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Mikmaq looking to stop gas project question consultation

first_imgAPTN National NewsMi’kmaq in Nova Scotia want to stop a natural gas project.A group held a fishing derby on the weekend as a peaceful way to assert Aboriginal title.They’re concerned about the impact industry could have on a major river.But as APTN’s Trina Roache reports many have questions about consultation.last_img

Search on for prominent businessman son after helicopter goes missing in Quebec

MONTREAL — A search is under way for a prominent Quebec businessman and his son, who did not return from a fishing trip in northern Quebec as planned.Sagami Inc., a giant in the greenhouse tomato industry, says in a statement that everything is being done to ensure its president, Stephane Roy, and his son are found safe.The two were expected to return from a fishing trip on Wednesday.The statement says Roy, the founder of the company, is an experienced pilot with numerous flight hours aboard the craft in question, a Robinson R44 helicopter.The company says it’s too early to know what happened and has been in contact with Quebec provincial police and the Canadian Forces, who are conducting searches in the Parent district of La Tuque, Que., more than 400 kilometres north of Montreal.A provincial police spokesman says family members reported the pair missing in the area Thursday morning.“According to preliminary reports, four people left, two in a helicopter and two in a seaplane to a chalet … these people were to return yesterday (Wednesday),” said spokesman Claude Denis.The aircraft returned as scheduled but the helicopter did not.Police say anyone spotting a helicopter in distress between Parent and Ste-Sophie, in the Laurentians region, should call them.The Canadian Press read more

Careful what you ask for

Some on Norfolk council want the county to tread lightly when it comes to concerns over animal abuse and neglect.A void is looming as the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals prepares to wind down its involvement with animal abuse and neglect cases.Some on council want a plan prepared in case the Ford government downloads responsibility for this file onto municipalities.Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen doesn’t doubt that planning is a good idea. But he also believes there are occasions where it doesn’t pay to look too eager.“This is a subject I don’t want to get sucked into,” Van Paassen said at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council. “If you see a hornet’s nest, don’t walk up to it and hit it with a stick. Just walk past it.”Rather than looking to catch something from above, Van Paassen suggested a sternly-worded letter asking the province what it intends to do now that the OSPCA is vacating the field.Van Paassen was responding to motions from Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts.Rabbitts wants Norfolk’s obligations in the county’s animal control bylaw clarified. He also wants staff to collaborate with Norfolk’s Police Services Board on a report about “service delivery models” in the area of animal cruelty prevention and enforcement involving the OPP, the Simcoe and District Humane Society, local animal shelters and so on.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman also worries about the county looking like it is searching for something to do. If municipalities look willing, Huffman said the province might decide they are able.For his part, Rabbitts said Norfolk should have a plan in case the Ford government imposes responsibility for animal welfare on municipalities.“It seems to be a hot potato, and I’d hate the county to get burned by it,” he told council. “My concern is that – if we don’t have this conversation – we could be reacting to a worse situation.”Council members are concerned because animal neglect and cruelty evoke an emotional response in the public. Even with the OSPCA in place, many turn to the municipality to do something.“If anyone comes across cruelty, it is all over the internet in five seconds,” Mayor Kristal Chopp said.Council members and Norfolk staff have fielded complaints of late about raccoons acting erratically in broad daylight in rural and urban settings. Many believe the county is responsible for doing something about nuisance animals.Best he can tell, Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus said the public’s only recourse is to call a pest-control agency and have a trained professional remove raccoons and other wild animals from the neighbourhood. This is not a county service and is delivered at the complainant’s expense.Former mayor Dennis Travale, of Simcoe, was appointed chair of Norfolk’s Police Services Board Wednesday. His opening remarks touched on the province’s precarious financial position and how the Ford government will be looking for opportunities to download programs onto municipalities.After referencing council’s discussion of animal welfare, Travale said finding efficiencies and eliminating the needless deployment of resources is key to keeping OPP costs under control.“We’re going to have to put our heads together and look at cost containment,” Travale said.At Tuesday meeting, Norfolk council agreed to identify the county’s current obligations regarding animal welfare and have these explicitly stated in Norfolk’s animal control bylaw.Staff was also directed to prepare a report on the implications for Norfolk if municipalities are called on to fill the pending void left by the OSPCA.Van Paassen noted that members of the South-Central Ontario Region (SCOR) coalition of municipalities will soon hold their annual meet-and-greet event with Ontario MPPs and provincial officials representing this organization.Van Paassen said he would be happy to use the occasion to raise the OSPCA situation with Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, and other senior members of the Ford government.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Development AIDS poverty reduction among top issues in UN Assembly debate

Manasseh Sogavare told the Assembly that his Government had worked resolutely to bring the warring factions to the table and sign the Townsville and Marau Peace Agreements, but that the challenge was far from over. “With a shattered economy and a delicate peace process, the task of rebuilding the country and ensuring lasting peace is formidable,” he said, noting that his Government had adopted a National Peace Plan and Programme of Action aimed at addressing the root causes of the conflict. “Development assistance could be a means of conflict prevention and an instrument for peace building,” he said.Ibraimov Osmonakun, Secretary of State of the Kyrgyz Republic, said his country had been defending itself for three years against incursions by terrorist groups. “Had it not been for our firm determination, the serious destabilization of the entire region would have been the inevitable result,” he stressed, voicing his Government’s support for the current military action by the United States and other countries in the anti-terrorist coalition. Looking ahead, Mr. Osmonakun said a representative government should be created in Afghanistan, with the help of the UN, and that dialogue should be encouraged between the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). In that context, he said a conference would be held in December to discuss security and stability in Central Asia, in which the UN’s participation could facilitate solutions. Highlighting the devastating global impact of HIV/AIDS, Mompati Merafhe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Botswana, said recent estimates showed that 36.1 million people were living with HIV around the world, 25.3 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa. “Unless we join forces to tackle this pandemic, it will continue to have a devastating impact on our societies and economies,” he said, encouraging States to contribute to the Global HIV/AIDS and Health Fund proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Turning to the issue of “conflict diamonds” versus “development diamonds,” he said that Botswana deplored the use of diamond resources by rebels in a number of African countries to purchase weapons. He noted however, that “conflict diamonds” constituted only 4 per cent or less of the world trade, whereas legitimate diamonds, such as those produced by Botswana, were used to generate growth and development.Reacting to the speech by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Vartan Oskanian, said Azerbaijan’s insistence on “inventing numbers, redefining terms, creating history and obfuscating discussion” would not help solve the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh, which, he said, “has never been a part of independent Azerbaijan.” For 10 years, his Government has affirmed that the people of that region should enjoy basic freedoms. “Justice for the people of Nagorno Karabakh has been at the core of Armenia’s policies and actions because we believe that to achieve lasting peace, economic cooperation and political development, this conflict will have to be resolved fairly and fully,” he said, adding that Azerbaijan’s calls for a military solution were not acceptable among neighbours serious about peace. Mr Oskanian also said his Government hoped Turkey would establish diplomatic relations with Armenia, open the borders and engage in constructive cooperation. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Togo, Koffi Panou, expressed hope that through collective efforts, the evil of terrorism could be defeated. Towards this end, he called for regional cooperation, noting that in West Africa, non-aggression and mutual assistance pacts between Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria had set up functional structures to combat terrorism. At the same time, he expressed concern over the social and economic plight of developing countries, where marginalization persisted and the HIV/AIDS pandemic continued to ravage societies. The international community, the Foreign Minister emphasized, must live up to the commitments made during last year’s UN Millennium Summit while supporting Africa in implementing its New Partnership for Development. Gabriele Gatti, the Foreign Minister of San Marino, noted that while globalization had unquestionably contributed to exporting job opportunities and long-term economic well-being, the gap between the living conditions in the industrialized world and the least developed countries had widened dramatically. “Such a gap must be immediately bridged in order to guarantee globalization of opportunities along with globalization of markets,” he said. “It is not a utopia to think that by addressing and solving the problems of hunger, poverty and the disproportionate social, economic and cultural gap between a tiny minority living in the North and an overwhelming, poor and despaired majority living in the South of the world, also terrorism will be wiped out in the near future,” he stressed, adding that poverty and ideological extremism served as fertile soil for terrorism. Foreign Minister Win Aung of Myanmar said the development efforts of countries like his were hampered by such factors as the debt burden, lack of access to markets and technology, and a decline in foreign direct investment. The UN Development Programme should be permitted to promote capacity-building in his country through the establishment of a country programme, he argued. As Myanmar was pursuing a transition to a peaceful and democratic society, agreements had been reached with 17 out of 18 armed groups in the country and national reconciliation was in progress with the political parties, he said. In its efforts to combat the scourge of narcotic drugs, Myanmar had seen opium production decline by 38 per cent. Myanmar had also enhanced its cooperation with the UN system, including the efforts of the International Labour Organization to effectively address the problem of forced labour, Mr. Aung said. Kolawole A. Idji, the Foreign Minister of Benin, recalled that the Millennium Summit Declaration had included a special section on responding to the special needs of Africa. “One year later, African countries are waiting for these promises to be realized,” he said, adding that the continent’s people, not content to simply wait, had taken their destiny into their own hands by elaborating the New Partnership for Development. This document constituted an important step forward. “Africans can now finally hope that their continent will cease to be the continent of sickness, poverty, misery and bloody conflicts,” the Foreign Minister said, stressing that through a true partnership between Africa and the rest of the world, that hope would be realized. “Together, we can do it,” he said.Timothy Harris, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Education of Saint Kitts and Nevis, stressed the importance of a dialogue among nations, particularly at next year’s conference on financing for development. The vulnerable economies of small islands developing States required a “Marshall Plan” to support their participation in a global economy. “The global agenda must become a humane agenda” that would afford equitable access to modern technology, he said. While welcoming the opportunity to empower the citizens of developing countries with appropriate skills, education and resources, he stressed the need for international cooperation to address such global problems as the AIDS pandemic, which sapped meagre resources away from development programmes to provide costly care and treatment. He also welcomed the multilateral approach of the Organization of American States to the fight against drug trafficking.Monie R. Captain, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia said that in bringing about any positive changes to UN institutions there was a need for a “level playing field” that would be based on transparency, freedom, fairness and democratic practices. Turning to African issues, he stressed that the continent could not continue to stand by and accept to be perpetually condemned as the least developed region. Noting that African culture and value system stood the risk of being lost in the sea of ethics based on Western values, he said that Africans should not lose the opportunity of the new African Union to achieve meaningful integration within the context of building a powerful African capability. Mr. Captain stressed that Liberia today was a victim of war and poverty, as well as of a regime of punitive sanctions imposed by the Security Council, which had an adverse effect on ordinary people, whose living conditions had declined dramatically. Officials from Malawi, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Somalia were also scheduled to speak late Wednesday afternoon. read more

Generation Y outspends older Canadians on luxury travel fashion and dining

by News Staff Posted Jun 19, 2012 4:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MARKHAM, Ont. – Young and trendy members of Generation Y are outspending older Canadians in the luxury markets for fashion, travel and fine dining, according to a report released Tuesday.The American Express Business Insights report, based on spending data collected from 2009 to 2011, found that Canada’s luxury segment has been more resilient to economic uncertainty than markets in Europe and the U.S., dominated by demand from younger people.“Optimism amongst Canadians appears to be on the rise as luxury spending increased,” the credit card company said in a release.“What has proven most surprising is that in a soft job market, younger Canadians are dominating Canadian luxury spend growth in the core areas of fashion, travel and fine dining.”Luxury spending among young people has increased in recent years even as they face piles of debt from more schooling than prior generations, weak job prospects and an unemployment rate that is about twice the national average.The findings also suggest the Canadian luxury segment was less impacted during the height of the economic downturn and recovered more quickly than in the U.S. and Europe, which have yet to return to pre-recessionary spending levels in the market.Canada’s luxury segment was down about nine per cent in 2009, compared to a 14 per cent decline in the U.S. and 10 per cent drop in Europe.“What we’ve seen in Canada is that, even during economic uncertainty, consumers are not shying away from luxury spending,” said Colin Temple, vice-president and general manager of merchant services at American Express Canada.Canadian luxury spending has increased since 2009 and younger Canadians have ramped up spending faster during the survey period than their older counterparts.“The luxury market is turning its eye to the younger generation,” Temple said.“This demographic set has become integral to business growth as older generations start to exit the market.”Gen Y members, which the report identified as those born in 1983 or later, spent 33 per cent more on luxury fashion from 2009 to 2011, increased travel spending by 74 per cent and dropped 102 per cent more on fine dining.Meanwhile, older generations which once dominated the luxury market showed a slowdown in spending growth over the same period.Gen X, those born from 1965 to 1982, increased spend on luxury fashion by 33 per cent, travel by 15 per cent, and fine dining by 31 per cent, the report found.Boomers, Canadians born from 1946 to 1964, increased spending on luxury fashion by 24 per cent, travel by six per cent, and fine dining by 15 per cent, while seniors increased spending on luxury fashion by two per cent, decreased in travel by three per cent and decreased in fine dining by one per cent. Generation Y outspends older Canadians on luxury travel, fashion and dining read more

Secretary of State for Wales visits Toyotas Deeside plant to celebrate increased

Toyota UK’s Engine Plant, located in Deeside, North Wales today welcomed the creation of 70 jobs at the plant in order to meet increased demand.Recruitment has already started and the additional jobs are the result of Toyota vehicles produced in Brazil now receiving machined parts from the Deeside plant, as well as preparation for upcoming start of production of the Auris Touring Sports model at Toyota’s UK vehicle manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. Both activities will lead to increased demand for engines produced at the Deeside facility.David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales who was visiting the Toyota plant today said: “Toyota has made a vital contribution to the growing success of the UK car manufacturing sector and to the creation of sustainable jobs in North Wales. It is a glowing example of collaboration between a global company and the UK, and a demonstration of why Wales continues to be a prime location to invest and do business.”Richard Kenworthy, Director of Deeside engine manufacturing plant also commented: “This is great news for the plant and for Wales. Our TMUK members at the Deeside engine plant continue to demonstrate they can deliver the superior quality and efficiency that are vital for building our presence in a highly competitive marketplace.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Pope Francis recognises Armenian Assyrian Greek Genocide

first_imgPope Francis risked Turkish anger by using the word “genocide” to refer to the mass killings of Armenians a century ago under the Ottoman Empire.“In the past century, our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies,” the Pope said at a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacres.“The first, which is widely considered ‘the first genocide of the twentieth century,’ struck your own Armenian people,” he said, referencing a 2001 declaration by Pope John Paul II and the head of the Armenian church.His use of the term genocide — even though he was quoting from the declaration — upset Turkey.Turkey responded by summoning the Vatican ambassador for a meeting at the Foreign Ministry, Turkish state broadcaster TRT reported.In a tweet Sunday on his official account, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the Pope’s use of the word “unacceptable” and “out of touch with both historical facts and legal basis.”“Religious offices are not places through which hatred and animosity are fueled by unfounded allegations,” the tweet reads.More than a million massacred Armenian groups and many scholars say that Turks planned and carried out genocide, starting in 1915, when more than a million ethnic Armenians were massacred in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.Turkey officially denies that a genocide took place, saying hundreds of thousands of Armenian Christians and Turkish Muslims died in intercommunal violence around the bloody battlefields of World War I.The Armenian government and influential Armenian diaspora groups have urged countries around the world to formally label the 1915 events as genocide. Turkey has responded with pressure of its own against such moves.Pope Francis said Sunday that “Catholic and Orthodox Syrians, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Greeks” were also killed in the bloodshed a century ago.He said Nazism and Stalinism were responsible for the other two “massive and unprecedented tragedies” of the past century. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Zéro forfait se lance la location de mobile

first_imgZéro forfait se lance la location de mobileL’opérateur mobile virtuel (MVNO) Zéro Forfait vient de lancer un tout nouveau service : il propose désormais à ses clients de louer un téléphone mobile. Une offre permise grâce à un partenariat avec Locamobile, une nouvelle filière du groupe Call in Europe dont Zéro Forfait fait partie.Le MVNO Zéro Forfait, qui exploite le réseau SFR, vient de se lancer dans la location de mobile. Il est le premier à proposer un tel service, quand la plupart des opérateurs virtuels offrent des abonnements sans téléphone subventionné pour faire baisser leur prix. En partenariat avec Locamobile, le MVNO propose pour l’heure sur son site deux modèles de téléphones uniquement : le Samsung E1150, disponible pour un euro par mois, et le Samsung Galaxy Mini dont le prix est fixé à cinq euros mensuels. A la fin de la période de location, d’une durée de 24 mois, l’utilisateur pourra acheter et conserver le téléphone.À lire aussiExpérimentation à Saint-Étienne : La 4G s’embrouille avec la TNT ? Pour promouvoir son offre, l’opérateur évoque le contrôle du budget qu’elle permet, et la possibilité d’accéder à un produit trop cher à l’achat. Il n’hésite pas non plus à vanter les bienfaits écologiques de son service de location, qui respecte la planète puisque “tous (les) terminaux ont une seconde vie après leur location”, assure Zéro forfait.Le service est proposé aux clients du MVNO, mais aussi à de nouveaux abonnés qui peuvent accéder à l’offre mais devront toutefois payer plus cher. Le prix mensuel passe en effet à deux euros pour le Samsung E1150, et à dix euros pour le Galaxy Mini.Le 20 juin 2011 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Citys parking services to be handled by Vancouver Police Department

first_imgThe city of Vancouver’s parking services will be reorganized to fall under the Vancouver Police Department starting Monday, according to the department.The police department’s police service technicians will manage parking complaints and issue citations.Police service technicians aren’t officers but can take reports for property crimes, vehicle crashes, help at crime scenes and generally help address lower-priority calls for police services.Residents with a neighborhood parking complaint within city limits have two options for making complaints.They can call the nonemergency line at 311, and the call will be assigned to a technician for follow-up. Or, residents can complete an online form to file a complaint. The message will also go to a technician.More information about city parking rules and means to file a complaint are available at the city’s website.last_img read more

Iran boss furious with Ronaldo VAR decision

first_imgIran boss Carlos Queiroz is furious that Cristiano Ronaldo managed to escape a red card following a VAR review of an incident that saw him elbow defender Morteza Pouraliganji in the face in their 1-1 draw against PortugalThe Real Madrid forward had a rather eventful game on Monday and was awarded a penalty after going down in a challenge from Iran’s Saeid Ezatolahi.The penalty was initially waived off before the referee awarded Portugal the spot-kick after reviewing the incident through VAR.However, Ronaldo then surprisingly missed the penalty and later was under the spotlight once more.The 33-year-old attempted to get in front of Morteza Pouraliganji and appeared to hit the defender in the face with a flailing arm. But, after a long review with VAR, the referee decided to only punish Ronaldo with a yellow card.But Queiroz insisted Ronaldo should have been sent-off and suggested that there was preferential treatment for the likes of the Portugal captain and Lionel Messi.“I don’t want to talk too much, it’s about my country and a player. I know it’ll be a war against me,” said Queiroz, according to NDTV.“But the reality is you stopped the game for VAR, there is an elbow. An elbow is a red card in the rules. In the rules, it doesn’t say if it is (Lionel) Messi or Ronaldo…”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.He added: “We accepted human mistakes before, that was part of the game. Players make mistakes, coaches make mistakes and referees make mistakes,”“But now you have one system that cost a fortune. It’s high-tech with five, six people inside and what happens? Nobody takes responsibilities.“We need to be like rugby. When there is a decision by VAR I need to know what the referee is saying to them, people need to know what is going on.”“So in my opinion, Mr. Infantino and FIFA, everybody agreed that VAR is not going well,” he added.“That’s the reality, there’s a lot of complaints.”Ricardo Quaresma scored Portugal’s only goal of the game before a late Karim Ansarifard penalty levelled the score and denied Fernando Santos’ side the chance to top Group B.Portugal will now face Group A winners Uruguay in the Round of 16 in Sochi on Saturday.last_img read more

ASA Looks Ahead as TPA Bill Emerges from House Senate Committees

first_imgFollowing the passage of a bill by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee that would grant trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling on both chambers to pass the bill and give the administration what it needs to forge ahead with key trade agreements around the globe.“Agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and others that expand market access are of vast importance to American soybean farmers as we look to maintain our position at the vanguard of the world’s agricultural trade, however we can’t conclude agreements without trade promotion authority. That’s always been step one,” said Wade Cowan, ASA president and a soybean farmer from Brownfield, Texas.The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act was introduced last week by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), as well as House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The measure passed the Senate committee late Wednesday, and the House committee late Thursday, and will head to the floors of both chambers potentially as early as next month, per indications from House and Senate leadership.“This bill is something that both sides of the aisle have come together on,” added Cowan. “It’s a bipartisan bill that hears the concerns of Right and Left, of multiple industries and of multiple constituencies, including our nation’s soybean farmers. It gives USTR the bandwidth it needs to get the best deal possible for American farmers and businesses, and it provides Congress the involvement and oversight it needs to ensure each deal works for everyone. It is a piece of legislation that both the Senate and the House should take up and pass as quickly as possible.”Trade promotion authority is among the top policy priorities for ASA in the 114th Congress. Soybean farmers, who exported over half their crop with an export value of $30.5 billion in 2014, are the largest agricultural exporters in the U.S.last_img read more

Thursdays job fair aims to recruit veterans

first_imgClose to 40 employers looking to hire a few good veterans will be in Vancouver on Thursday. And former armed forces personnel also will be able to tap into the state WorkSource program’s database, which lists more than 500 openings across Clark County.The veteran’s job fair, sponsored by Vancouver WorkSource and hosted by the Washington Army National Guard, is one of dozens of similar events scheduled this month across the U.S. after a number of governors — including Washington’s — declared November “Hire-a-Vet Month.”Thursday’s job fair runs 9 a.m. to noon at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver.Among the employers that have signed on to recruit are Bonneville Power Administration, Home Depot, PeaceHealth, WaferTech, several staffing agencies, and a few municipal governments from Washington and Oregon. Their openings run the gamut from entry-level positions to jobs requiring high levels of skill and preparation.Job fairs have received some criticism in recent months, spurred in part by a survey of human resources executives who reported that few of the people who show up at these events have the specific skills they’re seeking. A month after 1,700 job seekers attended a fair sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, only about 30 of those people had found jobs, the congresswoman’s office reported in October.But Rick Van Cise, WorkSource spokesman, said he’s optimistic that Thursday’s event will have good results.Veterans are strong applicants and attractive to many employers, Van Cise said. “They bring teamwork, discipline, they show up on time.”Many struggle with translating their military skills into civilian terms, but WorkSource offers classes and other outreach efforts aimed at helping veterans communicate about their experiences, he said.last_img read more

Vancouver Symphony gets 5000 grant

first_imgUmpqua Bank has awarded the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra a $5,000 grant to support two in-school concerts this month at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th St.The concerts provide information on instruments and music aimed at elementary school students ages 6 to 12. Students from Southwest Washington, including home-schooled children, can attend the two concerts, both May 30, which are not open to the public. More information is available at www.vancouversymphony.org.last_img

Arab Summit finds no solution to Qatar crisis

first_imgArab officials and foreign ministers pose for a photo during the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers preparatory to the 29th Summit in Riyadh. Reuters Meta:The Gulf crisis, which has seen Qatar isolated by Saudi Arabia and its allies, is not on the table at the upcoming meeting of Arab League states, Riyadh’s foreign minister said Thursday.“The solution of Qatar will be within the GCC,” or the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh ahead of the Arab Summit.He was responding to an AFP question on whether the crisis was on the agenda at the meeting on Sunday, which is hosted by Saudi Arabia and joins 21 of the 22 Arab League member states.Syria is technically a member of the league but has been suspended from the summit since 2011 over the government’s role in the war there.Qatar has confirmed its attendance at the Saudi summit.The 10-month Gulf crisis pits Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain against Qatar. It is the worst crisis to ever hit the Gulf, home to both the world’s largest exporters of oil and liquified natural gas-Saudi Arabia and Qatar respectively.Riyadh and its allies broke off relations with Doha in June, accusing it of fostering close links with Tehran and supporting Islamist extremists. Qatar denies the charges.The boycott includes the closure of the small Gulf state’s only land border with Saudi Arabia.Saudi media close to the government this week announced the kingdom planned to dig a canal the length of its border with Qatar, to turn its peninsula neighbour into an isolated island.The planned canal, dubbed “Salwa”, is “funded entirely by Saudi and Emirati private sector investment under full Saudi authority,” Sabq Online Newspaper reported on Monday.The Saudi government has not issued a denial.Kuwait, a member of the GCC, has led mediation efforts in the crisis-to no avail-with the support of the United States.US President Donald Trump had initially supported the Saudi-led economic blockade on Qatar, but aides-mindful of the pivotal role that the Al Udeid Air Base outside Doha plays in US Middle East operations-have since convinced him to take a more moderate approach.Trump met with the Emir of Qatar at the White House on Tuesday, barely one year after alleging Doha funded terrorism at a “high level” and less than two weeks after meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The president on Tuesday dubbed the Qatari emir a “friend” and “great gentleman”.last_img read more

AFRO and Morgan State Celebrate Milestones

first_imgOn Nov. 8 The AfroAmerican Newspaper, in conjunction with Morgan State University, will host a symposium entitled “125 Years of Speaking Truth to Power.” The symposium will highlight the 125 years of the AFRO, with a focus on how the paper has covered presidential administrations, as well as Morgan’s 150th anniversary.Jake Oliver, CEO and publisher of the AFRO said, “I want people to get a sense of the enormous amount of history the AFRO has written about over the past 125 years. While it will be impossible to address all of the major historical events the AFRO has covered within the short time of the symposium, my hope is that those who attend will nevertheless come away with a deep appreciation of why a Black newspaper is critical to the progress of the American Black community.”Dewayne Wickham, dean of Morgan’s School of Global Journalism & Communication, said, “The Afro American Newspaper has had a long and impactful history of speaking truth to power. It has been the voice of Black America and the conscience of White America.”Oliver was interviewed on camera by Morgan representatives ahead of the symposium. Clips of the interview will be played during the symposium and then the panelists will react to Oliver’s comments. The discussion will cover five historical periods and the impact and influence each period had on Black America.The panelists for the symposium are journalist and filmmaker Tony Harris, writer and contributor Lauren Victoria Burke and professor and political analyst Dr. Jason Johnson.On the role of the Black press going forward Oliver said, “The role of the Black Press in the 21st century will continue to be the reporting of the news that involves and impacts the Black community. It will furthermore serve as a forum where Black thought can be aired and debated through editorials, commentaries, blogs, videos etc. It also must continue to promote issues important to the Black community at large, and to defend against the types of threats against our civil rights the coverage during the past 125 years so clearly dramatizes as having been too often threatened in innumerable ways.The symposium is one of many events to mark the celebration of the AFRO’s 125 years. Other events throughout the year include a concert at Morgan State University by Anthony Brown and group therAPy on Nov. 12 (ticketmaster.com), Ms. Santa in Dec., Character Education in Feb. and AFRO Clean/Green Block in 2017. The celebration culminates with the AFRO’s 125 Gala in 2017.last_img read more

Church Brings Jesus to the Front Door

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterImagine a church with no pulpit. Imagine a church with no choir. Try to wrap your head around a church with no VIP parking and no chance of NOT getting good seating, because the service could be in your own home.That is the church that Jomo Johnson wants us to believe is possible. And he is working to make that vision possible.“Church for Black Men and Families,” although focused on recruiting Black men to get back to the word of God, seeks for families of all kinds to open their homes for small worship services as opposed to worrying about joining a church and tithing. (Courtesy Photo)No, Johnson is not talking about streaming the sermon on your television or laptop. It’s still live. The Church for Black men and Families participated in the house church method.“‘Church for Black Men and Families’ is born out of that mission to be able to create vibrant families of Jesus for Black men and their families in the Black community,” Johnson said.Johnson started down a traditional path, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Beacon University and then a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. He veered toward the Presbyterian denomination and was working to build a church in Savannah, Georgia, when he said he was told that the plan did not include certain types of Black folks.“They wanted a middle class African American church that could help financially support their ministry and cause,” Johnson said. “And they were bypassing people who were hurting, struggling or just people were were dealing with things they (the church Johnson was formally associated with) didn’t want to deal with.”Johnson resigned from that church and went through a process of soul searching. He came out of that experience with a vision of a different type of church and a very strong opinion about churches that place a heavy interest on fiscal obligations for church members.“Because the New Testament does not command financial tithing for New Testament Believers, Black Christians should leave any Churches that continue to teach this mistruth despite the good that these organizations may appear to do,” Johnson said. “This form of legalism, which actually robs the poor, is one of the key factors that Black men are leaving the traditional church.”Conducting his own survey, Johnson found that Black men are steadily declining to attend church in part because of such aggressive taps towards finances, and a lack of accountability of where the money given goes.According to research from the Pew Center about 79% of African-Americans self identify as Christian. But when you look across gender you see differences. A 2014 Religious Landscape study showed that about 69% of Black men say they are religious. For Black women that number reached 80%, according to the data.This is why Johnson turned to the “house church model,” or “simple church model” He referenced the second and fourth chapter of Acts in the New Testament of the Bible where it referred to people commuting from house to house.“We think if you are able to make spirituality more informal, more communal without a lot of the religiosity and rules and regulations of a traditional church setting, that can be more attractive to people who have been disenfranchised or hurt by the traditional church,” Johnson told the AFRO.Johnson is not opposed to traditional models of service and sees a purpose for all types of churches to do God’s work, but said, “for the large percentages for Black men and families that aren’t connected, we believe this organic model, this family model is actually a lot more attractive once we are exposed to it.”Currently Johnson is training volunteers who are willing to open their home up to about 15-20 members to hold services. Breakfast is served and people all participate in the word. No choir, no mortgage that the congregation has to cover.Even though the church moniker evokes Black men first, the congregation is for all, men women, LGBTQ, regardless of socioeconomic class. For more information on attending or volunteering to lead a service please go to www.blackmen.church.last_img read more

Holy Week Service at Sharon Baptist

first_imgBy AFRO StaffSharon Baptist Church the venerable West Baltimore church led by Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn, will hold Holy Week services April 16 and 17. On April 16, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas will preach at 7:00 PM. On April 16 and 17, Bishop Frank M. Reid will preach both days at noon. For more information call the church at: 410.669.6667. Sharon Baptist is located at 1375 N. Stricker St.(Stock Photo)Rev. Dr. Vaughn and his daughter Cassandra Vaughn are also pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter and granddaughter Lauren Apryle Fox, to Khai Javier Atkinson, son of Joel Atkinson and Kya Taylor. They plan to marry next February.last_img read more

Baobabs New VR Film Bonfire Puts the Viewer at the Center of

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The experience puts the viewer in control, letting her or him figure out how to interact with those creatures, an ultimately whether to tell the rest of humanity about this hidden paradise. “This is our most interactive project yet,” said Baobab CEO Maureen during a recent interview with Variety.“Bonfire” lasts between 15 and 20 minutes, depending on the choices a viewer makes — but Baobab’s chief creative officer Eric Darnell, who wrote and directed the film, was quick to point out that it’s not a choose-your-own-adventure story. “Rather than branching the story, it’s branching emotions,” he said. In other words: You can’t ultimately change the story of “Bonfire,” but your behavior can have an impact your relationship with your newfound puppy-ish friend.Baobab engineer Amy Rebecca Tucker likened this approach to the flow of a stand-up comedy set. Comedians have their basic flow plotted out, and know which jokes they want to hit during a set. “There is not a huge difference in story direction,” she said. However, they still read the room, react to their audience, and make them feel special, while at the same time sticking to their routine.The team behind “Bonfire” arrived at this analogy pretty early-on in the process, explained Tucker, adding that it helped them to figure out how to balance interactivity and storytelling. “It definitely influenced how we thought about the story,” she said. Baobab Studios, the VR studio known for Pixar-quality animated virtual reality short films like “Invasion!” and “Crow: The Legend,” is back at Tribeca Film Festival this week with a new VR short that puts you at the center of the story — and lets you experience bonding around a campfire a million miles from home. “Bonfire” is the story of an explorer who crash lands on a distant planet that could be humanity’s last chance at finding a new home. The explorer, which is played by the viewer, gets some help from Debbie, a trusty robot sidekick, who is voiced by comedian Ali Wong. The robot may not be able to move around much after the crash landing, but still happens to produce excellent marshmallows to feed his human companion.There’s only one problem: The strange creatures who live in the planet’s spooky forest — especially one that seems more puppy-like and curious that attack-dog dangerous. “Bonfire” concept art.Still, casting the viewer as the main character of the film meant that Baobab had to account for a myriad of different actions. Viewers can feed marshmallows to the alien creature, throw anything they get their hands on into the fire, or even stay passive and not engage at all. “We try to account for all of them,” said Darnell.To achieve this, lead animator Ryan Gong effectively had to break down each characters possible responses into a library of animated actions, gestures and responses, which were then ingested by the film’s artificial intelligence for believable real-time reactions. These micro-actions included “kind of anything under the sun,” said Gong. CREDIT: Courtesy of Baobab Studios Another challenge in making “Bonfire” was to balance the look of the story with the resources available on VR headsets to render these environments in real-time. That was especially tricky on mobile VR headsets, recalled chief scientist Michael Hutchinson, who said that much of this process involved “taking pretty pictures and figuring out how to turn them into math.”One example: The friendly alien that emerge from the forest expresses emotions with wiggly lines on his face. And since those emotions can change in real time based on the viewer’s actions, Hutchinson used an algorithm to animate those lines on its face without eating up too much computing resources.center_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Baobab Studios CREDIT: Courtesy of Baobab Studios Hutchinson also took advantages of some of the unique display properties of VR headsets for visual effects without adding any computational strain. The forest in “Bonfire” looks pitch-black at first. But if you look closer, you’ll see more shapes emerge. This was achieved simply by using high dynamic range, which results in the viewers eyes literally adjusting, just as they would when one stares into a dark forest in real life.Bonfire is premiering as part of the Tribeca Virtual Arcade Friday, and will come to multiple Oculus VR headsets this year. Pricing and other details have yet to be announced. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Gorilla fossil suggests split from humans as far back as 10 million

first_img Journal information: Nature Scientists have been trying for quite some time to nail down the earliest parts of human evolution, but have been stymied by a lack of fossil evidence. Geneticists have shown that humans and great apes share a common lineage, which has led to efforts by archeologists and others to find evidence of when splits occurred between gorillas and later chimps, our closet ancestor. Genetic evidence has suggested that humans split from chimps as recently as 5 million years ago and with gorillas approximately 7 to 8 million years ago. But these findings have conflicted with archeological findings. In this new effort the rift has widened even further as new evidence suggests at least one of the splits may have occurred much farther back in time.Back in 2007 a team of researchers found nine ancient gorilla teeth fossils at the Chorora Formation—the extinct species was given the name Chororapithecus abyssinicus. Since that time the researchers with this new effort have been working on ways to date the teeth—they have examined volcanic rock samples and particles of sediment that are known to have been magnetized at one point, from areas both above and below where the teeth were found. In analyzing their data, the team has come to believe that the teeth are from approximately 8 million years ago. Their findings suggest that the fossilized teeth represent the oldest mammalian fossils found south of the Sahara desert area, which, the team claims, adds credence to the theory that apes and thus humans originated in Africa, not Eurasia as some have claimed. Citation: Gorilla fossil suggests split from humans as far back as 10 million years ago (2016, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-gorilla-fossil-humans-million-years.html More information: Shigehiro Katoh et al. New geological and palaeontological age constraint for the gorilla–human lineage split, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature16510AbstractThe palaeobiological record of 12 million to 7 million years ago (Ma) is crucial to the elucidation of African ape and human origins, but few fossil assemblages of this period have been reported from sub-Saharan Africa. Since the 1970s, the Chorora Formation, Ethiopia, has been widely considered to contain ~10.5 million year (Myr) old mammalian fossils. More recently, Chororapithecus abyssinicus, a probable primitive member of the gorilla clade6, was discovered from the formation. Here we report new field observations and geochemical, magnetostratigraphic and radioisotopic results that securely place the Chorora Formation sediments to between ~9 and ~7 Ma. The C. abyssinicus fossils are ~8.0 Myr old, forming a revised age constraint of the human–gorilla split. Other Chorora fossils range in age from ~8.5 to 7 Ma and comprise the first sub-Saharan mammalian assemblage that spans this period. These fossils suggest indigenous African evolution of multiple mammalian lineages/groups between 10 and 7 Ma, including a possible ancestral-descendent relationship between the ~9.8 Myr old Nakalipithecus nakayamai8 and C. abyssinicus. The new chronology and fossils suggest that faunal provinciality between eastern Africa and Eurasia had intensified by ~9 Ma, with decreased faunal interchange thereafter. The Chorora evidence supports the hypothesis of in situ African evolution of the Gorilla–Pan–human clade, and is concordant with the deeper divergence estimates of humans and great apes based on lower mutation rates of ~0.5 × 10−9 per site per year.* Press release © 2016 Phys.org Explore further (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers studying fossils unearthed in Ethiopia’s Chorora Formation in the Afar rift has dated some gorilla teeth fossils to approximately 8 million years ago, which the team suggests, shows that the human gorilla split had to have occurred at least 10 million years ago. The team has published a report of its findings and theories in the journal Nature.center_img Closer look at teeth suggests Columbian mammoth was actually a Eurasian steppe mammoth The team’s findings also suggest that because C.abyssinicus dates back to 8 million years ago, the split with humans must have occurred at least 10 million years ago, much further back than any other evidence has shown to date. Credit: Wikipedia Team analysis of these 8-million-year-old Chororapithecus teeth fossils provided insights into the human-gorilla evolutionary split. Credit: Gen Suwa 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.last_img read more

Windows 10 Redirect Microsoft Edge links with EdgeDeflector

first_imgWindows 10: Redirect Microsoft Edge links with EdgeDeflector by Martin Brinkmann on November 12, 2017 in Internet – 10 commentsEdgeDeflector is a free open source program for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system that unlocks the option to open hard coded Microsoft Edge links with other browsers.The initial version of Windows 10 came without browsing restrictions. You could set a default browser, and any link would open in that browser.Microsoft introduced hard coded links that would only open in Microsoft Edge with an update; this meant at the time that some links, Cortana links or Help file links, would open in Microsoft Edge regardless of which browser was set as the default system browser.Microsoft created a special protocol that masks regular URLs so that they only open in Microsoft Edge. So, instead of using links in the format https://www.ghacks.net/, Microsoft would prepend microsoft-edge: to the URL. Since no browser but Edge supports the protocol, these URLs are opened in Edge automatically and not the default system browser.While you can modify the protocol under Settings > Apps > Choose default apps by protocol, only Store applications can be selected.EdgeDeflectorEdgeDeflector is a free program for Windows 10 that unlocks functionality to open these links in a browser that is not Edge.What EdgeDeflector does is the following: it registers itself for the microsoft-edge: protocol so that it becomes the default program to open these URLs on the Windows 10 machine. It parses the links, rewrites them, and passes them on to Windows again which in turn opens the link using the default web browser on the system.When you install Edge Deflector you are prompted to pick an app with which you want to open Microsoft-Edge protocol URLs. You need to select EdgeDeflector there, and can verify that this worked by opening the “default apps by protocol” page.EdgeDeflector does not run in the background, but it will become active whenever you open URLs that use this protocol on the Windows 10 machine.It is a redirector application that sends the target URL to the default system browser.EdgeDeflector is not the first program that handles this. SearchWithMyBrowser is a commercial Microsoft Store application that does the same.Closing WordsThe program may be useful to others who use Windows 10 but don’t want to use Microsoft Edge, or prefer that locked links, e.g. from Cortana web searches or Help files, get opened in the default system browser they picked, and not in Microsoft Edge. (via Deskmodder)Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 5 votes Software Name Edge DeflectorOperating System WindowsSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page https://github.com/da2x/EdgeDeflector/tree/v1.1.3.0 Advertisementlast_img read more