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Realme 2 India launch set for August 28: Everything you need to know about the Realme 1 successor

first_imgRealme, which recently announced it would be an independent brand from Oppo, is gearing up to launch its second phone on August 28. The company made its debut earlier this year with the Realme 1, which became a major success and a best-seller on Amazon thanks to its power-packed performance at an affordable price. The Realme 2 is now being teased by the company and we already know a few interesting things that this device will bring to the table.It looks like the Realme 2 will be about fulfilling what consumers want most in a 2018 smartphones. Realme has already revealed that the device will sport a notch and is also teasing the Realme 2 with the hashtag #ANotchAbove. Additionally, the upcoming device will get a dual rear camera setup and a larger battery compared to the Realme 1. Here’s everything that we know so far.– The biggest visual change with the Realme 2 is that it will bring a display notch. This means you can expect slimer bezels all around and a larger display on a footprint similar to the Realme 1. The company has confirmed that the device will bring a 6.2-inch display, which is two inches bigger than the first iteration. Realme is yet to confirm the resolution, but a recent leak suggests that it will be downgraded from FHD+ to HD+ resolution.– The overall look and build of the Realme 2 is expected to be similar to its predecessor. The most noticeable inclusion will be a fingerprint sensor on the back, a feature that was disappointingly missing with the Realme 1. This along with facial recognition means you’ll have two biometric login options.advertisement– Realme has also confirmed that the Realme 2 will get dual cameras on the back, another popular feature for consumers in 2018. As per a leak last week, the dual cameras will get a 13MP + 2MP configuration and will now support portrait mode. Up front, things will be same with an 8-megapixel selfie sensor.– The other major upgrade is the battery which is now a big 4,230mAh capacity compared to the 3,410mAh inside the Realme 1. When I reviewed the Realme 1, I was quite surprised with how good the battery life was and with the Realme 2 getting a bigger capacity, you should expect a good day and a half to two days worth of battery life.– One of the reasons the Realme 1 was such a success was because it comes with some powerful hardware. You get a Helio P60 chipset with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at under Rs 15,000. That was pretty exciting to see, but if recent leaks are true, the Realme 2 will be coming with a less powerful processor. It is rumoured that the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.– Based on everything else recent leaks have told us, the Realme 2 will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1. It will support two 4G VoLTE SIM slots, will measure 156.2×75.6×8.2 and weigh 168 grams.– Because of the downgraded hardware, we expect that the Realme 2 will be cheaper than the Realme 1. So anything south of Rs 10,000 should be expected as the price tag.– Based on everything Realme and recent leaks have told us, the Realme 2 does pack a few upgrades but at the same time it may bring a few downgraded specs as well. It will be interesting to see if the device can be called a real successor to the Realme 1 or a low-cost variant. The company is holding an event on August 28 at 12.30pm to unveil the device. Unlike the Realme 1 which was exclusive to Amazon India, the Realme 2 will be sold on rival e-commerce platform, Flipkart.last_img read more

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Vivo V11, V11i launched with in-display fingerprint sensor, waterdrop notch, dual rear cameras

first_imgVivo is set to launch the V11 Pro in India today at 12 PM. Ahead of the V11 Pro India launch today, Vivo has launched the V11 and the V11i phones in Thailand. Both the V11 series of phones come with a lot of similar features like the waterdrop notch as seen on the Oppo F9 Pro, in-display fingerprint sensor, AI-based dual rear cameras, Android 8.1 Oreo and more. Either of the two phones will launch in India as the V11 Pro today. Most likely, it will be the V11. The V11 has been launched in two colours — Nebula and Starry Night.In Thailand, the Vivo V11 has been launched at a price tag of THB 9,999, which roughly translates to Rs 21,800, while the Vivo V11i comes with a price of THB 13,999, which roughly translates to around Rs 30,600. In India, the upcoming V11 Pro is expected to be priced between Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 range. Vivo is yet to reveal the pricing and the availability details of the V11 Pro.Let’s take a quick look at what the already launched Vivo V11 and the V11i have in stock to offer.Vivo V11 specsThe V11 comes with a 6.41-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 1080x2340p resolution. The smartphone packs Oppo F9 Pro-like waterdrop notch on top of the display which fits the selfie camera on it. The upcoming V11 Pro is also expected to come with the same design as the V11. Under the hood, the V11 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor clocked up to 2.2GHz. The phone has been launched in only one variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage which can expandable via microSD card.advertisementOn the software front, the V11 runs Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone comes with dual SIM support and 3,400mAh battery with 18W quick-charging support. On the camera front, the V11 sports a dual camera setup which consists of a primary sensor of 12-megapixel and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel, which is similar to that of the Vivo X21 and Vivo Nex S. On the front, the phone comes with a 25-megapixel sensor that comes with AI-based camera features.Vivo V11i specsThe Vivo V11i comes with a smaller screen than the V11. The phone comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with 1080x2280p resolution and aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone is powered by MediaTek Helio P60 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.ALSO READ: Vivo V11 Pro set to launch in India today, could be priced around Rs 25,000On the software front, the V11i runs Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone also comes with dual SIM support and packs a 3,315mAh battery along with 18W quick-charging support. On the camera front, the Vivo V11i comes with dual camera setup on the rear panel which consists of a 16-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front, just as the Vivo V11, the V11i also sports a 25-megapixel sensor paired with AI-based features.last_img read more

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Trailer Park Boys an Unconventional Success

first_imgN.S. FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Trailer Park Boys an UnconventionalSuccess How did a locally produced, low-budget film emerge as one ofCanada’s hottest comedy series? Perseverance, humour and acommitment to the unconventional. When Dartmouth director Mike Clattenburg screened his filmTrailer Park Boys at the Atlantic Film Festival in 1999, itbecame an instant favourite with audiences. Clattenburg had relied on his old high school buddies, John PaulTremblay and Robb Wells, to play the key roles of Julian andRicky, two guys who live in a trailer park and are alwaysplanning the big score that will let them retire before they turn35. Veteran producer/actor Barrie Dunn, who was among the film’s fans,saw even greater possibilities. He approached Clattenburg and suggested that the film be developed into a television series. Before long, Clattenburg and Dunn were joined in the project byMike Volpe — lawyer, producer and owner of TopsailEntertainment, the company behind such shows as Black Harbour andThe Bette Show. It was a partnership that would change the way Canadiantelevision is created. “Our initial concern was how television broadcasters would reactto the show,” says Dunn, who also helps write the show and starsin the series as Ricky’s dad, Ray. “The mockumentary style, whichis not done a lot, and some of the language and stories may haveput some people off.” In the end, however, it was that very style –coupled with thecomedic and improvisational abilities of the cast — thatattracted an audience. “The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation was approached inthe early days of Trailer Park Boys,” says Ann MacKenzie, CEO ofthe corporation. “We are pleased to have been able to provide thesupport necessary to get this highly successful Nova Scotiaproduction off the ground.” Volpe, executive producer of the series, says the team wasconcerned the series might end after the first season. “But thefans keep coming back for more. At its zany heart, Trailer ParkBoys is really about friendship and loyalty — I think these arevalues that everyone can appreciate.” A growing number of fans agree. In fact, Trailer Park Boys hasreached cult status in Canada after only 21 episodes over threeseasons on Showcase. “The boys” — who now also include fanfavourite Mike Smith as Bubbles — tour with bands like Our LadyPeace and appeared on the cover of Maclean’s magazine this year. Soon viewers south of the border will also be getting a taste ofthe trailer park’s humour. BBC America will begin airing thefirst season of Trailer Park Boys in the United States onThursday, April 15. And talk of a major feature film continues to attractinternational attention thanks, in part, to the Nova Scotia FilmDevelopment Corporation which recommended the show to arepresentative of Endeavour, a large Los Angeles-based talentagency, who was in Nova Scotia scouting another project. Not bad for a hit show that began as a locally produced, low-budget film. -30-last_img read more

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Family and Childrens Services of Annapolis County Discusses Joining Community Services

first_imgFollowing the lead of three other child welfare agencies, Family and Children’s Services of Annapolis County is in discussions to integrate with the Department of Community Services. “I’m pleased the Annapolis agency wishes to become part of our department,” said Community Services Minister Judy Streatch. “We believe this integration will result in consistent service delivery across the province and increased operational efficiencies. I know the agency’s desire to pursue this course of action was well thought out and they are acting in the best interests of the children and families, as well as their staff.” “Our number one priority has always been to provide exceptional service to the children, youth and families in the communities that we serve,” said Sharon Longley, president of the board of directors for Family and Children Services of Annapolis County. Late last year, Lunenburg, Shelburne and Halifax children’s aid agencies joined the provincial government. After recent discussions, the board of directors of the Annapolis agency asked to integrate services and staff with the Department of Community Services. The agency, which has provided child welfare services in Annapolis County for more than 90 years, will be dissolved. Ms. Streatch said the integration of the previous three agencies is working well. It is benefitting Nova Scotia families receiving child welfare support by simplifying access to other departmental services like employment support and housing. Staff from the Community Services Department and children’s aid societies worked to examine existing services and recommended improvements in a report released in January 2006. This service-delivery review prompted the dialogue about child welfare agencies integrating to the department.last_img read more

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CMs attempt to check corruption has been maligned by Oppn Partha

first_imgKolkata: Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s attempt to check corruption within the administration has been maligned by the opposition parties in the state.While speaking in the Assembly, Chatterjee said: “Those who provide money and those who take them are equally responsible. Both of them deserve punishment. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken up a great initiative to fix the accountability on those who indulge in corruption. She has given a platform to raise the issues. The opposition parties are trying to malign the government by politicising the whole issue.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersChatterjee added: “Some political parties are forming groups and trying to politicise a good initiative. They are roaming around with political flags to malign the government. It’s a gimmick to show the government in bad light by a party which has no agenda other than spreading religious fanaticism.” Meanwhile, the West Bengal Salaries and Allowances (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed in the Assembly with an object to increase the daily allowances of the council of ministers. It has been considered necessary to increase the daily allowances of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and the Leader of the Opposition as well. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApart from this, the Bengal Legislative Assembly (Members’ Emoluments) (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was also passed in the Assembly on Thursday, with a view to hike the daily allowance of the members of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. CPI(M) MLA Sujan Chakaraborty, during his speech in the Assembly, demanded that emoluments of the former MLAs be raised by the government. In reply to his demand, Chatterjee said that the state government has no such plans yet in this regard.last_img read more

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Kim Basinger Urges Russian President To Release Captive Whales

first_imgFollowing a recent landmark decision by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to stop the Georgia Aquarium and its SeaWorld affiliates from importing 18 Russian beluga whales, Kim Basinger has sent an urgent appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin – whose official website touts his advocacy for marine mammals – asking him to release the whales from captivity.The Georgia-born actor and long-time PETA supporter has been a leading voice on this issue, also publicly pushing NOAA last year to let the whales stay in Russia. As Basinger explains in her letter to Putin, the next step for the whales should be to rehabilitate and return them to their ocean home, from which they were taken years ago.NOAA’s decision is just one of many recent developments contributing to the decline of cruel marine-mammal captivity. The highly anticipated documentary Blackfish, which explores the debilitating effects of constant confinement on the orcas at SeaWorld, was also released last month to widespread acclaim.“I was thrilled to learn that the 18 beluga whales who were slated to be transported from the Utrish Marine Mammal Research Station to a U.S. aquarium will remain in Russia and out of my home state of Georgia,” she wrote. “The whales would have had a bleak life if they had been shipped to Georgia for public display. At least four belugas and two whale sharks have already died at the Georgia Aquarium in recent years. As an ardent supporter of marine life, I commend you for your efforts to preserve this magnificent species. Now that these whales will not be transferred to the U.S., I urge you to take the next step and ensure that they are returned to their rightful ocean home.“The long-term survival of belugas increases dramatically in their natural habitat. U.S. officials, in making the decision to prohibit the importation of these belugas, determined that the live-capture trade may have contributed to the species’ decline and that allowing belugas to be shipped for public display would only increase demand for these animals to the detriment of the species. The U.S. documentary Blackfish has also generated international criticism of marine parks such as SeaWorld and aquariums that continue to confine whales and dolphins to small concrete tanks, despite our knowledge of how painful and harmful such confinement is to these complex animals.“The plight of these whales has the whole world watching to see what will happen next. I urge you to help return these belugas to their families in the ocean. Will you take a strong unequivocal stand in favor of marine animals by initiating the rehabilitation-and-release process?”last_img read more

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Apple Resists FBIs Demands to Unlock iPhone of San Bernardino Shooter

Rabat – Apple CEO Tim Cook recently announced his company’s decision to resist FBI’s demand to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter.The FBI investigation into the San Bernardino terrorist attack has led to a dead-end. Unable to break into the iPhone of the male shooter who was killed along with his wife in a shootout with the police, the FBI went to the court to compel the tech company Apple to help the investigation by unlocking the phone of Syed Rizwan Farook.According to Democracy now, the FBI’s attempt to break into the phone has taken more than two months. This development has stirred a public debate over privacy and cybersecurity similar to that of Edward Snowden in 2013, when then the government contractor leaked documents that proved that the US government was amassing a large amount of information about its citizens, in what many call a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.Edward Snowden was quoted by Democracy Now as saying, “This is the most important tech case in a decade”Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday night in an open letter to the company’s customers, “Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the US government has simply asked us for something we do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.”The decision to resist the court order, analysts say, springs from the fact that Apple’s customer acquisition and retention hinges upon the security that it provides to its users. Cook added in the same context, “We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.”In an interview with Amy Goodman, Alex Abdo, a staff attorney at the National Security Project, said that the FBI demands represent a new level of authority that the government attempts. “It’s an unprecedented demand that Apple not just give the government information it has, but that Apple write software that hacks into one of its users’ phones,” Abdo told Goodman.Alex Abdo predicted that the courts “will ultimately side with Apple, because what the government is asking for in this case is a bridge too far.” read more

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UN Special Rapporteur Calls on Morocco to Take Action Against Racism

Rabat – In a recent report written following a visit to Morocco for the Human Rights Council, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism Tendayi Achiume called on Morocco to fulfill its anti-discrimination and racial equality commitments.Achiume praised the Moroccan government’s 2011 Constitution for its “vision of a diverse but unified society, where all can enjoy full human rights and full political and social membership.”However, she cautioned that this vision “is one that the Government of Morocco – like all other governments, must continue to work hard to implement.” “Equality in law alone does not ensure equality in fact,” the Special Rapporteur continued. “Serious challenges persist and important work remains to be done to ensure racial equality and the right of all persons to be free from racial discrimination.”In her report, Achiume cited the lack of a comprehensive anti-racism framework as one of the biggest holes in Morocco’s fight to ensure equality.“Contrary to recommendations made by a variety of international and national stakeholders, Morocco has no comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation or specific law prohibiting racial discrimination,” said Achiume. This lack of framework hinders the enjoyment of human rights in Morocco, she added.“The adoption of a new law, or amendments to existing legislation, are urgently needed to fully implement the racial equality framework contained in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.”“Amazigh communities persistently discriminated against”Achiume, who took up her role as UN Special Rapporteur on Racism in 2017, said that “persistent discrimination faced by Amazigh communities” further underscores this lack of legal framework. Amazigh people face discrimination, structural exclusion, and racist stereotyping on the basis of their Amazigh language and culture, said Achiume.She added that Amazigh women, in particular, are disadvantaged. “Amazigh women reported that they often experienced multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination on account of their gender and their Amazigh identity.”The UN expert says this discrimination requires the Moroccan government to “immediately ensure that individuals with Amazigh heritage enjoy, among other rights, equal access to justice, freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, and economic, social and cultural rights.”She also referred to Article 5 of the Moroccan Constitution on the status of Amazigh language, calling the government to implement it through the adoption of organic laws.Further reforms needed to protect migrants and refugeesHer report not only focused on Amazigh communities, it also highlighted the discrimination migrants and refugees allegedly face in Morocco, who mostly come from Subsaharan Africa.“Some migrants and refugees, especially those of black, sub-Saharan origin, reported incidents of racist and xenophobic stereotyping when accessing health care, housing, education and employment, and in other settings.”Achiume also expressed concern that Subsaharan migrants are subject to forced relocations, evictions, and racial profiling, as well as other forms of discrimination. According to Achiume, further reforms are needed to ensure their rights to racial equality and freedom from racial discrimination.“Although national law and policy guarantees a range of rights to migrants and refugees on an equal basis in all of these contexts, rights violations persist and discrimination remains a key barrier to integration,” she said.She also urged Morocco to “stop any and all immigration enforcement policies that result in gross human rights violations, including in forests in the north and other regions close to its frontiers with Europe. “Europe’s role in the treatment of migrants and refugees in MoroccoShe added that to ensure the rights and safety of migrants in Morocco, “the European Union and its member states must take responsibility for the role they must play.”“Europe must take active steps to create legal pathways for migration, including for Moroccans and other African migrants who seek to migrate. And international organizations, including the International Organisation for Migration, must ensure that human rights are front and center in all practices,” she said.Despite the reforms she recommended, Achiume finished off the report by acknowledging and commending Morocco for its leadership and “tremendous steps to advance the human rights of migrants and refugees.”She also said was heartened by the government’s “political will” and “praiseworthy commitment” to protecting and integrating these vulnerable populations. She also praised the government’s “rejection of European Union attempts to locate offshore asylum processing or “regional disembarkation” centers within Moroccan territory.”Read also: 22 Migrants Die Attempting to Cross from Morocco into Europe read more

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Bill Gates ready to assist Sri Lankas health sector

American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation Bill Gates has said he is prepared to assist Sri Lanka’s health sector, the Health Ministry said.Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had a brief meeting with Gates in Abu Dhabi during an international conference on health. During the meeting, Gates had reportedly told the Minister he was aware of the efforts being taken in Sri Lanka to improve the health sector.He had said he is prepared to assist those efforts in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry said. (Colombo Gazette)

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Railroad to replace bolts after fiery oil train derailment

by Matthew Brown And Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 9:07 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PORTLAND, Ore. – Union Pacific Railroad said it will replace a type of bolt on its track that led to a fiery oil train derailment on the Oregon-Washington border, but the pledge failed to ease concerns in the tiny town where the wreck sparked a massive fire that burned for 14 hours.Federal investigators in a preliminary report released Thursday blamed the derailment on Union Pacific for failing to properly maintain its track.The report flagged broken “lag bolts” as the immediate cause and said better inspections would have caught the issue. The lag bolt is part of a fastening system that attaches the rail to ties. It prevents the rails from moving too far apart, which can lead to derailments.Union Pacific faces potential penalties for safety violations, according to the Federal Railroad Administration report.The document, obtained in advance by The Associated Press, came out a day after Union Pacific announced it would resume running oil trains in the Columbia River Gorge later this week.The combined news shocked and angered residents in Mosier, a town of about 400 where the train went off the tracks. The June 3 derailment released 42,000 gallons of crude and prompted evacuations. No one was injured.“I think it’s outrageous that they’re telling us it’s safe,” Mosier Mayor Arlene Burns said. “We are going to keep pushing until we feel that this has been properly addressed.”Advanced electronic brakes proposed by regulators but fought by the railroad industry could have made the derailment less severe, Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg said. They could have reduced the number of cars that derailed and prevented the one that first burst into flames from being punctured, officials said.“We’re talking about upgrading a brake system that is from the Civil War era,” Feinberg said. “It’s not too much to ask these companies to improve their braking systems.”The Association of American Railroads has lobbied against new braking requirements, saying they are too unreliable and would yield too little benefit to justify a price tag topping $3 billion. Federal officials say putting new brakes just on locomotives hauling large loads of oil and other flammable liquids would cost far less, around $80 million.Union Pacific said an upgraded braking system would not have made a difference in the Mosier derailment.The company will replace the lag bolts with spikes on curved portions of its track nationwide as part of its track renewal program, said Justin Jacobs, Union Pacific spokesman. The bolts will be replaced on 530 miles of the company’s 32,000-mile network, he said.Union Pacific inspections just three days before the derailment failed to detect any problem with the bolts, Jacobs said. Spikes will be more visible than the bolts, which lie close to the ground, nestled in gravel on the rail bed, he said.Hal Gard, rail and public transit administrator for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said he’s been told Union Pacific will start replacing the bolts in the Columbia River Gorge in August.The tank cars that broke open and burned had travelled thousands of miles from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota and Montana, destined for coastal refineries.A chorus of state, local and federal elected officials in Oregon has demanded a moratorium on crude-by-rail shipments until the derailment is fully understood. There are concerns the failure of the lag bolts could be a symptom of a larger, unknown problem. Oil trains have been running in the area only since 2014, state transportation officials said.There was little prior focus on failed lag bolts, and there appears to be only one other instance in which they caused a derailment, in Canada’s Alberta Province in 2012, Gard said, adding a further look is needed.“The unit trains are big and very heavy, the cars are shorter, and the oil is sloshing around inside of those cars. Are there additional strains and dynamic forces associated with that that is different?” he said. “Now folks are getting down and twisting and kicking them and taking a hard look at those things.”Oregon Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden asked federal rail regulators to use an emergency provision to stop oil train traffic until the derailment was better understood. Gov. Kate Brown also reiterated her call for a halt to oil train traffic.Federal rail authorities have said they don’t have the jurisdiction to ban oil trains in Oregon.At least 27 oil trains have been involved in major derailments, fires or oil spills in the United States and Canada in the past decade, according to an AP analysis of accident records. The trains travel through more than 400 counties across the U.S. to reach refineries on the West, East and Gulf coasts.A 2013 derailment killed 47 people when a runaway oil train from North Dakota jumped the tracks and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.Rail consultant and former industry regulator Steven Ditmeyer said a series of Burlington Northern derailments in the 1990s in Washington state all involved sheared off railroad spikes. Investigators eventually determined overloaded cars, a lack of lubrication between the wheel assembly and the body of the tanker cars, and not enough gravel in the railroad bed combined to put strain on the track along curves.That strain loosened the spikes holding the rails to the rail ties and pushed the rails apart, much like the recent Oregon derailment, he said.Feinberg said tank cars that haul crude oil and other products have weight limits, but there’s been no suggestion Union Pacific’s cars exceeded them.“Whether a railroad is moving heavy cars or lighter cars, it is still their responsibility to maintain the track,” she said.___Brown reported from Billings, Montana.___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at https://twitter.com/matthewbrownap and Gillian Flaccus at https://twitter.com/gflaccus Railroad to replace bolts after fiery oil train derailment read more

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A Mets Fan Tries To Control A Cruel And Random Universe

Warning: This post was written by a Mets fan.When Daniel Murphy let a ball bounce beneath his glove in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the World Series, I threw my Mets hat to the ground. It was ostensibly the pivotal moment in a 5-3 Royals win, the kind of play that reminded me why other sports have fouls but baseball has errors.We could sit here together and dwell on all the Mets errors: We could wonder how Jeurys Familia, an all-star closer, blew five saves in 48 opportunities during the regular season, but has blown two in two opportunities during the World Series. We could plumb the depths of Yoenis Cespedes’s above-average defensive metrics, and make the case that to measure Cespedes’s true defensive capacity we need a new metric that somehow quantifies a fielder’s nonchalance.1And ideally a fielder’s tendency to kick the ball off his leg when he can’t catch it. And we could spend hours trying to understand Terry Collins’s faith in an eighth-inning set-up man who is allowing a .835 OPS to opposing batters in the postseason. (It seems as though I may spend the next several years doing that.)But instead I want to tell you about my hat. If you read FiveThirtyEight a lot, you know that we’re puritanical about baseball’s playoffs being a crapshoot. They’re a series of games that may or may not be a reflection of a team’s actual quality. Intellectually, I know the same rules of randomness that apply to a baseball also apply to what I wear to watch a game. But the World Series is not a time for intellect.On July 31, the day Cespedes was traded to the Mets, I bought a Minnesota Twins hat at Target Field in Minneapolis. It was a tourist’s purchase – I was in Minnesota for a couple of ballgames with some friends.But the hat started to mean something more. That weekend, the Mets swept the Washington Nationals to tie for first place in the NL East. So I kept wearing the hat. And the Mets kept winning. The Mets went 37-22 to close out the season, and won the NL East despite a 23 percent chance of doing so when I bought the hat. (The rational readers among you will note that they also went 37-22 to close out the season after Cespedes joined the team, but, again, this is not a rational story.)Soon, the Twins hat had replaced my Mets hat. My Mets friends texted me and asked me to wear it when they were feeling nervous about a game. I nearly forgot it on a plane, and felt the Mets season slipping away until I stormed back to retrieve it. At the start of the playoffs, I went on a poorly timed vacation to India, and brought the Twins hat to ensure the Mets advanced.I returned to the U.S. in time for the World Series, and there was no question I’d wear the Twins hat into the heart of a Mets bar for Game 1. Fourteen innings later, the hat wasn’t enough. The Mets lost 5-4.So I put on something different. I went to Game 3 in Citi Field and wore a hat that spelled out M-E-T-S. I had worn it to every Mets home game I attended this year.That Mets hat has its own history, with a winning percentage of about .550 this season, if I recall correctly. Good, but not Twins hat good. Yet the Mets won Game 3 9-3. And so, before Game 4, I faced the same choice any manager does: Do I ride what’s hot, or stick with the steady performer? I looked into the archives of Baseball Prospectus, but couldn’t find any research on whether there’s such a thing as a hot-hand effect in fans’ attire. I was adrift with nothing but my own small sample sizes.Saturday, I put on the Mets hat. By the end of the night, it had regressed to its mean. It couldn’t stop a Royals team that had a .301 BABIP in the regular season from having a BABIP of .346 in Game 4 (and that doesn’t even count the ball that skittered beneath Murphy’s glove). It couldn’t make the Mets win. It couldn’t get Terry Collins to bring in his best bullpen pitcher for a six-out save with nobody on, rather than a five-out save with two runners on base. It couldn’t get Cespedes to stay closer to first base in the final moments.A hat with a .550 winning percentage could never do that. But a Twins hat with a .627 winning percentage? We’ll find out during Game 5. read more

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Buckeyes tame Mastadons

“You don’t want to get behind the eight ball early in conference play,” coach Pete Hanson said.“You have got to take of care of your home court plus win a few on the road and now we’re in a good position to keep that rolling.” The Buckeyes showcased why they are a defending conference champion as they displayed dominance as well as overcoming adversity in a decisive victory over the Mastodons. “I was pretty confident in our ability to do well,” the junior said. “Everyone had confidence in each other, we stayed positive and we were able to get the job done.” John Klanac had no doubt in his mind that the Buckeyes were capable of winning that game. The Buckeyes won the next point and eventually took the second game, which featured 18 ties and several lead changes, 34-32.  The Buckeyes were led by impressive performances from senior Ted Schoenfeldt, posting a match-high 20 points and 15 kills and Klanac, who also contributed with 17.5 points and 13 kills. Sophomore Mik Berzins, who was switched to outside hitter for the match, added 11 points and 10 kills of his own. As a team, OSU hit .320 for the match, compared to just .150 by IPFW. “We just made sure we were all on the same page,” Hanson said. “We made sure all the guys knew what we wanted done, how we were going to get it done, and to just take a deep breath, relax and play.” After the break, OSU controlled from the start and won the third game, 30-24, never trailing and finishing off a sweep of the Mastodons. Ohio State (1-3, 1-0) faced stiff competition last weekend at the Outriggers Hotels Invitational, falling to No. 12 Hawaii, No. 5 Penn State, and No. 1 USC, and was looking to regroup with a statement win in their MIVA conference opener against IPFW (2-1, 0-1). Ohio State came out focused early, assisted by 10 IPFW errors, and easily won the first game 30-16. However, in the second game, the Mastodons set the tempo early and led the majority of the game, forcing a game point against the Buckeyes, leading 29-28 when Hanson called a timeout. After opening the season with a series of tough matches in Hawaii last weekend, the No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team opened up Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference play with a 3-0 sweep (30-16, 34-32, 30-24) against Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne Friday night at St. John Arena. After the win, despite spending the previous weekend in Hawaii, Klanac said he was happy to be back home in Columbus.  read more

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Could this year be the year

In college football, where BCS formulas, strengths of schedules and computer rankings determine end-of-season opportunities, one loss can tarnish a season. By mid-September last year, an 18-15 loss at home to USC had spoiled Ohio State’s national title hopes. An October loss to Purdue was icing on the cake. But every offseason, each school is granted a clean slate, and OSU captured the No. 2 ranking in many preseason ballots. Aside from annual conference battles with Wisconsin and Iowa, both ranked in the top 15, the Buckeyes’ championship aspirations were hinged on the outcome of a matchup with Miami (Fla.). Unlike marquee non-conference matchups of recent years past, the Buckeyes played up to their competition, as the 36-24 final difference seemed to reflect inadequately the talent differential on the field that afternoon. OSU intercepted Miami quarterback Jacory Harris four times, while Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw for 233 yards and rushed for 113 more. “As long as we continue to grow, this (win) is huge,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said. “I think they’re a top-10 team. In my mind, going into the game, I was interested to see if we were a top-10 team.” The last time OSU avoided an early season loss to a highly regarded opponent, 2007, the Scarlet and Gray reached the BCS Championship game before falling to Louisiana State University. That year, Washington was the nonconference challenge, and the Buckeyes pounced on the Cougars, 33-14. A year earlier, OSU knocked off Texas in Austin, 24-7, and carried the momentum from the win — the Bucks were ranked No. 1 and the Longhorns No. 2 entering the game — into the national title game before being upset by Florida. So the Buckeyes have been here before. But will they reach the title game like they did on each of the two previous occasions? “The problem with ratings and whatnot is you have to prove it every week,” Tressel said. “I think we proved it (against Miami) that we’re a top-10 team, and now we’ve got to prove it next week and the next week.” The Buckeyes saved the meat of their conference schedule for the end, finishing league play with a trio of games against Penn State, at Iowa and home against Michigan. The road test against the Hawkeyes and a trip to Camp Randall to visit Wisconsin should provide the stiffest challenges to OSU’s hopes of maintaining an unblemished record. But for now, with one major hurdle successfully cleared, the Buckeyes have time to make progress and continue on their path toward what they hope is another shot at hardware. “We can be a good football team,” Tressel said. “You have to play hard to be good. Now you have to start playing better to be real good, and I think our guys understand that. … We’ve got a lot of things we’ve got to square away. It’s September, we’ve just got to keep trying to get better.” read more

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Rachael Bland BBC presenter and cancer blogger reveals she has just days

You are amazing. A true gem. Sending all my love xxx— Bryony Gordon (@bryony_gordon) September 4, 2018 Thinking of you Rachael — and of Steve and Freddie too. You are an extraordinary person to work with and listen to. It’s clear for all to see what a brilliant Mum, wife and broadcaster you are too. It was always an incredible privilege to share the airwaves with you.— Chris Mason (@ChrisMasonBBC) September 3, 2018 Colleagues responded with messages of support for the popular presenter, with Juliette Ferrington writing: “Oh my goodness Rachael, sending you a bomb of love, strength and peace. In absolute awe of your courage, determination and willingness to fight every single day. Lots of love,” signing off her tweet with two kisses. BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, whose own wife Emma was given the all clear after her breast cancer diagnosis, tweeted his thoughts. He said: “And then reality suddenly bites and perspective gained. This is awful. No words, other than love to you and Steve (husband).”Bland’s Radio 5 colleague Richard Bacon also offered support on Twitter, writing: “Days. Devastating. Rachael I know saying I’m thinking of you (and our magnificent time together on air, especially all that late night fun) doesn’t change anything.”But I am and I’m so very sorry. Your podcast has helped change the way people talk about all this. You’re wonderful.”Comedian Justin Moorhouse, a regular panelist on BBC shows including 5Live’s Fighting Talk, simply wrote: “All the love in the world.” Our thoughts are with you Rachael. And also with Steve & Freddie. Your honesty, integrity and humour through all of this has been something to behold. You are one impressive woman and this really is the saddest news. Much love xx— Chris Warburton (@chriswarburton_) September 3, 2018 And fellow BBC journalist Jennie Gow wrote: “You have been such an inspiration both before and now and with everything you have done… forever more.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Rachel I don’t know you personally but my heart breaks for you. I’m so sorry to hear what you are going through. This Fucking disease is my greatest enemy. It breaks hearts continuously. I commend you for your bravery and honesty. There are no words. God bless you and yours. X— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) September 4, 2018 Rachael Bland with husband Steve and son FreddieCredit:Matthew Pover BBC news presenter Rachael Bland has revealed she only has days left to live having been diagnosed with cancer in 2016.The journalist, who has been at the BBC for more than 15 years, has been widely praised for the You Me and The Big C podcast following her breast cancer treatment. But in a statement on Twitter on Monday afternoon, she wrote: “In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days.”It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and Lozz will continue with the You Me and The Big C podcast. Au revoir my friends.”Writing in The Telegraph last month, she told how the cancer had spread around multiple lymph nodes in her upper body, into her skin and liver. Rachael Bland with husband Steve and son Freddie In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days. It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and lozz will continue with the #youmebigc podcast. Au revoir my friends. 💋💋 pic.twitter.com/DhMurbqMJz— Rachael Bland (@Rachael_Hodges) September 3, 2018 Words cannot begin to express. You’re an unbelievable inspiration and surreal is not the word. Amazing courage and will help millions of others cope. Love to you all xx— Mike Bushell (@mikebreakfast) September 3, 2018 She said: “We still had some hope of holding back the tide for a while, but no one survives metastatic breast cancer long term.”I’ve not asked how long I have left, because I don’t want a number in my head that I’m counting down to. It’s only ever a best guesstimate – but I’ve got less than a year.” Utterly devastated for you and your family Rachael. What you’ve done to help others is amazing.— Greg Rutherford (@GregJRutherford) September 3, 2018 Oh Rach. Life really can be so unbelievably cruel. You’ve been dealt a hideous hand but you have been a bloody star and I’m sure Freddie will be too. Sending you all my love as I sit here in tears. You’re an amazing woman. See you for a glass of wine on the other side ❤️— Will Perry (@willperryTV) September 3, 2018 Like everybody Rachael, I just can’t believe it or get my head around it. You’ve battled so bravefully and with such dignity, and as so many have said, you are an inspiration to us all. It was always a pleasure to work with you and Richard. Much love and peace to you & yours xx— Dave Vitty (@davidvitty) September 3, 2018 You’ll never know just how many people you’ve helped. You have created a huge legacy, a wonderful insight to millions as to how you live a life of courage. You helped me so much when I was diagnosed, I couldn’t talk about it so I listened to you do it. All my love and strength xx— louise martin (@louisemartin25) September 3, 2018 Since the very early stages of my diagnosis I have followed you, so funny, witty and positive, I hope I can deal with this with half of your amazing attitude. 🦋— Alejandra Solis (@alejandrasolis) September 3, 2018 Oh Rach, words can’t say how this makes me feel. This is the saddest news. You’re an amazing woman and absolute inspiration. Thinking of you, Steve and Freddie xx— Simon King (@SimonOKing) September 3, 2018 Heartbreaking 😢 Cannot tell you how much you’ve helped in the last six months. My Mrs had cancer, we also have a two year old boy. We’ll be forever grateful for your openness. You have changed the way people talk and deal with cancer forever. An incredible legacy ❤️ #youmebigc— alistair magowan (@alistairmagowan) September 3, 2018 You’ve lit up a great many lives with the way you’ve faced up to the big C – I’m so sorry it’s ending like this. You’ve been amazing. Wx— Wyre Davies (@WyreDavies) September 3, 2018 You Me and The Big C co-host Deborah James simply wrote: “No words right now – just heartbreak.”•  You, Me and The Big C  is available to download at bbc.co.uk/5liveTwitter reaction to Rachael Bland’s announcement Financial journalist Steph McGovern was among those singing her praises, and wrote: “Rachael, I am so gutted for you and your family.”The podcast has clearly helped so many people and you did it with such style, humour and bloody brilliance. Thank you for everything you have done.”Others to offer their support were singer Ronan Keating, BBC’s Chris Warburton and Chris Mason,  Olympian Greg Rutherford and a host of listeners going through their own cancer treatment. Rachael, I have watched in awe at all you have done to help people going though this horrible illness. I know from experience how much it means when there is someone willing to talk about it. You have made a difference Hun – you are a very special lady. xx— Christine Talbot (@christinetalbot) September 3, 2018 Mark Chapman, one of the BBC’s leading sports radio anchors, said: “Oh Rachael. I am so very sorry. What you have done has been amazing and helped so many. Sending so much love to you, Steve and Freddie (son, three).”Writing for The Telegraph on August 11, she said: “I’m not scared of dying. I only fear for those I leave behind. For my darling Freddie, who’ll be three next month, for Steve and our families.”Even now, knowing the ‘no options left’ conversation is coming, I can’t crumble and fall to pieces. “I have to suppress a lot of the darkest thoughts about Freddie growing up without his mummy around. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the precious times we have left together.”Dozens of well-wishers thanked Ms Bland for both her podcast which she hosts alongside Lauren Mahon and Deborah James and her blog, Big C Little Me.  read more

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How to use Android Device Manager to track your lost or stolen

first_imgIf there’s one thing that has been missing from Android, it is most definitely a native way to track your phone when it goes missing. Google finally delivered this feature to users — set the stage for a lot more to be added — through the introduction of the Android Device Manager.By popping open your browser and heading to Android.com/devicemanager, you’ve done everything you need to do when it comes to locating your lost phone. Google will ask you to log in with the Gmail account attached to the phone or tablet you are looking for, and from there you’ll be taken to an interface that looks almost like the new Google Maps. As long as your device is on and connected to a network, you’ll see the a blip on the map that signifies your hardware.There’s a dropdown menu for those of you with multiple Android phones and tablets, allowing you to track them individually.If you’re looking for something you think is within earshot, the ring function on this page will wake the screen and start ringing your phone at max volume for five minutes. When you find the phone, tap the screen once and the ringing stops. This can be done multiple times, so if you’re hunting through a house the only thing stopping you is your battery life.The wipe feature works a little differently. In order to wipe your phone remotely, you have to activate the feature on your phone first, which is as simple as tapping a check box. After you do that, you can perform a total factory reset on your phone at any time as long as it is connected to a network.This tool has been a long time coming, but the most important part of the new feature is how it was deployed. Every Android device with Google’s apps running Android 2.2 or higher has access to the Device Manager without having to do anything at all. This implementation means Google can seamlessly add features without needing to rely on users to update apps.Android’s Device Manager is a value-add that works on nearly every product running Android right now, and will continue to get better with time.last_img read more

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FBI investigating cyber attacks that crippled Twitter Netflix and Amazon last night

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Gil C Image: Shutterstock/Gil C 15 Comments By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Oct 22nd 2016, 3:50 PM http://jrnl.ie/3040934 Short URLcenter_img Share33 Tweet Email2 A WAVE OF cyber attacks which hit some of the most popular sites on the internet yesterday could have been the result of an inside job, according to a former FBI agent.The attacks crippled online giants including Twitter, Netflix, Playstation and Amazon by hampering or outright blocking access to popular online venues.This was done through incapacitating a crucial piece of internet infrastructure.“When I see something like this, I have to think state actor,” said Carbon Black national security strategist Eric O’Neill, a former “spy hunter” on the FBI counter-intelligence force. 13,555 Views Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 3:50 PM FBI investigating cyber attacks that crippled Twitter, Netflix and Amazon last night “This is not some hacker sitting in his basement typing away on a keyboard.” This is not some hacker sitting in his basement typing away on a keyboard.The attack was said to put a troubling new spin on an old hacker attack known as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), where millions of devices in the fast-growing internet of things (IoT) took part in the cyber onslaught. Source: Shutterstock/Christian BertrandArmies of computers infected with malicious code are typically used in DDoS attacks intended to overwhelm targets with simultaneous online requests.Hacker software referred to as Mirai that takes control of IoT devices was evidently linked to the attack, with the broad range of devices making requests helping get past Dyn defences.“We are seeing attacks coming from a number of different locations,” according to Dale Drew, chief security officer at Level 3 Communications – an internet services company.In a video posted online, he said:“We are seeing attacks coming from an internet-of-things botnet that we identified called Mirai also involved in this attack.”Possible probeHeavyweight cyber attacks that seem to yield trouble but no apparent payoff could be probing defences to refine tactics for use on high value targets such as utilities or transportation systems, according to O’Neill and other computer defence specialists.The attack could also have been meant as a message from a foreign power, cyber security analysts told AFP. Source: Shutterstock/Barone FirenzeThe onslaught commanded the attention of top US security agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security.“DHS and the FBI are aware and are investigating all potential causes” of the outages, a spokeswoman said.The outages left internet users unable to post messages, shop, watch videos and play games online for parts of the day.Dynamic Network Services Inc, which manages internet traffic, said around 11.00 GMT that its infrastructure had been hit by a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack in the eastern part of the United States.The initial attack was resolved within about two hours but the company, known as Dyn, was slammed with a second DDoS wave.DDoS attacks involve flooding websites with more traffic than they can handle, making them difficult to access or taking them offline entirely.Domain name servers are a crucial element of internet infrastructure, converting numbered Internet Protocol addresses into the domain names that allow users to connect to internet sites.The DDoS attack hit what is akin to a directory assistance service used to route online traffic to the right addresses, meaning that even though networks such as Level 3 were running normally they couldn’t be reached.A map published by the website downdetector.com showed the effect was felt across the US and into Europe“The critical point is how fragile our internet is that these attacks can happen,” O’Neill said.He worried what damage such attacks might do in less computer security savvy sectors such as finance, energy or transportation.Dyn put out a status update at 2217 GMT saying the incident had been resolved.Amazon Web Services, which hosts some of the most popular sites on the internet, including Netflix and the homestay network Airbnb, said that it also staved off one attack, only to be hit with similar problems several hours later.Battle of the Bulge Source: Shutterstock/Eric Broder Van DykeDDoS attacks have been in the hacker arsenal for quite some time, but abated as companies learned how to defend against them. Security analysts say there has been a resurgence.According to Verisign, the number of DDoS attacks rose 75% year-on-year in the second quarter of this year.Such attacks have escalated “thanks largely to the broad availability of tools for compromising and leveraging the collective firepower of so-called Internet of Things devices – poorly secured Internet-based security cameras, digital video recorders and Internet routers,” cyber security specialist Brian Krebs wrote in a post at krebsonsecurity.com.Attackers use DDoS attacks for a range of purposes, including censorship, protest and extortion.The loose-knit hacktivist network Anonymous in 2010 targeted DNS provider EveryDNS and others as retribution for efforts to block the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks.Roland Dobbins, principal engineer at the networks security company Arbor Networks, told AFP that, though it was spectacular, the attack was a constant and relentless fact of life on the internet.“It’s like a combination of the Wild West, Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge on the internet every day,” he said.He felt that the attack’s scale did not necessarily mean the attackers had large resources.“It does not require a nation-state to launch a DDoS attack of this magnitude or impact,” he said. “When it comes to DDoS attacks, states are just another player.”James Scott, co-founder of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, said the attacks demonstrated well-known vulnerabilities of the internet.“Simply put, the internet in its original and modern form was not designed with security in mind,” he told AFP.- © AFP 2016.Read: Twitter, Netflix and Playstation affected by “malicious” cyberattackRead: Could a floating parliament be the answer for Britain’s £4 billion restoration?last_img read more

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Helicopter crashes on Manhattan skyscraper rooftop

first_imgNEW YORK — A helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper Monday, killing the pilot and briefly unnerving the city.The crash happened at around 2 p.m. in a steady rain and clouds that obscured the roof of the 750-foot (229-meter) AXA Equitable building.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who spoke to reporters at the scene about 20 minutes after the crash, said the impact shook the building and caused a fire that was quickly brought under control. There were no other reports of injuries.The crash, close to both Rockefeller Center and Times Square, sent rescue vehicles swarming to the building and immediately evoked memories of the Sept. 11 attacks, though officials said there were no indications it was related to terrorism.“If you’re a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11. And I remember that morning all too well. So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes,” Cuomo said.last_img read more

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50yearold man arrested for allegedly stabbing sister in the face

first_img Posted: November 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SANTEE (KUSI) – A dispute between a 50-year-old man and his 49-year-old sister at an East County trailer park escalated Tuesday into a stabbing that sent the woman to a hospital and left her brother under arrest, authorities reported.The assault in the 8700 block of North Magnolia Avenue in Santee was reported shortly before 6 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.Medics took the victim to a trauma center for treatment of non-life- threatening cuts to her face, Lt. Chris Steffen said.Deputies found the 6-foot-tall, 230-pound suspect, identified as Joseph Bodenstadt, on Mission Gorge Road and took him into custody.Bodenstadt was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated mayhem and resisting law enforcement personnel.The reason for the latter charge and the motive for the alleged assault were not immediately clear.The suspect was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon. November 20, 2018 50-year-old man arrested for allegedly stabbing sister in the face Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Court rules travel expenses are subject to tax

first_imgReed Employment has lost an appeal against HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), in which it contested up to £158 million in tax payments relating to travel expenses for the temporary workers it employed.The case covers the period between 2001 and 2006 when the employment agency aimed to make non-taxable payments to its employed temps for travel expenses, with the tax and national insurance (NI) contributions shared between Reed and the temporary worker.In the case of Reed Employment vs HMRC, HMRC argued that the expenses were made as part of overall wages and should therefore have been subject to pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) and NI contributions. Reed argued that the employer could not now be expected to pay NI and PAYE on the expense reimbursements because HMRC had originally allowed the arrangement.In April 2014, the Upper Tribunal endorsed a First-Tier Tribunal judgement that found in favour of HMRC.Reed lodged an appeal contesting the tribunal’s ruling. The appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal following a hearing in July 2015.Ruth Owen, director general of personal tax at HMRC, said: “This shows that we were right to challenge the complex arrangements that Reed used to try to reduce its income tax and national insurance liabilities, and that we won’t hesitate to litigate cases if necessary to secure the tax due.”Reed stated: “We are extremely disappointed by the decision of the Court of Appeal in this case, which involved complex issues and which we lost on a technical point on the wording of our contracts with our temporary employees.“We stress that this is a historical tax dispute, covering a period from 2001 until 2006 and will not have an impact on our clients or our temporary employees past and present. We will be working with HMRC to take the matter forward.”Tim Stovold, head of tax at accountancy firm Kingston Smith, added: “Normally, business travel expenses can be reimbursed to employees without tax and NI being charged.”“But the problem with the Reed case was that the expense reimbursements were viewed as part of the normal earnings of the employee rather than an expense reimbursement in addition to earnings.“From 6 April 2016, the law applying to reimbursed business expenses is changing so that this type of arrangement, now to be known as a ‘relevant salary sacrifice arrangement’, is prohibited by law.“Employers who do anything other than reimburse business expenses in a very straightforward way will need to review their procedures.”last_img read more

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Reading Cooperative Bank Hires Stephanie Johnson As Mortgage Loan Officer

first_img(NOTE: Reading Cooperative Bank has two locations in Wilmington — 230 Lowell Street and 352 Middlesex Avenue.)READING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) would like to welcome Stephanie Johnson as its latest Mortgage Loan Officer. Under the direction of Maria Costa, Vice President of Residential and Consumer Lending, Stephanie will perform a wide range of mortgage origination and business development functions to achieve residential sales goals.Stephanie has over a decade of experience in sales and management. Throughout her career, she has focused on building client relations and sales growth. Stephanie comes to RCB from Metro Credit Union in Chelsea, MA, where she served as a Mortgage Origination Manager.Outside of the workplace, Stephanie has been an active participant in several local organizations, where she has demonstrated a strong commitment to the community. This coming July, Stephanie will be installed as President of the Peabody Rotary Club. As a member of the Rotary in 2016, Stephanie was chosen to go to Cebu City, Philippines, where, for two weeks, she volunteered as a medical records assistance at a hospital where cleft pallet and cleft lip surgeries were performed. Stephanie is also an ambassador for the Progeria Research Foundation. In her role with the Foundation, Stephanie helps transport and situate families from all over the world who fly to the U.S. to take part in clinical trials.“Stephanie comes to us with an excellent reputation among her peers,” remarked Maria Costa. “She has delivered quality lending support, while also managing and training other loan origination staff. Her ability to liaison between different operations teams and provide leadership is a tremendous attribute. We look forward to having her bring those same traits to the Lending Department here at RCB.”Stephanie can be contacted at 781-670-1806 or sjohnson@readingcoop.com.About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces 3 New Branch Managers, Including Changes In WilmingtonIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank Welcomes Gail Donovan as Mortgage Loan OriginatorIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Supports Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Elder Independence FundIn “Business”last_img read more

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