Newfoundland premier tipped police to killer newly released documents reveal

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Less than two months before the election that would make him premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball tipped police that the prime suspect wanted for murder in a botched bar robbery could be his daughter’s ex-boyfriend.Ball was then leader of the Official Opposition and preparing for the biggest political moment of his life.According to court documents released Tuesday, he told police on Oct. 8, 2015 — five days after the bar killing — that his tires had recently been slashed and his credit cards fraudulently charged for tens of thousands of dollars.Ball’s daughter, Jade, had also gone to police on Oct. 5, 2015, to report she was being harassed by a drug dealer for about $40,000 allegedly owed by her on-again, off-again boyfriend Brandon Phillips.“Ms. Ball states since the harassment has started, the persons responsible have now been harassing her father for the money, and at one point, bought a car using her father’s stolen credit card number,” according to the documents.Dwight Ball tipped investigators that Phillips could be the masked man shown on TV during a week-long manhunt. A jarring detail had caught his eye: the suspect on security images at the Captain’s Quarters bar in St. John’s was wearing a black windbreaker matching one stolen from Ball.Phillips also lived close to the crime scene where former firefighter Larry Wellman, 63, was killed Oct. 3, 2015, as he tried to stop the robbery. Wellman died of massive blood loss from a single gunshot to the groin.A jury found Phillips, 29, guilty of second-degree murder earlier this month. He is due back in court Feb. 22 for a sentencing hearing.Details leading to Phillips’ arrest, which did not come out during his trial, are part of information related to a search warrant that Ball went to court to keep secret. He has said through his lawyers the documents should be kept private to protect his daughter, who was charged with no crime.Ball argues in his application for a publication ban that his daughter’s “privacy and personal health interests outweigh in importance any right of access to the information” sought by media.Ball was granted an interim publication ban on Dec. 4 until the matter could be heard in provincial Supreme Court. Lawyers for Ball, the CBC and other media agreed Tuesday to a partial lifting of that secrecy.Arguments for keeping remaining details under wraps will be heard when the case is back in court Feb. 12.Ball said Tuesday he and his daughter co-operated with police and only want to protect their most private conversations.“My daughter is an innocent person in all of this,” he said in an interview. “When I made the decision … to go forward with this information it’s because I felt it was the right thing to do as a citizen, as a resident in this province. I would do the same thing again.”Phillips was charged with first-degree murder the day after an apartment located a short walk from the Captain’s Quarters hotel was searched Oct. 10, 2015.Neither Jade Ball nor the premier were called as witnesses at the trial held earlier this fall.Dwight Ball told investigators on Oct. 8, 2015, that his daughter, then 29, had known Phillips for four or five years, and that they moved in together soon after meeting.“Mr. Ball said at that point Jade and Brandon had a very serious drug problem” — particularly opiates, says the document, an Information to Obtain a search warrant. “Mr. Ball paid all outstanding bills they (Jade and Brandon) had. Mr. Ball’s concern was to make them safe.”Ball said Tuesday his family has endured the same drug issues that grip so many others.“Many families face similar challenges around substance abuse in their own lives, and I’ve always supported my daughter.”Ball said she has moved on with her life.“She’s a much different person right now than she was over two years ago. She’s now a new mother — and a good mother, I would say.”Ball said he wasn’t thinking of potential political consequences when he went to investigators.“I took this as my civic responsibility as a resident of this province, thinking about the family of Larry Wellman, a father, a husband. He was the real victim in all of this.”Wellman’s widow, Linda McBay, watched from the back of the courtroom Tuesday as the publication ban arguments played out.“It’s important to me,” she said. “It’s just important.”Less than two months after reporting Phillips to police, Ball led the Liberals to a majority win on Nov. 30, 2015.He was characteristically even-keeled in victory.“I don’t overreact too much in my life,” he told reporters that night. “I try and remain steady as things go.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of June 2 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of June 2, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Robert “Bob” Alan Coste, 59Joseph “Joe” J. Parrella, 66Previously Lived In Wilmington:Gary B. Balser, 74Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Short of money to fund your Christmas vacation Here are 5 options

first_imgA giant Christmas tree stands in front Notre Dame Cathedral as the French capital prepares for the holiday season in ParisReutersChristmas carols are already in the air. It is that fag end but the much awaited time of the year when you plan a vacation or family outings. While it always helps to have a long-term holiday fund, there can always be a scenario when one isn’t prepared to deal with slightly unpredictable vacation expenses. But nothing to worry, you can still have a Christmas-New Year blast!In this article, we take a look at 5 options that can help you in arranging funds to have a joyful Christmas vacation.Personal LoanIf your income is good, then fetching a Personal Loan would not be difficult as banks don’t ask for collateral/guarantee or the reason for borrowing. It usually takes just 3-4 days for a loan to get sanctioned. Banks/NBFCs charge interest around 14-21% a year as this is an unsecured loan and you could struggle with repayments. The processing fees are normally about 2-2.25% of the loan amount sanctioned.Travel Loan Banks offer Travel Loans at an interest of around 12-20% a year for airfare, hotels, travel insurance and holiday packages. What’s good about travel loans is they are both secured/unsecured. For amounts above Rs 2 lakhs banks ask for collateral, but as this is a secured loan interest rate is lower than personal loans.Understand terms and conditions before taking a travel loan:Travel loan EMIs must not be more than 40% of monthly take-home salaryTravel loans must be repaid within a couple of yearsIf salaried, you need to be between 21-58 years of age; employed with a reputed company and working for at least 2 years in that company. If self-employed, banks would check the business record.Banks also check identity/address proof, three month’s salary slip; you should have filed ITR for at least 2 years. For businessmen, banks check business ownership documents.Loan Against SecuritiesAnother way through which you can fund your Christmas vacation is Loan Against Securities, mainly loan against shares. Banks have a list of approved shares against which they lend.Banks could lend up to 50% of the value of shares. They create a lien against these shares and you cannot sell them.Banks open a current account with an overdraft facility and set the borrowing limit based on the value of shares. You withdraw the money from this account through an ATM or internet banking facility and repay by depositing money back into the current account. This is much easier than an EMI-based loan.Borrow With A Credit CardCredit Cards remove the burden of carrying cash on vacations. You could use a credit card for travelling and shopping. Credit cards come with interest rates of around 2-3% a month, which kick in if you don’t pay the amounts due in time.You could try using a co-branded credit card. These cards are jointly issued by banks and service providers (airlines/hotel). These credit cards are just like normal credit cards, but offer special benefits provided by the service provider.Use credit cards associated with hotels, cabs, airlines and railways. You could get free flight ticket vouchers/air travel insurance if you book through associated airlines. Associated hotels offer free stay or room upgrades at partner hotels.Borrow From Relatives And FriendsThis should be your last resort in case you are not successful in fetching a loan for yourself. Loans from friends and relatives are usually interest-free and if you can make the repayments in time, then do go for it.Insist that your friend/relative accepts a promissory note. This is an unconditional promise that you will pay a fixed amount on demand or by a specified date and sign it.(The author is the CEO of BankBazaar. Views expressed in the article are personal).last_img read more

Stepmother sent to jail for girls rape murder

first_imgStepmother sent to jail in girl rape, murder caseA Patuakhali special court on Friday sent a victim’s stepmother to jail for her alleged involvement in the killing and ‘rape’ of school-girl, Eva, at Sirajpur village in Kalapara upazila in the city on Tuesday night.Kolapara upazila senior judicial magistrate Moniruzzaman passed the order after Salma Begum was produced before it with a seven-day remand prayer.On Tuesday night, a gang of miscreants stormed into the victim’s house around 7:00pm and reportedly raped and murdered Eva, 11, a class-VI student of Mohipur High School and daughter of carpenter Ismail Gharami of the village.Eva was taken to Mohipur 20-bed Hospital where physicians declared her dead and her body bore several injury marks.Later on Wednesday night, police detained the victim’s stepmother for interrogation.Victim’s father Ismail filed a case against three unnamed people with Mohipur police station over the tragic incident on Thursday.Police arrested Md Kawsar, 38, for his alleged involvement with the incident on the same day.last_img read more

Optical lifting demonstrated for the first time w Video

first_img More information: Stable optical lift, Nature Photonics (2010) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.266 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Cyclogyro Flying Robot Improves its Angles of Attack Play (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in New York have predicted, observed and experimentally verified a micrometer-scale object being lifted only by a beam of laser light. Optical lifting may be useful for powering micromachines or improving the design of solar sails for interstellar space travel. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Unlike aerodynamic lift, which has gradual lift angles, the optical lift angles were around 60 degrees, which Swartzlander said was striking, very powerful, and could be compared to a plane taking off at 60 degrees. “Your stomach would be in your feet,” he said.Swartzlander described the findings as “almost like the first stages of what the Wright brothers did,” and said the next step would be to test lightfoils in air and experiment with a variety of materials with different refractive properties, and with other wavelengths of light.center_img Explore further Citation: Optical lifting demonstrated for the first time (w/ Video) (2010, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-optical-video.html Time-lapsed composite image (1.67 s per shot) of a semi-cylindrical rod lifting sideways from left to right near the bottom of a glass chamber, as a result of a transverse optical lift force. Image credit: Nature Photonics, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.266 Light has been known for some time to be capable of pushing objects and this is the principle behind the solar sail, which uses light to push vehicles along in space. Now, a new study by physicist Dr. Grover Swatzlander and colleagues of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York shows light is also capable of creating the more complex force of “lift,” which is the force generated by airfoils that make a plane rise upwards as it travels forward.In a paper that appeared online in Nature Photonics on December 5th, Swartzlander and colleagues describe their demonstration of light providing optical lift to tiny lightfoils. The experiment began as computer models that suggested when light is shone on tiny objects shaped like a wing a stable lift force would be created. Intrigued, the researchers decided to do physical experiments in the laboratory, and they created tiny, transparent, micrometer-sized rods that were flat on one side and rounded on the other, rather like airplane wings. They immersed the lighfoils in water and bombarded them with 130 mW ultraviolet laser light from underneath the chamber. As predicted, the lightfoils were pushed upwards by the light, but they also moved sideways in a direction perpendicular to the beam of light, in other words they were optically lifted. Symmetrical micro-spheres did not show the optical lift effect.In aerodynamic lift, which is created by an airfoil, the lift occurs because the wing shape causes air flowing under the wing to move more slowly and at higher pressure than that above the wing. In optical lift, created by a lightfoil, the lift is created within the transparent object as light shines through it and is refracted by its inner surfaces. In the lightfoil rods a greater proportion of light leaves in a direction perpendicular to the beam and this side therefore experiences a larger radiation pressure and hence, lift. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Play Videos: Nature Photonics, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.266 last_img read more

Qt for Python 511 released

first_imgThe Qt team, in their blog, announced the official release of Qt with Python support. This is the first official of Qt framework with the support for Python and this release is tagged as Qt for Python 5.11. Previously  Python support for Qt developers was provided through the development of PySide module and now the work is said to have been done on PySide 2 to provide Qt for Python. However, Qt team has been working on the core Qt framework for quite some time to incorporate Python support and this is the first breakthrough in that direction. Adding to this, the Qt team has also informed that r version of Qt earlier than v5.11 will not support Python. In the release notes, the team has mentioned that the following versions of Qt will continue supporting this project and make the support for Python, stable going ahead. This is said to be the preview release, with a list of known issues for early adopters. The team is hoping to receive the feedback from the users so that it can make the binding more smooth and rectify the bugs. A lot of work has also gone into keeping the Qt syntax unchanged for flexible migration from C++, the de facto language for developing UI with Qt, to Python and the other way round. It mentions in the release blog, that the major roadblock in providing the Python binding for the C++ based Qt was the size of packages. This made the team to work on using external tools for Qt scripting with Python, which had resulted in the development of PySide in 2009. To extend the support for Python, the work has been done on C++ headers in Qt framework, so that the developers can write modules in Python. These efforts resulted in the latest PySide 2 which has very less overhead for using Python and Qt for GUI development. The Qt team has worked on developing the documentation for this and has provided examples enables you to understand the binding. Along with the Python binding for the core Qt framework, the team has also extended support for various Qt toolkits like Qtwidgets and QML to build interactive GUI with Qt and Python. For the early adopters of Qt for Python, to report a bug you use the Qt for Python project on bugreports.qt.io. The team can be reached on Freenode with #qt-pyside. Read more Qt 5.11 has arrived! WebAssembly comes to Qt. Now you can deploy your next Qt app in browserlast_img read more

Holland America celebrates 70 years in Alaska

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Friday, April 21, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img SEATTLE — Holland America is celebrating 70 years of Alaska exploration this year with special experiences and events on every Alaska cruise and on the popular Land+Sea Journeys.“Celebrating 70 years in Alaska — or any destination — is a milestone that isn’t often seen in our industry. We are especially proud to have been the first tour company in Alaska back in 1947, showing the beauty and greatness of this region to travelers, said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Going into 2017 we wanted to mark our anniversary in a memorable way with special experiences that add an extra dimension to our robust Alaska programming and bring even more of Alaska to our guests.”In partnership with BBC Earth, the cruise line will debut a new Alaska in Concert multimedia production, which combines live music set against a backdrop of footage from the BBC Earth television series ‘Wild Alaska’. Plus, Holland America continues its long relationship with the Huna indigenous people of Glacier Bay to showcase Native Voices, a program of Huna cultural interpretation while cruising through Glacier Bay National Park.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe anniversary will also be commemorated with a new Alaska-centric menu and exclusive culinary offerings. America’s Test Kitchen will feature top tips to select and prepare regional favourites through its Every Salmon shipboard cooking show, while Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff will be on hand to create ‘Midnight Sun’ cocktails.The main dining room will showcase customized menus that celebrate the cruise line’s Alaska heritage with new dishes created by Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin and the company’s Culinary Council. A 70th Anniversary Baked Alaska will be the culmination of the celebratory meal.Moreover, brewing beer – though not easily done in Alaska – is growing in popularity and has become one of the more popular highlights onboard. Holland America currently features beers by Alaska Brewing Co., both on the menus and during tastings. For the 70th anniversary, the company will introduce a customized Holland America Pale Ale, while another exclusive anniversary beer by Denali Brewing Company will be available at Denali for guests on Land+Sea Journeys.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyOther special anniversary touches on 2017 Alaska cruises include a themed bon voyage party with a champagne toast, and a commemorative backpack for Land+Sea Journey guests.Starting this spring, ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms NOordam, ms Oosterdam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam will offer a total of 135 Alaska departures, more than any other cruise line. Holland America Line will feature 126 seven-day cruises and nine 14-day Great Land Explorer sailings beginning in late April and running through late September. Holland America celebrates 70 years in Alaska Tags: Holland America Linelast_img read more

TravelBrands promotes new long stays with prize giveaway

first_imgTravelBrands promotes new long stays with prize giveaway Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — Through July 9 TravelBrands Specialty by Exotik Journeys is giving travel agents a chance to win one of three prizes including a $500 allowance on any fam trip hosted by TravelBrands, $500 in marketing money to help boost agents’ businesses and $250 in Loyalty Rewards.To take part agents must share any of Exotik Journeys’ long stay program flyers.“We have fine-tuned Exotik Journeys’ products to satisfy all travellers. Our long stay programs are one of many products that offer a unique vacation experience,” says Nathalie Tanious, Vice President, TravelBrands. “This giveaway allows agents to promote these unique vacation types to their clients while giving them a chance to win some valuable prizes.”Ten agents will be selected after the contest period to receive one of the prize options available. To qualify for the giveaway agents can do at least one of the following:Share any of Exotik Journeys’ long stay program flyers to their social media pages (i.e. Instagram and Facebook) and add “#ExotikJourneys” to the postAdd a long stay flyer to their own websiteShare any long stay flyer with their databaseShare the Exotik Journeys Facebook page to their own followers and encourage their clients to ‘like’ the pageMore news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsTravel agents are asked to send proof of participation to Sonia Fabris, Commercial Analyst, TravelBrands at Sonia.fabris@travelbrands.com.Flyers will be available through the Access platform, under the e-flyers page. The flyers will also be posted on the ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ Facebook page.For more information about this contest and to access the qualifying long stay program flyers visit travelbrandsaccess.com.center_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Exotik Tours, TravelBrandslast_img read more