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Model UN students hope to focus global attention on crucial issues

10 June 2011An upcoming model United Nations meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea, can help contribute to the debate on key world issues, one of the student leaders at the event told a news conference today at UN Headquarters. Oliver Pase of Australia, who will assume the role of Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information for the meeting on 10-14 August, said the 600 student delegates – drawn from 53 UN Member States – will “actually contribute to the broader debate around the world on crucial issues.”The theme of this year’s meeting, the third in a series that were held previously in Geneva and Kuala Lumpur, will be Sustainable Development: Advancing Human Progress in Harmony with Nature. It will also include consideration of a wide variety of the same issues that face actual UN committees.Dongyeop Lee of the Republic of Korea, who will serve as the Model UN’s General Assembly President, said “as students our capabilities are small,” but that public attention to the focus of the debate could make “a huge difference.”Underlining the sustainable development theme for the meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the student delegates in a message to be delivered at the opening day: “The ecosystems and resources you will inherit have been subjected to unprecedented stress and exploitation. Different countries and societies have made very different contributions to this state of affairs, but all should be able to agree that it is unsustainable – and we need to find a more balanced and sustainable approach.”The actual Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka, who presided over the press conference today, said: “It is our hope that participation in the Global Model UN conference will inspire young people to become ambassadors, to work for the UN or become the experts and leaders that we in the UN look to…”This year’s conference is organized by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), and supported by World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA), the UN Foundation (UNF) and the UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP). read more

SNCLavalin stock to get a lift after two successful bids for Montreals

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has emerged as a big winner in Montreal’s $6.3 billion for a new rail project that will connect the city to its suburbs and to its international airport. Michael Sabia, head of the province’s public pension fund manager, announced the two consortiums selected to build the project today in Montreal, with SNC as a participant in both groups.Sabia announced that a consortium of SNC-Lavalin, Dragados, Aecon, Pomerleau and EBC will be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction, while Alstom and SNC-Lavalin will provide the cars.Bombardier gets order for 32 trainsets for French inter-city commuter linesSNC-Lavalin signs MOU with Saudi Aramco regarding jobs in Saudi ArabiaThe light-rail project is expected to be ready by the summer of 2021. The plan has been slightly changed and it will now include 26 stations along a 67-kilometre automated light rail network.The Caisse de depot pension fund along with the Quebec and federal governments are contributing to the project. The plan was first announced in January 2015.Maxim Sytchev, an analyst with National Bank Financial Inc. says while the financial numbers are still not known, SNC “should expect several billion dollars (20%+) lift to SNC’s backlog in Q1/18E as construction is expected to commence in April 2018.”“With the shares being weak (in a very ugly macro tape, granted) since the start of the year… the backlog replenishment is the first step in re-establishing momentum for the name,” Sytchev wrote in a note to clients.SNC stock was trading 1.3 per cent higher Thursday to $53.29, but has fallen nearly 5.5 per cent over the past 12 months.With files from Financial Post Staff read more

General Kottegoda appointed new Defence Secretary

General Shantha Kottegoda has been appointed as the new Defence Secretary.The President’s media division said that Kottegoda was appointed to the post by President Maithripala Sirisena. Kottegoda was the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army from 1 July 2004 – 5 December 2005.

Western Sahara Annan proposes new peace plan extension for UN mission

In his latest report to the Council on the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), the Secretary-General proposes a new settlement option, which he recommends that the 15-member body approve. The peace plan was developed by his Personal Envoy James Baker.Mr. Annan says the plan – which combines elements of the draft framework agreement and agreed elements of the settlement plan – “is fair and balanced and, following a transitional period of self-government, offers the bona fide residents of Western Sahara an opportunity to determine their future for themselves.”The draft framework favoured by Morocco, the territory’s administering power, would confer on the population of Western Sahara the right to elect their own executive and legislative bodies and have exclusive competence over local governmental administration. Within five years, a referendum on the final status of the territory would be held. The long-proposed settlement plan, favoured by Algeria and the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguía el-Hamra y del Río de Oro (POLISARIO Front), calls for a referendum to allow the people of the Territory to choose between independence or integration with Morocco.The new peace plan – representing something of a “compromise,” Mr. Annan writes – provides each side some, but not all, of what it wants. It envisages a period of transition during which there would be a division of responsibilities between the parties before the holding of a referendum for self-determination. “And unlike the settlement plan,” he adds, “the peace plan does not require the consent of both parties at each and every step of its implementation.””After more than 11 years and an amount of assessed contributions close to $500 million, it should be acknowledged that the Security Council is not going to solve the problem of Western Sahara without asking that one or both of the parties do something they are not otherwise prepared to do,” the Secretary-General writes.The Council is set to discuss the report Wednesday afternoon. read more

Commentary Gene Smith resets mens basketball program making hire a musthit

Athletics Director Gene Smith announces national search for new head coach on June 5, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of 97.1 The FanIn 2004, Ohio State’s Athletics Director Andy Geiger took a chance on then-Xavier head coach Thad Matta, a 36-year-old coach from Hoopeston, Illinois, to resurrect a men’s basketball program that was under scandal for paying players and coming off a 14-16 season.The decision worked out.Geiger wasn’t around for the 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, four straight Sweet Sixteens, five Big Ten championships, four Big Ten tournament championships, two Final Fours and a national runner-up finish. It was current AD Gene Smith who witnessed Matta turn the program into a national power.Now, it’s Smith’s turn to get it right after hitting the reset button Monday with Matta’s firing.At some moments, it felt like Matta’s time at OSU would never end. It took just three seasons for Matta to turn a 14-16 team into the national runner-up. Then, Matta solidified his program as an intimidating force with four straight seasons of at least 28 wins, one Final Four and a No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Now, just five seasons later, OSU is coming off a 17-15 season and undergoing a national search for a head coach.It hurts. Firing a coach that has meant so much to a program is never easy for an athletics department. After all, this was a job Matta always thought of as a dream destination.But when Smith has a national brand to protect and is bringing in the third-most revenue of any collegiate athletics program, sometimes the most difficult thing to do is the correct thing to do. That’s only if he hires the right replacement.“No time is optimal, but obviously this time is not the best,” Smith said Monday. “So I need to be sensitive to what I’m dealing with in this window of time. So, I do not have a timeline. I’m going to do my best to search to find the right person that fits The Ohio State University.”An optimal time for the move, if any, would have been once the season ended, before Archie Miller, the former Dayton coach and Matta assistant at OSU, took the Indiana head coaching job. But from what was heard yesterday, recruiting battles lost in the summer and an approaching July evaluation window were key factors in the decision to undergo a regime change, so the move shouldn’t be perceived as a delay of the inevitable on Smith’s part.However, OSU is now in a spot where players are back on campus starting summer workouts without a head coach, creating more uncertainty for a program searching for a silver lining in an otherwise cloudy situation. And although Smith said yesterday that the assistant coaches are still employed, it doesn’t take a genius to understand that a new coach could change the entire staff.It’s not uncommon for a high-major program to bounce back after hitting a reset button. One of Matta’s former assistants, Sean Miller, was able to bring the Arizona basketball program back to being national contenders after replacing legendary head coach Lute Olson, who retired after the 2007 season.But it took two years of interim head coaches before Arizona hired Sean Miller. OSU doesn’t have that luxury. Arizona was still making NCAA Tournaments when Olson retired, whereas the Buckeyes are sliding downhill with grease beneath them and no incline in sight. The need for strong leadership after the most successful coach in program history is at an all-time high.“Next season, I do not anticipate (having an interim coach), but anything could happen,” Smith said.To revisit the Indiana situation, the Hoosier fan base is as passionate about its college hoops as any. Indiana thought it made the right move with its now former coach, Tom Crean. But consistency plagued his career in Bloomington, so the administration hit the reset button and elected to try out a younger coach eager for a jump to a premier program.OSU did the same thing with Matta, except the identity of the program didn’t exist then. It was molded in Matta’s tenure. The program has name recognition — and the backing of LeBron James’ Nike brand — and it will need a coach with one as well to start this whole thing over.Beginning his farewell address, Matta quoted The Grateful Dead, saying, “Sometimes the light shines brightly on me, other times I can barely see. Lately, it’s occurred to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.”For Smith and the Buckeye program, that strange trip is just beginning.Jacob Myers: myers.1669@osu.edu and Twitter @Jacob_Myers_25 read more

Nate Silvers Poker Tips

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver traveled to Australia to play in the Aussie Millions Poker Championship. While he was there, he spoke to Fairfax Media about tics, tells and “playing the math.”,FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver traveled to Australia to play in the Aussie Millions Poker Championship. While he was there, he spoke to Fairfax Media about tics, tells and “playing the math.”

Ohio State mens lacrosse set to open season on the road against

Freshman attackman JT Blublaugh (9) looks for an open teammate during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternWith the preseason wrapping up and the regular season set to get underway, the No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team faces a stiff test right off the bat.The Buckeyes are set to travel to Baltimore Sunday to take on No. 13 Johns Hopkins to start their season and ECAC title defense.The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays are looking to start the 2014 season with a signature win after a year where they failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 42 years, the longest active streak of any Division I team in any sport.However, OSU coach Nick Myers said he knows traveling to Homewood Field is not an easy task, and the Buckeyes are going to have to be ready from the first faceoff.“Our kids are going to go in there and know that there’s a great challenge that lies ahead,” Myers said. “For us, right now in February, we know there’s still a lot to work on … we’re hoping we can settle into the game and play 60 minutes of Buckeye lacrosse.”The Blue Jays are returning one of the nation’s most prolific offenses — finishing tied for No. 14 for in the nation with 11.5 goals per game in 2013 — centered around junior attackman Wells Stanwick and senior attackman Brandon Benn.Stanwick, a 2013 Honorable Mention USILA All-American, led Johns Hopkins in points last season with 47 while Benn led the Blue Jays in goals with 34.OSU senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the key to containing the potent Blue Jays offense is sticking to the fundamentals.“It’s just sticking to our keys … having a lot of good communication, good sliding and playing good off-ball defense,” Meurer said. “I think everything will fall into place for us.”OSU features a balanced squad led by two preseason first-team All-Americans in Meurer and junior midfielder Jesse King. King is the Buckeyes’ leading returning scorer after totaling 55 points for the 2013 squad that won the ECAC tournament championship.The Buckeyes’ preseason schedule leading up to Johns Hopkins consisted of three exhibition games against Hill Academy, Navy and Robert Morris. OSU went 2-1 in the three contests, with their only loss coming at the hands of Navy, 15-11, Jan. 25.Meurer said the exhibition games were important for the Buckeyes to get time on the field against real opponents.“It helps us identify a lot of our weaknesses and what we need to work on,” Meurer said. “We were playing really good talent in Navy and Robert Morris, so we definitely gained good experience from the games.”Senior defenseman Darius Bowling said the key for the Buckeyes Sunday is to continue to play at the level they are capable of and not let Johns Hopkins control the game.“I think it’s just playing within ourselves,” Bowling said. “We’ve got to stick to our scheme, trust each other, and trust what we’ve been doing all fall and through the preseason.”Sophomore attackman Carter Brown, who missed all three exhibition games for an undisclosed reason, practiced this week for the Buckeyes and Myers is hopeful he is able to take the field Sunday.“We liked seeing him on the practice field for the first time,” Myers said. “Right now, it’s a wait and see, but it’s certainly nice to have him back.”Game time is set for Sunday at 11:30 a.m. read more

Black swan stolen from 14th Century manor house in latest avian tragedy

The pair in happier times, being fed by Lady Deirdre CurtisCredit:Markenfield Hall / SWNS The pair in happier times, being fed by Lady Deirdre Curtis A male black swan has been left to protect his unhatched eggs alone after his mate was stolen from her nest in the moat of a 14th century manor house, in the latest tragedy to hit the couple.The sight of Sebastian breaks the heart of those who live at Markenfield Hall in Yorkshire, as he regularly goes back to the nest to check on his eggs.Is is thought his partner Sylvia, who had been an attraction at the house for years, was stolen, as she disappeared without a trace.This comes after Sylvia’s previous mate was killed by an otter two years ago, and after a period of mourning she was introduced to Sebastian, and they quickly hit it off.The pair had spent most of this month constructing a nest on the moat bank at the manor house so Sylvia could lay her eggs. Many in the area were excited to hear the cheeps of cygnets come late spring.But owner of the manor Lady Deirdre Curteis and husband Ian Curteis began to grow concerned when they found Sebastian by himself last Saturday, sitting on the nest alone.Lady Deirdre said: “I thought it was peculiar as Sebastian – the male – always swims across when he sees anyone coming, but there was just one swan and it was sitting on the nest. “We searched for Sylvia for days but found no trace anywhere – not even a feather”. Swans are unusual in that both the parent birds help incubate any eggs, with one standing guard to warn off predators. If they hatch, Sebastian will have to be a single parent, protecting them until they are old enough to fly.After a frantic few days of searching, Lord and Lady Curteis consulted their swan expert and came to the conclusion that Sylvia had been stolen. She has had her flight feathers removed so could not have flown away.Markenfield Hall’s moat has been patrolled by a pair of Black Swans since Lady Deirdre and the late Lord Grantley completed their phase of the Hall’s restoration in the early 1980s.The couple were given the first pair by a friend who was the Curator of Birds at London Zoo.The birds and their descendants have lived at the North Yorkshire hall ever since.Now Lady Deirdre is searching for a new female mate for Sebastian before the hall opens to the public on Sunday, May 5.She hopes the young swan will accept a new female and “live here in peace once more.”Markenfield Hall will be open to the public from Sunday, May 5 to Sunday, May 19 and again from Sunday, June 16 to Sunday, June 30. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Latest International Mining Project News – Houndé Brucejack Solwara 1 and much

first_imgAmong the highlights of IMPN issue 254 are the ground-breaking ceremony held at Endeavour Mining Corp’s Houndé project site in Burkina Faso. Construction began in April 2016 and is progressing on-time and on-budget with the first gold pour expected during the fourth quarter of 2017. Contact Emma@im-mining.com for subscription details.Pretium Resources reporting on the progress of site construction activities at its high-grade gold Brucejack project located in northwest British Columbia. Nautilus Minerals continues to seek and consider various alternative sources of financing in order to maintain the development of the Solwara 1 project.In the latest issue of IMPN there are updates on some 20 prefeasibility studies, 17 feasibility studies, 28 projects in development, five mines that have gone into production six operations in expansion, a dozen in acquisitions and mergers and many new appointments to new positions. There is, as always, a lot of important development progress news at projects around the world. Much more information is available in the issue – contact emma@im-mining.com for subscription details.last_img read more

HandsOn Kingdom Hearts 3 is Fun Even if Youve New to the

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target I think it’s safe to say that Kingdom Hearts 3 is one of the most anticipated titles of all time. Fans who’ve been with the series since 2002 will have their patience rewarded when the game finally comes out early next year. I recently had a chance to play an hour-long demo of the game. From what I experienced, it seems this long-awaited installment will have everything fans could have hoped for and more. Even newbies to the series will find a lot to like here.I’ve never played a Kingdom Hearts game. Outside of seeing friends play it back in the day or checking out a short demo of the HD re-release from 2013, I have no real experience with the franchise. I know it has a combination of Disney and Square-Enix characters. I also understand it has a convoluted storyline thanks to all of the prequel spin-offs released over the years. Besides that, I went into the demo knowing next to nothing. I’m happy to report that I ended up having a wonderful time despite my ignorance of the franchise. This is a quality title through and through.For those who don’t know, Kingdom Hearts takes place in a universe where all the various Disney worlds are connected. It should come as no surprise to learn that Mickey Mouse is king of this shared universe. One day, he notices shadowy creatures called “Heartless” are invading the realms. In their wake, a wave of darkness begins to consume the lands.Mickey sends Donald (the royal mage) and Goofy (captain of the guard) to find a keyblade wielder. Keyblades are mystical weapons in the Kingdom Hearts universe. They have the power to seal the keyholes at the heart of each world (where the Heartless are sneaking in from). They find Sora, whose world (Destiny Island) was destroyed by the Heartless. The three companions then travel to different Disney lands to fight back the Heartless. Along the way, they become friends with many Disney characters.Even if you’re unfamiliar with all the intricacies of the series, you can jump into Kingdom Hearts 3 blind. The core story about friendship and light overcoming darkness is one general audiences will easily grasp. You’ll instantly know who the good and bad guys are. While there is certainly some complexity to the story, you don’t need a master’s degree in Kingdom Hearts to understand the third entry. Certainly, the more you know the backstory, the more you’ll appreciate the return of certain characters. But overall Kingdom Hearts 3 is easy to get into for everyone.At the start of Kingdom Hearts 3, Sora, Donald, and Goofy return to Olympus. This level partly serves as the game’s tutorial world. Here, I had to battle a large number of Heartless while familiarizing myself with the controls. This is an action RPG, which means hack and slash combat, magic attacks, and plenty of over-the-top special moves. Though I’m not a Kingdom Hearts veteran, I instantly understood the controls. They instantly became second nature.A Square-Enix PR representative explained that Sora is more agile than in past installments. For example, he can now wall run up shimmering vertical surfaces. He also has some context-sensitive motions. I can’t compare the controls to previous games, but they certainly felt fluid. There was never an instance where I fought against the controls. They felt natural, which is a testament to how solid the mechanics are.Tapping R1 locks on to enemies. By holding the button, you can “shot lock” foes. This enables you to line up with enemies and do multi-hit combos on them. Doing a shot lock attack is risk versus reward since you’re frozen in place while lining up opponents. Holding down the attack button after lining bad guys lets you get the full effect out of the attack. This move uses up the charge meter so you’ll need to build it back up again by doing attacks or by drinking an elixir.After dispatching the Heartless, I had to run up the side of a mountain to face off against the stage’s boss. As I made my way up the vertical path, the giant two-headed rock monster tossed giant boulders which I had to avoid. In order for me to get to his head, I first had to weaken his feet by attacking them. After damaging both feet, I ran up to his face and smacked him around with my keyblade.During the boss fight I got to check out the Link system, which is effectively this game’s version of summons. I summoned a creature called Meow Wow, which is from a previous Kingdom Hearts entry. There are many different summons in the game and each have their own attacks and finishing moves.While attacking the boss’ heads, I got to try out another new mechanic called the Attraction attack. Basically, you can summon certain park rides from Disney theme parks. The rides are context specific, depending on the situation or boss fight. In this case, it was the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. By pressing R2, I could attack the boss with fireworks as the train rode on its tracks. I could also do a finishing move by pressing Triangle. By doing this attack, I was able to finish off the fearsome foe and complete that portion of the demo.The next world I tried out was Toy Story. Each of the game’s worlds have an art-style corresponding to each property. In the Mount Olympus level, Sora, Donald, and Goofy looked like they were from that world. In Toy Story, they all looked liked CGI toys. The developers went out of their way to capture the look and feel of each world. They even put in subtle details like scratches on the toys or making sure to add stitches to Woody’s left arm (which was ripped off in Toy Story 2).Every Disney world is self-contained. The characters in each realm do not know the other Disney worlds exist. To preserve the integrity of each land, Sora and pals have to match each world. With Toy Story, Sora and pals look like action figures. In Monsters Inc. they become monsters, while in Pirates of the Caribbean, they look like pirates. I was told the devs gave each world its own style but also tried to maintain a cohesive look for the overall game. As you can imagine, this wasn’t easy.You can now power up keyblades, which is something completely new to the series. As you land attacks on enemies, you’ll build up a meter on the bottom left hand side of the screen (right above the actions menu). Pressing the Triangle button (on PS4) unleashes a powerful special move. The game has a wide assortment of special moves for players to try out. Since you build up energy relatively quick, you do not have to be frugal with special moves. You’re encouraged to use them often.Players can now equip up to three different keyblades at once. They can also level up each keyblade to make them stronger. Before, there was no incentive to continue using keyblades obtained from previous worlds since the newer keyblades were more powerful. Now, keyblades you have a fondness for are viable even later in the game since you can level them up.Different keyblades can be used even in the middle of combos. During the Toy Story section, I had the Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Tangled keyblades. The Toy Story keyblade has special attacks that summon yo yos and tea cups, Monsters Inc. has different kinds of melee attacks, and Tangled has magic-based attacks. Since a keyblade’s attacks last for 30 seconds, you have time to switch to another keyblade and use its attack and finishing moves. Trying out all of the different attacks is a lot of fun.Toy Story is a brand-new world to the franchise, as is Frozen, Monsters Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean, Tangled, and more. There are also worlds specific to Kingdom Hearts which aren’t based on Disney properties. When Sora and pals arrive in Toy Story, they meet Woody, Buzz, Rex, and the rest. They learn that all of the humans (including Andy) disappeared the instant the Heartless arrived. Woody and Buzz join Sora’s gang to stop the Heartless and restore the world.Kingdom Hearts 3 is the first time you see the world outside Andy’s window. After climbing out of the window and going into the street, you must engage with various pockets of Heartless. In a series first, characters from each of the worlds fights alongside your core three-man group. This effectively gives you a party with five members. These characters do their own unique attacks. For example, Woody reaches behind his back and pulls his talking string to use as a lasso against enemies.As mentioned above, every world has its own Attraction and Link attacks. Instead of riding a train that shoots fireworks, you ride on top of a giant firecracker alongside Buzz and Woody in the Toy Story world. For the Link attack, you get help from Wreck-it-Ralph. This character has a CRT filter on his body which gives him a classic game feel. With his special attack, he creates a static field that traps foes he can then smash. This is a perfect area-of-effect attack to use against multiple bad guys.The final part of the demo took place in a new area called Galaxy Toys. The demo only had the ground floor, but in the final game, players can expect to see multiple floors each with their own specific type of toys. There will be a floor for toddler toys, a floor for dolls, and even an entire floor full of Final Fantasy figures.For this section, Sora gets to pilot a toy mech and faces off against other mechs. The camera angle is in first person, which gives it a proper mech game feel. After damaging a robot enough, you can jump inside of it. Each of the different colored mechs has unique moves and attacks. This portion is awesome because of how different it is. I’m told to expect more of these kind of surprises in the full game.In addition to the main story, players can look forward to several mini-games. One is a cooking game with Remy from Ratatouille. You must find ingredients hidden across several of the worlds and use them to create new recipes. There are 20 different old-school Tiger Toys/Game & Watch style 2D side scrolling games based on Mickey cartoons from the 1930s and 40s. Building your Gummi ship (used for traveling to each world) is pretty much a mini-game of its own. I was told Kingdom Hearts 3 is around 40-50 hours if one stays on the critical path. Including the mini-games, players can possibly expect 80+ hours of content. With that said, Square-Enix has yet to finalize the game’s exact length as there are still many months to go before release date.Kingdom Hearts 3 is looking great so far. Players who’ve been with the franchise since 2002 are sure to enjoy what’s in store for them. As the final part of the story which began in the first game, this title will no doubt serve as a form of closure for longtime devotees. Even if you’re like me and are just diving in for the first time, you’ll enjoy seeing the game’s insane mix of Disney whimsy and Square-Enix production values. I’m curious to see how fans of the series will react when the game drops on January 29.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

MoveOnorg to petition Rep Herrera Beutler

first_imgMoveOn.org activists will hand U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler a petition on Thursday while they stage a rally outside her Officer’s Row office.The motive for the 1:30 p.m. gathering: To resist Republicans’ alleged assault on the middle class and American Dream, in Congress and in statehouses in Wisconsin and elsewhere, the group says.Activists say GOP leaders are preserving tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy while they slash billions of dollars in wages and benefits from schoolteachers, firefighters, nurses and other groups.At a scheduled meeting with Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, the group will present its “Defend the Dream” petition to oppose spending cuts in House Republicans’ budget plan.last_img read more

Emergency Crews Respond To Late Night Structure Fire In Happy Valley

first_imgNES responded with mutual aid assistance to Anchor Point Emergency Services with; seven firefighters, two water tankers, and a utility truck to the scene of the fire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ninilchik Emergency Services and Anchor Point Emergency services responded to a structure fire in the area of Happy Valley late Sunday night. NES assisted Anchor Point ES in extinguishment and mop up of the area.center_img According to NES, it took crews roughly 1 1/2 hours to fully extinguish the blaze. There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire.last_img read more

The competition between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton getting out of hand

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesThe alleged feud between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle may not be over after all. Even if the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex have called a truce, it might not last for long. Their competitiveness may not allow it. It is no secret that the couple Cambridge and the couple Sussex are competing with each other.It has gotten to the point that even Royal fans have started picking up on it. Especially when the Royal couples taking their competitiveness to social media. Apparently, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may be competing with royal couple Kate and Prince William through Instagram as the pair coincidently made headlines for events that clashed on the same day.Royal commentator Chris Ship explained some fans are convinced the royal couples are competing against each other for popularity. Both the couples are trying to highlight the cause that is important to them, but unfortunately instead of working together, both couples are trying to outshine each other. We have to say that they would get a lot more accomplished if they decided to work together instead of trying to prove who is better.  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex applaud ahead of the Ladies’ Singles final match between Serena Williams of The United States and Angelique Kerber of Germany on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England.Getty ImagesChris Ship, the ITV royal editor: “I want to return to this idea of social media and where mainstream media and traditional media can fit into that.”Recently, Meghan Markle outshone Kate Middleton at the Chelsea Flower Show. Kate Middleton may not have been very pleased with that outcome. “We have seen this week with the Chelsea Flower Show and Meghan and Harry released a video on Instagram of a year’s anniversary and lovely pictures of their wedding,” said the expert. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle need to make good on their truce and share the spotlight. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are family and we have to say that they should start acting like it.Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton had recently buried the hatchet, but the truce might already be coming undone. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

Minecraft Be still my depressive heart

first_imgA lot of ink has been spilled over Minecraft already but our very own John Brownlee just put together a fine article on the subject. I’d write more to introduce it but the article speaks for itself:In Minecraft, you can build castles in the clouds, not because the turrets are held aloft by some sort of counter-gravitation engine, but because you built your sky castle on a support high enough to reach the cubist ether… and then dismantled the support, leaving your castle hover in mid-air, as if supported in space by the mere memory of solid land beneath it. (In this way, the world of Minecraft borrows some of its Newtonian rationale from Road Runner cartoons.) Even if you didn’t “get” Minecraft before, that probably aroused your curiosity. And before you know it Brownlee is quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Ozymandias (probably from memory) and explaining the game’s “despressive heart” which for some reason makes me want to play it even more.It’s a good read that will give people not so much an understanding of the game, but why some people have connected with it so strongly. The author is most strongly affected by the “loneliness, immortality and the ironic futility of great works” found in the Minecraft, not the curious physics or the construction of massive (but ultimately useless) projects. The game is perfectly suited for a bit of introspection and the article will get some of us thinking more deeply about the timeless, block-filled prison that is Minecraft and why it’s something in which we’d choose to immerse ourselves.Read the full article at GearFuse.last_img read more

Rise and write

first_imgAnd Still I Rise is a gender re-education programme using art and the written word. An exhibition and a series of 10 workshops will be organised, designed and delivered in which up to 20 teenage girls will be encouraged to write letters about their aspirations. The Exhibition will showcase a collection that will focus on a hopeful determination to rise above difficulty and discouragement. This is a central theme of the exhibition and education programme, which aims to provide hope against stereotyping by raising awareness of gender discrimination and the impact of gender stereotyping on limiting opportunities for women worldwide. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Anand Kapoor and Elizabeth Rogers have curated the exhibition for Creative Services Support Group, based on one of Maya Angelou’s most famous collection of poems – And Still I Rise. The Exhibition will feature the writings of young women in India and from around the world and bring together the similarities and differences; the hopes and dreams; the ambitions; with focus on the evolving role of the woman in the future. The artworks reinforce the power of the written word across languages and cultural realms, and the inherent energy of art to transform beings and enrich their lives.last_img read more

VIDEO Showboating MMA fighter gets satisfyingly knocked the hell out

first_img Advertisement It’s fine to talk trash and showboat, as long as you’re prepared to deal with the consequences.At yesterday’s British Challenge Mixed Martial Arts event in Colchester, England, one showboating MMA fighter, Joe Harding, learned that karma is never far away when you’re acting like a jackass.As the video shows, Harding was amassing style points with a flurry of dance moves and taunts, when all of a sudden, he got caught with a  vicious left foot from his opponent that turned out the lights.Harding wasn’t just down, he was out cold. Hopefully he’ll learn his lesson if he can remember his name and what year it is. Here’s the satisfying video:I hate when guys do this shit and this is what happens when u do!!!!! pic.twitter.com/yEma1oMs47— Dana White (@danawhite) February 19, 2017last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton passes

first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton passes against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Stanton, 34, moved on from Arizona after the team signed quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon in free agency.Related LinksFormer Sun Devil Demario Richard works out for CardinalsReport: Bears expected to re-sign former Cardinals CB Marcus CooperPrior to his time with the Cardinals and former coach Bruce Arians, Stanton spent his first three years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. He then had a brief stint with the New York Jets before he joined the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, where he backed up Andrew Luck under Arians, who was offensive coordinator and for a time was interim head coach.The quarterback turnover for the Cardinals began this offseason with Palmer’s retirement.While Stanton now has a new home, Gabbert remains unsigned. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 21 Comments   Share   Free agent quarterback Drew Stanton will be dancing on the sidelines of the Cleveland Browns next season after agreeing to a two-year deal to back up starter Tyrod Taylor, the team announced Friday.Stanton spent the past four years with the Arizona Cardinals playing behind Carson Palmer and last year threw for 894 yards while completing 49.7 percent of his passes. He threw six touchdowns to five interceptions.A Nov. 9 game against the Seattle Seahawks saw him injure his knee, leaving the starting spot open for Blaine Gabbert to quarterback the next five games. Stanton returned for the final two games of the regular season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Visual pollution damaging to Cyprus tourism

first_imgThe Larnaca tourism board on Monday said it was making inroads in eliminating optical pollution in the coastal town by standarising signs and getting rid of ugly ads, all of which were damaging to the island’s tourist product.“The strategic tourism plans, which seek to make our country a qualitative tourist destination, classifies visual pollution among the factors that erode the competitiveness of the Cypriot tourist product,” it said in a statement.“The problem is not just about Larnaca. All districts are projecting a degraded image of the structural environment, mainly in tourist and inter-urban roads. Local and foreign visitors are bombarded from everywhere with unsightly signs, shades and awnings, billboards on electrical pillars, facades of buildings and a host of other things,” it added.It said those who arbitrarily place advertisements in public space should realise that the phenomenon was affecting the country’s image “tarnishing its character, altering the landscape and damaging the environment”.“Most local authorities regrettably leave this to the conscientiousness of every business and every citizen,” it said, which does not work. The board said it had been able to tackle the problem to an extent with several practical solutions.At Ayios Lazaros Square a pilot programme of aesthetic upgrading has begun with the aim of gradually expanding this action to other areas.St Lazarus derelict building before revampSt Lazarus Square after revampAll signs on the buildings of the pilot area have been removed and replaced with a uniform design while the derelict building on the square was given a facelift with contributions from local companies.It also said the village of Choirokitia had become very popular and this change was not accidental. Among other actions, it was the only village in the district that decided only on the placement of wooden signs in the traditional centre.Choirokoitia Wooden SignsA decision was taken by both businesses in traditional buildings and the community council for its own offices “wanting to set the right example”.“This action is commendable because it contributes greatly to preserving and highlighting the local character and the picturesqueness of the village,” the board said.At Zygi, it added that there were at three central crossroads around 50 arbitrarily placed signs for taverns and other businesses that created cluttered look in the picturesque fishing village. Very recently, the local council there carried out a campaign to remove them and replace them with uniform signs that guide the visitor to the various businesses.You May LikeHealthZapHe Donated His 80-Year-Old Monkey Toy To A Museum And Met His Long-Lost CousinHealthZapUndoFood Eat Safe9 Worst Foods With ArthritisFood Eat SafeUndoCampusPal9 College Majors That Have Big Gender GapsCampusPalUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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