Two winning tickets for Saturday nights 5 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – There are two winning tickets for Saturday night’s $5 million Lotto 649 jackpot.Both were purchased in the Prairies, and each is worth $2.5 million.The draw’s guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on May 23 will be approximately $5 million.last_img

Cannabis to be legal in Canada on October 17th

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada as of Oct. 17.Trudeau made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons, which is expected to rise for the summer break after Wednesday.He says the government has delayed the legalization schedule in order to give the provinces and territories more time to implement their regimes.On Tuesday, the Senate voted to end its opposition to certain aspects of the federal bill, most notably the plan to permit Canadians to cultivate cannabis plants at home. A proposed Senate amendment would have prevented legal challenges to their constitutional right to do so.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould called the legislation — which still requires royal assent to become law — “transformative” and predicted it would protect young people and keep organized crime out of the cannabis market.But she’s reminding Canadians that until it goes into effect, recreational cannabis remains illegal, as is driving while impaired.last_img read more

Eastern premiers and governors to hold annual meeting in Vermont Aug 1214

first_imgSTOWE, Vt. – An annual conference of New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers will be held this month in Vermont.Regional trade and energy issues are expected to be high on the agenda at the Aug. 12-14 gathering in Stowe, about 30 kilometres from Montpelier, the state capital.The premiers of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will attend the meeting along with the governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.The provincial and state leaders have held an annual conference to discuss shared interests since 1973.Last year’s gathering was held in Charlottetown, P.E.I. and focused on such issues as cross-border trade, regional climate and transportation.The conference comes as Canada, the U.S. and Mexico continue to negotiate a new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement.last_img read more

Eyewitnesses reporting crash on South Taylor Hill

first_imgORIGINAL POSTFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A number of eyewitnesses are reporting that Highway 97 is closed at the top of the South Taylor Hill because of a collision.The first report came in at 4:55 p.m. from Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier, who was driving on Highway 97 headed to the Fort St. John Airport. Bernier said that the crash, which involved a pickup truck and a semi-truck, had occurred just moments before he happened upon the scene. According to Bernier, the crash is located roughly 300 metres from the chain-up area at the top of the South Taylor Hill, and that emergency crews were just arriving on the scene when he arrived. He added that the crews at the scene have closed the highway in both directions.Several other motorists have also messaged Energeticcity.ca to report the crash, though at this point, there’s no word about the crash from DriveBC.ca or the RCMP. There were also no vehicles visible on the DriveBC highway cam at the top of the South Taylor Hill as of 5:06 p.m. MST. 12:30a.m. UPDATE – The Highway is open in both directions.11:00 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca still says the Highway will be closed until 3:30 a.m. Mountian time Monday.  For updates throughout the night visit www.drivebc.ca9:30 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca continues to say the Highway will be closed until at least 3:30 a.m. Mountain time Monday.  The next update on the status of the Highway will be issued at 11 p.m. 6:40 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca says the Highway will be closed until at least 3:30 a.m. Mountain time.  The only detour they recommend is using the highways through Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope.6:00 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca says there is no current estimate on when the Highway will re-open.  They list the best detour as going back through Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope.#BCHwy97 Closed 7km South of #TaylorBC due to vehicle incident. Detour available see: https://t.co/Ji95sHT9NK #YXJ #FortStJohn— Drive BC (@DriveBC) March 5, 20185:45 p.m. UPDATE – Eyewitnesses in the area of the collision say they are being told it will be several hours before the Highway will be open again.  Official information about the closure or the collision has not been released as of yet by authorities.Here is a photo of the scene.This image was sent to Energeticcity.ca.center_img This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Holds Talks with Czech President in Prague

Prague  –  King Mohammed VI held, Monday at the Presidential Palace in Prague, tête-à-tête talks with President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman.These talks art part of the working visit that the Sovereign is paying to the Czech Republic, which reflects HM the King’s policy aimed at promoting the kingdom’s openness to countries of Central and Eastern Europe.The talks between the two heads of State focused on bilateral relations and the means to further consolidate them in a concrete manner, especially in the economic and cultural fields. The Czech Republic ranks Morocco among the “25 priority countries” and opened a commercial representation office in Casablanca in 2013.Regional and international issues were also discussed during the talks.

The top 10 books on Apples iBooksUS

iBook charts for week ending March 24, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher :iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books1. Run Away by Harlan Coben – 9781538748480 – (Grand Central Publishing)2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)3. Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler – 9780735219007 – (Penguin Publishing Group)4. Lethal by Sandra Brown – 9781455501489 – (Grand Central Publishing)5. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty – 9781101584989 – (Penguin Publishing Group)6. The First Lady by Brendan DuBois & James Patterson – 9781538714928 – (Grand Central Publishing)7. The Tyrant by Penelope Sky – 9781386878681 – (Penelope Sky)8. Educated by Tara Westover – 9780399590511 – (Random House Publishing Group)9. The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan – No ISBN Available – (Kendall Ryan)10. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou – 9781524731663 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)____The Associated Press read more

Mahinda questions FCID report

He said that it is very unusual for the police to report to courts that they are carrying out an investigation on the basis of an anonymous letter.“The FCID which functions as an extension of the UNP may have filed this B report to convey to the public the false impression that there is a ‘court case’ relating to concealed assets owned by me. With a parliamentary election in the offing, it would be useful for my opponents to spread such a perception among the public. This is yet another clever and insidious way of carrying out false propaganda against me,” he said. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has questioned a ‘B report’ filed at the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) which has stated that he had invested large sums of money on a hotel in Dubai.The FCID has reportedly said that they have begun investigations into a complaint that a sum totalling USD 48 million invested in the Steel Corporation and a sum of USD 190 million invested in the Marion hotel in Dubai belongs to Mahinda Rajapaksa and that the owner of these properties, Nandana Lokuvithana, is only a front man. The former President said that he wants the public to know that the Steel Corporation and the Dubai Marion hotel belong to whoever owns them and not to him. (Colombo Gazette) The B report states that the FCID had commenced this investigation on the basis of an anonymous letter which had been referred to them. “The FCID has been set up with a view to harassing political opponents and the legality and propriety of the establishment of this unit is already before the supreme court,” Rajapaksa said in a statement. read more

Mob attacks in Liberia injure two UN military personnel

The two UNMIL personnel, both from Ethiopia, were injured by protesters throwing stones, while two vehicles belonging to the Mission were damaged during an attack on the local headquarters of the Liberian national police on Friday night, UNMIL said today in a media statement. A number of shops were also looted and damaged.Zwedru is now calm after a contingent of UNMIL military police and UN Police (UNPOL) succeeded in restoring order, and the Mission has stepped up patrols of the town – located in Grand Gedeh County close to the border with Côte d’Ivoire – and nearby areas.Liberian police have since arrested 26 people believed to be the ringleaders of the attacks in Zwedru, and UNMIL said in its statement that it strongly urged locals not to take the law into their own hands.Friday night’s violent incident followed the discovery of the body of a 25-year-old motorcycle taxi rider on the main highway between Zwedru and the capital, Monrovia, last Wednesday. An investigation by Liberian police and UNPOL has led to the arrest of two suspects in Côte d’Ivoire. read more

Ottawa will continue to monitor housing market Finance Minister Bill Morneau

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2016 8:28 am MDT Last Updated Oct 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ottawa will continue to monitor housing market: Finance Minister Bill Morneau TORONTO – Ottawa will continue to monitor the real estate market and take the necessary actions to ensure that an uptick in interest rates or a decline in home prices don’t threaten the country’s financial stability, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Friday.“I will continue to act to ensure that household debt levels are sustainable, that lenders are acting prudently and that increases in interest rates or a housing market downturn don’t risk the economic growth we are working so hard to accelerate,” Morneau said in a speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade.“These are not easy decisions, but I know they are the right thing to do.”Morneau said he’s “ultimately responsible” for maintaining the stability of the country’s financial system and highlighted mortgage rules as a “key tool” to help him do that.Since taking office, Morneau has twice moved to stabilize the housing market.Last December he increased the minimum down payment on the portion of a home worth more than $500,000 — a measure he said was aimed at tackling “pockets of risk” in the Toronto and Vancouver housing markets, where prices have been soaring.And on Oct. 17 he rolled out a myriad of housing-related measures, including new rules requiring all insured mortgages to undergo stress tests to make sure borrowers will still be able to make their payments if interest rates go up. Previously the stress tests were not required for fixed-rate mortgages longer than five years.“We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the market,” Morneau told reporters following his remarks.But he added that the government does not have any specific housing-related measures that it’s waiting to announce.One policy decision that’s currently under consideration is whether Ottawa should shift more of the responsibility for mortgage defaults onto the banks.Currently, banks and other mortgage lenders are able to transfer all of the risk from insured mortgages onto insurers such as Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., which means taxpayers are ultimately on the hook.The federal government launched formal consultations last week regarding “lender risk sharing,” a policy that could see lenders shoulder more of that risk, for instance via a deductible on mortgage insurance claims.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Ottawa will continue to act to make sure that an increase in interest rates or a downturn in home prices don’t risk the country’s economic growth. Morneau is pictured as he makes an announcement on housing in Toronto in an October 3, 2016, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette read more

Off Licence association to bring wine excise increase to EU Commission

first_imgFrankly we’re horrified to see such excessive increases. This is our second Budget increase in 11 months.She said that “all of the quality has been sucked out of the bottle and into duty and excise”, adding that Ireland is already “576 per cent higher in taxation on wine than the EU average”.“So it seems to me that the Government is targeting wine because wine is a non domestic product,” she suggested.Jones said that since last year’s increase:we’ve had 11 closures and within those 11 closures you’re looking at 60 jobs, that’s 60 families impacted directly by the Minister of Finance’s actions last year, now we have the same to deal with. It will necessitate more closures, more people on the Dole.Jones said that she believes “the government seems determined to put these small businesses out of business and allow all the alcohol be sold by multiples”.“We will be referring the matter to the EU Commission because I firmly believe the government is targeting wine because it is a non-domestic product and putting unfair taxation on it because of that,” said Jones. “For our members, we’re going to have to regroup.”Jones concluded that the excise is “going to make our sector more vulnerable”.Read: Budget 2014: the key things to know from today’s announcement>Read: In numbers: Budget 2014> http://youtu.be/ePDFSuKwbtY(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)THE NATIONAL OFF Licence Association (NoffLA) is to refer the Budget 2014 increase in excise duty on wine to the EU Commission.Under Budget 2014, from 12am today, the price of beer, cider or a standard measure of spirits went up by 10 cent, while the price of  a 75cl bottle of wine went up by 50c.Last year saw a €1 duty placed on a bottle of wine.Reacting to the news yesterday, chairperson of NoffLA, Evelyn Jones, told TheJournal.ie:last_img read more

Bing les données du moteur de recherche rendues anonymes après 6 mois

first_imgBing : les données du moteur de recherche rendues anonymes après 6 moisC’est pour respecter l’identité et la vie privée des internautes que Microsoft a accepté d’écourter son délai de conservation des données, comme l’exige l’article 29 de la Cnil. Ce délai est ainsi passé de 9 à 6 mois.  Le moteur de recherche Bing, appartenant au groupe Microsoft, fait plus fort que ses concurrents Google et Yahoo! Alors que ces leaders européens gardent respectivement en mémoire les adresses IP 9 et 13 mois, Bing s’engage à ne les stocker que 6 mois. Ces informations personnelles devront ensuite être supprimées ou anonymisées comme le stipule l’article 29 de la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés.La législation exige que les moteurs de recherche suppriment ou rendent complètement anonymes les données personnelles des internautes. Cependant, Google, qui obtient à lui seul 80% des recherches effectuées en Europe sur la toile, les conserve non seulement pendant 9 mois mais ne les supprime pas intégralement. Il est donc tout à fait possible, passé ce délai, de reconstituer les différentes recherches effectuées par un internaute. Le 20 janvier 2010 à 13:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Black Lightning Makes Things Personal Ahead of its Finale

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week’Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img I can’t believe it’s almost over. Black Lightning set out to do something different from the rest of the CW superhero fare, and it’s become one of the network’s best shows. The season finale is next week, and it’s going to be hard to let go. More than any other CW DC show, it’s built its characters out into full three-dimensional people. I genuinely care about each of them, and have grown to love following their stories week after week. I kind of wish its villains received a similar level of attention. They tend to disappear for long stretches of time with little explanation.Speaking of which, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Tobias Whale, and he still has some nasty burns from his last encounter with Black Lightning. As of this episode, he’s back. And he’s working with the ASA. Now that Lady Eve is dead, he’s taking over her job, distributing Green Light to the city. First though, he needs to capture Black Lightning alive. Proctor believes Black Lightning’s powers come from the vaccine they used to try and control the citizens of Freeland. But he’s the only one who’s developed powers that hasn’t died. The director wants to study Black Lightning. And he’s finished what Tobias started with Khalil. Now, he’s walking again, and he’s all super-soldiered out.Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias (Photo: Annette Brown/The CW)We get a nice tense scene when Jefferson runs into him too. Right away, he knows something’s up. Someone powerful pulled some strings to get Khalil walking again. Even more suspicious, he’s had a complete change in attitude and personality since they last saw each other. Jefferson implores him to come back to school, but Khalil blows him off. It scares Jefferson enough that he tells Jennifer what happened, and warns her to stay away from him… advice she immediately ignores. As soon as she gets a text from him, she sneaks back to her old house to meet him. It feels a little out of character, as she’s always shown to be a bit more discerning than that. But I’ll give it to the show, as she’s been put through a lot lately. She is the only superpowered one in her family who isn’t thrilled about that fact. It makes a certain amount of sense that she’d reach out for the last normal thing she remembers. Even if he’s clearly not normal anymore.She goes back to her house to meet him on the roof. He apologizes for yelling at her the last time they saw each other, and shows off exactly what makes him walk again. He has a metal spine now. It looks cool in a comic book villain kind of way. For a second, it even feels like old times for these two kids again. I really liked their relationship early on in the season, and that’s what makes this scene even sadder. Jennifer still isn’t quite comfortable yet. Give the girl credit; she does at least hear her father even when she doesn’t listen to him. She asks how he was selected to receive this new procedure, and he freaks out on her. It’s immediately clear this isn’t going to work out. Jennifer’s even more suspicious when he jumps off the roof, completely OK.Nafessa Williams as Thunder and Cress Williams as Black Lightning (Photo: Annette Brown/The CW)Khalil brings his anger to Tobias, who tells him exactly how to use it: attack Garfield to draw Black Lightning out. The show starts to set up a promising storyline in this scene. Khalil clearly doesn’t like being bossed around by Tobias. As much as he likes his new abilities, he’s not going to take this disrespect much longer. I don’t think Khalil is going to become a superhero, but it’s at least building to some kind of falling out between them to happen at an opportune time. For now though, Khalil takes the order and attacks the school.The ensuing fight is pretty great, and it’s even better knowing that next week is the season finale. It really feels like it’s building up to something bigger. Like all the tensions this season has explored are going to boil over, and this only the first bubble. Throughout the season the school has mostly been a safe place. Partly because of the fond memories people have there and also because of Jefferson’s position in the community. Even Lala, early on at least, respected what Jefferson was trying to do. And the few times where the outside world made it inside the school walls, Jefferson was there to make sure it didn’t do too much damage. To make sure the school remained a safe place for his students. That all comes crashing down in this scene. Tobias, Syonide, and Khalil wreak havoc through the halls, and Black Lightning and Thunder have to rip apart their own classrooms to solve them.Nafessa Williams as Thunder and Charlbi Dean Kriek as Syonide (Photo: Annette Brown/The CW)This episode was heavy on exposition and talking. While we got some nice character moments from Jennifer, most of it felt like it was trying to catch everyone up on the story before next week’s finale. But the show has told its story well enough that it wasn’t really necessary. And the make-up-break-up cycle between Lynn and Jefferson just felt like a waste of time. This final scene was worth the wait, though. Between Black Lightning in a fistfight with Tobias and Thunder flinging desks around the room as she blasts Synonide, there was some amazing superhero fight choreography here. And since it was in a brightly lit school, we could really enjoy every frame of action here.It pushes Jennifer’s story forward in a satisfying way, too. As much as she doesn’t want to be a superhero, she still has an instinct to help people. She watches from a classroom window as her sister fights Syonide, just to make sure she’s OK. When Khalil was about to kill Black Lightning, I was almost sure she’d come in to deliver a shock to his metal spine, but that’s not what happened. (I wouldn’t be surprised to see that in next week’s finale, though.) Instead, Khalil does kill Black Lightning. Since Proctor needed him alive, Tobias is mad. He, Khalil and Syonide all pull out of the school, and that’s where Jennifer becomes a hero. Distraught over her dad’s apparent death, she puts her hands on his chest, inadvertently giving him a shock. A few more of those, and his heart starts back up. I’m genuinely excited to see where her story goes from here.Charlbi Dean Kriek as Syonide, William Catlett as Lala, and Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias (Photo: Annette Brown/The CW)Though there have been better episodes of Black Lightning, this one did exactly what it had to do. It set everything up for one exciting season finale. Now that Proctor thinks Black Lightning’s dead, he wants to study his body. And he wants Thunder brought to him dead or alive. If we thought the fight at the school in this episode was big, it sounds like we’ve got much more coming. Then there’s Lala. I wish the episode had spent a little more time with him, because he’s the character I most want to know more about. Whatever his deal is, it would seem he’s being controlled by Tobias somehow. That’ll probably be resolved next week, but it would have been better to give us a little more on him now. That way we’d be excited/anxious to see what he does next, rather than just hoping the show will eventually explain what’s going on. In any case, Black Lightning has had a truly spectacular first season. I can’t wait to see how it ends.last_img read more

Viewer numbers for 317 WWE Smackdown viewers are up

first_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Streaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz Says WhatsApp Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Last night’s 3/17 WWE Smackdown on the USA Network drew 2.26 million viewers on Thursday night. This is up from last week’s show that drew 2.19 million viewers.NCAA Tournament games topped the night on cable. Smackdown averaged a 0.68 rating among adults 18-49, up from 0.65 last week.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Facebook WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build) WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) Velvet Sky Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Google+last_img read more

Bhutto Story Gives Parade Big Web Boost

first_imgSheehy’s interview with Bhutto took place in late November. In the article, Bhutto tells Sheehy, “I am what the terrorists most fear.” The article will appear, as scheduled, in Parade’s January 6 issue, which had already gone to press by the day of Bhutto’s assassination. A profile on Benazir Bhutto also appears in More magazine’s December/January issue and on More.com, based on an October interview with Bhutto by writer and Bhutto’s former Harvard classmate Amy Wilentz.SEE RELATED BLOG POST: Did Parade Handle Bhutto Coup Correctly?More on this topic Did Parade Handle Bhutto Coup Correctly? Interview to Unveil Redesign Atlantic’s Britney Bombs at Newsstand Harvard Lifestyle Magazine Featured Eliot Spitzer, Wife ‘In Happier Times’ Feeling Relish Heat, Parade Launches Health Mag Oprah Shares Cover of Magazine for First TimeJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Taps Creative Leadership | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by Parade magazine’s Web site received the largest number of unique visitors in its history on December 27, the day of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, when it released its feature on Bhutto, scheduled to be the cover story for its January 6 print issue, more than a week early. Approximately 81,000 users visited the site on the day the piece was posted, compared to Parade.com’s daily average of 31,000, and the article received more than 100,000 page views. The writer of the article, Gail Sheehy, who is a contributing editor for Parade, has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, CNN’s The Situation Room, the CBS Early Show, and ABC Radio, among other programs to discuss the interview. The magazine felt the story’s early release online was the “journalistically responsible thing to do,” a spokesperson for Parade told FOLIO:. “We wanted people to see it to bring attention to a prescient story.”last_img read more

Law Enforcement Is Ready To Catch Drunk Drivers During 4th Of July

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:05 Al OrtizHarris County Sheriff’s deputies will be watching the roadways in patrol cars like these, which is part of its DWI Unit.Texas has a high number of drunk driving incidents and law enforcement is ready to catch those who break the law in the Houston region during the 4th of July.The most recent data compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) pertain to 2015.That year there were 65,609 arrests for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) statewide.Drunk driving incidents can be more prevalent during big holidays like the 4th of July and, therefore, the Houston Police Department (HPD) and Sheriff deputies will be especially vigilant.“All of our patrol deputies who are on duty throughout the holiday are in what we call DWI mode, so they’re gonna be paying particular close attention to drivers who might be impaired,” notes Jason Spencer, director of Public Affairs at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).Texas State troopers will also be watching the roadways.DPS Sergeant Richard Standifer explains that their department “takes up jurisdiction outside of the city limit, so those travelling to and from outside the city limit, we’ll be actively looking for those violating the law.”Law enforcement will be on the lookout for people who are, for example, driving significantly above or below the speed limit or who have trouble staying in one lane. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share last_img read more

Serial killer arrested by police

first_imgKalna (WB): An alleged serial killer, who targeted middle-aged women when they were alone at home, has been arrested in this small town in East Burdwan district, the police said Tuesday. Kamaruzzaman Sarkar, a small-time trader of discarded materials, is a suspect in the killing of five women and injuring several others in East Burdwan and neighbouring Hooghly districts, the police said. The 42-year old Sarkar, attired in trendy clothes, would enter homes during afternoon hours in the pretext of taking electricity meter readings and then pounce upon the women with a cycle chain and an iron rod, Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata East Burdwan Superintendent of Police, Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay said that the district court has on Monday remanded Sarkar to 12 days in police custody in connection with the murder of Putul Majhi at Goara village here on May 21. The SP said that the police sought Sarkar’s custody to interrogate him on his role in the other four murders, all of which were committed in the same manner. Some women had managed to escape attacks by the diminutive man, whose modus operandi was to strangulate them with a chain and then hit them on the head to ensure death. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “Though he would escape with some valuables from the houses of his victims, but theft does not seem to be the motive. Murdering the women seemed to be his main target,” Mukhopadhyay said. Police said that the accused had allegedly inserted sharp materials into the private parts of some of his victims following their death. “We are interrogating him to understand why he targeted middle-aged women,” the SP said. Sarkar, married with three children, may have had some grudge on women of the said age bracket over some personal issue and this angle is being investigated, said a police officer. The accused, riding a red motorbike and wearing a red helmet was arrested in Kalna on Sunday after being stopped by a civic police volunteer on suspicion. Following the murder of Putul Majhi, the district police had distributed CCTV footage of a suspect wearing a red helmet and riding a red motorbike to all police stations. Sarkar is suspected to have killed Pushpa Das of Anukhal area on January 27, the police said. On April 4, Rita Roy and Mamata Kishku were killed within a few hours of each other in Memari police station area of the district. One Soni Yadav of Memari was also killed in the same manner, the police said. Swarupa Bibi of Rongpara here was one of the lucky few to have escaped his attack. She was allegedly attacked from behind with a cycle chain, but she managed to shrug off the attacker and raise an alarm.last_img read more

7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to Understand

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This week, a teenage high school student reportedly hacked into the email account of CIA Director John Brennan and posted personal details to WikiLeaks. Granted, Brennan was using an AOL account, and the hack was likely a “social engineering” attack, in which personal information, most likely obtained by using information easily found online, was used to break in.Regardless, if the email for the CIA director is not safe, what chance do we have?If you think that having an email hacked is the worst that could happen, consider someone using your information to order countless pizzas, call in bomb threats or make racist comments on your behalf online. This is the terrifying case of Paul and Amy Strater, a middle class couple from Oswego, Ill., whose lives became the unfortunate collateral damage of a cyber war raged against their teenage hacker son, who unwisely picked a fight with another (and better) hacker in an online chat room he frequented.Mike Schroll, the VP of business development for PC Pitstop, a creator of security and performance software, is a former hacker and made his living professionally hacking into and identifying vulnerable areas in the cyber infrastructure of large organizations.Related: Don’t Wait for a Disaster to Interrupt Business. Prepare Now.Schroll points out that several layers of cyber security exist, like an onion — both of which, if hacked, will cause many tears — and entrepreneurs and business managers need to be aware of all the layers to best protect a company’s cyber infrastructure from threats.1. Social engineeringThe first layer is protecting your company from attacks from afar. Hackers have been known to find general information about an individual online — we do, after all, share everything about ourselves on social media — and use this information to manipulate employees of companies, such as banks, to disclose personal and sensitive information. While these disclosures are a failure on the part of the employee, more often it is a systematic failure of the organization to train and emphasize security protocols.Schroll suggest that you make certain you have stated security processes that are reviewed with your employees and tested often. Have a process to verify callers and never disclose passwords or other sensitive customer information.2. Physical securityWhile you may believe your building and technology — and hence your sensitive information — is safe and secure physically, good hackers know “tricks” that will allow them to penetrate even this layer of security. Additionally, many business owners pay little attention to other physical aspects of their companies’ operations that pose a threat, such as leaving computers exposed or failing to destroy old hard drives.As with other employees, these physical security breaches are not always an issue with the security personnel but rather the organization’s general security protocols. Schroll recommends that you encrypt your drives, leverage cloud backups, enclose any hardware ports exposed to the public, have old hardware disposed by professionals and use theft recovery software, such as Prey Project, on business devices.3. Wireless securityYour wireless Internet also poses a threat to your company. We often forget that Wi-Fi signals can extend much farther than the walls of our offices, and a hacker with a good antenna can connect to your signal from far away. Once in your network, file shares without protection or computer accounts that have simple passwords become an easy channel for getting to other sensitive information.Schroll says companies should be using WPA2 protocols, not the antiquated WEP or WPA. Additionally, your router password needs to be as strong as all other passwords. Never use a default password and make certain it is nothing that can be easily guessed (your company address, for instance).4. PasswordsAccording to Schroll, passwords are like underpants — they need to be changed often, kept private and never shared with anyone. The best passwords are long, use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols, and are different across accounts.Schroll suggests using phrases, which are easier to remember. For example, consider this famous phrase from the movie, Forrest Gump, “Life’s a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna get,” which would translate to a very effective password “L’aboc,F.Ynkwy’gg.”While keeping track of all of these passwords may be overwhelming, consider a service, such as 1Password or LastPass to maintain and keep your passwords secure.Related: Apple’s New 6-Digit Passcodes: What Do They Mean for Your BYOD Policy?5. Two-factor authenticationEven with difficult passwords, good hackers still have ways to penetrate account security. For this reason, businesses should strongly consider using two-factor authentication (2FA). Most large companies, such as Google, Apple and Dropbox, offer 2FA with a mobile phone number or email account, and apps such as Authy and Google Authenticator can help you implement it with other apps and services.As more secure methods continue to be developed, such as fingerprint and facial recognition and even ultrasonic sounds, companies should not shy away from updating security measures as often as needed to stay ahead of hackers.6. Email securityIf you protect nothing else, Schroll emphasizes the need to at least protect email accounts. Consider that once hackers get into an email account, it is not difficult to get access to other accounts, considering your email account is typically how you reset forgotten passwords. While it is old news, Schroll says to never click links in emails or attachments, as many take you to phishing sites that look remarkably like real sites. Instead, open a website by creating a new tab on your browser and typing the website URL.Schroll goes further to recommend using Gmail and Google Apps (with 2FA, of course), as Google has superior spam, virus and phishing protections.7. Anti-virusMost anti-virus software has services that assist in keeping email accounts and other sensitive information safe. Even the best software, however, has vulnerabilities. Malicious software viruses are being created at breakneck speed, and virus-protection companies have difficulty keeping track of all of them on their “blacklists.”For this reason, businesses should consider using a service that employs a “whitelist,” such as PC Matic. With whitelist protection, the security only allows software and programs that are pre-approved to be downloaded, adding an additional layer of protection to your system.Understand that your business stands a very, very good chance of getting hacked — it is just a matter of when. Take the appropriate measures to secure your hardware, software and cloud accounts, and have a clear, detailed and stated information and technology security policy.Remember: Stay out of online chat rooms and never, under any circumstance, mess with teenage hackers or anyone with a profile name that sounds like a mob boss or fantasy wizard with too many misplaced uppercase letters.Related: 5 Growing Cyber-Security Epicenters Around the World Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. October 26, 2015last_img read more

City council working on ways to remove private access into public beach

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — The municipality of Solidaridad is working on ways to remove the private access and security booths from the public roadway in Playacar Phase I. He added that they are analyzing ways to remove the booths and not renewing a similar agreement with the administrators of Playacar Phase I. On Thursday, the legal director of the city council of Solidaridad René Medrano Ríos, explained how he arrived at the gate in a private vehicle and was asked for identification before being allowed to pass on a public roadway. Medrano Ríos says, “I arrived in a common car. There was no (city) logo and saw how they obstructed our access. The reality is legal here. It’s a tolerance that has been ongoing with this division, as with many more in Solidaridad, for many decades. Medrano Ríos explained that although Playacar Phase II is privately owned under a condominium regime, Playacar Phase I is restricting free passage with booths on a private roadway. He urges people to enforce the right of free transit to enter Playacar Phase I, which is a demarcation with municipal streets. He says his experience verified imposed restrictions that the administration of Playacar Phase I maintains in streets and avenues that lead to a public beach access, even though administration denied the restriction. Medrano Ríos says that according to a copy of the agreement, it does not limit access to the beach and/or the archaeological remains that are inside Playacar. However, Alma Rodríguez Peña, a member of the administration, says that it is for the safety of the inhabitants of Playacar Phase I. Photo: Ayuntamiento de Solidaridad In January, the municipality of Playa del Carmen initiated legal proceedings against Paraíso for denying public beach access while last week, the undersecretary of Planning and Tourism Policy of the Government of Mexico said they were working on an inclusion policy to ensure everyone has beach access, noting that it is a huge misconception that a concession means privatization.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

These are the 10 most popular places to photograph

first_imgThese are the 10 most popular places to photograph TORONTO — Here’s a question for the avid traveller: Were you ever really there if you didn’t Instagram it?Knowing that Instagram-worthy destinations are all the rage, TripAdvisor has announced the top 10 most popular places in the world to photograph, based on booking data from 2018.Did your favourite photogenic spot make the list? How many have you snapped?1. Paris2. New York City3. Finland4. Hawaii5. Barcelona6. Sydney7. Yellowknife8. Tokyo9. Venice10. Santorini Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Posted by Sharecenter_img Tags: Instagram, Photos Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img

Supreme Court deems wording of Animal Welfare Bill unconstitutional

first_imgRelated posts:President Solís signs new Animal Welfare Law New cases of animal abuse spark criticism of President Solís, lawmakers Supreme Court rules prison sentences in animal welfare bill unconstitutional Lawmakers pass Animal Welfare Bill on first round vote Costa Rica’s Animal Welfare Bill – which seeks to establish harsher punishments, including prison time, for abusing or killing animals – has suffered a new setback.On Wednesday, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, ruled that the wording of two articles of Bill #18,298, already approved in a first-round vote at the Legislative Assembly, is unconstitutional.A majority of Sala IV justices considered that two articles describing fines and prison sentences for those who kill or harm “non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and octopods,” violates the principles of reason and proportionality because of the broad range of animals included.Lawmakers introduced the detailed list following a previous Sala IV ruling in October. The original draft of the bill used the word “animals,” and justices at the time ruled that the term was too broad.Following the amendment to the bill’s wording, a group of 11 lawmakers who oppose the bill filed a new consultation before the Sala IV challenging the constitutionality of the new draft.Not bindingJustices noted that their ruling constitutes a clarification and is therefore not binding; lawmakers are not obliged to abide by it. The judges’ opinion could serve as the foundation of a new challenge of the bill before the Sala IV, however, causing the annulment of the questioned articles of the law.Justices dismissed all other claims filed by the lawmakers. They said in their ruling that all changes related to proposed prison sentences and monetary fines are no longer disproportional.The maximum prision time was lowered from three to two years, and fines – for example, for not picking up a pet’s droppings in a public space – went from ₡848,000 to ₡212,000 (from $1,500 to $376).Long road for approvalLawmakers passed the Animal Welfare Bill in a first round vote in July 2016. In September, the Sala IV deemed disproportional the prison sentences of up to three years for hurting or killing an animal, as well as sanctions and monetary fines of  of up to two base salaries (some $1,500) for individuals found guilty of animal cruelty.“Cruelty” as defined by those articles would include promoting animal fights, breeding or training animals to increase their aggressiveness, or any action that could cause loss of limb or disability.Justices also objected to an article proposing monetary fines for neglecting an animal, keeping animals permanently tied up, failing to provide them with medical treatment or medicine, and intentionally provoking pain.The bill now will go back to a legislative committee for further amendment. Then it will be put up for discussion and vote in a second and final round of debate before the Full Assembly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more