first_imgOntario’s animal welfare organization has ordered a dog-sledding business north of Toronto to take several steps to improve the well-being of more than 100 canines as an animal cruelty investigation continues.The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ordered Windrift Kennel in Moonstone, Ont., on Friday to provide insulated shelter, clean water, appropriate food and veterinary care to the dogs on site after a complaint was made by a couple on Sunday.Natasha Guerriero and Dylan Blake, from Whitby, Ont., said they went dog-sledding and took videos of the animals afterward.The clips, which the pair posted to Facebook, show dozens of dogs chained up in the snow, with one dog limping with an apparent open wound on one of its front legs.The OSPCA said in a statement that officers visited Windrift Kennel on Monday and said “several areas of concern were identified.”“Our officers continue to oversee and monitor the conditions for the dogs to ensure the concerns are corrected and the dogs have the proper care and living conditions,” it said.Dogs at the kennel are receiving veterinary assessments, the OSPCA said, noting that the outcome of those examinations could result in more orders being issued.“As the investigation progresses, we will continue to provide updates regarding the welfare of these dogs,” the OSPCA said.The owner of the dogs must comply with the orders or the animals can be seized, the OSPCA added.Windrift Kennel did not respond to requests for comment.The couple who made the complaint called the conditions of the dogs “sickening.”“Dozens and dozens of dogs, if not all of them, are in trouble — they were limping, scrawny and starving and the owner said they sleep in little huts outside year round,” Guerriero has said.The couple booked their outing through a company called Toronto Adventures, Guerriero said.The tour operator has since cut ties with Windrift Kennel, and a staff member said Toronto Adventures received death threats over the incident.last_img read more

Over 1,800 decision-makers, experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), women’s rights activists and celebrities from over 100 countries attended last week’s three-day Women Deliver event in London, which produced a final statement from the 70 government officials who pledged to make the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of improving maternal health “a high priority on the national, regional and international health agenda.”Their statement called for the “increased commitment of financial and human resources” to prevent maternal deaths and expand heath services.Achieving the MDGs – eight ambitious targets to slash ills such as poverty by 2015 – depends largely on achieving the Goals targeting child mortality and maternal health, it noted.Over the course of the conference, the United Kingdom pledged more than $200 million to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to advance women’s reproductive health globally, while the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced an $11 million plan to distribute new technology to protect against post-delivery blood loss in Nigeria and India.Japan announced its intention to spotlight the importance of global health when it hosts next year’s meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations.In addition, other groups – including the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Foundation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Exxon/Mobil and GlaxoSmithKline – also made pledges to support the cause.“We need people both on the inside and the outside to figure out how to work together to get these things to happen,” said Helene Gayle, President of CARE, who urged women’s health advocates to work both within governments and as activists. “NGOs can’t do it by themselves,” she said. 22 October 2007A landmark United Nations-sponsored conference aimed at generating political will and investment to slash maternal deaths has concluded with participants pledging to bolster efforts to improve women’s health. read more

The lawyer for the 65-year-old Hair, Andrew Rolfe, described the offending as “an aberration” in a lifetime of service. Magistrate Michael Allen did not record a conviction but sentenced Hair to an 18-month good behaviour bond, noting he repaid the money and was in counselling. (Colombo Gazette) Former test cricket umpire Darrell Hair has avoided conviction after pleading guilty to stealing from his employer in what a magistrate called “a monumental fall from grace.”Hair, who stood in 78 tests and is remembered for calling Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in a test in Melbourne in 1995, pleaded guilty in the Orange Local Court on Monday to one charge of embezzlement and one of stealing, the Herald Sun. A fact sheet said Hair stole $9,005.75 from D’Aquino’s Liquor in Orange between Feb. 25 and April 28. He blamed a gambling addiction. read more

CALGARY – The Alberta government has hired a former journalist to develop a plan to fight back against oil and gas industry foes.Claudia Cattaneo retired last year as the National Post’s western business columnist based in Calgary.Energy Minster Sonya Savage says Cattaneo has joined “the fight against lies and myths being spread about Alberta’s energy industry.”RELATED: Kenney: higher risk tolerance, ability to act quickly key for energy ‘war room’The United Conservative government’s so-called fight-back strategy includes rebutting critics through a rapid-response war room and investigating funding of environmental charities.Alberta Energy spokesman Charles Mainville says Cattaneo’s contract is for three months and covers the fight-back strategy as a whole, not just the war room.Cattaneo is to present her strategic plan to the government this fall. read more

Members of the OSU men’s lacrosse team rush to the ball during a game against Jacksonville March 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 13-2.Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerThe weather was cold, but the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was on fire against Jacksonville.Playing the third of a three-game home stand, the Buckeyes (3-6, 1-0) defeated the Dolphins (1-7, 0-1), 13-2, inside a soggy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday.Getting off to a quick start, junior midfielder Jesse King and sophomore attackman Carter Brown tallied a pair of goals within the game’s first 45 seconds to put the Buckeyes ahead.After King notched his second goal of the game less than two minutes later, OSU held a man-up advantage for four minutes after Jacksonville senior midfielder Mike McCredie crosschecked junior midfielder Turner Evans in the head. OSU went on to score twice during the man-advantage.OSU coach Nick Myers said Evans — who did not return to the game — would be evaluated by the medical staff and the team is expecting to know more on his condition in the coming days.“Right now we are going to have to wait and see,” Myers said. “Obviously he took a big shot in the first quarter, you hate to see that.”Taking a 6-0 lead into the second quarter, the Buckeyes continued their onslaught.Sophomore attackman Gordie Koerber tallied his second and third goals of the season in the second quarter before Brown completed a first half hat trick by scoring with 2:30 remaining.Brown finished the first half with four points (three goals, one assist), and King had seven points (three goals, four assists), as OSU took a 9-0 lead into the break.Starting the third quarter, the Buckeyes continued to spread the wealth as junior midfielder Rick Lewis tallied his second goal of the season, and sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter managed to register the first two goals of his career.Hunter said it was important for OSU to move the ball quickly and focus on the fundamentals so the weather wouldn’t be a factor.“One thing was just moving the ball,” Hunter said. “Our feet were heavy so it was key to keep the ball moving up around the perimeter and make sure our feet were moving and focus on ground balls.”Lewis said the offense did a good job of drawing double teams and then finding the open teammate which created good looks for the Buckeyes.“This week we just kept it simple and got back to the basics,” Lewis said. “Just drawing doubles, making singles, and just playing as a team. I think we did a great job of that. We shared the ball and got a good result for us.”It wasn’t until the 3:51 mark of the third quarter that Jacksonville got on the board, adding another with 12:52 left in the fourth.But that was all the Dolphins would get as freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh put an exclamation point on the game by scoring with 59 seconds left.The two goals scored were the fewest OSU’s given up since defeating Bellarmine by the same score of 13-2 in 2012.Myers said it was important for the defense to bounce back from its disappointing 13-7 loss to Notre Dame earlier in the week, but it took an entire team effort to limit Jacksonville the way they did.“Defensively, we took it on as a challenge because we understand we haven’t been playing our best lacrosse, coming off 13 goals on Tuesday,” Myers said. “It was really a next play mentality. Our offense did a good job of maintaining possession and I thought we won some faceoffs, so it was a collective effort.”Freshman midfielder Jake Withers was able to control the faceoff circle once again, winning seven of his 10 draws to help give OSU extra possessions on offense.“The faceoff guys work their butts off all week so it’s nice to see it pay off,” Lewis said. “All those guys are battling every day in practice so it’s definitely a credit to that.”Offensively, nine different players registered a point on the day for OSU, including junior attackman Reegan Comeault, whose first quarter goal extended his point streak to nine games.OSU is scheduled to be back on the road next weekend as the team heads east to take on the Delaware Blue Hens. Game time is set for Sunday at noon. read more

…charges by NagamootooIt’s obvious Moses Nagamootoo’s lost whatever journalistic integrity Janet Jagan might have drilled into him when he’d served under her at the Mirror for donkey years. He’s now been reduced to a journeyman hack-apologist for the PNC Government he boasts he helped put into power. In his latest column in the Chronic, “TRUST AND THE TANGLED TIMES”, he predictably took the opportunity (created by him awarding himself a column while he yanked those of David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis!) to throw shade at Bharrat Jagdeo!This time, it was about the Pradoville II allegations “where key PPP Government officials disgracefully and dishonestly helped themselves to posh residential State land”!! He didn’t mention that the other charges by SOCU that have gone to trial, ALL four have been thrown out!! But why would he…his interest isn’t justice but REVENGE!! He’s happy as a ruminant digging his nose in swill. But more power to him – he has to earn his (very expensive) keep!However, your Eyewitness thinks Nagamootoo crossed the line when he tried to illustrate “PPP corruption” with a section captioned “$20B EARNINGS”: “I would never forget the day when a young man, who was in the leadership of the PPP and had held a senior public service post, walked into my office to tell me that he was being investigated by the Police in relation to monies he had “earned”. “How much money are they looking at?” I asked him. Calmly, he answered: “$24 billion.”Now this is a very nasty allegation to be digging up and phrasing unadulterated hearsay to make it appear the young PS admitted ‘earning’ $24 billion!! Fact of the matter is that this was what SOCU claimed – against the PS’s public statement that it might’ve been the TOTAL REVENUES that passed through his account – but certainly wasn’t what had remained there as profits!If Nagamootoo hadn’t read the reports in his Chronic (maybe he’s nauseated by his own propaganda?!), he definitely would’ve read the 2017 US State Department Report on human rights violations in Guyana issued last November. It stated that while there were accusations of the PS accumulating the billions from “money laundering and tax evasion” as of November “no legal case had been made”. That’s still the situation!But it didn’t stop Nagamootoo from reviving it even as the only charge was for allegations that the young man hadn’t turned over documents to the Court! And was even allowed to proceed to Hugh Wooding to complete his law studies.Maybe Nagamootoo would rather forget the Report because it repeated claims that he had directed that he had to “scrutinise” all Chronic’s headlines?What a tangled web…!…and twisted reportingThe Government’s scared stiff the GTU’s capitulation to their 12% offer versus their 40% demand might still be rejected since it has to be ratified by the membership. So, not surprisingly – since this is the PNC we’re dealing with – the attack dogs have been let loose at those they believe might question the “deal”.But Nagamootoo’s Chronic was really reaching when it solicited a reaction from GTU’s Gen Secretary Coretta McDonald to a Muckraker’s CARTOON!! The cartoon had M Donald listening to the PPP while GTU President Mark Lyte frets that she wants to “strike” even though they got a good deal. Noting that she operates by strict labour principles McDonald stuck it to the Chronic: “Even if I’m aligned to a political party, what’s wrong with that? The Constitution gives us the right to associate and to be a part of, so I don’t know why all of this big fuss and fret and all this big glamour.”But when Lyte was being firm, wasn’t he also accused of being “PPP”??…or trump card?While attacking McDonald for questioning the “deal”, Nagamootoo’s rag steered clear of former PNC MP Vanessa Kissoon, who explicitly questioned the “deal”.She emphasised it ain’t over till it’s over!! Quo vadis, Nagamootoo? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Gutless…October 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Where angels fear to tread…January 8, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Rewriting history…January 29, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

first_imgNorthern Vertex Mining has declared commercial production at the Moss open pit and heap leach gold and silver mine in Arizona, USA, effective September 1, 2018. Expected fiscal 2019 production guidance has now increased to a range of 36,000-40,000 oz gold equivalent and fiscal 2020 production guidance has increased to 59,000-65,000 oz gold equivalent.Ken Berry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Vertex announced: “Commercial production is a significant milestone for our team of approximately 100 men and women operating the Moss Gold Mine. In less than two years we were successful in obtaining financing, completing construction and achieving commercial rates of production.”As a result of the exceptional performance of the crushing plant, the operational team and the mining contractor NA Degerstrom, mine production is expected to be significantly higher than previously stated in the feasibility study. For example, the crushing team delivered a record day of 13,000 t throughput versus the 5,000 t/d envisioned in the study. Key equipment suppliers include Superior Industries for the overland conveyor, 17 grasshopper conveyors and radial stacker; as well as Westpro Machinery with an AG930CD agglomerator, SI100 cement silo and feed system.Bill Martinich, General Manager, stated: “We’ve built a great operations team over the past 12 months and being able to push through commissioning to achieve commercial production is proof-positive of it. Continued performance of the team at this level will enable us to exceed the gold production forecast in the feasibility study over the next two years. “last_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA), a commodity trade group that represents U.S. soybean farmers, today expressed appreciation upon learning that the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3005, which grants the President Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), on a vote of 215 to 214. Earlier this week, ASA called on all soybean producers to voice their support for passage of TPA, legislation that is critical to ensure the future profitability of U.S. soybean farmers.ASA First Vice President Dwain Ford, a soybean and corn producer from Kinmundy, Illinois, said “Trade Promotion Authority is extremely important to U.S. soybean producers from the standpoint that one out of every two rows of soybeans grown in the United States is exported in the form of a whole soybean or a soybean product. Over 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside our borders, and U.S. soybean farmer prosperity is tied to growth in incomes and demand worldwide. Simply put, trade liberalization drives economic growth.”Passage of Trade Promotion Authority is essential if U.S. soybean farmers are to remain competitive in the world market. TPA strengthens the ability of the United States to negotiate positive trade agreements. It allows the Administration to negotiate trade agreements and then present them to Congress for an up-or-down vote. In the absence of TPA, other countries have refused to negotiate final agreements with the United States.Agriculture makes one of the largest contributions to the U.S. trade balance, and soybeans are the highest value farm export. Soybeans are grown on 28 percent of the planted area in the United States. Exports of soybeans, soybean meal, and soybean oil totaled more than $7 billion last year. Agricultural exports help strengthen the U.S. economy.last_img read more

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams has been offered a multi-year deal by New Orleans to become the Hornets’ next head coach.The deal is not yet finalized, though, according to Williams’ agent, Steve Kauffman. If Williams agrees to terms with the Hornets, a deal is expected by next Tuesday at the latest.Williams has been on New Orleans’ radar for at least two years, initiating with his work as Portland’s head coach during the team’s recent Summer League camps.Boston assistant coach Tom Thibodeau was originally offered the Hornets job. However, Thibodeau was slow to make a decision. The job offer was then passed on to Williams.Williams recently completed his fifth season with the Trail Blazers. He, head coach Nate McMillan and lead assistant Dean Demoploulos have guided Portland from a franchise-worst 21-61 record in 2005-06 to back-to-back 50-win seasons and playoff berths.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsNetworkers–Improv for Job SeekersMonday, April 29, 10 amA successful job interview requires confidence, thinking on your feet and quickly finding the right words to impress your audience—the same qualities that improv comedy performers need to demonstrate on stage. In this interactive workshop, you will practice skills needed for successful interviewing and communicating. Led by drama teacher and owner of Drama Out of the Box, Meredith Charles. Get out of your comfort zone and come!The Importance of a Free PressMonday, April 29, 7 pmDan Kennedy, Associate Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University, regular panelist on WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press, and writer of the blog Media Nation, will talk about the importance of the free press in a civilized society and threats that the free press is facing in the U.S and abroad.  Mr. Kennedy will also touch upon his recently authored book The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Reinventing Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century.Copies will be available for sale.Microsoft PowerPointWednesday, May 1, 7 pmJoin technology librarian, Brad McKenna, for a hands-on exercise with Microsoft PowerPoint. In this class, you will learn how to insert text, apply animations and transitions, insert charts from an Excel workbook, and more. A handout for additional practice will be provided.Pints + Pages Book GroupThursday, May 2, 7 pmFeatured Book: The Lying Gameby Ruth WareLocation: Wilmington, TBAA social book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s.  The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month.  Librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries will host the book discussion. Meeting location rotates between Wilmington and Reading—check library website for location.  Fiction Critique GroupSaturday, May 4, 9:15 am Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Kids & Teen EventsDrop-In Storytime Friday, April 26, 10 amDrop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft! Space is limited.  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.Escape the Room: Library Stranger Things *RRSaturday, April 27, 10 am-4 pmDon’t keep the curiosity door locked! Competing with a team of up to eight people, teens and adults must stretch their problem solvingskills and escape the room together before the buzzer sounds, or risk disappearing into the Upside Down. Grades 9-12 & Adults. Little Movers *RRMonday, April 29, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2.Family Birdhouses *RRWednesday, May 1, 6:30 pmKids and the special grown-up in their lives are invited to an evening of painting birdhouses! Each pair will decorate a birdhouse to take home! Grades K-5.LEGO Building Thursday, May 2, 3:45 pmBuild a unique LEGO creation.  Kindergarten+ Drop-In Storytime Friday, May 3, 10 amDrop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft! Space is limited.  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.Drop-In Baby TimesSaturday, May 4, 9:30 amBabies and their caregivers will enjoy this fun storytime that includes rhymes, songs, books, scarves, shakers, bubbles and more. Infants through 24 months. Stories and SweetsSaturday,May 4, 10:30Start your Saturday morning with great stories (and songs and rhymes) and a few sweet treats at this special family storytime. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.Library NewsSummer Saturday HoursWe are pleased to announce that beginning this summer the library will be open on Saturdays 9am-5pm year round.(NOTE: The above listings are from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — John H. Nee, 93, of Billerica and formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center of Burlington on May 26, 2019. He joins his wife Dolores who predeceased him on the same date in 2014.Born in Winchester, MA on January 13, 1926, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Elizabeth (Sheehan) Nee.John was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He served from 1943 to 1966 and received two Bronze Stars. John was a career Navy man who loved the Navy, he traveled around the world, His priorities were his love of country and family. He cherished his family and friends.John later worked for over twenty years for the Town of Wilmington Water Department, as an operations manager until his retirement.Raised in rural Wilmington he always loved the outdoors, he especially loved gardening after retiring from the Navy he settled back in Wilmington surrounded by his beloved family. He cherished tending to his enormous flower and vegetable gardens. He and his wife continued to travel, his goal was to have Dorie see the world as he had while in the Navy.Family members include his beloved wife of 65 years, the late Dolores D. (Garvia) Nee; his loving sons, Michael Nee and his wife Nancy of Plymouth and Timothy Nee and his wife Janet of Beverly; his loving daughter, Patricia Nee Morrill and her husband Richard of Billerica; 7 remarkable grandchildren, Sheila Ricchi, Laura and Jonathan Bradbury, Justin Nee and Lindsey Travers, Michelle and Jenna Nee and 7 wonderful great grandchildren, Shaun Ricchi, Lily , Alton and Ellie Bradbury, Camden and Mara Travers and Caroline Nee; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews. His legacy will be carried in the hearts of all he loved so much. Rest in Peace.His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Tuesday, June 4 at 11:00 AM. Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.John H. Nee(NOTE: The above obituary is from Croswell Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

first_imgAnchorage teachers and staff gathered at the Dena’ina Center on Nov. 11, 2016 to have conversations about racial equity in education. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)The Anchorage School District is trying to close its achievement gap and help all students succeed. One of its first steps is helping teachers, administrators, and other staff talk openly about race and racism and how they impact students.Listen Now “It’s not comfortable to talk about racism,” First Alaskans Institute educator Jorie Paoli told a room filled with more than 1,600 elementary teachers and staff. “It’s not comfortable to talk about privilege. Especially now.”“But I would put forward to you and challenge you by saying it’s the most important time to talk about it,” she continued. “And if you’re uncomfortable talking about it, do what we tell our kids: practice.”That was one of the goals of the ASD training last week. Staff from all of the district’s elementary schools gathered to talk about how race impacts their students. Two were broken into two groups and went to either a morning or afternoon session. Secondary school staff participated in the same conversations in August.Jennie Knutson,ASD Executive Director of Professional Learning, helped coordinate the sessions. She said the district is excited that it has some very diverse schools, but it realizes that not all groups of students are succeeding at the same rate. The recently released Data Dashboard highlighted the problem.One of the first steps to achieving equity in education is acknowledging how a student’s background might influence how they learn, Knutson said. “Our leadership teams, our problem solving teams in the building, they need to know more about a student, but also where they are coming from in their family that might be influencing that.”Teacher Daniel Darko said educators need to acknowledge their students’ different personal histories, and let the kids talk about who they are and their own cultures. They need materials that give all students positive images of themselves, not just some. Sometimes, he said, teachers need to be open about their own experiences and how race has impacted them.“At times you have to step aside your teaching and let them know yourself,” he said. “Teach also in the way that the children will respect themselves. That is what will reduce those barriers, so they will respect each other.”Darko has been with the district for 21 years, and said this is the first time he’s been part of a district-wide conversation about race and racism. He said he thinks it was effective.Other teachers, like Aimee Marx, thought the conversation was needed but that people in the large room weren’t necessarily engaged or held accountable. Marx explained that she is white but her adopted daughter is not and that influenced her reaction to other people who thought the media talked too much about race.“I just had sour grapes when I heard them say, ‘I think they make too much in the media,’” Marx said.  “And people were just jumping on it and jumping on it. And ‘I’m white. I’m diverse. I have many cultures.’ Okay, fine, you do, but you’re not hearing this message. There’s a difference between white skin and brown skin.”Paoli, from First Alaskans, said it can negatively impact students when the adults around them don’t acknowledge how race effects the way they experience the world and when they don’t call out racism.“We, as the adults who are entrusted with the care of our kids, have to be aware of that. We have to have our eyes opened to understanding how our experiences differ.”You can join the conversation. Alaska Public Media will host Community in Unity, a conversation about race and identity on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 pm. Find out more here.last_img read more

first_imgSen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Anchorage, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee presides over a meeting on March 23. She introduced a bill that would cut the amount Gov. Bill Walker can issue in pension obligation bonds in half. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska is projected to owe public workers more than $6 billion more in pensions than it has in assets. So state officials are looking for ways to save money.Listen nowThey planned to sell $2.3 billion to $3.3 billion in bonds last fall. But Gov. Bill Walker paused the effort after some Senate Finance Committee members expressed concern that the bonds would be too risky.Committee co-chair Sen. Anna MacKinnon of Eagle River worked with Walker’s office to craft a bill she sees as a compromise on how to handle bond sales when the legislature isn’t in session.“From my perspective, the legislature responded and felt a bit flat-footed without a process that was established last fall,” MacKinnon said at a hearing Thursday on the bill.By law, Walker has the ability to issue up to $5 billion in bonds to pay for public employee pensions. But the legislature controls whether the state spends money to pay off the bonds.MacKinnon has written a bill that would cut Walker’s pension bond authority in half, to $2.5 billion. It also gives the Legislature more oversight authority, by requiring the administration to give the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee 45 days to weigh in on the sale.“In no way am I advocating that this is endorsement for issuing pension obligation bonds, but in working with the governor’s office, this strikes a balance,” MacKinnon said.The bonds are essentially low-interest debt. The state would use that money to invest. If investment returns are higher than the bonds’ rate, then the state would save money.MacKinnon noted that if the state had issued the bonds last fall, it would have saved money so far.“Just to underscore, Alaska would have received a positive number. We would owe less in our unfunded liability,” MacKinnon said.MacKinnon introduced the measure, Senate Bill 97, but plans to reintroduce it Friday with the entire Senate Finance Committee sponsoring it.last_img read more

first_imgThe youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach enter the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand during heavy rains after football practice.They are reported missing by the mother of one of the boys after her son does not come home that night.Local officials find bicycles locked to a fence and shoes and football boots close to the entrance.- Sunday, June 24 – Rescue operations chief Narongsak Osottanakorn says the boys are not ready to dive to safety.A scrawled message emerges from the team’s coach, offering his “apologies” to their parents, while in other touching notes the boys tell their relatives not to worry.- Sunday, July 8 – Diagram of the Tham Luang cave and the operation to rescue 12 boys and their football team coach. — AFPTwo days, eight rescued. The unprecedented mission to evacuate the “Wild Boar” football team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave has gripped Thailand and dominated global headlines.The complex operation, which began on Monday after several days of meticulous planning, is likely to resume Tuesday.That leaves five of the 13 to spend another night inside the cave.With fresh monsoon rains due, rescuers have warned the window of opportunity to evacuate the boys is “limited”.Here is a timeline of the efforts to find and free the group.- Saturday, June 23 – A break in the rain allows divers to reach further inside the cave but they are still a long distance from where the boys are believed to be.- Sunday, July 1 – Much-needed food and medical supplies — including high-calorie gels and paracetamol — reach the boys as rescuers prepare for the possibility that they may remain in the cave for some time.- Wednesday, July 4 – Thai Navy SEAL divers enter the cave searching for the boys. Makeshift shrines are set up for parents to pray and make offerings as heavy rains continue.- Tuesday, June 26 – Divers reach a T-junction several kilometres inside the cave but are forced back by rushing floodwaters that clog a narrow crevice near an air pocket called “Pattaya Beach”, where the boys are believed to have retreated.- Wednesday, June 27 – Officials say the group are being taught how to use diving masks and breathing apparatuses. Teams pump out water around the clock as more rain is forecast for the days ahead.- Thursday, July 5 – In a sign of increased urgency, authorities say expected rains may force a complex rescue quicker than first thought. A team of bird’s nest collectors scour the mountainside in search of new openings into the cave roof.- Friday, July 6 – Divers lead four of the boys out of the cave as night falls, sending them to the hospital. Narongsak says they are “safe” but no other details are given about their conditions.Narongsak says late in the evening that the rescue mission will not start again for at least another 10 hours to give time for oxygen and other supplies to be replenished.- Monday, July 9 –center_img Divers inch further into the cave, as an operating base is set up inside and hundreds of air tanks and other supplies are pulleyed in.- Monday, July 2 – Finally, a miracle: the 12 boys and their coach are found alive late Monday evening about 400 metres beyond Pattaya Beach by the British cave diving team.Crowds at the teeming rescue site cheer the good news, but attention soon turns to the difficult task of getting the boys out safely.- Tuesday, July 3 – Tragedy strikes: a diver helping to establish an air line to the boys dies after passing out while returning from the chamber.Saman Kunan’s death raises serious doubts over the safety of attempting a rescue through the cave’s waterlogged passageways.Thailand’s Navy SEAL commander says oxygen levels inside have dropped. He warns the window of opportunity to free the youngsters is “limited”.- Saturday, July 7 – Thailand’s junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha visits the site, jokes and cooks with relatives, asking them not to give up hope.- Saturday, June 30 – The underwater rescue is temporarily halted after downpours create fast-moving floods inside the cave.Water pumps are shipped in to drain the rising, murky floodwaters and drones are dispatched to help find new vents in the cave roof.- Friday, June 29 – Authorities keep the public guessing over the identities of those rescued so far. As dusk falls four more of the team have been rescued. The Thai Navy SEALs greet another seemingly successful day with a social media post saying “Hooyah”. A team of more than 30 American military personnel from the US Pacific Command arrive.They are joined by three British diving experts who enter the cave but quickly retreat in the face of heavy flooding.- Thursday, June 28 – Park officials and police find handprints and footprints believed to belong to the boys. Relatives start to keep vigil outside the cave.- Monday, June 25 –last_img read more

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The event ended with a scavenger hunt around Madrid’s landmarks, solving puzzles and photographing and sampling local Spanish tapas. The prize for the winning team was a fan screening of the film in their local markets.The movie began its international career in early January — and has racked up $29 million in China since its Jan. 18 release, and $48.8 million in North America. It continues to roll out internationally through February and March, including a U.K. outing this week.While still leaning on conventional advertising tools, Hollywood’s studios are increasingly incorporating digital elements into their film marketing and promotional strategies. In China, where TikTok operates a separate platform called Douyin, digital marketing is already dominant. The partnership on “Escape Room” is TikTok’s largest event to date with a Hollywood studio.TikTok claims some 17 billion monthly average video views, and a mean viewing time of 40 minutes. Its key user group is females in the 16-24 year-old age range.“TikTok’s community interests and demographic are perfectly in line with ‘Escape Room’’s audience. This collaboration allows us to offer a unique experience to some of our fabulous ‘creators’ but, most importantly, to create exciting and engaging content for our global community,” said a TikTok spokesman.“An innovative and immersive thriller like ‘Escape Room’ makes for a perfect collaboration with global innovators .. The TikTok creators were able to generate their own fun and shareable user-generated content for their followers and spread their excitement about the film,” said Sal Ladestro, executive VP of international marketing for Sony Pictures Releasing International.The film was directed by Adam Robitel, from a screenplay by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik based on a story by Schut. The film is produced by Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur. Rebecca Rivo is executive producer. It stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani and with Yorick van Wageningen. Popular on Variety center_img Hugely popular short video platform, TikTok has teamed with Sony Pictures Entertainment to promote the studio’s psychological thriller “Escape Room.”The film features six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control. They must use their wits to find and follow the clues, or die.Sony recreated settings from the film, including a shrinking room and an ice room, in Madrid, Spain. These were used for a creator event pitching 30 key opinion leaders from 17 countries against TikTok talent from the U.K., Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, Malaysia and Spain.As they participated in the challenges, both groups recorded their experiences, creating 75 pieces of video content, and sharing with their fans on TikTok’s official “Escape Room” movie page. Participating TikTok creators included the magician, Magic Singh, comedian Karol Konk and makeup artist and body painter Vicky Banham.last_img read more

first_img ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies One Punch Man’s Saitama is just an average guy who serves as an average hero. He’s nothing special. He’s a bald guy who just happens to be able to defeat nearly any enemy he comes across. Whether it’s an enormous sea monster or a towering colossus that used to be human, one punch can knock that bad guy’s lights out. So maybe Saitama isn’t just a boring baldy after all. That’s why he (and the anime he stars in) has garnered such a rabid and devoted fanbase. He’s calm, cool, and collected no matter what situation he finds himself in, and even though he’s continually dissed by the heroes who live in the same city as him, he never ceases to help people, because it’s the right thing to do.via sparkly-artsKilling monsters and bringing down enormous foes may have stopped being challenging for Saitama long ago, but that doesn’t keep him from protecting his city and his friends. That’s what happens when you train as hard as he did. You become a living legend — one worthy of fan appreciation and praise. You should check out the 12-episode series if you’re into larger than life heroes, especially ones who still make time to head to the supermarket and get rides from other heroes who have to bike to the next city.View as: One Page Slides1. Ghia Marie2. Mora Galaxy3. Mii Chan4. DoonaDraws5. Flor6. Eyeden7. Natalya Moon8. Jenn Williams9. Relyonsden10. Tomatostyle11. Amane12. incarceratedsquirrel13. Jon Nielsen14. Katya15. Erika Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgBig Ben’s legacy won’t take a hit with a loss this weekendThe Steelers face the Jags this weekend, after Jacksonville handed them their worst loss of the season in Week 5. Some are saying that if Ben Roethlisberger loses this playoff game it would negatively impact his overall legacy, but Colin disagrees.He thinks Big Ben can still enhance his legacy with another Super Bowl win, but nothing that happens against the Jaguars will negatively impact it. Roethlisberger’s lasting impact of changing one of the legendary NFL organization’s identity from dominant defense to an offensive juggernaut, while still winning Super Bowls. That is set in stone.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio talking Lonzo’s progression; and the OK3 struggles.Greg Cosell – NFL Films Senior Producer joins the show to explain what the Titans need to do to compete with New England; why Minnesota’s defense should give New Orleans problems; and what the Falcons did to stop the Rams.Brice Butler – Cowboys free agent wide receiver is in-studio talking upcoming free agency; why he won’t go back to Dallas unless he starts; and his experplaying with Dez Bryant.Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to defend wide receivers; and what makes Drew Brees an all-time QB. Lonzo Ball is underratedLonzo Ball has been a lightning rod for criticism during his brief tenure with the Lakers, thanks in no small part to the constant controversy created by his father LaVar, and a slow start shooting the ball. Even though many other top picks have struggled, Lonzo has been picked apart more than the rest because of his visibility, and some even think he should be traded.Even though bashing Lonzo is in style, Colin argues that he’s actually underrated because he ranks in the Top 10 for NBA point guards in assists, rebounds, steals and blocks, and during a recent stretch when he missed time with an injury, the Lakers weren’t even competitive. last_img read more

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Well, YouTuber Brad Guy decided to have some fun with them. By recreating them himself.It’s a really a fun, self-aware, and, yes, sexy video.Brad took on some of Porowski’s most classic thirst traps, including a recent one of him holding a bottle of Coke in his underwear. Yeah. You know the one.So how does Brad hold up? Let’s find out.[embedded content]Not too shabby, if you ask us.Brad ultimately recreates three of Porowski’s photos, including the Coca-Cola one. He also imitates a close-up where Porowski is holding jewelry, and another where Porowski is standing shirtless with a blazer hanging off his shoulder. We all know (and love) Antoni Porowski, the food expert on Netflix’s new iteration of Queer Eye. We’re also familiar with — and typically have split opinions on — his many, many thirst trap photos on Instagram. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Queer Eye’s Antoni and Justin Trudeau will have a Pride brunch togetherQueer Eye’s Antoni to open a restaurant in New YorkQueer Eye’s Antoni Porowski giving classic New York diner a makeover for his first restaurantRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-recreate-instagram-antoni/center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Does Porowski need to watch out for his gig? Guess it depends on how Brad is with food but he’s nailing these photos for sure.Queer Eye is currently working on Season 3, which is relocating from Georgia to Missouri.More from Gay Star NewsThe Queer Eye men are putting out a book, just in time for the holidaysQueer Eye’s Antoni and Justin Trudeau will have a Pride brunch togetherQueer Eye’s Antoni Porowski giving New York diner a makeover for his first restaurantGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . See how he holds up next to Antoni | Photo: YouTube/Brad Guylast_img read more

first_imgAGRICULTURE Minister Nicos Kouyialis has expressed his support for the DAIRIUS project which deals with converting expired dairy products to renewable biogas.“For us, correct management of household waste is a cornerstone in the efforts undertaken for rational management of resources,” he said adding that it is an ethical duty of every society to implement such programmes.He was speaking a conference in Limassol called “Current Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Waste Management in Livestock and Dairy Industries”.Such a project, he said could help start up several small and medium sized businesses, creating ‘green employment opportunities’.DAIRIUS is co-funded by the EU “LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance” program by 50 per cent for its €1.4million budget. It aims to protect the environment by improving the way expired dairy products are processed and promoting this solution on an international level.“As a ministry we are participating through the environment department in these efforts and are working towards the success of this project which we hope will be an example for other local businesses,” Kouyialis said.Scientists from Cyprus and abroad were present at the conference where they also discussed the energy waste in stock breeding and the dairy industry, existing management measures and legislation and ways of funding through national and European funds.Partners in the DAIRIUS project are Charalambides Christis Ltd, Rtd Talos Ltd, ANIMALIA Genetics Ltd, the University of Patras, Green Technologies Ltd and the Department of Environment, according to their website.For more information about the DAIRIUS project visit: www.dairiusproject.com.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more