MOOSE JAW, Sask. — A clarion call has gone out in Moose Jaw, Sask., to repair a more than century-old bell that sits atop the city hall clock tower and some day make it ring for the first time since the 1960s.Moose Jaw’s Heritage Advisory Committee told city councillors on Monday that the bronze bell needs a new clapper and new bolts to replace the now rusted ones that were originally installed to attach it to a big wooden beam.Council voted to make the necessary repairs to address safety concerns, but is holding off for the time being on restoring the bell’s capacity to ring.Coun. Crystal Froese argued there is significant heritage value in restoring the iconic bell with at least an electronic clapper and she plans to revisit the issue after the repairs are done.The bell once chimed on the hour and Froese says if the electronics are installed, it could at least be used on special occasions such as Remembrance Day or Christmas.Moose Jaw City Hall was originally built as a post office in 1911 and the bell was manufactured in 1913.The heritage committee had proposed to council that if the city paid to replace the rusted bolts, it would provide $10,000 to cover the cost of a new clapper.The Heritage Advisory Committee is also recommending restoration of the glass on the clock’s face.Administrators will put together a report on the cost of the bolt replacement. City manager Jim Puffalt said council has the final say on installing an actual clapper.“Realistically, we have to deal with the safety issues, and the second issue of using the heritage fund to make the bell operable again is up to council to decide.”The original bolts will be changed out with stainless steel components. Workers will have to crawl into a tight space at the top of the tower dome to make the repairs.The clock itself is one of the few in Saskatchewan that is still manually wound by staff every few weeks.Froese said she wants to see the city treat heritage buildings as assets, include them in budgets and ensure that they are maintained. She noted that city hall ranks among the most photographed landmarks in Moose Jaw.“It’s almost as if you have to wait until things are in the very last stages of their life in order to get attention,” she said.(CHAB, CJME)The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsA couple of hundred people took to the streets of Montreal today to say First Nations count.The message was aimed at federal leaders currently battling through an election campaign.And Quebec First Nations are hoping that Canadians will listen.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports.
After over a decade in the making, phase one of Hamilton’s William Connell Park has been unveiled.
The inner workings of DNA, skin blood flow and antibiotic-resistant bacteria were among the research topics that took centre stage during the recent Undergraduate Research Conference.The March 16 competition, organized by the Brock University Math and Science Council (BUMSC), saw a panel of judges evaluate presentations from seven undergraduate students.Jina Nanayakkara, a third-year student in the Department of Biological Sciences, captured the Best Presentation award for her exploration of jumping genes — a sequence of DNA that can copy and insert itself into another location.Jumping genes can be related to gene expression, a process in which information from a gene is used to make proteins and other products in cells all over the body. When genes are activated in specific cells mutations can sometimes occur.“This whole process might be relevant to what drives cancer and could openly lead to some clinical applications,” Nanayakkara said.The competition’s People’s Choice Award went to Bill Truong, a third-year student in the Department of Physics, for his research on superconductors — material that can transport electrons from one atom to another with no resistance at very low temperatures.Superconductors are used in such things as magnetic-resonance-imaging (MRI) equipment, ultra-high-speed computer chips and high capacity digital memory chips.“We wanted to take a look at the energy of electrons in a topological superconductor; specifically, we wanted to find the points where the energy was zero,” Truong said.Judging the five-minute presentations were graduate students Meera Mahmud and Rachel Mervin from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and Karin Perry, Graduate Co-ordinator, Development and Training in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.“Seeing these students getting involved in these big projects, in these big lab studies and being major contributors who are able to present their own data at such an early stage in their career is amazing,” Mervin said.“They were able to demonstrate their research in a way that matters in real-life scenarios; I’m convinced that some of this research is going to change our world.”The other contestants included:Abiye Mussie (third year, Department of Health Sciences) with research combining biology and chemistry to synthesize an unnatural analogue of a compound shown to inhibit or prevent the development of malignant cells that could otherwise lead to cancer. This analogue must be synthesized so that it may be soluble in a water-based medium, and thus readily distributed throughout the body.Matthew Mueller (fourth year, Department of Kinesiology) studying differences in skin blood flow in children and adults. Skin blood flow changes in response to temperature and exercise, but these changes have not been well characterized in children. Blood carries heat, so the greater the amount of skin blood flow, the greater the amount of heat that is lost to the environment through the skin. Wryan Helmeczi (third year, Department of Health Sciences) researches the establishment of a practical and safe method that independent parties may use to determine gold abundance in a variety of sources, including geological sites. Methods being explored may help to overcome barriers accurate detection and gold digestion — the chemical process that separates gold from the surrounding material in which it is found.Rhys Powers (fourth year, Department of Biotechnology) studies “Z DNA,” a form of DNA that has a different structure from the more common “B DNA.” Through the process of DNA transcription, it may be possible that this other form of DNA may be linked to certain diseases.Frank Betancourt (fourth year, Department of Biotechnology) researches biofilm, a layer of bacteria that forms over specific objects. Biofilm can be an issue in areas such as operating rooms where catheters and other items are going into the body with the antibiotic-resistant bacteria layer on them. Betancourt is looking at how bacteria communicate with via acyl-homoserine-lactones to form biofilms with the future goal of stopping these molecules from being produced, which would stop the production of biofilm.Seven undergraduate students, including Matthew Mueller, Bill Truong, Jina Nanayakkar, Abiye Mussie, Frank Betancourt, Rhys Powers and Wryan Helmeczi, presented their research during the Undergraduate Research Conference on March 16.
OSU redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) flexes after his touchdown during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State lost two of its best options in the passing game in the past week with the departures of wide receiver Noah Brown and H-back Curtis Samuel after their redshirt sophomore and junior seasons. On Tuesday, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett knew he would have at least one other familiar target in Marcus Baugh.The redshirt junior tight end confirmed on Twitter that he would return for his final season, saying “Lol, I’m staying.”Baugh told Rivals.com affiliate BuckeyeGrove.com that he was coming back to Columbus in 2017, but made it official on Tuesday.Baugh caught 24 passes for 269 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2016. He caught a season-high five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown against Penn State.lol I’m staying https://t.co/cHsPa9gFvG— Beeezy (@MarcusBaugh85) January 10, 2017
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, late Wednesday night revealed that about 300 prisoners have been released following the massive fire which flattened the Georgetown Prison at Camp Street.An aerial view of the Camp St. prison following the disastrous Sunday fireHe also stated that 85 convicted inmates have been relocated to the Mazaruni Prison in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The Minister made those revelations in an interview with media operatives at the University of Guyana Turkeyen and Tain Talks at the Pegasus Hotel.However, Imran Khan, Director of Public Information, is refuting the assertions posited by the Public Security Minister and is saying that 300 prisoners were not released.In a social media comment posted this morning Khan said “300 prisoners were transferred to other prisons (Mazaruni, Timehri and New Amsterdam) NOT released.”Ramjattan had said that the approximately 300 persons include those who have been granted bail for non-violent offences and prisoners who were scheduled for release in the months of July and August.Moreover, the Minister had said that he invoked his extraordinary powers and granted those inmates early release since they would have displayed good behaviour for the duration of their sentences.Ramjattan further stated that more prisoners are expected to be released to ease overcrowding and make room for those displaced.“We will be going to the other prisons at Mazaruni, Lusignan and Timehri and see those prisoners who are scheduled to be released soon and if they display good behaviour, they will also be released, so we can transfer those (from Camp Street) to those facilities,” the Minister stated.A press conference is scheduled to be held today (Thursday) at 1pm with the Public Security Minister and the Commissioner of Police, among others, to provide updates on the Georgetown Prison incident.INews will be seeking clarification at the press briefing.Meanwhile, acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, told the Government’s Information Hub on Wednesday that prison authorities are currently working to accurately inform the public about the prisoners as soon as possible.“I know that the media is seeking a lot of information as it relates to names of persons who have been transferred, who have been discharged, who are probably at large; we are currently working on compiling all of those lists, so that the information can be provided… We have several persons putting the pieces together,” he stated.Director of Prisons (acting) Gladwin SamuelsSamuels added that, once completed, the information would be submitted to the Public Security Minister, who would in turn make it public. This information, the acting Director of Prisons noted, would bring some sense of relief to the public, especially in light of speculations that there are “many prisoners” at large following Sunday’s incident.Authorities revealed earlier in the week that some 1018 inmates were at the Camp Street facility at the time of the jailbreak. But there have been subsequent reports of that figure being 1090, 1110 and even 1144.Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud when asked earlier in the week to state what was the exact number of prisoners that were at the Camp Street Prison at the time of the incident, related that, “I am interested in the ones that have escaped…we are trying to assist the prison in restoring order, and pursue those who have escaped and get them rearrested.”Wanted from left: Desmond James, Cobena Sephens and Cornelius ThomasThe Force confirmed on Wednesday that eight prisoners are on the run. out of the eight, wanted bulletins have been issued for six of the them, while the police and army officers are combing the backlands of East Bank and East Coast Demerara villages, as well as in the community of Buxton in search for some of the escapees.Wanted from left: Mark Royden Durant aka Royden Williams, Uree Varswyke aka Malcolm Gordon, Sherwin Nero a/k Sherwin Moses c/d “catty” and Stafrei Hopkenson AlexanderSunday’s fire which flattened the Camp Street jail had served as a distraction for inmates to escape from prisons. In their bid to do so, several prison officers were brutally attacked, and have suffered from shotgun wounds and lacerations.In fact, one of the seven wounded officers, 33-year-old Odinga Wickham, succumbed to gunshot wounds to the chest.
Gregory Rodwell of S&P Global Market Intelligence asks if “underground metal mining will weather the under-investment storm? Despite fluctuations in the mining market over the past 12 years, the tonnage of ore and waste moved in underground mining operations has changed relatively little. This has provided certainty to underground suppliers generally, and to equipment manufacturers in particular. In recent years, however, severe cuts in development capital expenditure and a limited project pipeline has threatened the underground tonnage likely to be moved beyond 2020.“Since 2005, the amount of material moved from underground base and precious metals mines has grown steadily, averaging a compound annual growth rate of 1.2% in the 11 years to 2016. This suggests that the decline in most commodity prices over the past five years has had very little effect on the reality of underground mining.“S&P Global Market Intelligence expects an important increase in underground tonnage over the next two years. Detailed Mine Economics operating-cost models for 280 underground base and precious metal mines — fully underground or surface/underground operations — in the SNL Metals & Mining Database indicate that underground tonnage moved will experience a significant increase in 2017 and 2018.“Although primary copper mines dominate underground tonnage, this is largely due to a small number of block and panel cave mines, such as El Teniente and Grasberg. The latter, where the block cave is expected to take over from the open pit in 2018, is largely responsible for this increase in tonnage over the next three years. However, primary gold underground mines were the standout gainers across the time period in percentage terms, from 64 Mt mined in 2005 to 119 Mt mined in 2016. The growth is strongly linked to the increase in the gold price from the late 2000s to 2012, with 146 primarily underground mines coming on stream in the decade since January 2007.“While this dramatic fall has not had much impact on the day-to-day operations of mines so far, it can be expected to have a significant impact on mine supply in the coming years.“Based on Market Intelligence’s models, underground tonnage volume is expected to grow over the next four years as new mines and expansions, funded during the period before 2013, come on stream.” The chart shows the underground ore and waste moved by the main mining methods. Sublevel stoping, open stoping, blasthole open stoping, and silling and benching methods have been combined under longhole stoping due to the similarities in procedure and equipment used.“After 2020, without new mines coming online, we expect a gradual drop-off in underground tonnages, primarily from longhole operations. It is important to note, however, that underground mines, and in particular longhole operations, have shorter apparent ore reserve lives than the actual, eventual, life of the mine. This is due to the difficulty and expense in proving up ore reserves far in advance. Also noticeable from our models is the increase in output from block and panel cave mines, with notable increases coming from New Afton, Cadia East and Northparkes. Longhole is an increasingly popular mining method among suitable deposits, with projects like Kemess North in British Columbia reaching feasibility stage recently.“Without new development Capex, underground mining tonnages will drop off after 2020. Even if new Capex is forthcoming immediately, it will still take several years for the new operations and expansions to come online; an underground mine given the go-ahead takes typically five years to reach full capacity. Therefore, we would likely see a development gap in the early 2020s before this new capacity came online. Meanwhile, if there is a continued reluctance to spend on new projects, this period of declining tonnage could increase still further. This is a real risk, as companies need to see a return on their development Capex. The economics of new underground operations needs to stack up and requires a sustained resurgence in natural resource prices.“So where will this potential new production come from? According to our database, there are 62 active projects in the preproduction, commissioning or construction phase and that have at least some underground mining planned. Together, the known reserves of these projects total 1,400 Mt of ore. The ten largest operations are listed below, with five of these already included in the annual tonnage chart above. Therefore, even taking into account those mines that are approaching production, underground tonnages will drop.“Looking further down the development stage, there are a further 95 active projects with some level of underground production in their mine plans that are in the feasibility or construction-planned phase. The combined known ore reserve tonnage for these projects is 2,270 Mt, so there are certainly projects available in the pipeline to fill the gaps left by mine closures. In addition, underground mines often only extend their reserves on an ongoing basis as they can only cost-effectively drill so far ahead of their current working. Consequently, the total amount of ore eventually extracted from these projects is inevitably higher than envisaged in the feasibility studies and development plans. The question, of course, is where is the money coming from to develop these deposits, and are commodity prices at a level to incentivize this development.“Despite the severe cutback in recent development spending, the tonnage of ore and waste moved by underground base and precious metals operations will continue to increase over the next few years. For this to be sustained, we will need to see a renewed investment in new mines and expansion projects. This has important implications for long-term planning for service and equipment suppliers to the underground sector, particularly if we do not see a continued recovery in metals prices over the next 12 months.”
Stay on target Amazon Had Another Record-Breaking Prime DayPrime Day 2019: Best Deals on Audio, Headphones, and Speakers Prime Day, Amazon’s 48-hour mega shopping event of the year for Prime members, is finally here. From Monday, July 15 to Tuesday, July 16, Prime members can take advantage of major discounts on smart home electronics.If you need a new Echo Input, a Blink XT2 Smart Security Camera, or a new Ring Video Doorbell system, Amazon is offering these smart home gadgets and others at low prices.Here are the best Prime Day 2019 discounts and promotions on smart home devices. (If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, sign up online to join Prime or start a 30-day free trial.) Check this page regularly — we’ll be adding new deals on great smart home products you can buy during Prime Day 2019.Echo Input (Photo Credit: Amazon)Echo Input (Add Alexa to your own speaker) for $14.99 at Amazon (list price $34.99).Echo Plus 2nd Gen Smart Speaker with Built-in Smart Home Hub for $109.99 at Amazon (list price $149.99).Ring Video Doorbell 720p Camera + 3rd Gen Echo Dot for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $149.98).Certified Refurbished Ring Video DoorBell Elite for $359 at Amazon (list price: $449).Kwikset SmartCode 914 Keypad Smart Lock + Amazon Cloud Cam for $179.99 at Amazon (list price $339.98).August Smart Lock Pro + Connect for $175 at Amazon (list price$279.99).Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit (Photo Credit: Amazon)Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit + Bonus Echo Dot 3rd Gen for $119 at Amazon (list price $199).YI Smart Home Camera 3, AI-Powered 1080p 2.4G Wi-Fi Indoor Security Camera System for $34.99 at Amazon (list price $99.99).Ring Video Doorbell 2 1080p Camera for $139 at Amazon (list price $248.99).Sandstone Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker for $22 (3-Pack $59.99) at Amazon (list price $49.99).Blink XT2 1080p Smart Security Camera 2 Camera Kit for $99.99 (1 Camera $70, 3 Camera $160, 5 Camera $250) at Amazon (list price $179.99).Echo 2nd Gen With Philips Hue White and Color Smart Light Bulb Starter Kit for $149.98 at Amazon (list price: $249.98).Ring Stick Up Cam Battery HD Security Camera for $124.99 at Amazon (list price $179.99). Echo Show 5 With Amazon Smart Plug (Photo Credit: Amazon)Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug for $54.98 at Amazon (list price $114.98). Echo Spot – Smart Alarm Clock with Alexa for $129.99 at Amazon (Buy two save $40).Echo Show 2nd Gen Smart Display for $159.99 at Amazon (list price $229.99).Echo 2nd Gen Smart Speaker for $49.99 at Amazon (list price $99.99).Ring Video Doorbell Pro 1080p Camera + 3rd Gen Echo Dot for $169 at Amazon (list price $298.99).Echo Input for $14.99 at Amazon (list price $34.99).Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug by TP-Link for $11.68 at Amazon (list price $16.99). More on Geek.com:Prime Day 2019: Best Tech Gadget DealsPrime Day 20 19: Best Gaming Deals on AmazonPrime Day 2019: Best Amazon Deals on Audio, Headphones, and Speakers
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Add submarines to the list of things you can see on a South Florida beach.People on Fort Lauderdale Beach spotted one off shore over the weekend. A 7News viewer sent in video of the underwater craft coming to the surface.Apparently, the U.S. Navy is conducting training exercises and submarine testing.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: email@example.com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Vizianagaram: Noted agriculture scientist and nutritionist Dr Khader Vali on Sunday called upon people to eat traditional foods. Delivering a lecture on ‘Consumption of millets and other nutritious food’ at Gurajada District Library Auditorium, he said the lifestyle of people has turned into ultra-modern, which is seriously affecting their health. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us “The quantity of millets like pearl millets, jowar and bajra should be increased in our daily diet to keep body fit and healthy. We should give up taking tea and coffee and consume decoctions made of various leaves. Leaves of guava, mango, drumsticks, mint and coriander will increase immunity and prevent various diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, tuberculosis,” he said. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Stating that he returned to India after spending many years in foreign countries only to promote traditional crops and food habits, he said, “We need not consult any doctor if we follow healthier habits. Every leaf has its own medicinal value. So, we can prepare a diet schedule and follow it for utmost fitness. We should keep away from taking junk foods like pizzas and burgers.” Founder of Jattu Trust Dr D Parinaidu, Padma Sri Awardee P Venkateswara Rao and S Guruprasad participated in the programme. People purchased biscuits and cakes made of millets from the stalls arranged at the exhibition. Later the locals have felicitated Dr Khader Vali.
Map of MymensinghA local Awami League leader was hacked to death allegedly by his neighbours over previous enmity at Ramnagar village in Haluaghat upazila of Mymensingh on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.Police said Rais Uddin Chishti, 60, vice president of Dhurail union unit of Awami League, had been in loggerheads with his neighbours over the placement of an electric pole adjacent to his house at Ramnagar village. As a sequel of the enmity, the neighbours swooped on Rais Uddin around 3:0pm following an altercation, leaving the ruling party leader dead on the spot, said officer-in-charge of Haluaghat police station Mohammad Lal Miah. The body was sent to a local hospital morgue for autopsy, the OC added.
Confirmed via Twitter, a Facebook post, and blog entry, Sony has made sure that everyone with an Internet connection is aware that another God of War video game is in the works.Still a PlayStation 3 exclusive, the announcement of the next in the franchise, titled God of War: Ascension, also came with a short trailer teasing a prequel storyline. The trailer contains no gameplay footage and only vague details on the story.According to the YouTube page description, the game will follow Krotos before he became the rage-filled god we all know and love. Players will get to uncover his origins as a Spartan captain, before he threw in his lot with the god of war, Ares. This change from jacked up Spartan wielding mystical blades to normal soldier begs one big question: how different will the gameplay be?Todd Pappy, who was originally a Design Director on the third installment in the God of War series, will be taking point as Game Director for Ascension. In his post on the PlayStation.Blog website he announced a live streaming event that will take place on Monday, April 30th at 8am PT (11am EST). That event is sure to shed more light on what’s in store for Kratos in this latest installment to the franchise.Currently, the game is rumored to be aiming for a Spring 2013 release date. We can therefore expect Sony to start an intensive, and probably very expensive marketing campaign for Ascension as soon as 2013 rolls around.More at PlayStation.Blog, The Verge
Nowhere is prompt and effective medical treatment more important than on the battlefield, where injuries are severe and conditions dangerous. DARPA thinks that outcomes can be improved by the use of intelligent bandages and other systems that predict and automatically react to the patient’s needs.Ordinary cuts and scrapes just need a bit of shelter and time and your amazing immune system takes care of things. But soldiers not only receive far graver wounds, but under complex conditions that are not just a barrier to healing but unpredictably so.DARPA’s Bioelectronics for Tissue Regeneration program, or BETR, will help fund new treatments and devices that “closely track the progress of the wound and then stimulate healing processes in real time to optimize tissue repair and regeneration.”“Wounds are living environments and the conditions change quickly as cells and tissues communicate and attempt to repair,” said Paul Sheehan, BETR program manager, in a DARPA news release. “An ideal treatment would sense, process, and respond to these changes in the wound state and intervene to correct and speed recovery. For example, we anticipate interventions that modulate immune response, recruit necessary cell types to the wound, or direct how stem cells differentiate to expedite healing.”It’s not hard to imagine what these interventions might comprise. Smart watches are capable of monitoring several vital signs already, and in fact have alerted users to such things as heart-rate irregularities. A smart bandage would use any signal it can collect — “optical, biochemical, bioelectronic, or mechanical” — to monitor the patient and either recommend or automatically adjust treatment.A simple example might be a wound that the bandage detects from certain chemical signals is becoming infected with a given kind of bacteria. It can then administer the correct antibiotic in the correct dose and stop when necessary rather than wait for a prescription. Or if the bandage detects shearing force and then an increase in heart rate, it’s likely the patient has been moved and is in pain — out come the painkillers. Of course, all this information would be relayed to the caregiver.This system may require some degree of artificial intelligence, although of course it would have to be pretty limited. But biological signals can be noisy and machine learning is a powerful tool for sorting through that kind of data.BETR is a four-year program, during which DARPA hopes that it can spur innovation in the space and create a “closed-loop, adaptive system” that improves outcomes significantly. There’s a further ask to have a system that addresses osseointegration surgery for prosthetics fitting — a sad necessity for many serious injuries incurred during combat.One hopes that the technology will trickle down, of course, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s all largely theoretical for now, though it seems more than possible that the pieces could come together well ahead of the deadline.
ErrorOK ErrorOK Sponsored Stories Cai said some experts estimate the policy change might result in 1 million to 2 million extra births in the first few years. But he said the figure might be significantly lower because of growing acceptance of small families.Last year, a government think tank urged China’s leaders to start phasing out the policy and allow two children for every family by 2015, saying the country had paid a “huge political and social cost.”The China Development Research Foundation said the policy had resulted in social conflict and high administrative costs, and led indirectly to a long-term gender imbalance because of illegal abortions of female fetuses and the infanticide of baby girls by parents who cling to a traditional preference for a son.The party also announced it would abolish a labor camp system that allowed police to lock up government critics and other defendants for up to four years without trial. It confirmed a development that had been reportedly announced by the top law enforcement official earlier this year but was later retracted.Also known as “re-education through labor,” the system was established to punish early critics of the Communist Party but has been used by local officials to deal with people challenging their authority on issues including land rights and corruption. The vital role family plays in society Pu Zhiqiang, a prominent Beijing lawyer who has represented several former labor camp detainees in seeking compensation, welcomed the abolition of the extra-legal system.“There have been many methods used recently by this government that are against the rule of law, and do not respect human rights, or freedom of speech,” Pu said. “But by abolishing the labor camps … it makes it much harder for the police to put these people they clamp down on into labor camps.”“This is progress,” Pu said.Earlier this year, state broadcaster CCTV said China has 310 labor camps holding about 310,000 prisoners and employing 100,000 staff, although some estimates range higher.The party report also promised to improve the judicial system and help farmers become city residents. It also elaborated on the party’s previous announcement that it would set up a national security commission.___Associated Press reporters Didi Tang, Isolda Morillo and Ian Mader contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The extent of the long-debated changes to the family planning rules and the labor camp system surprised some analysts. They were contained in a policy document issued after a four-day meeting of party leaders one year after Xi Jinping took the country’s helm.“It shows the extent to which Xi is leading the agenda. It shows this generation of leaders is able to make decisions,” said Dali Yang, a China expert at the University of Chicago. “This is someone who’s much more decisive, who has the power, and who has been able to maneuver to make the decisions.”Far from sweeping away all family planning rules, the party is now providing a new, limited exemption: It said families in which at least one parent was an only child would be allowed to have a second child. Previously, both parents had to be an only child to qualify for this exemption. Rural couples also are allowed two children if their first-born child is a girl, an exemption allowed in 1984 as part of the last substantive changes to the policy.Beijing says the policy, which was introduced in 1980 and is widely disliked, has helped China by slowing population growth and easing the strain on water and other limited resources. But the abrupt fall in the birth rate is pushing up average age of the population of 1.3 billion people. BEIJING (AP) – China’s leaders announced Friday the first significant easing of its one-child policy in nearly 30 years and moved to abolish its labor camp system _ addressing deeply unpopular programs at a time when the Communist Party feels increasingly alienated from the public.Beijing also pledged to open state-dominated industries wider to private competition and ease limits on foreign investment in e-commerce and other businesses in a sweeping reform plan aimed at rejuvenating a slowing economy. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Demographers have argued that this has created a looming crisis by limiting the size of the young labor pool that must support the large baby boom generation as it retires.“It’s great. Finally the Chinese government is officially acknowledging the demographic challenges it is facing,” said Cai Yong, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.“Although this is, relatively speaking, a small step, I think it’s a positive step in the right direction and hope that this will be a transition to a more relaxed policy and eventual return of reproductive freedom to the Chinese people,” Cai said.The government credits the one-child policy introduced in 1980 with preventing hundreds of millions of births and helping lift countless families out of poverty. But the strict limits have led to forced abortions and sterilizations by local officials, even though such measures are illegal. Couples who flout the rules face hefty fines, seizure of their property and loss of their jobs.The update on birth limits was one sentence long, with details on implementation left to the country’s family planning commission. 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Family, Ringleader Sentenced Over $16M in Fraud in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing December 5, 2011 491 Views A West Chester family, a purported conspiracy leader, and several others entered court dockets this week and the last for their alleged roles in reaping a combined $15.8 million in mortgage fraud across the country.[IMAGE]_MReport_ sourced several stories of mortgage fraud for Monday’s mortgage fraud blotter from news outlets that include the “”_Dayton Daily News_””:http://www.daytondailynews.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/dayton/daytoncourts/entries/2011/12/05/dayton_a_dayton_man_3.html, “”Federal Bureau of Investigation””:http://www.loansafe.org/connecticut-man-sentenced-for-role-in-4-million-mortgage-fraud-scheme (FBI), “”_Hartford Courant_””:http://articles.courant.com/2011-11-28/news/hc-mortgage-fraud-sentence-1129-20111128_1_mortgage-fraud-ring-home-buyers-federal-prosecutors, and “”_Middletown Journal_””:http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/middletown-news/family-receive-jail-time-for-mortgage-fraud-1293301.html.First up, the _Daily News_ reported the case of one William Turner, a 46-year-old man who confessed Monday to bilking mortgage lenders out of $5.6 million between 2007 and 2008.According to the news outlet, Turner falsified numerous documents ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô including bank statements, deposit and withdrawal slips, and appraisal reports ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô in his role as owner of several title agencies. He closed three bad loans that each neared $200,000 in value.The Dayton, Ohio native could face up to 20 years in prison and fines in excess of $500,000 or twice the worth of the property, the _Daily News_ reported.The _Journal_ offered up the next account of a West Chester, Pennsylvania-based family that will find themselves behind bars for nearly three years over their roles in wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and three counts of falsely filed income tax returns.Debbie Sferrazza and Salvatore, her husband, received three years probation, according to the news outlet, along with 10 months of home confinement and a restitution [COLUMN_BREAK]order in the amount of $71,700. He pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering.The _Journal_ listed other family members that include daughter-in-law Heather Ashurst, daughter Whitney Bonapfel, son James Ashurst, brother Keiron Ashurst, and Tabatha Sturgill, an employee, all of whom received a mixture of one-year prison sentences, multiple years on probation, and restitution orders for their crimes.Third for _MReport’s_ blotter, the leader of a conspiracy responsible for raking in $3.2 million in illicit proceeds from sham sales received a 10-year prison sentence Monday, according to the _Courant_.The news outlet reported that Syed Babar, of New London, received his sentence for his role in orchestrating bad sales in collaboration with an unlicensed lawyer, an appraiser, and a false construction company.The _Courant_ said that the ring falsified employment and income information to inflate home prices and come up with approvals for loan applications, and that members paid each other via a legal trust.According to the news outlet, Babar sought to diminish his actual role in the affair, but federal prosecutors persisted in portraying the ringleader as the one responsible for much of the operation.””Babar was nothing short of the leader and the mastermind behind the multimillion-dollar fraud scheme,”” _Courant_ quoted federal prosecutors as saying in a memo.An FBI announcement rounded out the _MReport_ blotter Monday, with one Christian Tudorof, of Stamford, Connecticut, convicted for his participation in a $4-million mortgage fraud plot.The agency said that he received about a year and six months in prison, along with three years of supervised release, for providing false information and failing to disclose other information related to mortgage applications.Tudorof secured more than $4 million in mortgages for six properties, all of which went into foreclosure, according to the FBI, when he failed to service the loans for each. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2011-12-05 Ryan Schuette Share
It’s a debate that will rage on forever.Who is the best quarterback in NFL history? These days, the most common response would be Tom Brady. The New England QB just won his fifth Super Bowl last February, bringing his team back from a 25-point third quarter deficit to do so. It’s a pretty safe pick, really.Before Brady, many would argue that John Elway, Joe Montana or Dan Marino was the best. Some still do. 4 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Warner was 34 — and thought to be finished by many — when he signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2005. Over the next five seasons, he helped the downtrodden Cardinals transform into a playoff team. In 2008 and 2009, Arizona won back-to-back NFC West titles — their first since the mid-70s. Warner’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald gave the Cardinals a 23-20 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers with just 2:37 left in Super Bowl XLIII, but the defense couldn’t hold that advantage in a heartbreaking 27-23 loss. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner throws against the St. Louis Rams during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 31-10. (AP Photo/Matt York) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling ESPN’s Mike Sando commissioned a panel of 10 experts — current and former NFL coaches and executives — to rank the best quarterbacks of the modern era (since 1978). Brady finished first in the voting (although someone had him ranked sixth overall?), followed by Peyton Manning, Montana, Elway and Aaron Rodgers.Just outside the top ten, however, is the only former Arizona Cardinal on the list. Kurt Warner, who is weeks away from induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, finished tied for 11th place on the panel’s pecking order. Warner tied with Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger, whom he faced in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa in February 2009. Sando points out that five of the 10 voters ranked Warner between seventh and 10th on their ballot, while the other half left him out of their personal top ten.Here’s what some of the panelists had to say about Warner’s career:It’s the strangest career you have ever seen. You just go, “Wow, how did that guy not get picked up earlier? Why couldn’t people see that ability to anticipate a throw before a guy was open? And the ability to play under pressure, making some of the big-time plays that most quarterbacks have no chance of making, and do it consistently?” The way he came up and the way he threw the ball with anticipation was impressive in a new era for the passing game. — former NFL head coach Mike ShanahanI think of Kurt Warner playing in St. Louis when we had the Greatest Show on Turf. Certainly, he was surrounded by a great cast, but he was the one that really made that thing go. His anticipation and timing and rhythm was just so remarkably good. He got traded to New York and that system of offense — play-action and run the football — that is not Kurt Warner. And then he went to Arizona and got involved in an offense that revolved around him and his passing efficiency and getting the ball out of his hands quickly and being able to throw sights and hots and doing those kinds of things, and he, again, set the league on fire and took them to the Super Bowl. — longtime NFL coach Al SaundersMy biggest challenge was at the bottom [of the ballot] trying to decide between Warner, Fouts, Aikman and Roethlisberger. I went with Warner [at No. 10]. He had some great receivers and talent around him, but doing it in two different systems swung it for me. Fouts had a system that was ahead of its time and had world-class receivers. Aikman had a tremendous run game and defense, so he didn’t have to do as much. Same with Ben. All three were great talents and would have been dominant in any system, but to me they didn’t have to do quite as much as Warner. — former NFL coach Tony DungyOne thing working against Warner in a tale of the tape against other great quarterbacks was the late stage in which he finally got an opportunity. After stints in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe, Warner was 28 when he stepped in for the injured Trent Green as the St. Louis Rams starter in 1999. He led the Rams to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl win while throwing for over 4,300 yards and 41 touchdowns and earned the first of his two league MVP awards. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
GENEVA — A Geneva art museum says Facebook has banned using images of a nearly-naked Venus statue and a nude, kneeling man that it had hoped to post on the social media platform to promote an upcoming exhibit.The Museum of Art and History used Twitter to say it had wanted to promote the 3-1/2 month run of “Caesar and the Rhone” that opens Friday using the two images, but Facebook “prevented us from it, because of their nudity.”The museum put the images on Twitter on Friday with the French word for “censored” over their private parts, adding: “Maybe it’s time that this platform changes its policy for museums and cultural institutions?”Facebook didn’t immediately respond to an email from the Associated Press seeking comment.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Swiss museum laments Facebook ban of images of naked statues by The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2019 6:12 am PDT
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