BARRIE, Ont. – Police say they’re trying to track down a man who allegedly stole a puppy and four kittens from a central Ontario pet store.Investigators say the animals were taken from the Barrie, Ont., shop early Sunday morning.They say video surveillance shows a suspect forcibly entering the pet store through the front door and walking directly to the back of the store.It’s alleged he removed the puppy and kittens from their cages and left the store with the animals in a plastic bag.Police say they are concerned for the well-being of the animals as they have only had their first round of vaccinations and require ongoing care.The puppy is described as red-haired nine-week-old cockapoo, while the four eight-week-old kittens are of mixed colour.
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A Crown prosecutor says a B.C. Supreme Court judge must only agree that Oscar Arfmann was the man who shot and killed an Abbotsford police officer in order to determine that he’s guilty of first-degree murder.Prosecutor Wendy Stephen told a B.C. Supreme Court trial in New Westminster that Const. John Davidson was responding to a report of a stolen vehicle when he was shot twice at close range by someone using a high-powered rifle.She says it’s clear that Davidson was killed in the line of duty, which is a criteria for first-degree murder, and that the killing was intentional.On top of that, Stephen says witness accounts, photos and video footage identify Arfmann as the man who killed Davidson.Arfmann, who has pleaded not guilty, leaned back in his chair with crossed arms as Stephen began her closing arguments in the trial by judge alone.Davidson had been with the Abbotsford police department for 11 years when he died on Nov. 6, 2017.Arfmann had been scheduled to testify in his own defence last week but his lawyer said he changed his mind.The Canadian Press
Daltonganj (Jharkhand): Slamming National Conference leader Omar Abdullah for his statement seeking a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir, BJP president Amit Shah Saturday said J&K is an inseparable part of the country. As long as the BJP exists, Jammu and Kashmir will continue to be an integral part of India, the BJP president said while addressing an election rally here. “Kashmir is Maa Bharats ‘Mukut’ (crown of India) and nobody can snatch it,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The BJP president also said, “We will remove Article 370 from J&K, if you make Narendra Modi the prime minister again.” Article 370 of the Constitution grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Shah’s question, “Should there be two prime ministers for one country?”, evoked a deafening ‘no’ from the crowd. The BJP has given the nation Modi as prime minister and the security of the country has been strengthened ever since, he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K During the UPA government’s 10-year rule, terror groups from Pakistan used to target India continuously, the BJP chief said. Under former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Pakistans alia, malia and balia (referring to terrorists) used to come and take away the heads of jawans after killing them, Shah claimed. “Even today I cant forget Hemrajs beheading and the disrespect shown to him. But ‘Mouni Baba’ Manmohan Singh had not even uttered ‘ohh’!” he said. Lance Naik Hemraj of 13 Rajputana Rifles was killed and beheaded by Pakistani soldiers on January 8, 2013 in Poonch sector of Jammu & Kashmir. “We cannot compromise with the security of the nation. Pakistan wants to separate Kashmir from India. We will not allow it. “Pakistan se goli aayegi to yahan se gola jayaga (if a bullet comes here, a shell lands there),” the BJP president said. “When the nation rejoiced with sweets following the February 26 Balakot air strike, a pall of gloom descended on the Congress and Pakistan,” Shah said. He ridiculed Congress leader Sam Pitroda for saying that “some boys” had committed a mistake and dropped bombs, and there should be talks between the two neighbouring countries. When terrorists from Pakistan struck the CPRF convoy in Pulwama killing 40 personnel, the country was seething with anger, Shah said. Aware of the 2016 surgical strike conducted by India, Pakistan had deployed personnel and tanks on the borders with India, “But Modi ji… instructed our Air Force on the 13th day (of the Pulwama attack) and our brave Air Force personnel entered Pakistan territory targeting terrorists,” Shah said. Criticising the opposition alliance, Shah alleged that whenever they were in power, they had indulged in “massive corruption” and even made an independent MLA (Madhu Koda) chief minister of Jharkhand in 2006. Seeking to know from Congress president Rahul Gandhi, RJD president Lalu Prasad and JMMs working president Hemant Soren about their PM candidate, Shah said each day they will have a different prime minister, with Sunday being a holiday. “Jharkhand is endowed with rich mineral resources, but the people were poor. In the last five years, the BJP governments at the Centre and the state have ushered in development in rural and urban areas, uplifted the poor, farmers, dalits and tribals,” Shah said. In Jharkhand, the condition of roads has improved, electricity has been provided to people and work on Mandal dam is on, he said. The Mandal dam, work on which began in 1972 but was stalled since 1993, is now being built on North Koel river under Barwadih block in Latehar district. Outlining the other welfare measures, the BJP leader said cooking gas and ovens, housing and toilet facilities have also been given to the poor, he said. The BJP leader was here to campaign for the party’s sitting MP Vishun Dayal Ram, the former state police chief.
Rabat – The head of the Supreme Council of Education, Training and Scientific Research Omar Azziman confirmed that there would be no changes to the funding structure of the tuition-free public education system.No suggestion had been made to impose fees on Moroccan families in governmental schools, as falsely reported by an anonymous source from within the education council’s routine meetings last week.In an interview with Medias24, Azziman said the Supreme Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research would focus on making sure that the strategic vision of King Mohammed VI and the Justice and Development Party-led Moroccan government would be implemented by 2030. “The Council met on [November 21st and 22nd] to issue an opinion on the draft framework law on the reform of the education system,” Azziman clarified. “The work of the board basically was to ensure that the draft framework law does take into consideration royal instruction and governmental commitment.”The minister said the ever-rising costs of higher education require educational institutions to diversify sources of funding and begin cultivating partnerships with the private sector and other local actors. Free post-secondary education could become a thing of the past, but this has been included in the Strategic Vision since it was introduced two years ago, Azziman said.The new strategy aims to create workers that match the skills currently in demand in the kingdom’s economy as it develops rapidly. The plan also ensures free compulsory education as a duty of the state and aims to provide all Moroccans the opportunity to pursue studies, regardless of financial constraints, the minister added.Young Moroccans – especially young women – have been facing unrelentingly high unemployment rates, causing widespread economic distress in urban areas.
Rabat – Morocco has inspired Imaan Hammam’s beauty routine for years now. Following her appearance in New York Fashion Week, the Moroccan-Dutch model has invited prestigious fashion magazine Vogue’s camera into her bathroom. In a video called “Long Week, No Sleep,” Hammam shares all about her beauty secrets made in Morocco. “I’m from Morocco, where we use a lot of oils: argan oil, olive oil, rose oil. Since I was a baby, I’ve been using oils on my face and my hair,” she said. The top model explains that she uses four types of moisturizing treatments, beginning with a rose oil and a serum, which she massages using a stainless steel facial wand. Hammam also uses rose serum for her eyes. She leaves it in for a few minutes and adds a balancing face cream that contains vitamin C, followed by a hint of concealer, a touch of mascara, a hint of tan, lip balm, and a cloud of haze for her face.During her beauty video, Hammam recalls her mother and beauty role model, who did not care what people thought of her. “She wore her hair in a curly big afro, she wore colorful things … just be bold!”The video, which was published on Youtube, Wednesday, September 19, has been seen more than 300,000 times, generating many positive comments. It is not the first time that the 21-year-old beauty has given Vogue her beauty secrets made in Morocco. In 2014, she explained she was adding oils and butters from her mother’s native Morocco into her beauty routine, admitting that the best-kept secret of her beauty is mixing saffron and honey and applying it to her face for five minutes.“Y’know, there’s a thing you cook with, called saffron. Mix it with honey and then apply it to your face like a mask for five minutes. Wash it off and your face is beautiful!” Hammam was quoted by Vogue as saying.Dutch-Moroccan model Imaan Hammam has quickly found her place in the world of fashion. At only 21, she has already walked on the podiums of the greatest creators, like Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and Versace. She is also the first Arab woman to represent the famous lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret.In 2017, Hammam appeared on the covers of nine different international Vogue publications, giving her the most international covers.
GENEVA — Swiss bank Credit Suisse says a senior executive and the head of its security operation have resigned over a decision to snoop on a former wealth management chief who joined rival UBS.Credit Suisse said Tuesday chief operating officer Pierre-Olivier Bouee “assumed responsibility for this matter” and the bank accepted his immediate resignation. Its head of global security services is also leaving immediately.The bank said Bouee ordered the security chief to “initiate the observation” of Iqbal Khan Aug. 29, when UBS announced Khan’s appointment. Bouee says he decided alone to keep tabs on Khan “in order to protect the interests of the bank” and didn’t discuss the matter with CEO Tidjane Thiam or other top managers.It said no indications emerged that Khan tried to poach employees or clients.The Associated Press
Canadian dollar extends losses on poor economic data, mixed commodity prices by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2013 4:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar continued to lose ground Monday amid lower commodities and disappointing economic data.The loonie fell 0.16 of a cent to 99.57 cents US on top of a loss of about half a cent Friday that followed the release of disappointing readings on employment and housing starts for January.The economy shed 21,900 jobs last month. Economists had looked for a gain of about 5,000.And housing starts plunged to 160,600 in January, down considerably from a revised 197,100 reading in December and much lower than the 195,000 that economists had forecast.Oil prices shed early losses and the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.31 to US$97.03 a barrel.March copper was four cents lower at US$3.72 a pound while April gold bullion faded $17.80 to US$1,649.10 an ounce.Meanwhile, it’s a quiet day on the economic calendar. The major Canadian reports come out Friday when traders will look to the latest reading on manufacturing shipments and new home prices.Traders also looked to Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney. He is making an appearance Tuesday morning before the House of Commons finance committee.In the U.S., January retail sales are released Wednesday while investors will assess the mood of the consumer when the University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index is released.
More than 2,700 people were forced to leave their homes and an unconfirmed number of other people to flee into bordering China, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). These figures are in addition to the more than 100,000 people who have been displaced since fighting between Government forces and Kachin rebels began almost two years ago. The fighting intensified this April in Man Win Gyi, southern Kachin state, limiting humanitarian access to the areas.The violence is “raising concerns for the protection of civilians trapped along the borders of China, Kachin state, and Shan state,” OCHA said.The humanitarian partners are particularly concerned that the approaching rainy season will bring higher risks of flooding and water-borne diseases. As a result, water, sanitation, and hygiene are increasingly becoming priorities for aid workers. “The deteriorating security situation is already hampering access to the affected areas and the poor conditions of the roads during the rainy season will make it even more difficult to respond from now on,” said Florent Turc, Field Coordinator for Solidarités International in Kachin, cited in the OCHA press release. The UN humanitarian chief in the country said local organizations have been at the forefront of the humanitarian effort in Kachin, covering the most urgent needs within the displaced and affected communities.Mark Cutts, Head of Office for OCHA in Myanmar, said he was pleased that these aid works have had more regular access to the frontlines since September 2013, but “in the long run we need full and sustained access by international actors to all affected communities to adequately support the response of local humanitarian NGOs [non-governmental organizations].”
“The Report depicts a United Nations that failed to respond meaningfully when faced with information about reprehensible crimes against vulnerable children,” Mr. Ban said in a statement following receipt of the Report of the External Independent Review of the United Nations Response to Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Central African Republic, which was made public today. The review panel, chaired by Marie Deschamps, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, was set up by the Secretary-General in June to examine the UN response to the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of children by foreign military forces not under UN command and assess the adequacy of the procedures in place.In the spring of 2014, allegations came to light that international troops serving as peacekeepers in CAR had sexually abused a number of young children in exchange for food or money. The alleged perpetrators were largely from a French military force known as Sangaris, which was operating under authorization of the Security Council but not under UN command.“I express my profound regret that these children were betrayed by the very people sent to protect them,” said Mr. Ban. “Though the soldiers who committed the abuses were not under United Nations command, the Report shows that the United Nations, which uncovered the abuse, did not subsequently handle the case with the speed, care or sensitivity required.” The Report found that three UN officials abused their authority: the then head of the human rights component of the UN mission in CAR (MINUSCA); the then Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINUSCA; and the then Under-Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). Given the gravity of these findings, Mr. Ban said he will act quickly to determine what action might be necessary. “To uphold the fundamental principle of accountability, and in the light of the history of allegations of sexual abuse by troops in the Central African Republic, including the current allegations, I had previously asked one of them – my Special Representative for the Central African Republic – to resign,” he stated, referring to Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye. The Report also found that, while there were some shortcomings in the performance of several other UN officials and offices, they had not abused their authority. “I believe that missteps by these individuals were largely a product of flawed systems. I intend to study these cases further to ensure that all individuals and offices heed the lessons of this review.” According to its Chair, the panel found that, within the UN, responding to allegations of sexual violence is the responsibility of many but of no one in particular, resulting in a situation where documents “pass from inbox to inbox” and everyone thinks that someone else will take responsibility. “Most importantly, the lack of coordination between policies leaves most victims unattended and vulnerable,” Ms. Deschamps told a news conference at UN Headquarters, joined by fellow panellists Yasmin Sooka, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, and Hassan Jallow, the Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Ms. Deschamps said the shortcomings in the policies materialized in the response of the UN to the allegations in CAR. “Instead of reporting the allegations in an urgent manner, as the egregiousness of the alleged conduct dictated, they were kept quiet. As those who followed the matter know, it took months before France was given details on the allegations.” In addition, she noted that while a human rights officer and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) staff initially investigated the allegations, there was no follow-up to the interviews. “Those UN staff who came across the information did not feel concerned or took the position that someone else should address or was addressing the problem. In our view, this was a serious failure. Not only did this show abuse of authority by senior officials on an individual basis, but it also highlights deficiencies at an institutional level.” Mr. Ban said he intended to urgently review the panel’s recommendations and act without delay to ensure that systemic issues, fragmentation and other problems are fully addressed. He stressed, however, that some of these recommendations will require the involvement and approval of Member States. He recalled that over the years, the UN has put in place a host of measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse by its peacekeeping personnel, and to react robustly when violations occur. “Still, it is clear that we must do much more, especially to better align our peacekeeping and human rights systems,” he stated. “As the report indicates, the handling of sexual exploitation and abuse is particularly complicated when, as in this case, troops are not under United Nations command. “The United Nations does not have authority over contingents of troops that operate outside United Nations peacekeeping. This in no way diminishes the responsibility of the United Nations to speak out when other troops commit violations. Yet too often, national responses to allegations of abuse are slow, muted or non-existent. We must address this major weakness,” he continued. “Victims do not care what colour helmet or uniform is worn by those who come to protect them. Our duty is to uphold the trust that must underpin all international engagements.”The panel highlighted the need for conflict-related sexual violence by peacekeepers to be addressed under a harmonized human rights policy. Among its recommendations is the creation of one single coordination unit, placed under the direct oversight of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, tasked with receiving the reports, following up on the allegations and coordinating the process. In a statement issued today, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein voiced his support for the Secretary-General in his determination to eliminate sexual exploitation and abuse by all international peacekeeping forces, both UN and non-UN, and to resolve any systemic weaknesses that have been identified by the review panel. “Investigations into sexual abuse must be made more systematic and effective, and those responsible for these most toxic of crimes must be punished, not least as a deterrence to others,” he said. UNICEF said it is reviewing the panel’s report, especially references to those instances where the agency failed to implement its policy on responding to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, in order to draw practical lessons for the future. “We, of course, deeply regret those failures, including in not adequately following up on the children’s wellbeing,” the agency said in a statement, adding that it has already instituted a new system of reporting to improve internal oversight of its response to reports of abuse, and is also instituting a new process to require more formal and systematic reporting by implementing partners on the support they are providing to child sexual abuse victims.
A mother who fed her four-year-old daughter sedatives under the guise of “Smarties” because she was an “inconvenience” to her love life has been jailed for 13 years.Michala Pyke, 38, gave little Poppy Widdison drugs to sedate the youngster which she referred to in text messages as “blue Smarties”.Poppy was later found unresponsive, blue and not breathing in the home Pyke shared with her drug dealing partner John Rytting, 40, in June 2013.A post mortem into her death proved “inconclusive” but doctors traces of a drug cocktail with heroin, ketamine and sedatives including diazepam in her hair follicle. “Poppy was born addicted to heroin and you plunged that infant into the mire of drugs. You were both living in the swamp of drug addiction and drug peddling.”The short life of poppy was blighted by drugs – you [both] fed drugs to poppy for your own baleful romance while living in a mire of drugs.”The abuse lasted several months and drugs were administered in that time. You Pyke treated your daughter badly and changed your demeanour in front of others.”You both were the masters of unremitting degradation and authors of this horrific ordeal. You both bear huge responsibility for blighting the life of a pretty, vivacious little girl.”Pyke you are malevolent and manipulative – you are utterly unfit to be a mother and abused Poppy by giving her drugs. This was serious cruelty over a long period of time and regular ill treatment.”While the sentencing remarks were given by the judge, Pyke, who sported a blue fleece jumper, did not show any emotion.Rytting replied: “Whatever.”Prosecutor David Gordon said cops found 700 diazepam and over 300 temazepam tablets when they raided the couple’s house in Grimsby, North East Lincs., after Poppy’s death.He said Rytting had bought the tablets from suppliers predominantly based in Asia before selling them on.Mr Gordon said: “Text messages were found on Rytting’s phone from customers asking for diazepam using the code and asking for ‘blue’.”The pair had pleaded guilty to a minor child cruelty offence of subjecting a child to an environment in the presence of drugs on the 11th hour prior to trial. John RyttingCredit:SWNS.com The last time we saw Poppy was her birthday – her fourth birthday. She was her normal, happy self, pleased to see us and excited about her birthdayPoppy’s father Pyke and Rytting were convicted of serious child cruelty offences against Poppy following a trial at Hull Crown Court, East Yorks.Rytting was also jailed for 13 years alongside his former flame for dragging the child into a “swamp” of drugs and forced her into “unremitting degradation”.Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, told Hull Crown Court on Thursday the pair had “blighted the life of a pretty, vivacious little girl”.Chillingly, he also highlighted that the little girl had been named after the very plant from which heroin – which her mother was addicted to – comes from.Jailing Pyke and Rytting each for 13 years, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said: “Poppy was born in tragic circumstances – like her mother, Poppy was born addicted to heroin.”The baby was given the name Poppy – the very name of the plant from which heroin is derived. That is unlikely to be a coincidence. Pyke also pleaded guilty to child cruelty by emotional abuse after neighbours heard her calling Poppy a “little bastard”.But Pyke and Rytting were both found guilty of serious child cruelty of administering prescribed/control drugs to Poppy.Rytting, of Grimsby, North East Lincs., who admitted one count of importing drugs and two counts of supplying controlled drugs, was also convicted of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.Pyke, of Hull, East Yorks., admitted a charge of supplying methadone, was found guilty of possessing methadone with intent to supply.The jury only took two hours to find the pair guilty of all charges and were both remanded in custody on December 15.Katherine Goddard, for Pyke, said her client hadn’t given Poppy any drugs before she met Rytting and traces of two drugs found in Poppy’s hair belonged to Rytting.She said: “Michala Pyke is a damaged and troubled individual. Whatever her battles [Pyke’s] with drugs for the majority of her life Poppy was well cared for and loved.”Michala Pyke managed to juggle her need for drugs and the needs of her daughter. Until Michala Pyke began the relationship with John Rytting, however difficult life was Poppy was well cared for.”It was the start of this relationship which was toxic, in both senses of the word, that the care she gave her daughter fell away. She is responsible for the death of her daughter morally, not in law.”Timothy Roberts, representing Rytting, told the judge that his client shouldn’t be held as responsible as Pyke for causing Poppy’s death.Mr Roberts said: “Mr Rytting had been in [Poppy’s] life for about six weeks and what can be agreed is that he only had partial responsibility for care of her.”Speaking outside court, Poppy’s father Brendan Widdison, said: “We as a family could not contact Michala in the last few weeks before poppy’s death.”However, if we had known… the concerns of the social care, we might have acted differently as a family. We had no concerns.”The last time we saw Poppy was her birthday – her fourth birthday. She was her normal, happy self, pleased to see us and excited about her birthday.”We as a family could not have forseen what would have happened and in this case we don’t believe social care could have either.”Thank you all very much. We would also like to say thank you to the police and everybody involved in the case.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
South Australia is forecast to experience two large storm fronts in the next 24 to 48 hours which have the potential to cause localised flooding and disrupt traffic conditions across the metropolitan, central and south-eastern parts of the state, reports South Australia’s State Emergency Service (SES). The first front is expected over the next 24 hours, extending slowly across the state from the north-west to the south-west.The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast rainfall to be in the order of 10 to 20mm along the ranges, possibly reaching 30mm overall.The second front, forecast to arrive around midnight this evening and hang around till midday on Friday, has the potential for up to another 20mm which, if it eventuates will saturate wet areas and possibly cause some localised flooding.The SES is warning the public to remain vigilant and ensure their own safety as the state is likely to face difficult road conditions, fallen trees, possible localised flooding and the potential for small hail. SES Chief of Staff Graeme Wynwood has said that although this appears to be a slow moving event, where the rainfall may be short but intense, drivers should use caution on wet roads and still be mindful of fallen trees and localised flooding. “With rain, wind and possible hail, roads can become extremely slippery and, as we have seen throughout the entire winter, fallen trees can be a real hazard,” he said.“The forecast for continuing rainfall will also mean increased risk for the public attending the show at the Wayville showgrounds and on the surrounding roads.” Mr Wynwood added that there is a chance vehicles may experience aquaplaning on some roads because of the low-lying water and urged all drivers to leave an appropriate distance between vehicles and display extra caution on the roads.’If you need to report an incident call SES on 132 500, or if it is life-threatening call Triple Zero (000). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a close call for a kayaker who said he was nearly struck by a boat off the coast of Dania Beach, Saturday morning.Ricardo Palmero said he was fishing when a boat sped right by him. His GoPro camera captured the moment the vessel zoomed by. Thankfully, it only splashed the kayaker with waves.Palmero said he made noise to warn the boater to no avail. “I got an air horn that I have. I start making noises, trying to get the guy’s attention, but I guess he didn’t see me, or he didn’t even care about myself,” he said.Palmero said the boater stopped briefly but didn’t apologize for the incident. He plans to file a report with the authorities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Is James Murphy “Done” Producing For Good? james-murphy-advice-david-bowie-being-done-producing Facebook James Murphy On Advice From David Bowie, Being “Done” With Producing Twitter News Email The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter, producer, and LCD Soundsystem bandleader hints he might be hanging up his production spurs in new interviewBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 5:00 pm James Murphy’s production and engineering portfolio is quietly impressive.Outside of his thrice GRAMMY-nominated work with his band LCD Soundsystem, for which he is the frontman and chief songwriter, Murphy has contributed tracks and helped produce full albums for many of the bigger names in the alternative, indie, and dance-pop scenes.When building his first studio, he sought advice from former boss and mentor Steve Albini. He worked on a track with the Gorillaz and André 3000 in 2012. In 2013 he produced a song with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with whom he also shared a well-documented misspent youth in New York City around the turn of the millennium, for their fourth studio album Mosquito.He produced the lion’s share of songs on Arcade Fire’s Best Alternative Music Album GRAMMY-nominated Reflektor, and played drums on two songs from David Bowie’s Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album GRAMMY-winning Blackstar.During the Blackstar sessions, Murphy sat in a room with GRAMMY-winning producer Tony Visconti and GRAMMY-nominated bandleader Donny McCaslin and casually suggested Bowie should consider using a different chord progression on an undisclosed song from the album (advice which Bowie actually took when recording).Yet, in the face of his impressive catalogue, he told Guardian that the lessons he’s gained from reviving LCD Soundsystem after a 5-year hiatus have left him with the sense that he may forgo producing altogether.Murphy describes himself as a series of contradictions that amount to a controlling nature that’s at odds with a hypersensitivity to people’s feelings. He indicates that his short-lived presence at Bowie’s Blackstar sessions – where he’d been initially brought in as a potential co-producer with Visconti – became a moment where he recognized his nature might be incompatible with the requirements of a producer role. “I feel like I’d possibly been brought in to play some kind of Brian Eno role and that is so far from what I am,” he explains. “I’m not being inflexible, I’m not being stubborn, it’s just not there. I can’t produce. I think I’m done producing. I can’t do it.”Longtime fans surely know that Murphy’s neuroses and idiosyncrasies tend to drive him to create his best work, so it’s certain that his assertion that he’s “done” producing must be taken with at least a medium-sized grain of salt.Interestingly enough, the specific advice he got from Bowie that prompted him to put his doubts aside and revive LCD Soundsystem is likely the biggest indication that Murphy’s production career is not yet over: “I was talking about getting the band back together. [Bowie] said, ‘Does it make you uncomfortable?’ I said ‘Yeah’, and he said, ‘Good – it should. You should be uncomfortable.'”Read More: Explore The Strokes’ First Years In New Rock BookRead more
Four people, who were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital with serious burn injuries, died at the hospital on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Gita Rani, 25, a resident of Birganj upazila of Dinajpur, Afroza, 75, from Nilphamari district, Rumki, 27, a resident of Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat district, and Makbul, 62, of Dinajpur.Hospital sources said the four victims sustained burn injuries while warming themselves standing beside flame amid cold on 6 and 7 January.Later, they were admitted to the burn unit of the hospital, said the hospital’s assistant director Nur-E-Alam.
Kolkata: State Principal Secretary, Public Works Department (PWD), Arnab Roy has directed executive engineers of all divisions to remove thick bituminous overlay if any from the bridges and flyovers and submit an action taken report within 10 days.Directions have further been issued to the engineers to clear all vegetation from the bridges and its undersides including tree roots.”After inspection, we have stumbled upon thick bituminous overlay on a number of bridges which is more than the design parameter. This may result in subsidence of the portion where this overlay has been found. So we Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifehave directed engineers of all divisions to make sure that the bridges conform to thedesign parameters,” a senior official of the state PWD said.The executive engineers of all divisions will remove the super-imposed dead load on these bridges and flyovers. According to the directions issued by Arnab Roy, Principal Secretary of PWD, thework of removing the bituminous overlay as well as the vegetation in the bridges including tree roots should be done with immediacy and a report in this regard should be sent to the joint secretary (Roads) within 10 days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the state PWD department has already undertaken repair works of as many as 15 bridges that have been labeled as severely distressed after a thorough inspection that had followed after the cave-in of a portion of the Majerhat bridge on September 4.It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has already constituted an Advisory Committee for monitoring the health of the bridges in the city.It has prepared a list of 15 bridges that need structural health audit on a priority basis. The list includes Dhakuria Bridge connecting Golpark with Dhakuria, Bijon Setu connecting Gariahat with Kasba, Aurobindo Setu connecting Gouribari with Ultadanga, Chetla Bridge connecting Kalighat with Chetla, Kalighat Bridge connecting Kalighat with Gopalnagar, Durgapur Bridge connecting New Alipore with Chetla, Ultadanga Flyover connecting EM Bypass with VIP Road, Sukanta Setu connecting Jadavpur with Santoshpur, Bankim Setuconnecting Howrah Maidan with Howrah Station, Chingrighata flyover connecting EM Bypass with Salt Lake, Sealdah flyover, Bridge Number 4 on Park Circus rail line, Jibanananda Setu near Jadavpur police station and the arch type bridge at Karunamoyee in Tollygunge.State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim has himself visited more than 10 of these bridges.
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Furthermore, various regions related to the growth of the market are analyzed in the report. These regions include North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Besides this, the research demonstrates the growth trends and upcoming opportunities in every region.Analysts have revealed that the Digital Medicine market has shown several significant developments over the past few years. The report offers sound predictions on market value and volume that can be beneficial for the market players, investors, stakeholders, and new entrants to gain detailed insights and obtain a leading position in the market.Additionally, the report offers an in-depth analysis of key market players functioning in the global Digital Medicine industry.The research presents the performance of each player active in the global Digital Medicine market. It also offers a summary and highlights the current advancements of each player in the market. 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To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other experts in search of factual data on supply, demand, and future predictions would find the report valuable.Avail Discount on Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3202024?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTable of ContentsChapter 1 provides an overview of Digital Medicine market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of Digital Medicine market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter.Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players.Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in Digital Medicine industry. 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The analysis on production, revenue, price and gross margin of the global market is covered in this part.Chapter 8 concentrates on manufacturing analysis, including key raw material analysis, cost structure analysis and process analysis, making up a comprehensive analysis of manufacturing cost.Chapter 9 introduces the industrial chain of Digital Medicine. Industrial chain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in this chapter.Chapter 10 provides clear insights into market dynamics.Chapter 11 prospects the whole Digital Medicine market, including the global production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees the Digital Medicine market by type and application.Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study.Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding.About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. 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Best Windows Subtitle Programs by Martin Brinkmann on May 30, 2016 in Software – Last Update: August 06, 2019 – 13 commentsSubtitles for media files can be quite useful, especially if you don’t understand the language a video — be it TV show, movie or clip — is available in. Other uses for subtitles include displaying text in the same language to better follow what is going on or to help you follow the plot if you are not a native speaker.Depending on where you live, DVDs and Blu-Rays may come with support for additional languages and subtitles, and the same is true for online streaming services that often also offer subtitles.Sometimes however that may not be the case. If you bought a DVD in Japan for instance, chance is good that it won’t offer additional languages or subtitles besides Japanese.Your best bet in this case is to search for subtitles on the Internet to have them loaded when you play the video or even integrate subtitles directly into the video file.You have three main options when it comes to finding subtitles:Search an online subtitles database like Open Subtitles directly.Use an integrated subtitle search feature of the media player you are using.Use a third-party subtitle program to find and download subtitles to your system.Best Windows Subtitle ProgramsThe following list concentrates on programs that let you search and download subtitles.While there are quite a few programs available to download subtitles to a local system, many of them have not been updated in recent time and quite a few are no longer working because of this.The main issue with all these programs is that it is difficult to find a matching subtitle as they don’t reveal important information such as the length of the subtitle or the version of a show or movie it has been created for (standard or extended edition for instance).Comparison ChartProgram NameSearchDatabasesLanguagesOtherPySubDautomaticOpen Subtitles6SubDownloaderautomaticOpen Subtitles?requires registration, bulk downloadSubiTautomatic / manualTorec, Subcenter, Subtitle.co.il, Open Subtitles, Subscene, Addic7ed10Sublightautomatic / manualSubscene, Addic7ed, Ondertitel, Undertexter, subs.com.ru, titlovi,Open Subtitles, Subom, Podnapisi,Sub Divx, SubSynchro, TV Subtitles46requires .NET, Premium version, bulkdownloadSubtleautomatic / manualOpen Subtitles?The ProgramsPySubDPySubD is one of the easier to use programs. Drag and drop a video file into the application to have it search for subtitles on Open Subtitles automatically.While that is convenient, you will encounter situation where the program won’t find subtitles even if some exist.The issue here is that you cannot adjust the search manually to find a subtitle, and the only recourse you have is to change the title of the movie or show before you run a new search.SubDownloaderSubDownloader requires that you create an account on Open Subtitles before you can use the program to find subtitles for movies or TV shows.You can use the program to crawl a folder and all the video files it contains, or pick individual videos from the local system instead.The program lacks an option to run manual searches which leaves manual editing of the video file name as the only option to rerun searches to get another chance of finding a working subtitle.SubiTSubiT is a free subtitle downloader for Windows that supports several languages and multiple subtitle databases it pulls information and subtitles from.The interface is basic but you can search for subtitles either by dragging and dropping a video file on the interface, or by searching for a movie manually.The program displays all hits afterwards on the left and different versions on the right. One issue here is that the interface may not be wide enough to display all information, and even if you enlarge it more, you may notice that relevant information such as the play time of a particular version of a video may be missing.The program may integrate options to the right-click context menu so that you can right-click on video files to launch subtitle searches directly from Explorer.SublightSublight is available as a free and premium program. Registrations are not available right now which means that it cannot be used at the time anymore (because it requires an account).It enables you to search for subtitles manually or by dragging and dropping video files into the application interface. One interesting feature that it supports is bulk searching for subtitles.It supports several subtitle databases and subtitle languages, integration with installed video players, subtitle priority settings, and a lot more.Results lack relevant information such as the play length or version though which makes it a hit or miss sometimes as you may download a subtitle that is for a different version of the show or movie.It is required to create an account on first use, but that is easily done as you don’t have to provide an email address or any form of verification.The free application displays advertisement in the interface and downloads may not be instant if you are not a premium user.SubtleSubtle is a free subtitle downloader for Windows. You point it at a video file to get started, and the app calculates the hash of the file before it runs searches.Results are displayed in an ordered list, and you may download any of the subtitles presented in that list to the local system.Subtle lets you adjust the search manually, either by changing the text directly in the text search field, or by adding an IMDb ID to the search which helps with identification.Closing WordsSubtitle download programs offer a convenient way of grabbing subtitles for videos on your system, especially if they support bulk operations.It may however be easier at times to visit subtitle databases directly instead to download subs from them instead of using a program for it.Now You: Do you use subtitles?SummaryArticle NameBest Windows Subtitle ProgramsDescriptionThe guide lists the best subtitle programs — apps that let you search for subs and download them — for the Microsoft Windows operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Republican congressional candidate to face investigation after harassing trans woman in the bathroomMeet the first openly transgender woman to win a primary election in VirginiaIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/meet-terra-snover-californias-transgender-congressional-candidate/ Terra Snover, a trans woman, is running for Congress in California’s 10th congressional district. She is the state’s first openly transgender politician. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Yet, despite her progressive views, Snover notices that simply by being transgender, she’s taken less seriously.‘A large percentage of people like the idea that the transgender person is running for office but then don’t act on it,’ she says.‘I know a number of transgender candidates who are desperately struggling for volunteers and funding. We get by with this lack of support by our own strength and the love of the people close to us, but if we want a transgender person in office we need a lot more in the way of support and financial help.’At the same time, Snover is hopeful. Many transgender people have started to run for office, both locally and nationally, in recent years. Some examples include Mel Wymore in New York City and Danica Roem in Virginia.‘It’s time we had a voice in every part of government,’ Snover says enthusiastically.‘In recent years we’ve become the Right’s punching bag. Politicians are demonizing us as child molesters and freaks of nature, which is preposterous and insulting! So we came together and told the world, “We will no longer accept this hatred! We will counter your vile rhetoric with compassion for all who walk this earth! We are strong and we will show the world what we can do!” and what we can do is make a major difference in our communities. We’ve all seen what happens when a government or people marginalize and disrespect another group, and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen to anyone else.’Snover isn’t just standing up for LGBTI people in California, but across the country.‘If there is ever a bill that tries to limit your rights, I will fight tooth and nail for you,’ she says. ‘If ever there is an opportunity to extend to you the rights that others take for granted but we yearn for, I will not stop until we achieve those rights.’Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Though California is already a liberal state, Snover still sees many issues facing the state – let alone the country – today.Terra Snover, California’s congressional candidate for district 10.One of Snover’s top priorities is California’s water. ‘As a state, we have been having water problems for years and have only just “gotten out” of our most recent water crisis. And other states have faced similar problems. So I’m hoping to introduce a legislation once I’m in the office that addresses the water problems we have now and as well as those we will face in the future,’ she tells GSN.Another important issue on Snover’s roster is healthcare. This hot-button issue affects those in California as well as the rest of the country. Snover believes the answer to America’s health care issue is single-payer healthcare, also known as Medicare-for-all.‘From a fiscal standpoint, it saves us money as a country, it cuts administration cost, completely eliminates the issue of non-payment in hospitals and destroys the hidden charges that insurance companies routinely hit us with today,’ Snover explains.‘It also gives our community better healthcare in the long run, if people can just go to the doctor for regular checkups and preventative care so we can catch medical conditions before they become a more serious and life-threatening problem.’Other issues Snover hopes to tackle if elected are wage equality (she believes in a $15/hour – £11.50, €12.74 – federal minimum wage) and climate change (she wants to see the United States become a leader in green energy). GAYSTARNEWS-
Yesterday, Airtable, a cloud collaboration service, has raised $100 million in funding. The company has raised the funds to expand its business with more talent and offices outside the US. The company has also catapulted to a $1.1 billion valuation. According to PitchBook, the company was only valued at $152 million, eight months ago in its last round. Airtable, the maker of a coding platform for non-techies was founded by Howie Liu, Emmett Nicholas and Andrew Ofstad. It uses a simple interface as a frontend to produce apps and other web-based experiences. This interface is built on spreadsheets and other tools familiar to knowledge workers. Airtable just had 30,000 customers, eight months back. But Airtable’s tools are now used by approximately, 80,000 businesses. One of the major advantages of Airtable is its Slack-like approach to the task of buildings things. Airtable make it easy for non-developers to code There are many tools for building apps and other products but usually, they are very technical and complicated. It becomes difficult for those who aren’t well versed with programming. Also, it’s equally difficult and expensive to build apps that solve this problem. Airtable identified this problem and has built powerful macros under the hood of standard-looking database interfaces. It has made things easy for people who aren’t good at coding. With Airtable, one can customize their own database as per their requirements without relying on someone’s DB model The competition and the market scenario Airtable is not the only organization working on this issue. Companies like DashDash and Microsoft and partners are also working in the same direction. Microsoft’s Excel is known to all, Microsoft and partners are now working towards enhancing the functionalities of the spreadsheets. It seems the competition is going to be tough in near future! Airtable also has a platform called Blocks. Blocks help its users to bring in data from a number of sources. It also lets users select different kinds of outputs. Users can decide how and where the data is to be used, whether it be a marketing campaign across text messaging, an AI-based bot, or a VR experience. Read more about this news on TechCrunch. Read Next Python, Tensorflow, Excel and more – Data professionals reveal their top tools Is Microsoft planning to make Python an official Scripting Language for its Excel package? Manage Security in Excel
Tags: Collette << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Cindy Sosroutomo TORONTO — Travel is an industry based on relationships, and few are more important than the one between Travel Agent and Supplier. Ask any agent and they’ll tell you that working with a reputable, honest and loyal tour operator is paramount to their business, and they’ll easily fire off names of companies they regard as preferred and trusted.So when this valued relationship breaks down for any number of reasons, the damage can be irreparable. But Collette, which has a reputation for slighting travel agents in the past, is hoping this isn’t the case. After a short period in its nearly 100-year-old history during which it often poached group business from agencies, the family-owned company is now doing its best to right its wrongs and reverse the damage it has done to its retail relationships.“We are aware of the perception that Collette has taken groups from agencies in the past. I want to make very clear that this is not our policy. In the past we may have brought a larger percentage of groups directly to Collette, but now we are really focused on working through the travel agent,” said Doug Patterson, who was appointed President, Canada of Collette earlier this year.Patterson tells Travelweek that groups at one time brought in the vast majority of Collette’s business (it’s just shy of 50% today), thanks in large part to BDMs who sought them out. This, however, sometimes led them to bring groups directly to the company, essentially cutting out agents in the process. It was never an official company policy, says Patterson, who also noted that the last incidence of ‘poaching’ he has found dates back to 2008. “Since then, our commitment to the retail channel has been significantly enhanced. Agents are vital to our success – 98% of our bookings come from agents.”But are Patterson’s assurances a case of too little, too late? Absolutely not. Collette is proving that it’s not just talking the talk, but also walking the walk to the tune of agent-specific directives. He says that although the company is still searching out groups, when it does find them it now takes the necessary steps to match them with local agents.“If it’s an independent booking or a group, we will make a concerted effort to recognize if they’ve worked with an agent in the past, and if they’re planning on doing so, we will make a recommendation of somebody in their particular area,” he says. “We believe in the agent community. They provide a great service and we believe they should be rewarded for that.”More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Even more, Collette’s commitment to agents can be measured in dollars; according to Patterson, over the past five years, the company has brought over $10 million worth of group business back to agents. “I would say that’s a strong commitment,” he adds.To hammer home the message even further, Collette made the decision to not participate in the discount arena and work with agencies that slash its product prices.“If a retailer wants to discount our product, we will not work with them, whether they’re OTA or bricks and mortar. It was an expensive move walking away from accounts like this, but we believe our product stands on its own and our customers deserve the level of service provided by a dedicated travel professional,” Patterson says.Agents, so it seems, has started to take notice and are putting their faith back in Collette. One Ontario agent, who wished to remain anonymous, tells Travelweek that she’s willing to give the company another chance after it directly email marketed all members of a group her agency had booked a few years ago.“I know that the Collette rep we have here has been trying to push the fact that they are changing their ways and that things have been on an upswing,” she says. “They have been pushing everything back to the travel agent and are trying to rebrand themselves in a favourable light to agents.”On Collette’s direct marketing efforts, Pablo Keselman of Milton, Ontario, who has over 30 years of experience as a travel agent, chalks it up to simply a difference in culture.“Unlike here in Canada, American-based companies tend to bombard you with emails and are very aggressive as far as sales go, either by sending things directly to clients or sending too many emails to agents. This overloading of direct mail and brochures is a cultural thing; that’s just the way they operate in the U.S.,” he says.Keselman, who has a $20,000 group booking with Collette that’s ready for payment soon, says that he’s never had a negative impression of Collette. In fact, he’s always appreciated how the company has been upfront about their marketing tactics.“Collette certainly uses the database of my clients, who will get direct mail from them from time to time. However, when they send direct mailing to clients with a discount number or coupon attached, if they’re loyal to their agent, the assumption is they’ll call their agent to book,” he says. “I have absolute respect for Collette’s product and this has always been the case. They have a BDM that’s proactive, they will hold space for groups, and they will print your logo on marketing materials to send to clients. They’re a lot more trustworthy than they were in the past because they’ve made it clear that they want to work with us.”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesPatterson, who confirms that the call-to-action on all Collette marketing materials today directs consumers back to agents, knows that misperceptions are hard to overcome and that people have long memories. So when asked what reassurances the company can give to agents that they won’t repeat ‘sins’ of the past, he is unequivocal in his answer.“Let me put it as clearly as possible – Collette will not attempt to take any group from your agency. In fact, if unfortunate circumstances arise and a direct relationship exists where an agency partner is no longer involved, we will pay the agency partner 100% of its commission due on that group and take any necessary corrective actions,” he says.And to those who are still skeptical despite his reassurances?“Call us on it. Mystery shop us. If an agent feels like this is happening let us know about it. We will always make it right.”Doug Patterson is also the star of Travelweek’s latest video series. See how else Collette is looking to work with agents: Collette’s Doug Patterson says poaching groups from agents is in the past Thursday, November 10, 2016 About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019