An 18-year-old student found himself in hot water after he reportedly forced himself on a 14-year-old girl and raped her.Tevin Fraser stood before Magistrate Faith McGusty and was not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that on March 1, 2018, he raped the young woman in Georgetown.The prosecution is contending that the Virtual Complainant (VC) is known to the accused and on the day in question, Fraser reportedly made sexual advances towards the teen, who rejected him. As such, he allegedly forced himself on her and raped her.The VC informed her parents about the incident and a report was made to the police. The teen was recently arrested and charged. In court on Friday, the teen was released on $150,000 bail.The case will continue on March 11, 2019.
Members of the public are being advised to be on the alert to a phone scam in which fraudsters claim to be calling from utility companies on the pretence that there are issues with the customer’s broadband service.The warning comes from An Garda Síochána, in association with the FraudSMART, a fraud awareness initiative led by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI).The fraudsters are using the name of a utility company (telephone/mobile phone provider, broadband provider or software company) to call householders, offering to “fix” computer or broadband problems. The caller will attempt to trick you into revealing your banking or card details and providing codes from your card reader to access your online banking and make fraudulent payments.The householder may be asked to allow the caller to take remote control of your computer to “assist” you. However, this could allow the fraudster to show you fraudulent screens.The callers are professional and will be able to transfer you to their “supervisor” should you request this. They sound genuine.A spokesperson for the An Garda Síochána gives the following advice. “If you have received a suspicious call, hang up and phone the company the person is purporting to be from directly yourself.“Do not use a number given to you by the caller and make sure you hear a dial tone before making the call. If you are concerned that you may have fallen victim to a scam contact your local garda station and also your bank.”Niamh Davenport, who leads the BPFI FraudSMART programme, stated: “Always be wary of any unexpected calls or texts especially those asking for personal details or payments.“Never give your financial or personal information in order to release money, refund fees, or access to your computer. Fraudsters are very convincing but do not be afraid to take the time to make the relevant checks.“The caller will try to rush you or make you feel foolish and negligent if you don’t follow their instructions, but this is all designed to panic you into doing something you wouldn’t otherwise do.” Gardaí issue warning over broadband phone scams was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
How big is the smartphone market? Try these numbers on for size: from 1997 to 2012, there were 1.038 billion smartphones in use, enough for 1 for for every 6.7 people on the planet. But (and here’s the real mind blower), while it took 16 years to get the first billion smartphones online, the next one billion smartphones will be sold in the next two years.That’s one of many cool little factoids put together in an infographic published by NowSourcing on behalf of mobile developer Moovweb.There’s a lot to take in here, but one of my favorite bits of info justifies a position that many in the media have been pounding on for quite some time: sometime in 2013, according to a graph from Morgan Stanley Research embedded in the infographic, the number of mobile Internet users is expected to surpass the number of desktop Internet users.The days of the desktop user as the dominant Internet force are about to end.That can translate into big dollars, too. In 2011, for instance, global mobile transactions totaled about $241 billion. By 2015, that figure is projected to jump to more than $1 trillion.Clearly, Moovweb is making the argument that retailers had better get off their collective butts and get into this exploding marketplace. (The “52% of surveyed retailers do not yet have a mobile optimized website” is a bit of a giveaway on the booga-booga tactics.) Self-interest aside, they have a point: smartphones are the wallets of the future, and commercial organizations need to figure out a way to tap into this new source of revenue, fast.Check out the rest of the infographic to see what stats jump out at you. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#retail brian proffitt
Having represented India innumerable times in the field of athletics, I have always believed that the mantra behind my success was not the urge to win medals but to give my best shot every time I wore the national colours.I have always appreciated performance, not medals. Medals don’t make great athletes, consistent performance does.But some regrets remain. Although I got to represent India in the 1960 Rome Olympics, 1962 Asian Games and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the opportunity to compete in the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Games eluded me. The country did not send any contingent to the 1962 Games because of the Indo- China war.I still feel bad about missing this opportunity, for I was at the peak of my career at this time. Had I participated in the Perth Games, I would have definitely bagged a gold medal for my country.I did get an opportunity to participate in the 1966 Games but I failed to win a medal.Coming to the Delhi Commonwealth Games, despite all the ominous predictions from eminent personalities that Indian athletes will put up a poor show in front of their foreign opponents, I feel our sportspersons will put up their best performance in the history of the Games.Never before have we won more than two medals in athletics in a single edition of the Games. But I’m confident this year we’ll break that jinx. Those gunning for a medal are Krishna Poonia, Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil (discus throw), Vikas Gowda (discus throw), Om Prakash (shot put), Renjith Maheshwary (triple jump) and – most probably – Tintu Luka (800m).advertisementPoonia and Maheshwary’s chances of bagging a medal have been further enhanced because of the fact that Dani Samuels and Philips Idowu have pulled out, from discus throw and triple jump respectively.In case of Luka, I would use the term ‘most probably’ because she Tintu Luka is India’s best bet in 800m.is still young and performing in front of a jam-packed home crowd can unnerve the best of athletes. But I would still expect her to give it her best shot. But Caster Semenya’s pull-out should give her some confidence.Nevertheless, I wouldn’t want to burden her with expectations. The fact that she will gain experience competing on such a big stage is a reward in itself. Also, the 20-km walkers can get a medal if they can repeat the act of their predecessors – who, in the 1982 Asian Games, had managed to run a fair distance in the middle of the race.Coming to the foreign athletes, we will definitely hold the upper hand as they have just ended their season and wouldn’t be at the top of their game. Their season starts in May and ends by the first week of October. So, they would have exhausted themselves by now.This was one of the major reasons behind the pullouts of the likes of Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell.Security wasn’t a concern for them, but preparing for next year’s World Championships was. On the other hand, we have been preparing our athletes for the past two years, keeping in mind the Commonwealth and the Asian Games. So I expect them to be at their peak.While many would accept that performing in front of the home crowd can often go against an athlete as expectations get higher, I believe in encouraging them. They are professionals and know their job well.Those who are criticising the current lot might be doing so out of frustration – don’t ask me the reason – and because they don’t believe in the capabilities of our athletes. But I strongly feel the team is dedicated and determined to do a good job.Frankly, at the end of the day, everybody wants to perform for their country and criticism wouldn’t do much good for their confidence. We should all come together and show our solidarity and support to our athletes.(The writer is a 1962 Asian Games gold medallist and an Arjuna awardee)
Nice will “try to do whatever is possible” to help Mario Balotelli seal a move away from the French club, according to the club’s manager Patrick Vieira.The Italy international, who has scored 43 goals in 66 games for the club, was not involved on Saturday as new boss Vieira suffered a losing start in Ligue 1, going down 1-0 at home to newly promoted Reims.Asked about the absence of Balotelli, Vieira confirmed the player had made clear his desire to move on after two seasons to management at the Allianz Riviera, and therefore was not considered for selection for the opening game of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “The player wants to leave, so it’s unlikely he’ll remain here,” the former Arsenal midfielder said in an interview with Canal+.”We want players whose desire it is to go forward with the club. It’s a very complicated and difficult situation, so the club will try to do whatever is possible to help him leave.”Balotelli’s spell in the south of France has seen the forward somewhat rehabilitate his image after a turbulent spell at Liverpool that saw him loaned back to former club Milan amid poor form, but he has made no secret of wanting an exit in recent weeks.He is believed to have held discussions with Ligue 1 rivals Marseille over a potential move, but negotiations are believed to have hit a stumbling block and put the breaks on a domestic move.The 27-year-old has also been linked with a return to Serie A, albeit Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis emphatically dismissed the idea of signing the former Inter and AC Milan forward last month.Vieira, a winner with France of the 1998 World Cup, takes charge of Nice following the departure of previous coach Luicen Favre to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.The 42-year-old was previously manager of New York City in Major League Soccer between 2016 and this year, where he guided them to consecutive conference semi-final appearances.Nice next travel to Caen in Ligue 1, who they face on August 18, before they host Dijon a week later on August 25.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves defender Ryan Bennett agrees new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Ryan Bennett has agreed terms over a new two-and-a-half year deal at Molineux.The centre-back had 18 months left on his old deal but will commit his future on improved terms until 2021, says the Daily Star.He has impressed in Wolves’ return to the Premier League with the club sitting 10th ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.Bennett joined on a free transfer from Norwich in 2017 and helped Nuno Espirito Santo’s side win the Championship last season.He has made 49 appearances for Wolves, scoring once, and has played in 15 of the club’s 16 top flight matches this term.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini says West Ham must build on victory at Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says they must build on victory at Southampton.The hosts had taken the lead through Nathan Redmond, but Felipe Anderson stole the show with a quick-fire double that earned his side three points and movement into the top half of the table.“I’m happy,” Pellegrini said. “When you start with zero points in 12 then it’s always difficult to recover your position in this way. “In this moment, we are in the top ten. We will continue fighting and improving and, with 27 points, in the second round, we continue improving with our winning mentality, and we try to finish the season as near the top of the table as we can.”He continued: “I thought we played a very good game. From the first minute, we had the intention of winning the game and I thought we were very balanced in the whole game. “We worked most parts of the game in our opponent’s side and we defended very well. They didn’t have many options. “The important thing [when Southampton scored] is we continued to play in the same way, draw the game immediately, and then we scored the winning goal.”
Valspar Paint announces the second installment of the Valspar Color Project, an online video series following two of today’s favorite celebrity couples, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott as well as Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum, as they take viewers behind the scenes to share how they connect to the power in color and find the perfect Valspar paint color match to transform a room in their homes.Valspar Color Expert and Designer Genevieve Gorder assist Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott find their perfect Valspar color match through the Valspar Color Project benefitting Habitat for HumanityWith the help of interior designer and Valspar color expert Genevieve Gorder and the Valspar Perfect Match App on Facebook, each couple reveals how they merge their color styles. Beginning Tuesday, March 19 through Monday, June 10, 2013, watch each video on the Valspar Paint Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ValsparPaint. Each time a viewer shares their own color match through the app, Valspar Paint will donate $1.00 to the nonprofit affordable-housing organization Habitat For Humanity, up to $150,000. Habitat for Humanity is proudly supported by each celebrity couple and by Valspar as its national paint partner in the United States.Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum find their perfect match in Valspar Roasted Pumpkin 2005-3A“When designing a room, color is one of the most powerful elements in a designer’s toolbox and painting is one of the simplest ways to incorporate color in a room and refresh your palette,” said Gorder. “I love to see people push the boundaries when it comes to color in the home, as these couples have done through the Valspar Color Project. One of the tools that can give you the confidence to do that is the Valspar Love Your Color Guarantee. If you choose a Valspar Paint color and don’t love it, you can get a replacement color for free.”Actress and author Tori Spelling and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, turn to Valspar Paint and Genevieve Gorder to advise them on the perfect color match after deciding to refresh their kids’ playroom in their Los Angeles home. Gorder pairs Spelling and McDermott with Valspar Rushing Stream 5005-10B, a bright and modern shade of turquoise that reflects a combination of both their color tastes and personalities.“Color is a big part of our lives, so it was important for us to bring positive color energy into the playroom, especially because we spend so much time in that room together,” said Spelling. “Valspar Rushing Stream has created an inviting and lively environment for our family and we are thrilled to find a color that is a blend of everything we were looking for – something bright yet airy and light, with a springtime feel.”After using the Valspar Perfect Match App, TV personality Ashley Hebert and her husband, JP Rosenbaum, were matched with Valspar Roasted Pumpkin 2005-3A. This rich shade of orange fulfilled their desire to add a dynamic vibrancy to their living room, a common area where they often entertain and host guests.“As newlyweds, decorating our home together means merging our tastes in color and décor,” said Hebert. “Valspar Roasted Pumpkin is the perfect combination of our styles for a space we both use every day. We hope everyone will have as much fun as we did using the Valspar Perfect Match App.”Now in its second year, the Valspar Color Project is part of an ongoing partnership between Valspar and Habitat for Humanity. Since launching the national partnership in 2002, Valspar, through its Foundation, has committed more than $60 million in cash and paint to Habitat through 2014 and guarantees paint for every Habitat house built, repaired or rehabilitated in the United States.To watch the Valspar Color Project celebrity color transformation stories, use the Valspar Perfect Match App and share a color match to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity, please visit www.facebook.com/ValsparPaint. Through the Valspar Color Project, for each share of a color match between Tuesday, March 19 and Monday, June 10, 2013, Valspar will donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity, up to $150,000 and with a minimum donation of $25,000.
MONTREAL – Via Rail says passengers travelling through Montreal could be delayed for up to 45 minutes starting Friday because of infrastructure work in the city.The passenger rail company says reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange requires that a portion of the track and signals be relocated.Disruptions will affect travellers on trips between Montreal and Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa and Senneterre/Jonquiere through Wednesday.Previously booked customers will be notified of the delays and can obtain a refund or change their dates of travel if desired.
The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton A fourth police vehicle arrived a short time later, and an officer was seen exiting the vehicle wearing forensic coveralls.Officers at the scene declined to comment about the nature of their investigation, but when asked, the on-duty watch commander with the Fort St. John RCMP this afternoon said that police were working on issuing a release.The watch commander was also not able to speak to the incident, saying that the investigation is ongoing.Comments on a post in a local Facebook group allege that three men entered the home brandishing a firearm, shooting and injuring a woman and fatally wounding a dog. Those allegations have not been confirmed.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mounties are investigating an incident that took place at a home on the city’s east side earlier today.At around 1:30 on Saturday afternoon, three RCMP vehicles were seen parked outside of a mobile home in the 8600-block of 76th Street, while the home itself was behind police tape.The home appeared to be quite dilapidated, with two windows in the home’s front room seen to be wide open with the windows’ blinds knocked askew, while the front porch and entrance stairs appeared to have collapsed. It is not known if the damaged occurred during the incident.