1st Test, Day 3: Umesh, Bhuvneshwar shine but Sri Lanka edge ahead

first_imgSri Lanka reached 165-4 in its first innings to trail India by only seven runs at stumps Saturday on Day 3 of the first test at Eden Gardens.Bad light forced an early end just after 4 p.m. local time with 24.2 overs remaining. Dinesh Chandimal was unbeaten on 13, while Niroshan Dickwella was 14 not out. (Virat Kohli unhappy after Dinesh Chandimal’s ‘fake fielding’ leaves India stunned)India was earlier bowled out for 172 runs in its first innings of the three-test series. The hosts lost their last five wickets in the morning session as bad weather that had washed out most of the first two days finally gave way to sunshine.Sri Lanka reached tea at 113-2 and Lahiru Thirimanne (51) and Angelo Mathews (52) extended their third-wicket partnership after the interval to 99 runs. Thirimanne reached his fifth test half-century off 86 balls.That’s it from Day 3. The play has been called off earlier than normal due to bad light. India 172, Sri Lanka 165/4 with U Yadav & B Kumar bagging two each #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/TTq0Bazhor- BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 2017Mohammed Shami (0-53) was unlucky not to get any breakthrough. That came at the other end as Umesh Yadav (2-50) had Thirimanne caught at second slip.Mathews then reached his 28th test half-century off 88 balls. Shortly after, he became Yadav’s second dismissal, chipping a simple catch to Lokesh Rahul at cover.Sri Lanka crossed 150 in the 43rd over. The Indian pacers bowled some testing spells but weren’t able to make further inroads as Chandimal and Dickwella held off to add 27 runs for the fifth wicket.advertisementBCCI Photo Sri Lanka had begun its reply in hectic fashion as openers Sadeera Samarawickrama (23) and Dimuth Karunaratne (8) quickly put on 29 runs for the first wicket.Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-49) struck the first blow. Dimuth Karunaratne was trapped lbw and the decision stood despite a DRS review from the batsman. Two overs later, Samarawickrama was caught behind as Kumar struck again.Shikhar Dhawan dropped Thirimanne at first slip off Yadav in the 18th over.Resuming on 74-5, India added another 98 runs before its first innings ended at lunch.Cheteshwar Pujara top scored for India with 52 runs while Suranga Lakmal was the most successful of the Sri Lankan bowlers, capturing 4-26.Pujara, 47 overnight, reached his 16th test half-century off 108 balls before he was bowled by an inswinger from Lahiru Gamage.Wriddiman Saha (29) and Ravindra Jadeja (22) added a valuable 48 runs for the seventh wicket before they both departed in the same over from Dilruwan Perera.Mohammed Shami, batting at 10, chipped in with a rapid 24 to prop up the tail before he was the last man out.last_img read more

Karl Toft convicted serial pedophile dies in Edmonton from lung cancer

first_imgEDMONTON – A pedophile who spent over a decade in prison for sexually assaulting boys while he was employed as a guard at the Kingsclear reform school in New Brunswick has died.Karl Toft died in Edmonton Saturday morning from lung cancer, according to Charles Ingles, a close friend who met Toft through a community program when the offender was still living in an Edmonton halfway house.Toft served 13 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in 1992 to 34 charges related to the abuse of boys at the school near Fredericton. He later admitted to assaulting 200 boys over a 35-year period.Toft moved to Edmonton after his release from prison, and remained in the city after he was allowed to move out of the halfway house in 2005.Ingles had been working with the Mustard Seed, a Christian group that helps the poor and homeless, when he met Toft. He says they stayed friends, often discussing scripture.Ingles says Toft admitted that he remained tempted by children, but worked hard at avoiding places they might be in order not to re-offend.“He would not go on public transportation. He made sure that he bought a car as soon as he was out on his own. He would drive from one place to another because then he could avoid being around children,” said Ingles, who was driving from Creston, B.C. to Edmonton on Saturday to help settle Toft’s affairs.“He would go to Walmart, for instance, to do shopping at 10 or 11 at night so that there weren’t kids around.”Toft said in an interview published in the Edmonton Sun in 2008 that a lot of his victims believed he had the power to keep them in the reformatory longer than their sentences. He said that at six-foot-two and 245 pounds, he was a man his victims would not resist.He also assaulted boys from the age of 16 while he worked as a Boy Scout leader.Toft told the paper he also got away with many of the sex assaults by befriending parents and their children.”When it comes right down to it, I’m still ashamed of what I did. I’ve always been ashamed of what I did and to face that child today, even though he would be a grown adult, I would not know how to justify my actions. I would not know what to say to him, except, ‘Can you forgive me?”’ Toft said in the 2008 interview.Former Kingsclear residents claimed that the abuse was more widespread and involved other officials connected to the school.An inquiry by the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP in 2007 cleared the force of allegations it covered up alleged criminal activities by Kingsclear staff, or by one of its own members, during its investigation of the school.But it also concluded that sloppy investigative techniques, lack of supervision and poor documentation created the perception of a coverup.New Brunswick held an inquiry on Kingsclear in the mid-1990s.Wil Tonowski, a retired Edmonton police officer who worked with high-risk offenders, knew Toft and remained in touch with him even after his retirement.“We spent a lot of money doing surveillance on this man and he passed with flying colours in every single circumstance,” Tonowski said, recalling an event where Toft was observed in a supermarket and happened upon a young boy with a woman.“He simply looked, stopped, froze, put the basket down and did an absolute about face, turned around the way he came and walked out.”Wayne Land, a property manager who became friends with Toft through volunteer work helping offenders, said he met with Toft regularly over the years in Edmonton and visited him in hospital just last week.Land said he was skeptical when he met Toft of his claims that he’d accepted Christ, noting that he’s heard the same line from other convicts.But he said he didn’t think it was that way with Toft.“He has tremendous grief in his life and remorse over what he had ruined in so many young boys. However, deliverance is deliverance, and his soul has been delivered,” Land said.last_img read more

Man acquitted in terrorrelated case to stay locked up during immigration review

first_imgVANCOUVER – A man who was acquitted of terrorism-related charges for posting online comments celebrating lone-wolf terrorists will remain locked up in British Columbia after the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled his release would endanger the public.Adjudicator Trent Cook of the board’s immigration division said Thursday in an oral ruling that Othman Hamdan’s behaviour and online activity make it necessary to keep him incarcerated pending the outcome of an immigration review.“While your posts may not be criminal, I cannot pretend that they do not exist. Nor can I ignore the impact that I think they are likely to have on those who read them and in turn on the Canadian public,” Cook told Hamdan.“In my view, anyone who actively promotes and calls on people to engage in terrorist activity is engaging in behaviour and conduct that puts the Canadian public in danger, regardless of if that conduct meets the standard necessary to obtain a criminal conviction.”A date has not yet been set for Hamdan’s admissibility hearing to determine if he should remain in Canada.Hamdan, 35, is a Jordanian national of Palestinian descent who came to B.C. after living in the United States and was granted refugee status following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.A B.C. Supreme Court judge found Hamdan not guilty in September of allegations of encouraging murder, assault, and instructing a person to carry out a terrorist activity, ruling that Hamdan’s comments might be offensive but they didn’t constitute inciting terrorism.The allegations stemmed from 85 Facebook posts between September 2014 and July 2015, one of which reads, “Lone wolves, we salute you.”“He was trying to highlight what he perceived to be hypocrisy and injustice, support some of the actions of (the Islamic State) in its defence of Sunni Muslims in Iraq and Syria and promote discussion about these issues,” B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Butler said of Hamdan in his ruling last month.At the time of his arrest in July 2015, Hamdan was living in the northern B.C. community of Fort St. John. He described himself in court as a non-practising Sunni Muslim.Cook said Thursday that he acknowledges Hamdan was found not guilty, but the acquittal was “by no means an absolution of your conduct.”Without a release plan or any support network, Hamdan would also likely disregard any conditions the Immigration and Refugee Board might impose, Cook added.“Other than going to work to provide for the basic necessities of your life, it seems that your time is ultimately dedicated to internet research and the posting of material,” he said.“Promoting your ideology online is basically your life’s work. I find that it actually borders on obsession and I cannot see how someone with your track record is willing to employ much self-censorship.”Hamdan was in the hearing room for the decision wearing a red sweater and sweatpants with white, Velcro sneakers. He was mostly passive while Cook read the decision, whispering occasionally to his lawyer from behind a tissue he held in front of his mouth.The Immigration and Refugee Board has the power to detain permanent residents and foreign nationals it believes may pose a threat to the Canadian public while their immigration matters play out.Cook emphasized that immigration detention is separate from criminal detention because it is preventative, not punitive.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Buffy SainteMarie wins 2015 Polaris Music Prize

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — Buffy Sainte-Marie has won this year’s 50-thousand dollar Polaris Music Prize.A jury of 11 music critics, bloggers and broadcasters named the album “Power in the Blood” the best Canadian record of the last year.The folk icon beat out nine other finalists for the award including rap superstar Drake, former Polaris winner Caribou and Toronto rockers Alvvays.Sainte-Marie, who already had a crowded trophy case heading into Monday night’saward ceremony, told the audience she didn’t expect to win the Polaris and appreciated its cash prize.The award show, which was held in Toronto, was hosted by Juno-winning children’s entertainer Fred Penner.last_img

Peace Arts Gallery Society to host 36th Annual Art Auction this October

first_imgThe Gallery is also still looking for volunteers to help out before, during, and after the Auction.This event is instrumental in keeping the “Let’s Art Program” a free service for youth and seniors.The 36th Annual Art Auction is October 5 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.For more information, you can visit the North Peace Cultural Centre’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Arts Gallery Society is gearing up to host their 36th Annual Art Auction.Currently, the Gallery is in the process of collecting local artwork for this year’s auction titled ‘Harvest Moon Gala’.This year, the Gallery says they would like a full month Exhibition to celebrate the generousity all of the Artists, Artisans, Crafters as well as the huge contribution the volunteers make, so they are asking that artists bring their work into the Gallery by September 3.last_img read more

ILFS to receive first set of bids under asset monetization process

first_imgNew Delhi: Cash-strapped IL&FS Group will receive first set of bids under asset monetization process on Monday as part of resolution process, according to sources. The company’s board will later consider bids for Rs 8,000 crore renewable energy business that was put on the block in November 2018, the sources said. This will be the first set of bids that will be opened under asset monetization process as part of resolution process by government-appointed and Uday Kotak-led new board, they added. The group, which is sitting on the debt of about Rs 94,000 crore debt, had decided to sell assets in various verticals, including roads, education, renewable energy, and broking in November last year. The renewable assets of the group include operating wind power plants with an aggregate capacity of 873.5-mw, and under-construction such plants with 104 mw capacity. It also includes the solar power business, under which it has around 300-mw of under-construction projects. Japan’s Orix is the joint venture partner in the wind power business and the completion of sale of this business is expected to reduce IL&FS debt of about Rs 5,000 crore. When contacted IL&FS spokesperson declined to comment on the same. According to sources, nearly two dozen firms had participated in the expression of interest sought by the company that ended on December 10, 2018. Several companies, sources said, have completed their due diligence of the underlying assets. However, the completion of entire process and shortlisting of the final bidder will take a few weeks as multiple processes are involved. LIC is the single largest shareholder with over 25 per cent stake in IL&FS and Orix Corp owns a little over 23 per cent. IL&FS Employees Welfare Trust holds 12 per cent in the company. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, HDFC and Central Bank of India hold 12.56 per cent, 9.02 per cent and 7.67 per cent, respectively, in the cash-strapped company. The country’s largest lender SBI has around 7 per cent stake in the company.last_img read more

Do celebs make good politicians

first_imgStar power adds the glamour element to the heat, dust, and grime of political campaigns. This election too, we won’t just see star campaigners but even celebs who have picked up the political cudgels. Soothing to the eyes, yes, but one often wonders if celebrityhood can and should be the only criterion for some of the candidates in the election fray? Celebrity entrants to political parties just ahead of elections is not new. Earlier, we witnessed well-known actors and sportspersons simply lending their star power to a candidate. Today, that candidate can very well be a young actor or a cricketer. But it is a varied mix. Outspoken social media supporters such as cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined BJP and is likely to fight from a Delhi seat. At the same time, you have actors such as Shatrughan Sinha and Hema Malini seeking re-election while Jaya Prada has switched party colours to don BJP’s saffron to fight polls from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur. West Bengal will see Babul Supriyo, Moon Moon Sen, and newbies Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty battling for votes. There are also Prakash Raj, Urmila Matondkar, Nikhil Gowda, Pawan Kalyan, Shilpa Shinde, and Arshi Khan, trying their luck in the political arena. Also Read – A special kind of bondOut of this mixed list of celebrities, only a chosen few have exhibited an active interest in politics. They have been vociferous about their views and where they stand on the political spectrum. The rest, like dutiful children, are all being paradropped to exude charm and attract votes. I was watching a rather painful news story with dream girl Hema Malini. Painful because the BJP MP while looking stunning didn’t seem to have any meat in her rhetoric at all. Whenever she was asked about what work she had done in her constituency of Mathura, the actor kept saying that she has done a lot of work but just can’t remember it at the moment. Err! Really? Also Read – Insider threat managementAs a reporter who has actively covered state and general elections, I have witnessed how candidates have nurtured their constituency over years. While covering the campaign trail it is fairly easy for people like us to discern the once-in-a-blue-moon visitor from the serious politician who has an undeniable connect with people. This bond with the voter doesn’t happen overnight. Sure, people will throng the streets to catch a glimpse of cine stars, but a true leader would have built his connect over a longer period of time with experience and love for the masses. Of the celebrity MPs who have already been in Parliament, save a few, most have been playing ‘outstanding’ roles i.e. they have seldom stepped inside the Parliament! Their attendance is poor, they barely raise questions, and more often than not, leave their MPLADS (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) funds under-utilised. Former Rajya Sabha MPs such as Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha have historically abysmal attendance records – Tendulkar with 7.3 per cent attendance while Rekha had just 4.5 per cent! It is important to remember that these celebrity MPs get paid a generous sum by the Government of India to carry out their duties. They are meant to represent their people in Parliament and actively strive towards the development and progress of their constituency. But with most celeb MPs playing truant from Parliament and their constituencies, busy with film shoots, shows, brand endorsements, and cricket matches, one wonders if fame is enough to even allow these fair-weather entrants to contest. Should there be a clause set by the Election Commission of India to allow only serious political workers to fight polls? And what of the hardworking party worker who has lost his chance to fight elections outdone by glitz and glamour? Politics is no child’s play; it requires sincerity, hard work, and dedication. My only wish is that this year’s winning celebrity candidates showcase their seriousness about serving the people. Otherwise, there will be more ‘missing MP’ posters doing the rounds like in the case of Navjot Singh Sindhu in 2013. (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Lanka President Sirisena promises hoteliers maximum financial help to revive tourism

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has assured hoteliers that the government will give them maximum financial relief to revive the lucrative tourism industry hit by the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday that killed 253 people, including 42 foreigners. Tourism accounts for about five per cent of Sri Lanka’s economy, with India, Britain and China being the main markets. India is the largest source market for Sri Lanka, which received 2.3 million tourists from around the world in 2018. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAround 450,000 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka last year and the island nation was expecting the total Indian tourist arrivals to cross one million in 2019. President Sirisena acknowledged during his meeting on Monday with the country’s hoteliers that the tourism and hotel industries were worst hit after the string of powerful blasts ripped through three churches and as many luxury hotels on Easter Sunday, killing 253 people and injuring more than 500 others. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe bombs tore through three five-star hotels in Colombo: the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri La and the Kingsbury. Forty two foreigners, including 11 Indian nationals, died in the attacks. Sirisena requested Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy to provide “maximum financial relief” immediately to the hoteliers, Sunday Times reported. Hotels Association President Sanath Ukwatte said hoteliers had invested large sums of money in the development of the hotels and requested the government to provide a moratorium or waiver on the capital and interest for a period of at least two years. During the meeting, the hoteliers also asked the government to hire the services of a professional public relations and communications unit to send out one message to the world. President Sirisena agreed to appoint a Cabinet sub-committee to look into the requirements of the hoteliers, the report said.last_img read more

Drug peddlers handinglove with police says Meghalaya High Court

first_imgShillong: A report by the Meghalaya High Court has suggested that illicit drugs were openly being sold in Shillong, as the peddlers connive with the state police to keep the business thriving.It also stated that students of prominent schools and colleges in the city were involved in the trade, some as traffickers and others consumers. The court had taken up the case based on a PIL filed by chairperson of Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Right Meena Kharkongor. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSome of the schoolchildren, as young as 11 or 12, get involved in the trade despite knowing the antecedents, said the report, which has not been made public, but a copy of which was available with PTI. “Police are not taking any action at all and they are in connivance hand-in-hand with the peddlers,” it asserted. The narcotics are openly procured from Kalain area in Assam’s Silchar district, and sold in around 30 places in the city, including high-security areas near the gates of the Assam Rifles, and police beat house besides the city’s police bazaar area, the court said in the report. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The places where drugs are easily available usually go unchecked, with the peddlers moving at liberty,” it said. The high court has also sought improved coordination among the opioid substitution centres, narcotic cell of police, customs and the intelligence agencies to curb the growing menace. It directed the state government to set up separate jails for drug users to prevent them from mingling and influencing other inmates into becoming addicts. According to sources in the government, Additional Senior Government Advocate S Sengupta has forwarded the report of the high court to the administration. They also said the court has directed the state government to submit documents, detailing the ways adopted to stop the sale of illicit drugs in the state.last_img read more

EC to retain 200 companies of Central Forces till May 27

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission will retain 200 companies of Central Forces in the state till May 27, to assist counting and also to handle post-poll violence, if any. Out of the 200 companies, 82 will be deployed for the counting centres while the rest will be deployed in areas where the commission anticipates post-poll violence.”The remaining 510 companies of Central Forces that were present in the state during the last phase of elections on Sunday, will move out now,” a senior EC official said. According to the EC official, there will be 58 counting centres across the state, with at least one centre in each of the 42 parliamentary constituencies. There will be 144 observers deputed for the counting process. “There will be a three-tier security system and section 144 will be imposed around all counting centres. The first layer will be maintained by the state police to keep interested people out of the purview of the counting centres. The second layer will be managed by the state armed police, while the third layer – in and around the counting halls – will be maintained by the Central Forces,” the official said. Apart from the returning officers and the observers, none will be allowed with mobile phones and cameras within the counting halls. All the halls will be under CCTV surveillance and will be covered by webcasting so that it can be directly controlled by the Commission. The candidates will have to give detailed lists of the counting agents beforehand. All the people allowed to enter the counting halls will be closely frisked. The vehicles carrying the EVMs will be GPS-enabled, so that their movement can be tracked. According to sources in the CEO’s office in Bengal, the entire process of counting might take 14 hours or more. Only one table will be counted at a time. Once it is finished, counting will start for the next table. 5 percent of VVPATs will be counted from each Assembly constituency. VVPATs will be counted after the completion of counting the ballot units.last_img read more

Laughter is not Medicine Study

first_imgEl Jaddida – A new scholarly review conducted by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) affirms the various risks of laughter on people.“Laughter is Medicine” has been around for a long time until researches carried by the BMJ unveiled the hidden drawbacks of laughter.According to the same study, laughter may cause jaws to dislocate, hernia to pop out, asthma attacks, headaches, cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm), ribs to break if laughter is fierce and urinary tract problems when laughter is suppressed. However, despite the erstwhile drawbacks, doctors do not deny the advantages of laughter.For instance, it can reduce anger, anxiety and stress.It can also reduce cardiovascular tension, blood glucose concentration and risk of myocardial infarction.In short, before you decide to put a frown on your face, a nice smile is the best gift to give people around you. Smile and the world will smile back to you.last_img read more

Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State opens season at Arizona State

The Ohio State men’s hockey team gathers prior to the start of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team will open its season on the road against Arizona State (2-0) this weekend.Though the excitement and anticipation of getting on the ice for the first time could be distracting, players are trying to prepare themselves as they would for any other game. “We try to treat it like any other game, but there’s obviously the excitement of kind of getting things under way,” senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “We’ve been here for quite a while playing against each other and it’s kind of getting old, so to get some new competition is always a welcome opportunity.”The Buckeyes new competition in Arizona State, which had a challenging 2017-2018 campaign, finishing 8-21-5, good for the fourth-worst winning percentage in the nation. The Sun Devils recorded 72 goals in 34 games last season.. This season, the team returns 21 players and 84 percent of their scoring from last season.The Sun Devils enter their matchup having swept Alaska Fairbanks in their season-opening series, allowing zero goals in either game and killing all eight penalties they faced. Ohio State will have to look out for junior defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk, a defenseman who led the team in points last season and who has already notched three points in the first two games. Ohio State’s strong play on offense, however, should be able to create shots against Arizona State’s defense, which led the nation in shots on goal allowed per game last season.“They’re just a hard-working team,” senior forward Brendon Kearney said. “They’ve done a good job kind of turning their program into one that’s going to compete every single night and be tough to beat and we’re kind of getting more into what they do, and as of now, right, it’s just to show up and be ready to work because that’s what they bring.”As they begin their season, the Buckeyes will try and get off to a hot start after being ranked No. 1 in the nation by the USCHO and USA Today Men’s Hockey polls for the first time in team history. The puck drops for Ohio State at 10:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday against Arizona State. read more

Bahamian vendors suffer losses after Fyre Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 7th 2017 – Nassau – Tourists who expected to have a memorable and fun experience at the failed Fyre Festival in Exuma earlier this year are not the only ones left with repercussions. Minister of Tourism, Dionsio D’Aguilar yesterday confirmed that Bahamian vendors would also have to cut their losses.D’Aguilar called it risky business and said, “The chap went bankrupt.” Adding also, “the event crashed and burned, and you know, that is one of the risks of business. When you go into business there is a possibility of something happening”Fortunately, the minister explained that the government has made some strides in recovering any losses it may have suffered. He revealed that the government was able to seize the container with musical equipment and staging which was used to secure Bahamas custom fees, landing fees, and immigration charges.However, the government does not have the responsibility of reimbursing any of the local vendors who also went into business for the event. Hundreds of tourists expecting to partake in an event advertised to be “one of a kind”, spent thousands of dollars, only to be left stranded on an island in Exuma without as little as food or proper accommodations.Last Friday, CEO of Fyre Festival, William McFarland was arrested and charged with wire fraud. As a result, D’Aguilar said on the former government’s part, due diligence was not done and it is something that should not be repeated going forward.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

CA Attorney General Becerra Lorena Gonzalez announce bill to combat underground economic

first_img Updated: 10:33 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 22, 2019 Posted: February 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img CA Attorney General Becerra, Lorena Gonzalez announce bill to combat underground economic crimes 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) – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, today announced legislation to help the state combat “underground economic crimes” like human trafficking and illegal pharmaceutical schemes.The bill would expand the state’s multi-agency Tax Recovery and Underground Economy team, currently based out of Sacramento and Los Angeles. Investigative teams would be added in San Diego, the Bay Area and Fresno to further delegate the state’s efforts to stop crimes like human trafficking and illegal pharmaceutical schemes.“With underground economic crime, our workers get exploited, business owners face unfair competition, consumers get ripped off, and taxpayers bear the burden,” Becerra said. “AB 1296 expands on successful efforts to prosecute violators and recover funds involved in wage theft, tax evasion, counterfeit commerce and other economic crimes.”Gonzalez cited a recent report by the UCLA Labor Center, which found that the state’s underground economic activity produces between $60 billion and $140 billion each year, all of which goes unreported. Consequently, the state loses roughly $8.5 billion annually in sales and use tax dollars.The state launched the TRUE pilot program in 2014 in its two current cities, which will become permanent law enforcement teams if the bill is codified.Since launching, the program’s investigative teams have identified roughly $482 million in unreported economic activity, a $60 million tax revenue loss.The program has also recovered an additional $25 million in tax revenue and investigation costs, according to Gonzalez’s office.“The underground economy hurts everyone: workers who are left without protection, consumers who are sold dangerous or fake products, and the state as we lose tax money,” she said. “This task force is a unique, collaborative approach for law enforcement to breakdown its usual silos and execute wider solutions for targeting the underground economy.” KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Volunteers Needed For The Moving Wall Visit

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Volunteers are needed as “Wall Walkers” when The Moving Wall comes to the Wilmington Town Common later this month.There will be 2-hour volunteer shifts, with 4 volunteers per shift, from the morning of Thursday, July 26 through the morning of Monday, July 30.During their 2-hour shift, volunteers are generally asked to be visible attendants by watching the wall and assisting vistors with questions, finding names, rubbings and other questions.  Attendants can take turns sitting in the Visitor Tent providing name and panel locations from the provided lists and physically walking along the wall to ensure all visitors are able to get a positive experience.Sign up for a 2-hour volunteer shift online HERE.(NOTE: The above information is from The Moving Wall’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Volunteers Wanted For Wilmington Fun on the Fourth CelebrationIn “Community”VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Town Seeking Volunteers For Open Space CommitteeIn “Government”VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: WOW Seeking Volunteers For 5K Run for Wilmington/Kim Forte Walk THIS SundayIn “Community”last_img read more

Wilmington Youth Hockey To Hold Try Hockey For Free Event On November 11

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Join Wilmington Youth Hockey this weekend for its “Try Hockey for Free Day” on Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 1:30pm to 3pm, at Ristuccia Memorial Arena (190 Main Street) in Wilmington.Has your child been wanting to try hockey? This is the event to learn more about youth hockey in Wilmington. Equipment will be available. You will need to bring your own skates.Register for this event HERE. Please share this announcement with family, friends & neighbors that you know may be interested in attending.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Youth Hockey.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Hockey To Hold ‘Drop The Puck’ Street Hockey Tournament Fundraiser On August 25In “Community”QUESTION OF THE DAY: Got A Child Who Wants To Try Hockey? Here’s Their Chance!In “Question of the Day”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Erin Trodden Awarded Scholarship From Middlesex Community College Foundation

first_imgLOWELL, MA — The Middlesex Community College Foundation awarded $43,000 in scholarships for outstanding academic achievement to 21 Middlesex students as part of its 2019 spring fundraiser, “Piano Men,” held recently in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.Pranay Rai, of Lowell, was awarded the James C. and Judith G. Mabry Completion Scholarship. This award was established at the inauguration of MCC President James Mabry in 2015. The scholarship is awarded to assist a worthy student with the completion of an associate degree at Middlesex.Michelle Davis, of Lowell, was awarded the Dr. Carole A. Cowan Scholarship. Established in honor of Cowan, former MCC President, this award provides financial assistance to a deserving Middlesex student who is a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program.Kaitlin Fung, of Acton, was awarded the Debra Chemelli-Evans Scholarship. This award was established in memory of the daughter of William Chemelli, former chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees, and member of the MCC Foundation Board.Eight students were awarded Commonwealth Honors Program Scholarships:Juan Breton (Lowell)Brittany Brown (Westford)Adam Goulet (Waltham)Joseph Ivers (Bedford)Genesis Martinez (Lawrence)Isabel Pagano (Peterborough, N.H.)Connor Powell (Andover)Abigail Zegowitz (Westford)Ten students were awarded Lowell Connections Scholarships:Thearith Chhom (Lowell)Trevor Dumais (Lowell)Ari Primak (Andover)Kiss Quick (Lowell)Leang Sam, LowellNatalia Silva (Nashua, N.H.)Eliza Slocum (Haverhill)Theara Sok (Lowell)Vilyratna Sok (Lowell)Erin Trodden (Wilmington)Since 1988, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has generated income through revenue from investments managed by the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, proceeds from the college’s spring fundraiser, the Middlesex Fund, and other programs and campaigns.(NOTE: The above press release is from Middlesex Community College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Tavares Receives Scholarship At Middlesex Community CollegeIn “Education”Middlesex Community College Offers To Help Wilmington’s ITT Tech StudentsIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Katie McManus Receives Scholarship From New England Parenteral Drug AssociationIn “Education”last_img read more

Fords Shelby GT500 leverages supercomputers to go fast and stay cool

first_img 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a friendlier brawler 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder first drive: A Boxster with way more bite 0 Enlarge ImageThe GT500 is the most powerful Mustang ever and keeping it cool at wide open throttle requires some seriously smart design. Ford Ford’s forthcoming GT500 Mustang promises to be the fastest and most technologically advanced Mustang ever. To help with the “fastest” part of that equation, the GT500 has a supercharged V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower on 93-octane pump fuel. The technological part requires a bit more explaining.See, one of the unfortunate byproducts of producing all that sweet, sweet horsepower is the production of massive amounts of heat. How massive? Try more than 230 kilowatts — that’s more than 784,000 BTUs per hour, in old money. Getting rid of that heat efficiently and in a way that doesn’t compromise the GT500’s aerodynamics is a fairly complicated problem to solve. So complicated that Ford opted to involve a few supercomputers to help.All cars are cooled by air, and managing how that air moves through the various cooling devices determines how efficiently they can do their job. Of course, on a car like the GT500, you have a radiator to keep the engine itself cool. Then you have an intercooler which helps drop the temperature of the air that the engine breathes. mustang-2Enlarge ImageFord’s supercomputers use their vast amounts of processing power to help determine the optimum shape for cooling and aero on Ford’s fastest Mustangs. Ford On their own, packaging these inside the aggressively-styled nose of the Mustang takes a little finesse. Each needs to be large enough to do its job, but small enough to leave room for the other cooling pack components. The GT500 has air conditioning, so that means a condenser is mounted in front of the radiator, then there is a transmission cooler, an engine oil cooler and so on.Each of these matrices is a different thickness and causes an obstruction to incoming air that affects the component behind it. This is where the supercomputer comes in. First, the computer helps find the optimum size and shape of the grille area for the Mustang, and then it will help determine the ideal placement and size of the various cooling components.Now, with the engine’s need for air satiated, the supercomputer calculates the flow through the grille, the cooling components, and out of the hood vent, the cowl and other ducts in the car. These all affect the car’s wind resistance and the amount of aerodynamic downforce the vehicle produces.mb-2537Enlarge ImageThis is the GT500’s aero buck. It’s a test mule that Ford’s designers can use to quickly check any potential aerodynamic changes. It’s not pretty, but it’s helpful. Ford The temperature of the air coming out of these ducts affects this as well. As you’d imagine, air coming out of the hood vent is good and hot after having gone through a half-dozen radiators and around a massive roaring engine. The supercomputer accounts for this.Of course, not even a supercomputer can nail things on the first go so the ability to rapidly design, model, and then build and test parts in a wind tunnel and then on-track is critical. To that end, Ford employed the use of in-house 3D printers that allowed its engineers to design, for example, new winglets that mount on the bumper to increase front downforce. Ford ended up going through more than 10 different designs for these “splitter wickers” before finding the right one.Long gone are the days of the Ford Thunderbolt, when making a faster car meant taking a standard car, stripping weight out of it, tossing in the biggest engine you had and telling the customer good luck if they had problems. Ford understands that not only does its GT500 have to go like hell on a race track or a drag strip, but it also has to start every time you push the button. Based on the engineering that Ford’s showing us here, it looks like we have plenty to be excited about come summertime. 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star 98 Photos Share your voicecenter_img Ford Post a comment Tags Performance Cars Auto Tech Supercomputers Ford More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Shraddha Kapoor is the best choice for the film says Saaho director

first_imgShraddha Kapoor and SujeethPR HandoutShraddha Kapoor is back with another blockbuster titled ‘Saaho’ and as always, this time as well the actress has impressed everyone with her stunning looks and her breathtaking performance.Time and again, Bollywood’s most relatable actress, keeps proving that she deserves every bit of appreciation. Shraddha was appreciated by Saaho’s director Sujeeth where he said, “Shraddha Kapoor plays the lead and she is the best choice for the film”.Apart from this, the director of the magnum opus Saaho even appreciated how she refused to use body doubles and commends her for most of the stunt scenes which were performed by Shraddha herself.This is not the first time that the actress is appreciated by her directors. Earlier as well, iconic film-makers and her co-actors have acknowledged her for her hard work and perseverance along with all the applause for the talent she possesses.The actress is known to be one of the most liked personas, and her regular postings on her Instagram has resulted in a massive popularity base amongst the fans.The Saaho actress has captured all eye-balls with her bold cop avatar and everyone is super thrilled to witness Shraddha in an action role. Recently she has been flaunting a completely toned body and ripped abs and this has given some serious fitness goals to others.The actress is also running a tight schedule hopping from one set to another, slipping into diverse characters to ace her parts. Shraddha is playing different characters this year and already has four films in her kitty.Saaho will witness the actress in an action-packed avatar where Shraddha will be essaying the role of a cop, while Chhichhore tests her versatility with dual roles of a college student as well as a middle-aged woman. Street Dancer will showcase the actress in a completely new dance avatar.With multiple releases this year, Shraddha Kapoor also has an anticipated release with Baaghi 3.last_img read more