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Snails Are Dissolving in Pacific OceanSnails Are Dissolving in Pacific Ocean

first_imgAn increasingly acidified Pacific Ocean is dissolving the shells of tiny marine snails that live along North America’s western coast. The broad finding, which has surprised some researchers, suggests that sea life is already being affected by changes in the ocean’s chemistry caused by rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.“It really changes the game” by demonstrating that acidification is having a noticeable impact, says biological oceanographer Jan Newton, co-director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center at the University of Washington, Seattle. Newton was not involved in the study.The researchers studied one kind of pteropod, common planktonic snails known as sea butterflies for the winglike body parts that help them glide through the water. Like other shellfish, pteropods use dissolved carbonate in seawater to build their shells. But laboratory studies have shown that the process can be disrupted, and shells can dissolve, as seawater becomes more acidic, or lower in pH. (Temperature has an impact, too.) As its concentration rises in the atmosphere, carbon enters the ocean through chemical reactions, causing its pH at the surface to drop by 0.1 units since the preindustrial era. 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In 2012, researchers documented damage to oysters in hatchery tanks in Oregon fed with seawater that had become more acidic as a result of offshore upwelling patterns. The same year, researchers reported that pteropods collected at one site in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica showed signs of shell damage.To gauge how acidification might be affecting the Pacific, biological oceanographer Nina Bednaršek of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Seattle and colleagues collected pteropods at 13 sites during a 2011 research cruise between Washington and southern California. Back at the lab, they used a scanning electron microscope to examine the fragile shells, which are 1 cm in size or smaller. Normally, healthy pteropods have smooth shells. But more than one-half of these shells showed signs of dissolution, they report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The pitted textures made them look like “cauliflower” or “sandpaper,” Bednaršek says.“I was surprised by the sheer spacial extent of the dissolution,” she says. “This is something we have not predicted before — the extent of the population that’s already affected.”What’s not clear from this study is how such damage might be affecting pteropod populations or the broader ecosystem. Previous work has suggested that shell damage can make it harder for the invertebrates to fight infection, maintain metabolic chemistry, defend themselves against predators, and control buoyancy. And while the snails are one of the most abundant organisms on Earth, “their role in ecosystems is generally not all that well known,” writes biological oceanographer Gareth Lawson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts in an e-mail. But “they can be important prey items at some times and places” for fish and other creatures. For example, the pteropod examined in this study, Limacina helicina, is a key food for fish eaten by pink salmon, an important North Pacific fishery.If the pteropod shells “are dissolving as fast as the authors claim, the effects on individual physiology, behavior, and fitness, and hence on populations and food webs, are not easy to predict,” Lawson says. But they “could be profound.”The waters probed during this study, known as the California Current, are a hot spot of ocean acidification because of coastal upwelling, which brings naturally acidic waters to the surface, where they are made even more acidic by greenhouse gas pollution. But Richard Feely of NOAA, a co-author on the study, says that the site serves as a “harbinger” for what global seas will be experiencing decades hence.last_img read more


first_imgIowa Senator Chuck Grassley says his confidence level is relatively low that Congress will be able to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act anytime soon.A scheduled vote on the Republican replacement for the A-C-A was cancelled last month in the U-S House after it was determined it wouldn’t have the votes to pass.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..something passed” :16In the past two weeks, Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield announced they’d stop selling individual policies in Iowa in 2018 via the exchange.Those companies claim they’re losing tens of millions of dollars on the policies they’ve sold to Iowans in the past three years.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……”death spiral” ;16Grassley says though when we’re all done with repeal and replacement, not everything in Obamacare is going to be replaced.He says there’s still going to be a lot of Obamacare around because some of it is quite non-controversial.last_img read more

Scott Brown: B*****d Malta defender spat at me!Scott Brown: B*****d Malta defender spat at me!

first_imgScotland Scott Brown: Horrible b*****d Malta defender spat at me! Stephen Darwin Last updated 2 years ago 15:44 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Scott Brown Scotland 2017 Getty Images Scotland Scotland v Malta Malta WC Qualification Europe The Scotland midfielder was left incensed after the apparent incident although was delighted his side managed to get the three points from the game Scott Brown has accused Malta defender Steve Borg of spitting at him, referring to the the 29-year-old as a “horrible b*****d” as a result.Scotland picked up a 2-0 win over the bottom-of-the-group Maltese to keep their hopes of World Cup qualification alive, with Christophe Berra and Leigh Griffiths grabbing the goals for the hosts.Brown 5/1 to score vs Hamilton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina There was seemingly a sour note to mar the game, however, with Brown’s claim that Borg, who plays for Valetta in the Maltese Premier League, spat at him.The Celtic midfielder told reporters: “He did spit on me, he is a horrible b*****d.“He put his hand up to apologise but I managed to keep my head. The main thing was getting the three points. Getting the win was the main thing, it was about the team – not about one person or bookings or anything like that.”We played really well, at our tempo. We were patient with the ball and created chances from that.”The win, coupled with England’s 2-1 victory over Slovakia, means the Scots are one point behind second place with their two remaining matches coming against teams above them in the Slovaks and Slovenia.And Brown, who was thankful for the Three Lions getting a positive result at Wembley, has called on the Scottish supporters to get behind the team in their final two qualifiers.He added: “It was a great result from England as well. We knew we had to win our game and then just hope they gave us a helping hand.”The Slovakia game will be massive now and I hope our fans come out and support us next month.”last_img read more

Maestro Pep Guardiola gets a sweet tune from his smooth operatorsMaestro Pep Guardiola gets a sweet tune from his smooth operators

first_imgSade Sadio Mané’s stoppage-time winner lifts Liverpool over Manchester City Topics Manchester City will not break any more records, says Pep Guardiola Facebook Sade is a big favourite at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock Pinterest Sportblog Pep Guardiola Share on Facebook It is a world away from the rock ’n’ roll football that is attempted by his more prosaic peers. While at Besiktas, Slaven Bilic was asked whose music his team most resembled. “Let’s think … not the Doors, not the Beatles. Pink Floyd? The team is as talented as Pink Floyd but no, we are not Pink Floyd,” the Croat replied. “I think we are Iron Maiden. Like Iron Maiden, we play with very high energy and everyone does their jobs very well.” Sadly, also like the British rockers, their output was wildly unpredictable, and after two seasons Bilic was on his way.City fans have seen before how the music managers listen to can have an effect on the way their teams play. Between 2005 and 2007 they had a manager in Stuart Pearce who banned R’n’B from the dressing room and replaced it with the Sex Pistols, whose aggressive anthems he played at full volume in the hope that his players would take to the field pumped with adrenaline and ready to fight their way to victory. Under his watch Ben Thatcher, a full-back who played as if flaying about in a perpetual solo moshpit, was banned for eight matches after knocking Portsmouth’s Pedro Mendes unconscious with a viciously wielded elbow. Pearce then conjured perhaps history’s most inappropriate supportive turn of phrase when amid the ensuing furore he declared that Thatcher was feeling extremely contrite. “I can assure everybody,” he said, “this has hit the player very hard.” Towards the end of his playing career Pearce was at Newcastle when their then manager Ruud Gullit had to make it a club rule that the left-back never be allowed near the stereo. “You cannot think properly about the game ahead with so much noise going on around you,” Gullit said of the player’s terrible tunes. “Before a game you should want to talk to one another about what each of you will be doing. You cannot have a big ghetto‑blaster like that playing when you should be talking about the job ahead. The music distracts you. So, for me, there was nothing to discuss. I have taken the machine away.”He might have turned the high-tempo thrashings of Pearce’s pet punks into Newcastle’s sweatiest taboo, but Gullit wouldn’t dream of taking the machine away from Guardiola. The Dutchman likes music that can suitably soundtrack the “sexy football” he so famously aspired to, and once spent an entire holiday driving around Portugal while listening to a particular artist. “I’ll never forget the endless Sade tapes,” he recalled. “It is now among my favourite music.” Share on Messenger The greatest test of the similarity between Guardiola’s work and that of the musician who soundtracks it cannot yet be completed. It remains to be seen if the Spaniard will still be admired and influential three decades from now, but you can be damn sure that’s what football’s smoothest operator is anticipating. Read more Iron Maidencenter_img Share on Twitter Few people know the secrets behind Pep Guardiola’s managerial success as well as Domènec Torrent, who worked as the Spaniard’s assistant at Barcelona B, with the Catalan club’s first team, at Bayern Munich and finally at Manchester City before, after 11 years, leaving his mentor’s side this summer to take over at New York City. This week Torrent offered a glimpse inside Guardiola’s tactical bunker.“Pep loves music in general and I am the same,” he said. “When we worked in the office we always had music on. Not rock music. Just something relaxing, maybe Sade.”This could be the least surprising musical revelation in the history of football. For a start, since taking over at the Etihad Stadium Guardiola has led the team on two pre‑season tours of America, the latest of which sees them play Bayern Munich in Miami on Sunday. Over successive summers Guardiola has literally taken his team coast to coast, LA (where they played Real Madrid last year) to Chicago (where they lost 1-0 against Borussia Dortmund last Saturday), and across the north and south to Key Largo. This is a manager who hasn’t just listened to Smooth Operator, Sade’s 1984 hit, he has dedicated himself to turning its lyrics into reality.Guardiola is not the first manager to schedule pre‑season trips to America around his favourite music, John Gregory having memorably organised Aston Villa’s visit to New York in 1999 to coincide with a concert by his favourite singer, Bruce Springsteen. Sign up for the Fiver. Manchester City Twitter Share on LinkedIn Stuart Pearce Share on Pinterest Share via Email But there was little of the Boss’s music to be found in Gregory’s team, little of his workaholic, anthemic brilliance in the Villans’ creditable march to a sixth-place finish the following season. For all his ability late-career Paul Merson was not exactly born to run. City’s debt to Sade runs deeper, being somehow evident even on the pitch, in the life of their midfield diamond and the way Guardiola has cajoled his players to move in space with minimum waste and maximum joy.In his famous “symphonic fairy tale” Peter and the Wolf, Sergey Prokofiev used different orchestral instruments to represent each character. “The role of each animal or bird will be played by a single instrument,” Natalia Satz, the director of Moscow Children’s Theatre who commissioned the piece in 1936, remembered the composer saying. “The characters’ individuality will be expressed in the timbres of different instruments, and each of them will have a leitmotiv.” If a similar trick were to be attempted with current football teams, Guardiola’s City side could be perfectly represented by Smooth Operator’s opening saxophone solo: classy, seductive, technically flawless, wildly popular, ludicrously successful. 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9 months agoNewcastle keeper Dubravka shuts down Juventus links9 months agoNewcastle keeper Dubravka shuts down Juventus links

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keeper Dubravka shuts down Juventus linksby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United manager Martin Dubravka has expressed his happiness at St. James’ Park amid speculation linking him with a move to Juventus.The Slovakian has been excellent for Toon over the past 12 months, which has lead to the Old Lady keeping an eye on his performances.But Dubravka insists he is happy on Tyneside.”I am very happy here. To be honest I am completely focused on my job here and that is what I am concentrating on right now,” Dubravka told Chronicle Live.”I know a lot of people have been asking me if I will stay or not, but I am happy now and I am not thinking about any other club.” last_img read more

a month agoChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spota month agoChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spot

first_imgChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spotby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says he won’t stop pushing Tammy Abraham.The 21-year-old scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Wolves.It was Abraham now has seven goals from five Premier League appearances, but Lampard has warned he must keep scoring to keep his place.He said:”I felt that knowing his abilities and watching him in the Championship have two great seasons and in the Premier League, I felt it was more than time for him to have his opportunity,” Chelsea boss Lampard said of Abraham.”He needed to show it in pre-season and at the start of the season, hence he started at Manchester United.”I have competition up there. I definitely don’t want to down-talk Giroud and Batshuayi because we need them as well and Batshuayi looked sharp when he came on and Oli always gives something of a high level, so it was up to Tammy to show it.”I’ve got confidence in him and I’m prepared to give him chances, but even more now I’ll be tougher on him because he’s shown what he can do. So the moment he wants to come off that and think that goals will just drop at his feet will be a moment when maybe he will be rested, so it’s important he makes sure he stays on his game.”I’m happy because I see him every day with a feeling like he wants to play every day, to score goals every day and that’s something a bit special. You don’t see that in all young players and it’s a great gift in him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ZOSOs Extended in Mount Salem and Denham TownZOSOs Extended in Mount Salem and Denham Town

first_img The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 5), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. In his remarks, Mr. Holness noted that ZOSOs are long-term in nature and are not designed to just have a reduction in crime for 60 days. Story Highlights The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days.The House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 5), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.In his remarks, Mr. Holness noted that ZOSOs are long-term in nature and are not designed to just have a reduction in crime for 60 days.“The intention is that these communities will develop the leadership, the institutions, and the general environment of peace… that infrastructure and other kinds of development will be brought to these communities,” he pointed out.Mr. Holness informed the Lower House that both communities are now in the build phase.“In that phase you would see more development activities, rather than security-based activities. In both communities, it is evident that the Government has expended significant resources to ensure that their infrastructure is improved,” he said.Mr. Holness noted that a $184-million infrastructure improvement project for Denham Town was lunched on January 31, 2019.“Where we are now focused in both communities is on developing the leadership… as well as economic enablement and empowerment, assisting with grants and small loans to ensure that micro businesses can start to flourish in these areas,” the Prime Minister said.In addition, he informed that work has begun in Mount Salem to regularise settlements “in terms of titling and ensuring that the settlement there is orderly”.“What we see in the community are some small lanes, tracks and irregular plots. All of that will be addressed in this phase,” Mr. Holness said.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.last_img read more

Chetwood Primary Retains Credit Union Quiz ChampionshipChetwood Primary Retains Credit Union Quiz Championship

first_imgThe St. James-based Chetwood Memorial Primary School has emerged victorious in the Montego Co-operative Credit Union (MCCU) Schools’ Academic Championship Quiz, retaining the trophy, which the institution first won in 2012.Chetwood edged another St. James team, Green Pond Primary School, in the closely contested finals held on Wednesday, June 26, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre. Bethel Primary and Junior High School in Hanover was third.More than 16 primary and junior high, all age and preparatory schools from the western region participated in the annual competition, which tests the students’ knowledge and skills in various subject areas. The objectives are to sharpen the students’ academic and intellectual responses, build camaraderie, and promote good conduct and a spirit of fair play.The top schools and their coaches walked away with MCCU Championship Trophies, MCCU Medallions, savings certificates, watches, cellular phones, computers and printers, gift packages, meal vouchers, televisions, and complimentary stay at various resorts.An elated team captain, Mark Brown, credited the school’s victory to hard work and dedication to their studies.Teacher at the school, Yvonne Froyze, expressed the hope that the school’s second hold on the trophy will motivate the student population to always strive for the best and will also serve to increase literacy levels.Co-ordinator of the competition, Lorna Clarke, told JIS News that a key objective of the quiz, now in its 21st year, is to encourage saving at a young age, as the students are given incentives to open bank accounts.She commended the various sponsors of the competition for contributing to the academic growth of the country’s students.“Each year, we go back to the same business community, and they are always willing and ready to assist us. We couldn’t have done this without them,” Ms. Clarke said.President of the Senate, Hon. Floyd Morris, who delivered the main address, encouraged the students to take their education seriously.“Education is the critical means for social transformation, and empowerment in any society. It is that ingredient that empowers any individual, and makes them able to deal with the various offerings of the society,” he stated.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

IDay Security beefed up in Kolkata districts of BengalIDay Security beefed up in Kolkata districts of Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Ahead of the 73rd Independence Day celebrations, security in and around the city and districts of West Bengal has been beefed up, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. Besides tightening of security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident, all entry and exit points of the metropolis have been kept under extensive watch, a senior officer of Kolkata Police told PTI. “We have increased vigil at 23 entry points of the city. All big and small hotels, guest houses and lodges in and around the city are being monitored to ensure that no outsiders without proper documents get accommodation there during this period,” the officer said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Kolkata Police have already started checking vehicles entering the city as well as those coming to the airport, a senior officer at the city’s traffic department said. “Vehicles coming to the city are thoroughly examined. The drivers’ licenses, valid documents of vehicles are also being properly checked. We are taking immediate action if any discrepancy is found there,” the IPS officer said. A senior state Home department officer said special measures have been taken keeping in mind the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir and the bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “There are alerts from the central government and we are making special security arrangements for Independence Day celebrations. We are following a standard protocol. We are leaving no stone unturned to keep up the security arrangements for tomorrow,” the IAS officer said. Incidentally, as many as 19 airports including the city’s Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International Airport have been put on a high alert by the security agencies ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued an alert to the police of all states and union territories, along with airport authorities. Besides setting up several sand bag bunkers at key junctures, Special Task Force (STF) unit of Kolkata Police has been employed to keep a tab of things, apart from checking CCTV footages from different crossings of the city. Talking more on the security aspects taken in and around the city, the IPS officer said, “Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will be monitoring movements of people, vehicles within the city. We have also deployed extra policemen at most public places, pilgrim spots as well as shopping malls and movie halls. Holidays for all our colleagues have been cancelled.” The Red Road venue has been divided into 14 zones where top officers of the force will be monitoring, as part of the special security arrangements for the Independence Day parade. Meanwhile, security arrangements in all other parts of the state have been increased. Security in districts such as Malda, North and South 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Coochbehar having borders with Bangladesh have been enhanced, an official with the Border Security Force (BSF) posted in West Bengal said. Even security in areas bordering with neighbouring states such as Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha has been stepped up, a police officer said.last_img read more

A glance at the eight victims of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthurA glance at the eight victims of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur

first_imgTORONTO — Here is a glance at the victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur, who has pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder:MAJEED KAYHANThe 58-year-old Toronto man was killed on or about Oct. 18, 2012. Police investigated his death as part of Project Houston, which ran from November 2012 to April 2014 and probed the disappearances of three men who went missing from Toronto’s gay village. The probe was closed after yielding neither suspects nor leads on what happened to the men. Kayhan’s death was sexual in nature. SOROUSH MAHMUDIThe 50-year-old was killed on or about Aug. 15, 2015. He was reported missing by his family in east Toronto. A ligature was used in Mahmudi’s death, which was sexual in nature. A coat found in McArthur’s van contained Mahmudi’s DNA. The same coat was connected to the staging of other deceased victims. DEAN LISOWICKLisowick, of no fixed address, was killed on or about April 23, 2016. He was 43 or 44 years old and was never reported missing. Lisowick didn’t fit the profile of the earlier victims, who were gay and of Middle Eastern descent. A ligature was used in Lisowick’s murder, which was sexual in nature. Jewelry belonging to Lisowick was found in McArthur’s bedroom.  SELIM ESENEsen, 44, of Toronto, was killed on or about April 16, 2017. The disappearance became part of a police investigation called Project Prism, launched in August 2017. Five months later, McArthur was charged with Esen’s presumed death. A ligature was used in his murder, and there was evidence of confinment with ropes. Esen’s DNA as well as the weapon used in his murder were found inside McArthur’s van. Esen’s notebook was later found in McArthur’s apartment.ANDREW KINSMANThe 49-year-old Toronto man was killed on or about June 26, 2017. Kinsman, who was also a subject of Project Prism, had a sexual relationship with McArthur. Kinsman’s sisters said they searched for their brother for six months before police eventually charged McArthur in his death. A ligature was used in his murder as well as confinment with ropes. Video surveillance showed Kinsman getting into McArthur’s van outside Kinsman’s home. Kinsman’s DNA and the weapon used in his murder were found inside McArthur’s van.SKANDARAJ NAVARATNAMThe 40-year-old was killed on or about Sept. 6, 2010. During the investigation, police found a piece of leather lacing from McArthur’s van that contained Navaratnam’s DNA. A bracelet belonging to Navaratnam was found in McArthur’s bedroom.ABDULBASIR FAIZIFaizi was killed on or about Dec. 29, 2010. The 42-year-old was last seen in Toronto’s gay village. His vehicle was found near the home of one of McArthur’s landscaping clients. Faizi’s disappearance was also investigated as part of Project Houston.KIRUSHNA KANAGARATNAMKanagaratnam arrived in Toronto from Sri Lanka in 2010 and police believe he died on or about Jan. 6, 2016, at age 37. He was never reported missing and unlike McArthur’s other victims, Kanagaratnam had no clear ties to the LGBTQ community. A ligature was used in his murder, which was sexual in nature. An unnamed international agency helped identify Kanagaratnam after investigators released a heavily edited photo of a dead man in a plea for public help.SOURCE: Toronto policeThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Some of the MMIWG inquirys farthestreaching recommendationsSome of the MMIWG inquirys farthestreaching recommendations

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. — The final report of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls includes more than 200 “calls for justice.” A selection of some of the farthest-reaching ones:1. Establish a national Indigenous and human-rights ombudsperson and a national Indigenous and human-rights tribunal2. Create a national action plan to ensure equitable access to employment, housing, education, safety, and health care3. Provide long-term funding for education programs and awareness campaigns related to violence prevention and combating lateral violence — that is, violence committed by one Indigenous person against another4. Prohibit taking children into foster care on the basis of poverty or cultural bias5. Fund Indigenous-led efforts to improve the representation of Indigenous people in popular culture6. Launch health and wellness services aimed at Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA* people, particularly so that health care is available to vulnerable Indigenous people in their own communities7. Create a guaranteed annual livable income for all Canadians, taking into account “diverse needs, realities and geographic locations”8. Create safe and affordable transit and transportation services in, to and from remote communities, to reduce dependence on risky activities such as hitchhiking9. Revise the Criminal Code to “eliminate definitions of offences that minimize the culpability of the offender”10. Fund policing in Indigenous communities so their services are equitable compared to those in non-Indigenous communities, including modern information technology, major-crime units and crime prevention11. Fund training and education for Indigenous people to thrive in education, health-care, media, policing, law and other fields12. Consider the welfare of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people in planning resource-development and extraction projects13. Remove the “maximum security” classification in the federal correctional service, which limits access to rehabilitation and reintegration programs14. Increase Indigenous representation on all Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court15. Develop knowledge and read the final report. Listen to the truths shared, and acknowledge the burden of these human- and Indigenous-rights violations, and how they impact Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people today * Two-spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexualThe Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This coming January, some of Canada’s very best movies are hitting the road! First stop in 2019 will be six cities in China followed by launches in March in Mexico and the US before heading over the pond to the UK in April.The cinematic tour is part of Telefilm’s Canada Now initiative that brings our films to audiences around the world. By showcasing a diverse selection of critically-acclaimed and award-winning films, these events in international markets are about promoting the discoverability of Canadian talent and storytelling. Canada Now also fosters building strategic business and influencer relationships with the global audiovisual industry.In the past two years that the program has been in place and steadily growing, the series’ brought more than 25 Canadian movies – from debut features to documentaries by veteran filmmakers –  to some sixty cities throughout Mexico, the UK, China, and the US! Piqued your interest yet? While in key cities, special industry events ranging from buyers’ screenings to networking events coincide with the Canada Now launches, Canada Now is really about partnering with local film institutions and art houses cinemas in presenting our films on the big screen, where valued audiences around the world can simply buy tickets, relax, and be entertained by some of Canada’s top cinematic stories.Like the diverse, engaging, and entertaining homegrown industry that these films represent, Canada’s independent spirit and creative essence will be on proud display in Canada Now’s updated program for the year ahead.Details will be coming up soon, remember to keep your eyes on the Canada Now Facebook page for information about the curated selection of films, cities, events, and more! It’s all part of showing the international industry that Canada is a definitely a top player, dedicated to promoting our content and increasing recognition; creating partnership opportunities for coproduction, distribution, and more; and helping our homegrown talent thrive! Advertisementlast_img read more

WatchBank of Canadas Stephen Poloz issues call to arms for mortgage marketWatchBank of Canadas Stephen Poloz issues call to arms for mortgage market

OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says it’s time for fresh ideas when it comes to Canadians’ mortgage options.Poloz used a speech Monday to call for more choice in the country’s mortgage marketplace. He made arguments in favour of several possibilities such as encouraging borrowers to choose renewal terms longer than five years, the creation of a market for private, mortgage-based securities and the launch of shared-equity mortgages for first-time home buyers.More innovation would help boost flexibility for borrowers, lenders and investors, while also lowering risks in the financial system, Poloz said in Winnipeg. Toronto housing market starts buying season with a bang, sales up 17% Vancouver’s housing market is dismal — but you still need six-figure income to get your foot in the door Housing market no longer considered highly vulnerable after prices ease, CMHC says “To be clear, the system is not broken — it has served Canadians and financial institutions well,” he said in his speech to the Canadian Credit Union Association and Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.“But we should not stop looking for improvements and I invite all of you to join this effort.”Poloz made the recommendations at a time when the central bank is monitoring three key housing-market stories. He listed them as the oil-slump-driven slowdown in Alberta and Saskatchewan, steady growth in many other parts of Canada and the steep drop in resale activity in Toronto and Vancouver following the introduction of stricter mortgage guidelines.Looking ahead, he predicted the overall Canadian housing sector to start growing again later this year as the Vancouver and Toronto markets stabilize.In a news conference following the speech, Poloz offered more details about his take on the two big housing markets.Poloz said the fundamentals — like population growth and job creation — in those cities have been “really strong” and he expects they’ve “put a floor” under the adjustment process. The still-low interest rates remain quite attractive, he added.He credited the tougher mortgage guidelines, which brought in interest-rate stress tests, for working as they were designed. They helped improve the quality of loans and stop the speculative increase in house prices in Vancouver and Toronto, he said.Poloz predicts buyers affected by the stress tests will return to the market in search of less expensive homes, while some will wait until they’ve saved more for a down payment.“All those conditions give you confidence that it’s a matter of adjustment and, after that, a return to normal growth,” he said.On his request Monday for more brainstorming on the mortgage marketplace, Poloz said he’s wondered why so few changes have been introduced in his lifetime.“I think that’s unfortunate and that’s why I gave a speech on it — it’s kind of a call to arms,” Poloz told reporters. “I think there ought to be more innovation.”His speech laid out several possibilities.In its spring budget, the federal government announced it would create shared-equity mortgages as a way to provide interest-free loans to help first-time home buyers add to their down payments. The plan, if implemented, would also encourage a lift in housing supply, Poloz said.The government is expected to provide more details on the proposal later this year.Poloz said the plan would help make the financial system safer because mortgage risks would be shared between the borrower and the lender.In another example, he suggested there should be more work to promote the merits of fixed-rate loans longer than five years because many people are unaware that longer-term options already exist. Only two per cent of all fixed-rate mortgages issued in 2018 had durations longer than five years, he added.For borrowers, longer terms would mean they would have to deal with fewer renewals, reducing the risk that they will face higher interest rates. Policy-makers would also benefit from the increased stability related to fewer renewals.He said there’s some momentum in Canada towards the creation of a private market for mortgage-backed securities. Poloz said it would provide a more-flexible source of longer-term funding for uninsured mortgages, which are becoming more popular.They would have to be designed carefully, he said, because mortgage-backed securities were central to the “sub-prime debacle” ahead of the financial crisis more than a decade ago. read more

Canadian loonie up following strong commodity prices fewer US jobless claimsCanadian loonie up following strong commodity prices fewer US jobless claims

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday as gold and copper prices strengthened for a second day amid strong employment data from the U.S.The loonie was ahead 0.46 of a cent to 97.96 cents US.The U.S. Labour Department reported that unemployment claims in the U.S. dipped by 16,000 last week from a revised 355,000 the previous week to 339,000. The results were better than the 350,000 that analysts had been predicting and the lowest level in six weeks.The June bullion contract rose $38.30 to US$1,462 an ounce after plunging last week to US$1,361 an ounce, its lowest level in more than two years.It is now halfway back to levels it was before the price of gold began dropping in the second week of April.The June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $2.21 to US$93.64 a barrel after advancing more than $2 on Wednesday in the wake of data showing a much weaker than forecast rise in U.S. inventories last week.May copper gained eight cents to US$3.24 a pound after running up six cents Wednesday after Goldman Sachs said it expects copper prices to rebound in the next three months due to Chinese growth in the second half of the year.Copper and oil have also risen on hopes that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates next Thursday to stimulate the European economy. Canadian loonie up following strong commodity prices, fewer U.S. jobless claims by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2013 8:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

McLaren Automotive MD to speak at SMMT SummitMcLaren Automotive MD to speak at SMMT Summit

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has announced that Antony Sheriff, Managing Director of McLaren Automotive, will be one of the headline speakers at the 2011 SMMT International Automotive Summit.Sheriff will speak on the plenary panel, ‘The changing face of car retailing’, and will explain why McLaren Automotive chose to adopt a franchised dealer network to sell its ground-breaking supercar, the MP4-12C.Antony Sheriff joined McLaren Automotive as Managing Director in 2003. His responsibilities encompass the design, development, manufacture and distribution of the company’s current and future road cars. Prior to joining McLaren Automotive, Sheriff worked for Chrysler, McKinsey and Company and Fiat Auto in Italy, rising to the position of Vice President Marketing for Fiat in 2002.McLaren’s MD joins an exciting list of speakers that includes Stephen T Odell, Ford Group Vice President and Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe. The Summit takes place on 28 June in Westminster, London.Summit plenary programme:09:30 Opening remarksJustin Webb09:45 Industry keynote speakerStephen T Odell10:30 What UK plc has to offer the global motor industryPanel debate11:15 Refreshment break12:00 Technology: moving towards an ultra-low carbon futurePanel of speakers and Q&A13:30 Lunch14:30 The changing face of car retailingPanel of speakers and Q&A16:15 Political keynote speaker17:00 Closing remarksPaul EverittDelegate numbers are strictly limited, and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. To book your place at the SMMT International Automotive Summit, please visit or contact Charlene Harry on 020 8267 5657 or discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Richard Sargood on 0845 450 4195 or Sheriff – Managing Director, McLaren AutomotiveClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The Long Migration Of English FootballThe Long Migration Of English Football

Teams from the South of England are currently dominating the Premier League.London-based Chelsea is in first place, and is a prohibitive favorite to win the title. Southampton — the southernmost team in the league — currently sits second. Both teams won their games last weekend, beating teams from the North and Midlands. West Ham, also based in London, is in fourth.While the North (working class, the Beatles) dominated the league for decades, the South (London, the Rolling Stones) has slowly been gaining ground. This process has been driven by culture, politics and the economy.Using the mammoth football data set compiled by one of this article’s authors (James),1We’ve previously explored scoring trends and home-field advantage. we can quantify, and map, the migration of power in the world’s top soccer league over the past 126 years.England has always had strong regional identities and overt class distinctions. The biggest of these is between North and South. The most obvious differences between these regions are in dialect, culture, politics and economy, but there also exists a North-South football divide. Indeed, the story of the origins of English football is about tensions between working-class Northerners and upper-class Southerners.Here is the geography of English top-tier football league champions:Dots show the location of teams that have won the league championship, with the size representing the number of titles. The line is a 20-year moving average of the latitudes and longitudes of winners of the top tier — the center of gravity.2Before World War I, thanks to successes of teams from the North, the center hovered around the Lancashire-Yorkshire border. After 1930, Southern teams enjoyed more title success and the center began a march southeast through the Peak District, reaching as far as the town of Rugby (that sport’s eponym) following Chelsea’s first win in 1955. With the emergence of powerful Manchester United and later the Liverpool dynasty, the center moved back toward Lancashire. Recently, due to Arsenal’s and Chelsea’s titles, the center has once more moved southeast, and currently resides just outside Burton-upon-Trent (a small town which notably has had four Football League teams in its history). Our colleagues performed a similar calculation with winners of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup. That center of gravity is somewhere in Lake Huron.The rules of modern soccer were developed in England in 1863 when the representatives of 11 London clubs and elite private schools (in the South) convened at the Freemasons’ Tavern to establish what would become the Football Association, the game’s governing body. The rules were further modified in 1869 — when handballs were outlawed — leading to more or less the game we know today.Amateur teams, composed of upper class gentlemen from the South of England, enjoyed early success in the first major national competition — the FA Cup — which began in 1871. However, teams from the North and Midlands quickly sprang up out of religious community organizations, schools and trade unions. Football, an accessible, democratic game, caught fire in the North.By the mid-1880s, talented players from these areas and Scotland started to be paid for their services in the increasingly competitive North. This led to several years of bitter arguments between the Northern clubs and the powerful, and Southern-founded, Football Association. Central to this dispute were the original men in blazers — two of the earliest presidents of the FA, Colonel Sir Francis Marindin and Lord Kinnaird, established members of the Southern upper crust, and avowed amateur footballers.3The phrase “men in blazers” has often been used in England to derisively refer to ineffectual and out-of-touch committee members of the FA.Professional working-class Northern teams rapidly overtook their gentlemen Southerner counterparts in ability. The amateurs’ death knell tolled in 1883 when the professional Blackburn Olympic side — featuring weavers, plumbers, dental assistants and iron-foundry workers — beat the epitome of English privilege, the amateur Old Etonians, for the FA Cup title.4Eton College is the most elite private school in England. It is also the traditional alma mater of male members of the Royal Family, including Prince William and Prince Harry. Old Etonians is the collective name for former pupils.Wanting to capitalize on the huge popularity of football among working-class fans, Northern teams formed their own professional league, demanding that the FA accept their will. In 1888, the Football League was founded — six teams from the North and six from the Midlands. It was an immediate success. More teams from the North and Midlands were added and a second division was established in 1892.The early decades of the Football League were dominated by these Northern and Midland teams. Notably, Aston Villa and Sunderland won six and five titles, respectively, before World War I. It wasn’t until 1931 that a Southern team (Arsenal) was crowned league champion. Indeed, until Arsenal’s FA Cup win in 1930, Northern and Midland teams had also won every single FA Cup since 1883, except for London’s Tottenham Hotspur in 1901. Even that team started five Scots, three Northerners, two Welshman and an Irishman.The following chart shows the cumulative top-flight league titles won by individual teams, colored by the team’s region.The Football League became truly national at the start of the 1920-21 season when a third division, composed entirely of teams from the South of England, was created. Over the following decades more Southern teams — Portsmouth, Charlton Athletic, Fulham — gradually rose through successive promotions to find a place in the top tier.While the league creeped south, it retained its strong Northern flavor. The continued domination of the North is best seen by examining the number of championships piled up by teams from this region between 1920 and 1980. Only Arsenal from the South provided anything like competition for Northern teams such as Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United, all of which won multiple titles.The fabric of English society changed dramatically during the 1980s. The force that was Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative government’s right-wing policies led to a boom in the prosperity of the City of London and the South in general, while left-wing trade union power waned.Unemployment in the United Kingdom rose from 5.7 percent in 1979, the year Thatcher took office, to 13 percent in 1983. This aggravated the economic inequality between North and South, and many Northern cities and people suffered financially. These wider economic and political changes were mirrored by shifts in the representation of Northern and Southern soccer teams in England’s top division.Here are the average latitudes of all teams in the top division of English football, by season:Only seven times in history has the average latitude of England’s top-flight soccer teams dipped beneath Birmingham — often called England’s “second city” and considered to be a marker of the middle of the country. The first was in 1982, three years after Thatcher became prime minister. The last was in 1991, one year after Thatcher left Downing Street.Smaller Southern teams — Watford, Wimbledon, Millwall and Oxford United (bankrolled by the business tycoon Robert Maxwell) — made the top tier for the first time during this decade, while others such as Charlton Athletic and Luton Town returned after long absences. The most Southern-skewed season was 1987-88. Although the top four teams all came from the North and Midlands — Manchester United, Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Everton — 13 of the remaining 17 sides were Southern.Meanwhile, many former great Northern and Midland teams suffered. Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers, all founding members of the Football League, were relegated to the fourth tier during the 1980s.The nature of English soccer changed forever with the formation of the Premier League in 1992, the huge influx of money and the globalization of the game.In the early years of the EPL, there was a brief mini-revival for several historically strong Northern teams, like Middlesbrough, Leicester City, Bolton, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest, that had suffered during the 1980s. Each was promoted back to the top tier during the mid-1990s. Most notably, Blackburn Rovers, bankrolled by local businessman Jack Walker, won the Premier League in 1995.But these teams have all since struggled to consistently retain their places in the EPL, as survival and success are determined more and more by financial muscle. Footprints of the old historical North-South divide are still evident in the composition of teams in England’s top tier but, in order to compete, EPL teams have increasingly become global franchises, taken over by uber-wealthy foreign owners, many of whom have preferred to invest in teams near London, the nation’s capital.English football in the 19th and 20th centuries was fueled by the fanaticism of working-class fans, going to watch their local heroes play for their hometown team. The connection between fans and their clubs was built upon these regional and local ties. In the 21st century, the super-successful, globalized EPL has seen the diminishment of some of these strong regional identities that had mattered so much. read more

Source of money given to 3 suspended Buckeyes remains unclearSource of money given to 3 suspended Buckeyes remains unclear

The numbers aren’t adding up for sophomore Corey Brown, junior running back Jordan Hall and defensive back Travis Howard, who each received $200 at a charity event and will now miss their second consecutive game for Ohio State. The source of the money received by the three players remains unclear, according to documents that were released by the athletic department on Thursday evening. One former member of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions declined to comment on the specifics of OSU’s recent suspensions, but did say that similar circumstances could lead to a new NCAA investigation.  Brown, Hall and Howard’s name are redacted in the NCAA and university documents that were released, but the documents did say that interviews with current student-athletes revealed that they were invited to attend the charity event by former student-athletes whose names are also redacted. There are also discrepancies among the players regarding who they received money from and why they were receiving it. Two players said believed they were receiving money for working the event while the third player said he was receiving money from a former student athlete, according to the documents. In a letter dated Sept. 1, Doug Archie, OSU’s associate athletic director for compliance, said to Jennifer Henderson, the NCAA’s director of student-athlete reinstatement: “All of the current student-athletes incorrectly believed that their participation in the event had been approved by the OSU compliance office. The OSU compliance office did not approve participation in the… 2011 event, but did approve the same event (in 2007 and 2010). “Please note that there was nothing impermissible about the event.” At least two parties also indicated that one party involved in the money exchange was seen carrying several envelopes during the charity event.  Josephine Potuto, a University of Nebraska professor in constitutional law, served on the NCAA Committee on Infractions from 2006–08 and chaired the committee in 2007 and 2008. Potuto would not comment on any specific facet of OSU’s recent suspensions, but did say that, generally, it was unlikely that the NCAA would admit further evidence against a university after a hearing has been held. OSU held its hearing with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12 and is still awaiting the committee’s final ruling. “Any violation committed by an individual student-athlete is also an institutional matter because institutions only deal through people,” Potuto said. “So, another investigation could be opened. Generally, the NCAA and the Committee on Infractions won’t re-open a case after it has held a hearing with the institution. “ Mike Doss, a safety for the Buckeyes from 1999-2002 and member of OSU’s 2002 consensus national championship team, was preparing for his Friday induction into the university’s athletics hall of fame moments before the athletic department announced the continuation of the three players’ suspensions. Doss said he wished the current OSU squad well despite its recent troubles. “I hope they do great,” he said. “I hope they win them all and knock them down and show the country that, no matter who’s the head coach, there’s still great football in Columbus, Ohio.” From from his Twitter account, @Jordan_Hall7, Hall said at approximately 8:30p.m. Friday, “Killin’ me not to be out there ..good luck to all my homies tho.” The Buckeyes continue their season on Saturday with a noon game against Toledo at Ohio Stadium. read more

Six rescued after chairoplane in Tramore breaks downSix rescued after chairoplane in Tramore breaks down

first_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet The “chair-o-plane” ride was stuck for over an hour with six people stuck on the ride.The ride is a new machine at the amusement park in Tramore. The ride shoots people in the air and also spins around.The gardaí confirmed that a “mechanical failure” stopped the ride.The gardaí, the fire bridade and the Health and Safety Authority all attended the scene this evening.A tiller ladder was used to rescue the people. The crowd below applauded as the people were brought back to safety this evening. Source: Francis Comerford/YouTubeNo one has been injured in the incident.First published 20.45pm EMERGENCY SERVICES ATTENDED a scene in Tramore this evening where a group of people were stuck mid-air on an amusement ride.last_img

Star Awards kicks off tonight at Tropicana Show and Supper ClubStar Awards kicks off tonight at Tropicana Show and Supper Club

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 23, 2017 – Tonight it’s the highly anticipated, sold out event Star Awards.  In its ninth year, the Star Awards is touting a record number of nominees and will unravel at the Tropicana Show and Supper Club.  I am hosting along with the very funny, attorney at law and local thespian, Stephen Wilson… there is also red carpet which I understand will be streamed live on social media…#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

County assessor candidates polar oppositesCounty assessor candidates polar opposites

first_imgPETER VAN NORTWICKRepublicano Age: 43.o Profession: Self-employed real estate appraiser.o Campaign finances: $17,641 raised, $17,348 spent.o Quote: “Are you for change in this office or do you want the status quo?”o Website: SEEKINSDemocrato Age: 53.o Profession: Senior residential appraiser in the assessor’s office.o Campaign finances: $17,376 raised, $15,124 spent.o Quote: “I truly care about the direction of our office and making sure all the taxpayers are treated with respect and fairness.”o Website: Janet Seekins and Republican Peter Van Nortwick are vying to replace Clark County Assessor Linda Franklin.From the start, with Van Nortwick charging that the county assesses property values incorrectly and Franklin responding, “Hell, no” when asked if Van Nortwick was qualified, the race has been bitter and different angles have emerged. There’s insider versus outsider: Seekins has worked for the office for 29 years, while Van Nortwick’s self-employed.There’s a difference in goals: Seekins cites greater efficiency, improved customer service and an enhanced website as priorities; Van Nortwick has written a “Bill of Rights” for property taxpayers, making pledges that, to be realized, would require changes in state law and, in one case, an amendment to the state constitution.There’s the what’s-more-disconcerting angle: Seekins didn’t register to vote until April, so the first time she voted was the August primary. If that’s her skeleton in the closet, Van Nortwick’s skeleton, as disclosed in court documents seven years ago, is that he couldn’t pay child support because he has a significant mental disability that makes it difficult for him to build relationships with people and find employment.Van Nortwick was trained to be an appraiser through the Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. He qualified for the assistance after he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Van Nortwick said he’s learned to manage his condition.last_img read more