Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Grand Chief of Treaty 6 in Alberta is calling for an independent investigator to review the RCMP’s data on murdered and missing Indigenous women in response to a decision by the Mounties to back a claim by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt that Indigenous perpetrators are responsible for 70 per cent of the solved murders of Indigenous women.During a press conference in Edmonton Friday, Treaty 6 Grand Chief Bernice Martial said the RCMP’s decision to back the 70 per cent statistic has created the need for an independent review of the data on murdered and missing Indigenous women held by the RCMP.“We demand an independent investigator to collect all information and data of missing and murdered Indigenous women held by Statistics Canada and the RCMP,” said Martial, during the Edmonton press conference. “More questions have been raised than answered. We demand answers now.”On Thursday, Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch’s office released to the media a letter written by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and addressed to Martial. In the letter, Paulson said “consolidated data” from about 300 police agencies produced the 70 per cent statistic.Paulson was responding to a letter from Martial who wrote the top Mountie asking for data to back up Valcourt’s claim. Valcourt mentioned the 70 per cent statistic during a closed-door meeting in Calgary last month which Martial attended.The RCMP initially refused to back Valcourt saying its “bias-free policing policy” prevented the federal force from releasing ethnically-based information on perpetrators. Paulson’s decision to confirm the statistic runs counter to the policy.APTN asked the RCMP to explain the decision to release that statistic. The RCMP did not respond.“Why did the RCMP, when for two weeks it stated that they have a bias-free policing policy…all of a sudden change their policy within this time frame?” said Martial.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Friday added his voice to the ongoing controversy and called on the RCMP and Valcourt to share all its information on murdered and missing Indigenous women with First Nations.“It is absolutely unacceptable that important information on a priority issue is being withheld from First Nations,” said Bellegarde, in a statement. “The federal government and the RCMP must immediately release all the information they have to First Nations so we can better understand the current situation and work together toward solutions.”Bellegarde said he would be writing the RCMP to formally request the information.The national chief also took aim at Valcourt for his initial decision to use the statistic to counter public inquiry calls from chiefs during the March Calgary meeting.“Blaming the victim is no longer an option,” said Bellegarde.Martial has called for Valcourt’s resignation.It seems unlikely the RCMP would be willing to release all the information it gathered as part of its project on murdered and missing Indigenous women. While the RCMP released a report last spring and plans to release a second report in May, Paulson said in the letter existing agreements prevented it from releasing all its raw data.Paulson said the RCMP obtained data from Statistics Canada and individual police agencies across the country through signed agreements it would not be disclosing the raw information publicly.As part of its massive project to get a statistical handle on the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country, the RCMP obtained Statistic Canada’s annual homicide surveys ranging from1980 and 2012. In order to receive the information, the RCMP signed a confidentiality agreement with Stats Can. The RCMP also signed agreements with police departments across the country to obtain their information.Stats Can’s information, however, did not have completely accurate data on whether perpetrators were Aboriginal or not. The RCMP filled in the gaps found in the data by going back to individual police departments and manually reviewing the files.“The RCMP is currently the source of the most complete information on the Aboriginal identity of the accused,” said Stats Can in a statement.For the first time this coming December, Stats Can’s annual homicide survey will include the “Aboriginal identity” of victims and perpetrators.University of Ottawa criminology professor Ronald Melchers said the 70 per cent statistic that is causing so much controversy is likely accurate.“It is very consistent with everything I know,” said Melchers, who has extensive experience studying the intersection between criminal justice statistics and public policy. “A lot of people are saying we don’t know this, or we don’t know that, but we do know this very well.”Melchers said the RCMP was put in a complicated spot when Valcourt’s musings leaked into the public domain.“They did not want to do it, it violates their internal policy,” he said. “But they were forced into it…they did an assessment of what was the public interest, and the public interest was to release the information.”email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
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 firstname.lastname@example.org@ashleybrandson
In the publishing industry, those who make it to the executive level are not only accustomed to change, but often introduce it. Thomas Haines, senior vice president and editor-in-chief with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has led a media career spanning almost three decades. At the upcoming FOLIO: Show, he will discuss how the publishing industry changed during his tenure, and what the executive suite expects from staff now. Here, Haines shares some thoughts on the topic.FOLIO: What’s your background?Thomas Haines [TH]: I have a journalism degree, and have been in publishing since I got out of college. I’ve been in media my entire career, 28 years now. I’ve been at AOPA for 23 years. FOLIO: What position did you hold when you first joined AOPA? TH: I first started off as associate editor; at the bottom of the rung, in most cases from an editorial standpoint. I was then senior editor, executive editor and then vice president; then I became editor-in-chief and senior vice president in 1994. FOLIO: Can you reflect on what was expected from editorial staff 10-15 years ago, and compare to what is expected now?TH: When I became EIC, we had one monthly magazine. We had an annual airport directory, too. The magazine was usually around 125-128 pages long. Over the years, we’ve added another monthly magazine. Now, we have something around the order of 18 different media properties that carry advertising in one sort or the other. Many are online; two weekly and a daily newsletter, and multiple other newsletters serving different segments. We’ve got multiple websites, now we’re into video: we do live webcasting from some of the larger aviation shows, including ours last week. We have video on demand as well. It’s become a large multi-media operation. Of course, like everyone else, now we’re focusing on the mobile market. We introduced digital magazines earlier this year, and are just now coming up with an optimized iPad app.FOLIO: With this diverse portfolio of products, would you prefer your staff to have more general capabilities or more specialization when it comes to editorial?TH: More general. I look for people to go cross-platform at any time. Most are focused, more or less, on one area or the other. We’ve got a team of people who primarily work on digital products, and we’ve got a team who primarily work on the print; each is expected to help out with the other. People have to be able to make that switch pretty easily and capable across all platforms.Traditionally, editorially was divided from the advertising and publishing portion of the industry. FOLIO: Can you share some insight into how editors now have to be more business-savvy, be it through SEO or other ways to get more eyeballs on content?TH: We have people who specialize in creating the pages in a way that are SEO, and make that really friendly for search engines. We’re installing a new content management system in the next year, and our editors may get roped into that a bit more. Blogs are one area where I really challenge them, and social media stuff, but particularly in our blogs. It’s one area where we can see what works well, what doesn’t work well and make adjustments easily. If you write a news story for the website, it’s a little harder to fare it out. Did one story really have impact? Maybe I’ll get some letters or an email about it; but with a blog, you get an instant report on how many people read it and view the comments instantly. You can see if what you wrote is being well received, and I encourage them to focus on that. What works there will probably work in other channels, so we reapply those kinds of subjects in other ways.
Fellow Residents:On Saturday, May 4, 2019, I respectfully urge all of you to come out and participate in Wilmington’s Annual Town Meeting. The 2019 Annual Wilmington Town Meeting will take place in the Joanne M. Benton Auditorium at Wilmington High School, and will commence at 10:30 a.m. As in years past, we will be making a concerted effort to start the meeting on time and, in accordance with the Town of Wilmington Inhabitant By- Laws, Chapter 2, Section 19, we need a quorum of one hundred and fifty (150) voters in order to start the business of Town Meeting. Thus, I ask that you please arrive at such a time, and in such a manner, so as to allow for a 10:30 a.m. start time. I thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation.As Town Moderator, I aim to foster a fair, transparent and efficient Town Meeting. In an effort to familiarize the townspeople of Wilmington with the happenings of Town Meeting, I created a handout relative to Town Meeting information and procedures. The handout has been posted to the Town’s website and it will be available when you check in at Town Meeting. The handout is aimed to more fully inform Town Meeting attendees as to what Town Meeting is and how it operates. While the handout is not exhaustive by any means, I believe that the information provided therein is aimed at my overall goal of fostering fair, transparent and efficient Town Meeting assembly. If attendees are more familiar with “why” and “how” things are happening, I believe they can better navigate the debate and discussion on any given issue.Town Meeting is the most pure, direct and inclusive form of the democratic process. However, Town Meeting is not truly representative unless we have an assembly that consists of a cross section of our residents/voters. While our quorum is 150 voters, we should strive to increase attendance to numbers that more appropriately represent our Town. That being the case, the Board of Selectmen and myself will be forming a Town Meeting Review Committee that will examine our current practices and approach to Town Meeting. It is my hope that the Town Meeting Review Committee will come up with ideas aimed at improving our Town Meeting process and increasing attendance. If you would like to be considered to serve on the aforementioned Committee, please contact me at email@example.com.Your participation in our Town Meeting shows your dedication to Wilmington, and moreover your dedication to your neighbors and friends who will join you in attendance on May 4, 2019. In order to foster a productive environment, I ask that all those attending Town Meeting to conduct themselves with proper decorum and that you treat your fellow attendees with the utmost respect, even in cases of disagreement.I respectfully ask that you carefully review this warrant booklet before attending Town Meeting. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with the warrant articles will allow you to better follow the meeting and will further allow for more fluid, informed discussion. I cannot stress enough the importance of making informed votes at Town Meeting; each and every vote taken up on May 4, 2019 will have a profound effect on the direction of our town. Your attendance at Town Meeting is crucial to ensure that all votes are a true and accurate reflection of the voice of the townspeople of Wilmington.Sincerely,Robert G. Peterson, Jr.(NOTE: The above letter was shared to residents via Town Hall’s website.)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… RelatedLETTER: Town Moderator Encourages Voters To Attend Town Meeting On May 5, Provides Helpful HandoutIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Town Moderator Jim Stewart Endorses Rob PetersonIn “Letter To The Editor”TOWN MODERATOR CANDIDATES DEBATE: Peterson & MacDonald Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government”
1 Now playing: Watch this: See it The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Ahmad noted that there’s “definitely a lot in the pipeline for next gen” and we might get a few more details at Game Developers Conference, which runs in San Francisco from March 18–22.However, he said Sony is expecting a strong 2019 for PS4, as noted by Techradar, which earlier reported on the post. The games lineup for the first half of the year is set, Ahmad wrote, but the company is also looking into making some of its unannounced games cross gen (meaning they’ll come out on PS4 and PS5) or next gen.This seems likely, since several games from the latter part of the PlayStation 3’s run got simultaneous PS4 releases — including Destiny, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Even games that came out years later, like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Persona 5, were released on both. 2:59 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The best games of 2018: CNET’s top picks $158 Tags Sony didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.In October, Sony boss Kenichiro Yoshida reportedly acknowledged that the company’s working on the next PlayStation, but stopped short of calling it PS5. Before that, a patent suggested that it’s looking to make the PS5 backward-compatible, and PlayStation boss John Kodera hinted that we’ll see its next console in 2021. We’ve also gotten an indication that it’s going by the internal code name “Erebus.”Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation 3 (80GB) Review • Sony PlayStation 3 Preview • Sony PlayStation 3 – First Take Comment Sony PlayStation 3 Sony’s first-party developers could be looking to the next generation of PlayStation. Josh Miller/CNET Sony’s first-party game developers may have turned their attention to the next generation, an analyst said.The Japanese company’s in-house developers have switched their focus from making PlayStation 4 games to using PlayStation 5 development kits, according to a ResetEra post by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad.”PS5 dev kits are out there and I’ve heard positive things about it. But I wouldn’t expect any information in the immediate future,” he wrote over the weekend.The company’s first-party developers include Naughty Dog (which makes Uncharted and The Last of Us), its Santa Monica Studio (God of War) and Sucker Punch (inFamous and the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima). Consoles Gaming 17 Photos Target Sony
‘Rickshaw Girl’ getting film adaptationA popular children’s book about a Bangladeshi girl who decides to disguise herself as a boy in order to work and help pull her family out of poverty is being adapted for the big screen, reports NBC News.First published in 2007, Mitali Perkins’s “Rickshaw Girl,” follows Naima, the daughter of a rickshaw puller who lives with her family outside of a large city. Already acknowledged as a gifted artist with a flair for creating “alpanas”- painted designs created with rice flour and water popular in Bangladesh and India’s West Bengal – Naima longs to be able to use her talents to help her parents. To do so, she decided to dress as a boy and go out into the working world, the New York based media says.“I lived in Bangladesh for three years and I speak Bangla,” Perkins told NBC News, adding that she worked with several non-government organisations and became familiar with the work of the microlending platform Grameen Bank during that time.“I was talking to women and I’d hear how empowering it was for women to be able to contribute to the family economically,” she said. “The idea was just in my mind.”Perkins became particularly struck by the beautifully decorated rickshaws she would see as she travelled throughout the country.“When you go to Bangladesh, rickshaws are all over the place, and they are decorated with alpanas, some of which tell entire stories,” she recalled.Perkins said she then began thinking of what it would be like to grow up as a young girl in one of the families she passed every day.“I was the third daughter and everyone cried when I was born,” Perkins said. “Everyone but my daddy. He said, ‘Girls are a blessing from God.’”The decision to set the book in Bangladesh was a particularly poignant one for Perkins. Her parents were born in what was then East Bengal before the 1947 partition of India. “Many families moved to West Bengal then, but it never felt like home,” Perkins said. Her family later moved to London and then New York when Perkins was seven.Since its publication, “Rickshaw Girl” has been published in several Asian languages and the film rights were optioned several years ago. “When your book is adapted it, it takes a life of its own,” Perkins said.Given the setting and Perkins’ own personal history, she said she is particularly happy “Rickshaw Girl” will be directed by a Bangladeshi filmmaker, Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, and that the Bangladeshi-American writer Sharbari Z Ahmed will assist with the screenplay as a script consultant.Ahmed, who moved to the United States from Bangladesh with her family when she was just three weeks old, said getting to ride on a rickshaw was one of her favourite parts about visiting the country as a child. “Rickshaws were novel to you as a child because they were so colourful and vibrant,” Ahmed told NBC News. “Rickshaw art was part of the scenery and lately people are recognising it as an art form.”Ahmed added that while she was happy to help tell the story of a character whose background was so similar to her own, she was particularly excited about contributing to showing the world how diverse the Muslim experience is.“Naima is Muslim, and more importantly, she is a Bangladeshi Muslim. Hollywood tends to have images of Muslims that come out of the Middle East,” Ahmed said. “I wrote for ‘Quantico’ and there were people in hijab, but what’s largely ignored is that Islam manifests itself in different ways in different cultures.”Noting that both Hollywood and audiences have recently embraced films about strong women and girls, Ahmed said she was also eager for moviegoers to watch the story of a teen navigating a society that is often very hostile.“Naima is not a cosseted teen,” she said. “She is almost from the slums, her family barely has money to put food on the table. We wanted to show what it was like being on the edge of womanhood in a country that is quite conservative.”
Citation: New Evidence for the ‘Solar Oxygen Crisis’ (2007, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-05-evidence-solar-oxygen-crisis.html Scientists have published new evidence supporting the recent discovery that the Sun contains about half as much oxygen as previously thought, an issue some scientists have dubbed the solar oxygen crisis. This is a potentially huge scientific problem because scientists have used the particular prior measurement as a platform for understanding the inner workings of other stars. Oxygen is the third most abundant atom in the universe and the element most frequently produced in the “nuclear furnaces” of stars. In many astrophysical situations, oxygen is linked to the abundances carbon, nitrogen, and neon. If the oxygen abundance in the Sun is half as much as scientists thought, these other elemental abundances may also be off by a factor of two.“The abundance of solar oxygen serves as a key reference for the chemical composition of other stars,” lead scientist Hector Socas-Navarro, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, explained to PhysOrg.com. “We thought we had very solid measurements of this abundance since the 1980s, but recent evidence indicates that we’ve been overestimating it by almost a factor of two. The implications of this are incredibly important.”In the April 19, 2007, online edition of The Astrophysical Journal, Socas-Navarro and colleague Aimee Norton, a solar physicist at the National Solar Observatory, discuss how they obtained new evidence for the solar oxygen crisis by using a type of light-analysis device to take measurements of infrared and visible light radiating from a patch of the Sun.The device, known as the Spectro-Polarimeter for Infrared and Optical Regions (SPINOR), attaches to a telescope; in this case, the Richard Dunn Solar Telescope located in Sunspot, New Mexico. The telescope collects the light and sends it to SPINOR, which analyzes its properties. Because atoms in the Sun emit light at very specific wavelengths, the researchers can calculate the abundances of various elements by measuring the wavelengths of light rays coming in.Analysis of the SPINOR data produced a value of the oxygen abundance that agrees with calculations by other research groups studying the solar oxygen crisis. The measurement contained larger-than-expected uncertainty.“This measurement is more uncertain than we thought it would be, which is one of the interesting conclusions of our particular work,” said Socas-Navarro.He added that there is another major downside of a lower oxygen abundance. Models of the solar interior once predicted that sound waves in the Sun traveled at certain speed, a value that agreed well with the measured speed. Because the speed depends on composition, this is another way that scientists learn about the processes that take place in the Sun, what elements it is made of, and in what quantities. Now, with the Sun having half as much oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, and neon, the sound speed derived from the models doesn’t match the measured speed well.“Exactly what this means is not very clear, but it casts doubt on the correctness or at least the accuracy of models of stellar interiors, which are a cornerstone of modern astrophysics,” he said.Citation: H. Socas-Navarro and A.A. Norton, “The solar oxygen crisis: Probably not the last word” The Astrophysical Journal, 660:L153-L156, 2007 May 10Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists find sun’s history buried in moon’s crust Explore further
“I’m excited to share some of the latest things we’re working on at Microsoft to help developers achieve more when building the applications of tomorrow, today.”-Scott Guthrie – Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft On the 4th of December, at the Microsoft Connect(); 2018 Conference, the tech giant announced a series of updates in its Azure domain. With an aim to make it easy for operators and developers to adopt and use Kubernetes, Microsoft has announced the public preview of Azure Kubernetes Service virtual nodes and Azure Container Instances GPU support. They have also announced Azure Pipelines extension for Visual Studio Code, GitHub Releases, and much more! #1 Azure Kubernetes Service virtual nodes, Azure Container Instances GPU support enters public preview The Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is powered by the open source Virtual Kubelet technology. This release will enable customers to fully experience serverless Kubernetes. Customers will be able to extend the consistent, powerful Kubernetes API (provided by AKS) with the scalable, container-based compute capacity of ACI. With AKS virtual nodes, customers can precisely allocate the number of additional containers needed, rather than waiting for additional VM-based nodes to spin up. The ACI is billed by the second, based on the resources that a customer specifies, thus enabling them to match their costs to their workloads. This, in turn, will help the AP provided by Kubernetes to reap the benefits of serverless platforms without having to worry about managing any additional compute resources Adding GPU support to ACI will enable a new class of compute-intensive applications through AKS virtual nodes. The blog says that initially, ACI will support the K80, P100, and V100 GPUs from Nvidia and users can specify the type and number of GPUs that they would like for their container. #2 Azure Pipelines extension for Visual Studio Code The Azure Pipelines extension for Visual Studio Code will enable developers use VS syntax highlighting and IntelliSense that will be aware of the Azure Pipelines YAML format. Traditionally, in Visual Studio Code, syntax highlighting required developers to remember exactly which keys are legal, causing them to flip back and forth to the documentation while keeping track of the location of the keys. Using this new functionality of Azure, they will now be alerted in red “ink” if they write “tasks:” instead of “task:”. They just need to press Ctrl-Space (or Cmd-Space on macOS) to see what’s accepted at that point in the file. #3 GitHub releases Developers can now seamlessly manage GitHub Releases using Azure Pipelines. This allows them to create new releases, modify drafts, or discard older drafts. The new GitHub Releases task supports actions like attaching binary files, publishing draft releases, and marking a release as pre-release and much more. #4 Azure IoT Edge support in the Azure DevOps project Azure DevOps Projects enables developers to set up a fully functional DevOps pipeline straight from the Azure portal which will be customized to the programming language and application platform they want to use, along with the Azure functionality they want to leverage and deploy to. The community showed a growing interest in using Azure DevOps to build and deploy IoT based solutions. The Azure portal for Azure IoT Edge in the Azure DevOps project workflow will make it easy for customers to achieve this goal. They can easily deploy IoT Edge modules written in Node.js, Python, Java, .NET Core, or C, helping users to develop, build, and deploy their IoT Edge application. This support will provide customers with: A Git code repository with a sample IoT Edge application written in Node.js, Python, Java, .NET Core, or C A build and a release pipeline setup for deployment to Azure Easy provisioning of all Azure resources required for Azure IoT Edge #5 ServiceNow integration with Azure Pipelines Azure has joined forces with ServiceNow, an organization that is focussed on automating routines activities, tasks, and processes at work. They help enterprises gain efficiencies and increase the productivity of their workforce. Developers can now automate the deployment process using Azure Pipelines, and use ServiceNow Change Management for risk assessment, scheduling, approvals, and oversight while updating production. You can head over to Microsoft’s official Blog to know more about these announcements. Read Next Microsoft and Mastercard partner to build a universally-recognized digital identity Microsoft open sources (SEAL) Simple Encrypted Arithmetic Library 3.1.0, with aims to standardize homomorphic encryption Microsoft reportedly ditching EdgeHTML for Chromium in the Windows 10 default browser