Luxury home sales fell by 60 per cent in the GTA Oakville

first_imgTORONTO – Luxury home sales in the Greater Toronto Area, Oakville and Hamilton-Burlington have fallen by almost 60 per cent year-over-year, according to a RE/MAX report.The real estate company says 76 freehold and condominium properties in the GTA sold for more than $3 million between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, down from 180 sales during the same period last year.In Oakville, six homes in the same price range sold early this year, in comparison to 15 a year ago.Homes priced above $1 million in Hamilton-Burlington saw a 55 per cent drop to 59 homes sold at the start of the year from 133 in 2017.Though RE/MAX says the luxury market’s record-breaking pace from last year has slowed, it is still expecting plenty of activity this year.Already RE/MAX says it has seen increases in luxury home sales in the GTA’s Kingsway/Princess Anne Manor and Rosedale neighbourhoods, where 10 homes have sold so far this year, including the most expensive one for $8.4 million.last_img read more

First 50 retweets can tell if a tweet will go viral Study

first_imgBeijing: Estimating how infectious a tweet is from the first 50 retweets is the key to predicting whether a post will go viral or not, a study has found. As online social networks and media continue to grow, so has the importance of understanding how they influence our thoughts and opinions, said researchers from Beihang University in China. Being able to predict the spread of social contagions is considered a key goal for those social information networks, according to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAlthough models developed in the field of infectious diseases have been used to describe the spread of ideas, studies have not used real data to estimate how infectious the information is. Researchers used about one month of Twitter data — comprising over 12 million tweets and more than 1.5 million retweets — and estimated each tweet’s infectivity based on the network dynamics of the first 50 retweets associated with it. They incorporated the infectivity estimates into a model with a decay constant that captures the gradual decline in interest as online information ages. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsUsing real data and simulations, the researchers tested the ability of the infectivity-based model to predict the virality of retweet cascades. They compared its performance to that of the standard community model, which incorporates other predictive factors — such as social reinforcement and trapping effects that act to keep tweet cascades within small communities of connected users. The researchers found that for both real Twitter data and simulated data, the infectivity model performed better than the community model, indicating that infectivity is a larger driving force in determining whether a tweet goes viral. Combining the two models into a hybrid community, infectivity model yielded the most accurate predictions, highlighting the complexity of the interacting forces that determine the life and death of social network information.last_img read more

Sharon Stone appears with wide open cleavage at Marrakech Film Festival

first_imgSidi Ifni- Sharon Stone, the Hollywood star who attended the opening ceremony of the Marrakech Film Festival Friday night, appeared on stage boasting her cleavage. But unlike the past when such look used to stir controversy in Moroccan conservative society, the American actress’ look went unnoticed by Moroccan audience. The pictures taken of her during the festival made her appear as one of the sexiest women on the screen.Director Martin Scorsese, this year’s jury president, awarded the star a lifetime achievement prize.  Sharone Stone was among several foreign artists who are to be honored in this year’s edition of the festival. Wearing a long blue robe at the opening ceremony, more than a fair share of her cleavage stood out. Sharon prides herself on the best films she starred in and the numerous awards she has won worldwide, such as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Martin Scorsese was honored to award Stone a prize on Friday night. Sharon expressed her passion for bridging cultures of the world and promoting tolerance, creativity and peace. ‘The Marrakech film festival has given us the opportunity to bring together cultures from around the world to show our creative spirit,” Sharon said.  “I’m grateful to receive this award, “she added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Ohio State softball drops first game of series against Purdue 42

Sporting its road red uniforms, the Ohio State softball team dug itself into an early hole against Purdue and never recovered, losing 4-2 Friday at Buckeye Field in the first of a three-game series. Purdue (12-18, 1-3) was designated the home team after weather conditions in West Lafayette, Ind., rendered its home field unplayable and forced the teams to reschedule the weekend series eastward to Columbus. Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico struggled from the start, walking the bases loaded and giving up two runs in the first inning before being pulled in the second. She finished the day with five walks and three earned runs. She suffered her fourth loss of the season. DiDomenico said she had trouble adapting to the game. “I had trouble adjusting to (home plate umpire Greg Paul’s) strike zone,” she said. “That’s on my part, I couldn’t adjust, and they took advantage of it.” Redshirt junior pitcher Melanie Nichols pitched the remainder of the game. Purdue struck first with a run off of a walk with the bases loaded and added another after a throwing error by sophomore outfielder Caitlin Conrad. The second inning saw the Boilermakers score two more, aided by junior outfielder Lindsey Rains’ RBI double. The Buckeyes (20-10, 2-2) added one back in the third inning off of freshman utility player Cammi Prantl’s sacrifice fly RBI and another in the fourth off sophomore second baseman Shelby Pickett’s RBI single to chip away at the lead, 4-2. In the end, though, the early deficit proved too large to overcome. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Watkins said the Buckeyes still have hope for the rest of the weekend. “We need to come out more focused tomorrow,” Watkins said. “We didn’t hit like we normally do, but we have to come out and play hard and forget about this game and worry about the next two.” The Buckeyes’ offense was grounded by Purdue sophomore pitcher Lexy Moore, who earned her fourth victory of the season with a three-hit, one-earned run, four-strike out game. Watkins said that the Buckeyes simply didn’t play their best. “We should have came out hard no matter what,” Watkins said. “Whether we were home or the visitors, and we didn’t. It was just a normal game.” Purdue snapped a nine-game losing streak with the victory and earned its first Big Ten win of the season. DiDomenico said she expects Saturday’s game against the Boilermakers to go better. “We have to come out tomorrow and do our best,” DiDomenico said. “And things will fall into place.” OSU is scheduled to take on Purdue for game two of the weekend series Saturday at 2 p.m. at Buckeye Field. The teams will also meet Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State takes on No 13 Michigan and Michigan State

Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston watches theaction during his team’s match with Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27 at St. John Arena inColumbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Former Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-7, 2-4 Big Ten) takes on the state of Michigan in a weekend-long battle as the women’s volleyball team welcomes No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State to St. John arena this weekend. The Wolverines bring the most impressive record the Buckeyes have faced this season at 15-2, and 4-2 within the conference. The Spartans stand at 14-5 and 2-4 in the Big Ten.“The Big Ten is all kind of beating each other up right now. Each weekend can flip everything so this is a big weekend for us, we’re excited for it,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. The Michigan teams bring impressive players, with each of their top attackers leading the teams with 225 kills, compared to the leading Buckeye, freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić, with 199. Michigan senior outside hitter and team captain Carly Skjodt poses a threat to the Buckeyes, and according to Carlston, the rest of the Big Ten as well. “She’s tough man, she has all the shots, she grinds, she’s definitely one of their leaders,” Carlston said. “There’s lots of great outside hitters but her back-row attack is maybe one of the best in the conference.”Skjodt received Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 8, along with two other award-winning Wolverines. Senior libero Jenna Lerg earned Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week and junior MacKenzi Welsh earned Big Ten Conference Co-Setter of the Week.“There’s always a big sense of rivalry between us and Michigan and they’ve been playing well so obviously we need to raise the stakes a little bit,” said freshman defensive specialist Camryn Moeller. Carlston agreed the heightened rivalry changes the dynamic of the match. “We feel it like everyone does,” he said. “We’ve beaten them most of the time hear, and they’ve beaten us there. The environment is huge so we’re hoping to have this place rocking for sure on Friday. It’s a big match for both of us.”With a large number of player injuries this season, the Buckeyes have not enjoyed the consistency of any one lineup. The team and staff continue to work on communication and comfort on the court. “As a staff we’re trying to be more creative and do different things to keep it fresh,” said Carlston. “The chemistry on the floor is so important. You have to really be comfortable with the people to your left and right and that’s been tough because we haven’t had that ability to have the same group on the floor this year.”Ohio State will face Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Ohio State’s Dig Pink match to honor breast cancer survivors. read more

Chelsea target Lewandowski

first_imgChelsea have now entered the race to sign Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski at the end of the season, claims the Daily StarThe British publication has reported that the London club are now “on alert” after learning that the forward has been offered to some of the biggest sides in Europe for this summer.It is understood that Lewandowski’s representatives are making approaches to a number of big clubs to learn to their interest in the Pole and Chelsea have now made their interest known with Alvaro Morata’s future appearing to be increasingly uncertain at Stamford Bridge.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Although Chelsea are unlikely to have no competition for the highly-rated forward with newly crowned Premier League winners Manchester City and Liverpool strongly interested in signing Lewandowski this summer.The 29 year-old has had another impressive campaign for Bayern Munich with Lewandowski having scored 27 goals in his 27 league matches for the Bundesliga champions.last_img read more

Sailor in iconic VJ Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

first_img Posted: February 18, 2019 Updated: 11:55 AM AP, AP FacebookTwitter February 18, 2019 Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95.Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon Molleur, told The Providence Journal.In this Aug. 14, 1945 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a sailor and a woman kiss in New York’s Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II. The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. George Mendonsa was 95. It was years after the photo was taken that Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, were confirmed to be the couple. (Victor Jorgensen/U.S. Navy, File)Mendonsa was shown kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, on Aug. 14, 1945. Known as V-J Day, it was the day Japan surrendered to the United States. People spilled into the New York City streets to celebrate the news.Mendonsa planted a kiss on Friedman, whom he had never met.The photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt was first published in Life magazine and is called “V-J Day in Times Square,” but is known to most as “The Kiss.” It became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century, and is a popular image used on posters.Several people later claimed to be the kissing couple. It was years before Mendonsa and Friedman were confirmed to be the couple.Mendonsa served on a destroyer during the war and was on leave when the end of the war was announced.When he was honored at the Rhode Island State House in 2015, Mendonsa spoke about the kiss. He said Friedman reminded him of nurses on a hospital ship that he saw care for wounded sailors.“I saw what those nurses did that day and now back in Times Square the war ends, a few drinks, so I grabbed the nurse,” Mendonsa said, WPRI-TV reported .Friedman said in a 2005 interview with the Veterans History Project that it wasn’t her choice to be kissed.“The guy just came over and kissed or grabbed,” she told the Library of Congress.She added, “It was just somebody really celebrating. But it wasn’t a romantic event.”Mendonsa died two days before his 96th birthday. The family has not yet made funeral arrangements.Friedman fled Austria during the war as a 15-year-old girl. She died in 2016 at the age of 92 at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, from complications of old age.last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests Issue 1 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between September 13, 2018 and September 19, 2018:Thursday, September 13NoneFriday, September 14Guerby A. Centatus (30, Haverhill) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License and Speeding. (1:49am)Saturday, September 15NoneSunday, September 16John Amaro Gearty (31, Wilmington) was arrested on a probation warrant. (8:34am)Robert A. Newton, Jr. (43, North Reading) was arrested on Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License; Marked Lanes Violation; and Motor Vehicle Operator’s Refusal To Identity Self Or Give False Name. Newton was pulled over on Chestnut Street. (3:31pm)Monday, September 17Christopher John Wiese (33, North Reading) was arrested with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. (4:40pm)Tuesday, September 18NoneWednesday, September 19Malia K. Melendez (19, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant. (8:35am)Mia V. Curtatone (24, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant for use a motor vehicle without authority. (11:00am)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

2 missing in Sherpur boat capsize

first_imgTwo day labourers went missing as a boat capsized in the Old Brahmaputra river in Dakpara area of Sadar upazila on Thursday evening.They are Farid Hossain, 26, son of Yusuf Ali, and Shahidul Islam, 25, son of Bahadur Mia, residents of Mollapara village of the upazila.Sub-inspector of Sadar police station Mostafizur Rahman said that the boat carrying 22 day labourers sank in the river due to stormy weather.Two of them went missing although the others managed to swim ashore.A diver team of Mymensingh Fire Service rushed to the spot around 10:00am on Friday and continued rescue operation till 2:00pm, but they couldn’t trace the missing, he added.last_img

India wants to see fair inclusive polls says BNP

first_img.New Delhi wants to see democratic practice in Bangladesh, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was quoted to have told BNP chief Khaleda Zia on Sunday.BNP leaders said Sushma conveyed India’s expectation that the next general elections would be inclusive and fair.The visiting Indian minister held a 45-minute meeting with Khaleda Zia, also a former prime minister, at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.Briefing newsmen about the meeting, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the BNP delegation, at the meeting, raised a number of issues relating to the next parliamentary polls.Demanding polls under caretaker government, the BNP and other opposition political parties had boycotted the general elections held on 5 January 2014.”Sushma Swaraj has said there should a fair election in Bangladesh. India wants the election election commission [of Bangladesh] will hold free and fair election so that all can participate,” Mirza Fakhrul said.The seven-member BNP team was comprised of standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Abdul Moin Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and the BNP chairperson’s adviser Riaz Rahman and Sabiuddin Ahmed.Mirza Fakhrul nentioned that they also discussed the Rohingya issue with the Indian foreign minister.“We want safe return of the Rohingya people to their homeland. Towards this end, India continues to exert pressure on Myanmar,” the BNP leader said quoting the Indian minister.However, there was no one-on-one meeting between Khaleda Zia and Sushma Swaraj unlike their last meeting in 2014.The Indian minister also called on prime minister Sheikh Hasina and also held talks with the foreign minister at the Joint Consultative Committee meeting.last_img read more

We are not your enemy Tillerson to North Korea

first_imgUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks from the briefing room of the US State Department in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPSecretary of State Rex Tillerson promised Tuesday that the United States is not trying to topple Kim Jong-Un’s North Korean regime, but warned it must halt its nuclear missile program.Briefing reporters on diplomatic efforts to pressure Pyongyang, Tillerson said Washington would be willing to talk to the North if its leaders accept that they must disarm.“We don’t think having a dialogue where the North Koreans come to the table assuming they’re going to maintain their nuclear weapons is productive,” he warned.But he sought to reassure the isolated authoritarian regime that it does not need a nuclear arsenal to defend itself from a US attack.“We do not see a regime change. We do not seek the collapse of the regime. We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula,” he promised.“We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel. And we’re trying to convey that to the North Koreans.“We are not your enemy. We’re not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond.”US President Donald Trump has demanded that China, North Korea’s neighbor and biggest trade partner, rein in its nuclear ambitions—angrily tweeting over the weekend that Beijing is not doing enough.But here too, Tillerson was more diplomatic.“We certainly don’t blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea,” Washington’s top diplomat said.“Only the North Koreans are to blame for this situation, but we do believe China has a special and unique relationship, because of this significant economic activity, to influence the North Korean regime in ways that no one else can.”Last week, Kim boasted that North Korea could now strike any target in the United States after carrying out its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.Republican foreign policy hawk Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump is ready to launch a devastating military strike if diplomacy fails to stop the nuclear missile threat.last_img read more

Court dismisses Minnis 2 petitions

first_imgAysha Siddika MinniA Barguna court on Monday dismissed two petitions filed by lawyers of Aysha Siddika Minni seeking her production before it to take her signature in two appeals for withdrawal of her confessional statement and ensuring her proper treatment over the killing of her husband Rifat Sharif, reports UNB.Senior judicial magistrate Sirajul Alam Gazi passed the order, asking the counsels to file the petitions through the jail authorities.The judge also directed the jail authorities to provide treatment to Minni in jail.Minni’s counsel Barguna Bar Association general secretary lawyer Mahbubul Bari said they need Minni’s signature to file appeals seeking withdrawal of her confessional statement and for her proper treatment. “So we appealed to the court seeking its order to produce her before it,” he said, adding that the court turned down the petitions.He also said they will file the appeals with the jail authorities on Tuesday.On Sunday, the court rejected the bail application of Minni in the murder case.Aysha Siddika Minni who was arrested on 16 July night after nearly 12 hours of interrogation reportedly confessed to her involvement in the murder before the court on 19 July.After meeting Minni in jail on 20 July, her father Mozammel Hossain alleged that she was forced to confess the crime and a vested group was trying to divert the direction.Rifat Sharif, 22, was attacked with sharp weapons near the main gate of Barguna Government College on 26 June. His wife Minni appeared to be trying to protect him during the attack that was caught on surveillance camera.Police have so far arrested 16 people over the murder. Besides, main accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcers on 2 July.last_img read more

Women Of NASA To Be Immortalized — In Lego Form

first_imgMaia WeinstockThe Women of NASA featured in the Lego set are (left to right): computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronaut Sally Ride, astronaut Mae Jemison and astronomer Nancy Grace Roman.Five storied female NASA pioneers will soon grace toy-store shelves, in Lego form.The Danish company announced on Tuesday that it would produce the Women of NASA set, submitted by science writer Maia Weinstock.“Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program,” Weinstock wrote in her project proposal. “Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated – especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”She said the set is meant to shed light on the rich history of women in STEM professions.It beat out eleven other projects in the Lego Ideas competition, which each had to receive votes from 10,000 supporters to be eligible.Maia WeinstockNASA astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison will be featured in the new Lego set.The set features Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician whose story was featured in the recent film Hidden Figures. Johnson, who is now 98 years old, appeared on stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.Other NASA women honored in Lego form are:Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work that contributed to Apollo 11’s landing on the moon.Astronaut Sally Ride , the first U.S. woman in space.Nancy Grace Roman, who served as NASA’s chief astronomer and is seen as “instrumental in making the Hubble Space Telescope a reality.”Astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space.“Excited to be part of such a great group of women,” Jemison tweeted after the announcement, “And even more jazzed about women in STEM!”Lego says it is particularly excited about the “inspirational value” of the set. It is still determining the final product design – the photos accompanying this story were part of the proposal submitted by Weinstock.“I hope it sets a new example for both girls and boys,” Weinstock told the BBC. “Girls, in that they can and should be engineers, scientists, and mathematicians, and boys, in that they internalise at an early age that these careers are for everyone, not only men.”A Lego spokesperson says Women of NASA is slated for launch later this year. Other projects that were vying for Lego production included depictions of the Addams Family Mansion and the Large Hadron Collider.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

DC Drug Court Gives Graduates New Lease On Life

first_imgEllis Caudle is not ashamed to admit that he used and sold drugs on and off for most of his life—until he entered the District of Columbia Superior Court Drug Intervention Program last year. Caudle, 58, graduated from the program on Sept. 20, and the Maryland man is hopeful his story of redemption inspires others to kick their own issues with substance abuse.D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine spoke to graduates of the District’s Superior Court Drug Intervention Program. (AFRO Photo/Lenore Adkins)“We’re all human, we’re not perfect people,” Caudle told the AFRO after the graduation ceremony. “The only perfect one is up there in heaven.” Caudle was one of five graduates from the in-house treatment program, commonly known as “drug court” and now in its 27th year of operation. The program is overseen by the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, in association with the Superior Court for non-violent drug offenders. Attendees spend at least 24 weeks undergoing drug treatment and are periodically drug tested—those who graduate have been drug-free for 90 days, said Paul Cummings, the program’s coordinator. People who finish the program’s misdemeanor track get their cases dismissed, Cummings said. Those who complete the program on the felony track have a chance of receiving probation, he added. Drug courts offer a proven track record of success, according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Nationally, 75 percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free for at least two or more years, according to the association. Drug courts’ net cost savings range from $3,000 to $13,000 for every client. Those savings come from reduced prison costs, fewer revolving-door arrests and trials, and reduced victimization. There are more than 2,700 drug courts operating nationwide, with at least one in every state and U.S. territory, serving approximately 135,000 people a year. In D.C., 67 people graduated from the program in 2017, and 57 people in 2016.  While graduations from the D.C. drug court take place every month, the ceremony held on Sept. 20 occurred during National Recovery Month, which the drug court recognized with a barbecue at North Michigan Park Recreation Center in Northeast D.C. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine spoke to the graduates about his own family members who have battled addiction. Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham also attended the ceremony.Racine asked the graduates to call his office if there’s anything they need—the office, he said, will serve as informal assistants to help the graduates get any assistance they require. He also called on the “fab five” graduates to use their wisdom and potential to help others suffering from addiction. “You all are the living embodiment of what we all here, hope we have in us, and that is the ability for when the chips are down to really turn it around,” Racine said. Caudle said he opted for drug court after he was arrested with the intent to sell drugs. He said he had been periodically using and selling cocaine and heroin since he was 16 to cope with stress and to make extra money when work slowed down. “Sometimes the Devil can get in your head and you make the wrong decision,” he told the AFRO. Racine’s words inspired him though, and he said he plans to reach back and help others suffering from substance abuse. Caudle wants people to know there’s help and support out there, whether it’s drug court or group meetings. He added that he hopes to go back to school for computer training. “It just doesn’t stop here, I do have a plan and some things I’d like to keep doing,” Caudle said.last_img read more

Youth found hanging in Digha hotel police begin murder case

first_imgKolkata: East Midnapore police have started a murder case in connection with a 30-year-old youth being found hanging from the ceiling fan inside a hotel in Digha.The family members of the victim, Abhijit Dutta, lodged a complaint at the local police station against Dr Sujay Dutta, his wife Payel and his cousin brother Tinku Mondal. Police have asked the trio not to go out of Digha for the sake of investigation.They were interrogated till late Friday night. Police are trying to ascertain if they were involved in the incident. A police picket has also been set up outside the hotel where the doctor and his family had been staying. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDutta, a resident of Howrah’s Liluah, drove to Digha in a car belonging to a Howrah-based doctor’s family. The doctor had engaged Dutta as the driver of the car around a week ago. According to the police, the doctor, his family members boarded a hotel at New Digha along with the victim. Police also came to know during investigation that all the three youths including the doctor consumed alcohol inside a room of the hotel till late Thursday night, while the doctor’s wife had been sleeping in an adjacent room. It was alleged that the victim tried to assault the woman. His body was found hanging from the ceiling of a room on Friday morning.last_img read more

3 killed 15 injured in Bengal violence

first_imgKolkata: Three persons were killed and at least 15 injured in West Bengal as violent political clashes over the formation of the state Panchayat boards continued, police said on Wednesday. Armed clashes took place between groups allegedly belonging to the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in North 24 Parganas district’s Amdanga block late on Tuesday night. “The clash erupted centering around the Gram Panchayat board formation in a number of villages in the block,” an officer from Amdanga police station said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life According to local residents, two of the deceased were Trinamool Congress activists while the third person belonged to the CPI-M. Police have arrested 12 people including CPI-M district committee member Ahmed Khan, for inciting unrest in the area that was found littered with crude bombs, splinters, cartridges on Wednesday morning. The political parties blamed each other for the clash and claimed their members were stopped from forming the boards. Ten people have been allegedly killed since August 25 in political clashes over the Panchayat boards formation in different Bengal districts. The situation in several districts has been tense over the last few days over the Panchayat boards formation after the Supreme Court permitted the notification of the results of 20,159 un-contested seats in the state Panchayat polls.last_img read more

The reason why you could face a fine for playing music too

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIf you like to have your music blasting in your car as you sing along, then things could be about to change. And that’s because a UK council has launched a trial that will give authorities the right to fine drivers for playing music too loudly. Bradford council has introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and it means locals – and visitors – could be slapped with a £100 penalty for anti-social vehicle use. Councillors on the Regulatory and Appeals Committee met at City Hall earlier this month, where they approved the implementation of the PSPO covering the whole of the district, reports The Mirror . It relates to a number of driving concerns – including causing a danger to other road users, playing loud music, shouting, swearing or making sexual suggestions from a motor vehicle. The move comes after a public consultation found two third of residents in Bradford felt unsafe on the roads, citing noise nuisance as a contributing problem. A further 76 per cent supported a PSPO to help reduce the anti-social behaviour in roads. Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Image: Daily Mirror. What is a PSPO? A PSPO is an order that introduces rules to an area that are designed to keep residents safe – council enforcement officers and police officers are authorised to act on them for the purpose of maintaining peace. In this instance, the PSPO can be used to stop anti-social driving – or anything considered anti-social on the road, for example excessive wheel spinning and shouting from windows. The culprits can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100. poll loadingDo you agree with fining drivers for playing music too loud?0+ VOTES SO FARYes, it’s a nuisanceNo, I should be allowed to play music in my own car Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I support the step that Bradford Council have approved in the use of Public Space Protection Orders, a move which I believe will help to tackle a number of anti-social behaviour and road safety related issues.” Council officers should be able to install the legal framework to get it up and running in the next three months.   Only the police have the powers to stop moving vehicles. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us    @SOTLive    or message us on    our Facebook page  . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at    StokeonTrentLive  .last_img read more

Amazon is supporting research into conversational AI with Alexa fellowships

first_imgAmazon has chosen recipients from all over the world to be awarded the Alexa fellowships. The Alexa Fellowships program is open for PhD and post-doctoral students specializing in conversational AI at select universities. The program was launched last year, when four researchers won awards. Amazon’s Alexa Graduate fellowship The Alexa Graduate Fellowship supports conversational AI research by providing funds and mentorship to PhD and postdoctoral students. Faculty Advisors and Alexa Graduate Fellows will also teach conversational AI to undergraduate and graduate students using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Services (AVS). The graduate fellowship recipients are selected based on their research interests, planned coursework and existing conversational AI curriculum. This year the institutions include six in the United States, two in the United Kingdom, one in Canada and one in India. The 10 universities are: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD MIT App Inventor, Boston, MA University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX University of Washington, Seattle, WA University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Amazon’s Alexa Innovation Fellowship The Alexa Innovation Fellowship is dedicated to innovations in conversational AI. The program was introduced this year and Amazon has partnered with university entrepreneurship centers to help student-led startups build their innovative conversational interfaces. The fellowship also provides resources to faculty members. This year ten leading entrepreneurship center faculty members were selected as the inaugural class of Alexa Innovation Fellows. They are invited to learn from the Alexa team and network with successful Alexa Fund entrepreneurs. Instructors will receive funding, Alexa devices, hardware kits and regular training, as well as introductions to successful Alexa Fund-backed entrepreneurs. The 10 universities selected to receive the 2018-2019 Alexa Innovation Fellowship include: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ California State University, Northridge, CA Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Emerson College, Boston, MA Texas A&M University, College Station, TX University of California, Berkeley, CA University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA “We want to make it easier and more accessible for smart people outside of the company to get involved with conversational AI. That’s why we launched the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Services (AVS) and allocated $200 million to promising startups innovating with voice via the Alexa Fund.” wrote Kevin Crews, Senior Product Manager for the Amazon Alexa Fellowship, in a blog post. Read more about the 2018-2019 Alexa Fellowship class on the Amazon blog. Read next Cortana and Alexa become best friends: Microsoft and Amazon release a preview of this integration Voice, natural language, and conversations: Are they the next web UI?last_img read more

Airlines in the US expecting 4 increase in passengers this spring

first_imgAirlines in the U.S. expecting 4% increase in passengers this spring The Canadian Press DALLAS — Coming off another highly profitable year in 2016, U.S. airlines expect traffic this spring to increase 4% over last year, and they are adding seats to handle the crush.The trade group Airlines for America forecast Monday that a record 145 million U.S. passengers will fly between March 1 and April 30.The group’s chief economist says traffic will rise because airfares have been falling while economic indicators such as household wealth and job creation are rising. Tags: America Posted bycenter_img Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img

Warwicks spring savings include up to 20 off best available rates

first_imgWarwick’s spring savings include up to 20% off best available rates Share Tags: Promotions, Warwick Hotels & Resorts Tuesday, March 6, 2018 NEW YORK — Spring is right around the corner, and Warwick Hotels and Resorts is gearing up for warmer temperatures with special spring savings of up to 20% off.With the ‘Step into Spring Sale’, Warwick Journeys members receive up to 20% off while non-members receive up to 15% off. Warwick Journeys is the complimentary membership recognition program that was recently launched by the brand to reward travellers.The promotion starts March 7 for Warwick Journeys members, and March 9 for non-members, and run through March 16, 2018. It is available for travel from March 21-June 20, 2018.Properties featured in the sale include the brand’s flagship, Warwick New York, the new adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas, as well as the Warwick Paris, Warwick Brussels, Warwick San Francisco, Warwick Allerton – Chicago, Warwick Melrose – Dallas, The Capital, and The Levin, among others.A full listing of participating hotels can be found at warwickhotels.com/global-offers/step-into-spring/.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsBooking for the Step into Spring Sale is available at warwickhotels.com/global-offers/step-into-spring/. The sale is subject to availability, and cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.Warwick Journeys is free to join and allows members to earn credit based on the number of stays completed, as well as gain elite status faster via a unique Cross Stay Accelerator benefit that rewards travellers who stay at multiple Warwick locations. To sign up go to warwickjourneys.com.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more