Slain teens family hopes report ensures others dont fall through the cracks

first_imgSAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. — The woman who raised a teenage Indigenous girl whose body was found in the Red River says she hopes a new report from the children’s advocate will ensure a similar tragedy never happens again.“Whatever happens, nothing will ever bring Tina back, but with this thing coming out I hope it saves other children,” Thelma Favel, the great-aunt of Tina Fontiane, told The Canadian Press. The highly anticipated report from Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose will be released on Tuesday and is expected to detail Tina’s interactions with the child-welfare system, police, and others before she went missing. It will also provide recommendations to avoid future deaths.Members of Tina’s family will be present for the report’s release on the Sagkeeng First Nation, north of Winnipeg, where the 15-year-old spent much of her young life living with Favel.After Tina’s father was murdered in 2011, the teenager had difficulty coping so she left the First Nation in June 2014 to reconnect with her mother in Winnipeg.When Favel didn’t hear from the girl, she called Child and Family services for help.During the second-degree murder trial for Raymond Cormier — the man acquitted last year in Tina’s death — court heard how in the weeks after leaving the First Nation, Tina disappeared multiple times, returned to government care and was placed in a hotel.She was treated at a hospital, interacted with police, called 911 and was captured on security camera footage falling asleep between two cars behind a building named after Helen Betty Osborne — a Cree woman kidnapped and killed in Manitoba in 1971.Her 72-pound body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River that August.Her death renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and inspired volunteer groups such as the Bear Clan Patrol to protect the vulnerable on the streets. A 24-hour safe space for Winnipeg youth was dedicated to her memory last May.Penrose delivered the report to Favel last week, and while she was unable to share details, Favel said it demonstrates how deeply Tina was failed.“All the systems that failed her, even now it hurts. I could just picture her walking those streets and nobody helping her,” Favel said choking back tears.“She didn’t deserve that. Nobody does.”Favel said she believes the report and its accompanying recommendations will be an important part of Tina’s legacy, making sure that gaps are closed and children are safe.“That’s my main concern, that no other kids fall through the cracks like she did.”— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in WinnipegThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Commission to probe missing

The Commission while stressing that Sri Lanka military has not deliberately targeted civilians recommended that the government should appoint a special commissioner to look into the alleged disappearances and provide material to the Attorney General’s Department to initiate criminal proceedings as appropriate, the Presidential media unit said. A panel of independent United Nations experts have begun investigating new or existing cases of disappearances in Sri Lanka and several other countries, a UN statement said last week.The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances met in New York to review under their urgent action procedure, 17 reported cases of enforced disappearances that have occurred in the last six months, as well as more than 400 newly reported or existing cases in more than 25 countries including Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed by President Rajapaksa in May 2010 to investigate alleged human rights violations recommended to probe disappearances and alleged human rights violations during the conflict. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga to appoint a commission to look into the incidents of disappearances that have taken place during the 30-year conflict.The decision with regard to the terms of reference and members of the commission will be taken soon, the Presidential media unit quoted Presidential Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake as saying. It also said that ninety nine per cent of former LTTE cadres were rehabilitated and reintegrated into society. They were provided vocational training and the necessary tools along with monetary assistance to start their own projects.Over 9,000 persons whose family members were killed at the hands of the LTTE were provided compensation by the government. read more

GTF cautiously welcomes draft resolution

The GTF has consistently called for an international accountability mechanism, and though the tabled resolution falls short, still we view that the proposed resolution can lead to a credible accountability process with substantial international involvement. GTF has always called the investigations to be against the allegations on both sides of the conflict. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) cautiously welcomes the draft resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at the UN Human Rights Council on 24th September, which Sri Lanka is widely expected to co-sponsor.The GTF said the text is a product of a consensus endorsement including Government of Sri Lanka, and reflects the sometimes competing interests of a wide range of stakeholders. “While welcoming the government’s commitments, we note that implementing the resolution and the recommendations of the OISL report of the High Commissioner will be the real test of progress, and not merely words. Victims of Sri Lanka’s brutality have heard far too many words, and now deserve credible actions. The draft resolution gives the Government of Sri Lanka the opportunity to achieve that goal,” GTF said. The GTF has engaged with a wide range of stakeholders on many issues of concern to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, including governments all over the world, and more recently, even the new Government of Sri Lanka.“We believe our continuous efforts have contributed to the outcomes of this week. In this regard, we wish to place on record our very sincere gratitude to Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom, the Government of the United States of America, other European countries who worked hard for this outcome, all co-sponsors of the resolution and close friends within and outside Sri Lanka who helped drive the progress on accountability. We stand in solidarity with all those who fight for justice in Sri Lanka and outside, and hope that this week’s result will be a step in the right direction,” GTF added. GTF notes that the victims of heinous crimes alleged to have been committed by both sides have waited for over six years for this process to reveal the truth and justice to be served. They sincerely hope that all stakeholders of this process including the international community will not let them down.GTF saus it has a strong commitment to ensure that the process will lead to true accountability and closure to all victims. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Mercier replaces Renzetti as Interim VP Research

A letter to the Brock community from Tom Traves, Interim President:I am writing to inform you that Steven Renzetti is stepping down from the office of Interim Vice-President, Research, effective immediately.Steven, who took on the role Aug. 1 from outgoing Vice-President, Research Gary Libben, has taken a medical leave.Associate Vice-President, Research Joffre Mercier will now serve as the Interim Vice-President, Research.In the coming weeks, the University will provide the Brock community with updated details regarding the search for a permanent Vice-President, Research.Sincerely,Tom Traves, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Badgers hockey wins basketball loses in dramatic night for Brock sports

In the span of less than an hour Wednesday night, the Brock Badgers enjoyed both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.With trips to the USPORTS National Championships within reach for both teams, the Brock men’s hockey and basketball teams played crucial Ontario University Athletics playoff games, but only one came away with the outcome it wanted.The Badgers men’s hockey team opened its best-of-three OUA West final series against the York Lions with a dominant 6-2 win on the road Wednesday night and will have a chance to complete the sweep at home Friday.“The team played hard and getting off to a good start was key,” said head coach Marty Williamson. “After that, Clint Windsor stood tall for us in goal.”It was a huge win for the underdog Brock squad, which is trying to earn its first OUA Championship berth, which comes with an automatic entry into the USPORTS Nationals, in 10 years. Game 2 in the series is back in Niagara Friday, March 2 at 7:15 p.m. at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre. Game 3, if necessary, is Saturday in Toronto.But while the hockey team was celebrating in Toronto, the Brock men’s basketball team was forced to wonder what could have been after a heartbreaking 69-63 loss to the Ryerson Rams in the OUA semifinal.A win would have earned the Badgers a trip to the OUA final against Carleton and an automatic berth into the Nationals in Halifax March 8-11. Instead, Brock will wait to learn whether a wild-card entry to Halifax has been earned.Cassidy Ryan drives to the net in Wednesday’s OUA semifinal game at Bob Davis Gymnasium.“It’s extremely frustrating. It was a game we knew we could win,” said senior Dani Elgadi, who led the Badgers with 20 points and eight rebounds in the loss. “The crowd got us a little hyped and we were edgy in the first quarter. It just took us a while to settle in.”Brock trailed Ryerson early in the game, but came back to tie it at 16-16 and led 21-20 after the first quarter. From there, a combination of foul trouble and a frustrating lack of shots dropping allowed the Rams to take a 34-23 lead by the six–minute mark of the second and a 39-35 lead at the half.An even third quarter didn’t change the margin, and then more shooting struggles — both from the floor and at the foul line — continued to hurt the Badgers in the final quarter. A three-pointer at the buzzer from Ibrahim Ngom helped close the gap slightly, but it would have to have been a nine-pointer for it to have made a difference.As Ryerson players and coaches poured onto the court, the Badgers gathered at centre court before being consoled by fans and family.Behind Elgadi, Tyler Brown had nine points and Johneil Simpson had eight. For Ryerson, Ammanuel Diressa led his team with 19.After the game, Brock head coach Charles Kissi acknowledged the team’s shooting percentage (28.1 per cent for field goals, 22.2 for three pointers and 69.7 for free throws) simply wasn’t good enough.“We didn’t shoot the ball very well today,” he said. “We don’t have any excuse for missing open shots. At this level, if you want to win a national title, you have to hit those.”Kissi said the team will do its best to forget about Wednesday’s loss and refocus on the wild card slot.“We’re not done yet,” Elgadi said. “We have a mission. We’ve always wanted to go to Nationals. So if we get that opportunity with the wild card, we’ll take advantage of it.”For ticket information on Friday’s hockey game, visit GoBadgers.caNote: During the basketball game, three of Brock’s championship-winning varsity teams were recognized. The Badgers men’s and women’s wrestling teams both won USPORTS national championships recently while the Badgers men’s curling team won an OUA provincial title and will compete in the nationals March 24 to 28 in Alberta.Tyler Brown of the Brock Badgers goes up for a layup in the first half of Wednesday’s OUA Semifinal game against the Ryerson Rams. read more

Teachers promised fewer hours and no new tests in charm offensive to

first_imgWe need to get back to the essence of successful teaching – strip away the workload that doesn’t add value and give teachers the time and the space to focus on what actually mattersEducation Secretary Damian Hinds Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She will say: “It is an utter travesty that so many [newly qualified teachers] end up losing their early enthusiasm, because of the pressures of the job. Especially when so many of those pressures are entirely unnecessary. That’s what endless data cuts, triple marking, 10-page lesson plans, and, worse, Mocksteds are: a distraction from the core purpose of education, a costly distraction.”Triple marking is when teachers mark a piece of work, then hand it back to students who redraft their answers and return it to teachers for approval. “We need to get back to the essence of successful teaching – strip away the workload that doesn’t add value and give teachers the time and the space to focus on what actually matters.”center_img Mr Hinds will also announce a strategy to boost retention and recruitment of teachers. The number of secondary school teachers has been falling since 2010, while secondary school pupil numbers are due to increase by 540,000 – almost 20 per cent – by 2025, according to the Department for Education’s official forecast.He is due to address heads alongside Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, who will urge teachers to cut down their workload by spending less time on unnecessary distractions. Excessive lesson planning and triple marking should be abandoned, education leaders will say in a new attempt to make overtures to teachers.Damian Hinds will announce a new drive to cut down on teacher workload, which he says is one of the biggest factors making them give up their jobs.He is to make the comments after a Commons public accounts committee report warned that ministers have failed to “get a grip” on teacher retention and that there is a “growing sense of crisis” in recruiting.Addressing head teachers at the annual conference of the Association of Schools and College Leaders (ASCL) on Saturday, Mr Hinds will say: “We have so many brilliant teachers in our schools… but, with rising pupil numbers, I recognise that recruitment and retention is difficult for schools. And, clearly, one of the biggest threats to retention, and also to recruitment, is workload.”Too many of our teachers and our school leaders are working too long hours – and on non-teaching tasks that are not helping children to learn.last_img read more

Chinese contractor NORINCO gets nod for EPC contract at Segilola gold project

first_imgThor Explorations Ltd announces it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NORINCO International Cooperation Ltd to enter into an EPC contract on a comprehensive lump sum turnkey basis to build the required plant and associated infrastructure for the company’s Segilola gold project in Nigeria. The scope of the EPC Turnkey Contract covers the design, engineering, procurement, site preparation, construction, commissioning, performance testing and hand-over of the Project and its associated infrastructure.Thor is currently undertaking a Definitive Feasibility Study which will be compiled in accordance with the guidelines set out in Canadian National Instrument (NI) 43-101. The DFS is being prepared through the collaboration of a number of specialist consulting firms including Roscoe Postle Associates Inc, GR Engineering Services Ltd, NORINCO International, Auralia Mining Consulting and Knight Piesold Consulting. The company expects to complete the DFS in Q4 2018, which will be supported by the EPC turnkey contract. The final terms of the EPC contract are to be negotiated following the completion of the DFS.Segun Lawson, President & CEO, stated “We have been working with NORINCO International for the past year and there is an excellent level of cooperation and understanding between Thor and NORINCO International. NORINCO International have provided a competitive EPC proposal priced on the Preliminary Feasibility Study design, which provides confidence that the project can be delivered on time and on budget by a well-established EPC contractor. The MOU offers a clear path to Thor achieving gold production at Segilola in 2020.NORINCO International Cooperation Ltd is an incorporated company affiliated to China North Industries Corporation. The company is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of CNY6.3 billion ($930 million). NORINCO International has built projects in multiple industrial sectors in Asia, Africa and Europe.last_img read more

Nintendo decides to region lock the 3DS

first_imgThe disappointments for those looking forward to purchasing a 3DS keep coming. Last week we found out the battery life of the 3DS while playing 3DS-specific games may be as short as 3 hours. Now it turns out Nintendo has decided to region lock the new handheld.Although console owners have been suffering region locking for decades, until recently Nintendo had decided against such a lock on its portable hardware. What it meant was if a game got released in Japan, but there were no signs of a Western release, you could use a site like Play-Asia and import it. The game would play on your Western handheld without any issues.With the advent of the DSi and DSi XL Nintendo started using region locking, and that now looks set to continue. If you want to play a Japanese 3DS game on a U.S. 3DS–you can’t unless some workaround becomes apparent. The only alternative is to buy a Japanese 3DS. The same is true if you own a European 3DS and want to play a U.S. or Japanese cart.Read more at and NeoGAFMatthew’s OpinionAs a gamer I hate region locking. It’s been less of an issue on the most recent round of consoles due to simultaneous releases, but it used to be the case that a lot of games just didn’t make it to Western markets, or they did a year later than they should have (especially in Europe). Lots of gamers ended up buying other-region consoles just to be able to play specific games. Importing a game cost more, but allowed you to play games sooner, and that was kind of special.Nintendo’s handhelds were different, and importing games for those platforms was an established market. Why Nintendo chose to block it I don’t know, but it probably comes down to wanting to control the markets and maximize the prices paid per region for the same game.Ultimately this will just push hackers to bypass the 3DS’ security as quickly as possible and make it region free. This decision will backfire and Nintendo will end up fighting more battles with keeping firmware up-to-date where as they could have been profiting from sales of games in one region being shipped to another.It’s also worth pointing out that region locking on the DSi didn’t cause a major uproar because it only applied to DSi-only games of which there aren’t many. For the 3DS it will be all 3DS games so will have a much greater impact.last_img read more

Geek deals Alienware X51 Desktop gaming PC

first_imgComputers have thankfully been on a course to merge from geeky hardware to chic home appliances. Gone are the days of big beige boxes that absorb your floor space and sucked the aesthetics out of an otherwise blended room.Alienware is taking this a step further with their X51 desktop. You’ll notice it doesn’t quite match the audacious, “out of this world” design that most of their PCs have. Instead, it looks more of a cross between a PlayStation and Xbox. Even its dimensions are comparable to a game console, measuring in at less than 4 inches thick and roughly 13 x 12.5 inches square.Don’t let its diminutive dimensions fool you though, the X51 comes well equipped as a general-purpose, media-centric, and gaming PC. Intel’s 3rd generation quad-core processors power everything, giving you a 15% performance and power efficiency boost over the last gen CPUs.Features like USB 3.0, Wireless-N, HDMI, 7.1 surround sound, and a slot-loading optical drive are standard. Of course no gaming PC would be complete without some graphics horsepower, with NVIDIA providing their GeForce GT 545 1GB or GTX 555 1GB GPUs.Being a premium product, we don’t see many sales on the X51 and this deal offers the lowest price we have seen yet. The entry-level system with Core i5, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and 1GB GT 545 graphics comes to $799 with free shipping, after a coupon code. For those that want a little more horsepower, you can opt for the Core i7 model with 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, and 1GB GTX 555 graphics at $1,099.99 with free shipping (no coupon available).Click here to get the Core i5 $799 system or click here for the Core i7 $1,099 system. Apply coupon code: XB4QLDTQJ6Z6DW for the $799 deal. This deal expires September 23 or sooner.last_img read more

Turks and Caicos remembers the fallen in two ceremonies two islands

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS Islands, November 13, 2017 – Remembrance Day was commemorated in the Turks and Caicos on Sunday, despite the rain, with the two traditional ceremonies held at the St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Grand Turk and the St Monica’s Anglican Church in Providenciales. Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaphs in both islands in memory of fallen soldiers and servicemen still with us.Premier Hon Sharlene Robinson attended the service in Grand Turk, while the Governor and Education Minister, Hon Karen Malcolm were at the Providenciales memorial.    Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Earlier in the week, Governor His Excellency Dr John Freeman met with the last surviving member of the ex-service men’s legion, James Fulford.  Fulford served in the Turks and Caicos home guard from 1943 to 1945.Mr. Fulford or Bobby as he is more affectionately called is among the 2017 TCI National Honours.last_img read more

Report Highlights Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food Ag Research by 2030

first_imgA new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes that stresses on the U.S. food and agricultural enterprise will not be resolved if business as usual prevails.  Innovation is needed to make the U.S. food and agricultural system more efficient, resilient, and sustainable.  The American Soybean Association (ASA) helped fund the study. Using input from the broad scientific community, the report identifies five scientific breakthrough areas that could have the greatest positive impact on food and agriculture:Transdisciplinary Research and Systems ApproachSensing TechnologiesData Science and Agri-Food InformaticsGenomics and Precision BreedingMicrobiomeThe report also recommends investing in physical and cyber infrastructures, engaging non-agricultural professionals, and recruiting talented individuals into food and agriculture research.Download the Report!Join the conversation using #ScienceBreakthroughslast_img read more

Fortnite season 7 week 4 challenges and how to eliminate opponents at

first_img Fortnite Post a comment Don’t forget to drop in on The Block this week to check out the latest community creation. It’s a great one. Epic Games There will be tons of new Fortnite: Battle Royale players now that the holidays are mostly over, because I can only imagine how many households just got shiny new gaming consoles. Fortnite is a no-brainer for people to add to their library because it is the most popular game on the planet, but maybe more importantly, it’s free. For all the new players dropping in for the first time, welcome, but for everyone else it’s business as usual for getting through the week’s free and Battle Pass challenges. For those just starting out, the Battle Pass costs about 10 bucks and it opens up a tiered system for getting emotes, dance moves and gear as you play so you don’t have to buy individual items. Completing challenges is how you move up through tiers, so it’s the easiest way to get new stuff. The list this week seems to be the most interesting so far this season, with unique challenges we haven’t seen before and one that has been brought back from the dead with a “find the letters” challenge.If you haven’t finished last week’s challenges, check out our guide here.Here are this week’s challenges:s7w4challenges Jason Parker/CNET FreeUse an X-4 Stormwing plane in different matches (0/5) Launch Fireworks (0/3) Eliminate opponents at Expedition Outposts (0/3) – HardBattle PassStage 1: Destroy chairs (0/80) Deal damage with a pickaxe to opponents (0/100) Eliminate opponents at Happy Hamlet or Pleasant Park (0/3) – HardStage 1: Search the letter ‘O’ west of Pleasant ParkHow to use an X-4 Stormwing plane in different matchesIt’s nice to see we finally have a challenge for those planes that are constantly flying around the map these days. The planes are all over the map, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one. But the important thing here is that the challenge is about flying them in separate matches so the best way to complete it is to concentrate on landing where there are planes over the course of five games. Alternatively, you could decide that you’re going to fly a plane every time you see one and it should get this challenge out of the way.How to launch fireworksIn keeping with all the celebrations that take place at this time of year we have a challenge that lets us launch fireworks into the Fortnite skies. The fireworks look like a cartoony red rocket with a fuse and can be found at these locations around the map:fortnitefireworkslocationsAll of the locations are near the edge of the map, so it will take a couple games to get the three you need. Jason Parker/CNET How to eliminate opponents at expedition outpostsI’ve really grown to like landing at expedition outposts because you can always find some good basic loot and chests at these locations, and there’s often a zipline so you can make a quick getaway. But eliminating opponents at these locations is going to be tough because everyone will be landing there for the challenge. If you wait too long it’ll be harder to find people so the best way to do this one is to take it out now while everyone else is doing it. Here’s where the outposts are on the map:forntiteexhibitionoutpostsmapIt’s going to be a bloodbath, but it’s best to take it out quickly. Jason Parker/CNET How to do stage 1: Destroy chairsThis is the first of three stages you’ll need to complete, but it just requires that you destroy 80 regular chairs you find in houses around the island. It might be good to just have this on your radar this week, making it a point to destroy every chair you see until you’re done. When that’s done, stage 2 will have you destroying wooden utility poles, then stage 3 will be those wooden pallets you see everywhere. How to deal damage with a pickaxe to opponentsThis one is pretty self-explanatory, but your best bet here is to land at Tilted Towers where you know people will be trying to complete this challenge. You might also try any of the exhibition outposts, because people will definitely be landing there for the earlier challenge. Just find somebody and start swinging.How to eliminate opponents at Happy Hamlet or Pleasant ParkThis is another challenge you’ll want to do early to make sure there are people around while it’s still hot. You get the choice here of a new area and an OG-named location so just pick your poison and start shooting. You need three eliminations to complete the challenge.How to do stage 1: Search the letter ‘O’ west of Pleasant ParkIt seems the NOMS sign for the establishment in Retail Row has lost its letters and you’re being tasked with finding them and returning them to their former glory. You’ll need to find each of the four letters then go the storefront for the final part of the challenge. You’ll also need to do them in the order given with each stage (which isn’t in the order of the word itself). Here’s a map with each letter and stage of the challenge:fortnitenomsmap Jason Parker/CNET Tags Share your voice 0 Video Gameslast_img read more

Role reversal Anchorage Iditarod prep means dumping snow on city streets

first_imgWillow musher Lisbet Norris prepares for the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage)Set up for Saturday’s ceremonial Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race start in Anchorage means dumping thousands of pounds of snow on downtown streets.Listen nowSled dog teams set off in a festival-like atmosphere on the city’s streets and trails for an 11-mile run that does not count toward their official race time.Downtown street closures started Friday in Anchorage. Road maintenance crews begin bringing in truckloads of snow this evening and will work overnight smoothing out the downtown portion of the course.According to Street Maintenance Manager Paul VanLandingham, they need around 250 dumptruck loads of snow — about 5,000 cubic yards — to spread out over city streets.Anchorage has gotten plenty of suitable snow in the last couple weeks. The crews’ main stash is at city airport Merrill Field, where there’s an abundance of gravel-free snow, VanLandingham said.“I know a lot of people don’t understand the fact we get all this snow, we spend a couple days removing it, and then we bring in more snow on top of the streets,” VanLandingham said. “But for the dogs and for the event and everything, you really need to bring in good fresh snow for the track to set up right and give the dogs a quality track to run on and just make it a better event.”It’s a bit of a role reversal. Crews that have been busy around the clock clearing snow off city streets are suddenly dumping it back onto the roadways. But the street maintenance workers enjoy being a part of the Iditarod, VanLandingham said.“It’s something that breaks up the monotony for the guys and gals doing the work out there,” VanLandingham said. “I mean it’s a big event for the community, for the state, you know, Iditarod, world-famous sled dog race, so it’s exciting for all of us to be a part of the festivities.”After leaving downtown, mushers head onto city trails groomed by Parks and Recreation Department workers and volunteers from the mushing community.City streets closed for Iditarod are set to reopen at 7 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday March 20 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowHouse holds floor debate on budgetJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauAt this hour, House lawmakers are holding floor debate on the Alaska state operating budget.Boom: Gun tax sends $33M to AlaskaLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Americans have spent a lot of money on guns and ammunition in recent years, and that has sent revenues pouring into Alaska’s budget for wildlife conservation. This year’s allocation is more than double what it was in 2012.State wants to stop billing homeowners for tech support after spillsRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauOn average, getting technical support from employees in the state’s Division of Spill Prevention and Response can cost between $100-$150 an hour.Rep. Sam Kito III will not seek re-electionAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauRep. Sam Kito III is not running for re-election in the fall. Kito told the Juneau Empire he made his decision Friday due to financial concerns.Pilot sentenced for ‘buzz job’ that leaves co-worker severely injuredAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamA former Anchorage resident was sentenced Thursday in Dillingham for recklessly flying low over a boater several years ago.Halibut quotas for 2018 come in slightly lower than expectedAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerThe total allowable catch for the 2018 Pacific halibut season in the Gulf of Alaska and Southeast will be set slightly lower than what U.S. commissioners on the International Pacific Halibut Commission had asked for.The Cost of Cold: Staying Warm in SitkaEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaRichard Parmelee warms his house with vegetable oil, donated by a local Chinese restaurant and McDonalds.This halibut hook is an innovation for the past, present and futureElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauFew people still use the hand-carved halibut hook. But there’s a push to make sure the tradition sticks around.Ask a Climatologist: The spring equinox doesn’t mark the start of springAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe sun is directly over the equator, giving equal amounts of daylight and darkness around the world.last_img read more

Brazil new president faces political test as new Congress sits

first_imgThis video grab taken from Brazil`s president Jair Bolsonaro`s official Twitter account shows president Jair Bolsonaro speaking before undergoing a surgery to remove the colostomy bag that was placed after the attack he suffered in September, at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 27 January 2019. AFP File PhotoPlans by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro to shake up Latin America’s biggest economy with pro-business reforms and anti-crime measures are about to run into their first real test, with his country’s new Congress beginning work Friday.Bolsonaro, a far-right 63-year-old former paratrooper and veteran legislator, took office at the beginning of the year on promises to do away with decades of centre-leftist policies.Chief among his vows are an easing of gun-ownership laws so “good” citizens can counter armed criminals, an eradication of graft, and a liberalisation of a protectionist economy that is still limping after exiting its worst-ever recession.On the first pledge, Bolsonaro acted swiftly, decreeing much looser regulation for possessing up to four firearms at home.On corruption, however, actions have not yet followed stern rhetoric. Indeed, the president is dogged by an expanding suspicious payments scandal involving his son Flavio Bolsonaro, a lawmaker in the upper chamber.And on the economy, there have been no concrete measures unveiled.Bolsonaro delivered a much-anticipated speech to the high-powered crowd at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, but disappointed for his lack of any detail on pension reform and privatizations — the two key changes investors are looking for.No majority Much of Bolsonaro’s credibility rests on the shoulders of his economy minister, Paulo Guedes, a US-trained free-marketer, and his justice minister, Sergio Moro, a former star anti-corruption judge.What Bolsonaro lacks, however, is a ruling-party majority in Congress to push through legislation.The president’s ultraconservative Social Liberal Party (PSL) holds around 10 per cent of the 513 seats in the lower Chamber of Deputies. That means he is relying on ad-hoc alliances with likeminded lawmakers.Such alliances should be forthcoming in the early period of Bolsonaro’s four-year mandate. The president enjoys high public support, and backing from Congressional caucuses representing the powerful evangelical, beef and pro-gun lobbies that helped swing his electoral victory.Whether that support for Bolsonaro survives unpopular moves to overhaul Brazil’s unsustainably generous pension system, by raising the retirement age and cutting benefits, remains to be seen. Such changes would need modifications to the constitution.”In whatever country, that’s a really difficult reform to do. If the government manages it, it will have a lot of (political) capital,” said Carlos Pereira, a political analyst at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.”If not, I’d fear for his ability to govern afterwards,” he added.The scandal around Flavio Bolsonaro could make the president’s task even more difficult, according to Pereira.”Without a stable coalition, the suspicions of corruption could make the president very vulnerable,” he said.’Different’ legislature The new Congress is atomised, with some 30 parties present in the lower chamber. The two biggest are the PSL and the opposition Workers Party.It is estimated that Bolsonaro can currently count on support of around 300 deputies — close to the 3/5 majority, or 308 votes, needed to push through constitutional amendments.That bloc will also be important for Bolsonaro to expand an easing of gun laws to also allow citizens to carry weapons, something currently prohibited except for the military, police and licensed private security guards.One deputy, Andre Figueredo of the opposition leftwing Democratic Labour Party, told AFP that the make-up of the Congress and the leadership of Bolsonaro made for a “different moment from previous years” of rule.”We have a president who, although is not in our political field, was elected by the majority of the Brazilian population,” he said.Pension reform was obviously on the cards, he said, but “we hope that this reform will be one that does not bring so much damage to the great mass of the workers.”last_img

Cards Will Face Texas Tech in Jimmy V Classic

first_imgStory Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will face 2019 national runner-up Texas Tech in the 25th Annual Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  Indiana will play UConn also in the doubleheader held in conjunction with V Week.Louisville and Texas Tech are ranked No. 8 and No. 16, respectively, in ESPN’s latest “Way-Too-Early Top 25.”  Texas Tech produced a school-record 31 victories (31-7 record) in the 2018-19 season, which culminated in the NCAA title game where the Red Raiders fell in overtime to Virginia.  Texas Tech also won the program’s first Big 12 Conference regular season championship with a 14-4 league mark.UofL Coach Chris Mack guided Louisville to a 20-14 record in his first season with the Cardinals while facing the nation’s fourth-toughest schedule.  Picked to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL achieved a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.  The Cardinals, which will welcome a top 10 signing class this year, beat four Associated Press Top 25 teams and were No. 22 in the nation in the NCAA’s NET rankings. UofL will be making its third appearance in the Jimmy V Classic.  The Cardinals beat Indiana 94-74 in the 2014 Jimmy V Classic (12-9-14) and fell 72-65 to Arizona in the 2006 event (12-6-06).  It will be the first meeting between UofL and Texas Tech.Game times for the event will be set later.”We are thrilled to welcome Indiana, Louisville, Texas Tech and UConn to this year’s Classic,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and ESPN Events. “The legacy of Jim Valvano and the work of the V Foundation continue to be honored through this event, and we look forward to bringing fans two great matchups as we raise funds and awareness for cancer research.”The 2018 V Week for Cancer Research set a new record, helping raise more than $8.3 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research – representing an 83% increase from 2017. ESPN engaged new partners and created innovative fundraising and awareness-building campaigns, which ran from Nov. 27 – Dec. 8, and educated fans on the importance of cancer research. Additionally, ESPN created the Tyler Trent Fund at the V Foundation for Cancer Research to support cancer research for adolescents and young adults. Over the past 12 years, V Week fundraising has totaled over $30 million for cancer research.ESPN Events ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 15 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.About the V Foundation for Cancer ResearchThe V Foundation for Cancer Research is dedicated to declaring victory over cancer. ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator, founded it in 1993. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation, please visit  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Gay kissing in public will be reported to police at Russia World

first_imgDave Frenkel/TwitterRussian police round up LGBTI protestors GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gay kissing in public will be reported to police at the Russia World Cup, a homophobic group has warned.The international soccer competition will kick off across 11 Russian cities next week, and LGBTI rights groups are very concerned.A gay insider at the Russia Football Union has revealed to Gay Star News higher ups ‘don’t care whatsoever’ about LGBTI fans being assaulted, fined or imprisoned. He has told us that any attacks on the LGBTI community will be ‘covered up’ by claiming they are being fined for ‘hooliganism’. The full interview will be published next week.But ultra-conservative groups have been less than subtle about their plans to tackle the influx of foreign visitors.‘If two men are kissing each other at the World Cup, we will tip off the police, drawing their attention to it and the rest is a police matter,’ Oleg Barannikov, a head coordinator of the Cossack volunteers with the police told Radio Free Europe-affiliate Current Time.‘To us, values mean the (Christian) Orthodox faith and the family come first.’It is likely the Cossacks will report the men on breaking the ‘gay propaganda’ law.Russia’s Football Union has said it will not ban World Cup visitors from showing Pride flags.Alexei Smertin, an ex-football player who is now the union’s anti-racism inspector, said people would not be fined for ‘expressing their feelings’.But a group of Russian thugs have also threatened to kill gay football fans who come to the World Cup. LGBTI activist Peter Tatchell detained in Russia at World CupRussian thugs threaten to kill gay football fans who come to World CupRussia will get a LGBT Pride House for the 2018 World CupRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Pride in Football – an alliance of LGBTI football fan groups – has had to report death threats to police.Emails have been sent to the group warning them LGBTI people will be ‘hunted down and stabbed’.Joe White, Pride in Football’s campaign leader, said the threats were being taken seriously.‘We’ve had people say that if they find us they’ll stab us, so it’s been a mixture but they’re being dealt with seriously and those investigations are still ongoing,’ he said.UK warns fans going to Russia fans to not be ‘publicly gay’This month the Football Supporters’ Federation issued a guide advising LGBT fans not to publicly display their sexuality.This means LGBTI people will not be able to hold hands or kiss in public.Officials have suggested the ‘gay propaganda’ ban, enacted in 2013, will not be in effect during the World Cup.However, Vitaly Milonov – the author of the law – has said the government cannot decide on a whim to suspend legislation.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

The Cardinals got back in the win column with a 31

first_imgThe Cardinals got back in the win column with a 31-23 victory over the Washington Redskins, and that game has many believing they are back and primed to make a run late in the season.Are they really?Paul Calvisi says he’s not buying that thought, though he is also not a believer in the Miami Dolphins’ supposed fearsome defense or a Miami team that is one of the better squads in the AFC.Does that mean the Cardinals will leave South Beach with a victory? Well, they are the only team who will be playing on that field who has a legitimate shot at the postseason, so… Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Related Flights to Melbourne from Doha readied for

first_img RelatedFlights to Melbourne from Doha readied for December launchQatar Airways has announced its intention to commence flights to Australia before the end of the year.Flights to Melbourne from Doha readied for December launchQatar Airways has announced its intention to commence flights to Australia before the end of the year.New aircraft allows Qatar Airways to launch extra flights to MelbourneThe airline has welcomed two Boeing 777-200 long-range aircraft and two Airbus A320s to its fleet Qatar Airways has announced its intention to commence flights to Australia before the end of the year.The inaugural flight to Melbourne will take off from Doha on December 6th and will be operated by a brand new Boeing B777-200 long range aircraft.According to the airline’s chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker, the opening of a route to Australia is likely to prove popular with travellers, particularly over the Christmas period.”I know the travelling public is eager for us to begin serving Australia and I’ve had many people ask me about our direct route to Melbourne,” he commented.”The Australian economy was one of the few in the world that grew in the first quarter of 2009, so this shows that the market there is still very strong, and we believe there is demand.”Travellers from the UK and Europe will also benefit from the addition of the new service, as they will be able to embark on one-stop flights to Melbourne via Doha.Qatar Airways recently signalled its determination to continue its expansion strategy by placing an order for 24 new Airbus A320 Family aircraft.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Cyprus preparing new national action plan for people with disabilities

first_imgA new national Action Plan for Disability, covering the period 2017-2020, is being drafted, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou has said.In an interview with Cyprus News Agency, ahead of a high level meeting taking place on Monday, in Nicosia, to launch the Council of Europe’s Disability Strategy 2017-2023, Emilianidou noted that the financial crisis had little impact on social benefits received by people with disabilities. It has, however, affected additional measures that have would benefited this group of people, she said.With the right policies, perceptions of people with disabilities are changing and they are deemed as equal members of society, Emilianidou said, noting that these issues “are high in the priorities of the ministry and the government”.According to Emilianidou, the new Council of Europe (CoE) Strategy on Disability aims to commit everybody to take more action in securing the rights and fundamental freedoms of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.The conference, launching the new Strategy, on March 27 and 28, is being hosted in the framework of the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Council of Europe. The minister added that the Strategy, titled “Human Rights: A reality for all” aims to foster the notion that the rights of people with disabilities are human rights.She says that it places emphasis on issues of equality, dignity and opportunity, safeguarding those peoples’ independence, freedom of choice and active participation in social life.It also gives priority to matters such as equality before the law and protection from exploitation, violence and abuse and according to Emilianidou, it is based on the principles of universal design, cooperation and coordination at national and international level.Nicosia had also a role to play in shaping the new Strategy, the minister added. In particular, she said, the Director of the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities participated in the sessions of the relevant CoE expert Committee that formulated the Strategy, in consultation with other stakeholders.Asked if the previous CoE action plan, covering the period between 2006 and 2015, brought results, Emiliaidou said it provided impetus for the 47 member states to proceed with their own action plans and implement additional measures for the disabled.She added that Cyprus drew up its first National Action Plan for Disability in July 2013, in the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities it ratified in 2011, while taking also into consideration CoE and EU action plans. The new National Action Plan for 2017-2020 is now under preparation, the minister said.“Action Plans turn strategies and international conventions into deeds and provide a concrete, systematic, creative and participatory way on how to plan, coordinate and realize our actions, in order to achieve our intended aim” she added.On another question regarding changes in people’s perceptions, the minister said that through the right policies, programmes and actions, people with disabilities are supported and empowered to actively participate in all aspects of life as equal citizens.“The presence of children and people with disabilities in education, the workplace, culture, entertainment, sports and society in general, as well as their practical contribution and utilization of their skills leads to a shift in perceptions regarding disability” said Emilianidou.She also cited a series of actions that are being promoted by several ministries for integrating people with disabilities in education and employment, giving incentives to employers to hire them and improving care services and accessibility. EU Disability CardTravelling within the EU will become easier in the future for people with disabilities, using the EU Disability Card.Emilianides said that in cooperation with seven EU member states, Cyprus was implementing the Disability Card project, aiming to provide cardholders with particular benefits in the areas of tourism, culture, sports and transportation throughout the countries participating in the project.Currently, there is no mutual recognition of disability status between EU Member States. A pilot was launched in February 2016 to implement the Card scheme in a first group of eight EU countries. Apart from Cyprus, other countries participating are Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Romania. The Card will be mutually recognised among EU countries participating in the system, on a voluntary basis.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: Senior Homeowners Are Taking Advantage Of ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more