Two Black Men Killed By Police In Two Days In the

By Kim J. AvalosRabat – Two black men have been shot dead by police in two days in the U.S. states of Minnesota and Louisiana with witnesses shooting video on their phones.Philando Castile, 32, was shot four times by police in St. Paul, Minnesota while being pulled over traffic stop for a broken taillight, according to Castile’s girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, as reported by CBS Minnesota. Reynolds live-streamed the incident’s aftermath on her phone, which began circulating on Facebook shortly after the shooting.In the video, Reynolds said the police asked Castile, who was driving, for his license and registration. She said that while Castile was reaching for his wallet, he informed officers that he had a firearm in his possession, and a conceal-and-carry permit.Reynolds said in the video that the officer then shot Castile four times, while her daughter was in the car.The officer in the video at one point screams, “I told him no to reach for it! I told him to get his hand out…”Reynolds told the officer, “You told him to get his I.D., sir, his driver’s license.”She pans the cellphone camera over Castile, who is covered in blood.“Oh my God, please don’t tell me he’s dead. Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that,” Reynolds said.The officer, whose gun is drawn the entire time, tells Reynolds to, “Keep your hands where they are.”CBS Minnesota reports that Sgt. Jon Mangseth, St. Anthony Police’s interim chief, told reporters late Wednesday night that he was aware of the Facebook video, but not of its content. The video was taken down shortly before midnight.He later stated in a brief press conference early Thursday morning that the officer who shot Castile has been placed on standard paid administrative leave.According to BBC, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton requested a federal investigation into the shooting.The Wednesday shooting in Louisiana follows the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on Tuesday night, where hundreds of people have protested for two nights, according to BBC.On Tuesday, a person called the police to report that a black man in a red shirt selling musc CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge had threatened him with a gun, the police department said, according to the New York Times.A bystander shot a graphic cellphone video showing an officer pushing Mr. Sterling onto the hood of the car and tackling him to the ground. Two officers held him to the pavement while one is shown to hold a gun over Sterling’s chest.When someone yelled, “he’s got a gun, gun!,” one officer is seen pulling his weapon and two shots can be heard but not seen because the camera shifts away, according to the NY Times.A second video made by the owner of the store shows the shooting from a different angle and shows that Sterling never had a gun in his hand during the fatal encounter, as reported by RT.However, the video does show police removing an object from Sterling’s pocket just as he reaches out with his left arm to his chest as he lay dying.Police are not confirming whether or not Sterling had a gun on him or if any was recovered from the scene, according to RT.State Rep. Denise Marcelle (D-Baton Rouge) said that Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie told her that both of the officer’s body cameras were knocked off during the struggle with Sterling, but that dashcam footage and the store’s surveillance video are being processed, according to RT.In a Facebook statement, President Barack Obama said “all Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings” and that the Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation in Baton Rouge.The deaths follow a long line of high-profile incidents involving African-Americans at the hands of police, igniting a national debate about the use of lethal force, according to BBC. read more

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Chinese Thai girls arrested

Just this week the police arrested 11 Nepalese women in Bambalapitiya for violating the visa regulations.All the women were employed at restaurants operating in Bambalapitiya at the time of the arrest.The immigration and emigration department was making arrangements to deport the women back to Nepal. Several Indian nationals who work in Sri Lanka violating their visa regulations had also been arrested in recent times. Recently a group of Indians who had been engaging in farming activities, without the required visa credentials, in Akkaraipattu had been arrested.The police stated that they had been working on tourist visas.After being produced before the Akkaraipattu Magistrate’s Court, the court ordered the suspects be sent to the Immigrants Detention Centre in Mirihana. (Colombo Gazette) An investigation headed by the Officer n Charge (OIC) of the Colpetty police Mangala Dehideniya is currently underway.The 12 girls were handed over to the immigration and emigration department and they will be deported once the investigations are over. Among the girls arrested were 6 Chinese girls and 6 Thai girls, the police said today. The police and immigration and emigration officers arrested 12 girls from China and Thailand following a raid in Colombo.The Colpetty police said that the girls were arrested from a mini hotel in Colpetty and another location down Flower Road. The girls were arrested for being employed at both locations while in Sri Lanka on a tourist visa. read more

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Uproar in Parliament over spread of dengue

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake questioned the absence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne in Parliament today to respond to the concerns. A heated exchange took place between the Government and the opposition forcing Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to temporarily suspend sittings. (Colombo Gazette) The Government said an urgent meeting was being held today to address the crisis.Dissanayake however questioned if the Government was meeting only now to discuss the crisis. Joint opposition member Dinesh Gunawardena said that a serious situation had arisen with the spread of dengue. Parliament sittings were temporarily suspended today following a heated exchange during the proceedings.The heated exchange took place when the joint opposition raised a question over the spread of dengue in the country. read more

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Innovation Energy How Calgary became an unlikely location for a creative solar

The energy industry gets a bad rap when it comes to innovation, yet the oilpatch is by far the largest spender on clean tech in Canada, to the tune of $1.4 billion a year. As part of its continuing coverage of the innovation economy, the Financial Post reports on the intersection of technology and energy, from the oilpatch in Alberta, off the shores of Nova Scotia to the plains of Saskatchewan.CALGARY — Rows of luxurious Audis hide from the sun under a canopy of solar panels on the north edge of Calgary, but it’s not the sun that poses a threat to these cars.The 933 solar panels on this lot produce 306,000-kilowatt hours of power, about 60 per cent of the dealership’s yearly energy needs, and also protect the cars from the frequent hail storms that pummel the region each spring and summer and result in millions of dollars of damages for property and car owners.As a result, the covering of solar panels here generates both power revenues and insurance savings for the Audi Royal Oak dealership, which was the first to install a solar canopy in Canada, though other dealerships in Southern Alberta – dubbed “Hailstorm Alley” by insurance companies – have since followed suit. Innovation Energy: Canada leads the way in carbon capture as more governments put a price on CO2 Innovation Energy: Tidal power is a promising source of electricity, but faces significant waves of challenges Innovation Energy: Oilsands step up to take on clean tech challenge “I had to come up with hail protection,” said Murray Dorren, the owner of the dealership, adding that in 2013 a hailstorm hit and he had to make a $3 million claim. “It was disgusting. The next day, I had no cars to sell.”Now, he said, with the solar canopy generating power and making him eligible for an insurance rate cut, he expects to pay off the solar panels in 10 to 11 years, which makes the solar panels cheaper than other options dealerships are considering.An AMA Insurance report this month showed Alberta accounts for 51 per cent of all storm related damage claims in Canada including $5 billion in damages from storms since 2010. A similar 2017 report from Desjardins Insurance found that due to the disproportionately high number of claims in the province, homeowners have experienced 20 per cent increases in premium policies.Sol Power Projects Ltd. director Tod Petersen said, depending on how the deductibles in the insurance policies are structured, he’s seen dealerships in the area reduce their annual premiums by 75 per cent. His clients have also told him they’ve reduced their deductibles from $400,000 per occurrence to $75,000 per occurrence.Dealership owner Murray Dorren with the solar panels that cover the vehicle shelters at Royal Oak Audi in Calgary, Ab., on Monday July 29, 2019. Mike Drew/Postmedia “I think it pushes them over the line in terms of the economic justification,” Petersen said of the lower insurance premiums, though he said the costs for solar panels have also fallen sharply in recent years and the energy source has therefore become more economically viable.Sol Power installed the solar panels at Audi Royal Oak, at a Honda dealership south of Calgary and expects to do more in the coming years. The company is also installing solar panels on the roof of a parkade at another local Toyota dealership, which was recently built to keep the inventory safe from hail.The solar canopies in Calgary exemplify a broader trend within the solar power business. Companies are looking for inventive ways to repurpose existing land – some of which might have few other obvious uses — to fix their power costs by installing solar panels to generate renewable power. The installations allow landowners to generate income from land that would have otherwise been underused or sat idle.For example, Ireland-based DP Energy has proposed turning a contaminated former fertilizer site in an industrial yard in southeast Calgary into Western Canada’s largest solar farm, with 1,576 solar panels generating 25 megawatt hours of electricity annually. Another solar project has been proposed on land reclaimed from a coal mine near Hanna, Alta. Still, the solar power industry faces some challenges, from concerns about shifting government policies towards renewable energy and amortization periods for paying off high up-front costs of solar power installations.On the cost side, University of Calgary research fellow Sara Hastings-Simon said prices for solar photovoltaic panels have fallen dramatically as they’ve become more widely developed.The cost of solar PV module have fallen by around 80 per cent since the end of 2009, while wind turbine prices have fallen by 30–40 per cent, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.Hastings-Simon is also director of Business Renewables Centre Canada, which is affiliated with the Pembina Institute, and is working to connect businesses that want to install renewable power generation on their lands with industrial customers looking for to use renewable power in their operations.“One of the question that always comes up is, ‘If solar and wind has gotten so cost competitive, then why don’t we see a ton of it being developed all over,’ and the challenge there is no longer a technological one but it’s a financing model one,” she said.As a result, she said the goal of the Business Renewables Centre is to connect companies looking to purchase renewable power directly from potential developers on a longer-term, fixed price. The fixed price, she said, is necessary for a renewable power provider to get the financing necessary to proceed with a project in a deregulated market like Alberta, where power prices can fluctuate wildly.In the U.S. major companies like Starbucks, Facebook, Cargill and even ExxonMobil Corp. have entered into contracts directly with renewable power developers. Alberta’s previous NDP government signed one such agreement earlier this year to install solar panels on government buildings at a fixed price of $48 per megawatt hour.Sol Power’s Petersen said the continued reduction in solar power costs is leading to wider adoption and more work for his company, including from landowners or business owners looking to protect their inventory from the elements.“I think there’s an early adopter phenomenon,” Petersen said, adding that since the first installation of solar panels at the north-Calgary Audi dealership, “there’s certainly been a lot more uptake.”• Email: gmorgan@nationalpost.com | Twitter: The trend of using brownfield sites for solar installations has also played out around the world, with solar power being generated, including at the site of former Soviet nuclear disaster Chernobyl in Ukraine, and at former coal-ash ponds in the U.S.Mining giant BHP Group Ltd. has been working on plans to turn former mines in the States into solar and storage facilities, repurposing previously used land. Closer to home, Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. is invested alongside the city of Kimberley, British Columbia in the SunMine solar power project, which sits atop an old mining site.The ability to repurpose industrial sites or under-utilized commercial sites shows that solar panels “can solve other types of challenges” beyond just producing renewable energy, said Canadian Solar Industries Association president and CEO Wes Johnston.“When you have a brownfield site, there’s not a lot of other things you can do with the land,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of engineers being more creative in deploying the technology.”Solar panel manufacturers are also developing new innovative projects – like solar windows, solar roofing tiles, solar window shades, floating solar projects and wind/solar hybrid generators – that will also boost the adoption rate of solar power in Canada and elsewhere, said Johnston.In many cases – like the car dealerships using solar panels to reduce their insurance costs – the economic case for installing solar panels on brownfield sites can be stronger than it is on a greenfield site. Rather than paying property tax on contaminated land sitting idle, for example, companies are looking to solar power to generate revenue from the sites. We’re seeing a lot of engineers being more creative in deploying the technologyCanadian Solar Industries Association president and CEO Wes Johnston. read more

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MIT brain and cognitive sciences prof to speak at Brock

Ted Gibson from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is coming to Brock.Gibson’s research focuses on applying information and communication theory in order to understand how language is understood in real-time.He proposes that language comprehension involves a “noisy channel process,” which is a framework used in such language computer programs as spell checkers and speech recognition. The model uses mathematical formulae to figure out a word whose letters have been scrambled in some way (ie. missing letters, additional letters, letters out of order, etc.).Gibson will discuss how language comprehension appears to function as a noisy channel process and how thinking about language in terms of its communicative use can help explain aspects of the origin of word order differences across languages.All are invited to attend this free lecture, which occurs Thursday, Nov. 28, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Plaza Building 600F.Light refreshments will be served after the talk. For further information, contact Prof V. Dwivedi at vdwivedi@brocku.ca (x5389)This lecture is part of the Department of Applied Linguistics Speaker Series.About Ted Gibson:Ted Gibson got his undergraduate degree in computer science and math from Queen’s University, Canada. He then received an MSc in computer speech and language from Cambridge University and a PhD in computational linguistics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991. Since 1993, he has been on the faculty at MIT in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, becoming full professor in 2004.Gibson works on all areas of language above the word level, including syntax, semantics, discourse and intonation. Most recently, his research has been focused on information theory and communication theory applied to language, with a focus on noisy-channel models of language processing and language evolution. read more

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OHL Roundup Jordan Frasca powers Spitfires past Greyhounds 32

WINDSOR, Ont. — Jordan Frasca scored twice as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3-2 on Thursday evening in Ontario Hockey League action.Frasca put away the game-winning goal for the Spitfires at 5:49 of the third period.Daniel D’Amico also scored for Windsor (13-12-2), while Michael DiPietro made 29 saves for the win.Keeghan Howdeshell and Ryan Roth scored for the Greyhounds (15-7-5), while Matthew Villalta turned away 32 shots.The Spitfires went 0 for 4 on the power play and Sault Ste. Marie was 0 for 3 with the man advantage.—SPIRIT 2 STING 1SAGINAW, Mich. — Cole Perfetti’s goal early in the third period lifted the Spirit over Sarnia.Jake Goldowski also scored for Saginaw (14-9-3).Hugo Leufvenius scored for the Sting (11-12-4).—ICEDOGS 6 ATTACK 1ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Philip Tomasino scored twice as Niagara subdued Owen Sound.Johnathon Schaefer put away the eventual winner for the IceDogs (14-7-4) at 5:00 of the first period. Elijah Roberts, Jason Robertson and Akil Thomas also scored.Zachary Roberts was the lone scorer for the Attack (14-11-3).Owen Sound’s Jackson Doherty was given a game misconduct for cross checking at 15:46 of the third period and his teammate Carter Robertson got one less than two minutes later for checking from behind.—PETES 4 BATTALION 1PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Semyon Der-Arguchintsev’s goal late in the first period stood as the winner as the Petes downed North Bay.Brady Hinz, Cameron Butler and Erik Cermak also scored for Peterborough (16-11-0).Adam McMaster responded for the Battalion (11-13-2).—COLTS 4 STEELHEADS 2BARRIE, Ont. — Jacob Tortora had a hat trick as the Colts beat Mississauga.Aidan Brown’s goal at 9:07 of the third period was the winner for Barrie (14-11-1).Cole Carter and Michael Little scored for the Steelheads (14-10-2).Mississauga’s Alan Lyszczarczyk was given a game misconduct for a checking to the head at 5:02 of the first period.—The Canadian Press read more

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Womens gymnastics Ohio State falters on third rotation loses to No 8

Ohio State sophomore Kaitlyn Hofland performs on balance beam against Denver on Feb. 26 at St. John Arena. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterAfter closely trailing the Pioneers throughout the competition, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team fell short against Denver in the third rotation on balance beam when junior Stefanie Merkle was the first of three girls to fall during their routines.OSU pulled a season-low of 47.850 for the event, setting the team back going into the fourth rotation on floor, and resulting in a 196.900-195.225 loss.“I felt like vault and bars were pretty good, and we had some momentum going into beam,” OSU coach Carey Fagan said. “Then when Stefanie fell, I think it kind of shook everyone’s confidence. We can’t let that happen.”In the first rotation on vault, the Buckeyes pulled consistent scores at or above 9.800, and Merkle led the team with a score of 9.850 to tie her career-high.Denver was in the lead with their performances on uneven bars after the first rotation and a score of 49.275, while OSU posted a 49.100 on vault.On uneven bars in the second rotation, sophomore Kaitlyn Hofland scored 9.875 for OSU’s team-high, while senior Tenille Funches and junior Alexis Mattern nearly matched with 9.850.At the midpoint, the Buckeyes trailed the Pioneers with scores 98.375-98.250.Balance beam was the OSU’s weak point for the night. Merkle was first in the lineup for the Buckeyes and fell once during her performance.“Sometimes you get that snowball effect where the first person that falls shakes up the lineup a little bit and they lose confidence,” Fagan said.In addition to Hofland also falling once during her routine, Mattern fell twice to earn the team low of 8.550.“I think today, going into beam, I had a pretty good mindset, but I started and something wasn’t there, and I let my mind go,” Mattern said. “Unfortunately, it resulted in two falls, which is very uncharacteristic and something that my team really couldn’t afford today. So I was disappointed, and I wasn’t just disappointed in myself, I felt bad for my team. I didn’t do my job.”In the same rotation on beam, the Buckeyes had junior Taylor Harrison at the tail end of the lineup, who finished the event strong with a score of 9.850.OSU trailed Denver after the third event 147.600-146.100, heading into the fourth and final event on floor.“We knew floor was an event that we can do very, very well on,” Mattern said. “We’re strong, and we looked each other in the eye and said, ‘We have nothing to lose, we have everything to gain and we have to do what we need to do.”The Buckeyes came together in the last rotation on floor to pull the highest single event score of the night of 49.125.“We wanted to come out strong on floor, which we did,” Merkle said. “So I was really proud at the end.”Mattern posted a 9.900 to take the highest individual score of the meet for OSU and to take first on floor in a tie with Denver’s Nikole Addison.Mattern also took third in the all-around with a final score of 38.125.Even with the strong performances seen by the Buckeyes in the final event, OSU fell short against Denver with a final score of 196.900-195.225.OSU faces a unique situation where the team will travel to Colorado next Saturday to compete in the second half of back-to-back meets against Denver.“We are a team that thrives off of adversity, so when things get a little tough, I think we bounce back quickly.” Mattern said. “We don’t go in with our tails between our legs. We go in standing tall. And (at Denver) we’re going to walk in, just as confident and ready to go as we did today. And we’ll have a different outcome, because we are not going to accept anything less.” read more

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Baseball Pouelsen and Lopez lift Hawaii over Ohio State in 153 win

After a ground ball up the middle resulted in a force out at second, runners were on the corners with one out in the fourth inning for the Rainbow Warriors. Redshirt sophomore first baseman Alex Baeza was able to knock in Hawaii’s seventh run of the game with a single ripped to centerfield. Lopez was able to clear the bases on a three-run home run lifted over the left field wall. The second four-run inning of the game for the Rainbow Warriors made the score 10-1. With runners on second and third with one down in the fifth, a ground out followed by an infield single allowed Hawaii to scratch across two more runs. This marked the fourth straight inning of two or more runs scored by the Rainbow Warriors. Singles from freshman third baseman Nick Erwin and Canzone began the bottom of the sixth inning for Ohio State. With one out, senior left fielder Brady Cherry’s RBI by way of a sacrifice fly to right field was able to end Hawaii’s unanswered run streak of 12. After a leadoff single by Duarte opened the seventh inning, Yamazaki recorded his third hit of the game and put runners on first and third with no outs. A sacrifice fly from Best and a wild pitch would bring across a pair of runs for Hawaii. Ohio State showed its most life on offense all day when the team loaded the bases with one down in the bottom of the ninth inning. Senior catcher Andrew Fishel was able to lift a flyball to left field to bring in Ohio State’s third and final run of the contest. “We need to bounce back and have a good, quality game on Wednesday and roll that into conference play,” Beals said. The Buckeyes will return to the field at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday against Toledo. Ohio State junior infielder Conner Pohl (39) dives to third base during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorHawaii did something on Sunday that it was unable to do in the previous three games of the series: limit Ohio State’s potent offense. The Buckeyes had scored six or more runs in every game of its five-game win streak, but a season-best performance from Hawaii junior pitcher Logan Pouelsen brought the scoring streak and win streak to an end. Ohio State (13-11) was overwhelmed 15-3 by Hawaii (10-14). Behind 19 hits, including a three-RBI game from senior third baseman Ethan Lopez, the Rainbow Warriors were able to support the team’s best pitching of the series. “The backside hits they got seemed to find holes,” head coach Greg Beals said. “I think it was just their day.” Pouelsen came into the game with a season-long outing of three innings in his only start of the season.He eclipsed that performance in his seven-inning start against Ohio State. The junior allowed only four hits and two earned runs against an Ohio State offense that had excelled at home. Ohio State freshman pitcher Will Pfennig’s first collegiate start was spoiled by Hawaii’s hitting barrage. Lopez earned all three of his RBIs on a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, blasing an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall to make the score 10-1. Ohio State shuffled through three freshman pitchers throughout the course of the game. Pfennig was followed by freshman pitcher Mitch Milheim, who allowed six runs in two innings. The final freshman to visit the mound was freshman pitcher TJ Brock, who surrendered four runs in 2.2 innings.Within their struggles, lessons were learned, according to Beals. “I think they learned that pitch quality is got to be better,” Beals said. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, junior right fielder Dominic Canzone fought back to earn a walk to start off the first inning for the Buckeyes. This extended Canzone’s on-base streak to 20 games, the longest of his career.Canzone was able to successfully steal second base, and a throwing error on the throw down to second allowed him to advance to third. Redshirt junior second baseman Matt Carpenter was able to hit an RBI single up the middle to open up the scoring. After a double off the wall and a successful bunt, the Rainbow Warriors had runners on the corners with no outs in the second inning. A hard grounder by freshman second baseman Dallas Duarte to second base resulted in a double play, but Hawaii was able to bring home the tying run. A pair of two-out walks allowed Hawaii to threaten again, and freshman right fielder Tyler Best was able to provide an RBI single on the first pitch from Pfennig. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt allowed another run to score and a runner to advance to third. Hawaii would score their fourth run of the inning after a hard hit to freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo could not be fielded to end the inning. Pfennig would end his first collegiate start after just two innings. The freshman allowed four runs and struck out one batter. After a fielding error put the leadoff man on, a two-out double by Duarte pushed the score to 5-1. Senior shortstop Maaki Yamazaki ripped a single up the middle to bring in Duarte and extend Hawaii’s lead to five runs going into the home half of the third inning. read more

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Marshall Earphones Make Quality Sound Portable

first_imgLast week we mentioned that a new line of Marshall-branded headphones are on the way, promising the full, loud, rock experience that you expect when you see a concert where the stage is surrounded by massive Marshall amps. If shoving your head against the amp isn’t enough for you, now you can shove the amp into your head with The Minor, a companion set of earphones that will be released at the same time as the headphones, feature an amp-like design complete with exterior knobs, and also carry the Marshall name. The Minor are EarClick earphones, meaning they have an attachment on them that’s designed to “click” into place when you mount the earphones onto your ears. EarClick promises a better fit than traditional earbuds that have to be jammed deep into your ears to stay put or have wrap-around plastic that gets annoying to wear over long periods. The press release didn’t include pricing, but did say that the Marshall Headphones line – including The Minor – will be available worldwide on November 15th.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Communist delegation from Greece visiting Australia

first_imgTwo leading members of the Greek Communist Party are in Australia at the invitation of the Greek Australian Workers organisation. George Marinos, a member of the Political Committee of the Greek Communist Party, ex-member of the Greek parliament 2007-2012 and the Greek Maritime Workers Union leadership, and Costas Papadakis, head of the foreign relations section of the Greek Communist Party, are both in Australia to present talks in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. They will speak in Melbourne at a public meeting on Sunday at 3:00 pm at the Greek Democritus League, 580 High Street, Northcote. They will speak in Adelaide on Tuesday 16 October and Sydney Thursday 18 October. For enquiries call George Zangalis on 0417 319 705. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Selfemployed to shoulder most of new tax burden

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Self-employed professionals in Greece, who have traditionally been responsible for a large part of the country’s tax evasion problem, are going to have to pay the bulk of the tax increases the government will implement over the next two years as part of its bailout commitments.According to the new tax code prepared by the government, and which is due to be submitted to Parliament on Tuesday, self-employed professionals will pay 1.3 billion euros more in tax over the next two years, when Greece has to raise an extra 3 billion euros from taxation to be in line with the troika’s demands. The abolishing of tax breaks (only discounts for expenditure on healthcare, charitable donations and child support will remain in place) will lead to salaried workers and pensioners paying an extra 237 million euros in tax, while reductions in child benefits will bring in another 230 million euros.Farmers will have to cough up an extra 282 million euros due to a reduction in their VAT rebate, while they will also be obliged to keep proper accounting books for the first time. This will lead to them being taxed at a rate of 13 percent from the first euro they earn. Rises in indirect taxes and social security contributions worth some 700 million euros, which will affect all sectors of society, will also be implemented. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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BAHAMAS Statement from the Ministry of Social Services with Respect to Disabilities

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 23, 2018 – Nassau – The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities), Act 2014 and its provisions are largely monitored by the Disabilities Commission, a Board appointed by the Cabinet under the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development.The Commission recognizes that the date for enforcement with respect to the Disabilities Act was 31st December, 2017.  The public and all persons and businesses affected have been given two (2) years to become compliant with the provisions of the Act, from 1st January, 2016 to 31st December, 2017.  The implementation of such measures require financial adjustments, in addition to engineering and structural arrangements.Given that backdrop, it is the Commission’s considered position that a widespread extension is not preferable.  However, there has been requests for extensions which have been responded to on a case-by-case basis.While not all government or private buildings are compliant to date, we have noticed that private businesses and government building operators have been making considerable efforts to ensure their buildings are accessible as required by law.  The current challenges include the ability of proprietors to make the necessary investments in the physical upgrade of premises, in addition to the difficulty with older building structures challenged with spacing and otherwise to make the necessary accommodations.The Commission on behalf of the Ministry will facilitate the enforcement of the Act for and on behalf of members of the disabled community.  We will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure the disabled are enabled to obtain equal access and opportunities to function effectively in the society. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Poway gas leak fire causes power outage

first_img KUSI Newsroom July 21, 2019 Updated: 9:24 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Some 1,500 residents of Poway lost power today after a fire burned down a garage and officials cut power to the area, city officials said.The fire took place about 1:15 p.m. in the 13000 block of Silver Saddle Lane, the Poway Fire Department said.Poway fire Battalion Chief Ray Fried told reporters that neighbors heard a hiss followed by an explosion which led them to call 911. Fire crews then found an exterior fire that looked to be gas fed and the source of the fire.That discovery led San Diego Gas & Electric to cut gas and electricity to 1,500 nearby homes in order to make repairs. Power was restored to the customers by late afternoon, city officials said.No injuries were reported and one family near the fire had to be evacuated, fire officials said. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Posted: July 21, 2019 Poway gas leak fire causes power outage Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Soy Growers Back Proposal to Designate Cottonseed as Oilseed

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this morning to support a request from the National Cotton Council urging the Department to use its discretionary authority to establish a cottonseed program under Title I of the Agricultural Act of 2014.“ASA is aware of and concerned about the difficult economic conditions currently facing U.S. cotton growers and the cotton industry,” wrote ASA President Richard Wilkins in the letter. “Participation in the STAX program in 2014, at only 24 percent of producers, leaves a large majority of cotton farmers with no protection against low prices other than crop insurance and the marketing loan program. Allowing farmers with generic acres the option to sign up for a cottonseed PLC or County-ARC program would offer producers an improved safety net.”“We do not believe a cottonseed program would have a negative impact on the production of soybeans or other oilseeds, or on vegetable oil prices,” added Wilkins. “The PLC and County-ARC programs are decoupled, so payments are not tied to current-year planting of any crop and producers can respond to market signals. This market-oriented approach is similar to programs in effect under the 2008 Farm Bill, when production of cotton and cottonseed was much higher, but did not negatively affect production or prices of soybeans or other oilseeds.”“All of us in agriculture need to work together to support a safety net that works for all farmers,” commented ASA Chairman Wade Cowan of Brownfield, Texas.  “Soybean growers are pleased to work with fellow producers from the cotton belt to make sure such a safety net exists.”ASA’s support is conditional on the determination that the estimated cost of the program can be offset, if necessary, without negatively impacting funding for other farm bill programs or reducing funding for crop insurance, and that it will not violate U.S. commitments under the WTO.last_img read more

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Boaters rescued near Key Biscayne

first_imgNEAR KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (WSVN) — A group of boaters were spotted on the hull of their overturned boat near Key Biscayne.7Skyforce flew over the scene of the sinking vessel after a wave knocked it over, Tuesday.The Coast Guard sent a boat and a chopper to pick all three men up not far from the Crandon Marina. All were safely brought back to shore.No injuries reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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QA PopSugars Jen Wong on the Power of Video

first_imgPopSugar, a digital native media network, has faster than most bulked up its e-commerce business to become a heavy hitter in the market. Here, Jennifer Wong, PopSugar Media’s chief business officer and noted speaker at Folio: and min’s MediaMashup event on April 3 in New York City, stresses the importance of real-time data access, her offline marketing strategy and which niche sectors she plans to grow in 2014.FOLIO: In January, you unveiled PopSugar Insights, which introduced real-time data collection for marketers and media buyers to use when targeting an audience. How important has that access become?Wong: I think the access has become quite important, in two dimensions. The first is just trending data. More and more, marketers want to tell stories through content. Part of making content trackable, engaging and viewed really comes down to, “What notes did I hit? When did I do that, and where do I showcase that content? Is that best on Pinterest because it’s so visual or, because it strikes an emotional cord, should it be on Facebook?”The second piece is first-party data. Insights, as a platform, uses our first-party data to share learning points and behavioral data with our marketing and brand partners. We plan on using the first-party data to create custom segments that allow them to be more targeted in their ad buys. It is a very distinctive and important piece of PopSugar and the Insights platform.FOLIO: ShopStyle by PopSugar really blends content and commerce. You’ve expanded advertising efforts beyond online onto TV and in print. How fruitful a strategy is advertising an e-commerce business outside of the online sphere?Wong: Having a multi-platform advertising strategy is very important when you’re growing a brand. Television and video, in particular, have been successful in bringing ShopStyle to life and telling a story about the brand. We saw direct linkages between when a commercial ran—particularly during live events on television—to spikes in traffic and engagement. We received a lot of brand lift from our television ads. FOLIO: PopSugar’s network encompasses many niche content markets. What’s the overarching media trend you’re keeping an eye on in 2014?Wong: The first trend is around healthy living and fitness. PopSugar is one of the top sites that gets traffic from Pinterest, so it has very high social engagement with inspirational photos and guides, and it’s growing rapidly. We launched an app called PopSugar Active, which has been a top app in the Apple Store, around our fitness content. The second is the concept of ‘life hacks,’ which expands across all verticals—particularly for young moms. Young moms love life hacks; basically anything that makes their lives easier. That content gets a lot of traction, so that’s an area we’ll be growing.If your brand’s looking to put media innovation to work, register now for FOLIO: and min’s MediaMashup event on April 3 in New York City here.last_img read more

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Shop with a Cop highlights family homelessness in Anchorage

first_imgLilly shops with Officer Bonnie Charles for Christmas presents for herself and her family. Hillman/KSKAFor the past 15 years, the Anchorage police and firefighters have donated money to the Shop with a Cop program. It gives disadvantaged children the chance to buy gifts for themselves and their family members for Christmas. But  it also highlights a problem in Anchorage – families experiencing homelessness.Download AudioA group of police officers and fire fighters wait near the entrance of Fred Meyer in Anchorage as dozens of children file in. The adults are about to take the kids Christmas shopping. Eight-year-old Lilly pairs up with Officer Bonnie Charles and they push their cart toward the toy aisle.“What kind of toys do you like?” Charles asks Lilly.Lily thinks for a bit, glances at her grey Hello Kitty t-shirt and says, “Hello Kitty toys.”“I think we can find some of those,” Charles responds confidently.Lily is shopping for herself and her three siblings. First she picks out a Nerf gun for her brother Connor but as soon as they move to a different aisle of toys, she quickly changes her mind.“Cause Connor really, really, really likes cars,” she says after choosing a red remote controlled pickup truck.Many things tempt her, and Lilly jumps from one shiny object to the next. She picks out a Barbie pool for herself, Hello Kitty long forgotten. Moments later she changes again and settles on a child-sized guitar.“I had a guitar once and then my dad had to put it back because we were running out of food so he had to put it back. Then he got a lot of money and then he could buy food. Yay!”Lilly lives at the Salvation Army’s McKinnell House with her siblings and their father. The emergency shelter is the only temporary housing that takes in single dads and their kids. It provides hotel-like rooms, meals, and a group playroom and lounge. They also teach classes on financial literacy and parenting skills.Diana Gomez is the administrator of the house. She says families are only supposed to stay in the 16 units for 30 days, but many stay longer so they can save up money for permanent housing.“Our goal is always that they will not go from shelter to shelter but they will go to their own apartment.”Carmen Springer with the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness says 80% of the homeless population is only homeless for a short time. The most common reason is the cost of housing exceeding people’s incomes. Other causes are one-time events, like major illnesses in the family or lost jobs.“More people than often like to admit it live only a couple pay checks away from homelessness and we have a very limited safety net both here and across the country.”Springer says different programs, like rapid re-housing and rent subsidies, help get people back into homes quickly, and they usually don’t become homeless again.She says it’s hard to have an accurate count of how many families and individuals are homeless. Some services count how many people they help and report it to a common database. Others don’t. And the numbers fluctuate by season as well.Back at the store, Lilly finishes her shopping then thinks about the absolutely perfect gift for her family.“A Barbie house that you press the button and then it turns in a real house that you can actually go in. It’s a clubhouse. But it’s not real life. Though.”She and Officer Charles set off to get their gifts wrapped.last_img read more

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National Guard works to revive rural Alaska presence

first_imgCommand Sgt. Maj. Hildreth meets with guardsman at the Bethel National Guard building. (Photo by Sgt. Marisa Lindsay/Alaska NG)Most villages in the region have old National Guard armories. There was a time when they were all manned by guardsman from the community but now they are mostly vacant. A statewide effort is underway to strengthen the dwindling guard presence in rural Alaska villages.The decline of the National Guard is an issue that caught the attention of the Association of Village Council Presidents. AVCP President Myron Naneng noted the loss of the guard presence in native villages at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention. He says he first noticed the need during a disaster a couple of years ago.“There was a flood at Kotlik and there was only one National Guardsman that was there in the village, and he didn’t have a lot of resources to help the rest of the community to help deal with what they were going through at the village level,” said Naneng.Naneng says in the past guardsman used to serve as community leaders and would bring needed income into impoverished villages.According to the Alaska Army National Guard, there used to be about 600 active duty guardsman serving the Yukon-Kuskokwim region in the 1980s. Today it’s dwindled to less than 40. Now a new effort is hoping to turn the tide.It’s called the Rural Guard Initiative and it’s being lead by former Bethel resident command Sgt. Maj. Richard Hildreth. He was assigned by the adjutant general of Alaska, Gen. Laurie Hummel, to lead the initiative.“We recognized that rural participation in the guard was dwindling. It was her desire to try to get more guard participation out in some of these rural and remote communities. The Rural Initiative is to attempt to try to regain some of that participation out in these communities,” said Hildreth.The initiative follows the recommendations of the Rural Guard Commission that was created by Governor Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallot to find out how much the National Guard has dwindled in Rural Alaska and find effective ways to bring those numbers back. The report  cites the need to monitor 54,000 miles of Alaska coast, and the benefits of having guardsman present in the communities to provide immediate support when needed like in search and rescue operations.Following the initiative, Hildreth says the National Guard leadership plans to get more recruits in the villages by making more information and recruiters available. But he says it’s up to locals to increase the numbers.“That means people 17 through 35 need to recognize the guard is a good option and they need to come foreword and start asking to participate. And we need the influence from the leaders, the tribal leaders, the family members, the elders, the mothers and fathers to recognize that this is a good program and it’s ok for your children to come serve with us,” said Hildreth.The effort is separate from a move by Governor Walker to create a new Scout Battalion. Walker is proposing the Scout Battalion, in part, as a response to the decline in National Guard activity in rural villages.Hildreth says even if the Alaska Scout Battalion takes off there will still be a place for the National Guard. Among other things the National Guard can offer a variety of trainings, income, and secondary education assistance.Bethel, Hooper Bay, Kipnuk, Quinhagak, and Kwethluk have recognized National Guard armories or detachments. Hildreth says he hopes enough people around those villages will enlist with the Guard so they can form squads.Today the Alaska National Guard has two missions, the state mission to protect the infrastructure in the state, and the federal mission to deploy with the Army when needed.Hildreth says the Alaska Army National Guard was formed in the 1940’s along with the Alaska Territorial Guard. Around that time World War 2 was looming and after a Japanese invasion in the Aleutian Islands, military officials realized the need to form a defense force in the area.“1943 I think was when Muktuk Marston started running up and down the coast trying to solicit for membership. I think from everything I’ve been lead to believe or understood, nearly or virtually every able bodied person participated as a traditional guardsman, as an ATG,” said Hildreth.The Alaska Territorial Guard was a volunteer force, over 6 thousand strong and mostly made up of Alaska Natives. The guard hopes they can now entice a new generation to pick up the tradition.last_img read more

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Eielson Air Force Base has new construction plan for incoming F35 fighters

first_img$500 million in new construction is planned for Eielson Air Force Base to support the upcoming deployment of F-35 Fighters, and local hire for a portion of that work is a top priority. Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jim Dodson said area leaders are working to ensure federal officials understand what’s at stake.Listen now“If they set aside a job that our local labor force and contractors aren’t qualified for, like a hub zone for example, then our labor force and our contractors actually have to physically leave Fairbanks,” Dodson said. “They don’t just drive somewhere for the day. They’ve gotta move out of Fairbanks and go to work in Anchorage or even go to work out of state, and that’s not acceptable.”Dodson said they’re working with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Small Business Administration and Alaska’s Congressional delegation to make sure Fairbanks area contractors get some of the work leading up to the 2020 deployment of F-35s at Eielson, as well as jobs tied to nearly a billion dollars in projects, including a new radar, at Clear Air Station. Dodson says expertise is also an issue, maintaining that construction is different north of the Alaska Range.“You need to get somebody that understands that type of construction,” Dodson said. “So, you know, our point simply has been it’s an advantage to our contract, there’s this advantage to our labor force and it’s also an advantage to the building.”A group of Fairbanks are area leaders known as the Tiger Team, that formed to advocate for Eielson, were scheduled to meet with Senator Lisa Murkowski and an Alaska SBA official this afternoon to talk about the local hire issue.last_img read more

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