Quebec credits new gun registry for huge jump in number of voluntary

first_imgMONTREAL — The Quebec government is crediting its new gun registry law for a major spike in the number of long guns voluntarily handed over to police for destruction.Between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, 5,250 long-guns were voluntarily given to authorities to be destroyed, according to provincial police spokeswoman Joyce Kemp.The previous year, 2,406 long guns — such as rifles and shotguns — were surrendered. That’s an 118 per cent increase. The government estimated in 2015 there were 1.6 million long guns in Quebec.Canadian law classifies guns in three categories: prohibited guns, such as automatics, and restricted guns, such as handguns, must be registered with the RCMP. Long guns — rifles and shotguns that are mainly used for hunting and sport shooting — no longer need to be registered in Canada, except in Quebec.Jean-Francois Del Torchio, a spokesman for Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault, said Friday the jump is likely tied to the provincial gun registry bill, which was passed in 2016 by the previous Liberal government but that went into effect Jan. 29.Long-gun owners must register their weapons, either online or by mail. There is no charge, but those who fail to comply could face penalties up to $5,000.Del Torchio said people who owned rifles but stopped hunting likely handed them in instead of going through the registration process. Others, he added, may have been given a gun as a gift or through an inheritance and didn’t want to have to sign them up.“People who are passionate about hunting are going to continue to hunt and keep their weapons,” Del Torchio said in an interview.Kemp said police don’t record the motivations of people who hand in their guns, but she too acknowledged the long-gun registry law is likely behind the increase.But while more Quebecers are getting rid of their hunting weapons as compared to previous years, roughly a third of the long guns estimated to be in Quebec have been registered since the law went into effect.Louise Quintin, spokeswoman for Quebec’s Public Security Department, said in an email Friday that as of May 15, 516,270 long-guns had been registered since the law went into effect.Gun owners have called for boycotts of the law and many rural town councils across the province have adopted resolutions denouncing the registry or calling for it to be scraped entirely.Earlier in the week, the Quebec government tabled a bill that would remove certain obligations for gun owners required to register their weapons.The bill says gun owners no longer have to provide their weapon’s registration number upon request by a peace officer or submit the barrel length when registering a weapon. They would also no longer have to notify the registry if they have their firearm away from its usual storage location.Stephanie Vadnais, with the Quebec federation of hunters and fishermen, said her group will attend the legislative hearings into the bill to try for even more concessions.She said in an interview Friday the gun registry law is irritating and bureaucratic — but that’s not the main reason hunters and fishers are against it.Canada’s gun registry was a disaster, she said, and offered little concrete evidence it made anyone safer. The federal Liberals introduced the Canada-wide long-gun registry in 1995, saying it would cost roughly $110-million.The figure multiplied and ended up costing taxpayers many times that before the Conservatives abolished it in 2012. Guilbault has said the cost of the Quebec registry remains as forecast — about $20 million to implement and $5 million annually to administer — but Vadnais isn’t convinced.“We are selling a high-cost illusion of security,” she said.—Number of long-guns handed over voluntarily to police across Quebec, each year between April 1 and March 31:2015-16: 3,2752016-17: 3,1852017-18: 2,4062018-19: 5,250Source: Quebec provincial policeGiuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mikhail Kalashnikov a man whose invention killed millions

first_imgMohamed Ouhemou, Casablanca- The man whose invention has killed more people than nuclear weapons, HIV and many other diseases all together is dead. Mikhail Kalashnikov, famous for his invention, the fully automatic assault rifle, the AK-47, known also as the Kalashnikov, died Monday at age 94. Mikhail Kalashnikov was born on 10 November 1919 in western Siberia. In 1938, he was called up for service in the Soviet Red Army, where he took advantage of his designing skills and employed them to improve the effectiveness of weapons and equipment used by the Soviet tank regiments he served in. He started seriously considering designing an assault machine gun when one of his friends in the army asked him why he could not make a gun that matched the power and efficiency of the guns used by the Germans. In 1947 Mikhail Kalashnikov completed the design of his legendary weapon whose simplicity made it both reliable and easy to use and maintain, but, most importantly, cheap to manufacture. One can only admire his great invention.  Unlike its American counterpart the M16, which has always been criticized for being hard to maintain, the Kalashnikov can fire in all conditions, rain or shine, and it even if it gets wet or severely damaged, it will still fire. Hence when it was first distributed in 1963 to the American soldiers positioned in Vietnam, many soldiers refused to carry the weapon, saying that they would not put their lives into the hands of a children’s toy.  Later, the M16 was modified and all the plastic parts were reinforced with steel, for instance the plastic bullet magazine was reinforced with steel.Besides the  technical aspects as to which the Kalashnikov certainly stands superior, the Kalashnikov also has its romantic appeal. It is the weapon that liberated many African nations form colonial rule and put and end to colonial arrogance and military superiority. It seems that the Kalashnikov, when put in the hands of a well determined freedom fighter can achieve great miracles. Therefore it is employed by the armies of dozens of countries.  Mozambiquehas even incorporated it into its national flags.  Likewise for other national liberation movements such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, or the Irish National Liberation Army.American media has always tried to associate this weapon with terrorism and organized crime, and therefore it is rare to see any American action movies without having ugly and evil looking men carrying the Kalashnikov. Those ugly men are in most cases Arabs or Africans. While on the other side, you would see a group, of kind and good looking white fellows carrying the M-16, and getting rid of those evil men. The Kalashnikov, will always have its appeal and pertinence, though writing such as statement might seem callous, but the role of war above all is to kill as many as you can.Tough Mikhail Kalashnikov was honored by the government, he made almost no money from his invention. He is also said to have expressed his unhappiness about his invention, “It would have been better if I had designed a more useful and productive machine which farmers and workers could use,”he once said.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Princess Lalla Salma receives Chelsea Clinton in Marrakech

Marrakech – Princess Lalla Salma received, on Wednesday in Marrakech royal palace, Chelsea Clinton, vice-president of the Clinton Foundation, who came to pay a courtesy visit.Chelsea Clinton is taking part in Marrakech in the inaugural conference of the “Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Middle East & Africa” which kicked off this Wednesday with the attendance mainly of international figures, leaders of multinationals and civil society actors

Left Wing Parties Call for Mass March July 20 in Al

Rabat – Activists from a coalition of progressive and leftist political groups are calling for a marchin Al Hoceima on July 20 to support the Hirak movement.The Democratic Left Federation, Annahj Addimoqrati [The Democratic Way], and the Moroccan Association for Human Rights have insisted upon mass participation in the July 20 march in Al Hoceima to plead for the eight-month ongoing movement in Rif.Annahj Addimoqrati issued a communiqué explaining that Hirak Rif represents a second wave of the February 20 movement, fighting for the rights of all people. “The members and sympathizers and all the freedom fighters in our country to participate in this national march vigorously and enthusiastically and to organize convoys from various regions towards the city of Al Hoceima,” said the communiqué.The executive committee of the Democratic Left Federation called on its supporters, activists, sympathizers, and all citizens and democratic forces to participate heavily in nationwide march to be organized in Al Hoceima.The Moroccan Association for Human Rights called on “all branches of the association, all its fighters and activists, all democracies, democrats, and all citizens to be strongly involved in the solidarity convoys and the national march on July 20.Government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said during a press conference on July 17 that “The 20 July march in Al Hoceima will be dealt with as stipulated by the law.”Meanwhile, the Al Hoceima province announced in a statement to the Maghreb Arab Press on Monday that it will not allow the July 20 march to take place in Al Hoceima.The authority of Al Hoceima said that it has taken all necessary measures to ensure the implementation of this decision, adding that the Public Prosecution has been informed of all the rationales and aspects related to this matter.Al-Hoceima authorities justified the ban, saying that “this demonstration was carried out without respect for the legal procedures in force, as the local administrative authority was not informed about the march, as stipulated in the provisions of Dahir No. 377. 58. 1 on public assemblies.”The communiqué also states that those who called for the march “are not authorized to regulate them.” read more

Swaraj briefs Manmohan on Lankan visit

The leader of the Indian Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and briefed him on the discussions she had in Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported this evening.Swaraj called on Singh to apprise him of the details of the 12-member delegation’s visit to Sri Lanka. National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai were present during the meeting. Swaraj said the delegation met the women and children living in the camp as the men were away at work. She said the rehabilitation efforts were good and ahead of schedule. “I would say I am satisfied with our visit to Sri Lanka,” the BJP leader told reporters today. The delegation met representatives of all political parties in Sri Lanka and visited the rehabilitation camp for Tamils. “We discussed the withdrawal of army from civic life. They come to birthday parties uninvited or enter temples. We also discussed the 13th Amendment,” she said. There are three lakh displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka of which only 3,000 have not been rehabilitated.Swaraj also had a one-on-one breakfast meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha. read more

Protesters converge on Barretts office

Desperate parents have protested in recent days outside the constituency offices of Tory MPPs.Friday, it was the turn of Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett.The protesters are pushing the Ford government for more recognition and help for children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.The new government showed its hand last week. According to parents who want to improve the life-chances of their children, it is not nearly enough.“In Haldimand and Norfolk we simply don’t have the services we need,” said protester Katie Kocmarek of Puslinch, aunt of a young boy in Simcoe who has been diagnosed with autism.“And the services we have may be going away. The closest diagnostic centre is in Brantford. We’re not even sure they are going to deliver autism services in Haldimand and Norfolk.“The plan the government has come up with is simply not good enough. It’s like saying everyone in Ontario is going to get a free pair of glasses, except everyone is going to get the same prescription. It’s like saying we’re going to buy your groceries, but you have to get by on $200 a year. What they’ve offered is insufficient and is actually a waste of money.”The new program may be insufficient, but protesters acknowledge it is an improvement on the Wynne government’s game plan.The Tories have proposed spending an extra $100 million in this area. The goal in the short term is to eliminate the 23,000-strong waiting list of families who received no help at all under the previous government.Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological condition that affects language, learning skills and social development. Affected families are so passionate about the issue because – in less severe cases – intensive therapy at an early age improves the life chances of children with this diagnosis.But that treatment can be expensive. Language and behavioural therapists can cost anywhere from $55 to $100-plus per hour.Under the Ford government’s proposal, an autistic child age 2 will qualify for $140,000 in funding over 16 years provided the family meets the province’s financial criteria.Funding will be capped at $20,000 a year to the age of six. After that, annual funding will be capped at $5,000. Meanwhile, intensive therapy can easily cost families $100,000 a year or more.Nearly 20 protesters waving signs gathered outside Barrett’s office on Norfolk Street South in Simcoe Friday morning. Barrett met them on the sidewalk and listened to their concerns.“We had to add $100 million,” Barrett said. “The program was underfunded. There were 23,000 on the waiting list who were not getting any help and that wasn’t fair.”Barrett added he has fielded concerns in this area since he was first elected in 1995. It is, he said, a long-standing, difficult problem with no easy answers.Hamilton Health Sciences has contracted with Haldimand-Norfolk REACH for the delivery of autism services in the local area. Protesters said the new program will steer money into the private sector. Some said Haldimand-Norfolk REACH has stopped accepting new clients as a result.Friday, REACH CEO Leo Massi said the province’s strategy is in flux and that his agency is monitoring the situation closely. REACH and other agencies, Massi added, will have a clearer idea of the role they will play once the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services provides further read more

Applications for US unemployment aid jumped last week to 329K likely due

Applications for US unemployment aid jumped last week to 329K, likely due to Easter layoffs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this April 22, 2014 photo, Erin Wilson, of Hannaford Bros. supermarket company, left, talks with a job seeker during a job fair Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2014 6:47 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, rose 4,750 to 316,750. The four-week average fell two weeks ago to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the recession began.Applications can be volatile around Easter, because many school systems temporarily lay off bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other employees during spring break. Some of those workers file for unemployment benefits. Because the timing of Easter shifts each year, it can be difficult for the government to seasonally adjust for the holiday. Last year, Easter fell on March 30, this year on April 20.“The underlying trend in claims is falling, albeit slowly,” said Ian Shepherdson, an economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “When the economy picks up, companies hold back on firings before they start increasing hiring, so a sustained drop in claims would be a clearly positive sign” for hiring.Despite the volatility, applications for unemployment benefits have generally declined in recent months, a hopeful sign for the job market. Three weeks ago, they fell to 301,000, the lowest level in nearly seven years.A year ago, they stood at 343,000. Because applications are a proxy for layoffs, the low level is a sign that employers expect consumer demand to continue and are holding onto their workers.About 2.9 million people received benefits in the week that ended April 5, the most recent period for which data are available. That was about 85,000 fewer than in the previous week.In the meantime, hiring has picked up. Employers added 192,000 jobs in March, according to a separate government report. That followed gains of 197,000 in February. The unemployment rate has declined in recent months but remains a still-high 6.7 per cent.Winter storms in January and December shut down factories, kept shoppers away from stores and depressed home buying. That reduced hiring and overall economic growth. Employers added just 129,000 jobs in January and only 84,000 in December.More jobs and higher incomes will be needed to spur healthier overall economic growth. For now, economists think the bad weather contributed to weak growth of 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent at an annual rate in the January-March quarter. But with the weather improving, most analysts expect growth to rebound to an annual rate of nearly 3 per cent in the April-June quarter. read more

Iraqs comments on OPEC deal push crude prices lower loonie TSX down

Iraq’s comments on OPEC deal push crude prices lower; loonie, TSX down by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 9:28 am MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Iraq’s desire to be exempted from an OPEC production cut caused oil prices to dip Monday, pushing the Toronto stock market and the loonie to a lower close.The oil-sensitive Canadian dollar dropped 0.34 of a U.S. cent to 74.70 cents US. It’s lost 1.48 cents US since last Wednesday’s close.Meanwhile, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 16.03 points to 14,923.01.That’s as the December contract for crude oil shed 33 cents at US$50.52 a barrel.Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, said the slide in crude was driven by comments by Iraq’s oil minister that the country wants to be exempt from an agreement by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.OPEC announced last month that it plans to cut output in an effort to boost prices.“What we’re seeing is the flip side in the rally in crude prices that has been driven in recent weeks by the potential for an agreement amongst OPEC members to reduce production,” said Fehr.“Today we’re seeing the opposite … we’re starting to see some cracks in this potential agreement, particularly where Iraq has suggested that they might not want to participate in a production freeze. We’re seeing oil come off of recent highs as a result of that.”The global gold sector of the TSX was the lead decliner, down 1.9 per cent, while health-care stocks slipped 1.1 per cent and energy was off 0.57 per cent.South of the border, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 77.32 points at 18,223.03, the Nasdaq composite added 52.43 points at 5,309.83, and the S&P 500 nudged up 10.17 points to 2,151.33.In economic news, Canadian wholesale trade figures came in ahead of expectations.Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales gained 0.8 per cent to $56.8 billion in August, thanks to the miscellaneous and machinery, equipment and supplies subsectors.Fehr said exports are going to become a “key area” for future growth in the Canadian economy, as debt-laden consumers have begun to tap out.“For the past several years, growth has really been propped up by consumer spending,” he said.“The benefits have come from not only a fairly solid housing market but consumer confidence that’s led them to spend, and I think we’re starting to see some slowdown in that, partly because consumer debt is quite high … so to see wholesale trade figures come in today at a reasonably healthy clip is a good sign.”In commodities, December gold contracts were fetching US$1,263.70 an ounce at the close, down $4.00, while the November natural gas contract lost 16 cents to US$2.83 per mmBTU and December copper was unchanged at US$2.09 a pound.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

HP Sorry We Sent You So Many Emails Heres a Coupon

first_imgIt’s probably not cynical that HP has taken its own mistake and turned it into a marketing opportunity. It’s also worth pointing out that the company’s solution to the problem has only compounded said problem in a sense–which is to say, the company is apologizing for sending too many e-mails via e-mail. This isn’t just any e-mail, however. This e-mail has a coupon on it. A coupon for HP products. Spend $50 or more dollars and you get $10 off. It’s all HP’s way of saying “thanks for not adding us to your spam list, friend. The e-mail carried the subject line “An apology…and a gift for you.” Inside, the word “Oops,” in giant green letters. Let’s hope the company never has to apologizing for poisoning anybody…last_img

We want people to know whats going on Why Venezuelans will be

first_img Short URL Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 7:30 AM ‘We want people to know what’s going on’ – Why Venezuelans will be protesting in Dublin today Around 2,000 Venezuelans live in Dublin. Apr 15th 2017, 7:30 AM Share Tweet Email1 Image: Ariana Cubillos “The government go on TV and pretend nothing is wrong. Some people think you have to support the leader no matter what, but people are dying in the streets.“Everywhere is crazy.”Concern A demonstrator kicks a teargas canister towards Bolivarian National Guard soldiers during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela. Source: AP/PA ImagesThe next major organised rallies called by opposition leaders are set for Wednesday next week.That is expected to be the next big showdown in an increasingly fraught crisis that has raised international concerns for Venezuela’s stability.The opposition is demanding the authorities set a date for postponed regional elections.It is also furious over moves to limit the powers of the legislature and ban senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles from politics.Those moves have raised international condemnation including from the United States and the European Union.Maduro has resisted opposition efforts to hold a referendum on removing him, vowing to continue the “socialist revolution” launched by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.Maduro says the economic crisis is the result of what he calls a US-backed capitalist conspiracy.With AFP reportingRead: When a coup is not a coup: Venezuela is edging closer to a full-on democratic catastrophe Image: Ariana Cubilloscenter_img 41 Comments By Paul Hosford ON THURSDAY, CLASHES erupted between police and protesters rallying against the Venezuelan government, after officials said a fifth person died from being shot during earlier unrest.Socialist President Nicolas Maduro is fighting off efforts to oust him as Venezuela, once a booming oil exporting nation, struggles with shortages of food and medicine.Dozens of people have been injured and more than 100 arrested over the past week in clashes in various cities, according to authorities.Here in Dublin, a solidarity protest will take place today in Smithfield at 2pm in support of those protest.Organiser Betzy Median told that the situation is “a mess”.“There’s no food, there’s no medicine, but the government are trying to hide it.”Dublin has a small Venezuelan community, but no embassy here, with around 2,000 living in and around the capital. In total, it’s estimated around 7,000 Venezuelans call Ireland home.While many Irish people assume the oil-rich country is functioning well, Betzy says that the situation is more complicated.It’s not just that people with money want socialism ended. It might have started like that for some people, but the government started buying media and starting massive projects that weren’t finished. There are more than 100 political opposition in jail. They’re now calling them the rebellion, not the opposition. 15,468 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Circ Profits Drive Hoffman Media to Fast Growth

first_img“The company is highly focused on circulation profitability, so we have never been in the business of growing rate base to abnormal and unhealthy levels just to gain additional advertising revenues,” says Eric Hoffman, executive vice president and COO. Hoffman says the company drives close to 80 percent of its revenues from subscriptions and newsstand sales.Headed by president and CEO (and FOLIO: 40 inductee) Phyllis Hoffman DePiano, Hoffman Media launched in the early 1980s with titles including Cross Stitch, Southern Lady and Tea Time. After launching 725,000-circ Cooking with Paula Deen in 2005, Hoffman Media struck up a joint-venture with Hearst in 2007 to relaunch Victoria magazine (paid circ base of 250,000), and launched Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade (also carries a paid circ of 250,000), a bimonthly title, last year. (Paula Deen and Sandra Lee are both hosts on the Food Network.)Hoffman says the company plans to bump Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade to a 300,000+ circ by mid-2011. And while he declined to offer any specific figures, Hoffman says the company was “on budget” through the first half in terms of revenue and expects to post “double digit” growth through the end of the year.“We believe that if we deliver premium content at a premium price, and let each title grow into its natural circulation level then our business will develop stronger and more stable earnings over time,” Hoffman says.  Online5%  Print10%  Subscriptions40%  Hoffman Media Revenue Breakdowncenter_img  Newsstand35% It’s no secret that managing a magazine publishing business is no easy feat, especially since the recession that rocked the economy hit in late 2008. But despite the massive hurdles, some companies are more than managing to stay afloat.This week, Inc. magazine released its annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately-held companies in the U.S. In the media category, Penthouse publisher the FriendFinder Networks ranked number one among magazine publishers on the list. In addition to the magazine, FriendFinder is known best for its sexually-oriented online social networks.Coming in second among magazine publishing companies this year is Birmingham, Alabama-based Hoffman Media, the publisher of 11 magazines including Cooking with Paula Deen (the company ranked #38 in the media category and #3,102 overall). According to Inc., Hoffman increased its revenues 65 percent from $25 million in 2006 to $41.3 million in 2009. Revenues were up 5 percent last year compared to 2008. Meanwhile, EBITDA jumped 35 percent.  Events, ancillary products10%last_img read more

Louisville Plays Mercer in Home Opener on Saturday

first_imgStory Links Watch LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After beginning the season with three tough road games, University of Louisville women’s lacrosse (0-3) opens its home schedule against Mercer (0-2) on Saturday at noon. ABOUT THE BEARSMercer opened their season with a 13-6 loss to Oregon on the road before falling to UC Davis 16-13 in Jacksonville, Fla. just over one week later. Game Notes Last season, the Bears earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth by winning the inaugural Southern Conference Championship.  Returners Audrey Robertson and Michaela Lucas were named to the preseason all-conference team after earning All-SoCon First and Second Team honors a year ago.Series History – UofL is 1-0 all-time against Mercer and has yet to play the Bears at UofL Lacrosse Stadium. The last meeting was a 21-14 win for Louisville in Macon, Ga. on March 14, 2018. The Cardinals’ road trip to open the year was no easy task as they faced two top 20 teams, falling at No. 7 Northwestern and at No. 19 Denver.”It was two tough trips for us and we took some lumps,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “We’re searching for our team identity and we need to refocus. We’re excited to get home to play Mercer.” The 21-goal performance tied for the third most ever scored by a Cardinals team.center_img Date: Saturday, Feb. 23Time: 12:00 p.m. ETSite: Louisville, Ky.Video: ACC Digital NetworkLast Meeting: Louisville 21, Mercer 14 (3/14/18 at Mercer)Series History: Louisville leads 1-0 (1-0 on road)UofL National Ranking: –For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at Print Friendly Version Live Stats Two Bears have recorded hat tricks so far this season, including Kelly Hagerty with three goals against Oregon and Hailey Rhatigan with four against UC Davis. The pair leads Mercer with five goals apiece through two games. In goal, Iseabal Cryne has tallied 23 saves for a save percentage of .442. Last season at Mercer, the Cardinals fell behind 7-1 with just over 18 minutes left in the first half. The Cards then went on a 13-0 scoring run that lasted until the 26:35 mark in the second half. Tessa Chad and Caroline Blalock each recorded hat tricks, igniting the Cards’ to a 21-14 win over the Bears. Like the Mercer game a year ago, Louisville has had issues with slow starts this season. They fell behind 15-4 at Northwestern and 7-2 at Marquette before mounting rallies late.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews A QUIET PLACE

first_img Is A Quiet Place good?Yes!What’s it about?We’re about a year out from basically The End of The World and Earth (or, at least, most of North America) has been utterly laid to waste by rampaging monsters (apparently aliens though I don’t think implicitly referred to as such) who navigate entirely by ultra-acute sense of sound. They can’t see, don’t seem to do much smelling, but if you so much as breathe too loud they’ll find you; so the only way to survive is shut the hell up and stay that way.So how is anyone still alive?Funny you should ask: Our heroes are a family of upstate New York farmers who, by happenstance, have a daughter who was born deaf – so (it’s implied) they were already fluent in communicating via American Sign Language (or “ASL”) and this has given them a tactical survival advantage; allowing them to work out a fairly complex day-to-day living regimen and granting A Quiet Place the welcome novelty of having almost all of its “spoken” dialogue be performed in ASL with subtitles. Deaf child actress Millicent Simmonds, previously seen in Wonderstruck, plays the daughter.Who else is in it?John Krasinski plays the father, he also co-wrote and directed the film. Emily Blunt is the mom. Noah Jupe, the little boy from Wonder, is the brother. They’re pretty much it, apart from the monsters (who are CGI and mostly unseen until the last half hour or so.)Is it scary?Yes, but it’s more about suspense since they establish early on that the “rule” is that the monsters (whatever they are – we never really find out and there isn’t really a “twist” happening) don’t show up until AFTER there’s any kind of loud noise. So it’s not a jump-scare movie. It’s more on the lines of “Oh no, they bumped into something noisy – is the monster going to come now or not!?” or “Oh crap, the monsters are right the hell over there, how do they get out of here without making noise?”Can this really sustain a whole movie?I was surprised too, but yeah – pretty much. Like I said; it’s just a no-bullshit old-fashioned monster movie, and there’s not a big secret hook apart from the sign language or some kind of reality-redefining genre-bending Shyamalan twist: There are scary monsters out there, if you make a sound they’re going to get you so try not to do that… and that’s about it. We spend exactly enough time getting to know the characters, a sense of the general geography and what they do and/or avoid doing to survive, the various fail-safes and security measures in place to protect them.  Some setups are just a way to go wrong regarding slow-building interpersonal conflict, miscommunication or just “shit happens” random bad luck. And then hit the point where a whole succession of stuff that can go wrong DOES, in fact, go really wrong and we watch how they fight and/or scramble their way out of it.Any real downside?I sort of wish the monsters themselves were a little more interestingly designed, though I appreciate the matter-of-factness in selling the “mechanics” of them by effectively just giving them a bunch of ears. But otherwise, they kind of have that same “Xenomorph plus the Cloverfield Monster” look that it seems like every other movie monster has had for the last decade or so and I miss the variety movie monsters had back when we were less concerned about them looking biologically plausible. Still, they’re effective when they need to be, all teeth and claws stompy noises and rapid darting motion blurs.But it mostly works, you think?I do. There are very few things I like more than a good, pure, straight-up, no-bullshit monster movie and this is a seriously tight version of one. It doesn’t exactly have the special something-extra of a Tremors or an Alligator, but it’s above Anaconda or Deep Blue Sea (both of which I also enjoy – don’t get me wrong). And it’s probably far and away the best thing Platinum Dunes has ever released even if I do really like the second and third Purge movies. It’s solid, it’s suspenseful, and I’d definitely watch a “Part 2” if they did one. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

7 Ways to Shop Safely on Your Mobile

first_img Paying utility, credit card, insurance and phone bills through mobile devices is an incredible way to save users a lot of time and effort. The process is simple and efficient. Apart from these payments, you can support charity causes from the comfort of your home or office via online payment services. However, there is a growing concern over cases of cyber-theft, which can include identity theft and financial fraud. This legitimate concern demands practical steps to safeguard online payments, with a view to reducing or eliminating cyber-theft.What can be done to overcome this monster that has cost individuals and corporate organizations billions of dollars? Let’s give consideration to these useful tips:1. Check websites for HTTPS.The first sign of security you should look out for whenever you log in to any website is HTTPS. This secure connection will give you the needed guarantee that whatever transaction takes place between you and the site is exclusively restricted to only you and the system.Related: Security Hacks are leaving a Lasting Impact on RetailersNote that if the HTTPS is missing an “S”, it is a red flag. Don’t log in. The site is definitely not secure for vital transactions.2. Always update your gadgets.Do you have any idea why browser apps are updated regularly? It is an effective method of blocking potential security loopholes in outdated versions. To take advantage of these security features, which can guarantee you adequate protection from malware and other software programs that can put you at risk for cyber-theft, always update your browser app.According to Charles J. Harris, executive vice president of TSYS Merchant Solutions, “You should update your device to the latest version of its operating system to ensure you are as secure as possible. If this is not possible (some older devices cannot update to the latest version of the operating system due to hardware limits), upgrade to a new mobile device to stay current.”The process of updating it is relatively simple. The results are absolutely awesome.3. Keep public WiFi at arm’s length.If you are shopping outdoors, always reject the temptation to use public WiFi. If you use it, you are unwittingly exposing yourself to cyber-theft. Instead of using it, stick to the old-school way of doing things, use 3G/4G for browsing.Related: The Beginner’s Guide to Securely Using Public Wi-FiIf you are shopping from home, ensure that you are browsing on a network that is protected by WPA-2 and enable the encryption settings. This should give you maximum security from potential cyber thieves.4. Look for important security signs.One of the security signs you should look out for is a small padlock on browsers. If you want to make an online purchase and this padlock icon is missing, try another store. The padlock is a sign of security for data and information. If the icon is conspicuously absent, any private data that you transfer may be compromised.Don’t be in a hurry to make that purchase. Look for that seemingly unimportant icon as well as many other signs that assure you of security. It could make the difference between the protection or loss of your money.5. Don’t expose your log-in credentials.Accidental exposure of your log-in details will automatically put you at risk of cyber-theft. There are cyber-criminals who are adept at punishing people who make such mistakes. Before you can even raise an alarm, your money might have developed wings and gone. That will be hard on you.6. Don’t store sensitive data on your mobile device.Some mobile device users have the habit of storing important and sensitive card data on their devices. The rationale behind the habit is to have easy access to their data whenever they need it. That is good. It will make online purchases more convenient.Related: 11 Tips to Secure Mobile Devices and Client DataIf you can have easy access to your credit card data, don’t you think others will have access to the same pieces of information if the device is stolen? If you practice that habit, stop it. If you are contemplating cultivating the habit, don’t. It is the easiest way to expose yourself to theft. If the app you are using for payment has “store and forward” feature, turn it off.7. Use a complex password or security pattern on your device.This tip is very useful for making you invulnerable to cyber-theft if your mobile device accidentally gets into the wrong hands. You could use hard-to-break passwords or patterns gotten from a random password generator. When you do, the chances that others will lay their hands on your transactions history and use the information to hurt you will be immediately reduced.You can also make provision for automatic locking if the device is idle for a pre-determined period of time.Simply put, these suggestions are easy and effective. If you can cultivate the habit of taking these precautions, you will be able to safeguard yourself from people who are ready to prey on you.Happy shopping! 5 min read September 12, 2016 Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Heres how Courtney Act met the guy shes dating it involves Tom

first_imgCourtney Act | Photo: Photo by Mitch Fong GAYSTARNEWS- Courtney Act says she is dating a guy she met at Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black’s New Year’s Eve party. Courtney has revealed in the past that she identifies as pansexual, polyamorous and genderfluid.The star furthermore said she has Grindr, Tinder and Feeld profiles. ‘You would see me – a very clear, unmistakable headshot, no wig’ she says of her profile pictures. ‘And in my profiles I do say I do drag. I don’t say “CBB winner Courtney Act…”‘She continued: ‘Maybe I’ve changed. Maybe the times have changed. But being really upfront about my identity can only lead to a more authentic experience. If someone’s going to be put off by me doing drag, I ain’t got time for that. I’m a busy woman!’Courtney’s new show Under the Sheets tours the UK this May and June.Check back tomorrow for our full interview with Courtney.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The RuPaul’s Drag Race S6 finalist shared details of the party in an interview with GSN this week – while adding that he also accompanied her to Tom and Dustin’s recent baby shower.‘The New Year’s Eve party was fun – Alaska and I went,’ the Celebrity Big Brother winner said. ‘I met a boy there who I’m currently dating, which is lovely. We just went to their house on Saturday to the baby shower!’‘There were vegan treats’Describing what kind of food the Olympic diver and the Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter served, Courtney said: ‘There were vegan treats, because they’re vegan as well.’She furthermore added: ‘At their New Year’s Eve party, I couldn’t even speculate what time, I remember Lance cooking vegan chicken nuggets for a group of us huddled around the kitchen…’center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… INTERVIEW: Courtney Act unpacks Drag Race’s trans problem – ‘Ru’s from a different era’Courtney Act lands bisexual dating TV showWATCH: Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black release stunning video of their weddingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

New blood test for Alzheimers proves 90 percent accurate

first_imgA research team with members from Japan and Australia have developed a blood test that can detect early signs of Alzheimer’s.The test, which looks for the presence of amyloid beta, a toxic protein known to be present in the brain of those affected by Alzheimer’s, is reportedly 90 percent accurate. The buildup of the the abnormal protein is one sign of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.Researchers studied 121 Japanese patients and 252 Australians with the non-invasive blood test, all of whom were listed with varying degrees of health ranging from healthy, to mild cognitive impairments of Alzheimer’s.Study leader, Colin Masters, professor of dementia research at Melbourne’s Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, says “This test is at least as good as current brain scan techniques and far surpasses existing blood tests.”However, the team say they are still far from practical clinical application since the onset of Alzheimer’s can start 30 years before a patient begins to experience symptoms.“Progress in developing new therapeutic strategies for Alzheimer’s disease has been disappointingly slow. None of the three drugs currently on the market treat the underlying disease,” Masters said in a statement.In 2017, another team developed a similar test to detect Alzheimer’s disease, proving an accuracy of 86 percent, yet there is no solid test to discover the early onset of dementia.Researchers says that more testing is needed. The disease affects more than 5 million people in the US each year.The report was published in Nature International Journal of Science.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Windows 10 Users Report Random Reboots and Failed Updates

first_imgGalaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Hands-on: What’s New, What’s DifferentThe Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus offer sleeker designs, better cameras for video and new S Pen tricks. Here’s how they stack up.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpThe Google Pixel 4’s Secret Weapon Just Leaked01:15Live00:0005:2805:28 Some users are having trouble installing the security update altogether. They report Windows 10 is generating generic error messages like ‘error 0x800f0982’ and ‘error 0x80073701’ that provide no context. Frustrated users on Microsoft’s own forum recalled they faced a similar installation failure with a cumulative update last month.”What on earth is going on at Microsoft?” a user asked on What isn’t going on might be the better query in this scenario. Microsoft hasn’t commented on the issues yet. It seems they’re only affecting a minority of Windows 10 users, but one could see why such irksome issues will require a fix. The One Gmail Setting You Should Activate NowBest VPNs for Windows 1040 Best Chrome Extensions The latest Windows 10 update is failing to install and causing random reboots, users on a Reddit thread and Microsoft community forum report. “Screen goes black, PC shuts down. PC restarts, and goes straight to Desktop,” one Reddit user wrote. “Since 1903 my PC keeps randomly restarting. There’ll be a small freeze that lasts a couple of seconds, and then it restarts automatically.”1903 refers to one several of the Windows 10 versions that received a bug fix update on August 13. The update, labeled KB4512508, features security improvements for Microsoft’s browsers (Edge and IE), wireless networking, and input devices such as a mouse, keyboard, or stylus. Windows Latest first spotted users’ complaints about KB4512508. Recalled MacBook Pro Could Mean Trouble for MillionsRECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

1 dead in crash near Tsakane

first_imgA life was lost when a motorist allegedly lost control of his bakkie near Tsakane, Steadville, this afternoon (Sunday).The vehicle overturned and the driver fled the scene. One person died in the crash.Police, Public Safety, EMS and Sharaj Ambulance Services were on scene.A large crowd of people gathered to see what was going on.Police are investigating. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

HPs Secret Prime Day Sales Event – Up To 800 Straight Off

first_img Share Tweet Submit Note: All deals are valid only while stock lasts. This is a paid-for, sponsored post. We do not collect any commission on sales.Today is the last day for Amazon’s Prime Day but HP has a secret Prime Day (use the SKU list below to search for the discounted items) competitive event going on right now that they have told about to some select partners. Using the coupon code is given below as well as the select SKU list you can now get a total discount of up to $800 off. But hurry because this deal only lasts for 16 hours and is only valid till inventory lasts. Oh and remember our 4th of July sale? These discounts are even steeper!Better Than Prime Day: Enter HP’s Store Using This Link And Use Promo Code: FIVEMOREGiven below is the full list of discounted SKUs that HP sent us which includes some great deals all the way up to $815 flat off the list price. We have also given you some handpicked deals below the full SKU table. Once again you can search the store by using this link.Handpicked Deal 1: HP Pavillion AMD Ryzen 5 2500U with Vega 8 Graphics for $800 Off: $485 with FIVEMORE Coupon Code This is an absolutely great deal as the laptop was originally listed for around $1299 MSRP. The ultrabook rocking an AMD Ryzen 2500U and Vega 8 Graphics along with a 256GB SSD for super-fast boot times comes stock in a 1366×768 configuration and rocks 16GB of memory. While the memory is more than sufficient for a laptop of this caliber we would suggest spending an extra 400 bucks and upgrading to the 1080p screen to get the best bang for your buck. A full-fledged modern laptop for just under $500! Buy it now here using the coupon code: FIVEMORE.Handpicked Deal 2: OMEN GAMING Laptop With NVIDIA GTX 1650 and Full HD 1080p Display for $306 OFF: $683 ONLY With Coupon Code FIVEMOREcenter_img This is another great deal as you are getting a laptop that’s usually priced at $999 for just $693 and a resounding $306 OFF (or almost 33% flat off its list price). The GTX 1650 equipped laptop is more than adequate for casual gaming purposes and the OMEN branding will ensure that the GPU gets a proper cooling solution so thermal throttling does not occur. We would recommend however that you upgrade to 16GB worth of ram for an optimal experience. Buy this now for only $693 using the coupon code FIVEMORE.Handpicked Deal 3: HP ENVY ALL IN ONE Intel Core i7 8700T, 16GB RAM and GTX 1050 with 27inch QHD Screen all for $1282 – $467 Off List Price Using Coupon Code FIVEMORE!This is a beautiful machine for those that want that boutique look and something that the average DIY-er cannot make. This sleek and shiny machine is perfect for home offices and workspaces where you just want to be productive and not worry too much about the machine. With the FIVEMORE coupon code you can get up to $467 off in the next few hours and grab this for just under $1300 bucks. This has 16GB of RAM, an SSD and a gorgeous screen. Buy it now over here.last_img read more

Mexican drug cartels work to sway local vote

first_imgGarcia, a candidate for the local Social Democratic Party, didn’t pull out. A state police officer now follows Garcia 24 hours a day while he courts voters on the steep and narrow streets of Emiliano Zapata, a suburb of Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos.As Mexicans head to the ballot box Sunday, drug cartels are registering their votes with scare tactics and cold, hard cash to make sure whoever is elected doesn’t interfere with their lucrative operations. The focus is usually on local politics, where officials and their police departments can cause problems, or smooth the way, for gangs moving drugs or shaking down businesses. It’s also easier to influence a local race than an extensive, well-financed national election in the glare of media coverage.Drug cartels aren’t political, they’re practical. Officials from all three major parties have been accused of drug gang ties, or have come under attack. Gangs support candidates they can buy off or a scare off _ and government officials say they’re fighting back.“We’ve said for several months that we have to recognize the presence and action of criminal groups around the election, particularly in the local sphere, ” Mexico’s federal interior secretary, Alejandro Poire, said Thursday. “We are acting to contain it, to prevent it and to bring those responsible to justice.” Associated PressEMILIANO ZAPATA, Mexico (AP) – Before the sun climbed above the hills around this central Mexican town, Saul Garcia and his family awoke to the sound of bullets piercing the front gate. A masked motorcyclist had opened fire on their brick home, leaving behind a poster signed by the La Familia drug cartel, warning the mayoral candidate to withdraw from the race or the gang would kill him, his wife and three children. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Garcia says he doesn’t know why he was targeted.“I don’t have enemies,” said Garcia, whose home was attacked April 30. “When I realized they were threatening me and saying I had to quit I thought, `But wait, we are free to vote and to be elected.’”Election violence this season has flared in Morelos and in other states where voters will choose six governors and hundreds of mayors and councilmembers.While the federal government does not track the number of candidates threatened, there have been scattered reports of attacks or threats against politicians and campaign workers in several states, including a gubernatorial candidate in Morelos.A Morelos state official who was not authorized to talk to reporters said La Familia is seeking to control small towns like Emiliano Zapata since taking a beating in its home state, neighboring Michoacan. There, the cartel has been wounded by government attacks and an internal split.In Michoacan state elections last fall, an anonymous newspaper ad threatened members of the governing National Action Party to stay home on election day in a town whose mayor already had been killed. Shadowy groups intimidated candidates into dropping out and used roadblocks and phone threats try to control the vote. Pollsters were kidnapped and released unharmed only weeks before elections. Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Nevertheless, Granat said, “We will heavily guard this election,” so people will feel safe.In Temixco, a rough suburb of Cuernavaca, teenage boys climbed to rooftops and leaned against light poles near a soccer field to watch gubernatorial candidate Ramirez speak on a recent afternoon.Ramirez told hundreds of his supporters gathered that he is tired of having corrupt officers on the drug gangs’ payroll.“They come here and they kill and threaten those who file reports,” he shouted before the crowd.Several armored SUVs waited for the candidate outside. Security guards blocked Ramirez’s followers trying to get a word or snap a picture with the candidate as he left. Reporters had to fight to stay close enough to toss questions.“I want you to understand how critical the moment is,” one guard said. “He could be killed here for God’s sake.”_____________Adriana Gomez Licon is on Twitter There have also been attacks against candidates in the drug-plagued state of Guerrero, though it is not clear who was responsible.Poire, the interior secretary, met with Morelos Gov. Marco Adame on Wednesday to coordinate security efforts for elections day and promised an immediate response to any emergencies that threaten the voting process.Drug cartels have bribed officials for decades, paying off governors, mayors and other public officials as part of the cost of doing business. The Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, ruled Mexico for 71 years, and in those days, cartels didn’t need to pay attention to the electoral season.But the party’s ouster in 2000 created a power vacuum and left territory and elective offices up for grabs. Since then, candidates of all stripes have been accused of being bought by cartels.“This new phenomenon systematically pulls mafias into politics,” said Eduardo Guerrero, a security analyst. “They didn’t used to get involved in this whole task of financing campaigns or nominating their members for elected seats. When there was a winner, you negotiated and if he didn’t want to, you killed him and that was the end of it.”center_img A small state of 1.7 million people, Morelos’ large swaths of mountain lands are ideal for transporting cocaine and heroin on state highways from southern ports to Mexico City and northward. The territory was once controlled by the powerful Sinaloa Cartel through its former allies, the Beltran Leyva gang.The state’s capital of Cuernavaca, a favorite retreat for U.S. retirees and wealthy Mexico City residents, was also a sanctuary for drug capos until President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown on organized crime. Marines in 2009 raided a luxurious apartment complex and killed drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva.Since then, the city has seen a surge in drug violence as factions of the Beltran Leyva, La Familia and other smaller gangs fight for turf. All the cartels rely on local politicians, especially mayors, who control the police forces. A mayor in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz was kidnapped days ago. Her body was found Thursday on a nearby highway outside state limits, a news statement said.Morelos state officials say kidnappings have increased in the past couple of months and the words FM, initials for the pseudo-religious La Familia Michoacana in Spanish, are often found at murder scenes. Quick workouts for men New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Local politicians from National Action, which has governed Morelos since 2000, have been accused of having links to the Beltran Leyva cartel. The former state police chief appointed by the governor has been jailed on suspicion of ties to the gang, though he has not been convicted of any crime.National Action is poised to lose the governorship on Sunday, so locals say the drug gangs are lining up behind candidates from the other two major parties.Democratic Revolution’s gubernatorial candidate, Graco Ramirez, says people in remote areas are telling him that gangs have threatened them to stay home on election day. He complains that gunmen approach his campaign staffers while they are out distributing flyers.“Drug gangs don’t want me to become governor,” he said, though he would not name which ones. “We would stop turning a blind eye to their activities.”Garcia, the mayoral candidate whose family was threatened, is running against Ramirez’s party, however.Another mayoral candidate for the Green Party in Morelos also has reported death threats and even a failed kidnapping attempt by a drug gang, though he did not say which one.The president of Morelos’ state election institute, Oscar Granat Herrera, said that drug cartels will not try to sway the vote. He said the cases of violence are rarely as clear as the shooting attack on Garcia’s home in Emiliano Zapata. Even in that investigation, authorities have no suspects so far. Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img