Northern Manitoba band opens checkstop to nab illegal booze drugs

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN News“So, can we search your vehicle?” is not what you expect to hear entering a community in Canada.But that’s what greets you at the main entrance to Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba.It’s part of a multi-thousand-dollar crackdown on illegal drugs and alcohol coming into the dry reserve.“If you refuse you have to turn around,” said security guard George Folster, one of the black-suited guards at the $600,000 station.The “voluntary searches” came into effect Feb. 24 as part of a sweeping safety bylaw, Folster added.Between March 1-22, a team of around-the-clock guards and safety officers checked 1,606 vehicles carrying 4,106 people.“It’s in our bylaw that everybody’s searched,” said Folster’s partner Fred Keam, “and we’re trying to enforce that bylaw.”The guards are equipped with handcuffs, pepper spray and batons. They are also in radio contact with the nearest RCMP detachment “in case something major happens.”The checkpoint opened in the midst of band elections last month. Some in the community of about 6,000 say it cost long-time chief Ron Evans his job.“It was brought up before the vote,” said Norway House member Jeff Muskego. “Some people don’t like it.“But the way I see it, this is very good for the community. Safety is Number 1.”Newly elected Chief Larson Anderson admits he’s coming in blind and only learning about the $500,000 annual operating cost now. His new band council plans to give the checkstop a few months before deciding its fate but says he’s not a fan.“My thoughts were it was a waste of money,” he said. “Our community has a lot of needs.”The brown brick building is equipped with computer monitors and surveillance cameras that wouldn’t be out of place at a real border crossing.Only, in this case, it’s approximately 450 kilometres north of Winnipeg.(This new, $600,000 checkpoint opened in February at the main entrance to Norway House.)Keam says they catalogue seizures before dumping booze at the side of the road and handing drugs over to the RCMP. He says they also keep a record of each vehicle and who was in it.“We want to have a clean, safe community,” he said. “There’s a lot of dangers out there.”And, some weapons.Guards say it was an exciting day when they recovered a .357 magnum someone threw into the bush near the checkpoint.“Since this checkstop’s opened I feel more secure at home,” added Muskego, a butcher at the community grocery store.“I see violence is kind of dropping a little. And I see there’s not that much activity now at nights.Dave Williamson, an instructor at the Norway House campus of the University College of the North, agrees.“The alcohol is a concern largely because of the violence that’s associated with it,” he said after consenting to a search of his car.“The drugs is a concern because of the gang activity that’s attached to it. This is a good starting point.”(Illegal alcohol seized on the dry reserve of Norway House in northern Manitoba.)Keam hopes the checkpoint succeeds despite the pushback.“Some people get aggressive towards us,” added Keam. “And they tell us, ‘No, you can’t do that. You have no right doing this to us. You’re not real officers.’“My response would be, ‘Well, everybody goes through it. It’s not just you.’”The security team already has a couple of files open that may lead to alcohol-related criminal charges.Keam says they’ve made 20 confiscations although he’s worried some drugs are still getting through.“Lately we haven’t been finding drugs. I wish we had a canine (officer) to help us,” he said.But Anderson says the checkpoint won’t stop contraband coming in via winter roads and summer waterways that surround the community on the bank of the Nelson River.He wants the Manitoba government to pony up some of the operating expenses from liquor tax on suds sold just outside the community.Keam says he grew up amid alcohol abuse in Norway House, which is home to about 6,000 people, and wants something different for his four-year-old son.“It’s kind of tough, too, when you have members from your own community trying to come through here saying, ‘You can’t search me ‘cause I’m from home,’” he said.“I say, ‘I may have to send you back or wait until the RCMP show up to do a search on you.’ Then most of them just get out and say. ‘Fine, do what you got to do.’”But he says that’s why the checkpoint was put in place. To help curb the number of calls to police, which he says numbered well into the hundreds.(Safety officer Fred Keam asks to search a vehicle driven by Dave Williamson.) Muskego says he’s for anything that cuts down on cocaine and meth amphetamine sold in the community, along with related gang activity, guns and alcohol use.But Anderson believes a trained squad targeting “known drug dealers” would be more effective than a checkstop. He says a five- to 10-member unit would enter band-owned housing and seal it until police arrive – an approach he says he is discussing with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.“We do want to stop the sale of alcohol illegally on reserve, as well as the drugs that are flowing into our community,” he said.In the meantime, motorists who are not from Norway House but need to pass through can transport a small amount of alcohol for personal use by showing receipts.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Mayawati to meet Sonia Rahul today

first_imgNEW DELHI: Mayawati will meet with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi on Monday in what is seen as a significant outreach after the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief carried out an acrimonious campaign that was unsparing of the Congress.The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister attacked the BJP and the Congress in the same breath throughout her campaign in the national election, for which she teamed up with old rival Samajwadi Party. But even as she left the Congress out of her gathbandhan in UP, Mayawati said all the votes of the alliance would go to the Congress in Amethi and Raebareli, the constituencies of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Mayawati’s meeting with the Congress top two is the latest in a series of meetings among opposition parties ahead of the results on Thursday, May 23. The three were last seen in public together when Janata Dal Secular leader HD Kumaraswamy took oath last year as chief minister of a coalition government with the Congress. Mayawati and Sonia Gandhi’s big smiles and forehead bump portrayed bonhomie that was not to be for long. The two parties failed to agree on seat sharing for the Madhya Pradesh state polls, and a furious Mayawati started clubbing the Congress along with the BJP as her top enemies. But now that the polls are over and talk revolves around numbers, Mayawati realizes that even if she wants the top post, no non-BJP coalition can come to power without Congress help. Meanwhile, continuing his efforts to unite opposition parties against the BJP ahead of Lok Sabha results, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday met Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and Sitaram Yechury, among other leaders. He had on Saturday also held talks with several opposition leaders, including Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav in the national capital and with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati in Lucknow. Naidu met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party chief Pawar for the second consecutive day on Sunday morning, followed by a meeting with Sonia Gandhi in the evening. He also held a separate meeting with CPI(M) general secretary Yechury and discussed the possibility of all opposition parties getting together. The TDP chief’s efforts are being seen as part of the opposition strategy to bring all the non-NDA parties together and form an alliance to keep the BJP out of power. Naidu’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi assumes significance as the latter held an internal meeting with top Congress leaders Saturday evening to assess the party’s process and strategy to stake claim for government formation incase of a hung verdict on May 23 when the results are announced. The Telugu Desam Party president has held several rounds of discussion with various opposition leaders, including TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. Naidu’s TDP was part of the NDA, but quit the alliance a few months ago. The Congress and other opposition parties have exuded confidence of forming the next government. With agency inputslast_img read more

Quebec resort in town of Charlevoix to host next years G7 meetings

OTTAWA — Canada will play host to next year’s meeting of G7 leaders at a remote luxury resort in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, The Canadian Press has learned.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make the announcement at some point during this year’s G7 meetings, which get underway Friday in Sicily.Caroline Simard, the Liberal MP for the region, said she obtained “unofficial confirmation,” while a second source told The Canadian Press that the event would take place in the town of La Malbaie, 150 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.Simard — who represents the riding of Charlevoix-Cote-de-Beaupre — said such an event would bring economic benefits, as well as international media coverage sure to breathe new life into the region’s tourism industry.With Donald Trump’s trade czar now in place, he says he wants to start making ‘massive’ NAFTA changesBill Morneau and U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to talk trade at G7 meeting in Italy, source says“It’s very exceptional for Charlevoix,” she said, noting that it would also demand an intense focus on security.“Such events mean not only enormous economic spinoffs but also spinoffs for tourism. More than a thousand journalists usually get involved in this type of event, so this would mean an exceptional opportunity to showcase Charlevoix.”The region is known for being very popular with tourists because of its rolling hills and lush greenery. One particularly popular spot is Tadoussac, where visitors gather to go whale-watching in the St. Lawrence estuary and the Saguenay fjord.The hotel’s managers refused to confirm any details about the meetings Thursday.The G7 comprises the seven richest economies in the world, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office would neither confirm nor deny that Quebec will play host to the 2018 meeting.It would mark the sixth time since 1981’s gathering in the Quebec resort town of Montebello that Canada has hosted the meetings, including in the Muskoka region of Ontario in 2010, Alberta’s Kananaskis Country in 2002 and Halifax in 1995.The Canadian Press read more

New committee to study port city project

The Government today said that it had appointed a fresh committee to study the possibility of continuing the port city project.Cabinet Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said thata proposal had been made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the cabinet this week to appoint a committee of high ranking officials to consider the ability of permitting the continuation of the project which has remained suspended since March. “As per the recommendations of the committee appointed to review this project the construction work has currently been suspended. The proposal made by the Prime Minister, to appoint a committee of high ranking officials chaired by the Secretary to the Prime Minister for considering the ability of permitting the continuation of this project after correcting the lapses and procedures was approved by the cabinet of ministers,” Senaratne said. The 1.4 billion US dollar port city project funded by China Communications Construction Company LTD. was suspended by the new Sri Lankan government which took office in January after concerns were raised over some aspects of the project. Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Highways Eran Wickramaratne recently said that there was no corruption involved in the Colombo Port City project and the only concern was if the proper procedures had been followed.The project began construction in September 2014 and is expected to attract 20 to 25 billion US dollars of foreign investments once completed. read more

Skeptical Football Patriots vs Cardinals And An Interactive History Of The NFL

I would have included Cutler initially, but I had a “problem” with his curve: It was coming out as a perfectly straight line, virtually indistinguishable from the y=x guide (a highly unlikely outcome). I thought this might have been a data problem, but it turns out Cutler’s results really were just too vanilla for the method I was using to pick up the variation. So I tried an alternate method that is more sensitive to small variation.10It turns out the issue was a quirk of the smoothing method I was using. The geom_smooth() function in R was using a GAM model, which “fits” what order of polynomial to use as well as what values to use for each argument. In Cutler’s case, the curve was flat enough that it was choosing to use a linear function.) So to get more contour, I tried using a different method (forcing the smooth to use a local regression — or “loess” in R. The alternate method turned out to be less sensitive to large variation as well, so I was able to plot a couple more notable quarterbacks as well as Cutler:Russell Wilson — like his comrade Andrew Luck — has a very impressive curve so far in his career, albeit over a sample still probably too small for this analysis. (He also gets very good support from a strong team around him.)Cutler’s curve is still remarkably unremarkable, but at least it shows up. He appears to do slightly above average regardless of the circumstances. As a special treat for Bears fans who had to wait two weeks — and because I wanted to see what was going into this virtually straight line — I’ve broken down Cutler’s curve by quarter, and compared each to the same breakdown for Peyton Manning (our standard-bearer for such things):Being very far ahead or behind in the first quarter is rare, so you should take the tails of that quadrant with a grain of salt. In the second and fourth quarters, Cutler seems to outperform average in a pretty uniform way, and in the third-quarter he has a bit of a reverse-Matthew Stafford thing going on.Most empirically significant game of this weekThe Cardinals’ matchup against the defending champion Seahawks is a pretty big test for the team with the league’s best record.But on top of that, the Cardinals have a lot of important parts coming and going, which is always empirically significant: Their top QB (Carson Palmer) is out. Last week, Cardinals backup Drew Stanton held off the Detroit Lions’ Stafford at the end of the game, but the Cardinals still struggled. Leading for most of the game, they rushed 26 times, but gained only 46 yards. And their top receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, is injured but may play anyway. As demonstrated in the article on Moss, the value of top-notch WRs can affect our broader understanding of the game.And then there are the Seahawks — who were young powerhouses last year, but are possibly already in decline — and Russell Wilson, who last year averaged 33.7 yards rushing per game. That’s by far the most of any QB in a year his team won the Super Bowl — and he’s averaging 57.1 per game this year. What “running” quarterbacks mean for the game is a fascinating open question. A lot of newer, fancier QB-rating systems are giving QBs a lot of credit for their scrambling (often much more than if you treated those plays the same as completed pass attempts). But while those individual plays can be valuable, there haven’t been a lot of dynamic offenses built around running QBs, and it’s still unclear whether this is just a bonus skill or whether it will be a necessity in the future NFL.It’s perhaps even more valuable to see Wilson in action with the Seahawks struggling a bit (it can also be harder to isolate an individual player’s contributions when a team is firing on all cylinders). He’ll be tested against a Cardinals defense that grades out as one of the best in the NFL this year — a perfect opportunity to see what both are made of.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. The first 10 games of the NFL season are its exposition period — we get to know the characters and themes that we expect to see develop as the race to the playoffs unfolds.1That leaves only two stages left, development and recapitulation — meaning the season is finally one-third over! This year, like nearly every other in the past decade, the New England Patriots’ refusal to regress to the mean is a central storyline.Remember back when the Patriots were 0-1 and faced a must-win in Week 2? Well, they won. Then in Week 4 they dropped to 2-2, and the end of an era was supposedly nigh. Except no. Pats will be Pats, and now they’ve won their last six games en route to the best record in the AFC. That streak has included comfortable wins against the Cincinnati Bengals (who at one point projected to have the best record), the surprisingly strong Buffalo Bills, and Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. (The Patriots are also tied with the Green Bay Packers for a league-leading point differential). And according to my colleague Neil Paine, the Patriots are really a second-half team. I shudder to think.But there’s another storyline that’s dominated the exposition period: The best record in the NFL belongs to the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals. While they’ve beaten some decent teams like Dallas, Philadelphia and San Francisco, they don’t have what the yakkers call a “signature” win. They have only the seventh-best SRS2Simple Rating System, or margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule. in football, second to the Packers in the NFC, and only a half-point ahead of the defending champion Seattle Seahawks (who have four losses).Aside from being the class of their respective conferences so far this year, the two franchises have little in common. The Cardinals have now secured their second winning season in a row — and can count that as an accomplishment in light of their 90-year history of losing. Although the Patriots’ dominance of the regular season continues apace, they will likely be disappointed if they don’t win their first Super Bowl in 10 years.To illustrate just how divergent these two franchises have been, I created a chart to show the entire history of the NFL (or at least what we have stats for). This is the cumulative regular-season point differential since 1920, for all teams (with the Patriots and the Cardinals highlighted):The current Patriots dynasty is lengthy and steep, and belongs in the same group as the San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s, the Cleveland Browns of the ’50s and ’60s, or the Chicago Bears of the ’30s and ’40s (especially when you factor in league parity).That chart is fun, but it would be a lot more useful if we could make out all 81 NFL franchises individually. Well …Chart of the weekThanks to the great work of designated Skeptical Football charts guru Reuben Fischer-Baum, you can do just that. Roll over a line to see the team’s entire history, and move along the line to see exactly how many points it has scored compared to its opponents at a given point. You can also click on a team to keep its line highlighted, and then roll over another team for comparison. Irrelevant dates (where no regular-season games were played) are excluded from the timeline.Here are a couple of things I found from the interactive that I thought were interesting:Even more Aaron RodgersFirst, Aaron Rodgers — apparently unmoved by my ongoing criticism of his failure to throw more interceptions3Of course, Rodgers throwing eight touchdowns in the first half over the past two weeks isn’t helping resolve the issue. For any skill level, win-maximization may call for “risky” strategic adjustments in certain scenarios. So while Rodgers keeps looking better and better, the Hacker Gods are remaining silent on his ability to make those adjustments. — is absolutely tearing it up this year (at least when his team is ahead, which is most of the time lately). Recently, he accomplished something pretty cool that I didn’t know about:On Sept. 25, 2011, Rodgers threw three touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 27-17. With that result, the Packers had scored 2,991 more points than their opponents all-time, ahead of the Bears’ 2,989 — and the Packers haven’t looked back. As of last Sunday, Green Bay held the NFL’s best historical margin of victory by 358 points.Comment of the weekLast week Neil Paine and I wrote an article titled “Randy Moss May Well Have Been The Greatest Receiver Of All Time” — which focused on the insane “With Or Without You” stats that Moss put up in his career. In the discussion, we raised the possibility that if receivers can have as much of an impact as Randy Moss appeared to have, that may cast doubt on some previous knowledge — like how good of a quarterback Joe Montana was considering he had Jerry Rice running routes for so long.A few different people in the comments and elsewhere raised the point that Joe Montana had already won two Super Bowls before Jerry Rice arrived in San Francisco:Upon further consideration, I’m inclined to agree that it’s fairly unlikely that Rice was the driving force behind the 49ers’ success. But I’m not so sure Montana was either.Winning in the NFL can happen for a lot of different reasons — a star quarterback (think Peyton Manning), a successful new offensive or defensive strategy (think West Coast offense, zone blitz, or, more recently, the Wildcat), or a standout player who creates mismatches that other teams struggle with (think Randy Moss). But the effects of various win-generating phenomena can come in a lot of shapes and sizes.For example, let’s compare the 49ers to the St. Louis Rams. Pay particular attention to the “Greatest Show on Turf” era from 1999 into the early 2000s:The “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams had a few different things going for them, but their success was sudden, rocky, and lasted only a few years. They “broke the game” for a while in the sense that they were something the rest of the NFL didn’t know how to deal with. But despite having a lasting effect on how football is played, their dominance was fragile.On the other hand, from the early ’80s to the late ’90s, the 49ers outscored their opponents by around 2,500 points — by far the most dominant stretch in the Super Bowl era. And they did it with a practically straight line, meaning they were better than their opposition by a nearly constant amount.4Maybe you can do better, but I couldn’t find a line that straight for that long.If the 49ers owed a significant part of their success to any one player (or phenomenon of any kind), we’d likely see more variety in the team’s arc as that player’s performance fluctuated, or as he was injured, or left.5One interesting line for comparison purposes is the Indianapolis Colts, where you can see that Peyton Manning’s arrival shifted their trajectory, but it was still a lot rockier than for a team like the 49ers or the Patriots. But the consistency of the 49ers’ ascension suggests they were more of an organization-driven phenomenon. At the very least, it implies that they were the sum of many different quality parts.Playing around with the interactive, I’m fascinated by how different phenomena manifest. For example: How do the impacts of offensive and defensive innovation compare? What are the effects of a quarterback versus those of a coach? There are a lot of possibilities, so let us know what you uncover in the comments or on Twitter.Week 11 kicking awardsI keep thinking (and my editor keeps hoping) this will be the week I won’t bother talking about kickers, but then Las Vegas Locomotives alumnus Graham Gano has to go and attempt a 63-yard field goal with one second left in a thriller between the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately for the Panthers, it was blocked.My kicking model suggests that a kicker in 2014 should typically be able to make a 63-yard field goal around 40 percent of the time — but this may be skewed by the fact that such long kicks are so rarely attempted. Still, Gano’s 63-yarder wasn’t what earned him the “kicker loss”6Where the margin of victory of a losing team is smaller than the points below expectation its kicker gave up. and Week 11’s Least Valuable Kicker award. What did him in was his previous miss, a 46-yarder, which a 2014 NFL kicker should typically make about 77 percent of the time.My algorithm picked the Falcons’ Matt Bryant as the MVK over the St. Louis Rams’ Greg Zeurlein (who had an excellent week, going 5/5 with two 50+ yarders in the Rams’ huge upset of the Broncos), on account of Bryant making four field goals in a game his team only won by two (though none was over 44 yards).But the biggest news of the week is that with Nick Novak missing a kick for the San Diego Chargers, we’re down to just two perfect kickers, and they’re both veterans: the Indianapolis Colts’ Adam Vinatieri and the New York Giants’ Josh Brown.Gunslinger of the weekThere were 26 interceptions thrown in Week 11, and seven of them were thrown by the Manning brothers. Eli Manning had five in the Giants’ narrow loss against the 49ers — four of which were thrown with his team trailing7And the last, coming on fourth down, was actually better for his team than an incomplete pass would have been. — enough to win him our Gunslinger of the Week award.8For those of you keeping score at home, our Week 10 winner will go down as the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, for his aggressive tack against San Francisco that almost led to a stunning comeback.Throwing a practically embarrassing number of interceptions now and then is something great quarterbacks do. QBs, don’t be ashamed of looking bad when trying to win! A loss is a loss, whether you throw zero interceptions or six. My maxim is: If a quarterback loses a game without throwing a few interceptions, he probably didn’t try hard enough.9Yes, future pedantic emailers, this is a deliberate oversimplification.In general, Eli Manning is a bit of an unknown. He puts up fairly big totals for a mediocre team, but often gets criticized for his high interception rate. Yet his win curve looks mostly like his big brother’s, only flatter, and it’s plausible that his shame-free style was partially responsible for the Giants’ shocking wins in two Super Bowls. Eli’s gambling wouldn’t necessarily make the Giants favorites against stronger competition, but it might have given them a better chance against a team like the 2007 Patriots than a better team with a quarterback who took fewer risks.Just for fun, I looked at the Pro Football Reference list of quarterbacks with the most four-plus-interception games. The top four are George Blanda, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler and Terry Bradshaw (all of whom won championships, and three of whom are in the Hall of Fame). Of the top 50 such QBs, 15 have won championships (and account for 20 Super Bowls), including both brothers Manning.Rookie QB watchThe biggest news in rookie QB-land was in Tennessee, where sixth-round-pick Zach Mettenberger had a fairly strong game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (263 yards and two touchdowns). He’s now guaranteed to reach the magical four-start line when rookie QBs are more likely to have successful careers. I’m not quite ready to move him up in the rankings just yet, but every pass he completes is one more than Johnny Manziel has completed all year. As of now, I’d order the rookies’ estimated career prospects like so:The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles had a bye week.The Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr, despite finally winning a game Thursday night (in dramatic fashion) has had a pretty weak couple of weeks, with just 172 and 174 yards in Weeks 11 and 12, despite a combined 69 pass attempts.The Minnesota Vikings’ Teddy Bridgewater’s two game winning streak came to an end in Chicago.Mettenberger.The Patriots’ Jimmy Garropolo.Manziel once again got all dressed up with no ball to throw.Not really in the game yet but worth keeping an eye on: Logan Thomas is now second on the depth chart in Arizona. So far this year he has a 108.9 NFL Passer Rating, but he’s gotten it the hard way: He has only one completion in eight attempts (10 if you count sacks), but it went for 81 yards and a touchdown.Reader responseIn Week 9’s column, I introduced my experimental “win curves” for quarterbacks, which depict how much each QB typically wins relative to various expectations, and I included a number of examples.I covered most popular quarterbacks, with a couple of notable exceptions. One request I got an awful lot: read more

Le poisson à tête de serpent une espèce invasive qui passe maintenant

first_imgLe poisson à tête de serpent, une espèce invasive qui passe maintenant à la casseroleLes habitants du Maryland aux Etats-Unis sont depuis quelques années inquiétés par la multiplication de “poissons à tête de serpent”. Invasif, ce spécimen menacerait les autres espèces aquatiques par sa nature ultrarésistante et son caractère de prédateur. Afin de contrer l’invasion, la solution adoptée par tous ne manque pas de goût : manger le trouble-fête.Lorsqu’un poisson dérange dans le Maryland aux Etats-Unis, on le mange. Dans le cas présent, l’indésirable porte le nom de Snakehead ou “poisson à tête de serpent” et il ne plaît pas du tout. Sorte de Rambo des rivières, le spécimen peut peser jusqu’à 7 kilos et vit en eau douce. Ajouté à cela, il possèderait la faculté étrange et impressionnante de ramper hors de l’eau et de survivre entre 1 et 2 jours en milieu humide. D’après les spécialistes, ce fantastique prédateur serait originaire d’Asie et se nourrirait de tout. Loin d’être difficile, il pourrait ingérer mammifères, oiseaux, grenouilles, bars ou encore écrevisses. Aussi la menace qu’il représente pour les autres espèces est elle, concrète et bien comprise par les habitants du Maryland. Avec une espérance de vie de 10 à 15 ans, le poisson se serait développé de manière exponentielle (un millier d’individus) dans le Potomac, fleuve près de Washington.Une solution radicaleAfin d’éradiquer l’espèce dans les eaux américaines, les autorités locales, restaurateurs et commerçants ont donc décidé de le proposer de manière appuyée à la consommation. En effet, le weekend dernier se tenait le concours annuel de pêche au “poisson à tête de serpent” où plus de 150 pêcheurs sont arrivés munis de leur glacière. Le but : manger sans vergogne l’intrus.Brett Miron, mécanicien de Bushwood a remporté avec ses coéquipiers la somme de 1.500 dollars et avoue aimer le poisson “frit ou avec des oignons et du beurre”. Bien que peu attirant (dents acérées et aspect reptilien), il serait en effet délicieux. Cité par l’AFP, Chad Wells, restaurateur à Annapolis près de Washington, dit le servir en “ceviche” avec de la mangue et du poivron. Le spécimen n’aurait pas besoin d’être “trop travaillé, sinon on détruit sa saveur”. Le concours est organisé par Austin Murphy qui explique que l’on peut “s’amuser, faire quelque chose pour l’environnement et faire en même temps découvrir la saveur de ce poisson”.Des poissons à tête de serpent à Central ParkSi les habitants peinent à s’en débarrasser aujourd’hui, c’est bien parce le poisson s’est depuis dix ans, date de son arrivée, reproduit en masse (il pond deux fois par an). Le spécimen étant très apprécié en Asie, les autorités suspectent les marchés de poissons vivants de Chinatown à New-York d’avoir favorisé leur dispersion dans les rivières. Des individus auraient même été retrouvés dans le bassin de Central Park. Joshua Newhard qui travaille comme biologiste dans la section Pêche au ministère de l’Intérieur révèle que le “poisson à tête de serpent” est disponible en vente libre dans les marchés, animaleries, aquariums. Le gouvernement a donc décidé de prendre le poisson par les nageoires. Joseph Love un des responsables du département des Ressources Naturelles de l’Etat du Maryland explique que depuis deux ou trois ans, les pêcheurs sont très actifs dans le processus.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ils apprennent aux gens à cuisiner l’espèce, faisant de la publicité pour sa consommation. Avant ceux-ci le jetaient, “maintenant, ils tiennent vraiment à le ramener à la maison”, plaisante ainsi Austin Murphy.(Crédit Photo: Simon Fraser University)Le 7 juillet 2013 à 09:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

USCanada crossing closed after agent shot

first_imgBLAINE (AP) — The Peace Arch crossing on the U.S.-Canada border was closed Tuesday after a man driving a van with Washington state plates shot a Canadian guard in the neck and then apparently killed himself, a police official said.Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Bert Paquet told reporters the female Canadian Border Services Agency officer was breathing when she was flown to a hospital, but he had no further details on her condition.The officer was in her booth when she was shot. Investigators were trying to figure out what happened and why, Paquet said. They hadn’t confirmed whether the suspect was the van’s owner.The Peace Arch crossing in Blaine is the third busiest port of entry on the northern border. Last month, it averaged 9,000 U.S.-bound cars a day, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.The crossing features a park with a 67-foot-high monument in the form of an arch that connects the U.S. and Canada.Canadian Brian White told reporters at the scene he was waiting to cross northward when he heard the shot.He said guards immediately responded, and there were people screaming. Officials questioned everyone waiting to cross and took their car registration information.The officer’s identity and other personal details were withheld. Paquet said U.S. authorities were notified of the incident.“This is a very serious incident that occurred right on the border line,” he said. “We are sharing information with them.”It will be up to Canadian border officials to determine when the crossing will reopen, Washington state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kris Olsen said.last_img read more

Oregon lawmakers may write legal pot bill themselves

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — Leaders in the Oregon House say momentum is building to legalize marijuana in Oregon, so the Legislature itself should write a ballot measure in hopes of getting a law that’s well thought out.Two years ago, Oregon voters rejected a marijuana law written by advocate Paul Stanford. That was the same year voters in Colorado and Washington approved marijuana legalization in campaigns financed in part by backers who shunned Stanford’s measure as poorly conceived and written.The Washington and Colorado elections and the Obama administration’s decision not to thwart them have persuaded leading Oregon legislators that, even if they oppose the idea of legal pot, the Legislature should put a proposal in front of voters next year, the Salem Statesman Journal reported Thursday.“We can see the writing on the wall,” said Democratic Rep. Phil Barnhart of Eugene, chairman of the revenue committee. “We ought to write the law we want. (The law) that we think will best accomplish the long-term goal of doing the best we can for the people of Oregon.”House Speaker Tina Kotek, a Portland Democrat, has expressed similar sentiments to others, said the minority leader, Republican Mike McLane of Powell Butte.“The speaker has indicated to me that we run that risk if we do nothing,” McLane said. “I think that’s reasonable.”The Statesman Journal said Kotek was unavailable for comment. Her spokesman, Jared Mason-Gere, told The Associated Press that McLane’s account was accurate.Anthony Johnson, director of New Approach Oregon, has told the paper the Legislature should write the measure, but his group would move forward with an initiative if it doesn’t. Stanford said his organization, the Oregon branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is working on two marijuana initiative petitions.last_img read more

WPA Cancels Conference

first_imgSilbering added: “Our industry typically registers close to the event.  But in this case, we had to make our decision sooner rather than later.  Based on the current state of the publishing industry, we simply couldn’t wait any longer.” The 58th Annual Maggie Awards banquet, scheduled for April 24 at the Westin, will go on as planned.It’s the fourth such conference to be canceled or severely truncated this year.On Monday, the Society of National Association Publications consolidated a pair of annual events into one, effectively folding its November conference in Chicago into its Association Media and Publishing conference, planned for June 3-4 in Washington, D.C.Last week, the Audit Bureau of Circulations postponed its annual conference in Toronto.Last month, the Magazine Publishers of America canceled its American Magazine Conference, the consumer magazine association’s annual, glitzy gathering of high-powered magazine editors and executives. A week later, b-to-b publishing trade association American Business Media downsized its two-day, e-media-focused Digital Velocity event to a half-day series of live Webinars. Another magazine association event has bitten the proverbial recession dust.The Western Publications Association’s annual conference has been cancelled, the association said today.The two-day conference had been scheduled for April23-24 at the Westin LAX in Los Angeles.”This was an extremely difficult decision to make,” WPA executive director Jane Silbering wrote in an e-mail to vendors. “We have a responsibility to our sponsors to deliver attendance worthy of your expectations and dollars spent, and to our speakers, to deliver an audience worthy of the time and effort spent in preparing their presentations. The WPA Board felt the decision to move forward or cancel had to be made in a timely manner, to give attendees, speakers and sponsors appropriate notice.”last_img read more

German workers disrupt Christmas spirit at Amazon with strikes

first_imgWorkers at German warehouses of U.S. online retailer Amazon.com Inc were called out on a new strike by labor union Verdi on Monday as part of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.Verdi said in a statement that workers at six of the nine Amazon warehouses were joining the strike, which will run until December 24 at four of the centers and for shorter periods at the others.Germany is Amazon’s second-biggest market after the United States with 10,000 warehouse staff plus more than 10,000 seasonal workers.A Verdi spokeswoman said the union expected a similar number of workers to join the strike as previously, when hundreds of staff walked off the job at several warehouses.But an Amazon spokeswoman said only a small minority of staff were on strike.”There is absolutely no impact on our customer delivery promise. The vast majority of our employees are working,” she said, noting that Amazon uses a network of 29 warehouses across Europe to fulfill orders.Verdi has organized frequent strikes at Amazon since May 2013 as it seeks to force the retailer to raise pay for warehouse workers in accordance with collective bargaining agreements in Germany’s mail order and retail industry.Amazon has repeatedly rejected the union’s demands, saying it regards warehouse staff as logistics workers and that they receive above-average pay by the standards of that industry.last_img read more

Karnataka Congress worker Reshma found dead on the banks of Krishna river

first_imgCongress worker Reshma PadeknurA Karnataka Congress worker was found dead at Basavanabagewadi Taluk under Kolhar Bridge on the banks of Krishna river on Friday. The cause of her death has not been ascertained yet. However, the injury patterns on her body have the police suspecting that she was murdered.The woman has been identified as Reshma Padeknur. She previously worked with JD(S). During her tenure at JD(S), she served as the district president of the women’s wing for more than 10 years.Reshma’s relatives said that she was last seen on Thursday with a leader belonging to the All India Maklis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party before she disappeared. This leader was from Maharashtra, reports The New Indian Express.The Police did not reveal details of the investigation. “We are not at a stage of confirming whether it is a murder or suicide. We have beefed up the investigation and her relatives have been summoned,” B.S. Nemegoud, the Additional Superintendent of Police told TNIE.Reshma quit JD(S) after she was not given a ticket and joined Congress. Since then, she was at war with her former party when she even alleged that she was sidelined by them even after all the work she did for them.last_img read more

US SC rejects Trump over Dreamers immigrants

first_imgThe US Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to President Donald Trump, requiring his administration to maintain protections he has sought to end for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children.The justices refused to hear the administration’s appeal of a federal judge’s 9 Jan nationwide injunction that halted Trump’s move to rescind a program that benefits immigrants known as “Dreamers” implemented in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.The protections were due to start phasing out in March under the Republican president’s action, announced in September.Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, roughly 700,000 young adult, mostly Hispanics, are protected from deportation and given work permits for two-year periods, after which they must re-apply. Congress so far has failed to pass legislation to address the fate of the “Dreamers,” including a potential path to citizenship.San Francisco-based US District Judge William Alsup ruled last month that the government must continue to process renewals of existing DACA applications while litigation over the legality of Trump’s action is resolved, prompting the administration’s unusual move to bypass a federal appeals court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.“The DACA program—which provides work permits and myriad government benefits to illegal immigrants en masse—is clearly unlawful. The district judge’s decision to unilaterally re-impose a program that Congress had explicitly and repeatedly rejected is a usurpation of legislative authority,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said.“We look forward to having this case expeditiously heard by the appeals court and, if necessary, the Supreme Court, where we fully expect to prevail,” Shah added.The administration argued Obama exceeded his powers under the Constitution when he bypassed Congress and created DACA.Alsup ruled that the challengers, including the states of California, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota and Obama’s former homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano, were likely to succeed in arguing that the administration’s decision to end DACA was arbitrary.In a brief order, the Supreme Court justices said the appeal was “denied without prejudice,” indicating they will maintain an open mind on the underlying legal issue still being considered by the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The justices also said they expect the lower court to “proceed expeditiously to decide this case.”Trump, meeting with governors at the White House, took a swipe at the appeals court, which has ruled against him in other key cases, as well as the broader American judiciary.“Nothing’s as bad as the 9th Circuit,” Trump said.“It’s really sad when every single case filed against us is in the 9th Circuit. We lose, we lose, we lose and then we do fine in the Supreme Court,” Trump added. “But what does that tell you about our court system? It’s a very, very sad thing.”‘FULLY LEGAL’California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, called the administration’s bid to bypass the 9th Circuit “unusual and unnecessary” and said the DACA program is “fully legal. “For the sake of the Dreamers who help make our economy and our state strong, the rescission of DACA should not be allowed to stand,” Becerra said.Immigration activists said they were grateful the Supreme Court gave current DACA recipients more time, but said many young immigrants are still left unprotected.“We need a permanent solution now,” said Greisa Martinez, a DACA recipient who works in Washington with the immigrants’ rights group United We Dream. “This back and forth on DACA and the legislative process has created a crisis in our community.”The DACA dispute is the latest major case brought to the Supreme Court for its consideration arising from Trump’s immigration policies. The justices are due to hear arguments in April on the legality of his latest travel ban order barring entry to people from several Muslim-majority nations.Trump’s move to rescind DACA prompted legal challenges by Democratic state attorneys general and various organizations and individuals in multiple federal courts.On 13 Feb, a second US judge issued a similar injunction ordering the administration to keep DACA in place. US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn acted in a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs including a group of states led by New York.Judges Alsup and Garaufis did not say that the administration could not at some point end the program, only that there was evidence it did not follow the correct procedures in doing so.The rulings allow those who had previously applied for protections and whose two-year status was soon to expire to apply beyond the deadline set by the administration in September. The original plan put on hold by the court rulings said that only those who re-applied by October and whose status was due to expire by 5 March could re-apply.The administration is not processing new applications.last_img read more

Building bridges real and social

first_imgZahidul IslamHe was only 12 at the time. There was a canal near his house. He had to swim down the canal to go to school every day. There was an old boat in his house that he later used to cross the canal along with his friends.One day it struck him that it was essential to have a bridge over the canal to lessen the sufferings of the locals. He was so young, but talked to the elders and convinced them to build a bamboo bridge.This is Zahidul Islam, the man who built nearly 500 wooden bridges in various places around Bogura and districts nearby.Zahidul is now 52. He has lost count of how many bridges he has built till now. He started keeping record in a diary since 2012. These records show he has built wooden and bamboo bridges in more than 197 places since 2012.Zahidul lives in Haldibaga village of Sonatola upazila, Bogura. He made three bamboo bridges on Ichhamati river for Bathiabhanga village of Gabtali upazila in Bogura last year.He constructs bamboo or wooden bridges along with the locals at various places. People of some areas themselves call Zahidul for help. He responds immediately and helps them construct bridges.Prothom Alo published the story of Zahidul’s journey, ‘Need a bridge? Zahidul is here’ on 22 November 2008.”Zahidul is not like others. He helps people with labour and money. I think, he has built at least 450 bamboo bridges so far. He built another bridge in the nearby Nurra-Patal village just a few days back,” said the union parishad chairman of Digdair union, Ali Taiyab Shamim.Besides building bridges, Zahidul has also been active in preventing many child marriages in his area. He also helps people with money, buys medicines for the ill and plants trees along the roadsides. The UP chairman Ali Taiyab made him a member of the child marriage prevention committee.Fotu Mia, a resident of Bathiabhanga village in Gabtali said, “We lost hope after waiting for a bridge over the Ichhamati river for decades. Then Zahidul one day came to the village and discussed building bamboo and wooden bridges. He went door to door making arrangements for the bridge.”“He finally he managed to build the bridge and the villagers Tk 500 to celebrate the success of building the bridge,” Fotu added.Zahidul told this Prothom Alo correspondent that people from different places call him to build bridges.It gives him pleasure when people are relieved of the sufferings, he adds.The Prothom Alo correspondent found 29 bamboo bridges constructed by Zahidul in the past one month in Gabtali, Shahjahanpur, Sonatala, Shibganj and Sariakandi upazila of Bogura. He is now constructing a bamboo bridge on the Kartoa river along with the people of Sujabad-Balapara village of Majhira union of Shahjahanpur upazila.Zahidul is not well-off. He earns his living by farming on his four bighas of land. As he keeps busy making bridges most of the time, his wife Shaheen Begum takes care of their three children’s education and the family.Zahidul’s eldest son Israfil Islam is an Alim examinee this year from the Government Mustafaiah Madrasa of Bogura. Another son, Bayezid Bostami, is also a HSC examinee from Syed Ahmed University College of Gabtali. His only daughter Tabassum Akhtar is in the ninth grade of a local high school.“Zahidul had to quit studies in the fifth grade. He does take much care of the family. Instead, he sells out rice and cattle to marry off other’s daughters and spends all his money in making bridges,” Zahidul’s wife said.She goes on to say, “Instead of buying groceries, he buys saplings to plant by the roadside. I get fed up at times. But then when the local people praise him for his goodness, I feel so pround.”According to Zahidul, it costs Tk 30,000 to Tk 100,000 for a bridge. The villagers fund the entire construction.“I don’t contribute much, I try to help with labour. I install tube-wells to earn a little extra. I spend a portion of the money in making bridges,” Zahidul told the Prothom Alo correspondent.“I made 450-500 bamboo and wooden bridges in 40 years in various places including Bogura, Gaibandha, Dinajpur and Jamalpur,” he added.Sonatola upazila parishad chairman Minhaduzzaman said, “We are proud of Zahidul. Besides bridge building, he does a lot of social work.”Incidentally, Zahidul planted more than 50,000 trees in the compounds of mosques, schools and colleges and along the roadsides with his own money.*This piece originally appeared in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

How to get perfect skin for DDay

first_imgThe bridal glow is every bride’s dream. Don’t let the harsh summer come in your way, and work your way towards it by keeping yourself hydrated and moisturised. Here are some easy tips by skin care experts to make you glow on your big day: 4Hydrating is important: Hydrate plenty in summer to combat the heat. The best solution for brides is to use a hydrating lotion. Ideally, water is the best remedy for fixing up your skin as it helps in flushing out toxins from your body making you feel refreshed during the hot days. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Cleansing is a must: Use a gentle skin cleanser twice a day with tissue or water. This cleanses without irritation to leave your skin soft and smooth. This mild, soap-free formula removes dirt, make-up, and impurities and also helps retain the skin’s moisture. 4For brides with oily skin, it can be a challenge to cope with make-up. Hence, investing in a cleanser which helps in getting rid of the skin’s grease and grime, is a good bet. It is kind on sensitive skin and perfect for those who suffer from acne. 4Replenish the skin’s moisture: Summer can be harsh on your skin and last-minute breakouts, darkening and dullness can stress out any bride with dry skin. Choose a moisturiser which is light weight, yet rich in macadamia oil which helps to hydrate and nourish the skin. Make sure it is specifically formulated to soothe dry skin and is non-greasy, non-irritating and non-comedogenic since this will eliminate clog pores.last_img read more

This Portable AirConditioner Is the Perfect Desk Companion This Summer

first_imgJuly 16, 2019 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now The temperature is rising by the day, and so is your need for items that will help you beat the heat. You’re not always going to have access to places with central air-conditioning, so you have no choice but to fend for yourself and be innovative when it comes to getting rid of the sweat streaming down your sideburns.A portable air-conditioner can offer the comfort you’re craving for the rest of the summer, and the EvaChill EV-500 is small enough that you can tote it around everywhere you go. A 2019 Red Dot Design Award Winner, this ultra-lightweight, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly personal air conditioner is the perfect desk companion during the summer. It utilizes water and cooling pads to create a natural evaporative cooling effect, lowering the temperature around you to up to 59 degrees in just 10 minutes. It also gets rid of the dust particles hovering in the air, resulting in air quality suitable for better, more comfortable breathing. It’s easy to use, too. Just fill the water tank, connect it to a power supply, and it will start doing its cooling magic. Usually retailing for $99, you can get the EvaChill EV-500 in white or gray on sale now for only $79 — a savings of 20 percent. Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

HyperX Sale Pulsefire FPS Pro Gaming Mouse Just 40

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Firefox 69 Nightly Fission can now be enabled for testing

first_imgFirefox 69 Nightly: Fission can now be enabled (for testing) by Martin Brinkmann on June 24, 2019 in Firefox – Last Update: June 24, 2019 – 9 commentsMozilla added an option to recent Firefox Nightly version, version 69 at the time of writing, to enable Fission in the web browser.I talked about Mozilla’s ambitious Project Fission in February 2019. The organization is working on changing Firefox’s current process model to improve performance, security, and stability of Firefox operations.One of the core changes that Fission introduces is that any cross-site iframe will be loaded in its own process to separate it from the main content process of the loaded site.Mozilla introduced Multi-Process capabilities in the Firefox web browser in 2016.Firefox’s new architecture resembles that of Google Chrome’s. Google introduced site isolation support in the company’s web browser in 2018. The company revealed in the meantime that the change had a positive effect on stability and security, and that it caused a 20% increase in RAM usage.Mozilla is aware of the implications. Firefox would use more processes than currently as well and that would increase the browser’s RAM usage and requirements as a consequence. The organization is working on memory optimizations at the same time to reduce that impact when Fission launches in stable versions of the web browser.Firefox Nightly users may enable Fission already in the web browser. It needs to be noted that Fission is still an ongoing project and that bugs are to be expected at this point in time. Users may experience crashes when they visit sites and other issues while they browse the Internet.It is therefore recommended to enable Fission only for testing purposes at the time. Users should also note that memory usage is higher than it will be when Fission launches officially. The memshrink project is still ongoing and many of the changes have not been implemented yet in the Firefox web browser.Control Fission in FirefoxHere is how you enable or disable Fission in the Firefox web browser:Load about:config in the web browser’s address bar.Confirm that you will be careful if the warning is displayed.Search for fission.autostart.Set the preference to Enabled to turn Fission on, or Disabled to turn it off.Restart the browser after a state change.You may check the about:support page of the Firefox browser to see if Fission is enabled. If you see a new Remote Processes section on the page and there the open tabs and iframes (all with webisolated) you have confirmation that Fission is enabled.Remote Processes lists all content processes of the Firefox web browser. If you check the Task Manager, you may notice that Firefox uses more processes than before. Whether that is indeed the case depends on the number of sites that are open in the browser at the time of checking.Closing wordsFission is a work in progress and there is no expected ETA at the time of writing.  The technology, once implemented, should improve Firefox stability and security significantly. RAM usage will increase but it is too early to tell by how much.Now You: What do you think about Fission?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 69 Nightly: Fission can now be enabled (for testing)DescriptionMozilla added an option to recent Firefox Nightly version, version 69 at the time of writing, to enable Fission in the web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Accor plans for the ultimate Uluru experience

first_imgfrom far left: David Galvin ILC, Koos Klein Voyages, Dr Dawn Casey ILC, Senator the Hon Mark Arbib, Sam Jeffries ILCand Simon McGrath Accor. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P. Ayers Rock Resort has appointed Accor to reinvent and reintroduce the iconic resort to new markets while providing employment opportunities to Indigenous Australians.Under the agreement Accor will provide a range of services to complement the day to day operation of the Resort which is managed by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. Announcing the agreement with Accor, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia managing director Koos Klien, said Accor will have a significant role in re-inventing and growing Ayres Rock Resort on both a domestic and international scale.“We believe there is vast potential for growing visitor numbers from new markets, particularly Asia,” Mr Klien said.In January Voyages will welcome their first ever charter flight from China, where the resort has been included in tour itineraries by Chinese operators.Mr Klien said the companies main aim is to reposition Ayers Rock Resort as an indigenous Centre of excellence and “creating an indigenous Centre of Excellence in tourism.”Future plans for upgrading the Uluru experience include a major upgrade to the existing conference centre, refurbishment of Sails in the Desert Hotel, building of a children’s play and educational centre with an indigenous theme, new wellness centre with Indigenous spa treatments and the extension of ‘under the stars’ dining experiences.Accor Australia vice president, Simon McGrath said Ayers Rock is Australia’s “calling card” and therefore it is critical it is in good hands.Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) board member Sam Jeffries said indigenous people want to be a part of Australia’s economic future and creating real jobs as part of economic development is vital in helping indigenous people to enter the mainstream economy.“This can only happen if indigenous people have opportunities, and take up those opportunities to actively participate in the economy,” Mr Jeffries said.Mr Jefferies said that when it purchased the resort only a handful of the 670 employees were indigenous and hopes by 2018 it will have achieved its target of one in two of their employees  be indigenous.To achieve this ILC together with voyages have established a National Indigenous Training Academy at Yulara where indigenous trainees are trained in tourism and hospitality.“We are well on the way to our target of having 200 trainees a year attend this academy at Yulara.”In addition, the Federal Government has committed to invest AU$ 4.9 million in the Indigenous Training Academy at Yulara, with the goal of training up to 350 Indigenous Australians to establish careers in the hospitality and tourism industries.Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Senator Mark Arbib said the ILC, Accor and Voyages have 100 per cent support from the Australian Government and that they want to invest in this project to ensure the 50 per cent Indigenous employment target is met.last_img read more

WWE star Roman Reigns announces he has leukemia

first_imgWWE star Roman Reigns announces he has leukemia by The Associated Press Posted Oct 22, 2018 6:29 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PROVIDENCE, R.I. – WWE wrestler Roman Reigns says he will step away from the ring because he has leukemia.The 33-year-old Reigns, whose real name is Joe Anoa’i, made the announcement Monday night to open the episode of “Raw.”He was originally diagnosed in 2008 at age 22, though he quickly went into remission. He’s been fighting the disease since.Anoa’i, who played football at Georgia Tech, has appeared in the last four main events at WrestleMania. The WWE’s universal champion said during the announcement that he plans on returning to the ring when he gets healthy.“Reigns is taking his battle with leukemia public in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research in order to advance cures for the disease,” WWE said in a statement.center_img FILE – In this April 3, 2016, file photo, Roman Reigns holds up the championship belt after defeating Triple H during WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. WWE wrestler Reigns says he will step away from the ring because he has leukemia. The 33-year-old Reigns, whose real name is Joe Anoa’i, made the announcement Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, to open the episode of “Raw.”(Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File) last_img read more

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21-10, has made some serious noise about the need to push back against unfettered capitalism and the growth in the power of the financial lobby, united much of China and was buried near Xi’an with his famous terra cotta army The collection’s primate bones caught Turvey’s attention "Historically there are accounts of gibbons" in central China he says "but it is very very far from any gibbon populations today" The tomb also contained skeletons of leopards lynx black bears cranes and a range of domestic animals The wild animals were all from the region so the gibbon probably also lived nearby says archaeologist Hu Songmei of the Shaanxi institute Gibbons were common high-status pets and burial chambers were often arranged so that the deceased "could continue to enjoy the life they knew when still alive" Hu says Because the emperor was presumably involved in his grandmother’s funeral preparations Turvey says "It’s not a total flight of fancy to think that he might have seen this specific gibbon" Chinese authorities did not let the team sample the bone for DNA which could have helped determine the animal’s kinship with existing gibbons Instead Turvey worked with Helen Chatterjee an expert on gibbons at University College London and colleagues to measure key points on the skull and teeth and compare the dimensions with those of the four living genera of gibbons Their statistical analysis found both the skull and molars were so distinct from all of today’s gibbons that the fossil belonged to a separate genus That fits with what we know of gibbons Chatterjee says Gibbon populations can easily become isolated from each other because the apes spend their lives in the treetops and can’t cross gaps in the canopy created by rivers or other barriers That has spurred extreme genetic diversity—the four genera alive today have different numbers of chromosomes she notes The team named the new species Junzi imperialis "Junzi" is a Chinese word for scholar-officials who were often associated with gibbons because the animals were considered wiser and nobler than mischievous monkeys The animals’ arms were thought to help them channel chi "a bit like Jedi masters" Chatterjee says As for what J imperialis looked like classical paintings may hold some clues They depict gibbons with a wide variety of colors and facial markings frequently different from any of today’s gibbon species Turvey says J imperialis "may be the tip of the iceberg" and a whole suite of gibbon species that were common across China in previous centuries have already gone extinct The Imperial Chinese reverence for gibbons apparently didn’t extend to preserving their habitat The razing of forests for agriculture in recent centuries and perhaps the onset of a cooler drier climate in central China apparently spelled disaster for J imperialis The same dynamic is at play for today’s gibbons says David Chivers a primatologist who retired from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom One species 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