Fort St John Ice Slides and Outdoor Rinks are now closed for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With Spring coming and warmer weather on the way, the staff of the City of Fort St. John have closed the ice sides and outdoor rinks for the season.The staff would like to thank residents of FSJ for their understanding.People are encouraged to check out the Recreation & Leisure Guide to see all the Spring activities that the City’s Recreation Department has to offer.last_img

2 held with arms at Rajarhat Survey Park

first_imgKolkata: Two criminals were arrested with firearms on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at Rajarhat and Survey Park, respectively.On Tuesday night, police got a tip-off about a hardened criminal Jahiruddin Molla, who was seen near Lauhati in Rajarhat. A Sub-Inspector reached the spot and started looking for him. The police spotted Molla near the Lauhati petrol pump in Khejurbagan. Seeing the cops Molla tried to escape. But before he could give cops a slip, the officers nabbed him. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the search, the police found a pipe gun from his possession. He was arrested on the charges of IPC sections 25(1)(a) (manufactures, sells, transfers, converts, repairs, tests or proves, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale of fire arms) and section 27 of the Punishment for using arms Arms Act. In another incident, a man was arrested near Highland Park early on Wednesday morning with firearms. According to sources, police personnel were performing naka checking near Highland Park under Survey park police station area late in the night. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring checking of vehicles police personnel noticed a person was trying to hide his face. On suspicion, when the police questioned him, he allegedly tried to escape. He was immediately nabbed by other police personnel there and later he was identified as Jayanta Guchhait. Sources informed that earlier he has been accused in several crimes such as robbery snatching. The police recovered a single shot gun along with four bullets from him.last_img read more

Exit poll results indicate Congs poll planks fail to attract voters

first_imgNew Delhi: If predictions of Exit Polls are to be believed, it appears that people have rejected all the key issues raised by the Congress to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the election campaigning.As per political experts, the poll predictions, which are in favour of the incumbent government, indicate that the issues of alleged corruption in the multi-crore Rafale fighter plane deal, an increasing number of farmers’ suicide cases, unemployment among youth, etc have failed to impress the voters during Lok Sabha election campaigns. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadEven though the NYAY scheme that was aimed at weeding out poverty from the country too failed to convince the voters, the experts said, adding the exit poll results also suggest that Congress not only got its poll plank wrong, the grand old party made several strategic mistakes such as late in announcing Priyanka Vadra Gandhi as in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, late in stitching an alliance in Bihar and failing to be a part of the ‘gathbandhan’ of Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe BJP’s thrust on nationalism, performance and delivery seem to have scored heavily over the thrust of the Congress campaign to primarily target the Prime Minister and raising questions over economic issues. Congress president Rahul Gandhi repeatedly raised the issue of alleged corruption in Rafale fighter jet deal, unemployment and Modi government’s ‘attack’ on Constitutional institutions even as the Prime Minister kept changing approach to keep a fresh line of attack and set the narrative with a focus on nationalism and ‘strong government’. As per the experts, Gandhi was in the belief that he may ‘destroy’ the clean image of PM Modi by raising the Rafale issue, but the exit poll results reflect that it didn’t work in the favour of Congress and it boomeranged. The Congress’ campaign against the Modi government on the Rafale deal was also suffered a major setback when Gandhi misquoted the Supreme Court for which the top court forced him to apologise, the experts have opined. The experts have also stated that Gandhi’s NYAY scheme, an ambitious plan that promises to provide Rs 72,000 every year per family to 20 per cent of the country’s population too failed to make a stand against PM-KISAN programme that was announced by the Modi government. Under the PM-KISAN scheme, the government is providing direct income support of Rs 6,000 per year to vulnerable landholding farmer families.last_img read more

Top 3 reasons people were ticketed in Halton during safety initiative

Halton police have released the top three reasons people received tickets during the 2018 Project Safe Start.The road safety initiative has been running for more than ten years and targets drivers in and around school zones as children return to class in September.The project stresses the need to slow down, remain alert for pedestrians and cyclists, and pay attention to school crossing guards escorting children across busy intersections.Police issued a total of 3,592 provincial offence notices and 566 warnings during this year’s campaign. That’s 1,110 more tickets this year compared to last year’s total of 2,482.The top three offences were:Speeding (62 per cent of total tickets issued)Sign infractions (17 per cent of total tickets issued)Hand-held device offences (5 per cent of total tickets issued)“Traffic safety begins with the individual choices each driver makes.” said Sergeant Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit in a news release. “When drivers comply with the rules of the road, everyone wins and gets to go home safely. With more than 100,000 children returning to school in Halton at the beginning of September, Project Safe Start serves as a timely opportunity for ‘recalibration’ of driver behavior to address any poor driving habits developed over the summer months.” read more

Economic and Social Council discusses impact of natural disasters

Addressing the current session of the Council in Geneva, Kenzo Oshima, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, pointed out that conscious human action could limit the destruction caused by disasters. “Natural hazards do not in themselves lead to disasters, but instead disasters result from the adverse impact of such hazards on vulnerable ecological, economic and social systems,” he observed. Mr. Oshima emphasized that the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, which was adopted by the General Assembly two years ago, should aim to promote a “culture of prevention.” Speaking on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries, Nasrollah Kazemi-Kamyab of Iran noted that in those States, a single disaster could eliminate years of economic growth and result in tremendous human suffering and loss. The Group of 77 was convinced that natural disasters could be mitigated through a pro-active and concerted approach involving planning, preparedness, prevention, relief and rehabilitation, he said. The debate on environmental issues followed the Council’s adoption on Tuesday of a series of resolutions and decisions on a broad range of subjects. Among them was a resolution adopted by a roll-call vote demanding that Israel comply fully with international agreements, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in order to protect the rights of Palestinian women and their families. In other texts covering a wide range of topics, the Council deplored discrimination against women and girls in Afghanistan, requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to report back to the Commission on the situation in Chechnya, and urged international financial institutions to assist countries most affected by the transit of drugs in order to enable them to combat the illicit drug trade. read more

WTA Championships Williams and Sharapova Showdown

Serena Williams is not the type to show mercy to weakened opponents and Saturday proved no exception as the American demolished Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the final of the WTA Championships.Williams roared through her round robin group, winning all three matches, and proved unstoppable again in a 6-2 6-1 victory that set up a final against Maria Sharapova.Sharapova beat Victoria Azarenka, who will finish the year as No.1 in the rankings, with similar ease 6-4 6-2.Williams has yet to drop a set in the showpiece tournament while Sharapova has only conceded one set.World number three Williams, the outstanding player on the tour during the second half of the year in which she won Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open, rattled off 39 winners against the leg-weary Radwanska.Radwanska, who took three hours and 29 minutes to beat Sara Errani on Friday, just about stayed with Williams until 2-2 in the first set but her resistance quickly crumbled against the 15-times grand slam champion.“Those last two matches really killed me, especially that I didn’t have the day off,” Radwanska, who was beaten in a tight three-setter by Sharapova in the group, said.“I really needed that. And especially that surface. It’s very sticky, so three and a half hours is a lot. I’m really tired today and I really wanted to run, but my legs didn’t.”Sharapova went into her match with Azarenka having lost four of their five meetings this year, including losing to her in three finals, but looked much fresher on Saturday inside the Sinan Erdem arena.Azarenka, who had sealed the year-end number one ranking by advancing to the semi-finals, lacked her normal power and foot speed and was no match for Sharapova who broke the Belarussian’s serve twice in the first set with some vicious returns.Read the rest of this story on read more

Five newcomers in HBC Nantes

← Previous Story MVM Veszprem sign lefthander Gabor Ancsin Next Story → Angel Montoro to La Rioja HBC NantesSenjamin Buric The Men’s EHF Cup finalists, HBC Nantes will start new season with at least five newcomers in the roster. The last one is Bosnian line-player Senjamin Burić, who is coming from Slovenian RK Gorenje, where he spent last three seasons.It is already known that Dominik Klein (THW Kiel), Olivier Nyokas (HBW Balingen), Eduardo Gurbindo (FC Barcelona) amd Jerko Matulic (Chambéry) will join the team which is in the race for the place at Men’s VELUX EHF Champions League next season. read more

Computer Chipsets Hit Hard By Japan Earthquake

first_imgJapan is the home of 25 percent of all chips being manufactured. Most of that manufacturing has been damaged or stopped to the recent massive quake. Twenty-five percent of all chips produced will be delayed until further notice.No word on how it will affect the computer industry. However, it could lead to a chip shortage for a few months. Via XBit Labslast_img

EXCLUSIVE 21 of employers view group risk benefits as a selling point

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than one-fifth (21%) of employer respondents view group risk benefits as a selling point during recruitment interviews and employee reviews, according to research by Group Risk Development (Grid).Its survey of 500 HR decision makers in 500 UK organisations, also found that 26% of respondents make a point of issuing regular communications about their benefits package.The research also found:28% of respondents state that their group risk benefits are clearly set out on their staff intranet or in a staff handbook for existing employees.28% of respondents communicate group risk benefits to employees using benefits statements, while 22% promote group risk benefits through a health and wellbeing platform or flexible benefits platform.19% of respondents advertise group risk benefits to employees using apps and 17% communicate these benefits to employees through on-site events.Katherine Moxham (pictured), spokesperson at Grid, said: “Employees and interview candidates may well assume that an organisation is communicating the best possible total remuneration package available to them in order to attract and keep them, but if the package doesn’t appear to be competitive, the individual is likely to look elsewhere for employment.“Group risk products represent great value for money in terms of a recruitment and retention tool; they are fairly low cost to offer with high returns and great added value benefits for individuals. In addition, protection products are clearly very useful at difficult times in people’s lives, so they can also be deployed to demonstrate that the organisation cares about both the physical, mental and financial wellbeing of its employees.“Those employers that do talk group risk, either at interview or more regularly, to their staff are the ones that are going to get the most value from their benefits. We all know that employee benefits can be a great recruitment and retention tool, but only if they are effectively communicated and explained.”last_img read more

SUV crashes into Plantation home

first_imgA driver crashed head-on into a Plantation home, Wednesday.The SUV crashed into a home near Northwest 12th Place and 108th Avenue. The driver had to be rushed to Broward Health Medical Center.The vehicle’s front hood was badly damaged.No one was inside the home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Linda Perry Fred Armisen Weird Al More Attend LA GRAMMY Nominee Reception

first_imgNews 61st GRAMMY Nominees Celebrate Pre-GRAMMYs In L.A. linda-perry-fred-armisen-weird-al-more-attend-la-grammy-nominee-reception Facebook Out of the roughly 800 GRAMMY nominees, 221 come from Los AngelesJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 2, 2019 – 5:15 pm The pouring rain did not keep Los Angeles-based GRAMMY nominees from attending the L.A. Chapter Nominee Celebration Saturday morning, just a week before the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10.Out of the roughly 800 GRAMMY nominees, 221 come from Los Angeles, said L.A. Chapter Executive Director Qiana Conley during the brunch event. Held at the 1920s classic-themed Delilah restaurant in West Hollywood, the weather did not affect the excitement going around the room one bit.For multi-GRAMMY nominated Linda Perry, her nomination for Producer Of The Year, Non-clasical at the 61st  GRAMMY Awards could result in a historic win. “My particular nomination is a little bit different than the rest because a female hasn’t been represented in this category for over 14, 15 years,” she said. “If I win, I will be the first woman to have ever won Producer Of The Year, so it feels pretty special and I am extremely honored to be in this position, but I hope that we can move forward and we don’t have to wait another 14 years to have a woman represent.”Beyond Perry’s potentially historic nomination, there was a special excitement among first-time nominees, including comedian Fred  Armisen, whose Standup For Drummers is nominated for Best Comedy Album.”It is the best feeling [to be nominated] not just cause it was a surprise, but because I just love the GRAMMYs,” said  Armisen. “I really grew up, like everyone, obviously, on music, but I saw a picture of David Bowie  with John Lennon and Paul Simon sort of backstage at the GRAMMYs in 1975, [and] I think and it just always looked really cool like the perfect hangout.” Golden gramophone winners, meanwhile, also milled around and enjoyed the perks of the pre-GRAMMYs festivities: For GRAMMY winner  Weird Al Yankovic, who is a Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package nominee for Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of “Weird Al” Yankovic this year, loves the “free food before the show and [the] free food after … that’s always my favorite part,” he said.  Yankovic, who has won four GRAMMYs and been nominated a whopping 16 times, also said that he never, ever tires of being a nominee: “It’s happened to me before, but it never gets old. I never get jaded about it. I get very excited every time I get to be a part of the GRAMMY festivities and it’s always nice to have validation from your peers and its a great hang, it’s a wonderful party.”Tune in to CBS on Feb. 10 to see who wins a golden gramophone at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. 2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominations List Twitter Email Linda Perry, Fred Armisen, Weird Al, & More Attend L.A. GRAMMY Nominee Reception last_img read more

Huawei gets boost as China issues 5G licenses

first_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See it Sprint 4:59 Apple iPhone XS An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It 5G Huawei,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $520 at HP Tags Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 3 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. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) It follows Huawei signing a deal to help develop Russia’s 5G network and comes in the wake of President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively banning the Chine phone maker from US communications networks, based on national security concerns over Huawei’s links with the Chinese government. The US is also urging its allies not to do business with Huawei.The company has consistently denied such ties, and its chairman said this week the company is willing to sign a “no-spy agreement” with the US. Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 5:24 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:40 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. What is going on between Huawei and the US? Mobile Tech Industry Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $60 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 40 Photos The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $210 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Read the Rylo camera previewcenter_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $299 at Amazon $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay $155 at Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Now playing: Watch this: What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sarah Tew/CNET Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle Angela Lang/CNET Tags $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) China’s 5G push will help Huawei. Angela Lang/CNET China approved 5G licenses for a quartet of state-owned bodies on Thursday, winning investment in vendors like Huawei, a report said.Carriers China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, as well as broadcaster China Broadcasting Network Corporation, got the licenses, according to Reuters.The carriers were given trial licenses at the end of 2018, but Thursday’s announcement lets them begin commercial deployment before the original 2020 timeline. It’ll trigger early investment in Huawei and other vendors too, the news gathering service noted. Rylo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy See at Turo Turo Boost Mobile Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $6 at Tidal Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Share your voice See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 0 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Comments See at Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read Google Home Hub reviewlast_img read more

Alaska House candidate Hart asks voters not to consider him

first_imgJames Hart. (Photo by Emily Files, KHNS – Haines)A Haines candidate for Alaska House District 33 is asking the public not to vote for him.Listen nowIt’s past the deadline to withdraw as a candidate in the primary election, but 28-year-old James Hart says he no longer wants to be considered.Hart says a summer job in Sitka complicated campaigning in his district. However, Hart says the experience allowed him to get his foot in the door and understand areas he needs to work on for the future.Hart says he still wants to be involved in politics in a different capacity, but he’s still figuring out what that looks like.Hart is a Chilkoot Indian Association Tribal Council member. He’s also a delegate of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes. Last year, he worked as a public policy fellow for Sitka Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.The state primary election is August 21. Early voting started yesterday.Three other candidates remain in the democratic primary race: Sara Hannan and Steve Handy of Douglas and Tom Morphet from Haines.House District 33 represents Skagway, Haines, Klukwan, Excursion Inlet, Gustavus, downtown Juneau and Douglas.last_img read more

Mega blood donation marks KTR birthday fete

first_imgKompally: On the occasion of TRS working president K T Rama Rao’s birthday, MLR group of institutions organised a blood donation camp on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion, Marri Rajashekar Reddy, secretary, Marri Laxma Reddy group of institutions who also donated blood said, “The response was good as students did not have to be coaxed but came forward voluntarily.” The camp was organised in association with Red Cross Society and ESI Gandhi Hospital for thalasemmia patients. As many as 750 students including faculty members donated blood. Dr A Natraj, chairman, Indian Red Cross Society, Mahbubnagar, Dr Suman Jain, MD, Thalasemmia and Sickle Cell Society, Hyderabad were present.last_img read more

How Harris Countys Federal Bail Lawsuit Spreads Beyond Houston

first_imgJohn Jordan / The Texas TribuneCounty officials and bail bond companies throughout the state are monitoring the federal lawsuit against Harris County’s bail practices.The next chapter in Harris County’s saga over bail practices is set to play out in federal court Tuesday morning, and officials involved in pretrial processes throughout Texas are holding their breath.The state’s most populous county is involved in a complicated fight over how its bail procedures impact poor misdemeanor defendants awaiting trial. A federal lawsuit questions the constitutionality of the county’s pretrial system, where arrestees who can’t afford their bail bonds regularly sit in jail — often until their cases are resolved days or weeks later — while similar defendants who have cash are released.Bail is a legal mechanism to ensure defendants appear in court for their hearings. The most common practice is secured money bail, where judicial officers set a bond amount that must be paid by defendants in order to be released. The bond can either be paid to the court in full and then refunded after all court appearances are made, or, more commonly, paid through a bond company that charges a nonrefundable percentage — usually around 10 percent — but will front the total cost.Last year, inmates filed suit against Harris County, saying they were wrongfully detained in jail simply because they were too poor to pay their bail bonds. The lawsuit covers all indigent defendants arrested on misdemeanors, like driving with an invalid license or shoplifting.  In April, U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal issued a groundbreaking ruling, calling Harris County’s bail practices unconstitutional and ordering the release of almost all misdemeanor defendants from jail within 24 hours of arrest, regardless of their ability to pay the bond amount. The county, which has implemented many of its own reforms since the suit’s filing, has appealed the injunction at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, where oral arguments will be heard in New Orleans on Tuesday.The ruling came down while the Texas Legislature worked — and ultimately failed — to pass bipartisan statewide reform for pretrial release practices. Some cities and states across the country have reformed their bail programs, either on their own or after court rulings, to move away from money bail bonds and release more defendants on personal recognizance bonds, where inmates are released with no money due up front.These reforms have taken place in jurisdictions that, like Harris County, routinely used money bail as “de facto detention orders against those financially unable to pay,” Rosenthal wrote in her ruling.Both sides of the lawsuit recognize the legal outcome in Harris County could have nationwide repercussions for the American bail system. In Texas, counties with wide variations of pretrial practices are measuring their programs against the federal injunction.“At a minimum, the litigation in Harris County is going to change the dialogue, if not the policy, of all other Texas counties on [personal] bonds,” said Michael Young, Bexar County’s chief public defender. A question of due processJail population reports show that almost 75 percent of people in Texas jails have not been convicted. Bipartisan efforts to lower the rising number of poor defendants stuck in jail was a main topic of Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht’s address to the Legislature in February.“Many who are arrested cannot afford a bail bond and remain in jail awaiting a hearing,” he said. “Though presumed innocent, they lose their jobs and families, and are more likely to reoffend.”Hecht spoke as Harris County, the third largest in the nation, was embroiled in a lawsuit where a judge has now said it uses bail bonds to detain poor defendants without necessary due process safeguards. Under state and federal law, indigent misdemeanor arrestees can be detained on money bail “only in the narrowest of cases, and only when, in those cases, due process safeguards the rights of the indigent accused,” Rosenthal wrote.Before the court order, 40 percent of Harris County misdemeanor defendants remained in jail until their case was resolved, according to data from 2014 to 2016. The large majority of those people — 84 percent in 2015 and 2016 — pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and were usually released within a day based on time served, according to Rosenthal’s ruling. Just less than half of defendants who were released on bond pleaded guilty during the same time. New numbers since the ruling were not yet available.The county argues that its practices are constitutional because, under state law, a defendant’s ability to pay is only one of five factors to be considered when setting bail. Other things the county must consider are the nature of the crime and public safety.“This newly-minted constitutional right to affordable bail applies to every misdemeanor arrestee, with minor exceptions, no matter how great their flight risk or how grave a danger they pose to the community or their victims,” wrote Charles Cooper in the county judges’ brief to the appellate court.Rosenthal countered that argument by pointing out that even after county officials recommend release on personal bonds for misdemeanor defendants, based on their risk level of reoffending or skipping court dates, judicial officers usually ignore the recommendation and stick to a pre-set bail schedule.Multiple complexities have entangled the lawsuit. The county sheriff — a defendant in the lawsuit — was ousted in the last election and replaced by a successor largely in support of bail reform. And the county has implemented reforms of its own, including a new tool that will quickly identify low-risk defendants and recommend them for release on personal bonds, regardless of income.Though Rosenthal applauded the county for its reform efforts (which were not yet implemented at the time of the ruling), she has said the problem of unequal treatment for poor defendants would still exist. Lack of money would still be an issue for moderate and high-risk defendants, and officials would still have discretion to ignore the recommendation of release on personal bond for low-risk people, she said.Her orders went into effect in June, and hundreds of defendants were released from the Harris County Jail. The county’s reforms took place at the end of July, and officials could not yet give specifics on results.County attorneys and the bail bond commercial industry say the order goes too far, and they are asking the federal appellate court to toss out the injunction and the case overall. They argue that the issue isn’t one for federal courts and that the lawsuit is an attempt to get rid of money bail altogether.“Defendants who cannot post bail are not detained because they are poor,” wrote attorney Paul Clement in a court brief filed by local, state and national bail bonds groups. “Instead, they are detained because the government had probable cause to arrest and charge them with crimes, and wishes to secure their appearance at trial and protect the community.”Beyond Harris CountyHarris County is not unique in its imposition of bail bonds on poor defendants.Pretrial practices vary widely by county, but almost all in Texas rely primarily on money bail to release defendants, according to a study from Texas A&M University’s Public Policy Research Institute. Harris County is one of the few that uses a validated risk-assessment tool to determine whether defendants should be released without paying.Texas’ proposed legislation this year, which passed out of the Senate but died before being brought to the full House for consideration, would have required counties to use a risk-based tool to determine bond. “The basic underlying system in a lot of the other larger counties have the same fundamental flaws that Harris County does,” said Jay Jenkins, the Harris County project attorney for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. “If you’re using money bail for misdemeanor cases, and you’re not explicitly having a determination of whether or not a defendant can make a particular amount, those counties are going to be susceptible to litigation after this ruling.”Changes have already started. Dallas County authorized the creation of a pretrial division and risk-based bail system this year, and Bexar County judges changed their practices to make all defendants eligible for a personal bond assessment, according to Young.But most Texas counties don’t have programs to monitor defendants released on bond, according to the Texas A&M study, and others, like Tarrant, are watching and waiting.“My county is aware of what’s going on with Harris County,” said Michelle Brown, pretrial services director in Tarrant County, which primarily uses money bail. “We’re talking about implementing a risk assessment at the county, but we’re still in the talking stages. Unfortunately, we don’t make policy, our judges and county commissioners do.” Sharelast_img read more

Straight people are less attracted to trans people no matter how good

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- A study by researchers at Indiana University found that straight people are less attracted to trans people — regardless of how good looking that person is. The study319 cisgender and heterosexual college students participated in the study, published in the Journal ofSocial Psychological and Personality Science. The purpose of the study was to find evidence of transphobia on dating apps.‘Anecdotal evidence suggests that some transgender people find that others seem less sexually or romantically attracted to them once they learn of their transgender status, so we decided to study that issue rigorously,’ study author Eliot Smith said.Each of the 319 students saw 48 fake online dating profiles, with the gender identity randomly assigned. The participants then rated the attractiveness of each profile.‘The gender identity labels had a strong, pervasive effect on ratings of attraction. Nonbinary and especially transgender targets were perceived as less attractive than cisgender targets. The effect was particularly strong for male perceivers, and for women with traditional gender attitudes,’ the study’s abstract reads.‘Sexual and romantic attraction are not driven solely by sexed appearance; information about gender identity and transgender status also influences these assessments. These results have important implications for theoretical models of sexual orientation and for the dating lives of transgender people.’ Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : The results‘Cisgender, heterosexual college students report being less sexually attracted to others (represented by photos) who are labeled as transgender or nonbinary, compared to cisgender,’ Smith said.‘This difference is not due to differences in physical appearance because we randomly presented gender identity labels with the same set of photos. The effect appears to represent a type of prejudice against individuals with non-cisgender identities.’According to the study, straight cisgender women were as likely to say they’d befriend a trans or nonbinary person as a cis person. However, the straight cisgender men were less likely to want to be friends with trans and nonbinary people.Reflecting‘As a social psychologist, I have long been interested in person perception. This topic (perception of people and how it may change depending on their gender and transgender identity) is timely, as many social network and dating websites are now allowing users to select from a wide variety of identity labels beyond just “male” and “female,”’ Smith explained.Moving forward, Smith would like to conduct similar studies.‘It would be of great interest to study attractiveness ratings made by transgender or non-heterosexual individuals,’ he told LGBTQ Nation.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This study simulated online dating profiles to find evidence of transphobialast_img read more

uThukela Municipality crowns new mayor

first_imgIn his speech, Mayor Siphiwe Mazibuko said this was history in the making, adding that he would bring about change and better the lives of the people by creating job opportunities especially for the youth,  ensuring that people with disabilities are taken care of in terms of obtaining jobs, and ensuring that rural areas have access to water.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! uThukela District Municipality held an inaugural meeting yesterday (August 25) at the Utility Hall, where they elected the new mayor, deputy mayor and speaker.The inauguration event saw various councillors, political party and community members filling the hall to witness the new mayor being sworn in.KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu was present at the event and delivered an address.In his address, Premier Mchunu urged councillors to work together and generate ideas together to bring about the best possible service delivery to the people who voted them into power. He also spoke about the issue of drought that uThukela faces, stating that the Provincial Office is doing everything in its power to help with this crisis.After his address, it was time for the councillors to vote and elect their mayor, deputy mayor and speaker.Former uThukela Mayor Dudu Mazibuko was elected as speaker, while Siphiwe Mazibuko was elected mayor and Nombali Mchunu deputy mayor.Out of 31 votes by the councillors, the ANC managed to obtain 17 to the IFP’s 14, thus winning the elections. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Black Knight Welcomes VP for Emerging Products

first_img Black Knight Financial Services named a new addition to its Data and Analytics division: Chip McAvoy has joined the team as VP of emerging products and technology.McAvoy has a long history working in real estate software, serving in both development and management positions for a number of firms, including CoreLogic and First American Title. His product experience includes multiple listing service (MLS) platforms, agent and broker websites, customer relationship management applications, data sharing, and more.In addition, McAvoy served on the board of directors for the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) and has been involved in MLS data aggregation and Real Estate Transaction Services (RETS) for years.”The addition of a real estate industry technology executive as talented and well-respected as Chip is a real ‘feather in the cap’ for our team,” said Rich Lull, SVP of MLS Systems for Black Knight. “Chip will be an invaluable resource as we continue investing in product development to expand beyond MLS systems and offer more capabilities to our customers.”Working at Black Knight, McAvoy will support the company’s current MLS offerings and will develop and deliver additional products and services to support the real estate industry.”I’m looking forward to working with Black Knight’s MLS division as we work to deliver innovative new products to help customers strengthen their businesses,” he said. Share in Headlines, News, Technology Black Knight Financial Services Movers & Shakers 2015-01-26 Tory Barringercenter_img January 26, 2015 493 Views Black Knight Welcomes VP for Emerging Productslast_img read more

LRES New Offerings Brought Substantial Growth in 2016

first_img Company News LRES 2017-01-25 Staff Writer Orange, California-based LRES experienced considerable growth in 2016 due to multiple new company products and offerings, new additions to the executive team, and a larger overall client base, which is partly due to the acquisition the company made in April of last year.LRES, which offers REO asset management, commercial and residential real estate valuations, and technology solutions for the real estate industry, made the decision to acquire residential and commercial evaluator InsideValuation and their 25,000 field agents. The acquisition did quite a bit to bolster LRES’ offerings and client base.LRES further built upon its homeowners’ association (HOA) services to include aid originators and servicers and investors to assess and manage the risk associated with HOA defaults. They also improved their HOA platform to more accurately keep track of HOA Liens. The firm furthered their success through the hiring of a few new executives. This included a new CTO, chief appraiser, VP of operations, and VP of technology. Roger Beane, CEO of LRES, discussed a few pinnacles from last year. “LRES achieved many highlights in 2016 with our additional service offerings, growing skilled executive team, improved internal processes and another successful acquisition,” he said.” “2016 was also the year LRES celebrated its 15-year anniversary, and we look forward to many more anniversaries better serving the real estate industry through enhanced offerings and quality customer service.”   January 25, 2017 534 Views in Headlines, Technologycenter_img Share LRES’ New Offerings Brought Substantial Growth in 2016last_img read more