In the news today March 13

first_imgFour stories in the news for Wednesday, March 13———SUNWING TEMPORARILY GROUNDS BOEING 737 MAX 8 AIRCRAFTSunwing Airlines is temporarily grounding its four Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian plane crash that killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians. The Canadian low-cost airline says in a statement Tuesday night that it made the decision for “evolving commercial reasons” unrelated to safety, including airspace restrictions being imposed in other countries. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will provide an update on Canada’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 plan this morning in Ottawa. Before clearing his schedule to meet with experts, Garneau said Tuesday he has no plans to ground Canada’s fleet of 737 Max 8 aircraft, but that “all options are on the table.”———JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO MEET TODAY ON SNC-LAVALIN CASEThe House of Commons justice committee will meet today to discuss whether they should hear more testimony on the SNC-Lavalin scandal. And if the Opposition MPs get their way, the committee will hear again from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. Both the NDP and Conservatives want to be able to ask about the period after she was shuffled from the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs in mid-January, including why she resigned from cabinet. Wilson-Raybould has alleged that several senior advisers and aides to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were involved in a sustained effort to get her to halt a criminal prosecution of the Montreal-based engineering giant on charges of bribery.———IMPERIAL TOBACCO GETS CREDITOR PROTECTION IN $15B SUIT Imperial Tobacco Canada is the latest company to receive a temporary reprieve from compensating 100,000 Quebec smokers after securing creditor protection in an Ontario court. A judge granted Imperial Tobacco Canada creditor protection Tuesday, and JTI-Macdonald Corp. was granted creditor protection last Friday. The two companies, along with Benson & Hedges, lost an appeal of a landmark $15-billion class-action lawsuit in the Quebec Court of Appeal on March 1. The Ontario Superior Court decision suspends legal proceedings against all three companies until April 5, even though only Imperial Tobacco Canada amid JTI-Macdonald sought protection from creditors.———WOMAN CAUGHT IN AVALANCHE DIES OF INJURIESA woman who was caught in an avalanche in the Rocky Mountains west of the Alberta-B.C. boundary has died of her injuries. Parks Canada says she was with a group of ice-climbers in Yoho National Park on Monday when the slide happened near Field. The woman, who was believed to be in her 30s, was airlifted to the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Parks Canada says she was participating in a guided ice climb on Massey’s Route on Mount Stephen. Risk of avalanche in Yoho National Park is expected to increase in the coming days.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Marrakechs National Festival of Popular Arts

By Aya SoulimaniMarrakech – The National Festival of Popular Arts is an annual festival held in Marrakesh. It was first established in 1960 by King Mohamed V and has gained lots of popularity throughout the years. It is one of the oldest festivities of its kind and features traditional music, theatre, poetry and art. Although the festival is considered a national festival to celebrates Moroccan tradition, it also welcomes and supports international groups and artists. In this festival, Moroccan rhythms, dances and songs from various villages, which have survived multiple generations, give insight into the diversity of the Moroccan popular arts throughout the ages.Collaboration of cultures both new and old come hand in hand to create a memorable performance. The combination of both ancient and modern cultural elements and traditions in Morocco encourages the new generation to hold on to their roots and reminds the older generations of the “good old days.”Throughout the years, there have been electrifying performances by people from all parts of Morocco and world. Previous performers included Rayssa Fatima Tachtoukt, an amazighi singer; the Orchestras National des Barbès, a Franco-Algerian Gnaoua group with elements of rock, jazz, and reggae; and Hamdallah Rouicha, son of the deceased Mohamed Rouicha.This year, the festival is being held in Theatre Royale and El Badi Palace from July 1st July 31st. Similar to the previous editions, this year’s edition of the National Festival of Popular Arts will include both international and national artists. Furthermore, there will also be groups singing Malhoun, a form of music that originated in Morocco that means “the melodic poem.” read more

Boxer Hassan Saada Released From Custody in Brazil Pending Trial Returns

Rabat – Hassan Saada, the Moroccan boxer charged with having committed sexual assault in the Olympic village of Rio de Janeiro, was able to leave Brazil Friday after Brazilian authorities returned his passport. He arrived in Casablanca on Saturday morning.After rejecting several previous requests, the Brazilian court has allowed boxer Hassan Saada to return to Morocco pending his trial. Saada’s case had been all but forgotten, so much so that his appearance before the Brazilian court  revealed no tangible elements.After 10 months of incarceration followed by house arrest in Rio de Janeiro, the judge of the Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro returned Saada’s passport and authorized him to leave the country and return to Morocco. Initially deprived of his travel document and forced to remain in Brazil, the Moroccan boxer was finally able to return to Morocco.Saada was released without any bond by the Brazilian judge, said Ben Abdennebi, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Morocco (CNOM), who expressed, in passing, his surprise at the decision. He added that the Royal Moroccan Boxing Federation (FRMB) had asked the judge to authorize Hassan Saada to participate in the African Boxing Championship by proposing to pay bail and provide a guarantee of appearance.The 22-year-old Moroccan boxer, originally from Casablanca, was arrested on August 5 for sexual assault on two housekeepers in the Olympic Village a few hours before the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games. He was initially placed in pretrial detention for 15 days before being released pending trial. read more

SecretaryGeneral decries devastation caused by landmines

The weapons, which devastate both civilians and combatants, “prolong the horrendous consequences of armed conflicts,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, to the ninth annual conference on the Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. “Their developmental and humanitarian impact on post-conflict societies threatens future generations,” he added. Mr. Ban stressed that Amended Protocol II – which entered into force in December 1998 and currently has 88 States parties – is key in outlawing the devices. “Universal adherence to this instrument is of primary importance,” the Secretary-General stated, urging intensified efforts to increase the number of countries adhering to the pact. He appealed to nations which have yet to do so to ratify other international agreements serving as the legal framework of mine action, including the Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 6 November 2007Landmines and other explosive weapons exacerbate the suffering wrought by war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, appealing for the elimination of these “distressing and pernicious” devices to remain a global priority. read more

Will DAngelo Russell Help The Lakers Call On The Hall Again

As we highlighted in our NBA preview last fall, the Los Angeles Lakers have built a substantial amount of their considerable success as a franchise on the backs of Hall of Famers — Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the like.But recently, the Lakers have been in the midst of a Hall of Famer shortage. In 2015, Kobe Bryant’s 2.0 wins above replacement (WAR) were the only L.A. victories generated by players likely to make the Hall (according to’s Hall of Fame probability metric), this coming on the heels of a 2014 season that saw only 1.5 WAR come from Hall hopefuls. The past two years represent the fourth- and fifth-fewest WAR the Lakers have ever gotten out of probable Hall of Famers in a single season.Los Angeles general manager Mitch Kupchak has been working hard this week to end the drought. With the Lakers owning the second overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, rumors were flying about whether L.A. would cast its future in the hands of a rookie or trade the pick for a promising veteran.Regarding the latter strategy, L.A. was reportedly in trade talks with the Sacramento Kings over mercurial center DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best big men in the league. But it’s unclear whether he’s the future Hall of Famer the Lakers so covet. If we zero in on the Hall of Fame odds for a player with a specific WAR total at a given age,1Using a logistic regression model there’s a 34.2 percent probability that Cousins will be Hall of Fame-worthy based on his output thus far. He’d need to beat his previous career high by more than 2.5 WAR next season just to give himself a coin flip’s chance at the Hall going forward.Perhaps that’s partly why L.A. ultimately turned to the draft instead — and selected guard D’Angelo Russell, to whom our model assigns the highest probability of superstardom in the 2015 draft class.2The “superstar” designation isn’t completely synonymous with a Hall of Famer, since each draft contains about twice as many future Hall of Famers as superstars.According to our model, Russell is a boom-or-bust prospect. On top of his class-leading superstar potential, he also has the highest “bust” probability of any player ranked among our top 25 college prospects. Russell’s usage rate and shooting efficiency were off the charts as a freshman, implying that he has the potential to be an elite NBA scorer if his skills translate, but he might not have as much to fall back on as other prospects if not.In other words, drafting Russell was a gamble. But it was a good one for a franchise traditionally fueled by a pipeline running directly to Springfield. Los Angeles has always been a dream destination for free agents, trade targets and rookies alike, but snagging a future Hall of Famer is still a lot harder than L.A. has made it look over the years. And sometimes it requires taking a chance on a high-risk/high-reward player to keep the talent flowing. read more

The Cubs Beat The FrontRunning Indians At Their Own Game

YEARTEAMTOTALLEDTIEDTRAILEDLEDLED OR TIED Top front-running playoff teams through World Series Game 1 32005White Sox8153141465.482.7 62014Royals8940331644.982.0 21998Yankees9361181465.684.9 52015Mets9557211760.082.1 The key to front-running is a versatile, opportunistic offense (check), good starting pitching (check) and — most importantly — a lights-out bullpen (um, check). Cleveland is custom-built for winning that way, and they’ve shown just how effective it can be in the small-sample gantlet of the playoffs. You can bet other teams will think about how to copy that style going into next season and beyond.But on Wednesday night, the Cubs beat the Indians at their own game. It was Chicago who struck first, claiming a 1-0 lead within the game’s first 15 pitches; it was Chicago who nickeled and dimed an extra run in the third and tacked on insurance in the fifth; and it was Chicago who kept their lead secure with dominant pitching, including six strikeouts from Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman in three and one-third relief innings. Against the Cubs in Game 2, the Indians trailed in more innings (nine) than they had in the entire playoffs combined heading into the game. It was a win right out of Cleveland’s playbook.As the series shifts to Chicago on Friday, it should be interesting to see how Cleveland responds. Aside from overcoming a brief 1-0 deficit in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALDS, we haven’t really seen the Indians mount any comebacks this postseason. Of course, the Cubs hadn’t been an especially strong front-running club themselves before Game 2 — until Wednesday, they’d led through less than half of their postseason innings — instead showcasing a variety of other ways to win. But given Chicago’s great starting rotation and the apparently rust-proof hitting of Kyle Schwarber, Cleveland might need to prove they can win from behind, too. NUMBER OF INNINGS% OF INNINGS 92007Red Sox10160212059.480.2 72012Orioles6118321129.582.0 81995Braves8535341641.281.2 Includes all postseason games since 1995, when the wild card was introduced, but excludes teams who only played in the wild card gameSources:, Retrosheet During their 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs did something no team has consistently been able to do this postseason: get ahead of the Indians and stay there.Cleveland was 8-1 in the postseason heading into Wednesday’s game, so you wouldn’t expect them to have spent much time trailing. But they were notable front-runners even by the standards of a team with such a great record. Before Game 2 of the World Series, the Indians and their opponents had completed 81 innings during this postseason. Of those 81, Cleveland led through 57 of them — 70 percent — and was either leading or tied through 73, a staggering 90 percent rate of success (or at least, nonfailure) in the scoreboard battle. In games they won, they trailed in just one inning.1Seven of the eight innings they trailed came in one game — Game 4 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays.Going back to the advent of the wild card in 1995, both of those figures were the highest any team had ever carried through Game 1 of the World Series, and it wasn’t especially close. Even the 1998 Yankees — who won 114 regular-season games and then turned the playoffs into their own personal victory lap — only led or were tied through 85 percent of their innings through Game 1 of the World Series. And the oft-forgotten 2005 White Sox, who basically perfected this formula, checked in at 83 percent. These Indians have been the most front-running team in modern postseason history. 12016Indians815716870.4%90.1% 102014Giants10952352247.779.8 42007Rockies7445161360.882.4 read more

Two men in their 20s stabbed in aggravated burglary in Limerick

first_imgTWO MEN HAD to be hospitalised after they were stabbed during a burglary in Limerick city in the early hours of this morning.The men – both in their early 20s – were injured during the assault by a lone male intruder, who entered the apartment at Lower Glentworth Street at around 1.20am today. Cash and mobile phones were stolen in the burglary.The men were taken to University Hospital in Limerick to receive treatment for stab wounds. Their injuries are not life-threatening.A 34-year-old man was arrested close to the scene by gardaí and is currently being held at Henry Street Garda Station. Gardaí said that some property was recovered during the arrest.The investigation is continuing.last_img

Ever wanted to tell a story about your Dublin Nows your chance

first_img NATIVE AND VISITING Dubliners are being asked to tell the story of their Dublin.The International Literature Festival Dublin is inviting people to tell their stories about the capital in this year’s festival, which takes place from May 20 to 28.The Stories From The City events will see volunteers paired with mentors to help shape their ideas. Already on board are singer songwriter Luan Parle, illustrator Holly Pereira, young playwright Shaun Dunne, poet Kerrie O’Brien, and comedian Kevin Gildea.Aimee van Wylick, the general manager of the festival told that the idea will help people connect with the festival.“We’re looking to be a bit more participative and I think this will help the public connect with the festival.“We haven’t yet commissioned any writers for the festival yet but this is different. Any member of the public is invited to tell their story. We want to hear a lot of stories, we’re really keen to get as many responses as possible.”As for the type of story, van Wylick says that’s up to you.“It’s very much open. We want people to be as creative as they can be. We’re not trying to give any guidelines as yet – we’re looking to connect with fans of the festival but also go beyond that.“Dublin is known as a storyteller’s city so it’s about the fabric of the city and the people.“Irish people are storytellers which is not an experience you get everywhere – this is about connection and expression.”The festival is keen to hear from anyone and everyone who would like to share their story in a creative way and reflect on ways in which great writing or reading have played a part in their lives. Individuals or groups are invited to submit an event that they would like to host in their own house or at their work-place in which they tell some part of their story.Proposals should be submitted by email to by 3 April.Read: Top US architects are re-imagining Dublin One to make it ‘a vibrant destination’ By Paul Hosford 18 Comments Ever wanted to tell a story about your Dublin? Now’s your chance The Stories From The City events will see volunteers paired with mentors to help shape their ideas. Short URL Mar 8th 2017, 6:09 AM Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 6:09 AM 7,274 Views Share23 Tweet Email3 Image: Sasko Lazarov/ Image: Sasko Lazarov/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hundreds attend vigil for victims of Cypriot serial killer

first_imgA vigil was held in Nicosia for the victims of a detained military officer, who has so far confessed to killing five foreign women and two girls. The number of the victims is expected to escalate to more, bearing in mind the number of missing foreign women that were presumed to have left the country.Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his “deep sorrow and concern” following the slayings of foreign women, mainly Asian, who came to the island to seek work. The serial killer selectively targeted foreign women online.Police have intensified their search for more dumped bodies. Five British law enforcement officials were coming to the island to help with the investigations.The suspect is a 35-year-old military official who has yet to be formally charged. He admitted to the murder of two bodies found in an abandoned mine but also told police that he had killed another four people. An examination of his computer has shown suspicious conversations with as many as 30 foreign women. The suspect will appear in court on Saturday for another custody hearings.VictimsCypriot police have come under fire by immigrant activists who believe that they did not take missing people reports seriously when it came to foreign domestic workers. Missing persons cases are now being revisited following the discovery of the bodies.The first victim found was Filipino Marry Rose Tiburcio, 38, who had been missing with her six-year-old daughter since May last year. Her bound body was found in an abandoned mine shaft. The girl’s body, believed to have been dumped in a reservoir, has not been found yet.Six days later the police found the body of Arian Palanas Lozano, also from the Philippines. The 28-year-old was dumped in the same mineshaft as Tiburcio.Another alleged victim is Maricar Valtez Arquiola, 31, from the Philippines. She has been missing since December 2017. The suspect denied involvement in her disappearance but reversed himself after a court hearing on Thursday.Police discovered another unidentified body at a military firing range that the suspect pointed them to. The victim is believed to be of either Nepalese or Indian descent.Romanian Livia Florentina bunea, 26, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elena Natalia Bunea, have been missing since September 2016 and are also believed to be victims of the serial killer. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un ver marin qui se nourrit de composés toxiques

first_imgUn ver marin qui se nourrit de composés toxiquesObservé sur les côtes de l’île d’Elbe, le ver marin Olavius algarvensis surprend les chercheurs qui l’ont étudié de par son étonnante alimentation. Ce ver se nourrit en effet de composés toxiques pour la grande majorité des êtres vivants, et constitue un incroyable exemple de “la puissance de l’évolution”.Des chercheurs du département de microbiologie marine de l’Institut allemand Max Planck se sont penchés sur la surprenante alimentation d’un ver observé sur les côtes de l’île d’Elbe. L’Olavius algarvensis évolue dans un environnement peu accueillant, composé de monoxyde de carbone et de sulfure d’hydrogène.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme l’expliquent les scientifiques dans une étude publiée dans les Proceedings of the National Academy of Science et rapportée par le site Sciences et Avenir, ce ver est couvert, sous sa peau, de millions de bactéries symbiotiques. Celles-ci produisent de la nourriture grâce à l’énergie émanant du monoxyde de carbone et du sulfure d’hydrogène. “Elles le font de façon si efficace que le ver a perdu son système digestif entier, y compris la bouche et l’intestin, au cours de l’évolution et ne se nourrit que grâce à ses symbiotes”, s’étonne Nicole Dubilier, l’une des chercheuses ayant étudié l’Olavius algarvensis.Le ver est en outre capable de recycler ses déchets. Quand les autres animaux sont contraints de les éliminer de leur organisme, ses microbes symbiotiques lui permettent d’utiliser l’énergie qu’ils contiennent. Le ver est ainsi également dépourvu de reins. Pour les chercheurs, cet étonnant animal “fournit un exemple de la puissance de l’évolution. Il constitue un excellent modèle pour une meilleure compréhension des autres symbioses complexes, tels que celles de l’intestin humain”.Le 21 avril 2012 à 14:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cooks and dishwashers left behind in new statewide tipping regulation restaurants say

first_imgA new statewide regulation prohibits restaurant owners from requiring servers to share tips with cooks and dishwashers. Jack Sprat owner and operator Frans Weits required his servers to give tips to back-of-house employees like cooks and dishwashers when he opened the restaurant in 2001. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)At 3 p.m. at Jack Sprat in Girdwood, servers move in and out of the dining room, cleaning and setting tables. Owner and operator Frans Weits answers a question from his executive chef as he passes through the kitchen on the way downstairs to the prep kitchen. In the hot downstairs, room, cooks chop herbs and thinly slice beets. Another washes dishes.Listen nowEveryone’s doing their part to prepare for a busy evening, but some will be rewarded more than others.Weits said that on a night like tonight during peak season, servers will walk away with around $37 an hour in tips. He pays them almost $10 an hour in minimum wage on top of that.“Now we’re up to $47 an hour,” Weits said. And that’s after servers share tips with support staff like bussers, hosts and bartenders.Executive Chef Andrew Brown prepares for a busy evening at Jack Sprat in Girdwood. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Most of us don’t think twice before adding 10 to 20 percent to our restaurant bills. But how often do you know where that money is going? For years the federal government has been grappling with who owns tips and whether employers can tell servers what to do with them. To clarify, the Alaska Department of Labor implemented a new regulation last month that prohibits restaurant owners like Weits from requiring servers to give tips to back-of-house staff like cooks and dishwashers.“The servers makes two to three times as much as the back of the house. And the cooks, dishwashers work just as hard,” Weits said.Weits understands that wage gap firsthand. He’s worked almost every job in the industry.  So, when he opened Jack Sprat in 2001, he required servers to give a portion of their tips to cooks and to dishwashers. Weits said he keeps raising the kitchen staff’s starting pay, but it’s still hard for them to make ends meet.“It’s a high cost of living in Alaska. So I want everyone to be able to afford to live here, not just servers,” Weits said. “So I would propose that this regulation get reversed. And at least allow employers to help facilitate an even playing field.”Weits can still require his servers to give tips to other workers that customers see, like bussers, hosts and bartenders.Restaurant organizations like Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, or Alaska CHARR, have come out against the new regulation, saying the line it draws between front-of-house and back-of-house staff isn’t fair. CEO Pete Hanson said he doesn’t know of any restaurant that supported it but that several wrote public comments in opposition. He thinks restaurants should be able to decide what works best for them.“Servers are the employees who interface with customers, but a server has a whole team of people behind them in the kitchen, preparing the food, washing the dishes, clearing the tables, preparing the drinks,” Hanson said.Servers have the most to gain from the new regulation. Marty Kimball has worked in restaurants for over 20 years, much of it as a server. He thinks the lines the regulation draws between front-of-house and back-of-house make sense because servers are the ones interacting with the people leaving a tip.“There are sometimes that it can be a beautiful mutually-satisfactory experience, and there are other times that are just absolutely hell, beginning to end, where you just really truly feel like you are sacrificing your soul for a couple extra dollars to make rent,” Kimball said.Kimball thinks servers should be able to decide for themselves whether or not to share tips with the back-of-the-house. Kimball acknowledged that the life of a chef is a hard one but thinks the solution is instead to allow restaurants to pay servers less than minimum wage.Deborah Kelly is director of labor standards and safety for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the department behind the new regulation.“So when a customer comes in, they expect that their tip goes to the person that they give it to, and this regulation helps to protect that,” Kelly said.The state of Alaska used to follow the federal Fair Labor Standards Act for regulations on tipping. But those regulations haven’t always been clear, particularly for states like Alaska where tipped workers have to be paid at least minimum wage. Most recently, they clarified that restaurant owners can’t keep tips for themselves, but they can require them to be shared with cooks and dishwashers as long as they pay everyone at least minimum wage. Kelly said that doesn’t go far enough.“It’s not up to the employer to take tips and then decide how to best distribute them to run their business. They are tips given to the workers, and they belong to the workers,” Kelly said.Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington D.C., which sent a letter in support of the new regulation, said the vast majority of tipped positions aren’t in fine dining establishments where servers are walking away with $30 an hour.“(You have to remember) the person who’s working at the IHOP overnight shift that doesn’t have the tips left over to be able to comfortably share with back-of-house workers and so it really is, you’re taking tips that that person uses to make ends meet,” Shierholz said.Shierholz worries restaurant owners will simply lower the base wage of a cook or dishwasher if they know they can use tips to make up the difference. She suggested that instead, they pay kitchen staff more to stay competitive.Weits from Jack Sprat said his restaurant can’t afford to raise the wages of back-of-house workers any higher. Some restaurants have tried getting rid of tipping altogether or putting a mandatory service charge on their bills, but Weits said he doesn’t want to do that.“It feels good to voluntarily give someone money that served you,” Weits said. “Once you put it on the menu, and you require that, it takes the fun out of it and it feels like, you know, oh you’re locking me into this before I even sit down.”The new regulation doesn’t prevent servers from voluntarily sharing tips with cooks and dishwashers.last_img read more

A dozen assailants attack security guards in Ghaziabad

first_imgGhaziabad: A CCTV footage recorded four security guards being thrashed by a single assailant along with a dozen accomplices in Ghaziabad. The attacker and his accomplices have not yet been identified by police officials yet. The assailant attacked the security guards on Sunday night at 9:30 pm. Dressed in a mustard yellow T-shirt, the perpetrator destroyed a slip vending machine and smashed the glass of the security station room. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us A complaint has been registered in the Vijaynagar ‘Thane’. No arrest has been made so far in this regard. When the attack took place one of the security guards attempted to stop the assailant from injuring other guards but his efforts were futile. The security guards then ran for their life seeing that nothing more could be done to stop the furious assailant. Apart from the prime assailant, there were a dozen other accomplices present at the scene of the crime.last_img read more

Will famous KickassTorrents ever come back The Pirate Bay ExtraTorrent RARBG are

first_imgThe fight between popular torrent site KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin and the United States government has begun months after the website was pulled down. The defence lawyer has placed before the court that the case should be dismissed, claiming that the files on the torrent site are not copyrighted.Vaulin was detained in Poland in July last year after the US charged him with two criminal copyright infringement cases, and his torrent site KickassTorrents was shut down after eight years. He is yet to be extradited to the US.[READ: The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent, BARBG and other torrent sites you can use in 2017]Defence lawyer Ira Rothken asked the Illinois District Court this week to dismiss federal criminal indictments against his client and free him, according to a report by Torrent Freak.”We believe that the indictment against Artem Vaulin in the KAT torrent files case is defective and should be dismissed. Torrent files are not content files. The reproduction and distribution of torrent files are not a crime,” Rothken told Torrent Freak.”If a third party uses torrent files to infringe it is after they leave the KAT site behind and such conduct is too random, inconsistent, and attenuated to impose criminal liability on Mr. Vaulin. The government cannot use the civil judge-made law in Grokster as a theory in a criminal case,” he added.District Court Judge John Lee had earlier asked the prosecutor to produce evidence on the case.The US Department of Justice prosecutor Devlin Su, on the other, hand sought the court to pass an order only after Vaulin comes to the US on extradition. He argued that the torrent site “operated as a piracy flea market.”The Illinois District Court will now decide whether to dismiss the case or move forward.Meanwhile, several smaller torrent sites grew exponentially after the shutdown of KickassTorrents last year. The Pirate Bay tops the list of most popular torrent site at the moment. Other alternatives sites include ExtraTorrent, RARBG,, Torrentz2, 1337x, TorrentProject,, TorrentDownloads,, Can I Stream It?, ISOHUNT.TO, BTN, and Rutracker.(Source: Torrent Freak)last_img read more

Graft trial against Moudud Mosharraf to continue

first_imgMoudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf HossainThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petitions of BNP leaders Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain seeking review of its verdict for continuing trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.A three-member Appellate Division bench, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order.With the apex court order, there is no bar to continue the trial proceedings of the cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission against them, said ACC lawyer M Khurshid Alam Khan.Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali argued for Moudud Ahmed while lawyer Moudud Ahmed led the hearing for Khandaker Mosharraf and Khurshid Alam Khan represented the ACC.On 16 September 2007, the ACC filed a case against Moudud with Gulshan police station on charge of amassing wealth of Tk 9.04 million from beyond known sources.The graft watchdog filed the other case against Mosharraf with Ramna police Station on 10 January 2008 for acquiring illegal wealth of Tk 120 million.Moudud and Mosharraf filed separate petitions to the High Court to repeal the cases after the ACC pressed charges against the two BNP leaders in 2008.In 2012, the High Court turned down their petitions to quash the trial proceedings.On 21 May 2014, the SC turned down the pleas of Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain to quash the trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.Later, the two BNP leaders filed the review petitions.last_img read more

Babel 7 released with Typescript and JSX fragment support

first_imgBabel 7 has been released after 3 years of wait after Babel 6. Babel is a JavaScript compiler. It is mainly used to convert ECMAScript 2015+ code into a backward compatible version of JavaScript. Babel gives developers the freedom to use the latest JavaScript syntax without developers worrying about backward compatibility. It has been going strong in the Javascript ecosystem. There are currently over 1.3 million dependent repos on GitHub, 17 million downloads on npm per month, and hundreds of users including many major frameworks ( React, Vue, Ember, Polymer), and companies (Facebook, Netflix, Airbnb). Major Breaking Changes All major changes can be done automatically with the new babel-upgrade tool. babel-upgrade is a new tool that automatically makes upgrade changes: currently with dependencies in package.json and .babelrc config. Drop support for un-maintained Node versions: 0.10, 0.12, 4, 5 Introducing @babel namespace to differentiate official packages, so babel-core becomes @babel/core. Deprecation of any yearly presets (preset-es2015, etc). Dropped the “Stage” presets (@babel/preset-stage-0, etc) in favor of opting into individual proposals. Some packages have renames: any TC39 proposal plugin will now be -proposalinstead of -transform. So @babel/plugin-transform-class-properties becomes @babel/plugin-proposal-class-properties. Introduced a peerDependency on @babel/core for certain user-facing packages (e.g. babel-loader, @babel/cli, etc). Typescript and JSX fragment support Babel 7 now ships with TypeScript support. Babel will now get the benefits of TypeScript like catching typos, error checking, and fast editing experiences.  It will enable JavaScript users to take advantage of gradual typing. Install the Typescript plugin as npm install –save-dev @babel/typescript The JSX fragment support in Babel 7 allows returning multiple children from a component’s render method. Fragments look like empty JSX tags. They let you group a list of children without adding extra nodes to the DOM. Speed improvements Babel 7 includes changes to optimize the code as well as accept patches from the v8 team. It is also part of the Web Tooling Benchmark alongside many other great JavaScript tools. There are changes to the loose option of some plugins. Moreover transpiled ES6 classes are annotated with a /*#__PURE__*/ comment that gives a hint to minfiers like Uglify and babel-minify for dead code elimination. What’s Next There are a lot of new features in the works: plugin ordering, better validation/errors, speed, re-thinking loose/spec options, caching, using Babel asynchronously, etc. You can check out the roadmap doc for a more detailed version. These are just a select few updates. The entire changes are available on the Babel blog. Read Next TypeScript 3.0 is finally released with ‘improved errors’, editor productivity and more The 5 hurdles to overcome in JavaScript Tools in TypeScriptlast_img read more

How to perform sentiment analysis using Python Tutorial

first_imgSentiment analysis is one of the most popular applications of NLP. Sentiment analysis refers to the process of determining whether a given piece of text is positive or negative. In some variations, we consider “neutral” as a third option. This technique is commonly used to discover how people feel about a particular topic. This is used to analyze the sentiments of users in various forms, such as marketing campaigns, social media, e-commerce customers, and so on. In this article, we will perform sentiment analysis using Python. This extract is taken from Python Machine Learning Cookbook by Prateek Joshi. This book contains 100 recipes that teach you how to perform various machine learning tasks in the real world. How to Perform Sentiment Analysis in Python Step 1: Create a new Python file, and import the following packages: import nltk.classify.utilfrom nltk.classify import NaiveBayesClassifierfrom nltk.corpus import movie_reviews Step 2: Define a function to extract features: def extract_features(word_list):return dict([(word, True) for word in word_list]) Step 3: We need training data for this, so we will use movie reviews in NLTK: if __name__==’__main__’:   # Load positive and negative reviews     positive_fileids = movie_reviews.fileids(‘pos’)   negative_fileids = movie_reviews.fileids(‘neg’) Step 4: Let’s separate these into positive and negative reviews: features_positive = [(extract_features(movie_reviews.words(fileids=[f])),            ‘Positive’) for f in positive_fileids]   features_negative = [(extract_features(movie_reviews.words(fileids=[f])),            ‘Negative’) for f in negative_fileids] Step 5: Divide the data into training and testing datasets: # Split the data into train and test (80/20)   threshold_factor = 0.8   threshold_positive = int(threshold_factor * len(features_positive))   threshold_negative = int(threshold_factor * len(features_negative)) Step 6: Extract the features: features_train = features_positive[:threshold_positive] + features_negative[:threshold_negative]   features_test = features_positive[threshold_positive:] + features_negative[threshold_negative:]     print “\nNumber of training datapoints:”, len(features_train)   print “Number of test datapoints:”, len(features_test) Step 7: We will use a Naive Bayes classifier. Define the object and train it: # Train a Naive Bayes classifier   classifier = NaiveBayesClassifier.train(features_train)   print “\nAccuracy of the classifier:”, nltk.classify.util.accuracy(classifier, features_test) Step 8: The classifier object contains the most informative words that it obtained during analysis. These words basically have a strong say in what’s classified as a positive or a negative review. Let’s print them out: print “\nTop 10 most informative words:”   for item in classifier.most_informative_features()[:10]:       print item[0] Step 9: Create a couple of random input sentences: # Sample input reviews   input_reviews = [       “It is an amazing movie”,        “This is a dull movie. I would never recommend it to anyone.”,       “The cinematography is pretty great in this movie”,        “The direction was terrible and the story was all over the place”    ] Step 10: Run the classifier on those input sentences and obtain the predictions: print “\nPredictions:”   for review in input_reviews:       print “\nReview:”, review       probdist = classifier.prob_classify(extract_features(review.split()))       pred_sentiment = probdist.max() Step 11: Print the output: print “Predicted sentiment:”, pred_sentiment        print “Probability:”, round(probdist.prob(pred_sentiment), 2) If you run this code, you will see three main things printed on the Terminal. The first is the accuracy, as shown in the following image: The next is a list of most informative words: The last is the list of predictions, which are based on the input sentences: How does the Code work? We use NLTK’s Naive Bayes classifier for our task here. In the feature extractor function, we basically extract all the unique words. However, the NLTK classifier needs the data to be arranged in the form of a dictionary. Hence, we arranged it in such a way that the NLTK classifier object can ingest it. Once we divide the data into training and testing datasets, we train the classifier to categorize the sentences into positive and negative. If you look at the top informative words, you can see that we have words such as “outstanding” to indicate positive reviews and words such as “insulting” to indicate negative reviews. This is interesting information because it tells us what words are being used to indicate strong reactions. Thus we learn how to perform Sentiment Analysis in Python. For more interesting machine learning recipes read our book, Python Machine Learning Cookbook. Read Next Understanding Sentiment Analysis and other key NLP concepts. Twitter Sentiment Analysis. Sentiment Analysis of the 2017 US elections on Twitter.last_img read more

Jump for joy Baseball season begins…

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s major league concern Major League Baseball gets in on US-Cuba thaw Football makes strides in baseball-mad Nicaragua With Obama visit, Cubans hope for home run in baseball diplomacy SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Nicaraguan shortstop Everth Cabrera, center, of the San Diego Padres celebrates next with Yasmani Grandal after scoring during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Night at Petco Park on Sunday in San Diego, Calif. Cabrera, one of the few players from Central America currently in the majors, scored the final run in the Padres, 3-1, victory over the Dodgers. The Nicaraguan speedster was suspended for 50 games at the end of last year’s season for using performance-enhancing drugs. At the time of his suspension, Cabrera was leading the league in stolen bases. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Economists Revise Home Value Forecasts

first_img August 9, 2013 429 Views Economists Revise Home Value Forecasts Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Zillow 2013-08-09 Tory Barringer Home values are on track to reach more than $167,000 by the end of 2013, according to economists and real estate experts surveyed by “”Zillow””: and “”Pulsenomics””:[IMAGE]According to Zillow, respondents predicted median home values will rise to $167,490 by the end of this year, a gain of 6.7 percent over 2012. The forecast is a significant jump from the 5.4 percent annual increase expected in the last quarterly survey.Based on current expectations for home value appreciation over the next five years, panelists on average predicted home values could approach new record highs by the end of 2017.That said, many predicted appreciation rates will slow from 2014 through 2017. According to Zillow, survey respondents said they expect appreciation rates to slow to roughly 4.4 percent in 2014, slipping gradually each year to a rate of 3.4 percent in 2017. [COLUMN_BREAK] Cumulatively, home values are project to rise approximately 23.7 percent over the next four years.””Short-term expectations for home value appreciation through the end of this year are consistent with a nationwide housing market recovery that is both strengthening and widening, but still coping with high levels of negative equity, high demand and low inventory. Combined, these factors will continue putting upward pressure on home values for the next few months,”” said Zillow senior economist Dr. Svenja Gudell.However, Gudell continued, “”the days are numbered for these kinds of market dynamics, as investors begin to pull out of some markets, mortgage interest rates rise and more inventory becomes available.””On the subject of interest rates, many respondents weren’t especially concerned, even with rates posting the largest three-month gain since 2003. Among those who expressed an opinion, 88 percent said they don’t think the current rate environment poses a threat to the housing market recovery; of that group, 61 percent said interest rates would have to rise to at least 6 percent to create a significant threat.””Six percent is the minimum mortgage rate threshold that the most number of panelists view as a potential show-stopper for the recovery,”” said Pulsenomics founder Terry Loebs. “”However, nobody should dismiss the implications for the housing market of the less popular view–held by 38 percent of our experts–that we are already flirting with a reversal of fortunes at or within about 100 basis points of prevailing mortgage rate levels.””center_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

Ocwen Absorbs Another Quarterly Loss

first_imgOcwen Absorbs Another Quarterly Loss in Daily Dose, News, Servicing July 27, 2016 713 Views Financially, it has not been a good year for Ocwen Financial Corp. through the first six months.  After reporting a net loss of $111 million for the first quarter of 2016, the nonbank servicer came back in the second quarter with a net loss of $87.2 million (71 cents per share), according to Ocwen’s Q2 earnings report released Wednesday.Q2’s net loss brought Ocwen’s total net loss for the first half of 2016 up to $198.4 million, compared with a net income of $44.3 million for the first half of 2016. After substantial losses in the third and fourth quarters, however, Ocwen posted a net loss of more than $200 million for the full year of 2015 (the silver lining was, it was an improvement from 2014’s reported net loss of $546 million).Ocwen’s pre-tax net loss of $96.4 million in Q2 were impacted by $40 million in legal defense costs and settlement expenses related to a $30 million settlement in the two Fisher cases to resolve allegations that Ocwen had falsely certified its compliance with certain federal mortgage programs. Ocwen had been battling the two Fisher lawsuits since 2012.Also having an adverse effect on Ocwen’s Q2 financial results were a $15 million reserve for a potential future regulatory settlement, $11.4 million of unfavorable interest rate driven fair value changes related to Ginnie Mae and GSE mortgage servicing rights, and $4.3 million in interest expense under Ocwen’s agreements with New Residential Investment Corp. related to an S&P ratings downgrade of Ocwen.As for the positives of the Q2 earnings report, Ocwen saw a quarter-over-quarter increase in revenue of $42 million—the first time revenue had increased over-the-quarter in a year. The company also experienced a 35 percent over-the-quarter increase in origination volume. Also, Ocwen completed 19,729 loan modifications to assist homeowners facing foreclosure during Q2, which was a 19 percent increase from Q1.“We are pleased to see the progress being made in our core businesses and new initiatives. We also continue to put additional legacy issues, such as the Fisher cases, behind us. While we still have more to do on various fronts, we are moving towards returning to profitability in our core operations while growing our asset-generation activities,” commented Ron Faris, President and CEO. “We continue to invest in risk management, compliance, service excellence and technology. We maintain our leadership in helping families struggling with their mortgage payments as evidenced by our number one status in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and our numerous, well-regarded community outreach efforts. Our growth in mortgage lending and Automotive Capital Services are gratifying early indicators of potential success in new initiatives that can allow us, over time, to drive earnings growth.”Click here to view a presentation on Ocwen’s Q2 earnings.center_img Earnings Nonbank servicers Ocwen Financial 2016-07-27 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

To celebrate the launch of Sri Lanka to the Ventur

first_imgTo celebrate the launch of Sri Lanka to the Venture Far collection, a hosted famil for travel agents has been organised. The date is to be confirmed, however Venture Far is inviting agents to register their interest. Highlights include:• Discover the spice gardens, learn the origins of Ceylon Tea + taste the delicious flavours of dishes that have been inspired by the many cultures that have influenced Sri Lankan cuisine.• Immerse yourself in an authentic safari experience reminiscent of a bygone colonial era in one of the oldest national parks of Sri Lanka.• Participate with pilgrims of all faiths in a night trek reaching the summit of Adam’s Peak in time to watch the sun rise.• Restore the body + reset the mind in a wellness retreat within an unspoiled wilderness, where guests’ health + wellness is the priority.• Travel the southern coastline passing fishing ports, bays + sandy beaches with a choice of accommodation ranging from ocean front resorts to boutique bungalows• Take the Ultimate Food Journey Walking Tour in Singapore + learn about the origin + heritage of their food, sampling dishes from the wet markets + hawker centres.• A selection of small but exclusive range of hotels that reflect where we like to stay in the Lion City – from the historically detailed rooms at The Warehouse, to the sublime architectural resort of Capella Singapore on Sentosa Island. agentsBrochuresfamilSri LankaVenture Far The new Sri Lanka/Singapore brochure delivery commenced 29 May 2018. If are not on the distribution list, you can order yours via Brochure Flow (NSW, QLD, VIC + TAS) and Templar (SA, NT + WA), or download your copy here.Book online now through ROVE.last_img read more