Yukon battle looms over Peel watershed development

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe spring sitting of the Yukon legislature ended this week as it began, under a cloud of protest over development in a protected area.APTN National News reporter Luke Smith explains.last_img

Women of French yellow vest group counter violent image

first_imgPARIS — Several hundred women wearing yellow vests have marched through Paris in a bid to restore a peaceful image to the grassroots protest movement, a day after demonstrations veered once more into violence.Some women carried yellow balloons during Saturday’s march from the Place de la Bastille to the Opera Garnier. At one point, they fell to their knees in a minute of silence for the 10 people killed and many others injured since the movement began in mid-November.Women also marched in other cities around France.The movement is losing wind with repeated violence at weekly demonstrations.Some women tried to rebrand the movement as peaceful through signs reading “I am your daughter” or “I am your Grandma.”Protesters wear fluorescent yellow safety vests required in French cars.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ramadan to Begin in Morocco Thursday

Rabat- The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday in Morocco, the Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.Other Arab and Muslim countries will also begin Ramadan on Thursday. On Tuesday Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and Palestine announced that Thursday would be the first day of Ramadan.The sighting of the crescent in most Muslim countries coincides with the date announced several weeks by the Fiqh Council of North America. The FCNA, which relies on astronomical calculations, had announced that the first day of Ramadan would be Thursday June 18, while the first day of Eid El Fitr, would be Friday July 17th. Moroccan authorities rely on special committees across the country to monitor the sighting of the moon, in line with the Prophet’s saying: “Fast when you see the crescent and break the fast when you see it; if it is not apparent, then make the month of Sha’ban thirty days.” read more

Some Muslims Face 1Day Ramadan Delay in North America

Rabat- Muslim communities in North America will delay the first Ramadan fast, which was to begin on Wednesday, May 16, as the moon sighting was not confirmed on Tuesday night.Muslims in the US and Canada are unsure of when to commence Ramadan fast, as the sighting of “Hilal” crescent or new moon indicating the start of the holy month was not confirmed with the naked eye on Tuesday night.The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada has announced that the first day of the Ramadan fast, originally set for Wednesday, May 16, in Canada and Australia would be delayed. According to Canadian Television Network CTV: “There was no vision of Hilal in Canada or North America, so we are announcing that the beginning of Ramadan will be Thursday, May 17.”Start of Ramadan delayed as no confirmed moon sightings in North America https://t.co/Ph4FUwCfYR #yyc pic.twitter.com/PF7apyULCq— CTV Calgary (@CTVCalgary) May 16, 2018Meanwhile in the United States, though some mosques already announced the start of Ramadan on Wednesday, others delayed the fast until Thursday, in line with Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and other countries in the Middle East.The Islamic Center of New England also announced that Ramadan will begin on Thursday in a recent statement, due to the fact that the “crescent was not sighted in the countries of the Muslim World who are using methodology of moon-sighting.” The same source referenced Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “Do not fast until you see the new moon, and do not break the fast until you see it, and if it is covered then complete the month.”Saudi Arabia and several other Muslim countries, including Morocco, Oman, Indonesia, and Egypt will begin the Ramadan fast on Thursday, May 17.Such confusions about the first day of Ramadan are quite common for Muslims living in foreign countries, like the US.While some Muslims follow astronomical calculations to determine the first Ramadan, others choose to follow Saudi Arabia when determining the start of Ramadan, as the kingdom serves as the primary benchmark for fasting times across most non-Muslim majority countries. read more

Ontario wine industry toasts its top promoters at CCOVI event

Michael Pinkus, left, is presented with the media award by Charles Baker from Stratus Vineyards.A wine writer, an educator and one of Canada’s leading wine enthusiasts are on the podium as the Ontario wine industry recently honoured its leading advocates with its 2010 Promote the Promoters Awards.The awards acknowledge those individuals that celebrate the Ontario VQA wine industry with unselfish enthusiasm, constructive input, and unsolicited promotion.They are announced during the Experts’ Tasting at the industry’s Cuvée weekend, which was hosted recently by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).Toronto-based wine writer Michael Pinkus — the Grape Guy — won in the media category for his dedication to keeping the wine industry well informed through OntarioWineReview.comNiagara’s own Jennifer Wilhelm from Niagara College was recognized in the Education category. And the promoter-at-large award, a new category, was given to Ken Burford, president of the Ontario Wine Society, who has been instrumental in promoting VQA wines through educational events.The Experts’ Tasting is an annual invitation-only event designed and targeted to the wine trade — primarily media, product consultants, sommeliers and wine educators who promote VQA wines through education and/or promotion.The Experts’ Tasting has become a key educational feature of the Cuvée weekend. The best Ontario VQA wines are pre-judged and chosen for their tasting suitability to demonstrate a theme. The theme for this year’s Experts’ Tasting was “Does place matter? Exploring Ontario’s single vineyard and sub-appellation wines.”This year more than 125 guests tasted, swished and expectorated the 33 wines presented over five flights.For a complete listing of the wines presented, visit Experts’ Tasting Promoters Awards.Quick links:• CCOVI• ontariowinereview.com• Cuvée 2010Jennifer Wilhelm receives the education award from Charles Baker from Stratus Vineyards.Ken Burford receives the promoter-at-large award from Charles Baker. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State pushes No 6 Virginia to brink falls 6361

OSU then-sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) during a game against VMI on Dec. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team entered Charlottesville, Virginia, marching into new territory in two ways. Wednesday night was the first time the Buckeyes had visited Virginia since 1981, and the team went against the No. 6 Cavaliers with confidence from a 6-0 start to the season.OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle attempted a contested, potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired that came up short, as the Buckeyes hit a roadblock against the Cavaliers, suffering its first defeat of the season, 63-61. OSU led by as much as 16 in the first half.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate paced the Buckeye offense with 14 points and nine rebounds. Lyle scored 12 points but turned the ball over eight times in the loss.Coach Thad Matta’s team took a 12-point lead into halftime, but that was quickly erased by the defensively opportunistic Cavaliers. Virginia used a 15-2 run through the first four minutes and 15 seconds of the second half to get back into the game. Virginia senior guard London Perrantes buried one of his four 3-pointers to take a 39-38 lead, Virginia’s first of the night.Perentes led the Cavaliers with 19 points. Virginia made its first seven field goals of the second half. OSU sophomore guard C.J. Jackson hit a contested 3 at the other end to put OSU back on top. It was one of his three 3s on the night.For the next 15 minutes of the game, the teams traded blows until Virginia pulled away late in the game.With the game tied at 57, OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle lost the ball on a drive to the hoop. Perrantes then found junior forward Marial Shayok on the other end of the floor for an easy layup and the lead, 59-57.Virginia junior forward Isaiah Wilkins had a breakaway dunk on the next possession and got fouled on the play for a chance to push the lead to five. Wilkins missed the free throw and Lyle was able to convert two free throws on the other end to trim the deficit to 63-61.Shayok was then fouled by OSU redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, but missed both free throws giving OSU a chance for the tie or the win. After a timeout by Matta with 6.5 seconds left, Lyle couldn’t find an open man as the nation’s No. 1 defense clamped down on the Buckeyes and ended the upset bid.OSU had 20 turnovers and shot 50 percent from the floor.OSU fell to 6-1 as Virginia moved to 7-0. The Buckeyes return to the court on Saturday in Columbus against Fairleigh Dickinson. read more

Mens Hockey No 4 Ohio State defeats Michigan 42 claims top spot

Redshirt junior Wyatt Ege passes the puck down the ice during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternFollowing a Friday night loss, No. 4 Ohio State (12-5-4) came back Saturday and defeated Michigan (8-9-6) 4-2, advancing the Buckeyes to No. 1 in the Big Ten.After the Buckeyes and the Wolverines were tied after the second period, Michigan freshman forward Jimmy Lambert gave the Wolverines the 2-1 lead off a rebound with 8:48 to go in the match. But it did not take long for junior defensemen Wyatt Ege to answer, scoring his first goal of the season 28 seconds later, assisted by junior forward Tanner Laczynski and senior forward Freddy Gerard, igniting a three-goal period for the Buckeyes. Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said his team responded well to the early Michigan goal in the third period, saying the deficit loosened up Ohio State to take the lead and eventually beat the Wolverines. For Ege, he was just happy to record his first goal. “I’m just happy I scored,” he said.  “Going last year without a goal and then Christmas break I still hadn’t scored.  I was just happy to finally put one in the back of the net. It felt great.”Freshman forward Quinn Preston secured the Ohio State victory scoring on the short side on what would be the second of the three goals. In the first period,  neither Ohio State nor Michigan got any of their shots past the goalkeeper, ending with seven shots for the Buckeyes and six shots for Michigan.Midway through the second period, Michigan senior defenseman Nicholas Boka and sophomore forward Dakota Raabe were sent to the penalty box. Laczynski took advantage of the power play, scoring with an assist from both senior forward Mason Jobst and junior defenseman Matt Miller, bringing the Buckeyes to a 1-0 lead.Moments later, the tides turned when Ohio State junior forward Sam McCormick was directed to the penalty box and Michigan junior forward Will Lockwood scored on a power play of his own, tying the game back up to 1-1.But after Ohio State had taken the lead in the third period after scoring two goals, Michigan pulled its goalie, putting the pressure fully onto the Ohio State defense in a last-ditch effort to tie the game.  With 24 seconds remaining in the match, junior forward Ronnie Hein snuck the puck past Michigan cementing Ohio State’s win.“The energy: that was there,” Rohlik said.  “These guys are not going to be denied. That’s what it felt like on the bench.  Even guys eating pucks at the end, blocking shots: that’s really what it takes to win hockey games.”Ohio State will travel to University Park, Pennsylvania to play Penn State Friday and Saturday.  Both games will begin at 7 p.m. read more

SCSI fires Cush over his disparaging Facebook remarks

Ifagbamila Kamau CushSmart City Solutions Inc. (SCSI)  the company behind the controversial parking meter project, has announced through its Public Relations (PR) officer Kit Nascimento that they have cut ties with its sidelined Director Ifagbamila Kamau Cush because of the disparaging comments he made on Facebook.According to the statement, the Board of Directors of SCSI “have today dismissed Ifagbamila Kamau Cush from his position as a Director of Smart City Solutions Inc… On Thursday, 9th February, 2017, Mr Cush issued statements on Facebook which Smart City Solutions Inc. found completely unacceptable and publicly condemned as disgraceful. Mr Cush made these statements without any reference to nor the authority of Smart City Solutions Inc.”Cush had said on Facebook, after being requested to provide a copy of the parking meters contract, that “You’re not progressives. You are freeloaders. You lack the intestinal fortitude to control your own destiny. You all possess the mentality of slaves, indentured servants, incapable of generating wealth and building capacity.”Subsequent to Cush’s statement, SCSI in a public missive disassociated themselves from his remarks while adding that “Smart City Solutions fully recognizes the democratic right of all persons and organizations to express their views, disagreement with and, indeed, protest against any matter. Smart City Solutions is entirely (committed) to freedom of speech and assembly.”Cush then continued his tirade, stating after the publication of his first post that his remarks were his “personal opinion. I did not utter those statements on behalf of Smart City Solutions. The protestors represent a cabal of misfits who add no value to the productive capacity of our country. They bring no gravitas, no moral authority to the conversation.”He was at the time referencing the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) whose two protests gained significant traction as protesters in large numbers issued calls for the controversial project to be scrapped. The movement is scheduled to hold its third protest today in front of the City Hall.Cush who had been the face of the skeptical parking meter project during its infancy was swept aside last year when SCS was taken over by a Mexican company with Amir Oren and Simon Mosheshvili as the key investors.Recently, information came to the fore that Cush had been jailed for four months in New York in 2002 and placed on five years’ probation for grand larceny in the third degree.In court documents seen by INews, Cush plead guilty on March 15, 2002 to grand larceny in the third degree in the County Court of Nassau County. He was sentenced to four months of incarceration and five years of probation, and he was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of US$7,981.50.Cush did not appeal and was released from custody on May 5, 2002. On November 20, 2006, Cush was charged with violating the terms of his probation. The County Court signed a Declaration of Delinquency and a warrant was issued for Cush’s arrest. Cush was returned on the warrant in November 2006 and released on his own recognizance the next month. He was then returned again on the warrant on August 30, 2011, and he has been in custody since that time.On September 13, 2011, Cush was brought to court for a pre-violation hearing conference. Although further court proceedings were scheduled for September 20, October 11,and October 24, each of these court dates was adjourned in succession.  On November 15, 2011, the court convened the parties and scheduled a hearing on Cush’s alleged probation violation.Confirmation of his guilty plea would mostly likely raise serious questions as to whether there was any due diligence done on him by the Mayor and City Council prior to the orchestration of a deal with him for the controversial parking meters in Georgetown. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedParking meter fiasco continuesSeptember 23, 2016In “Local News”Controversial parking meter advocate Ifa Cush was jailed in US for grand larcenyFebruary 13, 2017In “Local News”Confirmed: Populace to start paying for parking from January 23December 28, 2016In “latest news” read more

Camp Street prison escapee caught in Berbice

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrison escapee to now spend ‘life’ inside, found guilty of attempted murderJuly 5, 2018In “Court”Prison break: 1 down 5 to go as police re-capture escapeeJuly 15, 2017In “Crime”Retrial for prison escapee accused of attempted murder gets underwayJune 20, 2018In “Court” Caught: Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander (Leroy Smith photo)Police were able to re-capture Camp Street prison escapee, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, without any altercation, in Berbice.This publication was told that a after receiving information from the public, a special operation was launched in B Division with support from Police Headquarters which led to the re-capture of Alexander at 20:00hrs on Saturday night, in an unfenced yard in Toopoo Village, Hamshire, Corentyne, Berbice.According to the Department of Public Information, at the time of his re-capture Alexander had an existing wound and is currently receiving medical attention at an undisclosed medical institution.While the nature of the wound has not been confirmed at this time, it is believed he sustained the wound during a previous confrontation with the Joint Services in which he was able to escape.The recapture of Alexander brings the total number of escapees on the run to seven (7).The Force has issued commendations to the members of the public who provided the information which led to Alexander’s recapture and is asking that the public continue to provide information which is critical to the recapture of all the prison escapees. read more

AHEPA swears in new President and council

first_imgOn Sunday October 21, at the Lefkada Brotherhood Hall in Melbourne, AHEPA carried out the traditional and solemn inauguration ceremony of officials and new President Spiros Roboti. The ceremony was attended by presidents from various AHEPA boards, as well as many dignitaries, guests, relatives, friends and members from community organizations. After the inauguration ceremony and the surrendering of the honorary plaque attendees received wonderful hospitality including refreshments and light dishes. The President Mr Roboti and his council would like to thank everyone who attended for their good wishes and especially all those who brought gifts. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Apple un iPhone plus grand et un iPad plus petit

first_imgApple: un iPhone plus grand et un iPad plus petitSelon des rumeurs, Apple aurait décidé d’augmenter la taille de l’écran de son iPhone. La firme à la Pomme réduirait aussi les dimensions de son iPad…Une fois digérée la petite déception de l’iPhone 4S, les utilisateurs des smartphones d’Apple seront sans doute plus réceptifs à l’innovation qu’apportera vraisemblablement l’iPhone 5, un appareil sur lequel Steve Jobs avait planché très sérieusement avant son départ d’Apple, puis son décès.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Selon nos confrères d’Ubergizmo, l’iPhone 5 bénificiera sans doute d’un écran Retina plus grand, de 4 pouces de diagonale. Si l’on en croit le Korea Times, la firme LG œuvrerait à la fabrication d’écrans en masse pour l’iPhone 5 mais aussi pour un iPad doté d’un écran de 7,35 pouces.Augmenter la taille de l’écran de l’iPhone et réduire celle de l’iPad. Voilà donc ce à quoi s’attellerait Apple ces dernières semaines. Difficile de vérifier cependant le fondement de ces rumeurs. L’iPad 3 étant annoncé pour le début de l’année 2012, il n’y aura pas trop à attendre avant d’être fixé sur ce point.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 13:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jerry Lawler, girlfriend involved in car accident on Saturday

first_img Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Jerry Lawler WWE Smackdown Results – 7/30/19 (Trish Stratus appears, Finn Balor vs. Dolph Ziggler) Twitter Date and location for the next WWE event in Saudi Arabia reportedly set Videos Articles The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Brexit will make UK ‘the greatest place on earth’: Johnson Former WWE Wrestler Brian Christopher Dead At 46 Updated RAW Preview: Sasha Banks on The King’s Court, Elias to give a farewell performance Pinterest Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler and his girlfriend (Lauryn Laine McBride) revealed on Twitter that they were involved in a car accident on Saturday night.Lawler tweeted a photo of the accident on Twitter adding:“@Lauryn911 & I were in a car crash last night. She spent 4 hours in emergency room but is home now. We were lucky. @Lauryn911 and I were lucky things weren’t worse than they were last night. My car not so lucky.”Lawler’s girlfriend noted that she had some swelling on her face, while Lawler walked away from the accident without a scratch describing him as Superman.Source: @JerryLawlerRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 30.61%0:03Remaining Time -0:46 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Facebook Google+last_img read more

Benny’s Rod & Custom Pizza Cafe satisfies

first_imgWhy: Benny’s Rod & Custom Pizza Cafe opened in 2006. The restaurant’s menu focuses mainly on classic sandwiches and burgers, as well as a variety of specialty pizzas for the whole family to enjoy.What I tried: I settled on the Westerner sandwich with coleslaw, and my dining companion had the bacon cheeseburger with cottage cheese. We also ordered a Donna’s Favorite pizza. The Westerner starts with sourdough bread. Roast beef, cheddar cheese and tomato are added and then grilled to a warm, toasty finish. I found the sandwich tasty and the meat was lean and juicy. I appreciated that there was no mayonnaise or other condiments on the sandwich. I did not need anything other than the meat, cheese and tomato. The accompanying coleslaw is made in-house and was served lightly sweetened and crunchy-fresh.My dining companion enjoyed the bacon cheeseburger, which was topped with mayonnaise, lettuce, onion and tomato.Donna’s Favorite pizza is a red sauce pie generously topped with Canadian bacon, sausage, pineapple and pepperoni and just enough cheese to stick it all together. The crust, with its hearty, crackerlike presence, reminded me somewhat of Pizza Hut. The overall flavor was just what I expected from the ingredients.Menu highlights beyond what I tried: Onion rings, zucchini sticks, clam strips and hot wings are among the starters. The classic selection of sandwiches includes a BLT, French dip, patty melt, turkey melt, Philly, Reuben and a fish sandwich. Other than a basic dinner salad, there is a taco salad, a charbroiled chicken salad, a shrimp salad and a chef’s salad. There are 19 specialty pizzas, but you can customize your own from 22 toppings. Gluten-free pizza crust is available.I thought the Hi Boy pizza, made with Canadian bacon, salami, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, onions, pineapple, green peppers, shrimp, beef, sausage and tomatoes, sounded good. Burgers include a mushroom burger, a Hawaiian burger, a BBQ burger, and the Benny’s Big Burger, stacked with a 6-ounce fresh-certified Angus beef patty, mayonnaise, cheddar, Swiss, ham, bacon, egg, lettuce, onion and tomato. The black bean burger offers a meatless option. For dessert, choose between a brownie with ice cream or a fried Twinkie with ice cream.last_img read more

Turks Caicos LOO on recent Hurricane Relief Contribution from Haitian Government to

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 3, 2017 – Providenciales – Contrary to what common sense would suggest, TCIG has accepted 630 generators, 1,000 sheets of plywood, 4,500 tarps, 2,000 sheet rocks and 4,000 metal roof sheets from the Haitian Government – In making the donation His Excellency Jacques Adolphe, Haiti’s Consul to the TCI, implied that the supplies were for the benefit of “our compatriots …. who consider this beautiful by nature country their second home.”   This is being received against the threat of TCIG demolishing the shanties in which many Haitian immigrants reside; and an official remittance to Haiti of $3 million dollars a month ($36 million dollars annually) The physical remittances is also considerable .   These sums will increase during the rebuilding stage of the TCI recovery from the recent hurricanes.There is something absurd when the UK (the world’s 5th largest economy) rank the TCI too rich to be an aid recipient, and Haiti (with an economic ranking of 146 out of 157 ) decide to provide relief for the TCI with a GDP per capita of $26,000 (twenty six thousand dollars) compared with its own GDP per capita of  $750.00 (seven hundred and fifty dollars).    At first, this appears counterintuitive but, on examination of the facts it’s a brilliant strategy by Haiti, and one that a naive Turks and Caicos Islands Government have apparently not questioned.First, the threat of demolishing the shanties is an empty one and amounts to political “sabre rattling” on the part of the Government.   The Turks and Caicos Islands is a subscriber to the UN Human Rights Charter, and unlike Haiti it has a long track record of respecting its obligations.  Therefore, any policy to demolish these shanties must rightfully be made in the context of a country housing strategy which must provide for adequate housing for all who have a legal right to reside in the islands.Second, given the dependence of the Haitian economy on receipts from its citizens abroad, it is in Haiti’s best interest to export as many of its people as other countries would accommodate, and therefore she has no interest in stemming the exodus.   As well, it is worth noting the not so subliminal reference by the consul of TCI being a second home, inferring and reinforcing the mindset of the need to repatriate their earnings to their first home.The idea that within days of the worse Atlantic Hurricane on record, Haitians would be fleeing their homeland to impacted countries, reinforces the desperation of life at home.   By making this gift against its own abysmal housing crisis, Haiti is sending a message to those of its citizens who are illegally invading the TCI, that it has made provision to accommodate them here, and TCIG having now accepted their gift, should use it to assist with the construction of a multi-family short-term accommodation facility, as part and parcel of a strategy to replace the shanties with strictly controlled adequate housing, taking into consideration that housing does not necessarily mean property ownership.Conclusion: To continue to receive relief from Haiti is enabling the exodus of Haitians to the TCI.Press Release: Leader of Opposition Related Items:last_img read more

Community Role in Supporting Veterans Persists DOD Official Says

first_imgAs she prepares to step down from leading DOD’s community and family programs before moving to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rosemary Freitas Williams underscored the crucial role nonprofits and community-based organizations play in supporting service members, their families and veterans.“You have heard me say countless times how important it is to close the gap between DOD and VA, now more than ever,” Williams, who has served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy since July 2013, said in an email newsletter obtained by Military Times.“DOD is leaning forward with new ideas like access to Military OneSource for 365 days after transition. Meanwhile, VA is going through a remarkable transformation. But no matter how forward the two agencies reach towards each other, there will always be a gap. And that is where the community-based providers, state programs, non-profits — large and small, schools, churches, synagogues and mosques come in,” she said.William said in her new position she plans to help integrate the support offered by Veterans Affairs with that offered by local groups.“I intend to join VA’s mission of transformation and to help where I can to help weave that net of community-based support in concert with VA,” she said.Williams will become VA’s assistant secretary for public affairs, effective at the beginning of April, according to the story.In her current post, Williams has been responsible for policy, advocacy and oversight of all community support to service members and their families, quality-of-life issues, child care and youth programs, family violence prevention and intervention, casualty and mortuary affairs, morale, welfare and recreation programs, commissaries and exchanges, military spouse career advancement and voluntary education programs for service members. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Downtown Stores Called Upon to Keep Juneau Attractive

first_imgThe last cruise ship to visit the capital city pulls out of Juneau at 9 p.m. Thursday.As stores in the tourist district pack up and shut down for the fall and winter season, the Juneau Economic Development Council wants to make sure downtown remains an inviting place to be.Listen now:As the cruise ship season ends, tourist shops are asked to keep their window displays attractive throughout the winter. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO) If you walked by the clothing store Alpaca International on Admiral Way last winter, what you would have seen in the store windows was black curtains “and a sign that said, ‘Thank you, Juneau,’” says owner Zia Boccacio.When the business reduces its hours this fall and eventually closes this winter, she says the main window display will remain looking “nice, bright and lively.”“We’re going to leave, like, an alpaca image in the window surrounded with beautiful wraps and capes and we’re going to leave the lights on,” Boccaccio says.Throughout the winter, Boccaccio says an employee will be in charge of checking on the window display every few weeks.Her change of off-season plans is a result of a Juneau Economic Development Council initiative, Winter Windows. Executive Director Brian Holst says it’s an effort to address how Juneau’s downtown looks, “especially in the wintertime when many of our stores in the far end of town are closed.”Roughly 40 retail stores that thrive during the summer tourist season shut down after the cruise ships leave at the end of September. Many of these businesses are located in Juneau’s Downtown Historic District and are required by city code to “provide window displays that offer year-round interest.”Alpaca International owner Zia Boccaccio says, unlike previous winters, she’ll keep her store window display “nice, bright and lively.” (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)“Some businesses just put up a piece of dark paper to cover their window,” Holst says.This common practice does not meet the city’s standard.Holst says it’s also just not attractive.“What we want to see is a bright window, so there’s some light on the streets and people feel comfortable walking by, and a pleasantly decorated window,” Holst says.Window suggestions include scenes of Juneau’s natural beauty or historic past. Holst says JEDC can connect seasonal businesses with local artists.Winter Windows is part of JEDC’s downtown revitalization effort supported by the Alaska Committee, Downtown Business Association, Tourism Best Management Practices, Princess Cruises and the City and Borough of Juneau. Volunteers with these organizations went door to door and talked to business owners and managers about their window displays during the off-season. They did this once in July and then again earlier this week.“It’s really to encourage them to do something positive for Juneau this winter,” Holst says.Boccaccio says she’s on board with the idea and thinks it’s the least summer businesses can do.“It’s a moral obligation as a business owner that we should cooperate and support this initiative,” Boccaccio says.JEDC plans to visit areas of downtown this winter, take pictures and highlight the best winter windows.last_img read more

Vincent Van Gogh and the Issue with his Ear – What Really

first_imgTo many, Vincent Van Gogh is seen as a tormented and depressed artist who suffered from a terrible mental illness. It is reported that he ate the paint he used for his creations and would drink turpentine as a way to commit suicide.One of the most widespread stories about him and his battles though is when he cut off his ear.However, new reports show he may not have actually done this act himself.Vincent van GoghIt’s a story that has been passed on throughout art history – on December 23, 1888, Van Gogh, during one of his frenzies, cut off his ear with a razor.This horrific act is documented in many of his paintings and drawings, such as his Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe, and hasn’t really been something that has been questioned, until now.Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Courtauld Institute of Art, London.Some art historians now say that there is possible proof that Van Gogh did not cut his ear off, but rather lost it during a row with his friend Paul Gauguin, also a painter.They believe that Gauguin was growing tired of living with Van Gogh and was going to leave his famous Yellow House in Arles, France so he could venture off to do his own excursions.Gauguin, c. 1895, playing a harmonium at Alphonse Mucha’s studio at rue de la Grande-Chaumière, Paris (Mucha photo)On his way to do so, Van Gogh and Gauguin had a huge fight which resulted in Gauguin allegedly drawing a sword and cutting off Van Gogh’s ear.It’s not entirely known why Gauguin had a sword or felt the need to use it, but it’s widely believed it could have been part of his fencing equipment as he was a passionate fencer.While there is no hard evidence of this, many historians point to Van Gogh’s letters and drawings as proof. In one of his many letters to his brother Theo, Van Gogh writes about how Gauguin lost his fencing blade and gloves while at the house.Letter 716: Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin to Emile Bernard. Arles, Thursday 1st or Friday 2nd November, 1888.There’s also Van Gogh’s sketching of an ear with the inscription “ictus” on the bottom which is a Latin fencing term for “hit.”However, this new theory isn’t without protests. Many other art historians disagree with this statement, pointing out there really being no concrete proof of these claims.While they say it might have happened, the truth may never truly be known.Self-portrait, 1889, private collection. Mirror-image self portrait with bandaged earThe quietness of Van Gogh about these accounts may be due to a “pact of silence” the two artists made together. In his last remarks to Gauguin, he says, “You are quiet. I will be, too.”This may have meant nothing, or perhaps was an ode to their pact to never let the truth about his severed ear be known.Many believe it was Van Gogh’s way of trying to save his friendship with Gauguin and prevent one of his only friends from being sent away to jail for this horrendous deed.Worn Out by Vincent van Gogh.However, it was never to be. As Gauguin left Van Gogh to pursue other adventures, Van Gogh fell into an even deeper depression.Van Gogh eventually took his ear that he had saved, wrapped it in a clean cloth, and later quietly handed it over to a young maid working at a brothel as a sign of affection for her.The maid was quite horrified to find what was inside and alerted the authorities, causing Van Gogh to be recommitted back to an asylum.Read another story from us: World’s First Painting Produced By Artificial Intelligence Fetches Huge SumHe was soon taken away was kept under the close eye of medical professionals. However, it was all too much for this lonely artist. On July 29, 1890, Van Gogh committed suicide by shooting himself, taking the secrets of this mystery with him forever.last_img read more

Cyber security researcher withdraws public talk on hacking Apples Face ID from

first_imgA China-based cyber security researcher, Wish Wu, canceled his briefing on how he could crack biometric facial recognition on Apple Inc iPhones to be held at the Black Hat Asia hacking conference 2019. In a message to Reuters on Twitter, Wu said that his talk entitled ‘Bypass Strong Face ID: Everyone Can Deceive Depth and IR Camera and Algorithms’ was called as ‘misleading’ by his employer, and he was requested to withdraw his briefing from Black Hat- one of the most prestigious cybersecurity conferences- to be held at Singapore this year. In late December, Black Hat withdrew an abstract of the talk from their website after Wu’s employer- Ant Financial- uncovered problems with the research. The abstract stated that Face ID could be hacked with an image printed on an ordinary black-and-white printer and some tape. Ant Financial said in a statement that “’The research on the face ID verification mechanism is incomplete and would be misleading if presented”. Wu told Reuters that ‘In order to ensure the credibility and maturity of the research results, we decided to cancel the speech’. He further added that he agreed with the decision to withdraw his talk, saying he was only able to reproduce hacks on iPhone X under certain conditions, but that it did not work with iPhone XS and XS Max. Black Hat conference spokeswoman Kimberly Samra said, “Black Hat accepted the talk after believing the hack could be replicated based on the materials provided by the researcher”. According to Apple, there is a one in 1 million chance a random person could unlock a Face ID, and 1 in 50,000 chance that would happen with the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor. Thus, the idea that Face ID could be defeated or rather hacked into is disturbing. Especially because Face ID is used to lock down numerous functions on millions of iPhones which include banking apps, healthcare apps, emails, text messages, photos and much more. If fallen into the wrong hands, the hack could have damaging consequences and possibly compromise sensitive information. Head over to Reuters for more insights on this news. Read Next 7 Black Hat USA 2018 conference cybersecurity training highlights: Hardware attacks, IO campaigns, Threat Hunting, Fuzzing, and more Microsoft calls on governments to regulate Facial recognition tech now, before it is too late DC Airport nabs first imposter using its newly deployed facial recognition security systemlast_img read more

Netanyahus bomb steals the show in his UN speech

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “It’s a perfect and extreme example of how politicians and leaders find themselves adapting their modes of communication in order to get the maximum amount of publicity,” said Gadi Wolfsfeld, a professor of political communication at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, a college near Tel Aviv.Within hours of Netanyahu’s speech Thursday, the stunt was fodder for jokes.A “Bibibomb” hashtag made waves on Twitter. Memes of Netanyahu and the bomb diagram surfaced, with the weapon replaced with a photo of President Barack Obama and Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart mocked Netanyahu’s simplistic drawing by saying: “Bibi, bubbe. What’s with the Wile E. Coyote nuclear bomb?” Stewart then presented his solution to counter such a weapon by holding up a drawing of an equally cartoonish giant magnet.Barcelona’s El Periodico newspaper poked fun at the drawing in a headline that said Netanyahu used “a ridiculous chart” to warn about the advance of Tehran’s nuclear program.Madrid’s El Mundo said: “Netanyahu explains the nuclear threat with a comic strip.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too The image of Netanyahu and the diagram of a bomb with a lighted fuse was top news around the world. Headlines in Europe referred to Netanyahu’s “bomb cartoon” and “comic strip.”“How much enriched uranium do you need for a bomb? And how close is Iran to getting it?” Netanyahu asked in his speech Thursday to the U.N. General Assembly. “Well, let me show you. I brought a diagram.”He proceeded to use a marker to draw a red line across what he said was a threshold that Iran was approaching and that Israel could not tolerate _ 90 percent of the way to the uranium enrichment needed to make a nuclear weapon.Netanyahu is a fan of visual aids. At the U.N. in 2009, he waved the blueprints for the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. For a speech to the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC in March, he brought letters between the World Jewish Congress and the U.S. government written during the Holocaust. Both documents were used to link the Nazis and the possible modern threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.He also uses props on domestic issues. At a news conference in Jerusalem earlier this year, Netanyahu drew a tree to symbolize the state of Israel. As he explained his economic vision, he added roots, fruit and leaves to represent different facets of society. Journalists in the room chuckled, but the diagram made headlines. While the international community has pushed for diplomacy as a way to dislodge Iran, Netanyahu has prodded world powers to set a red line on Iran. Obama has vowed to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power but has rejected Netanyahu’s demands for setting an ultimatum past which the U.S. would attack. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran to be an existential threat, citing Iranian denials of the Holocaust, its calls for Israel’s destruction, its development of missiles capable of striking the Jewish state and its support for hostile Arab militant groups. Iran says its nuclear program is for civilian purposes, a claim that is rejected by much of the international community.Wolfsfeld said the diagram could be viewed as patronizing or insulting by diplomats.“In this familiar ploy, (Netanyahu) apparently bought himself a respectable spot in the pictures that will appear in American newspapers and on television,” columnist Eitan Haber wrote in Friday’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper. “But gimmicks and speeches don’t destroy the Iranian nuclear threat.”___AP writers George Jahn in Vienna and Alan Clendenning in Madrid contributed to this report. Photos of the prime minister and the drawing were in a handful of Austrian newspapers, including The Kurier, headlined: “Netanyahu and the Bomb Cartoon.”But even the mockery was welcomed by Netanyahu’s supporters.The jokes “are maybe part of the success because it was an unforgettable speech that delivered its message,” Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Israel’s Channel 2 TV. “Today everyone is talking about it.”It’s not the first time that visual aids have been used in a U.N. speech. Displays of aerial photos were used in a 1962 speech by then-U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson on the Cuban missile crisis and satellite imagery was used in a 2003 presentation by then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to make the case that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.While the simplistic drawing displayed by Netanyahu succeeded in grabbing attention, it’s not clear what effect it will have on the international community.Netanyahu has repeatedly been at odds with world powers over Iran’s nuclear program. He has argued that time is running out to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power and that the threat of force must be seriously considered. Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held up a cartoon-like drawing of a bomb during his speech at the U.N., he set off an explosion of jokes and mockery _ but it also got plenty of attention.The Bibi Bomb, as it’s being called using Netanyahu’s nickname, is the latest in a series of props used by the Israeli leader as he tries to keep the global spotlight on Iran’s disputed nuclear program. Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ___Follow Tia Goldenberg on Twitter (at)tgoldenberg(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

IRD told to chase taxdodging doctors

first_imgBy Peter Stevenson THE Auditor-general is calling on the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) to take immediate and drastic measures to crack down on tax dodgers after random checks found 61 doctors who were declaring less income than they were earning.Following further checks carried out at the Road Transport Department (RTD) and the land registry department, a number of those 61 doctors were discovered to have purchased luxury cars and property during the same period.A confidential letter obtained by daily Politis, sent from the Auditor-general’s office to the IRD, names the tax-dodging doctors and covers tax returns up until 2011.The letter underlines the fact that due to the financial crisis, the IRD needs to start collecting the taxes to increase state income.It is believed that a number of private doctors do not give their patients receipts and they only do so in cases when it is demanded of them.From sample research done between November 2012 and January of this year, audit services found 35 doctors who were not even registered with IRD and did not submit tax returns.Politis cites one particular case of an unnamed dermatologist who in 2012 bought four apartments valued at €185,000 but did not complete any tax returns.The letter also refers to 11 doctors who have not completed any tax return forms for at least a year or more and have not been asked to do so by the IRD.The Auditor-general notes that despite those doctors not submitting their tax forms, the IRD had not proceeded with any legal measures against them up until June of this year when the letter was sent.The IRD has since sent out letters to the doctors demanding they submit a tax return with a capital statement which will give a better indication of their income and any other possible undeclared incomes.Another group of doctors that have been singled-out by the Auditor-general’s office were those who have been working for a number of years but have only recently been registered at the IRD. One such case was a doctor who had been working since 2002 and had only registered with the IRD in August of last year but up until December he had not submitted any tax returns. A check at the RTD showed he had registered a Mercedes in 2008 and a BMW in 2012 both in his name. According to the land registry department the doctor and a female with the same surname registered property on their names valued at €187,946.For these sorts of cases, the Auditor-general recommended that the IRD demanded back taxes and capital statements for the last six to 12 years, depending on each case.The Auditor-general made a case of referring to one specific doctor who is a former MP who claimed to have had a total income of €358,533 between 2006 and 2009. Information from the land registry department showed he had spent €757,059 on the purchase of property during the same period.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more