Attawapiskat Chief Spence calls for band meeting as diamond mine blockade unfolds

first_imgAPTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT–Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has called a band council meeting for Thursday to discuss an unfolding blockade on the main winter road leading to the neighbouring De Beers Victor diamond mine.A group of Attawapiskat residents set up the blockade on Monday, according to a spokesperson for the mining diamond giant.De Beers and Attawapiskat band officials were meeting with the blockaders on Tuesday afternoon. One of the band officials involved in talks is Danny Metatawabin, who was Spence’s spokesman during her fast in Ottawa. Metatawabin is the coordinator for the impact benefit agreement between De Beers and Attawapiskat.De Beers said the blockade had forced it to stop its operations on the road. The company depends on the winter road to ship fuel, machine parts and equipment too heavy to be flown in.The mine sits about 90 kilometres west of Attawapiskat and is Ontario’s first diamond mine.The blockade has as of yet not impacted the mine’s operations, said Tom Ormsby, a De Beers spokesperson. Ormsby said the mine has built in flexibility to its shipping plans that would allow it to continue unimpeded even if the road shut down for a week. He said the mine has about a 45 day window to ship materials up the road, but is prepared for much shorter timelines.“We always build in a flexible timeline,” said Ormsby. “In the past, we lost a week because water came up over the Albany River…we always try to go short, in case, for whatever reason, there is an interruption.”APTN National News has been unable to reach any of the individuals involved in the blockade. Cell phone coverage is limited in the area.Attawapiskat Deputy Chief Gerald Mattanais said he believes the blockade was launched over specific and personal reasons primarily over things like employment.“In the past, some people lost employment at Victor and others were recently fired and others did not respond to their obligations…Issues like that I keep hearing,” said Mattanais. “I would look at it that way at the present time.”Mattanais said the blockade would also have a detrimental impact on Attawapiskat if it continues because some in the community work as sub-contractors for the mine and depend on the road for work.“Sub-contractors we have from our community can’t even go to work on their road. It is affecting everyone, the relationship with one to the other,” he said. “I know people are looking for jobs and if we hold for a week it is going to be big.”Mattanais said Spence was in the office earlier in the day and asked him to coordinate a meeting on the issue for Thursday.“We are concerned, I think the leadership is concerned about it,” he said.De Beers does not transport any of its diamonds over the road and instead flies them south via charter on schedules known only to a few people.The mine employs at least 100 people from Attawapiskat at any one time. It generates about $400 million in annual revenue for the company.  The company has transferred about $10.5 million to a trust fund held by Attawapiskat as of January 2011. The mine began operating in 2008.last_img read more

Greeklanguage school set up in northern part of Cyprus with help of

Elementary school students wishing to continue their education previously had to move to the south.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) sought the cooperation of officials from both Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot authorities to make this project a reality.The head of UNFICYP’s Civil Affairs unit, Kannan Rajarathinam, personally delivered text books to the school this morning. He told reporters that this day “is a happy day and belongs to all Cypriots,” noting that “UNFICYP is happy that it has been of some assistance.”UNFICYP was established in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, and its responsibilities expanded after the hostilities of 1974. UNFICYP remains on the island to supervise ceasefire lines, maintain a buffer zone and undertake humanitarian activities. read more

In wake of Paradise Papers leak UN experts urge States to take

“States must stop harmful tax competition amongst each other and work together to stop unethical tax avoidance schemes for wealthy individuals and international corporations,” said Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rights, who also monitors the impact of illicit financial flows. Mr. Bohoslavsky made the comment as information from the leak of the so-named ‘Paradise Papers’ continues to be exposed, following series of tax abuse scandals. The Paradise Papers presented systematic tax avoidance by well-known international corporations, making use of tax havens in places such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and the Isle of Man. “Wealthy individuals and international corporations are continuing to engage in unethical practices, reducing their tax burdens to minimal levels by using tax havens, which undermines the realisation of human rights,” Mr. Bohoslavsky warned Thursday. In this connection, Surya Deva, chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, called on businesses to assume their corporate responsibility, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. “All business enterprises have a responsibility to avoid adverse human rights impacts caused or contributed by their tax evasion practices,” said Mr. Deva. Noting that many countries are struggling with increased debt levels as tax revenues do not match public expenditure, the experts urged Governments to make greater efforts to ensure tax justice rather than reducing spending on infrastructure. They also warned law firms that facilitate tax avoidance schemes to assume their responsibility. “The UN Guiding Principles apply to law firms too – they should consider human rights implications of their legal advice given to businesses,” said Mr. Deva. The experts further underscored that corporations should extend their commitments for respecting human rights to taxation, to be considered ethical. The issue of corporate tax avoidance will also be addressed at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 November 2017. read more

Do Toothless Offenses Like The Bengals Ever Recover

1973OAK22.914.024.426.1-1.7 2006OAK10.53.011.618.1-6.5 2000DET19.214.519.920.1-0.2 2001SEA20. All is not lost here for the Bengals. Eight of those teams that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in their first two games actually went on to score more on average in their remaining games than they did in the previous year. But all of these gains were modest, in many cases less than a point. The biggest rebounders were the 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers, who averaged 16.6 points in 1989, failed to score an offensive TD in Weeks 1 and 2, and then averaged 19.3 points for the rest of the year. The news is less rosy when you look at three most recent examples: The 2016 L.A. Rams, the 2006 Oakland Raiders and the 2006 Tampa Bay Bucs. The inauspicious starts for these three were a dark omen for what was to come. The trio combined to go 10-38.The hope of modest gains isn’t much for Bengals fans to cling to. This team was expecting its offense, which ranked 24th in the NFL last year, to get much better — not to plateau or fall off a cliff. Since history tells us to expect that teams in the Bengals’ position will score an average of three fewer points per game than they did in the previous season, and Cincinnati scored 20.3 points per game last year, we’d expect the team to post about 17 points per game in 2017. In the 16-game era,1Not counting 1982 and 1987 seasons, which were shortened by strikes. teams that average between 16 and 18 points per game are 871-1,635-6 for a .348 winning percentage that translates to between five and six projected wins this year for the Bengals.Of course, the Bengals could have just run into hot defenses in their first two games, against the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans. But even the great 1985 Bears gave up 22 offensive touchdowns that season, or 1.4 per game. Getting shut out from paydirt in two straight games is epic futility no matter who you’re facing. Cincinnati might pin Week 2’s offensive fiasco on the fact that is was playing a Thursday night game on short rest, but that likely had no effect given that in games through Week 2 since 2014, teams have actually averaged more points per game on Thursdays (23.3) than in the season as a whole (22.6).Some expressed worries that the Bengals’ attack would suffer after the team let 35-year-old Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth leave for the Rams in free agency, but the Bengals attempted to compensate for the loss by picking up even more skill players in the draft. Owner Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis selected world-class sprinter John Ross to be a game-changing deep threat with the ninth overall pick. And in the second round, the club added 226-pound running back Joe Mixon, who ran a 4.5 40-yard-dash at his Pro Day.And those players were added to a mix that already included three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Andy Dalton, perennial Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green and one of the league’s most efficient scorers in tight end Tyler Eifert, who since 2000 has the third most touchdowns per catch (minimum 20 touchdowns) among tight ends. The team has 11 offensive players who are home-grown first- or second-round draft picks.All of which makes the offense’s ineptitude even more perplexing. Which explains why the team took drastic measures: This is the first time in the Bengals’ 50-year history, all of which has been spent under the guidance of the Brown family, that an offensive coordinator has been fired during the season.But the bigger issue may be Dalton, who currently ranks last in the NFL in QBR with a rating of just 10. The league average QBR through Week 2 is 49; last year, Dalton’s was 52.3. There have even been rumblings about benching Dalton, including from a former NFL Executive of the Year.Either way, Cincy has no excuses this week — at least, that is, no excuses for not scoring a touchdown. The Bengals are in Green Bay facing a Packer defense that ranks 25th in yards allowed per play through Week 2 after finishing 28th in 2016.But perhaps the Bengals can look to one of their NFC counterparts for offensive inspiration. The Bengals were the 24th team to go through their first two games without scoring an offensive TD, but the 25th team, this year’s San Francisco 49ers, joined the club just a few days later. After a fortnight of grim, incompetent offense, Brian Hoyer and the Niners exploded for five touchdowns and 39 points in Thursday night’s loss to the Rams.Then again, when it’s only Week 3 and you are already trying to emulate the feats of the Niners, something has gone terribly wrong. 1988CLE19.04.521.126.0-4.9 YEARTEAMFULL YEARGAMES 1-2REST OF YEARPRIOR YEARDIFF AVERAGE POINTS PER GAME 2004TAM18.88.020.318.8+1.5 Teams that started like the Bengals didn’t rebound wellHow the 22 past teams that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in Weeks 1 and 2 fared over the rest of the season, compared to the season prior 2006TAM13.21.514.918.8-3.9 1978BAL14. 1990PIT18.311.519.316.6+2.7 2001WAS16.01.518.117.6+0.5 1996TAM13.84.515.114.9+0.2 Excluding the 1976 Tampa Bay team, which was in its first year as a franchiseSource: 1985BUF12.56.013.415.6-2.2 1977TAM7. 1985PHI17. 1970NOR12.31.514.122.2-8.1 1982KAN19.614.021.221.4-0.2 1977BUF11.43.012.817.5-4.7 1975NOR11.81.513.511.9+1.6 1974PHI17.38.018.922.1-3.3 1990NOR17.17.518.518.8-0.3 The Bengals entered this year as playoff contenders with a retooled offense that was considered one of the fastest units in the NFL. But two games into the season, they’ve kicked three field goals. And that’s it, that’s all the points the team has scored. Cincinnati’s inability to score a touchdown in its first two games (both losses) has led to the quick dismissal of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese in his 15th season with the team.It may not sound like that big a deal to be held without a touchdown for the first two games of the season, but going back to 1970, this has only happened 15 times prior to 2017. Another eight teams registered only a return touchdown, failing to score with their offense.The 23 teams that got left at the starting gate should not give Bengals fans much confidence in this year’s unit. These offenses would go on to average 17 points per game for the remainder of the season. If you include the two clunkers each team had in Weeks 1 and 2, the group finished the season with a paltry 15.6 points per game. When compared to their previous season’s scoring output, teams — not counting the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were an expansion team and so did not have a previous season — declined by an average of three points. 2016LAR14.04.515.417.5-2.1 1997IND19.68.021.319.8+1.5 read more

The winners and the losers at the 2013 Emmys

first_img Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBobby Cannavale, from Boardwalk Empire, won as best supporting actor in a drama, and Anna Gunn (Sklyer) from Breaking Bad won the best actress award in the same category.In the variety show category, The Colbert Report broke a 10-year winning streak held by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It also won for best writing for a variety show.The ceremony’s first hour was relatively sombre, with memorial tributes and a doleful song by Elton John in honor of the late musical star Liberace, the subject of Behind the Candelabra.Jane Lynch paid tribute to Cory Monteith, her Glee co-star who died at age 31 in July of a drug and alcohol overdose.His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction. BREAKING BAD LAST night brought home its first Best Drama Emmy award, just as the series prepares to draw to a close.In taking home the honour, the meth-fuelled show denied the online series House of Cards a history-making turn as the first digital contender for the top Emmy.Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan accepted the award, saying:I did not see this coming.Modern Family won its fourth consecutive trophy for top comedy series even though its oft-honoured cast was shut out this time.Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for best drama series actor for his portrayal of an idealistic TV anchorman in The Newsroom, with Claire Danes capturing top actress honours for her troubled CIA agent in Homeland.The show also included upsets, among them the best supporting acting comedy awards for Merritt Wever of Nurse Jackie and Tony Hale of Veep.Host Neil Patrick Harris said what everyone was thinking:This just in. Nobody in America is winning their Emmy office pool. Surprises galore.Saturday Night Live became the most-honoured series ever with Don Roy King’s directing award; its cumulative 40 Emmys top previous record-holder Frasier.Julia Louis-Dreyfus claimed her second consecutive best comedy actress award for her role in Veep, with Jim Parsons again claiming the top comedy acting trophy for The Big Bang Theory.Laura Linney was named best actress in a miniseries or movie for The Big C: Hereafter.‘The Voice won best reality-competition program, and Tina Fey won for writing 30 Rock.Michael Douglas was honoured as best actor for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, besting his co-star Matt Damon.The film also captured a top trophy as best movie or miniseries.Douglas’ acceptance speech was a lesson in double entendres:This is a two-hander and Matt, you’re only as good as your other hand. You want the bottom or the top? Source: AP/Press Association ImagesEdie Falco recalled her late The Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini, saluting him for his “fierce loyalty” to his friends and family and his work with military veterans.12 awesome TV bedrooms we all wanted to sleep in> 7 essential life lessons we learned from the movies>last_img read more

Flood destroys entire cash contents of Wisconsin bank vault

first_imgBURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Flooding last week destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank.Fox River State Bank president Keith Polleck refused to disclose how much money was ruined, but said the Federal Reserve will have to replace every dollar.Polleck told WISN-TV that the vault at the bank in Burlington, 35 miles (55 kilometers) southwest of Milwaukee, is water resistant but not waterproof. As the Fox River rose above flood stage, water flooded the bank, rising up to 21 inches (53 centimeters) deep inside the facility.Now that the river is back below flood stage, restoration crews have started to clean up. Carpets have been ripped out. Drywall is being replaced. The bank’s documents are drying, though most are backed up electronically.last_img read more

Record high number of San Diego County mail ballots could delay results

first_imgRecord high number of San Diego County mail ballots could delay results 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego County Registrar of Voters sent out more mail ballots than ever before this election season, and that could impact how long it takes to tally up the votes, officials said Tuesday.More than 1.1 million mail ballots were sent out to San Diego County residents for the June 5 primary election — meaning the majority of the county’s 1.69 million registered voters will likely skip the voting booth.Voters who want to avoid paying postage to return their ballots may find it more convenient to drop them off at the polls on Election Day, but that means the registrar’s office can’t start counting them until Thursday at the earliest because the ballot’s signatures need to be verified first. Officials expect 150,000 to 200,000 mail ballots to be dropped off on Election Day.“This is not really a new phenomenon,” San Diego County Registrar Michael Vu said. “We’re just likely to have a higher volume of outstanding ballots.”The bulk of the votes should be in by about 11 p.m., the registrar’s office said, but even after all the ballots from Election Day are counted, the large amount of mail ballots means only about 55 to 60 percent of the vote will be counted Tuesday night.“It’s not over on election night and it hasn’t been for a long, long time,” Vu said. “Close contests are not decided until all the ballots are in the count.”It could take weeks to count all votes from any elections that end up being very tight, he said. “Between mail ballots and provisional ballots, a close count always comes to the very end,” the registrar said. “We must do our due diligence to make sure everything is right.”The results for each contest, however, must be certified 30 days after Election Day, on July 5. June 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:26 PMcenter_img Posted: June 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, last_img read more

Texting blamed in crash for second time in two days

first_imgFor the second time in two days, a text-messaging driver caused a collision, this time a rear-end crash on state Highway 500 on Wednesday afternoon, police said.About 2:15 p.m., Gina M. Turnbull, 20, of Camas was driving east near Stapleton Road when two cars ahead of her stopped for traffic, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Patrol.Turnbull’s vehicle hit the rear of a 2003 Mitsubishi, knocking it into the back of a 2010 Toyota Corolla. All three vehicles were totaled, the bulletin said.The driver of the Mitsubishi, Tamara Lyashchina, 51, of Vancouver suffered an injured neck and back and was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Early Wednesday evening, she was in the emergency department being evaluated and her condition hadn’t been reported, a hospital spokeswoman said.Hope C. Jensen, 23, of Beaverton, Ore., the driver of the Toyota, was treated at Southwest Washington Medical Center and released, an employee said.Turnbull was not reported injured. She was ticketed for text-ing while driving and following too close, the bulletin said.On Tuesday afternoon, a suspected texting driver, Michael Titeiu, 18, of Vancouver veered into an oncoming lane and caused a head-on crash on Lakeshore Avenue, officials said. Both drivers were taken to hospitals.last_img read more

Google IO 2019 livestream information and what to expect

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:41Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Update:Google I/O 2019 event commences in a few hours and those who wish to be a part of the grand event can tune into Google’s official live-stream channel. If you’re watching Google I/O 2019 from India, the event begins at 10:30 p.m. IST. Original storyGoogle will kick off its annual developer conference, Google I/O, on May 7th and it will run till May 9th. During this conference, the search titan is going to make big announcements about its upcoming hardware and software advancements. The conference will commence with the 90-minute keynote on Thursday. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other executives will glance at the many features and improvements coming to Android, Google Assistant, and many other apps and services over the next year.This year is particularly notable because we are expecting some hardware announcement from Google along with software development. So, here’s a preview of what are we expecting from Google at I/O 2019 conference.The Pixel 3a and 3a XLIt has been already revealed that Google is going to launch a new Pixel series – Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL at annual I/O conference. With this new Pixel series, Google will foray into the mid-budget smartphone market. Pixel 3a launch in India confirmedFlipkartAs per leaks, The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are expected to launch with a 5.6-inch and 6-inch FHD+ OLED screen respectively. The phones could be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset, which could be paired with 4 GB RAM. The Pixel 3A will reportedly start at $399, while the larger Pixel 3A XL with its 6-inch screen will be $479.Nest Hub MaxAnother hardware announcement we’re expecting to hear about at Google I/O 2019 is a device called Nest Hub Max, which is the company’s larger Home Hub smart display. The upcoming home hub is expected to sport 10-inch display, while the previous one features a 7-inch display. Nest Hub Max is likely to run on the same software as the previous one. Apart from that, there is not much information available about the upcoming home hub.Android QGoogle announced Android Q earlier this year and has already released its second beta to the public. The beta version of Android Q has divulged many features like Device Theming, a Google Material Theme redesign for Wallpapers and the Files app, a system-wide dark mode, an emergency shortcut in the power menu, and much more. Android QGoogleUpcoming Android is much focused about privacy and gives users more granular control over how apps get permission to see their location. At I/O, Google is expected to give a detailed preview of the Android 10 Q. Also, the company could come with a fresh beta update for users.Google StadiaDuring Game Developers Conference, Google has announced Google Stadia, which is a cloud gaming service and is capable of streaming video games in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range. Google is yet to share critical details about this gaming service and it is expected that we could hear from Google about subscription cost and other specific information about Stadia at I/O 2019. Google I/O 2019GoogleGoogle Assistant and Lens Advancement Every year, Google comes with new advancements in its assistant and showcases how Google Assistant is smarter than others. So, we are expecting the same for this year. Apart from Google Assistant, Google could demonstrate some new features of Google Lens, which turns the camera of Android phones into a powerful computer vision tool.As the event is close, we are awaiting more news about I/O 2019. So, stay tuned with us for more updates. Closecenter_img 10 Crazy Facts About Googlelast_img read more

Shamimas Dutch husband seeks return to Netherlands

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 22 February 2015 Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London. AFP File PhotoThe Dutch husband of Shamima Begum, a British-born teenager who fled to join Islamic State, wants to live with her in the Netherlands, he said in an interview out Sunday from detention in Syria.Yago Riedijk, who is being held in a Kurdish-run detention centre in northeast Syria, married Begum days after she arrived in territory held by IS when he was 23 and she was 15, he told BBC television.Begum, 19, from east London and now in a refugee camp, has said she would like to return to Britain but has been stripped of her British citizenship by the government which deems her a security threat.Riedijk, 27, says he now rejects IS after having fought for the jihadist group. Instead, he wants to return home to the Netherlands with his wife and their newborn son. Their first two children died.”I would love to go back to my own country… I now understand the privileges I lived with. The privilege of living there as a citizen,” he said.”I understand that many people have a problem with what I did… I have to take responsibility for what I did. Serve my sentence.”Asked if he thought marrying a girl of that age was acceptable, he acknowledged that she had been “very young”.”When my friend came and said there was a girl who was interested in marriage, I wasn’t that interested because of her age, but I accepted the offer anyway,” he replied.”We sat down and she seemed in a good state of mind. It was her own choice, she was the one who asked to look for a partner for her.”Then I was invited and yeah, she was very young and it might have been better for her to wait a bit. But she didn’t, she chose to get married and I chose to marry her.”Miserable lifeRiedijk, from Arnhem, told the BBC that he had been imprisoned and tortured after IS suspected him of being a Dutch spy. He surrendered to Syrian fighters.”I lived a miserable life. I was imprisoned. I was tortured. I lived in fear,” he said.”It was my own fault for going, yes, but I didn’t come out of it as a winner, in any way.”He said he did not see how Begum could be deemed a threat by the British authorities.”I don’t understand how she would, in any form, be a danger. All she did was she sat in the house for three years, took care of me and my children,” he said.The case of Begum has highlighted a dilemma facing many European countries, divided over whether to allow jihadists and IS sympathisers home to face prosecution or bar them as the so-called “caliphate” crumbles.A spokesman for the Dutch justice and security ministry said they could not comment on individual cases.Speaking generally, he told AFP: “The Netherlands don’t offer any help to Dutchmen in Syria willing to return. If someone reports at a Dutch embassy or consulate, that person will be transported to the Netherlands, arrested and prosecuted.”Foreign fighters with two (or more) nationalities, who are deemed a threat to our national security, can have their Dutch citizenship (or) passport revoked.”To be eligible for a residence permit to live in the Netherlands, a valid passport or travel document is mandatory, and people must meet national security requirements.last_img read more

Contractors Short On Equipment Needed For Home Restoration After Harvey

first_img 00:00 /00:59 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen X – / 2With tens of thousands of Houston area homes damaged by flooding, contractors are coming in from all over the country.One of them is Dennis Shy, president of Paul Davis Restoration of West County in St. Louis.“We come in and we kind of gut out the flooring and the walls and what not,” he said. “After that we put in an anti-microbial spray to prevent mold growth and then we dry the structure.”How busy is he?“Swamped!” he said. “There’s too much work right now.”Shy is here with 40 crews working 16-hour days.The problem is, he said, with so much need, suppliers are out of equipment for this type of work.“We’re talking about air movers, dehumidifiers, things like that,” he said. “That’s the main thing that helps dry a structure.”The effect is that it takes longer to finish, Shy said, and fewer homeowners can be helped.And then there’s the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida.“We’re going to be splitting resources,” he said. “We don’t normally have this much hurricane activity at the same time.”It’ll certainly keep contractors like him busy for a while. last_img read more

Heres How Much Texas Statewide Officials Have To Spend On Their ReElection

first_img Share Bob DaemmrichTexas Gov. Greg Abbott, left, and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.Candidates running for most statewide offices or the Texas Legislature faced a Tuesday deadline to disclose how much their campaigns had raised and spent during the second half of last year. Here’s how candidates fared financially in some of the banner races ahead of the March 6 primary:Governor: Gov. Greg Abbott‘s already massive war chest grew to $43.3 million after he reported raising over $9 million between July and December. That’s orders of magnitude above the fundraising reported by the group of mostly unknown Democrats who have lined up to challenge him. Andrew White, the son of late Gov. Mark White, appeared to be the financial leader in that primary field, taking in over $200,000 — $40,000 from the candidate himself — in the first three weeks of his campaign, giving him $104,000 cash on hand at the end of 2017. Another one of the higher-profile candidates, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, raised $46,000 in about the same time and reported having $40,000 in the bank. Lieutenant governor: Like Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is lightyears ahead of his challengers in the money race. He raked in $2.6 million in the last half of 2017 on his way to building an $18 million war chest. His primary opponent, Scott Milder, raised $40,000 after announcing his campaign in early November, lent himself $10,000 and entered 2018 with $40,000 in the bank. Meanwhile, the Democrat running for lieutenant governor, Mike Collier, reported taking in $129,000 and received a $140,000 loan from a business tied to him, leaving him with $143,000 cash on hand. Agriculture commissioner: This appears to be the most financially competitive statewide primary, with Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller‘s Republican challenger, Trey Blocker, disclosing a higher cash-on-hand number than the incumbent: $487,000 to Miller’s $402,000. Blocker, a former lobbyist who announced his bid in late November, went on to raise $50,000, while Miller took in $106,000 over the full six-month period. Both were buoyed by $350,000 in loans — Miller loaned himself $300,000 and got the rest from a single supporter, Dallas businessman Arun Agarwal, while Blocker loaned himself the full amount. Blocker has now put $1.1 million of his own money into his campaign account, which he started during the previous period with a $750,000 loan to himself.Land commissioner: It doesn’t look like Land Commissioner George P. Bushneeds to sweat money as he faces three GOP primary opponents largely motivated by his controversial management of the Alamo. The incumbent raised $1 million to end the year with $3.4 million in his campaign coffers. His leading primary challenger — his predecessor, Jerry Patterson — reported taking in $89,000 after launching his campaign in early December and loaning himself $20,000 for a cash-on-hand total of $95,000.Attorney general: Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been fighting securities fraud charges for most of his first term, reported raising $774,000 in the last six months of 2017 as he amassed a $5.7 million war chest. Paxton, a Republican, was one of the only statewide officials who didn’t draw a primary opponent this year. His Democratic opponent, Justin Nelson, got $288,000 in contributions following his campaign launch in early November and loaned himself $500,000, giving him a cash-on-hand total of $645,000. His campaign says that number is actually above $900,000 once pledged donations are counted. Nelson’s full report was not yet publicly available Wednesday morning.Senate District 8: There is only one open Texas Senate seat in 2018. State Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, is running for Congress and the Republican primary to replace him has become a high-dollar affair. The financial advantage continues to belong to Phillip Huffines, the former Dallas County GOP chairman who’s been running since March — and started off with a $2 million loan to himself. His cash on hand is up to $1.7 million after he raised $524,000 over the last six months. Angela Paxton, the wife of Attorney General Ken Paxton, launched her bid in September and has since taken in $476,000. She has $338,000 in the bank.Senate District 31: State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, has a commanding financial lead in his closely watched re-election bid against a pair of primary opponents. He raised $528,000 on his way to building a $1.7 million war chest, numbers that dwarf those of his challengers: Amarillo restauranteur Victor Leal and Mike Canon, the former Midland mayor who ran against Seliger in 2014 and lost by 5 percentage points. Leal launched his campaign in August.Senate District 2: State Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, had a strong financial start in her primary challenge to state Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, raising $322,000 in roughly the first four months of her campaign while he raised $414,000 for the whole six-month time frame. However, Hall had a big cash-on-hand advantage entering 2018 — $198,000 to Burkett’s $43,000.This is a developing story that will be updated.Disclosure: Trey Blocker and Jerry Patterson have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune. 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Vintage Snapshots of Women Posing with Pride Next to their Christmas Trees

first_imgIn America during the 1950s, a special kind of Christmas card became quite popular as a representation of the holiday spirit as well as family values. The cards featured housewives preparing food, shopping, nurturing children, and other household affairs, giving praise to the “all-American spouse”. The pin-up fashion of the time allowed these quirky illustrations to become the embodiment of the white picket fence ideal, representing the American dream ― one that includes a happy family living in a safe and loving community.No shoes no problemPretty in Pink. Well, sort of pink.The flash function on this camera was definitely working.Well I’ll be golly gee willikersSomeone forgot to say cheeseThis is my tree and I’m very happy about it.Look what I got!That pink bear looks like it’s up to no good…The 1950s brought a rather conservative outlook on how society should look. It also contributed to the uptight image of the American white-collar class of the period.Judging by these photos, however, it seems as though not everything was so crude and traditional.Christmas holidays are a season well known for family customs and rituals, with taking pictures being one of them. No better time to fill up the family album then Christmas, but in this case, the photographs are reserved for the lady of the house, or better yet ― ladies.Just like the vintage postcards, giving praise to the housewives of the hour ― who are responsible for everything from decorations to the feast ― these women take pride next to their Christmas trees after a job well done.We know who the real Christmas star is here.My children say I look like Cinderella.Work it!Dachsund looking directly into the camera.The image of prideChristmas ChicPopeye will be coming home for dinner soon.Just a wee bit of egg nog.My dress is white. What are you gonna do about it?Dresses are for those other mothers…Have to go help Pa out at the barn after this photo.Snazzy!Oh sorry, didn’t see you standing there….Happy to be aliveI’m looking into your eyes….Apart from celebrating the woman of the hour, this snapshot selection also serves as an incredible time-capsule of everyday life in 1950s and 1960s America. From fashion to decorations, and of course, the shining Christmas trees, the photos offer us a vivid glimpse into an era before Instagram and Facebook.Read another story from us: The Story of Yule – How Vikings Did ChristmasStriking a pose in an attempt to look as natural as possible, wasn’t so easy back then as it is today, in the time of selfies. However, these middle-aged women seem confident enough, whether in their sleeping gowns, church dresses, or sporting their casual clothes.last_img read more

The stunning trailer for the Alexander McQueen documentary is here

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- WATCH: The full-length trailer for the McQueen movie is hereA first review of the new Alexander McQueen documentary11 powerful, older men in the fashion industry who give us daddy issuesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A shot from the documentary | Photo: YouTube/Bleecker Street Alexander McQueen was one of the most formidable designers in the fashion world.center_img During his years of work, he became known for his bold, revolutionary, and dramatic work on the catwalk. It earned him the nicknames ‘l’enfant terrible’ and ‘the hooligan of English fashion’.The first trailer for a documentary on his life and work, courtesy of Bleecker Street, stays true to this reputation.It uses words like ‘legend’, ‘provacateur’, and ‘genius’ to describe McQueen.[embedded content]An accomplished lifeMcQueen was a highly respected and decorated designer in his life.He was one of the youngest to win British Designer of the Year. Between 1996 and 2003, he won the award four times. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In 2003, the Council of Fashion Designers named him International Designer of the Year.He was the chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, and then went on to create his own label.In 2010, McQueen died by suicide at his home in Mayfair, London.Ian Bonhôte directs the doc, with a screenplay by Peter Ettedgui. It comes out this summer.Looking creator Andrew Haigh is working on another film about the designer. However, his project is a dramatized biopic.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

This MFiCertified Apple Watch Charging Stand is Down to Just 25 Today

first_imgFurthermore, the stand is fully adjustable so you can either charge up your wearable while lying flat or take a more majestic route of having it upright if you so wish. And since the stand is adjustable, therefore Nightstand mode works like a charm.Buy Dodocool Apple Watch Charging Stand [Amazon link] | Use code QHAMKE2T at checkout to get the discount. Looking for a stylish way to charge up your Apple Watch? Well, Dodocool’s MFi-certified charging stand for the Apple Watch is down to just $25 from $39.99.Get the Dodocool MFi-Certified Apple Watch Charging Stand for Just $25 After Entering Coupon CodeCharging the Apple Watch is a boring thing to do. Just attach the charger to the back of the Apple Watch and you’re done. No drama, no elegance, nothing. But if you add a charging stand to the mix, then things start to get very interesting. There are lots to choose from and the one from Dodocool is a great option as it not only looks good but happens to be MFi-certified too which means that it has Apple’s seal of approval.Original priced at $39.99, the Apple Watch charging stand is down to just $25.07 if you apply the coupon code at checkout which you can find at the foot of this post. Once placed on the stand, the Apple Watch will start charging up immediately. But of course, you have to supply your own wall charger in order to plug in the USB cable, which, by the way, comes built right into the stand itself. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Including Pregnant Women in Clinical Trials

first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Women’s Health | May 03, 2018 FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Including Pregnant Women in Clinical Trials Guidance explores the ethical and scientific issues of including pregnant women in trials, allowing women who become pregnant to continue the trial News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems May 3, 2018 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled, “Pregnant Women: Scientific and Ethical Considerations for Inclusion in Clinical Trials.”This draft guidance discusses the ethical and scientific issues when considering the inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials of drugs and biological products. This draft guidance is intended to advance scientific research in pregnant women, and discusses issues that should be considered within the framework of human subject protection regulations.Read the full guidance document here.For more information: News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more last_img read more

Blue Oak Council publishes model license version 100 to simplify software licensing

first_imgBlue Oak Council Inc, a Delaware nonprofit corporation, published a model license version 1.0.0, last week. The new license demonstrates all the techniques used by the licenses to make the software free and simple for everyone to use and build on. The licensing materials published by Blue Oak is in everyday language, making it easy for developers, lawyers, and others to understand software licensing without relying on legal help. Blue Oak model license 1.0.0 comes with information regarding purpose, acceptance, copyright, notices, excuse, patent, reliability, and no liability. The license states that it provides everyone with as much permission to work with the software as possible. It also protects the contributors from liability. It states that users must agree to the rules of the license to receive it. Users should refrain from doing things that would defy the rules of the license. Additionally, it states that everyone who gets a copy of any part of the software (with or without changes) also receives a text of this license or a link to Blue Oak Council license 1.0.0. Also, in case anyone notifies the users in writing that they have not complied with Notices, then they can keep their license by taking all the practical and necessary steps to needed to comply within 30 days, post-notice. If users fail to follow this, the license will end immediately. Apart from this, Blue Oak Council has also published certain example provisions for contracts and grants, along with a corporate open source policy that helps with the permissive licenses. There’s also a list of permissive public software licenses on the OSI and SPDX lists. These licenses have been rated from gold to lead, based on criteria such as the clarity of drafting, simplicity, and practicality of conditions. For more information, check out the official Blue Oak Council blog post. Read Next Red Hat drops MongoDB over concerns related to its Server Side Public License (SSPL) Neo4j Enterprise Edition is now available under a commercial license Free Software Foundation updates its licensing materials, adds Commons Clause and Fraunhofer FDK AAC licenselast_img read more

Study reveals Aussies have the worst worklife balance in the world

first_imgAustralian travel professionals have the worst work/life balance and are among the most stressed, overworked and overwhelmed travel professionals in the world. Moreover, Millennial travel professionals in Australia feel they are the least respected and valued in the workplace out of all generations globally.This was revealed in the recent Happiness Index study conducted by global travel and hospitality recruitment leader, Progressive Personnel, aimed at assessing the general satisfaction of international travel and hospitality staff in the workplace.Launched mid-May, the survey, the first of its kind in the global hospitality and travel environment, was distributed to travel and hospitality professionals in key global markets, probing their happiness in three key areas:Happiness at WorkWork/Life BalanceFuture ProspectsAmong those questions for which we sought answers, says General Manager James Roberts, were how motivated staff felt at work, whether they were being remunerated adequately and whether they felt respected and valued in their job.“We also looked at how stressful they believed their job to be, how often they worked outside contracted hours and what their prospects were for promotion, growth and development, not to mention whether they would recommend working in travel and hospitality.”The survey was conducted in a rating scale format from 1 (least) to 10 (highest) and was segmented by geographic location, gender and generation.The Top 10 highlights for Australia revealed in Progressive Personnel’s 2016 Happiness Index include:Travel professionals in Australia are less happy than their global counterparts.Australian travel professionals have the world’s worse work/life balance.Millennial travel professionals in Australia are among the least satisfied and motivated with their overall jobs.Australian travel professionals believe they are being remunerated the least fairly globally.Australian Millennials are among the least respected and valued out of all generations globally.Travel professionals in Australia are among the most stressed in the world.Australian travel professionals are among the most overworked and overwhelmed in the world.Australian Baby Boomers are among the world’s least likely to look for another position in the next 12 months.Australian Millennial travel professionals perceive there to be much higher equal opportunity in the workplace than the global millennial average.Australians are also slightly more likely than their global counterparts to recommend working in travel.Comprehensive highlights of the Happiness Index’s results for the world, as well as certain regions polled, by gender and generation, can be viewed in an infographic format on Progressive Personnel’s website. The results will also be available on Progressive Personnel’s Facebook Page and Linkedin Company Pages.“We are very pleased with the participation from travel professionals globally in helping us compile the definitive annual survey into the happiness of the world’s travel and hospitality staff. We hope the results will give professionals key insights into motivating, retaining, developing and recruiting talent,” concludes Roberts. Learn more hereSource = Progressive Personnellast_img read more

25th edition of ATM concludes on an encouraging note

first_imgArabian Travel Market (ATM), concluded its 25th anniversary with 39,000 travel, hospitality and tourism professionals from across the world, with the previous records being broken across the board by the time the four-day show closed on 25 April 2018. The show witnessed a 40% increase in the footfall since celebrating its 20th year in 2013.Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM stated, “The continued growth of ATM is a testament to the robust strength of the travel and tourism industry in the Middle East. ATM provides an ideal platform in that sense, bringing travel and tourism professionals together to discuss the potential of the inbound and outbound markets of the Middle East.”The 2018 edition, on the theme of responsible tourism, boasted more than 400 main stand holders with over 100 new exhibitors making their debut. The number of countries represented at ATM 2018 totalled over 140.During the session on Hyperloop and future travel experiences in the region, it was revealed innovative Hyperloop connections could reduce travel times between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) by around 34 minutes at some stage in the future. The session explored the impact ultra-modern travel infrastructure will have on the tourism industry in the UAE and wider GCC over the next decade, as technological advances bring new and improved modes of transport to the market.Michael Ibbitson, Executive Vice President (Infrastructure and Technology Dubai Airports) said, “Having both Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) as key stations on the Hyperloop system is essential and could allow Emirates to effectively and efficiently work from both hubs.”Omar Ahmed, Founder and CEO of Sociable Earth, said, “The halal travel market has graduated from its niche status to become an industry-shaping force in its own right. It is clear that mainstream travel and tourism organisations will now have to become far more pro-active if they want to attract increasing numbers of Halal travellers and tap into the potential of this massive market.”This year ATM hosted its first Student Conference – Career in Travel, as part of its line-up of special focus events. Press highlighted that the inaugural Student Conference was a great success, increasing student and graduate opportunities within the travel and tourism sector. The two-hour conference featured three interactive sessions including how to gain a career in the industry; developing tourism skills and employment opportunities in travel and tourism and how to create a job in the travel and tourism industry.last_img read more

Related Flights to Skiathos to be launched from Br

first_img RelatedFlights to Skiathos to be launched from BristolFlights to Skiathos to be launched from BristolEasyJet to introduce 15 new European flights this wintereasyJet will launch 15 new flights to European destinations as part of its upcoming winter scheduleFlights to Morocco and Canary Islands to be introduced by easyJeteasyJet will launch new flights to Morocco, the Canary Islands and Israel Kiss Flights will launch its first cheap flights to Tenerife and Sharm el Sheikh from Bristol at the beginning of July.The holiday company will operate flights to the Egyptian holiday destination every Thursday from July 2nd until the end of October, while weekly flights to the Canary Island will begin on July 3rd.Abbey Thomas, Kiss Flights’ national sales manager, said that the company had enjoyed “huge demand for local services” before choosing to expand its operations from Bristol.”[The flights] further underline our commitment to the general public to provide low-cost seats to popular holiday destinations from their local airport,” she commented.Kiss Flights offers flights to Greece, Turkey, Egypt and the Canary Islands from its bases at Gawick, Manchester, East Midlands and Bristol.Flights to Tenerife will be operated by Viking Airlines, while the Sharm el Sheikh route will be operated by Koral Blue using its Airbus A319 aircraft.Cheap flights carrier Ryanair launched new flights to Belfast City from Bristol Airport on March 30th. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more