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Next Canadian federal election will be target for Russian meddling Sajjan

first_imgHALIFAX — With a federal election less than a year away, Canada’s defence minister is warning voters they will be targeted by online cyber-attacks and fake news as Russia steps up its efforts to undermine western democracies.“We have taken this into account very seriously in our defence policy,” Harjit Sajjan said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“We need to further educate our citizens about the impact of fake news. No one wants to be duped by anybody.”Sajjan made the comments while attending a defence and security conference in Halifax, where experts, military officers and politicians representing democracies from around the world spent a great deal of time discussing cyber-warfare.“When we stand up for human rights, and when we stand up … to nations like Russia who are going against the rules-based order … you become a target,” Sajjan said, adding that Canada’s decision to protest Russia’s annexation of Crimea has also raised Russia’s ire.He said the Canadian government has a cyber-security plan that includes establishing the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security within the Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s domestic spy agency.Rose Gottemoeller, deputy-secretary general of NATO, stressed that Russia is not the only country using the internet to spread disinformation, citing a NATO report released Sunday that drew attention to North Korea, China and Iran.The report, presented Sunday to a NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Halifax, was discussed by NATO’s science and technology committee.U.S. Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis told the committee that Russian interference continued in the early stages of the recent U.S. mid-term elections, although not on the scale seen during the 2016 election that saw Donald Trump elected president.Last year, Facebook said hundreds of dubious accounts, likely operated out of Russia, spent about $100,000 on some 3,000 ads about contentious issues such as LGBT rights, race, immigration and guns.Facebook later said an estimated 10 million people in the United States saw the ads.Gottemoeller, who previously served as undersecretary for international security at the U.S. State Department, said democracies have to be ready to defend themselves — on the battlefield or in cyberspace. “There’s a lot of creativity among the bad guys,” she said in an interview Sunday.As an example, Gottemoeller pointed to the Canadian-led NATO Battle Group in Latvia, which has been subjected to a steady stream of fake news aimed at undermining the year-old mission. “The Russians are pumping out a lot of reports about misbehaviour of Canadian troops and how expensive the (battle group) is for Latvia,” she said, adding that Canadian soldiers have taken a proactive role by letting local residents know why they are there. “It’s a great example of how Canada … has made a difference pushing back against disinformation.”Pauline Neville-Jones, chairwoman of the U.K.-based Advisory Board to Cyber Security Challenge, said Russian operatives use online algorithms to distribute false stories that are aimed at sowing division and distrust of democratic institutions.“In the case of Canada, (the Russians) would find it very interesting to try to destabilize your relationship with the United States,” said Neville-Jones, who was David Cameron’s national security adviser before he became prime minister of Britain.“That gets at the sinews of western democracy. It gets at the sinews of NATO relationships.”Neville-Jones said the rise of social media has eroded the influence of traditional media sources, which has left citizens more susceptible to cyber-attacks. The best defence against fake news, she said, is to seek other news sources.She said there was plenty of evidence of online interference in the 2016 U.S. vote, particularly from the Russians.  “Propaganda … has been one of the things they’ve always done,” Neville-Jones said. “They see international relations as a zero-sum game. If you’re losing, then I’m winning.”By Michael MacDonald and Keith Doucette, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Comedian Mike Ward appeals Human Rights Tribunal decision

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Comedian Mike Ward is appealing the Human Rights Tribunal decision which ordered him to pay $42,000 to a former child singer who he made the butt of jokes in his stand-up show.Quebec comedian Mike Ward will appeal $42K rulingMike Ward’s Human Rights Tribunal decision, explainedThe appeal was filed at the Quebec Court of Appeal Friday.The tribunal ruled last month that Ward made discriminatory comments about Jérémy Gabriel’s handicap during shows between 2010 and 2013. It ordered Ward to compensate both Gabriel and his mother. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Trucks tangle traffic in Paris to protest holiday fair spat

first_imgPARIS – Carnival workers are creating traffic chaos in Paris to protest the city’s ban on a popular Christmas fair on the iconic Champs-Elysees Avenue.The French road authority reported increased traffic on several highways into Paris during Monday morning rush hour. French broadcasters showed trucks running a so-called “escargot operation” on a highway west of Paris, driving at a snail’s pace across multiple lanes.Riot police vans were stationed on Paris’ western edge to block carnival trucks from entering the city after the Paris police chief said they would enforce City Hall’s ban on the fair.The city voted in June to change the format of the Christmas market, saying it had become too commercial. Carnival magnate Marcel Campion and his supporters have objected. Negotiations last week failed to defuse the dispute.last_img read more

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NYAY at the core of Congress campaign: Rahul

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the concept of “NYAY” is at the core of its campaign for the Lok Sabha polls and builds on the promises the party has made to the people. The Congress on Sunday announced ‘Ab Hoga Nyay’ as its battle cry for the Lok Sabha polls and launched a campaign centred around the theme of ‘justice’, while alluding to the party’s proposed minimum income scheme and the ‘anyay’ (injustice) “prevailing under the BJP rule”. “Our national, cross platform, multimedia campaign is now LIVE. With the concept of NYAY at its core, this campaign builds on the promises we’ve made to the people of India in our manifesto,” Gandhi tweeted, urging people to share the campaign video. The campaign’s theme song ‘Main hi toh Hindustan hoon’ has been penned by Javed Akhtar, while the campaign film has been directed by Nikkhil Advani. The themes covered in the campaign include the ‘NYAY’ scheme, poverty eradication, jobs for youth, farmers, women’s reservation, simplified GST, universal healthcare, education and startups, as promised in the manifesto titled ‘Congress will deliver’. As a special feature of the campaign, thousands of container trucks with Congress campaign advertisements on them will take the party’s message to various parts of the country.last_img read more

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Algerian Journalist: “Shame upon you, Bouteflika!”

first_imgRabat – A few days after the Algerian journalist Hafid Deraji addressed an open letter to the Algerian President Boutaflika in which he harshly criticizes the President’s intention to run for reelection, another well-known journalist, Kamel Daoud, tells Boutaflika, “shame on you!”There is growing anger and derision in Algeria over Bouteflika’s decision to run, and some journalists are careful of what they say for fear of the powerful president and his army generals.But there are others who vent their anger, such Kamel Daoud – one of the best-known journalists in Algeria – who harshly criticized Boutaflika. The Independent reports that Kamal wrote for the online publication Algerie Focus an article in which he says: “Shame on you, Bouteflika! You have no shame for our martyrs, for your age, for your own sickness, for what you have done to this country… You have humiliated us… You push us into exile by taking our country from us… What do you want? More money? More gold?.. More praise? More glory? We will give them to you. Just name your price… Why do you want to carry your country into your grave? To bury our nation alive with you?”“When the world is desperate for freedom, you reduce us to slavery with your insanity,” he added.The Independent described Bouteflika as a “bureaucrat”, rather than a National Liberation Front war hero. On Bouteflika’s involvement in the Algerian battle for independence led by the National Liberation Front, The Independent said that “his ‘independence’ battle was that of an official on the Moroccan border, not a fighter in the field.”“You are like all tyrants, Arab or not,” Daoud wrote. “One day, you will all be lynched, dead, sick or alive.” Bouteflika!”Earlier last month, after the 77-year-old Bouteflika said that he would run again, Algerian newspaper El Watan published an article titled “He dared!” in which it suggests that Bouteflika should win an Oscar for a new movie called “The Fourth Term.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Nearly a million people repatriated in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1995 UN

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the February returnees included 891 people from minority groups in particular areas, bringing the number of minority returnees to 436,238.Assistant High Commissioner Kamel Morjane noted last month that about 100,000 Bosnia and Herzegovina refugees were still displaced, while the country was hosting more than 25,000 refugees from Croatia and Kosovo.Some 325,000 IDPs were awaiting permanent housing, he said during his visit to the region. read more

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Dotting the i Raekwon McMillan a field general of OSU defense

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) encourages Buckeyes fans to make noise during the second half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFew players have such a profound impact from the moment they walk on the field as junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan has had for Ohio State. The unquestioned leader at the helm of the “Silver Bullets,” OSU’s defensive nickname, McMillan has been named as a semifinalist for the Butkis Award, the top award for linebackers at the collegiate level.Playing middle linebacker is an already daunting task for any team, but at OSU it is a key to the success for the Buckeyes. On Saturday’s game against Northwestern, McMillan reacted to a play action fake pass, which ultimately led to a turnover.That relatively simple play might have seemed pedestrian to the outside eye, but the junior said otherwise to the media on Monday.“I had the B-gap,” McMillan said. “So if the quarterback would have handed the ball to the running back in that situation, I would have had to tackle the running back in that gap. But it’s a mesh point, so the quarterback pulled the ball when he saw me come up. He’s kind of reading me the whole play to see if I’m going to be in my zone.”McMillan said once he read the play, he reacted to Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson going back to pass and jumped in the way, causing the deflection that ended in an easy interception for redshirt freshman cornerback Damon Arnette.Before every play, there is anywhere from a few moments to 25 seconds for the ball to be snapped, although most college teams put an emphasis on getting the ball snapped quickly. For a player like McMillan, those few moments before the play begins are vital in his role as the man in the middle.About five seconds before the snap, McMillan is responsible for reading the offensive formation, among many other duties. To start, he has to get the call from co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell,  and relay that message to his unit and the defensive line in front of him to set them up in the proper stance. He also said from there, he is usually directing the strongside linebacker as well as the “backside safety.”“Once I’ve communicated to them, that’s when I go through the eyes, feet and body positioning with their line and see if I can get some keys on the play they’re going to run,” McMillan said. “Once I get that, then I’m in a different mode. It’s time to lock in, it’s time to go make the play.”That list of responsibilities could easily result in the occasional slip-up. McMillan received scrutiny during and following the Wisconsin game after Badgers’ wide receiver Jazz Peavy ripped-up the Buckeyes defense in the first half with an end-around.According to McMillan, he was just doing his job.“When Wisconsin was running the jet-sweep, and everybody was saying I was getting misreads, like I clearly had the A-gap,” McMillan said through a smile. If he were to bust off his trajectory and try to take out the sweep, he said he would not be doing his job. The commitment to staying true to his role and his assignment has caught the eye of his teammates.Junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes, who came in the 2014 recruiting class with McMillan, looks up to him as a friend and as a leader.“What do I do pre-snap?” he said when asked about his routine before a play. “Wait for Raekwon to tell me to do.”McMillan has earned 51 total tackles so far this season, which is technically a “down” year for the Georgia native. Last season he had 74 tackles through eight games, as well as a sack. With some outside criticism being thrown his way, it would be easy for him to start worrying about his level of play.Instead, McMillan plays it off with a grin and a joke.“If I ask y’all, I’m having the worst season in the world,” he said. read more

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The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Feb 23rd 2017, 8:58 AM EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #STORM DORIS: More than 45,000 homes are without power, there’s debris on the roads, and flights and ferries have been cancelled.2. #LONG GOODBYE: Enda Kenny has appeased Fine Gael members over his leadership and the party’s future at last night’s parliamentary meeting.3. #ROLLBACK: US President Donald Trump has overturned Obama’s guidelines on bathroom use for transgender students.4. #CRIME: The number of crimes committed by people who were out on bail fell over 27% last year, with 18,926 crimes recorded by such suspects in 2016.5. #TESCO: The store has called for an end to a “reckless” strike by staff at 22 stores.6. #LÉ RÓISÍN: Irish Navy rescued a fisherman suffering from severe chest pains in Bantry Bay last night.7. #TECH FIRM: Japanese firm Ricoh has announced 110 jobs and investment in their north Dublin headquarters.8. #COURTS: A woman who was attacked and injured by a dog in a public park has lost a €60,000 claim for personal injuries against South Dublin County Council.9. #APOLLO HOUSE: “There are definitely stories in there that would fit onto the big screen,” film director Jim Sheridan said on the Apollo House occupation. Share Tweet Email1 11,938 Views Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 8:58 AM http://jrnl.ie/3254047 Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Liliya Kandrashevich The 9 at 9: Thursday Storm Doris is causing some disruption this morning – here’s your morning round-up. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock/Liliya Kandrashevichlast_img read more

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Four people arrested as stun guns and drugs worth €560k seized in

first_img Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 2:39 PM Jun 14th 2018, 2:39 PM The drugs seized from Blanchardstown The drugs seized from Blanchardstown Image: Garda Press Office http://jrnl.ie/4070969 By Hayley Halpin Four people arrested as stun guns and drugs worth €560k seized in two separate operations One man has since been released from garda custody. Share3 Tweet Email center_img Image: Garda Press Office Short URL FOUR PEOPLE HAVE been arrested by gardaí in Dublin after stun guns and €560,000 worth of drugs were seized in two separate operations.A vehicle was intercepted on the Mill Road, Blanchardstown at around 7.30pm yesterday evening as part of ongoing investigations by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, supported by the Special Crime Taskforce.A quantity of cannabis herb was recovered and two men (aged 42 and 39) and a woman (46) were arrested.They are currently detained under drug trafficking legislation at Blanchardstown, Finglas and Lucan garda stations.Follow-up searches took place in the Blanchardstown area which resulted in the seizure of a further significant quantity of cannabis at a premises in Fortlawn Driver.The drugs recovered during this operations have an estimated street value in excess of €560,000.Stun gunsMeanwhile, a package has been seized by Revenue containing a consignment of stun guns which had been imported from the Netherlands.The seizure was made yesterday morning at a residential address at Alderwood, Tallaght following a joint intelligence-led operation by the Revenue’s Customs Service, the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, and the Special Crime Taskforce.A 24-year-old man was arrested and taken to Tallaght Garda Station where he was detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.He has since been released pending the submission of an investigation file to the DPP. 16,116 Views 4 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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SYRIZA party congress in September

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Leftist Syriza, which leads Greece’s ruling coalition, late on Thursday backed a proposal by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for an extraordinary party congress in September.The move was approved by a significant majority of Syriza’s central committee following a long and tense session.A session of the party’s central committee which started at around noon ran late into the night as MPs and officials discussed how to address serious objections within the party to the prospect of further austerity. The options being discussed included a party referendum on whether the government should continue bailout talks with creditors and seal a deal, or a party congress.ln a speech at the launch of the session, Tsipras made clear his preference would be for an emergency congress in September, after the government has finalized a deal with creditors in August. Party dissenters were said to favor an “ordinary” congress, which would involve existing members, rather than an extraordinary congress that would let Tsipras to bring in new delegates and capitalize on a recent increase in public support.Speaking on the prospect of a possible referendum, Tsipras made it clear that a “no” vote would bring down the government. “The first left-wing government since World War II either gets the support of left-wing MPs or it falls because of left-wing MPs,” he said.Tsipras defended his stance in negotiations with creditors, saying he had taken “difficult decisions” to keep the country solvent and “there was no better choice.” “If there is someone who thinks they could have achieved a better deal, let them come out and say so and explain what the terms would be,” he said.Hitting out at dissenters now openly courting a drachma return, Tsipras said that a Greek eurozone exit without reserves to support a new currency “would have led to massive devaluation, harsh austerity and a return to the International Monetary Fund.”He insisted that the government should not give up just six months into its term and should fight to secure “small victories” and persist, as the left is “the only guarantee of a progressive government.”Already, SYRIZA had left its mark, he claimed. “We, a leftist government and a small country, created the first rifts in the neoliberal hegemony of Europe,” he said. He added that a party congress would give the leftists the chance to “offer a definitive answer to the question of whether a leftist government can survive in a liberal, conservative Europe.”Among those who expressed serious objections were the outspoken dissenters Zoe Constantopoulou, the parliament speaker, and Left Platform leader and former Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis. The latter declared that Greece was living in “a euro dictatorship” and claimed there were some 35 billion euros in cash reserves that the government could use to finance a transition to a national currency.Constantopoulou, for her part, lashed out at Tsipras for describing her behavior in Parliament as “surreal and childish” and said it was “inconceivable” that SYRIZA should implement “the exact opposite of its pre-election promises.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Grippe H1N1 des restrictions dutilisation du vaccin Pandemrix

first_imgGrippe H1N1: des restrictions d’utilisation du vaccin PandemrixSuite aux cas de narcolepsie observés l’an passé, l’Agence européenne du médicament a recommandé de restreindre l’utilisation chez les moins de 20 ans du vaccin Pandemrix utilisé en prévention de la grippe H1N1.Le rapport bénéfice/risque du vaccin a été jugé “positif”. C’est ce qu’a révélé le 21 juillet l’Agence européenne du médicament (EMA) au sujet du vaccin Pandemrix utilisé contre la grippe H1N1. Depuis près d’un an, plusieurs pays, en particulier la Suède et la Finlande, avaient tiré la sonnette d’alarme, en pointant du doigt les effets secondaires de l’injection. À lire aussiÉpidémie de rougeole : New York déclare l’état d’urgence sanitaire et rend la vaccination obligatoireLes autorités sanitaires suspectaient le vaccin d’être responsable de cas de narcolepsie, un trouble du sommeil entre autres, caractérisé par une somnolence excessive au cours de la journée. En 2010, l’incidence de cette maladie normalement rare aurait ainsi augmenté de manière non négligeable et pour une raison inconnue. Face à ces accusations, l’Agence européenne du médicament avait lancé une réévaluation de l’efficacité et surtout du rapport bénéfice/risque du Pandemrix. Alors que le lien entre le vaccin et les cas de narcolepsie n’a toujours pas été établi, l’EMA a donc rendu son verdict, concluant sur l’utilité du Pandemrix. Néanmoins, elle a recommandé de n’utiliser le vaccin chez les moins de 20 ans que lorsque le vaccin saisonnier n’est plus disponible et qu’une immunisation contre le virus A/H1N1 reste nécessaire, rapporte l’AFP.Le 25 juillet 2011 à 12:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Robertson denies a nervous Liverpool

first_imgThe Reds footballer says the team is still thinking on lifting the English Premier League title at the end of the season.Liverpool has dropped seven points in their last five matches in the English Premier League.And yesterday they drew 1-1 against West Ham United, making many people question if they can last in first place to lift the title.The Reds are currently in first place of the table but Manchester City is dangerously close now.“I wouldn’t say nerves are showing, did anyone say that when Manchester City picked up no points at [Crystal] Palace and Leicester?” Liverpool player Andrew Robertson told Sky Sports.“I don’t think they did.”“A lot of people talk about pressure because we’ve not been in this position but it’s February,” he explained.“Everyone needs to relax and try to enjoy the run-in. I’m sure many other teams would want to be in the position that we’re in now.”“Nerves aren’t showing in the changing room. It’s been two poor results and poor performances – that happens during a long season,” he said.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We might look back on [the draw with West Ham] as a good point.”“We need to get back on track by winning games and playing better football,” Robertson continued.“We can’t worry about Manchester City. They’re in a good moment just now, we’re having a wee blip and just need to try and get over the line in a couple of games.”“Divock [Origi] had a chance in the 92nd minute [against West Ham] and if that goes in we’re talking very differently, but we keep going, we dust ourselves down,” the footballer said.“There is still a long way to go.”Andrew Robertson, the best in the business…Agree? ➡️ https://t.co/VscalqhBul pic.twitter.com/YY7khDuqnl— Premier League (@premierleague) February 4, 2019last_img read more

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Shelter residents forced out by flooding get help from San Diegos community

first_imgShelter residents forced out by flooding get help from San Diego’s community KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DEIGO (KUSI) – Most of San Diego is drying out, after last Thursday”s heavy downpour, but the people living in a homeless shelter in San Diego’s East Village are still coping with the effects of that storm.Flood waters forced nearly 300 people out of the Alpha Project bridge tent and into a temporary emergency shelter at the S.D.C.C.U. stadium.KUSI’S Sasha Foo visited the site of the bridge shelter at 16th and Newton and saw city crews working hard on pumping water out and disposing of materials contaminated by last week’s flooding.With the help of San Diego police, firefighters, and the lifeguards’ swift water rescue team, occupants of the shelter were moved out of the Alpha Project tent on Thursday night and transported by Metropolitan Transit System buses to the stadium in Mission Valley. Most of shelter occupants left with little more than the clothes on their back.Since then, residents of the bridge tent have been adjusting to the new quarters at the stadium and according to Alpha Project C.E.O. Bob McElroy, their spirits are good. “We’re all tucked in, nice, warm and cozy. We’ve got TV, we’ve got heating, we’ve got good meals and we’ve got tons of donations,” McElroy said. He said the offers of help from the community have been especially heartening. Scores of community members have been arriving at the stadium, with donations of clothing, blankets, shoes and food. Some groups have also been cooking meals. “The most important part to me and to our residents is the fact they’ve seen the outpouring of concern and care and generosity from the community,” McElroy said.The City has not yet indicated when crews will finish the tent clean-up and when the Alpha Project can return to the bridge shelter. McElroy said he’s hoping the East Village shelter will re-open in about a week and he said he still plans to hold a Christmas party at the tent. center_img Updated: 6:30 PM December 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Kalama man rides lawnmower off 15foot ledge

first_imgKALAMA — It took emergency responders nearly an hour to rescue a Kalama-area man from a tough spot after he drove off a ledge on his riding lawnmower, which apparently landed on top of him.Cowlitz Fire District 5 says he fell about 15 feet Tuesday and landed next to the Kalama River.A family friend told The Daily News the 72-year-old was transferred to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver and he was in intensive care with a broken pelvis, cracked ribs and internal injuries.last_img read more

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Seafood Plants Offset Wage Hike Through Room Board

first_imgA machine slices Pacific cod at Alyeska Seafoods while processors create fillets. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)In the next few weeks, thousands of seafood processors will return to Unalaska for pollock B season. They’ll be earning more money, thanks to the state’s minimum wage hike — but they’ll also be paying more to live.Added room & board costs are just one way processing plants are hoping to offset the wage increase.Alyeska and Westward Seafoods have never charged for room & board. But on June 1, president Mark Johanson says that’ll change.“This has been a very, very hard, soul-searching decision for us,” he says. “We’ve been trying to buck the trend, and make it a reasonable and a good place for people to work. The work is hard and challenging, and we understand that … but because of global competition and pressures, we have had to unfortunately make that decision.”They’re implementing the state’s maximum room & board charge of $15 a day at their shoreside plants in Unalaska. Johanson says it comes out to about a dollar of every hour’s wages, including overtime. Since the minimum wage also went up a dollar this year, he says the changes are a wash, for now.“And then, of course, as of Jan. 1, [2016], the minimum wage will increase again by a dollar,” he says “So there is no remedy on room & board — we’ll just need to either eat that cost or find other ways to become more efficient in our operation.”Johanson’s also worried about the $1 to $4 million cost of adding employee health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. So in the long term, he’s hoping to pare down, and automate more of their processing lines.That’s going to happen at UniSea, too. Unalaska’s biggest seafood processor has plans to shrink its pollock operations back into one factory in the next few years.They’re also upping their room & board charge. It’s started at $10 a day for the past couple of years, decreasing the more a processor works. But this spring, facing a $3 million cost bump from minimum wage, president Tom Enlow says they’ve gone to the upper limit, too.“We’re not really in a position to just take that cost — any cost increase, for that matter — and pass it onto our customers,” he says.That’s because they’re working with set market prices for seafood, where costs are shared between the harvesters and the processors. Since the wage hike impacts the processors, Enlow says they may want to renegotiate those price formulas down the line.But for now, room & board is their first line of defense, along with some cuts to staffing. That’s come through the natural attrition Enlow says they see at the start of every season.“There’s always going to be a certain amount of workers that come up and say ‘Oh, I had no idea I was going to have to work all day,’ and they end up leaving,” he says.This year, UniSea wanted to see how low they could go. They didn’t rehire for those empty jobs, and went through A season about 80 people short.“Our crab and cod throughput always suffers when our headcount is down below a certain number, and we certainly saw that take place this year,” he says. “But it’s just all in an effort to try to hold those costs down.”In pollock B season — which covers 60 percent of the year’s huge quota — they’ll move staff around and focus on producing surimi. Right now, there’s a better market for the imitation crab product than there is for fillets.Over at Alyeska and Westward, president Mark Johanson says they’re keeping their headcount the same for now. In fact, they’ve had to work harder than normal to recruit to fill those jobs.With higher wages up against room & board costs, and an improving job market down south, Johanson says it’s not as easy as it once was lure new processors up to Alaska.last_img read more

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Fishing regulations on the Kuskokwim Do they restrict Yupik culture or preserve

first_img“They tell us to rely on other species of fish, but the king salmon is so much of who we are as Yup’ik people,” Smith says. “It’s them trying to assimilate us to what they think we should be.” Mayor of Akiak, Bobby Williams, reels in his net with his daughter Margaret. (Photo by Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel) Akiak Elder, Lillian Lliaban, remembers a time sacrifice paid off: “Twenty years ago, they closed the moose down for five years and people were yapping this and that, ‘we’re gonna starve, blah blah blah.’ And the moose is everywhere now.”  “Even though we’re asked about what we want, it falls on deaf ears,” Smith says. “Our young men can’t go out and provide for their families, so they get depressed and they go out and going into addiction, drugs, alcohol, all that,” Smith says. But Born says that Akiak is just one of many villages that he needs to be listening to when deciding regulations. “One person’s voice is important, but it needs to be balanced with the needs of everyone up and down the river.” In between drifts, Akiak Mayor Bobby Williams checks on his set net with his younger daughter Margaret. There are no fish, but there is something else unexpected attached to his net. A warning from the Alaska State Troopers for improperly marking his buoy.   Born manages the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, and he holds weekly meetings with representatives from villages along the Kuskokwim to talk about the regulations. He says that there are other forums to communicate with him, like their website, Facebook, and KYUK’s Talkline.  Kimberly Smith (left) and Katie Phillip (right) cut fish with their kids while talking about the history and future of fishing in their culture. (Photo by Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel) The biggest complaint people have is a feeling that they’re not in control of their own lives, because fishing is such a big part of their lives. Akiak feels isolated from the regulatory process. “Fishing is who we are,” Ivan says. She is a former Tribal Police Officer and she prides herself on her toughness, but her voice breaks as she talks. “It’s what makes us Native and makes us unique. And for them to take that away from us, it’s taking away from our culture. They’re taking away who we are. It’s built into our DNA system. This is who we are, and this is who we want to be.”  The Kuskokwim River has now had three fishing openings for drift gillnets, but many people in Akiak are not happy. KYUK went fishing with the mayor of Akiak to find out more about why people’s nets aren’t as full as they want them. Williams is upset, and not just about this warning, but about the whole system of regulations governing fishing on the Kuskokwim, and the mayor is not alone. “I’m listening to them real closely,” says Ray Born, who decides the fishing regulations on the lower Kuskokwim. “They’re a part of the land, they’re the people from here who should be able to inform me.” “We have to think about the future,” Lliaban says. “You feel like a part of you is taken away when someone tells you you can’t do something you’ve been doing your whole entire life, your parents, your whole family has been doing,” Leary says. In 2013, the king salmon run crashed on the Kuskokwim with only 36,823 making it to spawning grounds. This year, federal managers and tribal representatives are trying to rebuild the run by getting 110,000 king salmon up the river to spawn. Megan Leary, from Aniak, is one of the tribal representatives advising Born every week. She says that she understands the feelings in Akiak. But Leary wants to keep fishing her whole life, and she wants her family to be able to fish. “Could you see my name, Margaret?” Williams asks his daughter. “Look, right there. Could you see it? On the buoys? Dang!” Smith says that the regulations aren’t necessarily making people go hungry, but that’s not the point. Smith works in youth suicide prevention, and she says that the fishing regulations make her job harder. “I think about my son,” Leary pauses. “And being able to bring him out and letting him do the same things my parents did with us growing up. We’re having to give up right now so that in the future our kids and people’s grandkids, they can have the same opportunities as us.” “It’s not fun,” says Williams’ older daughter, Cynthia Ivan. “You get angry. I get angry.” Lliaban used to be against the regulations, but she’s changed her tune.  She finds her cousin, Kimberly Smith, cutting fish, prepping the salmon to be hung and dried. Back on shore, Ivan walks around people’s fish camps asking if they’re happy with the size of their catch. Many say no. last_img read more

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Nvidia releases the KalEl quadcore mobile chip

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Nvidia has announced their brand new quad-core mobile processor at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The new processor was given the interestingly superheroic name Kal-El. Just in case you did not read a lot of comic books as a kid, this is the name that Superman was given by his parents on his home planet of Krypton. Citation: Nvidia releases the Kal-El quad-core mobile chip (2011, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-nvidia-kal-el-quad-core-mobile-chip.html Explore further During a live demonstration at the Mobile World Congress Nvidia showed off the speed that Kal-El can give to web browsing, with speeds that are two times faster than other dual-core processors currently on the market. Of course, you really cannot simply take the companies word for it. A lot of factors can effect the speed of browsing.It is time for us to bring in an objective measure. When tested, Kal-El received a CoreMark score of 11,352. That score is, as promised, roughly twice the performance rating score of Nvidia’s Tegra 2. The Tegra 2 received a CoreMark score of 5,840. NVIDIA And Opera Team To Accelerate The Full Web On Mobile Devicescenter_img Project Kal-El web-browsing benchmark The Kal-El processor is expected to ship in as-yet-unnamed tablets by August of 2011 and be featured in smartphones by Christmas 2011. Though a few lucky customers are already getting samples of the products made with the new Nvidia chip currently. The names of the devices that are sporting these enhanced chips were not released. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Coremark performance on Kal-El As it turns out Kal-El is only the beginning of these super hero themed chips. A whole line of heroic processors are expected to come to the market between now and 2014, with increasing speeds. Future chips will sport names such as Wayne, Logan, and Stark. Stark is expected to be the most advanced of the planned chips in this line with an improvement in performance of up to 75x, when compared to the Tegra 2. More information: Nvidia blog: blogs.nvidia.com/2011/02/tegra … re-mobile-processor/last_img read more

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Guardians protest against fee hike outside school in Santragachhi

first_imgKolkata: Hundreds of guardians staged a demonstration outside an English medium school at Santragachhi on Tuesday morning to protest against the school authorities’ decision to hike fees. The incident had not only triggered tension in the area but also disrupted the normal functioning of the school.The guardians alleged that the private school authorities were increasing the fees arbitrarily without stressing on the infrastructural issues. A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot immediately after the incident. The guardians also alleged that they were not consulted by the school authorities before increasing the fees. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to police, they started the demonstration at around 7.30 am outside the school campus. They alleged that the fees have been hiked up to Rs 9,000 from Rs 4,000. They also alleged that the school receive a huge amount of money as development fees from the students but the class rooms, toilets have been lying in a bad shape. Even there was no arrangement for purified drinking water for the children in the school. The children are made to stand in the sun while having their food during the tiffin period. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSome of the guardians also threatened to continue the protest demonstration on the school campus if the authorities do not revoke their decision. The agitating guardians have alleged that the school authorities hiked the annual school fees under various heads.It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a meeting with the private school authorities had instructed them not to increase the fees in a manner that it becomes a burden on the parents. Despite the Chief Minister’s instruction, the school had increased the annual fee structure by a huge margin, alleged the guardians.It may be here mentioned that the state government will soon come out with a legislation to keep an eye on fee hike by the private schools in the city. The School Education department has already prepared a draft in this regard and is now seeking an opinion from experts. It was learnt that the legislation will come into effect after the Panchayat elections. It is learnt that a Committee will be formed which will function in the same manner as the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission. All schools in the state, regardless of board affiliations, will come under the oversight of this committee, which will be formed with representatives from schools as well as the state government.last_img read more

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Costa Rica government vows to no longer support international shark protections

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica joins Ecuador in calling for more protection of endangered shark species Costa Rica issues 1-year moratorium on export of hammerhead shark products Costa Rican government rejects Shark Enemy nomination Costa Rica says it will support new shark protections despite agreements with fishermen Conservationists say that wording leaves even endangered sharks vulnerable.Still, Mora insisted in an email to The Tico Times that the government is simply broadening its perspective.“Nothing has changed. Costa Rica continues to hold the position towards both the conservation and utilization of resources,” Mora wrote. “What has changed is the visibility of certain issues that we weren’t considering before.”The main issue, said Mora, is the growing popularity of shark meat in the local market, which has made sharks more valuable to local fishermen. In the past, sharks were caught primarily for their fins, which fetched high prices in Asian markets due to the popularity of shark-fin soup, a delicacy. With Tico palates now accustomed to the taste of shark meat, shark is sold and used locally in its entirety, Mora said.“What the government is looking to guarantee is harmony between conservation and people, sustainable consumption and regulations that are justified scientifically,” Mora said.Agreements came after violent protestsThe controversial concessions made by the Costa Rican government came after violent protests last month by fishermen.On Sept. 1, thousands of protesters blocked highways near four Costa Rican ports, disturbing traffic flow. Fishermen said the protests were a response to President Luis Guillermo Solís’s failure to release concrete agreements about various fishing regulations.Near the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, several bystanders were attacked and injured by rock-wielding protesters. Protest leaders later apologized for the inconveniences, and Solís sent negotiators to meet with the fishermen the next day.Details of the meeting came to light last week after marine conservation NGOs released the letter from Presidency Minister Alfaro.Members of the fishing industry say the new agreements will help alleviate poverty along the country’s coasts by providing jobs and allowing fishing activities to continue.“What we want are sustainable regulations for families that depend on fishing,” Mauricio González, president of the National Federation of the Fishing Sector, a fishing organization, told The Tico Times. “We want it recognized that we have knowledge that you can’t learn in a school or university. A fisherman knows how to conserve.”Conservation groups aren’t so sure. They say these new agreements threaten Costa Rica’s position as host of February’s Memorandum of Understanding on the convention of migratory species of sharks. The meeting will bring together signatories of the CMS to discuss potential international agreements for shark protection.“[The Environment Ministry] doesn’t care about science anymore,” Arauz said. “They’ve decided that the traditional knowledge of fishermen is now better than the best available science about what is detrimental to fish populations.”See also: Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson turns to human rights commission to block Costa Rica’s legal chase Facebook Comments Environmental groups are outraged by new agreements between the Costa Rican government and the fishing industry which they say will roll back protections for endangered and threatened shark species.The government says the new measures will guarantee that local fishermen can make a living.According to a letter outlining the agreements, sent by Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro to Costa Rican conservation groups, the government will no longer “propose or support” international protections for shark species considered of commercial interest and will urge international couriers that have banned the shipment of shark fins — like UPS and American Airlines — to resume carrying them.Conservationists say airlines and other couriers are key pieces in the lucrative international shark fin trade, which has contributed to the sharp decline of several shark species.“This has basically bulletproofed against any other shark species ever being protected,” Randall Arauz, the president of marine conservation group PRETOMA, told The Tico Times. “With these decisions we are not going to be able to make any future conservation progress.”The government also agreed to re-examine minimum catch size requirements designed to protect fish populations and to support a bill that would allow for the legal return of shrimp trawling, which Costa Rica banned in 2013 because of the severe damage it can cause to ocean environments.Before these agreements Costa Rica was considered a world leader in ocean conservation and, especially, shark protection. In 2012, Costa Rica banned shark finning and closed the private docks notorious for skirting fishing regulations. More recently, Costa Rica proposed the inclusion of two species of hammerhead sharks in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in November. Species listed in Appendix II are to be closely monitored to ensure that trade does not cause the species to become threatened with extinction.The government insists that the new agreements with the fishing sector don’t mark a shift away from protecting sharks. Vice Minister of Water and Oceans Fernando Mora told The Tico Times that Costa Rica would still support regulations if backed by scientific evidence proving the need for conservation measures.But that’s not what the government said in its letter to conservationists outlining the new fishing agreement. The letter says flatly: “The government of Costa Rica promises not to propose or support the inclusion of shark species of commercial interest in the CITES convention or in CMS [Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals].”Read the letter from Presidency Minister Alfaro (in Spanish):last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Mövenpick Hotels Res

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMövenpick Hotels & Resorts (MHR) has signed a management agreement with Richreit Real Estate Development LLC for one of its most high-profile projects yet, Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business Bay, located in Dubai’s sought-after Business Bay district.This 40-floor property with a modern yet elegant façade, will command a prime position on Burj Khalifa Boulevard overlooking the world’s tallest building, and is expected to open in 2017.Major infrastructure projects and attractions are within a stone’s throw of the 299-room hotel apartment including Old Town Island, the Opera District in Downtown, Dubai Mall and the Dubai Canal Project, while the city’s financial and commercial hubs are on its doorstep too.“With Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business Bay we are introducing a new upscale concept that delivers sophisticated living in a district that is rapidly emerging as Dubai’s new business and leisure hub,” said Mr. Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Middle East and South Asia.The hotel will feature well-appointed and spacious studios as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Stand-out amenities include a three-tiered podium area with six meeting spaces; a destination spa, gym, beauty clinic and swimming pool; a children’s area with pool; an all-day-dining outlet, café and lobby lounge; and a business centre. The building has been designed keeping the acoustics in mind by using triple glazed glass to ensure maximum comfort level for guests.Richreit Real Estate Development LLC Chairman Ahmed Butti Ahmed Al Muhairi said: “This property, which is already 55 per cent complete, will not only add a new dimension to Dubai’s impressive skyline, but provide guests with a true immersive destination experience given its prime location at the crossroads of multiple districts and attractions.”MHR already operates six hotels in Dubai and has two more properties planned for the city – the 244-key Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai opening in 2017 and the Mövenpick Hotel Dubai Media City in 2018.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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