Hilton the shark heads south after long sojourn off Nova Scotia coast

first_imgHALIFAX – A well-loved great white shark has finally taken his leave from Canadian waters and is heading south for the holidays, but not before sending well wishes to his northerly fans.Hilton, a tagged shark who has his own Twitter feed and more than 18,000 followers, posted a message that he had ventured to the coast of New Hampshire following a lengthy sojourn off Nova Scotia.“Where do I find Christmas celebrations in New England?” the cheeky 600-kilogram great white said in his latest tweet, which features a map showing his latest ping Sunday night along with a Santa emoji.Just before his departure, Hilton — or more precisely the humans handling his social media — shared his fondness for the area with his followers.“#IWillNeverForgetTheTime I spent in Nova Scotia. Onward to new destinations,” he tweeted, receiving 127 likes along with responses from some saying they hope he will return to the area next summer.Hilton first appeared on Nova Scotia’s south shore in early August, charming locals with a wry Twitter feed chronicling his movements.The almost four-metre-long shark was tagged by the research group Ocearch in March in South Carolina.The group says Hilton’s stay off the province may suggest it is a breeding ground for the species, which could help unravel the mysterious mating habits of great white sharks.Ocearch founder Chris Fischer said the shark may have stuck around the area, despite a few detours, in a bid to find a potential mate, saying: “They should only have one thing on their mind and that’s making baby sharks.”Based on Ocearch’s findings, shark migration patterns in Nova Scotia’s southern waters are consistent with there being a breeding site in the area.Fischer said the U.S.-based group is hoping to get Ottawa’s permission to launch an expedition in Eastern Canada next fall to scout out potential mating sites in the area. He wants to tag between 20 and 50 sharks in the region.Hilton wasn’t the only tagged shark that has been spotted around Nova Scotia.A 300 kilogram great white shark affectionately known as Pumpkin was detected in the Minas Basin in July. A 900 kilogram great white named Lydia, who also has her own Twitter account managed by Ocearch, was spotted around Sable Island in 2013 and 2016.last_img read more

The Moroccan minister with a sweet tooth and Benkirane

first_imgRabat- Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Morocco, an Islamist Party leader named Benkirane won the elections of 2011 and formed a coalition government in which he appointed a minister for Administrative Reform named Abdeladim Guerrouj and who was thought to be the youngest minister in Moroccan history. The story has it that this young and promising minister, on the eve of the reshuffle of the government, sensed that he was going to be in charge of another department (i.e. education) and made a big purchase of chocolate to offer to guests on the occasion of the baptism of his first child and made his ministry pay for it on his last day in this department.Abdeladim (meaning the great in Arabic) maybe thought this would go unseen, but unfortunately for him, the minister who came followed him  wanted to start his term with a clean slate. Though from the same party he ordered an inquiry on his predecessor’s financial statement and discovered this gross misconduct. He informed his party leader who conducted an investigation and came to the conclusion that it is indeed a case of embezzlement of public funds. He, in turn, informed his party and threw the hot potato in the lap of the poor Islamist Head of Government Benkirane. In the meantime, the great little minister Abdeladim, with the sweet tooth, has recognized his misconduct but sadly has not resigned, as is the case in many democracies. On the contrary, he is clinging to his seat and the many perks it offers without any shame whatsoever. Oh! I forgot to say that in Morocco, ministers never resign, they are made to resign and this is a very important difference in the cultural ethics of this country.Candy for bitter realityIncidentally, another minister, the socialist Habib El Malki who was in charge of the Ministry of Education some time ago, was known for his daily veracious appetite for expensive chocolate. This minister, without any shame whatsoever had the chocolate delivered to his ministry every morning and the taxpayer paid the bill.It so seems that the Ministry of Education that they are in charge of is so bitter in substance that they have to take some good quality chocolate to sweeten the state of affairs there. Indeed, they are right, after over half a century of independence, Morocco has failed to come up with an acceptable educational system. The Ministry of Education is the most budgetivore (in the sense of carnivore, if you please), as it swallows over 25% of the national budget with very little return. In higher education, over thirteen public universities generate thousands of graduates every year, most of whom end up unemployed. These graduates can be spotted fruitlessly demonstrating near Parliament on an almost daily basis.The great Abdeladim, realizing that he will be in charge of this troublesome ministry, decided to take some chocolate for a good start, maybe taking an example from the socialist minister who made it a rule to start his day with expensive chocolate in order to face the elements. Sadly, the socialist minister achieved nothing with his daily intake of this candy because education, during his tenure, went from bad to worse.As for this poor young minister, great in chocolate intake and small in righteousness, he might face, in the weeks to come, the sack from both his ministerial post and his party position. For he has embarrassed, beyond belief, both his party boss Al Ansar and the Head of Government Benkirane, who has promised over and over to fight corruption.  Baha! Please hand Benkirane a bar of chocolateWill Benkirane sack this young minister to set an example for the rest of his unruly, plethoric team (see my article entitled “Morocco: too much government kills government” published by MWN on 24 January 2014) or will he procrastinate in order to avoid the fall of his coalition. Either decision is bitter for Benkirane. I trust his sidekick Minister of State Baha ought to offer him some chocolate to get on with his bitter tenure. Poor Benkirane. He is receiving a blow after a blow and the last thing he would have wanted is a corrupt minister in his ranks.One of the salient points of his electoral platform was to fight corruption, money embezzlement, and illegal transfer of funds to foreign banks. So far, however, he has shied away from fulfilling any of his promises and, as time goes on, his popularity sinks further and further. By the end of his term he will probably drown completely, the poor soul.Corruption in Morocco is sadly endemic. Many officials consider corruption money as a perk that goes with their office and the same is true of misuse of public funds and embezzlement. Officials use public money at will, with no qualms, because the state is very lax with them if they don’t get caught. Those that are caught face a variety of sentences. Some are punished by imprisonment while others are, at worst, only fired. Furthermore  the state rarely asks them to repay the stolen money, unless it is a truly large sum.In the Moroccan vernacular, language corruption is referred to by the cover term hlawa meaning “a candy or a sweet”. So, if an individual wants something achieved quickly bypass all laws possible, he has to give hlawa money to the official in charge. The chocolate the two honorable ministers paid for with public money is, for them, undoubtedly a perk of their office, no more. They might even think that they did nothing wrong and that is very bad because it means that corruption is deeply ingrained in the Moroccan officials’ psyche, and that is unfortunate.The great Abdeladim Guerrouj, prior to his chocolate episode when he started his ministerial tenure, spoke of transparency and efficiency in practice, now I wonder what he meant and why he used these terms if he was not going to stand by their message. That will remain a ministerial mystery; maybe we will never know what he meant in the first place.The other chocolate minister Habib El Malki, the great socialist in discourse only, of course, was very straightforward in his attitude towards the philistines. Apparently, the first thing he did on becoming Minister of Education, he ordered the employees to use a back door so that he can have the stately front entrance for his exclusive use. He also ordered an elevator built for his own personal use; it cost the ministry millions of centimes. The socialist minister wanted to prove, by all this, that he is special and thus deserves to have chocolate delivered to his office on a daily basis, not paying any attention to possible criticism from the press because of his palace umbrella, bearing in mind that he was always the preferred socialist of the late King Hassan II and his sole interlocutor in the party he belongs to.By not sacking the chocolate minister and not acting on corruption and illegal money transfers abroad, Benkirane is proving to the people who gave him their votes to undertake important changes within the Moroccan political scene that he is, in the end, no different from his predecessors he criticized when he was in the opposition. Benkirane’s various promises to put an end to all forms of corruption and to set up good governance prove to be merely empty promises and hot air, no more.In two years, he will have to face the electorate again in the upcoming legislative elections and the voters will certainly square up against him and his Islamist government will go down history as a government of “much ado about nothing,” that will ultimately go down the drain. The moral of the storyIf you have a sweet tooth in Morocco, better consume Moroccan almond cookies ka’b ghzal “gazelle corns,” with mint tea, they are delicious and safe and by all means stay away from foreign expensive chocolate! It only brings misfortune and bad luck to you and your surroundings. Be warned.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Human trafficking victims address UN event as Ban calls for broadbased action

22 October 2009The United Nations hosted a special event at its New York Headquarters today for the victims and survivors of human trafficking, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issuing a broad-based call to action for States to tackle the root causes and ensure swift justice against the perpetrators. “Our fight against human trafficking is guided by three Ps: prevention, protection and prosecution,” he said in an opening address at the event at which four survivors bore living witness with accounts of their own horrific plight, including a girl who was abducted at age 14 by Ugandan rebels and kept as a sex slave for eight years.“We must also empower victims. They need support systems, information and education. They need viable ways to earn a living. They also need criminal justice systems to pursue traffickers, and subject them to serious penalties. Conviction rates in most countries are microscopic compared to the scope of the problem. But when States help victims, the victims can help States break up trafficking networks.”Mr. Ban cited a litany of abhorrent practices, including debt bondage, forced labour, torture, organ removal, sexual exploitation and slavery-like conditions. “Human trafficking injures, traumatizes and kills individuals. It devastates families and threatens global security,” he declared of a worldwide industry that generates billions of dollars in profit at the expense of millions of victims.“Human trafficking touches on many issues, from health and human rights to development and peace and security. Our response must be equally broad, and must tackle this challenge at its roots,” he added, noting that the global economic crisis is making the problem worse as jobs and food get scarcer and rising social exclusion makes minorities and women especially vulnerable. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, whose office organized the Giving Voice to the Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking Special Event, stressed that persisting economic disparities, conflict and discrimination, particularly against women and migrants, continue to push those least able to protect themselves into dangerous situations from which they cannot escape.Central to the battle “is eradicating discrimination and the unjust distribution of power that underlie trafficking, that grant impunity to traffickers, and that deny justice to victims,” she said. “A victim-centred approach to trafficking demands that we listen to the victims and survivors of trafficking. We must use their first-hand insights to craft better and more effective responses.”She added that according to international trafficked persons should not be subjected to summary deportations, nor held in detention or prosecuted for immigration or other offences that are a direct outcome of their situation. They should be given the support to recover their dignity and rights and their mobility should not be further curtailed, nor should they be denied the right to make decisions. Victims who addressed the event included Charlotte Awino, abducted at age 14 by Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in Uganda and kept as a sex slave for eight years; Buddhi Gurung from Nepal, trafficked for labour to Iraq to work on a United States military base; Kika Cerpa from Venezuela, forced into prostitution by a man she thought of as her boyfriend; and Rachel Lloyd, an activist who survived commercial sexual exploitation as a teenager and started a New York organization to aid girls victimized by sex traffickers.Today’s event came on the eve of the presentation to the General Assembly of the latest report on the scourge by UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons Joy Ngozi Ezeilo. read more

With the Bank of Canada holding interest rates … just how vulnerable

TORONTO — Equifax Canada says consumer delinquencies climbed higher in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the credit monitoring company warns that rising delinquency rates are likely to become the norm this year.It says the 90-day mortgage delinquency rate rose by 1.5 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2017 to 0.18 per cent at the end of last year.The comparable non-mortgage rate was up 0.4 per cent to 1.07 per cent.Equifax says total Canadian consumer debt including mortgages increased to nearly $1.91 trillion in the fourth quarter, up from $1.82 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2017.The average non-mortgage debt for consumers was $23,520, up three per cent compared with a year earlier.“Bankruptcies are up 15 per cent in the last half of 2018 and the small increase in delinquency rates mask some underlying weakness,” Equifax Canada vice-president Bill Johnston said in a statement.“Rising delinquency is likely to become the norm in 2019.”Equifax’s report comes the day before the Bank of Canada announces it interest rate decision. Canadians using their homes as ATMs in a swooning housing market put financial system at risk: DBRS Budget woes? FP Live experts can help with your household finances The number of Canadians finding it tough to make ends meet is going up read more

Deer carcass located at end of driveway

A deer carcass was left at the end of the driveway at a home on King Street in Tillsonburg in the early morning hours on April 9.The homeowners contacted police to report the mischief around 10 a.m. when they noticed the remains in the driveway.If anyone has any information that can assist with the investigation they are being asked to contact the Oxford County OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122.

Water disruptions scheduled during Reading Week

Several buildings on campus will be affected during Reading Week as work continues on the potable water main replacement project.A full schedule of water shutdowns on campus include:Walker Complex, Academic SouthWater shutdown: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7 a.m.Water restored: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 10 p.m.Affects: Washrooms, shower facilities, custodial sinks, drinking fountains and the Hungry Badger Welch Hall, Scotiabank Hall, Alphie’s TroughWater shutdown: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 a.m.Water restored: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 10 p.m. Affects: Washrooms, custodial sinks, drinking fountains, the General Brock Store, Alphie’s Trough kitchen and washrooms.Thistle Complex, Tim Hortons westWater shutdown: Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 a.m.Water restored: Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m.Affects: Washrooms, custodial sinks, drinking fountains and Tim Hortons westSchmon Tower, Market Hall and Tim Hortons eastWater shutdown: Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 a.m.Water restored: Thursday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.Affects: Washrooms, custodial sinks, drinking fountains, locker rooms, Tim Hortons (in east Thistle Complex), Guernsey Market and kitchenCentral Utilities BuildingWater shutdown: Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 a.m.Water restored: Thursday, Oct. 12, noonAffects: Washrooms, custodial sinks, drinking fountains and process (make-up) waterVallee Residence, Earp Residence and Central Utilities BuildingWater shutdown: Saturday, Oct. 14, 4 a.m.Water restored: Saturday, Oct. 14, 7 a.m.Affects: Washrooms, bathrooms, custodial sinks, drinking fountains and process (make-up) waterMackenzie Chown Complex, Inniskillin HallWater shutdown: Saturday, Oct. 14, 4 a.m.Water restored: Saturday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m.Affects: Washrooms, custodial sinks, lab sinks, drinking fountains, eyewash stations and emergency deluge showers read more

AG presents case to strike out Red House matter

The Attorney General Basil Williams, SC today presented before Chief Justice Acting Yonnette Cummings Edwards reasons why the legal proceedings on the Red House dispute should be thrown out.Williams contended that the court has no jurisdiction on the matter since the Red House lease is invalid and therefore could not be pleaded in any court of justice.He argued that the Red House should have been treated in the manner of a transport as is required by law.The AG further reasoned that no one can come to a court to sue the President or challenge any actions taken by the President.Attorney at Law, Anil Nandlall, in his affidavit, recognized that President David Granger had ordered that the Red House lease be revoked.Moreover, the AG contended that Nandlall failed to make full and frank disclosures about his contention in the Red House matter.Against this backdrop, he contended that the court has no jurisdiction and should not even hear the matter.Nandlall, in response, argued that the AG contentions are deeply flawed and that the points made do not relate to the jurisdiction of the court.He posited that they relate to whether the case has merits or not and that those arguments are premature to be made at this stage of the proceedings.According to the Williams, the matter will be called up again on March 2, 2017. (Devina Samaroo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRed House lease challenge: Another conservatory order grantedAugust 10, 2017In “Court”THE RED HOUSE SAGA: AN UPDATEDecember 30, 2016In “Local News”Govt seeks to amend court order on Red HouseFebruary 4, 2017In “Court” read more

Guinea civil unrest to impact mining operations – IHS Report

first_imgCivil unrest in Guinea is likely to escalate around upcoming election cycles and impact mining operations,” according to Murtala Touray, Senior Analyst at IHS Country Risk. IHS assesses that the risk of civil unrest in Guinea is very likely to escalate around and beyond the September 24 parliamentary elections into the 2015 presidential election. Post-election rioting and protests are likely to be driven by political demands, as well as socio-economic demands and ethnic polarization. Fighting between ethnic groups is very likely in the capital and major mining towns, increasing the risks to individuals and causing major property damage.“Given that the country is coming out of more than 50 years of dictatorship and poor management of the economy, the current government is likely to face increasing challenges to meet expectations and diffuse ethnic polarisation,” IHS says.“In the one- to three-year outlook, sporadic violent protests and rioting are likely to increase. This will pose a high risk of operational disruptions for businesses operating in Conakry and collateral damage to mining and construction equipment outside the capital. The risk of contagion to the public sector, and consequent strikes, will increase over the same period, with the potential to add to the violence on the streets of Conakry.”“Elections have been repeatedly postponed since their originally set date in July 2011 following the victory of President Conde (an ethnic Malinke), in the much-disputed November 2010 presidential run-off against Cellou Dalen Diallo (an ethnic Peul). The violence that marred the presidential run-off, mainly ethnically motivated violence between Malinke and Peul supporters, has continued into the organisation of the parliamentary elections.”IHS assesses that the campaign period is likely to experience a new wave of sporadic fighting between supporters of rival candidates and running battles with security forces in Conakry, Kamsar, Boke, N’zerekore, Siguiri, Fria, and Kankan. It assesses that civil unrest is likely to increase after the parliamentary elections as the country prepares for the 2015 presidential election, driven both by opposition protests and strikes in the public sector, in particular at seaports, airports, and banks, and the private sector, especially mining and road construction.Conde’s administration is facing growing economic and financial pressure. The multi-billion-dollar Simandou iron-ore project is facing serious delays, which will undermine the country’s projected economic growth. Moreover, the unending wave of unrest is costing the country in terms of loss of revenue and investments. According to Planning Minister Sekou Toure, the frequent unrest will, this year, cost the economy an estimated $140 million. In June, the European Union issued an ultimatum that, unless the elections were held by October 31, development funds worth $190 million would be frozen.last_img read more

Final 2/22 WWE RAW rating, overall number sees an increase

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Impact Highlights: Lucha Bros unmasked, Kross vs. Moose, Rosemary/James Mitchell This week’s 2/22 WWE RAW drew a 2.73 cable rating with an average audience of 3.88 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 4.201 million viewers, the second hour drew 4.055 million viewers and the third hour closed the night with 3.396 million viewers.This is up from last week’s 2.48 rating with 3.47 million viewers.RAW averaged a 1.35 rating among adults 18-49, up from 1.21 last week.Source: Prowrestling.net, Showbuzzdaily.com Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest SPOILERS: 2/22 NXT UK TV tapings from Coventry, England to air on the WWE Network Twitter Impact Results – 2/22/19 (Tag Title Rematch between The Lucha Bros and LAX)last_img read more

Kovac disappointed with teams inability to close out games

first_imgBayern Munich manager Nico Kovac has revealed his disappointment at his side’s inability to close out games after they conceded a late equalizer to Freiburg on Saturday.The German champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Freiburg in their Bundesliga clash at the Allianz Arena after Lucas Holer scored a leveller for the visitors in the 89th minute after Serge Gnabry had given the champions the lead nine minutes earlier.Kovac insists it was unacceptable for the Bavarians to give up a lead so late as they failed to win for the fourth time in 10 league games this season.“In the second half, we mostly played near the goal of Freiburg. We had to pay attention because they had two strikers in front who could hold the ball up, so the others can follow [on the counter-attack],” he said, according to FourFourTwo.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Gunter was very active on the wings. We got in the lead and as Bayern Munich, we mustn’t give that away.“We have to clear the balls earlier then and not try to play the ball around in the defence. We put Joshua Kimmich in danger.”Before a trip to the Signal Iduna Park to face league leaders, Dortmund on November 10, Bayern host AEK Athens in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.last_img read more

Nautilus to move to smaller Vancouver headquarters

first_imgNautilus Inc. will move its Vancouver headquarters to a smaller building within the Columbia Tech Center campus, a senior executive with the company said Monday.The company, which makes fitness equipment, will leave its current offices at Columbia Center at Columbia Tech Center, 1115 S.E. 164th Ave., by Sept. 1, 2012, for a smaller building to be constructed nearby at Southeast 177th Avenue and Southeast Sixth Way.The move will occur under an agreement Nautilus reached with its landlord, PacTrust Realty Inc., said Bill McMahon, senior vice president of Nautilus’ consumer business.McMahon said Nautilus’ relocation achieves several goals, including saving money for its shareholders, enabling the company to stay on the same campus in east Vancouver and helping PacTrust make room for PeaceHealth’s relocation of jobs to Columbia Center.“We see it as a win,” McMahon said, adding that Nautilus will leave its past behind when it moves to pursue a fresh, consumer-focused future in a new building.last_img read more

Dog valuables stolen from Wilton Manors apartment

first_imgWILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) – – A South Florida man is hoping the public will help reunite him with his dog, days after, he said, the animal was stolen from his apartment.According to Wilton Manors resident Gregory Leoce, someone broke into his apartment, located on Northeast 26th Street and Ninth Avenue, through the kitchen window, Thursday, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.Leoce said the perpetrator, who was caught on surveillance video leading the canine on a lease, also got away with his visiting friend’s laptop computer and passport.He was shocked when his friend, Bryan Castro, alerted him about the break-in. “He texted me and asked if I was home. I said no, and he said, ‘Well, I think your apartment got broken into,’” said Leoce. “He said his computer was missing and my dog was gone. I made him repeat it because I couldn’t believe it.”Gregory LeoceCastro said he quickly noticed Leoce’s 4-year-old dog, Sophie, missing.“The first thing I noticed, Sophie wasn’t here. Then I realize something was wrong here,” Castro said. “I noticed the window was broken and shattered glass everywhere. I decided to go to my room, and my computer was missing. I had my passport in my computer bag and some cash for my international trip, but my biggest concern was the dog.”The heartbroken victim said he lost more than just a pet. “I feel empty,” Leoce said. “I actually lost my best friend last week, so that was hard enough as it was, and then this week now my apartment got broken into, and I lost my other best friend, so it’s been a rough year so far.” Sophie has cancer and needs medication that only Leoce has. Greg is now passing out fliers, hoping that someone will recognize the dog and alert police.“This is unimaginable to me. What kind of person would do something like this?” Leoce said. “She is the sweetest thing, never barks. When they broke in, she probably was giving them kisses. She would go with anybody.”Investigators found fingerprints in the apartment, but it will take up to three months for results to be available.Castro hopes whoever took Sophie will return her soon so she can be medicated.“If you still have the dog, please return it to us or to Channel 7,” Castro said. “We don’t care who you are. We want the dog back, so she can be taken care of.”If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly July 14 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Scientists Use Satellites to Track Polar BearsJoaquin Palomino, APRN – AnchorageWith sea ice in the Arctic melting, the region’s most iconic animal—the polar bear—is in peril.  Researchers have monitored the threatened predator for decades, but tracking bears in remote and harsh climates can be costly and dangerous.  Which is why federal scientists have started using a new tool to study polar bears: satellites.At Democratic Lt. Gov. Debate, Differences In Style Over SubstanceAlexandra Gutirrez, APRN – JuneauWhen voters go to the polls in August, there will be just two statewide primary contests on the ballot. There’s the Republican Senate primary, which is attracting national attention and millions of dollars to match. And then there’s the Democratic lieutenant governor’s race. The two candidates for the Democratic nomination debated Monday at a lightly attended Anchorage Chamber of Commerce event. The pair differed more in style than substance.Flooding Cleanup Starts in JuneauMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauA handful of homes in Juneau are cleaning up after a river flooded over the weekend. The unusual event has become a regular, almost expected occurrence in the Capital City.Entrepreneurs Get Second Chance for AwardsEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauSoutheast Alaska entrepreneurs are getting a second chance to win $40,000 to develop regional businesses. It’s part of a partnership involving a Native corporation and a conservation group that made its first awards last year.Calista Looking to ExpandBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelFacing federal budget slashing and continued pressure on 8(a) contracting, the Calista Regional Native Corporation is continuing to look beyond federal contracts. The company acquired STG, a major construction company last year and is hoping to grow across the economy.Memorial Dedicated to WWII InterneesJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauAfter Pearl Harbor was attacked, Juneau’s Japanese population was forced from their homes and sent to internment camps in the Lower 48. Teenager John Tanaka was among those shipped out. He was the valedictorian of Juneau High School in 1942, but didn’t get to graduate with everyone else. An empty wooden chair was put on stage in his place. Now, a bronze replica of that chair will remain at the Capitol School Park permanently. The sculpture was dedicated at a memorial to the interned on Saturday.“Key Ingredients” Highlights Local FoodsEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageEating is, by nature, a social activity. But these days, with the frenetic pace of American living and a disturbing reliance on fast food, it’s hard to get the whole family together for a meal. Now a traveling Smithsonian exhibit at the Palmer Museum attempts to get people connected to their local foods. A sampling of old time Palmer colonists’ recipes is helping to highlight the use of native grown produce.last_img read more

Ask an Economist How has industry in Alaska changed since 1990

first_imgLogging from the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins /Alaska’s Energy Desk)Over the last few decades in Alaska, some industries have grown, while others suffered. Long term trends can help paint a picture of bigger changes in the state economy.Neal Fried, with the Alaska Department of Labor, is looking at which industries have gained and lost the most jobs since 1990.Interview Highlights:Why change happens: “There are lots of different reasons why there are winners and losers. Some of it’s just consumer taste change, some of it’s major structural economic changes, demographics change, like health care.”Major losers: “The biggest single loser…was the federal government. Which was to some extent surprising. Federal civilian employment. Those are good jobs. They were the top one. They lost almost 2,500 jobs during that period of time.”“One of the biggest ones that really, I would say represents a huge structural change, particularly for Southeast Alaska, was the logging industry. Real significant change for many of the communities in Southeast Alaska, which are still feeling those losses.”Winners: “Not a big surprise, was healthcare. Almost a third of the jobs gained during that period of time were different categories of healthcare. They were big.”“Another sort of interesting one…and maybe not surprising, was restaurants and other eating places. I mean we know that landscape has really changed a lot in Alaska. And a lot of that’s tied to — a lot of it’s consumer taste. It’s something that we just do a lot more than we used to. Some of it’s just, of course, because the population has grown as well. But it’s grown way faster than population.”“I think things have changed significantly. I think the biggest change — and the reason we don’t notice it so much is because it’s something that happens slowly over time. But so much of that growth during that period of time came from the growth in what we’d call our service sector.”last_img read more

ITDA Governing Body meeting held in Khammam

first_imgKhammam: A website for giving details on developmental and welfare activities of Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Bhadrachalam would be launched soon, District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini said on Tuesday. He was addressing the ITDA Governing Body meeting here on Tuesday. The meeting was the first one to be held after the creation of new districts and after a gap of 35 months. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Effective measures to take the benefits of the welfare schemes being implemented by the State government to the beneficiaries at grassroots level would be made. There was a need for teamwork among the officials to achieve this, the Collector said. The issues raised by the elected representatives would be listed in the minutes of the meeting (MoM) and due action would be taken to address them. The copies of the MoM would be sent to the concern legislators, Saini added. The Collector and the ITDA Project Officer VP Gautham explained the development activities being carried out by different departments.last_img read more

Gibson releases InSpectre vulnerability and performance checker

first_imgGibson releases InSpectre vulnerability and performance checker by Martin Brinkmann on January 16, 2018 in Software – Last Update: January 16, 2018 – 63 commentsInSpectre is another free program for Windows that checks for Spectre and Meltdown patches on the system and potential performance impacts.The application offers three core advantages over comparable solutions such as Ashampoo’s Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker: the program requires no Internet connection to make the verification checks, it reveals how much of a performance impact the patches may have on the system, and it gives admins options to disable the protections.InSpectreThe tiny program is available on the Gibson Research website. It has a size of 122 Kilobytes and does not need to be installed. The page makes no mention of compatibility with Windows though. It ran without issues on a Windows 10 Pro system and a Windows 7 Professional system.InSpectre checks on start whether the system is vulnerable to Meltdown or Spectre. It highlights that in the interface immediately and displays the performance impact of the patches on the same screen.Scroll down for detailed information on each of the checks and general information on the vulnerabilities.The program informs you whether the operating system or hardware require updating to protect the device against attacks that target Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities.InSpectre returned the following information on a fully patched Windows 10 Pro system:This 64-bit version of Windows is aware of the Meltdown but not the Spectre problem. Since Intel processors are vulnerable to both of these attacks, this system will be vulnerable to Spectre attacks until its operating system has been updated to handle and prevent this attack.This system’s hardware has not been updated with new features required to allow its operating system to protect against the Spectre vulnerabilities and/or to minimize the impact upon the system’s performance (Protection from the Meltdown vulnerability does not require BIOS or processor updates).InSpectre reveals the performance impact that the patches may have on the system besides that. It does not use benchmarks for that but grades the impact based on the processor and operating system.Microsoft revealed recently that Windows 10 systems are less impacted than Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 systems in regards to performance, and that newer processor families would see less of an impact as well.System administrators may use InSpectre to disable the protection on devices. The intent is to resolve performance issues on older systems. The changes are done in the Windows Registry and described in KB4073119.InSpectre modifies the Registry keys to enable or disable the protections.Closing WordsInSpectre is a well designed software for Windows. The program is portable, requires no Internet connection, and returns the patch status of the system immediately when you run it. The program shows the potential performance impact of these patches and gives administrators options to disable the protection on systems besides that.Related articlesCheck Linux for Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilityFind out if your browser is vulnerable to Spectre attacksFind out if your Windows PC is affected by Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilitiesMicrosoft releases out-of-band security updates to address Intel bugMicrosoft Security Updates January 2018 releaseSummary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 29 votes Software Name InSpectreOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm Advertisementlast_img read more

Nearly 2000 minors turned away over weekend trying to enter Cancun bars

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — As spring break nears, government officials are cracking down on minors trying to enter drinking establishments around the city of Cancun.Over the weekend, officials prevented almost 2,000 underage partygoers from entering drinking establishments in the Cancun Hotel Zone and in the downtown region.Eduardo Mariscal de la Selva, director of Inspection, explained that on Friday they prevented the entry of 780 minors into bars, while on Saturday there were more than 1,200 rejected for being underage.“They are minors who wanted to enter different places in the hotel and downtown area, bars and nightclubs, where in addition to alcohol consumption, they can be at the starting point for other vices,” the official said.“The operative is making sure, during the spring break, Easter and high season, minors are kept out” said Mariscal de la Selva.The ongoing operation is part of the the Federal Commission for Prevention in conjunction with Health Risks (Cofepris), Civil Protection and Commerce in Public Roads. Underage drinking and drug use is a growing problem in the state.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The bloody origins of the Dominican Republics ethnic cleansing of Haitians

first_imgRelated posts:Border village in Haiti struggles with new Dominican rules Hollande in Haiti to promise help from resented France Sad homecoming for Haitians deported from Dominican Republic US Secretary of State Kerry presses Haitian president on long-delayed elections There is an artificial line that splits the island of Hispaniola in two. On one side is Haiti, and on the other is the Dominican Republic.There was a time when that split between the two countries was drawn with blood; the 1937 Parsley Massacre is widely regarded as a turning point in Haitian-Dominican relations. The slaughter, carried out by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, targeted Haitians along with Dominicans who looked dark enough to be Haitian — or whose inability to roll the “r” in perejil, the Spanish word for parsley, gave them away.The Dajabón River, which serves as the northernmost part of the international border between the two countries, had “risen to new heights on blood alone,” wrote Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat.“The massacre cemented Haitians into a long-term subversive outsider incompatible with what it means to be Dominicans,” according to Border of Lights, an organization that commemorated the 75th anniversary of the massacre in 2012.Today, things are as tense on the island as they have been in years. Within days, the Dominican government is expected to round up Haitians — or, really, anyone black enough to be Haitian — and ship them to the border, where they will likely be expelled. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the head of the Dominican Republic’s immigration agency, Army Gen. Ruben Paulino, said his agency will begin patrolling neighborhoods with large numbers of migrants on Thursday.“If they aren’t registered, they will be repatriated,” Paulino said, according to the AP.As the news service noted:His remarks seemed to contradict a statement from Interior Minister Ramon Fadul, who had said there would be no mass deportations or sweeps when the deadline for registration expired Wednesday evening.Paulino, however, said that his agency has 12 buses, seven light trucks and two ambulances ready for migration patrols and that agents and soldiers have been given additional training in human rights in preparation for deportation operations.The government has described it, in terms chillingly reminiscent of the Holocaust, as a “cleansing” of the country’s immigration rolls.Cassandre Theano, a legal officer at the New York-based Open Society Foundations, said the comparisons between the Dominican government’s actions and the denationalization of Jews in Nazi Germany are justified.“We’ve called it as such because there are definitely linkages,” she told The Washington Post this week. “You don’t want to look a few years back and say, ‘This is what was happening and I didn’t call it.’ ”In other words, 78 years later, these are the fruits of Trujillo’s bloody campaign to sow anti-Haitian sentiment in the Dominican Republic.“The root cause is discrimination; it’s really a long-standing discrimination against those of Haitian descent,” said Marselha Goncalves Margerin, ‎advocacy director for the Americas at Amnesty International. “The Dominican Republic has not been able to establish a strong policy to combat it.”It also has its roots in little-known American history, Danticat, the Haitian American author, noted in an interview last year:One thing that is not mentioned as often is that early in the 20th century (1915 to 1934 for Haiti, and 1916 to 1924 for the D.R.), the entire island was occupied by the United States. Then again, in the D.R. in the 1960s, Trujillo – who not only organized a massacre, but wiped out several generations of Dominican families – was trained during the occupation by U.S. Marines and put in power when they pulled out. Same with the Haitian army that terrorized Haitians for generations. It is not a matter of blame but a matter of historical record.The discrimination starts with the long-standing practice of not recognizing as Dominican people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican Republic. Instead, they are lumped in with a second group: Haitian migrants who came to the country — sometimes brought by force — to work in the sugarcane fields.Then, in 2013, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that no longer would people born in the Dominican Republic automatically be considered citizens. The rule, the court decided, would retroactively apply to anyone born after 1929.The change overwhelmingly affects Haitians and people of Haitian descent. And its impact reaches back generations.In reality, Theano said, “cleaning” the Dominican registration rolls to root out fraud and non-citizens entails identifying Haitian-sounding names, then forcing Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent to prove that they are citizens.The deadline for procuring the documents necessary to prove citizenship if you were born in the Dominican Republic lapsed in February. And on Wednesday, the deadline for migrants to “regularize” their statuses will also expire.What happens Thursday is unknown.“People are concerned that they will be indiscriminately targeting people who are darker skinned, black Dominicans, Dominican Haitians and Haitian migrants,” said Theano. “There is no science behind how they pick people.“They literally look at you and decide whether you fit the profile or not.”© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Woman on remand in north for reading books

first_imgA 48-year-old woman, a senior member of the Turkish Cypriot Republican Party (CTP), was arrested in the north on Monday in connection with possession of a book that is banned in Turkey, written by leader of the Kurdish Workers’ Party, the PKK.Bengul Garginsu, who is of Kurdish origin, has been remanded in custody for two days accused of possessing a banned book and PKK propaganda.The PKK is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the USA, the EU and Japan.Her lawyer told Yeni Duzen newspaper that his client was accused of reading books. He said the authorities in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway state did not even know the contents of the book. He denied that she was engaging in propaganda on behalf of the PKK.Reports said a PKK flag was also found at her home.People took to social media wondering whether there was a list of banned books in the north like in Turkey. Academics, politicians and journalists asked for the list to be published if it existed.There were also suggestions of human rights violations since authorities essentially raided a house and arrested someone for reading a book.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado 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 AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more