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Toronto man waits for bonemarrow donor who is Aboriginal

first_imgAPTN National NewsMichael Daykin recently went through his first round of chemo therapy.The Toronto man was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia just months ago.Daykin is hoping to find a bone-marrow donor soon, particularly with a child on the way.“It’s difficult. The timing is bad to say the least. It’s very stressful and hard on the people around me who love me, my family, my wife, my friends. For me, I do have an optimistic outlook,” he said.Daykin was adopted so he doesn’t have any blood relatives, aside from his twin brother who is a partial match.He needs a full donor and he’s looking to the Aboriginal community.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img read more

Food crisis corruption could reverse progress in West Africa says UN envoy

21 January 2009Challenges – including youth unemployment, corruption and the food crisis – threaten to roll back positive gains made in West Africa, the Secretary-General’s envoy to the 15-nation region told the Security Council today. “Many of the root causes of conflict in a number of West African countries have yet to be addressed in an effective and durable manner,” Special Representative Said Djinnit said, briefing the 15-member body on the latest report by the Secretary-General on the region.West Africa has been heavily affected by soaring food prices and food insecurity, and coupled with the threat of a global recession, many of its nations might not achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a series of anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, he noted.“It is expected that food insecurity will remain a special challenge to the region over the next few years,” Mr. Djinnit, who heads the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), said.Cross-border organized crime, especially drug trafficking, is also cause for concern, the Representative told the 15-member Council.“Taking advantage of porous borders and weak state and security institutions, criminal networks are increasing using West Africa as a transit route for narcotics bound for Europe from Latin America,” he said. Unlike groups operating with low-level authorities in the past, today they are “infiltrating state institutions, fuelling corruption and destabilizing the political and social fabric of nations.”In spite of progress made in consolidating democratic governance, military coups in Mauritania and Guinea have served as setbacks, Mr. Djinnit stated. Although these takeovers were bloodless, not addressing the resurgence of coups decisively could have a domino effect across West Africa.UNOWA has made efforts to foster constructive dialogue while also engaging countries of the region in preventive diplomacy together with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), he said.While nations such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ghana have held recent peaceful and transparent polls, “democratization processes, if not properly managed, could trigger political violence, economic disruption and social strife in fragile societies in the region,” the envoy noted. With critical elections slated for this year several countries, it is essential to continue the partnership among the UN, the African Union (AU) and ECOWAS to ensure free and fair polls, he said.In December 2007, the Council extended the mandate of UNOWA – based in Dakar, Senegal – until 21 December 2010. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 8.80 points to 15,091.01, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 90.55 points to 21,934.32. The S&P 500 index down 11.83 points to 2,456.28 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 48.85 points to 6,296.26.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.10 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 78.75 cents US.The September crude contract was up 27 cents to US$47.05 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up two cents to US$2.91 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $6.30 to US$1,289.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was down one cent to US$2.94 a pound. read more

UN rights chief appeals to parties in Burundi to implement peace agreements

Along with the protection of civilians and children in armed conflict, Mr. Vieira de Mello stressed the importance of strengthening Burundi’s capacity to deal with human rights issues and reforming the judiciary.His meetings yesterday with President Pierre Buyoya, Vice-President Domitien Nadyizeye and other senior officials included a strong appeal for broad commitment to the Arusha agreement as well as discussions about how his Office could support the overall peace process in Burundi.The High Commissioner also called for end to the culture of impunity, emphasizing that trust could be restored through holding accountable those responsible for gross human rights violations, such as the massacre that took place in Itaba, and settling the issue of prisoners and detainees. read more

At UNchaired session Georgians and Abkhaz pledge to settle conflict peacefully

“They deemed that in light of the political changes in Tbilisi (the Georgian capital) and Sukhumi (in Abkhazia) in 2004 and 2005 it will be important to confirm at high-level their renewed commitments relating to non-resumption of hostilities and safe and dignified return of refugees and IDPs (internally displaced persons),” the UN mission said today.Yesterday’s meeting in Tbilisi was chaired by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Georgia Heidi Tagliavini with the participation of the so-called Group of Friends of the Secretary-General seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict – France, Germany, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.The two sides agreed to exchange proposals on a joint document by next month, making use of Ms. Tagliavini’s good offices.In recent reports to the Security Council, Mr. Annan has cited encouraging signals from both sides of their interest in settling their conflict by peaceful means.The UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), which consists of some 130 uniformed personnel supported by more than 100 international civilian personnel and 184 local civilian staff, was established in 1994 after an accord reached in Moscow ended the fighting in Georgia’s north-western corner. read more

Oil rebounds above 93 in European trade after reaching lowest level in

Oil rebounds above $93 in European trade after reaching lowest level in a month by The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 5:37 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil rose above US$93 a barrel on Monday at the start of a big week for economic data, culminating in Friday’s U.S. non-farm payrolls report for May.Benchmark oil for July delivery rose $1.48 to close at $93.45 a barrel in New York.Lately, subpar economic indicators have actually prompted some buying of oil, because the weaker the economy the less likely the Federal Reserve is to begin lifting the stimulus measures it has in place. Monday was no different after a weaker-than-expected report on U.S. manufacturing, said Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates.“Markets such as the equities and oil are interpreting data releases below expectations as a signal that the Fed will delay any tightening measures,” Ritterbusch wrote in a note to clients.A measure of U.S. manufacturing fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 49 last month from 50.7 in April. A reading under 50 indicates contraction.But most automakers posted strong sales for May, which could give a boost to sluggish gasoline demand.Conflicting Chinese figures left investors uncertain over the state of the world’s second largest economy. Though the official manufacturing purchasing managers index, a gauge of activity, rose to 50.8 in May from 50.6 the previous month, an equivalent survey from HSBC fell to 49.2 from 50.4. Anything above 50 indicates expansion.However, a survey for the 17 European Union countries that use the euro offered some hope for the future of the eurozone economy. The monthly manufacturing PMI from financial information company Markit rose to 48.3 points in May from the initial estimate of 47.8.Brent crude, a benchmark for pricing oil used by many U.S. refineries to make gasoline, gained $1.67 to finish at $102.06 in on the ICE Futures exchange in London on Monday.Pump prices in the U.S. remained at $3.62 a gallon. That’s down one cent from a week ago, but three cents higher than at this time last year.In other energy futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange:— Wholesale gasoline added three cents to end at $2.79 a gallon.— Heating oil rose five cents to finish at $2.83 per gallon.— Natural gas advanced by about a cent to end at $3.99 per 1,000 cubic feet.___Pablo Gorondi in Budapest and Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this report.(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Housing starts trending down in Calgary Edmonton due to soft economy CHMC

Housing starts trending down in Calgary, Edmonton due to soft economy: CHMC EDMONTON – Low oil prices and the economic downturn are hurting housing construction in Calgary and Edmonton, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.The corporation says housing starts in Calgary are down 29 per cent overall so far this year compared with the same time in 2014.Analyst Richard Cho said the new data reflects several factors, including a weak job market, fewer people moving to Calgary and more listings in the resale market.“The decline in the price for oil is having an impact on the labour market as well as on migration, which is having an impact on demand for new homes,” Cho said Thursday.“There is more competition from the resale market as well, so buyers have more choice.”The largest decline is in single-detached homes, where construction is down 39 per cent.Multi-family units, which include condos, apartments and row housing, is down 23 per cent, he said.The Calgary numbers are in stark contrast to last year, when housing starts were at record highs.CMHC said housing starts in Edmonton are up 35 per cent compared with the same period in 2014, thanks mainly to lots of multi-family unit construction early in the year.But overall housing starts were down 12 per cent last month due to the soft economy.Christina Butchart, a CHMC analyst for the Edmonton metropolitan area, said that slowdown is forecast to continue as builders reduce production.“We are expecting that employment growth will be slower this year and we are also expecting migration to fall this year and next year — that will lead to lower demand,” she said.CHMC analysts are forecasting the negative trend in housing starts to continue for both cities in 2016.Earlier this month Todd Hirsch, chief economist of ATB Financial, was projecting a recession in Alberta this year.That compares with real GDP growth in the province of 4.4 per cent in 2014, when oil and natural gas prices were much higher.Hirsch blamed the drop in oil prices from more than US$100 in the summer of 2014.Oil was trading for around US$49 per barrel on Thursday. by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2015 11:02 am MDT Last Updated Oct 8, 2015 at 12:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Sniffer dog recruited by Derbyshire Police to help catch rapists

first_imgBillie the cocker spanielCredit:Derbyshire Constabulary Police in Derbyshire have employed the services of new crime fighter with a knack for sniffing out rapists.While his canine colleagues are off hunting for drugs or explosives, Billie the cocker spaniel’s nose is trained to find DNA evidence used in sex cases.Billie does it by tracking down traces of human semen. Dogs are believed to have a sense of smell that is about 10,000 times more acute than that of humans meaning Billie can detect as little as a millilitre of sperm more than a year after it was deposited indoors.Well-trained dogs can pick up some smells when they are diluted down to a few trillionths of a litre. This is the equivalent of identifying a pinch of salt in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.Since March this year Billie has carried out 13 live searches, according to a document drawn up by Derbyshire Constabulary, The Times reported. Billie the cocker spanielcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In one case involving a suspected peeping Tom, the investigation team had found nothing at the crime scene but removed some items, including boards recovered from a loft, to the garden for searching.”Despite CSI not being able to see any stains via the crime light, the dog indicated several areas on one of the boards. That board has now been seized for laboratory analysis,” the police briefing reads.Superintendent Dick Hargreaves, of Derbyshire Constabulary, said Billie was “a real asset”.”He’s already been used in numerous investigations and has found further evidence that has resulted in crime scene investigators identifying DNA profiles,” he said.”We are always looking for innovative ways to improve our service and we’re hoping that Billie’s skills will lead to more convictions.”last_img read more

Drowned postman climbed out of bed at 3am to begin his round

first_imgMr Sullivan on the right with his son Paul Sullivan and wife Rose Anyone lucky enough to still have their dad in your life, tell him how much you love him. It really hurts when you can’tPaul Sullivan She told an inquest on Friday that the 66-year-old, who had worked as a postman for 20 years before retiring in 2014, had suffered from bouts of sleepwalking and had been found “outside the house on occasions not knowing how he had got there”.Mrs Sullivan, 64, explained that she had woken up on February 22 around 3.20am to find her husband missing, along with his bicycle and helmet. At that point she believed Mr Sullivan, who had been having difficulty sleeping, was having “one of his episodes”.Knowing that he had used the bicycle to complete his postal round, as well as for leisure after retiring, Mrs Sullivan travelled the route he normally took before calling the police when she could not find him. Mr Sullivan on the right with his son Paul Sullivan and wife RoseCredit: WALES NEWS SERVICE A post-mortem examination carried out by a pathologist at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny found Mr Sullivan, who was also a grandfather, died as a result of drowning.Gwent Coroner David Bowen returned an open verdict. He said no other conclusion could be made as there was “no evidence” into just how Mr Sullivan had gone into the water. The death was never treated as suspicious.Sleepwalking – known as somnambulism or noctambulism – is a combination of sleep and wakefulness. Its cause is not known but it can happen at any age, with some people carrying out complex tasks such as driving or cooking.After the hearing, Paul, 31, said the family were hoping the hearing would bring “closure”. Mrs Sullivan told The Telegraph she did not want to make any further comment and added that it had been a “very difficult time”. Show more She told Newport Coroner’s Court she knew Mr Sullivan, who she had been married to for 39 years, “was not dressed appropriately for a bike ride at that time of the morning” because he had left his fluorescent jacket behind.Mr Sullivan’s bike, along with his helmet, was spotted by a dog walker on the river bank near the Llanfoist Bridge around a mile from their link-detached property in the morning. A police officer attended the scene but called in a helicopter after he found initially no trace of Mr Sullivan. His body was pulled from the fast-flowing river between 300 and 400 yards (360 metres) downstream at around 10am.Neighbours and friends paid tribute to the postman after his death. One wrote on Facebook: “What a kind and amazing man, so gutted.” His son, Paul, added on social media: “Anyone lucky enough to still have their dad in your life, tell him how much you love him. It really hurts when you can’t.” The river in Castle Meadows, Abergavenny, where Mr Sullivan’s bike and helmet were foundCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A retired postman is feared to have been killed after setting off on his bike to complete his old delivery round while sleepwalking in the middle of the night, an inquest has heard.John Sullivan’s body was pulled from the River Usk less than a mile away from his home in Abergavenny, south Wales, after he was reported missing by his wife, Rose. The river in Castle Meadows, Abergavenny, where Mr Sullivan's bike and helmet were foundlast_img read more

Taxi drivers threaten protest over proposed College Green plaza

first_imgTaxi drivers threaten protest over proposed College Green plaza The various taxi driver associations have grouped together to say that the damage the plaza will do to their business has not been taken into consideration by Dublin City Council. Feb 19th 2018, 10:35 AM Share92 Tweet Email 72 Comments Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieDUBLIN TAXI DRIVERS are threatening to protest over the impact a proposed new plaza in the city centre would have on their business.The proposed College Green Plaza at Foster Place near the Central Bank, just south of the River Liffey, would see the taxi rank currently resident there removed.The new plaza would also see access to Dame Street from Westmoreland Street become a thing of history.Plans for the plaza, and its attendant traffic restrictions, were first announced two years ago.Last November, An Bord Pleanála delivered something of a blow to the plaza by directing that the period of public consultation needed to be extended, while a public hearing regarding the proposed €10 million development was cancelled  at the last-minute last month.Now, the National Private Hire and Taxi Association (NPHTA) says it will consider staging protests should the plan to make Foster Place a taxi-free zone proceed.“Protest would be a last resort,” spokesman Jim Waldron said this morning.“But taxi drivers in that area have their families to consider,” he said, adding that drivers’ submissions regarding the plans were, in his opinion, being “disregarded”.“We’ve made constructive suggestions to Dublin City Council (DCC) regarding the plaza, which we are not in favour of, but if it has to happen we want to be consulted,” he said.Currently, in the region of 250 taxi drivers operate out of the rank at Foster Place. A further 65 taxi berths have been lost in surrounding areas like Grafton Street, Dawson Street, and O’Connell Street due to the expansion of the Luas Cross City.“All the taxi groups are co-operating on this. Everyone working around the area will be affected. They’ll lose that business,” says Waldron. I don’t know what form a protest will take but drivers will protest if they have to.TheJournal.ie has requested comment from Dublin City Council on the matter.The traffic area around College Green has already been in the news this year due to the chronic gridlock created following the launch of the new Luas cross city service.In the aftermath, 17 bus services were rerouted around the city’s quays in order to ease the congestion seen at Trinity College.Read: Disciplinary action at Waterford council after €1.4 million spent on vans without senior management approvalRead: It is, no messing, going to be properly warm today https://jrnl.ie/3859719 center_img 18,522 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cianan Brennan Short URL Monday 19 Feb 2018, 10:34 AMlast_img read more

Cyprus serial killings could lead to resignations

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Cyprus police have come under fire for their failure to properly investigate reports of missing foreign women. Amidst the turmoil of the investigation to find the bodies of the victims of the island nation’s first ever serial killer, Cypriot Justice Minister Ionas Nikolaou suggested that he may submit his resignation in a written statement that was released on Wednesday. “I have made my decisions and I will inform the president tomorrow,” he said.The statement fell short of accepting direct responsibility regarding the botched investigations regarding complaints following the disappearances of women. He wrote “the minister and the ministry had no authority, nor should they, regarding the way the police conducted their investigations.”Experts from Scotland Yard have joined the investigations at the toxic ‘red lake’ where the 35-year-old army captain reportedly confessed to dumping three of his victims. The suspect has allegedly confessed to killing seven women, but there is speculation that the toll may be higher. One suitcase with a woman’s body weighed down by a cement bloc has been retrieved, and the search is on for another two suitcases.The Cypriot police have faced criticism for their handling of the case prior to the discovery of the body of the first victim at an abandoned mine shaft.last_img read more

Former BG school board member dies

first_imgCecil Schlecht, 53, former board member for Battle Ground Public Schools, died Monday at his Pleasant Valley home.Schlecht had fought a six-month battle with lung cancer.The 1975 Battle Ground High School graduate served on the school board from early 2006 through 2009.Schlecht lost a November 2005 school board contest with Mark Pelletier, despite the latter’s announcement he soon would move from the district. When Pelletier did move, the board chose to appoint Schlecht to the empty seat in January 2006.Schlecht ran unopposed in 2007 to fill out the remainder of Pelletier’s original four-year term. He then was defeated by current board president Steve Pagel in November 2009.His three-year board tenure was marked by his persistent questioning of and resistance to policies pursued by the board’s majority and Superintendent Shonny Bria. He and Richard Kent, also unseated in last year’s election, often were on the short end of 3-2 board votes.Schlecht also stumbled over conflict-of-interest rules regarding Roof Toppers Inc., run by his brother, David. A state auditor’s report found that rather than recuse himself, he’d voted on several school district work projects on which the firm — for which he worked for 35 years — had entered bids.Auditors found no evidence of preferential treatment by Cecil Schlecht, however. Pleading ignorance of guidelines, he resigned from the roofing firm’s vice presidency and removed himself from its profit-sharing plan, satisfying the state regulators.last_img read more

Women and Equalities Committee puts discrimination responsibility on employers

first_imgThe Women and Equalities Committee has recommended that the emphasis for raising workplace discrimination issues should lie with employers, public authorities and service providers, rather than individual employees.The Committee published its tenth Enforcing the Equality Act: The law and the role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission report on Tuesday 30 July 2019 after conducting a year-long inquiry. This primarily found that the enforcement of equality law, which centres around individuals challenging discrimination cases in courtrooms, is no longer fit for purpose.The report found that employees had experienced trouble with enforcement in areas such as pregnancy and maternity discrimination, transgender equality, disability and the built environment, workplace dress codes, age discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.The Women and Equalities Committee stated that although individuals should still have the right to challenge discrimination cases, this should rarely be needed.Maria Miller (pictured), committee chair, said: “One thing is absolutely clear: the burden of enforcement must shift away from the individual. We need a fundamental shift in approach.”The report proposed that a critical mass of cases be developed to inform employers and organisations about their legal duties, making adherence to existing equality law a priority for all businesses and ensuring that the obligations for employers, public authorities and service providers are explicit and enforceable. The report also suggests a move away from the current heavy reliance on using individual litigation to create precedents.In particular, the report stated that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) must refocus its work and be bolder in using its unique enforcement powers, publicising its actions to enable compliance and act as a deterrent.The Committee has recommended that the government’s labour market enforcement director should play a fundamental role, alongside the proposed new single labour market enforcement body.Miller added: “Employers and service providers are not afraid to discriminate, knowing that they are unlikely to be held to account. We need a critical mass of cases to build a culture where compliance with the Equality Act is the norm.“The EHRC must overcome its timidity. It has unique powers, limited resources and must use them for maximum impact. It should make regulators, inspectorates and ombudsmen not only key partners in creating a critical mass of enforcement action but also key targets for enforcement action when those same regulators, inspectorates and ombudsmen fail to meet their own equality duties.”Andrew Weir, head of employee relations and advocacy at Moorepay, said: “Calling for the burden of proof in discrimination cases to shift from the individual to employer would mark a step change in employee relations, but it is one that is in tune with the times and should be welcomed.“While some employers will see this as unwelcome interference, the reality is that without the burden of proof shifting to the employer, some [organisations] will never take this seriously and act. Too many employers still see HR as a reactive organisational process rather than a proactive tool to help motivate, develop and retain their people, as well as ensuring compliance with the letter and spirit of equality laws.“If implemented well, this process will save [organisations] time, money and the emotional drain of legal and tribunal cases. It also provides a better way of doing business and a fair and decent working environment.”last_img read more

Update At Least Six Staffers Let Go From Newsweek

first_img Newsweek executive editor of digital Kevin Dolak, photo editor Jared Miller, and reporter Taylor Wofford were let go from the New York office. San Francisco’s tech editor Grant Burningham and tech reporter Seung Lee were let go, as well as Portland-based reporter Winston Ross. The layoffs are “unexpected and a real damn shame,” said one source familiar with the situation. “It’s a historic magazine with tons of talent and they are breaking even, according to [editor-in-chief Jim Impoco], so I hope they’ll steady the ship once IBT spins them off into a separate asset.”   At least six staffers were let go from Newsweek on Friday, just one day after publisher IBT Media laid off more than 30 staffers from International Business Times, and announced a corporate restructuring that will split Newsweek into a separate entity from the other IBT Media brands.center_img This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.last_img read more

Aleutian Marketplace Competition Aims to Spur Innovation

first_imgTwo groups in the Aleutian Islands are looking for the region’s next great start-up business.The inaugural Aleutian Marketplace Competition opened last week, in search of innovative ideas from residents of the region’s 12 main communities.The contest comes from the Aleut Corporation and the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, or “APICDA.” Larry Cotter is executive director there. He says they want sustainable businesses that will create jobs and make some kind of social impact.“It can be anything,” he says. “We’re encouraging people to think outside the box, take a look at the resources that exist around them and to put those resources to work.”Cotter says they’re basing the program on Alaska Federation of Natives’ marketplace. But in the Aleutians, the landscape isn’t the easiest for entrepreneurship. Cotter recognizes that towns here are spread out across the Bering Sea, with small populations and limited connectivity.“It’s certainly challenging,” he says. “But I don’t think we’ve thought of all the good ideas that are out there, in terms of business opportunities. And we’re hoping to stimulate people.”The contest will run over the next five years. This year and next, it’s geared toward business ideas, trying to give people an incentive to start new ventures. The top three proposals win cash prizes — a thousand dollars or less apiece. Winners will also present their concepts to APICDA’s board.In year three, Cotter says, the Marketplace switches gears to business development. They’ll offer a $20,000 prize and other assistance to try and make the winning ideas into reality.“I imagine that both TAC and APICDA would be willing to participate, provide guidance and mentoring and that type of thing,” he says — but that’s only if they like what they see in the first couple of rounds.This year, submissions are due by Aug. 31. All the details are available on APICDA’s website.last_img read more

Future of Valdez marijuana sales hangs in balance

first_imgCannabis plant (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Last fall, history was made in Valdez. The state’s first marijuana retail store opened its doors to all buyers. Now, the future of the store is in the hands of voters. Residents face Ballot Proposition 1 in the upcoming municipal election.Listen nowIt was only last October when Michael Holcombe made the first purchase at Herbal Outfitters.Six months later, business has been steady Alaska’s first retail marijuana store.Derek Morris is the General Manager of Herbal Outfitters. He said despite some obstacles other retail marijuana stores in the state have faced, he said the store has been able to stay open seven days a week.“We are still currently serving all of the local Valdezians in addition to our out-of-town visitors ranging from the Copper Center Basin to Glennallen all the way up to Anchorage, Fairbanks,” Morris said. “We even had individuals down from Nome.”Now, Herbal Outfitters has another hurdle to jump. This time it’s the voters in Valdez. If the voters say yes to Ballot Proposition 1, this spring, the store and other marijuana license holders would have to take their businesses outside the city limits.Carl Hedman is Pastor of Valdez Assembly of God Chruch and lead sponsor of the petition that got Prop 1 on the ballot. In an interview last spring, Hedman said as a pastor he has spiritual concerns about the use and sale of marijuana in town, but also said that wasn’t the reason why he started the petition.“I believe that any drug use whether it be Schedule I drugs or lower scheduled drugs or even alcohol have negative impacts on families and individuals,” Hedman said.Hedman also believes that there are other ways to develop the local economy without the promotion of drug use.“I’m all on board for the winter tourism, the WESC that have come to our city. I support them,” Hedman said. “The basketball tournaments. Quite often, when the hotels are full we open up the church for teams that have no other place to stay. So, we’re here to help people develop economically. But, I think there are limits to what we should do to promote a strong economy.”Here’s what happens if Prop 1 passes. Herbal Outfitters would have 90 days after the vote to shut its doors and close down the business. All marijuana licenses would be banned within the city limit plus another ten miles. That means if Herbal Outfitters wants reopen, it would basically have to setup shop on Thompson Pass.Morris said he and the owners have discussed the scenario, but are more focused on keeping the store in town.“At this time we can’t say if we would move out town or not because the finances involved in that are just something we haven’t looked at and actually grasped what the reality would be,” Morris said.If Prop 1 doesn’t pass, Hedman, who is also running for City Council on the same ballot, said that he would not contest the issue. The Valdez Municipal Election is Tuesday, May 2nd.last_img read more

Flexi fight between YSRCP and TDP in Chittoor district

first_imgChittoor: The flexi fight has happened between the YSRCP and TDP activists in Shanthipuram on Monday night. Over Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to Kuppam constituency, the TDP leaders and activists have set up flexis welcoming him. The clashes broke out when the TDP activists placed the flexis over YSRCP flexis. With this, the YSRCP leaders and activists reached the spot in large number and blocked the TDP workers. This led to the heated arguments between the two groups. Also Read – Metrology Department told to check weights of packed rice Advertise With Us The tension prevailed on the national highway as the arguments continued for nearly three hours between both the groups. Over the information, Rallabuduguru, Ramakuppam, Gudipalle police have reached the spot, controlled the situation and scattered the mob. After the election results, the TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu is visiting the Kuppam constituency on 2 and 3 July.last_img read more

Miracle Mike – The Headless Chicken that became a Star

first_imgDid you know only a very small portion of a chicken’s brain is in the front part of its head? Most of it is located at the back of the bird’s skull, just behind their eyes, and this is the part of the brain that controls the most important functions that regulate a chicken’s body. If a chicken farmer is about to decapitate the head of these dinner-friendly birds, after that hatchet is swung, the bird usually dies within moments. On rare occasions, neurons are still able to shoot a command for the legs to move — so it can happen that, before finally succumbing to death, the animal will run for let’s say 15 minutes at most.But when a five-month-old rooster, today remembered as Miracle Mike the Headless Chicken, was laid on the chopping block, ready to become someone’s dinner, the chicken, surprisingly, survived. In fact, Miracle Mike went on to live for about a year and a half! Eventually, Mike became famous and brought a little fortune to his owners.Mike the Headless Chicken. Photo Credit:http://www.miketheheadlesschicken.org CC BY-SA 3.0The oddity itself occurred on September 10, 1945, to Lloyd and Clara Olsen who were farming chickens in Fruita, CO. That day, Lloyd Olsen removed the heads of dozens of chickens on his farm, while his spouse Clara was cleaning them. From the head-chopped bunch emerged Mike, unwilling to die.The Olsens left the chicken for the night, believing that it would eventually die, but to everyone’s surprise, the bird was there the next morning too. So, they decided to give this tough rooster a second chance at living.Two major responsibilities were shared on the family farm to keep the bird alive after its beheading day. One, to nourish Mike with a water and milk mixture placed directly into its throat. Second, clearing the throat of any mucus that accumulated. The Olsens used a dropper for the feeding and a syringe for the clearing.Photo Credit: Corey Balazowich/Flickr CC By 2.0The news of Miracle Mike traveled fast beyond the farm. After a story was published about him in a local newspaper, it took less than a month for Hope Wade to appear, a sideshow promoter who drove to see the Olsens and their miraculous rooster all the way from Salt Lake City, UT.Wade saw a lucrative opportunity in the bird. Mike could make money on the sideshow circuit, he believed. And he was right.The chicken was brought to Salt Lake City where it was first checked by scholars at the University of Utah. As the chicken appeared more than ready to live its second life, its story ended up in Life Magazine. One more story was issued in Time. A tour around the U.S. followed for Miracle Mike.Headless Mike. Photo by Cliff CC By 2.0Clara Olsen would document Mike’s journey in a scrapbook. And for the duration of the tour, the chicken traveled better than some people will in a lifetime. With the Olsens, Mike was taken to California, then Arizona. As the family needed a break to take care of other duties back at the farm, the chicken continued its tour without them, accompanied by Hope Wade.Mike reportedly earned his owners about $4,500 per month, while its value was pegged at $10,000. Miracle Mike was so famous that people even wrote letters to the Olsens because of the chicken.Mike, the Headless Chicken Was RealThen, it eventually happened: a tragic death in a motel room as the Olsens were accompanying Mike to Phoenix, Arizona. On the night of March 17, 1947, they were woken by the sound of their feathered money-machine choking. In the attempt to save Mike, nobody managed to find the syringe to clear his airway. The show was over.And the explanation for why Miracle Mike survived for 18 months? And also, why, though many people tried to replicate another Mike by beheading their chicken, this miracle would just not repeat itself over and over?It seems, in Mike’s case, the cut was made at just the right angle. The hatchet blow had removed Mike’s head, but a great deal of his brain mass was left untouched, including the brain stem which controls essential functions like regulating the heart and breathing.Metal sculpture Of Headless Mike in Fruita, Colorado. Photo by PRODavid Herrera Flickr CC By 2.0The fact that Mike didn’t bleed to death is what amazes experts. As Dr Tom Smulders from the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution at Newcastle University told the BBC, it is easier to explain why Mike’s body continued to function even without the head.Read another story from us: Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and the Sad Case of ‘Topsy’ the Circus ElephantIn his native Fruita, today Mike is remembered with a metal sculpture depicting his headless body. The town even hosts an annual Headless Chicken day each May, in honor of Miracle Mike.Stefan is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to The Vintage News. He is a graduate in Literature. He also runs the blog This City Knows.last_img read more

Jetset Travel Norwoods Nick Lowes win Australian Rookie of the

first_imgSource = Jetset Travel Norwood (Left to Right) Neil Moreton, Manager/Director at Jetset Travel Norwood; Derek Lowes; Nick Lowes,Travel Consultant at Jetset Travel Norwood; Tracey Lowes; Michael Pound, Manager/Director at JetsetTravel Norwood.Nick Lowes, Travel Consultant at Jetset Travel Norwood, has been awarded “Rookie of the Year” at the 2013 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) in Sydney on Saturday [20 July].Hosted by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), the awards celebrate the achievements of the Australian travel industry over the past 12 months.Nick, who flew to Sydney with Directors Michael Pound and Neil Moreton, along with his mum and dad to attend the event, says he was shocked to receive the award.”To be nominated for this award in the first place was a surprise, but to get up in front of 1,200 people and receive an award was something else. It’s been an incredible year and this is the icing on the cake for me,” says Nick.Having caught the travel bug from childhood trips with his parents, Nick opted to go straight into a travel course after finishing high school. Within six months of landing a role as a receptionist at Jetset Travel Norwood, Nick was promoted to Travel Consultant.  Nick says success is about making the most of the opportunities you’re presented with.”For anyone starting out in the travel industry, I’d say it’s important that they get out and do as much training and learning as they can. I know I wouldn’t be receiving this award without the help of my colleagues and sales reps, who have been not only great to work with, but are excellent sources of knowledge for me as well. All the support they’ve given me over the years, including tips and tricks, have helped set me apart from the rest.”Nick celebrated his third anniversary with Jetset Norwood on 15 July and says he now looks forward to continuing to grow with Jetset Travel Norwood.Michael Pound, Manager/Director at Jetset Travel Norwood, says Nick’s positive demeanour, customer service and teamwork have made him a valuable part of the team.”In the past three years, Nick has consistently demonstrated his passion for travel by providing our customers with a very high quality of service. He’s an asset to have on board and I expect he’ll go a long way in the industry,” says Michael.Jetset Travel Norwood was also nominated for “Best Retail Travel Agency Single Location,” and “Best Manager Retail,” and won the coveted “Best Retail Travel Agency – Single Location” at the 2010 NTIA.last_img read more

April 8 2019As part of our year of transition for

first_imgApril 8, 2019As part of our year of transition for the Cosanti Foundation and Cosanti Originals we are expanding our Bell sales online, both through a new website and Facebook sales, using Shopify. Transitioning to Shopify has enabled us to link all of our sales to one platform and is giving us the ability to deliver better service to our customers and a more streamlined bell sales process.We are also reactivating the sale of Special Assemblies as they have historically been some of our most interesting and treasured offerings. Inquires about ordering a custom assembly can be made by contacting cosantioriginals@gmail.com.Website sales have also been getting an overhaul to make the process better for our customers. Adding Facebook sales gives us another method to engage with potential bell customers and reach new audiences, which in turn further helps us to bolster the educational mission of the Cosanti Foundation.last_img read more