first_imgRyan Reynolds as Deadpool in Deadpool 2. (Twentieth Century Fox) It caught the real Deadpool’s attention and Reynolds responded: “Um… @tylerperry, if you could film six more minutes of this, we’d have Deadpool 3. Or @nobodysfool part 2.”Thrilled to get feedback from the actor, Tyler returned to social media early on Thursday and wrote: “You have no idea what a huge Deadpool fan I am!! You’re amazing my friend. All the best to you and your family.”You have no idea what a huge Deadpool fan I am!! You’re amazing my friend. All the best to you and your family.— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) November 1, 2018Tyler isn’t the only star who has heaped praise on Reynolds in recent weeks – the actor’s Life co-star Jake Gyllenhaal wrote a touching Variety essay in honour of the publication’s New Power of New York list last month.“What we all want for our friends in this business is for the world to see what we see, and as actors, that only happens in a perfect storm of timing and the full luck,” Jake wrote. “After years of waiting and struggling to fit his unfortunate, pear-shaped physique into the skinny jeans of a conventional romantic lead, Ryan made his own luck with Deadpool.”He added: “For all of the effortlessness that Ryan projects, the man works tirelessly. He writes all night so he can be present for his kids and wife all day… So often – too often – the wildly talented people of our world funnel the lion’s share of their energy into their work, but as good a writer and comedian as Ryan is, he is a better friend and father and husband. And that, for me, is the true mark of power.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Ryan Reynolds enjoyed a Halloween hoot when Tyler Perry dressed up as his movie superhero Deadpool to promote his new movie Nobody’s Fool.The actor and director added his beloved cross-dressing character Madea’s grey wig and carried a handbag as he pretended he was the movie matriarch behind the Deadpool mask in the online video, trying to hide from Tyler Perry, who earlier this week revealed he was killing off the grandmother following one more film.“MA-DEA-D Pool!! Hiding from Tyler Perry. #NOBODYSFOOL EVERYWHERE THIS FRIDAY,” Tyler captioned the video he posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday.MA-DEA-D Pool!! Hiding from Tyler Perry. #NOBODYSFOOL EVERYWHERE THIS FRIDAY. @nobodysfool @TiffanyHaddish @VancityReynolds pic.twitter.com/U0YB66R9mn— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) October 31, 2018last_img read more

Saganash wants probe of money spent by Ottawa fighting Aboriginal rights

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCree NDP MP Romeo Saganash has asked Canada’s auditor general to probe the millions of dollars Ottawa spends fighting Aboriginal rights and title cases.Saganash sent a letter to Auditor General Michael Ferguson requesting an operational audit of the expenditures to determine whether Ottawa is using taxpayer money wisely and efficiently battling First Nations over rights.“I am asking that your office conduct an investigation into the government’s policies and practices to oppose the status and rights of Aboriginal peoples and defend itself in the courts,” wrote Saganash in the June 12 dated letter. “Such adversarial actions serve to unjustly deplete Aboriginal peoples’ financial resources and do not promote reconciliation.”The federal Aboriginal Affairs department spent over $100 million between 2012 and 2013 on legal fees, according to federal government records. The department’s own internal risk assessment found that a lot of the litigation money has been spent on losing causes.“As (First Nations) become impatient with outcomes, they often move disputes into the courts in order to increase the pace of resolution. Courts increasingly rule that the federal government is not living up to the ‘Honour of the Crown’ obligations,” according to the department’s risk profile for 2011.Ottawa has also recently twice challenged the rulings of the Specific Claims Tribunal, which was created to settle outstanding historical claims that had reached a stalemate at the negotiating table.The Federal Court of Appeal handed a loss to Ottawa earlier this month on one of those challenges, upholding the tribunal’s ruling in favour of the Kitselas First Nation.Ottawa is also challenging a tribunal ruling that sided with the Williams Lake Indian Band.In the letter, Saganash said he’s requesting the audit because federal departments have failed to adequately respond to his requests for clarity the amount of money specifically spent battling rights and title cases.“The answers to these requests…have been lacking,” wrote Saganash. “With many departments stating that this information was not ‘readily available.’”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

The top 10 audiobooks on Audiblecom

Audible.com bestsellers for week ending February 15:Fiction1. Killer by Nature: An Audible Original Drama by Jan Smith, narrated by Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, Will Mellor & Thomas Turgoose (Audible Studios)2. Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely, narrated by Zachary Webber & Andi Arndt (Audible Studios)3. Sovereign by Jeff Hirsch, narrated by Jesse Einstein (Audible Studios)4. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, narrated by the author (HarperAudio)5. Dodge & Twist: An Audible Original Drama by Tony Lee, narrated by Matt Lucas, Stephen Mangan, Michael Socha & Kara Tointon (Audible Studios)6. Mala by Melinda Lopez, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)7. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)8. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, narrated by Rosamund Pike (Audible Studios)9. The Others by Jeremy Robinson, narrated by R. C. Bray (Breakneck Media)10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1 by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (Pottermore Publishing)Nonfiction1. Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash’s Greatest Album: An Audible Original Drama by Danny Robins, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)2. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)3. Morning Meditations for Daily Magic by MoveWith, narrated by Jeremy Falk (MoveWith)4. 21 Days of Meditation by Aaptiv, narrated by Jess Ray (Aaptiv)5. Take Control of Your Life: How to Silence Fear and Win the Mental Game by Mel Robbins, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)6. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins, narrated by the author & Adam Skolnick (Lioncrest Publishing)7. The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber, narrated by Will Collyer (Hachette Audio)8. Sleep Better by Aaptiv, narrated by Jade Alexis (Aaptiv)9. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)10. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, narrated by the author (Thomas Nelson Publishers)—–The Associated Press read more

Côte dIvoire UN helps ease former fighters return to civilian life

6 February 2009The United Nations is helping former combatants and members of self-defence forces to ease back into civilian life in Côte d’Ivoire, which has been divided since 2002 between the Government-held south and opposition-dominated north. The six-month initiative will offer vocational training and assistance for some 1,300 people and set up over 1,000 micro-credit projects, such as cattle farming and retailing activities.Funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund, it is a joint scheme of the UN peacekeeping operation in the West African nation (UNOCI), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the non-governmental organization International Office for Migration (IOM).So far, around 10,000 former fighters have been disarmed in Côte d’Ivoire, with an additional 35,000 combatants and 20,000 self-defence group members waiting to be reintegrated. Some 9,000 ex-fighters will be integrated into the army and national police force.Demobilization and reintegration of ex-fighters is an important part of the 2007 Ouagadougou Agreement, the political accord reached in neighbouring Burkina Faso that aims to reconcile the Government and the rebel Forces Nouvelles. read more

As opposition grows uranium miners fear their days in Quebec are numbered

MONTREAL — Fears about radioactive contamination may close the door to uranium mining in Quebec just as public angst shelved shale gas extraction in the province in 2011.“Like shale gas, it touches a sensitive chord in Quebec,” says Ugo Lapointe of MiningWatch Canada, which opposes mining of the metal that fuels nuclear power plants.Hundreds of municipalities have joined First Nations to oppose uranium mining, worried that it could threaten their health, harm natural environments and ruin traditional hunting and fishing.Quebec’s environmental regulation agency (BAPE) has concluded there is no “social acceptability” for uranium mining to proceed at this time. After a year of study, a three-person panel said that it would be premature to authorize development of Quebec’s uranium industry.While uranium mining has made substantial progress, especially in containing waste, there are still many uncertainties and “significant gaps in scientific knowledge of the impacts of uranium mining on the environment and public health,” it said in a lengthy report.The panel said the province could make the current, nearly two-year moratorium permanent, but advised the government to take its time to minimize potential costs, including a large potential payout to Strateco, which is suing the province for $190 million for holding up its mining project in northern Quebec.A permanent ban would align Quebec with British Columbia and Nova Scotia, coal-producing provinces that have rejected uranium mining.Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel has appointed an interdepartmental committee to review the environmental agency’s report.Currently, Saskatchewan is the only uranium-producing province in Canada, and the second-largest producer in the world behind Kazakhstan.How Quebec got its mining groove back after years of red tape and royalty hikesQuebec Liberals oppose PQ’s ‘Petrobec’ policy for Anticosti drilling, oil developmentIn 2013, its output for three mines was almost 9,000 tons, or about 16 per cent of global production. Quebec’s identified uranium reserves are relatively small at about 8,800 tons, the BAPE said.Industry observers and environmentalists say the regulatory agency’s report has given Heurtel cover on the sensitive issue.“Going against the BAPE … could be very dangerous politically for him,” said Louis Simard, associate professor of political studies at the University of Ottawa.He said BAPE, which has been around for 35 years, has a lot of credibility with Quebecers.But the agency’s report ignited an angry response from the head of Canada’s nuclear safety watchdog, which said its conclusions and recommendations “lack scientific basis and rigour.”To “suggest that uranium mining is unsafe is to imply that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the government of Saskatchewan have been irresponsible in their approval and oversight of the uranium mines of Canada for the last 30 years,” Michael Binder wrote in a letter to the minister.The nuclear safety commission said there is no link between cancer development and living near or working in a mine or processing facility. It added that environmental monitoring in northern Saskatchewan has shown no risk to health from traditional foods consumed by aboriginal populations.While nuclear power is seen as a way to reduce greenhouse gases, its global use has fallen to about 12 per cent. The International Atomic Energy Agency expects the share of nuclear power will remain stable through 2035 even though some 67 new plants under construction will nearly double uranium demand to 122,000 tons from around 67,000 tons.Strateco CEO Guy Hebert, whose Matoush uranium project has been idled, criticized suggestions that not enough information is available on health risks.Hebert said Canada’s former uranium capital of Elliot Lake has become a thriving retirement community, even though 12 uranium mines operated for decades in the northern Ontario community until the 1990s under older, less stringent, regulations.“If it was a disaster or a deserted, deadly place, nobody would go there,” he said in an interview.The CNSC has said that mining in Elliot Lake did indeed cause “irreparable harm” to several lakes used as mine tailings ponds. But it added that downstream lakes that were negatively affected have gradually recovered with radioactive concentrations in surface water below Canadian guidelines for drinking water and to safely consumer fish.Valerie Fillion, head of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association, said the government faces a tough decision because the environmental report has created uncertainty for foreign investors looking at other mining projects in the province.“Yes it’s political, but it’s also very economic because if they want us to bring investment to Quebec, some of those investments might not come depending on the decision they make.” read more

Indian intel on Sri Lanka

An Indian intelligence report has found that some Pakistani elements are using Sri Lanka to enter India and may pose a threat.Times Now TV reported that it had got an intelligence report stating that Lashkar-e-Toiba, Tehrik-E-Taliban and LTTE elements may also join forces. The Indian TV report said that Indian intelligence has suggested that a close eye be kept on Tamil chauvinistic elements in India as well as those with a Sri Lankan background. (Colombo Gazette) However the Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs of India R.P.N Singh had told the television station that he has no information on the matter. read more

Mark Cuban discusses sports Shark Tank Major League Gaming in Reddit AMA

first_imgMark Cuban, HDNet founder now mostly known for owning the Dallas Mavericks and host of reality TV series Shark Tank, took to Reddit on Christmas Eve for an Ask Me Anything session. Just as he appears on the show and when making statements about the NBA, Cuban was direct and candid when answering questions, providing some amusing anecdotes and informative insight.A number of the questions and answers had to do with Shark Tank, where Cuban revealed some behind-the-scenes facets of the show. Fans of the show would note that there is quite a bit of T-Mobile product placement going on, and Cuban agrees, saying none of the hosts of the show enjoy it. Because this AMA was handled on the internet, someone responded with a montage of some of the more egregious T-Mobile product placements, which you can be embarrassed about and watch here. Cuban also revealed that even if an entrepreneur’s idea gets accepted, about 25% of them fall through after the camera’s stop rolling, due to a wide assortment of issues that end up being discovered, from people not paying their taxes to straight up lies about the idea. He also said that the only investment he’s ever made on Shark Tank that lost him money was Toygaroo, which is essentially a Netflix for toys.Cuban spouted some other fun lines, such as when someone asked him what a billionaire buys his kids for the holidays, he said “The same junk that everyone else buys.” He later said the most expensive gift he bought anyone for Christmas this year was under $200, and he also said he’s part of Amazon Prime in order to get better rates.He also brought his famed sarcasm to the AMA, responding to several sports-related questions with witty remarks. When asked what he thought David Stern was — the current commissioner of the NBA that Cuban has publicly clashed with many times — Cuban simply said “a great tailor.”Cuban also said he’s taken a look at Major League Gaming and finds it interesting, though he hasn’t spent enough time checking it out as of yet. He answers some more questions, including a bunch about the NBA, so head on over there and give it a look.last_img read more

Detective garda awarded €60k after middle finger deformed in assault by scaffold

first_img Jan 30th 2017, 10:20 PM Detective garda awarded €60k after middle finger deformed in assault by scaffold thief Detective Daire Daly confronted a scaffold thief in Celbridge, Kildare, in 2013. By Saurya Cherfi Monday 30 Jan 2017, 10:20 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14,665 Views Image: Shutterstock/Cheng Wei http://jrnl.ie/3214173 26 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Cheng Wei A 41-YEAR-old detective garda, who suffers a permanent deformity in his right middle finger since he was assaulted while arresting a man who was stealing scaffolding, has been awarded €60,000 compensation in the High Court.Detective Daire Daly said during a garda compensation hearing that on the night of 27 January 2013, he was off-duty and walking in the St Wolstan’s Abbey area in Celbridge, Kildare, when he saw a man acting suspiciously.Detective Daly told his barrister, Breffni Gordon, that he saw through a fence that the man was trying to enter a building and was wearing white latex gloves and a scarf covering part of his face.The court heard that Detective Daly, who is based in the Drug and Organised Crime unit in Dublin, called Leixlip garda station to inform them of the incident.He said that while he was waiting for his colleagues to arrive, he confronted the man and showed his garda badge.  The man had told him he was not trying to break into a house but wanted to steal scaffolding nearby.Detective Daly had told the man that garda reinforcement was on its way.  The man had first waited patiently, before suddenly head-butting Detective Daly in the chest while shouting “f**k you guard.”A confrontation had followed between them and the man managed to knock him to the ground, twisting his right hand and in particular his middle finger backwards.DeformityJustice Bernard Barton heard that the man went through the fence in the direction of a white van where an accomplice was waiting and shouted “guards, guards”.  Both had managed to escape in the van.Detective Daly said he felt severe pain in his hand the next day and attended to the Emergency Department at the Hermitage Medical Clinic in Fonthill, Dublin.He said that following extensive examination, it was discovered that he had suffered a tendon injury in his middle finger and had undergone surgery.Gordon said Detective Daly had needed to undergo a second operation of his finger a few months later.  He had attended numerous physiotherapy sessions and had been out of work for six months.The court heard that Detective Daly’s life had been affected by the incident.  He had to give up playing football and had developed a sensitivity to the cold in his hand, affecting his golf activity in winter.  He also had difficulty lifting heavy items.Detective Daly said he was now unable to straighten his finger, which was bent towards his palm.  The court heard his deformity would be permanent.  He also had a permanent scar on his finger following the surgery procedures and sued the Minister for Public Expenditure.Barrister Paul O’Reilly, for the Minister, said malice had been accepted by the State and today’s case was one of assessment of damages.Judge Barton said Detective Daly suffered a very serious injury but “was not making much of it”.  He awarded him €60,000 for past and future sufferings.Read: Concerns raised for missing Dublin teenager >Read: Woman attacked as she walked through south Dublin estate > Short URL Share7 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Kozanites support Cultural Centre

first_imgLast Sunday in Williamstown, the Committee of the Lassanis Club of Kozani announced a $10,000 donation for the new Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture in Melbourne.The 15-story building will house the Greek community of Melbourne and Victoria, while also providing new function rooms and gallery spaces. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Happy Takes Some Time to Get its Story Started

first_img Goats Can Comprehend Human Expressions, Prefer Happy People’Happy Suit’ Could Help Astronauts Beat Space Blues Stay on target It’s weird to think of Happy! as a show that’s capable of slowing things down. Even in its second episode, the story moves slower than in the pilot, but pacing of the episode is as frenetic as ever. Happy! feels like one of Edgar Wright’s early movies. It features tons of frenetic cuts, accompanied by big, loud visuals. The characters are always going. Even scenes where one character is meant to be stalling another feels like it’s moving at the speed of light. I guess an imaginary unicorn freaking out on cocaine will do that to a scene. For all the big, loud, fast action, it’s a little jarring to look back at the episode afterwards and realize that not a whole lot actually happened.It’s the same thing that happens to a lot of shows in their second episode. The pilot is where a new series shows you everything it’s capable of. It introduces the character, the world, a basic story formula and shows off whatever the creators feel is the most spectacular or attention-grabbing element of the show. A good pilot is hard to live up to, and Happy! had a very good pilot. After all that, and episode about a man slowly accepting that yeah, he’s probably a father, isn’t going to feel as exciting. Even though there is some very good stuff happening in this second episode.Medina Senghore and Lili Mirojnick (Photo via Syfy)The episode picks up right at the end of the pilot, with Nick hearing from Happy that he’s a father. He crashes the car, things real and imaginary fly through the air in a beautiful slow-motion ballet and suddenly we’re watching Jerry Springer. The gag goes on for just long enough to make you wonder whether you sat on the remote. It’s a really well-done facsimile of the show. Jerry’s there and everything. It’s so good, my girlfriend walked into the room, looked at me funny and asked if I was seriously watching Jerry Springer. Then we see Nick in the chair and it becomes clear. This is how he’s processing the information that he has a daughter. Instead of a DNA test, Jerry brings up an old photo of Hailey’s mom. Nick recognizes her immediately but, like most of the men on these trashy daytime talk shows, he refuses to accept that he’s a father.That’s really what the entire episode is about. If we’re going to go all Hero’s Journey on a show about a CGI talking unicorn, this is the point in the myth where the hero rejects his call to adventure. In all that long Springer parody, which isn’t quite as funny as the show wants it to be, Nick doesn’t accept that Hailey’s his daughter. He spends the episode denying it, stringing Happy along and locking him in a dryer, which he turns on. Also, yes Nick somehow survived being t-boned by a semi truck. If the pilot established anything, it’s that this dude is real hard to kill. How he didn’t even break any bones in the crash is beyond me, but I guess the story has to move forward somehow. All Nick wants to do is get a new set of clothes, some money, guns and then to get out of town. He knows The Password and Blue is sending no shortage of dudes after him to get it.Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt (Photo via Syfy)So far, the password thing is mostly working as a MacGuffin. Nick has it, bad guys want it, that’s all we know, and it’s really all we need to know. It does the job of putting obstacles in Nick and Happy’s way. It’s just not that compelling when we don’t know anything about it really. We know whoever has it can become super powerful. It might have something to do with demons, considering a brief line said by one of the guys Nick killed in the pilot. That’s about it. We’d be much more invested in the chase if we had any more information about what the password is and why Blue wants it so much. But hey, at least it leads to some good action scenes. Nick’s quest for clean clothes is waylaid by some mobsters who work for a rival crime boss now. They want to prevent Blue from getting the password and that means killing Nick. Well, trying to. I’ve never seen someone get their head bashed in with an apartment mailbox door before. Or have their face scraped off on the side of a stucco wall. The violence on this show continues to be shocking, over-the-top and so much fun to watch.I also enjoyed the poker scene a lot too. Happy manages to get out of the dryer and is very angry with Nick until Nick tells him he’s trying to get money and guns to find Hailey. He convinces Happy to help him cheat, and takes the entire table. Happy may be imaginary, but he still exists. He also inadvertently snorts a ton of cocaine and bounces off the walls, prompting Nick to end the game. With money and guns in his pockets, Nick heads out of town and Happy realizes that he never intended to help Hailey. We also learn why Happy knows about Nick in the first place. Hailey once saw a photo of Nick, guessed that he was her dad, and since he was a respectable cop at the time, built him up in her mind to be a hero. Nick isn’t that guy anymore. The show really makes you feel for Happy as he discovers that Nick is a bad person. And he’s turning Happy into a bad imaginary friend too. Of course, in the end, Nick has a change of heart. He and Happy head back into the city to find Haley. Together. Because you can’t say “no” to a blue CGI creature with Patton Oswalt’s voice. Just ask Chef Linguini.Bryce Lorenzo and Joseph D. Reitman (Photo: Screenshot via Syfy)In the midst of all the frantic action of Nick’s scenes, we got some deeply unsettling moments with Hailey. She spends the entire episode talking to another child, she believes, in the next box over. They talk about how they’re scared of this evil Santa Claus and how Hailey sent her friend to go find her dad. The reveal at the very end that Hailey has been talking to Very Bad Santa using a high-pitched childlike voice is genuinely chilling. The show pulled off the reveal very well, and I was actually more disturbed by that than any of the violence that preceded it. We also got a few scenes of Detective McCarthy learning that Blue is holding her mother hostage until she brings in Nick alive. The creepy doctor from the pilot, the one who wanted to slice up Nick’s penis like salami (just thought I’d bring that image back to your minds), is the one holding McCarthy’s mother hostage. He’s being decent to her for now, treating her to a makeover. And she’s not doing too well mentally either, so she doesn’t really know what’s going on. In any case, we do feel for McCarthy, and it’s a good way to bring hers and Nick’s stories together again. When the show gets around to it.Happy! remains a fun, violent, hilarious, overwhelming show in its second week, even as it slows down its storytelling just a little bit. It doesn’t quite live up to the promises made by the pilot, but then what could? Now that they’ve gotten through Nick’s rejection of whether or not he is a father, they can get to the real meat of the story quicker. At least, I hope so. In any case, I look forward to lots more hectic holiday horror in the weeks to come.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Report finds that SDSU professor discriminated against student because her race

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego State professor discriminated against a white student because of her race, investigators from the California attorney general’s office found.According to a 51-page confidential report obtained by The Daily Aztec, investigators sustained three specific complaints against American Indian Studies Lecturer Oscar “Ozzie” Monge made by recent SDSU graduate Crystal Sudano against Monge — that he discriminated against her, harassed her and retaliated against her by threatening her grade. A fourth complaint, thatMonge discriminated against her on the basis of a disability, was not sustained.Under the conditions of CSU Executive Order 1097, which outlines the complaint process, individuals involved in a complaint are instructed to maintain confidentiality until the conclusion of the investigation and appeals processes.According to the report, Monge sent at least 15 “inappropriate” Facebook messages to Sudano, including one in which he calls members of the university’s Associated Students “Frat Bros and Sorority Sisters … who do not easily empathize with non-whiteness” and another in which he claims other students have called the current student government president, who is black, an “Uncle Tom.”He also wrote to an investigator that it is “quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil,” according to the report summarized in The Daily Aztec.Sudano eventually decided to drop her course with Monge last spring, and the investigation found Monge at fault for her decision to withdraw.State University Office of the Chancellor, The Daily Aztec reported. The investigation by the attorney general’s office was performed at the behest of the CSU and is only a first step. The case may be re-investigated, and possibly reviewed by the University Senate.San Diego State University is committed to creating a learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity,” SDSU spokeswoman Jill Esterbrooks said regarding the complaint against Monge. “The university prohibits discriminatory behavior and harassment of any kind on campus, and takes allegations of misconduct by any member of the campus community very seriously.“The university responds to all reports of alleged violations by members of the campus community, and takes appropriate action to prevent, investigate, correct or discipline such conduct.“San Diego State University does not discuss pending matters due to privacy rights of all parties involved and to protect the integrity of the review process.”Monge is a controversial figure on campus. His master’s thesis, “Fail, Montezuma! The last vestiges of an obscured yet stubbornly persistent culture of racism at San Diego State University,” described what he considers to be the racist history of SDSU’s mascot, the Aztec.He backed a resolution from SDSU’s student government in favor of ending the Aztec in April 2017 — an effort that ultimately failed. However, the University Senate — which mostly consists of faculty, with a handful of student members — passed a non-binding resolution in November to retire the use of the human “Aztec Warrior” mascot and investigate the appropriateness of the continued use of the Aztec name. Report finds that SDSU professor discriminated against student because her race KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, center_img January 8, 2018 Updated: 12:13 PM Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego State University, sdsu FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Kudos this Week…

first_imgKudos go to Hunter Grills, Newbern, Tenn., who spoke to a local first grade class about farming this month. Hunter discussed how farmers grow our food and the importance of hard work. Thanks for taking time to educate about where food comes from and how farmers do their jobs Hunter!Click here to see last week’s ASA Kudos!last_img

WSP still has openings for 50 state troopers

first_imgCLARK COUNTY — The Washington State Patrol has more than 50 open positions for new state troopers, and anyone interested in testing for basic training can still download an application, fill it out and bring it to the academy by 7:30 a.m. Saturday.The WSP Academy is at 631 W. Dayton Airport Road in Shelton.The testing includes push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run, so applicants are advised to dress for that and bring a change of clothes, according to a WSP bulletin.To obtain an application or learn more about the testing, visit http://wsp.wa.gov/employment/trooper.htm. Or contact a recruiter: Trooper Pete Stock, Western Washington, pete.stock@wsp.wa.gov or Trooper Tina Wallman, Eastern Washington, tina.wallman@wsp.wa.gov.last_img read more

Marion Barry Discusses Health DC Ahead of Release of Memoirs

first_imgAn AFRO ScoopFormer D.C. Mayor and current Councilman Marion S. Barry is still standing following a spate of health problems during his political career, and was eager to share his story ahead of the release of his memoirs later this month.Former D.C. Mayor (center). (Courtesy Photo)“I’ve had a miraculous life,” said Barry as he gave a chronology of his health problems in a conversation with the AFRO. “At 78, I realize that lots of ailments come and go.”Barry said he has remained cancer-free after his 1995 diagnosis of and treatment for prostate cancer.“Do you know more Black men have this curable disease than any other group of men? I want to tell them, look at me,” he said. “Get screened, tested and get surgery if you need it. But just don’t sit there and do nothing.”Born in Mississippi, Barry said he and his four sisters also inherited diabetes from his grandmother.“It’s not always a matter of diet,” he said. “I eat healthy. My diabetes is hereditary so I still must visit my doctor regularly and do what he tells me to do.”On top of those maladies, Barry underwent kidney transplant five years ago and remains thankful to the person who saved his life.“I will never forget Kim Dickens for donating her kidney,” he said. “I would have been on dialysis for the rest of my life. Not only do I have a compatible kidney, I have an intelligent one. Kim is very healthy, a vegetarian for 20 years and she works out daily. I know God wanted me to have this kidney and I’m so thankful.”Barry and Dickens, 51, are starting a kidney donor foundation to educate African-Americans about the benefits to the community of organ donation.“Most Black people want to take all their organs to Heaven with them,” he said. “But to give another person life is vitally important too.”Barry has also battled with chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, blood clots and severe reactions to prescribed medication.“I am so very blessed by God to be alive to do the work He wants me to do,” he said. “I live life to its fullest to be successful in my vision.”Turning to his city, Barry said he has a 20- to 30-year vision for D.C., which continues to change before his eyes.“When I first became mayor, the District was a sleepy Southern town with extreme height restrictions, and low level shops,” he said. “I led the effort to transform downtown, Southwest, the 14th Street Corridor and other vibrant business areas against the wishes of some elected officials. But when it was done, my worst opponents thanked me for my vision.”However, Barry was not pleased with the wave of gentrification creeping into Black neighborhoods.“Drive through Capitol Hill. It’s completely gentrified,” he said. “Look at Shaw, Petworth, Bloomingdale and Cresswood. These neighborhoods are turning over fast. The most displaced are seniors and Black renters who can’t afford to live in these high rent areas which slowed down the original development for affordable housing. The Black middle class is being pushed out. We are trying to find ways to slow it down. If not, the city will be completely gentrified. This was not my vision.”Barry said he has watched with dismay as several of his colleagues’ careers have ended in scandals. In 2012, Barry himself was sanctioned and fined by the council for disclosing that he accepted a gift from two city contractors to help the poor.“I had mixed emotions,” he said. “I didn’t like the fact that only Black officials were being targeted. I was glad that my integrity was intact. Some of the things they were charged with I’ve never done. Sure, I was knocked down by them. But you reap what you sow.”“At some point, I plan to retire,” he said. “I want to have a wholesome life, to travel, go fishing and take it easy.”Taking it easy might be hard for the next few months as Barry plans media appearances to promote his new book of memoirs, which tells his story from the cotton fields of Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world. The book, co-authored by Omar Tyree, will be on the shelves June 18.last_img read more

FanMade Zelda Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild

first_img This year we all have a brand new Legend of Zelda game to look forward to as the Nintendo Switch is getting a gorgeous looking remake of the Game Boy classic Link’s Awakening. However, if a recent Twitter poll is anything to go by, the most beloved game in the franchise is still the magnificent open-world adventure Nintendo Switch launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We’re still hoping that game will eventually get a Majora’s Mask-esque direct sequel, but we’re not expecting to see it until next year at the absolute earliest.However, if you’re dying to return to this particular world of Hyrule but perhaps in a new form, check out this new tabletop RPG The Legend of Zelda: Reclaim the Wild.Unlike recent tabletop conversions of huge games like Metal Gear Solid, Kingdom Hearts, and God of War, The Legend of Zelda: Reclaim the Wild isn’t an officially sanctioned Nintendo product. It’s a free fan game, so hopefully it won’t get taken down like that Metroid fan game or Super Mario Bros. on the Commodore 64. It being a tabletop game and not a competing video game should help.AdChoices广告Based on Breath of the Wild, this tabletop RPG is “designed from the ground up to enable players to create all new adventures in the world of Zelda.” Explore dungeons and shrines. Wield magic and items. Play as different races including Gerudo and even Inklings from Splatoon. Tell the intricate Zelda story Nintendo won’t. Players agree the gameplay does a good job translating Zelda concepts to the physical world.After two years of development (which must’ve started right after Breath of the Wild’s release) The Legend of Zelda: Reclaim the Wild is technically finished but continues to evolve with new updates to the rulebook. You can see for yourself on the game’s website where you can also download your own copy. For more on Zelda here’s what it’s like to play Breath of the Wild in VR and speculate about an HD remaster of Skyward Sword. These Games Seem Suspiciously Similar to ‘Breath of the Wild’Hands-On: ‘Mario’ and ‘Zelda’ Switch VR Are Nint… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Sindh comes alive on Capital stage

first_imgA cool breezy evening with rainclouds hovering over Delhi, the narrator started talking about the love story of Leela and Chanesar. With limited knowledge of Hindi and a smattering of Punjabi, I looked around completely bewildered, unable to make any sense of the epic about to be played out on stage at the Sindhi Sufi Music Festival performed by Padmashri Rani Karnaa’s students.A friend’s mother came to my rescue, patiently explaining the entire story for me. Sajan Rahiyo aa Ruha Mein brought to life the lovers from Sindh – Leela and Chanesar. How the epic lovers lose their love forever because of a mistake by Leela which paves the way for her to unite with the divine; for as Karnaa explains, ‘I have always been influenced by the Sufi saints of my native land Sind. For me Sufi means pure being derived from the word safa… there is no union with God without illumination and that can only come from pure soul.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Love betrayed is love fulfilled, says Karnaa in her introduction to the performance. Chanesar, the king of Devalkot was devoted to his wife Leela. Leela had all the luxuries in the world but her heart went out to a precious necklace offered to her by a common maid. The maid, Kumro, asks Leela for one night with her king in exchange for the necklace. Leela complies. When Chanesar comes to know of this he gets furious and abandons Leela. The dejection, the agony of separation makes Leela suffer till the end untill she surrenders herself to God for mercy and finally is allowed to transcend her pathos, pain and suffering. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer students recreated the love story on stage ending their riveting performance  with a special dedication to the legendary whirling dervishes who are intrinsically tied to Sufism and its celebrations, called Tarana (derived from Tarannum). The qawwals offers prayers that involve continuous singing of a specific composition which brings the singer closer to God in a feel of sublime frenzy or junoon, or the trance that we most associate with sufism. The audience got a chance to witness Karnaa on stage for a brief spell to pay the perfect tribute to her art through the higher being. ‘What fascinated me the most about the sufi path to reach God was the role of dance, music and poetry,’ she says. The evening that had Vice President Hamid Ansari as chief guest ended with the powerful performance of Taj Mastani from Sindh. Mastani is one of Pakistan’s most popular folk singers who presents an eclectic melange of folk and Sufi repertoire with a rustic touch to it, replete with the original favour and dialect.With the Shiv Sena protestors raging outside the venue (which was smoothly handled by the police), the festival was the sign of how art and culture can help bring two nations closer.‘The festival was not only a celebration of the joint Sindhi heritage of India and Pakistan, it was also a tribute to the shared legacy,’ says Sindhu Mishra Bhagia, Secretary of Sindhi Academy. The tie that binds? Why not!last_img read more

How Inuit Tribes Solved an Infamous 160year Search for a Doomed Arctic

first_imgIn 1845, British Rear Admiral Sir John Franklin, after much petitioning for the job, was tasked with finding the Northwest Passage leading to China and India between northeastern Canada, southern Greenland, and the most southern point of the Arctic. At the time it was believed that there was a waterway in Northern Canada that went from east to west allowing ships to take a shortcut to the Pacific Ocean without having to sail around the tip of South America.The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin by Stephen Pearce, 1851.While the Pacific can be reached from the East, the routes are above the Arctic Circle, mostly frozen, convoluted, and peppered with islands.With two ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, he and over 130 sailors set out on their adventure.Upon reaching North America and the Arctic their ships became locked into the ice, and within three years they had disappeared, never to be heard from again.Sir John Franklin was Barrow’s reluctant choice to lead the expedition.While artifacts and objects were found for years by explorers and the native Inuit people, it took over 160 years to find the ships.Franklin was an experienced Arctic explorer, having been on four previous missions. On one of the missions in 1819, he ate shoe leather to stay alive, which so impressed the public that he was considered a hero back in England.Sir John Barrow promoted Arctic voyages of discovery during his long tenure as Second Secretary to the Admiralty.According to Mental Floss, the preparation for the journey included strengthening the bow of the ship to cut through the ice. The ship’s provisions included around 5,000 gallons of ale, 32,000 pounds of salt beef, 36,000 pounds of hardtack, almost 4,000 gallons of concentrated spirits, 20,000 cans of soup, and 8,000 pounds of canned vegetables.Map of the probable routes taken by HMS Erebus and HMS Terror during Franklin’s lost expedition. Disko Bay is about 2,000 miles (3,200 km) from the mouth of the Mackenzie River. Photo by Hans van der Maarel CC BY-SA 4.0The ships also carried a well stocked library, naval instruments, and the newly invented daguerreotype camera.The English Admiralty was not particularly concerned when the ship initially disappeared because of the large stores of food and drink, but, unbeknownst to them, most of the food had gone bad because of a faulty canning procedure.Gravestone of Lt. John Irving whose body was found and returned to Edinburgh for re-interment in 1881. Photo by Kim Traynor CC BY-SA 3.0It wasn’t until Franklin’s wife, Lady Jane Franklin, started putting pressure on the Admiralty that they began to search for the explorers.Lady Jane had written thousands of letters to gain support for a rescue mission.Lady Jane Franklin.She contacted politicians, clairvoyants, writers such as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), and the President of the United States, Zachary Taylor — a very bold move as most official intercontinental mail was required to go through specific channels.Items from the Franklin polar expedition that were later purchased from local Inuit by John Rae, the first westerner to learn the fate of the expedition. Photo by Geni CC BY-SA 4.0She used her own funds to finance additional rescue missions and offered a substantial reward to anyone who could either find the crew or supply information that would lead to their discovery.Samuel Clemens immediately assumed the explorers were attacked and killed by the Inuit, which couldn’t have been further from the truth.Relics of Franklin’s lost expedition found by McClintock.In fact, the fate of the explorers could have been learned much earlier if the Europeans had listened to the Inuit. For years they had shown the Europeans artifacts such as Franklin’s personal flatware, combs, buttons, and parts of the ships.They informed the men about graves of three of the men from the expedition, and they knew exactly where one of the ships had sunk, but the Europeans dismissed their claims.Graves of the crewmen buried on Beechey Island (2004).When Hudson Bay Company surveyor John Rae met with Inuit to trade at Repulse Bay in 1854, he was told that about 30 corpses and additional graves had been found nearby as well as a few on a nearby island, and one appeared to be a “chief” as he had a gun and telescope.The bodies were scattered: some in tents, some just laying around, and some under a boat that had been turned over for protection from the weather.The note found by McClintock in May 1859 in a cairn south of Back Bay, King William Island, detailing the fate of the Franklin expedition.The Inuit told Rae where the bodies could be found, near Back’s Great Fish River. However, the British Navy and Samuel Clemens both dismissed Rae’s findings as “the babble of savages.”With advice from an Inuit historian, the HMS Erebus was found in Victoria Strait in 2014 using sonar, and the HMS Terror was discovered in 2016 after an Inuit hunter reported seeing it in Terror Bay, near King William Island.The three bodies found buried on Beechey Island were exhumed and tested. Very high levels of lead were found, indicating the faulty seals on the canned food may have leached into the food and poisoned the men.In addition, the men suffered from scurvy, tuberculosis, overexposure to the freezing weather, and starvation. High levels of lead can also lead to insanity which can be fatal in such an unforgiving climate.Read another story from us: Unbelievable Endurance – The Crew that Survived an Antarctic ShipwreckMost of the artifacts that were found are now housed at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. There is also a traveling exhibition of artifacts including the bells brought up from the ships.last_img read more

Puerto Morelos releases first batch of sea turtles

first_img“Every year they arrive at our coasts with the main spawning areas being Punta Petempich, Punta Caracol and Punta Brava, areas in which surveillance, placement of signs and signs for information to tourists and locals are reinforced,” she added. Fernández Piña says the sea turtle program is supported in collaboration with federal agencies such as Semarnat, Profepa, Conanp and the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment of the State Government, as well as hotels, students, organized society and community volunteers. Puerto Morelos, Q.R.– The first newly hatched sea turtles of the Puerto Morelos season have been released into the sea. The release of the newly hatched turtles were part of the 700 nests counted along Puerto Morelos shores this year. Numerous government organizations participate in the protection and monitoring of sea turtle nests throughout the municipality. Nancy González González, director of de Ecología del Ayuntamiento, explained that this time, the hundreds of offspring that were released were the first results of the reproductive cycle under surveillance. “In April we started work, then the stage of permanent monitoring, marking and care of nests. Now we enter into the release phase that is carried out periodically in support of the young in their entry to the sea,” said mayor Laura Fernández Piña. Newly hatched sea turtles are continually released around the region, usually until November.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Recent exchange rate stability offers relief to businesses

first_imgAfter the colón got off to a rocky start in 2014, the Costa Rican currency has entered a period of relative stability. The Central Bank’s (BCCR) efforts to quell volatility in the currency seem to be working, but analysts note there are bigger problems facing businesses in Costa Rica on the horizon.Soon after the first round of presidential elections in February, Costa Rica’s currency’s started a mild but steady devaluation. The roughly 10 percent devaluation stressed many citizens and businesses with debts or expenses in dollars, who suddenly had to pay more to meet financial obligations after enjoying a robust colón for years.The Central Bank’s board of directors made a major decision to try to stabilize the currency on June 26. The bank announced it would use the country’s international reserves to meet foreign currency demands of the non-banking public sector. This meant that large government agencies, such as the National Oil Refinery, or RECOPE, and the Finance Ministry would go to the BCCR when they needed dollars instead of the foreign currency exchange, Monex. The Central Bank said in a statement that the currency purchases by the non-banking public sector were made without considering the behavior of the currency market, meaning that daily needs for hard currency could inadvertently exacerbate an already wobbly colón.The BCCR’s plan was to sync large foreign currency purchases with opportune timing in the market by supplying the day-to-day dollar demands of government agencies like RECOPE. The amendment allowed state banks to continue using Monex for their dollar needs.The BCCR set a range of how much of its reserves it was willing to part with to front the non-banking sector. During his 100-day assessment of the government, President Luis Guillermo Solís reiterated the Central Bank’s commitment to maintain “adequate” reserves to protect the currency from external shocks, including a gradual pullback of monetary stimulus by the U.S. Federal Reserve and other developed economies.So far, the strategy seems to be working.https://infogr.am/colon-weakens-against-the-dollar-in-recent-weeks?src=web“With the change in the methodology for public-sector purchases it seems to us that the Central Bank has sent the message that it wants to minimize volatility,” ALDESA securities analyst Adriana Rodríguez told The Tico Times.Rodríguez said it is possible the colón will level off between 535 or 530 to the dollar in coming months. The average exchange rate for the colón to the dollar was 545.34 in the week of Aug. 25.“We think that many important sectors of the economy are happy with where the rate is today,” she added.While there is always a chance the currency could fluctuate again, analysts The Tico Times consulted opined that the exchange rate, while important, was not the biggest concern for the private sector today.“I don’t think that the exchange rate is the principal concern of most businesses right now. There are other fears that are weighing more on them and the exchange rate is not one of them,” said Luis Mesalles, associate consultant for Ecoanálisis, a San José-based economic consultancy.The government’s fiscal deficit, currently at 5.4 percent of gross domestic product, is projected to increase to 6 percent by the end of the year, according to the Finance Ministry. The cost of business remains stubbornly high, including electricity, which is the highest rate in Central America. Poor infrastructure, including some of the worst ports in the world, according to the World Bank, also limits economic growth.Munish Manchanda, statutory examiner for the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce, said maintaining a relatively stable exchange rate would be “imperative” for the Solís administration and Central Bank President Olivier Castro, but he agreed there was more at play.“What we need to see is how to move the economy. It’s not just about the exchange rate, it’s how do we improve the overall situation of the country. Unemployment rates are still high, how do we get more employment? How do we get more investment? How do we remain competitive against other nations pitted against us in the region?” he asked.“There is a long-term risk not only to the exchange rate but also a risk to the country’s economic rating,” Manchanda said. “Time is running out.”President Solís has taken some steps to address the fiscal deficit and unemployment, but his efforts have been met with mixed responses. Vice President and Finance Minister Helio Fallas announced several tax evasion measures aimed at improving tax collection, and a 2 percent tax on credit card charges.In 2012, the Finance Ministry collected just over 13 percent of GDP in taxes, far less than it claimed was needed to finance the government. Solís said during his speech on Thursday that tax evasion cost the government 13.37 percent of GDP in uncollected revenue. The government has turned to selling billions of dollars worth of bonds to keep the government’s doors open.Recommended: Costa Rica’s Solís claims $112 million in losses from corruption in speech highlighting first 100 days of his administrationOn Thursday, Solís also mentioned his decision to cap some large public pensions and leave 85 percent of current public-sector vacancies unfilled, a move he claimed would save the government ₡22 billion, more than $40 million. The deficit, however, remains at nearly $2.7 billion.“I think that the Finance Ministry knows what it wants to do. What bothers me is that what they want to do probably won’t solve the fiscal crisis,” Mesalles said.Earlier this month, the president unveiled an employment strategy that aims to create 217,000 jobs in the next four years. The private sector, however, bristled at not being consulted by the executive branch before the plan was announced. Manchanda said the administration needs to continue reaching out to the private sector when developing similar plans in the future. Unemployment in Costa Rica was 8.5 percent, or some 188,000 people, in 2013, according to the National Household Survey.“Stability in the currency made a lot of people relax, but there is still cause for concern,” Mesalles added.Álvaro Conejo, plant manager for Baxter Productos Médicos Ltda., a Costa Rican manufacturer and exporter of medical supplies in Cartago, said devaluation had offered some relief to his bottom line after years of an unfavorable exchange for his exports. Conejo, who has worked for Baxter for 27 years, said he is still uncertain about where the currency would go next.“Stability is what helps us the most,” Conjeo said. “The exchange rate could go one way and hurt us or another and help us, but stability is the best we can hope for.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Dollar exchange rate reaches highest price in seven years Dollar exchange rate down following Central Bank’s intervention announcement Dollar exchange rate maintains slight upward trend this year US dollar trades at highest level in three yearslast_img read more

USFS Appoints Two New Executive Leaders

first_img National independent mortgage lender “”United Shore Financial Services, LLC (USFS)””:http://www.unitedshore.com/, is welcoming two new corporate leaders. The Michigan-based organization, parent company of “”United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM)””:www.uwm.com/, recently added Tim Forrester as chief financial officer for USFS and named Kristin Hammond as EVP of capital markets.[IMAGE]Prior to joining USFS, Forrester was a partner in “”Deloitte & Touche USA’s””:www.deloitte.com/ capital markets group, where he led the firm’s mortgage banking unit. Hammond joins USFS from her previous role as president of Flagstar Capital Markets Corporation. [COLUMN_BREAK]””I am excited to announce the final two pieces of our senior management team. Over the past 18 months we have sought to build the best, most experienced management team to lead USFS to our goal of being one of the largest and most respected independent mortgage banking firms in the world. Tim and Kirstin are very talented individuals that complement our existing team and allow us to continue to stay on track with our growth plans,”” said Kip Kirkpatrick, CEO of USFS.””We are very excited to announce another high profile executive is moving to Michigan to join us. We’ve hired over 500 people in Michigan this year and are proud of the part we are playing in helping Michigan’s recovery,”” added Mat Ishbia, president of UWM.””Tim Forrester has deep and broad experience in the industry. His detailed accounting and capital markets expertise will help us continue on our path of producing great client service and quality loans for our investors,”” he continued.””The addition of Kirstin Hammond will enhance our ability to continue building great relationships with our investors, while also continuing to improve our executional capabilities, so that we can continue to provide great pricing to our clients,”” concluded Ishbia. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-22 Abby Gregory Share October 22, 2012 444 Views center_img USFS Appoints Two New Executive Leaders in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more