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Canadian actor Alan Thicke the Dad on the Sitcom Growing Pains Dies

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69, his publicist confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.The actor reportedly had a heart attack while playing hockey with his son. He was transported to a hospital on Tuesday afternoon where he was pronounced dead.Thicke was best known for his role on the sitcom Growing Pains and most recently appeared on Netflix’s Fuller House. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Growing Pains aired on ABC for seven seasons, from September 1985 to April 1992. On the sitcom, Thicke played Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist who works from home. Joanna Kerns played his wife and Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller and Ashley Johnson were their kids. In the last season, Leonardo DiCaprio appeared as a homeless teen who moves in with the family.After hosting a successful daytime talk show in Canada, the Ontario native launched the syndicated Thicke of the Night, produced by famed network programmer Fred Silverman, in September 1983 for an American audience. However, it proved to be no match for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and lasted just nine months.He’s survived by his sons Brennan, Carter and Blurred Lines singer Robin, as well as his wife, Tanya.last_img read more

Millennial Money This winter your credit should freeze too

Before you tackle lofty financial resolutions like paying off debt this year, do yourself a quick favour and freeze your credit reports. It’s free, doesn’t affect your credit score and helps protect your financial future.Credit reports summarize your payment history with creditors and are automatically generated by the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Freezing them prevents fraudsters from opening a new line of credit using your personal information.Data breaches may feel like an annoying fact of life, but the 2017 Equifax breach dramatically increased the likelihood that your personal information is out there, waiting to be misused.“The Equifax data breach exposed the critical financial information of more than half of the American adult population,” says Chi Chi Wu, staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, a non-profit advocacy organization. Data exposed includes Social Security numbers, names, birthdates, addresses and some driver’s licenses. If the Equifax breach or any others have put your information in the hands of scammers, they could get a credit card or loan in your name, rack up debt and wreck your credit.WHY YOU SHOULD FREEZE YOUR CREDITChoosing to place a credit freeze — or not — boils down to how you think about your personal information being exposed. You could ignore it and hope nothing bad happens, or you could take action now to prevent damage.In a world where data breaches are commonplace, freezes aren’t a luxury, they’re a necessity. As a millennial building your financial life, you’re better off protecting your credit as soon as possible.Think of it as adding a deadbolt on your front door. You hope no one will be able to get through your existing lock, just as you hope personal data like your Social Security number stays private. But by adding the deadbolt, you have an extra layer of protection in case that first lock is picked.HOW FREE CREDIT FREEZES WORKThe process for placing a freeze differs slightly at each credit bureau, but you can do it online or over the phone. The freeze then blocks lenders from accessing your credit reports. If a bad actor applies for credit in your name, the lender can’t see your reports to make a lending decision and won’t approve the application.When you want to apply for credit, you unfreeze one or more of your reports by logging in to your account. (Experian gives you a special PIN to unfreeze the report). “It’s something you can do with your phone even as you’re walking into your lender’s office,” says John Ulzheimer, a credit expert who has worked at Equifax and credit scoring company FICO. You can also designate a period of time to temporarily lift the freeze, such as when shopping for a mortgage, Wu says.Your credit score — the three-digit number that is based on information in your credit reports — is not affected. (You can check your own credit reports with no consequences to your score, whether you have a freeze or not.)Freezing and unfreezing your credit reports is now free, thanks to congressional action after the Equifax breach. Parents also have the right to have credit reports created for their minor children and freeze them for free, Ulzheimer says. Freezing your children’s credit helps protect them from identity theft.WHAT A CREDIT FREEZE DOES NOT DOPROTECT AGAINST SOME FORMS OF IDENTITY THEFT. A freeze stops new credit from being opened, but if someone has the details of your existing credit card, they could make fraudulent charges on it. If they have your Social Security number, they could file a fake tax return or claim Social Security benefits in your name. It’s still essential to monitor your credit card transactions and other financial accounts and to report any suspected identity theft immediately, Wu says.PREVENT EXISTING CREDITORS FROM SEEING YOUR REPORTS. Lenders with which you already have a relationship can still see your credit reports. Debt collectors can also access them.STAY VIGILANTIt’s a good idea to check your credit reports and credit score regularly so you can act quickly if you spot an anomaly.Many personal finance websites, banks and credit card issuers offer a way to check your credit. Look for one that offers both credit score and credit report information, updates routinely and is free._______________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Amrita Jayakumar is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: Twitter: @ajbombay.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How do I get a free credit freeze? Report identity theft Jayakumar, The Associated Press read more

TD Q1 earnings up 24 but miss expectations amid loyalty program charge

Toronto-Dominion Bank increased its dividend as it reported a 2.4 per cent uptick in first-quarter profits to $2.41 billion.TD Bank increased its quarterly payment to common shareholders by seven cents to 74 cents.The bank’s profit for its first quarter amounted to $1.27 per diluted share, up from $1.24 for the quarter ended Jan. 31 last year.The lender said the quarter included a $607-million charge related to the long-term loyalty agreement with Air Canada, which had an impact of 24 cents per share.On an adjusted basis, TD earned $2.95 billion, relatively flat compared with the same period a year earlier.That amounted to $1.57 in adjusted earnings per diluted share, up from $1.56 a year earlier, but below the $1.72 expected by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon.“TD’s retail segments in both Canada and the U.S. had a strong start to the year, with continued revenue growth and solid earnings,” chief executive Bharat Masrani said in a statement.“However, market volatility and lower client activity impacted our Wholesale segment in the quarter.” Companies in this story: (TSX:TD) Companies in this story: (TSX:TD)The Canadian Press read more

Loonie lower amid emerging market worries Fed moves to further cut stimulus

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollars (loonies) are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Wednesday as the U.S. Federal Reserve moved to further reduce its key stimulus program.Its second move to taper bond purchases by $10 billion a month, this time to $65 billion, raised questions about how Fed easing will affect currencies in emerging market countries.The loonie closed down 0.18 of a cent to a fresh 4 1/2 year low of 89.46 cents US.It had run as high as 90.06 cents US in the morning amid short-lived relief after several central banks in emerging market countries moved to shore up their currencies.Currencies have been volatile since last week after Chinese data showed a contraction in manufacturing. Currencies in emerging markets are also under pressure as investors wonder how they’ll be affected by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s removal of monetary stimulus.The Fed’s massive bond purchases over the last few years have resulted in a stream of cheap money flowing into those markets, but now that the central bank is cutting back, U.S. bond yields have risen sharply and funds are exiting those same countries.“Emerging markets remain under pressure (and) fears of contagion remain,” observed Rahim Madhavji at Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange.Nerves were initially soothed by the Turkish central bank’s aggressive interest rate hike to stabilize its currency, another rate hike in India and China’s injection of funds into its banking system.But the Turkish lira gave up initial gains from the central bank’s move, while a surprise interest rate increase by South Africa’s central bank also provided only short-term strengthen to its currency.The Fed had already tapered its asset purchases by $10 billion a month to $75 billion effective this month.On the commodity markets, March crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange slipped a nickel to US$97.36 a barrel.March copper was a cent lower at US$3.24 a pound while February gold bullion rose $11.40 to US$1,262.20 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2014 6:40 am MDT Loonie lower amid emerging market worries, Fed moves to further cut stimulus read more

Solid hiring stretches into 6th month as employers add 209000 jobs rate

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2014 6:36 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.Employers added 209,000 jobs last month. Though that was fewer than in the previous three months, the economy has now produced an average 244,000 jobs a month since February — the best six-month string in eight years.At the same time, most economists don’t think the pace of job growth is enough to cause the Federal Reserve to speed up its timetable for raising interest rates. Most still think the Fed will start raising rates to ward off inflation around mid-2015.The Labor Department’s jobs report Friday pointed to an economy that has bounced back with force after a grim start to the year and is expected to sustain its strength into 2015. Economists generally expect it to grow at a 3 per cent annual rate in the second half of this year after expanding 4 per cent in the second quarter. Consumer spending is rising, manufacturing is expanding rapidly and auto sales are up.“There is no doubt that the economy and the labour market have been strengthening,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at California State University’s Smith School of Business. “People are rejoining the labour force. All these factors point to moderate, but sustained economic growth in 2014.”Speaking with reporters Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama declared that the economy “is clearly getting stronger. … Our engines are revving a little bit louder.”In an encouraging sign, more people without jobs have started to look for one — a shift that nudged up the unemployment rate in July to 6.2 per cent from 6.1 per cent in June. Most of those who began searching last month didn’t find jobs. But the increase suggests they’re more optimistic about their prospects. The jobless aren’t counted as unemployed unless they’re actively seeking work.Americans’ paychecks, though, are barely growing. That helps give the Fed leeway to keep its benchmark short-term rate near zero without worrying so much about higher inflation.Investors were unimpressed by Friday’s data. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 69 points, and broader indexes also dropped. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note dipped, suggesting less concern about a Fed rate increase.Encouragingly, a higher proportion of July’s job gains were in higher-paying industries. That’s a shift from much of the recovery, which has been marked by outsized gains in lower-paying fields such as restaurants, retail and home health care aides.Manufacturing added 28,000 jobs in July, the most in eight months. Construction added 22,000 and financial services 7,000, its fourth straight gain. Accounting, bookkeeping and computer networking jobs also showed gains. And architectural and engineering jobs jumped 8,800, the most since January 2007.“This is particularly important for new college graduates as it suggests that the market for individuals with higher education is finally firming,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial.Job growth is pushing up wages in some sectors. But the increases haven’t been widespread.Ted Toth, vice-president of a factory in Pennsauken, New Jersey, that makes parts for satellite, radar and GPS systems, says he has four available jobs that pay from $20 to $32 an hour. But he hasn’t been able to find employees qualified to fill them.His company, Rosenberger North America, raised wages 6 per cent earlier this year to fend off efforts by competitors to poach its employees.“Everybody’s stealing from each other,” he said.As hiring has increased and more people have begun seeking work, the proportion of working-age adults who either have a job or are looking for one rose slightly in July from a 36-year low to 62.9 per cent. It was the first increase in four months.The number of unemployed rose 197,000 to 9.7 million. Nearly three-fourths of that increase represented people who resumed their job hunts after previously giving up. The number of people who were unemployed because they had been laid off actually declined in July.The lack of significant pay increases for most Americans has been a factor hobbling the recovery. Higher pay is needed to fuel consumer spending, which makes up nearly 70 per cent of economic activity.In July, average hourly earnings ticked up just a penny to $24.45. That was just 2 per cent more than it was 12 months earlier and was slightly below inflation of 2.1 per cent. In a healthy economy, wages before inflation would rise 3.5 per cent to 4 per cent annually.Pay has failed to accelerate in part because many Americans are still uncertain about the economy’s long-term health, said Mike Schenk, a senior economist at the Credit Union National Association.Schenk expects wages to pick up once the unemployment rate falls to around 5.5 per cent — a level at which some businesses will have to increase pay to keep workers and some employees will be more confident asking for a raise.“People are still bruised,” Schenk said. “I don’t think they feel comfortable, generally speaking, walking in and asking for raises at this point.”Many more people are either out of work or are underemployed than the unemployment rate indicates, economists note. That can also keep a lid on pay.Richard Moody, chief economist at Regions Financial Corporation, notes that 7.5 million Americans who are working part time would like full-time work, up from 7.3 million in January. An additional 2.2 million have stopped searching but would take a job if available.On top of the 9.7 million people the government counts as unemployed, an additional 9.7 million either want a job or would like more hours. Combined, the three categories make up an “underemployment” rate of 12.2 per cent.That “is still far above any level that could be considered normal in a healthy labour market,” Moody said.Those are the kinds of figures that Fed policymakers were reviewing at a meeting this week, after which they concluded that “there remains significant underutilization of labour resources.”The challenge for the Fed is timing when to raise short-term rates. If it moves too soon to raise rates, the Fed risks choking off early signs of rising wages. If it acts too late to raise rates, it risks causing inflation to surge.Zach Pandl, a strategist at the financial firm Columbia Management, expects the Fed to start raising rates next spring.“Wages are a lagging indicator, always the last piece of the puzzle in a recovery,” Pandl said.___AP Economics Writers Josh Boak and Paul Wiseman contributed to this report.___Contact Chris Rugaber on Twitter at Solid hiring stretches into 6th month as employers add 209,000 jobs; rate rises to 6.2 pct. read more

Polley Myrna Willson Hunt

Polley left her earthly family and home to join with her parents, brothers and friends in their heavenly home on Monday, May 6, 2019.Polley is the oldest daughter and third child of Myron and Ada Marie Winder Willson.  She was born 19 July 1936 in Elmo, Emery County, Utah.Polley loved to crochet and crocheted many works of art such as:  alter cloths and “The Good Shepherd” and “The Last Supper”.  She designed many of her own patterns.  She loved the out of doors, enjoyed trips to the mountains for the scenery and wildlife.  Polley was a people person and knew how to make people feel special.  She was loved by all who knew her.Polley married Elvin E Hunt 23 August 1952.  They were later divorced.  Polley moved to Englewood Colorado in the early sixties and has resided there until April this year.She worked as a waitress for many years and as a sales person at Joslins Department Store where she was awarded many top sales awards.  The store later merged with Dillards where she worked until she retired.Polley is survived by her sons: Allen Junior Hunt (Nancy) Jerome ID, Paul Lynn Hunt, Provo, UT and Bruce Kay Hunt , Twin Falls ID.  Three grandchildren, five great grandchildren,  three step-grandchildren,  four step-great grandchildren and one step great great grandchild.Two brothers:  Marvon  Ellis Willson (Lou Jean)  and Leland Wilbert Willson both of Wellington UT.  Two sisters Lana Lucinda Willson Christian (Raymond), Escalante, UT  and Aurelia Beth Willson Smith, Stansbury Park, UT and many nieces and nephews.Polley is preceded in death by two brother and their wives:   Lewie Zera Willson and wife, Bonnie;  Pattie Bertrin and wife Kay;  a sister-in-law Louise Willson wife of brother Leland;  and a brother-in-law Alan Smith, husband of Aurelia.A special thanks to her son, Paul,  who gave up his employment and life as he knew it to become her 24/7 caregiver for the last four plus years.  Being constantly by her side, seeing her through the many challenges that arose  watching a parent go from self-sustaining to total dependency on someone else.  Bless you Paul!  Thanks also to the hospice caregivers in Englewood Colorado and Provo UT.Burial will be in the Elmo, City Cemetery, Elmo, Emery County, Utah under the direction of Larkin Mortuary of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Graveside services set for Friday,  May 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm. with a viewing held prior at 12:30 p.m. at Elmo Ward 170 East Main Street, Elmo, Utah 84521. read more

Oklahoma has 4th AllBig 12 top offensive player in a row

IRVING, Texas — Oklahoma has the Big 12’s top offensive player for the fourth season in a row.Sooners junior quarterback Kyler Murray was selected as the offensive player of the year when the Big 12 Conference released its post-season awards Wednesday. The awards are determined by the 10 league coaches who couldn’t vote for their own players.West Virginia junior linebacker David Long Jr. took the top defensive honour. Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley shared Big 12 coach of the year honours as selected by their peers.Baker Mayfield, the Sooners quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy last season, was the Big 12’s top player in 2015 and 2017. Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook won the award in 2016. The Sooners are going for the fourth consecutive Big 12 title when they play Texas in the league championship game Saturday.___More AP college football: and Associated Press read more

Mens Soccer Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor to take on No 21

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing off a 0-0 draw at home against Northwestern on Friday while playing nearly half the game down a man, the Ohio State men’s soccer team  (1-5-2, 0-1-1 Big Ten) heads to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the Wolverines (5-1-1, 1-0-1 Big Ten) on Tuesday. Ohio State redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell said even though Ohio State’s battles with Michigan are mostly noted on the gridiron, the rivalry transcends all sports between the two schools. “I think everyone comes here because they know about the rivalry in football obviously, but I think it carries over to every single sport, so we’re not very fond of them,” Blackwell said. “They don’t really like us very much.” The Wolverines come into this week ranked No. 21 in the nation, according to the United Soccer Coaches Poll, and are on a six-game unbeaten streak following their only loss of the season, at home to Tulsa on Aug. 24.Michigan is a team that is both effective and dangerous on offense. The Wolverines have outscored their opponents 15-5 on the season while outshooting them 101-48. The Wolverines’ attack is spearheaded by sophomore forward Umar Farouk Osman’s four goals and two assists, combined with eight points apiece from junior forward Jack Hallahan and sophomore forward Mohammed Zakyi.Meanwhile, the Wolverines are just as strong between the pipes, with sophomore goalkeeper Henry Mashburn currently holding a 0.68 goals against average for the season, accompanied by four clean sheets.“Michigan’s very good this year, very athletic, tough and they get after you,” Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve said. “It’s going to be a battle and we’re going to have to match their fight because you know they’re going to come out a hundred miles per hour.”Maisonneuve said that a top concern of his is how his players will recover on such short rest following the tough double-overtime battle against the Wildcats Friday night in Columbus. “The hardest part about double overtime on Friday is we’ve got to turn around and do it on Tuesday, so it’s going to be a really quick turnaround,” Maisonneuve said. “Managing bodies is going to be the No. 1 thing.”With eight games under their belt, a new coaching staff and system and a whole lot of soccer left to be played, the Buckeyes seem to be settling in.The defense rebounded from a tough outing at Penn State last weekend to shut out Northwestern on Friday despite being a man down, while the offense played its most effective game of the season last time out. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are set to play in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. read more

Police chief who exposed breast at colleague in drunken tirade allowed to

first_imgRebekah Sutcliffe Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe Superintendent Sarah JacksonCredit:Greater Manchester Police “In this context I foolishly became drunk and as a result behaved in a way that is entirely at odds with the way I conduct myself on a daily basis and with the person and senior leader that I want to be.”Ms Sutcliffe’s counsel, John Beggs QC, had earlier handed the panel more than 200 pages of testimonials with many officers speaking of Ms Sutcliffe as “inspirational”, “visionary” and “a strong leader”.One unnamed female detective chief inspector at GMP said she is “a role model to many women in the organisation”.Mr Beggs said she remained a role model, with “human frailties”, who would “emerge as an even impressive senior leader” if allowed to.Ms Sutcliffe admitted misconduct in failing to treat Ms Jackson with respect or courtesy and that she abused her position and authority.She also acknowledged that her actions discredited the police service. However, she had denied it amounted to gross misconduct. Superintendent Sarah Jackson Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe arriving at Manchester Police Headquarters on MondayCredit:Andrew McCaren/LNP Following a misconduct hearing late last year, a disciplinary panel ruled that she had breached standards of professional behaviour.But GMP Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling ruled on Monday that she could keep her job.Announcing his decision at the force’s HQ to follow the panel’s recommendation, he said: “Despite being absolutely appalled at her behaviour and all too aware of the damage to public confidence I do not think I can take a different view without any significant reason to do so.”The panel had stated her gross misconduct had taken her to “the very precipice of dismissal”, but accepted it was out of character and recommended a final written warning would suffice.Ms Sutcliffe, who was the most senior female GMP officer at the time, verbally attacked her younger colleague following a gala dinner at the national Senior Women in Policing Conference last May. Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe was at the time the most senior female Greater Manchester Police officerCredit:Manchester Evening News The haranguing in the early hours of May 6 at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel concluded when Ms Sutcliffe told her colleague she was no longer going to support a further promotion for her.Ms Jackson, who was appointed by Ms Sutcliffe as a temporary superintendent in a secondment role, later said she was “shocked, mortified, embarrassed and ashamed” at the comments made by her superior.She added that she had suffered “great anxiety from the night itself and since”.In a statement read out to reporters, Ms Sutcliffe repeated her apologies to Ms Jackson, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and her GMP colleagues.She said: “I deeply regret what happened and the impact it has had upon these people. I continue to feel very ashamed that I behaved in this way. I would also like to apologise now to the public for the unpleasant nature of the incident and for the fact that I have let them down.”The responsibility for what happened is mine and mine alone. At the time of the incident, I was under significant personal and professional pressure. A police chief has escaped the sack from her £109,000-a-year job after she bared her breast in a drunken tirade at a junior colleague.Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe, of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), told Superintendent Sarah Jackson that her “credibility was zero” after she had a “boob job” and berated her as a “laughing stock” who would be judged professionally “on the size of her t–s”.The 47-year-old then went on to pull down the front of her dress to expose her left breast and say: “Look at these, look at these, these are the breasts of someone who has had three children.”They are ugly but I don’t feel the need to pump myself full of silicone to get self-esteem.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Javid backs use of spit hoods despite warnings from Met Chief

Since July 2017 Scotland Yard has deployed spit guards 151 times and many officers see them as a protective barrier between themselves and a potentially dangerous suspect. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However, many civil liberty groups have welcomed the move, calling the mesh hoods placed over suspects’ heads “dangerous and degrading” and hailing it as “ a step in the right direction from Cressida Dick”.Gracie Bradley, Advocacy Manager for Liberty added that the hoods have been linked to a number of deaths in custody and a “robust” case for their use has not yet been made.Matt Twist, Scotland Yard’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner said: “Over a number of years the Met has been looking at potential ways of minimising the threat this issue poses to officers and staff. One of the options that has been considered is spit and bite guards.”We continue to monitor the use of spit and bite guards in the Met and are working with the Met Federation about encouraging police officers to report when they are spat at so we ensure we have accurate records of this.”Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London, has confirmed their use would not be extended to the front line. Sajid Javid said it was ‘ridiculous’ that the mesh hoods had not yet been adopted by all British forces in a speech at the Police Federation conference in MayCredit:Toby Melville/Reuters Sajid Javid said it was ‘ridiculous’ that the mesh hoods had not yet  been adopted by all British forces in a speech at the Police Federation conference in May The Home Secretary and the UK’s most senior police officer have clashed over the use of spit hoods on suspects by front line police officers.Commissioner Cressida Dick said the equipment that prevents people from spitting and biting officers should only be used in custody suites and not during arrests, despite support for them from Sajid Javid.The decision comes after the Home Secretary said it was ‘ridiculous’ that the mesh hoods had not yet  been adopted by all British forces in a speech at the Police Federation conference in May.Over 30 of the 43 forces in England and Wales use spit hoods, with many including the British Transport Police, issuing them to frontline officers.Dick’s announcement follows a lengthy trial of their use in custody during which Scotland Yard has used hoods in all custody suites.The decision has been met with anger by The Metropolitan Police Federation who have labelled the move “absurd”, insisting the hoods “do not cause any stress whatsoever.”Ken Marsh, The Federation’s Chairman , said “no member of the public will ever see a spit guard until they have spat at one of my colleagues.” read more

Africanbased CSMI introduces short courses for mining professionals

first_imgMuch headway has been made on the continent of Africa in the practice of safety, health, environment and quality management (SHEQ). For many however, formal education is still lacking in the areas that are fundamental to sustainable development with local practitioners not having had access to the requisite specialised tertiary education. Says May Hermanus, director of The Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI):, “In response to specific requests and requirement, the CSMI is addressing that need by way of a number of short courses and workshops. “Additionally, the usual beneficiaries of training at the CSMI the centre’s short courses can now also be taken by occasional students for a certificate of competence (CoC) or a certificate of attendance. Students may also apply for CPD points.Based at the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, the CSMI will be conducting four short courses in the coming months, namely; Sustainable Development in Mining and Industry from the 13-17 August 2012, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Occupational Health and Hygiene for Non-Specialists from the 3-7 September 2012, and Safety & Health Leadership and Human Factors from 1-5 October 2012.“These courses will provide recognised and accredited training programmes and an education leading to recognised academic qualifications for professionals wishing to pursue or further their careers in the SHEC fields, in the private sector, industry, government or non-governmental organisations,” says Hermanus.Since its inception in 2004, the CSMI has garnered recognition as a centre of excellence on the African continent for the training and education of managers, practitioners and regulators in sustainable development.The establishment of the CMSI originated from a partnership formed by BHP Billiton, Lonmin and Goldfields with the Wits School of Mining Engineering in response to an urgent need to increase the standards of safety within the mining industry.Since then, other partners have supported the work of the CMSI as donors – in the case of AngloGold Ashanti, Goba and Xstrata – and as patrons of major projects in the case of the Department of Mineral Resources, Mining Qualifications Authority, Anglo American, Coal Tech 2020, World Bank and the Asbestos Relief Trust. BHP Billiton is currently the principal donor.Following the development of four courses at graduate level with specific support from BHP Billiton during the period 2007 – 2008, the centre today offers nine courses at the Masters of Science level dealing with OHS risk management, OHS leadership and human factors, occupational health and hygiene for non-specialists, SHEC systems, environmental impact assessment, mining and the environment, and geographical information systems.In addition, the CSMI presents an accredited short course on safety risk management for Anglo American, and with support of the Department of Mineral Resources and the Mining Qualifications Authority, has developed and piloted eight short accredited courses for the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate and the Environmental Inspectorate.CSMI is based at the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand and offers the best of global sustainable development practices and programmes through recognised and accredited training particularly in safety, health, environment and community issues (SHEC). The CSMI also networks in the mining, industrial, labour and governmental sectors, forming partnerships with stakeholders and fostering mutually beneficial collaborations. The centre is recognized as a centre of excellence in Africa by its ongoing contributions to sustainable development through research, education and training.last_img read more

TV Wrap Gordon Strachans ignorance shows the Premier League is not beyond

first_img Gordon Strachan during his appearance on Sky Sports’ The Debate last week. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 42,410 Views 16 Comments Gordon Strachan during his appearance on Sky Sports’ The Debate last week. Image: Sky Sports YouTube Image: Sky Sports YouTube Short URL Subscribe Monday 8 Apr 2019, 3:08 PM Updated Apr 8th 2019, 3:08 PM “TO UNDERSTAND IRISH politics, you must first understand the GAA”, is a favourite line of ours, as if the Gah offers a kind of FETAC course in the dynamics, structures, whims, oddities and occasional gombeenism of the political rule we have deemed good enough for ourselves.This isn’t an idle comparison, and there’s plenty of public dysfunction to which both bodies can stake a claim.Forgetting it was April, TV Wrap last night reached for the remote to watch Allianz League Sunday, only to belatedly realise that this was the twitching of a phantom limb given we are amid the month-long moratorium on inter-county action.This is the GAA’s solution to The Fixtures Issue, so as to allow Marty Morrissey do reality TV and county players play a few club games.With a few honourable exceptions, most players are still spending their midweeks training with their counties, so it is the classical GAA compromise whereby everybody argues and nobody truly ends up happy.It reminds this column of a 2017 motion in the Dáil as to whether to end the practice of starting parliamentary proceedings with a prayer.Rather than a simple vote to retain it or get rid of it, the motion was made heavy with amendments.So TDs ultimately voted on: removing the prayer altogether; removing the prayer and replacing it with 30 seconds of silent reflection; removing the prayer and replacing it with 60 seconds of silent reflection; or keeping the prayer and adding in 30 seconds of silent reflection afterwards.The last option was the winner, so today our lawmakers are obliged to stand for a prayer and stand there for another half-a-minute, a period of silence some are rumoured to be using to think.It is the kind of ludicrous, drawn-out compromise that the GAA will surely study.So while the separation of Sport and State hasn’t quite been achieved here, we are relying on it having happened in England, where The Premier League is needed as a distraction from that other television show in which millionaires come together in petulance, The Brexit.The latter has jumped the shark. It’s become incredibly repetitive: John Bercow’s throaty ‘the Noes have it’ precipitates a cabal of self-interested, hypocritical Roald Dahl characters who can agree on nothing other than the fact that, whatever it is, they disagree about it.Even Jon Snow’s occasional ‘We’re a laughing stock’ lament can’t save the whole nightmarish event.So thankfully we had almost a full week of football to help distract ourselves from it.Monday’s indicative votes clashed with Monday Night Football and Arsenal vs Newcastle, the broadcast during which Jamie Carragher bounced around studio wearing that strange Virtual Reality headset. Jamie Carragher plays with his virtual reality headset on Sky Sports last week.This provoked plenty of sneering, of course, but TV Wrap could appreciate that Carragher was making a fool of himself for the sake of his art, given the news channels were packed with people making fools of their art for the sake of themselves.On Tuesday night – after Theresa May held a cabinet meeting long enough to be scripted by George RR Martin that delivered all the thematic heft and character range of a Mr. Men book – we were happily fed the opiate of Wolves vs Manchester United on Sky.The following night, swirling talk of an EU extension didn’t startle the ears of noted Brexiteer Neil Warnock, who was busy standing by as Sky brought us live coverage of Cardiff’s trip to Manchester City.With Liverpool’s trip to Southampton slated for Friday night, there was a worrying gap in the schedule on Thursday night.It seemed, however, that the friendly Gods intervened as the House of Commons was that day suspended by a leaking roof.Sadly, it wasn’t to be, as the utopian ideal of separate spheres collapsed with Gordon Strachan’s appearance on Sky Sports‘ The Debate.You’ll likely have read Strachan’s comments by now: when asked whether it is impossible for Adam Johnson to return to football, given the “stigma” attached to Johnson’s being convicted for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, Gordon said the following:We’re talking about vile abuse. Say he goes onto the pitch and people start calling him names, are we going to do the same as it is with the racist situation? Is it alright to call him names now, after doing his three years? Are we going to allow that to happen?“Or are we going to clamp down on it? Any vile abuse should be clamped down on.”This wretched moment showed that, regardless of how we might like it so, sport is inseparable from its political context.Racism in football was on the show’s agenda given its shocking prevalence in stadia of late, which is a function of its rise in British society; racism and hate crimes have rocketed since the Brexit vote.That these and other weighty issues are discussed on television by men unfit to talk about them is another very Brexit phenomenon, and while Strachan has since said that he didn’t intend “to confuse or conflate the very serious issue of racism targeted at footballers with the potential verbal abuse towards a player who has been convicted of a sexual offence”, it only offered further proof that he wasn’t qualified to talk of what he was asked about.A week in England, then, to remind us that to fully understand sport, you’re best to look at the society within which it is played.- First published today, 12.43 pmSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share1 Tweet Email TV Wrap: Gordon Strachan’s ignorance shows the Premier League is not beyond the UK’s madness Elsewhere, the GAA disappears from our screens for a month. Apr 8th 2019, 12:43 PM By Gavin Cooneylast_img read more

Orages  alerte orange pour le SudOuest

first_imgOrages : alerte orange pour le Sud-OuestUne alerte orange, aux orages a été lancée par Météo France pour le Sud-Ouest, pour 24 heures : de vendredi après-midi jusqu’à samedi 16h. Sept départements ont été placés en alerte orange par Météo France, de vendredi après-midi à samedi 16 heures. En effet, les météorologues prévoient que les violents orages qui frappent actuellement le Nord de l’Espagne vont remonter, vendredi après-midi, sur le Sud-Ouest de la France. Cette alerte concerne donc les départements suivants : la Haute-Garonne, le Gers, la Gironde, les Landes, le Lot-et-Garonne, les Pyrénées-Atlantiques et les Hautes-Pyrénées.À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeDans son communiqué, Météo France indique que ces orages seront “très actifs” et “localement violents” avec de la grêle, des fortes rafales de vent pouvant atteindre 100 kilomètres par heure et des fortes chutes de pluie, de 100 à 120 millimètres d’eau. Des pluies intenses pourraient aussi survenir jusqu’à samedi après-midi entraînant un risque élevé d’inondation. Ainsi, Pyréné relaye les conseils de vigilance rappelés par la Préfecture : à l’approche de l’orage, il faut prendre les précautions d’usage et mettre à l’abri les objets sensibles au vent, ne pas s’abriter sous les arbres, éviter les promenades en forêt et les sorties en montagne, éviter d’utiliser le téléphone et les appareils électriques. De même, avant tout déplacement, il est nécessaire de s’informer de l’évolution météo et de l’état du réseau pour plus de prudence Le 2 septembre 2011 à 17:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dense Smoke Advisory In Effect Until Wednesday

first_imgPersons with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside. For more information on Air Quality, please visit Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service out of Anchorage has issued a dense smoke advisory for the interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing effective until 1pm, Wednesday. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times.Travel may be difficult due to low visibility.center_img Smoke will be the most dense during the overnight and early morning hours through Wednesday. A dense smoke advisory means widespread fires will create smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, Slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed.last_img read more

4 teens indicted in Anchorage murder case

first_imgAPD police vehicles (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Four teens have been indicted for their roles in an Anchorage shooting death last month.The teens are accused of shooting 40-year-old Paula Zorawski on Sept. 22 when she answered the door of her East Anchorage home.Zorawski died Sept. 28 at Providence Alaska Medical Center.The teens visited the home prior to the shooting to buy marijuana.Yurel Nichols, 18, was indicted for 1st and 2nd degree murder and robbery in the 1st degree.Savon Berry, Tommy Higgs III – both 18-years-old – and Alonzo Steward, 19, are indicted on 2nd degree murder, 1st degree robbery, and tampering with evidence charges.Each of the teens faces up to 99 years in prison for the murder charges.All four defendants are scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Anchorage Superior Court.A fifth teen pled guilty last month to 1st degree robbery charged in connection to the incident.last_img read more

Reevaluating the conventional notion of femininity

first_imgAgaaz, a group show that strikes out to be different – combining a delicate balance between quality art, a relevant theme, and an art coterie of competent practitioners who have managed to breathe fresh aspects into the theme of femininity, has been organised at India Habitat Centre.Artists like Anitta Sethi, Bharti verma, Dhiren Shasmal, Gaurav Chawla, Manan Negi, Manjusha Athani, Nanda Gupta, Nitasha Jaini, Rajib Deyashi, Ruchi Chadha, Sakshi Talwar, Sangeeta Kumar Murthy, Siddharth Jharia, and others have displayed their work, which will be on view until April 11, 2019. ‘We’re adopting a more fluid scale of traits, temperaments, and capabilities, and we have to change our methods of self-evaluation in the process’ is the claim of its participants. In this quest. these artists have turned the feminine image into a vibrant movement. Beyond the thrust to depict a strong message of the new-age feminism that characterises our times, this showing also brings in focus the many sided artistic strengths of the participants. By not compromising on their individuality in a conceived attempt to fall in step, this multi-pronged coterie of artists has widened the scope of their art with visual and sensual takes on the topic, identifying them as a complex integration of opposite binaries, ranging from the tender to the tenacious, from the traditional to the trendy. Besides depicting the womanly images through many interpretations, the show also aims to keep viewer’s interest alive. Visitors will be able to watch an in-situ installation of painted shoes being put up by the contributing artists, taking shape right in front of them. In the exhibition, artist Gaurav Chawla has depicted power and courage within each woman. Artist Ruchi Chadha who is inspired from nature, uses different colours and fluidity to show femininity. Artist Manjusha Athani takes the onlooker into a vibrant mystical world where her mysterious women of uninhabitated sensuality captivates the viewer. Artist Nanda Gupta who works in abstract forms, depicts her journey of life, a life of self discovery beyond the realms of understanding. Artist Nitasha Jaini talks about man and women relationship in the Indian urban environment and how their role play is well defined. She states that a slight shift in attitude can create a sense of imbalance.last_img read more

Chrome 76 no more https or www in address bar

first_imgChrome 76: no more https or www in address bar by Martin Brinkmann on August 01, 2019 in Google Chrome – Last Update: August 16, 2019 – 68 commentsGoogle Chrome users who upgraded the stable version of the web browser to the recently released Chrome 76 version may have noticed that Chrome does not display https or www anymore in the browser’s address bar.Google made the change in 2018 for the first time when it released Chrome 69 but had to undo it after user outcry over the removed feature. Back then, Google decided to remove what it called trivial subdomains like www. or m. to display only the root domain in the address bar; this led to issues on sites that supported several of the trivial subdomains as it was no longer possible to look at the address to verify the active site.Google called these subdomains trivial because it believed that most Internet users would not require the information.Google did state back then that it would remove certain trivial subdomains again at a later point in time. It appears that the time has come, as Chrome 76 hides the www part of the domain name and the https:// protocol information from its address bar.Check out how the Ghacks homepage URL is displayed in Google Chrome 76:Chrome stripped https://www. from the address leaving just in the address bar. The lock icon does indicate that the site uses HTTPS but Google plans to remove it as well in the future.You may wonder why Google decided to make the change. Google engineer Emily Schechter revealed Google’s intention on the official Chromium bug page.The Chrome team values the simplicity, usability, and security of UI surfaces. To make URLs easier to read and understand, and to remove distractions from the registrable domain, we will hide URL components that are irrelevant to most Chrome users. We plan to hide “https” scheme and special-case subdomain “www” in Chrome omnibox on desktop and Android in M76.According to the post, Google believes that certain parts of the URL are distracting and irrelevant to most Chrome users.Chrome users need to click twice in the URL bar to display the full address of the page. It is unclear why Google believes that clicking twice and not once is right when it comes to that but that is far from the only issue that users may experience once they upgrade to Chrome 76.Users who try to copy just the domain part of an address will notice that Chrome adds the protocol and www. if used to the copied address automatically. There is no option to prevent this from happening right now; users who just want the domain need to process the copied text before they may use it as intended.Another issue that users may run into is when a site uses www exclusively. Chrome displays the domain without www only and some users may try to load the domain without www as a consequence in the future. If there is no redirect, Chrome will display a 404 not found error instead.It is too early to tell if companies who use Chromium as the source for browsers will follow Google’s lead. Browsers like Microsoft Edge, Opera, Brave, or Vivaldi all use Chromium and if developers don’t make changes to the source code, will follow Chrome in displaying less information in the address bar.Chrome 76 supports two experimental flags currently that reverts the change. These flags will be removed eventually from Chrome, however.Load chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-scheme and set the state to Disabled to always display the URL scheme, e.g. HTTPS, in the Chrome address bar.Load chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-trivial-subdomains and set the state to disabled to display trivial subdomains all the time.Restart Google Chrome.Closing WordsAs far as I’m concerned, I prefer if browser’s display all information and both the protocol and the www subdomain are vital parts of the address and should not be hidden; especially so if the hiding may lead to confusion or problems.Google seems intent to go forward with the change on desktop and on Android. Unless there is an equally large outcry about the change, it is unlikely that Google will revert it for a second time.I think that Google is just starting with pushing certain changes in Chrome and most of the web, and not all of them are in the best interest of Internet users.Now You: What is your take on the change? (via Bleeping Computer)SummaryArticle NameChrome 76: no more https or www in address barDescriptionGoogle Chrome 76 Stable does not display the URL scheme https:// or the subdomain www anymore in the browser’s address bar.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Elon Musk posts first glimpse of SpaceXs finished Starship test vehicle

first_imgBy Johnny Lieu2019-01-11 05:00:30 UTC Elon Musk just gave us a look at the first test version of SpaceX’s Starship.Formerly known as the BFR, Musk announced on Thursday that the spaceflight company’s test version of the Starship, dubbed the “hopper,” has just finished being assembled at SpaceX’s launch site in Boca Chica Village, Texas.This particular Starship will be used for suborbital vertical take-off tests, which will be similar to ones it completed for the Falcon 9 back in 2013.An orbital version of the Starship will be taller, have thicker skins to avoid wrinkling, and a smoother nose. Musk said the company should have its first orbital prototype by June.The Starship is SpaceX’s new class of super-heavy launch vehicle that will replace the company’s current crop of products, and will allow for potential missions around the Moon and to Mars. Twitter user Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo managed to get up close to the hopper prototype, and has posted pictures and video of the Starship.Last week, Musk hinted that the suborbital Starship test could happen as soon as February, but some “unforeseen issues” could push it back a month.last_img read more

Dead in Nepal avalanche include Alps veterans

first_imgFABRICE PRIEZ, France. Mountain guide based in Chamonix in the French Alps, supervised activities in Chamonix for the UCPA national sport vacation organization.CATHERINE MARIE ANDREE RICARD, France. Lived in Chamonix in the French Alps, described by French media as a climber.LUDOVIC PAUL NICHOLAS CHALLEAT, France. Mountain guide originally from Lyon who most recently lived in Chamonix in the French Alps. He recently posted videos online from climbing and skiing expeditions from Greenland to the Himalayas.PHILIPPE LUCIEN BOS, FranceCHRISTIAN MITTERMEYER, GermanyALBERTO MAGLIANO, ItalyDAWA DORJI, Nepal(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Parents, stop beating yourself up Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 0 Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (AP) – Most of the nine climbers killed in Sunday’s avalanche on Mount Manaslu in Nepal were from Europe. Here’s the eight names released by the Tourism Ministry and what’s known about them.MARTI GASULL, 43, Spain. Founded the Platform for the Language in Catalan that promotes and defends the Catalan language and culture of his native region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, where many citizens want greater autonomy from Spain or outright independence. His group described Gasull as an independence supporter and an experienced mountaineer. He was born in Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city, and is survived by his parents and a younger brother. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more