first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO – Jackie Blackmore is a big hit with bronies these days.The Vancouver actress voices one of two new lesbian characters in an episode of the animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.”She says she’s felt an “explosion of love” from fans, who include a large contingent of adults — many of them men — known as “bronies.” Advertisement “The Last Crusade” episode, which is making international headlines, has already aired in the U-S and Europe and will be available to TV viewers in Canada on Sunday on Treehouse.Blackmore says there have been a lot of people reaching out and expressing their love for the characters and excited that there is some lesbian representation on television.Now into its ninth and final season, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” was created by American animator-writer Lauren Faust and is acclaimed for its clever scripts full of horse puns and strong, fleshed-out female characters.The show, based on the Hasbro toy franchise, revolves around six main ponies known as the Mane Six, and is recorded in Vancouver with many local actors, animators and directors.Blackmore made her debut on the show in just the one episode as Aunt Holiday alongside Vancouver actress Saffron Henderson as Auntie Lofty, a same-sex pony couple who become guardians to their niece Scootaloo when her world-traveller parents go away on an adventure.She says the story is about a sweet relationship between two cool aunts who love each other, are there for each other, live together, are great guardians to Scootaloo, and are lovely people.By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter This photo provided by Hasbro Studios LLC/Discovery Family shows a scene from the Discovery Family Channel cartoon series “ My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” coinciding with Pride Month. (Hasbro Studios LLC / Discovery Family via AP)last_img read more

Ryan Giggs is the Best Replacement for Van Gaal Rio Ferdinand

Rabat – Rio Ferdinand, English former Manchester United’s center-back, is of the opinion that Ryan Giggs is the best option to replace Louis Van Gaal when the Dutch manager leaves the club at the end of his contract in 2017.As United’s manager, Van Gaal might, has reportedly decided not extend his contract at Old Trafford any further than the following season, the former Red Devils defender has suggested Ryan Giggs to be the perfect man for the job, reported UK’s Express.Ryan Giggs, 41, is the assistant manager at Manchester and he is tipped to be promoted to take Van Gaal’s place. “He grew into where he is now. Towards the end of my time there you could see it more. So it’s a natural progression,” commented Ferdinand to The Sun.Ferdinand, 36, has known the Welsh coach for a long time as they shared the pitch for 12 years as teammates at the British club.The English star had good words for his friend: “You can see that he [Giggs] loves the game and is a student of the game by taking all of his coaching badges”.“Ryan was in and around the coaching staff” when Scottish manager David Moyes coached the club, Ferdinand, who played with the Red Devils from 2002 to 2014, said according to the same source.It remains to be seen if Giggs will take the job and become United’s main man when Van Gaal leaves Old Trafford. read more

Ford Canada inching closer to title of Canadas bestselling automaker for 2012

The Canadian auto industry has seen incredible growth in 2012, and we are pleased that Ford of Canada has outpaced it in NovemberTORONTO — Ford Canada is on the road to taking the title of Canada’s best-selling automaker this year, after reporting its best November in more than a decade and taking first place for sales for another month.The Oakville, Ont.-based subsidiary of one of Detroit’s big three automakers said Monday that its November sales rose to 19,447, up 7.4% from a year ago, marking its best November since 2001.That was about 2,400 more units than at Chrysler Canada, which had its best November since 2000.Ford’s Canadian car sales rose 14%, while truck sales were up 6%.“November was a record-breaking month for Ford of Canada,” said Dianne Craig, president and CEO at Ford of Canada.“The Canadian auto industry has seen incredible growth in 2012, and we are pleased that Ford of Canada has outpaced it in November.”For the first 11 months of 2012, Ford’s sales rose 1% to 259,194 vehicles from 256,597 in 2011.The Ford Focus car had its best November since 2003 with a 37% rise.Sales of the Ford Transit Connect cross-over vehicle were up 93% and sales of the Ford Escape sport-utility vehicle were up 47%. Both vehicles had their best November on record.The Canadian built Ford Edge, Flex and Lincoln MKT saw increases of 21%, 25% and 34%, respectively.Meanwhile, rival Chrysler Canada said it sold 17,013 vehicles in Canada last month, up five% from November 2011, when the company sold 16,244.Chrysler said the increase helped it post its longest growth streak in its history at 36 consecutive months of year-over-year sales growth. Chrysler also called it the best start to a year through 11 months since 2000.Passenger car sales improved to 2,802 cars sold for the month, up from 1,909 sold in the same month, one year ago.Total truck sales dipped to 14,211 compared with 14,335 in November 2011.Japanese automaker Toyota Canada said November sales of 14,512 Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles fell just slightly from 14,563 sold last November. However, year-to-date Toyota sales are up 21.1% from last year, when the company was struggling to pump out supply after Japan’s devastating tsunami in March.The company said sales of its trucks, of Lexus vehicles and hybrids all had record months.Fellow Japanese carmarker Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. said year-over-year sales grew 20% to 10,101 units for the best November in its history. Hyundai has sold 128,420 vehicles in Canada year-to-date, a gain of 4.6% over the first 11 months of last year.Kia Canada reported its best November ever with sales up to 5,719 vehicles, a 17.8% year-over-year increase. For the first 11 months of the year, sales are up 19.7%.In the U.S., carmakers from Chrysler to Volkswagen reported brisk demand in November, and said sales rose on everything from small SUVs to sedans.November sales, when calculated on an annual basis, are likely to be 15 million or more, the highest rate since March of 2008, according to LMC Automotive, a Detroit-area industry consulting firm.That’s higher than the 14.3 million annual rate so far this year, even though November is normally a lacklustre month due to cold weather and holiday anticipation.The Canadian Press read more

Army turns down Indian offer

The army spokesman said that the Sri Lankan authorities, whilst appreciating the offer, declined to accept it as it was observed that the HDMC was not in line with the initial purpose of sending the two officers for training in India.“Moreover, a higher course with an entirely different scope would neither benefit the officers nor the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in immediate future employment of these officers.  Hence, the Sri Lankan Government made a request to withdraw the two officers from DSSC course and accordingly they returned to the island this morning,” he said. The Higher Defence Management Course normally followed by senior officers in the rank of Colonel is a higher course in scope. The army says it had turned down an offer by India to train two Sri Lankan officers at another location as opposed to the Defence Services Staff Course (DSSC) in Wellington, Tamil Nadu.The two officers who were following the Defence Services Staff Course (DSSC) in Wellington, India returned to the island today (Tuesday) prematurely following stiff opposition in Tamil Nadu to the training given to them. However he reiterated that the withdrawal does not in any way hamper the growing relationship and training partnership between the Armed Forces of India and Sri Lanka.He said that the Indian Armed Forces are key partners in the professional career development of officers, soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces.  (Colombo Gazette) Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that due to some security concerns the Indian Government had offered to transfer the two officers from DSSC Wellington to the Higher Defence Management Course (HDMC) in the College of Defence Management, Secundrabad in Andhra Pradesh. read more

Lebanon UN report cites Lebanese Syrian involvement in expremiers murder

“It is a well known fact that Syrian Military Intelligence had a pervasive presence in Lebanon at the least until the withdrawal of the Syrian forces (in April),” the head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC), Detlev Mehlis, said in the report to the Security Council on the bomb attack. The bombing killed 22 others, leading to renewed calls for the withdrawal of all Syrian troops and intelligence agents who had been in Lebanon since the early stages of the country’s 1975-1990 civil war.”The former senior security officials of Lebanon were their appointees. Given the infiltration of Lebanese institutions and society by the Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services working in tandem, it would be difficult to envisage a scenario whereby such a complex assassination plot could have been carried out without their knowledge,” the 63-page report said.The Security Council, which set up UNIIIC after an earlier UN mission found Lebanon’s own investigation seriously flawed and Syria primarily responsible for the political tension preceding the murder, will discuss the report on Tuesday when it receives a public briefing by Mr. Mehlis.On Thursday, the Secretary-General transmitted the report to the Security Council. In an accompanying letter, he says the report details progress made in the investigation but notes that a criminal investigation is yet to be completed. Mr. Annan also says he intends to extend the Commission’s mandate until 15 December so that it can continue its investigation and assist the Lebanese authorities.”Building on the findings of the Commission and Lebanese investigations to date and on the basis of the material and documentary evidence collected, and the leads pursued until now, there is converging evidence pointing at both Lebanese and Syrian involvement in this terrorist act,” Mr. Mehlis said, summarizing the four-month probe, during which the Commission interviewed more than 400 persons and reviewed 60,000 documents.The report noted that the apparent growing conflict between Mr. Hariri and senior Syrian officials, including Syrian President Bashar Assad, was a central aspect of information provided to the Commission through interviews and documents. “It is incumbent upon Syria to clarify a considerable part of the unresolved questions,” it concludes, adding that the Commission has established that many leads point directly towards Syrian security officials as being involved with the assassination.”While the Syrian authorities, after initial hesitation, have cooperated to a limited degree with the Commission, several interviewees tried to mislead the investigation by giving false or inaccurate statements,” the report stated, adding that the “letter addressed to the Commission by the Foreign Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic proved to contain false information.” The report stressed that the investigation was not complete and should continue for some time to come. It is the Commission’s view that the continuing investigation should be carried forward by the appropriate Lebanese judicial and security authorities, who have proved during the investigation that with international assistance and support, they can move ahead and at times take the lead in an effective and professional manner.” read more

Ban establishes eminent panel to help broaden access to quality medicines at

The panel will be co-chaired by Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland, and Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana. In a statement, the UN chief said the panel’s eminent members are “well-respected individuals with a deep knowledge and understanding of the broad range of trade, public health, human rights and legal issues associated with access to treatment.”The Secretary-General emphasized that there is an urgent need to ensure that everyone can access quality treatment at affordable costs, while also incentivizing innovation and the development of new technologies such as vaccines, medicines and diagnostics, in order to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of people of all ages, as set out in the recently adopted Agenda 30 and the Sustainable Development Goal 3.Mr. Ban noted that at present, most research and development in vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tests are undertaken on the basis of financial potential rather than focused on the needs of the poorest and most marginalized communities.He added that the recent Ebola crisis, which killed over 11,000 people in West Africa, highlighted the need to invest research and development of non-terminal diseases, including infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C, the rising burden of non-communicable disease, and the affordability of both modern and traditional health technologies.The Panel is expected to hold its first meeting in December 2015 and to engage in extensive consultations with stakeholders, where a set of recommendations will be presented to the Mr. Ban in June 2016. Mr. Ban will then make the report available to the General Assembly and take any further action, as appropriate. read more

Lifelike baby dolls designed to deter teenage pregnancies actually have opposite effect

first_imgThe study looked at the Virtual Infant Parenting (VIP) programme, an Australian adaptation of the US programme RealityWorks – often referred to as “Baby Think It Over.”The VIP programme also involves classes warning not to smoke, drink or take drugs while pregnant, the financial costs of having a baby, sexual health, and contraception.As part of it, girls care for an infant simulator over the weekend. It cries when it needs to be fed, burped, rocked or changed. It also measures and reports on mishandling, crying time, the number of changes and general care.Some studies have looked at the effect on girls’ intentions to get pregnant, or attitudes to pregnancy, but no randomised trials have objectively measured the impact on pregnancy.A total of 57 schools in Western Australia took part in the study with 1,267 girls aged 13 to 15 on the VIP programme (or 1,567 given traditional sex education classes.They girls were followed to age 20 and compared with records from hospital and abortion clinics. It found eight per cent of girls – 97 – on the VIP programme had at least one birth, compared to four per cent – 67 – in the control group.Similarly, nine per cent – 113 – had an abortion, compared to six per cent – 101 – in the control group.Professor Julie Quinlivan, of the University of Notre Dame Australia, said of the findings: “The cure for teenage pregnancy is more difficult than a magic doll.”We have to address both mothers and fathers. Programmes need to start in infancy. Investment in vulnerable children is needed to entice these adolescents from the path of premature parenthood into brighter futures.”We cannot afford the quick fix, especially when it doesn’t work.” Researchers found girls who used the dolls were twice as likely to get pregnant and a third more likely to have an abortion than those who did not 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. Lifelike baby dolls that cry and are designed to stop teenage pregnancies actually increase the number of underage mothers, suggests new research.The baby simulators form part of sex education classes across the world and are touted as a key weapon to discourage girls from having sex.But a new study of the programme in Australia, published in The Lancet, found girls who took part were twice as likely to get pregnant and a third more likely to have an abortion than those who did not.Researchers suggested the dolls, which cost around £1,000 each, do not prevent underage sex and unwanted pregnancies. Researchers found girls who used the dolls were twice as likely to get pregnant and a third more likely to have an abortion than those who did notCredit:Doug Marke/PAGE ONE The risk of pregnancy is actually increased compared to girls who didn’t take part in the interventionDr Sally Brinkman Dr Sally Brinkman, an associate professor at Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, said: “Such programmes typically include a series of education sessions in combination with ‘care’ for an infant simulator-a lifelike model that is programmed to replicate the sleeping and feeding patterns of a baby.”The infant simulator is an example of an approach used in persuasion technology or captology.”The use of infant simulator-based programmes is widespread in developed countries and is expanding into low-income and middle-income countries.”Despite their popularity, little evidence is available to suggest that such programmes are effective.”Our study shows that the pregnancy prevention programme delivered in Western Australia, which involves an infant simulator, does not reduce the risk of pregnancy in teenage girls.”In fact, the risk of pregnancy is actually increased compared to girls who didn’t take part in the intervention.”Similar programmes are increasingly being offered in schools around the world, and evidence now suggests they do not have the desired long-term effect of reducing teenage pregnancy. These interventions are likely to be an ineffective use of public resources for pregnancy prevention.”last_img read more

Endangered red panda found after escape from British zoo

Talking in November about the two female cubs, a Belfast Zoo spokeswoman said the pair were born to parents, Chris and Vixen. Chris arrived at Belfast Zoo, from Beekse Bergen Safari Park in the Netherlands, in 2013. As part of the collaborative breeding programme he was joined by a female, named Vixen, who arrived from Dresden Zoo in April 2017. The pair hit it off straight away and after a gestation period of approximately 135 days, Vixen gave birth to two healthy female cubs on 19 June 2018.Alyn Cairns, Zoo Manager, said: “We are pleased to report that Amber has been safely returned to Belfast Zoo after a short time exploring the local area. We would like to thank all of those involved in the search for our missing red panda. “Over the last few weeks the twins have become more adventurous and visitors will hopefully get the chance to spot our colourful little arrivals as they start exploring their habitat.”It was not immediately clear which one of two red pandas cubs but the species is notorious for disappearing from enclosures.In 2001 and 2002, two red pandas escaped from Belfast Zoo into the nearby Cave Hill area and in 2009, one was found in a tree outside London Zoo. Most recently, Edinburgh Zoo called a search for one of its red pandas in 2017.But the survival rate is so good that when a 19-month-old red panda disappeared from Virginia Zoo in 2017, it was found alive after two weeks in the wild. We are happy to report that the missing red panda has been located and is being returned to its home at Belfast Zoo – thanks to everyone for their help with the search!— Belfast Zoo (@BelfastZoo) January 28, 2019 The animals are largely nocturnal, can deal with the cold weather and enjoy living in trees, where they can forage for bird eggs to eat, making the immediate woodland area surrounding the zoo suitable for the escaped panda’s survival.Belfast Zoo will not be open to visitors today and is closed week for maintenance works this week. Warning the public during its search, police said: “Our curious friend has not yet learned the green cross code, so if motorists could also be vigilant.”In June, the zoo celebrated the arrival the red panda, along with its twin, and towards the end of the year staff were beginning to notice the pair getting more adventurous. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the red panda is facing a very high risk of extinction. “Following the initial report of the escape, we discovered a power fault in an electric fence in red panda habitat. Our maintenance team were informed at the earliest opportunity and the fence has since been repaired. Safety and security of our animals is of paramount importance so we will continue to monitor this to ensure there are no further incidents.”Red panda cubs are born blind and develop quite slowly. They therefore spend the first few months in the den. It is for this reason that, despite being born back in June, the twins have only recently started to venture outside.  An endangered red panda cub has been found alive and well after it escaped from Belfast Zoo on Sunday.Officers in the Northern Ireland capital said Amber, a cub, went missing yesterday after an electrical fault in the enclosure’s fence and she was “believed to be taking in the sights of beautiful Glengormley”.  But she is now safe at home, having been found in the garden of a family home this morning.According to the zoo, the panda cub was first spotted by a local resident who flagged its whereabouts to the police, who received a call at 5.30pm yesterday. Following a wider appeal, the zoo received a dozen calls to report potential sightings this morning, some of which led to its capture within a mile of the zoo.The search team believe the cub travelled through woodland and spent the night in trees.Belfast Zoo said that following a check up from the vet, the red panda appears to be well and is back in its enclosure.In a Tweet, the council said: “We are happy to report that the missing red panda has been located and is being returned to its home @BelfastZoo – thanks to everyone for their help with the search!” 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. read more

Body found near Cliffs of Moher is that of missing man Adrian

first_imgUpdated 22.50pmGARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED that the body discovered earlier today at a quarry near the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare is that of missing man Adrian Folan.Folan, 41, had been missing from Athlone, Co Westmeath since last Thursday.His body has been removed from the scene and is presently at Limerick Regional Hospital, where a post mortem examination is scheduled to be carried out this evening by State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy.This morning, a man was arrested in Galway in connection with the disappearance of Folan.The man, also aged in his 40s, is being detained at Galway Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.Folan had been missing since 3 July and Gardaí had earlier expressed concern for his welfare.He was last seen alive in Athlone Town on Thursday night at approximately 11.40pm.Gardai are now appealing for witnesses who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in and around the quarry at Kilconnell, Liscannor, since 3 July.Any member of the public who may be able to assist with the investigation should contact the Incident Room at Ennistymon Garda station on 065-7072180, call the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800-666-111, or contact any Garda station.last_img read more

Study Superhero Images Can Inspire People to Help Others

first_img PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Seeing superhero pictures might encourage you to help more people and engage in altruistic actions.A new study, which was published in Frontiers in Psychology on Nov. 23,  found that individuals exposed to superhero images were more likely to engage in pro-social behaviors and offer assistance to others.The study, which was conducted by Hope College’s Department of Psychology and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Psychology, involved two experiments. The first experiment exposed 246 individuals to superhero images and neutral images, and then assessed their helping intentions, while the second experiment involved 123 individuals who were shown a superhero poster and then asked to help with a tedious project.Spiderman (Photo Credit: CTMG, Inc.)In the first experiment, participants were separately shown superhero images and neutral images of objects, such as a bicycle. Once they viewed these images, they were provided with a self-reported altruism assessment. Results showed that individuals exposed to the superhero images, including pictures of Spiderman and Superman, were more likely to assist someone in need. On the other hand, individuals shown neutral images said they were less likely to help in various situations, including returning lost money and assisting a stranded motorist.The second experiment also yielded similar results. This time, participants were shown either a superhero poster or a neutral object poster in separate rooms. Following this step, participants were then asked if they would help researchers with an additional task. Results indicated that individuals primed with the Superman poster were more likely to offer their assistance and engage in pro-social behaviors. Meanwhile, individuals who went to the neutral poster room were less likely to help the researchers.While results didn’t find a connection between the superhero images and meaning in life, both experiments showed that the motivational existence of superheroes does play a role in pro-social actions and how people decide to help others in situations.More on‘Good Guys’ in Superhero Movies Are More Violent Than Villains, Study FindsGirls Want — And Need — More Female SuperheroesOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Stay on targetlast_img read more

Hacienda Casa Blanca hosts Winter Wonderland event to benefit St Madeleine Sophies

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 15, 2018 Hacienda Casa Blanca hosts Winter Wonderland event to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 15, 2018 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’s a chance to enjoy some holiday fun while helping a great cause.The Hacienda Casa Blanca restaurant is hosting a Winter Wonderland event today to benefit the St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.Cindy Gomez, owner of Hacienda Casa Blanca, and the CEO of Saint Madeleine Debra Emerson joined us this live Saturday morning to talk about the event and how you can check it out. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Attack on New York police resembles Seattle crime

first_imgSEATTLE — A motive cited in the weekend killing of two New York City police officers — a vendetta against law enforcement over perceived brutality — is similar to the charges against a man accused of shooting two Seattle police officers five years ago. A jury has been selected for the aggravated murder trial of Christopher Monfort in Seattle, with opening arguments scheduled for Jan. 20.Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Monfort if he is convicted — a major reason the trial has been delayed so long.Monfort has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have said they’ll argue he was insane at the time of the attack.Monfort is accused of killing Officer Timothy Brenton and wounding Officer Britt Sweeney in their car on Halloween in 2009 after a traffic stop.In court appearances, Monfort has railed against a sheriff’s deputy who was caught on surveillance video beating a 15-year-old girl who had kicked her shoe at him in a holding cell. The two New York City police officers also were shot while sitting in their car by gunmen who authorities suspect were motivated by their perception of police brutality.Monfort also is charged in the October 2009 firebombing of four police vehicles in a city maintenance yard where investigators found a note referring to the beating of the teen girl.He was wounded in a confrontation with police outside his apartment in Tukwila when he was arrested about a week after the Seattle officers were shot. With a bullet near his spine, he is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair.last_img read more

DC Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Businesses

first_imgBy Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFROThe District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2018 Small Business and Economic Development Summit highlighting the contributions small businesses make to D.C.’s booming economy. As part of a full day of events the D.C. Chamber of Commerce awarded several local businesses and leaders with small business awards recognizing their contributions to making the “state of business in D.C. exceptional.”Representatives from several D.C. government agencies, major business partners like PEPCO and Verizon and local financial institutions were present. On hand for the morning session were Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Council Chair Pro Tempore Kenyan McDuffie, Director of the D.C. Department of Small Local Business Development Kristi Whitfield and Karen Dale of AmeriHealth Caritas. Former D.C. Councilmember, and current President and CEO of the D.C. Chamber, Vincent Orange served as emcee for the event.Mayor Muriel Bowser with her Small Business Champion of the Year award. (Courtesy Photo)A theme throughout the event was the District’s exceptionalism. While other cities are still digging themselves out of the fallout from the recent recession, D.C. has found sure footing with a mixture of rebranding the city as a hub for the innovation sector, streamlining pathways to entrepreneurship and creating a culture of government that reinvests in businesses.Participants were able to take part in workshops about opportunities available to small businesses in the District. Representatives from agencies like the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the D.C. Office of Planning and Economic Development covered a range of topics including “Procuring Business with the Federal Government” and “Key Economic Development Projects in D.C. Neighborhoods.”The Chamber’s Small Business Award Luncheon highlighted some of the extraordinary people and businesses that shape the growing small business community in the District. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s remarks at the the Award Luncheon touted recent economic successes in landing dedicated funding for Metro, $656 million spent with local small businesses enterprises and the city’s 23rd straight balanced budget. “We are different than our friends in Congress, we actually balance our budgets,” she told the crowd.Bowser also noted changes that her administration has worked to uplift Wards 7 and 8 by adding 21,000 jobs in Wards 7 and 8.“In just a little bit we are also going to be with Starbucks, in Ward 8, on Martin Luther King Ave…What it means to have a Starbucks go in to a great neighborhood that hasn’t had that opportunity is that it is signal to the rest of the market that these residents want the same thing as everybody else,” Bowser said.The Chamber awarded Bowser their Small Business Champion of the Year Award highlighting her focus on creating business opportunities for SBEs in D.C. government. Other awardees included:Small Business of the Year – CODICESmall Business Person of the Year – Stacie Lee Banks of Lee’s Flower and Card ShopNon-Profit Organization of the Year – 100 Black Men of Greater WashingtonWomen in Business Champion of the Year – Carolyn E. Howell of Event USAYoung Entrepreneur of the Year – Juan Pablo Segura of BabyscriptsAlong with awards given by the chamber the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development also presented awards. Recipients included:Shea Yeleen for DC Maker of the YearSou Sou Investment Solutions for Sustainability and Innovation Business of the YearJLAN Solutions for Certified Business Enterprise of the YearOnce titled the Negro Chamber of Commerce the D.C. Chamber is celebrating 80 years of serving the business community and advocating for prosperity for all in the changing D.C.last_img read more

Lady Gaga teams up with Zynga to create GagaVille

first_imgAngry Birds coming to the web via Google Chrome is not the only gaming news being talked about today. There’s also a new marketing strategy being launched by one of the biggest names in pop music partnering with one of the top social-network gaming companies. Lady Gaga is delving into the gaming world through everyone’s favorite farming game, FarmVille. Zynga, the company behind FarmVille, will help Lady Gaga promote her new album, “Born This Way,” before it is officially released on May 23.This partnership will allow users to play in a Gaga-inspired farm called GagaVille. It will feature colorful crystals, unicorns, and sheep on motorcycles. No, we’re not making this up. There may be some leather and glitter as well, though I don’t see how any of that would be practical on a farm. FarmVille will also feature a first-listen of new, unreleased songs via music streams. GagaVille will launch May 17, one week before the album’s official release. Fans will have between May 17 and May 19 to unlock the three unreleased songs, and on May 20, they can finally hear those songs.Buying a special Zynga $25 game card will get you a “free” full album download. The card is available only at Best Buy starting May 15 through June 11. The download code isn’t effective until May 23, though, so if Gaga fans think they can buy the card to get the album in advance, they’re wrong.The pop star isn’t just going Gaga in FarmVille, she’s also infiltrating Words with Friends, the popular Scrabble game from Zynga. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, Words with Friends will feature a Words with Gaga contest every day. There will be a daily word which, if played during your Words with Friends game, will reward players with concert tickets and autographed copies of Born This Way. Zynga is also offering exclusive RewardVille virtual items that are Lady Gaga inspired. These will be available across 10 games, including CityVille, FrontierVille, Mafia Wars, Vampire Wars, and more.The meat-dress-wearing Gaga said in a press release that she wanted a way to celebrate and distribute her album with her “little monsters” in a unique, never-before-seen way. Yes, this is a blatant PR move, but it will be interesting to see how well it works. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of the people playing these Zynga games are also Lady Gaga fans. After all, the album’s single has already sold 2 million copies, and FarmVille has millions of users, so it’s likely that fans will be hitting up FarmVille to get sneak peeks of the three songs.Read more at Zyngalast_img read more

Tapping the potential of Indian food market

first_imgTo answer local booming market and international food and beverages companies’ expectations, two show organizers, SIAL and Inter Ads, on Tuesday announced the creation of a new show, Food India. Supported by Indian Food Processing Ministry, Food India at Pragati Maidan exhibition centre will take place next year between September 16 to 18, and it will welcome 8,500 trade visitors – buyers and chefs – and 250 exhibitors who will showcase food and beverage products (including wines), equipment (including bakery and confectionery) and catering products. For international exhibitors, a dedicated package is available integrating a booth, a hosted buyer program, and local store toursand legal workshops, to enable companies to make the most out of their participation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis is a strictly B to B exhibition which aims to develop and promote food industry in India by bringing International companies, their products, global innovative techniques and technologies to the country. “We are delighted to support this new food event in India with such a well-known and established brand. SIAL network offers our country, and our companies, a great professional platform and the opportunity for local buyers to find out more about food diversity and foreign products, thus answering growing Indian middle-class expectations,” said Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industry, Government of India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn order to understand and get a foothold over Indian consumers and market, SIAL, along with Inter Ads has done intensive research and survey. They have made sure that they understand the booming food sector of India, trends of consumption among masses and the social drivers which influence food consumption in the country.Speaking on the occasion, Nicolas Trentesaux, SIAL Network Director said, “India offers so many opportunities; there is certainly one for international companies at least. Yet, some of them still hesitate or don’t really know how to start their business there. But coming to India just right now is the best decision one could make. It’s a matter of figures and atmosphere within the country.” He further said, “We are the SIAL, the world number one network of food innovation, we go along with experienced food experts all over the planet, and we all agree on this: it’s time for future leaders to run into this great adventure with us. Most stories are uncertain. But this one has only one possible outcome: India is the next Eldorado for the agrifood sector, as the country is to become the world number one market ahead of China. We offer companies the best path to find their own way to India!”Director of Inter Ads, Rajan Sharma said, “This platform offers a big window to the consumers and producers of India into the food diversity and variety. The support from the Government of India is a strong backing to this wonderful association. India is a country full of opportunities and demands, the only missing factor being the right platform to leverage the same. Food India Inspired by SIAL will help us broaden our horizons and discern the potential of the Indian food market.”last_img read more

Former Borge lawyer finally arrested in Cancun

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Former Roberto lawyer, César González Melgarejo, was arrested in Cancun Saturday after leaving hospital.González Melgarejo was arrested in the early hours of Saturday by the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office just after being discharged from a local hospital under a false name.González Melgarejo was Borge’s main figurehead in the multimillion-dollar acquisition of ships awarded to the company, Barcos Caribe.The company continues to be under investigation by the State Attorney’s Office of Quintana Roo. The Specialized Unit in Financial Analysis of the PGR along with the Tax Administration System (SAT), are investigating Barcos Caribe for hiding the purchase of five vessels totaling 300 million peso.González Melgarejo was arrested and transferred to Mexico City where he was placed at the disposal of a federal judge in Nezahualcoyotl. He is accused of money laundering, the same charges for which former Governor Roberto Borge remains imprisoned.Barcos Caribe is a shipping company whose owner and legal representative are employees of the family of former governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge Angulo.It is the same shipping company that experienced the ferry explosion in Playa del Carmen in February of 2018.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Understand how to access the Dark Web with Tor Browser Tutorial

first_imgAccording to the Tor Project website: “Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.The Tor network is a group of volunteer-operated servers that allows people to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. Tor’s users employ this network by connecting through a series of virtual tunnels rather than making a direct connection, thus allowing both organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy. Along the same line, Tor is an effective censorship circumvention tool, allowing its users to reach otherwise blocked destinations or content. Tor can also be used as a building block for software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features.” This article is an excerpt taken from the book, Hands-On Dark Web Analysis written by Sion Retzkin. In this book, you will learn how to install operating systems and Tor Browser for privacy, security, and anonymity while accessing them. In this article, we will understand what Tor and the Tor browser is and how to install it in several ways. Tor (which is an acronym for The Onion Router, by the way) is a privacy-focused network that hides your traffic, by routing it through multiple random servers on the Tor network. So, instead of the packets that make up your communication with another party (person or organization), going from point A to B directly, using Tor, they will jump all over the place, between multiple servers, before reaching point B, hiding the trail. Additionally, the packets that make up the traffic (or communication) in the Tor network are wrapped in special layers, which only show the previous server or step that the packet came from, and the next step, hiding the entire route effectively. Tor Browser is a web browser, based on Firefox that was created for the purpose of accessing the Tor network, securely and privately. Even if you use Tor, this doesn’t mean that you’re secure. Why is that? Because Tor Browser has software vulnerabilities, the same as every other browser. It’s also based on Firefox, so it inherits some of its vulnerabilities from there as well. You can minimize attack vectors by applying common security sense, and by employing various tools to try to limit or prevent malicious activity, related to infecting the Tor Browser or the host running it. Installing Tor on Linux Let’s start with a classic installation, by accessing the Tor Project website, via a browser. The default browser that ships with Ubuntu is Firefox, which is what we’ll use. Although you might think that this would be the best way to install Tor Browser, it’s actually the least secure, since the Tor Project website is continuously targeted by hackers and might have any number of security or privacy issues on it. Instead of just downloading Tor Browser and immediately installing it (which is dangerous), you can either download the file and verify its hash (to verify that it is indeed the correct one), or you could install it through other methods, for example, via the Terminal, by using Linux commands, or from the Ubuntu Software Center. We’ll start by going over the steps to download Tor Browser from the Tor Project website: After booting your Linux installation, open your browser Enter the following address and navigate to it: Notice that the URL takes you directly to the Linux download section of the Tor Project website. I usually prefer this direct method, rather than starting with Google (or any other search engine), searching for Tor, and then accessing the Tor Project website, since, as you may know, Google collects information about users accessing it, and the whole idea of this book is to maintain our privacy and security. Also, always verify that you’re accessing the Tor Project website via HTTPS. Choose the correct architecture (32 or 64 bit), and click the Download link. You’ll be able to choose what you want to do with the file—open it with Ubuntu’s Archive Manager, or save it to a location on the disk: Downloading Tor Browser Again, the quickest way to go would be to open the compressed file, but the more secure way would be to download the file and to verify its hash, before doing anything else. The Tor Project provides GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) signature files, with each version of Tor Browser. You will need to install GnuPG on your Linux OS, if it isn’t there already, in order to be able to verify the hash of the browser package. To do so, just open the Terminal and type in the following: sudo apt install gnupg Enter your password when required, and the installation will commence. Most Linux installations already include gnupg, as can be seen in the following screenshot: Installing GnuPG After installing GnuPG, you need to import the key that signed the package. According to the Tor Project website, the Tor Browser import key is 0x4e2C6e8793298290. The Tor Project updates and changes the keys from time to time, so you can always navigate to: to find the current import key if the one in the book doesn’t work. The command to import the key is as follows: gpg –keyserver –recv-keys 0x4e2C6e8793298290 This is followed by this: gpg –fingerprint 0x4e2C6e8793298290 This will tell you whether the key fingerprint is correct. You should see the following: Verify key fingerprint Now, you need to download the .asc file, which is found on the Tor Browser Downloads page, next to the relevant package of the browser (it appears as sig, short for signature): ASC file location You can find the Tor Browser download page here: Now, you can verify the signature of the package, using the ASC file. To do so, enter the following command in the Terminal: gpg –verify tor-browser-linux64-7.5.6_en-US.tar.xz.asc tor-browser-linux64-7.5.6_en-US.tar.xz Note the 64 that I marked in bold. If your OS is 32-bit, change the number to 32. The result you should get is as follows: Verifying the signature After verifying the hash (signature) of the Tor Browser package, you can install it. You can do so by either: Double-clicking the Tor Browser package file (which will open up the Archive Manager program), clicking Extract, and choosing the location of your choice. Right-clicking the file and choosing Extract here or Extract to and choosing a location. After extracting, perform the following steps: Navigate to the location you defined. Double-click on the Start-tor-browser.desktop file to launch Tor Browser. Press Trust and Launch in the window that appears: Launching Tor Notice that the filename and icon changed to Tor Browser. Press Connect and you will be connected to the Tor network, and will be able to browse it, using Tor Browser: Connecting to Tor Before we discuss using Tor Browser, let’s talk about alternative ways to install it, for example, by using the Ubuntu Software application. Start by clicking on the Ubuntu Software icon: Ubuntu Software Search for Tor Browser, then click on the relevant result: Tor Browser in Ubuntu Software Then, click Install. After entering your password, the installation process will start. When it ends, click Launch to start Tor Browser. Installing Tor Browser via the Terminal, from the downloaded package Another way to install Tor is to use commands, via the Terminal. There are several ways to do so, as follows: First, download the required Tor Browser package from the website Verify the download, as we discussed before, and then keep the Terminal open Navigate to the location where you downloaded Tor, by entering the following command: cd path/Tor_Browser_Directory For example, note the following: cd /downloads/tor-browser_en_US Then, launch Tor Browser by running the following: ./start-tor-browser.desktop Never launch Tor as root (or with the sudo command). Installing the Tor Browser entirely via the Terminal Next, we’ll discuss how to install Tor entirely via the Terminal: First, launch the Terminal, as before. Then, execute the following command: sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher This command will install the Tor Browser. We need root access to install an app, not to launch it. You can then run Tor by executing the following command: ./start-tor-browser.desktop Thus, in this post, we talked about Tor, Tor Browser, how to install it in several ways, and how to use it. If you’ve enjoyed this post and want to know more about the concept of the Deep Web and the Dark Web and their significance in the security sector, head over to the book Hands-On Dark Web Analysis. Read Next Tor Project gets its first official mobile browser for Android, the privacy-friendly Tor Browser Tor Browser 8.0 powered by Firefox 60 ESR released How to create a desktop application with Electron [Tutorial]last_img read more

Wreckage definitely from missing Malaysia Airlines jet Malaysia PM says

first_imgRelated posts:UPDATE: MH370 clues mount as wreckage identified as Boeing 777 One of Sea Shepherd’s missions in Costa Rica: Protecting whales Australian politician calls for US travel warning after California shooting Red Hot Chili Peppers to play Lollapalooza as new album emerges KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Debris found on an Indian Ocean island a week ago is from flight MH370, Malaysia’s prime minister said Thursday, confirming for the first time that the plane which mysteriously disappeared 17 months ago met a tragic end.“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370,” Najib Razak told reporters.French prosecutors used more cautious language, saying only there was a “very high probability” the wreckage came from MH370.The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared on March 8 last year, inexplicably veering off course en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, sparking a colossal but ultimately fruitless multinational hunt for the aircraft.Last week’s discovery of a two-meter-long wing part called a flaperon on the French island of La Reunion has provided the first glimmer of hope for relatives desperate for answers.It was examined at a military lab outside the French city of Toulouse in the presence of Malaysian and Australian experts, Boeing employees and representatives from China — the country that lost the most passengers in the disaster.Malaysia Airlines hailed the news as a “major breakthrough.”“We expect and hope that there would be more objects to be found which would be able to help resolve this mystery,” the airline said in a statement.Sara Weeks, the sister of MH370 passenger Paul Weeks of New Zealand, said the confirmation ended “a week of turmoil.”“We’ve had 17 months of nothing … so actually finding something is the first step towards pinpointing where it is,” Weeks told the Fairfax New Zealand media group.Some families said the confirmation was not enough to lay the matter to rest, as they reiterated demands to know why the plane went off course, flying for hours after its communications and tracking systems were shut down, in what remains one of the biggest mysteries in the history of aviation.“Now I want to know where the main body of the plane is so that we can take out the passengers and get the black box so we can know what happened. Only that, for us, will be full closure,” said Jacquita Gonzales, wife of MH370 chief steward Patrick Gomes.Meanwhile, Weeks said it was “pretty disgusting” that she heard about the confirmation from a reporter and had not been contacted beforehand by the Malaysian authorities.‘A huge step’Gerry Soejatman, a Jakarta-based aviation consultant, said proof the flaperon came from MH370 was a “huge step.”“People want all the answers, but look, let’s be real. We must be glad that we found something at all. Now we know roughly where it might have crashed,” he said.“This answers a lot of questions actually. It eliminates other theories, conspiracy theories. If the black box is found later on, it is likely we could get more answers.”The Malaysian premier gave no indication that the analysis of the debris yielded any clues into the cause of the disappearance.Many relatives accuse his government and the airline of a bungled response to the disaster, possible cover-up, and insensitive treatment of families, charges that are vehemently denied.“I would like to assure all those affected by this tragedy that the government of Malaysia is committed to do everything within our means to find out the truth of what happened,” Najib said.“MH370’s disappearance marked us as a nation. We mourn with you, as a nation.”Meanwhile, Australian authorities said Thursday that they were confident the search for MH370 was being carried out in the right area and the plane would be found.“(The La Reunion find) is consistent with all the work we’ve done so we’re confident that we’re looking in the right area and we’ll find the aircraft there,” Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, told ABC radio.But Dolan added that it was “too early to tell” what happened to the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet, adding that “close examination (of the flaperon) is what’s necessary to access how much we can learn.”Australia has been leading the hunt for the plane.Starting grieving processIt is hoped that more detailed examination in the coming days can yield information on the final moments of the plane by showing how it detached itself from the wing, or whether it showed traces of an explosion or fire.Scientists have also pointed to the barnacles attached to the flaperon, saying these could give an idea of how long the fragment had been in the water, and perhaps where it had been.“If it has cold-water barnacles on it that might tell them it went down further south than they think. Or if it’s got only tropical barnacles, that might tell them it went down further north,” said Shane Ahyong, a crustacean specialist from the Australian Museum.For the victims’ loved ones, any tangible piece of information is likely to help them in seeking closure, according to psychologist Carole Damiani, who specializes in helping the families of people who died in disasters.“The grieving process is about untying oneself from someone, accepting that they will not be found and they have gone forever,” she said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

qualia takes out two new awards

first_imgSource = qualia World-class luxury resort qualia took out two awards at the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2012 Travel Awards last night.qualia was named Best Australian Island Resort and Spa qualia was named Best Spa for the third year running, adding to the multi-award winning resort’s array of national and international accolades. Michael Shah, qualia’s General Manager, said: “These awards are testament to the position we hold not only in Queensland as a unique island resort, but in the wider context of high end hospitality across the country. Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine is iconic, and the awards reflect that the readers are the people who enjoy the laid-back, understated elegance and ease of qualia.“Our philosophy for qualia is that exceptional guest experiences cannot be artificially formulated; it must come from within the guest. qualia’s environment allows each guest to respond to his or her own experience in their own way. When you combine exceptional service with zero pretension the result is what we describe as “The qualia Effect’, and winning these awards demonstrates that the qualia effect is clearly resonating with our guests.”Testament to its names’ Latin origins, ‘a collection of sensory experiences’, qualia occupies Hamilton Island’s unashamedly beautiful and sun-drenched northern-most tip. A member of Relais & Châteaux, qualia’s unique design combines a sense of space, openness and harmony that draws the outside in. Set amongst native Eucalypts, and with breathtaking views of the luminous Coral Sea and neighbouring Whitsunday islands, the 60 luxurious pavilions with a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool provide the perfect space for guests to unwind in. The resort’s outstanding facilities include two tranquil infinity-edged pools, two bars and exclusive restaurants, a private dining room, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia, an award-winning venue unto itself. qualia also hosts several special events for its guests throughout the year, including the popular Australian Ballet ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ and Great Barrier Feast series.Nestled privately in the very heart of the resort, Spa qualia exemplifies the resort’s meaning by offering guests a completely unique sensory experience. The indigenous Australian treatments have been meticulously designed to relax, revitalise and replenish the mind, body and soul. A beautiful Meditation Pavilion is perfectly positioned to capture the tranquil views of the Whitsundays, the ideal place to unwind and reflect.Spa qualia features anti-stress, anti-aging, detoxifying and cleansing treatments; including Spa qualia’s signature “Bularri Yarrul” hot stone massage using 300 million year old stones; and beautiful aromatherapy treatments using essential Australian oils designed to release emotional blocks through the body’s energy centres or chakras.last_img read more

Here is Where SingleFamily Homes Sell the Fastest

first_img Days on the Market Homebuilding Housing Inventory National Association of Realtors 2016-08-12 Seth Welborn Share August 12, 2016 568 Views Here is Where Single-Family Homes Sell the Fastestcenter_img While the average number of days on the market for a single-family home ticked up from May to June nationwide, according to the most recent existing-home sales report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the number of days that a home remains for sale is shrinking in about a third of the states.About half of the properties that sold in the second quarter were on the market for 30 days or less in 16 states plus the District of Columbia, according to NAR Research Economist Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton.The majority of the states where half the properties sold in less than a month were located in the West and Midwest. The only three of these states located in the East (besides D.C.) were Massachusetts, Virginia, and Georgia.Western states included in the group were California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. Midwestern states where half of single-family houses sold in less than 30 days were Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. Texas was also included in this group.As to the question of why homes are selling faster in West and Midwest states, the answer lies in the number of new homes that are being built—or rather, aren’t being built.“It all comes down to housing starts,” said Adam DeSanctis of NAR. “In the Midwest, there’s hardly any homes being built. It’s more affordable and you have more buyers there than you had a few years ago. In the West, this has been an issue for quite a few years now since the recovery. The economy, for the most part in most of those local markets is very strong. They just aren’t building enough homes and not enough people are listing their homes for sale. So what you’re seeing is that inventory is tight and homes continue to sell quicker because not enough is being built or put back on the market for existing homeowners to get that supply back up there again.”Distressed properties, which typically stay on the market longer than non-distressed properties, brought up the average number of days on the market. Foreclosed properties stayed on the market for an average of 49 days in June, and short sales took an average of 156 days on the market to sell. As a result, the average number of days on the market rose from 32 to 34 days over-the-month in June while staying flat over-the-year.In some states, single-family houses were still taking a while to sell in Q2. Wyoming, Alabama, and Delaware each had an average of more than 90 days for a single-family home to sell during the second quarter; overall in June, 11 percent of properties nationwide were on the market for longer than six months. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more