Metlicic is playing in Celje PL for the last two season. Before that, he had fantastic period in Ciudad Real, won EHF CL three times.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDerN-TqfYo[/youtube]photo: rk-celje.si read more

See this ladys knickers on Facebook Dont click on them

first_imgHowever, if users click on the link, they will be brought to a fake YouTube page which then redirects them to a malicious Flash Player.exe for an Adobe update, explains HotForSecurity.com blog.The scammers have created more than 20,000 unique URLs for the redirects.It is quite a tricky, clever piece of malware as the numbers have been faked to make it look like the video has already had more than 1.3 million views.“The video seems to actually play for a couple of seconds to entice male users to click,” explained Bitdefender’s chief security strategist Catalin Cosoi.“After stealing Facebook information, they also add the victims’ profile names in the fake YouTube URL parameters. This enables them to make the video look more legitimate, as it seems posted by users’ friends,” added HotForSecurity.com.To increase the look of legitimacy, Bit.ly has been used to shorten the URLs from the malicious websites and the company has been informed about the issue.The Trojan.Agent.BDYV malware works with browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, and also tags friends on Facebook. It also does not allow users to delete the offending post from their Facebook timeline.Bitdefender says its software blocks the websites in question with a malware warning. It has advised potential targets – you – to keep an antivirus solution up to date.Dublin pub receives 2,700 job applications… through SnapchatFinally! Facebook now lets you save articles to read later A SECURITY COMPANY has sent out a warning about a popular “funny video” which is making its way around global Facebook feeds.Anti-virus software provider Bitdefender said the link from the video drops a Trojan on users’ computers.The Albanian malware has the ability to access huge amounts of data from internet browsers.So, what do you need to keep an eye out for?This lady.She is about to take her clothes off in front of a webcam, hoping to lure people into clicking through.last_img read more

Concert will benefit missing Vancouver teen

first_imgAvenue Lounge is hosting a benefit concert for a 19-year-old Vancouver woman who went missing in Skamania County last month.Maureen “Anu” Kelly was last seen on the evening of June 9 leaving the Canyon Creek Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, where she was staying with friends.After searchers spent days combing the area around the campground, a steep and mountainous terrain, they found few traces of the woman. She left her campsite wearing only a fanny pack that contained a compass and knife.Undersheriff Dave Cox said he has not received any credible information that would lead officers to Kelly’s whereabouts.The benefit starts 8 p.m. Wednesday at 9115 N.E. 117th Ave. in the Orchards area. All proceeds go to the “Bring Anu Kelly Home Fund.”Those interested can made a donation to the fund at any Columbia Credit Union branch.last_img read more

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate Dustin Darden

first_imgWith Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, Dustin Darden is bringing his past as a tradesman and strong religious beliefs to the campaign.Darden caught the attention of many residents with his hand-painted signs set up at busy intersections around town. Two dots over the ‘u’s resemble a smiley face.“I’m in this thing to win it, baby,” he said.Dustin Darden. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Darden is a lifelong Anchorage resident with a background as a carpenter. Now he’s employed with city as a maintenance worker. Darden says he’ll take advice from other municipal employees and department heads for reducing costs.“It’s gonna be finding ways to save money by the employees, by the department heads, and to reward those things,” Darden said. “It’s not a magic bullet to save money, it’s engaging what exists, and encouraging that kind of development.”One of Darden’s goals is increasing tourism in Anchorage to ensure economic growth. His plan for city revenues is phasing out property taxes.“I’ve got an idea that I’m throwing out there for the city, if they’re down with it. If we cut property taxes out entirely and replace it with a 5.5-6% sales tax and just replace those, the rent is gonna go down,” he said. “And as a whole it’s gonna make us less reliant on revenues generated from property taxes, and it would also, I believe, boost the morale as a whole because it will give people a more sense of ownership on their property.”Darden is a devout Christian, and regularly brings up his strong opposition to abortion at candidate forums and during public testimony before the Assembly. His religious views inform how he plans to address issues like public safety and schooling. Asked what constitutes success in Anchorage’s public schools, Darden replied, “back to the basics, back to the Bible. It’s not complicated. It’s simple. But as far as success goes, there’s no more successful way to live than alive in Jesus Christ.”This is Darden’s first run at elected office.last_img read more

Garbage filth force people to relocate

first_imgPatancheru: Disappointed with the callous attitude of authorities towards the civic issues, the residents of Shanti Nagar are moving out of the locality. According to them, the area is nothing but a garbage dump. The piles of garbage and overflowing drainage streaming through the streets keeps people away from visiting the locality. Because of mounds of garbage and overflowing drainages, the residents often fall prey to diseases. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us However, despite their umpteen pleas, the concerned officials are lease bothered about their problems. And seeing more problems flowing in during the monsoon season and expecting no action from the authorities, they have decided to shift to some better place for the sake of health of the family members. A local resident shared, “People have started moving out of this place already because of the drainage problems. During rains the stagnant water enters our houses, everyone is falling sick. Each house has at least one person falling sick these days, and all is because of this drainage problem. We have informed every concerned person, but all the efforts are in vain. If this problem is not solved it will soon turn into an abandoned place where nobody lives.”last_img read more

BNP alleges election engineering EC secy denies secret meeting

first_img.Election commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Saturday evening denied BNP’s allegation about a secret meeting convened to devise strategies to ensure victory of ruling Awami League candidates in upcoming elections at any cost.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) alleged that election commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmed also attended the secret meeting at Officers’ Club, Dhaka.”The allegation brought against me is false and fabricated. I warn the BNP to be cautious about such propaganda,” Helaluddin Ahmed told journalists.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the allegations at a press briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.The officials, the party said, held a meeting on 20 November and decided to put pressure on the BNP and the Jatiya Oikya Front by means of mass arrest and abduction so that they are compelled to stay away from the electoral race.The BNP leader mentioned that some high officials held a secret meeting in a room of Officers’ Club, Dhaka, beginning at 8:30pm on 20 November and discussed for two and a half hours the ways and means to manipulate the elections.Rizvi named the prime minister’s office secretary Sajjadul Hassan, public administration ministry secretary Foyez Ahmed, election commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmed, water resource ministry secretary (former director general of prime minister’s office) Kabir Bin Anwar, civil aviation and tourism ministry secretary Mohibul Haque, divisional commissioner and Dhaka returning officer Ali Azam, the prime minister’s assistant personal secretary (APS)-1 Kazi Nishat Rasul, as officials who were present there.Helaluddin told journalists, “You stay at the election commission. I stay here from 8:00am to 9:00pm. The election commission secretary is a civil servant of the republic. The election commission is an independent body. The EC secretary cannot do anything beyond the decision of the election commission. It’s a blatant lie. I condemn it.”He also pointed out that this propaganda has been spread to create controversy and to put unnecessary pressure on the election commission.When asked whether any step would be taken to issue a warning to the BNP, Helaluddin Ahmed said, “I will place the matter to a meeting of the commission. I hope a decision would be taken at the meeting.”Civil aviation and tourism ministry secretary Mohibul Haque said, “It’s natural that officers will go to officers’ club. They went in the past and will go in future. It’s unfortunate to divert it to a different direction.”When contacted other officers who allegedly attended the meeting, they declined to make comments.They only said the officers go to the officers’ club regularly.last_img read more

Chilli punches thrown in Sri Lanka parliament for second day

first_imgMembers of the Sri Lankan parliament backing former president and currently appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse drag away the parliament speaker`s chair in Colombo on 16 November, 2018. Photo: AFPSri Lanka’s parliamentary speaker had to be escorted into the chamber ringed by police Friday as violence broke out for a second day, with lawmakers throwing chilli powder and furniture in the melee between rival factions in the island’s constitutional crisis.The Indian Ocean nation has been paralysed since 26 October when president Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as premier and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was blocked from taking his chair for almost an hour by a group of legislators and was only able to take his place after he entered the assembly ringed by unarmed officers and parliamentary staff.They then tried to shield Jayasuriya as supporters of Mahinda Rajapakse, who lost a vote of no confidence as prime minister on Wednesday, pelted him with books and stationery.MPs broke furniture and attacked officers and some Rajapakse loyalists were also seen throwing chilli powder at rival legislators and police.Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, a legislator from ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s party, said chili mixed water was thrown at his face and he later required treatment in the parliament’s medical centre.On Thursday punches were thrown in parliament, deepening international concern with the German ambassador to the island nation saying it was “unbecoming of a democracy”.Day-to-day administration in Sri Lanka remains paralysed as the crisis drags on.Parliament reconvened on Wednesday and lawmakers approved a motion of no-confidence in what they called Rajapakse’s “purported” cabinet, also passing motions declaring Sirisena’s moves illegal.Sirisena on Thursday asked parliament to amend and re-submit the no confidence motion.On Thursday MPs moved another resolution against Rajapakse, this time to reject his call for snap elections.Speaker Jayasuriya said he will reconvene parliament on Monday for routine business.last_img

Honoring Men of Valor

first_imgOn Oct. 18 the Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council held an event honoring 23 men of valor for their support of the work of the organization.  The event was held at the Mondawmin Mall – Center Court. GMCC is a non-profit umbrella group in northwest Baltimore.Picture:  1st row – right to left:Judith Carmichael, representing Dr. Samuel Ross (President and CEO, Bon Secours Health Systems Maryland, Nathaniel Freeman (Former GMCC President), Cameron Miles (Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood), Nick Mosby (City Councilman), Dr. Gary Rodwell (Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation), James Foster (Hunts United Methodist Church of Towson), Dr. Marvin Cheatham (President, Matthew Henson Neighborhood Association), Marvin McDowell (UMAR Boxing), Roland Smith (Grateful Deli and Catering), Former State Senator Ralph Hughes (Coppin State University), Mr. Momoh Conteh, representing Rev. Dr. Harold Carter, Jr. (New Shiloh Baptist Church). 2nd row – right to left:Sidney Brooks (Administrator, ConneXions – community based arts school), Bishop Alonzo Jones (Family Life Global Ministries), Rev. Dr. Franklin Lance (Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church), Joseph Jones (Center for Urban Families), Tom Orth (Friends of Druid Hill Park and the Baltimore Conservatory Association), Dr. Gordon May (President, Baltimore City Community College), Zulema Stockwell-Moore, Vice Principal – representing Patrick Crouse (Principal, William Baer School), Earl Arnett (Former GMCC President), Derrick Ramsey (Athletic Director, Coppin State University), Rev. Dr. Linwood Robinson (Greater New Hope Baptist Church), Rev. Keith Bailey (President, Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association).last_img read more

Geek Pick Sonos One Gen 2 Is a Sleek Smart Speaker for

first_imgStay on target Need to complete your smart home setup? The Sonos One (Gen 2), a smart speaker that easily plays music and works with Alexa voice control, can be your next voice assistant device.According to our sister site PCMag.com, the Sonos One (Gen 2) makes smart home management a breeze, since it allows you to blast beats and ask Alexa for help with easy commands. At $199, the Sonos One (Gen 2) will give you built-in voice control to play/pause music, connect with music apps, including Pandora and Spotify, and request the weather forecast or news updates from Alexa. The Sonos One (Gen 2) is available on Amazon.The Sonos One (Gen 2) might look like the Sonos Play:1, but, it’s a slight upgrade from the tiny speaker: Its coffee can-like design measures 6.3 inches x 4.7 inches x 4.7 inches, so it can easily fit on a small table, desk, shelf, or counter. Plus, the Sonos One (Gen 2) comes in two colors (black or white), so it will easily blend in with your furniture and home decor items.Controls are also simple, but slightly different from the Sonos Play:1: Instead of a contoured top panel with mechanical buttons, the Sonos One (Gen 2) has a completely flat top panel that contains touch-sensitive control icons. There is a play/pause icon in the middle and two four-dot icons on either side, which let you play/pause, alter the volume by tapping, and skip tracks with swiping motions. The speaker’s microphone icon also enables you to mute the mic, just in case you don’t want Alexa listening to your conversations.Audio wise, the Sonos One (Gen 2) supports multi-room music playback via the Sonos app, and is compatible with more than 50 streaming music services, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify. It also gives you the option to play beats that are stored on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. One important drawback to note is that the Sonos One (Gen 2) doesn’t have a Bluetooth or wired audio connections, however, its music playback options might make up for it.Unlike other Sonos speakers, the Sonos One (Gen 2) has voice assistant support. You can connect the Sonos One (Gen 2) to your Amazon account to start using Alexa, and hands-free control allows you to ask the Sonos One (Gen 2) to play songs or complete Alexa tasks with easy “Alexa” voice commands. Even though you can ask Alexa simple questions, you will have to add third-party Alexa skills including ordering takeout or translating speech, if you want to complete other requests.For more audio specs on the Sonos One (Gen 2), head over to PCMag.com to read the speaker’s extensive review. If you need help choosing other smart home speakers, check out our 15 Cool Tech Gifts for Music Lovers roundup.More on Geek.com:15 Cool Tech Gifts for Music Lovers RoundupGeek Pick: JBL Charge 4 Takes the Party Wherever You GoGeek Pick: Fossil Sport Is a Stylish Smartwatch for Everyday Use Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet last_img read more

KD Going East Wont Change The West

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>KD going East won’t change the WestEven without Kevin Durant, the shorthanded Warriors finished off their sweep of the Blazers and stamped their ticket to their 4th straight Finals appearance.In Durant’s absence, the Splash Brothers and Draymond have had a renaissance and recaptured the spirit from when they first ambushed the league. KD may head East in the offseason, but even if he does, it won’t change the West. Golden State will still be the heavy favorite next year, just with the skeleton crew they ran out against the Blazers. Haters hoping for some collapse after Durant’s departure are going to keep being disappointed. This isn’t ending. Also:-Steve Kerr’s all-time NBA life-Lakers organizational structure is exhausting-Colin’s NFL Noise Meter Guests:Geoff Schwartz, Tom Tolbert, and B. J. Armstronglast_img read more

St Regis Doha accentuates its lobby with LaFerrari Bronze Sculpture

first_imgSt. Regis Doha announced an exclusive installation in its lobby of LaFerrari Bronze Sculpture, designed by Doha-based Iraqi artist, Ahmed Al-Bahrani, as a real scale replica of the world-celebrated LaFerrari car. Combining quintessential technical innovation, style and performance, the bronze installation was designed by the artist to honour the distinct craftsmanship associated with the Ferrari brand.Inspired by the generosity of Arabic people, it depicts a very famous Arabic proverb engraved on its rooftop saying – ‘Love is an attitude of generosity’. It is the artist’s tribute to the region’s traditions and values, with the accent on hospitality and generosity.Tareq Derbas, Area General Manager, St. Regis Doha said, “By showcasing this wonderful piece of art, that is part of the prestigious private collection at Letbelah, the car museum of Omar Alfardan, we aim to enhance the hotel’s optimum customer experience, by providing world-class services and authentic hospitality experiences.”Steeped in Middle Eastern mystique, St. Regis Doha features 336 rooms including 58 suites – all affording soothing views of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel also offers epicureans the largest dining selection in the city with 12 restaurants and lounges including two Gordon Ramsay Restaurants plus the Raw Bar. It also showcases 4,700 sqm of event space, seven meeting rooms including the largest ballroom in Doha with natural daylight and a terrace with extensive views over the Arabian Gulf, becoming the finest address in Qatar to host MICE events.last_img read more

CFPB Surpasses 1 Million Complaints Handled

first_img Share Slightly more than five years after opening its doors in July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has handled more than 1 million complaints.The Bureau surpassed the 1 million complaint-handled milestone this month, according to a release announcing the September 2016 Monthly Complaint Report (Volume 15), published on Tuesday.“Since opening our doors in 2011, we have handled over 1 million complaints from consumers about their problems with financial products and services,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Not only have we achieved substantial relief for consumers, but hearing directly from consumers is fundamental to our mission. We can better protect all consumers because of what we learn from those who have submitted complaints and shared their experiences with us.”The CFPB began accepting complaints about credit cards when it opened its doors in July 2011. The Bureau later expanded its complaint handling to include other areas of finance; mortgages were added early in 2013. Other categories include credit cards, mortgages, bank accounts and services, private student loans, vehicle and other consumer loans, credit reporting, money transfers, debt collection, and payday loans.Once the most complained-about financial product to the CFPB, mortgages have since been surpassed by debt collection on the list. Nearly a quarter of complaints from consumers to the Bureau have been about mortgage products (244,008 out of the 1 million), second only to debt collection’s 264,123 complaints. Together, those two categories make up more than half of the 1 million complaints consumers have made to the Bureau in five years. Credit reporting was the third-most complained about financial product, logging 163,651 complaints.With a total of 4,310 complaints in August (a 10 percent increase from July), mortgages ranked third behind debt collection (9,746) and credit reporting (5,723) as the top complained-about categories for the month. Mortgages rank second on the list of average number of complaints received since the CFPB’s launch, with 4,206, behind only debt collection (6,871).The Bureau received a total of 28,651 complaints across all financial products in August, which is nearly double the agency’s monthly average of complaints received since its inception (15,845). Approximately 15 percent of complaints received by the CFPB in August 2015 were mortgage-related.Click here to view the CFPB’s complete report. CFPB Surpasses 1 Million Complaints Handled CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mortgage Complaints 2016-09-27 Seth Welborncenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News September 27, 2016 638 Views last_img read more