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Public Hearings Begin on Insurance Issues

first_img The Nova Scotia Insurance Review Board wants to hear from NovaScotians over the next four weeks on two important insuranceissues. The board is tasked with conducting studies on two insurancetopics and reporting back to government by Nov. 1. The board willexamine: — the rates and availability of fire, other property, casualty,and liability insurance for homeowners, tenants, non-profitorganizations and small business; and– the use of gender as a risk classification factor indetermining automobile insurance rates. The Insurance Review Board was appointed in December 2003 as partof the government’s auto insurance reforms designed to protectconsumers. The new board will review rates and rules and willmonitor the system to ensure reforms are working for consumers. Hearings have been widely advertised and are taking place acrossthe province from May 13 to June 2. They will be held in PortHawksbury, Sydney, New Glasgow, Amherst, Liverpool, Yarmouth,Middleton, Truro, and Halifax. Presenters are encouraged to pre-register by contacting theInsurance Review Board. Registration will also take place beforeeach hearing session on a first-come, first-served basis only.Written submissions can also be sent to the board by e-mail, by fax at 902-428-5781, or by mail to the NovaScotia Insurance Review Board, P.O. Box 697, Halifax, N.S., B3J2T8. For more information or to register, contact the board by phoneat 902-424-8685 or by e-mail at . N.S. INSURANCE REVIEW BOARD–Public Hearings Begin on InsuranceIssueslast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge Salmon River Bridge, on Trunk 1, in Salmon River, is reduced to one lane for repairs. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route, Salmon River Road, Exit 32 Hwy. 101 to Exit 31. RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bible Hill/Truro Main Street from Pictou Road to Park Street is reduced to one lane, for paving until Friday, Oct 16. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Expect delays. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Golf Course Road, Chester Golf Course Road in Chester, from the intersection of Pig Loop Road south for half a kilometre, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Middle River Bridge Middle River Bridge, Highway 105 at Nyanzya, is reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Tuesday, Dec. 15. Traffic control signals are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Italy Cross Road Italy Cross Road, from the intersection of Route 331 for 1.8 kilometres toward Petite Riviere, has alternating lane closures until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Auburndale Road Auburndale Road, from Route 325 to Upper Branch Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Road Varner Road, from the intersection of Trunk 10 for about half a kilometre to the end of the existing pavement, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Plains Road Plains Road, from Ventura Drive to Lancaster Crescent, is closed to install culverts until Monday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. There is an alternate route via Masstown Road, Trunk 2 and McElmon Road. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale and Hatchery roads. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Conquerall Mills Road Conquerall Mills Road, from the intersection of Trunk 3 for about four kilometres toward Conquerall Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 20 in Summerville west to Port Joli, are reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Big Pond, from west of the intersection of Glen Albert Drive west for 2.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and upgrading. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled to be complete by the end of October. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Monk Road Monk Road, from Route 325 for 4.4 kilometres, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrading until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from west of Soldiers Cove Road westerly for 5.5 kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving until Monday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Crouse Bridge The Crouse Bridge on Bruhm Road is closed for replacement until Saturday, Oct. 31. A marked detour route is in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, Exit 10, has alternating lane closures for bridge repairs, including concrete and asphalt, and installing new bridge rails, until Saturday, Oct. 31. Temporary traffic lights are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Green Bay Road Green Bay Road, from the intersection of Route 331 for 1.8 kilometres to the end of the existing pavement, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Eel Lake Bridge on Highway 103 in Belleville, has one lane closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 16. Traffic signals are in place. Expect traffic delays of 5-10 minutes -30- QUEENS COUNTY: Labelle Road Labelle Road, from the intersection of Route 210 for 4.4 kilometres to the end of the existing pavement, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sarty Road Sarty Road, from Crouse Settlement Road to Camperdown Road, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrading until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester Grant Road Chester Grant Road, from Trunk 12 to Trunk 14, is reduced to one lane for resurfacing and upgrading. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Saturday, Oct. 31 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavel Bridge Gavel Bridge on Gavel Road over Gavels Lake is closed for replacement until Sunday, Nov. 15. Use an alternate route. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane to install rumble strips until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img read more

Family offers 10M reward for information leading to arrest in Sherman deaths

first_imgTORONTO – The family of billionaire philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman offered up to $10 million Friday for information that would solve the couple’s killings, a reward announced after their lawyer detailed what he described as major shortcomings in a Toronto police probe into the deaths.Brian Greenspan outlined a litany of alleged errors and lapses in the police investigation of what detectives have described as a targeted double homicide.He said those problems first surfaced when the Shermans’ bodies were discovered last December in their Toronto mansion and persist to this day.“Police are required, by law, to maintain a certain professional standard in their approach to investigations,” Greenspan said at a press conference he described as an effort to “light the fire” under the force. “But in this case, at this stage of the investigation, the manner in which the Toronto Police Service conducted itself fell well below that standard.”Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders was quick to defend his officers’ work, saying Greenspan did not have all the information detectives have uncovered to date.“If you have an opinion on it, you’re entitled to that opinion,” Saunders said of Greenspan’s criticism. “We don’t deal with opinions, we deal with facts.”The police chief added, however, that while rewards are not always effective, he supported the offer of one in this case.“Mr. Greenspan has the same objective as we do, to solve this double homicide,” Saunders said at a news conference held shortly after Greenspan’s announcement.Greenspan said he was hired 24 hours after Barry and Honey Shermans’ bodies were found by the side of their basement pool.He claimed police first erred by indicating they were not searching for any suspects — statements Greenspan said amounted to police suggesting the founder of pharmaceutical giant Apotex and his wife died as a result of either suicide or murder-suicide.He said that sent the wrong message and set the tone for an inadequate investigation.Saunders countered that those police statements were a deliberate effort to reassure community members that they were not in imminent danger, saying the affluent neighbourhood where the Shermans lived had experienced a rash of break-ins in the months prior to their deaths.“That community was incredibly alarmed,” the police chief said. “Their concern was, ‘are we going to be able to sleep tonight? Was this a break-and-enter gone wrong?’”Greenspan claimed police did not vacuum the Shermans’ house in a quest to gather evidence, failed to properly check points of entry into the mansion, and did not collect sufficient fingerprint and DNA evidence. He maintained some of those tasks have still not been completed.“This entire process has caused needless additional pain and suffering to the Sherman family,” he said. “Regrettably, it has become clear to them that…police resources have neither been properly managed nor effectively utilized.”The family is not, however, considering civil action against the force, he said.The lawyer headed up a team of private investigators hired by the family, including several former Toronto homicide detectives, Ontario’s former chief pathologist, and forensic experts.He said the team has recovered evidence, including 25 finger and palm prints, that they have shared with police as part of their proposal to pursue a joint private-public investigation.Greenspan said the family has offered its multimillion-dollar reward to help bring the case to a conclusion.“We’re trying to light the fire. That’s part of the reason we’ve gathered today — to provide the new incentive for members of the public to come forward,” he said.“But also to light the fire under the Toronto Police Service and try to ensure that those investigative steps which either have not yet been completed and ought to have been taken by this time are completed.”A panel will determine the value of any information submitted through a dedicated tip line set up by the family and the reward will be doled out on a “sliding scale,” the lawyer said.Police have not provided any major updates on their own investigation since January, and Greenspan did not disclose any details of what his team has uncovered.Investigators previously said the Shermans, who were in their 70s, were found in a semi-seated position by the house pool, hanging from a railing with belts around their necks. Autopsy results revealed the pair died by “ligature neck compression,” they said. Police also said there were no signs of forced entry to the home.Barry Sherman founded Apotex in 1974 and built it into a generic drug giant with more than $2 billion in annual revenue. He stepped down as CEO five years ago and was no longer involved in the company’s daily operations.Honey Sherman was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation. She also served on the boards of Mount Sinai’s Women’s Auxiliary, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the International American Joint Distribution Committee.last_img read more

Former prime minister Paul Martin joins campaign to help First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsA former prime minister, Olympian and a social activist are standing together.It’s no joke but there is a punchline.They’re trying to spread awareness of issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada.It’s a national campaign and now it’s up to Canadians to listen.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

Canadian delegation horrified at how Indigenous activists are treated in Honduras

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsSince coming back from Honduras, Mary Hannaburg does not pass a single day without thinking of the Indigenous Lenca people fighting for land.Hannaburg is a Mohawk woman from Kanesatake.She’s also the executive director of the Quebec Native Women’s Association.And she recently heard the tragic story of another Indigenous woman, Berta Caceres, killed for her activism in the Honduras.Now, she can’t get her story out of her head.drochette@aptn.calast_img

TMC will never implement NRC in Bengal: Partha

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government will never implement the National Register of Citizens to divide people and the society, said Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of Trinamool Congress, on Friday.Reacting sharply to the statement made by BJP national president Amit Shah at an election meeting held in Alipurduar on Friday, he said that if BJP is elected in Bengal, it will implement NRC and drive out the ‘infiltrators’. “Trinamool Congress is against NRC which is used to divide people and terrorise them. We are against any policy that divides people,” he said, adding: “BJP is talking conveniently regarding the matter. In some states they are saying that NRC will not be implemented, while in some others they are saying that it will be implemented.” He pointed out that in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, BJP will be washed out so the question of implementing NRC will not come up. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaCriticising the BJP leaders for using unparliamentary language, Chatterjee said: “It is most unfortunate that from Narendra Modi to Sayantan Basu, BJP leaders are using such filthy language which does not go with Bengal’s political culture. BJP has created history through its use of obnoxious language.” Asked why Trinamool Congress leaders are going to the temples before starting their campaign, Chatterjee said: “It is because Trinamool is a secular party. We are visiting the temples, churches and mosques. Ask why BJP leaders are not visiting the churches or mosques. Secular persons respect people belonging to different religions, castes and creed, while the non-secular ones have no respect for people belonging to other religions.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe said that in the name of note ban, common people had been harassed. Many of them died in the queues waiting to withdraw their own money from the bank. “But Modi is silent on the issue. In the past five years, he did not call any press conference. However, he is spending crores of rupees for his own publicity,” he added. Criticising Shah for his statement that people were not allowed to vote in the Panchayat election, he said: “BJP is circulating lies but is never telling the truth that they have failed to field candidates in most areas.” Reacting sharply to the BJP leader’s statement that Trinamool will be ousted from Bengal, he said: “The Assembly election will be held in 2021” and advised Shah to ensure that the party can deploy workers in the polling stations. “The people of Bengal are with Mamata Banerjee, whom they trust. They have seen how she had launched movements to oust CPI(M). But BJP cannot launch any movement. They can only talk big to confuse people,” Chatterjee added.last_img read more

Business Highlights

___Powell’s message to Congress: Rate cut is likely coming soonWASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing to a weaker global economy, rising trade tensions and chronically low inflation, Chairman Jerome Powell signalled that the Federal Reserve is likely to cut interest rates late this month for the first time in a decade. Delivering the central bank’s semiannual report to Congress, Powell said that since Fed officials met last month, “uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook.”___Trump defends Acosta but will look ‘closely’ at Epstein dealWASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and many other Democrats are calling for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to give up his job or be fired. Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida when he played a role in a secret 2008 plea deal that let billionaire Jeffrey Epstein avoid federal prosecution after he was accused of molesting teenage girls. President Donald Trump says he’ll take a close look at Acosta’s handling of the case involving Epstein, who has pleaded not guilty to new charges.___China’s largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nationNUKU’ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — China has been paying bureaucrats from the impoverished South Pacific archipelago of Tonga all-expenses-paid training trips to Beijing each year. China also offered low-interest loans that analysts say could prove Tonga’s undoing. The country of 106,000 people owes some $108 million to China’s Export-Import bank, equivalent to about 25% of GDP. Tonga was considered the sleepy backyard of Australia, New Zealand and the U.S., but now China is increasing its influence, and the West is responding.___UK plan to control online porn is watched as test caseLONDON (AP) — The global push to more tightly regulate the internet is spreading to one of the web’s biggest and least visible corners: porn. The British government wants to require porn websites to verify their users are adults.___Investment report finds many companies wanting on climateBERLIN (AP) — A report produced for some of the world’s biggest institutional investors finds many companies in high-emission industries aren’t doing enough to respond to climate change. The report published Wednesday by the London-based Transition Pathway Initiative examined 274 publicly listed companies in sectors such as automobiles, mining and steelmaking.___Tech sector leads US stocks higher as Fed signals rate cutStocks rose Wednesday as Wall Street welcomed new signals suggesting the Federal Reserve is ready to cut interest rates for the first time in a decade. Technology stocks drove much of the gains, nudging the Nasdaq composite to an all-time high. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said that many Fed officials believe a weakening global economy and rising trade tensions have strengthened the case for a rate cut. Investors had worried a strong June jobs report might dissuade the Fed from cutting rates.___Ivanka Trump’s women’s initiative announces $27M in grantsWASHINGTON (AP) — A White House initiative spearheaded by Ivanka Trump to help women in developing countries get ahead economically has announced $27 million in grants for 14 projects in 22 countries. The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative launched in February with an initial investment of $50 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The goal of the program is to help empower 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.___UK health service to use Amazon Alexa to give medical adviceLONDON (AP) — Alexa will see you now. Britain’s health care service is teaming up with Amazon’s digital voice assistant to help answer medical queries with advice from the service’s official website.___Senate committee approves FAA nominee over Dem objectionsPresident Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Aviation Administration won approval from a Senate committee Wednesday despite objections from Democrats who questioned the former Delta Air Lines executive’s handling of a case involving a pilot who raised safety issues. The Commerce committee voted 14-12 along party lines to send Stephen Dickson’s nomination to the full Senate, even though Democrats accused him of participating in retaliation against a pilot who reported safety concerns.___Businesses find problems, pitfalls in making goods overseasNEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses manufacture products overseas for the same reasons as larger companies; labour costs are lower than in the U.S. But there are downsides to making goods overseas and owners have dealt with these issues for years, long before the Trump administration’s trade wars. Businesses struggle as they contend with poor quality, missed production deadlines and legal disputes. And they don’t have the resources and bargaining power larger companies do to make the manufacturing process easier.___The S&P 500 index rose 13.44 points, or 0.5%, to 2,993.07. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 76.71 points, or 0.3%, to 26,860.20. The Nasdaq climbed 60.80 points, or 0.7%, to 8,202.53. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks gained 2.46 points, or 0.2%, to 1,565.05.The Associated Press read more

Security Council urges Ethiopia Eritrea to cooperate with border demarcation

In a statement read out by the President of the Security Council during a formal meeting, Ambassador Inocencio F. Arias of Spain said the 15-member body welcomed the latest report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the activities of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).Yesterday, Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno presented the report to the Council, in which Mr. Annan says in general, both the parties cooperate well with UNMEE and respect the integrity of the Temporary Security Zone. He stresses, however, that lasting peace requires the expeditious demarcation of the border and a relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea that enables them to address problems through peaceful discourse.Today’s statement by the Council expressed its concern at delays in the demarcation process so far, saying this is contrary to the wish for lasting peace expressed in the 2000 Algiers Agreement. It called upon the two countries to pursue, within the provisions of that accord, any matters that might arise in connection with the implementation.The Council also reiterated its serious concern regarding outstanding issues, in particular restrictions on the freedom of movement of remaining UNMEE personnel and the continuing absence of a direct high-altitude flight route for the mission’s aircraft between the two countries’ capitals, Asmara and Addis Ababa, resulting in additional costs to the Mission.Further, it called on Ethiopia and Eritrea to normalize their relationship through political dialogue, including confidence-building measures, such as holding alternating meetings of the Military Coordination Commission in each other’s capitals.Video of Security Council meeting read more

No 21 Ohio State mens basketball rolls Wright State 10055 behind career

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) holds the ball during a game against Wright State on Dec. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 100-55. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn its last game before opening conference play, the No. 21 Ohio State men’s basketball team flexed its muscle in a 100-55 rout of intrastate foe Wright State.The Buckeyes built on a 47-18 halftime lead, outscoring the Raiders by 16 in the second half, as freshman guard D’Angelo Russell scored 11 points in a less than nine-minute stretch to help propel OSU in the blowout win.The Buckeyes (11-2) scored 22 of their 47 first half points in the paint as the Raiders (8-6) could not stop OSU senior center Amir Williams who posted 11 of his career-high 21 points in the opening frame.Williams said after the game that because of Wright State’s lack of size, he, along with his teammates, were able to take advantage of the size discrepancy.“The guy guarding me wasn’t as tall as I was,” Williams said. “So D’Angelo saw the mismatch right away and gave me a couple of early post feeds and we just played off of that.”OSU coach Thad Matta added that getting Williams involved in the offense early was planned as the Buckeyes head into Big Ten play.“Amir has practiced the last couple days just like he played there (tonight),” Matta said. “It was good to see him get the success and finish around the basket. He did a tremendous job for us.”Williams scored the first five Buckeye points as OSU started the game on a 10-0 run, capitalized by a three-point make from Russell.OSU’s defense stood tall alongside its inside offensive game, as the Buckeyes held the Raiders to just 20.6 percent shooting in the first half and allowed just six points in the paint.The Buckeyes also tallied nine blocks in the contest, four from Williams.Despite his big game, Williams said that whether or not he has the size advantage in a game doesn’t matter to him once the game starts.“I just like playing whether it is a mismatch or not,” Williams said. “Doing what I do in the post or on the defensive end…I think we just do a good job of staying within the offense and finding ways to score.”While it was inside in the first half, OSU used its outside game to its advantage in the second half as the Buckeyes hit seven of their 11 three-point makes in the second frame, three of which came from Russell.Every Buckeye that took the floor scored at least two points, aside from walk-on Jake Lorbach who checked in with less than three minutes to play.Redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee did not play for the Buckeyes as he injured his ankle during OSU’s 93-55 win over the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Dec. 22.Matta said after the game against the Raiders that he is not sure how long Lee will be out.Russell led all scorers with 24, tallying 12 in each half. Russell finished six of eight shooting from the floor and made all of his six three-point attempts.Wright State coach Billy Donlon said after the game that it was Russell’s demeanor that impressed him at first.“What I am incredibly impressed with is, for a freshman, the amount of poise he plays with,” Donlon said. “He has a scoring mentality, but understands how to distribute.”Donlon added that ultimately it was Russell’s shooting that hurt the Raiders and even gave the freshman guard his own title.“His ability to make shots. He made three straight three’s on us in the second half,” Donlon said. “He is an absolute assassin out there.”The Raiders were led by freshman guard Grant Benzinger who scored 12 points to go along with six rebounds.With the first conference game of the season looming, Russell admitted he is not sure of what is coming down the road.“I don’t know what to expect. I am just trying to prepare the best way I can for it,” Russell said. “I am definitely looking forward to it. I just don’t know what to expect.”Matta said he has pulled Russell aside to let him know that Big Ten play has arrived.“One of the biggest things for freshmen is they have to learn how to take care of their bodies throughout,” Matta said. “It (Big Ten play) just keeps hitting you. He is going to work on his game.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to open Big Ten conference play Tuesday at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tip is set for 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Hunt for diver who went missing in North Sea while looking at

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  The man was reported missing 12 miles off the coast of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk A search is under way to find a missing diver who was looking at a wreck site in the North Sea.The 68-year-old man from the Brighton area was reported missing 12 miles (19km) east of Great Yarmouth at 6pm on Monday, a UK Coastguard spokesman said.He was reported missing by the dive boat Raider V and was still missing on Tuesday morning.An air and sea search involving rescue helicopters and lifeboats started on Monday night, went overnight and is continuing on Tuesday.last_img read more

Damir Doborac leaves SC Magdeburg

Damir DoboracSC Magdeburg SC Magdeburg and Damir Doborac (32) didn’t agree about new contract, so experienced Bosnian playmaker will leave German team this summer. Doborac spent in Magdeburg last two seasons, where he came from Bosna Sarajevo. He had the most successful part of career in Slovenian Cimos Koper. Which will be the next destination of Doborac is still unknown writes sportsport.baphoto: ← Previous Story Dragan Tubic to HBW Balingen Next Story → Kentin Mahe to HSV Handball? read more

Column The exploitation of young people has been cemented by this government

first_imgDO 18 – 26 year olds eat less than their older peers? Do they require less clothing, heating or transport? Are there a mass of employment and training opportunities out there for those young people who have the inclination?These conditions may prevail in a parallel universe, but in an Ireland with a youth unemployment rate of 39%, the cuts to jobseeker’s allowance for those under 26 will have the effect of pushing a significant number of young people below the poverty line and out of the country.Prior to 2009, all jobseekers received the same allowance, regardless of their age. Over the last four years however, the amount given to those under 25 has halved. While the ordinary rate remains at €188 per week, jobseekers under 24 will now receive just 100 euros a week and those aged 25 are expected to get by on €144 per week.Encouraging young people to train?This website reported that the cuts in jobseeker’s allowance for those under 26 are seen by ministers as “a way of encouraging young people to take up training opportunities or to participate in schemes such as JobBridge and JobsPlus”. But it is clear that the schemes as currently constituted are nothing more than a smokescreen. They have neither the scale nor ambition needed to tackle the problem of youth unemployment. In Limerick and Donegal, 50% of young people are without jobs. Does this government really believe that all they lack is “encouragement”?The Government-commissioned evaluation of JobBridge, conducted by Indecon, presents the scheme in a positive light on a superficial level, but a closer examination paints a more troubling picture of poor completion, poor training and widespread exploitation.By September 2012, nearly 60% of those who had commenced a Job Bridge placement had left before completion. Anecdotal evidence suggests widespread abuse of the system by unscrupulous employers; one national school in Westmeath sought to employ a qualified primary teacher on a full time basis for nine months. The pay was €50 per week. At the lower end of the skills spectrum, Tesco advertised for 218 shop assistants to stack shelves and manage customer queues.The authorities claim that measures are taken to prevent abuse of the scheme by employers. Yet a search of JobBridge vacancies this week found advertisements for qualified architects, solicitors and accountants, all expected to work on a full time basis for €50 per week.How beneficial are internships, anyway?Some may say that the training schemes are a way for young people to prove themselves to employers; to put in the hard work for a few months before being offered fully paid work afterwards. But only 19% of interns were able to stay with their employer on a paid basis.More damning, the government’s own review of Job Bridge doesn’t ask the fundamental question of whether a job bridge internship increases the employment prospects of the average unemployed person. Firstly because the sample of Job Bridge participants are not representative of job seekers as a whole; they are more highly educated than average and the majority have been unemployed for less than six months. Furthermore, because the study didn’t include a “control group” we simply do not have any estimates as to whether the chances of employment for these interns is any greater as a result of their training.If the returns to employment provided by Job Bridge are uncertain, the effectiveness of the remainder of Government spending on training is abysmal. The ESRI’s analysis of Government training programmes in 2012 showed that 70% of total government training spending went on programmes described as “general” or “low skilled” training. It further found that the effectiveness of these programmes in returning participants to employment was somewhere between low and non-existent. We don’t know nearly enough about the effectiveness of government training programmes because the government doesn’t ask the right questions. But what we do know should give us serious cause for concern.The real motivation in cutting jobseeker’s allowance for those under 26 is not to encourage them to take up a valuable training opportunity and it is certainly not part of an effort to spread the costs of adjustment fairly. The measure reveals a Government eager to impose austerity where it is least likely to cause its members trouble. The young unemployed are structurally disadvantaged, not only due to their limited economic means, but also because they have no organised method to advocate for their interests. Ireland’s youth can easily be ignored; out of sight and out of mind.Penalised for being youngIf the Government was serious about spreading the costs of austerity fairly, it would stop penalising the young for being young. The burden of adjustment has been disproportionately born by those aged 18 to 35, who are discriminated against in employment, childcare, taxation and welfare policies.If the Government was serious about providing effective training opportunities for young unemployed people, it would conduct a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of state training programmes and re-balance spending to favour those projects that show real returns to investment by giving people the skills they need to get decent work.Perhaps the saddest fact about this budget cut is the paltry savings it will make. Just 30 million euros will accrue from this measure, just over 1% of the total adjustment for this year. But for a significant proportion of jobseekers, this cut will reduce their means beyond the point where they can remain in the country and look for work. If increased youth emigration is the price of this measure, then it’s clear the Government cares little for the fate of those forced to depart.The best that can be said about the impact of the policies towards young people pursued by this Government since it took power is that they are consistent. Consistent in imposing the costs of adjustment on those least able to resist them. And consistent in pushing them towards leaving this country.Andrew Byrne (28) is a former President of Trinity College Students’ Union and a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. @aqbyrne Dan Hayden (28) is a former President of UCD Students’ Union and a PhD candidate at University College Dublin. @danjhaydenlast_img read more

Garda whistleblower alleges litany of abuses by senior gardaí as culture of

first_img 66 Comments Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 12:05 AM Image: He told me he had been advised by Detective Sergeant X to make a complaint against me to the Ombudsman. I told him he was free to do so if he wished but he told me that he had no intention of doing so. He then said to me that they appeared to be more interested at getting me than getting him.The criminal said that the gardaí who questioned him told him that the whistleblower made a statement saying that he was not to receive any special treatment as a result of giving the information on the weapon. Directly after this interaction, she told the local inspector that she now felt more at risk.The garda said she felt more and more concerned for her and her family’s safety and that she felt she was being intimidated by the criminal informant. She then asked senior officers to conduct a review of her safety. The garda was sporadically updated on her safety concerns but said she was always told there was no threat.The officer originally asked for updates on her safety in the immediate aftermath of the informant’s arrest in relation to the weapon find at the start of 2015. She has claimed that she was updated fewer than four times in nearly a year about the status of any threat against her.When the criminal was convicted of the minor offence in early 2016, a sergeant informed her that there was intelligence to suggest that the man was in possession of a handgun and that she should be careful around him. This information was well known to many officers in the station but was not disclosed to her.As a result of hearing this information, the garda went on stress leave, believing she was being put at risk as punishment for her behaviour. She is still on leave to this day and is waiting to return to the attempted to contact the whistleblower through sources in Leinster House but we were told to direct all queries to the press office as she did not wish to make any comment on the matter.Her protected disclosure was made at the start of 2016 and a Chief Superintendent was appointed to investigate it. Statements from officers based at the station were taken in May 2016. The senior officers against whom the allegations were made were also formally interviewed at this time. The final file was sent to the commissioner’s office in February 2017 and the whistleblower has not heard anything since other than that it is being processed.Under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, gardaí may confidentially disclose allegations of wrongdoings within the force. Every disclosure is dealt with by an officer at Assistant Commissioner level in the first instance, in complete confidentiality. As of now, there have been no findings from the investigation and no disciplinary proceedings have been brought against any officer in relation to this disclosure. The Charleton Tribunal investigating the treatment of whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe by senior gardaí is ongoing. Source: Niall Carson via PAIn the last two-and-a-half-years, the whistleblower has claimed that morale at the station in question is almost non-existent and that her colleagues are now living in a state of fear.She has alleged that sick leave, transfer requests and early retirements are rife. This could not be confirmed by management for operational reasons.Her statement to gardaí read: “Morale has definitely plummeted in the district. I would say it has plummeted since 2015 and this drop in morale is directly linked to the [senior officer’s] attitude and the way he deals with members.“I also agree that members using their initiative are treated in a negative manner by the [senior garda]. I also agree that the goodwill of the members with regard to staying on Friday and Saturday nights, without extra pay, has gone. I am aware that there is a palpable fear of him among the members. This is led by the way he treats and communicates to members. He never acknowledges good work and is always critical. Commendations are rarely given.”As of today, there has been no movement on the protected disclosure and the officer is still out on stress leave. Despite repeated attempts to contact garda management over her protected disclosure, there has been no update and she remains on paid leave.An Garda Síochána said it does not comment on protected disclosures made to the organisation. However, its policy on how they deal with disclosures can be found here.Tomorrow: How senior gardaí allegedly accused the whistleblower of sexual impropriety in a bid to discredit her complaint. Short URL 43,518 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share311 Tweet Email5 A GARDA WHISTLEBLOWER who submitted a protected disclosure about alleged serious malpractice within one garda station is still waiting for her case to be addressed two-and-a-half years after submitting a litany of allegations against senior officers, can reveal today.The garda has been out on stress leave since making the official protected disclosure in 2016. Garda human resource management carried out an investigation and have sent a file to the Garda Commissioner’s office. The senior officers allegedly involved in a number of problematic activities have not been subject to any disciplinary proceedings.The claims of malpractice centre around a garda station district headquarters, which cannot be identified for legal reasons.In a signed sworn statement to management, the whistleblower claims that the actions of a small number of senior officers at the station have created a ‘culture of fear’ where rank-and-file gardaí are afraid to raise concerns about policing in the area because of potential consequences to their careers.The garda whistleblower alleges that prior to her leave: She was disciplined after finding a weapon in her districtOfficers were instructed to purposely input inaccurate data into the Garda Pulse system to protect a criminal informantSenior gardaí failed to tell her that a criminal who threatened her was believed to be in possession of a handgunIn her statement to gardaí, the garda says the station is being run as if it’s the personal police force of some of the senior gardaí in the station.She describes a “palpable fear” of one of the senior officers among members of the force because of the way he treats gardaí.The protected disclosure made by this whistleblower was just one of three submitted by serving members of An Garda Síochána in 2016.Garda management has been attempting to make the police force a more transparent organisation in the wake of the whistleblower scandal involving Sergeant Maurice McCabe.The background to the protected disclosureIt has been alleged that these issues in the workplace all began when a violent criminal who was on bail for a serious offence was not penalised for breaching bail conditions on a number of occasions with the alleged approval of senior officers in the station.This man was an informant for the station’s detective division and it has been alleged that gardaí were ordered to turn a blind eye to his bail breaches in return for information.The garda whistleblower claims that she was not aware of these conditions and arrested the man in relation to a drug dealing investigation. The garda had been part of a surveillance operation targeting drug dealers who were allegedly selling outside a school in the district.Local gardai believed the individual was selling drugs while he was on bail and began a surveillance operation of which the whistleblower was part. Three months later, after the surveillance operation was discontinued, the garda who made the protected disclosure spotted the man out in the local town, breaching his court-ordered curfew. She was on duty at the time.She and her work partner followed him home. They were told by him to check an area outside the town. He did not specify what they might find but said there was something “interesting” there.  They searched a green area off a main road but found nothing. They arrived back the next day in the daylight before their next shift started and discovered a dangerous weapon. A file photo of two gardaí. Source: RollingNews.ieBoth gardaí were commended by senior officers for going above and beyond the call of duty and for getting the weapon off the streets.Days later, the convicted criminal who had told them where to look, was arrested and questioned over the find. Five days after the find, the gardaí who found the weapon were informed they were facing disciplinary action for searching the field outside of their hours and for other alleged breaches of garda rules.They had been praised by a senior officer days before and were in line for an official commendation. It is the contention of the whistleblower that the detective unit at the station complained that their informant was being compromised by the whistleblower.‘Risk to safety’The next month, the criminal informant came into the station to sign-on as per his bail conditions. He told the whistleblower that it ‘wasn’t nice’ being arrested over the weapon find and that he believed that his giving of the information on it was in exchange for gardaí dropping charges on a minor offence against him.The heavily-redacted protected disclosure seen by states: “He asked me why he had been arrested and that it was not nice being dragged out of your bed at half eight in the morning considering he had given over the information about the weapon. Garda whistleblower alleges litany of abuses by senior gardaí as ‘culture of fear’ cripples station She remains on stress leave over two-and-a-half years after making the disclosure. Image: Jun 27th 2018, 12:06 AM By Garreth MacNameelast_img read more

Frondithas night of success

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When over 450 people, members of community organisations and respected individuals attended last Saturday’s Fronditha Care Gala Ball, for the President Mike Zafiropoulos the organisation’s major annual fundraising event wasn’t that much about the needed funds. What hit him more was the sense of pride of belonging to the community that has been offering unprecedented support to Fronditha Care for so many years. “The Gala Dinner surpassed all our expectations, and the benefits Fronditha will derive from that Gala Dinner will be ongoing. Apart from the financial dimension – and we’ve done very well there, having 460 people attending – there are additional benefits, the benefits of enhancing our status as a professional organisation that aims at quality at whatever it does,” Fronditha Care President Mike Zafiropoulos told Neos Kosmos.With this year’s fundraising event aimed at raising much needed funds for Fronditha’s next major initiative – a combination of the buildings and major renovation to increase the bed numbers from 103 to 150 at the original Stegi facility at Clayton South – Fronditha’s board of management will take all the time required to decide on future plans. “Our planning is very complex and strategic because it involves short term, medium term and long term planning. “Fronditha has to study, to forecast the community demographic changes. We recognise that with our ability to build new facilities it will be impossible to cater for all demands. We need to be strategic as to what are the priorities, what can we do. “Right now we are very keen to finalise renovations to our existing facilities at Clayton and building new 60 bed facility, as well as the new MS unit, for which we received the funding from our benefactors, Niko and Anna Vournazos. “The next plans will include further development, perhaps in other states. It might involve expansion of our community packages to be able to cater for the needs of the elderly in our community,” Mr Zafiropoulos said. He emphasised that the high value and respect that Fronditha enjoys within the Greek Australian community have been proved with the generosity of community members, and record donations by the late Michael Krizos of $1.8 million for the Thornbury facility and of $1.5 million by Niko and Anna Vournazos for the establishment of an MS unit within the Clayton redevelopment. “We have witnessed another signpost of maturity of the Greek community, as it is interpreted in terms of their response to charity and the number of donations and their size that started to emerge. Only in last three, four years the Greek community has received more funding from the community than it received in whole history of its establishment. Fronditha received $3.5 million from just two donors. “This is a very good sign, as it shows that Greek community people who have done well for themselves now recognise the importance of supporting collective activities such as aged care.“Our ancestors used to say – civilization is expressed in terms of the way they look after their elderly. In a similar way, I’m very proud of the community I belong to as it is doing exactly the same.”Mr Zafiropoulos thanked all the sponsors, donors and those who attended, for their words of encouragement and recognition – the only two things that Fronditha’s professional board needs to continue forward with the same enthusiasm.last_img read more

County commissioners salaries car allowances to go up

first_imgClark County commissioners will see their salaries increase next year, from $98,224 to $100,224, and will get a bigger monthly car allowance, too.Currently, Commissioners Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke receive $500 a month, while Commissioner Steve Stuart, who did not get an increase the last time car allowances were raised, receives $400 a month. Starting in January, each commissioner will receive $600 a month.Commissioners’ salaries are scheduled to increase to $102,224 in 2012. In 2009, Boldt and Mielke earned $96,224 and Stuart made $97,224.Stuart said Tuesday he donated $1,000 to the Dream Big Community Center, so his 2009 salary would be equal to Boldt’s and Mielke’s.The salary increases are part of a salary schedule that was adopted in 2008, when the board consisted of Betty Sue Morris, Boldt and Stuart. State law prohibits commissioners from changing their own salaries mid-term. “It doesn’t make sense for people to change their own salaries, so state law makes it very clear that you can’t adjust your salary during the term,” said Stuart, the board chairman. The car allowance schedule was also adopted in 2008. In return for an allowance, commissioners are not assigned county-owned cars.So, considering their allowances, what kinds of cars do the commissioners drive? Boldt said he drives a 1998 Cadillac Seville that he bought for $1,050 at an auction; Mielke, who owns nine cars including a Chevrolet El Camino, said he drives a 1997 Cadillac to work. Stuart said he owns a 2009 Mercury Mariner hybrid SUV. He said in two years, he’s logged approximately 40,000 miles, primarily for work.The county administrator, assessor, auditor, clerk, prosecuting attorney, public works director, undersheriff and medical examiner all receive monthly car allowances of $400. (Sheriff Garry Lucas drives a county-owned unmarked police cruiser).last_img read more

Learning some horse sense

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Twins Clare and Erin Welch, 3, and sister Gwyn, 4, of Ridgefield love horses and have said they’d like to take riding lessons one day, said their dad, Dan.On Saturday, the girls each rode a pony at the Washington State Horse Expo.Nearby, spectators watched Mark Bolender do a demonstration he called, “Trail Inspiration,” with his quarter horse, Checkers, on which he’s won three titles at the National Mountain Trail Championships. Bolender, of Silver Creek, impressed the crowd with the control he had over his unbridled horse.Too many trail riders get injured because they don’t have control, Bolender said, and control comes from developing a bold, confident horse.“It’s not about domination,” Bolender said after the demonstration. “It’s about a partnership. This horse has freedom to be itself. I want to bring out his natural beauty.”From novices to experts, it was all things equine at the three-day expo at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. Bolender told admirers that owners have to believe in their horses.“So often we don’t believe, so they don’t do it. A lot of it is a mind game,” he said. He said he trains horses on a 32-foot-long balance beam so the animal will be confident with its footing, which is a necessary skill on a steep, narrow trail. “Their instinct is absolutely amazing,” he said. “The man who knows how will always be working for the man who knows why.”Along with demonstrations, there were booths for horse gear, horse care and horse organizations.The first-time event was organized by Maryjo Turnbull, owner of Turnbull Horsemanship in Battle Ground.According to figures from research conducted by the Clark County Executive Horse Council, interest in horses is high here.A 2009 study showed that 7,633 households in the county have horses; the average number of horses among those households is four.The county has an estimated 29,000 horses, and those equine owners spend a total of $50 million a year on basic care and maintenance. Anita Will, who recently undertook an effort to restore Whipple Creek, was at a booth Saturday. The Battle Ground resident was taking the opportunity provided by the expo to educate people and raise money for her goal to restore an old mill hidden in the woods at Whipple Creek Park near the fairgrounds.last_img read more

State Ombudsman Finds BOF Violated Open Meetings Act

first_imgOstrander: “I agree with their decision that the board did break OMA.”  “Instead, Board Chairperson Reed Morisky announced on the first day of the meeting that the Board intended to take up the topic sometime near the end of the meeting. Several days into the meeting, he brought up the issue and, after discussion, the Board voted 4-3 to relocate meeting from Kenai/Soldotna to Anchorage.” “The record showed that, during a break from the meeting, Chairperson Morisky specifically toldstakeholders from Kenai that the Board would not be taking up the location of the 2020 UCI Finfishmeeting. The stakeholders left the meeting based on the Chairperson’s advice. Later in the day,Chairperson Morisky raised the issue of the meeting location, excluding interested stakeholdersfrom observing the Board’s deliberation and vote.” The Alaska Open Meetings Act requires that “public entities” provide reasonable and consistentnotice of its meetings. The Board’s notice of its January 2019 meeting included no information that would have alerted the public that it intended to revisit the location of its 2020 UCI Finfish meeting, according to the report. Among those Kenai Peninsula Stakeholders was Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “I think that Reed Morisky needs to be held accountable. What he did at this meeting is a complete abuse of his position there on the board. I have never been so disrespected and disappointed in a board as I was at that meeting in January.”  The Board agreed with the finding and committed to hold another vote on the 2020 UCI Finfish meeting at its upcoming October 23-24, 2019 work session meetings. The complaint alleged that the Board violated the Open Meetings Act by not providing advance noticethat it intended to take up the issue. According to documents released on Tuesday, the ombudsman investigation revealed that, while the Board had provided notice of its January 2019 meeting, the notice did not include the Board’s intent to revisit the issue of where the 2020 UCI Finfish meeting would be held. Ostrander: “Whether or not they vote to move it, I don’t know, but  I would speculate that the chances are low. But, we will be there in numbers to advocate for the location change back to Kenai/Soldotna for 2020.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In May 2019, State Ombudsman Kate Burkhart received a confidential complaint about the Board of Fisheries January 2019 decision to relocate the 2020 Upper Cook Inlet (UCI) Finfish meeting location from the Kenai/Soldotna area to Anchorage.last_img read more

Best TV antennas for cordcutters starting at just 10

first_imgOur list of “problem” channels in Manhattan was WABC 7.1 (ABC), WNET 13.1 (PBS), WPIX 11.1 (CW — Manhattan only) and WNJB 58.1 (PBS — NJ only). In addition we added popular channels CBS 2.1, WNBC 4 (NBC), and WNYW 5 (Fox). While the results will vary depending on where you live, and how far you are from a tower, we found that the best tested models received more of the most popular channels as well as additional radio broadcasts and Spanish-language channels. Most of the TV antennas are based around the same rectangular design, but there was one important consideration: the cable. Did the antenna have a long coaxial cable or, even better, a detachable one? You’ll be sticking one of these in your window, which could be a long way from your TV, so longer is better. It’s worth noting that some of these antennas — the 1buyone and the Channel Master Smartenna+ — include gain-boosting amplifiers. While 1buyone will also work without the amp attached, the Channel Master won’t. Based on our experiences in a number of locations, however, amplifiers offer a wildly unpredictable benefit. If you can’t get TV reception with an indoor antenna then a gain amp may not actually help you, and in other cases it could make your reception worse by overloading channels that already have a strong signal.  Installing an indoor antenna Unlike our original 2016 crop, most of these antennas include some form of adhesive to attach them to your wall or window. If for some reason they lack this option you could try packing tape or poster putty instead. You will definitely need to experiment with the placement. A wall may actually be better than a window, depending on the orientation of your living area. Also, if possible keep the antenna away from magnetic metals such as security bars or the like, since they can interfere with your signal. If you buy a model with a short, captive lead like the 1byone, be aware that you may need to buy a male-female extension lead, and more coaxial cable, to get it to reach your equipment.Finally, if you live in a poor coverage area an indoor antenna may not be for you. We tried using the antennas at a location in the Hudson Valley and none of them worked at all, even the signal-boosting Smartenna. That’s why it’s best to test the waters with a cheap antenna first, instead of spending a hundred bucks on something that might not work in your location. 6 How to cut the cord for $10: installing an indoor antenna $40 66 Runner-up: AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor TV Antenna ($20) Tags Detachable coaxial cable? YesNumber of channels: 50 in Manhattan, 61 in New JerseyNumber of watchable channels: 9 out of 13 checked, both locationsThe Flatenna 35 has been upgraded with a removable antenna since our original test two years ago. It seems that performance has also improved — it is now the best of our seven models at pulling in channels, beating our previous recommendation, the Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse. And yes, the best tv antenna is just $10 (plus $7.50 shipping) from Channel Master’s website or on Amazon. It’s called either the Flatenna 35 or Duo depending on where you buy it from. Best reception and cheapest price? We have a winner. See at Channel Master 29 Detachable coaxial cable? YesNumber of channels: 29 in Manhattan, 66 in New JerseyNumber of watchable channels: 6 out of 13 checked, both locationsThe Mohu ReLeaf is a retread of the original Leaf, constructed from recycled materials. The ReLeaf comes with small mounting holes on the top, for thumb tacks, but it lacks sticky applicators and the paper construction tears easily. It works fairly well, but it’s expensive. $10 See at Amazon How we tested the TV antennasMuch like real estate, how well a TV antenna works is based on location, location and location.We tested the antennas in two main locations: in midtown Manhattan just a half-mile from the broadcast antennas on the Empire State Building — albeit obscured by other buildings — and in suburban New Jersey, 9 miles from the closest broadcast tower. Depending on your location, you might receive broadcasts from multiple antennas, and hills or large buildings in the way will have an effect on reception. We situated each antenna in the same spot and connected it to the Channel Master DVR+, which gives signal strength data as well as a total channel count. We used two different metrics to determine which TV antenna performed best. The first was a raw measure of the number of channels it could detect, while the second involved a number of predetermined “problem channels.” For these we consulted a list of channels culled from various forums, for both testing areas, and gauged how well the antennas pulled in each channel. Sarah Tew/CNET 1byone Upgraded 2019 Digital Amplified Indoor HD TV Antenna ($23) $39 The rest Best alternative: Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse ($33) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Detachable coaxial cable? Yes Number of channels: 31 in Manhattan, 53 in New JerseyNumber of watchable channels: 5 out of 13 checked in Manhattan, 3 in New JerseyThis upgrade to the original Smartenna is basically a completely different model. The old one was indoor/outdoor, but the Plus is indoor-only, with an onboard amplifier/processor designed to “automatically select the best reception pattern.” Based on our testing in numerous locations it didn’t work so well, though. Even in a poor reception area it didn’t pick up any more channels than the cheaper models. It may thrive in some very specific circumstances, but it didn’t work for us.  65 See at Amazon 6 U Must Have Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna (no longer available) TV Accessories DVRs Channel Master Smartenna+ ($59) See at Amazon Comments 53 2:03 AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor TV Antenna Price Cord Cutters (OTT) 34 Now playing: Watch this: Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse $20 50 61 Detachable coaxial cable? Yes Number of channels: 41 in Manhattan, 64 in New JerseyNumber of watchable channels: 8 out of 13 checked, both locationsThe Amazon Basics ran neck and neck with the Channel Master Flatenna. It has an eerily similar design and also includes a removable coaxial cable. Only a higher price prevents it from beating the Flatenna. But maybe you want something in white. Mohu ReLeaf ($39) Sarah Tew/CNET 9 39 5 62 8 6 See at Amazon Channel Master Flatenna 35 Share your voice 1byone Upgraded 2019 Digital Amplified Indoor HD TV Antenna No of channels (NJ) Amazon Fire TV Recast Sarah Tew/CNET Even though it’s been with us for 90 years, over-the-air (OTA) TV seems like a well-kept secret: you can watch some of the best TV shows, sports and specials for free, without paying a cable company or streaming subscription. Well, it’s almost free. You’ll need a TV and very important piece of equipment: a TV antenna. They’ve come a long way since the rabbit ears of yesteryear. An OTA antenna feed is great for those events you want to watch live — the NFL football, the Oscars, the evening news and more. Depending on where you live, you can watch anything on ABC, CBS, Fox or NBC, as well as PBS and other channels like The CW and My TV. (Editors’ note: CNET is a division of CBS.) Your TV already has a built-in tuner and adding an indoor antenna costs less than $20 shipped. Sarah Tew/CNET 49 Sarah Tew/CNET 64 $25 Read full review 41 28 Best antennas compared Mohu ReLeaf The downside is that in some places, the TV signal of some channels is spotty or nonexistent due to proximity to broadcast towers or obstructions that break up the signal. Unlike a live TV streaming service, OTA TV is restricted to a single TV and won’t work on phones or other devices. Unless, of course, you kick it up a notch with an OTA DVR.We tested six different indoor antennas with prices ranging from $10 to $90. The best were able to pull in more channels than the others and delivered stronger, more watchable TV signals, even on “problem” channels. We tested in two different locations: urban Manhattan and suburban New Jersey. Here are the six TV antennas we looked ay:Channel Master Flatenna 35 ($10 + $7.50 shipping)AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor TV Antenna ($20)1byone Upgraded 2019 Digital Amplified Indoor HD TV Antenna ($25)Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse ($40)Mohu ReLeaf ($40)Channel Master Smartenna+ ($89)We also tested the highly-rated U Must Have Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna but it appears to have been discontiunued and we have removed it from our recommendations.Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The best tv antenna we tested $89 31 Sarah Tew/CNET $28 9 Sarah Tew/CNET 8 Photos No of watchable channels (out of 13) Best overall: Channel Master Flatenna 35/Duo ($10 + $7.50 shipping) Channel Master Smartenna+ 21 Detachable coaxial cable? NoNumber of channels: 34 in Manhattan, 49 in New JerseyNumber of watchable channels: 6 out of 13 checked, both locationsThe 1byone is one of two antennas in this list with a nonremovable cable, and at only 10 feet long it may not work in some rooms. The black plastic feels a little cheap compared to the others, though the model does come with a powered gain amplifier. It was towards the bottom of the pack in terms of performance — but it was the only one to pick up CBS at our Manhattan location (see below for details). See at Amazon No of channels (Manhattan) Detachable coaxial cable? YesNumber of channels: 39 in Manhattan, 65 in New JerseyNumber of watchable channels: 9 out of 13 checked, both locationsMaybe you’ve tried the other two with so-so results and want to give it another shot. The Antennas Direct Eclipse won our shoot-out two years ago, and performed very well again this time around. With its ankh-like looks and reversible design, it’s definitely unique. It comes with sticky tabs to attach it to your window, which is handy. And if you need more oomph there’s a $20 amplifier available as well.  Amazonlast_img read more

Girls who left home with Bollywood dreams traced

first_imgNew Delhi : With dreams to make it big in Bollywood, four teenagers from the national capital ran away from their homes but were later brought back from Surat by the DCW and the Delhi Police, the women’s panel said on Friday. Two siblings, aged 15 and 17, along with two 14-year-old girls, had gone missing from Kirari on July 3 and subsequently, their parents lodged a complaint at the Prem Nagar police station, the DCW said in a statement issued here. They also approached ‘Mahila Panchayat’ which immediately brought the case to the notice of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us The women’s panel said it took up the matter with the Delhi Police and a joint team comprising police officials and DCW counsellors was formed, according to the statement. The parents informed police that the girls had boarded a train from the Nizamuddin railway station. After scanning the CCTV footage of the station, the team sent photographs and other details of the girls to the Mumbai Police, which then conducted searches in the city. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us The DCW counsellors also scanned their social media accounts and found a picture recently uploaded by one of the four girls on Facebook. In the photo, she was seen posing with an unidentified man, the women’s panel said. On July 19, one of the girls reached out to her family and told them that they wish to come back to Delhi and were presently in Surat, it said. Advertise With Us Later, a man also contacted the girl’s father and informed him that his daughter and her friends had been living with him for the past 18 days. The teenagers were brought back by the Delhi Police and were presented before a court. After all the legal formalities, they were later handed over to their parents, a senior police official said. They told police that they wanted to work in the film industry and after spending a few days in Mumbai, the girls left for Surat where a man took them to his house. The girls said the man did not torture them and they contacted their families as they got homesick, according to the statement. Based on complaints lodged by their parents, four FIRs under Section 363 (Kidnapping) of the IPC were registered, the senior police official said.last_img read more