New Brunswick Tory leader drops job offer bombshell during leaders debate

first_imgRIVERVIEW, N.B. – New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative leader dropped a bombshell during the first televised leaders’ debate of the provincial election campaign, claiming Liberal Premier Brian Gallant offered to hire him as finance minister after the Liberals won the 2014 election.For much of the debate, Gallant and PC Leader Blaine Higgs clashed over each other’s records, largely ignoring the other three leaders on the stage. Higgs then pulled a piece of paper from his pocket.“Brian Gallant rails on about my time as finance minister,” Higgs said. “I find it very ironic that Brian Gallant offered me a position as minister of finance or as deputy minister, and I have a sworn affidavit that says this.”Gallant laughed, but Higgs persisted, saying he chose not to take the job because he felt the Liberal the government was “irresponsible.”The young Liberal premier quickly denied any job offer was made.“Blaine Higgs was not invited to be the finance minister of our government,” Gallant said. “We have no interest in you being the finance minister of this government.”“You’ll swear an oath on that?” Higgs replied.“I will swear an oath on that, absolutely,” Gallant said.An affidavit, later produced by Higgs, states that Gallant made the offer in a series of text messages exchanged after the election in October 2014.Gallant issued a statement later in the evening, saying he did meet with Higgs after the 2014 election to talk about the province’s finances, but he refutes any claim of a job offer.“As I chatted with Blaine Higgs, it became clear that he was indeed the architect of the cuts to education, health care, and infrastructure of his government and in fact he would have cut deeper. Therefore, we did not meet again. At no point did I want Blaine Higgs to be finance minister, at no point did I offer him finance minister, nor did I authorize anyone to offer him finance minister,” the statement reads.It was easily the most surprising part of the 90-minute debate, but there were more sparks when the leaders sparred over language, climate change and the economy.Members of the public and party staff were barred from attending the debate inside the Riverview Arts Centre, but that didn’t help with the decorum.Despite tight controls, it was often a free-for-all, with the leaders talking over each other in an effort to get their points across.On language, People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin said he’d get rid of language duality in the health and education systems and use the savings to improve service.“It’s only when governments implement ridiculous policies — that causes the tensions among us,” he said. “That’s why we are committed to ending duality. With a $14-billion debt … we would do well to afford one system. Let alone two. These parties will not talk about it … but we cannot take a politically correct, sanitized approach.”But NDP Leader Jennifer McKenzie said duality needs to be embraced.“To open the language debate at this time is counterproductive,” she said. “We need to unite the province, not divide the province.”Gallant said his party’s platform includes providing free second-language training for adults in Canada’s only officially bilingual province.Higgs said it’s unfortunate that language is still a source of debate in New Brunswick. He said poor second-language scores in the schools is the result of politicians constantly changing the curriculum.Green Leader David Coon said both the Liberals and Tories have divided people.“We can’t play favourites,” he said.On the issue of climate change, the federal carbon tax became the target, with Higgs saying the Tories would fight it in court. He said large emitters need tougher regulations.“New taxes aren’t going to fix it,” Higgs said.Austin said adding more tax is not going to address climate change. He said the government needs to help people move to solar, geothermal and other renewable energy sources.The Green party also supports tougher limits on large emitters, but Coon also said there needs to be better public transportation across the province.The parties also squared off on issues facing First Nations, rural communities and pay equity.Higgs repeatedly accused Gallant of making expensive promises that will burden the province with more debt.“The reason our opportunities are being restricted is because money is being blown out the door by promises, expensive promises to buy votes,” Higgs said, raising his voice. “I’ve said I will not do that in this campaign.”At one point in a debate over Indigenous rights, Coon took direct aim at Higgs, suggesting the Tory leader didn’t understand some basic concepts about such a weighty issue.“The Indigenous people are rights holders, Mr. Higgs — not stakeholders,” Coon said as Higgs looked on in silence.“We have a government-to-government relationship with First Nations in this province, and we need to start behaving that way. To suggest that they are simply stakeholders has got to be insulting.”McKenzie also seized on the Indigenous rights issue, saying New Brunswick had to do a better job of making sure First Nations get the help they need.“Right now, they are not getting the same level of service, the same level of health care, the same living conditions. They are struggling. And while we point fingers … they are hurting,” she said.Gallant said his government had taken Indigenous issues seriously, pointing to negotiations to allow the proposed Sisson mine to proceed.The leaders face each other again Friday in English and French-language debates on Rogers TV.At dissolution, the seat count in the legislature was 24 Liberals, 22 Progressive Conservatives, one Green, one Independent and one vacancy.The election is set for Sept. 24.last_img read more

Two new suspects charged in death of Edmonton woman body found in Saskatchewan

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe mother of a homicide victim has been charged with murder in the death of an Edmonton woman who attended her son’s funeral.Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere, who was 25, disappeared in April after travelling to North Battleford, Sask., to attend the funeral of Tristen Cook-Buckle.Her remains were found on July 11 outside of North Battleford by a police dog.Alberta RCMP say Nicole Cook, who is 36, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, interfering with a human body and motor vehicle theft.Cook is Cook-Buckle’s mother.Accessory after the factPolice say Jesse Sangster, who is 23, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and motor vehicle theft.Both suspects have been sent to Saskatchewan where they are to make their first court appearance on Friday in North Battleford provincial court.Last week, RCMP charged Danita Thomas with first-degree murder, kidnapping, improperly interfering with a human body and theft of a motor vehicle in Laverdiere’s death.Shayla Orthner faces similar charges.Police have said Cook-Buckle’s death is also being investigated as a homicide.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Pardons 792 Prisoners on Eid Al Mawlid

Rabat- Royal pardons have become customary on religious and major national holidays. The Ministry of Justice announced the royal pardon in a statement on Monday, the eve of Eid Al Mawlid.The King gave several kinds of pardon for  Eid Al Mawlid. The pardon reduced prison times for 563 inmates. For nine, the pardon commuted their prison sentences from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms. For one prisoner, the pardon is a matter of life and death, commuting his death penalty to life imprisonment.Read Also: How Does Morocco Celebrate Eid Al Mawlid?Three had their remaining prison term pardoned. For those fined, seven must still pay their fines. The pardon annulled fines for 142 prisoners, and spared 11 prisoners from both fines and their remaining prison terms.King Mohammed VI pardoned 707 prisoners on Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan in June and 889 on Eid Al Adha (feast of sacrifice) in August, including 184 Hirak Rif detainees.Eid Al Mawlid Nabawi is a spiritual day when Muslims recall the ideals of Islam and recite poems dedicated to the prophet. read more

Top UN envoy to Somalia welcomes peace deal between warring parties

The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) signed two accords today in neighbouring Djibouti after three days of talks backed by the UN and the wider international community.Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, congratulated the TFG and the ARS for the cooperation and work that led to the accords.“Somalis will be very pleased by the important progress made in Djibouti and the positive steps taken here,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said, according to a press release issued by the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS). “It is a sign of the commitment of the parties to pushing forward with the Djibouti Agreement [an accord reached in June].”The leaders of the two delegations to the joint security committee, set up under the Djibouti Agreement, agreed today that a ceasefire will become effective in the Horn of Africa nation on 5 November.Somalia has been beset by fighting and massive humanitarian suffering for the past two decades but the violence has flared anew this year, particularly in and around the nominal capital, Mogadishu, and caused widespread displacement. The country has not had a functioning national government since 1991.Last week the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that more than 35,000 residents of Mogadishu had to flee their homes in the past month, taking the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to at least 1 million. A persistent drought across the region is exacerbating the situation for the displaced.Today’s agreement also includes provision for the relocation of Ethiopian troops, which have been backing the TFG, and for measures to be put in place to avoid a subsequent security vacuum.This involves the African Union peace force known as AMISOM, with the joint assistance of TFG and ARS forces, until a UN peacekeeping force can be deployed.Somali Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Abdisalam Aden and ARS Chairman Sheikh Sharif Ahmed signed a separate joint declaration that welcomes the leadership of the UN and the assistance of the international community in the early establishment of a unity government.The declaration stipulates that this government would be open to all Somali nationals and would also involve an inclusive parliament.“Some very important principles have now been established. The challenge is to ensure that concrete action is taken to show the Somali people how this will benefit them,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said.Today’s signing ceremony was attended, among others, by representatives of the AU, the League of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the European Commission (EC), Djibouti, Egypt, France, Italy and the United States, as well as by members of civil society. 26 October 2008The senior United Nations envoy to Somalia has welcomed the agreement between the country’s transitional government and Islamist rebels on a ceasefire to end their deadly conflict, the establishment of a unity government and military forces and the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops. read more

General Assembly opens 58th session with plea for multilateralism and reform

“The people of the world are looking to us to give them hope, seeing that we are working to implement solutions to their problems,” the Assembly’s new president, Julian Robert Hunte, Foreign Minister of the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia, told the 191 Member States from the podium, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan sitting at his side.Paying homage to the top UN envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and the 21 others killed in last month’s terrorist bombing, Mr. Hunte said: “I believe the United Nations should remain focused on its objectives in Iraq – to facilitate the restoration of peace and security, to ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the restoration of sovereignty to the people of Iraq.”This would be the most fitting tribute to the sacrifice and hard work of Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello and his colleagues,” he added.Mr. Hunte, who succeeds Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic in the Assembly Presidency, said the UN must actively pursue the benefits of multilateralism at this “critical juncture” as it faces extraordinary circumstances of great magnitude.”We must reaffirm the central role of the United Nations, the most important multilateral organization ever established, and which has stood the test of time,” he declared. “We must uphold the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law.”Referring to possible reforms, the new President noted that Mr. Annan had recently indicated that the time may have come for a radical restructuring of the UN, including a realignment of its principle organs, and he called for revitalizing and strengthening the Assembly.He also placed the Assembly at the centre of the “unfolding global socio-economic transformation,” adding that it “has an important role to play in ensuring that globalization and trade liberalization are compatible with achieving equity in the global economy, and that the aspirations of all countries for sustainable development, prosperity and peace are met.”Globalization and liberalization “will have failed if they result only in enriching the few at the expense of the many, or creating and accentuating inequity and injustice in the global economy,” he added.”I have high hopes that the General Assembly is ready to break new ground and to record significant accomplishments during the 58th session,” he concluded. “To do so, however, requires us to choose principle over expediency, precision over ambiguity, objectivity over bias, and creative thinking over inflexibility. Above all we need action over inaction.” read more

Security Council says climate of impunity must end in postconflict nations

Video:• Morning session – [2hrs 18mins]• Afternoon session – [3hrs 35mins] In a statement read out after a day-long debate on the issue, Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom – which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month – said national or international criminal tribunals and truth and reconciliation commissions are useful options for nations looking to punish past violations and prevent future abuses.”Ending the climate of impunity is essential,” Mr. Jones Parry said, adding that any tribunals or truth commissions should also focus on the need to have national reconciliation.Last month Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who briefed the Council today, told the General Assembly that re-introducing the rule of law impartially and rapidly is necessary if the world is “to resuscitate societies shattered by conflict.”The Council statement said peace and reconciliation processes must be inclusive and gender-sensitive to succeed and, equally importantly, tailored to meet the nature of each country’s legal system, institutions and traditions.Mr. Jones Parry said the Council urged the UN Secretariat to examine how to implement some of the recommendations contained in Mr. Annan’s report on the rule of law and transitional justice in post-conflict countries, which was released in August.There were 45 speakers in today’s debate, including Mr. Annan, his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Juan Méndez, and the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Mark Malloch Brown. read more

How Tom Brady Became The King Of Comebacks

When you’re playing the Patriots in the postseason, there is no comfort in win probability. New England is vying for its sixth Super Bowl championship courtesy of another double-digit fourth-quarter comeback — this time against the league-leading Jacksonville defense. And the Patriots are defending the title they won against impossible odds in coming back from 25 points down against the Falcons — including a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter. It’s gotten to the point where the only thing worse than falling behind early to the Patriots is having a big lead late, when Tom Brady turns into Captain Comeback. But while football fans and opponents may expect miracle rebounds, this is only a recent transformation by arguably the greatest quarterback of all time. Through 2013 in both the regular season and the playoffs, Brady’s ability to lead the Patriots back from a fourth-quarter deficit of up to two scores was nothing special.In the regular season from 2001 through 2013, Brady had an 83.8 passer rating and 6.95 yards per attempt when trailing by up to two scores in the fourth quarter. That compares with the league average of 74.8 and 6.72, meaning that Brady was good relative to average in these situations but certainly nothing superhuman.In the postseason during that same period — when the Patriots went 18-8, including 9-8 from 2005 through 2013 — Brady was subpar when trailing late by some key measures. His rating was 66.6 with a paltry 5.57 yards per attempt. (NFL postseason averages in the period were 73.4 and 7.17.) The magic we have seen recently simply wasn’t there. Take New England’s most infamous loss: the 18-0 team that was stunned by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. After Eli Manning connected with Plaxico Burress for the eventual game-winning touchdown, the Patriots still received the ball with roughly 30 seconds and all three timeouts, needing only 35 or so yards to get into Stephen Gostkowski’s range for a game-tying kick. If that exact scenario unfolded this season, would anyone be surprised if Brady were able to steer his team across midfield? Of course, on that February 2008 day, he threw three incompletions and took a back-breaking sack.But since the start of the 2014 postseason, something has clicked inside Brady. The Patriots rallied past the Ravens in the fourth quarter of the divisional round that year when Brady tossed a 25-yard TD to Brandon LaFell with less than six minutes left. And in Super Bowl XLIX, Seattle led 24-14 in the fourth — and had a 94 percent win probability after the Patriots punted at the start of the fourth quarter — before Brady connected on consecutive touchdowns to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. (Sure, Malcolm Butler’s game-sealing interception helped.) Including these two games, the Patriots have a 4-1 postseason record when trailing by up to two scores in the fourth since 2014. Brady is quite simply carrying them on his back with supernatural efficiency, even with defenses knowing he has to pass on nearly every play — posting 7.97 yards per attempt vs. the 6.99 NFL playoff average (including Brady himself) and a 123.0 passer rating compared with 82.4 for all NFL passers in this span. Of course, it needs to be noted that Brady is helping to set the stage for his playoff comebacks by playing rather ordinarily earlier in games. His passer rating, for example, is barely above average in the first three quarters of postseason games since 2014 — 91.7 compared with 88.2 for all QBs. It’s almost as if Brady is holding something in reserve for when it’s most needed.How he’s finding such high-leverage ways to improve so dramatically is one of football’s greatest mysteries. The most obvious explanation is that the 40-year-old has already been in almost every scenario before and simply knows what to do. Or maybe it’s just the salmon, electrolytes, compression sleeves, 8:30 p.m. bedtime and recovery pajamas? Or is it simply that great players can express their greatness at any time and make the spectacular seem routine? Know this: If the Eagles are lucky enough to have a seemingly secure fourth-quarter lead come Super Bowl LII, no one on the Philadelphia sideline will feel safe.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Gibson declares for draft

Defensive end Thaddeus Gibson will forgo his senior season at Ohio State and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.The junior announced his decision today, just days after the Buckeyes’ 26-17 win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl.“I am not leaving the Buckeye family,” Gibson said. “I wish the team the very best in the upcoming years and I thank all my teammates for all their support. I will keep in touch with my Buckeye family and I love them all. I will always bleed Scarlet and Gray.”Gibson, who finished with four tackles- two for loss- against the Ducks, said he considers the Rose Bowl victory one of his most memorable experiences.“I would like to thank Coach Tressel, Coach Fickell, Coach Heacock, Shelly Poe, and the entire Ohio State football staff, as well as my mother, brother and of course God, for helping me to have the opportunity to enter the draft, and for the support from my teammates, alumni, and Ohio State fans across the nation.”Gibson led Ohio State in 2009 with 13 tackles for loss, including four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He finishes his Buckeye career with 82 tackles. read more

Grandmother defies convention to sell Golly dolls in effort to reclaim black

first_imgCharlotte poses with seven children dressed as  Golly Dolls in Accra, GhanaCredit:Gollynomics/Solent News The Golly, a little black character wearing a bow tie and a red and yellow suit, was first used on Robertsons jam jars in 1910 She told The Telegraph: “I was really shocked when I found out it had become a racist icon, I thought it was a joke. It was a friend who had a doll in her living room and hid it when I went round to see her and I found it by accident. She thought I was going to report her. It was irritating that something I have known and loved had suddenly become offensive.“My children had lots of toys growing up but the golly was always the one they fought over. So I thought, because the dolls are so lovable and because of their universal appeal, let’s turn a negative into a positive and use it as a mascot for fundraising. And I’ve never looked back.”Charlotte said the reaction when she sells the dolls has been “95 per cent positive” but added most people who talk to her say they they dislike discussing the toy and for fear of being branded racist.She added: “The doll is now doing amazing things and changing lives.” The grandmother, 65, offers the dolls in pinstripe trousers and red jackets at £12 for a medium and £17 for a large, and even dresses up as a golly herself when she sells them.The profits raised from her “Bring Golly Back” campaign have helped to fund education and agricultural projects in west Africa and so far she has raised more than £2,000.Originally made by mothers for their children in west Africa, the tradition of Golly dolls travelled to the US during the slave trade. The dolls were called Golly by children and became popular toys in the UK after featuring in American writer Florence Kate Upton’s children’s books.The doll then also became the brand mascot for Robertson’s jams, first appearing on product labels and advertising material in 1910.But from the Sixties, the doll began to be seen to have racist connotations, partly because of the negative portrayal of golliwog characters in some literature, as well as the racist use of the word “wog”.However, Ms Nightingale maintains that the doll is simply a child’s toy and she said she was not aware of its racist connotations until around three years ago. The Golly, a little black character wearing a bow tie and a red and yellow suit, was first used on Robertson’s jam jars in 1910Credit:PAcenter_img The doll is now doing amazing things and changing livesCharlotte Nightingale Gollywogs have long been considered a symbol of racist stereotyping.But a retired midwife from Hampshire is defying convention by selling the toys in an effort to reclaim black heritage and raise money for charity.Charlotte Nightingale, originally from Ghana, is selling her Golly dolls at fairs, school fetes and village shows and wants people to re-think the taboo surrounding them. 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. Charlotte with 7 kids dressed as the Golly dolls in Manprobi, Accra Ghanalast_img read more

Bayern thrash Barca in semifinal first leg thanks to these goals

first_imgBAYERN MUNICH GRABBED a strong hold of their UEFA Champions League semi-final with Barcelona thanks a 4-0 first-leg victory at the Allianz Arena.The German side took the lead as Thomas Muller pounced upon some ponderous Barca defending to nod home, while Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben’s solo effort put the gloss on the result before Muller’s second made it a rout.Lionel Messi was declared fit for the game and named in the Barcelona starting line-up alongside 22-year-old defender Marc Bartra. For the hosts, Jupp Heynckes opted to field Gomez in place of the suspended Mario Mandzukic.Bayern started the game well and tested Victor Valdes in the opening five minutes with an incisive passing move down the right-hand side. Gomez was found inside the penalty area and played a superb back-heel to Robben but the Dutchman could only shoot straight at the goalkeeper.In the 16th minute, the newly-crowned German champions saw appeals for a penalty turned down by referee Viktor Kassai. Bayern captain Philipp Lahm broke down the right and fired an effort from the edge of the penalty area that appeared to strike Gerard Pique on the arm, but the Germans’ protests were waved away.Nine minutes later, the home side’s pressure paid off as they took advantage of some questionable Barcelona defending to open the scoring. A right-wing cross from Robben found Dante at the back post, he rose above Dani Alves and headed the ball across goal to the unmarked Muller who placed his header past Valdes.YouTube: MadridBarcelonaGoalsThe hosts doubled their lead four minutes after the break as Muller returned the favour to Gomez, however, they had a huge slice of luck as the striker was clearly in an offside position as he scored. A Robben corner from the right was won by Muller at the back post; he rose above Alves and placed his header back across goal where Gomez tapped home from inches out.YouTube credit: sportontubeEventually, Barca wrestled control of the game back from their hosts, however, despite dominating possession, Manuel Neuer barely had a save to make. The closest the visitors came was in the 69th minute when a loose ball dropped at the feet of Bartra inside the box but the youngster failed to get any power in his shot and Neuer collected easily.And they were made to pay for their poor finishing in the 73rd minute as Robben added a glorious third goal to give the hosts a commanding lead in the tie. The Dutchman tricked his way past Jordi Alba on the right-hand side before calmly slotting the ball beyond Valdes from a tight angle.YouTube credit: Dimitris KotronakisThe Germans took absolute control of the tie with eight minutes to play as Muller grabbed his second of the game after more sloppy defending from the visitors. Bastian Schweinsteiger broke from the half-way line before feeding Franck Ribery on the left, he played a neat pass into David Alaba who crossed for Muller to tap home from close range.YouTube credit: SoccerHighlightsGoalWhat did you think of the game? Luis Suarez accepts charge of violent conductlast_img read more

IBM fabrique le plus grand espace de stockage au monde

first_imgIBM fabrique le plus grand espace de stockage au mondeIBM a organisé une batterie de disques durs qui peuvent tous ensemble stocker 120 pétaoctets de données, soit plus de 120 millions de gigaoctets. C’est le plus grand système de stockage jamais mis eu point. Plus de 120 pétaoctets stockés dans un même système. Si cette capacité apparait totalement aberrante, elle est bien réelle. En effet, IBM a annoncé avoir créé l’espace de stockage le plus important de tous les temps, capable de contenir l’équivalent de 24 milliards de fichiers MP3 ou encore de 60 sauvegardes d’Internet. Une véritable prouesse quand on sait qu’actuellement les systèmes de stockage atteignent au grand maximum les 15 pétaoctets.  À lire aussiPourquoi le curseur de la souris est-il penché ?Pour mettre au point une telle technologie, IBM a en fait eu recours à 200.000 disques durs de 600 gigaoctets. Mais pour que ceux-ci travaillent tous simultanément, ils ont dû être installés dans des racks spécialement conçus et bénéficiant d’un refroidissement à eau, rapporte Tom’s Guide. Par ailleurs, Technology Review (lien non disponible) qui révèle l’information explique que Big Blue a aussi conçu un procédé capable de remplacer un disque dur à la volée sans bloquer l’ensemble. Ainsi, “quand un disque meurt, le système extrait les données d’autres disques et les réécrit sur le disque de remplacement lentement, pour que le superordinateur puisse continuer à tourner”. Une méthode qui permet au système “de fonctionner durant un million d’années sans perte de données ni de performances”, d’aprèsBruce Hillsberg, directeur de recherche sur le stockage chez IBM. 120 Po et 10 milliards de fichiersEn juillet dernier, la machine d’IBM a ainsi battu un record en accueillant 10 milliards de fichiers en seulement 43 minutes, note Selon les informations fournies, ce super système a été commandé par un client anonyme, et est supposé servir à calculer des situations météorologiques ou sismiques. Le 3 septembre 2011 à 12:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

FAA ordered to review airplane seat guidelines

first_img(WSVN) – A judge has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to review airplane seat guidelines.The decision came after an advocacy group alleged that small airline seats can put passengers’ health at risk, with conditions like blood clots becoming more common.The group also offered evidence that airplane seats have steadily decreased in size over the last several decades.Airlines said being able to add seats improves efficiency and allows then to offer cheaper fares for travelers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday April 24 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Two tribes, Dunleavy at odds over tribal sovereigntyKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelTwo tribes say that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration aren’t doing enough to consult with their leaders on big issues facing the state.Dunleavy not planning marijuana board repeal this sessionAssociated PressGov. Mike Dunleavy does not plan to introduce legislation this session that would propose eliminating the board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry.City of Nome again delays reading on public safety commissionEmily Hofstaedter, KNOM – NomeAt the last regular meeting, the council received suggested amendments from the American Civil Liberties Union. Those proposals were discussed during a work session last week, but not all of them were adopted for the Council meeting Monday.Man who left correctional farm spotted at Mat-Su lake cabinAssociated PressA man who walked away two weeks ago from Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm was spotted at a lake cabin in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.Proposed agriculture funding cuts would hurt ‘state’s ability to feed itself,’ farmers sayTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksAlaskan farmers say the state gets a big bang for the small buck the state provides to agriculture. That’s why they say big cuts like those proposed by Governor Mike Dunleavy would inflict serious, long-term harm to the industry.Anchorage School District to allow for tribal, cultural attire at graduationWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageDuring graduation in the Anchorage School District, some of the students’ attire will be a little more meaningful this year. The school district recently made a change allowing students to express their cultures as they celebrate their achievement.Amid Anchorage budget adjustment, state actions loom largeZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIn discussions over first-quarter budget revisions, a lot Anchorage’s financial future depends on decisions from legislators in Juneau.Former state chief medical officer Jay Butler reflects on careerLori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska’s former chief medical officer Dr Jay Butler has accepted a position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to lead the office of infectious disease.last_img read more

MP Srikrishnadevarayalu welcomes State Budget

first_imgGuntur: Narasaraopet MP Srikrishnadevarayalu welcomed the state Budget presented in the Assembly for the financial year 2019-20. He hailed the decision of the setting up of a medical college in Gurazala in Guntur district and added that during the election campaign, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, assured a medical college in Gurazala. He recalled that so far, the students of Palandu region had gone to Guntur city or other states to study MBBS course. If new medical college is established, the students may study MBBS in Gurazala Medical College, he said and thanked Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for sanctioning medical college for Narasaraopet Parliament constituency. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us He said, the Chief Minister fulfilled his promise and sanctioned a medical college and allotted funds for this purpose. He felt that in Budget also government give priority for education and health sector. In a separate statement, YSRCP state general secretary Atukuri Anjaneyulu said, “ Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy allocated more funds for education, health and for welfare programmes.” He said that he allotted funds for welfare schemes and added that this Budget is helpful to farmers, students and poor people. He felt that allotting funds for price stabilisation in the Budget is a good sign. He hailed the state Budget for the financial year 2019-20 presented in the state Assembly on Friday.last_img read more

Include Lingayats in OBCs

first_imgZaheerabad: MP BB Patil met central minister Kishan Reddy and submitted a memorandum requesting inclusion of Veerashaiva Lingayat and Linga Balija Sangam into OBC list. Community leaders B Shivakumar, Baswaraj Patil and others were also present.last_img

Motorcycle Driver Dies In Accident With Alief ISD Bus

first_imgPhoto credit via PixabayA motorcycle driver died Friday after crashing into the back of a school bus at Beechnut and Beckford, in Alief, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).The HCSO detailed that the six students who were traveling in the bus, which belongs to the Alief Independent School District (ISD), were safe and none of them were injured in the accident.A statement from the Alief ISD explained the students attend Elsik High School.The statement specified that the motorcycle driver was traveling “at a high rate of speed on Beechnut” and “hit the rear passenger side of the bus.” Sharelast_img read more

Brush Up on 12th Doctors Adventures Ahead of S10 Premiere

first_imgThis article contains spoilers for the eighth and ninth series of Doctor Who.“I’m the Doctor. I’ve lived for over 2,000 years, and not all of them were good. I’ve made many mistakes, and it’s about time I did something about that.”From the first flash of those “attack eyebrows,” the Twelfth Doctor has taken Whovians on an intense journey through space and time.But he was never meant to be: Following 12 regenerations, the Time Lord should have died of old age on Trenzalore.A little compassion (and a lot of production obligations), however, goes a long way for our hero, who is granted a new regeneration cycle, and a new chance to atone.Born out of destruction and war, the Twelfth Doctor is withdrawn, fearsome, cynical, high-strung, and unsure of his own integrity. The very antithesis of his former bumbling self, this version of the time-travelling alien takes some getting used to—particularly for companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).Older, wiser, and darker, the Doctor no longer needs to be seen as the hero. He simply needs to save lives, no matter how cruel his methods seem.BBCActor Peter Capaldi made his series debut as the Twelfth Doctor in 2014’s season eight premiere, “Deep Breath”: After recovering from the stress of regeneration, the titular character goes on the run as a homeless man in Victorian London.A mysterious third party (later revealed as Missy, the most recent incarnation of childhood frenemy the Master) reunites the Doctor and Clara, who is still grappling with her friend’s drastic transformation.The show’s moral compass, Clara on multiple occasions tries to quit the Doctor: post-regeneration; when he leaves her to make a traumatic decision alone; after defeating Missy and her army of Cybermen.But even the self-reliant teacher can’t resist the Time Lord’s brooding charm; the two reconcile in 2014’s “Last Christmas” holiday special, before teaming up again in season nine.BBCCapaldi’s second year kicks off with Missy, the Daleks, and a rare moment of compassion as the Twelfth Doctor saves young Davros, future creator of those roving tin cans.Things start to get very wibbly wobbly, though, when the Doctor and Clara meet a Viking girl named Ashildr (Game of Thrones‘s Maisie Williams).In an attempt to revive her, the Doctor implants alien medical technology that turns Ashildr immortal; when they meet again, she’s calling herself “Me” and working with the Time Lords to trap the rogue traveler.In another one of the season’s numerous two-parters, Team TARDIS join forces with UNIT scientist/Doctor groupie Osgood to stop a splinter group of Zygons from invading the Earth.The complicated arc continues with Clara’s death, the Doctor’s guilt, Clara’s return, the Doctor’s reflections, a new sonic screwdriver, and all of space and time ripe for the taking.BBCIt’s been 16 long months since the Doctor’s and Clara’s spaceships passed each other mid-flight. The world has survived two more Christmas invasions, and now anxiously awaits the familiar vworp vworp of the TARDIS.But what does the new series, set to begin Saturday with “The Pilot” at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America, mean for Doctor Who? Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? Or do we expect too much from Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat’s final hurrah?While you ponder the fate of the Whoniverse, check out our roundup of ideas for your season premiere party.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

Tenminute charge makes battery spectacle at CEATEC

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — CEATEC Japan, the Tokyo event focused on new devices in electronics and IT, opens this week with lots of pre-buzz circling around a little gadget that keeps smartphones from dying, courtesy of NTT DoCoMo and NEC. Engadget seeded the interest after visiting NTT DoCoMo’s booth to examine an NTT smartphone battery. The charge takes only ten minutes. The battery lives in an external pack. NTT DoCoMo and NEC have developed this prototype as an external lithium ion battery sleeve which is placed on a user’s smartphone. “A pair of amp meters compared the power draw of a standard battery with that of the ultra high speed charger, which pulled 0.55 amps and 5.86 amps, respectively — at least according to the demo equipment on hand at NTT’s CEATEC booth,” wrote Zach Honig of Engadget. The battery sleeve’s AC adapter supports output of up to 6.0 amps, he added. The video report says it should be able to power a phone for at least a few hours.There is no specific information on a targeted release date or the company’s intentions to have the device work with any other phone than the one it works with now, the NEC Medias Android smartphone, available to the Japanese market. NCC DoCoMo’s press release describing its CEATEC showcase only said this: “This special battery jacket for smartphones achieves a full charge in just 10 minutes. A recharging indicator will show how the jacket will charge a smartphone 10~15 times faster than conventional charging devices.”Like other companies at the CEATEC show, NTT DoCoMo is eager to show its innovative edge. The prototype is one of numerous gadgets that the company seeks to publicize here. According to the company release, “Three types of special jackets for smartphones are equipped with sensors that can be customized to measure ultraviolet light and bad breath, gamma radiation and body fat.”As for the new gadget for high-speed battery charging, technology users need little imagination, only hope, to anticipate battery charger solutions to ease the inconvenience of having to wait around for their smart devices to power up. Waiting around for only ten minutes would be an advantage.A frequent complaint generally is that smartphones have come a long way yet battery technologies to support them have not kept pace. Earlier this year, Megan Geuss wrote in PC World: “Battery makers are trying to wring the last bits of capacity out of 15-year-old lithium ion technology, while device and app makers seem to be just waking up to the seriousness of the problem.” © 2011 NTT Docomo’s new smartphone features wireless charger Citation: Ten-minute charge makes battery spectacle at CEATEC (2011, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Likely service disruption affects Facebook users

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – A “likely service disruption” struck Facebook on Monday, preventing its 1.15 billion members from updating their status on the social media website.Facebook reported that it has addressed a glitch that left users around the world reporting problems updating their status on the site.“Earlier this morning, while performing some network maintenance, we experienced an issue that prevented some users from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time,” a Facebook spokesman told “We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 percent. We’re sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused.”The “issue” had left millions of users temporarily unable to like posts, post comments or upload photos.Users trying to do so were met with an error message that stated: “There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes.”“Facebook status update issues are not uncommon, but this one seems global – we’ve tested it from several IPs and received the same message,” technology website, which monitors service outages on major websites, reported at 9:30 a.m. that Facebook had encountered a “likely service disruption.”The problem was sufficiently widespread for #facebookdown to become a trending hashtag on Twitter. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Blue Square Consultants to represent Best Travel Armenia

first_imgBlue Square Consultants has been appointed as the sales and marketing representative for Best Travel, a leading DMC in Armenia. With this new addition, Blue Square Consultants has once again achieved its objective of representing clients from ‘unique’ destinations in India.Best Travel is a premier tour provider and licensed Armenian travel agent dedicated to providing the best travel experience to Indian travel operators. The DMC offers a wide range of customised and exclusive tours along with a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable guides. Their expertise lies in organising tours with a flavour of Armenian culture for groups and MICE. From discovering ancient cultural heritage to amazing natural attractions, Best Travel will help in making Indian travellers trip to Armenia a memorable one.Lubaina Sheerazi, COO, Blue Square Consultants said, “At Blue Square Consultants, our emphasis has always been to associate with reputed and quality clients and we have achieved this once again with our recent alliance with Best Travel. Best Travel offers excellent ‘value for money’ packages to Armenia and their services are unmatched. We are confident that our association will not only be beneficial for Best Travel but also for Armenia as a destination. In the future, we look forward to acquiring more clients with whom we can have fruitful associations and sustain excellent relations with our existing clients. ”last_img read more