Small Ontario town to offer second round of generous incentives to move

first_imgA northern Ontario town that offered generous incentives to potential newcomers in a bid to revitalize the community says its efforts were successful enough to merit a second round.Officials in Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., recently launched a campaign to woo newcomers to the area and help rebuild a town that had been in a financial tailspin since the closure of a local pulp and paper mill.As part of the campaign, the municipal government put 15 parcels of town land up for sale and offered prospective buyers rebates of up to 90 per cent, resulting in some lots being available for as little as $500.Officials say hundreds of calls flooded in, some from as far afield as China and Australia, while a steady trickle of visitors also came to the community to see what it had to offer.The town land got snapped up by a single developer within the first week, and government officials say private real estate sales are starting to increase thanks to newcomers who are taken with the area.Officials say they’re so pleased with the success of the campaign that they’re putting another dozen parcels of town property up for sale by the end of the month.Chief Administrative Officer Luc Denault said the mix of residential and commercial lots will be made available with the same generous incentives as the first batch, adding the move is expected to continue the positive momentum generated by the initial campaign.“The outcome to date has been extremely positive and encouraging, not only for Smooth Rock Falls, but for people and businesses looking to establish themselves,” Denault said in a telephone interview. “It provides them an opportunity or hope, and for some the achievement of their dreams.”Officials in Smooth Rock Falls saw a revitalization effort as necessary as the town slowly declined in the wake of the closure of the area’s sole major employer.People drifted away from the town after the Tembec pulp and paper mill shut up shop in 2006. A population of 2,400 at the time of the closure now stands at 1,330 according to a 2016 Statistics Canada census estimate, prompting a 40 per cent dip in town revenues.In response to the declines, Smooth Rock Falls developed a 20-year strategic plan focused on reviving industry in the area. Denault said officials recognized that the plan wouldn’t come to fruition without new residents to breathe life into the community, prompting the town to actively pursue newcomers through a targeted campaign.Branding itself “Near North, Near Perfect,” the town offered bold incentives to draw people to the community about 100 kilometres north of Timmins, Ont., on the Mattagami River.Would-be residents, for instance, had the chance to purchase land overlooking a nine-hole golf course for as low as $500, 90 per cent off its market value.The town also offered tax breaks for new home- and business owners, up to $2,500 off building permits, and financial loans from the city for those who might need it.Roman Bodnarchuk sensed opportunity as soon as he read about the town’s sales pitch and wasted no time travelling to the community to scope it out.Within days of the lots going on sale, Bodnarchuk had snapped them all up. The vacant properties will soon boast new single-family houses that will be built on factory floors and installed in town by early may, he said.Bodnarchuk said the new, modern homes are expected to sell for between $149,000 and $199,000, well above current list prices for other homes in the area.Bodnarchuk said he hopes the new buildings will improve the town’s fortunes by attracting residents eager to flee a more expensive market.“You could live in this town at a cost of living that’s about a tenth of what we’re used to in Toronto, but yet … you still have the same quality of education and medical care,” he said, citing friendly residents, a scenic location and modern amenities such as hospitals and recreation centres as further draws. “You can live there, but you can live debt-free.”Bodnarchuk said he’ll be in line to bid for the next batch of properties that go up for sale at the end of the month.The presence of a developer does not compromise the town’s original vision for the campaign, Denault said, adding hundreds of people have now expressed interest Smooth Rock Falls and may become homeowners once Bodnarchuk’s work is done.Longtime community resident Wayne McGee agreed, saying the influx of new homes and visitors can only boost the town’s present prosperity and future prospects.“When you bring more people into the community, it increases your tax base,” he said. “When you increase your tax base, you add money that you can do things for the community with.”McGee said a wishlist for the town includes improvements to the arena, a second local restaurant and perhaps a small waterfront project.last_img

BC implements most recommendations made after Health Ministry firings report

first_imgVICTORIA – Goodwill payments of more than $1 million and a university scholarship in the name of a student who died by suicide are among key actions taken by British Columbia’s government after a report on the firings of eight Health Ministry workers, says the province’s ombudsperson.The report, called “Misfire,” found that seven workers and a contract employee involved in drug policy research were fired in 2012 due to a flawed and rushed investigation. It said they did not deserve the personal, financial and professional harm they suffered.The government committed to implementing the report’s 41 recommendations following its release in April last year. Ombudsperson Jay Chalke, in an interim progress report Tuesday, said there are four outstanding recommendations and his office is reviewing four others.“When we look at the degree of implementation, including comparing it to how quickly public bodies have implemented the recommendations from some of our other reports, this level of implementation is very good,” Chalke said in a conference call with reporters.He said the major completed recommendations include: apologies and goodwill payments to people impacted by the firings, whistleblower protection legislation, a new policy regarding conflict of interest and an independent review of government dismissal policy.The government contributed $500,000 to create a scholarship in memory of deceased former employee Roderick MacIsaac, who killed himself about four months after he was fired by the Health Ministry, Chalke said.Chalke said in the “Misfire” report that most of the grounds cited for MacIsaac’s dismissal “were unsupported by the evidence and not true.”MacIsaac, a university co-op research student, had been accused of jeopardizing privacy and the reputation of the ministry as he and others worked on a drug research program in 2012.The total amount of payments to affected individuals amounts to $1.16 million, Chalke said.“In relation to individuals, ex gratia, also known as goodwill payments, were made and both public and private apologies were made,” he said. “These amounts range from $15,000 to $125,000, depending upon the individual involved.”The remaining outstanding recommendations involve financial impact assessments on disciplined employees who were not fired, union grievances for fired employees, payments to impacted contractors and reconciliation efforts to create a more positive work culture at the ministry, Chalke said.He said his office will publish a further assessment of the implementation of its recommendations after the government releases its next progress report in April.last_img

Scars of 2017 wildfire still evident in Waterton park as rebuild continues

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. — Deb Watson returned to her family’s trail-riding business after the Waterton wildfire to find little more than a pop machine melted into a bubbly puddle with coins inside fused together.“It wasn’t a good burn-back-the-brush kind of fire,” says Watson, sitting on a picnic bench at the temporary location of Alpine Stables in Waterton Lakes National Park.“It was a devastating fire.”The business has offered horseback riding excursions for about half a century in the southwestern Alberta park known for its stunning Rocky Mountain vistas, plentiful wildlife and glimmering lakes. A fire sparked by a lightning strike in British Columbia and fuelled by dry, windy weather forced everyone out of Waterton on Sept. 8, 2017, and spread into the park three days later. The main townsite, including the historic Prince of Wales Hotel, was unscathed.Nearly 40 per cent of the park burned, including several Parks Canada properties. All of Alpine’s 70 or so horses were taken to safety well before the business on Parks Canada land burned to the ground.Alpine Stables has just over half as many horses this summer as it did before the fire. It’s operating out of a modest shed at a golf course across the road from its longtime location.  Watson is grateful her family has been able to keep the business open, but she’s antsy to return to its old spot, where Parks Canada aims to complete a brand new stable and staff housing this fall.“It’s a beautiful building, but what we’re really going to miss is all the trees, the greenery in the back,” she said. “It’s not what my dad built and what he designed.”Parks Canada has embarked on a multi-year rebuilding plan, helped along by nearly $21 million in federal funding announced in January.Along with Alpine Stables, the park expects to reopen the popular Bear’s Hump hiking trail and scenic Red Rock parkway to motor vehicles this year. Red Rock has been fully open to foot and bike traffic since late June and most hiking trails with access from there are open.The more complex job to restore the Akamina Parkway, the road leading to the popular Cameron Lake day-use area, is expected to be finished in 2021. The fire burned trees so deeply that rocky slopes need to be stabilized to make the road safe. Burned guardrails need replacing and new culverts are needed.The Akamina Parkway has been open to foot and bike traffic off and on since last November, but is to close again Sept. 9 until the end of the year for construction.“We’re taking every opportunity to offer visitors chances to get up to places as the construction allows,” said park superintendent Sal Rasheed.The Crandell Mountain campground, levelled in the fire, won’t reopen until 2022. Where the old visitor’s centre once stood is a field of tall grass. There’s a temporary centre in town by a post office and the new complex is expected to be done in the spring of 2021.“Working in Waterton is an interesting challenge,” said Rasheed. “It gets incredibly windy down here and in southern Alberta it can snow in any month of the year. And so we lost a bit of time early on in the season with snow and wind … But in the grand scheme of things, everything is on schedule.”While the park has had some slow months, Rasheed figures visits are on par with pre-fire levels.Business has been booming at Pat’s Rentals as visitors look to explore the parkways on electric bikes with the perk of not having to dodge cars.Jordan Wammes, whose family owns the business, said it started the spring with six e-bikes and had 20 by August.“It’s starting to bounce back,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of rejuvenation, a lot of revisitation from folks who haven’t been back since the fire.”Lockey Craig, whose company Waymarker Hospitality owns and operates hotels and restaurants in town, said business has been slower, especially in the shoulder season.He believes it has a lot to do with limited backcountry hiking options after the fire. He hopes that will turn around soon.“I’m frustrated with how slow it has been,” he said of the road construction.But he also understands why it’s important to get the work done right.“I guess I’m prepared to be patient.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img

Valeant Pharmaceuticals shares trading higher after 930M sale iNova business

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. are up nearly six per cent after the company announced it has completed the sale of its iNova Pharmaceuticals business for $930 million in cash.The Quebec-based company says it will use net proceeds of about $920 million from the sale to reduce its debt.CEO Joseph Papa said the sale of iNova to Pacific Equity Partners and the Carlyle Group is also part of Valeant’s efforts to simplify its portfolio and focus on its core businesses.The company’s stock (TSX:VRX) was up 96 cents to $18.05, 90 minutes after the start of morning trading.Valeant shares have plunged since questions about its business model first emerged two years ago, when they traded for more than $300 per share.The company has since faced a string of lawsuits, including one from its former chief executive, as well as swelling debt levels, losses of more than US$2.4 billion and scrutiny over its drug pricing practices.Following the anticipated closure of the sale of its Obagi Medical Products business this year, Valeant says it expects it will exceed its August 2016 commitment to pay down $5 billion in debt before February 2018.last_img

ICE Futures Canada Tuesday morning Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Tuesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $4.70 higher $510.90; Jan. ’18 $5.30 higher $515.50; March ’18 $5.70 higher $519.10; May ’18 $6.80 higher $519.60; July ’18 $8.00 higher $520.40; Nov. ’18 unchanged $478.20; Jan. ’19 unchanged $479.00; March ’19 unchanged $481.70; May ’19 unchanged $481.70; July ’19 unchanged $481.70.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.

Turkey Point Beach gets hot on the last day of winter

The Ordnance Drive beach in Turkey Point went up in flames Tuesday afternoon as part of a prescribed burn to reduce invasive phragmites.The Turkey Point Phragmites Action Alliance Committee, previously known as the Beach Restoration Committee, has been working on getting the phragmites removed for several years.There are about 22 acres of land in Turkey Point covered in this invasive plant, which makes it difficult for other plants or animals to occupy the space.Darlene Vandepoele,  co-chair of the Turkey Point Phragmites Action Alliance Committee, credits Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp for pushing for the prescribed burn.“It is because of her perseverance of this issue that the burning has begun on this beach,” Vandepoele said.The success rate of burnings such as this is around 97 per cent when the three steps of removal are followed. The plants were sprayed with Roundup in October 2018, rolled earlier this month, and the burning began on Tuesday.“I remember telling my husband if we don’t try it’s never going to happen,” Vandepoele said while standing in front of the flames on Ordnance

Tackling the taboo of gambling

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australians spend more per person on gambling than any other country in the world, and more on gambling – $21 billion – compared to any other dangerous activity, including alcohol, tobacco, and all illegal drugs.Meanwhile, the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) highlights that culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities are at greater risk of experiencing gambling harm than their English-speaking counterparts, particularly those who are elderly, international students and new migrants.In a bid to tackle this issue head on in the Greek community, Pronia received funding as part of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF)’s program ‘Gambling – Secret No More’, to do their part in informing people about the nature of gambling, the risks involved, how harm can be minimised, and where to reach out for help.In doing so, the head of the program at Pronia and ECCV ‘Break It’ advisory board member, Zacharena Vasiliadis, and her team decided to first target the elderly.They hosted two seminars at senior citizens clubs in the City of Whittlesea and the City of Monash, both of which have the biggest issue with gambling harm among the local populations.“Elderly people, and especially elderly people from CALD backgrounds, they’re the most vulnerable with these types of things,” Vasiliadis told Neos Kosmos.“Ethnic communities tend to live further out, they tend to live more isolated [lives], and the ageing population now, they go to the pokies with their senior citizen clubs, some of them even have them in their own clubs, which is really terrible.”What also raises the risk factors of gambling harm among older people is that they often have a lack of experience and knowledge about gambling products.GAMBLING IS NOT A CHOICE, IT’S AN ADDICTIONIn a bid to raise as much awareness as possible without it being too personalised, Pronia opted for a panel discussion in an open space with bilingual speakers, including a financial counsellor, psychologist, and also a volunteer with a lived experience as a former gambler, who bravely shared her story.“Not many people come forward when they have a gambling problem; they kind of stick to themselves and do it privately. We really wanted to incorporate a psychologist and a counsellor in the panel just to highlight that gambling links back to an addiction; it’s not a choice; it’s not that people can just choose to stop or choose to go; it’s that they’re addicted to it. It’s a bit of a public health issue,” Vasiliadis explains, likening it to smoking or being an alcoholic.She emphasises that like any addiction, there is often more than meets the eye.“There’s always an underlying issue as to why someone’s gambling, always. For example people might be lonely; a lot of people go to these venues just to kill time,” she says.FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCES AND TIPSThere is also a practical side to gambling, with real-life financial consequences, some people going on to lose their home, after having “literally gambled it all away”.Aside from informing the elderly about the risks of gambling themselves, attention was also drawn to the possibility of being taken advantage of by family members, or friends, who may have a problem.“Let’s say someone has a child who is a gambler; if their parents are elderly and non-English speaking, they might come to them and say ‘oh mum, I need some money to pay for my house’, and then they go and take a loan out from the bank under their parent’s name, and a lot of the time the parents don’t actually know what they’re signing up to, it could be anything and they don’t know.”By giving them the funds, Vasiliadis explains that it is also enabling that addiction as well.They offered practical tips to protect oneself, with options including putting a caveat on a house, especially if part of a couple, always having an interpreter present at any legal or bank appointments, and also to inform any institutions that deal with finances, such as banks and utility companies, about experiencing gambling harm.“They do have strategies in place to help people, it’s just that no-one really utilises them that much because no-one opens up that they have a gambling problem,” she says.REMOVING THE STIGMA AND SEEKING HELPWhat makes gambling such a challenging issue to navigate and tackle is that unlike other addictions, it doesn’t quite have the same, obvious ‘symptoms’, and as a result can go undetected for extensive periods of time.Hearing from someone with a lived experience appeared to be the most effective part of the seminar.“Her story really took them aback because she had stolen from people throughout her journey as a gambler, and I think it really opened their eyes that anyone can be a gambler. When someone is drunk or under the influence of drugs, you can pick someone who has that type of problem. But with a gambler, you read more

Une alliance entre Google et Spotify

first_imgUne alliance entre Google et Spotify ?Faute d’avoir trouvé un accord avec les principales maisons de disque, Google envisage de s’allier avec Spotify pour lancer son service de stockage de musique en ligne.La mise en place du Cloud Drive d’Amazon a précipité la réaction de Google et Apple. Le moteur de recherche américain, qui n’a pas réussi à trouver d’accord avec les quatre principaux labels musicaux (Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony et EMI), pourrait s’allier à Spotify pour contourner le problème, explique Cnet. Le but est évidemment la création d’un service cloud, un espace de stockage en ligne de musique. Cette alliance, qui semble avoir déjà été l’objet de tests en interne, pourrait également servir à mettre la pression sur les labels. Google n’a en tout cas plus beaucoup de temps car Apple a déjà pris de l’avance. La marque à la pomme serait sur le point de signer avec deux des labels, explique le blog All Things Digital, tandis que Cnet annonce qu’un accord aurait été passé avec Warner Music.Le 26 avril 2011 à 13:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img

Video WWE shows how the altercation came about between Charlotte and Becky

first_imgFacebook Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory part of new Performance Center class, new PC coach WWE announces new Performance Center signings, Including a former Impact star WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest As reported over the weekend, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch got into a “physical altercation” at the Performance Center this past Saturday (above).This was WWE’s way to continue their storyline heading into Evolution this Sunday.During Smackdown Live, WWE aired the entire “altercation” and how it came about. Google+ Sean Waltman teaching again at Performance Center, Three NXT stars receive new nameslast_img

State may end free parking for most disabled drivers

first_imgOLYMPIA — The state of Washington is considering ending free on-street parking for most disabled drivers because some people are misusing disabled parking passes.A new report delivered to lawmakers last week recommends people who can feed coins into a meter should pay, The Daily Herald reported in Monday’s newspaper.The report recommends only those who are physically unable to reach a machine should be allowed to park for free.“It is apparent that free parking or allowing time beyond that posted for those with the disabled placard or license plate are the likely root causes to fraudulent use of disabled parking privileges,” the report stated.More than 700,000 Washington drivers have disabled parking permits.The Legislature created a nine-person work group in June to seek to stop abuse of the disabled parking placards and license plates, determine if placards are too easy to obtain and if the practice of allowing physicians sign off on applications is too loose.Existing state law gives free parking to anyone with a valid disabled parking placard or license plate. The work group tried unsuccessfully to figure out the intent behind that provision of state law.“We were not able to determine intent and could not find a nexus between having a disability and being able to pay for parking,” they wrote.last_img

AAA will tow your car home for free this St Patricks Day

first_img(WSVN) – MIAMI (WSVN) — AAA is reminding drivers not to drive home impaired on St. Patrick’s Day. Drivers in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee can take advantage of the Tow-to-Go program, sometimes called “Tipsy Tow.”AAA will take the driver and their vehicle to a safe location within a 10-mile radius if the driver believes he or she is too impaired to drive. The service will be available from Friday, March 17 to 6 a.m. Sunday, March 19.The company says the towing service is free for anyone, not just AAA members. However, they said it should be used as a last resort.There are also alternatives to the AAA Tow-To-Go program: Drivers can select a designated driver for the day, ask a sober friend/family to pick you up or use an Uber, Lyft or a taxi.In 2013, there were 10,076 fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher, accounting for 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year, according to AAA.For more information on the Tow-to-Go program, visit AAA’s website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Instagram will change its rules around banning accounts

first_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Amazon Internet Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $6 at Tidal $210 at Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Apple iPhone XS The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate $59 at eBay Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Rylo Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Instagram,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 0 See at Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the Rylo camera preview Instagram is tightening restrictions. Getty Images Instagram is working on new guidelines for account removals.The read more

Green Ganesha Grow a plant out of idol

first_imgHyderabad: Divyanjani, an innovator and a team member of, said, “For this Ganesh Chaturthi, we are coming back again with a new innovative patented eco-friendly Ganesha idol.This product is a patented eco-friendly Ganesh idol which has been made specifically for this year Ganesh Chaturthi. This year our aim is to avoid pollution through POP idols. These idols are delivered all over India.” Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us “The parcel consists of an idol along with a cup that includes coco peat and vermin compost. During the visarjan, you just have to place the idol in the cup. Then it has to be placed in your garden and pour water. The idol will melt to become soil. After a few days, a beautiful plant will come out from this pure clay Ganesh idol.” added Divyanjani.last_img

Andhra Pradesh Minor girl thrashed by village elder for

first_imgAmaravati, In a horrific incident, a minor Dalit girl was mercilessly beaten up by a village elder in public for eloping with a youth in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district. The incident occurred in KP Hall village on Thursday, but came to light after the video went viral late on Friday. The 17-year-old girl was beaten up by 70-year-old Boya Lingappa during a village panchayat in which she and her 20-year-old cousin Sai Kiran were pulled up for eloping and bringing a bad name to their families and the village. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us At the panchayat, the couple was made to sit down and humiliated in front of all villagers. Enraged over the girl’s refusal to stop having any relation with the youth, Lingappa started thrashing her, first with bare hands and then with stick. He even kicked her. He also thrashed Sai Kiran. The girl’s parents had approached Lingappa after she eloped with the boy 10 days ago. When the couple returned, Lingappa was called to hold the panchayat. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Anantapur District Superintendent of Police B. Satya Yesu Babu said they received no complaint from the parents of either the girl or the youth. However, based on the video evidence a suo moto case was registered against Lingappa under Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code. However, the accused has not been arrested as the villagers reportedly threatened to protest outside the police station. Claiming that it is their family matter, the villagers told police to keep off. As the girl is minor, Sai Kiran may be booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.last_img

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro users must drop everything for this update

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is everything people can talk about right now, but the two-generation old Redmi Note 5 Pro is making the headlines in India. The Redmi Note 5 Pro was one of the biggest best-sellers of its time as the company sold millions of units across the country and those millions of users are in for a huge treat.Xiaomi is rolling out the latest MIUI update to Redmi Note 5 Pro users in India, bringing some of the biggest and most useful features such as system-wide dark mode and Game Turbo mode. With PUBG Mobile gaining more spotlight with every passing day, mobile users are more interested in gaming and a feature like Game Turbo mode for a seamless experience.Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro users are getting MIUI 10 Global beta 9.3.25 update based on Android 9.0 Pie, which also includes April security patch. Since this is a beta update, the traditional OTA update method won’t work here. But there’s an easy method to update the Redmi Note 5 Pro to the latest MIUI beta update. Redmi Note 5 Pro gets major updateMIUIBefore we get started with the update process, make sure you get a back up of all your data. It’s also worth noting that the update process might be tricky if you’re not tech savvy, so it’s best to wait for the official OTA update, which shouldn’t take long.How to update Redmi Note 5 Pro with MIUI 10 Beta 9.3.25?Step 1: Download Recovery ROM for the Redmi Note 5 Pro from Mi Community website.Step 2: Connect your Redmi Note 5 Pro to PC and transfer the downloaded file to root directory in phone’s storage.Step 3: Go to Settings > About Phone > System Update. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro as seen on its official websiteXiaomi (Mi)Step 4: Tap on three dots on the top right corner.Step 5: Tap the Update package and select the MIUI 10 9.3.25 Recovery ROM file.Step 6: Tap the OK button and wait for the installation to complete.Step 7: Reboot when prompted and select update.Step 8: Once the Redmi Note 5 Pro reboots, the new software will be successfully installed.last_img

Mahesh Babus Maharshi prerelease business creates rift between Ashwini Dutt and Dil

first_imgMaharshiTwitterAshwini Dutt, who is one of the producers of Maharshi, is said to be demanding for a complete hold on its theatrical rights for Krishna, which has not gone down well with Mahesh Babu and Dil Raju.It is known that Mahesh Babu had promised Prasad V Potluri to compensate for the loss of Brahmotsavam by doing another film under his banner PVP Cinemas. He had also reportedly taken advance amounts from Ashwini Dutt and Dil Raju to do a movie each of them long back. He wanted to settle all three commitments at one go and they brought them together to produce Maharshi.Having completed its production, the team is now gearing up to release Maharshi in the cinema halls across the globe on May 9. The makers are said to have already completed the pre-release business and the movie has fetched Rs 130 crore from the sale of its theatrical, satellite, audio, digital and other rights.Just weeks before its release, Maharshi has created a conflict between Ashwini Dutt and Dil Raju, who are said to be fighting over the sharing of its earnings. Ashwini Dutt is said to be demanding Rs 10 crore as his share in its profits. But Dil Raju has claimed that the movie has just recovered the production costs in its pre-release business and it is a loss venture for him as its budget shot up. Mahesh Babu in MaharshiTwitterBut Ashwini Dutt, who is not ready to accept his claims, say that Maharshi has earned more than Rs 130 crore in its pre-release business. None would believe him if say that he has not gained profit. He does not want to be associated with Mahesh Babu’s project for the namesake and he needs to get monetary gain.But sources from the film unit say that Dutt’s demands are unreasonable. “Although only Ashwini was responsible for the production of the film in its initial stage, Dil Raju came on board eventually and took over most of the production’s financial responsibilities. Now, when the film is almost ready, Ashwini is making demands that he isn’t really entitled to be making,” a source told Deccan Chronicle.It is also said that Ashwini Dutt has asked for the distributions rights of Maharshi for Krishna. “Why should he be given an entire territory? Dutt has hardly any financial stakes in Maharshi. His demands are absurd and will collapse in a heap of ridicule in any court of law, as his stakes in the film are clearly stated in the contract,” the source added.Mahesh Babu is reportedly disappointment with Ashwini Dutt and he has vowed not to work with him ever again after Maharshi. It should be seen whether the superstar would intervene in their fight and make a smooth way for the release of the film, which has already been postponed a couple of times.last_img

Protesters ransack Hong Kong parliament on China handover anniversary

first_imgHundreds of protesters stormed Hong Kong’s parliament late Monday as the territory marked its China handover anniversary, ransacking the building and daubing its walls with graffiti as the city plunged into unprecedented depths of political chaos.The financial hub has been rocked by three weeks of record-breaking demonstrations against a hugely unpopular bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.Tens of thousands of democracy activists staged another peaceful march on Monday afternoon, calling for the city’s pro-Beijing leader to step down and reverse what they see as years of sliding freedoms.But that rally was overshadowed by small groups of mainly young, masked protesters who managed to breach the legislature after clashes with riot police, ending two weeks of relative calm.Once inside they tore down portraits of the city’s leaders, hoisted a British colonial era flag in the main chamber and sprayed the city crest with black paint.”There are no violent protesters, just tyranny,” one banner that was hoisted above the podium read.Riot police appeared to have abandoned the building, which had been on lockdown.Anti-government demonstrators breached the complex after hours of attempting to smash into the building, using a metal cart as a battering ram and wielding steel poles to prize open gaps in the reinforced windows.Many of those protesting said they felt compelled to take the action because the city’s pro-Beijing leaders had ignored public sentiment following marches against the loathed extradition law.”We have marched, staged sit-ins… but the government has remained unmoved,” Joey, a 26-year-old protester, told AFP as he walked over shattered glass inside the building. “We have to show the government that we won’t just sit here and do nothing.”A protester surnamed Cheung, 24, added: “We know that this is breaking the law, but we have no choice”.- Years of fears -The past three weeks of rallies are the latest expression of growing fears that China is stamping down on the city’s freedoms and culture with the help of the finance hub’s pro-Beijing leaders.But the increasingly hardline tactics from some protesters have alienated some, with a large counter-rally in support of the police taking place on Sunday.Although Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule on 1 July 1997, it is still administered separately under an arrangement known as “one country, two systems”.The city enjoys rights and liberties unseen on the autocratic mainland, but many residents fear Beijing is already reneging on that deal.Activists have organised a march every handover anniversary, calling for greater democratic freedoms — such as the right to elect the city’s leader.They have mustered large crowds in recent years — including a two-month occupation of parts of the city centre in 2014 — but have failed to win any concessions from Beijing.”When I heard that there are clashes outside (parliament), I was very worried,” Amy Siu, a 37-year-old accountant taking part in the rally, told AFP. “I’m worried about the youngsters’ safety. I hope they can be rational.”This year’s rally is framed by unprecedented anti-government protests of the past three weeks that have drawn millions, with the public angry over police use of tear gas and rubber bullets.The spark for the current wave of protests was an attempt by chief executive Carrie Lam to pass the Beijing-backed extradition law, which she has now postponed following the public backlash.But she has resisted calls to permanently shelve the law or step down.As a result the demonstrations have morphed into a wider movement against her administration and Beijing.- Champagne toasts & flags -Lam — who has kept out of the public eye since her climbdown and has record low approval ratings — attended a flag-raising ceremony early Monday, marking the moment the city returned to Chinese ownership 22 years ago.Her speech stuck to the conciliatory tone she has used in recent weeks saying she recognised conflict had broken out.”It has made me fully understand that as a politician, I need to be aware and accurately grasp the feelings of the people.”Police said 13 officers were sent to hospital early on Monday after being doused by an “unknown liquid” from protesters while the government released a statement condemning protesters for using “extreme violence.”But activists have vowed to keep up their civil disobedience campaign.”Whatever happens we won’t lose heart,” Jason Chan, a 22-year-old accountant added. “Resistance is not a matter of a day or a week, it is long term.”last_img

Elimination of Community Block Grants Could Hurt DC

first_imgOne of the leading federal programs which allocate funds to municipalities and states to build housing and infrastructure is in jeopardy of being eliminated by President Donald Trump’s administration. District of Columbia leaders are fighting to prevent its demise.The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a program that gives communities resources to address a wide range of unique local needs and gives them the flexibility to spend the funds. The program is managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and it provides annual grants based on a formula to approximately 1,209 cities, counties, and states.D.C. Council member Vincent Gray says the CDBG program should stay alive. (Courtesy Photo)In the District, there is a possible $14 million loss if the Trump administration guts the program, as it has proposed doing in its first budget, and that concerns D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). “By making cuts to program that support basic needs like housing and healthcare, this budget will force our city to make tough choices about programs that not only promote growth, but enable us to support our most vulnerable residents,” the mayor said. “As we continue to analyze the [federal] budget and advocating for programs that move the city and country forward, my administration will work with the community and our partners on the D.C. Council to promote and defend D.C. values.”Bowser has an ally in U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who serves as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and who recently said that the program’s elimination “hurts the African American community.” Bowser has pledged to work with organizations such as the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the African American Mayors Association and the National League of Cities to lobby the U.S. Congress to keep the program alive.The grant program’s funds in the District are used to pay for affordable housing projects and infrastructure improvements such as repairing streets and alleys as well as providing down payment assistance to first-time home buyers and funding housing counseling organizations.When the Ford administration implemented the program in 1975, Arrington Dixon was a member of the inaugural D.C. Council. A council member representing Ward 4 at that time, Dixon praised the program then and does so now.“This is a program with a record of performance,” Dixon, who eventually became chairman of the council, told the AFRO. “This is a program that meets the needs of people. The cutting of this program should be of great concern.”D.C. Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) served as the city’s mayor from 2011-2015. Gray told the AFRO that when he was mayor, he valued the program’s funds highly. “The Trump administration cutting out the community development block grant program will have a huge impact on the District of Columbia,” Gray said. “That program benefits urban areas. It helps places that don’t have the resources to help its citizens and it is an example of federal and local investment for the growth and renewal of cities.”Gray said that if the CDBG program isn’t available “it will be devastating to cities around the country.”D.C. Council member Robert White pointed to one District non-profit that will suffer if the cuts go through Congress. “The CDBG funds are extremely important for non-profits like So Others Might Eat, which received millions of dollars to build new affordable housing and for local small businesses that could finally gain the capital to grow,” White said in a statement to the AFRO. “The thought of the Trump administration making massive cuts to these programs doesn’t sit right with me, and I will do what I can to fight for these desperately needed federal funds.”last_img

Softball Blanks Fullerton Behind Watsons OneHitter

first_imgStory Links Live Stats Listen Live Preview The Cardinals (1-1) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening frame. Melton led off the game with a single and took second on a groundout by junior Celene Funke. Walks to senior Megan Hensley and freshman Charley Butler loaded the bases for sophomore Maddy Newman who earned the third straight walk of the inning to plate Melton. Sophomore Kyra Snyder followed with an RBI hit to bring home Hensley.    Next Game: vs. Buffalo 2/9/2019 | 1:00 p.m. Full Schedule Roster Matchup History Louisville 9 Fullerton 0 (5 innings) “I was proud of a lot of things we did today,” said UofL head coach Holly Aprile. “The game against Idaho State was a tough loss. We came out a little tight and then hurt ourselves with some mental errors, but I think we showed resiliency with how we responded in the second game. I thought both pitchers did a nice job today overall. Griffin (Joiner) did a nice job calling the games and they both executed well.”  center_img Offensively, Melton paced the Cards with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate along with two RBIs and a run. Hale was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and Newman went 1-for-2 with a stolen base. FULLERTON, Calif. – Sophomore Danielle Watson delivered a career-high nine strikeouts and allowed one hit and seniors Sidney Melton and Darrianne Hale backed her with two RBIs apiece to help the University of Louisville softball team beat host Cal State Fullerton 9-0 in five innings Friday evening in the Titan Classic. The fifth inning brought three more Cardinal runs. Newman delivered a leadoff infield hit. Walks to Snyder and Cousineau leaded the bases for Riley Schindler’s RBI groundout. Melton followed with a two-run single to make the score 9-0.  Print Friendly Version Louisville will return to action Saturday against Buffalo at 1 p.m. (ET). After surrendering a two-out infield Watson (1-0) retired the next 13 batters she faced to notch her first shutout of the 2019 campaign. Fullerton’s Sophie Frost (1-1) took the loss, giving up nine runs, eight earned, on five hits and struck out one in 4.0 innings. Ari Williams accounted for the Titans’ lone hit of the game. Louisville used two hits, a walk and an error to put up a four-spot in the third. Junior Caitlin Ferguson got the frame started with a single and took second when Butler reached on a fielder’s choice. Newman’s fielder’s choice plated Ferguson. After a walk issued to senior Madison Cousineau, Hale stepped up to the plate and connected on a two-out single to bring home Butler and Newman. Cousineau crossed the plate on an error to push Louisville’s lead to 6-0.last_img

Young Avengers Marvel Stars Before They Were Famous

first_imgStay on target When it comes to superhero movies these days, it’s pretty much all Marvel all the time. We’re still basking in the neon afterglow of Thor: Ragnarok. Black Panther seems set to blow white America’s mind in the best possible way, thanks to Ryan Coogler. And next summer it all starts to come to a climax with Avengers: Infinity War.Starring heroes across all of the MCU (despite whatever planet they were last seen on) Infinity War will be the most impressive showcase yet of the sheer amount of talent Marvel has been able to bring onto these movies. It’ll have more celebrities than most award shows. But while we may think of these folks as superstars now, they weren’t always so glamorous. So let’s revisit some of our favorite moments of when these Avengers were still young.Paul Rudd in Super Nintendo CommercialBefore he was Ant-Man, Paul Rudd played this radical little kid totally blown away by the power of the Super Nintendo and its 16 bits. With the SNES Classic now flying off store shelves in preparation for this holiday, perhaps it’s time for Rudd to reprise his best role?Scarlett Johansson in Ghost WorldBefore she was Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson starred alongside Thora Birch in this acclaimed adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ coming-of-age graphic novel. You really trace a straight line from Enid and Rebecca’s teen cynicism to Black Widow’s casual dismissal of the cosmic nonsense she keeps finding herself in.Robert Downey Jr. in Less Than ZeroBefore he was Iron Man, RDJ starred as a “fictional” young drug addict in a film that will remind you of the “Junior” in Robert Downey Jr. For Tony Stark’s de-aged flashback in Captain America: Civil War, the filmmakers actually used his appearance in this film specifically for reference.Chris Evans in Not Another Teen MovieBefore he was Captain America (or the Human Torch), Chris Evans showed off his natural hunkiness in this terrible parody released during the height of the Scary Movie spoof film resurgence. If you want to see silly jock Chris Evans, stick with Scott Pilgrim.Anthony Mackie in 8 MileBefore he was Falcon, Anthony Mackie played gangster and rival rapper Papa Doc in this sorta Eminem biopic. He gets beat so bad he’s literally left speechless. Remember how this movie won Oscars???Elizabeth Olsen in Mary-Kate and Ashley StuffBefore she was Scarlet Witch, little Elizabeth Olsen showed up in numerous kids movies starring her (then) more famous older twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The best Olsen Twins content is still “Gimme Pizza” slowed way the hell down, so here’s hoping there’s an Elizabeth cameo there we all missed.Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Shanghai KnightsBefore he was Quicksilver (or Kick-Ass), Aaron Taylor-Johnson played precious little scamp Charlie in this Britain-based sequel to Shanghai Noon. Having Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson hang out in the past is already weird enough for a martial arts comedy. But for a twist it turns out Aaron Taylor-Johnson is really playing a young Charlie Chaplin for some reason.Jeremy Renner in DahmerBefore he was Hawkeye, creepy real man Jeremy Renner played creepy real boy Jeffrey Dahmer in a film recounting the life of the infamous young cannibal serial killer. There’s actually a new Dahmer movie, My Friend Dahmer, out now in some regions, so you don’t have to ruin your image of Hawk-guy for some good Dahmer content.Michael B. Jordan in The WireBefore he was Killmonger (or the Human Torch), Michael B. Jordan was a standout young performer in what might be the greatest TV show of all time, The Wire. He captures the bravado but heartbreaking naivete and vulnerability the comes from being a kid trapped in the drug game. Years later we’re all still asking, “Where’s Wallace?”Josh Brolin in The GooniesBefore he was Thanos, Josh Brolin of course starred in everyone’s favorite overrated 1980s kids adventure The Goonies. Imaging a Man like Brolin as a child seems crazy these days, and even back then he felt the most adult among the children. But if you want to take the piss out of The Mad Titan before Infinity War just remember his quest for One-Eyed Willy’s treasureLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe last_img