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first_img(Photo: Grave marker for Henry Norwest, a Cree-Metis saddler, cowboy, trapper and hunter from Alberta, served as a sniper with the 50th Battalion C.E.F. Officially credited with 115 confirmed kills, the highest “score” recorded in the armies of the British Empire to that point, Norwest was killed in action August 18, 918 near Amiens. Source: Veterans Affairs Canada)APTN National NewsAboriginal veterans are honoured every year on Nov. 8.In Manitoba, Aboriginal Veterans Day has been recognized since 1994.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler was the ceremonies in Winnipeg.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In an effort to resume connectivity with Odisha’s Puri in the aftermath of the devastation wreaked by cyclone Fani, the Railways Wednesday said it will start normal services from the tourist town by May 12 but the complete restoration of the severely damaged railway station can take up to three months.Extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ made landfall in the coastal town on May 3, unleashing copious rain and windstorm with speeds of up to 175 kmph, and left behind a trail of destruction in 18 districts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Railways had cancelled 595 trains since the cyclone hit the state on May 3 and has so far managed to restore 141 of them, including 34 trains originating from Bhubaneshwar. “Today (Wednesday) we have restored three pairs of express trains from Puri and we will gradually increase the number. This decision has been taken by factoring in the repair work of the over-head wires, poles and the signalling system that needs to be done. By May 12, we will resume normal services of trains from Puri. However, repair work of the Puri railway station and the Puri coach maintenance complex will take up to three months as these have been severely damaged,” East Coast Railway (ECoR) chief spokesperson J P Mishra said. “Our nearby divisions and even the other zones have really cooperated and collaborated with us to ensure that we restore services quickly,” Mishra said. There are about 52 trains originating from Puri daily, of which 40 are express trains while 12 are passenger trains. The national transporter has also paid advance salary for the month of May to its staff of Puri and Khurda Road stations. The Railways has also deployed around 16,750 mandays for repair and restoration work across the state and funds to the tune of around Rs 15 crore have been released. The roofs of 825 staff quarters, 5,500 metre of boundary walls, 2,200 km of track (which have now been cleared), water supply at 60 stations, FOB shelters and the coaching and the maintenance depot in Puri had been badly affected by the cyclone.last_img read more

first_imgBhopal: The BJP in Madhya Pradesh Monday said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state should prove majority in the Assembly. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state Assembly “to discuss important issues and test the Congress governments strength”. I am writing a letter to the Governor for convening a special session of MP Assembly shortly. We want discussion important issues like the farm loan waiver and (to) test the government strength, Bhargava said. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath said that his government is ready for an assembly floor test.last_img read more

“You all have dedicatedly come forward to safeguard the country and also in times of national disasters all the time at the risk of your own lives, for which we are indebted to you. In the most recent past, you all stood by the nation and took the lead when national disasters, epidemics, landslides, etc struck us and I need your continued support for development of our country as we march forward as a peaceful society, rich with co-existence, reconciliation, harmony and understanding.”He emphasized that no Human Rights organization in the world be allowed to pressurize the Sri Lanka Army on whatever grounds and the UN has been informed of Sri Lanka’s capacity to find solutions to its own problems without any interference as a sovereign State. In his address to those three digit number attendees, the President thanked the Secretary of Defence and the Commander of the Army for arranging the meeting and called upon each soldier to continue with their dedicated roles for the sake of the country. President Maithripala Sirisena today asserted that Army soldiers will not be taken before war tribunals.The President gave the assurance when he addressed a gathering of more than 350 Commanding Officers (COs), Adjutants  and Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) of the Army this evening at the Colombo Army Hospital auditorium. Kapila Waidyaratne, Secretary Defence and Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army extended a warm welcome to the President on his arrival at the premises and ushered him to the main auditorium. “As long as I remain the head of the country, I assure you that none of you would be allowed to testify before any war tribunals. Instead, such errant Army personnel, if any, can be produced before Courts and tried according to the existing law of the country. Disgruntled politicians and some retired Army personnel allege saying that War Heroes would be tried and punished, but I, as the President of this country would not allow anyone to be subjected to interrogation by foreign judges as such. Therefore you should not be misled by those baseless allegations and misleading statements.”“I also appeal all of you to believe in me and not to be misled by statements, rumours and our detractors. I commend all of you for the excellent services you rendered during the times of natural disasters and request you to extend your best cooperation for sustenance of reconciliation and peace in the country as a nation. I also wish to insist that unlike in the past, no War Hero’s overseas visa would be denied in future and will ensure their overseas visits are facilitated without any hindrance.”He also underlined the need for everyone to maintain the hard-earned peace for the country’s prosperity and assured that the Government would do everything possible to sustain the status-quo and make the Sri Lankan Army one of the best in the world in future. An Army live telecast of the President’s speech was transmitted to all Security Force Headquarters, Divisions and other formations simultaneously covering more than 30,000 members of the Army across the country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

On the nineteenth anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to the world to provide the necessary funds for a dramatic expansion of aid to help communities still suffering the effects of the catastrophy.“The three countries most affected – Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine – continue to grapple with daunting social, economic, humanitarian and environmental consequences,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman.Nearly 8.4 million people in the three countries were exposed to radiation when the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine blew up. Beyond cancers and chronic health problems, especially among children, some 150,000 kilometres – an area half the size of Italy – were contaminated, while agricultural areas covering nearly 52,000 square kilometres, more than the size of Denmark, were ruined. “The challenge posed by Chernobyl has evolved over time,” the statement said. “As the threat posed by radiation has diminished, the no less potent hazards of poverty, chronic unemployment have come to the fore.” The focus of recovery efforts supported by the UN has shifted from emergency humanitarian assistance to long-term development aid, seeking to empower communities and foster new, sustainable livelihoods.“Early efforts are showing promise, but they need to expand dramatically in order to meet the needs of the affected populations,” the statement said. “The Secretary-General urges the international community to provide the necessary financial support for programmes designed to assist communities traumatized by Chernobyl to regain self-sufficiency and help families to lead normal, healthy lives in the affected areas.”Meanwhile, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has issued a new report noting that people living near the Chernobyl site still lack the information they need to live healthy lives and are instead vulnerable to misconceptions about radiation and health. read more

VANCOUVER – A B.C. safety agency has urged changes for sawmill owners and to the fire and electrical codes in an effort to mitigate the risks posed by explosive levels of wood dust and to avoid the kind of explosion that killed two mill workers last year.The BC Safety Authority, which oversees the safe installation and operation of equipment and administers B.C.’s Safety Standards Act, made nine recommendations in a report Tuesday about wood dust.They include recommending that the Canadian Standards Association classify wood dust as combustible, with improvements to the requirements around natural gas and propane codes.“Wood dust can have explosion and fire hazard characteristics similar to other known dusts that are identified as combustible dusts in the Canadian Electrical Code,” the report said.The report noted the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has classified fine wood dust as having “strong explosion” characteristics.“Wood dust and potential ignition sources exposed to wood dust are required to be managed. Locations where wood dust accumulates or is suspended in atmosphere are considered hazardous locations.”The BC Safety Authority investigation followed an explosion and fire last year that killed two sawmill workers and injured 20 others at Babine Forest Products on Jan. 20, 2012 near Burns Lake, in B.C.’s north-central Nechako region.The tragedy — the first of two fatal mill explosions in 2012 — destroyed the Babine mill and killed employees Robert Luggie, 45, and Carl Charlie, 42.An investigation already conducted by WorkSafe BC blamed the incident on dry wood dust, which had accumulated from pine-beetle killed wood and was ignited by machine parts.“Our aim was to conduct a thorough investigation and learn all we could to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents,” Greg Paddon, the group’s director of technical programs, said in a media release.“Now we can use that knowledge to initiate improvements toward the management of safety risks.”For mill operators, the authority recommended qualified professionals should identify areas in sawmills with dust hazards that could catch fire, and mills should develop better ways to manage that dust.The fire commissioner should publish a list of qualifications professionals must meet if they want to identify wood dust and explosion hazards, states the report.The report’s recommendations are directed at mill owners and operators, the Office of the Fire Commissioner in B.C., as well as the Canadian Standards Association.Babine Forest Products said in a media release it hasn’t analyzed the report, but the safety agency’s work will ensure sawmills are safer in the future.At the time of the blast, it added, the company had equipment designed to reduce wood dust, but “the scope of the hazard was not fully understood.”The new mill, announced in early December, will include state-of-the-art equipment to collect wood dust at its source, stated the company.“It will have equipment, building and floor plans designed to facilitate cleanup and reduce areas where wood dust can accumulate.”Last year’s second fatal mill explosion took place in April at the Lakeland Mills in Prince George, B.C., killing Alan Little, 43 and Glenn Roche, 46. Many others were seriously injured in the tragedy.In November, WorkSafe BC asked Crown counsel for a review of whether companies and individuals violated the Workers Compensation Act.Spokeswoman Roberta Ellis said at the time that prosecutions under the act could result in maximum fines of $652,000 and jail terms of up to six months.An earlier RCMP investigations ruled out criminal negligence in both explosions.The BC Safety Authority said it wasn’t releasing its full report because Crown counsel is currently reviewing a referral on the mill explosion from WorkSafe BC, the agency that enforces workers’ safety. by Keven Drews, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2013 8:27 pm MDT BC Safety Authority recommendations in fatal mill fire focus on dust AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) also noted today the number of displaced people seeking safety in its facilities exceeds 84,000 and may soon reach 100,000.In response to the growing needs of civilians affected by the latest conflict, aid agencies have mobilized relief supplies from the International Humanitarian City (IHC), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A special airlift in support of displaced families in Gaza began on Sunday from Dubai, where a 747 cargo took off carrying 115 metric tons of aid, containing 45,000 mattresses, 10,000 blankets and 220 hygiene kits. The plane landed at Marka International Airport in Amman earlier today. “We are very grateful for the immediate reaction and most generous response we received from Dubai and all the IHC members to our call for help. The Dubai airlift is one of the best examples of how effective humanitarians can be when working together,” said UNRWA Commissioner General, Pierre Krähenbühl.In the coming days, more airlifts are scheduled to arrive in Amman, from where UNRWA will truck the aid into Gaza for distribution. UNRWA plans to expand the scope of the donations to include emergency food parcels as stocks of food and other essential goods dwindle.The main priority for humanitarian agencies continues to be the provision of food, water, mattresses and hygiene items, as well as fuel for essential water, health and sewage facilities.The World Food Programme (WFP) continues to provide daily food rations, together with UNRWA, and more than 50,000 people have received emergency assistance in the last 24 hours. WFP is distributing daily food rations to more than 2,000 hospital patients and staff across the Gaza Strip. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating with the Ministry of Health and other partners on the most urgent health needs. On the diplomatic front, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Egypt today as part of a regional visit to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and help bring about a ceasefire. “The Secretary-General is here to support the efforts to stop the fighting in Gaza and the rocket attacks in Israel. He is indeed very grateful to the Government of Egypt, the Egyptian leadership, in mediating a durable ceasefire,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters from Cairo. read more

Libyan parties have gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, today for a new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving the North African nation’s political crisis. The latest gathering, hosted by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), is a follow-up to a meeting held in the Swiss city last week, when stakeholders expressed commitment to a united and democratic Libya governed by the rule of law and respect for human rights. This time around the participants will discuss the items that were agreed on last week. On Wednesday, another meeting will bring together municipal and local council representatives from cities and towns across Libya to discuss confidence-building measures. In a statement issued over the weekend, UNSMIL appealed to all Libyan stakeholders and invited participants to approach these talks ‘in a spirit of openness and reconciliation that is guided by the higher national interest of the Libyan people.’ Last week in Geneva, participants agreed on an agenda aiming to reach a political resolution to form a national unity government and make the security arrangements necessary to end fighting and ensure the withdrawal of armed groups from Libyan cities. There was also a call to safeguard Libya’s national unity and end the suffering of the Libyan people. In addition to mounting numbers of casualties, Libya’s protracted conflict has caused a humanitarian crisis with at least 120,000 people forced to flee their homes, resulting in consequent shortages in both food and medical supplies. A recent outburst of violence has further rattled the beleaguered nation, in conflict since the beginning of its civil war in 2011 which resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. In the eastern city of Benghazi, an uptick in violence has seen 450 people killed since October 2014 as residents continue to face shortages in medical care. Moreover, upwards of 15,000 families – some 90,000 people – have been displaced. read more

When the Class of 2018 graduates from Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, it hopes to leave a lasting legacy that will benefit students well into the future.But to accomplish the goal of having Brock be the first in Canada to make an Anatomage Table available to undergraduate students, help from alumni, students and generous community supporters will first be needed.The most technologically advanced virtual dissection table for anatomy education, the Anatomage Table is being adopted by some of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions.Bringing the state-of-the-art technology to Brock was the idea of fourth-year Kinesiology student James John Hall, who hoped it would be considered as the 2018 Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Class Gift that graduating students are encouraged to contribute to.“I wanted to give my fellow classmates something tangible, a physical item they could work with the Faculty to purchase,” he said. The table seemed the perfect fit, as it will continue to strengthen the reputation of the University while also enhancing the learning environment for future students.When Hall presented the idea to Brian Roy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, and Peter Tiidus, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, they were excited to learn more. Both have since committed to contributing to the purchase through their respective department and Faculty budgets.Faculty of Applied Health Sciences students are currently using plastic anatomy models, but use of the Anatomage Table will allow them to not only learn visually, but to also experience virtual dissection first-hand.“This table is a state-of-the-art teaching tool that will give our students a huge advantage in learning human anatomy,” Roy said. “We would be the only Kinesiology department in the country with such a table.”The new technology is available at one other post-secondary institution in Canada, but only to first-year medical students.Donations can be made at www.brocku.ca/donate to help Brock become the first in the country to offer an Anatomage Table to undergraduate students. By making a gift to Brock University you can make an investment in current students, faculty, research and the facilities that make a difference in future generations.Anatomage Table facts:The most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education.Used by many of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions.Thousands of structures are meticulously segmented from photographic images to deliver the most accurate three-dimensional anatomy.Allows for exploration and learning of human anatomy beyond cadavers.Education has been proven to be effective in improving test scores and more efficient lab sessions.Allows students to interact with young and well-preserved digital cadavers instead of aged and degenerated bodies.Accurate details and rich content draw students’ interest leading to effective educational outcomes.No chemicals, unpleasant smell, recurring facility costs or regulations. read more

Junior sprinter and hurdler Alexandria Johnson jumps over a hurdle during the Buckeye Tune-Up Feb. 21 at French Field House.Credit: Brandon Claflin / Lantern photographer“Let the gun go off.”Those were the words of Ohio State women’s track coach Karen Dennis as her team prepared for one of the most competitive meets the runners will face all year.The Buckeyes are headed to Baton Rouge, La., to compete against No. 10 Kansas, No. 13 UCLA, Mississippi St. and No. 8 LSU in what the Dennis says could be one of the most competitive meets of the season“These are some hot teams and they are some of the best in the country,” Dennis said. “We have a strong team and we think we can compete with them. I say let the gun go off.”Redshirt-senior sprinter Ashlee Abraham said she anticipates the fierce competition will help her score high marks on the weekend.“I’m really excited to see what myself and the team is going to do,” Abraham said. “If the environment is right, I feel like I can run to the best of my ability. That’s what I’m aiming for.”When an athlete sees his or her name nationally ranked, Abraham said it is a confidence booster, and when she sees her own name, it shows her hard work is paying off. But at the same time, being ranked can prove as a motivational tool.“(The rankings) change constantly,” Abraham said. “You can move up and down so quickly. It is a reminder there is always somebody after you, just like you are always after somebody else. It keeps you motivated and keeps you pushing because track and field … it doesn’t stop.”When heading into a high-intensity meet, Abraham chooses to focus on herself instead of eyeing the competition because it takes her away from her main goal.“I tend to over think. When I overthink, it doesn’t really go well,” Abraham said. “It’s when I’m not thinking and just running that I run my best.”Another athlete who finds self-focusing to be the best preparation for a big meet is senior jumper Bianca Walton.“If I focus too much on what others are doing, it will distract me from what I need to be doing,” Walton said. “At the end of the day, they are just other competitors. They are just as good as me and I’m just as good as them. It is just about how can I make that reflect in the meet.”This weekend’s meet is team scored, which creates camaraderie among the team, Dennis said, because each event needs a good score in order for the team to score well overall.“It becomes not about just (individual events) but it’s about the team,” Dennis said. “(There is) a lot more energy. It’s fun to have scored events because people get excited about it.”Walton feels the team is ready and prepared to take on the team scored meet.“When we collectively come together, we can do powerful things,” Walton said.Dennis said her team can do “powerful things” especially in the outdoor season.“We are a better outdoor team,” she said. “The outdoor season suits our skill set better.”While the outdoor season presents some changes in the way certain races are run, Dennis is confident once her team adjusts fully to the changes, the team will be better competitors outside all around.“I expect us to build on our performance (from) last week,” she said. “The more we compete against the best in the country, it is only going to make us better.”The men’s track team will join the women’s team in Baton Rouge, La. The races are set to begin Saturday morning. read more

first_imgLAST YEAR SAW the highest level of renewable energy being exported to the national grid to meet demand in one half-hour period, new figures have revealed.At its peak, at 6.30pm on the 17th of December, 1866 MW was contributed to the grid — almost 42 per cent of the demand — according to the answer to a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy.This is out of a total demand of 4415 MW at that time, according to EirGrid’s System Demand data. The majority of the electricity was provided by wind turbines.Click here to view a larger version. Figures available online at EirGrid.com.However, on the same day, wind provided 12 per cent of the demand at its lowest level, just after midnight.The Department of Energy figures also show that in 2012 19.6 per cent of our gross electricity production was by renewables.15.3 per cent of this was wind, followed by 2.7 per cent by hydroelectricity.Click here to view a larger version.Responding to the deputy’s question, Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte said the “the total amount of renewable electricity generation connected to the grid was 2300 MW” at the end of last year.“It is estimated that a total of between 3500 MW and 4000 MW will be required to allow Ireland meet its 40% renewable electricity target.”“Currently, around 3,000 MW of renewable generation has taken up connection offers under the Gate 3 grid connection programme”, the minister added.Read: Christmas lights are no longer causing a spike in electricity consumption >More: Did you switch your energy provider last year? More than 300,000 did >last_img read more

first_imgWith all this newfangled technology emerging into society, surely everyone now walks down the streets paranoid that your face is being picked up by facial recognition devices all around town. Right? Well, even if it isn’t something that keeps you up at night, apparently it is enough of a concern to some people that scientists have developed a way to keep your face safe from detection.Tokyo’s National Institute of Informatics has developed a special pair of glasses that come equipped with “near infrared” LED light sources. These lights allow the visor to interfere with digital camera just enough so that it obstructs the face of the person wearing them.And that’s a good thing, too, because if anyone ever got caught wearing these ridiculous-looking things, he or she would be the subject of unending ridicule. Seriously. Look at them. You also have to carry around the portable power supply, and plug a power cable into the glasses. That’s a serious commitment to privacy.There are of course other ways to disguise yourself from the unwavering plethora of digital eyeballs on the streets, from something as elaborate as a mask, fake mustache, or heavy make-up, to tilting your head at an angle of 15 degrees. So, admittedly, none of these options really sounds like an optimal way to live, but if it means that much to you, at least there are in fact options.Without sounding too much like a “big brother” alarmist, it is true that store surveillance cameras, police equipment, and of course smartphones all have sophisticated facial recognition. Even if you never do anything criminal or even suspicious — even if you just stay inside watching Hulu — your face is on record somewhere, and if anyone ever has a reason to look you up, chances are it won’t be too hard to do.The glasses do appear to be destined for some sort of commercial availability, though you shouldn’t be holding your breath in anticipation of them coming out in the US. Scientist Isao Echizen, who is at the head of this project, says he expects them to be reasonably priced.National Institute of Informatics (PDF) via BBClast_img read more

first_imgGovernment officials admitted on Wednesday that Greece is becoming a reception, rather than transit, country for migrants as the European Commission announced a 700-million-euro humanitarian aid package to ease the plight of refugees.Speaking to a group of mayors on Wednesday, Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said that Greece had to assume that the border at Idomeni would be closed to refugees and migrants. He also suggested that as a result of stricter border restrictions in other parts of Europe, migrants would no longer be able to pass swiftly through the country and that the current situation, with people being stuck in Greece for some time, might continue for the next two to three years.Mouzalas met with the heads of local authorities to discuss other sites that could be used to house migrants in the coming weeks. It is estimated that there are already 26,000 migrants in Greece and that this number will continue rising. The minister said that the government is currently looking for temporary accommodation for new arrivals“In the next phase, we will have to work out where to put those who will remain longer in the country and to which closed facilities we will transfer those who will be repatriated,” said Mouzalas.Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis said he is willing to help the government find facilities to house migrants, even though he has objections to the way the coalition has handled the crisis. Kaminis said that it is imperative that authorities do not allow ad hoc migrant camps to spring up in city squares and parks.“Don’t panic, the problem is manageable,” said Mouzalas. “It is an emergency situation and needs some time before matters can be settled.”However, concern is growing within the European Union about the rising number of migrants trapped in Greece as Athens struggles to find the resources to care for them.“We are… really worried,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said about the build-up on Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). His comment came as Brussels announced plans for a 700-million-euro humanitarian aid package to prevent “a huge humanitarian crisis in Greece.”The Commission’s proposal, if approved, will channel 300-million-euros this year from its 155-billion-euro annual budget to the new emergency assistance scheme and 200-million-euros both next year and in 2018. The funds will be allocated to NGO’s rather than the Greek state.Greek authorities confirmed yesterday that they are in the process of sending back 308 migrants who are not eligible for asylum to Turkey. Since the start of the year, 364 people have been returned by Greece to its neighbouring country. All the migrants are thought to be from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.Athens has had a readmission agreement with Ankara since 2002. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said yesterday that his government has now offered to conclude such deals with 14 countries. He did not name the countries.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFairbanks residents gathered Thursday to remember John Hartman. The 15 year old was beaten to death in downtown Fairbanks 19 years ago this week, a murder that resulted in the long questioned convictions of four local men, who were freed last year under a deal with the state.John Hartman’s obituary photo (Photo of the Fairbanks Newsminer)Shirley Lee, an Episcopal Priest and chair of Tanana Chiefs Conference Justice Task Force, led the group in a prayer and vigil for the unsolved murder of John Hartman.“19 years ago around here a young boy was murdered and the lives of four young men were robbed,” Lee said.She also spoke of the four men, Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent, George Frese, and Kevin Pease, also known as the “Fairbanks Four” who were arrested in 1997 for the murder and incarcerated until last December when they were released under conditions that they cannot sue the state or the city of Fairbanks. Lee said the state attempted to settle and quiet the case through what she believed to be an immoral agreement.“It’s unconceivable to me that a confession has been made and no work has been done with it, not at the federal level, not at the state level, and not at the city level,” Lee said.Lee said she hopes that those who gather this coming  week for the Alaska Federation of Native Conference remember the case which is still unsolved.“The boys may not be legally allowed to question or challenge it but those of us who are not involved can do so,” said Lee.Activist and blogger behind the blog thefairbanksfour.com, April Monroe, reflected on the case saying that we are now at the 19 year mark without resolution for the murder of Hartman.“What originally inspired so much passion and divisiveness of this case was a brutal and horrific murder of a child,” said Monroe.Monroe hopes to see some movement in this case and feels that part of the inactivity is partly related to egos of those involved in the case initially and that going forward would take action in acknowledging the mistakes made during the wrongful conviction.“John Hartman still needs justice and deserves it,” said Monroe.last_img read more

first_imgFrom the 2011 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic in the Brooks Range. (Photo courtesy of Luc Mehl)A group of about 40 skiers are somewhere in the Brooks Range right now, competing in an event that’s grueling, even by Alaska standards.Listen nowThe annual Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic kicked off on Sunday, April 1. The group of skiers are tasked with traversing the Brooks Range and making to Wiseman by Sunday, April 8.Luc Mehl is at home in Anchorage getting his gear ready for the event. Walk around the side of Mehl’s house and you’ll find his graveyard.“This is a lonely ski because its partner broke in Iceland,” Mehl says.It’s Mehl’s gear graveyard. Even some of his friends’ gear ends up here.“And these are Evan’s, who was one of my classic partners,” Mehl says. “I don’t really know why they’re here. I don’t really want them, so they’re in my graveyard.”The crew at the start line of the 2015 Wilderness Ski Classic in the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains. (Photo courtesy of Luc Mehl)Mehl grew up in the Kuskowkwim River village of McGrath and moved to Anchorage for high school. He’s a data scientist by day, and on the weekends, he skis. A lot.“The last four weekends I’ve done a 20-mile day, 20-mile day, we did a 35-mile overnight, and then a 25-mile day,” Mehl explains.That’s all in training for the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic– an event that has taken place every year for the last 30 years.The course ranges from 100 to 200 miles and switches between the Brooks Range, the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains and the Chugach Mountains.The routes are dreamed up by a man named Dave Cramer. Mehl talks about him like he’s an Alaskan legend.“He drove horses to Alaska and he trapped and he had hand to hand combat with a wolf,” Mehl says.Dave Cramer has competed in a number of Wilderness Ski Classics and helped organize the event since it began. (Photo courtesy of Dave Cramer)Dave Cramer lives outside of Tok in the same cabin he and his wife built.“The romantic vision of what Alaska is about– trapping and hunting and so on– I did those things,” Cramer says.And Cramer did, in fact, arrive on horseback in 1970.Cramer has been organizing the classic since the late 1980s. He interviews every single applicant and has each one sign a waiver.“This prevents the participant and/or the participant’s next of kin from blaming, suing, or even getting mad at the event organizers, coordinators and other event volunteers,” the waiver reads.“It’s a release,” Cramer explains. “What we’re trying to say in plain language is that if you choose to do this, you do it at your own free will.”There are no aid stations along the way, just checkpoints, which sometimes are just a sheet of paper and pen inside a Nalgene hanging from a tree.It’s a grueling event, but Cramer says interest is on rise, especially among women.“Let’s see– I’ve got a partial roster in front of me,” Cramer says, and starts counting. “One, two, three, four…”Sarah Histand is one of 10 women signed up for this year’s ski classic. She’s got safety glasses on and one ski pole clamped tight.Sarah Histand grinds down the tips of her ski poles so the sharp tips can grab onto glare ice. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)“The tips of my ski poles are a little dull from use,” Histand explains. “I’m going to grind them so they’re super pointy– as pointy as possible.”Histand is a mental health counselor and personal trainer from Valdez. She skied her first classic four years ago back when there was just one other woman heading into the wilderness.“It made me challenge my idea of what I was capable of,” Histand says. “I feel like that shaped my whole perspective on what we, as individuals, are all capable of.”And now it’s a challenge Histand and Luc Mehl will go through together. The two are dating and also partnering up for the ski classic.It’s been ten years since Mehl’s first classic, and he says the end of the event — that’s always the best part.“There’s the elation of finishing and being done, because what you just did is really hard,” Mehl says, laughing to himself.And then people swap stories and compare blisters.“You finish that in this warm, cozy little bubble with baked lasagna and people sharing this experience– it ends up being pretty powerful,” Mehl explains.Luc Mehl and Sarah Histand expect to spend five nights together in the wilderness before finishing in the 31st annual Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic in Wiseman.last_img read more

Sri Lanka ends emergency four months after Easter attacks

first_imgCOLOMBO: Sri Lanka has ended a four-month state of emergency declared after Easter suicide bombings by Islamist extremists that killed 258 people, officials said Friday. President Maithripala Sirisena has been extending the emergency on the 22nd of each month since the April 21 attacks on three hotels and three churches. However, his office confirmed that Sirisena had not extended it for another term and thereby allowed the emergency to end on Thursday. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “The president did not issue a fresh proclamation extending the emergency by a further period,” an official source said. The official government printer also confirmed that there was no notification reimposing the state of emergency, which gives sweeping powers to police and security forces to arrest and detain suspects for long periods. The government used the emergency as it tightened security across the country and hunted members of a local jihadist group which was held responsible for the attacks and which claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Police have said that all those directly responsible for the suicide bombings have either been killed or arrested. This week Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said he had asked the president to relax the draconian law to signal to foreign holidaymakers that the situation in the country was back to normal. Sri Lanka’s parliament is currently investigating security lapses that led to the Easter attacks despite intelligence warnings. Advertise With Us Sirisena himself has been accused of failing to act on precise Indian intelligence that jihadists were about to hit Christian churches and other targets in Sri Lanka. A parliamentary public inquiry has been told Sirisena — who is also the minister of defence and law and order — failed to follow proper national security protocols. The mainly Buddhist nation of 21 million people was about to mark a decade since ending a 37-year-long Tamil separatist war when the Islamist extremists struck.last_img read more

WATCH Thousands Participate In Houston Womens March 2018 Its All About Inclusiveness

first_imgCity of Houston Facebook pageHouston Women’s March 2018 congregates in front of the City Hall building on January 20th, 2018.Houston Women’s March 2018 took place on Saturday, in the downtown area and under a cloudy sky which didn’t prevent thousands of Houstonians to participate, according to the organizers.Robin Paoli, one of the march’s organizers, said on Friday that around 5,000 had registered to be part of the event and that the organization had been in contact with people from counties such as Brazoria, Fort Bend and Montgomery, among others.Paoli added they also expected residents from Corpus Christi and San Antonio will participate in the march, which gathered approximately 22,000 people last year.Houston Women’s March 2018 was part of a national movement of Women’s marches, commemorating last year’s. This year, the big national event will take place in Las Vegas on Sunday. Although 2017 marches were more about the outrage about the political situation, this year’s marches are more oriented toward mid-term elections and vote, according to NPR.Once the Houston march congregated in front of the City Hall on Saturday, Mayor Sylvester Turner addressed a crowd of women and men to remind them that being the most diverse city in the country means little if inclusiveness is not part of the deal.“It is important for people like myself to stand with women all over the United States,” said Turner as he started his brief speech. “The cause is just… It is time we have to reclaim our own values, we have to stand for what this country is all about. And the city of Houston: We are standing in the most diverse city in the country.”However, the mayor warned, “the most diverse doesn’t mean anything if we are not inclusive.”Watch  scenes from the march below: We will rock you pic.twitter.com/KLMaoFXAdM— Cas Luis (@casluis3) January 20, 2018 Houston Women’s March Mayor Turner speaking pic.twitter.com/yYsYAhHNwu— Cas Luis (@casluis3) January 20, 2018 Houston Women’s. March marchers displayed great signs throughout the March pic.twitter.com/6vPqNm80qm— ROADwomenTX (@ROADwomenTX) January 20, 2018 Houston Women’s March. We are moving forward together.@Oprah @Alyssa_Milano @TexasTribune #WomensMarch2018 #TogetherWeRise #WECANWITHCANTU@AnniesListTX pic.twitter.com/M0m91U1gjf— Jennifer Cantu (@cantu4tx85) January 20, 2018 The resistance is getting ready to hit the streets #WomensMarch2018 #WomensMarchHouston2018 pic.twitter.com/pL3vD1siO9— Houston Women March (@WomensMarchHOU) January 20, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThe way in which we buy and dispense toothpaste hasn’t changed very much since modern toothpaste first became a thing you could buy. Typically you purchase a plastic tube full of toothpaste that you squeeze out on to a brush to use. Squeeze the tube the right way (from the end of course!) and there’s very little wasted, but you are always left with that hard-to-recycle plastic tube.A Kickstarter is attempting to change that, though, with the removal of the plastic tube from the equation. What replaces it are self-contained toothpaste pods that have no packaging and require no squeezing making them much simpler to use for kids, for example.Each Poppits softgel pod contains just enough toothpaste for a single brushing, with the toothpaste being released as soon as you place the pod in your mouth and the plant-derived cellulose film dissolves. The only packaging is the box the pods ship in, which is paperboard and therefore very easy to recycle. There’s also a kid’s version, available in 3 different flavors.With only a handful of hours to go and still $10,000 needed to reach its goal, it seems unlikely the Kickstarter will be a success. However, I still think this idea has legs. The inventor Wayne Solan already has a toothpaste company and manufacturing company on board. The Poppits will be made in the US, and the novelty of toothpaste without the tube has huge potential with a great marketing campaign behind it.My prediction is the toothpaste company will pick up the idea, make it their own, and pump some marketing dollars behind an initial run to see what happens. There’s still 3 hours to go at time of writing, though, so anything could happen.And one last point: Poppits toothpaste pods contain no fluoride. I thought that was worth pointing out to those of you who think it’s a poisonous mind control agent.last_img read more

Modi reaches out to Oppn hopeful of fruitful winter session

first_img“People of the country have given us responsibility to run the government, but they have also given the responsibility to all those sitting in Parliament to run the country,” Modi told reporters outside Parliament House on the first day of the Winter session.Praising the “positive role” played by the opposition in running the budget session, Modi sought the “same” cooperation from the lawmakers.”I have confidence that a lot of good work for the betterment of the people will be done with a cool mind and in a cool atmosphere,” the Prime Minister said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIModi said he believes that those who have responsibility of running the government and those having the responsibility of running the country will together work for the country’s progress.”I hope this session will be fruitful and result oriented,” he said.”In the last session, the positive role of the opposition has resulted in good work, I am hopeful that this time too we will experience the same,” Modi said.His statement assumes significance as several Opposition parties have decided to oppose the insurance bill and corner the government on black money issue, raising the spectre of a stormy session.Modi, while addressing an all-party meeting on the eve of the session yesterday, assured them that collectively all important issues can be taken up and hoped that the month-long session will go “very well” like the last budget session.last_img read more

Kathy Griffin shuts down Milo Yiannopoulos for calling her a brokeass bch

first_imgAfter whining that he could no longer make money from his controversial alt-right opinions, Milo Yiannopolous, has gone after comedian Kathy Griffin but she shut him down in the most fierce way. Kathy Griffin was having none of Milo Yiannopoulos’ nonsense. | Photo: Twitter ‘This morning, I woke up in my 13,000 sq foot Bel-Air mansion which I paid cash for. Unlike you, I’m not a flimsy superficial bitch…I saved my money.’Dear Milo Yiannopoulos,I’d tag you, but you were kicked off Twitter for harassing a famous black woman comic.This morning, I woke up in my 13,000 sq foot Bel-Air mansion which I paid cash for. Unlike you, I’m not a flimsy superficial bitch…I saved my money.Bye!Kathy pic.twitter.com/RROAeYsxJ4— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 28, 2018Slay queenPeople flocked to Griffin’s Twitter to celebrate her brilliant clap back including, many celebrities who wanted to move in with her so they could use her pool.Recording artist, Kyle McMahon, offered to be Griffin’s pool boy. To which Griffin replied: ‘only if you pay me’.Even Winter Olympic medallist, Adam Rippon got in on the action.‘My wealthy fucking queen,’ he replied with a crown emoji.MY WEALTHY FUCKING QUEEN — Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) August 28, 2018 GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gay right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos dropped from political con after uproarMilo Yiannopoulos drops $10 million lawsuit against former publisherKathy Griffin: ‘A sitting president of the US … is personally trying to ruin my life forever’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kathy-griffin-shuts-down-milo-yiannopoulos-for-calling-her-a-broke-ass-bch/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Earlier this week, Yiannopoulos took to Facebook to complain that his ‘fans’ were not vocal to support him enough whenever one of his speaking gigs was cancelled.‘Every time, it costs me tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. And when I get dumped from conferences, BARELY ANYONE makes a sound about it – not my fellow conservative media figures and not even, in many cases, you guys,’ he wrote on Facebook.But then in a recent interview the controversial mouth piece said he needed to get back to work because he didn’t want to end up poor like Griffin.‘I guess I should get back to the American speaking circuit. Or I’ll end up a broke-ass bitch like Kathy Griffin,’ Yiannopoulos was quoted as saying.But Griffin was having none of it. She hilariously shut down the writer by sharing a photo of her opulent Bel Air mansion.‘Dear Milo Yiannopoulos, I’d tag you, but you were kicked off Twitter for harassing a famous black woman comic,’ Griffin wrote on Twitter. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more