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Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus statement on Canada Day Canada 150

first_imgOTTAWA – A statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marking Canada Day and the country’s 150th anniversary:___Today, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. We come together as Canadians to celebrate the achievements of our great country, reflect on our past and present, and look boldly toward our future.Canada’s story stretches back long before Confederation, to the first people who worked, loved, and built their lives here, and to those who came here centuries later in search of a better life for their families. In 1867, the vision of Sir George-Etienne Cartier and Sir John A. Macdonald, among others, gave rise to Confederation — an early union, and one of the moments that have come to define Canada.In the 150 years since, we have continued to grow and define ourselves as a country. We fought valiantly in two world wars, built the infrastructure that would connect us, and enshrined our dearest values — equality, diversity, freedom of the individual and two official languages — in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These moments, and many others, shaped Canada into the extraordinary country it is today — prosperous, generous and proud.At the heart of Canada’s story are millions of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They exemplify what it means to be Canadian: ambitious aspirations, leadership driven by compassion and the courage to dream boldly. Whether we were born here or have chosen Canada as our home, this is who we are.Ours is a land of Indigenous Peoples, settlers and newcomers, and our diversity has always been at the core of our success. Canada’s history is built on countless instances of people uniting across their differences to work and thrive together. We express ourselves in French, English and hundreds of other languages, we practice many faiths, we experience life through different cultures, and yet we are one country. Today, as has been the case for centuries, we are strong not in spite of our differences, but because of them.As we mark Canada 150, we also recognize that for many, today is not an occasion for celebration. Indigenous Peoples in this country have faced oppression for centuries. As a society, we must acknowledge and apologize for past wrongs, and chart a path forward for the next 150 years — one in which we continue to build our nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government relationship with the First Nations, Inuit and Metis Nation.Our efforts toward reconciliation reflect a deep Canadian tradition — the belief that better is always possible. Our job now is to ensure every Canadian has a real and fair chance at success. We must create the right conditions so that the middle class, and those working hard to join it, can build a better life for themselves and their families.Great promise and responsibility await Canada. As we look ahead to the next 150 years, we will continue to rise to the most pressing challenges we face, climate change among the first ones. We will meet these challenges the way we always have — with hard work, determination and hope.On the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we celebrate the millions of Canadians who have come together to make our country the strong, prosperous and open place it is today. On behalf of the government of Canada, I wish you and your loved ones a very happy Canada Day.last_img read more

Sheldon Kennedy removing name from child advocacy centre he founded

first_imgCALGARY — Former NHL player and abuse survivor Sheldon Kennedy is removing his name from the Calgary child advocacy centre he founded.He says in a statement that the decision comes with some sadness, a great sense of relief and no regrets.Kennedy says having his name on the building means personal responsibility for its day-to-day operation and looking after front-line workers, donors, volunteers and victims.He says it has been rewarding work since he first pitched the centre in 2010, but it has taken a toll.Kennedy says he needs to take care of his mental health and find balance in his life.He says he’ll now focus on his family and on the Respect Group, a company he co-founded aimed at preventing bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.“Today, I am healthy and excited about my next chapter. I will continue the crusade, but with greater balance. I am also comforted to know that the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre and our community are ready to carry the torch,” Kennedy said in a statement Tuesday.“It has become clear that I will not be able to achieve the critical balance I need in my life without taking my name off the centre. Furthermore, our community will never fully own the issues with my name still on it. The time has come and the future is bright.”Kennedy declined to comment further.Kennedy was among the first to speak out about sexual abuse he suffered from coach Graham James. James was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for abusing Kennedy and another young player.James later pleaded guilty to repeatedly abusing other players including retired NHL star Theo Fleury and Fleury’s cousin, Todd Holt, when they played for him in the Western Hockey League in the late 1980s and early ’90s.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC Coroners Service reports decline in illicit drug deaths for first half

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service is reporting that illicit drug deaths were on the decline during the first half of 2019.According to the Coroners’ report, provincially, there were 538 illicit drug toxicity deaths within the first six months of 2019, a 30 percent decrease when compared to the first six months of 2018.When it comes to illicit drug-related deaths in Northeast B.C., the reported amount of deaths is down to 10 when compared to 24 a year ago. For fentanyl-detected deaths, Northeast B.C. also saw a decrease of only eight reported deaths when compared to 21 this time last year.The Coroners Service says there were no deaths reported at supervised consumption sites or drug overdose prevention sites.The full illicit drug death reports can be found on the Province’s website.last_img read more

Dambulla Hindu devotees threatened

“We were told that if we go ahead with the ceremony the police will not be able to guarantee our safety. Preparations for the ceremony were in place and now when we are told to cancel it we feel really disheartened. However since we are a small community in this area we have stopped the ceremony for now,” the devotee said on the condition of anonymity. “We had told the monks that we will leave this area soon. But it is sad that at a time when the President says there is equal rights for all communities and all religions we are being forced to do this,” the Hindu devotee said.(By Easwaran Rutnam for the Colombo Gazette) However the police had later informed the Hindu devotees not to go ahead with the ceremony as Buddhist monks in the area had voiced strong opposition to it. Hindu devotees who were to conduct a ceremony at a Hindu shrine in the Dambulla area have been threatened and told not to carryout the annual event.A devotee told the Colombo Gazette that around 50 Hindu families in the area as well as some Hindu priests had gathered today to carryout the ‘ther’ Hindu ceremony at the Kali Amma Hindu shrine. The Chief Priest of the Rangiri Dambulu Chapter the venerable Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero had in April this year led protests against a Mosque in the area.During the protests a mob had also threatened Hindu devotees in the area and demanded that the Hindu shrine be removed. read more

Delay possible for Cyprus vote Annan says

“There has been suggestion by one of the parties that the referendum be postponed to give them more time to campaign, but this has not been taken up by the other parties who were in the agreement,” the Secretary-General told the press at UN Headquarters in New York.”If the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, with the support of the Governments of Turkey and Greece, were to ask for a postponement, that is something we will have to reflect on,” he said. “But there has been no such request.”Voters are scheduled to head to the polls on 24 April to cast their ballots a plan that would create a United Cyprus Republic, composed of a Greek constituent state and a Turkish constituent state and linked by a federal government.The Secretary-General was forced to step in last month to finalize the proposal after six weeks of negotiations – with the help of Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, Greece and Turkey – failed to yield an agreement between the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash.Asked today what he can do to turn the situation around as both leaders have said they opposed the proposed plan and are urging their voters in some cases to vote “no,” Mr. Annan said, “It’s really up to the people at this stage.”The understanding was that the plan would be put to a joint, simultaneous referendum, the Secretary-General added. “If one side votes against it, the Greek Cypriots go in alone, then really, we will need to see what happens,” he said. read more

Erdene Resource Development announces PEA results for Khundii Gold Project in Mongolia

first_imgErdene Resource Development Corp has announced the results of an independent Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) study for its 100%-owned Khundii Gold Project in southwest Mongolia. The PEA was prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects by RPMGlobal Asia Ltd. The PEA envisions a high-grade, open-pit mine beginning at the Bayan Khundii Striker Zone, expanding into adjacent zones within Bayan Khundii, prior to incorporating resources from the Altan Nar deposit. The development incorporates a conventional gravity separation circuit and a carbon in pulp plant with processing capacity of 1,800 t per day.The PEA includes 2.7 million mineable tonnes from the Bayan Khundii resource at an average head grade of 3.65 g/t gold, of which 98% are Measured and Indicated Resources. The Altan Nar deposit for the PEA contributes 1.9 million mineable tonnes at an average head grade of 3.11 g/t gold, of which 70% are Measured and Indicated Resources. These deposits are being developed as a single Khundii Gold Project.“Today’s PEA confirms that the Khundii Gold Project is a high-return, low-capital and low-operating cost project that will form the cornerstone development in the emerging Khundii Gold District,” said Peter Akerley, Erdene’s President and CEO. “The Project has the potential to provide strong returns to investors, bring industry and employment to a remote area of Mongolia and add to national gold reserves. We have a long history of operating responsibly in the country and we look forward to creating value for all stakeholders as we continue to develop this exciting project.”“Next steps include a Pre-Feasibility Study carried out in parallel with mining license, construction and operating permit applications in early 2019,” continued Akerley. “In addition, we will continue efforts to add resources through follow-up drilling on the Khundii licenses and with further exploration in the highly prospective surrounding district. We will also opportunistically acquire additional licenses in the region as they become available.”The PEA is based on an open-pit mining operation targeting 600,000 t per year of feed material for the process plant. The total mineable mineralised plant feed is 4.6 Mt at an average diluted head grade of 3.42 g/t gold and strip ratio of 10.5:1 (waste tonne: plant feed tonne). Mineralisation starts at surface and 70% of mineable resources are located within 115 m of surface. The deposit structure, grades and depth suggest selective open cut mining will be utilised. Underground mining below the current open cut pit is not within the PEA scope of work but will be examined in future study.Mining will use hydraulic excavators in backhoe configuration. Drilled and blasted material will be loaded into haul trucks, with waste rock deposited in engineered dumps adjacent to the pits, and ore hauled to a crusher or run-of-mine pad adjacent to the processing plant. At Altan Nar the estimated 19 km road distance to the processing plant means that ore hauled from the pit will need to be placed nearby and transferred into road-trains for haulage to Bayan Khundii.The PEA study assumes processing of ROM material via a conventional gravity separation circuit and a carbon in pulp plant. The ore-processing plant will be located adjacent to the Bayan Khundii open pit and throughput will target 600,000 t per year, nominally 1,800 t per day. Total mineralised material processed in the plant over the course of the mine life is 4.6 Mt at an average diluted head grade of 3.42 g/t gold. Using an estimated mill recovery of 82%, total recovered gold over the project life is 412,000 oz.Ore from the Bayan Khundii deposit is free-milling with an average recovery of 92% while the Altan Nar deposit, which includes arsenopyritic ore locally with associated low recoveries, will only include the free-milling portions of the resource with an average recovery of 62%.Operating costs are based on the mining and processing scenario outlined above and assumes contract mining.last_img read more

Denis OBrien loses High Court case against Dáil committee

first_img 102 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Image: RollingNews.ie However High Court did say there is also an onus on Oireachtas to ensure that individuals constitutional rights are respected #DOBvDail— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 31, 2017 Updated 12.19pmTHE HIGH COURT has ruled against Denis O’Brien on all grounds in a case he took against the Dáil and the State.The action concerned certain statements made about O’Brien’s business dealings in Dáil Éireann by TDs Catherine Murphy of the Social Democrats and Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty on 6 May 2015 during a debate on the sale of Siteserv.The businessman alleged that those statements breached his constitutional right to privacy. He also said that they were prejudicial to another legal action he had taken against RTÉ.Those same statements were subsequently declared to be protected under privilege by the Dáil Committee on Procedure and Privilege, the committee against which this action was based.However, Judge Úna Ní Raifeartaigh today said that the statements did not decide the RTÉ case. Ruling against O’Brien, she also said Dáil utterances are protected from judicial condemnation and court interference. By Christina Finn “When you think about it, I mean, how could we possibly keep an eye on everything that is in the courts – things that are injuncted or whatever…“I think the separation of powers is really important… essentially if it wasn’t there, you would be handing the keys of parliament away. We would cease to be able to do the work that we are elected to do.”With reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollEarlier: Denis O’Brien alleges that TDs prejudiced his case against RTÉ with Dáil speeches Catherine Murphy says she was always acting in the interest of public #DOBvDail @thejournal_ie pic.twitter.com/Q7hHlbMoui— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 31, 2017 High Court rules that courts of justice do not play a role in policing utterances made in the Dail #DOBvDail— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 31, 2017 https://jrnl.ie/3316601 The Judge did signal a word of caution on the “potential damage, hurt and danger that could be caused to persons by reason of the revealing in public of deeply sensitive personal information of various kinds”.“… There is no doubt that the impact of parliamentary speech can potentially be damaging and dangerous to individuals,” she said, citing a case in the UK where a “woman and her children were hounded from their home and subjected to vile abuse as a result of a parliamentary utterance”.However, she reasoned:My understanding of the Irish constitutional provisions is that the courts simply do not have a role in policing parliamentary utterances except, perhaps, in some extremely exceptional and limited circumstance of which the present case is not one.Speaking to reporters following the ruling, Kildare deputy Catherine Murphy said she is “very pleased with the judgement”.“It’s very comprehensive. The bottom line – and the judge made the point – [is] that TDs should be judged in the court of public opinion and there is a separation of powers between the courts and the Oireachtas. Share2274 Tweet Email3 center_img 52,935 Views On the topic of parliamentary privilege, she noted: “…in establishing the complex architecture of the separation of powers in the Irish Constitution, the framers of the Constitution made certain choices, and one of those was to create a strong set of privileges and immunities for parliamentary speech.The language used to describe those privileges and immunities, in my view, signals the importance with which freedom of speech in the Oireachtas, and therefore in the Irish democratic state, was viewed and I have reached the conclusion that none of the issues in the present case are justiciable in the courts.“If there is to be a signal sent out to prevent future revelations in the Dáil of private information or material the subject of injunctive relief granted by a court to an individual citizen, any such signal must come from the court of public opinion and the Houses of the Oireachtas, but not from the courts of justice. This is, in my view, what Article 15 of the Constitution clearly says.”Article 15 of the Constitution reads:The members of each House of the Oireachtas shall, except in case of treason as defined in this Constitution, felony or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest in going to and returning from, and while within the precincts of, either House, and shall not, in respect of  any utterance in either House, be amenable to any court or any authority other than the House itself. Mar 31st 2017, 10:58 AM Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Friday 31 Mar 2017, 10:58 AM Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Denis O’Brien loses High Court case against Dáil committee A judgement on O’Brien’s case against the Dáil Committee on Procedure and Privilege was made at the High Court this morning. Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gio Simeones wants to avoid nepotism in Argentina

first_imgGio Simeone is still going to work hard in order to become an Atletico Madrid player someday, but he wants to avoid nepotism in Argentina.The sentiment that awakens Atletico Madrid in some players is simply inevitable sometimes, Argentina international Gio Simeone is the best example of this because he doesn’t care that his father doesn’t want to coach him there for now.Any professional football player who has the characteristic fighting spirit that any Atletico Madrid player historically has, would have the dream of someday playing for the Colchoneros regardless of the circumstances.The oldest of Diego Simeone’s sons heard what his father had to say about the possibility of coaching him someday in the Spanish club, but he doesn’t seem to care about the response.Giovanni Simeone has the dream of playing for Atletico Madrid in the future because he is a true fan of the institution, he doesn’t care if his father is still the manager of the squad when he reaches a level that is good enough for the club to pursue him.The trades that this striker has are very similar to what the club has always wanted in their best players, which makes the possibility even greater for him in the near future.All Gio has to do is keep working hard, and hope that he can get that call soon.”ME ENCANTARÍA VER A MI PAPÁ ACÁ””SIEMPRE ME DICE QUE NO ES EL MOMENTO”#CentralFOX | Giovanni Simeone opinó sobre la situación de su padre como posible entrenador de la Selección Argentina. pic.twitter.com/90fIWMnYzm— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) October 14, 2018The eldest of Simeone’s kids granted an interview with Fox Sports, where he discussed his father again and the upcoming friendly match between Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday.“Atletico Madrid is something that has been practically taught to us, it’s inside me and my dad, but I never had the chance of being coached by him.”“My old man has never talked to me about this possibility. The fact that people keep talking about this means that I’m still growing.”“Playing for Atletico Madrid someday would be truly amazing for me, an incredible achievement. As an Argentina player, I would love to see my dad as the manager here, but he keeps saying that it’s not the right time yet.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Every single person from Argentina would like having him here because he is a great manager, one of the best in the world,” said Gio during the interview.Gran partido de todo el equipo! #VamosArgentina 🇦🇷👊🏼⚽️ pic.twitter.com/gAmMBkBE4Z— Giovanni Simeone (@simeonegiovanni) October 11, 2018Giovanni is getting ready to represent his country on his very first Classic match between Argentina and Brazil, he didn’t play much against Saudi Arabia last week but he could get more minutes for this match and he hopes he can live up to the family name.Getting a great participation in matches like this one, are what can assure him a permanent spot in the squad, something that he aims for before his father gets the job as the manager.Gio Simeone is very aware of nepotism, which is something that both he and his father are always trying to avoid.“If I keep getting called-up and I keep having minutes with this group, the possibility of us crossing paths here becomes greater. Things would be obviously different if I was never called-up and he calls me right after he gets the job,” he added.“What I aim for is to win a spot here before he gets the position, so I’m fighting against the clock. I’ve been preparing for this possibility this year, but I honestly didn’t expect a call-up this soon.”“My grandfather gave me a very useful advice. He told me that one minute in the national team is the equivalent of sixty minutes in a club. This means that I will give my very best in every minute I get a chance to play for Argentina.”“I’ve been in Europe for only two years, so if I already had this chance, is because I can still give a lot more than even I expected,” he concluded.Preparando el partido de mañana 💪🏼⚽️🇦🇷 #VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/t8qKVDtbUC— Giovanni Simeone (@simeonegiovanni) October 10, 2018How well do you think Giovanni Simeone would do with his father as the manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

On SpaceXs Crew Dragon a star is born A plushie toy of

first_img 0 Space cheese and 9 other weird items we’ve sent into orbit (pictures) Earth will learn a lot during his busy week on @Space_Station – today he kept me company while we checked our suit sizing to account for space growth (I am 2 inches taller than when I launched!), then we did some translation adaptation. pic.twitter.com/A89tJauyQu— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 4, 2019 Earth’s second day on @Space_Station started early, but he was happy to learn that even in space, the day starts off with coffee. Then it was emergency mask donning practice with @Astro_DavidS – if there’s an (unlikely) ammonia leak, we have just seconds to protect ourselves. pic.twitter.com/Mmtc6ii3B8— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 5, 2019 Yes buddy, that’s your Mother Earth. Isn’t she beautiful? pic.twitter.com/qY6KDbAIwb— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 4, 2019 Sci-Tech There’s a long history of astronauts and cosmonauts taking small toys along on launches. When the toy floats, it indicates the spacecraft has reached microgravity. That was little Earth’s job initially, but now it’s getting the full ISS experience thanks to McClain. McClain posed with the Earth toy after entering the Crew Dragon capsule on Sunday after the capsule successfully docked with the station. She then took it aboard the ISS to look at its home planet. “Yes, buddy, that’s your Mother Earth. Isn’t she beautiful?” McClain tweeted. Crew Dragon makes history Musk is following Earth’s escapades in space and retweeted one of McClain’s images. “Buddy is like an Earth Pokémon,” the SpaceX founder wrote.Crew Dragon is spending a total of five days docked at the ISS before returning to Earth for a planned landing in the Atlantic Ocean. The Demo-1 mission marks a milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. If the capsule passes this trial, then NASA and SpaceX hope to launch astronauts on Crew Dragon as soon as midyear. The endearing toy comes from Celestial Buddies, which makes plush planets. The company was taken by surprise when the toy went to space, saying, “a sudden flurry of orders for Earth in the 48 hours prior to liftoff had made us wonder if something was afoot.” The little Earths are now on back order. Celestial Buddies expects a new batch to arrive at the end of April.   Super high tech zero-g indicator added just before launch! pic.twitter.com/CRO26plaXq— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2019center_img 10 Photos Enlarge ImageNASA astronaut Anne McClain hangs out with the little Earth plushie. NASA NASA astronaut Anne McClain on the International Space Station has adopted a plushie anthropomorphic Earth toy as the newest member of the crew. The little planet is now a social media star.Little Earth rode along on the history-making SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission over the weekend. SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted photos of the stuffed toy on March 1, calling it a “super high tech zero-g indicator.” Post a comment Share your voice Elon Musk NASA Space SpaceX The adventures continued as Earth hung out with the astronaut while she checked her spacesuit sizing. McClain is now two inches taller than when she first arrived at the ISS, a common phenomenon for astronauts when away from Earth’s gravity.  NASA astronaut snaps dazzling Crew Dragon photo from ISS SpaceX Crew Dragon achieves landmark docking with space station Tags Earth’s tour of the space station continued with some morning coffee in a bag. It then got to try on an emergency mask along with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. The mask practice is in case of an ammonia leak, which would give the crew mere seconds to don the masks to protect themselves.last_img read more

Cop closed for torturing woman in police station

first_imgAn assistant sub-inspector of police was closed on Friday for physically torturing a woman at Dhunat police station over dues.The action was taken against Shahnur Rahman after the allegation was found to be true in primary investigation, said officer-in-charge of the police station Ismail Hossain.The victim, Kohinoor Khatun, 42, of Nightpara Boubazar in the district town, is now undergoing treatment at Dhunat Upazila Health Complex.Kohinoor said she used to run a food shop in front of the Judge’s Court in the town and ASI Shahanur used to take food from it. She also claimed that he took Tk 60,000 from her as loan.When she asked for money, the official proposed that she entered an illicit relation with her, she said, adding that she later served a legal notice on him.The police officer called the victim to Dhunat police station on Friday morning in the name of returning her money. At one stage, they locked into an altercation and he beat her mercilessly and drove her out of the police station.Contacted, Shahanur claimed that Kohinoor had long been demanding money to him threatening to implicate him in false cases. “To avoid harassment, I had given her Tk 60,000 through a settlement. Even after that, she came to the police station again and threatened to file a case against me. Being angered, I slapped her.”The OC said the superintendent of police was informed of the matter and later an additional superintendent of police found the allegation to be true after primary investigation and ordered action against the ASI.Departmental action will be taken against him after further investigation, he said.last_img read more

Many Factors Delayed Repair Of Hundreds Of IkeDamaged Roofs In Houston For

first_imgListen 00:00 /04:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Al OrtizTarps such as the one this photo shows covered the roof of Ms. Vallia Huff’s home for eight years.As we have reported this week, Vallia Huff is a Houston senior citizen who lost her roof to hurricane Ike in 2008.Through its so-called blue tarp program, the City of Houston finally provided Huff with a new roof at the end of September.She says that something many of us take for granted would change her life because “every time it rains, you go into a panic.”So, why are there still hundreds of homes in need of repair?It is a complicated issue, so we spoke with some of the top people who were in charge of leading the city when hurricane Ike hit Houston and during the aftermath.Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker says some people chose not to fix their homes.“There may have been people who received the dollars and did not turn around to put those dollars into the necessary home repairs. The City of Houston was contracting directly with contractors to do the repairs, but there are some other programs where the homeowners themselves received the dollars,” Parker said.Those other programs were managed by the federal government.Parker’s immediate predecessor, Bill White, agrees with her assessment.“We had abundant evidence that some people chose to cash their checks and not have their homes repaired,” he said.Parker also says many people lacked homeowners insurance.In other cases, back taxes, confusion about ownership of the homes and other factors, such as simply not completing the paperwork for assistance, slowed down the process and eventually put it to a halt.Other Houstonians didn’t get timely repairs because their homes didn’t qualify for federal assistance.For example, they exceeded the cap set by the government on the property’s damage.Parker says that, at the time, if the damage to the property was higher than $25,000, the homeowner wasn’t eligible for assistance because the damage exceeded the threshold set by the federal government.However, some housing experts think the genesis of the problem was in fact years in the making.John Henneberger is co-director of the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service and thinks the blue tarps represent “a failure to plan for the rebuilding following a disaster.”“It had to do with long-term structural and administrative problems within the city’s housing department,” adds Henneberger who, nonetheless, notes those problems predated the White and Parker administrations.Tom McCasland, the current director of the city’s Housing and Community Development Department, says right after the hurricane the city was focused on a particular type of housing.“We’ve done a lot of good work using the Ike funds, some of it has gone into multi-family, replacement units,” McCasland said.  “Some of it has gone into replacing entire homes and all of that is excellent work that needs to be done, but one of the things that this mayor wants to support is single-family homeownership.”Sylvester Turner addressed the blue tarp situation last year, when he was running for mayor.He said the city has a duty to repair the roofs and it has identified more than 500 homes with blue tarps.Turner announced the roof repair program at the beginning of September.He said the initiative is directly related to a concept he campaigned on in 2015 called complete communities, which, among other things, means fixing damaged roofs.And the mayor emphasizes he is not implementing the program because of a major event that is now just around the corner.“Has nothing to do with the Super Bowl,” Turner assured at a press conference held at Houston City Hall several days after announcing the launch of the program and added “it has everything to do about quality of life and providing people with a quality of life.”According to the Housing and Community Development Department, as of December 15th, the city had approved repairs for 168 homes.Marissa CummingsAfter eight years of not having a solid roof, this is how Huff’s home looks now. Xlast_img read more

Angry Birds Rio landing March 22nd

first_img20th Century Fox and Rovio Mobile have teamed up in a unique partnership to launch the next sequel in the Angry Birds mobile game franchise. In conjunction with the studio’s release of RIO, which launches on April 15th, Rovio will launch the mobile game tie-in Angry Birds Rio on March 22nd.The launch date for the game was finally announced by “Head Eagle” Peter Vesterbacka, CEO of Rovio Mobile, during the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Angry Birds Rio is expected to offer 45 new levels for fans of the franchise and takes the birds off their native island for the first time after being kidnapped by smugglers. After escaping the smugglers, the Angry Birds go on to help their friends Blu and Jewel, two rare macaws, who both star in the upcoming RIO movie. Additional levels for the game are expected through application updates.While the Angry Birds won’t have any starring role in the RIO movie, the characters from the game are expected to be featured in an upcoming holiday-themed animation film titled, Angry Birds Seasons. That is also the name of a previously released version of Angry Birds which offers levels based on holidays. So far, the game offers levels for Christmas and Halloween. According to Vesterbacka, we can look forward to more holiday levels for the birds including a soon to be released St. Patrick’s Day update to the mobile game. No specific launch date was announced for the update, but it is expected to be released, “well before” St. Patrick’s Day.As more holidays appear on the calendar, chances are we will see additional updates to Angry Birds Seasons to eventually cover them all. Considering the eggs featured in the game, an Easter update seems inevitable.Read more at Daily Blam and the press release (PDF).last_img read more

Researchers build a map of sites where genetic information is swapped between

first_img Study maps hotspots of genetic rearrangement In order to reproduce, the human body must first make either sperm in males or eggs in females and to do that, it must somehow create cells that have just half of that individual’s DNA—the other half will come from the other person during conception. The process by which this occurs is called homologous recombination, where diploid cells undergo cell division resulting in the production of gamete cells. The process is initiated when the body forms breaks in DNA double-strands. It’s in the repair of these breaks that exchanges between chromosomes occur. Recombination occurs at specific sites along chromosomes that are known as hot spots. Finding these hot spots has proved challenging, but now, the researchers with this latest effort report that they have succeeded in creating map of such hot spots which not only allows for looking at how evolution works in new ways, but could prove to be very helpful in better understanding, and possibly treating, some genetic diseases.In their study, the researchers were able to detect the triggers inside the body that led to recombination occurring in human male volunteers—that allowed them to create the maps which show where the recombination events occur. Just looking at the maps, the team notes, allows for a better understanding of the recombination process. One preliminary finding, for example, was that hotspots can be influenced by proteins expressed by a specific gene. de Massy notes that the maps created by the team could very well be used in other mammal species as well, which could help researchers studying how genetic diseases come about better understand where things go wrong, and perhaps, shine a light on possible ways to prevent it from happening. DNA damage resulting in multiple broken chromosomes. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 More information: Recombination initiation maps of individual human genomes, Science 14 November 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6211. DOI: 10.1126/science.1256442ABSTRACTDNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are introduced in meiosis to initiate recombination and generate crossovers, the reciprocal exchanges of genetic material between parental chromosomes. Here, we present high-resolution maps of meiotic DSBs in individual human genomes. Comparing DSB maps between individuals shows that along with DNA binding by PRDM9, additional factors may dictate the efficiency of DSB formation. We find evidence for both GC-biased gene conversion and mutagenesis around meiotic DSB hotspots, while frequent colocalization of DSB hotspots with chromosome rearrangement breakpoints implicates the aberrant repair of meiotic DSBs in genomic disorders. Furthermore, our data indicate that DSB frequency is a major determinant of crossover rate. These maps provide new insights into the regulation of meiotic recombination and the impact of meiotic recombination on genome function. © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Sciencecenter_img 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. Citation: Researchers build a map of sites where genetic information is swapped between chromosomes (2014, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-sites-genetic-swapped-chromosomes.html (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers in the U.S. has built a detailed map that shows the sites where human genetic information is swapped between chromosomes. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describe their work and explain how their maps could provide new ways of looking at how such sites influence evolution and possibly genetic diseases. Bernard de Massy, of the Institute of Human Genetics offers an in depth perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal edition. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Safeguarding handicraft and handloom

first_imgThe President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has said that concerted and collective steps at multiple levels should be taken to safeguard handicrafts and handlooms in the long term. Speaking after presenting the National Awards, Shilp Guru Awards and Sant Kabir Awards to weavers and artisans for the year 2014 here today, the President said, ‘These (measures) could include, for example, facilitation of easier access of these sectors to credit from banks and other financial institutions and the promotion of the products of these sectors in domestic and foreign markets.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The president gave away 46 national awards in handloom and handicrafts and ten Shilp Guru Awards and two Sant Kabir awards for the year 2014. Speaking about the challenges faced by weavers and craft persons the President said that the products in this sector remain vulnerable to competition from cheaper imports and machine made substitutes. These factors need to be addressed urgently, systematically and comprehensively and we must give more attention to development of capacity, skills, designs and infrastructure. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHighlighting the importance of the sector the President said that the handlooms sector in India, with 24 lakh handlooms, provides employment to about 44 lakh persons and our handicrafts sector provides employment to about 70 lakh persons. The textile sector provides largest employment opportunities next to agriculture. Between 2010 and the present, it is seen that despite the overall slowdown in the Indian economy there was a growth of 34% in exports from the handlooms sector and 126 % in the exports from the handicrafts sector. Minister of State Independent charge for Textiles, Santosh Gangwar congratulated the winners and conveyed nation’s gratitude for preserving, promoting and enriching the traditional cultural heritage of the country. He also informed about the various scheme being run by the Textiles Ministry in 12th Five Year Plan for handloom and handicrafts. ‘Main thrust of these schemes is to provide momentum through training and capacity building by integrating technology with craft and weaving techniques, which will lead to value addition in the craft as well as handloom products,’ he said.The Minister also informed of approval of two mega clusters at Guntur and Prakasam in Andhra Pradesh and Godda in Jharkhan. These clusters are in addition to previously sanctioned four mega clusters. In addition, The Ministry is supporting setting up of Raw Material Bank to facilitate easy and regular availability of certified raw material to artisans. Gangwar also highlighted the Ministry’s efforts to broaden existing marketing infrastructure so that the artisans and weavers continue to get opportunities to sell their products throughout the year without having to face the patches of lean demand.Textiles Secretary, Zohra Chatterjee reiterated Ministry’s commitment to the welfare of the artisans. She emphasized the need to popularize traditional products among the youth. She said that Setu Yozna of associating designers with handloom and handicraft cluster is bringing good results.The office of the Development Commissioner (handicrafts) and Development Commissioner (handlooms) jointly implement the scheme of Shilp Guru, Sant Kabir and National Awards for Master Weavers and Master Craftpersons.last_img read more

More than words can say

first_imgOpening at the India International Centre (IIC) on September 5 is Shiju Basheer’s photography exhibition ‘Unscripted Lives’. For once these are not pretty pictures. These are pictures that dwell on the last chapter of human journeys, even as they speak to us about pathos and pain and the agony of being alone as well as old.Shiju’s travels to Ethiopia and other places have left an indelible impact on him and this modest portfolio of photographs from these countries tells more than a thousand tales. Faces, fascinate Shiju especially when the faces belong to old unknown people who live out their existence in the debris of abject poverty and society’s margins. Each image of the faces has a story to tell. And yet without words, the faces talk to us about timeless tales writ large between wrinkles and sad evocative eyes. Perhaps more about tragedies and loss and personal battles fought long ago. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I decided to buy a camera after watching a documentary on war photographer James Nachtwey. I loved photography even before but didn’t have the money to buy a camera,” says Shiju. “I got my first camera in 2005 and have been clicking photographs since,” adds Shiju, who belongs to the town of Kayamkulam in Kerala. While, at first, Shiju would click anything that caught his fancy, he soon started focussing on topics. “I did a series called ‘Life in trash’ on the garbage collectors in the Middle East.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Photography is my language and my medium to communicate, to identify with my subject, to make myself heard. As a photojournalist, I have always felt an intense desire to unravel the unseen story and let the true light fall on the dense darkness which is often found clouding our vision,” says Shiju.”I like to travel extensively and was lucky enough to traverse India and several countries across Asia. I have studied and reported various social issues and some of my works were featured in reputed publications. I have also had opportunities to conduct exhibitions featuring my photographs in Europe, Middle-East, and India, which have won wide acclaim.” Three images stand apart for the abject desolation that they convey of the depths of disillusioned dependence within a lonely isolation. Eyes taken in Ethiopia is a grey subdued image of a pair of eyes peering through the straw-thatched hut -it holds the promise of hope as chained in the sadness of time’s many travails. Breast Feeding is another signature of poverty-stricken angst. Mysteries of human faces can be read from different angles in photographs that are portraits. Faces and people from different milieu get set as frames of posterity. As Shiju captures these unscripted lives etched out in dimensions of expression and evocation, we see that every frame is scripted in a state of solitary angst and deep pain.One image of Varanasi is both evanescent and ephemeral. “When the sun rises over the quivering waters of the sacred Ganga, when the gossamer evenings eventually meet the dark and the holy lamps are lit to restore their golden glory, when silence conceals itself at the epicenter of all the bustling human activities, witness every ephemeral thing revelling in its own transience and transcending into your timeless memory scape.” States Shiju.The exhibition is on view from September 6 – 12, 2018.last_img read more

These New Earbuds Let You Adjust the Volume of Everything Around You

first_img Business travel is fraught with irritating noises – the insistent whooshing of a plane engine, crying kids, chatty neighbors.If you’re a frequent road warrior (or even just on your daily commute), you likely always keep a pair of earbuds on hand. But what if you could just simply turn down the volume of the world around you? Two-year-old wearable tech company Doppler Labs wants to give users that experience with its latest product, the Here Active Listening System.Related: Should You Break Into the Wearables Market?The company launched a Kickstarter campaign this week for the wireless earbuds and accompanying mobile app that allows the user adjust the volume of what they are hearing in essentially real time, characterizing the system as a “remote control for your ears.” The technology takes in what you are hearing, processes it and then plays it back to you within 30 microseconds, so there’s no perceptible time delay.You can’t use them to listen to a podcast or a new album on your devices, but you can turn the volume up at a concert or an outdoor movie screening, or turn down the sounds of the street below your office building. With the app, you can also change what you’re hearing with sound effects options (i.e. reverb, and echo) or choose from a series of filters with names like Blue Note and Hendrix. The company has also developed specific algorithms to combat sounds like those jet engines. Related: Wearable Tech Will Soon Be Work Attire in These 4 IndustriesLast year, Doppler Labs released its first product, $25 “advanced tech ear plugs” called DUBS Acoustic Filters that are specifically designed to filter out harmful sound without muffling it, unlike an average rubber earplug.The Here Active Listening campaign has already met more than half its goal of $250,000 with 27 days left to go. Some of the perks that come with donating range from branded swag to meeting the Doppler team and seeing a live demonstration.The system is on track to ship December 2015 at a list price of $249. Related: Wearable Tech Is Improving Employee Productivity and Happiness 2 min read Register Now » June 3, 2015center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Turkey vows to press on with constructions in Kurdish region

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img The announcements were the latest setback to the peace efforts launched in 2012 in a bid to end the three-decade long conflict between government forces and the rebels of the autonomy-seeking Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.“Governments build roads and dams. They don’t back down through threats,” Davutoglu told reporters. He accused the Kurdish rebels of reneging on the pledge to withdraw armed fighters from Turkish territory.The PKK’s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan declared a ceasefire in 2013 and ordered his group to withdraw fighters to bases in neighboring northern Iraq as part of the peace efforts. The ceasefire largely holds but the PKK later halted the fighters’ withdrawal, saying Turkey had not taken any steps to reciprocate.The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people since 1984. Turkey and its allies regard the PKK as a terrorist group.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed on Monday to press ahead with the construction of dams and roads in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast, saying Turkey would not bow to Kurdish rebel threats.Kurdish militants threatened to resume attacks on Saturday, accusing Turkey of “preparing for war” by continuing to build military outposts as well as dams and roads they claimed would be used by the military. They warned the constructions were a violation of a two-year old ceasefire brokered as part of Turkey’s fragile peace process with the Kurdish rebels. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

The Scandal of the Century and Other Writings b

first_img “The Scandal of the Century and Other Writings,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Alfred A. Knopf).Although he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s first love was journalism. Calling it “the best job in the world,” he said, “I am basically a journalist. All my life I have been a journalist. My books are the books of a journalist, even if it’s not so noticeable.”That may well be the case. What’s also true is that the 50 pieces in this volume, selected by Cristobal Pera, who helped edit Garcia Marquez’s memoirs, and with an introduction by journalist Jon Lee Anderson, are more than just a little literary.The topics include a sighting of Ernest Hemingway, one of his literary heroes, in 1957, when Garcia Marquez was just a 28-year-old journalist at loose ends in Paris; and a magnificent, lushly poetic tribute to John Lennon written after the Beatle’s 1980 assassination.“In a century in which the winners are always those who hit hardest, who take the most votes, who score the most goals, the richest men and the most beautiful women, the commotion caused all over the world by the death of a man who has done nothing but sing to love is encouraging. It’s the apotheosis of those who never win.” That’s at the beginning, and it only gets better.What’s particularly striking is how timely and relevant many of the dispatches are today, even though the most recent was written 35 years ago, after he’d already won his Nobel and earned universal acclaim for beloved works like “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “The Autumn of the Patriarch.”Consider a pair of essays written in the ’70s reflecting on the overthrow of military dictators in Venezuela (1958) and Cuba (1959), both of which he covered. His descriptions of Havana under Batista and the years immediately afterward — “Cuba soon found that it was not actually a distinct country but rather a commercial peninsula of the United States” — still resonate today as Venezuela devolves into crisis and the U.S. doubles down on its longstanding trade embargo against Cuba. Also, his alarm about ecological devastation in South America was prescient. “The Magdalena River is dead,” he wrote in 1981 about the principal river in his native Colombia. “People speak too easily of reforestation.”As in any anthology, some of the pieces are better than others. His style can be baroque. He repeats himself. He appears to believe in ghosts. But taken together, the writing here offers readers a splendid opportunity to sit for a few hours in the presence of a storyteller of spellbinding genius and humanity.Ann Levin, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: New anthology of Gabriel Garcia Marquez journalismcenter_img by Ann Levin, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2019 6:30 am PDTlast_img read more

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