BC Court of Appeal to hear provinces oiltransport reference case Monday

first_imgVANCOUVER — British Columbia’s Court of Appeal will consider a key question regarding provincial powers in the political battle over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project during a five-day hearing that starts Monday.The BC government’s reference case asks the court if the province has jurisdiction to regulate the transport of oil through its territory and restrict bitumen shipments from Alberta.RELATED: BC to question pipeline jurisdiction at Court of Appeal Specifically, it asks if proposed amendments to British Columbia’s Environmental Management Act are valid and if they give the province the authority to control the shipment of heavy oils based on the impact spills could have on the environment, human health or communities.The province is also asking the court whether the amendments are overridden by federal law.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have said only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.Alberta and Saskatchewan have both filed documents as interested parties supporting the federal government in the case.When BC filed the reference case last year, Alberta announced it would ban BC wines and accused Premier John Horgan of trying to break the rules of Confederation in newspaper ads.RELATED: Pro-pipeline protest convoy reaches Ottawa after rolling across countryLast summer, the Federal Appeal Court overturned approval of the project to triple oil shipments from Edmonton to Burnaby ruling that the National Energy Board had not properly considered its impact on marine life nor had Ottawa meaningfully consulted with Indigenous groups.Last month, the board found that the pipeline is still in the public interest despite the risk that an increase in tanker traffic could adversely affect southern resident killer whales, hurt related Indigenous culture and increase greenhouse gas emissions. It added 16 new recommendations for federal government action in addition to the 156 conditions in its initial approval in 2016.The federal government purchased the pipeline last year.Trudeau has said the expansion is in the best interests of all Canadians and his government has committed $1.5 billion to an ocean protection plan that includes millions for research on BC killer whales.RELATED: Hundreds protest pipeline in downtown VancouverHorgan said last year the aim of the case is to protect the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.“We believe it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect our environment, economy and our coast from the drastic consequence of a diluted bitumen spill,” Horgan said in a statement when the reference case was announced last April.“And we are prepared to confirm that right in the courts.”Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chief questions politics behind OPPs revelation it reviewed botched Thunder Bay police

first_img(Stacy DeBungee was pulled from a Thunder Bay river in 2015.)Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAn Ontario First Nation leader is questioning the motivation behind the Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner’s decision to reveal the force reviewed Thunder Bay police’s botched death investigation of an Indigenous man found in one of the city’s rivers.Thunder Bay police said Tuesday it had no plans to release the OPP report.OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes on Monday issued a statement revealing his police force had “recently completed” a review of Thunder Bay police’s flawed investigation into the death of Stacy DeBungee, an Ojibway man, who was pulled from the McIntryre River at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2015.Hawkes’ statement was aimed directly at Rainy River First Nation Chief Jim Leonard, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Grand Council Treaty 3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh who held a press conference last week criticizing the OPP for refusing to investigate the DeBungee case. The three leaders also called for the RCMP to step in and investigate DeBungee’s case because the region’s Indigenous communities had lost faith in the Thunder Bay police and the OPP.Leonard responded in a letter sent to Hawkes Tuesday questioning the OPP top cop’s motive in suddenly revealing the review of the case. The news came as a surprise to DeBungee’s family and to private investigator David Perry who broke open the case after finding four people who had contact with DeBungee before his death—people who were never interviewed by Thunder Bay police.“That you now announce that a review has been ‘recently’ conducted by the OPP is surprising and troubling for several reasons. Why keep this from the family or me in the face of all our requests dating back to July 2016?” said Leonard in the letter which was also carbon copied to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. “Why did you announce this development publicly on June 5, 2017, without a word of notice to me or the family? Why a mere “review” of the TBPS file when what we sought was an independent investigation? What does “recent” mean? Is it coincident with our letter seeking the intervention of the RCMP?”Leonard’s letter also itemized a number of requests made by the chief, his lawyer, and the DeBungee family for the OPP to review the case. Each of those requests were met with silence from the OPP, according to the letter.In an interview Tuesday, Perry told APTN he was not contacted by the OPP in the course of their review. Perry’s own investigation revealed serious flaws in how Thunder Bay police handled DeBungee’s death. Perry, a former top Toronto police homicide detective, quickly found four people who were with DeBungee the evening before his death. Perry told APTN DeBungee’s debit card was also used after his death and that his identification cards were strewn at the scene along with identification belonging to another individual who has not yet been tracked.Thunder Bay police spokesperson Chris Adams said in an emailed statement the OPP review of the case would not be released because it “is an investigative report.”The chiefs also want the RCMP to investigate the cases of Tammy Keeash, 17, who was living in a group home and found dead in the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway on May 7 and of Josiah Begg, 14, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on May 18.Serious questions still remain around the deaths of three of seven First Nation youth who were the subject of a coroner’s inquest which ended in June 2016. Five of the seven youth died in Thunder Bay’s waterways and three of those deaths were found to be “undetermined.”Perry said there is a strong possibility foul play could be behind some of these deaths. The scenario has also been raised by lawyer Julian Falconer, who represented the Nishnawbe Aski Nation during the inquest. The prospect is additionally heightened by at least two separate cases of Indigenous men who were attacked and thrown into a city waterway.The city’s police service was recently rocked after its police chief J.P. Levesque was charged with breach of trust and obstruction of justice by the OPP for allegedly disclosing confidential information about Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Some of the best and worst teachers ever

first_imgA TEACHER IN Israel is a strong contender for the ‘worst teacher’ category after accidentally leaking a document that contained some serious insults about students.Gawker reports that the spreadsheet, which was sent to students at Yitzhak Rabin High School in Kfar Saba, described some pupils as “not too bright” “a sicko” and a “big baby”.According to the Jerusalem Post, the country’s Ministry of Education has begun an investigation into the matter.We’ve probably all done things that have made our teachers want to start a burn book about us, but for the love of Mrs Krabappel, don’t let the students know about it!Here are some more of the worst – and best – teachers around…BEST: Mrs BatmanImgurWORST: Every teacher who does thisBEST:Any maths teacher who uses this jokeWORST: Mrs TrunchbullBEST: Mrs Johanson LamebookWORST: Mrs TypoFunnyExam.comBEST: Tina Fey in Mean GirlsWORST: Lazy Mr MartellImgurBEST: This guyYouTube/FootballisinMyDNAWORST: The teacher who doesn’t believe in loveFractusLearning.comBEST: The Monty Python fanEdParnell.comGot any best teacher/worst teacher stories? Leave them in the comments section. Good lads. 15 things that everyone did in primary school>12 things you could do if today was a snow day>last_img read more

Vote for civil marriage for samesex couples an historic step

first_imgTHE CONSTITUTION CONVENTION has voted overwhelmingly in favour of recommending that the Constitution be changed to allow for civil marriages for same-sex couples.Following yesterday’s submissions, 79 per cent of people voted ‘Yes’, with 19 per cent saying ‘No’, and a further one per cent which offered ‘No opinion’.In a joint statement, the advocacy groups Marriage Equality, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) called it “an historic step”.GLEN director, Brian Sheehan said that the result was “a major milestone on the remarkable journey to full constitutional protection for lesbian and gay people and families in Ireland.”Regarding the question of whether this amendment should be permissive (where the State may enact laws providing for same-sex marriage) or directive (where the State shall enact laws providing for same-sex marriage), 78 per cent of people voted that it should be directive.Parenting and guardianshipA final question asked delegates if they agreed, disagreed or had no opinion that “having regard to the changed arrangements in relation to marriage, the State shall enact laws incorporating changed arrangements in regard to the parentage, guardianship and the upbringing of children”.81 per cent of people voted ‘Yes’, with 12 per cent voting ‘No’ and a further two per cent offering ‘No opinion’.Following today’s vote, a report will now be drafted with the recommendations of the Constitutional Convention going to Government.The chairman of the Constitutional Convention, Mr Tom Arnold, said that the weekend’s discussions had “been both passionate and thoughtful, both heartfelt and rigorous.” The Government has committed to formulating a public response to each of the Convention’s recommendations within four months of them being made which means that today’s outcome progresses the issue and moves it on considerably.(ConstitutionIe/YouTube)Read: Constitutional Convention to vote on same-sex marriage today > Throughout this process, citizens were actively encouraged to engage with the issue of same-sex marriage and make their views known through the website and by other means. There was an unprecedented response from the public and over 1000 submissions were considered by the Convention.Fine Gael TD, and chair of the party’s LGBT Group, Jerry Buttimer TD, called today’s vote result an “overwhelming endorsement” that send a “loud signal to the rest of the world about the value the Irish people place on equality, diversity and inclusiveness.”The debate over the last two days at the Convention was exceptional and the forum gave those in attendance an excellent opportunity to thrash out the issues of concern to them in understanding what marriage equality means both personally and for wider society.last_img read more

Media freedom declines further

first_imgGreece’s media is only “partly free” and its score in a major international press freedom index experienced the sharpest fall of all countries in the last five years, according to a major study published last week.According to the latest Freedom of the Press report, issued by Freedom House, in 2013 Greece is ranked 92nd out of 197 countries, with a score of 46 on a scale of 100. That puts it behind Mozambique but ahead of Angola. In 2009, Greece scored 29 points in the same index, putting it in the “free” press category.Based in the US, Freedom House says it is an “independent watchdog organisation dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world”.“Greece, following its decline to the Partly Free category in 2012, fell a further five points in 2013. This was caused in large part by the government’s abrupt shutdown of the public broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) in an opaque manner in June. A new entity, New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television (Nerit), will launch in 2014 with a drastically reduced staff. In addition, the year featured an increase in libel cases and the use of surveillance against journalists, as well as the nontransparent awarding of telecommunications licenses,” the report said.The 17-point decline in Greece’s score was greater than that of Bahrain and the Central African Republic (both down 16 points). However, these countries were placed 188th and 170th, respectively, in the rankings.While Greece had the worst ranking in the entire European Union, the press in Italy (64th), Hungary (71st), Bulgaria (78th), Croatia (83rd), Romania (84th) were also deemed only “partly free”.Overall, the report found that global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade, with only 1 in 7 people live in a country with a “free” press. The decline was driven in part by major regression in several Middle Eastern states, including Egypt, Libya, and Jordan; marked setbacks in Turkey, Ukraine, and a number of countries in East Africa; and deterioration in the relatively open media environment of the United States.Freedom of the Press 2014 found that despite positive developments in a number of countries, most notably in sub-Saharan Africa, the dominant trends were reflected in setbacks in every other region.In February, a press freedom study from Reporters without Borders put Greece in 99th place out of 180 countries. That news was ignored by most of the Greek media.Source: enetenglish Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sydney helping Greece to breathe

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The weekend that passed for the Sydney Greek Community proved to be an exceptional one. With the success of the ‘parelasi’ at Darling Harbour to open the 33rd Greek Festival of Sydney, another success was emerging.Any one of the tens of thousands who made it out to Tumbalong Park at Darling Harbour on February 14 and 15 would have seen the poignant message on a banner to the side of the main stage. ‘Let Greece Breathe’, the banner screamed. With a puff of air as the sole image to accompany the slogan, few people could be mistaken about what the banner was trying to state.On the other side of the festival, along the main walk up to Tumbalong Park, you could find a stall that was gathering signatures for the campaign. Hundreds, probably more than a thousand, had signed up and pledged to help promote the message. They want Greece to breathe.Over 200 of them turned up on Monday 16 February at Town Hall in the heart of the CBD to rally in support of Greece, to show their disappointment in the treatment of Greece by the EU, the IMF, and a number of other key stakeholders.The rally held in Sydney reinforced the message heard at the festival. The rally was organised by the Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign. Coordinator Mr Adam Rorris, an education economist, told me that the rally is an opportunity for people in Australia to show their support for “Greece as it fights for a fair and sustainable deal on debt. A deal to allow its people to live with their dignity and a reasonable hope for their future”.“When a country has under the duress of it lenders implemented policies that have seen it lose 25 per cent of its GDP, rendered half its youth unemployed, destroyed its health system and produced child malnutrition rates not seen since the German occupation, you know that it’s time to change course.” Mr Rorris told Neos Kosmos.The rally heard from Mr Harry Danalis, president of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW, Angelo Gavrielatos, the former president of the Education Union, Ms Maria Mouratida, a young person recently arrived from Greece, as well as Mr Rorris.Their message was clear and unequivocal. They believe that the new Greek government that was elected last month has a mandate to change the ‘course’ and the international agencies are beholden to recognise the will of the Greek people and her supporters overseas.The campaign will continue to breathe in the coming weeks, with a speech and discussion event to be held at the University of Sydney on 10 March, a significant institution, as this is where Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis taught for a decade.last_img read more

Pollution de lair Mexico progresse tandis que Pékin sasphyxie

first_imgPollution de l’air : Mexico progresse tandis que Pékin s’asphyxieAlors que pour la première fois depuis bien longtemps Mexico retrouve une bonne qualité de l’air, Pékin vit une pollution sans précédent. Le brouillard est tellement dense dans la capitale chinoise qu’il bloque le trafic aérien.En 2012, Mexico peut se féliciter d’avoir considérablement réduit sa pollution. Avec 248 jours ayant un air de bonne qualité, c’est un très sérieux progrès. Pour obtenir ce résultat, les autorités mexicaines ont pris le problème à bras le corps. Il faut dire qu’en 2008, 1,5 % des gaz à effet de serre du globe provenaient de Mexico et on estime à 4.000 les décès dus à cette pollution urbaine.  La capitale mexicaine a donc mis en place des Metrobús, bus à combustion propres qui sont très largement utilisés. De même, un service de location de vélos (comme le Vélib’ parisien), Ecobici, est si populaire qu’il est difficile de trouver des vélos disponibles. Par ailleurs, les véhicules vieux de plus de 7 ans ont été interdits dans le centre-ville.En parallèle, à l’autre bout de la planète, la Chine traverse une phase de pollution jamais atteinte. Le smog (brouillard) de pollution a envahi le nord-est de la Chine et il entraîne de sérieux problèmes. Ces derniers jours, le smog était d’ailleurs tellement épais que l’incendie d’une usine survenu dans l’est du pays, dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi, est passé inaperçu, rapporte futura-sciences. Cette pollution entraîne surtout un très grave problème de santé publique. En effet les taux de dioxyde de soufre (SO2), de dioxyde d’azote (NO2) et d’ozone (O3), atteignait 755 µg/m3 sur une échelle de calcul de la qualité de l’air de 500 ! Un record absolu de pollution qui est extrêmement préoccupant. En effet, à Pékin, le taux de particules fines (de moins de 2,5 µm) est considérable. Il varie en effet entre 700 µg/m3  et 900 µg/m3 alors que l’OMS (organisation mondiale de la santé) fixe son taux maximal recommandé à 25 µg/m3. Pour donner un ordre d’idée, lorsqu’en 2012 le chiffre déjà important de 200 avait été atteint en 2012 à Mexico les écoles ont été fermées et les usines ralenties. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Rappelons que ces fines particules pénètrent dans les poumons et sont susceptibles d’entrainer des cancers. Selon une étude menée par l’université de Pékin et Greenpeace, la pollution de l’air serait responsable de la mort de 8.600 personnes dans les villes de Pékin, Shanghai, Canton et Xi’an durant l’année 2012. L’essentiel de la pollution atmosphérique de Chine proviendrait des usines à charbon, un combustible dont l’utilisation a doublé en dix ans. Même si les usines les plus polluantes ont été délocalisées hors de la capitale, plusieurs centaines restent présentes dans la province du Hebei.Les voitures sont également responsables de cette pollution monumentale. L’agglomération e Pékin en compte 800.000 de plus par an et plus de 4 millions de véhicules circulent chaque jour dans la ville. À quand la réaction des autorités chinoises ? Il aura fallu près de 20 ans à Mexico pour faire en sorte de retrouver plus de 200 jours d’air respirable par an et il faudrait que la Chine réagisse plus rapidement.Le 18 janvier 2013 à 16:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dès 8 mois les bébés ont des notions innées danatomie

first_imgDès 8 mois, les bébés ont des notions innées “d’anatomie”Publiée dans PNAS, une étude expérimentale américaine suggère que les bébés, dès l’âge de 8 mois, savent ‘instinctivement’ que les animaux – ou les objets qu’ils assimilent à des animaux – ont besoin d’avoir ‘quelque chose dans le ventre’ (comme des organes) pour vivre et bouger. Une équipe de l’université de l’Illinois à Urbana-Champaign a réalisé une expérience pour évaluer certaines compétences cognitives chez de très jeunes enfants. Les chercheurs ont montré à des bébés de 8 mois un assortiment de jouets, dont certains étaient autopropulsés ou réagissaient aux modifications de l’environnement – les autres jouets restant statiques. Les expérimentateurs ont ensuite ouvert tous les jouets, dont l’intérieur était parfaitement creux et vide.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Or, les bébés ont examiné plus attentivement, parmi ces jouets ouverts, ceux qu’ils avaient vu bouger : une manifestation du principe de “violation des attentes” (autrement dit, l’effet de surprise face à une situation inattendue), qui suggère, selon les auteurs, que ces enfants assimilaient ces objets animés à des animaux, et qu’ils s’attendaient donc à trouver ‘quelque chose’ (des organes ?) à l’intérieur.Dans une seconde expérience, destinée à confirmer les résultats de la première, l’équipe a cette fois-ci montré aux bébés des objets soit tels quels, soit recouverts de fourrure, avant de les ouvrir tous pour montrer qu’ils étaient vides : les enfants ont montré plus de curiosité pour les seconds, ce qui suggère là encore que, assimilant ces objets poilus à des animaux, ils s’étonnaient de les constater creux…Un héritage de l’évolution ? “Les jeunes enfants s’attendent à ce que les animaux aient un ‘intérieur’ différent de celui des objets inanimés, et ils se rendent compte que les entrailles d’un animal sont importantes pour sa survie”, conclut Peipei Setoh, un des auteurs de l’étude. Les chercheurs émettent ainsi l’hypothèse que ces compétences ‘anatomiques’ précoces seraient un héritage de l’évolution humaine dans un monde où il faut savoir reconnaître proies, prédateurs, animaux vivants ou objets inanimés.Le 21 septembre 2013 à 13:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews GET OUT

first_imgStay on target This is the best movie that’s come out so far this year. Go see it.Get Out is a genuinely terrific film. I won’t say I’m totally surprised by that – the trailers all looked solid, and the premise is good enough that you kind of had to assume it’d at least be passable. But the notion that Get Out is Jordan Peele’s (or any director’s) debut feature film is unbelievable even when you know it to be an absolute fact. It’s so bold, vibrant, solidly-constructed and confident it just doesn’t feel possible that whoever made it hasn’t spent at least three or four previous films getting good at this stuff; and it holds up so damn well as a horror movie that making it “about” something almost feels like a free upgrade.Ideally, you’ll want to go into this one as spoiler-free as possible. But just from the trailers you already know that Get Out is supposed to be a horror movie “about racism” – but that’s something of a coy oversimplification. One of the most reliable ways to create a scary story is to identify familiar situations the audience can recognize usually causing someone to be uneasy, paranoid or even outright frightened. Like being lost, trying to navigate an unfamiliar area in the dark, sensing that someone is lying to you for an unknown reason, hearing noises when you thought you were alone, etc.makes. And then leading to audience to imagine a scenario where those feelings are entirely justified: You really are in danger, something really is out to get you, they are conspiring against you, etc.It’s a near-universal human truth that one of the scariest questions to find yourself asking is: “What if I’m not just being paranoid?” The cleverness of Get Out is recognizing that one of the main things make people act ill at ease, uncomfortable and thus susceptible to paranoia in 2017 is race. The bravery of the film, then, is deciding to build a whole horror film around the idea of racial tension as a surface-level manifestation of deeper, more sinister tension. But the genius of the film is that Peele and company then take that basic premise and decide to do something a little bit more thoughtful with it.Our setup: An ordinary guy named Chris is going to spend the weekend with his girlfriend Rose and her wealthy parents whom he’s meeting for the first time, and he’s on edge because she hasn’t yet told them that Chris is Black – which she assures him won’t matter but he knows will matter a quite a bit. Once there, things keep piling up (minor passive-aggression, odd behavior, incidental things that just don’t “add up”) that make him increasingly sure that he was right to be worried and soon enough that he might have stumbled into a genuinely dangerous situation involving secret meetings, hypnosis, other Black characters who seem “not quite right” – until he comes to realize it’s in his best interest to, well… “Get Out!”But here’s where this get’s interesting: To be frank; a genuine, unapologetic Black perspective is so seldom presented in the horror genre especially that if all this film had on its mind was giving Peele a venue to explore his feelings through the prism of genre and, well… vent on the subject of “Hey! Y’know, White people? Sometimes, you can be kind of scary!” it’d still be pretty damn refreshing just for being something different. But Get Out clearly doesn’t want to settle for being a novelty item: It wants to really work as a serious thriller – which ends up meaning that it has to approach the subject of racism-as-horror from a more subtle, unnerving angle.The thing is, Hollywood actually likes making movies about racism – especially movies about really obvious racism practiced in the past or by blatant, proudly-ignorant, outright KKK types. It’s a lot less fond of tackling the more subdued, ingrained, passive varieties of racism… you know, the kind that upscale, well-meaning, “good” White people (like, say, maybe Hollywood movie executives) who otherwise pride themselves on not being like “those other White people” or “back then” might recognize themselves in and be made uncomfortable. And that is precisely the spot where Get Out decides to plant its flag – because it kind of has to.After all: If Chris walked into Rose’s parents’ house and they had a Confederate Flag (or Swastika) up on the wall – maybe some white hoods or “Make America Great Again” merchandise? There’d be no suspense or tension to be built up there! He’d immediately know “Oh! These are scary racist bad guys – I gotta get outta here!” So what Get Out presents us with instead are the precisely the sort of nice, worldly, enthusiastically Liberal “good” White people who present themselves as the furthest possible thing from racist.In fact, they can’t wait to tell Chris about how they voted for Obama, how much they respect and appreciate his culture, how all their favorite actors, musicians, and athletes are Black. And how “cool” and “fashionable” and in many ways “better” they consider Black people to be – the sort of stuff that (if presented sincerely) would be intended as “nice” and “progressive” without even considering that it’s still reducing him to a color instead of a person. That’s an experience that one imagines a lot of Get Out’s audience is going to find depressingly familiar, which is why it makes such a perfect foundation for the more conventional horror elements that gradually emerge as the invisible walls of “something ain’t right here” start closing in around Chris. And while you might think you’ve already figured out what’s probably going on… like I said, this is a movie about defying expectations.And again – while it’s giving you all this nice, deep extra material to think about; Get Out never stops working as a viscerally effective thriller on a pure technical level. It’s unquestionably the best use of this setup since the original Stepford Wives – but whereas that film (justly considered a 70s classic though it may be) loses a step or two once we get the big reveal of what’s going on; Get Out takes off like a shot and somehow becomes just as good at being a straightforward survive-the-bad-guys horror flick as it was at being a topical suspense movie.There are a dozen places where this could’ve all gone wrong and fallen apart, but Peele has clearly shown up to play, and he’s delivered one of the record books – and instant horror classic and the first must-see film of 2017. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

Soy Goes Global Inside New Nutritious Delicious Foods

first_imgGuatemalan food company Alimentos Sociedad Anonima (Alimentos SA) launched three soy-based Amelia cream soups in March. Ugandan food maker SESACO Ltd. has introduced SoySip, a just-add-hot-water beverage that comes with packets of ginger and sugar.  As the United States recognizes April as Soyfoods month, the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) salutes its partners in developing countries for their 2013-2014 introductions of exciting new African and Hispanic foods made with soy protein ingredients.”We are seeing a bumper crop of new foods containing soy offered by companies and groups that WISHH has assisted through training, product samples and more,” said WISHH Chairman David Iverson, a South Dakota soybean grower. “The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Agency for International Development (USAID) and soybean checkoff funds are assisting WISHH and its partners to help meet the enormous need for protein in nutritious foods that are also affordable and available for developing country diets.”Thanks to USDA Foreign Agricultural Service support, WISHH’s many spring 2014 activities include hosting educational conferences in Kenya and Ghana. At these programs, African and U.S. food industry as well as government participants explore opportunities in school feeding and retail programs to offer healthier foods.WISHH’s USAID-supported work in Liberia is also an example of how production of new soy-based foods creates jobs, including for women, and makes much-needed protein available to local diets. Under the USAID-HANDS program, WISHH and Opportunities Industrialization Centers International have built two processing facilities where women manufacture fortified-blended “Super Gari” cereal made with local cassava. Adding U.S. defatted soy flour helps fill the protein gap that was in the traditional gari.Click here to see SoySip, Amelia Cream soups and other examples of the new products that WISHH’s partners have introduced in the last year.Interested in trying to make some international soyfoods yourself?  Click here for WISHH and the World Soy Foundation’s recipe book produced by the National Soybean Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois.For more information about Soyfoods Month click here. U.S. and developing country diets share common ground in that protein is needed for good health. The majority of U.S. consumers (78 percent) agree that protein contributes to a healthy diet and more than half of adults say they want more of it in their diets, reported the NPD Group in a study released in March.Global protein ingredient market revenues are expected to reach USD 28.90 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research. Plant proteins—led by soy– accounted for over 56 percent of global volumes in 2013, and are expected to continue dominating the market over the next six years, growing at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 6.3 percent from 2014 to 2020. Soy-based ingredients accounted for more than 70 percent of global volumes in 2013.WISHH is a trade-development program. Since U.S. soybean farmers founded WISHH in 2000, it has worked in 24 countries to improve diets, as well as encouraged growth of food industries. The WISHH program is managed from ASA’s world headquarters in St. Louis.  For more information, visit www.wishh.org.last_img read more

Officers Row roofing project progresses

first_imgSanford Jones, a foreman with Weatherguard Inc. of Longview, makes his way up a ladder Friday to the roof of a house on Officers Row. While all the houses are at least 100 years old, “The prize was the Marshall House,” Jones said. “That was the cream of the crop of the job.” Officers Row has sheltered some significant historical figures in the last 150 years.These days, it’s a place where people can lease a residence or an office, eat lunch at the Grant House or soak up some heritage in the Marshall House. And for years to come, they will all have a roof over their heads.A preservation project is putting new roofs on 11 buildings on Officers Row, a stretch of Evergreen Boulevard that provides a portal to Vancouver’s 19th-century roots.o The oldest of the 21 houses on Officers Row is the Grant House, built in 1849; the newest was built in 1907.The project’s partners — the city of Vancouver, the National Park Service and the nonprofit Fort Vancouver National Trust — illustrate the row’s blend of roles as municipal asset and national cultural resource.After the U.S. Army declared it surplus, the city acquired Officers Row in 1984 for $1. But it took an $11 million rehabilitation project to get the buildings presentable again.Now the Fort Vancouver National Trust, which manages the property for the city, has put together a capital facilities plan to keep ahead of maintenance and preservation problems.last_img read more

Senator others want feds to investigate St Louis shooting

first_imgST. LOUIS — A state senator and other black leaders on Thursday called for the Justice Department to investigate the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white St. Louis police officer, an incident that some protesters are likening to the death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the 18-year-old, identified by his mother and police as Vonderrit D. Myers, shot at the off-duty officer Wednesday night and the officer returned fire. The shooting led to an angry protest.Syreeta Myers told The Associated Press by phone Thursday that her son wasn’t armed, as police contend. She said he was holding a sandwich when he was killed, not a gun.“Police lie. They lied about Michael Brown, too,” she said.More than 20 black leaders gathered for a news conference outside police headquarters and questioned why the officer approached Vonderrit Myers in the first place.“This here was racial profiling turned deadly,” state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed said.The St. Louis Democrat said that in addition to requesting a Justice Department investigation, she will ask Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to appoint a special panel to look into concerns about profiling and police use of deadly force. The Justice Department is already investigating the shooting of Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson. A state grand jury is still deciding if Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot the unarmed, black 18-year-old, will face charges.last_img read more

When Is An Editor An Audience Development Specialist

first_imgSocial media offers a new outlet for editorial projects such as “Kiplinger’s Best Cities for Your Future,” prompting fans to weigh in on the choices and offer their own feedback. “We’re trying to skew to younger demographics with Facebook chats, Twitter parties, online videos, there are endless amounts of possibilities,” says Pollak. “In a lot of places social media is used to drive traffic, but we see the goal as creating a community where people can find answers to their questions.”Social media is becoming a point of conception for editorial and marketing, rather than an afterthought, says Pollak. “It has to be fully integrated throughout the process,” she adds. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is embarking on an aggressive digital and social media push this year to expand its audience, particularly younger readers (the company also expects digital revenue to be 60 percent of print advertising revenue in 2011). At the center of the strategy is Amy Pollak, who has served in a variety of editorial roles at Kiplinger over the past five years, but is now transitioning to the new position of “audience development specialist,” which combines responsibilities of editorial and the emerging discipline of audience development into one position. “[Director of business development] Wallace Ryland definitely wanted to take advantage of the online opportunity and decided we needed to have a person devoted to those efforts,” says Pollak. “We knew we wanted someone who had an editorial background, who knew what the editorial direction of the brand is. Everyone needs to know this content at some point in their life–do they wait until they have to know or will they be prepared at a younger age.” While Pollak won’t officially move into her new role until Kiplinger finds a replacement for her as an online editor, she’s currently laying the groundwork by putting analytics tools in place. “We have to know the numbers to get a better understanding of what the demographic is responding to. It’s not just ‘Oooh, here’s a shiny new object, let’s go after it.’ I may be the point person but we’ll be disseminating that information to everyone to help them do their job.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 3 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Regis College

first_imgWESTON, MA  — Regis College is pleased to announce that the following Wilmington students are among the 519 students that have made the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the 2019 spring semester:Siobhan Collins (Class of 2019)Janenne McCoy (Class of 2019)Kylie Paolillo (Class of 2022)To be eligible for the Dean’s List as a senior, junior or sophomore at Regis, a student must have a semester grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50. For first-year students, a semester GPA of at least 3.25 must be attained.“I am very pleased to see so many of our students excelling across the university,” said university President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “The dean’s list and the diversity of academic disciplines speak to a dedicated student body and to a faculty that promotes intellectual curiosity and achievement.”About Regis CollegeRegis is a leading Catholic coed university in greater Boston with nearly 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the arts, sciences and health professions devoted to engage, serve and advance in a global community. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the third time. The intergenerational Weston campus includes a Children’s Center, named 2017 Program of the Year by the National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers, and a Lifelong Learning program (LLARC) for senior adults with a passion for learning. Regis sponsors 20 athletic teams within the Great Northeast Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division III level. Regis North, a satellite campus in Lawrence, Mass., offers public health and marketing and communications bachelor degree completion programs. Visit Regis at regiscollege.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Regis College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Discussed Kashmir PM Modi says its under control Trump at G7 Summit

first_imgTrump had last week phoned up both Modi and Imran Khan on the Kashmir issue, after Pakistan went on the offensive over India ending the special status of Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh.During the call, Modi had conveyed that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace”, in a reference to the Pakistani leadership’s anti-India venom over the Kashmir issue.The US has reaffirmed that there was no change in its Kashmir policy that it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. US President Donald Trump meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.ReutersUS President Donald Trump on Monday said that he had discussed the Kashmir issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday night, and was told by Modi that the situation is under control.Addressing the media ahead of their 45-minute bilateral on the sidelines of the G7, Modi conveyed clearly that issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral in nature and there was no need for third party mediation, as both countries were capable of solving their problems together.To a question on Kashmir, Trump said: “Well, we spoke last night about Kashmir, and Prime Minister Modi feels that he has it under control; and now when they speak with Pakistan, I’m sure they will be able to do something. They will be able to do something probably very good.”Modi, asked a question on Kashmir, said: “India and Pakistan have several bilateral issues. And after the election of Prime Minister Imran Khan, I told him that both our countries have to fight against poverty, illiteracy, backwardness and both should work for the betterment of our people. And I have conveyed this to President Trump as well, and we keep discussing our bilateral issues.”He also made clear that “all issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral, and we can find solutions between ourselves through dialogue”.Ahead of their meeting, Trump had said on August 21 that he would discuss the Kashmir issue with “friend” Modi in Biarritz and do his best to mediate in the issue.Trump had told reporters in the White House: “Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have the Hindus, and you have the Muslims, and I wouldn’t say they get along so great. And that’s what you have right now.””And you have millions of people who want to be ruled by others, and maybe on both sides, and you have two countries that haven’t gotten along in a long time.”And frankly it’s a very explosive situation. I spoke to Prime Minister Khan, and yesterday I spoke to PM Modi; and they are both friends of mine, and they are great people, they’re great people. And they love their countries, and they are in a very tough situation.”Kashmir is a very tough situation, and this has been going on for decades, and decades; shooting, and I don’t mean shooting like shooting a rifle, but major shooting of howitzers, of heavy arms, and this has been going on for a long, long period of time.”But I get along really well with both of them. As you know, Prime Minister Khan was here just recently.”And I’m going to meet Prime Minister Modi, I will be with PM Modi over the weekend, in France.”And I think we’re helping the situation, but there’s tremendous problems between the two countries. And I will do the best I can to mediate or do something,” he said.last_img read more

UPDATE Migrant Caravan Gathers On USMexico Border For Final Push

first_imgSome pictures from yesterday aboard the freight train. About 500 people from the caravan were on the train. pic.twitter.com/HjQVrT04Kc— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) April 15, 2018 While massive tent cities are being created in California: Here comes the next wave of #Democrat #voters!”#Migrant ‘caravan’ at U.S.-Mexico border prepares for mass illegal crossing”pic.twitter.com/YGSfsRtgkUhttps://t.co/wWDMSRLrpE— occupycorruptDC (@occupycorruptDC) April 26, 2018 Photo via Twitter @bud_cannThe first groups plan to try to enter the U.S. on Sunday at San Diego’s border crossing.About 175 people in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers rested up Thursday ahead of the final leg of their monthlong journey to seek asylum in the United States, with the Trump administration warning they could be prosecuted, detained and quickly deported.The migrants — many of them women, children and transsexuals — were set to board buses in the border city of Mexicali for a two-hour drive to Tijuana to join up with about 175 others who already arrived.Lawyers planned free workshops on the U.S. immigration system on Friday and Saturday as many planned to seek asylum starting Sunday at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing, the nation’s busiest.APCentral American migrants traveling with the annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan march to call for migrants’ rights and protest the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Bogged down by logistical problems, large numbers of children and fears about people getting sick, the caravan was always meant to draw attention to the plight of migrants and was never equipped to march all the way to the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)Migrant shelters in Tijuana’s Zona Norte neighborhood, home to the many of the city’s seedy bars and bordellos, were full. That forced organizers to look elsewhere for temporary housing, said Leonard Olsen of Pueblos Sin Fronteras, a group leading the effort.Migrants who stayed overnight at a shelter in Mexicali were tired from the long journey and nervous about the possibility of being detained in the U.S. but also knowledgeable about their rights to seek protection from persecution in their home countries, Olsen said. Many Central American asylum seekers say they face death threats by criminal gangs in their homelands.“This is a moment that will change their lives,” Olsen said in Mexicali, as he waited for three buses to arrive as Mexican federal police officers watched nearby.Caravans have been a fairly common tactic for advocacy groups to bring attention to asylum-seekers and the latest group pales in size compared to previous border surges, but it gained huge visibility after President Donald Trump unleashed strong criticism from the moment it began March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border.The caravan drew as many as 1,000 people as it crossed Mexico as Trump and top aides portrayed them as a significant threat and evidence of a dysfunctional border. On Monday, Trump cited the caravan as additional justification for the border wall he wants to build, even though the asylum-seekers plan to turn themselves in to border inspectors.Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said late Wednesday that any person trying to cross into the U.S. who makes false claims to immigration authorities will subject to criminal prosecution. She said prosecution was also possible for any people who might assist or coach immigrants to make false claims in bids to enter the U.S.The #RefugeeCaravan is now 600 people strong, with mostly mothers and children making their way to the U.S. to seek asylum. Donate to support @PuebloSF as they finish traversing Mexico: https://t.co/mnerSJmTH5 pic.twitter.com/8bSF8yXmH7— Neta (@netargv) April 23, 2018Nielsen’s threat is consistent with the administration’s narrative of widespread asylum fraud and claims that asylum-seekers are coached on what to tell U.S. authorities. The secretary also said asylum seekers in the caravan should seek protection in the first safe country they reach, including Mexico.The U.S. government is marshaling resources to ensure that cases are promptly decided, Nielsen said. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he may assign additional immigration judges to handle cases involving members of the caravan.As Sunday’s showdown at the busy Tijuana-San Diego border crossing neared, Amnesty International hoisted a billboard promoting the right to asylum in the U.S. on a truck in Tijuana that drove around the city.APCentral American migrants stand in line to start their documentation with a Mexican immigration official during the Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan as the group makes a stop at a sports center in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. The annual caravans have been held in southern Mexico for years as an Easter-season protest against the kidnappings, extortion, beatings and killings suffered by many Central American migrants as they cross Mexico. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)Four locations in Tijuana were being set up for lawyers to tell the migrants what they should expect when they turn themselves in to U.S. custody for questioning by immigration officers.The Juventud 2000 migrant shelter, on the edge of Tijuana’s red-light district, was filled with colorful dome-shaped tents to accommodate more than 200 members of the caravan.Guatemalan Ignacio Villatoro, 41, said Trump’s rhetoric about the caravan saddened him because he felt it might lessen chances of getting asylum for himself, his wife and four children. He still plans to attempt on Sunday.“God is just and powerful,” he said, lingering outside his tent. “A miracle is going to touch the hearts of immigration agents and the president.”The Villatoros fled a town near the Mexican border for reasons Ignacio declined to discuss because he said he feared for his family’s safety.They hope to join relatives in Los Angeles, where he said his children could learn English, go to school, play in parks and buy toys — luxuries that are out of reach to them in Guatemala.VIDEO: Around 100 Central American migrants from a caravan that infuriated President Trump have arrived at the Mexico-US border, where many plan to seek asylum in the US, organisers say pic.twitter.com/eDuWzJeRw0— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 26, 2018 Statement from the head of DHS on the caravan reaching the border. None of the estimated 326 people who are going to ask for asylum are storming the border so… pic.twitter.com/waDmPqTBjP— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) April 26, 2018center_img Message from caravan that left LA to head to the border to the Central American caravan in Mexico. pic.twitter.com/DRHcYf7Nit— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) April 26, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

DC Comics is bringing Watchmen into the main universe making Doctor Man

first_imgLong ago, a mohawked video game psychopath said that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. It certainly sounds pithy, and Vaas’ monologue was memorable, but that isn’t insanity. I have discovered true insanity: whatever DC is doing.First, have no fear, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fans. I’m not going to keep dumping on that movie. I don’t think I can without becoming dehydrated. I have to mention it, but I won’t dig. This is about DC as a whole, and specifically what they’re doing with comics now. On Monday, DC revealed details about Rebirth, its newest universe reboot event to drum up sales after New 52 has started to fizzle. The core of the concept seems to be that Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen will be responsible for the universe reboot, and that Watchmen itself will become part of DC mainline canon. I had difficulty making out much more than that because I was laughing too hard.DC Comics head Geoff Johns explained a bit of the concept in an interview with USA Today. The full details of how Watchmen will tie in with the DC mainline universe haven’t been revealed yet, but we know Doctor Manhattan will be a very big factor of it. Johns said to USA Today, “If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, you need to have someone who represents a cynical view of life and also has the ability to affect this. I know it’s crazy but he felt like the right character to use.”If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, you could just put the “usual” DC universe concepts into what Warner Bros. is trying to develop into a cinematic universe. I can’t think of a purer conflict between those forces than that. But Watchmen?I love Watchmen. It’s a genuinely important work of literature and one of the biggest and more successful examples of deconstructing and exploring what heroism and superheroism mean. It’s also a very pointed commentary on society’s attitudes towards both current events and fiction at the time. It also was Alan Moore coming up with some interesting ersatz version of already present comic book characters to explore these topics because DC wouldn’t let him use Charlton Comics characters like the Question, Blue Beetle, Nightshade, and Captain Atom. And, yes, it was dark and gritty.Putting Watchmen in the rebooted DC Comics universe to provide a counterpoint in a hopeful-versus-cynical discussion of comic book ideals is like putting characters from The Great Gatsby in a story about the 2016 presidential election. There might be some parallel themes you can string between them, but it’s still a really bad idea that can only dilute the older, more prominent work.All of that aside, putting Watchmen in the DC Comics main universe is simply a hilariously terrible plan because of how it makes DC appear. Warner Bros. releases Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to critical complaints of it being a morose, disjointed trudge through a swamp of misery. It’s been beaten in domestic gross not only by Captain America: Civil War, but by Deadpool. It’s a commercial success on its own, in a vacuum, but it isn’t the wild explosion of money that a movie where Batman fighting Superman should be. The general refrain from unhappy fans and critics is that it was so joyless, morose, and depressing. There was nothing lighthearted to help break up the darkness of the story. It wasn’t fun like a four-color comic book story should be.And DC’s answer is to make Watchmen part of its main comic book universe. “Hey, DC? You seem to have a hole in your head. Maybe you should go to the hospital.” “You’re right, it isn’t big enough! I’ll pop on over to Home Depot and get a drill press!”To be fair, DC Comics has folded in other universes in the past without throwing everything into turmoil. The WildStorm universe was made part of DC’s multiple earths when it was rebooted in the Captain Atom: Armageddon series. Funnily enough, Captain Atom was originally a Charlton Comics character, and was the basis for Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen. Also funnily enough, the merging and reboot didn’t fix WildStorm’s problems, and it went through another storyline purge a few years later.Also, to be fair, Doctor Manhattan creating the current DC Comics universe wouldn’t be the stupidest thing to happen to it. Remember that Jason Todd was brought back to life when Superboy Prime got angry and punched reality so hard it altered time.And, to be fairest, it might not be as stupid as Captain America being a long-time Hydra sleeper agent. But still, DC is dealing with cinematic uncertainty and an audience tired of grim heroes, and it wants to mix Watchmen into its main universe? That’s insanity.Actually, they both are. What is going on with comics?last_img read more

Bayonetta gets an 8bit demake with Angel Land

first_imgThe Bayonetta series has won the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere with its stylish “climatic action” featuring the antics of a sexy, librarian, dominatrix, European bullet witch with the power to summon demons out of her own hair. Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U was one of the most acclaimed games of 2014, but with sales of that console still struggling, who knows when we’ll see the franchise reappear. Fortunately, the developers at Platinum games have created an 8-bit Bayonetta spin-off, Angel Land, for us to enjoy in the meantime.While the franchise has some of the tightest action game controls around, much of Bayonetta’s appeal comes the spectacle. Battling giant, hideous, cherub-faced, angelic rock monsters on top of a fighter jet hurtling through space is just fun to look at. Obviously, a free retro browser game wouldn’t have the graphical fidelity to match something like that. Still, Angel Land translates a surprising amount of Bayonetta’s flavor, and we’re not just talking about the chiptunes remix of the theme song. The controls are dead simple. Press a button to jump and another to shoot. It even works on iOS. But taking down enemies still requires a careful blend of graceful movement and accurate shooting that recalls the violent dance fighting of Bayonetta on consoles. It’s a lot harder than it looks too. And the best part? It’s based on an old April Fool’s joke from 2010. Watch.Platinum Games was teasing more Bayonetta in 2015 late last year and this appears to be the project they were talking about. With the studio deep in development on games like Scalebound for Xbox One and possibly a sequel to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (although that may have been debunked) it’s hard to imagine a full-fledged Bayonetta 3 being revealed anytime soon. Stranger things have happened though, like that fact that we even got a Bayonetta 2 at all.last_img read more

Video of Argentine announcers emotional call of gamewinning goal against Nigeria is

first_imgThe life or death significance of the moment was perfectly summed up by the call of Argentine broadcaster Pablo Giralt, who had, what can best be described as an out of body experience while unleashing a flood of every conceivable human emotion all at once in giving the epic play-by-play. After he finished, he was clearly overcome by the gravity of the moment and nearly brought to tears. Top that Marv Albert.If you still don’t understand how much the World Cup means to every other country on Earth, watch this. It’s a totally different ballgame. This is pretty damn powerful. You don’t need to understand a word of this to completely understand everything he’s saying.NUNCA SE ATREVAN A DARSE POR VENCIDO!Siempre hay que creer!Vamos Argentina. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/QqvrHyJaFs— Pablo Giralt (@giraltpablo) June 26, 2018 In today’s make or break group stage match, Argentina broke a 1-1 deadlock with Nigeria thanks to a perfectly struck volley by Marcos Rojos in the 86th minute that found the back of the net. The goal advanced Messi’s crew to the knock out round and sent just about every Argentine on the planet into a frenzy.last_img read more