A month filled with special events, thought-provoking exhibits and informative workshops was launched today, Jan. 27, at Province House when February was proclaimed African Heritage Month. “This year marks the 25th anniversary of African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “As we celebrate this quarter century milestone, I encourage all Nova Scotians to take time to commemorate and rediscover the significant contributions African Nova Scotians have made to the province.” African Heritage Month is a celebration of culture, history, longevity and progress. Many African Nova Scotians believe that knowledge of one’s history promotes pride in self and community, which leads to a healthier province and country. “Heritage month is an opportunity for people in the community to rediscover their roots and honour their culture and heritage,” said Wayn Hamilton, CEO of African Nova Scotian Affairs. The African History Month Information Network is promoting a month-long calendar of events across the province. The network includes African Nova Scotian Affairs, African Nova Scotian Music Association, African Heritage Month Southwest Network, Black History Month Association, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Cape Breton Service Providers, and the Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association. “As we celebrate our 25th heritage month, there are numerous activities and events planned that will interest everyone,” said Mr. Hamiltion. “There will be a gala in Sydney, concerts in Amherst, and theatre performances in the Halifax Regional Municipality, just to name a few.” The community events calendar and more information on African Heritage Month are available on the African Nova Scotian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa . The calendar is updated as information on events is received. Weekly updates will be available by calling 902-424-3842, beginning Saturday, Jan. 31. Black History Month was founded in 1926 by Harvard educated Black historian Carter Woodson. It started as a week in February to celebrate the history, contributions and culture of African Americans. In 1976, the week was expanded to a month. In Nova Scotia, the celebration of Black History Month began in 1984 through the efforts of the Black History Month Association. It is now known as African Heritage Month. “February marks an anniversary for the Black History Month Association,” said Mr. Barnet. “This dedicated group has helped shape the province’s annual celebration for more than two decades.”
NEW YORK — An appeals court says it will speedily consider President Donald Trump’s challenge to congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks he did business with.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a brief order Friday setting a schedule for written arguments to be submitted by July 18, with oral arguments to soon follow.Lawyers on both sides in the dispute had recommended the expedited schedule after U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos (RAY-mohs) ruled nine days ago that Trump, his family and his companies were unlikely to succeed in their lawsuit.Trump sued to stop the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees from getting documents from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. The Lawsuit said the requests were unlawful and unconstitutional.The Associated Press
Toronto’s main stock index fell Monday amid tumbling oil prices as tropical storm Harvey wreaked havoc on energy markets.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 3.96 points to 15,052.03, with lower shares of oil and gas companies weighing heavily after widespread flooding in Texas forced many refineries on the Gulf Coast to shut down.Surging gold, materials and base metals stocks weren’t enough to overcome the downward pressure from the energy sector.The October crude contract shed $1.30 to US$46.57 per barrel while the December bullion contract climbed $17.40 to US$1,315.30 an ounce.“We’re seeing weakness in crude oil prices, which is really a reflection of the fact that with so many refineries off-line (in Texas) the demand for the feedstock — that being oil — is down a little bit,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“On the flip side we are seeing a lift in gold prices, which I think is largely a function of the weakness in the U.S. dollar, as opposed to gold surging as some sort of a safe haven trade.”Fehr said a carry-over trend from last week was Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s lack of specific, hawkish tone about future U.S. policy at an annual meeting of central bankers, economists and policy makers in Jackson Hole, Wyo.“That really took some of the lustre off the greenback,” he said.The Canadian dollar advanced 0.07 of a U.S. cent, trading at an average price of 80.12 cents US.On Wall Street, major indexes were relatively flat, but mixed.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 5.27 points to 21,808.40, the S&P 500 index inched up 1.19 points to 2,444.24, and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 17.38 points to 6,283.02.Elsewhere in commodities, the October natural gas contract was up four cents to US$2.96 per mmBTU and the September copper contract was up three cents to US$3.06 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Under the theme “Run without borders!” the event, which takes place from 19 to 23 October, aims to strengthen international relations by underlining UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s statement: “Sport is a universal language that can bring people together, no matter what their origin, background, religious beliefs or economic status.”The event, now in its 15th year, originally celebrated the opening of the border between Austria and Hungary in 1989 and then supported the process that led to the accession of both countries to the European Union. Since participating runners, in-line skaters and cyclists now come from many European countries, the race has come to represent a Europe without borders. In its first year, 308 competitors from eight countries participated, while in 2004, 800 participants from 13 countries took part.The International Year of Sport and Physical Education seeks to encourage the use of sports to promote education, health, development and peace.
by News Staff Posted May 29, 2012 3:16 am MDT Samsung launches latest Galaxy smartphone in Europe before arrival of Apple’s new iPhone SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of mobile phones, said its third-generation Galaxy S smartphone went on sale Tuesday in 28 European and Middle Eastern countries, hoping to cement its lead over Apple’s iPhone.The Galaxy S III smartphones hit the shelves in countries including France and Britain. By the end of July, nearly 300 mobile operators around the world will be selling the device.Samsung said the initial response to the new smartphone was positive. At Vodafone Group, pre-sale orders for the Galaxy S III outstripped those of any previous Android-based smartphones, according to Samsung.The Galaxy series of smartphones is widely acknowledged in the industry as a success for Samsung, turning it from a smartphone also-ran into a viable competitor with the iPhone from Apple Inc.While Apple has kept the screen size of the iPhone the same in every upgrade since 2007, Samsung increased the screen size of its highest-end smartphone in its two major updates. The latest Galaxy phone screen is nearly twice as big as the iPhone screen.The 4.8-inch S III also features more computing power that supports voice commands and an eye-movement tracking feature to keep the screen from dimming.Samsung overtook Apple in smartphone sales for the first time in the first three months of this year, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The Suwon, South Korea-based company sold 44.5 million smartphones in the January-March quarter, compared with Apple’s 35.1 million iPhone sales.Market watchers expect that Apple may use its annual conference for developers next month to announce the yearly upgrade to the iPhone, which then can go on sale as early as July.Aside from being big rivals in the smartphone market, Samsung and Apple have also a close business relationship. Samsung supplies mobile chips and display panels for iPhones and iPad tablet computers, counting Apple among its biggest clients. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Nine in 10 of the arrivals at Al Hol camp in Al Hassakeh governorate were women and children, spokesperson Jens Laerke told journalists in Geneva.“Many of them have arrived exhausted, hungry and sick,” he said “Approximately 45,000 people have fled the Hajin and Al-Baghouz area of Deir-ez-Zor and arrived in the camp, since December. Those who are fleeing have told us of a desperate situation for civilians in the area they are fleeing from. It’s affected by hostilities – civilians are being killed and injured on a daily basis – there’s large-scale destruction of civilian infrastructure and shortages of food, medicine and other basic necessities.” Mr. Laerke also reported that 84 people, mainly children under-five, died either on their way to the settlement or shortly after arriving at the Al-Hol camp.And according to aid teams there, 175 children have been hospitalized owing to complications from severe acute malnutrition.The UN and partners are responding to growing needs at Al-Hol camp and surrounding areas by providing life-saving assistance to all new arrivals, along with food, water, shelter, and warm clothes and blankets.‘Staggering’ levels of need prevail: new UN humanitarian assessmentElsewhere in Syria, a desperate humanitarian situation prevails, despite a reduction in violence in many parts of the country over the past year.“With the crisis in its eighth year, staggering levels of need persist for people throughout Syria,” according to OCHA’s Humanitarian Needs Overview 2019 for Syria.Published ahead of a conference co-chaired by the European Union (EU) and the UN in Brussels from 12 to 14 March, the OCHA document states that 11.7 million people need help inside the country. including 6.2 million who are internally displaced. A further 5.6 million are refugees.“The population continues to look for safety in parts of the country still affected by ongoing hostilities with significant protection needs, new and protracted displacement, increased self-organized returns and the sustained erosion of communities resilience,” it warns.For millions of Syrians “the crisis is far from over”, it insists, with needs including food and livelihood assistance, health care, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene support.Education for children is also urgently required, with more than two million boys and girls out of school across the war-torn country.“People continue to be exposed to brutality every day,” the Needs Overview cautions. “Women, children, adolescent girls, older people, widows and female-headed households, and people with disabilities, face distinct protection risks and have specific needs.”In addition, it warns, more than 10 million people are estimated to live in areas contaminated by explosive hazards “of all kinds”.
With nearly 70 sessions to choose from, Brock University employees should have little problem finding workshops to attend at the 20th annual Wellness Day on Thursday, June 20.The Wellness Day brochure has been released and an online registration date has been set for Wednesday, May 29 at noon. Employees who do not have daily access to a computer can fill out a paper form and return it to Human Resources in Schmon Tower 1220.Kathryn Walker, Manager, Health Management and Wellness, suggests that employees have their employee numbers ready as well as a list of their top choices, including alternate options.“Last year, more than 230 people registered within the first minute,” she said. “Within five minutes, four workshops were filled to capacity.”An escape room tournament is one of nearly 70 workshop options employees can register for at the 20th annual Wellness Day Thursday, June 20. Last year, a group of Brock employees successfully broke out of the Crux jail.Luckily, there are plenty of desirable workshops to choose from. After analyzing responses from last year’s Wellness Day survey, the Wellness Day committee has compiled a list the kids at Youth University would be jealous of, including several field trips off campus — bus transportation included.For sport and physical activity lovers, there’s something from A to Z: archery, ball hockey, driving range, fishing tips, fitness kickboxing, ice hockey, kung fu, mini golf, Nordic pole walking, paddle boarding, running, soccer, try-a-triathlon, Tai Chi, volleyball, yoga (with goats and cider), yogalates and Zumba.Walking tours include Brock’s underground tunnels, campus trees, Morningstar Mill and historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.Those interested in more crafty or artistic options can arrange flowers, design a rustic serving tray or paint an acrylic landscape on canvas. Foodies may enjoy learning to cook a French country lunch, grocery shopping 101, winefulness, wine tasting, cider tasting, beer tasting or tea tasting.Health specific topics include brain fog, healthy living from the inside out, reprogramming your genes, meditation and mindfulness, myofascial forces, smoothies to increase energy, the power of breath, walking the Brock labyrinth, as well as women and health care.A variety of additional workshops are on offer, including topics such as DNA testing, genealogy, forgiveness, financial fitness, cyber security awareness, sports trivia, escape room tournament, euchre tournament, exploring Brock’s Archives and Special Collections, and psychological reasons why the grass seems greener on the other side. Employees can also choose to volunteer their time with a charity or not-for-profit organization of their choice.“We’ve already received positive feedback on the variety of workshops on offer this year,” said Walker. “We’ve been told that in addition to appreciating the break from a regular work day to attend workshops, employees also value the social and team-building aspect of connecting with people from other departments. Ultimately, we hope it leads to happier employees, better working relationships and improved service to our students, faculty, staff and community.”After last year’s adjusted format, Wellness Day is returning to its original design with in-person registration, a complimentary lunch and opening and closing plenaries. The majority of workshops will also take place on campus.This year’s opening plenary will look a little different: Instead of a professional speaker, local musician Gavin Ray will lead participants in a sing-along. The 2019 Health, Safety and Wellness Champion Award recipient will continue to be announced at the opening plenary, but new this year is a chance to win a parking pass upgrade. Anyone who attends the opening plenary will be entered into a draw to win. Those attending the closing plenary, with remarks from President Gervan Fearon, will be entered to win a bicycle, courtesy of Green Shield Canada. The annual Penny Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Thistle Complex hallway across from the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Tickets are $15 for a sheet of 25 tickets or $25 for 50 tickets. All proceeds will be donated to a non-endowed student scholarship. Employees interested in donating items to the Penny Sale can drop them off to Human Resources.Also in Thistle Complex hallway will be a massage therapist offering complimentary 10-minute chair massages on a first-come, first-served basis.“An entire day dedicated to wellness in a conference format is pretty unique to Brock,” said Walker. “We’re fortunate our senior leadership has continued to support Wellness Day. I’m hoping for record attendance this year to mark our 20th anniversary, so we can look forward to offering Wellness Day for another 20 more years.”For more information on Wellness Day, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit SharePoint.
The Changsha, China 30 story hotel — built in 15 days — is quite a feat in architectural ingenuity, but it has some construction experts skeptical as to how safe the structure is, and what protocols may have been overlooked.The entire operation seems like some kind of bet gone wrong, or an architect’s dream to immortalize his name in the Guinness book of world records by building a multi-floor structure in the shortest amount of time. But the Changsha hotel isn’t the first of its kind. Back in 2010, the Ark Hotel construction time-lapse video made the rounds on social networks; it’s a 15 story hotel, built in 6 days. Meaning the Changsha hotel isn’t an isolated incident—it’s technique being used across China.These construction workers are using a more advanced prefabricated method. Normally, western experts say, that these methods can shave building times by a third to half. Changsha hotel managed to cut one-half to two-thirds off the normal schedule, and Broad Sustainable Building, the Chinese company behind the hotel, says it cuts no corners. Supposedly, it’s not only safer and cheaper, but it’s also environmentally friendly, which all sounds a little too good to be true.Granted, China does have a few things Westerners don’t when it comes to prefabrication: manpower and factories. Everything that can be done before piecing the building together is done in factories, and China isn’t lacking in people to populate those factories. The 13 by 50 foot slabs seen in the video, with all the fixings loaded on top (wires, lights, pipes), make the entire process plausible. It seems like most of the finer work is already done—all the on-site workers have to worry about is stacking everything properly and installing plumbing and electrical components.But the bold claims don’t stop here; the Broad Sustainable Building Company says its structures are “earthquake resistant” up to a 9.0 magnitude. Due to its lightweight steel construction and diagonal bracing, either way I’m hoping no one residing in those towers will ever have to find out if those claims on the brochure are true.But companies worldwide may be considering taking this technique up as their own standard, as the Broad Sustainable Building Company is looking to sell its construction technology with firms in Brazil, Mexico, and India. It even hopes to establish business partnerships in the United States. Would you trust a structure that was built in two-weeks time?
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday it was now up to European authorities to find a debt deal to save Athens from default, after the government submitted a reform plan to Brussels.“The ball is in the court of the European authorities,” radical leftist leader Tsipras told reporters after an emergency eurozone summit in Brussels.“Our proposal has been accepted as the basis for discussion by the institutions,” he said, referring to Greece’s creditors, the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.“Negotiations will continue over the next two days. We don’t want a fragmented deal that is only for a limited time. We want a complete and viable solution.”Tsipras, who was elected in January, has balked at demands by Greece’s creditors for further austerity measures in exchange for the release of more bailout funds to avoid defautling on an IMF payment on June 30.“For the first time the burden will not lie on workers and pensioners. We are protecting middle class families and for the first time the burden will lie on those who can pay, so we can finally leave this crisis which has afflicted us for five years.”Eurozone leaders said after Monday’s emergency summit that they were finally moving towards a deal on Greece, but that there was more work to do.[AFP, Kathimerini] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Une convention proposée le 13 septembre pour l’Internet socialEric Besson, le ministre de l’Industrie, a proposé une réunion aux fournisseurs d’accès à Internet (FAI) le 13 septembre pour leur soumettre une convention instaurant un tarif social de l’Internet.Comme ce qui se passe déjà dans la téléphonie mobile depuis le mois de mars, avec un tarif social offrant 40 minutes de communication et 40 SMS pour “moins de dix euros par mois”, Eric Besson souhaite maintenant étendre ce concept à Internet. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Le ministre de l’Industrie a ainsi proposé aux fournisseurs d’accès à Internet FAI de se réunir le 13 septembre prochain pour réfléchir à l’adaptation d’une telle convention au Web, explique l’AFP, qui reprend un entretien donné par Eric Besson au Figaro. Dans ce dernier, il explique sa volonté de mettre en place “dans les prochains jours” un tarif social de l’internet, à 20 euros par mois “pour le téléphone (fixe) et l’internet haut débit, plus 3 euros par mois pour une box”. En mars, le gouvernement avait soumis cette idée à l’Autorité de la concurrence, qui y avait répondu que cette proposition était “compatible avec le droit de la concurrence”. Actuellement, plusieurs opérateurs ont lancé des offres dites “sociales”, mais seulement deux d’entre eux ont obtenu la labellisation officielle du gouvernement, note l’AFP. Reste donc à finaliser tout cela… Le 6 septembre 2011 à 13:22 • Maxime Lambert
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The final 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award has been unveiled with eight Real Madrid players includedThe Ballon d’Or is a prestigious individual award that was first presented to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956 and has since been awarded to the best player of the year ever since.Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the prize for the past decade, although Luka Modric is considered the strong favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or after claiming the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year awards.France Football have named the Croatian playmaker on the 30-man shortlist along with seven of his Real Madrid teammates.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).11 Premier League players have also made the list with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero among them.Both Ronaldo and Messi are on the list with the pair aiming for a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year.The winner will be announced in Paris on December 3.30-man shortlist for 2018 Ballon d’OrSergio Agüero (ARG / Manchester City)Alisson (BRE / Liverpool)Gareth Bale (GAL / Real Madrid)Karim Benzema (FRA / Real Madrid)Edinson Cavani (URU / PSG)Thibaut Courtois (BEL / Chelsea)Cristiano Ronaldo (POR / Juventus Turin)Kevin De Bruyne (BEL / Manchester City)Roberto Firmino (BRE / Liverpool)Diego Godin (URU / Atlético Madrid)Antoine Griezmann (FRA / Atlético Madrid)Eden Hazard (BEL / Chelsea)Isco (ESP / Real Madrid)Harry Kane (ANG / Tottenham)N’Golo Kanté (FRA / Chelsea)Hugo Lloris (FRA / Tottenham)Mario Mandzukic (CRO / Juventus Turin)Sadio Mané (SEN / Liverpool)Marcelo (BRE / Real Madrid)Kylian Mbappé (FRA / PSG)Lionel Messi (ARG / FC Barcelone)Luka Modric (CRO / Real Madrid)Neymar (BRE / PSG)Jan Oblak (SLO / Atlético Madrid)Paul Pogba (FRA / Manchester United)Ivan Rakitic (CRO / FC Barcelone)Mohamed Salah (EGY / Liverpool)Sergio Ramos (ESP / Real Madrid)Luis Suarez (URU / FC Barcelone)Raphaël Varane (FRA / Real Madrid)
California bill would expand funding to community colleges to provide free two-year tuition 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California lawmakers are considering amending a law that would make it possible for students to attend community College for free for 2 years.In San Diego, some colleges are already doing that.Colleges within the San Diego Community College District, like Mesa College, have been providing free 2-year tuition for first-time students since 2016.Students will tell you, taking away that financial burden, has help not only stay in school but also help them achieve great success.“I am extremely grateful for having that ability to not have to worry about paying it for the first two years I’m coming to college. it took off the financial burden for my family because you know they don’t want me to have to go to work a full-time job and have to pay books that can range from $1,000 every semester,” said Samantha Ceron-Draeger, a student who entered Mesa College through the Promise Program.Deron-Draeger is now thriving in her classes as she is able to focus on only her studies.The San Diego Promise Program is funded by private donors as well as the fairly new California College Program, which by state law, funds community colleges so that first time students can go to college for free the first year.Legislators in Sacramento are discussing expanding the funding for up to two years of free tuition and getting rid of the first-time student requirement.“If they continue to fund the second-year, which were hopeful for, that means we’ll be able to provide even more support for students and more students,” said Donnaly Atajar, Promise Project Assistant.Student Samantha Ceron-Draeger said she is glad she chose to attend Mesa. “Why go to a 4-year University when you can come here and get your first two years free” she said.Registration is now open for students interested in the San Diego Promise Program. April 15, 2019 Elizabeth Alvarez, Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: April 15, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
May 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – According to two United States officials, President Trump has shown that he is considering pardoning Navy Seal Chief Eddie Gallagher.Officials say that the Trump Administration had made requests for paperwork needed to pardon U-S Troops on or around Memorial Day. One of those requests was for Gallagher who is scheduled to stand on trial for killing unarmed civilians and killing a wounded war prisoner while deployed in Iraq. Categories: Local San Diego News Posted: May 18, 2019 President Trump to consider pardoning Navy Seal Chief Eddie Gallagher KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 10:13 PM FacebookTwitter
The man who abandoned his floating home on the bank of the Lake River, leaving it to languish for months near the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge last year, now faces criminal charges.Lance Balderree has been charged with one count of unlawful hydraulic project activities, a gross misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 364 days in jail, said Gene Pearce, the prosecutor handling the case. Balderree also faces two counts of abandoning a vessel on aquatic lands — one count for house, another for the now-sunken boat he used to tow it. Both are misdemeanors with a penalty of up to 90 days in jail, Pearce said.Pearce said a court summons has been requested for Balderree, who now lives in Karnes City, Texas.Balderree had lived at McCuddy’s Ridgefield Marina until early last year, when a dispute over moorage fees with the marina prompted him to pick up and move out. He towed his house a short distance upstream, parking it on the bank of the Lake River near an entrance to the wildlife refuge. In March, the 32-foot vessel Balderree used to tow the house sank. It remains at the bottom of the river, said Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Fred Neiman.Changing river levels later caused the abandoned house to tilt into the water, partially submerging it for months. But local and state officials declined to step in and move it. Agencies said they lacked the resources to remove a structure that wasn’t considered an environmental threat.It wasn’t until the house broke free from the bank last November that McCuddy’s employees towed it back to the marina and secured it. The sheriff’s office and Ridgefield police also responded. At that point, the state Department of Natural Resources indicated the house became the marina’s responsibility.
Senators from Washington:Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La CenterSen. Annette Cleveland, D-VancouverSen. Curtis King, R-YakimaSen. Marko Liias, D-MukilteoSen. John Braun, R-CentraliaRepresentatives from Washington:Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-KalamaRep. Liz Pike, R-CamasRep. Jim Moeller, D-VancouverRep. Sharon Wylie, D-VancouverRep. Norm Johnson, R-YakimaSenators from Oregon:Sen. Lee Beyer, D-SpringfieldSen. Bruce Starr, R-HillsboroSen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-PortlandSen. Richard Devlin, D-TualatinSen. Betsy Johnson, D-ScappooseRepresentatives from Oregon:House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-PortlandRep. John Huffman, R-The DallesRep. Tobias Read, D-BeavertonRep. Cliff Bentz, R-OntarioSouthwestern Washington lawmakers have invited their Oregon counterparts to form a new coalition to discuss an Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project. The two Republican lawmakers leading the charge, Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, and Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, recently sent a letter, along with Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, to a handful of Oregon and Washington lawmakers, asking them to be part of the “bipartisan, Bi-State Bridge Coalition,” or BBC. The letter invites lawmakers to a June 4 meeting, closed to the public and press, to “address transportation corridors between the states of Oregon and Washington and specific to the regions of Southwest Washington and the Portland metro area.”“I think the most important thing is to have an open dialogue amongst us to see where we can find commonality,” said Rivers. “Our goal is to shift the discussion from what we can’t do to what we can do,” she added.The letter states the goal is to find consensus using a “well-thought-out matrix” and adds “more studies are not the answer.” “The first meeting will be exploratory,” Pike said. “We’ll find out where everyone is at and gauge the temperature of the water and what they can and can’t support. … A journey of one thousand miles begins with one step. That’s what this first meeting is going to be.”But several lawmakers say they feel they have already traveled thousands of miles. Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, who was a vocal proponent of the Columbia River Crossing and who has been invited to participate in the new coalition, said she will attend the meeting but not without reservations.“I’m concerned about running head-on to another discussion about replacing the I-5 Bridge without ensuring we won’t find ourselves back here, 15 years from now,” she said. “My question will be, ‘What will be different?’ “
2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: Drive softly and carry a big battery 2020 Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V pump-up the V-Series performance… Tags Comments Share your voice 42 Photos Brandon Vivian, Cadillac’s executive chief engineer, says this “gives us the ability to have a range of V-Series models.” Expanding the V-Series range means “there will be different personas;” customers will be able to “dial it up from just looks, to looks and performance, and keep going from there,” Vivian says.This jibes with news we reported last year, when a Cadillac employee said the brand’s 4.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine would make its way into the next-generation CTS-V — in this case, the CT5-V. Cadillac’s Blackwing V8 makes 550 horsepower in the CT6-V, which we were worried might not be enough to properly replace the bonkers, 640-horsepower CTS-V. But considering the CT5-V only makes a measly 355 horsepower, a 550-horsepower V8 would be a seriously healthy bump — assuming it uses the CT6-V’s tune.As for the CT4-V, Cadillac has a number of V6 engines in its portfolio that make more power than the sedan’s 320-horsepower, 2.7-liter, turbocharged I4. So if a hotter CT4-V is indeed in the works, there are a few different ways Cadillac could go in an effort to have it better match the 464 horsepower offered by the outgoing ATS-V sedan and coupe. 2020 Cadillac CT6 first drive: Going out with a Blackwing bang Even with their lower power outputs, we’re willing to bet the CT4-V and CT5-V will be pretty alright to drive. Both models get Cadillac’s excellent Magnetic Ride Control, as well as the company’s Super Cruise driver assistance technology. The CT4-V and CT5-V are said to be a bit lighter than their ATS-V and CTS-V predecessors, as well.Still, it’s nice to know these initial CT4-V and CT5-V models are only the beginning. “Cadillac’s passion for [the] track isn’t going anywhere,” Vivian said. Cadillac 2:25 Now playing: Watch this: 32 Photos 2020 Cadillac CT4-V revealed with 320 hp and available all-wheel drive Performance Cars Luxury cars Sedans More From Roadshow 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more Cadillac If you read about the new Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V and found the details a little underwhelming, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Making 320 horsepower and 355 horsepower, respectively, the CT4-V and CT5-V are significantly down on power compared to their ATS-V and CTS-V predecessors. But these might not be the only high-performance variants in the pipeline.Some rumblings heard during the CT4-V and CT5-V reveal event in Detroit on Thursday suggest more powerful, track-focused models could arrive in the not-too-distant future. What sort of V-related nomenclature they’ll use, however, is unknown. 1 2020 Cadillac CT5-V has 355 hp and Super Cruise tech
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi speaks during an interview with Reuters at a hotel in Mexico City, Mexico 25 August, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe head of the UN refugee agency said on Saturday he was shocked by the “terrible violence” inflicted on Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar, and said their suffering would last far longer than the time it took to satisfy their basic needs.More than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since 25 Aug, when attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine state triggered a Myanmar crackdown that the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing.During a visit to the sprawling Kutapalong refugee camp in southeastern Bangladesh, close to the Myanmar border, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said Rohingyas had told him their stories.“I was really struck by the fear that these people carry with themselves, what they have gone through and seen back in Myanmar,” he told Reuters in the camp, where refugees live under thousands of tarpaulins covering the hills and rice paddies.“Parents killed, families divided, wounds inflicted, rapes perpetrated on women. There’s a lot of terrible violence that has occurred and it will take a long time for people to heal their wounds, longer than satisfying their basic needs,” Grandi said.The speed and scale of the exodus from Myanmar has left hundreds of thousands living in dire conditions in a poor part of a poor country, and UN and aid agencies are scrambling to give people shelter, get them fed and prevent an outbreak of disease.A senior UN official said on Friday that an estimated $200 million would be needed to help the refugees in Bangladesh for six months. Aid workers fear a humanitarian crisis is also unfolding in Rakhine state, though Myanmar has restricted access.Rohingyas, who trace their roots back generations in Myanmar, are a stateless minority who have mostly been stripped of their citizenship in the predominantly Buddhist country. Tensions between the communities have simmered for decades and exploded into violence several times in recent years.Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of international criticism over their plight, for not speaking out more forcefully against the violence or doing more to rein in security forces over which she has little power.Myanmar dismisses accusations of ethnic cleansing, saying it has to tackle the insurgents, whom it accuses of starting fires and attacking civilians as well as the security forces.Grandi, who in July called for Myanmar to grant Rohingyas citizenship, also asked a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh what it would take for him to return.The refugee said Myanmar needed to restore citizenship and fundamental rights, and that violence was “continuing”.Rights group Amnesty International said on Friday new satellite images and videos showed plumes of smoke were still rising from villages in Rakhine state.
Seen as an convict under law, treated as a God by his millions of followers, courted by politicians and political parties, protected by the police with Z-plus security cover and targeted by Sikh radicals, Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, is as controversial as he is colourful.The sect chief, who turned 50 on the same day when the country marked 70 years of Independence, was convicted of rape by a CBI court in Panchkula on Friday, leading to some violence by his supporters. He has two shades to his personality as the head of the cash-rich Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) sect — one of leader of social causes and another for controversies. He led an enigmatic life of ultra-luxury and pomp in public appearancesThe sect has under its belt several Guinness World Records, including largest blood donation camps in 2003, 2004 and 2010; has rehabilitated prostitutes, transgenders, alcoholics and drug addicts; and carried out disaster relief — from the December 2004 Tsumani and Gujarat earthquake to flash floods in Uttarakhand.The social activities of the sect — from blood donation camps to running educational institutions and carrying out social welfare measures, have made it popular among millions of its followers, mostly from the poorers sections of the oppressed castes in society.The DSS claims that it has over 7 crore followers across the country and abroad. A vast majority of these are in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.The sect chief enjoys Z-plus security cover from the Haryana government, despite having been charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on two counts of murder conspiracy and one count of rape and sexual exploitation of a ‘sadhvi’ (female disciple).Addressed as ‘Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan’ on the DSS official website, the sect chief has been involved in a major controversy with the Sikh community since April 2007 after he attired himself on the lines of 10th Sikh guru, Gobind Singh, during a ceremony. His action led to large scale violence in Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and other places.Given the threat to his life, especially from Sikh radicals, Singh moves around in a fleet of bulletproof Land Cruisers and Mercedes SUVs and other luxury vehicles, and flies in private helicopters and aircraft.He has survived assassination attempts in the past.Wherever he goes, his followers, in thousands, reach that place much before him. At times, this brings normal life in cities and towns to a halt.In the last few years, the sect chief has taken a fancy for films, He has acted in, directed, written and produced three films, figuring as the hero in them. All films had multi-crore budgets and released in 4,000-plus screens across the country.He has sung songs in these films and has released albums like “Highway Love Charger” — unleashing his ‘rockstar’ avatar. His other music albums include “Network Tere Love Da”, “Thank U for That” and “Insan — one who lives for others”.The sect claims that millions of his music CDs have been sold, most of them being lapped up by his followers. His songs and music encourage the youth and other people to keep away from evils like drugs, prostitution and alcohol.The sect chief, who describes his music as of a “religious genre” and “gospel”, has performed at jam-packed rock shows in New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the Ramlila Maidan. He has done over 100 such shows so far.The titles of his songs are equally interesting — “Atom Bomb”, “Kya Khoob” and “Charge Me”.The Dera chief is an accused in the murder of sect follower and his former manager, Ranjit Singh, in July 2002. Singh was murdered by sect activists, allegedly at the behest of the sect chief “as he knew too much about activities inside the sect headquarters”.He is also an accused in the murder of Sirsa-based journalist, Ram Chandra Chhatrapati, in October 2002 after the latter wrote about shady activities inside the sect headquarters near Sirsa, around 260 km from here.The sect chief was convicted of rape and sexual exploitation of a former female follower, 15 years after the allegations were made in 2002.The CBI, which is probing all three charges against him, has filed its charge-sheet against the sect chief and others in the other two cases.The sect management has been refuting all the charges so far.The sect and its chief wields political clout among its followers in Punjab and Haryana and is courted by political parties and leaders. The sect threw its weight behind the BJP in the 2014 elections in Haryana. Earlier it had sided with the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab.The sect was founded in 1948 by Shah Mastana, who came from Baluchistan (now in Pakistan). He was succeeded by Shah Satnam Singh and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh succeeded him.
Geek Pick: DJI Osmo Action Is an Impressive Camera DebutHere’s What Happened When Scientists Strapped Cameras to Cats Stay on target The latest breakthrough in cancer research comes from … a butterfly?Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis developed a surgical camera inspired by the eye of the morpho butterfly.The bright blue insect’s eyes feature a specialized nanostructure that allows it to see multispectral images, including ultra-violet and near-infrared.Using an artificial version of those nanostructures, study leader Viktor Gruev built a camcorder to simultaneously register regular color and near-infrared signals in regular lighting conditions.“By looking at the way nature has designed the visual systems of insects, we can address serious problems that exist with cancer surgery today and make sure there are no cancer cells left behind during surgery,” Gruev, an Illinois professor of electrical and computer engineering, said in a statement.Some large hospitals and treatment centers may use experimental near-infrared fluorescent agents, but the costly, bulky machines require the dimming of lights to pick up weak signals—not an ideal environment during surgery.“Ninety-five percent of hospitals in the United States have small operating rooms. No matter how good the technology is, if it’s too big, it can’t enter the surgical suite,” according to Missael Garcia, a postdoctoral researcher at Illinois. “It’s a very busy place during the surgery, so rolling in an instrument as big as a table just isn’t going to work.But Garcia and Gruev’s multispectral camera is.For ease of use, the tiny tool is integrated into a pair of surgical glasses—helping to protect the doctor’s view and project fluorescent information in real time.Gruev & Co. partnered with surgeons at Washington University to test their technology in mice and humans.By employing a common infrared-emitting green dye and the butterfly’s-eye glasses, physicians were more easily able to identify lymph nodes in a human with breast cancer.The morpho butterfly’s eye was used as model for a surgical probe that can more accurately find tumor margins (via L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois)“Our technology is much quicker [than the traditional hunt-and-peck method] because one of the advantages is imaging deeper in the tissue,” Gruev explained. “Sometimes when they’re looking for green coloration, they’re looking for a while because the nodes are below the surface. With the fluorescence, you can see through the skin or the tissue and identify them much quicker.”The specs are anticipated to cost about $200—less than $20,000 for the cheapest government-sanctioned instrument.“This technology is more sensitive, more accurate, much smaller, and lower-cost than currently available instruments that are FDA-approved to detect these signals,” Gruev boasted.Moving forward, the researchers are working to integrate their camera with endoscopic systems; they also filed for a patent on the butterfly’s-eye technology.Garcia and Gruev previously built a cancer-detecting camera, capable of sensing color and polarization by mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp. Information collected with the tool has since been used to develop an underwater GPS system.