Measures in place to revamp drainage system says Mayor

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim expressed his optimism that with the measures being taken for revamping the drainage system will help drain water out in a span of five to six hours in all the wards of KMC.The Mayor’s assertion came in the wake of Left councilor Ratna Roy Majumder bringing an adjournment proposal in the civic body claiming that parts of Behala, a few pockets of North Kolkata, Kidderpore and Garia remaining waterlogged for two or three days after heavy rainfall lashed the city on August 16. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The pumping station facilities of KMC is capable of draining water when it rains 6 mm in an hour. But on Friday rainfall was abnormally high and in areas like Behala there was 183 mm rain in a span of six hours. So there was water accumulation through out the city. “In 98 percent of the areas water drained out within five to six hours after the rain stopped. There were 2 percent of the areas which includes parts of Behala and Kolkata Port where water took longer time to drain. The facilities of drainage infrastructure in these low lying pockets that is being undertaken by Kolkata Environmental Improvement Investment Program (KEIIP) entail huge investment and we are depending on funds from ADB. There has been instances when work has delayed due to such handing over of work order,” Hakim said adding that things have been set in order and hopefully within two years the problem will be solved. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThere are four canals in Behala through which water drains out but they have been clogged. The work for desilting of the canals will take time while in Kabitirtha area the work for a new pumping station has been taken up. “The state government has allocated Rs 400 crore for the project,” Hakim added. Belquis Begum councilor of ward 75 in Kidderpore raised the issue of two people being electrocuted due to waterlogging in Kidderpore on the day of heavy rainfall. Member Mayor-in-Council (Drainage ) Tarak Singh said that the drain in Bhukailash Road has been delisted for the first time in 40 years. “An underground drainage plan has been taken up and within one year things will improve in Kidderpore area,” he added.last_img read more

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Antinational to silence people says Priyanka

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after her brother and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders were sent back from the Srinagar airport, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday hit out at those accusing them of “politicizing” the Jammu and Kashmir issue and said there is nothing more “political” and “anti-national” than the alleged “shutting down” of democratic rights in Kashmir. She also asserted that the Congress will not stop raising its voice against it. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsTaking to Twitter, Priyanka tagged a video in which a woman is seen telling Rahul Gandhi, on the flight from Srinagar, problems being faced by her family and loved ones. “Our children have not been able to move out of their houses. My brother is a heart patient and he couldn’t see the doctor for 10 days. We are totally in trouble,” the woman can be heard saying amid sobs. Rahul, on the other hand, can be seen patiently listening to the woman’s ordeal and consoling her, while other Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, also listened to the woman’s emotional outburst. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”How long is this going to continue? This is one out of millions of people who are being silenced and crushed in the name of ‘Nationalism’,” Priyanka said in a tweet accompanying the video. “For those who accuse the Opposition of ‘politicising’ this issue: There is nothing more ‘political’ and ‘anti-national’ than the shutting down of all democratic rights that is taking place in Kashmir,” Priyanka said. “It is the duty of every one of us to raise our voices against it, we will not stop doing so,” she added. Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday denied that there was any shortage of medicines and essential commodities in Jammu and Kashmir and said communication curbs helped save many lives there. He also said no life has been lost in Jammu and Kashmir due to any violence in the last 10 days after the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two Union Territories. “If blockade of communication helps saves lives, what is the harm?” he told reporters when asked to comment on how long the restrictions will continue. Malik said that in the past, whenever there was a crisis in Kashmir, at least 50 people used to die in the first week itself. Malik said there has been no shortage of medicines and essential commodities anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir and enough stocks were available for the people to buy.last_img read more

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Truth prevails Cosby accuser hails guilty verdict

first_imgNORRISTOWN, Pa. – The woman Bill Cosby was convicted of sexually assaulting tweeted “Truth prevails” Friday, the morning after a jury came back with a verdict that could send the 80-year-old comedian to prison for the rest of his life.After decades of whispers, lawsuits, investigations and close calls, Cosby was found guilty Thursday of drugging and molesting Toronto native and Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.The verdict also led Temple University on Friday to revoke Cosby’s honorary degree from the school. Cosby long served as a leading public face and a key fundraiser for the school, which was among few that waited to pull honours from Cosby until after the verdict.Cosby frequently turned out to support the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, an interest that connected him with Constand, who managed the women’s team.Thursday’s ruling was hailed by women’s advocates as a turning point in the #MeToo movement and was seen as vindication by a multitude of women who doubted anyone would ever believe their word against that of America’s Dad.Lili Bernard, who said Cosby sexually assaulted her before giving her a one-time role on “The Cosby Show” in 1992, became so emotional in the courtroom gallery that she accidentally banged her forehead on the bench in front of her.“I’m overcome with gratitude,” Bernard, sobbing, said outside the courthouse. “I feel like I have to pinch myself. Am I awake? It’s a miracle.”The verdict in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era sealed the spectacular late-in-life downfall of an entertainer who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as sweater-wearing, wisdom-dispensing Dr. Cliff Huxtable.“A very profound and heartfelt thank you to the Commonwealth of PA, Montgomery County, for their service and sacrifices. Congratulations,” Constand said on Twitter. “Truth prevails.”It was the only criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations from more than 60 women who said Cosby drugged and molested them over five decades but whose stories were often disbelieved or ignored years before #MeToo put a spotlight on sexual misconduct by powerful men.Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele after the prosecutor demanded Cosby be sent immediately to jail. Steele told the judge they’d learned through the trial that Cosby has an airplane, and feared he could flee.Cosby angrily denied he has a plane and called Steele an “a–hole,” shouting, “I’m sick of him!”Judge Steven O’Neill decided Cosby can remain free on $1 million bail while he awaits sentencing but restricted him to Montgomery County and the mansion where the encounter with Constand occurred.Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each carrying a standard sentence of five to 10 years in prison. The counts are likely to be merged for sentencing purposes, but given Cosby’s age even a modest term could mean he will die behind bars.Cosby accuser Janice Baker-Kinney, who alleges he drugged and raped her in 1982, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday that it is essential Cosby spend time in jail. She said she wouldn’t be heartbroken if he spent the rest of his life in jail and even died in prison.Sentencing will likely be held within three months. Before that, Cosby must face assessment to determine if he is a sexually violent predator. He will also be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.Bernard told NBC’s “Today” show on Friday that her hope is Cosby’ sentence matches the severity of his crimes.“Hopefully his sentencing will reflect the magnitude of the damage and havoc he has wreaked,” she said.The jury of seven men and five women deliberated 14 hours over two days before convicting Cosby.Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told “GMA” on Friday that Cosby is feeling great one day after the verdict. He said Cosby was spending time with his wife, Camille, is confident that he did nothing wrong and maintains his innocence.Constand, a former Temple University women’s basketball administrator, said Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called “your friends” and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized, unable to resist or say no. Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual, saying he gave her the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to relax.Cosby waved to the crowd outside the courthouse, got into an SUV and left without saying anything. His lawyer Tom Mesereau declared “the fight is not over” and said he will appeal.Shrieks erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, and some of Cosby’s accusers whimpered and cried. Constand remained stoic, then hugged her lawyer and members of the prosecution team.The verdict came after a two-week retrial in which prosecutors had more courtroom weapons at their disposal than they did the first time: They put on the stand five other women who testified that Cosby, married for 54 years, drugged and violated them, too.At Cosby’s first trial, which ended in a deadlocked jury less than a year ago, only one additional accuser was allowed to testify.“Justice has been done!” celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who represented some of Cosby’s accusers, said on the courthouse steps. “We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed.”The district attorney became teary-eyed as he commended the 45-year-old Constand for what he said was courage in coming forward. As Constand stood silently behind him, Steele apologized to her for a previous DA’s decision in 2005 not to charge Cosby.Cosby “was a man who had evaded this moment for far too long,” Steele said. “He used his celebrity, he used his wealth, he used his network of supporters to help him conceal his crimes.”He added: “Now, we really know today who was really behind that act, who the real Bill Cosby was.”Since Cosby’s first trial, the #MeToo movement has taken down powerful men in rapid succession, among them Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Sen. Al Franken. During closing arguments, Cosby’s lawyers slammed #MeToo, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.Cosby’s new defence team, led by Mesereau, the celebrity attorney who won an acquittal for Michael Jackson on child-molestation charges, launched a ferocious attack on Constand during the trial, calling her a “con artist” and “pathological liar” who framed Cosby to get rich.Cosby’s defence team derided the other accusers as home-wreckers and suggested they made up their stories in a bid for money and fame.But Cosby had long ago confirmed some of the rumours about drugs and extramarital sex. In a deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand’s lawsuit, he acknowledged he had obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.A federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, unsealed portions of Cosby’s deposition about quaaludes and sexual conquests in 2015, citing the disconnect between Cosby’s private behaviour and his reputation as a public moralist.That prompted authorities to reopen the criminal investigation, and they eventually brought charges.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Constand has done so.___Follow Mike Sisak at https://twitter.com/mikesisak .Follow Claudia Lauer at https://twitter.com/ClaudiaLauer .___For more coverage visit https://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial .last_img read more

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Trudeau says mayor who compared Quebec bill to ethnic cleansing should apologize

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined the chorus of politicians calling on a suburban Montreal mayor to apologize for likening Quebec secularism legislation to ethnic cleansing.Speaking to reporters this morning in Ottawa, Trudeau said Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg’s comments were unacceptable.The prime minister reiterated his opposition to Quebec’s Bill 21, which would prohibit public servants in positions of authority — including teachers — from wearing religious symbols. But he said the debate should remain respectful.Steinberg, whose suburb has a population of about 7,000, drew the wrath of Quebec’s political class last Friday when he said Bill 21 “is ethnic cleansing, not with a gun but with a law.”On Tuesday Steinberg rejected multiple demands for an apology, including from Quebec Premier Francois Legault.He said people were twisting his words and that he was referring to “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” He said he fears an apology would detract from his criticism that the bill will cause religious minorities to leave the province.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Pakistan govt believes its citizens have $11 billion stashed abroad

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistani nationals having more than 152,500 offshore bank accounts could have stashed away USD 11 billion, a “mind-boggling” amount half of which is undeclared, a top minister was quoted as saying in a media report Tuesday. Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar told businessmen at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) that the number of offshore accounts was “mind-boggling”. “So is the amount involved and the names of account holders,” Azhar was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”All of these offshore account holders are resident Pakistanis and more than half of the hard currency stashed away by them is undeclared,” he said. The minister said many of these offshore account holders did not have legitimate, documented business. “That should be enough to underscore the scale of tax evasion (in the country). We wouldn’t have to beg if we could bring this money back home,” he said. Azhar said the offshore account holders were under the watch of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). The information about the offshore bank accounts of Pakistani nationals was shared with the government by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAzhar said the government had “deployed technology” using database of the National Database and Registration Authority, Federal Investigation Agency, State Bank of Pakistan and the FBR to profile potential taxpayers in Pakistan. “Almost half the work is already done and by the end of April the profiling of such tax evaders will be completed,” he said. Last week, Chairman of the FBR Jahanzeb Khan told a parliamentary panel the board had neither set any tax recovery target from the holders of these accounts nor seen any tax potential from the Panama Papers leaks. The tax recovery target could not be given on the basis of information received about the offshore accounts because the account holders might have transferred money through legal channels or have plausible justification, he was quoted to have told the panel.last_img read more

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ATT and Acadia post gains while Clorox and Amgen stumble

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:AT&T Inc., up 54 cents to $36.79Activist investor Elliott Management announced a $3.2 billion stake in the communications company and called for a shakeup.Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc., up $15.05 to $38.85The biotechnology company reported positive results from a key study of a potential dementia-related psychosis drug.Clorox Co., down $3.71 to $158.33The consumer products maker and its peers fell as investors shifted their focus to higher growth holdings.Bank of America Corp., up 90 cents to $28.63Banks gained ground on rising bond yields, which help them set more lucrative interest rates on loans.Amgen Inc., down $5.39 to $202.34The drug developer reported disappointing study results for a potential lung cancer drug.Quanta Services Inc., up $1.25 to $35.47The specialty contractor for utility and energy companies completed its buyout of gas utility contractor The Hallen Construction Co.Cummins Inc., up $5.92 to $160.82The engine maker closed its buyout of fuel cell and hydrogen production technology company Hydrogenics Corp.Schlumberger NV, up $2.03 to $36.23A jump in oil prices helped boost oil company and oilfield services stocks.The Associated Press read more

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Research In Motion stops production of lower priced 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook

by News Staff Posted Jun 7, 2012 5:11 pm MDT Research In Motion stops production of lower priced 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook TORONTO – Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) says it is discontinuing the lowest-priced model of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.A spokeswoman for the company says the Waterloo, Ont.-based company has stopped production on the 16GB Wi-Fi PlayBook.Remaining supplies at retailers and distributors will be the last quantity.RIM said it continues to manufacture both the 32GB and 64GB models of the PlayBook.“We remain committed to the tablet and mobile computing, and will continue to innovate and introduce new products,” said Tenille Kennedy, a representative for RIM.The company has run into trouble trying to sell the device in a market dominated by Apple’s iPad and numerous other tablets.Earlier this year, RIM began selling its PlayBooks at a discount to boost interest.Shares of RIM ended the day four per cent higher, up 43 cents to $11.04 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

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Oil rises above 107 as Iraq fighting sparks supply fears

Oil rises above $107 as Iraq fighting sparks supply fears by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2014 3:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil rose above US$107 a barrel Friday as Iraq’s widening insurgency raised the risk that plans to expand oil output from the No. 2 OPEC producer could be derailed.Oil prices have risen to 10-month highs after an al-Qaida-inspired group vowed to march on Baghdad after capturing two key Iraqi cities this week, including Mosul, which is in an area that is a key gateway for the country’s crude.The violence in Iraq is mostly centred in the country’s north, away from the major oil-producing regions of the south. The turmoil hasn’t had a big effect on oil exports though it raises concerns about whether Iraq can continue rebuilding its oil infrastructure and boost output to meet global demand.“The possibility of present supplies being disrupted is a low possibility at the moment. What’s more likely is that future production is not going to go up in the near term,” said Ryan Huang, market strategist at IG Markets in Singapore.Iraq’s oil production has risen by about a fifth since 2011 to 3.3 million barrels per day, making it the second biggest producer in OPEC.After rising as high as $107.68, the benchmark U.S. oil contract for July delivery was up 46 cents to $106.99 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by 1:55 a.m. ET Friday. On Thursday, the contract jumped $2.13, or 2 per cent, to $106.53.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, was up 70 cents to $113.12 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex:— Wholesale gasoline fell 0.7 cent to $3.091 a gallon.— Natural gas fell 1.6 cents to $4.746 per 1,000 cubic feet.— Heating oil added 1.4 cents to $3.00 a gallon.(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more

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Corridor Resources secures new exploration licence for Old Harry prospect

Corridor Resources secures new exploration licence for Old Harry prospect by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 16, 2017 4:02 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Corridor Resources Inc. has been granted more time to explore the Old Harry oil and gas prospect off the coast of Newfoundland despite objections from environmentalists.The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board issued the new four-year, 51,780-hectare exploration licence Sunday in a move that required federal and provincial approval.The regulator said the new licence was needed to give the company more time to complete consultations and an environmental assessment before starting exploration work in the area, which sits about 80 kilometres off the southwest tip of Newfoundland.The Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition and other environmental and First Nation groups have been calling for a moratorium to prevent offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence over concerns of the potential effects a spill would have on the area’s sensitive ecology.Corridor Resources said it was pleased with the new licence and intends to conduct electromagnetic scanning of the area this fall, subject to regulatory approvals and access to a ship.The federal government has estimated that the Gulf and surrounding areas potentially hold 39-trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 1.5-billion barrels of oil. read more

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Afghanistan seeks UN assistance over coming decade to complete its transformation

“The UN has been a reliable partner in helping us come this far,” he told the Assembly’s annual; General Debate. “As we prepare to embark upon the Transformation Decade, we expect the organization to continue its support through a renewed approach that reinforces Afghanistan’s leadership and ownership.”The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is a political mission set up in 2002 at the request of the Government to assist the country in laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development over a vast range of civilian matters, from human rights and humanitarian aid to development projects and the organization of elections. He drew a stark contrast of the Afghanistan of today and the one that existed 12 years ago at the time of United States-led intervention that drove out the Taliban following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Per capita income has increased from $100 a year to over $600 a year, the number of children that attend school stands at well over 10 million, 40 per cent of them girls, hundreds of thousands of young men and women attend Government and private colleges, more than 70 per cent of Afghans have access to basic healthcare services, life expectancy has risen from around 40 years to above 60 years, and thousands of kilometres of roads and irrigation canals have been built. All this underscores “a model of collective action and international cooperation in support of national efforts for peace, security and development in a country,” Mr. Rassoul said, voicing full confidence that with the continued financial assistance of the international community for equipment and other needs the 350,000-strong national military and police forces will be able to provide security and defend the country against external threats.He noted that next year’s presidential elections will mark the first time in our country’s history that one elected president will transfer power to another elected president through a peaceful, democratic process. read more

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Global drug use stable but nearly 200000 drugrelated deaths still recorded –

Global drug use has stabilized, but some 200,000 people are still victims of drug-related deaths, according to the latest World Drug Report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Methamphetamine pills, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Photo: UNODCFor the first time, the report presents joint estimates by UNODC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Bank on the number of people who inject drugs and the number of people who inject drugs and are living with HIV.Launching the report in Vienna, UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, appealed for a stronger focus on the health and human rights of all drug users, but particularly those who inject drugs and are living with HIV.“There remain serious gaps in service provision. In recent years, only one in six drug users globally has had access to or received drug dependence treatment services each year”, he said, saying that some 200,000 drug-related deaths had occurred in 2012.The UNODC chief said sustainable success in drug control required firm international commitment. A balanced and comprehensive approach addressing both supply and demand should be backed up by evidence-based responses focusing on prevention, treatment, social rehabilitation and integration.Commenting on the report, Mr. Fedotov noted that controlled substances should be made more widely available for medical purposes, including for ensuring access to pain medication, while preventing their misuse and diversion for illicit ends.Opiates and opioids top the list of problem drugs that cause the most burden of disease and drug-related deaths worldwide. For the third consecutive year, Afghanistan, which has the world’s largest opium poppy cultivation, saw an increase in the area under cultivation (from 154,000 hectares in 2012 to 209,000 hectares in 2013). In addition, Myanmar witnessed expansion in the area of opium poppy cultivation, although less pronounced. Coca leaf, Peru. Photo: UNODCWhile the Internet continues to be used as a means of drug trafficking and illicit trade in precursor chemicals, use of the so-called “dark net” has been growing, the report says. The “dark net” constitutes a virtual marketplace, which is inaccessible by web search, and where it is difficult for law enforcement authorities to identify website owners and users, as their identities remain hidden by means of sophisticated concealment methods. That makes the “dark net” a safe haven for buyers and sellers of illicit drugs. The dismantling of one prominent “dark net” site, the “Silk Road”, uncovered that the site had approximately $1.2 billion worth of revenue from two to five years of operations.The World Drug Report provides an annual overview of the major developments in drug markets for the various drug categories, ranging from production to trafficking, including development of new routes and modalities, as well as consumption. Global potential opium production, 1998 – 2013. Credits: UNODCGlobal cannabis use seems to have decreased, according to the report, essentially reflecting a decrease in cannabis use estimates reported by a number of countries in Western and Central Europe. Trends in seizures of cannabis resin and herb, Europe, 2003-2012. Credits: UNODCHowever, in the United States, the lower perceived risk of cannabis use has led to an increase in its use. At the same time, more people using cannabis are seeking treatment each year. Trend in main indicators of drug supply and drug supply reduction: 2003 – 2013. Credits: UNODCA section of the 2014 survey provides a global snapshot of the latest developments with respect to opiates, cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines – including “ecstasy” – and the health impact of drug use. Another section addresses the control of precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of illicit drugs. Opium poppy field in Afghanistan. Photo: UNODC“On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, I urge the international community to strengthen its efforts to confront illicit drugs as an integral element in building a safe and sustainable future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said marking the International Day, which coincided with the report’s launch today in Vienna.Globally, it is estimated that in 2012, between 162 million and 324 million people, corresponding to between 3.5 per cent and 7.0 per cent of the world population aged 15-64, had used an illicit drug – mainly a substance belonging to the cannabis, opioid, cocaine or amphetamine-type stimulants group – at least once in the previous year. The extent of problem drug use by regular drug users and those with drug use disorders or dependence remains stable at between 16 million and 39 million people. read more

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Opinion Why Ohio State will win

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws a pass in the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan State. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the home of the Ohio State football team, there is always a timer ticking down. Through the Buckeyes’ 27-26 road win against Penn State and the 49-20 road loss to Purdue, the timer continued to tick down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until what they consider the biggest game of the year. The Ohio State players and coaches did not come to Ohio State to play Penn State. They did not come to Ohio State to play Michigan State or Purdue. They came for one game.“The Game,” which many consider the greatest rivalry in all of sports, has arrived: Ohio State vs. Michigan. But Ohio State is in a different spot than it usually is heading into the Saturday after Thanksgiving. After the Buckeyes’ 52-51 overtime win on the road against Maryland, Ohio State opened as 4-point underdogs to Michigan, the No. 4 team in the country and the Big Ten team in the driver’s seat for the College Football Playoff. This will be the first time the Buckeyes, under head coach Urban Meyer, will come into a game as an underdog since the 2014 National Championship against Oregon — a game Ohio State won handily 42-20. That’s a 51-game streak of being favored snapped. But, based on the history of the rivalry, especially during Meyer’s tenure, it’s been one-sided. Ohio State has not lost to Michigan since Meyer took over as head coach, winning by an average of 10.5 points. Since Jim Harbaugh took the Michigan head coaching job in 2015, the deficit in losses for the Wolverines has not been close other than a 3-point, double-overtime loss in 2016. But this game is different. Harbaugh leads a Michigan team with the No. 1 total defense in college football, with opponents averaging 234.8 yards per game and allowing 3.97 yards per play. In the passing game, the Wolverines have allowed the least amount of yards through the air, giving up 123.2 yards per game, 18.5 yards more than any other team in the country. However, Michigan has not faced a passing offense ranked nationally in the top 30. In the first game of the season, the Wolverines faced Notre Dame, who now has the No. 39 pass offense in the nation, and allowed 170 yards passing to senior quarterback Brandon Wimbush, giving up one touchdown and getting one interception. Ohio State has the No. 4 pass offense in the country. With redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins leading the way, the Buckeyes average 359.5 passing yards per game, throwing 37 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. This is the matchup that will allow Ohio State to win this game: Haskins taking advantage of a top-ranked pass defense that really has not seen much trouble this season from a quarterback of his caliber. But this is only one matchup. The rest is what needs to have the Buckeyes worried. The Ohio State defense, which has allowed a combined 100 points and more than 1,000 yards to Maryland and Purdue combined, is facing a Michigan offense in which Harbaugh, after three seasons, found his quarterback. Harbaugh found the player he wants to lead Michigan to its first win against Ohio State since 2011: junior quarterback Shea Patterson.Patterson leads a Michigan offense that is the most efficient passing game Ohio State will face this season, No. 14 in the country. The former Ole Miss quarterback is completing a career-high 65.9 percent of pass attempts, throwing 18 touchdowns compared to four interceptions. If Ohio State wants to stop Patterson and the Michigan offense, including senior running back Karan Higdon, who is recording his first 1,000-yard campaign, the Buckeyes will have to rely on the only consistent aspect of the defense: the defensive line. Despite allowing 237.4 passing yards per game, the No. 77 Ohio State pass defense is holding opposing quarterbacks to a 52.8 percent completion rate against the unit, No. 2 in the Big Ten behind the Wolverines. Redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones and sophomore defensive end Chase Young will have to consistently be in the Michigan backfield, disrupting both Higdon and Patterson to find any success on Saturday. But the reality is, Patterson will get some passes off and test the Ohio State corners and safeties just like the teams before them, lobbing deep throws to sophomore wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.  The big test for Ohio State will be whether Haskins, sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and a room full of veteran receivers, including redshirt seniors Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon, can keep up with the Michigan offense even against the best defense in the country statistically. Meyer said Monday that talent differential has never been an aspect of this game in particular and that it’s always been close. This is the game Ohio State has prepared for all season. No matter where the Buckeyes are at, Meyer and company have found a way to win. Will it happen for the Buckeyes on Saturday? Yes, and there is a blueprint to do it. read more

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Taoiseach criticised for gushing tweet and manner towards Trump and Pence

first_imgTaoiseach criticised for “gushing tweet” and manner towards Trump and Pence Enda Kenny has spoken to both the President and Vice President-elect Ruth Coppinger is not happy with the Taoiseach’s response to Trump’s election. Source: Oireachtas.ieTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has been accused by opposition TDs of a “gushing” response to the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the US.In an exchange in the Dáil this evening, Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger told the Taoiseach that he should have “sent Mr Trump a message that he hopes he will respect gay rights, minority rights and immigrant rights.”“While I accept that the Taoiseach must go through the motions of formally greeting the election of world leaders, does he have to do so in such a gushing manner?,” Coppinger said. Tuesday 22 Nov 2016, 7:05 PM The Taoiseach’s tweet about the Vice President-elect followed a conversation between the pair in which the Taoiseach said they spoke about Pence’s Irish heritage.Pence has been a consistent opponent of LGBT rights and as Coppinger mentioned he has previously advocated so-called “conversion therapy” for gay people.Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD told the Taoiseach that he had been contacted by “various gay friends of mine” after Kenny’s conversation with Pence.“There is a balancing act between being diplomatic and standing up for certain values, rather than just normalising positions that are beyond the pale,” Ryan said.I would like the Taoiseach to consider the example of gay rights, which he will rightly say the previous government championed.  We all introduced marriage equality.  How can we protect the fundamental principles we now hold in a diplomatic way?In response, the Taoiseach said that: “We stand up for our own rights by our own actions.”Kenny made reference to Ireland’s vote on marriage equality but did not say whether it was mentioned in his conversations with Trump or Pence.“We had a referendum on gay marriage and equality of rights. I was very happy to support it. It was a wonderful period of exultation and excitement among Irish people,” he said. Enda Kenny responding to questions in the Dáil today. Source: Oireachtas.ieKenny also added that people must accept the results of the US election:The decision has been made.  It has been made by the electorate of the United States.  It went to the ballot box and elected Vice President-elect Pence and President-elect Trump. Politicians the world over have got to deal with the consequences of whatever administration emerges from that.Read: Enda Kenny had a 10-minute phone call with Donald Trump last night >Read: Brendan Howlin has described Shane Ross as ‘Donald Trumpesque’ > Share339 Tweet Email Short URL By Rónán Duffy 29,387 Views Nov 22nd 2016, 7:05 PM On Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the Taoiseach sent a gushing tweet over the weekend in which he said Mr Pence certainly knows Ireland and the issues that matter to Irish people. Last year, Irish people turned out in droves for the same-sex marriage referendum. Vice President-elect Pence is bitterly opposed to same-sex marriage and has argued, for example, that resources should be provided for conversion therapy to assist those seeking to change their sexual behaviour. How is that in accordance with the views of Irish people?Coppinger also joked that the Irish people will “sleep soundly in their beds” after the Taoiseach confirmed that Irish politicians have been invited to the White House next year and that the annual Shamrock ceremony will continue. Source: Enda Kenny/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3096412 Had a really good conversation tonight with US VP Elect Mike Pence. He certainly knows Ireland and the issues that matter to our people.— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) November 18, 2016 90 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Chelsea placed under transfer ban for next two windows

first_imgChelsea placed under transfer ban for next two windows The club have been punished for breaching rules on the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. Friday 22 Feb 2019, 11:20 AM By Paul Fennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Adam Davy https://the42.ie/4507167 Updated at 11.15CHELSEA HAVE BEEN placed under a transfer ban for the next two windows for breaching rules on the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.Fifa announced the news today, adding that the club would be fined 600,000 Swiss francs (over €520,000) for their actions.The ban does not prevent players being released by the club and it does not apply to Chelsea’s women’s and futsal teams.Chelsea have been given three days to appeal against FIFA’s decision.The move follows a Fifa investigation into Chelsea’s signing of foreign U18 players, including the club’s former forward Bertrand Traore, a Burkina Faso international who now plays for French Ligue 1 club Lyon.Traore signed professional forms for Chelsea in 2013 at the age of 18 but was not registered until January the following year.French website Mediapart, quoting documents from Football Leaks, reported that Fifa had scrutinised 19 Chelsea signings.Mediapart reported that FIFA found evidence that Chelsea had supplied misleading information about Traore’s signing and that he had made more than 20 appearances for the club at different age levels despite not being registered by the Football Association.Part of a statement read: “Chelsea was found to have breached art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of twenty-nine (29) minor players and to have committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players. The club also breached art. 18bis of the Regulations in connection with two agreements it concluded concerning minors and which allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two (2) complete and consecutive registration periods. This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players. 22 Comments “Additionally, the club was fined CHF 600,000 and given a period of 90 days to regularise the situation of the minor players concerned.“The Football Association was also found to have breached the rules in connection with minors. It was fined CHF 510,000 and given a period of six months to address the situation concerning the international transfer and first registration of minors in football.“The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players and effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as also confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.“The decisions issued by the Disciplinary Committee were notified today and can be contested before the FIFA Appeal Committee.”Chelsea have since reacted to the news, saying they plan to appeal the punishment.“Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee and will therefore be appealing the decision,” part of a statement read.“The club wishes to emphasise that it respects the important work undertaken by Fifa in relation to the protection of minors and has fully cooperated with Fifa throughout its investigation. Initially, Chelsea FC was charged under Articles 19.1 and 19.3 in relation to 92 players. We welcome the fact that Fifa has accepted that there was no breach in relation to 63 of these players, but the club is extremely disappointed that Fifa has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players. Chelsea FC acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to Fifa.”Originally published at 09.55, additional reporting by AFPSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:center_img A general view of Stamford Bridge. Image: Adam Davy Subscribe Feb 22nd 2019, 9:55 AM 22,963 Views Short URL A general view of Stamford Bridge. Share19 Tweet Email last_img read more

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Car crashes require range of solutions

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The high-speed car accident that claimed the lives of five teenagers in Mill Park on Sunday 17, January has brought back tragic memories for Doula Styllianou, whose son was killed in the much publicised fiery car crash on the West Gate Freeway.On December 9, 2007, Peter Stavrou, 17 and three of his friends were returning from Schoolies week celebrations on the Mornington Peninsula when their Holden Commodore slid across the West Gate Freeway at Altona North and burst into flames as it ploughed backwards into trees. “I remember what happened… what we’ve been through and we don’t want other people to go through this because it is the most difficult thing that could happen to any human,” Ms Styllianou said.“Drinking and speeding is the last step. We need to find out the previous steps that led them to this behaviour, and educate our children at school from a young age.”At a press conference last week, the Victorian Police Deputy Commissioner Ken Lay suggested that police needed to work better with health professionals, academics and educationalists to get to young people who engage in high risk situations before they get behind the wheel.  When Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) contacted the Deputy Commissioner he said that the Police are happy to consider any initiative that will reduce serious injury crashes and lower Victoria’s road toll.Lay further stressed that he strongly believed enforcement strategies are working.Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) research fellow, Belinda Clark revealed to NKEE that she was conducting an evaluation of the vehicle impoundment legislation for the Victorian police.“Because the legislation is relatively new, we will be actively interviewing young people who have had their cars impounded to determine the effectiveness of the legislation,” she said.Fellow Monash University Research Centre (MUARC) researcher, Eve Mitsopoulos-Rubens agreed that the solution will extend beyond targeting countermeasures to this minority group.“It is often assumed that the reason why young drivers have crashes is because they engage in deliberate risk but inexperience is a primary contributor as well,” she said.“A young person may inadvertently put themselves in a risky situation because they do not have accurate awareness of their capabilities, nor do they have awareness of the demands of the task and so expose themselves to riskier situations beyond their capabilities.”Mitsopoulos-Rubens underscored that driver training needs to extend beyond just being able to control a vehicle and to address higher order perceptual cognitive skills such as hazard perception, and multi-tasking. She said that it was also important to educate young people about why graduated licensing measures are in place.Car enthusiast George Spanos, 20, from Cottlesbridge agreed that education is the key, however does not think that this will stop hoon drivers in their tracks.“If the government and police are serious about stopping repeat offenders, I think crushing a couple of cars would get the message across,” he said.last_img read more

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Jayne Many hands are losers to the tune of 900 million

first_imgGreg Jayne, Opinion page editor What about the losers?That is the pertinent question whenever a lottery winner is paraded before the media. Whenever somebody talks about their life-changing stroke of good fortune. Whenever balloons and a giant fake check are pulled out to celebrate a big win.What about the losers?You see, for everybody who cashes in big on Powerball or Mega Millions — the multistate lottery games that often result in jackpots worth hundreds of millions of dollars — there are many millions of people who donated to the cause.Such was the case Thursday, when Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old Massachusetts woman, came forward as the sole winner of a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot. Because she opted for a one-time payout instead of 30 payments spread over 29 years, Wanczyk will pocket about $480.5 million before taxes. After taxes, it will be about $336 million — still not a bad payday.But that’s not all. Reports say there were 9.4 additional winning tickets worth a total of $135 million in Wednesday’s drawing, with payouts ranging from $4 to $2 million.And that is where the losers come in. About 50 percent of Powerball revenue goes to paying out winning tickets, meaning there were roughly $900 million worth of losing tickets for Wednesday’s drawing. That’s $900 million in one week that Americans willingly handed over. That’s $900 million in one week from a society that is loath to pay for other’s health care or provide robust funding for education but will gladly chase something where the odds are 1 in 292 million.last_img read more

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Remembering Marine Seaman Anfernee Brett Neely

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base 27 Sept. (RBDF) – Our hearts are heavy as we mourn our loss of young Marine Seaman Anfernee Brett Neely earlier today. Marine Seaman Neely succumbed to injuries he sustained during a boating accident in Nassau Harbour while on duty on Thursday 17 September 2015. Neely enlisted in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as a member of New Entry 52 on the 10th January 2015. His Entry is largest entry to date to join the Defence Force with a total of 108 Marines undergoing recruit training at the same time.Marine Seaman Neely was a ‘giant at heart’ who grew to love his job. Upon successfully completing recruit training, Anfernee was subsequently drafted to the Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol Unit. The Unit is responsible for conducting marine patrols around Nassau Harbour, Paradise Island and the northern shores of New Providence. As a member of the Unit, Anfernee was a part of a team that was also responsible for providing marine security for cruise ships that brought millions of passengers to New Providence.Looking forward to a promising future, Marine Seaman Neely proudly took on the honourable task of Guarding our Heritage as he performed his duties with diligence, dignity and much enthusiasm. We are therefore truly grateful for his service to the Defence Force and our nation.It is therefore with much regret that I extend deepest condolences on behalf of the Honourable Dr. Bernard Nottage and Mrs. Nottage, Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, Junior Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, and myself, to Anfernee’s mother, Ms. Margaret Russell, who raised an outstanding son. I also extend sincerest condolences to Anfernee’s siblings, family members, loved ones and friends for their loss. It is my sincerest hope that Anfernee’s short-lived, yet full life would serve as an inspiration to those of us who knew him. It is also my prayer that God’s grace and comfort will bring us all through this very difficult time of our lives.Sincerest condolences,Captain Tellis BethelActing Commander Defence ForceRoyal Bahamas Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Marine Seaman Anfernee Brett Neelylast_img read more

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Some Alaskans Could Be Eligible For Unemployment Insurance Refunds

first_imgState officials wrote: “UI contributions paid by workers may be listed on the worker’s W-2 form(s) in Box 14 or on their pay stubs. Workers can also contact their employers for the information.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced on Monday that eligible Alaskans who worked for more than one employer, earned over $39,500, and paid more than a total of $197.50 in Unemployment Insurance (UI) contributions during 2018, may be eligible for a refund. Refund request forms with proof of earnings and payment of unemployment insurance must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2019.center_img The refund form is online at http://labor.alaska.gov/estax/forms/eerefund.pdf or can be requested by mail from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Employment Security Contribution, P.O. Box 115509, Juneau, AK 99811-5509.last_img read more

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All the new Google Assistant products from CES 2019

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. GE Google Assistant Amazon Google D-Link Walmart But wait, there’s moreD-Link Battery Wi-Fi Water SensorAltro Smart LockU by Moen Smart ShowerSamsung 2019 TVsDaikin One+ thermostatSensor Mirror Hi-Fi AssistTrifo IronpieWhirlpool Smart Front-Load Washer and DryerGE Kitchen HubCapstone Smart MirrorOrbit B-hyve sprinkler controllerInnit KitchenCES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it $69 See it Comments CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Test-driving Vuzix Blade on my face before CES Share your voice $99 See It 16 Photoscenter_img See It Enlarge ImageThe Kohler Verdera Smart Mirror will ship in a Google Assistant-compatible version.  Kohler CES 2019 is just about to kick off, and as in the last few years, you can expect an outpouring of product news for hardware that supports one or more of the various voice assistants.  It’s no secret that Google and Amazon are locked in battle for smart home supremacy. As the market share leaders, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant will make up the bulk of the voice support news. We have another post tracking all the Alexa announcements. Here we’ll run down all the new Google Assistant devices.  You’ll see many of the same products on both lists, thanks to savvy third-party device makers who want to give customers choice. Keep reading to see exactly where Google stands in this war of voice assistants. We’ll update this post often too as CES runs its course, so check back frequently for new developments. New things that work with Google Assistant Here’s the current list of novel CES products that manufacturers say will support Google’s AI voice interface, in alphabetical order. cbyge-tablelamp-bed-v4-green GE Lighting C by GE smart lighting GE’s current line of smart lighting will enjoy tight integration with Google Assistant. Called C by GE, the lineup contains LED bulbs, light switches and dimmers, plus smart plugs and sensors. While you can also control the devices with Alexa, that setup requires an additional hub. Owners of Google Home devices won’t need one, however. Instead they can operate GE lights directly through Assistant. Support for Apple HomeKit will arrive later this year as well. Read CNET’s preview of C by GE lighting products. caseta-by-lutron-fan-speed-controlEnlarge Image Lutron Caseta by Lutron Fan Speed ControlWant to transform your ordinary home ceiling fans into ones with smarts? The Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control does just that. It also works with Google Assistant, Alexa and the IFTTT platform. Read CNET’s preview of the Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control.currant-1Enlarge Image Currant Currant Smart Wall OutletThis smart electrical outlet keeps an eye on the power usage of devices you connect to it. It’ll then figure out which appliances are the most inefficient. That’ll help you save money and cut down on energy waste. You can control the outlet with Google Assistant, the Currant mobile app or Alexa if you choose.Read CNET’s preview of the Currant Smart Wall Outlet.onelink-bell-4x6Enlarge Image First Alert First Alert Onelink BellFirst Alert is known for its smoke alarms, but the company now has a new smart doorbell. Called the Onelink Bell, this connected buzzer works with First Alert’s other networked home safety gear. One example is the Onelink Safe and Sound smoke and carbon monoxide detector. The Onelink Bell will also support Google Assistant as well as Alexa.  Read CNET’s preview of the First Alert Onelink Bell.gourmia-gwcm695-multicookerEnlarge Image Gourmia Gourmia 11-in-1 Deluxe MulticookerAppliance maker Gourmia unveiled a new, smart kitchen appliance. The $150 11-in-1 Deluxe Multicooker works with Google Assistant voice commands. It will also respond to voice instructions you give to Alexa, plus Gourmia’s Mia mobile app.Read CNET’s preview of the Gourmia 11-in-1 Deluxe Multicooker.00100lportrait-00100-burst20181129165716957-cover-01Enlarge Image Tyler Lizenby/CNET Instant Pot Smart Wi-FiAnother member of the Google Assistant family is the Instant Pot. Specifically, the Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi now supports Google Assistant voice commands. You’ll be able to say things like,”Hey, Google, set the program on my cooker to rice” and the Instant Pot Smart-Wi-Fi will begin the rice function. You’ll also be able to check the Instant Pot’s status hands-free though Google Home devices.Read CNET’s review of the Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi.kitchenaiddisplaybackgrounEnlarge Image KitchenAid KitchenAid Smart DisplayKitchenAid has stepped into the smart display ring with its own gadget. The connected appliance is splash resistant to stand up to kitchen spills. It’s also one of a growing number of smart displays powered by Google Assistant. Read CNET’s preview of KitchenAid Smart Displayzac62983-rgb-3000x-300Enlarge Image Kohler Kohler smart bathroom Have lots of money to burn, and crave a bathroom remodel that puts Google Assistant within easy access? Consider Kohler’s smart bathroom collection. The line includes an intelligent toilet, a free-standing bath, a lighted mirror and a lighted three-piece vanity. All have accent lights you can control through voice commands put to Google Assistant. There’s a Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, too, which comes in either Google Assistant or Alexa models. Read CNET’s preview of Kohler’s smart bathroom products. klipsch-bar-40gEnlarge Image Klipsch Klipsch Bar 40G sound bar Most home theater rigs don’t provide much free space to add extra components. Create a little more room with the 40-inch Klipsch Bar 40G sound bar. It’s designed to offer the sound of multiple speakers in one. It also boasts native support for Google Assistant. That’ll help you avoid additional clutter by not having to squeeze in a smart speaker, too. Read CNET’s preview of the Klipsch Bar 40G sound bar. vusix-blade-02 Sarah Tew/CNET Vuzix Blade The $999 Vuzix Blade might be the first pair of Alexa-compatible smart glasses. Its creators also say they’ll add compatibility with Google Assistant in the future too. The headset takes video and photos, and plays audio through integrated headphones. It can also display images, video, apps and messages, right on the lenses. Read CNET’s preview of the Vuzix Blade. Crutchfield How To • Make Google Home get your groceries News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Tags 6 Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Google Home $79 Mentioned Above Google Home Smart Homelast_img read more

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Internet traffic equality for all

first_imgInternet traffic equality for all1.1K viewsInternet traffic equality for all1.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Internet traffic equality for all1.1K viewsBusinessLife, liberty and internet traffic equality for all. So says the Federal Communications Commission. It voted to adopt new rules that basically treat the internet like a utility. FCC Commissioner TomVentuno Web Player 4.50Life, liberty and internet traffic equality for all. So says the Federal Communications Commission. It voted to adopt new rules that basically treat the internet like a utility. FCC Commissioner Tomlast_img

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