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ONCF Launches Contest for Best Photo of New Train Stations

Rabat – The National Office of Railways (ONCF) has launched a competition calling all those with a keen eye behind the camera, amateur or not, to take their best shot of the four new strain stations built along the high-speed line. To enter the competition, simply upload a photo on Instagram of the train station of your choice, along with the hashtags: #ONCFPHOTOSGARES #LENOMDELAGARE. The competition will be divided into 4 parts, with a different week dedicated to each different station. Here are the dates and the stations:  Rabat Agdal: July 18 to July 24Kenitra: July 25 to July 31Casa Voyageurs: August 1 to August 7Tangier City: August 8 to August 15Each week, round-trip trips on the LGV Al Boraq trains, the high-speed rail service between Casablanca and Tangier, are to be won. The tickets are valid for one month from the day the winner’s name is announced. The winner is free to choose the times of the trip. Here are the exact prizes on offer: 1st prize: 1 Al Boraq trip A / R 1st class for two people 2nd prize: 1 Al Boraq trip A / R 2nd class for two people  3rd prize: 1 Al Boraq trip A / R 2nd class for one personThe 4 train stations all recently received a massive upgrade, to match the LGV high-speed train line that was inaugurated on November 15, 2018, by King Mohammed VI. The inauguration came after over a decade of planning and construction by Moroccan national railway company ONCF.The 200-kilometer-long LGV line is the first of its kind in Africa, linking Casablanca and Tangier in two hours and 15 minutes instead of the usual 5-hour train ride.The large-scale projects cost MAD 10.5 billion, with new Kenitra train station costing approximately MAD 400 million. The Casa-Voyageurs train station cost MAD 450 million, and renovation at Tangier-Ville cost MAD 360 million.The new train stations are all fitted with state-of-the-art technology which meets international standards in terms of safety, comfort, security, and quality of services. read more

General Assembly urges observance of Olympic Truce during Beijing Games

In a resolution adopted unanimously and sponsored by the vast majority of UN Member States, the Assembly also welcomed the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to galvanize actions to promote a culture of peace and harmony based on the spirit of the Olympic Truce, a revived ancient Greek tradition known as ekecheiria.It called on all Member States to cooperate with the IOC in its efforts to use sport as an instrument to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond the Olympic Games period.Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said the 192-member body considers the concept of ekecheiria “to be an important part of promoting international understanding and maintaining peace.” He noted that the UN “works closely with the International Olympic Committee to develop strategic partnerships with the international sport community to promote education, health, HIV/AIDS prevention, gender equality, environmental protection, peace and reconciliation.”The President praised examples including peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Liberia who use sport to bring previously warring factions together, while backing a call from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a more systematic follow-up by all Member States and UN bodies to “more effectively use sport as a tool” to achieve the global antipoverty targets collectively known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“If we are going to build a world with greater tolerance, mutual understanding and peace sport must continue to be used to channel energies away from aggression and self-destruction and into learning and self-respect,” he said. “This is the essence of the Olympic ideal.” 31 October 2007The United Nations General Assembly today urged all countries to observe the Olympic Truce during the 2008 Beijing Games – a move backed by its president, who advocated greater use of sport to promote peace and development. read more

Seventh annual General Brocks October Soirée set for Oct 25

Brock University staff, students and faculty should be prepared for some minor disruptions during Saturday’s seventh annual General Brock’s October Soirée.All buses will be redirected to the temporary bus staging on Isaac Brock Blvd. West from 5 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 25. Buses will return to their normal pickup in front of Schmon Tower on Sunday.Lot S East will be reserved for event parking beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Permit holders can park in Zone 1.Pay parking on Isaac Brock Blvd. West will not be available on Saturday. Pay parking is available at Lot D ($7 day rate) or at many pay machine/meter spaces around campus.Guernsey Market will be closed Saturday as it hosts Soirée. DeCew/Lowenberger dining halls will be open from 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and the Walker Food Court will be open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.The sold out Soirée begins at 6 p.m. and is a fundraiser for students attending the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.About 300 guests are expected as Brock continues its 50th anniversary celebrations. read more

Shocker No 1 Maria Sharapova Knocked Out Of Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova, seeking back-to-back Grand Slam championships, was eliminated from Wimbledon on Monday, losing 6-4, 6-3 to No. 15-seeded Sabine Lisicki  in a match played in windy, rainy conditions.Sharapova, the No. 1 seed who took the French Open title last month for her fourth Grand Slam, was outplayed by Lisicki, a German who won the 2004 Wimbledon title.After blasting an ace down the middle on her third match point, Lisicki collapsed to her knees on the grass and shook both fists. Among those cheering for Lisicki in the guest box was German NBA star Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.“It’s just unbelievable,” Lisicki said. “For the third time I’ve beaten the French Open champion here. I’m just so happy. I’ve lost the three previous meetings against her. Now I just played well and beat her for the first time.”Sharapova was trying to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2002 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. But Lisicki was better.“I just went for my shots. Really from the first point on I felt great out there,” Lisicki said. “It’s my favorite tournament, I love playing on grass, I love the crowd here. I just love it.”Lisicki will next face fellow German and No. 8 Angelique Kerber, who drubbed Kim Clijsters 6-1, 6-1. Clijester, the 47th-ranked Belgian, has said she is retiring after this year’s U.S. Open – this time for good, having returned to the sport in 2009 after a two-year break. read more

Ray Small tells all ExBuckeye says he sold memorabilia some players dont

Ray Small saw it all – and did most of it, too – during his four years suiting up in scarlet and gray. Small told The Lantern on Wednesday he profited off of memorabilia while at Ohio State, adding that some student-athletes “don’t even think about (NCAA) rules.” “I had sold my things but it was just for the money,” Small said. “At that time in college, you’re kind of struggling.” Small, who played receiver at OSU from 2006-2010, capitalized on the Buckeyes’ success during his college career. “We had four Big Ten rings,” he said. “There was enough to go around.” Small said he sold the rings to cover typical costs of living. “We have apartments, car notes,” he said. “So you got things like that and you look around and you’re like, ‘Well I got (four) of them, I can sell one or two and get some money to pay this rent.” The wheeling and dealing didn’t stop with rings. The best deals came from car dealerships, Small said. “It was definitely the deals on the cars. I don’t see why it’s a big deal,” said Small, who identified Jack Maxton Chevrolet as the players’ main resource. The Columbus Dispatch reported on May 7 that OSU was investigating more than 50 transactions between OSU athletes and their families and Jack Maxton Chevrolet or Auto Direct. Representatives for Jack Maxton Chevrolet did not return repeated requests for comment. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from benefiting from the sale of their merchandise. Small said he wasn’t the only one. Ray Small interview with The Lantern by The Lantern OSU “They have a lot (of dirt) on everybody,” Small said, “cause everybody was doing it.” Although he understands how athletes are easy targets for getting deals, Small said anyone can take advantage. “(People say) ‘Oh you got a deal, it’s because you’re an athlete,’” Small said. “Playing for Ohio State definitely helps. But I know a lot of people that do nothing and get deals on their cars.” The Lantern obtained a police report from shortly after 2 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2007, when Small was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. According to the report, Small was driving a 2007 Chrysler 300 that he told the officer he had just purchased. The vehicle had a dealer plate on it instead of a temporary tag. Police then received a call from Aaron Kniffin later that morning, wanting to know why the car had been impounded. Kniffin, a salesman at Jack Maxton Chevrolet, told the officer the dealership “gives a lot of coaches and faculty cars and that Mr. Small’s family is purchasing the car,” according to the report. Kniffin told the officer that paperwork for the car had not yet been worked out. On Dec. 23, the NCAA suspended quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for five games for selling memorabilia and receiving discounted tattoos from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting earned a one-game ban. OSU handed coach Jim Tressel a five-game suspension and $250,000 fine for failing to report the players’ actions. Malcolm Jenkins, who played cornerback for OSU from 2005-2008, said the tattoo violation was overblown. “The tattoo thing is whatever. It’s not that big of a deal, but it’s one of the dumb rules that the NCAA has,” Jenkins told The Lantern on Wednesday. “I don’t see what advantage getting free tattoos has to a university to be a violation, but it’s whatever. It’s in the rules, so it’s whatever.” Small said he isn’t surprised players couldn’t resist the temptation of discounted tattoos. “If you go in and try to get a tattoo, and somebody is like ‘Do you want 50 percent off this tattoo?’ You’re going to say, ‘Heck yeah,’” Small said. The NCAA’s notice of allegations sent to university President E. Gordon Gee on April 21 details the infractions that the six aforementioned athletes committed. It also lists a seventh violator, noted under letter “g” in its document. The NCAA accuses that player of having repeated interaction with Rife for a year-and-a-half. Small said he didn’t know much about Rife or Fine Line Ink. Among the items this mystery player sold to Rife was a 2010 Rose Bowl watch for $250. However, Small, defensive end Rob Rose and running back Bo DeLande were suspended for the 2010 Rose Bowl for a “violation of team rules.” According to athletic department spokesman Dan Wallenberg, that means Small didn’t receive a watch. “Postseason awards are limited to student-athletes who are eligible to participate in such contests under NCAA and Big Ten Conference regulations,” Wallenberg said Wednesday in an email to The Lantern. Rife declined The Lantern‘s request for an interview. Small spent much of his four years at OSU in Tressel’s doghouse. “When I was in college, in my opinion, I was the bad guy,” Small said. “I mean I knew that I was being the bad guy. I had took on that role.” Small said the allure of deals and discounts overshadows the rules education that the athletic department’s compliance office provides. “They explain the rules to you, but as a kid you’re not really listening to all of them rules,” Small said. “You go out and you just, people show you so much love, you don’t even think about the rules. You’re just like ‘Ah man, it’s cool.’ You take it, and next thing you know the NCAA is down your back.” Jenkins said the athletic department makes a concerted effort to prevent such scenarios, but not all players follow instruction. “What the players go out and do on their own time and make their own decisions is on them,” Jenkins said. “I know (the compliance department) puts things in place to give us knowledge of the rules, give us education on how to deal with those situations, but what the players do with that is another story.” The Lantern reached out to Doug Archie, head of the OSU compliance department, but instead received a comment from Wallenberg. “We educate as best we can and expect student-athletes and staff to follow our messaging and policies,” Wallenberg said in an email. Jenkins said some players fail to resist the temptation of discounts. “When I was in school, I never really encountered too many offers and stuff, and the ones I did, it wasn’t hard to say no,” Jenkins said. “But some guys who have less self-control feel like they can get away with it.” Although six players have been penalized, Small said players mostly kept their wrongdoing under wraps. “(It) was kind of hush-hush. I mean, you tell … probably your close friend, or a close friend to your close friend,” Small said. “As far as everybody just talking about it in the locker room, that wasn’t really a big thing. So if somebody is giving them a deal, it was probably a situation where they kept it to themselves.” Small did not provide details on who bought his memorabilia. In a September interview with The Lantern, athletic director Gene Smith said outside influences are to blame for players’ misjudgments of NCAA rules. “At the end of the day, everyone’s trying to do what’s right. There’s some things you can’t control,” Smith said. “Do we have some bad people in the business? No doubt. But 99 percent of our people are trying to do it the right way, and outside influences take them to where they are. “It worries me constantly that our education sessions might not work, might not make it to a particular family member.” But when speaking to the media at the announcement of the players’ suspensions on Dec. 23, Smith said the compliance department could have done more. “We were not explicit with these young men that you cannot resell items that we give you,” Smith said. “They stated in their interviews with us and with the NCAA that they felt those items were theirs, that they owned them, that they could sell them to help their families. … We were not explicit, and that’s our responsibility to be explicit.” Smith said the compliance department reaches out to those who might interact with athletes to make sure everyone is on the same page. “We focus more on education, education, education. Our education is marvelous,” Smith told The Lantern in September. “We go out and meet with the car dealers, we’ll go into the bars and restaurants with cover charges and nightclubs and educate those people so they don’t give our athletes freebies.” Former OSU basketball player Mark Titus wrote Tuesday on his blog, Club Trillion, that the perks within the football program are far from a secret. “Any OSU student in the past five years could tell you that a lot of the football players drive nice cars,” Titus wrote. “You’d have to be blind to not notice it.” Titus declined further comment when The Lantern contacted him, but said he has received “all sorts of hate mail. … If people are this upset with me for pointing out the obvious, I can’t imagine how mad they must be at all the guys who actually broke the rules and got OSU into this mess in the first place.” In his four years in scarlet and gray, Small – who is back at OSU pursuing a degree in sociology – totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns. He returned a fourth-quarter punt 69 yards for a touchdown to seal a 26-14 victory against Ohio University on Sept. 6, 2008. Small spent time on the practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins. OSU has until July 5 to respond to the NCAA’s notice of allegations. The university will present its case to the NCAA Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12. Small said players get deals just based on affiliation with the university. “Everywhere you go, while you’re in the process of playing at Ohio State,” Small said, “you’re going to get a deal every which way.” read more

ZEB1 handheld laser scanner maps UKs deepest mine for health and safety

first_img“Using the total station it used to take about an hour and a half to survey each of our five districts,” continued Hedges, “plus data processing time. This meant that the survey cycle was a minimum of a week. Using the ZEB we can complete it all in one day! This allows us to capture and produce survey measurements for a multitude of other applications.” Prior to purchasing the ZEB1 Cleveland Potash used traditional chain and offset surveying with manual data entry before upgrading to total station measuring. Since its implementation last year ZEB1 mobile mapping system has dramatically increased the efficiency of underground mapping required by law for health and safety compliance. The ZEB1 is also being used to capture volume measurements for the creation of monthly tonnage reports, survey outdoor stock piles and silos and produce detailed drawings and plans of the mine workings. Cleveland Potash, a business unit of ICL Fertilizers, is a producer and supplier of potash for agricultural and industrial use. Operating out of Boulby mine, the UK’s only potash mine, the company produces over 1 Mt/y of potash and over 500,000 t/y of salt. The second deepest of any kind of mine in Europe it has a network of underground workings extending under the North Sea totalling more than 960 km in length.  Cleveland Potash is using the ZEB1 hand held laser mapping system to map underground workings, complete stock surveys and comply with health and safety legislation at Boulby mine in North Yorkshire. The deepest mine in the UK, Boulby produces all of the UK’s output of potash and rock salt. Purchased from 3D Laser Mapping, the ZEB1 mobile mapping system is reducing the time taken to survey the workings, increasing the amount of data available to mine managers and allowing for the introduction of new working practices.  “ZEB1 is saving us time,” commented William Hedges, Mine Surveyor, “both underground while surveying and back in the office data processing. “It is so easy to use that after just a short introduction any member of the team can pick it up and run with it and it is robust enough to cope with the challenging environments we work in. I would go as far to say as I would recommend the ZEB1 to any mine in the world!” Developed by CSIRO and commercialised by UK-based 3D Laser Mapping, ZEB1 uses robotic technology called Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM). The ZEB1 system includes a lightweight laser scanner mounted on a simple spring mechanism, which continuously scans as the operator walks through the environment. As the scanner loosely oscillates about the spring it produces a rotation that converts 2D laser measurements into 3D fields of view. Its ability to self-localise makes ZEB1 ideally suited for use indoors, underground and in other covered environments, where traditional solutions that utilise GPS don’t function.last_img read more

Angry Birds is coming to Facebook

first_imgIf Rovio‘s intention to ensure Angry Birds is available to play anywhere and everywhere wasn’t clear to you before today, then news of a Facebook version in development should remove any remaining doubt.A page has appeared on Facebook announcing that Angry Birds is coming to the social network, and that you can be one of the first to hear when it goes live by clicking the Facebook Like button.While the game has the potential to be as big as Zynga games on Facebook, Rovio clearly wants Angry Birds to be synonymous with gameplay on all platforms. After topping the charts in the App Store, the game is now available on Android Market, the Mac App Store, Intel AppUp, and is heading to Windows Phone 7 this spring as well as Xbox 360 and PS3. If you’ve hacked your Kinect it’s also possible to play the game using motion control.Mikael Hed, boss of Rovio, has stated that Angry Birds on Facebook will bring new elements to the game due to its social nature. For example, we can expect the pigs to feature more prominently in this version.For the moment there is no release date stated for Angry Birds on Facebook. Fans of the game do have something to look forward to, though, as Angry Birds Rio is set to launch on March 22 offering up 45 new levels.Read more at All Facebook and DevelopMatthew’s OpinionWith a Facebook version released I think Rovio has achieved its goal of offering Angry Birds to everyone, everywhere. I am actually a little surprised it has been announced last due to the potential for hundreds of millions of people to play it and generate revenue for the company. Maybe Rovio was using the Android release as an experiment to see how offering the game for free with ads worked out before following a similar path on the social network.Zynga is already generating healthy returns through Facebook games, and it started out on the social network with no previous success. Rovio is coming to Facebook with a hit on its hands meaning it’s pretty much guaranteed Angry Birds will be a huge success. After all, there are many people out there who have yet to play the game due to a lack of iOS or Android device. Putting it on Facebook means all you need is a PC to play.last_img read more

Porsche Design BlackBerry P9981 unveiled costs an arm and a leg

first_imgBack in September, a mysterious and snazzy BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 remix popped up in China. Now it’s looking a whole lot more official than it once was, with the strikingly similar BlackBerry P9981 unveiled by RIM and the folks who crafted it, Porsche Design.Gone is the plastic front bezel, replaced with a shined-up stainless steel face. Like the 9980, the P9981 sports the crosshair-emblazoned optical trackpad instead of the button-style one featured on most BlackBerry phones. The back of the P9981 eschews the carbon fiber-look plastic for a tooled black leather wrapping. There’s even an exclusive theme applied to the BB7 OS.The Bold Touch 9900 was easily RIM’s best-looking phone to date, and the Porsche Design P9981 is a snazzy upgrade. Under the hood, the hardware is the same: a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP rear shooter, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1.But as is the case with most of RIM’s recent announcements — like the fact that  BBM and email have now been dropped from PlayBook OS2 (which itself has been delayed) — the P9981 news has a sad trombone soundtrack.It’s projected to sell for around $2,000, will be produced in extremely limited numbers, and they’ll only be available from Porsche Design stores. So while Android and Windows Phone manufacturers continue to up their collective game and make sexier designs the norm, RIM has made sure the P9981 is an unattainable purchase for the Average Joe.But hey, at least RIM is setting aside an exclusive range of PINs that will allow P9981 owners to identify each other. Somehow I doubt it’ll be that hard to spot one…More at Tbreak and Engadgetlast_img read more

DNABased Neural Network Identifies Human Handwriting

first_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on target Robots are becoming more human every day. Case in point, Caltech researchers developed an artificial neural network made of DNA.Even more impressive, though, is that the AI can solve a classic machine learning problem: correctly identifying handwritten numbers.The work—a “significant step” toward demonstrating the capacity to program artificial intelligence into synthetic biomolecular circuits—was published in the journal Nature.“Though scientists have only just begun to explore creating artificial intelligence in molecular machines, its potential is already undeniable,” Lulu Qian, assistant professor of bioengineering at Caltech, said in a statement.“Similar to how electronic computers and smartphones have made humans more capable than a hundred years ago,” she explained, “artificial molecular machines could make all things made of molecules, perhaps including even paint and bandages, more capable and more responsive to the environment in the hundred years to come.”Ultimately, Qian’s team hopes to program intelligent behavior—the ability to compute, make choices, etc.—in artificial neural networks made of DNA.Similar to the human brain on which they are founded, these machines function like a system of neurons, and are capable of processing complex information.“We have designed and created biochemical circuits that function like a small network of neurons to classify molecular information substantially more complex than previously possible,” Qian boasted, comparing her technology to a roundworm, which makes simple decisions using just a few hundred neurons.To demonstrate the DNA-based neural networks’ abilities, graduate student Kevin Cherry chose a fairly standard challenge: recognizing handwriting.Far from the uniform digital fonts we’re used to, human handwriting is profoundly varied. So when you try to read the sloppy sequence of numbers that cute guy from the bar scribbled onto a napkin, your brain must perform complex computational tasks to make out the phone number.Similarly, neural networks must be “taught” to recognize numbers, account for variations in handwriting, and compare their “memories” to decode the writing.In this case, Cherry built a neural network of carefully designed DNA sequences that identify “molecular handwriting”—numbers and letters made of unique DNA strands.Deoxyribonucleic acid is made of four basic nucleotides, which bind together in specific combinations to form the double helix of DNA. These predictable patterns make nucleotide strands perfect for computing devices.Initial tests have shown great promise; Qian and Cherry plan to further develop their artificial neural network to perform different tasks.“Common medical diagnostics detect the presence of a few biomolecules, for example, cholesterol or blood glucose,” Cherry said. “Using more sophisticated biomolecular circuits like ours, diagnostic testing could one day include hundreds of biomolecules, with the analysis and response conducted directly in the molecular environment.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Workshop on hazardous trees is Wednesday night

first_imgVancouver’s Urban Forestry office invites the public to learn how to know and manage hazardous trees at a free TreeTalk workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.This time of year brings lots of windy, wet weather, and that can cause some property owners to fear for the health and safety of their trees. Learning about tree defects in advance can help ease those worries, make the environment safer and potentially guard against liability.Certified arborists and tree assessors will be present to lead the discussion and answer questions.“Most trees fail because of an existing defect in the tree, such as cankers, decay and root problems,” Vancouver Urban Forester Charles Ray said in a news release. “Professionals are trained to recognize these existing conditions and work with the home owner to reduce them.”For those wanting to know more about their trees before the meeting or to learn about upcoming workshops, visit the city’s Urban Forestry webpage at: www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry, or call 360-487-8308.last_img read more

Officials search for possible smugglers in Key Largo

first_imgKEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – Law enforcement officials said, Thursday, they are searching for possible smugglers of Cuban migrants in Key Largo.Customs and Borders Protection officials were joined by Homeland Security, and a Miami-Dade Police helicopter.They have not yet said whether migrants were dropped off Thursday or earlier in the week. No arrests have been made.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday April 30 2019

first_imgHouse committees take different approach on crime billsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauHouse members have brought different ideas on addressing crime to the House Judiciary and House Finance committees.Senate bill to change PFD formula advancesAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSenate Bill 103 would split the annual draw from permanent fund earnings evenly between dividends and state government.Mine opponents ask SEC to investigate Pebble’s parent companyLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Two groups allege Northern Dynasty Minerals has described a massive deposit to potential investors while Pebble’s permit application describes a mine barely a tenth that size.Fairbanks joins others in lawsuit against PFAS manufacturersDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe City of Fairbanks has filed a suit against manufacturers of PFAS containing firefighting foams, which have contaminated ground water in an area on the city’s south side.House Fisheries urges pressure on B.C. over transboundary miningJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauA legislative committee heard from mine critics on both sides of the border during a hearing in Juneau this week. It’s part of an effort to pressure British Columbia to tighten its mining regulations to reduce the threat of pollution from transboundary mines.Trial date set for Sitka herring suitKatherine Rose, KCAW – SitkaA lawsuit over management of the Sitka Sac Roe herring fishery will go to trial later this year.Sitka Assembly calls for city hiring freezeKatherine Rose, KCAW – SitkaAt a special budget meeting last Thursday, community members appealed to the Sitka Assembly to boost funding for Sitka’s schools amid the threat of state budget cuts. Instead it instituted a hiring freeze on city staff and boosted funding for the library to stay open on Sundays.Thanks to makeshift driftwood sign, Coast Guard rescues stranded ATV driversMaggie Wall, KMXT – KodiakTwo men who needed help after being stranded near Saltery Cove this past weekend did just what they needed to do to be rescued—including using driftwood to spelling out the word ‘HELP.”Pilot study of black-tailed deer underway near PetersburgJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgA three-year pilot study is underway to come up with an estimate of Sitka black-tailed deer numbers on Mitkof Island near Petersburg. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will use a combination of techniques for counting deer and could use the results elsewhere in the region.Meet the first girls of Juneau Cub ScoutsZoe Grueskin, KTOO – JuneauThe first girls to become Cub Scouts in Juneau have met both support and confrontation in the community. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewslast_img read more

No humanhauler to run in capital

first_imgAsaduzzaman MiaDhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Thursday said no human-hauler, locally named as Leguna, will be allowed to ply the streets of the capital.”Serious traffic problems are created on the city streets due to the plying of such vehicles which are also the main causes of road accidents,” the DMP commissioner said while addressing a press conference organised at its media centre on the occasion of the month-long traffic management programme.He also said a large number of human haulers are carrying people illegally on Dhaka streets despite having any route permit.Such vehicles can only ply the roads outside the city like the 300 Feet road or in Bosila areas, said Asaduzzaman Mia.last_img

Harveys Not Over Schools about to Start — but The Trauma from

first_img Share Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneDarby Dugay, 17, sits in the bedroom of the FEMA mobile home where she and her family have lived since Hurricane Harvey flooded their home in Port Arthur.The mid-June clouds stark white and heavy with impending rain, Darby Dugay listened for the splatter of falling drops, noting that the foul weather might delay her basketball practice.Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey submerged coastal Port Arthur, the rain still brings the 17-year-old’s heart rate up, especially when water overflows the long-neglected drainage ditches lining the neighborhood’s sidewalks.“When I step into the streets and it’s at my ankles, then I’m like, ‘What’s about to happen?’” she said, sitting in the living room of a two-bedroom Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer next to her family’s gutted home, which flooded during Harvey. “It makes me get into, ‘Do I need to pack? And then what do I salvage?’ mode.”And her fear is justified: That summer storm filled the family’s garage with water, ruining a couple of boxes of clothing, and leaked through the roof, significantly delaying the contractors who had finally started repairing the house. Dugay and her mother Angela, who is 53, each have a room in the trailer, and her 80-year-old grandfather, Herman, sleeps sitting up in the living room recliner, where he finds it easier to breathe.As students across southeast Texas prepare to head back to the stability of a regimented school day, many in the area are still living in small trailers, stuffed into rooms with aunts, uncles and grandparents while their parents argue with insurance providers and desperately hunt for contractors who won’t rip them off.Mental health providers say the stress and instability is exacerbating existing anxieties and traumas. And they don’t expect the problem to let up any time soon, even as the hurricane fades from public consciousness.More than 75 percent of Port Arthur ISD’s students were displaced from their homes by Harvey’s flooding and had to move into hotels or trailers or with relatives. About 500 students had to leave the district to find shelter; they have slowly returned after the completion of apartment remodels or when their families find other homes.“A lot of these kids and adults are still living the trauma because they’re still living in shelters, they’re still living displaced, they’re still living in multi-family residences, they’re still living in storage containers,” said Tommy Smith, a mental health liaison for Spindletop Center, a community mental health clinic in neighboring Beaumont. “Harvey’s not over for a lot of the communities around here.”“Where else are they going to go?”Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneCamper trailers and storage containers are a common sight in the front yards of many Port Arthur residents as people try to repair their Harvey-damaged homes.Two months after Hurricane Harvey hit, Gov. Greg Abbott tasked three state agencies with creating a comprehensive list of mental health resources and helping link schools in need of help with the right organizations and agencies. And when a student killed 10 classmates and teachers in a rural Houston-area school this spring, state lawmakers held a series of public hearings about how to screen students for mental health issues early and head off potential violent outbursts.But neither effort has resulted in consistent financial support that would allow schools to double the number of counselors to meet the ratio recommended by the American School Counselor Association. And many state and local efforts to train mental health professionals and teachers across the state to help students talk through their post-Harvey trauma are grant-funded, with specific parameters and set end dates — limiting the scope of their efforts.Texas school districts have historically leaned on community organizations to help boost their capacity to counsel students. In the Houston area, a coalition of almost 20 community organizations met regularly last school year to share the successes and challenges of their individual efforts, and brainstorm ways to coordinate services in schools across the region.Right after Harvey, school districts “needed immediate resources to help children and families and also they needed training in trauma. They were desperate for that,” said Janet Pozmantier, director of the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston, the lead organization in the coalition. “The state is kind of playing catchup to what we had to start doing here in Houston.”But tiny Port Arthur, with about 55,000 residents, has fewer local mental health resources than a big metro area like Houston, hampering efforts to help the growing number of people being pushed to their limits in the months after Harvey. And many people here say there’s still lingering anger and bitterness about not receiving the same attention and resources from the state as Houston did, despite the extensive destruction in this corner of the coast.“We do get forgotten about,” said Kim Phelan, who started the Behavioral and Mental Health Consortium of Southeast Texas last spring to organize mental health initiatives in the region. “I don’t think people are really aware of just how … this community has been impacted by this hurricane.”Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneRepairs continue at the Arthur Square apartments in Port Arthur, months after Hurricane Harvey’s rains caused the first floor units to flood.Local mental health professionals say they’re seeing more teenagers seeking help for mental health crises — with little corresponding increase in the number of beds available. Sally Broussard, behavioral health administrative director for Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas’ Beaumont Hospital, said the hospital typically sees fewer teenagers in the summer when school is out. But this summer, they’ve had to find ways to make space for up to 14 teens in a unit that is staffed for 10.“Where else are they going to go?” Broussard said. “There’s no other facility around here.“More than anything, adolescents need boundaries, stability, some predictability to their lives, and all that got thrown out of the window,” Broussard added. “They didn’t know about their schools. They didn’t know about their homes. They didn’t know what was going to happen with their families’ jobs. All of that thrown into the mix just creates everything you don’t want for mental health.”Broussard recalled having to turn away a 10-year-old who had attempted suicide; the behavioral health hospital does not take kids under the age of 13, forcing parents to shuttle their young children miles away to Austin or Houston. The hospital recently received a state grant that will allow it to open a unit for children ages 6-12.Even students who were not in crisis struggled. In the beginning of the year, many students at Port Arthur ISD’s Abraham Lincoln Middle School were sad and angry, said Camilla Washington, who coordinates counseling and other services for the school through the nonprofit Communities in Schools Southeast Texas.The organization stationed more licensed mental health professionals in Port Arthur and Beaumont schools after Harvey, said executive director Reecie Goodman. In part, they worked to train educators to distinguish between a student acting out and a student dealing with anxiety.“The kids didn’t really know how to channel their energy and say what the problem was. Some would be angry,” Washington said. “There was a lot of acting out.”Washington said her 12-year-old daughter, who is terrified of drowning, became more clingy after the family was rescued from their flooded home during the hurricane. And her 8-year-old son gets anxious in the rain. “It rained one time and he was like, ‘Oh, Mama, our house isn’t going to be flooded again?’ And I said, ‘Oh, I hope not!’” Washington said.“I get that way too sometimes but I try not to think about it,” she added.Port Arthur ISD is hiring two additional social workers, one for the elementary school and one for the high school, said Superintendent Mark Porterie, who is still living in a two-bedroom trailer with his wife and daughter while his house is being repaired.Porterie recognizes that many in the community are still coping with difficult emotions.“As long as you can work, you’re thinking you’re OK. But until you stop and just think about what you’ve gone through and deal with the loss, you can’t start healing, I think,” he said. “People say they’re OK. But it’s almost like going through a death. People have to go through the stages.”Senior year starts, but friends missingPu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneDarby Dugay, 17, holds a doll named Austina that was salvaged from her flooded home. Dugay, an athlete and musician, lost a grand piano, several keyboards and a guitar during the flood.Dugay heads back to school to begin her senior year this week, to start a full slate of Advanced Placement classes. She’ll feel a gap in her social circle, since two of her friends in younger grades moved with their families to Louisiana after the hurricane, with no plans of coming back.She prefers not to talk about her struggles and says she didn’t open up much last year to her teachers or friends. “They probably going through their own problems. Why they need to know about mine?” she said.Instead, she finds solace in her packed extracurricular schedule, which kept her busy even in the summer as she rotated between basketball, softball and band practice. As she goes into her senior year, she plans to focus on her dream: majoring in music, maybe somewhere like Texas Christian University. As a child, she spent hours learning to play songs from the radio by ear on her family’s grand piano, which was also lost to Harvey’s floods.This summer, Memorial High School’s senior class organized a bowling party on “$2 Tuesday” at the local Max Bowl, where almost a year earlier, Dugay and her relatives had briefly sheltered alongside hundreds of locals seeking safe, dry ground. At the party, the teenagers hefted bowling balls down the lanes, played arcade games, and just hung out and chatted.“We were just trying to make the best of it,” Dugay said, “making sure nobody in our class feels left out or sad or ever thinks about Harvey.”This story was produced with the support of an Education Writers Association Reporting Fellowship.last_img read more

RAMBLING ROSE

first_imgCelebrations in Baltimore Doni Glover, Radio Personality and Journalist is celebrating 25 years of his Media Career and is being honored with a “Wine Sip & Roast” , on June 25, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Winthrop House, 4100 N. Charles Street. See him on (Doni Glover Show on My TV Baltimore, Sundays 3:30 a.m.)Hello my dear friends of “Rambling Rose!” I want to first thank you for continuing on reading my column here in the AFRO for the past 23 years. Believe me I have enjoyed you as much as you have enjoyed me writing about your events, entertainment and accomplishments. I enjoy displaying your pictures so that my reading audience can connect to you personally. Girlfriend, you just don’t know how much fun I have. Thanks again for your invites and your stories. Just keep them coming and keep reading me.Now this is a celebration I attend and participated in every year and have a damn good time is the Zion Baptist Church Community Day, which is June 22nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a day of fun and entertainment for the whole family and the community and it is free! They have food and drinks; games and rides; bouncy castles for the children as well as face painting; arts and crafts, raffles and prizes, live musical entertainment on their big stage, children’s story time; and vendors of all kinds including me doing a book signing of my 2 books. It all happens at Zion Baptist Church starting at the 1700 N. Caroline Street. It is about three blocks long. I will see you there.Zion Baptist Church presents their 20th Annual Community Day on June 22nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, 1700 N. Caroline Street. Marshall Prentice is Pastor.What can I say, Ursula V. Battle’s DisChord in the Choir Pitch Please! stage play is back again by popular demand. It is directed by Dr. Gregory Branch, special guest appearance by Baltimore’s Gospel Group “Serenity” on June 22, 2& 7 p.m.  and June 23 5 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital Turner Auditorium, 720 Rutland Avenue. For more Information, call 443-531-4787.The African American Fire Fighters Historical Society 9th Annual Salute Dinner celebrated their 10th Anniversary and the 75th Anniversary of the 555th Parachute Infantry Platoon, “The Triple Nickle on June 2, 6 at the Cylburn Arboretum’s Vallmer Center, 4915 Greenspring Avenue in Baltimore.Shirley Duncan, “the Hand Dance Queen” is having her “All White Affair” on June 22 from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. at the Promenade Dance Facility, 2605 Lord Baltimore Drive in Windsor Mill, Maryland. So if you enjoy a hold lot of dancing including hand dancing & line dancing and soul food, this is where you should be. Let me tell you this too. It is really an “All White Affair”. She do not play, you can’t wear black & white, red and white or pick and white; white trim in blue, orange or yellow. She means all white from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. The women and men both are held to this request. It is B.Y.O.B., lite buffet and free set-ups. For more information, call 410-523-0575.Kevin Brown, renowned journalist and business owner and his partner, William Maughlin celebrate 28 years together. They are owners of the Station North Arts Café (SNAC) Gallery, 1816 N. Charles Street in Baltimore, which is a favorite hangout for the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Baltimore folks. Happy anniversary you two.Look, I would love to stay and chat with you a little longer, but I have to go to take care of my “Boo-Boo.” As you know, “Shorty” had his right knee replaced a few weeks ago so he is now my big baby. He is doing therapy three times a week and now he is walking with his cane and not the walker anymore. But, walking is a little difficult for him, but I am pushing him along. Keep him in your prayers and look out for me and the man with the cane at your event. We got to keep moving.Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833- 9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Do not send me pictures and flyers thru face book. I will not get it. If you need to mail something to me, send it to: 214 Conewood Avenue, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURSlast_img read more

Apple Watch Models Available For The Lowest Price Ever – Find Out

first_imgThe successor of Apple Watch will take a while to release, and while it is disappointing to know that you will have to wait for a newer and improved version of the wearable, you can enjoy these deals of owning Apple’s first ever smartwatch at a discounted price.Apple Watch Deals Prices The Wearable For As Low As $249 – Here Is How You Can Get One For Yourself?Currently, Best Buy is feeling extremely generous and feels that a lot more smartphone users (at least those who use an iPhone) should be allowed to own the Cupertino tech giant’s first ever wearable so it has proposed the following discount. The Apple Watch deal allows you to purchase any Apple Watch Sport or Apple Watch model for a $100 less than its original retail price.In short, there are about 20 different watch configurations to choose from, which is even better in case you happen to be extremely picky about which color combination you want to get. That being said, the smaller 38mm Sport models carry a price of just $249 (free shipping), while the 42mm models carry a price of $299 (free shipping). As for the specifications and features that are incorporated inside the wearable, Apple Watch comprises up of Apple’s own developed S1 SoC, and features 8GB of internal storage.A portion of that 8GB internal storage is obviously going to be used up by watchOS, but you will still have sufficient space to store up to 2GB worth of music and 75MB of images, which also depend on their overall resolution. There is a Bluetooth 4.0 LE module present, as well as an 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter that is only compatible with a single band. According to specification details, here is how many hours you can rake from Apple Watch.18 hours3 hours talk time5 hours audio playback5 hours workout use48 hours’ time check72 hours power reserve (time only) As for inductive charging time, Apple Watch will charge to 80 percent in about 1.5 hours, and in order to reach to a 100 percent of its battery, it will need 2.5 hours in total. After looking at all the hardware details and the deals that Best Buy has presented for you, do you guys think that the wearable is a great purchase right now? Let us know your thoughts right away.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHdVkPrdRYgSource Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Report April Inventory Robust Compared to 2013

first_imgReport: April Inventory ‘Robust’ Compared to 2013 Inventory and price continued to rise for the month of April, suggesting a healthier national housing market, according to the National Housing Trend Report released by Realtor.com. The group cited trends from the previous year, which found “dramatic shortages” being replaced in 2014 by moderate home price gains in tandem with increasing inventories.Realtor.com believes the bumps in both inventory and asking price suggest a strengthening national economy.”Home prices and inventories are more in balance in most markets—a sign of improving housing health and optimism across much of the country,” said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Realtor.com operator Move, Inc. “As sellers gain confidence, we also are watching spring sales data closely to gauge whether buying activity will be in line with these early indicators.”Compared to the previous year, inventories in April were up 14.2 percent to roughly 2 million, while the median list price rose 6.5 percent year-over-year to $207,500. The time homes spent on the market was an average of 86 days, a 6.2 percent increase compared to the year before.The report noted that although some reports showed a cooling market in the beginning months of 2014, pending home sales in March experienced their first gain, rising 3.4 percent.The company’s report also commented on the slowing rate of home appreciation. The company believes that slowed appreciation signals that housing is becoming more affordable as rising equity comes more in line with asking prices.”However, these deficits aren’t as large, suggesting these markets are not likely to experience the kind of unsustainable appreciation that states like California experienced during most of 2013. While California, Nevada and Arizona continue to see supply-driven increases in prices in many markets, supply is beginning to catch up with demand,” the company said.Energy sector states continue to post strong gains in the housing market, with Texas and Colorado exceptionally strong. May 30, 2014 616 Views Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Home Prices Housing Supply Move Inc. Pending-Home Sales 2014-05-30 Colin Robinslast_img read more

One of the highestrated quarterbacks in the upcom

first_img One of the highest-rated quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL Draft will reportedly meet with the Arizona Cardinals, among other teams, in the next 10 days.According to NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen will meet with the Cardinals sometime in the next week and a half, as well as with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and others.Rosen has reportedly already had private workouts with the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and the New York Giants. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 6-foot-4 junior is the third-ranked quarterback according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., and is projected to be the 10th overall pick in his latest mock draft.Related LinksArizona Cardinals 2018 Mock Draft TrackerCardinals’ top leaders attend QB Sam Darnold’s pro dayArizona Cardinals officially sign quarterback Sam BradfordRosen had a sensational freshman season in 2015 for the Bruins, throwing for 3,670 yards and 23 touchdowns. But his production took a dip the following season, as he threw for 1,915 yards and only 10 touchdowns after a shoulder injury limited him to six games in 2016.His production picked up in 2017, throwing for 3,756 yards and 26 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He sat out one game due to a concussion and elected not to play in the Bruins’ loss to Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl in December.Rosen exhibited impressive arm strength and accuracy throughout his career at UCLA, warranting Kiper to call him the “most ready” quarterback in the upcoming class to start Week 1 next season.The Cardinals signed free agent quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon earlier in March, but are still reportedly interested in drafting a quarterback. On Wednesday, members of the Cardinals front office and coaching staff attended the pro day of USC quarterback Sam Darnold. 19 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact UCLA’s Josh Rosen (3) throws a pass against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Related More people book flights to see overseas f

first_img RelatedMore people book flights to see overseas friends and relativesThe number of people booking flights from UK airports to visit friends or relatives increased by more than three-quarters.European airports experience passenger declineAirports in Europe are experiencing challenging trading conditionsDownward trend in the number of international flight passengers easesAccording to the findings, international traffic growth was down by 1.4 per cent compared to October 2007 Air passengers visiting friends and relatives are the strongest growing element of international passenger traffic at UK airports, according to new research from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).So-called VFR traffic currently represents one-quarter of international passengers in the UK, while growth in the sector increased by two-thirds in the period between 2001 and 2007 – compared to a total international passenger growth of one-third.Commenting on the findings, Dr Harry Bush, CAA group director of economic regulation, said that aviation had been a “key driver” in increasing economic and social integration between the UK and Europe.”There are now many more passengers travelling to and from the UK to visit friends and relatives in Europe – the result of increased labour mobility, overseas study and home ownership abroad,” he said.Increase in VFR traffic appears to go hand-in-hand with the rise of cheap flights carriers and the subsequent expansion of route networks to EU countries. Short-haul traffic at Stansted and Luton, plus regional airports that have become no-frills bases, have enjoyed particularly high levels of passenger turnover. The CAA released statistics at the end of October which showed that service quality at Heathrow and Gatwick had improved over the previous six months. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

It is the event of the spring After a winter of b

first_imgIt is the event of the spring: After a winter of backbreaking work, the Monte Carlo Beach is emerging from hibernation to present its new face. The Groupe Monte-Carlo SBM wanted to breathe new life – a fighting spirit and modernity – into this emblematic address on the Riviera. A luxurious and convivial setting, reviving the splendour and glamour of the Roaring Twenties.Today, the Monte Carlo Beach boasts a new terracotta-coloured exterior which greatly enhances the building and creates perfect harmony with the cobalt blue waters of the Mediterranean just a few metres away… a tribute to the great potters who made the region famous. The Monte Carlo Beach, in all its finery, seems to play with the sun all day long, each hour providing the pretext for presenting a different colour of the spectrum. Redesigned entirely by India Mahdavi, the Monte Carlo Beach is an ode to the Mediterranean. In this new decor, the sea is omnipresent, creating an obvious and harmonious duo with the hotel- a permanent guest, much to the delight of everyone.Although the spirit and the form remain unchanged, the Monte Carlo Beach appears completely transformed. Perspectives, materials, lines, space: A total metamorphosis has taken place. After many months of thought and work, the result presented to the world today meets everyone’s expectations.From the moment you enter the lobby, redesigned entirely featuring a Terrazzo marble floor, you are aware of the designer’s very personal touch. From the terrace of the Elsa restaurant to the corridors on the second floor, decorated with large portholes, there is a resolutely dynamic air about the place.The forty airy rooms and suites are in perfect harmony. With the Mediterranean as the only horizon, the feeling of spaciousness and light is accentuated.Here, like everywhere at the Monte Carlo Beach, almost all the furniture and objects are the fruit of India Mahdavi’s imagination. These unique decorative items have been created in order to blend naturally into the different parts of the building and emphasize the global conceptual vision of the project.The rooms and suites at the Monte Carlo Beach are highly innovative. State- of-the-art technology, to satisfy the clients’ fondness for all things new, is combined with a touch of all things romantic. How can anyone remain insensitive to the wall frescos exuding so much grace? Painted by Aurore de la Morinerie, these reminiscences of Matisse – for the colours – and Cocteau’s Santo Sospir period – for the charcoal – contrast with style to the stripes above the beds.Landscaper Jean Mus has created the gardens full of bewitching fragrances which provide a serene cocoon for visitors.Everywhere, even in the nooks and crannies, the Monte Carlo Beach brandishes proudly its restored identity.www.monte-carlo-beach.comlast_img read more