Ggn traffic cops issued challans against 98954 vehicles in March

first_imgGururgam: In the month of March, the Gururgam traffic police levied fine on 98,954 vehicles. This was much lesser than the previous two months of January and February. While in February 1,11,653 vehicles were challaned and in January there were 1,29,853 drivers who were challaned.Traffic violators in the form of driving in the wrong lane and those parking the vehicles illegally were on top in the list among those who were challaned by the law enforcement officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThere were 6,514 challans for those driving in the wrong lane and 11,233 fines levied on those who had parked their vehicles wrongly. In other violations, there were 601 incidents of drunken driving 1354 vehicles. Normally the Gurgaon traffic police and area police challans around 3,500 vehicles in the day but during special drives, the figures in the past have crossed to over 20,000 vehicles. The Gurugram police have conducted initiatives where a large number of challans were made on erring drivers. Yet the rate of accidents in Gurugram continues to be high. Last year there were over 442 people who lost their lives due to accidents on the city roads. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to an official report, the majority of accidents happened beacuse the vehicles were moving in the wrong direction. While the traffic police claim there has been a crackdown, there are repeated complaints of rash, drunken and underage driving. “I hope the strict approach taken by the traffic police is beneficial in instilling proper traffic sense among the residents. Sadly, the situation is not bright. Being stationed in prominent areas will result in police getting hold of a large number of people however the main culprits which are the trucks, autos and private buses get away maybe because of their clout,” said Amardeep Singh, a resident. “As Gurugram is expanding very fast, it is not possible for our office to be in every corner. Yet, through these initiatives we want to ensure that commuting is safe in Gurugram,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. In 2017, the Gurugram traffic police collected a total of Rs 11 crore through fines. This record was broken in the six months of 2018 itself with the law enforcement officials collecting Rs 15 crores from the period of January to August.last_img read more

UNICEF warns of impending child nutrition crisis in Africas Sahel region

The agency is already ordering therapeutic foods and distributing emergency stocks in affected countries, it said, adding that the biggest caseload is in Niger, where an estimated 330,600 children under the age of five are at risk.Niger’s Government has already issued an alert saying more than half of the country’s villages are vulnerable to food insecurity.Other areas where children are expected to require specialist treatment in clinics are Chad, northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and northern Senegal.“This children’s crisis is going to be immensely challenging,” said David Gressly, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “We do not issue such warnings lightly, but the scale demands an appropriate response that needs to start now.”“A tragedy will be averted only by an unprecedented effort in the Sahel. This will involve making sure that professionals are on the ground with the right supplies and that enough is done to contain the threat of opportunistic diseases amongst the weakened populations,” Mr. Gressly added.The initial $65.7 million needed urgently will be used primarily for nutrition and health interventions and supplies.That amount will have to be increased substantially to ensure sustainable interventions over the course of the coming year, according to UNICEF. There will be need for not only enhanced nutrition and health programmes, but also provision of clean water, sanitation at feeding centres as well as emergency education and protection for children displaced with their families.According to Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva, regional food production in the Sahel is down by 8 per cent compared to last year.The return of migrant workers from Côte d’Ivoire and Libya to some of the countries in the region further reduced the financial capacity of households as families need to feed those who came back, often returning with nothing, she said. 9 December 2011More than a million children in the Sahel region of West Africa are at risk of severe and life-threatening malnutrition over the coming year as a result of ongoing food shortages, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, saying it requires an initial $65.7 million to respond to the crisis. read more

Canadas tech sector expected to get boost from fears about Trump election

MONTREAL – Nervousness in Silicon Valley about Donald Trump’s election could give Canada’s technology sector a competitive edge if new labour restrictions ratchet up the war for high-skilled talent, say industry experts.In an open letter sent during the campaign, senior executives at some of America’s top tech companies called Trump “a disaster for innovation.”They expressed concerns about the president-elect’s trade proposals and anti-immigration stance which some fear could result in visa restrictions that would make it harder and costlier for them to hire foreign IT workers.Each year, tens of thousands of foreigners with specialized skills, such as coders, are granted temporary H-1B visas to work in the United States. While the industry has sought increased numbers of visas, Trump has offered mixed signals as he seeks to protect domestic employment.Meanwhile, the Trudeau government is changing its immigration-selection system as of Saturday to make it easier for international students and some high-skilled foreign workers to become permanent residents.Together, these changes could increase Canada’s drawing power for those no longer able or willing to enter the U.S., said Patrick Hopf, president of Montreal-based SourceKnowledge, a firm that builds technology to track the success of advertising works for digital videos.“You might see a seismic shift in technology in Canada,” he said.Trump’s unexpected victory has prompted some disenchanted U.S. technology sector workers to consider heading north.Hopf said he received a few such applications in the days since the election.Hootsuite founder Ryan Holmes said he’s fielded calls from five people in the U.S. looking to move to Vancouver.“Is this the reversal of the talent diaspora that Canada has historically seen and beginning of the U.S. brain drain?” he posted on Twitter.Tightened U.S. border controls and visa requirements would provide Canada a short-term benefit in attracting more skilled immigrants, said Larry Smith, adjunct associate economics professor at the University of Waterloo’s Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre.“We’ve always had a reasonably good draw but America is a powerful magnet for people around the world and now the magnet will be dimmed,” he said.However, Smith said a far bigger threat to the global tech sector are Trump fiscal policies and expected reduction of regulations that could destabilize financial markets and hurt venture capital which is the lifeblood of both startup and growth tech companies.Not everyone thinks Trump will make dramatic changes to visas. Ian Lee, assistant professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, believes Trump will focus on curtailing illegal immigration without restricting professional workers.Sean Mullin, executive director of the Brookfield Institute, said the next president can’t afford to alienate the tech sector, one of the strongest areas of the U.S. economy that is headed by some of the world’s most valuable firms.Mullin doesn’t foresee a mass exodus from the U.S. by Canadians returning home, but said U.S. policy changes could prompt Canadian startups to think twice about chasing their dreams down south.And more U.S. companies, helped by a low loonie, may expand their Canadian research and development operations to circumvent immigration restrictions, he said.Even before the election, General Motors and Thomson Reuters vowed to hire hundreds of software engineers and other skilled workers at innovation centres they plan to set up around Toronto.“At the very least that trend won’t stop and it may accelerate for Canada given that we’re one of the few countries in the world where you can bring talent and openness and inclusivity and diversity,” he said.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 16, 2016 3:46 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s tech sector expected to get boost from fears about Trump election read more

Voices of indigenous peoples must be heard on issues affecting them UN

“Although there is, at both the international and domestic levels, a strong legal and policy foundation upon which to move forward with the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights, there are still numerous obstacles preventing indigenous peoples from fully enjoying their human rights,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries who constitute 15 per cent of the world’s poor and about one third of the 900 million extremely poor rural people. Practicing unique traditions, they retain social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live.Indigenous peoples are also among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, with many of them struggling to remain on their lands and retain the right to their natural resources, while others have long since been removed from their lands, denied their languages and traditional ways.Ms. Tauli-Corpuz noted that among the barriers preventing indigenous peoples from fully enjoying their rights is the absence of steps towards reconciliation with indigenous peoples and redress for past violation of their human rights.Linked with reconciliation yet to be completed, she said, is the ongoing negative perception of indigenous peoples among the broader societies in which they live, including within governments. “The nearly universal disadvantageous social and economic conditions of indigenous peoples as compared to the economic and social conditions of the majority societies in which they live present a barrier to the full exercise of their human rights,” the expert added.Today’s meeting in Geneva comes just days ahead of the first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly, set to take place on 22 and 23 September in New York.“The World Conference will be a unique opportunity for the international community to renew its commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” Albert Deterville, Chair-Rapporteur of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, said in his statement to the Council.Adopted by the General Assembly in 2007, the UN Declaration recognizes their right to self-determination and to freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.“It is the Expert Mechanism’s hope that the World Conference and its outcome document will lead to concrete measures to fulfil the rights of indigenous peoples in all regions of the world,” said Mr. Deterville.He added that the Expert Mechanism has been actively engaged in the preparation for the Conference. Its members have consistently advocated for, and remain committed to, the full, equal and effective participation of indigenous peoples in the event, and are pleased to see that indigenous peoples’ perspectives and inputs have been included in the outcome document.Mr. Deterville also reported to the Council on the work carried out by the Expert Mechanism, including a follow-up on study access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, and a study on the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in natural disaster risk reduction. read more

Jaguars taking further steps to reduce personal fouls

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — All those yellow flags thrown against the Jacksonville Jaguars have coach Doug Marrone seeing red.The Jaguars (3-8) have been penalized 80 times, tying them for seventh in the NFL, and have been docked the fourth-most yards (751).But Marrone’s main concern is that Jacksonville has been called for a league-leading 22 personal fouls, none more costly than running back Leonard Fournette’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty last week at Buffalo.Marrone is clearly frustrated with his team’s undisciplined ways.“It has been addressed and obviously further steps have to be taken for us,” Marrone said.Pressed for details, Marrone said he will “talk about it with the team.”Fournette was tossed late in the third quarter Sunday and suspended one game without pay a day later for leaving the sideline, running across the field and instigating a fight with Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson. Fournette and Lawson exchanged punches before being separated.“Just got to grow up, you know,” Jags defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. “I think he understands what he did and how he messed it up.”Without the team’s best offensive player, Jacksonville failed to score from inside the Buffalo 1-yard line on first down and then got called for consecutive penalties that left the offence facing second-and-goal from the 17. The Jags failed to do much from there and then missed a 42-yard field goal that would have put them ahead 17-14.Adding to Marrone’s angst, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (face mask) and safety Barry Church (unnecessary roughness) were flagged on Buffalo’s next two plays — both 15-yarders that set up the Bills’ go-ahead touchdown.“The way the team plays is a reflection on me,” Marrone said. “I understand that. I always have. I’ve always taken a lot of pride in having a well-disciplined, smart football team and obviously I’m not getting that done.“I’ve been through that before. We’ve been able to overcome that, and I think when we do, then we have a better opportunity to win football games. There are measures you can take that you hope you don’t have to get there and I’m probably getting them too late. I wasn’t expecting that out of our football team in Year 2.”The Jaguars have little room for error because of offensive struggles related to poor quarterback play, average receivers and mounting injuries. Penalties only make it more difficult for them to move the chains and score.Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice-president of football operations and Marrone’s boss, also called out players for their conduct.“The way we behave on the field, I mean, it’s ridiculous some of the penalties,” Coughlin told 1010XL during a charity fundraiser earlier this week. “So there’s a lot of things that are going to get addressed and are being addressed.”Marrone doesn’t believe benching players or fining them is the answer, noting that “education and learning give you a better chance long term for those things not to occur.”“There are a lot of combinations of how to fix it,” he added. “But we’re looking to fix it right overnight, yes.”Jacksonville, which has lost seven consecutive games, hosts Indianapolis (6-5) on Sunday. The Colts have won five in a row, including a 29-26 victory against the Jags three weeks ago.Marrone fired offensive co-ordinator Nathanial Hackett and benched quarterback Blake Bortles on Monday. He also made it clear more changes could be on the horizon if the team doesn’t end its losing streak — and cut down on the personal fouls.“It’s basically just going to be an end result; you either get it done or you don’t get it done,” Marrone said. “If it’s not good enough for the people you work for, then hey, they’re going to let you go. We all know that. It’s nothing to hold your head down about or nothing to feel bad about. It’s like anything else. I walk in around here, it’s embarrassing, it’s frustrating.“But at the end of the day, there has to be leadership somewhere. Someone has to step up, someone has to go and lead. … I’m never going to drop my head. I’m working my butt off to do the best job I can. I think as long as you can do that and you don’t sulk or make excuses or anything, I can look myself in the mirror and know I did everything I can.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLMark Long, The Associated Press read more

Listen Up World Football Trade Rumors

The summer trade window rumors are not only regarding where Manchester United’s forward Wayne Rooney, Uruguayan baller Edinson Cavani and Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez aka Isco are potentially headed. The rumblings are also about players who are not as popular but may have a greater advantage. These rumors are more likely fact than fiction.According to the South Wales Evening Post, Swansea City’s ball club is interested in the Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony. He is also a target for Newcastle United.Meanwhile, Sunderland Association Football Club’s Stephane Sessegnon is on the market this summer and Fulham Football Club is looking to capitalize on his status.Finally, Everton Football Club could potentially move on Japan International’s Keisuke Honda.In the video above, BleacherReport’s Will Tidey looks at some low-key rumors you need to keep an eye on this summer. read more

Copa del Rey Catalonian derby in the final

← Previous Story “Romanian princess” is back, Neagu: We will give 100% against 10.000 fans Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 31): Bergischer with important win at Emsdetten in relegation battle An all-Catalonian final will be played at the Copa del Rey in Pamplona this year after the semifinals saw Barcelona cruising past Anaitasuna with 36:28 (Lazarov scored 7 goals), while Granollers’ game against BM Huesca was much more exciting and produced a real thriller in the end, ultimately won by Granollers with 26:25 after trailing at half time with 12:13. Alvaro Ruiz led the Granollers side with 7 goals, three from penalties. The final is to be played today at 17:00. Barcelona are huge favorites to win the final, and therefore secure the double-crown in Spain. At the Final Four in Cologne, Barcelona is facing a much more serious challenge, Flensburg-Handewitt from Germany.28 ANAITASUNA: Capón (Santana, ps); Garza (-), Etxeberria (2), Meoki (3), Nadoveza (7, 2p), Borragán (4), Goñi (1p) -siete inicial-, Bernatonis (5), Cristian Martínez (-), Reig (1), Montávez (-), Kisselev (1), Chocarro (3, 1p), Iker Antonio (1) and Gastón (-).36 BARCELONA: Saric (Robin, ps); Víctor Tomás (4), Raúl Entrerríos (1), Sorhaindo (5), Bengoechea (1), Rutenka (4), Lazarov (7, 3p) -siete inicial-, Noddesbo (3), Juanín (1), Sarmiento (5), Gurbindo (3), Virán Morros (1), Karabatic (-) and Saubich (1). bm huescaentrerriosexteberriaGranollerslazarovrutenkasaricsorhaindotomasXavi Pascual read more

Dún Laoghaire RNLI pay tribute to lives lost at sea

first_img(Image: RNLI Dun Laoghaire/Facebook)THE CREW OF the RNLI lifeboat station at Dún Laoghaire held their annual ceremony today to remember their 15 volunteers who died in 1895 on Christmas Eve as well as all those who lost their lives around our coasts.In spite of storm force winds, over 100 people attended the midday event that was held inside the East Pier lighthouse battery.(Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)The ceremony is a long-standing Christmas Eve tradition to remember the 15 volunteer crew who died when their lifeboat capsized in gale force winds while attempting to rescue those on board the SS Palme which had run aground off Blackrock, Co Dublin. All lives lost at sea are also included in the ceremony. (Image: RNLI Dun Laoghaire/Facebook)Relatives of the original 1895 lifeboat crew were amongst those who attended the 20-minute ceremony which included contributions by Piper Paul McNally of Dublin Fire Brigade, musician William Byrne and journalist Fergal Keane at the event.Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor was also in attendance:RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews at 44 stations countrywide will be on call as usual throughout the Christmas and New Year period.(Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)Read: Dun Laoghaire RNLI hold ceremony to remember those lost at sea>Coveney: I’ve been to too many funerals and scenes of bodies brought ashore>last_img read more

Nokias CEO Has a Bad Case of the Brutal Honesties

first_imgAnd here’s the real gem,The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don’t have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable. Yep, Nokia’s new CEO just called his company’s situation a “burning platform” (though, taking the latter word a little more literally, perhaps you could say that he called Symbian itself a “burning platform”).Elop talked, of course, about the iPhone and Android who exploded on the scene in the past few years, pulling away major market share from Nokia. On the iPhone,Apple demonstrated that if designed well, consumers would buy a high-priced phone with a great experience and developers would build applications. They changed the game, and today, Apple owns the high-end range. And Android,In about two years, Android created a platform that attracts application developers, service providers and hardware manufacturers. Android came in at the high-end, they are now winning the mid-range, and quickly they are going downstream to phones under €100. Google has become a gravitational force, drawing much of the industry’s innovation to its core. Brutally honesty can be a good quality in a CEO. Too often top executives don’t do much more than cheerlead their company and products. It’s hard to get a straight answer. You’ve got to hand it to Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop–at the very least, the guy seems to be a straight-shooter. The company’s first non-Finnish CEO sent out a memo to employees that really didn’t cloud his sentiment about the state of the company.The letter opens cold with a parable about a guy standing on a burning oil platform. Forced to choose between being consumed by flames and plunging into the icy waters of the Atlantic, the man chooses the latter. Naturally, the guy lived to tell the tale. (No, so far as I can tell, that man wasn’t Stephen Elop–though that would be a pretty good punchline, right?)“We too, are standing on a “burning platform,” and we must decide how we are going to change our behaviour.” Elop closed by drawing the burning platform analogy out a bit more, accusing his employees of “pour[ing] gasoline” on the fire. “The burning platform, upon which the man found himself, caused the man to shift his behaviour, and take a bold and brave step into an uncertain future,” said Elop. “He was able to tell his story. Now, we have a great opportunity to do the same.”In the last couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about radical changes to the company–the proverbial plunges into the Atlantic–including, most notably, a company-wide shift from Symbian to Windows 7 and a move to the U.S.last_img read more

La Terre pourrait avoir un nouveau Soleil

first_imgLa Terre pourrait avoir un nouveau SoleilSelon un chercheur de l’Université du Queensland, l’explosion d’une supergéante rouge, Bételgeuse, pourrait émettre une lumière si forte que notre planète se réveillerait avec un deuxième Soleil, malgré sa distance.”La vieille étoile est en train de brûler ses derniers feux, son cœur est en passe de manquer d’énergie, celle qui l’a fait fait tant briller. Quand cette énergie sera totalement consommée, elle va s’effondrer sur elle-même, et ce sera très rapide. Boom !”. Cette vieille étoile, ainsi appelée par le chercheur Brad Carter de l’Université du Queensland en Australie, c’est Bételgeuse. Une supergéante rouge de la constellation d’Orion, située entre 430 et 640 années-lumière. Pour le scientifique, cité par le site australien TheNews.com, son explosion va émettre une lumière tellement forte, qu’elle sera visible depuis la Terre, malgré la distance incroyable qui les sépare. Conséquence : un nouveau Soleil pourrait apparaître. La nuit pourrait aussi devenir jour pendant quelques temps… Le chercheur, dont les prévisions ne font pas l’unanimité au sein de la communauté scientifique, reste toutefois prudent et n’annonce aucune date. Selon lui, cela pourrait arriver aussi bien dans les secondes à venir que dans un million d’années. Une période pour le moins vaste, qui permet d’alimenter les prédictions apocalyptiques les plus insensées… Le 25 janvier 2011 à 18:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ejaria confident Rangers can challenge for title

first_imgRangers Football Club winger Ovie Ejaria is confident the club can challenge for the Scottish Premiership title this season.The Gers moved up to second place on the table with a 3-0 win over Livingston on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Daniel Candeias, Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield.With champions and table toppers, Celtic in League Cup final action against Aberdeen this weekend, victory for Steven Gerrard’s men over third-placed Hearts would see them move into first place.Ejaria is keen to make the most of the opportunity as the Ibrox outfit look to maintain their momentum through an important run of matches.He said, according to Evening Times:“If we win next week it would be a big confidence boost for us but we’re just taking each game as it comes.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Could we stay there? Yes, definitely but we have to take each game and use the confidence from each match.“There are a lot of top players here and everyone is focused and that’s our goal.“As I said, take each game as it comes because it’s a long season.“It’s quite close at the top. We know Celtic are a very good side and we’re a very good side as well so we’re confident we can do really well.“I’m not too sure how they (Celtic) will see it but we see it as a big opportunity and everyone is really focused and our main goal is to try and win the league.”last_img read more

World of Wonder Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse

first_img Updated: 6:57 PM January 20, 2019 World of Wonder: Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 20, 2019 FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsMore information: https://www.kusi.com/super-blood-wolf-moon/ Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

City Council Protests Two Liquor Store Licenses

first_imgIt’s been four decades since Bethel had a liquor store, and for now that status will continue. The Bethel City Council voted Tuesday to protest two liquor store license applications from the Bethel Native Corporation’s Bethel Spirits and the Alaska Commercial Company. The debate now leaves city hall as citizens gear up for a new advisory vote.Council members cited the loud public outcry against having easier access to alcohol, a five-year-old public vote, as well as violations or possible violations of rules against being too close to churches and schools. When the debate entered the weeds, Council member Chuck Herman added a line to the resolution saying the exact distance not the issue.“I just want to make it very clear our protest stands based us as a community being opposed to it, and not based on any technical violations,” said Herman.The vote was 4 to 3. Herman, along with council members Fansler, Albertson, and Springer voted to protest the BNC application. All but mayor Rick Robb voted to protest the AC store, which is located across the street from two churches.BNC is proposing to put a package liquor store in a the Kipusvik building, the former site of Swanson’s grocery store. (Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK)The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board will take up applications this July. They are required to honor protests from governing bodies unless they are found to be arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.Bethel Native Corporation President and CEO Ana Hoffman insisted the proposed store is legally situated, and argued that what Bethel has now is not working.“The presence of illegal sales is undeniable and not a cent of the sales is taxed. We have quite possibly created the most unhealthy environment imaginable. Unlimited importation and no mechanism for legal sales. Allowing for the issuance of a liquor license enhances control and regulation over the current system of chaos,” said Hoffman.As Bethel is wet, any business can apply for a license and people can import as much as they want. More than five years since the last advisory vote on liquor sales the council will ask again in October. That’s the guidance that council member Zach Fansler wants.“I think the proper form for the pulse is what we have before us, the democracy we have is a vote. I think it’s important that we go forth right now with the information we have now and protest, and let the people empower themselves, make their decision as a community and move forward from that point when we find out what the people want,” said Fansler.Last time, in 2010, citizens rejected the idea of five types of liquor licenses, with 63 percent opposed and 37 percent in favor of a liquor store. The most popular option was a city-run store, which is not feasibly with Bethel’s current status. The vote this fall will not ask that question, but it will ask citizens to approve a 12 percent alcohol tax.Mayor Rick Robb supports local sales and said the recent widespread vocal opposition may not be fully representative.“Whatever happens, I think a lot more people are going to vote for some form of legal sales than they did five years ago,” said Robb.Robb and the council will have their answer when the public votes on October 6th.last_img read more

Several inmates charged with assault rioting at Fairbanks prison

first_imgFairbanks Correctional Center (Photo: Alaska Department of Corrections)Alaska State Troopers say they’ve charged several inmates at Fairbanks Correctional Center with rioting and assault for their roles in a disturbance reported at about noon on Thursday.Listen nowCaptain Ron Wall, who heads up the Troopers’ Fairbanks-based D Detachment said no serious injuries were reported and no escapes or other security breaches occurred during the incident, which was resolved peacefully after about an hour-and-a-half.Wall said the incident, which authorities are calling a “disturbance,” occurred in the jail’s A Wing. Troopers and Fairbanks Police sent their SWAT-style Special Emergency Response Teams to jail after receiving a report of the incident. They shut down Wilbur Street, which leads to the facility, for about about an hour and 45 minutes.“The situation is under control, all personnel have been secured and the investigation is now continuing because there will be numerous charges,” Wall said.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that while Wilbur was closed, two ambulance drove into the jail parking lot. But Wall told a reporter that he wasn’t aware of any significant injuries to inmates or correctional officers and that he knew there weren’t any injuries to police or troopers.An investigation into the disturbance continues.last_img read more

Pencil sharpener upgraded to use a nitro RC engine

first_imgYou could sharpen a pencil the old fashioned way with a hand crank or electric motor, but if you’re going to be like a caveman, why bother with the written word at all? DIY YouTuber Mike from the channel Mike and Lauren salvaged a non-functional RC nitro engine and turned it into a pencil sharpener. If your pencil sharpener doesn’t have a pullstart, it’s not as cool as this one.Most of the RC cars you’ve seen are probably powered by an electric motor that delivers power to the wheels, but serious RC hobbyists use cars with tiny internal combustion engines that run on a mixture of methanol, nitromethane, and lubricants. Mike was given a non-functional engine to tinker with, and decided to channel the power into something more entertaining than wheels. An engine like this would probably cost at least $100, and possibly much more. It’s odd that someone would just toss it out.An RC nitro engine is basically a small single-cylinder engine similar to what you’d find in a lawnmower or snow blower. After getting the engine itself running again, Mike connected the gearbox to the crank on a manual pencil sharpener. It worked, but the blades in the pencil sharpener were not designed to move at such speeds, and they quickly seized up. A little lubrication and all was well, though.In the final version, which you can see above, the brake is rigged up as a switch that lets the drive shaft move the crank on the sharpener. Just start the engine, and hit that button to get your pencil sharp in record time. It’s incredibly loud, but cool things usually are.last_img read more

VIDEO 350 lb HS running backquarterback bulldozes everyone in his path and

first_imgWilliam “The Refrigerator” Perry started the trend of lining up massive lineman in the backfield during the historic ’85 Bears, but he was never a key part of the offensive attack. At Calumet High New Tech School in Gary, Indiana, 6’3” 350 lb Joshua Johnson isn’t a gimmick, he’s a key part of the offense.Johnson, a Senior who goes by “Bubba” plays everything from quarterback, to running back, to defensive and offensive tackle, and is a bulldozer in cleats when he gets the ball running downhill. This kid runs the sweep like a freakin’ ballerina and also connected on a 99-yard score in the below video. Oh, he also hurdles a defensive lineman.Bubba isn’t a five-star recruit, but he’s got to fit in somewhere if he can do everything. It’s fun to watch this kid wreck shop.last_img read more

Fannie Maes Mortgage Portfolio Decreases While Delinquency Drops to 173 Percent

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Fannie Mae’s gross mortgage portfolio has decreased for the second consecutive month at a compound annualized rate of 17.4 percent in April, according to Fannie Mae’s April 2015 Monthly Volume Summary, released today.The monthly summary report contains information about Fannie Mae’s monthly and year-to-date activities for our gross mortgage portfolio, mortgage-backed securities and other guarantees, interest rate risk measures, serious delinquency rates, and loan modifications.The GSE’s book of business decreased in April, dropping at a compound annualized rate of 2.1 percent, from $3.13 trillion in April 2014 to $3.11 trillion in April 2015, according to the summary. The book of business has only seen one positive compounded growth rate increase of 0.4 percent this year in March.The gross mortgage portfolio saw nothing but decreases from April 2014 to April 2015, the summary said. The portfolio was at approximately $4.73 billion in 2014 and is now at $4.16 billion for April.The serious delinquency rate on loans declined 3.9 percent, the lowest level since May 2008 , and a huge drop from the peak of 8.6 percent in 2010, according to CoreLogic’s March 2015 National Foreclosure Report.“Despite the decline in the number of loans that are 90 days or more delinquent or in foreclosure, the percent of homeowners struggling to keep up is still well above the pre-recession average of 1.5 percent,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic.MBS and other guarantees totaled up to be about 2.81 trillion for April, a slight increase from March’s rate of 2.80 trillion, Fannie Mae reported. The conventional single-family serious delinquency rate fell five basis points to 1.73 percent in April, and the effective duration gap on thier portfolio averaged zero months in April.The GSE was able to complete 9,279 loan modifications in April for a total of 35,979 loan modifications in the first four months of this year, the GSE reported.View the full report: FannieMae.com Share May 29, 2015 469 Views center_img April 2015 Monthly Volume Summary Fannie Mae mortgage portfolio 2015-05-29 Staff Writer Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Portfolio Decreases While Delinquency Drops to 1.73 Percentlast_img read more

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