Florida discovery has people rethinking how long humans have been around Turtle

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsThe debate over how long people have inhabited North America just got a whole lot more interesting.A recent discovery in Florida shows that people likely inhabited the area almost 1,500 years earlier than first thought.The discovery also raises another important question about how people came to inhabit Turtle Island in the first place.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

5 German firms each give 11 million to Holocaust memorial

BERLIN — Five well-known German companies, including the country’s only publicly traded soccer club, are donating 1 million euros ($1.1 million) each to Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial for the development of a facility to preserve, catalogue and store Holocaust-related artifacts.Borussia Dortmund managing director Carsten Cramer said Tuesday that the club thought the project important to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany, as well as fighting anti-Semitism today.Daimler, railway operator Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank and Volkswagen are also donating to the construction of the “Shoah Heritage Collections Campus,” which is scheduled to open in 2021.The memorial has collected more than 210 million documents, 500,000 photographs, 131,000 survivor testimonies, 32,400 artifacts, and 11,500 works of art since it was established in 1953.The Associated Press read more

Mother of woman killed in Virginia delivers emotional tribute

The mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer gave a powerful speech that brought a crowd of one-thousand mourners to their feet today.Susan Bro stood strong at her daughter’s memorial service and said the only way to truly honour Heather Heyer is to “make a difference in the world.”She spoke of her daughter’s desire for equality, and urged those in attendance to speak up against injustice.“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what? You just magnified her,” said Bro. “If you’re not outraged you’re not paying attention. And I want you to pay attention, find what’s wrong- don’t ignore it, don’t look the other way. You make a point to look at it and say to yourself ‘what can I do to make a difference?’ And that’s how you’re going to make my child’s death worthwhile. I’d rather have my child but by golly if I gotta give her up we’re gonna make it count.”Heyer worked as a paralegal in Charlottesville helping low income clients file for bankruptcy. The 32 year old was killed during a protest against white supremacists on Saturday. read more

UN agency launches online donation feature to boost funding for fight against

“With a few clicks of a mouse, individuals can make a difference in the fight against hunger,” said WFP Executive Director James Morris, as he made the first two official online donations towards the agency’s emergency operations and to its school feeding programme.Visitors to the WFP web site can make donations via credit card. With just $100, the agency can provide 5,000 cups of rice; $1,000 will pay for 2,000 pounds of high energy biscuits, vital in the early stages of a humanitarian disaster when people are on the move and unable to cook food; and, $10,000 will buy a medium-sized warehouse for storing food aid.The online donation feature is also timely for efforts to help the nearly 13 million people currently facing starvation in southern Africa. WFP’s $507 million regional appeal has raised just $118 million so far – 23 per cent of the total amount needed for the agency to feed hungry people in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The online donations will also help severely under-funded WFP operations in Afghanistan, West Africa and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, where millions of people depend on the agency’s food for survival.Web users can also contribute to the agency’s Global School Feeding Programme, which guarantees meals for over 15 million undernourished school children. read more

Good management can reduce impact of natural disasters – Annan

“Natural hazards are a part of life. But hazards only become disasters when people’s lives and livelihoods are swept away,” the Secretary-General said in a message issued to mark International Day for Disaster Reduction.“It is well within our power to do something about this. Better decision-making, improved planning, effective risk management, innovation in development and environmental protection activities – these are the human activities that can reduce the vulnerability of communities. To this end, risk assessment and disaster reductions should be integral part of all sustainable development projects and policies,” he added.“On the International Day for Disaster Reduction, let us remind ourselves that we can and must reduce the number and impact of disasters by building sustainable communities that have the long-term capacity to live with risk.”Also recognizing the International Day of Disaster Reduction, the President of the General Assembly, Julian R. Hunte, said, “Much more needs to be done to promote economic growth, improve awareness through education, to develop policies and frameworks to integrate disaster reduction issues into sustainable development and national planning agencies. This is a challenge for the international community, which can only be achieved if we all work together on these issues.” read more

June rise lifts half year UK car manufacturing

Total203,188225,26610.9%1,336,2791,319,998-1.2% Export97,110105,3748.5%625,314601,636-3.8% Total119,193131,58610.4%756,116764,3901.1% If you use these figures in online editorial, please reference www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/ as the source. Export5,2514,833-8.0%34,18824,643-27.9% Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK car manufacturing grew 1.1% in the first half of 2013, to 764,390 units.Growth follows 4.6% uplift in Q2 and 10.4% rise in June.While four out of five cars built in the UK are exported, higher output for the home market, up 24.4%, has boosted volumes.New Automotive Sector Strategy launched last week to ensure long-term growth in UK automotive.“Car output in the UK grew during the first half of 2013, up 1.1% building on a strong 2012 when manufacturing performed above pre-recession levels,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “Subdued demand in some European countries has held back production levels this year, but it is encouraging to see a significant rise in volumes destined for UK buyers. Our industry is building and developing innovative, high-quality products that appeal to a global customer base and because of this, independent analysts are confident that car output will grow in the long-term despite economic concerns on the continent.” % export81.5%80.1%82.7%78.7% Home77,86791,56117.6%484,277524,6808.3% Home22,08326,21218.7%130,802162,75424.4% CV manufacturingJun-12Jun-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change Car manufacturingJun-12Jun-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change Home3,1163,64717.0%21,90823,8749.0% Engine manufacturingJun-12Jun-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change Export125,321133,7056.7%852,002795,318-6.7% Total8,3678,4801.4%56,09648,517-13.5% UK market strength sees CV output rise in JuneCommercial vehicle (CV) output rose 1.4% to 8,480 units in June, off the back of increased volumes for the home market.CV manufacturing fell 13.5% during the first half of 2013 to 48,517 units.A fall in export volumes has impacted growth with just 51% of volumes going overseas for the year-to-date versus 61% a year ago.“June’s CV output provides a welcome boost to our commercial vehicle industry, with volumes increasing 1.4% in the month, following a 17% surge in home market demand,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “Year-to-date volumes offer a slightly gloomier picture, falling 13.5% in the first half of 2013 as CV manufacturers continue to feel the effects of weak demand abroad. The remainder of the year will be challenging, but strengthening UK demand is expected to support domestic manufacturers of vans, trucks buses and coaches.” Click through to download the UK automotive manufacturing news release for June 2013. % export62.8%57.0%60.9%50.8% % export61.7%59.4%63.8%60.3% UK engine production rises 10.9% in JuneUK engine manufacturing rose 10.9% in June to 225,266 units.Despite the surge in June, output during the first half of 2013 was down 1.2% to 1,319,998 units.Engine production has performed in line with overall UK vehicle manufacturing trends. As for vehicles, weak export volumes are constraining overall growth. read more

Grand opening to be held for renovated Student Success Centre

After months of extensive renovations, a grand opening has been set for the revamped campus space meant to help propel students toward success.The Brock University Student Success Centre (SSC) will officially open its doors to the workspace alongside Market Hall with a celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 5.The festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to allow Brock faculty, staff and students to explore the area and learn about the many services available to the University community.The updated SSC space, near the Market Hall stairs, hosts A-Z Learning Services and Academic Advising, while Aboriginal Student Services, which is also part of the SSC family, has its offices beside Guernsey Market.Allyson Miller, Brock’s A-Z Learning Services Manager, said the new look creates a more welcoming atmosphere for students and staff to take part in program-specific drop-in sessions, writing workshops, one-on-one tutoring and academic advising services.“The whole space has a lot of positive energy,” she said. “The staff are really excited and that certainly spills out to our engagement with students.”A comprehensive renovation of the space saw rooms previously used for arts projects transformed to meet the needs of students’ academic demands.“We have updated technology, improved resources and increased functionality and comfort within a welcoming and adaptable space,” said Miller.The project also allows for more streamlined access for students and community members as they enter from Market Hall.The change has meant a more public-facing unit that is more easily accessible to those who need it most.“Our supports and services have been available to the students all along, but because of how our space is now structured, it’s much easier to find us and learn more about what we offer,” said Amy Elder, Brock’s Director of Student Success.“The students who come to us are typically anxious about their assignments and academic standing, and our new space is warm, inviting and creates a sense of support that reflects the help our staff can provide.”The grand opening will commence with speeches from President Gervan Fearon, Greg Finn, Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Success.After speeches, cake and beverages will be served and members of the SSC will be available in all areas of the new space to answer questions and provide more comprehensive descriptions of the services on offer.Though the SSC is formally opening its doors on Feb. 5, in practice, it has already been in use for several months.During that time, Miller has seen an increase in those using its resources.“Our numbers have been great already,” she said. “It’s a welcoming environment that’s easily accessible and has the academic supports students need.”Though the grand opening will come and go, Miller says the gratitude and pride she feels walking into the centre each day will not disappear.“Every day when I walk in, I smile. It’s beautiful in there,” she said. “I’m proud of the University for supporting this project and I’m excited for the value this will bring to the student experience.”For more about the learning resources available to students and the community, visit the Student Success Centre website. read more

Arizona wins first true road game 7672 over UConn

HARTFORD, Conn. — Brandon Randolph scored 20 points and Chase Jeter added 14 as Arizona held off UConn 76-72 on Sunday.It was the first true away game of the year for the travel-weary Wildcats (6-2), whose only losses came in Maui to top-ranked Gonzaga and No. 8 Auburn.Arizona led for most of the game and by four points at the half.They extended the lead to eight points on a fast-break layup by Randolph with just over eight minutes left in the game.But UConn chipped away, cutting the lead to two points several times down the stretch.A driving layup by UConn’s Jalen Adams made it 74-72 with eight seconds remaining, but Arizona was able to inbound the ball and Brandon Williams sealed the game from the line.Adams had 21 points to lead the Huskies (6-2). Eric Cobb added 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.THE BIG PICTUREArizona: Sean Miller is now 8-0 against the Hurley brothers. He is 6-0 against Dan’s brother Bob, who coaches Arizona State. He also beat Dan’s Rhode Island team in 2013.UConn: The Huskies could be getting some help in the frontcourt, though not this season. Prized recruit Akok Akok announced on Twitter that he has committed to the school, but told reporters during the game that there is still a chance he could declare for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 forward plans to enrol for the spring semester and join the basketball team as a walk-on. He is expected to practice with the team, but would not suit up for the Huskies until next season. UConn already has commitments from two highly rated guards for the Class of 2019, James Bouknight and Jalen Gaffney.UP NEXTArizona: The Wildcats head back home to face Utah Valley on Thursday before flying east again to visit Alabama next Sunday.UConn: The Huskies are back at the XL Center on Wednesday for a game against Lafayette.Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press read more

Scouting Maryland A look at the 2015 Terrapins

Members of the Maryland Terrapins celebrate a touchdown on Nov. 15, 2014 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s been a bumpy start to the season for Maryland, and it does not look like it will level out any time soon. The Terrapins are sitting at 2-3 coming off back-to-back losses as they prepare to travel to Columbus on Saturday to take on top-ranked Ohio State.Here is a look at coach Randy Edsall’s team.Quarterback carouselIf you think the Buckeyes have had a complicated quarterback situation, think again.Maryland has reinvented what it means to have a quarterback controversy this season. It began during the offseason and has yet to subside.Redshirt junior Perry Hills won the three-way battle during fall camp and led the team to a season opening victory over Richmond — a Football Championship Subdivision program — but he was canned midway through Maryland’s disappointing loss to Bowling Green in favor of Caleb Rowe.The fellow redshirt junior stepped in and started the last three games for the Terrapins — a win over South Florida and back-to-back embarrassing losses against West Virginia and then-No. 22 Michigan — but struggled immensely.Rowe — who is dead last in passing efficiency among qualified quarterbacks — has thrown seven interceptions over the last two games, completed a harrowing 33 perecent of his passes and zero touchdowns. In the second half of both games, he was pulled for redshirt senior Daxx Garman.Sadly for Edsall, Garman hasn’t been able to stop the Terrapin ship from sinking.In his two relief appearances, the transfer from Oklahoma State has completed just six of 18 passes, has been sacked five times and tossed only one touchdown while also being picked off once.So which one of these underwhelming résumés will Edsall choose to start in Columbus?The coach said he does not even know, as he told reporters during his Sunday conference call that “everyone is in play.”In fact, Edsall stole a page from OSU coach Urban Meyer’s book, saying he might not announce his starter until Saturday at noon. As of Tuesday afternoon, Maryland’s depth chart lists all three as co-starters.However being on the road against the Buckeyes, it might not matter which of the three it is.No help on defenseWhen a team’s offense struggles, sometimes the defense bails it out by shutting down opponents. Just ask this year’s Buckeyes about it.Unfortunately for Maryland, the said scenario is not happening.The offense ranks 114th nationally and second-to-last in the Big Ten, just ahead of Penn State. Defensively, the Terrapins are not much better, as they are 109th in the country for total defense and second-to-last in the conference, narrowly ahead of Indiana.In its three losses, Maryland has given up point totals of 48, 45 and 28. Additionally, opponents are averaging 199 rushing yards per game.The lone bright spot for the Terrapin defense comes on the pass rush, as the unit is tied for fourth in the country with 19 sacks.But with the offense in a sizable slump — last week against Michigan it had only 105 yards — and the defense not being able to slow down opponents, victories appear like they will be hard to come by for Edsall’s Terrapins during conference play.Offensive line is innocentThe bad quarterbacking cannot be blamed on Maryland’s offensive line.The unit didn’t allow a sack in first three games and has let up just six overall — five of which have been when Garman was under center.Most of its success in pass protection can be attributed to experience.Redshirt junior left tackle Michael Dunn has started 30 consecutive games for Maryland, while redshirt senior right guard Andrew Zeller has appeared in 26 straight games — including 18 straight starts. Ryan Doyle, a redshirt senior, has a combined 31 starts at different positions on the O-line under his belt.The veteran presence these three provide has been valuable for the Maryland offense, despite its ineptitude in other areas.Mile-wide turnover marginIf turnovers have been slowing down OSU, then they have stopped Maryland.The Buckeyes have a turnover margin of minus-four — tying them for 101st in the country along with three other Big Ten teams (Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue) — but the Terrapins are even further in the hole.Maryland has a turnover margin of minus-nine. Cincinnati is the only team with a greater deficit in the category.The Terrapins, however, do take the crown for most turnovers, as they have coughed up the pigskin 17 times — two more than Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic.With a defense as leaky as it is, the offense can’t afford to give opponents that many more offensive possessions, especially against the Buckeyes and the remainder of its conference foes.Beyond the BuckeyesAfter Saturday’s matchup versus OSU, Maryland will have a bye week before its scheduled contest against Penn State at home on Oct. 24. Kickoff time for that game is yet to be announced. read more

​How Tom Watsons championing of Nick sparked a major inquiry into a

Carl Beech, a narcissist, fantasist and now a convicted paedophile, must have been cock-a-hoop. Tom Watson, then a backbench MP and soon to be elected the Labour Party’s deputy leader, had granted Beech an audience. This was Beech’s opportunity to tell Mr Watson of the sexual abuse he had suffered at the hands of a murderous paedophile gang that had operated from the Palace of Westminster. The meeting would set in chain the perfect storm. Scotland Yard’s finest detectives would believe every word Beech told them of three murders and unimaginably depraved child sexual abuse committed by a gang that included a former prime minister and a home secretary, the ex-chiefs of MI5 and MI6, the former…

Hecla secures second San Sebastian Mill

first_imgHecla Mining Co has entered into a toll milling agreement with Excellon Resources Inc in which sulphide ore from San Sebastian would be trucked 42 km to Excellon’s Miguel Auza flotation mill facility, in Zacatecas, Mexico, for processing.Under the terms of the agreement, Excellon will provide 440 t/d of milling capacity to Hecla and, in due course, the mill will be upgraded to include a copper flotation circuit.“This is a significant step towards extending the life of the San Sebastian mine, and is in keeping with our strategy of maximizing the cash flow and minimizing capital investment by using third-party facilities,” said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., Hecla’s President and CEO. “We will take a bulk sample in the third quarter and if it is positive could begin mining sulphide ore next year. San Sebastian sulphides have the potential for five years of mine life and considerable upside with the recent exploration discoveries. We hope to mine oxides and sulphides concurrently since this agreement does not impact the current arrangement where oxide ore from shallower depths of the mine is being processed at the third-party owned Velardeña mill.”The five-year agreement is subject to due diligence, the successful processing of a 4,400-t bulk sample of sulphide ore from the polymetallic Hugh Zone this summer, and receipt of any regulatory approvals and third-party consents. Hecla has an option to extend the agreement for an additional two years.last_img read more

Gilmore very proud of courageous Labour members whove stuck with the party

first_img“It’s been a very difficult job and I am very proud of the overwhelming majority of the public representatives of the Labour Party – TDs and councillors and members of my party – that have stood with that task very courageously over the course of the past two-and-a-half years.He said that the mandate from the Irish people was to fix the economy and said that Labour intends to see that task through, adding that the country’s economy has been stabilised and turned around since the coalition came to power.Three in three days: Another Labour councillor has resigned from the partyMore: The 25 other councillors who have left the Labour Party over its role in government TÁNAISTE AND LABOUR leader Eamon Gilmore has said he is “very proud” of the “overwhelming majority” of public representatives in the party who have stuck with it over the past two-and-a-half years.Speaking in Dublin earlier today, Gilmore said that while he “regrets” anybody resigning from the party, Labour has had a “very difficult job of work to do”.He was responding to the resignation of three councillors from the party this week, bringing to 26 the total number who have left Labour as a result of its actions in government, or nearly 10 per cent of its total number of councillors.He told the media: “The job of work we have to do, and that we had to do, from the day this government was formed, was to bring about economic recovery, to take this country back from the edge that it was on.last_img read more

A childhood shattered by grownup stuff the diary of an eightyearold girl

first_img By AFP Jun 18th 2017, 11:00 AM 40 Comments Refugees from Aleppo at a camp near Idlib in the north west of the country, December 2016 Source: Depo Photos/ABACAThe diary recalls how the family took refuge with a neighbour.“My mattress was in front of a bay window and I was afraid of windowpanes, that they could be shattered. I’m pretty, I don’t want to be disfigured,” she joked to AFP.‘I’m living again’When the last jihadist fighters surrendered in December, a relative normalcy returned, though water and power supplies remained intermittent.“We’re no longer afraid of bombs falling on our heads. I’m getting my childhood back, starting to play again with the neighbours’ children,” Myriam told AFP, her eyes sparkling.Since the end of the fighting in Aleppo, Myriam has returned to her home neighbourhood only once.It was like my heart coming alive again. Everything was destroyed, but I remember all the times I had. There was a sense of past happiness. But I won’t go back to live there.The teenager, who dreams of becoming an astronomer because she loves stars, has not abandoned her diary.“It’s nice, because I’m living again but I don’t want to forget. I even fell asleep last night over my notebook.”© – AFP, 2017Read: Seven US sailors missing after destroyer rammed by cargo shipRead: Carrie Fisher’s death caused by sleep apnea and ‘other causes’, coroner says In the street I saw a man with a bushy beard wearing a black djellaba (robe), a gun in his hand. I was very afraid. We walked a long time to get to a safer area.The family reached the western part of the city, which was under government control but still regularly targeted by rebel bombs.“The missiles frightened me the most. One evening, I was going to bed when the sky turned red with a deafening noise. A missile had fallen in the street next to ours.”My parents gave us sugar, saying it would help us be less afraid… but I found it didn’t change anything for me! http://jrnl.ie/3445716 The remains of the destroyed Umayyad mosque in Aleppo, March 2017 Source: DPA/PA ImagesHER CHILDHOOD SHATTERED by “grown-up stuff”, Myriam Rawick was only eight years old when she began recording her terrifying experiences during the siege of Aleppo, Syria’s second city.“I woke up one morning to the sound of things breaking, people shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is greatest’ in Arabic),” Myriam wrote.I was so afraid I wanted to throw up. I hugged my doll tight, saying ‘Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid, I’m here with you’.The gut-wrenching chronicle, translated from Arabic into French and published last week, recounts how Myriam’s working-class Christian family had to flee their neighbourhood in Aleppo when jihadists ordered them to leave. People walk through mounds of rubble which used to be apartment buildings in the Ansari neighbourhood of Aleppo, January 2017 Source: Hassan Ammar“When the war broke out, Mum encouraged me to keep a diary,” Myriam, now 13, told AFP in an interview. “I thought that this way one day I could remember what happened.”It was French journalist Philippe Lobjois who learned of Myriam and her diary and realised it provided a window on the war from the inside.“Le Journal de Myriam” (Myriam’s Diary), covering the period from November 2011 to December 2016, was the result. Adult life intrudingShe relates how “grown-up stuff” intruded on her life – revolutionary slogans daubed on the walls of Aleppo, anti-government demonstrations, the years-long blockade of the eastern half of the city.Aleppo, one of the world’s oldest cities and once Syria’s economic hub, was a trove of cultural treasures before becoming the main battlefield of Syria’s conflict, which has claimed more than 300,000 lives.Government forces, backed by their Russian and Iranian allies, recaptured the eastern part of the city late last year.“Aleppo was a paradise, it was our paradise,” Myriam writes in the diary.The girl fond of drawing and singing will never forget the dark days of March 2013 when “men dressed in black” – jihadist fighters – forced her family to flee.I rushed to put my books in my backpack. I love books, I can’t do without them. I put on two anoraks, one on top of the other, to protect myself from stray bullets. Share158 Tweet Email2 12,186 Views Short URL A childhood shattered by ‘grown-up stuff’ – the diary of an eight-year-old girl who survived Aleppo Myriam Rawick was only eight years old when she began recording her terrifying experiences during the siege of Aleppo. Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 11:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Energies renouvelables le Prince Charles installe des panneaux solaires sur le toit

first_imgEnergies renouvelables : le Prince Charles installe des panneaux solaires sur le toit de Clarence HouseRoyaume-Uni – Le conseil municipal de Westminster vient d’autoriser le Prince de Galles à installer des panneaux solaires sur sa maison londonienne. Une initiative présentée comme exemplaire par les autorités locales.Trente-deux panneaux photovoltaïques produisant 4.000 kWh, c’est-à-dire de quoi alimenter et chauffer une maison moyenne de Londres. Voici ce qui va bientôt orner le toit de Clarence House, la résidence londonienne du Prince Charles qui vient d’obtenir le feu vert de la municipalité. Des experts doivent veiller à ce que la maison, vieille de 180 ans et inscrite au patrimoine national, ne soit pas endommagée. L’installation sera camouflée derrière les parapets du toit.À lire aussiLa France inaugure le chantier de la première route solaire au mondeL’opération devrait permettre à la vénérable demeure, déjà réputée “carbone-neutre” notamment grâce à l’utilisation de chaudières à faible consommation, de produire cette fois-ci plus d’énergie qu’elle n’en consomme. Un projet exemplaire, selon l’estimation environnementale jointe au dossier déposé à la mairie, et qui s’inscrit dans les objectifs nationaux à l’horizon 2020. Le maire de la ville souhaite quant à lui qu’un quart de l’énergie et du chauffage de Londres provienne de sources alternatives d’ici 2025.Une initiative de plus à l’actif du Prince, grand défenseur des énergies renouvelables, qui utilise déjà Jaguar, Land Rover et Aston Martin roulant aux biocarburants. Le projet coûtera tout de même la bagatelle de 150.000 livres Sterling, et ne sera amorti que dans 10 ans. Le 29 août 2010 à 12:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Early leak reveals PDM two At Large Candidates

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 24, 2016 – The Peoples Democratic Movement is in convention mode but before the announcement officially tonight of who will round out the five all island candidates on the PDM ticket, there is a leak and it reveals that Robert Been Junior and Karen Malcolm are the presumptive candidates who were selected by party members for the upcoming General Elections.  The news has not come without push back from some who do not agree with the two selected.  The official announcement and presentation of Been, who says he is the Youth of the PDM and Malcolm who is a founder of the TCI Heart Foundation will be tonight at Kalooki’s Restaurant in Blue Hills. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Stranger Things Lego Playset Flips Into the Upside Down

first_img Popular on Variety For Netflix, it’s another bid to capitalize on the popularity of the Duffer Brothers’ 1980s-set supernatural show through licensing deals. Other merch extensions include a new video game, clothing and accessories, vinyl character figures, and a Monopoly “Stranger Things” edition.On the real-world side of the Lego toy, the Byers’ house features a front porch with furniture, living room, dining room and Will’s bedroom. The living room includes the iconic alphabet Christmas light display — which actually lights up — along with other elements, like a bear trap to catch the Demogorgon.The Upside Down version of the house mirrors the same rooms but with a dilapidated, vine-covered look. Also included in the playset is Chief Hopper’s police truck, which has a removable roof and a pumpkin (a reference to the mysteriously blighted pumpkin patches in season 2).In Will’s bedroom, the model includes details like his boom box, bed, desk, desk lamp, drawings and movie posters. The attic space includes a Mind Flayer drawing and a wizard hat for “Will the Wise.”Accessories include Lucas’ slingshot and flashlight, Dustin’s walkie-talkie and compass, Mike’s flashlight and walkie-talkie, Hopper’s coffee mug, Joyce’s flashlight and drawing of “Will the Wise,” and Eleven’s waffle.By the way, Eleven’s blond wig can be removed to reveal a bald head, a Lego rep confirmed, who added, “It’s not entirely smooth, though, as she has a stud atop her head in order to attach the hairpiece.”Lego’s Upside Down playset measures 12 inches tall, 17 inches wide and 8 inches deep. The toy is recommended for ages 16 and older. In a no-brainer toy tie-in, Netflix and Lego are introducing a “Stranger Things” playset: a recreation of the Byers’ house that flips over to reveal the dim underworld of the Upside Down. With a list price of $200, Lego’s Upside Down playset is positioned as a premium collector’s item. The product comprises 2,287 individual pieces, including eight Lego Minifigures of the show’s principal characters: Eleven (complete with an Eggo/Lego waffle), Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper — and the Demogorgon.The Lego set goes on sale June 1, 2019, a month ahead of the “Stranger Things” season 3 debut on July 4. (It’s available May 15 to Lego VIP rewards-program members.) Lego and Netflix last week teased that a “Stranger Things” toy was on its way in tweets last week.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

When Is Vista not Vista When Its Mojave

first_img 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 5, 2008 The Microsofties are appealing to you to try Windows Vista. You’ll really, really like it, they insist. They’ve gone out of their way to prove to you that it’s a swell operating system, too, by creating a series of see-we-told-you-so videos.Microsoft’s ExperimentThe crew from Redmond dressed Windows Vista up in a flashy new box, called it Mojave, the next Microsoft OS, and foisted it upon–no, sorry, make that “introduced it to”–volunteers.Before the volunteers were shown Mojave, they were asked about Vista. Some said that they hated Vista, even though they’d never tried it. After seeing and playing with some of Vista, oops, Mojave’s features, most of the volunteers were impressed, with many of them oooh-ing and aaaah-ing.When the secret was revealed, most of the volunteers couldn’t wait to get their hands on a copy. One volunteer was nonplussed to hear that Mojave was actually Vista and asked, “Why is it faster?” In the experiment they used an HP Pavilion DV 2000 with 2GB of RAM–and I’m curious if that contributed to Vista’s great performance.If I had my way, I’d have Microsoft do another video, handing volunteers a copy of Mojave and asking them to install it on their existing PC or notebook. I wonder if their reactions would be quite so enthusiastic. BTW, here are Microsoft’s results.Vista ResourcesI still haven’t switched to Vista. I know I’ll do it eventually, but for the moment, my system’s running just fine. Nonetheless, I want you to know about a few Vista resources, just in case you’re using it–or, like me, thinking about the future.Answers to Vista Users’ Nagging Questions20 Vista Downloads to Tweak & Improve Your SystemWindows Vista: 15 Reasons to SwitchFarewell Vista, Hello XPWhat Does It Take to Get a PC With XP?Some of you may need the extra help that only a hefty resource book can provide. The book I recommend is Windows Vista Inside Out, Deluxe Edition (Microsoft Press; ISBN-10: 0735625247) by Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, and Craig Stinson. For under $40, you’ll get every Vista question answered and learn things about the OS that may improve your experience. It’s available on Amazon.com.Quick aside: Microsoft has confirmed it’s abandoning Windows. They won’t say when, but they have talked about what it’s going to look like. Read “Microsoft Prepares for End of Windows With Midori” and tell me if it makes sense to you.Fix Outlook’s Messy E-Mail QuotesOkay, enough about Vista. Now let’s pick on Outlook. Did you ever notice how well Outlook can mess up e-mail quotes? You know, the way it causes line breaks to make your e-mail look like hell?For the cost of a download you can make your Outlook e-mails look sharp and, more important, easy to read. The trick is Outlook-QuoteFix, a free add-in that takes out the tedium of fixing Outlook’s quoting style.Outlook-QuoteFix works perfectly in XP and with Outlook 98 through 2003; there’s a macro that makes it compatible with Outlook 2007. BTW, there’s also a version for Outlook Express.Easy Way to Reset Your Windows PasswordDo you ever forget your login password? Probably not, because it’s 1234. (LOL–just kidding. I know you use strong passwords.) Nearly two years ago, I told you how to find your passwords (go to “Find Old E-Mail Messages Quickly” and scroll to the “I forgot the password…” hassle). Unfortunately, that fix would have cost you $70, just enough to fill up your car’s gas tank.I have terrific news: PC Login Now gives you a fairly straightforward way to reset the Windows Administrator or user password in Windows Server 2008, 2003, Vista, and XP. Once you download the free ISO file, you burn it onto a CD and boot from it. The wizard talks you through the steps.One more thing before you leave: If you need to find the Product Key for any office product, read how to do it in “Five Smart Fixes for Dumb PC Annoyances.”This Week’s Roundup of Time WastersPeople Bucket, a physics-based game, is a total waste of time. The instructions are contradictory, because I have to cross the red line. But if you think about bouncing off walls, you may do okay.Draw Things is a simple personality test. Draw a house, a tree, or a person, and it will give you an insight into your “real personality.” It may even tell you if you should upgrade to Vista or switch to a Mac. [Thanks, John M.]If you like strategy games, take a shot at Desktop Tower Defense. Invaders are going to smash your desktop unless you’re smart enough to build a maze of artillery for them to follow–and get blasted to the bit bucket.How old is your brain? It’s a question you might not want answered. Unless you read Japanese, you’ll need some help. [Thanks, Shari K.]Here’s the procedure:Click StartWait for the 3, 2, 1 to disappear and then quickly memorize the position of the numbers on the screen.Click the circles in order from the smallest number to the largest number.The site tells you how old your brain is.You, or at least your character, Adam, can’t remember a thing. Do a couple of things right, survive an interrogation, and who knows, you might finish CDX next week.Some people collect coins. Others watch birds. These guys are into extreme catapulting.Steve Bass writes PC World’s monthly “Hassle-Free PC” column and is the author of “PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Personal Computer,” available from Amazon.com. He also writes PC World’s daily Tips & Tweaks blog. Sign up to have Steve’s newsletter e-mailed to you each week. Comments or questions? Send Steve e-mail. Brought to you by PCWorld Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

US travel industry grapples with fallout from Trumps latest travel ban

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Posted by Tags: America, Donald Trumpcenter_img Travelweek Group TORONTO — The U.S. travel industry is gearing up for a bumpy road ahead as it deals with the negative fallout from President Trump’s new travel ban.In the days leading up to yesterday’s new executive order, the U.S. Travel Association urged the Trump administration to include language making clear that the U.S. welcomes and values legitimate international business and leisure travelers.The plea came amid mounting signs that President Trump’s initial order, which imposed restrictions on visitors from certain high-risk countries and pledged a security review of overall visa procedures, has had a broad chilling effect on demand for international travel to the U.S.U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said he believes many international travellers may have drastically misunderstood Trump’s intentions as wanting to discourage international visitors generally, not just those who pose a security risk.“Security is a top priority for the U.S. travel community, but it’s critical to balance both sides of the ledger: make clear who is not welcome, but also who remains welcome,” Dow said. “Not doing so would be to double-down on doubts, discontent and division that risk significant economic harm.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesInbound international travel is the No. 1 U.S. services export, and No. 3 export overall.While narrower in scope, the revised travel ban handed down yesterday “still sends a horrible message to the world, to Muslim-Americans, and to minority communities across the country, without any demonstrable benefit to national security,” said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring yesterday.The revised travel order, taking effect March 16, leaves Iraq off the list of banned countries but still affects would-be visitors from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya. It takes effect March 16.The original travel ban caused immediate panic and chaos at airports around the country as Homeland Security officials scrambled to interpret how it was to be implemented and travellers were detained before being sent back overseas or blocked from getting on airplanes abroad. The order quickly became the subject of several legal challenges and was ultimately put on hold last month by a federal judge in Washington state. That ruling was upheld by a federal appeals court.“This travel ban is an improvement over the January 27th version, as it is narrower in scope and provides greater clarity about those travelers who would not be subject to the ban,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“The specific exemption for legal permanent residents, dual nationals and current visa holders will help mitigate confusion for the international traveling public.”“Any increased restrictions on passenger travel must be based in safety and security to ensure that the ability to travel is not impeded unnecessarily. It will remain a focus of the business travel industry to hold disruptions to a minimum, and we will continue to monitor the implementation of this ban closely.”About US$185 million in U.S. business travel bookings were lost in the week following the January U.S. travel ban, as the uncertainty surrounding travel in general had a ripple effect on traveller confidence, according to the GBTA.Dow says international travel is integral to the president’s stated economic priorities. “As a businessman and hospitality entrepreneur, it is safe to say he never intended to discourage legitimate travellers from coming to the U.S.” U.S. travel industry grapples with fallout from Trump’s latest travel banlast_img read more

Egypt pulls TV spots warning about foreigners

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories “Nothing has changed and the … campaign has been one of the state intelligence tricks” to turn the public against the revolution, said Bothiana Kamel, a TV presenter and activist. She recounted incidents during uprising when she said people would attack her, calling her “khawaga” or “foreigner.”She said that when she attends conferences in the United States, she is accused by Egyptian media as an “American agent.”Since the ruling generals took power in February 2011, there have been several instances of bands of self-styled spy-catchers arresting and turning over foreigners to authorities, accusing them of “subversive” activities such as photographing streets or bridges or talking with protesters at Tahrir Square.The military arrested Israeli-U.S. citizen Ilan Grapel on suspicion of spying, expelled an Iranian diplomat, also for alleged spying, and repeatedly warned Egyptians about the “foreign hands” seeking to undermine their country.While activists have taken to Twitter and Facebook to voice their anger at the announcements, many have also joked about what they saw as a crude campaign.“I met a spy today, dressed like a taxi driver. He kept asking me where he should take me, and I never told him, of course! But I was late for work,” one quipped on Twitter. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help It is not clear which state agency ordered production of the TV announcements. But some pointed the finger at Egypt’s security agencies, including intelligence and military intelligence, which have a long-standing xenophobic culture. The agencies have remained largely intact after Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in the uprising, which left power in the hands of a military council led by Mubarak’s defense minister of 20 years.Ahmed Maher, co-founder of April 6, one of the youth groups that steered the uprising, described the spots as “deceptive to spread fear of conspiracies and tarnish the image of the revolutionaries by indicating that dealing with foreign journalists leads to leaking dangerous information about Egypt.”Last year, Maher’s group was accused by the military rulers of having a “foreign agenda” and of receiving funding and training from abroad, claims that suggest plotting against the country with foreign help.Maher demanded parliament summon Minister of Information Anis, a former army general, over what he called the “sneaky” messages. Anis, according to the media official, asked “media experts” to examine the content and decide whether to ban the announcements. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. One opens with a blond-haired young man scanning a cafe while a narrator says:“From the beginning, he knows why he is here and sets up his goal. He won’t have to spend much time getting to know the people in the place.” The foreigner then spots three young Egyptians and heads over to them, saying in broken Arabic: “I love you so much.” The narrator says: “Our generosity has no limits,” as one of the Egyptians stands up, shakes hands and invites the foreigner to sit with them.It goes on to show the visitor smiling slyly and narrowing his eyes while listening intently to the Egyptians complaining about the economy and talking about overhearing a plot against the ruling military council in the subway. The narrator warns Egyptians not to share with outsiders their woes about the economy or political situation.Both spots close with: “Every word comes with a price. A word can save a nation.”Claims of a “meddling foreign hand” found resonance among many Egyptians during and after the uprising. The revolt was driven by youthful activists who relied heavily on social networking sites.But some among the wider public have mixed feelings about foreigners and suspect the United States, Israel and others are scheming against their nation and Islam, the faith of most Egyptians. At the same time, they worry about losing the country’s main source of income, tourism.center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s government has pulled TV public service announcements that warned against talking to foreigners because they might be spies after critics charged the spots fueled xenophobia and aimed to tarnish those behind last year’s uprising.The two spots ran on state and private television stations for a few days before Minister of Information Ahmed Anis ordered them off the air, a media official said Sunday. The ruling military and state media have stoked anti-American sentiment before during the transition to democratic rule, accusing Americans of backing the uprising even as Egypt continued to receive more than $1 billion dollars in annual aid from the United States.Last July, a state-run magazine cover depicted new U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson holding a burning wad of dollars to the wick of a bomb wrapped in an American flag. The headline read: “The ambassador from hell who lit a fire in Tahrir.” Cairo’s Tahrir Square was the birthplace of the anti-Mubarak uprising.That was the beginning of a wider crackdown on U.S.-funded democracy groups, whose employees have been formally charged with using illegal foreign funding to foment unrest in Egypt. Troops stormed offices of a number of such groups, including four American nonprofit groups.In all, 43 pro-democracy workers were referred to trial but under heavy U.S. pressure, six Americans were allowed to leave the country. One of them was Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.They are still being tried in absentia along with some Egyptian employees.During the uprising, foreigners _ especially journalists _ were targeted, beaten up by citizens or snatched by plainclothes security agents. State TV at the time aired alleged phone conversations with witnesses who said protesters were paid in euros and infiltrated by foreigners. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   last_img read more

Members of US Congress urge Tillerson to take strong stance on Turkish

first_imgBy Apostolis ZoupaniotisThirty-six members of the US House of Representatives encouraged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to continue the active engagement by the State Department in the Eastern Mediterranean, including against Turkish threats concerning the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).In a letter, the Representatives urged Tillerson to maintain a strong stance against rhetoric and provocations that threaten the spirit of cooperation and progress that has emerged in the region in recent years.On July 13 energy giant Total is scheduled to begin exploratory drilling off Cyprus.“We are writing to encourage continued active engagement by the State Department in the Eastern Mediterranean, and in particular to urge a strong stance against rhetoric and provocations that threaten the spirit of cooperation and progress that has emerged in the region in recent years,” the letter said.“The burgeoning ties between Cyprus, Greece and Israel should be of particular importance to the United States. Beyond sharing democratic values, the three countries are increasingly collaborating in energy, counterterrorism, and tourism — fields that can contribute to European energy independence, promote economic stability in southern Europe and the Middle East, and help counter regional extremism and terrorism,” they added.Israel’s partnerships with Greece and Cyprus, it said, ensure the security of Israel’s Mediterranean border. “Israel’s strategic depth has always been a challenge, even more so now while the region is experiencing deteriorating security. Greece and Cyprus allow the Israeli Air Force to conduct exercises over their territory.  The three countries exchange intelligence and have conducted search and rescue missions together.  Greece and Cyprus are only the second and third countries, after the US, with which Israel has signed a ‘status of forces agreement.’”.Futhermore, they note that cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean has the power to create partnerships where there was once conflict.“Energy collaboration has facilitated and furthered important regional conversations.  Consistent high-level contacts and trilateral summits involve other regional stakeholders including the EU, Italy, Egypt and Lebanon, providing opportunities for diplomatic engagement between these nations — engagement that otherwise might not occur,” it said.“Further, these new energy sources promise to allow key US allies and partners to decrease their energy dependence on suppliers like Russia and Iran”.It is vital, they said, “that the State Department continue active engagement in the region — not just for the benefit of the US and Israel — but because the cooperation facilitated by natural gas finds is not without challenges.  Turkey, which stands to benefit greatly from energy exploration, repeatedly violates Greece’s air and sea territory and has issued numerous threats against the continued exploration in and exploitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus. Cyprus’ EEZ is safeguarded under international law and has been consistently supported by the United States government. There is also a long-standing dispute over which nation controls a maritime area off the coast of the Israel-Lebanon border”.“With so much progress and potential at stake, we urge you to publicly reaffirm the commitment of the United States to support energy exploration and exploitation in the Eastern Mediterranean in a manner consistent with long-standing US policy. Further, we look forward to the ongoing engagement of the State Department in facilitating and supporting diplomatic, military and economic cooperation among allies in the region,” they concluded.This letter is the latest product of the partnership between the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC).  HALC and AJC worked with the Congressional Hellenic Israel Alliance (CHIA) caucus and its two chairmen – Gus Bilirakis and Ted Deutch – launched the letter in time for the back to back conferences of the AJC and PSEKA.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more