Judge Narrows Hernandez Murder Case

first_imgFALL RIVER, Mass. — Prosecutors in a murder case against Aaron Hernandez won’t be allowed to tell a jury about two other killings with which the ex-New England Patriot is charged or the final text messages the victim sent to his sister, a judge ruled Friday.Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He has also pleaded not guilty to the fatal shootings of two men in 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub.Prosecutors have said Hernandez may have showed Lloyd the spot where the double shooting allegedly took place, and suggested that was a possible motive for killing Lloyd. “I don’t think that it’s fair to say these things aren’t relevant,” said Assistant District Attorney William McCauley.But Judge E. Susan Garsh, after hearing arguments, said the prosecution’s theory is “clearly in the realm of speculation” and “does not comport with common sense.” She said there was no demonstrated link between the two crimes and disallowed the introduction of the 2012 homicides.Garsh also said she would not admit the final text messages sent by Lloyd to his sister, including one sent just minutes before he was shot to death at an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleborough home.Prosecutors say Lloyd sent the messages while in a car with Hernandez and suggested they showed he had become fearful. One said “U saw who I’m with” and another indicated the person was “NFL,” referring to Hernandez, adding “just so u know.”McCauley suggested Hernandez stopped somewhere on the way to the spot Lloyd was killed, saying investigators found dirt in his car’s tires that didn’t match soil from the crime scene. The car, which had been in “pristine shape” when Lloyd was picked up, was later found to be scratched and the side mirror missing, he said.Defense lawyers called it “rank speculation” that the texts indicated fear and said they were inadmissible.Garsh said the texts did not suggest any hostility and that prosecutors didn’t meet the burden to prove Lloyd felt he was at an “imminent death.”Jury selection is scheduled to start Jan. 9. Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft have been listed by prosecutors as possible witnesses.Garsh also ruled that prosecutors may not introduce the shooting of Alexander Bradley, a former associate of Hernandez. Bradley has filed a civil suit against Hernandez that says the ex-player shot him in the face in 2013 after an argument in Florida.Massachusetts prosecutors sought to admit a range of evidence related to the ex-player’s other alleged crimes or “bad acts,” including the Boston homicides, firearms found at Hernandez’s home or elsewhere and even a photograph obtained from the celebrity gossip website TMZ that depicts Hernandez holding a gun.His attorneys warned against compromising his right to a fair trial. “It is critical that this trial be about the murder of Odin Lloyd,” defense attorney James Sultan said.The judge allowed in some evidence relating to firearms, but disallowed the photograph.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

West Indies announce squad for two-Test series against India

first_imgEight months after a nightmare debut Test series, opening batsman Sunil Ambris returns to the West Indies squad for their two Tests in India in October.He has been included after recovering from a left forearm fracture incurred in New Zealand late last year, which ended a torrid series for Ambris.After suffering a golden duck (hit wicket) on debut, he was out in the same manner in the second Test.Ambris was then struck on the arm in the second innings and retired hurt.Left-arm orthodox spin bowler Jomel Warrican has also been named for the India tour.Warrican will provide a second slow bowling option alongside leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo as the visitors seek to end a poor recent record in India.They have not won a Test there since 1994.Warrican, a 26-year-old from St. Vincent who is also handy with the bat, has played four Tests, most recently in early 2016.The Windies are coming off a moderately successful home stint. They drew a three-Test series with Sri Lanka 1-1, before thumping Bangladesh in two Tests.The first Test against India will be held in Rajkot from Oct. 4-8, with the second in Hyderabad from Oct. 12-16.West Indies squad:Jason Holder (captain)Sunil AmbrisDevendra BishooKraigg BrathwaiteRoston ChaseShane DowrichShannon GabrielJahmar HamiltonShimron HetmyerShai HopeAlzarri JosephKeemo PaulKieran PowellKemar RoachJomel WarricanWest Indies will be in India for almost seven weeks starting September 26. They will compete against India in 2 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20s.advertisementThe schedule for the tour:1st Test October 4 8 Rajkot2nd Test October 12 16 Hyderabad1st ODI October 21 Guwahati2nd ODI October 24 Indore3rd ODI October 27 Pune4th ODI October 29 Mumbai5th ODI November 1 Trivanthapuram1st T20I November 4 Kolkata2nd T20I November 6 Kanpur-Lucknow3rd T20I November 11 ChennaiWest Indies and India have played 94 Tests against each other since 1948. West Indies has won 30, lost 28 and drawn 46 matches.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Berniers lack of loyalty not supply management behind his job loss Scheer

first_imgOTTAWA – Andrew Scheer is facing a test of his leadership after tossing one-time leadership rival Maxime Bernier from the Conservative shadow cabinet for breaking a promise to stop promoting his controversial political manifesto.Bernier denies he did anything wrong and some of his supporters are even urging him to break away from the Tories and start his own libertarian party.Bernier has said very little since Scheer fired him as the party’s innovation critic Tuesday night, but he did take to Twitter to suggest he didn’t understand why he lost his portfolio.“I just want to clarify one thing at this time,” he wrote. “The chapter on (supply management) posted on my website is THE SAME that was publicly available for weeks on my publisher’s website but was taken down when I decided to postpone the book indefinitely. There is nothing new, I did not ‘publish’ it.”The chapter was originally published in April to market Bernier’s forthcoming book on his political vision for Canada. In it, he took pot shots at Scheer for pandering to dairy farmers in Quebec, accusing him of signing up “fake Conservatives” in the leadership race to prevent keep Bernier and his anti-supply management policy, from winning.After Scheer and caucus colleagues expressed their disappointment, Bernier promised to shelve the book for now and not further promote it.And then he posted the offending chapter to his own website on June 5.“It’s essential when members of our shadow cabinet make a commitment to caucus that those commitments are kept,” Scheer said Wednesday following the party’s weekly caucus meeting.Bernier attended that meeting but did not come out to speak to reporters.Conservative MP Tony Clement, who endorsed Bernier during the 2017 leadership race, said Bernier’s choice to post the chapter was a mistake and Scheer took a “difficult but necessary” step in firing him as innovation critic. Clement also blamed the media for trying to make a bigger deal of the issue than it was.Foreign affairs critic and erstwhile leadership contender Erin O’Toole said he was puzzled by Bernier’s decision but stressed he remains a valued member of the Conservative caucus.“He has a very important place in the Conservative movement,” said O’Toole.But some of Bernier’s supporters were incensed and took to social media to call for a revolt against Scheer and to open up discussion of Bernier leaving the Conservatives to start his own party.“Could Maxime Bernier be persuaded to lead a new party to reinstate progressive Libertarian values including economics, business innovation, societal innovation, Canadian Unity, and free speech,” tweeted Steph Sagar, a Bernier supporter from Toronto.She called Bernier’s firing “a disgraceful and foolish decision” and said Scheer had lost her support and her money.The hashtag #IstandwithBernier was relatively busy with traffic in the hours immediately after Bernier’s firing though it had died down by Wednesday afternoon.Andrew McDougall, one-time communications director to former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, wrote in Macleans that the “sacking” of Bernier is a test of Scheer’s ability to keep the party together. He blamed Scheer for failing to ensure Bernier was on side as soon as President Donald Trump started using supply management as his Canadian attack du jour.The dilemma for Scheer is that Bernier represents a significant part of the Conservative tent — libertarians, who are particularly prevalent in urban areas where the Conservatives must make gains if they are to win in 2019.While Scheer and O’Toole earned the lion’s share of caucus support during the leadership race (31 MPs endorsed O’Toole, who finished third and 24 endorsed Scheer), Bernier raised the most money, bringing in $2.5 million compared with $989,000 for Scheer.Bernier also had the first ballot votes of nearly 30 per cent of Conservative members and led the way in seven provinces and two territories. Bernier led Scheer on every ballot but the one that counted, losing on the 13th ballot by a margin of 50.95 per cent to 49 per cent.The math of those results suggests Scheer made a mistake in firing Bernier, said one tweeter.“A move that potentially alienates 49% of the Conservative membership is dangerous if Scheer is serious about winning 2019,” said Ontario physician David Jacobs. “I would strongly reconsider.”last_img read more

Controversial Chateau Laurier expansion not good enough McKenna says

first_imgOTTAWA — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna wants the owners of the Chateau Laurier to come up with another plan for an addition to the historic hotel even after Ottawa’s city council approved the controversial expansion.McKenna is the senior minister for the Ottawa area.McKenna says in a statement that she agrees with the overwhelming majority of her constituents that the addition isn’t compatible with the building they love and she’s ready to participate in any discussion that could lead to a better outcome.Larco Investments, which owns the national historic site just across the Rideau Canal from Parliament Hill, has worked on the expansion for nearly four years and sent five versions of plans to Ottawa city hall in that time.Critics say the contemporary design clashes with the French-castle look of the existing building, resembling a radiator or a shipping container.With the backing of Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa city council voted 14 to 9 on Wednesday to let the project go ahead, and confirmed that decision in a second vote today.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stephen Baldwins Daughters Support Clothing Line For Charity

first_imgThe So Lucky To B Me line of women’s casual wear, which features inspirational quotes and designs of empowerment, has two new celebrity fans: Hailey and Alaia Baldwin, the beautiful daughters of actor, director, producer and author Stephen Baldwin.Stephen Baldwin poses with his beautiful teenage daughters Alaia and Hailey in So Lucky To B Me casual wear.The Baldwin family is excited to join forces with So Lucky To B Me to raise awareness for breast cancer research and support for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund (CMBBCRF), founded by Stephen’s mother, which supports new and established researchers investigating the causes, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. A portion of all proceeds from sales of the casual wear purchased through SoLuckyToBMe.com will be donated to the Fund.Hailey says that the empowering messages behind the So Lucky To B Me line are a great match for her grandmother’s charity: “What this company stands for is really great, and the shirts are an awesome representation of the love that comes from the heart of the Fund,” she says.Alaia agrees with her sister, and says that CMBBCRF and So Lucky To B Me represent the power and passion of women committed to making a difference: “The women who are working hard behind the scenes of So Lucky To B Me and behind CMBBCRF are the greatest examples of strong women. They can all relate to those who are going through the hardest of times. Andie Graff’s desire to support my grandmother’s organization is truly a blessing.”Andie Graff, founder and designer behind So Lucky To B Me, says the inspirational messages she includes on each piece mirror the mission of the Fund: “I created the line to share messages of empowerment to help build women’s self-esteem and encourage them to believe that they are more than enough, simply by being themselves,” Graff says. “I am thrilled to partner with an organization that is also working so tirelessly on behalf of women.”Stephen Baldwin, who will be competing on Donald Trump’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice to win money for his mother’s charity, says the partnership is a natural fit: “You’ve heard the saying ‘as long as you have your health’…Well, for me, that’s something that I do not take for granted. Our partnership with So Lucky To B Me will allow us to use the funding generated to bring us that much closer to finding a cure for breast cancer.”Created in 2008 by Andie Graff, the So Lucky To B Me line of casual wear has a mission of empowerment at heart: To help every woman recognize that real beauty shines from a happy soul; to help every woman know that finding happiness and fulfillment is a journey; and to help every woman know that she is worthy, beautiful, and capable. Every So Lucky To B Me product carries an inspirational quote that helps further that message. By donating a portion of the proceeds to charity, every product furthers the line’s mission of “Dress Well. Do Good.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Nellie McClung top choice for first Canadian woman on face of banknote

Nellie McClung is shown in an undated photo. The portrait of an iconic Canadian woman is set to appear on a new series of bank notes, and a British Columbia historian says it’s about time.Merna Forster has been writing letters to politicians and Bank of Canada governors for years saying that it is unacceptable not to have a single bill featuring the image of a female figure from the country’s history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada, C.Jessop **MANDATORY CREDIT** TORONTO – Famous Five activist Nellie McClung is the No. 1 choice to become the first Canadian woman on the face of one of the country’s banknotes, according to a recent online survey.The survey found 27 per cent of respondents favoured McClung, a suffragette who fought for women to be legally recognized as persons in Canada.Politician Therese Casgrain, aeronautical engineer Elsie MacGill, Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery, artist Emily Carr and black activist and businesswoman Viola Desmond rounded out the top six choices.All 12 options in the survey came from the long list of candidates created by the Bank of Canada’s advisory council. The council narrowed its choices after receiving more than 18,000 submissions during a public call for nominations earlier this year.The remaining six nominees all received less than 10 per cent of votes in the poll. They were poet E. Pauline Johnson, author Gabrielle Roy, artist Pitseolak Ashoona, suffragette Idola Saint-Jean, humanitarian Lotta Hitschmanova and athlete Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld.The Angus Reid Institute conducted the survey of 1,517 Canadian adults who are members of its online forum between May 10 and May 13. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced earlier this year that a woman would be featured on the next issue of banknotes due out in 2018.Four out of five respondents in the survey agreed that at least one woman other than the Queen should be on the front of a Canadian bill.Women have been on a Canadian banknote previously, although not on the face.The Famous Five, along with Casgrain, were featured on the back side of a $50 bill unveiled in 2004. However, the women were dropped from the bill in 2011 when a new polymer version was introduced. Nellie McClung top choice for first Canadian woman on face of banknote: poll by The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

California Tops List of Top 10 Solar States

first_imgThe New York Times has released a list of the top 10 solar states, and California has come out on top. In fact, California’s solar output makes up 47 percent of all that comes out of the United States.That puts second place New Jersey at a distant second, with 14 percent. But those two states completely dominate the list, as the rest goes as follows:AdChoices广告3. Colorado: 5 percent4. Arizona: 5 percent5. Nevada: 5 percent6. Florida: 4 percent7. New York: 3 percent8. Pennsylvania: 3 percent9. New Mexico: 2 percent10. North Carolina: 2 percentBut not everybody is happy about the influx of solar panels. “It’s just an eyesore,” one New Jersey resident told the Times. The state is currently in the process of a solar revolution, which aims to have 23 percent of New Jersey’s electricity coming from renewable sources.last_img read more

Irish company signs meat deal with Subway worth up to €850 million

first_img Share Tweet Email1 Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 8:58 AM 58 Comments IRISH-BASED DAWN Farms has signed a deal to export up to €850 million worth of meat to Subway stores across Europe.Dawn Farms, which supplies cooked and fermented meat ingredients to the foodservice and manufacturing sectors, will supply the cooked sandwich meats to more than 4,000 stores across Europe, including the UK until at least 2024.Headquartered in Naas and with manufacturing operations in Ireland and the UK, Dawn Farms is one of the largest suppliers of cooked and fermented meat for pizza, sandwich, ready meals and snacks in Europe.Their CEO Larry Murrin said the deal came about due to continued investment.“In our negotiations with the Subway organisation, they have recognised Dawn Farms’ continued investment in product innovation, our strengths in supply chain consistency and food security, and our vigilance in relation to competitiveness.”Mike Attwood, Purchasing and Supply Chain Director of EIPC (the Franchisee owned procurement organisation for SUBWAY restaurants in Europe) said they were “delighted to continue the very successful relationship” with Dawn Farms.Subway is the largest food chain in the world, with more than 44,000 restaurants worldwide.Read: 7 truths the world needs to know about Irish stew http://jrnl.ie/3216201 Short URL By Paul Hosford Irish company signs meat deal with Subway worth up to €850 million The company makes cooked and fermented meat. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images Feb 1st 2017, 8:58 AM 29,389 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek the third most common language spoken in home

first_imgNew research has revealed that Greek is the third most common language other than English, spoken at home in Australia. The study of languages that had been established in Australia by 1974, was done by Professor Anastasios Tamis and the University of Notre Dame Australia. It shows that Greek is alive and well in Aussie homes, despite three in four Greek Australians having been born here. The top-ranked language was Arabic, which is spoken by 11.8 per cent of respondents, followed by Vietnamese, which is spoken by 8.4 per cent. Greek came in at 4.3 per cent. The point of difference between the languages, however, is that the numbers of Arabic-speaking and Vietnamese migrants to Australia continues to boom, while the numbers of Greek migrants has stagnated in recent years. In contrast to Greek speakers, only one quarter of Vietnamese speakers were born in Australia. Following Greek are Mandarin with 3.7 per cent, Cantonese with 3.6 per cent, and Italian with 3 per cent. Another study, the Australian Early Development Index shows that among the 47,000 students surveyed, 12 percent spoke English as a second language. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Small wilderness gets its share of use

first_imgCARSON — Visitor use of Trapper Creek Wilderness in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest has exceeded Forest Service standards annually for the past decade.The standard in the Gifford Pinchot’s land-use plans calls for fewer than 2,200 “recreation visitor days’’ in the small, steep and deeply forested wilderness north of Carson. However, that number has been exceeded yearly since 2006.According to the Mount Adams Ranger District Wilderness Monitoring Report, the average number of annual recreation visitor days for Trapper Creek between 2006 and 2015 is 2,997. The peak year was 3,578 visitor days in 2015.The information comes for wilderness permits. Since 2001, wilderness areas on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest have had mandatory, self-issued permits.The permits, available at trailhead boxes, collect information on number of hikers or horsemen, length of stay, destination, number of stock, number of dogs and locations from where visitors come.last_img read more

ExMan Utd coach Lingard is the English version of Iniesta

first_imgRene Meulensteen has hailed Jesse Lingard as England’s answer to Barcelona and Spain icon Andres Iniesta.The Dutch coach worked for the Manchester United first-team during the final six-and-a-half years of Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden career and helped bring Lingard through the youth ranks at Old Trafford.Across recent weeks, the 26-year-old has impressed greatly under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the Norwegian praising him for “fantastic” development earlier this week.Lingard has managed three goals and two assists in seven starts since his former academy boss replaced Jose Mourinho in December.And now Meulensteen is the latest to praise Lingard, who he believes not only has all the qualities that Ferguson valued most in a player but shares many similarities with Spanish midfield maestro Iniesta.“Sir Alex always had a clear picture of what a good player looked like and they had to have quick feet, quick brain, and a big heart,”  Meulensteen told 888sport.“That is basically everything that Jesse had but he was very slight for his age. I worked with him from the age of eight or nine, taking him abroad for tournaments. He was always having to fight battles because he was tiny in build.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But all things level themselves out and eventually those three things make a difference – quick feet, a quick brain, and a big heart. And he has done ever so well.“The fans always need to associate themselves with players who have come through the ranks.“While I was there and Sir Alex was there, it was so important to keep bringing young players through.“The difference with Jesse is that he was always the English version of Iniesta. He can play in the pockets, he’s very mobile and very agile.“He can beat a man and he’s good in combination play. The last few seasons he started to score important goals as well.”Lingard will hope to continue his solid run of form in United’s trip to the King Power Stadium on Sunday in a Premier League match against Leicester City.last_img read more

Little rain forecast sizzling temperatures for Provo

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 May 2015 – Scorching temperatures fail to be tempered by the scanty and scattered showers dropping on pockets of the islands of the TCI. Weather forecasts show no relief, and while temperatures are stated in the upper 80s, the real feel in most cases is in the mid to lower 90s for the islands. Monday and Tuesday for Provo showing a higher chance for rain, at 55%; and if a very extended forecast holds, then it might be a week before there is a downpour for Providenciales. And according to Accu Weather, Provo will be even hotter than the most southern islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay for the next two days. Energy Town Meeting for Provo New York Dancers share talent in TCI Related Items:provo, rain, Weather TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Uber Lyft drivers protesting for better pay benefits

first_imgUber, Lyft drivers protesting for better pay, benefits Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLOS ANGELES (KUSI) – Hailing a Lyft or Uber ride could be difficult today, with drivers being encouraged to take part in a 24-hour strike as they push for higher hourly wages.The work stoppage is being planned ahead of Uber’s initial public offering, which is scheduled for Thursday. The strike is expected to affect service in major cities including Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Boston.In Los Angeles, drivers plan to picket throughout the day at LAX, with a rally expected at noon.“Uber estimates that 15 percent of their revenues come from airport pickups,” Lyft driver Karim Bayumi said in a statement issued by Rideshare Drivers United-Los Angeles, the group organizing the work stoppage. “We provide an essential service, but Uber and Lyft investors are (the) only ones reaping the benefits.”The drivers are demanding that Uber reverse a recently announced cut in per-mile compensation from 80 cents to 60 cents, and that both companies guarantee drivers a $28-an-hour minimum pay rate.It was unclear exactly how many drivers plan to honor the work stoppage.Lyft issued a statement saying its drivers’ hourly earnings “have increased over the last two years, and they have earned more than $10 billion on the Lyft platform.”“Over 75 percent (of drivers) drive less than 10 hours a week to supplement their existing jobs,” according to Lyft. “On average, Lyft drivers earn over $20 per hour. We know that access to flexible, extra income makes a big difference for millions of people, and we’re constantly working to improve how we can best serve our driver community.”Uber issued a statement earlier praising the work of its drivers, noting that “thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make (drivers’) experience better, on and off the road. Whether it’s more consistent earnings, stronger insurance protections or fully funded four-year degrees for drivers or their families, we’ll continue working to improve the experience for and with drivers.” Updated: 6:18 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, May 8, 2019 Posted: May 8, 2019last_img read more

DoItYourself Mobile Delivery

first_imgDynetic, which began in Europe and now operates worldwide, works with some of the largest European publisher groups, as well as eBay and Yahoo!. “We’re currently in discussion with North American publishers that have some presence in mobile but are still looking for the right solution to make it a profitable channel,” says Farmer. “All they really need are the tools, and we help with that.” Publishers first used the Web to post static pages from the magazine. Then, to make money, they had to create some Internet-based experiences so users could interact. That’s when the Web really started to take off. “Mobile is following the same path as the Internet,” says Ran Farmer, managing director, North America, of Dynetic Mobile Solutions, Inc. Dynetic helps publishers create similar interactive experiences on the mobile Internet. Its Web-based NetbiscuitsTM software platform enables publishers to transfer their PC Internet program to the mobile Internet. “The big challenge in the mobile sector,” Farmer says, “is to overcome all the variations in the handsets, which use different kinds of software and operate differently, and in the carriers, which have different rules and different markup languages. Our software is a layer that sorts out all those problems for developers and content owners. They just create their mobile sites as they would for the Internet and publish it. We make sure that it is optimized and delivered globally to any kind of device that may request it.”Publishers simply create an account on netbiscuits.com to start building a mobile application. The software allows them to integrate directly with their Web content management system, so that editors can edit the articles, images and content in one place and then feed it either to the PC Internet or to mobile. The mobile site needs to be designed only once to accommodate the smaller screen and buttons. Dynetic also has a professional services group that provides some handholding during setup, if necessary.Netbiscuits is a subscription service. The monthly fee ranges from $645 for 200,000 page views and basic delivery of text and graphics to $2,595 for a million or more page views and rich media, video, audio, streaming, breaking news and more. Multiple titles can be published from the same subscription. last_img read more

The Best Evangelion OP Parodies of All Time

first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… Stay on target With Neon Genesis Evangelion poised to find a brand new audience this weekend thanks to its Netflix premiere, we’re revisiting the best thing to come out of this sad teenage mech anime: memes about its opening theme song.What anime fan hasn’t heard the mysterious chants and rousing synthesized beats that make up the original Neon Genesis Evangelion opening theme song? Familiar as it is, you may ask, what could possibly make the exceedingly dramatic and catchy tune even better?Memes. A lot of memes.Whether it’s the dramatic editing of emotional scenes, or the hilarious imposition of famous faces on anime bodies, we are glad that the parodies of the Evangelion opening theme song haven’t stopped for the last 20 years.Here are our top five picks in this incredibly ridiculous and niche category:5. SeinfeldHow do you make the most ridiculous, meaningless show on TV from the 90s even more LOL-worthy? Slap it into an Evangelion setting, complete with the signature Seinfeld opening “twang” noise edited in. Bask in the glory of the show’s inside jokes in this hilarious meme mashup.4. Vladimir PutinThe leader of mother Russia looks ridiculously epic in this parody. With enough dramatic pans and closeups of Putin’s spooky mug to shake a stick at, this one is worth it for the randomness at the end.3. Corey in the HouseOf course the 2007 Disney Channel show Corey In The House gets its own stab at being an anime. The Japanese in this opening is particularly hilarious because it’s just cut and pasted from a Japanese text book. “I eat. I eat food.” “1, 2, 3, 4.” The clips from the show with silhouettes of Asuka and Rei floating over them are pretty meme-worthy as well.2. TrumpGood lord, we can’t do anything in life anymore without there being a Trump version of it. Here’s one fan’s rendition of the tuft-haired presidential candidate, surrounded by his own ridiculous quotes and floating heads.1. BrexitThis is it. Much more hilarious than the other parodies, this video wins number one on our list. Top marks go to the redone subtitles portraying Shinji as a whiny Britain who just wants to leave the EU. Hang in there guys. This one is pretty real.These are just a few of the hundreds of amazing anime opening parodies that exist on the internet. Let us know which ones are your favorites!last_img read more

Weaving in winter

first_imgDastkar, in partnership with Delhi Tourism, presents the winter season handloom textiles special the Dastakar Winter Weaves 2013. This exhibition brings together the best of the diverse and rich regional handloom weaving and embroidery traditions from across the States of India. The focus of the exhibition is on seasonal Silks and Wools in a wide range of sarees, dupattas, running fabric, shawls, knits and made-up garments. Tussar silks will come from Chhattisgarh and Bihar, as well as tussar and  wools from Uttrakhand where the silk worms are raised in groves of Himalayan walnut trees.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Single and double weave ikat silks will be present in both the Orissa and Andhra Pradesh traditions. Banarasi brocades will gleam in winter sunshine and the tiny dotted designs of finely worked bandhini silks will amaze the eye. Light and multi-hued Maheshwari cotton-silks will be available too.Lovely kullu and kinnauri wool shawls from Himachal Pradesh will be showcased alongside the colourful Kutch shawls and stoles of the expert Vankar weaver community. Khadi handlooms, organic wools from Uttrakhand and patchwork quilts and bags will be available, as well as knitted sweaters, capes, gloves and socks.Authentic quality pashmina in both traditional and innovative modern designs will come from Kashmir and the famed Changthang plateau of Ladakh. Kashmiri, Kutchchi and kantha embroidered textiles and accessories will be present as well as dhurries from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, along with the revived namda felt rug tradition from Kashmir.last_img read more

Healthcare crisis across state forces emergency meeting at Swasthya Bhawan

first_imgKolkata: A complete shutdown of Outpatient departments (OPDs) and various non-emergency wards at various state-run medical college hospitals in the state caused due to the prolonged ceasework by junior doctors prompted the state Health department to hold an emergency meeting at Swasthya Bhawan on Wednesday.Even the emergency departments at the various medical colleges in the city did not function properly, with the doctors threatening not to attend to a patient unless his/her condition is critical. Health services in the medical colleges in the districts has taken a major blow as various doctors’ organisations observed ceasework for 12 hours on Wednesday to protest against the attack on junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMinister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya convened the meeting with senior officials of the department in presence of medical superintendents and principals of various medical colleges in the city, to review the security system in and around the hospitals. It has been a long-standing demand of the junior doctors to ensure adequate security arrangement inside the hospital campus, so that they are not assaulted by the family members of patients. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHealth Secretary Rajeeva Sinha, Director of Health Service (DHS) Dr Ajay Chakraborty, Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr Pradip Mitra and other departmental officials were present during the meeting. Discussion on how to tide over the crisis also took place in the meeting. The agitating doctors demanded the intervention of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and an assurance from her to check the assaults on doctors. Sympathy has poured in for the agitating junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital from various doctors’ organisations, which have extended moral support to their ceasework. The Health department has urged the agitating junior doctors to stop the ceasework and join their duties. It has been learnt that Bhattacharya enquired in detail how many police and security personnel are deployed at each medical college in the city. The minister has asked the health officials to chalk out an elaborate plan on how to check the incidents of assault on doctors. The department is eyeing a complete overhaul of the security system in hospitals. Earlier, the NRS doctors had demanded the introduction of a panic button, with which the doctors will be able to draw the attention of security personnel in case of an emergency. Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee said during a press conference that he condemns the attack on doctors and is praying for their speedy recovery. However, in the same breath he said that the junior doctors must introspect if they are doing right by denying treatment at the hospitals. “Who will take the responsibility if someone dies after being denied treatment?” Banerjee asked.last_img read more

South Africa welcomes the world to INDABA

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Whoever said INDABA was big was lying; it is huge. As Africa’s largest travel and tourism show, with 1,600 exhibiting products, INDABA 2011 expects to attract some 13,000 delegates from across the continent and the globe.  This year’s event, which runs from 7-10 May at the International Convention Centre in Durban, comes on the back of a year which saw visitor numbers to South Africa increase by 15.1 per cent on the year before, with more than 8 million tourists arriving into the country.“We’re here because we want what everybody else wants: more business,” Kapama Private Game Reserve general manager and exhibitor Johan Van Eeden told e-Travel Blackboard, ironically adding that people noticed if you weren’t at the event.   First-time exhibitor Paul Backes of new conference venue The Blades said INDABA was the place to “make yourself known” and he was so far very impressed with the size and organisation of the event. “It really opens your mind to how big this industry is,” Mr Backes said. Showcasing an array of southern African tourism products ranging from hotels and safari companies to transport and technology, INDABA 2011 will introduce the INDABA TV platform and the South African Tourism digital touch table, allowing users to interact with each other whilst viewing information on destination products.          “Africa is absolutely unique … and INDABA is the best way to attract buyers,” domestic buyer Anthony Botes of Bohlale Safari & Golf Tours said, telling e-Travel Blackboard there had already been a “positive reaction” from this year’s delegates.  INDABA veteran and exhibitor turned buyer Deon Jacobs of Place of Rock Game Drives echoed these sentiments, saying the event represented a vital networking opportunity and that “you had to be here” if you were in the tourism industry. The theme for INDABA 2011 is “Playing Globally, Winning Locally”. To view the photo gallery from day one of INDABA 2011, please click here. INDABA 2011center_img The ICC floor at INDABAlast_img read more

Servicers Get Ready for CFPBs Updated Rules

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing By Kendall BaerAll provisions of the CFPB’s mortgage servicing final rule and interpretive rule were published in the Federal Register on October 19, most becoming effective 12 months after the date of publication (October 19, 2017) with the exception of the “successor in interest provisions” and “bankruptcy periodic statement” that will become effective 18 months from the date of publication (April 19, 2018).The 900-page finalized set of rules on mortgage servicing, unveiled in early August, were designed to ensure that homeowners, struggling borrowers, and property heirs are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. CFPB officials Laurie Maggiano, Manager for Servicing and Securitization Markets, Research, and Regulation, and Laura Johnson, Senior Counsel in the Office of Regulations, presented an overview of policy and programs that impact the mortgage industry based on these rules at the Five Star Conference and Expo in Dallas in September. This was one of the first times the Bureau provided an in-depth, in-person training since the promulgation of the new servicing rules since they were finalized on August 4.CFPB Director Richard Cordray said, “These updates to the rule will give greater protections to mortgage borrowers, particularly surviving family members and other successors in interest, who often are especially vulnerable.”The finalized rules dictate that servicers must provide certain borrowers with foreclosure protections more than once over the life of the loan. According to the CFPB, this change will be particularly helpful for borrowers who obtain a permanent loan modification and later suffer an unrelated hardship, such as the loss of a job or the death of a family member, that could otherwise cause them to face foreclosure. Servicers must also clarify borrower protections when the servicing of a loan is transferred and provide important loan information to borrowers in bankruptcy.The updated rules also more clearly define various roles in the foreclosure process. For those who inherit property, the potential foreclosure process has been especially perilous. The updated rules establish a broad definition of “successor in interest” that generally includes persons who receive property upon the death of a relative or joint tenant, via divorce or legal separation, through certain trusts, or from a spouse or parent and gives them, generally, the same protections outlined under the CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules as the original borrower.These amendments also require servicers to notify borrowers when loss mitigation applications are complete and provide greater protection for struggling borrowers during servicing transfers. The rules also clarify servicers’ obligations to avoid dual-tracking and prevent wrongful foreclosures, as well as when a borrower becomes delinquent.To learn more about these rules, click HERE. October 19, 2016 814 Views Sharecenter_img Servicers, Get Ready for CFPB’s Updated Rules CFPB Mortgage Servicers 2016-10-19 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

June 28 2004 Welcome to the June 20 2004 Wor

first_imgJune 28, 2004 Welcome to the June 20. 2004 Workshop. [top from left]: Agnes Fisher, Camelia Jolda, Alexander Wolfe, Merry Dennehy [seminar week only] and Robert Strizich [seminar week only]. [middle from left]: Brent Wynn, Khaled Idriss and Matt Shaw. [bottom from left]: Virginia Honig, Emily Dean, Kyle Stover, Morgan Haley, Stephen Kelly and Clare O’Leary. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img