20 Jan 2016

Why Many Indians Are Defending Former Porn Star Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone, 31, was India's most-searched-for person online in 2015.
When a TV journalist asked a popular Bollywood actress whether she was "lowering the level of the fine art of cinema" because she used to act in porn movies, the interview went viral and many Indians jumped to her defense.

In a country where racy kissing scenes in films can get censored, it's remarkable that Sunny Leone, a Canadian-born former porn actress of Indian origin, has been able to build a whole new reputation -- and fan base. After the interview aired

What The World's Best Cities Will Look Like In 2030

We can expect cities of the future to include new transport links that bring elderly citizens (many of whom no longer drive) to where they need to be. (istock image)
Two mega-trends - the rapid urbanization of the world's population and the aging of that same population - will soon collide. By 2030, more than 1 billion people (one in eight) will be aged 65 or older, and by 2050, nearly two-thirds of the world's population will live in urban areas. What's needed between now and then, according to a new report from McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute, is new thinking about how to create "age-friendly cities."

Creating an age-friendly city might be harder than it sounds. We still think of major cities - New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles - as the playgrounds of the young and ambitious - places where recent graduates can establish a name for themselves in business or entertainment, work for innovative start-ups or take advantage of the latest hipster creations. As they become older, these same individuals traditionally head to the suburbs, leaving the city behind. As a result, we don't think about the graying of the world's cities.

These Are The Worst Passwords Of 2015

This password paradox is why tech companies like Google, Apple and Yahoo are trying to find ways to replace passwords. (Representational Image)
Our passwords are bad, and we should feel bad about it: Every year, SplashData releases a list of the most popular passwords discovered in data breaches released online over the past 12 months. And this year, "123456" and "password" topped this list.

Just like last year. And the year before that.

Other popular choices this year were sports, like "football" and "baseball." And "starwars," a newcomer to the list, ranked as the 25th most popular breached password, probably thanks to excitement over the release of the newest movie in the franchise.

Rupee Hits 68/Dollar as Sensex Tanks: 10 Developments

The rupee traded below the psychological 68 per dollar mark to hit a 29-month low following sharp selloff in domestic stocks.

The rupee traded below the psychological 68 per dollar mark to hit a 29-month low following sharp selloff in domestic stocks. The benchmark Sensex was down nearly 500-point loss, trading below the key 24,000 for first time since May 16, 2014. The broader Nifty traded below the key 7,300 mark. 

Here are the latest developments: 

1) The rupee is trading near record lows hit in September 4, 2013, when India was facing a crisis-like situation amid high deficit and sluggish growth. On Wednesday, the rupee slipped 41 paise to hit an intraday low of 68.06 per dollar. 

Comedy Nights' Dadi Blames 'Issues With Channel' For End of Show

Ali Asghar in a still from Comedy Nights With Kapil

The final episode of popular TV show Comedy Nights With Kapil will now air on January 24 after the channel postponed the date by a week amid reports that there were differences between them and host Kapil Sharma. 

19 Jan 2016

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17 Jan 2016

New tools help Oakland crack down on illegal dumping

Lee Johnson hauls a shopping cart loaded with recyclable items on Union Street in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) ( RAY CHAVEZ )

OAKLAND -- A pile of junk dumped in October outside Dorothy Lenehan's West Oakland business could be called a textbook case of a problem residents and city leaders say has long plagued Oakland's flatlands.

A man in a red station wagon pulled up in front of her Magnolia Street business on the afternoon of Oct. 23, unloaded items and drove away. Slowly, the trash, too, went away.

A junk hauler took the bookshelf. The next day, a man took a big garbage bag, leaving its contents. Then a man carrying a bag of cans and bottles sat on the chair missing its back and decided it was good enough for him to use.

That's one way trash has shuffled around Oakland, except for one thing: In this case, the life span of the trash, from dumping to scavenging to the car's license plate, was captured on high-definition video from surveillance cameras, and, within an hour, the video was uploaded to a new city mobile application, and an investigation was underway.

"I've watched this problem grow," Lenehan, who used to operate on Mandela Parkway, said last week. "Nowadays people have to report it themselves. It's easy to do."

Over the past two years, the city of Oakland has introduced incentives and tools for residents to report illegal dumping and stiff fines for those caught in the act.

By city estimates, half of the trash piles illegally dumped are by people living outside of Oakland. In 2013, the city's Public Works Agency and City Attorney's Office introduced the Illegal Dumping Enforcement Action initiative to crack down on blight. The City Council endorsed the idea later that year, passing a law criminalizing the illegal dumping of furniture, construction material, mattresses and other large amounts of trash.

So far, the city has given out 186 citations and 375 warning letters and has collected $55,807 of the $548,006 in fines issued, according to City Attorney Barbara Parker's office. Under the initiative, those caught have also put in 136 hours of community service picking up trash.

"Oakland is a proud, beautiful city, and we aren't going to tolerate this," Parker said Friday. "We want you to be on notice if you are going to dump in our city."

Reports pour in daily from people from the eastern to western to northern parts of the city. It can be as easy as taking a picture of blight, uploading the images to the city's SeeClickFix application and waiting for Public Works to have the trash removed. Successful cases have included pictures of license plates and the suspected dumpers.

It also can pay to submit such reports. Nine people have received rewards under a city program that began in early 2015, which has given out a total of $5,966, according to the City Attorney's Office.

City data show that much of the trash piles around multiunit buildings, where residents often come and go or have faced eviction. Each apartment building in Oakland is offered a certain number of large pickups a year, free of charge by the city's trash hauler, Waste Management, according to Waste Management spokesman Paul Rosynsky. Four times a year the trash company also holds a free drop-off event at its Davis Street Transfer Station in San Leandro, according to Rosynsky.

Lenehan, the business owner on Magnolia Street, said she's reported dumping on her property as recently as Jan. 2 and successfully reported a case against a moving company whose employees, she said, were fired as a result and had to perform community service as part of their punishment. In the October case, she helped the city identify the man who apparently left the bookshelf and other items -- a former local pastor who now is under investigation by the City Administrator's Office.

"I gave him a chance to clean it up," she said. "I had a lot of advice from others that it's not worth it to publicly shame him, but I changed my mind.

How to legally dispose of bulky items

Oakland's trash collection company, Waste Management, offers free curbside bulky pickup for both single-family and multifamily properties. Owners of single-family homes can call 510-613-8710 to schedule an annual free bulky pickup. Residents living in multifamily properties should contact their landlord or property owner

Source -http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_29391566/new-tools-help-oakland-crack-down-illegal-dumping

High Surf Complicating Hawaii Search as Marines ID Officers


HALEIWA, Hawaii — Rescuers battled waves up to 30 feet Saturday as they searched for 12 Marines who are missing after two helicopters crashed off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The waves dispersed the debris and complicated the search, which was expanded to include waters off Oahu's west coast. "It makes finding things incredibly difficult," Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Scott Carr said.

Winds died down to about 10 mph, but the National Weather Service said a high surf warning would remain in effect through Sunday morning.

The Coast Guard was notified late Thursday of the crash by a civilian who saw the aircraft flying then disappear and a fireball. Someone else reported a flare in the sky, Carr said. It was not clear if the fireball and the flare were the same.

The Marines were alerted when the CH-53E helicopters carrying six crew members each failed to return to their base at Kaneohe Bay following a nighttime training mission. Hours later, a Coast Guard helicopter and C-130 airplane spotted debris 2 1/2 miles off of Oahu.

A Navy P-3 airplane was scouring the ocean, along with helicopters from the Coast Guard, Army, Navy and Honolulu police and fire departments. Two Navy warships and two Coast Guard cutters were on the scene. Honolulu lifeguards on personal watercraft were also looking.

The Coast Guard was keeping people out of a wide zone that spanned about 30 miles of shoreline, citing danger from debris. The zone extended from the shore to 8 miles off the coast.

National Weather Service meteorologist Derek Wroe said Saturday that the surf peaked Friday afternoon and was slowly declining.

A storm about 1,500 miles to the north and northwest of Oahu was sending large swells to the islands, he said.

The transport helicopters were part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Known as Super Stallions, they are the U.S. military's largest helicopter, capable of carrying a light armored vehicle, 16 tons of cargo or a team of combat-equipped Marines, according to a Marine Corps website.

The Coast Guard initially reported that the choppers had collided, but Marine Capt. Timothy Irish said Friday that he did not know if the accident was a collision.

The helicopters normally carry four crew members, but this particular flight also carried one or two instructor trainers, Irish said. He did not know if they were teaching the crew or just observing.

On Saturday evening, the U.S. Marine Corps released the names of the missing officers. They are:

— Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, College Station, Texas.

— Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, Philadelphia.

— Capt. Kevin T. Roche, 30, St. Louis.

— Capt. Steven R. Torbert, 29, Florence, Alabama.

— Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina, 24,Chaska, Minnesota.

— Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, Gardners, Pennsylvania.

— Sgt. Jeffrey A. Sempler, 22, Woodruff, South Carolina.

— Sgt. William J. Turner, 25, Florala, Alabama.

— Cpl. Matthew R. Drown, 23, Spring, Texas.

— Cpl. Thomas J. Jardas, 22, Fort Myers, Florida.

— Cpl. Christopher J. Orlando, 23, Hingham, Massachusetts.

— Lance Cpl. Ty L. Hart, 21, Aumsville, Oregon.

The family of Orlando said it was grateful for people's prayers. "We continue to monitor the ongoing search effort in Hawaii and are thankful for the hard work of the many federal and local heroes undertaking this search and rescue mission," the family said in a statement released by the Massachusetts State Police.

Before Orlando joined the Marines, he was a counselor at a surf camp in Hull, Massachusetts, and is a "camp legend," the South Shore Surf Camp said in a Facebook post. "He is mentally and physically strong with the ocean experience and skills needed to survive anything Mother Nature can throw at him."

Hart lives on base in Hawaii with his wife. His former high school football coach and teacher, Alan Kirby, described Hart as a positive kid who always had a smile on his face and called him a quick learner on the gridiron.

The family of Roche believes he was one of the Marines aboard the helicopters. "We believe the Marines and Coast Guard are doing everything they can to bring Kevin and his fellow Marines home safely, and we are grateful to everyone involved in the rescue," said a family statement distributed by brother-in-law Anthony Kuenzel in St. Louis.

The uncle of Semolina said the 24-year-old wanted to be a Registered Nurse when he left the Marines. "He was waiting to hear from a school he had applied to and was hoping to hear next week," said his uncle, Ryan Bachand.

Semolina is an impressive young man, respectful and positive, Bachand said. He had been a good football player at Delano, Minnesota, high school.


Associated Press writers Caleb Jones, Audrey McAvoy and Jennifer Kelleher in Honolulu, Greg Keller at Waimea Bay, Bob Lentz in Philadelphia, Mark Thiessen in Anchorage, Alaska, and Lisa Baumann in Seattle contributed to this report.

Source - New York Times

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