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Gaming commission warns about illegal slot machines

first_img(Missourinet) The Missouri Gaming Commission testified Thursday in Jefferson City that the state needs a coordinated effort to stop illegal slot machines.Missouri House Special Interim Committee on Gaming Chairman Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, speaks on August 22, 2019 in Jefferson City (photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)Gaming Commission Executive Director David Grothaus testified before the House Special Interim Committee on Gaming. The issue of illegal slot machines dominated most of the two-hour hearing.“We’re trying to coordinate efforts among law enforcement and prosecutors, trying to educate prosecutors on how to prosecute those cases,” Grothaus says.Illegal slot machines are found in places like bars, restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores. Grothaus tells lawmakers that there’s one pending criminal case in western Missouri’s Platte County, in the Kansas City area.Grothaus tells lawmakers that the Gaming Commission is providing assistance to law enforcement. He says what the state needs “is a very focused effort” on the illegal slot machines.Mr. Grothaus testifies that any illegal gaming machines used in Missouri negatively impact casinos and the state Lottery, reducing taxes and funding for education and veterans. That grabbed the attention of committee chairman State Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial.“These illegal (slot) machines, they’re everywhere,” Shaul tells Grothaus. “And I think it is probably hard to put a number on it, because they continue to grow everyday. I have several of them in my district.”Shaul says the illegal machines “are everywhere” in the state and in his district in eastern Missouri’s Jefferson County. Chairman Shaul tells Grothaus it’s a problem.“Because the people are very clear that they want regulated gaming,” says Shaul. “And they want to make sure when they go to take part in these games that they’re fair.”Shaul tells Missourinet that he doesn’t want to hurt fraternal organizations, emphasizing that he’s a veteran.Chairman Shaul emphasizes that no decisions have been made by the committee, and he describes the hearing as an “educational process.”Meantime, a representative from Missouri’s 13 riverboat casinos also testified, urging the Gaming Commission to shut down all of the illegal slot machines in Missouri. That representative is also calling for criminal prosecutions.The state’s 13 licensed riverboat casinos have a combined total of about 16,000 slot machines, Grothaus testifies.Grothaus also testifies that the Gaming Commission has a memorandum of understanding with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He says state troopers are stationed on the 13 casinos, and perform duties such as regulatory investigations.last_img read more

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Indian junior hockey women thrash Singapore 12-0

first_imgIndia continued their goal-scoring spree as they routed Singapore 12-0 in their second Pool A match of the seventh Women’s Junior Asia Cup hockey tournament here on Sunday.One day after humiliating North Korea 13-0, the Indian girls again put up a dominating display, scoring at regular intervals from the start against Singapore.Anupa Barla, Preeti Dubey and M. Lily Chanu scored braces each, while six others joined on the scoresheet.India got off the blocks early and Jaspreet Kaur fired a penalty corner wide. But it was striker Punam Barla, who opened the account in the seventh minute and three minutes later, fellow forward Anupa doubled India’s lead after receving a cross from captain Rani Rampal.Also read: India Women Hockey team qualifies for the Rio Olympics: All about it Midfielder Preeti (15th minute) and drag-flicker Jaspreet Kaur (25th minute) extended the lead as India went into the half-time with a 4-0 scoreline.Singapore resisted relentless Indian pressure in the second half but it remained for only 14 minutes as midfielder Lily added the fifth goal.Defender Gurjit Kaur came up with a crisp strike to make it 6-0, while attacking midfielder Lilima Minz scored another goal in a fascinating display of technical supremacy in the 59th minute.Two minutes later, striker Navneet Kaur grabbed a quick chance to make it 8-0, while Lily completed her brace in the 65th minute.Anupa got her second goal in the 68th minute as defender Deep Grace Ekka recorded a goal in the dying minute to make it 12-0.advertisementMathias Ahrens-coached India will face hosts China in their final Pool A match on Wednesday.last_img read more

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BLS Gives Update on State of Employment: Unemployment Rises Again

first_imgOn Thursday, Bloomberg reported that the worst of job cuts may be over due to a productive first quarter and a lower number of people filing for unemployment. But US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) latest monthly report shows that we are not out of the woods yet. According to today’s BLS report, unemployment rate rose from 8.5 percent in March to 8.9 percent in April, a 25-year high. Since the recession began in December 2007, 5.7 million jobs have been lost. In April, job losses were large and widespread across nearly all major private-sector industries. Here are some additional highlights of this month’s report: As the Huffington Post comments, the median number of weeks people are unemployed is high, currently standing at 11.2 weeks.The number of unemployed persons increased by 563,000 to 13.7 million in April, and the unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent. (Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed persons has risen by 6.0 million, and the unemployment rate has grown by 3.9 percentage points.)The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) increased by 498,000 to 3.7 million over the month and has risen by 2.4 million since the start of the recession in December 2007.However, economists like Jan Hatzius, the chief economist at Goldman Sachs, said that the report was “somewhat better” than expected. And, according to CNBC’s Erin Burnett, “Not reaching the 600,000 jobs lost is important psychologically, and it could be an indicator of a slowing in the recession, since jobs are the last thing to recover.” As we continue to weather the economic recession, check out some useful and practical advice from Glassdoor’s Career and Workplace Expert Rusty Rueff, who offers up tips for those who have just been laid off and job seekers:Retraining: Reevaluate your skills with Areas of OpportunityNegotiating Severance PackagesCompetitive Interviewing: Tips for Interviewing in Today’s MarketTips for Managing Through Salary Caps and CutsIn addition, Rusty offers employers suggestions on way to strengthen the internal workings of your team through this budget-conscious time: Employer’s Listen Up: Communication is like Cash Are you looking for a job? Try Glassdoor’s new interview questions and reviews section to create a personalized study guide for your next interview. With this new section, you can get specific insights on what it’s like to interview at a specific company for a specific job – all for free. Let us know how your hunt for a job is going and/or what it’s like to work at your company.last_img read more

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Walcott wary of wounded Man Utd

first_imgTheo Walcott admits that there is no good time to play Manchester United as Everton prepare to travel to Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho’s men have endured a dismal start to the season and sit 10th in the Premier League, having won four, drawn two and lost three of their opening nine games.A morale-sapping Champions League loss to Juventus on Tuesday added to the Portuguese’s woes as they prepare to face the Toffees. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Walcott insists that a wounded United are just as dangerous as the Red Devils on a good run of form.”I don’t think it’s the best time playing Man United at any time, I really don’t,” Walcott told ESPN. “But we are in good spirits, we are in good form, we’re enjoying ourselves.”It’s obviously well documented [United’s struggles] but the players they have, it’s not going to be an easy game.”But we know our strengths, we know what to do to obviously keep the fans quiet, that’s the most important thing.”We need to focus on ourselves really, not them. We need to do the stuff that the manager drills into us every day in training and if we do that and if everyone works to the ability we know we can, we have a very good chance.”Everton are currently above United in the table, in eighth, having taken one more point from their opening nine games.The Toffees beat Crystal Palace 2-0 last time out, while Walcott has scored two goals thus far this season, providing two assists.last_img read more

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Cowboys Limping into Iowa State Game

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! After two weeks of conference play for the Cowboys, they find themselves limping into their contest this weekend against Iowa State with several key players banged up through just five games. Here’s an update, from the limited detail given out by Mike Gundy’s program, of the players and their injury status.James Washington – Wide ReceiverWashington took a big hit last weekend against Texas and according to some reports was unconscious for a brief moment. Even though the hit looked awful, Gundy surprisingly said after the game that Washington was fine and was held out by the medical staff as a precaution and that he would practice on Sunday. All signs point to his return on Saturday. “I’m pretty sure he is going to go this week,” Mason Rudolph told Scout. “I know he will be practicing this week and I think he’s progressed from Saturday.”Jordan Burton – Star LinebackerThe All-Big 12 versatile linebacker exited stage left early on Saturday and did not return with what may be considered a minor injury. Mike Gundy says he is “probable” for Saturday, and he is listed at No. 1 on OSU’s depth chart for Saturday, likely signaling his return is imminent.Jarrell Owens – Defensive EndThe starting defensive end missed Saturday’s game with an undisclosed injury. Gundy said in the postgame that he was borderline available, and it appears he will also return on Saturday after sitting out this past week against UT.Chris Carson – Running backCarson has missed several consecutive games after suffering a hand injury earlier in the season. Mike Gundy updated his status on Monday, and said he will likely return in two weeks when the Pokes travel to face the Jayhawks in Lawrence.Marcell Ateman – Wide ReceiverAteman still has not taken a snap this season after suffering a foot injury in the preseason. He’s set to be examined again this week according to a report from Scout, and the rumor is that he could return as early as the Kansas game in two weeks. If not, it seems that a redshirt, which is still available for him, could be a serious option.Jordan Brailford – Defensive EndSlated as a starter headed into the season, Brailford has not played a snap this season after suffering an apparent leg injury just before the season. His status remains questionable moving forward, and he’s already likely ruled out this weekend after not appearing on the depth chart. Whatever the injury, it seems to be something that could keep him out for the remainder of the year, with a possibility of a medical redshirt in play.last_img read more

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Pack it in and out with the collapsible Oru Kayak

first_imgIt’s not often that a kayak constructed of a single sheet of double-layered, recyclable plastic adorns the halls of the San Franscisco Museum of Modern Art. Then again, the origami-inspired Oru Kayak ($1,195) isn’t your everyday piece of plastic. Company founder Anton Willis, a young architect and ambitious designer from Northern California, constructed and tested more than 25 full-scale prototypes before landing on the final build — one capable fitting in the trunk of your car.“The key to good design for me,” said Willis in an interview with CNN last year, “is to create products that are really in sync with 21-century ideas. [Ones] in sync with the notion that sustainability is something that is obtainable and non-expensive, in sync with the notion that people want to make things their own, to build them or enjoy them in their own way.”Weighing just shy of 26 pounds and measuring a mere 32 inches when collapsed, the lightweight kayak is perfectly designed for the adventurous type with no room to spare. A double-layered, polypropelyne exterior ensures the sleek boat lasts more than 20,000 fold cycles while additionally resisting natural abrasion and the outside elements. The two aforementioned layers also make the Oru Kaya naturally buoyant, and though the boat folds down to roughly the size of a large briefcase, it unfurls to a standard 12 feet in length in less than five minutes.Size isn’t the only appeal, though. The structure is rigid and incredibly sturdy, rendering it just as apt for expert kayakers as beginners, with a single seam resting above the waterline atop the boat. Furthermore, the fully-adjustable seat provides the utmost comfort and the two rubber deck straps offer plenty of storage space for stashing gear for short camping excursions and day trips on the coast. Each Oru Kayak is even built in California using fully recyclable materials, each of which is still manufactured in the United States for American-made peace of mind we can all stand behind.Check out the Oru Kayak online for more information or to make a purchase. Additionally, peruse the company’s four distinct bundles — the Bay, Mosey, Wayfarer, and Duo. Oru’s Origami-Inspired Inlet Kayak Will Be the World’s Most Portable Watercraft Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started center_img The Best Places to Snorkel in the United States 1. Oru Kayak 2. Oru Kayak 3. Oru Kayak 4. Oru Kayak 5. Oru Kayak An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering last_img read more

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Geoffrey Kent Pulls From His Travel Experiences to Develop Two New Inspiring Expeditions

first_imgNew Adventures Offer Insider Access to Ethiopia’s Most Remote Regions and Brazil’s Unrivaled Carnival DOWNERS GROVE, IL – May 21, 2019…After spending last year exploring the farthest reaches of the globe, from the Arctic Circle to the South Pole, luxury travel pioneer Geoffrey Kent has since been spending his time in search of new adventures. “I thought about some of the most spectacular places I’ve been to in my life and how I could share these experiences with Abercrombie & Kent guests.” With an unfettered imagination and over half a century of logistical expertise, Kent and his team deliver an unexpected level of comfort, authenticity and access with two new Inspiring Expeditions: Ethiopia by Air: Danakil & Beyond and Carnival & Cariocas. “Delving back to my early guiding days, I’ve mapped out an expedition across one of Africa’s most remote regions to reveal Ethiopia’s awe-inspiring natural beauty, as well as the country’s remarkable history that dates back to biblical times,” Kent explains. “Travelling by helicopter provides access to places that few other Westerners have had the privilege to visit.” “Then in February, my wife – who is Brazilian – and I will return to Rio de Janeiro toexperience the pageantry of Carnival. It is a party unlike any other, with over 80,000 people all singing, dancing and having such a joyous time in the Samba School parade. It was one of the most thrilling events we have experienced together, and something I couldn’t wait to share with others.” Ethiopia by Air: Danakil & BeyondOne hallmark of each Inspiring Expedition is thrills. On Ethiopia by Air: Danakil & Beyond (Oct 4-13, 2019) a fleet of helicopters makes it possible to easily travel from one remarkable site to the next, including the remote and rarely-visited Danakil Depression, where a glowing lava lake and sulphur-yellow salt flats are among the Earth’s most otherworldly landscapes. Learn about the important role that Ethiopia played in human history at the National Museum with behind-the-scenes access to the original Lucy skeleton, which dates back more than 3.2 million years. Experience Christianity’s earliest sacred places with exclusive access to one of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela when it is closed to the public. Marvel at how the story of Axum is revealed by Stelae Park’s iconic obelisks and the church believed to house the Ark of the Covenant. Each day is filled with spectacular experiences. On a flightseeing expedition to the Danakil Depression, touch down for sunrise beside the sulphur springs of Dallol. Take in sweeping views of the vast salt pans and Erta Ale’s fiery volcanic crater, pausing for a swim in the emerald pools of Lake Afdera. Climb up to the mountaintop churches of Gheralta Massif, all but unknown to the outside world until 1966. Fly deep into the Simien Mountains to see wildlife found nowhere else, like the gelada baboon and walia ibex. Meet the tribal peoples of the remote Omo Delta who rarely welcome outsiders. 10 days from $185,000 per person, double occupancy. Carnival & CariocasAnother hallmark of every Inspiring Expedition is exclusivity. Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnival is considered one of the most vibrant celebrations on earth, and guests on Carnival & Cariocas (Feb 21-27, 2020) will experience the party on an entirely different level. Imbibe the magic of Carnival with an all-access pass to the exclusive Copacabana Palace Magic Ball. Enjoy special access to a Samba school and learn from a Carnival Queen about what goes into the year-long preparations. Then, witness the elaborate floats, whirling dancers, and pounding drum corps from a private VIP box at the Sambodromo. Embrace the spirit of celebration with this once-in-a-lifetime experience in sun-kissed Rio. Stay at the luxurious, beachfront Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro – a personal favorite of Geoffrey Kent – and hobnob with Brazil’s rich, famous and beautiful at the iconic rooftop infinity pool. Take in epic views of Christ the Redeemer with a helicopter tour over the city, landing at Urca Hill in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain for a spectacular private dinner. Learn the art of football as you take part in a penalty shoot-out against a professional player. Then decompress from the party vibe, cruising on a private yacht to the coastal resort of Angra dos Reis for two relaxing nights. $105,000 per person, double occupancy. To learn more about Abercrombie & Kent’s Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent ®, go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com/small-group-journeys/inspiring-expeditions-by-geoffrey-kent or call 800 554 7094 to speak to an A&K Travel Consultant.  About Abercrombie & Kenthttps://www.abercrombiekent.com/Abercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with our first African safaris in 1962, and today our award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K’s custom itineraries and small-group journeys offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while our 55 local site offices ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every travel destination unique. Join the world of A&K by following us on Facebook ,Twitter: @AKTravel_USA and Instagram: aktravel_usalast_img read more

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126 People Receive Duplicate Keep the Heat Cheques

first_imgThe Nova Scotia government will be contacting 126 people who have mistakenly been issued duplicate cheques through the province’s Keep the Heat program. The duplicate cheques were issued this week through Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, which administers the heating assistance program. The department will be contacting the recipients and requesting that they return the duplicate cheques. In January 2006, the Keep the Heat program implemented a new electronic system to process the cheques. To date, more than 10,000 cheques have been issued. A thorough review of the system indicated that 126 applicants received duplicate cheques. The department regrets the error and inconvenience caused to recipients. The department is reviewing the electronic system to ensure that duplication does not happen again. Keep the Heat offers a cash rebate of $250 for eligible applicants who heat their homes with oil or propane. For those who heat with electricity, wood, coal, wood pellets or natural gas, a $100 rebate is available. Applications and more information about Keep the Heat are available at 1-800-670-4357, or at www.gov.ns.ca read more

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CES 2019 Local weather for the rest of the world

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The CES 2019 gadget show opened its doors Tuesday, with tech companies from giants to tiny startups showing off their latest products and services.In recent years, CES’s influence has declined as Apple, Google and other major companies throw their own events to launch new wares. Still, more than 180,000 people from about 150 countries are expected to attend. The sprawling event spans 11 official venues, plus scores of unofficial ones throughout Las Vegas. The four-day show in Las Vegas opened after two days of media previews.Here are the latest findings and observations from Associated Press reporters on the ground.BRING THAT UMBRELLAIBM is expanding its side job as the world’s meteorologist.IBM CEO Ginni Rometty used a keynote address Tuesday to unveil a new global forecasting system that promises more accurate local weather reports in places that never had them before.The computing giant owns The Weather Company, which runs popular weather services including weather.com and the Weather Channel and Weather Underground apps (though not the Weather Channel television network). Those apps provide precise and constantly updating forecasts in places like the U.S. and parts of Europe and Japan, but not in most of the world.IBM says its new forecasting model relies in part on “crowd-sourced” data — barometric pressure readings from millions of smartphones and sensor readings from passing airplanes.Weather Company CEO Cameron Clayton says the new system is intended to aid IBM’s business providing critical weather data to airlines, energy firms and other industries. But he says it will also have societal benefits, such as helping small farmers in India or parts of Africa yield better crops.IBM may have trouble persuading some users to agree to transmit atmospheric data to IBM after the city of Los Angeles sued last week to stop the Weather Channel’s data-collection practices. The lawsuit alleges that the company uses location information not just to personalize weather but also to track users’ every step and profit off that information. The company has denied any impropriety with sharing location data collected from users, saying it does disclose what it does.CUTTING THROUGH THE BABELGoogle has transformed CES into a Disney-like theme park — complete with singing animatronic macarons — to showcase new features of its voice-enabled digital assistant.This includes an “interpreter mode” that enables some of Google’s smart home devices to work as a translator. It’s being piloted at a hotel concierge desk near the Las Vegas tech conference and rolls out to consumer devices in several weeks.Voice assistants are getting pretty good at translating our speech into text, but it’s a thornier challenge in artificial intelligence to enable real-time translation across different languages. Google’s new feature expands upon real-time translation services it’s rolled out to Android phones and headphones over the past year.This is the second year that Google Assistant had made a huge splash at CES in an effort to outbid Amazon’s Alexa as the voice assistant of choice.RELATED: The Download Google this year has an amusement park ride that resembles Disney’s “It’s a Small World,” though on a roller-coaster-like train at slow speeds. Talking and singing characters showcase Google’s various voice-assistant features as visitors ride along.Google isn’t the only CES exhibitor promising the next generation of instant translation. Chinese AI firm iFlytek has been showing of its translation apps and devices that are already popular among Chinese travellers. And at least two startups, New York-based Waverly Labs and China-based TimeKettle, are promoting their earbuds that work as in-ear translation devices.SAMSUNG WANTS TO BRING ROBOTS HOMEUp next for Samsung: A robot that can keep its eye on grandma and grandpa.The rolling robot, which talks and has two digital eyes on a black screen, can track medicines they take, measure blood pressure and call 911 if it detects a fall.The company didn’t not say when Samsung Bot Care would be available, but brought the robot out on stage Monday at a presentation at CES. Samsung also said it is working on a robot for stores and another for testing and purifying the air in homes.Samsung also unveiled TVs, appliances and other high-tech gizmos — but not a foldable phone it hinted at in November. But a startup called Royole did. The Royole FlexPai smartphone was first shown in November but the California-based company has more details. The phone will have a 7.8-inch display that can be folded like a wallet, priced at more than $1,300.STAR DELIGHTSony brought some star power to CES with a visit from musician Pharrell Williams, straight from trip to Anguilla.The star of hit songs such as “Happy” came to talk about a mostly secret project that he and Sony are supposedly undertaking. But in the end, it was clearly an attempt by Sony to sprinkle some stardust on launches for TVs and other products.“I was a little bit worried that he was still on holiday, but he is here,” Sony Music head Rob Stringer told the crowd.___AP Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay in New York and video journalist Jona Kallgren in Las Vegas contributed to this report.Matt O’Brien And Joseph Pisani, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Rihanna To Present Tom Ford With Award Of Inspiration

first_imgRihanna will join amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, in paying tribute to Tom Ford at its LA Inspiration Gala on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.Ford, the American fashion designer and director of the Oscar-nominated film “A Single Man,” will be presented with amfAR’s Award of Inspiration, by the multi-Grammy Award winning artist, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to menswear design, as well as his profound commitment to combating the AIDS crisis.Rihanna, who is making this special appearance at the event in honor of Mr. Ford, has sold 52 million albums and 195 million digital tracks worldwide, making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. She has released seven albums in seven years, achieved 13 number-one singles and won 7 Grammy Awards. With over 5.5 billion views and 19 Vevo certified videos, she is the most viewed artist on Vevo/YouTube and is one of the biggest artists on Facebook with over 90 million friends. In addition, she has successfully launched five fragrances, two capsule collections with Armani, as well as four River Island Collections, and she is currently the spokesperson for MAC Viva Glam.“Tom has inspired so many aspects of my art over the years, not to mention his clothes give me a real bad attitude! His commitment to the cause and commitment to amfAR is truly admirable,” said Rihanna.One of the most celebrated designers working today, Tom Ford has received every major fashion industry accolade, including being named both Womenswear and Menswear Designer of the Year by the CFDA, as well as the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Ford has been a longtime supporter of amfAR and an outspoken advocate on behalf of people living with AIDS. He joins previous Award of Inspiration honorees including Goldie Hawn, Aileen Getty, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Huvane, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ricky Martin, James Franco, Francisco Costa, Mario Testino, Robert Duffy/Marc Jacobs International, and Fergie.As previously announced, Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow will host the black-tie benefit, to be held at Milk Studios, benefitting amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs. amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone will be joined at the gala by Event Chairs Bryan Lourd, Aileen Getty, and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole. Co-chairs include Matt Bomer, Courteney Cox, John Demsey, Michael Patrick King, Daphne Guinness, Simon Halls, Tom Hanks, Tim Hanlon, Alan Poul, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross, JR Savet, Amber Valletta, and Rita Wilson. The event will be sponsored by M•A•C Viva Glam and Wells Fargo Bank.The Inspiration Gala Los Angeles, produced by Josh Wood Productions, is part of a series of amfAR events celebrating all aspects of men’s style. Other events in the Inspiration series have taken place in Paris, New York, Miami, Toronto, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. To date, the Inspiration series has raised more than $15 million for amfAR.last_img read more

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A BC mothers search for a lost son

first_imgAPTN National NewsA child goes missing is a parents worse nightmare.But that’s exactly what happened to a mother on Vancouver island in British Columbia.March 2007 was the last time Elizabeth Louie saw her 15 year old son Desmond.Even today, the family  is struggling to figure out what happened.APTN’s Tina House has that story.last_img

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Nintendo to release two Pokemon titles for Switch console in late 2019

TOKYO — Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd said on Wednesday that it will release two Pokemon role-playing titles for its Switch console, “Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield,” worldwide in late 2019.The success of the new titles, which will feature new Pokemon including the chimp-like Grookey and the rabbit-like Scorbunny, will be key for driving sales growth of the hybrid home-portable console. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Thoughts from a gamer who doesn’t quite get it He said, she said: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aimé on Labo’s educational potential Nintendo shares lost 29 per cent of their value last year as investors questioned Switch’s ability to appeal beyond hardcore gamers and in January Nintendo slashed its full-year Switch hardware sales forecast.However there are signs of strong demand for Switch software, with two beginner-friendly “Pokemon Let’s Go” titles for the console that launched in November shifting 10 million copies in less than two months.Many analysts see Nintendo’s shares as undervalued and the company last week announced a share buyback for the first time since 2014. Its share price is up 7 per cent this year.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

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UN forum examines role partnerships play in tackling global migration challenge

“Partnerships must include all stakeholders: Government, international organizations and civil society,” William Lacy Swing, Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM), told the International Dialogue on Migration, a two-day forum that is part the year-long UN-led effort to craft a Global Compact to cover all dimensions of international migration.  “Partnerships are not just about working together but about working together to find new and creative ways of conducting our migration business,” he added.Partnership and cooperation are cornerstones of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Goal 17 calls for the revitalization and enhancement of the global partnership for sustainable development in all areas, including migration.Moreover, the Secretary-General’s recent migration report states that “Managing migration is one of the most urgent and profound tests of international cooperation in our time.”The central importance of partnerships on migration was a key takeaway from the stock-taking meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in December 2017 and one of the key messages of last year’s International Dialogue on Migration.Calling “partnership” a key word in migration, Mr. Swing emphasized, “No single government, international organization or civil society stakeholder can expect to reap migrations benefits or address its challenges by going it alone.”“The focus right now is on global cooperation,” he continued. “The Global Compact for Migration is a project that deserves close, concerted action from the international community as a whole; not just to conclude negotiations but, beyond that stage, to ensure successful review implementation and follow up.”Migration needs to recognize the obligations and commitments of all actors in the field of international migration.Henrietta Holsman Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), spoke of the challenges facing the world today in supporting people “to move safely and by choice, to help them to make the most of the opportunities and support available to them – especially children and young people.”Pointing out that “no group of migrants is more at risk,” she elaborated that there are more than million children on the move – more than of half of whom have been driven from their homes by conflict.”“No single State or Organization can manage migration alone,” she said, stressing the need for everyone to lend “their resources, energies and ideas.”For his part, Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), called for fair recruitment, skills development, social protection, decent work and respect for labour rights.“Migration is about work,” he said, emphasizing his office’s mandate “to protect those who are working in countries that are not their own.”Also speaking, Louise Arbour, Special Representative for International Migration, made clear that in the lead up to the UN’s 2018 International Migration Conference in Morocco later this year, the world’s “collective focus should remain firmly fixed on how to address the daily realities of migrants and their communities of origin and destination.”Ms. Arbour believes that for safe, orderly migration to succeed, policies must be enacted – based on an sound appreciation of the complex interplay of demographic and economic factors.“This is a very tall order,” she acknowledged. “Bureaucrats can make the rational arguments. Demagogues can make the publicly appealing ones. Only great political leaders can make both.”Mr. Swing assured that IOM would strive to expand existing partnerships and build new ones and that “migrants social, economic and health needs are properly addressed, with the collaboration of all relevant actors.” “Together, we can achieve our common purpose of reaping the benefits of migration for migrants, and destination and origin societies,” he concluded. read more

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Poll Would you support the expelling of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland

first_imgA PETITION CALLING for the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland to be expelled has received over 5,000 signatures over the weekend.The organisers say expelling Boaz Modai would send out a clear diplomatic message.Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan met with Modai on Friday, with the minster saying that the Government had “consistently urged both sides to exercise maximum restraint”.What do you think: Would you support the expelling of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland? Poll Results: No (5954) I’m not sure (1188)center_img Yes (14331) YesNoI’m not sureVotelast_img read more

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Submerged village not Atlantis

first_imgThe Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs has announced a village dating to perhaps 2,500BC has been discovered by researchers diving off the coast of Greece.While the underwater archaeology team from the University of Geneva was training at Lambayanna beach in Kiladha Bay, they discovered the well-preserved remains of a Bronze Age Greek village.The specific, south of Athens, is rich in ancient settlements and artefacts; however the students did not expect to find evidence of an entire village hidden beneath the waves. The settlement, which dates back approximately 4,500 years, covers an area of 12 acres and consists of stone defensive structures, paved surfaces, pathways, towers, pottery, tools, and other artefacts.Archaeologists returned in 2015 to perform an official and thorough inspection of the site, discovering several evident and well-preserved buildings among the ruins.Researchers of the massive expedition overseen by the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece speculate that the cause of sinking is either rising sea levels or shifting tectonic plates.Professor Julien Beck of the University of Geneva called the site an “archaeological paradise”, saying the foundations are of a “massive nature, unknown in Greece until now”.“The importance of our discovery is partly due to the large size. There must have been a brick superstructure above a stone foundation. The chances of finding such walls underwater are extremely low. The full size of the facility is not yet known. We do not know why it is surrounded by fortifications,” Beck added.Source: Spero News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Faithful gather to bid farewell to Archbishop Stylianos as funeral begins

first_imgThe news of Australia’s Archbishop Stylianos passing at 6pm on Monday, the Greek Independence Day holiday, sent shock-waves rippling through the Greek community. Since then, parishioners, members of the clergy and friends have paid tribute to the great spiritual leader in many ways. Since yesterday afternoon thousands have passed by the Annunciation of Our Lady Cathedral in Redfern to pay their last respects as his body lay in repose.A giant of a figure, he will always be remembered for welcoming people regardless of their religious affiliation and despite being outspoken, he was a man of great open-mindedness, tolerance and kindness with views that sometimes contradicted traditional beliefs.His brash nature, filled with chutzpah, sometimes caused controversy but nobody can deny that he helped expand the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, especially as far as social services and the Orthodox education is concerned.Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew has designated Metropolitan Archbishop Panteleimon of Vryoula to officiate today’s funeral as the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Panteleimon, who was elevated to Metropolitan in 2018, previously served as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Australia with posts in Adelaide and Melbourne.CLICK HERE to watch the funeral live with Neos Kosmos. Photos by George Mpliokas show developments at the Cathedral so far.Archishop Stylianos lies in repose on Friday. Photo: George MpliokasArchbishop lies in repose as worshipers pay their last respects. Photo George MpliokasArchishop Stylianos lies in repose on Friday. Photo: George Mpliokas Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Browser Bug Exposed Facebook Messenger Chat History

first_img A now-patched vulnerability in the Web version of Facebook Messenger allowed any website to see who you have been texting.Cybersecurity service Imperva this week reported a so-called “Cross-Site Frame Leakage” (CSFL)—a side-channel attack previously spotted in November.“As happens with applications I regularly use, I felt the need to understand how Facebook Messenger works,” Imperva security researcher Ron Masas wrote in a blog post.“I started poking around the Messenger Web application and noticed that iFrame elements were dominating the user interface,” he continued. “The chat box, as well as the contact list, were rendered in iFrames, opening the possibility for a CSFL attack.”Testing his theory, Masas found that by recording “full state” and “empty state” data, he could remotely determine whether someone has chatted with a specific person or business.When illustrated as lines (below), you can see a blip in the empty state iFrame count, which signifies zero communication between two users; if contact has been made, the pattern remains steady.And while the glitch doesn’t allow hackers to retrieve individual conversations, it does, as Masas pointed out, violate users’ privacy.He reported the vulnerability to Facebook, which has since removed all iFrames from the Messenger interface completely.“The bug is a browser issue related to how they handle content embedded in webpages, and could affect any site, not just Messenger.com,” a Facebook spokesman told Geek in an email. “We already fixed the issue for Messenger.com last year to safeguard our users and made recommendations to browser makers to prevent this type of issue from happening.”“Browser-based side-channel attacks are still an overlooked subject,” Masas said. “While big players like Facebook and Google are catching up, most of the industry is still unaware.”Imperva researchers in November discovered a similar bug that allowed websites to extract data from Facebook user profiles, thanks to a security flaw relating to cross-site frame leakage.A month later, the social network announced that its internal team found a photo API flaw that could have impacted up to 6.8 million users, and might have allowed third-party apps access to people’s private images.More on Geek.com:Here’s the Secret Password to Unlock Facebook Messenger’s Dark ModeFacebook Messenger Will Now Let You Delete MessagesApple Fixes FaceTime Flaw, Compensates Teen Who Found ItEditor’s note: This article was updated on March 11, with comment from Facebook. Stay on target Facebook Messenger Will Now Let You Delete MessagesFacebook Is Reportedly Integrating Its Social Messaging Apps last_img read more

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