Bob The Builder To Join Mario Lopez And Habitat For Humanity In

first_imgBob the Builder, the loveable star of the recently launched and eponymously named series on PBS Kids, is on his way to Los Angeles from Spring City to team up with Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Mario Lopez (Extra-TV) and a crew of very excited volunteers from Mattel, Inc. to help with the construction and beautification of three new Inglewood homes in partnership with low-income Los Angeles families.The build will take place between 3pm and 5pm on Tuesday, December 8, and feature children making gifts for the new residents as well as meet and greets with Bob the Builder.The fun construction day celebrates the re-launch of Bob the Builder on PBS Kids with beautifully updated, CGI-animation, a brand new look for the series and its namesake — Bob and Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt voicing one of the lead roles — Wendy. No job is too big or small for Bob and his team, as they approach every job with positivity, enthusiasm and their catch phrase, “Can we build it? Yes we can!” For more information and interactive content visit www.bobthebuilder.com. Bob the Builder is a production of HIT Entertainment in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET.The build kicks off a partnership between Mattel, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity International, an organization aimed at creating and improving housing to help families achieve the strength, stability and independence to build brighter futures. Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to call home and to date has helped more than 6.8 million people in more than 70 countries.last_img read more

Reforms to include 25 percent females in LG

They said even though the main parties adopted a gender policy in their manifestos, including the promotion of women’s development and social welfare, the general election 2015 had only nine percent female representation with 556 out of 6,151 candidates. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says reforms will be brought to include 25 percent females into Local Government (LG) bodies before the next polls, Lanka Business Online reported.The Prime Minister made these comments at the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the elections department in Colombo today. Meanwhile ahead the recent August polls the islands Women’s Affairs Ministry also called on all political parties to allocate one third of their seats in the new parliament for women.Issuing a statement before the General Election the Ministry urged political parties to ensure that at least 30 percent of candidates they nominate for election are women.The Ministry also requested political parties to allocate one third of seats for women even in the National List. According to latest data the percentage of women in the last parliament was 5.8 percent, the lowest rate of representation in parliament for women among South Asian Countries.Sri Lanka ranks 140 out of 153 countries in female representation in Parliament. The statement comes following European election observers saying that the island had an extremely low number of female candidates participating in the general election held in August 2015. read more

Ohio State looks to regroup and recover against archrival Michigan

Then-freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) tackles Michigan then-sophomore running back De’Veon Smith (4) during a Nov. 29 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOn Saturday, for the first time since Ohio State coach Urban Meyer first stood on the Buckeyes’ sideline in the 2012 season, the Buckeyes lost a regular-season game against a Big Ten team.The 17-14 loss at Ohio Stadium to the Michigan State Spartans snapped a national-record 30-game conference streak for the Buckeyes and left the team likely on the outside looking in of the College Football Playoff picture when the four-team bracket is released in two weeks.Regardless, Meyer said the team’s sights are solely fixed on the same thing it is throughout the year: its annual meeting with its archrival, Michigan.“Obviously, we’ve got to move past a very, very tough loss, and big game this week, so the rivalry game’s, on the horizon, one that we all take extremely serious around here, and one that we cherish to be a part of,” Meyer said.Senior defensive tackle Tommy Schutt said the timing of The Game could be ideal for the Buckeyes, as the focus that automatically comes with Michigan week was a help in snapping the team back to form in practice.“I would say it’s a little bit easier (to bounce back) than it would be if it was a different game,” Schutt said. “It’s not like we need any extra motivation for this game. We know what’s at stake, we know the rivalry and how important it is to everyone.”The Wolverines (9-2, 6-1) have been one of the more surprising teams in the country under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh. After opening the season with only two votes in the AP Poll, the Maize and Blue are likely to move into the top 10 in the newest CFP rankings.Still, for Schutt and other members of OSU (10-1, 6-1), the turnaround of the winningest program in college football history comes as little surprise.“I thought they would come out and have a great year, like just how they are,” Schutt said. “They have a great coach there, and he’s done a great job of turning that program around after the past couple of seasons. They’re a completely different team than they have been the past couple of years.”The Wolverines have been anchored by their defense, which has allowed the second-fewest yards per game in the country (263.1). One of the standouts on the defense has been redshirt freshman Jabrill Peppers, a do-it-all player.That “all” includes roles on the other side of the ball, as well, as Peppers has added 11 carries and six receptions to 2015 performance and also returns kicks and punts. “We have to be on high alert, because they’re going to use him one way or another,” OSU senior linebacker Joshua Perry said about the East Orange, New Jersey, product. “Anytime you see a special formation or somebody come in who’s generally not in the offensive formation, you have to be on high alert for something.”Schutt said Peppers’ Swiss Army knife-like role on the team is reflective of the entire roster, which has the stability to dictate the game in any style it wants.“It’s a pretty balanced attack this week,” Schutt said. “The quarterback can stand back there and move the ball to some good receivers, big offensive linemen and a good running attack. We have to prepare for both the run game and the pass game and be able to play both of those things consistently.”The rivalry, as it always does, sits very much on the minds of the Scarlet and Gray. But more than anything, the Buckeyes are trying to keep their season on track before the postseason begins and not let the disappointment from the Michigan State game trickle north to Ann Arbor.“It would definitely be tough to go out losing your last few games at Ohio State,” Schutt said. “We come to Ohio State not to lose any games, and losing this one this past Saturday was tough for us and obviously very disappointing and something we’re not going to let happen this weekend.”Kickoff against Michigan is set for noon on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.Attempting a class sweepThe four-year seniors on the Buckeyes have a chance to complete a sweep of the Wolverines on Saturday after taking home the gold pants each of the last three years.A season ago, OSU scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to pull away and top the Wolverines in Columbus, 42-28, despite losing starting quarterback J.T. Barrett to an ankle injury.A second-quarter brawl set the tone for the excitement of the game the year before that. Michigan shook off a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game, only for OSU to take the lead back with 2:20 left.A quick Michigan march down the field put Michigan back down by a point with 32 seconds left. Then-Michigan coach Brady Hoke opted to go for the win by trying a two-point conversion. The pass was intercepted by OSU safety Tyvis Powell, however, and the Buckeyes held on for a slim lead.Finally, in the first year for Meyer and seniors like Schutt and Perry, OSU found itself trailing 21-20 at the half, but buckled down defensively in the second half to shut out the Wolverines over the final 30 minutes and grab a 26-21 victory.Perry said completing his college career without losing The Game would be a defining moment for his time wearing the scarlet and gray.“It would mean a lot,” Perry said. “That’s what I was saying, talking to my parents after the game, I said the one thing that’s really going to make me feel better is getting that fourth pair of gold pants, and so that’s just the mission for me right now.”Schutt said taking on Michigan annually is one of the things he most looked forward to when he arrived on campus, and he is going to cherish the opportunity to sweep the four-game series.“It’s a rivalry that I think is one of the best in sports if not the best in sports, and I think we’re lucky to be a part of it,” he said. “It’s definitely a week we’ll remember and games we’ll remember, and I’m just looking forward to getting out there Saturday.”What happens next?OSU and Michigan, as well as Michigan State, are all still alive in the Big Ten East Division after the Spartans topped the Buckeyes on Saturday.A loss in the ‘Shoe by the Spartans would have eliminated them from Big Ten Championship Game contention, but instead coach Mark Dantonio’s team controls its own destiny.A win by Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan, over Penn State would clinch the East and seal a trip to Indianapolis to take on Iowa in the conference championship.However, if the Nittany Lions upset the Spartans, it will be the winner of the OSU-Michigan game winning the division with a 7-1 conference record.Michigan State would also carry a 7-1 conference record with a win, but it owns the tiebreaker over both OSU and Michigan due to beating each head to head.The Big Ten Championship Game between Iowa and the team that emerges out of the threesome in the East is set for 8:17 p.m. on Dec. 5. read more

Suburban pond owners are inadvertently spreading deadly frog disease scientists warn

first_imgGarden ponds create an important habitat for wildlifeCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph Lead author Dr Stephen J Price said: “Ranavirus is one of the most serious health threats currently facing the UK’s amphibian population, so our findings that humans seem to have helped move the virus around, facilitating its rapid spread, could be translated into some straightforward ways to manage the risk of disease outbreaks.”It seems that well-meaning homeowners stocking their garden ponds with frogs, fish or spawn translocated from neighbouring ponds or beyond could inadvertently be fuelling the spread of this serious amphibian disease.”We certainly don’t want to discourage people from adding ponds to their urban gardens – this remains one of the most positive steps we can all take to support wildlife – but equally we would strongly urge people to try to limit how much potentially infectious material they’re moving into and out of their gardens in the process.”The study was led by the Zoological Society of London and Queen Mary University of London, along with University College London and Herpetofauna Consultants International. Garden ponds create an important habitat for wildlife Gardeners could be spreading a lethal frog disease by stocking suburban ponds with exotic species or moving frogspawn around, scientists have warned.A study into the rapid spread of the infectious disease ranavirus – characterised by ulcers, red spots, breakdown of limbs and death – found genetic analysis suggested at least two separate introductions of the disease into the UK.The research, which draws on data reported by the public in a long-running “citizen science” project, showed localised spread of ranavirus which could be down to natural movement by frogs and newts.But the risk of disease was also higher in areas with more people, the study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B said. The findings point to humans also playing a role, by moving frogspawn and tadpoles or even silt from other ponds or buying animals from commercial aquatic retailers.Outbreaks tended to be recorded in more affluent areas, where people have gardens, and the scientists suggested the fashion for introducing exotic or wild animals into ornamental ponds could be fuelling the spread of the disease.The UK now has a number of non-native amphibian species, such as the alpine newt, which has become established in Britain having been released into gardens and parks.Experts said they did not want people to stop creating garden ponds, which were an important habitat for wildlife, but urged gardeners to limit potential transfer of infected material and garden in ways – such as reducing use of pesticides – that benefited native species. Well-meaning homeowners stocking their garden ponds with frogs, fish or spawn translocated from neighbouring ponds or beyond could inadvertently be fuelling the spread of this serious amphibian diseaseDr Stephen J Price Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Two people were hit by a BB gun in East Village

first_img July 21, 2019 Two people were hit by a BB gun in East Village KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two people were shot with a BB gun early today in East Village downtown, police said.Someone fired a BB gun from the rear of a white sedan that drove through the area shortly after midnight, a witness told a videographer.The shootings happened outside the Omni Hotel on Island Avenue, where two people were hit, and on Park Boulevard, where a vehicle’s back window was shot out, according to Officer Dino Delimitros of the San Diego Police Department. A woman was injured in the shootings and treated at the scene. Another victim declined treatment.Large crowds filled the East Village and Gaslamp Quarter Saturday night and early Sunday, many from the annual Comic-Con event at the San Diego Convention Center. The event ends Sunday. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NOW HIRING Town Of Wilmington Seeking Payroll Benefits Coordinator

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington is seeking a Payroll & Benefits Coordinator. The job listing is below:Unit: Non-UnionReporting To: Town ManagerWages: $48,615 – $61,515Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 4:30PM Location: Town HallApplication Deadline: Position is open until filledDefinitionThe Payroll & Benefits Coordinator is responsible for the accurate and complete processing of weekly payroll for town employees, administering mandatory and voluntary deductions from wages, and administering employee enrollment, modification and termination of benefits. The Payroll & Benefits Coordinator will work closely with the Town Accountant’s Office, employees, the town’s benefits providers, applicable retirement systems, and department leadership to ensure payroll and employee records are accurate, current, and complete, and payroll and benefits actions are timely and well documented.Essential FunctionsWorking under the direction of the Town Manager performs the following functions:Collect weekly payroll and attendance from town departments, including documentation regarding out-of-grade assignments, paid details, overtime, and other non-weekly earnings, ensure payroll and attendance submitted is complete and accurate.Manage, process, and verify weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly payroll deductions including mandatory deductions, retirement, voluntary benefits premiums, and garnishments.Manage coding system for earnings and deductions, ensure it is logical, complete and accurate and aligns with appropriate department accounts. Ensure earnings and deductions are accurate, and updated as changes occur in categories including annual cost-of-living increases, transfers, promotions and demotions, changes in benefits premium deductions, and garnishments.Enroll, un-enroll, and make other changes to benefits including managing enrollment files with health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible spending, deferred compensation, garnishments, and other categories.Maintain electronic employee records through town’s accounting/payroll software; enter, activate, de- activate, and update status of new, terminated, promoted, transferred, and retired employees.Calculate retroactive pay, process final payouts for terminated/retired employees, notify COBRA administrator as applicable, and make all required changes to employee record.Coordinate with Middlesex Retirement and MA Teachers Retirement systems, ensuring correct salaries, deductions, and other information are applied to existing active and retired employees.Prepare reports, forms and other documentations or communications.Ensure employees and retirees receive excellent service, investigate complaints or issues related to payroll, benefits enrollment and utilization, and paid-time off.Assist in annual open enrollment activities including open enrollment notification and Benefits Fair.Identify, propose, and assist with the implementation of policies, procedures, guidelines and standards that improve the effectiveness and efficiency payroll and benefits administration.Other duties as assigned.Minimum QualificationsAssociate’s degree in business administration or similar field of study or relevant combination of education and experience related to payroll and benefits functions, municipal, or office administrative functions.Knowledge of the principles, practices, laws and regulations related to employee earnings and benefits.Detailed oriented and ability to manage processes that require accuracy.Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with employees, retirees, and department heads.Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment, to set priorities and complete efforts independently and as a member of a team.Excellent verbal and writing skills.Experience with Microsoft Office products and ability to effectively utilize Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other standard administrative software.Job EnvironmentWork environment is characteristic of an office environment, with even walking surfaces and generally low noise levels.Physical Requirements:The work is generally of an intellectual nature. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is required to stand and sit for prolonged periods. Frequently required use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reaches with hands and arms, bends, stoops, kneels, and/or crouches. Specific vision abilities required include close and medium distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to hear normal sounds, distinguish sound as voice and communicate through human speech. Required to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds. This position requires the ability to operate a keyboard, computer mouse, telephone, fax, copier, writing tools, scissors, and other standard office equipment.EOETo Apply:Submit completed application, resume and cover letter to:Town Manager’s OfficeAttn: Assistant Town Manager/Director of Human Resources 121 Glen RoadWilmington, MA 01887or via email at: jobs@wilmingtonma.govIf submitting by email please use “Position: Payroll & Benefits Coordinator” in the subject line. Completed application, resume and cover letter may be attached as a PDF to the email. Please note, we will not reformat or fix formatting issues if sending electronically in a file type other than PDF.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Town Hall Seeking Payroll & Benefits CoordinatorIn “Government”NOW HIRING: Wilmington DPW Seeks Senior ClerkIn “Government”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Decadesold federal policy placed Newtok in the path of climate change

first_imgThe nearest homes are now just 40 feet from the edge of the Ninglick River. The village could lose that amount of land in just one or two storms. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)On a chilly afternoon last November, I went to visit George Carl, the vice president of the Newtok Village Council. He’s a slight, wiry man in his mid-60s with a bushy gray mustache and a pair of surprisingly hip blue glasses perched on his nose.Listen nowI stopped by with Andrew John, Newtok’s tribal administrator. We were greeted with instant coffee and – to Andrew’s delight – cinnamon rolls.Newtok, in Western Alaska, is perhaps the most endangered village in Alaska. It’s built on permafrost, and it’s losing about 70 feet of land each year as the Ninglick River eats away at the shore. George Carl’s house is one of the closest to the river.“It’s going to reach my house pretty soon. Probably next summer,” Carl said.A 2003 report found that most of Alaska’s 200-plus rural villages face flooding and erosion. By 2009, as many as 12 villages were already considering some kind of relocation.But moving a whole village is astronomically expensive. So who’s going to cover those costs? Who is responsible?Some advocates say the answer is the federal government. They say it’s largely because of federal policy that some of these villages are so vulnerable to climate change in the first place.George Carl thinks he’ll see the end of this Newtok. Residents expect the village to become uninhabitable within a matter of years, as the river consumes houses and, eventually, the school and runway.Carl also remembers the beginning: He was born a few miles away, at a site called Old Kealavik.But in 1958, the Bureau of Indian Affairs built a school at the nearby seasonal camp of Newtok. The story goes that the site was chosen because that was as far as the barge with the building supplies could make it. So that’s where it stopped, and that’s where the school was built.When Carl was about six, his family moved to be near the school. Families from all over the region did the same.“I remembered a guy who was telling our parents that if you want to have our kids put in the school, just move here,” Carl said.At the time, this was happening all over the state. Many Alaska Native families still moved around seasonally. Carl’s family lived in a sod house, the traditional housing built from the tundra. If a river changed directions and a site flooded, the camp could be rebuilt somewhere else.But when the government started building schools, the villages grew around them, rooting people in place. Other infrastructure followed: clinics and airstrips and power plants.Many of the sites were chosen the way Newtok was – convenience for the builders, not longevity for the village. Sally Russell Cox is a planner with the state of Alaska who has worked with Newtok since 2006.“No really good planner, or no really good developer would go out to this area and say, ‘Well this is a great place to build a new community!’,” Cox saidCox says their locations have made villages like Newtok more vulnerable to climate change.“That compounded with you know the warming that we’ve seen over quite a lot of years has really impacted these communities,” Cox said.Many locations were already vulnerable to environmental change. And now the landscape is changing faster than expected, with climate-driven shifts like the loss of sea and river ice.Newtok hopes to relocate to a new site, about nine miles upriver. The village has been trying to move for more than two decades, but it’s been a struggle to find the funding. One estimate puts the price tag for relocation at $130 million.Some advocates say Alaska’s history means the federal government has a special responsibility for village relocation.Robin Bronen is with the Alaska Institute for Justice. She’s working with more than a dozen villages trying to decide whether and how to move.“There is some responsibility I think from the federal government because the federal government made the decision to create sedentary coastal communities in the locations now where people are not being able to stay,” Bronen said.At times, Congress has seemed to recognize that responsibility. This spring, lawmakers approved $15 million to help Newtok move, as part of the bipartisan spending bill signed by President Trump. George Carl and others say that’s a big deal for Newtok. But — it’s a one-time fix. It will jump-start the move, but not complete it. And it doesn’t help other communities in the same situation.The schools, of course, did more than simply root people in place. The ripple effects of that policy are still being felt across Alaska today. In Newtok, some 60 years later, George Carl still remembers the culture shock. Everything was in English.“First days of school…I wasn’t understanding nothing at all. Just totally nothing,” Carl said.Carl says students weren’t allowed to speak Yup’ik.But many fundamental ways of life continued. For Carl, life in Newtok still revolves around subsistence hunting and fishing. This time of year, for instance, residents hunt for muskrat, mink and otter.That’s why, for George Carl and others in Newtok, it’s so important to relocate to a site nearby – and for families to stick together, and not scatter to other villages and cities around the state. He says he can’t imagine moving to Anchorage.“You know I’m adapted to Mother Nature and the ocean and the river, you know, that kind of food,” Carl said.The federal government made Carl’s family move once. Now, he’s asking for help to move again: this time, to a place of his own choosing.This story is adapted from the podcast Midnight Oil: The Big Thaw. Subscribe on iTunes, NPR One or wherever you get your podcasts.last_img read more

Plant trees save environment MEO Baswa Raj

first_imgZaheerabad: Government School students conducted a rally on Monday to bring awareness on Haritha Haram. MEO Baswa Raj participated in the programme.Speaking on the occasion, “Baswa Raj said, “Plants gives us oxygen and shelter whenever we need them. It is important to plant trees in our surroundings for our future generations.” Students, Teachers and others participated in the programme.last_img

Doubling down on Ben Simmons despite second round struggles

first_imgDoubling down on Ben Simmons despite second round strugglesAfter a promising first round playoff win over the Heat, the Sixers and Ben Simmons looked poised to skip a step in ‘The Process’ and potentially win the East, this year. Less than 2 weeks later, Simmons has all but disappeared and Philly finds themselves in an 0-3 hole and facing elimination against Boston.Even with a forgettable series against the Celtics, including a 1 point effort in Game 2 that was roundly mocked on the internet, Colin is doubling down on his proclamation from several weeks ago that Ben Simmons is the next truly transformative NBA superstar.Like Magic and LeBron, Simmons will learn from this and grow, and still become the Eastern Conference’s most transformative player over the next 10- to 15 years. Also:– 4 ingredients to an NBA championship teamGuests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio explaining why the Sixers will dominate the East in the future, not the Celtics; and why LeBron could play with Ben Simmons in Philly.Dahntay Jones – NBA World Champion with the Cavs talks LeBron’s buzzer beater and why Kawhi Leonard may not want to go to the Eastern Conference.Jason McIntyre –  Founder of The Big Lead is in-studio explaining why the Celtics will beat the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals. Time to burying LeBron over bad JanuariesLeBron hit another playoff buzzer beater to give the Cavs a commanding 3-0 series lead over the #1 seed Celtics, but during the winter dog days of the NBA in January, many in the media were predicting he might miss the playoffs altogether.January is one of the coldest months of the year, but also the one with the most NBA hot takes that don’t pan out. LeBron always struggles in January, and this playoff run proves it just doesn’t matter. January matters for the Raptors, LeBron is more of a playoff guy.last_img read more

AnonTab open sites in a secure environment

first_imgAnonTab: open sites in a secure environment by Martin Brinkmann on December 10, 2016 in Firefox, Google Chrome – Last Update: June 25, 2017 – 9 commentsAnonTab is an add-on for the Firefox and Chrome web browsers that enables you to load unknown or seemingly dangerous sites in a secure environment.While you may trust some sites to a degree that you visit regularly, you may have encountered situations where you wanted to be extra safe when visiting certain sites on the Internet.This can be for privacy reasons, to avoid handing over too many information to a site, or for security reasons, if you have reasons to believe that visiting a site might be dangerous or harmful.There are a couple of things that you can do, like installing security or privacy add-ons, using a different browser profile, or opening a page in the browser’s private browsing mode.AnonTabAnonTab for Firefox is an interesting add-on. The author describes it as taking the best from the NoScript and HTTPS Everywhere add-ons for Firefox, private browsing mode, and proxy use, and applying it all to the site in question.How does it work? The add-on installs without issues, and there is nothing to configure. You can right-click on any link and select “open link in AnonTab” to invoke the functionality.Please note that while you can download and install AnonTab for Firefox from the project’s Github page or the Mozilla Add-ons Store, that the Chrome version is only available on Github. You need to prepare Chrome specifically to install off-Store extensions.The Chrome extension may install in other Chromium-base browsers such as Opera or Vivaldi as well; I have not tried that however.The linked site will be opened in a new tab. The IP address of your device is masked via public Google proxy servers, SSL / TLS is enforced for the connection, and scripts are blocked on the site. Additionally, no logs or browsing history entries are kept locally.This sounds really good on paper, and it is, provided that the site and its content load fine.  HTTPS is only enforced if supported by the page. If it does not support it, the HTTP version is loaded instead. So that is not an issue, but the blocking of scripts may be.Some sites are programmed to load only if certain scripts are loaded, while functionality may be blocked on other sites instead.This goes hand in hand with a lack of controls. There is no option to allow certain scripts to run, which extensions like NoScript let you do.If you encounter a site that does not work when you load it in AnonTab, then you cannot load it as there is no option to customize the methods of AnonTab right now.Most blogs and content sites will load, but you may not get comments or other functionality that is powered by scripts.The add-on is built on top of DomPurify, a XSS and HTML sanitizer.Closing WordsAnonTab is a handy security and privacy extension for Firefox and Chrome. While it has less uses if you use extensions or other means that offer similar functionality, it’s greatest strength is that it is easy to use and does not impact regular browsing in any way. (Thanks Tom for the tip)Now You: Do you use security or privacy add-ons?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 6 votes Software Name AnonTabSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://github.com/0xsobky/AnonTab Advertisementlast_img read more

Update Tropical Depression Hanna soaks Nicaragua Honduras coasts harsh weather avoided in

first_imgUPDATE, Tuesday, 00:10:MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Downgraded to a tropical depression, Hanna on Monday lashed northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras, unleashing heavy rains that U.S. forecasters warned could cause deadly flash-flooding.Though slightly weaker and downgraded from tropical storm status, Hanna still could drench much of Honduras and northern Nicaragua with up to 38 centimeters (15 inches) of rain, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.“These rainfall amounts will produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC cautioned at 0001 GMT on Tuesday.Hanna, with top winds of 55 kilometers (35 miles) per hour, was forecast to move quickly inland and bring downpours to the region.While heavy rains might sound like good news for parts of Honduras that have been experiencing drought, the dry conditions actually make the terrain in mountainous Central America more prone to mudslides.And elsewhere in Honduras and in Nicaragua, the rainy season has saturated the soil, causing rivers and streams to overflow easily and triggering landslides on the slopes of volcanoes and mountainous areas across the countries.Original story continues here:MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua and Honduras are bracing for severe weather Monday after Tropical Storm Hanna formed off the Caribbean coast. Hanna, with top winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour, was forecast to move quickly inland and produce heavy rainfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.At 12 p.m. (1800 GMT), the storm system was located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west-southwest of Cabo Gracias a Dios on Nicaragua’s border with Honduras.The Miami-based NHC issued a tropical storm warning for the area between Punta Patuca, Honduras to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, which could expect heavy rains and high winds by 7 p.m. (0100 GMT).The forecasters said parts of both countries were already being drenched.“Hanna producing heavy rains over eastern Honduras and northeastern Nicaragua,” the NHC reported.The storm was moving west at 11 kilometers (seven miles) per hour and was expected to move further inland over northeastern Nicaragua on Tuesday. A handout picture released by El 19 Digital shows rescuers attempting to recover the bodies of residents who died in a landslide in the May 18 neighborhood of Managua, Nicaragua, on Oct. 16, 2014. Five people were killed when a seven-meter containment wall collapsed over their humble homes. AFP/EL 19 DIGITAL/ORLANDO MIRANDANicaragua issued a yellow alert, allowing civil defense agencies to take preventive measures to safeguard the population.The national disaster prevention agency SINAPRED urged people to remain calm and follow official guidance on the storm.“They are taking the necessary steps to safeguard the lives of people and their property,” meteorology chief Marcio Baca told Radio Ya.Hanna could produce up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain across Honduras and northern Nicaragua, according to the NHC.Heavy rains that have lashed the country since October 9 have left 28 people dead, displacing or otherwise affecting more than 60,645 people and damaging 6,214 homes.The rainy season has saturated the soil, causing rivers and streams to overflow and triggering landslides on the slopes of volcanoes and mountainous areas across the country.Meanwhile, Costa Rica’s National Meteorological Institute (IMN) on Monday afternoon ruled out that Hanna would have severe consequences in Costa Rica, according to IMN meteorologist Eladio Solano.Solano said normal rainy season conditions would continue here, with intermitent showers mostly in mountainous areas. Intermitent rains and cloudy skies also will occur in the Central Valley and the South and Central Pacific regions. An Oc. 27, 2014 NASA GOES Project satellite photo showing Tropical Storm Hanna. AFP PHOTO/NASA GOES PROJECT Related posts:Heavy rains in Costa Rica catch eye of US National Hurricane Center For Mexico, Hurricane Patricia hit just the right spot 1 dead, 4 missing as flooding hits Haiti El Niño heat expected to last through May Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica court convicts US investor of fraud

first_imgRelated posts:U.S. man escapes from Costa Rican detention center On eve of historic sex tourism trial, Cuba Dave is optimistic he’ll be acquitted Arrests made in case of murdered Dutch couple and laborer Cuba Dave found guilty of promoting sex tourism, faces five more years in prison While Judge Isabel Porras read out the counts against U.S. investor Cyrus Sepehr in a San José courtroom Thursday, he lowered his head to the wooden table, then lifted it back up to shout over her words.“There is no justice in this country,” Sepehr yelled in Spanish. “I am the victim.”After a three-week trial, judges convicted Sepehr on five counts of fraud, sentencing him to 20 years in prison for what Porras called an elaborate and structured Ponzi scheme designed to defraud fellow U.S. real estate investor Dan Kohanarieh.“Mr. Sepehr presented himself as a good person who was economically solvent and didn’t require any investors to complete his projects,” Porras said. “The court has found the complete opposite to be true.”In addition to a 20-year sentence, judges ruled that Sepehr must pay Kohanarieh $1 million for the “moral damages” he suffered as a result of the failed investments.The criminal case stemmed from a complaint from Kohanarieh, a businessman from Los Angeles, Calif., who alleged that Sepehr defrauded him and other investors of $7.2 million on four failed development projects across Costa Rica. Kohanarieh and Sepehr, along with a third investor, Ali Moradshahi, supposedly purchased the four separate properties with equal shares starting in 2007.Kohanarieh said in his Feb. 4 testimony that he now has no ownership of any of the properties in question, despite the defense arguing that all paperwork was filed legally and that Kohanarieh still has a one-third share of each piece of real estate.Judge Juan Carlos Pérez let Kohanarieh speak again in court on Monday. Following a lengthy attack on Sepehr in which Kohanarieh referred to his former development partner as a “scam artist,” he promised the judge he would reinvest all money afforded to him by the court in Costa Rica.“Every dollar we recuperate will be invested back into Costa Rica,” he promised Judge Pérez. “We will make every effort possible to redeem the name of Costa Rica in our own community and encourage further investments in Costa Rica.”Kohanarieh’s team of prosecutors argued that Sepehr tainted Costa Rica’s image among foreign real estate investors.“This sentence is extremely important for the country because it gives a clear and direct message that if someone comes to invest in Costa Rica, the justice system is going to guarantee that their transactions are done legally,” said prosecuting attorney Alejandro Rodríguez.Sepehr, who often refers to his ordeal as being something out of a movie, gave a long defense earlier this week in which he said Kohanarieh deliberately set him up, bought out witnesses testifying at the trial and once tried to extort him. He said the partnership took a sudden turn for the worse during a June 2010 meeting at the Hotel Intercontinental, where he said Kohanarieh was waiting with several other U.S. men that Sepehr had never seen before.According to Sepehr’s testimony, one of the men told Kohanarieh to step outside and then sat down at a table across from Sepehr. Sepehr testified that the man told him if he didn’t hand over $4 million by the end of the week, Sepehr’s family would be in danger.Sepehr told The Tico Times that he contacted the FBI in Miami, Florida following the incident, and that after that, the men backed off.The judges didn’t buy the story.“Through the use of lies and his knowledge of Costa Rican law, Sepehr took advantage of Kohanarieh and his fellow investors,” Judge Isabel Porras said in court. “He assured the money they gave never got back to the victims.”The wheelchair-bound Sepehr, who suffers from post-polio syndrome, has been in preventive prison since September. Post-polio syndrome affects polio survivors by deteriorating the muscles and paralyzing parts of the body. Sepehr’s preventive prison sentence, which was set to expire Thursday, is now extended until Aug. 16.Despite a December ruling from the Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court, which said that Sepehr had not been receiving sufficient medical attention for his disease in San Sebastián prison, he has remained in the prison, which is notorious for poor conditions and overcrowding.Defense attorney Guido Nuñez told The Tico Times after Thursday’s trial that he will appeal what he called a “totally unfounded” decision.“Giving him a sentence like this is basically a life sentence,” Nuñez said.He said that it was clearly demonstrated in the trial that the proper transactions had been made and that Kohanarieh had received his shares of the properties. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Can Home Equity Solve Rising Debt for Consumers

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News July 10, 2018 844 Views Can Home Equity Solve Rising Debt for Consumers? Sharecenter_img Consumers Credit Cards Debt Home Home Equity homeowners Mr Cooper 2018-07-10 Radhika Ojha A third of Americans with credit card debt are losing sleep over it. Yet, they are at a loss as to how to optimize their finances, according to a survey titled “Climbing out of Debt: Finding Solutions for High-interest Problems,” released by the mortgage lender and servicer Mr. Cooper on Tuesday.The nationwide online survey of more than 1,000 Americans with more than $500 in credit card debt was conducted in April covering U.S. Adults aged 18 years plus. It revealed that a third of the respondents said that they were losing sleep thinking about their debt situation and nearly a quarter of those with a spouse or partner said that their debt negatively impacted their relationship. While it’s clear that they want out from the debt trap most respondents, the survey said, didn’t know how. The survey revealed that more than two-thirds of respondents said that it would probably take them over six months to pay off credit card debt, while 15 percent expected it to take more than five years. Around 8 percent said they would never be able to pay off their debt, while 19 percent weren’t aware of the interest rates on their main card.“Americans’ credit card debt is skyrocketing, hitting a record high of $1 trillion earlier this year, and they’re feeling stressed. But homeowners have options available to help them get out of this high-interest debt,” said Jay Bray, Chairman, and CEO of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, the holding company for the Mr. Cooper brand.The survey also found that a large majority (77 percent) carried their credit card balance from month to month rather than paying it in full and half of the respondents said that they did not have a budget to curtail on their credit card expenses despite the debt.Mr. Cooper said that homeowners could look at tapping into their home equity to help them optimize their finances and deal with high-interest debts like credit cards. The survey found that 44 percent of homeowners had more than $100,000 in home equity. “The Mr. Cooper customer base reflects similar data, with collectively more than $400 billion in home equity or an average of $100,000 per customer,” the company said. “Many homeowners have the ability to use this equity to optimize their finances and save thousands of dollars every year.” “At Mr. Cooper, we’re dedicated to educating homeowners about how they can use their greatest asset—their homes—to lower their monthly payments, support their financial goals and escape the debt cycle that traps so many Americans,” Bray said.As part of educating more customers, Mr. Cooper recently announced the upcoming launch of the new Mr. Cooper with Home Intelligence mobile app to help homeowners make informed decisions about their financial health. The app will provide insights into how much their home may be worth, the current state of their home equity and how homeowners can use home equity and refinancing options to save money and get out of debt.Learn more about home equity:Why Aren’t Homeowners Tapping Their Equity?last_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Andre Ellington, Cardinals Running Back The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “If I were a betting man, that will be one of ’em that’s sent in,” Keim told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 F.M., Arizona’s Sports Station.That particular call did not prevent Ellington from having the most productive day of any Cardinals skill position player. Ellington caught nine passes, the most of any Cardinal targeted by Palmer, for 86 yards.In addition, since Week 2, Ellington leads running backs in pass routes with 101, targets with 26 and is fifth with 157 receiving yards, according to Pro Football Focus.At this point in his career, Ellington said he prefers to show off his skillset in open space and his skills have been on display — both on east-rest runs or as a pass catcher on slant or crossing routes.Ellington said as the game wore on, as a result of the 49ers’ commitment to shut down Larry Fitzgerald, he became more of a factor in the pass game — but that was not necessarily the game plan.“That is really how the game went,” Ellington said. “Everyone has an opportunity of getting the ball at any time based off how the defense is playing. I was able to find those zone lanes for Carson and he was able to get me the ball.”A foot injury may have derailed Ellington’s 2014 season, but his performance Sunday reminded him of his rookie season in 2013. Even Mike Pereira, the former Vice President of Officiating for the National Football League and current rules analyst for Fox Sports, thought Ellington had control of the ball.“The ball can move a little bit but he had control first,” Pereira said after the touchdown was overturned. “Clear and obvious to overturn? No way do I see that.”Wow Andre Ellington touchdown overturned #NFL #AZCardinals #BirdGang #SFvsAZ #BeRedSeeRed pic.twitter.com/Ge5s0n9Dnf— 🚨 Ronnie Laybold 🐾 (@YotesHereToStay) October 1, 2017But the initial call of a touchdown was overturned. The Cardinals won the game in overtime, but Ellington said he is not sure what the rules are anymore.“I don’t know what a catch is nowadays,” Ellington told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “It was the best throw. Carson put it on me where I could catch it. I thought I pulled it in and secured it. I thought I had pretty good control of it. If I can remember correctly, after I caught it and stood up, (I) threw the ball to the referee.”Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said he sends plays the team disagrees with to the league office and seemed to indicate the Ellington touchdown that wasn’t would be one of them. In 15 games (one start), Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry on 118 attempts and 9.5 yards per reception on 39 catches.“I’ll say during the game I felt like was in 2013,” Ellington said. “But after the game, I felt like I was in 2013.” 7 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) can’t make the touchdown catch as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson (33) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington appeared to have a touchdown grab in the second quarter of the Cardinals 18-15 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. With the Cardinals facing a third down and goal, Palmer looked right, stepped up into the pocket and threw a strike right into Ellington’s hands.The call on the field was a touchdown and replays appeared to show Ellington got both feet in bounds.last_img read more

Man who threatened to torch himself over eviction persuaded to back down

first_imgA 41-year-old man was up on the roof of the house he was living in for almost five hours on Thursday threatening to set himself on fire after authorities tried to evict him and his family.The man went up on the roof of the house at around 10 am threatening to set himself on fire if authorities evicted his family after members of the Larnaca district administration went earlier in the day accompanied by police officers to execute an eviction order.Police negotiators managed to convince the man to come down at around 2.30pm. An ambulance and the fire service were also on the scene.During the incident, his wife and children were reportedly locked up in the house.The man reportedly moved with his wife and four children into the house in question, which is Turkish Cypriot property, without the consent of authorities.According to reports, the interior ministry has been trying since last November to get the six-member family to move out as it wants to house another family. There was another attempt to evict them earlier in the week but the family reportedly reacted strongly and officials did not go through with it.They were reportedly given another house to move into but refused, claiming it was too small for six.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

It Was Priyankas Own Decision Not to Contest from Varanasi Says Congs

first_img 2019 lok sabha electionsBJPcongresspm narendra modi First Published: April 26, 2019, 8:33 PM IST Jaipur: Congress leader Sam Pitroda on Friday said it was party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s own decision not to contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.Speculation over Priyanka Gandhi’s electoral debut from Modi’s constituency ended on Thursday when the Congress fielded Ajay Rai, a political lightweight, from the Uttar Pradesh constituency. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley then took a dig at the Congress, claiming that Priyanka Gandhi had quietly chickened out of the contest.”The party president had left the final decision on her,” Pitroda said when reporters asked him about Rahul Gandhi not fielding his sister from the high-profile constituency.“She decided that she has several responsibilities. She decided that rather than concentrating on one seat, she should focus on the job she has at hand,” said Pitroda, who heads the Indian Overseas Congress. “So that decision was finally hers and she decided it.” Speculation over a Priyanka Gandhi-Modi face-off was triggered last month when the Congress leader in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh herself hinted at the possibility.Answering questions from reporters, Priyanka Gandhi has said she would contest if the party asked her.When questioned on the speculation, Congress president Rahul Gandhi recently said, “I will leave you in suspense. Suspense is not always a bad thing.”At his Jaipur press conference, Pitroda accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of not fulfilling its promises and claimed that people’s freedom is being curtailed under its government.”When questions are asked, the government gets angry,” he said, referring to the air strike against Pakistan after a terror attack against CRPF jawans in Kashmir. “Who are you to call us traitors? We will say whatever we have to say.”He said the BJP government had failed in generating employment.”We will have to create at least 10 crore jobs in five to seven years. In the past five years, not a single new job was created but 50 lakh jobs reduced,” Pitroda claimed.”Creating jobs is a difficult job which they don’t know,” he said, claiming that the Congress has a better record on this. last_img read more

Justin Biebers Limo Van Meets with an Accident on His Way to

first_img hailey baldwinHailey Baldwin BieberI Don’t CareJustin Biber accident First Published: June 7, 2019, 12:15 PM IST Justin Bieber got into a minor car accident on Wednesday, June 6 in Los Angeles. The Baby singer met with an accident while he was on his way to Church with wife Hailey Baldwin Bieber. According to a news report by TMZ, the 25-year-old musician was inside of a black limo van at the time of the accident. However, the limo van was not being driven by Bieber himself, but by a personal driver hired by him. The minor accident took place between Bieber’s limo van and a white Hyundai Sonata. While the photos show the limo van’s side panel close to the back end of the Hyundai Sonata car, suggesting light damage, no one has been reported hurt in the accident. While TMZ has reported that there has been nothing more than a scratch on the Hyundai Sonata car, Justin’s limo van had probably suffered a dent. While it’s still not unknown who hit whose car, the police are busy investigating the issue. Incidentally, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan also had through a similar experience on Tuesday when his newly purchased Bugatti ran into an accident. It was just 15-minutes that he purchased a $2 million worth Bugatti, when the ultra-expensive car got involved in a crash. On the work front, while Justin Bieber’s latest album was ‘I Don’t Care’, where he collaborated with Ed Sheeran, the 25-year-old has now teamed up with Gucci Mane for a brand new collaboration ‘Love Thru The Computer.’ last_img read more

Rae Bareli Voters Say Congress Turncoat No Match for Sonia Gandhi

first_imgRae Bareli: As Congress turncoat and BJP candidate from Rae Bareli, Dinesh Pratap Singh, prepares to take on UPA chairperson and four-time MP, Sonia Gandhi, voters say they are convinced that she will retain the seat.While the BJP is trying to project the polls in Rae Bareli — one of the country’s most high-profile constituencies, as a contest between ‘parivarvaad’ (dynastic politics) of the Congress and development, people say they can’t trust a man who “betrayed” the Gandhis. Singh, a local strongman, was chosen by the BJP over Ajay Agarwal, a Supreme Court lawyer, who had contested from the seat in Uttar Pradesh’s Awadh region in the 2014 general election.Top BJP leaders including party president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have campaigned to garner support for Singh, trying to convince voters to switch from “the family” to usher in growth.Bollywood actor Sunny Deol, who joined the BJP last month, will also hold a roadshow in Rae Bareli, which goes to polls on May 6, on Saturday.Once a confidante of the Gandhis, Singh dubbed the Congress a “private limited company” of the first family.”I quit the Congress because it was serving only the interests of one family and not the nation. It has become a private limited company of the Gandhis,” Singh, who joined the BJP last year, told PTI.”Despite the segment repeatedly electing Gandhis from here, there has been no development and 3.29 lakh families, which is about 13.5 lakh people, here are still below the poverty line,” he said.However, the voters are unimpressed with the “son of the soil” and only want Gandhi, who has held the seat since 2004, to represent Rae Bareli.A tea stall owner, Kishore Nandan, said it is a one-sided contest in the constituency.”How can you trust a person who was once a close aide of the Gandhi family and has now switched sides?” he asked.Kamlesh, who runs a sweet shop and a restaurant said, “This town is known because of the Gandhi family.”Recalling a visit to Mumbai, he said people there told him “you come from the place of Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi”.Former prime minister and the UPA chairperson’s mother-in-law, Indira Gandhi, had represented Rae Bareli from 1967 to 1977.”We want that Sonia ji should represent us as MP throughout her lifetime,” Kamlesh said, adding that Gandhi’s defeat would earn Rae Bareli a bad name across the country.Gandhi has only visited Rae Bareli twice this polling season — first to file her nomination papers and second on Thursday, when she addressed a rally and attacked the BJP for making false promises.However, the voters are unperturbed.A labourer, Ram Asre said, “She may only come here occasionally as she is unwell, but she will surely win.”Much of the UPA chairperson’s poll campaign is being handled by her daughter and Congress general secretary, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who has held public meetings and a roadshow here.During the campaigning, the Congress leader accused the BJP of stalling development and described Singh as a “renegade”.”Dinesh Pratap Singh was part of our party and used to touch our feet. He has now changed sides. But Rae Bareli will teach him a lesson,” she said.Voters in Rae Bareli said they feel an emotional connection with the Gandhi family.Though a fan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Deepak Tripathi, a businessman, said, “It will be an insult to Rae Bareli if Sonia Gandhi loses.”Another labourer, Ram Narain, said Gandhi has done a lot for the region, which is home to one AIIMS, a flying institute, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and a footwear design centre. Amit Shahavadh-uttar-pradesh-lok-sabha-elections-2019Bharatiya Janata PartyBJP First Published: May 4, 2019, 12:26 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Senguptalast_img read more