Canada finally backs UN Indigenous declaration

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Canadian government said Friday it had endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The government has long been urged by First Nations leaders across the country to sign the document. The Conservative government admitted its refusal to endorse it had harmed its relationship with First Nations people.Canada’s UN ambassador John McNee met with the president of the UN General Assembly Friday to indicate Canada’s decision to formally endorse the declaration.“We understand and respect the importance of this (declaration) to Indigenous peoples in Canada and worldwide,” said Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan, in a statement. “Canada has endorsed the declaration to further reconcile and strengthen our relationship with Aboriginal peoples in Canada.”Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo said he welcomed the government’s announcement.“Today marks an important shift in our relationship and now the real work begins,” said Atleo. “Endorsing the declaration is the opportunity to look forward and re-set the relationship between First Nations and the Crown so it is consistent with the Treaties and other agreements with First Nations upon which this country was founded.”The government had initially voted against the document, along with the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, saying it infringed on Canadian laws.“We are not prepared to sign on to this non-binding document because it is inconsistent with our Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the National Defence Act, Supreme Court rulings, policies under which we negotiate treaties, and does not account for third-party interests,” said Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan, in 2009, when he was a parliamentary secretary.Canada now says it is “confident” it can “interpret the principles expressed in the declaration” without infringing on the Constitution or the country’s laws.Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Canada’s decision to change its position on the declaration signalled its commitment to “promoting and protecting” the rights of Indigenous peoples.“Canada’s active involvement abroad, coupled with its productive partnership with Aboriginal Canadians is having a real impact in advancing Indigenous rights and abroad,” said Cannon, in a statement.NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder said it was about time the government acted on the declaration.“With each day that went by without that recognition, Aboriginal peoples questioned whether or not the Prime Minister’s residential school apology truly meant anything,” said Crowder.Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized in 2008 for the Indian residential schools policy and for the way Aboriginal children were treated at these schools.An interview with Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan will air Friday evening at 6 p.m. ET on APTN National Newslast_img read more

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Somali president resolute after Shebab car bombing

first_imgSomalia’s president vowed Saturday he would not halt efforts to restore peace and security to the country in the wake of a car bomb attack in central Mogadishu by Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels.The huge blast on Friday evening outside a top hotel in Somalia’s capital killed at least four people, including a government official, and wounded 15, according to the government.“I strongly condemn this heinous act of terrorism outside the Maka al Mukurama Hotel by Shebab, which caused deaths and injuries to civilians,” Somalia’s internationally backed president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, said in a statement. “The aim of the attack was to terrorise people in order to stop the huge progress towards peace and stability in Somalia. We say out loudly to Shebab that you will never stop us making huge progress towards peace and stability and good governance,” he added.Officials said one of the country’s top diplomats — Abdulkadir Ali Dhuub, a former acting ambassador to London — was killed when the car bomb exploded outside the hotel, which is popular with officials and businessmen.The statement from the presidency said another blast was averted, with a man carrying a “laptop and explosive items” apprehended while trying to set off a bomb inside the hotel at the same time as the car bomb.In northeastern Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, authorities said they had also repelled a late Friday night Shebab raid on a prison holding militants.“A group estimated to be 30 to 40 men armed with rocket launchers, machine-guns and hand grenades attacked Bossaso Central Prison,” the regional government said in the statement, adding that its troops “bravely defended the prison and repelled the attackers”.It said no prisoners escaped during the raid, and that Shebab rebels were being pursued into a nearby mountainous area.Shebab militants have been pushed out of Mogadishu but still control large parts of the countryside and have continued to strike at the heart of the capital.In September the group also claimed responsibility for a massacre at an upmarket shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi that left at least 67 dead.The latest attack comes as the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, is asking the UN Security Council to green-light a boost in its numbers as part of efforts to step up offensive operations against the Shebab.It also comes after a US army drone strike on a Shebab convoy last month that officials said killed the rebels’ top suicide bomb-maker.last_img read more

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Hamas slams spying charges against ousted president Morsi

first_imgGAZA CITY – Egypt’s prosecutor-general on Wednesday referred Morsi, three of his former aides, and 31 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to a criminal court to answer charges of espionagePalestinian resistance faction Hamas has denounced espionage allegations leveled against ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi by Egyptian prosecution authorities.“Hamas does not interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs,” group spokesman Salah al-Bardawil told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.Contact with Hamas, he said, should be considered “an honor” for any Arab.“How dare a government or judiciary consider the Palestinian resistance an enemy and criminalize cooperation with it?” he asked.Al-Bardawil called for dismissing the charges against Morsi, which, he asserted, only played into the hands of the Israeli occupation.Egypt’s prosecutor-general on Wednesday referred Morsi, three of his former aides, and 31 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to a criminal court to answer charges of espionage.The men are accused of “conspiring” with Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah to carry out a “terrorist plot” in Egypt, according to a statement issued by the prosecutor-general’s office.The defendants also face charges of financing terrorism and committing acts deemed “harmful to the country’s security and integrity.”last_img read more

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UNSG Guterres Wants Morocco and Algeria to Increase Dialogue

Rabat – The Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said that Guterres “has always been very supportive of increased dialogue between Algeria and Morocco.” The two neighboring countries share the world’s longest closed border.Dujarric made his remarks at a press briefing on Wednesday in response to a journalist’s question about King Mohammed VI’s proposal.On Tuesday, King Mohammed VI delivered a speech on the 43rd anniversary of the Green March. In his speech, The King said that Morocco is open to “any proposals and initiatives from Algeria” to re-establish bilateral ties. He added that the bilateral ties between Algeria and Morocco are “not normal” and “much less than acceptable.”The King also called for a political mechanism “to analyze all pending issues in good faith and in a very frank, objective and honest way, using an open-ended agenda, without conditions or exceptions.”“I should like to stress that Morocco is willing to consider the proposals or initiatives Algeria may want to offer in this regard so as to break the stalemate in the relations between the two neighbors and sister nations,” said the King.Dujarric also said that Guterres “welcomes” the support of King Mohammed VI for the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Horst Kohler, who invited all parties for talks in Geneva December 5-6.The UN chief also commended the “parties and neighbours for responding positively to the invitation of Mr. Kohler for an initial roundtable” to discuss the Western Sahara conflict.According to Dujarric, Guterres also hoped that “this initial roundtable will be the beginning of a process that will lead to a solution of this long-standing conflict.”The roundtable was also highly welcomed by Resolution 2440 adopted by the Security Council on October 31.The resolution has for the first time mentioned Algeria as a party that should contribute and “work constructively” with Kohler to ensure the success of the political process. read more

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On OAUs anniversary Annan hails Organization as voice of Africa

In his message to an OAU meeting held to mark the occasion, the Secretary-General stressed that the Organization had helped Africa to play its part on the international stage and provided the nations on the continent with “a clear goal and a collective vision.” Mr. Annan’s message was delivered on his behalf by his Special Adviser for Africa, Ibrahim Gambari. Paying tribute to the OAU’s successes, Mr. Annan pointed to the OAU’s role as a rallying-point during the liberation struggle and its efforts today to mobilize the collective will of the continent against war, want and disease, including HIV/AIDS. He also expressed confidence that as the world increasingly came to recognize the potential of regional organizations to achieve peace and prosperity, UN-OAU cooperation would grow even stronger.Looking to the future, the Secretary-General said the OAU would provide an indispensable forum and structure for its Member States to plan how best to further their shared interests. He added that plans to transform the OAU into an “African Union” constituted “a bold endeavour which deserves the fullest support from the international community.”This initiative was also highlighted in the anniversary message of OAU Secretary-General Salim A. Salim. “The inspiration of the African Union, and the spirit that propelled all of us to pursue it, has been the recognition of the imperative necessity for Africans to pool together our strengths, solidify our unity and solidarity and dedicate ourselves to our common destiny,” he said.While noting several “positive and encouraging” developments across the continent, including the progress towards peace in Ethiopia and Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone, Mr. Salim pointed to areas where continued vigilance was warranted, especially “the grave situation between Liberia and Guinea and the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Burundi.”On broader challenges facing Africa, the OAU chief said the AIDS pandemic was “threatening to tear apart the fabric of our societies” and warned that it was “an illusion” to believe that such problems could be surmounted through individual efforts alone. “We need to be together,” he said. read more

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175 children placed in foster care 80 adopted CCPA

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related800 children in residential care; 250 in state careDecember 20, 2014In “Business”Over 840 children saved from being separated from their family during first quarter, says CPAApril 28, 2017In “CPA says saved over 840 children from separating from their family …during first quarter”Children in institutional care drop to below 25 percentJune 7, 2016In “Local News” The Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) has recorded an increase in the number of children placed into both permanent and temporary homes in 2018. This was disclosed by Director of the Agency, Ann Greene during an interview with this online publication.The CC&PA noted that a total of 175 children were placed in foster care homes with 117 foster parents. In addition 80 children were able to spend the holidays in the warmth of their new adopted families.Director, Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann GreeneAccording to the Child Care Arm of the Social Protection Ministry, 51 local families adopted children, 18 international Guyanese as well as 11 international or non- Guyanese.These numbers, Greene said is the highest compared with 2017. Although she did not provide INews with figures for the previous year, Greene noted that the significant increase was achieved as the adoption process was much earlier this year with the aid of the child court and additional laws.Important to note also was that this year, more children were placed in foster care. The Agency outlined in its yearend review that it managed to increase partnerships at the community level with key stakeholders including the Guyana Police Force, Teachers, Public Health Workers, Non- Governmental Organizations and Community Groups including faith-based organizations, for social network support for vulnerable families.The CC&PA said Child Protection work is not done in isolation, and as such, communities must take responsibilities for keeping children safe.Community-based initiatives and parenting programmes are known to be effective in strengthening the functioning of parents and enhancing the growth and development of children.Moreover, training was conducted with caregivers in State Care Homes as well as caregivers in privately managed Children Residential Care Institutions.This was done with the intent of providing an opportunity for the development of skills and techniques for improved service to children in residential care. read more

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Conor McGregor is paying for his mistakes says longtime coach

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4590564 Image: RTÉ/LateLateShow Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 1:30 PM No Comments 118,196 Views Share95 Tweet Email1 By Adam Daly Conor McGregor is ‘paying for his mistakes’ says longtime coach John Kavanagh said he does not condone the mistakes made by the former UFC champion. McGregor’s longtime coach, John Kavanagh, on last night’s Late Late Show. Image: RTÉ/LateLateShowcenter_img Apr 13th 2019, 1:30 PM McGregor’s longtime coach, John Kavanagh, on last night’s Late Late Show. COACH OF CONOR McGregor, John Kavanagh, has said he does not condone the mistakes made by the former UFC champion, adding that McGregor is “paying for them”.“He has made mistakes that I absolutely don’t condone. I know he regrets them, he’s paying for them, he’s trying to learn from them, he’s trying to move on,” Kavanagh said, speaking on last night’s Late Late Show.Earlier this week McGregor pleaded not guilty to robbery by sudden snatching and criminal mischief. Miami Police said McGregor slapped a phone out of a man’s hand and then stomped on it several times during the incident in Florida last month.Conor McGregor also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, avoiding jail time, for his role in the UFC 223 media day fracas at Barclays Center in Brooklyn last year. Short URL The goal setting, the work ethic, going for something that seems impossible – they’re the qualities that I love in Conor.McGregor announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in a tweet last month but backtracked last week by stating his intention to return to the octagon.Kavanagh also played down McGregor’s retirement, saying he would be “very surprised” if McGregor doesn’t fight again.“I have seen a bit of a resurgence in his passion and his love for it and I think if the right contest comes along, something that is interesting to him, something that will get the crowd going.“I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t fight again and it could even be this summer.”Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing A photo of McGregor after his Miami arrest. Source: Miami Beach PoliceKavanagh told Tubridy that he teaches over 200 children at his gym and he’s conscious of setting a good example for them. “I know Conor does as well,” he added.He went on to say he hopes McGregor can return to “positive things”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Yoshida says Japan doesnt have excuses

first_imgThe Japan national team captain says Qatar were superior, but the 2019 AFC Asian Cup helped the Japanese get better.Japan lost the 2019 AFC Asian Cup 3-1 against Qatar on Friday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.The Japanese had a very good run in the continental tournament, winning six consecutive matches before losing to the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts.And even after not lifting the trophy, Samurai Blue captain Maya Yoshida says they are responsible for their own defeat.“It’s difficult to describe how it feels,” Yoshida was quoted by First Post.“We were too passive, a bit naive and made so many mistakes. We conceded two goals at the beginning of the game which we shouldn’t have – we simply weren’t good enough.”“But they played well and deserve to be champions. No excuses, we move on,” he explained.“That third goal was really tough to accept.”“It killed the game. If that’s a penalty I probably have to jump without using my arms. It was accidental – but that was the referee’s decision,” he added about the controversial decision to award Qatar a penalty kick.“It’s a huge disappointment but we have to learn from it.”Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.Now Japan and Qatar will participate in the 2019 Copa America to be played in Brazil this summer.“We have to lift ourselves and take the right energy into the Copa America and the (2022) World Cup qualifiers,” Yoshida continued.“It’s probably one of the hardest defeats of my career.”“I got caught out for all three goals. But losing is part of football, he concluded.2019 Japan will now play the Kirin Challenge Cup in March against Colombia and Bolivia.Then they will host the Kirin Asia Challenge Cup against Australia and China.The Samurai Blue will start their Copa America challenge on June 17 against Chile, three days later they take on Uruguay and finish the Group Stage against Ecuador.Let’s go to the @afcasiancup final. #AsianCupFinal#asiancup2019 #bringasiatogether pic.twitter.com/3Uc9nintSh— MAYA YOSHIDA (@MayaYoshida3) January 31, 2019last_img read more

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Spring Time Means Tire Changing Season

first_imgShannon McCarthy, DOT Spokeswoman: “Studded tires cause a tremendous amount of damage to our roads when the roads are dry, it causes even more damage when the roads and warm and dry, which is the conditions we are starting to move into right now.”  The deadline for Anchor Point and Homer was on April 15. Studded tires are only legal between September 15 and May 1 every year on a majority of the Kenai Peninsula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The deadline to take off studded tires for a majority of the Kenai Peninsula is on May 1, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation.center_img Another option to avoid the deadlines: studless winter tires. Craig Wortham of Alyeska Tire said they still need to be changed over in the summer, to protect the heat-sensitive material, but some provide better traction than studded tires, and there’s no DOT deadline.last_img read more

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Aliens secretly living in Saturns moon Pan Researcher analyses NASA images to

first_imgNASAScott C Waring is now one of the most popular figures among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts as he used to unveil various image anomalies on photos released by NASA taken from Mars and Moon. Recently, the self-proclaimed extraterrestrial researcher revealed that aliens are secretly living in Saturn’s moon Pan.Scott C Waring made this conclusion after analysing the images of this moon captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The alien researcher argues that the shape of this Saturn’s moon is so weird, and it is actually a probable space station that orbits the planet.”This disk moon doesn’t appear to be a moon at all, but probably a space station that orbits Saturn. Notice the Saturn ring that is attached to it? This ring is 100% proof that aliens on Saturn created this artificial moon to be a space station in orbit around the planet,” wrote Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.Waring added that aliens have used this tactic to hide from potential dangers as space is a very risky place to survive.”Aliens can calculate the odds of events happening before they happen, and apparently space is still a dangerous place, so much so that even advanced alien cultures need to hide and protect their ships, space stations, buildings and bases using camouflage to mask their existence. That would defiantly affect the odds of survival, and those are the odds they care most about,” added Waring.A few weeks back, after spotting an alien-like fossil on Mars, Waring claimed that extraterrestrials had once roamed the Red Planet. After making this discovery, Waring also urged United States President Donald Trump to make him the head of NASA. The researcher also assured that he will expose the bitter realities about alien lives once he gets appointed as the NASA chief.last_img read more

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Pakistan announces crackdown on Hafiz Saeed for financing terror activities

first_imgHafiz Saeed, leader of the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.ReutersPakistan officials announced a crackdown on the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and 26/11 militant mastermind, Hafiz Saeed, on charges of terror financing on Wednesday, July 3. The move comes in the midst of international pressure on curbing terrorism in the country.The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan has launched 23 cases against Saeed and his 12 aides for using five trusts to collect funds for LeT’s terrorism-related activities. The trusts listed are Dawat Irshad Trust, Moaz Bin Jabal Trust, Al-Anfaal Trust, Al-Madina Foundation Trust and Al-Hamd Trust, reported India Today.Other LeT-linked charity organisations Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) were also investigated. The organisations are banned by the government of Pakistan and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).To evade the ban, the names of the organisations were changed to Al-Madina and Aisar Foundation, according to a report by Daily Times. “All the assets of these organisations and individuals will be frozen and taken over by the state,” said senior security official on conditions of anonymity.LeT is banned in India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The United States, the United Kingdom, European Union, Russia, Australia, and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 have banned the organisation under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions List.Last month, Pakistan had claimed to have shut down 13 militant training camps run by Jaish-e- Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen in various parts of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.The move was reportedly made to avoid being blacklisted by the international terrorism watchdog agency, Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Pakistan was ‘greylisted’ by FATF last year and was recently given an October 2019 deadline to control the rampant money laundering and terror financing in the country.Although the terror outfit is banned in Pakistan; countries like India and France, and some think tanks have claimed that Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), provides support and protection to the militant organisation.LeT has played a crucial role in instigating tensions between Indo-Pak relations. After the Pulwama attack, India has reaffirmed its stance of zero tolerance for cross-border terrorism.last_img read more

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TShirt Tuesday The Best Justice League Shirts

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: DC’s flagship superhero team hits theaters, so you should come to the premiere in one of these Justice League shirts.Out Of The DarknessPlenty of ink has been spilled about how the DC cinematic universe is a lot darker and grittier a place than the Marvel one, for better or for worse. But there’s no denying that dousing those brightly colored costumes in inky black shadow can create some memorable visuals. This shirt design by k4k7uz takes the heroic arrangement from the Justice League poster and gives it an appealing chiaroscuro look.$20, buy it here.Pixel LeagueYes, there is probably going to be a tie-in video game for the Justice League movie, but it probably won’t be done in the quirky pixel art technique displayed here by viselner. DC isn’t quite ready to get weird with their flagship franchise, no matter how cool it would be. Oh well – you’ll always have this shirt which depicts the Trinity in low-res splendor.$20, buy it here.Justice League UnitedDC’s animated cartoons are widely agreed to be some of the best stuff they put out, so big ups to artist Grayson888 for copping the signature silhouetted heroes look from Justice League Unlimited and re-purposing it with the heroes from the upcoming movie instead. It’s a cool way to bridge the old and the new that works for fans of all stripes.$20, buy it here.The League Of JusticeThis one makes the list for the unique illustration style employed by artist jordanjamesb, who takes a blotchy line like Jae Lee or Frank Miller and a minimal color palette to create striking renditions of the group’s seven founding members. The DC characters are such icons they can be transformed and redesigned infinitely while still maintaining their power, and this shirt is a neat way to show that.$20, buy it here.Straight Out For JusticeThe cover for N.W.A.’s 1988 Straight Outta Compton remains one of the greatest pieces of album art ever, managing to be threatening even with thirty years of distance from the scene. This T-shirt by amodesigns replaces the L.A. rap crew with the core members of the Justice League, looking pretty gangsta as they give the DC Universe’s villains notice that the rap wars are here.$20, buy it here.Good Grief, Batman!It wouldn’t be T-Shirt Tuesday without at least one mash-up design. This illustration by RickThompson takes the good old Peanuts gang and assigns Justice League identities to them, with Charlie Brown as Batman getting his Bat-Kite stuck in the tree and the rest of the crew helping him get it out. It’s well-drawn, funny and sweet.$20, buy it here.Justice TotemWe like this design from Akiwa a lot – you might argue that it’s sort of culturally appropriative, but this is the same company that brought us Apache Chief so what can you say? Stacking the heads of the Justice League up in a totem pole helps cement their positions as the American monomyth, figures who are larger than life and outside of history.$20, buy it here.Heroes Of The LeagueI always loved the times when the Justice League wasn’t just the big guns of the DC universe but opened their doors up to unlikelier heroes – it brought them up to a new level and let readers see how they’d interact with truly planet-threatening villains. Artist casdavihay pays tribute to some lesser-known Leaguers like Booster Gold, the Question and Doctor Fate with this stylish shirt.$20, buy it here.Justice BeerThis shirt by halfabubble has us thinking – if each member of the Justice League was a frosty malt beverage, what would they be? Batman would probably be a midnight-black Imperial Stout that you can only handle in little sips, while the Flash would be a hoppy, mouth, stimulating IPA. We could talk about superhero beer equivalents all day, but this shirt sort of does the job for us.$20, buy it here.UniteWhile a bunch of the shirts on this list are sort of muted in design, this one from ShokXoneStudios is wild, exploding with color and style. Each member of the League either gets one of the letters in the word UNITE or the line on the top or the bottom, and there’s a ton of personality in each. It’s gleefully, unapologetically comic book style and we love it.$20, buy it here.JUSTICEHow the heck did designer The_Interceptor figure out that this concept would work? Sure, they pull a few strings to make the concept carry through, but the layout is impeccable, and it’s a striking design that will resonate with DC nerds who know that Vic Stone is Cyborg’s real name. Just a really clever take on a concept we’ve seen a few times around here.$20, buy it here.last_img read more

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Researchers find some universities are getting poor value from bundled academic journal

first_img Reference resources find their place among open access and Google, study finds Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Academic journals are periodicals where researchers publish articles describing their work. They are published by companies such as Springer, Taylor & Francis, Sage, and Elsevier. Such periodicals can be sold on an individual subscription basis, to a university, or other group, or, they can be bundled together, like channels on cable TV and sold as a package deal. When they are bundled and sold to a university library, both sides engage in bartering—publishers want the highest price they can get, while libraries want to pay the lowest. An interesting part of the bartering process is that the final price that is agreed to by both sides, is kept secret, due to a confidentially agreement the publishers insist the librarians sign. That means that librarians don’t know how much other institutions are paying for their bundles. In this new effort, the researchers used the Freedom of Information Act, to force several public universities to reveal their contracts, so that they could compare them.In looking at the contracts, the researchers found widely different charges to universities for the same bundles. They found for example, that the University of Michigan paid $2.16 million in 2009 for a bundle from Elsevier, while the University of Wisconsin, paid just $1.22 million the same year for the same bundle from the same company. They note that the two universities are similar in the size of their staffs and the number of PhD students, yet one school paid considerably more than the other.The researchers attempted to use other metrics to see if a pattern might emerge that could explain publishers charging some institutions more than others—they report that they were not able to find any, which to them suggests, that pricing was based on the knowledge and negotiating skills of the individual librarian, which meant that schools that did not have librarians with such knowledge or skills, tended to get very low value for the bundles they purchased compared to other schools. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A small team made up of four economists from four universities in the U.S. has found that some university libraries are getting a raw deal from companies that sell them bundled academic journals. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Theodore Bergstrom, Paul Courant, Preston McAfee and Michael Williams contend that by requiring university librarians to sign confidentially agreements, academic journal publishers are artificially inflating the prices of bundled journal packages and are charging universities widely different prices for the same content without any reason, other than that it brings them greater profit. Citation: Researchers find some universities are getting poor value from bundled academic journal publishers (2014, June 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-universities-poor-bundled-academic-journal.html More information: Evaluating big deal journal bundles, Theodore C. Bergstrom, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1403006111AbstractLarge commercial publishers sell bundled online subscriptions to their entire list of academic journals at prices significantly lower than the sum of their á la carte prices. Bundle prices differ drastically between institutions, but they are not publicly posted. The data that we have collected enable us to compare the bundle prices charged by commercial publishers with those of nonprofit societies and to examine the types of price discrimination practiced by commercial and nonprofit journal publishers. This information is of interest to economists who study monopolist pricing, librarians interested in making efficient use of library budgets, and scholars who are interested in the availability of the work that they publish. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgIf you’ve been wondering how to track your bats, wonder no longer. A team of researchers led by the University of Helsinki has used new miniaturized GPS tags to keep tabs on desert bats as they fly about in Sibiloi National Park, Northern Kenya. By plotting the movement of the night fliers, the study is designed to provide new insights into how they adapt to drier times of the year.Wildlife tracking technology has proven an effective tool for naturalists for over half a century, but, until recently, a limiting factor has been the size of the equipment. It’s one thing to tag something like a whale or an elephant, but something small like a bat is another thing entirely. This presents more than just a technical challenge because the only effective way of studying the behavior of something like a bat that flits about in the darkness like a shuttlecock on acid is by attaching some sort of tracking device to it.For the University of Helsinki study, the researchers chose yellow-wing bats living on the shores of Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake, in Kenya. A species of false vampire bat found throughout sub-Saharan Africa south to northern Zambia, the yellow-wing is something of a chiropteran heavyweight, coming in at up to 36 g (1.27 oz) and has the ability to alter its wing geometry, allowing it to carry relatively heavy loads.With this in mind, the Helsinki team captured 15 bats in the rainy season and 14 in the dry season using mist nets. After being examined, the 1.45-g (0.05-oz) tags were attached to the bats in the form of tiny backpacks that were glued to the animal’s back using cyanoacrylate-based glue.The bats were then released and allowed to flit about for a week as they hunted for their prey of soft- and hard-bodied insects and the tag traced their movements for up to an hour every night. They were then tracked down by means of a VHF transmitter in the tag, netted again, and the tag removed for data retrieval.The team found that the yellow-wing bats, which are a home-loving species, traveled farther and longer at night during the dry seasons than they did during the rainy one – probably as a way to compensate for having less food available.According to the team, this study not only sheds new light on the behavior of desert bats, but it also shows how animals can adapt to changing climates.”The responses exhibited by bats offer important insights into the responses of other taxonomic groups,” says Irene Conenna, a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences. “These new miniaturized satellite-based tags now allow us to better understand how increased aridity affects bats foraging efficiency, leading us one step forward to understanding limits in aridity tolerance and impacts of climate change.”The research was published in Movement Ecology.Source: University of Helsinkilast_img read more

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Sunshine Coast launches Holiday Destination Like No Other

first_imgSunshine Coast launches ‘Holiday Destination Like No Other’ campaignThe Sunshine Coast, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, has launched a new online campaign A Holiday Destination Like No Other with travel websites Expedia and Wotif designed to inspire travellers to visit the Sunshine Coast.Simon Ambrose, CEO of Sunshine Coast Destination said the aim of the campaign was simple – to entice both new and past visitors to the Sunshine Coast by showcasing the region’s vast range of inspirational activities and attractions, supported by highly competitive flight, accommodation and touring deals.“People are researching holidays online and increasingly via mobile. This online campaign which includes social media integration, dedicated newsletter and email provides a massive opportunity to target Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand audiences, educate visitors on the diversity of experiences and events on the Sunshine Coast and provide some great deals to book their next holiday.“The campaign A Holiday Destination Like No Other uses blog and video content to provide new and compelling reasons to visit. Visitors know about our pristine beaches but we also want to tell them about our events, fresh local produce, hinterland, nature, lifestyle, spas and markets.“The Sunshine Coast tourism industry has enjoyed a very successful 2015 and we want to ensure the momentum continues into 2016. The timing is right to push hard for domestic visitors while the Aussie dollar is low,” added Mr Ambrose.Tourism and Events Queensland CEO, Leanne Coddington, said the campaign would highlight the Sunshine Coast as a holiday destination of choice for international and domestic visitors.“With the campaign in market in New Zealand on top of an extended Air New Zealand service from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast over summer, this destination is now more accessible to a key international market for Queensland,” Ms Coddington said.“Recent visitor growth has been strong and this campaign will work to further highlight the appeal of a Sunshine Coast summer holiday.”“We are excited raise awareness and inspire travelers with this campaign to consider their summer getaway on the Sunshine Coast,” said Noah Tratt, Global Senior Vice President, Expedia Media Solutions.The Expedia campaign is running from now until 19 November and Wotif from 16 November to 13 December. Sunshine CoastSource = Sunshine Coast Destination Limitedlast_img read more

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MTDCs Ganesh Darshan Tour initiative receives an overwhelming response

first_imgMaharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) had organised special Ganesh Darshan Tours from September 6 to 8. The Ganesh Festival is one of the biggest celebrations in Maharashtra. The tour covered six of the most popular Ganesh pandals in Mumbai like Lalbaugcha Raja, GSB Sioncha Raja, Mumbaicha Raja to name a few. MTDC had organised three AC buses a day wherein 45 tourists in each bus were to be accommodated. There was a great response to this initiative as MTDC received 100% bookings with 360 tourists including some from other countries as well experiencing the Ganesh Darshan Tours in a span of three days.Commenting on this initiative Valsa Nair Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Cultural, Government of Maharashtra said, “All festivals in Maharashtra are celebrated with abundant fervour and enthusiasm. We are very pleased to receive such a positive response on this initiative. The aim of this initiative was not only to boost tourism but also give an opportunity to people across the world to experience and be a part of one of the most popular festival in the state.”Swati Kale, General Manager of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation said, “Ganesh Chaturthi is one of those festivals that have always brought people from diverse cultures and communities together. Tourists from different countries came and experienced the Ganesh Darshan Tour. We are glad that were able to successfully spread our culture across people from various parts of the world in these three days.”last_img read more

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InterContinental Bali Resort is renowned for showc

first_imgInterContinental Bali Resort is renowned for showcasing the best of Bali, with the essential components of Balinese Hindu philosophies, imagery and symbolism prevalent throughout its design. The Resort follows the principals of ‘Tri Hita Karana’, which is the balance and harmony between the three sources of life – humans, nature and God, while the architecture also honours the sacred axis between the holy mountain and the sea.InterContinental Bali Resort now continues this tradition with a comprehensive guestroom redesign programme, which sets new standards for luxury accommodation in Bali and introduces world-class room technology.Michel Chertouh, Regional General Manager for Bali Resorts, IHG, said, “As one of the iconic resort properties for IHG, the design of the new rooms has been conceived to bring the ‘Soul of Bali’ to life with features such as hand-painted batik prints and intricate wood carvings, coupled with personalised technologies that will set new standards in Bali.”Guest room designThe interiors have been designed by the Singapore-based ‘James Park Associates’, a renowned design consultancy that has an extensive knowledge of Bali and Indonesia, and specialises in creating exceptional guestrooms that pay homage to the location. The rooms’ most unique features are the full-wall mural paintings inspired by designs found on Balinese textiles.The bed head backdrops feature carved wood headboard panels with geometric lattice patterns typical of those seen on traditional Balinese doorways. A circular carved artefact features prominently in each room, mounted on the fabric-panelled accent wall of each lounge area.  The pendant lamps are a signature of the new InterContinental Bali guestrooms and suites, inspired by the elaborate terracotta crown finials of traditional Balinese thatched roofs. Each lamp also features a cast brass decoration depicting dragons, and Garuda – the winged messenger and carrier of the supreme god, Wishnu. The woven rattan material, ubiquitous to the tropics, is treated with an antique patina and used prominently in the wall panelling of the dressing rooms. The crafted furniture has been carefully designed to complement the hotel’s vernacular architecture, while also conveying a timeless, tropical aesthetic. Indonesian wood from sustainable sources is widely used, and is combined with accents such as hardwood veneers, lacquered tobacco leaf and faux-shagreen – resembling the textured skin of a stingray, while the hand-tufted wool rugs are characterised by local patterns. The rooms are completed with curated thematic paintings depicting Balinese Legong dancers.The extensive use of Indonesian marble authentically reflects the context of the bathrooms, while exotic imported stone brings a rich opulence to vanity counters and bath surrounds. Contemporary yet timeless fittings and fixtures, such as those from Hansgrohe’s ‘Citterio E’ range, complete the composition.All of the rooms retain their original teakwood flooring, carefully restored to bring new life to this rich and valuable material.Technology New technology and state-of-the-art facilities are being incorporated to anticipate every guest need and to meet the Resort’s ongoing environmental commitment to improve its carbon footprint and protect natural resources through the reduction of energy consumption and water usage.To enable guests to fully relax in their rooms and to enjoy a true home away from home experience, each room will be equipped with a High Definition Smart IPTV system, with a 43-inch wall-mounted screen, offering access to thousands of high quality digital TV and radio channels from around the world, as well as movies and TV series on demand, Internet radio, YouTube channel and live streaming via a high speed Internet connection. Guests can even watch more than one channel at a time via their own Android or iPad (and iPhone) devices. Other options via the IPTV system include a messaging interface for in-room dining and concierge services, and facilities such as a world clock, wake up call, interactive maps and interactive flight info.In line with the Resort’s ‘Green Engage’ sustainable environmental programme, each room is being fitted with a revolutionary energy management system featuring occupancy sensors, which will reduce negative impact and energy consumption by controlling lighting and air-conditioning thermostats when no one is present. Lights will come on automatically when the room is reoccupied and guests can change the settings for their own comfort. Halogen ceiling lights are being replaced with energy-saving LED downlights, while silent mini-bar fridges are being installed utilising an energy efficient compressor cooling unit to reduce power consumption.The impact of overuse of ground water by tourism – with a falling water table – is being felt all over Bali. Therefore, the renovated bathrooms have been fitted with low flow shower heads that reduce the water flow to 6.3 litres per minute; low flow taps; and high efficiency dual-flush toilets, reducing water usage by up to eight litres per flush by using only three – 4.5 litres at any one time. Bathrooms will be completed with an attractive range of accessories designed to harmonise with the new décor, synonymous with the style of the Resort.Finally, intelligent electrical control devices will be installed. These will include a master switch beside the bed, as well as bed top and desktop level universal power points and USB charging ports.InterContinental Bali Resort is a five-star luxury resort, which rests alongside the magnificent golden-sand beach of Jimbaran Bay, complete with five swimming pools, award-winning restaurants and an internationally-acclaimed spa.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Following a successful

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFollowing a successful 2018 Famil through Piedmont, Italy, Ormina Tours has announced its next Agent Famil to the Australian marketplace. The tour will take 10 selected agents on its popular Malta Regional discovery, giving them the opportunity to experience the spectacular hospitality and services for which Ormina Tours is renowned.Ormina famils are all about experiencing the trip with loved ones, and selected agents have the opportunity to bring their partner at 50% cost (spaces limited). Otherwise, they can nominate another agent in their agency to join them at no additional cost.The tour will depart from Valletta, Malta on 23 March following the seven-day historical discovery through some of the world’s most stunning beachside settlements.Malta offers a huge range of activities in its archipelago and must be experienced to fully appreciate the beauty and history. Here, you’ll find awe-inspiring prehistoric temples dating back over 6,000 years, predating both the Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge. The fossil-studded cliffs house a history of remarkable intensity, surrounded by a spectacular backdrop of honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.The famil features a guided tour of Malta’s ‘Three Cities’– Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea– as well as delving into Malta’s archaeological history, visiting the sights of Hagar Qim, Hypogeum and The Phoenician fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Must-see sites of Valleta’s St John’s Co-Cathedral, Mdina, Gozo, and the Blue Grotto are also trip highlights.“Our Malta package is a popular add-on for many travellers exploring Italy, especially Sicily,” said Ormina Tours CEO Ross Ioppolo. “We’re excited to give agents the opportunity to experience Ormina Tours for themselves and give them a better idea of the unique location they are selling on to their clients.”For the chance to be selected for the famil, agents must register their interest online and also must have booked and deposited a Small Group Journey or Private Journey to the value of $7,000 nett by 31 January 2019. Selected agents will be advised by February and must commit by 11 February 2019.For more information or to register your interest in the Famil, visit:https://www.orminatours.com/malta-famil-2019-register-interest/Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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January 12 2003 Welding students Melinda Barnadas

first_imgJanuary 12, 2003Welding students Melinda Barnadas and Gwen Birk have fabricated a new door handle for the maintenance office door. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> Melinda is preparing to weld. >>right>> Gwen is showing two parts of the lock. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> Welding in progress. >>right>> The new square door handle, designed to work in a tight space, flips up to open the door. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

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