Province Commits to Improve Services for Children

first_imgThe province has committed to complete child protection investigations more quickly, have more timely contact with children in foster care, and improve interactions with foster families. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse said today, May 22, the province will accept all of the auditor general’s recommendations to improve services for children and families. The auditor general examined the Department of Community Services child welfare section, reviewing child protection investigations, monitoring of children in care and support for foster parents. “Taking the best possible care of our province’s children is a high priority,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “We take these recommendations seriously and have already begun to implement changes. We are deeply committed to improving upon our best practices in child welfare.” The auditor general noted in his report that the department’s responses to allegations of abuse and neglect, assessment of risk to children and prioritizing investigations based on risk assessments are working well. But he also identified the need to improve monitoring of children in foster care, families under court supervision and foster families. The department has been meeting targets for mandatory requirements and now needs to address improving timeframes for the non-mandatory standards. “We have dedicated staff working in challenging circumstances, but we recognize there are areas where we can improve our practice,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. The department is addressing the auditor general’s recommendations: Sheila Hill, a member of the Dialogue with Foster Parents group, lives on Janvrin’s Island, Richmond Co., and has been a foster parent for 12 years. “We’re working together hand-in-hand with Community Services through the Dialogue with Foster Parents group. We recognize that there are areas to work on and we have been meeting and talking for more than a year,” said Ms. Hill. “The relationship is moving in a positive direction now; I really feel supported by the team, and the minister, at Community Services. I believe strongly that if we all work together as a foster care team, we will achieve the best outcomes for our children in care and they will go on to have productive lives.” There are 1,315 children in care, with 876 of those in permanent care and custody. There are close to 700 foster homes in Nova Scotia and 22 residential facilities that offer specialized services. The number of adoptions of children in care during 2012-13 was 122. There were 9,935 child protection referrals made to Community Services in 2012-13, which prompted 6,601 child protection investigations, with 1,249 child protection cases opened and 534 children taken into care. expanding file audits for foster care clarifying response times for child abuse or neglect investigations and committing to following them scheduling updates for the child protection and foster care manuals documenting approvals and rationale for investigation longer than six weeks better documenting case checklists monitoring the time taken to approve foster families clarifying kinship foster family policies improving Comprehensive Plans of Care for all children committing to hold contact meetings at required intervals clarifying dental standards for children ensuring supervisory reviews happen on a defined timeline following standards for meeting and reviewing foster families last_img read more

PMKISAN scheme Centre seeks Delhis cooperation

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government should cooperate in implementing the newly launched central scheme Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) under which Rs 6,000 is paid in three equal instalments annually to each farmer who owns land, Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam urged. The Centre had launched the PM-KISAN scheme just before the Lok Sabha elections. Most states are implementing the scheme barring few states especially Delhi and West Bengal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderReplying to supplementaries in the Question Hour at Rajya Sabha, the Minister said, “Farmers in Delhi have not been able to benefit from the PM-KISAN because the state government has not yet submitted the required data of registered farmers.” The Centre is ready to release funds once the data is submitted to the Union Agriculture Ministry, he said. “There are some issues related to land…. The state government should cooperate in implementing the scheme,” the Minister said in the Upper House. After coming to the power, the Modi government extended the scheme to all 14.5 crore farmers subject to exclusion criteria. Earlier, the scheme was restricted to small and marginal farmers holding up to 2 hectare land. The responsibility of identifying and uploading details of beneficiaries solely lies with state governments, the Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam said.last_img read more

CFS agencies need to focus more on keeping families together than on

first_imgInFocusToday’s InFocus was the last in a three-part series putting the child welfare system under the microscope.Natasha Reimer spent her entire life bounced from foster home to foster home when she was apprehended as a young girl from an unsafe home.While the system kept her separated from a mother who couldn’t parent, it also robbed her of a relationship with her seven younger siblings, who were also raised in care.“It’s very lonely,” Reimer told InFocus Host Melissa Ridgen. “You have no sense of stability, you have no foundation.“You learn to not get attached to places, people, things, schools, environments – anything.”Reimer, a fourth-year criminal justice student who plans to go to law school, helped create Foster Up, a support group at the University of Winnipeg.Its goal is to create a community for aged-out foster kids who are trying to find their feet as young adult university students.Katelyn Roberts is the executive director of Sanctum 1.5, a four-month-old facility that aims to help high-risk pregnant moms avoid losing their babies to birth apprehensions in the hospital.So far seven babies and their moms were spared that trauma and are ready to transition back out on their own, thanks to the programming at Sanctum 1.5.“It’s demonstrated in a very short period of time that working preventatively with people who have the co-occurrence of trauma and addictions and mental illness, that with the right supports in place we can keep children out of care,” Roberts said.She said the program could be used as a template in any community.Since APTN News did a story about the facility, people in other jurisdictions have contact Sanctum 1.5, interested in creating their own.And rounding out the guests on Wednesday’s InFocus was Warren Vandall, who was a social worker for five years in Manitoba and said he was fired for going against rules, and helping children and families stay together or be reunited.“A lot of times the apprehensions don’t need to happen,” Vandall said. “They could be placing the child with the immediate family until we figure things out.” He said there’s too much emphasis on seizing kids and keeping them in care for as long as possible by foot-dragging case workers or using courts to prolong delays.If you missed any of the three-part series you can download as a podcast here.last_img read more

Gang gets away with Rs 5 million being transported in Kandy

The money was being transported in a van by a private security firm when it was robbed by a five member gang. (Colombo Gazette) A gang stole Rs 5 million which was being transported in Kandy by a private security firm.The Police said that the money belonged to two private companies.

Where Sabermetrics And the Eye Test Disagree

Clutch Hitting: Success in the Win Probability Added “clutch” metric — which measures whether a player hits better in high-leverage situations — may follow from playing style more than mental fortitude. But whatever the reason, the voters enjoy a player who raises his game in crucial situations. A player whose clutch play added 0.45 wins per 600 PA more than another (despite equal WAR) receives a one-point boost to his BBTN 100 rating. The New York Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury might be the poster child here after leading baseball in clutch wins above average over the 2011-13 span; Ellsbury was rated eight points higher by BBTN than WAR suggests he should have been. All told, these results aren’t incredibly shocking. They exhibit a bias toward many of the traditional “tools” of scouting: hitting for average and power, speed, fielding and throwing. The voters’ bias isn’t conscious, but it is real. It’s indicative of all the factors that add up to our impression of a player, rather than his empirical value.Sabermetrics isn’t automatically the “correct” answer in these comparisons, but it does offer a rigorous, systematic way of valuing players. Examining where human biases conflict with the statistics is a useful way to determine where our eyes’ prejudices lie. Batting Average on Balls in Play: There are two possible explanations for the value placed by the BBTN 100 voters on BABIP. One is that the panel doesn’t seem to agree with the standard sabermetric view that much of a batter’s BABIP is driven by chance. (Remember, this isn’t to say success on balls in play is all luck, but it does take nearly two and a half years worth of plate appearances for an individual hitter’s BABIP to stabilize.) The other is that they strongly value those select batters whose playing style lends itself to a higher than normal BABIP — think speedy, ground-ball hitters like Ichiro Suzuki in his prime. With WAR held constant, a player would need a BABIP 14 points higher to see a one-point boost to his BBTN score. Two weeks ago, ESPN1FiveThirtyEight’s owner, for those unaware. released its “Baseball Tonight” (BBTN) 100, a player ranking based on votes from a panel of 40 experts. The panelists graded each of a group of 277 players on a 0-100 scale and then ranked them accordingly. For instance, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels topped the list with a score of 98, while his most valuable player foil from recent seasons, Miguel Cabrera, came in second at 96.2Ratings are rounded throughout.It’s just one group of ratings from one group of writers, former players and ex-pats of the game. But it’s a useful proxy to understand the difference between subjective valuations and empirical ones. I was interested in seeing what these experts’ preferences tell us about how they view the game. If the BBTN panelists were ranking players, surely some of their metrics would differ from more empirical measures. This isn’t to say that the experts didn’t look at statistics at all when voting, or that most of them aren’t knowledgeable about baseball’s growing culture of numeracy. Many of them are. But purely subjective votes like this bring out the emotional decisions inherent in evaluating players. I wanted to know where those emotions led the panel when — right or wrong — they strayed from the path of pure sabermetric orthodoxy.To that end, I broke down what caused players’ BBTN scores to differ from what would have been predicted from their wins above replacement marks, an advanced metric designed to statistically measure a player’s on-field contributions in a logical, structured way. Think of this as an investigation into where sabermetrics and the “eye test” disagree.For the 149 position players who logged at least 600 plate appearances from 2011 to 2013, I adapted per-plate appearance WAR rates to the same scale as the BBTN ratings.3For qualified players, the correlation between BBTN score and WAR per 600 PAs was just 0.42. But that’s kind of the point — we’re interested in investigating what correlates with the residuals between WAR and BBTN score. For instance, a rate of 6 WAR per 600 PAs, as Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays produced, would typically lead to a BBTN score of 78 — precisely the mark the panel gave Bautista. But not every player’s BBTN score lined up so perfectly with his WAR numbers.The Texas Rangers’ Prince Fielder generated just 3.3 WAR/600, which my calculations predict would lead to a BBTN rating of 62; instead, the voters deemed Fielder worthy of a 79, one of the most divergent ratings in the data set. Meanwhile, Craig Gentry of the Oakland Athletics created 6.7 WAR/600 — normally good for a BBTN score of 82 — but was rated a 45 by the panel.These divergences are a proxy for over- and under-ratedness, where — for the purposes of this concept — a player’s accurate rating is just his WAR rate. If a player was overrated, his BBTN score would be higher than his WAR implied it should be, and the opposite for an underrated player.But not every overrated player is overrated for the same reason. To understand if the experts are snookered by certain skills more than others, I gathered a bunch of numbers (including scouting-style defensive opinions) from Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs, looking to see which were significant predictors of how much a player’s BBTN rating diverged from his WAR.Seven factors turned up as having a real effect on how a player was regarded by voters, relative to his sabermetric output. Positional Scarcity: The voters tended to judge players’ offensive numbers without regard to the position where they were produced. It’s a lot easier to find a great hitter physically capable of playing first base than it is to find the same hitter who can also play competently at shortstop, but the BBTN rankings don’t reflect that.5The position adjustment in WAR is derived from changes in fielding performance when players move between different positions. For instance, the history of players switching from shortstop to second base suggests that players gain four extra defensive runs above average per 1,350 innings with the move, implying that second base is an easier position to play than shortstop. Holding WAR constant, for every 2.1 fewer runs of positional value that a player’s position was worth, his BBTN rating increased by one point. This sits in stark contrast to the sabermetric idea of positional scarcity, which Bill James gave voice to in the 1980s and, more rigorously, was popularized by Keith Woolner in the 1990s with the development of VORP. The effect is most evident with designated hitters, whose WAR totals are limited because they provide literally no defensive value. DHs like Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox rated 10 and 8 points higher, respectively, than WAR says they should have. Isolated Power: All else being equal, players with great power were significantly overvalued by voters. If a player somehow increased his isolated power by 11 points while keeping his overall value equal, he would have been rated one point higher by the BBTN panel. To wit: Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles is a fantastic power hitter (his .269 ISO since 2011 tied the Detroit Tigers’ two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera for third in our data set), but he rates as a below-average baserunner and a weak fielder at a non-premium defensive position. His three-year WAR should be equivalent to a 62 BBTN rating, but the panel gave him an 81. Contact Rate: Perhaps unsurprisingly, BBTN 100 panelists have a bias toward guys who put the bat on the ball when they swing. All else being equal, a 1.9-point increase in contact percentage leads to a player being rated one point higher in the voting. The Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Reyes connected on 88.5 percent of swings, which coupled with a .321 BABIP to help give him a .306 batting average — and a BBTN rating of 71, seven points higher than his WAR would typically warrant. Defensive Runs Saved: Despite “Baseball Tonight’s” penchant for highlighting Web Gems, great fielders4At least, great defenders according to WAR’s fielding metric, Defensive Runs Saved. appear to be given short shrift in the ratings. Regardless of position, they were systematically underrated by the BBTN 100 panel. After controlling for other characteristics and overall WAR, a player who invests in his defense to the point where he saves 2.5 runs per 600 PAs gets dinged by one point in BBTN’s ratings. A great example is the Atlanta Braves’ Andrelton Simmons, who saved an astounding 40 runs per 1,200 innings in the field. His 7 WAR/600 suggested a BBTN score of 84; instead, the panel rated him a mere 76. Arm Strength: Sabermetrics is indifferent to the flair with which a player plays — its only concern is production. Arm strength is one of those pieces of flair most associated with raw athleticism (or “tools,” in scouting parlance) that the eyes appreciate even if the numbers are indifferent. That’s speculation, of course, but the regression is detecting some kind of real effect. It tells us that between two equally valuable players rated six points apart in arm strength, as measured by Tom Tango’s Fans Scouting Report, the more rifle-armed of the pair would score one point higher in the BBTN 100. read more

Finance Ministry takes umbrage to US ambassadors remarks on SWF

…recommends “restraint when pronouncing on Guyana’s national priorities”The Ministry of Finance has taken umbrage to the recent opinion editorial written by Unites States Ambassador to Guyana Perry L. Holloway calling for priority and more so public consultations to be given in the establishment of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to manage the revenues expected from Guyana’s oil production.Finance Minister Winston JordanIn a statement the Finance Ministry on Wednesday outlined that while the they appreciate the spirit of the opinion piece,  “we would also like to emphasise that it is the government and people of Guyana who will decide on the tenets of the SWF.”Government said as a new oil producing nation, Guyana is ahead of many countries, having already taken the initiative to establish a fund of this kind.“This of course does not mean that the establishment of such a fund is not immediately necessary, but rather, it demonstrates the Government’s commitment to good governance, transparency and accountability, by ensuring that a legislative framework is in place to safeguard our national patrimony, prior to the commencement of oil production,” the statement said.While Government said it values the comments from bilateral and multilateral partners on the draft content of the SWF, and welcomes further engagement and support, it noted, they would “recommend that our partners exercise restraint when pronouncing on Guyana’s national priorities, and to refrain from making premature statements on its petroleum resource management, given the existing challenges of managing expectations and avoiding the Dutch Disease,” referring to the Ambassador’s comments.United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry HollowayAmbassador Holloway on Wednesday insisted that the establishment of a revenue and investment fund was necessary if Guyana is interested in effectively managing the windfall and monies that will flow from the oil and gas sector which should be utilised to boost the country’s overall growth and development.The diplomat explained that Guyanese will ultimately have to make decisions on the type of development model they wish to have in place as he warned that a “rainy day fund” was simply not enough to secure the country’s future transformation.Ambassador Holloway also expressed the view that as conversations and discussions continue about what needs to be done to properly manage the oil and gas sector, it was important that the SWF which is being proposed by the David Granger Administration remain “independent, nonpartisan, transparent and inviolable”.He also explained that the fund would realise investments in education, health, infrastructure, agriculture, and security as he stressed that its urgency cannot be understated.According to him, difficult decisions are ahead whether that involves identifying the right talent to manage the fund or even making the difficult decision to borrow at concessional rates that will not be available tomorrow to develop the present. However, he noted that the investment today will pay off tomorrow.But the Government said that the suggestions contained in the Op-Ed may have given the impression that the Government and, by extension, the Finance Ministry, under whose remit the drafting of the legislation for the SWF falls, has not made significant progress on this important piece of legislation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt has failed to deliver on its promise of a Sovereign Wealth Fund- JagdeoMarch 15, 2018In “latest news”Opposition opts out of Govt organized activity on SWF over informal inviteAugust 25, 2018In “latest news”Sovereign Wealth Fund legislation by December- JordanJune 28, 2018In “Business” read more

Pic Enda Kenny is on the cover of TIME magazine this week

first_imgSometimes they have their arguments, if you talk to taximen or busmen or housewives or shoppers or people going to work or coming from work on the streets and Irish people always like to feel that they have access to those whom they elect and if they want to say something to a minister in government or to the head of government I think that’s very important. Their point of view is of interest to me.He says that he has “no interest in looking for either credit or thanks” and says that in dealing with Ireland’s economic challenges he does not want a return to the boom years: TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY makes the cover of TIME magazine this week for a feature piece entitled ‘The Celtic Comeback’.The green themed frontpage also notes that ‘Prime Minister Enda Kenny is rebuilding his country’s economy. What the rest of Europe can learn from him.’TIME’s website features an interview with the, er, interviewer Catherine Mayer as well as a video of her interview with the Taoiseach in which he talks about the Irish economy and walking to work.In the interview he is asked about Ireland’s perception internationally as the model for economic recovery and he says: While it’s gratifying to hear the comments internationally about how Ireland is a model of how you can do this, where people work with government, we want to go beyond that – to retrieve our economic independence, in the mean time, to have made the changes to the structures that have to be made here so as when we do emerge from this programme, not only can we seen to be a model for other countries to follow but that we can also use that experience and expertise to help others.He says that Ireland has the “best demographics of any country in Europe for the next 25 years” and “a tax system that allows for flexibility and for people to invest here”.Mayer also asks him about walking to and from work at government buildings from his home in Dublin on a daily basis, querying whether this leads to him being the subject of the ire of angry members of the public. He says:center_img The Celtic Tiger years were false years. They were built on a veneer of endless wealth without hard work. What I want to do is go back to the time before that, to the late 1990s when Ireland was creating a thousand jobs a week, when we were recognised in competitiveness as being in the top three in the world, when we were exporting huge quantities of quality brand products and that’s where we need to get back to.last_img read more

Hillsborough campaigner reluctant to accept Suarez donation

first_imgHILLSBOROUGH CAMPAIGNER Margaret Aspinall has admitted to having reservations about accepting Luis Suarez’s donation to the families of the 96 victims.Suarez was fined by Liverpool for biting Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea and requested the money be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG).Aspinall, chairwoman of HFSG acknowledged that Suarez was attempting to make amends with the gesture but described the incident with Ivanovic as “awful”.“I would rather not be accepting the fine from Luis Suarez because I would rather he had not bitten that player,” she told The Daily Mail. “It is a nice gesture but it is a terrible thing under the circumstances. We can’t say we are grateful because we would rather him not have done that at all.“It is an awful thing at any time not just this particular week. It is nice to know he knows he has let himself, the club and the [Hillsborough] families down. We could refuse to accept it but it is going to have to go to someone, and he wants to show respect and remorse to the families.”Suarez also faces a lengthy ban after the Football Association described a three-match suspension for the incident as “insufficient”.Not 19 forever! How Man United’s stars celebrated their title winFormer Ireland international Tony Grealish dies aged 56last_img read more

Dropbox update brings supersimple photo uploads

first_imgThe battle for cloud storage supremacy has really taken off in the past week with the launch of Google Drive and the SkyDrive desktop app. While Microsoft and Google getting in on the action puts plenty of heat on older services like SugarSync and Dropbox, they’re not just going to roll over and admit defeat. No, it’s business as usual — and that means updating apps and giving customers as many reasons as possible to stick around.For Dropbox, the first step was to re-introduce simple file sharing. Now, they’ve tweaked the Windows and Mac desktop apps to make uploading your photos and videos as easy as possible. Dropbox will now keep its eyes peeled for your memory sticks or cards, camera, phone, or tablet to be plugged in. Once it detects image or video files, the app springs into action and zips the content into your Dropbox with just a couple clicks. Photos are uploaded in full resolution and they’re placed in a private folder by default — you can always send out sharing links to your friends and family if you so desire.Those full-size photo uploads and home movies can consume that 2GB of free space in a hurry, but Dropbox is still giving away free storage upgrades when you upload. You’ll get 500MB for the first photo and you can earn up to 3GB in total. There’s also a new photo interface on the Dropbox website that provides a much better experience when browsing through your images.Dropbox has always worked hard at improving their apps and web interface — now let’s see if they decide to revise their pricing to compete with the much lower rates offered by Microsoft and Google.More at Dropboxlast_img read more

Facebook is cracking down on fake news in Germany before Angela Merkel

first_img SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT Facebook has said that it will introduce new measures to combat fake news in Germany, as Europe’s largest economy and most populous nation enters an election year.“It’s important to us that the reports and news posted on Facebook are reliable,” a blog post on the Silicon Valley firm’s German website read.German politicians have warned that populist parties and foreign nations could use fake news to try and influence parliamentary elections slated for September or October.Chancellor Angela Merkel has led three governments in Germany since 2005 and has said she will seek a fourth term that would match the post-war record of Helmut Kohl.Facebook’s new German initiative targets “unambiguously wrong reports” being shared on the social media platform.The firm said it would offer a simpler reporting process for users to flag suspected fake news, display warnings next to statements identified as false by independent fact-checking organisations, and cut off advertising revenue to fake news sites presenting themselves as real news organisations.Stories flagged with a fake news warning will not be eligible to be converted into an ad seen by other users or “promoted” into other users’ feeds for a fee.“We think that independent and transparent fact-checking can be a powerful instrument for journalism,” Facebook said.Nonprofit investigative journalism organisation Correctiv will be the first fact-checking partner in Germany, the firm added, saying that they are “confident” of adding other news organisations in future.Facebook’s latest measures come just days after it announced the creation of a “Journalism Project” aimed at boosting the credibility of the information it circulates.© – AFP 2017 with reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Breitbart ran a fake story about a terrorist outrage in Dortmund, and Germans aren’t one bit happy >Read: Fake news story causes Pakistan to issue nuclear warning to Israel > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Michael Sohn Image: Michael Sohn Short URL 89 Comments Jan 15th 2017, 6:31 PM Share179 Tweet Email Facebook is cracking down on fake news in Germany before Angela Merkel seeks fourth term Parliamentary elections are slated for September or October. Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 6:31 PM 12,454 Views By AFPlast_img read more

Création de Robolution Capital un fonds daide pour la robotique

first_imgCréation de Robolution Capital, un fonds d’aide pour la robotiqueBruno Bonnell a créé un fonds d’aide à la robotique: Robolution Capital. Il dispose de 60 millions d’euros.Bruno Bonnell, patron de la société Robopolis, vient de créer un fonds spécialement destiné à soutenir le développement de la robotique. Celui-ci s’appellera Robolution Capital et il pourra investir à son tour dans des projets français et européens. Le fonds dispose pour l’instant d’un apport de 60 millions d’euros, principalement financé par Orkos Capital.Bruno Bonnell avait précédemment co-fondé Infogrames, qui a repris, en 2003, le nom d’Atari. En 2007, M. Bonnell s’est ensuite lancé dans la robotique et a racheté la société Robopolis. À lire aussiComme les Transformers, ce robot-origami se déplie et marche tout seulRobolution Capital disposera prendra vraisemblablement des parts dans une trentaine de sociétés françaises et européennes, selon Clubic. Chacune d’entre elles recevra une aide financière comprise entre 300.000 et 3 millions d’euros. Bruno Bonnell a expliqué au blog Tic et Net : “nous avons besoin en France d’un écosystème autour de la robotique : un syndicat avec Syrobo, une formation et des diplômes universitaires, mais aussi un fonds d’investissement”. Les sociétés qui recevront des aides devraient être connues prochainement, lors du second trimestre 2012.Le 4 janvier 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Port of Vancouver pressed on fossil fuel facility policy

first_imgClimate change activists continue to press the Port of Vancouver to adopt a policy prohibiting it from building fossil fuel terminals.A dozen people testified during the open forum section of the port commissioners’ Tuesday meeting and advocated for local action to counter global climate change.“Our children are going to have a horrible life if they have to live indoors, in filtered homes, and never go outside,” Cathryn Chudy said.During an April 23 workshop, commissioners discussed a draft renewable/clean energy policy that states: “The port shall not pursue new bulk crude oil or coal terminals.” Several people who testified at the start of Tuesday’s meeting said the draft also should bar facilities for liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.“Pick your evil,” Heidi Cody told commissioners. “Both are kissing cousins of coal and not much cleaner. … We need to shift to renewables now and stop clinging to fossil fuels.”Carrie Parks said she rejects any notion of a trade-off between the economy and the environment.“As Gov. (Jay) Inslee has been pointing out, Washington has a roaring economy, one of the best in the nation, because we are green,” she said.last_img read more

Ryan Fraser wants more than being just best player

first_imgScottish and AFC Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has pointed out that he is not content with just being mere bit-part player this year.The 24-year-old Aberdonian has his sights set on making a real mark in Premier League.“The start to the season couldn’t have gone much better both personally and for the team,” he said via Herald Scotland.“This season I have tried to make more of an impact than I have in previous seasons. I’m trying to be the main man..“I’m 24 now and I think if I want my career to go where I do then I have to step up now instead of letting the big players change the game. I want to be the one to change games.Wilshere talks up Ryan Fraser credentials Taimoor Khan – July 3, 2019 Jack Wilshere says that Ryan Fraser has a great attitude to play for a club like Arsenal as the Gunners continue monitoring the youngster. Ryan…“I started out in League One and then Championship so to now be in the Premier League and try to be the main man there is massive.”“The one thing I noticed when I first stepped up to the Premier League is that no defender is slow,” said the left-midfielder.“It used to be that you would get some defenders who were slow but they were always tall and physically tough. But in the Premier League, everyone is quick and everyone is big and when you pay against teams like Man U and Chelsea, no one is under 5,8”, except maybe Eden Hazard, but he is on another level.“It is changing, though, with Man City having guys like David Silva and Raheem Sterling, I think it is more about technical ability now rather than everyone just being quick and strong.”last_img read more

Arrests made in brutal attack near Petco Park

first_img Posted: November 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Arrests made in brutal attack near Petco Park SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was attacked Sunday by a group of teenagers near Petco Park and police said he wasn’t expected to survive.The attack happened about 2:10 p.m. near the pedestrian bridge adjacent to Petco Park, San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.Police and paramedics responded to the scene. The victim was unresponsive near the bridge, Dobbs said.The victim has been identified as 56 year-old Edward Leon Starland. Starland remains on life-support in a local hospital according to Dobbs.Investigators learned the man got into an argument with a group of teenagers and was knocked to the ground. Some of the juveniles beat the man — said to be in his 40s — while he was on the ground, according to Dobbs.When witnesses started yelling at the teens to stop, they fled east on Imperial Avenue. Police detained several teens in the area, but don’t yet know if they were involved in the attack, the lieutenant said.Police say one man and three teenage girls were detained and later booked into either County Jail or Juvenile Hall for felony battery.Police identified the man as 18 year-old Dominick Wells.Anyone with information on these suspects was asked to call the SDPD homicide unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. center_img November 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:50 AMlast_img read more

BSO deputy charged after being caught on video punching handcuffed inmate

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy is facing a criminal charge after he was caught on camera punched an inmate who was handcuffed to a hospital bed.On Friday morning, the Broward State Attorney’s Office announced Deputy Jorge Sobrino has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery.The announcement comes just days after Sheriff Gregory Tony addressed the media and gave insight into several internal affairs investigations in the department, including one involving Sobrino’s actions.“We won’t be able to move any faster at this point,” Tony said on Wednesday. “We’ve already put everything we needed to over in the state attorney’s hands because our entire command staff understands how important this is and how vital it is for the community. This isn’t something that we’re going to delay with or something that we’re going to drag out, but the reality of it is, it’s not in our hands anymore. We have to wait until it returns back.”Footage from Sobrino’s body camera, which had been placed on a nearby table, showed the deputy punching 26-year-old David Rafferty O’Connell at Broward Health North Medical Center on Jan. 2. The law enforcer is also seen bending O’Connell’s arm backwards.He could be heard in the video saying, “Yeah, I just hit you again.”“It shows that that officer really was exceeding on his authority and really wanted to send a clear message to that individual that he was in charge,” said Weekes. O’Connell was arrested after, authorities said, he tried to fight an employee at a Pompano Beach Walmart. He was transported to North Broward Medical Center to be evaluated before being booked.Deputy Sobrino wrote in his arrest report that the “defendant intentionally placed his hand on my upper chest against my will and pushed me, therefore committing a battery against my person.”No such push is seen in the bodycam video.“Our command staff will examine it. It will make its way through its process through the Professional Standards Committee, and once all those things are checked and completed, I will make the decision,” said Tony.Weekes said he believes this case should serve as an example that no person is above the law.“They should be held accountable for those actions when they abuse folks within their care, custody and control,” he said.Sobrino has been placed on suspended leave without pay. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of one year behind bars. His arraignment has not been scheduled.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Hyundai Shopper Assurance makes buying a new car suck less nationwide

first_imgYou might have seen Hyundai’s 2019 Super Bowl ad for its Shopper Assurance program and wondered what the hell it actually is. Here’s an explainer that might help simplify your car buying experience, if you want a Hyundai, that is.Buying a car is usually a nerve-wracking, anxiety-inducing fight to the death, and as a millennial, I’m just not into that (or so I’ve been told). Hyundai wants to change that dynamic and make buying a new car easy and as low-stress as possible with its new nationwide Shopper Assurance program.Shopper Assurance made its debut in four pilot markets last year, (Miami, Orlando, Dallas and Houston) and was such a hit with the locals that Hyundai has decided to take it across the US. Despite having one of the least fun names imaginable, the program seems well thought out and could be a game changer for Hyundai.Enlarge ImageBeing able to handle the bulk of the car buying process including test drives and paperwork without needing to deal with another human seems like a good way to go. Hyundai “The positive response to Shopper Assurance exceeded our expectations, and it’s clear that customers want a more convenient way to buy a car,” said Dean Evans, chief marketing officer of Hyundai Motor America, in a news conference at the Chicago Auto Show. “Shopper Assurance is a differentiator for Hyundai and significantly improves the perception of the brand and our dealers. It is now available nationally because of the dedication of our dealers to deliver the best experience possible and adapt quickly to changing buyer preferences with new technologies and innovation.”Shopper Assurance is essentially a four-headed hydra of sensible car buying ideologies. First, participating Hyundai dealers post the market price (MSRP minus incentives, etc.) on the website, so there is no misunderstanding about what the vehicle costs. This is meant to help reduce the need for haggling. Next, Hyundai has what it’s calling the “Flexible Test Drive.” This lets the customer book a test drive through the dealer directly or through an app and then have the vehicle delivered to a separate location of the customer’s choosing so they can put it through its paces. If the customer decides that this new Hyundai is Certified Dope, they can complete the bulk of the required purchasing paperwork online, reducing what needs to be done at a dealer to the absolute bare minimum. Lastly, if it turns out that this new Hyundai isn’t quite as dope the customer thought, they can return it within three days for their money back.Sounds great, right? But how good was it for Hyundai? According to survey data, 94 percent of customers either loved or liked the process and 56 percent of buyers said it influenced their decision to buy a Hyundai. If it can repeat this success nationwide, it will be interesting to see what other marques adapt their own buying process to more clearly mirror Shopper Assurance. 0 Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Hyundai Car Industry Car Culture Hyundailast_img read more

KTR asks citizens to visit urban forest parks in Hyderabad

first_imgTRS working president KT Rama Rao has asked citizens to visit one of the urban forest parks developed under Haritha Haram programme. “From educational tours to family outings, these have a lot to offer. Do visit this monsoon with your family,” said KTR taking to his Twitter. He also shared the pictures of several urban parks developed across Telangana including Hyderabad. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Aarogya Sanjeevani Vanam, located 22 km from Hyderabad on Nagarjuna Sagar lake, Kandlakoya oxygen park near ORR, Shanti Vanam park at Medipally, Prashanthi Vanam Park at Dhulapally and Panchavati forest park at Shamshabad were among them. In addition to them, the country’s first cycling park named as Palapitta Cycling Park was also developed near IT corridor in Hyderabad. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us As a part of the #HarithaHaram afforestation initiative, Telangana govt is developing beautiful urban forest parks. From educational tours to family outings, these parks have a lot to offer. This monsoon, do visit one of the following #TelanganaForestParks(Thread) 1/n— KTR (@KTRTRS) August 4, 2019last_img read more

JSW Jindal Steel Vedanta spurt on BSE HSBC slashes India Q3 growth

first_imgMetal stocks closed with substantial gains on Thursday, outperforming the rally in benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty that gained almost 1 percent. JSW Steel was the top gainer at 7.79 percent, followed by Jindal Steel at 5.75 percent, Vedanta at 4.68 percent and Hindustan Zinc at 4.20 percent. However, on the flip side, HSBC has projected India’s December quarter (Q3) GDP growth rate at a low 5 percent.The BSE metals index closed 3 percent higher while the BSE Sensex gained 245 points to end at 26,878 and the NSE Nifty closed 83 points higher at 8,274.The rally in metal stocks was probably due to the rise in copper prices in the global commodity markets. The BSE Bankex also closed 1.35 percent higher, led by Yes Bank, Federal Bank  and IndusInd Bank.The gains on Sensex were led by Adani Ports, Tata Steel, Tata Motors and ONGC.HSBC on India’s December quarter growthIn line with the PMI surveys for November and December that revealed contraction as a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation decision, HSBC said in a note that the world’s fastest-growing economy slowed down to 5 percent growth rate in the December quarter.””We expect GDP to grow 5.0 per cent in the October-December quarter and 6.0 per cent in the January-March quarter, about 2 percentage points lower than we had expected before the demonetisation was announced,” PTI quoted a HSBC research note as saying on Thursday.Gold, silver gainThe day saw gold and silver close with gains on the back of an uptick in demand; gold prices ended Rs 180 higher at Rs 28,730 per 10 gm while silver gained Rs 350 to close at Rs 40,600 per kg.RBI may not cut repo rateIn view of the existing global uncertainty, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.25 percent when the MPC meets on February 8 for its monetary policy meeting.”Going forward, we expect RBI may not oblige with a rate cut in February as global uncertainties may again play spoilsport,” State Bank of India said in its research note Ecowrap.last_img read more

Microsoft to double number of ads on Windows 10 Start Menu

first_imgThere was much rejoicing when Microsoft announced that they were bringing back the Start Menu in Windows 10. Then came the news that they were turning it into an ad-delivery system.Back in October of last year, Microsoft flipped the switch on “suggested apps,” which, logically enough, inserted tiles for apps they suggest you take a look at into your Start Menu. It was done pretty subtly, thankfully. They didn’t, for example, cover half your menu with a big, flashy promo for the new Facebook app. There’s a major tweak coming to their suggested app program, however. According to slides from a recent presentation they put on for Windows developers, Microsoft announced that they were going to be doubling the number of suggested app tiles on the Windows 10 Start Menu.The total count will increase from five to 10. That doesn’t sound so good, right? 10 ads cluttering up the Start Menu, who wants that? Well, Microsoft, for one, and some app developers for another. The good news is that the increased number of suggested tiles actually ends up not changing the amount of stuff you see on the Start Menu. That’s because Microsoft is also going to drop five pinned apps.The pinned app total will fall from 17 to 12, so at the end of the day the total number of tiles remains the same. It’s also worth noting that this should only be a concern for folks clicking in to the Start Menu on a fresh Windows 10 install or a newly-purchased computer. If you’re upgrading an existing computer to Windows 10 or already installed it months ago, you shouldn’t be impacted by the change.Even if you are, you can always just right click a tile you don’t want and unpin it or uninstall the app completely. You can also go into your start settings in Windows 10 and turn off the toggle to “occasionally show suggestions” to keep them at bay.last_img read more

Walmart Takes 400 Off Asus ROG Strix w GTX 1660 Ti

first_imgWalmart is raining on Amazon’s Prime Day parade of deals with one of the best laptop price drops we’ve seen to date.  The big-box retailer currently has the Asus ROG Strix Gaming Laptop (GL531GU) on sale for $899. Normally priced at $1,299, that’s $400 off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this gaming machine. By comparison, Newegg has a very similar config priced at $1,399.Buy the Asus ROG Strix Gaming Laptop (GL531GU) $899 at WalmartIt packs 15.6-inch 1080p display, 2.4GHz Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Doing all the heavy graphics lifting is a GTX 1660Ti GPU with 6GB of dedicated memory.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Walmart didn’t attach an expiration date to its anti-Prime Day deal, so act fast to score one of the best gaming laptops around at an all-time price low. Best Amazon Prime Day Laptop Deals Best Gaming Laptops by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.com100 Powerful Women Americans Can Look Up toForbes.comUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more