Advertisement “We know that investing in cultural infrastructure builds stronger communities. I am delighted that regional institutions such as the Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault in Saint-Jérôme can become a reality and provide audiences with bold arts programming.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“The Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, which proudly bears the name of the great Quebec poet, will be a creative and inspiring gathering place. The performing arts will thrive there, and there is no doubt that audiences will be treated to innovative professional performances.”—Linda Lapointe, Member of Parliament (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles)“We thank the government for its contribution for the construction of the Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault and for its valuable operational support, which will provide audiences with a new state-of-the-art concert hall and further strengthen Diffusion En Scène’s role as a multidisciplinary cultural presenter.”—Jean Beauséjour, Chair of the Board of Directors, Diffusion En ScèneQuick FactsDiffusion En Scène Rivière-du-Nord, established in 1988, is a multidisciplinary cultural presenter whose mandate is to promote and develop the performing arts in Saint-Jérôme. The organization presents a variety of shows in comedy, theatre, music and children’s entertainment, and offers nearly 175 performances annually to a total audience of over 80,000.The construction of the new Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault started in October 2015, and the official opening—originally scheduled for September 2017—will finally take place on January 18, 2018.With the project to put a theatre in the heart of downtown Saint-Jérôme, Diffusion En Scène is planning to bring creators and audiences together and present diverse programming for all tastes in theatre, music, dance, comedy and more.Associated LinksDiffusion En Scène Rivière-du-Nord (French only)Canada Cultural Spaces Fund This support, which the Government of Canada provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, made possible the construction of the Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, an 860-seat performance venue in downtown Saint-Jérôme.Quotes Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook SAINT-JÉRÔME, QC – Linda Lapointe, Member of Parliament (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles), attended today’s opening of the new Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault in Saint-Jérôme. In October 2016, her colleague, Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Persons with Disabilities and Member of Parliament (Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation), announced $3.6 million in funding for Diffusion En Scène Rivière-du-Nord to build the performance hall. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
APTN National NewsWhile Superbowl 48 is in the books one issue in football isn’t going away anytime soon.Another organization is piling on the pressure to try and get the Washington D.C. team to change its name.There’s a new video that is going viral and is encouraging people to get in the action against it.
TORONTO – George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) says it will close an unprofitable frozen cake factory in the United States by the end of the first quarter of 2018 as it reviews its strategy in light of challenges in its frozen food business.The underperforming frozen foods segment contributed to a decline in earnings at the company’s Weston Foods division, which saw its adjusted EBITDA fall to $80 million in this year’s third quarter from $101 million last year.Overall, the company says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $420 million or $3.25 per diluted share in the quarter ended Oct. 7, up from $254 million or $1.97 per diluted share a year ago.That was primarily because of its Loblaw business, which accounts for the bulk of George Weston’s overall sales of $14.65 billion, which were up from $14.61 billion.Weston Foods accounted for just $668 million of the total revenue, down from $673 million a year earlier.The parent company said in a statement Tuesday it doesn’t expect the food processing division’s performance will improve in the fourth-quarter, and its earnings will be down year-over-year by a similar magnitude.Galen Weston, who is executive chairman of both George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L), said that problems within some of its frozen foods operations were bigger than anticipated.“Our fresh, artisan and biscuit business units performed on plan. However, the frozen business fell significantly short due to continuing operational issues in two cake facilities and one pie plant,” Weston told analysts Tuesday.“The team has been working around the clock to resolve the issues. We’ve announced the closure of the Creative Occasions iced-cake facility and are beginning to see improvements in operational productivity.”He said some of the work from Creative Occasions — a Nashville, Tenn.-based business acquired by a Weston Foods subsidiary in 2015 — will move to a facility in Cobourg, Ont.Galen Weston stressed that some of the frozen foods business segments — particularly un-iced cakes and doughnuts — have been growing.But he added that “it is going to take us some time to get the business back onto a satisfactory trajectory and the team is focused on doing that now.”A strategic review by Weston Foods president Luc Mongeau, who joined the company in January 2017, is expected to be announced in March with George Weston’s fourth-quarter financial report.Galen Weston said Mongeau was asked to “significantly change the historical trajectory of the Weston Foods business.“He has delivered to us what we think is a very promising medium-term plan that will involve some changes to the business and we will comment on that in Q4.”Weston declined to elaborate when questioned about possible closures and divestitures.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities, however, said in a note that “we expect WN Foods to sharpen its focus within the frozen category on value-added, margin accretive categories and customers with growth potential, which likely implies exiting products/categories that don’t meet the criteria.”George Weston’s third-quarter results include $11 million year-to-date in depreciation costs related to the planned closures of bread, pie and cake manufacturing facilities.Still, its overall third-quarter profit was up from a year ago, boosted by the Loblaw business.On an adjusted basis, George Weston says it earned $277 million or $2.14 per share, up from $266 million or $2.06 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Last month, the company confirmed it was aware of an industry-wide investigation by the Competition Bureau into price-fixing related to packaged bread products.George Weston says court filings by the regulator remain sealed while searches are completed, but it expects to be able to comment further after those filings are unsealed.
On Saturday, the government filed its response to petitions seeking review of the Supreme Court’s December 14, 2018 order upholding the Rafale aircraft deal. Though the government had sought four weeks time, the court had only allowed four days before the matter was due to be taken up today. Four week’s time seems like an inflated request especially when the government managed to deliver its response in just four days as per the directive of the apex court. In its affidavit, the government argued that “the monitoring of the progress made by the PMO of this government-to-government process cannot be construed as interference or parallel negotiations”. Now the government cited a supervisory provision as exercised by the Prime Minister’s Office which cannot be considered, say by any stretch of the imagination, as parallel negotiation. A straight answer to allegations citing active involvement of PMO in the fighter-jet deal corroborated by MoD (Ministry of Defence) notes which were published by The Hindu and clearly outlined how “parallel parleys” had “weakened the negotiating position of MoD and the Indian negotiation team”. So if the review petitioners had a leaked MoD note, on which the government made several attempts to prevent its admissibility, it was only natural for the government to put forward the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s words that “it appears that PMO and French President’s office are monitoring the progress of the issues, which was an outcome of the summit meetings”. In a way, both of these pieces of literature are mere “selective” remarks. But the government asserted that these “selective” reports, based on some “incomplete internal file notings, procured unauthorisedly and illegally”, did not reflect the final decision of the competent authority. Well, it is definitely up to the apex court bench to decide how incomplete the internal file notings are, or seek the remaining part which would aid in establishing the complete note. The final decision of the competent authority would only be revealed once the complete notings are available and since part of those has already been admitted by the court for the review petition, legally or illegally at this point is irrelevant, there should not be any trouble in submitting the entire of it on government’s part. Also because it is the government who has argued that incomplete notings did not reflect the final decision. But it further asserted that the incomplete notings could not form the basis for a review petition. While it is invited to submit anything it has to, reminding the apex court of what ‘could not’ form the basis for a review petition currently remains out of the government’s hands. That is for the bench to decide. Further, the government, specifically disappointed due to its unsuccessful repeated attempts to prevent the court from admitting Rafale purchase documents published in the media for review petitions, cited the broader picture. It said that the April 10 order of the apex court to hear the review petitions based on media publishings of leaked documents implies that any secret document can be obtained through any means and put in the public domain without attracting penal action. The government exemplified its understanding by citing how “this could lead to the revelation of all closely guarded State Secrets pertaining to space, nuclear installations, strategic defence capabilities, operational deployment of forces, intelligence resources in the country and outside, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency measures, etc. This could have implications in the financial sector also if, say budget proposals are published before they are presented in Parliament.” It cautioned that “such disclosures of secret government information will have grave repercussions on the very existence of the Indian State”. The government’s apprehensions regarding the misuse of the court’s action in Rafale review petition hearing which set a specific precedent might be real, but not relevant. The learned bench in the April 10 order had clearly outlined that “there is no provision in OSA and no such provision in any other statute has been brought to our notice by which Parliament has vested power in the executive arm to restrain the publication of documents marked secret or from placing such documents before a court of law which may have been called upon to adjudicate a legal issue”. In simple terms, it meant that the court is simply facilitating the matter which, much to the government’s discomfort, falls under legal purview. The media publishings have been included to aid in the judicial proceedings and not because a secret had to be disclosed to the general public. There is no reason for people to steal secret state documents and publish them unless those are controversial and involve instance of corruption or any other illicit activity, which then deserves to be in the public light. As for penal action, stealing is in itself punishable and hence stealing secret documents, in any case, attracts penal action without denial. The government can go ahead and investigate how the MoD documents got leaked to media but again, that remains irrelevant to the case. There has been no such recorded instance of disclosures of secret government information being procured through illicit means to be published in the media or produced before a court without any controversy swirling around it like in the case of Rafale. Also Read – A strong standpointWhile citing that the scope of the review petition is “extremely limited”, the government apprised the apex court that its December 14 judgement has no apparent error warranting its review. Having objected the admissibility of the leaked documents, the government had brought OSA to its rescue. When the court sidelined any privilege that the government might be seeking under OSA, the government’s latest response views it as “incomplete internal file notings” and points to the “selective” reports that the petitioners have used in the review petition, citing how the complete picture is not clear through those. It also cautions ramifications of allowing such documents to be considered for the case. Arguments made by the government, while not being wrong, sounds mere wordplay. From OSA to “incomplete” documents, the point has been to not allow review petitions on SC’s December 14 order which gave Rafale deal a clean chit. The government is viewing the court as someone who, through the review petition, is allowing people to take advantage of the provisions that remain exclusive to Rafale case. The government has for long objected the leaked documents instead of explaining those. Even in its affidavit, it cites what the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar had noted in context to PMO and French President’s office monitoring the deal but not what the leaked documents stated about “parallel parleys”. One wonders what the entire picture is regarding the competent authority because bits and pieces of something will not help in procuring truth. Today’s proceedings will definitely throw light on the incomplete file notings or the entire thread of exchanges between MoD and PMO if the government finds itself ready to apprise the court.
Many of its financial problems stem from the decision by former President Mahinda Rajapaska to borrower heavily from Chinese development banks — and use that cash to build vast infrastructure projects, many of which, including new airports and highways in the south of the island, remain unfinished, or largely unused.Other challenges lie ahead, many of which are out of the country’s control, most notably the pace at which the US Federal Reserve plans to hike interest rates in the months and years ahead. “We are at the mercy of the Fed,” Karunanayake said. Once the fiscal discipline the minister yearns for is in place, the government will, he adds, “focus on boosting inward foreign direct investment, which has eluded us for too long.” (Colombo Gazette) “So long as we don’t sell our soul we will be fine. The problem with the capital raised by the [previous government] is that it was [channelled into] questionable investments, meaning that we ended up with unused convention centres and underutilised ports.” Official government data places Sri Lanka’s total debts at $64.9bn — of which $8bn is owed to China — and the nation’s debttoGDP ratio at 75%, more than Germany and on a par with Hungary and Canada. The same data reveal that more than 95% of all government revenue is being used to cut the colossal debt pile. Sri Lanka is determined to continue to borrow from China despite racking up a debt pile worth 75% of its economy, the country’s finance minister told GlobalMarkets.Ravi Karunanayake said Sri Lanka would continue to do business with China. “Sure [Chinese FDI] concerns us — but China has deep pockets, and it’s better to have some investment than no investment at all,” he said.
Gunmen travelling on a motorcycle shot dead a man Athurugiriya today, the Police said.The Police said that the man was injured in the shooting incident in Athurugiriya and was admitted to hospital when he succumbed to his injuries. The victim was identified as a 44 year old man from the Kaduwela area. (Colombo Gazette)
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When Nintendo announced the Wii U there was a lot of head scratching and confusion as to what they were actually offering. The console consists of two parts: the main box holding the Wii U’s hardware, and then a tablet controller sporting a 6.2-inch touchscreen. Surprisingly only one tablet can work with the Wii U, although Nintendo is thought to be working on adding compatibility for two tablets.The latest rumors suggest that Nintendo is going to position the Wii U as more than just a replacement for the Wii. Alongside games that require both the main box and tablet to be used together, the tablet will be a media and app device. Nintendo is thought to be courting iOS developers and helping them port apps to the Wii U tablet and associated app store. If successful, it could mean a healthy selection of touchscreen games available for the launch of the console.But it’s not just games Nintendo is focusing on. Apparently the Wii U tablet is set to get a whole range of additional content including comics, e-books, and magazines. If true, the Wii U will be competing not only with Sony and Microsoft, but also Amazon, Apple, and others in the tablet market.Nintendo has a wealth of content and IP it can call upon to help sell a product, and the Wii U will benefit from that. In terms of pushing the tablet as a media device, Nintendo is expected to offer up digital issues (and back issues) of Nintendo Power. We can also expect to see game manuals and guides made available for viewing, no doubt in enhanced form. Nintendo has yet to confirm this strategy, but it could potentially make the Wii U a more desirable purchase. It would no longer be just a games console, but a way to surf the web, read digital books, comics, magazines, as well as play apps. Parents are going to appreciate that wider feature set for their kids.Read more at Electronista
78,678 Views https://jrnl.ie/4525150 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Explosive devices sent to London’s Heathrow Airport and Waterloo Station were posted from Dublin Three devices were posted to locations in London this morning. Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 6:20 PM Earlier today we responded to reports of an incident at a building near the airport boundary. Emergency services attended the incident quickly and staff were evacuated safely.At around 11.40am the British Transport Police were called to reports of a suspicious package in the post room at Waterloo Station. The package was not opened. Specialist officers attended and made the device safe. No one was injured.The station was not evacuated, but cordons are in place at a small area outside the station on Cab Road. Train services are continuing to operate as normal.At 12.10pm the Met Police were called to a report of a suspicious package at offices at London City Aviation House in Newham.The package was not opened and no one was injured, but the building was evacuated as a precaution. The building has since been reopened.DLR services to London City Airport were also suspended as a precaution but are now fully operational. Flights to and from the airport have not been affected.The Met Police has issued advice to transport hubs across London to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages to police.The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command has launched an investigation; no arrests have yet been made.With reporting by Garreth MacNamee 102 Comments Breaking: at least two of the #London explosive devices were posted with Irish stamps. Gardaí confirm they are assisting the @metpoliceuk with enquiries pic.twitter.com/YdtnbcI667— Stephen Murphy (@SMurphyTV) March 5, 2019 Updated Mar 5th 2019, 6:20 PM Source: Stephen Murphy/Twitter THE MET POLICE has launched a terrorism investigation after three small explosive devices were reported at three public transport locations in London this afternoon.The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices. These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened.Gardaí confirmed to TheJournal.ie this evening that they are helping the Met Police with their investigations.Pictures obtained by Sky News show two of the packages which were sent. They had An Post stamps on the front and the return address can be seen as Dublin. The stamps which can be seen were issued at Valentine’s Day last year.At around 9:55am police received a report of a suspicious package at The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow, which is a building near Heathrow Airport.The package was opened by staff at the building, causing the device to initiate. This resulted in part of the package burning. No one was injured.The building was evacuated as a precaution. Specialist officers attended and made the device safe. The building remains closed as enquiries continue.Police and Heathrow Airport clarified that flights were not impacted by the incident. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share171 Tweet Email2 Mar 5th 2019, 4:28 PM Short URL
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Muslim Association of Greece (MAG) is going to step up security at its premises in Athens after receiving a threatening letter last week, its president, Naim Elghandour, told Kathimerini on Tuesday.The letter, written on paper bearing the Golden Dawn symbol but not necessarily sent by the far-right party, warned Muslims to leave Greece or “from July 1 onwards those who are still here will be slaughtered like chickens on the road.”Elghandour said MAG would place CCTV cameras at its headquarters and rely on police to guard outside the building. He said the letter could be a hoax but the language used suggested it was written by an adult.“It is the first time there has been a threat against Muslims and not immigrants,” Elghandour said.
UK-based Greek designer Mary Katrantzou has come under fire over allegations she copied an image by Korean photographer Lee Myoung-ho.During a press conference on Monday in central Seoul, the photographer disclosed that he has taken legal action against the designer.“Katrantzou plagiarised my photograph ‘Tree…#3,’” said Mr Myoung-ho. “I learned about this from an acquaintance last April and filed a complaint with the California District Court last October.”The photograph taken by the photographer at Sihwa Lake in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province in 2011, has allegedly been used as a print on both a t-shirt and tote bag in Katranzou’s Mary A to Z collection.“I wasn’t able to see the t-shirt and the bag in person, but it appears the designer stretched the photo horizontally and deleted the tree’s branches to dodge copyright infringement allegations,” said Mr Myoung-ho.The t-shirt was being sold for $520 and the bag for $1,070, though according to reports, the items have now been removed from the online product list.In an interview with The Korea Times, Mr Myoung-ho said he decided to file the lawsuit in the United States, based on the premise that the products have mainly been sold there.The photographer has put forward a request for $2 million in compensation. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Cachalot du Miocène : le fossile du super-prédateur livre ses secretsPérou – Récemment publiée dans le journal Nature, l’étude des restes fossilisés du cachalot archaïque découvert au Pérou en 2008 nous livre l’image d’un carnassier hors norme.Avec des dents de 36 cm de longueur pour un diamètre de 12 cm, Leviathan melvillei, le cachalot fossile vieux de 12 millions d’années, était sans doute un mangeur de baleines. Le crâne, la mandibule et les dents de ce cétacé, mis au jour en 2008 à Cerro Colorado (Pérou), continuent d’être étudiés par une équipe internationale de chercheurs, notamment au musée d’histoire naturelle de Lima et au muséum national d’histoire naturelle de Paris.À lire aussiCet étrange fossile retrouvé dans les profondeurs de l’océan ressemble à la créature légendaire CthulhuAvec un corps de 13,50 à 17,50 mètres et une mâchoire de 3 mètres garnie de dents puissantes, l’animal était équipé pour saisir et tuer de grosses proies, peut-être des baleines à fanons, particulièrement bien représentées à cette époque du Miocène et dont plusieurs squelettes fossiles ont été retrouvés sur ce même site. Le cachalot devait être en compétition avec le Megaselachus megalodon, un requin géant vivant à la même période, dont on a également retrouvé plusieurs dents lors des fouilles. Contrairement aux cachalots mangeurs de calmars, dont les descendants comme le grand cachalot vivent encore, la lignée du Leviathan a disparu vers la fin du Miocène ou au Pliocène. Les scientifiques ignorent pour l’instant pourquoi, mais évoquent une baisse de la diversité des espèces de baleines (les proies du géant ?), ainsi que des changements climatiques.Le 16 octobre 2010 à 16:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des clichés de la NASA montrent les traces laissées par l’homme sur la LuneLe Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) de la NASA a photographié les terrains d’atterrissage lunaire des missions Apollo 12, 14 et 17. Les traces laissées y sont encore visibles.Si cela fait longtemps que l’homme n’a pas posé de pied sur la Lune, il semblerait qu’il reste encore bien des traces de ces précédents passages. En effet, Le Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) de la NASA a pu prendre des clichés des zones sur lesquelles ont atterri les missions Apollo 12, 14 et 17 sur la Lune. On peut y apercevoir les zigzags et les virages effectués quand les astronautes exploraient la surface lunaire. Sur le site où a atterri Apollo 17, les traces laissées par le rover derrière lui sont même parfaitement visibles le long des empreintes de pas, les dernières laissées par l’homme sur la Lune.Sur ces images, on peut également découvrir où les astronautes avaient placé leurs instruments de mesures scientifiques destinés à explorer l’environnement lunaire aussi bien que sa structure interne. “Nous pouvons retracer avec précision le chemin parcouru par les astronautes et déterminer à quels endroits ils ont effectué leur prélèvements”, explique Noah Petro, un géologue lunaire à la Nasa, membre de l’équipe scientifique du LRO.Les nouvelles images haute résolution prises par les appareils à basse altitude permettent ainsi de voir la surface du satellite comme jamais auparavant. “Le meilleur exemple est la précision avec laquelle nous pouvons observer les traces laissées par le rover sur le site d’Apollo 17”, indique Mark Robinson, chercheur principal en charge du projet. “Sur les premières images en notre possession, les traces étaient déjà visibles mais maintenant elles sont d’une telle qualité qu’il est possible de distinguer les lignes parallèles qu’elles ont dessinées”.28 jours pour photographier la Lune À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAPour parvenir à un tel résultat, les scientifiques ont manœuvré le LRO de façon à diminuer les 50 kilomètres auxquels l’engin se situe habituellement pour s’approcher de la Lune à 21 kilomètres de distance seulement. Le vaisseau est resté positionné 28 jours au-dessus de la surface, suffisamment pour que la Lune fasse un tour complet. Le LRO a ensuite rejoint son orbite ordinaire.”Ces images nous rappellent la fantastique histoire d’Apollo et nous encourage à continuer d’avancer dans l’exploration de notre système solaire”, a commenté Jim Green, directeur de la division de Science planétaire au siège de la NASA à Washington. Découvrez en images les traces laissées sur la Lune par les missions Apollo et les astronautes Le 8 septembre 2011 à 12:32 • Maxime Lambert
The 13th annual Turkey Trot along the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail is set for Thanksgiving morning, and registration is open now through Nov. 21. Volunteers are welcome, too; 75 are needed.What began as a couple of families coming together for an informal run on Thanksgiving morning has grown into a big, successful charity event that benefits the Clark County Food Bank. There’s now a registration limit at 1,200 runners for the two main events, a 5K walk/run and a 10K run. Both begin at 9 a.m. at Klineline Pond, 1112 N.E. 117th St. There’s also a Polar Bear Plunge into Klineline at 10 a.m.; if you register for the Plunge as well as the race, you’ll receive an official Turkey Trot towel to help you warm right back up. And, there’ll be a kids’ piñata and post-race treats including donuts, bagels and bananas.People who come dressed in festive Thanksgiving costumes can win prizes.Visit www.turkey-trot.org to learn more and register. Registration costs $25.
Fiddlers and protesters gather outside the LIO in downtown Anchorage. Hillman/KSKASome Anchorage area residents don’t think the Legislative Majority’s recent budget proposal is good enough, even though it adds money back in for education. They don’t like the plan to move around money to avoid a majority vote either. About 50 people and a group of fiddlers gathered outside of the LIO in downtown Anchorage this afternoon to sing modified versions of old camp songs.Download Audio:“Mike Chenault – is this your fault? Fund schools. Kids rule,” the group crooned to the tune of Camptown Races. “Fiddle around with Alaska’s kids, we’ll think about this day.”Great Alaska Schools organized the protest, one of many this legislative session. Statewide coordinator Deena Mitchell says they were prompted by the proposal to move Permanent Fund dollars in order to give access to the Constitutional Budget Reserve without a majority vote. She says the newest proposal from the majority still cuts $32 million from education and leaves school districts with less money than they had last year.Protesters at the LIO in downtown Anchorage. Hillman/KSKA“This is about the future of Alaska and our children. And to cut education after making that promise of the three years of funding last year and then not be willing to discuss this with the minority is just wrong,”she said. “They’re fiddling with our future. They’re fiddling with our finances. They’re fiddling with Alaska.”Members of the faith community also continued their weeks-long vigil asking for Medicaid expansion. Fifteen different churches are taking turns sending members to the LIO to protest.“And we have just been eager to see it come to the floor anyway, which of course it hasn’t as yet,” said AFACT member Karol Libbey. “But we are still very hopeful that it will make it and support the 40,000 Alaskan who are uninsured at this time.”Republican lawmakers didn’t include Medicaid expansion on the agenda for the special session.
Logo of arrestAround 140 leaders and activists of opposition BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami have been arrested in Khulna, Barishal, Sherpur, Nilphamari and Bhola districts in final hours before the 30-December election, according to UNB.In Khulna, 60 BNP activists were arrested during different overnight drives on Thursday.The arrestees include BNP’s Khalishpur thana unit chief Fazle Halim Liton, Khanjahan Ali thana unit president Meer Kaysed Ali and Daulatpur thana unit organising secretary Sazzad Hossain Toton.Apart from them, Khulna-3 BNP candidate Rakibul Islam Bakul’s chief election agent Sheikh Mosharraf Hossain was arrested when he was going to the returning officer’s office after a press conference.Khulna Metropolitan Police’s spokesperson additional deputy commissioner Sonali Sen said Mosharraf had a warrant in his name. Police also arrested BNP’s youth wing Juba Dal’s Khulna city unit general secretary Nazmul Hasan Sagor.Meanwhile, police raided the residence of BNP’s Barishal-1 candidate Zahir Uddin Swapan in the early hours of Friday and arrested 19 party activists.Inspector of Gournadi model police station, Md Mahbubur Rahman, claimed they had been tipped off about the gathering of criminals at Zahir’s house.”Over 100 policemen encircled his residence around 10:30pm on Thursday. The stalemate continued for about three hours as he refused to open the door,” Rahman said.Police said the arrestees include former Juba Dal central committee member Md Rafiqul Islam and BNP’s Gournadi municipal unit’s former general secretary Md Hannan Sharif.In Sherpur, police arrested 26 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, including central BNP leader Mahbubur Rahman Harej and for Sherpur upazila parishad chairman Dabibur Rahman.Officer-in-charge of Sreebardi police station Ruhul Amin said they arrested Hannan Miah, son of late Mofiz Uddin of the village, while distributing money among voters at Gargaria village in Sreebardi upazila on Friday evening.In Bhola, Rapid Action Battalion members arrested a BNP man – Babul Biswas- for plotting to unleash violence in Bhola-3 constituency from where BNP leader Hafizuddin Ahmed is contesting the election.In Nilphamari, police in a special drive arrested 34 BNP-Jamaat men from different places of the district.Jamaat leader’s wife, son held in SatkhiraThe wife and son of Jamaat’s Satkhira Sadar upazila West unit chief Shahadat Hossain were among four people arrested with fake currencies.Sadar police station OC Mustafizur Rahman said they raided the area after being tipped off about Shahadat’s attempts to bribe voters.”He escaped during the raid. We found 39 counterfeit notes of Tk 1,000 denomination from his house,” the OC claimed.Shahadat’s wife Hafiza Khatun, son Zaharul Islam and two other associates were arrested.
Ernest C. Hammond, Jr.Updated Sept. 28th There will be a public viewing at March Funeral Home-West on Sept. 29 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. 4300 Wabash Ave., Baltimore, Maryland 21215. The wake and celebration of life service starting at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 30 at the same location.Ernest C. Hammond, Jr., 76 of Baltimore passed away September 13, 2015 at home. He was born August 22, 1939 in Baltimore to the late Ernest C. Hammond Sr. and Arnetta Williams Hammond. He earned his high school diploma from Baltimore City College in February of 1958. He earned a B.S. in physics in 1962 from Morgan State University and a M.S. in physics in 1965 from Howard University.Professor Hammond was a tenured faculty member with over forty years of service in the science department at Morgan State University. He worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Physics at Howard University from 1962 to 1964. In 1964, he started his career at Morgan State University as an instructor of physical science where he taught courses in physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy and mathematics.Professor Hammond became an assistant professor of physical science in 1970. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Physics department in 1990 and worked as a principal investigator of a NASA research project at Morgan State University until his retirement in 2012.Affectionately known as “Ernie” by friends and family, he was an accomplished violinist and avid supporter of the performing arts. He will be fondly remembered as a photography enthusiast who was well versed in astrology and astronomy. His late wife, Dr. Roselyn Brown Hammond, joined the Morgan faculty as a biology professor in 1970 and the couple married in 1973. They had mutual interests in the sciences, classical music and gathering with friends that made for thirty-eight years of companionship, intellectual compatibility and love until her passing in 2011.He strived to get more minorities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Besides the scientific rigor of the work, Professor Hammond struggled against the stereotypes that Blacks cannot do cutting edge science and that scholars at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) cannot meet the high standards expected by federal agencies such as NASA. Under his leadership, Morgan State University entered into a partnership with Johns Hopkins University as part of the Space Grant Consortium. Additionally, Professor Hammond conducted various experiments for NASA involving spectroscopic film, electron microscopy, and image processing with research teams of faculty and students. Through his NASA grants he supported over fifty (50) students through graduate school at Morgan and many of whom went on to complete advanced degrees in: Engineering (D.Eng.) Higher Education (Ph.D.), Podiatry (DPM), and Dentistry (DDS).In 1991, in recognition of the strength of its science programs, Goddard Space Flight Center donated a supercomputer to Morgan State to support a Minority University Space Infrastructure Network. Professor Hammond conducted various experiments with research teams at NASA. He received the Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the Naval Research Laboratory, worked with the IBM research team that discovered the organic dye laser and received grants from NASA for the purpose of conducting research.As a member of the Visiting Research Staff at Thomas J. Watson Research Center for IBM in Yorktown Heights, New York during the summers of 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971 & 1972, Professor Hammond worked on problems in organic dye lasers and spectroscopy. In the summers of 1973 and 1974, he was a Visiting Summer Scientist at the MIT Lincoln Laboratories in Lexington, Massachusetts where he participated in the planning and development of the Spin Flip Laser and associated Infrared Detection Apparatus. In the summer of 1975, he was a member of the Visiting Research Staff at General Electric Research and Development in Schenectady, New York.During his accomplished career, Professor Hammond worked on organic dye lasers, absorption spectroscopy of EU 2 o3, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, photographic film studies in space and lunar sample analysis using SEM & TEM from Apollo 11. He jointly developed a method and device to calibrate spectroscopic film according to certain spectral-photometric characteristics used in ground-based and rocket launched instruments by the Laboratory for Optical Astronomy.At Morgan State University, he was Chairman of the Committee on Admissions, Member of the Faculty Executive Committee, Chairman of the Morgan State University Advisory Committee on Recruitment, Chairman of the University Parking Committee and Alternate to the Morgan State University Senate.He served as Captain in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps from February 1968 to January 1970, where he engaged in research in laser-induced plasmas at the Aberdeen Research and Development Center, the Ballistic Research Laboratory, the Terminal Ballistic Laboratory, Laser Branch and the Aberdeen Proving Ground. He also served as a Public Information Officer for the 4th Psychological Operations Group in Saigon, Vietnam. Additionally, he served with the Propaganda Development Section, 8th Psychological Operation Battalion in Pleiku, Vietnam.In 1970, he was appointed by Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird to serve as a Consultant for the Joint Inter-service Task Force on Education in Race Relations. This task force was assigned responsibility for developing an effective race relations education program that would be applicable across services.Professor Hammond published many works and received numerous awards, certificates of appreciation and accolades. In 1985, he was recognized by the City of Baltimore as an outstanding educator in the field of space science and technology. Additionally, his expertise and leadership skills propelled him into positions of responsibility in various professional and social organizations of which he was a member. He held memberships in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Honor Physics Society. He was recognized as an ASI Fellow by the African Scientific Institute (ASI); was a member of the American Physical Society of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; past executive committee member of the Forum of Physics and Society; member of the History of Science Society; member of the History of Science Club of Washington; member of the Chesapeake Section of the American Association for Physics; Vice Chairman of Board of Directors, Afro-American Total Theatre; past treasurer of the Board of Directors, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., and member of the Public Affairs Committee of the American Lung Association of Maryland, Inc.He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Roselyn Brown Hammond. He is survived by cousins John Williams (Takisha), Gilbert, Arizona; Terry Williams, Baltimore, Maryland; caregiver, Peggy Bailey, Baltimore, Maryland and Joanne Williams, Baltimore, Maryland, who was like a daughter. Also surviving are extended family, many friends and former students.
Stay on target Kickstart This Sleep Box Inspired by Mark Zuckerberg’Legend of the White Dragon’ Reunites Original Power Rangers Let there be light: The Orb smart lamp controls intensity, color, and direction, promising to create the perfect mood for any situation.From Danish manufacturer Shade, the next-generation lighting platform comes out of the box with predefined settings, configured through a wall switch or mobile app.Options include reading light (“upwards soft glow”), energize (increased intensity with colder whites), movie night (indirect light), dinner light (“dash of white light”), and the all-important Hygge. Or, create your own moods—game night, Netflix and chill, home office—and save them for future use.“Part of our mission is to create a more hands-off experience, where you don’t need to adjust your light over the course of the day,” Shade said, highlighting intelligent features that “know what you need, perhaps even before you do.”“Sunrise” and “nightfall” settings, for example, slowly raise warm tones in the morning and gradually dim them in the evening to help prepare you for bed. The Orb also learns over time, analyzing daily use and suggesting pre-defined schedules. And, for those days or weeks, you’re away from home, the “vacation” function simulates occupancy in an effort to deter burglars.“Light has a profound influence on our mood, productivity, stress levels, sleep patterns, and overall sense of well-being, yet it’s not easy getting the right light,” Shade said, encouraging folks to contribute to its crowdfunding campaign.The intelligent lighting system has already surpassed its $50,000 Indiegogo goal, raising $72,054 from 272 backers. There is still one month left to pre-order your own Orb, available for a discounted price of $189, and expected to ship in December. A two-pack costs $347; three Orbs are priced at $473 (70 percent off the retail price); and a “super pack” of 10 is available for $2,360.Want to jazz up your smart light? Shade also offers the adjustable Slaatto S1 lampshade, created in collaboration with Danish designer Øivind Alexander Slaatto. The shade plus one Orb is on sale for $794.
‘God Eater 3’ on Switch Brings Franchise Back to Its RootsHands-On: ‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Beta Left Us Hung… Monster Hunter World has been a pretty big hit for Capcom, to say the least. After decades of trying, World finally got mainstream Western audiences to care about the uber-niche Monster Hunter franchise that was previously only popular in Japan. The result is a game that’s not only Capcom’s fastest-selling game but now its best-selling game period at over 7.5 million copies shipped. Sorry Mega Man, Street Fighter, and Resident Evil.That’s a lot of folks who are enjoying the next-generation monster hunting and cat costuming. But you know who can’t get in on that action? Nintendo Switch owners. After initial years on Sony hardware, Monster Hunter’s last few releases were exclusive to Nintendo systems like the 3DS. But Monster Hunter World’s streamlined, graphically revamped take on the series is powered by the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (and eventually PC). Naturally, that left some Switch owners feeling left out in the cold, especially since the Switch Monster Hunter game that does exist, Monster Hunter XX, is currently only available in Japan. But now one developer wants to change that.Capcom has said that porting Monster Hunter World to the Switch would be very demanding. But the developers at Iron Galaxy think they are up to the challenge. Along with creating original games, Iron Galaxy has a history of porting games to other platforms including Killer Instinct, Batman: Arkham Knight, and most relevantly, the Nintendo Switch version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. So now they want to take another crack at shrinking a huge open-world onto Nintendo’s tablet. On Twitter, Iron Galaxy CEO Adam Boyes publically asked Capcom for the opportunity.AdChoices广告Dear @monsterhunter team at Capcom – we understand that porting the game to Nintendo Switch is challenging (https://t.co/0JrAIQgcft) but this is exactly what @IToTheG does. Give us a shot & we won’t let you down ;)— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) March 3, 2018Will Monster Hunter World on Switch happen? Should it even happen? Iron Galaxy’s work on Skyrim for Switch is great but Skyrim is an older, less demanding game on the Switch’s moderate hardware. I’d imagine Capcom would rather just make a new Monster Hunter specifically for Switch, perhaps one that takes inspiration from World’s accessible and convenient quality of life features, instead of a technically comprised version of its recent hit. Or maybe Capcom just can’t pass up how portability, and the Nintendo audience, would add onto Monster Hunter World’s already unprecedented sales.Whether or not Iron Galaxy gets its chance to bring Monster Hunter World to the Nintendo Switch, we can say for certain that the Switch port thirst is real. In just one year, nearly 15 million people have bought the console/handheld hybrid, and they’re vocal about wanting to play games on it. The Switch obviously has great first-party Nintendo games like Mario and Zelda, as well as tons of indie hits, but the chorus is growing ever louder for AAA third-party games to make the jump, or, the Switch.People don’t just want Monster Hunter World on Switch, they want everything on Switch. Just spend some time on the Switch Reddit. They want Grand Theft Auto V and Burnout Paradise and Final Fantasy XV and Fortnite and Call of Duty and South Park and Nier Automata and Dragon Ball FighterZ on Switch. People were beside themselves to see a vague Diablo III tweet and assume that game was coming to Switch.They want publishers to act more like Bethesda, which brought over Doom and Wolfenstein and Skyrim, and less like EA, which brought over old FIFA and nothing else. And this goes for me, too. These days I’m much more likely to give a game a shot, even a franchise I historically dislike like Monster Hunter, if I can play it anywhere.I suspect that big publishers are quickly running out of excuses to bring more games to Switch. I understand being wary of Nintendo hardware as a place to make money after the Wii U’s financial failure, but the Switch is already a proven success. I can’t speak to the technical aspects of porting to Switch’s weaker hardware, but developers found way around the gulf in power between the Wii and the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 once the Wii’s popularity became similarly undeniable.Hopefully the only thing keeping us from tons of great third party Switch game is just the fact that making games takes time. But no matter what platforms it ends up on, after this sales milestone, expect Monster Hunter to now stick around for years to come.Buy it now!Buy Monster Hunter World.Buy Nintendo labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
While YouTube tries to police conspiracy theory videos, some of the platform’s most popular stars, such as Logan Paul, are discussing them and bringing in millions of page views.On Monday, Paul teased a trailer on his YouTube account for The Flat Earth: To The Edge And Back, a documentary-style video that explores the flat Earth conspiracy theory, takes viewers to a flat Earth convention, and ends with Paul saying, “I think I’m coming out of the flat Earth closet.” Even though the video won’t be released until March 20, the trailer itself has already generated nearly one million page views.AdChoices广告While Paul doesn’t specifically say that the flat earth conspiracy theory is real, he talks to different experts in the documentary about why it exists and how people are claiming that science isn’t always accurate. The documentary also highlights people who believe in it and their reasoning for supporting it.Paul’s video isn’t the only conspiracy theory footage to hit YouTube: Shane Dawson, another major YouTuber, unveiled a two-part series exploring many conspiracy theories, including that the California wildfires were set on purpose, The Verge reported. Together, Dawson’s videos on conspiracy theories yielded more than 62 million views on YouTube.These conspiracy theory videos follow YouTube’s recent decision to start limiting misinformation, including conspiracy theories that claim the world is flat, on its website. In January, the platform said it would stop recommending videos that contain false content, such as conspiracy theories. Following this announcement, YouTube said it would stop running ads on “Momo Challenge” videos, even on videos that warned parents about the dangerous game.Despite its plans to crack down on misinformation, YouTube didn’t tell The Verge if Paul’s video would be impacted by these guideline updates. Additionally, some conspiracy theory videos, including Dawson’s, have ads and these videos previously showed up on YouTube’s front page. Dawson and Paul are part of Google’s AdSense program, so they can earn advertising revenue for their YouTube content.Even though YouTube is still regulating conspiracy theory videos, these videos can also risk sending YouTube viewers to more digital content that explains these controversial topics. So, they’re more likely to read conspiracy theories that might be broadcasting false facts on the video streaming platform.More on Geek.com:YouTube Wants to Eliminate Conspiracy Video RecommendationsYouTube Is Not Running Ads on ‘Momo Challenge’ VideosPopular Vegan YouTuber Faces Backlash After Eating Animal Products Stay on target LGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, GoogleYouTube Star Grant Thompson Killed in Paragliding Accident