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Report Released on Financial Reporting

first_imgNova Scotia’s auditor general, Roy Salmon, tabled a report today,Nov. 14, on the province’s consolidated financial statements forthe year ended March 31, 2003, and other financial reportingpractices. The report contains a letter sent to the president and members ofthe Executive Council in regards to their responsibility forgovernment’s financial reporting processes. The auditor generalalso provided comments on and recommendations to improvegovernment’s financial reporting practices. The report is on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca/audg/ . -30-last_img

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New Budget on April 22

first_imgFinance Minister Peter Christie today, April 20, announced hewill introduce the government’s 2004-05 budget in the Nova ScotiaHouse of Assembly on Thursday, April 22, beginning at 2 p.m. “This will be our third consecutive balanced budget,” said Mr.Christie. “As promised, we will continue to invest in health careand education, which Nova Scotians tell us are their toppriorities.” The minister said the government is facing difficult decisions inlight of shortfalls in the federal budget last month anddecreases in equalization funding from Ottawa. He confirmed thatlarge scale public sector staff reductions is not an option thegovernment will use to reduce expenses. “This budget will protect our priorities, but it will alsorecognize our limitations,” Mr. Christie said. “We are managingour available resources wisely, while still providing the muchneeded programs and services that Nova Scotians expect anddeserve.”last_img read more

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Small businesses add a weak 6,000 jobs in March, ADP says

NEW YORK — Small business hiring weakened further in March, a sign that owners are becoming more anxious about forecasts for a slower economy.That assessment Wednesday comes from payroll provider ADP, which said its business customers with up to 49 employees created only 6,000 jobs last month. That’s down from a revised 19,000 in February and dramatically lower than 98,000 in January.Although many owners have said in surveys they’re confident about their own companies, they’ve expressed concerns about the economy. Many economists predict slower economic growth this year, and measures of consumer confidence have generally fallen in recent months. Consumer spending is key to the strength of many small businesses, especially retailers, restaurants and service providers who cater to the consumer.The ADP report was released the same day as a Capital One survey that showed small business owners are losing some of their optimism and are less willing to hire. Fifty-nine per cent of the 500 owners questioned said business conditions are good or excellent, but that’s down 8 percentage points from a survey six months earlier. And 29% said they plan to hire in the next six months, down from 33%.The drop in small business hiring recorded by ADP was in line with slower job creation at companies of all sizes. ADP said businesses added 129,000 jobs in March, down from February’s 197,000.But small businesses have been more cautious about hiring since the Great Recession began more than 11 years ago; in the Capital One survey, 29% of the owners who don’t plan to hire said they economy makes them too nervous to take on the added costs of a larger payroll.The Capital One survey showed owners are being conservative in other ways: 49% said they would be more cautious about taking on inventory or supplies.Many owners have also said over the past few years that they can’t find skilled workers for many of their job openings. However, the sharp drop in hiring the past two months points to concerns about the economy and how it will affect small business revenue and profits.The Associated Press read more

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250G damage to historic home

Fire damaged a home at the corner of Main and Green streets in Waterford on Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported Thursday in a fire at a historic mansion in downtown Waterford.The fire broke out in an apartment at 180 Main Street South around 3:45 p.m. None of the seven tenants were home when the alarm went up and all had to be relocated once the situation was under control.The Norfolk County Fire Department reports that a third-floor tenant came home Thursday afternoon to discover the building’s fire alarm had been activated. The occupant discovered smoke coming from his apartment.“One of the occupants grabbed a fire extinguisher and opened the door in the hopes of fighting the fire himself,” Michael Atkins, a fire prevention officer with the Norfolk department, said in an email.“However, once the door was opened he quickly realized that the fire was larger than he could handle with an extinguisher, at which time he closed the door and exited the building to call 911.”Norfolk firefighters brought the situation under control quickly and managed to save the structure. Atkins noted that the occupant closed the door to the apartment when he realized he could not knock down the flames with the extinguisher. This was important, Atkins said, because it starved the fire for oxygen while preventing it from spreading into the hallway.Most of the damage was confined to the upper-level unit. An inspection determined that the flames had not spread to the attic.The cold snap that settled over southern Ontario this week presented local firefighters with additional challenges. Atkins said the wind chill at the scene was in the range of -40 degrees C.Firefighters were frustrated when they could not activate two hydrants in the neighbourhood because they were frozen. They were eventually forced open, but Atkins says this did not delay the firefighting effort.Atkins says the Norfolk department prepares for such contingencies during cold weather. Pumper trucks have a water supply of their own while tanker trucks are dispatched to all fires, even those in urban areas where hydrants are nearby.“The crews did encounter frozen caps on a couple hydrants,” Atkins said. “But they did access another hydrant before they even needed to use the water from the tanker trucks on scene. It had zero impact on the firefighting operations.”An investigation has determined that the fire is not suspicious. A cause has yet to be determined. A preliminary estimate pegs the damage at $250,000. Fire was restricted to the apartment unit in question but there is water damage in other parts of the building.The Norfolk department reports that the building is insured. However, it is not known if tenants were insured for contents.The 19th-century mansion was built as the home of the Becker and York families, merchants in the early history of Waterford. The Becker and York families were related by marriage to the Sovereign (sometimes spelled Sovereen) family, another of the town’s founding families.Karen Lindsay of Waterford, a member of the Waterford and Townsend Historical Society and a past executive member, said the mansion later served as a hospital and after that as a seminary.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com Contributed photo read more

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Stop and search could increase knife crime College of Police warns police

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. Mr Cooke said officers should only be concerned about preventing the kind of harrowing murders seen in cities such as Birmingham when they carry out a stop and search.He told The Daily Telegraph: “The thing with the College of Policing, for me and the rank and file, they seem to be detached from reality.“Unfortunately, when we challenge people’s bad behaviour, they don’t like it and they tend to complain – there is a mentality among some young people they can do what they want.“My plea is: let’s deal in facts and not people’s feelings. We deal with crime here – last year we had horrific murders of kids in the street in broad daylight.“I’m far more concerned about those deaths than the feelings of those who are stopped. At the end of the day if we have got legal grounds, we will search people who are perfectly innocent.”Mr Javid last month overhauled restrictions on the tactic made by Theresa May during her time as Home Secretary, which followed concern that people from black or minority ethnic groups were being unfairly targeted.He said the move – which allows inspectors, rather than senior officers, to approve stop and search – gave police “the right tools to do their jobs”.And the scale of the task currently facing officers was further underscored when it emerged knife crime had risen 6 per cent last year to 40,829 offences – the highest level since records began in 2008-09.The College of Policing said “public health approaches” to violence which bring together agencies such as police, social services and youth services were proving effective in places such as Scotland.Bernie O’Reilly, director at the College of Policing, said: “An increased use of stop search by police in a targeted way can have a short term impact to reduce crime but this must be balanced with maintaining public trust and confidence to ensure we do not undermine the strength in the service to build community relations.“The long-term solution is much more complex and broader than the police service. It requires committed leadership from multiple agencies who all have a responsibility to address this issue.” Stop and search may increase knife crime, the College of Policing has told forces as it warned the controversial tactic could push young people towards violence.A research briefing on the causes of street violence has been given to police in England and Wales at a time when knife attacks have reached epidemic levels.The police standards body acknowledged there was “consistent evidence” that stop and search helped reduce crime, but suggested the benefit may only be short term.If an individual felt they had been unfairly stopped by officers, it could increase the risk they later consider violence, the report said.The intervention comes only weeks after Home Secretary Sajid Javid bolstered police stop and search powers to help prevent stabbings. Richard Cooke, the chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, dismissed the College of Police’s suggestion as “detached from reality”, adding: “Let’s deal in facts and not people’s feelings.”In its official briefing, which brings together a host of academic research, the College of Policing said: “While intelligence helps the targeting of stop and search, people’s willingness to provide information is likely to be affected by how fair they perceive the police to be in their use of this power.“Young people, the economically disadvantaged, and people from some minority ethnic groups are significantly more likely to be stopped, and to be dissatisfied with police treatment during a stop.“If contact with officers is felt to be unfair, analysis also suggests it can undermine young people’s perception that the police are ‘on their side’, reducing their willingness to comply with the law, and is associated with increased risk that they consider violence to be an option in achieving certain goals.”Stop and search powers allow police to pull aside individuals and vehicles if an officer reasonably believes serious violence may occur.As many as 80% of all arrests by the Metropolitan Police for possessing an offensive weapon have stemmed from a stop and search, previous research has suggested. read more

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Column Making chemical weapons a defining issue in Syria sends entirely the

first_imgIF, AS IT has been announced by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Syrian government has destroyed its capacity for developing chemical weapons, then this is to be welcomed.However, no one should kid themselves that it will make a blind bit of difference to the everyday lives of ordinary Syrian people, or to the ability of aid agencies like GOAL to access areas of need. It won’t.There have been at least 100,000 people killed in Syria in less than three years (the true figure may be twice that) and innumerable people injured.Entire towns, villages and heavily-populated city neighbourhoods have been levelled; more than 4.25 million people driven from their homes; and in excess of 7 million people left in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. At most, only around one per cent of the deaths in Syria have been caused by chemical weapons, and none of the destruction.Daily bombing, and sniper and rocket fireMillions of people did not flee their homes because they feared that chemical weapons might be unleashed upon them. Rather, they fled the daily bombing, and sniper and rocket fire they have been subjected to. Throughout the furore around chemical weapons, the levels of “conventional” violence have not diminished in the slightest.Abhorrent as the use of chemical weapons was, to make it a defining issue in the Syrian context sent out entirely the wrong message.For more than two years, the world stood by and did nothing about the wholesale slaughter Syria. Only when chemical weapons were used was an ultimatum issued. The unmistakable subtext was that what had gone before, and continues unchecked, was acceptable.It is a subtext that certainly hasn’t been lost on the hundreds of Syrians that I have spoken to over the past three months. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have, in one form or another, said to me: “So this means that it’s okay for us to be bombed by Migs [fighter planes] and tanks, and to be shot down in the street, as long as they don’t use chemicals.”The world’s apathetic attitude to SyriaAside from the deaths, destruction and overall humanitarian catastrophe that has been created, something else has resulted from the world’s apathetic attitude to Syria. Foreign jihadist fighters have eagerly filled the vacuum, flocking to the country to pursue their own fundamentalist agendas. It matters not one jot to these people whether or not the Syrian government can produce chemical weapons.Moreover, jihadist groups are rapidly gaining ground in Syria, constantly moving into areas that had previously been relatively safe for agencies like GOAL to operate in. Not surprisingly, the delivery of aid is becoming increasingly difficult.If the international community is serious about helping the people of Syria, it should set about creating the conditions for a massive humanitarian intervention, which of course would mean concentrating on what is actually killing people. If this doesn’t happen, then it will prove what many of us already suspect: that the chemical weapons issue was cynically used to avoid doing much at all.David Adams is a media officer with GOAL. He has been in Syria for the past three and a half months. GOAL’s Syria intervention is delivering a monthly food ration and other aid to 240,000 people a month. In preparation for the winter, GOAL will soon be targeting 12,000 families with non-food items, including woollen blankets, buckets and jerry cans; and a further 5,700 families with hygiene kits. To learn more about GOAL’s work in Syria, click here. To donate to GOAL, click here.Read: Syria has destroyed all of its chemical weapons equipment: watchdogRead: Syrian families try to recover in neighbouring refugee campsRead: UN warns of Syria polio outbreak after cluster of cases reportedlast_img read more

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Twitters Top Trending Topics of the Week Turkeys Black Friday Dobby and

first_imgIf you didn’t have as much time this week to keep up with Twitter due to all the baking, cooking, and Black Friday shopping, we rounded up some of the hottest news from Twitter from throughout the week. Sit back, relax, eat leftovers, and check out the top trending Twitter topics for the week ending in November 26:1. Thanksgiving / ThankfulDid anyone see any live-Tweets of a Thanksgiving dinner? I could see many angsty teens Tweeting that Aunt Alma just stuck her hand in the mashed potatoes, or Uncle Jerry’s teeth just fell on the table. #ThanksgivingAdChoices广告2. Black FridayBlack Friday happened. There was some pushing, and grabbing, but all in all, everyone got their deals. The biggest shopping day of the year was another success. #BlackFriday3. Harry Potter / DobbyPeople have been tweeting about Dobby, a house-elf in the new Harry Potter film who plays an important role. #Dobby4. American Music Awards / Nick Carter / *NSYNCThe 38th Annual American Music Awards aired on Sunday, Nov. 21. Nick Carter, *NSYNC, Rhianna, Gavin Rossdale, and the Black Eyed Peas were top mentions on Twitter. #AMA20105. Brazilian Slum Violence / BOPEBOPE, or the special elite police force of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, prepared to invade an area of slums, currently under control of drug dealers. People are talking about the response of the police against recent criminal activities. #BOPESee the next five top trending topics after the jump!6. Jaxon BieberJaxon is Justin Bieber’s baby brother. He turned one this week. It seems Bieber’s parents spelled only Justin’s name the right way. He also has a sister named Jazmyn. #JaxonBieber.7. Things That Should Be Out of StylePeople are tweeting about things they think should be out out of style but are not. For example, Crocs. #thingsthatshouldbeoutofstyle8. Joss WhedonWarner Bros is rebooting “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, but without involving the series’ creator Joss Whedon. The fans are not happy. #JossWhedon9. Miley CyrusShe’s legal now. Happy 18th birthday, #Miley.10. Freddie MercuryNovember 24 was the 19th anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen. Mercury died 19 years ago at the age of 45, one day after publicly announcing he had AIDS. #FreddieMercurylast_img read more

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Apple must run Samsung apology ads in the UK

first_imgLike sands through the hourglass, these are the days of Apple v. Samsung. The latest installment in the epic soap opera comes from the UK, where a High Court judge has denied an appeal attempt by Apple.Appeal against what, precisely? In a previous case this summer, another court found that Samsung hadn’t infringed upon Apple’s designs. Famously, presiding judge Colin Birss declared that Samsung’s tablets were “not as cool” (the kind of objectivity you expect from the court), and that the “overall impression produced is different.”Apple, of course, was arguing that Samsung’s designs were confusing consumers and hurting its brand. Following Judge Birss’ ruling, the court ordered Apple to apologize publicly to Samsung for all the hassle.That didn’t sit well with Apple’s legal team, obviously, and the appeal process was launched. Now that the appeal process has wrapped up, Apple faces the same reality. It will indeed have to run apologetic ads in high-profile UK publications like the Daily Mail, Financial Times, and T3  Magazine, and will also have to post something on its UK website.Apple won’t have to alter things too much, however. Rather than adding the notice or a snippet on its landing page, Apple will only be required to add a link to the apology and ruling and leave it in place for one month.This surely won’t be the last time Apple and Samsung lock horns in the UK, but here’s hoping that this time spent doing a Bart Simpson and writing things repeatedly on the chalkboard like a bad little schoolboy will give everyone time to think about what they’ve done.More at BBClast_img read more

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Mac OS X 107 Apple offre des clés USB de secours

first_imgMac OS X 10.7 : Apple offre des clés USB de secoursLe dernier système d’exploitation d’Apple, Mac OS X 10.7, ou Lion, peut être installé sans support physique, après un simple téléchargement. Mais dans certains cas, la restauration de Lion proposé sur Internet en cas de problème technique ne fonctionne pas. C’est pourquoi Apple offrira des clés USB d’installation à certains de ses clients.Sorti à la fin du mois de juillet dernier, le nouvel OS pour Mac d’Apple est disponible sous deux formes : sur une clé USB commercialisée depuis le mois d’août, et sur Internet, via un simple téléchargement. Dans ce cas, une partition de secours est créée lors de l’installation de Lion, afin qu’il puisse être récupéré en cas de reformatage du système.À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)Mais si sur les Mac Mini et les MacBook Air 2011, un système de restauration par Internet permet de récupérer l’OS sans cette partition, il ne fonctionne pas pour les autres machines, dont les propriétaires pourraient donc se trouver dans l’incapacité de réinstaller Lion en cas de problème technique venant du disque dur, ou d’une mauvaise manipulation de formatage. C’est pourquoi Apple aurait décidé d’offrir une clé d’installation aux utilisateurs concernés. Une note interne de la firme à la pomme, révélée par 9 to 5 Mac, expliquerait en effet aux employés la possibilité d’offrir gratuitement des clés USB d’installation de Lion. Une information confirmée par Ars Technica. Si le Mac concerné n’a pas été livré avec le système d’exploitation, l’utilisateur devra fournir son Apple ID pour prouver qu’il a bien acheté l’OS sur le Mac App Store. Et pour obtenir la précieuse clé, la machine devra être toujours sous garantie. En outre, les employés d’Apple chargés de gérer les demandes devront avant d’offrir une clé, évaluer la machine et vérifier que la partition est effectivement absente du Mac.  A noter tout de même que cette clé n’est pas la même que celle qui est commercialisée par Apple. Elle ne contiendra pas le système d’exploitation, mais seulement un logiciel d’installation d’une partition de secours qui permettra de récupérer l’OS.Le 5 août 2011 à 20:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Z1 la station de travail toutenun dHP

first_imgZ1, la station de travail tout-en-un d’HPPour booster leurs ventes, les constructeurs n’hésitent pas à se lancer sur le marché du tout-en-un et de l’ultrabook, où Apple avait toujours été leader, puisqu’il avait inventé les deux secteurs. Jusque là, certaines firmes, comme HP ou Lenovo, ont réussi avec succès à concurrencer l’iMac d’Apple, pourtant ultra-performant, notamment dans le bas et le milieu de gamme. Ainsi, HP avait déjà sorti plusieurs ordinateurs tout-en-un destinés au grand public, comme le TouchSmart 520 ou l’Ovni 27. Mais avec le Z1, sa première station de travail tout-en-un, cette fois, HP vise le haut de gamme. À priori destiné aux professionnels, il intègre un processeur double cœur Core i3-2120 cadencé à 3,3GHz, deux ports USB 3.0 et quatre USB 2.0, un port FireWire 400. Il embarque également des puces Wi-Fi 802.11 et Bluetooth 3.0. L’ordinateur possède aussi une webcam HD, l’audio haute-fidélité et un lecteur optique slim. Le Z1 est également composé d’un pied flexible et d’un écran 27 pouces IPS d’une résolution de 2560×1440 pixels. Petite comparaison cependant. Le Z1 d’HP sera disponible à partir de 1.899 dollars. Pour un iMac 27 pouces qui embarque une puce qual-core et une carte graphique AMD Radeon HD 6770M, il faut débourser (seulement…) 1.699 euros. Au niveau du design, pourtant, il est difficile de ne pas noter l’inspiration d’HP. L’écran du Z1 est entouré d’un large bord noir souligné par un bandeau en aluminium estampillé du logo d’HP. Mais, où Apple mise sur le blanc, HP ne jure que par le noir. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois, HP mise sur la personnalisation. En effet, il est possible, pour un prix non négligeable n’est-ce-pas, de doter le Z1 d’un processeur quatre cœurs Xeon E3-1280 et d’une carte graphique Nvidia Quatro Q4000. De plus, alors que l’intérieur de l’iMac est assez difficile d’accès, le Z1 s’ouvre facilement lorsqu’il est placé à l’horizontal. Vous pourrez ainsi accéder aux quatre slots DIMM ECC et une baie pour deux disques durs. Le Z1 d’HP sera donc disponible aux États-Unis dans le courant du mois d’avril prochain, à partir de 1.899 dollars.Le 15 février 2012 à 13:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Updates on Tuesday prep sports postponements

first_imgHere is an updated schedule of Tuesday’s high school sports events with postponements due to heat and poor air quality. This list will be updated throughout the day.VOLLEYBALLSkyview at Columbia River, 7 p.m.Prairie at Union, 7 p.m.Camas at Ridgefield, 7 p.m.Evergreen at Heritage, 7 p.m.Battle Ground at Hudson’s Bay, 7 p.m.Kelso at Mark Morris, 7 p.m.Wahkiakum at R.A. Long, 7 p.m.Kalama at Woodland, 7 p.m.La Center at Toutle Lake, 7 p.m.Goldendale at Columbia-White Salmon, 7 p.m.Washougal, Klickitat, Glenwood at Gorge Jamboree, Stevenson HS, POSTPONEDGIRLS SOCCERUnion at Bellevue, 8 p.m.Heritage at Mark Morris, 5 p.m.Sunset (Ore.) vs. Skyview, 6 p.m. at Kiggins Bowl POSTPONEDBattle Ground at Estacada (Ore.), 4 p.m.Jesuit (Ore.) at Camas, 7 p.m. POSTPONEDKelso at Woodland, 7 p.m. POSTPONEDWashougal vs. Evergreen, 7:30 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium POSTPONEDMountain View vs. Columbia River, 4 p.m. at Jason Lee MS POSTPONEDHoquiam at La Center, 6 p.m. POSTPONEDSeton Catholic at Adna, 6 p.m.CROSS COUNTRYR.A. Long, Stevenson, Woodland at La Center Jamboree, 4 p.m. POSTPONEDBOYS GOLFBattle Ground vs. Fort Vancouver, 3 p.m. at Colwood POSTPONEDSkyview vs. Prairie, 3 p.m. at The Cedars on Salmon Creek POSTPONEDKelso, Union vs. Mark Morris, 3 p.m. at Three RiversRidgefield vs. Evergreen, 3:30 p.m. at Fairway Village POSTPONEDWoodland vs. Columbia River, 3:30 p.m. at Lewis River POSTPONEDHoquiam vs. King’s Way Christian, 3:30 p.m. at Club Green Meadows POSTPONEDLa Center, Elma vs. Montesano, 3:30 p.m. at Oakridge GCSeton Catholic vs. Kalama, 3:30 p.m. at Lewis River POSTPONEDlast_img read more

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Kompany is delighted about Citys performance

first_imgThe club is back to its winning ways and managed to beat Southampton FC 3-1 today in the last match of 2018 in the English Premier LeagueAfter two consecutive defeats in the English Premier League, Manchester City returned to the victory path.The team was able to beat Southampton 3-1 today.And captain Vincent Kompany is delighted after today’s performance.“It was more than just the result – it was about the way we played,” the defender told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We’re not focusing on anything much other than our performance. We have to be hungry and aggressive.”“We’ve been hit in our pride recently and that’s how a team has to react,” he commented.“We’ve got four competitions to play for in an incredible season. Today was a step in the right direction.”“We go into the next game in the same frame of mind, as always. We just want to win,” he explained.“We need to be ready for a fight and ready to take it to them [Liverpool] and try to win. We should be able to pull everything out of the locker for that game.”last_img read more

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Trial date set for sheriffs deputy accused of sexually assaulting 16 women

first_img October 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 25, 2018 VISTA (KUSI) — A Feb. 25 trial date was set Thursday for a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy accused of groping and sexually assaulting 16 women he came into contact with while on patrol.Richard Fischer, 32, was charged eight months ago with assault and battery by an officer, sexual battery and false imprisonment for allegedly groping and sexually assaulting 13 women in 2015, 2016 and 2017.In August, prosecutors filed five new charges, including assault and battery by an officer and forcible oral copulation, against Fischer, a six-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. Those charges involve three additional women.Prosecutors will move to consolidate the two cases at a hearing Dec. 3. A jury trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.Fischer — who remains on unpaid administrative leave — faces more than 25 years in prison if convicted.Defense attorney Manny Medrano has said the case boils down to a “he- said-she-said” situation.A 51-year-old businesswoman testified at the preliminary hearing earlier this month that Fischer first responded to a 911 call at her living facility for people with mental health issues about 6 p.m. Dec. 31, 2016. She said Fischer and his partner told her the matter had been resolved and started to leave.But Fischer came back in and said “Can I have a hug?” the woman testified.Since it was New Year’s Eve, “I didn’t see any harm,” the witness testified.The mother of three testified that Fischer returned in March 2017, coming into her garage which she used as an office for her business. The woman said Fischer asked to talk privately, told her that he wasn’t married and asked for another hug.“He was flirtatious,” the witness testified, saying she told Fischer the hug was not appropriate.The woman said Fischer returned sometime between March 27 and April 4 of last year as she was getting ready for bed.The woman said she let Fischer in, and he pushed her onto her bed and forced her to perform a sex act on him.A 25-year-old woman testified that Fischer rubbed her thighs and put his hand between her legs as she sat in the back of his patrol car in shorts after a drunken driving crash into parked cars in September 2017.A 46-year-old woman testified that Fischer groped her inside a motel room, where she had gone with her daughter after an argument at home. Trial date set for sheriff’s deputy accused of sexually assaulting 16 women KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Jaitleys sound legal advise was trusted across political

first_imgNew Delhi: With the passing away of Arun Jaitley, the country has lost a brilliant parliamentarian, an intelligent statesman and a legal luminary whose advise was trusted by all in public life across the political divide, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said on Saturday. Jaitley, 66, who opted out of the Modi 2.0 government over health issues, died at AIIMS here after being admitted on August 9 following complaints of breathlessness and restlessness. “It is a great loss for the nation, the Indian polity and the legal fraternity,” Mehta told PTI, condoling the former Union Minister’s demise. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The Solicitor General said Jaitley always left a lasting imprint on anyone he came in touch with and as a senior advocate, guided his political and professional colleagues with mature legal advice and “stood by them during the most adverse circumstances”. “He will be remembered as a sane voice, a dependable friend, an intelligent statesman and a legal luminary whose sound legal advise was trusted by all persons in public life across the political divide,” Mehta added. Mehta described Jaitley as “a human being with a golden heart, a statesman without malice against anyone, a senior advocate par excellence and an orator with the rare gift of articulation”.last_img read more

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Bangladeshis make New York City stronger every day

first_imgActing commissioner Bitta Mostofi of New York City Mayor’s Office,Bitta Mostofi said that Bangladeshis are making the New York City stronger every day.In an email interview with Prothom Alo North America, the commissioner said New York City is home to over 80,000 Bangladeshi New Yorkers. As business owners, community leaders and cultural heralds, Bangladeshi residents make the city stronger every day.Acting commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Bitta Mostofi, on behalf of the Office of Mayor, responded to the questions sent by Prothom Alo. She said New York has always been a city of immigrants, and for generations, diverse people from around the globe have come to New York to make a better life for themselves and their families.“New York is the greatest city in the world because of the diversity of skills and experiences that New Yorkers bring from all corners of the world. The City of New York stands with our Bangladeshi immigrant community at a time when the federal government is targeting and demonising immigrants,” read the emailed response, to a question as to how the mayor, being the leader of one of the largest cities in the world, does value the diversity of New York City.In response to the question drawing her attention towards the fear of deportation, hate crimes and other situations which the Bangladeshi New Yorkers often pass through, the emailed response referred to a Mayor’s letter.An excerpt of the letter is following: “Today, more than a third of our residents are immigrants, and it is clear that they are our city’s past, present, and future. Our history has shown time and again that a united city is a strong city, and we will not let outside voices dictate the future of New York or lead us down a path of fear and discrimination.”The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over an area of about 784 square kilometres, New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States.Bill de Blasio is the 109th mayor of New York City. Prior to his assumption of the mayoralty, he served as New York City’s public advocate from 2010 to 2013.He was elected mayor of New York City in the landslide 2013 election and retained his office in 2017 another landslide election.Bitta Mostofi also said that in New York City, Bengali is the sixth-most spoken language and the Mayor’s office of Immigrants Affairs (MOIA) has been recruiting Bengali-language volunteers in the Bronx and in Queens.“Through our volunteer program, New Yorkers help MOIA’s mission of promoting the well-being of immigrant communities, serving as organizers, interpreters, and English-language facilitators. Currently, we have 12 Bengali-speaking volunteers, and we have another Bengali-language volunteer training coming up in June,” read the emailed response.The emailed response also added that according to data from the American Community Survey, the top 5 occupations for Bangladeshi New Yorkers are: taxi drivers and chauffeurs; cashiers; retail sales persons; waiters and waitresses; and customer service representatives.The mayor office said Bangladeshi New Yorkers should know that City services are available regardless of immigration status, including free legal support and IDNYC and requested Bangladeshi immigrants to call 311 for more information on services and resources for immigrant New Yorkers.*The article originally published in Bangla is rewritten in English by Mushfique Wadudlast_img read more

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Bettencourt Stanart Charge Bennett with Threatening Integrity of Harris County Voter Rolls

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew SchneiderFrom left to right: Alan Vera, State Senator Paul Bettencourt, Harris County Clerk Stan StanartA week into early voting, two Republican Harris County officials are raising concerns about the integrity of the voter roll. The roll is currently maintained by the county’s Democratic tax assessor collector.Earlier this year, GOP activist Alan Vera challenged 4,000 Harris County voter registrations. Tax Assessor-Collector Ann Harris Bennett rejected the challenges on advice of County Attorney Vince Ryan. State Senator Paul Bettencourt accused Bennett of flouting state election law.“This challenge that Al Vera submitted was proper,” Bettencourt said. “The actions that [Bennett’s] department took were improper. The advice they got from the county attorney was incorrect. And we have to have a voter roll that functions in Harris County. We cannot conduct an election in the charged atmosphere of 2018 without a voter roll that the public believes in in its integrity.”County Clerk Stan Stanart amplified Bettencourt’s concerns. “The problem to me is, you have the opportunity here for someone to actually pack a district,” Stanart said, by allowing improper voter registrations to remain on the rolls.The two officials pointed to a recent opinion by the Texas Secretary of State to support their point.But Jonathan Brater, counsel of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program says the timing is suspicious. “We have seen this tactic of cooperation between a non-government individual and some people who might have some legal or election authority trying to use these types of rules to block or hinder voting.”Both Bettencourt and Stanart are running for reelection.NOTE: News 88.7 reached out to the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office for comment but did not receive a response by air time. 00:00 /00:58 X Sharelast_img read more

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Play with jackets to create multiple looks

first_imgWhen you think of a versatile outfit, a classic jacket is probably the best garb you can think of and it is certainly the most popular choice so build up your best look with this outfit. Leather Biker Jacket:4Pair your leather biker jacket with cameo pants to look extra tough. One can also pair it with beanie and heels to to score high on fashion.4Wear a white dress with a leather jacket, black tights, and combat boots to toughen it up and make it work for fall. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBomber Jacket:4For a no-fuss winter fashion look, style your bomber jacket with skinny jeans. Add a simple but luxurious loose tee, and you’ve got that stylish look nailed.4When you do need to wrap up a bit, layer your jacket over knitwear. A longline sweater or a lightweight hoodie would look effortlessly chicVelour Jacket4Make a maxi skirt work for winter by pairing it with a cozy and comfy velvet blazer.4A velvet jacket is the perfect match to any outfit. A deep red is a great colour to start with; mixed with a silk camisole and denim, it feels effortless. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4A denim jacket will never let you down. While it’s versatile and goes with everything, it also has a personality of its own. Slip it on if you’re doing an all-black to get that grunge rock look instantly.4A black leather jacket gives a chic look if you team it up with your skater dresses and stockings but if you combine it with your rugged denims and boot, you get that biker babe look.4Bomber jackets can be your best friend on days when you want to look a little easy and casual. Go for a navy blue or a grey bomber jacket and work it with your jeans and sweater duos. 4Jackets with dresses: Pair your fancy dresses with jackets for some fun and stylish holiday look. Add jute trimmed wedges for a smart look.4Jackets with ankle length pants: The trick to making a leather jacket office appropriate is to keep the rest of the outfit sleek. Try a slim pant to the ankle paired with a lightweight knit and classic pumps.4Jackets with pencil skirt: A mix of sweet and edgy is a perfect combination for a date night. Start with a feminine skirt that has a bit of drama.last_img read more

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A preview of VLC Media Player 40

first_imgA preview of VLC Media Player 4.0 by Martin Brinkmann on February 06, 2019 in Music and Video – 33 commentsVLC Media Player 3.0 was released in 2018; the non-profit organization that is behind the program, VideoLAN, revealed information about the upcoming VLC Media Player 4.0 recently in a presentation at FOSDEM 2019.VLC Media Player 4.0 will be the next big release of the cross-platform media player. VLC 4.0 will introduce new and improved features, but it will also drop support for older operating systems.In short: VLC 4.0 won’t support Windows XP or Vista, Mac OS X 10.10 or older, Android 4.2 or older, or iOS 8 or older.Good news is that a preview version of the program is already available for download. Be advised that the preview is a development build that may have bugs, missing features, or other issues.Interested users can check out the development directory on the VideoLAN website to download the latest builds to their devices.VLC Media Player 4.0VLC Media Player 4.0 will feature interface changes, changes to the video output architecture, media library, input and playlists, virtual reality and 3D support, and more.The new version of the media player comes with a new input manager that manages inputs. One of the advantages of using a new input manager is that VLC supports gapless audio; the change goes hand in hand with a rewrite of the playlist which is now flat and fast because of that.Another important change is coming to the clock. The current clock is based on input-PCR controlling. VLC 4.0 switches the clock system to one that uses different clocks for different purposes. The effect, without going into too much detail, is that it benefits synchronization, improves frame accuracy, and eliminates resampling.Changes are coming to VLC’s video output as well; the change is beneficial in several regards, e.g. when it comes to management but also recycling.The media library that is used by the Android version of VLC comes to the desktop versions and the iOS version of VLC with the release of VLC 4.0. Features include audio and video indexing, support for playlists, and support for shares.VLC 4.0 will feature support for virtual reality headsets such as Vive, PSVR, or Oculus. The engineers managed to find a way to interact with the headsets directly so that it is not necessary to install dependencies to do so.VideoLAN plans to change the default user interface of VLC Media Player. Below are some screenshots of the new interface. Note that this is not set in stone yet. What else is coming?UPnP renderingAirPlay outputHEIF, Dash/WebM, TTML images, AV1 encoding, WebVTT encodingSDI as stream outputSMBv2/v3RIST in and out.Closing WordsVLC Media Player is a popular media player that is available for all major desktop and mobile platforms. The outlined features are promising and while it is too early to give a final verdict, it will be a major release that will introduce features that prepares VLC for years to come.Now You: Which media player to do you use mainly on the desktop and mobile?  SummaryArticle NameA preview of VLC Media Player 4.0DescriptionVLC Media Player 4.0 will be the next big release of the cross-platform media player. VLC 4.0 will introduce new and improved features, but it will also drop support for older operating systems.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Documentary on Costa Ricas battle over IVF airs Saturday

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica to regulate IVF after long row After legislative inaction, Costa Rican President Solís’ IVF pledge will be put to the test Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization Costa Rica’s IVF ban: Why does Supreme Court have jurisdiction over president’s recent decree? Quirós, a Costa Rican filmmaker and TV producer living in San Francisco, has been following three such families for more than 10 years as they fight for the right to have a child via IVF in Costa Rica.Her one-hour documentary about them, “El Deseo Más Grande” (“A Beautiful Sin,” in English), airs this Saturday, Aug. 22 at 9 p.m. on University of Costa Rica’s Channel 15 and will be rebroadcast on Sunday at 1 p.m.In vitro fertilization is a process by which a mother’s eggs are fertilized with sperm in a laboratory, and the resulting embryo is implanted in a woman’s uterus.Fertilized eggs are sometimes destroyed during the process, which the Catholic Church believes is akin to abortion.Still, Quirós said she was struck when filming the documentary by how close parties on both sides of the IVF debate really were in their moral outlook.“They both want to protect those embryos,” she said. “The couples look in that petri dish and see the children they could have and the activists have a desire to protect life from an early age.”Costa Rica is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that bans IVF, a distinction that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ordered it to lose. On Sept. 3, the government must appear before the San José-based court and give an update on its efforts to comply with the court’s 2012 order to legalize the fertility procedure and make it universally available.President Luis Guillermo Solís said earlier this week that if lawmakers didn’t act to legalize IVF before then, he would do it via executive decree.Quirós hopes her documentary will give Costa Ricans a glimpse of the human impact of the IVF ban and help them better understand all sides of the issue.“The film opens a window to other young couples who could benefit” from IVF, Quirós said. Facebook Comments UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 31, 2015This story has been updated to reflect new air dates for the documentary “El Deseo Más Grande” on Channel 15. The documentary will be rebroadcast Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 4 at 10 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m.The following air dates and times have been cancelled: Saturday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m.Original story continues belowThe opening quote in the teaser for filmmaker Gabriela Quirós’ documentary about in vitro fertilization perfectly explains why the government has still not reversed a ban on the fertility practice, despite an international court order to do so.“In vitro fertilization is completely unacceptable to the Catholic Church,” former San José Archbishop Román Arrieta Villalobos tells the interviewer, stone-faced.In the face of such powerful opposition, and subsequent legislative inertia, some families have uprooted their lives and spent tens of thousands of dollars to have the procedure done elsewhere. Others have simply given up on having children of their own.last_img read more

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Azerbaijan seeks more scrutiny over BPled project

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Top Stories The frustration has also been sharpened by the discrepancy between production and BP’s own forecasts.“We see large numbers that are significantly different from those planned, which means either that the project was conceived improperly or that activities carried out to stabilize oil production are insufficient,” Aliyev said at an energy conference in the capital, Baku.BP Azerbaijan says it’s working with state oil company SOCAR to address production issues.In 2011, Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli produced around 717,600 barrels a day, which amounted to 35.4 million tons over the entire year. The average daily output peaked at 823,100 barrels in 2010.Aliyev said upward revisions to the total reserve estimate, which currently stands at around 930 million tons of oil, had raised hopes of higher output.“There had even been plans that annual output could reach 65 million tons, so it is necessary that new wells be put in place,” he saidThe production drop has been attributed to repair work on drilling platforms and changes in BP security measures implemented after the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010.Azerbaijan’s economy is strongly dependent on its energy exports and falls in production impact significantly on the country’s growth. Patients with chronic pain give advice BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) – Azerbaijan’s top energy official urged further scrutiny of the international consortium developing the Caspian Sea nation’s main oil field amid mounting irritation at a slump in output.Industry and Energy Minister Natiq Aliyev said Monday that the drop-off in production over recent years at the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli project was “abnormal.”President Ilham Aliyev said last week that errors by AIOC, the field development consortium led by BP, had cost the oil-dependent country $8 billion in lost revenue. The sharp tone of that statement stoked speculation of increasingly punitive conditions for international investors, as the government seeks to maintain state expenditures despite stagnating energy revenues. Aliyev downplayed concerns that the criticism was a sign of a souring investment climate.BP controls a 35.8 percent stake in the project, while SOCAR has 11.6 percent and Chevron has 11.3 percent. The other current shareholders are ExxonMobil, Norwegian state-controlled oil company Statoil, Inpex and ITOCHU of Japan, Turkey’s TPAO, and New York-based Hess Corp.The production sharing agreement to develop the project, dubbed the “Contract of the Century,” was signed in 1994.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

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