Former US president Obama speaks in Toronto fans say they left inspired

first_imgTORONTO – Former U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that closing borders won’t create future jobs because what’s changing industries like manufacturing are automation and artificial intelligence.Obama told a Toronto luncheon on Friday that the transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy happened over the course of 150 years, but that the technological revolution is happening in 20 years. He said it’s hard for governments to catch up to the pace of disruption.Obama said over the next 25 years, advanced economies will have to confront the fact that there is not going to be enough high-paying full-time work as we traditionally conceive it.“You’ll still see auto companies doing pretty well and you’ll see us manufacturing the goods that we use in the United States or Canada, but you’ll walk through those factories and they’ll be empty because they’ll be run by robots and AI,” Obama said.“The biggest challenge that we face in terms of maintaining good manufacturing jobs in our countries come from automation, and that is going to accelerate.”Friday’s event, which cost $1,000 per plate, was organized by Ottawa-based think-tank Canada 2020.Obama did not mention President Donald Trump by name but said if the strategy is to close off borders, then governments are missing the point. Trump nixed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and has called the North American Free Trade Agreement the worst trade deal in history and has threatened to withdraw from it.Obama said that policies can make it easier or harder for people to adapt to change. He said unions are important but must recognize the original union model was built in the industrial era and needs to be refreshed in the information age. Obama said things like a higher minimum wage can help cushion the impact of the disruption.He said all advanced economies will have to adapt and find ways in which everybody has a productive, fulfilling life that can support a family. He said young people will need the skills to compete in an economy driven by massive technological change.“The policies we have now can build a runway so that over the next 20 years people are not so angry, so fearful and so stressed that we end up resorting to policies that are not going to be good for anybody,” Obama said.Some of those in the audience found Obama’s talk inspiring as it touched on democracy, civil engagement and youth.“He still has this incredible optimism about Canada, the U.S., the world, in spite of how challenging our times are right now. It’s very good for us to hear that,” Glenda Rissman said.Sharing a similar sentiment, Cynthia Dale said her “first takeaway is how inspiring it was and how ludicrously humble he is. He’s so humble about what he did and what he continues to do.”An American family visiting Toronto waited outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for several hours, hoping to catch a glimpse of Obama.Sylvianna and Andrew Kaplan said they are grateful for the Obama administration, especially when it comes to health care. With the threat of an repeal under the Trump administration, anxieties are high for the parents who have two young-adult dependents.“Its (health-care policies) have benefited our children. Both of them are young adults, but they still fall under our health-care plan. The biggest benefit is that they’re still under our insurance,” Sylvianna said.A group of high school students skipped class to see the former president.It was “an experience you can’t get in school,” Abby Mcclellan said.Ava De Pagter said she loves just “what he stands for; everyone should be equal. No matter the race or gender.”Obama was in town just one day after Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, came to the city to promote her book.The former president was later spotted with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games.— With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Heavy oil project sale founders after buyer fails to win Chinese partners

Companies in this story: (TSX:OBE, TSXV:HOCL)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Highwood Oil Company Ltd. says its deal to buy a 55 per cent stake in a heavy oil project in northern Alberta has been terminated after it failed to win approval from the Chinese partner to take over as operator.Calgary oil company Obsidian Energy Ltd. (formerly Penn West Energy Trust) had agreed to sell its position in the Peace River Oil Project it operates to junior producer Highwood for $97 million in May.But the deal required consent from China Investment Corp., a sovereign wealth fund created by the Chinese government in 2007, which bought a 45 per cent non-operating interest in the play in 2010 for $817 million.In July, Highwood said the partner had waived its right to buy the stake itself, nor would it employ its option to sell its minority stake at the same time.However, Highwood said in a two-paragraph statement on Wednesday it had to terminate the deal because its assumption of operatorship of the project hadn’t been completed.Obsidian said in a separate statement that it will continue to try to dispose of its partnership stake in order to focus on its light oil Cardium assets in central Alberta. read more

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European Commission pledges over 10 million for UN mine clearing efforts in

“This contribution from the European Commission confirms the strong commitment of the European Union to support the efforts of the United Nations in the field of humanitarian mine action,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno. As an initial contribution, the European Commission has donated more than $8 million to support Afghan and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carrying out de-mining operations. The money will also be used to strengthen the overall coordination of mine action in Afghanistan.

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Security Council authorizes EU force in Bosnia and Herzegovina for another year

EUFOR was first authorized by the Council in November of last year as a successor mission to the NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR).For the further 12-month period, starting from today, the date of the adoption of the resolution, the Council authorized Member States to establish EUFOR as a legal successor to SFOR under unified command and control, with the main peace stabilization role under the military aspects of the Peace Agreement.The Council also welcomed NATO’s decision “to continue to maintain a presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the form of a NATO Headquarters in order to continue to assist in implementing the Peace Agreement in conjunction with EUFOR.” It authorized the Member States to continue to maintain the NATO Headquarters as a legal successor to SFOR under unified command and control.Acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which determines how robust a mission may be, the Council authorized Member States to take all measures to defend the EUFOR and NATO presence and to assist both organizations in carrying out their missions. It recognized the right of both EUFOR and the NATO presence to defend themselves from attack or threat of attack. The Security Council noted that the primary responsibility for the further successful implementation of the Peace Agreement lay with the Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina themselves. The continued willingness of the international community and major donors to assume the political, military and economic burden of assisting them in implementing the Peace Agreement would be determined by the compliance and active participation of those Authorities with the Peace Agreement, in particular full participation in the work of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) putting on trial those indicted for war crimes, the Council said. It stressed that full cooperation by States and entities with the Tribunal included the surrender for trial or apprehension of all indicted persons and provision of information to assist in Tribunal investigations.The EU’s High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Paddy Ashdown, told the Council last week that while the transfer of 12 indictees this year to the Tribunal was a huge a step forward, another anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica had passed without the transfer of the most wanted on that list, Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic. Welcoming the EU’s decision to open negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Stabilization and Association Agreement and calling on the Authorities to implement their undertakings, including those on police reform, as part of that process, the Council said the Authorities should strengthen joint institutions which foster a fully functioning, self-sustaining State able to integrate itself into European structures and facilitate the return home of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

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Commentary What OSU football must do against Nebraska

After losing to Michigan State last weekend, Ohio State will likely have to win each of their remaining Big Ten games to have a shot at their sixth conference title in seven years. Winning out is a tall order for the Buckeyes, given their matchup with No.14 Cornhuskers in Nebraska on Saturday. The team certainly can’t accomplish that playing as they did in their abysmal showing against the Spartans. To win, OSU must improve every facet of their game. Offense The offense was, well, offensive against the Spartans. They didn’t reach 100 total yards until there was less than five minutes remaining in the game, and had fewer offensive yards than penalty yards through most of the fourth quarter. The team finished with 178 yards, but 62 of them came on its final drive of the game and only 35 yards came on the ground on 39 rushing attempts. Turning those numbers around starts with the offensive line. Three of the five starters on the line had false start penalties, and that was in the friendly confines of Ohio Stadium. That doesn’t include the holding and illegal block penalties. Penalties wreck drives by killing momentum and setting the team up for long second- and third-down conversions. OSU converted only 4-of-16 third-down attempts. For better or for worse, the offensive line has been shuffled this week to accommodate senior Mike Adams coming back from suspension to play left tackle. The line has to protect freshman quarterback Braxton Miller and give him time to see the field before sending him scrambling for his life. The wide receivers have to step up and become better targets for Miller as well. One of Miller’s few good throws, a deep pass to fellow freshman Devin Smith, was stripped for an interception. The receivers, without DeVier Posey again this week, have to make those big plays to give the Buckeyes a chance. Defense The defense needs to build off of its impressive performance against MSU in which it forced two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Sophomore defensive back Christian Bryant broke on a ball late in the second quarter that should have been an easy interception. Bryant could’ve walked into the end zone if he had picked off the pass, but instead the ball fell harmlessly to the turf. A winning defense will pick up the slack during a poor offensive showing by making those plays. The pass rush was largely nonexistent as well, as the team registered zero quarterback sacks. Senior defensive end Nathan Williams is out again this week, so the team has to find another impact rusher to pressure Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. Without pressure, Martinez will tear the Buckeyes apart on the back end. Besides putting pressure on Martinez, the defense also faces the task of containing the dual-threat sophomore. And if that’s not hard enough, they will have to stop a rushing attack behind an offensive line that averages 303-pounds apiece. Special Teams When a team struggles with scoring, the special teams become increasingly important. Redshirt junior punter Ben Buchanan has been an asset for the Buckeyes in the field position battle this season, downing 13-of-29 punts inside the 20-yard line. Field position will be important again Saturday if the offense is slow out of the gates. Junior running back Jordan Hall needs to return to form in the return game to set the offense up with solid field position. Coaching The coaches, namely first-year head coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator Jim Bollman, need to mix up the play calls Saturday. If they become predictable and allow Nebraska’s defense to pin their ears back and rush Miller, they may see another nine-sack performance. Miller is extremely raw as a college quarterback, but there is nothing to be gained by closing the playbook to him. Give Miller a little trust and see how he responds. And please, stick with one quarterback. The team is better off in the hands of its future quarterback sooner rather than later. The two-quarterback system has its history of failures. A quarterback needs to know their coach trusts them; just ask Todd Boeckman and Justin Zwick. read more

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Britain and EU fail to reach Brexit deal

(AFP) Britain and the EU failed to strike a Brexit divorce deal during talks in Brussels on Monday but said they were “confident” of reaching an accord later this week.British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker fell short of a breakthrough, despite encouraging progress on the thorny issue of the Irish border.The EU says Britain must make sufficient progress on key divorce issues — Ireland, Britain’s financial bill for leaving the bloc, and the rights of EU nationals in Britain — to allow the opening of trade and transition talks at a summit on December 15.“Despite our best efforts and the significant progress we and our teams have made in the past days on the remaining withdrawal issues, it was not possible to reach a complete agreement today,” Juncker said at a joint news conference with May.“This is not a failure… I am very confident that we will reach an agreement in the course of this week.”Juncker, a former Luxembourg prime minister, said May was a “tough negotiator and not an easy one.”May said differences remained on a “couple of issues”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIt’s over: Britain files for divorce from the European UnionMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”EU agrees ‘best possible’ Brexit deal, urges Britons to back MayNovember 26, 2018In “World”May pledges minority government after UK election debacle on eve of Brexit talksJune 9, 2017In “World” read more

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SEHA Gazprom League RK Vardar on the winning road again Zagreb beat

Meshkov BrestRK PPD Zagrebseha gazprom league 4.Presov7403190:17412 5.Meshkov Brest8404249:24012 3.Nexe8602220:20018 1.PPD Zagreb8701216:18221 PPD Zagreb and RK Vardar celebrated new victories at SEHA Gazprom League.Meshkov Brest, once again, underestimate regional competition by sending squad without coach Manolo Cadenas and most of the stars, to away action in Zagreb, where home team had easy task – 29:24 (13:10).RK Vardar won after two defeats in a row…RK VARDAR – RK NEXE 31:26 (16:12)RK VARDAR:Stoilov 2, Nedanovski 2, Popovski 2, Kristopans 3, Dissinger 3, Karačić 1, Skube 2, Kalarash 2, Kalifa (5 saves), Čupić 2, Dibirov 4, Shishkarev 4, Vojvodić 2, Kiselev 2, Milosavljev 3 (saves), MishevskiRK NEXE:Šipić 5, Gadža 3, Eter 1, Zrnić 3, Mrđenović, Barišić Jaman 3, Car (2 odbrane), Buvinić 4, Radovanović (14 saves), Jelinić, Vida 2, Lavrič, Tomić 1, Jaganjac 3, Celebi, Vozab 1PPD Zagreb – Meškov Brest 29:24 (13:10)PPD Zagreb: Ristanović 7 saves, Kastelic; Ereš, Vistorop, Mrakovčić 2, Kontrec 1, Burić 4, Sršen 2, Horvat 8, Potočnik, Ravnić, Qerimi, Mandić 5, Hrstić 1, Bičanić 6Meškov Brest: Charapenka 7 saves, Babko, Korsak 1; Silko, Kuran 4, Tamashuk, Darafeyeu, Mochalov 3, Datchuk, Piliuk 2, Viarheichyik, Bachko 4, Yashchanka 7, Budzeika 4STANDINGS: 10.Izvidac7016179:2121 9.Met. Skopje7115192:2184 8.Zeleznicar7205183:2086 6.Steaua Bucuresti7403193:19612 7.Vojvodina7205169:1836 2.Vardar8602230:20818 ← Previous Story HOPE FOR HANDBALL CLUB? Bogdan Wenta is new Major of Kielce Next Story → Chambery’s legend Edin Basic retires! read more

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More people are saving but not because they think its a good

first_imgPEOPLE ARE SAVING money more and more with over a third of people now saving regularly according to new research.In a monthly study by the Irish branch of UK savings bank Nationwide,  34 per cent of people in December were found to be regular savers compared to 32 per cent the previous month and 30 per cent a year before.Even occasional savers are increasing, with the proportion of people not saving at all falling from 48 per cent last year to a current level of 40 per cent.Despite the increasing in savings, attitudes towards it would seem to be contradictory with only 24 per cent of people believing that “now is a good time to save”. This is just above the record low in the Nationwide index.Nearly two-thirds of people think that government policy discourages saving while just 8 per cent of people feel that government policy encourages saving.Nationwide’s Barry Synnott’s says that people’s apparent contradictory attitude is understandable, saying that “the conditions for saving remain difficult due to falling interest rates and increased rates of tax on interest earned”.Changing consumer sentiment in 2014 could have a significant influence on the figures this year he adds, with people perhaps beginning to spend more.Open thread: What are your best money-saving tips?Read: People still joining credit unions, but fewer are taking out loans >last_img read more

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Living arrangement hearing scheduled for Alvin Quarles

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 12:49 PM KUSI Newsroom Living arrangement hearing scheduled for Alvin Quarles January 3, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) –County Supervisor Dianne Jacob Friday urged a judge to honor a request by the District Attorney’s Office to reconsider a decision to place a sexually violent predator known as the “Bolder-Than-Most” rapist back into the community, where he would continue treatment under a conditional release program.Last October, San Diego Superior Court Judge David Gill ordered Alvin Quarles released to a home in Jacumba Hot Springs, but an agreement to rent that residence fell through. The judge ordered Liberty Healthcare Corp., which runs the conditional release program, to conduct a countywide search for a new place for Quarles to live.Gill asked for and received an updated report from a doctor at Coalinga State Hospital regarding Quarles’ behavior and suitability for release into the community. That report remains under seal.Jacob — who represents eastern San Diego County where many sexually violent predators have been placed over the years — urged the judge to reconsider his decision to release Quarles.“This case is different,” the supervisor told the judge.Jacob said Quarles did not finish his classes at Coalinga and officials deemed him unsafe for release.“He is not safe to be released into the community,” Jacob told the judge.Outside court, Jacob told reporters that Quarles will remain at Coalinga until Gill decides whether to reconsider his decision to release him.“He (Quarles) is a really, really, bad guy,” the supervisor told reporters.Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto said a date will be selected next Friday for the judge to hear evidence on why he should reconsider his decision to set Quarles free.Quarles, 56, was dubbed the “Bolder-Than-Most” rapist because he attacked his victims at knifepoint, sometimes forcing the women’s husbands or boyfriends to watch.He pleaded guilty in 1989 to committing more than a dozen sexual assaults in the mid-to-late 1980s and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.Prior to Quarles’ release from prison, the District Attorney’s Office filed a petition to have him civilly committed as a sexually violent predator.In 2014, Quarles was committed to the Department of State Hospitals to undergo sex offender treatment. In September 2016, Quarles petitioned the court to be granted release through the Conditional Release Program for sex offenders. Posted: January 3, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Haines Assembly members survive divisive recall election

first_imgTresham Gregg, Heather Lende and Tom Morphet take part in a public forum about the recall election. No recall proponents agreed to participate. (Abbey Collins)After a contentious recall vote Tuesday, three embattled Haines Assembly members will continue to serve out their terms. Nearly 60 percent of Haines voters rejected the allegations of official misconduct.Listen nowAs Haines residents filtered into the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall to vote Tuesday, many said they did not want share their thoughts about the recall on the record. But among those who did, some common themes emerged.“I think the recall thing is kind of stupid today,” Dezra Burkes said. “But I’m here.”Burkes said the recall grounds just aren’t serious enough to kick anyone out of office.“It just seems like a bunch of he said, she said nitpicky stuff going on right now,” Burkes said.The recall effort goes back four months. Recall leaders claimed assembly members Tom Morphet, Tresham Gregg and Heather Lende abused their power by violating the Open Meetings Act and coercing a subordinate borough employee.The open meetings charge stems from an email one assembly member sent another asking for support on an upcoming vote. The coercion charge comes from when Morphet and Lende advocated for the local police blotter to be made public. Recall leaders said that amounted to coercing the police chief for personal gain, since each had a stake in the newspaper, which publishes the blotter.“I think that they’re guilty,” Laura McCoy said. She voted ‘yes’ to recall all three.“It has to do with the way that they’re doing business, and it’s not right,” McCoy said. “Not right at all. They’re doing business when it’s not assembly time and then they come in there with a preconceived notion of this is what we’re gonna do.”In the final weeks leading up to the election, a recall leader took out advertisements and distributed mailers criticizing the assembly members for a slew of reasons that weren’t actually part of what voters saw on the ballot. In the end, many residents thought the accusations didn’t fit the bill.“They don’t seem substantial enough to cause this much expense and time, in a time when the borough is struggling financially,” voter Mary Jean Sebens said. “It seems ridiculous.”Along with Sebens, about 60 percent of Haines voters said ‘no’ to the recall, according to initial results. For those on the assembly, it’s a relief.“It’s nice to know that the community of Haines hasn’t gone to the dark side in what are really openly troubled times,” Heather Lende said. “And it’s nice to know that we still believe in democracy and the process and each other. I do think we’ve sent a message that treating our elected officials this way is not tolerable.”Tom Morphet said the local acrimony mirrors a national divide. He also referred to a recent Alaska recall attempt in Homer.“We’ve become more isolated and divided nationally, and I think that is reflected locally,” Morphet said.Recall leader Don Turner Jr. has repeatedly refused to speak on tape with KHNS. But he did provide a short statement after the election results. Turner writes that he is disappointed and he hopes the assembly hears the 40 percent of voters who favored the recall.Recall target Treshem Gregg said this outcome encourages him to try harder to make the changes he wants to see in Haines.“Maybe now we’ve been given a second green light so we should actually step forward and try to put our best dreams and goals and visions in the forefront,” Gregg said.The three recall survivors will be joined by three newly-elected assembly members this fall. Haines residents have until Aug. 21 to declare candidacy.Morphet said he’s worried the recall will scare people away from running.“I talked to a friend of mine who has previously run for office and he said ‘I’m done, I’m sick of the whole thing,’” Morphet said. “That doesn’t help us, that attitude. And as distasteful and uncomfortable as the recall has been, we have to redouble our efforts to put faith in our community and get past it.”There is some evidence that Haines will be able to move on. Recall sponsor Turner released a joint statement with Margaret Friedenauer, who helped lead an anti-recall group.The statement said “We may not agree but we still respect each other and our opinions. We hope all of us can do the same as we move on.”last_img read more

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AK Juneau shamanism retreat leaders financial cultural and spiritual legitimacy challenged

first_imgA shamanic retreat in Juneau led by a Californian has caught Sealaska Heritage Institute’s attention.Listen nowSHI learned about the Dance of the Deer Foundation’s retreat and asked them not to come to Juneau.Despite Sealaska Heritage’s objections, the company’s owner, Brant Secunda, continues to advertise for the June retreat.Part of the advertising includes a video on his website titled “Alaska: A Living Dream.”In the video, Secunda, wearing his signature dark felted cowbow hat, leads his clients through Juneau: They’re sitting on a beach with the Chilkat mountains in the distance, hiking on fern-edged trails and visiting Nugget Falls at the Mendenhall Glacier.In another video on his website titled “Shamanic Journeying,” under the Shamanism TV tab, Secunda explains part of his belief.“By going on a shamanic journey, into the nierika, you find your life and you find your connection to a hidden universe, or what we might say, the sky world,” Secunda said. “Or we might say, you feel a connection to Mother Earth, and all that lives on Mother Earth.”While he is originally from New Jersey, Secunda journeyed to Mexico, Carlos Castaneda-like, when he was 18 and met a man named Don José Matsuwa. Secunda said a 12-year apprenticeship followed.“My apprenticeship involved working with him, living with him, laughing with him, but it also involved going on many many pilgrimages,” Secunda said in another video titled “Shamanic Apprenticeship.”According to advertisements, the nine-day retreat will be the 24th annual one in Alaska, but it just hit Sealaska Heritage Institute’s radar a few weeks ago.Since then, SHI President Rosita Ḵaaháni Worl sent Dance of the Deer two letters: one asking them not to come here, and another to end their commercial exploitation of shamanism.“We are not averse to people wanting to seek religious enlightenment or teachings — we absolutely support that. But we do not believe in the exploitation of our spiritual beliefs and our practices,” Worl said. Worl is incredulous that she had not heard about him from his past visits to Juneau.Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Ḵaaháni Worl says Dance of the Deer Foundation is exploiting indigenous people’s spiritual beliefs and practices. (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO)In addition to animism — the belief that all objects, places and creatures have spirits — shamanism is also part of Tlingit culture.“In our culture our shamans go on a spiritual quest, they acquire spirits, those spirits then help the shaman protect the welfare of their clan,” Worl said. “And each clan has their own shaman.”Charging for shamanistic practices is where Worl said the exploitation comes in.Dance of the Deer is charging up to $3,865 for the retreat, depending on lodging and an optional whale watching trip.In a recent letter responding to SHI, signed by Dance of the Deer’s management team, they cite Juneau’s cost of living as an explanation for the high costs, and add that they’ve made very little profit on this program, and some years it loses money.Their website says proceeds from all their activities go to Secunda’s mentor’s people — the Huichols.Dance of the Deer Foundation would not provide documentation to verify these claims or make Secunda — or anyone with the organization — available for interview.We couldn’t find public tax documents showing that Dance of the Deer Foundation is a foundation, in the sense of an IRS-recognized tax-exempt charity.A filing with the Santa Cruz County Clerk identifies “Dance of the Deer Foundation” as a business alias for Secunda, meaning he is the sole owner.Cilau Valadez is a Wixárika yarn painter. He identifies as Wixárika, the indigenous name for his people rather than the colonial name, Huichol. He says Wixárika people should be representing their culture, not a non-indigenous person like Secunda who dresses up like them. (Photo courtesy International Folk Alliance)“We don’t need someone like him to speak on behalf of ourselves. We have a voice. We’re a people. We can speak for ourselves,” Cilau Valadez said. Valadez a Wixárika yarn painter from the region in Mexico where Secunda said he learned about shamanism. He uses the indigenous name of his people, Wixárika, rather than the colonial name, Huichol.“I know a lot of the people might have the right intentions to go to these ceremonies. We need people that are conscious about these knowledge, and we need people to learn this knowledge,” Valadez said from his art studio in Sayulita, Mexico. “But I think it has to be on a proper way where the people, which is us, that are direct descendants of this tradition, should have a voice, and not just someone who is dressed up like us, trying to represent us.”In addition to a non-indigenous person appropriating his culture, he agrees with Rosita Worl about profit.“When you combine money in between healing, it might pollute the whole situation,” Valadez said. “Because you can never sell ceremonies.”In other parts of Secunda’s promotional video for Juneau, we see aerial views of mountains, humpback whale flukes diving, eagles flying, the moon behind the Chilkats, lupine, skunk cabbage, a candle burning on a mossy mound near a stream, and Secunda and his clients in a skiff leaving Adlersheim Lodge at 33 mile, the retreat’s home base.Worl does not like the idea of Secunda profiting from shamanism, but she is concerned about the lodge losing business.“If there is that economic impact, what can we do to alleviate that,” Worl said. “We don’t want to hurt our own people here, and this is our town, and Juneau is our community, and we want to protect our community.”But if Secunda does come?“I suspect there will be people who will want to picket, or whatever you want to call that, demonstrate outside of that place,” Worl said. “I don’t think that I would do that. I can’t anymore, I’ve got a bum knee.”In the meantime, SHI is working on a plan to bring Valadez up to Juneau to teach about his Wixárika culture.In addition to locations in the Bahamas, Patagonia, New Zealand, Greece and Italy, Secunda continues to advertise his June retreat in Juneau, and has not responded to SHI’s latest letter.last_img read more

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Students remain frustrated while UAA works to resolve education accreditation debacle

first_imgThis week, UAA officials are meeting with the state Department of Education to determine the next steps for the college, leaving roughly 250 students affected by the loss of accreditation waiting for the university to address their concerns.Nick Tabaczka is a UAA student in the Master of Education department. He plans on graduating in May 2019. (Photo by Daniel Hernandez, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Nick Tabaczka is in the Master of Arts in Teaching program and plans on graduating in May. He’s one of several students frustrated at the entire situation.“What’s the famous meme/movie reference where it’s like… ‘You had one job,’” Tabaczka joked of UAA’s administration.During a meeting between UAA Education Department Interim Director Claudia Dybdahl and students, she said the university was blindsided by the news. The results of the CAEP review stated that UAA failed four of the five standards required for accreditation. Tabaczka was at the meeting.“You don’t get one out of five on your criteria when you’re pretty sure you’re going to get your accreditation,” Tabaczka said. “Either that or you’re clueless.”Suzanne Snyder is a UAA Elementary Education major planning on graduating in May 2019. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media)Elementary Education major Suzanne Snyder says she too was surprised by the loss of accreditation.“I feel like I am prepared to become a teacher so what could the problem be?” Snyder said. “And then I looked into it and finally got more details after a while and realized most of these problems don’t seem to be with our program, with the classes, with the instructors, the faculty, the students.”The results of the review show that most of the issues CAEP had with UAA’s education department had to do with providing data and evidence showing that their students were prepared.Both Snyder and Tabaczka say the Anchorage School District, where both of them student teach, has reassured them they will be able to get jobs in the district after graduation. In light of UAA’s loss, the state announced that it would waive the national accreditation requirement for UAA students graduating in the spring and summer of this year, but Tabaczka says that doesn’t change the fact that his school is lacking accreditation.“We still paid for the service and haven’t got the service,” Tabaczka said. “And that service is an accredited degree with that CAEP accreditation.”Both Tabasczka and Snyder say they’ll soon start applying for jobs in Anchorage.Mackenzie Lindeman is a sophomore at UAA. She was an Elementary Education major, but switched to English after UAA lost the national accreditation for its education department. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)But students who aren’t set to graduate by this summer face more uncertainty. UAA has to wait until January 2020 before applying to be reaccredited. UAA sophomore Mackenzie Lindeman had planned to graduate as an elementary education major, but already changed her major due to the uncertainty of UAA’s education department.“I felt like my options were either to transfer schools which, being already my third college, I just can’t even think about that,” Lindeman said. “Or switching my major because they have to wait a year before they could reapply, and then who knows how long that process would be? It took UAF five years to get reaccreditation, and I can’t just put all my marbles in a jar and hope. So I looked into an English major.”Lindeman says she can still become a teacher one day by finishing her degree in English and then getting a Master of Arts in Teaching certificate, or MAT.UAA has said its students have the option to transfer to either the University of Alaska Fairbanks or the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau to finish their degrees. Both colleges still have accredited education departments.However, not all programs offered at UAA are available at the other two schools, and there is a limit to the number of credits that can transfer between the universities, something UAA chancellor Cathy Sandeen has said she wants to address.Lindeman says students have begun to form Facebook groups to talk about their options.“The overall feeling is just… everyone is just so angry, and we just feel so, speaking on behalf of everyone, hopeless,” Lindeman said. “People just don’t know where to turn or who to ask, because we don’t really trust anybody.”Lindeman says students are talking about the potential for legal action to compensate them for the money and time spent at a university that failed to deliver on its promise of a teaching license from an accredited university. The University of Alaska Anchorage was notified on Jan. 11 that its education department had lost accreditation with the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation, or CAEP. The State of Alaska requires students graduate from a nationally accredited program to get a teaching license.last_img read more

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Full USA Gymnastics board to quit over scandal

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 25 September 2017 shows USOC CEO Scott Blackmun during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Park City, Utah. Photo: AFPThe entire USA Gymnastics board of directors will resign in the wake of a sex abuse scandal, as part of the organization’s decision Friday to comply with US Olympic Committee requirements to avoid decertification.After former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar was jailed for up to 175 years for sexual abuse of girls and young women under the guise of treatment, USA Gymnastics promised to meet six requirements outlined by the USOC to remain the sport’s national governing body.“USA Gymnastics will comply with the USOC requirements,” read the organization’s statement.Nassar’s victims included Olympic champions Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney. More than 150 women spoke out over a sentencing hearing in Michigan that lasted more than a week.A trio of USA Gymnastics board of directors top executives-chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley-already stepped down Monday following stinging criticism by victims of the organization’s handling of the Nassar case.USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun outlined Thursday what USA Gymnastics must do to remain a governing body, the first of those mandates being for the entire board to resign by the end of the month or face “immediate termination proceedings”.An interim board including athlete representatives, and not including any ousted directors, would be appointed in its place, with a permanent board elected within 12 months.USA Gymnastics must invite a USOC liaison to attend every board meeting.The USOC is already conducting an independent inquiry into the scandal, although some of the victims have criticized the USOC as well for inaction that allowed Nassar to abuse girls and women unabated for so long.“Every athlete connected in any way with USAG must feel safe, supported and encouraged to speak freely about threats to their safety,” Blackmun wrote. “USAG’s culture must foster this in all ways.”Other steps included full cooperation with the independent investigation into the Nassar scandal. All staff and board members of USA Gymnastics would also need to complete training courses at the US Centre for Safe Sport.Within six months, staff and board members would also need to complete a course in ethics training.“We do not base these requirements on any knowledge that any individual USAG staff or board members had a role in fostering or obscuring Nassar’s actions,” Blackmun wrote.“Our position comes from a clear sense that USAG culture needs fundamental rebuilding.”last_img read more

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Additional IGPs body to be brought home Thursday

first_imgadditional Inspector General of Police (IGP) Rowshan Ara Begum.The body of additional Inspector General of Police (IGP) Rowshan Ara, who was killed in a road crash at Kinshasha in Congo on Monday, will be brought home on Thursday morning, reports UNB.Sources at the Police Headquarters said the body of Rowshan Ara Begum, also rector of Bangladesh Police Staff College, is scheduled to arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 5:00am by a flight of Turkish Airways.First namaz-e-janaza of late police officer will be held at Moghbazar Noatola Jame Mosque at around 10:00am, 2nd janaza at Moghbazar Wireless Jame Mosque at around 12:00pm and third one at Rajarbag Police Lines SI Shiru Mia auditorium after Johor prayers, said AIG (Media) of Police Headquarters Sohel Rana.Home minister Asaduzzaman Mia, IGP Javed Patwary, public security division secretary of the home ministry, and members of police, relatives, friends and well-wishers of the deceased will attend the janaza, he said.She will be buried at Azimpur graveyard.She was killed following a collision between a civilian lorry and the vehicle carrying her and others on the way to the Medal Parade of Bangladesh Formed Police Unit (BANFPU).last_img read more

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M6 Toll Road blocked due to serious incident in Staffordshire

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe M6 Toll Road is closed due to a ‘serious incident’ in Staffordshire this morning. Police are at the scene on the northbound carriageway of the motorway between T7 and T8 – with the incident described as ‘ongoing’. A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 Toll in Staffordshire is currently closed northbound between T7 and T8 near Cannock due to a serious incident. UPDATE: A man has died after falling off a bridge over the toll road: More here “Central Motorway Police group are among the emergency services on scene. “Traffic is being diverted via local routes. Please allow extra time for your journey.” Traffic trapped between T7 and T8 is set to be allowed through and escorted off the carriageway – although the road remains closed. A Highways England spokesman said: “Trapped traffic caught at the toll booth on the M6 Toll between T7 and T8 will shortly be allowed through and escorted off the road at the T7 exit slip. “The road remains closed following a serious incident, with emergency services at scene.” Trapped Traffic on the M6 Toll Road this morning (Image: Highways England) The M6toll carriageway was closed shortly before 9am, with emergency services called at around 8.30am, and there is no word yet on when it will reopen. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “The M6 Toll is currently closed, northbound between T7 and T8 (Cannock) due to a serious incident. “Please be aware of traffic congestion and avoid the area where possible.” Other emergency services are also at the scene of what traffic data company INRIX is describing as a ‘serious accident’. West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had a number of vehicles at the scene. A spokesman said: “We are in attendance at a serious incident on the M6 Toll, between junctions T7 and T8. “We have one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a rapid response paramedic at the scene. More details will follow when available.” We have no further information on the incident at this stage. We will bring you an update on this story when we get one. For more traffic and travel news visit our dedicated channel here. Read MoreMet Office Weather Warnings issued for snow as ‘Beast from the East’ set to hit UK For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MorePolice searching for missing Suzanne King from Tamworth Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.last_img read more

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Hot Anker Deals 20 Off SoundCore Vortex 15 Off Dash Cam More

first_img Share Tweet Submit Anker has a bunch of great deals happening right now including a discount on their newly announced SoundCore Vortex headphones, their famed Dash Cam C2 and more.Get the Coolest Gear in Today’s Hottest Anker Deals – Headphones, Chargers, Dash Cams, Wireless Charging PadKicking things off is the discount on the brand new SoundCore Vortex headphones. There’s no code needed at all and you can get a straight up discount of 28%. That brings the price down from $69.99 straight to $49.99.Moving on, Anker has discounted its 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse combo as well. Usually it goes for $32.99, but now it’s down to just $25.99 if you enter the code ANKER773 at checkout. Pick this up if you are looking to build a great Windows PC. After all, a great system deserves great input devices, doesn’t it?Anker’s PowerPort Speed 5 fast wireless desktop charger is down to just $26.99 from $35.99 if you use the code ANKERQC3. What’s so great about this particular charger is that it features five ports in total, as the name implies, and two ports are Quick Charge 3.0 capable. The word ‘Speed’ makes sense now right?The Anker Roav Dash Cam C2 is seeing a great discount today too. It’s down to just $54.99 from $69.99 once you apply the code C2CARCAM. It’s a handy little accessory to have in your car if you wish to record your drives in full 1080p detail.Last but not the least, the PowerPort Wireless 5 is still discounted. It’s price is down to just $12.99 from $19.99 if you apply the code ANKER258 at checkout. Pick this one up if you wish to get into the wireless charging arena without busting your wallet at all.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | May 01, 2014 Evaluating Intra-operative MRI for Neurologic Applications May 1, 2014 — ECRI Institute healthcare market researchers said manufacturers developed intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) technology to improve conventional image-guided neurosurgery techniques that rely on preoperative patient scans for guidance during the procedure. The majority of published research to date addresses the use of iMRI for resection of various tumors of the brain and skull base.Recent clinical trials have reported mixed results for iMRI, and trial data involving low-field iMRI should be considered separately from trials evaluating high-field iMRI. Available data (Avula et al. 2013, Tanei et al. 2013) suggest that use of high-field iMRI may reduce the incidence of repeat surgeries by allowing neurosurgeons to remove more brain tumor tissue and to measure surgical margins more precisely during the initial neurosurgical procedure. However, current studies generally have not measured whether the reduction in repeat surgeries has been associated with lower mortality.The potential health impact would likely be smaller for low-field iMRI. Recent studies of low-field iMRI systems suggest that it might be associated with longer operative times with no change in neurosurgical outcomes or increased tumor volume resection (Czyz et al. 2013, Soleman et al. 2013) and failure to detect serious procedural complications, such as hemorrhage (Soleman et al. 2013).For more information: www.ecri.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more last_img read more

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Facebook open sources the ELF OpenGo project and retrains the model using

first_imgFacebook has open sourced it’s ELF OpenGo project and added new features to it. Facebook’s ELF OpenGo is a reimplementation of AlphaGoZero / AlphaZero. Last year in May, ELF OpenGo was released to allow AI researchers to better understand how AI systems learn. This open-source bot had a 20-0 record against top professional Go players and has been widely adopted by the AI research community to run their own Go experiments. Now, the Facebook AI Research team has announced new features and research results related to ELF OpenGo. They have now retrained the model of ELF OpenGo using reinforcement learning and have also released a Windows executable version of the bot, which can be used as a training aid for Go players. A unique archive that shows ELF OpenGo’s analysis of 87,000 professional Go games is also released. This will help Go players assess their performance in detail. They are also releasing their data set of 20 million self-play games and the 1,500 intermediate models. Facebook researchers have shared their experiments and learnings of retraining the ELF OpenGo model in a new research paper. The paper details the results of extensive experiments, modifying individual features during evaluation to better understand the properties of these kinds of algorithms. Training ELF OpenGo ELF OpenGo was trained on 2,000 GPUs for 9 days. Post that, the 20-block model was comparable to the 20-block models described in AlphaGo Zero and Alpha Zero. The model was also provided with pretrained superhuman models, the code used to train the models, a comprehensive training trajectory dataset featuring 20 million self-play games, over 1.5 million training mini batches, and auxiliary data. Model behavior during training There is high variance in the model’s strength when compared to other models. This property holds even if the learning rates are reduced. Moves that require significant lookahead to determine whether they should be played, such as “ladder” moves, are learned slowly by the model and are never fully mastered. The model quickly learns high quality moves at different stages of the game. In contrast to the typical behavior of tabular RL, the rate of progression for learning both mid-game and end-game moves is nearly identical. In a Facebook blog post, the team behind this RL model wrote “We’re excited that our development of this versatile platform is helping researchers better understand AI, and we’re gratified to see players in the Go community use it to hone their skills and study the game. We’re also excited to expand last year’s release into a broader suite of open source resources” The research paper titled ELF OpenGo: An Analysis and Open Reimplementation of AlphaZero is available on arXiv. Read Next Google DeepMind’s AI AlphaStar beats StarCraft II pros TLO and MaNa; wins 10-1 against the gamers. Deepmind’s AlphaZero shows unprecedented growth in AI, masters 3 different games FAIR releases a new ELF OpenGo bot with a unique archive that can analyze 87k professional Go gameslast_img read more

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In Egypt vote families debate on generation lines

first_imgThe thrill of the unknown adds an edge to the debates: This race is wide open.Out of 13 candidates, five have emerged as the most prominent, but none has pulled clearly ahead. Final results of the first round are to be announced Tuesday. If, as expected, no one wins more than 50 percent of the vote, the two top candidates will enter a June 16-17 run-off, with the victor announced June 21. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess even who those top two will be.Nearly a quarter of Egypt’s population of 82 million is between the minimum voting age of 18 and the age of 30. The generation gap is not cut and dried _ every candidate boasts young supporters, and some elders will wistfully say it is time for new blood _ but it does appear to be a factor, and it cuts across the polarization between Islamists and secularists.Many of the young were turning to two “outsiders” among the front-runners. One is Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, a moderate Islamist whose inclusive platform has won him the support of some liberals, leftists and even some minority Christians. Abolfotoh is himself something of a rebel, having split with the Muslim Brotherhood.The other is Hamdeen Sabahi, an activist who claims the pan-Arab, socialist and nationalist legacy of former President Gamal Abdel-Nasser. He’s the youngest of the front-runners, at 57. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Many of the older generation have looked to well-known faces rooted in Mubarak’s era. One is Shafiq, a former air force commander and Mubarak’s last prime minister, who was booted out of office by street protests several weeks after his former boss. Another is Amr Moussa, Mubarak’s foreign minister for a decade before become Arab League chief.In generational terms, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohammed Morsi fits somewhat in the same category, though he is Islamist and Shafiq and Moussa secular.The Brotherhood joined the anti-Mubarak protests, touts itself as part of the revolution and has a strong youth activist contingent. But in the eyes of some of the young, the 82-year-old, secretive Brotherhood led by septuagenarians is just as much a part of the “old regime” _ it was Mubarak’s chief opponent during his rule, but the rivalry intertwined it in the system.In the middle class village of Kerdasa not far from the Giza Pyramids, Mohammed Saleh looked dismayed at a polling center transformed into a beehive of Brotherhood supporters. For him, the group has “deceptive” ways that resemble Mubarak’s.The young accountant with thick glasses said his mother was voting for Morsi. “I asked, ‘Why, mom?’ She said a doctor treating her at a hospital told her to. This is how they brainwash people’s minds.” Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Voting dynamics are tough to judge. Some fear the “revolution” vote will be split between Abolfotoh and Sabahi. But then the “stability” vote is split between Shafiq and Moussa. The Brotherhood has a powerful electoral machine, but Abolfotoh has siphoned away Islamist voters. Many voters who don’t identify as Islamist but backed the Brotherhood in last year’s parliamentary elections have since grown disillusioned with it.Salah Osman, a 42-year-old accountant, backed the Brotherhood for the past 20 years. Now he’s voting for Shafiq, because he wants “an experienced man.”His wife is an Abolfotoh supporter, and their good-natured bickering lasted all the way to a Cairo polling station Thursday.“He tried to change my mind, but I’m determined,” said his wife, Samia Mohammed. “Shafiq is of the past. We want the new.”Osman giggled. “I even hid her ID. But here I am, accompanying her to vote. This is democracy.”“But I’m going crazy,” he said. “How can any two candidates even make it to the run-off with so many different opinions, even in the same home?”___AP correspondent Sarah El Deeb in Cairo contributed to this story. “This is Egypt, not a banana republic,” he said. “The president must be a warrior like Shafiq. Do you want to give it to Islamists,” who he said want to monopolize power just like Mubarak’s ruling party once did.Opponents of Shafiq and Moussa fear that they will do nothing to dismantle Mubarak’s deeply rooted autocratic system, reliant on fear of police and riddled with corruption and patronage among officials, the military and businessmen. Shafiq is always remembered with a quote he gave during a TV interview saying, “My model is Mubarak.”Many of the young said that if either of the two wins, sooner or later, protesters will return to the streets to demand change, as they did in the 18-day anti-Mubarak uprising centered on Cairo’s Tahrir Square.“I told my parents, if Amr Moussa wins, you won’t see an empty inch in Tahrir Square,” so many protesters will turn out, said 28-year-old Ibrahim Haroun, a salesman living in Cairo’s Dar el-Salam slum.“We are like a baby crawling toward democracy … The first thing is to get rid of old leadership, the old business class backed by the army,” he said. “My parents don’t see that.” Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Arwa el-Hussein, a 20-year-old pharmacy student, has been quarreling with her father for weeks, trying to get him not to back Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister for president.“This is a betrayal of the revolution,” she says of support for Ahmed Shafiq, a veteran of the regime that last year’s uprising sought to topple. “I get depressed when I think about it.” New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Egypt’s landmark election for a new leader, in which voting took place for a second day Thursday, has brought out a generation gap in many families around the country, with elders looking to old, known faces and their children yearning for something new.The result is a lot of squabbles and shifting alliances around dining room tables and in front of living room TVs showing endless candidate interviews. El-Hussein said she managed to sway her mother to “vote for the revolution,” but her father successfully won one of her brothers over to the Shafiq side.Her mother, Omayma, is now hard-core against any Mubarak regime candidate, branded by many as “feloul,” or “remnants.”“We will have a second revolution if the feloul win,” mom declared.For the young, a new face is a way to pay a debt to the revolution and bring a change in the entrenched ways of Mubarak’s autocracy. Without last year’s uprising, they argue, Mubarak would never have ceded the power he had held for 29 years and the doors never would have opened for the first real competitive presidential election in Egyptian history.Many of their parents, however, crave stability after 15 months of painful transition since Mubarak’s fall, with street violence, collapsed security, a battered economy, surging food prices and rising crime rates. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The difference between men and women when it comes to pain “They give people food at low prices. They sell cooking gas cylinders for five pounds (80 cents), while outside it is sold for almost six times that price,” he said, referring to the Brotherhood’s extensive charity organizations, which critics see as a way of buying popular support.Saleh and his three brothers were going for Abolfotoh, who by leaving the Brotherhood “proved to us that he can build himself from scratch.”Outside a polling station in northern Cairo, Injy Khairi rested with her two young friends on a bench after standing in the long line to vote. Khairi told of friends who hid their parents’ national ID cards _ which voters must show to poll officials _ to keep them from voting for “feloul.”Khairi, fresh out of university and now working in a call center, said she tried to sway her older relatives to Sabahi, but failed. “The feloul listen to no one but feloul.”The same story holds in their workplaces, she and her friends said _ administrators look to Moussa or Shafiq, the young staffers to Sabahi or Abolfotoh.Rafaat al-Gamal, an engineer in his fifties who backs Shafiq, said he doesn’t care if his friends call him “feloul.” Comments   Share   Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Radisson Blu launches 3rd property in Ethiopia

first_imgHotel industry giant, The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group added another iconic Radisson Blu hotel in Ethiopia in the city of Bishoftu. The new property will be open to the public on 2020. The group is operating a Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa, since 2011 and is planning to roll out another Blu within next 18 months. “Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies with a population of more than 100 million people. We are further cementing our position as one of the leading hotel groups in Africa and look forward to continuing our expansion on the continent, and delighted to add our third Radisson Blu hotel in Ethiopia,” said Andrew McLachlan, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.Bishoftu located 35km southeast of the country’s capital city, Addis Ababa, is a popular MICE and leisure destination. The hotel will be located on Lake Babogaya, which forms part of the region’s renowned five crater lakes.“Radisson Blu Hotel, Bishoftu is a great addition to our Ethiopian portfolio as we expand outside of the capital city. Once open, the hotel will be the first internationally branded hotel with the largest meeting and events centre in Ethiopia, outside of Addis Ababa,” added McLachlan.“I believe and share the aspiration of the regional government of Oromia and other stakeholders that the hotel will contribute into making Bishoftu a tourist destination city,” commented Sami Getachew, General Manager of Adulita Conference and Spa Resort Hotel PLC, the owners of the property.”The hotel will feature 152 rooms, a restaurant and a terrace, a speciality restaurant and a pool bar on the terrace, offering picturesque lake views.last_img read more

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