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When Barack Obama toured Indonesia’s royal palace with President Widodo

first_imgBeing someone as special as Barack Obama will obviously have its own perks.After all, not everybody is lucky enough to get a chance to experience royalty, even if for a day.The Obamas have been found vacationing in Indonesia of late, where the former US President had spent a part of his childhood. And while touring the temples and other touristy attractions of the destination, Obama was also offered a personal tour around Indonesia’s Bogor Palace, by Indonesian President Joko Widodo himself.Located in the city of Bogor, West Java, the Bogor Palace is one of the six Presidential Palaces of Indonesia. The palace is known for its distinctive architectural features and adjoining gardens.Picture courtesy: Twitter/jokowiIn videos posted on social media, Obama and the Indonesian President were seen enjoying a ride on a golf cart, around the entire 28 hectares of the place. Later, they had a meal at the palace’s on-site restaurant, Cafe Grand Garden, before the ex-POTUS left for Jakarta.Picture courtesy: Twitter/jokowiApart from the President, Indonesian First Lady Iriana Widodo and their youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep, also greeted Obama. The Obamas have been holidaying around Indonesia for a while now. They kicked off their holiday from Bali. Besides indulging in water sports on the Ayung river, the Obamas also visited the temples of Tirta Empul and the 19th century ancient temple of Borobudur.last_img read more

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There’s a new destination for good music and soul food in Delhi

first_imgJoining the expanding group of performance space-cum-restaurants that have thankfully surfaced in the Capital in the recent past is The Bar Cat, which hosts both budding local musicians and international acts. Located in Delhi’s South Extension, it’s been successful in roping in music lovers to the market which seems to have lost out to other markets because of heavy construction work in the area.We went there on a Saturday, and though the sound wasn’t as great as some other performing spaces in the Capital, the spacious outlet is perfect for an evening out. Their vast bar menu includes some power-packed concoctions – the Ol’ Sport is like a bourbon-spiked version of apple juice (thanks to the apple reduction) and pumpkin juice, with a hint of lime, while the egg white adds to the smooth texture. Their Cat’s Meow is a must for vodka and popcorn lovers – it’s infused with popcorn – while the blanco vermouth, cherry brine and angostura orange – makes it a potent but yummy drink. Their Moustache Pete, with bourbon, apple reduction, chamomile tea syrup and angostura bitters is a recipe even non-tea lovers will opt for. But their Spiffy Dog – a swirl of coffee and chocolate, with oodles of brandy and nutmeg – was our favourite.Also read: Here’s why this restaurant serves the best Japanese food in DelhiThey have enough snacks that complement their bar menu perfectly. We try their wispy but flavoursome Crispy Fried Crab Hair, served with tangy crunchy caper, chili mustard and garlic aioli. Their Chorizo and Pork sausage Flat Bread, is cheesy and heavy on the meat, and comes with crispy onion rings, potato wedges and cured crudites.advertisementMushroom and Spinach Tree.For mains we order the soft and tangy Grilled Norwegian Salmon, which comes with wilted greens and aged sauce vierge. You should try their melt-in-your-mouth Roasted Pork Belly with granny smith puree, mash potato and red wine jus, if you like red meat.Also read: Head to this Delhi restaurant to taste authentic food from three different countriesWe end the meal with their creamy Philadelphia Cheese Cake with raspberry jelly, berry compote and almond crumble, and their largerthan-life Chocolate Hazel Tart with hazlenut mousse. We’ll be back for more merry evenings for some good music and drinks.Spiffy Dog.- The Bar Cat is located at E-17, third floor, South Extension 2; 12 noon to 1 am. Cost for two is Rs 2,000last_img read more

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OnePlus 7 vs Honor 20: Two feature packed premium smartphones set to kill flagships

first_imgIt has been raining premium smartphones this summer. OnePlus inaugurated the summer with its high-anticipated OnePlus 7 series and soon after, all rivals brands started launching their answers to the OnePlus devices. Honor, which has been after OnePlus’ blood for years, has also come up with its OnePlus rival today. Called the Honor 20, this premium phone brings Honor’s stylish gradient design touches to a feature-packed smartphone getting all the latest features. At Rs 32,999, the Honor 20 challenges the OnePlus 7 directly.Even though the spec sheet on the Honor 20 may boast of all flagship grade features, it was OnePlus who invented the term ‘flagship killer’. This year, the OnePlus 7 brings all the flagship grade features from more expensive smartphones at a more affordable price. Starting at Rs 32,999, the OnePlus 7 promises a premium smartphone experience. It’s spec sheet proudly flaunts all the essential features that one may need in a premium smartphone.If you have to spend Rs 33,000 on a smartphone now, which is the one should invest on? Let’s have a look.Both these phone appeal to different kinds of people with their designsIt has been more than two years since Huawei and Honor pioneered the gradient colour design on their phones. The Honor 20 follows that tradition with wild gradient colour variants to appeal to those who love loud designs. In keeping up with the latest market traditions, the Honor 20 gets a 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with a hole-punch camera on the top left corner. The bezels are fairly thin while the LCD screen is fairly capable of offering decent viewing experiences. The fingerprint sensor is embedded in the power button.advertisement On the other hand, OnePlus 7 has a more classy appeal than the Honor 20. It comes in Black and Red colours, with both of them sporting mild gradients. The OnePlus 7 improves upon the design of the OnePlus 6T, featuring an identical form factor. It even retains the 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a waterdrop-style notch on the top. Since it’s an AMOLED screen, OnePlus has given an optical in-display fingerprint sensor which is quite fast.If you want an extremely stylish premium smartphone, the Honor 20 should suffice. However, if you want something to compliment your personality with a touch of class, the OnePlus 7 is a better bet.Flagship specifications but completely different experiencesWhen it comes to features, both of these phones don’t disappoint. The Honor 20 gets Huawei’s flagship Kirin 980 SoC paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. As usual, it runs on Huawei’s EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie. EMUI offers a customisation-friendly user experience with lots of custom apps and theming options — if you love that, you will like EMUI. In our review, we found that the Kirin 980 is quite fast and the optimised EMUI ensures it delivers flagship-grade performance. The 3700mAh battery comes with support for 22W fast charging, which means the phone can deliver a full day’s backup with moderate usage. The OnePlus 7 also boasts of the latest flagship-class features but its approach to user experience is quite different. In the hardware department, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset along with either 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage. The OnePlus 7 also uses a faster UFS 3.0 storage which aids in faster read/write speeds and app load times. With OnePlus’ custom Oxygen OS, the focus is on delivering a clean and fast Android experience. The bloat is limited while the UI gives preference to speed – slick animations and faster app load times. The cleverly optimised Oxygen OS helps the 3700mAh battery to deliver close to more than a day’s backup with moderate usage. With OnePlus’ 20W Fast Charge, the battery tops up quite fast. Overall, if performance is what you crave for, the OnePlus 7 is simply unbeatable.Both promise great camera experiences with different setups If you are buying a sub-Rs 40,000 smartphone, the cameras play an important role while making the buying decision. The Honor 20 leaves no stone unturned with its quad camera setup. You get a combination of a 48-megapixel primary camera with F1.8 lens, a secondary 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a 2-megapixel macro camera. In our review, we found that the Honor 20 deliver impressive results in daylight scenarios while the low-light performance is up with some of the best in the business. The macro camera is a boon if you are shooting objects in close proximity while the ultra-wide camera gives you wider perspectives in landscapes. The phone uses a 32-megapixel camera at the front for selfies. In contrast, the OnePlus 7 has only a dual camera system at the rear. But the sensors aren’t inferior in any way. OnePlus 7 relies on a 48-megapixel primary camera with F1.8 lens and Sony IMX586 sensor. There’s a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, there’s a 16-megapixel camera at the front. In our review of the OnePlus 7, we found the cameras to offer fairly strong performance. Daylight photos display vibrant colours, high contrasts and lots of details while low light photos are decent. With no ultra-wide or telephoto camera, the OnePlus 7 is limited in its versatility. However, if you know how to use your phone camera, the OnePlus 7 packs serious camera hardware and you certainly won’t be disappointed.advertisementPrices:The Honor 20 is priced at Rs 32,999 and only offers a single variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Honor 20 has been launched in Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black and Icelandic White colours.The OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. You can also get another variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for Rs 37,999. The OnePlus 7 comes in two colours – Mirror Gray and Red (exclusive to the 8GB variant in India).ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 review: The phone to buy in 2019ALSO READ | Honor 20 review: The almost perfect smartphoneALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 quick review: A solid addition to the Galaxy M serieslast_img read more

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Spain striker Villa determined to go to World Cup

first_imgSpain New York City FC striker Villa determined to earn place in Spain’s World Cup squad Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:44 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Villa Getty Images Spain World Cup Russia Costa Rica Friendlies Despite only making one appearance for La Roja since the 2014 World Cup, the forward is targeting a spot in their squad for Russia 2018 David Villa is determined to go to the World Cup as part of the Spain squad, having ended a three-year wait for an international cap in 2017.New York City FC striker Villa had not been selected since the 2014 World Cup when Spain coach Julen Lopetegui called him up for September’s double-header of qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Italy.Injury restricted Villa to a single minute of action across the two matches, while Lopetegui has plenty of attacking options for his squad, with Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa among them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Villa, who went to the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups with Spain, believes he can force his way into Lopetegui’s plans.”I know that Lopetegui is watching me and that I’m one of the attacking candidates,” Villa told Efe.”In the end, he will decide which players are best and I’d be delighted to be part of the squad.”What I will do is play well and train hard at the highest level to get the best out of myself.”Can’t wait to play in front of all our @NYCFC fans again!!!  #nycfc #mls #TeamVos @NYCFCEspanol pic.twitter.com/4MCyeObI1P— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) January 12, 2018Villa scored five goals in his last five appearances in 2017, although NYCFC did not make it to the MLS Cup final after the club fell to the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference semifinals.And the 36-year-old accepts an injury suffered during the September international break was a blow to his World Cup selection hopes.”Injuries always seem to come at a bad time but it was even more so in that case,” Villa said.”The reaction of people was very nice though. It was a nice experience, even though it ended badly with the injury.”Former Barcelona forward Villa has made 98 appearances and has scored 59 times for his country, five of which came as Spain triumphed at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.last_img read more

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2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP – AUSTRALIAN 20 YEARS SQUADS

first_imgWith the Youth World Cup (YWC) just nine months away, preparations are in full swing with the announcement of acceptances to the 20 years YWC squad this week. The YWC is being held at Quad Park, Kawana from January 19-23, 2005 and Australia will have a team in all six divisions of the competition – Mens, Womens and Mixed 20 years and 18 years. All six teams will meet in Kawana for a two-day training camp before moving on to the YWC. While the 20 years squad has been announced, the final teams will be decided after a training camp on August 15 in Sydney. The complete story and squad names are at the Team Profiles – Junior Teamslast_img

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IPL performances shouldn’t influence World Cup squad selection: Rohit Sharma

first_imgIPL performances shouldn’t influence World Cup squad selection: Rohit SharmaWhile Indian selectors for the World Cup are keeping an eye on the IPL performances, Rohit Sharma feels they should be judged on how they played for the last four years.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 19:52 IST MI skipper Rohit Sharma feels one cannot select players for a 50-over format on the basis of performance in a 20-over format. (Photo: @ImRo45)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma feels players should be judged on the basis of ‘performance and form’ for the World Cup selectionNational selectors are keeping a close eye on the IPL for picking the India squad”You can’t select a team for the 50-over format from a 20-over event,” says the MI skipperIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma firmly believes that for World Cup selection, the players should be judged on the basis of ‘performance and form’ in the last four years and not on how they perform during the IPL.World Cup will begin days after conclusion of IPL on May 12.The national selectors are keeping a close eye on the IPL for picking the 15-member Indian squad for the mega-event.”With their inputs, the selectors will keep an eye on what is happening with those guys in IPL although I feel IPL should not be the criteria for team selection,” he said at the launch of a new website cricket.com here Thursday.”They have played enough international matches to see where each individual stands. You can’t select a team for the 50-over format from a 20-over event, it’s my personal opinion. IPL is a different ball game. It’s franchise cricket and yes, form matters a lot.”In the last four years we have played enough One Day International matches, enough T20 cricket. That should be enough for guys to understand these are the players that we want,” he added.Also Read | Batting slots should be decided according to match situation: Kapil DevHowever, the Mumbai Indians skipper also acknowledged that IPL has helped him in his preparations for the upcoming mega event.”Every time we play IPL, there is some big event right after happening – a big Test series or big one-day series. It does help also. 35-plus or 40 guys will probably need some rest. I was talking to Jasprit (Bumrah) the other day. He needs to play a lot of matches and bowl a lot to be match fit than be at home. I also, as a batter, need to play,” Rohit said.advertisementIndia have a more or less settled squad for the World Cup, barring one slot and Rohit feels skipper Virat Kohli’s preference is utmost most important to sort out that position.Rohit, who is a certainty in the World Cup squad as an opener, also said that the specific spot that needs to be filled would be dictated by conditions that are likely to prevail in England during the World Cup, commencing May 30.”I think we are pretty much settled. A few spots are there which everyone knows about. It all depends on what captain, coach and selectors think about the combination, whether we need to go with an extra middle order batsman, extra opener, extra seamer or spinner. Conditions in England will matter a lot,” he said.”I know how it works with the captain. The preference of the captain is very important in terms of that extra player he wants in the squad. I think Virat and (Indian team’s head coach) Ravi shastri have to decide what exactly the combination that they want or what extra player or where is that extra cushion they are looking for. That is something that will matter the most.”Also Read | Jason Behrendorff wants to impress World Cup selectors with his IPL performanceRohit believes the team management will have to play a gamble in selecting the squad with regard to picking up that extra player.”Last summer when we were there the conditions were really dry. But we don’t know whether it will be the same (during the World Cup). If it is (the same) we need an extra spinner there – it’s as simple as that,” he said.”If it’s not, probably we will need an extra seamer there. I also understand we would not know what the weather conditions will be (but) we have to select the team in the next few days or weeks, actually.Also Watch | Flexibility and options crucial for India at 2019 World Cup: Sunil GavaskarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow World CupFollow CricketFollow IPLlast_img read more

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Highlights of Ontarios broad changes to its policing laws

first_imgOntario has announced sweeping changes to its policing laws. Here are the highlights of the broad new legislation:— Police chiefs will have the ability to suspend officers without pay if they are in custody or charged with a serious federal offence not allegedly committed in the course of their duties.— A new oversight body called the Inspector General will be created, with the ability to investigate and audit police services.— Ontario’s ombudsman will have the power to investigate the province’s three police oversight agencies currently known as the Special Investigations Unit, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.— The Special Investigations Unit will be renamed the Ontario Special Investigations Unit (OSIU) and will be able to investigate not just current, but also former police officers, volunteer members of police services, special constables as well as off-duty officers and members of First Nations police services, in some circumstances. Its reports would have to be publicly released.— The OSIU’s investigative mandate will be expanded beyond the current scope of civilian death, serious injury or sexual assault.— The Office of the Independent Police Review Director will be renamed the Ontario Policing Complaints Agency (OPCA) and will become the sole investigative body for public complaints against police officers.— Police officers who don’t comply with OSIU or OPCA’s investigations could be fined up to $50,000 and/or be sent to jail for up to one year.— The Ontario Civilian Police Commission will be renamed the Ontario Policing Discipline Tribunal and will adjudicate disciplinary matters, ensuring public complaints aren’t handled by the police services themselves.— Duties that can only be performed by a sworn police officer will be defined in the act’s regulations.— A new Missing Persons Act will give police new tools when searching for people when there is no evidence of a crime, including tracking cellphone records and searching homes.— The Coroners Act will be updated to require mandatory inquests when people die due to a police officer’s use of force.— First Nations police services will be able to establish their own police services boards.— Local police services boards will be created for the Ontario Provincial Police.— Members of police services boards will be required to complete more training, including on diversity.— A new Forensic Laboratories Act will create a provincial accreditation framework for such labs.— Municipalities will be mandated to develop community safety and well-being plans, giving them a greater role in preventing the need for police intervention.— A Public Safety Institute will be created to conduct research and help inform the delivery of police services.last_img read more

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U2 to perform at Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on July 1

first_imgA spokeswoman for the Department of Canadian Heritage says the Irish rockers will perform one song around noon at the July 1 Canada 150 festivities on Parliament Hill. Other artists set to perform on Parliament Hill that day include Gordon Lightfoot, Walk Off the Earth, Dean Brody, Serena Ryder and Alessia Cara. U2 will perform in Cleveland that night as part of “The Joshua Tree” tour. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment OTTAWA — U2 band members Bono and the Edge will perform at next week’s Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. Officials predict upwards of 450,000 people could descend on Parliament Hill and venues in the capital for the massive event. Advertisement “It’s a beautiful (Canada) Day!” Heritage Minister Melanie Joly tweeted Friday, referencing one of the band’s biggest hits. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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With typhoon compounding flood damage in DPR Korea UN steps up relief

25 September 2007With rainstorms and strong winds from last week’s Typhoon Wipha compounding the woes of hundreds of thousands of North Koreans already suffering from August’s floods, United Nations agencies are pre-positioning food for a new distribution and appealing to donors to make up a huge funding shortfall. The floods are reported to have affected close to 1 million people and displaced nearly 170,000 across flood-affected provinces in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), killing 454 people with 156 still missing and over 4,351 injured. The DPRK’s Central Bureau of Statistics reports that some 40,463 houses were destroyed, 133,732 houses submerged and 67,056 badly damaged. In addition, over 8,000 public buildings were destroyed or badly damaged, including thousands of schools and hospitals. At least 10 per cent of the total agricultural land was also inundated. Last month’s UN Flash Appeal for $14.1 million currently stands at 12 per cent funding, with just $1.71 million contributed. A further $4.78 million has been pledged. “Donors are encouraged to convert their pledges into contributions as soon as possible,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest update. Resident UN Agencies and partners continue to expedite aid delivery and close collaboration with the DPRK Government and local communities continues to be strengthened through regular assessments, OCHA reported. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has finalized details with the Ministry of City Management on a rapid two-week assessment of pumping stations cover 20 affected counties and some 70 per cent of those displaced. The Agency is also working closely with the Ministry of Education to provide emergency school supplies, as well as furniture and stationary to the worst damaged schools. Concerns are turning to repairing schools in time for the winter, as some classes are still being held in the open air. Having completed the first round of emergency food distribution and undertaking monitoring missions to more than half their recipient counties, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is now pre-positioning stocks for a second round of distribution scheduled to start mid-October. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Health Ministry to improve the quality and expedite analysis of disease surveillance, while the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is distributing emergency kits for family planning and safe and clean delivery for 300,000 displaced persons. read more

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UN envoy urges a greater support to victims of drought in east

“On my visit to a drought-stricken district in Kenya, I saw with my own eyes the terrible effect this drought is having on pastoralists, farmers and their families,” Kjell Magne Bondevik, UN Special Humanitarian Envoy for the Horn of Africa, told the press in Oslo, Norway, about a crisis that also affects Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.“A great number of animals have already lost their lives due to the drought. Now all efforts must be made to avoid a similar destiny for children and their families,” Mr. Bondevik said, pledging to work with ministries of foreign affairs in major donor countries in order to galvanize the funding needed for humanitarian relief.The Horn of Africa, where more than 40 per cent of all people are chronically undernourished, is one of the most nutritionally insecure regions in the world, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).At his press conference, Mr. Bondevik stressed that more attention must be paid to the root causes of food insecurity and the need to enhance coordination among national governments, local authorities, the UN, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the donor community and regional organizations in addressing those causes. read more

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Thousands cut from their money for more than a week by glitch

FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, Russell Simmons presents the Vanguard Award on stage at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif. Thousands of customers of prepaid debit cards backed by hip-hop mogul Simmons remain without access to their money more than a week after technical problems first began plaguing the cards. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Thousands cut from their money for more than a week by glitch with Russell Simmons’ RushCard by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Oct 20, 2015 11:49 am MDT Last Updated Oct 20, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Thousands of customers of pre-paid debit cards backed by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons remain without access to their money more than a week after technical problems first began plaguing the cards.Customers of the so-called RushCards, mostly people without bank accounts, say they have missed car payments and worse. Some say they have been unable to purchase food or important items for their families.“I am so saddened and stressed because I was waiting on this deposit to purchase Pampers for my son and pay a bill,” said RushCard user Deandra Slater, in an email. “I need help somehow because I am not receiving any answers.”The problems with the RushCard started October 12, when a software upgrade in the transaction processing system caused many RushCard accounts to show a zero balance or left customers unable to access to their funds. The company says the software glitch has been mostly resolved, though thousands remain affected.The company says that even if customers are unable to get at their money, it remains safely housed in MetaBank, the custodian bank used by RushCard. MetaBank is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.Meanwhile, RushCard customers have flooded the company’s customer service lines, its Facebook page and have messaged Simmons on Twitter, pleading for access to their money.Simmons has been active on Twitter and other social media and says he has been talking with customers to help resolve their problems, according to messages posted in his accounts.“Still personally calling lots of people this morning. Fixing the remaining problems. People have been so nice despite week of hardships,” Simmons posted on Twitter on Monday.The RushCard is one of dozens of pre-paid debit cards, which are largely aimed at poor and lower-income Americans who do not have access to a checking or savings accounts. Simmons launched the RushCard roughly 12 years ago and the card was recommended by Consumer Reports in 2014.Several celebrities have backed or branded credit or debit cards over the last decade. The Kardashians gave their endorsement to the Kardashian Kard, a pre-paid debit card that drew heavy criticism for its extremely high fees.Banking industry experts and consumer advocates warn that customers should never choose a card based solely on a celebrity’s endorsement or involvement.“The terms and fees attached with a pre-paid debit card are the most important things a person should look at,” said Mark Hamrick, an analyst at Bankrate.com. “The reason why you want to use a celebrity product should not be ‘because it’s a celebrity.’”Ken Sweet can be reached on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kensweet . read more

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Syphilis cases hit highest level since 1949 amid rise in risky sex

first_imgSince then, advances in treatment mean young people with HIV now have near normal life expectancy, while game-changing preventive drugs reduce the chance of transmission by 90 per cent.But the rise in unprotected sex has left increasing numbers exposed to other sexually transmitted infections, experts warn.In April NHS officials said dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr should advertise handouts of free condoms to prevent a surge in sexually transmitted infections.Dr Michael Brady, medical director at sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, said rates of infections were “unacceptably high” and said cuts to public health budgets were fuelling a “sexual health crisis”. Websites which help people find local sexual partners may be fuelling a rise in unprotected sex  Syphilis is a bacterial infection that’s usually caught by having sex with someone who’s infected.It can usually be treated with a short course of antibiotics, but if left untreated can cause serious long term problems.Last year officials warned of increasing outbreaks after a historical decline in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the spectre of HIV pandemic encouraged safer sex. Syphilis cases have reached the highest level since 1949 following a rise in unsafe sex as fears about HIV have faded, new figures suggest.The official data shows the number of diagnoses has doubled in five years, with most cases occuring in gay and bisexual men.It follows warnings from health officials that risky sexual behaviours – including unprotected activity, “chem sex,” the use of “hookup” apps such as Grindr – and “poz” parties where HIV positive men select sexual partners – are fuelling the rise.The figures from Public Health England show 5,920 syphilis diagnoses in 2016 – a rise of 12 per cent in one year, and a near doubling from 3,001 cases in 2012.PHE said that the cases were mostly associated with transmission in gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men.center_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. tinderlast_img read more

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I gave up drugs to get out of the managed red light

 Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  Dressed smartly each day in a check skirt, she made sure she had her “fix” before going on the street so she did not suffer drug withdrawal symptoms. It was a cool summer evening when Jenni* took her first step into prostitution on the bleak Leeds industrial estate that has become Britain’s only official red light district.Within hours, the neatly dressed mother-of-two from a comfortable background earned £150. She was hooked on the money to pay for her crack and heroin addiction. “All morals and principles went out of the window,” she says.The 36-year-old former insurance worker had turned to drugs to cope with the fallout from post-natal depression following the birth of her first child. It took her a year before she escaped the “managed red light zone” in Holbeck and started to get her life back on track after entering rehab.She is writing a book about her experiences of legalised prostitution, which critics say has sanctioned violence, exploitation and crime.Jenni tells of the constant threat of robbery, sex tourism, exploitation by traffickers, and women so desperate for drugs they sold sex for just £10.It comes as Theresa May hinted yesterday that Britain might adopt the Nordic model which decriminalises prostitutes, provides help for them to exit the profession, and makes paying for sex a criminal offence.Unlike some of the other prostitutes, Jenni focused on building a client-base of “regulars”. It meant she netted more than £2,000 a week which she spent on drugs for her and her husband. Food, tea and condoms were provided by charities working in the zone. She says other girls were dangerously erratic. “They’d turn up at odd hours. They’d come down poorly because they hadn’t saved the drugs from the day before. Some would do it all that night and then end up looking rough, looking desperate, then do things for tenners,” she adds.At least a third of the women did not use condoms despite outreach workers promoting safer sex. “The men would go round asking for girls who would do it without a condom… and pay an extra £20 for it,” says Jenni.The zone, designed to crack down on pimping, was in reality a magnet for men seeking to exploit the women by charging them for protection. “There were loads of young lads who were basically glorified pimps,” says Jenni. “There were more and more attacks before I left, of people coming into the area to rob the girls, knowing they were on their own with money. But because of the deteriorating relationship with the police, the girls didn’t report anything and just felt less and less safe.” Such was the lure of the zone that Jenni had “regulars” from the south of England. Most were married. A spokesman for Safer Leeds said the zone had led to an increase in prostitutes reporting crimes to police with some landmark convictions of offenders who would otherwise not have been brought to justice.“The Managed Approach has also led to clear improvements in the way that sex workers can access a range of services; including drug and alcohol, sexual, physical mental health, housing and other support services,” he said. He challenged evidence of men travelling significant distances to the zone. With the 2015 murder of Daria Pionko, a prostitute in the zone, Jenni carried a walkie-talkie in case she needed to call for help. Despite this, she was robbed and beaten by an acquaintance of one of her clients and she was once almost abducted.“A guy in a car approached me as I was walking down the road. I saw rope and tape on the floor. He tried pulling me in. I was wrestling to get away.“Men in cars, obviously looking for girls, stopped and chased him off.”She worked in the zone alongside 30 English women and 20 East Europeans, who, she believes, had been trafficked into the UK.“The only girls who were controlled in any way were the foreign girls. They would turn up with these men who would tip them out from a minibus,” says Jenni. “Sometimes one of them would stay and watch the girls while the others followed them about, keeping a really close eye on them. We used to say they probably came over here thinking they were going to work somewhere nice and have ended up doing this. I felt really sorry for them.” “A lot of them would come with stories like their wife had cancer and she couldn’t have sex and this was a way of not hurting her. Quite a few were just single middle-aged guys that, I think, half the time were just lonely,” she says.Some just wanted to talk rather than have sex. One bought her a phone and underwear as a Christmas present.“In a weird way, I felt I had more power than them but that was only because I had built up such a clientele that I could choose who and when and how, and even prices.Some, though not her regulars, were dangerous. “You do get some sleazy guys down there that say, ‘If I’m paying for you, then I’m paying for what you’re going to do whether you like it or not’. You do get that, maybe things their girlfriends won’t do,” she says.Not once, she says, did she have an offer to help her quit prostitution from either of the main charities working in the area. She also says the women are not safe because they often leave the area to go to dangerous secluded spots with clients.Her biggest criticism of the managed zone is the failure to offer women a route out of a world where drugs are rife. “All the girls are down there because they’re dependent on drugs. I don’t believe it’s their choice to do it,” she says. “The key is to stop the drug use and it will stop the girls having to work for drugs.” 
*Jenni’s name has been changed to protect her identity    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. read more

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Headmaster Fired for Secret Cryptomining Operation at School

first_img Facebook Is Making Cryptocurrency Because We’ve Learned NothingCops Raid Suspected Pot House, Find Cryptomining Operation Instead Stay on target It can be tough to turn a profit by mining cryptocurrencies. High-end hardware is expensive and has a voracious appetite for electricity. If you really want to turn a profit, you need to look for ways to keep your costs down. For some miners, that means setting up mining rigs somewhere that all the waste heat they produce can be put to good use. Others might take a shadier approachThe headmaster of a school in China decided to boost his bottom line by plugging in to free power. Free to him, anyway. He decided to take his rigs to work and let the school foot the bill.While it saved on electricity, the move ultimately came with a substantial cost: his job. The headmaster was unceremoniously fired once his operation has discovered, according to BBC News.Lei Hua, the head of Puman Middle School in China’s Hunan Province, reportedly started out with a single $1500 machine set up at his home to mine Ethereum. However, he quickly decided that he didn’t want to continue footing the bill to power the rig.Once the system was set up at the school it was time to scale up. Lei purchased another seven mining rigs. His deputy headmaster got in on the action, too, purchasing a ninth system. Never hurts to add more hashing power, right?Well, it doesn’t until the people around you start to notice all the fan noise. After a school employee had reported the unusually high electricity consumption to Lei, the headmaster tried to dismiss those complaints by blaming the school’s air conditioners and heaters, the South China Morning Post reported. He couldn’t blame network disruptions on environmental controls, however.The additional network traffic from the cryptomining raised suspicions. The mining setup started to cause bottlenecks on the school’s LAN and disrupting lessons.By the time it was busted, investigators believe that the mining operation had consumed more than $2,100 in electricity.And as crazy as this story might seem, it’s not even close to the craziest secret crypto operation that’s been busted. Back in February, Russian authorities found one running in a top-secret nuclear facility.More on Geek.com:German Museum Exhibits the Art of BlockchainBitcoin Mining Puts a Massive Strain on ElectricityOscar Mayer Trades Bacoin Cryptocurrency for Actual Baconlast_img read more

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Better Biking Experts host rolling press conference to celebrate regions new protected

first_imgBetter Biking Experts host rolling press conference to celebrate region’s new protected bike lanes San Diego County Bike Coalition welcomes Council Member Chris Ward for an “informational” ride downtown w the new bike lanes put in. Ride was in response to criticism, especially from businesses, about parking being taken away, Coalition says there’s been a net gain of spaces pic.twitter.com/LcTJev3ML5— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) August 1, 2019 August 1, 2019 Updated: 4:08 PM Ed Lenderman, Posted: August 1, 2019center_img Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings LITTLE ITALY (KUSI) – In the wake of criticism, much of it aired on KUSI, along with some confusion, involving the new protected bike lanes in Downtown, the San Diego County Bike Coalition held what it called an “informational ride” today.It was no coincidence that people who believe two-wheeled mobility needs to be part of both San Diego’s near and long-term future, invited the media to Beech Street in Little Italy, where one of the new protected bike lanes has just been put in. The consensus of the gathering is that change can be difficult, but that the confusion that accompanied the early days of the first phase of a three phase downtown mobility plan involving a 9 square mile network,  has lessened considerably.Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw told us, “There’s been a lot of reporting about confusion because it was new.  This plan was passed back in 2017, it’s now coming to fruition.”  Hanshaw’s reference to 2017 addresses criticism, from businesses and business associations, including those in North Park, where there’s a similar plan for such lanes, that all of this wasn’t properly vetted and is benefittng only a few.“I know there’s been talk of a loss of parking,” he continued.  “Actually there’s been a net gain, and now there’s space for bicyclists to be safe.  So it’s for the City’s future, tripling the population downtown, for people to have more mobility choices and to get out of their cars.”As for the safety aspects, he says he’s already noted more people taking advantage of the lanes, including scooter riders.  “If you build it they will come and I firmly believe that,”  he added.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman spoke with San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward about why he supports adding protected bikeways and removing parking spaces from our region’s neighborhood.Ward believes “choice riders” currently drive to work but would rather bike if there was a safe way to do it. He told KUSI that San Diego would see more bikers if there were safer options. Lenderman’s full interview with Ward is below. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Time Inc Names Rich Battista EVP and President of People EW

first_img Battista’s entrance comes on the heels of People and Entertainment Weekly merging staff and a series of other executive-level staff changes. Concurrently, Ripp announced the promotion of Karen Kovacs to group publisher of People and Entertainment Weekly. Kovacs, a 22-year Time Inc. veteran, is “a driving force behind the success of the People brand,” says Ripp. Kovacs has played a heavy role in digital expansion for the brands, working on integrated packages, People’s digital launch and multimedia spinoffs such as People Now and the People Magazine Awards. Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp has named Rich Battista the executive VP of Time Inc. and president of People and Entertainment Weekly. He will report to Ripp and starts his new role on April 6 based out of the New York headquarters. Battista, a 25-year veteran of the entertainment and media industry, joins Time Inc. from his previous role as CEO of Mandalay Sports Media.  Battista’s new duties will include full operational oversight of growing the brands’ core businesses, as well as extending their print and digital properties across media platforms. And with experience leveraging content across television, film and digital while at Mandalay, it’s a safe bet he’ll bring that to People and EW.  “Rich’s proven success in building large-scale businesses across multi-media platforms makes him the perfect choice to lead the powerful People and Entertainment Weekly,” said Ripp in a staff memo earlier today. last_img read more

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BNP candidate Ashfaq released after detention

first_imgKhondokar Abu AshfaqBNP candidate from Dhaka-1 constituency Khondokar Abu Ashfaq was released soon after he along with 16 BNP men was reportedly picked up by police in Dohar upazila on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.Police, however, said they took Ashfaq into custody for security reason and arrested 16 BNP leaders and activists on charge of attacking Awami League activists that injured 8-9 people and setting fire to their two motorcycles.Local BNP leaders alleged that police along with Awami League leaders and activists attacked a BNP procession brought out as part of electioneering at Lotakhola Karam Ali crossing of Dohar around 6:30pm.At that time, law enforcers detained 30-35 BNP men, including Ashfaq, and took them to Dohar police station.However, police freed the BNP contestant after some time, they said.Local BNP leader Kalam Khandker said they took out the procession peacefully. “Suddenly, police along with leaders and activists of local AL and its front organisations swooped on the procession that injured a number of BNP leaders and activists.”He also claimed that 30-35 BNP men, including Ashfaq, were detained by police.Dohar police station officer-in-charge Sajjad Hossain said the BNP leaders and activists first attacked the AL men and torched their two motorcycles. “We arrested 16 BNP leaders and activists and allowed Abu Ashfaq to go away as he was taken to the police station for his safety,” he said.last_img read more

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Huge Golden Orb spider found in LadysmithHuge Golden Orb spider found in

first_imgA female Golden Orb (Nephila) spider was found on a property in Ladysmith recently. The web was huge and so was the spider on it!The Golden Orb spider is so named because of the colour of its silk. It is thought that this colour may serve two purposes: in the sunlight it will attract bees drawn to the bright yellow, whereas in shadow it becomes camouflaged in the foliage, thus ensnaring other insects.A female Golden Orb spider can have an abdomen of up to 30mm long.She dwarfs the tiny 5mm male in both size and weight. In almost all Nephila species, the male is in danger of being devoured by the female after mating.Also read: Dangerous spider found in LadysmithAlso read: Spider Harlequin is scary? To avoid being cannibalised, the male will approach the female when she is already feeding, or present her with a parcel of food to eat. While the female is distracted, the male will fertilize her and then retreat to a safe distance.The bite of Golden Orb weaving spiders is of low risk (not toxic) to humans. Symptoms may include mild pain, numbness and swelling. Occasionally nausea and dizziness can occur. They seldom bite though.However, be careful not to walk into their webs at night, as the experience of this spider crawling over one’s face can be terrifying.If you see this spider, you will now know what species it is. As for me, I will just run, as I am terrified of spiders!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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