Province Will Intervene With Proposed Electricity Rate Hikes

first_img Nova Scotia Energy Minister Cecil Clarke said today, May 28, thatthe province will intervene in Nova Scotia Power’s (NSPI)proposal for a rate increase. NSPI has submitted a proposal to the Nova Scotia Utility andReview Board (UARB) that would see residential electricity billsin the province increase on average by 8.6 per cent. “The province will be an active intervener in the UARB’s hearingprocess that reviews NSPI’s proposed 2005 rate increase,” saidMr. Clarke. “We will work to protect the best interests of allNova Scotian electricity consumers.” The Department of Energy will review Nova Scotia Power’s rateapplication, which was submitted to the Utility and Review Boardtoday, to determine the appropriate course of action. The province intervened before the UARB on Nova Scotia Power’slast rate application in 2002, and has intervened in allsubsequent UARB hearings related to electricity. ENERGY–Province Will Intervene With Proposed Electricity RateHikeslast_img read more

LIC new premium more than doubles in June

first_imgNew Delhi: Led by LIC, life insurers’ collective new premium income jumped 94 per cent to Rs 32,241.33 crore in June this year, according to data from Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority. All the 24 life insurers had written new gross premium of Rs 16,611.57 in the same month a year ago. The country’s largest life insurer LIC, which is the only state-owned life insurance firm, witnessed more than two-fold rise in its new premium collection to Rs 26,030.16 crore in June, from Rs 11,167.82 crore in the same period last year. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepWith this high growth in business, the market share of the insurance behemoth increased to 74 per cent. Remaining 26 per cent has been shared by rest of the 23 private sector players operating in the space. During the month, LIC sold 13.32 lakh policies to collect over Rs 25,000 crore in just one month. Private sector players witnessed an increase of 14.10 per cent in their collective new year business premium at Rs 6,211.17 crore in June, as compared to Rs 5,443.75 crore collected in the year-ago month. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAmong the private players, HDFC Life’s new premium rose by 21 per cent year-on-year at Rs 1,358.45 crore; SBI Life up 28.14 per cent at 1,310.07 crore; ICICI Prudential Life up 26 per cent at Rs 897.98 crore; Bajaj Allianz up 51 per cent at Rs 468.51 crore; Max Life up 16 per cent at Rs 421.87 crore; Kotak Mahindra Life up 8 per cent at Rs 291.89 crore and Tata AIA Life posted 90.26 per cent rise to Rs 258.95 crore in June. India First Life business premium fell 54 per cent to Rs 119.31 crore; DHFL Pramerica Life by 65 per cent to Rs 48.87 crore; Aditya Birla Sun Life by 40 per cent to Rs 212.46 crore; and Reliance Nippon Life by 6.84 per cent to Rs 66.81 crore. Cumulatively, the new premium generated by all the 24 life insurers during April-June period of this fiscal rose by 65 per cent to Rs 60,637.22 crore. The April-June, 2019-20 new premium income of LIC increased by 82 per cent to Rs 44,794.78 crore. The remaining private sector players’ collective cumulative fresh premium rose by 32 per cent to Rs 15,842.44 crore in the first quarter of the current fiscal.last_img read more

ICC prosecutor requests summons against six Kenyans on postelection violence

“The post election period of 2007-2008 was one of the most violent periods of the nation’s history,” the prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said at a press conference at the ICC headquarters in The Hague today, adding that there are reasonable grounds to believe crimes against humanity were committed. The prosecutor said that more than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced during 30 days of violence. There were hundreds of rapes, possibly more, and over 100,000 properties were destroyed in six of Kenya’s eight provinces.“These were not just crimes against innocent Kenyans,” Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said. “They were crimes against humanity as a whole. By breaking the cycle of impunity for massive crimes, victims and their families can have justice. And Kenyans can pave the way to peaceful elections in 2012.”Those named by Mr. Moreno-Ocampo are: William Samoei Ruto, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology; Henry Kiprono Kosgey, the Minister of Industrialization; Joshua Arap Sang, the Head of Operations for KASS FM radio station; Francis Kirimi Muthaura, the Head of the Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet; Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; and Mohamed Hussein Ali, the Police Commissioner at the time of the violence.The judges of the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber II will now review the evidence. If they determine that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the six persons named committed the alleged crimes, they will decide on the most appropriate way to ensure their appearance in Court. The prosecution has requested “Summonses to Appear.” 15 December 2010The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today requested that the tribunal issue summons against six Kenyan citizens for alleged crimes committed during the violence that erupted following the country’s general elections in December 2007. read more

West African officials call for greater UN involvement in fight against piracy

“The evils of drug trafficking, piracy, trafficking of illicit goods and arms trafficking have reared their ugly heads across the sub-region,” Gambian Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy told the General Assembly at the start of the fifth day of its annual general debate. “The nature and extent of these crimes call for swift international action to nip them in the bud before it is too late.“As these crimes feed on each other and sow the seeds of terror, economic sabotage and the collapse of social order, we must pool our resources together in the areas of detection, surveillance, law enforcement and prosecution in order to deny the culprits safe havens.“In order to do this, we must come together and agree on a framework for cooperation with the support of the international community. We look forward to greater United Nations engagement with regional and subregional leaders and organizations in stamping out these menaces.”Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun-Houngbo of the Togolese RepublicTogolese Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun-Houngbo referred to recent acts of piracy off the coasts of Togo and Benin. “At a time when the West African region is witnessing a resurgence of violence due to drugs and terrorism, our coasts cannot be allowed to be taken hostage by pirates,” he told the Assembly on Saturday, calling for closer cooperation between all countries to confront the new phenomenon.“The crises and conflicts, the threats to international peace and security, such as piracy, cyber-crime and drug trafficking, which undermine efforts to consolidate peace in the world, must impel the international community to rethink the UN role in the context of security and economic and social development.”At the end of last month the Security Council voiced concern over increasing piracy, armed robbery and reported hostage-taking in the Gulf of Guinea, saying the crimes were having an adverse impact on security, trade and other economic activities in the sub-region. Mr. Fossoun-Houngbo also called for urgent UN and international steps to confront the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa where tens of thousands of people have already starved to death and 13.3 million people are threatened.Both officials called for reform of the 15-member Security Council, expanding it and making it more representative of the regions of the world and correct what Mr. Fossoun-Houngbo called “flagrant and unacceptable injustices,” and Ms. Njie-Saidy termed “the glaring under-representation of Africa.”“Africa needs to be adequately and properly represented and we will not give up on what is a very legitimate demand. What is even more appalling is that negotiations are progressing at snail’s pace,” she said, stressing that reform is long overdue, “and the lack of it is undermining the credibility of the organ and the legitimacy of its decisions.”Other African leaders also highlighted the vital role the UN has to play in settling conflicts and promoting development.Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi of the Republic of UgandaUgandan Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi called on the UN and international community to strengthen support to Somalia in terms of capacity building for the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) and in providing funding and logistical assistance for the deployment of 3,000 additional troops for the African Union peacekeeping mission there.Noting that peace initiatives should be led by the region with strong support from regional organizations, the UN and other relevant actors, he stressed that preventive mediation is a worthwhile investment, costing much less compared to other undertakings such as peacekeeping or peace enforcement and averting unnecessary wars with their loss of life and property.Foreign Minister Henri Eyebe Ayissi of the Republic of CameroonForeign Minister Henri Eyebe Ayissi of Cameroon cited the UN intervention in Sudan which helped forge the peaceful secession of South Sudan as an illustration of “the irreplaceable and decisive role that we desire to see the UN play in direct correlation with the fundamental aims and objectives of its founding Charter.”It is within this framework that the role of mediation in settling conflicts, the theme of this year’s general debate, assumes its full importance, he added.Vice President Mompati S. Merafhe of the Republic of BotswanaVice President Mompati S. Merafhe of Botswana voiced appreciation to the UN and the international community for their response to recent disasters such as the tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan and the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, calling it generous and timely.He also highlighted the growing collaboration between the UN and regional organizations in dealing with conflicts and the institutionalization of conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms around the world. 26 September 2011Top West African officials are calling for greater United Nations and international support to prevent the region’s coasts from becoming a haven for pirates and to fight growing drug and arms trafficking. read more

Police say no ban on Jaffna protests

The police say there is no ban on staging peaceful protests or demonstrations in Jaffna.Jaffna Superintendent of Police (SP) Sri Kuganesan said that protests can be staged in Jaffna like in any other part of the country. Meanwhile the newspaper said that the police was informed about a growing trend in Jaffna where black paint or road tar is splashed on houses of individuals. However he said that based on the protest and the extent it goes some restrictions may be imposed by the police to ensure it is violence free, the Uthayan newspaper reported. Recently road tar was splashed on the house of a person who staged a protest in Jaffna while similarly tar was also splashed on the house of a doctor.However Sri Kuganesan has said that the police is unaware of such incidents and if the perpetrators are identified then appropriate action will be taken against them. read more

Sierra Leone indicted war criminal sanctioned over possible effort to cause unrest

Former Internal Affairs Minister Sam Hinga Norman was indicted in March for acts ranging from murder, sexual slavery and rape, to forced conscription of children during a decade’s worth of atrocities and human rights violations. The Registrar of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), which contains a mix of international and national judges, took the step after a telephone intercept recorded late on Monday indicated that Mr. Norman was involved in coordinating activities calculated to cause civil unrest in Sierra Leone. According to an SCSL statement last October, Mr. Norman’s lawyers were preparing to argue that he could not be indicted for recruiting child soldiers because there were no international statutes against the practice.

Annan calls on all parties to resume talks in violencewracked Côte dIvoire

The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) reported an increase in the number and abusive nature of hate messages on radio and television, which in one instance broadcast the number of a van said to be driven by French nationals, target of attacks since French troops destroyed the Government air force in a reprisal attack on Saturday.Violent demonstrations showed no signs of waning in Abidjan, the main city, and thugs controlled streets despite joint patrols by UN peacekeepers and their counterparts from France and Côte d’Ivoire aimed at securing some areas and reassuring frightened residents, UNOCI said. The number of people, mostly foreign nationals, seeking refuge in UN-protected sites has reached more than 1,800.Mr. Annan deplored the continuing violence, called for an end to all hate media and urged all parties to maintain the ceasefire that ended direct fighting in the West African country early last year and resume the peace process.The new unrest flared on Thursday when the Government violated the ceasefire by launching an attack in the Zone of Confidence (ZOC) in the north of the country separating the combatants. On Saturday Government aircraft bombed French peacekeeping forces in the area, killing nine people and leading to the French reprisal.On the military front, no Ivorian troops from either side were reported in the UN-monitored ZOC. The northern part of the country was reported to be generally quiet, but Mr. Annan noted “worrying reports” that water and electricity were no longer available at numerous locations, particularly in the north.”Additionally, UN agencies and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have been forced to drastically reduce their programmes due to security concerns,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman in New York. “The Secretary-General urges the Ivorian authorities to restore and maintain basic services and calls on those concerned to ensure that aid workers have unimpeded access to populations in need.”Noting Mr. Mbeki’s mission on behalf of the African Union (AU), Mr. Annan reiterated his full support for efforts by the AU and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in coordination with the UN to find a rapid and lasting solution to the crisis.At least 1,327 Ivorians, mostly women, children and some elderly, have fled into northeastern Liberia and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today it was extremely concerned over the impact the situation in Côte d’Ivoire could have on its neighbours, particularly Liberia which is itself struggling to emerge from 14 years of civil strife.UNHCR offices in the region have been alerted for any contingencies and planning in case of an outflow of Ivorians is in full swing, including an assessment of emergency stocks and staff in the region. read more

Utah officers help restrain JetBlue passenger as flight from New York is

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Utah officers help restrain JetBlue passenger as flight from New York is diverted to Chicago Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Wall, and from left, Robert Odor and Cody Stromberg took action to stop an unruly passenger on a flight from New York to Salt Lake City speak about the ordeal during a news conference at the Salt Lake County Sheriff Department on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Utah officers say they helped restrain the woman about an hour into the flight when she had a medical issue and became combative. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth) SALT LAKE CITY – Three Utah officers returning from the funeral of a slain New York City policeman helped restrain an unruly passenger on a JetBlue Airways flight until the plane was diverted to Chicago.The flight bound for Salt Lake City landed instead at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport late Sunday after the 32-year-old woman with a medical issue “created a disturbance,” Chicago Police Department spokesman Thomas Sweeney said.Once the plane arrived at O’Hare, an ambulance took the woman to an area hospital, where she was being evaluated, Sweeney said Monday. The woman was not arrested, and no charges were pending, he said.JetBlue Airways spokeswoman Sharon A. Jones said Flight 71 departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport at 7:45 p.m. EST and arrived in Chicago around 10 p.m. CST.The plane refuelled before departing again. It landed at Salt Lake City International Airport around 1:40 a.m. MST, about three and a half hours late.Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Wall and two officers from the Unified Police Department in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area described the experience at a news conference Monday, saying the flight crew seated the woman near them about an hour into the flight.The woman had been fighting with her husband, who was aboard the plane, Unified Police Officer Robert Odor said.After being seated near the officers, the woman started having a medical issue and became combative. The officers said she tried to kick and spit at them and a doctor who was assisting her.Wall said they did not handcuff the woman but held her arms and legs for about an hour and a half until the plane landed.Jones said there were no reports of injuries or any damage to the aircraft.Wall, Odor and Unified Police Officer Cody Stromberg were among the thousands of mourners attending the Sunday funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu, who was killed in an ambush shooting along with another officer while sitting in their patrol car.___Associated Press writer Michael Tarm in Chicago contributed to this report. by Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2015 3:14 pm MDT read more

German authorities searching premises of German soccer federation over FIFA payment

FILE – In this March 6, 2006 file photo German soccer legend and head of the organizing committee Franz Beckenbauer talks to Wolfgang Niersbach during the FIFA Team-Workshop in Duesseldorf, western Germany. German authorities are searching the premises of the country’s soccer federation over payments made to FIFA in connection with the 2006 World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) FRANKFURT – The president of the German soccer federation and two former high-ranking officials are the targets of a tax evasion probe over a payment to FIFA in connection with the 2006 World Cup, authorities said Tuesday.Police officers and tax inspectors searched the premises of the federation and three private homes, seizing written and electronic documents, Frankfurt prosecutor Nadja Niesen said.Niesen said the prosecutors’ office was investigating “tax evasion in a particularly serious case” — a charge that could bring between six months and 10 years in prison.“The raids are linked to the awarding of the football World Cup 2006 and the transfer of 6.7 million euros to FIFA,” Niesen told The Associated Press.Niesen did not release the names of the people whose homes were being searched. But because the statement gave their functions, it was clear that the raids targeted federation president Wolfgang Niersbach, his predecessor, Theo Zwanziger, and former general secretary Horst R. Schmidt. All three were high-ranking officials on the World Cup organizing committee.The federation later said in a statement that documents were seized during the raid and that it was fully co-operating with the investigation. The federation itself was not under investigation, it said.Niesen told reporters that Niersbach and the two former officials were also co-operating with authorities, who would need time to evaluate the documents seized during the raids.German daily Bild published photos it said showed the raid, with plainclothes agents entering the Frankfurt headquarters of the federation and walking to the home of Niersbach outside Frankfurt.A statement by the prosecutors’ office said more than 50 officers and tax inspectors took part in the operation.Zwanziger has accused the federation of using a slush fund to buy votes ahead of Germany’s successful bid to stage the 2006 World Cup.As treasurer of the federation at the time, Zwanziger was the financial chief of the organizing committee. He has accused Niersbach of lying.Niersbach has denied any wrongdoing, saying the 6.7 million euros (about $6 million) were paid to FIFA in 2002 to obtain a large grant for the organizing committee. But the transaction has not been fully explained and the federation has launched its own probe into the affair.According to Niersbach, the deal was agreed at a private meeting between suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Franz Beckenbauer, the president of the organizing committee. It was originally paid to FIFA’s financial commission by French businessman Robert Louis-Dreyfus, who was boss of the Adidas sporting goods company at the time, according to Niersbach. Dreyfus died in 2009.Blatter and FIFA have denied any knowledge of the payment.Zwanziger and Schmidt signed off on the transaction when the federation paid back the sum to FIFA, to be forwarded to Dreyfus.Niersbach said two weeks ago that the organizing committee paid the money in order to get a grant of 230 million euros ($252 million). The payment has come under close scrutiny in Germany and its murky circumstances still have not been explained.The Frankfurt prosecutors say the sum was falsely declared, so that the federation paid much lower taxes.Beckenbauer said last week that it was his mistake to make the payment to FIFA.“In order to obtain a financial grant from FIFA, a proposal was accepted from FIFA’s financial commission that in hindsight should have been rejected by those involved,” Beckenbauer said.Monday’s statement from the prosecutors made no mention of Beckenbauer, who lives in Austria.The statement said that possible charges of fraud and bribery were dropped because of the statute of limitations. by Nesha Starcevic, The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2015 2:08 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email German authorities searching premises of German soccer federation over FIFA payment read more

Ohio States JT Barrett composed successful in Buckeye debut

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) takes off running in a game against Navy Aug. 30. OSU won 34-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorBALTIMORE –– When a college freshman prepares for his or her first exam, it can sometimes be intimidating.Ohio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett received a passing grade from coach Urban Meyer Saturday, as the Buckeyes defeated the Navy Midshipmen 34-17 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.“J.T. I thought did okay…grade him a ‘B,’” Meyer said after the game. “We will evaluate the film. Every new player is going to have a certain amount of mistakes.”Barrett, who finished the game 12 of 15 for 226 yards with two scores and an interception, said he was disappointed in himself following a first half interception in the red zone, but believed he bounced back well.“After the interception I was like: ‘J.T., you know you shouldn’t have threw it, and you still threw it, and now you got to make up for it,’” Barrett said. “I just tried to settle down and be smart with the ball.”Meyer said because Barrett was playing in his first game, he had to treat him a little differently than he would a veteran after a turnover.“I counted to 10 backwards a couple of times and I didn’t say what I would normally say to a quarterback who does that,” Meyer said. “But his demeanor was great and he is a great kid who will keep getting better and better and better.”The interception by Navy senior safety Parrish Gaines with 7:29 left in the second quarter ended the Buckeyes most promising drive up to that point, and they eventually entered the locker room at halftime down, 7-6.It was the first time the Buckeyes were held without a first half touchdown since 2011, when they led Illinois 3-0 at the break.Barrett responded in the second half, however, as he completed the rest of his four pass attempts for the game –– including an 80-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Devin Smith.The score was the longest play of the game for either team and something Barrett said got the offense flowing.“I was just trying not to miss him — he was so open,” Barrett said. “They bit so hard on the play action…he made a great catch and just ran away from them.”Gaines said after the game that the big play to Smith is not something he will soon forget.“They (OSU) were giving us run, run, run, run and they caught us sleeping in the secondary,” Gaines said. “Ultimately, a big play will always kill you. I’m going to be thinking about that play when I go to sleep tonight. When one person gets beat, everyone gets beat.”The Buckeyes never trailed following the Smith score.Barrett also connected with redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas on a nine-yard touchdown pass with just over two minutes left in the game, which sealed the Buckeye victory.OSU quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Tom Herman said he was satisfied with how Barrett performed in his first start as a Buckeye.“He maybe got some happy feet at times which is to be expected,” Herman said. “The positives were he managed the game, he had an unbelievable presence on the sideline, he was accurate…I come away with it very pleased.”Herman said that, while Barrett may not be able to make the plays that injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller could make, he is confident the youngster can still make things happen.“He can certainly make something out of nothing,” Herman said. “There’s a lot of things that he does that allows us to stay on track, too, which is a positive.”Those positives, which resulted in 276 total yards of offense by Barrett, are better than the debut starts made by Miller (166 against Colorado in 2011) and former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor (205 against Troy in 2008).Barrett said that while he enjoyed the experience, he is happy his first game is out of the way.“We are going to enjoy this win. Definitely there is a little relief as far as myself getting the first win out of the way,” Barrett said. “It was definitely a good team win. The defense did their job (and) helped the offense out a whole bunch.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to action against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

American Horror Story Brings Back Another Murder House Resident

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks You know we’re in the early stages of American Horror Story because of the show’s refusal to explain even the smallest things. There’s plenty of exposition regarding what Langdon is doing here, but most of its just words. He’s filling time, not providing any concrete details. Someone even asks him why all the bunkers didn’t get the same preparations as this better, safer bunker and he doesn’t answer. This vagueness is intentional, though. We know Langdon is the Antichrist from Season One, so his motives can’t be exactly what he says they are. It’s entirely probable that the Sanctuary doesn’t really exist at all.There’s already plenty of (possibly satanic) magic going on after his arrival. The first instance happens in a legitimately scary cold open. The premiere was certainly interesting and suspenseful, but it was a little light on the horror. That problem begins to fix itself here. Emily is changing her clothes when she finds her wardrobe is filled with snakes. Miriam runs in and decapitates one, saying they’ll be scanned for contamination and eaten. Conveniently, how to prepare and cook snake meat is the knowledge that didn’t survive the bombs, so the soup can look extra disgusting as it’s being spooned into the bowls. Just big old chunks of raw, scaly snake bits. Delicious. Not that anyone gets to try them. As soon as dinner begins, the snakes, suddenly whole and living again, leap out of the bowls. I’ll admit, it’s a good jump scare to start off the episode.Cody Fern (Photo via FX)After that, it’s not really mentioned again as the show moves on to the trials to see who gets in the Sanctuary. Coco asks if it’s going to be like The Hunger Games because that’s a timely reference. That might have been a little more interesting than what we got instead. Langdon interviews each member individually, starting with Gallant. His questions are oddly personal, though. After learning that Gallant is gay, Langdon asks him about his relationship with his grandmother. It appears to have been much more contentious than it appeared last episode. Though she accepted him being gay, she never approved of his personality. He was more rebellious, and she kept trying to set him up with clean-cut (and gold-digging) men. Gallant reveals how much he hated his grandmother, which is enough to make you wonder why he went out of his way to save her from the bombs in the first place. Especially since he’s so willing to leave her behind now.During the interview, Langdon appears interested in Gallant, which the hairdresser takes to be sexual. That leads to our second big Murder House appearance of the season. Gallant gets a visit from The Rubber Man. Gallant assumes it’s Langdon under the rubber, which means Rubber Man still has major issues when it comes to consent. The whole episode, I was waiting for the mask to come off and for Tate Langdon to be underneath. As great as it would have been to see Evan Peters find out he’s having sex with another Evan Peters, the episode doesn’t deliver. To the show’s credit, what happens is actually scarier.Evan Peters (Photo via FX)Gallant’s grandmother spies the illicit tryst and rats out her grandson. She, it turns out, disapproves of his personality so much, she thinks whatever society can be rebuilt will be better with her around than with him. This bunker really is full of the worst people, huh? She lets her grandson be whipped as punishment, during which he yells the names of gay revolutionaries because Ryan Murphy. Langdon comes in afterwards and seemingly confirms what we’d all assumed. It wasn’t him in the rubber suit. “I wouldn’t have sex with you if you were the last man on Earth, and you almost are,” he says. Ouch. Tortured both physically and emotionally, Gallant is furious the next time the Rubber Man visits. He holds the Rubber Man down and stabs him repeatedly. Only when the others run to see what happened, there is no rubber suit. He’s murdered his grandmother. Is this a delusion or one of Langdon’s tricks? If we know American Horror Story, it won’t tell us anytime soon.Gallant isn’t the only one who gets punished for having sex, either. Timothy and Emily sneak into Langdon’s room and find a laptop that somehow still has email. They reason that he must have a satellite connection or something, which… I’ll get to later, because that raises a ton of questions these two horny teens blow right past. In any case, they read that Venable has been making up her own rules, including the forced celibacy, for which she could be put to death. Despite the fact that she’s still officially in charge, that’s all the push they need to bone down. Does it make the most logical sense? No, but I get it. When you’ve been surviving on one kiss a week and suddenly find out you can do more than that, logic goes out the window. So they let a year and a half of pent up sexual tension out, and of course they’re immediately caught.Ash Santos, Kyle Allen (Photo via FX)Strangely, they aren’t dragged out to the wasteland to be executed like the Greys we saw in the season premiere. Maybe that would risk arousing Landon’s suspicion. In any case, they’re going to be executed right there in the cleaning room of the bunker. We know they’re not going to die yet, though. Timothy wrestles the gun away, shooting his would-be executor and Miriam. That gives us the episode’s big final twist. Instead of blood, she’s filled with a milky white goop. Is that effects of radiation? Is she an alien? (That’d be a surprising way to bring Asylum into this crossover season.) I’m thinking neither. That substance looks a lot like what the androids were filled with in the Alien movies. Whether it’s a deliberate reference or not, I’m thinking Miriam Mead is a robot. The question is, why? If she’s a robot, who else is? Is any of this even real?Which brings us back to the question of how Langdon has email. Satellite internet can’t be the whole story. Either he really is connected (electronically and otherwise) to some supernatural power, or maybe this whole bunker isn’t meant for survival. It already feels like an especially messed up season of Big Brother. Maybe that’s the point. Maybe they’re entertainment for the real elite who survived the blasts. That would be a very Ryan Murphy twist, especially after the Roanoke season. We have a lot of episodes ahead of us before we get some real answers, though.Sarah Paulson, Cody Fern (Photo via FX)This one was a marked step up from the premiere, though. You can feel the season settling into its premise, with much of the horror coming from these characters’ relationships with each other. Sarah Paulson has one amazing scene with Cody Fern here, where Langdon cruelly taunts Venable about how she’s going to die in the bunker. He orders her to undress and mocks her for a painful curve in her spine. She has played and continues to play the villain in this season, but this one scene makes you feel for her. Despite everything she’s done and then does in the next scene, in this one moment, you’re afraid for her. It’s a simple scene of dialog between two characters, but the acting and direction lets a sense of dread build throughout. Venable may be cruel, but Langdon is worse. No matter who comes out on top, it spells doom for everyone else.Learn more about FX’s spooky hit in our Geeksplainer. Read up on all our reviews from last season, AHS: Cult. Find the perfect gift for the ultimate AHS fan. Follow all AHS updates here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Fire rips through occupied Ramonaarea home

first_img Posted: November 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires Fire rips through occupied Ramona-area home November 12, 2018 Updated: 4:06 PM KUSI Newsroom RAMONA (KUSI) – A resident escaped injury when a back-country home near Mount Woodson caught fire Monday, officials said.The blaze erupted shortly after 1 p.m. in the 16000 block of Salida del Sol in Ramona. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to subdue the flames, according to Cal Fire.The one resident who was in the house at the time was able to get out safely, said Jon Heggie, a fire captain with the state agency.Though the blaze broke out during a period of heightened weather- related wildfire danger, ground crews and personnel aboard firefighting aircraft were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby vegetation, Heggie said.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation.This is a developing story, please check back for more updates. KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Golden Globes 2019 Bohemian Rhapsody Rami Malek Win Major Categories

first_img Golden Globes 2019: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ & Rami Malek Win Major Categories Email The Globes, which celebrates and recognizes film and television domestically, as well as internationally, also awards music in film Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 7, 2019 – 12:21 pm Music scored big at the Golden Globe awards on Jan. 6, as Bohemian Rhapsody, the music biopic about iconic glam-rock band Queen, took the award for Best Motion Picture, Drama.But that wasn’t the only win for one of 2018’s most anticipated films and the highest-grossing music biopics of all time: Rami Malek, who portrays legendary frontman Freddie Mercury, won Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Drama. The actor thanked the band during his acceptance speech.”And of course [thanks to] Queen. To you, Brian May, to you, Roger Taylor, for ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in the music and in the world and in all of us,” Malek said. “Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.”The Globes, which celebrates and recognizes film and television domestically, as well as internationally, also honors music in film through categories, including Best Original Song.The 2019 Best Original Song award went to Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt for “Shallow,” which they wrote for A Star Is Born. Dumplin’s “Girl In The Movies” by Dolly Parton and Linda Perry and “All The Stars” (performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA) from the Black Panther soundtrack were among the nominees.Best Original Score went to GRAMMY-winning composer Justin Hurwitz for First Man, the film adaptation of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s life. Huriwitz won Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards.2019 GRAMMY Awards To Air Feb. 10, 2019, From Los AngelesRead more Facebook Twitter ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Wins Big At 2019 Golden Globes golden-globes-2019-bohemian-rhapsody%E2%80%99-rami-malek-win-major-categories News last_img read more

TMobile delays full 600MHz 5G launch until second half of 2019

first_imgT-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray says 5G will be a second-half story for the company. Roger Cheng/CNET Eager to jump on T-Mobile’s 5G network? You’re going to have wait a little longer. T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said in an interview at MWC on Monday that the company won’t be formally launching its 5G service in its first 30 cities until the second half of 2019. The reason: the lack of phones that can tap into the critical low-band 600MHz spectrum that will power much of its early 5G coverage.”We were hopeful, a year ago, that by this time, we would have a device,” he said here in Barcelona. “It’s not there yet.”Ray had pushed the industry to move faster with compatible devices, but noted much of the industry was working on devices that supported bands with higher frequencies, which offer better speeds, but less range. The first 5G smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, will tap into higher-frequency bands and come out with Verizon Wireless first. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all have networks that are compatible with the Galaxy S10 5G, and T-Mobile said it will carry the phone in the first half. But the coverage using super-high frequency millimeter-wave spectrum is so minimal that Ray said the company isn’t sure how — or if — it will promote it. More from MWC 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone 28 Photos “You can’t go to a US consumer and charge them a big premium and it works on three street corners,” Ray said. Ray applauded Sprint for at least staking a claim and saying it would cover more than 1,000 square miles by the first half. He’s waiting to hear about AT&T and Verizon’s coverage plans. AT&T touted its existing service and what’s still upcoming. “We offer the only live mobile 5G network and device today, and are continuing to expand coverage and device options,” said an AT&T spokesman. “I’m surprised they continue to ignore our announced plans to offer a mobile 5G network on low-band spectrum this year with nationwide coverage in early 2020.”Verizon wasn’t available for comment. Ray said the company would go big with 5G in the second half once it gets a device that can tap into its 600MHz spectrum. He declined to comment on which company would supply the phone. Originally published at 6:12 a.m. PT.Update, 8:05 a.m. PT: Adds background and comment from AT&T.Update, 9:05 a.m. PT: Adds more background. Update, 10:15 a.m. PT: Adds additional quote from Neville Ray. Comments Tags 11 reading • T-Mobile delays full 600MHz 5G launch until second half of 2019 Phones Mobile World Congress 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about • Share your voice See All Ray’s concession throws a wrinkle into the 5G race, as carriers push to the be first to the next-generation wireless technology, which promises a much faster and more responsive network. AT&T has already launched 5G in a dozen markets, but in limited areas, while Verizon has a home 5G network. Sprint, meanwhile, said it plans to launch 5G in four markets in May. The delay also underscores the complexity of building a 5G network and the bets companies must make on what kind of spectrum they can use. Verizon and AT&T initially championed millimeter wave spectrum because it can deliver super-high speeds, but with limited range. T-Mobile opted for lower-band spectrum that has slower peak speaks, but better coverage. Much of the early investment went into devices that use millimeter wave spectrum, which doesn’t play to T-Mobile’s strengths. As such, you expect a loud launch later in the year, even if the Galaxy S10 5G can pick up small bits of 5G here and there. He said he didn’t worry about AT&T and Verizon pulling ahead in the 5G race because of the limited range of millimeter wave. Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: Battle of the foldable phones Galaxy S10 Plus ongoing review Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 feels like practical magic Mobile World Congress 2019 Galaxy S10 5G: Samsung debuts its first 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 1:52 Mobile World Congress 2019last_img read more

Cognizant plans another round of layoff defers campus hiring

first_imgCognizantWikiMedia CommonsAfter firing a considerable number of its employees, IT major Cognizant is planning another round of layoffs. As per a report published in Financial daily, the Economic Time, Cognizant is ready to fire a few hundred as a part of the restructuring that is aimed at reducing cost. Moreover, the company is exploring more ways to further cut down on cost.The US-headquartered company is under the process of restructuring which is targeted at spurring growth and lowering cost. Further, the company is also boosting the variable pay components of salaries which will result in cost-cutting. One of the sources close to the development said, “It is part of the appraisal process; it is getting stricter. If you were a marginal performer or have not been allocated (a project), then they would look at beginning a separation process.”Cognizant Technology Solutions CorpReutersThe employees having experience more than eight years are expected to be targeted. The exact figure to be fired is still under evaluation and would depend on growth registered in this quarter. It is to be noted that the company has already suspended non-essential travel to save costs. Cognizant cut down its revenue growth forecast earlier this year and submitted that its hiring has overtaken revenue growth which eventually led to lower margins. As per Cognizant’s annual report for 2018, the company has around 281,600 employees at the end of 2018, with 194,700, or 69%, in India. Globally, the Cognizant had 288,200 headcounts as of June 30, 7 per cent more than 268,900 a year ago.The company, which has guided for the lowest growth in its history for this calendar year, had given voluntary separation package to around 400 senior executives in 2017 as part of its cost optimisation measures. Additionally, the New Jersey-based company is also delaying the joining date of the freshers and other new employees hired. The second person added,”The joining dates are being calibrated to ensure that utilisation is maintained. There is a strong focus on cost control.”However, the company’s spokesperson has said that it has started to dispatch joining letters since June this year. “We have already on-boarded several thousand students who are currently undergoing training in Cognizant Academy, and the rest will be onboarded in a staggered fashion, as is the process every year. Cognizant has a long history of honouring all campus offers and there is no reason to believe that this year will be any different,” the spokesperson added.last_img read more

Console Living Room lets you play hundreds of oldschool games in your

first_imgFans of vintage video games rejoice: the geeky crew of has powered up the Console Living Room. It’s a massive online collection of games for systems like the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision that you can play right in your browser!Console Living Room is an extension of’s Historical Software Collection, and so far it includes the Atari 7800, Magnavox Odyssey, and Astrocade in addition to the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision.The games are brought to life by JSMESS, a pure JavaScript version of MESS, the Multi Emulator Super System. More than 500 titles are available for the Atari 2600 alone, including classics like Tempest, Pitfall, and Zaxxon. [Read on: Portable Gaming: A Brief History]And yes, the E.T. game that Atari buried in a New Mexico landfill is playable too. For as long as you can stand it, that is. Move up to the much newer Atari 7800 and you’ll be able to play much more advanced games with better graphics like Ikari Warriors and Double’s official blog post notes that the library will expand rapidly in the very near future, so don’t rage quit if you don’t see your favorite titles just yet. Also… don’t expect to hear any sound.Support for game audio hasn’t been implemented yet, but JSMESS is still considered beta software. It’s constantly being tweaked and improved, and soon you’ll get the full classic living room gaming experience you remember right inside your browser.MESS supports loads of additional systems, like the Intellivision and VirtualBoy. There’s a good chance will expand the Console Living Room’s offerings to include them at some point, too!last_img read more

Windows 10 May 2019 Update Has a Ridiculous Problem

first_img Author Bio Microsoft released a support document that addresses an error that may pop up in the future update, stating that “This PC can’t be upgraded to Windows 10,” and the apparent cause is that the computer simply has “a USB device or SD card attached.”To be clear, this error message is deliberate, as Microsoft stated that “Inappropriate drive reassignment can occur on eligible computers that have an external USB device or SD memory card attached during the installation of the May 2019 update.” This isn’t the first wonky thing to happen to Windows 10 updates, but it still seems quite annoying.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Microsoft’s “workaround” is to unplug any USB storage device or SD card from the system and reboot it. If, for some reason, that you’re running Windows 10 from external hard drive or thumb drive, then you won’t be able to update it.Interestingly enough, this error actually won’t pop up if you’re on a build prior to the April 2018 Update (Windows 10, version 1803) or the October 2018 Update (Windows 10, version 1809), so if you haven’t updated in awhile, it actually benefits you in this case.On top of all that, there’s a little note at the bottom of the document that states “The drive reassignment is not limited to removable drives. Internal hard drives can also be affected.” Which, by definition, probably means that some may be permanently blocked from the Windows 10 May 2019 update. Apparently, this issue is already resolved for Windows Insiders in build 18877 and later builds as well. However, it could lead to a rocky public launch for the May 2019 Update. If you want to jump into the updated version, you can join the Windows Insiders program in order to avoid this issue.How to Use Windows 10 Rami Tabari, on As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge.center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Rami Tabari, last_img read more

Delays expected as wide load set to travel through region

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire are being advised to expect delays as a wide load makes its way through the area on Friday (June 28). The load will be travelling out of Stafford at around 9.30am and travelling up the A34 via Stone and Newcastle before crossing the border into Congleton. Staffordshire Police are warning that ‘minor’ traffic delays are possible as the load travels through the region. A police spokesman said:  “This Friday, 28th June at 09:30 wide load will be moved out of Stafford. Usual route of A34, predominately via Stone, Newcastle and towards Congleton. Minor delays possible.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15 2019 1

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2019 1:28 pm PDT The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img App Store Official Charts for the week ending January 13, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations5. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi6. iSchedule, HotSchedules7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. Rebel Inc., Ndemic Creations9. NBA 2K19, 2K10. True Skate, True AxisTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Polysphere, Playgendary2. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games3. Words Story, ZHOU JIAPING4. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC5. TikTok – Real Short Videos, Inc.6. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.7. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.8. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.9. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.10. Gmail – Email by Google, Google LLCTop Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 4, Time Base Technology Limited5. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU6. Bendy and the Ink Machine, Joey Drew Studios Inc.7. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB9. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations10. XtraMath, XtraMathTop Free iPad Apps:1. Polysphere, Playgendary2 .Netflix, Netflix, Inc.3. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC4. Kick the Buddy: Forever, Playgendary5. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games6. 2, Voodoo7. Tomb of the Mask, Playgendary8. Amazon Prime Video, AMZN Mobile LLC9. My Talking Tom 2, Outfit7 Limited10. Google Chrome, Google LLC__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more