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Putting a focus on youth during Black History Month

first_imgThe Black Arts and Innovation Expo takes place on Saturday, February 25, from 2 to 9 p.m. at York Mills Gallery (1885 Leslie St.) in Toronto.BY GILBERT NGABO – METRO Login/Register With: “If we don’t have youth in the driver’s seat, it’s going to be a shaky future,” Higgins  said. A Toronto project is flipping the narrative on how we celebrate Black History Month. Twitter The Black Arts and Innovation Expo aims to put more focus on what young people are doing to forge a better future in their communities. Torstar News Service file – Toronto photographer Adeyemi Adegbesan, whose Instagram account @SoTeeOh has more than 60,000 followers, will also be part of the expo. “We’re all versed on Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Miss Lou and Malcolm X, and that’s fantastic,” he said. “But for a lot of millennials it’s starting to sound like cliché, and we have to start looking at contemporary realities of black people.” Dalton Higgins, the creative director for the event, says it’s time to look beyond historic figures. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Somali-born Canadian supermodel Yasmin Warsame is involved in humanitarian work in Toronto and Somalia. She’ll be one of the people making special appearances at the event. Higgins said the goal is to bridge a multigenerational gap by keeping the history of African Canadians alive, while making sure youth are taking charge of their own narrative going forward. The expo wants to reflect those realities by underscoring the work of young innovators who are making positive changes in their communities. Apart from panel discussions on various issues, music performances and art exhibitions, the event will also feature special appearances by former world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien, Somali-born supermodel Yasmin Warsame and poet laureate George Elliott Clarke among many others. Advertisement Created two years ago by Excelovate in conjunction with First Book Canada – two Canadian publishing companies with a focus on diversity – the expo is a platform for young talent in the local black communities to showcase their creative achievements. Advertisement The event will also feature the Lion’s Lair entrepreneurial competition, with the winner receiving $10,000 to help launch or expand a business. It’ll also offer 20 scholarships for African Canadian students to pursue post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering and math. Contributed – Bob Marley’s granddaughter Donisha Prendergast, who is an actress, model, dancer and poet, will make a special appearance at the expo. Advertisementlast_img read more

Chinas president meets European leaders on dealfilled trip

PARIS — Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission, as European countries seek to boost relations with China while also putting pressure over its trade practices.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker came to Paris to join Xi and French President Emmanuel Macron for Tuesday’s meeting. The leaders are notably preparing for a crucial EU-China summit.Tuesday’s meeting is a key moment in Xi’s European tour, which has involved huge business contracts, including one of the biggest deals ever for European plane maker Airbus.Xi also received the full honours of a formal reception in the French presidential palace Monday night.The EU is China’s biggest trade partner and wants to solidify that relationship.The Associated Press read more

Bird flu UN to send team to Viet Nam to assess risks

The team from the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO), which will travel to Viet Nam over the weekend, will work closely with the country’s Ministry of Health on plans to strengthen surveillance for detecting any further cases. Earlier this month WHO warned of the potential evolution of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) into a human pandemic after preliminary reports on the three new deaths, which followed an outbreak in South and East Asia earlier this year that infected 34 people, 23 of them fatally, and resulted in the deaths or culling of more than 100 million birds. Initial tests identified the latest virus as belonging to the H5 subtype and further testing has now confirmed that two of them are H5N1. WHO said it is particularly important to learn whether the H5N1 strain remains entirely of avian origin. The studies will determine whether it has mutated. The agency is concerned that continuing transmission of the virus to humans will give avian and human influenza viruses an opportunity to exchange genes, potentially giving rise to a new virus with pandemic potential. The most recent victim died on 6 August and no new cases have been identified since then. Arrangements are under way to send specimens from the new cases to a laboratory in the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network to perform gene sequencing and other analyses to yield information immediately relevant to assessment of the public health risk. Vietnamese health officials have called for close cooperation between WHO and the country’s two institutes equipped to test specimens for bird flu. This is expected to expedite the sharing of test results on any additional cases that might require investigation. read more

Sexual violence against women and children remains a major concern in Liberia

The report, the UN Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) fifth on human rights, says that six months after the country’s Rape Amendment Act came into effect, the cases listed clearly shows that far more effort is required by everyone working in the judicial system to address this reprehensible crime.“Sexual and gender-based violence, particularly against children, continued to be a major concern for UNMIL and all its partners working to uphold the fundamental rights of women and children,” the Mission said in a press release. The report, covering the period May to July 2006, was prepared with information from 25 UNMIL human rights monitors stationed in all Liberia’s 15 counties and, as well as providing an overview of the most important trends, it focuses in particular on challenges facing the judicial system as the country rebuilds after 14 years of conflict.“Circuit Courts in five counties were not operational during the May Term of Court, resulting in violations of the Constitutional and the human rights of both victims and suspects,” said Chief of the Human Rights and Protection Section, Dorota Gierycz, in launching the report.Further, Ms. Gierycz said that where courts were operational, only a fraction of the cases listed for trial were heard. Also, inefficient investigation, prosecution and hearings led to prolonged pre-trial detention in many cases and frequently, suspects were released from detention without facing trial.A positive development has been the submission of a joint report by UNMIL and the Government of Liberia Rule of Law Task Force to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf outlining a programme to strengthen the judicial sector. As part of this, UNMIL and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) supported a three-day workshop jointly organized by the Ministry of Justice, to consider best practices to strengthen the Rule of Law.Also related to law and order, the head of UNMIL has called for an end to the illegal rubber trade, stressing the importance of the crop in helping the country rebuild.“Illegal tapping and sale of rubber remains a problem and we need to have a proper certification or licensing for dealers and traders. Regulation of the rubber industry needs to be strengthened. We must stop the trade in illegal rubber because it is one of the most important sources of income and growth for Liberia,” said Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia.Mr. Doss made his remarks during a trip to the Guthrie Rubber Plantation, about 50 kilometres west of the capital, Monrovia, where he highlighted the progress made since UNMIL supported the Government in taking control of the plant in August.“The peace process is not just stopping war. It is also about rebuilding the economy and creating jobs… we must ensure that nobody seizes this plantation again and harvests rubber illegally.”In another development, Mr. Doss recently joined members of the Liberian police force, and UN military and police officers on a night patrol in some parts of the capital, as part of increased patrolling to curb the reported increase in violent crime in Monrovia. read more

SaskEnergy nets income of 111 million looks to spend 225 million on

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2016 3:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SaskEnergy nets income of $111 million, looks to spend $225 million on capital REGINA – The head of SaskEnergy says the utility needs to spend about $225 million a year on capital projects that include moving facilities on the outskirts of Regina and Saskatoon.SaskEnergy president and CEO Doug Kelln says about $100 million of that is needed to maintain infrastructure, while some will be spent relocating stations as Regina and Saskatoon expand.SaskEnergy’s annual financial report shows net income of $111 million for the fiscal year that ended in March.The report also notes that more than $5 million was spent on remediation efforts in communities with slope movement.An explosion destroyed one home and seriously damaged several others in Regina Beach in December 2014 after flooding caused the ground to shift and led to a natural gas leak.SaskEnergy has applied to lower what it charges customers for natural gas to $3.65 a gigajoule from $4.30 — which would be the lowest commodity rate in 16 years. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,052.03, down 3.96 points):Polaris Materials Corp. (TSX:PLS). Building Materials. Up $1.74, or 181.25 per cent, to $2.70 on 7.5 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up 35 cents, or 0.92 per cent, to $38.25 on 4.5 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up four cents, or 2.82 per cent, to $1.46 on 4.05 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 19 cents, or 5.54 per cent, to $3.62 on 3.8 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 13 cents, or 4.23 per cent, to $2.94 on 3.8 million shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Up 51 cents, or 5.49 per cent, to $9.80 on 3.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Toromont Industries Ltd. (TSX:TIH). Industrials. Up $4.97, or 11.07 per cent, to $49.87 on 1.4 million shares. The industrial equipment company has a friendly deal to buy the Quebec-based Hewitt Group for a combination of cash and shares worth about $1.02 billion. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2017 2:43 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

South Sudan on verge of fragmenting UN officials warn Security Council

‹ › Civilians flee the violence that erupted in the Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Nyang Touch In response to shifting conflict dynamics, Mr. Soumaré said the Mission has adopted a “more agile force posture” to protect civilians affected by violence. UNMISS is focusing on projecting physical presence away from its bases in Bentiu, Bor, Juba, Malakal and Wau through long-duration patrols and temporary operating bases in areas where insecurity is high.This includes the establishment of temporary operating bases in Leer as well as in Mundri, which, along with the deployment of an additional company to Yambio, has strengthened the Mission’s presence in western Equatoria.Humanitarian ChallengesAs violence continues, humanitarian needs are also increasing, the Special Representative said. An estimated 6.1 million people across South Sudan are in urgent need of assistance as a result of interlocking threats, including armed conflict and inter-communal violence, economic decline, disease and climactic shocks. Insecurity and poor road conditions are also negatively impacting the UN’s capability to preposition humanitarian supplies before roads are made impassable by the coming rainy season.Despite these urgent needs, the Mission and humanitarian partners continue to face significant constraints on their operations, including regular instances in which personnel are denied freedom of movement, as well as other violations of the Mission’s Status of Forces Agreement with the Government. These incidents are regularly reported to the Council and to Government counterparts, he noted.“It is of critical importance that the parties move ahead with the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity,” Mr. Soumaré emphasized. “Nonetheless, we must remember that its formation is but the first of many inter-locking steps forward towards fully implementing the peace agreement.” Once the transitional government is formed, it will need to be empowered to operationalize the institutions of transition, the Special Representative also said.“Only the full implementation of the peace agreement, with clear peace dividends for the people of South Sudan, will help bring stability to the country,” he concluded.Human RightsAlso briefing the Council, Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, noted that the initial signing of the peace agreement in August had been met with optimism that the parties to the conflict would abide by their declaration of a permanent ceasefire and halt their attacks on the civilian population. “However, the reconciliatory rhetoric propagated by Government and opposition actors has deflected from the fact that the parties to the conflict continue to attack, kill, abduct, rape, arbitrarily detain, and forcefully displace civilians, and pillage and destroy their property,” Mr. Šimonovic stressed.Providing details of attacks on civilians since the signing of the peace agreement, the UN official lamented that new theatres of violence are emerging in areas such as the Equatorias, which had previously been little affected by direct hostilities. He also underscored that an increasing number of armed defence groups had emerged in response to the Government’s “highly militarized approach” to addressing insecurity. “With the diffusion of armed conflict in all parts of the country, and the creation of local armed groups fighting against Government troops, South Sudan faces the risk of fragmentation and related human rights violations,” he said. While conflict-related violence remains a serious concern, Mr. Šimonović emphasized that human rights are under attack throughout the country. As UNMISS recently documented in a report, the space for freedom of expression and dissent has narrowed considerably, with various accounts of deliberately silencing dissenting voices including those of human rights defenders and journalists. However, Mr. Šimonović stressed, no action has been taken as of yet. “Perpetrators of these violations have not been held accountable,” he said. “South Sudan has a long history of forgiveness and amnesties, even for the most serious crimes. To break this longstanding cycle of impunity, and to prevent future violations of international human rights law, we must ensure that the transitional justice mechanisms outlined in the peace agreement are implemented.”Among his recommendations, Mr. Šimonović urged the parties to the conflict to immediately cease all violations of international and humanitarian law and human rights abuses, and implement the peace agreement “in letter and spirit in a timely manner.” He also urged the Security Council and regional leaders to continue engaging the parties to conflict in this regard.“It cannot be tolerated that leaders make declarations in Juba, while the hostilities and attacks on the civilian population continue and intensify across the country. Not only is South Sudan on the verge of fragmenting, but the conflict seriously threatens stability in the entire region,” he said.“The United Nations need to extend all necessary support to the African Union and the Transitional Government of National Unity, once established, to ensure that the cycle of impunity is broken and justice is served,” he concluded. In a statement to the press, the Council condemned “in the strongest terms” violence committed by elements of the Shilluk and Dinka communities, which erupted in the protection of civilians site in Malakal managed by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), on February 17 and which continued into yesterday, resulting in more than 18 deaths and 50 injuries.The members of the Council said they were particularly alarmed by credible reports of armed men in Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) un uniforms entering the UNMISS camp and firing on civilians, and the looting and burning of tents.Strongly condemning “all attacks and provocations against civilians and the United Nations by armed actors, including SPLA soldiers,” the Council reminded all parties, including Government security forces, of the civilian character of the protection of civilian sites in South Sudan. In its statement, the Council went to call for calm by all sides and to refrain from additional fighting, acts of violence, and further provocations. The 15-member body also called on the Government “to swiftly investigate this attack, with the assistance of UNMISS, and bring the perpetrators to justice. “It is the responsibility of the Government […] to hold those responsible for the attack accountable,” emphasized the Council. The Security Council stressed that attacks against civilians and UN premises may constitute war crimes, and those involved could be potentially subject to sanctions as authorized under its resolution 2206 (2015) for actions that threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan.In a scheduled briefing that preceded the Council’s statement, two senior UN officials urged the body and regional leaders to continue engaging all parties involved in the longstanding conflict to attain a sustainable peace.Situation on the GroundMoustapha Soumaré, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and deputy UNMISS chief reiterated the Mission’s grave concern over the outbreak of violence at the Malakal site and noted that UNMISS uniformed personnel are undertaking robust measures to strengthen physical security within and around the site, while humanitarian partners are working to resume delivery of essential services.“Meanwhile, we are engaged at all levels in the Government, the opposition and the national security forces, as well as within the communities themselves, to address the underlying factors and avoid a resumption of violence,” Mr. Soumaré said. Violence continues in many regions of the country, including in areas that had previously been relatively calm, he said. Of particular concern is the deteriorating security situation in Western Bahr E1 Ghazal, particularly around Wau, which has also escalated over the past 48 hours. read more

G4S sees growth in global mining division

first_imgInternational secure outsourcing group G4S has announced that its mining division saw annualised growth increase of over 50% in 2012. G4S Mining says it secured £85 million of new business across the globe, with a large proportion coming from the America’s and Europe regions (71% and 50% regional annualised growth). It’s African and AME (Asia and Middle-East) territories also maintained strong growth at 35% and 25% respectively. As part of a strategic review at the beginning of 2012, the company introduced a new programme aiming to focus more on utilising its global reach, enabling it to provide clients with solutions that drive out complexity and cost by addressing and optimising security standards. G4S Mining introduced regional mining teams in Canada, USA, LATAM, Asia/Middle East, Africa and the UK, and worked with the broader G4S Technology division to develop technologies and processes that enabled more efficient business operations.The company now serves over 350 customers, in 58 countries across the six continents, at over 365 sites. G4S says it provides over 100 service offerings across the mining project lifecycle, including travel risk management, risk consultancy services, remote site facilities management, technical IT services, electronic security solutions, manned security guarding and HSE support services and secure transportation.Andrew Hames, director, G4S Global Mining, said: “We are very proud of how we have secured business performance for our clients in 2012; however, we only see this as the beginning of what will be a very positive period for us in this sector. We are in a very unique position as our broad global footprint enables us to provide globally-shared best practise and in-country resources to deliver a service that customers need. We are able to use this expertise and reach to ensure resilience of client operations – mitigate risk, prevent loss, and protect employees, assets and reputation.”last_img read more

Atlas Copco launches new Swellex Spartan rockbolt line at CIM

first_imgAs mine and tunnel safety requirements have become more stringent, Atlas Copco sayst that its Swellex rock bolt system has become “a preferred alternative, offering an environmentally safe solution with high efficiency and immediate support.” Now the group has released the Swellex Spartan at CIM in Toronto, Canada, which it claims is “the industry’s most rigorously tested rock bolt, with capacity and elongation suited to your project’s needs.” Like all bolts in the Swellex system, the Swellex Spartan is easy to install for greater productivity, and provides friction anchoring and mechanical interlocking for greater safety. Spartan bolts also have high quality corrosion resistance for maximum longevity.“There’s different environments in mining and tunneling. There are cases where the rock mass transfers very little energy into the bolt. And in such cases there is no need for a rock bolt that absorbs high energy, you just need a rock bolt that can reach peak load without having necessarily to give a lot of elongation in energy absorbency. The Spartan Line has been engineered for these environments,” says Daniel Misiano, Vice President Marketing – Consumables. “The Spartan line has been engineered for a specific environment to maximize cost effectiveness and profitability. It is being manufactured using the same stringent manufacturing process, the same quality control as other Swellex rock bolts that we offer today.”last_img read more

23 May the big day for wannabe councillors and MEPS

first_imgWANNABE COUNCILLORS AND MEPs will have to battle it out against the incumbents – and each other – for the next four months and a day.The government announced today that local and European Parliament elections will be held together on Friday, 23 May.Polling hours will be between 7am and 10pm on that day. Citizenship is not a requirement for voting in the local elections so anybody over the age of 18 can vote in the area they normally reside.A total of 949 members of 31 local authorities will be chosen in 137 local electoral areas.And just 11 MEPs will be elected in the European elections.Currently, there are 3.25 million local government and European electors on the register but a new register will be published next month.Minister Phil Hogan urged those eligible to vote but not on the register to apply before 6 May.Poll: Do you plan to vote in the local elections?Explainer: What’s happening with electricity pylons and why is it such a big issue?last_img read more

Le chimpanzé au menu du léopard en Tanzanie

first_imgLe chimpanzé au menu du léopard en Tanzanie ? Des chercheurs japonais travaillant dans un parc national tanzanien ont relevé, dans des excréments de léopard, des restes de chimpanzé adulte : le félin s’est-il comporté en charognard devant un singe déjà mort, ou a-t-il capturé lui-même le primate ?Parc national des monts Mahale, en Tanzanie : 1.613 kilomètres carrés de brousse et de forêt tropicale. Particularité : c’est l’une des rares régions du pays où se côtoient – si l’on peut dire – léopards et chimpanzés – lesquels, d’après les recensements, y atteindraient un effectif d’environ 800 individus. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est là qu’en été 2012, l’équipe de Nobuko Nakazawa, de l’Université de Kyoto (Japon), a étudié la biologie et l’écologie des grands félins tachetés, et fait une découverte inusitée. En récoltant et en examinant des déjections de léopard pour mieux connaître le régime alimentaire de cette espèce, les chercheurs y ont découvert des phalanges et des rotules de chimpanzé, plus précisément d’une femelle adulte de la sous-espèce Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii, comme l’a établi l’analyse génétique. Les scientifiques ignorent toutefois si le félin s’est nourri sur la dépouille d’un grand singe trouvé mort, ou s’il l’a tué lui-même, expliquent-ils dans la revue Journal of Human Evolution. En effet, le peu d’informations récoltées par les auteurs ne leur permet pas de confirmer l’une ou l’autre des hypothèses.D’autres indices à examiner Les rares observations de confrontations entre les deux espèces montrent généralement que les chimpanzés, faisant front en commun et avec force démonstrations d’agressivité, savent décourager toute tentative d’agression du léopard. Cependant, la nouvelle découverte incite les chercheurs à réexaminer certaines blessures décelées ces dernières années sur trois chimpanzés du parc de Mahale. Des blessures qui, peut-être, pourraient être la signature du grand félin. Le 29 mai 2013 à 10:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark Talks Podcast looks at state politics 2017 grads

first_imgThis week, Clark Talks, The Columbian’s podcast, covers education from the state Capitol to the Class of 2017.The podcast begins with the Olympia update, during which state political reporter Lauren Dake talks to Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, about the ongoing education funding negotiations in the statehouse. Lawmakers are currently in a second special legislative session with the goal of ending the state’s chronic underfunding of public schools.Next, host Dameon Pesanti and small cities reporter Adam Littman introduce a compilation of interviews with five graduating high school seniors. Littman and reporter Katie Gillespie met the students while creating The Columbian’s annual graduation issue. The students chosen this year all displayed some form of activism or advocacy outside the classroom on issues relating to immigration, bullying, student resources and more.The story will run in Sunday’s paper, with a follow-up in Monday’s paper listing all the upcoming graduation ceremonies, organized by Kay Richardson.The episode wraps up with a discussion with Ashley Swanson, who gives a taste of what’s in store for the upcoming weekend.Some of the events are:• Big Paddle Festival, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration is required for the interpretive paddles. Port of Ridgefield, 5 West Mill St., Ridgefield; free, $5 to $25 for interpretive paddle. http://ridgefieldwa.us/event/big-paddle• Hockinson Fun Days, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, parade at noon Saturday. Hockinson High School, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie; free, pancake breakfast: $5 per person, $15 per family. 360-448-6450 or www.hockinsonboosters.com/fun-days.htmllast_img read more

BSO deputy suspended accused of shoplifting at Walmart

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office suspended a deputy facing charges of fraud, Monday.Deputy Dean Korenic allegedly shoplifted seven times from the Coral Ridge and Turtle Run Wal-Marts in Coral Springs, according to officials.Officials said Korenic shoplifted while in uniform one time and was driving in his marked patrol car, three other times.Korenic has since bonded out of jail.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

What Can We Do Show Your Support For The Swan Lake Crews

first_imgYour local fire departmentYour local search and rescue unitThe Wildland Firefighter Foundation Your local animal services organization or to the Humane Society The American Red Cross Making a financial contribution to a recognized organization is the most effective way to ensure needs of the community and emergency personnel are met.Consider a financial contribution to a voluntary organization of your choice, such as: Michael Davis, Lead PIO for Great Basin Incident Management Team: “This may seem a little odd, but we really enjoy seeing the ‘thank you firefighter signs. When the bus or the truck rolls up into town or at camp it’s a really cool thing to see.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Residents around the Kenai Peninsula have had one main question in mind; how can we as a community support the firefighters on the front lines of the Swan Lake Fire?center_img Show support for firefighters:•Help keep firefighters safe by creating defensible space around your home. Creating defensible space around your home is absolutely the BEST thing you can do to help firefighters. Learn how at http://firewise.org/.Respect road and area closures and evacuation orders.Post thank you banners / signs in the community and on social media. This is a great morale booster for firefighters after a long shift!Write a thank you note to firefighters. Drop them off at the incident command post so they can be posted or shared.Write thank you letters to firefighters’ families.  Put them in blank, stamped envelopes. After briefings or after shifts, firefighters can address letters to parents, kids, spouses, etc.Provide local postcards that are pre-stamped to fire camp.These will be distributed to firefighters so they can send postcards home to their families. Items They Cannot Accept at Fire Camp:Clothing & Camping ItemsWe have federal standards for personal protective gear for our wildland firefighters.Food items, including baked goods and sweetsWe are required to follow food safety regulations, and we have strict national guidelines for firefighter nutrition. Our fire crews on the line receive fresh food boxes every three days.Please confirm needs by contacting the organization of your choice before donating physical items (food, water, etc.).last_img read more

Middlesex Canal Association To Hold Bike Tour Of Canal On October 5

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Middlesex Canal Association is holding its 17th Annual Bicycle Tour of the Middlesex Canal on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9am.Riders will:meet at 9am at Middlesex Canal Plaque at the entrance of the Sullivan Square MBTA Station (1 Cambridge Street, Charlestown)follow the canal route 38 miles towards Lowellstop at the Kiwanis Park in Woburn (2 Alfred Street) around 12:30pmvisit the Canal Museum in Billerica (71 Faulkner Street) around 3pmarrive in Lowell in time for the 5pm train back to BostonRiders can choose their own time to leave the group by using the MBTA Commuter Rail’s Lowell Line, which parallels the canal.The ride will be easy for most cyclists. The route is relatively flat, and the tour group will average 5 mph. Along the way, the group will stop at several canal remnants and restored sections. If there is steady rain, the event will be cancelled.  Helmets are required for all riders. The tour will be led by Bill Kuttner and Dick Bauer.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… RelatedMiddlesex Canal Association To Hold Bike Tour Of Canal On October 1In “Community”Middlesex Canal Association To Hold Bike Tour Of Canal On September 24In “Community”Middlesex Canal Association To Hold Bike Tour Of Canal On September 30In “Community”last_img read more

Garmin brings lineup of SmartDrive portable GPS navigators to CES 2019

first_img 1 Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Garmin 85 Photos Garmin has just unveiled a trio of new Garmin Drive standalone GPS navigators for automotive at CES 2019. Meet the Garmin Drive 52, SmartDrive 55 and SmartDrive 65. You’re probably surprised that Garmin still makes portable navigation devices (or PNDs). More and more drivers rely on the powerful and flexible phone in their pocket for navigating modern roads. However, the PND is still a capable and preferable option for for professional drivers, roadtrippers and motorist explore outside of strong LTE coverage. And Garmin is one of most well-known and best established players in the PND game. The new Garmin DriveSmart 55 and 65 devices feature, respectively, 5.5-inch and 6.95-inch edge-to-edge displays. Powered by Garmin’s solid mapping and navigation software with 3D building and terrain data, they also feature a simplified interface that should make them easier to use than the previous generation Garmin Drive devices. Garmin These new 2019 models also feature onboard databases of notable sites from the History media brand, a US National Parks directory, and TripAdvisor traveler ratings, which should come in handy on road trips or when exploring on vacation. The Garmin Real Directions feature uses natural and recognizable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights when giving turn-by-turn directions to make navigating around town and in unfamiliar areas easier. The DriveSmart 55 and 65 feature Garmin Traffic information that’s pulled over the air via a receiver cable with an integrated antenna without the need for a smartphone. However, these DriveSmart units can be connected to the Garmin Drive smartphone app via Bluetooth to also receive certain phone notifications and get even better traffic and even parking data. Meanwhile, a built-in Wi-Fi connection allows the SmartDrive units to automatically get simple map and software updates without having to first connect to a computer. The 2019 Garmin lineup will also include the 5.0-inch Garmin Drive 52, which lacks the edge-to-edge screen design and the Garmin Drive app integration. The 52 will be available in two configurations: One with traffic info and one without.  Expect the Garmin Drive 52, DriveSmart 55 and DriveSmart 65 to hit retailers this month with suggested retail prices ranging from $150 to $270. Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Auto Tech Commentlast_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Kriti Sanons parents were once embarrassed to be recognized

first_imgKapil Sharma, Varun Sharma, Kriti Sanon, Diljit DosanjhTwitterThe Kapil Sharma Show is one place where Bollywood celebrities feel at ease and often open up about their weird encounters. So when Kriti Sanon along with her Arjun Patiala co-star Diljit Dosanjh appeared on the show, we came across an incident when Kriti’s parents – Geeta Sanon and Rahul Sanon – were once embarrassed to be recognized as a celebrity’s parent when they went shopping in a store. Kriti’s mother Geeta, who was present on the show, revealed that when they had gone for shopping on a 50% sale shop, onlookers were quick recognise them and they began chattering about them. “We went on a 50% sale shop. There, the onlookers recognized us and were gossiping that, ‘Kriti’s parents are buying outfits from a 50% sale store.’ At times we feel it’s better if sometimes people don’t recognize us at certain places. (Laughs).,” Kriti Sanon’s mother said on The Kapil Sharma Show.Meanwhile, Kapil Sharma along with his pregnant wife Ginni Chatrath have left to Canada for their babymoon. Kapil recently revealed that his entire family is very excited for their baby’s arrival adding that his mother is the most excited among his other family members.last_img read more

Photo History of Ancient Drinking Horns from Around the World

first_imgDrinking horns were used in ancient times for consuming ale, milk, water, or mead. At first, the vessels were made from a horn of a bovid, and throughout the centuries various civilizations all over the world started to make them from wood, ceramics, glass, and even metal. According to historians, the horn’s history begins with the Scythians and Thracians. Other notable cultures that used them were the Romans, Greeks, and the Scandinavians. Drinking horns were part of the way of life of the Thracians, who made them from horn and wood. Because of the frequent use of the vessels, to drink from a horn among the Greeks was known as drinking “after the Thracian fashion.” The Scythians made them from horn and metal, and mostly they were designed for the best warriors or the kings.A drinking horn from the 16th century known as the Roordahuizum on display in the Frisian Museum at Leeuwarden.They called them rhyta and the most notable example can be seen at the Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow that dates back to the 5th century BC. Found in 1982, the vessel is made of gold and silver, and it is in the shape of the mythological stallion Pegasus. The oldest examples of rhytas were from the 7th century BC and were found in Scythian tombs.A drinking horn known as the Hochdorf found at the Hochdorf burial in Germany. Author: Chez Casver (Xuan Che). CC BY 2.0In Ancient Greece, the vessels were known as keras, and they often used them for drinking wine during celebrations of the wine god Dionysus. There are many depictions of the wine god in Greek art and in some of them he is drinking from a horn. On some of the Greek red-figure pottery, mostly produced in Attica, Dionysus and satyr figures were painted holding keras.Drinking horn, so-called Griffin’s Claw. Scandinavia or Northern Germany, 1st half of the 15th century. Horn and gilded silver. Now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.The Romans were known for fascinating items made from glass, and most of their drinking horns were made from it. The glass-made horn was a symbol of power in the Empire, and Romans mostly used them for drinking at feasts and important ceremonies. During the Migration Period, the Germanic tribes were inspired by the beautiful glass-made horn of the Romans.A drinking horn exhibited in the Nordiska Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.In the Viking Age, many of the horns were found in burial sites. From the Germanic Roman Age to the Viking Age, the horns were mostly buried in female graves together with other drinking equipment.One of the 20 pieces at the NTNU University’s Museum’s collections in Trondheim. Author: NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet. CC BY 2.0They were also included in the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf and the oldest poem of the cycle of poems about the legendary hero Sigurd known as Guðrúnarkviða II.Drinking Horns on display at the British MuseumSome fitting a description of drinking horns were found at the burial site near Woodbridge, Suffolk, known as Sutton Hoo and according to Thor News, there are preserved parts of almost 20 Viking horns in the NTNU University’s Museum’s collections in Trondheim.Highly decorated medieval drinking horn. Author: Bullenwächter. CC BY-SA 3.0They became popular in Medieval Europe in the 13th century after many pagan cultures converted to Christianity. The Christians used the drinking horns with enthusiasm, and in the 15th century, they became ceremonial drinking vessels. In medieval literature, the horns were mentioned in a Middle English chivalric Romance known as King Horn from the 13th century and in the Arthurian tale of King Caradoc. In the Early Modern period, they were still popular for ceremonial purposes.Read another story from us: Kottabos- The ancient Greek drinking gameThe famous author J.R.R. Tolkien mentioned them in his novels as drinking and blowing objects, and in the popular TV series Vikings the viewers can see the drinking horns being used.  They also appear in different shapes and style in many fantasy video games, for example, The World of Warcraft or Might & Magic.last_img read more

What is Facebook hiding New York Times reveals Facebooks insidious crisis management

first_imgToday has been Facebook’s worst day in its history. As if the plummeting stocks that closed on  Wednesday at just $144.22.were not enough, Facebook is now facing backlash on its leadership morales. Yesterday, the New York Times published a scathing expose on how Facebook wilfully downplayed its knowledge of the 2016 Russian meddling of US elections via its platform. In addition, it also alleges that over the course of two years, Facebook has adopted a ‘delay, deny and deflect’ strategy under the shrewd leadership of Sheryl Sandberg and the disconnected from reality, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to continually maneuver through the chain of scandals the company has been plagued with. In the following sections, we dissect the NYT article and also loo at other related developments that have been triggered in the wake of this news. Facebook, with over 2.2 billion users globally, has accumulated one of the largest-ever repositories of personal data, including user photos, messages and likes that propelled the company into the Fortune 500. Its platform has been used to make or break political campaigns, advertising business and reshape the daily life around the world. There have been constant questions raised on the security of this platform and all credit goes to the various controversies surrounding Facebook since well over two years. While Facebook’s response to these scandals (“we should have done better”) have not convinced many, Facebook has never been considered ‘knowingly evil’ and continued enjoyed the benefit of the doubt. The Times article now changes that. Crisis management at Facebook: Delay, deny, deflect The report by the New York Times is based on anonymous interviews with more than 50 people, including current and former Facebook executives and other employees, lawmakers and government officials, lobbyists and congressional staff members. Over the past few years, Facebook has grown, so has the hate speech, bullying and other toxic content on the platform.  It hasn’t fully taken responsibility for what users posted turning a blind eye and carrying on as it is- a platform and not a Publisher. The report highlights the dilemma Facebook leadership faces while deciding on candidate Trump’s statement on Facebook in 2015 calling for a “total and complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the United States. After a lengthy discussion, Mr. Schrage (a prosecutor whom Ms. Sandberg had recruited)  concluded that Mr. Trump’s language had “not violated Facebook’s rules”. Mr. Kaplan (Facebook’s Vice President of global public policy) argued that Mr. Trump was an important public figure, and shutting down his account or removing the statement would be perceived as obstructing free speech leading to a conservative backlash. Sandberg decided to allow the poston Facebook. In the spring of 2016, Mr. Alex Stamos (Facebook’s former security chief) and his team discovered Russian hackers probing Facebook accounts for people connected to the presidential campaign along with Facebook accounts linked to Russian hackers who messaged journalists to share information from the stolen emails. Mr. Stamos directed a team to scrutinize the extent of Russian activity on Facebook. By January 2017, it was clear that there was more to the Russian activity on Facebook. Mr. Kaplan believed that if Facebook implicated Russia further,  Republicans would “accuse the company of siding with Democrats” and pulling  down the Russians’ fake pages would offend regular Facebook users as having been deceived. To summarize their findings, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg released a blog post  on 6th September 2017. The post had little information on fake accounts or the organic posts created by Russian trolls gone viral on Facebook. You can head over to New York Times to read in depth about what went on in the company post reported scandals. What is also surprising, is that instead of offering a clear explanation to the matters at hand, the company was more focused on taking a stab at those who make statements against Facebook. Take for instance , Apple CEO Tim Cook who criticized Facebook in an MSNBC interview  and called facebook a service that traffics “in your personal life.” According to the Times, Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly told his employees to only use Android Phones in lieu of this statement. Over 70 human rights group write to Zuckerberg Fresh reports have now emerged that the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Human Rights Watch, and over 70 other groups have written an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg  to adopt a clearer “due process” system for content takedowns.  “Civil society groups around the globe have criticized the way that Facebook’s Community Standards exhibit bias and are unevenly applied across different languages and cultural contexts,” the letter says. “Offering a remedy mechanism, as well as more transparency, will go a long way toward supporting user expression.” Zuckerberg rejects facetime call for answers from five parliaments “The fact that he has continually declined to give evidence, not just to my committee, but now to an unprecedented international grand committee, makes him look like he’s got something to hide.”-DCMS chair Damian Collins On October 31st, Zuckerberg was invited to give evidence before a UK parliamentary committee on 27th November, with politicians from Canada co-signing the invitation. The committee needed answers related to Facebook “platform’s malign use in world affairs and democratic process”. Zuckerberg rejected the request on November 2nd.  In yet another attempt to obtain answers, MPs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK  joined forces with UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee requesting a facetime call with Mark Zuckerberg last week. However, in a letter to DCMS, Facebook declined the request, stating: “Thank you for the invitation to appear before your Grand Committee. As we explained in our letter of November 2nd, Mr. Zuckerberg is not able to be in London on November 27th for your hearing and sends his apologies.” The letter does not explain why Zuckerberg is unavailable to speak to the committee via a video call. The letter summarizes a list of Facebook activities and related research that intersects with the topics of election interference, political ads, disinformation and security.  It makes no mention of the company’s controversial actions and their after effects. Diverting scrutiny from the matter? According to the NYT report, Facebook reportedly expanded its relationship with a Washington-based public relations consultancy with Republican ties in October 2017 after an entire year dedicated to external criticism over its handling of Russian interference on its social network. The firm last year wrote dozens of articles that criticized facebook’s  rivals Google and Apple while diverting focus from the impact of Russian interference on Facebook  It pushed the idea that liberal financier George Soros was behind a growing anti-Facebook movement, according to the New York Times. The PR team also reportedly pressed reporters to explore Soros’ financial connections with groups that protested Facebook at Congressional hearings in July. How are employees and users reacting? According to the Wall Street Journal, only 52 percent of employees say that they’re optimistic about Facebook’s  future . As compared to 2017, 84 percent were optimistic about working at Facebook. Just under 29,000 workers (of more than 33,000 in total)  participated in the biannual pulse survey. In the most recent poll conducted in October, statistics have fallen-  like its tumbling stock market – as compared to last year’s survey. Just over half feel Facebook was making the world a better place which was at 19 percentage last year. 70 percent said they were proud to work at Facebook, down from 87 percent, and overall favorability towards the company dropped from 73 to 70 percent since last October’s poll. Around 12 percent apparently plan to leave within a year. Hacker news has comments from users stating that “Facebook needs to get its act together” and “are in need for serious reform”. Some also feel that “This Times piece should be taken seriously by FB, it’s shareholders, employees, and users. With good sourcing, this paints a very immature picture of the company, from leadership on down to the users”. Readers have pointed out that Facebook’s integrity is questionable and that  “employees are doing what they can to preserve their own integrity with their friends/family/community, and that this push is strong enough to shape the development of the platform for the better, instead of towards further addictive, attention-grabbing, echo chamber construction.” Facebook’s reply on the New York Times Report Today, Facebook published a post in response to the Time’s report, listing the number of inaccuracies in their post. Facebook asserts that they have been closely following the Russian investigation, along with reasons for not citing Russia’s name in the April 2017 white paper. The company has also addressed the backlash it faced for the “Muslim ban” statement by Trump which was not taken down. Facebook strongly supports Mark and Sheryl in the fight against false news and information operations on Facebook.along with reasons  for Sheryl championing Sex Trafficking Legislation. Finally, in response to the controversy to advising employees to use only Android, they clarified that it was because “it is the most popular operating system in the world”. In response to hiring a PR team Definers, Facebook says that “We ended our contract with Definers last night. The New York Times is wrong to suggest that we ever asked Definers to pay for or write articles on Facebook’s behalf – or to spread misinformation.” We can’t help but notice that again, Facebook is defending itself against allegations but not providing a proper explanation for why it finds itself in controversies time and again. It is also surprising that the contract with Definers abruptly came to an end just before the report went live by the Times. What Facebook has additionally done is emphasized about improved security practices at the company, something which it has been talking about everytime they face a controversy. It is time to stop delaying, denying and deflecting. Instead, atone, accept, and act responsibly. 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Windstar returns to Alaska in summer 2018 with Star Legend

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> SEATTLE — After a 20-year hiatus Windstar Cruises is heading back to Alaska for spring/summer 2018, with voyages starting at 11 days and sailing to spots like Misty Fjords National Monument and Kenai Fjords National Park, experiences usually booked as shore excursions on larger ships.Each Windstar Alaska itinerary includes sailing through Tracy Arm Fjord. Park rangers, scientists, glaciologists, geologists and other experts will be aboard each cruise. “We are so excited to be enhancing the Alaskan travel marketplace by introducing our brand of true small ship cruising to Alaska,” said Windstar President John Delaney. “Sailing closer to pristine deciduous shorelines, delving deeper into all-enveloping fjords, kayaking in icy straits right off the ship’s Watersports Platform and viewing an endless wilderness from sea level … We are bringing our guests right to the heart of what makes Alaska and the Great Pacific Northwest such an amazing destination and magical place to visit,”Delaney said the cruise line is working to arrange customized ‘bucket list’ moments like the chance to hike atop the massive Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and zip-line over crystal-clear creeks in bear country.Highlights of Windstar’s inaugural Alaska season with the 212-guest Star Legend yacht include:Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords on every cruiseOptional kayaking and scenic cruising by Zodiac directly from the shipSeven to eight Southeast Alaska and B.C. ports on each cruiseSailing sail right into Misty Fjords and Kenai FjordsMultiple glacier experiences on northbound/southbound sailings featuring Mendenhall Glacier, Tracy Arm, and Kenai FjordsLonger itineraries of 11- to 14-daysNaturalist/Expedition Leaders on all voyages along with speakers from Native American tribesMore news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe news comes on the heels of Windstar’s recent announcement of its return to Asia in 2017/18, with the 212-guest, all-suite Star Legend yacht sailing from Tokyo to Seward (Anchorage) over a 14-day trans-Pacific cruise, which also stops in Miyako, Hakodate and Kushiro in Japan.Once in Alaska, Star Legend embarks on three new itineraries with eight sailing dates, departing May to August, including a 14-day Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver option; 12-day Vancouver round-trip itinerary, and 11- or 12-day Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage) voyages. Windstar also plans to offer pre- and post-cruise land excursions, allowing guests more time to explore Alaska’s interior.Itineraries include:Wonders of Alaska & Canada – These 14-day voyages from Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver are offered three times. B.C.’s Prince Rupert, on Kaien Island just north of the mouth of the Skeena River, is a highlight, a picturesque port rich in culture and heritage. Teeming with wildlife, guests can expect whale, eagle, salmon, and grizzly bear sightings, and also visit the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, with one of the densest remaining North American bear populations.Alaskan Splendors – Multiple journeys between Vancouver and Seward (Anchorage) over 11- or 12-days offer a tour de force of top Alaskan destinations, says Delaney.Islands & Inlets of the Inside Passage – Offering two 12-day sailings, this itinerary cruises roundtrip from Vancouver, passing under the famed Lions Gate Bridge twice, both en route to the rugged coastline and on the return. A hidden gem at the midway point of the Inside Passage sits Metlakatla, Alaska on verdant Annette Island. This locale is the only U.S. settlement of the indigenous Tsimshian people, where guests get to visit a traditional longhouse and experience the full regalia of Native American song and dance shows.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencySee windstarcruises.com. Tags: Alaska, Windstar Cruises Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Windstar returns to Alaska in summer 2018 with Star Legendlast_img read more