Goa woman tourist murder case: One held in Andhra Pradesh

first_imgA Goa police team arrested a suspect in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, on Sunday in connection with the murder of a woman tourist from Himachal Pradesh in a hotel in Arpora in North coastal Goa on Saturday.Chandan Choudhary, SP, North Goa, told The Hindu that the accused would be brought to Goa on Sunday evening. She declined to give details as it could affect the investigation.She said they had sent another team to Chandigarh to track down some more suspects.The woman, 25, from Una in Himachal Pradesh was found dead with injuries on her neck.Police sources said they had identified her companion, Sukhvinder Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, who was seen on a CCTV camera leaving the premises on Saturday morning with four unidentified persons.According to the police sources, the victim was wearing North Indian bridal dress when she checked into the resort with her companion on April 20.The police sent the body to the Goa Medical College near here for post mortem.“A case of murder has been registered,” Inspector in-charge of the Anjuna police station Navlesh Dessai said.last_img read more

Numerous methane leaks found on Atlantic sea floor

first_imgAnd up through the ground came a bubbling greenhouse gas. Researchers have discovered 570 plumes of methane percolating up from the sea floor off the eastern coast of the United States, a surprisingly high number of seeps in a relatively quiescent part of the ocean. The seeps suggest that methane’s contribution to climate change has been underestimated in some models. And because most of the seeps lie at depths where small changes in temperature could be releasing the methane, it is possible that climate change itself could be playing a role in turning some of them on.Most of the seeps are thought to be fed by methane stored in hydrates, crystal lattices of water ice that form under low temperatures and high pressures. Harvesting methane from hydrates in the sea floor has already aroused commercial interests; both Japan and the United States have embarked on pilot extraction projects. But the hydrates are also significant for climate scientists: This immense reservoir is thought to contain 10 times as much carbon as the atmosphere. The gas, if it reaches the atmosphere, is far more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat trapper. Even in the more likely event that aerobic microbes devour the methane while still in the ocean, it is converted to carbon dioxide, which leads to ocean acidification. Some scientists have implicated runaway methane hydrate releases in the catastrophic extinctions of marine life at the Permian-Triassic boundary, 252 million years ago.The present study, published online today in Nature Geoscience, is based on data collected in a survey from 2011 to 2013 by the research vessel Okeanos Explorer. Equipped with a multibeam sonar along its hull, the vessel not only mapped the sea floor along a swath off the coast of North Carolina to Massachusetts, but also recorded reflections in the water column. Gas bubbles of methane stood out as a distinctive signature. Most of the seeps were found at depths of 180 to 600 meters along the upper slope of the continental margin. 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This is the first time anyone has systematically mapped an entire margin,” says Christian Berndt, a marine geophysicist at GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany, who was not involved in the study. It was also a surprise because seeps are typically found above known methane reservoirs, or above regions of active tectonic activity. The continental margin was thought to be virtually devoid of seeps—until scientists studied the sonar data. “They found that there was much more methane coming out than was suspected beforehand,” Berndt says.For a handful of the seeps, the researchers were able to take pictures with a remotely operated submersible. They found carbonate rocks associated with the seeps that would have taken several thousand years to form. But some of the seeps are shallow—and are at the critical depth where hydrates fall apart—so they could be sensitive to rising ocean temperatures on much shorter time scales, says Carolyn Ruppel, a co-author of the new study and chief of the gas hydrates project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. “There are reasons to believe that some of the present seepage has been triggered by changes in oceanographic conditions,” she says.Proving that climate change is directly responsible could be difficult, Berndt says. In January, he and colleagues published a study in Science on methane seeps in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of the island of Svalbard, where temperature changes are occurring more rapidly. Berndt found evidence that the seeps there had existed for at least 3000 years and saw no evidence that the ocean sediments had been heating up—and releasing methane—on the decadeslong timescales associated with climate change. At the very least, though, he says, the Atlantic Ocean study shows that ocean and climate modelers should start to incorporate methane inputs from many more types of seafloor terrains around the world. “We have this extra source here,” he says. “Not much attention has been paid to it.”Jens Greinert, who heads the deep-sea monitoring unit at GEOMAR, downplays the effect of the new seeps on the atmosphere or ocean chemistry because the magnitude of the releases is dwarfed by human-associated inputs, such as livestock, or even other marine sites. “These little bits of bubbling here or there will not make a memorable impact,” Greinert says. He is more interested in what will happen as the world warms. “It becomes interesting only if you have a catastrophic release,” he says.last_img read more

Delhi court sends three separatists to judicial custody till July 12 in terror-funding case

first_imgA Delhi court on Friday sent Kashmiri separatists Shabir Shah, Asiya Andrabi and Masarat Alam Bhat, arrested by the National Investigations Agency (NIA) in connection with a terror-funding case, to judicial custody till July 12. The case relates to the alleged terror-funding in the Valley and involves Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind based in Pakistan. Special Judge Rakesh Syal sent the trio to custody after the NIA did not seek any further custodial interrogation, advocate M.S. Khan, appearing for the accused, told PTI. NIA had arrested the three separatists on July 4 during in-chamber proceedings in the court and the agency was granted 10-day custody of the trio. Shah and Andrabi were already in custody in separate cases, while Alam was earlier brought from Jammu and Kashmir on transit remand where he was lodged in jail for alleged terror activities. NIA had filed a charge-sheet in January 2018 against Saeed, another terror mastermind Syed Salahuddin and 10 Kashmiri separatists in a case of alleged terror funding and secessionist activities in the Valley. While Shah was in judicial custody in a decade-old money laundering case for alleged terror financing, Andrabi was in jail in a case of allegedly waging a war against the country and delivering hate speeches in Jammu and Kashmir. According to the NIA, Shah had received ₹10 lakh from hawala operator Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watal, a co-accused in the case. Besides, the money was also sent to the banned outfit Dukhtaraan-e-Milat of which Andrabi was the chief, NIA had said. The case in which the accused were arrested on July 4 relates to alleged conspiracy to wage a war against the government (Section 121 of Indian Penal Code) by carrying out terrorist and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The probe agency has charge-sheeted 12 persons, including Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. Other offences for which the accused were charge-sheeted include those punishable under sections 120-B of IPC (Criminal Conspiracy) and various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Besides Saeed and Salahuddin, the other 10 accused in the final report were – Hurriyat leader Syed Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah, Geelani’s personal assistant Bashir Ahmad Bhat, media advisor and strategist of the Hurriyat Conference Aftab Ahmad Shah, secessionist outfit National Front chief Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) Farooq Ahmad Dar, media advisor of Hurriyat Conference (Geelani faction) Mohammad Akbar Khanday, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat official Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, hawala operator Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watal and two stone-pelters – Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmad Bhat. According to the NIA, the case was registered on May 30, 2017 and the first arrests made on July 24, 2017. Over 300 witnesses were examined during the probe, it has said. The NIA has said the conspiracy was hatched with active support, connivance and funding from terrorist organisations based in Pakistan and its agencies to achieve their objective of secession of the Jammu and Kashmir by waging war against the Indian government.last_img read more

Akal Takht chief opposes ‘Hindu Rashtra’ plan

first_imgGiani Harpreet Singh, the chief priest of the Akal Takht – the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs — on Tuesday reiterated that a “Hindu Rashtra” would not be in the nation’s interest as advocated by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.Bhagwat’s commentMr. Singh had on October 14 demanded that the RSS be banned, saying the remarks made by the Sangh leaders “would hurt and draw a new line of division in the country and destroy it”. His comment came in the backdrop of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent statement in which he claimed that “Bharat is a Hindu Rashtra”.Mr. Singh, while speaking in Amritsar, said that the comment of RSS leaders that India will be made a “Hindu Rashtra” was wrong and not in the interest of the nation.Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Gobind Singh Longowal had also opposed Mr. Bhagwat’s remark, terming it “highly objectionable”.Religious freedom Mr. Longowal said the Constitution gave all Indian citizens religious freedom and Mr. Bhagwat was “intentionally trying to impose the Hindu Rashtra agenda by ignoring it”.last_img read more

Indian Boxing: Akhil Kumar joins one-year coaching course at National Institute of Sports in…

first_imgAdvertisementIndian boxing’s national observer Akhil Kumar is all set to transition into coaching and has enrolled for a one-year diploma course at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala.  The 2006 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, Akhil has also tried his hand at professional boxing last year when he made his pro debut on the undercard of Vijender Singh in Mumbai, will start the course on 11 July. He is also a serving DSP in the Haryana Police but has been granted permission to pursue the one-year course.“Even when I was an active boxer, I had mentored some juniors and by completing this course, I would be certified. I am grateful to Haryana Police DGP Baljit Singh Sandhu for permission to undertake this course,” Akhil told PTI.“Akhil has loads of experience to offer. He has been such an avid student of the game and he gets deeply involved when it comes to mentoring. It will be nice to have a proven Indian performer as a coach,” said former Commonwealth gold-medallist Suranjoy Singh. Suranjoy had been hired as an assistant coach in the national camp but left the stint due to personal reasons.Advertisementlast_img read more

Saina Nehwal fails to defend India Open title, loses to Li Xuerui in the semi-final

first_imgIndia’s premier shuttler Saina Nehwal failed to defend her India Open Superseries title after losing to Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in the semi-finals of the $300,000 tournament on Saturday.The Indian second seed lost the first game 20-22 but turned it around in the second game with a 21-17 victory over the third seed at the Siri Fort Sports Complex. However, Saina lost another close fight, this time 19-21 to exit the competition.With this win that came in an hour and 12 minutes, double World Championship silver medallist Xuerui has taken a massive 11-2 advantage in career meetings against the 2015 World Championship runner-up.In the final on Sunday, two-time Asian champion Xuerui will face former world champion Ratchanok Intanon, who moved past Bae Yeon Ju of South Korea 21-8, 21-11 in 36 minutes.The 21-year-old Thai Intanon is also a former winner here and will be a tough nut to crack for Xuerui even if the latter leads the head-to-head record 7-4.The men’s singles final will be contested between Japanese second seed Kento Momota and Danish fifth seed Viktor Axelsen.World Championship 2015 bronze medallist Momota was trailing 17-21 and 3-6 when his opponent, Xue Song of China decided not to continue with the match due to fitness issues.Axelsen crushed South Korean Wan Ho Son 21-11, 21-11 in 35 minutes.Momota, 21, will be a heavy favourite as he leads the head-to-head records over 22-year-old Axelsen 5-2.last_img read more

IAR, Secure Thingz and Renesas collaborate on solutions for reliable industrial IoT security

first_imgIAR Systems, Secure Thingz and Renesas Electronics announced their collaboration to secure industrial Internet of Things applications. As part of this collaboration, the companies will develop new solutions that combine IAR Systems’ software development technology, Secure Thingz’ expertise in advanced IoT security, and Renesas Electronics’ secure semiconductor solutions. The new solutions resulting from this joint effort will enable users to develop robust and secure IoT systems with confidence.Security is an inherent risk when it comes to connected devices. In the Industrial IoT, incoming threats and system vulnerabilities can result in life-threatening or high-risk situations. Therefore, embedded applications in this area require very strong features for security and reliability. To meet these requirements, Secure Thingz’ Embedded Trust, which is a security development environment that leverages the IAR Embedded Workbench IDE from IAR Systems, will support Renesas microcontrollers when Embedded Trust is launched to the broader market in 2019. This new hardware and software solution will enable organizations to secure their systems, intellectual property and data.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous IBASE: 1U rack-mountable network appliance with 8th gen Intel Xeon/Core processorsNext Socionext: successful premiere at electronica 2018last_img read more

Bill To Mandate Texas vs. Texas A&M Football Series Was Shot Down

first_imgTexas and Texas A&M lined up against each other on the gridiron.COLLEGE STATION, TX – NOVEMBER 24: Patrick Lewis #61 of the Texas A&M Aggies prepares to snap the ball against the Texas Longhorns in the second half of a game at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)Since the Texas-Texas A&M series stopped being played in 2011 with the Aggies’ move to the SEC, people across the state have been pining to see them play again. That desire has even extended to statewide politicians, who have tried to mandate the series into law.According to The Texas Tribune via CBS 19, a bill that made it out of the Texas House Higher Education Committee gained no ground in the full House. Per the report, state representative Lyle Larson declined to ask for a hearing on the bill – effectively killing it.But Larson explained that the “true intention” of the bill wasn’t to mandate a law, but rather to get the schools to engage in talks over resuming the series. Larson added that he has been in contact with administrators of both Texas and Texas A&M, and declared that conversations between the two are “very active.”“The conversations that are happening are very active,” said Larson, who noted he’s been in contact with administrators at both UT and A&M.From 1915 to 2011, the two sides faced each other regularly. Since their first meeting in 1894, Texas and Texas A&M have faced off 118 times.A bill to reinstate a Texas A&M and UT football game never gained ground this #txlege.https://t.co/0SoQCutWNl— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 7, 2019The Longhorns own the all-time series lead with a 76-37-5 record against the Aggies.If Larson is correct and the two schools are speaking to each other consistently, then we may eventually have a surprise series renewal at some point in the future.The two schools have plenty of open dates for non-conference opponents in 2022 and beyond.Never say never…[The Texas Tribune]last_img read more

Indonesia Signs IMO’s BWM Convention

first_imgzoom The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) member state Indonesia is the latest country to sign the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, an international measure for environmental protection.The convention is aimed at preventing the spread of harmful and invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water, and requires ships to have procedures in place for ballast water management.Indonesia’s accession comes after capacity-building projects undertaken by IMO in collaboration with the Norwegian Development Cooperation Agency (Norad) and with the support of the Globallast project.Additionally, IMO’s member states Antigua and Barbuda have agreed to accept a number of IMO treaties on November 24.The treaties include:– Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL);– The 2005 Protocols to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf; and– 1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter.Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, presented the instruments to IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu earlier this week.last_img read more

Irregular migrants will cost Canada 340 million and rising says PBO

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s budget watchdog says asylum-seekers who entered Canada irregularly last year will cost federal organizations a total of $340 million.Parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux says the average cost for migrants who entered the country between April 2017 and March 2018 is just over $14,000, but this amount can vary based on how long they have to wait for their refugee claims to be finalized.Conservative MP Larry Maguire asked Giroux to analyze the current and projected costs of dealing with an influx of irregular migrants who have been crossing the Canada-U.S. border since 2017.The analysis — which calculated all costs from the moment the migrants arrive in Canada until decisions are reached on their claims — concluded costs will rise to $396 million in 2019-2020.These costs do not include those borne by provincial or municipal governments.Giroux says the federal figures suggest Ontario’s estimated cost of $200 million for dealing with irregular migrants in that province alone is a reasonable estimate.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

President Obama And First Family To Light National Christmas Tree

first_imgThe National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are excited to announce that President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their family will officially light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, December 4 at the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse in President’s Park, one of America’s 401 national parks.Follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter and visit www.thenationaltree.org for the most up-to-date event information including how to tune in and watch the online live stream of the show.Co-hosted by actor and producer Tom Hanks and singer-songwriter, actress, and producer Rita Wilson, this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting features a talented line-up of performers, including Wilson herself. Additionally, pop phenomenon Fifth Harmony, Grammy-winning legend Patti LaBelle, multi Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actor Ne-Yo, multiplatinum-selling artist Steve Miller, pop world duo Nico & Vinz, award-winning vocal group The Tenors, and country star Chely Wright will perform holiday favorites.The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. ET with the National Christmas Tree Lighting pre-show, co-hosted by 94.7 FRESH FM’s Tommy McFLY and ABC7/WJLA-TV’s Jummy Olabanji. The event will air on public television throughout the month of December. For broadcast times, check local listings or the National Christmas Tree Lighting website.Find out more here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Senators push Liberals to overhaul funding to address Inuit housing crisis

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA — A Senate committee is warning that an acute Inuit housing crisis will only get worse unless the federal government makes swift changes to how it funds housing in the North.In a report released today, the Senate committee on Indigenous peoples calls on the Liberals to provide funding directly to Inuit groups where appropriate to help build homes for those in need, rather than see the money tied up in red tape by directing it through provinces and territories.The committee also says the government must free up more money for housing in the North, where construction and living costs are already high, and make the funding stable so local officials can make long-term plans.The committee didn’t say just how much money is needed to address a growing housing shortage that has led to overcrowding, substandard homes and a lack of affordable and suitable housing options that has put many Inuit families on the verge of homelessness.The report says that up to 15 people can be crammed into small and crumbling three-bedroom units in many Inuit committees.Overcrowding has helped lead to higher levels of domestic violence and abuse and health problems that include tuberculosis infection rates 250 times higher than in the non-Indigenous population.The Liberals are expected to release a promised national housing strategy in the coming months aimed at bringing down the cost of home ownership and rental units across the country.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Human rights situation in Somalia deteriorating UN rights expert says

12 June 2007The human right situation in Somalia is deteriorating as hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes while others are being subject to threats, rape and violence in the war-torn East African nation, a United Nations expert said today. Ghanim Alnajjar, the Independent Expert on the situation of Human Rights in Somalia, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that the current circumstances in the country are much worse than they were when he last briefed the 47-member body in September 2006.There have been widespread reports of indiscriminate artillery fire in the capital Mogadishu between December 2006 and April 2007, he said, and the wounded were blocked from fleeing or receiving aid and protection while the delivery of urgent relief supplies was impeded.Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed or injured during that period, and the UN has assessed that approximately 400,000 people had been forced from their homes in Mogadishu by the violence between February and May of this year, he noted.Additionally, Mr. Alnajjar said that there are 400,000 more who are internally displaced and spread out throughout Somalia. These internally displaced persons (IDPs) exposed to being threatened, intimidated, robbed, assaulted and raped, and many of them are forced to take refuge in crowded camps where there is a paucity of water, food, sanitation, basic health services and shelter.Widespread harassment continued to plague human rights defenders, he said, often leading to targeted killings of such defenders, journalists, aid workers and public figures.Due to the violence, women and girls are now more vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence, the Independent Expert said, and some children have been recruited as soldiers while school enrolment has dipped considerably.Mr. Alnajjar appealed to the international community to support Somali leaders and the country’s civil society to bolster human rights protections, and called on the UN to press the Transitional Federal Institutions to protect the population. Both the UN and the Government must step up their efforts to address the immediate human needs and protect the rights of the hundreds of thousands of displaced, he said.In another report presented to the Council, Yash Ghai, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for human rights in Cambodia, said that despite progress made in rebuilding the country after decades of civil war, problems – such as the courts being used by the Government to punish its opponents, impunity for the wealthy and politically well-connected and rampant corruption – still persist.Speaking as a concerned country, the representative from Cambodia, Chheang Vun, rejected the accusations the country saw Mr. Ghai having levelled against it, saying that his report only dealt with negative issues and obscured efforts to consolidate democracy and freedom of expression. The representative asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reconsider his position vis-à-vis Mr. Ghai.In its afternoon session, the Council also heard the report by Louis Joinet, the Independent Expert appointed by the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights in Haiti.Earlier in the day, the body wrapped up its interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to food; the Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights; the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living; and the Independent Expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty.The fifth session of the Human Rights Council, created to replace the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights, will conclude on 18 June. read more

Owner of PokerStars reports dramatic jump in Q2 profit raises adjusted earnings

TORONTO — The owner of PokerStars and other online gaming businesses is reporting a dramatic increase in profit for the second quarter and improved expectations for 2017 adjusted earnings as its evolution gains momentum.The former Amaya Inc., now called the Stars Group Inc. (TSX:TSGI), says it had US$70.5 million of net income during the quarter and US$114 million of adjusted earnings.The net income was equal to 35 U.S. cents per share — about three times higher than last year’s second quarter — and adjusted earnings were up 22 per cent at 56 U.S. cents per share.Revenue was up 6.8 per cent at US$305.3 million.The company also announced that it estimates 2017 revenue, reported in U.S. currency, will be at the upper end of its previous range of between $1.2 billion and $1.26 billion.It also has revised 2017 estimated adjusted earnings range upward to between $413 million and $437 million, from $400 million to $430 million.“Our evolution and transformation into The Stars Group continued as we completed our name change and head office move, while our second quarter saw the strengthening of our core senior management team and continued solid revenue growth led by our real money online casino offering,” CEO Rafi Ashkenazi said in a statement.“We plan to use this momentum to continue improving and strengthening our business and pursuing our strategic objectives.”Last year saw the departure of Amaya’s founder and largest shareholder, David Baazov, who mounted an unsuccessful attempt to take the company private. Baazov was replaced permanently last August by Ashkenazi, who had been interim CEO since March 2016. read more

NigeriaCameroon accord expected after Annan brokers talks on border dispute

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is conducting intensive diplomacy with the leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon in a bid to achieve a breakthrough over their border dispute, a United Nations spokesman said today, predicting that an accord could be finalized on Monday.“Since Friday, the Secretary-General and his staff have held a series of meetings with the delegations of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, which is chaired by his Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah,” the spokesman said.The UN-sponsored Mixed Commission was established to help implement a 2002 judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which ruled that sovereignty rights over certain of the areas extending 1,600 kilometres from Lake Chad to the Bakassi Peninsula should go to Cameroon, while other areas should go to Nigeria.At stake are rights over the oil-rich land and sea reserves and the fate of local populations.Mr. Annan, who has been closely involved with the issue, is expected to meet the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, this evening, and the President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo tomorrow morning, according to the spokesman. “We expect that, following a joint meeting with the two presidents and the Secretary-General, scheduled to take place on Monday at the Greentree Estate in Manhasset, New York, an agreement will be finalized,” the spokesman said. read more

Canadas largestworking cattle ranch grows after land deal in BC

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s largest-working cattle ranch grows after land deal in B.C. KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The largest-working cattle ranch in Canada has just become a little bit larger.British Columbia’s Douglas Lake Ranch, which is located south of the Interior city of Kamloops, has announced the Dec. 31 purchase of the Quilchena Ranch.The deal adds about 12,000 hectares of land to the 160,000 hectares already operated by the Douglas Lake Ranch.No purchase price has been released, but Joe Gardiner of the Douglas Lake Ranch says it’s an historic event between two large neighbours who have been operating since the 1880s.The Quilchena Ranch, which is located on the south shore of Nicola Lake and east of Douglas Lake, was acquired by French-born Joseph Guichon in the latter part of the 19th century.Gardiner says the Quilchena Hotel, golf course, store and RV park will all retain their names. (CHNL) by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2014 5:01 pm MDT read more

Windows 8 Pro to retail for 199 after introductory period

first_imgWindows 8 Pro will be available this October, and it looks as though the retail boxed version will sell for $199 once the opening day promotion expires on January 31, 2013. Until that date, it’s going to sell for just $69.99 in stores — or just $40 if you can do without the actual box and don’t mind downloading the ISO image from Microsoft. There’s one more price point that has already been revealed, too. If you purchase a new computer that comes with Windows 7 pre-installed, you’ll be  able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $15.It’s important to note that the $199 figure hasn’t been officially confirmed by Microsoft, so it’s possible that it might be on the high side. Microsoft has proven that it’s going to be more aggressive this time around with its upgrade pricing, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see retail boxed copies of Windows 8 selling for less than their Windows 7 counterparts did at launch. Then again, $199 already represents a substantial price drop — from the whopping $319 Windows 7 Ultimate sold for — since Microsoft is only selling two retail versions this time around.Another unknown is how much that just-announced Personal Use License is going to sell for. It’s reasonable to expect that it’ll be priced on par with the OEM edition, but it may not carry the hardware purchase requirement.It all depends on exactly how aggressive Microsoft plans to be. If rumored $199 price for the Surface RT tablet is any indication, there’s a distinct possibility that the new OS will be priced to drive early adoption. There’s more at stake than unit sales this time around, of course. Windows 8 will bring the Windows Store front and center, and Microsoft will want to do everything it can to get users in the habit of purchasing digital downloads right now.via The Vergelast_img read more

212 WWE RAW Preview Second Chance Fatal Four Way match tonight in

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Pinterest Twitter WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Daniel Bryan Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE RAW tonight takes place tonight from San Jose, California.Only one match has been announced featuring Finn Balor vs. “Woken” Matt Hardy vs. Apollo Crews vs. Bray Wyatt in a second chance fatal four way match.The winner will clinch the final spot in the upcoming men’s Elimination Chamber match at the Elimination Chamber PPV in two weeks. John Cena, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Elias and WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz are already set for the chamber.Also being advertised for tonight is storyline advancement between Asuka and Nia Jax as well as the possible alliance of Mickie James and Alexa Bliss. Both Brawn Strowman and Seth Rollins are being advertised for the show as well.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of RAW tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Kevin Lowery RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Videos Articlescenter_img Facebook Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WrestleMania: SNL Weekend Updates Michael Che And Colin Jost Got Strowman Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Black SDSU students call for enhanced security

first_img April 18, 2019 Black SDSU students call for enhanced security Sasha Foo, Posted: April 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of black students and their supporters came together at San Diego State University on Thursday in a demonstration about the safety and inclusion of black students on campus.The group of students marched from the Black Resource Center to the middle of the campus, calling on the administration to enhance the safety and security of black students.Last weekend, sometime between Friday night, April 12 and Sunday, April 14, someone went into the Black Resource Center and damaged electronic equipment causing more than $400 worth of damage.Last month, the “n-word” was shouted from a car, as the ocucpants drove past the Black Resource Center.In February, students said they discovered a rock that had been thrown into the Center’s garage. The demonstrators said because of the three incidents, the university needs to take more steps to protect its black students.Christian Onwuka, one of the students who helped to set up the Black Resource Center last year said they had asked the SDSU administration at the time about putting in security cameras.“We understood that although the Center was amazing and great things were going to happen, that someone might not be happy and they might not want this space to be safe,” Onwuka said.As the student protesters marched Thursday, contractors arrived to install a video camera at the Center.A university spokesperson said new security measures at the Center have been added and the university is finalizing plans for more.Patrols by campus police in the area have also increased. Beyond that, the university said it’s committed to “allowing space for difficult conversations” and wants to encourage all members of the campus community to feel free to express their viewpoints and concerns.Onwuka, the president-elect of the student government group, Associated Students said the support at the rally for the students’ demands was a positive sign, “not only among black bodies, but allies and those who are interested in making sure that black voices are heard.” Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Flo Rida performs for 100 kids at Santas Enchanted Forest

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Rapper Flo Rida took time away from the big stage to share a special Christmas celebration with 100 children at Santa’s Enchanted Forest.The rapper performed for the kids at the Southwest Miami-Dade holiday theme park in Tropical Park, Saturday night.The children came from several South Florida organizations like Big Dreams for Kids, FYFL, Future Leaders, Strong Arm Elite Track Club and 100 Black Men of South Florida Leadership Academy.The organizations aim to help children in all aspects of their lives.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img