60s Scoop demonstrations unfold across the country

first_imgA small group of survivors banded together in protest of the proposed 800 million dollar settlement being offered by Ottawa.They say there was no consultation with them.Charlene Brown said a settlement of $25,000 works out to be about $3-a-day for her broken childhood.‘I fell insulted, offended that the government would offer this to us without consulting us,” said Brown.For Shaun Ladue it’s not about the money but having his voice heard.“We all lost our culture, language, our history and lot of us suffered bad abuse situations,” said Ladue. “As a child my voice wasn’t heard, my parents didn’t have their voice heard and now their continuing to this cycle of being very paternalistic and patronizing and I’m unsatisfied.”news@aptn.ca APTN NewsRallies across the country happened Friday for survivors of the 60s Scoop.About three dozen people stood in the cold wind on Parliament Hill, an event organized by the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (NISCWN).They wore purple arm bands, a healing colour in some Indigenous cultures.The event was in part about healing for the thousands of Indigenous kids that were taken from their homes and put with non-Indigenous people.“There’s Sundance lodges where they thought of the children that were taken away. I know this, My elders back home … people like that told me that they prayed for us kids that were taken away. So never forget those prayers,” said Mista Wasis, an adoptee.But hanging over the gathering was the $800-million settlement offer from the federal government.The network had opposed the settlement at previous media conferences.It was a position not everyone agreed with.“The agreement has really made a great divide within the 60s Scoop community and we’re looking at this as a way of bringing everybody back together again,” said Duane Morrisseau-Beck, co-founder of NISCWN.NISCWN will not oppose the deal now but say it’s far from perfect, such as not including Metis adoptees.“You know there’s still, for me personally, there’s still some disappointment because as a Metis person I sort of envisioned that the announcement would have been made for everybody,” said Morrisseau-Beck.The federal government has reached out to the Metis National Council for a possible negotiation.Seven other rallies happened across Canada, including in Winnipeg and Whitehorse where people met at the healing totem pole for Yukon Survivors.last_img read more

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Canadian shippers relieved after CP Rail reaches deal with train crews

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian shippers breathed a collective sigh of relief Wednesday after CP Rail reached a tentative agreement with its train crews to end a strike mere hours after it began.The Calgary railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference reached a four-year deal and the union also completed a five-year agreement for the Kootenay Valley Railway.Full operations at both railways will resume across Canada early Thursday morning, the union said in a news release.“We believe this is a fair contract that our members can feel good about ratifying,” said union president Doug Finnson.“I am personally very satisfied with what we have negotiated.”Railway CEO Keith Creel lauded the agreement as positive for 12,000 CP Rail employees, customers and the entire Canadian economy.“It is especially meaningful to achieve a four-year tentative agreement with our valued locomotive engineers and conductors, providing long-term stability for all parties involved,” he said in a statement.“This is a significant step toward a renewed positive relationship growing forward together serving our customers and the Canadian economy.”The tentative agreements must be ratified by Teamsters members over the coming months.Details of the agreement are being withheld pending ratification.Employment Minister Patty Hajdu thanked the parties for their commitment to the collective bargaining process.“This is further evidence that when employers, organized labour, and governments work together and respect the collective bargaining process, we get the best results for Canadians and for our economy,” she said in a statement after the agreement was announced.Agricultural and mining shippers, who had already been calling for government intervention, said they were pleased because the quick deal will minimize the impact on their sectors.“We were mentally prepared for a strike that would have gone on longer but perhaps it would be fair to say that we’re relieved that it’s been resolved as quickly as it has been,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, which represents the country’s largest exporters.He said the less-than-day-long strike prevented about $20 million of grain from moving, something that should be made up.Sobkowich said he believed the two sides were under tremendous pressure from the federal government after the prime minister signalled Tuesday that it wasn’t rushing to step in with back-to-work legislation or binding arbitration.“If there was going to be a resolution to this it was going to have to come from the negotiating table and I think that that put pressure on both sides to try and resolve things,” Sobkowich said.An agreement between CP Rail and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers representing 360 signalling workers just before Tuesday evening’s strike deadline ensured that Canada’s three largest cities and Via Rail would avoid chaos during Wednesday morning’s commute.The quick resolution also suggested that the Teamsters may not have been far from a deal as well, added Todd Lewis, of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan.“We’re going to have a bad week of service this week but hopefully we can get everything back to normal and with the new legislation that’s been put forward we can get some improved service,” he said in an interview.Lewis believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments suggesting the government wasn’t going to intervene put extra pressure on the railway.“Back-to-work legislation is a two-edged sword,” he said. “It does impact a settlement but I think the signals were given that maybe the railroads wouldn’t have been happy with the settlement that would have been imposed this time.”Trudeau’s comments were a little unsettling, said Pierre Gratton, CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, who assumed that the government would intervene because of the negative consequences for the mining sector and the Canadian economy as a whole.“What was going on behind the scenes was much more intense than met the eye,” Gratton said.The Conservative federal government was more aggressive with unions during the last two strikes.Train crews ended a brief walkout in 2015 and agreed to arbitration after the Harper government warned of back-to-work legislation. Three years earlier, federal back-to-work legislation was enacted to end a 10-day strike.Gratton wouldn’t say which approach he believes is more successful.“I don’t really care how it’s resolved. We just can’t have our members not able to get the materials in or out so we’re just delighted, relieved.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CP)last_img read more

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Corus Entertainment joins global alliance for tracking social media audiences

Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Corus Entertainment Inc. has joined the Global Video Measurement Alliance, which is a new industry effort to determine the effectiveness of social media programming and advertising.The Toronto-based company is one of Canada’s largest producers and distributors of digital content through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.Corus senior vice-president Dervla Kelly says the standardization of social video metrics is long overdue.She heads the Corus social digital agency that has been developing new advertising supported formats to complement the company’s television and radio businesses. Other members of the alliance include Viacom Digital Studios, Ellen Digital Network, Vice Media and BuzzFeed.The alliance was formed in January in association with Tubular Labs of San Francisco, which says its technology tracks and analyzes what’s being watched on various social media platforms around the world. read more

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UNICEF condemns indiscriminate mortar attack on Somali hospital

“We deplore the indiscriminate shelling of a medical facility,” said Christian Balslev-Olesen, UNICEF’s Representative in Somalia. “It is an action that is totally unacceptable and one for which no justification can be given.”According to UN estimates, 340,000 people – roughly one-third of the city’s population – have fled the deadly clashes in the capital Mogadishu since the start of February, and this number is expected to increase as more information becomes available.“Where is the accountability in this conflict?” Mr. Balslev-Olesen asked. “Every day thousands of displaced people – most of them women and children – are living a nightmare of violence” and “enduring a perilous and intolerable existence.”He also voiced frustration that the agency’s efforts to deliver urgently needed relief supplies is being hampered by the insecurity. “We cannot access our warehouses in Mogadishu and we cannot effectively reach the people who need our assistance the most.”According to UNICEF, child protection monitors in the capital report that children have been victims of indiscriminate shooting and shelling. Displacement is also forcing women to leave their children unattended as they search for food, water and shelter. The agency is working with its partners on the ground to identify and reunite hundreds of children who have lost their parents during the violence with their families.Since January, almost 17,000 cases of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) have been reported in central and southern Somalia, which includes Mogadishu and surrounding areas. As of mid-April, there have been 593 deaths and nearly 40 confirmed cases of cholera.UNICEF also appealed for $11.5 million to meet the nutrition, health, education and protection needs of children affected by the conflict.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other organizations have finished their first round of supplying aid in the small town of Afgooye, 30 kilometres west of the capital, and now home to 35,000 people who escaped the hostilities in Mogadishu.Among other supplies, the agency provided plastic sheeting to the displaced, who had previously been sleeping under trees.“They now at least have a shelter to protect them and their children from the scorching sun, the chilly nights and the soaking rains,” UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler said at a press briefing in Geneva.UNHCR plans to begin another phase of distributing relief supplies tomorrow morning, which will help a further 13,500 people. Supplies were airlifted from Dubai to the town of Baidoa, 200 kilometres from Afgooye. Trucks carrying the items arrived in Afgooye after being blocked yesterday when Ethiopian soldiers closed a bridge on the town’s outskirts.The agency’s Somali staff in the town state that Mogadishu has become a ghost town, with more than half of its neighbourhoods now deserted.Meanwhile, according to his spokesperson Michele Montas, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week informed the Security Council in a letter that he intends to extend the mandate of his Special Representative for the country François Lonsény Fall by one year.With the renewed mandate, Mr. Fall will serve in his current position until 8 May 2008. 27 April 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today condemned a mortar attack on a hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which has been wracked by escalating violence in recent weeks. read more

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UN confident of success at Copenhagen climate summit with US on board

19 November 2009With just 17 days left before the United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen, a top UN official today predicted success for a framework accord including specific reduction targets from the United States, the only hold-out among industrialized nations, with a formal treaty to follow within six months. “There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that it [Copenhagen] will yield a success,” the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Yvo de Boer, told a news conference in New York, saying President Barack Obama’s presence in the Danish capital “would make a huge difference.”As the three main points that must come out of Copenhagen, he cited individualized targets “in black and white” by industrialized States to reduce global warming greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, a list of actions by developing nations, and clear short- and long-term financing to support developing countries on both mitigation and adaptation.At an informal meeting of the General Assembly held today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, citing various emission and deforestation reduction targets announced recently by Indonesia, Russia, the Republic of Korea, Brazil, Japan and the European Union, also voiced confidence in reaching a deal in Copenhagen that sets the stage for a binding treaty as soon as possible in 2010.He put short-term financing from richer nations to the developing countries at $10 billion in fast-track funding annually over the next three years to jump-start low-emission growth, limit deforestation and finance immediate adaptation measures, while medium-term needs are estimated at $100 billion annually through 2020.Mr. de Boer told the Assembly that aggregate pledges made so far by industrialized countries for mid-term reductions fell short of the target of 20 to 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, which the scientific community calls necessary to avoid more disastrous change, adding: “Industrialized countries clearly need to raise their level of ambition.”Also, he said, without resolving the political issues of mitigation and finance, reaching agreement in Copenhagen would be impossible in the battle to curb climate change, with its impact already being felt in droughts, changed rainfall patterns and floods.General Assembly President Ali Treki told the same meeting that progress at Copenhagen is not optional – “it is imperative to our very survival.”He later added at a news conference that the world is now conscious of the dangers of climate change for everyone, not just the most vulnerable countries, and that it is in the interest of everyone to “achieve a good result” in Copenhagen.A numerical mid-term target and a commitment to financial support from the US are essential “and I believe it can be done,” Mr. de Boer added at his news conference.“I’ve seen some recent reports that say that Copenhagen has failed even before it starts and I must say that those reports are simply wrong.” He cited new commitments and pledges coming in “almost every day” from both industrialized and developing countries. The political leadership that so many heads of State and government promised at the September climate summit at UN Headquarters in New York “is alive, it is well and it will lead to success in Copenhagen,” he declared.“Rich countries must put at least $10 billion [for developing countries] on the table in Copenhagen to kick-start immediate action, and they must list what each individual country will provide and how funds will be raised to deliver very large, stable and predictable finance into the future without having to constantly renegotiate the commitments every few years.” The conference also needs to launch immediate action for international cooperation on the pressing needs to preserve and sustain forests, he said, noting: “If the lungs of the world collapse, the rest will die.”Finally, governments must agree in a tight deadline to finalize it all into a legal treaty, he added, “and that means no delay, no more long drawn-out process. For all this Copenhagen will be the turning point where talking about action stops and taking action begins.” Originally it had been hoped that the treaty could emerge at the conference, set to begin on 7 December.On financing for developing countries, Copenhagen must provide much more clarity as to who will be contributing what, “because another collective pledge that leaves unclear what individual shares of that pledge are doesn’t really help you very much,” stressed Mr. de Boer.Asked about the position of the US, which never ratified the 1997 emission reduction treaty known as the Kyoto Protocol, he replied: “I think that President Obama has shown incredible courage and leadership… He wants a strong domestic policy in this area not just because of climate change, but also because of issues of energy security and energy prices… he wants a deal in Copenhagen.”Mr. Obama was now focusing on health care and climate change will come up early next year, but “having said that, I am confident that the President of the United States can come to Copenhagen with a target and with a financial commitment,” he added. read more

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Germany tips UN revival as nations appreciate its indispensability in dealing with

Speaking during the annual debate in New York, Mr. Steinmeier said the UN is indispensable because it embodies – through its many programmes and agencies – a vision of a world striving for peace, security and an end to poverty.“I am convinced that we will need the UN more than ever in the coming decades,” he said. “The number and scale of crises in the world are increasing. That could bring about a renaissance of the UN, even in countries which are sometimes still sceptical about the world Organization.”Linking the UN’s international reputation to its effectiveness, he said it was essential to reform the Organization and ensure that its various institutions and structures are as transparent as possible.“With the expectations placed in the United Nations rising, this is especially urgent in the case of the review of mandates, as well as management and financial reform.”Dr. Steinmeier also said that Germany’s own recent history highlighted how UN Member States “have to do everything in our power to prevent the world from dividing up once more into hostile blocs.”He said politicians had a particular responsibility. “It is my firm conviction that anyone who instigates antagonism between people of different cultures and religions is not living up to their responsibility.” read more

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UN chief saddened by tragic fire at Brazil nightclub

“[Mr. Ban] was especially moved by news of the very large number of young people, including university students, who have reportedly perished as a result of the fire,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement issued last night.According to media reports, at least 232 people were killed in a nightclub fire in the southern city of Santa Maria, in the Rio Grande do Sul region. The fire was reportedly sparked by fireworks lit by members of a band performing onstage. Many of the victims died inhaling toxic fumes during the rush to escape through the venue’s single exit.“The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the families and friends of those whose lives were lost, as well as to the Brazilian government and people at large at this time of national mourning.” read more

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A shoemaker with his work cut out for him

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne is known for its hidden cafes, not so much its hidden shoemakers. You’ve got to have a lot of money to buy my secrets!But inside the city’s Royal Arcade, up a tiny spiral staircase, in a workshop sprawling through the arcade’s majestic ceiling, the smell of leather fills the air. Evan Skliros has been in charge of Evans Leather Restoration and Shoe Repairs for 55 years. He started out as a 20 year-old boy, newly arrived from Greece, borrowing some money to set up his little shop in the CBD. Now, Mr. Skliros has eight staff, whom he trained himself. “Any tradesman I get I have to retrain in my quality of work,” he says. He’s hesitant to share the secrets of his success. “You’ve got to have a lot of money to buy my secrets,” he says. But he tells me it’s important to see each job from beginning to end, and finally shares the three rules of shoe-making. “I’ve got three rules: engineering, materials to select how to do the work, and the finishing,” he says. “These are my three rules.” And, from following these rules, Mr. Skliros says he has loyal customers from Melbourne’s outer suburbs, as well as interstate and even overseas, who save up their leather repairs for their next trip to Melbourne. He says people will travel for quality work. “The good shoemakers they not exist too much, they’re getting less and less,” he says. “Young people, they don’t spend the time to learn the trade in depth, they’re only on the surface.” “And if the quality doesn’t exist, if you don’t work at the foundation, what sort of work do you do?” Over his 55 years in the business, Mr. Skliros says a lot has changed. It wasn’t always computers and eftpos. “When I started out, my boss kept shillings in one pocket, silver in one pocket and the notes in his top pocket,” he says. “That was the cash register!” When he was younger, Mr. Skliros said he worked 18-hour days, and he still likes to start around 7am. But since he’s had a knee operation, he says he leaves earlier in the afternoon, around 3pm. “Otherwise I would stay,” he says. Fortunately for his customers, Mr. Skliros is not planning on retiring any time soon. “Why?” he says. In around a month’s time, his shop will move to a different location in the arcade, so the ceiling can be renovated. Mr. Skliros, who is also a director of the Royal Arcade, said he doesn’t mind moving, as the arcade’s renovations are important. “I’m interested in the arcade to finish up in beautiful condition,” he says. “Like the shoes I make, like everything.”last_img read more

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Now theyre really cooking at Clark College

first_imgSoup’s on for Clark College culinary students, where the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute is open for classes and business.On Tuesday, the warm smell of roasting beef and chicken bones, undercut with the sharp tang of grated lemon zest, filled the newly opened kitchen as students cooked broth and prepared lemonade in anticipation of a ribbon-cutting celebration later that afternoon. It was the fourth day that students had been in the new building, which will house revamped Cuisine Management and Baking and Pastry Arts curriculums. Baking students will move into the space later.“We have every tool to teach the students how to do it right,” cuisine instructor Aaron Guerra said, standing in the 20,615-square-foot facility as students bustled around him.Tuesday’s unveiling of the $10.5 million building came after about two months of construction delays, and work is still ongoing. But already, Guerra said, it’s a vast improvement over what culinary students used when the program was put on hold nearly five years ago, as well as the temporary space they’ve been housed in this year at Clark College’s Mill Plain campus.In the kitchen, students have five lines to spread out across, while the bakery features a bread room and a cooler chocolate-working room. Windows in the bakery open up for public view, allowing visitors to watch as students work.“It’s completely reimagined for the 21st century,” Guerra said.Most Clark College students and the public, however, will spend most of their time in the dining room, an expansive space off of Gaiser Hall where visitors can grab a meal. The building includes three food kiosks, a baking retail store and coffee shop, and grab-and-go items. Next year, an additional kiosk and a full-service, student-run restaurant will open.last_img read more

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Inside GRAMMY Us Backstage Tour Takeover At Lollapalooza 2018

first_imgFast-forward to Aug. 1 —it’s 10 a.m. and I’m eagerly waiting with my friends outside the gates of Grant Park on the day before Lollapalooza 2018 is set to begin. Patrick Dentler, our tour guide and marketing director for Lolla’s production company C3, takes us on a journey to the core of the festival via golf carts and introduces us to people who run crucial departments of the festival. We hear about the role each person plays in making the event a success and the students can ask any questions they have.Our first stop was the artist village where we meet Tammy Blevins, who has worked in the artist relations department for 30 years. She tells us about how she got her start as an intern, picking up trash after the events in Austin, Texas and what her core duties are in artist relations— including making sure artists are taken care of and being their liaison during their time at the festival. Tammy is also one of over 100 people in charge of making more than 400 runs to and from the festival grounds and the hotels. https://twitter.com/lollapalooza/status/1025583689013579776 https://twitter.com/RecordingAcad/status/1025765844071145473 At our next stop, we meet Ben Winter, a very enthusiastic social media, photo and video production expert. He teaches us how to turn engagement into ticket sales and discusses the troubles of getting the younger generation to share posts to their personal page. He ends with a very inspirational story about how he got his position and leaves us with some advice: “No matter what your definition of success is, there is no set way of obtaining it—there are multiple ways.”As the tour comes to an end we make one more stop in front of one of the main stages where we are introduced to Houston Powell, one of many talent bookers for Lollapalooza. He talks to us about the process of negotiating with artists, making sure they’re on time, and predicting which bands people may want to see in the future.Powell is also in charge of booking some of the after party shows that go on at various venues after the festival closes for the night. With Lollapalooza hosting multiple festivals across seven countries, he is constantly working with agents and artist managers to book the best possible lineup during and after the festival. As he tells us all about his duties, we realize we’re talking to a very busy man. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 4, 2018 – 11:02 am Greta Van Fleet Talk “When The Curtain Falls” & Mo Inside GRAMMY U’s Backstage Tour Takeover At Lollapalooza 2018 Twitter Recap: GRAMMY U’s Backstage Tour At Lollapalooza inside-grammy-us-backstage-tour-takeover-lollapalooza-2018 Facebook Email News See what happens when a select group of college students get unprecedented access to the inner workings of one of the nation’s biggest and best music festivalsJ. WestGRAMMYs Aug 4, 2018 – 12:38 pm Like any other Tuesday night, I’m at home eating the cheapest food money can buy. I’m working at my computer when I receive an email from GRAMMY U announcing an exclusive backstage tour of the Lollapalooza festival grounds. Being a proud member of GRAMMY U, I immediately drop everything and submit my RSVP. Although Lollapalooza may seem like it’s all fun and games, there’s a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes to put on one of the largest music festivals in the world. By the end of the tour, we all leave with a large amount of knowledge about the career paths that we learned about backstage. Amazingly, most of the people we talked to had started out as interns and worked their way up.We were also reminded that there is no defined path on the road to success — we as individuals define that for ourselves. Whether you’re Ben who graduated college working as a waiter with no experience in the industry, or Patrick, who graduated as a history major, you can always find a path to success with enough patience and hard work. Not only did we leave with this newfound knowledge, we left being one step closer to our dreams.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Muskox Killed in Wales While Attacking Dog

first_imgAnother close encounter with a muskox—this time in the community of Wales—that saw an angry bull charge a tethered dog several times before ending with the muskox being killed.Listen now:A muskox was killed in Wales while attacking a dog. Photo: Helena Oxereok.The attack comes amid a summer of similar threats to dogs—and people—in and around Nome, some of which have left dogs dead and resulted in destroyed muskox claimed “in defense of life or property,” or “DLP.”Helena Oxereok was using a four wheeler to haul water with her sister’s boyfriend Saturday, Aug. 16, when she noticed the shaggy bull come from behind her house. Despite neighbors and family members yelling and revving their four wheelers to scare the animal off, she said the bull ignored them until it noticed her dog Sam.“And then it started chasing my dog around its house, maybe six times my dog had to run away,” Oxereok said Thursday in a phone interview.“At one point, it got to where my dog was being pushed but not really hurt, pushed by the muskox’s head, and I’m glad the chain didn’t get caught on his horns, otherwise he would have been in big trouble.”Oxereok said her brother Randy grabbed his SKS rifle and shot several warning shots in the air, but the muskox was unphased.“It didn’t even budge!” she said. “It just looked at my brother like nothing happened. Then it started chasing my dog, Sam, again.”That’s when Oxereok said Randy shot the animal, first in the shoulder but later in the neck and head.“The muskox was 20 … not even 20 feet from our doorstep,” she said.Oxereok said her brother called the Alaska State Troopers to report the DLP kill. Alaska Department of Fish and Game assistant area biologist Letty Hughes confirmed the DLP take Friday. Oxerock said, in keeping with the requirements of DLP wildlife takes, they immediately butchered the animal and shared the meat with friends and family.The muskox in Wales was killed “in defense of life or property.” Photo: Helena Oxereok.She said her mom collected some tufts of the animal’s underfur—the highly-prized qiviut—and her dad has plans for the bull’s horns.“My dad’s going to cut off the horns and use them as ulu handles,” she said, “because he’s been wanting to go look for muskox horns, for that purpose.”The bull was the second muskox death in Wales in as many weeks. Fish and Game’s Hughes said the department investigated a dead muskox a few miles outside of the community last week but determined the animal had died after it had been gored by another muskox.Oxereok said Wales, like Nome, has seen an overall increase in muskox living close to town this summer.last_img read more

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Murkowski Campaign Shows Financial Might

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski is up for re-election next year, and her fundraising is going strong. Her campaign today reported she raised $700,000 in the first three months of the year. That beats all quarters the last time she ran, in 2010. Campaign coordinator Scott Kendall says more than 100 individual Alaskans contributed. The full report wasn’t available. Murkowski, reached on a busy day at the Senate, said she hadn’t seen the final number, but she says the early stage contributions come largely from Political Action Committees.Download Audio“Much of what we have been doing back here, in Washington, has been PAC dollars, and so I think you’re going to see that show up and be reflected,” she said.The campaign says Murkowski’s total cash on hand is $1.5 million. She has no challenger yet.last_img read more

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6yrold child raped girl accuses hospital manager of rape attempt

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in Pirojpur while an indigenous girl accused a hospital manager of trying to rape her in Mymensingh.In Pirojpur, Mintu Mandal, 35, a neighbour of the minor girl, took her in his residence and raped the girl on Saturday when she was playing with another child in the yard, according to the victim’s family.The girl fell sick on Saturday night and a village doctor suggested her family to admit her into a hospital. The victim has been undergoing treatment in Gopalganj hospital since Monday morning, said her family.An influential quarter of Pirojpur’s Nazirpur upazila was forcing the girl’s family not to file any case and to reach a settlement with Mintu Mandal by arbitration, complained the victim’s mother.Officer-in-charge (OC) of Nazirpur police station, Monirul Islam, said the girl’s family was yet to lodge any complaint in this regard.”We are trying to arrest Mantu,” he added.In Mymensingh, a Garo girl alleged that the manager of Padma General Hospital, Sohel Rana, tried to rape her.She along with four other Garo girls started taking training as nurse in the hospital on Sunday.Sohel Rana took the accuser girl to the operation theatre and shut the door in a bid to rape her, alleged the indigenous girl.The four other girls broke into the OT and rescued her. The girls locked Sohel in the room at the time.The owner of the hospital Mojibur Rahman, later, went to the spot and let Sohel go.Police conducted a drive in the hospital and arrested Mojibur Rahman. Sohel Rana managed to flee though.last_img read more

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Even FoodDelivery Robots Cant Escape Human Cruelty

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target Bullying is an epidemic. But children, celebrities, and public officials aren’t the only targets.Autonomous food-delivery robots are reportedly being abused, as well.Starship Technologies last week told Business Insider that folks are kicking their mini meals-on-wheels machines.AdChoices广告“Some people pass our robot and kick [it] a little bit,” co-founder Ahti Heinla admitted to the news site.“That’s not really a problem I think,” he continued. “If people have such anger management techniques that’s fine by us, our robot just drives on.”Introduced three years ago by two former Skype creators, Starship’s on-demand dispatchers aim to eliminate the cost, waiting time, and environmental impact of local drop-offs—in this case, food.For the firm’s first major demonstration in the US, employees on Intuit’s Mountain View campus can now order meals, snacks, or drinks for delivery anywhere on the 4.3-acre grounds.But this isn’t the first time the 22-pound, six-wheeled autobots have faced mistreatment: Business Insider in 2016 recorded an attempt to rip the flag from one of the delivery robots.Unlike most protective parents, though, Heinla doesn’t seem bothered by the harassment—probably because Starship’s machines are equipped with nine cameras, sirens, and tracking “to within an inch,” the website said.Most people, of course, play nice with the motorized messenger. Of the 15 million people these robots have encountered so far, 80 percent simply ignore the bots; a majority of interactions have been “extremely positive,” a company spokesperson told Business Insider.This seemingly innocuous revelation provides some insight into how cruel humans can be toward our future robot overlords.Keenly aware of this, an international team of researchers recently developed Shelly, a turtle-like cyborg designed to teach kids not to abuse androids. The tortoise-shaped toy is fun to play with, lighting up and dancing—until someone presses too hard or whacks it. Sensing danger, the creature’s head, arms, and legs retreat into its shell, hiding until it feels safe to come out again.Children aren’t the only ones who struggle to understand this newfangled technology. NPR podcast Hidden Brain last year tackled the question of whether machines could fundamentally change how humans interact with each other in the episode “Could You Kill a Robot?“Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Researchers discover a way to avoid decoherence in a quantum system

first_img(Phys.org) —A team of physicists in Israel has used the scattering of a photon when it strikes an atom to better understand the process of decoherence. In a paper the team has published in the journal Science, the group describe how, as part of their research, they found that the spin of an atom prior to being shot with a single photon determined whether decoherence took place or not. Quantum cats are hard to see Journal information: Science More information: Emergence of a Measurement Basis in Atom-Photon Scattering, Science 8 March 2013: Vol. 339 no. 6124 pp. 1187-1191 DOI: 10.1126/science.1229650 (on ArXiv)ABSTRACTAfter measurement, a wave-function is postulated to collapse on a predetermined set of states—the measurement basis. Using quantum process tomography, we show how a measurement basis emerges in the evolution of the electronic spin of a single trapped atomic ion after spontaneous photon scattering and detection. This basis is determined by the excitation laser polarization and the direction along which the photon was detected. Quantum tomography of the combined spin-photon state reveals that although photon scattering entangles all superpositions of the measurement-basis states with the scattered photon polarization, the measurement-basis states themselves remain classically correlated with it. Our findings shed light on the process of quantum measurement in atom-photon interactions. 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. Explore further © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Researchers discover a way to avoid decoherence in a quantum system (2013, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-decoherence-quantum.html Decoherence is the process that comes about when a quantum state transitions to a classical world state. Scientists are studying the way it comes about (and ways to prevent it from happening) to help in designing atomic clocks and hopefully one day, a quantum computer.In this new effort, the researchers fired single photons at atoms and then studied the results using a detector. When the photons struck the atoms, they were deflected, a process called scattering. In so doing, they discovered that if the photon struck an atom whose spin was not aligned in the same direction as its path, than the photon and atom became entangled—where two particles behave as if one, even at a distance. If the photon and atom’s spin were aligned, however, entanglement did not occur.This experiment suggests a way to prevent decoherence—if the photon and atom became entangled, they experienced decoherence the moment the photon struck the detector and was measured—one of the basic rules of quantum mechanics. If the two didn’t become entangled though, then decoherence never occurred because there never was a superposition state (a scenario defined by quantum mechanics whereby systems can exist simultaneously in more than one state) in the first place. It also shows that decoherence can perhaps be controlled in a quantum system by taking advantage of an atom’s spin state.These findings could help researchers develop better atomic clocks or lead to new ideas on ways to build a real true functional quantum computer, which would of course revolutionize the field by allowing for systems that operate at orders of magnitude faster processing speeds. One of the major hold-ups at this point is preventing decoherence as data is manipulated and measured. This new research might just be one step towards solving that problem.last_img read more

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Virgin Trains Is Giving Travelers a New Way to Track Their Missing

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Traveling is stressful enough even before the prospect of lost luggage, but the U.K.’s Virgin Trains is testing out a solution to get your bags back to you faster in the event they go MIA.The rail operator is working with HomingPIN, a service that lets travelers register for a code that is linked to their mobile phone number and email address. Users are sent luggage tags and labels with the code, which they then attach to everything from suitcases and computers to passports, wallets and keys.Related: Ever Sprint to Catch a Flight? You’ll Appreciate This Airport’s Racetrack Lanes.So what happens when someone finds the missing baggage? Whoever locates the luggage can input the code into the HomingPIN website; the company will then alert the owner via text message that the bag was found. The good Samaritan doesn’t get any information about bag’s owner.About 1,000 Virgin Train passengers are currently trying out the HomingPIN system.Related: 4 Tips for Road Warriors to Save Time and Money Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min readcenter_img April 14, 2015 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Early look at design for Disney Cruise Lines next three ships

first_img Share Friday, March 9, 2018 Travelweek Group Early look at design for Disney Cruise Line’s next three ships TORONTO — Disney Cruise Line has released a first, early rendering showing off how the exterior of the line’s three new ships, due in 2021, 2022 and 2023, will look.We’ll have to wait a while for more details about the interiors of the ships but Disney promises that all the bells and whistles “will elevate family cruise vacations to a whole new level.”DCL adds that the new vessels “will offer more innovation, new technologies, spectacular entertainment and more Disney stories and characters than ever before.”Each new ship will be about 140,000 gross tons and each is currently planned to include about 1,250 guest staterooms.With four ships already, the three new vessels will almost double DCL’s fleet.The cruise line’s current ships have news to share too, including:Disney Magic will debut a number of enhancements on March 9, including Rapunzel’s Royal Table dining experience, a new coffee and smoothie bar at Vibe teen retreat, a newly updated Cove Café, a new Club Disney Junior Space at Disney’s Oceaneer Club, and new steam and hydrotherapy rooms at Senses SpaStar Wars Day at Sea will return in 2018/2019 on seven-night sailings onboard the Disney FantasyMarvel Day at Sea will return on select five-night sailings onboard the Disney MagicNew ports of call for summer 2019 include destinations in Sweden, France, Spain, Denmark and northern IrelandA new roundtrip sailing from Rome will also debut in 2019center_img Posted by Tags: Disney, Openings & Renovations << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Anusha Dandekar appointed as Thailands Brand Ambassador

first_imgThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a campaign to target women travellers. The tourism board is keen to benefit from the first-mover advantage and has appointed Anusha Dandekar as its brand ambassador in India.“I have been to Thailand over 50 times during my career at MTV Asia – we shot there all the time and I’ve tried all the food. It’s one of my favourite places and despite having visited so many times, it never gets old for me,” said Anusha.Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT Mumbai office, said, “Today women travellers represent 30% of our arrivals from India. We would like to scale this up to 60-65% by 2022. We have done this effectively before with groups and independent travellers.”According to a study conducted by Thomas Cook earlier this year, 70% of women today prefer to travel with friends versus family. Moreover, many studies have indicated that culture, cuisine, spa & wellness and shopping are the interests of these women travellers. They have also been shown to prefer to travel without a tour manager and correspondingly prefer safe, easy-to-navigate destinations. Thus, Thailand emerges as the perfect choice and the best fit for this segment because it meets all these needs effectively.Various studies conducted in India and globally show that 70-80% of holiday decisions are taken by women. TAT believes that positive experiences in Thailand will lead women travellers to choose Thailand more often also for a family holiday in the future. Moreover, an Amadeus study has indicated that between 2011 and through 2020, the women traveller’s segment would have grown by an astounding 891%!Anusha Dandekar visited Thailand for the destination’s TVC shoot and essentially experienced the thrills in Thailand. She and the tourism board will be showcasing her adventures during the trip on social media besides traditional platforms.last_img read more

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I saw it So did my cohost John Gambadoro So

first_imgI saw it. So did my co-host John Gambadoro. So did AZCentral beat writer Kent Somers, and Darren Urban from azcardinals.com. Paul Calvisi was talking about it on Channel 15 as I was walking out of the stadium Monday. Larry Fitzgerald, the best player on the field, also happened to be the last player on the field. Long after everybody else was gone (with one disclaimer I’ll get to in a second) he was working on catching technique with tight end DC Jefferson, who didn’t exactly have a banner night at Lambeau Field. Jefferson dropped a couple of passes, including one in the end zone that certainly could have been thrown better than Drew Stanton threw it. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Top Stories The bad night was made worse when his coach mentioned him by name in the postgame press conference. So as the goal posts were being torn down and practice a good 30 minutes in the rear view mirror, there was Fitz putting in the overtime with the rook.It’s not the first time I’ve seen it. Last week, same drill. The goal posts were being torn down, the sideline equipment was being torn and there’s Larry Fitzgerald, the last player on the field working endlessly on catching balls over his shoulder. The world doesn’t necessarily need another blog or column testifying to the greatness of Larry Fitzgerald, but when the cliché — he’s the last player on the field — is the truth, it bears repeating. The disclaimer is that there was one other player out there too; Patrick Peterson. He was putting in the overtime work as well, signing every autograph for every fan who bothered to stay that long. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 37 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Gloria Katz American Graffiti screenwriter die

first_imgGloria Katz, ‘American Graffiti’ screenwriter, dies at 76 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — A Hollywood writer and director has announced the death of his wife and longtime collaborator, Gloria Katz, who co-wrote “American Graffiti” and helped give Princess Leia her power in “Star Wars.” She was 76.Willard Huyck told the Hollywood Reporter that Katz died on Sunday, their 49th wedding anniversary, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after battling ovarian cancer.The couple shared an Oscar nomination with director George Lucas for “American Graffiti” and secretly doctored his script for “Star Wars.” The Reporter quoted Katz as saying they shaped Carrie Fisher’s Leia into someone who “can take command,” not “just a beautiful woman that schlepped along to be saved.”They also wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” which Lucas produced, and later co-wrote “Lucky Lady,” ”Messiah of Evil,” ”French Postcards,” ”Best Defence,” ”Howard the Duck,” and “Radioland Murders.”Born in Los Angeles on Oct. 25, 1942, Katz majored in English at the University of California, Berkeley, then earned a masters in film at UCLA. In 1969, she married Huyck, a college friend of Lucas at the University of Southern California.The Reporter quoted Katz as saying in a 2017 interview that Lucas wanted her husband “to write about cruising for American Graffiti, and I sort of came with the package.”She said Lucas had “a lot of reservations” about his “Star Wars” script as filming was about to begin.“He said, ‘Polish it — write anything you want and then I’ll go over it and see what I need,’” she said. “George didn’t want anyone to know we worked on the script, so we were in a cone of silence.”Katz said she and Huyck tried to add as much humour as possible and wrote about 30 per cent of the film’s dialogue.Katz was on the board of the Writers Guild, was an adviser at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, set to open next year, and served as chair of the Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles.Survivors include their daughter, Rebecca.The Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2018 5:10 am PDTlast_img read more

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