New Israel Jordan Valley Regulation Affect 55K Palestinian Workers

Ayesha UlhaqRabat – More than 55,000 Palestinian workers will be affected by a new Israeli labor regulation that limits their access to court proceedings.In the shabby office of a trade union building in Jericho, occupied West bank, Ismael Abu Rahmeh, a Palestinian laborer, unfurled a receipt from an Israeli court for 1,000 shekels ($260). Towards the beginning of October, Abu Rehmeh paid the entirety of the 1,000 shekels after an Israeli court judge overseeing his case requested him to take care of the legal expenses of his boss, who Abu Rahmeh was accusing of wrongful termination, if he were to lose the case. If in the event that Abu Rahmeh had not paid the extra 1,000 shekels, the case that he had first documented against his employer in 2015 would have been tossed out of court. The original case that Abu Rahmeh was fighting for was in 2014 against an Israeli employer with whom he worked on an agricultural settlement in the Jordan Valley for more than 13 years. However, due to an unfortunate situation where Abu Rahmeh fell and injured his back, his employer dismissed him from the job.Abu Rahmeh did consider dropping the case, as it was a struggle to gather the legal funds, but after thinking long and hard, Abu Rahmeh reluctantly paid the guarantee for the lawsuit to continue. Earlier this year, Israel’s justice ministry brought out the 1,000 shekel guarantee as a part of a new regulation. Prior to this, workers who proceeded with legal action in court paid a regular court fee.Israeli media named this the “Jordan Valley Regulation,” since it was seen by the press to be politically driven to profit immigrants who operate businesses and employ non-Israeli workers in this part of the occupied West Bank.Sawsan Zaher, a lawyer at Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel, has said, “It has a political goal and the goal here is to prevent Palestinian workers from going to court, suing their Israeli employers and obliging their employers, through court orders, to pay them their full wages, minimum wages, vacations and all their rights based on Israeli Labor law”.In the case of Abu Rahmeh, who was given a two-week timeframe to gather the funds, it was a struggle. Thus, he had to use a combination of his savings and money earnt from overtime work to fund this. Abu Rahmeh told Al Jazeera that “It was such a large amount of money. I had to work for long hours in order to save the money to pay this amount. I had set aside money for medication, but I had to use it for the case,” he said.Many Palestinians will continue to suffer due to such unfair legislations. read more

The Latest German government still urging Brexit deal

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit talks (all times local):11:30 a.m.The German government says it still has a “great interest” in Britain reaching a domestic agreement on how to move forward on Brexit, after talks between government and opposition broke down.Martina Fietz, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Friday that she can’t comment specifically on the latest development. But she said that the German government’s interest in Britain agreeing how to organize the country’s exit from the European Union and get it through Parliament “is of course still there, and we are watching with interest what is happening in London.”Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29, but the bloc has extended the Brexit deadline until Oct. 31.German Foreign Ministry spokesman Rainer Breul said “we of course expect from the British side that they use this time frame and don’t face the same situation in October that we had a few weeks ago.”___10:50 a.m.Cross-party talks in Britain aimed at striking a compromise Brexit deal have broken down without agreement.Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says the talks with Prime Minister Theresa May’s government have “gone as far as they can.”The two sides have held weeks of negotiations to see if they can agree on terms for Britain’s exit from the European Union that can win support in Parliament. The talks began after lawmakers rejected May’s divorce deal with the EU three times.But the Conservatives and Labour differ on how close an economic relationship to seek with the bloc after the U.K. leaves.Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29, but Brexit has been delayed until Oct. 31 amid the political impasse.The Associated Press read more

Ban NigeriaCameroon peninsula transfer exemplifies good neighbourliness

“The case of the Bakassi Peninsula has proven the viability of a peaceful and legal settlement of border disputes, when it is done with the full support of the international community and in a spirit of mutual respect, good neighbourliness and cooperation,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the handover ceremony.He paid tribute to both countries for their “patience and perseverance,” adding that they serve as an example to the world on how to peacefully resolve sensitive problems.The International Court of Justice resolved the “potentially dangerous” dispute between the two countries, and the event marks “a triumph for the rule of law, which lies at the very core of the mission and work of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban said in the message, which was delivered on his behalf by Kieran Prendergast, who chaired the follow-up committee on the implementation of the 2006 Greentree agreement.Under that historic pact – signed under the auspices of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan – Nigeria recognized Cameroonian sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula, an oil-rich region on the Gulf of Guinea that had been the subject of intense and sometimes violent disputes between the African neighbours for decades.The agreement was “a testimony to the determination and resolve of both countries to move beyond a difficult past,” Mr. Ban noted, calling it “the embodiment of an innovative approach to conflict resolution.”Also in attendance at today’s ceremony in Calabar, Nigeria, was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit. 14 August 2008The transfer of authority from Nigeria to Cameroon of a once-disputed peninsula is a result of the resolve of the neighbouring African nations to bring a peaceful end to the issue, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

Burkina Faso UN volunteers announce new project to assist poor youth

With $2.2 million from the Government of Luxembourg and nearly $300,000 worth of in-kind support from the Government of Burkina Faso, UNV will undertake a five-year project to counsel an estimated 1,200 street children, juveniles and other marginalized youth on educational and vocational options that can improve their future prospects. Starting in July, teams of international and national UN Volunteers will set up counselling centres in Bobo-Dioulasso and Houndé, the capitals of two of the poorest provinces of the West African country. At the centres, young people will benefit from psychosocial help, while older youth will receive job counselling. The project also envisages an information campaign to counter the exploitation of young women and children. “This project builds on very positive collaboration between UNV and the Government of Luxembourg in which Luxembourg finances nationals from developing countries to serve as UN Volunteers,” said the agency’s Deputy Executive Coordinator, Ad de Raad. “I believe that this project will demonstrate how, through voluntary effort, young people can become engaged and play a productive role in society.”Created by the UN General Assembly in 1970, UNV extends hands-on assistance for peace and development in 140 countries. read more

PepsiCo cuts ties with Lil Wayne after crude Emmett Till lyrics

by Candice Choi And Chris Talbott, The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2013 5:04 pm MDT PepsiCo cuts ties with Lil Wayne after crude Emmett Till lyrics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – PepsiCo is bowing to public pressure for the second time in a week and cutting ties with Lil Wayne over the rapper’s crude lyrical reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till.Lil Wayne, one of the biggest stars in pop music, had a deal to promote the company’s Mountain Dew soda.Earlier this week, PepsiCo also pulled an online ad for the neon-colored soda that was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. That ad was developed by rapper Tyler, the Creator.On Friday, PepsiCo said in a statement that Wayne’s “offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand.” It declined to provide any further comment.A publicist for Lil Wayne, Sarah Cunningham, said that the split was due to “creative differences” and that it was an amicable parting.“That’s about all I can tell you at this time,” she said.Wayne had sent the Till family a letter offering empathy and saying that he would not reference Till or the family in his music, particularly in an inappropriate manner.But the Till family said the letter fell short of an apology.“It’s mindboggling to me that they partnered with him in the first place,” said the Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., a Till cousin and witness to his abduction. “Major corporations should scrutinize who they endorse, don’t let greed or money determine who you sponsor.”Parker’s written statement said Wayne’s lyrics not only insulted Till’s memory but degraded women as well.Rev. Al Sharpton, who had been working with the Till family to arrange a meeting with Lil Wayne and PepsiCo officials, said in a telephone interview that he hopes the decision ultimately is less about punishing individual rappers and more a cultural “teaching moment.”“Otherwise we’re just waiting on the next train crash instead of trying to really resolve our problem and learn from these experiences and set a tone in the country that’s healthy for everybody,” he said.Sharpton said that he and the Till family still plan to meet with PepsiCo officials next week.The controversy erupted after Wayne made the reference to Till on Future’s song “Karate Chop” earlier this year. He refers to a violent sexual act on a woman and says he wants to do as much damage as was done to Till.The black teen from Chicago was in Mississippi visiting family in 1955 when he was killed, allegedly for whistling at a white woman. He was beaten, had his eyes gouged out and was shot in the head before his assailants tied a cotton gin fan to his body with barbed wire and tossed it into a river.Two white men, including the woman’s husband, were acquitted by an all-white jury.Till’s body was recovered and returned to Chicago where his mother, Mamie Till, insisted on having an open casket at his funeral. The pictures of his battered body helped push civil rights into the cultural conversation.Music and media industry executive Paul Porter, who comments on music issues on his website RapRehab.com, said he thought PepsiCo’s decision was an effort by the company “to do the right thing now.”Porter, who had complained publicly and to PepsiCo about Lil Wayne and the Mountain Dew video by Tyler, the Creator, said the company is “doing a whole evaluation of the process” involving its commercials and musicians. His comments were based on his conversations with the company.“I commend them for making this strong judgment,” he said. “Lil Wayne’s apology was not an apology.”Earlier this month, Rick Ross also lost his deal with Reebok after he rapped about raping a woman who had been drugged. As for the Mountain Dew ad by Tyler, the Creator, PepsiCo said it pulled the spot immediately after learning people found it offensive.The ad portrayed a battered white woman being urged to identify her attacker from a lineup of black men and a talking goat that has appeared in other Mountain Dew ads. Tyler, the Creator has noted that the men in the lineup were played by his friends and members of Odd Future, a Los Angeles-based rap collective.__Talbott reported from Nashville, Tenn. AP Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this report from Los Angeles.__Follow Candice Choi at —www.twitter.com/candicechoiFollow Chris Talbott at —www.twitter.com/Chris_Talbott read more

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says team discussed Kaepernick

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says the team “talked about and discussed” bringing in quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a tryout “but we will probably go in a different direction.”Gruden told reporters during a conference call Tuesday that would there have been “a greater possibility” of considering Kaepernick if the Redskins were in need of a QB in Week 1 rather than at this stage of the season now.Washington lost Colt McCoy to a broken right leg in a 28-13 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night that dropped the Redskins’ record to 6-6. McCoy had replaced Alex Smith as the starting quarterback after Smith broke his right leg last month.Gruden said McCoy had surgery Tuesday but would not go on injured reserve immediately because there is a chance he might be able to return before the season ends.Kaepernick hasn’t played since the 2016 season, when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and social and racial injustice.He filed a grievance against the NFL last year, saying team owners colluded to keep him off rosters.___https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLHoward Fendrich, The Associated Press read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State beats King in NCAA tournament playin game in

Then-junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen serves the ball in the 2017 NCAA tournament on Thursday. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will head to Los Angeles in its continued run at a three-peat after taking out King University 3-0 in the NCAA tournament play-in game. Ohio State will next face UC Irvine in the NCAA quarterfinals.Ohio State senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen led the match with 14 kills and his teammate, junior setter Sanil Thomas, had a match-high 39 assists.Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said he expected his team to continue its 2018 success at home after the Buckeyes finished the year with a 14-1 record at home.“We’ve been really good in St. John Arena for the last three years and having the leadership of Nic Szerszen, of Maxime Hervoir, Blake Leeson, Sanil Thomas. They all played a great match tonight,” Hanson said. “I felt pretty comfortable that we would come out of this thing OK.”The Tornado suffered an emphatic loss to the Buckeyes in the first set, trailing by 12 points when Ohio State’s senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir nailed the winning kill, picking up a 25-13 win.Ohio State scored the first point and carried an eight-serve run with Thomas. Thomas also did his fair share in the back row, contributing four of the Buckeyes’ five digs. King struggled to keep up with the Ohio State, scoring only seven kills — fewer than half of the Buckeyes — and matching those kills with seven attacking errors, resulting in a hitting percentage of .000.King kept up with the Buckeyes for the majority of the second set. Tornado senior outside hitter Jeff Sprayberry kept up with Ohio State’s top attackers with five kills in the second set. Tornado senior opposite Kiel Bell added four kills. Ohio State did not dominate the second set as much as the first, giving away a total of 11 points through service, attacking and blocking errors. The Buckeyes managed to secure the narrow 25-23 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.Hanson said his team started to struggle defensively when King found its offensive rhythm in the second set. “I was a little disappointed with our defensive effort in set number two,” Hanson said. “I thought we just kind of lost track of what we were supposed to do defensively, blocking and playing defense, and a few too many service errors that led into them getting some rhythm offensively.”Szerszen said the second set served as a lesson moving forward into the tournament. “We didn’t really gauge how well they would play so we came out pretty strong the first set and had a pretty good score,” said Szerszen. “Usually when that happens we tend to relax a little bit, be on our heels and kind of try to let it happen, and it proved to us that we cannot do that anymore.”Ohio State turned its focus to the next round after a seven-point win in the third set to sweet King. King maintained its second-set performance, but the Buckeyes had four fewer errors than in their previous set. The Thunder held its own until the two teams were tied at 11. Ohio State went on a three-point run followed by eight more points in a span of 15 plays to take a 22-15 lead. Sprayberry and Bell carried their offensive success over from the second set to the third, but it wasn’t enough to stay on Ohio State’s heels with King falling 25-18 in the game’s final set. Ohio State will next play UC Irvine at 8 p.m. Tuesday. read more

Aaron McKenna The 9 VAT rate proves it lowering taxes creates jobs

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAILED the introduction of the 9 per cent reduced VAT rate in 2011 as a job stimulation effort that would kickstart the hospitality sector, help bring more tourists to Ireland and allow people to open their wallets and see their euro go further. The measure worked. According to Michael Noonan himself the VAT reduction has helped create 15,000 jobs.The government was new and exciting back in 2011 when the measure was introduced. They wanted to show a win, and this was their centrepiece: The big bang moment when they cut a tax to stimulate jobs and growth. The same government is now pondering Budget 2014, however, and they are reminded that there is a tasty €360 million in revenue to be had from raising the tax back up again.It’s a strange one: If cutting the tax was supposed to create jobs, what precisely will raising it up accomplish…? The one thing Ireland has learned over the past five years is that you cannot tax your way out of a recession. The VAT cut was just about the only major step any government took to try and stimulate growth through tax cuts, and look at the results.The state’s own tourism quango, Bord Fáilte, commissioned a report from Deloitte to quantify the impact of the VAT cut. Their research has shown that not alone did the VAT cut create jobs, it actually cost the government coffers less money than they had expected it would because – surprise, surprise – the lower prices led to more people going out, which delivered more revenue in total.The resultsActivity in the sector increased by about 16 per cent in the year following the tax cut. The government had expected that in a full year the VAT cut would cost €350 million. The first 12 months, in actual fact, saw the Exchequer down only €107 million, less than what the government mandarins thought it would cost in just the second half of 2011 after its introduction.The VAT cut helped to contribute to a €158m increase in tourism spending in Ireland, with the overseas perception of value for money in Ireland improving due to both the VAT cut and other price reductions going on at the time. About 25 per cent of that €158m goes straight into the government coffers in various taxes and charges.The Deloitte report reckons that 75 cents in every euro of the tax cut was passed along to consumers.Bear in mind that input costs in the hospitality sector have also been increasing during this time, so that’s good going. The other 25 cents goes towards helping pay for the running of the business. No business, no employment, so every penny of that tax cut helped stimulate or support jobs.The additional 15,000 jobs Michael Noonan reckons the tax cut created will have saved in welfare and raised in taxes about €82.5m a year for the Exchequer. So far that puts the tax cut €243m a yearcheaper than expected, and raising €122m in extra revenues for the state. Give or take and thinkingabout double accounting, that suggests that the tax cut has quite possibly delivered a net gain to theExchequer versus the amount of money it would have raised had the tax remained the same.They have departments that need to avoid cuttingNow, however, the government mandarins and PR spin doctors don’t care about any of that. They have departments that need to avoid cutting and quangos to keep open. They have local and European elections in nine months’ time. They have a general election a little while after that. It’s easy to blame job losses on somebody else, but they always get the blame for spending cuts.So the €360m they reckon can be raised for the Exchequer by jacking the tax back up is a tasty sum. The government, which in 2013 is spending the grand total of 2 per cent less than it did in 2007, wants its money more than it wants verifiably positive economic performance. That has been the entire ethos of the recession – Since 2008 we have had an economy on its knees, further kicked in the head time and time again by a state that just can’t wean itself off the injections of private sector money it can demand at will.Michael Noonan says that the VAT cut was simply a “pump-priming” exercise. That was not what they were saying in 2011, when the message was that the VAT cut had to show that it worked for consumers and job creation to be kept. Well, 15,000 jobs later I think it has proven that. It is disingenuous of government to claim that it was a temporary measure. It is a kick in the head to anyone who has invested in the hospitality industry, helping create those 15,000 new jobs, on the basis of current economic performance.The mandarins of Dublin 2 don’t live in the real worldThis is a classic example of the greedy little sticky fingers of government reaching into the till of businesses the minute they show any sign of success. We know that raising taxes kills business, particularly in the sensitive sectors of retail and hospitality. But the government must have its money!The mandarins of Dublin 2 don’t live in the real world. Their salaries and pensions are guaranteed. What they don’t want to see are cuts necessitated by a lack of new taxes. After all, the private sector and ordinary individuals clearly have loads of money if they can afford to be eating out a bit more often than they used to.The lesson we ought to be taking from the 9 per cent VAT rate is that tax cuts work. We know for a fact that tax increases kill jobs. What the 2011 measure proved is that the right tax cuts can create jobs.What we ought to be doing is prodding the pudgy prodigy that is government to diet a little harder so that it can deliver a cut to the top and far more widely applied 23 per cent rate of VAT. Imagine what jobs we could create if that was dropped?Zombie economyWe would be through this recession a lot faster if the governments since 2008 had adopted a pro-growth tax cutting strategy rather than constantly hitting families and businesses for more and more.Yes, the spending cuts would have been harsher. We probably would have had a few more strikes by now. But we would have emerged faster for having taken the difficult choices.Instead we have a zombie economy and with more tax increases on the way, from the first full year of property taxes in 2014 and water charges coming along and perhaps now a VAT increase. Meanwhile, government spending has reduced by two per cent. Two.A 4.5 per cent drop in the lower rate of VAT has created 15,000 jobs. The mere two per cent reduction in government spending has cost hundreds of thousands of jobs. The right strategy seems obvious.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.Poll: Do you think the 9% VAT rate for the hotel and tourism industry should remain?>Noonan: VAT rate for restaurants likely to rise>last_img read more

Corning gives us incredible look at a glassfilled future

first_imgTechnology companies like making futuristic concept videos. Though we’d prefer to see them pour their resources into making the most amazing products that they can today, it’s always fun to see talented videographers’ concepts of what future devices could look like. Many companies have been known to produce these imagination-inspiring clips, including Corning, Microsoft, and even Apple (back in the 80’s).One of the most famous of those conceptual videos, Corning’s A Day Made of Glass, was released about a year ago. The company has now issued a sequel. It continues along the same lines as the original, so be prepared for touchscreens everywhere. Everything from transparent tablets to touchscreen bathroom mirrors are covered. There’s even a wall-sized multitouch classroom “chalkboard.”All of that sounds a lot like the original, but one of the biggest additions to A Day Made of Glass 2 is the use of augmented reality. In one of the most memorable scenes, children are visiting a national park, and enjoy watching augmented dinosaurs roaming around them. They even hold up their tablets to scan a footprint, and discover the breed of deer that left it.Another big addition to Corning’s follow-up is the use of 3D mid-air projections. Of all of the technologies used in the video, this is probably the one that we’re the farthest away from. If we do ever get to the point when we can project high-res images in empty space, then Corning has some great practical uses in mind. At one point in the vid, a doctor gets a real-time projected scan of a patient’s brain while he lies on the table. The doc simply flicks the scan into the air and it hovers over the table for further examination.Of course it’s easy to hire talented artists to cook up anything we can dream of, and say “look — it’s the future!” The technology of 30 years from now will make what we’re using today look primitive, but we have no way of knowing exactly what it will look like. Corning wants it to all be glass, Microsoft wants it to all be Metro, and any future videos we see will also be reflections of the companies’ ideals.You can see the original A Day Made of Glass from 2011 below:last_img read more

De fortes pluies inondent la Guadeloupe

first_imgDe fortes pluies inondent la GuadeloupeEn début de semaine, de fortes pluies se sont abattues dans la région de Pointe-à-Pitre en Guadeloupe et ont causé de sérieuses inondations dans plusieurs communes. Des routes ont été coupées et une personne est portée disparue. Le niveau de vigilance orange a été déclenché par Météo France lundi à 19H30 locales. Depuis hier, la Guadeloupe est en proie à de très fortes pluies qui ont inondé plusieurs communes dans le centre de l’île. Si les intempéries ont cessé mardi vers 2H00 locales, elles ont provoqué au cours des heures précédentes d’importantes et brusques montées des eaux. Des tronçons de plusieurs routes nationales ont ainsi été coupés et plusieurs quartiers, notamment à Pointe-à-Pitre, aux Abymes et au Gosier, ont été inondés, selon la préfecture cité par l’AFP.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon des témoignages diffusés par les radios locales, le niveau de l’eau aurait même atteint par endroits 1,50 à 1,80 mètre. Les services de secours ont ainsi dû intervenir à de nombreuses reprises pour des maisons, des commerces inondés ou pour des portions de routes bloquées. Parallèlement, les municipalités de Pointe-à-Pitre et des Abymes ont ouvert des écoles pour y accueillir les naufragés de la route après en avoir fait l’annonce par voie radiophonique.A cause des inondations, les communications ont été coupées dans certains quartiers des communes touchées et beaucoup de gens ont signalé que leur téléphone portable était déchargé. Ainsi, depuis lundi, les deux principales radios insulaires, Radio Caraïbes Internationale (RCI) et Radio Guadeloupe 1ère (France Télévisions) ont mis en place des émissions spéciales qui servent notamment de liens aux familles mais aussi de moyens d’informer la population sur la situation.Une personne portée disparue Dans les premières heures, plusieurs personnes ont été portées disparues. Néanmoins, la préfecture a annoncé que toutes avaient été retrouvées excepté une qui aurait été emportée par les eaux dans un canal des Abymes, selon un témoin. Alors que les prévisions météorologiques ont annoncé que les pluies pourraient reprendre mardi, les autorités ont demandé à la population de rester très vigilante et de continuer à écouter les informations relayées par la radio.Le 8 mai 2012 à 15:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Watch: Orcas Hunt, Kill Dolphins Next to Whale Watching Boat

first_imgStay on target A group of whale watchers in California recently witnessed Mother Nature’s dark side when a group of orcas started hunting dolphins feet away from their boat.The orcas, which might have been eastern tropical Pacific killer whales, are not typically found off the coast of San Clemente, California, KCAL-TV reported. Drone footage from the incident shows a dozen orcas chasing the dolphins and eating them right in front of the whale watchers, who were completely stunned by the surprise feeding frenzy.“That’s something you see in National Geographic, that’s not something you expect to go out on an evening whale watch and see,” Matt Larmand, who works with Dana Wharf Whale Watching, told KCAL-TV. “I’m just rolling and trying to follow it as best as possible and all of a sudden they separate, there was a mom and a baby they separated from the pack, just doing circles around it just trying to separate baby from mom.”Captain Brian Woolley, the tour leader of the boat, said he has never witnessed such a scene in 23 years.“The passengers got to see this stuff up close and personal,” Woolley said. “For some of them it might have been distressing, for sure, but that’s what happens in the open ocean. Animals need to eat to survive.”He added, “On these whale watching trips, you absolutely never know what you’re going to see,” he said. “And those people got a show of a lifetime.” More on Geek.com: Watch: Humpback Whale, Sailboat Almost Collide in CaliforniaWatch: Great White Shark Bumps Into Boat Near Whale Carcass center_img Watch: Georgia Beachgoers Rescue Dozens of Stranded Pilot Whales 2 Beluga Whales Flown on Boeing 747 From China to IcelandOne of the World’s Rarest Whales Recorded Singing for First Timelast_img read more

49 Voices Palmer and Fena Sagoonick of Shaktoolik

first_imgNow it’s time for 49 voices, this week we’re hearing from Palmer and Fena Sagoonick. The husband and wife live in Shaktoolik.Download AudioPalmer and Fena Sagoonick (Photo courtesy of Frontier of Change)FENA: We have four children and we’ve got about 15 grandchildren, plus one great. And we live here and this is our home.PALMER: A lot of people that come from another region say this is a harsh lifestyle because of the environment, because of what’s available here. But as children, we never looked at it that way. I mean, everyone has so much memories from childhood. There’s no cars, no radios, electricity, television. Then we were, some would say, free-roaming. We lived a subsistence lifestyle in where we could live off the land year-round.In the summer, I grew up barefoot. We were in fish camps. We weren’t here in the community. We were up-river putting up fish and subsisting all summer. We walked out in the tundra a lot over the years. Cold and clear and you can here the crunch of your steps. And it didn’t melt til June.FENA: We won’t have this type of weather we grew up with before.PALMER: Lakes that once held water, the water drained out.FENA: From the first mountain, ground just hanging where they used to have permafrost. That was weird to see.PALMER: That berm is all sand. It’ll take one or two big waves to wash it off. So it’s cosmetics, if you will. To help people feel that they’re safer, it’s not making us safer.FENA: But we have to think of the future. Our kids, we don’t know what. Out grand-kids, we don’t know what.This segment was provided by KNBA’s series Frontier of Change.last_img read more

Small dam on slough helps Big Delta man protect his home along

first_imgBig Delta resident Tom Gorman said a small dam he built earlier this year to protect his home from the meandering Tanana River held steady over the past couple of weeks as the river rose to near-flood level, due to recent rains. Gorman now hopes the river falls quickly enough to allow him to finish work on the dam before snow flies.Listen nowWater diverted from the Tanana River main channel by an ice dam in January blew away vegetation, gouged out the slough and washed away much of the bank at the foot of a ridge where Tom Gorman built his home. (Photo courtesy of Tom Gorman)Tom Gorman stands at the edge of a 20-foot-wide slough off the Tanana River that runs along the foot of a ridge on which he built his house about seven years ago and said this isn’t how it looked back then.“Last year, it was dry!” Gorman said.Gorman said a couple dozen trees used to grow in and around the area, which served as a sort of buffer between his big three-story house and the Tanana River some 45 feet away. Until January, that is, when an ice dam on the Tanana diverted a torrent of water into the area that tore out the trees and gouged into the riverbank, threatening to undercut the ridge where his house sits.“And that just came in and just took ’em out, one at a time – pow! Two hours later, another one – bam! It just got behind ’em, the erosion behind ’em, and just ripped ’em up,” Gorman said.An aerial view showing how ice diverted much of the Tanana River into the small slough at the foot of the ridge on which Gorman built his home. (Photo courtesy of Tom Gorman)That was near the beginning of an ordeal that lasted for several weeks, as Gorman and a small army of friends, neighbors, contractors and others tried to bust up the pile of thick ice slabs. They attempted to melt it with a de-icing solution; they tried to bust it up with a 5,000-pound weight dropped from a helicopter; they even detonated explosives to blast it open. Nothing worked.“No – well, not on 3-, 4-foot (thick) ice,” Gorman said. “That’s what you had over here, all the way across.”Gorman said state and federal officials for the most part supported his effort to save the house. He said he didn’t get any help from his homeowner’s insurance company, but he got lots from dozens of volunteers from all around the area.“The community’s helped me out,” Gorman said, “And they really pulled together.”Gorman says he knows “the Tanana moves all the time,” which is why he sought advice on where to build his home from longtime area residents familiar with the river.(Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)Gorman is a retiree from Texas, and he said the cost of trying to break the ice jam further strained his finances, which he’d already deeply tapped to buy the land and, in 2009, build a house for his family, which includes his wife and elderly mom, disabled son and daughter with kids.Gorman said he’s been asked many times: why did he build his dream house so close to the river?“We were safe,” he said, “we were really safe when we built this house.”Gorman said he followed advice on where to build given by his contractor and two neighbors, both of whom have lived along that stretch of the river for more than 40 years. But the ice-jam backup surprised everyone, he said as he shows photos of river water tearing through the slough and frantic efforts to slow its destruction.“It came around this way, and it starts cutting in here,” he said. “It cut in here and fell down. It cut and just headed right toward the house.”The 8-foot-tall dam that Gorman built earlier this year across the slough was submerged after recent rains raised the Tanana River level. Gorman laid a course of sandbags over the top of the structure to slow the river current and the erosion it causes. “It’s holding,” Gorman says. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)Gorman said when the ice jam finally gave way, he and his had crew a chance to bring in equipment to shore up 150 feet of riverbank with big rocks – and to build an 8-foot-tall dam across the slough.“What this dam did here was to really stop the current,” Gorman said. “Once the current was stopped, then I could get in here and do something.”Gorman said when the river rose a couple of weeks ago, he saw that the dam, which is built of interlocking concrete barriers, wasn’t quite high enough. So he laid a course of sandbags on top it to slow the flow to trickle.“It’s holding,” Gorman said, “but it’s not done. It has to be completed.”But Gorman said he can’t bring equipment back in until the river drops and the area dries out.“The water has got to go down, because what happens is you put the equipment down there and it’s so soft that it’s going to push the dam away,” Gorman said.Gorman said that may not happen before the first snow flies two or three months from now. He said he’d prefer to do the work before winter sets in, but if he runs out of time, he’ll pay the extra cost of doing the work in the winter to save his home.last_img read more

Narail Zila Parishad chairman 7 others get 7 yrs jail

first_imgA court in Jessore on Tuesday sentenced eight public representatives, including Narail Zila Parisahd chairman and municipality mayor, to seven years imprisonment in a graft case.Jessore special judge Nitai Chandra Saha handed down the verdict.The convicts are-Narail Zila Parishad chairman advocate Sohrab Hossain Biswas (then municipality mayor), Narail municipality mayor Jahangir Biswas (then commissioner, then commissioners of the municipality Sharful Alam Litu, Mushfiqur Rahman, Ahmed Ali Khan, Rafiqul Islam, Telayet Hossain and acting secretary (then chief assistant) Matiar Rahman.The court also fined them Tk 1.96 lakh each, in default, to suffer, six months more rigorous imprisonment.According to the prosecution, Sohrab (then municipality mayor) with the help of six municipality commissioners embezzled Tk 1.96 lakh after showing a haat as khas land for three years.Jessore ACC deputy director Wazed Ali Biswas filed a case with Narail Sadar police station in this connection on 7 August 2008.last_img read more

Baltimore Officer Accused of Planting Drugs Found Guilty

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comA Baltimore police officer charged with planting drugs at a crime scene has been found guilty, according to sources within the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. The guilty verdict for Officer Richard Pinheiro Jr. came this afternoon and he was given a six-month suspended sentence.Pinheiro had pled not guilty to charges of fabricating evidence, which is a misdemeanor that carries up to three years in prison and misconduct in office, which the court was free to choose any penalty.Screen capture of Axon Body Camera footage.During his testimony in Baltimore Circuit Court on Nov. 8, Pinheiro testified in his own defense that the body cam footage, which appeared to show him planting drugs actually depicted him attempting to recreate the crime scene.Pinheiro, 30, testified that he forgot to turn on his body-worn camera when he initially found the drugs in a Southwest Baltimore alley in January 2017. He testified that when he returned to the alley, he activated his camera and retraced his steps to document how he found the evidence.However, when he re-enacted the discovery of the drugs in a baggie inside of a soup can, he acted as if he had found the drugs for the first time.last_img read more

BMW Turns LEGO Toy Into IRL Hover Bike

first_img Fully Autonomous Car Still Not Ready for Prime TimeWaymo, GM Lead Self-Driving Car Race Stay on target The LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is more than just a 603-piece model kit.It is also the inspiration for BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic’s Hover Ride Design Concept.Launched on New Year’s Day, the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is the first LEGO Technic model created in cooperation with a motorcycle manufacturer.True-to-life features—authentic front-wheel suspension, universal shaft drive, moving two-cylinder box engine—allow tinkerers to reproduce BMW’s full-size motorcycle “as faithfully as possible,” the automaker said.BMW Group“BMW Motorrad approached LEGO Group with the idea of a collaboration,” according to Heiner Faust, head of BMW Motorrad sales and marketing.Together, the design teams created the LEGO Technic Hover Ride—an alternative model included in the 2-in-1 kit.“We set the BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic design teams a challenge … that has resulted in this amazing bike,” Any Woodman, senior design manager for LEGO Technic, said in a statement. “Collaboration between our two teams was driven by passion and respect for the DNA of each other’s brands.”BMW GroupBut the scaled-down scooter, as cool as it looks on display, wasn’t enough for BMW, which tapped its Munich-based training unit, BMW Junior Company, to build a life-size model of the LEGO Technic Hover Ride.Trainees in the second to fourth year of their course used the serial-production parts of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, as well as their own design savvy, to create a design concept—presented last week at LEGO World in Copenhagen.The in-real-life Hover Ride replica has traveled to different locations in Denmark, on its way to the BMW Group Research and Innovation Center Munich and BMW Welt exhibition center in Germany.BMW and LEGO’s prototype is unlikely to hit the road any time soon (if ever). In the meantime, Russian drone maker Hoversurf Inc. unveiled its own electric-powered hoverbike, the Scorpion-3 (video above).The single-seat aircraft is “the next step in accessible amateur flying developed to inspire athletes, engineers, scientists, and innovators around the world,” according to the company website.last_img read more

Hey Kids Want to Be Smarter and Friendlier Play More Video Games

first_imgMarch 21, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Register Now »center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. You might want to sit down for this, my fellow parental units: New research suggests that gaming for a few hours a week helps kids be better problem-solvers, in class and on the playground.  I know, I know. I really don’t want to hear this either. My teen and tween sure do, though. They’re both beyond addicted to Xbox (and both currently grounded from it, too, but that’s a different story).Back to why playing video games might not be the devil after all. The results of a study published recently in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology suggest that children who game for five or more hours per week fare better in school than their peers who don’t.Cue the collective jubilation of young gamers everywhere.Per the research, further detailed in a Columbia University publication earlier this month, “high” video game usage was linked to 1.75 times greater chance of “high intellectual functioning,” and 1.88 times the odds of “high overall school competence.”Related: Taiwanese Parents Now Legally Required to Restrict Their Tech-Addicted TeensThe study also found that, likely due to the live, multiplayer social nature of many video games today, kids who gamed a lot were more socially engaged overall. They also reported fewer relationship problems than peers who played less or didn’t play at all. Perhaps this because an increasing number of video games encourage players to work together toward a common goal.The findings might come as a surprise to many, particularly when weighed against earlier research that points to the opposite, not to mention the general sentiment that video games hamper children’s ability to focus on less attention-hogging tasks. On the other hand, they might be surprising if you’ve gotten wind of other similar recent studies that connect gaming and good grades.In this particular study, however, 13 researchers from the School Children Mental Health Europe project went a step beyond surface academic and social-emotional correlations. Drawing off of data supplied by parents and teachers of about 3,000 child subjects (ages 6 to 11) in six European Union countries, they concluded that children who game often during the week not only had an edge academically and socially, but also generally “suffered no emotional or mental health problems,” according to the Games and Learning Publishing Council publication GamesAndLearning.org.Related: How to make a career in the Gaming Industry”I think what we’re seeing here is the evolution of gaming in modern society. Video games are now a part of a normal childhood,” participating researcher and Columbia professor Katherine Keyes told U.S. News & World Report. “It’s no longer that kids who play a lot video games are the isolated, techy, brainy kids. What we’re seeing here is that kids who play a lot of video games are socially integrated, they’re prosocial, they have good school functioning and we don’t see any association with adverse mental health outcomes.”Keyes also noted that parents shouldn’t take the study’s findings as a green light to let their kids game their hearts out. “We caution against over-interpretation, however, as setting limits on screen usage remains an important component of parental responsibility as an overall strategy for student success,” she said in a statement detailing the study’s findings.In conclusion, Keyes and her fellow researchers assert: “Playing video games may have positive effects on young children.” They were, however, careful to point out that more analysis on the topic is needed.No emotional problems as a result of hours of gaming? Hmm, interesting, I say, as I routinely witness my obsessive young gamers (and their many friends) forgo food, family outings and even trips to the bathroom in their endless pursuit to shoot and kill anything that moves in Call of Duty or Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. They would also game nonstop over completing homework and hanging out with their friends in-person, if I allowed them to. But these are just one frustrated mother’s anecdotal observations. What do I know anyway?Related: How Playing Video Games Made Me a Better Entrepreneur Perhaps no parent or teacher who participated in the study dared to admit on paper that the child they answered questions about is so hooked on video games that he literally begs and screams for the controllers back when it’s time to quit playing. Wait, it’s probably just my kids who do that. If you see them, please tell them dinner is getting cold and I miss them.last_img read more

Suu Kyis doctor expresses concern for her health

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Doctors in Myanmar had placed Suu Kyi on intravenous drips after motion sickness caused her to fall ill twice during her campaign in March.The European trip is seen as a sign of gratitude to governments and organizations that supported Suu Kyi’s peaceful struggle against Myanmar’s former military rulers over more than two decades, 15 years of which she spent under house arrest.Last month, Suu Kyi made her first trip out of Myanmar in 24 years to neighboring Thailand. Ahead of that trip, aides said she was preparing by packing her medicine for motion sickness.___Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “I am very concerned for her health,” Pyone told The Associated Press in Yangon. “Considering her age, the amount of travel she’s doing, the time difference, lack of rest and her extremely tight schedule _ it is very worrisome.”Suu Kyi arrived late Wednesday night in Switzerland, on her first trip to Europe in 24 years. Her high-profile visit also includes stops in Norway, Ireland, England and France.Thursday’s hectic schedule included speeches, receptions and news conferences first in Geneva and then in the Swiss capital Bern, where Suu Kyi looked pale and told reporters she felt exhausted. At one point she pressed a finger to her lips and motioned to an aide who rushed to her side with a bag. She then bent over and threw up before being escorted out of the room.Suu Kyi canceled an evening dinner in Bern but resumed her schedule Friday with a visit to the Swiss parliament. A highlight of her trip is expected Saturday, when she will be in Norway to formally accept her Nobel Peace Prize 21 years late.Suu Kyi’s doctor said she has no serious health problems but weighs a mere 48 kilograms (106 pounds), has low blood pressure and can get easily weakened by vomiting. Pyone said she had not spoken directly to Suu Kyi after her ill spell in Bern but had been in contact with people close to her. It was not immediately known what treatment, if any, Suu Kyi received. Associated PressYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Aung San Suu Kyi’s doctor expressed worry Friday that the Nobel Peace laureate’s whirlwind tour of Europe could weaken her health, after she fell ill on the second day of her two-week trip.The 66-year-old opposition leader known for her steely grace and longtime struggle for democracy in Myanmar has a weak stomach when it comes to travel, said Pyone Moe Ei, one of Suu Kyi’s two personal physicians. Suu Kyi had similar bouts with weakness and vomiting during her rigorous nationwide campaign for a seat in Parliament earlier this year, which doctors attributed to exhaustion and motion sickness. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories Check your body, save your life Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Patients with chronic pain give advice New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Biden says at disposal of president plans new visit to Cyprus

first_imgJoe Biden, the former US vice president, has told President Nicos Anastasiades that he was at his disposal for any help he may need.Biden, according to CNA  sources, telephoned Anastasiades on Tuesday night to congratulate him on his re-election and told him that he was at his disposal to assist in whatever was needed.The former VP also said he would visit Cyprus at the first available opportunity.Biden visited Cyprus in May 2014, in his capacity as US Vice President.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more