Real Estate Apps From Android To Zillow

first_imgTrulia is my favorite of the bunch, with a simple, intuitive design and ample listings of properties for sale and rent—along with links to open houses and agents. You can search by city or address, although I found it most useful to let the GPS service provide a map of all nearby homes for sale (within my specified criteria). As you drive through an area, the map can adjust, updating the homes quickly as your position changes.With Trulia, it’s also very easy to set-up notifications and to save your searches. These may be linked to their website, so you can review your favorites on your laptop later. Trulia’s app often displays a small ad-sized listing of an agent across their map. At the beginning, this is helpful. After you’ve selected an agent, it becomes annoying. I would have been happy to pay about $2 for the app, say, to ditch these ads.Trulia makes it a snap to get turn-by-turn directions to any property listed, and to quickly text your spouse of your latest find. You can also sort listings by price, features (e.g. number of bedrooms), and by “newest” listing – which can be very useful to know.Use Trulia and you’ll wonder how people searched for homes before smartphones existed. 2. Zillow Having viewed nearly as many apps as properties in my ongoing search for a home, I can recommend these three: Trulia, Zillow and Redfin.They each provide you with an abundance of listings and include the most important details of nearly every home displayed. Each app can text new listing alerts directly to your phone. All are optimized for real-time location-based house hunting, using the smartphone’s GPS. However, you can also search for properties by typing an address or city into the app’s search bar, or even touch-scrolling the app’s map to where you want to live. All three are available on iPhone, iPad and Android, and are all free. All three also have companion websites, with additional layers of information available, such as school rankings and property taxes. 1. Trulia Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Because of the ease of use of the Trulia app, I have placed it above Zillow. The breadth of information that Zillow offers on each listing, however, makes it a must-have for your home search.Zillow includes a photo tour of the property, a sales history and an estimate of its current value. brian s hall Buying a home is a nasty, arduous and blessed task. It’s further complicated by the glaringly obvious fact that nobody makes any money until you buy. The feeling that you are so much meat waiting to be ground into sausage rarely goes away.I should know. I am in the process of moving from the lovely state of Wisconsin to sunny California—specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area. There are, shall we say, some bracing differences in the two real estate markets, and not just in terms of price. (Did you say the actual ground beneath your feet sometimes … moves?)Big Market For Real Estate AppsLuckily for me and everyone else in the market, there are many useful real estate apps available across all major smartphone platforms. In fact, there are so many good real estate apps that it can be hard to choose the best one.This shouldn’t be too surprising. The housing market in the U.S. is valued at about $10 trillion. Numerous companies are eagerly hoping to carve out a slice of this sizable American pie—and garner your loyalty—by helping you choose among the 70 million homes located throughout the country.Zillow, for example, recently began airing this television commercial. Spoiler alert: for the Bay Area, at least, the price estimate is wildly under-valued. This fact somewhat diminishes the Schaedenfreude of discovering that seemingly every buyer in the past ten years has lost a small fortune. Zillow includes a handy “draw” feature which lets you swipe an area on the map that then displays the listings within that area. The app also claims to include “pre-market” properties—those which may be coming on to the market soon. This might be a great feature, though I never saw any such properties in the Bay Area. And I would have jumped at them.If you love good house porn, Zillow is the app for you.3. RedfinRedfin is also very good. The app provides a simple, yet robust search interface. You can search by GPS, type in a city or street—or even an MLS number—and narrow these down across several search criteria. These can include price, square footage, year built, number of baths and much more.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Tags:#Android#App#iPhone#real estate For me, Redfin’s best feature was letting me know if a house was already “pending”—meaning, an offer had been made. This saved me a great deal of time. Redfin also lets you check out homes that have recently sold and for how much. This turned out to be extremely helpful information and has aided my subsequent searches.Note: Redfin appeared to have as many or more listings than either Trulia or Zillow, at least within the Bay Area. In my personal app tests, looking for sales data in other states yielded fewer results.Location, Location, AppI sometimes tell people that there are so many apps that they need to download three great ones, no more, and focus. But that’s not quite true.While I do highly recommend all of the apps above, there remains that nagging uncertainty that some awesome property is out there, ready to slip away if I don’t reach for an alternative. So here are several backups for the paranoid house-hunters out there (i.e., all of you):1. Foreclosures Real EstateIn the Bay Area, at least, a shocking majority of houses for sale are, in fact, houses in foreclosure. It may be the same where you are searching.This app lists foreclosures, short sales, HUD homes and auction properties. 2. For Sale By Owner What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces This app claims to be the “only” one to provide properties that are exclusively for sale by owner. It contains over 30,000 listings. As most listings in other apps are taken from the MLS, this app clearly serves a purpose.3. Realtor.comA very well-designed app from the National Association of Realtors. Not surprisingly, it appears to contain as many listings as any of my top three. This app also provides better in-app data on schools.That said, I found my top three easier to navigate, and their information better optimized for my iPhone’s screen. 4. HomeSnapThis is a popular app that includes all the available MLS listings. Its claim to fame is that the app lets you take a picture of a house and—based on the GPS data embedded in the photo—get back the sales information on that property.I have yet to use this feature.5. Google GlassIf you’re one of the very few people possessing Google Glass, I am not, you’re in luck. According to the New York Times, Trulia offers a Google Glass app.6. Agents and BrokersI found no compelling reason to choose a particular realtor’s app over any of those listed above. Related Posts last_img read more

EC’s credibility hit: Congress, NC

first_imgThe National Conference and the Congress on Tuesday alleged that the Election Commission had decided to cancel the Anantnag Lok Sabha byelection to saving the BJP-PDP coalition government in the State from embarrassment.J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president G.A. Mir, the joint candidate of the two parties for the seat, said the failure of the Union and the State governments to conduct the elections showed “how grim and out of control the situation in Kashmir is”.The Congress candidate alleged that the Centre could not provide the security required and adopted dilly-dallying tactics “to save the already dented image of the PDP-BJP government in the State”.Slams alliance“Scrapping of the byelections is a blot on the face of both the State and the Central governments. The PDP-BJP alliance has no moral right to remain in power,” he said. National Conference general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said the cancellation had “put a question mark on EC’s credibility”.At PDP’s bidding“The EC has taken this decision on the recommendation of the coalition government in the State. Earlier, everybody urged the EC to postpone the bypolls keeping in view of the unfavourable atmosphere but they went ahead and later the PDP’s candidate urged the Commission to postpone the election, which was agreed to by the EC,” Mr. Sagar alleged.Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah, blamed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for the EC’s decision.“This is your legacy Ms. Mufti. Your ‘5% of the people’ have brought J&K back to the early 1990s; yet shamelessly you cling on to power! It’s depressing to see how far we have regressed in Kashmir from the highs of the Assembly polls of 2014 to the cancelled election of 2017,” Mr. Abdullah said.The leader said that in many ways, this was similar to the symbolic victory against India scored by the release of militants for Ms. Mufti’s sister in 1990. “The only things keeping Ms. Mufti in office are her shamelessness and a misplaced sense of pride in Delhi preventing admission of mistake,” Mr. Abdullah said.The EC on Tuesday cancelled the byelections, citing “unfavourable conditions”.Earlier, PDP candidate Tassaduq Mufti had also suggested to the ECI to cancel the upcoming polls. The byelection to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat witnessed violence on April 9, leaving nine civilians dead.Later, the EC postponed the bypolls for Anantnag seat, scheduled for April 12, to May 25. National Conference president Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar byelection, defeating PDP candidate Nazir Khan by 10,766 votes in an election marked by a low turnout.The constituency, comprising 15 Assembly segments across Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, saw just 80,000 of the 12.5 lakh voters exercising their franchise.last_img read more

Arunachal govt. erects statue to honour Bhupen Hazarika

first_imgThe Arunachal Pradesh government has erected a statue of legendary music composer and singer Bhupen Hazarika at Bolung village in Dibang Valley district of the State.The ten-foot bronze statue, sculpted by Biren Singh of Guwahati, was erected in the village this year. It would be formally unveiled in the early part of 2018, an official said.“The State government had allocated Rs. 30 lakh for the statue in 2015 as a tribute to the legendary singer. Bhupen da is more an Arunachalee than an Assamese,” Director of Research Department Batem Pertin said.Bolung village is adjacent to Assam’s Sadiya area where his parents lived. He was often carried to the village by his elders. Later as a boy he also moved around the village frequently, an official said.Mr. Pertin said that the government in 2016-17 also allocated Rs. 70 lakh for erection of two statues of Hazarika at Yazali in Lower Subansiri district and Itanagar.Mr. Pertin, also the general secretary of the A.P. Literary Society, said that due to persuasion of the society, the government approved the Bolung project. “The land was donated by the sons of former MLA of Arunachal Pradesh Provisional Legislative Assembly Gora Pertin,” Mr. Pertin said.last_img read more

Indian women boxers get foreign coach for the first time

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) In a historic first for Indian boxing, Frenchman Stephane Cottalorda, an AIBA three-star coach, has been roped to train the countrys women pugilists for a nearly two-year term. The 41-year-old, who is a member of the European Boxing Confederations coaches commission, will be joining the boxers in the first week of June. In addition, Italys Raffaele Bergamasco has been roped in for the youth women boxers, while the recently-appointed mens coach Santiago Nieva has been handed a contract till December 2020. Bergamasco, also an International Boxing Association (AIBA) three-star coach, too has been appointed till December 2020. Cottalorda, however, has come in till December 2018 for the time being. “The contracts of all the three coaches were finalised yesterday after a meeting at the Sports Authority of India. We are looking to bring about stability in the Indian coaching set-up with this,” a top Boxing Federation of Indian official told PTI. Besides being an experienced coach for women boxers in France, which earned him a three-star rating from the International Boxing Association (AIBA), Cottalorda has also been a certified coach in the AIBA Pro-Boxing and the World Series of Boxing. Bergamasco, on the other hand, has been a dedicated coach with the Italian boxers — both men and women — at both the senior and youth level. This is the first time in the history of Indian boxing that three foreign coaches have been brought in at various levels to assist boxers. Nieva, a member of the AIBA coaches commission, had joined the mens camp in April. Currently the mens chief coach position is shared by the veteran duo of Shiv Singh and SR Singh. The long-serving Gurbax Singh Sandhu is the current womens chief coach, while G Manoharan is the chief coach for youth male boxers. “Once Raffaele and Stephane join in the first week of June, we would hold a meeting to discuss how the camps would function,” the BFI official said. The first big assignment for the countrys women boxers would be the Asian Championships in Vietnam come November. The youth women will be competing in the World Championships to be hosted by India in Guwahati — also in November. The senior women boxers are currently training in the National Boxing Academy in Rohtak. PTI PM AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

#MeToo Cycle Diaries

first_imgFor model Priyanka Kochhar, it was a bad break-up. For Pakistan’s Zenith Irfan, it was the quest to realise her late father’s dream. For Sarah Kashyap, it was a challenge thrown at her by her brother. But these biker girls also had one common reason to take up motorcycling: There’s,For model Priyanka Kochhar, it was a bad break-up. For Pakistan’s Zenith Irfan, it was the quest to realise her late father’s dream. For Sarah Kashyap, it was a challenge thrown at her by her brother. But these biker girls also had one common reason to take up motorcycling: There’s no glass ceiling to their sense of adventure. Known as #bikewithgirl on Instagram, Kochhar straddled three different superbikes for a cruise across Croatia in the Harley-Davidson Triple Threat event in April. Zenith’s journeys culminated in a critically acclaimed documentary, Motorcycle Girl, released in Pakistan this year. And Kashyap is set to hit the international rally circuit after becoming the first woman to finish the prestigious Raid De Himalaya and Desert Storm rally in the Xtreme Moto Category. Another thing they share: they all hope to ride into a day when pepper spray and body alarms are things of the past.Priyanka Kochhar, 32MumbaiOnly Indian woman participant in Harley Davidson Triple Treat Press Event, CroatiaDaily Ride: KTM Duke-200The Essentials: Hydration pack, pepper spray if riding in India, energy bars, day and night visorsWhat was the highlight of your ride through Croatia?Riding the Iron 1200 bike (256 kg), which is seven times my weight! But everything went smooth, thanks to the brilliant instructors. It was great to ride the Harley on Croatia’s cities and mountains. We toured and raced. It was a complete experience.When did you start motorcycling and how did it happen to you?Around four years ago, I had a bad break-up and was left with no friends. I just didn’t know how to get out of the gloomy mindscape. A friend of mine owned a Royal Enfield. I borrowed it from him and crammed up a lot of tutorials. A few falls, and the bike accepted me.advertisementDo you think things have changed for women riders since you first started?When I started, there were hardly any women on these machines. Now we see a ratio of 88:12 in many events. What we need are more exclusive motor­sport events for women in order to encourage them to participate.Dudes are always talking about women drivers. Unfortunately, the moment [guys] realise that it’s a woman riding, they start following and racing.Zenith Irfan, 23PakistanHas travelled to the dangerous northern areas of Pakistan on her bike. Zenith IrfanDaily Ride: Suzuki GS 150The Essentials: Two pairs of clothing (winter/ summer), rain gear, mini toolkit, camping gearHow does it feel now that there’s a film on you?It is a wonderful feeling. The movie has been received well and hailed by critics as “the film that has changed Pakistani cinema”.How did you start?I turned 18 in 2013 and decided to fulfil my late father’s wish to travel round the world on a motorcycle. I have clocked 20,000 km and visited more than 200 cities in provinces like Gilgit Baltistian, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. I hope that one day relations with India would improve so that I am able to ride to Kerala.How do men in Pakistan react seeing you ride a motorcycle?In the mountains, men are proud to see a woman rider exploring the valleys. I get mixed reactions from city men. Pakistanis are not used to seeing a woman on a bike.Sarah Kashyap, 32ChandigarhShe is the first Indian woman to have completed the Raid and Desert storm Sarah KashyapDaily Ride: KTM EXC 250, but soon a Honda CRF 450The Essentials: A US Army body alarm. A loud sound in case of an emergency can give you enough time to escape. Torch, puncture kit, repair kit, medicines, basic spare partsHow were you introduced to motorcycling?It started at the age of 16 when my brother challenged me to ride a bike.What’s your next goal?I want to be the first Asian woman to complete the Dubai International Baja & Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. I want to participate in the toughest offroad race in the world-The Dakar Rally.What’s it like to be a woman biker in India?I get thumbs ups all the time from people but men try to race me as their egos get bruised when a woman overtakes.last_img read more

India vs England: Dhoni’s knock reminded Gavaskar of his infamous 36 not out

first_imgFormer India captain MS Dhoni was booed at Lord’s during the second ODI against England as he played an innings of 37 from 59 balls.India were behind the asking rate when Dhoni walked into bat but he struggled to score quickly as India succumbed to a 86-run loss. The crowd wasn’t happy with Dhoni’s slowish knock and they made their displeasure clear as the wicketkeeper-batsman’s dismissal was applauded.Talking about Dhoni’s innings, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India that the innings reminded of his infamous 36 not out against England at the same venue.”Dhoni’s struggle was understandable because when confronted with an impossible situation, the options get limited and the mind becomes negative. Dhoni’s struggle reminded me of my most infamous innings at the same venue,” Gavaskar wrote.India vs England 3rd ODI: Middle-order woes remain as India look for series winGavaskar was talking about the inaugural match of the 1975 world Cup, when he scored an unbeaten 36 off 174 balls chasing a target of 335. India lost the match by 202 runs.The former cricketer also added that India’s defeat in the second ODI highlighted their dependability on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah as England posted a total 322 at Lord’s.”Without Bhuvaneshwar and Bumrah, the final overs are generally a free for all for the opposition batsmen and David Willey played some bold strokes to take England to 322 when they should have been restricted to under 300,” Gavaskar said.Virat Kohli needs to work out the MS Dhoni conundrumadvertisementDespite all the criticism, captain Virat Kohli had defended his teammate Dhoni after the match.”This thing comes up again and again when he is not able to play the way he does. It is very unfortunate that people just jump to conclusions very quickly. When he does well people call him best finisher ever. And when things don’t go well people pounce on him. We all have bad days in cricket. Today was I think a bad day for everyone, not just for him alone. And just as a batting unit we could not click,” Kohli said.India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar also came out in support of Dhoni on the eve of the series decider. “With the combination we are playing, we do not have the depth at numbers 8, 9 or 10 (the lower order), and when you lose couple of wickets, it becomes really difficult to bat with that sort of freedom. Due credit to the England bowlers, they didn’t allow us to score any boundaries in that period and that was the reason the run rate kept climbing up,” Bangar said.With the three-match ODI series level 1-1, India will take on England on Tuesday at Headingley on Tuesday.last_img read more

Tabarez could risk Suarez return

first_imgWC Qualification South America Tabarez won’t rule out Suarez return in key Uruguay qualifiers Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 03:42 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) luis suarez - cropped Getty Images WC Qualification South America Luis Suárez Uruguay v Argentina Paraguay v Uruguay Uruguay With World Cup qualifying reaching a crucial stage, Uruguay’s head coach says his star attacker could be risked against Argentina or Paraguay Luis Suarez could feature for Uruguay in the international break despite missing matches for Barcelona through injury, according to national team coach Oscar Tabarez.The former Liverpool forward suffered a knee injury in the Supercopa de Espana second-leg loss to Real Madrid, which kept him out of Barca’s opening two La Liga games against Real Betis and Deportivo Alaves.Uruguay 40/1 to win the World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The club allowed him to travel to Uruguay to continue his recovery while his country prepare for World Cup qualifying clashes with Argentina and Paraguay.Tabarez says he still needs to talk to Suarez about his progress and warns that any suggestion he could play is, at this stage, just speculation.”Suarez arrives tomorrow [Wednesday],” Tabarez told a news conference. [His situation] is summed up in the almost identical press releases from both the Uruguay and Barcelona medical teams.”He is going to continue his recovery here and we’ll see then. I haven’t had the chance to talk to him, I need some time to talk with him and we’ll await his arrival.”All this came as a consequence of the good relationship between the professionals of both medical teams and because the player showed some good signs in his recovery work.Esta tarde, @Uruguay entrenará con 24 futbolistas. Solo faltará Maxi Pereira, quien arribará esta noche debido a atrasos en sus vuelos. — Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) August 29, 2017 “It was decided that instead of continuing his recovery in Barcelona he will do that in Montevideo. Everything else is just speculation and it is inconvenient to speculate.”We must always look at the reality of the situation and there are some aspects that we still don’t know. I cannot even compare this situation with other situations Luis has gone through previously where he showed an amazing recovery.”Uruguay are in third place — an automatic qualification spot, level on points with Chile and one clear of fifth-placed Argentina — in the South American section with four games remaining.last_img read more

Utah Fan Tries To Make Fun Of Cal’s Academics, Makes Grammatical Error

first_imgUtah fan makes fun of Cal saying "if Marshawn Lynch can get into Cal than anyone can".marshawn lynch cal utah fan spelling errorESPN’s College GameDay is at Utah this week, and Utes fans have come up with some pretty clever signs ahead of their big Pac-12 contest against Cal Saturday night. The one you’ll see below is not one of them.A Utah fan, attempting to make fun of Cal’s academics and question former running back Marshawn Lynch’s intelligence, made a grammatical error. Check it out:SIGN RULE NO. 1: If you’re going to make fun of the other school’s academics, check your grammar.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 10, 2015Marshawn knows the difference between “than” and “then” #gameday— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) October 10, 2015For the record, Cal is also one of the best public schools in the country. Major fail all around here.last_img read more

The Instant Lab Fuses Digital Photography With Analog Prints

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks Digital photography may be quick, convenient, and instantly shareable, but let’s face it — there’s nothing like the feeling of holding an actual photograph. Florian Kaps, Henne Wanders and Achim Hein felt a need to bridge the gap between the digital and the tangible, so they create the Instant Lab. The Instant Lab fuses everything good about digital photography with everything that makes Polaroid photographs so awesome. Basically, you can take an image from a smartphone or tablet screen put it through this machine, and voila — an analog photo comes out. The Manual caught up with its CEO,  Creed O’Hanlon to ask all about The Instant Lab.How did the idea for The Instant Lab come about?It was partly conceived by a camera engineer, Henne Wanders, together with Impossible’s founder, Florian ‘Doc’ Kaps and an eminent former designer for Leica, Achim Hein, as a way to bridge digital image-making and analog instant film. However, to make it possible, they also had to ‘re-invent’ and refine  the mechanical film processing unit that is the basis of all classic Polaroid instant cameras. It was a simple concept with some major mechanical challenges.The Instant Lab is like a magic box that allows you to turn digital photos into tangible, analog instant Polaroid-like photo. How does it work?At its simplest, a lens projects an image from a smart phone or tablet screen onto an instant film, which is then processed mechanically (and chemically) as the film is ejected. It’s actually not a printer but a camera.How long does it take to set up The Instant Lab and use it?It works right out of the box! Download The Impossible Project app, which manages the image selection, cropping and exposure, insert a pack of colour or black white Impossible film into the Lab, and away you go!Who does it make the ideal gift for?It’s a great gift for anyone (of any age) who likes making and sharing images, and who also wants to make them tangible. The images themselves are the classic square-frame photos that everyone recognises as ‘polaroids’ – and like Polaroids, the opportunity to watch them develop in the palm of your hand is still something like magic!What’s next for you?An instant camera, the first designed specifically for the classic Polaroid in over a decade. It will be easy to use, point-and-shoot, but also have the capacity to be a sophisticated photographic tool when used in combination with a dedicated app and bluetooth! For more information, visit 8 Best Digital Food Scales to Smarten Up Your Kitchen and Meal Prep 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploringlast_img read more

Metis Nation unhappy with exclusion from closing TRC event

first_imgJulien Gignac APTN National NewsOTTAWA — The Métis Nation is disheartened by the lack of acknowledgment in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.The report issued Tuesday excludes experiences suffered by Metis at the hands of officials in the country’s dark residential school history.“In terms of the residential schools their [the government’s] final position is that they were run by religious entities therefore they have no responsibility,” said Métis National Council President Clément Chartier. “If we’re going to have true reconciliation, it has to be reconciliation between all aboriginal peoples, not only some.”There is an estimated 350,000 to 400,000 Métis in Canada, accounting for roughly one quarter of all Indigenous peoples.History of Métis exclusion coming from the federal government has repeated itself, according to Tony Belcourt, founding president of the Métis Nation of Ontario.Belcourt’s bone to pick is not with the TRC, however.“Any argument of exclusion is certainly not with the TRC, not with those commissioners who tried, I know, very hard to ensure the Métis voice was heard during the whole process over the last six years,” said Belcourt. “Those are decent people.“If there has been any exclusion of Métis people from anything, the responsibility for that falls squarely at the foot of the government of Canada,”The commission is the result of the Settlement Agreement struck in 2007, which the Métis were excluded from, too.“We didn’t decide who was in it, who signed it or who didn’t,” said Marie Wilson, commissioner of the TRC. “The issue of Métis representation is something we’ve been flagging as a concern and in fact wrote about in our interim report in 2012.”Wilson said that the commission did not discriminate and has always invited Métis to national events.Within the nearly 7,000 residential school testimonies gathered by the TRC are Métis voices.At the closing event of the TRC Wilson and Belcourt could be seen joining hands and round dancing.jgignac@aptn.calast_img read more

Sexual abuse charges against UN staff rose by 88 in 2018

first_imgUnited Nations: The UN received a total of 259 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by the staff working in its agencies and their partner organisations in 2018, an increase of more than a hundred in such incidents from the previous year, according to a report presented by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The report, presented to the General Assembly, said that from January 1 to December 31, 2018, the UN received a total of 148 sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) allegations directly involving UN workers, and 111 involving staff from partner organisations implementing UN programmes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThis represents an increase in the total number of incidents reported in 2017, when 138 allegations were made, and 165 allegations made in 2016, it said. The report said while the figures of allegations rose in 2018 compared with the previous two years, there was increased awareness among the UN and UN-related staff, and improved and harmonized reporting tools across the organisation towards a ‘zero tolerance’ effort to end sexual exploitation and abuse across the UN. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAccording to the report, not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are still under investigation or are still in a preliminary assessment phase. The report said that the third system-wide survey on sexual exploitation and abuse was administered in 2018 to the UN and affiliated personnel at 34 duty stations with humanitarian and/or peace operations. The duty stations included those in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, India, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Pakistan, South Sudan and Syria. There were some encouraging signs in Peacekeeping Operations, where allegations were down almost by half over the past two years, it said. While 103 SEA incidents were reported in 2016, only 54 allegations were made in 2018, the report said. Despite this improvement in the UN’s peacekeeping wing, the number of allegations went up against personnel in other UN entities, with 94 allegations received in 2018, compared with 50 in 2017. In a troubling sign, the number of allegations against partner organisations implementing the UN’s programmes reached a high of 109, increasing more than four-fold from 2017 when only 25 incidents were reported. “The numbers show that the UN’s victim-centred approach, implemented over a year ago, is paying off as there seems to be an increased trust among the victims and survivors to come forward and report incidents,” the UN said in a statement. The Secretary-General has stressed that there will be zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse across the UN. His strategy, in its first phase, focuses on addressing the issue within the UN system, as well as those mandated by the world body to carry out programmes. This entails more than 90,000 staff in more than 30 entities and more than 100,000 uniformed personnel. In 2017, Guterres had launched a new strategy to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel. A major element of this new approach was the creation of the ‘Circle of Leadership’ for Heads of State and Government to demonstrate resolve and commitment at the highest political level to eradicate the scourge. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a member of the Circle of Leadership. The Secretary General said in the report that he encourages Member States to give greater visibility to their initiatives to eradicate sexual exploitation and abuse, including information on the status of administrative and judicial processes, which will be included in a public electronic hub. In 2018, he had asked the members of the circle to provide him with updates, and seven Member States have responded, including India, Australia, Germany, the UK and Uruguay.last_img read more

Pakistan says CPEC will benefit Sri Lanka

Pakistan says China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will have a positive impact on Sri Lanka as well as Iran, Afghanistan, India, Central Asian Republics, and the region.The High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat delivered a lecture on “China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): A New Vision for Regional and Global Connectivity and Economic Cooperation” at an event on the invitation extended by the Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers (ARFRO), Sri Lanka, held at the Naval Headquarters, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today. He underscored that the CPEC will act as a catalyst for connecting China and South Asia to Central Asia, Eurasia, West Asia and vice versa along with Pakistan’s enhanced connectivity with many countries in various regions for economic progress. Ultimately, Pakistan will become a trading hub for the region as well as for extra regional trade and transit, he added.Dr. Shahid Hashmat said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project is a flagship venture of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which aims to accelerate economic growth across the world. The event was attended by Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lt. Gen. N.U.M.M.W. Senanayake, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, students of Defence Command and Staff College and KDU, senior retired officers of Sri Lankan Armed Forces and officials of the High Commission of Pakistan. The High Commissioner, highlighting the various aspects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, said that the Corridor is a framework of regional connectivity and will not only benefit China and Pakistan but will have a positive impact on Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India, Central Asian Republics, and the region. On Sri Lanka-Pakistan relations, the High Commissioner said that both countries are linked by strong bonds of culture and history and enjoy very stable relations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,425.47, down 119.17 points):Semafo Inc. (TSX:SMF). Miner. Down 96 cents, or 22.07 per cent, at $3.39 on 10,543,675 shares.Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN.RT). Miner. Down 18 cents, or 30 per cent, at 42 cents on 8,063,903 shares.Progress Energy Resources Corp. (TSX:PRQ). Oil and gas. Down four cents, or 0.2 per cent, at $20.06 on 7,694,459 shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down 15 cents, or 3.74 per cent, at $3.86 on 6,991,624 shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up three cents, or 0.2 per cent, at $15.01 on 5,095,993 shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down 49 cents, or 1.37 per cent, at $35.17 on 4,371,686 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,169.19 down 23.59 points):Zodiac Exploration Inc. (TSXV:ZEX). Down 0.5 cents, or 14.29 per cent, at three cents on 4,634,310 shares.Poynt Corp. (TSXV:PYN). Internet service provider. Up one cent, or 40 per cent, at 3.5 cents on 4,017,486 shares.Companies reporting major news:TMX Group Inc. (TSX:X). Stock Exchange. Up 20 cents, or 0.41 per cent, at $49.05 on 2,200,641 shares. TMX Group chief executive Tom Kloet will remain in charge of the company that runs the Toronto Stock Exchange, Maple Group Acquisition Corp. said Thursday as it appeared set to complete its takeover.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B). Media. Down $1.15, or 4.91 per cent, at $22.25 on 285,210 shares. Corus’ shares dropped sharply Thursday after the company’s third-quarter revenue came in below market expectations. The shares are about where they were trading until they jumped higher on March 16 after BCE Inc.’s blockbuster takeover deal for Astral Media (TSX:ACM.A). by News Staff Posted Jul 12, 2012 5:28 pm MDT read more

Mens soccer Ohio State looking for redemption in Big Ten tournament against

OSU senior forward Christopher Soldat slides for the ball during the Buckeyes game against Akron on Oct. 26. Credit: Harrison Reber | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s soccer team enters the Big Ten tournament this Sunday at 1 p.m., as they take on Wisconsin in the quarterfinals. The rematch in Madison will come just one week after the Buckeyes fell to the Badgers 2-1 in the final match of the regular season.  “We have a week to prepare and talk about how we can do things differently but so do they,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “They won, so are they going to be overconfident? Are we going to have more motivation since we lost up there? It’s an interesting problem for both teams.”The Badgers were aggressive last time against the Buckeyes, outshooting OSU 15-3 in the opening period and taking a 2-0 lead as a result. The second half seemed to flip the field, as OSU outshot Wisconsin 12-4 and closed the gap by scoring a late goal. “Statistically, we outshot them and out-possessioned them and all that in the second half,” Bluem said. “For 25 minutes we had a man advantage, and that really gave us the opportunity to take over the game. Unfortunately, we were only able to come up with the one goal.”Wisconsin finished the season with a 10-3-3 record (4-2-2 Big Ten). They outscored their opponents 25-12 on the year, with an 8-0-1 record in Madison. The Badgers are led by midfielder Christopher Mueller. The junior Illinois-native has scored a team-high six goals through the team’s 16 games. Mueller also leads his team in assists with 10. Despite the wound remaining fresh from the recent defeat at the hands of Wisconsin, the Buckeyes are excited for the rematch. “Outside of our lackadaisical start, we really took it to them,” senior forward Christian Soldat said. “It was a real hard-fought game between two teams. It always feels great to get revenge on their field and knock them out and hopefully advance to the semifinals.”The team knows its only chance at making the NCAA tournament is to win the Big Ten tournament. For the seniors especially, they do not want the season to end this weekend. “Nobody wants it to be your last game,” senior forward Danny Jensen said. “Right now, a lot of it is on the shoulders of the seniors. We are the old guys who have been through it all. If the seniors step up, I think we should be pretty good.”The Buckeyes have won the Big Ten tournament three times (2000, 2007, 2009). They have an overall record of 18-20-2 in their 25 appearances in the tournament. OSU earned the No. 1 seed in last year’s tournament, advancing to the championship match before falling to Maryland 2-0 in Columbus. While this year’s team may not have had the type of season they had hoped, earning them the sixth seed, the Buckeyes are still extremely confident they have what it takes to win the championship. “There is no doubt that we have a chance to win this tournament,” Soldat said. “We have played every single game close to the chest and have had a chance to win every single game. With this team fighting hard and getting players back from injury, there is no doubt that we can make a run all the way and win.” read more

Upcoming Big Ten battles will determine fate of mens soccer team

As the season winds down for the Ohio State men’s soccer team, the remaining stretch of games might be their toughest test yet.Four out of the next five games will be Big Ten showdowns for the Buckeyes. These games will ultimately decide who wins the conference championship and what team could make it to the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes’ remaining Big Ten opponents are Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. The lone non-conference game is against West Virginia. Penn State and Indiana are leading the Big Ten, and Wisconsin and Michigan are tied with OSU for fourth place. OSU is within striking distance of claiming that top spot, making the Buckeyes’ next few games very important.OSU plays Penn State on Sunday in a game that could decide who wins the conference. Penn State sits at 2-0-1 in the conference. They have beaten Michigan State on the road, Michigan at home and tied Northwestern. OSU sits at 1-1 in the Big Ten.“If we want a conference championship we have to beat Penn State,” coach John Bluem said. “If we don’t beat Penn State, I would say we’re probably out of the conference championship race already. So for us it becomes a knockout game already.”Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Bluem said that as the season winds down, OSU cannot lose more games. Every game from this point on means a lot in the conference race and the ability to make the NCAA Tournament. read more

Jennifer Lawrence says she chose to be cold as she attacks ridiculous

first_imgPrior to her statement, hundreds of social media users expressed pity for the actress, and labelled the men as “ungallant.” Jennifer Lawrence has hit out at feminist campaigners who criticised her for wearing a revealing dress in the cold London air, calling them “ridiculous”.The actress defended her right to wear a skimpy Versace dress during a promotional event for the film Red Sparrow earlier this week.While Lawrence wore the strappy gown, which featured a thigh-high split, male co-stars Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts and director Francis Lawrence were all in multiple layers of clothing, and many pointed out the contrast.Writer Helen Lewis attracted thousands of retweets when she wrote: “This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I’ve been outside today and it’s b—– FREEZING.”Peep Show’s Robert Webb tweeted: “To all those saying JL ‘chose’ to wear that dress: fine but that choice has a context. She could have made a different decision but we can agree on one thing: it’s not a decision to which the blokes had to give the slightest thought.” He added: “When Ryan Gosling gets paid to model Versace’s latest mankini we’ll have a conversation about equality & human bodies as decoration.”Lawrence responded to critics in an impassioned Facebook post, writing: “This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended. That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I’m going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice. If even one of them was a gentleman, she’d be wearing his coat.— Debbie Bell (@bell_debbie) February 20, 2018 Broadcaster Shelagh Fogarty tweeted: “Oh ridiculous. And ungallant as well.”Many others praised the Versace gown, saying it is reminiscent of Liz Hurley’s famous ‘safety-pin’ dress.Leading women’s rights charity, The Fawcett Society, said the image showed that gender equality in the entertainment industry was “a long way off”. Chief Executive of The Fawcett Society, Sam Smethers, told MailOnline: “This image sums up what is wrong with the film industry and with wider society. “It objectifies rather than respects her for the outstanding actor she is. We truly have a long way to go.”The actress has been a vocal supporter of the #TimesUp campaign, recently wearing a black dress to the Baftas in support of the campaign against sexual harassment.  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. When Ryan Gosling gets paid to model Versace’s latest mankini we’ll have a conversation about equality & human bodies as decoration.— Robert Webb (@arobertwebb) February 21, 2018center_img One angered Twitter user wrote: “It must be about 3 degrees in London ATM, cold enough that the bloke actors have to wear coats and scarves to their press call and yet poor Jennifer Lawrence is wearing a small amount of fabric some might call a dress.” The dress was reminiscent of Liz Hurley's famous safety pin number #CoatsForWomen! (& a good pair of tights)— Sara Tasker (@meandorla) February 20, 2018 “This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Over- reacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward. It’s creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!” The dress was reminiscent of Liz Hurley’s famous safety pin numberCredit:Gettylast_img read more

Magnetic metal seed that destroys brain tumours in ten minutes invented by

The new treatment uses the radio waves instead to move and heat the metal seeds. While treatments such as radiotherapy and surgery can be effective, they often cause unwanted and debilitating side effects such as in the case of prostate cancer, incontinence and impotence They also rely on the subjective skills of the radiologist and surgeon and can result in excess tissue being removed, which can lead to increased post-surgical problems for patients, or not enough being removed which can lead to cancer coming back.  Scientist showing a glass slide that has a sample from a great tumour on it “We can guide it with real precision avoiding any areas that we don’t want to go to, like the sensory motor-cortex in the brain, the area with memories.“Once it’s in there we’re able to fire in a simple radio wave and these seeds heat up remarkably well, and kills all the cells around it. You then just guide the seed through the tumour, killing all the cells. And you can do it with real precision right up to the margins of the tumour so there is no tumour left. This is life-changing.” Deadly brain tumours could be removed in just ten minutes with a groundbreaking new treatment which uses MRI scanners to heat up cancer cells until they die.The new therapy, developed by University College London, involves injecting a tiny magnetic metal ‘seed’ into the bloodstream and directing it to the site of the cancer.The scanner is then used to heat up the metal seed which causes the cells to die in the surrounding tissue. Not only does it quickly kill cancer cells, but it saves healthy cells from the damaging effects of invasive surgery or radiotherapy.The team at UCL has already proven it is effective in the brains of pigs and plans to move to human trials on patients with prostate cancer within the next two years with the hope it will be available for many cancers on the NHS within five years. Launching the new technology at The Cheltenham Science Festival, Mark Lythgoe, professor of imaging at UCL, said: “The aim is to turn every MRI scanner in the world into a therapeutic device. At the moment it just take pictures.“The simple idea is the patient goes into the MRI scanner, you locate a tumour in the brain or the prostate and then we implant a tiny magnetic particle, a little bit smaller than a grain of rice, to the site of the tumour. “It will get rid of side effects. Neurosurgical procedures are expensive but if this can be done just off the end of a needle you remove the need for that surgeon.Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.Most of the human body is made up of water molecules, which consist of hydrogen and oxygen atoms. At the centre of each hydrogen atom is proton particle, which acts like a tiny magnet and is sensitive to magnetic fields.Usually the protons are all aligned, but the scanner sends out radio waves to knock them out of their positions. As they right themselves, they send out signals which reveal the type of tissue and exact location.  It is the first therapy of it’s kind in the world and UCL has recently invested £13m to create the world’s first Centre for Image Guided Therapy and have recently bought an experimental MRI scanner. The team believes the whole process could be automated, with the scanner quickly locating the tumour then ‘setting off on its own’ to kill the cancer without the need for specialist surgeons or radiographers.And they are hoping to create ‘nano-scalpels’ where the seed is sharpened to act as a knife to cut the tumours away. “You want to go for brain tumours that are really inaccessible where the surgeon has to plough through a ton of normal tissue to get to it. We can get through a tumour in ten minutes, added Prof Lythgoe.“In two years we would hope to move into the first in man. It’s not a drug it’s a device so it makes things much quicker and easier.  Scientist showing a glass slide that has a sample from a great tumour on itCredit:Nicola Tree/Taxi 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

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img By Órla Ryan The 9 at 9: Saturday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Mar 16th 2019, 8:37 AM Short URL Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 8:37 AM Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #NEW ZEALAND: A right-wing extremist who filmed himself on a shooting rampage that left 49 mosque-goers dead made a white power gesture as he appeared in a New Zealand court today charged with murder.2. #NEW ZEALAND: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said New Zealand’s gun laws will change as a result of yesterday’s massacre at two mosques in Christchurch.3. #TRUMP: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said US President Donald Trump could visit Ireland as early as June as part of a planned trip to Europe.4. #MAYO: A 64-year-old man has died in a collision between a truck and two cars in Co Mayo.5. #BREXIT: Tens of thousands of Irish businesses haven’t registered to move goods to and from the UK after Brexit, with uncertainty continuing on what the landscape will look like once our closest neighbour eventually leaves the European Union.6. #BOXING: Katie Taylor has become the first-ever Irish fighter in the four-belt era to hold three major titles simultaneously after stopping Rose Volante in the ninth round of a career-toughest test in Philadelphia.7. #JAILED: A hit-and-run driver who was banned from driving when he seriously injured a cyclist has been jailed for five years.8. #LEO IN US: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will march in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago today.9. #DON’T FLUSH: Irish Water has urged people to be more mindful of flushing inappropriate things down the toilet after an 8ft sewage blockage was cleared in Co Wicklow.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings in one or more of the above cases. Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio 9,811 Views Get the 9 at 9 News audio Share2 Tweet Email No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man sues parents for throwing away his €25k porn collection

first_img Image: Shutterstock/christo mitkov christov By Michelle Hennessy Monday 15 Apr 2019, 8:15 AM Share397 Tweet Email2 A US MAN is suing his parents for throwing away his pornography collection, which he estimates is worth $29,000 (€25,600).The 40-year-old Indiana man filed his lawsuit last week in federal court in Michigan, where he had moved in with his parents in 2016 after his divorce.He claims that when he moved out ten months later, his parents delivered his belongings to his new home in Indiana, but his 12 boxes of pornographic films and magazines were missing.His parents have admitted they threw away the porn, which included titles such as Frisky Business and Big Bad Grannies.The man initially filed a complaint with police but the Ottawa County prosecutor declined to press charges.The lawsuit includes an email excerpt from the man’s father which said: “I did you a big favour getting rid of all this stuff”.The man is now seeking financial damages of around $87,000 (€76,800).- With reporting from Associated Press.  Image: Shutterstock/christo mitkov christov Apr 15th 2019, 8:15 AM Short URL 71,265 Views 72 Comments Man sues parents for throwing away his €25k porn collection The 40-year-old man’s father told him he had done him a favour by getting rid of his 12 boxes of films and magazines. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Carolyn Long endorsed by Barack Obama

first_imgCarolyn Long, a Democrat running for the 3rd Congressional District seat, has earned a high-profile endorsement from former President Barack Obama.Obama announced a second round of endorsements for the 2018 midterm election Monday, that included Long and fellow Washington Democrats Lisa Brown and Kim Schrier, running in the 5th and 8th districts, respectively. Long is seeking to unseat Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground.“I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something — to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service,” Obama tweeted. “They deserve your vote.”Long said she’s deeply grateful for Obama’s support.“I’ve long been an admirer of his collaborative approach to politics and how he consistently worked to reverse the disturbing trend of growing polarization in our national political debate,” Long said in a statement. “His tireless efforts to include Congressional Republicans in the drafting of the (Affordable Care Act), including the Blair House summit with Speaker Boehner, typifies the kind of leadership we need going forward, and I will be proud to defend his legacy of expanding access to health care for more than 20 million Americans once I get to Congress.”Long said Obama’s support was a surprise because she’s spent more time focusing on running a strong race locally.last_img read more