VICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown Ferry will be out of service after 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, for about six hours for repairs. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 Fax: 902-861-1911 -30-
Nova Scotians renewing vehicle permits on-line will now be able to use a printed copy of their on-line receipt as proof of registration for 10 days. “With the 10-day interim vehicle permit people can continue operating their vehicle until they receive the new permit and sticker, if their plates are expired,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We continue to find ways to improve service and make life better for Nova Scotians.” In January, the province’s Online Vehicle Permit Renewal service was integrated with the Registry of Motor Vehicles database to validate online data. The vehicle permit/plate expiry from online transactions is automatically updated in the registry’s system. The printable receipt is valid as a 10-day interim vehicle permit from the date of the transaction, unless otherwise stated on the receipt. For more information, or to renew online go to www.accessns.ca/plate .
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – The Humboldt Broncos tried to emerge from the grip of tragedy Wednesday night by playing some hockey and raising banners to honour all the people who were on their team bus when it crashed in April.Family members and fans cheered through tears at Elgar Petersen Arena as 29 yellow and green flags were unfurled honouring the 13 injured and remembering the 16 dead.“We know that, while the darkness is much less, it will never truly leave us as it holds the love that we have left for those who are no longer with us and those who have been impacted by this tragedy,” said former Broncos president Kevin Garinger, who was the face of the team in the aftermath of the crash.“But we will forever cherish their memories and honour their legacy and, as hard as it has been, we have and will continue to move forward with them and because of them.”Scott Thomas, whose son Evan was killed in the crash, addressed the crowd on behalf of the families.“On behalf of all our sons and daughters, our fathers, brothers and sisters, our nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles — we want to thank everyone in this building tonight and everyone at home watching on TV,” he said.“Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you.”The Broncos came up short in an emotional first regular-season game before the ceremony.The Nipawin Hawks, last year’s Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League champions and the same team the Broncos were travelling to face when the crash happened, rode two late second-period goals to a 2-1 victory.But it was a night where the score was secondary.The evening began with eight of the surviving players who aren’t with the team anymore dropping the puck in the ceremonial first faceoff.Kaleb Dahlgren, who now plays university hockey in Ontario, said it was important to be there.“I think it is a step in the healing process,” he said. “Tonight definitely helps heal the wounds but it won’t for sure heal everything. There is still lots that needs to be done.”Some of the surviving players’ injuries were still apparent.Xavier Labelle, who was initially mistaken as being among the dead, has a large scar running across his forehead down to his eye, while goaltender Jacob Wassermann used a wheelchair to get onto the ice.And while some of the survivors dropped the puck, two others suited up and played.Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter are the only two players who were involved in the crash and are back on the Broncos this season.Camrud overcame a severe concussion, loss of feeling in one of his arms and neck issues. His play stood out for the Broncos Wednesday night.Dahlgren’s father, Mark, was struck by the tribute photos outside the arena as he and his son pulled up.“I just saw all the pictures of the people that passed on the bus and I just looked over at him and said: ‘Sure glad your picture’s not up there,’” he said. “We’re the lucky ones and we don’t take it for granted. Every day we are appreciative to have him with us.”The game was difficult for at least one of the players who suffered lifelong injuries in the crash.Former Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki, who was paralyzed from the chest down in the crash, opted not to watch the season opener in person. He wasn’t even sure he wanted to watch the game on TV even though it’s been on his mind.“It’s not my team anymore,” Straschnitzki said earlier. “I wish them the best of luck, but it’s not my team and it’s going to be hard to watch knowing that I should be out there.”Tom Straschnitzki said he understands why his son might be hesitant.“He should be playing in this home opener today as with the other players,” he said. “It’s a difficult day.”The team’s new coach, Nathan Oystrick, said he though his players handled the night well.“It was emotional, as I’m sure it was for everyone else, but (they) battled through it,” he said. “I thought the guys did a really good job.”Humboldt Mayor Robert Muench said he thinks the game marks a step forward for his small city.“I think people were … really looking forward to the season getting going and seeing the new team and seeing the results of a lot of work from a lot of people getting the team back on the ice,” he said.“In my mind, it’s kind of a new page, a new chapter in the book I guess — moving forward as a community and as a team.”The Broncos will board a bus again on Friday and head to Nipawin for a rematch.Team president Jamie Brockman said the organization is grateful for all the support it has received from across Canada and the world.“We’re going to find out what our new normal is after today,” he said.“I think we did right by last year’s team here.”— With files from Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @RyanBMcKenna and @BillGraveland on Twitter
With a sunny weekend on the way, conditions should be great to get outside and start working in your backyard.But a Stoney Creek woman was afraid she wouldn’t be able to enjoy her back yard at all this year. After part of it was wiped out by construction next door. But the that changed quickly Friday morning once she talked to CHCH… Al Sweeney has the story.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 23 at St. John’s Arena. Credit: Massarah Mikati / Lantern PhotographerAfter beating Iowa in convincing fashion on Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was hoping to build some momentum and end Wisconsin’s nine-match winning streak.But the No. 16 Buckeyes (22-8, 11-7) were unable to complete the season sweep and stop the red-hot No. 10 Badgers (22-6, 14-4) on Sunday afternoon, falling in straight sets (25-21, 25-16, 25-21).Despite three blocks from junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and a game-high 16 digs from junior libero Valeria León, OSU simply couldn’t slow down Wisconsin until it was too late. The Badgers attacked at a .321 percentage and blocked 11 shots in their victory.Wisconsin junior middle blocker Haleigh Nelson proved difficult to contain, as she notched 12 kills on a .579 hitting percentage, while blocking six shots to lead all players with 17 points.OSU also had a tough time dealing with All-American junior setter Lauren Carlini, who picked up a double-double with 38 assists and 10 digs.Despite solid performances from Sandbothe (nine kills, .364 attack percentage) and senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson (eight kills, .533), the Buckeyes’ offense struggled as a whole, hitting at a lowly .205 rate for the match.After picking up a career-best 29 kills on Wednesday against Iowa, freshman outside hitter Audra Appold built of that success early on, as she had five kills give OSU a quick 11-8 lead in the first set. But Wisconsin made adjustments and locked down Appold and the Buckeyes for the remainder of the set, battling back to take the lead and pull away late in the set.It was another outside hitter, senior Elizabeth Campbell, who got hot in the second set, picking up seven of her nine kills for the match. The teams were locked in a back-and-forth affair for the first half of the second set, finding themselves tied up at 13. However, the Badgers flipped the switch at that point, going on a 12-3 run to close out the set and put the Buckeyes in a hole that proved to be insurmountable.The third frame turned into a defensive battle, as both teams hit .139 and blocked five shots. As such, it proved to be the tightest set of the match as OSU fought to force a fourth set. But with the score tied at 20, Wisconsin went on another run, closing the match out on a 5-1 tear. Things are not likely to get any easier for the Buckeyes when they return to the court on Nov. 25. They are set to play their final road regular-season game against No. 3 Minnesota. OSU lost its first matchup with the Golden Gophers in five sets to open up Big Ten play. First serve is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Minneapolis.
A former chaplain to the Queen has said that the quarter of Christians who say they do not believe in the Resurrection “cannot be Christians”. The Rev Dr Gavin Ashenden said in a letter to the Times that a survey which found that one in four self-proclaimed Christians do not believe in Jesus’s Resurrection “made the mistake of confusing British culture with Christianity”. He said: “Those people who neither believe in the Resurrection nor go anywhere near a church cannot be ‘Christians’.”As with so many things, the key is in the definition of terms. Discovering the evidence for the Resurrection having taken place to be wholly compelling is one of the things that makes you a Christian; ergo, if you haven’t, you are not.”A survey for the BBC carried out to mark Palm Sunday found that 23 per cent of those calling themselves Christians “do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead” at all.Conversely, almost one in 10 non-religious people say they do believe in the resurrection. The survey of more than 2,000 people, which was carried out by ComRes, also found that 46 per cent of people believe in some form of life after death, including one in five non-religious people.The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend David Walker, said that the findings showed that non-churchgoers “hold core Christian beliefs.””Alongside them it finds surprisingly high levels of religious belief among those who follow no specific religion, often erroneously referred to as secularists or atheists,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Dr Ashenden resigned as chaplain in January after criticising a church which allowed a reading from the Koran as part of its service.He said critics had complained about his “defending the Christian faith in public”. He left the Church of England in March.
One of the highest payouts was a settlement of almost £250,0000 given to a teacher in the Eastern region of England, who lost her balance and fell while using a table and chair to put up a display by her class.The teacher suffered a fracture in the fall, which also aggravated the symptoms of her foot fibromyalgia and depressive illness, according to the NUT. The injuries prevented the teacher from working and her contract was terminated. A case was brought against the local authority for failing to provide proper work equipment.Another teacher from the Midlands, also received £250,000 after being subjected to continuing incidents of violence and poor pupil behaviour over four years.The local authority failed to put an effective system to manage behaviour in place or carry out a formal risk assessment, according to the NUT.This led the member’s “steadily worsening health and eventual breakdown”, the union said, and a claim was brought that ended in the six-figure settlement.The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) released fresh compensation figures today.One of their members, a 26-year-old trainee teacher from London was “forced out” after becoming pregnant and won a £35,000 payout from her school. Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT, said that there has been a “significant increase” in members facing discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, religion and sexual orientation. “The scale of discrimination and prejudice is deeply disturbing and it is likely that this is only the tip of the iceberg,” she said. A teacher who asked a female student to stop chewing gum was beaten so badly that she developed post-traumatic stress disorder, a report has revealed.The staff member, who worked at an academy in the North West region, was subjected to a “prolonged assault” by a teenage girl who “flew into a rage”.The teacher suffered blows to the stomach and bruises on her hand after she asked the girl to stop chewing gum before a lesson, and then prevented the teenage girl from entering her classroom.When another staff member came to help, she was injured even more, and went on to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as well as depression.A National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) report, which details compensation claims from its members, said that the school failed to report the incident to the police so the teacher made the report herself. She was awarded almost £50,000 in damages and that the student was later prosecuted and found guilty of assault.Another teacher was awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds in compensation after falling while putting up a class display, the report said. The six-figure pay-out was among cases in which education workers were awarded settlements for accidents on school property.They included almost £85,000 for a teacher who slipped on black ice, and £60,000 for another who fell on spilled food and liquid. Another teacher was awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds in compensation after falling while putting up a class display Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPublic Security Minister mulling James Singh’s return under his MinistryAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”Major General Atherly to head CANU- HarmonMarch 1, 2017In “latest news”Drug strategy, draft TIP master plan completedSeptember 15, 2016In “Local News” ..Ramjattan hopes ‘to engage him on alternative placement options’Longstanding head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh, has been fired by Government. The decision took effect from the completion of his accumulated leave.Acting CANU Head, Major General (rt’d) Michael AtherlyThe former CANU head had proceeded on 42 days leave in March, with Government appointing retired Major General Michael Atherly to act in his absence.Atherly was responsible for leading the review of the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2014-2018. This review led to the development of the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2016-2020, which was launched last December.When contacted on Friday, Singh confirmed his dismissal but declined to give any details about why he was fired.Former CANU head James SinghAccording to the former CANU boss, he was notified by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan of the decision. He noted that the decision was effective upon the completion of his leave.“I’m awaiting official documentation,” Singh stated “But I’ve been notified by the Minister.” Singh was appointed to head CANU in 2008. He has qualifications in public security, business and engineering.On March 1, Government had announced that Singh had proceeded on leave due to the days he had accumulated.At the time, Minister Ramjattan had also informed this newspaper that there was a deputy at CANU who would help Atherly in the administration of the Unit in the absence of Singh.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanMinister of State Joseph Harmon had said that the decision was in line with Government’s policy to ensure that officers did not accumulate annual leave and in turn request pay in lieu, Singh has been asked to proceed on leave effective March 1.According to Harmon, public officers have always been encouraged to take their leave and “we want to discourage this practice of accumulating large amounts of leave and then asking for payment in lieu.”It is expected that Major General (rt’d) Atherly will continue to act as head of the Unit. The retired Major General is also head of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency.It was only recently that former Guyana Defence Force Chief-of-Staff, George Lewis, was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital. And with the recent dismissal of the hospital’s CEO, Allan Johnson, Lewis took over that position. A number of other Army officers have also been appointed to State Boards and other civilian positions.Meanwhile, Public Security Minister in a statement late Friday evening said that he indeed directed that Singh would be given notice of his termination of employ. All benefits however will be granted to him.“In a scenario where very complex and difficult decisions have to be made, there is need for some amount of reconfiguration and restructuring.Mr. Singh has been at the Unit for nine years, and I hope to engage him on alternative placement options. I have thanked him for his leadership and all the support he has given to the Unit,” Ramjattan said in his statement.
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is keen to break into the club’s first team this season despite only featuring sparingly so far.The midfielder who started England’s friendly match against Switzerland on Tuesday has struggled for game time so far since he returned back to Stamford Bridge after the World Cup.Loftus-cheek was a part of England’s 23 man squad to this summer’s World Cup after impressing whilst on loan at crystal Palace last season.So far he has struggled to do so, playing just 33 minutes of football for the Blues in two substitute appearances this term.Asked if he could head back to Palace in January, Loftus-Cheek told Sky Sports:“Possibly, but it is still far away, there are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea. That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.“I’m not sure when I am going to play. It is just down to me working hard in training, I don’t know whether I am going to play or not play but for me it stays the same, I still train well and do everything the right way in case I do play.”“There are a lot of games coming up so I think there will be more opportunities coming for players that are not playing every week,” he added.“We have to be ready and do our best when we get the chance. We had a lot of talks in the past couple of weeks and he [Sarri] said to me that I need to learn tactically so a lot of my focus and effort is learning his tactics and his ways in training.“I think the quicker I get then the more opportunities I will get to play. He is helping me and Gianfranco is helping me every day to learn it as quickly as possible and that is great for me.”
Three speakers will honor as well as assist local veterans and current service members Monday at the Clark County Historical Museum.The event — “Community Appreciation for Those Who Serve” — will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. The speakers will discuss available resources in general, resources for women, and resources for post-traumatic stress disorder in Clark County. Vancouver Councilman Larry Smith will lead off the discussion with details on Clark County resources available to active duty and veteran service people. Smith, who had a 26-year career in the U.S. Army, has served Vancouver in several roles since 1991, most recently as council member since 2004 and mayor pro tem since January.Emily Stoutsenberger, with Partners in Careers, will discuss programs and resources specifically directed toward women veterans. A Navy veteran herself, she coordinates the agency’s Veteran Women Program, which helps women veterans and veterans with families find housing, basic services, and employment.The third speaker, Nancy Sloan, will review the effects of PTSD on veterans’ readjustment from military combat. =Sloan, who has a doctorate in nursing, manages the Women Veterans Program at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.Each presentation will be followed by an opportunity for questions; refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.The museum and the Community Military Appreciation Committee are sponsoring the event. The museum usually is closed on Mondays.Veterans also will be the focus of the museum’s final First Thursday event of 2010. At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Museum after Hours series will present “A Salute to Clark County’s Veterans” by the Lewis & Clark Young Marines and Columbia River Detachment, Marine Corps League. There is no admission charge at the museum from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through November.
NEWTOWN, Conn. — At the very start of their lives, the schoolchildren are remembered for their love of horses, or for the games they couldn’t get enough of, or for always saying grace at dinner. The adult victims found their life’s work in sheltering little ones, teaching them, caring for them, treating them as their own. The gunfire Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School left a toll both unbearable and incalculable: 20 students and six adults at the school, the gunman’s mother at home, and the gunman himself.A glimpse of some of those who died:CHARLOTTE BACON, 6They were supposed to be for the holidays, but finally on Friday, after hearing much begging, Charlotte Bacon’s mother relented and let her wear the new pink dress and boots to school.It was the last outfit the outgoing redhead would ever pick out. Charlotte’s older brother, Guy, was also in the school but was not shot.Her parents, JoAnn and Joel, had lived in Newtown for four or five years, JoAnn’s brother John Hagen, of Nisswa, Minn., told Newsday.“She was going to go some places in this world,” Hagen told the newspaper. “This little girl could light up the room for anyone.”
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke to reporters on June 10, 2016, as she rolled out a new Department of Justice focus on Alaska Native issues. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNThe Department of Justice is rolling out a new focus on Alaska Native issues.Download AudioIn Anchorage today to discuss issues of criminal justice and public safety with Alaska Native leaders, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said it is unacceptable that Native residents are victims of violent crimes at rates much higher than the general population.“More than four in five Alaska Native women and more than one in three Alaska Native men have experienced violence in their lifetimes,” Lynch said, citing a recent report from the National Institute of Justice. “These numbers are higher than we previously understood, but more to the point, they are completely unacceptable in this country in 2016.”Lynch announced that she is launching a formal process to consult with Alaska Native leaders on concrete steps to improve public safety in rural Alaska.One possibility: the creation of a permanent position within the Department of Justice focused on Alaska Native affairs and based in state.Lynch said she came to Alaska at the invitation of the state’s two U.S. Senators — and of Julie Kitka, president of the Alaska Federation of Natives.Lynch held a round table with AFN officers and representatives from several Native corporations, where they discussed the opioid epidemic in Alaska, voting rights, and support for tribal courts.Speaking to reporters in a press conference in Anchorage, flanked by Kitka and by Karen Loeffler, U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska, Lynch said one common thread is a focus on the most vulnerable, and better access to the criminal justice system.“When we talk about Alaska Native and Native American women, issues of sexual violence, domestic violence really loom large in their lives,” Lynch said. “It’s definitely an issue of concern because the distances between many villages and law enforcement, the small villages [and] the rural nature of many communities make it very difficult for victims to get treatment, and sometimes even to get law enforcement help.”Lynch was also asked if she might consider running for vice president — alongside Hillary Clinton.“Well, that’s quite a question!” Lynch replied to laughter, before giving the standard answer: “I am focused on my current job as Attorney General, and that is my focus, not just here today but for the remainder of this administration.”Lynch planned to end her day by meeting with Alaska Native young people, and with the staff of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage.This was her first visit to Alaska.
Cleanup efforts at the Savoonga Native Store tank farm in March 2018. (Photo: Zoe Grueskin, KNOM)An unknown volume of diesel fuel has spilled in Savoonga. That’s according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), which has been dealing with more fuel spills than usual this spring.Listen nowThe trouble started over a month ago at the Savoonga Native Store tank farm. During the transfer of fuel from a large storage tank to a smaller tank, human error caused the release of 22,000 gallons of diesel heating fuel. At the time, it was believed the spill was contained and no fuel had escaped the sealed area.But Tom DuRuyter, state on-scene coordinator for ADEC, says unfortunately that’s not the case.“Fuel did get out of the secondary containment area,” DuRuyter said. “We don’t know exactly how it got out yet, and we don’t have a volume of how much fuel did get out.”One thing that is certain, DeRuyter says, is that this complicates what would have been a relatively simple cleanup:“First of all, we need to get a relative idea of how much area has been impacted, recover any oil that can be recovered out in that area, and then, we’re going to have to look at springtime cleanup activities,” DeRuyter said.That means figuring out how to recover the spilled fuel from the snow and earth — and then what to do with the contaminated soil.An ADEC responder will return to Savoonga soon. But first, he’s checking in on a few spills in Nome. In the last few weeks, ADEC has received reports of two home heating oil releases and a leak in the fuel supply line to the State Office Building.DeRuyter says he’s seeing more fuel spills this spring than in an average year, and he has an idea of why that might be: an extra snowy year.That snow builds up on rooftops throughout the winter, and when it slips off in the spring, it can break fuel lines.DeRuyter says he wants people to know that kind of spill is easily prevented:“We work on these spills, a couple, 2-3 of them a year, and they’re always very, very difficult and expensive to get cleaned up, and the solution to it is relatively simple, and that’s to move your tank away from your roof line where the snow slides off,” DeRuyter said.Cleanup is ongoing in Savoonga and Nome.
Maruti Suzuki’s upcoming hatchback, codenamed YL7 aka A: Wind concept car, which made its first appearance at the Thailand International Motor Show in November is likely to be monikered as Celerio in the Indian market, suggested a new report.Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest passenger car brand, has been rumoured to be developing an upgrade to the A-Star in the sub-continent market for quite some time. It was earlier reported that Maruti will replace its A-star in India with the recently showcased A: Wind.According to a latest report of Auto Car India, A: Wind, which is getting ready to make its global debut at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014, will be called Suzuki Celerio in the international market. The report went on to add that the Suzuki Celerio is also likely to head to the Indian market as a replacement for both Maruti A-Star, and the company’s discontinued model Estlilo.The Celerio will be powered by 1.0 liter K-Series engine which can generate a maximum power of 67 bhp and peak torque of 90 Nm at 3500 RPM. The engine, which powers the Maruti Alto K10, currently offers fuel efficiency of 20.2 kmpl and is likely to be retuned for better mileage in Celerio the engine.Talking about the design of Celerio, the car is likely to carry over some elements of the outgoing A-Star and is expected to accommodate luxurious features. The speculations are rife that Maruti will offer the next hatchback in both diesel and petrol options in India. Though Maruti is tight-lipped about the surprises at the Auto Expo, it is certain that the company is planning for a big 2014 with new cars.Meanwhile, the folks at Motoroids have caught the Suzuki Celerio in India during a photoshoot. The car seemed to be ready to dazzle at Auto Expo 2014.
Reuters fileAirAsia, a low-budget carrier, is selling tickets priced as low as Rs 999 as part of their festive sale.The sale began on January 7 and will go on till January 20. A statement by AirAsia said that tickets booked within this window are for trips between January 21 till July end.Domestic one-way tickets begin at Rs 999 while international tickets start at Rs 2,999. Cities for domestic travel include Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, Goa, Jaipur, Guwahati, Imphal, Chandigarh, Bagdogra, Pune, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Srinagar, Indore, Bengaluru and Chennai.According to AirAsia’s website, there are 130 international destinations including Auckland, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne, Krabi and Bali.Interested customers can avail the offer on the AirAsia website or their mobile app. Reports state that AirAsia BIG members can also redeem their trips using BIG points.
Statement on 287(g) program by Harris County Sheriff’s Office:The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is sensitive to the concerns of the community regarding the 287(g) program and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The controversy surrounding the program has a legitimate history reflected in public outcry and concern.That is why the program, under the leadership of Sheriff Ron Hickman and the leadership with the local ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Office, has been rigorously evaluated to assuage the concerns of community groups.County officials at every level have repeatedly set the record straight regarding the realities of the program. We are working hard with County, State and Federal officials, to clear up misperceptions and confusion surrounding the use of the 287(g) program. We want to make it perfectly clear that the system only operates “inside” the jail itself and people in the community have nothing to fear from normal contacts with law enforcement. Only inmates with a select priority crimes are referred to ICE.There is no street level component of the 287(g) program. Only inmates of the Harris County Jail undergo immigration screening. Harris County is not involved in deportation proceedings. Only federal officials have the authority to pursue deportation of convicted criminals.Harris County does not lead the nation in subsequent deportations of convicted criminals. Los Angeles County, CA and Maricopa County, AZ both lead Harris County in ICE deportations. The total cost to Harris County is $457,412.80. Last year the federal government reimbursed Harris County $862,429.00 via the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP).No one is held in the Harris County Jail on federal immigration charges. Inmates are jailed solely on State criminal charges.Gone are the days where habeas corpus concerns arise from the controversial “detainer” program. In years past, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office would honor an ICE request for detention by holding inmates for up to 48 hours after their scheduled release from local custody. We have disbanded that practice. ICE now operates a daily transportation system from the Harris County Jail, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. If ICE has interest in the detention of a priority individual the onus is on that agency to take custody of the detainee. If ICE fails to retrieve inmates with detention notifications, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will process the release of the inmate as scheduled.Past concerns also addressed the application of detainers on pre-trial detainees. The process now occurs after adjudication allowing pre-trial detainees the opportunity to make bond regardless of their immigration status. This was an important step to applying equal and fair treatment to all detainees of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. It is true that we continue to work with ICE. Ultimately this is a program designed to protect the public from the most violent of offenders with histories of immigration violations (see charts below). Offenders like Victor Reyes, who last year went on a killing spree throughout Houston and Harris County, wounding two and killing two, until ultimately engaging a Sheriff’s Deputy in a gun battle where Reyes was shot and killed. Reyes had a lengthy criminal history, and had previously been deported on multiple occasions.To date we continue to cooperate with ICE to evaluate our partnership to be responsive to community concerns. We continue to examine ways in which we can continue to answer the calls from the community, and keep the public safe through federal partnerships.A year by year comparison of detainers and subsequent deportations is listed below:2014: Average number of detainers/month: 324.75 Average number of subsequent deportations/month: 17.252015: Average number of detainers/month: 152.5 Average number of subsequent deportations/month: 13.9 Share Florian MartinTexas state senators Rodney Ellis and Sylvia Garcia stand with Diana Rivera-Cardoza with United We Dream.Under the 287(g) contract, local law enforcement officers are trained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It ensures the immigration status of those that end up in the Harris County Jail is reported to federal authorities.For weeks, advocates have asked the county commissioners court not to renew the contract.Tarah Taylor with the Texas Organizing Project was one of many speaking Tuesday.“It separates families and violates constitutional rights,” she said. “It wastes taxpayers’ money. The federal government reimbursement is miniscule because it has been deemed inefficient and unproductive.”She pointed out Harris County is the only county in Texas to participate in the program. State Sen. Rodney Ellis was also among the speakers. He and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia participated in a news conference on the issue prior to the commissioners court meeting.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said he has met with advocates and he is open to their concerns.“Is it the right program? I don’t know,” he said.But he said there should be some kind of collaboration with immigration authorities.“If we were to suddenly stop doing it, this courtroom would be packed with people really upset over the fact that somebody who has been identified and then they go out and commit a subsequent crime and they weren’t turned over to ICE, we’ve seen that play out all over the country,” Emmett said.Florian Martin Sheriff Ron Hickman told the commissioners court he supports the 287(g) program.He said he is waiting for a report and recommendation on the program by Sheriff Ron Hickman. Hickman declined to be interviewed for this story and pointed to the statement below. He told the commissioners court he supports the 287(g) program.The current contract expires on June 30.
For a site like Bandcamp, though, the audience dictates which new artists the site chooses to profile. “We’re catching people on the way up,” said Senior Editor Marcus Moore. “If whatever we do helps them in the long run — I’m good.”Relatedly, there were also concessions that the old-school idea of a music journalist being the voice of quality control was dead, or at least has changed. “Critics matter less and developing your own brand matters more,” said Patel, to the half-full room, continuing her thought by conceding that Spin actively seeks out what its audience is most interested in. The panel later addressed the concern that negative reviews can affect a relationship with an artist, although all of the panelists said that that never plays a part in editorial coverage. “We have had [interview] cancellations,” said Mench.But perhaps the most moving and direct part of the panel came during the Q&A, when Moore and Patel were asked to discuss their experience being people of color and, in Patel’s case, a women in a field that has notorious been difficult to break into. “Don’t let them box you in, because they will,” said Moore, who pointed out the very obvious fact that just because he covers hip-hop doesn’t also mean he couldn’t cover a folk or metal artist.As for Patel, her response was direct — and poignant: “It’s a miracle,” she said, in clear words of encouragement “that a woman of color is the editor of Spin.” Popular on Variety What constitutes music journalism these days? According to the South By Southwest panel titled “Why Music Journalism Matters in The Age of Streaming,” which took place in Austin on March 15, it’s a diverse mix of media including breakout-band-focused site Bandcamp, Genius, with its lyrics-driven editorial, the websites Pitchfork and Spin and the sole print publication represented, the Fader.“Nothing is real,” quipped Spin editor-in-chief Puja Patel — flying a little close to the sun for some — when asked about alliances between the major labels and playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. That association can drive traffic on sites like Genius, whose news editor, Chris Mench, explained how a track appearing on a popular Spotify playlist always drives traffic to the song’s page on his site. “You can see in real-time what people are interested in,” said Mench. The discussion also segued to Spotify’s internal playlists, like Rap Caviar, which are curated by actual experts, making the job of new-artist discovery more challenging. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.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 UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Chrome’s Web Store has a theme spam problem by Martin Brinkmann on May 29, 2018 in Google Chrome – 5 commentsSpammers use the themes section of the Chrome Web Store, the official store for Chrome extensions and themes, to push dodgy streaming subscriptions.The Chrome Web Store returns extension and theme matches when you search for something. If you search for a recent movie title on the web store, you get matching extensions and themes returned.While you’d expect themes to just return themes based on movie scenes, characters or posters to you, you probably don’t expect these themes to push subscriptions for dodgy streaming services on the Internet.That’s what is happening right now, however, in the Chrome Web Store, and it is not the first time that Google’s official Chrome Web Store has been abused. Google had to pull ad-injecting, crypto-mining, copycat, and other abusive extensions from the Store in the past.Some of the “watch a movie” themes have thousands of users and have been in the Store for months. It appears that Google’s automatic controls don’t work properly in this regard and that the reporting functionality that the company built into the Store does not help either.The title of the themes suggests to Chrome users that they may watch the movie for free and often in high definition. The description of the add-on is filled with keywords but no links, and it seems more of a copy and paste job than anything else.The website and “offered by” links point to fake streaming portals that have just one purpose; to get users to click on the watch or download buttons. As soon as users do that, they are taken to another web page that promises free registration and direct access to thousands of movies after registration.The ones that I checked out asked for payment information and while they promise that users are not charged for signing up, reports on the Internet suggest that this is not always the case.It should be clear that signing up for any of these services may not be the cleverest course of action; you may be charged by these services and since they are not legal, may even face legal issues if law enforcement or companies find your information in the database of such a service.The installation statistics that Google displays for themes and extensions suggests that thousands of users have installed these themes. It is impossible to tell how many of those have signed up for an account on one of the streaming sites.If you thought that reviews on the Store might prevent users from installing spam themes and extensions, you may find it surprising that ratings and comments are not all negative. While most themes used to push dodgy streaming services don’t have a five out of five star rating, they don’t have one star (the lowest rating) either. It appears that fake reviews are used to push the rating of these themes.I did not install any of the themes and can’t say if they have a malicious component as well that executes on installation. If you are looking for movie themes, you find plenty of legitimate themes in the Store.Closing WordsThe new theme spam problem of the Chrome Web Store is not the first and most likely not the last issue that users of Chrome face when they use the official Store. Google has been playing catch-up with spammers and criminals for a long time and it seems that this won’t change anytime soon. (via Torrentfreak)SummaryArticle NameChrome’s Web Store has a theme spam problemDescriptionSpammers use the themes section of the Chrome Web Store, the official store for Chrome extensions and themes, to push dodgy streaming subscriptions.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
The president added that the only members of government equipped to interpret the law are judges and lawmakers.Communications Minister Carlos Roverssi confirmed the president’s statement, according to the daily La Nación.On Monday, the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly passed the Law of Young People, which included a new version of the Family Code that recognizes the right to a common-law marriage “without discrimination against to human dignity.” Article 242 of Costa Rica’s Family Code defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The modification of the Young People Law – if ruled constitutional by the country’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court – would strike language defining unions specifically as that between a man and woman.Supporters and many opponents believe the new language opens the legal possibility of same-sex unions. In the past, Chinchilla has been lukewarm on her support for same-sex unions. In 2011, she said that she would not oppose the legalization of gay marriage in Costa Rica, but stopped short of a full endorsement, saying that it was not part of her “national agenda.”In a meandering response to a reporter’s question about if and when she would support gay rights during U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit in early May, Chinchilla said, “I hope and trust that the debate truly can become much more balanced and more mature, without stigmatization and without disqualifications, and that, finally, will generate a decision in the Congress of the Republic.” On Sunday, organizers with the Front for Equal Rights launched a national campaign for marriage equality, demanding full marital and family rights for LGBT couples in Costa Rica. According to the group’s Facebook page, they collected more than 2,000 signatures in support of the bill.Past bills to legalize civil unions and common-law marriage between same-sex couples have languished in the legislature. Marco Castillo, president of the Diversity Movement, told The Tico Times last week that “religious fundamentalist” deputies and a lack of political will were the biggest hurdles to passing LGBT rights and protections in Costa Rica. Costa Rica would be the first country in Central America to approve same-sex civil unions if the provision’s legal interpretation holds up in court. Tico Times Editorial Facebook Comments Just days after lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizers kicked off a national campaign for marriage equality in Costa Rica, sexual diversity advocates here are celebrating a bizarre series of events in their favor.After legislators “accidentally” passed a law that includes language that could open a path to same-sex civil unions in the Central American country, President Laura Chinchilla said on Wednesday that she would not veto it, as some lawmakers have urged. “No, we’re going to go forward and will sign this law. We understand that the debate is over how some interpret the law and this alone is not sufficient for the executive to veto the law,” Chinchilla told reporters, according to a video posted by AmeliaRueda.com. A miracle on the Cuesta de Moras No related posts.
in Daily Dose, Featured, News Business Wire reports that 76% of millennials feel confident about how to sell a home, despite having little to no experience, according to a survey from SOLD.com.While millennials report having confidence, the National Association of Realtors published a report that found that home sellers younger than 28-years old represented just 2% of the homes sold in 2018. The report also found that 76% of older millennials (ages 29-38) were selling a home for the first time.The survey was compiled in April 2019 and is a sample of 1,000 homeowners.“In today’s world, it’s easy to build misplaced confidence due to the vast amount of information available online. While having many resources at our fingertips is certainly a good thing, it’s important to utilize them effectively and to realize which ones are trustworthy and unbiased. This is particularly true for millennials who are selling homes for the very first time,” said Matt Woods, President of SOLD.com. The SOLD.com survey found that 59% of consumers between the ages of 18-34 are planning to sell a home in the next three years, which is an increase from the 35% of people between the ages of 35-54 who are planning to sell a home.Millennials, while confident, are lacking the knowledge needed to sell a home, as 81% of millennials reportedly said having a credit score is important when selling a home, when that is necessary when buying a home.SOLD.com’s survey found that millennials were not the only ones needing additional information on buying or selling, as half of the respondents were unfamiliar with any options for selling a home apart from a traditional real estate agent, or for sale by owner.The millennial generation was also drawn to technology and using online resources more actively than any other age groups, as 60% of millennials check their home valuation online at least once a month. June 12, 2019 633 Views 2019 Housing Market Millennial millennial homebuyer 2019-06-12 Mike Albanese Are Millennials Prepared to Enter the Housing Market? Share