first_img Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, east from Exit 10 for 9.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold-planing and paving from until Saturday, May 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be used until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and advance warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. NEW WORK: RICHMOND COUNTY: Muculier Bridge Muculier Bridge on Port Royal Road at Janvirn Island will be closed for repairs on Sunday, April 26. It is located about 5.9 kilometres west of Route 206. Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 -30- Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CONTINUING WORK: CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Lower Maccan Road closure The Lower Maccan Road is open to local traffic only, because of a culvert washout. Drivers should travel with extra caution. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge The Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville is closed for structural repairs. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until summer because of flooding damage. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-0763 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-541-5603 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Saturday, May 30, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, for about 700 metres, will have alternating lane closures for sewer installation until Wednesday, July 15. Traffic control consists of flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A detour is available on Route 331 and King Street in Bridgewater. Local Area Office: 902-667-6236 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound, will have a one lane closure from Exit 4B to Exit 3, including ramps, for about 4.6 kilometres until Friday, July 31. Work will include replacing the jersey barrier, widening, patching and repaving the highway. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – In what police describe as an elaborate show of force, up to 700 Hells Angels bikers and associates are expected to descend on a rural Quebec town this weekend for their annual national gathering.Quebec provincial police say they’ll be keeping close tabs as the so-called Canada Run settles in for a few days in the Monteregie region southeast of Montreal.The mandatory meeting for the roughly 500 full-patch members nationwide changes province every year, with last year’s edition held in Calgary and the 2016 version taking place in Carlsbad Springs, near Ottawa.“We have 500 full-patch members in Canada, but you can expect support groups, other motorcycle gangs that gravitate around the Hells Angels to also show up, so that’s why we’re evaluating anywhere between 500 and 700 bikers showing up,” provincial police Insp. Guy Lapointe said in an interview.Lapointe said the event, the first national get-together in Quebec since 2008, is meant as a show of force by the bikers, with the message aimed at authorities as well as rival organized crime groups.For police, it presents a unique opportunity to gather intelligence, photos and court-worthy evidence on the Hells with virtually every full-patch member in a single spot, he added.In Quebec, the gang has the drug trafficking market cornered. Not surprisingly, provincial police have made organized crime their investigative priority since 2017.“It’s practically a monopoly — they control 98 per cent of the market when it comes to cocaine and synthetic drugs,” Lapointe said.Lapointe said the Hells in Quebec have been emboldened by a series of recent wins before the courts.“They are more confident, they’re coming out, they’re showing their flag,” Lapointe said.Le Journal de Montreal reported last month that even Lapointe and his namesake father, former Montreal Canadiens hockey player Guy Lapointe, were the subject of threats, allegedly in the form of a letter from someone associated with the Hells.Lapointe said an investigation is ongoing about the source of the threat and whether it was founded.“As far as I’m concerned, I’m not going to bend to any intimidation, I’m going to keep doing my job,” he said. “The day people start stepping down if there’s intimidation, the battle is lost.”While the big events this weekend will be in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, many Hells members are staying in hotels in nearby St-Hyacinthe, where a city spokeswoman said the mayor is keeping in touch with police.In St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, Mayor Marc Lavigne said provincial police and the RCMP attended the last council meeting to brief citizens on preparations and answer questions.Lavigne said there’s no bunker in his town, but a property owned by an individual will be used for the gathering.A representative of the biker group also contacted Lavigne and town officials to learn about various bylaws and permits.“Everybody believes it will go well, the police will be very present to assure there’s no issues,” Lavigne said. “We’re not anticipating any problems.”Lapointe said there will be a heavy police presence and authorities are vowing to ensure laws are followed and locals in the town of 1,700 aren’t bothered by the biker gang’s presence.The veteran officer said police have no special warnings for locals other than to go about business as usual.However, Lapointe said police did notice a disturbing trend when the bikers were in the Ottawa area two years ago, with citizens taking selfies with biker gang members.Lapointe described it as a sort of “Sons of Anarchy” phenomenon as he referred to a popular U.S. television show about a fictional biker gang.“That’s something that preoccupies us a little bit because people tend to forget what kind of violence these people are capable of,” Lapointe said. “Some people don’t remember because they are too young: the (Quebec biker gang) wars in the 1990s, the murders of prison guards.“But people have to remember this isn’t a TV show, there’s no script, these aren’t actors, people have died. These people use violence and intimidation for their ends so obviously we don’t recommend people coming (to see) out of curiosity.”last_img read more

first_imgFour stories in the news for Thursday, Oct. 11___MICHAELLE JEAN CONTINUES BID FOR FRANCOPHONIE POSTFormer governor general Michaelle Jean and delegations from Canada and Quebec are in Armenia today for summit of la Francophonie. Jean, who has been secretary general of the organization of French-speaking nations since 2014, showed no signs of abandoning her candidacy despite losing the support of her home country and province. She is seeking a second term and will be up against Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo when members make their choice this week. The Canadian and Quebec governments announced earlier this week they were withdrawing support for Jean’s bid to remain in the job, backing instead the “consensus” candidate, Mushikiwabo.___FRANK STRONACH SUES DAUGHTER OVER FAMILY FORTUNEAn Ontario business magnate is suing his daughter, two grandchildren and others for allegedly mismanaging the family’s assets and trust funds. Frank Stronach, the man who started the autoparts business Magna International, and his wife, Elfriede, have launched the lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court and say they have done so as a last resort. Thoroughbred Daily News reports the couple have accused Belinda Stronach, the chairman and president of The Stronach Group that runs horse racetracks around the world, of conspiring by “unlawful actions” against the best interests of other members of the Stronach family. The suit, which has not been proven in court, seeks more than $500 million in damages.___SEEK SECTORAL TRADE WITH CHINA: REPORTDozens of experts are urging Canada to choose a surgical, sector-by-sector approach when it comes to expanding its trading relationship with China rather than a sweeping free trade deal that could risk provoking the United States, says a new report. The Public Policy Forum paper, to be released today, lays out a suggested blueprint for Canadian policy-makers at a time when Ottawa has struggled in its efforts to deepen business ties with the Asian superpower. The study will also arrive after Canada recently agreed to a free trade pact with the U.S. and Mexico, a deal that includes a controversial new clause requiring the countries to notify each other if they enter into trade talks with a “non-market” economy. The clause makes no specific mention of China, but the provision is being widely viewed as an attempt by Washington to single out Beijing.___CLUB BANS REPORTERS FROM HARPER BOOK EVENTThe news media has been uninvited to a speech by Stephen Harper today, underscoring the apparent antipathy the former prime minister continues to harbour in private life toward the Canadian press corps. Harper is to address the Canadian Club of Toronto, which had previously invited reporters to cover the event. But the club sent out a notice to the media Wednesday saying the invitation had been sent in error. Harper is plugging a new book, “Right Here, Right Now,” in which he addresses how conservatives should tackle the challenge of rising populism since the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency.___last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment British Columbia’s film industry is booming these days, and one town in the Fraser Valley is taking the credit for getting it going 35 years ago.Hope, B.C., continues to celebrate the role it played in the Sylvester Stallone film, Rambo: First Blood as well as bringing other film productions to the province.“Here we are 35 years later in what’s basically the birthplace for Hollywood North,” said Brian Mckinney, who works at the town’s visitor centre. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:center_img The film was released in 1982. It’s about John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran who goes to war with the abusive police force in the fictional town of Hope, Washington.Ian Davidson Newby was a military consultant on the movie. For the anniversary party on Oct. 8, 2017, he came dressed as Brian Dennehy’s character, Sheriff Will Teasle. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)Over the Thanksgiving weekend, residents and fans watched two screenings of the movie, took tours of where filming took place, and checked out props that were used.READ MORE Advertisement Hope B.C. with its rugged geography was the backdrop for the 1982 movie Rambo: First Blood. Over the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, the town celebrated the 35th anniversary of the film. (Jon Hernandez/CBC) Advertisementlast_img read more

NEW YORK — Ancestry.com is apologizing for its ad that showed a mixed-race couple discussing escaping to the North during the Civil War era.The DNA testing company removed the ad from TV and its YouTube channel after it drew widespread criticism for whitewashing slavery.The ad is part of a campaign by Ancestry showing stories from the past to pique viewers’ curiosity about their ancestors. In the ad, a white man tells a black woman that they can be together if they escape to the North.But critics pointed out that the ad ignores the fact that mixed race couplings during the slavery era were usually not romantic love stories but instead due to rape and violence against slaves.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press

TORONTO — Corus Entertainment Inc. says the Commissioner of Competition has blocked the sale of its French-language specialty channels Historia and Series+ to Bell Media Inc.When the companies announced the sale in October 2017, they valued the transaction at about $200 million.Corus says the companies are reviewing the decision.The company says it will provide further updates in due course.In addition to Competition Act approval, the deal requires approval from the CRTC.Corus owns specialty television services, radio stations and conventional television stations as well as other assets.

The meeting, planned for 28 February in Paris, will concern “ways of moving forward the process of reuniting the island,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said today.Last month, in Davos, Switzerland, Mr. Annan met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to review the latter’s proposal on dealing with the situation.The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been operating since 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and one of its roles is to monitor ceasefire lines that extend some 180 kilometres across the island.In December, the Security Council extended UNFICYP’s mandate until the middle of June, following Mr. Annan’s report on the country that noted the situation in Cyprus was calm but “progress toward a political solution remains negligible at best.”Official contacts between the two parties have not resumed since the April 2004 referendum on a comprehensive settlement plan failed. About 65 per cent of Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the plan, while 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted against. read more

Addressing a meeting of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP Executive Secretary called for multidimensional solutions to address the challenges of social development and achieve the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “Social development is therefore a necessary condition for ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’, but to do so, we must harness the potential of the powerful nexus between poverty reduction, equality and social stability,” said Under-Secretary-General Shamshad Akhtar. The audience was comprised of ESCAP’s Social Development Committee, one of the organization’s eight committees, and representatives from 20 countries in the region. An overall focus of the discussions was on how to address the inequalities within and between countries, and the demographic changes – such as aging populations and migration influxes. In closing to the three-day meeting on 30 March, the Committee requested that ESCAP continue supporting member States through capacity development and knowledge sharing, building partnerships with stakeholders, and serving as a key regional platform to enhance the social dimension of sustainable development. Also today, ESCAP launched publications, Time for Equality: The Role of Social Protection in Reducing Inequalities in Asia and the Pacific, and in partnership with the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) and on behalf of the Asia-Pacific RCM Thematic Working Group on Youth, Switched On: Youth at the Heart of Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. read more

← Previous Story Handshaking with Vukovic – Serbia looking for a new head coach! Next Story → First “Andrea Lekic Camp” in Vrnjacka Banja (Serbia) Ex-Vive Targi Kielce’s goalkeeper Marcus Cleverly (32) will join HSV Handball for the next season. Danish goalkeeper currently playing in Swedish team Lugi HF. He was a part of the Danish squad at Men’s EHF EURO 2012.photo: www.hsvhandball.com HSV HandballMarcus Cleverly

first_imgWill you oppose measures in the European Parliament which seek to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws and support pro-life measures such as the One of Us campaign? THE LIFE INSTITUTE – a pro life organisation – has asked a number of election candidates what their views are on Ireland’s abortion legislation.Though not all replied, it gives a snapshot of the attitudes towards abortion amongst some of the contenders.The questionsThe institute asked Independent, Fianna Fáil, Direct Democracy and Green candidates only (no Fine Gael or Labour candidates, as both parties were in coalition when the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was signed into law) if they supported the following statements: Out of 24 people, 10 hopefuls replied – all of whom said they support the Life Institute’s statements. Their full comments can be read here.Those who replied include Independent Rónán Mullen, whose views on abortion are well known, as well as Marian Harkin, who said she does not support legislating for abortion on the grounds of suicide.Diarmuid Flynn of Ballyhea, an Independent candidate, said that the issue is a national one and not a European one. That was echoed by Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley, who said that the issue is a national one that can only be altered by referendum.The institute also has published a list of what it says are pro-life local elections candidates.Read: Some welcome President passing abortion bill, others not so much>Read: ‘Misleading’ to say abortion does or does not help suicidal women>Read: Pro-Life Campaign moves conference to RDS because of ‘exceptional demand’>center_img Do you support the repeal of the legislation which permits abortion on suicide grounds, and support making Ireland a place where unborn children are legally protected and mothers get all necessary life-saving treatment in pregnancy?last_img read more

first_imgFor the Manchester City captain, the road to the title is still very long as his team takes on Liverpool tomorrow nightThe match of the season in the English Premier League is happening tomorrow.Liverpool will take on Manchester City, as two of the best three teams in the league define the future of the competition.And for Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany, tomorrow’s match is one of many and there is still time to decide a champion.“I’ve been long enough in the game to know how important this game is but, at the same time, to know that this is not the all-defining game – as much as people want to put it this way – because so many things can happen,” the 32-year-old was echoed by Four Four Two.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Who would have thought that we would have three difficult games in December? Nobody would have, a month back.”“So there’s nothing to say that with circumstances, injuries and everything that it can’t happen to any team in this league,” he added.“Therefore, this game – as much as we want to, need to win it – it’s not the all-defining game.”“But if we play how we can, then I will feel very confident – despite the result, whatever it is – to go into every other competition and try and win it,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgEngelhardt then went into the cabin of his sailboat, returned with a .380 caliber handgun and began shooting.Whitaker was shot three times in his groin area and later airlifted to Kendall Regional Hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition.The dog was shot once in the leg.Upon arriving on scene, police found Engelhardt still on his sailboat and took him into custody. The gun he used was also still on the boat. Several witnesses were on scene and gave statements to police.Engelhardt has been charged with attempted murder.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. STOCK ISLAND, Fla. (WSVN) — One man is under arrest and another is in critical condition after a shooting on Stock Island.According to police, 63-year-old Dwight Engelhardt shot 55-year-old Charles Whitaker around 7:20 p.m., Friday.The shooting happened at the Hog Fish Marina, where Engelhardt lives on board a sailboat.Whitaker reportedly went to the Hog Fish Restaurant to have a few drinks with a friend. They brought the friend’s dog with them. They arrived to the restaurant in a dinghy, which they tied up next to the Engelhardt’s sailboat.After drinks, the two men and the dog got back onto the dinghy to return to the 3D Marina on Shrimp Road, where they both live.Before they left, Whitaker got into an argument with a woman at the bar about the dog and began to yell and swear at her.Engelhardt then became involved in the argument. He told Whitaker to leave because he was trespassing. A witness told police Engelhardt threatened several times to “kill” Whitaker. last_img read more

first_img 4K Apple Event Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview iPad Air 2019 (10.5) Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular 2,048×1,536-pixel resolution Works with Smart Keyboard Folio? iPad Pro 2018 (11) Yes See it at Amazon 1080p No; works with Bluetooth keyboard 9.7x7x0.23 inches 12-megapixel with 6-element lens Now playing: Watch this: Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far A12X 8-megapixel with 5-element lens 2,224×1,668-pixel resolution Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular 264ppi AT 12 See it at Amazon Nano-SIM; eSIM Availability iPad 2018 (9.7) Nano-SIM; included 1080p Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular iPad Pro 2017 (10.5) 2,224 x 1,668-pixel resolution FaceTime front-facing camera 7-megapixel audio Apple / Screenshot by Josh Goldman / CNET Getting out ahead of whatever surprises it has planned for its event on March 25, Apple announced two new iPads on Monday. Along with a new iPad-enabled iPad Mini , there’s a 10.5-inch iPad Air that, for the most part, is the discontinued older  10.5-inch iPad Pro  from 2017. Starting at $ 499 (£ 479, AU $ 779), the new iPad Air is built around a 10.5-inch Retina display like the 2017 Pro, but has updated A12 Bionic processor like the one powering the  iPhone XS . In addition to the processor changes, the iPad has such a lower-resolution 8-megapixel rear camera that records video in 1080p, instead of 4K; and two speakers, instead of the Pro’s oven. The Air supports the first-gen Apple Pencil as well as a Smart Keyboard for the Air that looks like the one sold for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro – not the newer Smart Keyboard Folio for the iPad Pro 2018 models.  The 2019 iPad Air fits in between the regular iPad announced this time last year and the iPad 11-inch Pro that appeared towards the end of 2018. Note that CNET may be a part of this product. 3:02 CNET editor Justin Jaffe contributed to this story.  Nano-SIM; eSIM Rear camera Capacity and price: LTE models Capacity and price: Wi-Fi models Apple often introduces new products in March. At  last year’s event , Apple delivered a refreshed edition of its entry-level  iPad  in addition to some education-friendly software initiatives. That today’s news is that the company wants to keep the focus of  next week’s event  on its new video streaming service. 9.4×6.6×0.29 inches Connector port SIM card support for cellular model 1 lbs (Wi-Fi); 1.02 lbs (LTE) 1.2-megapixel Comments 7-megapixel 1.03 lbs (Wi-Fi); 1.05 lbs (LTE) Lightning; Apple Smart Connector Unlock with Processor Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular Lightning; Apple Smart Connector $ 949 (64GB) / $ 1,099 (256GB) / $ 1,299 (512GB) / $ 1,699 (1TB) 264 ppi Yes; original Apple Pencil Touch ID No. A10X 9.8×6.8×0.24 inches Two-speaker Headphone jack USB-C; Apple Smart Connector 8-megapixel with 5-element lens See it at Apple 9.8×6.8×0.24 inches 1.03 lbs (both models) Yes; 2nd generation Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 See it at Amazon Yes; original Apple Pencil Top 5 things we want from Apple’s TV service $ 649 (64GB) / $ 799 (215GB) / $ 999 (512GB) Touch ID Works with Smart Keyboard • Yes See All Dimensions Tablets Weight iPad 2018 vs. iPad Air 2019 vs. iPad Pro 2018 vs. iPad Pro 2017 specs Share your voice Four-speaker reading • iPad Air 2019 vs. iPad Pro 2018 vs. iPad 2018 vs. iPad Pro 2017: How the specs match up $ 629 (64GB) / $ 779 (256GB) $ 799 (64GB) / $ 949 (256GB) / $ 1,149 (512GB) / $ 1,549 (1TB) 264 ppi Works with Smart Keyboard Yes 7 Face ID Yes; original Apple Pencil Nano-SIM; eSIM Pixel density (ppi) Battery Two-speaker Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino 20 Photos Four-speaker $ 779 (64GB) / $ 929 (215GB) / $ 1,129 (512GB) A10 1.03 lbs (Wi-Fi); 1.05 lbs (LTE) 4K Lightning 264 ppi Apple Event $ 499 (64GB) / $ 649 (256GB) Apple Pencil-compatibility 7-megapixel Video recording 2,388×1,668-pixel resolution Yes $ 459 (32GB) / $ 559 (128GB) Display resolution $ 329 (32GB) / $ 429 (128GB) Touch ID Tags 19 iOS 12 features you should be using now 12-megapixel with 5-element lens Applelast_img read more

first_img Share your voice Also on Tuesday, the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood sent a letter to the FTC with a list of recommended penalties, including the deletion of user data on all children, civil penalties and “a $100 million fund to be used to support the production of noncommercial, high-quality and diverse content for children.”YouTube and Google were also scrutinized during a Senate subcommittee hearing on “persuasive technology.” Sen. John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, said companies like YouTube’s parent Google, as well as Facebook, should offer consumers options that don’t use algorithms to control what they see, according to Bloomberg.  Thune said the use of YouTube’s algorithms to drive engagement could have an “unintended and possibly even dangerous downside.”Neither Google nor the FTC immediately responded to requests for comment.CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report.Originally published June 25, 2:15 p.m. PT.Update, 4:27 p.m.: Adds comments from Sen. John Thune. 0 YouTube YouTube is facing a backlash over children’s privacy. Getty Images A US senator and a pair of consumer privacy groups sent letters Tuesday to the Federal Trade Commission expressing concern over YouTube’s practices surrounding kids content. They called on the agency to take action against the Google-owned video site for any wrongdoing.Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, urged the FTC to “hold YouTube accountable for any illegal activity affecting children that the company may have committed.” This follows a June 19 report that YouTube is under investigation by the FTC for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.COPPA passed in 1998 and includes guidelines prohibiting the collection of data on children under 13 without parental consent. Last year, a coalition of child advocacy, privacy and consumer groups filed a complaint with the FTC that alleges YouTube failed to get such consent.”Personal information about a child can be leveraged to hook consumers for years to come,” Markey wrote in the Tuesday letter. “It is incumbent upon the FTC to enforce federal law and act as a check against the ever-increasing appetite for children’s data.” Markey pointed out that YouTube channels directed toward kids have millions of subscribers. Related storiescenter_img Mobile Politics Tags YouTube under investigation over its kids practices, report says YouTube faces complaint demanding FTC probe over kids’ data nulllast_img read more

first_imgNizamabad: Transport, Roads & Buildings, Legislative Affairs and Housing Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy will stay in Nizamabad district for two days from Wednesday (June 3) and will participate in several activities in the district. He will return to Hyderabad on Friday morning (July 5).According to sources, the Minister will reach Pochampad on Wednesday at 9 am and will go to Mupkal at 10 am and inspects the reverse pumping works and reviews the works with the authorities concerned. Also Read – Call to sensitize SC, ST laws in Hanamkonda Advertise With Us From there he will go to Rajeshwaraopet pump house at 12 pm and will monitor reverse pump house works in Rampur at 3 pm. After night stay at Velpur, on Thursday Minister Prashanth Reddy will attend the swearing in ceremony of the MPPs of Velpur, Balkonda, Mupkal, Mendora, Eragatla, Morthad, Kammarpally and Bheemgal. On the same day, he will lay foundation stone for Banjara Bhawan at Bheemgal and will return to Velpur for night stay. He will go back to Hyderabad on Friday morning.last_img read more

first_img It’s almost iPhone Day! Again! If you held off on buying an iPhone 8, and saved up a cool one thousand dollars, in just a few days you’ll be able to treat yourself to a cutting-edge iPhone X.Revealed just a few weeks ago, the iPhone X is the most premium smartphone Apple has ever released since entering the mobile space a decade ago. It’s got a beautiful, expansive, bezel-free screen powered solely by touch gestures. The app-switching looks swell. It’s got wireless charging, too. There’s no physical home button (or headphone jack). But there are powerful cameras that not only take great pictures but also add impressive and immersive augmented reality features. They even turn your face into a new log-in tool, or emoji mask.Those are all just facts you’d see on a spec sheet, though. To know what the iPhone X is really like, you have to use it for yourself like an Apple engineer’s daughter. We here at Geek.com haven’t gotten our hands on the phone just yet, but a lot of other cool tech sites we’re totally friends with have and now they are sharing their thoughts online. Here’s what people are saying about the iPhone X.PCMag- Sascha Segan and Dan Costa“The X looks like a setup for Apple’s next 10 years, not a mature device. The high price comes from a shortage of OLED panels, which will probably clear up in a year or so when new factories come online. Depth-mapping in the front-facing camera is clearly the augmented reality wave of the future, but it opens the question of why Apple isn’t doing the same thing with the rear camera. If you can wait a year, the next iteration, whatever it may be called, will likely answer some of those questions.But we’re saying all of that without spending extended time with the iPhone X, and a lot of Apple’s magic comes in the hands-on experience. Undoubtedly, this phone is going to be a work of art that draws stares, and animoji should be pretty fun, too, but does that command the price?” Over on TechnoBuffalo, you can read a summary of an iPhone X review written by one of the first critics to review in the original iPhone back in 2007. Consider the cruelty of time as you marvel at just how much the iPhone has advanced in ten years.SlashGear- Vincent Nguyen“Overall, even after a short period, it’s clear that the iPhone X feels ultra-premium. Whether the $999 / $1195 (64 GB / 256GB) price tag is too much for you, well, that’s something only you yourself can determine. If you were to ask me right now whether you should go with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or the iPhone X, I have to say my money is on the X. The additional money spent comes out to roughly one latte a month, if you’re on a payment plan. In return for sacrificing your coffee, you get that incredible display, a smaller body than the 8 Plus but without compromising on screen size, and legitimately game-changing features like TrueDepth.” MacRumors also has plenty of roundups of iPhone X impressions for around the web. Apple itself is even advertising the most glowing recommendations for its flagship phone.But those are all just opinions. Maybe you’ll think differently about the iPhone X. The only way to know for sure is to get one for yourself.Pre-order the iPhone XVerizonT-MobileAT&TSprintLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Suspect Remotely Wipes iPhone X While It Sits in EvidenceApple’s Sexy New iPhone Lineup Includes XS, XS Max, and XR last_img read more

first_imgColin doesn’t like hypotheticals, but when it comes to speculating about the future of Tom Brady in New England, he can’t help himself. Brady has put up another MVP-type season, but played poorly against the Texans in the Divisional Round.In his last two postseason games, Brady is completing 47.9% of his passes, has more touchdowns than interceptions (3 TD, 4 INT), and a passer rating of 61.3. At some point, the 39-year old Brady and the Patriots are going to part ways, the question is, when?Colin thinks that if Brady plays poorly and the Patriots lose this weekend, conversations will start taking place between Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft about Brady’s future, and if it’s time to make the organizational shift to Jimmy Garoppolo as the future of the Patriots franchise.“If Pittsburgh wins this game and Brady’s average, you’re darn right Kraft and Belichick are having that ‘let’s have lunch and talk.’ You’re darn right they are, and I don’t blame them one bit.” Advertisement Colin cited Belichick’s long history of moving on from players a year early, rather than a year late, as a reason the move could happen. He doesn’t see why his handling of the Brady situation will be any different.With Belichick, there are no sacred cows, only pieces of his master formula based on getting valuable assets for players before they fall off the cliff. This includes Tom Brady.“Bill Belichick has never given us one moment that makes you think he deeply cares about his players. They’re retail, baby. He gets rid of guys a year early, not a year late. If you think he’s gonna get held hostage by a situation, it’s not gonna happen.”Colin pointed out that there isn’t a quarterback in football that’s more ready-made to assume the mantle from Brady than Garoppolo.  And while Brady may have some good years left, at 39, he doesn’t have many. Despite putting up MVP numbers this season, Brady won’t play forever. Decision time is coming sooner than one might think.“The end comes very quickly in pro sports.”Belichick never waits until the end in sight, he trades players when it’s just around the corner.Does a loss to the Steelers speed up Tom Brady’s exit from the Patriots? pic.twitter.com/BeSJqcfe57— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 17, 2017last_img read more

first_imgAfter a ride across the black-water canal, where you might see tarpon rolling or crocodiles lurking, in one of the lodge’s boats you can drop your things in your room and head down to the Green Turtle Bar for a Tico Sour (hint: it’s complimentary should you pass a quiz administered by your bartender, and answers to the quiz are found in reading material in the rooms and possibly in this article). The chairs and hammocks lining the lodge’s elegant stone-rimmed pool are great for reading or dozing and half-watching the slow parade of boats trickling past along the canal.Tortuga Lodge boasts of having the best alarm clocks in the world, by which they mean the howler monkeys that bellow from the treetops each morning. To make sure you don’t sleep the day away (which would be easy enough to do in the comfy beds caressed by powerful ceiling fans) the lodge uses mosquito netting instead of glass windows.“If the air conditioning is running inside a closed room,” Fallas explained, “you won’t be able to hear the nature, you won’t be able to hear the toucans or the monkeys.” The result, when you awake in your bed on the high thread-count sheets to hear a monkey howling outside your window, is the feeling that you’ve suddenly found yourself off on an aristocratic expedition to a very luxurious heart of darkness.It is a feeling that makes a pre-dinner gin-and-tonic seem perfectly appropriate on the lodge’s deck, as night falls over the canal and lightning bugs dance through the jungle.“Being here you can see wildlife right in front of your room,” Fallas said, and he’s correct. A short hike around the lodge’s grounds in the heat of the afternoon revealed blue morpho butterflies, legions of strawberry poison dart frogs and resident troops of both howler and spider monkeys. “You have to disconnect yourself from your day-to-day life, “ he continued. “If you you’re able to do that you can really connect with the wildlife, with the jungle.” A perfect way to disconnect from daily life is a tour along the Tortuguero Canal and river. After an early-morning breakfast of gallo pinto, eggs and coffee, our tour guide led us deep into the jungle in a Tortuga Lodge boat. We saw lattice-tailed trogons, crocodiles, emerald basilisks, sloths creeping to the tops of trees to bask in the sun and troops of monkeys crashing through the jungle canopy. Iguanas are ubiquitous and after a few miles of river-cruising it becomes almost impossible to “un-see” them, draped over tree branches arching over the river.And when you get back to the lodge a little before noon, staff will greet you with steaming cups of hot chocolate. The hot chocolate will help tide you over until you can enjoy ginger-marinated beef on sugarcane skewers and cucumber salad with coconut milk and soy sauce for lunch, followed by watermelon and mango sorbet.After lunch, the hammock, pool, bar and jungle all beckon. My default selection when faced with such dilemmas is the hammock and a book – my traveling companion’s is the pool. Neither of us were disappointed.But of course the Tortuguero area is famous for its namesake turtles that mate, nest and hatch on the beach across the canal from Tortuga Lodge and Gardens. Fallas says those interested in the amorous endeavors of the turtles should visit in May. July through October are the peak nesting seasons when the lodge can offer guided nighttime trips to watch females crawl up the beach and lay their eggs, and August through December will see thousands of baby turtles making their debut on the world’s stage and plunging toward the ocean.Going ThereTortuga Lodge is located on the northeast coast of Costa Rica, 47.5 kilometers from the Nicaraguan border, as the crow flies. You cannot drive to Tortuguero because there are no roads; the only way to get there is by a combination of bus and boat or domestic flight on Sansa (www.flysansa.com) or Nature Air (www.natureair.co.cr). Room start at $138, and complete packages are available that include round-trip transportation, lodging, excursions and meals. For more information visit: www.costaricaexpeditions.com/tortuga-lodge or call 2521-6099. Facebook Comments Clayton R. Norman Delicious ginger-marinated beef on sugarcane skewers. Courtesy of Katherine Silvester There is plenty of opportunity to see wildlife. From the print edition“What’s the name of that place where Odysseus and his men stop where they just want to keep eating flowers and taking naps?” asked my travelling companion as she languidly swirled a toe through the water of the pool at Tortuga Lodge and Gardens.Above the drowsy drone of jungle insects, I listened to the crash of Caribbean surf on a distant beach.“The Land of the Lotus Eaters,” I said, laying my copy of “At Play in the Fields of the Lord” on my chest and leaning back in a hammock stretched between the posts of a thatch-roof tikki hut.“They should call this place the Lodge of the Lotus Eaters,” she said, but I barely heard.My eyelids were already drooping toward my cheeks.Before Costa Rica Expeditions bought it in 1987, Tortuga Lodge and Gardens had been a dedicated fishing lodge on the bank of the Tortuguero Canal. Today, you’ll find eco-luxury wrapped in the somnolent whir of Caribbean warmth and humid jungles. Moments creep by at the pace of the languorous Tortuguero River that feeds the canal.“We are a small lodge with only 27 rooms,” said manager Julian Fallas, who personally greets many of the guests who arrive by commuter plane (his recommended method) on the landing strip across the canal from Tortuga Lodge. “Our idea is to keep it small and focus on personal service.” No related posts.last_img read more

first_img Share March 25, 2019 882 Views The Homebuilders’ Blocks in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Ashok Chaluvadi builders NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. 2019-03-25 Donna Joseph A chronic labor shortage in the housing industry is a problem that has been steadily gaining steam over the past few years, according to NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. More than four out of five builders expect to face serious challenges regarding the cost and availability of labor in 2019, the recent monthly survey revealed. The questions in the survey aimed at finding the problems faced by builders in 2018 and expect to face in 2019. Cost and availability of labor were among the top concerns among 82 percent of builders in 2018. This was followed by the price of building material. An identical 82 percent expect labor shortages will be their primary issue in 2019, while material prices fell to the second slot at 69 percent, the report stated. Only 13 percent of builders cited labor issues as an important concern in 2011, with the rate steadily rising over the ensuing years and peaking at 82 percent in each of the past three years. Ashok Chaluvadi, in his blog entitled “Top Challenges for Builders: Materials in 2018, Labor in 2019” noted that In 2011, building material prices was reported as a significant problem by 33 percent of builders. This share increased to 46 percent in 2012 and went up to 77 percent in 2017 before reaching a peak at 87 percent the previous year. “Compared to the supply-side problems of materials, labor and lots, problems attracting buyers were not as widespread last year, but builders expect many of them to become more of a problem in 2019. Negative media reports making buyers caution was a significant problem for 48 percent of builders in 2018, but 62 percent expect it to be a problem in 2019,” Chaluvadi said. He also noted that concern about employment/economic situation was a problem for only 28 percent of builders in 2018, but 46 percent expect it to be a problem this year. According to data that looked into the share of single-family builders reporting problems attracting buyers revealed that 31 percent of buyers in 2019 expect prices or interest rates to decline if they wait compared to 23 percent in 2018. Twenty-four percent of buyers in 2019 are unable to sell existing homes. Read the full report here.last_img read more