Mother of athletic therapist on Broncos bus cant erase daughters last moments

first_imgThe mother of the athletic therapist for the Humboldt Broncos says she is tormented by thoughts of her daughter’s last moments on the hockey team’s bus before it collided with a semi truck.Carol Brons told court that she was looking forward to one day walking her daughter Dayna down the aisle at her wedding.Instead, she had to walk down the aisle with her coffin at her funeral.CityNews reporter Courtney Theriault is covering the hearing. Read the updates below:LiveInfoLast to firstLast Update: 02/01/2019 8:04 AMLiveInfoFeb 18:04 AMAn IRL look at what Sidhu would have likely seen heading towards the intersection. #humboldtbroncos https://t.co/pZ0XfjUx2b— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) February 1, 201900SHAREFeb 15:16 AMHealey reiterates that there is no precedence for this type of case. Says that the court must weigh severity of crime with mitigating factors such as remorse and guilty plea.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 15:14 AMCrown prosecutor Tom Healey saying it has been an emotional, difficult week. Thanks those who presented victim impact statements. Adds that Sidhu’s crime impacted so many. pic.twitter.com/d1T2w1Vtgu— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201900SHAREFeb 13:58 AMCrown and Defence will speak to media at 3 o’clock SK time— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201920SHAREFeb 13:52 AMCrown and defence shake hands after sentencing adjourned until March 22nd, when it’s expected Sidhu will learn how long he will be behind bars.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201903SHAREFeb 13:50 AMSidhu was hunched over the table, speaking towards families as he delivered his statement. Slow, emotional delivery.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:50 AMJudge Cardinal says this is a matter that will take some time. Looking at March 22nd.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:50 AMSidhu says he saw it was a bus. He takes responsibility for what has happened due to his lack of experience. He’s “so, so, so, so, so sorry.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201900SHAREFeb 13:48 AMSidhu says he got out of the truck, heard crying and then knew what had happened.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:48 AMSidhu says “I have taken the most valuable thing in your life”, talking to the families.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201910SHAREFeb 13:46 AMSidhu speaks: “ I can’t even imagine what you are going through.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 13:44 AMDefence seemed to suggest somewhere in the 1.5 to 4.5 year range. Crown rebuts, saying 10 years is fair, as a deterrent and denunciation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:42 AMTo recap: Crown calls for 10 year sentence and 10 year driving prohibition for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.The defence makes NO official recommendation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201902SHAREFeb 13:41 AMSidhu’s lawyer says any sentence over six months would jeopardize Sidhu’s ability to stay on Canada, but offers NO direct sentencing recommendation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 13:38 AMSays this is indicative of many messages that Sidhu and his lawyer have received from Canadians.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201921SHAREFeb 13:36 AMDefence now reading a hand drawn card from a grade 3 student sent to Sidhu- “I feel bad for you… it’s not your fault, everyone makes mistakes.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:10 AMDefence says on the matter of culpability, Sidhu is less culpable than this other case. But- how much do consequences impact Sidhu’s sentence?— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201912SHAREFeb 13:08 AMDefence says that sentences for driving causing death are often below what the public believes them to be. Citing another dangerous driving case with several aggravating factors (alleged impaired, no guilty plea, etc) was given 40 months.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:04 AMAt this point, the defence seems to suggest 2 years less a day is the starting point for sentencing, the question becomes how much of a factor should the consequences (deaths and injuries) be in adjusting that figure.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:00 AMDefence refers back to a case cited by Crown, where professional semi driver with clean record missed road cues and killed 3 people. Sentence was 2 years less a day with 5 year driving prohibition— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREShow More PostsAdd Arena.im to your site The last of 75 victim impact statements are to be submitted in court today at the sentencing hearing of Jaskirat Singh Sidhu in Melfort, Sask.The 30-year-old from Calgary has pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving for causing the crash last April.Court has heard that Sidhu blew through a stop sign at a rural intersection and the bus driver had no chance of avoiding a collision.Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured.last_img read more

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3 contrasting contenders in Germany vie to succeed Merkel

first_imgBERLIN — Three high-profile contenders are vying to lead Angela Merkel’s party as the longtime German chancellor makes way after 18 years for a successor who could shape the European Union’s most populous country for the next generation.The centre-right Christian Democratic Union will elect on Friday a new chairman or chairwoman, who will be the favourite to run for chancellor in Germany’s next election.Merkel has been CDU leader since 2000 and chancellor since 2005. She moved her party relentlessly to the centre, dropping military conscription, accelerating Germany’s exit from nuclear energy, introducing benefits encouraging fathers to look after their young children and allowing the introduction of gay marriage.Most controversially, she allowed large numbers of asylum-seekers into Germany in 2015.Merkel’s popularity lifted her centre-right bloc for years, peaking in a 2013 election in which it won 41.5 per cent of the vote. But in October, after a troubled start to her fourth-term government and two dismal state election performances, the 64-year-old announced she would step down as CDU leader and wouldn’t seek a fifth term as chancellor.Her potential successors need to lift a party polling under 30 per cent. They could take the CDU, which together with the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union has been post-war Germany’s most consistently successful political force, in different directions.ANNEGRET KRAMP-KARRENBAUER, 56The CDU’s general secretary since February, Kramp-Karrenbauer — often called “AKK” — is a Merkel ally and the closest to her centrist stance. She touts her own lengthy experience in regional government, which saw her become the first woman to become a state’s interior minister, or top security official, and serve as governor of western Saarland state.Kramp-Karrenbauer says she knows how to win elections, having defied expectations to win re-election in Saarland by a wide margin last year. And she says she put herself “at the service of the CDU” by giving up that job this year.Kramp-Karrenbauer has consistently shown more willingness than the chancellor to cater to conservative rhetoric and more vocally opposed gay marriage. Recently, she has sought to put careful distance between herself and Merkel without disavowing her, saying she has had “very lively discussions” with the chancellor on various subjects.She has talked tough on immigration issues, proposing a lifelong entry ban to Europe for asylum-seekers convicted of serious crimes. But she has warned that endlessly reheating arguments about the 2015 migrant influx is a turn-off for voters.FRIEDRICH MERZ, 63A one-time Merkel rival, Merz is seeking a spectacular comeback after more than a decade away from front-line politics. He stands for a more conservative and business-friendly approach.Merz led the centre-right group in parliament from 2000 until 2002, when Merkel pushed him out of that job. He left parliament in 2009, and in recent years practiced as a lawyer and headed the supervisory board of the German branch of investment manager BlackRock.A snappy speaker, Merz lacks government experience but is well-connected in the party and has presented his time away from politics as a virtue, saying that he has “had the opportunity … to look from outside at politics and its decisions.”In the past, he advocated radical tax reform and argued that foreigners should learn German “Leitkultur,” which could be roughly translated as “majority culture.”In this campaign, he has criticized the “unregulated influx” of migrants and charged that the CDU accepted the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany, which entered the national parliament last year, “with a shrug of the shoulders.” He appeared briefly to question the right to asylum enshrined in the German constitution, but quickly walked that back. And he has advocated encouraging greater use of private pension plans using shares.JENS SPAHN, 38A Merkel critic, Spahn became health minister in March as Merkel acknowledged pressure for renewal. He has support on the party’s right — but that appears to have been largely swallowed by Merz’s reemergence, leaving him as the outsider.Spahn has made migration a focus, calling it the “elephant in the room.” He has said that security is a key issue, and argued that “not everything is good again” even though the flow of migrants has slowed.Spahn, who is openly gay, has said that his party doesn’t need to “shift to the right,” but it does need to start “a real change of generations.” He looks highly unlikely to succeed this time, but this contest could position him well for the CDU’s next leadership change.AND THEN?The choice will be made by 1,001 delegates at a party congress in Hamburg, many of them professional or part-time politicians at federal, regional or local level.Merkel has signalled that she intends to remain chancellor for the rest of this parliamentary term before retiring from politics. The next election theoretically shouldn’t be until 2021, but that is uncertain.Merkel’s governing coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats, the CDU’s traditional rivals, has had an extremely bumpy few months. Another crisis, or an already-agreed midterm review next fall, could bring it down.Whoever becomes CDU leader will want to follow through on promises to sharpen the party’s profile. Observers struggle to imagine Merkel working well with Merz, in particular, though both dismiss that concern.“I have no doubt that, if that is the outcome, I can work well together with Friedrich Merz, as with every other candidate,” Merkel says.Geir Moulson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Annual Community Exhibition hosted by the Energetic Learning Campus

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – For its fourth year, the Energetic Learning Campus (ELC) is hosting their Community Project Exhibition, the school-wide community-focused project.The continued question for the students is ‘How will I make a difference in our community?’The project facilitated the opportunity for students to make connections within the community with organizations and individuals as a way to make a difference. Students found their own voices to recognize and work on local issues by figuring out practical ways to help in the community. According to the teachers of the ELC, students were encouraged to top build communication and connection within the community, to create a positive change, by being inspired and taking pride to become globally educated citizens.June 5th, 2019, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm the students of the ELC will showcase their plans on how to make Fort St. John a better place. The exhibition will be set to be very interactive like a trade show so visitors can walk about and interact with the different groups hearing what they learned by trying to make a difference in the community.To view the FB Event; CLICK HERETo view a fundraiser inspired by the students; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Convenes African Summit During COP22 Conference

New York – King Mohammed VI is convening an African summit of head of state during  the COP22 Conference scheduled to take place in Marrakech on November 7-18. King Mohammed VI is taking advantage of so many African heads of state being in the same place at the same time.The Moroccan monarch has instructed his top diplomatic advisor, Taieb Fassi Fihri to organize a summit of African heads of state in the Marrakech Royal Palace while they are attending of the COP 22 climate change conference. The proposed summit would take place on November 16. Three African presidents have already committed to attending the king’s summit, namely Ali Bongo, newly re-elected president of Gabon, Alassane Ouattara, President of Cote d’Ivoire, and Macky Sall, President of Senegal.In keeping with the theme of the conference, the African heads of state are sure to discuss is water stress.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that the number of countries facing water stress is increasing and Africa has more than anywhere else.One key factor in water stress is increased demand due to population growth.Africa currently has 1.2 billion people.  But by 2050, demographists foresee Africa’s population doubling to 2.4 billion.“Based on current trends, in the next 35 years, 25 out of 100 people will be African,” according to a UNICEF report.Another topic which should concern African heads of state is security.  Senegal, Gabon and Cote d’Ivoire have all seen an increase in terrorist activity over the past year. Senegal has tightened security through roadside checks in which hundred were arrested earlier this year.  And Cote d’Ivoire was victimized by a beachfront attack by Al-Qaeda militants in which 20 people were killed.  These incident have had a direct impact on tourism and hence the general economies of many West African nations.King Muhammad VI, being a gracious host and leader, will certainly here the concerns of his colleagues and provide leadership for the benefit of all Africans. read more

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Faced with tariffs US companies must weigh alternatives

NEW YORK — Small businesses contending with higher tariffs on Chinese imports must determine the best way to mitigate the damage to their profits after the duties rose to 25% from 10% last Friday. Some of the alternatives and considerations owners should look at:— Move manufacturing to another country. Vietnam, Singapore and Bangladesh are among the countries that have growing manufacturing industries and aren’t engaged in a trade dispute with the U.S.. But smaller companies may not be able to afford the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to move manufacturing. It’s also a lengthy process to get started with a new manufacturer — and if there’s a trade agreement with China, it may be tempting to move production back.— Look for U.S. suppliers. In some industries, there are few or no U.S. manufacturers — all the domestic production has gone overseas. Even where there are U.S. companies, they may have raised their prices because they could charge more while still being competitive with Chinese imports that are being taxed by the U.S. government.— Pass along higher costs to customers. Business owners have to consider their competition; if other companies aren’t raising prices, they stand to take business away from those that do. But some owners find that customers understand the situation and will pay the added costs._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

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Human bird flu death confirmed in Nigeria first in subSaharan Africa –

5 February 2007The United Nations health agency has confirmed a fatal human case of bird flu in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, only the second incidence of the H5N1 virus in humans in the sub-Saharan region, and is working with the Nigerian authorities to identify the source of infection. All samples from contacts of the victim, a 22-year-old woman from Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, have so far tested negative, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said. The women’s infection with the H5N1 virus was confirmed by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in London. The agency noted that H5N1 has been identified in poultry outbreaks in Nigeria and, as in other affected countries, sporadic cases of human infection are not unexpected. The only other sub-Saharan African country to report human bird flu is Djibouti with one non-fatal case. North of the Sahara only Egypt has had human cases – 19 with 11 of them fatal. There have so far been 271 confirmed cases worldwide, 165 of them fatal, the vast majority in South-East Asia. Ever since the first human case of H5N1, linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand, was reported in January 2004, UN health officials have warned that the virus could evolve into a human pandemic if it mutates into a form which could transmit easily between people. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. More than 200 million birds have died worldwide from either the virus or preventive culling. There is one other suspected death from the virus in Nigeria and WHO is working with the Government to carry out intensive surveillance. Reports of additional suspected cases may occur as people with influenza-like symptoms seek medical advice. Meanwhile UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza David Nabarro said the chances of human infection from an outbreak among birds in the United Kingdom were very small, but the world needs to remain vigilant for up to a decade to ensure the virus’s eradication. WHO stressed that H5N1 is not transmitted to humans through properly prepared and cooked food. Cases of human infection have frequently been linked to the home slaughter and subsequent handling of diseased or dead birds prior to cooking and these practices represent the highest risk of human infection. When handling raw poultry or live or dead birds, it is imperative to disinfect hands and surfaces with soap and water, WHO said. Consumers also need to be sure that during the cooking process, poultry reaches temperatures of at least 70 centigrade in all parts and that eggs are fully cooked throughout. read more

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UN survey Afghan opium production remains shockingly high

6 February 2008A United Nations study of opium production in Afghanistan released today has concluded that this year’s cultivation levels remain shockingly high, and will be broadly similar to or slightly lower than last year’s record harvest of 192,000 hectares. Presenting the assessment, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, said that while the level of opium cultivated may have peaked, the money generated by Afghan drugs remained a destabilizing force. He warned Europe, Russia and countries along Afghan heroin routes to “brace themselves again for major health and security consequences.” UNODC’s Afghanistan Opium Winter Assessment reports a growing divide between opium-free provinces in the north-east, and ever-higher levels of cultivation in the south-west, where the Taliban insurgency is strongest. A dozen provinces are expected to remain free of opium cultivation this year, while more than three-quarters of Afghanistan’s opium is grown in areas outside the Government’s control. The assessment is based on field visits and interviews with village leaders. “Afghanistan is becoming a divided country, with clear drugs and insurgency battle lines,” Mr. Costa warned. “Opium is a massive source of revenue for the Taliban.” He said this money came from a tax of around 10 per cent on opium farmers, which generated close to $100 million, in addition to money made by running heroin labs and drug exports. The report also shows that Afghanistan has become the world’s biggest supplier of cannabis (estimated at 70,000 hectares this year), which is exported mainly through the southern borders, Pakistan and Iran to the Gulf countries. The UN drugs chief urged Afghanistan and its allies to take decisive action. “While analysts debate endlessly how to prioritize security, development, counter-narcotics and good governance, the Afghan opium situation is becoming desperate. And time is not on the right side,” he warned. He underlined the need for strong and honest institutions to combat opium cultivation, and pointed to elements still lacking, which he said included “honest and functioning Ministries of Counter-Narcotics and of the Interior; an anti-corruption authority with integrity and credible powers; an efficient judicial system; and honest and committed governors throughout the country.”Concerns about Afghanistan’s drug industry, violence and corruption and their impact on the country’s development were also expressed by some two dozen countries and international organisations meeting in Tokyo.Members of the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board, the high-level body tasked with overseeing the five-year reconstruction blueprint known as the Afghanistan Compact, highlighted the progress achieved over the past several years in the war-ravaged country. At the same time, participants “noted that Taliban, related armed groups, terrorism and narcotics continue to pose a challenge, inhibiting the peace process; and governance has been challenged by capacity constraints, weak rule of law and corruption,” according to a joint communiqué issued yesterday.Among other things, they agreed to intensify their efforts to meet the threat posed by the narcotics industry, and to enhance the Government’s capacity to deliver basic services, reduce corruption and spur economic growth. read more

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Ticats stadium wont be ready

(Update)The Hamilton Tiger-Cats first two games at Tim Hortons Field have been cancelled because of ongoing construction delays. In a news release late Monday afternoon — the city of Hamilton says the decision was made after an afternoon meeting. The news doesn’t come as a shock to many who have watched the progress at the stadium. But now the team has to figure out what it will do for fans for at least two games.Les Prince Field at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium will be the new location for the first two games.A statement from the city says they will review the status at the end of July and provide an update at that time. They say the field is 85% ready.So there’s no guarantee that the home game on August 16th will be played at the new field. After that, you’re looking at the Labour Day classic which is always a sell-out or close to it. The builders say they are adamant that the field will be ready for the Labour Day Classic.Tiger-Cats CEO Scott Mitchell: “Well, I think they said sometime ago they were not going to meet substantial completion. But they were adamant that there could be a temporary occupancy solution that would see us play inside the stadium. But, I think it became clear that that kind of experience for us and the city just wasn’t going to be feasible and tenable. So it’s back to focusing on, hey substantial completion and living up to your obligations for the contract and they’re adamant that they’ll be able to do that and have us in there no later than labour day. (When will we know that?) Well, that’s something you’re going to have to ask Infrastructure Ontario.”There have been discussions that, in order to try and make it fair for season ticket holders, the team will have to divide the games up for season ticket holders since there are only 6,000 seats at Ron Joyce Stadium. read more

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As new UN arms experts arrive in Iraq inspectors visit chemical factory

An UNMOVIC team carried out an inspection of the Falluja III site – a chemical factory engaged in the production of pesticides, insecticides and rodent poisons – of the Al-Tariq Company, which is located about 100 kilometres west of Baghdad.The facility also hosts a research and development department which is concerned with “new formulations and synthetic processes for local production of active ingredients,” said Hiro Ueki, a spokesman for UNMOVIC and the IAEA in Baghdad.The site contains a number of tagged dual-use items of equipment, which were all accounted for, Mr. Ueki said, while all key buildings at the site were inspected. “The objectives of the visit were successfully achieved,” he reported.The IAEA inspection team went to the State Establishment for Geological Survey and the associated Geo-Pilot plant facilities, which had previously been involved in the “mapping of ore assays and developmental processing of those ores,” the spokesman reported.The IAEA team conducted its inspections “without delay,” he said.Meanwhile, an additional 25 inspectors – 21 from the IAEA and 4 from UNMOVIC – arrived in Baghdad today, bringing the total number of inspectors currently in Iraq to 42 – 15 from UNMOVIC and 27 from the IAEA. Another 25 to 30 inspectors, all from UNMOVIC, are expected to arrive in Baghdad on 10 December. read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Oct 5 2017

All newsletters We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more MLB predictions See more NFL predictions Things That Caught My EyeUnpatriotic defenseThe Patriots offense has been great, as usual, but their defense is on pace to be the worst NFL defense since 2006. Looking at expected points added (EPA) per game, the Patriots have been coughing up 12.2 points per game and allowing an average 116.5 passer rating. [FiveThirtyEight]Lynx v. Sparks, Part II: Revenge of the LynxPrior to Wednesday, both the Lynx and Sparks scored exactly 908 points in their past 12 games — going back to the start of last year’s finals. The Lynx had won five and the Sparks seven, including last year’s title. But Minnesota won the latest round of this intense rivalry with a 85-76 victory over Los Angeles to win the Game 5 championship of the WNBA finals and seal their fourth title in seven years. [ESPN]Hockey has started!Dom Luszczyszyn over at The Athletic ran a massive fan poll to determine what NHL fans thought about the forthcoming season. Based on the wisdom of the crowds, Pittsburgh’s favored by 16 percent of respondents to repeat, followed by the Nashville Predators (11 percent chance to win), Washington Capitals (10 percent) and Tampa Bay Lightning (10 percent). [The Athletic]Dak could use a raiseCowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who is still on his rookie contract, is making $540,000 in 2017. For prospective, Matthew Stafford of the Lions makes Dak’s entire salary in 10 game minutes, Mike Glennon of the Bears’ bench made it in 32 minutes of game, and Jay Cutler of Miami took only about 52 minutes of game time to make Dakbucks. [ESPN]Bring your child to work day gets a little too real in CalgaryJaromir Jagr, the 45-year-old who’s the second all-time point scorer in NHL history, signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames for $1 million and another million in bonuses. Jagr will be playing alongside the son of a player he was drafted alongside in 1990, and 10 team members were not born when Jagr won the Stanley Cup in 1991. [SportsNet Canada]Cleveland has hope again, ughThe MLB postseason is underway, with the Yankees defeating the Twins and the Diamondbacks defeating the Rockies in the wild card games. Cleveland is most favored to win the World Series — we give them a 26 percent chance of doing so — followed by the Dodgers, Astros and Nationals. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number6 NBA ChimerasOnly six teams in the past 25 seasons have had three players with at least 25 percent usage over the course of the season: the 2016-17 Warriors, 2016-17 Cavaliers, 2008-09 Mavericks, 2007-08 Spurs, 2001-02 Bucks and 1999-2000 Bucks. This year between Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the Minnesota Timberwolves may very well join that club. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackwalt:Want that 400 word Post about my Jets Browns bet for Friday? Can file tomorrowgfoster:Yeah for sure. Does the Jets being half decent screw it up? I guess not…walt:Nahwalt:They’re also half not decentPredictions MLB Oh, and don’t forgetWatch the most delightful man in New York — with correct feelings about the Eagles — crush it at Jeopardy NFL read more

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Scores of persons attend lightup of 70foot Christmas tree

Gaskin, who also holds the Tourism portfolio, said many tourists have become accustomed to seeing the tall structure during the holiday season, in addition to other erected depictions at the various religious and cultural festivals. He encouraged those gathered to continue acts of goodwill, as this is the season of giving.The illuminated tree at Parc Rayne on Sunday eveningThe event’s host, Mr Rahaman, thanked the business community for supporting the event, and for throwing in their lot when the event was almost halted following the tree’s collapse. He noted that the Pritipaul Singh Investment Company donated the use of its 100-foot crane to hoist the lights onto the alternate Christmas tree.The Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree light-up has become synonymous with the holidays season in Guyana. …new tree for Rahaman’s Park in the coming days – Rahaman The 12th annual Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree light-up went off without any hitches on Sunday night, following the near cancellation of the event when the 70-foot artificial tree fell at the hands of suspected saboteurs.Proprietor Ray Rahaman has indicated that he hopes to have the tree replaced within 7 to 10 days. However, its replacement, a similar 70-foot, but evergreen Christmas tree, illuminated the night sky in the sight of the Rahamans, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, and the exuberant faces of many children from contiguous communities, who were earlier given toys and snacks at the event, which drew a sizable gathering.The evening’s proceedings began with the lively sound of steel pan music playing the popular rendition “Merry Christmas to You”. Other attention grabbing performances included an up-tempo medley of “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”, “Gloria” and “Feliz-Navidad!” by the Queen’s College Music Ensemble.A section of the gathering during the cultural show just outside Rahaman’s Park on the East Bank Demerara highwayThe all-male group released the sounds of the acoustic and bass guitar as they played their set. Additionally, a saxophonist and dance group also kept the audience entertained.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, in brief remarks, observed that it was indeed unfortunate that the old tree, which stood at a major road intersection, could no longer be seen. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSabotage suspected after Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree collapsesDecember 3, 2017In “Local News”200 children receive gifts at Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree light upDecember 10, 2016In “latest news”Two nabbed with Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree strapsDecember 3, 2017In “Crime” read more

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Meet Miss Teen TCI contestants

first_imgAmber Hall – 19 year old Amber Hall will be representing Providenciales; her platform is to promote and expand art in the community and schools in TCI. Amber says she joined the Miss Teen TCI pageant to gain experience, increase her knowledge and to build her self confidence and self esteem. Arielle NeelyArielle is 16 years old and will be representing North Caicos. Arielle says she joined the pageant to meet new friends and learn more about herself. Arielle’s platform is aimed at helping young ladies by promoting self love and self confidence. Gessica Williams15 year old Gessica Williams will be representing Middle Caicos in the Miss Teen TCI pageant; her platform aims to shed light on illegal drugs and how it affects the community. Gessica says she always knew that she would be a pageant girl, which is her main reason for joining the competition.Later we feature the final two contestants of Miss Teen TCI 2015-2016 – Leanndra Pratt and Shanise Laurant. Related Items:Miss teen tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Results in for 2nd Miss Teen TCI; called a close contestcenter_img Busy holiday weekend Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Sept 2015 – The countdown is on now to coronation day for the ‘fierce five,’ after a showcase in float parade and at the Island Fish Fry on Thursday evening. Today, the teens will have their preliminary interviews and the final competition and crowning is set for Saturday at Brayton Hall. Let’s meet three of the contestants; Amber Hall, Arielle Neely and Gessica Williams. Teen TCI Pageant this weekend; events start at Fish Frylast_img read more

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Rosythbased Babcock employees to receive pay increase of up to 92

first_imgWaterside manufacturing and repair organisation Babcock is to award 700 employees based at Rosyth dockyard a pay deal, including a pay increase of up to 9.2%.The pay deal, negotiated with trade union Unite, will see Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard employees receive a pay rise of £2,000, as well as a £1,000 lump sum payment. This has been delivered to employees as a £1,750 pay rise, plus the lump sum, effective from 1 April 2018, and a further £250 pay increase will occur from 1 October 2018.This equates to a percentage pay increase of between 7.2% and 9.2%.A spokesperson at Babcock said: “We have continued to work closely with our trade union colleagues during these pay negotiations and are pleased that together we have reached a positive conclusion.”Bob Macgregor, regional officer at Unite, added: “The deal was struck following intense but constructive negotiations with management. It’s a win-win deal putting extra money in the [employees’] pockets, which will help them and their families keep up with rising prices.“There is also an agreement for the [organisation], unions and employees to work together to introduce agreed changes that ensure Rosyth is fit for the future.“This first-class deal shows what can be achieved on behalf of the workforce when they are part of a well-organised and professional union.”last_img read more

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Innovation Insight 3 Questions for Sal Nodjomian

first_imgSal Nodjomian is executive vice president of Matrix Design Group. On Base: How will innovations change the way installations and communities work together?Nodjomian: Innovation between installations and communities means increased inter-dependency by coalescing intellectual, virtual, and physical resources through partnerships and agreements. Old paradigms are shifting. Empowered installation commanders and increasingly educated community leaders are improving support to both installations and communities through innovative partnerships. Innovative ideas, progressive leaders, and enabling legislation – such as intergovernmental service agreements – are helping communities posture to quickly and efficiently support their installations in solving infrastructure and technology challenges.On Base: What’s the most important thing that needs to happen to strengthen the base of the future?Nodjomian: That’s the million dollar question! In short, we need the resources and the authorities to truly strengthen the base of the future. Infrastructure capacity, connectivity, resilience, functionality, cost of operations and adaptability must all improve. The base of the future must have the capability to transform as missions and systems continue to evolve at an ever-increasing pace and they must employ best-in-class technology. In the past, installation leaders lacked the data necessary to make proper long-term decisions. But with access to vast amount of data, coupled with the ability to control equipment and facilities in response to natural disasters or kinetic attack, installation leaders will be poised to better operate, maintain and defend the installations.On Base: Is there an innovation trend or opportunity that you think is overlooked?Nodjomian: There are multiple areas which must continually be cultivated for successful “base of the future” operations: big data, alternative energy and artificial intelligence are just a few. With respect to big data, our technology is capable of amassing massive amounts of real-time information for use in a multitude of applications. Developing capabilities to capture, analyze, use and share this data in smart ways puts the organization at the forefront of innovation. Alternative energy sources that can ensure uninterrupted access to power is one of the most critical vulnerabilities of an installation. As such, the DoD should continue to lean forward and explore creative solutions with their energy assurance offices. Finally, artificial intelligence is an area that will change the way installations are managed in the coming decades. Industry has only scratched the surface of these possibilities, which will revolutionize how installation support is provided.Part of a series highlighting the faces and ideas of Installation Innovation Forum in Miami, March 4-6. Read “3 Questions for Katherine Hammack,” “3 Questions for Will Rowe“ and “3 Questions for T-Mobile.” ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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Steely Dans Walter Becker Dies

first_img Facebook https://twitter.com/MarkRonson/status/904369811676950528 The New York-born Becker — adept at both electric guitar and bass — met his future Steely Dan partner/collaborator Donald Fagen in 1967 while attending Bard College. The duo later moved to California and undertook work as staff songwriters, placing songs such as “I Mean To Shine” on Barbra Streisand’s 1971 album, Barbra Joan Streisand.In 1972 Steely Dan released their debut album, Can’t Buy A Thrill, which spawned the hits “Do It Again” and “Reelin’ In The Years.” Known for their sophisticated songwriting and arrangements, Steely Dan landed a string of subsequent hit albums, including 1974’s Pretzel Logic (No. 8), 1977’s Aja (No. 3) and 1980’s Gaucho (No. 9). Becker and Fagen engaged the services of a variety of talented musicians on their recordings, which added a unique layer of musical depth to Steely Dan’s sound. Musicians who appeared on their albums included Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Larry Carlton (guitar), Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro (drums), Michael McDonald (vocals), and Wayne Shorter (saxophone). Aja featured the jazz-inflected hits “Peg” and “Deacon Blues,” while Gaucho spawned the now-classic “Hey Nineteen.” Both albums earned Album Of The Year nominations at 20th GRAMMY Awards and 24th GRAMMY Awards, respectively. Aja was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2003.Following Gaucho, Steely Dan went on a lengthy recording hiatus. During that time, Becker worked as a record producer, helming albums for artists such as Rickie Lee Jones and Michael Franks and Fagen. In 1994 Becker released his debut solo album, 11 Tracks Of Whack, which was produced by Fagen. News GRAMMY winner co-wrote hits such as “Reelin’ In The Years,” “Peg,” “Deacon Blues,” and “Hey Nineteen”Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 3, 2017 – 10:50 am Walter Becker, an influential guitarist, songwriter and producer best known as co-founder of GRAMMY winners Steely Dan, has died according to a news post on his official website. No cause of death has been revealed. Becker was 67 years old. Email Becker and Fagen reconvened Steely Dan in the studio for 2000’s Two Against Nature, their first album in 20 years. The album proved to be arguably their biggest success, hitting No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and winning four GRAMMY Awards, including Album Of The Year and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for “Cousin Dupree.”In 2001 Steely Dan were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Two years later, Fagen and Becker recorded what would be the final Steely Dan studio album, Everything Must Go. The album featured “Slang Of Ages,” a track on which Becker made his lead vocal debut. In 2008 Becker released his second solo album, Circus Money.Steely Dan continued to tour in recent years. In 2017 they played live at Classic West and Classic East, two festival-style concerts that featured Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, and the Doobie Brothers. However, Becker was unable to perform at either concert due to an undisclosed illness.’Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967,” Fagen wrote in a statement. “I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”GRAMMY Winner Shelley Berman DiesRead more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2015 – 11:58 am Steely Dan Win Album Of The Year Steely Dan’s Walter Becker Dies steely-dans-walter-becker-dies Twitter Steely Dan’s Walter Becker Dies last_img read more

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Study finds link between global warming and frog susceptibility to fungal disease

first_img Citation: Study finds link between global warming and frog susceptibility to fungal disease (2012, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-link-global-frog-susceptibility-fungal.html © 2012 Phys.org Chytridiomycosis is a skin disease that occurs when frogs and other amphibians are attacked by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. The result is generally death as the frogs develop cysts under their skin and eventually die of cardiac arrest. The disease is believed to be responsible for the deaths of billions of amphibians worldwide and has led to the extinction of some species and has put others at risk.Suspecting that global warming is possibly accelerating the death toll of amphibians infected with mold spores from the fungus, the team tested 80 Cuban frogs in the lab. There they subjected both frogs and the fungus to various temperature tests.In one test, temperatures were held constant. In another, temperatures were set to correspond to the normal highs and lows that occur in the natural world. Then, to mimic what the researchers believe global warming has wrought, they caused unexpected highs and lows, creating a chaotic, variable temperature zone.The team found that when existing by itself, the fungus did best when exposed to cool even temperatures or when the temperature changes were regular. The frogs did best, of course, when temperatures mimicked their natural environment. What was different however was when the fungus was present on the frog’s skin. Under those conditions, the fungus did better and the frogs did worse when the temperature was varied and unpredictable. This suggests, the researchers say, that it’s possible that global warming, and associated temperature volatility, is accelerating the rate of amphibian deaths from Chytridiomycosis.They also suggest the reason frogs become more susceptible to Chytridiomycosis during times of unpredictable temperature changes is because the fungus is a simpler organism that can respond faster than frogs, meaning they can acclimate faster. Explore further (Phys.org) — A lot of studies are underway to try to find out what the impact of changing temperatures due to global warming will be on plants and animals. But few so far have been done to study the impact of the likely increase in the variability of weather patterns that are also expected to occur as the planet heats up. Once such group however, has been focusing on the impact of variable temperatures on amphibians and a fungal skin disease that has been killing a lot of them. The researchers, from Oakland University and the University of South Florida, have, as they write in their paper published in Nature Climate Change, found that Cuban tree frogs appear to be more susceptible to the fungal disease chytridiomycosis when temperatures vary, than when temperatures remain relatively constant. Fighting massive declines in frog populations with bacteria and fungicidescenter_img More information: Disease and thermal acclimation in a more variable and unpredictable climate, Nature Climate Change (2012) doi:10.1038/nclimate1659AbstractGlobal climate change is shifting the distribution of infectious diseases of humans and wildlife with potential adverse consequences for disease control. As well as increasing mean temperatures, climate change is expected to increase climate variability, making climate less predictable. However, few empirical or theoretical studies have considered the effects of climate variability or predictability on disease, despite it being likely that hosts and parasites will have differential responses to climatic shifts. Here we present a theoretical framework for how temperature variation and its predictability influence disease risk by affecting host and parasite acclimation responses. Laboratory experiments conducted in 80 independent incubators, and field data on disease-associated frog declines in Latin America6, support the framework and provide evidence that unpredictable temperature fluctuations, on both monthly and diurnal timescales, decrease frog resistance to the pathogenic chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Furthermore, the pattern of temperature-dependent growth of the fungus on frogs was opposite to the pattern of growth in culture, emphasizing the importance of accounting for the host–parasite interaction when predicting climate-dependent disease dynamics. If similar acclimation responses influence other host–parasite systems, as seems likely, then present models, which generally ignore small-scale temporal variability in climate7, might provide poor predictions for climate effects on disease. A chytrid-infected frog. From Riders of a Modern-Day Ark. Gewin V. PLoS Biology Vol. 6, No. 1, e24 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060024 Journal information: Nature Climate Change This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Manirul Islam expresses desire to resign from BJP

first_imgKolkata: Manirul Islam, the former Trinamool Congress MLA who joined BJP last week, has expressed his desire to leave the party in view of the protests launched by BJP workers. Mukul Roy said Islam has expressed his desire to resign and the Central leadership of the party is considering his request.Islam, a former Trinamool MLA from Labhpur in Birbhum, had joined BJP last week. He went to New Delhi and Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP national secretary in charge of Bengal, handed over the party flag to him and inducted him into the party. When the news of his joining spread, BJP supporters in Birbhum threatened to quit the party en masse. Kalosona Mondol, general secretary of BJP’s Birbhum unit, alleged that the party should have consulted them before inducting Islam. He and his followers subsequently decided to quit the party and the situation went beyond the control of the state unit. Mondol alleged that Trinamool Congress supporters had attacked BJP workers under the leadership of Islam. He said no party worker would work under the new entrant and all of them would quit the party. In view of the resistance from party workers in Birbhum, Islam expressed his willingness to resign. Meanwhile, BJP workers in other parts of the state like North 24-Parganas have refused to obey Arjun Singh in Barrackpore and Subhrangshu Roy in Kanchrapara, as both had led Trinamool workers who had beaten up BJP supporters in North 24-Parganas.last_img read more

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This DJI Pocket Camera Features 4K Resolution and an Integrated Gimbal

first_img 2 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Finding the right photos to represent you and your business is trickier than it sounds. Professional stock photos require pricey subscriptions, and that’s hard to justify when you’re on a tight first-year budget. Pro-level videos will set you back even more.The best way to capture your vision for your company? Take your own photos and videos with the DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Integrated Camera. It’s a snap to use — it might even turn you into an aspiring filmmaker or photographer.The DJI Osmo combines a crisp 4K camera with a 3-axis gimbal (a pivoted support that helps your camera take blur-free shots from any angle). This pocket-sized team mounts almost anywhere for one-of-a-kind angles.The camera has an app for iOS and Android phones, which links up and helps you polish footage with preset shooting patterns, camera motions, filters, and even soundtracks. This way, you can get photos and videos online quicker by streamlining your editing process.The Osmo also has smart functions like Active Track and FaceTrack, which keep your subject in focus during videos. Nightshot captures low-lit scenes, and the Motionlapse feature slows down activity in your scene for a more dynamic shot.The DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Integrated Camera will save you a bundle on vibrant photos and videos for your growing company. Pick it up today for just $349. July 15, 2019 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.last_img read more

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Avail These Amazing Black Friday Deals On The NordVPN 1year And 2year

first_imgThe market is filled with VPNs and each VPN promises you privacy at all costs. However, not every one of these VPN can compete with NordVPN. This amazing VPN has been very highly rated by some prominent names like CNET, PC Mag, TechRadar etc. It is a great favorite and Wccftech is here with an amazing Black Friday offer for you! You can get the 1-year and 2-year subscriptions of the VPN for amazing discounts during this week!NordVPN subscription featuresThis VPN provides ‘bulletproof’ security to its users and will provide you with unrestricted web access. All the data sent through the VPN’s tunnels is double encrypted with SSL-based 2048-bit encryption. You will remain completely anonymous and you are assured that the company does not keep any logs of your private data either. The deals have a lot to offer. Here are highlights of what each deal has to offer: Secure any Internet connection: public Wi-Fi hotspots, cellular networks & moreBypass content restrictions & stay anonymous Rest easy knowing that your activity is not recorded anywhere (no log policy) Get online access anywhere w/ 3,521 worldwide server locations in 61 different countries Enjoy high speed connections for streaming video & content access Automatically shut down your site as soon as the VPN connection drops, so no data is revealed Strict No Logging Policy!Important Details Redemption: must redeem within 30 days of purchaseLength of access: 1-year/2-years Minor updates included Restrictions: may purchase multiple licenses, but 2-year subscriptions are not stackable & must use unique accounts 3,521 servers in 61 countries Connect six devices simultaneously Use unlimited dataSystem Requirements Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OSiOS, Android devices Router with dd-wrt capabilities or something more exotic (PPTP-enabled), such as Raspberry PiThe offers will expire soon, so avail the offer right away and enjoy web privacy like never before.Original Price NordVPN:1-year: $286.8 I 2-years: $286.8Wccftech Discount Price NordVPN:1-year: $60 I 2-years: $95.75 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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