App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 7, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.5. iSchedule, HotSchedules6. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. Pocket City, Bobby Li9. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi10. Papa’s Freezer To Go!, Flipline StudiosTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Run Race 3D, Good Job Games2. Roller Splat!, Voodoo3. AMAZE!!!, Crazy Labs4. Tiles Hop – EDM Rush, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.5. Draw it, Kwalee6. Pick Me Up, tastypill7. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC8. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.9. Clips, Apple10. Color Bump 3D, Good Job GamesTop Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 5, Time Base Technology Limited5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB6. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU7. T.A.B.S Pocket Edition, FOREVER GAME STUDIO LTD8. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations9. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB10. Bloons TD 6, Ninja KiwiTop Free iPad Apps:1. Run Race 3D, Good Job Games2. Tiles Hop – EDM Rush, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.3. Roller Splat!, Voodoo4. Clips, Apple5. Draw it , Kwalee6. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games7. Mr Bullet – Spy Puzzles, Lion Studios8. Pick Me Up, tastypill9. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC10. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Press
‘Exercise – Cormorant Strike VIII – 2017’, the Field Training Exercise (FTX), organized by the Sri Lanka Army, started off for the 8th consecutive year with the participation of Sri Lankan tri-forces and 69 foreign participants at Infantry Training Centre (ITC), Minneriya in the East.The introductory meeting was conducted at the Exercise Operational Headquarters in Minneriya. Foreign participants from Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Russia, USA, Brazil, Sudan, Iraq, Israel, Oman, Turkey, Iran and Kenya were educated on the conduct of the exercise. More than 2675 Army, Navy and Air Force troops, including 69 foreign military participants and observers, mechanized infantrymen, commandos and special forces of the Sri Lanka Army, 370 naval and 197 Air Force personnel are taking part together with their foreign counterparts at the annual joint exercise.
OSU freshman quarterback Tate Martell addresses the media on National Signing Day on Feb. 1. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe return of Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett for his final year of eligibility might have fans excited, but the presence of freshman Tate Martell should have Buckeye backers all the more eager for the upcoming football season.Martell came to OSU as a four-star dual-threat quarterback from Bishop Gorman High School, the proverbial football powerhouse that has cranked out such college studs as DeMarco Murray of the Tennessee Titans and Ronnie Stanley from the Baltimore Ravens. He was the No. 2 dual-threat signal caller in the nation, behind only Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa.Martell comes in as a potential star in an OSU offense that thrives on quarterbacks who know how to win. Win is exactly what Martell did at Gorman, compiling 113 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in three years.He also helped lead the Gaels to a 45-0 record as a starter. OSU coach Urban Meyer knows exactly what that kind of ability can bring to a team.“We are a very evaluation-friendly business as a coach and as a quarterback and some people measure it by throwing yards … some people measure their success,” he said. “However, we measure it very simply, how do you win? And Tate is a winner.”Martell will most likely find himself behind incumbent starter Barrett when spring practices start, but he makes an extremely valid case for being the predecessor for Barrett after he closes the book on his final chapter as a Buckeye.“I’m not thinking about 12 months, I’m thinking about right now,” Martell said. “I want to play. I know that I’m just going to go out there and if I don’t play, that’s on me. I know coach Meyer is going to play the best guy, and if I go prove that, then that’s not my decision to make or anything.”Martell’s biggest competition will come from backups redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow and redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins. Burrow has appeared in six games, completing 78.6 percent of his passes with a pair of touchdowns through the air, as well as a score on the ground. However, Burrow’s numbers have come against largely ineffective and below average defenses when the Buckeyes were dominating. As for Haskins, a former four-star recruit, the hype from his high school career isn’t quite there compared to Martell’s, and he lacks the kind of mobility that Martell brings.And we haven’t even mentioned top dual-threat quarterback and 2018 commit Emory Jones.Either way, the quarterback competition could very well heat up for the 2017-18 season. And if it does, Martell is ready to make his mark.“You’ve got to come to compete,” Martell said. “Like I said before, if you want to make it to the NFL, you’re not going to be competing against average guys. You’re going to be competing against the best anyway.”
We’re mere minutes away from the official announcement of the next iPhone, and we still have information coming in. It appears that Apple’s Japanese site has leaked info about the launch of the iPhone 4S on October 14. When the leaks come from Apple’s own website, that’s about as big a confirmation as you can get.Of course this not only says that October 14 is the likely launch date in the US as well, but it also describes the iPhone 4S – not the iPhone 5. Unless we are seeing two iPhones today (we probably aren’t), or the crazy rumor about Sprint getting the iPhone 5 exclusively are true (they almost certainly aren’t) it looks like the iPhone 4S is going to be the name of the next iPhone.Anticipation is building at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, and we should be hearing more about the fabled 4S in the next hour. Stay tuned to Geek for all of the latest updates as they unfold.Updating… We should have confirmation soon.Apple Store page via Engadget
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Brisbane residents are slowly beginning to return home, faced with a massive clean up in the wake of Queensland’s devastating floods. More than 1000 residents took shelter in evacuation centres as the Brisbane River peaked on Thursday. Chris Kazonis, who was forced to evacuate his West End home, returned to his house late Thursday afternoon. “We were one of the first to go back; we just wanted to start cleaning,” Mr Kazonis told Neos Kosmos. Though the water receded very quickly on Thursday, Mr Kazonis said his family’s house had one metre of water through it. “They were talking about the tide coming in but we’ve started cleaning, disinfecting and bleaching,” he said, adding “we spent about five or six hours cleaning. There’s a lot of slush, mud from the river that has all come into the house. We just had to hose the whole bottom level of our house and go through cleaning out all the kitchen cupboards”. Mr Kazonis sandbagged his house but water still got in and came through the stormwater areas, he said. “Our house had a metre and a half of water after the floods in 1974, so we thought with the Wivenhoe dam in place now that would make about a metre’s difference, but it didn’t,” he said, quick to add “it could have been worse”.While the water is still on electricity is yet to be turned back on, Mr Kazonis said. Roads are open but covered in mud and slush, so people have been advised to drive very carefully. Mr Kazonis, who is also involved with the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, said a couple of community members in lower areas of West End had their houses totally submerged in water whilst many others have had water through their houses. Some train lines are operating again, Ms Laoudikos said, as she was able to travel by train on Friday from South Brisbane into the CBD. “I am surprised how quickly the water is receding, but also amazed at how far the water came up. From Brisbane River it would have crossed four streets,” she said. Some supermarkets were closed on Friday and many were forced to close after running out of stock. “I had to go to a few different supermarkets to find things,” Ms Laoudikos said. “People initially were panicking and stocking up, so there wasn’t much stuff left on the shelves. I’m not sure when they will open up again”. The Greek community supplied their elderly respite clients with food to take home earlier in the week, however due to power cuts the food wouldn’t last longer than a couple of days, Ms Laoudikos said. “We’re now ringing clients to make sure they’re okay, to see if they need food or if they have any concerns, and we’ll take it from there. Hopefully most people will be okay”.The death toll currently stands at 15, while 61 people are still reported as missing in the Lockyer Valley and Ipswich regions in Queensland.
The Rio 2016 Olympics begins in a little over two weeks. Athletes will be asking themselves two questions in the run up to their events, though – can I win and will I catch the Zika virus?It’s a question that has seen some athletes decide not to attend, and it’s safe to assume more than a few people considering traveling to Rio to watch the best athletes in the world compete have changed their minds. Anyone who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant definitely shouldn’t travel to Rio due to the serious birth defects it can cause.Zika virus capsid, colored per chainsZika is an epidemic in Latin America and will continue to spread, but for how long and how far across the globe? According to a team at the Imperial College London, Zika will burn itself out within 3 years. And that could happen as soon as the end of 2017.We have herd immunity to thank for the promised short life of the Zika disaster. Herd immunity basically means that once a person is infected they can’t be infected again, so before long there’s not enough people left to infect to continue the spread of the virus. In fact, the spread may actually stop before a vaccine is ready.Zika won’t disappear, and it could reappear elsewhere for a new population creating a new epidemic several years from now. But if that does happen, then hopefully the vaccine currently being developed will be ready meaning the spread is contained quickly. On the other hand, certain areas of the world are taking their own measures in case of a Zika outbreak. In New York, that means bats.
Facebook The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter strips back for a gorgeous meditation on happiness Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 12, 2018 – 2:16 pm It’s the million dollar question: How do we find happiness? It’s also the theme of Cam’s latest track, “Road To Happiness,” a gorgeous contemplation on just where we might look for the elusiveness emotion.The GRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter strips back to basics on “Road To Happiness,” letting her soulful voice take center stage accompanied by acoustic guitar. As opposed to an instruction manual, the song provides another perspective on happiness and appreciating the here and now, as Cam ponders in the chorus whether “the future that we’re chasing worth the right nows that we miss.” She allows the listener time for meditation at the end with an ethereal pedal steel and accordion instrumental outro.”Road To Happiness” follows the 2017 release of Cam’s “Diane,” a response to Dolly Parton’s famed “Jolene.” This latest song will likely appear on Cam’s sophomore album, which has yet to find a release date. It would be the first album since Cam’s 2015 debut Untamed, which included the GRAMMY-nominated hit “Burning House.”In the meantime, if you want to contemplate how to find happiness with Cam, you can find her on tour with Sam Smith during his Thrill Of It All North American trek. Also be on the look out for additional show dates via her website through Oct. 6.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter Cam Releases New Song “Road To Happiness” News Email Hear Cam’s “Road To Happiness” cam-releases-new-song-road-happiness
Hyderabad: Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), Vice-Chancellor Dr V Praveen Rao said there is a need to encourage farmers to cultivate paddy under drip irrigation and educate them on effective water management. Interacting with a seven-member Telangana cadre trainee IAS officers who visited the university on Monday, he said the university is striving hard to improve the productivity in rice and other crops. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Besides, the university has prepared a food consumption report and mandal-level soil fertility maps for effective soil health management and also planning to bring out ‘farmer’s level soil fertility maps’ for micro-level planning. The visiting IAS trainees held detailed discussions with the university officials on various issues related to agriculture in the State. They enquired whether it is possible to replicate Ankapur Seed Village model in the State.
Tirupati: The Technology Business Incubator (TBI) of Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam (SPMVV) in collaboration with Department of Biology, IISER organised one-week hands on workshop on ‘Cell Culture Techniques’ which concluded on Saturday. Convenor of the workshop Dr D Sujatha said that it was designed for beginners and focuses on hands-on training in cell-culture, plating, counting, sub-culturing, cell-based assays, primary cell culture and staining. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The training imparted in this workshop can be effectively used in research on various human diseases, bio-pharmaceutical, drug screening, tissue engineering, gene therapy, toxicology and traditional applications such as immunology, cell and molecular biology. Certificates were given to the participants in the presence of TBI CEO Y Mallikarjuna Reddy and Dr Vasudharani Devanathan of IISER. Dr Ambarish Saxena of Pfizer and Dr Vasudharani Devanathan have shared their views during inaugural session. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Participants from SRM, SV University, SV Veterinary University, Yogi Vemana University and SV Agricultural College have undergone training in the workshop. SSSIIE-TBI is an initiative of SPMVV and the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. SSIIE-TBI offers budding entrepreneurs much needed infrastructure support, state-of-art labs (in collaboration with IIT, Tirupati) and critical mentoring. In this regard, CEO of SSIIE-TBI Y Mallikarjuna Reddy requested participants to send start-up ideas/ prototypes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutTamil audience is eagerly waiting for the third season of Bigg Boss Tamil 2 take off. They are curious to know the names of the contestants who will take part in the third season of Kamal Haasan-hosted show.Recently, there were rumours that Chandini Tamilarasan, Sudha Chandran, Laila Mehdin and Sakshi Agarwal had agreed to be contestants in Bigg Boss Tamil 3. Among the four, Chandini and Laila clarified that there was no truth to the rumours.Now, yet another set of names have cropped up on the internet. According to the latest buzz, Vijay TV has approached Premji, T Rajendar, Priya Anand, Kasthuri, VJ Siddhu and Radha Ravi to take part in the show.However, sources close to the development states that Premji and Priya Anand are not taking part in Bigg Boss Tamil 3, while VJ Siddhu and Kasthuri are still considering the offer. And T Rajendar and Radha Ravi have not been approached at all.Interestingly, Kasthuri was approached for the previous two seasons as well and she had turned down the offers for the reasons best known to her.The first season of Kamal Haasan-hosted show had the participation of 19 contestants that include four wild-card entrants, the second season had 17 contestants that include one wild-card entrant.While Aarav won the trophy in the inaugural edition, Riythvika emerged victorious in the following season.Meanwhile, Vijay Television has released a promo of Bigg Boss Tamil 2.
Three members of a family from Baliadangi Upazila’s Ujarmoni village in Thakurgaon are suspected to have been infected with the deadly Nipah Virus, reports UNB.The victims have been named as Dulali Begum, 28, wife of Nasirul Islam, her son Siam, 8 and daughter Nitu, 4.They were taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Thursday, said ABM Maniruzzaman, the resident medical officer of Baliadangi Upazila Health Complex.He said the victims had been suffering from fever for the last three days. They also reported headache and vomiting. The trio was first taken to Thakurgaon Modern Sadar Hospital and later shifted to RMCH.Nipah virus is transmitted from animals to humans and can also be transmitted through contaminated food or directly between people, according to World Health Organisation. There is no vaccine for the virus, which is spread through body fluids and can cause inflammation of the brain.Dulali’s husband Nasirul Islam said his wife and children fell sick after eating jujube on Wednesday night.Thakurgaon civil surgeon Abu Mohammad Khairul Kabir said their blood samples had been collected for testing. A medical team from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research is scheduled to visit RMCH.In February, five members of a family died mysteriously in Baliadanga upazila. It is unclear what caused their deaths.In 2001, Nipah virus was identified as the causative agent in an outbreak of human disease occurring in Bangladesh.Genetic sequencing confirmed this virus as Nipah virus, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
Speaking at a press conference right after Republican leaders abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, president Trump said that he would be ‘open’ to tackling health care again if ‘Obamacare’ law implodes. The Republicans withdrew their health care bill after realizing that they were short of votes, and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. “We came really close today, but we came up short”, Ryan said at a separate press conference.Just a day earlier, Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues. Share
Ivan Pierre Aguirre via APIn this Nov. 15, 2018 photo provided by Ivan Pierre Aguirre, migrant teens held inside the Tornillo detention camp look at protesters waving at them outside the fences surrounding the facility in Tornillo, Texas.Lawmakers are raising concerns about the safety of migrant children held at a detention camp in West Texas.An Associated Press investigation published this week revealed the Trump administration waived rigorous FBI fingerprint background checks for roughly 2,100 staff members working at the Tornillo tent city.That temporary shelter falls within the district of Democratic State Representative Mary Gonzalez. She says she’s been worried about the lack of transparency at this detention site since it was first established in June.“So we heard when it was initially established it was only for 300 kids, for 30 days. Now we’re at over 2,000 kids indefinitely. So for me, what’s really important is that when you keep changing the game, it’s really hard to maintain transparency and accountability,” Gonzalez said.Republican Congressman Will Hurd released a statement Wednesday describing the problems in Tornillo as “shameful” and added that “detaining kids in Tornillo is the most expensive and least effective policy approach that fails to address root causes of migration flows or make anyone safer.”Because the Tornillo facility is on federal land, it is not currently subject to state inspections. The shelter’s current contract lasts through the end of December.The Texas Legislature begins its new legislative session on January 8. Share
By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROWife. Mother.Teacher. Philanthropist and supporter of community causes. Loving heart of the Allen family home. Those were among the titles and accolades showered on Martha P. Allen as she celebrated her 100th birthday among family and friends at Baltimore’s Bright Ideas Studio on Sept. 22.Allen, wife of the late Milton Burke Allen, Baltimore’s first African-American state’s attorney and City Circuit Court judge, was an influential presence among Baltimore’s Black elite, offering a warm family atmosphere within the doors of their home.Martha P. Allen celebrated her 100th birthday with many well wishers on Sept. 22. (Photo by Deborah Bailey)“My advice is to be a friend to everyone. You’ll never regret it You’ll be surprised that you’ll find they will be a friend to you,” Allen said in response to the tributes from family and friends throughout the afternoon.It was the open doors of the Allen home that many people hailed during their tributes. Whether it was for the scores of supporters who would stop in during her spouse’s election campaigns, church or community work, or to take in friends of the family, Martha Allen’s home became a place where dreams were launched into reality and a community could gather to plan a hope and a future.“This is a great occasion for both of us. I didn’t mind her being a mother to all the people who came through the house,” said David B. Allen, the centenarian’s oldest son.“It was coming at us a mile a minute. The political office and her working for the United Negro College Fund. I did appreciate that I was in a special place with special people,” added middle son, Peter Allen.Youngest son, Milton said he always sensed he was growing up in a special home that was extended to a community that embraced him.“Mom and Dad were just loving and opened the doors to so many in the Baltimore community. I have a lot of brothers,” he said.Allen taught in the Baltimore City Public School System at the elementary level from 1938-1963 and served as chairperson of the United Negro College Fund for five consecutive years in the mid 1970s with successive increases in fundraising for UNCF college students each year.Allen is a lifetime member of the NAACP and of Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church. She is also a member of Frederick Douglas High School Alumni, class of 1936, and the Coppin State University Alumni Chapter, class of 1938.In recognition of the contributions Mrs. Allen has made to the city of Baltimore, proclamations from Congressman Elijah Cummings, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and 8th District Councilman Kristerfer Burnett were read.Allen’s niece, Joan Patterson-Taylor, closed the festivities by asking those gathered to show a sign of recognition to the 100 years of love and service Martha Allen brought to the lives of all gathered.“She’s been there for every single one of us,” said her great-nephew Adam Mayden, one of scores of millennials gathered to celebrate. He added, “She gives us an example of how we should want to live.
The future of the Australian Catholic Church should be more inclusive and welcoming to the LGBT community, according to a working document produced by an Australian archdiocese. Church should be more inclusive: draft report Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The draft document, which was released by the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, makes suggestions on ‘the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.’Among LGBTI inclusivity it also calls for women deacons, women chaplains and married priests, as reported on conservative website LifeSiteNews.‘God’s love is inclusive,’ it says. ‘The church has spent too much time excluding rather than including, eg, women, LGBT people, the divorced, people of other religions.’The document is a draft list of suggestions which could be brought before with the countrywide Plenary Council due to take place in 2020.The council is being described as the “highest form of gathering of local church and has legislative and governance authority,’ to discuss the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. The last time Australia held a Plenary Council was 81 years ago.The Church under Pope FrancisWhile it remains a divisive topic, the Catholic Church’s attitude towards homosexuality and the LGBTI rights has mellowed in recent years.This has been particularly true since under the leadership of Pope Francis. While the pope has remained opposed to issues such as same-sex marriages, he has often made comments which have caused many to consider him as progressive with regards to LGBTI rights.In 2013 the pope shocked members of the Catholic Church and of LGBTI communities by saying ‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?Earlier this year, the pope told a gay man that ‘God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The Pope loves you like this.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Catholic Archdiocese stops priest from burning Pride flag in ChicagoRead Pope Francis’ letter on sexual abuse: ‘We abandoned the little ones’Pope recognises LGBT for first time, but is it repentance?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/be-more-lgbti-inclusive-catholic-archdiocese/ GAYSTARNEWS-
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email A Staffordshire Moorlands bridge will be shut for two weeks from tomorrow while repairs are carried out. The bridge over the River Churnet on Basfordbridge Lane in Cheddleton will be shut to both vehicles and pedestrians while the work takes place. Motorists hitting the roads of the district on Monday morning can expect an array of roadworks waiting for them. The following roadworks are scheduled to take place in the Staffordshire Moorlands from Monday March 4 until Sunday March 10. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication, or roadworks listed as unlikely to cause delays. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. All information from local authorities and utility companies. Read More”We don’t want Cheddletown” – villagers march against homes plan A – D Alton: Two way signals on Gallows Green near Battlesteads on March 4 Biddulph: Two way traffic signals on Grange Road near number 10 from March 1 until March 5 Blythe Bridge: Caverswall Road closed until March 20 Bradnop: Roadworks on A523 Ashbourne Road near School Lane on March 4, and again March 7 until March 11. Brown Edge: Multi-way signals on Leek Road near junction with Hough Hill from March 2 until March 4 Cheadle: Two way traffic signals on B5032 Ashbourne Road near Lightwood Farm from March 4 until March 22 Cheddleton: Basfordbridge Lane closed at bridge over the Churnet from March 4 until March 15 Cheddleton: Two way signals on A520 Cheadle Road near junction with Basfordbridge Lane on March 8 Cheddleton: Two way traffic signals on Station Road from March 8 until March 12 Cheddleton: Two way signals on West Drive near the junctiion with Wall Lane Terrace until March 8 Denford: Huntley Road shut near Huntley Lodge from March 4 until March 6 Read MorePolice warning after ‘fair-haired’ man disturbed in yard E – K Endon: Two way signals on Heather Hills from February 25 until March 14 Freehay: Multi-way signals on School Lane at junction with Hollington Road until April Froghall: Two way traffic signals n B5053 Froghall Road from February 25 until March 6 Horton: Two way traffic signals on Biddulph Road near Brownslow Farm from March 8 until March 15 Kingsley: Two-way signals on Blakeley Lane from March 5 until March 6 Knypersley: Two way traffic signals on Tunstall Road from March 4 until March 6 Read MorePub goers raise £3,000 for local hospices with charity shave event Leek: Leek: Multi-way traffic lights on A53 Broad Street near junction with Hartington Street from March 3 until March 6 Leek: Temporary traffic signals on A520 Cheddleton Road between Birchall and Leekbrook until April 12 Leek: Two way signals on A53 Ladderedge near Westwood Golf Club from March 5 until March 7 Read MoreTake an aerial tour of planned new multi-million pound wedding venue with eco lodge hotel and luxury spa at North Staffordshire beauty spot O – W Oakamoor: Two way signals on B5417 Cheadle Road near Oakamoor Road, Highshutt from March 6 until March 7 Rudyard: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Rudyard Road and Dunwood Lane from March 4 until March 5 Wetley Rocks: Two-way signals on A520 Cheadle Road near Rockend Drive on March 6 Want the latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands?For the very latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands, visit our dedicated homepage at Leek-news.co.uk, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LeekNews. If you’re interested in news from a particular town, we have dedicated channels for Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph – as well as a number of smaller villages including Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks, Endon, Rudyard, Brown Edge, Bagnall, Cellarhead, Werrington, Knypersley, Alton, Tean, Stockton Brook, Blythe Bridge and Caverswall. For the latest news from Alton Towers, you can visit the theme park’s dedicated channel – as well as our Staffordshire Moorlands District Council page for the latest local authority news and planning applications. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
The National Emergency Commission, or CNE, declared a Green (informative) Alert for all of Costa Rica over the weekend due to heavy rains. As of Monday morning, the alert was still in place.During the weekend, at least 27 incidents were reported around Costa Rica. Various landslides took place in Alajuela, Grecia, Naranjo, Pérez Zeledón, and San José, while flooding was reported in areas including Los Chiles, Naranjo, Poás, San Carlos, San Ramón, Coto Brus, Buenos Aires, Pococí, La Unión de Tres Ríos, Parrita, Quepos, Turrubares and Desamparados, according to statements from the CNE.Commission President Alexander Solís activated several Municipal Emergency Committees throughout the country to deal with the impact of the rains. Two emergency shelters received eight people in Desamparados and nine in Naranjo.Costa Rica’s rainy season typically lasts from May to November. This year, an unusually dry early May in the Central Valley gave way to heavy downpours over the past week. Courtesy of CNE Facebook Comments Related posts:Low rainfall in Central Valley, northern regions; La Niña still a no-show Costa Rica nearing record rainfall for May Caribbean, Northern zone residents get a break from the rain, but that could change on Wednesday Water rationing in Central Valley to continue for two more weeks
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Sponsored Stories Jarso had told the court that he joined al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaida, in 2009 when he went to Somalia. In 2011, Jarso fought with the militants against the African Union peacekeeping forces deployed there to bolster the weak United Nations-backed government. He said he was sent to Ethiopia to serve as al-Qaida’s contact person in the country.Two of his alleged Ethiopian accomplices were sentenced to 12 and 13 years. Prosecutors said the cell was making plans and getting supplies to attack political and economic targets in Ethiopia.An Ethiopian man, who was charged with recruiting members to the cell and preaching extremism in mosques, was sentenced to 3 years and 3 months in prison. After the sentencing, his lawyer Temam Ababulga told the Associated Press that they would appeal the court’s decision at the country’s federal Supreme Court.“My client is innocent. One … (who) allegedly recruited him was set free by the court and the other person could not be found. We are taking our appeal to the higher court,” Temam said.Six of the cell members were sentenced in absentia to between 14 and 20 years in prison.The sentences come amid signs of increasing militancy in the East African nation. Ethiopian troops moved into Somalia in early 2012 to fight al-Shabab. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Ethiopia’s intelligence agency said early January that security forces arrested 15 people alleged to be members of a terror cell linked to al-Shabab.Ethiopia’s military campaign against the extremist rebels in Somalia from 2006 to 2009 and its current campaign in Somalia have angered al-Shabab.Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry in May issued a statement accusing an unnamed group of trying to declare jihad against the government and working to incite violence in a number of mosques across the country. The statement said a dozen suspects were recruited by the group from the country’s Oromia, Tigray and Amhara regions to carry out illegal activities.The government also expelled two Arabs who flew in from the Middle East on May 4. The government said the pair went to a mosque and tried to incite violence.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Associated PressADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – Ten men were sentenced Tuesday to jail terms of between three to 20 years for plotting terror attacks with Islamist extremist rebels from neighboring Somalia.Among those sentenced is a Kenyan national, Hassan Jarso, who pleaded guilty when first charged in May. He was sentenced with nine Ethiopians.Federal court Judge Bahiru Darecha sentenced Jarso to 17 years in prison. Eleven men were originally charged with the terror-related crimes but one was acquitted. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
Game changer for privacy or a sign privacy is gone?In case you missed the news, Starwood and Marriot suffered, well, a massive data breach. If you want to read the whole long story of what and how and why, GO HERE.The short of itFor 4 years hackers have had access to 500 million hotel records. 327 million of them have a lot of data . Put that in context of 7 billion people in the world. Assume 20% of people have 80% of the cash. They are the ones likely to stay at the Marriot. 327,000,000 as a function of 7,000,000,000 is approximately 4%. 327,000,000 as a function of that top 20% of the population.More like 24%.Who did it?The main suggestions being Chinese Hackers sponsored by the government or the same Russian crews who engineered in Trump and Brexit. But people tend not to own up to this stuffWhy target a hotel chain?Lets consider the data as the answer. If you know I am Barry, you cant do much with that. If you know I am Barry Smith from Salisbury, that’s a bit better, especially if you want to rob my place when I am away.But if you have my name, address, drivers license, bank card details, a copy of my passport, you can steal my identity.The only time that information is digitised and in one secure place?When you check into a hotel. 327 million is a lot of peopleWhose going to use itMost likely to be sold on the dark web, to steal all of our identities and we come home to find out that someone somewhere is now us.What should you doRealistically? Stop worrying about privacy. It’s probably over.www.stuba.com learn more about stuba.com here Source = STUBA.com
Odisha Tourism recently organised an ‘Odisha Tourism Conclave’ in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Hotel & Restaurant Association of Orissa (HRAO), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Utkal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (UCCI) and Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) at Hotel Swosti Premium, Bhubaneswar.While addressing the gathering, Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, said, “Our state has created a significant improvement pertaining to law and order and general infrastructure. Odisha is a true source of Incredible India due to the diverse range of flora and fauna, culture, tradition, tribal diversity and many more.”The CM pointed out that in recent years, the tourist arrivals to the state have shown a prominent rise. With the declaration of Bhubaneswar Airport as an international airport, the state tourism board is assertive to receive a significant number of international tourists.The tourism department of Odisha has signed an MoU with Air Asia that offers daily flights from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur. It will open the Southeast Asia window for Odisha resulting in larger tourist footfalls.Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister for Tourism & Culture, Government of Odisha, said, “Odisha’s 2016 Tourism Policy has been a progressive policy that has precise plans to encourage tourism and infrastructure in Odisha. Air Asia flying to Kuala Lumpur from Bhubaneswar is a milestone that we have achieved and we aim to advance the investments in the tourism sector by developing more visibility to the tourism offerings of our state. We are also very honoured to be the host state for IATO Annual Convention in September along with Odisha Travel Bazaar by FICCI.”Panda also informed that the department of tourism is trying to boost the average stay of a traveller to the state-owned hotels by organising several cultural theme based events and heritage walks.Dr Nitin B Jawale, Director Tourism and MD, Odisha Tourism Development Corporation Ltd, briefed about the existing and ongoing projects of the state’s tourism department. “We have recently entered into an MoU with the forest department to promote Eco Tourism since more than one-third area of the state is covered with forests. We have also undertaken the charge to develop infrastructure in these areas and promote it equally and aggressively through digital and print mediums. The forest areas also house 62 different tribes in these regions having diversity in language, skill and culture. We want to develop more skill based activities for the local communities working here and promote it amongst foreign and domestic tourists,” he said.The tourism department had also been working on its major project for Shamuka Beach. It is approximately 1000 acres project for which the department is working on the relevant clearances from multiple departments. It will comprise of Golf Course, villas, museums, followed by much more which will also turn to be the largest and most lucrative tourism areas in the entire country.Under department of tourism’s land banking exercise, they have identified 3,700 acres of land primarily near the untapped tourist spots. These banking displays are specifically for investors in order to establish tourist friendly projects on these areas. This project is on for five years through which different locations in Odisha can build tourism.The conclave had 45 speakers from the public and private sector taking sessions on Branding Odisha from Smart City to Smart State through digital marketing, TV, social and print media mediums; the Need to Build tourism infrastructure and connect Odisha globally; tourism to be the driving force of future economy of Odisha; promoting niche tourism- eco and wildlife tourism, Buddhist tourism, tribal tourism, textile and handicraft tourism and adventure tourism; Skill development in hospitality-safety and security for growth of tourism and advantage destination: Odisha- Investments, Policies and Opportunities.