Irish heap pressure on Britain on postBrexit border

first_imgLONDON – Ireland’s European commissioner on Sunday pressured British Prime Minister Theresa May to change course on Brexit talks to solve the issue of the post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland so stalled negotiations can move forward.Phil Hogan said the border problem can easily be solved if May drops her plans to take Britain out of the European Union customs union and the single market when it departs the 28-nation bloc in 2019.Failing that, he told The Observer on Sunday, the government should allow Northern Ireland to remain in these entities so no hard border would be required because there would be no trade barriers and no need for customs enforcement.“If the U.K. or Northern Ireland remained in the EU customs union, or better still the single market, there would be no border issue,” he said. “That’s a very simple fact.”Britain’s international trade secretary, Liam Fox, quickly rejected this approach. He told Sky News the resolution of the Irish border issue will have to wait until details about future trade relations have been worked out.“We don’t want there to be a hard border, but the U.K. is going to be leaving the customs union and the single market,” he said.The Irish borders issue — along with the “divorce bill” Britain has to pay for leaving the bloc, and the rights of EU citizens affected by Brexit — are key obstacles slowing negotiations between Britain and its estranged EU partners. EU leaders won’t allow talks to move into critical trade areas until “significant progress” has been made on these issues.May’s government insists Britain will leave the customs union and single market when it leaves the EU. At that point, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will become a dividing line between Britain and the EU — and a new arrangement will be needed to monitor the flow of people and of goods.Hogan argues this “hard border” won’t be needed if Britain, at the very least, allows Northern Ireland to remain in the customs union. But his approach has been rejected by Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionists, a Northern Ireland party that is using its votes in Parliament to prop up May’s minority government.Foster told her party conference Saturday that the party would not back any agreement that “creates barriers” between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, in effect ruling out special status for Northern Ireland in the post-Brexit era.EU leaders said Friday that Britain must show progress on the problem issues by Dec. 4 in time for a mid-December summit to allow the talks to progress to the next phase, which will involve substantive discussion of the future trading relationship between Britain and its former partners.last_img read more

Swiss Expert Warns of Repercussions of Aid Embezzlement in Tindouf on

Geneva  –  The embezzlement of humanitarian aid sent to Tindouf by Algeria and the Polisario separatists represents a “source of conflict” and casts a shadow on peace in the Maghreb, Swiss regional expert on MENA region, Jean-Marc Maillard, said on Monday.The embezzlement of humanitarian aid “is reflective of a sad reality that can only be a source of conflicts,” he was quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) as sayong.While expressing “concerns regarding peace in the Maghreb,” he deplored that the humanitarian aid is perpetrated in full connivance between the “Algerian regime and its polisario henchmen.” Maillard pointed out to the disclosure of a report by the European Anti-Fraud office (OLAF) which laid bare the “fraudulent diversion” of humanitarian aid by Algeria and the polisario leadership to the detriment of the population held against their will in the camps of Tindouf.The Swiss expert also raised questions about the repercussions of the fall in oil prices on the Algerian financial resources and its hydrocarbon-based economy, saying that “the opportunist practices, that were denounced in the OLAF report, reflect a lack of vision with regard to the future in the Algerian regime and the impasse in which it is currently trapped.”The 2007 OLAF report, which was made public last week, slams the Polisario leadership and Algerian authorities for organized embezzlement of aid which is diverted from the port of Oran.MWN with MAP read more

New technologies artificial intelligence aid fight against global terrorism

Co-organized by Belarus and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), “Countering terrorism through innovative approaches and the use of new and emerging technologies” concluded on Wednesday in Minsk.The internet “expands technological boundaries literally every day” and AI, 3D printing biotechnology innovations, can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Vladimir Voronkov, the first-ever Under Secretary-General for the UN Counter-Terrorism Office.The Co-Chair’s Summary issued at the end of the @BelarusMFA & @UN_OCT Conference stresses the urgent need to strengthen international cooperation to tackle terrorist abuse of #NewTechnologies & share innovative approaches to counter this threat— United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (@UN_OCT) September 4, 2019 But it also provides “live video broadcasting of brutal killings”, he continued, citing the recent attack in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, where dozens of Muslim worshippers were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist. “This is done in order to spread fear and split society”, maintained the UNOCT chief, warning of more serious developments, such as attempts by terrorists to create home-made biological weapons. He pointed out that terrorists have the capacity to use drones to deliver chemical, biological or radiological materials, which Mr. Voronkov said, “are even hard to imagine.”But the international community is “not sitting idly by”, he stressed, noting that developments in this area allow the processing and identification of key information, which can counter terrorist operations with lightning speed.“The Internet content of terrorists is detected and deleted faster than ever”, elaborated the UNOCT chief. “Fifteen to twenty minutes is enough to detect and remove such content thanks to machine algorithms”.Crediting quantum computing coupled with the use of AI, he explained that accelerated information processing enables terrorist tracing. Mr. Voronkov added that the use of blockchain registration – a growing list of records, or blocks, that are linked using cryptography – is also being explored to identify companies and individuals responsible for financing terrorism.“It is necessary to increase the exchange of expert knowledge on technologies such as 3D printing, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, robotics, the synthesis of the human face and autonomous weapons”, he underscored. “This will help to better identify and respond to risks before it is too late”.The two-day conference was divided into three themed sessions that focused at global, regional and national levels on the misuse of new technologies and AI by terrorists; approaches and strategies to counteract terrorist propaganda; and the misuse of scientific innovations. read more

AP Top 25 Podcast Bowl preview from Cure to Sugar

Get ready for the bowl season with a preview from the Cure Bowl to the Sugar Bowl.On the latest Top 25 College Football Podcast, AP poll voter Matt Brown from The Athletic joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to run through the bowl schedule.Like offence? Try the New Mexico Bowl, the Birmingham Bowl and the Camping World Bowl. Prefer defence? The Boca Raton Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl and Outback Bowls should be for you.Brown chooses the most intriguing matchup of each day and quick picks on every game — except the College Football Playoff. A preview of that will come later.___Follow Ralph D. Russo at and listen at AP college football: and D. Russo, The Associated Press read more

The 2128 Native American Mascots People Arent Talking About

When Samuel Henry was a kid growing up in D.C. in the late 1950s, he and his friends were devoted Washington Redskins fans — they had the jerseys and knew the lore. And as the lore had it, the “reddish-brown tint” of paint on the team’s downtown D.C. headquarters came from the blood of Native Americans. “When I was a kid, me and my friends, we really thought that they had captured and killed Native Americans and pasted them all over the building,” Henry said. “We were just kids, we didn’t know any better. But we really, honestly believed that.”Now, almost 60 years later, the Redskins are enmeshed in a debate about whether their name is a racist epithet and should be changed. Advocates for keeping the name reference its origins: In 1937, owner George Preston Marshall changed the team name from the Braves to the Redskins. Marshall said the change was in honor of the head coach at the time, William Henry Dietz, who claimed to be part Sioux (although that claim is suspect). Critics including Henry say its origins are irrelevant and that the name is racist and demeaning. “I’d love to see a boycott of all things Redskins,” he said.Dan Snyder, the current owner, purchased the team in 1999, when it was fighting its first legal battle over the name. The lawsuits have continued, and earlier this year, the Trademark Trials and Appeal Board canceled the franchise trademark because “a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be disparaging.” Snyder has faced mounting pressure to change the name, even from President Obama and George Preston Marshall’s granddaughter. But Snyder plans to appeal the trademark decision and says he will “NEVER” change the name. Polling suggests Snyder has the backing to ignore the calls; most NFL fans (and Redskins fans in particular) oppose a name change.What’s considered an outrage in the NFL is embraced or at least tolerated all over the country. While we’ve been consumed by the debate about the Washington Redskins, we’ve overlooked thousands of team names and mascots depicting Native Americans, often stereotypically. These teams are not feeling the kind of pressure that Snyder is. To understand the Washington Redskins, we have to understand the Estelline Redmen, the Natick Redmen, and the Molalla Indians, too.Terry Borning, the proprietor of MascotDB, has kept a database of the nation’s mascots since 2006. He gathers his data from a variety of sources, including state high school athletic associations, websites and local newspapers. Borning’s database doesn’t have every high school, college and pro team in the country, but it does have 42,624 of them. Looking at MascotDB is as close as we can get to understanding how prevalent Native American team names and mascots are across the country. “There were a lot of interesting mascots where I lived growing up,” Borning said. “But those have mostly fallen by the wayside. Some of those things of the past were definitely offensive, but also more interesting than the generic mascots we have now.”I searched the database and found 2,129 sports teams that reference Braves, Chiefs, Indians, Orangemen, Raiders, Redmen, Reds, Redskins, Savages, Squaws, Tribe and Warriors, as well as tribe names such as Apaches, Arapahoe, Aztecs, Cherokees, Chickasaws, Chinooks, Chippewas, Choctaws, Comanches, Eskimos, Mohawks, Mohicans, Seminoles, Sioux and Utes. (Not all teams with the names “Raiders” and “Warriors” are referencing Native Americans, but we spot-checked 20 schools with each name and a majority of each did.)Some 92 percent of those 2,129 team names belong to high schools (the rest were college, semi-pro, pro and amateur league teams). Of all the active high schools in the database, 8.2 percent have Native American team names.I reached out to about a dozen of those high schools, and most didn’t want to comment on a controversy that hadn’t yet arrived. But the conversations I did have suggested that the way communities regard their teams’ Native American names and mascots depends on the makeup of the communities themselves.Estelline High, home of the Redmen, is located in a small town in South Dakota, 24 miles west of the Minnesota border. South Dakota has the third-largest Native American population share in the country, but Estelline hasn’t seen the kinds of protests directed at the Washington Redskins. The town has experienced little, if any, controversy over the Redmen name.The mascot dates back to sometime between 1915 and 1920, when a local newspaper referred to the Estelline athletic team by the color of its uniforms — “the men in red.” The name wasn’t officially adopted, but the team soon became known by its unofficial moniker, the Redmen. According to Estelline superintendent and high school principal Patrick Kraning, the association with Native Americans didn’t come until around 1930. Estelline followed with its own depiction of a “Redman” as a stereotype of a Native American chief wearing a headdress. Events such as the annual naming of a “Moon Princess” and “Big Chief” at homecoming became part of the tradition.“There’s been very little controversy over the team name,” Kraning said. “In the ’90s there was some discussion about changing the name for a series of schools [throughout southeastern South Dakota] that still referred to themselves as ‘Redmen.’ But in the end, a lot of us — Estelline included — decided to keep the name and just keep away from any Native American imagery associated with it.”Since then, the only symbol associated with the Estelline Redmen is a logo of an E with two feathers attached. Kraning believes that this change, combined with the fact that Estelline doesn’t have a significant Native American population, is why there hasn’t been much local debate on the topic.“There’s a community feeling that since the origin of the nickname was not a Native American reference, there’s not a desire for change,” he said. “If there were a discussion, most people would probably view it as going against 80 or 90 years of tradition.”Natick, Massachusetts, did go against tradition. In 2007, the school board dropped its high school mascot — also the “Redmen” — after an alumna of Native American descent came to the board and said she was offended by the activities surrounding the team she had experienced at Natick High School. The historian for the local Nipmuc tribe told me that the logo and mascot used by the school depicted a “stereotypical northern Native with a headdress,” but that depiction bore no resemblance to the actual indigenous people who lived in the Natick area. Nevertheless, protest groups soon sprouted up, claiming that the Natick Redmen honored Native Americans and were an important tradition.Soon after the change, school board meetings and a town-wide referendum turned the issue into a much broader discussion. The main critique came from the Redmen Forever Committee, a self-described grassroots effort that sought to influence the non-binding referendum. “We added a question to the referendum asking if townspeople wanted the Redmen name restored,” said Erich Thalheimer, co-founder of the Redmen Forever Committee. “It won overwhelmingly, but the school committee didn’t abide by the town’s wishes.”“If it were decided by popular vote, we would have the name,” said Anne Blanchard, a member of the Natick School Board. “But we had to take into account our nondiscrimination policy, as well as minority and majority interests.”The Redmen Forever Committee says it won’t give up the fight. “We chose the name of our committee very intentionally, very purposefully,” Thalheimer said. “This is our town. We’re going to live here until we die. We will forever try to re-establish the Redmen name.”While the controversy in Natick stemmed from a decision that affected one school, several states have taken a grievance from a single school and used it to forbid Native American mascots. One of the more sweeping bans so far was implemented with the help of Samuel Henry, the man who grew up earnestly believing that the Washington Redskins had painted their downtown D.C. headquarters with the blood of Native Americans. Henry is currently the chair of Oregon’s Board of Education, which instituted a statewide ban on Native American mascots and team names in 2012.The story goes back to 2006, when Che Butler, a member of the Siletz tribe and a student at Taft High School, raised the issue before the board. Butler said he was offended by the stereotypical and inauthentic manner in which the mascot of a rival school, the Molalla Indians, portrayed Native Americans. He and fellow Taft student Luhui Whitebear, a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Tribe, made a presentation at a board meeting asking for a statewide ban on mascots that “misrepresent” Native people, who instead “should be represented with true honor and respect.”According to Henry, the board agreed that “having Native American mascots did not seem like a good idea,” but decided to defer the decision.The grievance was taken up again six years later, when the director of public instruction decided to put it back on the board’s agenda. This time around, after some member turnover, the board agreed to ask its chief attorney to draft a proposal for a ban on the use of Native American mascots in public schools. The only dissenting vote came from a woman who claimed that it was too selective, and that devils and saints should be banned as well.As in Natick, one of the major arguments against the ban came from people who said that the mascots didn’t disparage Native Americans, but honored them. Many of these opponents knew little of Native American culture, Henry said. “I asked one of the students who made that argument what the name of the local Native American tribe was, and she didn’t know,” he said. “To me, that indicated that her reliance on saying that they were honoring Native Americans — that the support for that argument was pretty thin at best.”For high schools, a statewide ban is about as sweeping as it gets. Graduate to the next level, though, and schools have broader authorities to answer to. In 2005, the NCAA implemented its own de facto ban1The NCAA was careful not to implement an outright ban because the board didn’t feel it could. The language of the ban intentionally provided a lot of loopholes so that it didn’t infringe on schools’ institutional autonomy. on Native American mascots for all NCAA colleges.2In my survey of MascotDB, 4.9 percent of the Native American mascots and team names did belong to colleges, but almost all of those colleges did not belong to the NCAA. The ban focused on a specific list of schools whose mascots were deemed “hostile or abusive,” and precluded them from participating in postseason play if those nicknames or mascots appeared on any team uniforms or clothing.The NCAA had already taken a stand on a similar issue: the use of Confederate flags. In 2001, the organization banned arenas in South Carolina and Mississippi from hosting postseason championships because the Confederate flag flew proudly on their statehouse grounds. After that decision, the president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota asked the NCAA to impose a ban on Native American mascots.The NCAA called on 18 schools (out of 1,046 total member schools at the time, or 1.7 percent) to drop their mascots.Not all of the targeted schools felt that their nicknames or mascots were “hostile or abusive,” and the ban was followed by a surge of criticism.“I must have gotten 2,000 emails from people just complaining about it,” the NCAA’s executive committee chairperson at the time, Walter Harrison, said. Even almost 10 years later, he still remembers one persistent caller. “He, or she, I don’t know if it was a man or a woman, would call my office phone at four in the morning and just play their school’s chant until the answering machine cut off,” he said.But the more serious backlash came in the form of appeals. One came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its Fighting Illini. The Fighting Illini were portrayed at halftime performances by a student dressed in full Lakota regalia, including face paint and a headdress. He went by the name “Chief Illiniwek,” and became the focus of the university’s fight against the ban.Controversy surrounding Chief Illiniwek predated the NCAA’s ruling by decades. The university’s board of trustees had been quietly in the process of considering a potential mascot change since 2001, and the publicity surrounding the nationwide ban reignited already-existing tension among students and alumni. Lawrence Eppley, who was the chair of the university’s board of trustees at the time, said he received hundreds of comments from foundations and alumni organizations threatening to withhold donations. He and the rest of the board figured the only option was to strike a compromise to keep both sides — passionate students and alumni and the NCAA — happy.Through its appeal, the school was allowed to keep its team name, but not its mascot. Chief Illiniwek portrayers, who had been a part of an official student organization called the Council of Chiefs, could continue the tradition as long as the group no longer had any official affiliation with the university. “One of the things that made it tough to retire it was making sure the fans knew that, if you loved the chief, that was nothing to feel guilty about,” Eppley said. “It’s just that times change, and there’s not much we can do about that.”Ivan Dozier, who currently portrays Chief Illiniwek, said that officially retiring the mascot was the wrong way for the university to respond. He believes that Native American mascots are a way to reach and educate an audience that wouldn’t normally be knowledgeable about Native American culture or history. “What concerns me is if you eliminate all references to Native American culture, people aren’t asking questions anymore,” he said. “Sports fans here are the vocal majority. They’re the ones who need this information the most, and now they have no way to go about getting it.”Eight of the schools on the NCAA’s list secured vocal support from local Native American tribes to successfully appeal and retain their team names and mascots. Eight others have changed their names and one dropped the use of a mascot entirely. Carthage College changed its team name from the Redmen to the Red Men and dropped all Native American imagery, which satisfied the NCAA’s requirements. Turning the Washington Redskins into the Red Skins is unlikely to appease the team’s critics, though. Given that the name is racist by definition and no tribe has come out in support of Snyder, it probably wouldn’t pass the NCAA’s grounds for appeal, and it certainly doesn’t pass in the court of Native American opinion.But even if the Redskins became the Red Skins or the Red Flyers or the Red Snyders, there would still be thousands of other teams that reference Native American imagery. Whatever happens with the Redskins, there will still be the Estelline Redmen, Chief Illiniwek, and the West Texas Comanches, each upholding the questionable legacy of Native American sports names. read more

RTÉ and TG4 join forces to show every game of this years

first_img 46 Comments Image: DARRYL DYCK Short URL By Ben Blake Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 12:40 PM The US team lift the World Cup trophy in 2015. THIS SUMMER’S FIFA Women’s World Cup will be shown in its entirety on free-to-air Irish television. RTÉ and TG4 have struck up an agreement to share broadcast rights of the tournament, which takes place in France from Friday, 7 June.TG4 have 29 games including the opening fixture (France v South Korea), one quarter-final, one semi-final and the third-place play-off, while RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player will show 23 matches — among them are three quarter-finals, one semi-final and the final on Sunday, 7 July.“RTÉ are delighted that alongside TG4 we can, for the first time ever, bring the Fifa Women’s World Cup in its entirety free-to-air to Irish viewers,” Declan McBennett, RTÉ Group Head of Sport said.“It is particularly fitting to be making this announcement exactly six months on from the launch of the 20 x 20 initiative to create a cultural shift in our perception of girls and women in sport.” Apr 16th 2019, 11:40 AM center_img Share95 Tweet Email2 RTÉ and TG4 join forces to show every game of this year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup The two networks have reached an agreement to broadcast the tournament to Irish viewers. Rónán Ó Coisdealbha, Head of Sport TG4 added: “TG4 has been a proactive supporter of Women’s Sport for many years. This new collaboration is another step in the right direction and ties in well with the very important 20×20 campaign.“It is also a great example of how Public Service Media outlets can collaborate to bring the best of television content, free to air, to loyal audiences.”The US are current holders, having lifted the trophy for the third time in 2015, while the Republic of Ireland have never qualified for the finals. Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: The US team lift the World Cup trophy in 2015. Image: DARRYL DYCK Subscribe 13,640 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Poison Ivy Black Canary Cheeta and Catwoman Kick Ass in Injustice 2

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Right on time for #GalentinesDay, NetherRealm Studios has released a brand new trailer for Injustice 2 that introduces some of the game’s female combatants kicking ass and taking names.Black Canary, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Cheetah spout clever one-liners while performing some of their signature attacks. As you would expect from a game based on the Mortal Kombat engine, the fighting is visceral and brutal. We not only see the girls wailing on each other, but also beating the crap out of characters like Blue Beetle, Swamp Thing, Robin, and Atrocitus. We also get a brief glimpse at some of their stages — including a Poison Ivy level filled with dangerous plants!Injustice 2 picks up where the first game left off. It features alternate reality takes on classic DC superheroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Supergirl, Aquaman, Harley Quinn, and more. Battles take place in cities like Gotham, Metropolis, and Atlantis. The game is basically the perfect medicine for those who felt disappointed by Warner Bros’ DC films (which is pretty much everyone).Injustice 2 features a loot system similar to that of RPGs. The “Gear System” gives each character armor that alters their stats. Strength, speed, defense, and health are all affected by gear. Some gear can even unlock new moves. There are over 1000 options for each of the gear categories (capes, shields, gloves, boots, chest armor, etc.). This means that you can have two Supermen fighting each other who look nothing alike.Injustice 2 is set to release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16. On top of the standard edition, there will also be a Digital Deluxe edition that comes with three DLC characters. The Ultimate Edition includes nine DLC characters and a number of character skins and shader packs. Those who pre-order the game will get Darkseid as a playable character. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Crews begin spraying Miamis new Zika zone

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Crews began spraying for mosquitoes in the newest Zika zone in Miami, early Monday morning.The spraying in Miami’s Little Haiti area started around 1 a.m. It was supposed to continue until 5:30 a.m. but was stopped because of rain.The new Zika zone includes Little River, Little Haiti and Liberty City. The boundaries are between Northwest 10th Avenue and Miami Avenue and between Northwest 79th Street and 63rd Street.The mosquito-borne illness is especially dangerous for pregnant women and has been linked to serious birth defects. The CDC has issued a travel advisory for pregnant women to avoid the Zika hot Zones in Miami-Dade County.If a mosquito carrying Zika does bite, it can take up to two weeks to cause symptoms like:feverheadacheskin rashjoint painconjunctivitis, which causes red, irritated eyesThe State Surgeon General has activated a 24-hour Zika hotline in Florida to answer questions and concerns. That number is 855-622-6735.Pregnant women can receive a free test at the Health District Center, located at 1350 N.W. 14th St. in Miami. For more information, call 305-324-2400. last_img read more

King tides flood Brickell other parts of Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Residents in Miami encountered tidal trouble in their neighborhoods this weekend.Video released by the City of Miami shows king tides leaving streets in Brickell and other parts of Miami underwater.Residents braved ankle-deep water after the high tides rolled in and flooded their neighborhoods.An advisory for king tides in coastal communities remains in effect until Monday afternoon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Over 100 Broward MiamiDade grads awarded college scholarships at Davie event

first_imgSince it started, the program has awarded almost $4 million to South Florida students entering college.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 2019 Salute to Education Scholarship Awards luncheon. #stescholarship @wsvn— Vivian Gonzalez (@VivianGonzalez7) June 1, 20197Weather meteorologist Vivian Gonzalez co-hosted the event, now on its 25th year. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – More than a hundred South Florida high school graduates were awarded scholarships, thanks to a special program.The Miami-Dade and Broward students were the big winners at this year’s Salute to Education Scholarship Awards held in Davie, Saturday morning.The program, created and funded by South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers and the Ford Foundation, bestowed more than $160,000 in scholarships and laptop computers.“It’s exciting. It’s really exciting, ’cause I need the money to pay for college,” said recipient Esan Millet, “and having a laptop computer is really a necessity for me because I haven’t had one in so long and haven’t been able to afford one on my own, so this scholarship is like really a blessing.”last_img read more

Two Face Felony Charges for Alleged 25000 Theft from Nome Schools

first_imgThe Nome court. (Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM file)Two Nome residents—a man and woman—are facing felony charges for theft and falsifying business records after allegedly stealing more than $25,000 from Nome Public Schools.Download AudioCourt records show 28-year-old Ashla Marie Weston and 24-year-old Joseph Grubb face felony charges for three separate thefts that court documents allege were committed from February through December of 2012. One of those thefts, court records claim, exceeds $25,000, enough to warrant a charge of felony theft in the first degree. The other two charges claim the value stolen was more than $500 but less than $25,000.Assistant District Attorney Tom Jamgochian said Tuesday only that “the alleged victim is [Nome Public] Schools.” School officials could not provide a total dollar amount missing from the district due to the ongoing investigation.A grand jury indictment filed in Nome court on April 16 remains sealed from public view unless and until presented at trial or made public through a court motion.The alleged thefts first came to light under former Superintendent Mike Brawner, who left the district in March 2013. Brawner at once opened up the school’s financial records to investigators. Current superintendent Shawn Arnold said that coordination continues.“As soon as the allegations were brought forward to [Brawner], he turned that over to law enforcement immediately,” Arnold said. “And from there on out, we have continued to cooperate with the investigations, which are still ongoing.”Messages to investigators with the Nome Police Department for additional details were not returned.The grand jury also handed down six additional felony counts against Weston for allegedly falsifying business records; in this case, purchase orders dated from January to December of 2012. Court documents say the “false entries in the business records” of the district were filed “with intent to defraud” Nome Public Schools.School officials say Weston worked in the district’s business office for several years leading up to 2012, but it was unclear when she stopped working there. In June of that year—the time of the alleged $25,000 theft—Superintendent Arnold said the staff at the district office was especially lean, as most staffers had time off for the summer.Arnold said Nome Schools has taken steps to safeguard against any possible future incidents.“The process is secured now. We didn’t know of some of the gaps in accounting. This process, it wouldn’t be able to occur now with the checks and balances that are currently in place. These were put in place as soon as the allegations occurred. There’s a much more transparent accounting system where nothing like this should happen again.”Neither Grubb nor Weston returned messages seeking comments on the indictment. The two have not been arrested, but they are both subject to a summons to appear before the Nome court on Friday, April 24, to formally hear the charges against them.last_img read more

BSE closes points 18367 up on Jan 9

first_imgBSE closes points 183.67 up on Jan 92.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 183.67 up on Jan 92.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 183.67 points up to stand at 27,458.38. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 49.90 points up to stand at 8,284.50. VIDEOCON INDUSTRIES LTD and PIPAVAVDOC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.99% and 7.69% along with Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. and HINDUSTAN UNILEVER LTD with an increase of 5.96% and 5.94% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and ASHOK LEYLAND LTD with a decrease of 4.98% and 3.85% along with NTPC and DLF with a decrease of 3.31% and 3.26% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 6.34 points at 18,835.27 while the banking sector is down 67.25 points at 21,346.24 and the reality sector is down 21.55 points at 1,531.95. The Indian currency is down 0.40% at Rs 62.42 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 183.67 points up to stand at 27,458.38. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 49.90 points up to stand at 8,284.50. VIDEOCON INDUSTRIES LTD and PIPAVAVDOC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.99% and 7.69% along with Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. and HINDUSTAN UNILEVER LTD with an increase of 5.96% and 5.94% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and ASHOK LEYLAND LTD with a decrease of 4.98% and 3.85% along with NTPC and DLF with a decrease of 3.31% and 3.26% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 6.34 points at 18,835.27 while the banking sector is down 67.25 points at 21,346.24 and the reality sector is down 21.55 points at 1,531.95. The Indian currency is down 0.40% at Rs 62.42 per dollar.last_img read more

Road crashes kill 4 in Gazipur

first_imgAt least four people were killed and two others injured in two separate road accidents at MC Bazar in Sreepur upazila and Tongi on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.Among the deceased, three were identified as Abdul Halim and Jamal Uddin, poultry traders and Mofiz Uddin, a sales representative of Akij group.In Sreepur, the accident took place around 7:00am when a pickup van overturned on the highway as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving the three people dead on spot and two others injured, said Delwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Mawna Highway police station.The injured were admitted to a local clinic, the OC added.In Tongi, an ‘Anabil Paribahan’ bus hits Mofiz while he was crossing the road at Tongi around 8:00am, leaving him dead on the spot, said Firoz Talukdar, officer-in-charge of Tongi Model police station.last_img read more

Black Voters Matter

first_imgIn this Aug. 24, 2018 photo, Betty L. Petty of Sunflower County Parents and Students United, addresses a meeting of the Black Voters Matter Fund and several Mississippi grassroots organizations at MACE, Mississippi Action for Community Education, headquarters in Greenville, Miss. Tuesday, October 16 was the last day to register to vote in the state of Maryland and now leaders are working diligently that Black voters exercise their civic duties on election day, November 6.last_img

Iron Man Was Completely Right Avengers Endgame Spoilers

first_imgStay on target ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe First off, spoiler warning! If I’m going to talk about Avengers: Endgame in any real way I’m going to have to spoil it. Based on the film’s unprecedented box office success, chances are any of you reading this already saw the conclusion the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in case you didn’t, again, spoiler warning! Okay? Okay.Let’s talk about Iron Man.Tony Stark’s role in the MCU is so fundamental, so all-encompassing, that it’s tough to know where to start when talking about it. He’s built into the foundation. Iron Man is a gravitational center warping space and time on a level even beyond a quantum tunnel-powered clip show. Part of this is just timing. 2008’s Iron Man famously kicked off the entire MCU project introducing elements like a breezy and fun tone, modest action, solid character work, and nerd-pleasing continuity teases. Its financial success convinced the studio the larger initiative was worth pursuing, and that’s before they had Disney money.But it’s not just that Iron Man was first. He was also arguably never surpassed. After solo movies that failed to set the world on fire, it wasn’t until The Avengers that characters like Thor and Captain America really started to connect with audiences, and even after that they worked more as key players in the larger ensemble. They’ve never had as much pure standalone power as Iron Man, even with his later sequels being as polarizing as they are (Iron Man 3 rules). And now, at the end, I’m convinced it’s because Iron Man as a character just towers above the rest.Specifically, Iron Man in these movies. Before 2008 Tony Stark was never anyone’s idea of a marquee Avenger or comic book superhero in general. Captain America leads the team, and while that’s technically true in the movies, there’s a reason why Tony’s head is the biggest on the poster, and it’s not just his ego. Even Spider-Man aspires to his level now.True-blue movie superstar Robert Downey, Jr. obviously deserves a ton of credit for essentially reinventing Iron Man for the screen, just like how Stark reinvents himself. The parallels between the actor and character have been fascinating to watch from the start as Downey redirects his own tense self-destructive past into Tony’s troubled but inspiring middle-age redemption arc. And he’s just a hoot, his snarky and blisteringly intelligent improv stream of consciousness rapport with humans, monsters, and digital assistants alike is as entertaining now as it was ten years ago.But a good character needs more than just a good actor and fun affectations. Much of the MCU and its approach to its characters is the result of Marvel trying to reverse engineer Iron Man but they could never fully replicate it. It’s why only Iron Man’s death could have the impact that it does at the end of Endgame, leaving a gaping hole the MCU can frankly never fully recover from.So why else does Iron Man work? There’s no simple formula. It’s a lot of factors working together like alchemy that various writers and directors have all tapped into. For starters, he’s got an awesome look and infinitely expanding set of smart superpowers. Watching Tony build a tin can flamethrower suit with cave scraps is great but so is watching nanobots form anime mech laser armor around him in seconds. It’s like an exaggerated version of watching our tech like phones and game consoles become exponentially cooler with time. And it all feels consistent for the character and his path.And really, Iron Man’s character consistency is what has kept him so compelling. It’s not that he doesn’t change. That would be a problem, Captain America’s problem actually. By being a flawed modern human being with distinct personality traits, not a boring and stubborn perfect block of 1940s wood, Tony is able to grow as a person across movies. This growth climaxes where he (not Cap!) performs the singular supremely superheroic act of sacrificing himself for the entire universe after previously not caring about victims of his own bombs or more recently not even wanting to try the time heist in the first place. It’s a delicate balance. Too much change and you get Thor, who has just been so all over the place throughout the MCU for both tragedy and comedy that it feels like tonal whiplash rather than purposeful character development.Tony’s contrasting humanity and heroism also highlight each other in ways unlike anyone else’s. He’s the only one who credibly reacts to the increasingly cosmic nature of the threats the Earth faces following The Battle of New York in The Avengers. Yeah he’s scared, sympathetically traumatized even, into building the controlling protective overreach that is Ultron but he’s also practical. And in Endgame he is absolutely right to chew out Steve on how his moral refusal to bend even just inch on anything led to A. the stupid conflict of Civil War and B. the catastrophic events of Avengers: Infinity War.Stark’s adaptable ability to improve and alter himself, on the inside and outside, ultimately allows him to be the nexus of Avengers: Endgame. Think about his deep, wide, and varied arc. Surviving in space. Raising his new daughter in the woods for years away from the team. Taking responsibility for inventing time travel to help the rest of the world. Reaching emotional closure with his own dad. And finally defeating Thanos, the universe’s gravest threat, before receiving the universe’s greatest funeral from widowed mother Pepper Potts. While Cap’s tragic (until it isn’t) romance with Peggy may be more historically sweeping it’s also chaste compared to Tony’s real, loving, adult relationship with Pepper.When Captain America: Civil War came out we all got caught up the debate of who was and wasn’t right. At the time I was Team Iron Man because I believe allowing superheroes to do literally whatever the hell the want with no oversight will only speed up America’s descent in fascism. Questionable human motives asides (although no more questionable than Steve’s) Tony was completely right to try to put a check on his own power, a lesson he learned and yet another example of his maturing character.But now I side with Stark because more than ever I’m fully convinced that whatever the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe turns into (Black Panther aside) it will never give me another character as rich and worth caring about as Iron Man. RIP….Plus Iron Man is the only MCU (who isn’t on Netflix) that’s had sex. Prove me wrong!Honor the man himself with the upcoming Iron Man VR game, these Iron Man toys, and the coolest Iron Man armors.last_img read more

Rick and Morty is coming to the HTC Vive and you can

first_imgTime to get riggidy riggidy wrecked, son! Adult Swim’s animated sci-fi sitcom Rick and Morty is coming to the HTC Vive and whatever the game is will debut this weekend at San Deigo Comic-Con.Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland has been a vocal supporter of virtual reality in his personal life, even claiming to have a list of ideas for future VR games. Sometime Roiland would use his Vive to hang out in AltSpaceVR where a few of his exploits ended up migrating to YouTube.Roiland was a big fan of the Job Simulator VR game by developer Owlchemy Labs which lead to discussions between the two. The week before Comic-Con, the Labs unveiled their newest project with this teaser:The game looks similar to Job Simulator, but skinned with some cool Rick and Morty things. From the show, you can see Krombopulos Michael’s business card and obviously the Plumbus plays a featured role in the tease.Also, this weird blueprint that implies “Youseeks,” are something like eyeless Pokémon heads?If you happen to be in San Diego during Comic-Con, you can stop by the Adult Swim on the Green station ( 11am – 6pm, behind the Convention Center at Convention Way & 5th Ave Pier) to play some Virtual Rickality and be the first to tell the world what the game actually is.The official statement on the release and San Diego Comic-Con tease from Owlchemy hints that you might be able to go beyond the Smith’s house and maybe even beyond…this world!We’ve been working in secret for months, optimizing plumbus physics and working on the intricacies of Rick’s flask. Now we’re ready to give you all a hint of what’s to come! (Spoiler alert: you can totally jump through portals in VR!) Maybe you can visit the Council of Ricks at the Citadel of Ricks? Maybe you can travel to another world and, like Job Simulator, create your very own Plumbus (ever wonder how a Plumbus is made?).All Virtual Rickality has to do as a Rick and Morty experience is let us interact with the Rick and Morty universe, but because the show has a science fiction base, the options for how this game could grow are substantial. What if one day you could visit Blips and Chitz and actually play Roy?last_img read more

Travel tips to empower firsttime travellers

first_imgArm yourself with some handy tips to overcome barriers when you travel to unknown destinations — whether in India or overseas, say experts. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when travelling in India if you are a foreigner:If you know English, then there are chances that you might survive easily. Though you can easily find English-speaking people everywhere in the country, the regional difference in the accent makes it really difficult to understand the language. Despite the language barrier, you can survive in this country by following some simple tips: Also Read – Add new books to your shelf– Break your sentences into simple comprehensible parts. Make sure you carry a pen and a notepad to draw pictures or write words. Pen down all the important names and addresses before your leave your hotel. Look for locals who speak in English and record your route.This country is widely known for its delicious cuisine with all kinds of curries, breads, chutneys and sweets. Indian food is spicier for its foreign visitors. Also, tourists fall victim to the infamous ‘Delhi Belly’ due to the poor sanitation facilities when they travel in India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHere is how to avoid an upset stomach:– Eat cooked food and avoid salads or juices from any local vendors.– Consider becoming a vegetarian while in India.– Avoid eating too much spicy food, especially chillies.– Wash your hands often.– Carry probiotics that suit your body.Indian news channels are usually filled with news related to how one community has hurt the religious sentiments of another community. Being Indians, we might be familiar with such a thing but witnessing this might turn out to be really scary for a foreigner. They are in constant mental dilemma on what to wear, when to cover their head, what to touch and so on.To avoid offending anyone, you must keep these things in mind:– Respect local dress codes.– Take your shoes off before you enter a place of worship.– Don’t eat or pass things from your left hand as it is considered uncouth.– Don’t discuss religion with the locals.– Taking a photograph of the deity in a temple is not permitted at most places.While wandering in India, you will come across a number of hawkers, local guides and auto-drivers who will be eager to assist you. But remember that most of them are just looking for a chance to extort some money.– Travelling in a group is best.– Drinking and smoking in public is offensive.– Don’t hire taxis or auto-rickshaws from unlicensed operators.– Never book tickets from unauthorised travel agents.last_img read more

Varsity inaugurates martyr monument on Bhasha Divas

first_imgKolkata: Nearly seventy years ago, a group of students from the Dhaka University, died fighting for recognition of Bengali as an official language of Bangladesh.They also protested to protect the self-entity, culture and heritage of their nation. Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST) in Howrah inaugurated a new monument on Thursday to pay homage to the Dhaka University students who died fighting for the cause. The monument, which has been built by the students of the architecture department of the 162-year-old institute, is a replica of Shahid Minar in Dhaka. The assistant registrar of the institute, Bibhor Das, had teamed up with a bunch of students to construct the monument on the campus which has been installed next to the academic building. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe students of the institute constructed the monument using scrap material such as parts of broken furniture, aluminum staircase handrails and wires, commonly found in the garbage dumps of the institute. In a report, registrar of IIEST Biman Bandyopadhyay said the idea was to help the students to develop love for literature in their respective mother tongues. He further said since the students who study engineering, usually spend most of their lives without reading much literature in their mother tongue so it leaves them incomplete in a way. The institute is trying to make the literary culture stronger. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTo encourage the students to read more literary texts in the vernacular language, the institute has also planned to set up an exclusive library. The library will be installed in the heritage Madhusudhan Bhavan on the campus, which is about to be restored. Commemorating the occasion, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Best wishes to all on International Mother Language Day. Respect all languages but take pride in your mother tongue”.last_img read more

Slack quietly ended forced arbitration for harassment claims late last year

first_imgGood.Image: BOB AL-GREENE / MASHABLEBy Jack Morse2019-04-05 00:16:14 UTC Apparently Slack isn’t the bragging type. The company behind the collaborative workspace tool favored by tech and media companies around the world quietly ended its policy of making employees to agree to forced arbitration in cases of harassment claims. And it did so late last year, to absolutely zero public fanfare. So reports Yahoo! Finance, which notes that Slack announced the change internally in November, which is shortly after Google employees demanded a similar change at their company. Last November, Facebook also decided it would no longer force employees to take claims of sexual harassment and misconduct to a closed-door legal proceeding known as arbitration. “We changed our policy in November 2018 to give employees the choice of whether to arbitrate or litigate harassment claims,” a Slack spokesperson told Yahoo! Finance. “We think allowing this choice is best for employees and for Slack as a whole. One size does not fit all.”Slack confirmed the November policy change in an email to Mashable, but declined to comment on what — e.g. employee or public pressure — drove the change. “There are some disputes where arbitration is a good venue, and some where litigation is a good venue,” Slack’s statement to Yahoo! Finance continued. “We want to make it clear to employees that they have a choice about claims of harassment.”The fact that Slack carried out this policy change without an accompanying press release suggests that it didn’t feel the need to turn what is considered a pro-worker policy into a PR win. Google and Facebook, on the other hand, may have felt differently. In February of 2019, Google took things a step further and announced that it would end mandatory arbitration for all types of employee disputes — not solely those involving claims of sexual misconduct. “This victory never would have happened if workers hadn’t banded together, supported one another, and walked out,” tweeted a group of Google workers pressing for the policy change. “Collective action works.”It’s unclear if Slack simply sought to avoid a public shellacking similar to the one received by Google, and thus preemptively made the change, or just truly thought ending forced arbitration for harassment claims was the right way to go. Either way, it’s a win for those who work at the company.last_img read more

Google desperately wants to win over geeks hearts

first_imgGoogle’s acting really strange these days.First, the company basically says “fuck it,” then both confirms the Pixel 4 and its huge square-shaped camera bump. And now they company has publicly admitted to Business Insider that they’ve canceled two unreleased tablets and will instead focus on making Pixelbook laptops.These two PR moves are unusual for a tech company. Usually, outfits like Google never acknowledge upcoming products. Why would they? It would take all the excitement out of their own launch event.Moreover, tech companies don’t ever talk about canceled products because they’ll never see the light of day. No point in getting people all worked up over products that technically don’t exist.That’s why it’s so out of character for Google to suddenly be so open. What’s the goal here?Maybe these two instances are unrelated, but to a tech observer like myself, it sure looks like Google’s trying its hardest to court geeks in an effort to convince super fans that it’s serious about hardware this year. In fact, these moves feel like they’re coming straight out of startup phone maker OnePlus’ playbook, which has built its fanbase catering to geeks as well.With Pixel 4, it’s anyone’s guess why Google decided to tweet an image of the phone months ahead of its expected release.My read on the situation: Google has nothing to lose by using an unorthodox communications strategy. I mean, it’s not like following the traditional rules has helped sell a ton of Pixel phones. Despite rave reviews — especially for the camera — Pixel phones have sold poorly. Weak sales essentially forced Google to release more affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones.By confirming the Pixel 4 and contributing an official image to whet the appetites of geeks everywhere, I wonder if Google’s trying to get ahead of Apple and Samsung.Think about it: Everyone knows Samsung’s going to release the Galaxy Note 10 in August. Apple is also likely to launch new iPhones in September. If people also know that the Pixel 4 is coming, they may be more willing to wait for it. Plus, with an official image of the Pixel 4’s big-ass camera bump just floating out there, it’s going to look like Apple copied them even if they didn’t.If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that geeks are extremely vocal. They’re the biggest fans. They’re the ones lapping up every single leak. Geeks are the ones who tell their less-informed friends when a new gadget will be released. Feeding geeks official morsels is basically free word-of-mouth marketing. OnePlus wised up to this years ago and the tactic has rewarded them with a cult-like following with loyal fans who are willing to forgive them when they screw up. If leaks are going to spoil your device anyway, why shouldn’t Google beat them at their own game and share out teasers that allow them to control the messaging (instead of the other way around)?Similarly, transparency on killing its tablet roadmap provides another positive boost for Google. By telling consumers they’ve stopped making new Pixel Slates — the first one was terrible — Google’s basically reassuring everybody that it’s nipped its bad products in the bud.Both of these comms moves suggest Google’s changed — it’s listening to consumer feedback and making decisions accordingly. What’s that? You want information on the new Pixel phone? Here ya go! You want to know that we’re no longer making bad tablets that might disappoint everyone? OK, we’re only making Pixelbooks people like then.Communicating directly to consumers worked wonders for OnePlus. It sure looks like Google’s hoping the plan will work for it, too. We’ll see if it does later this year when both the Pixel 4 and Pixelbooks will likely be released. Google says it’s canceled two tablet projects to focus on Pixelbook laptops.Image: Raymond Wong / MashableBy Raymond Wong2019-06-20 22:57:54 UTClast_img read more