Toronto cop who had cocaine in wallet expected to plead guilty to

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto police officer who pleaded guilty to a criminal charge after cocaine was found in his wallet is expected to plead guilty to misconduct.Det.-Const. Kirk Blake, who now faces two charges under the Police Services Act, made a brief appearance before a police tribunal Wednesday.The matter was pushed back to Nov. 21, a hearing the prosecution says will involve a guilty plea and submissions.Police initially charged Blake with possession in December after a fellow officer found a small quantity of cocaine in his wallet.Blake, who worked with the city’s guns and gangs task force, had been at an east-end courthouse in September when he left his wallet behind. Another officer found the wallet and went through it looking for identification before discovering the drug.Police said he was granted an absolute discharge after pleading guilty to the criminal charge.The two disciplinary charges Blake now faces stem from the wallet incident. One relates to the drug possession and one to his having been found guilty. None of those charges has been proven.last_img read more

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Ottawa police seek information on events leading to death of Inuit artist

first_imgAPTN National NewsInuit artist Annie Pootoogook was identified as the woman found dead in Ottawa’s Rideau River earlier this month, said Ottawa police.Police issued a statement asking the public for information on the last movements of Pootoogook.Pootoogook was 46.Her body was found on Sept. 19 at about 8:50 a.m. near Bordeleau Park in an area of Ottawa known as Lowertown, police said.–more to comelast_img

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Alabama Training Facility for NAS Whiting Field Reopens after 10Year Hiatus

first_imgOfficials from Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., and Baldwin County, Ala., on Monday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen Navy Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Summerdale after it had been idle for more than 10 years.Regular use of the airfield on the Alabama Gulf Coast for touch-and-goes was suspended in 2005 when Training Air Wing 6 at NAS Pensacola began transitioning its training aircraft from the T-34 Turbomentor to the T-6A. Since then, the Navy decided to lengthen the runways at Summerdale by 1,150 feet to accommodate the transition at Training Air Wing 5, based at Whiting Field, from the T-34 to the T-6B Texan II aircraft.The construction effort at Summerdale required the purchase of privately owned land, dwellings and structures necessary to build runway extensions, reestablish clear zones and realign nearby roadways, reported Whiting Field Public Affairs. Each of the airfield’s runways was extended to a length of 4,000 feet, and 500-foot overruns were established at the end of each runway to comply with Navy and FAA safety requirements.The construction at Summerdale represents one-half of a $36.5 million project to revitalize and extend NOLFs Summerdale and Barin, which also is located on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Those two facilities will be two of five outlying fields that Training Air Wing 5 uses to complete its T-6B aviator training mission.The unit began full-time training flight operations at Summerdale, which was originally built in 1943, on Monday.“The completion of NOLF Summerdale represents a significant increase in flight safety and scheduling flexibility for Training Air Wing 5 to complete their primary flight training mission,” said Cmdr. Eric Seib, NAS Whiting Field’s operations officer. “The addition of NOLF Summerdale reduces airspace congestion thus increasing flight safety over the other NOLFs that support primary flight training,” Seib said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Recreating gastronomic delights

first_img1911 restaurant at the Imperial has recreated the magnificence of the classic gourmet affair from the coronation year 1911 in their attempt to revive the flavours of the exquisite dishes which were served to the discerning lords, ladies and regal emperors back then.“This December we celebrate the era frozen in time with inspired cuisine of the coronation, while one marvels the worthies from their frames on the walls at 1911 restaurant. Doffing our hat to the good old days, our chefs bring to you the slice of the classics to mark 104th year of Delhi Durbar, tucked away in The Imperial ramparts. The preparations, I am sure will leave considerable panache with authentic ingredients, culinary style and substance,” said Vijay Wanchoo- Sr Executive VP and GM, The Imperial.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula, Executive Sous Chef, The Imperial, New Delhi while talking about the menu said, “The expertise of the royal kitchens, the spices, ingredients, serving style of the grand feast of the coronation and many more minute details have been understood and researched, to create an inspired menu.” Digging historic chapters, the menu features  Trifle-Trifle existed in old British era  around 1650s and was an intrinsic part of an English menu which had earlier only alcohol, bread, cream and sugar. Later it was modified with fruits and held a significant position in ceremonies.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTrifle, amazing flambéed dessert prevailed in 1900s, which was usually kept on the table and denoted celebration like cakes, Crepe suzette, was the favourite dish of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. It still entices palates across the globe, being one of the favourites in old English kitchens, Shepherd’s pie- one of the most famous Irish specialties in the late 19th century and also the most traditional one, normally called cottage pie. No feast was complete without it , Rhubarb pie- the pie has historic relevance in UK and is derived from the plant Rhubarb, also called Turkish rhubarb which had many medicinal qualities. It was the most famous pie in the royal kitchens in the 20th century.When: December 10-17Where: 1911, Imperiallast_img read more

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Delhi gears up for New Years Celebrations

first_imgWinter has always been a stage for series of celebrations. With an aim to promote tourism in the capital, this event is a must-go for all ‘urban-nomads’ of dynamic Delhi. In keeping in line with the tradition, Delhi Tourism is organising ‘DJ Night and Food Festival’ at Garden of Five Senses this weekend. This event bids adieu to year 2016 and welcomes the New Year 2017.The 2-day extravaganza is set to offer an awe-inspiring experience to the visitors with amazing food and music. Entry to the garden is at a nominal rate of Rs 30 only. Visitors can tickle their taste buds with a variety of food items and delicacies like momos, barbeque, mocktails and an array of more than 50 varieties of tea! DJ Night till late evening will be organised to enthral the visitors and imbibe the spirit of new year celebrations. Eat, dance and groove to the tune of DJ from 6 pm onwards.last_img read more

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Yearlong celebration in memory of Kaifi Azmi

first_imgThe year-long celebrations of poet Kaifi Azmis centenary birth anniversary began on January 8, with a seminar in the Capital, with his daughter and actor Shabana Azmi, poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia remembering Kaifi Azmi’s legacy. “When we remember Kaifi Azmi, we remember the movement of progressive writers who said that art is a medium of social change and justice. The time was such when the writer wrote, it had a motive. He was connected to the public, and to life. He used his pen for the betterment of society’s betterment,” Shabana Azmi said during her brief speech at seminar ‘Jashn-e-Kaifi’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event was organised by Urdu Academy, Department of Art, Culture and Languages of the Delhi government at the Triveni Kala Sangam. The noted actor and daughter of the poet also invoked the contributions of writers contemporaneous to Kaifi, some being Ali Sardar Jafri, Jan Nisar Akhtar (Javed Akhtar’s father), Sahir Ludhianvi, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and Shailendra. “The circumstances we see today, it’s important we remember these people again. As a father, I’ve taken Kaifi sahab for granted, just like children do, but as a ‘shayar’, his many poems inspire me. Despite being written 70 years ago, Kaifi wrote of women’s equality.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSisodia, who handles the art, culture and languages portfolio, also remembered the timeless ‘Kar Chale Hum Fida’ songwriter and spoke of the bigger role artists have in society. “Artists and art-culture events should be part of a bigger script. When society surrenders to crime, bullying, mercilessness and power, then the writer and shayar challenges its self-respect,” the Minister said. “The writer gives voice to the society’s struggle, which then resonates and becomes society’s own. The writer triggers and supports the voice until it becomes a movement and people take to the streets,” he added. Sisodia also recalled the role of writers from the time of India’s independence, and even after it, “whenever governments went unchecked”. Further, the event also witnessed the presentation of eight Urdu papers being presented on Kaifi Azmi, and Sisodia proposed their compilation and dissemination in schools, universities and language departments. Adding to the celebrations, the famous play ‘Kaifi Aur Main’ – written by Javed Akhtar – which narrates his life and times, was also staged on January 9, at the Kamani Auditorium.last_img read more

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Can the Apple Watch Succeed by Wooing Female Buyers

first_img Register Now » 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine July 23, 2015 Apple’s refusal to disclose sales data for its Apple Watch has been widely read as a sign that demand for the gadget is not meeting expectations. So, what is the company doing to try to boost sales? Doubling down on the female market.Last Thursday, Apple released four new ads showcasing the different ways people can use the Watch. In two of the ads, a pair of young female tourists roam around a foreign city with the Apple Watch acting as travel guide, navigator and translator. A third ad features families with young children, showing how the Watch can help owners connect with their families. The last ad focuses on how wearers—again, mostly women—use the device while working out and tracking their health and fitness goals.“I think what they’re trying to do here is to show the usefulness of the watch to the women who aren’t just going to buy it because it’s the new thing in tech,” said the Braeburn Group’s Michel Contant, the most accurate Apple analyst for Q3 2015.From the very beginning, it was clear that Apple was targeting the Watch at female buyers. Back in February, watch industry site A Blog to Watch wrote about how the company was focusing on the women’s fashion market, advertising in Vogue and landing the Watch on the cover of several women’s glossies.It makes sense to go after women, who are a virtually untapped market; according to a recent report from research firm NPD Group, 71% of smartwatch owners are male. The report also notes that 54% of fitness tracker owners are female, suggesting that, when done right, wearable tech can be a hit with women. Plus, women install more apps and spend more money on apps than men do, making them ideal Watch wearers.So, is the company’s emphasis on women working? It’s difficult to say, given the lack of sales data—though that hasn’t stopped analysts from trying. In May, industry siteMacRumors called attention to a research note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo:“We have learned that the 42mm Apple Watch accounts for 60-70% of production. However, the shipping times of 38mm models are generally earlier than those of 42mm. We believe this is because demand for 38mm watches is significantly below that of 42mm ones. We estimate that 42mm models account for over 80% of sales. Assuming that 42mm and 38mm watches are mainly purchased by men and women respectively, the Apple Watch has attracted mostly men.”However, Contant believes that any lag in sales to women is primarily due the speed of adoption. He says that early adopters and “tech geeks” tend to be men. “I see the breakdown eventually evening out to 40% to 45% [of sales to women],” he said. “Women want to see it in action, want to see how useful it is before buying.”Those women who have bought a Watch already appear to be happier with the device than male buyers are. According to a report released on Sunday by independent Apple Watch research platform Wristly, 58% of women were very satisfied or delighted with the Watch’s ease of use, compared to 47% of men.One Apple Watch user, 24-year-old Los Angeles-based Jessica Leitao, says the device is particularly useful for working women. “I think there’s a lot of pressure on women to be in four different places,” she says. “With the Apple Watch, I can focus on what I’m doing without getting distracted having to look at my phone every time I get an email or reminder alert.” The Watch also allows the soon-to-be accountant to leave her purse at home. “It’s liberating to not ever have to carry anything,” says Leitao. “Other women need to try it.”Can Apple turn a handful of happy device owners like Leitao into an army of female Watch wearers? We’ll see. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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