Northern shelters for victims of violence got small share of federal funding

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s Far North is getting the short end of the stick on a major federal investment aimed at reducing gender-based violence, advocates say, because the money is being meted out based on the size of a region’s population, rather than need.“When I go to meetings with shelters in southern Canada, I am hearing about all these shelters being built (or repaired) with the renovation money and I’m thinking, ‘Holy cow! What happened to the North?’” said Lyda Fuller, executive director of the YWCA Yellowknife.The Liberal government committed $89.9 million over two years in the 2016 budget for building or renovating shelters and transition houses for people escaping family violence. The investment was also highlighted in the recently launched federal gender-based violence strategy.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC), through which the money flowed, split the money up among the provinces and territories, which were not required to match the funds in order to get things rolling.But the money was divvied up according to the usual per-capita funding model, which means each share of the pie was determined according to the number of people who live there.Ontario — home to about 14 million people — got about $28 million over the two-year period.Meanwhile, each of the three territories, which have a total population of about 120,000, received just under $500,000 over two years.Lise Martin, executive director of Women’s Shelters Canada, said the money was welcome, but the relatively small sums provided to the territories would make it difficult to build any new shelters there, never mind come up with the extra money to maintain them.“It’s more than needed, but it’s not going to have a huge impact on capacity in terms of creating new spaces,” she said.Martin has been among those calling for a national action plan on gender-based violence, which would go farther than the federal strategy by ensuring equal access to comparable services, no matter where someone lives.Mathieu Filion, a spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, suggested these issues could be addressed by the national housing strategy later this year.“The national housing strategy will ensure that more Canadians, including survivors of family violence, have access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford,” Filion said in an email.The northern territories have the highest rates of family violence in the country.According to Statistics Canada, there was an average of 241 incidents of police-reported family violence in Canada per 100,000 people in 2015.Nunavut had the highest rate, with 2,504 per 100,000 people, followed by the Northwest Territories at 1,938 and Yukon at 731.Ontario, at 150, had the lowest rate that year.Jonathan Rotondo, a spokesman for the CMHC, said that as of March 31, the $60 million set aside for the first year of the investment had been used to create 325 new units or beds in shelters and transition houses across the entire country.There were repairs or renovations impacting another 4,006 spaces.The Northwest Territories Housing Corp. said its share of the money for fiscal 2016-17 amounted to $315,789, which the territorial government used to make “urgent repairs and renovations” to four of the five shelters in the territory. Another $157,368 has been committed for this year.That included renovations to reconfigure a surplus unit the territorial housing authority donated to one of the shelters after it realized the existing building was essentially beyond repair and would not last much longer.The YWCA Yellowknife also operates the shelter in Fort Smith, N.W.T.; Fuller, who has been trying to make it wheelchair-accessible, said the territorial housing authority chose to spend the money on basic improvements like replacing the oil tank.“We tore out the 35-year-old carpeting!” she said with a laugh. “No new beds.”The Nunavut Housing Corp. said it spent about $395,000 on repairs and improvements at two shelters in the territory, and will save the remaining $78,000 for emergencies and additional work.The Yukon Housing Corp., meanwhile, decided to put its $473,166 into a program that allows non-government organizations to apply for grants.Tim Sellars, the director of policy and communications, said $170,000 has gone out so far.Barbara McInerney, executive director of the Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society in Whitehorse, said things are so tight that she cannot even manage to prepare a proposal to apply for badly needed funding.“So much of the time we are fighting for survival to keep the day-to-day running, that it’s very difficult for us to see past that and look at painting our building or whatever,” said McInerney.“You’re operating a 24-hour facility, you’re on call 24-7, you’re trying to support staff in a very difficult job, and you’re going to take on a construction fight?”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Angelina Jolie Donates 50000 To Girls Education Fund

first_imgAngelina Jolie has donated $50,000 to the Women in the World Foundation’s Woman of Impact Emergency Appeal for Girls’ Education Fund.In honor of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year old Pakistani girl who was tragically shot by the Taliban for exercising her fundamental right to an education, the Women in the World Foundation is launching a Woman of Impact Award for Girls’ Education to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.The Foundation is making an emergency appeal to their Women in the World Community to join Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie in this campaign. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards girls’ education on the ground in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jolie’s Education Partnership for Children of Conflict will contribute the first $50,000 to this effort.“We are sure you have been shaken by the news that last week, 14-year old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban as she left school in the Swat Valley in Pakistan,” said Angelina Jolie and Women in the World Foundation founder Tina Brown in a joint statement. “Her crime was promoting girls’ education in Pakistan and publishing a blog about life under the Taliban. She remains unconscious, and has been flown from Pakistan to the United Kingdom to receive specialist treatment.“As a response to Malala’s bravery, girls across Pakistan, Afghanistan and the world are standing up and saying, “I am Malala” – and this is our opportunity to show the same solidarity.”To join Angelina in donating to the cause, click here. To read Angelina’s reaction to the shooting of Malala, see our earlier story.last_img read more

Supervisor agrees management of Phoenix Sinclair not good enough

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe way child services in Manitoba dealt with Phoenix Sinclair was substandard a former supervisor testified Wednesday at the inquiry looking into the five-year-old’s murder.Angela Balan was agreeing with a report completed after Sinclair’s death in 2005 that said how the case was maintained from November 2000 to March 2002 was substandard.Balan was the supervisor of Delores Chief-Abigosis who was in charge of the file from November 2000 to July the next year.Chief-Abigosis already testified she couldn’t remember much of the time she spent on the file. She also didn’t keep notes.The inquiry is looking into how child services handled Sinclair’s case.last_img read more

Facebook ads tracking and some ways to opt out – somewhat

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2014 3:19 pm MDT Facebook ads, tracking, and some ways to opt out – somewhat NEW YORK, N.Y. – If you use Facebook, the specific ads you see have been based mostly on what you do on Facebook — your profile information, status updates, likes and interests.That’s changing. The company says it will soon give advertisers more options to tailor ads to what you do outside Facebook. Shopping for a new TV? Get ready to see ads for TV sets on Facebook.Unless you’re willing to unplug, there’s little you can do to avoid being tracked online. But there are some ways to control what ads you see and how the ads are tailored to you.— HOW IT WORKS:Facebook doesn’t share your specific identity with advertisers. Rather, the advertiser can select the types of people to show ads to.An advertiser might want to reach women who just moved to Boston and who just got engaged, for instance. When buying the ad, the advertiser checks all the boxes that apply. Facebook matches the ads to the specific people who fit those attributes, without having to reveal their identities to the advertiser.Besides the obvious attributes such as location, age and gender, advertisers can select languages, “ethnic affinity” and life events such as people who have recently moved, are living away from their family, got a new job and so on. Advertisers who want to target the newly engaged can narrow that down to engagements within one year or within three months. There are even options to target baby boomers, video game console players, early or late adopters of technology, fans of specific sports teams or people who go on cruises.Facebook even considers your offline shopping behaviour. Facebook’s advertisers can see, for example, whether the ad for detergent you saw on Facebook led you to buy that brand in a drug store the following week. Facebook works with outside analytics firms to match what Facebook knows with what the retailers have on you and what you bought. Your name isn’t attached to this, but it may still feel creepy.Not every piece of data is used to target advertising, at least not yet. For example, the company recently introduced “nearby friends,” which lets you share your exact location with your Facebook buddies so you can meet up. So far, you won’t see ads targeted to you based on the street corner you are standing on, but it’s easy to see how this could happen one day.— WHAT’S NEW:In the coming weeks, Facebook will start offering advertisers another way to tailor ads in the U.S., based on information gathered from other websites you visit and the apps you use. This is called interest-based advertising, and Facebook says “many companies already do this.”Facebook already serves “retargeted” ads. So if you visited and looked at a pair of black flats, you might see the same shoes pop up in a Zappos ad on Facebook. With interest-based targeting, a company selling socks might show you an ad based on your interest in shoes — even if you did not previously visit its website.— WHAT YOU CAN’T CONTROL:The best way to stop tracking is to stop using the Internet and move into a cave.“Everywhere you go on the Web, with almost no exceptions, you are going to be receiving ads based on lots of data about you,” says Jules Polonetsky, who advises Facebook on privacy issues as director of the Future of Privacy Forum, an industry-backed think-tank in Washington.A few Internet companies such as Twitter, Hulu and Pinterest, along with some advertising networks and analytics firms, have agreed to adhere to voluntary guidelines called “do not track.” That lets people decline tracking by websites that they don’t visit.Google, Facebook and Yahoo — among the largest hubs for online advertising — isn’t participating so far, so your preferences mean nothing there.— WHAT YOU CAN DO:Facebook does participate in a version of “do not track” for mobile devices. Go to to sign up.If you are a Facebook user in the U.S., you will soon be able to click on a drop-down menu on the top right corner of every ad to find out why it’s being shown to you. You’ll still have the option to hide the specific ad from your feed, or hide all ads from that particular advertiser. Now, you can click on “Why am I seeing this ad?” to see why the ad was targeted to you.Reasons could be your interests, such as the Olympics or the World Cup, or an advertiser’s desire to, say, reach women in your age group who live in your city. An ad offering called “lookalike audiences” lets advertisers target users with a similar profile as their existing customers. Let’s say a restaurant’s ideal customer base is over 35 and a fan of Mercedes-Benz. The restaurant can target this group with ads, for example.You can opt out of having ads targeted to you here: . Besides Facebook, some 115 companies are participating in the program.That said, opting out of targeted ads won’t stop you from seeing advertisements. They just won’t be tailored to you based on your online profile and activities. It also won’t stop Facebook (and other companies) from tracking you. It simply means that information won’t be used to show ads targeted to you. read more

Air Canada signs deal with Air China for MontrealBeijing direct flights

by The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2015 6:59 am MDT Last Updated May 28, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Air Canada and Air China have announced an agreement for direct flights between Beijing and Montreal three times a week starting in September.The flights will be operated by Air China but also sold to travellers through Air Canada (TSX:AC) as the first step of a broader partnership.Air Canada and Air China eventually plan to secure a revenue-sharing joint venture for flights between China and Canada.The agreement follows a relationship between the airlines reached in November 2014 which outlined the steps towards building a revenue-sharing relationship.Both companies expect to begin sharing revenue for the flights in the second half of this year. Air Canada signs deal with Air China for Montreal-Beijing direct flights read more

At UN countries pledge to be guided by Mandelas legacy in working

At the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, held in New York, Member States adopted the first resolution of the General Assembly’s 73rd session, “committing to demonstrate mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and reconciliation in [their] relations.”“We resolve to move beyond words in the promotion of peaceful, just, inclusive and non-discriminatory societies, stressing the importance of the equal participation and full involvement of women and the meaningful participation of youth in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security,” read the resolution.Member States, many represented by their heads of State and government, also reiterated the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and said that they remain committed to achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner.Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security – General Assembly resolution“Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security, and peace and security will be at risk without sustainable development. We reaffirm our pledge that no one will be left behind,” they resolved.Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke of the growing pressure against human rights around the world, and urged everyone to draw inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s wisdom, courage and fortitude, to face the challenges.“[That] is the only way to build the just, peaceful and prosperous world envisioned in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said Mr. Guterres.“Madiba was a global citizen whose legacy must continue to guide us,” he added.Today’s Peace Summit coincides with the centenary year of Mr. Mandela’s birth. UN Photo/Cia PakFrom left: Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa; María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the General Assemby; and Secretary-General António Guterres unveil the statue of Nelson Mandela at the UN Headquarters in New york.Unveiling of Nelson Mandela’s statueEarlier in the day, a statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled at UN Headquarters by Mr. Guterres alongside Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa, and María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the current session of the General Assembly.Gifted by South Africa to the UN, the life-size statue shows Madiba with his arms outstretched and bears his warm and broad smile.Speaking at the unveiling, Secretary-General Guterres highlighted Mr. Mandela’s humility as a hallmark of his greatness.“When he achieved the pinnacle of power as president of his beloved country, Madiba set an example that still resounds throughout Africa and the world – he stepped down after one term, confident in the durability of South Africa’s newfound democracy … He did not pursue power for its own sake, but simply as a means of service,” said the UN chief.Also speaking at the unveiling, Ms. Espinosa recalled Mr. Mandela’s first landmark speech at the UN, in 1994, in which he spoke of the interdependence of all nations and asked what can and must leaders do to ensure that democracy, peace and prosperity prevail everywhere.“It is my hope that the placement of this statue – within the physical boundaries of the UN territory – will serve as an inspiration and reminder to all Member States,” added the Assembly President.“A reminder that our differences are to be celebrated; that our work is wholly and unreservedly for the people for whom we serve; and that our efforts, in whatever form they take, should always be guided by the inspiration and the promise that Mandela has left us.” read more

Anglo Platinum deploys KomVision collision avoidance tech at Mogalakwena

first_imgAnglo American Platinum recently brought two KomVision-equipped Komatsu 930E mining trucks into production at the Mogalakwena Complex. The Komatsu KomVision technology is a significant step towards improving safety at the mine as it gives the truck operator a 360-degree bird’s eye view and significantly reduces the risks associated with a man-machine interface.The new system has an additional eight radars – over and above the current standard of front and rear radars – and six cameras that provide zero-metre visibility of the truck’s footprint. Mogalakwena Mine General Manager, Richard Cox said: “This technology sets a new benchmark. It improves our ability to integrate into future collision avoidance systems. In line with our strategy of FutureSmart MiningTM, it will generate close-to-real-time health and performance data that will support us in optimising our operations.”Anglo American Platinum’s safety strategy is based on four pillars – systems; people and behaviour; engineering solutions; and wellness in the workplace. The Komatsu trucks are included in the significant investments in engineering controls that the company has made to manage risks.Chris Griffith, CEO of Anglo American Platinum said: “Investing in this technology is a major step in increasing safety levels at our mines. We remain committed to our objective of eliminating fatalities with a zero-harm mindset. We put safety first and believe that every employee has the right to return home unharmed every day. And we recognise that although we have made significant progress in improving safety over the years, there is still much to do. This technology will eliminate a number of risks and we look forward to benefitting from the improved safety and operational features of these trucks.”“The case for innovation in mining remains highly compelling. To deliver the step-changes required to create a truly modern, safe and productive industry on a sustainable basis that society demands and that our customers expect, the industry must continue to evolve. Therefore, Anglo American continues to invest time working through how innovation can help the industry address its major challenges. Through FutureSmart Mining™, the company has successfully drawn on the expertise of diverse stakeholders, including employees, partners in academia and civil society, peers in the mining and parallel industries.”The company continues to focus on driving a more sustainable approach to mining through cutting-edge mining software and other technology-led innovations. Production Manager Judd Barlow said: “We are proud to partner with Komatsu as this technology allows us to maximise capacity and safely deliver on our promises.”Cox added: “What excites me most is that these two vehicles offer a fully integrated system that will deliver on our safety requirements, while reducing maintenance and downtime.”The new trucks will be the first earthmoving vehicles at Mogalakwena to fully integrate a range of business improvement initiatives, including:Collision avoidance ready technologyA tyre monitoring systemA safety standard fuel saving card and extended fuel tankAn optimised payload system for payload monitoringAn Ansul foam fire protection system which combines dry powder with foamA lightweight bowllast_img read more

Search continues for man who fell into the sea in Antrim

first_imgUpdated 11.07THE SEARCH FOR a man is underway after he was swept off the rocks and into the sea off Ramore Head in Portrush.Police and Coastguard teams began their search for the man last night and they will resume the search later this morning.Fell of the rocksThe 38-year-old is thought to have been swept off the rocks and into the sea by a wave at around 4.25pm yesterday afternoon.An extensive air and sea search was called off at around 8pm last night due to poor light.The authorities have said that a number of members of the public have attended the area at Ramore Head where a male was swept into the sea yesterday offering to help in the search.They stated that some people have placed themselves in significant danger by entering the water or attempting to search independently of police and coastguard crews.They are asking that only safety members who have been properly trained should take part in the search.The PSNI said that deteriorating weather and sea conditions mean that the search environment is extremely challenging and police do not want to see anyone put at risk.Read: Coast guard can track boat users in new water safety app>Explainer: How do you search for a missing person?>last_img read more

Appeal for witnesses as more details emerge on Meath shooting

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to a shooting that occurred in Meath today in which a man was killed.The fatal shooting took place at Gormanston, Co Meath. It is understood the victim has links to dissident Republican activity.He has been named locally as Peter Butterly from Louth.Shortly after 2pm this afternoon, a man in his 30s drove into the car park at the Huntsman Inn, Gormanston.A second car entered the car park a few minutes later. Gardaí say the man was confronted by the occupants of the second car as he walked across the car park, and was shot a number of times.The assailants then fled the scene in a car which turned left on leaving the car park. This car was intercepted by gardaí on the Balscadden Road a short time later.Four males, all aged in their 20s, were arrested by gardaí. A handgun was recovered and the car seized.A fifth man aged in his 40s was also arrested near the scene a short time later. The men are currently detained at a number of north Dublin garda stations under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939.ExaminationA preliminary examination has been carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist and a full forensic and technical examination of the scene is currently underway. A post mortem examination is due to take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, tomorrow.An incident room has been established at Laytown Garda Station.Gardaí said this evening that a number of people have come forward to assist in this investigation, and they are continuing to appeal for information.In particular, they are appealing to anybody in the vicinity of the Huntsman Inn between 1pm and 2.30pm this afternoon to contact them.Anyone with information is asked to contact Laytown Garda Station on 041 9813320, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Read: Man shot dead outside The Huntsman pub in Gormanston, county Meath>last_img read more

Use your own voice to perform dragon shouts with this epic Skyrim

first_imgFrom time to time there comes a long a mod for a game like Skyrim that makes you ask yourself, “Why in the world was this not included with the game from the start?” You know, mods like the unofficial Oblivion Mod that fixed 1800 bugs that Bethesda left in the game due to time constraints or the original Doom 3 flashlight mod. With Skyrim being recently released the mods have just begun to start flowing, but we’ve found one that is a must-have for PC gamers. Titled Thu’uMic, it allows you to use your real voice to call out dragon shouts on your your’s PC microphone.You didn’t read that wrong — with this mod means you will not need to pause the action to switch which shouts you want to use. With the game’s twenty shouts playing a huge part in the storyline, you will be using them often, so this mod makes perfect sense. Plus it adds appreciable depth and immersion to the game.Created by Skyrim enthusiast Deadly Azuril, the mod brings a whole new layer to gameplay for the dragonborn. Having tested this out a bit, it really feels like that voice commands were meant to be in the game from the beginning. When fighting it’s much easier to simply yell out a command into your headset than have to manually switch using the keyboard. The great thing about the mod is that all you need is a microphone hooked up to your computer, and a bit of know-how when it comes to installing mods.Installing the mod is a bit more difficult than other add-ons due to the dependencies it has on relatedprograms. Honestly though, it’s something that a beginner could do with a little bit of reading. You can download the components that you need on the mod’s home page. Make sure to watch the author in action as he fights a frost dragon using his voice to hurl shouts at the beast!last_img read more

The line – live

first_imgMelbourne’s youth will be encouraged to speak out on the importance of respectful relationships when a funky new hip hop initiative touches down this Friday 4 May in St Kilda. An exciting entertainment line-up is planned, with the highly talented and popular Kween G and L-FRESH the LION performing live, while DJ Duvz will weave his magic on the decks and the PCYC Hip Hop Dance Crew will showcase its amazing manoeuvres.The Line in partnership with the PCYC is promoting an important ‘respectful relationships’ message by inviting young people to engage with each other to promote and encourage positive behaviours as well as promoting discussion about some of the ‘grey areas’ in relationships where drawing the line isn’t that easy. The Line recognises all young Australians have the right to experience and enjoy healthy, positive relationships, without the threat of harassment, bullying, controlling behaviour and violence. Details Date: Friday 4th May, 2012 Location: St Kilda PCYC, 179 Inkerman St, St Kilda. 5.00 – 6.00pm Guests arrive 6.00 – 7.00pm Kween G and L-Fresh perform 7.00 – 7.15pm Speeches 7.15 – 8.30 Performance by DJ Duvz and PCYC Hip Hop Dance Crew 8.30 – Event concludes. Entertainment continues with movie screeningFor more information contact Anthony Stavrinos 0411188111. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Apple Mac OS X Lion soffre un lancement record

first_imgApple : Mac OS X Lion s’offre un lancement recordLe très attendu Mac OS X 10.7 Lion est disponible depuis jeudi midi sur l’App Store. A peine 24 heures plus tard, se félicite Apple, l’OS a atteint le million de téléchargements. Un record !Mise en ligne jeudi midi sur l’App Store, la huitième version de l’OS X, le système d’exploitation d’Apple pour Mac, a été en à peine 24 heures téléchargée un million de fois. Un record dont la firme à la pomme se félicite sur son site Internet. Qui plus est, les utilisateurs sont visiblement très satisfaits du Lion. 90% d’entre eux lui ont en effet attribué sur l’App Store la meilleure note possible, 5/5. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Outre son installation très simple, qui s’effectue directement sur le Mac après un achat en ligne, la nouvelle mouture de l’OS, vendue 23,99 euros, doit son succès à ses très nombreuses nouveautés. Parmi elles, la gestion du Multi-Touch, une nouvelle vue des programmes en cours d’utilisation baptisée Mission Control,  le support du plein écran pour les applications, ou encore le Launchpad, qui regroupe les applications téléchargées sur le Mac App Store. Si pour l’heure, Mac OS X Lion n’est disponible qu’en téléchargement sur Internet, Apple le proposera à partir du mois d’août sur une clé USB vendue 59 euros.Le 22 juillet 2011 à 15:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Early travel tips for the holiday season

Early travel tips for the holiday season

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Labor Day holiday is upon us, but folks are already looking ahead to the end of the year holiday travel season.According to experts, when it comes to airfare, if you invest now, you’ll be thankful for those Thanksgiving travel rates later.  “I looked up the numbers just now, and it’s a great time, starting Monday morning, I would call,” said Gus Machado, with Brickell Travel.Machado said many airlines, travel agencies and third-party booking sites offer big deals over the Labor Day weekend. “Rates are very good right now, but after the cheap rates go, then the prices go up and up and up. Some people think waiting to the last minute. I don’t think so.”Some of the more popular, affordable destinations include London, Costa Rica and Cuba. “A huge one is Cuba, now a lot of people want to see their family members,” said Machado. “Beginning September 9, American Airlines will have round trip tickets for $250 with taxes included. That’s a bargain.”When it comes to flying during the holidays, travel experts also recommend packing light to avoid luggage headaches. “I would do carry on as much as possible,” said Machado. “Definitely carry on. There’s so much luggage, and you don’t know the weather, with rain and stuff, so definitely carry on as much as possible.”When searching for flights, there are a few things you can do to avoid taking a hit to the wallet.– Set up price alerts on your phone to alert you when prices take a dip. – Search for flights from alternative airports. For example, if you’re heading to Washington D.C. look for flights to Baltimore instead.– Lastly, weekday flights can save you some cash, according to experts.When it comes to Thanksgiving, the cheapest days to fly are Thanksgiving day, the Tuesday before the holiday, or the Friday after. “For Thanksgiving, leaving on Wednesday to Sunday, we have some great deals like Europe for $500 round trip including taxes.”Follow these tips, and all you will have to worry about this holiday season is that turkey on the table.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Film fests grave proposition Watch scifi film from inside a coffin

first_imgTo mark its 40th anniversary, Sweden’s Göteborg Film Festival will hold “an extremely intimate screening” of a sci-fi movie. How intimate? Well, let’s just say coffins don’t generally have a ton of space for stretching. The video teaser for the “world’s most claustrophobic cinema” shows a terrified-looking Meghan Markle lookalike walking through dark corridors until she comes upon a cavernous room containing a single sarcophagus. The footage then shows her from the inside of the tomb, breathing heavily, touching the top of the small, dark compartment with shaky hands and definitely not looking like she’s enjoying a relaxing afternoon at the cinema. Post a comment Share your voice Tags TV and Movies 0 Aniara, the film that viewers will watch in the confined space, is a 2018 adaptation of a science fiction poem by Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson about space colonists who leave an Earth ravaged by extreme weather, only to find cosmic travel presents its own problems. In the 106-minute Swedish movie, a spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the passengers to consider their place in the universe. Watching the action from the custom-made sarcophagus will presumably give viewers a sense of what’s it like to be alone in space, totally isolated from the outside world. It might feel lonely and restrictive in the box, but at least you won’t have to deal with those annoying audience members who spend the whole film talking and texting. “We want to explore what happens when you watch a film in extreme conditions,” the festival says of the experience, which runs at the international fest in Gothenburg from Jan. 27-31. The Göteborg Film Festival attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually, according to the website, though only a limited number will get to swap a seat for a sarcophagus. Those interested in the opportunity can share their email on the festival site for a chance to get a ticket. The site doesn’t list a price, but I’ve reached out to the festival for comment.  “Limited space available,” the video teaser ends (get it?). “Book now.” Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers.last_img read more

Hubitats smart home works without the internet

first_img Mentioned Above Google Home See It News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today The best of smart home at CES 2019 Walmart Google Home Smart home product compatibility: Choose a smart home platform and see which products work with it.Best smart home devices for 2019: Hand-picked by CNET’s experts. Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it 52 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Comments Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot 16:33 $69 reading • Hubitat’s smart home works without the internet 4 How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Crutchfield $79 CNET Smart Home • Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Check out all the smart home products at CES 2019 See It CNET Smart Home Share your voice Hubitat At first glance, the Hubitat Elevation struck me as a pretty standard smart home hub. It has Zigbee and Z-Wave built in so it can communicate with a variety of connected gadgets. You can set up rules so one of your devices can trigger another — a motion sensor might flash your smart lights. You can group your devices by room and create scenes so multiple devices turn on at once with a single command. All of those features are pretty standard for hubs such as the SmartThings Hub. Hubitat’s main selling point is a pretty interesting twist on the smart hub formula — it processes everything locally. After the initial setup, Hubitat stores certain device data and automation recipes on the device itself. This should theoretically result in your smart home reacting more quickly to your commands, since they don’t need to head to the cloud and back. It also means that if the internet goes down, your smart home can keep functioning.Local processing isn’t entirely new either, as SmartThings offers it with certain devices and automations, but Hubitat wants to take the feature one step further by making all of its automations local — from rules to geofencing. Hubitat officially debuted a new, trimmed-down version of its Elevation home automation hub on Wednesday. You can order it now from the company’s site for $100 for a limited time. Its normal price will be $150 (about £115 or AU$210) after the introductory price expires. You’ll be able to order the Hubitat Elevation on Amazon as well starting Friday. In addition to offering the same processing power in a smaller frame, Hubitat is introducing apps for its system for both iOS and Android. You currently have to use a web browser to access your Hubitat system. The apps are still in the works, but are roughly expected to launch by April.The Elevation also works with Amazon’s assistant Alexa and the competing Google Assistant, so you can control any devices synced to the hub with a voice command to your Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker. Bear in mind, since those smart speakers rely on the cloud, that functionality won’t work without the internet.Since the Elevation Hub processes information locally, it could be a better fit for privacy minded individuals who still want smart home gadgets. In addition to keeping most of your info off of the cloud, Hubitat offers a customizable rules platform and invites users to develop and share their own code for any missing functionality. It looks to be aimed more at avid DIYers who like to tinker as opposed to someone less proficient in tech who just wants something to work out of the box. Most of Hubitat’s advantages come from setting up your own rules and scenes. That said, the app should help make the platform more widely applicable and user friendly. Since the Elevation will work with some Lowe’s Iris sensors, it could provide a nice new hub for those in need once Iris fully shuts down in March.  $99 Tags Amazon Google Smart Home See Alllast_img read more

Upazila chairman sent to jail for rape

Upazila chairman sent to jail for rape

first_imgHarun-ur-Rashid. Photo UNBA court Sunamganj on Monday rejected the bail petition of Bishwambarpur upazila chairman Harun-ur-Rashid and sent him to jail in a rape case.Md Zakir Hossain of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal passed the order when Harun surrendered to the court asking for bail, said assistant public prosecutor Khairul Kabir.According to the case statement, Harun called the victim to his upazila parishad office to give her a sewing machine on 26 September and raped her there.Later, the victim woman filed a case against the chairman with Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal that same afternoon.last_img read more

How The Media Deals With Public Complaints

How The Media Deals With Public Complaints

first_img 00:00 /07:34 APJarrod Warren Ramos faces first-degree murder charges. Police said he targeted Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper, killing four journalists and a staffer. (Anne Arundel Police via AP)As NPR has been reporting, Jarrod Warren Ramos, suspected of fatally shooting five people at The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., was held without bond in his first court appearance today.The man reportedly had a long-standing grudge against the publication. He sued the paper for defamation in 2012 and lost.While not all complaints end up in court, many media organizations have policies in place to handle such situations when they escalate. We find out how one local media outlet is re-thinking their policy. Jason Culpepper, publisher for the Houston Metro edition of the Community Impact Newspaper talks with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen and tells us how his organization is engaging the public on their complaints and concerns. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Joshua Roberts/Reuters/Via NPRSteve Schuh, county executive of Anne Arundel County, Md., holds a copy of Friday’s The Capital. X Sharelast_img read more

How oiling makes a Difference to your hair

How oiling makes a Difference to your hair

first_imgFrom time immemorial, massaging the scalp with oil has proved to be immensely beneficial to the health of ones hair. Each oil brings it’s own set of properties and essential benefits and there is no particular preference that one should look at while choosing oils. Experts suggest few benefits of oiling and how one can make the process worth applying. Take a look:In summer, hair tends to get very frizzy, dry and lifeless due to exposure to direct sunlight. Excessive heat also damages the hair extensively. While castor oil is known to be extremely soothing to the scalp, it is advisable to include ingredients such as Brahmi and camphor to the oil while massaging the scalp to reap benefits from their cooling properties. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHair becomes extremely brittle due to prolonged exposure to heat, sweat and chlorine due to time spent in the swimming pool. To prevent this damage, it’s advisable to use a combination of essential oils such as coconut oil, gingelly oil and castor oil along with aloe vera and white hibiscus leaves. The oils act as a sealant and seal the cuticles rendering one’s hair shiny and soft.The key benefit of the oils is the fatty acids present in them which replace the lost lipids in one’s hair. Lipid loss is a major factor in causing split ends. The key to healthy hair is the right way of using the oils. Unless the hair is extremely dense, it is advisable to use a few drops in your palm, rub them together and rake them through your hair. If the hair is coarser, you can increase the quantity slightly. There are differing reports on the duration for keeping the oil on the hair. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOiling your hair in summer creates a shield to protect your hair from Sun damage. Sun damage can result in over drying and dullness in hair texture. Oiling strengthens hair from the roots, making it stronger and avoids breakage. This works all year long.Coconut oil is very comfortable in summer since its lightweight. It nourishes your scalp and cleanses dirt and dead cells on the scalp easily on shampooing after oiling.Almond oil is also a good hair cleanser and keeps hair healthy and facilitates hair growth as it is rich in Vitamin E. Olive oil is also a great hair oil for summer because of its property of deep penetration. It seeps into the scalp and provides needed nourishment to hair & scalp from within.Coconut oil protects your hair against the Sun’s UV rays and avoids excessive dryness and burns.Sweat and excessive oil secretion during summers can lead to oily dandruff in summers leading to dry brittle hair that also breaks easily. Almond oil has Vitamin E and also works again scalp infections caused due to excessive sweating. It is excellent for treating dandruff.last_img read more

FlamingoPotrero News

first_imgNo related posts. Our sincerest sympathy goes to our local friend Jorge Granados who lost his father on Friday, Sept. 28. Our thoughts are also with Ivan Granados, Jorge’s grandfather. Jorge and Ivan are with family at this time.Ladies: The 3rd Annual Gold Coast Women’s Group event will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Mar y Sol Restaurant in Flamingo from 5-8 p.m. This year, the show is being sponsored by Azul Profundo of Tamarindo. “We will be taking your taste buds and fashion sense on a world tour,” organizers say. For each country being showcased, there will be representative beverages, food, fashion and music. Valet parking is gratis, but carpooling is highly encouraged. Individual tickets are $30 and a table of eight is $200. Ticket purchase locations include ReMax Real Estate office located next to BCR, Azul Profundo in Tamarindo (, Maureen Thompson (, Anne Scalf ( the magnitude-7.6 earthquake on Sept. 5, the public school in Brasilito, Costa Rica, sustained significant structural damage, rendering it unsafe. Classes are now being held in the community salon. Please consider joining local community groups, churches and schools, as well as those around the globe, to help address both the temporary and long-term needs to keep the kids in school. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Randy or Kim Toltz at You can also visit the Facebook page for Brasilito school’s earthquake repair/relief effort. The International Red Cross is taking donations to provide relief to Costa Rica and the school.–Babe Facebook Commentslast_img read more