Selena Gomez Goes Acoustic For UNICEF

first_imgActress, multiplatinum recording artist, and fashion designer Selena Gomez hosted a concert benefiting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on Saturday, January 19 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.The third annual Acoustic Charity Concert hosted by Gomez, a UNICEF Ambassador and avid supporter of the organization, raised more than $150,000 to support UNICEF’s programs that provide nutrition, clean water, medicine, education and more to children worldwide.“I have worked with UNICEF since I was 17 years old, and I’ve seen first-hand the results of their critical support for children all over the world,” she said. “When I first started with the organization, 24,000 children died every day of causes we can prevent, and that number has now been reduced to 19,000. It’s amazing to see the progress and I’m thrilled to help bring awareness to UNICEF’s lifesaving work.”During her show, Gomez performed hits including “Love You Like A Love Song,” “Naturally,” and “Who Says” as well as fan favorite cover songs such as Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” The concert also featured performers Bridgit Mendler, Noah Guthrie, and Nat and Alex Wolff.Gomez was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in September 2009, and she has enthusiastically used her talents to advocate for the world’s most vulnerable children. In total, Gomez’s three Acoustic Charity Concerts for UNICEF have raised nearly $400,000 for UNICEF programs worldwide.Gomez recently attended the annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City where she auctioned off two backstage packages to her benefit concert for the highest bidders, raising $40,000 for UNICEF.last_img read more

18K trouble-mongers identified from districts

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Bengal, has identified around 18,000 trouble-mongers in the state. A report in this regard has been sent to the Election Commission of India (ECI).It may be mentioned that Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain during his visit to the state on March 16 had directed the police and administrative officials to identify the trouble-mongers and make preventive arrests. Following Jain’s visit, CEO Ariz Aftab instructed ADG (Law and Order) Siddh Nath Gupta to make a list of such people and submit it to his office within a week. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources in the CEO office, 18399 people might be responsible for creating trouble during the upcoming elections. During the Assembly elections in 2016, the figure was 16,428 while during the Lok Sabha polls of 2014, it was 12,904. According to the report, South 24-Parganas topped the list with 2,213 trouble-mongers, Murshidabad and Birbhum accounted for 1,726 such people each while in Kolkata around 752 people have made it to the list. Kolkata is eighth among the districts when it comes to the number of trouble-mongers. Interestingly, Howrah Police Commissionerate, Jhargram Police district and South Dinajpur with 73, 83 and 112 people respectively are the most peaceful zones in respect to the probable trouble-makers. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Apart from making preventive arrests, the Commission has also asked for strict execution of the Non-bailable Arrests Warrant (NBW), seizure of arms, ammunition and illicit liquor. We have been asked to send periodical reports to the ECI along with the data compiled from the districts,” an official in the CEO office mentioned. However, a source in the EC office said this is not the final list as it is based on the present situation. The identification process is going on and the CEO office along with the police administration is keeping a strict vigil on whether there is entry of any outsiders from the bordering states or countries during the elections. The source added that the Commission is considering sending an additional 40 companies of the Central Forces particularly for districts like Jhargram, West Midnapore, Nadia, Murshidabad, South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Cooch Behar and Darjeeling which share their borders with neighbouring countries or states.last_img read more

FTA EU-Morocco: EU Hopes 4th Round of Talks Will Be Constructive

first_imgRabat – The EU hopes that the 4th round of talks on the full and deep Free Trade Agreement (ALECA), which will bring together Moroccan and European experts on April 7-11 in Brussels, will be constructive.The EU hopes that the event will be constructive in order to continue to forge ahead with an agreement that will mark a turning point in trade relations between the EU and Morocco, said on Friday the EU Delegation in Rabat in a statement.Morocco is the only country in the region to engage negotiations for a full and deep free FTA with the EU, which explains the readiness of the Kingdom which has undertaken major reforms in various areas, the same source added.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral ends India visit with strong call for UN reform

In a lecture Mr. Annan delivered at the India International Centre in New Delhi, he strongly rebutted the suggestion that development, and the concerns of the developing world, did not receive much attention in the report “In Larger Freedom,” his comprehensive agenda for change at the UN. “On the contrary, development is the subject of the first and longest chapter in the report, which maps out a detailed and practical strategy for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015,” he said, referring to the targets set at a UN summit in 2000 to tackle a host of socio-economic ills. The report contained important proposals on trade and debt relief, as well as a call for all developed countries to reach a target for increased development aid of 70 cents out of every $100 dollars of gross national income, he added. The Secretary-General said it would be preferable for UN Member States to agree on Security Council reform by consensus, but inability to reach consensus should not become an excuse for postponing action. Mr. Annan also participated in an exchange of questions and answers after his lecture, and then gave a press conference before leaving New Delhi. He is expected to be back in New York in time to attend tomorrow morning’s Security Council meeting on Lebanon and the implementation of resolution 1559, which calls for a full withdrawal of foreign forces from Lebanon. read more

US home prices jump 93 per cent in February from a year

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US home prices jump 9.3 per cent in February from a year ago, largest amount since May 2006 by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 9:01 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices rose 9.3 per cent in February compared with a year ago, the most in nearly seven years. The gains were driven by a growing number of buyers who bid on a limited supply of homes.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased from an 8.1 per cent year-over-year gain in January. And annual prices rose in February in all 20 cities for the second month in a row.Phoenix led all cities with an annual gain of 23 per cent in February. Prices jumped nearly 19 per cent in San Francisco. In Las Vegas, home prices increased 17.6 per cent and in Atlanta they rose 16.5 per cent.Eleven of the 20 cities reported price gains in February compared with January. Those monthly numbers are not seasonally adjusted and reflect the slower winter buying period.The index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. It measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The February figures are the latest available.Steady hiring and near-record low mortgage rates are driving up demand, helping sustain the housing recovery that began last year. Buyer traffic was 25 per cent higher in March than it was a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors.At the same time, prices are surging because buyers have fewer homes to bid on. The number of homes available for sale has fallen nearly 17 per cent in the past year to 1.93 million, the Realtors’ group said last week. At the current sales pace, that supply would be exhausted in 4.7 months, below the 6 months that is typical in healthier markets.Home prices nationwide are still about 30 per cent below their peak reached at the height of the housing bubble in August 2006. They are only back to where they were in the fall of 2003.And Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow, a real estate data provider, cautioned that the national figures are being skewed by sharp rebounds in cities hit hard during the housing bust, including Las Vegas and Phoenix. Investors are helping drive up prices in those cities.“This report needs to start being taken with a grain of salt,” Humphries said. “The appreciation rates we’re currently seeing … are not broadly reflective of what’s happening in the national housing market right now.”Steady home price gains can help drive the housing recovery. Higher home prices encourage more people to buy before prices rise further. They can also entice more homeowners to sell by making them more confident they’ll get a good price. In addition, higher prices raise the equity people have in their homes, which makes selling more profitable.Banks may also be more willing to provide mortgage loans if prices are generally rising.But many homeowners still owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. That can make it difficult to sell.Higher home values can also help the economy. They increase homeowners’ wealth, which encourages more spending. Consumer spending drives 70 per cent of economic growth.Sales of previously occupied homes levelled off over the winter but may increase in the coming months. A measure of signed contracts to buy homes rose to a three-year high in March.Homebuilders are also starting work on more new homes and apartments. That creates more construction jobs. Builders started work on more than 1 million homes at an annual rate in March. That’s the first time the pace has topped that threshold in nearly 5 years. read more

UNICEF expands relief efforts in Latin America and Caribbean after month of

“Children in Latin America and the Caribbean have faced several natural disasters of epic proportions in September,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Programmes. “With four successive hurricanes – including Hurricane Irma, the largest ever recorded over the Atlantic – and two major earthquakes in Mexico, the past few weeks have been relentless,” he added. In the past month, four major hurricanes – Category 3 or higher – have churned through the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean. Hurricanes Irma, Jose, Katia and Maria caused major damage to island nations in the Caribbean, as well as continental North and Central America, devastating the lives of millions of people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and displaced. Since two earthquakes – 12 days apart – caused widespread damage and destruction in central Mexico, the region has experienced over 4,000 aftershocks, including a 6.1 magnitude quake as recently as 23 September. Up to seven million children live in the affected areas and thousands have been left homeless, with no access to basic services. It’s absolutely vital that children who have lived through these traumatic events get the psychosocial support they need UNICEF Mexico Ambassador ThaliaAcross the region, UNICEF has urgently scaled up its?emergency response?to reach vulnerable children with protection services, water, sanitation and hygiene, health and education initiatives. “It’s absolutely vital that children who have lived through these traumatic events get the psychosocial support they need,” said UNICEF Mexico Ambassador Thalia, who visited UNICEF operations centre this week to learn more about UNICEF’s response. In Mexico, UNICEF is working with its partners in earthquake-affected areas to establish temporary schools, promote school safety guidelines, train teachers in psychosocial support, and distribute education supplies and early childhood development kits to teachers and caregivers. “Through child-friendly spaces UNICEF is able to provide children with a safe place, to play, learn and begin to heal their psychological wounds,” Ambassador Thalia underscored. For children and families affected by the hurricanes, UNICEF is working with partners and local governments to provide immediate relief including access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, provision of psycho social support for children and working to ensure children and able to get back into education as soon as possible. To support its humanitarian response in Mexico, Cuba, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti, UNICEF is appealing for $18.1 million. read more

UN report sheds light on unimaginable horrors faced by migrants and refugees

UN staff visiting 11 detention centres, where thousands of migrants and refugees are being held, documented torture, ill-treatment, forced labour, and rape by the guards. Migrants held in the centres are systematically subjected to starvation and severe beatings, burned with hot metal objects, electrocuted and subjected to other forms of ill-treatment with the aim of extorting money from their families through a complex system of money transfers.The detention centres are characterized by severe overcrowding, lack of ventilation and lighting, and insufficient washing facilities and latrines.  In addition to the abuses and violence committed against the people held there, many of them suffer from malnutrition, skin infections, acute diarrhoea, respiratory-tract infections and other ailments, as well as inadequate medical treatment. Children are held with adults in the same squalid conditions.The report points to the apparent “complicity of some State actors, including local officials, members of armed groups formally integrated into State institutions, and representatives of the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defence, in the smuggling or trafficking of migrants and refugees.”The UN independent human rights expert on torture, Nils Melzer, estimates that, given the risks of facing human rights abuses in the country, transfers and returns to Libya can be considered a violation of the international legal principle of “non-refoulement”, which protects asylum seekers and migrants against returns to countries where they have reason to fear violence or persecution.”The situation is utterly dreadful,” said Michelle Bachelet on Thursday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “Tackling the rampant impunity would not only end the suffering of tens of thousands of migrant and refugee women, men and children seeking a better life, but also undercut the parallel illicit economy built on the abuse of these people and help establish the rule of law and national institutions.”The report calls on European States to reconsider the human costs of their policies and ensure that their cooperation and assistance to the Libyan authorities respectful of human rights, and in line with international human rights and refugee law, so they do not, directly or indirectly, result in men, women and children being trapped in abusive situations with little hope of protection and remedy. “There is a local and international failure to handle this hidden human calamity that continues to take place in Libya,” said Ghassan Salamé, who heads UNSMIL.From unlawful killings, arbitrary detention and torture, to gang rape, slavery, and human trafficking, the report covers a 20-month period up to August 2018, and details a terrible litany of violations and abuses committed by a range of State officials, armed groups, smugglers and traffickers against migrants and refugees.Unidentified bodies of migrants and refugees bearing gunshot wounds, torture marks and burns are frequently uncovered in rubbish bins, dry river beds, farms and the desert – UN Libya report on migrants and refugeesThe findings are based on 1,300 first-hand accounts gathered by UN human rights staff in Libya itself, as well from migrants who have returned to Nigeria, or managed to reach Italy, tracing the entire journey of migrants and refugees from Libya’s southern border, across the desert to the northern coast.The climate of lawlessness in Libya provides fertile ground for illicit activities, leaving migrants and refugees “at the mercy of countless predators who view them as commodities to be exploited and extorted,” the report says, noting that “the overwhelming majority of women and older teenage girls” report having been “gang raped by smugglers or traffickers.”Many people are sold from one criminal group to another and held in unofficial and illegal centres run directly by armed groups or criminal gangs. “Countless migrants and refugees lost their lives during captivity by smugglers, after being shot, tortured to death, or simply left to die from starvation or medical neglect,” the report says. “Across Libya, unidentified bodies of migrants and refugees bearing gunshot wounds, torture marks and burns are frequently uncovered in rubbish bins, dry river beds, farms and the desert.”Those who manage to survive the abuse and exploitation, and attempt the perilous Mediterranean crossing, are increasingly being intercepted – or “rescued” as some claim – by the Libyan Coast Guard. Since early 2017, the approximately 29,000 migrants returned to Libya by the Coast Guard were placed in detention centres where thousands remain indefinitely and arbitrarily, without due process or access to lawyers or consular services. read more

Commentary Westboro Baptist Church shouldnt be so quick to judge in Paterno

On Thursday, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno will be laid to rest after spending half of his life teaching the lessons of life and football in State College, Pa. Thousands will attend to mourn the loss of Paterno as part of a three-day period of public mourning that started Tuesday and runs until Thursday. While most attendees are saying their final goodbyes to the winningest coach in Division I college football history with love and respect, other, less welcome visitors will be trying to disrupt. The Westboro Baptist Church, a notorious hate group that protests military funerals and often partakes in other acts of stupidity, plans to picket the funeral in protest of homosexuality. 2012 marked the 50th year of marriage between Paterno and his wife, Sue. That seems straight to me. Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro minister Fred Phelps, tweeted this week that Paterno is “in Hell” and implied that God took Paterno’s life on Sunday morning because he failed to report the child molestation allegations that surround former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. This makes sense, because God certainly wasn’t aware of Paterno’s failure to report Sandusky’s wrongdoings when they happened 10 years ago. As all semi-intelligent human beings, such as Margie Phelps, are aware, God only finds out when people commit awful acts in life once the media gets ahold of the information and reveals it to the general public. It must have been difficult for God to determine who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell before media outlets like ESPN, CNN and The Lantern existed. I suppose he just flipped a coin on anyone and everyone who never made the newspapers. I hope you can sense my sarcasm. WBC gets away with protesting funerals and events on a regular basis. Thursday might be a bit different. Coming into State College, Pa. and disrespecting Paterno is the equivalent of protesting a king’s funeral — and make no mistake about it, in State College, there has never been and will never be a more prominent, iconic and king-like figure than Paterno. The State College Police Department should quietly arrest the protestors within seconds of them arriving. I’m not a policeman, but this fits the description of “disturbing the peace,” right? If PSU students were arrested for protesting Paterno’s firing, then an arrest of WBC for protesting his funeral certainly seems appropriate. Don’t make a big deal of it — keep the spotlight on honoring Paterno. Then, get the dirt bags out of the public eye and make sure they never want to come back to State College, Pa., again. Paterno made an incredible mistake. Not reporting the molestation of anyone, regardless of age or gender, is beyond unacceptable. I’m not saying Paterno deserves a free pass because of his death. What I am saying is that for more than 60 years, Paterno took thousands of young football players and did all he could to ensure they became men, both on and off the field. His former players’ testimonials about him over the past few weeks have been countless and genuine. When Sandusky goes to court and the facts are unveiled, the psychos that run WBC can have their say, hold up their signs and believe that anyone other than fellow loons and bigots care about their message. The rest of us sane people can have our opinions as well. But for now, they should stay away from the situation and allow Paterno’s family and friends to let him go in peace. Let’s hope the folks who run law enforcement in State College, Pa. make sure of that. read more

iPhone 4 and a sensor tattoo creates diabetic blood monitor

first_imgDiabetics have a problem dealing with sugar because they don’t produce enough insulin (Type 1) or any insulin that is produced gets no reaction from the person’s cells (Type 2). Treatment is mainly through management of blood sugar levels which if done properly can stop many of the complications.It’s the monitoring of those blood sugar levels that researchers are working towards making as simple and fast as possible, and the latest idea involves the use of a sensor tattoo and an iPhone 4.Rather than having to take a blood sample Dr. Heather Clark of Northeastern University has come up with a method that can give instant feedback on levels of sodium, glucose, and alcohol in a person’s blood just by looking at a set of sensors under the skin.The sensors are only 100nm wide and get placed under the skin just like tattoos are. Nanoparticles in the sensors attach to different aspects of the blood and have a color-changing effect on the sensor. Doing that for sodium, glucose, and alcohol presents three specific colors that tell you their current levels.In order to read the sensor an iPhone 4 camera is used with an attachment powered by a battery. A blue LED is turned on to contrast with the sensors, and software on the iPhone can view and interpret the colors. The result is near instant feedback on the person’s blood state.Work still needs to be done to allow the iPhone app to interpret the data properly, but that is only a matter of time. The key thing about this method is it uses widely available hardware and does not require someone with medical equipment and training to do the tests. The person with the embedded sensor can do it themselves regularly and react quickly if there is a problem.It is going to be a few years before we see this system being given out to diabetics, but as time passes it will become more accurate because the cameras in smartphones get better with every launch. Better cameras mean more accurate feedback and better readings.More at Wired and RSC Publishinglast_img read more

Monk caught with 46 million methamphetamine pills

first_imgMonk caught with 4.6 million methamphetamine pills The Buddhist monk had been hiding the drugs in his monastery, police said. No Comments Short URL File photo http://jrnl.ie/3228476 Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 9:16 AM By AFP Feb 8th 2017, 9:16 AM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share32 Tweet Email1 38,057 Views A BUDDHIST MONK in Myanmar has been caught hiding more than four million methamphetamine pills in his monastery.The monk, named Arsara, is in custody after police discovered hundreds of thousands of the tablets in his car as he was driving from Shwe Baho village in the town of Maungdaw in Rakhine state bordering Bangladesh.“First the police found 400,000 drug pills” when they searched his vehicle on Sunday evening, local police chief Kyaw Mya Win told AFP.“The police then went to the monk’s monastery and found another 4.2 million pills.”Myanmar is one of the world’s top narcotics-producing nations, churning out huge quantities of methamphetamines as well as opium and cannabis.The meth pills are are hugely popular across Asia among everyone from wealthy clubbers to exhausted blue-collar employees working long shifts.Last year police confiscated a record 98 million stimulant tablets, nearly double the 50 million seized in 2015.Trafficking has particularly been on the rise in Rakhine state, home to more than a million people from the impoverished Muslim Rohingya minority.In September, state media reported that two men had been arrested after 6.2 million methamphetamine tablets were found in their car in Maungdaw.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘We will never turn our back on Europe’: Scottish parliament rejects Brexit >Read: Hundreds riot in Paris protest after black man allegedly raped with policeman’s baton > File photo Image: AP/Press Association Images Image: AP/Press Association Imageslast_img read more

Woman knocked down on TCI highway dies at the scene

first_imgBoth vehicle drivers had stopped and are assisting Police with the investigation into exactly what happened.We await the official Police report. The accident happened around 7pm. Related Items:#pedestriancrossing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – October 21, 2017 – Two vehicles were involved in a pedestrian fatality in #Providenciales on Friday night; a woman in her 40s died on the scene on Leeward Highway.It was described as a dark scene, both because of the blackness of the night and the sadness of the situation. A report to Magnetic Media is that the woman, originally from Haiti, was trying to cross the highway from the area of ScotiaBank and retail store, Kishco when she was struck by a black Nissan Murano and ran over by a second vehicle, a white Kia jeep.The woman, who died at the scene is suspected to have been pregnant; however that information is not confirmed by authorities. Eyewitnesses say there was blood coming from the woman’s mouth, a large gash in her head and that her stomach seemed unusually large, suggesting that she may have been with child.The area has been the site of many serious traffic mishaps, including instances where pedestrians were struck. The width of the roadway, the busyness of the intersection, the narrowness of the median and the rate of speed of most motorists in the area makes for a deadly mix. Exacerbating the situation, there is no pedestrian crossing at the dimly lit location.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

BAHAMAS Health Minister gives update on the bed shortage at PMH

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 13, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands gave an update on the bed shortage in the Princess Margaret Hospital’s (PMH) Accident & Emergency Department (A&E) during a press conference at the Ministry, February 8, 2018.“As of yesterday, I think we were down to 24 boarders; and we had I believe a total of 16 patients in the A&E waiting admission.  This problem is going to continue for some time at least until we can get definitive completion of the first ward, which used to be the Male Chest Ward, now the Corey Newbold Ward,” Dr. Sands said.“Once that Ward is completed it will add an additional 24 beds to the available complement of beds and will dramatically reduce the need to house patients in other areas either in the Emergency Room or virtual wards throughout the hospital.”He explained that the Corey Newbold Ward is expected to be completed by April.  There is another ward being renovated but there is no definitive date yet as to when that will be completed to further add beds.Dr. Sands said there is no simple fix to the boarder situation at PMH, but they are constantly looking at ways to dramatically reduce the chronic challenge of having boarders at the hospital.These boarders are discharged in-patients on the Clinical Wards and A&E for whom relatives and emergency contacts continue to be unreachable or unwilling to collect.   According to hospital staff, this not only drains vital hospital resources but regrettably has further impacted the hospital’s ability to provide bed space for new admissions.A nursing shortage is making problems at the hospital more difficult.  Dr. Sands said that it is a problem that cannot be solved in a day or a week.   “These are chronic problems and if you have a shortage of 440 plus nurses across the healthcare system, you are not going to fix that problem in the short term.“We have made it very clear that this demands a very considered approach to try and stem the tide.  S o we need to not only recruit but we also have to retain.”The Health Minister explained that the loss of Baha­­­­mian nurses is leading to the hiring of International health professionals, which can sometimes pose some language and cultural challenges for patient care.“Ideally, even though we are extremely grateful to have been able to attract an international team of professionals, we would like to have the core of our nursing team be Bahamian.”Noting that the general finish and appearance of the Maternity Ward leaves much to be desired at PMH, Dr. Sands said there are plans to identify reasonable upgrades that can suffice until a new Maternity Ward can be constructed.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

1yearold father injured in Miami Gardens shooting

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a 1-year-old child and his father to the hospital after, police said, they were wounded in a shooting in Miami Gardens.According Miami Gardens Police, a 23-year-old man and his child were shot in the area of Northwest 187th Street and 23rd Avenue on Monday, just before 9 p.m.“As far as we know, the father was holding the child in his arms when he was shot,” said Miami Gardens Police Officer Carlos Austin.Neighbors in the area were surprised to hear about the shooting in what one of them described as a quiet community.“It was like a barrage of ‘brrrrrr, pop, pop, pop, pop,’” said area resident Maxine Solie, “and I said to the person I was talking to, ‘Them fools must maybe think that it’s still the Fourth of July.’”Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews airlifted both victims to Ryder Trauma Center. The adult victim was last listed in critical condition and his child in stable condition.Police set up a perimeter and searched for the shooter late into the night, Monday. “The call came out as three people shot, so we don’t know at this time if it’s a victim or a suspect,” said Austin. “I just know we’re looking for a possible third victim.” Cops now searching via chopper for possible 3rd “victim” of shooting after child, 1, father, 23 were hospitalized. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/lnqykvdHyH— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) July 24, 2018“It’s sad, it’s depressing, it’s alarming,” said Solie, who has lived in this neighborhood for 30 years. “This used to be a very quiet, nice neighborhood.”At this time, police said they are looking for a dark colored Honda with dark tinted windows.If you have any information on this double shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Apple Watch Series 3 deals 199 for 38mm 229 for 42mm

first_img 50 Photos Apple reading • Apple Watch Series 3 deals: $199 for 38mm, $229 for 42mm Share your voice • Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple 0 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Enlarge ImageThe Apple Watch Series 3 is frequently discounted. James Martin/CNET With Apple moving on to its newer and redesigned Apple Watch Series 4, the older Apple Watch Series 3 frequently goes on sale. But the noncellular versions are arguably a good deal for iPhone owners, especially when you consider the Watch Series 4 starts at $400. Both Best Buy and Amazon have the Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm) for $199. List price: $279. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.See it AmazonSee it at Best BuyYou can also get the 42mm model (regularly $309) for $229. The color options are limited, but you can always buy an affordable third-party band down the road. See it AmazonSee it at Best BuyRead more in CNET’s full Apple Watch Series 3 review. See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Unboxing the Apple Watch Series 3 Post a comment 2:02 The Apple Watch Series 3, dunked, sweated and tested Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Wearable Tech Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019last_img read more

10 Best Tech Gifts for EcoWarriors

first_img Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Going green isn’t always easy, however you might know someone in your life who’s mastered the practice. Maybe they’ve encouraged you to bike to work, minimize plastic use, or switch to solar energy. Now that it’s holiday time, you want to gift them something special to return the favor. From biodegradable phone cases to LED lamps, here are the top tech gift picks for all the eco-warriors on your list.Wemo Insight Smart PlugPhoto Credit: AmazonThis Wemo Smart Plug will help you cut back on your electric bill: just download the Wemo app to control your appliances and lights at home.Buy it HereAdChoices广告Philips Hue Motion SensorPhoto Credit: AmazonWe’ve all been guilty of leaving the lights on in rooms, but the Philips Hue Motion Sensor can instantly turn them on and off for you.Buy it HereSodaStream Genesis Sparkling Water MakerPhoto Credit: AmazonIf the thought of your recycling bin is making you cringe, you’ll want to buy a SodaStream Genesis Sparking Water Maker to cut back on those Coca Cola cans.Buy it HereAutomatic PRO AUT-350 Connected Car OBD II AdapterPhoto Credit: AmazonDriving can take a toll on the environment, but you can monitor your car activity and gas station trips with this Automatic Pro AUT-350 Connected Car OBD II Adapter.Buy it HereHidrate Spark 2.0A Smart Water BottlePhoto Credit: AmazonMonitor how much water you’re drinking (and say goodbye to plastic water bottles) with this Hidrate Spark 2.0A Smart Water Bottle.Buy it HereSense Energy MonitorPhoto Credit: AmazonForking over a lot of cash for your energy bill? You can digitally monitor your appliance usage with the Sense Energy Monitor.Buy it HereThinkSound HeadphonesPhoto Credit: AmazonWhy settle for plastic headphones when you can buy eco-friendly ones instead? These ThinkSound Headphones offer great sound and they’re made out of a wood material.Buy it HereMLGB Alexa Wi-Fi Smart Wood Table LampPhoto Credit: AmazonFor times when you want to cut back on your electricity, the MLGB Alexa Wi-Fi Smart Wood Table Lamp is a money-saver: just ask Alexa, Amazon’s virtual voice assistant, to turn off the lights and set timers around the house.Buy it HereAnker 15W Dual USB Solar ChargerPhoto Credit: AmazonSkip the plug and use the power of light to juice up your smartphone. This Anker 15W Dual USB Solar Charger powers up devices quickly, and it costs less than $40.Buy it HerePela Biodegradable Phone CasePhoto Credit: AmazonThis Pela Biodegradable Phone Case is made with 100% compostable material, so you can rest easy knowing that you’re smartphone is protected and not polluting the planet.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:13 Best Gifts for Tech-Savvy Globe Trotters15 Cool Tech Gifts for Music LoversAwesome Tech and Gadget Gifts for Under $20 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Two Facebook comments a day can keep worries away

first_imgJust 60 comments from close friends in a month – two comments per day – can impact your feelings of well-being and satisfaction with life just as much as getting married or having a baby, suggests new research.What really makes people feel good is when those they know and care about write personalised posts or comments. Passively reading posts or one-click feedback such as “likes” do not make much of a difference, the findings showed.“It turns out that when you talk with a little more depth on Facebook to people you already like, you feel better,” said one of the researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“That also happens when people talk in person,” the researcher noted.The study, published by the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, was based on 1,910 Facebook users from 91 countries who were recruited with Facebook ads. Each agreed to take a monthly survey for three months.By considering mood and behaviour over time, the study revealed that Facebook interactions with friends predicted improvements in such measures of well-being as satisfaction with life, happiness, loneliness and depression.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We’re not talking about anything that’s particularly labor-intensive,” said a research scientist at Facebook who earned a PhD. in human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.“This can be a comment that’s just a sentence or two. “The important thing is that someone such as a close friend takes the time to personalise it. “The content may be uplifting, and the mere act of communication reminds recipients of the meaningful relationships in their lives,” the researcher  noted. The findings run counter to many previous studies based on user surveys, which often have shown that time spent on social media is associated with a greater likelihood of loneliness and depression.“You’re left to wonder – is it that unhappy people are using social media, or is social media affecting happiness?” the scientist said.The new study was able to resolve this “chicken-or-egg” dilemma by using Facebook logs to examine counts of participants’ actual Facebook activity over a period of months. The new findings suggests that people who are feeling down may indeed spend more time on social media, but they choose to do so because they have learned it makes them feel better, the researcher said. “They’re reminded of the people they care about in their lives,” the researcher noted.last_img read more

Greece Banker probed over 10 million transfer

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The troubled state bank was privatized last month, in a decision that triggered rolling 24-hour strikes by a union representing the bank’s employees and has strained the country’s six-week old government coalition, with a junior partner opposed to the sale.Bank of Greece governor George Provopoulos confirmed Friday that the alleged money transfers by the banker would be investigated.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ATHENS, Greece (AP) – A financial prosecutor in Greece has ordered an investigation into the alleged transfer of (EURO)8 million ($9.9 million) out of the country by a former senior official at a newly-privatized bank.Prosecutor Spyros Mouzakitis on Monday instructed the Finance Ministry’s fraud division to carry out the probe into the legality of actions allegedly taken by the official of ATEBank, who was not named publicly. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

No such thing as Asia Pacific solution Trust International

first_imgAs eyes turned to Asia last week for the bevy of travel trade events converging on ITB Asia 2010 in Singapore, the head of Trust International said service providers need to rethink their Asian strategy.“There’s no such thing as an Asia Pacific solution,” Trust International managing director Richard Wiegmann told e-Travel Blackboard.“There may be a Pan-European solution, but in Asia you need to localise and customise.”Speaking of the vast social, political and economic differences between countries in the region, Mr Wiegmann said systems and business habits have to adjust according to these differences. “Localisation and customisation is more than changing language on a website,” he said, adding that strategic measures to effectively navigate Asia Pacific business were paramount.According to Mr Wiegmann, Asia Pacific is an important region for the leading centralised reservation system provider, evidenced by Trust International’s second year appearance at ITB Asia and the expansion of their Asia Pacific presence.Speaking of the trends in the region, Mr Wiegmann noted that Asian hotels seemed to have bypassed global distribution systems, moving straight to internet distribution.“GDS was never big and never will be big,” he said.However, as “the internet drives itself”, the future for hotels is to be completely open, Mr Wiegmann said, pointing specifically to Trust International’s new partnership with customer relationship manager Serenata and quality search engine and reputation manager TrustYou.The partnership is set to boost Trust International’s offerings to Asia Pacific hoteliers, Trust International Asia Pacific vice president Anthony Ku said, speaking to e-Travel Blackboard in Singapore.“TrustYou allows hotels to concentrate on their daily job of meeting guests needs and growing revenue”, TrustYou sales vice president Krostof Roemer said.Mr Ku agreed, adding, “We are convinced that we are best prepared to respond to the increasing demands of reservations services to hotel groups in this region,”.Despite a bad year for the hospitality industry, Trust International signed 14 hotels in 2009, indicative of the industry looking for the best and most comprehensive customer management and distribution deal.“Despite a complicated year, hotels never stop investing,” Mr Wiegmann told e-Travel Blackboard. “Only those who invest in a downturn make money.”“Consequently, Trust International really is going well.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more