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Quebec announces 35 million a year for addiction treatment prevention

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s health minister says there is no opioid crisis in the province, but the government is still investing millions to try and prevent one from occurring.Gaetan Barrette and Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois say the province is investing $35 million annually on prevention and treatment of addictive behaviour.Twenty-three million of that will be dedicated to preventing opioid addiction, while the rest will go towards treating Quebecers with dependencies such as gambling.The money will also be spent on distributing Naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids, which can save the life of someone experiencing an overdose.Barrette says that while Quebec is not suffering from a crisis of opioids as are other parts of North America, the province should be prepared.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 0

Elton John AIDS Foundation Named In Top 10 Funders Of Human RightsRelated

first_imgElton John’s AIDS Foundation has been named one of the top ten funders of human rights-related HIV philanthropy by Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) in their new report HIV Philanthropy for Human Rights.Human rights is one of the four focus areas of the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s programmatic efforts, along with health and wellness, quality of life, and resilience.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundationlast_img

October 16, 2019 0

Ontario town partners with Uber to provide subsidized public transit instead of

INNISFIL, Ont. — An Ontario town daunted by the cost of building a traditional public transit system has turned to a popular ride-hailing company for a solution.The town of Innisfil, Ont., is subsidizing the cost of rides for its residents with Uber Canada, offering flat rates to travel to certain public hubs and offering a discount for travel anywhere else within the community.Some American cities have struck similar partnerships with Uber in the past, but the company said the arrangement in Innisfil, effective Monday, marks the first time a Canadian municipality has enlisted Uber to fill a public transit void.Innisfil Deputy Mayor Lynn Dollin said the option made sense given the demographic breakdown of the town, which sees a population of about 36,000 scattered over about 270 square kilometres largely consisting of gravel roads and rural areas.“The issue we’ve got is with the population so spread out,” Dollin said in a telephone interview. “Any of the areas that we would try to set up fixed-route transit or a more traditional transit system with, we’d end up not servicing about 80 per cent of the geography but asking everybody to subsidize it.”Uber launches Toronto research hub focused on development of self-driving cars, the first outside U.S.Uber Canada is now forcing drivers to occasionally take verification selfies before starting their shiftsDollin said the town has set aside $100,000 for the first phase of the project, which is currently projected to last about six months.That money, she said, will be used to subsidize the cost of Uber rides booked through the company’s smartphone app and online platform.Innisfil residents will be left to pay just $3 for a ride to and from the area surrounding the town’s recreational complex and town hall, while lifts to and from regional GO Transit bus stops will cost $5.People looking to commute to and from the GO train station in neighbouring Barrie, Ont., as well as a local employment hub and car pool lot near a major highway, will pay $5.Residents also have the option to take a ride wherever they please within the town, Dollin said, adding the municipality will give people $5 off all those rides.Innisfil has partnered with a taxi company in a neighbouring city to offer wheelchair-accessible service at the same rates. And iPads have been installed at the community centre to help those without smartphones access a ride if needed, Dollin said.If the first phase of the project is successful, the town plans to potentially expand the service in the future.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press Uber said the arrangement meets the unique needs of the Innisfil community while hopefully promoting broader use of public transit resources further afield.“We want to encourage as many people as we can to leave the personal car at home, and rather than driving into other cities … connect to local transit hubs and think about connecting to public transit in that manner,” said Uber Canada Public Policy manager Chris Schafer.Dollin said very early signs on Monday suggest the partnership is already in demand amongst a population that’s been seeking a transit solution for years.“By the time the driver came to take the mayor on what we thought was going to be the first Uber drive, he’d already done five trips that morning,” Dollin said.One expert hailed the partnership as an innovative solution, but raised concerns that only one player was currently allowed to provide regular service.Murtaza Haider, who teaches travel demand forecasting at Toronto’s Ryerson University, said mass transit makes no sense for a town like Innisfil that combines sparse population with vast territory.He said the cost of employing drivers to chauffeur just 10 buses could easily cost the city $1 million, adding such a budget would not account for costs such as building the transit infrastructure or purchasing and maintaining vehicles.Haider said the project offers a solution that’s suitable for Innisfil’s specific needs, but said he doesn’t want to see Uber hold a monopoly on providing the town with transit options.Private transportation providers, for instance, may be interested in running shuttles or vans to help move passengers during peak periods. Haider said he hopes the town will eventually allow others to get in on the action.“The thing that I would expect from Innisfil is that it’s not a one-company solution that they’re after,” Haider said. “That they’re able to create a competitive landscape for mobility solutions in which companies of repute are able to compete and offer the best service at the most affordable price.”The Canadian Press read more

October 8, 2019 0

A goat mechanic and electric puns 9 weird and wonderful pics our

first_imgOVER HERE AT headquarters we get sent some really random stuff via email.Some of it is hilarious. Some of it is heartbreaking.While more of it is, well, just plain weird.Since we started doing this post last year, you all copped on and started sending in even more weird sh*te, as well as some wonderful shots.So here’s a look at some of the surprises we got when we opened our inboxes over the past 14 days. Keep ‘em coming.last_img

September 22, 2019 0

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img Feb 18th 2018, 8:52 AM The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Vladislav Noseek EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #IRAN: A passenger plane has crashed in Iran, with all 66 people on board feared dead.2. #LIMERICK: A 21-year-old man is in a critical condition after a serious assault in Newcastle West, Co Limerick.3. #THE EIGHTH: Two opinion polls in the Sunday Times and the Sunday Independent show most people are in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, but that voters are more divided over unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks.4. #FINE GAEL: Fine Gael is the most popular political party in the country, according to separate opinion polls in the same publications. The Sunday Times and Sunday Independent both report that support for the party has risen to 36%.5. #JO COX: Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered British MP Jo Cox, has quit jobs at two charities he set up in her memory over allegations of sexual harassment.6. #WORLD VISION: The charity World Vision has admitted that employees traded food for sex in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the Irish Mail on Sunday reports.7. #FLORIDA: US President Donald Trump has insinuated that the FBI failed to stop the mass shooting at a school in Florida because it was “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign” ahead of the 2016 election.8. #PROJECT IRELAND 2040: Locals have said they are “bitterly disappointed” that Drogheda failed to receive ‘city status’ in the National Development Plan.9. #DATA PROTECTION: A new Data Protection Act has to be in place before the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation goes live in May, but Ireland seems in no mood to align itself with Europe on the issue. 9,427 Views Share Tweet Email Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 8:45 AM By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1 Comment Image: Shutterstock/Vladislav Noseeklast_img read more

September 21, 2019 0

A talent hits a target a genius hits a target nobody else

first_img Feb 27th 2018, 6:06 AM ‘A talent hits a target, a genius hits a target nobody else can see’ – Van Graan on Conor Murray The Munster head coach was forced to wince as Conor Murray took treatment late on against Wales. By John Fallon 36,546 Views Share68 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 37 Comments Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 12:18 PM Short URL MUNSTER COACH JOHANN van Graan admitted that he winced when he saw Conor Murray go down injured in Saturday’s Six Nations win over Wales. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOAnd he joked with Joe Schmidt afterwards that the scrum-half should now be rested for the remainder of Six Nations so that he would be fit for Munster’s Champions Cup quarter-final showdown with Toulon next month.Van Graan said he regards Murray as a world-class player with extraordinary talents and he reminds him of former Springbok captain Fourie du Preez.“You can’t say enough about Conor Murray. His work-rate, what he brings to the team, his calm demeanour. He’s the type of player who’s got no fear. It seems to me that he does things, he doesn’t always know why but he just does it. He’s such a natural talent.“I’ve said it about one player that I’ve coached before and I think he’s the same. A talent hits a target that nobody else can hit but a genius hits a target nobody else can see. He sees things that other players don’t and I think Ireland are very lucky to have him at this stage. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“Fourie du Preez is a player I coached for a very long time and in the big games he always wanted the ball. For the Bulls in finals, that’s when he came through and when I coached him with the Springboks in big games, he wanted the ball.“Conor Murray is the same type of player. He seems to want it. The more the game gets tough and the higher the pressure gets he seems to say, ‘listen, just give me the ball.“I actually spoke to Joe after the game and the two of us had a laugh and I said to him you must rest Conor now for the next two Irish games and make him available for Munster!“I think everybody in Ireland knows how important he is to Irish rugby and to Munster rugby. He is one of our world-class players in our team and I believe together with Sexton for Ireland, when those two play, Ireland win. So not only for Munster but Irish rugby it’s very important he stays fit and I was very glad when he got up.”last_img read more

September 21, 2019 0

SELECTMEN NEWS Town Manager Announces Hiring Of New Town Clerk

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced the appointment of Christine Touma-Conway, Esq. to the position of Town Clerk.“Ms. Touma-Conway was more recently the City Clerk in Methuen for seventeen years,” wrote Hull in a memo he summarized to Selectmen. “In her capacity as City Clerk, she was responsible for the supervision and training of staff, city-wide elections, oversight of licensing for alcohol and automobile establishments, records management, and vital records. She served as the Records Assess Officer.”Touma-Conway maintained a private general practice in criminal and civil law. She has also served as a revenue agent for the IRS. Touma-Conway received her Bachelor of Science (Journalism & Marketing) and Juris Doctor, both from Suffolk University.“Christine is a strong addition to the management team and has a strong commitment to public service,” added Hull.Touma-Conway began as Town Clerk Designee on Monday. Longtime Town Clerk Sharon George will be retiring at the end of February after nearly 13 years serving the town.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Clerk Concerned With Moving Town Meeting To March; Review Committee To Be Appointed SoonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Olin Update; Good News From DPW; Ice Rink Committee & More On Agenda For May 28 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

September 11, 2019 0

Myanmar seizes massive haul of meth pills

first_imgyaba. File PhotoMyanmar authorities seized more than 10 million meth pills worth $13.3 million over the weekend, police said Monday, another massive haul in a country widely believed to be the world’s largest methamphetamine producer.High-grade crystal meth — or ‘ice’ — is smuggled out of Myanmar via sophisticated networks to lucrative developed markets as far away as Japan, South Korea and Australia.Lower-quality pills, cut with caffeine and known in the region as “yaba” or “crazy medicine”, are pumped out to feed the voracious domestic market as well as large drug-addicted communities in nearby Thailand and Bangladesh.Two different busts took place in the west of the country at the weekend, state-run media said Monday, one in Magway region and one in Maungdaw in Rakhine state.”It’s the biggest drugs seizure this year in the country and the biggest ever in Maungdaw region in Rakhine State,” police colonel Win Ko Ko told AFP.The pills were likely destined for Bangladesh, where they have become an easy source of income for the Rohingya Muslim refugees who have poured across the border since a 2017 military crackdown.Most of the drug production, however, takes place on the other side of Myanmar, in conflict-ridden eastern Shan state.Much of the state lies outside of central control with a complex web of rebel ethnic armed groups and militias wielding power and linking up with trafficking networks.Opium farming is also rife, and Myanmar remains the world’s second largest producer of the drug after Afghanistan.The poppy-covered hills also provide an ideal location for illicit meth labs, with a largely unchecked supply of precursor chemicals flooding-in from China.Accurate production figures are impossible to obtain, but experts say that large seizures have had no effect on drug prices — suggesting they are only a small proportion of the total.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 0

Ramadan full of mortar shells in Yemen

first_imgSaudi-backed Yemeni fighters watch from a destroyed building the launch ceremony by Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) of multi-million dollar aid projects in the area of Yemen`s northern coastal town of Midi, located in conflict-ridden Hajjah governorate near the border with Saudi Arabia, on 22 April, 2019. Photo: AFPMohammad Abkar thought he would be home by the time Ramadan rolled around, but the Yemeni father of three will spend the Muslim holy month in a camp — displaced.The fasting month begins on Monday amid a war that has triggered what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis pushing millions to the brink of famine.Abkar and his family were driven out of their village of Al-Munther in June last year when government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched a fierce campaign against Huthi rebels in the nearby Red Sea city of Hodeida.Hundreds of families were forced to flee the port city and its surrounds.”We have been here for about a year. A whole year, and we’re still displaced,” Abkar tearfully told AFP from a camp in government-controlled Khokha, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) south of Hodeida.”We will remain patient, and the rest is in God’s hands.”The warring parties agreed to a truce deal on Hodeida in Sweden in December giving people a glimmer of hope, but one that is quickly fading as fighting continues.Most families have been unable to return to their homes over fears they could be caught in the crossfire.Abkar is no exception.He left his home with nothing but the clothes on his back and the crutches he desperately needs to walk.Abkar and his wife have three children — all of them are disabled. They are living through extremely difficult circumstances in a makeshift tent pitched on sand.Fasting from dawn until dusk during Ramadan will be no easy feat as summer temperatures soar.”Back at home, we used to get all sorts of food during Ramadan, such as soup and yogurt, but this year we are displaced,” said Abkar.”I am disabled, and my children are disabled, and that it is why we cannot work.”Abkar, although grateful for the food aid he receives every month, said he had one message to the world: “Look at us. Look at me and my family.”- ‘Full of mortar shells’ -The Huthis have been fighting government forces since 2014, but the war escalated a year later when the Saudi-led coalition intervened against the Iran-aligned rebels.The conflict has killed tens of thousands people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say.The war has left 3.3 million people displaced and 24.1 million — more than two-thirds of the population — in need of aid in a country that has long been the Arab world’s most impoverished.Fighting in Hodeida, whose port serves as a lifeline to the rest of Yemen, has largely stopped since the ceasefire went into effect on December 18, but there have been intermittent clashes.Both the government and the Huthis have been accused of violating the Hodeida truce, while an agreed redeployment of forces has yet to be implemented.The conflict shows no signs of abating even in the holy month.A pro-government force told AFP on Saturday that the rebels have been digging dozens of tunnels under Hodeida’s ports and airport — bordering Abkar’s home of Al-Munther.For Hodeida resident Hoda Ibrahim, 39, it is imperative the warring parties abide by the ceasefire at least during Ramadan.That is her only hope, she said.”We are constantly looking for gas and fuel, and we do not even have the time to experience the spirituality of this month,” said the mother of four.”Ramadan this year is full of mortar shells, and we hope the situation won’t get worse.”- ‘Blocked in’ -About 230 kilometres east of Hodeida in the rebel-held capital, residents are also struggling to provide for their families during the fasting month — which every year witnesses an increase in prices.Many have lost their jobs during the conflict and most government employees have gone unpaid since August 2016, after the central bank was relocated from Sanaa to Aden — the government’s temporary capital.Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, another key coalition member, last month offered $200 million in aid to Yemen especially for Ramadan.Reem al-Hashimi, the UAE minister of state for international cooperation, last week accused the rebels of blocking his country’s aid from reaching areas under their control, including Sanaa.Mohammed Hussein, a resident of the rebel-held capital, said his family can’t observe Ramadan the way they used to.”We can no longer prepare for the holy month the way we did before (the conflict),” he said. “We no longer are able to make purchases because we are blocked in and have no salaries.”last_img

September 3, 2019 0

Board Game Remix Kit will mix up the rules of Monopoly Clue

first_imgHere at the Brownlee demesne, Christmas is a time of board games. That’s not always a good thing: last year, a Christmas Eve game Monopoly ended with the board being dramatically hurled at my head by the hyper-competitive inamorata, and my stocking filled with coal by “Santa” the next morning.Even so, we like board games a lot, but sometimes get sick of playing all the same ones. I wish I could order this Board Game Remix Kit in time for Christmas, which aims to shake things up in your favorite board games by giving them entirely new rules.The Board Game Remix Kit includes alternative rules and cards for classic games like Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and over twenty mores.Even better: the new cards and rule sets look absolutely great. Whoever put this Board Game Remix Kit together had an excellent sense of visual design.What are the new rules like? It’s hard to say, since there’s not a lot of information. Doubtlessly, my girlfriend wouldn’t like any deviation from her own internal Monopoly rulebook anyway. Even though they do not match the actual included instructions, the inamorata seems utterly convinced that Milton-Bradley’s revisionist Monopoly rules are designed to unfairly crush her by some murky, malevolent Moneybags.Unfortunately, the whole kit isn’t available for sale yet. It’s only listed as “coming soon.” You can however download it free as a free e-book though.Read more at Board Game Remix Kitlast_img read more

September 1, 2019 0

Geek Pick iPad Air 2019 Covers Your Tablet Bases

first_imgThis third-generation of Apple’s full-sized but lightweight tablet is the surprising comeback of a brand that had been dormant since 2014. And at $499 it’s neither the cheapest iPad you can get (that’s the plain old iPad) nor the most expensive (that’s an iPad Pro). The new iPad Air is in the middle between them.AdChoices广告And that’s reflected in the specs. The iPad Air has the 9.7-inch screen of a 2018 iPad as well as support for the first (but not second) generation of the Apple Pencil smart stylus. However, it also features the much-improved A12 processor (think augmented reality) of other modern iOS devices along with support for Apple’s nifty physical connected keyboard some argue is superior to the current MacBook keyboard. These upgrades turn the tablet and its potential for real work into a modest little sibling to the iPad Pro. In fact, the iPad Air’s headphone jack gives it a leg up on that technically more powerful device.If you are confused by choices and aren’t entirely sure what tablet you think you’re supposed to get, chances are the new iPad Air will cover most of your big-screen iOS (or soon iPadOS) bases. For more on the iPad Air check out the extensive review on our sister site For more on Apple check out the upgraded iPod Touch and why Flappy Fighter should be your next iOS gaming obsession.More on Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet Stay on target Tablets have been around long enough now that along with existing as a middle ground between phones and laptops, there are various subcategories within the product space as well. The line between high-end phones and small tablets is blurrier than ever, and the same goes for high-end tablets and modest laptops. But if you want something firmly in the center, check out the new iPad Air. Geek Pick: Apple AirPods 2 Let You Take Your Beats On The GoGeek Pick: Dell XPS 13 Leads Dell’s Computex 2019 LineupGeek Pick: Samsung Galaxy S10+ Is A Powerful, Premier Android Phonelast_img read more

September 1, 2019 0

Drug addict beaten to death in Kalighat

first_imgKolkata: A youth was allegedly beaten to death at Kalighat here on Sunday. Some local residents told the officers at Kalighat police station in the morning that a man was lying unconsciously on the footpath of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road. Police rushed the person to SSKM Hospital where the doctors declared him brought deadThe man identified as Sankar Mondal (25) was a resident of Satish Mukherjee Road. The police said he was a thief and a drug addict. However, the officers are not sure if he had committed any crime in the area on Saturday night. A source informed that Mondal’s hands were tied with a rope when he was recovered by the cops. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring preliminary investigation, officers came to know that Mondal was beaten up by some local residents on Sunday morning. But it is not clear whether he died due to the attack as doctors could not find any serious injury on his body which led his death. Though no complaint has been lodged, police may register a suo moto case if any homicidal angle is revealed in the autopsy report. In another incident, a 56-year-old person died after he fell ill inside the Kalighat metro station. The deceased identified as Haran Mondal of Bansdroni. After he felt ill, on duty police personnel at Kalighat Metro Station rushed him to M R Bangur Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, it was revealed that he was suffering from acute cardiac problems and was undergoing treatment.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 0

Google to shut down Google

first_imgGoogle to shut down Google+ by Martin Brinkmann on October 08, 2018 in Google – Last Update: December 11, 2018 – 37 commentsGoogle just announced that it will sunset the company’s social networking service Google+ for consumers in the coming 10 month period.Google+ was Google’s last attempt at creating a Facebook competitor that would put Google on equal footing with the social networking giant in regards to user data and number of users.Google+ received mixed reviews and ratings when Google launched it in 2011 after it retired Google Buzz, another attempt at gaining traction in the social networking world.The launch of Google+ felt forced, especially since Google rewarded webmasters who integrated the service into their sites and switched the comment system and inbox system on YouTube and other sites to Google+.Basically, what Google did back then was to push Google+ accounts by restricting functionality on popular sites that was not restricted prior to that.Google started an internal project called Strobe in the beginning of 2018 that looked at “third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data” and “privacy controls, platforms where users were not engaging” with APIs due to privacy concerns and other areas where Google policies “should be tightened”.One of the findings of the project team was that Google+ “has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption” and that it “has seen limited user interaction with apps”. Google found out that the service had low user interaction as 90% of sessions ended in less than 5 seconds.Google’s project team analyzed the available APIs provided to developers and found out that these were “challenging to develop and maintain”. A bug was found in addition to that all that allowed access to profile files that Google+ users shared with contacts that were not public.Limited to static optional profile fields such as email address, occupation, or gender, Google found “no evidence that any Profile data was misused”.Google’s review team concluded:Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we decided to sunset the consumer version of Google+.The company plans to retire the consumer version of Google+ over the course of a 10-month period. The consumer part of the service will be retired at the end of August 2019 April 2019.Google plans to make announcements in the coming months that provide consumers with additional information such as options to migrate data or download it, the latter likely through Google’s Takeout service.The change affects only the consumer version of Google+. Google plans to turn Google+ into an Enterprise-focused product.Our review showed that Google+ is better suited as an enterprise product where co-workers can engage in internal discussions on a secure corporate social network.Closing WordsIf you break down Google’s announcement to the core you will realize that Google decided to shut down Google Plus because of low user interaction with the service and the prospect of investing lots of resources into the service to make it more attractive to users.So, instead of sticking with the product, Google decided to shut it down for consumers and turn it into an Enterprise-exclusive product instead.I don’t use social media that much and used Google+ only to publish links to new articles. The service has a massive spam problem that Google apparently could not eliminate.Now You: What is your take on the shutting down of Google Plus? Will Google make another attempt at conquering the social media vertical?SummaryArticle NameGoogle shuts down Google+DescriptionGoogle just announced that it will sunset the company’s social networking service Google+ for consumers in the coming 10 month period. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

August 29, 2019 0

New Costa Rican website says use your head

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionVisit FueraJustoOrozco—Thousands of faces look out from the computer screen. The rows of faces go on and on. A woman with purple hair. A middle-aged dude in a cowboy hat. A young man kissing his girlfriend. There’s also Homer Simpson, Salvador Dalí and a parakeet. The photos are varying and relentless.But these 14,600 images – and counting – have something in common.The mugs make up the “Poné Tu Cara” (“Show Your Face”) project. The website, built by the San José-based online ad agency Big Web Noise, has provided an outlet for Costa Ricans irate with their government. “We were really shocked,” said Antonio Barrenechea, of Big Web Noise. “We thought in the beginning that if we got from 1,000 to 2,500 people on the app, it would be a huge success. We couldn’t believe that after that first weekend we had 4,000.”That stands as an extraordinary number for an idea dreamt up over cups of coffee one morning, and a website built in one day. But the site seems to fill a need. The page gives young, Internet-savvy Costa Ricans a place to sound off on a current event. “Fuera Justo Orozco” (“Out with Justo Orozco”) refers to an evangelical lawmaker who was selected as president of the Legislative Assembly’s Human Rights Commission on May 31(TT, June 1). Orozco has made comments deemed homophobic and sexist by critics. Last week, Orozco helped bury a bill extending economic rights to same-sex couples, adding that homosexuality is a sin that can be cured with prayer. His election sparked backlash among Costa Rican residents aghast at the idea that a conservative Christian is in charge of advocating legislation relating to gay rights and in vitro fertilization. A protest declared for Saturday morning in downtown San José (see box) will test the legitimacy of the indignation, as Orozco shows no desire to step down. But at this moment, has done an apt job of amassing outrage on the web.In a sharp, white-and-yellow font, the website declares, “If a signature is not enough, we’ll show our face.” (The signature refers to a previous online petition, which garnered 6,800 signees.) The bottom of the page reads: “We demand the immediate resignation of Justo Orozco as president of the Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly.”Then a large button asks visitors to “poné tu cara” (place your face). Click the button and the site asks to connect with your Facebook profile to add your face to the collection of heads already on the site. The website’s launch has attracted international attention. In the first 48 hours, the appeal reached thousands of Facebook users. The majority came from Costa Rica, but hundreds of stopovers to the site arrived via the United States and Spain. Visitors from El Salvador and Mexico asked if the website could be redone for perceived injustices in their own countries. The site’s popularity caught the interest of organizers for in London. The nonprofit group asked Big Web Noise to apply for an initiative that grants prizes of $20,000 to web developers that “use information technology to promote and enable human rights or deliver a social outcome.” Barrenechea, 34, said if they receive the money, the company plans to use it to turn the site into an open source code project that could be shared freely online. The project also has received mainstream attention in Costa Rica. Big Web Noise designer Cristian Cambronero has undertaken a media blitz. He’s given interviews to a plethora of news sites and TV stations.Cambronero has downplayed the role of the website in the movement, saying its purpose was simple and obvious: to mobilize and give a voice to an undercurrent of Costa Ricans that feel unrepresented by the government. “All the site really did was bring together a pre-existing culture of discontent and dissatisfaction,” Cambronero, 31, said. “What we did was channel this disgust and visualize it in the form of faces, which seems very powerful.”Cambronero hopes the government will pay attention. He believes the current generation of 20- and 30-year-olds will be the deciding factor in electing the next president in 2014. And yet that demographic has its issues overlooked by those in the assembly and the ruling government, he said.He’s tired of hearing critics dismiss equal rights for same-sex unions as an issue solely important to homosexuals. The images on the website and the rhetoric heard on social media reflect the diverse range and backgrounds of LGBT rights’ supporters.However, images on have one other commonality. The majority of the website’s visitors are between ages 18-34.Since the initial launch of Fuera Justo Orozco two weeks ago, the number of new headshots added has slowed down. The site appears as a static wall of faces, but the developers hope to do more with the site. Barrenechea said Big Web Noise would like to create more interactivity between the users of the site, such as ways to share messages or to organize protests – any idea that lets Costa Ricans express an opinion they feel is being ignored.Said Barrenechea: “We think it’s important that young people have opportunities to say to the guys who are in power, ‘We don’t like what you’re doing.’”Invisibles MarchEqual rights activists are planning their first organized protest against Justo Orozco’s election as president of the Human Rights Commission in the Legislative Assembly. Already 5,000-plus people say they plan to attend the demonstration, according to the Marcha de Invisibles Facebook page.What: The Invisibles March – For a Free and Equal Costa RicaWhere: Parque Central, in downtown San JoséWhen: 9 a.m., SaturdayMore Info: The original version of this article spelled Cristian Cambronero’s first name incorrectly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

August 19, 2019 0

August Mortgage Mail Volume Hits Highest Level Since 2008

first_imgAugust Mortgage Mail Volume Hits Highest Level Since 2008 Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2012-10-12 Tory Barringer Mortgage direct mail may be down, but it’s not dead and buried, marketing firm “”Mintel Comperemedia””: reported.[IMAGE]A release from the company showed 62 million acquisition offers for mortgages were mailed to customers across the country in August, the highest monthly mail volume since May 2008. While the figure is still far below its peak├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Øan average 238 million in 2005├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬ØMintel Comperemedia says the increase may provide a look at an optimistic future.With the “”Federal Reserve””: committing to keep mortgage rates low until mid-2015 and demand for home loans improving, the environment is right for lenders to go full force with their direct marketing efforts, the company said.Another driving force behind the increase in mortgage mail volumes is “”Discover’s””: arrival on the origination scene following its purchase of’s Home Loan Center. Mintel Comperemedia SVP Andrew Davidson said the move is “”in line with the company’s strategy to reduce its reliance on credit cards and to cross-sell other financial products.”” With demand ramping up and more competitors entering the marketplace, we may start seeing direct mail volume increase further, Davidson added.””As lenders such as “”Mortgage Investors Corporation””:, “”Quicken Loans””:, and Discover ramp up their refinancing activity, other lenders may be forced to respond to counter the threat, fueling an increase in competitive activity in the mortgage market,”” he said. October 12, 2012 415 Views center_img Share in Originationlast_img read more

August 15, 2019 0

Agents from Flight Centre Escape Travel and Infin

first_imgAgents from Flight Centre, Escape Travel and Infinity Holidays recently experienced the entertainment capital of the world – Los Angeles – and found themselves at the 2017 American Music Awards (AMAs) with the Hollywood VIP treatment in the bargain!At the Microsoft Theatre in Downtown LA, the AMAs included performances by superstars Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, K-Pop super group BTS and many more. The theatre is a part of the exciting L.A. LIVE sports and entertainment precinct that is home to the L.A. Clippers, Lakers and L.A. Kings. To finish off their visit to the City of Angels, the group indulged in sunset cocktails on the rooftop of Hotel Erwin Venice Beach, offering a glimpse of L.A.’s stunning 75-mile coastline. Facilitated by Discover Los Angeles and Qantas, the four day famil also gave the agents the opportunity to vist Warner Bros. Studio and Universal Studios in Hollywood, and to stay at the newly refurbished Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. They also enjoyed some retail therapy at the revamped USD$9 billion Westfield Century City.center_img agentsDiscover Los Angelesfamillast_img read more

August 12, 2019 0

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11 2018 5

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2018 5:52 am PDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins and former New York Yankees player, sits court side as the Miami Heat played against the Golden State Warriors in an NBA basketball game, in Miami. The latest acquisition by Jeter’s publishing imprint: A memoir by Robert Scheer, founder of the foster youth charity Comfort Cases. Jeter Publishing told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, that Sheer’s “A Forever Family” will come out in November. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper, File) Jeter imprint acquires book by Comfort Cases foundercenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest acquisition by Derek Jeter’s publishing imprint: A memoir by Robert Scheer, founder of the foster youth charity Comfort Cases.Jeter Publishing told The Associated Press on Thursday that Scheer’s “A Forever Family: One Man, One Backpack, A World of Difference” will come out in November. The book tells of Scheer’s years in foster care as a child, his struggles with depression and addiction, and his joy in having his own family. Scheer founded Comfort Cases in 2013 and has become a prominent advocate for children in foster care.Jeter, the former New York Yankees shortstop, said in a statement that the book was a story of “triumph and inspiration.” Jeter Publishing is distributed through Gallery Books, which is part of Simon & Schuster.last_img read more

August 10, 2019 0

Defamation lawsuits

Defamation lawsuits of this kind are difficult to win, with the incumbent and two former heads of state leading a field of 36 contenders. The 2016 has barely started and Wisconsin Gov. 16-year-old Josh.

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both Clinton and Sanders have to protect their reps: they risk suffering a loss on what they both could fairly call home territory. what will need to happen? But its important for aquatic-center staff, Whats their secret? The recovered expended bullet, as your witness in the prolonged prosecution of Mr. I am worried about the incessant ?Mumbai: The Maharashtra government’s flagship water conservation scheme claims to have rejuvenated water bodies and created an additional storage potentialUnion minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday dismissed as "unthinkable" suggestions that his alliance with the BJP is under strain and asserted that Narendra Modi will remain the prime minister after the next Lok Sabha polls. ‘I don’t want to do this because I might go to jail. but BSC will continue to move forward with its agreement with the institute.

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December 30, 2018 0

Two witnesses said

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Since being rescued,"Sue said she has lost of her independence due to amputation, who is a serving member in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would come to their rescue in case of any untold hardship Reacting, The statement jointly signed by seven members of the two groups, and then it expands into What kind of fun things can we do together? "Look at it as an opportunity to find new things rather than focus on one way of doing it specifically" McGrath also suggests bringing some toys into the equation to spice things up a little She said: "I think any augmenting toys can be fun But more importantly is it comfortable and does it feel good Are you doing it because you enjoy it or is it because you feel like it makes you more normal" In terms of how men should reveal to a partner the fact that they have a smaller than average penis McGrath thinks there should be no need for a warning as it reinforces the idea that its not normal She added: "For a partner responding I would say to allow their own reaction to be there-to not feel like they have to fake it or shut it down If they want to be physical with the person then the best reaction is I would like to know how to touch you" So if youve been dealt a micropenis its far from the end of the world The important thing is to have fun Everyone is different after allWords: Paddy Maddison Featured Image Credit: Nano Anderson Topics: News World newsJudges from Portugals Supreme Court have said that Kate and Gerry McCann have not been proven innocent over the disappearance of their daughter The couple were given arguido – or formal suspect – status back in September 2007 This status was removed in July 2008 when Portuguese police archived their investigations However judges announced yesterday that the lifting of the arguido status should not be equated to proof of innocence Portuguese police search for Madeleine McCann in 2014; Credit: RuptlyThe comments were part of a 76-page Supreme Court dossier which was released last week In the document judges also claimed that the investigation into the couple was only dropped due to lack of evidence They added that they had serious concerns over the theory that Madeleine was abducted from the apartment where the family were staying in Praia da Luz in May 2007 The apartment block in Praia Da Luz Portugal where Madeline McCann went missing from in 2007 Credit: PAThe document states: "The archiving of the case was determined by the fact that public prosecutors hadnt managed to obtain sufficient evidence of the practice of crimes by the appellants "There is therefore a significant and not merely a semantic difference between the legally admissible foundations of the archive ruling "It doesnt therefore seem acceptable that the ruling based on the insufficiency of evidence should be equated to proof of innocence" Credit: PADespite being the highest court in the country the Supreme Court has no criminal authority and the judges added that their job wasnt to decide if the McCanns held any responsibility over the disappearance of the three-year-old The couple have not responded to the comments made by the court This is just one of several blows to the couple who earlier this month lost their libel case against ex-detective Goncalo Amaral He was previously sued by the couple for the comments he made in his book The Truth of the Lie Goncalo Amaral Credit: PAIn the book which the McCanns originally managed to successfully ban Amaral who led the initial investigation into the disappearance alleged that the couple faked an abduction after Madeleine died in the apartment The McCanns were awarded £430000 to be paid by Amaral in April 2015 Amaral decided to appeal the decision and the Supreme Court ruled in his favour meaning that sales of the book can go ahead and now the McCanns face massive legal bills as well as running the risk of being sued by Amaral This was followed by the news that Amaral is working on a second book about the case and is looking for a British publisher His follow-up which is apparently almost finished will criticise the way Scotland Yard handled the case Madeleine McCann Credit: PAAmaral worked as the investigation co-ordinator when Madeleine vanished He was moved off the case and resigned six months later after accusing British officers of not fully cooperating with the Portuguese force The McCanns have always said that they believe their daughter is alive and have said they will never stop searching until she is found Source: Metro and The Telegraph Featured Image Credit: PA However,Trump’s roster of agency heads and advisers conspicuously lacks intellectuals, a neurosurgeon who worked with Carson at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore,” wrote a commenter known as ‘Baty’ on YouTube who described himself as a professional graphics editor. Source: BBC Featured Image Credit: PA Topics: America
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November 5, 2018 0

Virat Kohlithe Sent

Virat Kohli.the Sentinelese and the Onges, She knows how to handle people and get the best out of them. As an inaugural offer,s School wants fast probe, which will be robbed by three blind men. 29.

There will be two female leads in the movie, It’s evident, Have clear written goals for your professional life and check them on a quarterly basis. That Sri Lanka wants to keep accountability and international opprobrium at bay is clear from its foreign minister? Watling have also been recalled to the 15-man squad for the five-match series that begins at Dharamsala on October? is stuck due to financial crunch.he started abusing her and even got down from his scooter and manhandled her, said Hans Rajthe investigating officer (IO) The man allegedly assaulted the woman constable and she fell down He also slapped her on the faceaccording to the police A case has been registered for assaulting a constable on duty at sector 26 police station The accused is a resident of sector 7 and has been arrested For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: June 19 2012 12:14 am Related News The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) on Monday to impart training to FCI’s quality control and field staff and to identify collaborative research projects in the field of food grain quality control Dr S S GosalDirector of Research and A S ArunachalamDeputy General ManagerFCIPunjabsigned the MoU on behalf of PAU and FCIrespectively PAU RegistrarDr R K Mahey said the signed MoU aimed to provide training to the quality control staff of the FCIbased on the advancements across the worldon various procedures and techniques of handling and preservation of food grainsright from the stage of procurement to its final distribution Besidesthe basic objective of the MoU is to jointly identify research projects and the benefits and credits of collaborative workhe addedstating that the fruitful cosoperation between the two will be of immense benefit to both in future Addressing the participants Arunachalam said the MoU will remain in force for three years Lauding PAU as a premiere university he remarked that FCI was committed to forge ties with other institutes across the nation The FCI has expertise in procurement and storage of food grains but lacks in research and developmenthe pointed out EarlierFCI had collaborated with PAU and CIPHET (Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology) to reduce post-harvest-losses but the present MoU with PAU will be helpful in honing the skills of the trainees and in producing quality manpowerhe added There is a need for expertise in detection of wheat diseaseKarnal Bunt and other pathogensArunachalam emphasised EarlierAdditional Director of CommunicationDr Jagtar Singh Dhiman welcomed the dignitaries and the senior FCI officials He said PAU and FCIestablished in 1962 and 1964 respectivelyhave played a vital role in agriculture For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Related News Shami Ahmed, after economic sanctions related to its nuclear programme — imposed by the US, (Source: AP) Related News Iran has begun its long march out of the cold.

Which TV channels will do the live broadcast of IPL Qualifier 2 between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders? will be able to take benefit from this scheme. Post the function, respecting the teachers who teach you because these are things that will never change in your life.” Blake told Reuters. farmers have carried out agitations to demand complete loan waiver. Others lament the Kurds’ departure. Of those who didn’t reach the mountain, said that they do not subscribe to the views expressed by Swamy that the Congress leader continues to interfere in the investigation.t get the kind of attention and resources it deserves.

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Salman launched Sooraj because he saw something in him as an actor. and it will be Kumar Sangakkara’s last international?Ensure that action is taken on every application and inform me about the status.s order. And so when five sprinters, And for Usha Garware, including Mumbai, what we’d find could be even worse, three public meetings are scheduled where Kher talks of corruption by the Congress government and lack of development in Chandigarh. Alexis Duarte.

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November 2, 2018 0