Ontarios Doug Ford approval rating still sinking Quebec Premier most popular leader

first_img“Because of extremely small sample sizes, approval ratings cannot be provided for Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and both the Yukon and Northwest Territories,” the firm said.The survey was conducted among 5,273 randomly selected Canadian adults who are members of MARU/Blue’s online panel between Sept. 5 – 11, 2019. The poll is accurate to within plus or minus 1.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s approval rating continues to slide while Quebec Premier Francois Legault remains the most popular provincial leader among those surveyed, a new poll released Thursday said.The DARTMaru BluePoll is conducted every quarter to gauge Canadians’ approval or disapproval of their provincial leaders.The polling firm said about 5,273 randomly selected Canadian adults were asked if they approve or disapprove of the performance of their premier.Quebec Premier Francois Legault: unchanged at 59 per centSaskatchewan Premier Scott Moe: 58 per cent, down 2 per centAlberta Premier Jason Kenney: unchanged at 55 per centBritish Columbia Premier John Horgan: 47 per cent, up 3 per centNew Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs: 43 per cent, down 2 per centManitoba Premier Brian Pallister: 40 per cent, up 3 per centNewfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball: 40 per cent, up 9 per centOntario Premier Doug Ford: 26 per cent, down 3 per centNova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil: 19 per cent, up 5 per centlast_img read more

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City to hold public hearing on proposed CoOp gas station

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has scheduled a public hearing for the proposed Co-Op Gas Station development.The hearing, originally scheduled for November 26, is now set to take place on December 10.  It will allow members of the public to voice their concerns or support for the proposed gas station.On July 11, 2018, the City hosted a public engagement event to gather feedback fromneighbouring residents regarding the proposed development. The proposal details for the project can be viewed HERE. “Originally the site was zoned correctly, but for some reason, it got rezoned, and now I have to make an application again for it to have the gas and propane.”Currently, Co-Op is waiting for the third reading, a public hearing, followed by Council’s final decision on the project.“As far as the City planner stuff, they are in favour of that location,” said Lussier.The public hearing for the proposed Co-Op gas station is scheduled for December 10 at the Fort St. John City Hall Council Chambers.center_img The City says the information gathered during the event and the online survey was reviewed and used to inform the regulations and landscaping requirements being proposed within the Zoning Amendment Bylaw.In addition to the surveys and comments received at the public engagement event, a resident submitted a petition against the proposed development with 23 signatures from residents of neighbouring Mackenzie Place at the engagement event on July 11.Fort St. John Co-Op General Manager, Brad Lussier, says the proposed gas station will provide multiple services.“There will be a 2,800 square-foot convenience store, which will have seven-days-a-week propane service, and, of course, a car wash. We’ve looked at the area, and it’s very high density for residential, so that’s why we identified that property as a place to put up a store.”The proposed site location is at the corner of 114A Avenue and 100 Street.Lussier says he has to resubmit an application due to the rezoning of the proposed site.last_img read more

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US Alexandria Celebrates Morocco Day Explores Zagora Tourism Assets

Rabat – The city of Alexandria, Virginia, held its official “Morocco Day” at the Market Square on Saturday, June 9.“This is monumental because Alexandria, one of America’s oldest cities, is home to 10,000 Moroccans; it is a great place for entrepreneurship and tourism,” said Justin Wilson, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia. Several delegations from the Moroccan embassy and consulate in Washington attended the event. “Morocco Day” was sponsored by the Moroccan American Network in partnership with Zagora Regional Council. The event featured various entertainments including live music, fashion shows, and handicrafts. The event highlighted Zagora, a city located in southeastern Morocco’s Draa-Tafilalet region, as a cultural, environmental, and tourist destination for American visitors.“This event organized primarily to encourage small and medium-sized Moroccan businesses that work in the field of Tourism to connect with their American counterparts….”, Mohammed Hajjam, CEO of AVA Actions, a partner of the Moroccan American Network, said.Read also: Moroccan American Network Considers Moroccan Cities for 2020 Morocco DayThe event paid tribute to Moroccan renowned singer Nouaman Lahlou whose famous song “Zagora El Ghazala” fits the theme of the day. The Moroccan American Network plans to celebrate twelve other regions of Morocco in the upcoming years. “We have a road map for twelve regions and we have a great team to do this in the next few years”, Mohammed Hajjam told Morocco World News earlier this year. The very first official “Morocco Day” was organized on March 29, 2019, at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. read more

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UN completes safety check of proposed crossing point in Cyprus

26 March 2008The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today completed a sweep for unexploded ordnance in the area of the Ledra Street crossing point in Nicosia, which the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities last week agreed to open as soon as technically possible. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today completed a sweep for unexploded ordnance in the area of the Ledra Street crossing point in Nicosia, which the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities last week agreed to open as soon as technically possible. A six-person mine action team carried out the search – which is necessary to secure buildings before the opening of the crossing point – with support from the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and funding from the European Union. No dangerous items were found.The agreement on opening the crossing point was welcomed earlier this week by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a “positive step forward,” following a meeting between Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat last Friday.At that same meeting, which was hosted by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Michael Møller, the two leaders agreed to start full-fledged negotiations within three months on resolving the long-running dispute on the Mediterranean island.According to UNFICYP, the advisers to the leaders have agreed, in accordance with the agreement reached last week, to establish, as soon as possible, several specific working groups and technical committees.Both advisers agreed to establish further working groups and technical committees, as required, to ensure that their respective leaders may be able to negotiate as effectively as possible on the full spectrum of issues to be discussed in Cyprus. The advisers have agreed to meet again on Friday under UN auspices.The UN’s political chief, B. Lynn Pascoe, is scheduled to go to Cyprus later this month to help the UN determine how it can be as helpful as possible to the success of the process. Established in March 1964 following the outbreak of inter-community violence in Cyprus, UNFICYP is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order. read more

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Italian police seize painkillers being sent to ISIS via Sri Lanka

The tablets were found hidden in three containers in the port of Genoa. They were labelled as blankets and shampoo on a vessel destined for Misrata and Tobruk, Libya.“ISIS is making a fortune from this traffic, giving it to its fighters to make them feel no pain,” an Italian investigator told the Times of London. It’s thought the tablets are frequently sold to ISIS fighters for about $2 each, meaning the haul was worth in the region of $75 million to whoever was planning to push them. The pills are understood to be tramadol, the painkiller which some use as a cheap alternative to cocaine. Italian investigators have traced the tramadol shipment to an Indian pharmaceuticals company called Royal International, which has not commented.It allegedly sold the pills for $250,000 to a Dubai-based importer. They then went from India to Sri Lanka where they disappeared from the ship’s documents.“The containers were then shipped to Genoa, ready to be delivered to two companies in Libya, which the US Drug Enforcement Administration has informed us are linked to ISIS,” the investigator said. Terror groups routinely encourage the use of a wide variety of drugs by their foot soldiers. Those who attacked the Bataclan music club in Paris in 2013, slaughtering 89 people, were said to be high on the amphetamine Captagon. It suppresses hunger, fear and fatigue. (Colombo Gazette) Italian police have seized painkillers being sent to ISIS in Libya via Sri Lanka, reports said today.The Times of London reported that Police in Italy seized an estimated 37 million painkillers which they suspect were being shipped to Libya to be sold to ISIS fighters who take them during battle. read more

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Interim order issued against new Directors of Litro Gas

An interim order has been issued against the new Directors of Litro Gas appointed by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.The Commercial High Court of Colombo issued the interim order preventing the new Directors of Litro Gas from carrying out their duties. The order was issued in response to a petition filed by former Directors of Litro Gas.The case is to be heard again on May 28.

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Security Council condemns human rights violations in Côte dIvoire

Following a briefing by the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, on a Commission of Inquiry report, the Council President for May, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, told journalists: “The members of the Security Council firmly condemn the violations of human rights.”They note that putting an end to impunity is important for resolving the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire and urge that those responsible for violations of human rights, in particular those committed on March 25 to 26 in Abidjan, be held accountable.”Council members also urged the immediate establishment of the National Human Rights Commission called for in the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement that ended fierce fighting between the Government and the opposition Forces Nouvelles. Under that agreement the two parties also pledged to set up a government of national unity.They welcomed the intention of Mr. Ramcharan’s Office to establish another Commission of Inquiry to look into violations going back to September 2002, announced today in Geneva, and urged full support for the new Commission’s investigation.”The members of the Security Council expressed their determination to consider rapidly the concrete steps that could be taken to ensure that those who are responsible for all the violations of human rights perpetrated in Côte d’Ivoire since September 2002 are held accountable for their actions,” the Pakistani Ambassador said.The conflict in Côte d’Ivoire began in September 2002 when some former army officers tried to take over the government.In March of this year the opposition defied President Laurent Gbagbo’s ban on protest marches. Dozens of people died during sporadic shooting in the main commercial centre, Abidjan, according to what was then the UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (MINUCI). One person was also killed in a protest in the capital, Yamoussoukro.A January 2003 report from a team led by Mr. Ramcharan contained allegations about mass graves, cases of detentions and disappearances and refers to torture and sexual violence, including gang rape, about all of which the Government and the opposition have traded charges.Between 1,000 and 2,000 people were killed in the civil war, many by summary execution, and many politicians and businessmen were murdered in killings, which, according to testimony, were “organized by death squads and private militias,” the report of 2003 said. Video of Council President with the press [5mins] read more

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Sony Pictures says report that it will soon name North Korea as

by Brandon Bailey & Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2014 1:17 pm MDT Sony Pictures says report that it will soon name North Korea as source of hack is “inaccurate” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sony Pictures says the investigation into the cyberattack that crippled its computer systems is continuing and denies a report that it is poised to name North Korea as the culprit.Earlier Wednesday, Re/code reported that Sony Pictures planned to officially name North Korea as the source of the hack in an announcement that could come as early as today. It cited two sources close to the investigation.“The investigation continues into this very sophisticated cyberattack. The re/code story is not accurate,” a Sony Pictures Entertainment representative told The Associated Press in a text message.Speculation about a North Korean link to the Sony hacking has centred on that country’s angry denunciation of upcoming Sony comedy “The Interview,” in which Seth Rogan and James Franco star as television journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.___Bailey reported from San Francisco. Bahr reported from Los Angeles. read more

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Protect indigenous peoples land rights and the whole world will benefit UN

In her opening remarks to the Forum in New York, the chairperson, Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, a medical doctor from Timbuktu, Mali, called the land husbandry of Aboriginal peoples “part of our history and heritage.”But few countries have acted to defend these peoples’ collective rights, she added.“Law enforcement is inadequate or non-existent, and other elements of Legislation goes against these rights,” she said. Measures necessary to give meaning to land rights, such as tenure delimitation and allocating title deeds, are often not implemented.Moreover, she continued, those who defend indigenous rights continue to be targeted when they raise their voices – particularly when States or private actors seek their resources for aggressive development such as logging.“As long as our rights over our lands, territories and resources are not recognized,” she added, indigenous people risk falling far short of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.“In the same way,” she said, “the world risks losing the fight against climate change and the destruction of the environment.” UN Photo/Evan SchneiderParticipants of the seventeenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.UN for all peoplesGeneral Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák reminded everyone “The United Nations is here for people. And that includes indigenous people.”“But we cannot yet say that this Organization has opened its doors wide enough,” he said. “And so, we need to be more ambitious.”Mr. Lajčák, of Slovakia painted a grim picture of the situation facing indigenous people today, pointing out that while they make up only five per cent of the world’s population, they comprise 15 per cent of the world’s poorest people.“That is shocking,” he said, adding that their human rights are being violated, they are being excluded and marginalized and face violence for asserting their basic rights.Focusing on the theme of indigenous land, territories and resources, he said: “Indigenous people are being dispossessed. They are losing the lands their ancestors called home.”But with global attention to indigenous rights on the rise, Mr. Lajčák saw reasons for hope, as well. “The signs do look positive,” he said, noting that the UN teams on the ground are developing stronger partnerships, determined to make these communities stronger.“We should be hopeful. But we cannot ignore the very real, and very serious, challenges. They cast a shadow over the future of many indigenous communities. And they demand our urgent attention,” he said.When Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, spoke, he explained how for 500 years the indigenous people of America have waged a resistance campaign to defend their dignity and identity.“We are all descendants of Mother Earth, so we are all brothers and sisters,” he underscored.The annual Forum, the seventeenth, opened to a ceremonial cultural performance and a traditional welcome by Todadaho Sid Hill, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, located in New York.Established in 2000, the forum provides expert advice and recommendations on indigenous issues to the UN’s Economic and Social Council as well as to specialized agencies that work on issues like development, agriculture, environmental protection and human rights. read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State season preview

The Ohio State men’s basketball team gathers together after a foul during its exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn the eyes of many, last season’s 21-14 (11-7 Big Ten) record was a humbling moment for an Ohio State program that had underachieved for three straight seasons. Almost eight months removed from OSU’s second-round loss to Florida in the National Invitational Tournament, the 2016-17 Buckeyes serve as the final string of tolerance for a fanbase eager to return to the glory days of OSU basketball under 13th-year coach Thad Matta.OSU opens its season on Friday against Navy in the Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Maryland. Coming off of its 85-67 exhibition win versus Walsh, Matta and his team are ready to begin a new chapter in OSU basketball.“Honestly, I’m ready to go. I’m excited to play,” Matta said. “I’m excited for the event that we’re in. From my standpoint, I’m jacked up ready to go.”It’s been nearly six weeks since practice began for the team and Matta said that the play of the four newcomers has given them the opportunity to see the floor.Freshman center Micah Potter started in the exhibition game over incumbent redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, who most expected to remain in the starting role. Potter showed off his ability to stretch the defense with his outside shooting and displayed a knack for rebounding the basketball in traffic. Freshmen Derek Funderburk and Andre Wesson, and junior-college transfer sophomore C.J. Jackson all saw the court against Walsh and were a factor at times in the game.Matta is known for giving his younger players action in the exhibition game before the real games begin, and Sunday was just that. However, Matta has seen enough from the class of 2016 in practice that has earned them playing time. Just how much, that is still to be determined, but Potter is expected to start on Friday with the rest of the class coming off the bench.“The more experience we can get those guys, the better they’re going to be in terms of making the adjustment from high school basketball into college basketball,” he said. “Obviously how they’re playing dictates a lot of that but I thought most of the new guys did a pretty good job the other night.”The newcomers could play a key role in getting OSU back into the NCAA tournament after missing it last year for the first time since 2008, but Matta will ride his top six returning scorers, specifically junior forward Jae’Sean Tate and sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle.Since Tate was a surprise contributor his freshman season, he has been nothing but consistent. When OSU has needed a bucket in the past, Tate is the guy to get into the paint and either create his own shot through contact or be patient enough for the right shot. For Lyle, he was a bit more of a wild card.Lyle averaged 11.2 points and 4.2 assists per game in 2015-16, a solid mark for a true freshman. However, there was a discrepancy between several games for the Evansville, Indiana, native. He looked like a promising point guard in games like Rutgers, at Indiana and at Nebraska in overtime — triple-double, 29 points, and 19 points and seven rebounds, respectively — but then would disappear in many other games including a five-point loss at home to No. 6 Maryland where he scored just one point in 18 minutes.For 2016-17, the question for Lyle is if he can take that next step, which could put OSU into one of the top teams in the conference. Lyle has gotten slimmer and a bit stronger from last season, which bodes well for a point guard who uses his body to absorb contact when attacking the basket. He also has taken on a leadership role on the team.In the second half against Walsh, Funderburk went to the free-throw line when Lyle looked the freshman in the eyes and told him to “knock these down, and then we’re going to get a stop.”“He’s our starting point guard so he has to be the leader on the court,” Funderburk said. “If it’s not JT or Marc, it’s likely JaQuan Lyle.”For Tate, Friday’s game will be the first real game since he went down with a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season last year. As a second-year captain, Tate is anxious to get back on the court. Being a local product from Pickerington, Ohio, he said the fact OSU hasn’t won a Big Ten championship since he’s been in the program is something he takes to heart.“I feel like we’re going to Navy, we’re going in with the right mindset,” he said. “We’ve been working hard this week in practice and I think we’re hungry to start the season.”As far as the Midshipmen go, Matta knows a little bit about the team due to his familiarity with Navy coach Ed DeChellis, who was formerly at Penn State.DeChellis led a Navy squad to a record of 19-14 in 2015-16, and 9-9 in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen return two starters from the year before, including their leading scorer, junior guard Shawn Anderson. Senior guard Tim Abruzzo attempted 130 three-pointers a season ago and could be asked to do more of the same.Matta said just knowing DeChellis from his Penn State days, Navy is a tough and disciplined basketball team that likes to be physical against cutters on defense and executes well in the halfcourt.Since Walsh, the mantra from Matta to his team has been “think the game of basketball.” There were points in the exhibition where OSU had a slow pace on offense and struggled with keeping possession of the basketball. In the second half, though, it was much different.OSU controlled the pace of play and caused several turnovers in the second half on way to an 18-point victory. Tate said each time out, the goal is to play that way from the tip, not after halftime.“There was times where we didn’t cut as fast as we needed to or run the floor as fast as we needed to, focusing on the little things, and I felt like we could’ve guarded the ball better,” he said. “Going into Navy … the little things are going to be important to beat that team.”Season prediction:At the top of the Big Ten conference, Wisconsin and Michigan State are the overwhelming favorites. After that, it’s anyone’s game.Michigan, Indiana and Maryland are other conference teams who figure to consistently be at the top of the league, but OSU is a serious challenger for a top four spot in the Big Ten tournament come March.Forward Marc Loving is entering his final season as a Buckeye, still trying to live up to the hype he came to Columbus with. However, with player like Tate, Lyle, junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and sparkplug redshirt junior guard Kam Williams off the bench, there is plenty of scoring to go around for Matta’s crew.OSU has four major nonconference opponents in Providence, No. 8 Virginia, No. 18 Connecticut and No. 17 UCLA. Winning two of those, and earning victories in all of the games it should win, will go a long way toward OSU’s chances at returning to the NCAA tournament.The Big Ten has five teams in the Associated Press Top 25 Preseason Poll — four in the top 15 — so OSU has plenty of opportunities on its schedule for signature wins.Overall record: 23-8 (12-6, 4th Big Ten)NCAA tournament: Yes, second-round knockoutSurprise of the season: JaQuan Lyle contends for Big Ten Player of the Year read more

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Softball Ohio State clobbered by Northwestern in pair of mercyrule losses

Second basemen Emily Clark makes an off-foot throw to first during the Sep. 24 gameagainst Wright State. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Northwestern softball team needed just 12 innings to outscore Ohio State 24-8 and dispatch the Buckeyes in both games of the abbreviated series.What was supposed to be a three-game series ended up being just two short games due to the weather.Game OneNorthwestern rolled over the Buckeyes with a 10-2 win Friday in the weekend series opener.The Wildcats entered the fifth inning tied at two, but reclaimed the lead with a three-run frame. But with a three-run fifth inning and a five-run sixth inning, Northwestern stormed ahead and ended the game with an eight-run lead.Northwestern’s first batter in the sixth inning walked and Ohio State junior pitcher Kat Duvall struck out the next batter. But the Buckeyes walked the following four hitters, scoring two runs. Despite just one hit in the frame, the Wildcats scored five runs.Senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin led Ohio State with two hits.Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs knocked in both of the Buckeyes’ runs with a home run in the fourth inning.Game TwoOhio State got off to a hot start by scoring four runs in the first inning, but it was all downhill from there with the Wildcats running away to a 14-6 victory Sunday in another six-inning game.Goodwin launched a three-run home run in the first inning after one run scored on a throwing error. But Northwestern then scored six unanswered runs over the next three innings, kicked off by a solo home run from Lewis in the bottom of the first.Ohio State scored two more runs on an RBI single from junior shortstop Lilli Piper, but Northwestern piled on eight more unanswered runs over the next three innings before the game was called for mercy rule.Northwestern did not exactly beat up on Ohio State’s pitching staff. Rather, the Buckeyes proved to be their own worst enemy, walking 11 Wildcats and allowing just nine hits. McCombs, along with her seven walks, also hit a batter while Ray walked four and uncorked three wild pitches.Ohio State, on the other hand, managed just six hits and four walks against Northwestern freshman Kenna Wilkey in her six innings of work.Senior catcher Sammy Nettling and Lewis each tied for the team lead with three RBIs. Goodwin was matched the two Wildcats with three RBI while Piper had two.Up NextOhio State will look to get back on track when it hosts Ohio University in a double header at 5 p.m. Tuesday. read more

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Minister Cummings Prisons Director visit warden injured during riot

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings and Director of Prisons (ag), Gladwin Samules earlier today (Wednesday) visited Hubert Trim; one of the injured Prison Wardens from Sunday’s revolt at the Georgetown Camp Street Prison.According to information reaching INews, during the prison unrest, Trim was badly beaten and chopped several times about his body and thrown through a window.One of his colleagues; Odinga Wickham, had succumbed to his injuries.(Department of Public Information photo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeveral inmates shot, injured during mini riot at Lusignan PrisonOctober 15, 2018In “Crime”Camp Street unrest: Escapee Uree Varswyck ID’ed as late officer Wickham’s shooter- SamuelsAugust 1, 2017In “Crime”Timehri inmate killed while trying to escape during prison brawl- DPIAugust 4, 2017In “Crime” read more

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Apple approves app to toggle Bluetooth from the home screen

first_imgApple is famously strict with the apps it approves for use on the iDevices, but it has just approved one uncharacteristically useful utility called Bluetooth OnOff. This app adds a simple Bluetooth toggle to the home screen of an iOS device, thus saving numerous taps to get at the settings.The app is launched like any other, but will open with a quick toggle to change the Bluetooth setting. There is also a setting in the app that will automatically toggle the Bluetooth to the opposite of the current state when you launch the app. One tap, and you’re done. Apple has traditionally tried to keep system settings locked down, so this is bizarre indeed. The toggles for Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and more are a few levels deep in the settings, which can be annoying.This has been a sore spot for users over the years. When iOS 5 was released, users found a way to use specially configured browser bookmarks to change settings. However, iOS 5.1 closed that loophole. The constant need to dive into the settings has had some iPhone users looking sideways at Android with its open system of home screen widgets.Often times when Apple approves an app that seems outside the norm for iOS, the app disappears from the store hours or days later. Bluetooth OnOff has survived for a few days so far, so perhaps this is the first sign Apple is turning over a new leaf in the app review process. If this app does survive, I’d love to see apps for all the various radio toggles. The solution might not be the most elegant, but it works.Bluetooth OnOff is selling for $0.99 in the App Store, and you might want to grab it soon if you’re remotely interested — just in case.Bluetooth OnOff, via iMorelast_img read more

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Geekout 27 Talking Windows 81 Pokemon X and Y and super smart

first_imgAs long aren’t too busy trying to install Windows 8.1, join us for our weekly Geekout.Microsoft fans — many of whom have been saying for months that Windows 8 would be better if just a few things were different — can now rejoice in the changes that are being rolled out in Windows 8.1. This update is available from the Microsoft Store if you are running Windows 8 already, and will be available on new laptops and tablets later this week. If you haven’t seen any of us talk about why it seems like a way better idea than Windows 8, now is the time!Nintendo has demonstrated this week that the world is still really happy with virtually throwing empty balls at random creatures in the wild in order to raise an army of soldiers to defeat everyone. Pokemon X and Y hit the shelves recently to an explosive 4 million sales in the first two days, and the game has kept the attention of new and old fans of the franchise ever since. Our Pokemon expert James (no, not that James) has been keeping the site filled with all kinds of tips and tricks to get more out of the game.The only thing cooler than using your phone as the remote control for a physical object is letting your phone do the driving while you focus on shooting the other racers off the track. First demonstrated at WWDC earlier this year, the Anki racecars will finally be available to purchase soon. These cars are controlled by your phone, which has an AI designed to either win at all costs or pick the best way around the other racers. It’s an impressive leap from rolling a robot ball around or controlling a quadcopter in terms of software, and well worth checking out if you’ve got the $200 to spare.Out app of the week is the new launcher replacement, Aviate beta. Instead of a typical launcher replacement, where you start from scratch in order to get a handful of new features and a hope that nothing important breaks in the process, Avite takes over your whole homescreen experience and replaces it with smart suggestions and a simple UI for accessing everything on your phone. We’ve only been using it for a day so far, but look for our extended coverage on this new app soon.If you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on our Geekout, or questions for us during a live broadcast, leave us a message here or on the Google+ page.last_img read more

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Tusla knew McCabe sex claims were false but kept them on file

first_img By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tusla knew McCabe sex claims were false but kept them on file for two years, HSE claims The HSE said it was one of its staff members not Túsla which made the error relating to the McCabe allegation. https://jrnl.ie/3234572 Feb 11th 2017, 1:21 PM Maurice McCabe Source: Niall CarsonTHE HSE HAS this afternoon issued an apology to Sergeant Maurice McCabe for the”distress caused” over the mishandling of a sexual abuse allegation wrongly made against him.In what has become an increasingly complex case, the HSE said that it undertook an immediate review of internal procedures once they realised an administrative error had been made.The HSE said in July 2013, there was an allegation of retrospective abuse made against McCabe and that, in line with process, the HSE’s National Counselling Service referred this allegation to Tusla.A spokesperson said: “The HSE wishes to confirm that there was an administrative error made by a staff member of the HSE’s National Counselling Service (NCS) in the referral made at that time.  This administrative error was brought to the attention of the National Counselling Service in May 2014.”Despite the HSE today claiming they contacted Tusla and gardaí in 2014, the inaccurate sexual abuse claim remained on Tusla’s file until at least January 2016 when a member of its staff contacted McCabe with a view to interviewing him to ascertain ‘whether or not he was a threat to children’.The HSE said the National Counselling Service responded immediately in May 2014 by bringing this error and a corrected report to the attention of Tusla and an Garda Síochána. It stressed that the National Counselling Service would have had no further involvement in this matter “once the corrected report was provided to Túsla and gardaí”.Additional supervisory procedures were put in place in relation to the staff member who made the “administrative error”.The spokesperson added: “The HSE apologises unreservedly to Mr McCabe and his family for the distress caused on foot of this error. The HSE is making arrangements to offer this apology formally to Mr McCabe as soon as possible.”Labour leader Brendan Howlin, who used Dáil privilege to highlight the McCabe case earlier this week, said a criminal investigation is now needed to address the scandal.However, Health Minister Simon Harris said on the Saturday with Claire Byrne show on RTE Radio One that a commission of investigation has already been set up and that it should be allowed to do its job.With reporting by Cianan BrennanRead: As it happened: Political turmoil over the Maurice McCabe whistleblowing smears > Short URL Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 1:21 PM 188 Comments Share57 Tweet Email4 33,215 Views last_img read more

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Lego Has New Jurassic World Sets to Go With an Animated Miniseries

first_img Late last year, Lego treated us a new Jurassic World tale when The Secret Exhibit aired on NBC. Now, as the company gears up for the 2019 installment of the New York Toy Fair, they’re back with more.So what does Lego have in store? For starters there’s more animated fun on the way. Owen, Claire, and their dinosaur castmates will be back with a 13-part miniseries called Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar. It’s due out later this year.As far as what “later this year” means, all we can tell you for now is that it’s sometime in the fall. That’s also when you’ll see a handful of new Lego Jurassic World sets arriving on store shelves. There are four on the way, and here they are.Dilophosaurus on the Loose! (168 pieces, $19.99)Watch out, kid! There’s been a lot of debate about what dilophosaurus ate over the years, but there’s no reason to test whether it likes to snack on small humans. This set comes with three minifigs: Owen, Hudson Harper, and a park worker. Owen’s quadcopter features a working net launcher that you can use to snare the escapee.Baryonyx Face-off: The Treasure Hunt (434 pieces, $59.99)No need to panic, friend! Owen, Claire and Red the dog will take care of that scary-looking baryonyx that’s on your tail. While the others are busy, Sinjin Prescott will hack through the underbrush with his machete as he follows a map to untold riches.Triceratops Escape (447 pieces, $59.99)Go for a ride on the egg spinner, but be on the lookout… there’s a triceratops on the loose! With any luck, it’s a fan of giant carrots and will follow Owen back to a nice, safe paddock and leave Allison Miles and that poor park visitor alone.T. Rex vs Dino Mech Battle (716 pieces, $89.99)If your minifigs are going to go toe-to-toe with a beast like tyrannosaurus rex they’re going to need the right hardware. And it just doesn’t get any righter than a big ol’ mech suit (as long as Dennis Nedry didn’t have anything to do with the coding).This is the biggest set in the bunch, and it’s packed with play elements. It’s got stud shooters, a treasure chest full of gold and gems, bats, baby velociraptors, and a tranq gun for good measure.Toy Fair kicks off this weekend, and we’ll have more Lego news for you. Stay tuned!More on Geek.com:11 Best Movie-Based Lego SetsLego Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Star Wars’ With Anniversary SetsLego Sets Might Be Better Investments Than Gold Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Stay on targetlast_img read more

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James Denver Herren Assumes Post as Charge dAffaires at US Embassy Nassau

James Denver Herren Assumes Post as Charge dAffaires at US Embassy Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 10, 2017 – Nassau– James Denver Herren, fresh out of an assignment as the Director of Contracts Management in Baghdad Iraq joins the U.S. Embassy Team in Nassau as the Management Counselor and assumed his duties as Chargé d’Affaires on November 9, 2017.Mr. Herren previously served as the Deputy Director of the Joint Administrative Service Platform in Brussels.   His other assignments include tours in Haiti, Muscat, Ulaanbaatar, Lusaka, and Wellington.Mr. Herren holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in American Studies from Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.   While currently a resident of Eureka Springs, Arkansas (located near Fayetteville), he grew up in Ochelata, a small town in the northeastern part of Oklahoma.   Before joining the service, he worked a variety of jobs, including as a welder, a bar manager and a foreman on an Alaskan floating fish processor.   While working on his masters, he taught entry level university classes on political science, became a police officer, and ran a congressional campaign.Mr. Herren is married and has two daughters.  He enjoys golf, hiking and watching American football.Press Release: US Embassy Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Guardiola doesnt know if Brahim Diaz will stay at City

Guardiola doesnt know if Brahim Diaz will stay at City

first_imgThe Spain U21 international is running out of contract with the Citizens and might move back to La Liga soonSpanish midfielder Brahim Diaz is not very happy at Manchester City in the English Premier League.He’s not a first-team regular and the Spain U21 international is running out of contract, with his contract expiring in the summer.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I don’t have any new information on that,” said manager Pep Guardiola according to Sky Sports.“I know they are in conversation but I don’t have any new information about the situation. Today he trained with us.”“I was clear last week when I spoke about it. We do everything to keep them (the young players) but they decide,” he concluded on the topic.last_img read more

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Suspected burglar arrested after allegedly stealing 300K in valuables

Suspected burglar arrested after allegedly stealing 300K in valuables

first_img“Our officers put together an operation in place,” Grossman said.They staked out homes like Francis Palacio’s. Someone swiped some of her most treasured items while she and her granddaughter stayed in a hotel during the tenting process.“Well, man, I tell you, I was not a happy camper, the fact that somebody has come into my house and gone through my things,” Palacio said.But detectives said they spotted him on his way out of the home.“They followed him to his apartment in Miramar, and that’s when they opened the door, and all of this turned up,” Grossman said.Police believe about 30 homes were burglarized.Palacio was able to get her Elvis 45s back and, she said, Bell even took prescription bottles filled with coins. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police arrested an accused serial burglar, Thursday, after he allegedly broke into homes tented for fumigation.According to police, 38-year-old Derek Levon Bell was arrested, Sunday.Bell has prior arrests for similar crimes, police said, and has two active warrants out of Broward County.Detectives believe Bell got away with about $300,000 worth of valuables from homes in Hollywood, Miramar and Fort Lauderdale. Police were able to fill a room with all the valuables they found, including Barbie dolls, jewelry, electronics, paintings and DVDs.“I mean you walk in here, and it looks like a pawn shop. It is mind-blowing,” said Miranda Grossman, of Hollywood Police.Twenty-three people have since come forward to police about stolen property.Police said they noticed a pattern of burglaries since May at homes tented for termites. On Thursday, however, Bell didn’t have any luck when he faced a judge.“Is it possible that some of these charges could be reduced, as far as bond amount goes?” Bell asked. “I know it’s a long shot. I’m just asking.”Palacio said she was happy to know the alleged burglar was in jail.“It’s upsetting that somebody came into my house. However, it gives me a good feeling, though, that hey, you came into my house, and you’re paying for it now because they caught you,” Palacio said.“Thank goodness they’re in jail now because I stand up for my family,” Palacio’s granddaughter Ashey Mark said.Palacio said she is still missing a family heirloom, a cowbell that has been in her family for generations. She is hoping Hollywood Police find it amongst the trove of stolen belongings.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Crews respond to possible arson attack at Hallandale Beach home

Crews respond to possible arson attack at Hallandale Beach home

first_imgHALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire crews responded to a possible arson attack at a home in Hallandale Beach, Thursday.Fire broke out at the house located near Southwest Eighth Avenue and 10th Street.Firefighters had a hard time getting inside due to a steel security gate on the front door.Firefighters said the fire is suspicious because no one was inside at the time it ignited.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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