A really good feeling Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos players back on the ice

first_imgDENVER — It was just a pickup hockey game between family and friends but the significance was not lost on former Humboldt Broncos teammates Ryan Straschnitzki and Jacob Wassermann.The two young men tested out sledge hockey sleds at an arena in Denver in anticipation of a short exhibition game during an extended first period of a National Collegiate Athletic Association game between the University of Denver Pioneers and the Providence Friars on Friday night.It soon turned into a game of shinny marking the first time both Straschnitzki and Wassermann were on the ice together since the junior hockey players were seriously injured in a fatal bus crash near Tisdale, Sask., last spring.“Some of those guys out there are really … good and being out with Straz was amazing,” said 18-year-old Wassermann, who was set up  by Straschnitzki for a goal. “I haven’t been out on the ice with him for some time so that was a really good feeling.”Wassermann was playing as a forward, instead of his former position as a goaltender, so he could get used to using the sled.“I’ve been a goalie my whole life, so I’m not really a scorer or anything. All that playing out there is pretty much new to me, being a goalie when I was very young, but it’s fun though.”Straschnitzki, 19, has had a lot more time playing sledge hockey and was impressed with Wassermann’s goal.“I set him up for a nice one. I think it was pretty cool. We got to see each other on the ice and it was fun. This was just a little warm-up for tonight,” he said.The two players were presented with autographed Hanson Brothers jerseys from the original movie “Slapshot.” There was a lot of laughter and on-ice banter.“That was fantastic to see them. That was the first time they’ve been on the ice together since April 5 and the smiles those two had and the chit-chats,” said Ryan Straschnitzki’s father, Tom Straschnitzki.“I think they were trying to hit each other too.”The junior hockey careers for the two players ended April 6 when the Humboldt Broncos team bus and a semi-trailer collided. Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured. Straschnitzki was paralyzed from the chest down and Wassermann from below the navel.Wassermann’s father, Kirby Wassermann, had mixed feelings as he watched the two former teammates play.“It’s really nice to see them out there again together. It’s been since April and I know Jacob’s been really excited for the trip,” he said.“But at the same time it brings a lot of things back and … it’s hard too.”— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada wellpositioned to benefit from nonmeat alternatives Beyond Meat founder

first_imgMONTREAL — The transition from animal meat to plant-based alternatives will unleash a new era of agricultural productivity and Canada is well-positioned to benefit, Beyond Meat founder Ethan Brown said Tuesday.The burger patties and sausages of the Californian company that are made from plant proteins have stormed the market, and even the stock market since the company’s listing last month on the Nasdaq composite.Beyond Meat sells products made from peas, canola oil, mung beans and rice protein that contain no soy, gluten or genetically modified foods.Brown took part in a discussion on “The Next Agri-Food Revolution” at the Montreal Conference of the International Economic Forum of the Americas.In addition to the health benefits of his products, he believes that if water and farmland can be used to grow vegetables and other plant foods, the amount of food for human consumption will be exponential.He pointed to a study indicating that a plant-based burger requires 99 per cent less water and 93 per cent less arable land to produce, not to mention reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Canada can take advantage of this windfall, he said, citing the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where farmland is vast.There are so many possibilities with the food products used by Beyond Meat, including yellow peas and mustard seeds.“You have the ability to grow them in abundance,” said Brown, whose father teaches at the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at McGill University.In Canada, the A&W fast food chain offers a hamburger containing a Beyond Meat patty, which is now available in many grocery stores.Not wanting to be left behind, Tim Hortons has begun testing three new Beyond Meat lunch sandwiches and could distribute them across Canada by the end of the summer. Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR, TSX:AW.UN)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Swedens Saab undecided on whether to bid on Canadas fighterjet contract

first_imgOTTAWA — Swedish fighter-jet maker Saab says it has not decided whether it will participate in the $19-billion competition to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.Saab’s Gripen fighter is the only non-U.S. plane still in possible contention after fellow European firm Airbus Defence and Space pulled its Eurofighter Typhoon from the race last week.Airbus blamed the cost that non-North American companies must bear to ensure their planes meet a specific security requirement, which French firm Dassault had also cited when it withdrew its Rafale fighter from the competition last year.Airbus also took issue with the Canadian government’s decision to ease a policy that required bidders to legally commit to investing in Canada following a U.S. complaint that the policy violated Canada’s agreement as a partner in developing the F-35 stealth fighter.Saab Canada president Simon Carroll tells The Canadian Press his company is very interested in entering the Gripen into the Canadian fighter-jet competition but is still reviewing the security requirement, among others, before making a decision.Boeing’s Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 are the other two fighters beside the Gripen still in contention in the high-stakes competition, which officially kicked off in July.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

No answers for me Chief says First Nations left out of Fort McMurray fire

first_imgThe Canadian PressIt was May 8, 2016, and the Fort McMurray wildfire was in full blaze.Municipal and provincial leaders had gathered to discuss a response when Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation walked in wanting to know how their plans would affect Indigenous communities.“All these heads started looking at each other and they had no answers for me,” he recalls. “It was clearly evident they had no plans for emergency procedures for First Nations in the surrounding area.”That’s also the main conclusion of a lengthy report by 11 Indigenous communities in and around Fort McMurray. It was funded by the Red Cross and is the result of two years of surveys, meetings and focus groups.“You had this breakdown in understanding,” said Tim Clark, the consultant who wrote the report.The Fort McMurray wildfire became one of Canada’s worst natural disasters.More than 88,000 residents fled their homes and more than 2,400 structures were damaged or destroyed. The estimated cost was pegged at about $10 billion and nearly 6,000 square kilometres in northern Alberta were scorched.There were no deaths directly caused by the fire, but the report suggests that wasn’t because things went smoothly.Nobody knew who was in charge, it says. Between municipalities, the province and Ottawa, responsibility for Indigenous communities was up in the air.There were few relationships and less trust between government and First Nations groups, says the report. Indigenous leaders weren’t included in the Regional Emergency Operations Centre.“You had Fort McMurray First Nation, just east of Fort McMurray, and they didn’t even know there was an emergency operations centre,” Clark said. “(The municipality) did not reach out to First Nations because it assumed they were being dealt with by the federal government.”Most residents from the nearby hamlet of Janvier left for safety in Lac La Biche, 175 kilometres away. But when a few Janvier kids acted up, everyone, including elders, was rousted and moved again _ some back to Janvier, which was still under threat.Re-entry after the fire was similarly tone-deaf, the report says.Registration centres were held in schools, institutions many Indigenous people are reluctant to enter.“The moment you opened up the Friendship Centre re-entry centre, it was immediately filled with people,” said Clark.“There were a lot of people who weren’t going to those (schools).”There was also initial doubt about whether residents would be allowed to rebuild in the Waterways neighbourhood _ one of the oldest parts of Fort McMurray and settled by Indigenous people generations ago.“The municipality understood it in financial terms,” Clark said. “The Indigenous people understood it in more of a cultural, historical perspective.”Governments also failed to consider the circumstances of Indigenous communities, he said. Many houses damaged in the fire started off in bad shape. Fewer Indigenous homeowners were insured.About one-quarter of Indigenous people in the survey lost their homes _ a far higher percentage than in Fort McMurray as a whole. About one-third of those who lost homes had no insurance.It wasn’t until March 2017 _ months into the recovery effort _ that Indigenous representatives joined a recovery task force. Clark also found First Nations and the provincial agency managing federal relief funds worked poorly together.Metis communities weren’t eligible at all.Clark writes that the Willow Lake Metis spent more than $100,000 supporting members during the wildfire. The Fort McMurray Metis spent their reserves to the point where they could not get a bank loan.The survey found that 70 per cent of respondents would prefer disaster management services from Indigenous groups if there were a similar disaster.Alberta Municipal Affairs spokeswoman Lauren Arscott said the province is examining the report.“(Ministers) will closely review the recommendations offered by this report to understand how we can work with First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta to improve our disaster response system for Indigenous people,” she said. “We will encourage both our municipal and federal counterparts to do the same.”There will be a next time, said Clark.“There are still a lot of areas in northeast Alberta that are at high risk for disaster events.“We can’t just say we had a big wildfire so it won’t happen again. We need to start repairing these relationships now.”Adams said it can’t happen soon enough.“What happens now? What’s the plan for us? If the (municipality) doesn’t have a plan for us, who does? Aren’t we all supposed to be working together?”last_img read more

Heat relief mission State introduces AC tram for daily passengers

first_imgKolkata: The state Transport department has introduced an air conditioned tram for daily passengers in the city.Till now, the air conditioned trams were only used on special occasions such as birthdays of dignitaries and celebration of events. Such trams were hired for some time with a designated charge on hourly basis. “At present, we have only four AC trams in our fleet and we have introduced one of them for daily commuters. It is aimed at providing relief to passengers in the summer months,” a senior official of West Bengal Trasnport Corporation (WBTC) said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe AC tram, which is plying from the end of April, has a fare of Rs 20 per head. At present, the tram is plying in Shyambazar-Esplanade and Nonapukur-Esplanade routes. The tram having a single bogey is perfectly suited for city roads, which is congested due to heavy traffic. In fact a number of tram routes in the city have been affected due to metro project work. The service of the tram is available from 10 am to 7 pm daily. “We are getting a good response and after monitoring the number of passengers for some months. We may roll out one or two more AC trams in future,” the official added. The seating capacity of the tram is 28. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe two special AC trams — Banalata and Charuibeti — that are being used for joyrides particularly during weekends have basic kitchen facilities for making tea, coffee and serving hot snacks. But, the AC tram for daily commuters will not have such facilities. The AC buses have contributed reasonably in boosting the exchequer of the state Transport department particularly during the summer months. “We are hopeful that the AC tram also will also be a hit,” the official said.last_img read more

Moroccans to Fly National Flag on Buildings for Green March

Rabat – The Morocco 21 association is calling for the Moroccan people to fly their country’s flag above buildings, shops, and cars on the 40th anniversary of the Green March on November 6.The initiative received a warm welcome on social networks. Whether on balconies, windows, shops or cars, according to the association it is very important that everyone shows his or her enthusiasm to celebrate this symbolic date.Immediately after the association launched its campaign, the initiative went viral on social media, with many Moroccans around the world hailing the idea. Facebook users shared their photos with the Moroccan flag on Facebook and on the page dedicated to the event, which has already about 5,000 likes.The association said that the initiative was well received by Moroccans, who responded by proudly displaying their patriotism in creative ways.The organizers added that if Moroccans continue to show their enthusiasm for the symbolic date, that marks the country regaining its Saharan provinces, they expect that the initiative will strengthen the meaning of the heroic period in citizens’ collective memory.Every November 6, Moroccans celebrate the anniversary of the Green March, one of the largest, longest, and most peaceful marches anywhere in the world.The Green March was a strategic mass demonstration of some 350,000 Moroccans in November 1975, led by the late King Hassan II, to regain sovereignty on the southern regions of Morocco.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Aimia in talks with new Aeroplan partners as it braces for Air

MONTREAL — Loyalty program operator Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) swung to a loss of $25.1 million in its latest quarter as it said it’s in talks with a number of potential partners to replace its departing Aeroplan partner Air Canada (TSX:AC).CEO David Johnson wouldn’t provide details of the Montreal-based company’s plans for replacing Air Canada on a conference call with analysts Thursday, but said to “expect a re-invented program which will continue to be multi-airline.”Johnson and departing chief financial officer Tor Lonnum said during the call that Aimia’s diversified customer base and cash resources are giving management time to cut costs, simplify the business and find new offerings for card holders.Still, Johnson said Aeroplan customers mainly use their points for travel, and that’s likely to continue both before and after 2020 when Air Canada will begin to operate its own points program.By the end of 2019, Aimia said it expects to reduce annualized costs by $70 million, in part by cutting its workforce by 10 per cent this year.The company said its loss amounted to 19 cents per share for the quarter ending June 30, compared with net earnings of $7.2 million or two cents per share for the same period last year.Aimia’s shares are worth less than one-quarter what they were before Air Canada’s announcement on May 1.The company said that while Aeroplan activity was up in its latest quarter, there’s been no material change in redemption trends following elevated levels in May.Aimia also said it has maintained its overall 2017 company guidance. read more

Brocks Centre for Digital Humanities hosting two digital media workshops

The Centre for Digital Humanities at Brock University is hosting two upcoming digital media workshops designed to launch collaborative research projects between Brock faculty and industry professionals in Niagara.The workshops, which are funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection grant, will explore possibilities for collaborative research and production in the digital media sector.* Digital Media Workshop: Video / Games / Research & ProductionWhen: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 12 noon to 2 p.m.Where: Decew Room, Sheraton Four Points, 3530 Schmon Pkwy, Thorold, Ont.* Digital Media Workshop: Social Media / Technology / Research & ProductionWhen: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 12 noon to 2 p.m.Where: Decew Room, Sheraton Four Points, 3530 Schmon Pkwy, Thorold, Ont.Workshop spaces are still available for Brock faculty and local digital media industry professionals interested in participating.For more info, or to arrange for an interview to be invited to one of the workshops: Martin Danahay, professor, Centre for Digital Humanities/English Language and Literature, 905-688-5550 x5203; mdanahay@brocku.ca read more

Rick Nash not leaving Columbus yet

After weeks of speculation and countless rumors making their way through the media, Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash is staying put. But comments from Columbus’ general manager Scott Howson still leave room for speculation about how long Nash will remain at Nationwide Arena. The National Hockey League trade deadline came and went at 3 p.m. Monday, and Nash was not moved despite Howson entertaining offers for Nash from multiple teams, according to reports. The lack of movement for Nash could become an awkward situation for the Blue Jackets after Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick, issued a statement to The Sporting News that pushed for a deal to be done by Monday’s deadline. “We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets,” Resnick said in his statement. “However, if a deal is not reached, then the list of acceptable teams will not change at a later date.” Resnick referenced reports that Nash’s list of teams that he would approve for a trade would change if the Blue Jackets moved him over the summer. A no-trade clause in Nash’s contract puts him in the driver’s seat for which team he would end up with if a trade were to be made in the future. And, in a twist contrary to initial reports, Howson said in a press conference following Monday’s deadline that it was Nash who approached him about a trade and not vice versa. Nash had been adamant with the media about never asking the Blue Jackets to be traded. The rift between Nash and the general manager likely won’t improve as they are now in a public disagreement about the origin of the trade rumors. After Monday’s trade deadline past, Howson said Nash first approached the organization about a trade. Though Nash was the focus of the trade deadline league-wide, the Blue Jackets did make a trio of moves in the week leading up to the deadline. The only move the Blue Jackets made Monday involved sending center Sammy Pahlsson to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for two-2012 fourth-round picks. Former center Antoine Vermette was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday in exchange for goalie Curtis McElhinney, a 2012 second-round pick and a 2013 fifth-round pick. Since the 2009 season, McElhinney has been a member of four NHL squads and is rehabilitating an injury in the American Hockey League. Former Blue Jackets center Jeff Carter was shipped to Los Angeles on Thursday for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first round pick. The condition is that the Blue Jackets will be able to choose if they want the pick to be in this year’s entry draft or next year’s. There was an audible roar from the crowd when the trade was announced prior to the start of Friday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. Johnson, a former University of Michigan player, received an ovation from those in attendance when he arrived midway through the game. Howson made it clear that his most recent rebuilding of the Blue Jackets will be focused on drafting well as he stock-piled draft picks and only received two players in exchange for the three he dealt. The Blue Jackets will continue their season Tuesday when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. read more

322 carat Type 2A diamond recovered at Lulo Angola

first_imgLucapa Diamond Co has recovered a 32.2 ct, Type 2A diamond from its Lulo Concession in Angola. The D colour diamond was recovered from the BLK_19 bulk sample adjacent to the BLK_06 site, approximately 1,600 m southeast of the priority Se251 kimberlite pipe. The diamond measured 32 x 10 x 8 mm and is the largest recovered by Lucapa through the new Dense Media Separation (DMS) plant which the company commissioned in November 2013 and is the fourth largest diamond recovered at Lulo to date.Lucapa Diamond is the operator of the 3,000 km2 Lulo Diamond Concession in Angola’s Lunda Norte Province. It is situated about 750 km from Angola’s capital city of Luanda and ~150km from Catoca, which is ranked the third biggest kimberlite diamond mine in the world.A systematic four-year exploration program at Lulo has already yielded rare Type 2A alluvial diamonds of up to 131.4 ct.Lucapa is now drill testing and excavating priority kimberlite targets at Lulo to locate the source, or sources, of the rare alluvial diamonds being recovered from within the Lulo concession.last_img read more

Topless teens sexual harassment and aerosol flamethrowers Dart users complaints to Irish

first_imgI saw some injured people who were limping getting off the Dart at Howth Junction and Kilbarrack stations… It was insane and people were terrified.Up to five daily complaintsAll of the above complaints preceded the introduction of Irish Rail’s text alert system for monitoring anti-social behaviour earlier this month.Many were more general in nature, and included questions about why there was a lack of security presence on trains and in stations, as well as asking how gardaí were helping to tackle the problem.A spokesman for Irish Rail said that while it was too early for specific trends on the new system to be identified, it appeared that the service was being used responsibly by Dart users.A spokesman for the company also said that the company has engaged extensively with gardaí to proactively plan and reactively respond to anti-social behaviour.Measures to deal with the issue include creating proactive protocols for major events, such as concerts and sporting events, and enacting a specific liaison for the summer season to cover beach activity.“The company has successively increased security personnel both in mobile on-board teams and static security at stations over the past 18-24 months,” the spokesman said, addressing a query about security at stations and on trains.“Current security patrol levels have doubled in this time, and resources will continue to be reviewed and enhanced as necessary.”The company will also hire a specialised person to strengthen its management of measures to tackle anti-social behaviour.The spokesman added that, as part of efforts to address anti-social behaviour, 128 Dart carriages had been fitted with CCTV, and that the process to fit CCTV in the remaining 16 carriages in the Dart fleet was currently underway.Garda Public Transport UnitThe spokesman also said the company regretted that the customers who highlighted these incidents were exposed to the societal issue of anti-social behaviour.“While the overwhelming majority of the 48 million journeys made annually on the company’ services occur without incident, it is a priority for us to reduce the number of incidents,” he said.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Minister for Transport Shane Ross said arrangements were being made to put officials on Irish Rail services in order to prevent security breaches.“The new staff will monitor and report on any security breaches reported. We’re also working very closely and talking with the trade unions on what they say about this.”But Ross said that the Department was “not inclined” to agree with requests by the NBRU to create a Garda Public Transport Unit, although he revealed that discussions on this had taken place.He added that anti-social behaviour on public transport was unacceptable, and acknowledged that public transport was more vulnerable than traveling in a private car.“We are keeping that under review. And if we get evidence that putting special staff on [public transport should be done], I think we’d encourage the companies to do that.”With reporting from Christina Finn. I understand that this is not the fault or the responsibility of Irish Rail but I would appreciate that the person in charge of driving the Dart check in on the CCTV occasionally as there are rarely security staff on the ground. Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 12:05 AM Sep 1st 2019, 12:06 AM Image: Leah Farrell DART PASSENGERS HAVE reported a number of incidents involving assaults, sexual harassment, racist abuse and intimidation on board services since the middle of last year.Earlier this month the company launched a new text alert system to tackle anti-social behaviour amid high-profile reports of such incidents and concerns for passenger safety.It also announced that it will increase security patrols, install new CCTV cameras and increase co-operation with gardaí in a bid to crack down on the problem.However, complaints from before the launch of the new system to report anti-social behaviour, submitted via Irish Rail’s ‘Customer Care and Feedback’ option on the company’s website, detail the nature of anti-social incidents on board the service.Correspondence from members of the public seen by TheJournal.ie also includes allegations of drunkenness, intimidation, physical threats, fighting, smoking, and drug-taking by passengers using the service.Politicians, campaigners and unions have led calls for both the government and Irish Rail to tackle anti-social behaviour and increase security measures at trains and stations.Last week, the National Bus and Rail Union passed a motion to withdraw bus and rail services from areas considered to be ‘blackspots’ for anti-social behaviour in the run up to Halloween, and called for the establishment of a Garda Public Transport Unit.Asked about these claims by TheJournal.ie in an interview this week, Minister for Transport Shane Ross said that while public order incidents on public transport were “unacceptable”.“It’s certainly something which concerns me enormously,” he said, but added that the Department was “not inclined” to hire gardaí to police rail or bus services.Complaints about such behaviour on Dart services rose to 96 last year, almost double the 52 complaints Irish Rail received from users of the service in 2017.Since the introduction of its new text alert system, the company has received between two and five complaints daily.Racist and homophobic abuseSeveral complaints dating from June 2018 describe passengers being intimidated and verbally abused, including allegations of racism and homophobic abuse towards themselves and others.One passenger who travelled on a southbound Dart from Killiney to Shankill told Irish Rail that they were spat on and the subject of a racial slur after asking a group of youths to stop cycling in a train carriage.A different passenger who boarded an afternoon train at Clongriffin said they feared for their safety after a group of men directed homophobic abuse at them, saying: https://jrnl.ie/4789716 Share12 Tweet Email1 They began to cause physical damage to the train before shouting homophobic abuse to me and my partner before giving indications of beginning physical abuse. Image: Leah Farrell Short URL 42 Comments We had to leave train in fear of our safety. I use the train service everyday and I am disappointed that people so drunk with alcohol can get on train, but also that there is no security for passengers.Other complainants contacted Irish Rail to report drunk passengers, including one who claimed they were subjected to “absolutely intolerable” behaviour on board an evening Dart service from Malahide to Sydney Parade.The individual contacted the company after a group of “about forty teenagers” boarded the train and played “loud expletive filled rap music” from a speaker.They said:They began chanting loudly and shouting at each other. All the boys were topless and began blowing balloons around the train carriage. My journey is absolutely unbearable and I wanted to report this behaviour as it is not what I am used to on Iarnród Éireann services.Sexual harassmentA number of female passengers also contacted Irish Rail after reporting being sexually harassed on board the Dart.In one instance, a woman who travelled on an 11.30pm service from Dublin to Greystones complained after she claimed that “inappropriate and worrying” advances were made towards her by an older man, despite her telling him she was uncomfortable.“He asked me whether I was a student which makes me worried that he’s targeting young women in this way,” she said.“I took a picture of him to send to a friend as it got to a point where I was concerned he may get off the train at the same stop at me and I was genuinely in fear for my safety.”Another woman also reported issues regarding a man on a southbound Dart from Pearse Street:I was made incredibly uncomfortable by a man on the same carriage as me who stared at me throughout the journey and proceeded to touch himself through his trousers. By Stephen McDermott Assaults and fightingSeveral instances of assaults or fighting among passengers on the Dart were also reported to the company.On one occasion, a complainant asked why gardaí did not call to the scene of a fight on a train despite being contacted by passengers on board.“We were stuck on this train for a considerable period of time with all sorts of people who obviously had too much to drink,” the individual wrote.“We then got off, myself and my wife and our two children, plus a friend of theirs, and felt unsafe… I am amazed and upset that the garda did not turn up, an issue which I feel is crazy.”Another passenger reported being spat on during a day out with their family, while another said that they were also spat on after stopping a woman from being attacked by youths on a Dart from Bray to Sandycove.One complainant contacted Irish Rail after witnessing youths randomly attacking people on a train from Howth, including by using an aerosol as a weapon:At one point a man was using a deodorant can and a lighter as a makeshift flamethrower either to defend himself or attack others and normal Dart customers were running over each other to get away to the next carriage. Topless teens, sexual harassment and aerosol flamethrowers: Dart users’ complaints to Irish Rail A new text alert system for complaining about anti-social behaviour on the service was launched this month. 87,598 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Dingethal faces challenges in bid to unseat Herrera Beutler

first_imgThe race for the 3rd Congressional District, the seat representing the people of Southwest Washington in Congress, is quietly underway. Challenger Bob Dingethal — who is up against incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas — described his campaign strategy as trying to “use a rifle, instead of a shotgun.” “We’re trying to address people in the most efficient way,” Dingethal said. And, he admitted, at times the rifle sounds a bit muffled.But, his campaign manager Nick Ande said, “if we had $2 million dollars, we would have (more advertisements) up by now.” Instead, Dingethal has $19,911 cash on hand, according to the federal election commission website. Herrera Beutler has $880,201 cash on hand. Ballots are scheduled to go out in less than a month, and the two candidates have yet to face each other in a debate, and have none scheduled. They both plan to attend a candidate forum on Oct. 13 at Camas High School.In an election year in which Washington voters won’t be choosing a new president, governor or senator, it can be difficult to generate a buzz. Dingethal has taken a grass-roots approach; knocking on doors, appearing in more than 15 community parades and showing up to speak at events ranging from the Rotary Club of Vancouver to the Marijuana Business Association. This week he kicked off a three-day series of town hall events throughout Southwest Washington. Dingethal is hitting Herrera Beutler on one of her perceived weakness: the incumbent has come under repeated fire for being elusive and not holding traditional town halls. Dingethal has joined her detractors and criticized Herrera Beutler for being aloof and not more proactive in participating in debates. “You would think I would be at a huge disadvantage against someone who has been in Congress,” Dingethal said. But no matter where Dingethal attacks, and despite historically low approval ratings for Congress — a point Dingethal hammers — Herrera Beutler is in a safe district.last_img read more

Freed slaves first year rough

first_imgMOKPO, South Korea — Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse.In the year since police emancipated the severely mentally disabled man from the remote island farm where he had worked for eight years, Kim has lived in a grim homeless shelter, where he has been preyed upon and robbed by other residents. He has no friends, job training prospects or counseling, and feels confined and deeply bored.“I want to go back,” Kim, 41, said during a recent interview in the shelter near Mokpo, the southwestern mainland port that is the gateway to dozens of salt islands where a monthslong investigation by The Associated Press found that slavery still thrives, an open secret among locals. “I feel trapped here,” he said.Kim’s plight illustrates the continuing failure of one of Asia’s richest countries to help workers who have been enslaved on the farms — often people with mental or physical disabilities. Three other disabled ex-slaves also told the AP that they wanted to return to the salt farms because of their misery and sense of aimlessness in the crowded homeless shelters that officials placed them in. On the farms, they said, they at least had a fixed daily routine, a job they became skilled at and a sense of purpose. An official on Sinui, one of the salt-farming islands, confirms that at least one ex-slave has returned to a farm. Activists and officials suspect there are many more.last_img read more

Online Media Companies Evolve Beyond the Banner Ad

first_imgSkey: Customer collaboration is a fun area for marketing innovation. We are introducing products and services to our users and allowing them to propagate or propel the message further. This type of consumer engagement has great value to advertisers and our users seem to love it.FOLIO: What’s another consumer engagement tactic?Skey: Custom content is also huge for us as it works for both our users and our advertisers. We do have to balance authenticity and avoid ever endorsing a product that we don’t believe in.FOLIO: What are the priorities for SheKnows going forward in terms of revenue diversification? Skey: We will continue to support our user-advocates and enable them to build value for advertisers. Our “Experts Among Us” platform allows our contributors to promote brands they love. This type of match-up between [a] user-advocate and advertisers is hard to achieve. But, when it works, it’s super compelling.FOLIO: Any plans to produce more videos?Skey: We have launched a new video studio in Los Angeles and are finding that our short and long-form videos are in demand from both advertisers and users alike. This is an area in which we hope to continue to lead.If you’re looking to better understand how your brands can thrive in a converged media landscape, register now for FOLIO: and min’s MediaNext event on October 28-30. Pure-play companies often have no choice but to be advertising innovators. Here, Samantha Skey, chief revenue officer at SheKnows, a publishing company offering female-focused content and programming, and noted speaker at FOLIO:’s MediaNext event, October 28 to 30 in New York, offers a look at her company’s moves toward revenue diversification, targeting consumer engagement and favoring video content.FOLIO: Has diversifying your revenue sources become a critical strategy for SheKnows? Samantha Skey: It has, in that our audience and our content producers love to make and consume video. Smart, engaging video is critical communication for many of the brand advertisers we serve. Building out our branded entertainment [and] custom content unit has allowed us to diversify revenue while offering stronger opportunities to both consumers and contributors on our site.FOLIO: What are some of the ways you’re seeing digital publications diversify beyond the banner ad?last_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 15 Wilmington Man Arrested Driver Issued Summonses Teens

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, August 15, 2019:A caller stated a German Shepard on Pershing Street got out of its yard and went after him on his property. He had to swing a baseball bat to get the dog away. Police spoke with dog’s owner who stated the dog broke its leash and got away. Police advised the owner to make changes to assure this doesn’t happen again. Animal Control Officer to follow up. (10:07am)Ronald M. Pynn (44, Medford) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Revoked Registration and Uncovered/Unsecured Load. Pynn was pulled over near the Burger King on Lowell Street. (1:26pm)Police spoke with a woman at the RMV about leaving her dog in her vehicle. (2:09pm)Police received an anonymous text to 911 that kids are bullying other kids at Panera Bread. Police responded. Situation checked OK. (3:20pm)Ery Jordani Rosario (27, Worcester) was issued a summons for Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Rosario was pulled over near The Learning Experience on Main Street. (6:24pm)Jason Trudelle (20, Wilmington) was arrested for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Failure To Stop/Yield. (7:47pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Austrias Most Beautiful and Ancient Alpine Village Holds Bronze Age Secrets

first_imgToday, we think of salt as a simple condiment, adding flavor to food and forming a small yet essential part of human nutrition. However, until the 19th century, salt was a critically important global commodity, literally worth its weight in gold. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, before the advent of refrigeration and modern food preservation technology, salt offered an invaluable way to store and conserve fresh produce, ensuring that the end-of-summer harvest would endure until the following spring. Access to a ready supply of salt could, therefore, be extremely lucrative, as demand for this commodity was widespread and consistent.Indeed, for one particular Iron Age Celtic community, this “white gold” was the source of vast wealth and prosperity, funding the development of rich culture and leaving behind a tantalizing array of archaeological evidence that continues to inform our understanding of ancient Celtic societies.Hallstatt, AustriaThe salt mine of Hallstatt, deep in the Austrian Alps, is thought to be the oldest such mine in existence. This region is the site of vast underground salt deposits, left behind by an ocean that covered the region over 250 million years ago. Today, thousands of years after human beings first began to exploit these deposits, the Hallstatt mine is still in use.According to The Local, evidence for salt mining at Hallstatt goes back to at least the 5th millennium BC, if not earlier, and it seems to have been in continuous use ever since.Hallstatt main squareHowever, perhaps the most notable and fascinating period in the mine’s history occurred between 800 and 450 BC, when a community of Iron Age Celts grew extremely wealthy by mining and exporting the valuable commodity beneath their feet.Section of the Iron Age Hallstatt salt workings. Photo by Groebner – Hans Reschreiter – Naturhistorisches Museum Wien – A. Kern – K. Kowarik – A. W. Rausch – H. Reschreiter, Salz-Reich. 7000 Jahre Hallstatt, VPA 2 CC BY 3.0Evidence of this rich and culturally profuse society does not come from the mine itself, but rather from a vast cemetery located nearby. Since the 19th century, archaeologists have excavated thousands of graves, some of which contained a wide variety of expensive grave goods usually only associated with high-status individuals.Hallstatt houses. Photo by milan539 CC BY 3.0However, according to the BBC, the people buried with rich grave goods at Hallstatt do not align with our expectations of Celtic society in this period. The vast majority of the skeletons discovered in the cemetery bore the signs of a lifetime of hard physical labor, which would usually denote lower-status individuals, rather than elites.Bronze vessel with cow and calf, Hallstatt. Photo by Alice Schumacher CC BY 3.0The residents of Hallstatt, men and women alike, appear to have worked in the salt mines from an early age, undertaking backbreaking work excavating the tunnels and carrying extremely heavy loads. However, these same laborers also grew rich from the profits of their toil, living in such relative prosperity that they were able to be buried with valuable grave goods.Hallstatt in winterAccording to the BBC, the diversity of artifacts found at Hallstatt also attests to a wide-ranging system of trade. The salt miners exported salt across Central Europe and south to the Mediterranean, and in return, imported goods and artifacts from thousands of miles away. Finds include ceramics from southern Italy and Greece, and ivory sword handles from as far away as Africa.Bronze container with stand, Hallstatt. Photo by Tyssil CC BY-SA 3.0Reminders of this important period in the mine’s history may also be found in the ancient tunnels made by the Hallstatt Celts. These tunnels are littered with the remains of tapers and torches that were once used to light the way for the miners who worked in them.Hallstatt, AustriaRelated Video: Amazing abandoned mountain top village captured by droneIn addition, archaeologists have even discovered feces dating from the Iron Age, perfectly preserved by the salt of the mine itself. This ancient excrement is providing a fertile new source of investigation, providing information about the diet and health of the people who lived and worked at Hallstatt, and their connections with other groups nearby.Hallstatt ‘D’ swords, from Hallstatt. Photo by Tyssil CC BY-SA 3.0Hallstatt was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, and today is an important area for archaeological and historical work. Recently, considerable work has been undertaken on the most ancient parts of the mine, in order to prevent collapse and to ensure that the site remains protected.Read another story from us: The Magical Underground City Carved Entirely out of Salt RockToday, Hallstatt’s white gold continues to be a source of capital, despite the decline in importance of salt as a global commodity. Around 250,000 tons of salt are excavated from Hallstatt every year, suggesting that this is one ancient site that looks set to continue generating wealth for many more years to come.last_img read more

Armed man threatens North Carolina gayfriendly nightclub

first_img‘In the future we’re actually putting in a “no backpacks” policy.‘I own three clubs in Raleigh and we’re gonna put in a ’no backpacks’ policy in all of those,’ he continued.The incident on Monday (5 March) is Pittman’s 12th arrest since 2010Previous charges include disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.  He was carrying a taser and a knife in a backpack during Monday’s incident.In October, Orlando installed a rainbow crosswalk near Pulse Nightclub, where 49 people were massacred in July 2016.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A North Carolina man was arrested for shouting homophobic insults and threatening staff with a handgun outside of a gay-friendly nightclub. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Grayson Pittman was stopped by doorman at gay friendly nightclub Ruby Deluxe in Raleigh, NC.Pittman, 27, allegedly pulled out a handgun and launched into a tirade of homophobic abuse.North Carolina man brandishing weaponsRuby Deluxe owner Tim Lemuel told ABC 11: ‘I am so grateful that he didn’t get into the club.center_img Ohio man threatened to kill 85 people at a gay club on GrindrLargest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Man found with assault rifles and explosives on his way to LA Pride sentencedRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/armed-man-north-carolina-gay-club/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Grayson Pitman was arrested after being found carrying a handgun, knife and taser in a backpack. It is his 12th arrest since 2010 (Picture: ABC11)last_img read more

President Luis Guillermo Solís appoints new Presidency Minister

first_imgRelated posts:Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez steps down at Solís’ request Cabinet appointment of Lutheran bishop is unconstitutional, says Government Attorney’s Office Citigroup announcement sparks hectic week for Costa Rica’s banking sector Costa Rica Supreme Court strikes down ban on clergy holding public office – except Catholics Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís announced Friday that Sergio Alfaro Salas would be the new Presidency Minister starting on May 1.Alfaro, who’s leaving his post as executive president of the National Insurance Institute (INS) to take the job, replaces Melvin Jiménez Marín, who submitted his resignation on Thursday at president Solís’ request.The resignation followed a series of conflicts and public relations scandals blamed on the now ex minister.The new minister is a politician and lawyer who worked in private practice immediately before taking the helm of INS. He served as a lawmaker for the ruling Citizen Action Party from 2007 to 2010.President Solís said he asked Alfaro “to work to improve channels of communication with the Legislative Assembly and other groups.”“He will enforce all necessary changes that support our efforts to reduce poverty, boost economic growth and job creation,” Solís added.Vice Minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga Aponte will fill in as Presidency Minister for the rest of the month.Alfaro publicly accepted the post at a news conference on Friday, and said he would carry out the job “with total loyalty and total respect for the law, with the help of President Solís.”The Presidency Minister is the Executive Branch’s main liaison to all social and political sectors in the country, akin to the White House Chief of Staff. Among the post’s main responsabilities, the Presidency Minister is required to lead the work of all other ministers and promote the government’s agenda in the Legislative Assembly.While in office, ex minister Jiménez received harsh criticism from legislators and various interest groups for his lack of negotiation skills.Alfaro said he’ll work to improve dialogue, and he promised to promote a closer relationship between the presidency and all the country’s major interest groups.Outgoing Minister Jiménez is the fourth minister and 15th official to leave the administration during Solís’ 11 months in office. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Rights group says airstrikes in Yemen killed many civilians

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on Saada City in northern Yemen which is controlled by Shiite rebels killed dozens of civilians in an apparent violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday.The rights group said its investigators were able to visit Saada City on May 15-16 during a five-day humanitarian cease-fire and compile the names of 59 people killed in aerial attacks, including at least 35 children. It said satellite imagery showed over 210 impact locations in built-up areas consistent with aerial bombings. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The rights group said a coalition announcement on May 8 that the entire city of Saada was a military target not only violated the laws of war by treating separate military objectives as a single military target but possibly also “the prohibition against making threats of violence whose purpose is to instill terror in the civilian population.”Belkis Wille, a Human Rights researcher, told a news conference that “the city itself is a shell of what it once was,” with bombed out homes, market places and government buildings. She said she and a colleague interviewed 28 people — among the few left in what is now almost “a ghost city” — including a man named Walid al-Ibbi who lost 27 members of his family.Just before the bomb struck his home on May 5, al-Ibbi said in a video shown to reporters that “a family had come to our house to ask for my daughter’s hand in marriage for their son. Now I have lost my wife and all four of my daughters. “Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Human Rights Watch said many airstrikes were directed at legitimate military targets but several “appeared to violate international humanitarian law, also known as the laws of war, and resulted in numerous civilian deaths and injuries.”The rights group said it wrote to the Saudi government seeking information on intended targets of 13 airstrikes in Saada City but has received no response.It called on Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners to observe the laws of war, promptly investigate all alleged violations, and provide appropriate compensation to civilian victims. It also called on the United States, which is providing logistical and intelligence support to the coalition, to press for an investigation.Fighting in Yemen pits Shiite Houthi rebels and allied troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The rebels seized the capital in September and swept south, forcing Hadi to flee to neighboring Saudi Arabia.A Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition began launching airstrikes against the rebel forces on March 26.Human Rights Watch said under the laws of war applicable to the Yemen conflict, civilians and “civilian objects” such as markets and schools may never be deliberate targets of attack — and attacks that fail to discriminate between civilians and combatants or that cause disproportionate civilian harm are prohibited.last_img read more

DebtX Announces Sale of 334M in NonPerforming Loans

first_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing DebtX Announces Sale of $334M in Non-Performing Loans “”DebtX””:https://www.debtx.com/default.asp announced Monday that it is now the exclusive agent for a sale involving $334 million in loans from a real estate fund that collapsed and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]In a statement, the company said that loans involved in the sale primarily involve Acquisition, Development and Construction loans backed by land from nine U.S. states.””DebtX is pleased to have been selected for this bankruptcy sale and is looking forward to working on similar transactions as the dislocation continues in the credit markets,”” DebtX CEO Kingsley Greenland said in a statement. “”Given the unique nature of many of the properties secured by these loans, we expect strong interest from local, national and international investors,”” he added.Eighteen loans will go for sale. This includes a $55-million non-performing loan from California and a $61-million non-performing loan from Wyoming, each of which DebtX said were secured by land and water rights.DebtX said that it would begin accepting bids on Thursday, January 19 on 2 p.m. Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-12-12 Ryan Schuettecenter_img December 12, 2011 433 Views Sharelast_img read more