Woman charged after allegedly driving 60 kmh under limit on Highway 401

first_imgFRONT OF YONGE TOWNSHIP, Ont. – Police say an Ottawa-area woman is facing charges for allegedly driving 60 km/h under the speed limit on Highway 401 in eastern Ontario.Ontario Provincial Police say they received numerous calls Wednesday night about an eastbound car travelling at 40 km/h in Front of Yonge Township, about 25 kilometres west of Brockville.They say the callers said the car was in the fast lane with its high beams on.OPP made several attempts to get the driver to pull onto the right shoulder, but eventually had to make a tandem stop with cruisers at the front and rear of the vehicle to move it off the highway.They say the driver told officers she believed the speed limit was 50 km/h.A 47-year-old woman is charged with unnecessary slow driving, failing to obey signs and not having an insurance card.last_img read more

Weather aids in ending evacuation alert for Waterton Lakes National Park

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – Significant rainfall on Monday was enough to lift an evacuation alert sparked by a wildfire near Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta.Parks Canada spokesman John Stoesser says the area received 32 millimetres of rain, which is sufficient to rescind the alert that was issued last week.“It absolutely is very nice to hear the sound of raindrops coming down. It helps immensely,” said Stoesser.“Enough has fallen for Parks Canada to be able to lift the evacuation alert which was issued for Waterton Lakes National Park.”The 860-hectare blaze remains entirely on the U.S. side of the border in Glacier National Park, about seven kilometres away. Stoesser said the area isn’t out of the woods yet.“The fire does remain active. This hasn’t extinguished the fire,” Stoesser said.“We will continue to work closely with Glacier National Park and the other partnering agencies to manage this wildfire, to protect the key infrastructure and resources in the area but we are happy to say some areas have opened back up.”Stoesser says despite the evacuation alert, the park’s townsite was still quite busy.Waterton was devastated by a wildfire last September which consumed more than 190 square kilometres within the park and led to a two-week mandatory evacuation.Stoesser said that is still fresh in the minds of both park residents and staff.“The community had a really great event last weekend commemorating the Kenow wildfire from last year,” he said.“It was interesting to have that happening at the same time as this incident.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Parks Canada originally said there had been 18 millimetres of rain.last_img read more

Trans puppet named Julian to help young kids exploring gender issues

first_imgMONTREAL – The young school-age puppet named Julia feels in her heart she’s a boy and wants to be called Julian.Trans advocates say for many very young children and their families, tackling such gender-related questions are real and can be complicated.Enter Julian, the marionette at the heart of three bilingual videos designed to help provide youngsters and their families with the necessary tools to navigate such questions.Julian (the puppet goes by Julien in French) is the brainchild of the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation, a Montreal-based organization dedicated to fighting bullying, which unveiled the free video capsules and educational booklets Wednesday.The videos, which tackle issues like gender identity, self-expression and acceptance, star Julian and his fellow puppet friends Leo and Annie in addition to a human female character named Alex.The foundation’s Jasmin Roy said the intended audience is very targeted.“We need to develop emotional and social skills for educators, parents and other children who are around those children exploring their gender or expression,” Roy said.“Now, every time you have a child in your community who’s dealing with that reality, you’ll have a tool to help you.”Roy said the inspiration for Julian came in part from Sesame Street, the popular children’s television show which introduced an autistic character named Julia in 2015.“I said we should do the same thing for a child who is exploring because some children will just explore, and that doesn’t mean they are going (to grow up) to be trans,” Roy said.But a child expressing that need to explore shouldn’t be ignored either, he added.A survey commissioned by Roy’s foundation about the LGBTQ community last year found that 98 per cent of trans respondents had periods where they felt helpless, lonely or discouraged in relation to their gender identity or expression.Julien Leroux-Richardson, president of Aide aux trans du Quebec, a support organization, added that 43 per cent of the trans community will attempt suicide.Leroux-Richardson, for whom Roy named the Julian puppet, said the trans community’s position has evolved considerably, but the foundation’s initiative is about continuing that trend.“They (kids) always asked but, before, we didn’t talk about it,” Leroux-Richardson said.“We’ve stopped being blind about it and we said let’s create resources to help people, to interact, to know what to do if people have a gender variance or are just exploring their gender identity or expression.”Roy recounted meeting an Indigenous couple in Sept-Iles who were at a loss as their young daughter was exploring her gender issues.That’s where the resources will come into play.“Maybe if you have a child (going through this) you can show them the videos and say, ‘Is that how you feel? What do you need? How can I help you?’,” Roy said.“And, I love you.”On the web: https://fondationjasminroy.com/en/initiative/social-and-emotional-learning-to-help-children-with-the-process-of-identity-affirmation/last_img read more

Feds quiet on why Cindy Blackstock investigated by bureaucrats

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver a year ago APTN National News first told the story of how the federal government had been keeping a close eye on Cindy Blackstock.This happened after Blackstock, head of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, filed a human rights complaint against the government for allegedly discriminating against First Nation children.It got so bad the politicians promised an investigation.But Blackstock hasn’t heard a thing.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has the story.last_img read more

35000 donation by Tourmaline Oil allows Womens Resource Society to buy new

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society got a big boost last month after Tourmaline Oil donated the proceeds from its Annual Golf Tournament.The event, which took place at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club on July 19th, featured entertaining live and silent auctions, a 50/50 ticket draw, and a call for participants to “Fill-A-Truck” with non-perishable donations for the food pantry at the Centre.Society Board members Jen Pimm and Kelsey Dawley attended the tournament’s dinner, where Pimm spoke on behalf of the organization. “We are a front-line organization dealing with violence against women and children, community outreach, poverty, advocacy, harm reduction, food security, and much more. Your donation stays in our community and directly impacts local people. Without the support of our community, we could not do this important work, so thank you, we are very grateful.”After the tournament’s fundraising total was added up, Tourmaline said that it would like to match the donation, bringing the donation total to an incredible $35,150.“This means so much to us,” said Pimm. “We need a new furnace, and we have been trying to find room in the budget for this kind of capital expenditure. Thank you Tourmaline, the sponsors, and everyone who came out to golf!”Executive director Amanda Trotter explained that the donation was much-needed by the Society, which is currently seeing upwards of 500 clients each month.last_img read more

Jewish Extremist Wants Christians out of Israel Calls Them BloodSucking Vampires

New York – Benzi Gopstein, the leader of an extremist Jewish group, called for the expulsion of Christians from Israel, calling them “blood-sucking vampires.” Gopstein, head of the far-right Israeli group Lahava (Flame) posted a comment on the ultra-Orthodox website Kooker last week calling Christians “impure” and demanding their expulsion from Israel, according to Israeli media.The extremist also wants Christmas celebrations banned from the region. “Christmas has no place in the Holy Land,” Gopstein was quoted as saying. “Missionary work must not be given a foothold. Let’s throw the vampires out of our land before they drink our blood again,” he added.According to Al Jazeera which   contacted Gopstein after he made his racist remarks, he tried to justify his remark by saying that he had only accused Christian missionary groups of being “vampires.”Ahmad Tibi, Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, condemned the Lahava organization as a “hate group” that spreads “racist violence against Muslims and Christians.” “The Israeli government is complicit [in and is] aiding and abetting racists and terrorists like Gopstein,” said Tibi commenting on why the Israeli authorities do not react to bigotry.According to the same source, Gopstein and his terrorist organization were accused of inciting the burning down of Christian churches in Israel, last August.Moshe Klein, rabbi of Israel’s Haddash medical centers quoted Gopstein as saying, “That’s the last thing that concerns me. If this is truth, I’m prepared to sit in jail 50 years for it,” he answered when told he could face arrest for his incendiary comments.Gopstein’s group Lahava, which is the Hebrew acronym for “preventing assimilation in the Holy Land” also opposes marriages between Jewish women and Arab men. They chant “death to the Arabs” during these weddings, U.K.’s The Telegraph reported.Al Jazeera quoted an Israeli researcher as saying that Gopstein is “even despised by the Israeli right-wing establishment” and regarded as “dangerous” by Israeli security.According to the same source, the two Jewish terrorists who were arrested last August for the arson attack to the home of a Palestinian family, which burned their 18-month old baby alive, were members of Gopstein’s Lahava group.Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu described the firebombing of the home that took the lives of four innocent Palestinians as a terrorist act that would not be tolerated and would be prosecuted.However, both alleged Lahava terrorists were released and set free uncharged less than five months after the attack. read more

India offers scholarships to children of estate workers

Application forms could also be obtained from the High Commission of India, 36-38, Galle Road, Colombo-03 and the Assistant High Commission of India, No.31, Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy. The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that students who have passed G.C.E. Ordinary Level (with minimum 6 credit passes) or Advanced Level examination and below 25 years of age are eligible to apply. The completed applications forms must be accompanied by photocopies of birth certificate, result sheet of G.C.E ‘O’ Level or ‘A’ Level, latest salary slip of parents and Estate Superintendent’s certificate regarding parent’s occupation. Application forms could be downloaded at the High Commission of India, Colombo website www.hcicolombo.org. The Indian Government has invited applications from children of estate workers, who are resident on estates, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers’ Education Trust (CEWET).These scholarships are available for G.C.E. Advanced Level, Undergraduate courses and for students undergoing Vocational/ Technical education in any other Government Technical Colleges in Sri Lanka. Duly completed forms should reach the Honorary Secretary, CEWET c/o High Commission of India, P.O. Box 882, Colombo-03 on or before 30th August, 2016, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Asian stocks rise as trade war worries worsen

BEIJING — Asian stocks gained Monday amid investor jitters the U.S.-China trade war might be worsening.Benchmarks in Shanghai and South Korea rose while Hong Kong and Australia were unchanged. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.Investors were encouraged by hopes global central banks will keep interest rates low to shore up economic growth. But they worry President Donald Trump’s impending Sept. 1 tariff hike on more Chinese imports will scuttle talks aimed at ending their trade war.Wall Street’s benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped as much as 1.3% Friday after Trump said it would be “fine” if trade talks next month don’t happen.”Safe havens are “still in demand on trade war anxiety,” said Alfonso Esparza of Oanda in a report. “Headwinds remain strong as a deal in the short term between the U.S. and China is a long shot.”The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.7% to 2,793.67 points while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was little-changed at 25,937.44.Seoul’s Kospi added 0.5% to 1,947.05 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 was flat at 6,582.60. Markets in Taiwan and New Zealand declined. Exchanges in Singapore and Thailand were closed for holidays.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 ended down 0.7% on Friday at 2,918.65. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3% to 26,287.44 and the Nasdaq lost 1% to 7,959.14.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 18 cents per barrel to $54.33 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.94 on Friday to close at $54.40. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 13 cents to $58.40 per barrel in London. It gained $1.15 the previous session to $58.53.CURRENCY: The dollar edged down to 105.47 yen from Friday’s 105.66 yen. The euro gained to $1.1208 from $1.1201.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

Middle East UN envoy presses efforts to defuse current tension

Earlier this week, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed Larsen, visited Ramallah. According to a UN spokesman, the envoy has also talked on the phone with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, whose headquarters has been under siege for the past week. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday evening, Mr. Roed-Larsen called attention to the growing gap between diplomatic developments on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute – such as last week’s high-level meeting of the Quartet and the resolution adopted by the Security Council early Tuesday morning – and the situation on the ground, embodied by the siege of President Arafat’s headquarters. The envoy cautioned that the international community’s attempts to foster a political process leading to a viable Palestinian State were being stymied, and warned that the coming period could lead to the death of the two-State solution. At the same time, he reiterated the UN’s unequivocal condemnation of terror. Mr. Roed-Larsen echoed these themes in a speech on Tuesday to a meeting in Amman of the directors and deans of diplomatic academies and institutes of international relations. Rejecting terrorism “in simple and straightforward language” as murder, he said Israel had the legitimate right to defend itself, but questioned whether the current siege against President Arafat – or the broader one against the Palestinian people – would achieve that end. Palestinians, he stressed, need hope. “They need to see that an end to occupation is palpable, that a viable Palestinian State is probable, and that it is possible to plan for a future for themselves and their children,” he said. Recalling that the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States – had outlined a roadmap for achieving a final settlement within three years, the envoy said both Palestinian and Israeli aspirations could be reconciled in one common vision. “What we need now, however deep our distress and pain, is to summon the will to turn our vision into a concrete reality,” he said. read more

Mens soccer rebounds with pair of wins

After two rough games last week, the Ohio State men’s soccer team rebounded well, getting a tough win against Oakland last Wednesday and a 2-0 win Friday night against Cleveland State. “We stumbled a little last week, but to respond from the two bad games and to get back on the right track was very good,” coach John Bluem said. “I am proud of the guys. It was a good team effort in both of our wins this week, so I am very happy right now for the team.”Under cloudy and rainy conditions at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes struck early, two minutes into the game.After a great pass from Buckeye forward Chris Hegngi, who crossed the ball to Austin McAnena, McAnena got the ball and drilled it into the upper-right corner of the goal to give OSU a 1-0 advantage.“That was all Chris,” midfielder Austin McAnena said. “I was just on the back end of that. It was a great pass right on the money. I give the credit to Chris and the rest of the team.”Midfielder Matt Gold was the player who initially started the play with an outlet pass to Hegngi. For the freshman McAnena, it was his third goal of the season. “They’ve done that a couple of times this year,” Bluem said. “Those two freshmen are really good players, and they play more like upperclassmen.”OSU added another quick goal in the 19th minute of play when senior co-captain Doug Verhoff scored his fourth goal of the season.Verhoff launched a free kick from 25 yards out that bent around and went into the goal, which gave OSU its 2-0 score.From start to finish, the Buckeyes dominated, playing much more aggressively and very physically. Cleveland State displayed a sense of frustration, with five yellowcards by the end of the game.For goalie Matt Lampson, it was his fifth shutout of the season. The redshirt freshman had five saves on the day and he improved his record to 5-1-2 on the year.Last Wednesday saw the Buckeyes matched up against Oakland, a rematch of last year’s second-round tournament game. OSU defeated Oakland 1-0 after sophomore Joshua Breto scored the game’s only goal.The Buckeyes will remain at home when they return to action Wednesday against the University of Illinois-Chicago. Game time for the non-conference matchup is 7 p.m. read more

Trinny Woodall faces £300000 divorce battle from beyond the grave

first_imgA High Court registrar initially threw out the case, but the ruling is now being appealed.A spokesman for Ms Woodall, who is in a relationship with millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi, said: “This is a nightmare for an innocent spouse who received nothing on divorce, yet years later is sued by a trustee in bankruptcy, asserting an unheard-of claim to spousal rights of her deceased ex-husband.”Her barrister, Caroline Hely Hutchinson, said the trustee had no standing in law to bring a “personal claim” on behalf of Mr Elichaoff, arguing that any such right ended when he died.She said that the trustee’s claim was “factually outrageous” and targeted “a single mother who received no property from her husband either during the marriage or afterwards, and who has alone provided for their child.”She told the High Court: “My client had a five-year-old daughter and she was entirely responsible for the pastoral and financial care of that daughter.”The husband was a drug addict and these debts have been accrued post-separation. As it is, that man never made a further contribution to his wife and never repaid the £1.4m.”The court heard Ms Woodall, who now gives regular fashion advice on ITV’s This Morning, and Mr Elichaoff married in 1999 and divorced in 2009 on grounds of two years’ separation.A bankruptcy petition was presented in March 2009 for non-payment of rent and Mr Elichaoff was officially made bankrupt on July 7 of that year. Nine days later, a court approved their divorce settlement, under which he was to pay £24,000-a-year each to his daughter and wife.For the trustee, barrister James Pickering told Judge Robin Dicker QC that instead of being ordered to pay maintenance in the divorce settlement, Mr Elichaoff should have been awarded a six-figure sum from his former wife.Describing his case as “innovative”, he said: “At the time, the bankrupt was relatively poor and had little or no assets or income.”Miss Woodall, on the other hand, was relatively wealthy and had capital resources approaching £1.5m and a six-figure annual income.”Evidence at the time suggested Miss Woodall was on a £350,000-a-year salary, while Mr Elichaoff earned only £30,000 a year, he added.He said that the issue of whether Mr Elichaoff’s entitlement to support from his ex-wife was “property” that passed on to his trustee at the time of the bankruptcy could now be settled, adding: “It would be wholly bizarre if such a valuable right did not pass to a bankrupt’s trustee.”Mrs Hely Hutchinson argued that the trustee had failed to recognise that Ms Woodall herself was owed £1.4m by her former husband.She also said there had not been an example in 200 years of divorce law in which a trustee in bankruptcy had taken on a deceased spouse’s case. At the inquest into Mr Elichaoff’s death last year, a police officer who had driven him to a mental health unit two weeks before he died said that he had been told by the businessman that he was depressed because he had lost “a lot” of money “through some terrible investments in oil.”Judge Dicker reserved judgment on the case until a later date. Trinny Woodall in April Trinny Woodall in AprilCredit: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock 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. Trinny Woodall and Jonny Elichaoff after announcing their engagementcenter_img Trinny Woodall is being pursued through the courts for debts of almost £300,000 left behind by her dead ex-husband.The former What Not to Wear presenter is facing a “nightmare” battle after the trustee in Johnny Elichaoff’s bankruptcy has claimed that she should have been paying her husband maintenance after their marriage ended.The couple, who had a daughter together, had agreed a divorce settlement in 2009 which stated Mr Elichaoff should pay the fashion adviser £24,000 a year in maintenance as well as repaying £1.4m that she had lent to him over their ten-year marriage. Trinny Woodall and Jonny Elichaoff after announcing their engagementCredit:Eleanor Bentall However, it later emerged that Mr Elichaoff had been declared bankrupt shortly before the divorce was finalised, prompting a judge to invalidate the original settlement earlier this year.Now creditors owed almost £300,000 by his estate claim that, as the wealthier party, Ms Woodall should have been ordered to make payments to her former partner, and have taken their case to the High Court in a bid to force her to settle his debts.Mr Elichaoff, who became addicted to painkillers after suffering serious injuries in a road traffic accident, took his own life in 2014 having never paid Ms Woodall any of the money agreed in the original settlement.The former drummer, who later managed Tears for Fears, was believed to have been depressed following a series of failed oil investments.The trustee in Mr Elichaoff’s bankruptcy, Ian Robert, now wants to “step into his shoes” to pursue Ms Woodall through the courts to try and force her to pay his £285,000 debts, plus legal bills.last_img read more

Largest known prime number discovered is rare and larger than youd expect

first_imgThe newest largest prime number was recently discovered on the computer of a Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) volunteer, Curtis Cooper. The number, as one would expect from something noted to be the largest of something, is quite large: 257,885,161-1. The fully expressed form has 17,425,170 digits, much larger than the previously discovered largest prime number, which measures in at 12,978,189 digits long. If kept in a plain text file, the new number results in a file size of 22.45MB.GIMPS is a collaborative research project performed over the internet where volunteers download some software and let their computers perform calculations. The current incarnation of the GIMPS network sports around 360,000 CPUs operating at 150 trillion calculations per second. The method GIMPS uses is similar to Folding@home, another collaborative internet research project that is arguably more popular thanks to the help of the software being freely available on the PlayStation 3.The newly discovered number isn’t just a standard prime, but a Mersenne prime, and only the 48th of which ever discovered. Whereas a standard prime number is one that can only be divided by one and itself, a Mersenne prime takes the form of 2P-1, where P is a prime number.Large prime numbers require a lot of computing power to verify, and Mersenne primes are more complicated than a standard prime. So, aside from being just a fun thing to do with numbers, the Mersenne prime can be an effective tool to use when developing encryption.For all of Curtis’ computer’s hard work, he is eligible for a $3,000 prize. To check out the number, head on over here, where you have a choice to download the number in the full, in plain text or in gzip. The digits that bombard you on that page aren’t actually the full number, as 304,705 lines are left out. If you really want to see what your computer is made of, try copy-pasting portions of the number into text boxes. Better yet, see if you can send large portions of the numbers to friends through an instant message client.last_img read more

Bomb detonated outside tax office

first_imgPolice in Greece say they have destroyed a bomb by controlled explosion outside a tax office in western Athens, following overnight warning calls to a television station and news website. There was no damage or injuries.Police said the site in the Korydallos neighborhood on the outskirts of Athens was evacuated and cordoned off, and the bomb — which did not explode early Monday at the time the calls warned — was destroyed.No one has claimed responsibility for the bomb. Tax offices have been bombed in the past by militant Greek far-left and anarchist groups.Source: Associated Press Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tropical Storm Eduaord

first_img Sizzling weekend for Provo Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, The Bahamas – NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM EDOUARD ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION AT NOON, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014.TROPICAL STORM EDOUARD IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN OUT TO SEA.AT 11:00 AM, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM EDOUARD WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 18.5°NORTH AND LONGITUDE 43.0° WEST OR ABOUT 1315 MILES EAST (E) OF NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS.EDOUARD IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 16-MILES PER HOUR AND THIS MOTION WITH A GRADUAL DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 45-MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.SOME SLIGHT STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas weather, Tci weather Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015last_img read more

Sen Cleveland proposes megaproject safeguards

first_imgState Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, on Friday announced a set of bills designed to prevent future bistate transportation projects from meeting the same fate as the failed Columbia River Crossing.Cleveland unveiled three proposals she described as “safeguards” that would improve collaboration between two states and make it more difficult for leaders to pull the plug on a major project late in the game. In 2013, after almost a decade of planning, the Washington Legislature walked away from the CRC without approving funding for it — a move that ultimately led to the project’s demise the following year.“I believe that we needed greater skin in the game,” Cleveland said.One of Cleveland’s bills would establish a “bistate megaproject work group” to facilitate communication between the two states. Another would require state money to be taken from other transportation projects and given to a megaproject if it’s received a federal Record of Decision but no financing plan by the next regular legislative session. The third proposal would put the state on the hook for reimbursing funds spent on a megaproject if it fails to materialize.As proposed, the bills would have largely penalized Washington for the outcome of the CRC.The CRC spent $200 million and had some crucial permits in place before it folded in May 2014. The proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement would have cost more than $3 billion to build, but never made it to construction.Cleveland’s proposals would apply to bistate transportation projects valued at $500 million or more. She said she plans to formally introduce the bills next week, when the 2015 legislative session starts in Olympia.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly September 19 2014

first_imgStories 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 AudioMott to Lead Alaska Guard Response TeamThe Associated PressBrigadier General Jon Mott will lead a team charged with implementing recommendations for restoring confidence in the leadership and structure of the Alaska National Guard.Alaska Delegation Review 113th Congress Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe U.S. House and Senate are on recess now. When lawmakers return it’ll be after the November election for a lame duck session that will end the 113th Congress.Tribes Request King Bycatch Reduction as Pollock Season Wraps UpDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelAs the Pollock season wraps up in the Bering Sea, the Association of Village Council Presidents and the Tanana Chiefs Conference want immediate action to protect declining Western Alaska King Salmon stocks from trawl bycatch. Wednesday they filed a joint petition for emergency regulations with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to crack down on king bycatch for the remainder of the 2014 season.Panel Completes Review of Standard Used to Set Refinery-Pollution Cleanup LevelTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksA panel of experts wrapped up two days of meetings Thursday in Fairbanks that will help the state Department of Environmental Conservation determine the appropriate cleanup level for contamination of North Pole’s groundwater caused by chemicals leaking from the refinery now owned by Flint Hills Resources.Student Greenhouses Prompt Thorne Bay Restaurant PurchaseEmily Files, KRBD – KetchikanThere are no restaurants in the 500-person town of Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island. But that looks like it’s going to change. The Southeast Island School District, which serves Thorne Bay and several other rural schools, is buying a vacant restaurant from the city. They’re going to use food from school greenhouses and a bakery to provide fresh meals for residents and business experience for students.Closing Date Looms For The Senior Center In Bethel As ONC Looks For New VenueCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelONC, Bethel’s Tribe, recently announced they are closing the Senior Center at the end of the month and moving to a temporary location.AK: MushroomsDave Waldron, APRN – AnchorageHeidi Drygas is a lawyer by day, and a food blogger by night. She features mostly Alaska-grown ingredients in her recipes, and her resume boasts everything from moose chili to devil’s club salad. But, there’s one thing she’s been too afraid to forage, until now.300 Villages: ChignikThis week, we’re heading to Chignik, on the Alaska Peninsula. Adam Anderson is the Mayor of Chignik, Alaska.last_img read more

Trump blasts Oprah

first_imgOprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California on 7 January, 2018. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump blasted media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Twitter on Sunday night over a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes program and again said he hoped she would face him as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race.Actress and television host Winfrey, now a contributor to the CBS program, led a panel of 14 Republican, Democrat and Independent voters from Grand Rapids, Michigan in a wide ranging discussion about Trump’s first year in office.Trump tweeted “Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”Winfrey has told various media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, that she is not running for president, but has considered it, after there was much recent media speculation.The panellists ranged from voters who said “I love him more and more every day,” to others questioning Trump’s stability, saying, “All he does is bully people.”Winfrey made no declarative statements for or against the president in the program. But she did ask questions ranging from whether the country is better off economically to whether respect for the country is eroding around the world.last_img read more

HalfLife speed run world record reduced by 9 minutes

first_imgIf you release a popular video game, especially on PC, chances are someone is trying to do the fastest speed run through it. Some without any aids, others with, and typically doing so much faster because of them. The original Half-Life is one such game, and it has just had the world record speed run time reduced by 9 minutes.The unscripted speed run through the game can be done in just under 37 minutes, which is incredible in itself. Start adding in game manipulation, bugs, and scripts, and the world record fastest time was set at 29 minutes and 41 seconds. That is, until a few days ago. The new world record now stands at just 20 minutes and 41 seconds.The video below shows you the complete speed run and it’s pretty mind-boggling to watch:It apparently took around four years of planning to achieve this run. It involves new routes through the game playing on hard difficulty, six different runners (people playing the game) , 107 saves (so as to abuse save glitches), lots of bugs taken advantage of, and a number of scripts. They even went so far as to use an older, pre-2001 version of the game to get around a patch Valve added to the Steam version of the game.If you’d like to know more about what boosts and bugs were used, check out the stats at the end of the video. There’s also a spreadsheet available breaking down the game into chapters, how long each took, and how much of a time improvement it was over the old world record.I doubt this is the last speed run we’ll see, and from a quick viewing it seems likely a few missteps can be cleaned up to possibly take the run below 20 minutes. Hopefully that won’t involve another 4 years of planning, though.last_img read more

Folk music performance captivates audience

first_imgMaking the state of Bengal proud, Delhi-based music director and singer Runki Goswami gave a scintillating live folk music performance at India International Centre. Runki’s phenomenal multilingual show was a pure and joyful celebration of diverse country that we inhabit. Her performance in 18 different languages not only connected all but also left the audience spellbound.With controlled and mastered vocals, Runki, captivated music lovers by setting up a majestic mood with her journey from north to south through a myriad of rustic folk songs of India; thus engaging the audience in musical expression with multiple languages. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe recitals were the mirror image of the unfazed legacy of different states; their culture, customs, beliefs and faith. And that’s not it – every state has more than one kind of a folk – it varies from caste to seasons with changing pattern of rhythms and lyrics. Uniquely fascinating, the folk songs sung by Runki captured glimpses of this treasure trove. Starting the concert from Rajasthan with its Gorbandh, Jhoomar and Maand singing style, Runki rendered original Mirzapuri Kajri’s of UP, Nakta’s of Bihar and so on. It was a real treat for music lovers as Runki musically hopped in and out of states, seamlessly rekindling the dormant familiarity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSome well-known songs handpicked and chosen by Runki were – Loomba Jhoomba, Luk Chhip and Kesariya Baalam of Rajasthan, Rangi Saari, Saiya mile and many more from UP and Bihar, Bhedu Paako, Morni’s and many other sounds of the hills. Bihu, Bawl, Jatra, Dandiya, Lavani and South Indian folk were covered in her renditions as well. Accompanied by Virender Singh on rhythms, Saif Ali Khan and Hemanth Juyal on guitar, Runki mesmerised the audience with some great rustic folk songs in its original form. The performance lasted for an hour and received an overwhelming response from the listeners.last_img read more