African Nova Scotian Regional Education Officer Named

first_imgA highly respected educator is being appointed to help African Nova Scotian students reach their full potential through an improvement in the delivery of education and services. Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced today, Feb. 14, that Dwayne Provo will serve as African Nova Scotia Regional Education Officer in the province. The appointment is one of the recommendations outlined in the recently released Kids and Learning First plan. “Our Kids and Learning First plan is about ensuring all students receive a quality education and complements the Reality Check report, which will help make life better for African Nova Scotian students,” said Ms. Jennex. Reality Check contains 68 recommendations and was released in December 2009 after a review of government programs and supports to Nova Scotia’s estimated 4,000 students of African ancestry. Mr. Provo, a former provincial administrator who addressed African Nova Scotian issues, will focus on ensuring the reports’ recommendations are being effectively implemented. He will also serve as the liaison between the Education minister and school boards. “It is important that we continue to develop more curriculum that reflects all students in addition to encouraging the employment of African Nova Scotian teachers,” said Mr. Provo. “We also want to improve the lines of communication and get all African Nova Scotian communities more involved in the school system.” The appointment of a regional education officer is in response to concerns raised by African Nova Scotian communities, including Digby. “We are extremely pleased with Mr. Provo’s appointment and the commitment from the department to issues facing learners of African descent,” said Digby education committee chair Darlene Lawrence. “We know there is work to be done, but we are on the right track by providing more programs and opportunities and putting kids first.” Mr. Provo was named the province’s first school health co-ordinator in 2006 and holds several education degrees, including a Master of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Physical Education, and a degree from the Dalhousie School of Health Professions.last_img read more

Agency flouts KMC tariff charges Rs 20 as parking fee

first_imgKolkata: A parking fee collecting agency is illegally charging Rs 20 per hour from car owners on Jawaharlal Nehru Road flouting the tariff of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.The KMC’s tariff is Rs 10 per hour. South End Fee Car Parking Cooperative Society is collecting Rs 20 per hour illegally from car owners. The agency has gone a step further and printed receipts which they are giving to the owners. This has helped the agency to collect lakhs of rupees per month. As the agency is giving a printed receipt most of the car owners do not raise any question and give the money. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaSenior KMC officials when contacted said this is illegal and assured that they will look into the matter. Santanu Samanta, a businessman had taken his wife to a private diagnostic centre on June 11. He parked his car near the Haldiram shop on Jawaharlal Nehru Road. He parked his vehicle at 9.54 am and came back at 12.07 pm. The man collecting the car parking asked him to pay Rs 60 (Rs 20 per hour for three hours) and gave him a receipt. When Samanta said that why was he charging more money, the person said recently the parking fee has been hiked all over the city. “As they gave me receipt I thought that the KMC must have hiked the parking fees. But there was an uncanny feeling that the collector was not telling me the truth,” said Samanta. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHe immediately contacted Tapas Chowdhury, special municipal commissioner who said that no decision to hike the parking fee has been taken by KMC and what the agency has done is illegal. It was learnt that the civic authorities had proposed to hike the parking fee to Rs 20 per hour instead of Rs 10 per hour. But the matter has not yet been implemented. When contacted, the South End Fee car parking Cooperative Society said they had hiked the fee as the KMC officials had told them earlier that they would hike the parking fee.last_img read more

Desjardins partners with fintech to boost online brokerage capabilities

first_imgTORONTO – Desjardins Group has partnered with fintech Hardbacon to boost the capabilities of its online brokerage as the interest in do-it-yourself investing and lower-fee investment options continues to rise.Desjardins Online Brokerage, a division of Desjardins Securities also known as Disnat, allows self-directed investors to conduct trades and manage their stocks on their platform.The partnership with Hardbacon gives the online brokerage’s clients access to stock and portfolio analysis tools on the fintech’s mobile app, as well as a six-hour online investment course, while new clients get 10 free trades within one year on Disnat.Desjardins Group, the largest co-operative financial group in Canada, is the latest company to rollout enhanced options for self-directed trading at a lower cost.On Wednesday, TD Bank Group announced a deal with fintech Hydrogen Technology Corp. to enhance its TD WebBroker platform for do-it-yourself investors and later launch a robo-adviser platform.Desjardins Online Brokerage’s business development manager Louis D’Anjou said interest in self-directed investing is rapidly growing with trades on their platform up 25 per cent in 2018 compared to last year.He added that the biggest growth for the platform was in the number of clients between the ages of 18 and 30, which is up 200 per cent compared to a year ago. The online brokerage has roughly 105,00 clients currently, he said.One sector driving activity on the platform is the cannabis industry, which has seen a flurry of activity as Canada prepares to legalize marijuana for recreational use next month.“It’s incredible — we have a lot of new clients because of that,” D’Anjou said in an interview.Portfolio analysis software has been around for a few years, but have usually been targeted towards institutional investors, said Julien Brault, chief executive of Hardbacon. Their tools help to “empower regular investors,” he said.Desjardins paid Hardbacon an undisclosed amount to offer the fintech’s services to their clients.Companies in this story: (TSX:TD)last_img read more

Albertas turnofftaps law makes gas price jumps and shortages real

VICTORIA — Get ready for higher gasoline prices and shortages in British Columbia and a supply surplus on the Prairies if Alberta Premier Jason Kenney uses a newly proclaimed law to restrict fuel exports to its western neighbour, say industry experts and court documents.“The one wild card factor that we really can’t predict is the political factor: would, in fact, the Alberta government actually put in effect, in practice, the curtailment of gasoline and diesel shipments from Alberta to the West Coast,” Michael Ervin, Kent Group Ltd., senior vice-president, said Thursday.The Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act, the so-called turn-off-the taps law, was passed by the former Alberta government a year ago. Kenney’s United Conservatives proclaimed it as law this week and the threat to put the squeeze on B.C. is real, said Ervin, a petroleum market expert.“The possibility of that certainly changed, increased since Premier Kenney has been elected into office,” he said in a telephone interview from Sidney, B.C.Ervin said he expected gasoline prices in B.C. to jump by at least 10 cents per litre if Alberta started restricting fuel supplies. He said oil companies in Alberta may also feel the pinch because their B.C. customers will be cut off, creating a surplus there.The B.C. government immediately moved to have Alberta’s law declared unconstitutional with a legal challenge, claiming “the central purpose and legal effect of the act is to authorize and provide for discrimination against British Columbia in relation to exports of natural gas, crude oil and refined fuels.”An initial hearing is set for May 7 in Calgary.An affidavit filed alongside the statement of claim outlines B.C.’s dependence on Alberta fuel products and the potential impacts of cutbacks.“The threat of refined fuel supply shortages can have rapid price impacts,” Michael Rensing, a B.C. government energy expert, says in the document. He pointed to an anti-pipeline protest in July 2018, where demonstrators hung on lines from a bridge above Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. He said those actions had the potential to cause fuel shortages on Vancouver Island.“They advised me that if the supply of gasoline to Vancouver Island was interrupted for even 48 hours, that could affect the ability of retail gas stations there to remain open,” the affidavit says. “If the volume of refined fuels supplied to B.C. consumers through the Trans Mountain pipeline is significantly reduced, shortages of those products will likely occur.”Rensing’s affidavit says an explosion at an Enbridge natural gas pipeline near Prince George last October saw prices increase by 10 cents within 48 hours. The explosion did not disrupt natural gas supplies to the refinery near Vancouver but the possibility of shortages sent prices upwards, it says.Alberta supplies, directly or indirectly, more than 80 per cent of the gasoline and diesel used in B.C., says the affidavit.“Each day British Columbians consume between 70,000 and 85,000 barrels of gasoline, and between 55,000 and 70,000 barrels of diesel,” says the affidavit. “Approximately 55 per cent of B.C.’s gasoline and 71 per cent of its diesel is imported from Alberta refineries. The majority of these refined fuels are transported to B.C. through the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”Brian Ahearn, vice-president Western Canada for the Canadian Fuels Association, urged Alberta to take a cautious approach on fuel restrictions.“Because certainly the transportation fuels business is a very integrated business with respect to transportation of fuels between Alberta and B.C.,” said Ahearn. “We’re really hoping the government will look at other solutions, other options.”B.C. Premier John Horgan, who’s already facing daily calls to provide relief to $1.70 per litre gas prices in Metro Vancouver, called Alberta’s law regrettable and said the federal government needs to put more fuel in the pipeline.“We’re trying a whole range of factors to reduce costs on people and then the gas price thing comes whack in the middle of that and there’s very little control I have over that,” Horgan said.B.C. Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson said he isn’t buying Horgan’s statements about his inability to reduce gas prices. Wilkinson said Horgan can drop some of the estimated 35 cents per litre taxes on fuel prices in the Vancouver area.“It sounds like we’re being told to suck it up,” he said.B.C. Business Council president Greg D’Avignon said concerns about higher gas prices and fuel shortages are causing widespread concern.“That impacts business,” he said. “It impacts families. It impacts the government. It creates a real crisis.”He urged Kenny and Horgan to step back from the dispute and see the strong bonds between their provinces. “We’re the two most integrated economies in the country, on labour, on trade, on the movement of goods, on investment, and there are huge opportunities of things we could be doing to grow our economies, but the Trans Mountain expansion and this energy conflict is in the way of it,” said D’Avignon.The premiers need to find a solution, he said.“People forget that families, friends and companies move back and forth between Alberta and B.C. everyday,” D’Avignon said. “When B.C. gets a cold, Alberta gets sick and vice versa.” Kenny was in Ottawa Thursday testifying before the Senate’s energy committee about the bill overhauling environmental assessments. He told the committee that Bill C-69 violates Alberta’s constitutional right to regulate its natural resources.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press read more

Wrestling Ohio States Myles Martin pinned by Penn States Bo Nickal finishes

Ohio State junior Myles Martin squares off with Virginia Tech’s Zach Zavatsky on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at the NCAA wrestling championships. Martin defeated Zavatsky in the 184-pound semifinals by an 8-4 decision. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Senior Lantern ReporterCLEVELAND — Ohio State junior Myles Martin was pinned by Penn State’s Bo Nickal in the 184-pound finals Saturday evening at the NCAA wrestling championships in Cleveland. Martin earned a takedown to start the championship match, but Nickal responded with a roll through and quickly pinned the Ohio State junior. The match clinched a points championship for Penn State.Martin’s loss upended his attempt to win a second title after finishing first at the NCAA national championships as a freshman in 2016. He was named All-American for the third time on Friday. Martin also has placed as a Big Ten finalist in the past two seasons. Martin and Nickal have now wrestled nine times, with Nickal winning on seven occasions. read more

Softball Ohio State wins Big Ten opener against Indiana 76

Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternAfter a back-and-forth game, the Ohio State softball team picked up its first win of the Big Ten season in its home opener. The Buckeyes (16-9, 1-0 Big Ten) defeated Indiana (25-7, 0-1 Big Ten) 7-6 in the first game of the three-game series Friday afternoon. After facing a 6-4 deficit heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, sophomore designated player Kallie Boren hit a two-run home run, her second of the season, to give the Buckeyes the eventual 7-6 win. Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she’s really proud of players for being able to push them across the end. With an early start due to weather, Ohio State saw an early deficit as senior pitcher Morgan Ray allowed three runs in the second inning with a solo home run by Indiana sophomore first baseman Annika Baez and a two-RBI double.The Buckeyes soon turned the tables in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman third baseman Ashley Prange put the Buckeyes on board with a two-RBI double to left field. Senior shortstop Lilli Piper hit a two-RBI single, giving Ohio State the  4-3 lead. But Indiana came back, as Baez added her second RBI of the day on a  double in the third inning. In the fifth, the Hoosiers added an RBI single and a run, took a 6-4 lead.  Ray allowed five earned runs, walking and striking out four in her 4.1 innings of work, In the bottom of the sixth inning, Ohio State senior second baseman Emily Clark cut the deficit to one run, leading to Clark’s home run. “It was big to go ahead,” Schoenly said. Sophomore pitcher Lauren Rice earned her eighth win of the season, recording 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits. Schoenly was impressed with how the team continued to stay in the game despite the late-game deficit. “In general, being a resilient team is something I am most proud of,” Schoenly said. Ohio State will take on Indiana in the second game of the three-game set Saturday at 2 p.m. read more

NHS accused of losing its gripon cancer screening as checks fall

The Public Accounts Committee accused health officials over presiding over “woeful” failings which have seen takeup of some checks reach a 21-year-low. The NHS is losing its grip on its cancer screening programmes and has allowed failings to go undetected for more than half a decade, watchdogs have warned. Their report found that none of the four main programmes – for bowel, breast and cervical cancers, and abdominal aortic aneurism – is meeting their targets. The committee found that just one in 207 Clinical Commissioning Groups… MPs warned that millions of patients are missing out on cancer checks, accusing NHS England of failing to hold local providers to account for their poor performance. 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

EHF CL F4 until 2020 in Cologne

At its meeting in Valencia, Spain on 26 March 2015, the EHF Executive Committee reached the decision to award the organisation of the EHF CL F4 to the City of Cologne and the LANXESS arena for an additional four years.With the existing agreement with the City of Cologne due to expire after the 2016 event, the new agreement will cover the period 2017 to 2020.Following negotiations by the EHF and EHF Marketing GmbH, the EHF’s marketing subsidiary and the event organiser, the new agreement also includes an additional clause that allows the two-day sport and entertainment event to move to a new city for a one-off event in 2018, 2019 or 2020, if desired.Commenting on the agreement, Jean Brihault, EHF President, said: “Over the past five years we have enjoyed tremendous support from both the City of Cologne and the LANXESS arena, and this close cooperation has undoubtedly contributed to the huge success of the VELUX EHF FINAL4.“Having achieved so much already, we’re now really looking forward to further strengthening our partnership over the coming years.”“Cologne is without doubt the right city for the VELUX EHF FINAL4; a fact borne out year on year by the tens of thousands of handball fans returning to the city to witness the sporting and entertainment mega-event that the VELUX EHF FINAL4 has become.“This long-term agreement to remain in Cologne offers us the opportunity to further grow the event and build on our success to date,” said Peter Vargo, Managing Director, EHF Marketing GmbH.Jürgen Roters, Lord Mayor of the City of Cologne, said: “It’s a tremendous compliment to the Cologne sports community, with its enthusiastic and fair spectators, and also to the organisation in Cologne, that the European Handball Federation has decided to continue to play the Champions League finals in Cologne until 2020. This is also the result of the excellent cooperation between all those involved. We have been successful in the competition with other handball-cities – a special vote of confidence. We can be really proud of this achievement.”Stefan Löcher, Managing Director of the LANXESS arena, said: “In 2010 when the first VELUX EHF FINAL4 was held in the LANXESS arena, we couldn’t have dreamed that, despite fierce competition, we would secure this top-class international event until 2020. This is a great accolade for the sports city Cologne and the LANXESS arena.“Working together over the last few years, we have been successful in establishing this top-class tournament event as a mega-event and we would like to thank the EHF for the trust they have placed in us.”source: EHF ← Previous Story Brothers Babarskas on Balkan target! Next Story → Veszprem and Meshkov for the SEHA GAZPROM title! read more

Adobe la suite CS5 sera disponible mimai

first_imgAdobe : la suite CS5 sera disponible mi-maiÉtats-Unis – Adobe prévoit la sortie de Creative Suite 5 (CS5) vers la mi-mai : de nouvelles versions de Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro et Illustrator sont attendues, mais à un prix plutôt musclé.CS5 sortira durant le mois de mai, et Adobe a prévu plusieurs nouveaux outils. Photoshop bénéficiera ainsi d’une fonctionnalité permettant d’isoler tout objet, complexe ou non. Flash pourra quant à lui animer différemment l’outil “segment”, tandis que Dreamweaver offrira des options facilitant la gestion du langage CSS. De son côté, Premiere Pro sera équipé d’un moteur de rendu afin d’obtenir une vue générale des projets, et un outil de dessin en perspective apparaît sur Illustrator. C’est au niveau du prix que le bât blesse : la suite revient à plus de 3.000 euros en France, alors qu’elle ne coûte “que” 2.600 dollars (soit environ 1.900 euros) aux États-Unis. Un prix supérieur justifié, selon Adobe, par un taux de piratage plus élevé dans l’Hexagone. Le 13 avril 2010 à 12:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

TShirt Tuesday The Best Watchmen Shirts

first_imgStay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Hulk ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Fortnite Shirts Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: With DC’s Doomsday Clock bringing the world of Watchmen into continuity, dress for the end of the world in these shirts inspired by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic series.AdChoices广告Little RorschachWhen you think about Watchmen, the word “cute” doesn’t really come to mind. But this design by Undeadredneck somehow manages to give the property a shot of Peanuts and make it more than a little cuddly. Toting a smiley-face balloon, this masked avenger of the night will deliver brutal beatings to criminals and still be home in time for dinner. Don’t get him started on his dog.$20, buy it here.Doctor ManhattanOne of the most compelling parts of Watchmen comes when Doctor Manhattan is presented with his superhero identity by the United States government, who see the powerful propaganda value of a blue demigod who can reshape matter with a thought. When asked to adopt a traditional whirling-atom symbol as a logo, Manhattan demurs and instead etches the atomic symbol for hydrogen – a nucleus with one electron orbiting it – on his forehead. BustedMike does a fine job duplicating it for this downy-soft heather blue shirt.$23, buy it here.SquirrelshachThis bizarre shirt by JasonPiperberg has us thinking about a whole new version of Watchmen where each character is an animal. Nite Owl is, obviously, an owl, but what other animals do we want to match up? Silk Spectre is a cat, of course. The Comedian is a wild badger. And Rorschach is – a squirrel? Well, they are single-minded hoarders I guess.$20, buy it here.Atari 2600 WatchmenOne thing that doesn’t feature much in the alternate universe 1980s of Watchmen is video games – maybe Alan Moore wasn’t plugged into digital culture so well at the time. But if there was an Atari 2600 in that universe, you bet your bippy that they’d get the license for the real-world superheroes. This charming shirt by andremoraes speculates as to what the label art for that game would look like.$20, buy it here.King Of The WatchThe unique shifting-pattern mask worn by the vigilante Rorschach had a strange origin – it was a sample of heat and pressure-sensitive fabric that was cut by Walter Kovacs at his day job and intended for a prom dress. When the customer was murdered before she could wear it, he transformed it into a new face, one that hid emotions in a constant flow of change. Designer manospd pays tribute to the garment district roots of Rorschach with this shirt.$20, buy it here.King Of The WatchWe’ve seen a lot of pretty ridiculous things in our weekly dive through the universe of geek T-shirts, but every once in a while something still manages to surprise us. Case in point: this totally absurd T by Ninjaink, which casts the Arlen, Texas natives of King of the Hill as the main characters of Watchmen. Look at Cotton as the Comedian – that’s so ridiculous that it wraps back around to genius.$20, buy it here.MinutemenA whole lot of work went into this group shot of the Minutemen, the group of masked crusaders convened in the 1940s that just as quickly fell apart. Instead of an illustration, we’ve got a photograph of nine people in absolutely perfect cosplay lined up for their group shot. Even the background is historically accurate to the comic. Much respect to whatever models got this one together, because it’s one of a kind. Maybe ask designer flyingpigs how they did it.$20, buy it here.Tracy KovacsWalter Kovacs, the deranged vigilante better known as Rorschach, embodies a style of hero most often seen in the work of Steve Ditko: a moral arbiter of right and wrong who has no room for the gray areas in between. One of his earliest antecedents is Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, that hatchet-jawed cop who hunted down deformed criminals of all stripes with extreme prejudice. Artist Melonseta mashes the two up in this bold and graphic shirt.$20, buy it here.Gunga DinerOne of the coolest things about Watchmen is the insane level of detail Moore, and Gibbons put into their imagined world. It’s close to the reality we know, but things are just a few degrees off. Take fast food – in the more interconnected, multicultural world of Watchmen, McDonald’s has been replaced by more global fare like Indian chain Gunga Diner. That restaurant’s iconic logo appears on a shirt courtesy of bronzarino, and now I’m craving samosas.$20, buy it here.SmileIf there’s one image that the franchise is best known for, it’s the Comedian’s iconic smiley face button, found by Rorschach after his murder with a spray of blood across the top. Artist JacobCharlesDietz has rendered the pinback in photorealistic detail for this T-shirt design, a style we haven’t seen anybody else do. It’s the perfect clue to start on a journey of investigation and apocalypse.$20, buy it here.Alan Moore Knows The ScoreLet’s close this out with a shirt that pays tribute to the man who made Watchmen possible, the heavy-bearded British oracle of chaos magic himself. Alan Moore’s mainstream comics career is probably over and he couldn’t be happier about that. Now he’s free to write bizarre Lovecraftian horror, quirky meta-fiction and whatever else he pleases. Kudos to SquareDog for this design, which quotes a classic Pop Will Eat Itself song.$20, buy it here.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Amtrak train hits tree triggers mudslide car derails

first_imgAn Amtrak spokeswoman says a train bound from Los Angeles to Seattle hit a tree lying across the tracks in Southern Oregon’s stormy Cascade Mountains, triggering a mudslide that derailed the baggage car and stalled the 246 passengers for hours.Spokeswoman Christina Leeds said no one was injured Wednesday. A freight train engine was dispatched to haul the passenger cars back to the station in Chemult, a small community about 165 miles southeast of Portland. Leeds said passenger cars were without power for several hours.Passengers got sub sandwiches and beverages as they boarded buses Wednesday evening for the trip to Portland. Leeds said plans called for Seattle-bound travelers to board a new train in Portland.Among the passengers was Regina Fraser, a co-host of the PBS travel show “Grannies on Safari.” In a brief phone interview, she said the passengers’ mood was “very positive” and credited the train crew with helping keep everyone calm.last_img read more

All clear given after bomb threat made at Florida Career College

first_imgLAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Deputies gave the all clear after reports of a bomb threat at Florida Career College in Lauderdale Lakes forced an evacuation.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the bomb threat was made at the Florida Career College building, located at 3383 N. State Road 7. The threat was made at around 10 a.m., Wednesday via phone.The building was evacuated, and the students were given the option to sit in a bus until the all clear was given at 11:20 a.m.This follows another bomb threat that happened at Westside Regional Hospital in Plantation on Jan. 18.According to officials, a man in a red shirt walked into that same facility and told the security guard that he was a terrorist. He fled the scene and nothing was found in that case.If you recognize that man, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

As Annabelle Comes Home releases here is the real story behind the

first_imgReal story behind Annabelle dollYouTube ScreenshotAmong several horror legends, Annabelle doll is one of the most popular. As Annabelle Comes Home hits the screens, we bring you the ‘true story’ associated with the origin of the evil spirit.One popular YouTube channel titled Khooni Monday, which releases videos of “true horror stories” every Monday, has now come up with the “real story” of Annabelle.Titled as “Annabelle Doll True Story”, the video narrates a story dated back in 1970 when this doll had created a lot of disturbance in the lives of two girls. It stated that a girl named Dona, who was studying nursing, was gifted a doll by her mother.Although she was a grown up college girl, she always liked dolls, and hence, her mother had gifted her the antique doll. She used to stay at an apartment with her room-mate Angie.Everything was fine until Dona and Angie noticed that the doll used to change its positions on its own. While they started paying more attention to this strange incidents, more paranormal activities began in the house.Things took a major turn when Dona and Angie while returning from college found multiple pieces of papers lying on their corridor with a message written “help me”. What made the girls more panicked is seeing the doll lying at the corner of the corridor with its face covered with blood.Sensing something paranormal, they called a priest from the Church who informed the two girls that the doll is possessed. While interacting with the spirit, it told the priest that she is a 7-year-old kid named Annabelle Higgins. She further told them that she had died in a car accident right where the apartment was built. It also told them that she feels safe with Dona and Angie, and wants to stay with them.Hearing the sad story, Dona and her friend felt sorry for the girl, and decided to let it stay with them thinking that a small kid cannot cause harm to anyone.Angie had a boyfriend named Luu, who at times used to stay in the same apartment. When Angie told him about the doll being possessed, he suggested them to get rid of it, but the girls did not agree.Soon Luu had a terrifying experience when his sleep broke in the middle of the night. He was extremely scared to realise that he could not move his body, and could only hear a small girl’s laughter. Suddenly he saw Annabelle standing near his bed, and before he could understand anything, the doll jumped on him, and started to strangle him. Scared to his limits, Luu felt unconscious, only to find the doll in its right place the next morning. The guy was confused if it was just a bad dream or the doll had actually attacked him.Things turned the worst when one night Angie and Luu heard a loud noise from Dona’s room, and when they went to check, they could not see anyone except Annabelle lying on the floor.Luu again heard the same girl’s laughter, and soon, he started to feel an intense pain on his chest. He and his girlfriend could not believe their eyes when they saw Luu having deep scratch marks on his chest, and blood flowing from those.This is when Dona and Angie decided to call two paranormal investigators, who informed them that it is not a spirit of a small child, but a demon inside the doll, which was pretending to be a small girl. They also told them that the evil spirit’s motive was to possess Dona’s body.The two paranormal investigators performed exorcism of the house, and took the doll along with them. After that, no such strange incidents happened with Dona, Angie and her boyfriend.Watch the video below:last_img read more

China says it wont sit by on Hong Kong

first_imgA pro-democracy protester wearing a gas mask, goggles and a helmet during a rally in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on 11 August 2019. Photo: AFPChina warned Thursday that it will not “sit by and watch” the unrest unfolding in Hong Kong, as US President Donald Trump expressed concern over the risk of a violent response to pro-democracy protests.Trump urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to meet with demonstrators, while US National Security Advisor John Bolton warned Beijing against creating a “new” Tiananmen Square in Hong Kong, referring to the deadly 1989 crackdown on protesters in Beijing.The weeks-long Hong Kong protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider—sometimes violent—call for democratic rights.The movement represents the greatest challenge to Beijing’s authority since the city was handed back by the British in 1997 under a deal that allowed it to keep freedoms that many Hong Kongers feel are being eroded.‘Enough power’Images taken by AFP on Thursday showed thousands of Chinese military personnel waving red flags and parading at a sports stadium in the city of Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong.Dozens of armoured personnel carriers and supply trucks were also parked nearby.Chinese state-run media reported this week that the elements of the People’s Armed Police (PAP), which is under the command of the Central Military Commission, were assembling in Shenzhen.China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, said Thursday that Beijing would not “sit by and watch”, warning that his government had “enough solutions and enough power to quell the unrest swiftly”.Analysts have said the potentially catastrophic economic and political consequences will deter Beijing from any overt boots-on-the ground intervention in the global financial hub.Trump urged a peaceful solution on Thursday, telling reporters that he is “concerned” over a possible crackdown and saying that if Xi “sat down with the protesters… I’ll bet he’d work it out in 15 minutes.”Trump added: “I know it’s not the kind of thing he does.”The US president also said he would be speaking with Xi “soon.”In an interview with VOA News published Thursday, Bolton said that “people in America remember Tiananmen Square,” warning China that “it would be a big mistake to create a new memory like that in Hong Kong.”The previous day, Trump linked a possible trade deal with Beijing to a peaceful resolution to the political unrest that has roiled the semi-autonomous Chinese city for 10 weeks.“Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!” Trump tweeted, in the first clear indication that the trade deal could be threatened by how Beijing reacts to the protests.Activists are planning another series of mass rallies this weekend in a bid to show their cause still maintains broad public support despite violent scenes during a disruptive occupation of the airport.On Tuesday, chaos erupted at one of the world’s busiest transport hubs when protesters physically stopped travellers from boarding flights, battled riot police and assaulted two men they accused of being Chinese infiltrators.No concessionsBeijing—which has refused to grant any concessions to the protest movement—has seized on the airport violence, with state-media churning out a deluge of condemnatory articles, pictures and videos.Until the airport protest, hardcore demonstrators had largely focused their anger towards the police, or state institutions such as the city’s parliament and Beijing’s main office in the city.The chaotic airport scenes have prompted some soul-searching within the largely leaderless movement over whether that violence has undermined their cause.The economy, already battered by the trade war, has also been affected. The city’s financial chief Paul Chan on Thursday predicted a meagre zero to one percent growth for the year.Trump’s comments on Hong Kong appeared to signal a change in his approach to events in the city.He has come under fire from both sides of the political aisle for shying away from the issue, avoiding criticising Beijing even as he cited US intelligence reports of Chinese forces moving to the territory’s border.China has portrayed the protests as a foreign-funded attempt to destabilise the motherland rather than a popular revolt against its policies.Washington and Beijing have imposed tariffs on $360 billion in two-way trade, but Trump has delayed tariffs on electronic goods from China, giving investors hope for a detente in the trade conflict.The introduction of Hong Kong as a potential bargaining chip in those talks could produce a further wrinkle.last_img read more

Fox Sports App Sees Big Lift From World Cup

first_imgThe U.S. soccer team may not have qualified for the World Cup, but Fox Sports is still seeing a big boost in app downloads as soccer fans are looking to stream matches of the tournament. The Fox Sports app was the 3rd most downloaded iPhone app in the U.S. this past Monday, according to app analytics specialist App Annie.That’s especially notable considering its astronomic rise: On June 7, the same app hadn’t even ranked in the Top 1000 of most-downloaded iPhone apps in the U.S. Popular on Variety According to App Annie, Fox Sports is using some good old-fashioned SEO to make sure that soccer fans find its app on the app stores. The network changed the name of the app to “FOX Sports: FIFA World Cup” and “FOX Sports: Watch 2018 FIFA World Cup Live” in time for the beginning of the Cup. The app has also received updated keywords to attract more World Cup-specific search traffic.This type of search optimization seems to be paying off: The app ranked #2 among the sports apps on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play earlier this week, according to App Annie. The Fox Sports app has been equally successful on Android, where it also wasn’t  in the Top 1000 before the World Cup began. On June 18, it had become the 5th most downloaded app on Google Play.Fox has the English-language broadcast rights for the 2018 World Cup, with NBC’s Telemundo broadcasting and streaming the tournament in Spanish. Fox is showing a small amount of the matches on its broadcast channel, but has relegated most of them to Fox Sports, while also streaming each and every match via the Fox Sports app. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Why Superstitious Thieves Turned Severed Hands Into Candles for Good Luck

first_img“Criminals,” explained Batman in his 1939 first appearance, “are a superstitious, cowardly lot.” The Dark Knight Detective didn’t know the half of it.In 1935 a gnarled human hand was donated to the town museum in Whitby. A faded fishing port in North Yorkshire, Whitby is best known for inspiring one of its best known visitors — Bram Stoker — in the composition of his landmark work of gothic horror, Dracula.Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire, UK.This mummified hand had been found in the late 1800s hidden above the door frame of an old thatched cottage in Castleton, a village deep in the North York Moors.The cottage had previously belonged to a local rogue, although he was never convicted of any crime, and this disgusting discovery was instantly recognized as the Hand of Glory.Hand of Glory, Whitby Museum. Photo by John W. Schulze CC BY 2.0It was and still is, the only surviving example of its kind. The house’s new owner was tempted to rebury it in the village cemetery, but instead passed it onto a local historian who eventually donated it to Whitby Museum.An old thieves’ charm, the Hand of Glory or Dead Man’s Candle, was just one of the many by-products of the gallows.Once night fell, those condemned criminals — preferably murderers — who were publicly hanged found that their indignity wasn’t over.The hand of glory on display at Whitby Museum. Photo by CC BY SA 4.0Their dangling body was hacked up for various purposes by the desperate and the despicable alike.By special permission surgeons carted them away for public dissections, but they were an honest exception.Splinters of the gallows were taken as protective or healing charms (or popped in the mouth to ease toothache); the rope itself was said to cure headaches; teeth were prised out for the making of dentures; and various stomach-turning folk medicines called for human fat, blood and the moss growing on the skull of a hanged man.Hanging of a buccaneer at Execution Dock.The most potent of the hanged man’s body parts, however, were his hands. Across the 18th century there are reports the sick lining up to place their withered limbs, or even their sickly babies, into the lifeless hands of a hanged man, often the executioner himself would charge a small fee for access to the corpse.Hardened criminals, though, had a far more nefarious and gruesome use in mind for the dead man’s digits.The cadaver’s right hand was cut off, it was drained of all blood and wrapped in a burial shroud with which to draw out the last drops of ichor. The fingers were moved into their new position, and the hand was pickled for two weeks in an earthenware jar with salt, long peppers and saltpetre (potassium nitrate). Then it would either be left to dry in the sun or dried in an oven with vervain, a herb that was said to repel demons.Illustration of a demon.Finally — in the case of the Whitby Museum Hand of Glory — it was coated in wax. This hand was designed so that the fingers and thumb were lit like gristly candles. So long as they remained alight, all who slept within the household would remain in a deep, unstirred slumber while the burglars went about their business.If the fingers refused to light, it was an omen that someone in the household was still awake, or that the thieves had miscalculated the number of people in the home. Once lit, the Hand of Glory could only be prematurely extinguished with blood or milk.Hand of Glory print.An alternate recipe from the 1722 French grimoire Petit Albert call for the fingers of the hand to clutch a single candle, made from human fat from an executed felon and horse dung, which would burn in the dead man’s grasp.In this incarnation the burglar should “use the Hand of Glory as a candlestick to hold this candle when lighted, and then those in every place into which you go with this baneful instrument shall remain motionless.”Torturing and execution of witches.The same book offers a counter-charm with which the paranoid to protect their households, if you prefer your house smelling like the drains of an abattoir to having it robbed:“The Hand of Glory would become ineffective, and thieves would not be able to utilize it, if you were to rub the threshold or other parts of the house by which they may enter with an unguent composed of the gall of a black cat, the fat of a white hen, and the blood of the screech-owl.”This account of the Hand of Glory stopping people in their tracks is echoed in reports from witch trials over a century earlier, attesting to a long belief in the charm.A papier-mâché hand of glory. Photo by Kuriologist CC BY-SA 4.0In 1588 two German women, Nichel and Bessers, confessed to digging up two corpses from the churchyard so that they could make Hands of Glory. A few years later in the 1590s North Berwick Witch Trials — Scotland’s largest and most infamous — a schoolmaster called Dr John Fian was tortured into admitting that he had used a Hand of Glory in order to break into a church and conduct blasphemous inversion of a religious ceremony to honour the Devil.Read another story from us: The ‘Yeti Skull’ which Still has People Scratching their HeadsThese last two may be tall tales born out of forced confessions, but it’s clear at least from Whitby Museum’s Hand of Glory that some people believed enough in these ghoulish charms to make them… and perhaps use them.last_img read more

Traffic stats for your journey home

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Southbound – 640Have a safe journey home!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! The stats are in regarding the build-up of Easter traffic going home this afternoon (April 2). The following statistics will help you plan your trip home, or wherever you’re going.Mooi Plaza: Northbound – 1580Southbound – 740Tugela Plaza: Northbound – 2130Southbound – 550Read also: Road closure on N3 at Mooi River due to protest actionAlso read: Expect high traffic volumes!Wilge Plaza: Northbound – 1120Southbound – 590De Hoek Plaza: Northbound – 1320last_img read more

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