The Beast finally out Fort McMurray wildfire deemed extinguished 15 months later

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – A wildfire that forced 80,000 people in northern Alberta to flee more than a year ago has finally been extinguished.Wildfire information officer Lynn Daina says the Horse River fire that started on May 1, 2016 and destroyed more than 2,400 buildings in Fort McMurray and area was deemed officially out on Aug. 2.She says they had to wait for winter to be over to see if any smoke or heat remained from the massive fire, dubbed “The Beast” because it was so fierce and unpredictable.Daina says they also used advanced heat detectors from helicopters to ensure there were no remaining hot spots coming from the ground.Wildfire crews will continue to monitor all areas.The fire spread into Saskatchewan and burned nearly 6,000 square kilometres in total.“With a fire that size it takes time to make sure it is fully extinguished so we wait for a winters worth of snow and then in the summer we check to see if any smoke pops up and if not we use advanced heat detectors from helicopters and make sure there is no remaining heat,” Daina said.“Once we determine there is no remaining heat left on the fire, we determine it is extinguished and out.”The fire caused an estimated $3.8 billion in insured damage.(CJOK, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

National Basketball Wives Association Celebrates Womens Empowerment

first_imgLast Saturday saw The National Basketball Wives Association (NBWA) gather at the Women’s Empowerment Summit Luncheon, alongside the other activities of the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend.Moderated by Gayle King, panelists included Cookie Johnson, Ayesha Curry, Jada Paul, Elaine Baylor, Tracy Wilson Mourning, Adrienne Bosh.Gayle King and Cookie Johnson start off the panel discussion at the NBWA Women’s Empowerment Summit Luncheon on Saturday, February 17, 2018Credit/Copyright: The National Basketball Wives AssociationThe women were each able to bring their own style and expertise to the summit, with decades of experience in the field of philanthropy between them.Cookie Johnson has been working with her husband’s Magic Johnson Foundation since it was founded in 1991. She has created fundraising jeans and T-shirts through her clothing line and has spoken at schools to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.The panel at NBWA Women’s Empowerment Summit Luncheon on Saturday, February 17, 2018, covered the importance of empowerment and mentorship.Credit/Copyright: The National Basketball Wives AssociationTracy Wilson Mourning believes that building up children’s self-esteem is key in helping them achieve greatness. She and Gayle King hosted the “Power of Influence Through Sisterhood” event in support of Tracy’s Honey Shine, Inc., a mentoring organization under the Mourning Family Foundation (MFF) umbrella. Tracy has also been involved with LEAP (Ladies Empowerment and Action Program), a program that helps women at the Homestead Correctional Institution understand how to start a business, seek employment and develop skills needed for success after leaving prison.Jada Paul helps boost young women’s confidence every year with her prom dress, shoe and purse giveaway. She takes girls shopping, offering style and etiquette tips to help them feel their best on their special night. She also works alongside her husband, Chris, in their CP3 Foundation.Adrienne Bosh participates as a panelist at the NBWA Women’s Empowerment Summit Luncheon on Saturday, February 17, 2018Credit/Copyright: The National Basketball Wives AssociationAdrienne Bosh keeps herself busy with a variety of social good and charity endeavors, such as fundraising for Team Tomorrow, Inc., a non-profit organization, started by husband Chris Bosh, dedicated to supporting community-based organizations that promote the upliftment of children, families and the community. She has also organized the “Chris Bosh Presents Home Strong Celebrity Gala” and the “Welcome Home” Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Miami in support of US troops, served Thanksgiving meals to less fortunate residents of Miami and brought Christmas cheer through the “Annual Christmas With Bosh & Team Tomorrow” program. She strives to bring confidence to women through programs such as “Today I Can”, the Dress For Success Gala, and opened the doors of her Sparkle and Shine shop to people who wanted to join her in making signs for the Women’s Rally in South Florida.Ayesha Curry cracks a laugh during the panel at the NBWA Women’s Empowerment Summit Luncheon on Saturday, February 17, 2018Credit/Copyright: The National Basketball Wives AssociationAyesha Curry uses her company, Little Lights of Mine, to raise money for No Kid Hungry, and has previously volunteered with Feed the Children to help deliver food and personal care items to 400 families. The celebrity cook has raised funds for the Ada Jenkins Center and urged people to donate to the Red Cross and UNICEF to help families in need. She and her husband Stephen joined #Ham4all, a viral campaign which encouraged donations to the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition, an immigrants’ rights advocacy effort by the Hispanic Federation. She has also backed a campaign that urges women to realize how remarkable they are.last_img read more

DHX Media Licenses Kids Series to Amazon Prime in the UK and

first_imgJosh Scherba, SVP, Distribution at DHX Media, said: “Following on our recently announced exclusive deal with Amazon Prime Video in the US, this newest Amazon agreement for the UK and Germany highlights the global appetite for our well-loved brands. With our deep library, we are seeing considerable demand for our kids’ content, and we are delighted that our growing relationship with Amazon will allow Prime members to enjoy so many terrific DHX Media shows.”About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. ( is the world’s leading independent, pure-play kids’ content company. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of kids’ and family content, at more than 11,500 half-hours, DHX Media is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media is comprised of four main business units: DHX Studios creates high-quality original entertainment at its Vancouver and Halifax animation studios, its Toronto live-action studio, and in working with top international producers; DHX Distribution is a major provider of content to the global market; DHX Television, home to the Family suite of channels, is dedicated to delivering best-in-class programming to Canadian families; and DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and managing high-profile global entertainment brands within the children’s and young-adult markets. DHX Media also owns the full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG), which represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in 15 cities worldwide, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Amsterdam and Beijing. The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DHXM, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols DHX.A and DHX.B.DisclaimerThis press release contains “forward-looking statements” under applicable securities laws with respect to DHX Media including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s library of content, Amazon Prime’s offering of the Company’s content and the availability of such content via Amazon Prime, the Company’s digital presence in the UK and Germany, the business strategies and operational activities of the Company, and the markets and industries in which it operates. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on information currently available to the Company. Actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, among other things, include risk factors discussed in materials filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time including matters discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form and annual Management Discussion and Analysis, which also form part of the Company’s annual report on Form 40-F filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law. DHX Media (or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), the world’s leading independent, pure-play kids’ content company, has grown the digital presence of its shows in the UK and Germany in a deal with Amazon Prime Video, which will see the subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) service offering more than three-dozen DHX Media kids’ shows to its subscribers.Amazon Prime Video in the UK has licensed a number of titles, including season one of each of the new Teletubbies, Messy Goes to Okido and Looped; seasons one and two of Hank Zipzer; season three of In the Night Garden; and seasons four and five of Caillou.In Germany, Amazon Prime Video has licensed a variety of titles including a first-run exclusive of Messy Goes to Okido, season one of each of classic Teletubbies and Slugterra plus seasons one and two of Hank Zipzer; and season five of Fireman Sam. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Tunisia resorts tense but tourists shrug off attacks

first_imgSOUSSE – Failed suicide bombings in Tunisian resorts sparked fear Thursday among residents concerned for their livelihood, but tourists largely brushed off the attacks as they flocked to the beach.A day after Wednesday’s attacks police, national guardsmen and soldiers descended on the coastal town of Sousse, patrolling the streets and stopping motorists to search their cars.Security forces were also deployed outside supermarkets and shopping centres as part of a formidable operation to safeguard the country’s vital tourism industry. “These controls will be round the clock from now on all over Sousse,” an officer, who declined to be named, told AFP.The heightened security is evident as one approaches El Kantaoui, a luxury resort and port for yachts, where national guardsmen are deployed at roundabouts to check vehicles.El Kantaoui is north of Sousse and only 10 kilometres (six miles) from the beach where a suicide bomber blew himself up in a botched attack before authorities foiled another suicide bombing in neighbouring Monastir.Wednesday’s attacks have fuelled fears about the future of the country’s tourism sector, still struggling from the 2011 revolution, which resulted in a 30-percent drop in revenues.Already reeling from political instability sparked by the murders this year of two prominent politicians and a rise in violence attributed to jihadists, the Islamist-led government has repeatedly insisted that tourism is safe.On Thursday tourists appeared to agree with that assessment as they jogged along the beach, took rides in horse-drawn carriages, sunbathed or practiced waters sports, enjoying the warm October weather.“Yesterday I was scared, frankly. But I think such incidents are mostly a threat to Tunisia. The weather here still attracts us, and I’m determined to finish my holiday,” Aurelie, a French tourist, said as she walked her dog.Michele, another French holidaymaker lying on the beach, was also determined to see out her holiday. “I don’t want to think too much and ruin my vacation,” she said.Waiter Billel Toumi said he could not forget Wednesday’s events that easily.“Tourism has been targeted. We have been targeted,” he said. “We are not afraid for our own lives, but we must be able to work to feed our families.”Tourism accounts for a sixth of the workforce in Tunisia, according to the head of the National Tourism Office Habib Ammar, who was promoting his country at the Berlin tourism fair in March.But Tunisia has been struggling to woo tourists put off by the political turmoil across northern Africa.Figures released by the tourism ministry in mid-October showed the hotel occupancy rate for the first nine months of 2013 was 1.4 percent less than in 2012 and 15.7 percent lower than in 2010.The head of the French travel operator Selectour Afat (AS Voyage) Jean-Pierre Mas told AFP it was too soon to say if the attacks will have consequences on tourism in Tunisia.“Yesterday’s attacks… did not have measurable consequences. There are no cancellations. We cannot yet say today if the attacks affected bookings,” said Mas.“Globally the situation in Tunisia is worrisome from the economic point of view: tourism has dropped by 30 percent since the Arab Spring, it did not take off this summer, the political instability and now the attempted attacks targeting tourist zones are not favourable to the redeployment of tourism in Tunisia.”The porter of the four-star Riadh Palms hotel, the apparent target of the first attack, agreed.“We were already living through very tense times, and since yesterday’s incident we are living in fear,” said the porter, who declined to be named.“We are scared to death.”last_img read more

Global advertising leaders and Ban join forces to fight climate change

“As climate change affects everyone, everywhere, the UN needs partners in the private sector and in civil society to mobilize and spur action,” Mr. Ban said today, welcoming the advertisers’ assistance.His meeting with the sector’s leaders – representing firms including Publicis Groupe, Interpublic Group, Omnicom, MDC Partners, Ogilvy, EuroRSCG Worldwide, TBWA Worldwide, UniWorld and Deutsch –in New York coincided with the start of the General Assembly’s 63rd session and the fifth annual Advertising Week.The Secretary-General stressed that “now is the time for action,” adding that the advertising community’s expertise will boost the UN’s ability to promote a new agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.The next steps envisioned will be establishing objectives to be unveiled on the sidelines of the next set of UN climate change talks in the Polish city of Poznan in December, with major talks scheduled for Copenhagen late next year.World leaders agreed on a road map to address global warming at a landmark UN conference in Bali last December. Without effective action, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), co-recipient of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, has warned of a 4 degree Celsius surge in average global temperatures this century, far surpassing the 0.8 degree Celsius rise in the twentieth century.Last week, Mr. Ban appointed two new climate change envoys – Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana, and Srgjan Kerim, the immediate outgoing Assembly President – to join Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister, and Ricardo Lagos Escobar, who used to serve as President of Chile. 22 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and nearly two dozen global advertising giants have launched a partnership to support United Nations-led efforts to reach agreement on slashing greenhouse gas emissions at a major international conference next year in Copenhagen. read more

Namal teaching yoga to fellow inmates at remand prison

He told reporters, after meeting the parliamentarian at the remand prison, that he was also giving physical fitness training to his fellow inmates. Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, who was arrested yesterday, is teaching yoga to his fellow inmates at the Welikada remand prison, the joint opposition said today.Joint opposition parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma told reporters today that Namal Rajapaksa was in good spirits. He said that this was a blow to Sri Lanka’s judiciary as there was clearly political interference.Namal Rajapaksa was arrested yesterday by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) and produced in court and remanded. He was arrested over alleged financial fraud said to have been committed by him when his father Mahinda Rajapaksa was President. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile joint opposition parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena claimed that the prison was informed to be prepared even before Namal Rajapaksa was arrested. read more

Celestica revenue down due to loss of BlackBerry but still above expectations

TORONTO – Celestica Inc. saw its second-quarter revenue fall by 14 per cent after losing BlackBerry as a customer, but the contract manufacturer still beat analyst expectations thanks to stronger end-user demand for communications equipment.The company knew it would take a hit from losing BlackBerry (TSX:BB) as a customer as a result of the smartphone company’s slimmed-down strategy — which included rebranding the company formerly known as Research In Motion.As it turned out, the decline from the second quarter of 2012 wasn’t as bad as expected, falling to US$1.495 billion from $1.744 billion last year when it still had the BlackBerry work.“All else being equal, if you exclude RIM, we expect to be up three per cent year-over-year so we’re seeing good growth,” Celestica chief financial officer Darren Myers told analysts during a conference call Friday.Analysts had estimated the Toronto-based manufacturing services company, which reports in U.S. currency, would have $1.438 billion of revenue.Adjusted earnings were $38.6 million or 21 cents per share, down from $47.1 million or 22 cents per share during the same period last year but far better than expected.Analysts had been looking for Celestica to deliver 17 cents per share of adjusted EPS — midway in the company’s range of between 13 and 19 cents per share.Celestica also beat expectations in terms of revenue and net income.“We expect this momentum to continue as we move through the second half of this year,” said Craig Muhlhauser, Celestica’s president and chief executive.Celestica said it expects demand in the communications end market, which was stronger than anticipated during the second quarter, to hold that pace in the current quarter.“You have to take into account from a sequential basis just the extra revenue that we delivered in the second quarter,” Myers said.The communications segment accounted for 42 per cent of Celestica’s overall revenue in the three months ended June 30, up from 40 per cent in the previous quarter ended March 31 and up from 32 per cent a year earlier.The big decline was in Celestica’s consumer products sector, which accounted for only seven per cent of total revenue in the latest quarter, down from 21 per cent a year earlier.The company said the loss of BlackBerry pushed its consumer products sector down 72 per cent from a year ago, more than offsetting the ramp up of a new program with another customer.Celestica also reported 15 cents per share of net income, up from 11 cents per share and above the analyst estimate of eight cents of net income.“Despite the challenging economic environment, we are projecting continued growth in our diversified end market for the third quarter,” Muhlhauser said in a statement.He also announced Celestica expects to buy back shares through a normal course issuer bid that it intends to launch this quarter.The company estimates it will deliver between 17 and 23 cents of adjusted earnings during the current quarter, which ends Sept. 30. Celestica’s guidance also calls for between $1.425 billion and $1.525 million of revenue.RBC Capital Markets raised its price target on the stock Friday to $10 from $9.RBC analyst Amit Daryanani wrote in a note to clients that Celestica reported an “impressive” June quarter.“We expect the stock will continue to trade modestly higher given expectation of likely upside,” Daryanani wrote.Celestica shares closed up 62 cents or about six per cent at $10.40 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2013 7:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celestica revenue down due to loss of BlackBerry but still above expectations read more

LIKE A TRADITION Veszprem stay unbeatable for PSG

← Previous Story 50th DKB Bundesliga begins: Easy job for RNL in Lemgo Next Story → THW Kiel celebrate 50th Bundesliga birthday by win in front of 11.000 fans Nikola Karabatić and Co. will have to keep a good work in order to defeat MKB MVM Veszprem in the upcoming season. In the first „big match“ of the season with the new coach Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic, PSG Handball suffered the first defeat against Hungarian best team – 30:31 at the final of Euroturnoi in Strasbourg. The EHF CL runners-up staying unbeatable for the French champions, who suffered two defeat in a row in the last two seasons only a step ahead of the EHF Champions League F4 in Cologne.Slovenian right wing Gašper Marguč (7) and the MVP of the tournament, Momir Ilić (6), where the TOP scorers among the winners, while Nikola Karabatić and Mikkel Hansen netted seven each for defeated squad ahead of Daniel Narcisse, who scored six.Roland Mikler beat Thierry Omeyer with 13 – 9 in saves.PSG Handball were more than dominant in the group where they crushed Spanish La Rioja 44:31 and Kadetten 36:24, while Veszprem overplayed Chambery 32:26 and Montpellier 32:26.The third place won Montpellier by beating Swiss champions Kadetten Schaffhausen 38:26, while the fifth finished Naturhouse La Rioja after win over Chambery 30:30 (penalty 4:1). PSG Handballveszprem read more

Hes no Beckham Hook labels OConnell kick careless but predicts citing

first_imgSHANE HORGAN ADMITTED ‘it didn’t look great’ while Brent Pope said it ‘wasn’t deliberate’ but Leinster’s Dave Kearney wasn’t awake to hear the debate.The winger took a full-force kick to the head from Munster’s Paul O’Connell in the final minutes of Leinster’s 22-16 win at Thomond Park.While O’Connell will surely claim he was seeking to hack away a ball presented by Kearney to his forwards, the brutal swipe was reckless. The lock is a passionate and committed player but he showed a worrying disregard for the safety of a man facing away from him and lying flat on the turf.Kearney had to be carted off the Thomond Park pitch and Leinster coach Joe Schmidt revealed that it took him several minutes to regain consciousness.He told, “He was unconscious for a period of time. He’s come back around and has probably asked the question 10 times, ‘Did I catch it?’He’s going to be pretty relieved when he sees the footage that he did catch the ball. He’s not in great shape at the moment. The main disappointment at the moment is, he has really come on. He’s played a number of games in a row and was getting into a rhythm. He’s likely to miss a few games now. That’s probably his biggest frustration.”Asked if O’Connell should be cited for the incident, Schmidt replied, “To be honest, that’s not my domain. Whatever comes of that, comes of it.”George Hook, speaking on RTE after the match, called the Munster man “careless”. He added, “He’s no [David] Beckham. Kearney’s head was within the margin of error of where the ball [was]… O’Connell may pay for that carelessness.”Paul O’Connell checks on the unconscious Dave Kearney. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Speaking about the victory, which leaves Leinster second in the Pro12 standings, Schmidt said he was ‘delighted with the result’.He added, “That’s an incredibly combative Munster side. I bet Clermont are upset that Harlequins lost because they know what they are getting – that’s a hell of a game coming up.”Asked if he thought Rob Kearney’s close call, which was ruled out by the TMO in the first-half, was a try, Schmidt said, “Yes I do.”- Additional reporting by Aoife Danagher of – you can follow her @Aoifs2707As it happened: Munster v Leinster, RaboDirect Pro12VIDEO: Paul O’Connell kicks Dave Kearney in the headlast_img read more

The NSA recommends you upgrade to Windows 7

first_imgIf you’ve been looking for just the right motivation or evidence to convince your company’s IT department to upgrade to Windows 7, this may be it. The National Security Agency (NSA) issued a datasheet of best practices for keeping your computer and network safe and secure, and one of the suggestions in the document is to “migrate to a modern OS and hardware platform.” In short: upgrade to Windows 7 if you’re still using Windows XP.The datasheet, titled Best Practices for Keeping Your Home Network Secure, is written for home users, not corporate or government networks, but it does make suggestions like upgrading to Windows 7 (or even Windows Vista, anything but Windows XP) and going with a 64-bit version because it “increases the effort for an adversary to attain a system or root compromise.”AdChoices广告That’s not the only suggestion in the document however – there are additional suggestions for Windows users like making sure to install a comprehensive security suite and keep it up to date, limit the use of the Administrator account, and migrate to Microsoft Office 2007 or later if you’re going to use Office at all. The datasheet goes on to make similar recommendations for Apple users, like making sure to keep their OS up to date and to limit the use of the Administrator account as well. There’s even a tip about enabling data protection on your iPad.The NSA’s suggestions then go on to making sure your home network – especially wireless networks – are secure and set up properly. Wireless LANs at home should have WPA2 turned on, and there’s even a note about how weak WEP is. They also suggest using an alternate DNS service than your service provider’s, and to try and find one that blacklists malicious web sites.As one reader at Slashdot notes, the document makes no mention of Linux or BSD, but considering the audience of the NSA datasheet, it may not have been necessary. Still, most – if not all – of the suggestions are applicable to end users who work anywhere and want to keep their home computers and their personal or professional data safe.Read more at (PDF) via Slashdotlast_img read more

Néandertal amateur daliments végétaux et herboriste

first_imgNéandertal, amateur d’aliments végétaux et ‘herboriste’Publiée dans Naturwissenschaften, une étude internationale high-tech du tartre dentaire de fossiles provenant du nord de l’Espagne montre que les Néandertaliens consommaient des végétaux nourrissants cuits, ainsi que des plantes aux vertus médicinales.  Ce sont 5 squelettes néandertaliens fossilisés du site d’El Sidrón (nord de l’Espagne) qui ont ‘donné’ leur tartre dentaire aux chercheurs de l’Université autonome de Barcelone (Espagne) et  de l’Université d’York (Angleterre). Ces derniers en ont ainsi tiré la plus ancienne preuve moléculaire de la consommation, chez ces hommes anciens, non seulement d’une gamme d’aliments végétaux cuits, mais aussi de plantes aux qualités médicinales.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?En effet, l’analyse chimique et la spectrométrie de masse ont permis de caractériser dans ce tartre dentaire la présence de phénols et d’hydrocarbures aromatiques prouvant l’utilisation de feux de bois dont la fumée a d’ailleurs laissé sa marque sur les dents. Parallèlement, des examens au microscope électronique ont également permis de déceler, parmi d’autres vestiges de végétaux, la trace de fécules d’amidon fendillées, autrement dit, une marque d’une cuisson des graines consommées.Plus étonnant, l’étude montre la consommation, par l’un des individus, de plantes amères et peu nutritives telles que l’achillée et la camomille. Une observation étonnante alors que les chercheurs ont déjà démontré que Néandertal possédait le gène de ‘reconnaissance’ du goût amer. Ce résultat suggère ainsi que ces plantes n’étaient pas consommées en tant que véritable nourriture mais dans le cadre d’un usage médicinal : l’achillée étant reconnue comme astringent naturel et la seconde, uncamomille comme possédant des vertus anti-inflammatoires.”El Sidrón nous a permis de bannir la plupart des idées préconçues que nous avions sur les Néandertaliens. (…) Maintenant, une autre dimension a été ajoutée, relative à leur régime alimentaire et à l’automédication”, conclut ainsi Antonio Rosas, du Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Madrid.Le 22 juillet 2012 à 17:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jayne Disturbing video exposes evil thats hidden too long

first_imgGreg Jayne, Opinion page editor The unavoidable reaction is to be revolted. To question the depravity of humanity and to weigh our capacity for inhumanity.A group of young adults in Chicago last week kidnapped a mentally disabled 18-year-old and proceeded to torture him for hours. The captors slapped, kicked, and punched the victim, slashed off part of his scalp, flicked cigar ashes into the wound, made him drink toilet water, and verbally abused him. The perpetrators were black; the victim was white. At least one of the criminals shouted epithets about Donald Trump and white people. Oh, and they streamed a portion of this on Facebook Live.Four suspects have been arrested and charged with a variety of offenses, ranging from kidnapping to hate crimes. It is reasonable to conclude that justice will be served in this case.For anybody who has a modicum of compassion, the video is difficult to watch. Yet, because it arrives at the intersection of race and politics and violence and social media, it is impossible to ignore. Many, many words already have been spoken and written about the torture; many, many tweets already have been tweeted. And while people on both ends of the spectrum have attempted to distort this depravity for their personal political gain, I can’t help but think we will be better for this video coming to the attention of the public.No, not for the gross violence it depicts. Not for the wedge it offers for those who endeavor to divide us along racial lines. Not for the copycat or retaliatory attacks it might inspire. But for the very fact that it illuminates what previously would have been a shadowy incident.The harsh reality provided by the existence of a video makes the evil undeniable, giving life to it in a way that mere words in a newspaper article cannot. And it is only through that illumination that we, as a society, can effectively identify and eradicate such evil.last_img read more

RBC will refinance TCI UK Bail Out loan

first_img RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:royal bank of canada, uk tci bail out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jan 2015 – Royal Bank of Canada, RBC is the bank the Government will go with to refinance that UK-backed bail-out loan of 2009. The Loan Refinancing Ordinance passed on December 17th and took effect the next day. The new law lays out the who, the how, the how much and the how long among other things of the bridge loan refinancing which will do away with the UK guaranteed loan of $170 million dollars. It is outlined in the ordinance that the loan with RBC cannot exceed $28 million dollars, must be repaid at the end of three and a half years, at a rate initially of 1.2% and that it will be repaid in fourteen equal installments of two million dollars every ninety days. It is explained that in order to keep that borrowing rate, the Turks and Caicos will have to maintain a BBB+ rating for at least the duration of the loan; if we lose ground there, it will cause a hike in the borrowing rate. This also means that if the TCI secures a better credit rating, then the rate of the loan will decrease. Included in that ordinance is that the TCI can repay the RBC Loan early without penalty and that the first payment would be due ninety days after disbursement of the money. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Roll Out of EZ Pay in TCI today 16 Graduate from Save The Bays International YEA Leadership Training Programlast_img read more

Neil Warnock cannot wait for Brexit to happen already

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has revealed he cannot wait to see the United Kingdom get out of the European Union, as citizens wait to see how the nation’s Brexit pans out.The details of the UK’s departure from the EU have been a major conversation in the media ever since a slim majority voted in favour of Brexit back in 2016.Now, as the deadline for the referendum approaches the United Kingdom’s parliament remains at a halt, while calls for a second referendum have become louder.It is undoubtedly a topic that demands patience and a lot of sensitivity; however Warnock, known for his blunt public statements insists he can’t wait for the 2016 decision to become a reality.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Cardiff manager Neil Warnock celebrates with the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Warnock will coach Cardiff City for one more year Manuel R. Medina – May 15, 2019 The manager will guide the Bluebirds in the English Championship, but he will also help the team find his successor.“I think once the country knows what they’re doing, it will be straightforward [to make signings] … Any transfer window is difficult for me, not just this one,” he told reporters, according to Goal.“I don’t know why politicians don’t do what the country wants, if I’m honest.”“They had a referendum and now we see different politicians and everyone else trying to put their foot in it … Why did we have a referendum in the first bloody place?”“I can’t wait to get out of it, if I’m honest. I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect.” “Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world.”last_img read more

Singer Anna Danes preforming at Martinis Above Fourth on Thursday

first_imgSinger Anna Danes preforming at Martinis Above Fourth on Thursday Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom July 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Anna Danes joined KUSI to share her talent and talk about her up coming show! She was accompanied by Sky Ladd on keyboard. Posted: July 30, 2019 Updated: 9:49 PMlast_img read more

Magic Campaign Lands 17 Black Women on Houston Courts

first_imgBy JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated PressHOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s courts are going to be a lot more diverse thanks to a group of 17 African-American women and their “magic.”The women, who were part of an effort dubbed the “Black Girl Magic” campaign, were all elected Tuesday to be judges in various courts in Harris County, which includes Houston.This photo provided by the Harris County Democratic Party shows a group of 17 African-American women whom are part of an effort dubbed the “Black Girl Magic” campaign. It is the largest number of African-American women on any ballot in the history of Harris County, where Houston is located. In the photo are the 17 women who won election and two others who are currently judges in Harris County but lost bids on Tuesday to win seats on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Tuesday’s election brings to 19 the number of African-American women who will be judges in Harris County. Front row, leaning against the podium from left, are Maria Jackson and Ramona Franklin. Back row, from left, are Lucia Bates, Erica Hughes, Sandra Peake, Cassandra Holleman, Germaine Tanner, Ronnisha Bowman, Linda Marie Dunson, Angela Graves-Harrington, Dedra Davis, Shannon Baldwin, Latosha Lewis Payne, Tonya Jones, Sharon Burney, Michelle Moore, Lori Chambers Gray, Toria Finch and LaShawn Williams. Maria Jackson and Ramona Franklin in front row are the two women who are currently judges but lost bids to win seats on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. (Christin Mcqueen/Harris County Democratic Party via AP)Lori Chambers Gray, a Houston defense attorney who among those who was elected, says she hopes the “Black Girl Magic” campaign’s success inspires other women to run for office.Those behind the campaign say it was part of an effort to broaden the diversity of the area’s judiciary and ensure that more racial minorities can bring their backgrounds and life experiences to the bench and better reflect the diversity of the nation’s fourth largest city.last_img read more

Boeing 737s undergo another round of airworthiness checks

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Following a round of emergency checkups in March, the US Aviation safety watchdog has now issued a brand new airworthiness directive for all operators of narrow-body Boeing 737s to double-check their aircraft.The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) checkups relate to the a bearing found on the plane’s side elevators, which help control the plane’s pitch, and when loose can lead to severe vibrations.This recent airworthiness directive issued on Monday was announced after an aircraft experienced the severe vibrations despite having conducted the checkup when it was mandated earlier in March.“On March 18, 2010, we issued AD [airworthiness directive] 2010-06-51… Since we issued that AD, we received an additional report of failure of the aft attach lugs on the left elevator tab control mechanism,” said the FAA in its new airworthiness directive.“We have determined that an improved inspection is necessary to address the identified unsafe condition.”FAA’s directive for inspection of the inboard and outboard aft attach lugs of the left and right elevator control tab mechanisms is valid across the entire Boeing 737 family including the -600, -700, -800, and -900.last_img read more

Cunard announces record Australian deployment for Queen Elizabeth

first_imgSource = Cunard Cunard announces record Australian deployment for Queen ElizabethCunard announces record Australian deployment for Queen ElizabethCunard has unveiled plans to base its popular liner Queen Elizabeth in Australia for a record two months, in a move which reflects growing demand for local cruises on the luxury cruise line’s ships.The 90,900-tonne Queen Elizabeth will offer seven different cruises to New Zealand, South Australia and Tasmania from Sydney and Melbourne between February and April 2019 – the longest deployment Down Under for any of Cunard’s current fleet of Queens.The cruises are a major highlight of Cunard’s 2019 world voyage program, which will be released in Australia on March 14 and go on sale on March 30, 2017.Announcing the move just days after the spectacular Sydney Royal Rendezvous of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2, Cunard Vice President International Development David Rousham said the number of Australians cruising on Cunard world voyages was continuing to grow.“Whenever Cunard’s itineraries have included roundtrip options from Australian ports and visits to New Zealand, the demand has always been tremendous,” Mr Rousham said.Mr Rousham said he expected similar strong interest in the 2019 local cruises, which will double the number of Australians and New Zealanders travelling on Cunard compared to previous years.“In February 2019, Queen Elizabeth will have recently undergone a refit, and so our youngest Cunard ship will be looking her most luxurious best as she starts this new chapter in Cunard’s long and illustrious 179-year history,” he said.The 2019 program features two roundtrip New Zealand voyages – one from Sydney and the other from Melbourne. There are also three roundtrip voyages including Tasmanian itineraries – two from Melbourne and one from Sydney.Mr Rousham said Queen Elizabeth’s local season would offer a total of 27 combination itineraries to meet guests’ needs.“This will be the first time that Cunard has featured so many voyages to and from Melbourne in addition to Sydney, and will give Australians a much greater number of options to experience Cunard than ever before,” he said.“We’ve seen tremendous growth in the number of Australians and New Zealanders cruising with Cunard since the spectacular maiden visit of Queen Mary 2 to Sydney in 2007 and we look forward to expanding the market further with this latest exciting development.”last_img read more

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