Peter Dinklage Wants You To Face Your Food

first_imgFans of Game of Thrones can’t seem to get enough of series star Peter Dinklage — and that’s why, with the hit series’ fourth season now underway, PETA is launching the Emmy Award–winning actor’s new video exposé of the meat, egg, and dairy industries.And although fans may relish the bloody battle scenes in Game of Thrones, they may be shocked by the violence revealed in Dinklage’s “Face Your Food,” a follow-up to Paul McCartney’s Glass Walls and Alec Baldwin’s “Meet Your Meat” videos.“The images that you’re about to see might make you want to turn away, but this is what you pay for every time you buy meat, eggs, and dairy products,” Dinklage begins in the video short, which debuted last week on PETA.org. “That’s why tens of millions of kind people just in the United States alone have decided to leave animal products off their plates for good.”And Dinklage is one of them: He first went vegetarian at the age of 16, and he credits his dad with helping him make that decision. “My father was a big influence on me in terms of having a great respect for nature at a young age,” he says in an exclusive video interview with PETA. And Dinklage adds that over the years, it’s gotten easier to find vegan food. “There’s so many more organic markets, soy products, restaurants,” he says. “It truly is less expensive and very easy to find.”“As you’ve seen here,” concludes Dinklage in the exposé, “by buying meat, eggs, and dairy products, you’re paying for cruelty. Please make the kind choice.”Source:PETAlast_img read more

Service industry supports minimum wage price differential

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – In the 2015 provincial election, the New Democratic Party (NDP) campaigned on the promise to increase Alberta’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.On Oct. 1, 2018, the provincial government made that campaign promise a reality and received backlash from the service industry.READ MORE: Mixed reactions to Alberta’s minimum wage hikeSince Premiere Rachel Notley called the Provincial election the United Conservative Party (UCP) has come out and said that if they are voted into power, then they will institute a price differential for those under the age of 18.President and CEO of the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association Dave Kaiser told 660 NEWS that the minimum wage is a sort of deterrent for businesses to hire young employees, because companies do not see the same outcome from their investment.“At the end of the day in business with margins tight, whatever your payout in wages and benefits, you need to be able to get the investment back in productivity,” Kaiser said.He said that it makes sense for there to be a different minimum wage for youth because most are living at home without needing to support themselves.“They would benefit by having access to just part-time work, to have some spending money, and more importantly build those skills to help with their career in the future.”Restaurants Canada’s Vice President of Western Canada Mark von Schellwitz agrees with Kaiser’s statements on the issue, adding that one of the most alarming things to him is how youth participation in the workforce has come down to some of the lowest levels in history. READ MORE: Labour leaders welcome Alberta minimum wage increase“What this means is that those under the age of 18 are so discouraged they aren’t even looking for jobs,” Schellwitz said.He explains that more money is put into training youth in the restaurant industry because they need more assistance and guidance from more experienced employees as they start their career.“What happens with restaurants in an employment declining situation, they are going to hold onto their most experienced staff first, and there isn’t that same incentive to bring in fresh new people.”Schellwitz believes that putting in a differential for minimum wage also makes sense because it is a common practice in other provinces across the countries and other countries around the world.“A lot of trades and even union agreements in Alberta already have apprenticeship training wages, that say while you are in that training mode we are going to be paying you slightly less,” Schellwitz said. “The understanding is once you gain more experience and have the same amount of knowledge as your colleagues then you will make the same.”Both Keiser and Schellwitz are open to seeing what all the political parties bring to the table when it comes to this issue, but at the moment both believe that a pay differential is the best option.“Our position on this is to encourage a wage differential for young or inexperienced workers, so if the UCP wants to move forward with that then we would be very supportive of it,” Kaiser said. read more

US Secretary of State Congratulates Morocco on Throne Day Reiterates Commitment

Rabat – Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has reiterated Washington’s unflinching support for Morocco, saying the North African country is an indispensable US ally in the fight for security and stability in the MENA region.In a statement shared on the Department of State’s website on July 30, which marked 20 years since the coronation of King Mohammed VI, the American official congratulated the Moroccan King on the advances realized in various sectors.“On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan people as you celebrate Throne Day on July 30,” Pompeo said. The statement emphasized the significance of Morocco for the US’ ambitions in the MENA region, pointing out that Washington is poised to continue collaborating with Rabat to achieve their shared goals in the region. Those goals, the statement noted, have to do with “expanding security cooperation, deepening cultural and educational ties, and promoting economic opportunities.” According to Pompeo, Rabat and Washington have a “shared vision” for stability and prosperity in Africa and the larger Middle East. He said: “In the spirit of the longstanding friendship between our people and governments, we look forward to strengthening our relationship in the years to come. Ours is a strategic partnership based on our work to advance our shared vision of a secure, stable, and prosperous North Africa and Middle East.”Read also: Donald Trump: US and Morocco Still Have a Lot to Accomplish TogetherPompeo’s congratulations to the Moroccan King came after President Trump’s, who sent his Throne Day message to the monarch on the eve of the celebration and noted that Morocco will remain a US ally in many areas, including security, anti-extremism, and trade. In his message, Trump also highlighted “the fight against extremism in all its forms” as well as policy priorities for Africa as some of the “most notable” areas of the US-Morocco relations. Trump said, however, that the two countries “still have a lot to accomplish together.” read more

Stronger economy wont knock Ottawa from its deficit path Morneau

OTTAWA — Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau suggests he has no plans to provide a timetable for returning Ottawa’s books to balance — even with a scorching economy.Morneau credited the strong economic performance to the Trudeau government’s strategy to run deficits, which helped it finance measures such as lower income-tax rates for middle earners and enhanced child benefits.Moving forward, he said Tuesday that Ottawa intended to pursue its plan to invest more than $180 billion into infrastructure over the next 11 years. That spending is projected to contribute to annual, multibillion-dollar shortfalls across Ottawa’s five-year budgetary outlook — and perhaps beyond.Morneau’s remarks outside a cabinet retreat in St. John’s came after months of impressive economic data, including a recent report showing growth expanded at an annualized rate of 4.5 per cent in the second quarter.“We find ourselves in this positive position because of the economic approach we’ve taken,” he told reporters after being asked if the improved fiscal outlook meant he’d produce a timeline to eliminate the deficit in his fall economic update.“We’re going to continue down that path and we’re going to do it in a fiscally responsible way.”The Liberals’ deficit track has faced criticism.Conservative opponents have long been critical about the government’s plan to add to the federal debt to fund new measures, while some economists have urged Ottawa to limit fiscal uncertainty by mapping out a plan to return to balance.More recently, experts have also warned that Ottawa should consider delaying its nearer-term infrastructure investments to avoid the risk of overheating the already-sizzling economy.The economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year is expected to improve the federal bottom line outlined in the government’s March budget.At the time, Morneau forecasted a $28.5-billion deficit for 2017-18, including a $3-billion accounting adjustment for risk.A new analysis released this week by a University of Ottawa think tank predicts the deficit is on track to be about $6.5 billion smaller this year. The shortfall is set to shrink thanks to an economic expansion that easily topped federal projections, said the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy.The think tank, led by former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, also said there’s “little doubt” the federal measures, such as increased child benefits and early infrastructure spending, have contributed to Canada’s improved economic performance.Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said the Liberals were fortunate to have inherited a solid financial situation from the Harper government and to enjoy the benefits of a strengthening U.S. economy.Poilievre said the government should balance the books now while the “going’s good.”If not, he warned that rising interest rates will leave households and the government increasingly indebted. Over time, the higher rates will also gradually boost Ottawa’s debt-servicing costs, he added.“Now is the time to balance the budget and strengthen our finances, rather than continuing to pile on new debt,” Poilievre said Tuesday in an interview.Morneau insisted Tuesday that, since taking office, the government’s approach has put more disposable income in consumers’ pockets, which they’ve put back into the economy.On infrastructure, Morneau said Ottawa would stick with the spending strategy because it’s designed to lift the economy over the long term.To guide the government’s deficit decisions, he added it would keep its focus on the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio — a measure of the public debt burden.The government has promised to lower the ratio over the Liberal mandate and views it as a so-called fiscal anchor, rather than eliminating the deficit.“We expect that we’ll be able to do even better than we might have thought in the past, in terms of our ability to manage that,” Morneau said of the ratio.“That will be our continuing measurement tool.”The Liberals won the 2015 election on a platform that pledged to invest billions in infrastructure and child benefits as a way to re-energize the economy. They had promised annual shortfalls would not surpass $10 billion during the first couple years of their mandate and to return to balance by 2019-20.However, a few months after taking office the government abandoned those vows, citing a weaker-than-expected economy.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

British Columbia tourism takes hit from wildfires as provincial parks close

Wildfires that have forced more than 60 provincial parks in central B.C. to close are stoking fears among tourism operators that the financial damage will spread to the province’s entire industry early in the critical summer season.The fires have forced officials to close roads, including a part of the TransCanada Highway near Cache Creek, as well as the airport in Williams Lake, a community placed on alert on Monday for a possible evacuation order.The offices of the Caribou Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association in Williams Lake have also been closed and staff are working remotely, chairman Andre Kuerbis said.He confirmed Tuesday that one of the region’s top tourist stops, historic Lee’s Corner store and cabins, was burned to the ground by a wildfire last Friday.But he added much of the area known for camping, hiking, fishing and boating remains unaffected by fire or smoke and urged tourists to call ahead to confirm reservations and transportation.“We have had impacted businesses, of course. But it’s not the whole region or the whole province that is on fire,” Kuerbis said.“We don’t see at this point … a lot of cancellations. Of course, there are a lot of questions coming from visitors who are on their way or already here in the province.”At Sheridan Lake Resort, 140 kilometres southeast of Williams Lake, owner Dave Carswell said some of the guests in his 90-stall RV campground reported heavy smoke was making it difficult to breathe.“We’ve had probably 30 or 40 units leave out of our RV site and usually this time of year we’re packed,” he said.“The smoke is quite thick … there’s an island across the lake from us and we can’t even see it.”He added reservations on all 18 of the resort’s cabins have been cancelled, but a half dozen helicopter pilots and engineers fighting fires in the area have been staying there since nearby 100 Mile House was evacuated.Adventure tour provider Duncan Stewart said he has been forced to cancel about 30 per cent of his backcountry camping and canoeing trips because of closures to parks such as Wells Gray Provincial Park — he criticized the province as overly cautious in some instances.Walt Judas, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of B.C., said it’s difficult to say at this point how much damage the wildfires will inflict on the industry.“Obviously, the longer it goes, the bigger the impact,” he said.He said the tourism industry was on a “very healthy pace” so far this year after posting record revenue of $15.7 billion last year.Judas estimated about 130,000 people work in what is considered one of B.C.’s largest economic sectorsFollow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2017 12:29 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. Hydro workers repair power lines that were damaged by wildfire as smoke and dirt blows in the air near Ashcroft, B.C., on Monday, July 10, 2017. More than 200 wildfires are burning in the province and an estimated 14,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck British Columbia tourism takes hit from wildfires as provincial parks close read more

Industrea announces Chinese roof support carrier deals

first_imgAustralia’s Industrea has announced the signing of a contract for the supply of two 55 t C9 roof support carriers for sale to China which will be shipped by June 2012. A subsidiary, Industrea Wadam, signed the A$4.4m contract with Chemical Industry Group Shennan Industry Development for the C9 machines which will be used in Shenmu, Shaanxi Province. The company stated that the new orders continues on from strong domestic demand together with “growing acceptance” in China of the Tier 3 electronic Caterpillar C9 powered long wall roof support carriers.Industrea Wadam has also generated significant spares revenue with approximately A$6.3m in IME spares and A$2.4m in Industrea Mining Technology (IMT) drill guidance systems (DGS) spares since July 2011. China subsidiary Industrea Wadam (Shijiazhuang) Mining Equipment has also successfully tendered to Datong to complete the rebuild and upgrade of two 40 t roof support carriers for A$1.4m. This work will be undertaken at the Industrea Wadam facilities in Shijiazhuang. Finally, Industrea also announced the approval by NSW Department of Trade & Investment of its Tier 3 engine package for the IME Minecruiser Mk 7 personnel carrier. The statement continued: “Flowing from this  approval will be the commencement of delivery of significant pre-existing orders for this high powered, ultra-low emission vehicle for use in domestic underground coal mines.”Industrea’s Managing Director and CEO, Robin Levison, commented: “Based on the underlying dynamics of China coal demand we expect to see significant further contracts for our specialised equipment across much of the IME range together with the new Chinese manufactured Industrea Utility Vehicle based on the Minecruiser Mk 7 now approved for sale in Australia. With over 150 of our machines already operating in China’s high utilisation environment we see the first refurbishment and upgrade contract from Datong as the start of a trend where the growing base of Industrea Wadam supplied equipment will come back to us for rebuilding. Underground mining equipment in China generally has much higher utilisation than in Australia which increases the refurbishment opportunities. This growing service base is making a significant contribution to the success of our service and support centre in Shijiazhuang and is delivering on our strategy since the acquisition completed earlier this year.”last_img read more

HBO Now vs HBO Go Whats the difference

first_img Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) 20 things we’re dying to see in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ reading • HBO Now vs. HBO Go: What’s the difference? $169 Now playing: Watch this: Apple $179 1:59 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. • $179 Save on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO and Spotify with these cord-cutter credit cards Best live TV streaming services for cord cutters Game of Thrones finale recap: Season 8 breaks the wheel George R.R. Martin says books won’t end like Game of Thrones See It Are there any other differences?Not really. Both let you stream HBO’s entire catalog of movies and shows, including episodes of most current shows (such as Game of Thrones) as soon as they air on HBO’s channels. The exception is HBO reality series, which include 24/7, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Real Time with Bill Maher. Those episodes are typically available on both HBO Now and HBO Go within 24 hours of the original broadcast. Both work with just about every kind of screen and device (see below) and both require a solid internet connection just like any other streaming video service. Both apps’ layouts are the same on most platforms and the content is identical. Neither app lets you download shows to your device watch without an Internet connection, a feature offered by Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Showtime, for example. (Editors’ note: Showtime is owned by CBS, which also owns CNET.) Share your voice See It See All 2 $179 Which platforms can I use them on? While there is a full list here, most platforms have access to apps for both Now and Go. They include: Apple iOS phones and tabletsAndroid phones and tabletsRokuAmazon Fire TV Apple TV PlayStation 4Xbox OneAndroid TVSamsung Smart TV LG Smart TVHow else can I watch Game of Thrones season 8 without cable?We’ve got a full list of choices right here. Enjoy. Game of Thrones, season 8: Everything you need to knowcenter_img See It Apple TV 4K Read more 20 Photos Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Crutchfield Comments Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags See it A tale of two apps that get you exactly the same thing.If you’re a fan Game of Thrones — or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, True Detective, Westworld, Silicon Valley, The Sopranos, The Wire or Veep — you have two major ways to stream episodes. Unfortunately they have confusingly similar names: HBO Go and HBO Now.  Read now: Game of Thrones season 8: When it starts, schedule and how to stream HBO without cableWhat are they, and what do they do? The short answer: If you can watch HBO already via your cable, satellite or cord-cutter live TV subscription, you’ll use the HBO Go app to stream those shows on other devices like your phone, tablet or another TV.If you can’t watch HBO already through an existing TV provider, you’ll use the HBO Now app for streaming. Looking for more details? Here’s the longer answer. (Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the purchase of services featured on this page.)HBO Go: Free with HBO from a providerhbo-go HBO Launched in 2010, HBO Go is a separate free app that’s designed for cable, satellite and live TV streaming service subscribers who already get HBO’s channel(s) as part a TV subscription. To use it you’ll need to sign in to the app (or “authenticate”) using the user name and password provided by your cable, satellite or live TV service. Access to the app is tied into your main TV subscription, so if your TV subscription doesn’t include HBO, you can’t use HBO Go.HBO Now: $15 per monthhbo-now HBO Launched in 2015 as a standalone subscription independent of your cable or live TV streaming service, HBO Now costs $15 per month. To watch, you can sign in to the HBO Now app or go to hbonow.com.A subscription to HBO Now works just like Netflix, Hulu or any other pay TV streaming service. You’ll use a dedicated username and password, there’s a free trial and you can cancel anytime (no contract).See at HBO Best Buy Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better Media Streamers TV and Movies Game of Thrones HBO Amazon LG Razer Samsung Applelast_img read more

Anchorage Homicides Shootings A Spike Not Trend Say Officials

first_imgDownload AudioSince the start of the year, Anchorage has seen eight homicides and a spate of shootings. Today, officials say the incidents in Alaska’s largest city is a spike, but not an overall rise in violent crime. The press conference at City Hall was, just hours after a stabbing victim was pronounced dead following an early morning dispute. The pronouncement is at odds with a widespread concerns over public safety.While the Anchorage Police Department can’t point to any one cause, Deputy Chief Myron Fanning says in his 23 years on the force he’s seen waves of violent crime like this before.“Occasionally you’ll have a spike, and sometimes we’re able to identify the reasons, and sometimes not,” Fanning said.A task force assembled in February made up of federal, state, and local agencies has made 26 arrests, and solved all but one of the recent homicide cases, Fanning said. In the process they’ve seized hard drugs like heroin and methamphetamine, 40 illegal guns, and $35,000 in cash. But Fanning says while there are similarities in the homicide cases, they aren’t connected by any pattern.“I mean, like I said, they’re all high-risk type lifestyles that they’re involved in–they all are either associated with drugs or alcohol,” Fanning said. “But I don’t know why last January we had two, and this January we had four, I don’t know, it just happens sometimes like that.”Fanning said the task force continues investigating January’s double homicide in East Anchorage.Mayor Dan Sullivan echoed the high profile crimes being a blip rather than an upward trend. Looking at the data, Sullivan said, it’s important to not miss the forest for the trees, as Anchorage’s five-year average for major crimes continues to fall.“There’s fewer crimes reported now than there were 30 years ago when we were 120,000 people fewer in this city,” he said. “2014, for example, we saw the lowest number of murders in 20 years in Anchorage. And we always caution folks when they see a spike in one activity or another that it doesn’t really mean Anchorage has somehow become more dangerous. We look at trends, and the trends are very good.”That is a hard sell when concerns over public safety are emerging as the biggest political issue in this year’s mayor’s race. Sullivan’s approach to staffing levels at APD has been controversial. Two years-worth of academies canceled during his tenure to curb spending have meant a smaller force. During a recent forum on public safety all eight candidates in attendance agreed on the need for more police officers, though details on paying for them remain hazy.What you do with those officers is a trickier question. Sullivan said it is inaccurate to assume more police necessarily leads to less crime.In fact, he said the numbers prove you can have an effective force by just apportioning man-hours differently. According to Fanning, a combination of flex time and using local partnerships helped the police department quickly make arrests without racking up overtime hours. What’s less clear in the numbers is whether the resources are there to proactively have police out in Anchorage’s neighborhoods before violence occurs.last_img read more

Sealaska Unveils Its New Building in Downtown Juneau

first_imgThe Sealaska Heritage Institute unveiled its new structure in downtown Juneau on Friday. It’s called the Walter Soboleff Building after the late Tlingit scholar, elder and religious leader. Inside stands a full-sized replica of a traditional red cedar clan house.Download Audio:Singers in front of the newly unveiled artwork on the clan house (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)At the opening ceremony, the Aangun Yatx’i dance in their regalia in front of the Walter Soboleff building.Davina Cole is the arts assistant here. She clutches her four-month-old baby girl tightly to her chest.“We’re Yanyeidí from the T’aaku Kwáan area. We’re little wolves. She’s my baby pup,” she says.Cole says she’s looking forward to what the Soboleff Building will offer her daughter. They’ve already gone to a Baby Raven Readsclass before the grand opening. It teaches pre-literacy through Native stories.“So even right now she’s benefiting from the center because it’s going to be really good for her to be surrounded by that and even have a place to go and learn that,” she says.The building is a museum for Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian artifacts, a space for cultural ceremonies and it houses a gift shop. The building is part of an initiative to turn Juneau into the Northwest Native arts capital. But designing a space that could serve all those functions and reflect the past was difficult.“When we got the responses, the designs were all very traditional,” Rosita Worl says.Worl is the president of Sealaska Heritage Institute and a Tlingit from the Eagle moiety. She says the Native artist committee wanted a structure that was more “traditionally inspired.”“They don’t like the word ‘contemporary,’” she says.A large crowd gathered in front of the Soboleff Building listen to a series of speakers (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)SHI sifted through submissions and picked architect Paul Voelckers’. The design was influenced by the form of ceremonial clan houses with chunky beams of yellow cedar. It has an open feel and a wall of glass at the entrance.“I will tell you that we made the right decision in selecting Paul. It might not have even been the lowest bid. But we all said we got to go with him,” she says.Voelckers is the president of MRV Architects. The firm’s founder Linn Forrest Sr. specialized in totem pole and clan house reconstruction.“The firm has sort of tried to maintain that legacy of involvement in the cultural design issues from Southeast ever since,” Voelckers says.Most recently, MRV worked on a clan house in Kasaan. For the Walter Soboleff Building, Voelckers looked at old photos of clan villages. Some were covered in moss from age.“But it would have the angles of the house. You know, the big massive beams on the front. And sometimes the old house post inside. That became the essential element that was left in these villages. And so what we tried to do in the new design was capture some of that heavy framework,” he says.The basement level floor houses the research lab and mechanical room. The whole building is heated using wood pellets.“It simply flows down like grain or something,” he says.The building was designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s gold standard for energy efficiency. The wood pellets come mostly from the Sealaska Corp. land on Prince of Wales Island. Rosita Worl says that’s part of keeping the core cultural values in the design.“Haa Aani: our relationship to the land,” she says.On the main floor is a full-sized replica of a clan house. It can seat 300 people and fits with tradition: pitched roof, windowless and built with adzed red cedar. The floor is tiered with sunken-in seating. Worl says she knew it would a special place.“But what we hadn’t counted on, what I hadn’t thought about was this almost sacred feeling that you get when you go into that clan house.”Worl says she has a strong connection to her ancestors.“And it was almost like they were saying to us, ‘Rosita, you know you’re talking about being progressive, you want to move into the 21st century.’ It almost became like their space and they said, ‘This is where we are.’”At the the Walter Soboleff’s closing ceremony, the clan house was given the name Shuká Hít.Canoe coming in to dock (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)last_img read more

Two Indianorigin Canadian nationals indicted for bitcoin fraud

first_imgNEW YORK: Two Indian-origin Canadian nationals have been charged on various counts in a bitcoin fraud case where they used social media platform Twitter to transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of virtual money in their accounts. Karanjit Singh Khatkar, 23, and Jagroop Singh Khatkar, 24, of Surrey would face one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, five counts of wire fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft and multiple counts of money laundering. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The case involves the duo tricking an Oregon-based woman in transferring her bitcoins worth approximately USD 233,220 into their account. Bitcoin is a digital currency without a central bank or single administrator that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries. According to the indictment, beginning in October 2017 and continuing until August 2018, the defendants used a fraudulent Twitter account with the name @HitBTCAssist to trick the victim into thinking they were communicating with a customer service representative from HitBTC, a Hong Kong-based online platform used to exchange virtual currency. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us HitBTC provides its customers with web-based wallets to store virtual currency and make transactions. Using the Twitter account, the defendants responded to the Oregon victim’s questions about withdrawing virtual currency from her HitBTC account. They convinced the victim to send information they could use to log on and take over her email, HitBTC and Kraken accounts. Advertise With Us Kraken is a US-based online platform that offers services similar to HitBTC. The defendants initiated transfers of 23.2 bitcoins from the victim’s HitBTC account to Karanjit’s Kraken account who in turn transferred approximately 11.6 in stolen bitcoins to Jagroop’s Kraken account. The stolen bitcoins have an estimated present value of approximately USD 233,220. In July this year, Karanjit was arrested upon arrival at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Jagroop, however, remains at large.last_img read more

Harvey Weinstein Case Highlights Pitfalls Of Workplace Harassment Claims

first_img Share Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein‘s ouster from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct have prompted others on social media to open up about workplace harassment complaints that have gone unheeded.Most employers in most industries have written policies and procedures on reporting incidents of sexual harassment, and human resource officials are required to investigate those claims.And while recent decades have seen a cultural shift and more education to help minimize sexual harassment, HR consultant Sharon Sellers says there’s still a big gap between what should happen, and what actually does. One concern is that many people don’t feel safe reporting claims.“The employer should take every complaint seriously, and this is one area I see where it falls down,” Sellers says.And there are plenty of other pitfalls and challenges.Sellers says a typical investigation should start immediately — the next day after a report is made, if possible.The process usually involves interviewing the parties and any witnesses — and she says gossip can be destructive and create inter-office strife. So, when she investigates cases, she requests the parties involved keep information to themselves.“The fewer people that know about the situation, the less likely you will have people that will be treating the complaining party adversely, because of them making the complaint,” she says.Another big concern is retaliation — or the perception of it. Sellers, who also is an adviser to the Society for Human Resource Management, says in order to prevent the parties from working together, employers sometimes make the mistake of reassigning accusers to less desirable jobs or shifts — resulting in secondary lawsuits against the employer.Because so many harassment cases pit one person’s word against another, a lack of evidence can also pose challenges.Many of Weinstein’s accusers, for example, weren’t employees but people hoping to be hired. Sellers says cases involving harassment in the hiring process can be notoriously difficult to prove — especially where there is no history or ongoing relationship for investigators to examine.“It is more difficult to prove if you’re not an employee but you’re one of many applicants and you didn’t get the job,” Sellers says.Even where evidence exists, laws may not apply. Federal discrimination laws apply to employers with 15 or more employees, and although many states have lower thresholds, people in the smallest firms often have little recourse but to leave.And then there are those who say the harassment investigations themselves are rigged in the employer’s favor. If, for example, it’s an executive facing the charges, sometimes a company will hire an independent third party to investigate. But not all employers do this.Barry Nixon, executive director of the National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence in Alpharetta, Ga., another consultancy, says when there is no outside investigator, it falls to HR executives to confront the boss.“Let’s be real: that takes empowered HR people that have courage,” he says, “and unfortunately, I see a lot of them that don’t.” In that instance, Nixon says, “HR is in a tightrope situation, because it’s no question they report to management, and they represent management, but they also are in a position where they represent employees and [are trying] to keep the company out of trouble.”Nixon says if all else fails, he advises victims of sexual harassment to write a letter outlining their complaints to the accused and their employer, and hire an attorney or file a case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.last_img read more

Book Your Botanicals Free Room Board at London Plant Hotel

first_img Online plant shop Patch has opened a London hotel exclusively for houseplants.Let friends and neighbors off the hook during your next vacation, and instead take precious botanicals to the Patch Plant Hotel.The all-inclusive resort is free to book: A seasonal menu of 100 percent organic and vegan food, access to the Plant Spa, and climate-controlled “rooms” are on the house.Plant parents can rest easy knowing the Battersea-based accommodation employs a team of specialists, including an in-house wellness team.“The hotel is a sanctuary for your beloved plants. They will be in great company and looked after with the respect and love they so richly deserve,” hotel manager Rose Grower (really) told House Beautiful. “So many of us have asked a friend or family member to water the plants when we’re away, only to return to disappointment.“The hotel not only saves your plants, but your relationships, too,” she added.One hundred “rooms” are available for booking through Sept. 5: Enter the arrival and departure dates and how many plants—indoor and outdoor—you want to check in.When booking, don’t forget to notify staff of special requirements: “Penny is known to get burnt in the midday sun and partial to a drink in the evening. Bob can’t handle his drink; if he has too much, he’ll go all weird.”“We all know the crushing disappointment when you return from holiday to find your plant has gone from green lusciousness, to a burnt, dry bunch of twigs,” Freddie Blackett, CEO of Patch, said. “We wanted to open the hotel to give a helping hand to the increasing number of ‘plant parents.’”More and more millennials are trading pets for shrubbery: They’re quieter. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a landlord who won’t allow a countertop cactus.Sure, you’ll look a bit bonkers loading up a taxi with a bunch of ferns, yucca, a dragon tree, and two trailing spider plants.But, honestly, how is that really any different than loading your reluctant labrador retriever into the family van on its way to the kennel?There’s no word on whether Patch plans to franchise its (frankly brilliant) plant hotel.More on Geek.com:First Plant to Grow on the Moon is Probably DeadGenetically Modified Houseplant Cleans Toxins From AirThis Plant Hormone Could Help Grow Potatoes in Space China Sprouts First-Ever Plants on the Moon’s SurfaceGenetically Engineered Trees Can Avoid Spreading Too Far Stay on targetlast_img read more

Battlefield 3 Premium details leak

first_imgElectronic Arts and DICE have decided to follow Activision’s lead by introducing a premium subscription service alongside their number one FPS. Call of Duty has the Elite service, Battlefield 3‘s offering will simply be called Battlefield 3 Premium.A document has leaked today which details everything a gamer will get in return for signing up. The service will cost a one-time fee of $49.99 or 4,000 Microsoft Points. In return for that you will get the following content and access rights:Early access to every Battlefield 3 expansion pack released (2 weeks prior to general availability)Ability to reset all your multiplayer stats including score, kills, deaths, wins, and lossesMultiplayer queue priorityMore decals for your Platoon emblemsAbility to permanently store 5 Battle Reports of your choosingExclusive double XP weekends and Premium-only eventsAccess to DICE strategy guides including videos no one else can viewOn top of that EA is promising a number of unique and exclusive in-game items including a knife, dog tags, more than 10 soldier camos, and new weapon camos.The document also lists Battlefield 3 Premium as releasing on June 4, at which time it will be available to PS3, Xbox 360, and PC players simultaneously.$50 is the cost of a new game, so EA and DICE had to come up with something to entice players to hand over their cash. I think the early access to expansions, double XP weekends, and exclusive events will convince regular players it’s a worthwhile investment. Everything else just classes as a “nice to have.”Any regular Battlefield players reading this and deciding it isn’t worth their money? Or is this a day one purchase for you?Here’s the leaked document in full (click the image to see it full size):via ShopTolast_img read more

Mumbais life line halted commuters go on rampage

first_imgThe trouble started at Diva station in Thane district after rail services were disrupted when pantograph of a local train broke between Thakurli and Dombivali stations on Up slow line, triggering violent protests by passengers.During stone pelting by protestors, a motorman of a Kalyan-CST local got injured which led to a flash strike by motormen. However, the services resumed on the Central and Harbour lines as motormen called off their stir after being assured adequate police protection. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“All railway services on the Up and Down lines have been restored completely. Trains are running as usual now. I wish to appeal to the people not to block railway lines when an incident like this takes place. Stopping trains further derails our efforts to restore services in case of a mishap,” Central Railway’s senior PRO Anil Kumar Jain told PTI.Tempers flared up as hundreds of commuters found themselves stranded on Friday morning. Angry protestors squatted on tracks and pelted stones at the railway property. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThey also set on fire at least three vehicles, including a police jeep, a Thane civic official said.In the protests, seven automatic ticket vending machines (ATVMs), three booking counters at Diva railway station, Level Crossing Gate Boom at Diva level crossing, two booking counters and six ATVMs at Dombivali station and 10 EMU rakes were damaged, Jain said.Also the motormen’s union called for suspension of operations, until assured of proper police protection. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said firm steps will be taken by authorities to ensure that the problems faced by commuters due to overload of passengers are eased.“For the last many years, the suburban rail services are facing an overload of passengers. The number of people taking trains is only increasing with time, but services have not increased correspondingly, which causes problems. There needs to be a long term solution to this problem, for which I will speak to the Chief Minister and come out with a plan that will ease commuter tensions,” Prabhu told reporters here.last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup final fan park in Ladysmith

first_imgThe second half of the 2018 Soccer World Cup is about to begin! The current score-line is France 2 Croatia 1.The World Cup final kicked off at 5pm (South African time) at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.France and Croatia are going head-to-head, attacking and defending in their bid to be crowned as the 2018 Soccer World Cup Champions.Sinai Ministries International, which is situated at 75 Centenary Road, is catering for the soccer fans of Ladysmith by showing the match on a big screen. Families and friends have gathered, and the fans are on the edge of their seats as they cheer their teams on. There seem to be a lot of France supporters!Entrance is free; all are welcome and finger snacks are being provided! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Those who would rather snuggle up under their blankets at home can watch the final on DSTV channel 203 or on SABC 1.So who are you betting on to take this year’s title? Drop us a comment below on who you think is going to win and what the final score-line will be…Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Japan North Korea Red Cross officials meet

first_imgThe two countries, which do not have diplomatic relations, have not had formal government talks since November 2012. Japan sees a resolution of the abduction issue as a crucial step toward normalizing ties with North Korea.North Korea allowed five kidnapped Japanese to return home in 2002, but Japan believes at least a dozen others also were kidnapped and wants them returned, if they are still alive.Ri Ho Rim, secretary general of the North Korean Red Cross Society, described Monday’s talks in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang as “productive,” adding that the two sides agreed on the need “to meet continuously to resolve the issue of Japanese remains.”Osamu Tasaka, director general of the international department of the Japanese Red Cross, told reporters that each side would take back what they had discussed for further consideration.The last time the two Red Cross Societies met was in 2012. Since then, delegations of Japanese family members have visited the graves of their relatives in North Korea nine times. Some are buried on hills in the outskirts of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.Japan colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945 and an estimated 34,600 Japanese soldiers, government officials and family members died of hunger or disease there at the end of World War II. Of those, the remains of 13,000 have been repatriated. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SHENYANG, China (AP) – Japanese and North Korean Red Cross officials met in China on Monday in what Japan hopes will be a step toward talks on the return of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.The Red Cross meeting dealt with a different issue, the return of the remains of 21,600 Japanese who died in Korea during the chaos at the end of World War II.Foreign Ministry officials from both countries also attended the meeting and held informal talks on the side, Japan’s Kyodo News service reported, citing an unidentified Japanese official. The 2012 Red Cross talks also led to the first government-to-government meeting between Japan and North Korea in four years. The brief warming of relations came to an end after North Korea launched a rocket in December 2012.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

And Tyrann Mathieu has learned three different pos

first_imgAnd Tyrann Mathieu has learned three different positions for three personnel packages! He has played corner, nickel corner and safety in base, nickel and dime personnel packages. He knows it and is making plays.For a former player like myself, understanding how complex the game is at this level, I could not be any more impressed. But I’m not the only one impressed.One scout told me that Tyrann Mathieu was, “pound-for-pound, the best player on the field.” And while conversing with an offensive assistant coach he told me that he believed, “No. 32 was going to change the team.” My jaw is still hanging as I write this. These are things you don’t hear from grizzled, hardcore professionals. And yet all of it won’t matter unless Tyrann understands the burden he carries. It will all be for naught if he doesn’t accept the responsibility of keeping himself on the straight and narrow.Risk/reward is something every GM must take into account when bringing a player into the organization. And Mathieu was a risk; but as it stands right now, Steve Keim should buy a lottery ticket. – / 38 Over the weekend I experienced something that I’m still having a hard time wrapping my mind around. Hardcore NFL scouts and coaches are raving about Tyrann Mathieu, the Cardinals’ third-round pick out of LSU. Mathieu has always been an excellent football player, but his adjustment — mentally — to the National Football League has been nothing short of stunning.The most difficult aspect of making the transition from college to the NFL is found between the ears. The game is so much more complicated, complex and volatile; schemes are multifaceted and evolving. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Three arrests after trouble at Tsirion stadium

first_imgThree police officers were slightly injured and three people were arrested at the AEL-Apollon match at Tsirion stadium in Limassol on Saturday night, police said.Before the start of the match fans incited violence at one of the entrances, at around 6.30 pm when they attacked stadium security who were monitoring the entryway. Police said some fans tried to close it off to stop the entrance of police officers.“Members of the police trying to enter were attacked by some fans of Apollon,” a police bulletin said. As more officers arrived to defuse the situation, the fans scattered. A team from the anti-riot unit MMAD was also there and these were attacked by fans with sticks, stones and bottles, the bulletin added.“During these episodes, three members of the police were injured and were treated at the first aid department of Limassol General Hospital,” police said.Three individuals, aged 20, 24 and 29 years respectively, all from Limassol, were detained.They were each remanded for three days on Sunday.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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