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first_imgIn order to evade doping tests, Russian officials took clean urine from athletes months before the Sochi Olympics, and used soda containers and baby bottles passed through a hole in the wall of a testing lab to ensure their athletes tested clean, the former head of Russian’s anti-doping laboratory told The New York Times.Grigory Rodchenkov now in California and working with a filmmaker on a documentary gave the newspaper details of the elaborate scheme, which he said involved dozens of Russian athletes and officials and replaced tainted samples for at least three gold medalists.The International Olympic Committee called Thursday’s report “very worrying,” saying Olympic officials would work with the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate.Russia’s track team is currently banned from international competition over doping allegations, and the sport’s governing body will decide next month whether the team should be allowed to compete in Rio.Rodchenkov’s details add more evidence that the Russian government was deeply involved in attempts to cheat and cover up the doping.He told the newspaper he was ordered to replace athletes’ tainted samples with clean urine so that they would not fail drug tests. At night, when the laboratory in Sochi was not under observation, he said he passed tainted samples through a concealed hole in the wall to a man he believed to be an employee of the Russian security services.The supposedly tamper-proof bottles were allegedly opened, filled with clean urine supplied by the athletes months before, and replaced. Samples are supposed to be anonymous during testing, but Rodchenkov said that athletes took pictures of their doping forms so that the containers could be identified later.The operation worked “like a Swiss watch,” Rodchenkov told the newspaper.The newspaper named three Russian athletes who won four gold medals in Sochi, saying their names were listed on a spreadsheet of cheaters Rodchenkov provided. The spreadsheet was not published and The Associated Press could not verify it.Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko defended the Russian athletes.“They are outstanding athletes and the accusations are absurd,” Mutko told the state Tass news agency. “The accusations against them are absolutely groundless. We will study this article and will decide how to react.”Rodchenkov also claimed he provided some athletes with a cocktail of steroids mixed with liquor, using Scotch whisky for men and vermouth for women.“These allegations are very detailed and very worrying and we ask the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate immediately,” the IOC said in a statement. “Based on the findings of a WADA inquiry the IOC will not hesitate to act with is usual policy of zero tolerance for doping and defending the clean athletes.”The IOC’s medical director Dr. Richard Budgett told The Associated Press earlier Thursday , prior to the publication of the story, that the IOC was considering retesting samples from the Sochi Olympics. But according to Rodchenkov, the tainted urine was flushed down the toilet after it was replaced.After a World Anti-Doping Agency commission accused Rodchenkov of a role in a separate doping cover-up in track and field in a report published in November, he resigned and moved to the US Documentary filmmaker Bryan Fogel arranged his interviews with the newspaper.Calls to two numbers for Rodchenkov were not answered Thursday.Two former executives from the Russian national anti-doping agency, Nikita Kamayev and Vyacheslav Sinev, died within the space of two weeks in February. The agency said the 52-year-old Kamayev had died of a heart attack after skiing, and did not elaborate on the cause of death for Sinev, 58. The agency had been accused by WADA in November of covering up doping.On Wednesday, Mutko had told Tass that Russian sports were under an “information attack” from Western media, without explicitly referring to a specific story. “Actually there is nothing to back all of this up. No facts,” he said.JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, has hailed the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for its efforts in ridding St. James of solid waste.“The NSWMA has been relentless in making sure that they educate and work with the citizens. In the last two years, we have had some major clean-up (activities) across the parish (which have resulted in the removal) of a lot of bulky waste,” he said.Mayor Davis was speaking at the official opening of the Cambridge garbage holding area in the parish on Friday (January 25).The facility, which currently has four skips, will serve as a central location for the disposal of garbage from around the community.As part of the day’s activities, the Western Parks and Markets (WPM) staff removed bulky waste items from the Cambridge community, which could provide breeding ground for mosquito.Representatives from the Western Regional Health Authority also gave a presentation on how to prevent and destroy mosquito breeding sites in and around the home.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipowners are facing a tough period as rates are expected to remain under pressure during 2017, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.This year has started on a positive note for LNG shipowners as spot rates have firmed up to the West of Suez because of seasonal demand for LNG, raising hopes that the momentum in rates will continue.However, Drewry reiterates its outlook that the fundamentals of LNG shipping market “are not strong enough to sustain this recovery for long. Soon rates will come under pressure as seasonal demand wanes from April onwards.”Moreover, this year the LNG fleet is forecast to grow at its fastest pace in five years at 13%, surpassing anticipated LNG trade growth of 7%. Therefore, the worst is not yet over for LNG shipowners as spot rates will remain under pressure at an average of around USD 36,000 per day East of Suez in 2017.“Although the short-term outlook for this year is weak, we remain bullish about the medium and long-term outlook because of expanding worldwide LNG export capacity,” Shresth Sharma, Drewry’s lead LNG shipping analyst, said.Sharma added that fleet growth will eventually start to slow from next year while tonne-mile vessel demand “will improve as US LNG exports pick up pace and Australian plants start operating at full capacity. We therefore expect rates to improve from next year.”last_img read more

first_imgThis week, Environment Minister Randy Delorey is encouraging all Nova Scotians to think about their water use and the sources of water. March 17-22 is Canada Water Week, which is focused on the importance of our watersheds. Items that enter Nova Scotia’s lakes and rivers could end up in the Atlantic Ocean, and it can affect water quality and habitats for birds, fish and animals. “Pollution in one water source affects the safety and supply of clean water for all of us,” said Mr. Delorey. “We all have a role to play in protecting and conserving our water resources.” The Department of Environment has a mandate to prevent pollution of our ground and surface water, as well as ensure that drinking water is clean and safe. If you see a spill or other pollution that poses a threat to a water source, please contact your nearest department office. Contact information for the offices is at https://novascotia.ca/nse/dept/division.emc.asp . For more information on how to protect water and reduce consumption, visit https://www.novascotia.ca/nse/water/ .last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that its orders on the Guru Ravidas Temple in Tughlaqabad forest area here cannot be given a “political colour”.A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and M R Shah asked governments of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to ensure that no law and order situation is created politically or otherwise during the protests over the demolition of temple. “Everything cannot be political. Our orders can’t be given a political colour by anybody on earth” the bench said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple pursuant to the orders of the apex court, which had on August 9 observed that “serious breach” had been committed by Guru Ravidas Jayanti Samaroh Samiti by not vacating the forest area as earlier ordered by the top court. Following the demolition of the 500-year-old temple, protests have been staged at several places in Punjab and Delhi by political parties and members of the Dalit community. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAt the outset, Attorney General K K Venugopal, who was on August 13 asked by the top court to assist in the matter, said that demolition of the temple has been carried out by DDA in pursuance to the top court order and a total of 18 organisations are staging protests against it. Venugopal told the bench that since a number of organisations have been agitating against the demolition it is very difficult to pinpoint a particular person behind the protests. To this, the bench said in case the matter is settled, there is no difficulty but if the issue remains the court will take up the matter for hearing. Venugopal then told the bench that it should direct governments of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to ensure that the law and order situation is maintained. The bench asked governments of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to ensure that “no law and order situation is created politically or otherwise”. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing after three weeks. Punjab CM Amarinder Singh had said that he will lead a delegation of Ravidas community members to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in the matter. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had also said on Thursday that a SAD-BJP delegation will soon meet the prime minister and urge him to provide a piece of land for rebuilding the temple. The top court had earlier warned against politicising the temple’s demolition threatening to initiate contempt proceedings against those provoking dharnas and demonstrations. “Don’t speak a word and don’t aggravate the issue. You are in for contempt. We will haul up your entire management. We will see what has to be done,” the bench had said. The bench had also said that it will not tolerate criticism of the judgement which has been passed by the top court.last_img read more

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first_imgLOS ANGELES — “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” worked its magic at the weekend box office and opened as the top film.The latest offering from the Harry Potter universe earned $62.2 million for Warner Bros. in the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday.That fell short of the opening of the first film in the series, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which debuted with $74 million in a similar November release and went on to earn $234 million in the U.S. and Canada.Last week’s top film, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” was second with $38.1 million, bringing its domestic tally to $126 million for Universal after two weekends.“Bohemian Rhapsody” is still rocking, taking third place with $15.7 million for a total of $127 million.Andrew Dalton, The Associated Presslast_img read more

“Children must be protected and not targeted,” UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy said in a statement, calling on the Taliban and others to immediately stop using children and cease attacks against civilians.Ms. Coomaraswamy was particularly appalled by three recent incidents: in January five schools in Northwest Pakistan were blown up after an edict ordering all private schools to close; on December 28, a suicide car bomb killed school children in Mandozayi District; and on December 14, a 13-year-old boy was used as a suicide bomber against British troops in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, killing himself and three soldiers. The Secretary-General’s recent report on Children and Armed Conflict in Afghanistan in November confirmed that the Taliban continue to train and use children as suicide bombers as well as indiscriminately target children in the conflict areas of Afghanistan. Ms. Coomaraswamy also expressed grave concern about the increase in the number of child victims of attacks against schools by Taliban insurgents who deny children the right to education. The throwing of acid to prevent girl children and female teachers from going to school is deplorable, she said. 19 January 2009A senior United Nations official today strongly condemned the increasing number of attacks using and targeting children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including both as victims and perpetrators of suicide bombings, which have been claimed by the Taliban and other armed groups. read more

by News Staff Posted Oct 26, 2012 8:41 am MDT u.s. commerce department|u.s. economic growth|u.s. economy|u.s. gdp|uselection2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster two per cent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by an increase in consumer spending and a burst of government spending. The Commerce Department said growth improved from the 1.3 per cent rate in the April-June quarter. The pickup in growth may help President Barack Obama’s message that the economy is improving. Still, growth remains too weak to rapidly boost hiring. And the 1.74 percent rate for 2012 trails last year’s 1.8 percent growth, a point GOP nominee Mitt Romney will emphasize. The report is the last snapshot of economic growth before Americans choose a president in 11 days. Growth was held back by the first drop in exports in more than three years and flat business investment in equipment and software. U.S. economic growth improves to 2% rate in Q3 read more

first_imgMarks & Spencer, outside which the lorry bomb was stationed, expanded its site to make it the largest branch in the world.A red postbox became the poignant symbol of the attack, having remained standing in the midst of the wreckage.A brass plaque subsequently installed on the postbox said: “This postbox remained standing almost undamaged on June 15th 1996 when this area was devastated by a bomb.” A forensic expert walks towards the destroyed facade of the Arndale shopping centre on June 15, 1996 A forensic expert walks towards the destroyed facade of the Arndale shopping centre on June 15, 1996Credit:Oliver Multhaup/EPA Meanwhile, Abid Naseer, 28, was jailed in 2015 in New York for 40 years after being convicted of an al-Qaeda plot to attack the same shopping centre in 2009.The Pakistani student planned to copy the IRA bombing before his accomplices would target fleeing survivors in suicide bombings. The fanatic was the leader of a terrorist cell that was to target Easter shoppers with a car bomb and suicide vests.After he was sentenced police revealed that the car was to be parked just 100 metres from the spot where the IRA detonated the lorry bomb in 1996.Accomplices were then to be based on nearby Market Street to detonate suicide bombs as shoppers fled the scene.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Arndale shopping centre bore the brunt of the bombing, which caused more than £500 million worth of damage to shops and commercial premises.A phoned warning from the IRA allowed the area to be evacuated.The huge clear-up operation took months and was complicated by the fact that some of the buildings contained asbestos.But Manchester rose defiantly from the rubble as tens of thousands of new square metres of retail space was created, with buildings restored and hundreds of businesses reopened. The suicide bomb attack on a pop concert in Manchester which killed 22 people and left dozens injured is not the first time terrorists have targeted the city.The heart of Manchester’s shopping district was razed to the ground by a blast in June 1996 when the Provisional IRA planted 3,300 lbs of homemade explosives in a lorry, parking what was the biggest bomb detonated in Britain since the Second World War on Corporation Street.The following explosion was devastating but, remarkably, not fatal.However, it did leave more than 200 people injured, including some a quarter of a mile away who were hit by flying glass.last_img read more

first_img Share Tweet Email By Associated Press Image: AP/PA Images POLICE IN PARIS believe a short-circuit electrical fault was the likely cause of the fire at Notre Dame cathedral on Monday. A police official said investigators made an initial assessment of the cathedral on  Wednesday but did not have a green light to search the building’s interior because of ongoing safety hazards.Earlier this afternoon, French President Emmanuel Macron held a ceremony at the Elysee Palace to thank the hundreds of firefighters who battled the blaze for nine hours.Authorities said Notre Dame, which dates from the 12th century, was in danger of going up in flames before fire crews stopped it from spreading into the belfry tower.“We’ve seen before our eyes the right things perfectly organised in a few moments, with responsibility, courage, solidarity and a meticulous organisation”, Macron said, adding “the worst has been avoided.”Macron said the firefighters will receive a medal of honour for their courage and bravery.As the ceremony took place, investigators continued investigating the cause of the fire. The huge cathedral, including the spire that was consumed by flames and collapsed, was in the initial stages of a lengthy restoration.Investigators so far believe the fire was accidental, and are questioning both cathedral staff and workers who were carrying out renovations. Some 40 people had been questioned by Thursday, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.Yesterday, architects from around the world were invited to submit designs for rebuilding the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral. The goal is “to give Notre-Dame a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters.Fire officials warned that the building remains unstable and extremely dangerous, including for the construction workers who rushed to secure an area above one of the rose-shaped windows and other vulnerable sections of the fire-damaged structure.Workers using a crane removed statues to lessen the weight on the cathedral’s gables, or support walls, and  keep them from falling.Parts of the Seine river, on which the cathedral sits have also been officially closed off to locals and tourists.  Apr 18th 2019, 7:24 PM Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 7:24 PM 38 Comments Police in Paris believe short-circuit was to blame for Notre Dame blaze A police official said investigators made an initial assessment of the cathedral on Wednesday. Image: AP/PA Images 18,540 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4599414 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgIran’s Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz has spoken ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinal match between his side and China.In what is the last tournament for Carlos Queiroz as coach of Iran, he will join Colombia after the competition, he has warned his players of the China threat.Iran and China will meet on January 24 in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.“We know how much the China team has progressed, especially under (coach) Marcello Lippi. It will be another difficult game, as will all the matches going forward,” Queiroz told MENAFN.“We cannot waste chances as we did against Oman, we must play with a killer instinct and we need to put the ball in the net.”“In knockout football, it is important to kill the game early, it gives you a tremendous advantage. The most important thing for the next game is to be calmer, to be smarter,” he added.Iran ended up in the first place of Group D in the tournament after collecting seven points.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.The Persians trashed Yemen 5-0 in their first game, then defeated Vietnam 2-0 in the next matchday.But in the political-charged game against Iraq, both teams ended up tying 0-0.And on the Round of 16, Iran beat Oman 2-0 to advance to the Quarterfinals where they will meet China at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on January 24.Meanwhile, China ended up second on Group C, three points behind South Korea.The Chinese defeated Kyrgyzstan 2-1 and then the Philippines 3-0.Their only loss came at the hands of the South Koreans 2-0 in the last group matchday.China met Thailand on the Round of 16, beating them 2-1.last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 7:54 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 10, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- It is a critical week for border security talks with only days left before the deadline this Friday. February 15th, to try and avoid another government shutdown.Last month President Trump signed a short-term spending bill to fund the government without funding his border wall. The goal was to work out a bipartisan deal before the deadline. center_img February 10, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Government shutdown deadline just around the cornerlast_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: State Rep. Ken Gordon Discusses 2018 Legislative AccomplishmentsIn “Videos”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On Legalizing Sports Betting, Opioid Crisis & MoreIn “Government” BURLINGTON, MA — On the latest episode of his “Rappin’ with the Rep” local access TV show, State Rep. Ken Gordon, who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington along with all of Burlington and Bedford, interviewed U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton. They talk local transportation, President Trump’s emergency declaration, gun reform, fake news, political transparency and more.Watch the episode below, courtesy of Burlington Access Cable TV:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

first_img Cyclone Fani | The cyclonic storm completely moved into land The schools and colleges in Gujarat have declared a holiday on June 13, anticipating the impact of the cyclone. (Representational Image)The cyclonic storm Vayu is fast moving northwards over the east-central Arabian Sea and is expected to hit the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva in early hours of Thursday, June 13.The cyclone is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours. It will hit the Gujarat coast around Veraval and Diu region, with windspeed going up to go up to 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph.The deep depression is located off the Lakshadweep coast near Aminidivi. Cyclone Vayu over East Central Arabian Sea.CS ‘VAYU’ about 350 km west-southwest of Goa at 0830 IST. To move nearly northwards & cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of 13th June 2019. pic.twitter.com/LbjZI6RMwu— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) June 11, 2019Fishermen have been advised to not venture into Southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area, along the Kerala and Karnataka coasts on Tuesday and the east-central Arabian Sea and along the Maharashtra Coast on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Advisory has also been given to not venture into the Northeast Arabian Sea and along Gujarat coast on Wednesday and Thursday.The schools and colleges in Gujarat have declared a holiday on June 13, anticipating the impact of the cyclone. The Gujarat government is on high alert and has decided to deploy 10 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from Tuesday morning.The government will also put the Army, the Navy and the Coast Guard on alert. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also reportedly said that people living in the coastal belt would be shifted to safer places.”We have cancelled leaves of all the employees concerned and asked them to join the duty. After the Cabinet meeting, all the ministers will go to various districts to oversee relief and rescue operations,” Rupani told reporters in Gandhi Nagar. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:10Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:08?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Impact in other statesDue to changes in wind direction because of Vayu, isolated dust storm and thunderstorm activity are also expected in parts of Rajasthan on Tuesday, leading to a marginal drop in temperatures over the region. Scattered dust storm followed by rain and thundershower is expected over many parts of Rajasthan on Wednesday and Thursday.Mumbai would see good rains and high-velocity winds as the cyclone is expected to cross 250-300 km away, parallel to the Mumbai coast, in the early hours on Wednesday.In Kerala, Alappuzha recorded 106 mm of rain, Kottayam 92 mm, Kochi 91 mm, Thiruvananthapuram 58 mm, and Kanyakumari 36 mm within a span of 24 hours. Heavy to very heavy rains are expected over coastal Karnataka and Goa in the next 24 hours.A cause of worryBut while Vayu is expected to not result in widespread destruction, it is a cause of worry because it is likely to halt the northward progression of the monsoon for a few days, by sucking all the moisture from the monsoon winds towards itself.The arrival of the monsoon has already been delayed, hitting the Kerala coast on June 8 instead of June 1. Closelast_img read more

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Smartphones don’t play well with hot cars. If you’ve ever received the dreaded temperature warning on your phone’s home screen after leaving it in a sizzling vehicle for too long, you know exactly what we’re talking about. And so does General Motors.The struggling American automaker knows your phone needs to cool out in the dog days of summer, too, just like you. If it doesn’t, if the temperature around your iPhone, Android or, fine, your BlackBerry, exceeds about 95 degrees, the high heat can shorten its battery life and potentially slow down its processor. Double bummer. Worse, permanent damage could occur and, in rare cases, the gadget you can’t live without could completely go kaput.Related: Proceed With Caution: Should Smartphones Come With a Warning?Terrifying, right? Well, GM, in a bid to “find new roads” and connect with tech-savvy younger drivers, doesn’t want any of the above to happen to your precious phone either. That’s why the 107-year-old company is adding a fancy new smartphone air-conditioning feature to some of its 2016 Chevy models, a modern move its hailing an “industry first.”Finally, your phone can chill out in its own, personal “Active Phone Cooling” cubby, basically a nook outfitted with a plastic a/c vent nozzle. That is if you get behind the wheel of a wireless-charging equipped 2016 Chevy Cruze, Impala, Malibu or Volt.GM says its engineers stumbled upon the idea while testing a smartphone wireless charging feature. “They noticed some smartphones would suspend charging or shut off all together after only a few minutes in high temperatures inside a car’s cabin,” a statement from the Detroit-based company reads. To combat the problem, they simply directed an air vent connected to the car’s a/c and ventilation system at the “charging bin where the phone rests.” And — easy, breezy — cooled air helps keep your phone from frying like an egg. Crisis averted…or so they say.Related: Texting and Driving? Not So Fast — General Motors is Watching You“Innovation doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel,” Impala engineer Dan Lascu says. “Sometimes simplicity offers the most elegant solution to a problem.”Simple — or just plain silly — we see this thing catching on, given ‘Murica’s incurable addiction to smartphones. Someday, probably sooner than later, maybe smartphone a/c will come standard in all vehicles, even the ones we won’t drive. Either way, here’s to hoping better backseat a/c routing rolls out first to keep other precious cargo — like living things, pets and kids — cool.Related: GM Open to Working With Google on Developing Self-Driving Cars      For more on how the chill new feature works, check out this video:What do you think? Do you want smartphone a/c in your ride? Tell us in the comments section below.Related: This Handy Gadget Is Like Google Glass For Your Car 3 min read July 6, 2015center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) They initially arrested him in mid-January for the murder of two gay men. The victims, Selim Esen, 43, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, first disappeared last spring.By the end of January, police charged him with three more deaths. They also reportedly found a naked, restrained man in McArthur’s apartment when they arrested him.The other known victims are Majeed Kayhan, 58; Soroush Marmudi, 50; and Dean Lisowick, 40s.Now, authorities confirmed there is a sixth victim. Police found the remains in planters at a location where McArthur worked as a landscape, called Mallory Crescent. Police identified one set of remains as Kinsman’s. He was well known in Toronto’s gay community and his disappearance last year sparked the mobilization of a search. They have not yet specifically identified the other remains.Det-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said he expects more charges to come.A bigger and bigger caseAccording to reports, police are using ground penetrating radar and canine units to find disturbed earth. Then, they use tents and heaters to excavate.Authorities are also continuing to go through more planters from the site.Idsinga further confirmed the police department will be looking through hundreds of missing persons cases, as well as McArthur’s own past.McArthur, 66, worked at Leaside property. He allegedly had a deal with one of the residents to store his equipment in exchange for free lawn service.Residents are now allowed to return home, but the police are continuing their thorough search.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Police found a sixth victim of alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Police find more human remains in gay serial killer investigationAlleged gay serial killer Bruce McArthur charged with sixth murderCops allegedly found man restrained in suspected Toronto serial killer’s apartmentRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sixth-victim-alleged-toronto-serial-killer/ McArthur remains in custody. | Photo: Facebook GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

first_imgOvation of the Seas2016 is off to a fantastic start for RCL Cruises Australia and New Zealand with a record-breaking first month of the year. January 2016 has seen the biggest month for sales since the company opened its local offices, eight years ago.Bookings for its three brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises – reached an all-time high, with an increase of 50 per cent in new bookings compared to the same period last year.January 2016 also outperformed RCL’s previous record breaking month for bookings – June last year, when Australasia’s first ever new-build and the biggest ship to ever be based in Australia, Ovation of the Seas, went on sale – by 30 percent.In particular, the last week in January saw Royal Caribbean International bookings almost double year-on-year.“We said it would be a record-breaking summer and we’re excited to see booking volumes beat our own projections. Australia’s appetite for cruising with us continues on a very positive trajectory, driven by strong early booking offers and the biggest and best ships in the region,” said Adam Armstrong, regional commercial director for Asia/Pacific.“In response to the increasing demand, this season we introduced three new ships – Explorer of the Seas, Legend of the Seas and Azamara Quest – as well as a brand new cruise line in Azamara Club Cruises; so for the first time, we have our trifecta of three brands sailing down under.“All up, that represents 20% of RCL’s worldwide fleet – a very significant number and a testament to the strength of the Australian cruising market.”Bookings on international sailings have shown substantial increases year on year; Alaska cruise bookings grew by more than 25% and Asia sailings increased by 10% when compared to the same month last year.But the most significant increase is reflected in local sailings – in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific – where bookings increased by more than 65% in January 2016 compared to January 2015, demonstrating the success of delivering Australians with the very best product on their doorstep.Royal Caribbean’s newest and biggest megaliner, Explorer of the Seas – fresh from her US$80 million revitalization that saw her equipped with a FlowRider surf simulator – jumped to the top of the bookings table in the final week of January to became RCL’s most popular ship, taking pole position from twin sister Voyager of the Seas.Together the two megaliners recorded a third of all bookings created in January – and individually both achieved the highest share of bookings for all locally based ships.Celebrity Solstice has almost two full months remaining in her current Australian season yet she is sold out, such is the popularity for her modern style of luxury.This summer season has seen an unprecedented seven ships from RCL brands sailing in the region, with a final ship, Celebrity Millennium, due to call in March. The upcoming 2016/17 summer season will see a quarter of a million Australians sailing on eight RCL ships locally, including onboard the showstopping Ovation of the Seas – Australia’s very first brand new ship.Ovation of the Seas will join Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas sailing out of Sydney, while Legend of the Seas will return for her second season sailing from Brisbane.Award winning Celebrity Solstice will also return to Sydney next season offering guests an elegant and more sophisticated choice for local cruising, and Azamara Club Cruises’ second boutique ship, Azamara Journey, will make her Australian debut in February 2017, following an extensive bow-to-stern refurbishment. Book a cruiseSource = RCL Cruises Ltd Australialast_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Jp Morgan Chase residential mortgage backed securities Settlement 2015-04-02 Seth Welborn Share JP Morgan Chase Paid More than Half of $4 Million Settlement An independent monitor verified in his fourth report on JPMorgan Chase’s progress under its November 2013 settlement with the government over the packaging and selling of faulty residential mortgage-backed securities that the bank has paid more than half of the $4 billion amount it agreed to pay toward consumer relief, according to an announcement from independent monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr. on Thursday.Smith verified Chase’s claim made in December that the bank had provided $2.24 billion in consumer relief credit to 111,924 borrowers as of the end of the third quarter (September 30, 2014). Chase has until December 31, 2017 – nearly three full years – to pay the approximate remaining amount of nearly $1.8 billion of its obligation toward consumer relief under the settlement.”After in-depth formula testing and data review, I have credited Chase with more than half of the $4 billion in consumer relief credit it must provide under this agreement,” Smith said. “I look forward to reporting on my next round of testing mid-year. In addition to its consumer relief requirements, I have no reason to believe that Chase has failed to comply with any of the policy-based, non-creditable requirements of the settlement.”The $2.24 billion in consumer relief with which Chase was officially credited has come in the form of principal reduction, loan modification, and refinancing for borrowers facing foreclosure. The breakdown of the $2.24 billion in consumer relief is as follows: $555.88 million in modification – forgiveness/forbearance, $791.76 million in rate reduction, and $898.04 million in low to moderate income and disaster area lending.In Smith’s fourth report, Chase said it has provided $5.1 billion in principal forgiveness and forbearance, rate reduction, and low-to-moderate or disaster area lending to 39,512 borrowers as of the end of Q4 (December 31, 2014).  Chase also claimed that 151,436 borrowers had received some type of relief, including $1.95 billion in principal forgiveness or forbearance, $1.11 billion rate reduction, and $15.77 billion in eligible lending. Those figures are awaiting validation from Smith.Chase settled with the government in November 2013 for a then-record $13 billion amid claims that the bank, along with Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual, sold faulty residential mortgage-backed securities to investors prior to the financial crisis. Chase was required to make $9 billion in direct payments to government agencies and five states and provide $4 billion in consumer relief under the settlement. April 2, 2015 571 Views Sharelast_img read more

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   Although Kolb had a decent stat line when it was all said and done (4-for-7 for 68 yards and a 90.2 QB rating), that doesn’t mean Wolf wasn’t concerned by certain elements of his play.“He did not seem to be seeing the field very well,” Wolf said. “That is one of the things I was concerned about. That was one of the things I wanted to see from him.”As with everyone, the preseason is about one thing for Kolb. Getting better.“It’s a situation where I want to see progress from him. The big knock against him was that he couldn’t throw the deep ball, but he threw an absolutely beautiful pass to Larry Fitzgerald. I think that’s important to build that chemistry up.”If Cardinals fans are lucky, that chemistry between the new quarterback and the team’s star wide receiver will continue to grow through the next three preseason games and into the season. If not it could be another long year in the desert.center_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Fans have their opinions on the how Kevin Kolb looked in his first game as an Arizona Cardinal and so does the media, but what about a former NFL player?Former Cardinal fullback and Pro Bowler Ron Wolfley weighed in with his observations on Kolb’s performance Friday morning.“Kevin Kolb in the first series looked like a guy who knew a franchise had given up an awful lot for him,” Wolf said on Doug and Wolf. “There for he did not look very good in that first series. He looked like a guy who was feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders. Once he got that first series out of the way he came back and played pretty well.”last_img read more