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Penashue resigns seat over election donations will run again

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue says he is resigning his cabinet post and Labrador seat over “ineligible donations” received by his election campaign.In a statement issued Thursday, Penashue said he plans to run in the ensuing byelection.“Due to mistakes that were made by an inexperienced volunteer in filing the Elections Canada return from the last campaign, I appointed a new official agent to work with Elections Canada to make any needed amendments to my campaign return,” said Penashue, in the statement. “During the examination we became aware the there were ineligible donations accepted by the former official agent.”The former Innu leader said that he was unaware of the problems with the donations, but in the interest of accountability will step down and run“I must be accountable to the people who elected me,” said Penashue. “In the by-election I will be asking the people of Labrador to re-elect me so that I can continue to deliver for Labrador.”No date for a by-election has been set.More to comelast_img read more

We did it as a team we did it as a brotherhood

first_imgShirley McLean APTN National NewsIt was a 700 kilometre journey spread out over nine days on the Yukon river with a group of people who had never met.The only common thread was the Elder who brought them all together.Miss Part 1? Elder leads group hundreds of kilometres down Yukon river in the Spirit Canoesmclean@aptn.calast_img

Ontario premier heading to Washington for NAFTA briefing this week

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford will travel to Washington this week for an update on NAFTA talks.Ford and Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson will meet Wednesday with federal officials carrying out trade negotiations in the U.S. capital, and also plan to meet with the Canadian Ambassador to the United States.The premier says in a statement that he plans to stress the need to protect Ontario workers in the steel, automotive, and agricultural sectors.Ford has previously said he supports federal efforts to renegotiate the trade deal with the United States and Mexico.Shortly after winning the spring election, Ford met with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canada’s ambassador to the United States, pledging his help in trade matters.Earlier this summer, Wilson travelled to Washington to testify before a U.S. Department of Commerce hearing on NAFTA, calling for balanced and fair trade between the two countries.“We will continue to do our part to protect Ontario workers in the automotive, steel and agricultural sectors,” Ford said in his statement Monday. “We expect our federal counterparts to do the same.”last_img read more

UN silent on appointment of Jagath Dias

On Sunday Human Rights Watch said Sri Lanka’s promotion of Jagath Dias, whose division was implicated in serious human rights abuses, casts doubt on government pledges to credibly investigate alleged war crimes. The United Nations (UN) refused to comment on the appointment of Major General Jagath C Dias as the new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army.Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was asked at a press conference if the UN had any comments on the post given to Jagath Dias despite some human rights allegations against him and since he may get listed in a UN Human Rights Council report on Sri Lanka. “I think first we’ll allow for the Human Rights Council itself to review the matter and pronounce themselves on that,” Farhan Haq said in response to the question. Maj. Gen. Jagath Dias, who led the Army’s 57th Division during the last two years of the civil war with the LTTE, was appointed army chief of staff, one of the armed forces’ highest post. Although effective May 7, 2015, the appointment was only made public on May 15.“Sri Lanka’s new government has promised genuine accountability for wartime abuses, but naming the general of an abusive unit the army chief of staff is a slap in the face for victims,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Members of the UN Human Rights Council expecting genuine accountability in Sri Lanka need to closely scrutinize the government’s actions.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Business receives international ranking

In a survey of deans from international schools of Business, Brock placed fourth in Canada in the Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links category.In the survey, 1,000 selected business school deans voted to give their recommendations about the schools. Country by country, they were asked the question: “Which business school(s) would you recommend to anyone wishing to study in this country?”These unprecedented rankings give a clear and exhaustive vision of the international and local influence of the selected business schools. read more

Two more nations ratify statute of International Criminal Court

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has “inched closer” to its entry into force after being ratified by two more countries – Ecuador and Portugal, a United Nations spokesman said today. Spokesman Fred Eckhard told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York that the treaty was now just eight ratifications shy of the 60 it needs to enter into force, after which the Court itself can be formally created. The text was opened for signature and ratification by States following a Conference held in Rome from 15 to 17 June 1998. At present 139 States have signed the treaty, although 87 have yet to take the more formal step of ratification. read more

NHS funding squeeze could see drugs firms leave Britain pharmaceutical industry warns

first_imgThe world’s biggest drugs firms could abandon Britain and delay launching medicines unless an extra £20 billion is pumped into the NHS, according to a leading pharmaceutical association. NHS funding squeeze could see drugs firms leave Britain, pharmaceutical industry warns The ABPI represents more than 100 medicine manufacturers in the UK including Pfizer and GSK.Ms Anson claimed that patients and firms will suffer from an NHS which “rations” treatments, and that firms were “happy to discuss” tax rises to fill the funding gap.Without an increase in healthcare spending, firms will not be able to carry out clinical trials or develop new drugs against existing treatments, if patients in Britain are not receiving the medicines in the first place, she suggested. She said: “If we are ambitious to have the life sciences sector, which is one of the key sectors of the UK economy, (as) world class then our aspiration should be to have a world-class NHS with world-class outcomes for patients.”This comes weeks after NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens revealed patients needing non-urgent operations faced a longer wait, in plans to save money as the health service handles a higher demand. 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. NHS funding squeeze could see drugs firms leave Britain, pharmaceutical industry warnscenter_img She told The Times: “Recent rationing signals are warning signs that we are eroding the… research environment and access to new medicines by eroding the competitiveness of a key sector for a short-term affordability issue.”She also warned that the UK would become a “desert for healthcare innovation”. NHS funding squeeze could see drugs firms leave Britain, pharmaceutical industry warnsCredit:Alamy NHS funding squeeze could see drugs firms leave Britain, pharmaceutical industry warnsCredit:Alamy The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is demanding an increase in health spending from 9.9 per cent to 11 per cent of GDP in “detailed” election campaign requests, which has prompted criticism of “special pleading” from Tory MPs.Lisa Anson, the new president of the ABPI, suggested that a funding squeeze on the health service could lead to an exodus of drugs firms from Britain, The Times reports.Ms Anson, who is also the head of drugs firm AstraZeneca, also said the future of the £30 billion life sciences sector could be in jeopardy.last_img read more

Girlfriend of shooter that hit woman in the neck says incident should

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We shouldn’t be attacked because of that – that’s nothing to do with us. We didn’t make anyone do anything.Facebook’s influenceWhen asked why she thought people were being vicious, she said that the reason was because a national broadcasting reporter had posted the story to Facebook. 28,484 Views I think it’s all because of that day when it went on Facebook straight away. That’s one thing I actually asked [the reporter] not to do was to put it up on Facebook and he went away and did that. 24 Comments Feb 17th 2017, 5:20 PM Image: Shutterstock/Julia von Siebenthal By Gráinne Ní Aodha Girlfriend of shooter that hit woman in the neck says incident should ‘be let go’ Gavin Sheehan’s girlfriend says she’s receiving threats on Facebook, and that the incident should be let go.center_img THE GIRLFRIEND OF a Corkman convicted of shooting at a house and seriously injuring a young woman, has said she’s not happy about how people are talking about Sheehan online.Gavin Sheehan, aged 30, of Laurel Ridge Estate, Shanakiel, Co Cork was sentenced to 14 years in prison after shooting at a house in May 2016 where 21-year-old Ciara Sheehan (no relation) was hit in the neck.The woman survived the attack, but has expressed in court that she’s traumatised by the incident. It’s also been reported that Gavin Sheehan’s parents have been threatened.In an interview with PJ Coogan’s Opinion Line on Cork’s 96FM, Sheehan’s girlfriend Megan told the show that she knew what her boyfriend did was wrong, but that she thinks “it should be let go”  threats are being made online and he’s serving his sentence. Image: Shutterstock/Julia von Siebenthal Oh I know that’s not fair I admitted it myself, I should’ve just let the people say what they wanted to say about Gavin, leave them to comment themselves, but it’s the fact that they made him out to be worse than what he actually is.“Now I know nobody should have been shot, nobody deserves to be shot that as a disgrace, my heart goes out to the girl. Gav mightn’t have shown remorse but I do show remorse. All I want to do is get on with my life.”(Megan was referring to a comment made during Sheehan’s trial, where it was said that he showed no remorse for his crime.)Megan then said that although she would be the exact same as Ciara’s mother if her baby had been shot, that “there are two sides to every story and Gavin’s parents are very sick and very worried about their safety and their lives”.“I’m after being threatened myself on Facebook, I’m after getting onto the guards about it. Friday 17 Feb 2017, 5:20 PM Share Tweet Email I knew if it went up on Facebook that it’d escalate and people all over the world would be commenting, which is actually what is happening.She said that he’s the only reporter to have posted the story to Facebook and that none of the other outlets have it up.The journalist was then threatened by commenters, Megan says, because he seemed to be ‘posting the worst about it’.“I really am sorry for what I said, I shouldn’t have said it. All I was thinking about was my baby and if she’d ever see her dad again, that’s all I was worried about. I apologise.”Read: ‘Enough is enough’ – Appeals for calm after innocent woman shot in Cork estate There was threats made [online], I admit I did make a threat because my baby is only 10 months old and my boyfriend is after getting a 14-year jail sentence.The presenter Coogan said that he’d spoken to Ciara’s mom, who told him some of the things Megan and others been posting on Facebook about Ciara. http://jrnl.ie/3245701 last_img read more

Vancouver man arrested in Kelso convenience store slaying had long criminal history

first_imgD’Anthony Leslie Williams, 19, appeared Thursday morning in Cowlitz County Superior Court where Judge Stephen Warning found probable cause to hold him at the Cowlitz County Jail without bail until a bail hearing Jan. 31.Williams was arrested Wednesday night in Camas and booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. He could face life in prison, but prosecutors declined to say what penalty they may pursue against him.It’s unlikely Williams would face the death penalty if he is convicted of killing 30-year-old Chapman. In 2014, Gov. Jay Inslee suspended capital punishment in Washington, and the state Supreme Court found the practice unconstitutional last year.Nevertheless, cries for as much punishment as possible surfaced in the community Thursday. Kelso resident Curtis Hart started circulating a petition on Facebook calling on Cowlitz County Prosecutor Ryan Jurvakainen to offer “NO DEALS — NO PLEA BARGAINS” for Williams. It had accrued more than 1,000 signatures by Thursday afternoon. KELSO — The Vancouver man suspected of killing Kayla Chapman in an early-morning robbery Tuesday at Holt’s Quik Chek Market has an extensive criminal history, including burglary, theft and assault charges as a juvenile.last_img read more

Boy found safe after going missing in Little Havana

first_img8 year-old Jose Bamaca Medina who had been reported missing has been located in good condition and reunited with his family. @MDCrimeStoppers pic.twitter.com/rPwg698VqY— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) March 11, 2018At around 6:15 p.m., police confirmed the child had been found and reunited with his family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A boy who went missing in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, Sunday afternoon, has been located safely.In a tweet, City of Miami Police said 8-year-old Jose Bamaca Medina had been last seen along Southwest Eighth Street, between 13th and 14th avenues, just before 5 p.m.last_img read more

Vanity Fair Introduces a Metered Paywall

first_imgIt’s also notable that, as Condé Nast aggressively chases scale, it continues to place its preeminent viral content producers behind paywalls. Chief revenue officer Pam Drucker Mann told employees earlier this month that the company again hit records for digital and social audiences in February, and that its digital revenues will equal its print revenues in the second quarter.Instituting a paywall at VF.com had reportedly been a goal of Jones’s predecessor, longtime editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, before he revealed plans to step down last fall after 25 years running the magazine.Elsewhere at the company, Golf Digest unveiled a new subscription-based instructional video product, Golf Digest All Access ($99-per-year), on April 2. Vanity Fair is the latest magazine to place its online content behind a soft paywall in a bid to drum up more consumer-driven revenue.The Radhika Jones-led title becomes the third at Condé Nast to institute a metered paywall, following The New Yorker in 2014 and Wired earlier this year. Like Wired, Vanity Fair will allow visitors to read up to four articles for free each month, after which they’ll be asked to subscribe for an annual fee of $19.99—the same price for both print-and-digital or digital-only subscriptions.Continuing a trend carried over from last year, Vanity Fair is staking its value to readers on the critical role it plays in the current news climate.“At a moment when quality journalism is not a luxury, but a necessity, your commitment will enable us to invest in our reporting, writing, photography, and video, expanding into new areas and onto new platforms, with you, our core reader and viewer, clearly in focus,” Jones told readers in a note announcing the change. “We cannot do it without you.”last_img read more

Songwriting Prompts Help Yourself Write Better And Faster

first_img Twitter Facebook Songwriting Prompts: Help Yourself Write Better And Faster Email While there’s no substitute for pure inspiration, prompts can help sharpen your songwriting skills so you’re ready when it strikesNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 3, 2017 – 6:33 pm The phenomenon of songwriting has been called many things: a miracle, a muscle, a mystery, a calling, a challenge, and even a science. While honing your command of the craft is a lifelong pursuit, there are some exercises that can advance you down the path toward being as ready as possible when inspirations strikes.One tack toward improvement is the use of songwriting prompts, as Nashville, Tenn.-based songwriter Sarah Spencer points out in her recent SongFancy blog post. The process involves taking a topic, concept or phrase and building a song around it. Many songwriters rely on this approach to force themselves out of a creative rut, try something new or even (gulp) write for fun.Contrived as it may seem to contaminate pure inspiration with a forced prompt, Spencer points out the many benefits of the process, focusing on the departure it provides from your rote habits and patterns.”When you’ve been writing for a while, you’ll find yourself using some of the same old words or techniques over and over again,” Spencer says. “You’ll have a collection of go-to metaphors, phrases you use when it’s convenient, etc. … When you write from a songwriting prompt, it encourages new ways of thinking and gets you out of old habits and overused material.”Additionally, songwriting prompts can help you write quicker and be more prepared for the dynamic and often demanding situation of co-writing. By providing some distance between the writer and the material, creative decisions can — and often have to — be made using a cool combination of gut, poise and wit.Joining a songwriting group that meets regularly with new prompts each time can springboard your creative output, build your confidence and even surprise yourself. Spencer even hosts a “5 in 5 Song Challenge,” giving songwriters everywhere a chance to jump into the world of songwriting prompts head first.In a perfect world, songwriters can allow the natural forces and instincts that visit them to shape their creative output, as this is where much of the magic truly comes from for the greatest artists of our time. But for the working songwriter focused on building their command of the craft and broadening their arsenal of techniques, the effort of writing to prompts can pay back in spades.Home Studio Slip-Ups: 10 Common Mistakes And How To Fix Them Want To Improve Your Songwriting? Try This … songwriting-prompts-help-yourself-write-better-and-faster News last_img read more

When Mukesh Ambani stopped his car in the middle of the road

first_imgIt’s not just Bollywood movies where we get to see the dreamiest of proposals, in real life too, celebrities have often surprised their loved ones with their unique proposals. The way business magnate, Mukesh Ambani proposed to the love-of-his-life Nita Ambani, will remain one of the sweetest celebrity proposals ever.Even back then, Nita Ambani was a renowned Bharatnatyam dancer. Her beauty coupled with her immaculate grace and poise had impressed Dhirubhai Ambani and Kokilaben. Even before meeting her in person, they both had made up their mind to bring her home as their daughter-in-law. In a rendezvous with Simi Garewal, Mukesh Ambani had revealed that it was Dhirubhai Ambani who made the first call to Nita’s home and when he introduced himself, she found it hard to believe. Later, Dhirubhai spoke to Nita’s father, the families met and both the families agreed to the holy matrimony.A confident and highly passionate Nita Ambani, wanted to continue her passion of teaching kids and dancing, post marriage. And the Ambanis were more than happy to oblige. Even till date, Nita Ambani is an active member of the Ambani school apart from being a philanthropist. Nita and Mukesh met a couple of times before their wedding date. Both, Nita and Mukesh had a hectic life hence, finding some quality time to spend with each other was not that easy for the two.Nita was never smitten by the amount of wealth or property the Ambanis had. All she wanted was a husband who could share her thoughts with her and support her in moving ahead in life and doing something for the society. Once, Mukesh Ambani even travelled with Nita in a local bus on her demand. This was the moment that touched Nita’s heart. It was Mukesh Ambani’s simplicity and love for her that moved her completely and she fell in love with him too.In a true-blue filmy style, Mukesh Ambani was once driving Nita around town in his car when he stopped the car and popped the question. Nita, taken aback by the suddenness of the situation, took a few seconds to reply but in the meantime Ambani said, “Tell me now or I won’t start the car.” This gesture not only made Nita say yes but also left a hearty smile on her face.So many decades later, the couple is still head-over-heels in love with each other and their chemistry can still give many other celebrity couples a run for their money.last_img read more

Banning PUBG in India violates constitutional rights IFF files PIL in Gujarat

first_imgPUBG Mobile ban in India is one of the most controversial topics of recent times. While some people are strongly protesting against the game due to its influence on kids and youngsters, there are others who find it absurd. But one of the biggest advocates of Internet freedom has joined the battle against those who seek PUBG’s ban.Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) has fought major battles on Net Neutrality front and successfully led campaigns like “Save The Internet” and now the Indian digital liberties organisation is fighting a real battle to save the royale battle game. To that extent, the organisation has filed a PIL against the PUBG ban before the Gujarat High Court.PUBG Mobile was temporarily banned in several cities in Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Bhavnagar. Players who played the game during the ban were arrested and tens of students and adults were booked for violating Commissioner order under Section 35 in Rajkot. While the ban is no longer in effect in those cities, the IFF noted that “PIL there is nothing stopping it legally from happening.”According to the IFF, banning PUBG in India violates Articles 14 of “equality before the law,” Article 19 that protects freedom of speech rights and Article 21 that states “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to a procedure established by law.” Under the Constitution. PUBG Mobile ban in IndiaIBTimes India”To us, the PUBG Ban is fuelled by moral panic and the harms from video games require scientific study and then non-legal methods of engagement. We, at IFF, promise to keep fighting against such arbitrary and disproportionate bans,” IFF said in a Reddit post.IFF also pointed out that the PIL is being represented by a litigation team consisting of Asim Pandya and Manan Bhatt. Also, the matter is expected to be listed for hearing in a week or two. Interested folks can keep a track of the progress of this case on Reddit or via official IFF website.The IFF is not only fighting PUBG Mobile ban in India, but it has also raised a voice against the recent ban imposed by Madras High Court on TikTok. The organisation said it would approach the high court to overrule the ban on TikTok. A general view of the atmosphere during the TikTok US launch celebration at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Joe Scarnici/Getty Images”It often seems we are in the throes of a social (media-moral) panic. Within the space of a month, we have seen the ban of PUBG in Gujarat by police departments and now the Hon’ble Madras High Court has banned TikTok. We are in the process of conferring with legal counsel and will be taking steps to ensure that the fundamental rights of internet users are considered by the Court,” IFF issued the statement. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/1:27Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:24?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Watch: PM Modi’s PUBG Game comment makes everyone laugh at ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0’last_img read more

Republicans And Democrats Seek Path To DACA Deal In Coming Weeks

first_img Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesPeople who call themselves DREAMers protest in front of the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol to urge Congress in passing a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on December 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C.The DREAM Act has failed to pass when Democrats have held complete control of government; when Republicans have held all the cards; and in periods when the two parties have split control of the White House, Senate and House.But lawmakers from both parties hope to secure permanent legal status for people protected by the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals , or DACA, program and they are trying to achieve some sort of solution over the next two weeks.DACA is set to expire in early March, but most advocates agree that the upcoming Jan. 19 government funding deadline is likely the best remaining window to cut a deal that grants some sort of permanent protection to the roughly 700,000 DACA enrollees — people in the country illegally who entered the U.S. as children.Whether or not something passes will likely hinge on two key questions: How far Democrats are willing go to force a vote, and whether President Trump will compromise on his demands for a border wall.In order to get a bill on the House and Senate floors, Democrats may have to embrace a position that many party leaders aren’t too comfortable with: brinkmanship over a government shutdown in order to achieve their goal.Democrats opted not to play that card in the days before Christmas, when the last government funding deadline came, went and was solved by a short-term resolution keeping things running through mid-January. That frustrated activist groups like United We Dream, which branded Senate Democrats who voted for the continuing resolution as the “Deportation Caucus.”It’s a criticism President Trump latched onto in recent days, tweeting that “Democrats are doing nothing for DACA — just interested in politics.” He went on to predict that “DACA activists and Hispanics” will start “falling in love with” Trump and the GOP — a prediction that ignores the fact that it was Trump who set the early March expiration date for the program in order to force congressional action. It’s also not clear how Trump could have DACA activists love him while holding onto his base, some of whom burned their “Make America Great Again” hats when Trump broached a possible deal on the program with Democrats last year.Democrats are doing nothing for DACA – just interested in politics. DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start “falling in love” with Republicans and their President! We are about RESULTS.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018Since Trump announced in September that the DACA program would be ending, Democrats have repeatedly and loudly called for a fast-tracked vote to make it permanent. “[Republicans] are saying, ‘well, we can wait until March,’” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in December. “Well, we can’t. And as I said to them, that is an act of cruelty to say you can wait until March when people are losing their status every day.”But, so far, they haven’t used the leverage Trump handed them in September, when he agreed to a government funding deal that expired at the end of 2017.It’s still not clear whether they’ll use it in January. It’s also not clear what Trump would want to see in a final immigration deal.In early September, it seemed like Trump, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had struck the broad outlines of a deal: trade a permanent DACA fix for increased border security that would not include Trump’s signature campaign promise of a coast-to-coast wall on the southern border with Mexico.But that infuriated immigration hard-liners like Rep. Steve King, R- Iowa. “I know the people that were strong Trump supporters, that were on his bandwagon early on,” King said after the preliminary deal was made public. “They came on board because: build a wall, enforce the border, enforce immigration law, no amnesty ever. And if they see amnesty coming out of the White House, then that’s the one thing that will crack his base.”So Trump quickly backtracked, insisting his wall would have to be part of any deal.About a month later, the White House added to those demands, saying any agreement would also have to include major changes to legal immigration policies as well. Trump wants to swap policies that prioritize family ties, often referred to as “chain migration,” for a system that emphasizes the skills individual immigrants would bring to the country. That’s a shift Democrats say they won’t support.Negotiators have two weeks to figure out a deal — and perhaps just as importantly, Trump has two weeks to figure out what he’ll demand.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday May 22

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWEAA and First Edition reports 17 pharmacies were looted during the Baltimore uprising last month, and some believe the subsequent deluge of prescription drugs on the streets of the city may be fueling this most recent surge of homicides and non-fatal shootings. We’ll explore all angles of this story with our experts and regular contributors Stephen Janis, Taya Graham and AFRO reporter Roberto Alejandro coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

MIT creates glassesfree 3D for theaters

first_imgIt’s not easy to say for certain whether 3D movies are The Next Big Thing, or represent a passing fad that’s lingered on for a bit longer than most. Either way, researchers are hard at work cutting down some of the barriers that have made 3D screens tedious to use in the past.Unless you’re rocking a 3DS, chances are pretty good that you’ve had to use glasses to achieve the 3D effect. These work by filtering out polarized light for each eye. Projectors or LCD’s can use that to polarize images and show a slightly different perspective to each of the wearer’s eye. There are big downsides, however.These glasses can be expensive, plus they’re one more barrier between you and movie-watching. Want to invite a bunch of friends over to watch the latest flick in 3D? Better hope you happen to have a bunch of spare sets. Many die-hard movie fans and critics (like the late Roger Ebert) also criticized the glasses for making films seem dimmer — a side effect of filtering out half the light that would normally reach each eye. So, what to do?The Massachusetts Institute of Technology thinks it has an answer. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) in conjunction with Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, just finished a prototype for a new display type called Cinema 3D. It uses of an array of lenses and mirrors that can present a 3D image to anyone sitting anywhere in the theater.Unfortunately, this kind of set-up only works if the people seated are relatively still. So traditional movie theaters are fine, but don’t expect these displays to be available in your home, ever, essentially. Each screen would require a precise arrangement of lenses to send an image to each individual seat position. Again, in a theater where the layout is known, this isn’t a big deal. But in the home or anywhere else people move around, get popcorn, etc. and don’t come back to sit in the exact same spot, it simply doesn’t work.Cost is another huge concern. MIT professor Wojciech Matusik says that he’s not sure it will ever be financially feasible, adding, “We are optimistic that this is an important next step in developing glasses-free 3D for large spaces like movie theaters and auditoriums.”Right now the team only has a prototype that’s about the size of a standard sheet of paper, but they believe that, in time, they could scale it up to any size. No word yet on if this eases the problems many other viewers have with 3D, namely motion sickness and headaches.last_img read more

Company looking to market genetically modified apples runs into opposition

first_img © 2012 Phys.org 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. To do so, they have voluntarily submitted them to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Safety Inspection Agency (CFSIA). The process for both is to first undergo a 60 day public comment period then secondly to have the product tested for health and safety. The CFSIA has already completed the comment period and will begin the safety inspection phase shortly. Meanwhile, opposition to the GM apples has grown. In a survey taken in Canada, sixty nine percent of 1,501 people polled said they would not support the approval of GM apples in their country. Across the border, the US Apple Association has announced its opposition to the sale of such apples, suggesting it would taint the image of apples grown in the United States.Okanagan Specialty Fruits maintains that the apples are not only safe, but would help improve sales of apples as they note that consumption of fresh apples in the US has fallen from an average of twenty pounds a year to just sixteen. They note that many people shy away from taking on a whole apple, but go for slices, but only those that haven’t turned brown. They say also that because grocery chains refuse apples that have browned due to bruising, non-browning apples would mean more money for growers.The process of modifying the apples, first developed in Australia by a team working with potatoes, involves placing an extra copy of a gene already in the apple that activates a self-defense mechanism that causes the gene responsible for the production of polyphenol oxidase, which is responsible for browning, to shut down. Okanagan Specialty Fruits has thus far developed just two varieties, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith which it plans to market under the name The Arctic Apple once they receive approval. Unfortunately for them, the Northwest Horticultural Council, which represents the fruit tree industry in Washington State, home to nearly sixty percent of the apples grown in the US, is also opposed to the idea. They say they don’t believe the apples are dangerous but believe it would be in the best interest of the apple industry to maintain the apple’s image as a natural healthy food.If approved the apples would represent the first genetically modified food sold directly to consumers in the United States. Other genetically modified food has been sold to the public for almost twenty years, but they have all appeared as processed ingredients. Explore further More information: www.arcticapples.comcenter_img (Phys.org) — Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed two varieties of genetically modified (GM) apples that don’t turn brown when cut, and wants to market them. Found – the apple gene for red Citation: Company looking to market genetically modified apples runs into opposition (2012, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-company-genetically-apples-opposition.htmllast_img read more

How Santa came to be who he is

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite We all know him as the fat, friendly man in the red suit with the white beard, on whose lap we can sit and tell him what we want for Christmas, but do you really know how Santa came to be?The story of Santa Claus starts in the fourth century. He was a real man whose actual name was Saint Nicholas. He was elected to be a bishop in Turkey. Most stories about him were of his generosity. In the time he lived, young women had to have a dowry they had to present to the man she wished to marry. St Nicholas wanted to help a poor man who had three daughters, but wished to stay anonymous as he did not want praise for it. So he threw a bag of gold down the man’s chimney.He continued carrying out these random acts of kindness. The man later discovered it was St Nicholas who had helped and this is how his reputation and future role as Santa Claus began.The red and white suit Santa wears came from St Nicolas’ red and white robe he wore as a bishop.last_img read more

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