Millard had means motive and opportunity to kill his father Crown alleges

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto man killed his aviation executive father to access millions in inheritance, prosecutors alleged at the trial of the twice-convicted murderer on Monday, while the defence argued the death was a simple case of suicide.The assertions were presented in closing arguments at the first-degree murder trial of Dellen Millard, 32, who has pleaded not guilty to killing his father, 71-year-old Wayne Millard.The older Millard died on Nov. 29, 2012. Court has heard he was found with a bullet lodged in his brain after being shot through his left eye. The coroner and police initially concluded he died by suicide.“Wayne Millard did not kill himself,” Crown lawyer Jill Cameron said. “Dellen Millard carried about a calculated plan to murder his father and cover it up.”Wayne Millard had a $10-million plan to transform the family’s aviation business, Millardair, into a maintenance shop for passenger jets, the judge-alone trial heard. He told many people he was creating the business for his son.“Wayne Millard was spending the family money creating a legacy for Dellen Millard that he didn’t want,” Cameron said.Shortly after Wayne Millard died, his son — a co-owner of Millardair — fired all employees and returned a crucial license from the federal government to operate the company, the Crown said.“(Dellen Millard) now had money, power, freedom and control,” Cameron said.Dellen Millard’s defence lawyer argued, however, that Wayne Millard was depressed, an alcoholic and “drowning” underneath the stress of the business, echoing what his client told police shortly after his father died.“There is an overwhelming body of evidence that points to suicide,” Ravin Pillay said.“It was a suicide then, it is a suicide now.”The Crown said Dellen Millard’s plan to murder his father crystallized on Nov. 1, 2012, when the family aviation business received a maintenance, repair and overhaul certificate from Transport Canada.“The plan was hatched as soon as that licence came through for a business he didn’t want,” Cameron said. “Money was being funnelled out, his inheritance being spent.”That’s the same day the younger Millard bought a second cellphone, the Crown said.Court has heard that phone was used to call a cab from the home of Millard’s friend, Mark Smich, in Oakville, Ont., early on Nov. 29, 2012. Records show that phone was at the home Millard shared with his father at about 1 a.m. that day, and then back at Smich’s house at 6 a.m.Pillay countered that there was no proof that Millard was travelling with that phone and that it wouldn’t make sense to use a phone that was still registered in his name, if this was, in fact, murder.Millard left behind his main phone and a credit card so Smich and his girlfriend could buy pizza, the Crown alleged. Cameron said it was all a ruse to create a false alibi.The coroner put Wayne Millard’s death between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., court heard.The Crown said Wayne Millard was not suicidal, but hopeful for the future, and had made plans for the day after he had been found dead, as well as plans to teach his girlfriend how to fly.“Everything was coming up Wayne,” Cameron said.She also said Wayne Millard couldn’t have physically shot himself in the face because of his position in his bed, where he was found lying on his side with a revolver nearby.Pillay said it’s impossible to reconstruct the moment of shooting with any certainty.The judge-alone trial has heard Dellen Millard bought the revolver found next to his father’s body from a gun dealer, and that his DNA was found on the weapon.Pillay said the DNA on the gun could have simply come from his client buying it.Ultimately, Pillay concluded, suicide is a complex issue and, in this case, misunderstood by the Crown.“With years of untreated depression compounded by decades of alcohol abuse, Wayne Millard was driven to a final impulsive act,” he said.Wayne Millard’s entire life was devoted to his son, Pillay said. And when Dellen Millard told his father that he was a failure and the reason behind the company’s financial troubles, Wayne Millard broke down.“That must have been very painful,” Pillay said.Millard is currently serving two life sentences for the deaths of Toronto woman Laura Babcock and Hamilton man Tim Bosma.The judge said she may have a verdict by July 19, but the decision may come in September due to her caseload.last_img read more

US pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers competitive advantage

first_imgWASHINGTON – An American cannabis producer is warning President Donald Trump that Canada is poised to dominate the North American marijuana industry unless the United States takes steps to eliminate barriers to financing and market capital south of the border.A full-page ad in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, framed as a plea to the White House and its most prominent occupant, warns the U.S. is rapidly losing its competitive advantage to Canada, where recreational pot becomes legal at midnight.“The cannabis industry is legal in 31 states, yet most domestic companies do not have access to traditional banking or institutional financing,” reads the ad, signed by Derek Peterson, the chairman and CEO of California-based Terra Tech Corp.“As a result, many U.S. companies are being forced to move to the Canadian public markets to access capital and build their businesses.”The ad also warns that Canadian firms have tapped into U.S. investor interest in order to raise and spend money in order to acquire American cannabis assets.“Regrettably, this will put what should be one of our homeland’s greatest economic drivers in foreign control.”As of Wednesday, Canada will be the first G7 member to greenlight legal recreational pot — a move Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has justified as an effort to better protect young people from the drug’s effects and eliminate the influence of organized crime.In an interview, Peterson admitted to having mixed feelings about the momentous paradigm shift that’s scheduled to begin north of the border when the Trudeau government’s promise to legalize recreational pot finally becomes a reality.“It’s a double-edged sword,” he said. “I’m afraid of the economic impacts right now if we don’t do anything, but at the same time, (Canada) really triggered and ignited the national discussion.“I literally would categorize that as the single most pivotal point in our own path towards legalization, that they took the initiative to do it.”The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law. Sending product across state lines is impossible, as is the ability for companies to obtain financing from major banks.Federal statutes aimed at curtailing the cocaine trade in the 1980s remain on the books, making it impossible for companies like Terra Tech to deduct routine business expenses and capital equipment like computers and payroll costs against their taxes, Peterson said.Producers have to rely on smaller financial institutions like credit unions for financing, while the major players in the world of institutional capital have been flocking to back Canadian rivals, he added.The result is what Peterson called a “federal illegality tax” that extends across the spectrum of a U.S. producer’s operations and swallows profit margins whole.“The reality is, like it or hate it, you guys are getting a first-mover advantage,” he said of the Canadian industry.“We’re sitting here with no access to banking, getting our credit cards shut off, having all these crazy headwinds due to the dichotomy between state and federal law, and you guys took the first-mover advantage from the federal perspective and you’re reaping the rewards of it.”The solution, Peterson writes, is for the U.S. government to allow states to enact their own cannabis regulations “so that we can fairly compete and protect our domestic industry before it’s too late.”The federal philosophy on recreational pot in the U.S. has been fraught with confusion since Trump was elected in 2016.Despite campaigning on a promise to leave the issue up to individual states, the White House appeared to reverse course earlier this year by rescinding the so-called Cole memorandum, an Obama-era edict that prevented federal interference with those states where recreational cannabis is legal. Trump has since insisted, however, that the federal law would not be enforced in those jurisdictions.Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican congressman from California, has since said he has been assured that Trump plans to proceed with reforming federal marijuana laws as they pertain to medicinal pot once next month’s midterm elections are over.“The global cannabis boom, for raising money in Canada, has just been absolutely incredible,” said Anthony Durkacz, majority owner of First Republic Capital and a director of cannabis producer FSD Pharma, based in Cobourg, Ont.But Durkacz said the growth in the Canadian industry thus far could prove to be only the tip of the iceberg if Trump follows Peterson’s advice and starts lowering barriers to the production and sale of marijuana — something he considers an inevitability.“Canada is a very, very small country — economically we are tiny. There’s more money in Manhattan alone than all of Canada, by multiples,” he said.“For us, where the good times and the bullish market will continue is if America legalizes cannabis.”last_img read more

Ted Turner Our Future Depends On Her Rights

first_imgIn recognition of World Population Day on Friday, July 11, United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner released the following statement.“Young people have the power to transform their communities and create a better world for us all. But the facts are clear: many of the world’s adolescent girls are not reaching their full potential because of a lack of access to quality reproductive health information, education and services. We must recognize that reproductive health isn’t a privilege; it’s a right.“Right now, statistics show that some 14 million girls are subject to early or forced marriage each year. Many of these girls become pregnant before their bodies are ready, which is why pregnancy is a leading cause of death among girls aged 15-19. Approximately 70,000 girls are dying every year, according to the ICPD Global Review Report. That’s not a future that we want.“The good news is: we have the power to change this reality and help girls everywhere reach their full potential. When girls can fully realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights, they can choose their own paths in life. They can stay in school, avoid early marriage and unintended pregnancy, and pursue an income. They can have children when they are ready. In turn, they lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty.“I see a future with healthier girls and women, stronger families, more prosperous communities and a more sustainable planet. To get there, we must redouble efforts to invest in the information, education and services she needs to plan her family and her future, and ensure that the health and rights of adolescent girls is robustly included in the next development framework.“This World Population Day, let’s all commit to supporting the United Nations to ensure every girl can reach her full potential. It’s a no brainer: invest in the health and rights of an adolescent girl now, and you’ll invest in a better future for us all.”last_img read more

2010 World Cup Bribe Scandal behind Sepp Blatters Resignation

Rabat – Sepp Blatter took world football by surprise when he has decided Tuesday to step down from FIFA after 17 years in charge of the sport’s world governing body. The stunning decision comes only four days after the 79-year-old was re-elected as FIFA boss for a fifth consecutive term.According to media reports, one of the main reasons behind Blatter’s decision could be the alleged corruption of his secretary general, Jerome Valcke. Valcke allegedly made a $10 million transfer in 2008 to Jack Warner, former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president, who faces corruption charges in the U.S.U.S. officials are reported to believe that the money was allegedly paid as a bribe in exchange for votes to give the 2010 World Cup to South Africa at the expense of rival bidder Morocco.A letter dated 4 March 2008 has emerged apparently linking the football organization’s secretary general to the $10 million payment.In the letter, the president of the South African Football Association addressed directly to Jerome Valcke requesting the diversion of funds.In an email to the New York Times, Valcke said he had not authorized the payment and had no power to do so. A Fifa spokeswoman said the payment was authorized by the then-finance committee chairman, Julio Grondona, who died last year.Fifa says the $10m payment went towards a legitimate “project to support the African diaspora in Caribbean countries as part of “the Diaspora Legacy Programme”.Last week, seven senior FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich. U.S. federal prosecutors brought charges against other officials accused of corruption. read more

TSX closes little changed as Dow hits fourthrecord high

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Friday in the wake of Canadian and U.S. jobs reports that blew past expectations.The S&P/TSX composite index finished the session 9.1 points higher to 12,835.61.The weak stock market performance came at the end of a strong week where a series of all-time highs on the Dow industrials contributed to the general feel-good factor across all financial markets. However, the TSX has been hobbled this week by a drop of about 1.6% in the gold sector.The Canadian dollar got a small boost Friday from the jobs reports, gaining 0.03 of a cent to 97.17 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that the economy created 50,700 jobs compared with the approximately 8,000 jobs that economists had expected.The country’s unemployment rate stayed steady at seven per cent as more people entered the workforce to seek jobs. Economists had expected a small increase.U.S. indexes were higher as the Labour Department reported that the United States cranked out 236,000 jobs — also far more than expected — pushing the U.S. unemployment rate to 7.7% from 7.9%.The Dow Jones industrials racked up a fourth, straight record high close, rising 67.58 points to 14,397.07. The Nasdaq was up 12.28 points to 3,244.37 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 6.92 points to 1,551.18.Economists had already raised their expectations for the February U.S. jobs data to 165,000 in the last couple of days in the wake of a strong reading on private sector job growth from payroll firm ADP and lower jobless insurance claims.The jobs report strengthens the case of stock market bulls, who say the economy is gaining momentum following a long and tepid recovery after the financial crisis and Great Recession, said JJ Kinahan, chief derivatives strategist at TD Ameritrade in New York.“It gives hope to those that say this rally isn’t just about the Fed, it’s about the economy recovering,” said Kinahan. “It’s giving people confidence that maybe the economy is turning the corner.”There was also positive news from the world’s second-biggest economy.China’s exports surged 21.8 per cent last month, well ahead of analysts’ expectations of single-digit growth as companies shut down for the Lunar New Year holiday.Imports fell 15.2 per cent, a decline from January’s 28 per cent growth, which suggested domestic demand might be weakening, but the picture is clouded by the holiday, when companies shut down for up to two weeks.That was the second piece of good news from China this week. China’s outgoing premier said earlier that the country would do what was necessary to achieve its target of 7.5 per cent growth this year.Positive Chinese data usually has a positive effect on markets as the country has been instrumental in helping the global economy dig out of the deep economic downturn that followed the 2008 financial collapse.However, commodity markets put in a mixed performance following the trade data.The base metals sector was the strongest component, ahead 1.57 cent while May copper down one cent at US$3.51 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) ran up $1.19 to C$20.42.The energy sector was slightly higher with the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 39 cents to US$91.95 a barrel and the energy sector was per cent. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) gained 24 cents to $42.64.The TSX gold sector also eked out a small gain while April bullion gained $1.80 to US$1,576.90 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) ran ahead 35 cents to $6.75.Outside of resource stocks, the tech sector was lower as shares of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (TSX:MDA) fell $3.07 to $69.70 after announcing a deal to raise $250-million in an offering of shares.The industrials sector was also negative as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) shed $1.22 to $129.77.Engineering firm SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) reported it had $94.6-million of net income or 63 cents per share in the fourth quarter with $2.42-billion in revenue. Analysts had estimated 90 cents per share of adjusted earnings and 92 cents per share of net income with $2.17-billion of revenue, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters. Its shares fell $2.84 to $43.01.The TSX Venture Exchange was up 1.62 points to 1,117.85.The TSX ended the week up 0.48% while the Dow industrials ran ahead 2.18%.This means the Dow has more than made up the losses stemming from the 2008 financial collapse, rising over 115% from the lows of March, 2009 that resulted from the financial collapse and subsequent recession.However, the TSX is still a good 2,300 points away from the all time high of 15,073 from the summer of 2008.A big reason is that Toronto is heavily weighted in resource stocks. They and commodity prices have had to content with a persistently weak global economy. read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.10 higher $502.00; Jan. ’18 $1.00 higher $507.90; March ’18 $0.80 higher $512.30; May ’18 $0.80 higher $513.80; July ’18 $1.10 higher $514.60; Nov. ’18 $5.10 higher $483.10; Jan. ’19 $5.10 higher $484.80; March ’19 $5.10 higher $487.50; May ’19 $5.10 higher $487.50; July ’19 $5.10 higher $487.50; Nov. ’19 $5.10 higher $487.50.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 343,160 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 343,160. read more

Douglas ready to push forward 13A if elected North CM

There is also considerable support within the TNA for Mavai Senathirajah, leader of its chief constituent the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK).While the senior parliamentarian from Jaffna was expected to be the TNA’s candidate in 2013, the party leadership fielded Wigneswaran. His huge election victory proved a good start to the Northern Provincial Council but its appeal has since faded, as was evident in the local government polls. (Colombo Gazette) At the same time, he sees the international community as “merely a midwife”. “We have to bear our own children,” he said, making a case for a domestic solution to the Tamil question. Devananda would be competing with Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, who appears keen on a second term, though some within the TNA are resisting his candidacy. While he has sent out feelers to the leadership, the CM is also mulling a new political vehicle, local media reports say, as a fall back option, should he be denied the ticket. Former militant and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda, says he will ensure the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution if he is elected Chief Minister of the Northern Province at the next Provincial Council elections, The Hindu newspaper reported.Devananda has declared his intention to contest the election. “Unlike others, I can work well with the Centre and implement relevant policies on the ground,” he told The Hindu recently. “I will also strengthen ties with India, and ensure the full implementation of the 13th Amendment,” he said, referring to the legislation that followed the 1987 Indo-Lanka accord, and led to the creation of Sri Lanka’s provincial council system. “Had India backed me earlier, they would not have burnt their fingers this way.” read more

Condemning Copenhagen attacks Ban urges strong stand for tolerance end to discrimination

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban strongly condemned the shooting attacks in Copenhagen, which took place on 14 and 15 February 2015, respectively.According to press reports, the first of two shootings occurred Saturday evening when a gunman attacked a cultural center during a discussion on free expression. The gunman later fired shots near a synagogue before he was reportedly tracked down and killed by police. In all, two civilians reportedly died in the attacks Saturday and earlier today. Five police officers were wounded, according to Danish authorities.In his statement, the Secretary-General says that his thoughts are with the victims and their families, and that the UN stands in solidarity with the people and authorities of Denmark. “The Secretary-General reaffirms that there is no justification for attacks against civilians and reiterates the need to stand strong for freedom of expression and tolerance,” the statement goes on to say and emphasizes that there is no space for anti-Semitism or any form of racial, ethnic or religious discrimination in today’s world. read more

New standard for restaurants aimed at improving quality of services offered

…implementation to enable better services for consumersTHAG Director, Mitra Ramkumar (second from left) along with representatives of the GNBS and GTAThe Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), the Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) have inked a new agreement which seeks to improve the quality of services that are offered to customers.The entities stated that Tourism Month 2018 will play a major role in the promotion and implementation of the new document; National Standard for Restaurant: Code of practice for quality and management in the restaurant service.“Through the implementation of the standard, it is anticipated that restaurants and other food establishments will generally improve the quality of service offered to consumers,” they said.Additionally, Head of the Marketing and Communication Department of the GNBS, Syeid Ibrahim highlighted that the entity will be embarking on a ‘corporate marketing venture’ with the two partnering organisations to have the standard endorsed.According to him, this will be done in a phased manner which includes reviewing the standard to fill any possible shortfalls and making the standard available to all sizes and categories of establishments.Technical support to establishments will also be provided, based on stipulated requirements and evaluation. A certification of compliance will most likely be distributed.Ibrahim admitted that this initiative will take some time for establishments to get accustomed to the required standards, but it is necessary for economic revolution.President of THAG, Mitra Ramkumar applauded the GNBS for the new code of practice as he believes that it will yield the level of conformance businesses need to offer the best quality of service. Ramkumar is of the belief that restaurants who come on board will benefit significantly when the oil and gas industry further develops.Commenting on behalf of the GTA, Licensing and Training Manager, Davina Layne, specified that having quality tourism offerings is critical for customers to have value for their money.She said that quality is key for any visitor to a food establishment and having a standard, which was specifically developed to enhance the quality of service offered by restaurants, will give guidance on how they should consistently deliver in terms of experience and products.The GNBS will be offering the restaurant standard for sale at a reduced cost so as to encourage all categories of restaurants to get on board with the initiative. It is expected that by the end of 2019, a majority of these establishments will be in conformance. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGNBS calls on businesses to improve quality of customer serviceApril 12, 2019In “Business”GNBS now ISO 9001 internationally certifiedApril 10, 2018In “Business”Consumers’ rights to take centre stage tomorrow – World Consumers Day to be observedMarch 14, 2017In “latest news” read more

Spain vows to block vote as Catalan leaders announce date for independence

first_imgMas said a majority of parties in Catalonia, but not all, backed the referendum.“There will be time for the Spanish state to negotiate with the Catalan institutions over how to hold this consultation in accordance with existing legal norms,” Mas said.Proud of their distinct language and culture and fed up after five years of stop-start recession, many of the 7.5 million people in Catalonia want to redraw the map of Spain, saying they feel short-changed by the central government which redistributes their taxes.But Rajoy swiftly squashed any hope that Madrid would consider allowing the creation of a new nation nestled between France and Spain.“It is up to all Spaniards to decide on the shape of their country”, the Spanish leader said. “No government can surrender what belongs to the Spanish people.”Rajoy said he regretted initiatives that “splinter society, feed division and generate deep uncertainty”.He called directly on Mas to respect “the political commitment he assumed not to break the law”.Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to stop the vote on independence. (Pic: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)European Union President Herman Van Rompuy, who was in Madrid for talks with Rajoy, told the same news conference that he was “confident” Spain would remain united.He warned, too, that any new independent state would have to apply to become a member of the European Union, subject to ratification by all member states.CataloniaCatalonia was there at the symbolic birth of Spain when Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon, a region that included Catalonia, married in 1469.Now Catalonia accounts for one-fifth of Spain’s total output and an even greater share of its exports.But a recent poll by the Catalonia Centre for Opinion Studies showed that those favouring greater autonomy or outright independence far outweighed those who wanted to stick withSpain.On 11 September, Catalonia’s national day, hundreds of thousands of Catalans massed in a vast human chain stretching across the region to demand independence.The national day recalls the conquest of Barcelona by Spanish king Philip V’s forces in 1714.Spain’s regions gained a large degree of autonomy, including responsibility for health and education, after the 1975 death of General Francisco Franco, who had centralised power in Madrid.Many Catalans point to Scotland, whose leaders have called a referendum next September on independence from the UK, a move authorised by the British government.Rajoy said in an interview this month that Catalonia could not hold a referendum like Scotland because Spain, unlike Britain, has a written constitution that rules out such a move.Read: Catalans make a human chain for independence >Column: The countdown to Scotland’s referendum is on – but many questions remain >© – AFP 2013 People wave “the Estelada” flags and demand the independence of Catalonia. Pic: (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)SPANISH PRIME MINISTER Mariano Rajoy has vowed  to block an attempt by Catalan leaders to hold an independence referendum on 9 November 2014.A few hours after Catalan political chief Artur Mas unveiled the date and wording of the poll, the Spanish leader refused even to countenance a break-up of the nation.“It is unconstitutional and it will not take place,” Rajoy told a news conference.“This initiative collides head-on with the foundation of the constitution which is the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation,” the conservative premier said.Mas’ governing alliance and other nationalist parties in the region had agreed to put two questions to voters next year:- “Do you think that Catalonia should be a State, yes or no?”- “If yes, do you want that State to be independent, yes or no?”last_img read more

Microsoft is Finally Killing Off the Kinect

first_imgPour one out for the Kinect! In an exclusive interview with Co.Design, Alex Kipman, creator of the Kinect, and Matthew Lapsen, GM of Xbox Devices Marketing, revealed Microsoft has ceased production of its often-ridiculed peripheral.The original Kinect was released on the Xbox 360 during a time when motion controls were all the rage. Despite its current status as an industry joke, Kinect was initially a success — selling well over 35 million units since 2010. Because of that, Microsoft saw fit to bundle every Xbox One console with the device; a decision that tremendously backfired. In the beginning, the Kinect was integral to the Xbox One experience. However, the device was largely the reason for the console’s exorbitant $500 price point. Microsoft would eventually release a lower-priced Xbox One console without Kinect. The fact Xbox One S and Xbox One X do not have dedicated Kinect ports speaks volumes.Kinect ultimately failed as a gaming device, but its technology lives on. Microsoft’s HoloLens uses Kinect technology. The Kinect also proved it is possible to have an inexpensive depth camera. The technology’s ability to recognize faces, voices, and bodies is something that is also very important. Much like virtual reality, Kinect technology will have a bigger impact in fields outside of gaming.If you’re worried you can no longer use Kinect, fear not. The device is still compatible with Xbox One systems, and will continue to have support via updates. Though Xbox One S and Xbox One X do not have dedicated Kinect ports, you can still use the device on these systems if you have an adapter. Kinect units currently out in the wild are the last ones folks can buy. If (for some reason) you’re in the market for a Kinect, you may want to snatch one up now before they’re all gone.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Iker Casillas joins Ronaldo as only two players with 100 UCL

first_imgIker Casillas just became the second player to reach 100 wins in the UEFA Champions League, joining none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.Iker Casillas and FC Porto were already through to the knockout stages ahead of the game against Galatasaray but managed a 3-2 win to remain unbeaten. With this win, Casillas becomes the second player in Champions League history to record 100 wins, after CR7.Speaking to Tribuna Express, the 37-year-old said he was happy to reach 100 wins but that it was also a bit sad: “It’s beautiful but it is also a bit sad because it’s been many years playing the most important club tournament.“I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished and that I experienced this with an important win for my team.”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Casillas also has the most caps in Champions League history with 173 and became the first player to play in 20 Champions League seasons.He made his Champions League debut at 18 in September of 1999 to become the youngest goalkeeper featured in the tournament – a record broken in October of 2017 by Benfica’s Mile Svilar.Casillas is still the youngest goalkeeper ever to win the trophy after Real Madrid defeated Valencia 3-0 in 2000 four days after Iker’s 19th birthday.last_img read more

Goodbye 2018 Mbappe is aiming for a new trophy

first_imgThe French teenager ended up on 13th place in the top scorer list last season with only 13 goals, and this year he’s first with the same number of goals and time to spareAfter only 17 matches played, Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is currently France’s top scorer with 13 goals.This matches the same number of goals he scored last year, where he ended up on 13th place in the goalscorer list.The teenager keeps surprising everybody and doesn’t seem to stop.He is followed by Nantes’ Emiliano Sala and Lille’s Nicolas Pepe with 12 goals.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.On fourth Marseille’s Florian Thauvin and PSG’s Neymar Jr. are tied with 11 goals.And last season top scorer, PSG’s Edinson Cavani, is following closely with 10 goals.Cavani was the top goalscorer of the 2017-2019 French Ligue 1 season with 28 goals, he scored six more than second-place Thauvian.Do you think Mbappe can add another trophy to his personal collection?last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 15 November21 November 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 15 November and 21 November 2018 were:US glass manufacturer BenShot rewards employees with handguns for ChristmasEAT upholds decision that Addison Lee drivers are not self-employedAMCOGiffen rolls out nutrition programmeEY and UK Power Networks recognised among 2018’s most inclusive employers in the UKHalf would take a pay cut rather than work solely in the officeA quarter want a money-based reward from their employer this ChristmasA third believe financial wellbeing benefits are very importantEXCLUSIVE: Hero acquires UKWellbeing CoachBreakspear Park offers free diabetes screening to staffA third believe financial wellbeing benefits are very importantlast_img

Thanda children walk 10 km to reach school

first_imgParigi: Though officials and rulers are trumpeting about the development, especially in the education sector, there are still some remote areas, where poor students have to walk over 10 kilometres to reach their school. This is the plight of students from Gubbadi Thanda of Gadi Singapur. Only one bus form state road transport corporation passes through the village. All the students cannot board the bus as it becomes full always. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Those students who are left have to walk all the distance to the school. M Swathi, a class 10 student said students of private schools are picked up by their buses. “As we are from poor families and cannot afford private school, we joined government schools and we don’t have transport facility,” she lamented. While returning, girl students face hardships, in case of late or rains. Students and their parents are appealing authorities to address the issue.last_img read more

Meghan Markle and Donald Trump butting heads Duchess of Sussex protests Presidents

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesDonald Trump’s visit to the UK seems to have gone off without much incident. Which is saying something. But the outspoken and controversial US President does not have many fans in the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex especially aren’t fans of Donal Trump.Reportedly Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are deliberately “snubbing” President Donald Trump, a royal expert has claimed as he tours London without any sign of the Royal couple.The revelation was made by Sky News Royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills, who explained that the younger royals are no fans of Mr. Trump and are happy to let that be known. Commenting on footage of the US President’s first visit to Buckingham Palace, Ms. Mills mused: “One of the most interesting parts of this state visit is to see which members of the Royal Family have stepped up publicly to be there alongside the Queen in support.” The observation seems to imply the absence of the younger next generation of Royals who have not been shy in expressing their apparent disdain for Donald Trump.  The Trump Administration has taken sort of a “zero tolerance policy” on the issue of safe havens to terrorists.ReutersMs. Mills then suggested it was “a little bit of a snub” as the younger royals were not accompanying the Trumps to any events, which has been the case for the Chinese President with William and Kate.Reportedly Meghan Markle is still on maternity leave after the birth of her first child, so is not expected to meet Mr. Trump. Anyone can see through the flimsy excuse that Meghan Markle is using to avoid meeting Donald Trump. And it is a bit surprising that Meghan would use any excuse at all, since she was quite outspoken about her dislike for the US President during the Presidential campaign where Meghan supported Hilary Clinton. Maybe this is a form of protest from the Royal.It would seem that the Royal Family is trying to maintain some diplomacy while dealing with the arguably volatile President of the United States. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

This Lego Friends Set Is More Real Than Chandlers Transfer to Yemen

first_imgStay on target Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever This is brand new information, people! You can now buy yourself a brick built version of Central Perk, complete with the entire Friends cast*.Let’s get the asterisk out of the way first. This is not an official Lego set. It’s a new creation from Tom Young’, who sells his fantastic Lego custom creations over at YoungBricks. Tom specializes in bookends and small vignettes. His take on Central Perk is the result of a special collaboration with Minifigs.me,l who designed the figures for the set.Officially, this is the “Buddies Coffee Shop,” but no Friends fan will be bamboozled by that. That big orange couch is unmistakable, and the logo looks pretty familiar, too.For a relatively small scene, Central Perk is packed with detail. You’ll have to supply your own Gunther minifig and a generic barista or two, but the shop is well-stocked with goodies for sale, and the machine behind the counter are ready to brew.Minifigs.me really came through on the figures, too. Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe look amazing, and their attire is perfectly retro. They’re still standard minifigs, too, which is good to know. It means you can dig into your stash of accessories and recreate your other favorite scenes from the show. Ross and Rachel even have two-sided heads to give you a head start on their memorable trip to Vegas.The die-hard Friends fans out there may be wondering how much they’ll have to pay to put the Coffee Shop on their bookshelves. Now… it’s not cheap to create high-quality custom minifigs like the ones that come with this set, so bear that in mind when I tell you that the price for the un-built coffee shop and six minifigs is around $325.last_img read more

Hats off

first_imgShangri-La’s Eros Hotel is celebrated the ninth  International Chef’s Day on 20 October 2013 to honour our culinary masters and to recognise the pivotal role chefs play in society.It is also a day for helping young chefs. Most importantly, though it is a day to recognise the very important role that chefs play in our societies because, they have a great responsibility of not feeding people, but also giving nourishment and education. Chefs are responsible for leading the way in using ingredients sensibly and responsibly. The day was planned to salute their culinary spirit and their art of crafting magic for the taste buds. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Under the helm of Executive Chef Darren Conole, the cooking masters geared up to make the day special for guests and society. Not just a brunch and lunch, the day held a cake mixing ceremony in the lobby of Shangri-La’s that brought to life the rich tradition, heralding and unveiling the  spirit of the festive season in all its grandeur. Guests rolled up their sleeves and put their hands in the mixing pots to make the perfect Christmas cake. The mixture was placed in airtight bags and left to mature until around Christmas, when it will be blended with the cake batter and baked.After the traditional ceremony, the chefs took a walk to India Gate driving a noble cause of ‘Clean Delhi for a Green Future’ to pick up the trash that mars the beauty of the iconic Delhi landmark.Food, tradition and a keen foresight for the future. What better way to celebrate the power of chefs than this! Head over to Shangri-La to experience a piece of this magic.last_img read more

Abhishek Anubrata to look after party affairs in Nadia with Parthas aid

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and the party’s MP and Anubrata Mondol, the party’s Birbhum district president, will look after the party in Nadia along with Partha Chatterjee, the party’s secretary general.The decision was taken by Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nadia on Wednesday. She met all the MLAs, Zilla Parishad and Panchayat members in the district. In the administrative review meeting, Mamata Banerjee pulled up the chairman of Shantipur Municipality Ajay Dey and asked him to bury the hatchet with some local leaders. “You had been an MLA and now you’re the chairman of a municipality. You should work together with other leaders,” the Chief Minister said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalBefore the Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee wants to put an end to infighting, which is affecting the party’s progress in different areas. Meanwhile, Partha Chatterjee told newsmen that because of his busy schedule, it is not possible for him to come to the district. “Abhishek Banerjee and Anubrata will look after the party in Nadia and I will assist them,” he said. It may be mentioned that in Cooch Behar, while addressing a gathering on Tuesday, Abhishek Banerjee had cautioned party workers against infighting.last_img read more