City staff release concept designs for major intersection

first_img“Council is excited to see this addition to our downtown, we are requesting City staff look into the possibility of the Arctic Grayling sculpture being carved of ice each winter,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. City staff encourage you to visit the Let’s Talk 100 Street project website at letstalk.fortstjohn.ca and sign up for the project newsletter to stay up-to-date with the progress. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The staff of the City of Fort St. John shared today due to ageing underground infrastructure and last summer’s water main break, the intersection at 100 Street and 100 Avenue requires urgent attention. The City of Fort St John staff goes on to say they have begun the planning and engagement process to upgrade and improve 100 Street. However the intersection calls for immediate remediation work and City staff have started working with a renowned Florence, Italy-based architecture and engineering firm to develop a concept. The concept, estimated at $41 million, calls for the construction of a traffic circle to improve the flow of traffic while allowing for a significant public art installation. Additionally, City staff commissioned a world-renowned artist to celebrate the Arctic Grayling, an important fresh-water fish of the north, which centers a stunning large heated fountain. last_img read more

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The Latest: NATO chief warns about China’s 5G mobile deals

MUNICH — The Latest on Munich Security Conference (all times local):6 p.m.The head of NATO says there’s growing concern about China’s increasing investment in critical infrastructure systems in countries around the world and that alliance nations need to address it together.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a meeting of world leaders, top diplomats and defence officials on Friday that China’s interest in the lucrative contracts to provide new superfast mobile networks called 5G is a cause for concern for many allies.He says “we have to better understand the size and scale of China’s influence, what it means for our security, and we have to address it together.”He spoke at the Munich Security Conference.___12:20 p.m.A London-based think-tank says last year’s election in the German state of Bavaria was the subject of concerted social media campaigns designed to benefit a far-right party.In a report Friday at the Munich Security Conference, researchers said they identified online tactics used by overlapping networks of German and international far-right activists to promote the Alternative for Germany party and smear its opponents.The party, known by its acronym AfD, received 10.2 per cent of the vote in the October election, sapping support from the governing Christian Social Union.The Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s report found the election meddling wasn’t driven by foreign countries, but rather by non-state networks of international far-right activists “using English language instruction manuals, meme banks and targeted trolling hit-lists.”___11 a.m.Iran’s foreign minister says that even if Tehran decided to negotiate with the United States, he wouldn’t trust that President Donald Trump would honour any deal the two nations made.Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments in an interview to NBC’s “Today” broadcast Friday came before an annual security conference in Munich that brings together more than 30 heads of state and government and 80 defence and foreign ministers.Zarif said Iran spent years negotiating a nuclear agreement with the U.S. and other world powers, which exchanged sanctions relief for Tehran’s pledge to rein in its nuclear program.Trump pulled out of the deal and the U.S. re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran.Zarif said Iran isn’t interested in sitting down with Trump, saying: “Why should we negotiate? … Why should we trust President Trump that he would abide by his own signature?”The Associated Press read more

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Efforts to boost maternal and child health falling short UN report finds

23 June 2010An annual assessment report released today by the United Nations shows that while significant declines have been recorded by many countries in reducing maternal and child mortality, greater progress must be made to meet the global targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). An annual assessment report released today by the United Nations shows that while significant declines have been recorded by many countries in reducing maternal and child mortality, greater progress must be made to meet the global targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).First agreed at the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000, the eight MDGs set worldwide objectives for reducing extreme poverty and hunger, improving health and education, empowering women and ensuring environmental sustainability by 2015. According to the MDG Report 2010, launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the number of deaths among children under the age of five has dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to an estimated 8.8 million in 2008.The greatest advances were made in Northern Africa, Eastern Asia, Western Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the countries of the Confederation of Independent States (CIS). But most striking is the progress that has been made in some of the world’s poorest countries. Bangladesh, Bolivia, Eritrea, Laos, Malawi, Mongolia and Nepal have all reduced their under-five mortality rates by 4.5 per cent annually or more.“Despite these achievements, and the fact that most child deaths are preventable or treatable, many countries still have unacceptably high levels of child mortality and have made little or no progress in recent years,” stated the report.The highest rates of child mortality continue to be found in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounted for half of the 8.8 million deaths in children under five worldwide in 2008.The publication pointed out that child deaths are not falling quickly enough to reach Goal 4, namely a two-thirds reduction in childhood mortality rates between 1990 and 2015, and millions of children continue to die each year at a tragically young age. Likewise, progress has been recorded by many countries on maternal mortality, and the latest preliminary data indicate that some countries have achieved significant declines. Maternal health is difficult to measure but the report showed that the rural-urban gap in skilled care during childbirth has narrowed, and more women are receiving skilled health care during pregnancy.However, it also stated that the rate of reduction in maternal deaths is still well short of the 5.5 per cent annual reduction needed to meet the target under Goal 5 – slashing maternal mortality rates by three quarters between 1990 and 2015. Hundreds of thousands of women – 99 per cent of them in the developing world – die annually as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. The MDG report reflects the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by over 25 UN and international agencies, and has been released ahead of the Group of Eight (G8) and Group of 20 (G20) summits for leading economies, being held this weekend in Canada, which the Secretary-General will be attending.“In Canada, I will urge leaders to support our global action plan on women’s and children’s health. In the 21st century, it is unacceptable that mothers should be dying during childbirth,” Mr. Ban told reporters as he presented the report. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), welcomed the MDG report’s indication of progress, with some nations significantly reducing maternal death ratios.“However, as the report notes, the reductions fall far below the rates required to meet the MDG target,” she stated. “Therefore, to speed up progress, we must invest more in reproductive health for women and girls. If every woman received reproductive health care, maternal death and disability would cease to be the devastatingly common tragedy it is today.”In April the Secretary-General launched an initiative for a joint action plan among governments, businesses, foundations and civil society organizations to advance safe motherhood worldwide.“For too long, maternal and child health has been at the back of the MDG train,” he had stated during that launch. “But we know it can be the engine of development,” he continued, citing women as drivers of progress and healthy children as the starting point for a stronger, better educated and more productive citizenry.Mr. Ban, who himself was born not in a hospital but at home in a small village in his native Republic of Korea, urged that everything be done to make motherhood safer for all and to end what he described as a “silent scandal.” read more

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Canadians now owe 171 for every 1 of disposable income they earn

OTTAWA — The amount Canadians owe relative to their income hit another new high in the third quarter.Statistics Canada says household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income increased to 171.1 per cent, up from 170.1 per cent in the second quarter.That means there was $1.71 in credit market debt, which includes consumer credit and mortgage and non-mortgage loans, for every dollar of household disposable income.Canada’s housing risks haven’t gone away — they’ve just moved to the shadowsHaider-Moranis Bulletin: Canadians’ addiction to debt adds risk to real estate marketThe household debt service ratio, measured as total obligated payments of principal and interest as a proportion of household disposable income, was relatively flat at 13.9 per cent, while the interest-only debt service ratio was 6.3 per cent, down from 6.4 per cent in the previous quarter.Meanwhile, the total net worth of the household sector edged down 0.1 per cent to $10.61 trillion in the third quarter.The move lower was due to a drop in home values as housing resale prices weakened. The value of household financial assets edged up 0.1 per cent. read more

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QA ExGoogler Harris on how tech downgrades humans

Tristan Harris wants to reverse the harmful effects he believes technology has had on all of us.Harris, a former Google design ethicist, first rose to national awareness after a presentation he gave within Google in 2013 spread throughout the industry. In it, he argued that many tech products were designed to be addictive, causing people to spend too much time on them and distracting them from living their lives. He urged designers to alter their approach.Harris spent more than two years pushing change within Google, but says he couldn’t get traction. So he quit and started a movement called Time Well Spent, which eventually pushed companies such as Apple and Google to build screen time usage metrics and tools into their phones.He has since widened his focus, having decided that many issues facing society today are actually connected and can be traced, at least partly, to the design of technologies we use every day.The goal of his organization, the Center for Humane Technology, is to reverse human “downgrading,” or the idea that technology is shortening our attention spans, pushing people toward more extreme views and making it harder to find common ground. In short: technology has caused humanity to worsen, and Harris wants to help fix it.Harris recently spoke to the Associated Press about his work, the tech industry’s progress so far, and why all hope is not lost. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.Q: Could you tell us the important ideas of your work?This isn’t about addiction, it’s not about time. It’s about what we call “human downgrading.” It’s a phrase that we came up with to describe something we don’t think people are acknowledging as a connected system.Technology is causing a set of seemingly disconnected things —shortening of attention spans, polarization, outrage-ification of culture, mass narcissism, election engineering, addiction to technology. These seem like separate problems, and we’re actually saying that these are all predictable consequences of a race between technology companies to figure out how to scoop attention out of your brain.Q: Where is the central place to fight this multifaceted problem that you’ve outlined?A: Much like you say, “How do you solve climate change?” Do you just get people to turn off their light bulbs? No. Do you pass some policy? Yes. But is that enough? No. Do you have to work collaboratively with the oil companies to change what they’re doing? Yes. Do you have to pass laws and mandates and bans?You have to do all these things. You have to have a mass cultural awareness. You have to have everybody wake up.This is like the social climate change of culture. So working on internal advocacy and having people on the inside of tech companies feel, frankly, guilty, and ask, “what is my legacy in this thing that’s happening to society?”We work on the internal advocacy. We work on public pressure and policy.Q: How do you work with companies, and how are they taking to your vision?A: Doing it from the inside didn’t do anything when the cultural catch-up wasn’t there. But now in a world post-Cambridge Analytica, post the success of Time Well Spent, post more whistleblowers coming out and talking about the problem, we do have conversations with people on the inside who I think begrudgingly accept or respect this perspective.I think that there might be some frustration from some of the people who are at the YouTubes and Facebooks of the world whose business models are completely against the things we’re advocating for. But we’ve also gotten Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Apple and Android to launch Time Well Spent features through some kind of advocacy with them.Q: Is there a path that you try to help map out for these companies?A: They’re not going to do it voluntarily. But with lots of outside pressure, shareholder activism, a public that realizes they’ve been lied to by the companies, that all starts to change.There are multiple business models — subscription is one.Would you pay $8 a month to a Facebook that didn’t have any interest in manipulating your brain, basically making you as vulnerable as possible to advertisers, who are their true customers? I think people might pay for that.So our policy agenda is to make the current business model more expensive and to make the alternatives less expensive.Q: Washington is now in a huge debate about privacy and data and misinformation. Will that process deal with the causes that you care about by default?A: I actually worry that we’re so mindlessly following the herd on privacy and data being the principle concerns when the actual things that are affecting the felt sense of your life and where your time goes, where your attention goes, where democracy goes, where teen mental health goes, where outrage goes. Those things are so much more consequential to the outcomes of elections and what culture looks like.Those issues connected together have to be named as an impact area of technology. There has to be regulation that addresses that.My concern about how the policy debate is going is everyone is just angry at Big Tech. And that’s not actually productive, because it’s not just the bigness that is the problem. We have to name that the business model is the problem.Q: Don’t people have individual agency? Are we really in the thrall of tech companies and their software?A: There’s this view that we should have more self-control or that people are responsible for whatever they see.That hides an asymmetry of power. Like when you think, “I’m going to go to Facebook just to look at this one post from a friend,” and then you find yourself scrolling for two hours.In that moment, Facebook wakes up a voodoo doll-like version of you in a supercomputer. The voodoo doll of you is based on all the clicks you’ve ever made, all the likes you’ve ever done, all the things you’ve ever watched. The idea is that as this becomes a better and more accurate model of you, I know you better than you know yourself.We always borrow this from E. O. Wilson, the sociobiologist: the problem of humans is that we have Paleolithic brains, medieval institutions and godlike technology. Our medieval institutions can only stay in control of what’s happening at a slow clock rate of every four years. Our primitive brains are getting hijacked and are super primitive compared to godlike tech.Q: Do you feel there’s awareness (within tech companies) that you wouldn’t have thought existed two years ago?A: There has been a sea change. For four years, I was watching how no one was really accepting or working on or addressing any of these issues. And then suddenly in the last two years — because of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, because of “60 Minutes,” because of Roger McNamee’s book “Zucked.” I would have never suspected that Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook, would be saying it’s time to break up Facebook.I’ve seen an enormous amount of change in the last three years and I can only bank on the fact that the clip at which things are starting to change is accelerating. I just want to give you hope that I would have never expected so much to start changing that is now changing. And we just need that pressure to continue.By Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

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Millennial Management Subject of Next BEAR Meeting

BEAR Press ReleaseA presentation on Aug. 1 will be made by a pair of USU Eastern employees, Austin Preston, the Director of the Small Business Development Center in Price, and by Rob Powell, from the Center for Workforce Development. The subject will concern management in the millennial generation.The conflict between generations, how they view the world, what they see as important and what their work habits are has been important to employers everywhere in the last century. Born between 1980 and 1996, Generation Y is now the largest generation in terms of numbers in the country at about 77 million. They are now larger in numbers than the Baby Boomers (1946-1964) as that generation begins to decrease in size. Also known as Millennials, it makes up about 1/4 of the population of the country.The earliest of those in this generation still remember much of the world of communications in analog rather than in digital. Most also remember 9-11 and were young adults with the down turn of the economy took place in 2006, an event which affected many of their careers. These factors and many others play into working with them and managing them in today’s business environment.BEAR’s mission is to inform, grow and improve business in the Castle Country area. The meeting will start at 8 a.m. and light refreshments will be served. Each general meeting never lasts more than one hour. BEAR meetings are held at the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center in the Alumni Room on the USU Eastern Campus in Price. read more

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Spectacular rainbow of hope appears over London after terror attack

first_imgA spectacular arc of colour illuminating London skies has been called a “rainbow of hope” following the terror attack on the capital.Photographer James Burns, who has been capturing London from the Rooftops since 2006, said it was a “fitting name” for the rainbow seen over the capital’s famous landmarks. A rainbow over London Bridge this evening pic.twitter.com/InkbMe7Pbe— Ben Lion Cooper (@cooper_lion) June 4, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I was going to call this shoot something different but I got home to discover that the evening rainbow over London had already been named by the general public as the ‘rainbow of hope’,” he explained.“It’s a fitting name for a poignantly placed rainbow, as the two arcs appeared from where I was at The Barbican, to emanate from either side of London Bridge.“The rainbow didn’t hang around long as the clouds were racing in that crazy wind but its brief appearance will live long in the memory. That was a special one.”Londoners have also shared photos of the rainbow using the hashtag #LoveLondon and #HopeForLondon. rainbow London  Mr Burns told the Evening Standard: “Knowing there was a rainbow coming I wanted to capture something to offer hope and tranquility after what happened at the weekend.”You can follow London from the Rooftops on Instagram, Twitter and Facebookcenter_img A rainbow in London Credit:James Burns / Instagram: London From The Rooftops The most beautiful rainbow over #London this evening, a symbol of #Hope. He always keeps his promises. #LondonIsOpen pic.twitter.com/xL6N0lcyJH— Sarah Floyd (@pinkfloydason) June 4, 2017 “A rainbow over the London Bridge, while Ariana Grande sings Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Love wins,” added another. Nicola Halleron wrote: “A rainbow of hope appeared over London #LoveLondon #hopeforlondon #LondonPride #PrayForLondon.”Sarah Floyd‏ wrote: “The most beautiful rainbow over #London this evening, a symbol of #Hope.”last_img read more

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After 107 years Behre Dolbear welcomes its sixth CEO

first_imgThe respected mining consultancy and finance advisory group Behre Dolbear welcomes Australian-born mining executive Lachlan Broadfoot as its sixth CEO since its establishment in 1911. In welcoming Broadfoot to Behre Dolbear, Ms. Amy Jacobsen, Chairwoman of Behre Dolbear, noted that “Behre Dolbear is a global firm and we are currently finding that with expanding our services offering, we are attracting expertise that complements our current team and associate base.  Our aim is to further develop exceptional technical and commercial talent capable of taking the mining ecosystem through the 21st century.“We believe Lachlan brings to Behre Dolbear a sincere appreciation for our traditional advisory services as well as enthusiasm for new clients who need assistance as they become more directly involved with the mineral supply chain.  Additionally, Lachlan has a genuine understanding of the skills and knowledge of our extensive associate base and the opportunities to attract additional, complementary talent.  We are excited about Behre Dolbear’s future under Lachlan’s leadership.”In assuming the CEO role, Broadfoot commented that “For over 100 years, the minerals industry has looked to Behre Dolbear for key advice.  I have a great affinity to the brand and the values it represents.”  However, he believes that there is a developing and significant contradiction in public attitudes towards mining.“Citizens of the world today rely on technology and its advancements which, in many cases, are built using materials that are mined.  These same global citizens also care deeply about the environment and our planet.  To cope with these apparent contradictions, consumers need a realistic understanding of their mineral choices and the role that the supply of minerals plays in modern-day society.”Mining has in the past played a pivotal part in supporting industry developments and in the future will continue to enable the progress of society, especially as we grow increasingly dependent on technology.  Broadfoot’s opinion is that with real-time data and a new generation of information-enabled technology, there is a unique opportunity to deliver a smarter, more profitable and sustainable mining ecosystem.He added “Whilst many fundamental changes are taking place in society and in mining specifically, I believe there are key trends that offer challenges to our clients over the next decade.  Behre Dolbear will take this opportunity to continue providing its traditional services to its longstanding clients within the mining industry, and to deliver an expanded range of services to manufacturers and consumer-facing companies who have been under-serviced in assessing the investment, sourcing and sustainability of their mineral requirements.“Central to Behre Dolbear’s corporate philosophy and its long-standing practice is the maintenance of its independence and its recognition by both the mining and financial communities of the accuracy, reliability, and integrity of every report it produces.“It’s about creating value in the mining supply chain.  We can assist financiers, miners and mineral consumers to understand the factors within the supply chain that are crucial in creating the opportunity to make informed choices with regards to mine investment, sustainability and community strategic services, including economics, community engagement, environmental and financial performance.”Behre Dolbear’s approach to business has always involved the use of practical, objective and commercially-experienced mineral industry professionals and experts who are dedicated to meeting their clients’ specific requirements.Broadfoot has a deep understanding of the mining business and its role in the global economy from his background in engineering, commodities marketing and management.  He was the co-founder and CEO of SALVA Resources, a 250 personnel team of technical and commercial experts that operated across six countries.  Post the sale of Salva to US engineering firm HDR, Broadfoot managed their global mining market sector.  He has worked for Anglo American (Australia), Rio Tinto (Australia), HDR (New York) and EAS Capital Advisory (New York).last_img read more

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Turing avait raison les tigres nont pas des rayures par hasard

first_imgTuring avait raison, les tigres n’ont pas des rayures par hasardLa théorie du mathématicien britannique Alan Turing vient d’être confirmée par des chercheurs anglais. Les rayures des tigres sont enfin expliquées : une paire de morphogènes travaillant conjointement comme “activateur” et “inhibiteur” serait à l’origine de ces motifs corporels.Si la nature recèle une infinité de mystères, la science parvient à en résoudre certains. Quiconque ne s’est jamais demandé pourquoi les tigres présentaient de telles rayures et les léopards de tels taches ? Il y a un siècle, le mathématicien anglais Alan Turing avait déjà soumis l’idée que ces motifs répétitifs trouvaient leurs origines dans une paire de morphogènes servants d’”activateurs” et d’”inhibiteurs”. Toutefois, cette hypothèse et l’existence d’un tel système n’avait encore jamais été confirmée… jusqu’ici.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, des chercheurs du King’s College de Londres sont parvenus à valider la théorie et ce, en étudiant de manière surprenant le développement des crêtes espacées sur le palais des bouches de souris. En conduisant leur expérience sur des embryons souris, l’équipe a identifié une paire de morphogènes qui ensemble influencent l’endroit où chaque arête va se former. Pour cela, chacun de ces morphogènes va agir sur l’expression de l’autre en l’activant ou en l’inhibant. C’est la première fois que des scientifiques parviennent à observer ce système et qu’ils montrent qu’il est impliqué dans l’apparition de certains motifs.”Notre étude fournit la première identification expérimentale d’un système activateur-inhibiteur en fonctionnement dans le développement des rayures – dans le cas présent, dans les arêtes sur le palais des souris […] Ces arêtes ne sont pas d’une grande signification médicale. Cependant, elles se sont avérées extrêmement précieuses ici pour valider la vieille théorie du premier modèle activateur-inhibiteur mis en évidence par Alan Turing”, explique Dr Jeremy Green du Department of Craniofacial Development du King’s Dental Institute cité par le Daily Mail.Le 25 février 2012 à 14:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Mercedes kicks off production of refreshed AMG GT in Germany

first_img 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 review: Loud and proud, and absolutely divine It’s already been four years since Mercedes-AMG started producing its GT sports car, and this week the company kicked off production of the refreshed 2020 model, the company announced Thursday. As before, the Mercedes-AMG GT is built at the automaker’s factory in Sindelfingen, Germany.Enlarge ImageA freshly built AMG GT R Pro. Mercedes-Benz While every version of the AMG GT line has been updated for 2020, perhaps the most exciting addition is the new GT R Pro. It builds on the standard, 577-horsepower GT R with revised suspension, retuned engine and transmission mounts, lightweight wheels and, of course, a unique wrap with loud racing stripes.The remainder of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT coupe and Roadster line gets a handful of visual and equipment tweaks. For starters, there are new headlights with redesigned LED running lights, as well as a new rear bumper, new steering wheels and new wheel designs. A 12.3-inch color instrument cluster now comes standard, as do front and rear parking cameras.As to performance, the AMG GT line now adopts the AMG Dynamic Select system, with Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Race and Individual driving modes. On top of that, it adds the AMG Dynamics traction-control system, which features Basic, Advanced and Pro modes — and the GT C and GT R even add a “Master” mode.For 2020, the AMG GT ditches its prior 515-hp “S” trim level and will be offered instead in three power levels. The standard AMG GT extracts 469 hp and 465 pound-feet of torque from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. That’ll get the car to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds and on to top speed of 189 mph. The AMG GT C bumps those output figures to 550 hp and 502 lb-ft, dropping the acceleration time to 3.6 seconds and boosting top speed to 196. Finally, the GT R and GT R Pro boast 577 hp, 516 lb-ft, a 3.5-second dash to 60 and a terminal velocity of 198 mph.In addition to the two-door AMG GT models, the Sindelfingen plant builds the AMG GT 4-Door, the E-Class, the CLS-Class, the S-Class, the Mercedes-Maybach and the GLA-Class. Post a comment Mercedes-Benz 0 Tags 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title 17 Photoscenter_img 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro gets even more extreme in LA Performance Cars Luxury cars Convertibles Coupes Mercedes-Benz Review • 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R: Bringing a gun to a knife fight More From Roadshow Share your voice More about 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Rlast_img read more

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Comilla road crash kills minor boy

Comilla road crash kills minor boy

first_imgA minor boy was killed in a road accident at Nurpur in Comilla on Sunday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Foysal, son of Tipu Miah, a resident of Nurpur area.Police said a speedy truck, fully loaded with sand, knocked down Foysal when he was walking along the road around 9 am, leaving him dead on the spot.The body was sent to Comilla Medical College Hospital for autopsy, said Salauddin Ahmed, in-charge of Chakbazar police camp, adding that pedestrians caught the driver of the truck and handed him over to police.last_img read more

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Philippines Duterte calls Rohingya killings genocide

Philippines Duterte calls Rohingya killings genocide

first_imgIn this file photo Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers a speech during the 121st founding anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) at Taguig city, Metro Manila, Philippines March 20, 2018. Photo : ReutersPhilippine president Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday “genocide” was taking place in Myanmar and he was willing to accept Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing from it, though Europe should help too.The United Nations and rights groups say some 700,000 people, most of them Rohingya, have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since August last year when Rohingya militant attacks on the security forces sparked a military crackdown.The United Nations and several Western countries have said the Myanmar action constitutes ethnic cleansing but Myanmar rejects that. It says its security forces have been conducting legitimate operations against “terrorists”.Duterte, in a wide-ranging speech to farmers and agriculture officials at the presidential palace, touched on various issues including his recent decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court over its decision to open a preliminary investigation into his bloody war on drugs.Drawing the ire of officials in Myanmar, Duterte then expressed sympathy for the Rohingya and offered to help.”I really pity the people there,” Duterte said. “I’m willing to accept refugees. Rohingyas, yes. I will help but we should split them with Europe.”He also mentioned the inability of the international community to resolve problems in Myanmar.”They can’t even solve the Rohingya. That’s what genocide is, if I may say so,” Duterte said.Myanmar has rejected any suggestion genocide is taking place and its government spokesman, Zaw Htay, said Duterte’s comments did not reflect the real situation.”He doesn’t know anything about Myanmar,” Zaw Htay told Reuters. “The usual behaviour of that person is to speak without restraint. That’s why he said that.”Duterte’s comments were broadcast live on television and later included in a transcript of his speech, issued by his office.Such a denunciation by a Southeast Asian leader of a neighbour is rare.Both the Philippines and Myanmar are members of the Association of South East Asian Nations which has long upheld a convention of withholding criticism of fellow members.Duterte did not refer by name to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been heavily criticised abroad for failing to stand up for the largely stateless Rohingya, only saying: “That woman, she is my friend.”last_img read more

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Fleetwood Macs Early Guitarist went out for Groceries…and Never Came Back

Fleetwood Macs Early Guitarist went out for Groceries…and Never Came Back

first_imgBeing in one of the world’s greatest bands can change someone’s life in ways they don’t expect. Ask Brit guitarist Jeremy Spencer, who hails from Hartlepool in North East England. In 1971, aged just 22, he decided to leave Fleetwood Mac. He did so abruptly during an eight-week tour and his reasons were not simply down to the usual “creative differences”. As reported by Rolling Stone at the time, “he had left the Hotel Hawaiian, just blocks away from Hollywood and Vine. It was about 2 pm when he left, bags still unpacked, to go to the grocery store, with some $200 in his pocket.” Other accounts say he went to a bookshop. Mick Fleetwood and the gang may have assumed he would return shortly. Little did they know it, but it was the end of Spencer’s time with Fleetwood Mac.Jeremy Spencer performing at the Chicago Blues Festival 2009 in Grant Park, Chicago, IL. Photo by Nubiatech CC BY-SA 3.0Where did he go? He took some finding, but when manager Clifford Davis tracked him down five days later, his “straggly long hair” was “cut short, his clothes exchanged for rags.” The money had gone also, donated to a controversial religious cult called the Children of God, a group which included many other famous names from the music and cinema worlds. Spencer called the “mission” in downtown LA where he was discovered at “home”, with reference made to “400 or so brethren.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe Children of God — formerly Teens For Christ and these days The Family International — were formed in 1968, ironically a year after the formation of Fleetwood Mac. David Berg, a pastor in California, was the founder and had an unorthodox approach to the family unit. For the Children of God, personal identity didn’t appear to be an essential part of growing up.Jeremy Spencer, March 18, 1970Jeremy temporarily changed his name to Jonathan. A Guardian article focusing on Spencer’s clan from 2005 revealed the Family practice of changing up monikers. It writes, “The idea is that you take on a Biblical name that reflects a particular theme or lesson: if you want to learn how to fish, for example, you might be renamed Peter. Girls whose behavior isn’t coming up to scratch frequently get renamed for Mary Magdalene.”Spencer’s children were renamed and routinely separated from their parents. They would be sent around the world, to communes in locations as diverse as South America and Siberia. It was a disruptive time. Son Nat revealed to the Guardian that “we’d been living just under the Mayan volcano, which hadn’t erupted for about 100 years, till we came on the scene. So we went to Japan.”Fleetwood Mac, Billboard magazine, 1977Back in the early Seventies, the Children of God also made headlines for attention-grabbing demonstrations organized by the “Prophets of Doom.” Rolling Stone described their striking appearance, saying they “Dressed in red sackcloth (their sign of mourning)” and were “armed with staves and banners bearing doomsday messages.” Their eerily quiet vigils would be punctuated by the sound of around 50 staves being struck against the pavement.Related Video: The Forgotten Beatle – Whatever Happened to their Early Drummer Pete Best?Spencer’s departure from Fleetwood Mac may have come out of the blue, yet for the man himself, it was a spiritual decision that had been brewing a while. He reportedly disliked the focus that rock had on selfish individualism and was appalled by a recording he heard of his own performance. The combination of substance using and news of a recent LA earthquake apparently unsettled Spencer. Plus as a blues musician, he wasn’t that wild about the direction of musical travel.In 2014 he was quoted in the Belfast Telegraph, remarking “It’s possible that I could have fitted in with some of their musical direction during their Rumours (the 1977 album) period. I thought they had hit on something good, musically, and although it wasn’t blues, it was a lot more in keeping with my musical taste than the dark, heavy rock road the band was heading in the late ’60s.”Fleetwood Mac in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 2009. Photo by Weatherman90 CC BY 3.0He had been part of Fleetwood Mac since its bluesy beginnings, recruited by Peter Green who himself had left the band the previous year. Like Spencer, Green struggled with substance issues but was brought in to replace his friend following this dramatic exit.Read another story from us: Welcome to the Jungle! The Wild Antics of Guns n’ Roses Frontman Axl RoseSpencer never left the Family International and has spent the majority of his career touring. He is keen to promote new talent and resumed releasing albums in 2006 after a gap of over 25 years. While he was only in Fleetwood Mac for a relatively brief time, he made a lasting if a questionable contribution to rock history.last_img read more

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Hundreds of Princess Cruises images now a click away for agents

Hundreds of Princess Cruises images now a click away for agents

first_img SANTA CLARITA, CA — Princess Cruises has integrated its Princess Media Library to its online travel agent centre, OneSourceCruises.com, allowing travel agents to create customized flyers, banners and other sales materials using images of the most recent amenities offered on board.“The addition of the Princess Media Library to OneSource gives travel agents the freedom to personalize their own sales collateral with photos and highlight specific offerings to suit the needs of their clients,” said John Chernesky, Vice President of North America Sales, Princess Cruises. “The wide variety of images available on OneSource offers our travel partners new resources to communicate the amazing experiences Princess provides their clients.”OneSource offers a range of programs to assist travel agents in all aspects of cruise planning. In addition to the Princess Media Library, OneSource includes POLAR Online, the booking tool built exclusively for travel agents to simplify the process of booking cruises.OneSource also houses Princess Academy, an online educational program for travel agents to take detailed courses on everything Princess Cruises has to offer. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Princess Academy offers benefits for travel consultants who reach the Commodore level.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureTravel partners can access OneSource and the Princess Media Library at OneSourceCruises.com. Tags: Princess Cruises Thursday, August 18, 2016 Hundreds of Princess Cruises images now a click away for agents Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Explosion outside Dhekelia police station Update 1

Explosion outside Dhekelia police station Update 1

first_imgA police officer was slightly injured in an explosion outside the Dhekelia Police station in the early hours of Tuesday.According to the police report, the blast occurred shortly after 3am when a man on a motorcycle approached the police station and hurled a grenade causing the explosion and the injury to the police officer.The area has been cordoned off and police have begun the search for the assailant.SBA police are said to be investigating it as a criminal matter and do not suspect terrorism.“There are scenes of crime investigators there now to find out exactly what caused the explosion. It is being treated as a criminal investigation at the moment,” a spokesman for the bases said.Reports suggested that the incident is linked to high penalties imposed on poachers by police in the area on Monday.Britain retains sovereignty over some 99 square kilometres of territory on Cyprus, a colony until 1960. While some of it is accessible only to military personnel, it also includes areas where thousands of Cypriots live.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Moreover,re just a Kaffir. (The insult is now legally actionable in South Africa) Racism is stupiditys recourse There are plenty of stupid people in the world Apartheid survived for almost a half-centurya system based on the view that the only thing blacks were good for was to work as hewers of wood and drawers of water After my father returned with the family to Englandwed go back regularly to South Africa I remember the jacarandasthe faraway horizonsthe firm yellow peaches Beauty was abundantbut a shadow lurked Thats how I absorbed racismlike a twingethe first hint of a dangerous microbe in your blood These things shape you The Jews in South Africa tended to view the blacks as a large buffer against their own persecutioneven as they were more engaged than most in trying to break the system Its a grotesque thoughtbut if youre busy persecuting tens of millions of blacks you dont have much time left over for tens of thousands of Jews This thought did occur to the Jewswhose families (many of Lithuanian origin)had fled European pogroms and so avoided the ditches to which Hitlers Einsatzgruppen would have dispatched them As a South African Jewwatching blacks without passes being bundled into the back of police vans was discomfiting But this was not mass murder after all You tried to look away Racism is a mind game It makes its victims grateful for small mercies until such time as they rise in uncontainable anger I was schooled early by South Africa in racisms poison I wondered at the blacks swimming in a filthy harbour when whites-only sand stretched for miles I caught the illicit glances as an adolescentflirtation as crime I listened to the meat-chomping justificationsbigotry dressed up as scientific theory Over in England things were OK I got called a yid for a while at schooland looked up Jew in the Oxford English Dictionary of the day Definition 1: A person of Hebrew descent; a person whose religion is Judaism Definition 2: A person who behaves in a manner formerly attributed to Jews; a grasping or extortionate person? Outside was a different story. VJ Bani put out a post on her Instagram account where she talked about women’s inhibition to lift weights and people advising her against it, Though Hrithik appreciated Karan’s gesture, Published Date: Oct 31,go deeper in its realm.re some clever student,1982. read more

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PGA Tour rookie of the year for 2017, That too due to their medical condition, said Medical Superintendent Dr Vipin Kaushal Howeverthe reality was different We are looking after the patients instead of the nurses Each time a patient needs somethingwe have to call the doctor Even for administering an injectionwe are calling up the doctors Normallythis is the job of the nurses?I joined Facebook recently and it is mostly handled by my daughter. read more

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