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Despite funding cuts Mikmaq friendship centre still fighting to keep culture alive

Despite funding cuts Mikmaq friendship centre still fighting to keep culture alive

first_imgAPTN National NewsAcross the country, programs and services for Aboriginal people continue to be cut.Even with a smaller budget, the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre had a chance to show Halifax that the Mi’kmaq are still there.APTN National News reporter Time Fontaine has this story.last_img

Return of displaced Pakistanis must be voluntary and sustainable – UN relief

Return of displaced Pakistanis must be voluntary and sustainable – UN relief

15 July 2009As families uprooted by the military operations in north-west Pakistan begin to make their way back home, it is vital to ensure that the returns are voluntary, that it is safe for them to repatriate and that basic services have been restored, the top United Nations relief official said today. More than 2 million Pakistanis have been displaced by the conflict between Government forces and militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), and the vast majority are either sheltering in schools and other public buildings, with host families or in rental accommodations.The Government this week began a programme for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to some parts of Buner and Swat, among the areas hardest hit by the operations. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes, who just returned from a four-day visit to the country, told reporters in New York that the issue now is how quickly and on what scale people will begin to return home. It was clear from his conversations with the IDPs that people are “desperate” to go home, he said.He noted that the Government is keen that the IDPs should go home in order to reduce the burden on host communities as well as the general financial burden.“We’re of course also concerned that they should be able to return home as quickly as possible,” added Mr. Holmes. “What we’ve also said is that this has to be a voluntary process; there must be no obligation to return before people are ready.” He emphasized the need for proper consultation with the people concerned and to ensure that the right conditions are in place for their returns. “There has to be basic security there… the power needs to be on, the water needs to be running, the police force needs to be there, the local administration needs to be in place. “The main point is that returns have got to be sustainable,” he stressed, adding that the worst scenario would be if people went back and were then displaced again.Mr. Holmes got a first-hand look at the site of the clashes when he visited the district of Buner last week. He noted that conditions there were in “reasonable shape,” with more half of the displaced having already returned to the district and life seems to be returning to “something approaching normality. “The shops were open, the bazaars were busy, there’s a lot of people moving around and trying to resume their normal activities,” he stated. An initial assessment is currently underway in Swat, where media reports say that people have started to return. Mr. Holmes also pointed out that when after people return to their homes they will need assistance for some months to come, and repeated his plea to donors and the international community for continued and increased support, including for early recovery efforts.“I sometimes have the feeling that the international community and the media have not given the depth and extent of this humanitarian crisis the attention that it deserves,” the UN relief chief said.He added that the UN and its partners have so far received about 42 per cent of the $543 million appeal launched in May to help those affected by the crisis.“We hope the donors will respond generously to what is a continuing and very large-scale humanitarian problem.” read more

SecretaryGeneral to travel to Haiti to show solidarity with quake victims

SecretaryGeneral to travel to Haiti to show solidarity with quake victims

15 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel on Sunday to Haiti, which was devastated by a massive earthquake earlier this week, it was announced today, to show solidarity with the people of the impoverished Caribbean nation, as the United Nations continues to rush aid to the victims. This afternoon, he spoke by phone with Haitian President René Préval and assured him the UN was fully mobilized to bring aid. Mr. Préval said that the biggest problem was coordinating all the aid efforts and that he would discuss the issue with Mr. Ban’s acting Special Representative in Haiti Edmond Mulet. Mr. Ban said United States coordination with the UN was also very important. Tuesday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake is said to have affected one-third of Haiti’s 9-million strong population. Many of the people in the hard-hit capital, Port-au-Prince, do not have access to food, water, shelter and electricity. UN emergency teams on the ground estimate that as many of half of the buildings in the worst-hit areas of the capital have been damaged or destroyed. “We are still in the search-and-rescue phase, and we are trying to save as many lives as possible,” Mr. Ban told reporters today. During a meeting with Haitian staff members this afternoon at UN Headquarters in New York, he offered his condolences and said that he will visit the country on Sunday to show his solidarity with UN staff, hundreds of whom are unaccounted for, and the people of Haiti. He also said that he hopes to assess the humanitarian assistance effort and the scale of the catastrophe for himself. With the top UN official in Haiti, Hédi Annabi, still unaccounted for, Mr. Ban dispatched Mr. Mulet, his former Special Representative to Haiti and current Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, to the country to assume full command of the UN Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH).Upon arriving in Port-au-Prince yesterday, Mr. Mulet held talks with Haiti’s leaders, in which he stressed that MINUSTAH is in the process of building back its capacity and emphasized the Mission’s full support of the Government as it rebuilds the devastated capital. The Secretary-General announced that he is also sending Tony Banbury, Assistant-Secretary-General for field operations, to serve as Mr. Mulet’s deputy. A major humanitarian operation is under way, he said, and “although it is inevitably slower and more difficult than any of us would wish, we are mobilizing all resources as fast as we possibly can.” With the airport’s capacity limited, roads still blocked and the lack of transport and fuel within Haiti, the logistical situation, the Secretary-General stressed, is a very difficult one. “That said, the international community’s response has been generous and robust, and we are gearing up rapidly and effectively despite the challenging circumstances,” he said. The UN launched a flash appeal for some $562 million today, with a bulk of these funds to be directed to urgent needs, including food, water and shelter. UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky announced today that over 300 UN personnel are still missing or unaccounted for, with 36 military and civilian MINUSTAH personnel, as well as one staff member with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), having been confirmed to have died. The Christopher Hotel, which houses the UN headquarters in Haiti, and other buildings hosting the world body’s offices collapsed in the tremors. read more

Closing Bell TSX translates Moodys bank downgrade into a positive

Closing Bell TSX translates Moodys bank downgrade into a positive

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was slightly positive in afternoon trading on Friday as traders found a silver lining to Moody’s downgrade of some of the world’s biggest banks, including Canada’s largest.The S&P/TSX was up 18.66 points to 11,426.98 rebounding from a 350 point loss Thursday, the biggest one-day drop of the year. The TSX Venture Exchange lost 16.96 points to 1,200.39.The Canadian dollar gained 0.45 of a cent to 97.60 cents US, after a report showed the country’s inflation rate dropped to its lowest level in nearly two years.One of the biggest gainers on the TSX was the financial sector, which rose 0.8%, despite Moody’s Investors Service having moved to cut the credit ratings of 15 of the world’s largest banks, including Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank.The ratings agency’s comments appeared to clear the air on some uncertainties about banks with large capital markets exposure. Some of those worries had been built into stock prices months ago when Moody’s announced that it had launched the review. Shares in Royal Bank —a heavyweight on the TSX — were up 75¢ to $52.08.Leading the decliners was the gold sector, which was down 1.1 per cent as August gold lost $4.50 at US$1,570.00 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange after losing $50 Thursday.Shares of Centerra Gold plunged 28% as legislators in Kyrgyzstan debated whether to strip the company of its licence to mine a major gold field in the Central Asian country, with some accusing it of damaging the environment and profiting excessively. The company’s stock was down $3.32 at $8.46.Materials stocks were also weaker, off 0.9%, with Ivanhoe Mines falling 16¢ to $11.99.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones average was up 74.29 points to 12,647.86, the Nasdaq rose 27.60 points to 2,886.69 and the S&P 500 gained 9.61 points to 1,335.12.The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up $1.78 at US$79.98 a barrel.Statistics Canada said inflation fell to 1.2% last month as Canadians paid less for gasoline, video equipment and some types of clothing, while price gains in many other consumer goods moderated.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. said it has a multi-year agreement with U.S. Silica to transport frac sand, but declined to disclose the value of the contract. The operator will be the exclusive rail service provider to the American company’s newest mining and processing facility in Sparta, Wis. Shares of Canadian Pacific were down 42¢ at $73.83.On Thursday, the TSX plummeted three per cent, closing more than 350 points lower in its biggest one-day drop since November. Much of the pull was from resource stocks and tanking commodity prices.European and Asian stocks fell Friday after economic reports suggested growth will weaken in the world’s major economies. Downbeat data on Germany, China and the U.S. came on top of uncertainty over whether European leaders will make progress in tackling their debt crisis at key meetings.Germany’s Ifo institute reported that business optimism fell for a second straight month in Europe’s largest economy, which has been growing more strongly than the 17-member eurozone as a whole. The survey index dipped to 105.3 from 106.9 in May.That followed a U.S. Labor Department report Thursday that the four-week average of applications for unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in nine months.Appetite for financial assets such as stocks was also dented by the results of a monthly HSBC survey, which showed that manufacturing in China has continued to contract. China’s growth has been a pillar of the global economy in recent years, so its slowdown has been of particular concern to investors. read more

Global efforts to combat climate change shifting into action Annan says

Global efforts to combat climate change shifting into action Annan says

Global efforts to combat climate change are shifting towards realizing existing international goals, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to a key gathering in New Delhi on the leading treaty designed to address the weather phenomenon. In his message to the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Mr. Annan said the gathering “marks a transition in which the focus is increasingly on implementation of what has been achieved.” This effort encompasses many factors, including clear commitments by governments, mechanisms to ensure accountability, and the constructive use of partnerships between the public and private sectors, he added. The Secretary-General called for concerted efforts to reach the goals of the Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, which contains binding targets on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The quest for sustainable development, he said, is essential “if we are to make a long overdue investment in the survival and security of future generations.” The Secretary-General’s message was delivered by Nitin Desai, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. read more

KBR to do engineering design work for proposed Woodfibre LNG project in

KBR to do engineering design work for proposed Woodfibre LNG project in

KBR to do engineering, design work for proposed Woodfibre LNG project in B.C. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2016 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A Houston-based company has been selected to do engineering and design work for the proposed Woodfibre liquefied natural gas project north of Vancouver.KBR Inc. (NYSE:KBR) said Monday it will book the first phase of its work for the project as an order backlog for its engineering and construction segment.It didn’t disclose the value of that work, which will be managed from KBR’s Houston office.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced Friday that an assessment done by the province on behalf of both levels of government determined that the project is unlikely to cause significant harm, subject to certain conditions.The project also requires regulatory authorizations from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada. read more

Penguins put goalie Matt Murray on injured reserve

Penguins put goalie Matt Murray on injured reserve

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins placed goaltender Matt Murray on injured reserve Thursday because of a lower-body injury.Coach Mike Sullivan said Murray had been dealing with the injury “for a couple weeks.” Team doctors decided rest was the best course of action for the 24-year-old Murray, who helped the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017 but has struggled this season.Murray is 4-5-1 with a 4.08 goals-against average and .877 save percentage in 11 games. He has spent most of the last six weeks splitting playing time with Casey DeSmith.Pittsburgh recalled Tristan Jarry from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League to serve as the primary backup behind DeSmith. The Penguins play in Boston on Friday night.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Asylum applications double as foreigners turn to TT

Asylum applications double as foreigners turn to TT

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUN agency rolls out regional response to deal with ongoing Venezuelan exodusApril 11, 2018In “Regional”T&T judge rules detention of Nigerian illegal, says immigration law needs amending -man had travelled via GuyanaAugust 14, 2017In “latest news”Guyanese listed as second largest group of trafficking victims in T&TOctober 10, 2016In “Crime” (Trinidad Express) As turmoil continues to plague countries globally, including neighbouring Venezuela, more people are turning to Trinidad and Tobago as a haven from pain and persecution as evi­dent in a drastic increase in the numbers of those seeking refuge.This is according to data provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Ruben Barbado, protection officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Nikita Mohammed, assistant co-ordinator at Living Water, at the United Nations Port of Spain office on Friday.Human trafficking is also an issue, with cases of trafficked women being referred to the Counter Trafficking Unit of this country’s National Security Ministry.Ruben Barbado, protection officer with the UNHCR, and Nikita Mohammed, assis­tant co-ordinator at the Living Water Community, sat down with the Sunday Express at the United Nations Port of Spain office last Friday and shared statistics.They expressed hope the Government would move forward to enact legislation to help with the refugee crisis gripping the world.Barbado said there has been a “substantive” increase in people seeking asylum in Trinidad.In 2016, there was a total of 163 asylum applications.In 2017, in just the first three months, the figures have more than doubled, with some 336 asylum applications being made, with 60 per cent of this figure being men.Barbado said Cubans remain the largest numbers of asylum seekers, but there have also been increases from Venezuela and from over 19 nationalities such as Syria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, etc.There are currently 640 refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern in Trinidad and Tobago.Barbado said Trinidad and Tobago is one of the lar­­­gest refugee-receiving coun­­tries in the Caribbean, but third in the region next to Belize and the Dominican Republic.These two countries have legislation in place to deal with refugees.In response to the growing number of asylum seekers in T&T, the Government adopted a refugee policy in 2016 and UNHCR established an office in January 2016.Asylum applications in Tri­nidad and Tobago over a five-year period are as follows:2013……………………………………82014………………………………….402015………………………………….832016………………………………..163As of May 2017—336, with 60 per cent being men.Refugees are people outside their country of origin because of feared persecution, conflict, violence or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order and who as a result require “international protection”.Barbado pointed out that globally, millions of people are fleeing their homes, with the UNHCR figures at the end of 2016 showing 65.6 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide and, of this, some 22.5 million are refugees.He noted ten million are stateless and, of this lot, only a mere 189,300 refugees have been resettled.Refugee policyThe UNHCR has been collaborating with the Living Water Community since 1989 and the non-governmen­tal organisation (NGO) identifies and refers persons of concern to the UNHCR.The UNHCR also works closely with the Immigration Division of the National Security Ministry.Barbado said Trinidad and Tobago does not have legislation to legally help refugees, but he said a refugee policy adopted in 2014 by the Cabinet envisions the Government providing recognised refugees a permit of stay, work authorisation and access to public assistance.Trinidad and Tobago is signatory to a United Nations 1951 Convention which speaks to affording protection to refugees. The next step is to make this draft policy legislation. Barbado said other Caricom countries are looking to what Trinidad and Tobago is doing in order to replicate it and put it into practice.He said measures are being taken to create structures to assist the Government in treating with refugees and to make way for the legislation when it reaches that point.Mohammed said some advancement has already been made with the establish­ment of a refugee unit under the National Security Ministry, and UNHCR has been doing training of officials at the Immigration Division.Barbado said asylum seek­­­­ers would make their way through this region to seek refuge before resettling in pla­ces such as the United States and Canada, but politi­cal changes have made less places available for resettlement.He said there are five people at the Aripo Detention Centre who hold asylum certificates from the UNHCR.Asked if they should be detained, Barbado noted there is no legislation, but the certificates issued by UNHCR are recognised and honoured by the Government.Since there is no legislation ,they are still subject to the Immigration Act—the only way for them to remain in the country would be through an order of supervision.Barbado said the UNHCR’s position is to avoid people being detained as much as possible.However, he said there would be cases where people are detained as the authori­ties seek to validate their country of origin and other information.He said there is also a process to determine whether the person is a refugee or not and once it is determined they are, they are released. read more

Extractives and financial sectors collaborate to produce new biodiversity management guide

Extractives and financial sectors collaborate to produce new biodiversity management guide

first_imgThe Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI), a partnership between ICMM, IPIECA and the Equator Principles Association, has released a cross-sector guide for Implementing the mitigation hierarchy. This good practice guide focuses on managing biodiversity using the mitigation hierarchy – a framework for limiting the negative impacts of development projects on biodiversity and ecosystem services.The guidance was, in part, developed in response to the challenges in implementing the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 6 (PS6) and aims to balance conservation needs with development priorities to aid in the sustainable management of living, natural resources.Developed by biodiversity practitioners working in, or with, extractive industries and financial institutions, the guidance offers a step-by-step approach and practical examples of how the mitigation hierarchy can be applied to address biodiversity challenges. “The mitigation hierarchy guidance is a flagship product which brings together sector-leading knowledge and expertise to balance development and environmental priorities,” said CSBI Chair Dr Mark Johnston. “The cross-sector approach was essential in building an understanding about what state-of-the-art practice looks like.”CSBI has now developed a set of products to help manage and mitigate the potential impacts of development projects on biodiversity, and realising positive impacts when possible. This set includes the Timeline Tool designed to assist staff involved in extractive project planning to better align project development, biodiversity impact management, and financial timelines and milestones. It also includes Good Practices for the Collection of Biodiversity Baseline Data developed to help practitioners conduct a meaningful baseline to ensure that outcomes can be measured over time.Formed in 2013, the CSBI is a unique collaboration between the three participating sectors (finance, oil and gas, and mining) to share their knowledge and expertise of biodiversity matters and develop practical tools.The guide may be downloaded for free at www.icmm.com/document/9460last_img read more

No winners in derby at Flens Arena

No winners in derby at Flens Arena

← Previous Story Taleski buzzer-beater for big intro of RK Metalurg! Next Story → RK Celje Pivovarna Laško beat PPD Zagreb in Balkan Clasico TEXT: Patrick LeonardIn this  thrilling Group A first round encounter match between SG Flensburg-Handewitt and newly-named Telekom Veszprém, the points were shared as it finished 24-24.Xavier Sabate, looking for Veszprém’s first ever Champions league trophy, having lost in the final last season against Kielce of Poland, went into the match confident of getting a win having a star-studded team with the likes of Momir Ilic, Aron Palmarsson and captain Lazlo Nagy. However it was the Germans who had a 4-2 lead within the first 10 minutes. The 6000 home fans had a vital role to play if they were wanting to get behind their team to get a win and they certainly delivered.  Having the power play, the Hungarians equalised, making it 5 all in the 12th minute. Veszprém were defending well against the strong German opposition, full of Olympic champions and against Ljubomir Vranjes’ clever tactics.Down by 2 on the 19th minute, Vranjes called a timeout telling his players that they had to move the ball quicker, and he told Kentin Mahe, a new fan favourite and Olympic silver medalist to play the ‘double deutsche’ move. The young Danish keeper of Flensburg, Kevin Møller started the match ahead of swede Mattias Andersson and made a great impression as he made great saves from ‘Momo’ and Palmarsson.  New signing Ivan Horvat came on but couldn’t create a lot against the strong Veszprém defence. Ex Paris and Barcelona left hander, Marko Kopljar, replaced Lazlo Nagy at the end of the first half of play and squeezed  goal past the young Dane in goals. Flensburg had the last say of the first half as mage made a great pass to Henrik Toft Hansen who finished under the keepers legs, going into the break down by 3 at 10-13. Veszprém had the better save and scoring percentage at half time with a 33% save percentage and 52% scoring percentage far better than the Germans.Gold medalists Lasse Svan and Thomas Mogensen, along with keeper Mattias Andersson and fellow Swede Zachariassen were introduced after the break but this didn’t prevent Veszprém from gaining a 5 goal lead at the start of the second half. The  huge crowd were getting behind their team as Flensburg attempted to cut the deficit. Jim Gottfridsson came back from a long term injury to come off from the bench, making it 20-22 with 7 minutes to play. The last five minutes were nail biting as Flensburg managed to equalise at 23-23 but Veszprém scored to take the lead in the last minute. Veszprem playing stupidly with the ‘Libero’ had an empty net and as they lost possession, top goalscorer of the match Kentin Mahe lobbed the defenders to salvage a point for the Germans with full time score being 24-24. Mahe finished with 9 goals just ahead of sharp-shooter Momir Ilic with 7 goals. Patrick LeonardSG FlensburgTelekom VeszpremVelux EHF Champions League read more

Suicides among young people decreased significantly last year

Suicides among young people decreased significantly last year

first_imgConsole also looks at deaths recorded as ‘events of undetermined intent’ when analysing trends, an area which saw a 21% drop last year. For clarity however, more research is needed into this area and others they argue.“We need significant changes and investment in research as the lack of accurate up-to-date information is impeding our ability to understand and respond to the awful tragedy of suicide in a timely fashion,” said Austin.For counselling, advice and general support for anyone who has been affected by suicide, Console can be reached at any time on freephone 1800 247 247 or at www.console.ie. Read: Suicides in Kerry decreased since Donal Walsh spoke out, says coroner >Read: Booklet launched to combat “suicide crisis” and increase in rural isolation >Read: Suicide in Ireland increased by 7 per cent last year > THERE WAS A significant decrease in the number of young people who died by suicide last year.Suicide prevention charity Console have welcomed the decrease but say that a real-time register of suicide data would help reduce numbers further.Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 57 people between the ages of 15-24 died by suicide in 2013 compared to 74 the previous year. It continues a two-year trend which now shows a drop of 40 per cent against the 2011 figure of 95 deaths.In total there were 475 suicides last year, a slight 6.3 per cent decrease on the previous year, meaning that the fall in youth suicide has not been matched in other parts of society.“While the drop in deaths by suicide in this category is welcome, Ireland still has the fourth highest rate of suicide in the EU for this demographic, according to WHO figures, and this clearly needs more attention,” Console’s Ciaran Austin said today.Console noted concern about the number of people in the 45-54 age group who took their own lives last year, 108 in 2013 as opposed to 86 in 2012. “This would mirror a rise in calls to our helpline from people in this age category. The regional data in some areas is alarming in the CSO statistics with several counties recording rates of suicide well above the national average.”last_img read more

NASA used revolutionary HDR camera to record rocket booster test

NASA used revolutionary HDR camera to record rocket booster test

first_imgNASA recently conducted a spectacular test of the solid rocket booster that will be part of the Space Launch System (SLS). This booster is a bigger, badder version of the one used in the Space Shuttle program, and NASA also used the test as an opportunity to try a new camera technology called High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X). This allowed rocket scientists to analyze video from the test in previously unheard of detail.NASA began work on the HiDyRS-X project because no camera technology existed that could capture any details from rocket motor plumes. They’re just too bright, causing all the patterns of super-hot gas to be lost. If you lower the exposure to the point that some of that can be seen, you can no longer see important components of the rocket. The HiDyRS-X camera can capture an incredibly wide dynamic range, revealing currents in the exhaust as well as keeping the rocket visible.You might be familiar with high dynamic range (HDR) from your smartphone’s camera This feature lets you snap photos in settings where there are both bright and dim areas. A single exposure would either blow out the bright areas or under-expose the dim ones. By combining multiple exposures, HDR can make both visible in one image. This is the same premise at work in HiDyRS-X, but on a much larger scale. The HiDyRS-X can capture high-speed video with orders of magnitude higher dynamic range than your smartphone.The NASA team set up the HiDyRS-X camera and did several test runs prior to the rocket test, which took place earlier this summer at Orbital ATK’s test facility in Promontory, Utah. The footage captured is amazing, as you can see. Scientists note that the intricacies revealed in the plume have never been captured before. However, the team underestimated the power of NASA’s new booster. The shaking caused by the test firing shook the camera’s power cable loose after about two minutes. Hey, two minutes of unprecedented video of a rocket plume is better than none. After all, this is rocket science.last_img read more

Wesley Snipes Says Its All Good With Marvel Studios Blade Reboot Film

Wesley Snipes Says Its All Good With Marvel Studios Blade Reboot Film

first_imgStay on target Marvel Announces Phase 4 TV Shows at San Diego Comic-ConAll of Marvel Studios’ Major Movie Announcements Wesley Snipes broke his silence on Marvel Studios’ Blade reboot and he is looking forward to Mahershala Ali playing the badass vampire hunter in the sci-fi movie.On July 20, Marvel Studios announced upcoming movies and TV shows at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), including a Blade reboot that doesn’t have a set title or premiere date yet, SYFY Wire reported. Even though some fans were upset by the news, Snipes told them to “chillax” in a hilarious statement that congratulated Ali for his new role.Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ BLADE with Mahershala Ali. pic.twitter.com/mtrDBy5OV0— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019“To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx. Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s ALL GOOD,” Snipes said in a statement obtained by SYFY Wire. “Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew – always a fan. Honor and respect to the grandmaster Stan [Lee].”He added, “Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, we will someday work together. Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support. So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story.’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique.”Mahershala Ali will officially play #Blade in the MCU! pic.twitter.com/0GQLOUtsXb— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) July 21, 2019Snipes played Blade in the 1998 film Blade, which was followed by Blade II in 2002 and Blade: Trinity in 2004, The Wrap noted. Blade follows a half-man and half-vampire character who hunts vampires and tries to protect humans from their evil presence.The Blade reboot, which will be part of Marvel Studios’ Phase 5 projects, will follow Phase 4 movies including The Eternals, Black Widow, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.More on Geek.com:All of Marvel Studios’ Major Movie AnnouncementsMarvel Announces Phase 4 TV Shows at San Diego Comic-ConJames Cameron Congratulates Marvel on Beating ‘Avatar’ Box Office Spotlast_img read more

WRRDA Moves Forward with House Conferee Appointments

WRRDA Moves Forward with House Conferee Appointments

first_imgWRRDA takes a step forward this week with the appointment of House conferees selected to serve on the committee to resolve the differences between the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (H.R. 3080) and the Senate’s version of the water resources legislation.Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) issued statements on the appointments in a news release on Thursday, Nov.14.“This is an excellent team of knowledgeable, thoughtful, and hard-working Members of Congress,” Shuster said.  “I look forward to their valuable input as we work towards a fiscally responsible final measure that improves our economic competitiveness and helps promote job growth through strengthening our water resources infrastructure.”Rahall added that he is confident that the same cooperative spirit that advanced the Water Resources bill in the house in October will help get this pro-jobs measure across the finish line.“I look forward to working with this outstanding group of Members and our Senate colleagues to produce a conference report that appropriately invests in our water infrastructure and which earns the strong support of both chambers,” Rahall said.On Oct. 23, the House overwhelmingly (417 to 3) approved the bipartisan H.R. 3080 that cuts federal red tape and bureaucracy, streamlines the infrastructure project delivery process, fosters fiscal responsibility, and strengthens our water transportation networks to promote America’s competitiveness, prosperity and economic growth.Once the conference committee agrees to a final measure, the House and Senate must approve the conference report before it can be sent to the President for his signature.The following Members were named to the conference committee:Republicans: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:Bill Shuster (PA)John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN) Frank LoBiondo (NJ)Sam Graves (MO)Shelley Moore Capito (WV)Candice Miller (MI)Duncan Hunter (CA)Larry Bucshon (IN)Bob Gibbs (OH)Richard Hanna (NY)Daniel Webster (FL)Tom Rice (SC)Markwayne Mullin (OK)Rodney Davis (IL)House Natural Resources Committee:Doc Hastings (WA)Rob Bishop (UT)Democrats:House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:Nick J. Rahall, II (WV)Peter DeFazio (OR)Corrine Brown (FL)Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX)Tim Bishop (NY)Donna Edwards (MD)John Garamendi (CA)Janice Hahn (CA)Rick Nolan (MN)Lois Frankel (FL)Cheri Bustos (IL) House Natural Resources Committee:Grace Napolitano (CA)last_img read more

For homeless hungry a focus on survival

For homeless hungry a focus on survival

first_imgFacts on homelessnessGet the facts on local homelessness and Share:• 110 people housed at Share emergency shelters (Share Orchards Inn, Share Homestead, Share House) on Nov. 18.• 100 additional people housed via the cold-weather Winter Hospitality Overflow project (two local churches that offer their floors) plus additional shelter capacity at Share.• 2,154 bags of food were distributed to more than 90 local schools and Head Start programs Thursday, the weekly backpack day when Share volunteers pack and deliver bags to hungry children to take home from school for the weekend.• 80,000 hot meals provided in 2013.• 100 households per month got case management and rental subsidies in 2013.• 800 people reached through Share’s outreach program in 2013.On the Webhttp://sharevancouver.org/www.councilforthehomeless.org/http://homeforward.org/Agency officials who work with homeless populations in Clark and Multnomah counties championed a no-barriers, “Housing First” approach to protecting the most vulnerable street people during a brown-bag lunchtime session Thursday at the Vancouver Community Library.Housing First means providing chronically homeless people — many of whom are dealing with mental and physical health problems as well as substance abuse issues — a stable roof over their heads.It doesn’t require them to kick their addictions and get clean and sober first; it doesn’t even require them to get services once they’ve been housed. That’s why it’s called no-barrier housing, said Rachael Duke of Home Forward, the public housing authority for Multnomah County.Home Forward has operated a large Housing First building, Bud Clark Commons, at the edge of Portland’s Pearl District since 2011. Now, the Vancouver Housing Authority is moving ahead with plans to build Lincoln Place, a smaller but similar building, in downtown Vancouver. City of Vancouver planners are studying the formal application for Lincoln Place now. If all goes according to plan, construction could start this spring and finish up within a year.last_img read more

A Paperless Future

A Paperless Future

first_imgWhile the public—and publishers—often focus on the impact of producing magazines and events has on the environment, the materials used to market their brands can have just as big an effect on sustainability as their products.Direct mail, event brochures, subscription renewal forms—even the sub card inserts—are all part of your total footprint. Ogden Publications was able to significantly reduce its direct mail in 2008—and has saved about $600,000 in the process, says publisher and editorial director Bryan Welch, using e-mail and online methods to promote subscriptions and merchandise. The company also offered auto-renewal subscriptions for auto-paying with credit card online; “The auto-renewal option saves in paper printing, IT and warehouse staff time and postage,” says Welch. “Year-to-date, we’ve saved approximately $60,000—not including staff time—across all titles just by subscribers taking advantage of this option.”Outside made the decision earlier this year to eliminate subscription cards from subscriber copies. It’s a risky move, says Paul Rolnick, Outside’s consumer marketing director. The insert cards represent a “significant source” of subscription revenue, Rolnick adds. “There’s a real risk of cutting off that source.” The magazine has a rate base of 675,000. Still, Rolnick says, the money Outside will save in terms of producing the paper inserts—a “healthy five-figures”—will be redirected toward implementing and promoting a paperless renewal system. (Currently, Outside boasts a 35 percent online subscription renewal rate year over year.) According to the latest ABC Fas-Fax, subscriptions were up 12.6 percent.Green Publishing Standards: Eliminate subscription cards from all subscriber copies. Reduce direct mail pieces by at least 30 percent.What You Can Do to Be Green: Continue to look for ways to reduce paper marketing. Leverage Web- and e-mail-based wherever possible.SEE ALSO:MAIN PAGEPRODUCTION | The Paper ProblemOPERATIONS | The Importance of Stewardship in SustainabilityEDITORIAL | Does the World Really Need Another ‘Green Issue’?DISTRIBUTION | Efficiency–And Sustainability–At the NewsstandEVENTS | How Eco-Friendly Can a Live Event Be?DIGITAL | Using Digital Editions to Go GreenGREEN GLOSSARYGREEN CHECKLISTlast_img read more

Heres what billionaires think about bitcoin

Heres what billionaires think about bitcoin

first_imgA visual representation of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin.JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesFrom Wall Street bankers to street vendors, cryptocurrencies have become the hottest topic of discussion these days and no one seems to be getting enough of them.While some analysts have already signaled that there is no way to value bitcoin, the price of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency now seem to be driven more by human psychology than its intrinsic value.Let’s take a look at what some of the most successful investors and billionaires think about it:J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie DimonDimon has been an extreme critic of bitcoin till date.”Bitcoin will eventually blow up. It’s a fraud. It’s worse than tulip bulbs and won’t end well,”He also said he would fire any trader trading bitcoin for being “stupid.”The Harvard-educated Dimon, however, regretted later for his comments and said that he believed that blockchain, or distributed-ledger technology behind cryptocurrencies, is “real”.”I’m not interested that much in the subject at all,” he said.Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire HathawayThe Oracle of Omaha has expressed his skepticism over the price of bitcoins, calling them a “a real bubble”.”Stay away from it. It’s a mirage, basically. It’s a method of transmitting money. It’s a very effective way of transmitting money and you can do it anonymously and all that. A check is a way of transmitting money too. Are checks worth a whole lot of money? Just because they can transmit money?,” he said in 2014.Later on in October 2017, Buffett said: “You can’t value bitcoin because it’s not a value-producing asset,” he said. He added that there’s no telling how far bitcoin’s price will go and described it as a “real bubble in that sort of thing.”Billionaire philanthropist Bill GatesGates has also joined the ranks of those who believe the market for bitcoin is not a “good thing.””The main feature of cryptocurrencies is their anonymity. I don’t think this is a good thing,” he said.He also railed against cryptocurrencies for anonymous payments that help illegal drug trade deals.”The government’s ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and terrorist funding is a good thing. Right now cryptocurrencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way.”Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd BlankfeinBlankfein seemed pretty confident about the fact that bitcoin isn’t his cup of tea.”Bitcoin is not for me. A lot of things that have not been for me in the past 20 years have worked out… but I am not guessing that this will work out.””I don’t like [bitcoin], I’m not comfortable with it, I don’t trust it,” he said. “On the other hand, if it works… maybe that was a natural progression from hard money to fiat money to consensus money.”Morgan Stanley CEO James GormanGorman calls cryptocurrency trend a mere “fad”.”I haven’t invested in it. I’ve talked to a lot of people who have. It’s obviously highly speculative but it’s not something that’s inherently bad. It’s a natural consequence of the whole blockchain technology.”Billionaire Ray DalioDalio, founder of one of the biggest hedge funds in the world said “Bitcoin is a bubble… It’s speculative people, thinking they can sell it at a higher price…and so, it’s a bubble.”Billionaire Jerry Yang, founder of Yahoo”Bitcoin as a digital currency is not quite there yet. I personally am a believer that digital currency can play a role in our society, but for now it seems to be driven by the hype of investing and getting a return, as opposed to transactions.”last_img read more

Las Vegas shooting deadliest in the history of modern United States

Las Vegas shooting deadliest in the history of modern United States

first_img.After a gunman killed more than 50 people at a Las Vegas concert Sunday, here are some of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States in the past 25 years.Florida club: 49 killedA heavily-armed gunman opens fire inside a gay nightclub in the city of Orlando on June 12, 2016 and kills 49 people.The attacker is killed in a shootout with police; he pledges allegiance to the Islamic State group, which later claims responsibility.Virginia Tech: 32 killedA 23-year-old student of Korean origin goes on a rampage at Virginia Tech University in the town of Blacksburg in April 2007. He kills 27 students and five teachers before committing suicide.Sandy Hook: 26 killedA disturbed 20-year-old man kills his mother in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012 before blasting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shooting dead 20 six- and seven-year old children and six adults. He commits suicide.Texas restaurant: 22 deadIn October 1991 a man shoots dead 22 people in a restaurant in the town of Killeen, Texas and then kills himself. Another wounded victim dies later.California office party: 14 deadA newlywed radicalized Muslim couple storm a Christmas office party at a social services center in San Bernardino in December 2015 and gun down 14 people, wounding 22 others. They are shot dead by police.Fort Hood military base: 13 deadIn November 2009 a US army psychiatrist opens fire at his military base in Killeen, Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 42, before being overpowered by police.New York immigrant center: 13 deadA Vietnamese immigrant shoots dead 13 people at a civic center in the New York state city of Binghamton in April 2009, before killing himself.Columbine High: 13 deadTwo teenage boys shoot and kill 12 classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, in April 1999, before killing themselves.Marines: 12 deadA troubled former serviceman shoots randomly at workers at the Washington Navy Yard headquarters in September 2013, killing 12 people before he is shot dead by officers.Denver cinema: 12 deadA young man wearing body armor storms a cinema showing a late-night premiere of a Batman film in Aurora, Colorado in July 2012, opening fire and releasing tear gas. Twelve people and 70 wounded. He is sentenced to life in prison.last_img read more

Rep Waters Works with Colleagues to Stop Political Violence in Haiti

Rep Waters Works with Colleagues to Stop Political Violence in Haiti

first_imgBy NNPA NewswireAfter returning from a trip to Haiti during which she saw evidence of politically motivated violence carried out by gangs allegedly affiliated with the Haitian government, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, worked with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to ensure that language addressing the political crisis in Haiti was included in the report accompanying the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2020.Congresswoman Lee, in her capacity as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, helped negotiate the language, which expresses great concerns about civil unrest and specifically mentions incidents in La Saline in November 2018, involving alleged human rights abuses and the burning of homes. The State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill was approved by the Appropriations Committee, along with the accompanying report, on May 16 on a vote of 29-23,[1] and is scheduled for consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives this week.[2]Upon returning to the United States, Congresswoman Waters discussed Haiti’s political crisis with Congresswoman Lee, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and other concerned Members of Congress, and they agreed to work together to pursue justice for the people of Haiti.“During my recent trip to Haiti, I was shocked and appalled to learn of the massacre and the burning of homes in La Saline and other evidence of politically motivated violence, and I am deeply disturbed by the allegations that the Haitian government may have been involved,” said Waters. “I thank my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, for working to include language in the report accompanying the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill to address this urgent crisis.”The report accompanying the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, as approved by the Appropriations Committee, includes the following language regarding the crisis in Haiti:“The Committee is greatly concerned by civil unrest in Haiti. The Committee expects the Secretary of State and USAID Administrator to support dialogue aimed at resolving the political crisis and ensuring that upcoming elections are transparent and inclusive. The Committee is especially concerned about the incidents in November 2018 in La Saline, including alleged human rights abuses and the burning of homes in the area. The Committee encourages the Government of Haiti to address the real grievances in the country, including access to housing. The Committee encourages the provision of technical support for thorough and independent investigations into both the allegations of corruption and human rights violations.”[3]The report also includes the following additional provision conditioning U.S. foreign assistance for the central Government of Haiti on progress towards reforms:“Haiti.—Pursuant to subsection (c), funds are withheld for assistance for the central Government of Haiti unless the Secretary of State certifies and reports that the Government of Haiti is taking the following steps: (1) strengthening the rule of law including by transparently selecting judges based on merit, reducing pre-trial detention, respecting the independence of the judiciary, and implementing reforms to increase transparency and accountability including through the penal and criminal code; (2) combating corruption including by implementing the 2014 anti-corruption law and prosecuting corrupt officials; (3) increasing government revenues, including through tax reforms, and increasing expenditures on public services; and (4) resolving commercial disputes between U.S. entities and the government of Haiti.”[4]Waters led a delegation to Haiti on April 24, 2019, during which she saw evidence of politically motivated violence in La Saline and nearby neighborhoods. The delegation met with residents of these communities, who described a series of brutal attacks over the past six months, carried out by alleged government-connected gangs and police officers.Upon returning to the United States, Waters discussed Haiti’s political crisis with Lee, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and other concerned members of Congress, and they agreed to work together to pursue justice for the people of Haiti.Additional details about the violence in La Saline have surfaced since the congressional delegation’s visit. On May 15, the Miami Herald reported that during a four-day period, Nov. 13-17, 2018, in La Saline, “Women were raped and set on fire, as was a police officer” and “men, women and even children as young as 4 were shot to death, their bodies then fed to dogs and pigs.” Furthermore, local human-rights groups estimated the death toll of the massacre between 15 and 71 people. The Miami Herald also reported that a police investigation had confirmed the participation of high-level government officials in the La Saline massacre, and had traced an assault rifle assigned to the National Palace to the massacre.[5]LINKS:[1] “Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2020 State and Foreign Operations Funding Bill”, House Committee on Appropriations, May 16, 2019, https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/appropriations-committee-approves-fiscal-year-2020-state-and-foreign-operations.[2] “Floor Schedule Update for the Week of June 10, 2019,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, https://www.majorityleader.gov/content/floor-schedule-update-week-june-10-2019.[3] “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2020”, House of Representatives, https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/FY2020%20SFOPs%20Filed%20Report%20-%20HR%202839.pdf, Report 116-78, pages 122-123.[4] “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2020”, House of Representatives, https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/FY2020%20SFOPs%20Filed%20Report%20-%20HR%202839.pdf, Report 116-78, page 122.[5] “Dozens brutally killed, raped in Haiti massacre, police say. ‘Even young children were not spared’”, Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 15, 2019, updated May 17, 2019, https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article230380739.html.last_img read more