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Oct
17

Police trying to find people who left injured muskrat on shore of

first_imgGORES LANDING, Ont. – The case of a muskrat found badly injured in a diaper box has triggered an investigation by Ontario’s provincial police.Investigators say they’ve determined the muskrat, that has died, was left in a Huggies box on the shore of Rice Lake at Gores Landing, Ont., about 40 kilometres south of Peterborough, Ont., on Monday evening.They say a witness told them a mid-sized, four-door blue sedan drove into a boat launch area with three occupants — two females and a male driver — who all appeared to be 16 to 18 years old.Police say one of the female passengers allegedly placed the box near the water’s edge before the vehicle drove away. They say the witness investigated and found the injured muskrat.The animal was taken to Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue centre in Bowmanville, Ont., where staff named it George, and then taken to a veterinarian on Tuesday for treatment of cuts to its mouth, broken teeth and an eye injury. The muskrat died a short time later.Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the three people in the car.Stefanie MacEwan, the founder of the rescue centre, had started a GoFundMe page to pay for George’s vet bills, but said Wednesday that some of the money raised — nearly $3,400 — would now go to pay for a detailed autopsy on the rodent.George’s remains were to be sent to the Ontario Veterinary College located in Guelph, Ont., for the autopsy, MacEwan said.last_img read more

Oct
17

Mail delivery au naturel Calgary police nab naked man driving Canada Post

first_imgCALGARY – It was a clothes call for Calgary police on Wednesday when a report came in about a naked man driving a Canada Post truck.Duty Insp. Ryan Jepson says officers were told just before 5 p.m. about the truck driving the wrong way down a street.The report said the driver was throwing clothes out of the window.Jepson says the truck was seen a short time later on a major Calgary thoroughfare where it hit between six and 10 vehicles.He says the driver abandoned the delivery truck and ran naked into a nearby neighbourhood where he was taken into custody.Investigators are working to determine whether the Canada Post truck was stolen, or if the driver, a man in his late 20s, is an actual employee.Jepson says the suspect was obviously under the influence of some kind of substance.A police spokesman says dangerous driving charges are pending.(CFFR, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Oct
8

Montreal seeks to be world leader in responsible artificial intelligence research

MONTREAL — Various computer scientists, researchers, lawyers and other techies have recently been attending biweekly meetings in Montreal to discuss life’s big questions — as they relate to our increasingly intelligent machines.Should a computer give medical advice? Is it acceptable for the legal system to use algorithms in order to decide whether convicts get paroled? Can an artificial agent that spouts racial slurs be held culpable?And perhaps most pressing for many people: Are Facebook and other social media applications capable of knowing when a user is depressed or suffering a manic episode — and are these people being targeted with online advertisements in order to exploit them at their most vulnerable?Google, Microsoft, Facebook and recently even the Royal Bank of Canada have announced millions of dollars in investment in artificial intelligence labs across Montreal, helping to make the city a world leader in machine-learning development.As a consequence, researchers such as Abhishek Gupta are trying to help Montreal lead the world in ensuring AI is developed responsibly.“The spotlight of the world is on (Montreal),” said Gupta, an AI ethics researcher at McGill University who is also a software developer in cybersecurity at Ericsson.His biweekly “AI ethics meet-up” brings together people from around the city who want to influence the way researchers are thinking about machine-learning.“In the past two months we’ve had six new AI labs open in Montreal,” Gupta said. “It makes complete sense we would also be the ones who would help guide the discussion on how to do it ethically.”In November, Gupta and Universite de Montreal researchers helped create the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence, which is a series of principles seeking to guide the evolution of AI in the city and across the planet.The declaration is meant to be a collaborative project and its creators are accepting comments and ideas over the next several months on how to fine-tune the document and share it with computer scientists working internationally on machine-learning.Its principles are broken down into seven themes: well-being, autonomy, justice, privacy, knowledge, democracy and responsibility.During a recent ethics meet-up, Gupta and about 20 other people talked about justice and privacy.Lawyers, business people, researchers and others discussed issues such as whether to fight against the fact so much power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of a handful of AI companies.“How do we ensure that the benefits of AI are available to everyone?” Gupta asked his group. “What types of legal decisions can we delegate to AI?”Doina Precup, a McGill University computer science professor and the Montreal head of DeepMind, a famous U.K.-based AI company, says it isn’t a coincidence Quebec’s metropolis is trying to take the lead on AI ethics.She said the global industry is starting to be preoccupied with the societal consequences of machine-learning, and Canadian values encourage the discussion.“Montreal is a little ahead because we are in Canada,” Precup said. “Canada, compared to other parts of the world, has a different set of values that are more oriented towards ensuring everybody’s wellness. The background and culture of the country and the city matter a lot.”AI is everywhere, from the algorithms that help us read weather patterns or that filter news on our Facebook feeds, to autonomous weapon systems.A major ethical quandary most people will soon have to deal with involves self-driving cars.Cars are a classic example, Gupta explains. For instance, he asks, should car companies produce autonomous vehicles that are programed to maximize driver safety or pedestrian safety?“What if you’re in the car and the pedestrian is your child?” Gupta asks.Nick Bostrom, a Swedish philosopher and one of the world’s pre-eminent thinkers on AI, said “it’s quite amazing how central a role Canada has played in creating this deep-learning revolution.”While many of the AI field’s pioneers in the United States and elsewhere have left academia and entered the business world, Canada’s leaders, such as Universite de Montreal’s Yoshua Bengio, have had different priorities, Bostrom said in an interview from Britain.“Bengio is still teaching students and nurturing the next generation of research talent — he’s also been relatively involved in trying to think about the ethical dimensions of this,” said the author of a seminal book on AI, “Superintelligence,” published in 2014.Bostrom said there is a role for the international AI research community to reflect and try to develop a “shared sense of norms and purpose that can be influential” because it will put pressure on companies to hire people who care about developing machine-learning responsibly.“If you are a corporation that wants to be at the forefront you need to hire the very top talent — and they have many options available to them,” Bostrom said.“If your corporation is seen as running roughshod over this shared sense of responsibility you are going to find it harder to get the very top people to work with you.” read more

Oct
7

Portuguese cuisine coming to Salinas bakery

Food choices in downtown Simcoe continue to diversify and become more interesting.The latest entry is Salinas’ Bakery and Take-out, which is taking shape at the former shoe store at Norfolk Street South and Water Street.Salinas Ferreira, wife Fabiana and their family are resurrecting the business they ran in Hamilton for 12 years. That bakery was sold two years ago. Their specialty is Portuguese baking and cuisine.“It will have everything you would find in a normal bakery, plus what you would find in a Portuguese bakery,” Fabiana said.Baked goods include Portuguese custard tarts, sweet breads, pretzels and the like. Takeout items will include Portuguese roast chicken, which is typically infused with garlic, oregano, paprika, chili spice, lemon zest and a touch of sweetness.The bakery is the kind of business Norfolk County is looking for when it comes to downtown revitalization.Traffic at the two methadone clinics in the area of Water Street has sterilized a number of neighbouring storefronts. The former Al’s Shoes building has sat dormant for a considerable amount of time but the Ferreiras are undaunted.“The people here are nice,” Salinas said during a break in construction. “Just the clinics are no good. But no one bothers me.”The Ferreiras have not set an opening date.Fabiana said the renovation has been challenging with a number of unexpected delays.“It’s taken such a long time,” she said. “We’re trying hard. We’ve been trying for a year now. There have been construction bumps that everyone complains about. This is my last project like this — too many roadblocks along the way.”Fabiana said the “roadblocks” involve engineering work and contractors. They have nothing to do with red tape and the Norfolk building department’s expectations for new construction, she said.Across town on Robinson Street, Janice Burden is renovating the former Captain Nemo’s building near the intersection of Kent Street South.The former Hamilton woman will open the business as the Fluffy Banana bar this summer. She hopes to have a chef on staff in 2020 with expert knowledge of spicy Caribbean cuisine.As well, for the past two summers, Norfolk County has promoted the presence of food trucks in the core, each with their own unique menu offerings.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Oct
4

Buffett says his firm had subpar 2012 that trailed the market as

Buffett says his firm had subpar 2012 that trailed the market as he failed to land a big deal by The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2013 5:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OMAHA, Neb. – Investor Warren Buffett says last year was “subpar” for his company even after posting a 45 per cent increase in profit, because the value of Berkshire Hathaway trailed the overall market.Buffett said Friday that 2012 was only the ninth time in the past 48 years that Berkshire’s book value per share failed to outpace the S&P 500.The legendary investor also confessed that the two investment managers he hired over the last few years left Buffett in their dust.Berkshire’s net income soared in 2012 to $14.8 billion, up from $10.3 billion the previous year, but most of the increase came from paper gains on its investments and derivative contracts.Without the paper gains, Berkshire’s operating earnings advanced 17 per cent to $12.6 billion, up from the previous year’s $10.8 billion. read more

Oct
3

Bombardier Transportation cutting up to 2200 railway jobs in Germany

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier Transportation cutting up to 2,200 railway jobs in Germany MONTREAL – Bombardier’s railway division said Thursday it is eliminating up to 2,200 jobs in Germany by 2020, representing nearly a quarter of its workforce in the country.The move is part of restructuring plans announced last fall to eliminate 7,500 transportation and aerospace jobs around the world.The layoffs affecting 700 temporary workers applies mainly to plants in a Berlin suburb and Gorlitz near the Polish border, but no closures are foreseen.The Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) won’t exclude the possibility of similar cuts at production facilities in France, Britain or North America.The union president at Bombardier’s railway plant in La Pocatiere, Que., says there is currently no impact for about 450 workers at the facility that is assembling Montreal subways cars.Bombardier Transportation employs about 950 workers elsewhere in the Montreal area. It has 2,600 workers in the rest of Canada and 2,700 in the United States.The company announced in early June the elimination of 650 positions by the end of next year in Switzerland. read more

Oct
2

Syria UN chemical weapons team reaches inspection site after convoy hit with

The team returned to the site after its convoy was hit by sniper fire earlier this morning. Though its vehicle was destroyed, the team, led by Swedish scientist Dr. Åke Sellström, was unharmed. The Secretary-General said that the UN will register a strong complaint with the Government and opposition authorities about an attack “so the safety…of the investigation team will be secured.”“What I am told is that despite the very difficult circumstances, our team replaced their car and returned to the suburbs of Damascus to carry out their investigation,” he said after being briefed by UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, who is in Damascus meeting with the Syrian Government to facilitate access for the team. Mr. Ban said he is now waiting for a fuller report from Dr. Åke Sellström.The Team is spending up to 14 days, with a possible extension, probing the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Government at Khan al-Asal, as well as two other allegations reported by Member States. The team is working in cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon (OPCW) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO).Speaking from Seoul where he is on an official visit, the Secretary-General earlier said “every hour counts” and demanded that all parties allow this mission “to conduct a full, thorough and unimpeded investigation.”He added that this team has his “total confidence in their expertise, professionalism and integrity.”Mr. Ban also reiterated that any use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances is a serious violation of international law and an outrageous crime. “We cannot allow impunity in what appears to be a grave crime against humanity,” he stressed.The latest allegations of chemical weapons use concern the Ghouta area outside Damascus. The attack, on 21 August, reportedly killed more than 300 civilians including children. Citing those figures, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) today added its voice to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and others for all parties in the conflict to stop targeting civilians.“This atrocity is a gross violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Committee Chairperson Kirsten Sandberg. “It is a shocking example of how children’s rights are being violated as the Syrian conflict deepens, first and foremost the right to life.”“Whoever committed these killings, as well as all those responsible for other crimes committed against Syrian children, should be held accountable,” said Ms. Sandberg on behalf of the Committee.Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad as many as 100,000 people have been killed, including more than 7,000 children.In addition, almost 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced. At least 6.8 million Syrian require urgent humanitarian assistance, half of whom are children. read more

Oct
2

Some 60000 flee recent South Sudan violence bringing exodus to 900000 since

Refugee flows from South Sudan into Uganda have doubled in the past ten days, bringing the total to more than 52,000 since violence escalated three weeks ago. Kenya has reported the arrival of 1,000 refugees in the same period, while 7,000 have fled to Sudan, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“The refugees bring disturbing reports that armed groups operating on roads to Uganda are preventing people from fleeing South Sudan,” Melissa Fleming, UNHCR chief spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva.The recent fighting between rival forces – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing First Vice-President Riek Machar – erupted in and around Juba, on 7 July.New arrivals from Yei say they received letters warning them to evacuate the town in anticipation of conflict between rebel and government forces, the spokesperson said. Refugees have also reported that armed groups operating across different parts of South Sudan are looting villages, murdering civilians and forcibly recruiting young men and boys in to their ranks.More than 85 per cent of the refugees arriving in Uganda are women and children under the age of 18, she added. Many children have lost one, or both of their parents. Most are from Eastern Equatoria, with smaller numbers from Juba and Upper Nile state. Many took advantage of the opportunity to flee alongside Ugandan military convoys evacuating Ugandan nationals.“Improving conditions and capacities at existing reception facilities in Uganda is a key priority,” Ms. Fleming said. Collection points in border areas have now been significantly decongested, although transit centres and reception centres remain severely stretched. Efforts are underway to rapidly open a new 100,000 capacity refugee settlement area in Yumbe district.Both Kenya and Uganda are reporting rising cases of severe malnutrition, particularly among very young children, she said. Those found to be suffering are being placed on food nourishment programmes to bring them back to health.The spokesperson said that UNHCR is reminding all parties to the conflict in South Sudan of a fundamental human right to seek asylum and urging them to ensure that civilians are provided with unhindered access to safety as the number of refugees crosses a worrying milestone.With over 2.6 million of its citizens forcibly displaced, the world’s youngest nation currently ranks among the countries with the highest levels of conflict-induced population displacement globally, she said, warning that half the population relies on humanitarian aid.South Sudan was founded in July 2011, after it gained independence from Sudan. The country descended into conflict in December 2013 due to internal struggles between rival factions. read more

Sep
28

Ohio State wrestling stumbles against Penn State

In a battle of top-five ranked wrestling teams, No. 5 Ohio State fell, 34-9, against No. 2 Penn State in front of a sold-out crowd in University Park Pa., Sunday afternoon. “It was a complete mental, physical letdown,” said OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan. “Overall, it wasn’t a lot of positive to draw from it.” OSU was only able to win two matches behind the effort of brothers redshirt freshman Logan Stieber and freshman Hunter Stieber. The two have been the last two weeks’ Big Ten Wrestler and Co-Wrestler of the Week. At 133-pounds, Logan Stieber pinned Frank Martellotti and, shortly after, at 141-pounds, Hunter Stieber secured an 8-5 decision against Bryan Pearsall. From 149-pounds on, though, Penn State piled 31 straight points over the course of seven straight wins in a blowout victory for the defending national champions. While Ryan said Penn State provided some match-up problems, he was still upset that his team didn’t wrestle up to level of competition that they did against Iowa, which the Buckeyes won, 20-9. “This isn’t about winning and losing. It’s about effort,” Ryan said. OSU was without 149-pound freshman Cam Tessari and 184-pound redshirt junior C.J. Magrum. Both sat due to lingering injuries. Between OSU and Penn State, 17 wrestlers, as of the day of the dual, were ranked in the top 25 in their respective weight class. Penn State, who last beat Iowa 22-12, improved to 9-1 and 5-1 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, slipped to 9-3 on the year and 3-3 in the conference. The loss comes nine days after OSU secured what some call its biggest dual win in history against the Iowa Hawkeyes. This week, however, the Buckeyes were less fortunate on the road, like they have been much of this season with all three losses coming away from home. OSU will look to rebound at home against Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday night. “I do think we we’ll respond,” Ryan said. “We saw what we’re capable of against Iowa.” read more

Sep
25

Too early to throw support behind David Granger Presidential candidacy –

Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy HughesThe Alliance For Change (AFC) on Wednesday said that it was too early for the party to say whether it will be supporting President David Granger as presidential candidate for the impending General and Regional Elections.“We’re not there right now absolutely not there right now, we hope that President Granger continues the speedy recovery that he is making…we continue to wish him the best, we have no idea, we have no idea when the election is going to be so we are not in a position to answer that right now”.That was the party’s Vice Chair, Cathy Hughes, responding the INews when asked whether the AFC would support Granger as the presidential candidate of the Coalition for the upcoming polls.During a press conference held at the party’s head office in Kitty, AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan reassured his party’s commitment to the Cummingsburg Accord, adding that they will go into the next elections as a Coalition with the APNU since this would have worked in the past.“We’ve indicated that we are going to go coalition, we prefer to go coalition because of the fact that the chances are better there than if we go separately which we appreciate” Ramjattan said.While insisting that the minority party has done everything it could have to stay relevant within the Coalition administration, the AFC nevertheless assured that it is ready for elections should it be called.“We are very much prepared for elections but we will have the elections I understand as was agreed to in the presidential meeting with the Opposition Leader when of course the two very important matters, the Court cases and GECOM’s readiness are done. Yes we are on outreaches across the country as we have been doing for a number of months now and that will continue, it will be even bigger this year” Ramjattan explained.The AFC took a trouncing in the 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) when they decided to contest alone garnering just under 4 per cent of the overall votes, while the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) won 61 per cent and APNU 34 per cent. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC still to decide on Presidential, Prime Ministerial candidatesJanuary 26, 2015In “Politics”AFC awaiting NEC meeting to decide on Nagamootoo’s fate as PMJanuary 23, 2019In “latest news”APNU+AFC request that GECOM stop recounting votes; 94% of results to be released tonightMay 13, 2015In “Politics” read more

Sep
21

Part of Brussels sealed off after car filled with gas canisters driven

first_img By AFP 18,998 Views Part of Brussels sealed off after car filled with gas canisters driven by known radical stopped The driver had been listed as ‘being radicalised’. Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 6:51 PM A police officer stands at a cordon during the investigation of the suspect car in the centre of Brussels today Source: PAPOLICE AND SOLDIERS have sealed off part of central Brussels after finding gas canisters in a car whose driver was known to authorities as having been radicalised, officials said.“The car was stopped because the driver jumped several red lights,” a police spokeswoman said.The police then noticed several gas canisters in the boot and rather than take any risks, they called for help from the army bomb squad.Local mayor Charles Picque told AFP the driver was “someone potentially dangerous” who was listed as radicalised.“When you put it all together… and that there were gas canisters in the boot, which he did not want to open, then obviously you have to be prudent,” Picque said.Press reports said a blast was heard near where the man was detained, apparently as the bomb squad dealt with the gas canisters.A security perimeter was set up in the Porte de Hal neighbourhood, near the main Midi rail station in an area that is famous for a medieval fortress which attracts tourists.Nearby buildings were evacuated and public transport either halted or diverted, causing rush-hour chaos.The Brussels prosecutors’ office, which confirmed the driver was known to police, said he was now being held for questioning to determine what his intentions were.“It is absolutely too early to say that the driver had criminal intentions. All speculation in this sense is premature,” a statement said, adding that the identity of the driver could not be released while the investigation is underway.Attacks carried out by home-grown, Islamic State-inspired jihadists on 22 March last year on the Brussels metro and the Belgian capital’s airport left 32 people dead.The same jihadist cell also played a key role in the November 2015 Paris attacks which claimed 130 lives.Authorities significantly stepped up security after the Brussels attacks, with troops in full combat gear patrolling the streets and guarding key buildings.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘No need to step down’ despite Trump’s attorney general’s contact with Russia during campaignRead: Hosni Mubarak acquitted over deaths of protesters during Arab Spring revolt 55 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3267745 Share184 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 2nd 2017, 6:51 PM last_img read more

Sep
21

With Greek coffee and … syrtaki

first_imgUnder the watchful eye of the historic building of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), now covered up to be demolished, the annual Antipodes Lonsdale Street Festival was launched. The Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Mr Nicholas Kotsiras, GOCMV president Bill Papastergiadis and co-chairs of the Antipodes Festival Tammy Iliou and Leonidas Vlahakis were all on hand Wednesday morning to give a taste of what is to come this weekend. Present at the launch were several business personalities of the Greek community of Melbourne such as Craig Kayas and Leonidas Argyropoulos, who have provided handsomely and continue to support the longest running Greek community organisation in Melbourne. With a cup of Greek coffee in hand, the 50 or so guests took part in a small event which heralds the world’s largest outdoor Greek festival outside Greece. The launch took place at the traditional home of the glendi, Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street. The Festival Director George Menidis welcomed Mr Papastergiadis and Mr Kotsiras, noting that more than 250 people will showcase their talents and perform at this year’s glendi. In his speech Mr Papastergiadis thanked Delphi Bank, the main festival sponsors, as well as all those present, for their continuous support. He then touched on the construction of the cultural centre and the importance of this centre for the wider Greek community. He stressed that this project would not have been possible if the community had not believed in it and, as a result of that strong commitment, contributed generously. Mr Kotsiras congratulated the work of GOCMV with particular emphasis on the new Cultural Centre saying “everyone was telling me it will happen one day… now that I see it I feel very proud.” The Victorian Government contributed $70,000 to the festival through the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Mr Kotsiras also took the time to promote cross cultural relations that come from the glendi and the Antipodes Festival in general. “Through the glendi and the Antipodes Festival, the wider community gets a better understanding of Greek culture,” said the Minister. The focus of this year’s glendi falls into a particularly “Dionysian” aspect of Greek culture – the act of dancing. So it was unthinkable for dancing to be missing from the launch. Syrtaki came to the fore and Mr Kotsiras, without knowing he had been promoted by the new Premier moments before, took to the dance floor and celebrated it the Greek way. Together with a team of GOCMV volunteers, Mr Papastergiadis, the co-chairs of the Festival and other guests, passersby received a glimpse of what is to come this weekend in the heart of Melbourne. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sep
10

Lego Ideas raids the archives and puts forgotten Lego sets up for

first_imgLego Ideas creator XCLD has dreamed up this International Space Station lego set.  Lego Ideas Lego might have given us a full-scale replica of Hogwarts, 20 years’ worth of Millennium Falcons and even the Upside Down from Stranger Things, but there’s no reason the folks at Lego should have all the fun. Half the fun is coming up with the ideas yourselfThat’s the concept behind Lego Ideas, the platform that lets Lego fans come up with their own ideas for Lego sets and then take them to a public vote to lobby for them to be made. And now, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, Lego Ideas is reopening voting on four classic fan-designed sets that never made it through to final approval.  Lego Hogwarts: Go inside the 6,000-piece Harry Potter school 0 36 Photos Post a comment Toys and Tabletop Gamescenter_img Tags The list includes a miniature version of the famous “Yellow” lego sculpture, Stitch (from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch) as well as a set of miniature Sega Classic arcade machines. For die-hard space fans, you can also vote to for the miniature International Space Station, an 843-brick set with dockable spacecraft, rotating solar panels and modular sections that can be rearranged depending on how close you want your mini Russian and US minifig astronauts to be in space. Voting is open on the Lego Ideas website until June 4, 2019 at 3 p.m. GMT (7 a.m. PT). Share your voice Space Legolast_img read more

Sep
9

Policy Change Could Could Create Indian Country in Alaska

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Interior has proposed a rule change that would allow Alaska tribes to ask the federal government to take their lands into trust. The request isn’t always granted, but Wednesday’s announcement is a legal turn that could vastly expand the recognition and authority of tribal sovereignty in Alaska.Download Audiolast_img

Sep
9

Bristol Bay Elder Hjalmar Ofi Olson Dies at 75

first_imgBristol Bay elder Hjalmar E. “Ofi” Olson passed away at an Anchorage hospital at the age of 75. Olson was battling kidney failure, and his health was deteriorating in recent months. He was medevaced to Anchorage Sunday, and according to a family friend, was taken off dialysis mid-week. He succumbed late Wednesday or early Thursday, surrounded by family.Download AudioThis picture was taken early June, after Ofi and some friends gathered for dinner around a first king salmon of the season.Credit Hannah Colton, KDLG“I think we all knew that he wasn’t in the best of health, and I just learned very early this morning that he had passed,” said Bryce Edgmon Thursday morning. “A big shock to everyone, even though we all knew his health was in decline. Very sorry to see him go.”Edgmon spent Saturday evening with Ofi, driving around town, the harbor, boat yard, and visiting subsistence sites all the way down Kananakak Beach.“We watched a number of the set net boats being launched, and listened to the Fish and Game announcements, and really just had a very nice, quiet, reflective evening,” he said.Ofi and Anuska OlsonCredit Clark James MishlerOlson remained in good spirits and his mind was sharp, even as his health grew worse and he spent more time at a hospital in Anchorage.“We were down in the boat yard, and he was naming off all the boats that were still there, and why they weren’t going out, engine problems, whatever was the case. He was absolutely very sharp up until the very end,” said Edgmon.Ofi Olson was a Bristol Bay fisherman, and was the longtime president, CEO, and chairman of the board of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation. He also sat on a number of other boards, commissions, and panels throughout an active career as one of the region’s most prominent leaders.“I think his legacy is so rich, and so profound, that it’s only going to grow over time,” said Edgmon. “Ofi was the chairman of the BBNC board, I think, for the longest tenure of any chairman in the history of the state. As iconic figures are known, all you had to say was “Ofi” and people knew who you were talking about.”As of Thursday morning, there was no information about funeral arrangements. A family friend did say there was consideration of delaying a funeral until after the commercial fishing season.“I think as time goes on, and his service is held, we’re going to find that a lot of people throughout the state, a lot of Alaska Native leaders, a lot of people in the Native Corporation world and elsewhere, are going to be coming to town and paying their respects to Ofi,” said Edgmon.last_img read more

Sep
9

Trump taps petroleum industry ally for top EPA job

first_imgDonald Trump file photo by Gage Skidmore/CC 2.0President-elect Donald Trump has selected a friend of the oil and gas industry to be EPA administrator: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.Listen NowPruitt has fought President Obama’s environmental policies, on behalf of his state, and with other attorneys general. He was a leader in a multi-state lawsuit against the EPA over its Clean Power plan, designed to reduce emissions from power plants.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said the choice shows Trump is committed to trimming EPA’s “lawless overreach.”Environmental groups say Pruitt would be a fox guarding the hen house. Tiernan Sittenfeld, at the League of Conservation Voters, said Pruitt’s multiple lawsuits against the EPA show Pruitt opposes the agency’s mission.“Scott Pruitt is an incredibly damaging and really a horrific choice to lead the agency that’s charged with protecting public health and the environment, and we will do everything we can to stop him from getting anywhere close to the EPA,” Sittenfeld said.Pruitt’s Oklahoma state bio described him as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”Jeff Holmstead, head of the environmental strategies group at the law and government affairs firm Bracewell, said Pruitt will be good for the petroleum industry.“We really have had, especially in the last few years, kind of federal government hostility to any kind of fossil fuel development,” Holmstead said. Holmstead’s clients include energy companies. “And president-elect Trump, and now his EPA administrator, just don’t believe that’s consistent with U.S. interest.”Holmstead, who was head of EPA air office in the Bush administration, said one way Pruitt is likely to help industry is by ditching the EPA’s proposed methane rule. Proponents say the rule would reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions by requiring companies to stop methane leaks from oil and gas wells. Holmstead, though, said complying with the rule would be expensive, making some fields uneconomic. And, he contends, the companies already have a financial incentive to capture methane and sell it.A 2014 New York Times investigation found Pruitt had a close alliance with industry lobbyists, including one who represented the backers of the Pebble project. That’s a massive proposed mine in Western Alaska that opponents say would threaten Bristol Bay. The EPA became the hero of some tribes in the Bristol Bay region when it intervened to block Pebble.In Alaska, the EPA also polices oil spills on the North Slope, writes the national rules for wetland protection, and governs the handling of hazardous materials.last_img read more

Sep
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HC seeks reports on steps taken to purify WASA water

first_imgA resident of Jurain, Dhaka protested in front of WASA office at Karwan Bazar for contaminated supplied water on 23 April 2019. Photo: Prothom AloThe High Court on Sunday asked Dhaka Water Supply & Sewerage Authority (DWASA) to submit a report about steps it has taken to purify contaminated water supplied to its four zones, reports UNB.The HC bench of justice JBM Hassan and justice Khairul Alam passed the order after submitting some test reports of WASA water.Deputy attorney general Motaher Hosain Sazu submitted the reports on behalf of the local government ministry.According to the report submitted to the attorney general’s office on 3 July, elements like arsenic, ammonia and bacteria were detected in the water of four zones out of 10 distribution zones of WASA.Earlier on 21 May, the High Court issued an order to test WASA water samples from 34 locations in the capital.Mohammad Tanvir Amed, a counsel of the writ petitioner, moved the court after on 11 October last year after a World Bank report said that over 7.5 crore people of Bangladesh drink unsafe water.The report noted that 41 per cent water sources contain harmful bacteria and 13 per cent water contains arsenic. It said about 80 per cent water supplied through pipelines contains harmful bacteria.In the following month, the High Court ordered the authorities concerned to form a committee to test Dhaka WASA water.It asked the LGRD and cooperatives ministry to file a report within 15 May after fixing the expenditure required to test the water.last_img read more

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Colin Jordan fans rushing to bash LeBron after Game 3 is the

first_imgLeBron James put up an awful 11-point performance in last night’s Game 3, Eastern Conference Finals loss to the shorthanded Celtics, and his haters were quick to run to social media to scream from the Twitter mountaintops that Michael Jordan would never have had a similar game in the playoffs. Jordan actually did have bad playoff games, contrary to the laundered history being sold 20 years later.Colin thinks that the fan reflex of instantly comparing James to Jordan, even negatively, isn’t a slam, it’s the ultimate sign of respect. Even those that hate him can only compare him to the greatest basketball player of all-time. That never happened to Kobe or Duncan.Last night also showed that the Cavs are only as good as LeBron on any given night. His supporting cast can’t even take over one game to beat an undermanned Boston team. Jordan’s Bulls, on the other hand, won 55 games the season after he “retired” to play baseball.What was LeBron’s issue last night? Who knows. In 20 years, no one will remember it, especially if the Cavs can mange to beat the Warriors to win their second straight title.The ultimate compliment is that you now, as fans, are acknowledging there is only one challenger to the greatest basketball player of all-time.”Here’s Colin’s full rant:last_img read more

Aug
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Colin and Gottlieb look back at the NBA Draft

first_imgGuest: FS1 Basketball Analyst and Host of The Doug Gottlieb Show, Doug GottliebThis week, Colin is joined by Gottlieb to discuss to look back at the NBA Draft; if international players are over-hyped; why Grayson Allen could be a great fit in Utah; why draft night is dying.They also look at if the Lakers could make the playoffs by ONLY adding Paul George; and how the Spurs/Kawhi Leonard divorce will play out.Download and subscribe to The Herd: Saturday Special Podcast, exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or Apple Podcasts. Get your weekend Herd fix.last_img read more

Aug
30

New Services Can Give You a HotSpot On the Go

first_img 2 min read Listen Now High-speed 4G data service on your phone is great, but how about carrying a full-blown Wi-Fi hot spot with you wherever you go that can share your mobile data connection with all your devices–or even other users?Mobile providers like Verizon and Sprint are offering just that, with help from devices made by Novatel Wireless, Sierra Wireless, Samsung and others. These devices turn a 3G/4G wireless connection into a Wi-Fi signal that can be shared by multiple devices wherever you are: in an airport, on a train or at a client site. Typically, up to five devices can hop on the mobile hot spot and surf away.Devices and deals vary by service provider. Sprint was one of the first out of the gate with its Overdrive, charging $59.99 per month for mobile broadband service to power the device. (At press time, the operator said it was phasing out the Overdrive for a new hot spot product, presumably focused on its growing 4G network.) Verizon gives away its MiFi device, with monthly data plans starting at $35 for 3GB of data.These credit card-size devices aren’t new. Versions have been available for lower-speed 3G networks for some time. But as next-generation networks start to offer higher speeds (5Mbps on up), there’s finally enough bandwidth that sharing finally makes sense.In a twist, more highly capable smartphones have also changed the Wi-Fi sharing game. Many smartphones can now share their 3G/4G connections with others via Wi-Fi for a small price (typically about $20 on top of regular data plan charges).Feeling more adventurous? Users who “jailbreak” their iPhones or “root” their Android devices can find mobile apps that will let them share their data connections via Wi-Fi for free. But do so at your own risk, as such actions typically invalidate warranties and can make your device maker and mobile operator unhappy campers.After all, with legitimate options proliferating–and at reasonable prices–you don’t need to know how to muck with your phone’s software to get a hot spot on the go. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer This story appears in the April 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. March 22, 2011last_img read more