first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the Delhi University students’ union polls, the RSS-affiliated ABVP on Tuesday installed statues of Veer Savarkar, Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh ‘without due permission’ outside the gate of the varsity’s Arts Faculty in north campus. The move has been criticised by the Congress-affiliated NSUI and Left-backed AISA which said Savarkar cannot be kept on the same pedestal as Bose and Singh.ABVP-led Delhi University Students’ Union president Shakti Singh said they had approached the varsity administration repeatedly for permission to install the statues but there was no response from it. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We had been approaching the administration for permission since November last year but there has been no response. I requested them for permission again on August 9 but to no avail. Their silence forced us to take the step,” he said. Singh said they will protest if the administration tries to remove the statues. National Students’ Union of India’s Delhi unit president Akshay Lakra criticised the ABVP move, saying, “You cannot put Savarkar on the same pedestal as Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose.” “If the statues are not removed within 24 hours, we will launch a strong protest,” he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAll India Students’ Association’s Delhi unit president Kawalpreet Kaur too concurred with Lakra. “In the garb of Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose, they are trying to give legitimacy to Savarkar’s ideas. This is not acceptable. The place they have put up the statue is not a private property but a public land,” she said. The land falls under the jurisdiction of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). No immediate reaction was available from the varsity. The DU students’ union polls will be held next month though the dates for the same have not yet been announced.last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER — Several killer whales have been hanging out in Vancouver’s harbour, entertaining onlookers and feeding on seals, sea lions and other cetaceans.Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard, director of Marine Mammal Research at Ocean Wise, says the predators called Bigg’s killer whales are discovering hotspots with an abundance of harbour seals and Vancouver’s harbour may be one of those areas.The whales have been spotted in the harbour twice, and Barrett-Lennard’s research team has identified a group of five that came in on Tuesday as being a matriarch and her four offspring, between two and 18 years old.The pod that visited the harbour last week was also a mother travelling with three sons born between 1984 and 1997.The researchers are able to identify each killer whale by the distinctive dorsal fins and white saddle patches on their backs.Bigg’s whales, also known as transients, are still listed as threatened under the Species at Risk Act but the population is recovering with about 300 animals, in contrast to southern residents, which feed mostly on chinook salmon.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Friday arrested a South Delhi Municipal Corporation official for accepting Rs 40,000 in bribe in exchange for giving a job to the complainant, official sources here said. According to officials, CBI identified the accused as Sharvan, an administrative officer in the Health Department of SDMC. He had demanded a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the complainant, a woman to whom he promised a job as a pharmacist in dispensaries under SDMC. Sources added that Sharvan was caught red-handed while accepting the aforementioned amount from the complainant.last_img

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“The Agency’s nuclear security work has clearly improved overall nuclear security,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told the agency’s Board of Governors meeting in Vienna on his latest report on nuclear security and protection against nuclear terrorism. “But much remains to be done in shaping the nuclear security framework, in building up-to-date security systems and in dealing with the legacy of past lax security. This is not a problem that can be solved overnight; it takes time and resources to achieve a sustainable, internationally acceptable baseline level of nuclear security,” he said. Expertise for protection at major events is just one of element is the IAEA’s arsenal of measures. The Agency already provided support in the preparations of July’s Pan American Games in Brazil. Mr. ElBaradei noted that over the past 12 months the IAEA continued to expand Member State participation in the Illicit Trafficking Database and that nuclear security training had been provided to some 1,650 individuals from 90 countries. The Agency assisted in improving physical protection at facilities in nine States. “More than 900 items of security related equipment were supplied to Member States, including border detection equipment for 29 countries,” he said. “Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans were completed in 38 countries, and the agreed activities have been planned or are being implemented in each of the States concerned.” The international community has taken on board a variety of international instruments relevant to nuclear security and he welcomed the rapid entry into force of the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. “However, progress on ratifying the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material remains slow,” he stressed, noting that only 11 of 128 States Parties had so far accepted the Amendment. The Agency is foreseen as playing an important role in implementing these instruments.“To that end, we have started an effort to provide nuclear security guidance that would facilitate implementation,” Mr. ElBaradei said. “This and other programme changes entail transitioning from a situation in which strengthening nuclear security has been addressed as an ad hoc reaction to the prevailing threat of nuclear terrorism to a situation in which nuclear security will be addressed in a normative, sustainable manner.” 10 September 2007The United Nations atomic watchdog agency is providing expertise to support the security of major public events against the threat of nuclear terrorism, including ongoing preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. read more

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High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers arrived in Tehran last night for two full days of talks with senior Iranian officials, including the ministers of the interior, foreign affairs, and labour and social affairs. He will also meet with donors, and UNHCR’s partners in ongoing repatriations to Afghanistan and Iraq.On Thursday Mr. Lubbers will go to Kandahar in Afghanistan to meet with the local authorities and visit a camp for internally displaced Afghans. The next day he is scheduled to hold discussions with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, the Afghan capital, where he will also meet with the ministers of finance, foreign affairs, interior, refugees and repatriation, and rural reconstruction and development. On Sunday, he will leave for Pakistan to meet with the Prime Minister and senior ministers. The mission will end on Tuesday. read more

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Ohio State Is Always Facing High Expectations — Scandal Or Not

2Ohio StateFootball6594 RKTeamSportCountRate* *In preseason polls since 1976-77 season for women’s basketball, 1961-62 for men’s basketball and 1950 for football.Source: College Poll Archive Ohio State has at least five more appearances on the AP preseason poll than any team in any sport, having qualified in 94 percent of available seasons. Since 1989, Ohio State’s average ranking in the preseason AP poll is 10.3. And perhaps no team dominates the opening month of the season like Ohio State, which has gone 21-2 over the last six years in the month of September, winning by an average margin of more than 30 points per game. But preseason rankings aren’t always pinpoint precise: Ohio State typically underperforms relative to its lofty preseason ranking.AP preseason polls typically draw from blue-blood schools, so it’s no surprise that other well-heeled programs like the football teams at Oklahoma and USC and the men’s basketball team at Kentucky are among the most-ranked.But on the gridiron, no team is accustomed to high expectations like the Buckeyes. Columbus has produced the second-most first-round NFL draft picks all time, and the team is expected not only to win, but to dominate. In this weekend’s season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State opened as 38-point favorites, the most lopsided betting line of any opening-week contest for a ranked team. “A place like Ohio State, we’re expected to win every game we play,” Meyer has said. “There’s not many places like that.” Those are expectations that Meyer also noted aren’t always “easy to embrace.” But players and coaches alike should recognize that’s what they’ve signed up for in Columbus: a culture of on-field success, national title aspirations and a preseason ranking. TexasFootball5275 The year was 1956. Ohio State’s college football program was ranked fifth in the annual Associated Press preseason college football poll and was coming off a season in which they had won all but two games. Expectations for a strong season were, no doubt, high.But head coach Woody Hayes was in hot water with the Big Ten for providing loans to his players, and after an investigation, the conference put the team on probation for one year and banned it from playing in that season’s Rose Bowl.Sixty-two years later, Ohio State is once again entering the season with a No. 5 preseason ranking, having won all but two games the previous season. Controversy blankets the campus once more: Head coach Urban Meyer has been suspended for the opening three games of the season after an investigation concluded that he had mishandled domestic assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.High expectations are nothing new in Columbus. For about as long as college football has been around, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been a force. In the annals of the sport’s history, only Michigan (943) — oh, the irony — and Notre Dame (906) have won more games than the Buckeyes (898).1Excluding Yale, which is not currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team. Since the turn of the century, only Boise State, which has played in three non-Power-Five conferences over that stretch, has won more total games than Ohio’s flagship university.And that prodigious success isn’t lost on Associated Press voters.Ohio State has failed to make the poll just four times in the 69-year history of the poll, most recently in 1988. That was John Cooper’s first year at the helm after taking over for the fired Earle Bruce. Cooper wouldn’t miss another preseason poll. Hayes only missed out in 1966 and 1967, the lone instance of the team failing to crack the AP preseason poll in consecutive years.Which got us thinking: Does Ohio State dominate this poll more than any team in any sport dominates its preseason poll? AP voters produce a preseason, weekly and postseason poll for three college sports: football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. In 1989, the polls expanded to a 25-team format, which remains the current standard.Across the three sports, only the Tennessee Volunteers women’s basketball program has been more of a mainstay on the preseason poll than the Ohio State football team, according to data from the website College Poll Archive. Tennessee has made the AP preseason poll 98 percent of the time. It’s missed just once in the poll’s 42-year history — in 1976, the year the poll was introduced. Largely under their legendary coach, the late Pat Summitt, the Volunteers piled up eight national championships and 18 Final Four appearances, controlling the sport for decades before Connecticut assumed the mantle. 3KentuckyMen’s basketball5088 9GeorgiaWomen’s basketball3276 Appearances North CarolinaMen’s basketball4884 1TennesseeWomen’s basketball4198% 8TexasWomen’s basketball3379 7Notre DameFootball5580 4OklahomaFootball6087 UCLAMen’s basketball4375 The preseason eliteTeams with the highest rate of appearances in AP Top 25 preseason polls in men’s or women’s basketball and college football 5USCFootball5884 10AlabamaFootball5275 read more

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first_imgL’objet geek du week end : le SupaBoy Elle arrive bel et bien! D’abord annoncée en Avril dernier, la sortie de la SupaBoy a été repoussé à cette fin d’année, pour les fêtes de Noël. Mais qu’est-ce que la SupaBoy me direz-vous?On pense de suite à la GameBoy, fameuse portable de Nintendo (les fans d’Akira Toriyama penseraient également à Suppaman, le super zéro de Dr Slump…). Ce n’est pas tout à fait cela. La SupaBoy est un peu la fusion entre la Super Nintendo et la Gameboy, sauf qu’on ne peut lire que les jeux de la première. L’idée de l’américain Hyperkin pourra râvir tous les nostalgiques des années 90. La SupaBoy ressemble comme deux gouttes d’eau à la manette originale de la SNES mais avec un écran de 3,5 pouces au centre (les boutons classiques sont présents, ainsi qu’une prise casque). Vous pourrez donc ressortir vos cartouches antiques et les insérer dans la portable de Hyperkin ! Certes cela prendra un peu de place dans votre sacoche, mais imaginez-vous, dans le train ou le bus en allant au travail, jouant à Zelda: A Link to the Past! La classe absolue.”Un nostalgeek, un vrai de vrai”, penseront-les gens qui vous entourent.Mais attention, ce n’est pas tout. La SupaBoy propose aussi deux ports manettes SNES en façade et une sortie AV. Il sera donc possible de jouer à deux sur une télé (tiens, tiens, ça ressemble à la future Wii U…). Points négatifs: la batterie ne tient que 2h30 et il semblerait que la SupaBoy ne lise que les jeux NTSC, autrement dit les versions US et Japonaises. Pas cool pour les pauvres utilisateurs PAL que nous sommes. La portable est désormais en pré-commande ici, au prix de 79,99 dollars (une soixantaine d’euros) ! Si cela reste abordable, n’oubliez pas que les jeux SNES, surtout les titres phares, peuvent coûter très chers…Le 3 décembre 2011 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgUn chimiste français lance le défi de vivre sans huile de palmeUn jeune chimiste français, Adrien Gontier, a décidé de lancer un défi à l’huile de palme en essayant de ne plus du tout en consommer pendant un an. Une entreprise bien plus complexe qu’on ne pourrait s’y attendre.La surproduction d’huile de palme est depuis longtemps dénoncée par les écologistes. En effet, cette huile est devenue depuis une dizaine d’années la première consommée sur la planète, en raison de son utilisation massive par l’industrie agroalimentaire, et ce malgré l’impact sur la santé des consommateurs de cette huile très riche en acides gras saturés. L’explication de son succès : cette matière grasse est considérée par les industriels comme moins chère et plus stable.Pourtant, la culture de palmiers destinés à fournir l’huile a des conséquences désastreuses : des milliers d’hectares de forêt tropicale sont arrachés chaque année en Malaisie et en Indonésie pour faire place à cette culture intensive. Un ravage qui chasse les populations locales et décime la faune. Pour protester contre cette utilisation, un chimiste français depuis peu adhérent à Greenpeace, Adrien Gontier, s’efforce aujourd’hui de repérer l’huile de palme dans l’ensemble des aliments qu’il fait alors en sorte de ne pas consommer. Sur son blog (http://vivresanshuiledepalme.blogspot.fr), ce jeune homme de 26 ans fait ainsi part de ses trouvailles non seulement dans les biscottes ou les pâtes à tartiner, mais aussi dans les dentifrices ou les déodorants. Ce n’est qu’en juillet que son année sans huile de palme arrivera à son terme. Ce défi, qu’il vit “davantage comme un amusement que comme une contrainte”, est né d’un engagement militant au service de l’écologie. “L’idée de ce défi, c’est d’enquêter pour dénicher l’huile de palme partout où elle se trouve, et de réfléchir à la manière dont on peut s’en passer”, résume-t-il. Mais son engagement va plus loin puisqu’il donne régulièrement des conférences sur le sujet dans des salons bio ou écologistes et envoie des centaines de courriels aux industriels pour leur réclamer davantage de transparence sur les emballages.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Vivre sans huile de palme est en effet un défi de tous les instants, excepté si l’on cuisine soi-même. Mais dès que l’on achète des aliments industriels, l’huile s’y retrouve quasiment sans exception. Des fois, elle est même cachée dans les dérivés tels que les émulsifiants, antioxydants et émollients, notamment. Et le fruit du palmier à huile s’invite aussi là où on ne l’attend pas : dans les produits d’entretien, d’hygiène, dans certains médicaments ou encore dans le carburant diesel, par le biais des agrocarburants.Des produits “maison” pour éviter l’huile de palmeAdrien Gontier a donc mis en place des recettes “maison”. Il réalise sa propre pâte à tartiner aux noisettes, son propre dentifrice (à base de bicarbonate de soude et d’argile verte), son déodorant (fait d’alcool, d’eau florale et de pierre d’alun) ou encore son savon (soude et huile d’olive). Pour aider les autres consommateurs, il a créé un “petit guide vert”, disponible sur son site. Grâce à celui-ci, déchiffrer les étiquettes et dénicher l’huile de palme là où elle se trouve devient un jeu d’enfant.”Je ne suis pas naïf : “huile végétale”, sans plus de précision, c’est presque toujours de la palme”. Mais que dire du “monostéarate de glycérol” ? Encore de l’huile de palme souligne le scientifique qui reconnait : “heureusement que je suis chimiste, sans ça j’aurais du mal à m’y retrouver”. Le 6 juin 2012 à 19:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgSuspect – Jeffreys, Cordarius Deshawn – Male/black, Dob 01/11/92, 5’11” 210 lbs. Transient from TennesseeVictim – Morgan, Muriel – F/W, Born 1926, 5’5″, 140 lbs, Gresham, OregonVictim – Nguyen, Lieng – F/A, Born 1955, 5’2″, 100 lbs, Portland, OregonOn 7/27/11 at about 1420 hours, Cordarius Jeffreys walked onto the MAX station platform at NE 8th and NE Cleveland. According to witnesses, Jeffreys walked straight to Lieng Nguyen and punched her in the head without provocation. She ran away from him to another area on the platform, but he tracked and followed her at a walking pace and eventually got close enough to strike her several more times, again without cause. Nguyen ran completely off the platform towards NE 8th to escape the attack.Jeffreys turned his attention to Muriel Morgan who was sitting peacefully on a bench awaiting a train. The witness told investigating officers Jeffreys began punching Morgan repeatedly in the head with his closed fists. At some point he stopped and paced back and forth in front of the injured woman. Witnesses described Jeffreys as looking at his hands before turning and pummeling Morgan again with a barrage of at least 20 blows with his fists to her head and face. At the end of the attack, Jeffreys simply walked off the platform onto NE 8th. Officers located him and during the contact, Jeffreys resisted arrest. Officers deployed a Taser and subdued Jeffreys into handcuffs. He was taken to and lodged at MCBF on multiple charges including Assault III, Assault IV and Interfering with public transportation.Ms. Nguyen received a contusion to her head and was released at the scene. Ms. Morgan received a broken nose, deep laceration to her head requiring multiple stitches to close. She was taken to OHSU for treatment and released on 7/28/11.Investigating officers believe Jeffreys to be somewhat unstable and perhaps suffering from some type of mental condition. During the interview, he rambled and made little sense when asked questions. All indications at this time are the attack is simply an act of a single unstable individual and there are no known links to any type of gang activity or hate crime.(Replies to this message DO go to the originating party. To add or delete addresses for these emails, send info to craig@FlashAlert.net. For a cumulative list, visit http://www.FlashAlertPortland.net/) News Release from: Gresham Police DeptELDERLY WOMEN ATTACKED AT MAX STATIONPosted: July 28th, 2011 6:45 PMRELEASE DATE: 7/28/11 CONTACT PERSON: Sgt Wallace Coon 503-301-5182 CASE NUMBER: 11-708287.Mentioned:last_img read more

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first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Friday voting in favor of a package of measures aimed at curbing sex trafficking and helping the victims of such crimes. Herrera Beutler noted in a release to the media there have been several high-profile cases of trafficking in the local region. Earlier this month, a 17-year-old Camas teenager went missing and was thought to be a victim of human trafficking. The young woman was found, and there is an investigation into her disappearance. This spring, The Columbian reported on a Vancouver woman who played a role in the prostitution of two teenage girls and was sentenced to a decade in prison. The measures passed by the U.S. House — now heading to the Senate — would allow Department of Justice grants to fund emergency housing for victims of trafficking. The package of bills also aim to ensure states have updated policies on child welfare and identify resources to help train employees of such departments to spot possible cases of human trafficking. Another one of the bills would promote transition foster children more quickly into adoptive homes.“The bills we passed give the professionals who are entrusted with caring for these kids the resources and training they need to better identify when a child has become a victim and to help give them appropriate care,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement. “We also begin to address the need for emergency housing for those children who have been successfully removed from trafficking. As we continue to fight to stop this crime, we also need to help former victims regain structure and normalcy in their lives.”Kay Vail, a Clark County juvenile probation counselor, said sex trafficking in the region is more prevalent than people would assume. She noted that the package would also help tap existing grants to create housing for victims of trafficking, adding that there’s a need for such housing in Clark County.last_img read more

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first_img Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 Macau’s junket industry has called on the government to change its taxation laws in order to help junket operators overcome bad debt concerns.Under current regulations, junkets are taxed on revenue rather than profit, meaning they are forced to pay tax on receivables whether those debts are collected or not. Responding to comments made early Tuesday by DICJ Director Paulo Martins Chan that amendments to Macau’s gaming law was long overdue, Tak Chun Group CEO Levo Chan said addressing the bad debt issues faced by junkets should be seen as a priority.“Taxation reduction is a complicated problem,” he said during a panel session at MGS Entertainment Show. “For the VIP market, the cost is high and the profits quite narrow which makes running our operations quite difficult for us, so if there is some amendment to taxation it can help the industry further develop. If we can reduce tax it will benefit the local gaming industry.“In the VIP industry we are faced with large amounts of bad debt so it is an industry with high risk.“For the banks and finance industries in Hong Kong, they have very strict requirements when it comes to loans but sometimes in Macau VIP guests pull strings in order to obtain large amounts of money, so it’s high risk. It makes it hard for us to follow rules and regulations or else those guests will go to other locations.”Chan said that government figures should look at fixing the industry’s bad debt problems.“What is the role of government? Perhaps working with industry to solve the issue of bad debts,” he stated.“Is there a way the government can help us to collect those debts or include them in gaming tax reduction? I hope that in this area we can get some support from the government and get some clear laws and direction. For those people that don’t pay their debts, the government should help the lenders.”David Group Vice-Chairman and Executive Director Weena Sae-Kee added, “At the moment there is no mechanism set up by the government to help bad debt and I would call for the government to help the VIP business because the VIP business is something that originated in Macau.“In Macau it is legal for us to collect bad debts but as we know most visitors are from mainland China which makes it very hard to collect bad debts. We need a very sound mechanism that will protect the VIP gaming industry outside of Macau, such as collecting bad debts in mainland China through legal channels.“Right now we have to resort to all sorts of approaches to collect bad debts. There are some criminals that come to Macau, borrow huge amounts of money and then escape and never come back. We look forward to help from the government.”Discussing potential solutions to the industry’s debt collection woes, Macau Junket Association boss Kwok Chi Chung suggested a specific adjustment to Macau’s taxation laws whereby junkets would be offered a tax deduction in instances where bad debt was recognized by the court.“That amount could then be included in the gaming tax deduction,” he said. Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load Morelast_img read more

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Tustumena Struck By Whale Near Kodiak

first_imgPhotos courtesy of passengers onboard the vessel Alaska Marine Highway System spokeswoman Aurah Landau: “This is extremely rare. The Marine Highway System is very protective with the measures that it takes to avoid hitting marine mammals, we actively work to avoid strikes, and then handle them as responsibly as possible when they do happen.”  Landau: “There was no way the captain could have avoided it or seen it coming, the whale really did hit the ship. We’ve never seen or heard of that before.” Anyone who sees a surfaced or injured whale near Kodiak is asked to call the statewide Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline at 877-925-7773. The vessel suffered damage to the starboard fin stabilizer, which sticks out from the side of the vessel, and could not fully retract the fin stabilizer though the vessel would safely operate and dock in Kodiak. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Tustumena en route from Homer to Kodiak was hit by a breaching whale near Marmot Bay just before 11:15 a.m., Wednesday. AMHS had divers assess the damage in Kodiak and the United State Coast Guard (USCG) has cleared the vessel to operate safely and within USCG regulations without needing repair. According to passengers who were eyewitnesses to the event, it appears the whale breached into the side of the ferry mid-ship and struck the fin. The vessel circled around to locate the whale, however it was not observed again. The whale collided mid-ship with the vessel and was on the starboard fin stabilizer for approximate 1-5 minutes. Operating under the marine mammal avoidance regulations set forth by the Alaska Marine Highway (AMHS) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the vessel reduced speed immediately which allowed the whale to get off the fin stabilizer.last_img read more

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Good News Landfills Are Officially Open On Sundays For The Summer Seaon

first_imgQuestions? Call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department (907) 262-9667. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As of May 5, the Central Peninsula Landfill and Transfer Facilities and Sites are officially open on Sundays. From May to September each year the landfill will be open 8am to 5pm, seven days a week, as it has been in the past. Former Borough Mayor Mike Navarre told the Borough Assembly at that time that the closure would save roughly $150,000 a year: “The costs of operating the landfill are significant, solid waste is one of the more expensive services we provide to the public.” The FY2017 budget put forth a plan to close Borough landfills one day a week for the entire year. The Assembly ultimately compromised and decided it would keep landfills open seven days a week from May to September.last_img read more

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RMLDs Open House Postponed To Thursday October 18

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites customers to attend an Open House on Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 3pm to 6pm, at RMLD’s Garage located at 218 Ash Street, Reading.Please note this event was originally scheduled for Thursday, October 11, but was postponed due to rain in the forecast. This fun and educational event will feature bucket truck rides, face painting, kid’s games and prizes, pumpkin decorating, a lineman dress-up activity for the kids, lineman demos, and a plug-in electric vehicle showcase. RMLD staff will offer education on electricity, electrical safety, energy conservation, and information about RMLD rebate and efficiency programs. The event will also feature free snacks and music.Public Power Week is an annual national event to celebrate the more than 2,000 community owned, not-for-profit utilities that provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity to 49 million Americans.RMLD provides electricity to Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Lynnfield Center.(NOTE: The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Open House During National Public Power WeekIn “Community”Wilmington Residents Invited To RMLD’s Family-Friendly Open House On October 5In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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first_imgThe University of Alaska Fairbanks has released a list of budget cuts to be implemented during the new fiscal year. The reductions affect a wide range of programs and services.Download AudioThe budget actions come in response to an $8 million cut by the state legislature and an expected $4 to $6 million rise in fixed operating costs. UAF Vice Chancellor for Administration Pat Pitney says the legislative cut is being spread over numerous areas.“In order to take the state budget reduction, there were pullbacks from units that ranged from 3 to 6 percent, so on average 5 percent, but there were some units that were held harmless, from a strategic standpoint or from a revenue based standpoint or from other circumstances,” she said.Pitney says shortfalls related to increasing fixed costs will have to be found within each program.  For many, the specific impacts are listed as “to be announced” pending additional review, but Pitney says there will be job losses.“A lot of it we will try to do through attrition, but there will be layoffs. It could be in the 40 to 50 range in a six to eight month period,” she said.Among identified savings are $2 million from holding open job vacancies for 90 days, and more than a half million dollars from a legislatively mandated restriction on travel.“Every unit is taking a 20 percent travel reduction, with the exception of instructional travel and athletic travel, which are taking a 5 percent travel reduction,” Pitney said.Other cost savings measures include reducing administration, bringing programs currently in leased space back on campus, streamlining marketing and communications, elimination of UAF printing services, and cutting back campus bus shuttle routes.  Pitney attributes the targeted actions to recommendations of a budget review committee.“Almost all of the recommendations, leadership endorsed in some way, shape or form. There were some modifications,” she said.Among non academic university supported programs that will suffer in addition to taking their share of across the board reductions, are KUAC Public Broadcasting, which has to generate $100,000 more in public support, and UAF athletics, which has to raise another $50,000.last_img read more

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Journey to Dhaka begins

first_imgHolidaymakers are returning home after enjoying Eid vacation. Photo: UNBA crowded Dhaka looked somewhat deserted once people started leaving the capital city to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha at their village homes.The holidaymakers have already started returning to the capital after celebrating the Eid with their families in their hometowns, reports UNB.They are coming back as the weekday begins on Sunday.On Saturday, moderate crowds of people coming back to the city were found at Railway stations, bus and launch terminals.However, the pressure of the returnees is still low, said witnesses and authorities.Alamgir Hossain, ioint director at Naval Traffic, said 70 launches reached Sadarghat Launch terminal from 23 routes from around 7am to 11am on Saturday.He said the number of returning passengers is not that much high yet, but it will increase on Sunday.Trains were running about half an hour behind their schedules on average, causing delay to the departure of the outgoing ones, said Mizanur Rahman, a sub-inspector at Kamalapur Railway Station.Shahidul Islam, a banker who returned from Kushtia by train, told UNB that he along with his family members had to return today (Saturday) as his office and the schools of his kids reopen on Sunday.”There was a less crowd. So, we didn’t have to suffer much except the delayed train,” he added.Meanwhile, ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari route were disrupted for two hours from around 4am to 6am due to poor navigability in the Padma river causing immense sufferings to passengers.Ten small ferries are in operation while more than 300 vehicles waiting on both sides of the river, said Khandaker Shah Khaled Newaz, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).The dredging worksare going on to solve the navigability problem and soon the ferry services will get back to normalcy, he added.He also said 87 launches and 400 speedboats are transporting passengers on this route.Farhana Dolly, a resident of Shahjahanpur who was returning from Feni, said, it took lesser time to reach Dhaka this time as the highway was relatively free of traffic.As the festive mood of Eid vacation has not lost its charm yet, those who did not leave the city for Eid celebrations enjoyed the city free from traffic jams, noise and crowd.Zarif Rafiul Haque Iraz, a Dhaka city dweller, said Dhaka remains free from traffic only during long vacations, especially during Eid holidays.”This is the reason I along with my friends decided to roam around the city to enjoy crowd-free and traffic-free Dhaka experience,” he added.This year, along with the three-day Eid holidays, most of the holiday makers got additional two days off — Friday and Saturday.Dhaka is expected to get back to its usual bustle on Sunday when people will be returning to the capital in their thousands from Saturday night.last_img read more

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S Arabia expels Canada envoy over interference

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 13 June, 2018 Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland gestures as she speaks after receiving Foreign Policy’s 2018 Diplomat of the Year award in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPSaudi Arabia said Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing all new trade, in protest at Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists.The kingdom gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as “interference” in its internal affairs.The move, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada demanded the immediate release of human rights campaigners swept up in a new crackdown.“The Canadian position is an overt and blatant interference in the internal affairs of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted.“The kingdom announces that it is recalling its ambassador to Canada for consultation. We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours.”The ministry also announced “the freezing of all new trade and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action”.Canada last week said it was “gravely concerned” over a new wave of arrests of women and human rights campaigners in the kingdom, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi.“We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists,” the foreign ministry tweeted on Friday.‘Unprecedented crackdown’Samar was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah last week, the latest victims of what Human Rights Watch called an “unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement”.Samar is a vocal campaigner for blogger Raif Badawi, her brother who was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam” in a case that sparked an international outcry.The latest arrests come weeks after more than a dozen women’s right campaigners were detained and accused of undermining national security and collaborating with enemies of the state. Some have since been released.The Saudi foreign ministry slammed the Canadian statement, signalling its growing irritation over Western criticism of the kingdom’s poor human rights record.“Using the phrase ‘immediately release’ in the Canadian statement is very unfortunate, reprehensible, and unacceptable in relations between states,” the ministry tweeted.Prince Mohammed, heir to the region’s most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom’s austere image as it prepares for a post-oil era.But the 32-year-old has simultaneously pursued a hawkish foreign policy-including leading a blockade of neighbouring Qatar and a bombing campaign against Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen-while cracking down on dissent at home.‘Serious concern’“The rupture in Saudi diplomatic relations with Canada reinforces how the ‘new’ Saudi Arabia that Mohammed bin Salman is putting together is in no mood to tolerate any form of criticism of its handling of domestic affairs,” said Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute in the United States.In April, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau expressed his “serious concern” over the continued jailing of Badawi to Saudi King Salman.Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children now aged 14, 13 and 10 as a single mother.Riyadh’s expulsion of the Canadian ambassador was meant to send a strong message to other critical Western governments, observers say.“Canada is easier to cut ties with than the rest,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.“There isn’t a strong bilateral trade relationship and poking the Trudeau government likely resonates with Saudi’s hawkish regional allies. At jeopardy, are the tens of thousands of Saudi students in Canada.”last_img read more

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Praising kids may Promote cheating

first_imgParents and teachers must learn to give kids the right kind of praise as researchers have found that the wrong kind of praise can backfire. Children who are praised for being smart, or who are told they have a reputation for being smart, are more likely to be dishonest and cheat, say two studies. “Giving children wrong kind of praise makes them dishonest,” said co-author of both the studies, Kang Lee, Professor at the University of Toronto. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe first study, published in the journal Psychological Science, showed that pre-schoolers who were praised for being smart were more likely to cheat subsequently than those who were praised for doing “great” in a particular task. Similarly, the second study, published in the journal Developmental Science, found that pre-schoolers who were told that they had a reputation for being smart were also more likely to cheat.In the first study, researchers asked three and five-year-olds to play a guessing game. When children did well on one occasion they were praised in one of two ways: one-half of the children were praised for being smart, while the other half were praised for their performance. After receiving either type of praise, the children continued to play the guessing games. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveResearchers then left the room after asking children to promise not to cheat by peeking at the answers. Their behavior was then monitored by a hidden camera.Results showed that despite the subtle difference between the two forms of praise, the children who were praised for being smart were more likely to act dishonestly than the children who had been praised for their behavior in a specific game. The results were the same for both ages.In the second study, researchers told each child that he or she had a reputation for being smart. Hearing this, similarly to receiving direct “smartness” praise, also had the effect of increasing children’s tendency to cheat. “Praise is more complex than it seems,” Lee said. Overall, for adults, the studies show the importance of learning to praise in a way that does not prompt or promote dishonest behavior. But what could be more affirming than telling your child, “Good job!” “I’m proud of you” or “You are smart.” The correct choice of words also play an important role. As already mentioned, instead of focusing on the achievements of the child, it would be suggested to appreciate their character. Also, it was found that school-aged kids praised for their intelligence became less likely to attempt new challenges. But when praised for their efforts, they worked longer and harder. Overemphasizing intellect or talent – and then believing such traits are innate and fixed – make kids more vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and less motivated to learn.It’s very obvious that children will follow what they see. So don’t just praise or lecture kids about good character, compassion, and charity, but model these attributes. Apart from aforementioned tricks, praising the inner qualities of the child will also help. We are a materialistic society that puts far too much emphasis on outside appearances. Giving teen-aged kids well-deserved compliments that focuses on their inner qualities, such as telling them that they’re “kind,” “helpful” or “fun,” instead of focusing on what they wore or owned, reduced their materialistic tendencies and build self-esteem in them.last_img read more

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first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enough with fake news: a startup launching this week called Authenticated Reality wants to be the ultimate source for finding out what’s real and what’s fake online.The company’s product, which it calls “The New Internet,” is launching in a closed beta this week. It’s essentially a sandboxed layer that lives on top of every webpage its users visit, allowing them to authenticate stories they believe are real by placing their digital signature on them for other users to see.Users will access the New Internet layer through a browser plugin or via an app for iOS (Android is coming soon). In addition to labeling web pages as authentic, users will also be able to rate and comment on them.”Our company has created a place where every user is personally responsible for their actions through a system of checks and balances in order to put an end to unreliable information and false identities online,” Authenticated Reality CEO Darin Andersen said in a statement.It’s a lofty goal, and one whose accomplishment depends almost exclusively on the character of the customers that the company is able to attract. To weed out people who themselves might be inclined to write fake news or incendiary comments, Authenticated Reality has come up with a verification system that requires users to submit their driver’s license information to prove that they are who they say they are.Addressing fake news with a closed network of verified commenters might make the web a more trustworthy place for Authenticated Reality’s users, but it is a markedly different approach from the recent high-profile efforts in the media and tech world to combat the problem.One of those efforts is a collaboration between Facebook, Google and major news outlets to verify news coverage of the 2017 French presidential election. Instead of the public verifying the news themselves, they’ll send suspicious stories, photos and other content to real journalists who will use an arsenal of analytics tools to validate them. This story originally appeared on PCMag February 14, 2017 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min readlast_img read more

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