Leaders descend on national capital in anticipation of Mondays televised debate

first_imgTORONTO — Most of the federal party leaders are hitting the books today, cramming for Monday’s critical English-language leaders debate like high schoolers before an all-important final exam.Judging by the Liberal party’s campaign itinerary, though, Justin Trudeau thinks he’s going to ace it.Instead of debate prep, Trudeau will spend part of the day in a rural community just outside Belleville, Ont., planting trees in a riding that the Liberals barely managed to wrestle away from the Conservatives in 2015.The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh, the only other leader with public events on his agenda, will be in Ottawa to pick up debating tips from Ed Broadbent, the party’s long-standing elder statesman. Later today, he’ll appear on CBC Radio’s live call-in show, “Cross Country Checkup.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Green Leader Elizabeth May are both either in or en route to the national capital to prepare for Monday night’s televised debate, arguably the most important event of the campaign so far.Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet and People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier are also taking part, marking the first time all six leaders have squared off in person on the same debate stage.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Los Angeles looks to break up vast illegal pot sales

Los Angeles is considering a major crackdown on illegal marijuana shops that have been bedeviling the city’s legal marketplace.Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday said he is considering adding “tens of millions” of dollars to the fight against the flourishing illicit market.The mayor didn’t put a precise figure on the spending for the city’s upcoming budget but said it would go toward police overtime and enforcement operations in other city agencies.He says legal shops “can’t get undercut every single day” by illicit sellers who typically have lower prices.California kicked off broad legal sales in 2018, but Los Angeles has struggled to get control of its vast illegal marijuana economy.LA is the largest U.S. city with a legal pot market.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press

Mayors of Colombo and Seoul sign friendship and cooperation agreement

Seoul and Colombo have maintained longstanding collaboration through CITYNET. Seoul is the President of CITYNET and Colombo is an Executive Committee Member and a founder member of CITYNET since 1987. The Mayor of Colombo, A J M Muzammil and the Mayor of Seoul, Won-soon Park signed an Agreement on friendship and cooperation between the cities of Colombo and Seoul, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Soul said today.The two Mayors during a brief meeting prior to the signing ceremony in Soul agreed to share mutual experience in urban development, including Korea’s experience in solid waste management. The City of Colombo will host the 2017 CITYNET Congress. (Colombo Gazette)

European Court of Justice lawyer sides with Google in right to be

European Court of Justice lawyer sides with Google in ‘right to be forgotten’ case AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AMSTERDAM – A top lawyer at the European Court of Justice said Tuesday that Google and other search engines should not have to remove web pages containing personal information from their search indexes.In a blow for the “right to be forgotten” privacy principle in Europe, the court’s independent Advocate General, Niilo Jaaskinen, said in a formal opinion that websites, not Google, should bear responsibility for information they publish.Jaaskinen said that Google’s search function “does not imply any control over the content included on third party web pages,” he said in his opinion, which is not binding but influential in helping judges form their opinions. Google’s information indexing system “does not even enable the Internet search engine provider to distinguish between personal data…and other data.”The Luxembourg-based ECJ was asked to weigh in on the issue after a case in Spain, where the national data protection agency received complaints from individuals who said personal information from years earlier could be found on a simple Internet search.The Spanish agency decided in their favour and ordered Google Spain and Google to ensure the information did not come up in search results. Google contested that in Spanish Court, arguing it would place it in the position of deciding what pages to censor.The ECJ will rule on the same issues addressed by Jaaskinen later this year. More than a hundred complaints are on hold in Spain awaiting the European decision.The Spanish agency had invoked the “right to be forgotten,” a principle derived from the idea that European citizens should be allowed to control over their own personal data — not have it stored and made accessible on line by large companies. However, Jaasiknen said that the idea that there is any general “right to be forgotten” is a misunderstanding.Rather, he said, European individuals have a right to correct wrong information or protest the way their personal information is being used — when they have good grounds.That “does not entitle a person to restrict or terminate dissemination of personal data that he considers to be harmful or contrary to his interests,” he said.That does not extend to accurate information that has been published, which is at the heart of many of the Spanish cases.The Spanish data protection agency said Tuesday it was still studying the ruling and did not have any immediate reaction.Google, based in Mountain View, California, welcomed Jaasiknen’s opinion.“We’re glad to see it supports our long-held view that requiring search engines to suppress ‘legitimate and legal information’ would amount to censorship,” said Bill Echikson, who has the title of “Head of Free Expression” at Google for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Jaaskinen’s opinion said Google remains subject to local laws, and it could be forced to take steps amounting to blocking websites that house illegal content, such as those infringing intellectual property or displaying libelous or criminal information.But it noted that when information is legal and in the public domain, blocking it would violate publishers’ right to freedom of expression. by Toby Sterling, The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2013 4:44 am MDT read more

Will NBA Players Refuse to Visit The White House

Amid the fallout from Donald Trump’s impending presidency, Jalen Rose believes many NBA stars will refuse White House visits.The retired basketball player made the proclamation on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” Nov. 9 ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ visit to the president’s estate.He began by describing how Trump has alienated the Black community and other non-white groups. During his campaign, the Republican president-elect re-tweeted an inaccurate tweet about Black people murdering whites, to name one indiscretion. Such rhetoric led Black Twitter users to flip the script on his flawed logic earlier this month.“How it’s going to affect sports?” Rose said of Trump’s stance. “Unlike Tom Brady – when his team won the championship, and he chose not to go to the White House, saying it was a scheduling conflict when Barack Obama was in office – what we’re going to see in professional sports — NBA and NFL — mark my words. There will be players that decline the opportunity to visit the White House under his presidency.”If Rose’s words are true, that means the Cavs would be the last team to accept recognition from the Oval Office.Members of the Ohio-based team stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to celebrate their championship during the 2016 NBA season.President Obama praised the team in a speech Nov. 10, especially LeBron James.“When you see LeBron James, it is not just his power and his speed and his verticle,” Obama said. “It is his unselfishness, it is his work ethic, it is his insistence on always making the right play, his determination. All of which make him one of the great players of all time.””Let’s give it up for the world champs one last time!” —@POTUS honors the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland @Cavs https://t.co/E82ea3Dq5l— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 10, 2016Additionally, the team took part in the Mannequin Challenge with first lady Michelle Obama. The craze involves participants standing perfectly still as they interact with one another on video.Freezing our @WhiteHouse visit in time forever with @FLOTUS!#MannequinChallenge ?? pic.twitter.com/iX1qaJ8qQQ— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 11, 2016 read more

University sports day descends into all out war as students burn banners

first_img“We condemn violent and intimidating behaviour and will be investigating what happened. We will be working with the police, campus security and the security team we hired for the event,” they added.“It is a shame that these actions spoiled a day of great sporting conduct and fair play by the Brighton and Sussex teams and many spectators.”Sussex was reported to have won the Varsity cup for the fourth year in a row, winning 12.5 – 8.5. cant believe police shut down sussex campus bc people got bottled at varsity— ✨alby✨ (@blemsquad) March 19, 2017 Students were seen fighting across various sporting fixtures, forcing officials to abandon the remaining matches When Brighton vs Sussex varsity rugby match turns into a full on riot with uni flag burnings, flares and streakers #evwasthestreaker— marf (@marfa_97) March 19, 2017 Charlotte Eaton, a member of the Sussex women’s rugby team, said: “Brighton Uni fans stormed the pitch, so they cancelled the match halfway through. Then the fans were throwing flares at each other and bottles – I nearly got hit by one.”Another spectator said that the lack of stewards present at the fixture had exacerbated the problem, adding: “It became so bad it just spilled over onto the pitch and it all had to be cancelled. Some students were injured, people were lying around with bloody faces. I’ve never seen anything like it.”Another student told the Sussex University online newspaper The Badger: “They easily could have prevented this with better planning. Not to mention, once the match was called off because of fights they could easily have moved people off in smaller groups to make it safer.” A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Police were called to a report of a large fight that had broken out among spectators at a varsity rugby match at Falmer on Sunday.“Police are examining CCTV of the incident and want to speak to anyone who was injured or who may have witnessed or have information about the incident.” Fights between rival groups of students are believed to have started after Sussex supporters were heard chanting provocative chants towards the Brighton spectators.According to a number of onlookers, the students, described as “posh boys”, chanted “We get AABs, you get STDs”, whilst others shouted “your dad works for my dad”.In response, a number of Brighton students are believed to have responded by burning homemade “Sussex” banners.The string of skirmishes between supporters, described by management from both universities as “shocking and disgraceful”, required police intervention and resulted in a number of nearby bars being closed in an attempt to prevent the violence from escalating.Erupting on Sunday afternoon on Sussex University’s sports complex, the fighting escalated around midday during a rugby varsity match, forcing officials to abandon the contest at half-time.At least two female students are believed to have been injured after being hit by projectiles during the match, which also saw supporters stage a pitch invasion. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Students were seen fighting across various sporting fixtures, forcing officials to abandon the remaining matchesCredit:Twitter Police were forced to intervene as fights flared between rival student supportersCredit:The Tab A university sports day descended into violent clashes between rival supporters on Sunday, as students were seen throwing flares and bottles, burning banners and chanting derogatory songs in front of hundreds of spectators.The clashes between students from the Universities of Sussex and Brighton – who were seen dressed in tribal face paint – resulted in several students being taken to hospital after they were struck with bottles and other projectiles.Amid the violence, one student is believed to have threatened another with a knife, as stewards and police officers struggled to control supporters on either side.Police confirmed that a student was arrested on suspicion of carrying a weapon, and has since been released pending further inquiries.  A flare was thrown onto the pitch during a rugby varsity match as police struggled to control supportersCredit:The Tab Sussex Students’ Union said the actions of supporters had been “violent and intimidating” as they warned that those involved may have jeopardised the future of the annual fixture. The incident has forced both universities to launch a formal investigation, with the culprits potentially facing expulsion if caught.Vice-chancellors of Sussex and Brighton, Professors Adam Tickell and Debra Humphries, said they condemned the incident as they warned that the students involved would face “serious consequences”.”The scenes witnessed at the annual varsity sports day were shocking and disgraceful,” they said in a joint statement.“A full investigation has been launched into events and any students identified as having participated in the disorder will face serious consequences under our codes of discipline.“We unreservedly condemn the behaviour. The future of fixtures will be under review as part of our wider investigation.” A flare was thrown onto the pitch during a rugby varsity match as police struggled to control supporters Nearby, several students were taken to hospital with suspected concussion following a brawl at a football match, whilst the referee and linesmen were hit by objects thrown by supporters. Police were forced to intervene as fights flared between rival student supporterslast_img read more

Russia smash Czech Republic for place at WCh 2019

russia ← Previous Story France and Russia together in group at Women’s EHF EURO 2018 Next Story → Hungary are at WCh 2019! Russia are at IHF World Championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark!The team led by Eduard Koksharov made significant step forward by beating the biggest surprise of the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croata – Czech Republic 29:21 in the decisive match in Perm. Russians had a good base after 26:27 defeat in the first match in Plzen.Dmitry Zitnikhov was the TOP scorer in the winning team with eight goals, while Sergei Gorbok netted five.Is it time for Russia to show all of the potential?

The best lines from John McAfees weird unsettling blog

first_imgIn May of this year, John McAfee was arrested by an anti-gang task force on weapons charges. A few days ago, McAfee became a wanted man, in Belize, for questioning in relation to the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Faull. If this all seems a little crazy considering this was the man behind a the biggest name in antivirus software, that’s because he’s a little crazy, at least if McAfee’s personal blog is any indication. There’s some bizarre stuff on there, and we’ve culled the craziest bits.At the time of this writing, the two most recent posts on the blog that greet visitors are not only odd, but extremely unsettling. The second-most recent post, entitled “If I am captured,” is a succinct proclamation from McAfee himself detailing how, if he is indeed captured, the blog will go on and the blog’s administrator will keep the rolling with around a year’s worth of McAfee’s pre-written material.In the most recent post, entitled “Love and deception,” McAfee wrote that he has no interest in being loved, but rather is focused on loving, and that women use him for his money. He notes that when he became intimate with his current love interest, Sam, he told her that he doesn’t expect her to love him, and though she tells him she does multiple times a day, there’s no way for him to believe it. It reads a little bit like a stereotypical LiveJournal. The juxtaposition of these two posts, going from discussing his own capture to not being able to trust love, posted on the same date of November 19, is highly erratic at the very least.In the third most recent post, also from November 19, McAfee discussed what it’s like to be on the lam, and how he needs to not only evade authorities, but conduct his own investigation into his neighbor’s murder. He wrote at length about his new disguise: “I darkened and browned my front teeth. I stuffed a shaved down tampon deep into my right nostril and died the tip dark brown — giving my nose an awkward, lopsided, disgusting appearance.” In order to remain out in the open, McAfee states he assumed the role of a local vendor, peddling carved wooden trinkets or tamales to tourists.He claims he watched the police dig up his four dogs that had been poisoned and buried. Then, supposedly, the police “cut off the heads and re-buried the bodies,” which McAfee found “curious.”On the blog, McAfee paints himself out to be some kind of hero, evading law enforcement at every turn, with his friends altruistically telling him things like “Where you go, I go,” and his lover grabbing him and passionately kissing him in public so as to avoid detection, just like a scene from a movie. In the span of two blog posts, he states he lives with a 17-year-old girl named Amy, and the two of them don’t wear clothes in his house, then notes he is in love with, and implies he is in a relationship with a 20-year-old girl named Sam.Regardless of his innocence or guilt, the blog is a fascinating read, and doesn’t require much backstory, though he provides it. For the uninvolved reader, perhaps the best part of the blog are some of the quotes that appear throughout the writing. We pulled them out and felt listing them here would make for an accurate snapshot of McAfee’s descent into blogging madness.Quotes“I could care less about who sleeps with whom, or where, or how — as long as it’s not in my own bed while I’m trying to sleep. Well, to be honest, not even in the same room while I’m trying to sleep. Barring that, nothing could concern me less.”“She is acutely aware of her surroundings and is as street smart as a sober hobo.”“His only crime was driving me into town the day of the murder.”“I stuffed my cheeks with chewed bubble gum stuck to the outside of my upper and lower molars – making my face appear much fatter.”“I adjusted my posture so that I appeared a good six inches shorter than my actual height and slowly walked up and down the beach with a pronounced limp, pushing an old single speed bicycle and peddling my wares to tourists and reporters using a broken English with a heavy Spanish accent.”“Then I watched the police dig up my four dogs that had been poisoned and buried. They cut off the heads and re-buried the bodies. I found this curious.”“Perhaps the bags contained their lunch and they ate while searching. Perhaps not.”“No-one at the house, including the staff, know that I am nearby. If the police are reading this, do not randomly round up everyone for harboring a fugitive. Please.”“Parents here ‘promote’ attractive daughters to men with money constantly. It helps the families through ‘trickle down’.”“Many have commented that these women were only with me because of my money – a fact that I have to agree with.”If you ever watch Family Guy — stay with me for a minute — there’s an episode where Stewie takes control of his older brother Chris through some sci-fi machination. Whatever Stewie says — usually eloquent — is translated through Chris’ rough, teenage dialect. So, whatever comes out of Chris’ mouth ends up being a sophisticated idea said in an unsophisticated way. This is how it feels to read John McAfee’s blog. The ideas are crazy, but the actual writing is normal. It’s a surreal read, and if you want to curl up under a blanket and spook yourself out a little bit, you should give it a go.last_img read more

Over 100 native Irish plants are endangered including these wellknown favourites

first_img Chives (Allium schoenoprasum). Source: Cilian Roden/DAHGA REPORT PUBLISHED by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs shows that over 100 native Irish plants can be classified as endangered.A total of 1,211 different plant species, subspecies and hybrids are assessed in the report, ranging from the largest trees to the smallest wild flowers, grasses and ferns.Of the plants assessed, 106 (or 8.8%) are assigned an IUCN Red List threat category and are Ireland’s “red-listed” plants.Twenty vascular plants (or 1.7% of those assessed) are critically endangered, 25 (2.1%) are endangered and 61 (5.0%) are vulnerable, the report added. Small-white orchid (Pseudorchis albida). Source: John Conaghan/Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.ExtinctionVascular plants include ferns, clubmosses, horsetails and the whole range of flowering plants from grasses, sedges and rushes to herbaceous wildflowers and woody shrubs and trees.Red lists are a globally recognised assessment providing information on the degree to which species are under threat and at risk of extinction and, by implication, those for which conservation measures need to be considered.The assessment is carried out along guidelines developed by the IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature.Scannell’s Whitebeam (Sorbus scannelliana).Source: Mike Wyse Jackson/DAHGNative to IrelandThe vascular plants assessed are those that are native to Ireland or were introduced to the island before the year 1500.These comprise vascular plant species, subspecies and certain hybrids that are recorded from the wild. By Darragh Peter Murphy Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera). Source: Mike Brown/DAHGThreatenedIn addition to the 106 red-listed plants, 15 plants (1.2%) are extinct in Ireland.Another 98 (8.1%) are considered to be “near threatened”, and 887 (73.2%) are of “least concern”. Oysterplant (Mertensia maritima) Source: .John Conaghan/DAHGInternationalOf the vascular plants considered, 18 are endemic, or found only on the island of Ireland, including two types of the whitebeam tree, several hawkweeds, a saxifrage and an orchid.Ireland is of international importance, because it is home to a quarter of the population for 47 vascular plants, including several orchids, sea-lavenders and ferns. Common Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium). Source: Janice Fuller/DAHGRead: Kids who spend time in nature are more relaxed – here are 8 tips to get them outdoorsRead: Experts warn giraffes face ‘silent extinction’ as population substantially drops Friday 9 Dec 2016, 4:29 PM 16,943 Views Share Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3130065 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Over 100 native Irish plants are endangered, including these well-known favourites Twenty vascular plants (or 1.7% of those assessed) are critically endangered, 25 (2.1%) are endangered and 61 (5.0%) are vulnerable. Dec 9th 2016, 4:29 PM 18 Comments Short URLlast_img read more

Hellenic RSL set to march

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Members of Victoria’s Hellenic RSL, including veterans from Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan are set to take part in the official Anzac Day March in Melbourne on Thursday. Led by president Steve Kyritsis, who will also march with his Royal Australian Regiment unit, the Hellenic RSL will join thousands of veterans as they make their way from central Melbourne at midday to the Shrine of Remembrance. Steve told Neos Kosmos that the Hellenic RSL – which was originally formed in 1937 – was once again “proud to march on this historic day, to remember all the men and women that served and died for their country, those who gave so much for us to enjoy our freedom.” “It is also important to remember the Greek Australian men that served,” said Steve. In the First World War, 80 Greek Australians served in Australian forces, including 57 that were born in Greece and 12 were at Gallipoli. Some 2500 Australians of Greek descent served in Australian forces in WWII. The Hellenic RSL has 170 members and officially commemorates the Greek National Day, the Battle of Crete anniversary, and OXI Day. It is the only Greek organisation that marches on ANZAC Day in Melbourne. As president, Steve is a member of the recently-formed Lemnos-Gallipoli Committee, set up to acknowledge and promote Lemnos’ relationship to the Gallipoli campaign. The committee is currently preparing a submission to the Centenary of Anzac to erect a statue of a nurse and Digger at Port Melbourne as part of Centenary commemorations in 2015. “We’re hoping we’ll be able to put the memorial near Station Pier,” said Steve, “with its connection to both the many migrants who disembarked there, and those who embarked for war.”last_img read more

Cretan spirit lives on

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Pancretan Association of Melbourne hosted its annual dinner dance last Saturday, commemorating the 148th anniversary of the Holocaust of the Arkadi Monastery, with great success.The night began with a welcoming speech by Rena Fragioudakis, who highlighted this little known historical event, the Holocaust of Arkadi, as a significant date in Hellenic history. The Holy Monastery of Arkadi is one of Crete’s most acclaimed symbols of freedom, where hundreds of people perished in the fight against the Turks, trying to unite Crete with the rest of Greece. After receiving Father George Adamakis’ blessings, Michalis Houdalakis, president of the Cretan Federation in Australia and New Zealand, and John Nikolakakis, president of the association, sparked off the celebrations with an original mandinada, specially written for the occasion. International Cretan musicians took to the stage, with Nikos Manioudakis (lyra & vocals) and Kostas Alexakis (laouto), together with Antonis Xylouris, giving a mesmerising performance. The night wasn’t complete without some traditional dance performances from the junior, intermediate and senior dance groups of the association, supervised by dance teacher Mary Vasilakis.last_img read more

Découvrez en images la mosquée verte qui a remporté un prix darchitecture

first_imgDécouvrez en images la “mosquée “verte” qui a remporté un prix d’architectureLes architectes Onat Oktem, Ziya Imren, Zeynep Oktem et Uri Tzarnotzky ont conçu une mosquée écologique au service d’Allah.  Elle a été récompensée et reconnue comme “la meilleure structure religieuse” dans la compétition Faith in Place, qui concerne l’architecture de lieux religieux. Les architectes se sont inspirés de la longue histoire de ces endroits religieux islamiques et ils ont voulu concevoir un espace dédié à la religion, mais qui rassemblerait aussi la communauté locale. Pour cela, ils ont inclus une bibliothèque, un centre culturel et d’éducation, des halls dédiés aux discours et aux présentations, et une grande cuisine communautaire. Les espaces réservés aux traditionnelles ablutions et à la prière ont été prévus pour garantir intimité aux pratiquants. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauLa mosquée met en avant un design passif, c’est-à-dire des bâtiments dont la consommation énergétique est très basse, et veut puiser dans les matériaux locaux. La plupart d’entre eux ont été choisis en fonction des ressources locales disponibles et sont dans la mesure du possible recyclés. Un grand soin a aussi été porté quant au choix des peintures et des adhésifs afin de minimiser les émissions chimiques.  Le dôme est constitué de panneaux solaires qui chauffent l’eau et de trois toits couverts de verdure, ce qui permet d’améliorer à la fois l’isolation thermique du bâtiment et la qualité de l’air dans l’environnement urbain aux environs de la mosquée. Découvrez ce projet de mosquée verte en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/mosqu%e9e/une-mosquee-remporte-un-prix-d-039-architecture-pour-ses-innovations_art10392.htmlLe 15 novembre 2010 à 13:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Junior Achievement Program Starting

first_img Related Items:chamber of commerce, Junior Achievement Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Junior Achievement Leader in country for meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2014 (Junior Achievement Press Release) – BE A PART OF JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM IN TCIWe are offering this program throughout the high schools in the Turks & Caicos Islands at no cost to students to want to take ownership of their future:Giving Students a Brighter FutureStudents who participate in Junior Achievement programs demonstrate a significant understanding of economics and business concepts, particularly those who participate in programs at consecutive grade levels, according to independent evaluators The students will be based in an Company environment and can stay in the program throughout their high school years.The envisioned future … what we aspire to become. Junior Achievement maintains an active vision, front and center, on how we can have a positive impact on the lives of more students – guided by our core values:• Belief in the boundless potential of young people• Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship• Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it• Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals• Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration• Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning From our values, we articulate our purpose and vision, comprised of our core ideology:To empower young people to own their economic success. It’s not an easy task. But it’s the kind of challenge that JA takes on with creative energy, fervor, and decisive action.Junior Achievement has recently adopted a strategic plan to guide the organization’s growth and development over the next several years. This plan will ensure that JA is vital to those who build the future.We invite you to take up the challenge with us. Get involved today!Register online by September 30, 2014 at WWW.JATCI.ORG Employment Ministry launches consultation for new Employment laws Chamber of Commerce blind-sided to Work Permit changeslast_img read more

Political Roundup Trumps Feud With Corker And Building A Third Reservoir

first_img Share It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas.On this week’s edition, we talk about President Trump’s feud with retiring Sen. Bob Corker, Texas State Representative Mike Schofield proposing a plan to build a third reservoir in Greater Houston, and the latest Harvey recovery effortsOur panel of political experts this week includes: Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast, Jeremi Suri from UT-Austin, and Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7. 00:00 /28:57 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Should Health Risks From Coal Plants Be A Higher Priority For TCEQ

first_img 00:00 /07:48 Share A new study from Rice University finds sulfur dioxide emissions from Texas coal plants pose greater health risks than pollutants that cause ozone smog. And yet, the state mostly focuses on tackling the smog. Why?According to Daniel Cohan, an environmental engineering professor who led the study, it’s because the state has a harder time meeting federal limits on smog.As it stands, the environmental benchmark limits set by the federal government don’t exactly match health priorities.How can we change that? Is it up to the EPA? Or TCEQ? And since coal plants have been closing in Texas (three so far in 2018 with another set to close by the end of the year), is this a short-term problem, or is the Trump administration’s effort to prop up coal extending the health damage done by coal plants in Texas?We ask Cohan to walk us through his study and discuss whose responsibility it is to fix the problem, and how TCEQ could use computer modeling to predict concentrations of particulate matter in the air.Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Texas; Regional Haze and Interstate Visibility Transport Federal Implementation Plan:View Fullscreen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen Tom Pennington/Via The Texas Tribune Xlast_img read more

Steven Universe Save the Light Conjures Good Memories of Licensed Games

first_imgStay on target GEEK PICK: GEEKY VINYL SALEAlways Save The Day With This Steven Universe Gift Guide You don’t see many licensed games on consoles anymore. At least, there are very few that don’t begin with the words “LEGO” or “Telltale.” Nothing against those games, but you know more or less what you’re getting when you play one. Licensed games used to be everywhere on consoles, each one trying to put its own unique spin on whatever genre was popular at the time. Most weren’t what anyone would call “good.” Licensed games were often rushed, barely-playable cash-ins. Sometimes, you’d find a game that was a lot of fun despite a few flaws. I have fond memories of those PlayStation 2 Simpsons clones of Crazy Taxi and Grand Theft Auto. Occasionally, you’d find something actually cool, like Spider-Man 2, or more recently, South Park: The Stick of Truth. Steven Universe: Save The Light, which comes out this summer, looks like it’s going to fall in that category.Though the Cartoon Network-published Steven Universe: Save the Light, isn’t technically a licensed game, it deals in licensed properties. The game, coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is an RPG that borrows a lot from Obsidian’s South Park, and from classic Nintendo and Square games as well. They’re not shy about it either. At a preview event on May 19, Grumpyface Studios founder and lead designer on Steven Universe: Save the Light, Chris Graham was very clear about where his inspirations came from. The combat feels like a mix of Super Mario RPG and Final Fantasy. Instead of being strictly turn based, you have a reserve of stars. Each action in battle costs a certain amount of stars, and you can replenish them by waiting for a Final Fantasy ATB-style bar to fill or by using consumable items from Steven’s Hamburger Backpack. When you attack or are attacked, a star will appear underneath the target. Press the button while the star is there, and you’ll either do extra damage when attacking or take less when guarding. The timing took some getting used to, as it felt a little loose, but I got the hang of it as my time with the game went on.AdChoices广告Some of the most fun I had with the demo was exploring the game’s version of Beach City, which turns the cartoon’s setting into an open RPG town. My favorite thing to do in any game is walk around fictional cities, talking to everybody and seeing exactly how things are laid out. It’s why I enjoyed those Simpsons games so much. After years of watching the TV show, I had so much fun seeing where Springfield’s most recognizable locations were in relation to each other. I got the same kind of feeling playing Steven Universe: Save the Light. It felt even better this time, as series creator Rebecca Sugar’s heavy involvement in the game adds a layer of authenticity to Beach City’s map.It also helps that moving around in Steven Universe is fun. Steven has more mobility than most RPG characters. He can curl into a ball and do a fast roll across the ground (useful for finding secrets hidden in trees and mounds of dirt), and he can also jump high enough to walk on top of Beach City’s buildings. The developers hid secrets all over the place, usually items that help you in battle, so this kind of exploration is encouraged. As you’d expect from a game like this, there are plenty of familiar characters scattered throughout town that you can talk to. Most will offer side-quests, and others will just offer a bit of flavor dialog. Lars is standing outside Big Donut, acting like he’s too cool for Steven. Most of the side-missions I saw were your basic “this thing has gone missing, find it for me” fetch quest, but they’re usually callbacks to specific episodes of the show, which is fun for fans of the series.The first thing most fans will notice is that the game has a decidedly different look from the cartoon. That comes from Grumpyface’s first SU game for mobile, Steven Universe: Attack the Light. Graham said that during the development of that game, they based the characters off the distance models from the cartoon, meaning the less-detailed versions artists draw when the characters are supposed to be far away. The idea was that those models would be more appropriate for a small screen you hold away from your face. The result was a clean, cute look that was unique to the game while still being unmistakably Steven Universe. For the console sequel, they added a little more detail while keeping the simple, craft-paper look intact. And since the game’s on consoles now, they were able to up its scale significantly. The areas are much larger than in the mobile game, and you can explore a lot more freely.Even with the different look, it so far feels like you’re playing an episode of the Steven Universe cartoon. That’s largely thanks to Rebecca Sugar’s close involvement in its development. Graham said that unlike with Attack the Light, where Sugar signed off on the story, much of her writing made it into the game. Graham described a very collaborative partnership between himself and Sugar. Graham, who said he’s a fan of the show, would send scripts and quest ideas to Sugar, who would add her own changes and ideas, and the process would go back and fourth like that until they were happy with what they’d come up with. The result is a video game adaptation that feels like it understands what makes the show special. It has the wacky sense of humor with the underlying earnestness and heart that sets Steven Universe apart from most other cartoons. It may not be the full involvement that, for example, Trey Parker and Matt Stone had in the South Park game, but that’s probably why it will release on time.The one part of all this I’m not entirely sold on is the dialog options. It’s an RPG in 2017, so of course, they’re going to be there, but they didn’t feel all that meaningful, at least as far as the story was concerned. Now, I only got to play a small section of the game, so I can’t say fur sure, but their purpose seems more mechanical than story-focused. From what I saw, there’s a right answer and a wrong answer. Which is which depends on who you’re talking to. Choose the right one, and you get some extra relationship points with that character. It’s one of the ways the game rewards you for being familiar with the show. As a result, it feels less like you’re choosing what you want Steven to say (or think he would say), and more like you’re trying to guess the answer to a trivia question.Those relationship points do have a purpose though. In combat, if you build up your relationship between two characters, they can join to perform special moves. For example, Steven and Greg can play music together that protects the entire party. The coolest thing the devs showed me were the fusions. Yes, certain characters can fuse together in this game, just like they do in the show. Build up the relationship between some characters, and they’ll fuse together into a new character. The one the devs showed off to me was Steven and Connie’s fusion, Stevonnie. Stevonnie is a powerful character whose attacks made a serious dent in the health of a difficult boss. They also look really cool. Seeing them appear onscreen was definitely the high point of the demo. As a fan of the show, it put a huge smile on my face.There is a drawback, though. Stevonnie has their own attacks, and can’t use any of Connie’s or Steven’s. This forces you to choose your fusion moments carefully, making sure you don’t need Steven’s healing ability, for example. That very need forced me to un-fuse Stevonnie and cost me the boss battle. To be fair to me, that battle got surprisingly hard for an RPG presumably aimed at kids. The fight involved an evil woodchipper who unleashed a devastating group attack after its minions fed it three logs. When multiple minions carrying three logs each started to appear, I yelled out, “Oh, come on!” Graham told me they’re still tweaking the difficulty.The game will feature eight playable characters (seven to start, with another added in planned post-game DLC), and you can have up to four in a party. Even in the overworld, each character has a unique ability that will help you explore the environments and find secrets. For example, Connie’s sword can cut down bushes, and Greg’s guitar can solve Zelda-style music puzzles. For now, they would only talk about five of the playable characters: Steven, Connie, Greg, and the three “main” Crystal Gems, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. I asked if it was possible to un-fuse Garnet and play as Ruby and Sapphire. Graham hesitated for a moment and declined to answer. Hmmm. Sounds like it could be a possibility… I was a little disappointed to learn that Lars would not be a playable character. He’s become a bigger part of the show in the current season and has grown into one of my favorite characters. Mostly I want Lars to be playable because, like most of the fandom, I desperately want to see a Steven-Lars fusion. Oh, well. Maybe if the game gets a sequel.Steven Universe: Save the Light is the kind of game you don’t see so often anymore. It’s a licensed game for a console that, at least so far, feels like it has a lot of love behind it. Graham told me that Grumpyface has been able to choose the properties they work on, which means they’ve gotten to work on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim shows the developers actually like. In the little bit I played, that love of the source material is definitely present. There’s just enough fan service to make regular viewers of the series happy, but not so much that it will alienate more casual fans. If you’ve only seen a couple of episodes, and aren’t the type to obsess over it on Tumblr, there’s plenty here for you too. If the rest of the game is anything like what I played, it should be a fun, casual RPG that stays true to its source material. As burnt out as the world got on licensed games back in the day, I’m excited to run around a world I’ve only seen on TV. I haven’t done that on a console since the PS2 days.Steven Universe: Save the Light will be out this summer for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. (Sorry Nintendo fans, no Switch version is planned at this point.)last_img read more

Technicians Studio Amendment Bill likely to be tabled in Assembly soon

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is likely to table The Technicians’ Studio Private Limited (Amendment) Bill, 2019, at the ongoing Assembly session for the purpose of vesting better superintendence, direction, control and management of the affairs and business of the studio.The Bill is aimed at simplifying its operation and making provisions for better control of the state government over the affairs of the Technicians’ Studio. According to the Bill, the state government will constitute a board in this regard, which will be named West Bengal Board for Technicians’ Studio. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe board, consisting of seven members, will be headed by a chairman who shall be the minister in charge of Information and Cultural Affairs (I&CA) department, or any other minister appointed by the Chief Minister. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself holds charge of the I&CA department and is likely to be the chairman of the board. The board will also consist of a vice-chairman, appointed by the state government and members in the form of secretary of I&CA, secretary of Finance department, joint secretary of I&CA, one officer below the rank of joint secretary of I&CA and three other persons from the film or television industry in the state, as nominated by the state government. According to the Bill, the estimated annual financial application for constitution of the board is Rs 19,37,000, which will be borne by the Technicians’ Studio from its revenue. Recently, BJP in the state has launched two organisations for the Bengali film and television industry, which has been a stronghold of the ruling Trinamool Congress.last_img read more

Dark Cloud Forming The Struggle to Balance Security and Employee Privacy

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Gone are the days when employees sat at their desks with corporate-issued laptops or when employees would “VPN” into the office just to get their email. And gone are the days when mobile email meant the drab Blackberry.By 2017, Gartner predicts that more than half of all large corporations will require their employees to bring their own devices (BYOD) to work. At the same time the use of cloud applications is exploding, since they are easy to use from anywhere at any time. However, at the intersection of BYOD and the cloud are two huge concerns for IT staff and employees alike — security and privacy. Established solutions on the market largely fail to address these areas simultaneously, and both must be balanced for BYOD and the cloud to move forward.Related: Tech Trend for 2014: The Risk in BYOD OfficesToday’s employees are continuously connected to both work and their private life using a range of devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops, switching between these devices as they go about their lives. Compounding matters, employees use their preferred cloud apps for both work and personal use. Cloud apps are always up to date, easy to acquire and far easier to use than on-premise corporate apps. In many organizations, the sanctioned apps provided by IT tend to be woefully out of date and antiquated in comparison.Against this backdrop of BYOD and self-serve cloud applications, corporate IT struggles to control and secure corporate data. Familiar security products and technologies are designed to protect corporate infrastructure. But with BYOD and the cloud, corporate data is served from third-party cloud apps via third-party mobile networks to employee-owned BYOD mobile devices and laptops. The challenge of securing sensitive corporate data in this uncontrolled environment is daunting, and largely unsolved.Initial attempts at securing corporate data in BYOD and cloud environments comprised of installing mobile device management (MDM) software on each device. MDM software controls how employees can use their devices and monitors all employee actions on them. Naturally, employees were not thrilled that corporate IT could monitor even their personal communications on their own phone. In a recent survey conducted by an MDM vendor, 70 percent of employees expressed privacy concerns regarding MDM agents on their devices.   Related: How the Cloud Can Save You From a ‘BYOD’ Tech NightmarePrivacy concerns have driven savvy employees to carry two devices, one for work and one for personal use.Early approaches to securing data in cloud apps have also been heavy-handed. These approaches inspect and block access to cloud apps, whether personal or work related, violating employee privacy. In fact, separating personal use from business use is no easy task since employees may use the same cloud app for both.In the end, when sensitive corporate information leaks, corporate IT has no idea how it got there. Corporate data has become like the dollar bill — employees need to use it anywhere, any time to be productive, but they should not be able to make unauthorized copies.What corporate IT really needs is a technology to track and secure data no matter where it is — in the cloud, on employee devices or anywhere on the internet. Such a technology would not only enable corporate IT to say “yes” to the cloud apps and devices that employees want, but also finally be able to answer the perplexing question: “Who leaked that spreadsheet on Dropbox?”Related: Employees Ditch Company Tech in Favor of Personal Devices 3 min read February 14, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

Hottest time of year finally comes to end for Cancun Riviera Maya

first_imgCancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The hottest time of the year, locally known as canicula, has officially come to an end with Cancun and Cozumel recording the highest daytime temperatures.According to the National Water Commission, the 40-day period of dog days or canicula saw Cancun record 39.5C and Cozumel 39C as the hottest in the region during canicula. Both temperatures were recorded during the month of July.The temperatures were stand-alone daytime figures and not thermal sensations or “feel like” temperatures when combined with the region’s high levels of humidity.José Luis Blanco Pajón, director of the National Water Commission (Conagua) for the state, said that this year the temperatures were higher compared to the previous year. He explained that Playa del Carmen recorded a high temperature of 35C, which when combined with the intense humidity, gives the air a feeling of closer to 40C.“It has been a very difficult hot season for the population of Quintana Roo. Now, we hope that in the rest of August and into the following weeks will see temperatures decrease, although we must wait and see what the weather conditions give us.”The hottest time of year for the Cancun, Riviera Maya region runs from around July 15 to August 23 of each year. The 40-day season of canicula is the hottest and most humid time of year, but with the least amount of rainfall with temperatures averaging the high 30s to low 40s.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dog put down in Ladysmith due to burn wounds from hot water

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A crossbreed dog had to be put down this morning (May 9) after she was burnt with scalding-hot water in Steadville.With tears in her eyes, Annamarie Koen of the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) explained that the league received complaints of animal abuse in the area.On arrival, they were shocked to find a dog covered with burn wounds.Also read: Beware: Dog poisoning hits Ladysmith hard with ‘Two-Step’Also read: Animal abuse: Neglected dog with broken leg put down at Ladysmith AACLHot water had been poured from the dog’s head down her whole body. The helpless animal was in excruciating pain as Annamarie tried to calm her down.The dog’s eyelids were completely burnt off and the burn wounds to her head were the worst. “I cannot believe people can be so heartless as to do something like this. We always appeal to the community that if they do not want their animals, they can bring them to me, but don’t be viciously cruel like this,” says a heartbroken Annamarie.The dog was put down due to her injuries.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more