Rain cripples traffic movement across city

first_imgKolkata: Traffic movement across the city almost came to a halt after the heavy downpour since afternoon on Friday. Due to closure of Sealdah flyover, vehicles were diverted through Esplanade and Central Avenue, which created massive traffic congestion in and around Colootola Street, M G Road, Chandi Chowk and Esplanade.Also, due to waterlogging, traffic snarl took place on Maa flyover and some parts of Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass. Governor Jagdip Dhankhar also got stuck in Bidhannagar area due to traffic congestion, while returning to Raj Bhavan from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources, before the rain started, there was no problem despite Sealdah flyover being closed. However, waterlogging on S N Banerjee Road and Central Avenue after the rain led to severe inconvenience. Due to the diversion, pressure of traffic was increased on Central Avenue since morning. But the situation turned worse after rain started as due to waterlogging, vehicular movement slowed down to a crawl on the Central Avenue. Also due to waterlogging on E M Bypass near Mathpukur and Metropolitan area, traffic almost came to a halt for almost an hour. Traffic movement on several roads around Exide crossing, Diamond Harbour Road, Park Street and Port area were seriously obstructed due to waterlogging as well. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn the other hand, traffic movement in Salt Lake, Ultadanga and VIP Road got choked for a few hours due to a rally by para-teachers on Friday afternoon. According to sources, an organisation of para-teachers had informed the police that a rally will take place to Bikash Bhavan in order to submit a deputation. To maintain law and order situation, vehicles carrying para-teachers were stopped at the entry points of Salt Lake. Later, they gathered near HUDCO crossing and marched towards Bikash Bhavan. Due to the rally, severe traffic congestion occurred in Salt Lake, Ultadanga and VIP Road.last_img read more

Police on BC island investigate discovery of human foot on beach

first_imgGABRIOLA ISLAND, B.C. – Police on Gabriola Island, off the east coast of Vancouver Island, are investigating the discovery of a human foot.RCMP say in a news release that a male walking the beach on Sunday found what appeared to be a disarticulated foot inside a hiking boot.The foot was wedged in a logjam and police say the forensic identification service and the BC Coroners Service are investigating.Gabriola Island RCMP say they will work with the coroner in an effort to determine the identity of the remains.More than a dozen feet have washed up on B.C. shores since 2007.The BC Coroners Service says in the previous cases no foul play was involved.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 5 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $5 million dollar jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on May 22 will be approximately $7 million.The Canadian Presslast_img

Hillary Clinton To Join Meryl Streep At Women In The World Summit

first_imgFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be joining Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Women in the World summit on April 4th and 5th at Lincoln Center.The annual summit, now in its fourth year, illuminates global issues through the voices of leaders, activists, artists, and pioneers who are confronting the most urgent challenges faced by women and girls around the world.Joining Tina Brown as summit co-hosts are Diane von Furstenberg, Meryl Streep, Ai-jen Poo, Melanne Verveer, Julie Hamp, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Maya Harris, Nizan Guanaes, Jane Harman and Lauren Bush Lauren.Other inspiring, trailblazing women who have confirmed their participation in this year’s program include Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Ambassador Sherry Rehman, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Eva Longoria, Ping Fu, and America Ferrera. The summit will also feature a special tribute to Nora Ephron by Tom Hanks.
This year’s summit will feature Pakistan’s young women fighting for education, new eyewitnesses to the atrocities in Syria, Latina leaders on the rise in American business and politics, and leading voices from the outcry in India to end violence against women.To close the summit on the evening of April 5th, Diane von Furstenberg and Tina Brown will once again host the DVF Awards at the UN, recognizing and supporting courageous women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Unveils Industry Summit Lineup

first_imgAdvertisement Structured around bringing films to market and designed to provide filmmakers with tools to succeed both within and beyond our borders, delegates can expect to gain insights from industry heavyweights (including Carolle Brabant – Telefilm Canada Executive Director, Corrie Coe – SVP, Independent Productions – English Language, Bell Media, Patrick Roy – President, Film, North America Entertainment One & President, Les Films Seville, and Hal Sadoff – CEO, Silver Pictures), as well as ignite and close deals, while enjoying ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’ in North America’s premier mountain resort.Running from December 1 to 4, WFF’s Industry Summit will address the business and future of Canadian film, locally and internationally, as well as the ever-changing landscape of filmmaking in the digital age. Over the course of the four-day event (expanded by one day from 2015), delegates will have the opportunity to hear from and connect with over 100 cinematic masters, creative innovators, business visionaries, and industry leaders. Featuring 25 interactive sessions designed to foster business collaborations through both structured and informal networking opportunities, WFF’s Summit aims to provide practical business and creative intel for filmmakers and dealmakers, as well as spark debate through a variety of high level keynotes and panel discussions on topics that include finance, marketing, distribution, technology and export. With up to 1,000 expected delegates including industry executives from LA, New York, and Canada, as well as top tier filmmakers and digital trailblazers, Whistler is the place to be, connect and deal this December.WFF’s Summit directly connects to WFF’s slate of 12 talent programs designed to provide creative and business immersion experiences for 75 Canadian artists (with 50% from BC) including the Feature Project Lab, Praxis Screenwriters Lab, Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship, Power Pitch, Stars to Watch and Music Showcase. New for 2016, WFF added the Doc Lab: Story Money Impact, Digital-First Lab and Canon Hi5 Short Film Challenge. WFF also collaborates with several industry organizations by hosting specific third party initiatives at the Whistler Summit including the Women in the Director’s Chair Industry Immersion, Women in Film & Television Film Market Preparation Mentorship, and the MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and Creative BC. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Each year, the Whistler Film Festival Industry Summit gets bigger and better‎. It is certainly becoming THE must-attend annual industry event for anyone in Western Canada with ambitions in the feature and short film realm,” said Paul Gratton, WFF’s Director of Programming. “This is attested to by the high-level attendees, speakers and panelists who now make Whistler their final and in some cases their only Western Canadian stop in the fall festival circuit. From Commissioning Content Executives and the senior heads at Telefilm (we are honoured to have Executive Director Carolle Brabant among us this year) to distributors, production executives, and accomplished directors and writers, they will all be here, discussing the changing metrics of the indie film scene, new distribution models, digital and online streaming, and financing feature films. Reflecting our programming philosophy, WFF’s Summit is an ideal opportunity for emerging and established independent filmmaking voices from the West Coast to meet and mingle with key power brokers and some of the great creative minds of our times. This really is one industry event that you can’t afford to miss.”WFF’s Industry Summit launches on December 1 with Crossing Borders, which focuses on the producer point of view on the business of international co-productions and working with the world’s largest markets – the US and India. Highlights include:OPENING ADDRESS: Presented by Telefilm Canada’s Executive Director Carolle Brabant and WFF Director of Programming Paul Gratton, WFF’s Summit opens with an engaging address on Telefilm’s Micro-budget Production Program, diversity, gender and indigenous content as well as the success of first features outside the program.THE FRENCH CONNECTION: This year, as usual, some of the WFF’s strongest Canadian films hail from Quebec. Why is there such a tradition of creative excellence in Quebec cinema? Audience support has often been cited, but are there signs that it is starting to wane. How does one explain the extraordinary success that Quebec filmmakers like Denis Villeneuve and Jean-Marc Vallée are experiencing making American movies? Join WFF Director of Programming Paul Gratton and a robust panel of prominent filmmakers and experts in this lively discussion of the state of Quebec cinema in 2016. (Panelists to be announced in November).CROSSING BORDERS: CANADA & INDIA: Featuring experienced co-pro filmmakers Deepa Mehta, David Hamilton and Dilip Mehta, this in depth discussion will focus on their creative inspirations as well as the challenges and advantages of working on co-productions with Canada and India. Moderator: Brian D. Johnson – Contributing Editor, Macleans, President, Toronto Film Critics Association and Filmmaker (Director, AL PURDY WAS HERE – WFF 2015)POWER PITCH: The two-step competition and boot camp for pre-selected Canadian producers provides them the opportunity to master the art of the pitch and then pitch their projects to the world’s top sales agents for feature films. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by CMPA and a $10,000 studio space credit sponsored by The Crossing Studios of Vancouver (valid to December 31, 2017). Jan Miller – International Consultant, Lowenbe Holdings will deliver the boot camp and moderate the pitch. The jury includes Marie-Claude Poulin – Producer, BROOKLYN, CAFE DE FLORE, C.R.A.Z.Y, Benedict Carver – Producer, EYE IN THE SKY, MAP TO THE STARS, and Dian Crossing – President/CEO, The Crossing Studios.PRODUCING POWERHOUSE INDIES: Producers today are forced to get very creative with funding models, casting choices and production strategies to get their films made. This session highlights indie producers who have risen to the occasion and carved out a niche for their films amidst the multitude of studio fare. Moderator: Peter Wetherell – President, Magus Entertainment. Panelists include Marie-Claude Poulin – Producer, BROOKLYN, CAFE DE FLORE, C.R.A.Z.Y, Benedict Carver – Producer, EYE IN THE SKY, MAP TO THE STARS, and Joe Jenckes – Producer, MARGIN CALL, KILL YOUR DARLINGS.On December 2, WFF’s Summit International Sessions provides an industry point of view that will address the evolving business models for feature films, from financing to distribution to new platform opportunities, attracting some of the most influential players in the industry. Highlights include:MARKET OVERVIEW: THE YEAR IN REVIEW: This session features a high-level report on the last twelve months in Canadian film with a panel that includes a veteran producer, major exhibitor, funder, major film distributor and film critic who follows the Canadian film scene. Moderator: Paul Gratton – Director of Programming, Whistler Film Festival. Panelists: Jason Gorber – Film Critic, Twitch Media, Michael Kennedy – Executive Vice President, Filmed Entertainment, Cineplex, Stephanie Azam – Marketing and Distribution Specialist for English-language feature film, Telefilm, Tom Alexander – Director, Theatrical Releasing, Mongrel Media, and David Miller, Producer, Agency 71.DIVERSIFYING DISTRIBUTION: Learn from the pros as they share their successes and failures in how to crack the daunting challenge of theatrical success. They will clarify what a distributor brings to the table that a filmmaker can’t do for him or herself, and offer insights on the difference between wide, platform, niche and day and date release strategies, when should a film go straight to online sales, bypassing theatres entirely, and the role (if any) of TV and print advertising‎, online media and film festival exposure. Moderator: Tim Brown – President, Joker Films. Panelists: Berry Meyerowitz – President, Rocket Dog Media Inc., Peter Nelson – SVP Production, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, and Tom Alexander – Director, Theatrical Releasing, Mongrel Media.MARKETING MAVERICKS: This panel of experts will navigate the waters of film festivals, film markets and critical reviews to address how independent films get discovered and rise above the marketing clutter, in a sea of mega-marketed comic book epics and amidst an audience driven market. Moderator: Liz Levine – Co-Founder & Producer, Random Bench. Panelists: Marcin Janowski – Global Entertainment Marketing & Publicity, International Film Trust, with more to be announced in November.MEET MARKET – 1+1 MEETINGS: Filmmakers and producers with industry experience and production credits have the opportunity to pre-register for high-level one-on-one meetings on December 2nd to pitch their projects to commissioning editors, sales agents, distributors, and other key executives attending the Summit. (Experts to be announced in November).DOC EXCHANGE: DOCUMENTARY IMPACT: Designing strategic impact campaigns and measuring their outcomes is becoming a key part of documentary distribution. Gain best practices from social issues media-makers and the frontlines of Story Money Impact. Moderator: Tracey Friesen – Writer, Story Money Impact. (Panelists to be announced in November).BEHIND THE LENS – THE FEMALE POV: With 14 feature films directed by women in its lineup, WFF shines the spotlight on some of the filmmakers for an inclusive discussion around the creative wins and losses of indie filmmaking from the female POV. Moderator: Trish Dolman – President & Producer, Screen Siren Pictures. Panelists: Amy Jo Johnson – Director, THE SPACE BETWEEN, Kirsten Carthew – Director, THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT, and Leslie Ann Coles – Director, MELODY MAKERS, SHOULD’VE BEEN THERE, with more filmmakers to be announced in November.VIEW FROM THE TOP: The day rounds off with the Summit’s annual highlight featuring an insightful and high-level two part discussion on series TV, SVOD and independent film with experienced senior players at the top of their field including Corrie Coe – SVP, Independent Productions – English Language, Bell Media, Patrick Roy – President, Film, North America Entertainment One & President, Les Films Seville, and Hal Sadoff – CEO, Silver Pictures.On December 3, WFF’s Content Connections turns to the creative point of view featuring the world’s top screenwriters and director, a live script read from projects in WFF’s Praxis Screenwriters Lab, and more. Highlights include:MPPIA SHORT FILM AWARD PITCH: The 10th annual competition features five shortlisted filmmakers from BC who will pitch their projects before a jury of three industry professionals and an industry peer audience with $15,000 in cash and $100,000 in production services on the line to create their project.IN CONVERSATION – VARIETY 10 SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH: The Whistler Film Festival has proudly hosted the Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch program since 2012. Join this year’s honoured screenwriters in an entertaining and informative discussion. Share in some personal stories and learn firsthand about both the artistic challenges and the practical business realities related to succeeding in today’s film market. Host: Steven Gaydos, Executive Editor & Vice President, Variety. (Screenwriters to be announced in November).LIVE SCRIPT READ: PRAXIS SCREENWRITERS LAB. Join our talented screenwriters and actors for a live read of select scenes from four of the six projects that are part of our 2016 Praxis Screenwriters Lab. Facilitator: Patricia Gruben, Director, Praxis Centre for Screenwriters. Projects: Allan Hopkins (BC), Indian Road Trip, Ashley Fester (AB), The Long Way Home, Dusty Mancinelli (ON), Little Kings, Elisa McRae (BC), Colour Me Jane, Sandy Yates (BC), Red Serge Duty, and Titus Heckel (BC), Chaos Theory. (Actors to be announced in November).DIRECTOR MASTERCLASS: Learn from a master director who has built a reputation on having a distinct voice in film. This masterclass conversation will highlight the career of a director who has carved out a unique niche in the industry and created some of the most memorable cinematic moments and characters of our time. (Director to be announced in November).December 4, WFF’s Content Connections themed day focused on the digital point of view, and designed to empower storytellers at all levels of filmmaking and provide a firsthand insight into the ever-changing world of content creation and distribution, and music in film. Whether it is connecting short form or feature content to an online audience, making the most out of an online channel, or getting concepts onto screens of all sizes, filmmakers are invited to participate in this afternoon of discussions, screenings and networking with filmmakers and industry experts. Highlights include:STREAM BIG PART I: PICK OF THE PLATFORM. Some short films make it into festivals and some content creators find a following online, but this is not always a guarantee of success. Choosing the best platform for projects becomes a vital decision for the life of that content. In this session filmmakers and content creators will find out their options from some of the leading online platforms today. Panelists: Ian Durkin, Senior Curator, Staff Picks, Vimeo, Nina Sudra, General Manager, VICE Studio Canada Inc., and more to be announced in November.STREAM BIG PART II: MAKING THE JUMP – WEB SERIES TO TV. There are multiple ways for content creators to find their way to both network television and SVOD platforms. In this case study, listen and learn from a panel of successful online content creators who have made the jump into television. (Panelists to be announced in November).STREAM BIG ROUNDTABLES: Offering face-to-face access with industry experts from the Stream Big sessions, content creators and filmmakers can ask in-depth questions about creating and marketing content online, and get feedback for their projects. It is also a great opportunity to make connections. (Experts to be announced in November).BIG ROCK SHORTWORK SHOWCASE: This year’s Big Rock ShortWork Showcase features a lively presentation of an eclectic collection of short films comprised of films from Crazy 8’s, WFF’s Canon Hi5 Short Film Challenge and some of fest’s short films.From November 30 to December 4, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 16th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Industry Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age. Featuring 90 innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s fest will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, honoured guests, lively celebrations, and unique industry initiatives.WFF’s Industry Summit schedule and guest lineup are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com, with additional guests to be added in the coming weeks. WFF’s film lineup schedule will be available online on November 1. 14 films have already been announced.The Festival’s online box office at whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend/ is now open for VIP Patron Passes, Industry Passes, Ticket Packages and Festival Credentials.Air travel and ground transportation deals as well as best accommodation rates are now available on whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend/. WFF has 18 accommodation partners to choose from including host hotel, the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa and VIP hotel the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort.The Whistler Film Festival is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Cineplex, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb, Gibbons Whistler and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Proposed new Arizona highway generates support, opposition

TUCSON, Ariz. — A proposed highway that would start at the border with Mexico and serve as the southern leg of Arizona’s Interstate 11 is being called both an economic benefit and an environmental threat.Federal, state and local agencies have reservations about the environmental impact for mostly undisturbed sections of the Sonoran Desert, The Arizona Daily Star reported Friday.The 280-mile (about 451 kilometres) highway now in preliminary planning stages would extend from Nogales on the U.S.-Mexico border to Wickenburg, northwest of metro Phoenix.Other Arizona sections of I-11 are in planning stages and would connect with a small section already built in southern Nevada. As envisioned, the completed I-11 would extend from Nogales to Reno, Nevada, and incorporate portions of several existing highways.A draft environmental impact study by the Arizona Department of Transportation includes comments compiled by the agency over the past few years.Economic reasons Tucson-area leaders back a new route include increasing trade with Mexico and reducing congestion on Interstates 10 and 19.Critics have said the new interstate is unnecessary and are pushing for a no-build option.A more detailed environmental study would narrow the highway corridor and help transportation officials identify which homes and businesses would be affected, said spokeswoman Laura Douglas.Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild wants the department to address the city council, which supports the I-11 proposal ideologically, although the route raises concerns.“It looks like the proposed route goes right through our water system in Avra Valley; that is a problem,” Rothschild said.The freeway would do serious damage to the community, said Avra Valley Coalition member Albert Lannon. Widening portions of I-10 and constructing a two-tiered highway are options rather than a separate highway, he said.Wildlife and environmental concerns dominate the Phase 1 environmental impact study that includes correspondence between stakeholder groups and public meeting comments.The route would pass the Saguaro National Park’s western boundary and encroach on animals there, National Park Service officials reported. Traffic noise and congestion are also concerns.“Nearly a million people come in specifically to see Saguaro National Park and some of the other attractions in the area,” said park spokesman Andy Fisher. “So we would definitely want to preserve that character if we can.”A new highway west of I-10 would further fragment wildlife movement, the Arizona Game and Fish Department said.Increased trade is a primary reason southern Arizona jurisdictions support I-11, said John Moffatt, Pima County Economic Development Office director.Commercial traffic through Nogales is growing on average by 3% per year and the area can handle 4,000 trucks a day, although southern Arizona freeways are reaching capacity and truckers in Mexico may choose Texas border crossings if delays in Nogales increase, Moffatt said.“Truckers are like water, they find the least-resistant path,” Moffatt said.___Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.comThe Associated Press read more

GuineaBissau parties pull back from brink following coup détat – UN official

In an update of the situation in Guinea-Bissau, Tuliameni Kalomoh, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said that a civilian president and a civilian prime minister, selected by the leadership of a 14 September military coup d’état, were sworn in Sunday.“The political class, the military and the organizations of civil society seem to have pulled back from the brink and have agreed on a truce and a consensus solution for transition. There now seems to be a genuine atmosphere of give and take, which augurs well for the future, Mr. Kalomoh said during an open meeting of the Security Council.“But serious social and economic tensions persist and will require careful management. The urgent task for the international community is to help ensure a successful transition.”Mr. Kalomoh reported that a Political Transitional Charter, signed yesterday by the military and 23 of the nation’s 24 recognized parties, calls for legislative elections to he held within six months, and presidential elections to be organized within one year of the swearing-in of the new deputies.He said the selection of Henrique Rosa, an economist, as the Transitional President was “favourably received by all stakeholders,” but the appointment of Arthur Sanha, a former Minister of the Interior and a secretary-general of the previous ruling party was opposed by members of other parties and “has proved to be highly controversial.”The Council then heard from José Ramos-Horta, Foreign Minister of Timor-Leste and Special Envoy of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) to Guinea-Bissau, as well as representatives from Guinea-Bissau and the members of the Council. read more

Tory leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier wants end to capital gains tax

Tory leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier wants end to capital gains tax TORONTO – Canada needs to scrap the capital gains tax and slash corporate taxes as a way to enhance economic growth, Conservative leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier said Tuesday.In a speech to a business audience, the Quebec MP outlined what he called an ambitious plan to unleash Canada’s productive forces even as he thumped familiar Conservative tropes.“Prosperity does not come from government spending but rather from entrepreneurs’ investing,” Bernier told receptive members of the Canadian Club.“More spending on the scale offered by the Liberal government is not going to stimulate the economy and bring us prosperity, it will act as a sedative for the economy.”Bernier said his proposal to axe the tax might sound radical, but he pointed out the levy did not exist before the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau introduced the measure in 1972. Abolishing it, he said, would encourage people to save and invest more and lower the cost of capital for start-ups.Generally speaking, when an asset or property is sold, 50 per cent of any profit is subject to tax. As a result, investors are discouraged from selling assets and investing in productive new ones because of a reluctance to trigger the gains tax, Bernier said.While such a measure would cost the treasury about $3 billion a year in foregone revenue, Bernier said the economic benefits would “vastly exceed” the losses.“The capital gains tax is a tax on investment,” said the bilingual Bernier, who spoke only in English. “The more you tax something, the less of it you will get.”The former cabinet minister under ex-prime minister Stephen Harper also said he would slash corporate income taxes by one-third as a way to encourage business investments.The Harper government cut the rate to 15 per cent from 22 per cent but that wasn’t enough, he said, even though the country’s combined federal and provincial rate is in the middle when compared with other developed countries.“I propose to bring down the federal rate to 10 per cent,” Bernier said.Some economists are predicting anemic growth of 1.3 per cent this year, a barrier to improvements in Canada’s standard of living, he said.Bernier has previously announced other proposals, including one to scrap supply management — long considered a Conservative sacred cow. It’s time, he said, to stop taking billions of dollars out of the private sector only to distribute the money through subsidies he said amount to corporate welfare.In an interview after his speech, Bernier fudged when it came to social questions such as abortion — an issue of special interest to social conservatives — although he recently denounced an idea from rival candidate Kelly Leitch to screen would-be immigrants for “Canadian values.”Any MP is free to table a bill on abortion and, if it was up to him, he would allow a free vote in the Commons, Bernier told The Canadian Press. However, he refused to say where he stands on limiting a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.“Personally, I will see,” he said. “I don’t want to personally have a position on that.”Instead, he said, he wanted to focus the debate on economic concerns with his tax ideas.Bernier warned what might happen if interest rates were to rise in light of record high debt levels carried by Canadians. Artificially low rates have created a bubble in various sectors of the kind that led to the crash in 2007, he said. by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 20, 2016 1:39 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 20, 2016 at 3:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Strong van demand drives CV market to halfyear record

Commercial vehicle registrations reach record half-year total of 209,515.Strong growth in van market is defining factor, with an all-time high of 186,404 vehicles registered in the first six months.Truck registrations also continue to post large gains, with registrations up more than 40% in both June and the year-to-date.UK van and truck registrations: 2015 and % change on 2014“The record half-year total for commercial vehicle registrations is not unexpected given the significant gains being made in the van market,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Registrations of vans have been increasing strongly for some time, underpinned by economic confidence among large and small businesses, as well as the growing trend for home deliveries.“The significant rise in truck registrations in June mirrors the sector’s performance in the year so far as it readjusts from the regulatory changes of 2014, while once again it was the heavier vehicles in van, artic and rigid segments that posted the largest rises.”Click through to download the full June 2015 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

NHS staff prepare to deliver 400k Christmas lunches and 1800 babies

first_imgA nurse giving food to patients as the NHS is gearing up for delivering nearly 400,000 Christmas lunches A nurse giving food to patients as the NHS is gearing up for delivering nearly 400,000 Christmas lunchesCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Wire 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. Around 97,000 nurses and 53,000 healthcare assistants will be working in hospitals, while in care homes across England some 200,000 care workers will support the vulnerable and elderly.Some 1.5 million items of linen including bedsheets will be used in hospitals, while nearly 40,000 cleaners and more than 12,000 porters will be on duty.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “I want to thank everyone across our health and care system, from the cooks making hundreds of thousands of Christmas dinners to the cleaners, nurses, doctors, care workers, paramedics and countless other staff making sure patients get outstanding care this Christmas.”No-one wants to be away from home over Christmas but I know that staff are again pulling out all the stops so patients have the best possible time.”Meanwhile, the NHS has offered a series of tips for making Christmas dinners healthier – including not eating the turkey skin and swapping roast potatoes for baked spuds.The advice says to serve plenty of vegetables – but do not smother them in butter – and highlights the health benefits of Brussels sprouts, which contain both folate, a B vitamin and vitamin C, which can help protect against heart disease and cancer.The NHS guidance also notes that sprouts contain fibre “which helps to keep the digestive system healthy” – something which could be essential given the amount Britons are expected to eat over the Christmas period. The NHS is gearing up for delivering nearly 400,000 Christmas lunches – and 1,800 Christmas babies.Cooks will serve up food to patients spending the festive period in hospital, while 12,000 midwives will be on duty for babies born on Christmas Day.Around a million people are expected to work on Christmas Day in the UK, with NHS staff making up a high proportion of those missing out on festive fun.last_img read more

First two Ouyafunded games appear to be scams

first_imgLast month, Ouya announced a campaign where the company would match the final funding tally of Kickstarted games, but only if those games would agree to be timed exclusives on the $99 Android console. This, as a certain someone wrote on Geek’s sister site, was a good move from a company that always seems to have the best intentions, but rarely makes good moves. Two games met the funding goals and the Ouya-backing requirements — Elementary, My Dear Holmes! and Gridiron Thunder. However, a few internet sleuths seem to have discovered that the way both games received their initial funding was a scam.The Ouya funding program is a good idea. The console needs exclusive games, and game developers need funding. However, one of the flaws of crowdfunding campaigns is that the campaign officials can fund it with their own money, making the project look popular when it actually isn’t. Ouya said it would match a minimum of $50,000 in raised funds. So, if a company wanted a “free” $50,000 from Ouya, it could post a Kickstarter campaign, fund the campaign itself, then have Ouya match it. Both Elementary and Gridiron supposedly did just that.First, it’s worth noting that there’s nothing wrong with Ouya helping to fund games. The issue here is that the developers of both games more or less lied to the public in order to get some cash from Ouya. A few separate internet sleuths discovered some shady business going on with both of the funded games. In Gridiron’s case, the sleuth discovered that all of the game’s funding — over $78,000 — was met with just 127 backers largely on cheap funding tiers. However, 17 backers contributed around $4,000 each, and the majority of the game’s funding happened during the small span of four days. That could all be a coincidence, but it doesn’t look very organic.Elementary, on the other hand, is potentially involved in much sketchier business. Rather than odd pledge amounts or time periods, the game’s backers are cause for concern. Along with celebrity accounts, such as Cat Cora of Iron Chef fame and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, one of the accounts used a picture of a woman missing since 2011.It remains to be seen if these two games actually participated in shady business, or they’re just unfortunate coincidences. Regardless, though, the only real fault would be lying to the public — and using what appears to be fake accounts. While the Ouya fund-matching is a good idea, perhaps the company should’ve just been funding games on their own, based on another platform.last_img read more

Column Debunking the most common alternative facts about the Irish language

first_img 991 Views By Colm Ó Broin http://jrnl.ie/3329361 89 Comments Colm Ó Broin Apr 9th 2017, 8:45 AM Short URLcenter_img Column: Debunking the most common ‘alternative facts’ about the Irish language There is no reason Ireland couldn’t be wealthy and successful if more of us spoke Irish, writes Colm Ó Broin. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THERE HAS BEEN a lot of talk this week about the Irish language. Claire Byrne had a passionate debate on Monday night on RTÉ 1.The Language Commissioner, Rónán Ó Domhnaill, declared on Tuesday that the system of Language Schemes, which started in 2004 and were to provide services in Irish, has failed. And, of course the census figures published yesterday show a slight reduction in the numbers who have Irish in the country.It’s very apt, therefore, to have a look at some of the many myths surrounding the Irish language, some of them are centuries old while others have only developed recently. I am going to take a look at the most common of these “alternative facts”.“Irish is a dead language”Census figures from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland show that almost 2 million people have some knowledge of the Irish language. A Millward Brown survey from 2015 showed that 1.2 million people in Ireland are confident in their ability to speak Irish.In terms of fluency, the Irish Language Survey carried out by Amárach Research in 2013 showed that almost 500,000 people across Ireland can have a conversation in Irish and another 150,000 have “native speaker fluency.” Even this figure would give Irish more fluent speakers than most languages in the world.According to the linguistic project, Ethnologue, half of the world’s languages have 7,000 or less speakers. So by any rational definition, the Irish language is alive.“Ireland would be poor if we spoke Irish”Ireland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but some people think we would be poorer if we spoke Irish as we wouldn’t be able to trade with other nations.If you believe this, just ask yourself a very basic question, are there any rich countries in the world that don’t speak English as their first language? Looking at a global list of national wealth (GNI) shows that there are many non-English speaking nations that are wealthy. Some of them are even richer than Ireland, like Denmark and Sweden.They’ve also been richer than Ireland for generations, meaning that they haven’t had the massive problems of unemployment and emigration that Ireland has had. There is no reason Ireland couldn’t be wealthy and successful if more of us spoke Irish.“Gaelscoileanna are elitist”Over 50,000 children attend Irish-language schools (Gaelscoileanna) outside of Gaeltacht regions in Ireland. Some of these schools are located in middle class areas and for some reason this has been used by people to claim that Gaelscoileanna in general are somehow “elitist”.However, children from every social class in Ireland attend Irish-medium schools. For example, over half of the primary level Gaelscoileanna in Dublin and Belfast are in working class areas.In recent years some people have tried to explain the growth in Irish-medium education as a result of racism, that is parents not wanting their children to be in the same school as children whose parents come from abroad. While there may be some parents who have this motivation, to stereotype all Gaelscoil parents as racists because of the actions of a few is prejudiced in itself.Irish-medium education is available and welcoming to children from all backgrounds.“Irish shouldn’t be an official EU language”Some people believe that the official status of Irish in the European Union is tokenism and a waste of money. However, since the Irish became an official language of the EU in 2007 more Irish has been spoken in the European Parliament than Estonian or Maltese.In some years more Irish has been spoken than Latvian, which has over 2 million speakers, and Danish, which has over 5 million. Irish is a real, working language of the European Union.The EU institutions employ translators and interpreters for all 24 of the EU’s official languages. They spend around €1.1 billion on language services every year (less than 1% of the total EU budget).The cost of the entire language services works out at about €2.20 per year for each EU citizen – less than 5c a week, an even tinier fraction of which is spent on the Irish language.“Irish isn’t compatible with modern technology”Irish is one of the top 100 languages used on the internet. Gmail, Facebook, Linux, Joomla!, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Office are just some of the software resources and programmes available in Irish.Twitter has only been translated to approximately 50 languages, and one of those is Irish. Over 2.3 million people from countries all around the world have downloaded the Duolingo app to learn Irish.Samsung provide predictive text in Irish as well as an Irish-language option for their smartphones, while a huge variety of apps in Irish are available on Android and iPhone.Kevin Scannell, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at St Louis University in the US, led the original open source Irish localisation of Mozilla and has developed an Irish spell checker, grammar checker, and thesaurus, as well as dictionaries and translation engines that support Irish.“We don’t have to speak Irish”Having read the passages above you might be saying that, while it may all be true, we still don’t have to speak Irish. And you’d be right, we don’t have to speak Irish.But then again, there are lots of things in life we do because we want to do them, and not because we have to.So people in Ireland don’t follow the Irish rugby team because they have to, or because they’re the most successful or entertaining rugby team in the world, they follow them because they’re the Irish rugby team, and for no other reason. The Irish language is the same.Colm Ó Broin is an Irish speaker from Clondalkin, Dublin and a member of Conradh na Gaeilge. He will be giving a series of talks around the country on myths about the Irish language.Opinion: ‘I’m one of the 40 million Americans paying off the $1.3 trillion student debt’>‘HPRA guidance is biased. It didn’t use expert advisors with practical experience of cannabis’> Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 8:45 AM Share Tweet Email7 last_img read more

Carragher believes Barkley could be an English star

first_imgThe Chelsea footballer has scored in his last three matches in the English Premier League and played with England in the UEFA Nations League24-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley recently joined Chelsea in the English Premier League.The Liverpool-born player has appeared in 11 matches, scoring 3 goals in the last three of them.And for former footballer Jamie Carragher, he can soon become an English star.“The big one is dribbles. We all love to see players dribble but football is a passing game and maybe two or three times a game you have the chance to go on a dribble,” Carragher said to Sky Sports.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“It can’t be five times a game, and I think that was where he was losing the ball at Everton. Now he is making better decisions.”“Also look at the distance covered, I think he’s fitter, stronger and maybe that is something to do with what we are seeing now at Chelsea,” he added.“He was really good for Everton but towards the end of his time there his decision-making wasn’t great.”“He dribbled when he should have passed, he passed when he should have dribbled, and the crowd got on his back and he found it difficult at times. Maybe it was the pressure of being the main man at Everton to create something,” he commented.last_img read more

OBITUARY Christine E Hiitt Merry 64

first_imgBEVERLY, MA — Christine E. (Hiitt) Merry, formerly a longtime resident of Wilmington and Reading, died October 14, 2018 at the Beverly Hospital after being a resident at Blueberry Hill Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Beverly for the past seven years. She was 64 years of age. Christine was born in Melrose, Massachusetts on February 17, 1954 the daughter of the late Arthur C. and Janetta G. (Boyd) Hiitt.Christine was a graduate of Reading Memorial High School class of 1972. She loved arts and crafts and was an avid bingo player. She was a member and past president of the Blueberry Hill Resident’s Council. She enjoyed being active at Blueberry Hill coordinating events and social activities for the residents.Christine was the beloved wife of the late John R. Merry. Devoted mother of Christopher J. Merry and his wife Jennifer of Somerville. Cherished sister of Candace Beaulieu and her husband David of Groton and loving aunt of Devin Beaulieu and his fiancée Courtney.A funeral service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday. October 20 at 11:00AM at the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home 25 Sanborn St. (corner of Woburn St.) Reading. Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10:00-11:00AM.In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Christine’s memory to the Resident’s Council c/o Blueberry Hill Rehabilitation & Health Care Center 75 Brimbal Ave. Beverly, MA 01915.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Douglass, Edgerly & Bessom Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Moto G7 G7 Plus G7 Power G7 Play Full specs leaked by

first_img 6.2 inches Your first peek at Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power 18 Photos Sprint 13 megapixels with f/2.0 aperture Varies according to the market No N / A Operating system Removable battery $379 The Moto G7 on a Motorola Brazil website before the company took the pages down. Captura de pantalla por Juan Garzon/CNET Motorola’s spilled the whole caboodle of photos and specs for its upcoming Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play phones ahead of the official Feb. 7 launch. CNET en Español discovered the pages on the company’s Brazilian web store for Motorola employees (the site 404s). Motorola has since taken the site down after our colleagues let the company know that the store was visible, but not before our team got the goods.  The Moto G family is Motorola’s most important line of budget phones. Last year’s Moto G6 was CNET’s top low-cost phone of the year, a pattern that Motorola has been able to capitalize on for the past several years by keeping costs low year after year while also improving the specs. For example, the $250 Moto G6 took decent portrait photos with its dual rear cameras, and ran on the most current form of Android. Unlike phones in the middle and high tiers, these budget phone prices have not crept up since 2016.  64GB (base) Preview • LG G7 ThinQ: A notch, a Google button and more Now playing: Watch this: 8 megapixels with f/2.2 aperture  8 megapixels with f/2.2 aperture  Share your voice Processor Wireless charging Walmart 12 megapixels with f/2.0 aperture 4GB 64GB 403ppi Waterproof 294ppi Comments 31 Photos Android Pie No 3GB Yes (may vary by market) N/A LG G7 ThinQ 5:38 1.8GHz Snapdragon 632 32GB (base) Storage 5,000mAh See It Yes N/A 12 megapixels with f/1.8 aperture and 5 megapixels with f/2.2 aperture Yes, on the back 1.8GHz Snapdragon 632 Yes 6.24 inches 12 megapixels with f/2.0 aperture 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11n (2.4, 5GHz) Fingerprint reader Resolution 2,270×1,080 pixels Headphone jack No Connectivity 193 grams Motorola didn’t share the phones’ pricing or availability, but CNET en Español did contact Motorola to confirm the specs. Motorola responded, “Thanks for warning.”Motorola’s G7 launch, which should fill in the rest of the details, will take place Feb. 7 in Brazil. No N/A Android Pie 1,512×720 pixels So retro: Designing the original Motorola Razr RAM N / A N/A Front camera No N/A Motorola Moto G7 Yes (may vary by market) 3,000mAh 2GB (base) 32GB 3,000mAh Moto G7 Pluscenter_img 7 Yes Yes, on the back Drop-style notch, headphone jack 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4, 5GHz) No 271ppi 172 grams Yes, on the back Pixel density $480 Varies according to the market 6.24 inches 157×75.3×8.27mm There was more than just one Razr NFC Slow-motion recording Weight Yes Android Pie 4GB (base) 5.7 inches Phones 16 megapixels with f/1.7 aperture and 5 megapixels with f/2.2 aperture Headphone jack Yes Moto G7 Play Face recognition N / A No CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 N / A Android Pie Review • LG G7 ThinQ review: Bets on AI, but there’s no bite N/A Moto G7 Plus, G7, G7 Play, G7 Power specs See It Drop-style notch, headphone jack Budget phones may not be as lucrative for a brand as high-end devices, but they are a key part of the industry, especially for emerging markets. Brands hope that individuals will remain loyal as they move through their lifetime to pricier models. Motorola will supply Verizon’s first 5G phone, the Moto Z3, and is rumored to be announcing a foldable Razr. The phones all feature slim bezels, a headphone jack and run Android Pie. See the full specs chart below. 159.4x76x9.3mm 1.8GHz Snapdragon 632 Size 3,000mAh 157×75.3×7.92mm Iris reader Yes, on the back Tags 147.3×71.5×7.99m 174 grams 149 grams Moto G7 Power Screen 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11n No Mentioned Above LG G7 ThinQ (64GB, platinum gray) $349 See it Yes 403ppi Storage expansion Battery N/A 8 megapixels with f/2.2 aperture  N/A 2,270×1,080 pixels 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4, 5GHz) N/A 1,520×720 pixels Read: I was wrong about the Motorola Razr Read: Motorola Razr could stage a comeback as a $1,500 foldable phone N/A Rear camera Special features Android Pie Motorola Verizonlast_img read more

Trump warns China not to retaliate against US trade tariffs

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 9 May 2019, US president Donald Trump speaks during event on ending surprise medical billing at the White House in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump on Monday, 13 May 2019 warned China not to retaliate after Washington raised punitive duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 per cent from 10 per cent. `China should not retaliate-will only get worse!` Trump wrote in a flurry of tweets on trade. The tariffs were imposed on Friday, 10 May 2019 after two days of talks to resolve the US-China trade battle ended with no deal, however negotiations will continue. Trump also addressed Chinese President Xi Jinping and warned that companies would leave China if a trade deal was not reached. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump on Monday warned China not to retaliate after Washington raised punitive duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 per cent from 10 per cent.”China should not retaliate-will only get worse!” Trump wrote in a flurry of tweets on trade.The tariffs were imposed on Friday after two days of talks to resolve the US-China trade battle ended with no deal, however negotiations will continue.Trump also addressed Chinese president Xi Jinping and warned that companies would leave China if a trade deal was not reached.”I say openly to president Xi & all of my many friends in China that China will be hurt very badly if you don’t make a deal because companies will be forced to leave China for other countries.””Too expensive to buy in China. You had a great deal, almost completed, & you backed out!” Trump tweeted.In Trump’s view, “Tariffed companies will be leaving China for Vietnam and other such countries in Asia. That’s why China wants to make a deal so badly! … There will be nobody left in China to do business with. Very bad for China, very good for USA!”But China has taken so advantage of the US for so many years, that they are way ahead (Our presidents did not do the job).”Research shows that Americans will bear the brunt of the impact from the tariffs, as the levies are paid by importers and ultimately passed on at least partially to consumers.Global markets remain on red alert over a trade war between the two superpowers that most observers warn could shatter global economic growth, and hurt demand for commodities like oil.last_img

Baltimores Outdated Models Leave Some Wondering if Homelessness is a Priority

first_img(L to R) Kay-Kay, Archie Williams, and Warren Bell pose for a picture before a tent at a homeless encampment along Fallsway in downtown Baltimore. All three are current or former residents of the encampment who are still navigating homelessness. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)“If Mrs. Blake would go ahead and give us an opportunity, give us a building, let us go ahead and work on it—because we have skills—we could fix that building up and we could live in there.  Charge a certain amount of rent, which is reasonable because we are homeless, but help us out.”This was the request made of Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake by Warren Bell, a homeless resident of an encampment along Fallsway, across the street from the Health Care for the Homeless building.  But as members of the homeless services community are increasingly emboldened to point out, it is a request likely to fall on deaf ears in a city that seems intent on moving backwards on the issue of homelessness.Baltimore City officials are espousing outmoded models of addressing homelessness, insisting on approaches known to be ineffective say advocates, while simultaneously ignoring the voices and desires of Baltimore’s homeless themselves.Antonia Fasanelli, executive director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, stood along the western sidewalk of N. Martin Luther King Blvd, serving as a legal observer as city workers removed the tents and other belongings of homeless persons encamped in the sanctuary of a highway overpass on June 26.“We thought the city was committed to housing and ‘housing first’ as the solution to homelessness, well this action is in clear disregard to that stated mission, and it causes us to have concerns about whether the city is actually serious about ending homelessness,” said Fasanelli, referring to a model (‘housing first’) for addressing homelessness that has had tremendous success around the country, and recently lead the state of Utah to declare that it has virtually eradicated chronic homelessness, according to reports in the L.A. Times and Washington Post.The model solves homelessness by simply giving people homes.  Wrap-around services to address mental health, substance abuse, and other needs are offered but participation in them is not necessarily required.  Housing first has proved highly effective at stabilizing circumstances enough to allow most homeless persons to receive whatever assistance they need in order to reach the point where they can sustain housing long-term.It is not, however, the model that Dr. Jacqueline Duval-Harvey, director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services, insisted is necessary for effectively addressing homelessness.“[Permanent housing] is a process.  You can’t simply just put a person in a house, that person needs to be able to sustain themselves, the person needs to be able to live up to all of what we do when we have a home.  There are responsibilities that come with that, there’s a process, and part of that continuum is to get that person able to stay in that home,” said Duval-Harvey at the same encampment removal.But that continuum Duval-Harvey referred to is an outdated model known as continuum of care, which begins with living in a shelter, receiving treatment and other services until one is at the point where one can sustain housing on one’s own, and only then culminates in the provision of permanent housing.“That’s the old model,” said Jeff Singer, former President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless, and someone who has been working on the problem of homelessness in Baltimore City for over 30 years in both city government and advocacy organizations, currently working with Housing Our Neighbors Baltimore.  “Everyone knows [the continuum of care model] doesn’t work.  ‘A,’ there aren’t enough shelter beds. . . but ‘B,’ a lot of people won’t and can’t go to shelters. . . . The solution [to homelessness] is housing.  When people get their own place to live, they often usually stay there, and when they get supportive services there’s no more homelessness [for them].”Singer is certainly correct about the aversion to shelters held by many homeless persons.  Bell, the Fallsway resident mentioned above, says the behavior of other shelter residents, not to mention the smells, keeps him away from the shelters.  Shanae, a homeless mother with her infant son visiting the encampment at Fallsway, says she is treated like a child at shelters, but worse, she cannot enter a shelter with the father of her child, Steven, who was with her at the encampment.“The only way that we can be together [in a shelter] is if we’re married,” explained Shanae, adding, “Why should I have to be forced to do something that I feel like we might not be ready for . . . Marriage is not something that you play with.”Marlon Harris, a resident of the encampment that was broken up at Martin Luther King Blvd, said the only time he contracted lice was while staying in a shelter, and that he feels a stay in a shelter is unnecessary since he has no addiction or other issues requiring the treatment offered there.“I asked for housing,” said Harris.  “I’ve been on a housing list for over five years.”But if what Harris needs is housing, the only offer on the table from the city is a shelter so long as it is married to the continuum of care model.This is a model that is not only outdated and ineffective, says Singer, but Baltimore has seen housing first approaches work, making the city’s current stance all the more baffling to the advocacy community.“We’ve been using [‘housing first’] informally in the city for 30 years, formally though started in 2005, when then mayor Martin O’Malley gave [Health Care for the Homeless] some money to take 32 people out of St. Vincent’s Park and put them in their own apartments.  It worked really well, even today almost all of them are still housed, and we’ve replicated that model many times.”As Duval-Harvey’s comments indicate, the city has not implemented a housing first approach to homelessness, but both Singer and Fasanelli indicated that the city has nonetheless paid lip service to housing first as a best practice when speaking to the advocacy community, only to continue with their outmoded practices, including breaking up homeless encampments.It is a frustration for the advocacy community, but it is “devastating” for the homeless, as Harris described losing his home of three years to the city’s encampment removal at Martin Luther King Blvd.But Duval-Harvey’s insistence that the continuum of care is the only way to ensure the successful transition of the homeless into permanent housing suggests the city is not hearing the voices of the advocacy community, and even less of the homeless themselves.Archie Williams has been homeless in Baltimore City for three years, spending much of that period living along Fallsway.  An advocate for his fellow homeless, Williams replied “Absolutely not,” when asked whether the input of the homeless is sought by the city in their formulation of policy.“In order to find out what homelessness is you have to come and see it yourself, you have to come and be a part of it yourself.  Not per se be a part of it, but you have to come and engage it,” continued Williams, saying that our city officials seem to be informed by a “TV, watered down version” of homelessness as opposed to the reality.Williams then took to narrating that reality by describing the community he had come to known during his years living along Fallsway.“Being at this certain area (Fallsway) for a certain amount of time, you’ll grow to know people.  Because not everybody that’s out here are bad people.  Just because they hit rock bottom (financially) don’t make them bad people.  They’re having conversations,” said Williams, motioning towards other residents of the encampment.  “They’re still human being conversations.  They’re not robotic.  They’re not aliens . . . we’re still humans.”And the city currently estimates that on any given night 3,000 of those humans are sleeping outside, according to the most recent data gathered by the Journey Home Project, the city’s effort for ending homelessness.  It is an estimate of Baltimore’s homeless population that is likely depressed by failing to account for persons who navigate homelessness by “living doubled and tripled up with friends and family,” according to Joe Surkiewicz, director of communications for the Homeless Persons Representation Project.But the accuracy of its homelessness tally is likely secondary in importance to the seeming adoption of, and in some cases insistence that the city pursue, an outdated continuum of care model as Baltimore City seeks to eliminate the problem of homelessness.last_img read more

South Pacific Islanders may have used obsidian 3000 years ago to make

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Anthropologists in conjunction with archaeologists have bemoaned the lack of evidence of tattooing in ancient peoples due to skin degeneration. To get around this problem, some have sought evidence in the form of the tools that might have been used, but this, too, has led to problems, as it is believed that many such tools were made of biodegradable material such as fish bone. In this new effort, the researchers tested the possibility of using obsidian as a tattoo tool by ancient people living in the South Pacific.Obsidian, the researchers suggest, would have been an obvious choice, due to its sharp, glass-like features. They focused their attention on the Solomon Islands as a possible site of early tattooing activities for several reasons—the region’s long history of tattooing; its importance there; easy access to obsidian (it is formed as lava from a volcano cools); and most importantly, obsidian artifacts that have been found there at a site called Nanggu and dated back approximately 3,000 years, suitable for creating tattoos—prior research had suggested obsidian tools were used to tan hides, but the researchers note that a lack of large animals on the islands would have meant there were no hides to tan. To test the possibility that the artifacts had been used to create tattoos, the researchers gathered obsidian samples from island sites, fashioned them into roughly the same shapes as the artifacts, then used them to create tattoos on pigskin. Afterwards, they compared microscopic views of the artifacts and those tools they had created and used.The researchers report that they were able to create tattoos in the pigskin and that the sample tools they created looked remarkably similar under the microscope to the artifacts—they had similar signs of use, such as chipping, rounding and blunting as well as thin scratches. In addition, the artifacts had traces of ochre, charcoal and blood on them. Thus, the researchers suggest their experiments offer strong evidence of obsidian tools being used by early islanders to create tattoos. Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers has found evidence of obsidian tools being crafted for use in creating tattoos approximately 3,000 years ago by South Pacific Islanders. In their paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Nina Kononenko and Robin Torrence with the University of Sydney and Peter Sheppard with the University of Auckland, all in Australia, describe experiments they conducted using cut obsidian to create tattoos on pig skin. They reported what they found, and why they believe prehistoric people used a variety of techniques to create tattoos. Journal information: Journal of Archeological Science © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Volcanic artifacts imply ice-age mariners in prehistoric Greece Obsidian artifacts found at the site of Nanggu/Solomon Islands. Credit: Kononenko et al. Journal of Archeological Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.05.041 Citation: South Pacific Islanders may have used obsidian 3,000 years ago to make tattoos (2016, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-south-pacific-islanders-obsidian-years.html More information: Nina Kononenko et al, Detecting early tattooing in the Pacific region through experimental usewear and residue analyses of obsidian tools, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.05.041AbstractAlthough tattoos have been observed on mummies dated to over 5000 years old, the generally poor preservation of human remains makes it difficult to use this type of adornment to understand how inscriptions on the body have been used to define self and social ascriptions. A potential method for detecting tattooing is to identify the tools used to make the markings. To assist recognition of tattooing tools, an extensive set of experiments was conducted in which retouched obsidian flakes bearing various pigments were used to pierce pig skin. Diagnostic use wear and residues associated with tattooing were identified. To illustrate the value of these results, traces preserved on a highly recognizable class of obsidian retouched artefacts from the Nanggu site (SE-SZ-8) in the Solomon Islands were analysed. Results indicate that these tools were used to pierce skin and may therefore have been tattooing implements involved in social, ritual and/or medical practices.last_img read more

American journalist missing in Syria

first_imgFoley’s disappearance highlights the risks to reporters seeking to cover the civil war from inside Syria.The Syrian government rarely gives visas to journalists and often limits the movements of those it allows in. This has prompted a number of reporters to sneak into the country with the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad. Some have been killed or wounded while others have disappeared.Foley and another journalist were working in the northern province of Idlib when they were kidnapped near the village of Taftanaz on November 22. He had entered Syria a short time earlier.Media outlets refrained from reporting on Foley’s kidnapping until his family released its statement. The other reporter’s family has requested that that reporter’s name not be made public.Foley’s family said they have not heard from him since.“We want Jim to come safely home, or at least we need to speak with him to know he’s OK,” said his father, John Foley, in the online statement. “Jim is an objective journalist and we appeal for the release of Jim unharmed. To the people who have Jim, please contact us so we can work together toward his release.” Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Last month, NBC correspondent Richard Engel and his crew were detained by pro-regime gunmen near where Foley was kidnapped. After his release, Engels said they escaped unharmed during a firefight between their captors and anti-regime rebels.___Associated Press writer Elaine Ganley contributed reporting from Paris.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The Chairman of Agence France-Press, Emmanuel Hoog, said in a statement that the news agency was doing all it could to get Foley released.“James is a professional journalist who has remained totally neutral in this conflict,” Hoog said. “His captors, whoever they may be, must release him immediately.”In April 2011, Foley and two other reporters were detained by government forces in Libya while covering that country’s civil war. They were released six weeks later. South African photographer Anton Hammerl was shot during their capture and left to die in the desert.“I’ll regret that day for the rest of my life. I’ll regret what happened to Anton,” Foley told The Associated Press at the time. “I will constantly analyze that.”The U.N. said Wednesday that more than 60,000 people have been killed since the start of Syria’s conflict in March 2011. This number represents a large jump from death tolls previously given by anti-regime activists.The Committee to Protect Journalists said that Syria was the most dangerous country in the world for journalists in 2012, when 28 reporters were killed.Those who lost their lives include award-winning French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier, photographer Remi Ochlik and Britain’s Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin. Also, Anthony Shadid, a correspondent for The New York Times, died after an apparent asthma attack while on assignment in Syria. Associated PressBEIRUT (AP) – An American journalist has been missing in Syria since he was kidnapped more than one month ago, his family said Wednesday, less than two years after he was held by government forces in Libya while covering that country’s civil war.The family of James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., said he was kidnapped in northwest Syria by unknown gunmen on Thanksgiving day.Foley, 39, has worked in a number of conflict zones around the Middle East, including Syria, Libya and Iraq. He was contributing videos to Agence France-Press while in Syria. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more