VIDEO Interview with Tina Fontaines aunt Thelma Favel on the latest heartbreaking

first_imgBy Tim Fontaine APTN National News SAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. –Tina Fontaine’s family is shocked and angry that Winnipeg Police had the 15-year-old in their custody on August 8, a day before she disappeared.“And I just found out today that they’ve known for three weeks prior to them telling me (Wednesday),” said Thelma Favel, the great-aunt who raised Fontaine, in an interview Thursday with APTN National News.Favel is also shocked that Fontaine was hospitalized later that same day after being found unconscious in a city alley. After spending about 4 hours in the Children’s Hospital, Fontaine was released into the custody of a child & family services worker. She then escaped from the worker.But Favel had no idea about Fontaine’s hospitalization until a $500 ambulance bill arrived at her home on the Sagkeeng First Nation. Favel says the bill arrived shortly before the family buried Fontaine’s ashes on September 20.“I got it on a Thursday and we buried her ashes on Saturday. And then I got this bill, “Favel said. “and it’s for $500 and it says where she was picked up and where she was taken.”Favel says the news that Fontaine was interacting with authorities so soon before she disappeared is more painful than learning she had been murdered.“Because she could have been saved,” she said. “They had the opportunity to save her and they didn’t.”Fontaine’s body was wrapped in a plastic bag when it was pulled from the Red River on Aug. 17. Police say she was murdered.tfontaine@aptn.ca@anishinaboylast_img read more

Marrakech to host Worlds Largest Museum for Photography

first_imgCasablanca – Marrakech is going international once again— According to Public Radio International (PRI), Morocco’s Southern Pearl will be home to the world’s largest museum devoted to photography and visual arts.According to Karen Ruimy, an international Moroccan singer, performer and author, the news about the museum initiative has created a buzz in Marrakech and cheered its residents, especially the young generation.“The reaction from the young generation is amazing,” Ruimy told PRI. “They are very hungry for any opening of an institution that’s going to bring art to them, because art means freedom of expression.” Ruimy is one of the Moroccan celebrities who are providing some of the financing for the construction of the museum.To draw attention to this new, majestic cultural institution, the Red City hosted an event that brought together a number of famous photographers to spend a week in Marrakech and share their experience in the Moroccan city.Susan Meiselas, one of the photographers invited to the event, shared an impressive experience she had in Marrakech that changed her opinion about photography in Morocco.Meiselas had used her imagination to check whether Moroccans had maintained the same relationship with photography, as she had realized before that most Moroccans did not like to be photographed.To check that, she had chosen a public area in Marrakech and installed the following items: a tripod, a camera, a white sheet to reflect the light and a black cloth as the background for her photos.Meiselas offered to take a photo of female passersby in exchange either of MAD 20 or a copy of their portrait. She was surprised to see some Moroccan women choosing to have a copy of their portrait instead of the money, and even gave her the permission to exhibit their photos.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Differentiating on CX with AI

See All in Customer Experience » Creating an Enterprise Fit for Customers Jeremy Cox June 17, 2019 Evolving technology combinations and approaches for faster and more relevant customer-centered digital transformation Delivering Great CX Requires Right Tech, Empathetic Culture May 07, 2019 For health IT company Cognosante, delivering exceptional experiences is about technology, people, and processes, as shared in this video interview. How can companies differentiate on customer experience, and where does artificial intelligence fit in? In this video, Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, shares his thoughts on finding the balance between automation and human touch in the contact center. Watch now!Tags:News & ViewsTalkdeskZeus KerravalaCXartificial intelligenceautomationCustomer ExperienceAI & AutomationAI & Speech TechnologiesAnalyst InsightCCaaSContact Center & Customer Experience Articles You Might Like No Jitter & Talkdesk CX Thought Leadership Series: ZK Research Agent Assist, Powered by Talkdesk iQ Sheila McGee-Smith May 14, 2019 CCaaS provider unveils intelligent advisory tool that provides agents with data-driven, real-time action advice. Log in or register to post comments Salesforce Addresses Channel Proliferation Beth Schultz June 18, 2019 Service Cloud enhancements aim to help companies better support multiple messaging channels, at global scale and with self-service options. Boosting Digital Content for Improved CX Zeus Kerravala May 31, 2019 Nvidia’s new Studio platform brings better performance and reliability to digital content creation. read more

Asian Development Bank to double financing to fight climate change to 6

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2015 2:52 am MDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Asian Development Bank to double financing to fight climate change to $6 billion by 2020 STOCKHOLM – The Asian Development Bank says it will double its funding to fight climate change to $6 billion by 2020.The Manila, Philippines-based ADB says that means its spending on tackling global warming will rise to about 30 per cent of its overall financing.The bank said Friday it will dedicate $4 billion to lowering greenhouse gas emissions “through scaling up support for renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, and building smart cities.”The remaining $2 billion will be spent on efforts to help vulnerable countries adapt to climate change, including “through more resilient infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture, and better preparation for climate-related disasters.”The announcement comes as the U.N. prepares to discuss sustainable development goals in New York and ahead of an envisioned global climate pact in Paris in December. read more

Brock study finds environmentalist threat behind much of left–right divide on climate

When Brock University psychology researchers were thinking of a title for their recent research on the politics of climate change, they were inspired by a popular watermelon metaphor.Their paper, titled Green on the outside, red on the inside, “is a reflection of US political rhetoric,” the paper’s lead author, PhD student Mark Hoffarth, explains.“The watermelon metaphor comes from a view that is sometimes put forth in right-wing political discussions: environmentalists say they are ‘green’ and care about the environment, but some on the right insist that environmentalists are actually promoting Red Communist or socialist policies,” he says. “In other words, ‘green’ on the outside, but ‘red’ (Communist/socialist) on the inside.”Hoffarth and Professor of Psychology Gordon Hodson set out to examine how — and why — political beliefs affect perceptions of climate change.Past research has shown those on the political right tend to deny the existence of climate change or downplay the impacts that human activity have on the Earth’s changing temperatures.It has also been shown that conservatives more than liberals focus on how measures to address climate change will harm economic growth and development, and may bring about what are perceived to be unacceptable changes in society.But Hoffarth and Hodson sensed there was something more to it than the economy-versus-environment clash between the two sides.The researchers drew upon Hodson’s area of expertise on “intergroup relations,” which examines how groups come to think about, and mentally represent, each other.Hoffarth and Hodson distributed surveys to 384 participants in the U.S., half of whom identified as liberals and the other half as being either middle of the road or conservatives.Statements were grouped into four categories of beliefs:“Utilization of nature” (nature exists to be exploited for human purposes, example: “Protecting peoples’ jobs is more important than protecting the environment.”)“Dominance over nature” (humans are superior to the rest of nature, example: “Humans were meant to rule over the rest of nature.”)“Love and care for nature” (a positive emotional connection to nature, example: “I feel a deep love for nature.”)“Environmentalist threat” (perceptions that environmentalists and pro-environmental social changes are a threat to society, tradition, and the economy, example: “The rise of environmentalism poses a threat to our country’s cultural customs.”)Participants were asked to rate their level of agreement with these statements, ranging from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.”The researchers made a startling discovery: the “environmentalist threat” category played a much larger role in participants’ climate change perceptions than the researchers originally thought.“It turns out that the pushback against environmentalists is actually explaining considerably more of the effect than concerns about the economy,” says Hodson. “When we saw that, we thought, ‘wow, we’re really onto something here.’ There really is an intergroup element here. It’s not all about the economy, even though when you turn on the news at six o’clock it’s all about the economy.”The dynamic then becomes an us-versus-them clash in which “those on the right who are denying climate change think that left-wing environmentalists have an agenda and that they’re hijacking this climate change movement as a way to further their agenda,” says Hodson.The duo’s findings dovetails nicely with earlier research at the University of Victoria that “promote behaviours that help protect the environment without trying to recruit people to be environmentalists,” says Hoffarth.An example that might appeal to the conservative side would be to develop the “green economy” — creating alternative energy sources, new environmentally-friendly materials, innovations that cut down on greenhouse gasses, etc. — that would both create jobs and protect the environment, says Hoffarth.Also, Hoffarth encourages conservative leaders to discuss climate change issues and ideas to address the problem.Hodson says the environment needs to transcend political boundaries.“The environment gets characterized as a liberal concern, which is part of the reason the right is pushing back against it,” he says. “Climate change should be seen as a global concern; it shouldn’t be related to political ideology.”Green on the outside, red on the inside: Perceived environmentalist threat as a factor explaining political polarization of climate change was published in the March 2016 edition of the Journal of Environmental Psychology. read more

RealTime Data Could Corrupt BigTime Sports

By Jody Avirgan As you’re watching the Super Bowl this weekend, keep in mind that behind the scenes, loads of data — and money — is shifting with each and every play. And as real-time data plays a bigger and bigger role in big-time sports, there are more opportunities for corruption.On this week’s episode of our podcast What’s The Point, James Glanz of The New York Times discusses his reporting on high-speed data in sports, as well as his investigations into daily fantasy sports. To listen, stream or download the full episode above, or subscribe using your favorite podcast app.Glanz also reveals that over the course of his reporting, he uncovered that the government routinely finds the names of active professional athletes when it takes down gambling rings. Video and a transcript of that part of the conversation are below.Are pro athletes gambling?Jody Avirgan: In the last couple years, you hear NFL players talk more explicitly about the fact that they know people have them in fantasy sports and their performance is linked to this proxy game or gambling that’s happening. Does it worry you that players are aware of all this other stuff that’s happening around them?James Glanz: Yeah. Yeah, it does. In reporting this story, integrity monitors are some of the people I spoke with — we didn’t do a lot about that — but what I hear from them is that unfortunately, even when [sports leagues] are working privately with integrity monitors, it’s not in any of the sports’ interest to really publicize the cases that they actually find. For example, here’s something I’ll give you that we didn’t put into the series.Avirgan: Are you about to out a player?Glanz: I’m not going to out a player, but in the United States betting organizations get taken down, prosecuted — sometimes severely if they’re convicted of money laundering and things like that, which is the usual charge — but prosecutors do not go after individual bettors, but they often know who they are. And in ring after ring, in this country, active players are constantly caught up in these dragnets that become criminal prosecutions, but because the players are generally just betting, they’re never named.What exactly is data?Avirgan: Over the course of all your reporting, did you land somewhere in terms of how our law should think of what the Internet is — or what data is?Glanz: I guess I’d turn it around. The Internet doesn’t rule the world. We’re in a nation of laws, and we have to actually change those laws if we want to operate under a different set of operating principles. The Internet calls some of that into question, but in some cases it just takes advantage of people’s ignorance about the way the whole system works — I’m talking about the digital system. So, if you’re running an illegal casino in Chelsea, you’re going to have to own up to it; that’s just the way it works.Avirgan: But you’re OK with the fact that it’s illegal in Chelsea, but it’s legal in Malta or some Caribbean island?Glanz: Well, I can’t really help what happens in Malta. I guess the way I’d put it is, that if you’re going to set up your casino in Chelsea, then put a sign out front. Because if what you’re doing is relying on law enforcement’s ignorance about the Internet, I can tell you, the house isn’t going to stand forever, because they’re going to figure that out — and they partly did from our series. That’s an inconvenient fact. Data is like all the rest of us, it exists in a physical place, and you have to take that into account. That’s just the way it is.Avirgan: What’s next in your reporting?Glanz: I’m not sure. I think that networking, and I’m talking about this in a very technical sense, is something that now weaves through all of our lives and affects almost every professional area in the United States as well as our personal lives and very few people understand. I’ve just started to get close to how complicated it is, but also how weirdly understandable it is. I’ll probably find another topic that kind of takes me through that world, and I’ll end up again in these places where you’re looking around and you think you’re in the belly of a submarine, but it’s really “the cloud.” I sort of like those places. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed “After a goal is scored, the result is transmitted to a server in Malta and shows up on a screen, before people in the stadium even jump up and scream.” Read more: “Inside the Shadowy World of High-Speed Tennis Betting” Embed Code If you’re a fan of What’s The Point, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, and please leave a rating/review — that helps spread the word to other listeners. And be sure to check out our sports show Hot Takedown as well. Have something to say about this episode, or have an idea for a future show? Get in touch by email, on Twitter, or in the comments.What’s The Point’s music was composed by Hrishikesh Hirway, host of the “Song Exploder” podcast. Download our theme music. read more

BMX skateboarding stars hitting halfpipe at Ramp Jam CarnOval

Ohio State students and faculty may not want to head home too early for Memorial Day weekend. Today, OUAB’s Ramp Jam kicks off and brings BMX and skateboarding action to OSU. Ramp Jam will run 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. in Buckeye Lot 3 behind the Schottenstein Center. There will be four showcases throughout the day featuring BMX rider Jamie Bestwick, skateboarder Pierre-Luc Gagnon, along with skateboarders Sandro Dias, Danny Mayer, Jimmy Walker, Elliot Sloan and BMX rider John Parker. “The main goal was to bring something to campus that has never been brought here before,” said Shari Lee, special events chairman of OUAB. “I think this is a pretty unique event that not many people get to experience, and it also has a really high appeal and excitement level.” The first shows will start at 12:30 p.m. and will last about 20 minutes. Ramp Jam costs about $65,000 and is funded by the student activity fee, Lee said. The funds go toward performance fees for the athletes and the band, the set-up fees required for the ramp and food vendors, promotional materials, safety and security needs and other miscellaneous costs, Lee said. OUAB receives 52 percent of the $25 Student Activity fee — $13. “With that $13, we have been able to plan 47 events this quarter, resulting in a cost of just under 28 cents per event,” Lee said. “For this specific event we will be utilizing around 1.6 percent of the allocated funds for the quarter.” The construction all over campus, particularly on the South Oval, prompted OUAB to combine Ramp Jam with the third annual CarnOval. “OUAB had been planning to do Ramp Jam for about six months,” Lee said. “CarnOval, because of all the construction on campus, was having a really hard time finding a location, and they were actually going to have to cancel it.” Lee said she believed the collaboration with CarnOval could help Ramp Jam. “I think (CarnOval) will bring a lot of people in because it’s become kind of a staple on campus over the last couple of years,” Lee said. Athletes will sign autographs during 50-minute breaks between performances. Donora, an indie-rock band, along with Cincinnati’s DJ Bandcamp also will perform music at the event. “I think it’s a really unique event, so it’s hard to capture the essence and enthusiasm of the event and that’s why we decided to do a video,” Lee said. “I think all in all the reaction has been good.” Ramp Jam is open to students with a valid Buck ID. read more

Were all scared but Im going back to the mosque tonight Finsbury

first_imgWhile the circumstances and suspected motivations behind the Finsbury Park incident are yet to be made clear, it comes amid mounting concern over far-right extremism in the UK.Warnings that the threat could be growing were raised after the conviction of Thomas Mair for the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox last year.The Government’s Prevent and Channel programmes, which work to intervene before individuals are drawn into violent extremism, have seen a rise in the number of referrals linked to far-right ideology.Counter-terrorism police have said that, while the threat is not of the same gravity as that posed by Islamic State or al Qaida, there are extreme right-wing groups attempting to provoke violence and sow discord. Muslim leaders as well as politicians have called for greater security at mosques following the Finsbury Park attack, in which a man drove a vehicle into worshippers exiting a mosque.One man died and 10 others were injured when a van was rammed into worshippers in a terror attack near a London mosque, before the driver is said to have screamed: “I’m going to kill all Muslims”.The van driver – described by witnesses as a large white man – was detained by members of the public after the incident in Finsbury Park early on Monday that police said had “all the hallmarks of terrorism”. This attack follows warnings of an unprecedented anti-Muslim backlash after recent terrorist atrocities.Police in London recorded a spike in the number of Islamophobic incidents in the wake of the London Bridge outrage earlier this month, with 20 recorded on June 6 – compared with a daily average of 3.5.It was the highest daily tally for 2017, and also higher than the numbers registered after the Paris attacks in November 2015, and the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013.In a speech last week, a former police chief warned that anti-Muslim sentiment online has been “relentless” following the London Bridge attack on June 3. Secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain Harun Khan said: “During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship.”My prayers are with the victims and their families. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.”Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date.”Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.”Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, whose Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency lies close to the scene, called for police to review security at mosques. She tweeted: “Terror attack outside Finsbury Park mosque. Police must urgently review security for all mosques”London Mayor Sadiq Khan said mosque security would be ramped up: “Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.”Some have said they are scared to go back to worship, worrying copycat attacks could occur and that they are a “target” for terror. The sceneCredit:Reuters/James Cropper A Suspect is arrested at the scene of a Terror attack in Finsbury Park Far right extremism is growing problem. My local mosque hires private security just so we can pray due to recent arson attacks #FinsburyPark— Ikrām (@Supersporadic_) June 19, 2017 Figures on terror-related arrests have shown an increasing number of white suspects are being held.In the year to the end of March, there were 113 arrests of white people, compared with 68 in the year before – an increase of 66%.The white ethnic group accounted for 37% of all terrorism-related arrests in the 12 months, compared with 26% in the previous year.Statistics on individuals’ ethnicity are not broken down by type of suspected extremism.Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said: “Coming a year after the murder of Jo Cox, we have witnessed what appears to be another hateful act in the community. “It is looking increasingly likely that this is the latest example of a growing threat of far-right extremism in the UK.”The Government must ensure urgently the security services have all the resources they need to investigate and prevent extremism-inspired attacks of whatever origin.”center_img A Suspect is arrested at the scene of a Terror attack in Finsbury ParkCredit:Sky News Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The scene Mak Chishty, an ex-Metropolitan Police commander who had been the country’s most senior Muslim officer before his retirement, said: “The backlash has been something of a different scale.” Witnesses of the terror attack at Finsbury Park Mosque have vowed to return for prayers tonight despite being scared and shaken after the incident.Saide Ottman, 27,  was leaving the mosque at the time of the attack, and told The Independent: “I heard people screaming and at first I thought it was an accident or a fight had broken out. Then I saw about 10 people holding a man back,” he said. “People told me he had clapped after the attack and seemed proud of what he’d done, and said ‘yes, I did it’.”“This is racism. I haven’t ever experienced racism in London before, this is the first time. I’m scared, we’re all scared, but I’m going back to the mosque tonight.” I just texted my Muslim neighbors to please be safe at their mosque. They have security, but they need the police. #Nabra #FinsburyPark— Noel (@Frogerta) June 19, 2017 “There were discussions with the police. A lot of people were shocked.”There is a lot of fear at the moment. But it’s not the first time. We have had a fire bomb in the mosque, someone tries to leave a bomb, I don’t know if it was a hoax.”The EDL have tried to attack us, a few years back.”We are a target. I am worried to go back there. This could inspire other attacks against our mosque.” Huseyin Ali, 32, a caretaker at the charity Mind, who lives in Finsbury Park, said: “I came about an hour afterwards. There was a lot of confusion. People were just trying to find out what was happening.last_img read more

Around 250 feared dead in new migrant boat sinkings

first_img Mar 24th 2017, 7:18 AM By Garreth MacNamee Share9 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3304024 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8,521 Views Friday 24 Mar 2017, 7:18 AM Short URL Image: s and migrants 24 Comments AROUND 250 MIGRANTS are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean after a rescue boat found two partially submerged rubber dinghies off Libya, a spokeswoman said Thursday.Laura Lanuza of Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms said its boat Golfo Azzuro had recovered five floating corpses close to the dinghies, about 15 miles off the Libyan coast.“We don’t think there can be any other explanation than that these dinghies would have been full of people,” she told AFP.She added that they would typically have been carrying 120-140 migrants each.“In over a year we have never seen any of these dinghies that were anything other than packed,” she added.Lanuza said the bodies recovered were African men with estimated ages of between 16 and 25. They had drowned, apparently in the 24 hours prior to them being discovered shortly after dawn on Thursday in waters directly north of the Libyan port of Sabrata.Despite rough winter seas, migrant departures from Libya on boats chartered by people traffickers have accelerated in recent months from already-record levels.Over 5,000 people have been picked up by rescue boats since Sunday, bringing the number brought to Italy since the start of 2017 to over 21,000, a sharp rise on the same period in previous years.© – AFP 2017Read: Westminster attacker was 52-year-old Khalid MasoodPictures: 20,000 people evacuated from area after massive fire at Ukrainian arms depot Around 250 feared dead in new migrant boat sinkings The bodies recovered were African men with estimated ages of between 16 and 25. Image: s and migrantslast_img read more

6 in 10 people here support introduction of UKstyle porn blocking law

first_img Listen on iPhone/iPad May 3rd 2019, 6:11 AM 6 in 10 people here support introduction of UK-style porn blocking law The UK are on the cusp of introducing such a measure. By Cónal Thomas Listen on Android https://jrnl.ie/4612285 56 Comments Short URL SIXTY PERCENT OF people in Ireland believe people should be required to provide official ID to access adult porn websites, a new poll has found.A Claire Byrne Live/TheJournal.ie by Amarách Research of 1,000 adults on Monday found that just 26% of people believe you should not need official ID to access pornography websites, while 14% of people surveyed said they didn’t know if they’d support such a requirement. Under radical new laws being introduced in the UK, people who want to view pornography online could require official ID to do so from July.Websites which primarily host porn will be required to carry out age-verification checks to ensure anyone visiting the site is over 18 years old in a bid to prevent children from accessing pornography.It’s a world first. Because of that, it is not clear exactly how it will be implemented or if it will even be effective in preventing children from accessing pornography but the Irish government has said it will consider a similar system to the UK’s so-called ‘porn block’ law as part of new legislation on online safety.In this week’s episode of our podcast The Explainer, Caroline West, a doctoral scholar in sexuality at DCU, and TheJournal.ie’s Senior Reporter Michelle Hennessy join us in studio to examine all aspects of the new law.center_img Source: The Explainer/SoundCloudFind a full list of where the podcast is available here.Ideas, thoughts, or feedback? Email podcasts@thejournal.ieThis episode was put together by presenter Sinéad O’Carroll, executive producer Christine Bohan, producer Aoife Barry, assistant producer/technical operator Nicky Ryan and contributors Caroline West, a doctoral scholar in sexuality at DCU, and TheJournal.ie’s Senior Reporter Michelle Hennessy. Design by Palash Somani. Image: Shutterstock/welcomia Image: Shutterstock/welcomia Friday 3 May 2019, 6:10 AM 13,920 Views Share9 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Quilters sew inspired visions at Clark County showcase

first_imgA great deal of admiration made its way through the 43rd annual Clark County Quilters quilt show Saturday as quilters and onlookers studied intricate lines, color choice and unique works of art all tied together with one central idea.The show’s theme, once in a blue moon, asked participants to draw on a rare celestial occasion for inspiration.Featured quilter Lynn Czaban drew from the lighter side of the theme. Her self-portrait, all in blue, played on a bright idea only occurring once in a blue moon. Her bright idea was that she had inspiration for the quilt to begin with.Czaban is known for her portrait quilts, several of which were on display at this year’s show held at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. Czaban said she saw her first portrait quilt in 2005 and hasn’t looked back since.“This has been really one of those happy accidents that has opened up a whole opportunity for me to teach and give presentations and I just really have enjoyed it,” she said.Portrait quilts on display feature her interpretation of the “Mona Lisa,” “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “American Gothic,” among several other famous works of art.last_img read more

Rangers boss reacts to Lee Wallace first appearance

first_imgRangers boss Steven Gerrard was asked if he regretted throwing on Lee Wallace for his first appearance of the season just immediately before Hartley equalised, and he said according to Daily Mail:‘Because they had four or five big units on there and I have a defender sitting behind me who is 6ft 3 and will all due respect to Ovie – and he was good today – Lee Wallace is a lot better at defending set-pieces and that was the thinking behind it.‘If I’ve got it wrong, I’ll take the blame, no problem.’Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.Gerrard shot down reports in the Portuguese media linking him with a move for Sporting Lisbon’s Ryan Gauld.‘Nothing’, he straight-batted. I’ve been asked about Nathan Dyer (of Swansea) and there’s nothing in that, either.On possible incomings this week, he said: ‘Hopefully we can get a centre-back in. Not sure if it’s loan or permanent – could be either.’last_img read more

Report Barcelona agree loan deal for KevinPrince Boateng

first_imgSassuolo forward Kevin-Prince Boateng is reportedly set to complete a six-month loan move to Barcelona after an agreement was reachedThe Catalan giants are currently short of centre-forward options following Paco Alcacer and Munir El Haddadi’s departures.This has left Luis Suarez, who will turn 32 this month, to bear most of the workload despite the need to be managed more carefully at this stage of his career.Therefore, Barcelona have gone out in a desperate search for a backup option with Goal reporting they have an agreement with Sassuolo for Boateng in a six-month loan deal with the option of making it permanent this summer for €8m.The report adds that Boateng bid his Sassuolo teammates goodbye today and has now set out to Catalunya to undergo a medical examination.Since arriving at Sassuolo last summer, Boateng has managed four goals and an assist in 13 Serie A appearances after spending last season at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).The 31-year-old has previously played for Hertha BSC, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, AC Milan, Schalke 04 and UD Las Palmas.At the Canary Islands, Boateng scored 10 goals in 28 La Liga appearances during his sole campaign at the club in the 2016/17 season.Meanwhile, Barcelona had previously been linked with moves for Girona’s star striker Cristhian Stuani and Chelsea’s unsettled player Alvaro Morata.But a move for either player failed to materialise with Boateng becoming Barcelona’s second arrival of this month’s transfer window.Ernesto Valverde’s side have signed Jeison Murillo from Valencia in another loan deal until the end of the season, while Toulouse centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo will join them this summer.Should the deal go ahead, then Boateng could be in contention to make his Barcelona debut in Sunday’s Catalan derby against Girona in La Liga, where they hope to maintain their four-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday May 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 1, 2019:#1) 3rd Annual Wilmington Special Olympics School Day GamesThe Wilmington and Burlington communities are invited to fill the stands of Wilmington High School Athletic Complex from 9am-1pm for Wilmington’s 3rd Annual Unified School Day Games. This joyful event will feature students from the Wilmington and Burlington school districts in a Unified Sports event – which allows for both students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate side by side in a truly inclusive setting.#2) DEADLINE: Write A Thank You Note To Mrs. FenneyAfter nearly 47 years of teaching in the Wilmington Public School system, Joan (Walsh) Feeney will be retiring in June.Some of her co-workers are looking for comments, short notes or an update from students and families from the past 47 years.If you have a quick note, memory, or an update to share with Ms. Walsh/Feeney, please email either Michelle.LeVesque@wpsk12.com or Lisa.Murphy@wps12k.com  by May 1, 2019. Please put Joan Feeney in the subject line of the email. All of these stories and notes will be put into a keepsake journal for Ms. Walsh/Feeney.Please spread the word, but DO NOT share this info with Ms. Walsh/Feeney.#3) Wilmington Yardwaste Center OpenThe Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open from 8am to 2pm during selected dates for the drop-off of leaves and brush.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.#4) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council MeetingThe Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council meets from 3:15pm to 4:15pm in the High School’s Main Office Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, September 7In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Man charged in Spenard shooting

first_img21-year-old Cody Randall Hess has been charged in connection with a shooting in the Anchorage’s Spenard area.According to a release, a man called APD dispatch at about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday saying he had been shot outside near 37th Avenue and Wyoming Drive.The victim said he was calling from a nearby gas station. The police investigation found that the victim had asked Hess several times to leave the area before Hess fired several rounds during the argument.Responding officers searched the area and took Hess into custody.APD says the victim was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.Hess has been charged with assault among other charges.last_img

Industry pushes back against proposed changes to states oil tax system

first_imgSAE Exploration Chairman and CEO Jeff Hastings answers questions Wednesday after his testimony before the House Resources Committee in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)As lawmakers in Juneau consider changes to the state’s oil tax credit system, they’re facing stiff opposition from oil companies.Listen nowSeveral industry representatives testified before lawmakers this week. They are calling the changes proposed in House Bill 111 a tax increase. They also say it could affect their investment decisions.Rich Ruggiero, a legislative oil and gas consultant, told lawmakers that the state’s current tax regime isn’t flexible enough to deal with the changing industry.But industry representatives told lawmakers that proposing this bill — when oil prices are low — is akin to kicking them when they’re down.“Nine of the 11 policy sections of the bill would increase cost and or taxes on the industry at a time when oil prices are still in this lower-for-longer range,”  Kara Moriarty, president and CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, said. “In fact, some companies are even still losing money in Alaska today.”The bill scales back North Slope credits and raises the state’s 4 percent minimum tax.HB 111 contains several provisions lawmakers considered during last year’s oil tax credit debate:It reduces credits companies can earn per-barrel to $5, when prices are below $110.It cuts credits companies can take when they’re operating at a loss, from 35 percent to 15 percent.It also kicks companies off of the net operating loss tax credit program when they’re producing more than 15,000 barrels of oil per day.Exxon Mobil tax counsel Dan Seckers told lawmakers Friday that he was troubled to see the state consider eliminating the net operating loss credits.“That just means you’re losing money,” Seckers said. “I know people like to call the loss credits subsidies to the companies. I’m sorry, I just can’t wrap my head around that concept.”Smaller companies, like Great Bear Petroleum, say the net operating loss credits are there to level the playing field between new entrants into the industry and legacy producers.The vice president of commercial ventures for BP Alaska, Damian Bilbao, told lawmakers the new bill would discourage companies from extending the lives of legacy fields such as Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk. And that it would not encourage independent companies to explore.Industry representatives also said they want stability.Several mentioned the state has changed its tax policy six times in the past decade.House Resources Committee co-chair Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, pointed out that some of those changes were proposed by the industry.“We do want to get to a place where we’re not revisiting this every year, and I wish that would have been last year and not this year,” Tarr said.The House Resources committee has scheduled public testimony on the bill for March 1.last_img read more

ACC identifies 10 corruption sources in railways

first_imgRailways minister Nurul Islam Sujan. UNB File PhotoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a report to railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan on Tuesday identifying 10 sources of corruption in the sector.ACC chairman Mozammel Haque Khan handed over the report to the minister at his office, reports news agency UNB.Khan said the report, prepared by the ACC institutional team, also made 15 recommendations. The report, however, does not contain opinion of any expert.The ACC chairman said that the anti-graft body has been working tirelessly to curb corruption focusing on the prime minister’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy.In 2017, the ACC formed 25 separate institutional teams for as many establishments to identify sources of corruption and prevent it.It has so far filed 12 reports to concerned ministries. The report on railways is its 13th.last_img read more

What makes gamers keep gaming

first_img She is one of several researchers who, according to an article in The New York Times, are trying to understand and perhaps harness the power of the gaming mentality. As the article states, the average 21-year-old American has spent 10,000 hours playing computer games. Researchers want to know why games are so addicting, and if we could learn things from games that could encourage and motivate people to work better in the real world.In some ways, game activities are similar to real-life activities. In both realms, people must solve problems, overcome obstacles, and achieve specific goals. Researchers have noted that, when people get into playing games, they seem to reach a mental state of high concentration and focus, similar to that achieved by great musicians and athletes. However, gamers get “in the zone” very quickly, while it usually takes years for the professionals in music and sports to train themselves to reach this level.In the NYT article, some researchers pointed out a few ingredients that good games have in common: instant feedback, small rewards for small progress, occasional unexpected rewards, continual encouragement from the computer and other players, and a final sense of triumph. Together, these components motivate gamers to keep trying even after multiple failures, even if it means spending hours at the same game.“One of the most profound transformations we can learn from games is how to turn the sense that someone has ‘failed’ into the sense that they ‘haven’t succeeded yet,’” said Tom Chatfield, a British journalist and the author of “Fun Inc.: Why Gaming Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century.”Some game developers have started designing games that have positive real-world consequences. For instance, smartphone users can download an app for the nonprofit group First Aid Corps, and help create a worldwide map of where defibrillators are located for real-life cardiac emergencies. Researchers can also use virtual worlds to test ideas, such as national disaster policies or how financial bubbles and panics occur. McGonigal thinks that there are enormous benefits that can be reaped by engaging gamers to help solve real-world problems. The key is to convince them that it’s still just a game. More information: via: The New York Times © 2010 PhysOrg.com Leveling the gaming field (PhysOrg.com) — Creating Wikipedia has so far taken about 100 million hours of work, while people spend twice that many hours playing World of Warcraft in a single week, notes Jane McGonigal, a game designer and researcher at the Institute for the Future. McGonigal has written a soon-to-be-published book called “Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.” Citation: What makes gamers keep gaming? (2010, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-gamers-gaming.html Explore further World of Warcraft is one of the most popular games in the world. Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more