Construction on new Northeast Elementarys foundation to begin immediately

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The School District #60’s Board discussed developments on the new Northeast Elementary School during its first meeting of the new school year on Monday.During the meeting, SD60 Assistant Superintendent Doug Boyd explained that construction on the new school’s foundation would start immediately, as the district already hired Yellowridge Construction LTD to manage said construction.“The Northeast school as you are well aware has received approval and will start with soil stipping,” said Boyd. “Our construction management term for this project is Yellowridge, so basically we’ve hired local contractors to do the screening.” The district will now tender a contract for work on the school’s foundation with an award coming in the next few days. Once the district awards the contract, construction will commence as soon as possible.“At this point, it’s only the weather that could give us hiccups or delays.”Boyd added that soil at the new school has already been stripped and moved to Margaret Ma Murray Elementary, where it will be used as a foundation for sod.The new school, which will be built on 86th street and 112th Avenue, is receiving $30.8 million from the province to go towards the project. Northeast Elementary is expected to be completed by the fall of 2021 and will host students from Kindergarten to Grade Six.last_img read more

Morocco Recalls its Ambassador in Nigeria for Consultation

Rabat – Morocco has decided the immediate recall of its ambassador in Abuja for consultation, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.“Contrary to the allegations made by Nigerian authorities to the ambassador of HM the King in Abuja and local media, the Kingdom of Morocco confirms, in the clearest and strongest terms, that there has never been a phone conversation between HM King Mohammed VI and the President of this country,” the ministry pointed out in a statement.“HM the King has actually declined the request of the Nigerian government because it is part of the internal electioneering and this country’s fundamentally hostile positions with regard to the territorial integrity of the Kingdom,” the statement said. “The Kingdom of Morocco expresses its astonishment and denunciation to these unethical practices that are contrary to the spirit of responsibility that must prevail in relations between States,” the ministry added.“Accordingly, the Kingdom of Morocco has decided the immediate recall of the ambassador of HM the King in Abuja for consultation”, the statement concluded.MWN With MAP read more

New UN communications chief outlines priorities for 2007

Delivering his first major policy address since assuming the top United Nations communications post earlier this year, Under-Secretary-General Kiyotaka Akasaka today described efforts to reorient the Department for Public Information (DPI) both structurally and programmatically, and said priority attention would be paid to peace and security, climate change, development and human rights. Mr. Akasaka told the UN Committee on Information, meeting in New York, that DPI aims to reform in a stable manner. “We must build on the gains made in the past, while remaining attentive to the demands of the media, to changes in the Organization’s priorities, and to new and revised mandates given to us by Member States,” he said. The Committee, which began its 2007 session today, examines the UN’s public information policies and activities in light of international relations concerns. Consisting of 110 member States, it is also tasked with the promotion of a more equitable world communications order to strengthen peace and international understanding.Opening the session today, Committee Chairman Rudolf Christen of Switzerland said that the meeting coincided with a “new phase” at the UN, under the leadership of the new Under-Secretary-General. The Department of Public Information was the Organization’s “loudspeaker,” he said, but that loudspeaker must be used to create a clear and coherent message. Under-Secretary-General Akasaka said DPI has made steady progress in meeting its mission and explained that its activities would continue to become more strategic, echoing the directive put in place by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he took office in January. Citing the example of the General Assembly’s 2006 High-level Dialogue on Migration, he said an analysis of the media coverage of that event showed that the key messages on the UN’s role on migration framed by DPI were picked up by journalists more than 90 per cent of the time. He also pointed to the wide reach of the UN’s website, which receives over 50 million unique visits annually. In addition, over 300 million people now have access to UN Radio programmes, many of which are now available on the Internet. Mr. Akasaka also described several new outreach programmes, including one on the Holocaust. “The observance in the General Assembly Hall this year included representatives of various communities who were targeted during the Holocaust, as well as students who will carry their message of tolerance and hope to future generations.” The Department is now focusing on four priority themes: peace and security; climate change; development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global antipoverty targets; and human rights, he said. Drawing attention to the work of the UN Information Centres (UNICs) operating in various countries, he said: “They give our global messages a local accent – and as a result they bring the UN closer to the people it serves.” Reflecting on his own career path, which included work at several international organizations and led to his appointment in March as Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Mr. Akasaka said he had long been familiar with the UN’s work through his travels. “At each place, I discovered amazing stories of people striving to make lives better. Behind those stories often lay the light footprint of the United Nations and its staff. I always admired the commitment and dedication of those people – the unsung heroes – who stood guard between enemy combatants, built tents for refugees, vaccinated children against deadly diseases, and brought food and water to the needy,” he said. “Now I have the opportunity to tell the story of the United Nations to the whole world. It is an amazing opportunity and a remarkable challenge.”Following Mr. Akasaka’s presentation, delegations began their discussion of UN information issues. Katharina Ahrendts of Germany, speaking on behalf of the European Union, began the debate by commending DPI’s efforts to develop a more strategic approach in spreading the Organization’s message, welcoming the new system of regional hubs within the network of information centres. On behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, Pakistan’s Sarukh Amil said the information centres were vital to the flow of information and helped bridge gaps between developed and developing countries and called for adequate funding for them. He also welcomed efforts to increase awareness of UN peacekeeping efforts. Peacekeepers often produced “huge success stories” and it was important to tell their stories globally and locally. 30 April 2007Delivering his first major policy address since assuming the top United Nations communications post earlier this year, Under-Secretary-General Kiyotaka Akasaka today described efforts to reorient the Department for Public Information (DPI) both structurally and programmatically, and said priority attention would be paid to peace and security, climate change, development and human rights. read more

Humanoid Robot Pepper has Canadian launch at ATB Financial

Don’t worry, it’s not taking any jobs, but a robot is coming to a Calgary bank near you.On Tuesday, ATB Financial introduced Pepper, a four-foot tall humanoid robot that will engage with customers and eventually perform other services for the bank.ATB Financial President and CEO Dave Mowat with their new humanoid robot Pepper, a unique customer service rep. #yyc pic.twitter.com/EpvLwDNz63— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) April 25, 2017President and CEO Dave Mowat said it’s an early look into utilizing artificial intelligence.“It’s not like we’re going to force people to deal with robots or anything like that,” he said. “But artificial intelligence lets you do some very kind of mundane things very quickly and with memory of you, and I think that’s what customers want.”Mowat said they are going to experiment with how they use the robots, although they will be at select branches starting next May.He said Pepper could ideally perform online chat with customers, answer call centre queries and help staff in back offices.“I think the biggest thing is when companies sometimes introduce technology, they do it to make our life better as a bank and the reason we’ve got Pepper out is we’re going to try and figure out how we can use artificial intelligence to make the customer experience better,” he said.A look into the future, a demonstration of ATB robot Pepper #yyc pic.twitter.com/E3kn2Rm2gj— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) April 25, 2017Along with greeting and explaining products and services, Pepper can also take selfies and dance.Pepper was developed by Softwood Robotics America in San Francisco and the robot is already in use in different parts of Asia and Europe.“It’s our first partner in Canada overall, so this a very special moment for us,” Global Product Manager Bill Lott said.Lott added Pepper has voice and face recognition and can actually detect if someone is happy and respond to questions appropriately.But wait, there more! Pepper even dances ! #yyc pic.twitter.com/AtYf0cGsEm— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) April 25, 2017 Calgary|YYC by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2017 1:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Lucas Meyer – 660 NEWS) Humanoid Robot ‘Pepper’ has Canadian launch at ATB Financial read more

Sunderland City Council focuses on UK automotive

In the UK we have the advantage of greater workforce flexibility, the location of existing plants, particularly with transport costs and the vulnerability of extended supply chains becoming more of a concern, as well as a hard won reputation for quality and productivity. SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt addressed a parliamentary seminar this afternoon hosted by Sunderland City Council to explore how local government can best support economic development and innovation in automotive manufacturing with the growth of low carbon technologies.Speaking alongside Trevor Mann, senior vice president for manufacturing, Nissan Europe and Michael Hurwitz from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in a panel debate entitled “What is the UK’s future in the global automotive industry?”, Mr Everitt spoke on behalf of the UK motor industry about the opportunities available through the shift to a low carbon agenda. For more on the future of the automotive industry, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) In the future the demand for motor vehicles will grow. In places like China, India, Brazil and a wide range of other developing economies personal transport is now becoming available and affordable to the majority.  The demand in these markets, as in Europe, the US and Japan will be for progressively low, lower and ultra-low carbon vehicles.  This change provides new opportunities to those with the capability, technology and determination to succeed. In establishing the Automotive Council the UK Government has recognised the value of a long-term partnership with industry. It will provide a focus for the development of a national strategy to help maximise the industrial benefit that the transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles is creating.” “It is widely recognised that we need to create an economy that is better balanced, where the design, development, and manufacture of goods and services is given greater emphasis and attention,” he said. It is essential that in the UK we all work together to present the best investment case. That means focusing our resources in the areas that make the biggest impact and are closely linked to the technology roadmaps and product developments being undertaken by the key investors. The event, held in the House of Commons, brought together key players from academia, government and industry discussing technological innovation, productivity and skills, the UK’s role in developing a skilled workforce and the role of exports in the UK economy. read more

Ohio State defensive line adopting a pack mentality to replace departed starters

OSU then-redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) celebrates after a fumble recovery during a game against Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe change in seasons is not the only change this spring at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. With 22 players having departed the program, the remaining players and staff for the Ohio State football team are left trying to fill those voids. A lot of that change can be seen in the defensive line. A gaping hole at the right side of that line is leaving many wondering how OSU will fare without Joey Bosa. Bosa, a two-time winner of the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year award and a projected first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, leaves big shoes to fill. OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he believes that the new contributors don’t need to be carbon copies of the player they’re stepping in for but can find ways to make themselves successful in different ways. “My philosophy is that you don’t try to replace them, you just try and find a guy to raise their game to the next level,” Johnson said. “I think the talent is there, and they want to be very good. What I do as a coach is to try and get them to raise their game.” Redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard is one such player expected to raise his game to the next level. The 6-foot-5 Cincinnati native is well aware that the ghost of No. 97’s shadow will be looming over the defensive line all season long, but he’s trying to avoid that pressure. “I don’t want to be Joey Bosa,” Hubbard said. “He’s a great player, but I just want to be the best Sam Hubbard.”Fortunately for Hubbard, he was able to accumulate enough experience last season to set him up for his newfound spotlight. Hubbard, who recorded 6.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman, was in the rotation, often giving Bosa a few downs off or even playing on opposite sides of the line. His biggest test, however, was when he replaced Bosa after the starter was ejected in the first quarter against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. From that point forward, Hubbard said he knew he needed to be a leader of the unit. “I used to watch the older guys, and now the younger guys are watching me,” Hubbard said. “There are great players that came before us, and if we have any drop off, then our possibility of losing the game is higher. We have to continue at the level of play that is expected at Ohio State.”One of the younger guys who could be a factor next year has a familiar surname: Nick Bosa. Before he even takes a snap donning scarlet and gray, one of the most highly touted recruits in the nation already has exceedingly high expectations. Although Nick Bosa is still on the road to recovery after sustaining a torn ACL as a high school senior, Johnson said he believes that once the younger Bosa gets back to work after his injury, the sky’s the limit.“He is so far ahead in his rehab right now, and we are talking and communicating. I am getting great video of what he is doing,” Johnson said. Johnson and his staff have yet to make a decision on where on the defensive line Nick Bosa will play. His older brother played on the outside, but the incoming freshman could find himself on the interior.“He can do both,” Johnson said. “We are going to see what’s the best fit for him and put the best 11 guys on the field. If he is a part of the best 11, we are going for it.”Alongside Hubbard is Tyquan Lewis, a redshirt junior defensive end from North Carolina. After playing through a shoulder injury last year, Lewis is spending his spring rehabilitating to get back and lead the younger guys. For Lewis, though, it’s not about one guy but the whole unit defensively. “We all have to play within ourselves but understand that we are playing together as one,” Lewis said. “The expectations for all of us are high because this is big-time football at a big-time university, so we want to make sure everyone gets a piece of the pie.”The culture that Johnson is helping bring to the defensive line is to limit the expectations of the individual but heighten expectations of the unit. This kind of collectivist thinking is influencing the players to think of themselves as one of 11. Hubbard, a primary leader of the defensive line, said he sets the example for not only the younger guys but for the entire defense.“I just want to never lose a rep, be a disruption, make plays, do my job, and be my one-eleventh part of the defense that everyone can rely on,” Hubbard said.OSU is set to make its return to the field on Saturday in the annual intrasquad spring game. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium following the men’s lacrosse game against Michigan. read more

The Decline Of New York City As An NBA Talent Generator

Now that I’m allowed to write about basketball again after my stint as a consultant for the Atlanta Hawks, I wanted to follow up on this Grantland piece by Jordan Conn about the decline of basketball in New York City, the once-great hoops mecca. Conn had a few statistical notes on the downturn — for example, on a per-capita basis, New York ranked 27th among states in 2013 at producing Division I college basketball players — but I wanted to map the change in NBA talent generated by the city.We can do that using the wins above replacement (WAR) metric developed by FiveThirtyEight’s editor in chief, Nate Silver, in his analysis of Carmelo Anthony’s New York Knicks contract. To measure the contributions of New Yorkers over the years, I plotted the change in the share of total, leaguewide WAR produced by players who were born in New York or went to high school there (according to Basketball-Reference.com’s high school data, which admittedly only lists the final high school a player attended).Now, we could consider everyone from the New York metro area eligible. But here were Conn’s thoughts about what constituted New York:It’s tricky to determine precisely who counts as a New Yorker, but for the purposes of this story, here are some rules: Long Island doesn’t count. Neither does Westchester, and definitely not Newark or any other part of New Jersey. New Yorkers come from the five boroughs — nowhere else.Using those standards, here is the proportion of WAR generated by New Yorkers back to the NBA-ABA merger in 1977:Looking at only NBA output, Conn is correct in his assessment of New York’s decreased basketball prominence.Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, nearly 6 percent of total NBA WAR were created by New York high school products, a long-term average that grows beyond 7 percent — hitting as much as 12 percent in some individual seasons — if you consider Michael Jordan, born in Brooklyn but raised in North Carolina, to be a “New Yorker.” But by the 2000s, New York’s NBA production started to tick downward.Some of that might be due to accounting; as Conn hints at, the rise of so-called basketball factory prep programs has regularly led players from smaller local high schools to transfer to huge national powerhouses designed to give them more scouting exposure, and a chance to improve grades or test scores. (Anthony, for example, is widely regarded as a Baltimore native but transferred to Virginia’s mighty Oak Hill Academy for his senior year, thus being listed in databases as a Virginia product.) But there’s also no doubting the impact on New York’s decline when hyped prospects like Omar Cook, Sebastian Telfair, Julius Hodge and Lenny Cooke failed to make a dent in the pros.Now, only 1.8 percent of leaguewide WAR were created by players who went to high school in the city, courtesy mostly of former Indiana Pacer Lance Stephenson (now with the Charlotte Hornets) and the Hornets’ Kemba Walker. (In 2011 and 2012, before Stephenson and Walker matured into good players, Metta World Peace was basically the only player carrying the NYC schoolboy banner in the NBA.) Anthony, Joakim Noah and Roy Hibbert — and before them, Lamar Odom — help if we lump in players born in New York who graduated high school elsewhere, but the trend is clear: New York isn’t cranking out NBA talent the way it used to. read more

Queens of Ohio Volleyball wins tourney

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team fended off fellow in-state universities this weekend to win the Sports Imports Classic at St. John Arena.Bowling Green, Cleveland State and Xavier all fell victim to the Buckeyes (12-1 overall, 3-0 in the tournament), who dropped only one set the entire weekend.Xavier (7-6) had an opportunity to win the event on Saturday night with a victory over OSU, but the Buckeyes won all three sets, pushing the Musketeers into a second-place finish at 2-1.OSU played better as the match went on, winning the final set 25-6 after more competitive bouts of 27-25 and 25-18. Junior Katie Dull led the Bucks with 17.5 points, including 13 kills.Earlier Saturday, OSU faced its toughest challenge against Cleveland State. The Vikings jumped out to an early lead, sparked by a 26-24 win in the first set. However, OSU rolled out three consecutive winning sets, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-15.Senior Kristen Dozier paced Ohio State with 17 points and 15 kills.On Friday, the Buckeyes swept away Bowling Green in three quick sets, 25-19, 25-20 and 25-13.Freshmen Amanda Peterson and Emily Danks and redshirt senior Chelsea Noble all represented Ohio State on the tournament team, Peterson being honored as the event’s Most Valuable Player.Cleveland State (11-4) finished third at 1-2, and Bowling Green (7-6) failed to record a victory, finishing up 0-3.The Buckeyes head to Illinois on Friday and Northwestern on Saturday for a pair of Big Ten road games to kick off conference play. read more

Row over Tutankhamuns tomb affair as ITV drama brings discovery to life

first_img 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. Max Irons as CarterCredit:ITV Howard Carter, Lord Carnavon and Lady Evelyn Herbert in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt, 1922. What could be more romantic than an expedition to the pyramids, solving mysteries in close quarters under the dusty heat of the Egyptian sun?But the question whether an alleged affair between two key historical figures ever actually happened has become a topic of contention nearly a century later, as the story of Tutankhamun’s tomb is brought to life for television.A new ITV drama will show Howard Carter, the archaeologist, embark on a love affair with Lady Evelyn Herbert, the young daughter of his patron the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, as they worked on the famous expedition to find the treasures of Tutankhamun.While the current Earl has protested the sexing-up of the drama’s storyline, saying “it just didn’t happen that way”, its writer argues denying the love story outright is to “dodge” the evidence of the time. Burt told the Telegraph: “I’m not saying it’s fact; it’s an interpretation of the limited facts at our disposal, from which we have to draw our own conclusions.“But I am saying that the story of the romance is emphatically not a writer’s invention; it is an elaboration of an existing, persistent rumour which if not proven by the evidence, is certainly not contradicted by it either.”The new four-part series begins on ITV this Sunday at 9pm. Amy Wren as EvelynCredit:ITV Amy Wren as Evelyn Howard Carter, Lord Carnavon and Lady Evelyn Herbert in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt, 1922. “As for claims of an affair between Carter and my great-aunt Lady Evelyn Herbert, there was no romance,” he has said. “It just didn’t happen that way.”Burt has now cited the documents the script is based on as evidence of a suspected relationship, pointing out they carry enough weight that modern historians “feel the need to address this point even if only to dismiss it”.They include a journal entry by Arthur Mace, who describes Carter and Lady Evelyn as “very thick together”, as well as the young lady’s letters to the Egyptologist signed with a “bless you dearest Howard” he believes too gushing for a simple employer-employee relationship. The team behind the discovery:  Arthur Mace of the Metropolitan Museum, Carter's secretary Richard Bethell, Arthur Callender, Lady Evelyn Herbert, Howard Carter, George Herbert, Fifth Earl of Carnarvon, chemist Alfred Lucas of the Egyptian government, and official photographer Harry Burton The team behind the discovery:  Arthur Mace of the Metropolitan Museum, Carter’s secretary Richard Bethell, Arthur Callender, Lady Evelyn Herbert, Howard Carter, George Herbert, Fifth Earl of Carnarvon, chemist Alfred Lucas of the Egyptian government, and official photographer Harry Burton The golden mask of Tutankhamun’s mummy Max Irons as Carter The golden mask of Tutankhamun's mummy One letter from Carnarvon to Carter, he added, refers to a vicious row between the two men which resulted in Carter throwing his patron out of his home.Lord Carnarvon writes: “I have been feeling very unhappy today, and I did not know what to think or do, and then I saw Eve [Evelyn] and she told me everything.“I have no doubt that I have done many foolish things and I am very sorry.” The programme promises: “Evelyn finds love with Carter: a forbidden love that crosses class boundaries, between two people who can’t possibly expect a future together.“But in Egypt, perhaps anything is possible…”The current Lord Carnarvon, whose home Highclere Castle is already well known to ITV viewers as the star of Downton Abbey, has publicly objected to the new drama, saying he has “considerable reservations” about its portray of his great-grandfather. Guy Burt, the writer of Tutankhamun, has hit back at accusations the show took liberties with the truth, saying the story of the romance is “emphatically not” an invention but a “persistent rumour” which is legitimate to dramatise on screen.Speaking ahead of the first episode, due to be broadcast on Sunday, he said: “To say categorically that there was no chance of a romance between Carter and Evelyn is to dodge some of the evidence of the time. “The television drama will star Max Irons as Howard Carter, Sam Neill as Lord Carnarvon and Amy Wren as Lady Evelyn, described as having blossomed from teenage girl to “beautiful young woman”.last_img read more

Singer Keha seeking help with eating disorder

first_img POP STAR Ke$ha entered rehab on Friday, seeking treatment for an eating disorder, TMZ reported.In a statement obtained by TMZ, the 26-year-old said: “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder…to learn to love myself again. exactly as I am.”According to the HollywoodLife.com, the singer was admitted to Timberline Knolls rehab centre near Chicago, which is the same place where Demi Lovato was treated for an eating disorder and other emotional issues in 2010.Column: Dying to be thin – what you should know about eating disorders> After discussing layoffs to cut costs, WeWork CEO Adam Neumann treated employees to tequila shots and a private performance by a member of Run DMC The 15 best college dining halls in America, according to students WeWork founder Adam Neumann joked about changing the United States Constitution so he could run for president ‘Why is my iPhone battery yellow?’: How to enable an iPhone’s Low Power Mode to conserve battery last_img read more

This bike has beautiful temperedsteel wheels for a super smooth ride

first_imgYou’ll never get a flat tire with the Soft-Ride Bike. This wonder uses what appears to be a normal bike frame, but instead of the standard metal rims/spokes with rubber tires, the wheels on the bike are made up entirely of sprung steel.Guests staying at the W Hotel in London’s Leicester Square will have a chance to ride the bike. Designed by Ron Arad, an Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architect, known his Well-Tempered chair series that he began in 1986. The chair is in the shape of a large armchair but was built out of tempered steel that held in tension with bolts.The sprung-steel wheels give the bike a natural bounce, acting as shock absorbers on the otherwise rigid frame. While aesthetically pleasing and possibly comfortable, they don’t look like they would offer much grips, especially when cornering.There are 18 strips of steel that are each pinned at different tension points to create one working wheel resembling a flower. The bike wheels are quite a bit larger than normal bike wheels, and the wheel’s flexibility actually gives the bike a bit of a cushion. If you’re worried about speeding on this bike, don’t be–it’s apparently more comfortable the faster you pedal.The bike is available for guests to test out between now and October 29. After that, it will be auctioned off for the Elton John AIDS Foundation along with other bike that are custom designed by British singer-songwriter and actress Paloma Faith, painter and graphic designer Natasha Law (Jude Law’s sister), and fashion designers Patrick Cox and Alice Temperley.You can check out the auction via Facebook if you’re interested in bidding on the eye-catching bicycle.via FastCoDesignlast_img read more

Its Official Taylor is Speaker of the House

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, December 29, 2016 – Applause rings out, rapping on the Governing side table as Hon Dwayne Taylor is now officially the Speaker of the House of Assembly after the election of the Speaker which was led by former Chief Minister and Third All Island Member, Hon Derek Taylor.Hon Dwayne S. Taylor who once served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, was a key part of the victory for the PDM at the polls on December 15, 2016 as the Party’s Campaign Manager; Hon Dwayne Taylor opened with Acts 17:28 which says in part, ‘ For in Him we live and move and our being…’Fourth All Island elected Member, was the sole nominee and went unopposed as the ‘ayes have it’ to see, political newcomer, Hon Karen Malcolm accept the role and take the oath of allegiance as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.  Loud applause rang out for the founder of the TCI Heart Foundation.Members are currently taking the oath of allegiance, beginning with the new Premier and new Deputy Premier; Hon Sharlene Robinson and Hon Sean Astwood respectively Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

The World Soy Foundation Joins Guatemalan Government Efforts to Reduce Chronic Malnutrition

first_imgSchool children from the WSF project “The Youth We Feed Can Lead” pose with their project completion certificates at Proximos Pasos in Guatemala.As Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina discussed his administration’s progress on the Zero Hunger Program this week, the World Soy Foundation (WSF) took a step back to applaud the continued work of the government to allocate resources, time and funds toward the issue of hunger and malnutrition. The WSF has been involved in Guatemala for over six years, supporting local organizations and projects that help reduce malnutrition through the power of soy.One recent WSF project, titled the “Youth We Feed Can Lead,” was an innovative and impactful way to empower young children at a local school to be agents of change in their communities, while educating them on the importance of nutrition and leadership. Teachers at the school described increased engagement and attendance from the children because of the project and the continued support by the WSF. To learn more about this project, watch the “Project Impact Pilot” video here.Editorial AGN  states that according to government statistics, chronic malnutrition in children under five in Guatemala has been reduced by 1.7 percent and “the [Zero Hunger Program] has a stated goal of reducing child malnutrition nationwide by 10 percent.” The World Soy Foundation remains committed to improving the nutrition of Guatemalan kids.To learn more about the World Soy Foundation and our work to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy, visit the website, or check us out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.last_img read more

Portland TV station website shuts down reader comments

first_imgThe website for Portland television station KOIN-TV turned off its comment boards this week, saying “it’s time to be honest about what comment boards have morphed into over the years.”Tim Steele, digital managing editor for KOIN.com, announced the change in a website post Wednesday.“When the Internet was new, the opportunity for two-way interaction and ‘real time’ conversation was exciting, vibrant, revolutionary. But the Internet really isn’t new anymore, and there are other, better ways for interaction between author and reader,” Steele wrote.“For every great, insightful comment or news tip I’ve seen over the past decade posted to the bottom of a story, I’ve dealt with 50 times more comments that add no value. Pseudonymous commenters seemingly have limitless time to post inanities, vitriol, sexually explicit, mindless, vulgar and hurtful notes about people and things of which they have only cursory knowledge,” he said.Steele said KOIN.com, like other sites, uses filters to monitor comments posted on its site, but he said it hasn’t been enough. “In today’s world,” he said, his company lacks the staff or time to adequately monitor every comment on every story.Steele stressed that his company still wants to hear readers’ thoughts, opinions or comments through comments on KOIN’s Facebook page, through email or over the phone. “But as the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote when they disabled their comment boards, he added, ‘Nowhere does the First Amendment require the media to provide a platform for your speech.’”last_img read more

Partnership Pushes For 3 Billion From Texas Rainy Day Fund For Harvey

first_imgREUTERS/Adrees LatifA man walks through floodwaters after surveying his property in Rockport, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey, on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.Governor Greg Abbott has declared disaster recovery one of five emergency items for the 2019 legislative session. While there are dozens of Hurricane Harvey-related bills in circulation, there are two of prime importance to Houston’s business community. The bills would tap nearly a quarter of the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the Rainy Day Fund.“One has, on the Senate side, been introduced by Senator Brandon Creighton out of Conroe. He has introduced a bill calling for $3 billion to address both recovery and mitigation, and we’re really encouraged by that,” said Taylor Landin, senior vice president for public policy at the Greater Houston Partnership. “On the House side, Chairman Dade Phelan out of Beaumont has introduced a bill [that’s] very similar.” Like Abbott, the Greater Houston Partnership also named disaster recovery as one of its top priorities for the 2019 Texas Legislature. And Landin said the business community wants a bill with as broad an impact as possible in order to attract statewide support.“There’s the recovery aspect, which is everything looking backward – so unanticipated matching needs of local communities, City of Houston and Harris County included of course, but across the 55 counties that were impacted by the storm. And then we also think about it in terms of future mitigation,” he said. The state is in an unusually strong fiscal position, but Landin said it will still be a challenge to get that much money, given competing priorities such as school finance reform and Medicaid. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:43 Sharelast_img read more

Trump Administration To Print 2020 Census Without Citizenship Question

first_imgMark Wilson/Getty ImagesPeople gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week, some opposing the controversial citizenship question the Trump administration tried to add to the 2020 census.The Trump administration has decided to print the 2020 census forms without a citizenship question and the printer has been told to start the printing process, Justice Department spokesperson Kelly Laco confirms to NPR.The move comes shortly after the Supreme Court ruled to keep the question off census forms for now and just a day after printing was scheduled to begin for 1.5 billion paper forms, letters and other mailings.In recent days, President Trump had said he wanted to delay the constitutionally mandated head count to give the Supreme Court a chance to issue a more “decisive” ruling on whether the administration could add the question, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”It’s unclear whether the decision to start printing forms without the question means that the administration has dropped all plans to continue pushing for its addition.Justice Department attorneys are expected to provide more details about the administration’s plans at a hearing later with a federal judge who is presiding over recently reopened lawsuits in Maryland regarding the question.Here is a draft census form that does not include the citizenship question:Advocates worried including the question would suppress participation in the census, especially among immigrant households and communities of color. The bureau’s own research in 2018 found the question to be a “major barrier” to participation in the head count by every household in the country. Test forms that include the citizenship question have already been sent to a quarter million households.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Sharelast_img read more

Agents of Mayhem is Fun But Saints Row Has Always Been Annoying

first_imgStay on target Agents of Mayhem is One Summer Game You Don’t Want to MissThese Are the Games You Should Be Checking Out in August Agents of Mayhem, the superheroic spin-off to Volition’s Saints Row series, is out now! I’ve been playing it for a few days and have mostly been enjoying myself. Granted, after the disappointing showing from the now-delayed Crackdown 3 at E3, maybe I was just especially hungry for a ridiculous open-world urban action game. It’s not like we’re getting another Sunset Overdrive anytime soon, thanks Microsoft. But so far Agents of Mayhem has been a really fun, colorful, brainless, and brawny late summer distraction.However, not everyone’s reaction has been this positive so far. Much of the criticism of Agents of Mayhem focuses on the game’s… unapologetic tone. In Agents of Mayhem you essentially play as multinational off-brand G.I. Joe action heroes (Rama the Indian bow-wielder, Yeti the Russian soldier with the power of ice) fighting an evil, over-the-top, off-brand Cobra cabal in a futuristic South Korea. Appropriately, the game is dripping with cheesy glowing 1980s schlock not unlike Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon or Double Dragon Neon. It also takes place in a rebooted universe from one of the endings of Saints Row IV’s “Gat Out of Hell” DLC but that’s a whole other discussion.But although the game has its roots in Saturday morning kids cartoons, Agents of Mayhem proudly features cursing and raunchy jokes those shows could never get away with. Many negative reviews believe this crude sense of humor doesn’t do the game any favors, even with a honestly progressive cast of heroes, and I wouldn’t disagree. Even as I enjoy playing Agents of Mayhem I don’t find it particularly funny. However, what if the real answer is that the Saints Row game have always been this obnoxious the whole time?AdChoices广告Technically the franchise began with Red Faction and the Ultor Corporation in 2001, but the first Saints Row in 2006 was very much its in own thing. Well that’s not entirely true. The first two Saints Row games are pretty shameless Grand Theft Auto clones. They were by no means the only ones at the time, and they did make some mechanical improvements to Rockstar’s formula, but a big part of the appeal was that these were GTA-style games on the then-new PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.The opportunistic timing also helps explain those games’ tone. Saints Row was very much doubling down on the wacky ghetto hijinks of the mega-popular Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, at that point the most recent GTA game. It wasn’t until 2008 that GTA pivoted towards a more serious satirical atmosphere with its next-generation debut Grand Theft Auto IV. But instead of exposing Saints Row as a pretender, this contrast helped the franchise differentiate itself as a more comedic GTA alternative.And boy did Saints Row embrace that comedy. Throughout its entire existence Saints Row could never pass up the opportunity to crack a joke, no matter how lowbrow. But while Saints Row didn’t really change, for some reason audiences’ reactions to it did. Even people who liked Saints Row 2 on a gameplay-level couldn’t help but groan at missions where you spray poop out of a truck. But by Saints Row The Third you’re skydiving naked out of a plane next to Burt Reynolds wielding a purple dildo bat, and everyone loved it. What happened?Well when you compare those two examples, obviously Saints Row The Third is absurd on an entirely different, better level. As a parody it’s more gleeful than pandering. As a farce it’s more Doom 2016 than Duke Nukem Forever. But to me the end result was still as grating as previous games in the series, and no less grating than anything in Agents of Mayhem. Plus, there was now the added annoyance of seeing everyone else forget the irony of the thing they were ironically enjoying. It’s like legitimately wanting Fast & Furious to win Best Picture. It’s great, and it’s “great,” but come on.Saints Row the Third  is the peak of the series, but it built up enough goodwill to justify another surreal sequel. Saints Row IV actually began as a substantial DLC pack for Saints Row the Third called “Enter The Dominatrix.” But then-publisher THQ puffed up the expansion into a full sequel in a failed attempt to save themselves from bankruptcy. It didn’t work, and Deep Silver ended up publishing the meta virtual reality video game adventure about you playing as President Gimp Suit. The positive but slightly muted reaction to this arguable cash-grab was a clue that maybe the joke was over. Maybe nobody wanted famous human Poochie Johnny Gat in Divekick.That brings us back to the present and Agents of Mayhem. Some disappointed Saints Row fans have blamed the spin-off’s lackluster humor on the departure of key Volition staff. But to me this gun-filled, high-flying, urban open-world ode to obliteration, while fun to play, absolutely carries on those games’ somewhat obnoxious and annoying spirit. Maybe the spell just finally wore off for everyone else. Took you long enough.Buy Agents of MayhemView as: One Page Slides1/51. The first Saints Row was a pretty good but unremarkable Grand Theft Auto clone.2. As Grand Theft Auto got more serious, Saints Row doubled down on comedy, like Saints Row 2’s poop truck.3. Saints Row the Third reached new heights of absurdity that inexplicably won players over.4. Saints Row IV, originally a DLC expansion, was basically a parody video game about video games.5. Some have complained about the sense of humor in Saints Row spin-off Agents of Mayhem, but this is what the series has always been like.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Hacker Duo Brings Bricked Apple Devices Back to Life

first_img 1 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 22, 2014center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global While an antitheft ‘kill switch’ on all mobile devices may be imminent if lawmakers have their way, hackers have already ascertained a way to bring ‘bricked’ Apple devices back to life.A duo dubbed Team DoulCi — a reference to Apple’s iCloud spelled backwards — have created a program in which users can plug bricked iPhones and iPads into their computers, whereupon they emerge entirely resurrected.The hackers, @MerrukTechnolog and @AquaXetine, say the program works by bypassing Apple’s cloud. Though the program was “built with love” and intended for theft victims who managed to recover their stolen devices, they claim, it has inevitably been a boon for criminals as well.For instance, thieves on Twitter have shared pictures of as many as seven resuscitated iPhones and iPads, according to CNN.While the program is available for free, the team — which calls themselves “brothers for life” — are accepting donations on their website via PayPal and Bitcoin.Related: How Thinking Like a Hacker Will Grow Your Businesslast_img read more

Newfoundland town wakes up to find giant iceberg off its shores

first_img Share Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Newfoundland town wakes up to find giant iceberg off its shorescenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Newfoundland FERRYLAND, NL — The sleepy town of Ferryland, Newfoundland, population 465, isn’t accustomed to bumper-to-bumper traffic. But these days, congested roads are a common occurrence, all because of one massive iceberg.Located one hour south of St. John’s, Ferryland became the latest social media sensation over the Easter weekend when a huge iceberg floated towards its shores. Though drifting icebergs are nothing new to residents – the town has a prime view of ‘Iceberg Alley’, where icebergs regularly break off in the Arctic and float past the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador – this giant snow-peaked cap doesn’t appear to be moving along like the 600 bergs that have already happily floated into the North Atlantic this year.Instead, the iceberg, which mayor Adrian Kavanagh says is the biggest one he’s ever seen in the area, appears to be grounded. The result is a striking visual that has caused a frenzy on social media.With news spreading quickly, droves of tourists and curious onlookers have descended upon Ferryland to catch a glimpse of the berg and snap pics. In one Instagram photo, a helicopter appears to be parked on one end of the iceberg, looking tiny in comparison.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamKavanagh expects to see even more icebergs to float past the town, with six “big” ones already visible in the distance.last_img read more