Rough seas complicate situation for cargo boat stranded off Newfoundland coast

first_imgInclement weather is causing a dangerous situation as crews try to tow a disabled cargo ship to safety near the coast of Newfoundland, says a Canadian Coast Guard official.MV Baby Leeyn, a 132-metre cargo ship with nearly 300 tons of fuel onboard, ran into engine trouble just after midnight Sunday when it was 15 kilometres south of Cape St. Mary.Larry Crann, a senior response officer with the Canadian Coast Guard, said the vessel was drifting in the ocean Sunday afternoon in what he called a “fluid” situation because of rough sea conditions.The owner of MV Baby Leeyn has hired a tug boat, but Crann said the conditions make it difficult to safely attach the disabled ship.“The biggest challenge for us right now is the safety of the people who are on board and the safety of the crew that’s trying to attach the tow line,” he said.Gusting winds in the area created waves about three metres tall on Sunday, Crann added.The coast guard has hired a second tug boat and have sent one of their own ships to assist with the situation in case any complications arise.Crann said that in the current conditions, a tug boat would have to move very slowly back to port if they are able to get a tow line attached.“Right now we’re just monitoring the situation and getting updates from the tug on site,” he said. “It’s hard to say how long it’ll take because of the sea state.”Crann said the vessel was not on a collision course with land as of Sunday afternoon.MV Baby Leeyn was not carrying any cargo when it left port from Argentia, N.L, on Saturday night.last_img read more

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The Mountain Between Us Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba Fatal Vision

first_imgThe Mountain Between Us (Feature)The Mountain Between Us is based on a novel of the same name written by Charles Martin. The story follows 2 strangers, a man and woman, who decide to take a charter plane after their original flight is delayed due to bad weather. Things go from bad to worse after their charter plane crashes and leaves them stranded on a mountain. Although they survived the crash, the two are forced to work together in order to survive the wildness and temperatures well below freezing.Production kicked off at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on December 5th where, ironically, several flights were delayed due to winter weather conditions.The following day filming took place on a plane and in a hangar at Abbotsford International Airport. Unlike their first day, the weather was clear and beautiful with Mount Baker very prominent in the background. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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UN experts urge States to do more to respect rights of detainees

6 October 2008A group of 13 independent United Nations experts today urged that the human rights of the millions of detainees worldwide be respected, as the world body begins a week-long campaign aimed at stepping up pressure on States, parliaments and other bodies to abolish, or at least reduce, arbitrary and unlawful detention. “Deprivation of liberty as such, whether lawful or not, makes persons extremely vulnerable to a broad range of human rights violations,” the experts said in a statement issued today at the start of Dignity and Justice for Detainees Week – a global initiative launched by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The initiative, which runs until 12 October, also seeks to ensure that conditions in prisons and other places of detention are brought in line with minimum international standards. The experts, all mandate holders of the Special Procedures of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, visit places of detention in many countries and receive information from all around the world. “A serious problem we encounter is that often there are no proper records of those deprived of liberty, or, worse, they are held in places of detention that are not officially recognized,” they stated.“It is also of great concern that many people should not be deprived of their liberty at all, since their detention is arbitrary. Others are being detained solely on the basis of administrative orders unrelated to the criminal justice system, for example irregular migrants.”In addition to migrants, other groups that are often illegally detained are people with disabilities, refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as journalists, human rights defenders and political activists.Announcing the initiative last week, High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay stressed it is time to take more effective action to reduce this “hidden, large-scale violation of human rights,” noting that the number of people around the world who are believed to be held in some form of detention that is unjust or inappropriate runs into the millions.In their statement, the experts noted that persons deprived of their liberty run an increased risk of being subjected to torture and ill-treatment, and in some extreme cases, to enforced disappearance. “The range of forms of violence we have witnessed in detention facilities is wide and includes beatings and electroshocks to various parts of the body, threats, stress positions, burning, putting needles under fingernails, shooting, water boarding and sexual violence. Unfortunately this is by no means an exhaustive list, and new methods keep being invented,” they stated. “Since violations of detainees’ rights by definition take place behind closed doors and, in many places, no effective channels exist to denounce them, injustice done to detainees all too often remains unknown of and unaccounted for,” the experts added.The group called on all States to do all they can to ensure that detainees are treated with respect and dignity. “We also appeal to States to provide for effective complaints and monitoring mechanisms in places of detention, including efficient avenues to challenge the legality of detention and access to legal counsel, with a view to making human rights a reality for them.” read more

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Nobel laureate launches UNbacked truth commission in Solomon Islands

28 April 2009Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu is set to launch the United Nations-backed Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the Solomon Islands, which will help to bring peace to communities still divided by violence during five years of civil unrest. “Reconciliation is the number one priority of the government, as it affects the ability of thousands of Solomon Islanders to participate fully in social, cultural and economic life,” said Knut Ostby, the UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative designate of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for Solomon Islands. The Commission will for the first time provide a forum for victims and perpetrators to speak publicly about the violence that took place from 1998 to 2003, according to a UNDP news release.The signing of the Townsville Peace Agreement in 2000 and the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands in 2003 – an international peacekeeping and development mission – brought an end to active conflict and restored law and order. However, outstanding grievances remain unresolved in a society which still places high value on traditional means of reconciliation over formal judicial proceedings, UNDP stated.The Commission is an independent body, comprising three national and two international commissioners. It is supported by, among others, the Governments of Solomon Islands, Australia and New Zealand; the European Commission; the International Centre for Transitional Justice; the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and UNDP.Archbishop Tutu, who arrived in the capital, Honiara, today to officially launch the new body, is deeply revered in the largely Anglican South Pacific country, both for his role in chairing his own country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and for his commitment to promoting human rights and opposing racism. “We are truly fortunate to have one of the elder statesmen of truth commissions and victims’ rights here to assist with the formal opening of the Solomon Islands Commission,” said Mr. Ostby. “UNDP is proud to support this initiative.” read more

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US House of Representatives to strengthen USLanka ties

During the visit, the delegation will meet with the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Speaker of the Parliament, numerous Parliament members, and civil society.  The delegation in Sri Lanka is led by HDP Chairman, Congressman Peter Roskam (Republican-Illinois) and includes Ranking Member Congressman David Price (Democrat-North Carolina), Congressman Gerry Connolly (Democrat-Virginia), and Congressman Adrian Smith (Republican-Nebraska). The HDP is a bipartisan, twenty-member commission of the US House of Representatives that works directly with partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions. A bipartisan delegation from the US House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP).The US Embassy in Colombo said the HDP delegation is pleased to continue the important partnership begun with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the US House of Representatives and the Parliament of Sri Lanka on September 14, 2016 in Washington D.C.  The visit serves to underscore the strong bipartisan support for Sri Lanka in the US Congress.  “This visit by our nation’s elected representatives in Congress shows that bipartisan support for strong US-Sri Lankan ties is robust across the branches of the U.S. government,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap. read more

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McDonalds to serve chicken raised without human antibiotics milk not treated with

by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2015 8:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email McDonald’s to serve chicken raised without human antibiotics, milk not treated with hormone FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, file photo, the McDonald’s Golden Arches logo at a McDonald’s restaurant is covered with snow in Robinson Township, Pa. McDonald’s on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 said it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – McDonald’s says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.The company says its suppliers will still be able to use a type of antibiotic called ionophores that keeps chickens healthy and isn’t used in humans. Later this year, McDonald’s also said it will no longer serve milk from cows treated with a particular artificial growth hormone.Many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their livestock antibiotics to make them grow faster and ensure they are healthy. The practice has become a public health issue, with officials saying it can lead to germs becoming resistant to drugs so that the drugs are no longer effective in treating a particular illness in humans.Chipotle and Panera already say they serve chicken raised without antibiotics, but the announcement by McDonald’s is notable because of its size; the company has more than 14,000 U.S. locations. Chipotle has nearly 1,800 locations, while Panera has almost 1,900 locations.“This really does move the ball quite a bit,” said Gail Hansen, a senior officer with the antibiotic resistance project with The Pew Charitable Trusts. Hansen said that ionophores, the antibiotics that will be allowed by McDonald’s, are not considered medically important for humans.Hansen noted the poultry industry had already been moving away from the use of antibiotics used in human medicine, which likely made the decision by McDonald’s easier.McDonald’s noted that while suppliers can still use medically important antibiotics to treat sick animals, those animals would not be used in its food supply Marion Gross, senior vice-president of McDonald’s North America’s supply chain, said the change will cost the company more but noted the increase won’t necessarily be passed on to customers because several factors are used to determine restaurant prices.“I think you will hear more from us as it relates to our food,” Gross added.The announcement comes as McDonald’s Corp. struggles to transform its image amid intensifying competition from smaller rivals positioning themselves as more wholesome alternatives.The company has long battled negative perceptions about its food, but that has become a bigger vulnerability as more people shift toward options they feel are made with ingredients that are higher quality or meet standards on social responsibility.After seeing customer visits to U.S. stores decline two years in a row, McDonald’s had recently hinted that changes could be on the way. Franchisees were told of the upcoming chicken and milk announcement Tuesday at a “Turnaround Summit” in Las Vegas.Scott Taylor, a McDonald’s franchisee who was at the conference, said ingredients are “becoming more and more important” to customers and that McDonald’s has suggested more changes could be in store.In a statement, chicken supplier Tyson Inc. said it looks forward to working with McDonald’s to meet its new standards. Tyson noted it has reduced the use of antibiotics effective in humans by more than 84 per cent since 2011. The National Chicken Council also said in a statement that chicken producers have been working to phase out the use of antibiotics important in human medicine to promote growth in animals.Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said McDonald’s plan to sell milk produced without rBST was also a good step because the artificial growth hormone can cause health problems in dairy cows.As McDonald’s fights to hold onto customers, the company has also made a number of leadership changes. The pressures reached the top of the company in late January, when McDonald’s said CEO Don Thompson would be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, its chief brand officer.The CEO change officially took effect this week, and Easterbrook was at the franchisee summit in Las Vegas.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi read more

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Poll Should uniformed gardaí be allowed have beards

first_img Short URL By Garreth MacNamee YesNoNo opinionVote Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Poll: Should uniformed gardaí be allowed have beards? Currently, gardaí must be clean-shaven while on duty. 126 Comments THE GARDA REPRESENTATIVE Association (GRA) national conference is underway in Galway.The body, which represents over 10,000 rank-and-file officers, is to debate 32 motions over the next two days. Some relate to serious issues like how prepared the force is for a potential terror attack.Others are not so pressing.One motion being put forward by the Kildare branch of the GRA is a vote to change garda rules to allow members the “personal preference of the wearing of a beard on duty”.Currently, wearing a beard if you are a uniformed officer is not allowed.So today, we’re asking: Should uniformed gardaí be allowed have beards?  No (6481) 39,305 Views Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 8:05 AMcenter_img Apr 25th 2017, 8:05 AM Poll Results: http://jrnl.ie/3356841 Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie No opinion (1776) Yes (14667) Share186 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Veteran BBC journalists family takes on pharmaceutical titan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram If you’ve tuned into the BBC World Service for news of Greece over the past two decades, you’ll be familiar with the work of Malcolm Brabant. A veteran foreign correspondent and long-term Greece stringer for the BBC, Brabant hasn’t filed many stories over past months. It’s a conspicuous absence, given his old-school dedication to the news and his in-depth understanding of the Greek political landscape. So, where has he been? Turns out, he’s been fighting for his life. Brabant’s wife, author Trine Villemann, says Brabant suffered an acute adverse reaction to a routine travel vaccination received in April this year. As a prerequisite for an Ivory Coast assignment with UNICEF, Brabant attended the Vaccination Centre East Attica in Pallini, Athens for a yellow fever shot. The Centre is a regional, administrative office, not a medical facility. He was injected with Stamaril, a yellow fever vaccine produced by Sanofi Pasteur, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. Within twenty-four hours, the Brabant family’s nightmare had begun. According to Villemann, Brabant became ill very rapidly, developing a high fever and violent shivering. He was admitted to the Igea Hospital in Athens, into the care of Professor Giamarellou (a prominent infectious diseases specialist) and her team. The high fever persisted and he became increasingly anxious and agitated, developing insomnia. Eventually, Professor Giamarellou and her team were able to bring the fever under control, but Brabant’s mental health continued to deteriorate and he was transferred to a psychiatric clinic in Athens, suffering severe psychosis. Brabant recovered sufficiently from this episode to return home to his family, but he is currently hospitalised in Copenhagen, receiving further treatment, undergoing a battery of tests and suffering his third psychotic event since his Stamaril vaccination in April. Villemann says, ‘Before the Stamaril vaccination my husband was a happy, bouncy and healthy journalist and father of four. Now he is severely depressed, has psychotic episodes and among other things has suffered several embolisms in his lungs. I have consulted two independent experts, who strongly believe that the subject Stamaril batch was contaminated. Villemann says Sanofi Pasteur repeatedly ignored her requests for information, until she began a public internet campaign to demand answers. Sanofi Pasteur was flooded with emails and demands to provide Villemann with information, and to address the safety of the batch of Stamaril administered to her husband in Greece. ‘First, Sanofi Pasteur claimed there were no other reports of adverse events stemming from the batch in question, but on Wednesday they admitted in an email to me that there are other reports of adverse events from the same batch of vaccine. ‘According to Sanofi Pasteur’s own information supplied to me, 120 000 doses of vaccine from this batch have been distributed to countries like Denmark, Finland, Holland and the U.K – plus Greece, where my husband had his jab. ‘Sanofi Pasteur claims no safety issues came to light during the quality control of this batch of vaccine, but they have not answered my repeated question as to whether they’ve taken a physical sample of the batch in Greece and tested it – or if they have checked that the vaccine was transported and stored correctly. ‘Sanofi Pasteur says it has investigated my husband’s extremely severe adverse event, but where is the proof of that investigation? And why are they not sharing their findings with us, his family? ‘With the batch of vaccine having been distributed to so many countries, there is in my view a serious public safety issue here. Nobody else should have to endure the suffering my husband is going through if it can be prevented. I will not rest until we find out why Stamaril turned my once so healthy and happy husband into a very sick man.’Malcolm Brabant continues to battle for his health. Though he’s not filing reports at the present time, he is, unfortunately, still making the news.last_img read more

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A dedicated player has finished Pokémon Go

first_imgIn just two short weeks, a Reddit user known as ftb_hodor has done the seemingly impossible and captured every available digital creature in Pokémon Go. However, despite capturing 142 Pokémon, the user hasn’t technically captured them all.According to the Reddit user’s game, he walked 153km during his Pokémon hunt. Walking nearly 96 miles to catch Pokémon is impressive already, but the user says that he actually walked more than that. While playing, he used a separate health app that says he walked 129.04 miles (roughly 200km) during his travels. Whatever the case may be, it cannot be argued that the user is in better shape now than when they first started playing.As for the elusive Pokémon mentioned earlier, the ones missing from the user’s collection are: Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, Ditto, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, and Mew. The last six of those are supposedly the rarest Pokémon in the game and there is no record of them naturally appearing anywhere in the world. The first three of those, however, are believed to be region specific. Farfetch’d is supposedly an Asian exclusive, Kangaskhan resides in Oceanic territories, and Mr. Mime can be found in Western Europe.Unless ftb_hodor plans to travel outside of the United States to catch those region-specific Pokémon, he can take a much deserved respite after completing such a long journey. This user is the first, but certainly won’t be the last person to complete Pokémon Go. That is, until Nintendo updates the mobile game with a fresh batch of new monsters for people to collect. There are hundreds more to choose from. Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><>last_img read more

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Last Cabinet Meeting Drones too expensive says Independent Candidate

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 6, 2016 – Tomorrow December 7 is the final meeting of Cabinet until after the 2016 General Elections and in the previous sitting; much was discussed including testing for drone surveillance.‘The War Room’ host and independent candidate running at large, Jasmin Walkin said the cost of introducing drones is underestimated by the Premier.“These are numbers that I’ve found on several websites regarding surveillance and border control drones. Those drones can cause from twenty-five hundred to thirty-five hundred per flight, what do I mean by that, that’s not the cost of the purchasing of the drones, that is the operational cost per hour. An average of a few thousand dollars per flight hour, and we’re asking for 24 hours surveillance. The daily operational cost of one drone, could be seventy-two thousand dollars, by twelve hours per day, we’re looking at thirty-six thousand dollars. The total cost of one operational surveillance drone, will be twenty-six million, two hundred and eighty thousand dollars.”Tonight, most of the independent candidates appear on Digicel Network Ch2 in a national debate moderated by Kenrick Walters and Sabrina Parker. #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

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Grossmont College Police Academy cadet become rookie cop at age 73

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Lauren Phinney 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) — Brian Duncan has wanted to be a cop for as long as he could remember, but for the 73-year-old El Cajon resident, that wish has remained an unrequited dream.At least until now.He is one of 15 cadets to be graduating Friday from Grossmont College’s 32nd Police Academy and he has his sights set next on joining the El Cajon Police Department as a reserve officer.“Back when I was just starting out I was told I was too short and because I didn’t have 20-20 vision, I didn’t have the requirements to become a cop – back then, you just had to accept that and try for something else,” he said.For Duncan, something else was to become a deputy clerk at San Diego Superior Court downtown, a job he held for 28 years. But the dream of joining the ranks of law enforcement never receded and he went on to study pre-law at Southwestern College and to earn a bachelor’s in criminal justice from National University.At age 61, he began volunteering as a member of the El Cajon Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol – RSVP – assisting with duties such as traffic control, parking enforcement and home security checks for residents away on vacation.“I’ve enjoyed it very much and people have been urging me to expand my service as a reserve officer, despite my age,” Duncan said.Last September, he enrolled in Grossmont College’s Police Academy, which is offered every other fall and concludes six months later with graduates becoming POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training)-certified and having the qualifications to become reserve officers.Some continue their training at Miramar College, which offers the advanced certification to qualify for employment as full-fledged police officers.Tina Young, a coordinator of Grossmont College’s Administration of Justice program, said law enforcement agencies rely on police academies like Grossmont’s not only for training, but to staff services like Search and Rescue which relies heavily on the ranks of the reserve.“Police departments couldn’t find many of our lost without their reserve officers,” she said.Family and work commitments make it a hardship for many law enforcement recruits to complete the 389 hours of training all at once. The modular format offered at Grossmont allows students to train in segments in evening and Saturday classes and to pay the fees in smaller bites.Duncan said the training he’s received at Grossmont College has exceeded his expectations and he is looking forward to applying for a slot as a reserve officer. Even though it is an unpaid position, the requirements to become a reserve officer are nearly as tough as what’s needed to become a full-time cop.Duncan expresses confidence that he’s well-prepared.“The academy training I have received has been excellent and the instructors are just terrific, with many of them working as sworn officers and teaching classes at the same time,” he said.On a recent Saturday, the Police Academy cadets took part in a daylong practice and evaluation exercise where they completed several training scenarios such as landlord/tenant disputes, encounters with mentally unstable subjects threatening violence, conducting building searches and making vehicle stops.Roberto Lemus, a retired Chula Vista officer and soon-to-be coordinator of Grossmont College’s Police Academy; Sarah Sutter, a nine-year member of the San Diego Police Department and training officer in Grossmont’s Administration of Justice program; and Keith Sears, a retired member of the La Mesa Police Department, current San Diego City Attorney investigator and also an adjunct AOJ instructor, observed and graded the cadets as they completed the scenarios.Community volunteers stood in as suspects and people of interest.“These training scenarios are a really good way for the cadets to put what they learn in the classroom into action,” Sears said. “For the cadets, it’s their first taste of what they will be encountering soon enough in real life.” Grossmont College Police Academy cadet become rookie cop at age 73 April 27, 2018 Posted: April 27, 2018 Updated: 10:20 PM FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, last_img read more

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Mielke draws second challenger

first_imgA second challenger has announced plans to run against Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke.Battle Ground resident Ron Barca, 56, has served on the county’s planning commission since 1999 and currently serves as vice-chairman of the volunteer board.Barca works as a lean practitioner at Boeing Commercial Aircraft in Gresham, Ore.According to a press release announcing his candidacy, Barca believes that his certification in lean practices could help the county as it tries to bring expenses in line with decreasing revenue.That’s the main reason he decided to challenge Mielke, 70, who will be seeking his second four-year term.On March 5, former state legislator and Ridgefield resident Joe Tanner announced he will run against Mielke.Tanner, 65, has spent the past 20 years as a corporate executive and cited economic development as his No. 1 goal.Filing week is May 14-18.While the press release did not list Barca’s political affiliation, it’s believed he’s running as a Democrat.Tanner is a Democrat and Mielke is a Republican.The top two finishers, regardless of affiliation, in the Aug. 7 primary will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.In the primary, the candidates run districtwide. Mielke represents north county; the district reaches as far south as parts of Hazel Dell. Commissioner candidates run countywide in the general election.Commissioners currently earn $102,228 a year.Candidates must live in the district they wish to represent. Commissioner Marc Boldt, who represents east county, is also up for re-election. Nobody has publicly announced plans to run against Boldt, who will be seeking his third four-year term.Barca graduated from Clark College in 1975. While attending school he worked for the U.S. Forest Service and Washington Department of Transportation. He was hired at Boeing in 1979, and for the past 12 years he’s been teaching lean manufacturing principles.In 1994, Barca helped form the Rural Clark County Preservation Association and has been a member of Friends of Clark County.In 2005, he helped revitalize the Southwest Washington Community Land Trust.He and his wife, Nettie, have a daughter who attends CAM Junior/Senior High School and two adult sons.Michele Bloomquist said she’ll host a fundraising event for Barca from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at Heisen House Vineyards, 28005 N.E. 172nd Ave. in Battle Ground. To rsvp, email ronbarca4clarkcounty@q.com.This story will be updated.last_img read more

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Microsoft May See Another Major Retrenchment Says Report

first_imgGlobal tech giant Microsoft is expected to announce another round of significant job cuts as part of its restructuring efforts to reduce costs in a rapidly changing technology industry.However, the latest cuts are an extension of layoffs announced by Microsoft last year, sources close to the development told The New York Times.Last year, Microsoft had planned to retrench nearly 18,000 employees in the company.The new layoffs are likely to occur in company’s hardware division and smartphone unit, among others.Microsoft had an employee base of over 118,000 people across its offices worldwide by the end of March this year.In an email to the company’s employees last month, Microsoft’s chief executive Satya Nadella had said that the company would have to “make some tough choices in areas where things are not working and solve hard problems in ways that drive customer value”.Last week, AOL struck a deal with Microsoft to acquire its online display advertising business. Display advertising accounted for only a minor part of Microsoft’s revenues.Another area of concern for Microsoft is its falling market share in the smartphone business, ever since it took over Nokia’s handset unit. Further, Microsoft has been struggling to position its Windows Phone operating system as a big alternative to the top two mobile operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.A management rejig at Microsoft last month saw four of its senior executives, including former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop and an ex-advisor to former US President Bill Clinton, Mark Penn, leaving the company.However, the company is unlikely to quit the smartphone business in short term, taking into account the growing importance of mobile segment in the technology industry.last_img read more

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Video of adult tigress beaten to death by mob in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgCreative CommonsAt a time when conservation of animals, especially tigers, is the talk in the country, a group of villagers of the Mataina village in Uttar Pradesh mercilessly beat an adult tigress to death because she mauled and injured a person belonging to the village earlier that day.A full two-minute video of the disturbing incident emerged with the person talking the video giving a voice-over, explaining what happened. The tigress was six-years-old and had broken ribs and injuries across her body. She was cremated after the forest officials conducted a post-mortem, NDTV reports.Warning : this is disturbing content . A 5 year old adult tigress was beaten to death by villagers in UP’s #Pilibhit on thursday afternoon . In this mobile video shot by a villager , there ‘s even background commentary on why they are killing the tigress ! Really sad ! pic.twitter.com/FY7ToT3TGA— Alok Pandey (@alok_pandey) July 26, 2019 The incident took place in a village close to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve on Wednesday afternoon. It is situated 240 kilometres away from Lucknow. “She had sustained fractures and injuries from sharp-edged weapons like spears on almost every part of her body. She also had broken ribs,” H Rajamohan, the director of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve told IANS.At least 30 people participated in beating the animal up and the police have filed an FIR against 31 villagers. They have been charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. Reports claim that the villager did not let the forest officials through and take her to the hospital till she was dead.”A forest team did reach the spot but by that time, the tigress was in so much pain that even an attempt to tranquilize her would have added to her plight,” Vaibhav Shrivastava , Pilibhit’s District Magistrate said.”The tigress could have been rescued and given timely medical aid as the forest officials had reached the spot. But their inability to rescue the injured big cat in a span of over nine hours undoubtedly reflects their inability in protecting wildlife in adverse situations,” GC Misra, the Former field director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve said.The Pilibhit district and Pilibhit Tiger Reserve alone have witnessed the deaths of 16 tigers and 3 leopards since 2012. the most common causes of death were snaring, poisoning, and contagious diseases like canine distemper. However, there were very few cases of deaths due to infighting.last_img read more

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Vice Media Chief Creative Officer Tom Punch Exits to Join Spring Studios

first_img Popular on Variety Tom Punch, Vice Media’s global chief creative and commercial officer, has left the media company after six years to join ad agency Spring Studios.Punch has been named global president and chief creative officer for Spring Studios across its offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Milan. In the new role, Punch reports to Spring Studios CEO Richard Yaffa.His departure from Vice comes after a series of senior-executive changes at the company — including the naming of former A+E Networks chief Nancy Dubuc as CEO this spring, replacing Shane Smith in the role, a move coming after allegations of misconduct at the Brooklyn-based company.Vice recently instituted a hiring freeze under Dubuc, and the company is looking to shrink its headcount through attrition. A Wall Street Journal report last week, citing anonymous sources, said Vice’s revenue for 2018 is projected to be flat with last year. Meanwhile, Disney took a $157 million write-down on its investment in Vice for the September quarter. Punch’s last day at Vice was Nov. 2. At the company he oversaw commercial content and operations, including for the Viceland cable channel. He led the company’s internal agency, called Virtue, which worked with brands including Netflix, Lululemon, L’Oréal, Budweiser, McDonald’s, Unilever, Samsung, YouTube and Google. He also started the company’s branded-content studio Vice+ Productions.“Tom’s global experience and achievements will continue to expand Spring’s role as aspirational storytellers, carving out a strategic space where culture and commerce collide,” Yaffa said in a statement.Prior to joining Vice in 2012, Punch had worked at ad agencies including Mother and GroupM’s MediaCom.Spring Studios describes itself as combining high-end agency, production and content capabilities. “Spring has architected a beautiful platform to build upon,” Punch said in a statement provided by the agency. “Its merging of culture with commerce, community with content, and digital with physical has attracted a talented community of hybrid creative, business people that I can’t wait to get to work with.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Dark matter hiding in stars may cause observable oscillations

first_imgIn previous research on dark matter stars, it has often been assumed that stars accreting dark matter will continue to grow until they become so dense that they collapse into black holes. However, in the new study the physicists’ simulations showed that these stars actually appear to be stable and do not become black holes. Their stability arises from a self-regulatory mechanism called “gravitational cooling” in which the stars eject mass to slow down and stop their growth before they approach the critical Chandrasekhar limit, the point at which they collapse into black holes. As the scientists explain, the finding that dark matter stars are stable makes a surprising contribution to the research in this area.”Although it was known for some time that dark matter can be accreted by stars and form dark matter cores at their center, those studies were all phenomenological,” Brito said. “In addition, basically all these studies suggested that, if enough dark matter is accreted by a star, it will eventually trigger gravitational collapse and a black hole would form, eventually eating all the star.”We set about checking these claims, using a rigorous fully relativistic framework, i.e., solving the full Einstein’s equations. This is important if we want to understand how the dark matter core behaves for large densities. Well, it turns out that our results show that black hole formation can, in principle, be avoided by ejecting excessive mass: the dark matter core starts ‘repelling’ itself when it is too massive and compact, and is unable to grow past a certain threshold. This is, as far as we know, something that was ignored in previous works. “The above results are quite generic. Because any self-gravitating massive bosonic field can form compact structures, any such putative dark matter component would lead to the kind of effects we discuss in our paper. In this sense it proposes another way to search for these kinds of particles that can be complementary to observations coming from cosmology, for example. Given the lack of information that we have about the nature of dark matter, we think that it might be worth the effort to further develop this subject.”The scientists hope that the results here may help guide future research by suggesting where to look for dark matter and what methods to use to detect it.”We don’t know much about dark matter,” Brito said. “The only thing we do know is that all kinds of matter (be it regular matter or dark, invisible matter) fall in the same way in gravitational fields. This is Einstein’s equivalence principle in action. Thus, dark matter also falls in the usual way. It seems therefore appropriate to look for effects of dark matter in regions where gravity is strong, like neutron stars, black holes, etc. We are now trying to understand how dark matter behaves generically in regions of strong gravity.”At this precise moment, we are working on a long version of this letter. We want to understand in depth how the dark matter core grows for different kind of scenarios, and how viscosity in the star’s material affects the development of the accretion process.” (Phys.org)—Dark matter has never been seen directly, but scientists know that something massive is out there due to its gravitational effects on visible matter. One explanation for how such a large amount of mass appears to be right in front of our eyes yet completely invisible by conventional means is that the dark matter is hiding in the centers of stars. This sequence shows snapshots of a star’s density when two dark matter cores collide, where the x-axis is the plane of collision (only half the space is shown, but the remaining space can be obtained by symmetry). Although the final configuration is more compact and massive than the original, the star does not collapse into a black hole because it ejects some of its mass, slowing down its growth so that it remains stable. Credit: Brito, et al. ©2015 American Physical Society Dark matter guides growth of supermassive black holes In a new study, physicists have investigated the possibility that large amounts of hidden mass inside stars might be composed of extremely lightweight hypothetical particles called axions, which are a primary dark matter candidate. The scientists, Richard Brito at the University of Lisbon in Portugal; Vitor Cardoso at the University of Lisbon and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; and Hirotada Okawa at Kyoto University and Waseda University, both in Japan, have published their paper on dark matter in stars in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”Our work studies how dark matter piles up inside stars if the dark matter is composed of massive bosonic particles (axions are an example of such particles),” Brito told Phys.org. “Our results show that dark matter accretion by stars does not lead to gravitational collapse; instead it may give rise to characteristic vibrations in stars.” The researchers theoretically showed that, if numerous axions were to pile up inside normal stars, then the dark matter core would oscillate. The oscillating core would in turn cause the star’s fluid to oscillate in tune with it at a specific frequency related to the star’s mass, or at multiples of this frequency. For a typical axion mass, the oscillating stars would emit microwave radiation and might have observable effects.”What oscillates is the fluid density and its pressure, but it’s probably correct as well to say that the entire star is oscillating,” Brito explained. “These are like sound waves propagating through the fluid, with a very specific frequency. Oscillations of this kind could, for example, lead to variations in the luminosity or in the temperature of the star, and these are quantities that we can measure directly.”In fact, there is already a whole branch of physics called asteroseismology, which studies the internal structure of stars by observing their oscillation modes. This is very much like the way scientists study the internal structure of the Earth by looking at seismic waves. It is possible that the oscillations of a star driven by a dark matter core could also be observed using similar methods. Given the very specific frequencies at which these stars would vibrate, this could be a smoking gun for the presence of dark matter. Asteroseismology is still in its infancy but it will, almost certainly, become a very precise way of observing stars in the future.” © 2015 Phys.org More information: Richard Brito, Vitor Cardoso, and Hirotada Okawa. “Accretion of dark matter by stars.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.111301, Also at arXiv:1508.04773 [gr-qc] Citation: Dark matter hiding in stars may cause observable oscillations (2015, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-dark-stars-oscillations.html Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. 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Promotion of equilibrium in society the need of the hour

first_imgKolkata: The biggest challenge before India is its unequal development of the country and the only way it can be addressed is by promoting equilibrium in society, Piyush Goyal, Union minister for Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs, said on Monday.”Mutual trust and consensus is a key area for ensuring success of GST in a federal structure like India”, he said.Speaking at an exclusive interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce at a city hotel, Goyal elaborated on the “Vision for 2022” for India and the role that all sections of the society, including industry and industry associations, can play in fructifying the objective of attaining development for all. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedGoyal felt that the government and industry can join hands to effectively reach out to the developmental needs of the bottom of the pyramid through meaningful and well strategised CSR initiatives, in particular for the 115 identified aspirational districts of India.He mentioned that though India has made rapid strides in many sectors post-independence, significant room for progress still remains.He justified the fact that one single uniform GST tax rate is not tenable for India, as it would nullify the very concept of progressive taxation and the tenets of equitable distribution of income. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPFocussing on the rapid development witnessed in India over the past 4 years of the Modi regime, Goyal termed the single most important factor of change as the “change in mindset,” which has led to monumental changes in infrastructure, connectivity, macro economy and human capital development in the country, to name a few.He spoke on the important changes being brought about in energy efficiency, distribution and transmission in the power sector in India. He spoke of the government’s commitment to provide rural electrification and ensure availability of LPG and subsequently solar-powered cookers for all households in the country, including the remotest corners.Goyal reiterated that augmented MSP for farm produce would not impact the fiscal deficit, as defaults on loans would have directly led to increased NPAs and affected billions of people engaged in farming in the country.Shashwat Goenka, president, Indian Chamber of Commerce, gave the welcome address, calling Goyal a “thought provoking and dynamic leader”.Rudra Chatterjee, senior vice-president, Indian Chamber of Commerce, offered the formal vote of thanks.last_img read more

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Vue pays gay cure Christian group after refusing to show their film

first_imgDelaware becomes 15th US state to ban conversion therapy GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Reports in February 2018 said fringe UK Christian group The Core Issues Trust planned to hold a screening of a film advocating so-called ‘gay cure’ therapy at the Piccadilly Circus, London branch of Vue. The film, ‘Voices of the Silenced’, tells the stories of 15 people ‘emerging out of homosexual lifestyles’. It wants to ‘preserve and promote teachings on sexual ethics’. However, after the screening was exposed, it was canceled. The cinema sent a letter to the organizers stating: ‘it has recently come to our attention that the film which was due to be screened does not accord with Vue’s fundamental values and beliefs, would cause serious and widespread offence and may be unlawful.’Freedom of expressionA spokesperson for Vue spoke to Gay Star News about the settlement: ‘Vue firmly stands by its decision to cancel the screening of ‘Voices of the Silenced’ which was in direct conflict to our values. ‘The claim made relates simply to a technical breach of contract because of the late cancellation of the screen booking and was for a nominal amount. This has nothing to do with freedom of expression laws.’After the cancelation, the group then launched legal proceedings against the chain. They claimed breach of contract and sought compensation for wasted expenses. CEO of the Christian Legal Centre Andrea Minichiello Williams spoke to Christian Concern, an anti-LGBTI lobbying group, at the time. Vue Cinemas has paid a settlement to an Evangelical Christian group after blocking their screening of a ‘gay cure’ film. center_img Vue has agreed on a settlement | Photo: Pixabay Core Issues Trust is lobbying against the ‘gay cure’ ban‘This is fundamentally a free speech issue. As usual, a minority of gay activists use threats and intimidation to shut down any opposing views. Tragically, they can’t tolerate the truth that there are significant numbers of men and women who have no wish to remain in a gay lifestyle and seek help to leave it.’ A representative of Core Issues Trust, Mike Davidson – who also produced the documentary – released a statement on the issue. ‘Vue Cinemas has recognised that it was wrong to block us from showing the film. I hope that in future they won’t fold under pressure from LGBT activists who want to suppress the voices of those who want to move away from same-sex attraction and behaviour.’The UK government announced it will ban so-called ‘gay conversion therapy’ earlier this year.More from Gay Star News:Christian group targeted LGBTI millennials with ‘gay cure’ videos UPDATE: Christian Concern will turn up to Vue to watch cancelled gay cure doc after “campaign of intolerance”Protesters at cancelled gay ‘cure’ screening call homosexuality ‘unnatural, abnormal and sinful’Exclusive: Vue cinema to screen documentary advocating gay ‘cure’ therapyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/vue-gay-cure-film-christian/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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Top Tips for Remote Workers

first_imgWith employees increasing looking for flexibility in how they manage work and home life and the inexorable rise of house prices and subsequent commutes it is no wonder that remote working is on most people’s wish list. If you have snagged a job with either full time or occasional remote working then here are some tips on how to make it a success for you.1 – The first tip, don’t call it “working from home”. Despite all best efforts and evidence to the contrary “working from home” sounds too domestic. It conjures up images of someone putting on the laundry, popping a chicken in the oven and answering email all at the same time. Remote working sounds much more dynamic. Same thing. Different language.2 – Set a regular routine. For most people, the problem with remote working is rarely not doing enough work but doing too much work. Anxious to prove that you are a valuable employee working all the hours most remote workers run the risk of never taking regular breaks or eating a proper lunch. The other problem with working from home is the temptation to just “quickly check email” first thing in the morning. If you are not careful you will still be sitting there in your pyjamas come 11 o’clock wondering what that strange smell is. Hint: It is you.3 – Have a proper office space. Ideally with a door. No one can do effective work if they first need to find said work under a football kit. The other piece of advice is to invest in a proper monitor and keypad so you aren’t all hunched up over your laptop. As I write this I am of course hunched up over my laptop so do as I say and not as I do. What I did invest in though is a really good, corporate grade printer. This was expensive but invaluable for reviewing contracts, reading documentation etc.. Decide what is important for you and invest in it accordingly.4 – No social media or useless gossip/ sports pages. If you think this will be an issue there is a great app called “StayFocused” it is a Google Chrome extension and it is completely free. It allows you to spend only a set amount of time on certain sites and also has a nuclear option which can block a site in its entirety. That said if you think this is going to be a really big problem for you then you may need to rethink remote working in its entirety.5 – Lean into your working style. Remote working is a great way to manage not just your time but your energy. Freed from the constraints of a cubicle work the hours which suits you best in terms of different tasks. If you are a “lark” and concentrate best in the morning then set the morning time aside for deep and concentrated work. Similarly, if you are an “owl” lean into that and do more admin tasks and meetings in the morning.6 – Define what it is you need to get done. Remote working works best when you have clear, definable tasks which produce a tangible outcome. If the work is more subjective then it becomes harder to define (and ultimately charge for).7 – Before deciding to work remotely make sure you have all the technology you need. Most applications these days are in the cloud and Trello, Slack & Google Hangouts are all great for communicating with bigger teams. Have a backup plan for what happens if your wi-fi goes down. I find the personal hotspot on my phone is super reliable and never lets me down. It is a solid Plan B.8 – Be careful not to become isolated. A few days of quiet work at home can be wonderful. But if you start to feel lethargic and disinterested it could be loneliness creeping in. Take time to meet people in person regularly. Also, if possible, visit the office and make sure everyone knows the great work you are doing.9 – Remote working is not to be confused with child minding. Tempting though it may be to combine the two and save on astronomical childcare fees that are really not a long term option. It is not fair on you, your kids or your employers. Kids are spontaneous and unplanned. Work rarely is.10 – Don’t be an asshole. If you need to leave the house and work from a coffee shop or hotel lobby to avail of their free wi-fi for the day then be considerate. This means working quietly in a corner, regularly ordering food and drink and leaving a tip. It does not mean spreading yourself out, having booming work calls on your phone and ordering nothing but a tea. As my mother says; be nice, it costs nothing. Finally, if you are interested in jobs with more flexibility that offer remote working then check out www.workjuggle.com.last_img read more

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Worldhotels welcomes unique Dutch hotelship

first_imgThe ss Rotterdam in the Netherlands Worldhotels has welcomed the ‘unique’ ss Rotterdam, a floating hotel-ship located in the Dutch city of the same name.More than fifty years after its maiden voyage, the flagship of the Holland America Line fleet has taken a prime, and permanent berth at Katendrecht in the heart of Rotterdam.Designed to reflect its 1950’s origins, the floating hotel features a distinctive shape and colour scheme throughout its 254 modern rooms.Worldhotels’ executive vice president Asia Pacific, Roland Jegge, said the ss Rotterdamn reflected another fantastic first for the Worldhotels group.“The ship holds an iconic position in the maritime tradition of the Netherlands, and in the last two years it has become an insider’s tip for travellers visiting Rotterdam for business or pleasure.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

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