first_imgOTTAWA — As the frigid air of an Ottawa winter howled outside in January 2013, Jody Wilson-Raybould stood at the centre of a mass of national media, trying to be a peacemaker as First Nations chiefs from across the country battled over how to secure a meeting with the sitting government on their terms.Some wanted to reject a meeting with prime minister Stephen Harper, because they felt their talks should be directly with the crown, or its representative in Canada, Gov. Gen. David Johnston.Wilson-Raybould was the British Columbia regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, and she was going to build the bridge between the chiefs, and then between the chiefs and a government many felt was hostile to Indigenous issues.When the meeting with Harper finally happened, she would later say, she realized change was going to be easier if she was on the inside. So she ran for the Liberals in the 2015 election and won in a downtown Vancouver riding.Shortly afterward Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would name her Canada’s justice minister.Fast forward six years, and in the frigid air of another Ottawa January, Wilson-Raybould was grim as she faced the reality that three years after getting one of the highest portfolios in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, she was being demoted.With the enthusiasm of a child being asked to apologize for stealing a cookie, she delivered the agreed-upon line, that moving from Justice to Veterans Affairs was not a negative, that there was “no world” in which serving Canada’s veterans had a downside.But the reality is she wasn’t being moved because she was universally loved and doing a bang-up job.She was being moved because she had become a thorn in the side of the cabinet, someone insiders say was difficult to get along with, known to berate fellow cabinet ministers openly at the table, and who others felt they had trouble trusting.Less than a month later, Wilson-Raybould is at the centre of one of the biggest storms to hit the Trudeau government: allegations the prime minister or his aides pressured her to help Quebec corporate giant SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution, and demoted her at least partly because she wouldn’t co-operate.Trudeau has flatly denied the allegations.Several Liberals approached Friday said they were confident the story came from Wilson-Raybould herself.“She’s always sort of been in it for herself,” said one insider who didn’t want to be identified. “It’s never been about the government or the cabinet. Everything is very Jodycentric.”The fear of reprisal for speaking about anything to do with the situation was running so high Friday most Liberals approached flatly refused.Treasury Board President Jane Philpott, said to be one of Wilson-Raybould’s closest friends and allies in cabinet, was not available. One former senior staffer said it was too uncomfortable to talk about.Those who did spoke of a woman who went through staff at a breakneck pace (she has had four chiefs of staff in three-and-a-half years), and only showed up to meetings when she felt like it.“I think I saw her at Indigenous caucus just once,” said one Liberal.But there is another view of her from outside government that is far more flattering, a description of a woman who is exceptionally smart and exceptionally driven.Born into a political family, her father, Chief Bill Wilson, once told Pierre Trudeau, father of Justin, that his daughters were going to be prime ministers one day. Her relationship with her father is sometimes troubled, and one Indigenous source said it is “impossible to talk about Jody without talking about her dad.”Bill Wilson, who issued words of support for his daughter on social media this week, helped get Indigenous title to land and treaty rights enshrined in the Constitution.Wilson-Raybould does leave a significant legacy as justice minister. She shepherded two of the biggest changes to Canadian social policy in a generation: physician-assisted dying and legalized marijuana.“She’s very serious, she’s very credible,” said Sheila North, former grand chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the northern Manitoba chiefs’ organization.She is bare-legs-in-minus-30-C-windchill tough — that’s how she publicly accepted her new job outside Rideau Hall — a former B.C. Crown prosecutor who is assertive and knows her own mind. Any criticism of Wilson-Raybould for sticking up for her convictions, said North, is rooted in sexism.“Someone who is very strong and assertive, when it’s a male, it’s not even considered anything that’s negative,” she said.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and 23andMe announced a collaboration to build a large, diverse cohort of both patients and control volunteers who have consented to participate in research.This cohort will provide researchers, drug makers, regulators and payers critical insight into the lived experience, genetics and variability of Parkinson’s disease. The study, Fox Insight (foxinsight.org), is open to anyone 18 or older worldwide with or without Parkinson’s disease and aims to recruit tens or even hundreds of thousands of patients to contribute data.“Fox Insight amplifies the patient voice in research and enables high-impact scientific collaboration toward patient-relevant outcomes,” says Todd Sherer, PhD, CEO of MJFF. “Our expanded partnership with 23andMe holds potential to illuminate new pathways to treatment breakthroughs by coupling genetic insights with the power of patient-reported phenotypic data.”Direct-from-patient Data Driving Discovery
Increasingly, Parkinson’s patients seek to be active contributors to improved disease understanding and the search for new therapies. To that end, Fox Insight facilitates patient sharing of information about the lived experience of Parkinson’s.The study complements traditional clinical research with scale and accessibility, supplementing in-person studies with cohort size and rigorous patient perspective data gathered over time. Fox Insight’s flexible design enables integration of diverse data collection modalities — such as remote biological sample collections — and the online nature of the study allows a broader population of patients, who may face geographic, mobility or transportation challenges, to contribute data.Starting in 2018, data from Fox Insight will be de-identified and made accessible to qualified PD scientists in real time, for independent studies. The aim is to increase understanding of the variability and progression of PD, expand understanding of disease and influence research drug development and healthcare priorities. Access to the Fox Insight dataset can shorten research timelines, accelerate “go/no-go” decisions and advance new therapies faster.“What I find really fascinating when I talk to Parkinson’s patients is that we all have a different disease,” says Michael J. Fox, who launched the Foundation in 2000 with a vision of bringing Parkinson’s patients and scientists into a true two-way dialogue to speed patient-relevant research outcomes. “One of our Foundation’s most important goals has been finding a way to incorporate patient involvement and patient knowledge and wisdom and enthusiasm in research. Capturing the natural back-and-forth between patients really helps doctors and researchers.”The Fox Insight study is sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation and funded through Foundation investments of $6 million to date. Leadership philanthropic support for Fox Insight has been furnished by Connie and Steven Ballmer.Collaboration with 23andMe Integrates Genetic and Lived Experience DataThrough a collaboration between MJFF and personal genetics company 23andMe, Fox Insight participants diagnosed with Parkinson’s also may choose to contribute genetic data to research by completing a 23andMe genetic test at no cost. This will open new opportunities for researchers to correlate clinical features of PD with underlying, individual genetic biology for better drug design toward precision medicine.“Joining forces with The Michael J. Fox Foundation will help our research goals of understanding, treating and preventing this disease,” said Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe CEO and co-founder. “Making the data available to the wider research community will accelerate our understanding of Parkinson’s disease.”MJFF and 23andMe share a commitment to building large networks of patients and researchers to work together toward deeper understanding of Parkinson’s and new PD treatments. From 2009 to 2017, 23andMe’s PD Research Community (who may now choose to participate in Fox Insight) enrolled 12,000 patients who contributed genetic and phenotypic data for disease study. 23andMe continues to generate a deep well of knowledge surrounding the genetics behind PD and an infrastructure to mine data for genetic discovery.Fox Insight study participants who are new to 23andMe will receive the full 23andMe service, including the option to access genetic health risk reports containing information on genetic variants that are associated with risk for Parkinson’s and other conditions.Genetic discoveries over the past two decades have revolutionized Parkinson’s drug development by illuminating new pathological pathways that drug developers are targeting with therapies to slow or stop disease. Combining Fox Insight’s datasets of genetic and phenotypic data will lead to more complete knowledge of the disease through better understanding of the underlying disease process, potential therapeutic targets, and how symptoms and disease course may differ depending on whether a genetic mutation is present.Patient privacy is a top Fox Insight priority. All contributed data is de-identified and kept on a secure server to maximize protection of individual-level data. Individuals who access their Parkinson’s genetic health risk report are eligible for complimentary genetic counseling on PD-associated genes included in that report.Fox Insight’s genetic data collection is funded by The Michael J. Fox Foundation with a grant of more than $4 million to 23andMe, which includes the costs of making the 23andMe service available to participants at no cost, as well as storing and maintaining the data.For more information on how The Michael J. Fox Foundation and 23andMe are collaborating to speed Parkinson’s genetic research, visit michaeljfox.org or 23andme.com/PD.last_img read more

Barcelona – Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff has died at his home in Barcelona at the age of 68. A statement on Cruijff’s own website said: “On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer.It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.” Cruyff won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974.With MAP

CALGARY — Canada Bread Co. says it plans to shut down its Calgary bakery in September, putting about 63 employees out of work.Spokeswoman Sylvia Sicuso said the closure comes after the bakery has seen orders falling over the past three years and is now running at less than 50 per cent of capacity.The company said staff will receive severance packages, help with finding other jobs, and are encouraged to apply for work at other Canada Break operations.Canada Bread said it plans to continue to supply bread to the Western Canadian market from its operations in Langley, B.C., Edmonton and Winnipeg.Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo, one of the world’s largest baking companies with operations in 22 countries, bought Canada Bread in 2014.The company sells bread under brands including Dempster’s, Villaggio, Bon Matin and Vachon. read more

The Police have launched a website to handle complains on lost or stolen mobile phones,The website, www.ineed.police.lk, was launched on the instructions of Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara.

Answering the needs of Ontario’s boom in craft distillers, Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) has taken its grape and wine analytical services and continuing education courses, and adapted them for the liquor industry and consumers.With Ontario easing some of its more rigid rules around liquor production, craft distilleries have been proliferating across the province, catering to consumers who are drawn to niche specialty products.When Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission last year removed the minimum volume of 5,000 litres that distillers must produce each year in order to have a retail store, it opened a door for a new generation of entrepreneurs.But while the new distillers may be deft at developing small-batch spirits, they lack the kind of services and product support that the big players have in-house.CCOVI, which has been providing research support and other services to grape growers and wineries for 20 years, sees the move to distillers as a natural evolution.“Expanding our analytical services and educational offerings to the distilling industry further draws on the expertise already available in CCOVI,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. “The spirits industry is growing, and we’re in a position to provide services that support this growth and the jobs it creates.”Services critical to distillers include ethanol and methanol monitoring in addition to other specialized analyses. Responding to these needs, the CCOVI Analytical Services laboratory now offers testing packages tailored to the spirits industry.Some distillers are already taking advantage of CCOVI’s analytical services. Craig Peters, who is Chief Vodka Officer at Oakville’s Maverick Distillery, said the high cost of equipment inhibits the ability of small distillers to do all required testing in-house.“CCOVI’s lab is a terrific resource,” said Peters. “The results we get are timely, reasonably priced and we’re very pleased with the results every time.”Beyond lab services, CCOVI is also expanding its continuing education offerings to include Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) spirits courses to address the growing needs of this sector. These new courses start in August and offer a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits for consumers and for industry professionals looking to expand their knowledge.CCOVI course instructor Elsa Mcdonald, who has a specialization in spirits, is the Director of Wine Education for Constellation Brands, an MW Candidate with the Institute of Masters of Wine and CAPS graduate. “She will be a valuable resource to add to our WSET team” says Barb Tatarnic, Manager of Continuing Education. “In terms of the program itself, we’re very proud to offer an internationally recognized certification with a focus on spirits to the industry”.The WSET Level 1 award in spirits is a one-day course running Monday, Aug. 15 (go to the website for registration deadline), while the WSET Level 2 award in spirits will run in a condensed two-day format on Sept. 12 and 26. WSET Level 2 award in spirits will also be run on-line.Registration deadline for the Level 1 course is Aug. 3. To register for the WSET courses, go to ccovi.ca/ce/courses read more

UNESCO/José PuyCathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville (Spain). UNESCO/Leila MaizazMedina of Essaouira, formerly Mogador (Morocco). UNDPUNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Kingslayer for gender equalityThe connection between the United Nations and Game of Thrones does not end with UNESCO’s inspiring  sites.While Jaime Lannister is the twin brother of Cersei and slayer of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, real-life actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Passionate about ending discrimination and violence against women, the father of two girls is focusing his considerable talents on drawing attention to critical issues, such as gender equality – encouraging everyone to be agents of change.Mr. Coster-Waldau was appointed a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador in 2016. UNESCO/Francesco BandarinOld City of Dubrovnik (Croatia). Cersei’s ‘Walk of Shame’The iconic scene in in which Cersei Lannister is forced to walk naked through the streets of King’s Landing began atop of the baroque Jesuit Staircase, which leads to the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Jesuit College in the UNESCO-desnigated Old City of Dubrovnik . Battle of the Blackwater You may recall the fiery Battle of the Blackwater, or scenes where King Robert Baratheon rules from the Iron Throne in the Red Keep, overlooking Blackwater Bay: Fort Lovrijenac, outside the western wall of the Croatian city, actually played an important role in resisting Venetian rule in the 11th century. UN News/Jing ZhangAit-Ben-Haddou (Morocco). Yunkai: ‘A most disreputable place’In the Yellow City, Daenerys’ language skills are useful with the Yunkai’i, who speak a dialect of High Valyrian. But in Berber, the village of Ait-Ben-Haddou was a popular caravan route long before current-day Morocco was established. The crowded together earthen buildings surrounded by high walls offer a view of a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. Ait-Ben-Haddou was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Established in 1945, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has worked to improve dialogue and understanding between civilizations, cultures and peoples. One of UNESCO’s methods of doing this is by designating and preserving World Heritage Sites, defined as having outstanding universal value to humanity, which it inscribes on the World Heritage List to be protected for posterity.To date, there are 1,092 natural and cultural places inscribed. The diverse and unique treasures range from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the Pyramids of Egypt and the Taj Mahal in India.Since 2011, UNESCO’s work has become inseparable with the magnificent film locations of the wildly popular Game of Thrones series.For those tuning in to the show’s final episodes, here’s a look back at the Seven Kingdoms with a nod to the UN cultural agency.Capital of the Seven KingdomsLong before it became known as King’s Landing – one of the Seven Kingdoms and seat of the mighty Iron Throne – the old city of Dubrovnik in Croatia was an important Mediterranean seat of power from the 13th century onwards. Severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667 and by armed conflict in the 1990s, UNESCO is co-coordinating a major restoration programme.Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in 1979. UN News/Mita HosaliThe Jesuit Staircase is located on the south side of Gundulic Square in UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old City of Dubrovnik. Private retreat for House MartellIt is easy to see why Doran Martell called the Water Gardens of Dorne “my favourite place in this world”.  Actually located in the heart of Seville, the Royal Palace of Alcázar is imbued with Moorish influences that date back from the Reconquest of 1248 to the 16th century. UNESCO points to it as “an exceptional testimony to the civilization of the Almohads as well as that of Christian Andalusia”. UNESCO inscribed the Royal Palace of Alcázarin in 1987. Theon returns to Lordsport HarbourCounty Antrim envelops UNESCO-designated Giant’s Causeway and Causeway coast. It is also home to the small fishing harbour of Ballintoy, known to fans as the port of Pyke, home to the Iron Islands of the Greyjoys. Located in real-life Northern Ireland, the Causeway consists of some 40,000 massive black volcanic rock columns sticking out of the sea. Over the last 300 years, geographical studies have greatly contributed to the development of the earth sciences.The Causeway coast was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. Daenerys’ journey through EssosWhen you look at the Medina of Essaouira in Morocco, perhaps you can imagine The Khaleesi lining up The Unsullied eunuch slave-soldiers in the city of Astapor before renaming Slaver’s Bay,  the Bay of Dragons. But for UNESCO, Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town in North Africa. Since its creation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.The Medina of Essaouira joined the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in 2001. UNESCO/Stefano BertiGiant’s Causeway (Northern Ireland). UNESCO/Silvan RehfeldCannon in Old City of Dubrovnik (Croatia). read more

UK new car demand falls -8.5% in the month as buyers hold back ahead of June general election, with 186,265 cars registered.Alternatively fuelled vehicle segment rebounds following April’s decline, rising 46.7% to take a new record market share of 4.4%.1Year-to-date performance dips slightly, down -0.6% as market stabilises, but more than 1.1 million new cars registered in Britain since January.SEE THE LATEST CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDThe UK new car market declined in May ahead of the general election, with demand falling -8.5%, according to figures released today by SMMT. 186,265 new cars were registered in the month, with business purchases driving the market, up 20.1%, to offset declines from private and fleet buyers.Although it dipped slightly in the previous month, the market for alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) bounced back in May to continue the upward trend seen in the first quarter and take a new record market share of 4.4%. More than 8,000 AFVs were registered in the month, representing an increase of 46.7%. Almost 50,000 new AFVs have joined Britain’s roads so far this year.Despite a dip of -0.6% in overall registrations since January, more than 1.1 million new cars have been registered on UK roads so far in 2017. Business and fleet sectors have driven demand, up 5.3% and 2.4% respectively to offset a decline from private buyers of -4.2%. However, more than half a million new cars have been registered by private buyers since the start of the year.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,We expected demand in the new car market to remain negative in May due to the pull-forward to March – which was an all-time record month – resulting from VED reform. Added to this, the general election was always likely to give many pause for thought and affect purchasing patterns in the short term. Although demand has fallen, it’s important to remember that the market remains at a very high level and, with a raft of new models packed with the latest low emission and connected technology coming to market this summer, we expect the market to remain strong over the year.1 The previous monthly AFV market share record was 4.2% achieved in January 2017.Download the press release and data table here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ariana Grande wipes away a tear as she performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on June 4, 2017 Ariana Grande wipes away a tear as she performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on June 4, 2017Credit:Kevin Mazur/Getty She also got a bee tattoo, which came to symbolise Manchester’s resilience in the wake of the attack.In a message to fans last year, Grande said: “We won’t let hate win. Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder, and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”Grande’s new album is called Sweetener, with the singer saying the message to her fans was that you can make a bad situation better.Speaking to Jimmy Fallon, she explained the title as: “It’s kind of about bringing light to a situation or someone’s life, or somebody else who brings light to your life – sweetening the situation.” More than 50,000 people turned out at the Old Trafford cricket ground just two weeks after the attack to watch stars such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Liam Gallagher perform.Grande closed the concert with a tearful performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.More than £2.7 million was raised from the gig and Grande was “moved” after being named an honorary citizen of Manchester. Ariana Grande has described the Manchester Arena bomb attack as the “absolute worst of humanity” in an emotional interview nearly a year on from the atrocity.A terrorist detonated an explosive device as fans were leaving her concert in the city on May 22 last year, killing 22 innocent people and injuring more than 500.In an interview with Time magazine, the singer spoke about her response to the attack and its impact on her music.Grande, whose first new music following the attack, No Tears Left To Cry, alluded to the atrocity, said “The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won.”Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world. I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day. 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. “I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.”Following the attack, the Dangerous Woman singer put on a benefit concert in Manchester for the families of those affected. read more

first_imgNuit des étoiles 2011 : une constellation d’activités vous attendPour cette édition 2011 de la Nuit des étoiles, de nombreuses activités pour tous les goûts, tous les niveaux et tous les âges sont au rendez-vous à travers la France.A l’occasion de la 21e édition de la Nuit des Étoiles, les 5, 6 et 7 août 2011, partez à la découverte du ciel. Des sites “Nuits des étoiles” présents partout en France mais aussi dans plusieurs pays d’Europe et d’Afrique, proposent près de 340 manifestations comportant chacune un large éventail d’animations. De nombreux animateurs bénévoles ainsi que des astronomes amateurs et professionnels partageront avec les visiteurs leur passion de la Voie Lactée. Au programme : initiation, observation à l’oeil nu, aux instruments, conférence ou encore séance de planétarium.  Pour trouver le site le plus proche de chez vous, consultez la liste de toutes les manifestations en cliquant ici.Une Nuit des étoiles sous le signe de la participationA la Cité de l’Espace à Toulouse, la Nuit des étoiles est également à l’honneur avec une soirée d’animation astronomique gratuite et accessible à tous. Elle se tiendra vendredi de 19h à 1h du matin, dans le jardin et le Planétarium et proposera entre autres, une séance d’observation du ciel en accès libre de 21h à 1h, ainsi que des initiations au télescope, des ateliers de lecture des cartes du ciel et un spectacle “ET” dansé sous la station MIR.Sur Paris, la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, basée à la Villette, organise également une série d’animations (lien non disponible), de spectacles, d’ateliers et d’observations. À lire aussiGoogle Chrome, l’ESA et une vache marine, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 juilletEnfin, l’association Planète Sciences vous invite à participer à une expérience inédite en communicant les observations faites pendant cette Nuit des étoiles sur le site “couleurs d’étoiles”. Le but ? “Mesurer tous ensemble la température des étoiles les plus brillantes à partir de leur couleur. Et pourquoi pas en déduire leur degré d’évolution et leur âge”.  A cette occasion, découvrez quelques paysages étoilés observés dans le ciel du Chili par l’Observatoire européen austral (ESO) Le 4 août 2011 à 15:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Attack on Titan’s second season has already come and gone, much to the chagrin of hardcore anime fans around the world. The second season ended up finishing with a cliffhanger at that, which hit fans pretty hard. How long would it be until the next season came around again, anyway?Great news — not long at all! Funimation, who handles distribution and licensing of Attack on Titan in the US, announced during Anime Expo 2017 that the upcoming third season of the show would launch in Spring 2018, which is as you know only about a year away. It’s less than a year, actually. So there’s hardly any time left to wait at all!「TVアニメ『進撃の巨人』Season 3」2018年スタートが決定いたしました!!引き続き、TVアニメ「進撃の巨人」の応援よろしくお願いします!!続報をお楽しみに!! #shingeki pic.twitter.com/pTNqY45CcL— アニメ「進撃の巨人」公式アカウント (@anime_shingeki) June 17, 2017The second season ended, as you likely know, with several questions left unanswered about Titans being found in places they really shouldn’t be. We won’t spoil that here just in case you’re not caught up with the anime nor reading the manga, but big expository bombs were dropped. What’s going to happen with Eren and his newfound special power and all the characters who are also hiding powers from their brethren? It’s a tough call, so make sure not to go and spoil it for everyone if you know what’s going to happen.The third season should pick right up where the cliffhanger ended, so if you’re still jonesing for more, you should hop into the excellent manga series and read all the way up to just about where the anime left off for a crash course in what to expect. It’s some good reading, and you’re not going to see any more anime for a little while, anyway. That way you can school people on what’s going to happen next, and everyone loves doing that.Come on, season three!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#childabuseupforBahamas2016, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 9, 2017 – Bahamian parents and guardians who abuse their children are mostly guilty of neglect, as reported child abuse has soared by nearly 144%.   The 2016 statistics are released to media and they reveal that most of the abuse of children in The Bahamas boils down to neglect, physical and sexual abuses; accounting for some 92% of the overall cases.Officials dealt with 478 cases of neglect, 180 incidents of physical abuse and 130 cases of sexual abuse.    Most of those cases were recorded in Nassau, 76% or 655 cases; in Grand Bahama there were 91 cases and of that 42 were incest while Central Abaco, North Abaco, North Eleuthera, Crooked Island, Central Andros, Harbour Island, Cat Island, South Abaco and three cases in South Eleuthera are all on the books.Each year the figures are increasing as in 2015 figures there were 597 child abuse files, some 259 less than 2016, which recorded 856 child abuse cases.#MagneticMediaNews#childabuseupforBahamas2016last_img read more

first_imgPORT ANGELES — People who pulled into a ranger station at Olympic National Park over the weekend were given $125 tickets for “violation of closure” — entering the park during the government shutdown.Three of the cars were a group of international students from Peninsula College led by host Kelly Sanders, a teacher from Port Angeles, the Peninsula Daily News reported Tuesday. They pulled off Highway 101 at Lake Crescent, got out and posed for a picture behind the Storm King Ranger Station when Ranger Jennifer Jackson pulled up and wrote all three drivers tickets. Each carries the $125 fine.The students from Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China were puzzled, Sanders said.“I didn’t know how to explain it to them because I can’t really understand why all this happened myself,” Sanders said Monday.“I know they were surprised that we would get a ticket for trying to go for a hike.”The driveway into the Storm King lot was partially blocked by orange road cones and a sandwich board with a sign stuck to it with duct tape reading, “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed,” Sanders said.last_img read more

first_imgTUCSON, Ariz. — Say a gay couple in Phoenix walks into a bakery to order their wedding cake. The baker refuses to take their order because of his deeply held religious beliefs. Under a measure that passed the Arizona Legislature this week, the baker would have greater protection to invoke religion to shield himself from a discrimination lawsuit.The bill, approved by the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday and the GOP-led House on Thursday, would bolster a business owner’s right to refuse service to gays and others if the owner believes doing so violates the practice and observance of his or her religion.The state Senate passed it on a straight party-line vote, 17 to 13. The House followed suit, 33 to 27, with two Republicans joining all the Democrats in opposition.GOP Gov. Jan Brewer’s office said she would not take a position until she’d had a chance to review the measure.Proponents contend the bill is about protecting religious freedom, rights that “must be respected,” said Republican Sen. Steve Yarbrough, who introduced the measure.Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, a House sponsor, said there had been an “onslaught of attacks on religious freedoms.” The bill, he said, “is trying to protect those freedoms.”But opponents, including Democratic lawmakers and gay activist groups, describe the bill as unconstitutional, discriminatory and divisive.It would “permit discrimination under the guise of religious freedom,” said Sen. Ana Tovar, a Democratic leader.Democrat Chad Campbell of Phoenix, the House minority leader, tweeted after the bill passed: “The world is upset with how Russia has treated gay rights. . I think it’s time for that same anger to be directed towards AZ.”last_img read more

first_imgMost people have heard of “free and reduced lunch” for low-income students provided by the federal government at public schools. But what happens when school is out? Share Vancouver is among the local agencies that take on the job. Sponsored by the Simplified Summer Food Service Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture — and by some local foundation grants and donated kitchen space at Evergreen Public Schools — Share will provide free breakfasts and lunches for children at 19 Clark County locations this summer. More than 30,000 meals are expected to be served between June 30 and Aug. 15.The Summer Meals program will provide free meals at four city parks, eight public schools, four apartment complexes, several summer camps and one community center.All children 18 and younger are welcome to partake in free food even if they are not registered for ongoing summer programs.Share seeks volunteers who want to help cook and deliver meals. Call 360-952-8228 or email volunteers@sharevancouver.org.Summer meals dates and sitesA full schedule of meal times, days and dates is at www.sharevancouver.org/share-summerslam. From June through August, up-to-date information about locations can be found at the Family Food Hotline at 888-4-FOOD-WA.June 30 through Aug. 15Evergreen Park and Marrion Elementary School: Lunch, noon-1 p.m.John Ball Park: Lunch, 12:30-1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.Hearthwood Park: Lunch, 12:30-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.One Team Wy’East: Breakfast at 9:30 a.m.; lunch, noon-1 p.m.Covington Commons apartments: Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.The Villas apartments: Lunch, noon-12:30 p.m.Prairie View apartments: Lunch, noon-12:30 p.m.Rising Stars Community Center: Lunch, noon-1 p.m. July 7 through Aug. 8.NAACP Rites of Passage camp (1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Clark College): Lunch, noon-1 p.m.July 7 through Aug. 15Greentree Apartments: Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-noon.July 21 through Aug. 8Sacajawea, Harney, Hazel Dell and Washington elementary schools: Breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:30 p.m.Jason Lee, Gaiser, Discovery and McLouglin middle schools: Breakfast, 8:15-8:45 a.m.; lunch, 12:15-12:45 p.m.last_img read more

first_img“We are looking for brands that have strong emotional ties with a community,” said Levin in an interview with Reuters. “We think there is a unique opportunity in niche media brands that are undervalued and have further ways to monetize the intellectual property.”Levin also said Oreva plans to develop Pride Media’s events business to compose 30 percent of the company’s revenue in the next 12 to 18 months, up from the current five percent. Previously, Here Media’s brands have teamed up with sponsors to host various events related to the LGBT community, such as shopping initiatives, a detailed video series, and a custom virtual reality video of LA Pride.Additionally, he added that the investor group plans to advance its digital business, hoping to increase total reach to 15 to 18 million monthly visitors, a rise from the current 12 million in the next 12 months.Paul Colichman, CEO of Here Media, released a statement last week detailing Here Publishing’s (now Pride Media) next chapter under the ownership of Oreva.“Truly authentic voices such as ours ought to be loudest, and Oreva will mount an expansion of video and deeper coverage in lifestyle categories such as food and travel, while extending our reach internationally,” said Colichman.Moving ahead with the agreement, Lucas Grindley will serve as the new president of Pride Media, overseeing daily operations at the organization.In June, Oreva acquired High Times in a deal reportedly valued at $70 million. The group of investors, which included musician Damian Marley, purchased a 60 percent stake in the brand, gaining access to the monthly magazine, website, and annual Cannabis Cup competition.After Oreva purchased the 43-year-old weed magazine, the company announced in late July that it was taking High Times public through a definitive merger agreement reached with Origo Acquisition Corporation. Oreva Capital, the investor group that purchased High Times back in June, has acquired two LGBT brands, Out and The Advocate.Adam Levin, CEO of Oreva and High Times told Reuters late last week that the investor group has backed a management-led buyout of Here Publishing, owner of Out and The Advocate, from former owner Here Media. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.With the acquisition, Oreva is rebranding Here Publishing to Pride Media Inc., and in addition to acquiring Out and The Advocate, the investor group also gains ownership of the organization’s other publications, including Pride, Plus, Out Traveler and LGBT.com.Moving forward with the LGBT titles, Levin said Oreva has plans for the expansion of its online and events business.last_img read more

first_imgRenaud Camus in 2013. Photo: CollectedThe French writer who popularised a theory that European populations are being supplanted by immigration, alluded to by the gunman who killed 49 at two New Zealand mosques on Friday, denounced an “appalling” act by someone who had failed to understand his work.Renaud Camus published in 2011 “The Great Replacement,” which the Christchurch gunman used as the title of a 74-page “manifesto” uploaded to the web before storming the mosques.”I am totally non-violent,” the 72-year-old Camus told AFP, saying the arrested 28-year-old Australian suspect had committed “appalling, criminal, disastrous and idiotic terrorist acts”.”If he wrote a pamphlet titled ‘The Great Replacement” it’s blatant plagiarism… of a phrase that doesn’t belong to him and he doesn’t understand,” said Camus.The writer, who is also a gay rights activist, lives in a 14th-century chateau in southwest France.In 2015 he was convicted of inciting hatred and violence against Muslims.A range of far-right groups have seized on his ideas to promote a conspiracy theory that native populations in the West are being replaced by political and corporate leaders, robbing a country of its cultural heritage in the process.Many white supremacists have promoted violent resistance to the so-called “invasion” by non-whites, a term used repeatedly by the New Zealand gunman in his manifesto.It is said to have been one of the ideas that drove the Pittsburgh Synagogue killer, who shot 11 Jewish worshippers in the US city in October.But Camus, while defending the theory, rejected suggestions that his writings could have encouraged the gunman.”What worries me the most in what I call ‘The Great Replacement” is precisely the extent to which it encourages violence, all kinds of violence, either in everyday life or, obviously, in terrorist attacks,” he said.”At the centre of my work is the concept of innocence, which is to say, of non-aggravation, non-violence,” he added.Camus suggested instead that the killer might have taken inspiration from the wave of attacks carried out by self-proclaimed Islamic jihadists in France over recent years.”His crime most resembles the terrorist attacks committed in France,” he said.”I don’t see why he would be more inspired by me than by the attacks which directly resemble the one he committed,” he said.last_img read more

first_img 00:00 /00:40 Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaBill Gilmer, director of UH’s Institute for Regional Forecasting, says Houston usually does better than other places during a recession. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img It’s been more than a decade since the last recession, and surveys show a large majority of economists believe another one will happen by the end of 2021.Bill Gilmer, director of the University of Houston’s Institute for Regional Forecasting, isn’t convinced because, other than this being the longest expansion on record, he doesn’t see any indicators.At the same time, he said, developments that trigger a recession tend to come out of nowhere.And once a recession hits, he said, Houston will feel it.“What typically happens when the U.S. slips into recession, oil demand goes away,” Gilmer said. “And when oil demand goes away, the price falls and that means that Houston’s oil sector gets hit.”But, he said, other factors benefit Houston, which is why historically the Bayou City has done better than the rest of the country during recessions. “We do not have as many regulatory barriers as the rest of the country in terms of development – land development, for example – or hiring or lots of other practices,” Gilmer said.That, he said, gives Houston more flexibility for a recovery.A strong housing market is another attribute that helps Houston in a recession, Gilmer said. X Sharelast_img read more

first_imgOur hack: sign-up for a live TV-streaming service, which will get you access to all four networks airing the games, as well as plenty of other sports channels for post-game analysis and highlights. Hulu is currently offering a 7-day free trial to its Hulu + Live TV service (sign up here). Time it to watch the Final Four for free, or test drive it now and then stay on for the remainder of the tournament. Hulu offers the service for just $45/month, which gets you a ton of live TV channels, in addition to Hulu originals like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Shrill,” plus on-demand movies, documentaries and television shows.Sling TV is another solid bet, and it’ll get you access to TBS, TNT and truTV, but not CBS (You can stream CBS games through CBS.com). Sling is currently offering 40% off the first three months of service to new customers, bringing their basic Sling Blue service down to just $15/month.Both Hulu and Sling let you stream content over your phone, on your computer, tablet or through your TV.A couple of streaming tips: make sure you free up your Internet for the game, to avoid buffering issues or slower speeds. That means closing background apps on your phone, and not running a movie or show on another device that may be sharing your signal. You’ll also want to make sure your router is on the same floor of the home as your TV, to ensure the best possible signal.“Routers are good at sending signals horizontally, not vertically,” said Brandon Bogle, an analyst at global tech care company Asurion. “If your router isn’t on the same floor as your TV, you may have more buffering issues during the big game. Better yet, consider hardwiring your router with an ethernet cable.”One last tip: even if you’re streaming or casting the games from your phone, make sure you are connected to your home Internet, versus using your phone network. You’ll likely have a faster, more reliable signal that way, which means less interruptions and more time focusing on the plays at hand.VarietySPY products are independently selected. If you buy something from our links, PMC may earn a commission. Popular on Variety The rankings are in, and the 68-team field is set. March Madness is officially upon us, and if you want to catch the action from home, from the office, or on-the-go, there are a couple ways to stream March Madness online for free.The first game kicks off today, and the tournament runs until April 8. Oddsmakers have Duke as the favorite to win, with 11/5 odds. The Blue Devils are followed by Gonzaga and North Carolina with 5/1 and 6/1 odds, respectively. The games are airing across a number of networks, including CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.You can download the March Madness Live app (find it here) to watch all 67 games live, and stream videos and highlights from every matchup. The app works with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku Streaming Stick and Xbox One, among others. Keep in mind that the app only gets you a free three-hour preview – you’ll have to log-in with your cable provider to access content after that.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgNews | Radiation Oncology | June 30, 2015 Indian Hospital Treats 10,000th Patient with Varian’s RapidArc Southeast India facility reaches milestone in just six years, taking many pro bono cases June 30, 2015 – A three-year-old baby girl with a brain tumor has become the 10,000th patient at Yashoda Hospital in Hyderabad, India to be treated using RapidArc radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems.The treatment comes just six years after RapidArc was first introduced clinically at the private hospital, which treats more than 4,000 patients a year from the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in the south-east of India. “The patient responded well to the treatment,” said G. S. Rao, M.D., director of the Yashoda group of hospitals.Yashoda was the first hospital in India to introduce RapidArc treatments, and over the past six years it has phased out the use of ‘static-field’ intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) treatments and replaced them with RapidArc. In so doing, it has become the first hospital to reach the landmark of 10,000 RapidArc treatments.Varian’s RapidArc technology delivers fast and precise radiotherapy treatments in single or multiple rotations of the treatment machine around the patient. Faster treatments allow for greater precision, since there is less chance of patient or tumor movement during treatment delivery, and the patient spends less time on the treatment couch.Over half the RapidArc treatments carried out at Yashoda over the past six years have involved tumors of the brain, head and neck. Three Varian linear accelerators at the hospital are equipped with RapidArc technology, which was introduced by Varian to speed up treatments and make advanced IMRT approaches more widely available to cancer patients globally.”We see RapidArc as a very efficient and precise way of delivering advanced radiotherapy,” said Rao. “Because of the speed of RapidArc treatments, we no longer have a waiting list. In fact, we usually start treatments within two days of the patients being taken for CT [computed tomography] simulation.”Although Yashoda is a private cancer center, it has a strong history of delivering treatments ‘pro bono’ for those who cannot afford advanced radiotherapy. About of a fifth of the center’s RapidArc treatments have fallen into this category. Indeed, for several years it has sent a bus into local villages several times a month and brought patients back to Hyderabad for treatment. The bus, equipped with a wide range of diagnostic equipment, travels to remote villages throughout the province of Andhra Pradesh and screens patients for cancer. If people need treatment, they are brought back to the hospital and treated without charge.For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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