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Missing Ontario woman killed for role in love triangle court hears

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto woman who vanished five years ago was murdered — and her remains burned — for being the odd woman out in a love triangle, court heard Monday.Crown attorney Jill Cameron laid out the prosecution’s first-degree murder case against Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., in the death of 23-year-old Laura Babcock, whose body has not been found.Cameron walked the jury through some of the evidence the prosecution will call, including text messages between Millard and his girlfriend.“First I’m going to hurt her, then I’ll make her leave. I will remove her from our lives,” Millard allegedly texted his girlfriend at the time, Christina Noudga.The Crown alleges Millard bought an incinerator shortly before Babcock went missing in the summer of 2012 and used it in late July to burn Babcock’s remains.“I expect you’ll hear Miss Babcock told Miss Noudga she was still sleeping with Mr. Millard — and Miss Noudga was very upset about this,” Cameron told the jury.Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial is expected to last 10 weeks.Babcock was allegedly murdered at Millard’s home on July 3 or 4, 2012, then her remains burned a few weeks later in a large incinerator, named “The Eliminator,” at his farm near Waterloo, Ont., court heard.The Crown said Millard spent thousands of dollars on a commercial incinerator — after a failed attempt to build a homemade one — that was delivered the day after Babcock’s last known communication with anyone.Cameron showed the jury a video of Smich rapping.“The b—h started off all skin and bone, now the b—h lay on some ashy stone,” Smich sings in the video. “Last time I saw her she was outside the home. If you go swimming you can find her phone.”Cameron said those words were written on Babcock’s iPad, which was being used by Smich, on July 23, 2012, the night the Crown says the pair put her body into an incinerator.The Crown also showed a photograph of Smich in front of the incinerator and there was another photo of the device’s door open and flames shooting out.Clayton Babcock, the missing woman’s father, was first to testify, saying he hadn’t heard from his daughter since speaking with her briefly on the phone on June 30, 2012.That same day, he said, Laura dropped off her dog, Lacey, and some money, saying she was going on a trip with a man.He said in the months leading up to her disappearance his daughter struggled with mental health issues and was seeing a psychiatrist. She would tell friends she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.She wasn’t thrilled with her father’s house rules, which included a midnight curfew on weeknights, and she spent time living at friends’ places in the months before her disappearance, court heard.“We still have Lacey and in a weird way, it’s helped us make it through the years,” Clayton Babcock said.“Every time I see the dog I think of her and of better times.”Millard, who is representing himself, grilled Clayton Babcock about not telling the truth about life at home, and hitting his daughter, which the father denied.The judge admonished Millard at one point for his repetitive questioning.Shawn Lerner, Babcock’s ex, was next to testify, telling court about Babcock’s final days before vanishing. He had loaned her an iPad the week before she disappeared, to help with her search for an apartment.By June, Babcock had become transient after a falling out with her family, court heard. She surfed from couch to couch with her dog before finally leaving the pet with her parents a few days before going missing.Lerner said he searched for Babcock, talking to many of her friends and her family.Her last eight phone calls were to Millard, Lerner told court, after reviewing her cell phone bill with her family. Lerner said he confronted Millard with the information a few weeks later at a coffee shop in Mississauga, Ont.Millard said Babcock was addicted to drugs and she was calling him about that, Lerner said.“He seemed to imply that she’s gone and that she got mixed up with the wrong type of people,” Lerner told court.Lerner told court he asked Millard if the two were sexually involved, which he said Millard vehemently denied.Lerner said he hasn’t heard from Babcock since a text from her on July 1, 2012. He filed a missing persons report with police two weeks after that text.last_img read more

Doctor says Canadianled heart valve surgery details will blow peoples minds

first_imgVANCOUVER – A Vancouver cardiologist has presented details of a revolutionary heart valve surgery to thousands of doctors from around the world and says the minimally invasive procedure will “blow people’s minds.”Dr. David Wood led a study involving 411 patients who underwent an operation called 3M transcatheter aortic valve replacement for treating aortic heart valve disease, at 13 centres across North America, 11 of them in Canada.“It’s going to change, we think, not just North American, but global practice,” Wood said Monday before presenting the study at the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference in Denver, where 15,000 attendees had enrolled.Instead of invasive open heart surgery, which requires general anesthetic, slicing of the sternum, or breastbone, and long hospital stays and recovery time, patients were awake for the 45-minute procedure and walking within a few hours. Eighty per of them went home the next day.“You had no breathing tube, no catheter in your bladder, you could return to work the next day, you could be driving the next day. These are things that I think the average person can’t believe are feasible in 2017,” said Wood, who practises at Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in the same city.The aortic valve is the most important of four heart valves and leads from the heart to the body, supplying blood to the head, lungs and muscles. It wears out and narrows with age.The median age of patients in the study was 84, and their symptoms include chest pain and shortness of breath.“Once you start getting symptoms, 50 per cent of people are going to be dead within a year so it’s absolutely imperative that you fix that valve,” Wood said.The new innovation builds on a technique pioneered by Wood’s colleague Dr. John Webb in 2005, which still required general anesthetic and a week-long hospital stay.“By doing less, actually the patients did better,” he said of their work done at the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation involving St. Paul’s, VGH and the University of British Columbia.“It’s truly been a revolution,” he said, adding the latest procedure means quality of life for patients and cost savings for the health-care system, aspects his team are looking into quantifying.Sister Theresa Stickley had the “miracle” surgery in 2013 at age 83 when she lived in Squamish, B.C., and became increasingly exhausted and had difficulty breathing.“The doctor told me I was very close to death and had a couple of months only to live,” Stickley said of the surgery that meant she didn’t have to have her “whole chest bone sawed through.”“I was walking right after the surgery,” she said from the Monastery of the Angels in Los Angeles, where the American-Canadian citizen moved last year.Max Morton, 79, was the first person to have the procedure as an emergency-room patient at Vancouver General Hospital. He’d already had open heart surgery a decade earlier.“Within 24 hours I thought, well, this is nice. It was such an amazing experience being awake for the whole thing,” he said from his home in Richmond, B.C., adding he went fishing five days later.“The only reason Max is alive is because we’d been doing the study and we were able to use that technique for Max. That’s why he’s such an amazing story. No one had ever done it before like that.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Fresh round of Somalia peace talks kicks off in Khartoum – UN

Francois Lonsény Fall, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, is expected to release a statement tomorrow on the progress of the dialogue between the two sides, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters today at UN Headquarters in New York.Mr. Fall has called repeatedly for dialogue in recent weeks to defuse tensions in Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since 1991. The Transitional Government was recently set up in Baidoa, while forces connected to the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts took over the capital of Mogadishu.The Khartoum talks are taking place as the UN agriculture agency warns that a food crisis is looming in Somalia, with almost 2 million people requiring immediate help and the situation likely to worsen if the violence escalates into full-scale conflict.Poor rainfall this year has meant cereal crop production has been well below average, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a press statement released at its headquarters in Rome.About 1.8 million Somalis now need urgent support, at least until the end of the year, FAO said, noting that conditions are most severe in the country’s south. Acute malnutrition rates have already surpassed 20 per cent in Gedo and Lower and Middle Juba regions.FAO said the situation is exacerbated by Somalia’s large population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) following years of civil conflict. There are an estimated 400,000 IDPs, often without access to their regular means of production. read more

Pacific Rim trade pact praised panned as proposed deal faces uphill battle

by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2015 3:08 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email President Barack Obama talks with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto as other leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries stand for a group photo in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, ahead of the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. From left, Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, President Obama, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, and Peru’s President Ollanta Humala Tasso. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Pacific Rim trade pact praised, panned as proposed deal faces uphill battle in to Congress MANILA, Philippines – The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific nations is drawing potential new members from Asia and criticism from those excluded, as it heads for a tough ride in the U.S. Congress.Leaders of the trade grouping that spans the Pacific Rim met alongside a regional economic summit on Wednesday in the Philippines and President Barack Obama urged them to ratify the deal “as quickly as possible.”The leaders issued a statement acknowledging interest among other countries in joining the pact, which currently represents about 40 per cent of global trade.“This interest affirms that through TPP we are creating a new and compelling model for trade in one of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic regions,” the statement said.Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Manila, met with Obama and sought his help in eventually joining the accord, which aims to reduce barriers to trade and also set labour and environmental standards.“If the whole idea is to broaden trade, making it exclusive actually defeats the whole purpose of why you enter into all of these agreements,” Aquino said earlier in the week.Indonesia and South Korea are among other countries that have expressed interest in joining the trade arrangement, which is envisioned as a foundation for an even bigger region-wide trading bloc.The Pan-Pacific trade deal has drawn criticism, however, from China and Russia, which are not part of it.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that world trade rules should be drafted within the framework of the World Trade Organization, not regional groupings.Chinese President Xi Jinping also alluded to the potential conflict between regional deals and global trade rules.“We need to encourage equal footing participation and extensive consultation and make free trade arrangements open and inclusive to the extent possible,” Xi said in a speech.U.S. officials have insisted the trade pact will be open to other countries, as long as they are willing to commit to its rules.“We welcome China, we welcome Russia, we welcome other countries who would like to join, as long as they want to raise the standards and live up to the highest standards of protecting people and doing business openly and transparently and accountably,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a Nov. 2 interview with the Russian TV network Mir, according to a transcript posted online by the State Department.Still, ratification of the deal by the U.S. Congress is not certain.Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, whose recently ousted predecessor Tony Abbott strongly supported the agreement, said after Wednesday’s meeting that the biggest cause for concern appears to be gaining ratification in Washington.“That’s President Obama’s challenge,” Turnbull said.Republican lawmakers who had supported the deal appear to be backing off as a U.S. presidential election looms next year. Many Democrats, including the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton, oppose the trade pact, which can only be approved or rejected by Congress with no amendments.Obama acknowledged negotiations were challenging.“This is not easy to do, the politics of any trade agreement are difficult,” he said.Apart from the U.S. and Australia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam have signed on to the accord.Chinese online commerce mogul Jack Ma had his own suggestion for how to get around the tortuous negotiations process.His Alibaba e-commerce platform has grown to annual sales worth $500 billion in China, “Almost the same size as Wal-Mart,” he said. “If we had negotiations with all the governments and provinces this would go nowhere,” Ma told the business leaders.“Because we never negotiated with them we made this thing happen,” he said.___Follow Elaine Kurtenbach: twitter.com/ekurtenbachHer work can be found at: bigstory.ap.org/content/elaine-kurtenbach read more

Column Ive discovered the joy of doing a fitness activity with others

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 3:00 PM 5 Comments Share35 Tweet Email BUT LIKE WHAT if people take one look at me and think what is she doing here?The above concern was expressed by a close friend after I invited her to a spin class that I was attending as part of a health and fitness women’s group in March.In response I reminded her that as the spinning took place in a dark neon lit studio, her teeth would need to be whitened by the same dentist whose services Ross from Friends availed of in order for her to pose any risk of drawing attention.I made light of her fear not because I myself am a confident gym bunny, an expert on the flow of Vinyasa yoga or a serial squatter, but because being new to the world of fitness, I too have felt somewhat inferior upon attending various fitness classes.Stepping outside of our comfort zonesAfter all, stepping out of our comfort zone and trying something new is undeniably daunting, particularly when it comes to physically challenging ourselves in the company of those whose physiques resemble that of Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff’s in their Baywatch prime.However it’s also, as I’ve recently discovered, highly rewarding.While I dabbled in sports throughout childhood, I would never have classed myself as a fit person. Having plucked up the courage to join the gym last year, I would self consciously cycle whilst listening to Spotify, one eye on those partaking in the evening spin class.For those who have never witnessed a spin class it is a form of indoor cycling that takes place on a stationary bike and involves cycling at various speeds against degrees of resistance, in various positions.The thought of participating in fitness classes which I imagined were filled with such people was therefore highly intimidating.It wasn’t something I ever believed I would do Source: Shutterstock/wavebreakmediaThat was until I got involved with the LGBT fitness for girls meetup in March.Despite my reservations regarding not only spin but fitness classes in general, I had always enjoyed cycling as a kid and wanted to host a meetup that would interest our members.The main mental block that I had in relation to a spin class was the forty-five minute duration that participants were required to cycle for.What if I gassed out after ten minutes of cycling? What if I couldn’t keep up the same pace as everyone else? What if I fell over the handlebars? I was getting slightly hysterical at this point.I was afraid of being embarrassed, of feeling stupidDoesn’t that sum up what many of us fear when trying something new?The morning of the spin class I was undoubtedly nervous, but I somehow kept the what ifs to a minimum and before I knew it I was being advised on how to adjust the bike by the friendly and energetic instructor (there was a brief moment of panic where I truly believed I had broken the saddle but thankfully it was a false alarm.)Then we were off, beginning with a relatively gentle pace, before being advised to increase the resistance slightly and pick up our rhythm in time with Pink! who was adamant in her demand for money and not drinks.Halfway through the class however it became apparent that I was unable to maintain the standing pedal position, or “climb”, for the duration that the instructor encouraged over her headset.Yet the world didn’t end and to my surprise and relief, I wasn’t the only oneWhile there was no question that I got my six euro money’s worth, the time passed much quicker than I had anticipated, due not only to the chart topping tunes that accompanied our ride, but the fact that I was cycling in a group. What I discovered that morning was that there was something highly motivating about engaging in a fitness activity with others.A shared sympathetic look, the swishing of legs as we pedalled in unison, the congratulatory applause as the class came to an end; it all led to the creation of a feel good non judgemental atmosphere that I doubt could be replicated through exercise in isolation.Following the workout my mood had noticeably improved and despite the early hour, I felt more energised than I thought possible for a dreary Sunday morning.I’m hookedHaving begun training in mixed martial arts, and having felt the beneficial effects that results from striking a bag or pads, both in terms of stress release and body shape, I can honestly say that I’m hooked.For anyone who is hesitant about getting involved in a fitness group like ours, or even attending such fitness classes themselves, I would say this.For every handful of regular attendees at a fitness class, there will be people who are new. Like any gathering, there will be people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels present.Christine Allen works as an IT Support Engineer in Dublin, and writes for sportswomen.ie and Gay Community News. She is a strong believer in the benefits that partaking in sport and fitness brings in relation to mental health and general wellbeing. You can join the meetup group here.  Follow Christine on Twitter @AllenChristine2.Opinion: ‘Public inquiries are not just a diversionary tactic. They’re necessary’>Medical cannabis: ‘My dad was able to relax, sleep, laugh, and breathe a bit easier’> http://jrnl.ie/3329236 Sports convert and IT engineer By Christine Allen 210 Views Short URL Apr 9th 2017, 3:00 PM Christine Allen Column: ‘I’ve discovered the joy of doing a fitness activity with others’ There is no ideal image that you must measure up to in order to become involved in fitness, writes Christine Allen.last_img read more

Nextgen SD Cards Will Be Blazing Fast And Hold Up To 128TB

first_imgSD cards have come a long way since the original standard was unveiled nearly two decades ago. Today’s cards are much faster and can hold a lot more data. They’ll also look like playthings compared to what’s coming.The SD Association has announced its specs for next-gen memory cards at Mobile World Congress, and they’re truly jaw-dropping. Get ready for SD EX and SD UC, gadget geeks!Let’s start with SD EX. The EX stands for Express, which may have clued you into what it’s all about: bringing the speed of PCI Express and NVM Express (NVMe) to the SD form factor.SD EX cards will be capable of moving data at a blistering 985MB/s. That’s more than three times faster than today’s best-performing SD cards and 30x faster than what’s required to record 4K video. 4K is practically yesterday’s news already, though, but rest assured that SD EX can handle 8K with ease, too.So these new cards will be fast, and that’s awesome… but how much data will we be able to cram onto them? Pumping in 8K video requires more than just fast transfers. It also takes a lot of space — somewhere north of 2GB per minute of video.No problem, says the SD Association. SD Ultra-Capacity (SDUC) cards will start at 2TB, which is also awesome. But here’s the best part: they’ll max out at 128TB.That’s right. When manufacturers finally figure out how to push SDUC as far as it can go, you’ll be able to shoehorn 128 terabytes of data into a device the size of a postage stamp… or the nail of your pinky finger in the case of micro SDUC.If you’re ripping 4K Blu-Ray movies to .mkv and they’re around 50GB each, that means you’ll be able to store around 2,500 of your favorite flicks on one of these insane little cards. Once someone figures out how to make them and you can afford one, that is.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Updated card for WWE Extreme Rules PPV on July 15 Videos following

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Shawn Michaels Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Ronda Rousey WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Pinterest The following is the updated card for the WWE Extreme Rules PPV on July 15 from Pittsburgh. * WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Rusev* RAW Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax* Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley (not officially confirmed by WWE.com but announced on last night’s RAW)* RAW Tag Team Championships: The Deleters of Worlds (“Woken” Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt) (c’s) vs. The B-Team (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas)Videos following WWE UK SpecialWWE posted the following videos from after Day 1 of the WWE UK Championship Tournament Special from Royal Albert Hall airing on WWE Network. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Videos Articles Was Vince McMahon Reluctant To Let AJ Styles Join WWE? Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Andre is more of a forward player than me – Idrissa

first_imgSenegalese Idrissa Gana Gueye says his side’s football games are not about him but about assisting the team secure victory that they actually really need.He adds that Andre is more of a forward player than him and plans to play a little bit further back this season.Everton will face Liverpool on Sunday looking to win Jurgen Klopp’s side after their scoreless away match with Chelsea.Speaking to the club’s official website, Gana said:“It’s not about me, it’s about the team,”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I just try to help the team, to do my job on the pitch… I like playing football, tackling, giving the ball.”“For me, if I go into a tackle and don’t win the ball, then it is a bad tackle. Every time I go into a challenge, I am trying to win the ball back for one of my teammates and to help my team. Sometimes I don’t realise how many tackles I have made in a game.”“I have to play a little bit further back this season because Andre is more of a forward player than me. Sometimes I have to control the game and allow him to decide when to go forward and when to stay. But it is a good balance playing with Andre.”“He is a very good player. We try to help each other and that is one of the reasons why it is working so well.”“But these things start on the training ground. Players who are currently on the bench help us a lot because they are not giving up and train hard every week. They make it tough for us to be picked and they are why we are good at the weekend.”last_img read more

ASA Hails Senate Passage of Tax Legislation Urges Prompt House Passage

first_imgPackage contains retroactive extension of biodiesel tax incentive, estate tax provisionsThe American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds Senate passage of the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010,” and urges prompt House passage of the legislation. The Senate bill makes the biodiesel tax incentive retroactive for 2010, and extends it through 2011.”ASA thanks the Senate for passing this legislation, which is crucial to the economic viability of the U.S. biodiesel industry,” said ASA President Alan Kemper, a soybean farmer from Lafayette, Ind. “Biodiesel is a major market for U.S. soybean oil, and has been a key factor in supporting domestic soybean prices in recent years.”The bill, which now moves on to the House for a possible vote later this week, provides for an expedited process for U.S. biodiesel producers to claim retroactive 2010 credits. In 2009, the U.S. biodiesel industry produced 545 million gallons of biodiesel. Based on August and September production levels, 2010 production is expected to be 345 million gallons, a decline of over 35 percent from the previous year.”Many biodiesel plants in the U.S. are either idle or are producing at less than their overall capacity,” Kemper said. “If the House does not pass this legislation, continuing absence of the biodiesel tax credit will cause further job losses and undermine our ability to increase production of domestic renewable biodiesel.”In addition to the biodiesel tax credit extension, the bill contains estate tax provisions that raise the exclusion level to $5 million per spouse and lower the tax rate on estates exceeding the exclusion to 35 percent. If this legislation is not passed by the House, a $1 million exclusion and 55 percent tax rate will take effect on Jan. 1, 2011.”With farmland in many regions selling for $5,000 per acre, it takes only 200 acres to reach the $1 million exclusion level,” Kemper said. The state of the U.S. economy, coupled with the uncertain nature of estate tax liabilities, makes it difficult for family-owned farms and ranches to make sound business decisions. Allowing estate taxes to be reinstated without an exemption and rate that protect family farms puts many operations at risk and threatens succession to the next generation of farmers.”ASA’s farmer-leaders recently participated in a press conference on estate tax legislation, as well as a biodiesel fly-in to Washington, D.C., to gain passage of these top soybean priorities,” Kemper said. “I encourage all agriculture supporters to press their representatives in the House to pass this legislation, which is of critical importance to U.S. soybean farmers.”last_img read more

Macau GGR up 276 in April as surge continues

first_imgThe figure represents 21 consecutive months of GGR growth for Asia’s gaming hub and easily beat consensus which had the increase coming in at closer to 20%. Macau has now raked in MOP$102.2 billion in the first four months of 2018, rising 22.2% over the same period last year.April’s average daily revenue of MOP$859 million also puts it in line with Macau’s other recent holidays – October’s Golden Week and the recent Chinese New Year – with Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen predicting a record number of arrivals crossing the border during the current holiday period.“Based on our on-the-ground observations and conversations we’ve had with operators, we believe Macau is in the midst of a very strong holiday period,” he said in a Tuesday note.“The mass market, which grew at a ~20% clip in 1Q18, has accelerated in April and now into May. We think a record number of persons crossing Macau’s borders could be established during this holiday, reiterating that mass continues to surprise to the upside.”Govertsen pointed to Galaxy Entertainment Group and Sands China as the two operators likely to benefit most from the recent surge in mass but added “we expect all of Macau’s Big 6 to reap the benefits of the current market conditions.”May GGR is currently tipped to come in at just under 20% growth. Big trouble in little China By Ben BlaschkeMacau’s surging gaming industry enjoyed another impressive month in April, with gross gaming revenue rising 27.6% year-on-year to MOP$25.7 billion. RelatedPosts Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

Modernization to Outweigh Growing the Force in FY20 Budget Request Shanahan Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request will prioritize new weapons and technology development over expanding force structure, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Thursday. “At the end of the day, the national defense strategy puts a priority on modernization,” Shanahan said. The deputy secretary’s remarks came as the White House and DOD have gone through multiple iterations about the topline for national security spending in the administration’s next budget request. “We’re looking at numbers above $733 [billion], and as you know, we looked at numbers below $733 [billion]. I think everybody recognizes that this is a discussion that will go on in terms of what is the right number,” he said, reported Defense News.If the topline exceeds $733 billion, there may be enough room in the budget proposal to bolster modernization accounts as well as funding to grow the force and restore readiness. Earlier last week, Politico reported that President Trump agreed to a topline of $750 billion after meeting with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees.Photo courtesy of DODlast_img read more

Fall 2019 network TV shows go superheroic and supernatural

first_img Share your voice Post a comment Tags Batwoman arrives this fall on The CW. The CW Television can be ruthless. Beloved shows get cancelled, others come to more natural ends. But television also giveth, which is what’s happening this week as networks roll out their new fall programming in a ritual called “upfronts.”TV execs use the star-studded presentations to drum up interest from advertisers in an attempt to get them to shell out early for ads. Fans often get trailers and teasers and more details on coming programs. That’s a nice side effect of what’s essentially a fiesta of marketing.Our sister site ET is on top of all the latest trailers to come out of upfronts week, but we’re here to get geeky and highlight shows with fantasy, sci-fi and superhero elements. There will be a huge void left behind by Game of Thrones and we’re going to need a big shovelful of fresh shows to fill it.CBS: EvilEvil is “a psychological mystery that examines science vs. religion and the origins of evil.” While that sounds a little clinical, a creepy teaser for the show hints at supernatural elements that could appeal to fans of The X-Files and anything having to do with demons. It stars Katja Herbers (Westworld) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage). (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company.) 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 50 Photos Fox: neXtFox’s show neXt centers around a rogue artificial intelligence. The trailer starts off with an exchange between a young boy and a digital assistant that looks like a mutant Alexa device. John Slattery (Mad Men) stars as a blustery former tech company CEO who’s sounding the alarm about the dangers of AI. This one is shaping up to be a battle to save humanity. TV and Movies 0 We will update this post with more intriguing teasers and trailers as they arrive. CW: BatwomanRuby Rose takes wing this fall in Batwoman, which is sure to feature in CW’s upfronts push later this week. We already have an official teaser that’s little more than a glimpse of the lesbian superhero looking out over Gotham. Perhaps CW will give us something more substantial as it woos advertisers.last_img read more

No need to break the bank Apple Arcade is reportedly 5 per

first_img $179 Gaming Internet Mobile Apps Phones Apple Arcade might cost just $5 per month.  Apple Apple might’ve put a price tag on its new game service. Users will get a one-month free trial of Apple Arcade and then will likely have to pay $4.99 per month, according to a report Monday from 9to5 Mac. The gaming service will give iOS, Mac and Apple TV users access to multiple paid apps through the App Store. Arcade will also be available to everyone on a Family Sharing account.The price isn’t confirmed — 9to5Mac cited a promotional message found in one of the APIs used by the App Store app. But it’s likely we’ll learn more at an Apple event scheduled for Sept. 10. Apple declined to comment. Apple announced its gaming subscription in March along with Apple Card, TV Plus, News Plus and more. Apple Arcade serves as an extension of the App Store and will include over 100 new, exclusive games. Subscribers can check out games from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, Lego, Mistwalker, Sega, Snowman and Ustwo.  Originally published Aug. 19,12:03 p.m. PT.Update, 1:22 p.m. PT: Adds response from Apple.  Apple TV 4K Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it See It Best Buy Share your voice • $179 Apple Apple Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) See It Comments reading • Apple Arcade’s game subscription will likely cost $5 a month, report sayscenter_img Tags Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better Apple’s new two-player AR arcade game at WWDC is crazy 4:19 Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All $169 2 Crutchfield Apple See It $179last_img read more

Vehicle rider made to pay for 57 challans

first_imgSaifabad: A Honda Activa was caught with 57 pending challans at Nirankari Bhavan, Saifabad. The owner of the vehicle K Suresh Goud from Ramnagar was stopped by the traffic police during inspection. In the process of detailed enquiry, it was found that the vehicle bearing the number TS09EY4060 had been violating the rules for a long time. The vehicle was detained by the traffic police and the total challan amount of Rs 7,695 was collected.last_img

Does Racism Have An Impact on Health

first_imgBy K. Barrett Bilali, Miami Timeskbbilali@miamitimesonline.comRacism in the health care system continues to confound but a few researchers are taking a historic look and holistic approach to addressing racism’s effect on Black and poor communities.One researcher is using his foundation-funded fellowships to dive into the barriers to good health in the Black community, namely Overtown, Florida. While another joined an organization that looks for ways to keep historically racist practices out of today’s health care system.“The reality is that because physicians have bias, they treat their patients differently,” said Dr. Armen Henderson, an internist working at the University of Miami Hospital.“Look at the health disparities in our communities,” said Daniel Gibson, regional vice president of the Allegheny Franciscan Ministries, a nonprofit Catholic organization, which works with partners to support life skills, training and economic development in urban neighborhoods.“Life expectancy of a resident of Overtown is 16 years less than a resident in Brickell, [Florida]” said Gibson. “And they are less than a mile away from each other.” He said the average life expectancy in Brickell is 79, while Overtown residents die on average at 63 years of age.Gibson participates in a three-year fellowship program, which addresses equity, diversity and inclusion in the health care industry. He is one of 40 leaders nationwide participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program called Leadership for Better Health. The foundation seeks to build a “Culture of Health” and draws participants from the medical professions, social scientists, urban planners, and others to develop leaders who will strive to make American communities healthier.Gibson’s work in Overtown was the reason he was chosen to participate in this expansive study of how health is impacted by a number of social and economic factors.His organization has been working and coordinating efforts to improve the lives of Overtown residents and has allocated $2.7 million for its Common Good Initiative to assist in community and human development programs.“Our goal is to make Overtown a safe and healthy place to live,” said Gibson.‘So Much Trauma’Gibson said that many youth and families who are living in urban corridors experience a high rate of poverty.He said these environments lead to cases of depression, drug addiction and social malaise.“There is so much trauma,” said Gibson. “There is a toxic stress that happens when we are living in under-resourced, impoverished communities.”Gibson said they are looking at ways to address housing issues and educating people about quality of life, food, diet and work. They are also helping businesses to develop in Overtown and looking at the experience of the Black entrepreneur.“Health does not have to be a pill; it does not have to be a doctor,” said Gibson.The Common Good Initiative takes a holistic approach to curing the urban blight. Gibson believes that by addressing quality of life, the health of those affected by racism will improve.“I will stop short of calling it a racist system, but you can’t deny the fact that one’s race and one’s address has an impact on your health, your life expectancy and your life experience in this world,” Gibson said.Systemic ProblemDr. Armen Henderson, an internist working at the University of Miami Hospital, agrees that Blacks have suffered trauma, which has affected urban communities economically, socially and the overall health of its residents. But he sees a more historic and systemic source to the problem.“We should not be able to tell life expectancy by ZIP code,” said Henderson. “That should not be the case.”Henderson said America’s history of racism continues to have an impact on the health of Black and poor urban communities.“There is an argument that Black people are still suffering from the trauma of slavery today,” said Henderson. “We have never reconciled the effects of slavery on people’s mental health.”Henderson said that emotional and physical trauma for more than 400 years affect the well-being and outlook of Blacks every day. He said that day-to-day urban life, gentrification and uncertainty of the future causes stress, anxiety, depression and mental disorders, some of which never get treated.“The system of medicine in general was started on a racist premise,” said Henderson, who attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the three historically Black medical schools in the country. Morehouse in Atlanta, Georgia and Howard in Washington, D.C. have the other historically Black medical schools.Historic Medical RacismMarion Sims, who has long been considered the “father of modern gynecology,” performed experiments on slave women to perfect the procedure of sewing up a woman after childbirth, said Henderson.“If a woman had a baby naturally, he would constantly cut the women open in order to perfect the surgery,” said Henderson. Researchers have found that Sims even did unnecessary procedures on these women without anesthesia.Henderson also points to the Tuskegee Study wherein 400 Black men infected with Syphilis thought they were being treated for the sexually transmitted disease when in reality, they were only being given placebos in a U.S. government-funded project.“We knew the effect of Syphilis for hundreds of years. And we already had a cure and they let these men pass it on to their wives and they passed it on to their children,” Henderson said. “Finally, it was the Associated Press who revealed this disaster, not doctors.”Henderson says that the effects of racist history impact the urban setting of most American cities today.“Most of these neighborhoods are built on faulty land,” said Henderson. He said they were formed on landfills and chemical dumps. Over the past few decades, the federal government has funded multi-million dollar clean-up projects of contaminated soil due to lead and toxic waste, sometimes called brownfields.Henderson gave as an example a neighborhood he knows in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which once had a significant number of lead battery factories.“A lot of people from the neighborhood got lead poisoning,” said Henderson. “And it is not fair. And there has been no effort to undo things like that.”Henderson also knows of many cases where Black women were brought in to have their appendix removed and found later that their uterus was removed as well.Health care disparities include the fact that Black women are more likely to die in childbirth, said Henderson, who is an active member of Dream Defenders since 2014. The organization seeks to expose government policies, which lead to health care disparities while advocating for the poor.“If you are Black and poor people, you have a two or three times greater chance of having your leg amputated as a result of diabetes complications,” said Henderson.Henderson said that Blacks experience higher incidents of asthma, hypertension and high cholesterol as well.Henderson said the onus is on physicians to check their bias at the door before going in to see a patient.“The reality is that because physicians have bias, they treat their patients differently,” said Henderson. “Until we wrestle with this implicit bias, until we recognize this bias, then we are never going to get rid of our part in health care disparities.”last_img read more

This Smart Mirror Gives You More Time To Admire Yourself

first_img 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar Be honest, what are you mostly using a mirror for? Putting on makeup? Fixing your hair? Or just doing nothing but staring at your own face, smiling and appreciating just how great you look. Come on, you’re a millennial! But then something happens in your home that steals your attention, steals your precious time for self-reflection (literal, not metaphorical). How do you to rectify this injustice?At CES 2019, Simplehuman has the answer to all your vanity dreams: new smart mirrors with integrated voice assistants.Simplehuman has been making smart mirrors for years. But the new $400 Sensor Hi-fi Assist adds Google Assistant. That makes the Sensor Hi-Fi basically a smart home product, a potential new part of your Internet of Things network. Talk to the smart speaker to activate any other services you have tied in with Google Assistant in your home like setting alarms or making calls or adjusting the blinds. Command this faceless helper while staring at your own beautiful face.AdChoices广告The mirror part of the Sensor Hi-Fi is smart, too. In fact, you can get a $350 version without Google Assistant to save $50 and still get a pretty nifty product. Using the mobile app, both mirrors shine with robust different lighting options around the rim of the circular glass. Proximity-activated “tru-lux” artificial sunlight helps you see how your face looks under natural conditions and adjust your look accordingly. Turn the mirror into a lamp, faux candle, or night light designed to not disrupt sleep. And the surprisingly powerful speaker itself can play your music through Bluetooth.I’ve been staring at this screen for too long to write this article. I need to get back to staring at my face. We’ll all be able to better do that soon when the Sensor Hi-Fi and Sensor Hi-Fi Assist smart mirrors from Simplehuman launch this spring. For more from CES check out this smart kettlebell and pollution-blocking cycling mask. Stay on targetlast_img read more

In El Salvador citizens reject Halloween and celebrate a unique Day of

first_imgTONACATEPEQUE, El Salvador — Painted carts carrying torches and characters from mythology paraded through the city of Tonacatepeque, 25 kilometers north of San Salvador, on Nov. 1. The indigenous tradition known as “La Calabiuza” precedes the arrival of the Spanish to Americas. Only recently has the festival regained its prominence as the country’s most popular way to celebrate the Day of the Dead.The caravan of chanting revelers – some painted an ashen red and others acting as skeletons – attract the attention of locals and foreign tourists.   Other characters in the mythology include La Siguanaba, a beautiful woman who flirts with all the men, and is later punished by a god for abandoning her son Cipitío. La Siguanaba is cursed to look lovely from far away and hideous up close. There also is the devil, el Cadejo (a frightening, otherworldly black dog) and la Llorona (the Weeping Woman). All these characters are seen throughout Central American folklore, but with their own twists in each country. In Costa Rica, La Siguanaba is known as La Segua – a siren-like woman who woos drunken men to come to her rescue before transforming into a terrifying horse-beast.But El Salvador’s La Calabiuza brings together all these legends into one full day of partying.In the central plaza of Tonacetepeque, residents cook with improvised stoves and use huge metal bowls to cook pumpkin and honey to share with attendees late into the night. The Day of the Dead concludes on a dais in the downtown plaza where the participants with the best costumes are honored. In 1530, Spanish conquerors tried to enforce their own traditions on El Salvador. But Tonacatepeque historian Luis Silva, 66, explained that Salvadoran ancestors did not attend the festival and instead fought hard to emphasize “La Calabiuza,” a word that means “skull” in the local language.“What the Spanish brought has virtually disappeared, and this has stayed the same and it is an hour for us,” Silva said.Tonacetepeque Mayor Roberto Herrera said the festival not only maintains tradition but most importantly it turns young people away from violence. Due to gang violence, El Salvador has the second highest homicide rate in the world, only surpassed by its neighbor Honduras. No related posts.center_img Facebook Comments “We participate in the Calabiuza festival to not lose the tradition and to reject the Halloween of the United States,” said 15-year-old Francisco Siliezar, while dressed as Cipitío, a person that according to the legend loves the most sympathetic woman after his mother left him. The chubby character eats ashes and wears a wide pointy hat.The tradition disappeared due to the country’s civil war from 1980 to 1992. But after young people started to the imported Halloween, the community decided to take up La Calabiuza again, and today it is one of the most prominent festivals in the country.last_img read more

Rep Vaupel invites residents to join him for coffee and conversation

first_img Categories: Vaupel News State Rep. Hank Vaupel invites all area residents to join him for coffee and conversation on Monday, Aug 3 at any of the following in-district locations:Randy’s Service Station from 8 to 9 a.m. – 8030 Mason Road, FowlervilleFowlerville Farms from 10 to 11 a.m. – 941 Grand Ave., FowlervilleLivingston Greene Apartments from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – 470 N. Grand Ave., FowlervilleGlenwood Apartments from 3 to 4 p.m. – 797 Hazelnut St., Fowlerville“Coffee hours are a great opportunity for me to spend face-to-face time with people and learn what questions and concerns they have about state government.” Rep. Vaupel, said.Residents who are unable to attend coffee hours are encouraged to contact the representative’s office with any questions or concerns. The office can be reached by phone, at 866-828-4863 or by email at HankVaupel@house.mi.gov.### 20Jul Rep. Vaupel invites residents to join him for coffee and conversationlast_img read more

Local bank president joins Rep VanderWall for State of the State

first_img23Jan Local bank president joins Rep. VanderWall for State of the State Categories: VanderWall News,VanderWall Photos Photo Information: State Rep. Curt VanderWall (right), of Ludington, hosted Ray Biggs (left), president of West Shore Bank in Ludington and immediate past chairperson of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, as his guest on the House floor during Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. The governor discussed priorities for the coming year during the speech.last_img read more

Rep Bollin to host local coffee hours

first_img Categories: Bollin News State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township will host district coffee hours on Monday, Feb. 25 to meet with local residents of the 42nd District.“Thank you to everyone who attended my first round of coffee hours,” Rep. Bollin said. “I appreciate your thoughts and ideas, and look forward to hearing from even more of you on Feb. 25!”Coffee hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Lake Trust Credit Union Headquarters, 4605 Old US 23, Brighton 48114; and6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hamburg Township Library, 10411 Merrill Road, Whitmore Lake 48189.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Bollin’s office by calling (517) 373-1784 or by email at AnnBollin@house.mi.gov. 19Feb Rep. Bollin to host local coffee hourslast_img read more