Mikmaq have long history in Boston

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s known that Boston has been in the news because of the recent bombing.But what you may not know is Mi’kmaq people have a long history with the city.APTN’s Tim Fontaine traveled there and has this story in the first of a three-part series.tfontaine@aptn.calast_img

El Othmani Clear Vision Helped Moroccos Education System Make Progress Despite

Rabat – In a monthly meeting of the house of councilors for discussing Morocco’s education policy, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said the government was poised to trigger its 2015-2030 Strategic Vision to modernize Moroccan education.The 2015-2030 Strategic Vision of education reform, which the Ministry of Education is adopting  as its main social project, is aimed at bridging the equality gap and promote quality education, El Othmani stated. He said the goal of the vision is to live up to the expectations of Moroccans for a “future school and rights of students to knowledge and quality education.” With the challenges facing the Moroccan education system, which El Othmani said predate the current government, the head of government pins his hopes on the continuity of reforms initiated during his tenure.Reform, El Othmani said, is “the sole gateway to achieving sustainable development.”Read also: Education, Health Ministries to Meet Medical Students’ Unions amid ‘Blank’ Year ThreatsAccording to El Othmani, the government seeks to develop a platform of combined efforts from all education institutions to assist schools in bolstering up future generations. El Othmani noted that education reform rests on a “comprehensive and complementary approach” working towards boosting the quality of education at all levels.  Stressing the important role of vocational training as a driving force for creating job opportunities, El Othmani said that the overall objective is to achieve equal access to schools for all Moroccans.Despite the current social unrest across the kingdom due to contractual teachers and medical students’ protests, the head of government pointed to a “quantum leap” Morocco has made in the area of education. El Othmani especially spoke about the inroads Morocco has made in terms of vocational training, explaining that Morocco’s success in the field will help make the country a regional model. Regarding higher education, El Othmani declared that government is working on establishing a “distinct system for higher education and scientific research, which best suits the needs of the job market, in addition to harnessing human resources to to make up for the shortage in education.”He noted that the government has moved extra funds into the education budget. By El Othmani’s reckoning, the decision to drive up budgets is  an indication that is preparing to successfully tackle the issue of overcrowding, which saw a significant decrease, promising to redouble their efforts towards attaining favorable outcomes in public education sector.Read also: Contractual Teachers To Stage Two-Day Strike amid Pending Negotiations with Government read more

Brock in the News – July 18

Rio 2016: Is the Zika virus a public health risk or an Olympic-size overreaction?With the 2016 Rio Olympics less than a month away, the Zika virus in Brazil has many athletes across the world bowing out of the games. However, Dr. Fiona Hunter assures athletes and viewers alike that Brazil is safe: Global News CHL franchises, worth millions, can afford to pay players: studyA lawsuit filed by former junior players against the Canadian Hockey League argues that major CHL franchises should be sharing their profits with other players, supported by key research from professor Kevin Mongeon: TSN, TSN Radio and News 1130Indigenous education in Canada: Challenging the status quoDepartmental chair and professor of Child and Youth Studies Dr. Dawn Zinga shines an important light on the challenges that Indigenous youth face in the education system in Canada in Adjacent Government.Why you should be napping at workDespite being commonly viewed as laziness, professor Kimberly Cote’s research demonstrates that napping at work improves mood and alertness. Quoted in Yahoo Canada, Cote encourages power naps to increase employee performance on the job.Could tracking tannin triple Ontario wine sales?Researchers behind TanninAlert, a new service aimed at helping grapegrowers and winemakers better understand their crop, are busy preparing a database of tannin levels in Ontario grapes before the launch of the service in 2018: Wines and Vines Religious people say they don’t watch porn. Internet data says otherwiseReligion and exploration of sexuality seem to be mutually exclusive, but Huffington Post recently profiled a study done by professor Gordon Hodson that explains a discrepancy between people of faith and their online sexual content habits.Why the Draken Harald fascinates usEarlier this week, the Viking longboat Draken Harald docked in Port Weller, with Viking researcher Professor Angus Somerville explaining to the St. Catharines Standard the amazing history of the boat and its voyagers. read more

OHL Roundup McMichael notches hat trick as Knights blow out Otters for

LONDON, Ont. — Connor McMichael scored a hat trick as the London Knights blew out the Erie Otters 8-1 for their 13th straight win in Ontario Hockey League action Friday.Cole Tymkin added two goals, while Matthew Timms, Jacob Golden and Josh Nelson also had singles for the Knights (19-4-2), who are 15-0-1 in their last 16 outings.London sits six points back of the idle Ottawa 67’s for first place in the OHL.Alex Gritz scored the lone goal for the Otters (10-16-1-0).Joseph Raaymakers stopped 34 shots for London. Daniel Murphy kicked out 32 shots for Erie.The Knights were 3 for 4 on the power play. The Otters were scoreless in two opportunities with the man advantage.—FRONTENACS 7 BATTALION 6KINGSTON, Ont. — Brett Neumann scored a hat trick and had a pair of assists as Kingston eked out a win over North Bay.Paul Larabie, into an empty net, Matt Hotchkiss, Lucas Rowe and Billy Constantinou also found the back of the net for the Frontenacs (8-19-1). Mason Primeau replied with a hat trick of his own and added an assist for the Battalion (11-14-2). Justin Brazeau tacked on another two goals and Nick King had a single.Ryan Dugas turned aside 30 shots for Kingston. Christian Purboo turned aside 30 shots for North Bay.Daniel Walker received a game misconduct for removing his helmet during a fight at 7:24 of the third period.—BULLDOGS 5 STEELHEADS 2MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Brandon Saigeon and Arthur Kaliyev both scored twice as Hamilton downed Mississauga, handing the Steelheads their fourth straight loss.Nicolas Mattinen also scored for the Bulldogs (12-13-1), who received 24 saves from Nick Donofrio in the victory. Ryan McLeod and Cole Carter found the back of the net for the Steelheads (14-11-2).Jacob Ingham turned away 32 shots for Mississauga.—STING 8 FIREBIRDS 5SARNIA, Ont. — Calvin Martin had a goal and two assists as Sarnia came out on top of a wild victory over Flint.Hugo Leufvenius, Curtis Egert, Theo Hill, Brayden Guy, Ryan McGregor, Jacob Perreault and Adam Ruzicka also scored for the Sting (12-12-4). Ty Dellandrea and Eric Uba had two goals apiece, and Kyle Harris added a single for the Firebirds (3-23-1).Ethan Langevin combined with Aidan Hughes for 23 saves for Sarnia. Emanuel Vella kicked out 38 shots for Flint.—WOLVES 3 PETES 2SUDBURY, Ont. — David Levin had a pair of assists as Sudbury overcame Peterborough for its third straight win.Macauley Carson, on the power play, Liam Ross and Peter Stratis supplied the offence for the Wolves (16-8-2). Nick Robertson answered with two goals for the Petes (16-12-0).Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen kicked out 20 shots for Sudbury. Hunter Jones turned away 28 shots for Peterborough.—GENERALS 4 STORM 3GUELPH, Ont. — Allan McShane scored the game-winning goal during a third-period power play as Oshawa held on for a victory over Guelph.Danil Antropov, Nando Eggenberger and Jack Studnicka also got on the board for the Generals (16-8-2).Jack Hanley, Ty Collins and Nate Schnarr replied for the Storm.Kyle Keyser kicked out 25 shots for Oshawa. Anthony Popovich stopped 25 shots for Guelph.—ICEDOGS 7 RANGERS 2KITCHENER, Ont. — Kirill Maksimov had a hat trick as Niagara dominated Kitchener.Akil Thomas, Philip Tomasino, Jason Robertson and Ivan Lodnia also scored for the IceDogs (15-7-4), who picked up their second consecutive victory.  Greg Meireles found the back of the net twice for the Rangers (12-13-2).Stephen Dhillon turned aside 17 shots for Niagara. Luke Richardson made 16 saves for Kitchener before being replaced by Lucas Pfeil, who stopped 11 shots after stepping in for the third period.—— This roundup was generated automatically with a CP-developed application.The Canadian Press read more

Ohio State womens basketball steamrolls Wagner 10647 moves to 22

OSU Sophomore Guard Ameryst Alston (14) during a game against UConn on Nov. 16. OSU lost 100-56. Credit: Ian Bailey | Lantern ReporterBehind a strong rebounding effort and intense, breakneck pace, the No. 7 Ohio State women’s basketball team (2-2) defeated Wagner (0-3) in dominating fashion, 106-47.For the first time this season, the Buckeyes outrebounded their opponent, commanding a 60-30 advantage on the boards. OSU has struggled to maintain a strong inside presence, even getting outrebounded by Belmont 53-34 in an 84-56 victory. Junior forward Shayla Cooper led OSU with 12 rebounds, 10 of which came in the first half.“Even though it was an inferior opponent, our intensity and effort was way better than it was in the last game,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “We had a lot of people really, really competing.”OSU dictated the flow of the game, winning the turnover battle 23-15. The Buckeyes’ turnovers were due more to sloppiness and laziness by the offense rather than intense defense by Wagner, as evidenced in the 13-0 advantage in steals. On the flip side, Wagner buckled under swarming full-court press defense and half-court traps by OSU.Senior guard Ameryst Alston and sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, with 26 and 24 points, respectively, led the Buckeyes in scoring for the third time this season. Alston tacked on eight rebounds and four assists as the lead facilitator.The Buckeyes played without starting senior guard Cait Craft, held out due to an ankle injury, and redshirt freshman guard Kianna Holland, who missed her second game after tweaking her knee in practice. Neither injury is suspected to be serious, as each were held out for precautionary reasons and will be considered day-to-day moving forward.Sophomore guard Asia Doss started in Craft’s place scoring six points, while freshman guard Kaylan Pugh took full advantage of the opportunity for more minutes, scoring 18 points, corralling 10 rebounds and pushing the pace at every opportunity. Previously, Pugh played 18 minutes in two games, totaling just three points.“I thought Kayla did great and she played really hard. She does that, she plays with great intensity and she got a lot of points in transition,” McGuff said.Wagner, a team antsy to shoot from range, took 36 three-pointers, hitting on just nine. In the first quarter alone, the Seahawks hoisted up 13 threes compared to just two shots inside the line. At the half, Wagner had scored just one 2-point basket.Interior rotation: A work in progressWhile the starting lineup is set, the rotation of interior players remains ever-changing. Cooper and sophomore forward Alexa Hart started for the Buckeyes as the two forwards, as they have in each game.But beyond them, a myriad of post players have played, fighting to earn more minutes.Redshirt junior center Lisa Blair and redshirt freshman forward Makayla Waterman played seven and 18 minutes off the bench, respectively, with Waterman scoring the first points of her collegiate career on Saturday. Thus far this season, Blair and Waterman have played the most minutes of any backup forwards or centers.Redshirt junior forward Kalpana Beach and freshman center Theresa Ekhelar each played, totalling six and 10 minutes, respectively.Neither Beach nor Ekhelar have played meaningful minutes in a competitive game yet this season, but as the Buckeyes search for improved rebounding, they might earn important future minutes.Why Wagner?Behind Wagner’s bench sat a large contingent of fans wearing personalized Seahawks shirts with No. 12 stitched on the fronts. When the announcer introduced the starters, senior guard Jordyn Peck earned a cheer equally as loud as any OSU player.After the game, Wagner coach Lisa Cermignano said the game was scheduled so Peck, playing her final season, could play a game close to home in front of her hometown friends and family. Peck grew up and went to school in Shaker Heights, Ohio.“(OSU) really helped us out in being able to come down here and be able to do that for her,” Cermignano said. “It was a big deal for her.”What happens in VegasOSU is set to head out west for its next game, as the team will partake in the South Point Shootout, a tournament in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving weekend.On Friday, the Buckeyes are scheduled take on Liberty (2-1), before facing a third ranked team thus far, No. 13 Texas A&M, fresh off a 72-66 overtime win over No. 14 Duke a day later.OSU has played in an early-season tournament in all three seasons of McGuff’s tenure in Columbus. read more

Lily Allen hints at legal action in Twitter row about migrants with EDLs Tommy

first_imgThe former EDL leader wrote: “Our countries (sic) responsibility 1st & foremost is the safety & security of OUR people, not people in the Middle East.” Singer Lily Allen has appeared to threaten English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson with legal action in a Twitter row over migration.Allen and Robinson exchanged barbs online after she criticised the use of the word “migrant” in an article about the Turkish nightclub attack, which she said was “racism”.Robinson said that Allen was “virtue signalling” by speaking out about racism, and said that she does not care “about the dead people”, to which she replied:  Another Twitter user replied: “You know what, the police should just lock up all white males as it seems we do everything evil in this world.”The London-born pop star wrote: “That’s a bit strong, but restricting their movement on a global scale could be a good idea.”Robinson also attacked Allen’s stance on wanting to help refugees. On Tuesday Robinson accused Allen of not reporting the assaults to police before she wrote in a tweet to him: “you will be hearing from my legal team in the coming days. You’ll have no choice but to defend yourself. Get fundraising !”She later added: “we’ll debate alright. With lawyers for a few months, then mediation,then the courts.” @TRobinsonNewEra don’t see you mourning too much for the innocent in Aleppo Tommy. pic.twitter.com/sK3r7aVgjX— lily allen (@lilyallen) January 1, 2017 Founder of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson (L) talks to a man with a cat outside the High Court Founder of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson (L) talks to a man with a cat outside the High CourtCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images .@Barson078 @TRobinsonNewEra we’ll debate alright. With lawyers for a few months, then mediation,then the courts.— lily allen (@lilyallen) January 3, 2017 Allen replied: “Where does it say that?”Allen later responded to a message from another Twitter user who accused her of being racist.”If your (sic) trying to educate people that a race isn’t at fault for everything why would you do that by blaming another race? @lilyallen £Racist,” the post read.Allen replied: center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I’ve only ever been sexually assaulted by white males so I feel slightly biased. https://t.co/jaiCZ8sWeV— lily allen (@lilyallen) January 1, 2017 .@TRobinsonNewEra you will be hearing from my legal team in the coming days. You’ll have no choice but to defend yourself. Get fundraising !— lily allen (@lilyallen) January 3, 2017 The row comes three months after Allen was criticised for apologising on behalf of the UK during her visit to the Jungle, where she volunteered in a warehouse where donations came in before being distributed to the thousands of migrants and refugees living there.In scenes that aired on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, she broke down in tears while meeting a 13-year-old boy from Afghanistan who said his father lives in Birmingham but who himself had camped at the Jungle for two months.In late October Allen also said she and her daughters were turned away from a black cab by the driver after being told to “find an immigrant” to give her a ride instead. .@GrahamDickens trying to point out that sexual deviants and murderers operate within every culture,regardless of religious persuasion— lily allen (@lilyallen) January 2, 2017 She said at the time she felt like she had a “glimpse of what it feels like to be discriminated against”.A representative for Allen declined to comment. Robinson later wrote to Allen about her October visit to former refugee migrant camp the Jungle in Calais: “Have you ever met or spoke (sic) to a victim of the Muslim grooming gangs, you don’t need to go Calais to hear horror stories.”She responded: last_img read more

Pinning hopes on plastic

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Offering incentives to encourage Greeks to use debit and credit cards could bring anything between 700 million and 1.6 billion euros into state coffers in the first year of their introduction, a study by the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) on expanding electronic transactions has found.The IOBE proposal is for incentives to include a discount on the price of commodities, starting from 1 percent for the purchase of goods and services from sectors with a low risk for tax evasion, and growing up to 10 percent in the high-risk sectors, thereby maximizing the potential benefits from the expansion of card transactions.Presenting the study on Wednesday, IOBE director general Nikos Vettas said that replacing the obligation to collect receipts with the obligation to perform electronic payments is a step in the right direction, while the head of IOBE’s Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Unit, Svet Danchev, referred to additional incentives that could be given to enterprises, such as reducing their income tax or entering them into lotteries, as has been foreseen for taxpayers.Other proposed measures expected to boost the use of plastic money include the mandatory acceptance of electronic means of payment for transactions involving more than 30 euros in sectors with a high risk of tax evasion, the obligatory acceptance of electronic payments with a subsidy paid for the installation of card terminals at all enterprises with an annual turnover of more than 150,000 euros in medium- to high-risk sectors, the supply of card terminals to all utility offices, the mandatory use of credit transfers for collections at customs offices, and the use of electronic payments only at tax offices, banning cash transactions.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Mourinho doesnt know when United can win title

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he doesn’t know when they can challenge for the title again and may rely on their rivals getting hit by FFP rules.Despite spending £360m since becoming Manchester United manager in 2016, Mourinho still believes his team is far from winning the Premier League trophy.Current Premier League champions Manchester City are now under investigation after leaked documents last month showed that the club had circumvented the Financial Fair Play rules by inflating their sponsorship income.“I don’t know,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after he asked when United will challenge for the title again.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“It depends also the way of our evolution but also the evolution of others, the ones that are above us.“If they keep going in the same direction and if their ambition, investment, everything, continues that’s one thing.“Another thing is if they stop or if Financial Fair Play makes them stop. Then we can close the gap a little bit better.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly August 25 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload Audio:Scientists Check Up On Nuclear Site Rattled By Summer QuakeLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaA team of scientists is descending on a former nuclear test site in the Aleutians TODAY [Monday] to search for damage from a massive earthquake.Experimental Rocket Explodes After Launch In KodiakJay Barrett, KMXT – KodiakThe Narrow Cape area beyond the Kodiak Launch Complex will remain closed to the public until further notice after this morning’s rocket explosion, according to an announcement from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation.Female Inmate Found Dead In CellEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA female inmate died this morning at the Mat Su Pre-Trial Facility in Palmer;  37-year-old Tischa Rochdi was found unresponsive in her cell around 6:30 this morning.4 Injured in Brooks Range Plane CrashDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA pilot and passengers were were hurt in a plane crash in the Brooks Range on Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board Alaska Region chief Clint Johnson says the single engine Navion, operated by Kirst Aviation of Fairbanks went down in Atigun Pass, near mile 244 of the Dalton Highway.Dems’ Gubernatorial Nominee Makes A Campaign Stop in JuneauJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauAbout 60 people attended a rainy campaign rally on the steps of the Capitol building for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott on Sunday.Nees To Run As A Write-In Candidate For State HouseAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – AnchorageIn June, the Division of Elections rejected David Nees’ candidacy because his filing papers weren’t notarized. Now, the Anchorage Republican plans to run for State House anyway, even if it means a write-in campaign that could pit him against another member of his party.Emergency Housing Ministry Looks to Grow In UnalaskaAnnie Ropiek, KUCB – UnalaskaUnalaska attracts thousands of transient workers every year, lured by the promise of a steady paycheck. But marine industry jobs can fall through — leaving people stuck with no shelter and no money to fly home.Muskox Killed in Wales While Attacking DogMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeNome has been experiencing a summer of “urban muskox,” where the uniquely shaggy arctic mammals have made their home close to town, threatening dogs—and, occasionally, people. Now the same thing has happened more than 100 miles west of Nome, in the community of Wales.New Cookbook Highlights Traditional Foods In the Aleutians/PribilofsLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaFood has been a crucial part of the Unangan [oo-NUN-ghin] culture for centuries. But in the Aleutian and Pribilof islands, people are relying less on the land and sea and more on their local store.Binders, Pencils, Erasers: Homer Charity Readies Kids For SchoolQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerMany students across the state started school last week, including kids on the Kenai Peninsula. Before the big day, some kids in Homer still needed to check items off their supply lists and a group in town was there to help.last_img read more

Declared dead at birth UP girl is KBC winner

first_imgUnnao: She was declared “born dead” and thrown in the garbage by the doctors of a Kanpur hospital. A relative saw signs of life in the newborn and picked her up. The baby girl grew up physically challenged due to the first few minutes of negligence by the doctors. Twenty-nine years later, Noopur Singh, won Rs 12.5 lakh at the country’s most celebrated game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC) hosted by superstar Amitabh Bachchan. She answered 12 questions. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Noopur, who lives in Bighapur in Unnao district, was born to a farmer Ramkumar Singh and his wife Kalpana Singh. Mother Kalpana Singh said: “Noopur, despite her disability, has always been a good student. She was on the merit list in Intermediate and got through the B.Ed entrance test in the first attempt. “Today, she teaches children in a play group and also gives free education to Class 10 students.” Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Talking about her journey to KBC, the proud mother said that whenever the game show was telecast on TV, Noopur would answer the questions correctly even before the contestants. “When this season began, we asked her to apply and she was selected. Our happiness knew no bounds when she ended up winning Rs 12.5 lakh,” she said. Noopur, her mother said, holds no grudges against doctors who were responsible for her disability. “She says that it was her destiny and she does not blame anyone,” the mother said. Noopur has now turned into a star of sorts in the village and people are flocking to her house to meet her.last_img read more

Flashback Friday Ileana DCruz flaunts her curves in this steamy bikini photo

first_imgIleana.PR HandoutIleana D’Cruz has been away from Bollywood for quite a while now and has been in the news mostly for her relationship with her long-time photographer boyfriend Andrew Kneebone. She was last seen in Anees Bazmee’s Mubarakan and had made a comeback in Telugu film industry with Amar Akbar Anthony after a gap of six years. She is quite active on Instagram and often gives a glimpse into her life through her posts. And now Ileana has treated her 10 millions followers with a steamy throwback bikini picture which will surely take your breath away.In the throwback picture, Ileana can be seen oozing hotness while posing on a cruise ship. Flaunting her curvaceous figure in a white bikini, the actress looked no less than a goddess with her confident gaze into the camera lens.Ileana will now be seen in Anees Bazmee’s upcoming flick Pagalpanti which also stars John Abraham in lead role. The film is currently been shot in London and as the title suggests, the movie will be an out-and-out comedy.The release date will be set eventually.last_img read more

4 police officials promoted to DIG

first_imgFour senior police officials have been promoted to the rank of deputy inspector general (DIG), according to UNB.The public security division of the home ministry issued a notification on Thursday in this regard.The four promoted officers are additional commissioner (current charge) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Md Abdul Baten, its joint commissioner Imtiaj Ahmed, additional DIG of Police Bureau of Investigation (PIB) Md Mainul Hasan and additional DIG of Dhaka Range Md Abu Kalam Siddique.last_img read more

Yellow vests protesters return to Paris roads

first_imgChristmas trees that were collected for recycling are burnt during a demonstration of the `yellow vests` movement in Nantes, France, on 5 January 2019. Photo: ReutersRioters in Paris torched motorbikes and set barricades ablaze on the upmarket Boulevard Saint Germain on Saturday, as protests against high living costs and the perceived indifference of president Emmanuel Macron turned violent on the fringes.The latest “yellow vest” marches began peacefully but degenerated in the afternoon as protesters threw missiles at riot police blocking bridges over the Seine.Officers fired tear gas to prevent protesters crossing the river and reaching the National Assembly. One riverboat restaurant was set ablaze and a policeman was wounded when he was hit by a bicycle hurled from a street above the river bank.Two months after they started blocking roads, occupying highway tollbooths and staging sometimes-violent street protests in Paris, the yellow vests wanted to inject new momentum into a movement that weakened over the holidays.Protesters wearing yellow vests take part in a demonstration by the `yellow vests` movement in Paris, France, on 5 January 2019. Photo: ReutersMacron’s government, shaken by the unrest, had this week hardened its stance, branding the protesters agitators seeking to overthrow the government.Driving the unrest is anger, particularly among low-paid workers, over a squeeze on household incomes, and a belief that Macron is deaf to citizens’ needs as he enacts reforms seen as favouring the wealthy.“They have no right to leave us in the shit like this,” said protester Francois Cordier. “We’re fed up with having to pay out the whole time, we’ve had enough of this slavery, we should be able to live on our salaries.”Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux escaped from his office through a back door after a small number of protesters broke into the compound and smashed up vehicles.A protester returns a tear gas canister fired by police during a demonstration of the `yellow vests` movement in Nantes, France, on 5 January 2019. Photo: ReutersInterior Minister Christophe Castaner said about 50,000 people had protested in cities nationwide, including Bordeaux, Toulouse, Rouen and Marseille.The turnout was higher than last week but a small fraction of the numbers seen in the first weeks of the protests.“Power To The People”As darkness fell, officers dispersed scores of yellow vests gathered on Paris’s Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Television images showed hooded youths setting a car alight on a side street, but there was no repeat of the scenes in November when shops were looted, banks vandalised and the Arc de Triomphe was defaced.Authorities have blamed the worst of the violence in recent weeks on anarchists, anti-capitalists and extreme groups on the fringes of the yellow vest movement.The protests come 18 months into Macron’s tenure and his drive to reshape the economy, and have already forced him into concessions.Last month, Macron promised tax cuts for pensioners, wage rises for the poorest workers and the scrapping of planned fuel tax increases, at a cost to the Treasury of 10 billion euros ($11 billion).It was the first big U-turn for a president elected 18 months earlier on a platform to break with traditional French politics and liberalise the heavily regulated economy.French policeman points a flash-ball gun a demonstration by the `yellow vests` movement in Paris, France, on 5 January 2019. Photo: ReutersIn a New Year’s Eve address, Macron vowed to press on with his reform agenda, saying: “We can’t work less, earn more, cut taxes and increase spending.”Faced with record low popularity ratings, Macron is expected soon to set out his plans for the coming months. These include a nationwide debate on ecological, fiscal and institutional questions, the results of which he says will feed into policy.last_img

From Homicides to Attempted Kidnapping Crime Continues

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comIn the midst of ongoing apparent homicide investigations Prince George’s County Police arrested five suspects in the murder of a 16-year-old from northern Virginia who was allegedly killed in Landover Hills then transported back across state lines into Virginia.According to a statement issued by the Department’s Office of Communications, the preliminary investigation revealed the victim and the suspects are members of a MS-13 clique that operates in Fairfax County.  Investigators determined the victim, Jacson Pineda-Chicas, 16, of Parkwood Court in Falls Church, was killed inside a home in the 7000 block of Varnum Street in the D.C. suburb of Landover Hills, MD, before his body was driven back to Stafford County.Caption: Prince George’s County police have been working hard investigating homicides in the area and successfully arrested an attempted kidnapper last week. (Courtesy Photo)March 9, a Stafford County Sheriff’s deputy located the remains of a murder victim in a remote, grassy area.  The investigation determined that on the evening of  March 8, the victim and several MS-13 members traveled to Prince George’s County to attend a meeting at the home of the clique’s leader.   During that meeting, there was a confrontation when Pineda-Chicas was attacked and killed.All suspects have been charged with first degree murder. The suspects in custody are Jose Ordonez-Zometa, 29, of Landover Hills, MD.; Jonathan Castillo-Rivera, 20, of Annandale, VA., and 16-year-old Christian Martinez-Ramirez,  of Falls Church, VA. Two other suspects Jose Hernandez-Garcia, 25, and Kevin Rodriguez-Flores, 18 do not have permanent addresses.Each of the suspects are charged as adults. Ordonez-Zometa is in the custody of the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections. The four remaining suspects are in custody in Virginia. However, once it was determined that Pineda-Chicas was killed in Landover Hills, Prince George’s County Police detectives took control of the investigation and have stated they do not believe this was a random crime.Meanwhile, Homicide Unit detectives are still working to identify and arrest the suspect(s) who shot and killed a woman in Hyattsville. Salina Rivera, 27, was reportedly shot to death March 12.Shortly before 8pm, patrol officers with the Hyattsville City Police Department were called to the 6200 block of Belcrest Road in the City of Hyattsville for a reported shooting. When they arrived, officers discovered Rivera in a walkway suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead on the scene.Homicide Unit detectives are working to identify and arrest the suspect(s) who killed a man discovered in a park  near Lake Artemesia on March 14. The victim’s name will be released once his family is notified.  Reports say detectives do not believe this was a random crime.On March 14, at approximately 1:30 pm, a citizen walking near Lake Artemesia in Berwyn Heights notified police after discovering a body. The victim was located suffering from trauma to the upper body and pronounced dead on the scene.As the homicides continued to be investigated, officers were successful in arresting a man who attempted to kidnap a little girl.  Officers arrested 38-year-old Bernard Alexander III in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a seven-year-old girl in Laurel. Alexander has been charged with attempted kidnapping and related charges.On March 14 around 6:30 pm, patrol officers were called to the 8800 block of Cherry Lane when the victim told officers that Alexander walked up to her while she was playing in the front yard and showed her some images on his phone then tried to lead her away from the yard. The neighborhood children began yelling which alerted the victim’s father who began chasing Alexander. The victim’s father was able to stop and hold Alexander until the police arrived.last_img read more

Uncovering the role of the iliosacral joint in frogs

first_img Explore further Citation: Uncovering the role of the ilio-sacral joint in frogs (2018, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-uncovering-role-ilio-sacral-joint-frogs.html 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. A trio of researchers, two with the Royal Veterinary College, the other the University of Portsmouth, has found evidence that suggests that the ilio-sacral joint in frogs evolved after they started jumping. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Christopher Richards, Enrico Eberhard and Amber Collings describe their study of the joint and what they found. More information: Christopher T. Richards et al. The dynamic role of the ilio-sacral joint in jumping frogs, Biology Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0367 Jumping frogs have an ilio-sacral joint in their pelvis that works like a hinge when they engage in jumping. It allows them to sit comfortably bent over while in a crouched position and to straighten their backs completely when jumping. Despite previous studies of frog anatomy, it has not been clear just how much of an impact the ilio-sacral joint has on a frog’s ability to jump. In this new effort, the researchers in the U.K. designed experiments to clear up the mystery.To learn more about how the ilio-sacral joint works in frogs, the researchers filmed several specimens using a high-speed camera as they went through their jumping motions. The team then created a computer simulation that showed how the joint works while in action. Doing so allowed the team to tweak conditions to learn more about how the frog actually uses its joint under different circumstances.The simulations showed that the joint was not actually necessary for jumping—the frog’s powerful legs ensured strong leaping regardless of whether it had an ilio-sacral joint. But such a joint did give them much more directional control. The muscles and tendons near the joint allowed the frog to fine-tune its jumping direction as it shot into the air.The researchers suggest that because the joint is not actually necessary for jumping, it is likely that it developed after the frogs started jumping—not concurrently. They also note that prior work by others studying frog fossils suggests that the ilio-sacral joint in frogs evolved independently in thousands of species. They further suggest that their findings could have implications for engineers designing prosthetics, perhaps offering clues on how to design arms that have higher precision when reaching for objects, for example.center_img Frogs’ amazing leaps due to springy tendons © 2018 Phys.org Lithobates sylvaticus found in southern Quebec. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY 3.0 Journal information: Biology Letterslast_img read more

Petting dogs cats may reduce stress in students

first_imgCollege is stressful. Students have classes, exams and so many other pressures common in modern life and now researchers have found that petting dogs and cats can improve students’ mood with stress-relieving physiological benefits, a study shows. According to a recently published study, many universities have instituted “Pet Your Stress Away” programmes, where students can come in and interact with cats and dogs. “Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact,” students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone,” said Patricia Pendry, Associate Professor at Washington State University. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study involved 249 college students randomly divided into four groups. The first group received hands-on interaction in small groups with cats and dogs for 10 minutes. They could pet, play with and generally hang out with the animals as they wanted. To compare effects of different exposures to animals, the second group observed other people petting animals while they waited in line for their turn. The third group watched a slideshow of the same animals available during the intervention, while the fourth group was “waitlisted”.last_img read more

Windows 10 14936 Uninstall System Apps

first_imgWindows 10 14936: Uninstall System Apps by Martin Brinkmann on October 06, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 13 commentsMicrosoft’s operating system Windows 10 ships with a — growing — number of system apps. Some apps have replaced programs like the Calculator that previous versions of Windows shipped with, others like Cortana offer new functionality that was not part of previous Windows versions.You had to go through a technical process up until now to remove system apps from a device running Windows 10.This involved running Powershell commands at first, but is now easier thanks to programs like Geek Uninstaller that provide you with an interface for that.Still, Microsoft did not provide a reason for blocking the uninstallation of system apps on devices running Windows 10.If you open the Apps & features section of the Settings application, you will notice that “uninstall” is not active when you click on system applications like Mail and Calendar.Windows 10 14936 : Uninstall System AppsIf you run the latest Insider preview version of Windows, build 14936, you may have noticed that Microsoft started to do away with the restriction on that build.If you open the Mail and Calendar application for instance, you will notice that the uninstall button is active now. This means that you can remove the system app from the machine without having to resort to Powershell or third-party programs to do so.Users who are on the stable version of Windows 10 cannot uninstall system apps using the apps & features menu currently.It seems likely that Microsoft will introduce the feature with the next feature update, codename Redstone 2, which will be out in 2017.Before you start jumping up and down in joy, note that some system applications cannot be removed. While you can uninstall Mail and Calendar, Calculator, Groove Music, Maps, and Weather, you cannot remove Alarm & Clock, Camera, Cortana, Messaging, and others.It is unclear why that distinction is being made. One possible explanation is that at least some of the system apps that you cannot uninstall using the Apps & features settings page are used for core functionality of Windows 10.Another possibility is that Microsoft is still working on the feature. Considering that it is only available in preview releases of Windows 10, there is a chance that uninstall will be activated for other system apps further down the line in development.Only time will tell if that is the case, as Microsoft has not spilled out any information on the feature yet (despite it being a highly requested feature in the Feedback Hub and on the Internet). (via Deskmodder)Now You: Do you (or would you) use any system apps that ship with Windows 10?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 14936: Uninstall System AppsDescriptionThe latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build, version 14936, ships with options to uninstall the majority of system apps from the device.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Parish council invited by bus operator to save rural service from the

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA bus operator planning to axe a rural service in the wake of subsidy cuts has invited a parish council to take it on. D&G Bus’ 15 service between Newport and Stone serves several hamlets and villages in the Eccleshall area, as well as Norbury Junction, Hopton, Salt, Sandon and Hilderstone. But it is set to finish at the end of March following subsidy cuts by Staffordshire County Council, Eccleshall Parish Council was told at its meeting last week. The parish is also set to lose its number 12 service, which currently runs between Newport and Longton via Woodseaves, Norbury, Yarnfield, Walton and Stone. But the number 13 service between Stone and Stafford, which calls at Eccleshall and Norton Bridge, is set to be retained, alongside the number 14 service between Hanley and Stafford. D&G Bus’ Chris Almond, who spoke about the changes at Eccleshall Parish Council, said: “There was a Staffordshire County Council consultation last year about the funding of bus service. The council went for the option which sees the retention of service 14. Traders’ relief as D&G rescue axed Sunday bus service “The 13 operates via Norton Bridge; and because Norton Bridge used to have a railway station about 40 per cent of the funding came from the Department for Transport. The funding was due to end in October 2017 but has been extended until the end of March 2019. “I am assuming there is interest in the 15, with it serving the Offleys, Croxton and Norbury, and some people did contact us to express their concerns. At the moment, unfortunately, that service is due to finish. Watch why this bus parked up and was making a real racket “Audley is in a similar situation and they are offering to fund their service by making a small increase in their parish precept. We do have the option to provide a service that covers the villages from Loggerheads on a Saturday, because we have spare capacity, and we could run services to Stafford for £180 a day, which comes to £9,360.” Eccleshall Parish Council chairman Graham Garner said: “There is a possibility, if the council can find some funding. We need to look at it and get back to you.”last_img read more

Beijing arrivals benefit from SkyTeam checkin

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Beijing Capital International Airport has a brand new co-located check in area for members of the SkyTeam alliance, making travelling through the airport easier for passengers.Located in Terminal 2, the area will be used by Air France, Aeroflot, Alitalia, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air, KLM and Vietnam Airlines.  These shared facilities strengthen the SkyTeam brand in the region, enabling the airlines to realize a number of important synergies.With 50 check-in counters and 10 self-service kiosks to be added before the end of the year, the facility is the first of its kind in China.“The co-location of SkyTeam carriers worldwide is an integral part of our strategy as it offers tangible benefits to both our customers and our members,” VP Airport Services of SkyTeam Gordon Humpherys said.last_img read more

New Caledonia International Marathon 27 August 2017

first_imgNew Caledonia International Marathon 27 August 2017GET YOUR RUNNERS ON and join New Caledonia’s 35th International Marathon this August! In partnership with Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa, New Caledonia Travel Connection is offering two holiday packages to celebrate the event. Both include 1 free marathon ticket, great savings on accommodation along with flights and transfers. Run the full 42km race around Noumea’s picturesque bays, next to largest lagoon in the world. A half-marathon, a 10km and a 5km race are also planned.Race: Sunday 27 August 2017❖ 07:00AM (42km and 21km races)❖ 07:15AM (10km race)❖ 08:00AM (5km race)MARATHON OFFERS include 1 free marathon ticket, airfares, transfers, accommodation and taxes:1. Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – 35th International Marathon Quick Getaway4 Nights from $1,499ppSave up to $500 per couple on this quick getaway. Your stylish studio-style room at Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa provides the flexibility and independence you need to take part in this major sporting event and unwind once it is over!2. Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – 35th International Marathon 7-Night Package7 Nights from $1,879ppSave up to $1,000 per couple if you choose to make a holiday out of the occasion. With a great range of recreational facilities such as a spa, beautiful beach and outdoor pool, the 4* Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa offers the relaxation a marathon runner deserves.For full details and bookings contact New Caledonia Travel Connection on 1300 108 625, email info@newcaledoniatravel.com.au or visit www.newcaledoniatravel.com.auNote to Editors: New Caledonia Travel Connection is Australia’s leading specialist in travel to New Caledonia. We have a dedicated team of experienced consultants who regularly travel to Tahiti and give you a personalised service. Our packages are all-inclusive of international airfares, transfers, accommodation, and tour options. For more information, please visit www.newcaledoniatravel.com.auSource = New caledonia Travel Connectionlast_img read more