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first_img(Tiffany Morrison went missing June 18, 2006.)In a foreward written for the Quebec report, Mohawk, Mi’gmaq woman Melanie Morrison describes how police did not take her sister Tiffany’s disappearance seriously until the trail went cold.Her remains were found nearly four years later less than a kilometre from her home in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory.“I hope that there is an immediate change in the way the police manage cases involving Indigenous people, both on and off the reserves, so that nothing delays the searches for missing or murdered people. Based on my own experience, there was an obvious disconnect,” wrote Morrison.Read More:12 years after Tiffany Morrison vanished, change has come to how police handle missing person casesThe final call for justice in the Quebec report demands the Quebec government establish an inquiry on children taken from Indigenous families in Quebec.During the November 2017 National MMIWG hearings in Mani-Utenam First Nation, it emerged that in the early 1970s, eight children from Pakuashipi, an Innu community on Quebec’s North Shore, disappeared after being admitted to the hospital in the nearby community of Blanc-Sablon.Agnes Poker testified that two of her children never came back from Blanc Sablon.“I would like to know where my two children are laid to rest,” said Poker in November 2017.“Every time I go to Blanc Sablon I go to the cemetery to try to find my children.”The 168 page Quebec report is divided into five chapters that also provide a socio-historical context for First Nations and Inuit in Quebec, as well as parts of testimonies that were delivered by survivors and families from the province.As it’s done for the rest of Canada, the National MMIWG Inquiry has also called on Quebec to put into place an action plan the implement the calls as well as create an independent body to oversee their progress.kmartens@aptn.catfennario@aptn.ca Kathleen Martens in OttawaTom Fennario in MontrealAPTN NewsThe final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls proclaims a genocide, calls Canadians racist and apathetic, and demands change.“For many non-Indigenous people, it’s important to be ready to ‘unlearn’ some learned behaviours,” said Marion Buller, chief commissioner of the inquiry in the foreword of Reclaiming Power and Place.It concludes the disproportionate level of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls is “caused by state actions and inactions rooted in colonialism and colonial ideologies.”The report, with 231 recommendations or “calls for justice”, is to be accepted Monday morning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the same place it was first announced – the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.The closing ceremony signals the end of two and a half years of public hearings – marked by delays and controversy – into the root causes of violence that persistently target Indigenous women and girls. And makes good on a Trudeau election promise.But the four commissioners want more: they insist the government enact their recommendations and call for a high-profile person to provide oversight.They said in a release, this “will inspire all Nations and Canadians to unite and build a safer Canada for Indigenous women.”A summary of the report released Friday said 2,300 witnesses provided more than 1,000 hours of testimony at 24 hearings. The budget was $92 million.But the commissioners call it “a Canadian genocide” because of how Indigenous women say they have been and continue to be viewed via myth, stereotype and the media: “Hyper-sexualization has created a perception that they’re always sexually available, which causes people to dismiss violence against them.”That blame-the-victim attitude infects most services they come in contact with, the report says, including policing, child welfare and the justice system.They inquiry admits it was unable to quantify the number of missing and murdered, which police put around 1,200 and advocates say is as high as 4,000.However, to help find out, the report calls for reform in policing.Not only should money be spent to bring Indigenous police services up to par and improve sexual assault investigations, but existing police work needs to be reviewed by a newly formed and transparent unit.Present officers should receive cultural training and poverty awareness, the report suggests, and more Indigenous officers should be hired.“Police recruits should go through a screening process for bias against different cultures,” the summary added.The report is divided into three main sections: Establishing A New Framework, Encountering Oppression, and Healing Families, Communities and Nations.On that last point, it calls for an immediate end to birth alerts – the controversial practice of child welfare workers seizing newborns from troubled mothers.The Trudeau government has been working to make child welfare more family friendly but, as yet, hasn’t tackled birth alerts.Meanwhile, the inquiry also released a Quebec-specific report because “the reality of violence against Indigenous women in Quebec is often overlooked.”No sector was overlooked.The report has advice for the federal government, the provinces and territories, as well as industries, institutions, services and partnerships.It also calls on all Canadians to help stamp out racism and sexism – not only against females – but 2SLGBTQQIA people.“Decolonize by learning the true history of Canada and Indigenous history in your local area,” it says. “Develop knowledge and read the final report.“Using what you have learned…become a strong ally…actively working to break down barriers and to support others in every relationship and encounter in which you participate.”APTN News will have coverage of the final ceremony on its Facebook page.In Quebec, inquiry recommendations call for changes (Pakuashipi community members testifying at the National MMIWG Inquiry hearing on November 29, 2017)In additional to its final report, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) has also released Quebec specific report.The inquiry says a separate report for Quebec was necessary because at a national level “The reality of violence against Indigenous women in Quebec is often overlooked” and “Quebec’s political and socio-historical context is different from the Canadian context.”The inquiry issued 21 “calls for justice” to Quebec institutions, government, and society as a whole.While some are shared with Canada, other calls are Quebec centric, including:The creation of an independent, civilian body to oversee the investigations of any conflicts that arise with Indigenous people and public services.Establish a crisis team for cases of missing Indigenous women and girls, including members of the 2SLGBTQQIA (Two spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual) community.Mandatory training created with Indigenous organizations on the realities of Indigenous Peoples.Victim services in all Indigenous communities and in urban areas.Provide Indigenous families with all information regarding children who have been apprehended following admission to any health centre.Many of the other recommendations concern Quebec police and justice institutions, they include:Appoint Indigenous representatives to the Quebec National Police School and the Independent Investigation Bureau to train all active police officers and police cadets on the socio-cultural realities of Indigenous people.Hold specialized English training sessions at the Quebec National Police School every year and offer specialized training on investigating to Indigenous police forces.Allow Indigenous communities in Quebec to elect an independent liaison officer tasked with supporting community members when their rights have been violated.last_img read more

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RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Energy says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court declined to reconsider throwing out a permit allowing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail.In a statement Tuesday, lead pipeline developer Dominion said it expects the filing of an appeal in the next 90 days. On Monday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request for a full-court rehearing from Dominion and the U.S. Forest Service.A three-judge panel ruled in December that the Forest Service lacks the authority to authorize the trail crossing and had “abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources.”The natural gas pipeline would originate in West Virginia and run through North Carolina and Virginia.The Associated Press read more

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However, about 10 per cent of the company’s softwood exports are still shipped to the U.S. and Murray expects the new duty to make such sales “pretty much unprofitable.”For the most part, he expects the bigger lumber companies with investments in the U.S. and the smaller firms with more versatility and lower costs to fare better.Even with the challenges, he doesn’t expect any layoffs at Murray Brothers, where saws buzzed Tuesday and workers stacked fresh shipments of pine boards.It might be a different story for other operations with more exposure to the U.S., Murray said.“In the industry, there will be some fallout, there will be jobs lost,” said Murray, whose grandfather and great-uncle co-founded the company.“Obviously, we’re depending on our government to challenge the tariffs.”Ottawa has condemned the U.S. administration’s move, calling it unfair and baseless. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Trump during a phone call that his government would “vigorously defend the interests of the Canadian softwood lumber industry,” according to a statement released by his office.Shelley Maika, a second-term councillor in the Township of Madawaska Valley, said Ottawa and the provinces have to step up for the forestry sector.Locally, Maika said the lumber industry is easily the top employer. She added it has endured many challenges, but had begun to rebound in recent years.“Anything negative to that is not going to be good for us and it’s a huge concern,” said Maika, who believes Trump’s actions this week have started to resurrect old anxieties from past softwood disputes.“The issues that that president is bringing forward, of course, (are) definitely going to cause nervousness and uncertainty.”Maika, whose partner works in the lumber industry, also worries that companies will hold back from making investments amid all the unknowns.Outside the local hardware store Tuesday in the Madawaska community of Barry’s Bay, former forestry worker John Artymko noted how international tribunals in the past have ruled in favour of the Canadian system.“Whether it’s political points they’re looking for the in States, I’m not sure — I think any country would take whatever they can get,” Artymko said before heading into the store.“But it puts a lot of strain on people… A lot of stress on families, a lot of stress on communities that doesn’t have to be there and many of them are unwilling pawns, in my mind, for political gains somewhere down the road.” MADAWASKA, Ont. — It didn’t take long for Donald Trump’s new tariffs on softwood lumber to echo in Ontario’s Madawaska Valley — a forestry-dependent area almost exactly 1,000 kilometres due north of the U.S. capital.[np_storybar title=”How did Canada suddenly become Public Enemy No. 1 in Donald Trump’s trade war?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/how-did-canada-suddenly-become-public-enemy-no-1-in-donald-trumps-trade-war”%5DThe U.S. president’s flurry of complaints are a dramatic departure — suddenly, he’s complaining less about China and Mexico, and more about us. Read on [/np_storybar]The unease settling into the region, which is dotted by sawmills vital to the local economy, is not only tied to the U.S. president’s move this week to impose retroactive duties averaging 20 per cent.There are also fears about what might come next from the Trump administration.Some believe another wave of bad news could come in the form of a separate anti-dumping duty on softwood, the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement or a proposed border tax on all imported goods.“All of these communities are dependent on the forest-products industry, even if people aren’t working directly in the sawmills or in the bush,” said Ted Murray, vice-president of the 115-year-old Murray Brothers Lumber Company in Madawaska, about 220 kilometres west of Ottawa.“Employees and just regular folks in the community are certainly concerned about this — and not only this trade action but the entire sort of philosophy that the new regime in Washington seems to be putting forward.”Other regions of the country that ship more softwood south of the border may absorb bigger hits from the latest U.S. move in the long-running dispute.Canada vows to fight ‘unfair and punitive duty’ as Trump slaps tariff on softwood lumberHow did Canada suddenly become Public Enemy No. 1 in Donald Trump’s trade war?But the changes are still expected to hurt the small- and medium-sized companies here, including Murray Brothers despite the firm’s best efforts in recent years to soften the blow.The company, which employs about 100 people, has lowered its inventories and shifted more of its business away from the U.S. market — towards East Asia and the Middle East.Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick read more

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The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of August 28, 2019:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. The Rolling Stones; $13,544,597; $228.41.2. Spice Girls; $9,750,671; $112.13.3. Ed Sheeran; $7,794,393; $85.99.4. Pink; $6,604,368; $113.85.5. Paul McCartney; $4,528,507; $155.88.6. Dead & Company; $2,919,881; $88.69.7. Jennifer Lopez; $2,226,025; $137.05.8. Eagles; $2,188,760; $133.32.9. Phish; $2,053,497; $65.24.10. Take That; $1,982,280; $98.47.11. Ariana Grande; $1,915,113; $118.71.12. Michael Bublé; $1,782,078; $111.79.13. Rod Stewart; $1,738,601; $109.93.14. André Rieu; $1,632,308; $91.86.15. John Mayer; $1,600,983; $105.93.16. Elton John; $1,446,987; $106.10.17. Dave Matthews Band; $1,393,602; $71.77.18. Florida Georgia Line; $1,335,082; $70.92.19. Zac Brown Band; $1,288,453; $57.90.20. Hugh Jackman; $1,200,383; $96.44.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Press read more

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OTTAWA – Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent is rejecting the final advice from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy to embrace a low-carbon economy.The federal advisory body lost its $5.2 million annual funding in the last budget and is using its last breath to promote a national environment-and-energy framework that would position Canada to become a global player in the burgeoning low-carbon world.But the key step in that strategy is to set a price on carbon and the federal government will not go down that path, a spokesman for Kent said Thursday.“The first essential condition for their plan to work is to impose carbon pricing,” spokesman Adam Sweet said in an email. “Unlike (Thomas) Mulcair’s NDP, we will not impose a job-killing carbon tax that would increase the cost of gas, groceries and electricity.”He was repeating a mantra that is uttered daily by many Conservative MPs since September, despite the NDP’s insistence that it proposes a cap-and-trade market to control emissions similar to one proposed by the Conservatives in 2006 — and not a carbon tax.The federal government is already taking many initiatives towards a green economy, Sweet added.Kent has said the round table lost its budget because the information it produced was available elsewhere. But Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has also said the advisory body was chopped because it advocated a carbon tax.In fact, the round table has never called for a carbon tax per se, but has argued repeatedly that putting a price on carbon in some way would give businesses the certainty they need to plan ahead and invest accordingly.Many companies and business leaders agree. And several provinces are now forging ahead on their own, developing disparate carbon-pricing schemes that are not yet linked at a national level.Without a national carbon price, Canada can’t meet its full potential in a global economy that is increasingly focused on goods and services with small carbon footprints, said Robert Slater, interim chair of the round table.“The future is low carbon,” the body’s final report said. “Economies the world over are making the transition.”The report said Canada stands to gain from such a shift and should accept that it’s coming.“Canada will inevitably need to cut carbon emissions across traditional sectors of the economy,” the report said.After consulting with 150 experts and studying available data, the round table concluded that failure to act will cost the country dearly.Companies and governments will have to shell out $87 billion over the next 30 years, mainly because industry would be locking in an unacceptably high level of greenhouse gas emissions that will eventually have to be undone. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2012 4:42 pm MDT Government rejects low-carbon plan proponents say would save, earn billions read more

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OSU co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson works with redshirt freshman tight end Luke Farrell during the opening spring practice for the 2017 season on March 7. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorFootball has officially kicked off again in Columbus. The Ohio State football team began spring practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex on Tuesday, giving a glimpse of what’s to come in the 2017.Brendon White starting out as a wide receiverFreshman Brendon White is a dynamic athlete, which is exactly why OSU coach Urban Meyer recruited him. Standing at 6-foot-2, White came in as a safety who could also play at linebacker, but Meyer has bigger plans for the Ohio native. “Right now, we have a little bit of a need at wide receiver,” Meyer said. “We’re pretty deep at linebacker. So Brendon White, he was a good athlete, a quarterback in high school. Let’s take a look at him there, see how he develops. He’s also learning how to tackle and play on defense because … probably his first impact will be on kicking game.”White said during National Signing Day he was working to learn receiver techniques, and flashed a combination of good hands and crisp route running during the team’s morning workouts.The Buckeyes were disappointing in the passing game last season, and the receiving corps was responsible for some of that blame. The leading receivers from last season, Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown, both high-tailed it to the NFL Draft, leaving holes at wideout.Meyer has a habit of turning athletes into stars at other positions, and named a former Florida college football star as a success story when talking about White.“Joe Haden is a perfect example for him,” he said. “We took him because he was a great athlete, and then we found out where he fit once he got there.”White will get his chance to make his mark with OSU sooner rather than later with a plethora of talent needing replaced.Transfers not the only thing affecting roster numbersOSU has been scrutinized for an overabundance of players, and is facing the real possibility of having too many players and not enough roster spots. However, the Buckeyes might have a little more breathing room following the latest developments regarding transfers and departures.Meyer said wide receiver Alex Stump will be transferring from the program, and was not seen at drills on Tuesday. His absence could open the door for younger talents, such as freshmen Trevon Grimes and Brendon White to earn playing time.James Clark, another former wide receiver with the team, remains on campus as a member of the track team, but will be leaving as a graduate transfer following this season. Kyle Trout announced he, too, will not be with the team, and plans to transfer after graduation.He currently remains with the team and will continue to work until after he earns his degree. The next departure from OSU — Tyler Gerald — is a bizarre one.“Yeah, he just quit,” Meyer said. “I don’t know. I really wasn’t part of that one.”This just adds another open spot for someone on scholarship, but it’s a strange anomaly for a Meyer-coached team.Linebacker is sorted out … kind ofMeyer confirmed redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley as middle linebacker, with redshirt sophomore Jerome Baker as the weakside linebacker and redshirt senior Dante Booker at the strongside.However, true to Meyer’s form, he quickly said he has yet to solidify this lineup.“That’s just day one though, that could change,” Meyer said. “We’re trying things out and Worley’s got the mentality and now we just got to see if his body can hang in there at the MIKE linebacker spot.”Worley has been in the program long enough to know the defense through and through, but his size is clearly an issue. Listed at 230 pounds, he’s a little on the light side for playing in the middle, but is a sound enough tackler he might just be able to succeed.Kevin Wilson’s influence will be seen in the fallIndiana’s offense was revived from the dead under Kevin Wilson, and the OSU coaching staff will be hoping for the same kind of reinvigoration this year. Meyer said his presence will be felt in the passing game early in the season, especially in the routes of wide receivers.“If it fits into (conceptually) what we’re trying to get done, then we add it,” Meyer said. “The term we use around here is, ‘We’re not changing, we’re enhancing what we do.’ If it’s broken, we have to change it.”Wilson will be working with young talents like sophomore Binjimen Victor and redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill, along with veterans in junior’s Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon. Junior Eric Glover-Williams is making the switch to receiver from safety this season, and could be a factor in the slot.Barrett, too, could benefit from Wilson’s concepts. Only time will tell how much of the ingenuity of the longtime coach shines through.The secondary will be a revolving doorThere will be no replacing talents like Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley and Malik Hooker. But OSU is going to try to replicate the production of three potential first-round picks by implementing a rotation in the secondary.“I think the way we play defense, we’d like to do that,” Meyer said. “We have Damon Arnette and Denzel Ward (who) are the only guys who have ever played for us right now. You’ve got Rodjay Burns. We moved Wayne Davis to safety. You’ve got these four corners that just stepped out there today that looked pretty good. We’d like to play three or four — we’d like to play more than three or four. We learned a lesson. That was as good of production as we’ve had out of corners anywhere we’ve been. Obviously, you’ve got great players, but what we ask those guys to do … it’s a track meet for four hours. If you can (get) a little rotation in there, it’s going to be much better. So the answer is yes.”Arnette and Ward had limited playing time last season with OSU, and will be replacing arguably the best duo of corners the Buckeyes have had in a long time. It will be no easy task, but the help from incoming freshmen Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade, as well as transfer and sophomore Kendall Sheffield, should make things a little easier on OSU.Expect to see plenty of fresh faces during the spring game on April 15. OSU will be in Ohio Stadium for the team’s annual scrimmage, and fans will get a glimpse of the skills of the new Buckeyes. read more

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first_imgAmerican Manganese recently received the report “The Recovery of Manganese From Low Grade Resources: Bench Scale Test Program Completed ” prepared by Kemetco Research, which describes and summarises the extensive bench-scale metallurgical tests of the unit operations – operations which when linked together form the basis of a complete innovative conceptual flowsheet complete with heat, mass and energy balances – designed to process lower-grade manganese mineralisation into high purity manganese metal. In May 2009, Kemetco was commissioned to develop a robust energy efficient hydrometallurgical process that would yield high purity manganese metal and/or manganese dioxide while minimising potential environmental impacts. The work integrates and builds upon the extensive research carried out most notably by the US Bureau of Mines intermittently from the 1940s through the 1980s and proprietary third party research conducted by other mining companies.The report confirms that American Manganese’s proprietary process can extract manganese at greater than 90% efficiency while minimising water use and potential environmental impacts. The conceptual process flowsheet is based on a unique application of commercially available process equipment so that the process is deemed to be robust and energy efficient. In addition to the production of electrolytic manganese metal, a saleable anhydrous sulphate by-product will also be produced.Treatment of typical manganese samples containing between 4 and 7% Mn by weight (primarily in the form of pyrolusite, psilomelane and wad), is carried out in a hydrometallurgical process whereby four-valent Mn is reduced and leached by sulphur dioxide dissolved in water. The hydrometallurgical processing of friable lower-grade material avoids intensive crushing and grinding, as well as the undesirable high temperature reduction roasting that is conventionally used in processing hard high grade material. Roasting at temperatures typically between 800 and 1,000°C is energy intensive and would not be economical for lower-grade material.Leaching studies performed on typical manganese samples of large particle size (greater than 9.5 mm) with dilute SO 2 in stirred tanks indicates that the material is readily leachable. The material is friable and large particles break down easily during stirred tank leaching. SO 2 leachant is produced on-site by burning elemental sulphur with 20% excess air. At a feed processing rate of 3,500 t/d, heat exchanging the exhaust gases from the sulphur burner will produce an estimated 20 t/h of steam at 400°C and 45 bar pressure. In a condensing turbine, this steam can produce 5 MW of continuous electrical power.The pregnant leach solution (PLS) is purified in two stages prior to separating the manganese by precipitation. Dissolving the precipitate with recycled electrolyte produces a Mn-containing solution that is conducive to producing high-grade Mn metal by EW. Solid tailings with minimum water content are produced by filtration of the final counter current decantation underflow material, minimising water requirements for the overall process. The solid tailings produced from test work were shown to be benign by the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure, and can be returned to mined-out areas of an open pit facilitating immediate progressive reclamation of disturbed areas.Based on the successful test work, conceptual flowsheets have been developed which include applications of novel, proprietary, innovative technology to minimise process operating costs through low water use, low overall energy use and economic destruction of unwanted by-products. American Manganese has requested Kemetco to file an application for patent protection.last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s certainly impressive that Sergey Glazunov managed to hack Google Chrome at Pwnium. By finding a pair of holes and sidestepping the browser’s sandbox, he proved his skills and took home a cool $60,000 in prize money. More impressive: Google has already patched Chrome in response.Glazunov’s hack went down yesterday at CanSecWest, and less than 24 hours after congratulating him for his work Google has updated Chrome’s stable channel to version 17.0.963.78 on Windows, Mac, and Linux. If you had any concerns after reading this morning’s report of the hack, you can now rest easy: Google clearly has things under control.No Chrome exploit has ever been spotted in the wild, and that’s not going to change because of Glazunov’s discovery.The speed with which the Chrome team has done this is truly mind-blowing. Sure, a chink in the armor was found. But Google’s engineers rode in on a shining, white steed and put things right once more. All that’s required now is for Chrome users to spot the green up arrow and restart their browsers, and the hole is plugged. That part of the process won’t take more than a few days — we’ve seen that proven time and time again when Google pushes a new major version.It’s enough to make you wonder if Google had this planned all along. Chrome is widely regarded as the most secure browser on the market, and the fact that it fell at Pwn2Own isn’t going to change that perception. But Google did create an excellent opportunity for themselves to show off just how quickly they can respond to a critical flaw.via Chrome Releaseslast_img read more

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first_imgVirtual pets are growing in popularity as you get the perks of not having to walk it or clean up after it, and you can tell it what to do and it will actually listen. Tomy have created their latest and greatest innovation of the virtual pet: a robot dog that can be commanded by your smartphone.The incredibly clever i-SODOG is a follow up to i-SOBOT, a bipedal robot released in 2007. i-SODOG can dance in time to downloaded music, walk, sit, and be given interactive commands to carry out such as shaking hands.The robot has sensors in its head and back, two microphones, and can recognise up to about 50 different spoken words. It also has a biometric sensor in its nose, allowing it to talk to other robots and pass over information. This replicates the idea that cats and dogs have a sixth sense, enabling them to communicate through static electricity. If someone touches the noses of two robots, they can share information with each other.i-SODOG has its own special controller, but it can also be controlled using an app on your smartphone. For example, if you tilt the phone from side to side you can make the dog lean left or right. You can also earn game points whilst playing with i-SODOG, which can then be converted into virtual food so you can feed him.The robot uses 15 ultra-compact servomotor units developed by Tomy. These units are how Tomy has kept the robot so small and have also helped keep the price down.The i-SODOG is suitable for all ages and Tomy hopes to release the robot early next year. One virtual dog will set you back an estimated $400, so if you want a super smart pet, get saving.via DiginfoTVlast_img read more

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first_imgRight-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at centre of storm over ‘child abuse’ comments He was dropped from the Conservative Political Action Conference, where President Donald Trump is due to speak. Share178 Tweet Email1 130 Comments Image: Milo Yiannopoulos via Facebook Read: Twitter bans right-wing writer after Ghostbusters actor targeted by trolls> I shouldn’t have used the word “boy” when I talked about those relationships between older men and younger gay men. (I was talking about my own relationship when I was 17 with a man who was 29. The age of consent in the UK is 16.) That was a mistake. Gay men often use the word “boy” when they refer to consenting adults. I understand that heterosexual people might not know that, so it was a sloppy choice of words that I regret.In another post, he said that he is a child abuse victim and that his “own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous”.Matt Schlapp, the chair of the American Conservative Union, which runs the CPAC event, had said at the weekend that CPAC thinks free speech includes “hearing Milo’s important perspective”.But this evening, the ACU said that it has rescinded Yiannopoulos’s invitation to the conference due to the comments in the new video.Schlapp described Yiannopoulos’s explanation on Facebook as “insufficient”. Image: Milo Yiannopoulos via Facebook By Aoife Barry Monday 20 Feb 2017, 7:53 PM 26,916 Views center_img “@ACUConservative has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at #CPAC2017.” pic.twitter.com/sVWGnPCW7C— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017 Source: Matt Schlapp/Twitter I did say that there are relationships between younger men and older men that can help a young gay man escape from a lack of support or understanding at home. That’s perfectly true and every gay man knows it. But I was not talking about anything illegal and I was not referring to pre-pubescent boys. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 20th 2017, 7:53 PM https://jrnl.ie/3249783 Short URL CONSERVATIVE COMMENTATOR MILO Yiannopouolos has found himself at the centre of another storm of controversy due to his comments about relationships between “young boys” and men.He made the comments in an online livestream.Yiannopoulos, who works for the alt-right site Breitbart, had been banned from Twitter last summer over his role in the online abuse of Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the film Ghostbusters.This latest video came after it emerged that Yiannopoulos was due to give a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). While he has escaped heavy criticism from some of the conservative quarters over his inflammatory comments in the past, this time Yiannopoulos’s language saw him fall foul of the organisers of the conference.He has now been pulled as a speaker. Among those speaking at this year’s CPAC event is President Donald Trump.In a Facebook post, titled ‘A note for idiots’, Yiannopoulos said he does not support paedophilia, which is “a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the worst”.He said that there are “selectively edited videos doing the rounds, as part of a coordinated effort to discredit me from establishment Republicans, that suggest I am soft on the subject”.He said that if it comes across through his “own sloppy phrasing or through deceptive editing” that he “meant any of the ugly things alleged”, he wanted to set the record straight: “I am completely disgusted by the abuse of children”.last_img read more

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first_imgThis week’s episode of Clark Talks, The Columbian’s podcast, explores the future of the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 project, features local students performing in a state poetry competition and catches up on this weekend’s events.Dameon Pesanti and Troy Brynelson start off by talking to the Port of Vancouver’s spokeswoman Abbi Russell to learn about the storied history and busy future of Terminal 1, the port’s first and oldest waterfront property.Then Katie Gillespie talks with students from Battle Ground High School and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, who will be competing in Poetry Out Loud!, a competition in which students recite selected poems.Pesanti and Brynelson also chat with features news coordinator Ashley Swanson about events coming up this weekend.Here’s a list of the events featured:• Portland Home and Garden Show, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 to 25 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland; $10, free for ages 12 and younger. 503-736-5200 or www.homeshowpdx.com• Washington Beer Open House, noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 at various locations in Vancouver (see website for details); free, but tasting fees may apply for those 21 and older. http://washingtonbeer.com/washington-craft-beer/washington-beer-open-house.phplast_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Erland Construction recently announced it was selected by Heilind Electronics to expand its headquarters in Wilmington. Teaming up with AHP Architects, Erland will add 60,000 square feet to their existing 40,000 square feet of office and warehouse space.Heilind Electronics, founded in 1974, is one of the world’s leading distributors of connectors, relays, switches, thermal management and circuit protection products, terminal blocks, wire and cable, wiring accessories, and insulation and identification products. Heilind is the industry’s top interconnect distributor, with the largest inventory of connector products in North America.The company has rapidly increased in size over the years by internal expansion and strategic acquisitions, outgrowing their current space.The new two-story addition to their existing office building will create a new environment that better serves their evolving workforce in Massachusetts.The exterior will feature a brick façade with a glass curtain wall entrance to upgrade the building’s curb appeal.The new space will include an open of ce design with multiple conference rooms, restrooms, and kitchenettes. Additional site work will be completed to increase parking as well.Erland will seek to minimize the disruption to Heilind’s operations as well as neighboring homes and businesses during this 12-month project. Additionally, due to the adjacency of the addition and existing structure, Erland will work closely with Heilind, project engineers and designers to coordinate the construction of the new structure and modifications to the existing structure.Over the past 41 years, Erland Construction has successfully grown into the Northeast’s leading open shop construction management and general contracting rm.The Company is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts and has specialized expertise for new construction, additions, and renovations in major market sectors including advanced technology/life sciences, academic, corporate, commercial, residential, senior living and hospitality.(NOTE: The above press release is from Erland Construction.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics Opens New Distribution Center In OhioIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics Expands Sensata PartnershipIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics Voted Best Electronics Distributor Seventh Consecutive TimeIn “Business”last_img read more

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first_imgRev. Frank Reid, pastor of Bethel AME Church, will now be a bishop. (Courtesy photo)Members of Baltimore’s African Methodist Episcopal (AME) churches celebrated the victory of the Rev. Frank Madison Reid III, pastor of Bethel AME Church, being elected as bishop on July 11 during the group’s quadrennial conference in Philadelphia.Rev. Reid is the third member of his family, following his father and grandfather, to become a bishop.Lauretta Freeman, a representative of Mt. Olive AME Church in Worton, noted the historic nature of Rev. Reid’s win.“I am so pleased and I’ve been praying and praying that he would make it,” said Freeman. “I think it’s history when you have three members in the same family who have become bishops.”Reverend Rosalyn Crosby of Adams Chapel AME Church also expressed pride in Reid’s election.“We are really elated and proud that Reverend Frank Madison Reid III has become the bishop of the AME church at our 50th conference,” said Crosby. “I think he will do an awesome job as a bishop because he did an awesome job as a pastor.”According to Rev. Crosby, Rev. Reid was previously her pastor when he first went to Bethel AME in 1988.last_img read more

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first_imgThe retiring head of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Human Rights called for a new effort to stop the Trump administration from reversing decades of progress made by people of color at a Masonic Black History Program in the District of Columbia.Wade Henderson spoke at a Masonic Grand Lodge celebration about the need for Blacks to continue progressing under the new administration. (Courtesy Photo)From photos of “Colored Only,” signs to pictures of Air Force Gen. Daniel “Chappy” James, to images of President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One, progress was on display at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in Northwest D.C. during a program Feb. 12 sponsored by the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of D.C.The Honorable Phillip David, most worshipful grand master of the lodge, introduced Wade Henderson. “Carter G. Woodson once said and I quote –‘If you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much as any other race, he will aspire to equality and justice with regards to race,’” David said.Henderson said President Trump’s appointment of billionaire Betsy DeVos as secretary of the Department of Education while she is leading the private charter school movement should be a wake up call“My hope is that the free Masonry movement will come back to its roots in the Civil Rights movement. . . .There are challenges to be met but you are capable to meet those challenges,” Henderson said. “Those who came before you faced more difficult times and were able to succeed and you have that opportunity.”The theme of overcoming racial inequity was also echoed during a Black History Month program at the East Capitol Street Church of Christ in Northeast, D.C. where playwright Angela Davis put on a production that included poetry, music and a dramatic skit that featured the children of the church.  “Everybody is important to God. When we get to Heaven it will not be based on race,” Daniel Lester, minister of the church, said.In addition to the production, several family members of Black history icons sat in the pews, including Karen Gray Houston, former Fox TV reporter, whose uncle, Fred Gray, was Rosa Parks’ lawyer, and Marlene Dortch, secretary of the FCC, whose grandfather was famed Olympian Jesse Owens.last_img read more

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first_img Scientists believe canines first became domesticated approximately 15,000 years ago due to wolves co-mingling with human populations. Many in the field have suspected that not all of the genetic changes that came about due to the domestication that occurred were positive, but until now, no one had done the work to prove it. In this new effort, the researchers obtained sequenced data from samples of the genomes of 25 semi-feral dogs located within ten different countries along with data from 19 gray wolves and 45 breed dogs which represented dozens of domesticated dog breeds. They then conducted an analyses that revealed genetic variations with the different groups, looking specifically for alleles deemed deleterious, which in the natural world, would have been seen as a mistake—one that likely would not have been carried into future generations. The researchers found that the dogs had approximately 115 more such alleles than wolves, which translated to a 2.6 percent difference. The increase, the researchers suggest was likely due to bottlenecks associated with domestication, and then again to the aggressive breeding programs humans have applied to domestic dogs. Bottlenecks lead to less diversity, which can lead to negative value mutations that persist over generations.The result, the researchers claim, are dogs that are less able to reproduce than wolves, and dogs that are more prone to certain ailments, such as asthma, some cancers, eye diseases or arthritis. The researchers note that dogs are not the only animals humans have domesticated and it is likely that the others also have the same sorts of harmful genetic changes. They note also that virtually all modern crops are domesticated plants, which likely also suffer from the same sorts of harmful genetic changes. The researchers suggest that increasing diversity in populations would allow the negative traits to disappear on their own, whereas maintaining programs such as selective breeding of dogs belonging to small populations will likely to lead to even more problems for the animals in the future. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Credit: Noël Zia Lee, Wikimedia Commons Citation: Study shows domestication of dogs led to an increase in harmful genetic changes (2015, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-domestication-dogs-genetic.html New twist in tale of dogs’ origins More information: Bottlenecks and selective sweeps during domestication have increased deleterious genetic variation in dogs, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1512501113center_img Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.S. and Spain has found that domestication of canines appears to have led to an increase in harmful genetic changes in dogs. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their study that included genome analysis of wolves, wild dogs and domesticated dogs and why they believe notice should be taken of such genetic changes in domesticated animals moving forward. © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img These days, just about anything can be leased — from computers and heavy machinery to complete offices.The kind of business you’re in and the type of equipment you’re considering are major factors in determining whether to lease or buy.If you’re starting a one-person business and need just one computer, for instance, it probably makes more sense to buy. On the other hand, if you’re opening an office that will have several employees, and you require a dozen computers, you may want to look into leasing.According to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association(ELFA), approximately 80 percent of U.S. companies lease some or all of their equipment, and there are thousands of equipment-leasing firms nationwide catering to that demand.”[Leasing is] an excellent hedge against obsolescence,” explains a spokesperson at the ELFA, “especially if you’re leasing something like computer equipment and want to update it constantly.”Other leasing advantages include: making lower monthly payments than you would have with a loan, getting a fixed financing rate instead of a floating one, benefiting from tax advantages, conserving working capital and avoiding cash-devouring down payments, and gaining immediate access to the most up-to-date business tools.Leasing also has its downside, however: You’ll pay a higher price over the long term. Another drawback is that leasing commits you to retaining a piece of equipment for a certain time period, which can be problematic if your business is in flux.As you put together an equipment leasing package, consider these issues:What equipment do you need and for how long?Do you want to bundle service, supplies, training and the equipment lease itself into one contract?Have you anticipated your company’s future needs so you can acquire adequate equipment?What is the total payment cost?Also ask the following questions about each leasing source you investigate:Who will you be dealing with? Is there a separate company financing the lease? (This may not be desirable.)How long has the company been in business? As a general rule, deal only with financing sources that have been operating at least as many years as the term of your proposed lease.Do you understand the terms and conditions during and at the end of the lease?Is casualty insurance (required to cover damage to the equipment) included?Who pays the personal property tax?What are the options regarding upgrading and trading in equipment before the lease period expired?Who is responsible for repairs?Every lease decision is unique, so it’s important to study the lease agreement carefully. Compare the costs of leasing to the current interest rate, examining the terms to see if they’re favorable. What’s the lease costing you? What are your immediate and long-term savings?Compare those numbers to the cost of purchasing the same piece of equipment, and you’ll quickly see which is the more profitable route.Because startups tend to have little or no credit history, leasing equipment is often difficult or even impossible. However, some companies will consider your person, rather than business, credit history during the approval process.Corrections & Amplifications: An earlier version of this article referred to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association by its previous name, the Equipment Leasing Association of America. The name had changed in 2006. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 3, 2013center_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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first_imgHere’s How Lenders can Make the Most of their Business this Year Lenders Michigan Mutual 2016-01-11 Staff Writer January 11, 2016 567 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img Share Most economists in the mortgage industry project that the housing market will experience a slow down in activity in 2016, but that does not mean that lenders’ businesses have to coast along too.Dr. Rick Roque, Managing Director of Michigan Mutual shares some advice on how lenders can increase their business and prosper in the new year.MReport: Where is the greatest area of opportunity for lenders to make revenue and how should they go about tapping into that?Dr. Roque: Strictly market share, in my view. There will be considerable volume contractions, anywhere from 25 percent to 30 percent total throughout the industry. This year the industry is predicting a reduction in total volume and that is going to exert a lot of pressure on lenders struggling to maintain and grow their market share in a contracting market. They will need to essentially take business from one another. The volume in 2016 as a whole is supposed to be about 400 billion dollars less than in 2015. As a result, whatever you did last year, unless you’re growing your market share, will be less this year. In essence, the current number of lenders will be fighting for pieces of a smaller pie.The competitive advantage that lenders are going to have to create will require opening up to new markets, opening up their licensing strategy to new states, and taking away loan officers from their competitors.MReport: What do you see as the biggest threat to lenders in 2016? Why?Dr. Roque: The biggest threat is going to be lender compensation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). There is still a tremendous lack of clarity as to what the CFPB will be looking for in audits and how they will work with lenders to resolve issues when they see violations. This is especially true with regard to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule. All we know about TRID is that the CFPB will go easy on us for a limited time. But other than these general comments, what do we really know about TRID? At the end of the day, lenders don’t really know the extent and severity of penalties for non-compliance. Fair lending and loan officer compensation violations are going to be the main focus for 2016 by auditors. When they find a violation, how will they work with lenders to fix it? Will it be purely punitive or will it involve specific corrective actions and provide time to implement them?  There is currently tremendous ambiguity as to what the working relationship with the CFPB will be for lenders.  We know what the bureau has done with deep pocket banks, but we lack a good understanding of what is in store for mainstream mortgage bankers.MReport: How will lenders be able to develop and sustain a competitive advantage next year?Dr. Roque: The biggest competitive advantage is going to be operational. Leveraging technology in order to demonstrate that you can close loans in the shortest period of time with a borrower-friendly process is what’s going to drive business. With TRID, loan officers are becoming much savvier in their workflow and operational execution. You really have to reflect carefully on how efficiently you close loans. Lenders who can both demonstrate their operational execution and how well they satisfy and support consumers and Realtor partners will have the clearest competitive advantage.MReport: What will be the biggest regulatory challenge for 2016 and how should lenders prepare for it?Dr. Roque: The biggest regulatory challenge in 2016 is going to involve pricing strategies, market by market. This entails three things: the corporate margin, having a fixed branch margin, and loan officer compensation. There are a lot of lenders that are exhibiting explicit LO compensation violations and fair lending violations because their consumers can call the office of a particular mortgage branch and get multiple rates, depending upon which loan officer they speak to. I believe that 2016 will be the year of fair lending and we will see enforcement actions against lenders involving either loan officer compensation issues or fair lending violations. This will force lenders to take a much more uniform approach in their margin strategies in order to ensure they are compliant in both in fair lending and loan officer compensation.MReport: Name an issue that you feel the industry should pay more attention to but hasn’t been focused on? Why is the issue important and why do you think it has not been an area of focus?Dr. Roque: The industry and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) should work much more proactively with public school districts and departments of education on a state-by-state basis to support and put together initiatives to improve consumer financial literacy.When I speak to superintendents of schools, departments of education, or members of an administration, I find there is virtually no dialogue between bankers and these educational institutions regarding how to educate students and the general population to become financially literate, and that is a mistake.Public school districts are the among the largest employers in communities around the country. I think it would be smart for the associations in our industry to enter into a broader dialogue with each state department of education on how the industry can support public school districts in promoting financial literacy. At the college and high school level there is little or no outreach in that regard, and we need to do a better job of training our consumers.  There are many benefits to having well-informed borrowers, particularly in the servicing side of the business.The challenge is that the industry is still somewhat under fire and we are very much in a defensive mode. We are not being very strategic, and I think this is reason why we haven’t really been focused on such institutional plays. Let’s face it, there is virtually no educational foundation to instruct borrowers on consumer finance, financial management and buying a house, even though roughly two thirds of Americans purchase homes. There is little if any preparation coming from schools involving affording a home, paying for a home, or preparing for a home. It’s not there, it’s absent.If 60 percent or more of Americans buy a house, it’s so strange to me that this is not even a topic of conversation in our schools. Financial literacy is a great example of how the industry can go on the offensive and work more proactively with consumers at every level.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Leading the team within Sofitel Brisbane Central’s patisserie is newly appointed Pastry Chef, Joel Helot.Chef Helot joins the hotel from the Gold Coast’s Palazzo Versace where he had worked as Pastry Chef since May 2014. Prior to this, Normandy born Helot was Head Pastry Chef at RACV Royal Pines Resort in the Gold Coast.Guests have the exclusive opportunity to learn pastry secrets from Joel first hand, with the hotel’s first Pastry Masterclass to be held on 7 November 2015. Classes start from $130pp and will teach dessert enthusiasts key recipes as well as tips to master the art of cake decoration, finished off with Sofitel’s signature high tea. Guests will also receive a recipe and gift to take home.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgOn The Go Tours, an award-winning tour operator specialising in locally led group tours and tailor-made holidays to over 60 worldwide destinations, recently hosted a group of Australian travel agents in Russia on a specialised version of their Vodka Shot six-day tour.Since Russia became the 10th most visited destination in the world in 2015, it has continued to grow as an ‘it’ destination for adventurous Australian travellers, and with often favourable currency exchange rates it gives travellers great bang for their buck.The group, hosted by On The Go Tours BDM for Victoria and Tasmania, Lisa McCowan, included representatives from Infinity travel agents across Australia.The six-day itinerary was led by On The Go Tours expert local guide Daria and took the group to experience Russia’s two most spectacular cities, St Petersburg and Moscow.This cultural journey began in St Petersburg, home to the Hermitage, which houses ones of the biggest and best art collections in the world. St Petersburg is also home to some of Russia’s most impressive buildings such as St Isaac’s Cathedral, many of which line the city’s main thoroughfare and Nevsky Prospekt, which was planned by Peter the Great. Paying homage to Russia’s royal history, agents visited the Peter & Paul fortress and Cathedral which houses the tombs of the Romanov monarchs and the lavish Catherine Palace.St Petersburg is also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, which offered a truly immersive experience for agents who got the opportunity to enjoy a walking tour of St Petersburg hidden gems, indulge in local cuisine, and visit the Vodka museum to learn more about the history of Russia’s favourite drink.After hopping on a sleeper train to Moscow, agents were treated to a walking tour of the legendary Red Square, the epitome of Russian power. Sites include the Kremlin, famed GUM department store and the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral. As well as taking a deep dive into the Kremlin, a complex of gold doomed cathedrals and government buildings, including the tsar bell – the largest bell that never rang, agents holed up in a former top secret soviet cold war bunker. Hidden beneath an ordinary two story building in Moscow, this bunker extends 18 floors below ground level and encompasses 6968 square metres.The final night in Moscow included a night coach tour taking in city sights that are hard to reach during the daytime, with a knowledgeable local guide and plenty of vodka!last_img read more

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