Update: I assumed that eight or nine Pac-12 schools were for satellite camps. As it turns out, it was 11, with the assumed dissident being UCLA, according to Stewart Mandel. You can’t make this up.Larry Scott confirmed that 11 of the 12 Pac-12 schools did not support a satellite camp ban. Would not say the 12th, but, now you can guess.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 20, 2016Earlier: Two weeks ago, Washington State head coach Mike Leach said that most Pac-12 programs are for satellite camps, and that he didn’t know why the conference voted against it. According to Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has an answer: UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero voted the wrong way.New twist in satellite camp ban. Pac-12 commish Larry Scott says their rep, Dan Guerrero, “did not vote the way he was supposed to vote.”— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 20, 2016It is unclear whether this was subterfuge by an athletic director whose school is in a talent rich city, or just a mistake, but it makes sense that most Pac-12 programs would want the chance to see players from other areas. While UCLA and USC have the advantage of being in Los Angeles, and Stanford has its own very unique recruiting ability, satellite camps make a ton of sense for pretty much every other program in the league.
A major bond-rating agency has given Nova Scotia a positive outlook, helping the province to lower the cost of borrowing money. The Dominion Bond Rating Service has changed the trend on Nova Scotia’s long-term debt to positive from stable. The rating is confirmed at A (low). Short-term debt has been confirmed at R-1 (low), with a stable trend. “We have been working hard to improve Nova Scotia’s finances, and by any number of measures our efforts are paying off,” said Finance Minister Peter Christie. “It’s helpful to have this work recognized with a positive outlook from a bond rating agency.” The change is supported by “notable improvement in the province’s debt and fiscal profiles,” according to the service’s news release, issued today, June 21. The release goes on to say, “Continued prudent budgeting and cost control will support further improvement in fiscal results.” In giving the positive trend change, the agency cited the positive effects of applying the $830 million from the Atlantic Accord to the debt, and the agreement with teachers earlier this year to stabilize their pension plan. Dominion Bond Rating Service indicated it may review its position on Nova Scotia’s rating again if the current fiscal and debt targets are met and the outlook remains favourable. The rating service upgraded Nova Scotia’s credit rating in August 2003, for the first time. The rating went from BBB (high) to A (low). Nova Scotia has also received credit-rating upgrades from two other rating agencies since that time.
As Nova Scotia’s 911 emergency telephone service enters its 10th year of operation, plans are in the works to upgrade call-taking equipment with an entirely new operating system. Provincewide introduction of the 911 system took place nine years ago on July 7. As part of the province’s commitment to leading edge 911 technology, the new 911 operating system will be upgraded later this fall to allow the introduction of many enhanced features including provincewide digital mapping. “Since 1997, 911 has been a top-quality emergency telephone service upon which Nova Scotians can rely,” said Ernest Fage, Minister of Emergency Management. “This life-saving service is important to all Nova Scotians. That’s why it’s imperative that we continue to improve our system and stay current as technologies advance.” Officials at the Emergency Management Office as well as management and staff of the 911 centres in Nova Scotia said the anniversary is also a good time to remind the public how advancements in telecommunications technology can impact 911 service. With so many options for phone service now available, it is important for people to understand that there are limitations in how these new technologies align with conventional 911 service. “Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) transmits calls over the Internet and is a technology that is beginning to be more widely used. It can have an effect on an individual’s level of 911 service,” said John Webber, manager of the largest 911 centre in the province. Numerous companies provide VOIP service. One of the selling features is that a person can take their phone out of their home, to their office, or anywhere across the country. But, Mr. Webber said, customers need to know that the trade-off for this enhanced portability is that their 911 call may no longer route to the closest 911 centre, as with conventional phones. “Callers must be prepared to provide additional location information and a call back number. If the caller does not know this vital information, it can limit our ability to respond to the 911 call,” Mr. Webber said. EMO officials recommend that individuals take a buyer-beware-attitude. They should ask questions and consider their safety when choosing from the many phone options that are now available.
As part of the evening’s program, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish presented Enduring Vision awards to three outstanding Foundation supporters. Robert Kraft has been a loyal and generous supporter of the Foundation for many years, both personally and through the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation. As Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Neuro, and as a private philanthropist, Diana Jenkins has been a wonderful patron of EJAF’s work and events in the U.S. and in the U.K. Likewise, Joseph Blount has also been an ardent benefactor to the Foundation since its inception.CNN journalist and New York Times best-selling author Anderson Cooper hosted the gala dinner for a sixth consecutive year, and legendary singer Stevie Nicks performed. Also, Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s conducted a live auction featuring such one-of-a-kind items as a Jean-Philippe Delhomme portrait; “Big Bear,” the largest canvas from Matthew Brandt’s Lakes and Reservoirs series; two Andy Warhol Cow screenprints; lunch for two with Anderson Cooper; two best-in-house seats and backstage passes to Alec Baldwin’s Broadway performance of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans; and a week-long stay for up to 16 people at the Castello di Santa Eurasia in Italy. “The AIDS disease is caused by a virus, but the AIDS epidemic is not. The AIDS epidemic is fueled by stigma, by hate, by misinformation, by ignorance, by indifference. Science has accomplished miracles over the past 20 years, and science can now end this disease – but it cannot end the epidemic. We need more than medicine,” stated Sir Elton John in his keynote speech. “We can do something about these things. We need to speak out about the changes we need to make in our society. We have spoken out. And we will continue to speak out.” Through the impeccable credibility and reputation attained based on 20 years of extensive work, EJAF has emerged as a significant leader in the field of AIDS. The Foundation advances public dialogue on critical and controversial issues related to the epidemic and challenges misguided policies and attitudes that block progress in HIV prevention. Proceeds from An Enduring Vision will help support these efforts, as well as EJAF’s grant-making initiatives across the U.S., the Caribbean, and the Americas.Photos from the event can be found here.Source:PR Newswire On Monday, October 15, Sir Elton John continued his humanitarian efforts to raise money for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and awareness programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean at the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 11th annual benefit An Enduring Vision held at Cipriani Wall Street (55 Wall Street).American Airlines, The Kraft Group, and Wells Fargo served as the Presenting Sponsors of the benefit, and the star-studded evening raised $2 million for the Foundation.
Ashley BrandsonAPTN NewsThe first annual Indigenous Peoples march took place in Washington, D.C. Friday with people from around the world.Together they brought awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous Nations.About 4,000 people from Canada, Australia, and the United States took email@example.com@ashleybrandson
In an opinion column for the United Kingdom-based pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper, published yesterday, Mr. Kerim wrote that reform of the Council must lead to “a new culture of international relations” based on full respects for human rights, human security, responsibility to protect and sustainable development.While changing the Council’s composition is a necessary first step, it should not be viewed as an end in itself.Instead, Council members should be “ready to share responsibility, willing and able to act to protect human life – as the body of last resort – whatever and wherever the threat may be.”Mr. Kerim said such ideas are needed because “our present institutional structures are too rigidly anchored in an international system where pre-eminence is given to the State as the primary interlocutor and agent of change.”He called for renewal of the UN as a whole, for the Bretton Woods institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and for other international and regional bodies.Speaking to reporters today at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Kerim echoed those remarks.Council reform, he said, must have “a more profound meaning than just enlargement. It has to mean adaptation of the institutions, of the United Nations above all, and that goes for the General Assembly and the Secretariat as well. It all has to adapt to a new, very different world.”Yesterday the President told a working group on Council reform that Member States should show “effective flexibility” in their negotiations on reshaping the 15-member body, and ensure that the concerns of all sides are taken into account, especially those currently underrepresented. 11 April 2008Security Council reform must be about more than just changing the composition of its membership, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim says, calling on the body to be “based on an equilibrium of interests rather than a balance of power.”
Supply management: economists love to hate it, and Canadian farmers are loathe to give it up.The politically explosive issue emerged yet again Monday as a flashpoint in increasingly heated NAFTA renegotiation talks after the United States asked for an end to the system within the next decade.So what, exactly is supply management, and why does it stir up so much controversy?The debate has been going on since the federal government created the system in the early 1970s in response to wide swings in prices and interprovincial trade disputes as technology and other developments disrupted the agricultural markets.The complicated system sets prices and protects Canadian farmers from competition, creating stability for dairy, egg, chicken and turkey producers. But it is seen as a symbol of government overreach and distortion of the market by those opposed.Because the system blocks out foreign production from the Canadian market, it is a thorn in the side of trade negotiators as other countries look for freer access to Canada’s food markets, while Canadian politicians have shied away from any drastic changes.The federal and provincial governments use a few ways to control the market.They keep out foreign competition with high tariffs on imports, which vary by product but run as high as 300 per cent for butter.To avoid oversupply, provincial boards regulate how much farmers are allowed to produce.For example, any farmer, except very small producers, that wants to produce eggs, milk, or poultry needs to secure a government “quota,” or production allotment. Much like the medallion system that regulates the number of taxi drivers, quotas mean a farmer has the right to produce a certain amount of the product.Any new farmer has to buy in, and the rights don’t come cheap. The prices vary significantly by category and by province, some of which have capped how high the quota price can go.In 2015, the right to produce a kilogram of butterfat a day — the standard measurement for dairy quotas — sold for $42,500 in British Columbia, but for $23,000 in New Brunswick. Overall, the government says the value of all the supply management quotas issued stood at about $35 billion last year.Finally, with both foreign and domestic competition limited by the system, the government boards need to decide how much farmers will be paid for their production, since standard market forces that are supposed to set prices aren’t at work.The government sets a minimum price that processors have to pay the farmers, or a “price floor.” Critics have argued that floor is artificially high, meaning dairy and other products cost more for Canadian consumers that they might otherwise.To help determine the price, provincial boards canvas producers to figure out the costs of production and then add a margin of profit to determine how much they’re guaranteed to be paid, explained Alfons Weersink, a professor of food and agriculture economics at the University of Guelph.“The system provides a stable return, and a decent return. And that’s the hallmarks of the system,” said Weersink. “It’s not subject to volatility of other agricultural sectors, which are inherently variable; ups and downs in prices constantly.”But that artificial, government-controlled price stability goes against the basic tenants of free-market thinking, according to economists like Herbert Grubel.The senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, and professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University, says the system inflates prices, with several studies showing the average household pays hundreds of dollars more because of it, and that it would be better for the market to set prices and adjust for risks.“The free market adjusts the returns that people get from certain activities by taking account of the amount of risk they take,” said Grubel.He believes the quota system adds significant costs to farmers (and therefore consumers) because they have to buy the right to produce, and take on significant debt to do so.The industry, however, disputes that there would be any savings from dismantling the system, and that other countries provide more indirect subsidies to their agriculture industries.The issue came up in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, while U.S. negotiators have demanded an end to the system as part of ongoing NAFTA negotiations.Canada did make concessions in the recently enacted Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union, allowing 16,000 tonnes of duty-free cheese plus another 1,700 tonnes for use in food processing, while leaving the system as a whole largely unchanged.There have been various proposals on how to dismantle the system, either by adding a surcharge to products to compensate farmers for their quota investments, or to gradually keep increasing the number of quotas allotted, but it won’t be a simple affair to dismantle such an entrenched program.
A full-fledged election campaign in underway in downtown Simcoe.For the first time in the 40-year history of the Simcoe BIA, Norfolk council has invited qualified business and property owners to vote for a slate of candidates to sit on its board of directors.Voting began Monday at the clerk’s department at Governor Simcoe Square. Balloting ends next Monday, June 24 at noon. Fifteen candidates are vying for eight positions. They are, in alphabetical order:Les Anderson, a former municipal politician and – until April 30 – owner of the It’s All Norfolk store on Norfolk Street South. Jess Bommarito, winner of the Norfolk planning department’s “Win This Space” contest for free use of a downtown storefront at the corner of Peel Street and Norfolk Street South. Bommarito’s business is called Groundswell Co-working. Joe Botscheller, a tax specialist with Tax2000 in Simcoe, Woodstock and Tillsonburg since 1993 and a partner in the Magic Piper children’s wear store on Norfolk Street North since 1986. Cam Carter, the third-generation owner of Carter’s Men’s and Ladies’ Wear on Norfolk Street South. Suzanne Earls, artist and owner of the Pieceful Arts store on Robinson Street. Carol Greentree, a supervisor with Job Links and a civilian appointee to the Norfolk Police Services Board. Brian Jones, sales representative with MyFM and a resident of the BIA zone for nearly 20 years. David Lopes, a pharmacist at Roulstons on Norfolk Street South. Tiffany Niece, owner of the Sloth and Molasses gift shop/artisan outlet on Norfolk Street South. Melinda Mulder, owner of Melinda’s Enchanted Cottage on Peel Street, with a second similar location in Port Dover. Birgir Robertsson, owner of The Viking Bakery on Norfolk Street South. Nick Shafto, manager of Max Discount Convenience on Colborne Street South. Debbie Solymar of Simcoe, an educational assistant with the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board. Kate Vandendriessche, a human resources manager and co-owner of J and L Wakeford Inc. Dustin Wakeford, owner of Max Discount Convenience on Colborne Street South and co-creator of Radio Free Norfolk podcasts. Qualified electors must provide proof of tenancy in the BIA zone before they receive a ballot. This could be in the form of a tax bill, invoice, utility bill or similar document.Businesses in the BIA are allowed only one ballot. Each qualified voter is eligible to vote for a maximum of eight candidates.The Simcoe BIA board of directors is an arms-length subcommittee of Norfolk council. Ballot results will be presented to Norfolk council next Tuesday, at which time council is expected to ratify a new board.Norfolk council took the extraordinary step of calling an election last month after some BIA stakeholders expressed dissatisfaction with the former appointment process.Some suggested the BIA – which is responsible for promoting and beautifying the core – had become a closed shop and was no longer responsive to the wishes of the general membership. There were concerns the BIA might wither away and council did not want that to happen.The Simcoe BIA is funded by a special levy on properties in the BIA zone. The BIA budget this year is in the range of $200,000.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
Prior to his appointment as leader of the 68th session of the General Assembly in September 2013, John Ashe had been Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He was arrested earlier today in New York.Speaking at the regular UN briefing to news correspondents, the spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said these allegations “go to the heart of the integrity of the United Nations.”Asked about whether the UN was involved in the United States attorney’s investigation, Mr. Dujarric said the UN was not informed of the case until it was featured in the press. “Obviously, if we’re contacted by the relevant US authorities we will cooperate with them,” he added.Meanwhile, the current President of the General Assembly’s 70th session and former Speaker of the Danish Parliament, Mogens Lykketoft, held a press conference today, during which he underlined that he can only echo the UN Spokesperson.“Coming from a country which is consistently number one on the world transparency index and having served for 34 years in Danish politics without being rich, I certainly am shocked about it and I think that the United Nations and its representatives should be held to the highest standards of transparency and ethics,” Mr. Lykketoft told reporters. He added that when he took office as the President of the UN General Assembly on 15 September, he committed himself to uphold these principles during his tenure, as “corruption has no place at the United Nations or anywhere else.”
Etats-Unis : la réforme de la santé adoptéeÉtats-Unis – Barack Obama a réussi : la réforme de la couverture santé a été adoptée ce dimanche 21 mars au soir. Elle permettra à 32 millions d’Américains de bénéficier d’une assurance-maladie.Malgré la farouche opposition des républicains et d’une partie des démocrates, la réforme de la couverture santé a été adoptée avec 219 voix pour et 212 voix contre. Le président des États-Unis avait en effet trouvé un terrain d’entente avec les démocrates, opposés à l’utilisation de fonds fédéraux pour financer les avortements; 34 d’entre eux se sont tout de même prononcés contre la proposition. Quant aux républicains, ils ont tous voté contre, sans exception.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plage32 millions d’Américains bénéficieront d’une couverture santé, ils étaient jusqu’alors non assurés. Toutefois, quelques corrections vont être ajoutées à la loi afin de répondre aux attentes des représentants. Cependant, les républicains continuent de s’opposer à la loi. Pour cause : une augmentation des impôts de 400 milliards de dollars sur 10 ans. Des manifestations ont eu lieu devant le Capitole à Washington, les conservateurs prônant notamment le jeu de mot “Kill the Bill” (“tuez la réforme”). Le 22 mars 2010 à 13:11 • Emmanuel Perrin
The least enthusiastic thing that I can say about Blair Witch is that it made me feel older than I’ve felt in a movie for a long time. Watching it play out as what amounts to a highly-polished tribute to the legacy of the original Blair Witch Project, I’m reminded of two things: that said original really did come out that long ago, and that what to me was just another mildly clever indie horror movie I saw in 1999 was a kind of generational touchstone to horror fans slightly younger than me and horror filmmakers who were cutting their teeth when it first blew up.To be frank, I’m in the camp that recalls The Blair Witch Project as more of a cultural phenomenon than a movie in its own right. It was a well-executed low-tech revival of the so-called “found footage” genre (forerunners include The Last Broadcast and the notorious Cannibal Holocaust) that worked well enough on its own terms. But what really gave the property “legs” was a brilliantly staged promotional blitz.It consisted of a cleverly-mounted hype campaign taking advantage of then-new Internet ubiquity that had people thinking it was “real” via a dizzying whirlwind of fake websites and half-baked mythology. It didn’t have anything to do with the film, but made obsessive fans feel like they were part of something. Then, instead of continuing to wear out its welcome, the franchise promptly pissed away the entirety of that goodwill on an ill-conceived sequel (Blair Witch II: Book of Shadows). It then took a dirt nap for almost two decades, meaning that this new “official” follow-up can arrive feeling (at least at first) like a welcome nostalgia trip than another plunge back into the well.In case you forgot, the pretext of The Blair Witch Project was that we were seeing the inexplicably-recovered last known video footage shot by three film students who disappeared while making a documentary about a supposedly haunted Maryland forest. The footage shows a strange descent into confusion and paranoia that could be taken either as video evidence of a haunting or of general madness.The hook this time around is that the younger brother of original lead character Heather, now a grown adult still haunted by her disappearance and the resulting media circus (read: the first movie coming out), has found new evidence suggesting his sister is somehow still alive in the woods. He enlists his friends to help him go looking for more answers; joined at first by a pair of impoverished locals who offer to act as guides. As you may expect, things go badly for them.It all starts off very promisingly, mostly by heavily implying right upfront that we’re seemingly not just getting the first movie all over again. It’s established that our heroes are smart and prepared rather than just another trio of snarky dipshits, they’re personally invested with a mission rather than just dicking around to make a cheesy video project. They’re going in prepared with local guides, GPS, phones, walkie-talkies, head-mounted cameras a shitload of batteries and even a goddamn aerial surveillance drone. Granted, it looks more like they raided a Best Buy camera department on Black Friday than anything else, but in terms of hardware “firepower” it’s practically an Alien to Aliens upgrade.And I’ll admit, the possibilities raised by that setup got me suitably pumped: This feels like the ideal angle for a Blair Witch sequel! Not only are you doing some meta-commentary by answering the most tiresome lingering critiques of the original (“Why didn’t they just _____!?” “I would’ve done _____ and survived!”) you’re also setting up a scenario where whatever it is in that woods that’s gonna fuck with these kids is gonna have to fuck with them in entirely different ways. You’re basically writing yourself into a corner where you can’t just make the first movie over again……but then they just sort of make the first movie again, anyway.Sure, there’s a sort of unexpected new wrinkle thrown in at the start of Act 2. And the up to date video equipment and the drone do get used to keep the visuals lively and interesting, but in terms of actual narrative the movie barrels headlong into “we’re lost and all the gear isn’t working!” territory as fast as it can. It then settles into a cover set of The Blair Witch’s Greatest Hits: Unreliable map, time-displacement, scary noises, stickmen, rockpiles, face in the camera, spooky house, stand in the corner, was-that-or-wasn’t-that-a-witch, goodnight Cleveland there will be no encore.To be certain, in that regard it’s not bad! In fact, I’d rank it up there with the original: Clever gag reel, basically works, no earthly reason to watch it twice. What overall disappointment I have is that the first act got my hopes up that this was going to expand and build on the Blair Witch “foundations” into something more interesting. But you’ve got to review the movie they set out to make and not the movie you’d rather they’d made; and it’s pretty clear that “expanding” wasn’t ever the mission here.This is basically a Blair Witch Project “fan-film,” a tribute to the legacy of a game-changing horror movie by filmmakers who’ve clearly come up in its influence. Hell, they even did their own reversed version of the original’s gimmicky hype machine: They shot this under the fake title of “The Woods” and didn’t tell anybody that it was actually Blair Witch 3 until a couple months ago to preserve the surprise.And within that context of “The Blair Witch Project, but with a budget;” it delivers. All the classic beats and iconography show up, but this time cranked up one extra step. Instead of just hearing forest noises, whole trees fall over. Instead of shaking the tents, they get yanked up into the sky. Instead of just implying possession and influence, we get some Cronenberg body-horror business. The stickmen show up, but this time we actually see what they’re FOR (and it’s pretty damn cool!) The scary house feels more expansive and scarier, we see a teeny-weeny little bit of the monster instead of no monster and there’s one standout totally new gag involving tunnels that is some seriously nerve-wracking white knuckle pure horror if you’ve got even an inkling of claustrophobia.So yeah, it’s fun. The writer/director team here is Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett who were behind the V/H/S movies, The Guest, and the excellent You’re Next. So they’ve got horror movie chops to spare and in terms of the fairly mid-level hurdle of making a Blair Witch tribute-reboot they pull it off pretty handily. I just wish it had more going on or more to say for itself than “Hey, remember The Blair Witch Project? That sure was a thing that existed, huh!?”*** (of four)
King Digital Entertainment have basically cornered the market on mobile games. The aptly named company is responsible for creating a candy kingdom greater than Princess Bubblegum’s. Departing from the Candy Crush empire King is venturing into a fuzzier fancier realm. Shuffle Cats has literally taken the world by storm. It’s the first game for King that allows you to play with other people from all over the globe.Tigger.A modern and easier take on Rummy taught to you by sophisticated and adorable cats, what’s not to love?! King knew the only way to make the game even cuter was to have an actual cat ambassador for the game. Last week in NYC they did just that.After an exhaustive nationwide search, four fine felines were selected to be finalists in selecting the face of Shuffle Cats. Wiley Coyote, Jetta, Tigger, and Booger all strutted the stuff down the caaaatwalk as their humans answered questions about why they deserve to be a bonafide Shuffle Cat. The lovely Hannah Simone (of New Girl fame, we love you CeCe!) was a wonderful host/emcee as she is a crazy cat lady. Who knew?!The whole afternoon was quite the event. King went all out with cat themed cocktails, a rummy lounge, and even invited the Brooklyn Cat Cafe to bring some sweet furbabies that are up for adoption. I petted so many kitties.Hannah and WylieThe fantastic Wiley Coyote Super Genius won the title of America’s Shuffle Cat. And I must say his expressive face and magnificent whiskers certainly convinced me he’s a winner. The Shuffle Cats team is now hard at work making sure Wiley joins the other cats for some good old fashion card playing fun.Download Shuffle Cats today and get acquainted while we anxiously await Wylie’s digital arrival.View as: One Page Slides1. Shuffle Cat Cocktails2. Hannah and the Rescues3. Dressing Rooms4. Shuffle Cats Cast5. Rummy Lounge6. Adpot a Cat! Stay on target Crushing on King Mobile Games is a Real ThingShuffle Cats is Furry Gin Rummy from the Makers of Candy Crush
David Wagner was relieved to have bagged the first Premier League win of the season against Fulham thanks to a rare Timothy Fosu-Mensah own goalWagner celebrated the third year of his Huddersfield Town appointment with a deserved first goal and victory on home turf since April.Following the victory, David Wagner told the club’s website:“Today the players left everything on the pitch. They really showed the Terrier identity. It wasn’t the best football-wise, but it was all about the three points tonight.Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“The supporters really were behind the players from the first minute and this helped massively.“We deserved the lead, and in the second half we were able to see out this win. It is good to have this winning feeling back. We are back in the race!“Our idea was to match them up and press them high, as they are so strong in ball possession.”
FRAMINGHAM, MA — Nearly 200 criminal justice practitioners and academics gathered at Framingham State University on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 for the 2nd Annual People of Color in Criminal Justice (POCCJ) Conference.The daylong conference focused on issues of importance to individuals of color working in the criminal justice field was co-hosted by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and Framingham State University. This year’s conference included morning remarks by NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Equity & Inclusion Dr. Tracie L. Keesee and a keynote address by Asha Rangappa, a senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and CNN contributor.“I want to thank Framingham State, all our partners and especially Dr. Keesee and Ms. Rangappa for lending their expertise today,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Each and every day, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners work to ensure we are meeting the needs of those we serve, while also providing effective support for those tasked with carrying out our important public safety missions. This second annual conference is part of our continuing effort to ensure we are providing those critical supports to our employees.”“It’s an honor to partner with Sheriff Koutoujian and his office on this important event,” said Framingham State University President F. Javier Cevallos. “It’s important to address the issues that people of color who work in and around the criminal justice system face, and I believe this conference can serve as model for other agencies throughout the country.”This year’s conference featured a half-dozen workshops, including a town hall style conversation led by Deputy Commissioner Keesee on resiliency-based support for career services; a presentation led by Boston Police Officer Nicole Grant regarding strategies for youth engagement in communities of color; and a discussion led by Massachusetts Department of Correction Officer Allyson Hale on issues of gender identity, inclusion and creating healthy and welcoming professional environments. Additional workshops focused on justice reinvestment led by Suffolk University Professor Carlos Monteiro, while Juror Project founder, and Orleans (Louisiana) public defender, William Snowden spoke about reforming the criminal justice system through the jury box.In addition to members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and Framingham State University, the conference’s steering committee included representatives of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Harvard University Police Department, Cambridge Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Lowell Police Department and the Boston Police Department.Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian addressed participants at the People of Color in Criminal Justice (POCCJ) Conference on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The 2nd Annual POCCJ was co-hosted by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and Framingham State University.(NOTE: The above press release is from Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Sheriff’s Office Co-Hosts Third Annual People Of Color In Criminal Justice ConferenceIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, Framingham State Co-Host First People of Color in Criminal Justice ConferenceIn “Government”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”
Alesha Tangman uses an ulu to cut up pieces of bowhead whale meat at her aunt and uncle’s kitchen table in Wasilla. She uses Kunniak’s spice mixtures on everything from salads to Maktak. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Alesha Tangman uses an ulu to cut a dark red piece of bowhead whale meat into small cubes at her aunt and uncle’s kitchen table in Wasilla. It’s a marine mammal, but it smells like fresh fish.She snacks on a plate of light pink tail meat–known as aqikkaq or the flukes– and then passes it around the table to her family members. It tastes like sushi.“Well, I grew up on Native food because coming from the village everything at the store was so expensive, so we relied on caribou and whale and geese,” she said.Tangman moved to Big Lake about five years ago from Nuiqsut, but her relatives and friends bring her Native foods when they visit from the North Slope. She said she wants her three-year-old daughter to grow up loving the foods, unlike her nephews.“Now they’re older, they haven’t had it since they were babies, and now they don’t like it,” she said.Hopefully, that won’t happen with her daughter, thanks in part to a local spice blend company run by a woman from the North Slope. Kunniak’s Spices is doing more than building bank accounts–it’s also connecting people with Native dishes in new ways.Kunniak’s original Salt and Spice mixture next to a plate of bowhead whale. She now carries 11 different flavors, including “Black Lava” and “Ghost Blend.” (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Tangman used to eat many of the dishes she grew up with plain or with salt. When she saw her friends talking about the company on Facebook, Tangman added herself to the company’s group page and then she won a sample.“I used it on everything up there, even on salads and then in soups and then with eating Native food, it tasted even better,” she said.She said she shares pictures on the page to show how much she enjoys the dishes, and is happy that she can support a Native-owned business owned by someone from the same region.The company’s owner, Kunniak Hopson, moved to Chugiak 11 years ago from Utqiaġvik, which she calls Barrow. When she was growing up, her family always put McCormick’s Salt ‘n Spice on Maktak, which is frozen whale blubber and skin. But then McCormick’s stopped making it, and she had to find an alternative.“They kind of put their recipe online. And well I took it from there and altered it just a little bit, you know, just to make it mine, so I don’t get in trouble,” Hopson said.[Related: To feed elders, traditional foods take untraditional route]At first, she was just making it for herself, but then her sister shared some with friends. Before Hopson knew it, people from other parts of the state were asking for the blend. She didn’t have any business experience, but she taught herself Quickbooks and got a food workers card.“And from there, I started my own whole line of spices, which I now have 11 different flavors,” she said.Kunniak Hopson mixes a garlic blend at her kitchen table in Chugiak. She started Kunniak’s Spices two years ago and now has more than1400 followers on Facebook. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Metal shelves stuffed with bulk spices line the walls of Hopson’s kitchen. Flavors range from lemon to garlic to ghost pepper. Hopson stands at the head of a sturdy wooden table, where she mixes spices and fills clear plastic containers decorated with forget-me-nots. She ships 300 to 500 bottles of spices a month to customers across rural Alaska and to Canada. She fills them all with help from her daughters.Hopson’s Facebook group has more than 1,300 followers. People post pictures daily, mostly of Alaska Native dishes that they’ve paired with her spice blends. Business has nearly quadrupled in the last six months, she said, mostly because people share the page with friends and family, and she hosts giveaways. For now, the business primarily lives on Facebook. She said she doesn’t have any plans yet to sell to restaurants or in stores, though she’s open to the idea if the business keeps growing.Hopson works a full-time job but sometimes spends five hours a day on the side business. The hard work has paid off. The business has funded trips back home, most recently to sell her spices at the Inuit Circumpolar Council general assembly meeting.“There’s a lot of people that I have no idea who they are, they come up to me and say ‘hi’ and tell me that they’re one of my customers, and so it feels really good. It feels almost like a celebrity, almost,” she said.[Related: Mixing science with traditional knowledge, researchers hope to get seal oil on the menu]The best part, she said, is hearing how much people enjoy them, especially their kids.Like Tangman’s daughter, Lucy. She darts in and out of the kitchen, stealing bites of Maktak dipped in Kunniak’s Salt and Spice blend, her favorite.“So we eat it together,” Tangman said. “She’ll choose this over chips or junk food.”Finally, Lucy grabs an entire plate full of ruby chunks and takes it in front of the television, licking the salt and spice off her fingers after each bite.Alesha Tangman’s daughter Lucy steals bites of Maktak from her mother’s plate. She loves eating the dish with Kunniak’s Salt and Spice mixture. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Want to hear more Solutions Desk stories? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or NPR.
Many companies reportedly conducted an audit on their IT systems after the WannaCry attack, and discovered several security loopholes.ReutersIndian techies’ American dream seems distant with US President’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ move. The president plans to implement merit-based immigration system, ending the visa lottery programme and limiting family-based migration.The Trump administration wants to reform the US immigration system to serve the interests of Americans ensuring that people coming to the US are best skilled and brightest.”It is time to create a merit-based immigration system that makes sense for a modern economy – selecting new arrivals based on their ability to support themselves financially and to make positive contributions to US society” US President Donald Trump was quoted as saying in a fact sheet released by the White House titled ‘Ending the economic harm caused by our immigration system’.Here’s how Trump’s immigration framework affects Indian immigrants. 1. Diversity Visa ProgramThe United States grants up to 50,000 visas each year through the visa lottery program, which has only a few educational and skill requirements. Trump’s immigration framework will end the diversity lottery visa which helps to reduce the waiting period for Green Cards or permanent resident visa for highly skilled workers. The new framework reallocates some of the visas to help reduce the backlog of high-skilled, employment-based immigrant cases.The current immigration system urges a seven percent country quota on allotment of the Green Card in a fiscal year, and due to this, many high skilled Indian-Americans face troubles. Most of them are H-1B visa holders. Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., April 18, 2017.Reuters2. Family chain migrationThe Trump’s framework would restrict the flow of low-skilled workers into the US by ending extended-family chain migration. The White House points that rather than merit or skill based admission, more than two-thirds of the legal immigrants are admitted into the country each year based on family relations.If the US eliminate chain migration, it is likely to negatively affect Indian-Americans who are planning to bring their family members to the US. While the White House says they still protect the nuclear family, even Indian-Americans may face difficulties in bringing relatives other than their spouses and minor children to the country. Read Also: Attention techies, these 15 companies are barred from applying for H-1B visas3. Skilled labourTrump’s immigration framework lays out the steps the country must take to lower skilled migration and increase benefits for American workers. “Our immigration system’s prioritization of family relations over merit, education level, or skill has allowed a wave of low-skilled labour into our country,” the White House says. If the US goes for high-skilled or merit-based visa allotment, it could benefit many people in India because the majority of Indians fulfil this condition.
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HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target After more than a year away—and only a Christmas special to tide us over—Doctor Who will hit screens on April 15.In the meantime, the BBC continues dropping breadcrumbs along the path to its season 10 premiere.Early this month, writer Mark Gatiss promised the reappearance of the Ice Warriors—but with a twist. His unnamed story, slated for release as the ninth installment in a 12-episode season, will feature what he described as his “favorite monsters.”Michelle Gomez, meanwhile, confirmed her return to the Whoniverse in a cheeky video released this week.“Well, they’ve got me back again. I’m hard at it,” she said, decked out in Missy’s steampunk Mary Poppins costume, an apron, and a sly smile while brushing a Tardis-blue paint color onto a piece of wood. “I’ll be coming out of this soon,” she added.An official trailer also corroborates the appearance of death-defying Daleks, as well as a handful of other miscreants—including some sort of emoji-face robot. Plus, Matt Lucas will reprise his role as alien companion Nardole.But the sci-fi series can’t fill out a full 12 episodes with just exterminators and Time Ladies.So, here’s to hoping the Doctor’s farewell season reunites him with fan favorites Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Strax, as well as UNIT scientists Kate Stewart and Osgood (Osgoods?) before regenerating this winter. Besides, I’ve heard robotic dogs are a Time Lord’s best friend.And if we’re reviving past villains, my vote is for The Ood, Vashta Nerada, The Silence, and Weeping Angels—no matter how many nightmares the silently shrieking statues give me.One character you can count out of the next dozen episodes: Clara Oswald. In July, actor Jenna Coleman told Collider that the Impossible Girl will not be back “at least for a good while.”“Clara is probably broken down somewhere in time and space, trying to understand how to work a Tardis,” she said. “You don’t want to unpick it, in any way.”
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