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Leonardo DiCaprio finally addresses Jacks death in TitanicLeonardo DiCaprio finally addresses Jacks death in Titanic

first_imgLos Angeles: Could Jack have survived in the final moments of “Titanic” is a question that still haunts fans 20 years later but just don’t ask actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Fans have long argued that Rose should have made room for Jack on the floating piece of lumber after Titanic’s sinking. Rose, who lay atop the door, survived in the end while Jack, who held on to the edge, froze to his death in the icy Atlantic waters. Both director James Cameron and actor Kate Winslet have weighed in on the scene but DiCaprio refused to get drawn into the debate despite gentle coaxing from his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot During an interview with MTV, DiCaprio was asked, “Could Jack have fit on that door at the end of “Titanic”? Jumping into the conversation, Robbie said, “Oh my gosh, I thought it. I remember bawling my eyes out when I was a (little) girl” but a taciturn DiCaprio said, “I have no comment.” When the question was put to Pitt, he said, “That is funny. Well, I’m going to go back and look now, shoot.” The actor then turned to DiCaprio to slyly ask: “Could you have squeezed there? You could’ve, couldn’t you?” Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary A smiling DiCaprio said, “No comments”. Calling it the “biggest controversy” in cinema, Robbie attempted to get an answer again. “Did you mention it at the time? Were you like should we make the door smaller.” she asked. “Like I said, I have no comment,” an unmoved DiCaprio offered. Cameron had called Jack ‘s death an “artistic choice”, which had nothing to do with the physics of two people fitting on the door. “The answer is very simple because it says on page 147 (of the script) that Jack dies. Obviously it was an artistic choice, the thing was just big enough to hold her, and not big enough to hold him…,” Cameron had told Vanity Fair in an interview. “The film is about death and separation; he had to die. So whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. Its called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons,” the director had said. When the question was put to Kate Winslet by popular TV host Jimmy Kimmel, she had teased, “I agree! I think he could have actually fitted on that bit of door.” Stephen Colbert asked her about the ending again in 2017, reminding her about Rose’s promise that she would never let go of Jack. “I lie. I fully lie. I hold my hand up, I let him go,” Winslet told Colbert of her famous line, “I’ll never let you go” but said Jack’s death wasn’t just on Rose. “He just should have tried harder to get on that door, because I think we would have (fit)!”last_img read more

Fewer border crossers being granted asylum as case backlogs increaseFewer border crossers being granted asylum as case backlogs increase

first_imgOTTAWA – Fewer asylum seekers who entered Canada illegally this year are being granted refugee status.As of the end of November, the Immigration and Refugee Board says 16,522 asylum claims were received from people who’ve crossed the border illegally and 2,198 of those have been completed.Of those finalized cases, updated data show 54 per cent were accepted — down from 60 per cent when the board last reported the data.Only eight per cent of Haitians — who make up the majority of claims — have been accepted, down from 10 per cent.Over 43,000 claims in total have been sent to the IRB so far this year, a number not seen since a high of 44,000 claims in 2001.The board cautions it’s premature to draw conclusions about border crossers based on the small number of claims finalized so far. Failed claimants do also have the right to appeal.But just as the IRB was releasing the new statistics, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen used social media to repeat a point the Liberals have been increasingly making in recent weeks as the data has shown many border crossers’ claims are being rejected.“Canada’s refugee system isn’t for those seeking a better economic life; it provides protection to refugees who have a well-founded fear of persecution,” Hussen posted.Prior to a surge in asylum seekers arriving in Canada last summer, the approval rate for Haitians had been around 50 per cent and the approval rate for all refugee claims was about 63 per cent.The border crosser situation is driven by an agreement between Canada and the U.S. that prohibits anyone crossing the border at official land entry points from claiming asylum. So far this year, 18,000 have been stopped entering Canada illegally — in 2016, only 2,500 people were apprehended.Many are believed to be coming north due to changes in U.S. immigration policy, though the federal government has said some haven’t spent much time in the U.S. and were just using that country as an entry point into Canada.Neither the IRB’s funding nor staffing levels have kept pace with the overall increase in claims; officials told a House of Commons committee earlier this month about one third of the board’s positions are vacant.And that was before chairperson Mario Dion was tapped to fill the job of ethics commissioner, leaving his post empty too.The IRB’s operations are being reviewed by the federal government with final recommendations on what could change due later in 2018.Something needs to change, said Michelle Rempel, the Opposition immigration critic.“The way the government is approaching this is it’s more about playing for luck rather than doing something that is going to be a long-term policy solution that’s in the best interest of people trying to claim asylum in Canada and Canadians in general,” she said.Dion had instituted a number of measures to speed up and simplify the claims process, including a dedicated team to hear so-called legacy cases — claims filed before an overhaul to Canada’s asylum system in 2012.They’ve whittled down that backlog from over 6,000 when the Liberals took office in 2015 to 4,444 at the end of November.But backlogs continue to grow in the board’s appeal divisions, with thousands of cases still awaiting final decisions. Of those, about 290 are from border crossers.If a claim ultimately fails, the individual is to be deported, but how many have been removed to date is unclear.last_img read more

UN envoy in fresh talks on former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia nameUN envoy in fresh talks on former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name

14 April 2008The United Nations envoy tasked with helping Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia resolve their dispute over the official name of the latter country will fly to the region this week to try to reactivate efforts to settle the issue. Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, is scheduled to be in Skopje on Thursday and then Athens on Friday, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today.A follow-up round of discussions is then expected to take place, probably in New York, Ms. Okabe added.Mr. Nimetz told journalists last month that there had been no progress on the “name issue,” despite intense efforts in recent months to broker a solution and the acknowledgement by both sides that a solution would be in their best interests.The envoy had proposed several compromise names but Skopje and Athens remained far apart on what they considered to be a satisfactory name for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries on the issue. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement. read more

Several countries opt to carry out UNdesigned jobs initiativeSeveral countries opt to carry out UNdesigned jobs initiative

7 July 2010Several countries have volunteered to implement the Global Jobs Pact designed by the United Nations labour agency last year to guide national and international policies to stimulate economic recovery, create jobs and protect working people and their families. El Salvador and Argentina are the first two countries to seek the assistance of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in formulating socio-economic policies that put social issues at the core of strategies to help countries recover from the global financial crisis, Assane Diop, ILO Executive Director of Social Protection, told reporters in New York.The Global Jobs Pact was adopted with the strong support of governments during last year’s ILO Global Jobs Summit. It proposes a range of crisis-response measures that countries can adapt to their specific needs and situation.Social protection measures must, however, be accompanied by investment in the real economy to create jobs, noted ILO.“Unless we continue to invest in the real economy, we will not be in a position to create the number of jobs we need to face the problem of unemployment in the youth population,” Mr. Diop said.Elaborating on the measures being taken to ensure that jobs were preserved and the most vulnerable cushioned from the economic crisis, Carlos Acevedo Flores, President of the Central Reserve Bank of El Salvador, said his country had developed both short-term and longer-term strategies that were consistent with the UN social protection initiative under the global jobs plan.The strategies in El Salvador were developed after consultations with all sectors of the society, and have the support of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.Mr. Diop said Brazil, India and South Africa had also expressed interest in implementing the Global Jobs Pact.The Pact also calls for measures to retain people in employment, to sustain enterprises and to accelerate employment creation and jobs recovery combined with social protection systems, in particular for the most vulnerable, integrating gender concerns on all measures.Governments are urged to consider options such as public infrastructure investment, special employment programmes, broadening of social protection and minimum wages.The Pact calls upon donor countries and multilateral agencies to consider providing funding, including existing crisis resources for the implementation of the Pact’s recommendations and policy options.In remarks to a meeting held today at UN Headquarters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that economies are still suffering from the financial, food and energy crises. “Millions of people are jobless. Millions more have been pushed into extreme poverty,” he told the gathering of representatives of national economic and social councils, adding that there is much more work to do and that none of it can be done by any single actor, acting alone. read more

Kosovos declaration of independence did not violate international law – UN courtKosovos declaration of independence did not violate international law – UN court

Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in February 2008 did not violate international law, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said today as the United Nations court released its advisory opinion on the issue.The ICJ, also known as the World Court, was asked by the General Assembly to give its opinion – which is non-binding – on the legality of the independence declaration by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG) of Kosovo.By 10 votes to four, judges at the ICJ concluded that the declaration does not breach either general international law, a Security Council resolution from 1999 following the end of fighting in Kosovo, or the constitutional framework that was adopted by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on behalf of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).UNMIK was established after Western forces drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting in 1999. Ethnic Albanians outnumber ethnic Serbs and other minorities by about nine to one in Kosovo.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for dialogue between all sides in the wake of the ICJ advisory opinion.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, he “strongly encourages the parties to engage in a constructive dialogue… [and] urges all sides to avoid any steps that could be seen as provocative and derail the dialogue.”The statement added that Mr. Ban will forward the opinion to the General Assembly, which will then determine how to proceed.The ICJ, which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands, is one of the UN’s six principal organs. It is tasked with settling legal disputes between Member States and with providing advisory opinions on legal questions when requested by relevant UN institutions. 22 July 2010Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in February 2008 did not violate international law, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said today as the United Nations court released its advisory opinion on the issue. read more

UN health agency unveils sanitation and hygiene plan towards eradicating tropical diseasesUN health agency unveils sanitation and hygiene plan towards eradicating tropical diseases

“Millions suffer from devastating WASH [water, sanitation and hygiene] – related tropical diseases – such as soil-transmitted helminthiasis, guinea-worm disease, trachoma and schistosomiasis – all of which affect mainly children” said Dr. Maria Neira, WHO Director for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “Solutions exist, such as access to safe water, managing human excreta, improving hygiene, and enhancing targeted environmental management. Such improvements not only lead to improved health, but also reduce poverty,” Dr. Neira said in the WHO announcement.WHO outlined a global plan to better integrate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services with four other public health interventions to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating neglected tropical diseases by 2020. “Targeted water and sanitation interventions are expected to bolster ongoing efforts in tackling 16 out of the 17 neglected tropical diseases, which affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations,” according to WHO.WHO also said that in 2015 more than 660 million people did not have access to improved water sources, almost 2.5 billion people lacked access to improved sanitation and more than 500,000 million lives are lost each year as a result of neglected tropical diseases.Besides advocating for basic water, sanitation and hygiene, WHO uses four other key interventions in overcoming the global burden of the neglected tropical diseases. The four strategies are: preventive chemotherapy, innovative and intensified disease management, vector control and veterinary public health services. The five-year agenda is in line with a World Health Assembly resolution, which calls for the formulation of a new, integrated WHO strategy including a specific focus on promotion of sanitation and hygiene behaviour. read more

NFL Week 4 Elo Ratings And Playoff OddsNFL Week 4 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

Before scrolling down and peeking at the table, take a guess: Which team has the highest projected end-of-season win total according to FiveThirtyEight’s latest NFL Elo ratings and playoff odds?While you’re thinking, let me briefly explain what these numbers are all about. A team’s Elo rating represents its current strength — or at least an estimate thereof using a simple method that incorporates margin of victory, home-field advantage, strength of schedule and team quality in previous seasons. (For the really gory details of how the ratings work, click here.) To give you a sense of the scale, the average NFL team always has an Elo rating of 1500, and the ratings usually range from 1700 on the high side to 1300 on the low end of the spectrum.Anyway, once computed, they can be used to derive win probabilities for each game and even point spreads. That’s how we’re able to simulate the remainder of the NFL schedule thousands of times and track each team’s chances of winning the division or making the playoffs, right down to using the NFL’s actual, highly arcane tiebreaker rules.OK, so now that the explanation is out of the way, which team has the most predicted wins?Perhaps you’re thinking of the Seattle Seahawks, who won their Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. You’d be close; Seattle once again checks in with the top Elo rating this week (see left), but their schedule is difficult enough — eighth-toughest in the league, to be exact — that they don’t have the league’s highest expected win total. Speaking of the Broncos, they had the most predicted wins in last week’s column, but their loss to the Seahawks was damaging — both because it took away about 0.38 expected wins for the Seattle game itself, and because their Elo rating was downgraded by 14 (or the equivalent of a little more than a half a point of victory margin per game), reducing their win probabilities in future games as well.New England, then? The Patriots did manage to win last week but only marginally improved their Elo rating after a seven-point victory over the Oakland Raiders in a game Elo thought they should have won by more than two touchdowns. They currently rank fourth in expected wins. And the Carolina Panthers, who had been pegged for 10.7 wins after a 2-0 start, dropped to a 9.1-win expectation in the wake of an 18-point home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.The answer you were looking for was actually the Cincinnati Bengals, who project to win a league-high 11.2 games, according to our simulations. The Bengals moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006 (don’t ask what happened that year) by drubbing the Tennessee Titans 33-7, and they now have the NFL’s best point differential. They also have an easier remaining schedule than the teams above them in the Elo pecking order. Based on Elo, an average team would be expected to beat Cincinnati’s remaining opponents by about 0.1 points per game (taking into account where the games are being played), while an average team would lose by 0.6 PPG against Seattle’s slate, 0.4 PPG against Denver’s and 0.2 PPG against New England’s.The Bengals also have the league’s best playoff odds at 78 percent and its second-best shot at winning the Super Bowl. Cincinnati does not have the best division odds, thanks to the re-emergence of Pittsburgh and Baltimore (sorry, Cleveland). Before the season, we thought the AFC North would be up for grabs, and three of its teams had preseason Elo ratings above 1500, but they were all bunched at the fringe of the top 12. Now Elo’s fourth-, ninth- and 12th-best teams hail from the AFC North, making it the NFL’s second-best division (in terms of its members’ average rating) behind the fearsome NFC West.Either way, Bengals fans should enjoy their team’s newfound success. They’re in a relatively prosperous cycle of the franchise’s history; including the end of last season, the team is consistently producing its best Elo ratings since the end of the 2005 season. Let’s hope there isn’t another Kimo von Oelhoffen moment waiting to derail the momentum this time around.Here are the projected standings and playoff odds for every NFL team:Some other observations:After briefly pulling themselves up to a 1503 Elo with a win over the New York Jets in Week 2, the Green Bay Packers dropped below 1500 again and now have their worst rating since the beginning of the Aaron Rodgers era. It’s a far cry from the Packers team that boasted a 1780 Elo late in the 2011 season, just 145 short weeks ago.Like Cincinnati, the Arizona Cardinals are zooming up the expected-win charts. Our simulations have them winning an average of 10.6 games by the end of the season, which ranks third in the league. Interestingly, by Elo they aren’t even the second-best team in the NFC West — San Francisco is barely ahead despite losing to Arizona last week — but they are expected to win 1.8 more games than the 49ers because they are already two games up in the standings (though they play the fourth-hardest schedule in football from now on).San Diego shouldn’t be forgotten in the Super Bowl derby. Although the Seahawks are the clear favorites, with a 14 percent chance of winning it all, the Chargers are at the periphery of the next tier of contenders — a group that also includes Cincinnati, New England, Arizona, Denver and possibly the Philadelphia Eagles. And along with the Bengals and Cardinals, the Chargers have added the most to their Elo score since the preseason ratings, improving from a 1555 to their current 1602 mark over the course of three straight victories.Although their 1999 incarnation was pretty extraordinary, the 2014 St. Louis Rams — along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars — seem to be deteriorating. No teams have shed more points off of their Elo ratings since the season began, with each losing in excess of 49 points (the equivalent of about two points per game of expected scoring margin) compared to their preseason ratings.As I mentioned, Elo ratings can also be used to generate point spreads for future games. It is our staunch recommendation, however, that these be used for “entertainment purposes only” — especially after a performance like last week. Going up against the point spreads listed at, Elo’s picks were a dreadful 4-11-1 in Week 3. (They did have a 12-4 straight-up record.) But we’ll soldier on anyway and list the matchups for this week, along with their predicted win probabilities and point spreads:The best matchup of the week in Elo’s eyes is Philadelphia at San Francisco, which matches Nos. 6 and 10 in our rankings. But as far as marquee games go (measured by the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pregame ratings after adding half the home-field advantage to each side), it’s the worst week-leading matchup of the season yet.Even so, there are some interesting pairings to be had, in addition to Eagles-Niners. Elo considers Washington and the New York Football Giants to be a classic “pick ’em“, while Vegas sees Washington as three-and-a-half point favorites, perhaps underestimating just how bad of a period this is in the franchise’s history. Likewise, Green Bay is a one-and-a-half point favorite at Chicago despite Elo pegging the Bears as five-point favorites. How much of that is owed to the Bears’ banged-up defense, and how much simply stems from a refusal to believe the Packers aren’t the same team they were several years ago, is tough to say.Finally, a couple of NFC South teams are getting a lot more love in Vegas than the ratings say they deserve. The books have both Atlanta and New Orleans favored by 3 on the road this week (the Falcons visit Minnesota; the Saints go to Dallas), while Elo thinks Vegas is off by about 5 points in each matchup — enough to swing the expected winner of both games. In general, Elo has the NFC South as the fifth-best division in football, but if both teams buck the odds and live up to those spreads on the road, our computer might have to change its tune. read more

The challenge of costs and uncertainty in optimising productionThe challenge of costs and uncertainty in optimising production

first_imgA recent survey carried out by Ventyx has indicated that costs and uncertainty make optimising production mining’s biggest challenge.Three quarters of the mining executives responding to the Ventyx 2014 Global Mining Industry Survey indicated that optimising or maximising production was the most urgent challenge that their companies should address during a period with a combination of rising production costs, slim margins and fluctuating commodity prices.A growing number of executives and managers suggested that optimisation was a leading benefit of combining information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), compared to the 2013 Survey, more than half report their companies are still operating with siloed data through the organisation and rely on spreadsheets combined with human expertise for crucial decision support.The next five most-urgent challenges after optimizing production, according to survey respondents, are:Workforce safety (73%)Equipment reliability (71%)Managing capital projects correctly (70%)Addressing environmental concerns (63%)Executing to operational plan (57%)Jay Jenkins, Director of Product Management for Ventyx Technical Mining Software said: “The 2014 Ventyx Mining Survey is an encouraging snapshot of an industry slowly but increasingly embracing technologies that help the industry meet its most urgent challenges, deliver predictability and improve safety while increasing shareholder return. Judging from the top challenges listed by respondents, the best solution is a combination of technologies that includes remote asset diagnostics, continuous automation and software optimisation.”The Ventyx 2014 Global Mining Industry Survey interviewed 247 mining executives and managers in more than a dozen countries during July 2014 using an online questionnaire. Geddes Analytics LLC developed the research design, survey questionnaire, and final analysis in collaboration with Ventyx, an ABB company.Other noteworthy findings of the Ventyx 2014 Mining Industry Survey:Safe, skilled workforce remains a priority: Operations managers are particularly concerned with resourcing their skilled workforce, with 27% identifying this goal as the leading force driving optimisation. This may be because more than a third of mining companies surveyed still rely on human intelligence to optimize the value chain. Workforce safety remains a priority. While 73% cited it as “the most urgent challenge,” more than 50% of respondents stated that it’s an extremely urgent priority. More than a third of respondents already have mobility solutions in place that can alleviate some short-term safety challenges, but the focus on zero harm; zero fatalities will continue to drive investments in mobility, automation and initiatives such as remote mining.Access to real-time production and equipment data is an executive priority: Two in three operations management executives, 92% of asset management executives and 67% of corporate executives seek the ability to make smarter decisions based upon real-time production and equipment data as a primary objective for their move toward greater automation.Remote mining continues to increase: Half of respondents indicated their companies are actively implementing remote mining strategies. As technological capabilities for automation and optimisation evolve, remote mining initiatives also bring relief to the urgent challenges to optimise production, improve worker safety and improve reliability.“The survey results confirm what we’re hearing from our customers: the mining industry is looking for better ways to profitably increase productivity, while ensuring safety and environmental compliance. Further, encouragingly, the miners see technology as one of the main enablers to achieve these goals,” said Eduardo Gallestey, Senior Principal Engineer for Advanced Process Control at ABB. “ABB’s technology road map will continue to focus on generating value in the areas of system integration, real-time visibility, process optimization and remote operations.”last_img read more

Universal partners with iconic video game firm Capcom to develop new pachislotUniversal partners with iconic video game firm Capcom to develop new pachislot

first_imgUniversal revealed on Friday that it will hand over responsibility for the development of its pachislot gaming content to Capcom while providing development assistance through the loaning of “content development equipment”. Capcom will subsequently grant Universal consent to use the copyrights in its possession as required in order to conduct sales and promote newly developed products.In an announcement on its corporate website, Universal said, “With this business alliance, the company seeks to leverage the mutual strengths of both organizations to develop, manufacture and sell amusement machines together with Capcom and, in doing so, maximize the earnings power of both companies.”Capcom is best known for developing some of the world’s most iconic video game titles including “Street Fighter” and “Resident Evil”. RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Load More Universal Entertainment Corporation has executed a “Letter of Intent” with video gaming giant Capcom Co Ltd that will see the two companies collaborate over their amusement machines businesses.The alliance intends to utilize Capcom’s history of developing industry defining content and Universal’s expertise in cabinets to develop, manufacture and sell pachislot machines throughout Japan. Suncity Group, Bloomberry Resorts unveil Wakayama IR visionslast_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Board Decides NOT To Eliminate Any Train Stops At NorthSELECTMEN NEWS Board Decides NOT To Eliminate Any Train Stops At North

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Selectmen Meeting, the Board unanimously voted NOT to eliminate any stops at the North Wilmington Commuter Rail station.Town officials — along with the town’s public safety officials, the town’s state delegation, and the MBTA — have been discussing ways to prevent commuter rail trains from blocking Middlesex Avenue — and delaying public safety vehicles — when stopped at North Wilmington station.“We’ve begun discussion contemplating discontinuing the flag stop arrangement that exists for inbound trains,” Town Manager Jeff Hull told Selectmen earlier in the month. “MBTA did a survey [this winter] and noted that particular stops — 11:18am, 12:34pm, 2:29pm, 9:30pm, and 11:19pm — had basically no activity on any of those stops… One of the thing suggested as a possibility is that, on a trial basis, the train be allowed to continue through at its normal rate of speed.”After two weeks to reflect on the issue, Selectmen decided not to eliminate the stops.“If we give up these stops, we will still be paying the same amount to the MBTA, correct?,” said Selectman Greg Bendel.“That’s correct,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. “Assessment is based on a city or town’s population. Reducing the number of stops will not impact the assessment figures.”“I don’t think we should give up any stops,” agreed Selectman Mike McCoy, who noted there are folks in North Wilmington that may want to utilize the train stops that are being proposed for elimination.“I’m also very hesitant to set a precedent of removing flag stops,” said Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “I was encouraged that the MBTA has seemingly improved some of the issues that have been going on there.”Eaton asked that the issue be revisited in approximately six months — around the time the MBTA revises its schedule — in case the blocking of the road increases. Eaton wants the board to “keep our thumb on the pulse of this issue.”“The MBTA did a survey, but only at one point in time. If we’re going to revisit in six months, I’d like to ask the MBTA to make the survey wider in scope,” said Selectman Chair Kevin Caira. “I’d like a better understanding of who uses the train at those times.”Eaton also asked that the Board keep in contact with Wilmington’s public safety officials, who see the blocking of the road as it arises during life and death situations. Eaton wants to hear their input, especially if there’s a regression in the recent progress that MBTA has made on the issue.Watch the discussion, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, beginning at the 29-minute mark:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”THIS NEEDS TO STOP: Selectmen Outraged At MBTA As Trains Continue To Block Route 62 In N. WilmingtonIn “Government”last_img read more

Rabbi of threatened Jewish Center thankful for community supportRabbi of threatened Jewish Center thankful for community support

first_imgAn Anchorage Jewish community center is among those targeted in a wave of bomb threats around the country. Founded 25 years ago by Rabbi Yosef Greenberg, the Lubavitch Jewish Center of Alaska evacuated about 40 children after it received a phone call making the threat Monday (Feb. 27) afternoon. Greenberg said a recorded male voice announced there was a bomb in the building and that people had 20 minutes to clear out.Greenberg said police arrived within minutes, and the FBI also responded. No explosives were found anywhere on the premises, including in Greenberg’s car, whose alarm began blaring around the same time as the call.Police referred further questions to the FBI. Jewish centers and day schools in at least a dozen states received threats on Monday.Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend spoke with Rabbi Greenberg who said they have not experienced any trouble before this. The Rabbi said the staff worked hard to keep the children calm.Listen nowNote: Some of this story is from Associated Press reporting.last_img read more

Bangabandhu Smriti Sangsad president held with YabaBangabandhu Smriti Sangsad president held with Yaba

first_img-The police in a drive arrested Babu Prodhan, president of the Bangabandhu Smriti Sangsad with contraband Yaba pills from Nayapur Kathalbaria in Sonargaon upazila early Sunday, according to UNB.Babu, son of Md Rafiq of the village, was also known to be aspiring to fight the next election with the Boat symbol of the Awami League, and is a follower of district Awami League general secretary Abu Zafar Chowdhury Biru.Sub Inspector Shariful Islam of Mirertek Police Outpost, said police in an anti-drug drive arrested Babu with 200 Yaba pills from his residence.A case was filed against him with the police station under Narcotics Control Act and sent to court in the morning, the SI added.last_img read more

Curbside Glass Recycling Returns To The Houston AreaCurbside Glass Recycling Returns To The Houston Area

first_imgUpdate: This post has been updated with additional information on how to recycle glass items. City officials launched a new recycling facility in northeast Houston Thursday, bringing curbside glass recycling back to the area.Since 2016, Houstonians have been asked to take their old glass to one of 10 city depositories. With this new facility, Houstonians can recycle glass along with the rest of their items again. The facility is operated by FCC Environmental Services, the company that won a controversial contract the city is still defending in court.At a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, FCC said half of the jobs at the facility are “second-chance” opportunities for individuals who have a criminal background.Mayor Sylvester Turner said the new facility is a promise that his administration has kept. “We said two years ago that, if given the opportunity, we would bring back recycling in the city of Houston, including glass,” he said.City Council voted last year to award the contract to FCC, despite ongoing litigation from another recycling company regarding the bidding process. This is FCC’s second facility in Texas. The Spanish company also plans to move its U.S. headquarters to the area.The facility is already in operation and residents can start putting glass in their green bins, alongside the rest of their recycling. The city accepts glass bottles and jars made from clear, green and brown glass. In neighborhoods without curbside recycling, residents can continue to drop off glass and other recyclable items at the city’s drop-off centers.  00:00 /00:48 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Jen RiceThe City of Houston will resume curbside glass recycling. X Listenlast_img read more

Internet Explorer bug leaks what you type to sitesInternet Explorer bug leaks what you type to sites

first_imgInternet Explorer bug leaks what you type to sites by Martin Brinkmann on September 28, 2017 in Internet Explorer – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 13 commentsIf you are using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer currently, all what you type in the browser’s address bar may be leaked to sites.The issue was disclosed by security researcher Manuel Caballero on Tuesday on the Broken Browser website.When a script is executed inside an object-html tag, the location object will get confused and return the main location instead of its own. To be precise, it will return the text written in the address bar so whatever the user types there will be accessible by the attacker.Basically, what it means is that sites may run a simple script to find out what users type in the Internet Explorer address bar while the user is on the site.You can check out this proof of concept page to find out if your version of Internet Explorer, or in fact any other browser, is affected by the issue.Simply type anything that comes to your mind in Internet Explorer’s address bar while you are on the page, and hit the Enter-key afterwards. The web page will intercept the load process, e.g. the loading of Bing search if you did not type an address, and display the query to you on the page that it loads.This confirms that anything you type may be leaked to the site if it implements such a script. Details on how the researcher stumbled upon the bug are posted on the disclosure post.Internet Explorer’s handling of location objects when injected “onbeforeunload” is flawed, as it returns the location the browser is going to or what is currently written into the address bar.In other words, if we retrieve the location.href of the object while the user is leaving the main page, we will be able to know what was typed into the address-bar, or, if the user clicked on a link we will know the address of the link that the browser is going to.That’s it! Now we will retrieve the object location when the user is leaving and know exactly what she typed into the address bar. It does not have to be a full URL, for example, if the user types words into the address bar, it will automatically be converted to a search query URL (Bing by default on IE) which can of course be completely read!Here is a demo video that showcases the vulnerability in Internet Explorer:I tested this in the most recent version of Internet Explorer on Windows 10, and it is affected by the issue.There is no workaround right now to protect what you type from being leaked in Internet Explorer. The two options that you have are to either be very careful when it comes to entering anything in the browser’s address bar, or to use a different browser until Microsoft fixes the issue.SummaryArticle NameInternet Explorer bug leaks what you type to sitesDescriptionIf you are using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer currently, all what you type in the browser’s address bar may be leaked to sites.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Turn the Windowskey on or off quicklyTurn the Windowskey on or off quickly

first_imgTurn the Windows-key on or off quickly by Martin Brinkmann on October 24, 2017 in Software – 10 commentsWinkill is a lightweight software program for Microsoft Windows devices that you may use to turn the Windows-key functionality on or off.The Windows-key powers quite a bit of functionality on Windows machines. It is used by some shortcuts on the system, for instance Windows-Pause to open the System Control Panel applet or Windows-Print to create a screenshot (in Windows 10).It can also be used to switch between open programs, and to break full screen mode when you press it without any modifier key.The Windows-key may sometimes get in your way depending on how you use the Windows operating system. If you like to play games for instance, you may hit it accidentally which in turn would throw you out of the game to the desktop.WinkillWinkill is a simple portable program for Microsoft Windows devices. It comes without user interface, but places an icon on launch in the Windows System Tray area.A click on the icon toggles the program’s functionality. A click blocks the Windows-key so that it cannot be used anymore, another click on the program icon enables it again.You may right-click on the program’s icon instead to toggle the functionality, and to terminate the program as well if you don’t need it anymore.A crossed out icon means that the Windows-key is blocked at the time, an icon that depicts the Windows-key indicates that the key functions normally.Winkill uses less than 1.5 Megabytes of RAM while it runs on the system. The author lists Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 as compatible on the GitHub project page. The program worked fine however on a Windows 10 Pro machine as well. This suggests that it should work fine under Windows 8 as well.Closing WordsWinkill is a specialized program that is useful in situations where the Windows-key may get into your way. It can be beneficial to gamers but also if you do presentations, video chats or recordings of your desktop.Now You: Do you use the Windows-key regularly? For what?Summary12345 Author Rating2 based on 6 votes Software Name WinkillOperating System WindowsSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

HouseCanary Announces Valuation and Appraisal SolutionHouseCanary Announces Valuation and Appraisal Solution

first_imgHouseCanary Announces Valuation and Appraisal Solution in Data, Headlines, News HouseCanary 2017-10-16 Brianna Gilpin October 16, 2017 590 Views center_img HouseCanary, a provider of modern valuation and appraisal solutions, recently announced the release of its regression modeling program that is built directly into HouseCanary’s appraisal software, allowing residential appraisers to easily make data-driven adjustments.The new technology will help appraisers work in a more timely manner with greater credibility. HouseCanary said that as the appraisal industry moves away from paired sales analysis as a one-size-fits-all approach, HouseCanary’s regression software will help to make objective, data-driven, comparable sales adjustments. This will allow for appraisers to easily identify which property features are most important for estimating a home’s value and instantly apply a suggested adjustment based on HouseCanary’s rigorous statistical models.“HouseCanary’s regression modeling makes the appraisal process faster, easier, and more accurate. We’re supercharging an appraiser’s expertise by supplying them not only with algorithmically derived adjustments but also with PDF outputs automatically included in the addendum that help justify appraisal decisions and further minimize revision requests,” said Steve O’Brien, Chief Appraiser of HouseCanary.The regression tool by HouseCanary is claimed to be the industry’s first implementation of directly integrated multiple linear regression modeling at no additional cost, enabling appraisers to rapidly examine the effect that multiple property features have on a home’s value simultaneously.Regression analysis also extends to Agile Appraisal, HouseCanary’s flagship offering in its Valuation Suite, further enhancing the software’s accuracy and advancing HouseCanary’s mission of providing a fast, reliable valuation for every property. HouseCanary’s software marries an appraiser’s expertise with integrated computation, keeping the appraiser in control while equipping them with the insights available from thousands of advanced calculations.More than ever, appraisers are asked to provide actionable data to successfully defend their work against inquiries from Fannie Mae, their state board, and their AMC or lender clients.“HouseCanary’s built-in regression modeling makes it easy to do, keeping appraisers on top of the changing regulatory environment and forthcoming statutes such as Advisory Opinion 37. Once the valuation is complete, appraisers can export graphs and visuals directly into their reports with the PDF output, helping them justify their adjustments to their clients or regulatory bodies in a digestible format. The analysis is simple and comprehensive, making it easier than ever for appraisers to make data-driven comp adjustments directly from their tablet or desktop computer.” Sharelast_img read more

Star Trek actor George Takei discusses internmenStar Trek actor George Takei discusses internmen

first_img‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei discusses internment camps by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2018 7:42 pm PDT Last Updated May 8, 2018 at 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON – “Star Trek” actor George Takei (tuh-KAY’) has appeared in Boston to talk about his experiences in U.S. internment camps during World War II.In an event at the Boston Public Library Tuesday, Takei discussed his family’s history in the camps that put Japanese-Americans behind barbed wire between 1942 and 1946.Takei used his family’s story as the inspiration for the Broadway musical “Allegiance.”The show tells the narrative of the fictional Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.The cast of the SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of Takei’s musical also performed during the event.center_img Actor George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on the television series “Star Trek,” greets the audience before speaking about his experiences in U.S. internment camps during World War II, at an appearance at Boston Public Library, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Boston. Takei used his family’s story as the inspiration for the Broadway musical “Allegiance.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne) last_img read more

Over 22000 applications for student grantsOver 22000 applications for student grants

first_imgA total of 22,232 student grant applications have been received for the academic year 2018-2019, the student welfare services announced on Wednesday.They are being examined according to the date of their receipt, the services said.According to the announcement, beneficiaries will receive a message on their mobile phone and rejected persons will be notified in a letter.With the aim of more efficient processing of applications, the public is invited to contact the student welfare services between 1pm and 2pm for any information on the grants.To contact the student welfare offices, call 22-804017 or 22-804002.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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