JUST FOR LAUGHS 2017 MONTREAL FESTIVAL – DAY 3 IN PHOTOS

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Here’s a recap of Day 3The highlight of the night … Jim Carrey, Trevor Noah and Craig Ferguson were among the acts honoured at the Just For Laughs awards show in Montreal last night.Movie director Judd Apatow gave Carrey his ‘Generation Award’, and recalled the times they worked together in the LA comedy clubs in the 1980s. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

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Decision to Ban Much Loved Was Made by the Government Head

Rabat – The government apparently made the decision to ban Nabil Ayouch’s prostitution-themed drama “Much Loved” without consulting with the film regulatory body CCM.CCM director Sarim Fassi-Fihri told Huffpost Morocco website that the Ministry of Communication called them to see if the leaked clips, which have prompted an avalanche of criticism on social media platforms, actually belong to “Much Loved”.“The Ministry of Communication called us to inquire if the video clips posted for several days on YouTube are present in “Much Loved.” We said yes,” Fassi-Fihri said. “And it is on this basis that the Ministry decided to ban the screening of the film in Morocco.”  The CCM has not given its opinion.The Ministry of Communication said in a previous statement that the decision to ban the film had been taken after a team from the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM) saw it at an international festival, referring to Cannes Festival.“After a CCM group saw the film in an international film festival, it was decided not to authorize the release of the film in Morocco, “ a statement from the Ministry of Communication said last Monday.The film’ director Nabil Ayouch said he was shocked by the decision of the Ministry of Communication because none of its members have actually seen the film, and that he hadn’t even applied for a permit for it be shown in Moroccan movie theaters.A number of international filmmakers and producers- including Arnaud Desplechin, Michel Hazanavicius, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Costa-Gavras, Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Labadie, Edouard Weil and Christophe Rossignon- have signed a petition to support Ayouch and Loubna Abidar, the film’s main character.Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Edouard Waintrop has also joined those who are protesting against Morocco’s ban on Nabil Ayouch’s film, saying that the reality the film is seeking to portray “won’t be altered by an act of deliberate censorship.” read more

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Haiti UN applauds publication of Senate election results despite low turn out

The average participation rate for the first round of balloting last week was just over 11 per cent across Haiti, but MINUSTAH noted that numbers varied widely from one department to another. While pledging its continued support, MINUSTAH urged the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to focus on the next round of voting slated for 7 June, when around a third of Senate seats are up for grabs.MINUSTAH also called on the CEP and the Haitian National Police to learn from the logistic, technical and security challenges faced during polling on 19 April and make the appropriate adjustments for a successful second round election.The relevant national authorities should “take the necessary measures to investigate the incidents of 19 April and ensure that all those who have violated the law are held accountable for their actions,” the mission said in press release.According to media reports, voting for one of the seats in a rural department was cancelled after protestors raided polling stations and a supervisor was injured in a shooting incident. It was also reported that some voters had difficulty reaching the polls in the capital city of Port-au-Prince because public transport was stopped.Encouraging Haitians to use their vote in June, the UN mission called for calm and compliance with the law. 28 April 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today welcomed the publication of election results for the Caribbean country’s Senate although poor turn out meant that none of the candidates picked up sufficient votes to win a seat outright. read more

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Ban voices concern at pattern of political killings in GuineaBissau

Mr. Ban is “dismayed” by the news of the assassinations of Baciro Dabo, a candidate in the forthcoming presidential elections, and Helder Proenca, a Member of Parliament and former Minister of Defense, along with others, his spokesperson said in a statement. Coming so soon after the assassinations in March of President João Bernardo Vieira and his Chief of General Staff, General Batista Tagme Na Waie, “these criminal acts are a tragic setback for efforts to restore the rule of law and democratic processes in the country, but they should not be allowed to deter the forthcoming presidential elections,” the statement said. “These developments underscore once again the importance and urgency of conducting a thorough, credible and transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the assassinations in Guinea Bissau,” it added.Mr. Ban called on national authorities, including the military, to ensure that the human rights of all citizens are upheld and protected.Today’s statement added that the UN will be consulting with national authorities and the International Contact Group on Guinea-Bissau to explore what more needs to be done to end impunity and restore respect for the rule of law in the country. In a report released last month, Mr. Ban had said that assassinations in March highlighted the need for the West African nation’s justice, defence and security sectors to be reformed. The country has struggled in recent decades to combat drug trafficking and organized crime, and also to sustain economic growth and political stability amid a series of civil conflicts, coups d’état and uprisings. 5 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his concern at the “emerging pattern of killings” of high profile personalities in Guinea-Bissau, where a presidential candidate and a member of parliament were gunned down today, just months after the country’s president and his chief of staff were assassinated. read more

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US stocks hit new records TSX advances to twoweek high

North American stocks rose, extending records for U.S. benchmark indexes, as comments from Janet Yellen signaled she will continue the Federal Reserve’s stimulus efforts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 0.4 percent to a record 1,788.23 at 12:13 p.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 31.70 points, or 0.2 percent, to 15,853.33, also a record. Trading in S&P 500 shares was 19 percent higher than the 30-day average for this time of day.“Yellen’s confirmation hearings are under such intense focus by investors,” Gary Flam, managing director and portfolio manager at Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC, said by phone from Los Angeles. Bel Air manages $7 billion in assets. “It just shows how much central bankers are what’s driving the market, and confidence in central bankers is high.”Canada’s benchmark stock market advanced to a two-week high as the next likely leader of the U.S. Federal Reserve made clear the economy will need to show more improvement before the central bank starts to withdraw economic stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 83.62 points to 13,454.28 with support also coming from strong earnings reports from IT company CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) and Kinross Gold (TSX:K), its highest level since Oct. 31.The Canadian dollar fell 0.34 of a cent to 95.24 cents US.Yellin’s prepared remarks were released Wednesday after the market close and they indicated she won’t be straying from the low-interest rate policies of outgoing chairman Ben Bernanke.She said the economy has regained ground lost to the recession, but unemployment remains too high.Later, during a question and answer session with senators, Yellen said the Fed understands that quantitative easing, involving the monthly purchase of US$85 billion of bonds, can’t go on forever.But she made it clear that “it is important not to remove support while the recovery is still fragile.”Yellen added that “it is also important to remove accommodation when the right time comes.”A strong rally on markets during October has largely stalled this month on concerns that the Fed could start tapering as soon as next month. The Fed’s bond purchases have kept long-term rates low and supported a strong advance on many markets.“Regardless of when this tapering actually comes to be, and the Fed knows it has this massive balance sheet, it knows it has to start the process to exit,” said Stephen Lingard, portfolio manager at Franklin Multi-asset strategies.“But that doesn’t mean that tighter policy or even less loose policy is imminent.”The gold sector led advancers, up 2.3% while bullion prices advanced with December gold ahead $21 to US$1,289.40 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) gained 53 cents to $25.82.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) reported a big drop in third-quarter net earnings amid falling gold prices and higher production costs. Kinross said net income fell to US$49.9 million or four cents per share in the three months ended Sept. 30. Adjusted earnings were $54.4 million or five cents per share, in line with analyst estimates and its shares rose 19 cents to $5.39.The tech sector was up 1.5% with shares in CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A) up $2.21 or 5.87% to $39.83 after posting $141 million of net income in its fourth quarter, compared with a loss of $168 million a year ago. Ex-items, earnings were 67 cents a share for the Montreal-based IT services company, five cents better than expected. CGI has been partially blamed for the huge problems related to the online launch of Obamacare.In the U.S., Cisco Systems Inc. fell 12.25% to US$21.05 after the tech bellwether posted lower-than-expected revenue for its first quarter on Wednesday and warned that its revenue for the current period could fall as much as 10% from a year ago. Its stock tumbled 11.3% in pre-market trading in New York.Financials were higher with Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) ahead 73 cents to C$65.63.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) will record an unusual negative item in the fourth quarter, about $118 million after taxes, as it grapples with changes to how Ottawa taxes individual life insurance policies. The charge will reflect the reduced long-term profit that it expects from policies issued by its insurance unit and its shares gained 38 cents to $71.44.The energy sector was ahead 0.36% with December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 95 cents to US$92.93 a barrel. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) advanced 17 cents to C$12.76.The base metals component was off 0.25% while copper lost ground for a third day, reflecting disappointment that a meeting of Chinese leaders earlier this week failed to yield hoped-for economic reforms. The December contract declined one cent to US$3.15 a pound.Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) fell 28 cents to $4.35. The fall came as the miner suspended work on development of its premier project, the copper mine at Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia after the government said financing for the project would require parliamentary approval. The company said Thursday talks with the government are continuing it will be unable to complete project financing this year.The Canadian Press with files from Bloomberg read more

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Syria first civilians evacuated from Homs after nearly twoyear siege UN reports

“I continue to call for the safe and voluntary evacuation of all civilians and for full access for humanitarian workers to help people caught in similar situations across Syria,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in a statement, calling today’s operation “a breakthrough, and a small but important step towards compliance with international humanitarian law.”More than 80 women, children and elderly were evacuated from the Old City of Homs, the first of the 500 families who have become a symbol of the horrors inflicted upon civilians by the civil war in which considerably more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted in March 2011 when originally peaceful protestors sought the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.The UN, often with relief convoys mere miles away from the civilians under siege, has long demanded that the warring parties grant full humanitarian access. But the sides refused to give the green light until yesterday when a so-called “humanitarian pause” was announced for Homs, where UN trucks have been on standby for weeks only 12 kilometres from the Old City, ready to deliver urgently needed food and medicines.Ms. Amos said she remains in close contact with humanitarian teams on the ground, who are working with the local authorities, representatives of the parties and community leaders to evacuate more civilians and deliver aid in the next few days.Those evacuated today were taken to the places of their choice, escorted by UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff.For the most part, the operation went smoothly but there were isolated reports of gunfire heard during the day. read more

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Rehab Legal action being taken against writer of letter to PAC

first_imgTHE REHAB GROUP said today that legal action is being taken against the author of a letter sent about the group to the Public Accounts Committee.In a strongly-worded statement, it also criticised the chairman of the PAC, TD John McGuinness.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, McGuinness pointed out that the remarks Rehab was referring to in its statement were issued by PAC as a committee and not on behalf of any individual member.AllegationsLast Thursday, the PAC said it had referred a letter containing “a number of serious allegations” against individuals linked to the Rehab Group to the gardaí.The committee said that it had received a letter from the solicitors acting on behalf of the developer John Kelly.The letter fell outside the remit of the committee, and the PAC met for over an hour on the issue. It was decided to send the letter to the gardaí.The situation has taken a new turn with a statement released by the Rehab Group.Rehab referred to the comments made by McGuinness in PAC’s statement about the letter: That the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee would comment publicly in this way on the allegations said to have been made, without having first given those persons who are said to be the subject of the allegations an opportunity to see the allegations, and to respond to them, is grossly unfair.Rehab alleged that the comments have “caused serious harm to the Rehab Group, to individuals within the Rehab Group, and to its employees”.It has also caused unnecessary anxiety to persons who receive services from Rehab Group companies.The Rehab Group also said it is particularly concerned that the PAC has “refused to provide it with a copy of the letter said to contain the allegations made”.It concluded: “We understand that legal proceedings are presently being issued in response to the allegations made by Mr Kelly.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie, John McGuinness said: “The statements or remarks that they are referring to were issued by the PAC as a committee and not as any individual member. They were issued after the matter was discussed in full, after unanimous agreement was reached across all members to issue the statement publicly”.He said the release of the statement “follows legal advice we were given”.The PAC is due to hold a further meeting with Rehab on 10 April.Rehab: PAC refers serious allegations about Rehab to gardaí>last_img read more

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Women cannot stand for president of Iran

first_imgWOMEN CAN NOT contest Iran’s presidential election on 14 June, a member of the Islamic state’s electoral watchdog said in media reports today, dashing the hopes of some 30 female candidates.“The law prohibits women from being president,” said hardline cleric and former judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, quoted by the Mehr news agency.Yazdi is a prominent member of Iran’s Guardians Council, an unelected watchdog controlled by religious conservatives and appointed by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that is tasked mainly with vetting candidates.The vetting process is designed to ensure candidates are faithful to the principles of the Islamic republic and its official religion.Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, it has rejected all female candidates for the presidency, although women have been allowed to stand in parliamentary elections and to serve as lawmakers.A final list of hopefuls who can contest the June 14 poll is expected to be announced early next week. Some 686 people, including 30 women, registered their candidacy last week.Yazdi said that under the constitution only men can run for the presidency, but did not specify if this was his interpretation or that of the council.In 2009, the watchdog’s spokesman, Abbasali Kadkhodai, said there was no restriction on women standing for president.The Guardians Council had “never rejected anyone’s candidacy because (he or she) was a woman or a man, and when a woman’s candidacy was rejected it was because she did not have the overall skills,” he said at the time.- © AFP, 2013Read: Journalist reports existence of Iran ‘vote-rigging’ tape, gets arrested > Read: Death penalty stats show increase in executions but drop in death sentences >last_img read more

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Tech firms should be trying to please women Microsoft researcher

first_img10 things in tech you need to know today LATELY, MICROSOFT RESEARCH fellow, Blaise Aguera y Arcas has been studying the future of tech.One surprising prediction he makes: women will be a bigger market for tech than men within the next few years.So he said when speaking at a Microsoft event in Tel Aviv, Israel. Distinguished engineer Aguera y Arcas is the architect of Bing Maps and Bing Mobile best known for creating photo search tool Seadragon Software, bought by Microsoft in 2006. He’s also known for his popular Ted Talk on 3D photo modelling software Photosynth.Even though women make less money than men today, more women are graduating college. This is causing their incomes to rise faster then men’s. So by 2020, women could (and should) have bigger salaries and more disposal income.“I’ve heard some nonsense that college isn’t worth anything and it’s better to just found a startup,” he said, referring to the long list of tech founders (including Bill Gates) that never finished college. “That’s rubbish as far as I can see. All the data shows college earns you way more money over your career,” he says, about $20,000 per year for every year of college.“Designing it like they’ll be selling it to other men”It’s up to the tech world to be building products to make women want to spend more of their money on tech. Yet, very few women are entering engineering, so men today are still designing most of the world’s tech and they’re often designing it like they’ll be selling it to other men.For example, a mobile app today might vibrate as an alert. It assumes the user is carrying the phone in his pocket like most men do. But most women keep their smartphones in their purses because they often don’t have pockets. And that’s just one woman-specific design issue.The solution? “If you can, hire women engineers and CEOs,” he advises. Barring that, every tech designer should find a way to get feedback from women, such as using “ethnography” analytics tools.(Disclosure: Microsoft paid some of the travel expenses for Business Insider to attend this event.)- Julie Bort‘Build me a robot’: Irish teen’s challenge to tech community>How modern technology is destroying your posture at work>Here’s how much the world’s most iconic logos cost companies to design them> 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York last_img read more

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iPhone le smartphone dApple victime dune faille de sécurité

first_imgiPhone : le smartphone d’Apple victime d’une faille de sécuritéMonde – Les iPhone qui tournent sous iOS 4.1 présentent une faille importante dans leur système de sécurité. Celle-ci donnerait accès à la liste de contacts du téléphone et permettrait même d’émettre des appels alors que le smartphone est censé être verrouillé.Un membre néozélandais du forum de MacRumors a mis en évidence une faille conséquente dans le système de sécurité des iPhone. En effet, alors même que le téléphone est verrouillé par code, il est possible d’utiliser ses fonctions de téléphonie, SMS et e-mails, de prendre des photos, de modifier la photo d’un contact et d’avoir accès à l’ensemble des photos stockées dans l’appareil.À lire aussiApple Watch : jour de sortie, ce qu’il faut savoir de la montre connectéeLa manipulation à effectuer est tellement simple et grossière qu’elle est vraiment à la portée de tous. Il suffit en effet de passer un appel d’urgence, d’entrer ### puis d’appuyer sur le bouton d’appel et le bouton de marche/arrêt de l’iPhone en même temps. Le téléphone se met alors à fonctionner comme si le verrouillage n’existait pas.La version bêta 3 de iOS 4.2, elle, n’est pas concernée. On peut donc espérer que la mise à jour d’iOS 4.1, prévue en novembre, corrigera cette faille.Le 27 octobre 2010 à 10:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in Maine

first_img A fisherman had a one-in-50-million find when he discovered a rare, two-colored lobster off the coast of Maine on Friday.Daryl Dunham, captain of the fishing vessel Force of Habit, discovered the lobster, which appears half-red and half-black, and handed it over to the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF). New Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By ScientistsWatch: Archaeologists Explore 170-Year-Old Shipwreck ‘Frozen in Time’ Stay on targetcenter_img “We’ve seen some pretty cool lobsters in our marine touch tank over the years, but this one might be a first,” the organization said on Facebook.The MCCF is housing the unique, male “Chimera lobster” in a tank at the center’s Discovery Wharf in Stonington alongside three other rare lobsters — including a calico (they’re one in 30 million) and a blue lobster (one in 2 million) — where visitors can view and feel its rare shell.In October, the organization will release it back into the New England bay where it was caught.The lobster’s colors are split right down its middle. One one side is a bright red and the other side is black. Experts say the two-tone color may be caused by a genetic mutation — a cellular split when the eggs are first fertilized.The split occurs one in every 50 million lobsters, according to National Geographic.“This is a first for many of our staff… we’ve been marveling at it since it arrived,” the MCCF said.More on Geek.com:Angler Catches Bizarre Fish With ‘Two Mouths’ in Upstate New YorkNewly Discovered Fish Is Named After Gollum of ‘The Lord of the Rings’Researchers Turn Lobster Shells Into Biodegradable Plasticlast_img read more

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Barcelona plays down Malcoms lack of playing time

first_imgBarcelona are not bothered by Malcom’s lack of playing time this season as the club general manager Pep Segura revealed there is no problem with the Brazilian.Malcom, 21, is yet to start for the Spanish champions since his €41m move from Bordeaux this summer, making just two cameo appearances from the bench thus far.“There is no problem with Malcom,” Segura told an interview with Diario Sport.“He was added to the squad because he is young and because he has a lot of talent, this is a long season, so a lack of minutes right now is not an issue.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Ernesto Valverde? He has the respect of the entire dressing room and the club, all decisions are taken together and there is no disharmony.“Ivan Rakitic? The club did not think about his sale, there was interest from a club but neither the player nor Barca wanted a sale.“Spanish football has the release clauses, no other league has such a binding arrangement so there is always a danger these can be triggered.”last_img read more

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Bahamas GDP sees a significant increase

first_img Related Items:#GrossDomesticProduct, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 3, 2017 – Nassau – A whopping jump in The Bahamas’ GDP is drawing mixed reaction from the financially literate Bahamian public.   GDP now stands at 10.7b for the country, up from $8.4b.   The growth in the country’s GDP is attributed to more spending on capital works due to the hurricanes, a boom in imports and an increase in household consumption.The announcement came late last week that The Bahamas’ GDP surged by 27.6% from 2012 to now and was made by the National Accounts Section in the Department of Statistics.   Clarice Turnquest, Assistant Director said the way the country measures #GrossDomesticProduct is enhanced now with the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund Bank both involved.   Specifically, the new matrix tracks supply of goods and services available within The Bahamian economy and links that to consumption by businesses, government and households.Turnquest identified in her report during a press conference that the System of National Accounts or SNA of the UN uses a double deflation method and a new benchmark 2012 Supply and Use Table.    While some say this dramatically changes how one can look at the former administration and its claims of economic growth, which was clearly disbelieved by the voters in May – others say, the error in measuring the GDP exposes incompetence at the Central Bank and yet another cites that the more important question is if this big bump in country GDP also means that Bahamian households are earning more.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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Zoo Miami to reopen after closure due to Irma

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Zoo Miami is set to reopen after it was forced to close down due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma.The zoo will repen on Oct. 14 after it was closed for more than a month.Zoo Miami closed its doors Sept. 7 so that crews can repair the damage.As a way to welcome everyone back, the zoo is offering 50 percent off general admission Oct. 14 and 15.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Alaska News Nightly March 16 2015

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 alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioState Asks Court for More Time on Adoption CaseJoaqlin Estus, KNBA-AnchorageThe state today asked the Alaska Supreme Court for more time in a case involving the adoption of a Yup’ik child, a case that tribes say will determine how the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, will be implemented in Alaska, and show whether Governor Bill Walker is serious about campaign pledges he made to work cooperatively with tribes.After Breaking Caucus Rule, Reinbold Stripped Of Committee AssignmentsAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN-JuneauLast week, Rep. Lora Reinbold voted against the operating budget, breaking one of the House Majority caucus’ rules for membership. Now, the Eagle River Republican has lost her committee chairmanship, and her seat on all but one committee. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.Proposed Arctic Drilling Regs Take Holistic Look At SafetyAnne Hillman, KSKA-AnchorageThe heads of the two federal agencies in charge of off shore oil and gas drilling visited Alaska last week to discuss proposed safety regulations for drilling in the Arctic. They spoke with stakeholders in Anchorage and around the North Slope, including hosting a town hall meeting in Barrow.Lease Sale 193 Decision Expected Late MarchAnne Hillman, KSKA-AnchorageThe Secretary of Interior will issue a Record of Decision on Chukchi lease sale 193 by the end of March. The decision will determine if Shell can proceed with its drilling plans for the region this summer.Seavey, Burmeister First to Koyuk; Zirkle, Royer Behind LeadersEmily Schwing, APRN ContributorDallas Seavey and Aaron Burmeister were the first two into Koyuk this afternoon. Seavy led by only three minutes, though his 50-mile run from Shaktoolik was the fastest by far — only seven and half hours. Aliy Zirkle and Jessie Royer arrived later in the afternoon.Anchorage Homicides, Shootings A Spike, Not Trend Say OfficialsZachariah Hughes, KSKA-AnchorageSince the start of the year, Anchorage has seen eight homicides and a spate of shootings. Officials say the incidents in Alaska’s largest city represent a spike, but not an overall rise in violent crime. The remarks, which came during press conference at City Hall, was, just hours after a stabbing victim was pronounced dead following an early morning dispute. The pronouncement is at odds with widespread concerns over public safety.Walker Names Two Fishermen to Management CouncilThe Associated PressGov. Bill Walker has named two Alaska fishermen as his top picks to serve on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The 11-voting member council manages most fisheries in federal waters. The terms of two Alaska members were due to expire this summer.“Scrubbers” To Cut Cruise Ship PollutionEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska –JuneauCruise lines that sail Alaska waters are installing new pollution-control equipment. It’s aimed at clearing the air – and meeting new regulations. But it’s also dodging some stronger, more expensive measures.Juneau Library to Launch Alaska Native Stories ProjectLisa Phu, KTOO-JuneauThe Juneau Public Library system embarks on an oral history project this spring collecting Alaska Native stories on educational experiences. The capital city’s library is one of ten picked from more than 300 national applicants to bring StoryCorps to the community.last_img read more

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Coal Unions Plan Militant Fiveday Strike From Tuesday Power Cuts Possible

first_imgIn a move that impacts the common man as much as the government and state-owned organizations, coal workers and unions have decided to go on strike starting Tuesday, a move that risks affecting power production across the country. ReutersProtesting against the government move on coal block allocation ordinance and privatisation of the sector, major trade unions have called for a ‘militant’ approach as a counter measure.Coal Minister Piyush Goyal called for a meeting on 3 January to discuss the issue, but the major trade unions decided to boycott and instead called for a strike, said ZeeNews.In a rare show of solidarity the five major trade unions of Coal India and its subsidiaries have come together to protest the government move.The trade unions calling for the strike are BMS, INTUC, AITUC, CITU and HMS.The strike is to start from first shift of January 6 to third shift of January 10.India depends on coal for 60% of its power generation.However, Coal India Ltd keeping a step ahead has transported more coal to the power stations before the strike, increasing coal movement by railways to 225 rakes a day from its earlier 207 rakes, reports Reuters.A rake carries about 4,000 tonnes of coal a day Reuters.The government might also import of coal to power the stations.Coal India shares were trading at 383.20, up by 1.45 or 0.38% at 01:45 PM.last_img read more

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Last Known Sept 11 Search Dog Bretagne Dies At 16

first_img Share Bretagne, shown here at age 13, worked as a search dog at ground zero after the Sept. 11 attacks. She died Monday at 16, the last known surviving Sept. 11 search and rescue canine.Bretagne, a 16-year-old golden retriever and the last known remaining Sept. 11 search dog, was euthanized Monday in Texas.Searching through the rubble of ground zero was her first-ever deployment, according to a press release by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, provided by KBTX-TV. Bretagne (pronounced Brit-nee) was 2 at the time, a newly certified FEMA Search and Rescue dog.With handler Denise Corliss, Bretagne looked first for survivors, then for remains. They worked at the site for 10 days.Bretagne was both a dedicated worker and a source of comfort for the human search and rescue teams, according to Corliss and others who worked with the golden retriever.Bretagne, shown with handler and owner Denise Corliss and her husband, Randy Corliss, was a finalist at the American Humane Association’s 2014 “Hero Dog Awards” in Beverly Hills, Calif.“She has always taken her job as a search dog seriously, but herself not so much. Always ready for a belly rub, or a treat,” an unnamed search and rescue teammate says in the TEEX statement. “In remembering her first deployment at the World Trade Center … even then, she knew who needed the comfort of a dog, which firefighter needed to hold her close and stroke her fur.”After Sept. 11, Bretagne went on to respond to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ivan, among other disasters, TEEX says.She retired as a disaster search and rescue dog at age 9, but she continued to work as a goodwill ambassador and as a reading assistance dog.“Each week she would visit a first grade classroom and listen to young readers, providing a non-judgmental ear and soft paw,” Houston’s Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department wrote in a statement. “She also visited students with special needs, such as autism. Her calm demeanor and warm heart helped the young and old through their own difficult moments.”In recent years, Bretagne had “slowed down considerably because of her age,” the Houston Chronicle reports, but “was still a beloved fixture at the firehouse.”As the number of surviving Sept. 11 search dogs dwindled, Bretagne’s public profile grew.Bretagne visited the Sept. 11 memorial at the age of 15. Last year, she celebrated her 16th birthday with another trip to New York, to be lavished with presents, food and affection.On Monday, she was given a “hero’s farewell,” as CNN puts it.Firefighters and search and rescue workers lined both sides of the sidewalk, solemnly saluting as Bretagne was carried out of a vehicle and set on the ground for a final slow walk to the animal hospital.Then they bid a tearful farewell to her body, carried out draped in an American flag.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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UDC Alum Gives Back by Building New Student Center

first_imgA bridge inside the newly constructed student center at UDC leads to a room that will serve as office space for student organizations. The carpet and wooden storage lockers were made from reclaimed and recycled materials. Left: A clock tower that overlooks Connecticut Avenue is one of the most prominent features of the new student center at UDC.When Michael Marshall was as an architecture student at the University of the District of Columbia in 1975, the school was still under construction. Now as a graduate, one of his greatest feats was being able to give back to his alma mater, he said.“It’s great to be able to come back both professionally and personally to be a part of the legacy of this university,” Marshall said during a recent tour of the $63 million, 83,000 square foot student center, he designed and built, that sits on Connecticut Avenue and serves as what Marshall calls the new “gateway” to UDC.The facility’s key design features include “green” construction materials, such as reclaimed wood and steel beams made from recycled metal, and a water treatment system that reduces the amount of water entering the city’s drainage system. A vegetated “green roof” helps reduce the heat emanating from the building and manages stormwater runoff. The three-story structure will house administrative offices, a student lounge, a ballroom, a fitness center, and offices for student government and student organizations.“This building really is a symbol of where we want to be and what we want to represent in terms of our role with the District,” UDC president Ronald Mason Jr. said. “It’s state of the art. It’s attractive. It’s sustainable. And it’s in a location that gives us a face into the broader community.”Marshall credits the “supportive” environment at UDC, where he earned an associate’s degree,  with giving him the foundation for a career in architecture. He later earned a bachelor’s in architecture from Catholic University, and a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University.He said the ideal time to introduce students to architecture is around 10 or 11, “before they get wrapped up in sports, because sports can be a distraction.”Marshall’s own interest in architecture began at age 11 when a childhood friend had to take some blueprints to his father, who was a carpenter. Once Marshall discovered what blueprints were, he thought about how much he liked to draw and concluded that he should be an architect.His firm, Marshall Moya Design, has a diverse portfolio of projects that include redesigning the Howard Theater. He also has an upcoming project to design the new D.C. United Soccer Stadium.last_img read more

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Your iPad is now the best Ingress scanner ever

first_imgOver the past year, Google’s Niantic team has been working on a handful of apps that directly encourage exploring the world around you. The Field Trip app is a more mainstream, sightseeing app that highlights historical points of interest and a variety of fun facts about the area you are currently wandering around in. As fun as that can be if you’re vacationing somewhere or out for a walk in a new place, it’s not for everyone.The other project, however, rapidly became an excuse to get off the couch and run around your home town to protect the minds of citizens everywhere from the opposing force in the game. Ingress is an interesting game for many different reasons, and its biggest adoption hurdle to date has been that you can only play the game on Android. Today, that stops being an issue.Ingress for iOS accomplishes all of the same basic things that the Android version does, acting as a scanner for you to interact with this invisible world of exotic particles and local domination efforts. If you’ve never played the game before, you’ll be asked to choose between the Enlightened or the Resistance factions, and from there you will be propelled into a game full of active users in your area willing to work with you to accomplish larger goals. If you are already familiar with the game, all you will need to do is log in with your Google account and get back in the fight.In a recent interview with Google’s John Hanke, head of the Niantic Project, he explained that most of the process porting the game from Android to iOS was simple. Unlike Android, where the team needed to account for many different screen sizes and performance types, there’s only four different device sizes. In using the app, there’s no real difference in the UI between the two platforms. If you already have an account, you’ll log in and everything will be the same. If you have never played before, you are walked through the tutorial and asked to choose a faction.One of the more interesting side effects of seeing Ingress on iOS is going to be the iPad, which will not only give you a larger scanner to interact with, but will allow you to rapidly switch back and forth between the game and the browser-based Intel Map to get a broader view of the area you are working in. The iPad has a long standing history of offering superior battery life to Android tablets, which could mean longer gameplay periods for more obsessed players.Regardless of which OS you are a fan of, Ingress is now available to a significant majority of the mobile users in the world and that can only be a good thing.last_img read more

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The biggest winner in the Raiders move to Vegas is Jerry Jones

first_imgThe biggest winner in the Raiders’ move to Vegas is Jerry JonesThe Raiders’ move to Las Vegas was approved by a 31-1 vote. The Raiders will be stuck in Oakland while the Vegas stadium is built.Jerry Jones was heavily supportive of the move, which now eliminates the possibility that the team could move to San Antonio, which would be bad for Jerra’s business. It also helps out his BFF, Ram’s owner Stan Kroenke, by taking a team out of the California NFL logjam.Jerra is the Frank Underwood of the NFL owner political game, and he came out looking good on the other side of this deal.The 2-3 year lame duck period the Raiders will spend in Oakland could be a disaster. Roger Goodell has to terrified at the prospect of having a competitive Raiders team playing in front of an empty Coliseum in primetime, or potentially hosting home games in the playoffs.“Don’t forget the power of the Dallas Cowboys, and the power of Jerry Jones.This Vegas move is for a lot of reasons. Stan Kroenke didn’t want the Raiders in L.A., and Jerry didn’t want the Raiders in San Antonio. So they end up in Vegas, and suddenly? Gambling? We don’t mind no stinking gambling!“Questions about Coach Cal are legitimateCoach Cal and the Wildcats were on the wrong end of a classic against UNC, and Kentucky exited the tournament prior to the Final Four. A large group of media and Kentucky fans think that it’s unfair to hold Calipari to a higher standard than his contemporaries. Colin disagrees. Kentucky has 3-times the players drafted into the NBA over the last – years than the next closest team.This was a year where the path to the Final Four was easier with many traditional powers either not making the tournament, or falling by the wayside by the Elite 8. The reality is, Calipari and Kentucky are a glamour program. You can’t make that many trips to the NBA Draft Green Room and not have people wondering when you’re going to win your next title.“I think the questions about Calipari are legitimate. He has three to four times the NBA fire power of the star-studded programs, and once again, can’t win a fourth game.”Guests:Kenyon Martin – 15-year NBA veteran joins the show is in-studio to explain why LaVar Ball isn’t helping his kids; how he approaches his own kid’s expectations; and why he is okay with Russell Westbrook shooting a low percentage.Frank Thomas and Pete Rose – MLB greats and Fox MLB hosts are in-studio to discuss their chemistry with A-Rod; how they are handling the A-Rod/J-Lo merger; why it’s hard to defend a World Series title; why Frank thinks championship teams get beat up by the banquet circuit; why Pete used to not pick up a bat from the end of the season until spring training.Albert Breer – Writer for the MMQB joins the show to weigh-in on the vote approving the Raiders move to Vegas; how they’ll handle the lame duck years until the stadium is ready; if Jerry Jones and Stan Kroenke benefit the most from the move; why Vegas is a lock to host a Super Bowl; and if he thinks any other big player moves will get done this week.last_img read more

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