Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,455.73, up 34.97 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down nine cents, or 1.30 per cent, to $6.85 on 14.9 million shares.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Miner. Down 49 cents, or 20.59 per cent, to $1.89 on 9.9 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 44 cents, or 4.55 per cent, to $9.22 on 5.8 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down 97 cents, or 6.29 per cent, to $14.46 on 4.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 21 cents, or 0.88 per cent, to $24.10 on 4.4 million shares.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Miner. Down $1.03, or 5.91 per cent, to $16.40 on 4.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Up five cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $3.44 on 3.4 million shares. The Montreal-based company has rejected an unsolicited US$180-million offer by Mexican airline operator Grupo Aeromexico to buy Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake in their joint loyalty program Premier Loyalty & Marketing (PLM), which owns the Club Premier frequent flyer program. It would have given Grupo Aeromexico full control.Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Up 48 cents, or 3.37 per cent, to $14.74 on 3.4 million shares. The Saskatoon-based uranium company had to temporarily lay off 845 employees at its McArthur River and Key Lake processing operations because the market remains oversupplied and prices are too low to restart idled production.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). E-Commerce. Down $3.70, or 1.63 per cent, to $222.85 on 197,893 shares. The Canadian e-commerce company says it will open its first bricks-and-mortar location in downtown Los Angeles at ROW DTLA, a historic district filled with shops, restaurants and offices.
Some $170,000 in proceeds from the “Match against Poverty” – held in Greece last December – will support the reconstruction of sports centres for 400 youngsters in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince and the city of Léogâne. An equal amount will help up to 1,200 women-headed households in rural Muzafargarh in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the UN Development Fund (UNDP), which organized the fundraiser, said in a press release yesterday.The Haiti-based project involves community members in cash-for-work to rehabilitate sports facilities. Through its different components, the project targets groups that were affected by the quake and who still live in precarious conditions. The project will be integrated into an ongoing programme that uses sports activities to promote conflict resolution.The UN Volunteers (UNV) programme is supporting the initiative by promoting the values of volunteering and civic engagement in the community.“The match funds will be used to complement our ongoing efforts to include youth in our activities in affected and damaged neighbourhoods where we are already working to facilitate return of people displaced by the earthquake,” said Jessica Faieta, UNDP’s Haiti senior country director.The project in Pakistan aims to achieve a 30 per cent increase in income and assets of vulnerable women in Muzafargarh district by providing them with cash subsidies and training to start or build up small businesses. The region was one of the worst affected by the massive floods that inundated large swathes of Pakistan for months in summer of last year.The home-based enterprises are expected to include crop production, storage and marketing, dairy farming, livestock production and trading, grocery shops, embroidery centres and agriculture supply stores. “The initiative is helping women to organize themselves into groups and to establish home-based businesses to create sources of additional income and to generate productive assets for the households,” said Toshihiro Tanaka, UNDP’s Pakistan country director. “Though the amount is modest, using it to promote community enterprise development will ensure every penny is targeted for maximum impact in restoring the livelihoods of vulnerable households affected by floods,” he added. 15 June 2011Hundreds of youths who survived last year’s massive earthquake in Haiti and more than 1,000 women displaced by floods in Pakistan will benefit from funds raised in a United Nations-organized football match in aid of post-disaster reconstruction work in the two countries.
by The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2016 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tesla may enter ride ride-hailing business next year DETROIT – Electric car maker Tesla Motors has plans to get into the ride-hailing and sharing businesses.The company hinted at the venture earlier this week when it announced that all of its cars would come equipped with hardware needed to drive themselves.The company says in a disclaimer that use of self-driving Teslas to make money with ride-hailing or sharing will be allowed only on Tesla’s own network. Details will be released next year.A Tesla spokeswoman wouldn’t comment on the matter.Tesla announced Wednesday that all cars including the lower-cost Model 3 would have more cameras, sensors, radar and computing power so they can drive themselves. Software would be updated over the internet to allow the cars to do more as the features are tested.
OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada governor says it could take years of sifting through data before economists will know the actual impact of today’s federal spending measures aimed at boosting the weak economy.Stephen Poloz made the comments Monday during testimony before the House of Commons finance committee.He was asked by opposition MPs about the government’s multibillion-dollar spending plan to lift the economy, including its enhanced child-benefit program and infrastructure investments.The Finance Department and the Bank of Canada have agreed that the government’s commitments will boost growth by about 0.5 percentage points this year and by a full percentage point by the end of next year.“Unfortunately, there’s no category in the (Statistics Canada) publication that’s going to tell us — this (result) came from fiscal expansion,” Poloz said.“Years from now we’ll be analysing this episode and the economists will figure out how much actually came (from fiscal spending), but that’s very common.”The governor’s assessment comes a week before the government releases its fall update, which will include fresh projections for the economy and Ottawa’s bottom line.In the March budget, the Liberal government predicted a $29.4-billion deficit for 2016-17.Poloz also said signs of improvement from the government measures have yet to show up in the economic numbers, but he noted it’s still a “little early.”The Liberals’ child-benefit cheques started arriving in Canadians’ mailboxes in July, while experts say the benefits from infrastructure investments will likely take considerable time to trickle through the system.The most-recent data for retail sales — July and August — have been disappointing since the child-benefit transfers started to roll out.Poloz said the monthly figures are always choppy and that it’s difficult to draw conclusions from one or two data points. The August decline, he added, was largely due to a drop in auto sales.On government infrastructure investments, Poloz said it’s difficult to know exactly how much they will benefit the economy. He noted that United States data has shown infrastructure spending on roads and bridges delivered economic benefits three times higher than the initial investment over an eight-year period.The governor was also asked how much deeper the government can go into deficit.“No one, including me, thinks that this is without limit,” said Poloz, who was also asked if he was concerned about the level of government spending.“At this time, no. At this time, our fiscal situation is among the best in the world and so I think for the time being the government has considerable flexibility on that front.”Last week, the Bank of Canada downgraded its projections for the economy and Poloz said the governing council actively discussed cutting the trendsetting interest rate from its already-low level of 0.5 per cent as a way to help the economy.On Monday, he said any call to move the benchmark rate lower would bring the bank closer to using “unconventional” monetary policy tools. Unconventional tools include negative interest rates.“So that’s, of course, not a decision we would take lightly,” he said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 5:04 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Figuring out actual benefits of federal spending could take years: Poloz
“The attack, which comes at a time when the Iraqi people are celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan, reportedly left over 100 civilians killed and many more injured, including children,” said the UN Spokesperson in a statement issued this afternoon. Hoping that the perpetrators of this “heinous crime” will be swiftly brought to justice, Mr. Ban stands in solidarity with the people and Government of Iraq, adds the statement.“The Secretary-General’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”According to the media, the attack happened on a busy market, where explosives hidden inside a ice truck detonated.
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said it is not yet clear whether credit unions will lose “millions” of euros in the liquidation of IBRC.In the Dáil this afternoon Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin cited a rumour circulating in the credit union movement that credit unions could lose up to €17 million worth of investments with the former State-owned bank.The Taoiseach said the liquidator will have to analyse the situation.Martin said there were concerns that investments by credit unions would not fall under the bank guarantee scheme and so they would have to join the queue for payment along with all other unsecured creditors of the bank.Enda Kenny said the question of liability to credit unions remains to be seen. “I can’t tell you to what extent, if any, credit unions have been involved here,” he told the Dáil.Micheál Martin criticised Fine Gael and Labour for protecting senior bondholders but allowing a situation to develop which could see credit unions burned as a result of action by the Government.Separately, the Financial Times has suggested that Ireland could face a large number of lawsuits over the liquidation of IBRC in an emergency session of the Dáil two weeks ago.Read: IBRC senior executives will not get termination pay-off: Noonan > Read: Noonan: IBRC liquidation is ‘crude’ but staff in better position than most >
23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share12 Tweet Email 14,301 Views Follow us: the42.ie Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO https://the42.ie/3263759 Source: James Crombie/INPHOAnd Brennan also slammed the “triumphalist” nature of the reaction from delegates attending Congress when the CPA’s bid for official recognition was withdrawn on Saturday.He said: “It was triumphalist the way some people went on on Saturday, very annoying.“We weren’t there to back up the claims we were making and speak.“I felt sorry for (Dermot) Earley (GPA CEO) and a couple of the counties I really respect – Tipperary and Wexford put forward the motions, and Cork spoke as well.“But bureaucracy works in different ways and it was well led on Saturday, with key paid officials speaking at Congress one after another. Democracy wasn’t in a good place on Saturday.“We couldn’t be there to speak but there was a small bit of applause, that triumphalism and murmurs of happiness. Our members deserve better than that.“We’re modernising all kinds of training methods so why not modernise the way business is conducted at administrative level?“We also put a picture on Facebook of a guy sleeping while another guy was talking – and in a wider context, some of the overseas delegates didn’t know what they were voting for.”And Brennan completely rejected GAA CEO Páraic Duffy’s assertion that “the voice of club players has been heard.”He said: “Absolutely not, completely disagree. No disrespect to anybody involved but it was not a good day for the Association, in how it conducted its business.“The GAA is crushing people, suffocating the energy out of you in the hope you go away. GAA Club Players won’t rule out strike action following controversial Super 8s vote “Everything’s an option now.” Short URL Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 2:35 PM By Jackie Cahill Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Mar 1st 2017, 2:35 PM “People have been sending us messages of support and we’re looking to engage with key stakeholders and bring it to EGM before the end of the year. That’s what has to be done.”Brennan also conceded that the GPA left it too late before making its view clear on the ‘super 8’ proposal – but he absolved new CEO Dermot Earley of blame.Brennan said: “In fairness to Dermot, since he’s come in he’s been very engaging, very straight up and he spoke well on Saturday.“The GPA should have moved much earlier and there would have been a completely different result but Dermot wasn’t in charge at that stage.”Brennan also indicated that the quest for official recognition might not be on the table for Annual Congress next year, explaining: “I don’t mind if we’re never recognised. This is about getting a job done.”– First published 06.35The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! ‘We’re very well resourced’: Sean Cavanagh moves to end Tyrone’s expenses row‘The GPA have completely slept in on this’ – Player body comes in for strong criticism CLUB PLAYERS ASSOCIATION secretary Declan Brennan has refused to rule out strike action in the pursuit of the newly-formed body’s goal to ‘fix the fixtures.’The CPA was controversially denied speaking time at the GAA’s Annual Congress and Brennan broke his silence yesterday as he responded to the weekend’s controversial developments.Despite fierce opposition from the CPA and the Gaelic Players Association, the ‘Super 8’ format for the quarter-final stage of the All-Ireland senior football championship was voted in for three years from 2018.And Brennan said: “Everything’s an option now. It (strike) is not a road I want to go down – we want to play more games rather than strike but everything’s an option now and everything will be done to get this across the line.”A request from the CPA to air their views at Congress was turned down and Brennan admits that members of the fledgling body have been left “confused” and “frustrated”.He added: “Listen, everybody would be confused and frustrated. There would be an energy level throughout the country and within our own organisation – we enlisted over 3000 members at the weekend – that something wasn’t right about what happened on Saturday.“Where do we go from here? Everybody’s taking a few days to gather their thoughts and we’ll have an executive meeting towards the end of the week and then move forward.“This is like being beaten in the first round of the championship – we’re going through the back door now and we’ll go through whatever door we need to knock down to get something done for our members.”
Un nouveau genre de supernova observéDes astronomes américains ont observé un nouveau type de supernova. Plus lumineuses que les autres explosions d’étoiles jusqu’alors identifiées, ces supernovae sont encore mystérieuses pour les chercheurs qui espèrent grâce à elles pouvoir aller plus loin dans l’espace et dans le temps.Des astronomes américains ont découvert un nouveau type de supernovae qui ont pour particularité d’être dix fois plus lumineuses que les autres, rapporte le site Sciences et Avenir. Jusqu’alors, deux types de supernova étaient identifiés. Le premier regroupe de jeunes étoiles très massives qui après avoir rapidement consommé leur carburant nucléaire explosent en fin de vie, et donnent alors naissance à des étoiles à neutrons ou des trous noirs. Le second type de supernova est celui des naines blanches, des résidus d’étoiles du même type que notre Soleil, qui explosent en accumulant à leur surface des gaz provenant d’une autre étoile située à proximité.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAMais Robert Quimby, du Cahill Center for Astrophysics de l’Institut de Technologie de Californie, affirme avoir observé un nouveau genre de supernovae. Particulièrement brillantes, elles sont des milliards de fois plus lumineuses que notre Soleil. “Ce type inclut quatre nouvelles supernovae que nous avons découvertes et deux autres phénomènes jusqu’alors inexpliqués que nous pouvons désormais rattacher à ce nouveau type”, expliquent les chercheurs dans la revue scientifique Nature. Mais ils en savent aujourd’hui très peu sur ce nouveau type de supernova. “Ce que nous savons sur elles, c’est qu’elles sont brillantes et chaudes (10.000 à 20.000 degrés), qu’elles connaissent une expansion rapide à 10.000 km par seconde, qu’elles sont dépourvues d’hydrogène et qu’elles mettent environ 50 jours à s’éteindre, bien plus longtemps que la plupart des supernovae”, indique tout de même Robert Quimby.Les recherches vont bien sûr se poursuivre afin d’en apprendre plus sur les propriétés de ces supernovae, et ainsi tenter d’en savoir plus sur les conditions dans lesquelles s’est formé notre univers. “Ces nouvelles supernovae sont très intéressantes car elles sont dix fois plus brillantes que les autres et donc permettent d’aller plus loin dans l’espace et dans le temps”, souligne Françoise Combes, astronome à l’Observatoire de Paris.Le 10 juin 2011 à 09:21 • Emmanuel Perrin
MOSCOW — Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine.At the same time, he emphasized that Russia will not enter a new arms race and will tightly control its military budget to avoid overburdening the economy.Putin accused the West of using the crisis in Ukraine to reinvigorate NATO, warning that Moscow will ponder a response to the alliance’s decision to create a rapid-reaction “spearhead” force to protect Eastern Europe. The statement appeared to signal that the Russian leader is determined to pursue a tough course in the face of more Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis that has sent Russia-West relations plummeting to their lowest point since the Cold War. Addressing a Kremlin meeting on weapons modernization, Putin ominously warned the West against getting “hysterical” about Moscow’s re-arming efforts, in view of U.S. missile defense plans and other decisions he said have challenged Russia’s security.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman accused of making a terrifying threat faced a judge Friday.Irina Bihary was granted a $50,000 dollars bond and once she is released, she’ll be fitted with an electronic monitoring device.She was charged with criminal mischief and possession of a hoax bomb.Police said she threatened to blow up a mosque in Sunrise on Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
China’s President Xi Jinping speaks at the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 25, 2018.REUTERS/Mike HutchingsChina is expected to report on Monday, January 21, that economic growth cooled to its slowest in 28 years in 2018 amid weakening domestic demand and bruising U.S. tariffs, adding pressure on Beijing to roll out more support measures to avert a sharper slowdown.Growing signs of weakness in China “which has generated nearly a third of global growth in the past decade” are stoking worries about risks to the world economy and are weighing on profits for firms ranging from Apple to big carmakers.Chinese policymakers have pledged more support for the economy this year to reduce the risk of massive job losses, but they have ruled out a “flood” of stimulus like that which Beijing has unleashed in the past, which quickly juiced growth rates but left a mountain of debt.Analysts polled by Reuters expect the world’s second-largest economy to have grown 6.4 percent in the October-December quarter from a year earlier, slowing from the previous quarter’s 6.5 percent pace and matching levels last seen in early 2009 during the global financial crisis.That could pull 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 6.6 percent, the lowest since 1990 and down from a revised 6.8 percent in 2017.With stimulus measures expected to take some time to kick in, most analysts believe conditions in China are likely to get worse before they get better, and see a further slowdown to 6.3 percent this year. Some analysts believe real growth levels are already much weaker than official data suggest.Even if China and the United States agree on a trade deal in current talks, which is a tall order, analysts said it would be no panacea for the sputtering Chinese economy unless Beijing can galvanize weak investment and consumer demand.Chen Xingdong, chief China economist at BNP Paribas, said investors should not expect the latest round of stimulus to produce similar results as during the 2008-09 global crisis when Beijing’s huge spending package quickly boosted growth.”What China can really do this year is to prevent deflation, prevent a recession and a hard landing in the economy,” Chen said.On a quarterly basis, growth likely eased to 1.5 percent inOct-Dec from 1.6 percent in the preceding period.China will release its fourth-quarter and 2018 GDP data on Monday (0200 GMT), along with December factory output, retail sales and fixed-asset investment.Since China’s quarterly GDP readings tend to be unusually steady, most investors prefer to focus on recent trends.Surprising contractions in December trade data and factory activity gauges in recent weeks have suggested the economy cooled more quickly than expected at the end of 2018, leaving it on shakier footing at the start of the new year.Sources have told Reuters that Beijing was planning tolower its growth target to 6-6.5 percent this year from around 6.5 percent in 2018.Tepid expansion in industrial output and weaker consumer spending is squeezing companiesâ€™ profit margins, discouraging fresh investment and raising the risk of higher job losses.Some factories in Guangdong – China’s export hub – have shut earlier than usual ahead of the long Lunar New Year holiday as the tariff war with the United States curtails orders. Others are suspending production lines and cutting back on workers’ hours.If the trade war drags on, some migrant workers may not have jobs to return to.Trade negotiators are facing an early March deadline and Washington has threatened to sharply hike tariffs if there are no substantial signs of progress.So far, Chinese policymakers have fast-tracked construction projects and cut taxes and some import duties to spur demand.To free up more funds for lending, particularly to more vulnerable smaller firms, the central bank has cut the amount of reserves that banks need to set aside as reserves (RRR) five times over the past year, and guided borrowing costs lower. Trump Wary Of China Deal: Cant Have Trade Thats Meant For Stupid People IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:27Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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More forceful easing could pressure the yuan and aggravate high debt levels, with money going into less efficient or speculative investments.The government may unveil more fiscal stimulus measures during the annual parliament meeting in March, including bigger tax cuts and more spending on infrastructure projects, analysts say.Some China watchers believe the government could deliver 2 trillion yuan ($295.13 billion) worth of cuts in taxes and fees this year, and allow local governments to issue another 2 trillion yuan in special bonds largely used to fund key projects.Still, some analysts do not expect the economy to bottom out convincingly until summer.
Khaleda Zia. File PhotoThe High Court on Tuesday adjourned until Wednesday the hearing on two petitions filed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking bail in two cases, reports UNB.An HC bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice JBM Hassan passed the order after partially hearing the petitions.Earlier on Monday, the HC deferred the hearing on the petitions filed by the BNP chairperson’s lawyers for Tuesday.One of the cases was filed in Cumilla on charge of plotting to carry out subversive acts and another in Narail on charge of defamation, said BNP legal affairs secretary Kaisar Kamal.On Sunday, the HC granted permission to Khaleda for filing the bail petitions after her lawyers prayed for it.The Appellate Division earlier on Wednesday upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.However, the BNP chief was not freed from jail as Khaleda was shown arrested in the cases filed with different police stations in Cumilla, Dhaka, Narail and Panchagarh.The BNP chairperson is now facing a total of 36 cases.Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a crude bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on 3 February, 2015.On 21 December, 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the actual number of liberation war martyrs saying, “There’re controversies over how many were martyred in the liberation war.”Reacting to Khaleda’s remark, a defamation case was filed against her with a Narail court on 14 December.Meanwhile, the HC will likely to hear two more petitions of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday, seeking bail in two other cases.Earlier, in the day, the BNP chairperson’s filed the petitions with the High Court seeking bail in two separate cases.One of the cases was a defamation suit filed by Bangladesh Jananetri Parisad President AB Siddik on 3 November, 2016 against Khaleda Zia for distorting history of the liberation war, demeaning the national flag and map.The other was filed by journalist Gazi Jahirul Islam on 30 August, 2016 accusing Khaleda of observing birthday on 15 August on false information.Khaleda Zia’s lawyer filed the petitions with the HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim after taking prior permission from the court.
Map of JashoreA former Jubo League leader, who sustained stab injury in an attack at a local Jubo League office on Ghop Central road in Jashore district on Friday night, died on the way to Dhaka early Saturday.The deceased is Arafat Munaf Liton, 40, former joint secretary of district Jubo League, reports UNB.Jubo League is the youths’ front of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).A group of miscreants numbering 25-30 stormed into ward no. 3 Jubo League office around 10:00pm on Friday, said Kotwali model police station officer-in-charge Abul Bashar.The miscreants stabbed Liton indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured and fled the scene blasting two crude bombs, he added.Locals rescued the injured and rushed him to a local hospital. Later, he died on the way to Dhaka, the OC added.
Firefighters assess the scene as a house burns in the Napa wine region of California on 9 October, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to ravage the area burning structures and causing widespread evacuations. Photo: AFPFirefighters encouraged by weakening winds were battling 17 large wildfires on Tuesday in California which have left at least 13 people dead, thousands homeless and ravaged the state’s famed wine country.California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in eight counties — including the wine-producing regions of Napa and Sonoma — and said thousands of firefighters had been deployed to fight the blazes.Seven deaths were reported in Sonoma County, three in Mendocino County, two in Napa County and one in Yuba County and the governor said “emergency responders anticipate the number of fatalities could grow.”Among the dead in Napa were a couple aged 99 and 100 years old who had been married for 75 years, KTVU-TV said. They were unable to evacuate their home in time.The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said on its Facebook page that it had received 150 missing person reports but was “confident that many of these people will be found safe and reunited with loved ones.”About 25,000 people have been evacuated in Sonoma County and 5,000 have sought refuge in shelters, the department said.The fires have torched more than 115,000 acres (46,500 hectares) and destroyed over 2,000 homes and businesses, according to the authorities.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said 17 large fires were continuing to burn Tuesday.”The winds that fanned these fires Sunday night and Monday morning have decreased significantly, but local winds and dry conditions continue to pose a challenge,” Cal Fire said.”With the decrease in the winds combined with cooler weather, firefighters made good progress overnight,” it added.Appealing Monday to President Donald Trump for federal aid, Governor Brown said the “devastation and disruption caused by these fires is extraordinary.”Thousands have been made homeless.”- ‘Boom, boom, boom’ -Maureen Fairchild, a nurse, was working at a hospital in Marin County where some of the evacuees were brought.”I was working in a memory-impaired unit,” Fairchild told AFP. “We had all these people who were already confused and now they were in an unfamiliar place with all this frenzy going on around them.”Kris Hammar, who lives in the city of Santa Rosa on the edge of a mandatory evacuation zone, had not yet evacuated but was monitoring maps, wind direction, and fire updates to see if she and her family should bolt.”The fire is close, very close,” Hammer said. “Everything is in the car, and we are checking constantly to see if anything has changed.””There were times at night when my street was like a freeway,” Hammar said. “People evacuating were flying down my street.”Then, the next day it was deserted.”Troy Newton, 46, a Sonoma County sheriff’s detective, was among those who fled Santa Rosa, a city of around 175,000 people in Sonoma County.Newton told The Los Angeles Times he was returning to his home in Santa Rosa when he saw a “growing red snake” of fire.”I ran into my house and told my wife to get our four-year-old boy ready to leave,” Newton said, before raising the alarm with around 40 neighbors.”It was boom, boom, boom. Ring the door bell. Boom, boom — until someone inside got the message,” he said.Many homes in Santa Rosa were razed to the ground and the Hilton Sonoma County Wine Hotel, Fountaingrove Inn and Willi’s Wine Bar reportedly suffered damage.- Drought declared over in April -The Hilton Hotel in Santa Rosa said on Facebook that its staff and guests were all safe.Among the wineries which were affected were William Hill Estate Winery in Napa, Signorello Vineyards, Stags’ Leap and Chimney Rock.Coffey Park, a sprawling Santa Rosa neighborhood with dozens of homes, was left in ruins.Pacific Gas & Electric said more than 196,000 customers had initially lost electricity although half had had their power restored.Governor Brown in April declared the official end of the state’s drought that lasted more than five years.But California is still dealing with the Santa Ana winds, a meteorological phenomenon which brings dry winds down from the high mountains east of the coastal areas — a recipe for perfect wildfire conditions.Forest fires are common in the western United States during dry, hot summer months.Last month, a massive fire described as the biggest in the history of Los Angeles forced hundreds to evacuate their homes.
Sony Setiawan (C) speaks to journalists at Pangkal Pinang airport in Bangka Belitung province on 29 October, 2018, following his arrival on another airline after missing his pre-planned flight on Lion Air flight JT 610 which crashed off the coast north of Jakarta. Photo: AFPAn Indonesian man has described how Jakarta’s notorious traffic inadvertently saved his life on Monday after he arrived too late to catch the doomed Lion Air plane which plunged into the sea minutes after taking off.Sony Setiawan, an official in Indonesia’s finance ministry, had meant to be on board the ill-fated flight JT610, a journey he and his colleagues caught on a weekly basis.But while his friends battled their way through Jakarta’s daily congestion to make the flight, Sony found himself stuck on a toll road for hours.”I usually take (flight) JT610 — my friends and I always take this plane,” Setiawan told AFP.”I don’t know why the traffic at the toll road was so bad. I usually arrive in Jakarta at 3am but this morning I arrived at the airport at 6:20 and I missed the flight.”That gridlock likely saved Setiawan’s life as officials warned it was unlikely anyone would have survived such a crash.But Setiawan said any gratitude he felt was tinged with the knowledge so many people, including six of his colleagues, were not so fortunate.”The first time I heard I cried,” he said. “I know my friends were on that flight.”Setiawan, who is from Bandung in West Java, said he managed to catch a second flight to Pangkal Pinang city and only learned of the crash once he landed safely.The call he made to his briefly stricken family was filled with emotion.”My family was in shock and my mother cried, but I told them I was safe, so I just have to be grateful,” he said.Some 189 people on board the plane when it vanished from radar just 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital, plunging into the Java Sea off Indonesia’s most populous island.The finance ministry said around 20 of its employees were on the plane.Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said it was “likely” all passengers and crew were killed in the accident, as it found body parts of some victims.A sprawling and haphazardly planned megacity, Jakarta is known for having some of Southeast Asia’s worst traffic congestion with lengthy tailbacks and hours-long delays a daily frustrating ritual for commuters.
00:00 /01:32 Al OrtizThe DWI unit of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office starts its operations with six deputies, each of which will have his or her own patrol car.Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman has created a new enforcement unit focused exclusively on drunk drivers.Hickman wants to make a dent in a dubious record Harris County holds, which is being one of the counties with the most deaths caused by DWI incidents in the United States.In 2015, Harris County had almost 150 alcohol-related driving deaths, according to data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.The new unit will have six designated deputies and each will patrol alone.They will be able to pull drivers over on their own or be called by a colleague to assess a driver they have pulled over.The unit will operate across the entire county and it is possible Hickman will add more deputies later on.“We have to see exactly how effective they are, how our deployment strategies are working, our enforcement strategies. So, as we see and roll that experience we’ll look at recommending expansion as soon as it’s necessary,” the Sheriff noted after the news conference to announce the new unit.Scott Villarreal-Dowlearn, a member of the new unit, can conduct standard sobriety tests, but he has extra training that will be useful.“Also I’m now a DRE, a Drug Recognition Expert,” Villarreal-Dowlearn explained “so I can go ahead and evaluate someone who may be driving under the influence of a drug, not necessarily alcohol.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X
Fix Windows 10 Start Menu problems by Martin Brinkmann on June 21, 2016 in Tutorials – Last Update: April 18, 2019 – 7 commentsMicrosoft’s Start Menu troubleshooter has been designed to fix start menu problems that you experience when running devices with Windows 10.While the start menu may have lost some of its appeal in recent years thanks to the rise of other options to launch programs, most notable the taskbar upgrade introduced in Windows 7, it is still one of the central access points not only for programs but also for search and new features such as Cortana on Windows 10.Microsoft changed some things around in the start menu on Windows 10 as it features program links and application tiles side by side now.Start menu related issues that users may experience include problems opening it, missing items, or tiles that don’t update or are not showing up correctly.Update: The Troubleshooter application designed to fix Start Menu issues on Windows 10 PCs is no longer available. We have uploaded the latest version that Microsoft released to our own download server. Note that we don’t support it in any way and cannot guarantee that it will work properly on new versions of Windows 10. Make sure you create a backup of the system before you run the program, or at least configure it to show the issues that it detected instead of running automated repair operations. Download the program with a click on the following link: Start Menu Windows 10 TroubleshootFix Windows 10 Start Menu problemsMicrosoft created a troubleshooting tool for the Windows 10 Start Menu designed to fix several common issues that users of the operating system may experience.The tool scans for the following issues when run:Whether required applications are not installed correctly.For permission issues with Registry keys.For tile database corruption.Whether application manifest data is corrupt.Simply run the program after download. The first screen displays basic information about it. What you may want to do there is click on the advanced link and remove the checkmark from the “apply repairs automatically” setting.Doing so reveals all issues found to you and gives you options to select none, one, some or all of them that you want resolved.If you don’t do that, the tool will repair all start menu problems it finds automatically without you getting a say in the matter.While that may be desired anyway, it is usually better to know about the repairs in advanced.You may open a report in the end that lists issues that were identified by the start menu troubleshooter, and whether they have been fixed.The troubleshooter is limited to detecting and resolving four Windows 10 start menu problems currently. This means that it won’t provide you with a solution if the issue you are experiencing is not listed by it.Fixing serious issuesIf you suspect serious damage to the system, you may want to run sfc /scannow on an elevated command prompt to make sure that all system files are in working order and not corrupt or modified.Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down Ctrl and Shift, and run Command Prompt from the search results. This opens an elevated command prompt.Type sfc /scannow and wait until the scan completes. Windows checks core system files to make sure they are not corrupt or modified, and replaces them if they are.SummaryArticle NameFix Windows 10 Start Menu problemsDescriptionMicrosoft’s Start Menu troubleshooter has been designed to fix start menu problems that you experience when running devices with Windows 10.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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