New Delhi: As many as 776 children, including 124 in Uttar Pradesh, have died at specialised adoption agencies in the last three years, the Women and Child Development (WCD)Ministry said Friday.Responding to a question in Lok Sabha, WCD Minister Smriti Irani gave data according to which the highest number of deaths of children have been reported from Uttar Pradesh. These deaths occurred across 19 specialised adoption agencies in the state. Children legally free for adoption are provided residential care at specialised adoption agency(SAA), which are run by both state governments and NGOs. “As per the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guideline System (CARINGS), 776 children have reported having died in SAAs during the period from 2016-2017 to 2019-2020 (up to July 8, 2019),” Irani said. She said so far, a total number of 10 complaints against SAAs, which were found to be not complying with the Adoption Regulations, have been received by the government.
Feds poised to beef up bill to prevent foreign election interferenceFeds poised to beef up bill to prevent foreign election interference
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his newly shuffled cabinet will focus squarely on next year’s election at a two-day retreat this week — including a hard look at the very laws governing elections.Last spring the government introduced Bill C-76, aimed at preventing foreign interference in elections and regulating third-party advocacy groups, as well as undoing a number of controversial measures passed by the previous Conservative government.But insiders say the Liberals now want to beef up the bill, which was being studied by the procedure and House affairs committee when Parliament broke for the summer.Among other things, the government wants to do more to ensure foreign actors or money aren’t involved in elections, require more transparency for political messaging on social media and prevent political parties from setting up ostensible advocacy groups to support them and help skirt spending limits.Ministers, who will hole up in Nanaimo, B.C., on Wednesday and Thursday, plan to hear from several experts on securing elections against cyberthreats, including Taylor Owen, a professor of digital media and global affairs at the University of British Columbia.Owen co-authored a Public Policy Forum paper, released last week, which proposed options the government could adopt to prevent the use of social media to manipulate election results and spread disinformation and hate that erodes democratic discourse.Among the options:— Require the publishers of online content to identify themselves;— Make internet companies legally liable for the content that appears on their platforms;— Require platforms to clearly identify “bots,” automated social media accounts used to amplify messages;— Reintroduce a non-criminal remedy to investigate and respond to hate speech, along the lines of the anti-hate provision of the Canadian Human Rights Act, repealed in 2013 amid concerns it muzzled free speech;— Require much greater transparency for political advertising on digital media;— Design a “meaningful” way for Canadians to consent to the collection and use of their individual data, which would also apply to databases amassed by political parties.Those proposals go considerably further than C-76. The bill would prohibit foreign entities from spending any money to influence elections and prohibit anyone from knowingly selling election advertising space to foreign entities.On third parties, the bill would also require them to use a dedicated Canadian bank account for payment of election-related spending. It would also limit their spending on advertising, surveys and other election-related activities to $1 million in the two months before an election is called and to $500,000 during the campaign.The Liberal retreat will also focus on the issues that will face the government when Parliament resumes next month and are likely to become election fodder a year from now: the influx of irregular asylum seekers crossing the border from the U.S., the growing provincial opposition to the federal carbon pricing plan and the ongoing negotiations with the mercurial Trump administration to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement.Canada’s ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton, will be there to update ministers on the NAFTA talks, from which Canada has been sidelined for several weeks while the United States and Mexico attempt to resolve their differences.Ministers may also get a briefing on Trudeau’s expectations for a first ministers meeting, likely to be held in late October, aimed at eliminating trade barriers between provinces and territories.
Paraguay: Moroccan Man Wanted For Pretending To Be CIA AgentParaguay: Moroccan Man Wanted For Pretending To Be CIA Agent
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
Rabat- A Moroccan national who reported being the victim of assault on Sunday in Paraguay is now wanted by investigators from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for lying to Paraguay’s police officers and saying he was a CIA spy.Moroccan citizen Younes Aheddadi, 25, reportedly went to a police station in Paraguay on Saturday to report that four unidentified men with knives robbed him.Haddadi introduced himself to the police officers as Mr. Francisco José Rodríguez, 30, and said he was stripped of his CIA badge and his US passport and credit card. He also added that he worked for the US Embassy, according to Diariolajornada. According to the official report of the Public Ministry, the four assailants involved in the robbery of the fake CIA agent were arrested a few hours later.On Sunday morning, the police officers returned to the hotel where the Haddadi was staying and asked for him at reception. The manager, meanwhile, told them that he is a Moroccan citizen rather than a US citizen, and that he already had left the hotel at dawn.Afterwards,the police requested the hotel records, and found that the alleged spy booked in the Hotel under the name of Ahaddadi Younes, and that he is a Moroccan national.According to the National Police of Paraguay, Ahaddadi Younes is married to a Uruguayan woman and they have been living in the NSA building, apartment 203, in the San Jose neighborhood of the capital of AltoParaná.The US Embassy denied that the Younes is an American civil agent. .Diariolajornada quoted provincial police chief El Crio. Ppal. Wilfrido Colmán, as saying that the suspect has disappeared, and they don’t know why he introduced himself as a CIA agent.Edited by Timothy Filla
Higher new home prices in Ontario push national price index up 02Higher new home prices in Ontario push national price index up 02
October 8, 2019October 8, 2019
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada said Thursday its new housing price index rose 0.2% in June.The agency says the increase was largely the result of higher new home prices in Ontario.The combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa was the leading contributor to June’s growth, with prices up 0.3% from May.The agency says that builders indicated that market conditions and new list prices were the main reasons for the increase in that area.The Hamilton area west of Toronto, where prices rose 0.6%, recorded the largest monthly price advance among the municipalities covered by the survey.Prices were unchanged in six of the 21 metropolitan areas surveyed.
PMK seeks global probe into war crimes in Sri LankaPMK seeks global probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka
October 8, 2019October 8, 2019
He further said that there is no point in appealing to the Sri Lankan government to investigate its own war crimes with international judges. PMK youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss said that the number of unemployed persons committing suicide in Tamil Nadu is the highest in India. “In 2015, 1,316 unemployed persons died and this is an insult to Tamil Nadu.” he said. India’s PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss criticised the Sri Lankan Government’s refusal to allow international investigation into alleged war crimes in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009 and demanded for a resolution calling for an international investigation at the United Nations, The Hindu newspaper reported.In a statement, he said that India should push for an investigation by an international war crimes tribunal or an equivalent body. “With the Sri Lankan government refusing to agree to an international war crimes investigation, there will be no justice to Tamils who suffered under the Sri Lankan government armed forces. All those who committed war crimes on innocent Tamils will go scot-free. The Indian government has a responsibility to stop this from happening,” said Dr. Ramadoss.
Canadian company Creepex building creeper seats for Elon Musks SpaceXCanadian company Creepex building creeper seats for Elon Musks SpaceX
October 7, 2019October 7, 2019
The co-founder of a small Quebec company says he’s excited about being asked by Elon Musk’s SpaceX to design and develop creeper seats to help workers inspect the California-based aerospace manufacturer’s Falcon 9 rockets.“They’ve asked us to develop something that would look cool and that of course would be efficient,” Erik Sieb of Creepex Inc. said in an interview.The Quebec City-based company is preparing to ship its specially designed under rocket mobility seats that will allow engineers to work comfortably under the belly of the rockets.Ottawa’s bet on low earth orbit satellites a ‘positive step’ for rural internet: industryMoon to get its own 4G mobile network next year via SpaceX rocketCreepex was approached about 18 months ago by a SpaceX engineer.It initially tried to use a system already in its portfolio, but was asked by SpaceX to develop a device with a powered back rest that could recline to a flat position that also had places to hold tools.The new device will also be able to operate higher off the ground than is typically used to work under a truck.After visiting the SpaceX facility, Sieb said the company took the request as a challenge.SpaceX marked the 50th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket earlier this month.Sieb said SpaceX warned that the few devices it will order likely won’t be enough to cover the research and development. Each unit will likely sell for less than $5,000. “But we thought it’s too cool to not give it a try,” he said.Sieb, who described himself as a huge Elon Musk fan, said there was an energy at the SpaceX facility that’s incomparable and exciting.“I listen to everything he does, everything he says. It’s interesting the way he thinks,” he said of Musk.SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Sieb said some of the attributes it developed for SpaceX will probably find their way on to new devices.Creepex was founded in 2011 by Sieb and Andre Wagner.The company designs, manufactures and distributes creepers for garage mechanics that are made in China. Sieb said the SpaceX device will be designed and built in Quebec City.
Landlocked countries pay huge price for lack of access to seaports UNLandlocked countries pay huge price for lack of access to seaports UN
October 6, 2019October 6, 2019
Anwarul Chowdhury – the High Representative of the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States – was speaking at UN Headquarters on the last day of a meeting held in preparation for the first global conference aimed at seeking solutions to the special problems of landlocked developing countries.To be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 28 to 29 August, the ministerial-level Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries and Donor Countries and International Financial and Development Institutions on Transit Transport Cooperation is expected to negotiate systemic improvements for countries without access to the sea through cooperation with transit nations – those situated between landlocked countries and the seas – donors and multilateral agencies.The Preparatory Committee held its first session for five days in New York, reviewing the progress achieved, acting on the provisional rules of procedure for the Conference and adopting its report, which summarized the proceedings.Mr. Chowdhury, who also serves as Secretary-General of the Conference, told reporters that without access to ocean ports, landlocked countries face major obstacles in importing essential items and exporting their own goods. Landlocked developing countries spent 14 to 16 per cent of export earnings on freight, shipment and insurance costs, more then double the price that other developing countries pay.He hoped that once the Almaty programme of action had been adopted, landlocked countries, transit countries and donor countries would trilaterally come together to solve the issue of transit transport.
TSX slips amid gold and metals losses as Rogers surges on latestTSX slips amid gold and metals losses as Rogers surges on latest
October 3, 2019October 3, 2019
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock market moved lower Thursday but stayed near its record level as gold, metals and materials stocks incurred losses.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto retreated 28.32 points at 15,615.52, a day after it finished just a few points shy of its all-time closing high set in September 2014.The telecom sector was the biggest gainer on the index, helped by a spike from Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) which reported better-than-expected quarterly results.The Toronto-based company reported that it earned an adjusted profit of $382 million or 74 cents per diluted share in its latest quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $331 million or 64 cents per diluted share in the same quarter the previous year.The results surpassed analysts’ expectations of a profit of 71 cents per share of earnings, excluding items such as asset impairments, according to Thomson Reuters. Revenue was slightly below the consensus estimate of $3.56 billion.Shares in Rogers gained more than six per cent, up $3.46 to $56.04, on the Toronto stock market.Peggy Bowie, a senior equity trader at Manulife Asset Management, says corporate earnings season is underway and it’s reassuring to investors that results by and large are supporting the recent gains seen in stock markets.“There is a lot of earnings coming out to actually support what has happened,” she said.U.S. President Donald Trump has also been credited with helping fuel the optimism in Toronto and New York over the last few months because investors interpret his administration’s policies on taxes, regulation and trade will benefit business.“We have a lot of change and shifting going on in the market and it’s definitely being underpinned by hope,” said Bowie.“But we’re early in the year. It’s only January so everything can change in a heartbeat with the way things go as long as we get intermittent (Trump) tweets out that will provide us with volatility.”It has been a record-breaking week on Wall Street with the Dow Jones surpassing the 20,000 mark for the first time, while the S&P 500 index and Nasdaq composite closed at all-time highs on Tuesday and Wednesday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 32.40 points at 20,100.91 to set another record, while the other major U.S. indexes were barely changed. The S&P 500 slipped 1.69 points at 2,296.68 and the Nasdaq composite fell 1.16 points to 5,655.18.The Canadian dollar was at 76.35 cents US, down 0.18 of a U.S. cent despite higher oil prices.In commodities, the March crude contract gained $1.03 at US$53.78 per barrel and March natural gas climbed five cents at US$3.40 per mmBTU.The February gold contract fell $8 to US$1,189.80 an ounce and March copper contracts lost four cents at US$2.67 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 26, 2017 9:25 am MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX slips amid gold and metals losses, as Rogers surges on latest earnings
On French language day UN stresses value of linguistic diversity for peaceOn French language day UN stresses value of linguistic diversity for peace
October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
“French draws its strength from the diversity of the peoples and cultures that share it and contribute daily to its enrichment and vibrancy,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in Paris.“Today, International Francophonie Day, UNESCO celebrates the power of the French language in bringing peoples and cultures together, as a tool for mutual understanding and peace,” she added.She said that UNESCO underlined the importance of linguistic diversity as a condition for sincere and authentic international cooperation, whereby each person’s thoughts can be expressed directly and accurately, without borrowing others’ words. “This is an issue of equality and respect; it is also a matter of efficiency and clarity,” she said.This evening in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will participate in a celebration during which he will receive the Leopold Sear Senghor Medal, “le Grand Prix de la Francophonie,” awarded to the UN for its contribution to the development of the French language.Mr. Ban is expected to pay tribute to the place of French in international cooperation, including the need for more French-speaking staff in UN peacekeeping operations for crucial dialogue with local populations.International language days were introduced in the UN system in 2010 to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity in the six official languages of the Organization. Chinese is celebrated on 20 April, English on 23 April, Russian on 6 June, Spanish on 12 October, and Arabic on 18 December.
October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
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Ohio State soccers Nichelle Prince very proud to represent Canada in OlympicOhio State soccers Nichelle Prince very proud to represent Canada in Olympic
October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
Then-junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles with the ball during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17. Credit: Sam Harris | For The LanternEquipped with a profound respect for the game and a will to do her nation proud, Nichelle Prince will take on the task of representing her country in Olympic qualifying.Prince, now a senior on the Ohio State women’s soccer team, was awarded one of the highest honors in all of athletics last week when she was named to Canada’s 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying roster. The team will compete in a series of matches over the next few months for a spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.“It’s a huge honor for me and I am really excited to get to play with some players that I have looked up to since I was little,” Prince said. “Playing on this level and having a chance to go to the Olympics is something that I am very proud of.”Prior to her addition to the qualifying team, Prince made seven appearances with the Canadian national team, making two starts and tallying three goals. This, however, will be the first opportunity she has had to be on a team that can qualify for the Olympics. Born in Ajax, Ontario, Prince has been working for many years to have an opportunity to play on this grand of a stage. She has experience playing against high-level competition, spending years participating in U-15, U-17 and U-20 teams in addition to her seven international spots with the national squad.When OSU coach Lori Walker heard the news that Prince had been added to the Olympic-qualifying roster, she was able to reflect on her emotions as the coach of the player receiving this special opportunity.“As a coach, it is a wonderful feeling to know that you have been a part of helping a player to get to the highest stage,” Walker said. “It’s a very proud moment to know that you have influenced them and helped in some capacity.”Walker expressed that what Prince brings to her team is more than just on-the-field talent, but a true heart for the game and an ability to fit whatever role is needed to give her team the best chance to win. Prince has brought both those things and more to the pitch for OSU in her three years with the team. The scholar-athlete was named to both the Big Ten all-freshman team and the conference’s second team in her freshman season. She missed time with a leg injury as a sophomore, but fast-forward to last season, when Prince helped the Buckeyes play all the way to the NCAA round of 16. Then-junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) celebrates with teammates after a goal during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17. Credit: Sam Harris | For The LanternIn the 2015 season, Prince was tied for the team lead with six goals and was alone on top with 19 points.She said she feels that staying focused on the moment is important, but even so, she is still trying to learn things in her time with the Olympic qualifying team that she can bring back with her to Columbus for her final year wearing scarlet and gray.“When I come back in the fall, I want to make sure that I’m being a leader to the team and that I use my experiences that I have with the national team to really get us far,” Prince said. “I’m just trying to improve every single day and be able to impact my team at Ohio State.”The qualifying matches are scheduled to be held in Houston starting on Feb. 11. The Canadian squad is in a group consisting of Guyana, Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago. The entire tournament has eight teams consisting of two groups. The top team in each group qualifies for Olympic play. The pressures from such a big stage can have effects on the mindset of a player, but Prince said she is able to stay focused on the present and remain solely worried about the task at hand. Walker, though, said she wants to make sure that Prince immerses herself in the emotions of the big moment. “Any time that you find yourself on a big stage, you want to really enjoy the moment and soak it in,” Walker said. “That’s one of Nichelle’s greatest qualities. Whatever stage she’s on, she plays her best and gives it her all.”
Analysis Sluggish win against Nebraska evident of Ohio State buying into coachingAnalysis Sluggish win against Nebraska evident of Ohio State buying into coaching
September 28, 2019September 28, 2019
The Buckeyes celebrate following the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhen members of Ohio State’s men’s basketball teams are introduced this season, a bright flame shoots up from on top of the hoop to signal the entrance of the player.That flame did not go off Monday night, and the Buckeyes seemingly followed suit.There was no fire in the Buckeyes early on. No energy. Ohio State came out slow to start the game, making just two field goals over the first seven and a half minutes of the game. The team finished the first half with just 24 points, it’s lowest single-half total since its 86-59 loss to Gonzaga.It had no business winning the game against Nebraska. It did anyway. The Ohio State team last season, which finished with a 17-15 record, would have watched Nebraska junior guard James Palmer Jr. knock down back-to-back 3-pointers to tie and subsequently give his team the lead with seven minutes left in the game and crumbled away.But the Ohio State team this season — which already has an 18-5 record and perfect 9-0 Big Ten record — fought back, seemingly getting stronger as the stakes got higher and managed to salvage the game for a 64-59 win.“Were there like four times they were dead in the water, jumping out of bounds to save a ball and somehow, like Dakich is standing in the corner wide-open, I’m like, ‘How the heck did he get that?’” Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said.The win for Ohio State is just the latest in a season full of unexpected wins. The Buckeyes were not expected to do much of anything before the season began. This looked like a rebuilding year. But now the No. 13 team in the nation, Ohio State is in anything but a rebuilding year.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said after the game he never knows how to answer questions about what a win means for a team. This win alone did not mean much. This win in the context of the rest of the season is just a sign of how fast a team has come together.“Listen, I don’t want to take this for granted. I’ve never been a part of anything like this. And I don’t know that I ever will again,” Holtmann said. “You don’t start 9-0 in conference play. So I don’t want to take that for granted. It’s been an amazing run and just hopefully we can continue it.”Hearing a coach say that a team is “buying into” the message a news coaching staff brings in its first season sounds like coach-speak at the beginning of the season when the team is beating up on clearly inferior opponents.But now this deep into the season, it no longer sounds like coach-speak. There is something about this team and these players that can seemingly only be attributed to “buying into” the coaching staff.“It didn’t happen overnight,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “In my opinion, I’ve never been on a team where so many people buy in. Like there’s no hidden agendas in our locker room. None. You don’t see that a lot . . . Everybody’s buying in. Everybody’s playing with with heart, effort and you know we’re not afraid to call each other out on it.”This level of commitment is not foreign to a team hiring Holtmann for the first time. Holtmann was an assistant coach under Brandon Miller at Butler when the Bulldogs endured a major down-year. The season prior under now-Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, the team went 27-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. But Miller’s team found less success, struggling to a 14-17 season. The following offseason, Miller left due to medical issues, leaving Holtmann as the head coach.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann coaches Kaleb Wesson (34) on the sideline in the second half of an exhibition win against Wooster on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThat team turned around immediately, finishing 23-11 and again reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Holtmann said that losing season transformed the players into a “hungry group,” motivated to again find success. When he joined an Ohio State team that missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, he saw a similarly hungry group.“I think some of what happened last year has allowed this group to be even hungrier, so I think we as a coaching staff have probably benefited from that to some degree,” Holtmann said. “I think my time at Butler, it happened pretty quickly. But I had been there a year as an assistant, so it was easier. But I did not expect this group to be as connected to us so quickly.”Everyone who doubted the Buckeyes at the beginning of the season has looked for answers to why this team managed to turn a dismal 2016-17 campaign into one of the best teams in the country. Is it the fact redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is averaging nearly 20 points per game? Or perhaps it has more to do with emergence of junior guard C.J. Jackson?Both those are major factors in the turnaround, but the mentality and morale around this team is just different than it was last year. It isn’t a program that is defeated at halftime of some games. It is a team that fights till the end of every game with maximum effort.That fire won’t always be there at the start of every game. But with the way Ohio State has played to this point in the year, that flame can seemingly always be counted on in the end.
September 28, 2019September 28, 2019
The Ohio State football team held their 2019 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Photos by Casey Cascaldo and Jack Westerheide Ohio State sophomore quarterback Justin Fields (1) warms up prior to the start of the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for Design
New Uber Initiative Boosts Rider Safety on College CampusesNew Uber Initiative Boosts Rider Safety on College Campuses
September 20, 2019September 20, 2019
Starbucks to Deliver Nationwide Via Uber EatsUber’s New Rideshare Tier Is the Height of Comfort Stay on target Uber is cracking down on fake rideshare drivers after a college student was murdered last month waiting for a pick up.The transportation network, in partnership with the University of South Carolina, has launched the Campus Safety Initiative: a national effort to help students learn how to avoid fraudulent chauffeurs.In March, 21-year-old USC student Samantha Josephson went missing after getting into a car outside a Columbia bar. Her body was later found on a secluded dirt road in nearby Clarendon County.The Columbia Police Department announced that 24-year-old Nathaniel Rowland has been charged with murder and kidnapping, after matching large amounts of blood in the suspect’s car to the missing New Jersey woman, CBS reported.It’s believed Rowland posed as an Uber driver to lure his victim into the car.“We were heartbroken by the recent crime committed by a fake rideshare driver in South Carolina,” Andrew Macdonald, Uber VP of operations, wrote in a blog post. “While no words can alleviate the loss felt by the Josephson family, we are committed to continuing to take action to make our communities safer.”Existing public awareness campaign Check Your Ride, introduced two years ago, encourages users to double check that the vehicle and driver match details in the app before entering a car.But if you’re in a hurry or maybe a bit tipsy, safety precautions can often be thrown to the wind.New in-app safety features—like push notifications and banners—are rolling out now to remind folks how to confirm the right car before it arrives.“In addition to these steps, you can also ask the driver to confirm your name,” Macdonald suggested, echoing the #WhatsMyName mission by the Josephson family to educate the world on rideshare precautions.Inspired by the University of South Carolina and its students, Uber is working with the Columbia Police Department to create dedicated pickup zones—well-lit areas with law enforcement on hand to help riders and drivers connect safely.“Our goal is to make checking your ride before you get in the car synonymous with using Uber,” Macdonald said. “There is nothing more important than the safety of the people we serve and we’re constantly working to improve.”Rival Lyft also announced enhancements to the safety and security of its platform, including continuous background checks and enhanced identity verification.Neither of which will save an unsuspecting rider from getting into the wrong car. But every little bit helps, right?More on Geek.com:Uber Reveals the Most Bizarre Items Forgotten by RidersUber Driverless Cars Return to the Road After Fatal Arizona CrashMore Americans Use Ride-Hailing Apps for Travel, Research Says
September 19, 2019September 19, 2019
In one of the rare instances Clark County residents might be thankful for chilly, wet and generally bleak weather, Wednesday saw relatively warmer temperatures and steady rainfall begin to wash away the past several days’ accumulated snow and ice.Schools, government and business offices are planning to be open as usual Thursday. Freeways and many arterial streets were bare and wet.Lingering ice and snow remained a problem east and toward the Columbia River Gorge — state Highway 14 closed for an avalanche, and Interstate 84 was closed overnight — and wet, slushy streets may present risk of hydroplaning.Still, the county seems to be warming back up. Weather equipment in Yacolt recorded a high temperature of 53 degrees. Pearson Field was 37 degrees. Washougal, 37 degrees.Pearson Field saw 1.3 inches of rainfall from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday.Thursday in Vancouver, showers are likely before 4 p.m., and the day’s high temperature should be around 45 degrees. New rainfall between a tenth and quarter of an inch is possible. More rain is likely after 10 p.m., and Thursday night’s low will get down to about 36 degrees.Miles Higa, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Portland, said colder temperatures are expected later in the week, but they shouldn’t drop down to freezing in most areas.
September 9, 2019September 9, 2019
A Russian Tu-95 Bomber being escorted by British forces in 2014. (Photo courtesy of U.K. Ministry of Defence)The military says it intercepted two Russian long-range bombers in the air space near Alaska on Friday.Listen nowThe Air Force Times reports that officials with the North American Aerospace Defense Command said the incident took place over international waters north of the Aleutian chain. F-22 Raptor fighter jets were dispatched from Alaska to intercept the Russian Tu-95 Bear Bombers, which never entered actual U.S. air space, and were escorted away without any problems.Such incidents are fairly routine in the airspace around Alaska. There were multiple interceptions last summer after a lull in 2016. Elsewhere around the globe this year, U.S. planes were escorted away by Russian aircraft in the Black Sea region.While there is nothing illegal about the probing flights, the tactic is seen as a mild provocation and way of testing an adversary’s air defense response capabilities.
Kichcha Sudeep amazed by Upendras dance in intro song of I LoveKichcha Sudeep amazed by Upendras dance in intro song of I Love
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
Kichcha Sudeep with Upendra and I Love You team at the pre-release trailer launchPR HandoutKannada superstar Kichcha Sudeep, who was the chief guest at the pre-release trailer of I Love You, said that he is amazed by real star Upendra’s dance in the introduction song of the movie.The pre-release trailer of I Love You was released at a grand event held in Bengaluru on Monday. Kichcha Sudeep was there as the chief guest. Ex Minister HM Revanna, GT Devegowdru (Education Minister of Karnataka), Kavali’s YSRCP MLA Pratap Reddy, Ramachandre Gowdru (Specialist Hospitals), Mohan Kumar (Mohan Movies) and Bahar Films Basha graced the occasion as guests.After launching its pre-release trailer, Kichcha Sudeep addressed the event and said, “I Love You is looking very rich. My best wishes to the entire team. I am amazed by Upendra’s dance in the intro song. I have for long wanted to see him doing such dance moves since his Kutumba. And this intro song is so trendy. After watching it, I feel it has now become a prestige issue for me to compete with him again.Sudeep urged Uppi to come back to direction. Kichcha said, “I must say that Upendra’s determination and hard work have always inspired many including me. If we could go to other states and make a mark, it’s because of his legacy. I would urge Upendra to continue to be an inspiration by directing a film.”Sudeep added, “He has been into politics, but I would say that he should take up direction once again. The industry needs him to direct a movie. The likes of Chandru and Prem have drawn inspiration from him.”I Love You is a romantic entertainer directed and produced by R Chandru. Upendra, Rachitha Ram, Sonu Gowda and Brahmanandam are playing the lead roles in it. Talking about its trailer, Sudeep said, “It has been cut in an interesting manner. Besides the characters played by Upendra and Rachita, there is something more in the movie. I have acted with Rachita in the past and she is a fantastic girl.”
Destiny gives exclusive quest and XP boosts to Red Bull drinkersDestiny gives exclusive quest and XP boosts to Red Bull drinkers
September 1, 2019September 1, 2019
Red Bull gives you wings, but if you play Bungie’s shared-world shooter Destiny, Red Bull will also give you an exclusive six-part in-game quest and experience boost consumables. Think of it like this: you’re paying $2.50 (or a sweet $2.25 if you get your Red Bulls from a certain Brooklyn bodega near your morning train) for a mini-DLC quest, and experience boosts to help you get all of your gear up to snuff.There are layers of exclusivity here, but don’t fret — they’re all timed. Whereas the Sony exclusive strikes and gear remain under the PlayStation umbrella for a year after their release, the Red Bull quest will open up to all just three-and-a-half months after The Taken King — Destiny’s upcoming massive expansion — releases on September 15. The other layer of exclusivity lies with 7-Eleven. Throughout July, the cans will be exclusive to 7-Eleven, until they become available nationwide at other stores beginning in August. Starting on September 8, a week before The Taken King launches, a four-pack of Destiny Bulls will be available at Walmart.The six-part quest — presumably like The Dark Below’s multi-part missions or House of Wolves’ multi-part Elder Cipher bounty — is a one-time unlock. The experience boost, dubbed Focused Light, is a different story. It’s a consumable item that grants a whopping 50% experience boost for 30 minutes, and due to that format, the code can seemingly be redeemed as many times as you have unique codes. Those Walmart four-packs will likely be the cheapest and most efficient way to hoard the boosts.Yeah, it would be the hunters that drink Red Bull:Image credit.The full can is topped with a very focused gamer decked out in Red Bull paraphernalia:Image credit.The Red Bull cans will begin appearing in the wild starting in July, though reports have shown that displays have already been set up at certain 7-Eleven locations. If you manage to snag a code, you can redeem it over on the official Red Bull promotion site. The experience boosts will become available for use starting on July 1, and the six-part quest will become available on September 15 when The Taken King releases.
August 29, 2019August 29, 2019
Pemex is a few months away from closing a project agreement with a group led by Japanese company Mitsui, which will help the company increase the amount of fuel produced in its Tula flagship refinery by approximately 40 percent.When closed, the agreement will have an investment value of $2.6 billion USD, reducing Mexico’s dependence on imports from the United States.The Tula project “is what we are focusing our attention on,” said Carlos Murrieta, director of the subsidiary Pemex Transformación Industrial. “We need to discuss many things, but we are about to close the deal.”The consortium, made up of the Japanese Mitsui and Cosmo Oil, the Spanish Compañía Española de Petróleos, and a joint venture between Empresas ICA and Fluor in the United States, will build and operate a coking plant at the Hidalgo refinery.The project is one of the largest investments of a private company in the refining sector in Mexico since the country enacted reforms several years ago that promised to revive Pemex’s plants in crisis.Fuel theft is a huge obstacle to refinery operations, future investments and worker safety. Major maintenance could change this, said Carlos Murrieta.Thus, the company expects to finish work at its Minatitlán and Madero refineries by the end of March and begin repairs at the Tula and Salamanca plants this year.Last year, Cadereyta was remodeled and the largest refinery in the country, Salina Cruz, was disconnected for months because Pemex sought to repair damages from natural disasters.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
August 27, 2019August 27, 2019
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