Woman found dead in bed in East Village public housing unit

A 27-year-old woman was found dead face-up on her bed in East Village public housing Wednesday afternoon, a scarf wrapped around her neck and her body covered with a blanket, police and sources said. A friend of the woman came upon the grim scene at the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D at about 1:45 p.m. The friend, who found the door open, went inside and spotted blood on the floor, sources said. After following the trail to a bedroom and finding the lifeless body, the friend called 911. Paramedics said the woman died at the scene. Cops have not classified the case as a homicide. Cops hope heart will tell its tale after grim LES discovery The medical examiner will determine how she died. Cops…

Microsoft says Apple MacBook Pro is a disappointment; offers 30-day trial for Surface Hub Brian Hall, CVP Microsoft Devices Marketing wrote a blog post titled: ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for Surface!’. He said that there are many ‘wonderful things happening across the board for Surface…’. Microsoft took a dig at Apple through a blog post and said that more and more people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before. Brian Hall, CVP Microsoft Devices Marketing wrote a blog post titled: ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for Surface!’. He said that there are many ‘wonderful things happening across the board for Surface…’. He cited Microsoft’s trade-in credit program for Apple devices. However, he did not back it up with too much of data about sales or shipments. Meanwhile...

Iran tells banks to sell dollars at free rates The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) says it has authorized banks to deal in foreign exchange trading at a free-market rate – a move which is expected to help control the rising rates of the dollar.    A statement on CBI’s website called on merchants and traders to refer to the authorized banks and purchase their required dollars, adding that this would channel foreign exchange operations by individuals and entities to banks and decrease their risks. The statement added that the banks could also purchase the foreign currencies of exporters of non-oil products “at a rate set by agreement between the bank and the customer".  This, it emphasized, would be carried out through diplomatic missions that are based in Iran as well as the representation offices ...

'DANCE IS EVERYTHING' Teen pivots from a Kenyan slum to the ballet stage NAIROBI, Kenya –  In a country not usually associated with classical ballet, a 16-year-old dancer leaps onto the stage, his gravity-defying turns taking the audience's breath away. Joel Kioko is arguably Kenya's most promising young ballet dancer. Currently training in the United States, he has come home for Christmas - and is dancing a solo in a Nairobi production of "The Nutcracker" while he's here. "He's the real deal," said Dance Centre Kenya's artistic director, Cooper Rust. "I'm pushing him to go for the stars. Paris Opera, Royal Ballet, here we come! Even if Joel ends up in a more regional company, it will be incredible." Kioko grew up in Nairobi's Kuwinda slum and took his first dance class five years ago in a...

Elizabeth Warren accuses big pharma of hijacking ‘cures bill’ The 21st Century Cures legislation would give $4.8 billion to fund research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but Senator Warren is more concerned with the possibility of the bill enabling the pharmaceutical industry. On Monday, she took to the Senate floor to blame Republicans for letting “Big Pharma hijack the cures bill.” The bill includes several provisions popular with Democrats and progressives, such as funding to combat the opioid crisis and mental health treatment. However, Warren claims that these measures are nothing but “political cover for huge giveaways to giant drug companies.” The issues with the bill have to do with lowering the standards of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and removing the NIH’s mandatory funding, requiring the agency to go through...

Scotland faces snow and gales over Christmas period Scotland is expected to be hit by snow and 70mph gales in the run-up to Christmas. Forecasters have warned that the north west and the Western Isles face stormy conditions including rain, sleet and snow. They also said the weather could worsen for north and western parts of Scotland later in the week and into Christmas Eve, as conditions are expected to deteriorate from Tuesday. West coast ferry operator CalMac has warned weekend passengers to be aware of possible disruption. CalMac operations director Drew Collier said: “Weather forecasts for the west of Scotland are predicting a stormy week for many especially as we near the weekend when people will be travelling for Christmas. “We will review sailings on a case by case basis but would advise...

Over 1,000 credit card holders declared bankrupt KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,022 card credit holders are declared bankrupt for failing to settle credit card debts in the period from January to June this year. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Othman Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat that the amount represented 0.03 per cent out of the 3.6 million credit card holders in the country. Hence, he said Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) had introduced several conditions for the issuance of credit cards to ensure only those eligible were given credit card facilities. “Minimum income eligibility for credit card holders is raised from RM18,000 annually to RM24,000 since March 17, 2011. “Credit card holders earning RM36,000 annually or less can own credit cards from two card issuances and have a maximum credit not exceeding twice the monthly income,” he said. Othman ...

Sabah police declares Bersih 5 rally illegal after organisers fail to secure venue KOTA KINABALU: Police have deemed Sabah Bersih 5 rally this Saturday as illegal, after organisers failed to fulfill the requirement under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. District police chief Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra said the force received a notice from the group on Nov 2 over the plan to hold the street protest but there was no permission given by the venue owner. "They failed to get the permission from the owner of the venue at Taman Rimba (to hold the rally). "Thus, going ahead with it is considered a violation of the Peaceful Assembly Act. We advised the public not to take part in this rally to avoid unwanted incidents," he said after the launching a police patrol unit building here. He reminded that while organisers will be ...