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Gun control debate intensifies with possibility of arming school teachers

first_img KUSI Newsroom The debate on gun control has been intensifying across the nation following the deadly shooting in Florida last week.Now, President Trump and others are calling for teachers to be armed with weapons at schools for added protection.KUSI was joined by Chris Holmberg, a teacher from the Poway Unified School District. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 23, 2018 February 23, 2018 Gun control debate intensifies with possibility of arming school teachers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Clashes air strikes kill 52 IS militants in Iraq

first_imgIn Iraq’s western province of Anbar, hundreds of soldiers, police officers, Shia and Sunni militias launched an operation in the militant-seized town of al-Baghdadi, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.They retook control of part of the town, including its main police headquarters, after heavy clashes with the IS militants, Xinhua cited a provincial security source as saying. The clashes left more than 20 militants killed, the source said without giving details about the casualties of the security members. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe security forces repelled an IS attack on a neighbourhood adjacent to al-Baghdadi, which was the scene of fierce clashes two days ago, leaving at least four IS fighters killed, including two suicide bombers, the source added.On Saturday, the security forces broke the siege of the neighbourhood which is housing some 1,000 families of security personnel and government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group members. They have been trapped for about 10 days and the families have suffered from acute shortage in food and drinking water. Separately, US and partner-nation warplanes conducted air strikes on IS positions near a bridge outside the militant-seized city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, killing at least five militants and wounding seven others. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanElsewhere, warplanes of the US-led coalition on late Sunday night hit an IS convoy outside a village near the town of Daqouq, some 40 km south of Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk, destroying two vehicles and killing some 18 militants aboard, a security source said.In Iraq’s northern central province of Salahudin, heavy clashes erupted near the town of Is’haqi, some 90 km north of Baghdad, between the security forces and dozens of IS militants who attacked a military base, leaving at least five extremist militants killed.The security situation in Iraq has drastically deteriorated since June 10 last year, when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and the IS, an Al Qaeda offshoot.last_img read more

KMC to charge money from owners for not cleaning garbage

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will charge money from owners of private houses, bodies of housing complexes and authorities looking after government properties for not cleaning garbage from their premises.This was decided at a high-level meeting held in the office of Borough XI on Wednesday.Representatives of Boroughs X and XII also attended the meeting. Atin Ghosh, Mayor-in-Council (Health), KMC Commissioner, Director Generals of building, solid waste management also attended the meeting. The Councilors of the Wards under the Boroughs were also present. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA similar meeting will be held on September 22 in the office of Borough XIV. The senior officials of Boroughs XIII, XIV, XV and XVI will attend the meeting.The meetings are being held as a part of the drives against dengue.It was decided that the KMC will issue notices under Section 496A of the KMC Act to the owners who fail to clear garbage from their premises. The workers of the solid waste management department of the KMC will clear garbage from the premises and in the case of individual houses, the charges will be added to the property tax. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn case of government properties, the KMC will send the bill to the authorities looking after the buildings.In case the owners fail to pay the money, the KMC will file cases against them in the MunicipalCourt.In case of individual buildingswhere the civic authorities will fail to spot the owners or that are kept under lock and key for years together, the civic authorities in presence of local police will break open the lock and clean the premises. Senior KMC officials said that unless the individual house owners, authorities and bodies looking after the government buildings and housing complexes clean garbage from the premises, it is impossible for KMC to clean garbage from each and every premise which is the responsibility of the owners.They further added that to make the anti-dengue drive successful, cooperation from the owners of houses and authorities of institutional buildings is required.It may be mentioned that the civic authorities are engaging the Durga Puja committees to create awareness against dengue in their respective areas and the best Puja committee will be given cash award.”It is a collective drive and we seek cooperation from people representing all walks of life,” said Atin Ghosh, member, Mayor-in-Council (Health).last_img read more

2 arrested with fake currency notes in Murshidabad

first_imgKolkata: Murshidabad district police have nabbed two persons and seized Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) worth Rs 7 lakh from Farakka.According to police, on Thursday night sleuths got a tip-off that a good number of FICN denominations will be smuggled through Farakka. After a while police came to know from sources that two persons from south India whose whereabouts seemed suspicious were staying in a hotel near New Farakka crossing. Based on the information, on the wee hours of Friday, police raided the room number 33 of the hotel and detained two residents of Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. During search sleuths found 350 FICN of Rs 2000 denomination. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseImmediately, the duo identified as Raghunand Naidu and Rajesh Dewala was arrested. Later, during interrogation they said that they were acting as a carrier of FICN. A person from Baishnabnagar in Malda had delivered the FICNs to them on Thursday. They were about to leave for Chittoor on Saturday. They also confessed that previously they tried to get hold of FICN but failed to get right contact. Sleuths suspect that a racket in Andhra Pradesh is trying to smuggle in FICN there. The Superintendent of Police (SP) of Murshidabad, Sri Mukesh said: “The rate of FICN is Rs 1 lakh for FICN worth Rs 2 lakh. We are trying to identify the person who came from Malda to deliver the FICNs.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to police, last year Murshidabad District Police had nabbed 84 persons and seized FICN worth Rs 1 crore 28 lakh. This year till Friday, 10 persons have been arrested and approximately Rs 10.28 lakh have been seized. Malda for long has a prominent hub for counterfeit currency trade. According to an estimate by Bengal CID, this year, various security agencies have seized counterfeit currencies worth Rs 1.75 crore from across the country and every seizure had the familiar Malda link.last_img read more

Kids spend more time on TV than smart devices

first_imgIn the age of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, young children are spending more time watching television than ever before, according to a study. Researchers from Florida International University in the US compared pre-mobile device usage in 1997 to when mobile devices were widely available in 2014. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, found that television consumption still significantly outpaced mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There is growing concern over the amount of time that children, particularly very young children, spend watching shows and in front of screens,” said Weiwei Chen, an assistant professor at Florida International University. “Our findings were surprising as it feels like mobile devices are omnipresent, but televisions are still the most common way for young children to consume media,” Chen said. The recently conducted study found that the average amount of screen time in 1997 for children up to the age of two was 1.3 hours while children between the ages of three and five spent about 2.5 hours a day on screens. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBy 2014, children up to the age of two were using screens an average of three hours per day – more than double the amount of time. This study is unique as it uses written diary data provided by parents instead of general surveys that are often administered at a later date, which may cause a greater parental recall bias. “The increase in the amount of screen time for infants and toddlers is telling. Our study reinforces general findings that a variety of characteristics, such as education and income levels, relate to screen use,” said Jessica L Adler, an assistant professor at Florida International University. “Further research is needed, once data become available, to assess changes in media consumption and device use in more recent years,” Adler said. While there is much concern about the overuse of mobile devices to occupy and entertain children, it is important that more attention be paid to the amount of television they are consuming, according to the researchers.last_img read more

10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week

first_imgSeptember 13, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Here’s a roundup of the week’s notable news and tantalizing tidbits from the world of entrepreneurship.1. Grammy-winning band embraces web technology for new single: The popular indie band Arcade Fire has made headlines with its pioneering use of modern web technology and open-source collaboration. The collaborators? You. Its latest video for “Reflektor” allows users to put their face into the video or manipulate the graphics using a computer mouse or mobile device. (Mashable)2. Japan turns to women to ramp up startup ecosystem: The Japanese government is trying to build a stronger economy on the backs of female entrepreneurs. “Women are Japan’s great underused asset,” says Hitoshi Masusa, the former director of governmental and technology agency located in Tokyo. For its “Japan is Back” campaign, the government is rolling out plans for a 20 billion yen ($200 million USD) fund to support female entrepreneurs. (CNN Money)3. Big data debunks hiring myths: Don’t let dated hiring and work-force management practices hurt your business. Big data is blowing the lid off traditional hiring folklore, opening up search criteria and allowing employers to make better hiring decisions. (The Atlantic)4. Higher education needs a revolution: TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in San Francisco this week welcomed California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newson and Sebastian Thrun, the co-founder of online education website Udacity, to discuss the role technology plays in education. “This is code red,” said Newsom. “We have to do something dramatic. (LinkedIn Today)5. Five ways to rebound: Being an entrepreneur, you may have your fair share of disappointments. How you handle major blows can define you as a person and the leader of your company. Here are five tips to help you deal with disappointment constructively. (Salon) 6. The trep at the core of the iPhone 5S: One of the most talked about new features on the iPhone 5S is the fingerprint sensor technology. The story of how this feature got into one of the most popular consumer products ever created goes back more than a decade and starts with an entrepreneur named F. Scott Moody. (Charlotte Observer)7. Failure is not cool: For entrepreneurs, research is key to evaluating risk and ensuring there is an actual need for your product or service. Yet, recently research has fallen by the wayside, as founders are less scared to fail and more concerned about producing a lean startup or creating an inexpensive minimal viable product. Erika Hall, author of Just Enough Research and co-founder of Mule Design Studio, offers an intriguing opinion on how the “failure culture” is stifling innovation. (Wired) 8. Assimilation does nothing for diversity: Apparently, creating an established company culture or inclusion programs are stifling diversity by forcing individuals to conform. President of Matuson Consulting firm Roberta Chinsky Matuson weighs in on statements made in a recently released white paper titled Uncovering Talent by New York University School of Law Professor Kenji Yoshino and Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion Managing Principal Christie Smith. (Fast Company)9. Three defining rules of success: Separating the lucky from the exceptional, these three rules cut to the core of how great companies think and succeed. (Business Insider)10. Google releases sophisticated photo-editing tools: Google announced it has integrated photo-editing technology Snapseed into Google +, making transforming and tweaking photos, well, a snap. Snapseed not only covers the basics but also has more advanced features that allow users to apply filters, edit only certain areas of a picture and overlay various effects. (CNET)last_img read more

WestJet launches nonstop YYCNashville brings back HalifaxGander route

first_img Posted by Share WestJet launches nonstop YYC-Nashville, brings back Halifax-Gander route Tags: Calgary, Halifax, Nashville, New Routes, WestJet Travelweek Group center_img CALGARY — WestJet has announced brand new nonstop service between Calgary and Nashville and the reintroduction of its Halifax-Gander route as part of its busy summer schedule.Service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Nashville International Airport (BNA) begins on May 4 and runs twice weekly. With the launch, WestJet will become the first Canadian carrier to offer nonstop service between the two destinations.The airline began service to Nashville from Toronto last year and currently flies six times weekly on WestJet Encore. Flights from Calgary to Nashville will be operated on Boeing 737 aircraft.“WestJet continues to boost our flight network out of our Calgary hub,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “Just as the route out of Toronto has been embraced, we expect that Western Canadians will be thrilled to have the only nonstop access from Calgary to one of the most popular and happening cities in the U.S.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAs part of its 2017 summer schedule, which was announced on the same day as the new Nashville route, the airline also revealed it will once again fly its route from Halifax to Gander, Newfoundland. The year-round service starts daily on April 30, with one-way fares starting at $164.59.“A convenient afternoon departure will provide travellers access to Halifax and connections to WestJet’s robust network beyond, without the early morning rise,” said Reg Wright, President and CEO, Gander International Airport Authority. “Passengers have clearly told us they wanted more afternoon departures, so this is welcome news for Central Newfoundland residents.”WestJet’s 2017 summer schedule also includes new nonstop additional flights from Toronto to Orlando, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Montreal and Moncton, as well as four new weekly flights between Vancouver and Hamilton and the addition of a daily flight to San Francisco. Service from Calgary will increase with six additional weekly flights to Toronto, and a once-daily flight to both Winnipeg and Regina will be added. Service from Edmonton to Kelowna will increase by 12 weekly flights and by one additional weekly flight to Las Vegas, while service from Kelowna to Winnipeg will increase by one weekly flight for a total of four times weekly. Lastly, existing winter service has been extended through the summer, including six daily flights between Vancouver and Kelowna, and five daily flights from Vancouver to Prince George.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesFor more information go to westjet.com. Tuesday, January 31, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more