APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Federal MPs are set to debate a Liberal party motion Monday calling on the House of Commons to initiate a two year process to explore replacement of the Indian Act with new, nation-to-nation agreements between Canada and First Nations based on the inherent and treaty rights of First Nations.The debate on the motion, introduced by interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, comes on the heels of Thursday’s debate on a Conservative MP’s private members bill to repeal and replace sections of the Indian Act which has the full backing of the Harper government.Rae’s motion, however, proposes a different process for dealing with the Indian Act. The motion calls on the government to initiate direct engagement with First Nations within three months of the motions passing. The engagement would be “on a nation-to-nation basis,” says the motion.“The Indian Act is the embodiment of failed colonial and paternalistic policies which have denied First Nations their rights, fair share in resources; fostered mistrust and created systemic barriers to the self determination and success of First Nations,” says the motion.The motion calls for a new agreement to replace the Indian Act based on “the constitutional, treaty and inherent rights of all First Nations” and “the historical and fiduciary responsibilities of the Crown to First Nations.” The motion says the new agreement would also follow the standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, “including the principle of free, prior and informed consent.”The motion sets a two year process that would produce “a series of concrete deliverables for the government to act upon.”The Conservative government, however, unveiled its plan Thursday to unravel and eventually replace the Indian Act beginning with Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke’s private members bill.The proposed Bill C-428, the Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act, tabled by Clarke, a former RCMP officer and Muskeg Lake First Nation member, would strike down several sections of the Indian Act including those dealing with residential schools, wills and estates and band bylaws.The Conservative’s “path” to eventually replace the Indian Act was revealed in Clarke’s speech delivered during first debate on the bill Thursday evening. The path was dubbed by the acronym “ARRC,” which stands for amend, repeal, replace and consult.
EDMONTON A.B. – Voters are heading to the polls in the Alberta election today and advance turnouts suggest it could be busy at the ballot boxes.Almost 700,000 people voted early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public buildings and even an Ikea store. That was well ahead of the 235,000 who came out early in the 2015 election that saw Rachel Notley’s NDP deliver a surprise knockout blow to the 44-year run of the Progressive Conservatives.This time around, the Progressive Conservatives are no more. On the political fringes are the Alberta Party and the Liberals, each of which elected one candidate to the legislature in 2015.The Alberta Party, led by former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel, is running a full slate of candidates. It’s promising to be the safe centrist middle ground by combining the economic conservatism of the UCP with the social progressivism of the NDP.The Liberals, led by lawyer David Khan, are running on a similar platform with one significant exception, a provincial sales tax.History will be made no matter what.Notley will either be the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first leader in the province to fail to win a renewed mandate on the first try.Since its creation in 1905, Alberta has elected multi-term dynasties: the Liberals (1905-1921), the United Farmers of Alberta (1921-1935), the Social Credit (1935-1971) and the Progressive Conservatives from 1971 to 2015. The PCs merged with another right-centre party, the Wildrose, to create the new United Conservatives under former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney.The four-week campaign focused on personal attacks and on Alberta’s fragile economy, which has been struggling for several years with sluggish oil prices and unemployment levels above seven per cent in Calgary and Edmonton.Kenney has argued that Notley’s government has made a bad situation worse with higher taxes, more regulations and increases in minimum wage.Notley, in turn, has said Kenney’s plan to freeze spending and pursue more private-care options in health care will have a profound impact on students in the classroom and on patients waiting for care.The campaign also featured Alberta’s relationship with Ottawa, specifically Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Notley said her success working with Trudeau or picking her fights with him as necessary is what led to progress on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast. She expects construction to begin this year. She said Kenney’s promise to challenge Trudeau in court on everything from the federal carbon tax to proposed energy industry rule changes is cynical, self-defeating shadow-boxing given the collaborative realities of political decision-making.Kenney has campaigned on the “Trudeau-Notley alliance” that he says has turned Alberta into a doormat for Trudeau and other oil industry foes with no more than a faint and as yet unrealized promise of one pipeline expansion to the coast.Notley has also tried to make Kenney’s character an issue. A number of his candidates have either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.Kenney has called the attacks a “fear-and-smear” red herring to distract from the NDP’s economic track record of multibillion-dollar budget deficits and soaring debt.
New Delhi: Amid the opposition of the Left parties, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is fighting the Lok Sabha elections from his traditional bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday filed nomination from Wayanad — a Congress stronghold in South India.Gandhi, accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi and senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Mukul Wasnik, submitted the papers before district collector AR Ajayakumar at Wayanad district headquarters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Justifying his move to contest from a southern state, the Congress president said that he was fighting the polls from down south to send a message that India was one. “I have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one. South, north, east, west, centre… all are one… There is an assault taking place across the country by the RSS and BJP. I just want to send a message and I will stand from south India and north India. My aim was to give a message,” Gandhi said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There is a feeling in south India that the way the Narendra Modi government is functioning, their (south) culture, language, history all are being attacked. So I wanted to give a message that I will fight from north and south,” the Congress chief said in response to Union Minister Smriti Irani’s allegations that his decision to fight from Wayanad was an insult to the people of Amethi. In reply to the ongoing tussle between CPM and Congress over him contesting from Wayanad, Rahul said, “I wouldn’t say any word against CPI(M). If they are saying, let them say.” “The CPI(M) and Congress have been locked in a fight in Kerala. This will go on. I understand that the CPI(M) has to fight me. But I am not going to say a word against them,” he said. Priyanka Gandhi took to Tweeter to appeal to the people of Wayanad to take care of her brother and assured that he would not let him down. “My brother, my truest friend, and by far the most courageous man I know. Take care of him Wayanad, he won’t let you down,” she tweeted after the roadshow. Party workers shouted that they would ensure a thumping victory for Gandhi. “We all are excited. All sections of people gathered here to greet our prime ministerial candidate. We will ensure a thumping victory for Rahul ji from the soil of Pazhassi Raja,” said Ashraf, a UDF worker, who came from Vandoor assembly constituency. Hundreds of workers of the Congress-led UDF assembled outside the district collectorate in Wayanad, a scenic hill area in the Western Ghats of Kerala, as Gandhi filed the nomination. Braving the scorching heat, thousands of party workers, including men, women and youth gathered in Kalpetta town and its suburbs to see the Congress’ prime ministerial candidate, who landed here to file his nomination from the constituency which has the presence of various ethnic tribal groups. After completing the nomination procedures at the collectorate, Rahul Gandhi along with Priyanka Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress-led UDF in Kerala undertook a roadshow to greet the voters of this constituency. Attacking Modi on the issue of corruption, the Congress leader said, “The country had faith in the prime minister when he said he would be the Chowkidar. But the Chowkidar himself has given Anil Ambani Rs 30,000 crore of Air Force money.” “He (Modi) has stolen money and given it to Anil Ambani who has no experience. Anil Ambani is in Rs 45,000 crore debt,” Gandhi alleged, once again attacking the NDA government over the Rafale deal.
New York – “StartUp Maroc” will present the first “StartUp Africa Summit” on January 21-23, 2016, in Casablanca.The event will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, coaches, and other key players from a diverse array of primarily African startups over three days at Technopark and the Performing Arts Studio in Casablanca.During the first two days of the Summit on January 21 and 22, selected African startups will benefit from one on one, intensive mentoring and coaching sessions and workshops taught by national and international mentors, as well as have the opportunity to network with African and international investors and other entrepreneurs. The main event will occur on January 23 and will feature conferences and round tables led by entrepreneurs and well-known African and international investors, and a full day program led by national and international speakers. The day will highlight success stories from Moroccan and African Diaspora startups operating in America, Europe, and Asia.The summit will close with a finale featuring the pan-African international competition “GET IN THE RING.”“GET IN THE RING” is new contest for startups. Entrepreneurs compete in a boxing ring, through verbal debate only and no other supporting resources, to convince the jury of the merit of their business models and financial offers.Around 20 entrepreneurs from ten African countries will participate in the competition. The two African startup winners of the pan-African finale will represent Africa at the world competition of “GET IN THE RING” scheduled for March 2016, during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Colombia.The “StartUp Africa Summit” was created by “StartUp Maroc,” with the sponsorship of Morocco’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy in partnership with the Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad, Migration Affairs, and the new OCP Entrepreneurship Network.The summit’s goal is to become an annual international event for the African startup scene, to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas, development of issues, while providing a forum that is ideal for networking among entrepreneurs, investors, and potential partners.The “StartUp Africa Summit” aims to bring together the African startup ecosystem, accelerate the creation of new startups, as well as showcase new startups to investors and partners worldwide.“StartUp Maroc” is a non-profit organization whose objective is to contribute to the creation of a favorable entrepreneurial ecosystem for innovative startups supported by new generations.Its main mission is to support and connect entrepreneurs with the resources required to develop and showcase them at a national and international level through competitions and accelerated programs in partnership with renowned international and Moroccan organizations.Registration and entrance to “StartUp Africa Summit” on January 23 is free. For access and a list of speakers and full event schedule visit its official website at: www.startupafricasummit.orgFor more information, visit:www.startupmaroc.orgwww.startupmarocchampionship.com
The President briefed the visiting UN Secretary General about the steps taken by the Government with regard to constitutional reforms, devolution and structural reforms. He explained the steps taken by the Government for resettlement and rehabilitation, release of land to the original owners and livelihood development. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo today.The two leaders discussed about the ongoing development programmes, the progress of the programmes being implemented to strengthen reconciliation and the process of constitutional reforms. President Sirisena said that he is looking forward to attend the UN General assembly later this month to use the international forum for furthering Sri Lanka’s global interaction. Ban Ki-moon expressed appreciation over the progress made by Sri Lanka in different spheres over the last one and half years and assured continuous assistance and support from the United Nations Organization for the efforts of the government.He said that during his visit to Galle today he could witness the progress achieved in various fields. He added that he held a dialogue with the people, especially the youth and expressed his satisfaction of the free and friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile Ban Ki-moon urged Sri Lankan youth to appreciate diversity in unity. Ban Ki-moon together with his wife, Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, visited Galle to attend an event titled ‘Reconciliation and Coexistence: Role of Youth’, organized by the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) – Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), and the United Nations in Sri Lanka.Speaking here the UN Secretary General urged the youth to work together with young people from different neighbourhoods, ethnic groups or religions. He also urged then to share their vision for a sustainable and peaceful future for this country and for our planet. (Colombo Gazette)
Five suspects involved in organised crimes have been arrested in Ambepussa, the Police said.The Police said that the five suspects were arrested with weapons in Warakapola in Ambepussa.
The funds will enable five UN agencies and their humanitarian partners to carry out activities in health, nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation, and food. “Thanks to CERF’s immediate funding, humanitarian agencies are able to respond in a decisive manner to provide urgent life-saving aid such as emergency shelter, clean drinking water, food and healthcare,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Ashok Nigam. The north of Rakhine state has been the site of inter-communal violence over recent months. The violence first began in June, with clashes between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, which eventually led the Government to declare a state of emergency there. That bout of violence reportedly left at least a dozen civilians dead and hundreds of homes destroyed, while internally displacing some 75,000 people. Since then, at least 89 people have been killed and 36,000 displaced in the wake of a renewed upsurge in violence, beginning in late September, which also left more than 5,300 houses and religious buildings destroyed, according to UN estimates. The World Food Programme (WFP) said $2 million in CERF funds enabled the agency to rapidly step up its operations with emergency food assistance to all 36,000 newly displaced people. “We were already distributing food at the time of the October needs assessments in Rakhine. Our food stocks were heavily depleted from distributing since the June communal violence,” said WFP spokesperson Marcus Prior. “The CERF was used immediately to address the new growing needs.” CERF has now allocated more than $10 million to the humanitarian situation in Rakhine this year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release. An initial OCHA response plan had originally sought $32.5 million to provide assistance in Rakhine during the period of July-December 2012. However, the plan was revised by OCHA last week to $67.6 million to assist 115,000 displaced people over the period of July 2012-June 2013. So far, it has received only $27 million. CERF was created in 2005 to pre-position funding to respond in a timely fashion to humanitarian crises. Globally, the fund has enabled life-saving and immediate help for millions of people in some 87 countries with $2.7 billion in aid. It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors.
The head of the peak industry body for Queensland’s minerals and energy sector has called for help combat the activist campaign that is determined to destroy the coal and gas industries.” Addressing a Townsville Enterprise business breakfast this week, QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said the activists’ successes in disrupting and delaying projects are coming hard and fast and it is time for everyone to step forward and lend a hand or Australia may as well close its doors to new business.“The activists’ campaign to disrupt and delay new projects is real, and so we need help from everyone with skin in the game to combat the campaign against the coal and gas industries,” Roche said. “It’s not just resource companies that have much to lose – everyone from the local communities, local businesses to the government coffers, have something to lose if the activists are allowed to continue to hold projects to ransom.“Communities like Townsville with unemployment of 8.7% (and nearly 20% youth unemployment) have to stand up and say to governments, state and federal, that enough is enough.”Roche welcomed Federal Attorney-General George Brandis’ warning that legal loopholes were providing a ‘red carpet for vigilante litigation’ and should be at the top of the list for parliament.“Industry congratulates Mr Brandis for speaking out, especially for his Queensland constituents, but we need to remember it’s not just about fixing a loophole in federal legislation, it’s about both state and federal governments showing they genuinely support the resources industry and the jobs the sector can deliver,” Roche said.“The laws are there to protect the environment and project approvals in Australia operate under ecological sustainable development rules, so it’s up to governments to properly balance the best environmental, social and economic outcomes. The legal loopholes that currently exist are being used to neuter the economic and social considerations.”Roche said many ordinary citizens were genuinely shocked last week when they learned that activists had capitalised on a simple legal loophole to halt the A$16 billion Carmichael coal project.“In response to the announcement last week, QRC began a petition (available on www.qrc.org.au) to call on the support of all of those who support our industry,” Roche explained. “Many hundreds of comments have flooded in from across Australia in support of the resources industry, calling for decisive action from our governments.”Roche said it was no longer good enough for those relying on the industry to ignore the growing threat and “it was time for all to stand shoulder to shoulder to defend an industry that supports and provides the modern fabric of our everyday lives.”Roche has also said the QRC welcomes the federal government’s willingness to expose and stand-up to the wrecking tactics of the anti-resources activists in parliament. “It is important that a spotlight is shone onto the current flaws in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act and consideration is given to correcting those flaws.“The current flaws enable activists to repeatedly launch vexatious litigation against industry projects, thus carrying out their strategy as identified in the activist handbook, Stopping the Australian Coal Export Boom.“We applaud the government’s move to close legal loopholes that are being abused to hold up multibillion dollar projects and call on bipartisan support for closing those loopholes.”
Le frelon oriental serait dôté de cellules photovoltaïquesDes chercheurs britanniques et israéliens affirment qu’une espèce de frelon, le frelon oriental (Vespa orientalis), est capable de transformer l’énergie solaire en électricité grâce aux couches extérieures de son abdomen dont le fonctionnement est semblable à celui de cellules photovoltaïques naturelles. Une découverte dont les scientifiques pourraient s’inspirer afin de développer des cellules solaires organiques plus performantes.Les chercheurs ont fait cette découverte après avoir observé que le frelon oriental était bien plus actif pendant l’après-midi, lorsque l’intensité solaire est la plus intense. Une caractéristique qui le différencie des guêpes, des abeilles, et des autres espèces de frelons, plus actifs le matin qu’aux autres moments de la journée. À lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)L’équipe menée par le Dr Marian Plotkin, de l’Université de Tel-Aviv, a donc cherché à en savoir plus, et c’est en observant la carapace du frelon au microscope électronique que les scientifiques ont découvert la structure particulière du matériau formant la cuticule brune de l’insecte. Celle-ci est composée de sillons profonds de 160 nanomètres, tandis que la bande jaune située sur l’abdomen du frelon est constituée d’une série de reliefs de forme ovale, d’une hauteur de 50 nanomètres. Chacune de ces protubérances présente une petite dépression de la taille d’une tête d’épingle. D’après les chercheurs, cette structure permet de capter la lumière solaire. Le matériau brun antireflet séparerait en effet la lumière du soleil pour la retourner en plusieurs faisceaux divergents. Des faisceaux qui entrent en contact avec la cuticule jaune, où ils rencontrent une autre structure formée de plusieurs couches en forme de feuille. C’est cette structure complexe qui piègerait la lumière solaire à l’intérieur de la cuticule dont la couleur jaune est issue du pigment de la xanthopterine, un composé qui permet de convertir la lumière en énergie électrique.Les chercheurs ont alors tenté de créer leur propre cellule solaire en s’inspirant de cette structure. Ils ont mis au point une cellule photovoltaïque à la xanthoptérine qui leur a effectivement permis de générer de l’électricité à partir de rayons solaires. Toutefois, le rendement de conversion obtenu s’est révélé très faible, ne dépassant pas 0,335%. Si ce résultat est extrêmement faible, il ouvre la voie à de nouvelles pistes de recherche, qui pourraient permettre d’améliorer les performances des cellules solaires.Le 16 janvier 2011 à 15:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
Will Night Trap cause the same amount of controversy now as it did back in the day? It’s unlikely, but the think-pieces and editorials this re-release will inspire should be interesting. Night Trap was never one of the best games out there, but it is a historically significant title regardless. And who knows, now that it will be on current-day systems, it may find an entirely new audience. Let’s just hope it doesn’t usher in a new era of FMV games. We don’t need any more of those.As a fun bonus, video game journalist Chris Scullion interviewed the remaster’s developer, Tyler Hogle. The two speak for nearly an hour about how Night Trap was updated for 2017. The interview was recorded last month but was posted today to coincide with the announcement. You can hear the interview by following this link. Consider this a story I didn’t think I’d ever be writing. Developer Screaming Villains will soon release a 25th-anniversary edition of the FMV cult-classic, Night Trap. Yes, the Notorious Sega CD game that starred Dana Plato will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Spring.For those who may not remember, Night Trap was essentially a made-for-TV horror movie disguised as a video game. Players had to trap vampires that were chasing teenage girls inside of a house. The game was highly controversial when it first came out and was one of the reasons we now have the ESRB. It’s also considered one of the corniest games of all time because of the terrible acting. Despite all of that, it still has a devoted fan base.Limited Run Games, who is responsible for creating physical versions of digital PlayStation Vita titles, will be releasing the PS4 edition of Night Trap on disk. There will be three different covers; each resembling one of the three Sega CD releases. As you have no doubt surmised, there will only be a limited amount of physical Night Trap disks produced. Stay on target Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay
Just one year from retirement, a Clark County Sheriff’s Office canine was fatally stabbed shortly after midnight Saturday.Kane, who worked as a police dog for six years, was transported to and then pronounced dead at St. Francis Animal Hospital.Deputies spotted two people driving in a vehicle with stolen license plates in a cul-de-sac near Heritage High School, said Sgt. Scott Schanaker, a sheriff’s spokesman. They followed the vehicle south to the intersection of Northeast 76th Street and 117th Avenue.At one point, the driver allegedly tried to ram a patrol car before both people got out of the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. As the pair ran, Kane tried to detain one of them and was stabbed, according to a news release.A commenter on The Columbian’s website claiming to have heard the incident over a police scanner wrote that Kane had caught somebody and was stabbed. He then grabbed the person a second time and was stabbed again.Another commenter wrote that Kane was stabbed near her house. “(Kane’s) cries will haunt me for a long time,” wrote someone using the username “tj.”Deputies said the suspects in the incident were taken into custody after the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team was called to assist deputies, Vancouver police and Washington State Patrol. There were no other injuries reported.
EXCLUSIVE: More than half (58%) of baby boomer respondents who are in a workplace pension scheme have never increased their workplace pension contributions, according to research by Chase de Vere.Its survey of 500 private sector employees aged between 51 and 70 also found that more than a third (36%) of respondents have not worked out how much income they need to live comfortably in retirement.The research also found:22% of respondents have a clear idea of how much income they will need in retirement to live comfortably, and 42% have a rough idea.34% of respondents are concerned that they will not have enough income to live on in retirement, taking into account all sources of income and savings, and 46% of respondents believe they will only have enough to live adequately.20% of respondents think they will have enough income in retirement to live comfortably.39% of respondents want to retire when they are aged between 61 and 65 years old, 29% when they are 66-70 years old, and 8% when they are over 70.32% of respondents expect to retire when they are 61-65 years old, 45% of respondents expect to retire when they are aged between 66 and 70, and 13% expect to retire when they are over 70.72% of respondents or their employer are currently paying into a workplace pension scheme.63% of respondents who are in a workplace pension scheme have not made any changes to the funds in which their pension savings are invested.Sean McSweeney (pictured), corporate advice manager at Chase de Vere, said: “We are facing a retirement time bomb with people living for longer and not saving enough for their own futures.“Our research paints a consistent picture of baby boomers not being able to retire when they want, not feeling confident about their retirement prospects and not being engaged with their pension arrangements. With many baby boomers being forced to work into later life, employers potentially face having an ageing workforce which can impact on both productivity and capability. A further concern is succession planning, which could be thrown into chaos, with the possible leeching of key talent to employers who have less of an issue.“This isn’t a problem for tomorrow; it is a problem for now. Employers need to act to drive engagement and, therefore, return on investment for their pension and benefits spend. Unless this is tackled, many employers are likely to face productivity and succession planning issues for many years to come.”
Brewery Carlsberg UK, media business Havas Media and construction manufacturer Saint-Gobain Weber are among the organisations shortlisted in the Best healthcare and wellbeing benefits, small employer category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2019.This accolade recognises the most effective healthcare and wellbeing strategies implemented by organisations with fewer than 1,000 employees.The full category shortlist is:Carlsberg UK, For a better today and tomorrowFire Security (Sprinkler Installations) (entered by Equipsme)Havas Media, Havas EqualiseOneWebSaint-Gobain WeberThe winning employer will be announced at this year’s Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, hosted by popular actor and comedian Kerry Godliman.Held at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 7 June 2019, the awards ceremony will allow HR, reward and benefits professionals to recognise best practice and celebrate successes with peers and colleagues.The annual event, which will present awards across 20 different categories, includes a welcome drinks reception, gourmet three-course lunch and an afternoon summer party, where attendees can network while enjoying views of historic landmark The Tower of London.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.
Modified magazine is for a very niche group of auto enthusiasts. It’s content is centered on high-end vehicle modifications, and Jalopnik suggests that market has a rapidly shrinking ad base, which is forcing Source Interlink to consolidate its Tuner Group.Still, at this time its website and its social properties are live and updated. There is no confirmation on layoffs, however Jalapnik reports that Modified’s editor, Peter Tarach, plus dozens others from various brands have been laid off. It’s also important to note that commenters on the site are confirming Jalopnik’s story and some are disclosing names and titles. FOLIO: will continue to follow this story as it develops. Gawker Media’s Jalopnik reports that Source Interlink has folded its enthusiast automotive title, Modified. It is also rumored that as many as 100 employees from multiple titles have been laid off.FOLIO: has reached out to Source Interlink but the company has not issued a response.Automotive magazines have been amongst the hardest hit in the ad page recession, according to min’s Boxscores. Take for example Crain Communications’, Autoweek, which suffered an 18 percent ad page revenue decline last year. While Source Interlink’s top titles within that category had mixed results. Motor Trend was up in ad pages in 2013 versus 2012 by just under 10 percent. But Hot Rod’s were down by nearly 15 percent in the same period.
Ivory carvings and masks on display at Maruskiya’s in Nome. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM – Nome)In June, the federal government instituted a near-total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory.Many Alaskans are concerned the backlash from this ban is affecting other ivories.Listen Now St. Lawrence Islander Susie Silook is the author of a petition to protect walrus ivory and other marine mammal byproducts from various pieces of state-level legislation imposing additional bans.With close to 1,000 signatures, Silook sent the petition and a letter to President Barack Obama, which she read from the main stage at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks last week.“Dear Mr. President,” Silook read. “I write as a sculptor of walrus ivory and bowhead whale bone from the food sources I was raised on, and as founding member of Sikuliiq, Alaska Native artists’ advocacy group.”During a field hearing focused on protecting walrus ivory at the AFN convention, Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan recognized that this federal ban does not affect Alaska Natives and their ivory work.However, the Senator spoke about how individual states have proposed or passed their own bans on ivory that go beyond the federal standards.“By including walrus, mammoth and whale among the species subject to the ban, states like California and, now, New Jersey, and others are starting to get in line, have gone well beyond the federal standard and created an environment that’s having a chilling effect on the Alaska Native handicraft market that we see is so vibrant just outside the halls of this hearing,” Sullivan said.Silook spoke during the hearing about the differences in markings between walrus and other types of ivory.“They’re saying that a lot of the illegal elephant ivory is coming in disguised as mammoth ivory, and there might be something to that, because I’ve never seen elephant ivory,” Silook said. “You have to remove walrus ivory from those descriptions, because it is visually distinguishable, it doesn’t have a cross hatching, it’s got the cracks on it. When you open it up, there’s a core inside that’s different from other ivories.”One of the other speakers during the hearing was president of Sealaska Heritage Institute Rosita Worl.She said even though she doesn’t have data to support it, Native artists’ ivory work is valuable to the art world.“We know that ivory plays a significant role in Alaska small scale subsistence economies and the annual arts and crafts tourist market that is well over $32 million,” she said. “We know that village artisans can make up to $35,000 to $50,000 annually.”Vera Metcalf, director of Kawerak’s Eskimo Walrus Commission, said the impacts of states banning walrus ivory could affect more than just the ivory handicraft business.“If walrus is listed on the ESA (Endangered Species Act), it will make it much harder to make the case for walrus ivory based on only the artists’ viewpoint. … But it includes food security concerns that we have because we are so reliant on marine mammals for our subsistence resource.”Hawaii is the latest state to enact legislation banning the sale, purchase and trade of walrus ivory, whale ivory and mammoth ivory, along with other types as well.The Hawaii ban will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.
The festival season in Kolkata is going to see a crop of new detective films in Bengali- a Byomkesh Bakshi thriller and a Feluda flick. Double Feluda is an upcoming thriller directed by acclaimed director Sandip Ray, son of the iconic film director Satyajit Ray.Occasion? Feluda was created by the acclaimed Oscar-winning director 50 years ago and son Sandip Ray’s latest Feluda film is based on this popular Bengali sleuth’s many exploits. This film also marks the comeback of veteran actor Sabyasachi Chakraborty as Feluda (after Royal Bengal Rahasya in 2011) and Saheb Bhattacharya, as his assistant Topshe. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe film is scheduled to be released in mid-December. Two stories, ‘Samaddarer Chabi’ and ‘Golokdham Rahasya’ are going to be packed in this thriller. The popular character Jatayu of other Feluda stories and films will probably be missing from these films. Just a year after hitting the silver screen with the popular Har Har Byomkesh, director Arindam Sil will be back once again with a revamped Byomkesh Bakshi – Byomkesh Pawrbo- starring Abir Chatterjee in the lead role. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBased on Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay’s classic series, the cerebral Bengali sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi will be revealing his daring side as he pulls off some daredevil stunts in the Dooars forest where the story is set. A new riveting case sees Bakshi playing investigator in Santagola which has become a hub of the illegal weapons trade. The Bengal Government requests the sleuth to track down the culprits but as soon as Bakshi starts his investigation, he zeroes in on few well-known people of this city, who turn out to be possible suspects. However, he realises that these men are powerful and he will never be able to search their warehouses and mills. In the meantime, a demented man named Amrito claims that he has seen a strange, horse-riding figure roaming around the jungle. Amrito is sent to the jungle to observe this phenomenon. The very next morning, his bullet ridden dead body is found inside the jungle. As Byomkesh delves deep into the case, a lot of well-respected men gets unmasked.Director Arindam Sil explains why going back to this particular series is important to him, “Byomkesh Bakshi is one character in Bengali literature whose depth lies in the multiple layers of his persona. Though he is a deep thinker, a ‘Satyanweshi’ yet his unflinching courage, righteous nature and dauntless spirit make him stand apart from the rest”. The key attractions of the film, says Sil, are the beauty of the Dooars forest where the film has been extensively shot, the backdrop of the Tebhaga movement of 1948 and superb acting by an eclectic cast, including Abir Chatterjee (Byomkesh), Sohini Sarkar, Ritwick Chakraborty, Rajatava Dutta, June Maliah, Sayantika Banerjee, Kaushik Sen and other accomplished character actors of Bengali cinema. Releasing on December 12, the film is bound to face off with the Feluda release but Sil is confident about his success, “I am my own competition. Also, if Sandip Ray is liberal enough to give me rights to making another Feluda film, I’m game”. The film has been produced by Shree Venkatesh Films and Surinder Films while Sandip Ray’s Double Feluda has been produced by Eros International.
Yann Martel, the Canadian author of the Man Booker Prize-winning ‘Life of Pi’, finds India diverse, dazzling and a place with a great tradition of storytelling and says the country may very well be the backdrop of one of his future novels. Martel, who first travelled to the Indian sub-continent in 1996 with two little-known books against his name, talked about how the country altered his perceptions about faith and deeply inspired him to use the “animal symbolism” in his writings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”India is so diverse, alive, varied and true to itself. It is so colourful and lively that it was literally quiet shocking for me when I first came here. You go to other countries… they are beautiful in a more sedate way. There is nothing sedate about India,” he said. “Maybe I would use India as a backdrop of my story. That would depend on my coming back here again. I still haven’t seen much of the country yet. May be I will read the Ramayana one day and feel that I have got to write this book on India,” added Martel. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”There is tremendous tradition of story-telling in India, both among the native Indians and the city dwellers. Even foreign writers have come to India and written novels on this country. So definitely there is something extremely stimulating about India,” he noted. The author, whose revered novel ‘Life of Pi’ sold over 13 million copies around the world and was transformed into an Academy Award winning film by Ang Lee in 2012, said his visit to the sub-continent helped him embark upon a new journey as a writer. “For me India was the country of all the Gods and all the animals. I come from a country like Canada which does not have many Gods as it is mostly a secular country. Also there are not a lot of animals in the public places,” Martel said, adding that he was taken aback by the presence of animals in Hindu mythology. “It made me look into two things that I never really considered much in life, religion and animals. “It inspired me to use the animal symbolizing the divine. In my earlier novels animals were just minor characters. But during …Pi, I realised that animals can be really strong characters. We seem to confine animals to the world of children’s literature but to me their symbolic potential to me is infinite. They act as a rich vehicle for a story teller,” he explained. The author, however, said he has no plans to write screenplays despite the massive success of the Life of Pi as a film. “I like writing novels. Writing screenplays are a small part of something bigger, whereas writing novel is a thing in itself,” he said.
Consumer Confidence Economy Home Purchase Sentiment Index 2016-04-07 Staff Writer Consumer Confidence Fades Among Economic Uncertainties April 7, 2016 555 Views Pessimistic views on the direction of the economy appears to be affecting consumer sentiment about the housing market.Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) showed that consumers have a more negative view on the economy as a whole, with the outlook on the selling a home declining and job confidence weakening. The index decreased 2.5 points to 80.2 in March 2016, the lowest reading in 18 months, Fannie Mae reported.”Growing pessimism over the last three months about the direction of the economy seems to be spilling over into home purchase sentiment,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae.According to Fannie Mae, for the first time in over a year, more consumers believe now is a bad time to sell a home than a good time to sell. the net share of respondents who say that it is a good time to buy a house fell 2 percentage points to 33 percent as more Americans say it is a bad time to buy. Meanwhile, those that feel now is a good time to sell a home decreased 8 percentage points to negative one percent.Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ March employment report showing strong job creation and continued expansion of the labor force, survey respondents noted that their confidence about not losing their job declined in March.The much-anticipated February 2016 Employment Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed a mixed bag in the U.S. labor market. While February’s job gains were solid at 242,000 and the labor force participation rate shot up to a 15-month high, a noticeable weakness in the labor market is wage growth.Amid all the positives in the February employment summary, however, the average hourly earnings for all employees declined by 3 cents down to $25.35 after an increase of 12 cents in January. The average workweek also declined in February by 0.2 hours down to approximately 34.4 hours. The lack of wage growth combined with house price appreciation has caused some concerns as far as affordability in the housing market, according to Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan.“On the housing front, builders continue to hire more workers, but at a steadily slowing pace since last November, suggesting little relief to one factor underlying extremely tight inventories,” Duncan said. “Our forecast of a more modest gain in home sales this year reflects our concern of declining housing affordability from income growth that is trailing home price appreciation. Today’s jobs report is consistent with our view of an affordability-constrained housing expansion.”Fannie Mae found that of those consumers surveyed, those that say they are not concerned about losing their job decreased 7 percent to 68 percent. Meanwhile, the net share of respondents who say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago fell 4 percentage points to 11 percent.The net share of respondents who say that home prices will go up rose 1 percentage point to 34 percent, breaking the downward trend from the last few months, the report said. In addition, those that believe mortgage rates will go down rose 5 percentage points to negative 45 percent this month.“The gap between the share of consumers who think the economy is on the wrong track and the share who think it is on the right track has widened, nearly matching its reading last August, when concerns regarding China and oil prices led to the biggest stock market plunge in years,” Duncan said. “In turn, we saw dips this month in income growth perceptions, attitudes about the home selling climate, and job confidence, all of which contributed to the lowest HPSI reading in the last year and a half. These declines seem to be at odds with recent news of solid overall job creation, but may reflect weakening economic performance in certain industries.”Click here to view the full report. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share
It’s not that Carolina’s defense is unbeatable; the 2000 Baltimore Ravens they are not. They finished the regular season sixth in yards allowed, at 5,176, and fifth in points per game allowed, at 19.3. In comparison, the Cardinals were fifth in yards allowed, at 5,147, and sixth in points allowed, at 19.6.“They’re fast and physical,” Cardinals running back David Johnson said. “We’re going to have to come out and be more physical than them. Their linebackers, Davis, Kuechly, they’re really good linebackers and we’re going to have to come out and play our game.”Being able to run the ball effectively, or at least more effectively than they did last Saturday against Green Bay, would be the best way to keep Palmer protected. It would also aid the Cardinals’ play-action game, which is a staple of the offense — especially when it comes to taking shots deep down the field.Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said he has been telling his team all week the big thing is to prevent the Panthers’ interior defensive linemen from impacting the game the way they did against Seattle last week, when Short and Dwan Edwards each collected a sack. Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. — Football can be a simple game, and in a lot of ways the Arizona Cardinals’ matchup with the Carolina Panthers is not a difficult one to figure out.If the Cardinals can block the Panthers’ defensive front, they should have success and will have a good chance at winning the game. If they cannot, Sunday’s affair will likely be a struggle.It’s that simple. Yet, the task of blocking against one of the NFL’s best defensive fronts is both unenviable and difficult. Sixteen Panthers notched 44 sacks this past season, with defensive tackle Kawann Short’s 11 leading the way. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “We’ve got to kind of negate what they do, because they are pivotal to what they’re doing defensively,” he said.As a whole, the Panthers limited Seahawks running backs to just 29 yards on eight carries, while also harassing Wilson to the point where he was picked off twice — with one being returned for a touchdown by Kuechly.Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein said the Panthers are “better than good,” adding they are “excellent up front.” He said the team will have to play its best game thus far in order to give them a chance.If it happens, watch out. Because if the Panthers defense has one weakness it is the secondary, which has dealt with injury and inconsistent play. If the offensive line can do its job well enough, Palmer should have no trouble finding receivers open down the field. And that, really, is nothing new for the Cardinals.“Yeah, I think that’s every week — it starts with protection,” Arians said. “That’s guys getting open, but also the blocking unit, backs, tight ends.” Carolina Panthers Kawann Short (99) runs a drill during the NFL football team’s practice in advance of the NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “They’re one of the best in the league, no question,” Cardinals left tackle Jared Veldheer said. “They’re real disruptive. They’re making a lot of plays on tape and it’s going to be a great challenge.”Veldheer pointed to the Panthers’ players being both talented and disciplined for why they are so effective.How talented are they?On the line there is Short, who posted four games with two or more sacks this season and was the NFC Player of the Month in October and December. At linebacker, there is veteran Thomas Davis, who is heading to his first Pro Bowl after racking up 123 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three interceptions, and Luke Kuechly, a three-time Pro Bowler who has been a first-team All-Pro three times and was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.The Cardinals have faced off with some talented defensive fronts this season, most notably the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks, but head coach Bruce Arians said the Panthers are different because they feature the best pair of three-technique linemen in the league.“The interior two tackles are the best pair,” he said. “The linebackers are great, but they help make them great. Luke is probably the best linebacker in the league.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals’ visit Wednesday meant a lot to many of the veterans.“I have never met a professional football player at all,” Abdul-Kareem said. “To be able to get a chance to come and do it, I like it. I enjoyed it, being able to get my autograph signed by the players and the cheerleaders, of course.”The Cardinals signed everything from pennants to flags to shirts. They bonded with the veterans over discussions about the season or how ecstatic they were to be there.“I think it’s great to always support our troops,” Johnson said. “We play a sport that America loves, but those troops are really who we should be praising.”USAA, a financial service group that is dedicated to serving military members and their families, believes events like these are essential for U.S. veterans after coming home from serving.“A huge impact on them,” Wicks said. “Sometimes military servicemen and women wonder if folks actually know and understand what they do.”The NFL, which has had a long relationship with the armed forces, found itself embroiled in controversy when senators Jeff Flake and John McCain disclosed in 2014 that the U.S. Department of Defense had spent $5.4 million in contracts from 14 teams from 2011. 1 Comments Share PHOENIX — For a group of players accustomed to the spotlight, it was time to recognize a community that rarely experiences it.“One of the things I notice since I’ve been out of the Marine Corps as a veteran is we hardly ever get any recognition,” veteran Naeem Abdul-Kareem said. “Because (others) don’t often hear what military people do.”That’s one of the reasons the Arizona Cardinals and USAA teamed up for a “Salute to Service” visit to the Phoenix VA Hospital Wednesday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Arizona Cardinals guard Kaleb Johnson signs a flag for military veteran at the “Salute to Service” visit. (Photo by Jose Esparza/Cronkite News) The NFL later gave back $723,734 to the U.S. government.“The military and NFL relationship is very strong,” Gunter said. “Once a month we have cleats, clothing that says ‘support the military.’ We have events. From my understanding, the military and NFL have a great relationship.”Several of the Cardinals players said they have family ties with the military.Gunter’s uncle and cousin served in the military, and the woman he called his future fiancee is serving in the Navy at Norfolk, Virginia.On top of Williams’ father serving, one of his aunts, uncles and grandfathers served as well.Johnson said his father and grandfather served in the military and he has a brother in the Navy who is stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals visited veterans, signed autographs, took pictures and shared laughs. Four members of the Cardinals — defensive tackle Xavier Williams, defensive tackle Rodney Gunter, guard Kaleb Johnson and tackle Givens Price — were accompanied by mascot Big Red and the team’s cheerleaders.“It’s always a good time to come out and give back to the community,” Williams said. “When you do it with veterans it always makes it a little more special. They gave us so much for this country. Anyway you can help those guys out, it always means a lot.”A long line on the second floor consisted of eager veterans and fans wanting to meet members of the Cardinals for autographs and photos.For many, it was an emotional event. The acknowledgment was important.“It really really moves them to the point of tears, because, again, this is very important that someone actually recognizes their service,” said Rory Wicks, a USAA military affairs representative.According to a study by the Pew Research Center in 2011, 27 percent of veterans said returning to the United States after serving overseas was difficult. The percentage climbed to 44 percent for veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact