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Pro Kabaddi 2019: Haryana Steelers Start Home Leg With Loss to UP Yoddha

first_imgPanchkula: UP Yoddha on Saturday defeated hosts Haryana Steelers 37-30 in a Pro Kabaddi League match to inch closer towards the play-off rounds here.UP Yoddha is now just one win away from qualifying for the playoffs. In a dramatic encounter, Shrikant Jadhav ended with another super 10 of the season, scoring 11 points in the win.The other top performers included Nitesh Kumar and Surender Gill, who scored seven apiece in defence and attack respectively.The Yoddha’s no have 58 points from 18 matches and are placed fifth in the points table.It was good news for UP Yoddha On Saturday as their star raider Monu Goyat returned to the side from an injury.Backed by the extra fire power, it was the Haryana boy, Surender Gill who got things going for UP Yoddha with a super raid.UP Yoddha led 4-0 with just a minute into the half. With the super raid, Surender Gill also completed his 50 raid points in his first season.Haryana Steelers bounced back with a super raid by Vinay.In another few minutes, it was Shrikant Jadhav who achieved another milestone of his PKL career by passing 350 raid points.UP Yoddha, with seven minutes left in the half, led 13-7.Haryana had a little burst of points in the end moments of the first half and reduced the gap to 11-15 going into the break.The second half started with a super tackle from the young pillars of UP Yoddha.Sumit and Nitesh combined to ensure Vinay was not allowed to escape.UP Yoddha had a seven point lead at the beginning of the second half.Shrikant Jadhav then scored a double pointer in dramatic fashion with his foot just crossing the line and ensuring Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Ravi Kumar were out.With 15 minutes left in the half, UP Yoddha led by 24-16.With 14 minutes left in the half, it seemed Haryana might just make an epic comeback as with the first all-out of the match they reduced the gap to 21-25.But unfortunately for Haryana, all of a sudden they made two errors back-to-back with first Vinay stepping out of bounds and then Vikas Kandola doing the same on his raid.UP Yoddha now had a seven point lead at 29-22.UP Yoddha then inflicted an all-out on Haryana and extended their lead to eight points at 36-28 before finally sealing the contest.UP Yoddha will next play Dabang Delhi in the first match of their home leg at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida on October 5. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Haryana SteelerspklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: September 28, 2019, 11:33 PM ISTlast_img read more

Working with Salman life changing: Amit Sadh

first_imgMumbai, Mar 12 (PTI) Bollywood actor Amit Sadh says working with superstar Salman Khan in “Sultan” has been a life changing experience.The “Kai Po Che” actor plays a pivotal role and says Salman is “phenomenal” who will emerge in a new way in the Ali Abbas Zafar-directed action drama.”Meeting him was life changing, working with him was life changing. He is phenomenal. With Sultan, a new Salman will emerge,” Amit told PTI in an interview.Produced by Yash Raj Films, “Sultan”, which also stars Anushka Sharma, centers around a wrestler who has problems in his professional and personal life.There were reports that Amit will be seen playing the role of young Sultan in the film. The actor, however, did not divulge any details about his character.”The shooting is coming along great. I am not allowed to talk about my role yet. But I am playing something good in the film.”Amit will be next seen in the fictional sports-drama “Saat Kadam”. Directed by Mohit Kumar Jha, the film also stars Ronit Roy and Deeksha Seth. It is scheduled to release mid-year. PTI JUR ARS BK RYSlast_img read more

This one I’ll always remember, says Serena Williams

first_imgSerena Williams’ memory is not as powerful as her first serve these days, although with so many achievements to recall it would be churlish to hold that against the American great. (Serena Williams wins seventh Wimbledon title, equals Steffi Graf’s 22 majors)However, when the 34-year-old world number one does finally call it a day, she says she will always remember the moment she beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber on Sunday to equal Steffi Graf’s professional era record of 22 grand slam singles titles.”There’s definitely some blurs between eight, nine and 10,” the American who began her collection at the 1999 U.S. Open when beating Swiss Martina Hingis, told reporters.”I don’t even know where eight, nine and 10 were, or when. I definitely don’t remember where 12 was. I remember one through four. Gets really blurry after that.”But I will be able to definitely place this one.”For good reason.Williams won her 21st singles major a year ago by beating Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at Wimbledon.Since then her reputation as a ruthless “closer” has been questioned after the calendar year Grand Slam dream went up in smoke in the 2015 U.S. Open semi-finals, before defeats by Kerber and Muguruza in the Australian and French Open finals.Williams banned herself from talking about the “22” as this year’s Wimbledon entered its business end.But after rediscovering her ruthless streak in her 28th grand slam singles final she said that it was a special feeling and there had been a few sleepless nights fretting about it.advertisement”If I’m honest, coming so close, feeling it, not being able to quite get there,” she said. “My goal is to win always at least a slam a year. It was getting down to the pressure.”SLIGHT SCAREApart from a slight scare when she dropped a set against fellow American Christina McHale in round two — Williams has looked perfectly at ease during the championships.On Saturday, during a 7-5, 6-3 victory over fourth seed Kerber, her game oozed smooth power and even when her opponent fought tenaciously to stay in touch, there were none of the panicky moments Williams is occasionally prone to.She said that was because she was calmer than ever — having decided to accept some “tough losses” and carry on.”I had to start looking at positives, not focusing on that one loss per tournament which really isn’t bad – for anyone else on this tour they would be completely happy about it,” she said.”I learned that you can’t win everything, even though I try really hard. I still am not going to be perfect.”Once I started focusing more on the positives, I realised that I’m pretty good. Then I started playing a little better.”The French Open final defeat, when she was strangely subdued, was a turning point, Williams said.”I think sometime after the French Open, (coach) Patrick (Mouratoglou) and I were talking, strategising. He just said, you’re back. I guess he was right.”last_img read more

27 Trained Under Public Sector Transformation Project

first_imgStory Highlights Twenty-seven personnel have already been trained under a programme of upskilling, which forms part of the Public Sector Transformation Project (PSTP). Twenty-seven personnel have already been trained under a programme of upskilling, which forms part of the Public Sector Transformation Project (PSTP).The training, organised by the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU), targeted officers in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the training focused on the use of economic and statistical data analytics software to improve planning and forecasting.“The next training initiative is workforce planning with the human resources [group] in the public sector,” he informed, while providing an update on the transformation and modernisation exercise, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, recently.The five strategic pillars under the transformation programme are Public Sector Efficiency and Information and Communications Technology (ICT); Shared Corporate Services; Public Bodies; Human Resource Management Transformation; and Wage Bill Management.Dr. Clarke noted that upskilling of public officers is pivotal to the programme, as changes, particularly in ICT “will require new skills and new jobs”.“We will need… skills in data analytics and data security, reporting and forecasting, and other areas… to allow for navigation of this new era… because it’s going to be a different public sector,” he pointed out.He said that the TIU will be working with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to identify and provide the necessary training that enables all officers to navigate the impending changes.“To ensure successful implementation of these five pillars and the policies and steps that they comprise, it is our intention to [train and] certify 84 change managers across the public sector in the initial phase,” Dr. Clarke indicated.He said the training will equip them with the requisite knowledge to help public officers through the process “and ensure that they are ready for the new environment”.Additionally, the Minister said the programme will be supported by “robust and aggressive” communication, to ensure that stakeholders are “engaged and updated accordingly”.Citing the upcoming public-sector debate competition, which will be open to all officers across MDAs, Dr. Clarke said “it will provide an opportunity for public officers to tackle the issues around public-sector transformation and propose solutions for a better public service”.The competition will take place between March and April 2019. Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the training focused on the use of economic and statistical data analytics software to improve planning and forecasting. The training, organised by the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU), targeted officers in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).last_img read more

One camera will be for Muffler Jis false promises BJP MP Gautam

first_imgNew Delhi: East Delhi BJP MP Gautam Gambhir took a pot-shot at Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter after installing CCTV cameras in his constituency. The World Cup-winning cricketer-turned-politician posted a video of people posting CCTV cameras and joked that one of the CCTV cameras would keep track of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s false promises. He said another tweet: “To my dear friends from Sir Ji’s gang, who had been cooking conspiracy stories for dinner last night &breakfast this morning, please find attached. CCTV installation is a voluntary gesture by Hawkeye after I had requested them. Some constructive criticism please…”(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

David Beckham Honored With Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award At UNICEF Ball

first_imgHundreds of Los Angeles notables came together this week to celebrate UNICEF’s work for children at the sixth biennial UNICEF Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel.David Beckham speaks onstage during the Sixth Biennial UNICEF BallCredit/Copyright: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEFUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias were honored for their extraordinary commitment to put children first. Under the leadership of Southern California Regional Board Chair, Ghada Irani, the black-tie gala raised over $2.5 million for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs for children. The evening featured a live performance by multi-Grammy Award winner Mariah Carey and was emceed by UNICEF Ambassador Angie Harmon. The majority of the proceeds from the live auction will benefit 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund – an initiative launched by David Beckham as a personal commitment to help the children around the world who need it most.Presented by Louis Vuitton, the UNICEF Ball marked the launch of LOUIS VUITTON for UNICEF, a global partnership between the humanitarian organization for children and the luxury fashion house to help support children affected by conflict, disease, natural disasters, and other situations that threaten their safety and well-being.UNICEF Ambassadors Alyssa Milano and Selena Gomez, UNICEF Supporters Heidi Klum, Laura Marano and Jesse Metcalfe, Camilla Belle, Kim Chandler, Brooke Burke-Charvet, David Charvet, David Foster, Don Johnson, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, Nicole Kidman, Michelle Rodriguez, Patrick Demarchelier, Doona Bae, Xavier Dolan, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Carina Lau, Tao Okamoto, Cara Santana and Léa Seydoux were in attendance.Gala attendees shared their promise to help support the world’s children with a pinky promise in a photo studio hosted by Louis Vuitton and shot by renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier. The photos have been shared globally on social media, using #MAKEAPROMISE to encourage people to join Louis Vuitton in its support for UNICEF’s work for children.David Beckham was presented with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award for his tireless work to save and improve the lives of children around the world. In addition to serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005 and launching 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, Beckham urged world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 to put the most disadvantaged children at the center of all decisions and investments in the new 15-year development agenda. He also supported UNICEF’s fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone in 2014 and efforts to aid children affected by the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Beckham has traveled extensively with UNICEF to Cambodia, the Philippines, South Africa and Sierra Leone to help raise funds and awareness for UNICEF programs providing child protection, health and emergency relief for vulnerable children.“We live in a world where children are still dying of preventable diseases, or being subjected to abuse and violence,” said David Beckham, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. “I have four children of my own and I will not stop supporting UNICEF until I know that all children are safe, healthy and have a bright future ahead of them.”President of the University of Southern California C. L. Max Nikias was honored with the Spirit of Compassion Award for his work shaping the minds of a generation of students to be philanthropic, globally minded, and informed of the issues that are affecting the world’s children. A lifelong champion of education, Nikias has expanded USC’s youth outreach programs including its flagship Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a six-year college preparation program, broadened the university’s international presence and the diversity of the student body, and implemented a number of initiatives that promote global citizenship. He encourages student giving and volunteering through a wide spectrum of university service programs that address issues like hunger, homelessness and youth literacy.“I am humbled to receive this award from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and to support an organization that works tirelessly to save and protect children around the world,” said Nikias. “I believe education is the greatest equalizer, and our faculty, staff, and students all take part in volunteer outreach programs that make a tremendous difference in children’s lives, here at home and around the world. I am extremely proud of our achievements in this area, and accept this award on behalf of the entire USC community.”“The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is pleased to recognize USC President Dr. C. L. Max Nikias, who has dedicated his life’s work to helping students realize their potential, and long-time UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and true champion for children, David Beckham, for their extraordinary dedication to saving and improving the lives of children,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “Our honorees tonight have really taken to heart our mission to put children first, bringing us closer to the day when every child can thrive and fulfill their dreams.”At the event, a tribute video featuring Matt Damon was played to commemorate the life of the late producer and philanthropist Jerry Weintraub, a passionate advocate for children who was a Special Advisor to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and a recipient of UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award in 2009.Tamar and Bob Manoukian were the lead benefactors for the event. Wallis Annenberg, Rachelle and Tom Barrack, Robert Day, Ghada and Ray Irani, Tamar and Bob Manoukian, William McMorrow, Lori and Michael Milken, and Alia and Ronald Tut­­­or co-chaired the event.Since its debut in 2005, the UNICEF Ball has raised more than $7 million to help UNICEF provide children in need with health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. For more information about the 2016 UNICEF Ball, visit www.unicefball.org.last_img read more

APTN News A Year in Photos

first_imgAPTN NewsPhotos play a pivotal role in online storytelling. Throughout the course of 2017, we have taken, and collected hundreds of them. Below is what you might call a partial archive of photos from APTN News stories collected in 2017.January 11, 2017 – Arthur Manuel Arthur Manuel with daughter Kanahus at the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota during the #NoDAPL campaign against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Manuel died on January 11 at the age of 66. His life has been defined by politics and the struggle for the assertion of Indigenous rights, locally, nationally and internationally. Photo: FacebookJanuary 19, 2017 – National Press Theatre in OttawaDr. Michael Kirlew issued a warning to Canadians at a news conference in Ottawa with chiefs from the Nishawbe Aski Nation. The group was in Ottawa to talk about the lack of mental health services for young people in remote communities following a rash of suicides. “Make no mistake, the cost of our complacency will be paid for in full with children’s lives. Period,” Kirlew told reporters. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN January 29, 2017 – Thunder Bay, Ontario On January 29, Barbara Kentner was walking down a Thunder Bay street with her sister when she was struck with a trailer hitch that was thrown from a passing car. Kentner died in July. Brayden Bushby has been charged in her death. February 10, 2017 – Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First-Nation, Ontario 11-year-old Alyssa Nanokeesic was found dead in her grandmother’s home in the fly-in community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (KI). Her death was ruled a suicide. Alyssa is at least the fourth suicide death of a girl in an Indigenous community since the beginning of the year. “I miss you, my little cousin. I wish you never did this,” wrote a cousin on Facebook.February 3, 2017 – Nokmaq Village, Flat-Bay, Newfoundland and LabradorThe controversial application process for joining the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation in Newfoundland and Labrador ended. Out of more than 100,000 applicants, 18,044 were accepted as founding members of the band, and another 10,512 who were originally members of the band and granted Indian Status, were rejected. Calvin White, above, who fought for Mi’kmaq rights as far back as the 1950s, has three sons who were denied status because they moved away from their home in the Mi’kmaw community of Flat Bay, also called No’kmaq Village. “All that stuff, it looks like it had the deliberate intention of keeping people out,” said White. Photo: Trina Roache/APTNFebruary 10, 2017 – Thunder Bay, Ontario Alaina Sakchekapo and Clara Adams, both from North Caribou Lake, pose in the hall at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay. APTN’s Willow Fiddler followed Sakchekapo and Adams over the course of a school year. They adapted to live hundreds of kilometres from their community. Others leave during the school year to return home. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNFebruary 21, 2017 – Peters First Nation, British ColumbiaA look up the Fraser River from the Peters First Nation, a small community outside Hope, B.C. APTN’s Kenneth Jackson started a series of stories that would run throughout 2017 on issues facing the community. Photo: Kenneth Jackson/APTNFebruary 23, 2017 – Oceti Sakowin Camp, North DakotaSince the summer of 2016, thousands of people have travelled through the Oceti Sacowin Camp in North Dakota protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. At times there were violent clashes with local and state police and the National Guard. In the end, the pipeline was given the go-ahead in an Executive Order from U.S President Donald Trump. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTNNearing the eviction deadline of February 22, one more ceremony was held and one last March down highway 1806 – the site of previous clashes and hundreds of arrests. While goodbyes were being exchanged, people back at the camp were preparing for one last stand. A barricade was set up at the entrance and then set ablaze. A few dozen remained in the camp in the end. Police say nearly a dozen people were arrested. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTNMarch 2017 – FentanylIn British Columbia, the opioid Fentanyl is already causing a health crisis on the streets of Vancouver, and in rural parts of the province. By March, the killer drug is making its way east starting with Alberta. By the end of 2017, it reached Mi’kmaq communities on the east coast.March 24, 2017 – Yellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesEvery year, dozens of dog teams from across the north converge on the Northwest Territories for the Canadian Championship Dog Derby. It’s a gruelling three day, 240 km race across Great Slave Lake. Photo: Charlotte Morritt Jacobs/APTN.April 3, 2017 – Nishnawbe Aski Police Force – Ontario On April 3, NAPS chief Terry Armstrong announces that Canada’s largest First Nations police force in Ontario will now be getting paid on the same level as the provincial force. First Nations police in the province aren’t considered essential services and they don’t receive the same resources, funding or standards as provincial police. But now, they will be getting equal pay for equal work. Photo: Willow Fiddler.April 6, 2017 – North Battleford, SaskatchewanAfter a two day preliminary hearing, a judge in North Battleford, Saskatchewan rules there is enough evidence to send Gerald Stanley, 54, to trial for shooting and killing 22-year old Colten Bouchie. Stanley is charged with second-degree murder in a case that has pitted First Nation communities against rural towns. Photo: FacebookApril 17, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario13-year old Amy Jane Owen from the Poplar Hill First Nation had been sent to hospital seven times for suicidal ideation and self-harming in the six months before she died by suicide in an Ottawa group home. Four of those hospital visits happened within the first nine days of April at the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Amy also told the hospital she tried to die by suicide in her group home bedroom in March. Somehow Amy was alone, again, in the bedroom of her group home when she died by suicide in the afternoon of April 17. Photo: Facebook.May 5, 2017 – Montreal, QuebecThe Kwakiutl Nation on the west coast was put on display in downtown Montreal as part of the city’s 375th anniversary. A totem pole was erected as a tribute to the First Nation’s children who were taken away from their families and put into residential schools. Photo: Robbie Purdon/APTN. May 7, 2017 – Thunder Bay, Ontario Tammy Keeash, 17, from North Caribou Lake First Nation, also known as Weagamow Lake, was found in the reeds by the edge of a Thunder Bay floodway. Thunder Bay Police initially said no foul play was suspected. “I think something happened to her. Something more than what cops are telling me,” said Pearl Slipperjack, Tammy Keeash’s mother. Photo: Facebook.May 8, 2017 – Kanehsatake Mohawk Territory, QuebecKanehsatake Mohawk Territory confronts what dozens of other municipalities in Quebec face, mass flooding that hasn’t been seen in generations. “We’re fighting the clock right now,” Grand Chief Serge Simon of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake told APTN News. “We’re working like crazy here.” Photo: Tom Fennario/APTNMay 13, 2017 – Thunder Bay, OntarioThunder Bay Police rules that Tammy Keeash drowned in the reeds of a floodway. The family and the Nishnawbe Aski Community demanded investigators reopen the case. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNOn the same day Thunder Bay Police rule that Tammy Keeash drowned, community members gather at the edge of the city’s floodway where she was discovered for a vigil. Photo: Willow FiddlerMay 17, 2017 – Montreal, QuebecChief Christine Zachary-Deom from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory said she doesn’t get nervous when it comes to public speaking but it’s not every day she’s entrusted to speak Mohawk in front of the mayor, the premier of Quebec, the prime minister and hundreds of other dignitaries.  “It was very difficult, one of the words was 13 syllables long,” she said. Zachary-Deom was speaking at a celebration to honour Montreal’s 375 anniversary that acknowledged the work of Indigenous Nations. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTNMay 17, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba Dancers walk to their places to kick off the 12th annual Manito Ahbee Powwow. Manito Ahbee is an Ojibway word meaning “where the Creator sits.” The powwow runs for three days.May 19, 2017 – Thunder Bay, Ontario Josiah Begg, 14, was in Thunder Bay for medical appointments. On May 6, the boy from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) went missing. His body was recovered by the Ontario Provincial Police in the McIntyre River. June 7, 2017 – Ottawa, OntarioCanada’s Red Chamber got a lesson on how to “Indigenize” the Senate.” It came in the form of young people paying a visit to the Senate’s Aboriginal Affairs committee. They hope their input will perhaps become a legacy. Photo: Senate of Canada.June 13, 2017 – Ottawa, OntarioCanada’s Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale tells media that the federal government will not involve itself in the policing issues in Thunder Bay. “This is within the purview of the province, and it’s not in the principal jurisdiction of the Government of Canada.”  The call for federal help came from leaders within the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) who called for the RCMP to step in and take over investigation of Josiah Begg. Photo: Mark Blackburn/ APTN June 21, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that he is handing the keys to the former U.S. Embassy in Ottawa over to the Assembly of First Nation, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Metis National Council. The building, sits across from Parliament Hill. Some Algonquin leaders were asking why the building wasn’t handed to them given the land is on their territory. Photo: APTN June 21, 2017 – Ottawa, OntarioAfter political pressure from First Nation, Metis and Inuit Members of Parliament, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that the name Langevin woud be removed from the building that houses his working office across the street from Parliament Hill. Victor Louis Langevin is one of the architects of Indian residential schools. Photo: APTN June 23, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba Aboriginal Day Live at the Forks in Winnipeg. APTN put on shows in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Yellowknife and Vancouver. Photo: APTN June 23, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba Ossie Michelin’s iconic image of Amanda Polchies was voted the best photo in an exhibit at the Canadian Human Rights Museum. Michelin took the photo while working as a correspondent for APTN News and covering the fracking protests in New Brunswick. July 2017 – Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Construction Site in Labrador <> Vigils are held across the country on October 6 to remember Indigenous women who have been murdered or who are missing. On Parliament Hill in Ottawa, there are speeches from families and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Todd Lamirande/APTNOctober 5, 2017 – Secwepemc Territory, British ColumbiaHidden amongst the trees, off the side of the highway near Kamloops, activist Kanahus Manuel built a tiny house that has a big purpose – to block the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline crossing the Secwepemc territory. “This is how important this is to us, that we want to leave a legacy that says that we did stand up to protect our land from massive encroachment and development from a dirty oil pipeline,” said Manuel. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNOctober 16, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba A Qulliq burns at the Winnipeg hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This is the third series of hearings the inquiry has held. Families are openly critical about how the inquiry is being run. And for the third straight hearing, families mainly complain about police and the apathy investigators show towards missing or murdered women. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTNOctober 17, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba Commissioner Michele Audette answers questions at the hearings in Winnipeg. A member of the family advisory circle has resigned her position and commissioners are starting to talk about an extension to the current inquiry’s mandate. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTNOctober 24, 2017 – Lac La Biche, Alberta APTN’s Kenneth Jackson writes his first story about Clayton Boucher. He’s a Metis man who was arrested and charged with drug possession. Later, in an effort to get out of jail after his girlfriend was killed in a car crash – Boucher pleaded guilty to the charges. According to emails written by the Crown, authorities, including his lawyer knew that the substance found in Boucher’s residence was not drugs. Photo: FacebookOctober 30, 2016 – Membertou First Nation, Nova ScotiaIt was an emotional day of testimony at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls in Membertou. The family of Loretta Saunders, an Inuk woman who was murdered in Halifax testified before the commissioners. Delilah, seen above, is also a member of the inquiry’s Family Advisory Circle. In December she would be fighting for her life in a Toronto hospital in need of a liver transplant.November 3, 2017 – Whitehorse, YukonFriends speak out publicly about Charman Smith. The woman from the Carcross First Nation in the Yukon was caught in 2016 smuggling drugs out of Turkey. Her friends say she was duped. She is currently serving a nine-year sentence in a Turkish prison. In December, a legal advocate would start work on her behalf. Photo: FacebookNovember 11, 2017 – Passchendaele, Belgium Family and friends of soldiers who fought at Passchendaele visit the town in Belgium for the 100th anniversary of the battle that killed or wounded 15,654 Canadian solders. Among them, Cree soldier Alex Decoteau who was killed in the battle of Passchendaele in October 1917. Photo: Beverly Andrews/APTN)November 15, 2015 – Keewaywin First Nation, Ontario Kyle’s mom Lorene and two of his sisters Kylie and Christin.The community of Keewaywin in Ontario held a memorial for Kyle Morriseau. Morriseau, 17, is one of seven First Nation students from across northern Ontario who died while attending high school in Thunder Bay. An inquest into their deaths recommended that a memorial is held for each of the students.November 15, 2015 – Keewaywin First Nation, Ontario Tina Harper holds a picture of her daughter Robyn at the memorial for Kyle Morriseau. Like Morriseau, Robyn Harper, 18, died in Thunder Bay. A memorial for her will be held at a later date. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNNovember 17, 2017 – Winnipeg, ManitobaAlready under pressure from families across the country for being ineffective, the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls also had to explain why its Winnipeg office seemed empty after APTN News dropped by. The inquiry said it kept its office location secret for security reasons. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTNNovember 18, 2017 – Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest TerritoriesIt was a historical day for the residents of two communities in the Northwest Territories when the 138 km all-weather Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk opened to the public. This ends the 50-year history of Canada’s longest winter ice road, a road that linked Tuk to the Dempster Hwy. – and to the rest of the country. Photo: Charlotte Morritt Jacobs/APTNDecember 4, 2017 – Thunder Bay, OntarioA ceremony starts the hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hearings in Thunder Bay. A red jingle dress symbolizing the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women will sit by the chairs set up for witness throughout the hearings. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNDecember 5, 2017 – Thunder Bay, OntarioDiane Hardy, left, with friend Marilyn Nemetegesic. Hardy testified about her sister Doreen who was killed 51 years ago. She also made 500 red dress pins that she gave out to all who attended the inquiry in Thunder Bay. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNDecember 6, 2017 – Ottawa, OntarioMarion Buller, the chief commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls addressed the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly (AFNSCA) Buller gave an hour-long speech with few updates and then took questions from the chiefs and proxies in attendance. A number of people addressed Buller and few were complimentary about how the inquiry was being run. Jocelyn Wabano Iahtail was one of the first at the microphone. “You give us our inquiry back,” she told Buller. “Without ceremony, it’s a gong show.” Photo: APTNThe harshest criticism came from Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief Sheila North. “You’re probably a brilliant person but you’re not a brilliant commissioner,” North said. “I’m actually repulsed that you’re here, showing no emotion. We need to see you resign. We see a commission that’s falling apart. You need to go.” In the end, the AFNSCA voted 48-15 for Buller to resign. December 12, 2017 – Winnipeg, ManitobaDavid Serkoak pours over the exhibit Rights of Passage: Canada at 150 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.  In 1949 the Ahiarmiut was one of the Inuit communities forced to move by the Canadian government.They were relocated five times before finally settling in Eskimo Point, which is now known as Arviat. Serkoak was five-years-old when he had to move during the second relocation to Henik Lake in 1957. “The government had a tent for us with a bit of ration in each tent. When the food ran out then everyone started to wonder where they were going to get food for the next day for their families.” Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTNDecember 19, 2017 – Ottawa, OntarioAboriginal Team Ontario holds tryouts for its hockey team on Parliament Hill where a hockey rink was built at a cost of $5.7 million. The rink will be donated to a community at the end of January. Photo: Jason LerouxDecember 19, 2017 – Toronto, OntarioDelilah Saunder, advocate for Indigenous rights and member of the national MMIWG inquiry’s family advisory circle was rushed to an Ottawa hospital in critical condition with acute liver failure. She was then transferred to Toronto.  Her family said the emergency was caused by a combination of using acetaminophen to deal with wisdom tooth pain and drinking alcohol. Consuming alcohol within six months of needing a new liver eliminated her from a possible transplant under protocols of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, which regulates organ donation in Ontario. Saunders has since been released from the hospital after recovering. Saunder sister Loretta was murdered in 2014. December 21, 2017 – Vancouver, B.CA B.C court sided with two fish farm companies and granted them an injunction against protestors Karissa Glendale and Molina Dawson who are trying to stop operations. The activists say there is proof that the farms are affecting wild salmon and ecology. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNnews@aptn.cacenter_img On a quiet evening in July, Labrador land protectors had gathered at what they call the ‘peace camp’ across the road from the main gate to Nalcor Energy’s construction site at Muskrat Falls. This has been the base for ongoing rallies against the controversial hydroelectric project. Brooklyn Wolfrey and her family stopped by to show support and the young Inuk girl drummed and sang in Inuktitut. Video: Trina Roache/APTNJuly 2-9, 2017 – Treaty Six Territory, Alberta Indigenous nations from around the globe travel to Treaty Six Territory for the World Indigenous Games. July 4, 2017 – Thunder Bay, OntarioBarbara Kentner dies at the age of 34. In January Kentner was walking down the street with her sister and was hit by a trailer hitch thrown from a car. Brayden Bushby was later charged with her death. July 4, 2017 – Edmonton, Alberta Alberta’s top court orders a new trial for Bradley Barton, above left, after, in 2015, a jury acquitted him of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of Cree mother Cindy Gladue, beside Barton on the right. Gladue’s sexual history was bantered around the courtroom without following a procedure to have that history introduced and she was frequently referred to as “the prostitute” and “the Native girl” by lawyers in the case. Gladue bled to death in Barton’s hotel bathroom from an extensive wound in her vagina. Photo: Court exhibit.July 11, 2017 – Boston Flats, British ColumbiaA photo of what is left of the community of Boston Flats, 90 km west of Kamloops after a wildfire. The community was evacuated and the interior of B.C. would fight fires for the rest of the summer.  Photo: Tina House/APTNJuly 11, 2017 – Saskatoon, SaskatchewanThe country is shocked when Marilyn Poitras, a Metis commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls resigns. “It is clear to me that I am unable to perform my duties as a Commissioner with the process designed in its current structure,” Poitras wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in her letter of resignation.July 13, 2017 – London, Ontario Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) charge two police officers with the death of Debra Chrisjohn, 39, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames. According to the release from the SIU, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Const. Mark McKillop, and London Police Service (LPS) Const. Nicholas Doering are facing one charge each of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessities of life. The Crown would later drop the charges against McKillop. Photo: FacebookJuly 15, 2017 – Halifax, Nova Scotia Many expected to arrive at a rally in Halifax to see the statue of Edward Cornwallis taken down “Saddam Husein” style. But instead, the monument to the former governor of Nova Scotia was tarped. Cornwallis offered a bounty to anyone who brought him the scalps of Mi’kmaq women, children or men.  Photo: Trina Roache/APTN July 16-23, Toronto, OntarioIn July, Toronto hosted the North American Indigenous Games with athletes coming from every corner of Turtle Island coming to compete. Photo: APTNJuly 19, 2017 – Kitigan Zibi, Quebec Divers with Quebec’s provincial police arrive in the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi in Qué., two hours north of Ottawa, searching a tributary that runs through it for Maisy Ojdick, left, and Shannon Alexander, two girls who went missing nearly a decade ago. The police said they received a tip – but nothing was found.July 20, 2017 – Kanehsatake Mohawk TerritoryA land dispute between Mohawks and a neighbouring Québec town of Oka heated up again. If this sounds familiar that’s because Oka and Kanehsatake will forever be known for the events of 1990. And the long shadow of that summer hangs over the sacred pines. Photo: Robbie Purdon/APTNJuly 27, 2017 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario At least eight medical marijuana stores have opened on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory since the federal Liberals first started talking about legalizing it. But in the eyes of Canada and the band council, what these stores are doing is illegal but others, including a grower APTN has agreed to call Brian, to protect his identity says, “It’s none of Canada’s freaking business what we’re doing on sacred Mohawk territory, okay? We are a sovereign nation we don’t have to answer to Canada and we won’t.” Photo: Tom Fennario/APTNAugust 8, 2017 – Calgary, AlbertaThe City of Calgary was slammed for its lack of Indigenous consultation around the purchase of an art installation called the Bowfort Towers. The new piece of public art is supposed to be inspired by Blackfoot culture but it did not impress the Blackfoot community. “This really does look like burial platforms, said Blackfoot artist Adrian Stimson. “A lot of us are still shaking our heads thinking ‘is this the best thing to have as a welcoming into the city of Calgary?’” Photo: Tamara Pimentel/APTNAugust 9, 2017 – Treaty 8 Territory Dene Elder Francois Paulette from the Smith’s Landing First Nation, and other leaders across Treaty 8 are concerned about the downstream effects the Site C dam will have on the Peace-Athabasca Delta. “This one right now you would notice that the water is very low. in the normal year it would be higher than that,” said Paulette. For Paulette water is a way of life and he feels that livelihood is threatened by the by the Site C dam. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTNAugust 9, 2017 – Iqaluit, NunavutIn a territory where every community is a fly-in-community, the new airport in Iqaluit is a big deal for everyone in Nunavut. The $300 million project took two years to complete. Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTNAugust 16, 2017 – Rama First Nation, Ontario Anishinabek First Nations signed a “historic” education self-government agreement with Canada in Rama, north of Toronto. “Wake up. This is no longer a dream,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. It’s the largest self-government agreement signed between the federal government and First Nations based on the number of Nations involved. Photo: Francine Compton/APTNAugust 25, 2017 – Fish farms in British Columbia Hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred and supporters occupied the Swanson Island Fish Farm in British Columbia after a video was released showing deformed and diseased salmon in various fish farms from Campbell River to Alert Bay. The images were shot by hereditary Chiefs George Quocksister Jr. and Alfred with the help of the Sea Shepherd Conservation group. Indigenous communities have been fighting against fish farms for 30 years but the video has brought the issue to the forefront. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNSeptember 6, 2017 – Winnipeg, ManitobaAs fires continued to burn throughout northern Manitoba – more people flooded into Winnipeg. At one point, more than 4,300 people from Wasagamack, St. Theresa Point and Garden Hill First Nations had to be flown out of their communities. Photo; Brittany Hobson/APTNSeptember 7, 2017 – Yellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesHide tanning takes time and resources and not everyone can travel back to their home communities to reconnect. That’s why one Indigenous group is hosting an urban tannery camp in the heart of Yellowknife. Photo: Charlotte Morritt JacobsSeptember 22, 2017 – Chilliwack, British ColumbiaRacial profiling is being blamed for a horror story in the Chilliwack Hospital in British Columbia. Mary Stewart said that after being struck by a semi-truck in the early morning hours, she was allegedly kicked out of the hospital twice.September 25, 2017 – Vancouver, British ColumbiaNearly 30,000 people packed into Vancouver’s downtown core for a reconciliation walk. ‘Walk For Reconciliation’ is a two-kilometre walk capping off British Columbia’s annual reconciliation week. It was the second time for this event – the first was back in 2013 that had 70, 000 participants. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNSeptember 26, 2017 – Smithers, British ColumbiaThe Tears for Justice Walk that precedes the hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Smithers, B.C. October 4, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontariolast_img read more

Julián Castro raises $1.1M in first quarter of 2020 race

SAN ANTONIO — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro says he raised $1.1 million in the first quarter of his 2020 run.The former San Antonio mayor’s numbers, released Monday, lag well behind other contenders in the crowded field of Democrats. He’s also short of the 65,000-donor threshold to guarantee a spot in the first debates this summer, though Castro has met the polling criteria to get on the stage.Castro says he knows he’s not a front-runner but believes momentum is building. His campaign says they’ve raised an additional $570,000 since the start of April.Castro has made immigration a central part of his early campaign and has vowed to visit all 50 states.Bernie Sanders leads the money race so far , with the Vermont senator pulling in $18 million.The Associated Press read more

Saudi donation frees jailed Lanka maids

A Saudi national has offered to pay 22,000 Saudi riyals (Dh21,539) to rescue two Sri Lankan domestic helpers from prison and leave Saudi Arabia.The two helpers had absconded from the home of their employer, headed to their embassy in the Saudi capital Riyadh and insisted on not returning to work for their employer, local Arabic daily Al Riyadh reported on Wednesday. The case was eventually taken by the employer to the Riyadh police and the two helpers, who were not identified, were told to honour the contract they had signed when they were hired to work in the kingdom. The failure to resume work meant for each of the helper paying 11,000 riyals in compensation for travel from Sri Lanka to Saudi Arabia as well as paper work expenses. read more

UN agency urges end to rising violence against journalists in Iraq

The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, has condemned the killing of Raad Yassin, Jamal Abdel Nasser, Mohamed Ahmad Al-Khatib, Wissam Al-Azzawi and Mohamed Abdel Hamid in an attack on Salaheddin TV in Tikrit, and of Omar Al-Dulaimy in the city of Ramadi. “Once again I call on the authorities to do all they can to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice,” she said in a statement issued by the Paris-based agency, which adds: “The escalation of violence against the media in Iraq is intolerable as it poses a severe threat to national reconciliation and reconstruction.” Omar Al-Dulaimy was killed on 31 December, while covering armed clashes in the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, where he worked as a correspondent for the Voice of Ramadi radio, a station broadcasting in Anbar province. Five members of Salaheddin TV— chief news editor Raad Yassin, producer Jamal Abdel Nasser, cameraman Mohamed Ahmad Al-Khatib, presenter Wissam Al-Azzawi and archives manager Mohamed Abdel Hamid — were killed in a suicide attack on the headquarters of their television station in Tikrit on 23 December. These events bring to 15 the number of killings condemned by the Director-General since the start of 2013. A complete dedicated list of the murdered journalists whose killing has been denounced by UNESCO is available online. read more

DR Congo UN envoy expresses serious concern over rising political tensions

In a press release, MONUSCO said the situation follows the announcement by certain political groups and parties of their intention to organize political gatherings in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, and subsequent measures taken by the security forces to prevent the holding of these gatherings. According to the statement, Maman Sidikou, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the DRC and Head of MONUSCO, “stresses the need for all Congolese political actors to demonstrate maximum restraint during this critical period in the political evolution of their country.” “He urges the Congolese authorities to do their utmost to scrupulously uphold the rule of law and desist from any actions that could impede political actors from exercising their constitutional rights and freedoms, including the freedom of expression, association and assembly,” the statement also said. Mr. Sidikou reaffirmed the “critical importance” of adequate political space to foster a genuinely inclusive political dialogue that would pave the way for the holding of peaceful, transparent and credible elections. In that regard, he reiterated the readiness of MONUSCO to support the African Union-designated facilitator, Edem Kodji, and work with him in the pursuit of his efforts, bearing in mind the relevant provisions of Security Council resolution 2277 (2016) and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance. read more

Relationship blues How to ensure you dont become another January divorce statistic

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Dr Ray O’Neill Dr Ray O’Neill Relationship blues: How to ensure you don’t become another January divorce statistic January is when divorce solicitors enjoy a surge in business. Dr Ray O’Neill puts the New Year blues into perspective for couples. 417 Views 5 Comments Jan 16th 2017, 8:00 PM center_img Monday 16 Jan 2017, 8:00 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3189348 Share24 Tweet Email1 TODAY IS “BLUE Monday”, allegedly the most depressing day of the year, as fading Christmas memory and obscure end-of-month pay melds in the perfect storm of festive credit card bill arrivals, cold weather, hollow New Year’s resolution and low motivation.Then according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January is the most significant month for divorce and separation applications, one third higher than normal.But before couples desperately flee to solicitors to ensure that this will indeed be the “Last Christmas”, bear in mind the exponential challenges the whole Christmas/ January season has had on you both, to distil whether your relationship pressures are underlying or merely seasonal. All couples have their difficult days, weeks, months, and especially “blue Januarys”.Stress reliefPampering yourselves or even just being kind to each other is so crucial against the January blues. We are so often entrapped in the simply having a wonderful Christmas time fantasy, that we don’t allow ourselves feel the stress and pressure it puts on us both. It is exhausting, so allow yourselves some space and time to just be exhausted.My favourite day of Christmas is seclusion from everyone for one whole day, to just sit down together to watch four films while scoffing leftovers and selection boxes. It is deliciously lazy, and well deserved, floppy downtime together.Meet the Out-LawsFamilies, love or loathe them, there’s no avoiding them over Christmas. And nothing brings out the silliness more than alcohol-fuelled family festive politics.At Christmas, and throughout the year, it is vital to put your own relationship and family ahead of other obligations. Of course, your mother-in-law would love to see you all on Christmas Day, and Stephen’s Day, and sure you’ll stay on a few days extra too.But you cannot sacrifice your relationship to each others’ families, no matter how lovely they seem. You have to hold a priority for yourselves.Money, money, moneyChristmas bankrupts people on so many levels when everything in our consumerist culture says spend, spend, spend. Whether it’s the latest must have compensation for the children, competitive present buying between friends and family, or compulsive twelve pub socialising to conceal a lonely insecurity.So now even though you are both broke, you don’t have to be broken. It is wise to use credit card bills to actually measure the true price of Christmas, so you can bear that in mind for next time. There are potential New Year’s financial resolutions you can do together to really examine how and where you spend.Enjoy yourself resolutelyNew Year’s resolutions are all too often very negative, a virtual anti-Santa naughty list of things to be eradicated, fall off January tongues. How about instead of only making resolute eliminations for your relationship?You both agree on one lovely thing to do together once a month to strengthen your relationship. This could be a night away together, a shared come-dine with me evening for you both, a country walk, and dare I say a bit of love making. Resolutions are more likely to hold if they are positives around enjoyment rather than denial. What fun thing can you both resolve to enjoy more in your lives?Always remember that what doesn’t kill your couple can always make you stronger. There are meant to be tough times, richer and poorer for us all. It is not being constantly challenged but what is done with the challenges that truly measure couples that will last.Dr Ray O’Neill is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in private practice in Dublin. As Ireland’s only resident male Agony Aunt, Ray writes significantly (and sometimes with significance) about love, relationships, and desire in the 21st century. He continues lecturing at Trinity College and at DCU. He is has recently completed his doctoral research on the history of desire.He will appear on Then Comes Marriage? tonight on RTÉ2 at 9.30pm – a six-part series.last_img read more

Protesters death casts pall over rally

first_imgThree mostly peaceful rallies held in central Athens on Thursday to protest a new austerity package being hammered out by the government and the troika were overshadowed by the death of a 65-year-old demonstrator who suffered a heart attack shortly after scuffles broke out between riot police and protesters. The man, reportedly an unemployed dockworker, was rushed to the capital’s Evangelismos Hospital at around 2 p.m. after fainting amid a crowd of protesters. He was pronounced dead after “unsuccessful attempts to give him cardiac resuscitation,” according to a statement issued by the hospital’s director. His death came almost exactly a year after that of a 53-year-old construction worker who died of a heart attack during a protest rally as MPs voted a package of austerity measures through Parliament. It remained unclear whether the 65-year-old’s heart failure was provoked by tear gas, as reports had suggested. Police had started firing tear gas to disperse demonstrators shortly after 1 p.m. after self-styled anarchists broke off from the crowd and started throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at the officers. A police spokesman put the turnout at 40,000 while unions claimed that more than 80,000 people were in attendance. Smaller demonstrations were held in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, in the western port of Patra and elsewhere. Police in Athens detained 103 demonstrators, arrested seven on various charges, and said three officers had sustained minor injuries. Six demonstrators were injured but none with life-threatening injuries, according to media reports.As part of a preventive crackdown on Wednesday night, police found a bag containing nine Molotov cocktails that had been hidden close to the National Archaeological Museum. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Linux Ubuntu chute à la quatrième place des distributions les plus installées

first_imgLinux: Ubuntu chute à la quatrième place des distributions les plus installéesGrosse baisse de popularité pour la distribution Linux Ubuntu qui passe de la deuxième à la quatrième position. En cause, l’adoption d’une nouvelle interface utilisateur Unity à la place de la traditionnelle GNOME.Coup de massue pour la société Canonical, responsable du développement de la distribution Linux Ubuntu qui vient de perdre deux places dans le nombre de téléchargements des versions du système d’exploitation en passant de la deuxième à la quatrième position. L’entreprise avait tenté d’adopter une nouvelle interface développée en interne, et appelée Unity à la place de la respectable GNOME, équipant toutes les autres versions “concurrentes”. Les utilisateurs Linux historiques n’ont semble t-il pas apprécié ce changement brutal.À lire aussiRIM se met à son tour à la reconnaissance vocalePourtant l’adoption de cette nouvelle interface pour Ubuntu 11.04 était motivée, selon Canonical, par la volonté de rendre Linux plus grand public et accessible à ceux qui n’en ont qu’une vision très brouillée. Mais les réactions à cette annonce dans la communauté Linux ont été désastreuses et le bilan est terrible pour Ubuntu. En un an, la distribution a vu sa popularité chuter de 47,2% au profit de Mint sous GNOME qui lui accroît son avance de 105% sur la même période.”Il y a eu beaucoup de controverse autour d’Unity. Il semble que Canonical soit en train de payer le prix de ce changement”, explique le site spécialisé Royal Pingdom. Toutefois GNOME n’est pas écarté d’Ubuntu mais disponible en option. Une manipulation pour passer vers cette interface est possible et peu complexe pour un utilisateur Linux moyen. Mais ce changement vécu comme radical par bon nombre d’utilisateurs plus confirmés est très mal vécu.”Il est évidemment trop tôt pour dire si Ubuntu est en train ou non de décliner en termes d’utilisation. Cependant, s’il s’agit d’un signe que le vent est en train de tourner, il est temps pour Ubuntu d’en tenir compte”, conclut le site Royal Pingdom.Le 26 novembre 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Horizon Zero Dawn Gets the Funko Pops Treatment in October

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Most Fatal ‘Mortal Kombat’ ToysToy Tuesday: The Best Funko Pops Stay on target Six months after its release, people are still talking about Horizon Zero Dawn. Given how it is one of the best games of 2017, it’s no surprise to see people still praising it. Despite the PS4 exclusive’s popularity, it is only now getting some Funko Pop!s figures. Today, the company announced that a new line of Horizon Zero Dawn-inspired figures will hit stores soon. As expected, every single one of these figures is absolutely adorable.This toy line consists of five figures. One is the game’s protagonist, Aloy, who is holding her signature bow and arrow. There’s also one of Erend, who is Aloy’s friend and Vanguard of the Oseram tribe. The bad guys get representation with a figure of an Eclipse Cultist. And no collection of Horizon figures is complete without machines. There are two Watcher varieties: one with a glowing blue eye, and another with a yellow eye. The latter is a Best Buy exclusive. The figures are expected to hit stores sometime in October.Horizon Zero Dawn‘s upcoming expansion, The Frozen Wild, launches on November 7. That means you can snatch up the Funko Pop!s figures to go along with the DLC. In this DLC, Aloy travels to the northern-most parts of the world. While there, she’ll uncover a new mystery, face off against never-before-seen machines, and learn new abilities. Those who pre-order the expansion from the PlayStation store will get an exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn avatar to use as their profile picture.Below are images of the upcoming Funko Pop!s figures. Please note that the finalized figures may differ slightly from these pictures. If these toys sell well, we’ll hopefully see more. I’d personally love a Pop!s figured based on a Thunderjaw. I’m not sure how one would make the T-Rex-like machine look cute, but I’m sure Funko can pull it off.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Trumps Smear of the King Legacy

first_imgPresident Donald Trump has crossed the line. Trump, who continues to disrespect former President Barack Obama, who is hell-bent on repealing the Affordable Care Act, who shows disdain for civil rights and supports White supremacists, is now dragging Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy through the mud.Dr. Martin Luther KingTrump recently ordered the National Archive to release all documents relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A 20-page dossier compiled by the FBI on Dr. Martin Luther King, dated three weeks before King’s April 4, 1968 assassination was part of the released documents.  Nothing in the King dossier has anything to do with the JFK assassination. The 49-year-old King dossier was filed while J. Edgar Hoover, a well-known anti-King protagonist, was director of the FBI.The 1968 King dossier asserts a number of damaging allegations including, financial irregularities within King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King having connections with communist groups, and King allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct and having multiple affairs.  None of these assertions about King appear to be verified or have any corroboration by Hoover or the FBI. Thus, at best, they are mere speculative observations from a time and by a Hoover FBI that viewed the entire civil rights movement of the 60’s as a threat to the security of this country.  Hoover was wrong and off base then and his jaded observations and opinions are still wrong now!Neither Trump nor the FBI have offered any explanation as to why the King dossier was included in the documents relating to the Kennedy assassination. Furthermore, no explanation has been offered as to why after 49 years, the Trump Administration felt compelled to make the King dossier public at this time.We view the Trump Administration’s issuance of this damaging and insulting King dossier to be an intentional and significantly slanderous campaign to discredit Dr. Martin Luther King, America’s most influential and revered civil rights leader.King died in his attempt to bring peace and unification to a racially polarized nation in the 1960s. Today, America remains deeply divided along racial lines.   Given the series of despicable incidents that reflect Trump’s inability to utter the truth and his support of racists groups like we viewed in Charlottesville; this latest attempt by Trump to tarnish the reputation of one of America’s most respected Black heroes crystalizes, in our opinion, Trump’s unwillingness and inability to improve the racial environment that continues to decline during his leadership of our country.The blame for this president’s failures, however, must be shared by the Republican party, whose quest for political legitimization causes them to consistently ignore the glaring short comings of Trump’s leadership as the head of the Republican party.  Trump’s racist actions and continuing failure to unify America’s diverse citizen populations have cast a negative shadow over the entire Republican group. The recent loses the Republicans have suffered in this week’s elections is an indication of Trumps impact on his party’s political power.As mid-term elections approach, it is imperative that all of the diverse American communities commit to remove the hurtful Republican domination in Congress.  The racist actions of Trump and the Republicans must cease.  The collective majority of this country’s citizens deserve to have a leadership that truly reflects, promotes and respects the reality of the unified diverse foundation these united states claim, and were originally intended, to personify.Trump’s release of the King dossier is clear evidence of his miserable failure to unite America’s citizens.Trump no longer has our support or respect for his leadership.last_img read more

Amazon Wants To Use Shipping Containers As Mobile Drone Bases

first_img It’s no secret that Amazon is building a delivery drone army of epic proportions. They want to be able to launch them from anywhere: lamp posts, cell towers… and even moving trains.Just as the calendar rolled over from July to August, Amazon was awarded a patent for “Ground-based mobile maintenance facilities for unmanned aerial vehicles.” While the title focuses on maintenance, the patent itself provides additional insight into Amazon’s drone-assisted future.It’s all about intermodal transport — where shipping containers are moved between, say, a cargo ship and a train. Amazon figures the containers shouldn’t just big a big box that holds goods awaiting delivery to its customers. They should also bring along a drone that can drop those items by our front doors.These mobile drone stations could take care of scheduled deliveries for Amazon, too, based on descriptions in the patent. For example, if Amazon tends to see a huge spike in orders for a specific type of cat food in West Seattle on the third Wednesday of every month, they can plunk a container on a truck, roll it out, and let its onboard drones automatically tackle drop-offs.Hard-working drones need a little TLC from time to time, of course. Amazon also believes that containers provide a convenient space for on-the-go repairs. Things like motors, props, battery packs, and sensors may need to be replaced periodically. Amazon wants to tuck an automated system tucked into a shipping container to handle those chores, like so:Just like the delivery drones, these repair cars could be automatically routed to areas where Amazon knows there’s demand. If a group of drones is due for its regular tune-up (or if there was a rash of vandalism, hail damage, etc.), Amazon could send out the repair car to fix them up.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado PeakGeek Pick: DJI RoboMaster S1 Is an Educational Land Drone Stay on targetlast_img read more

NumPy 116 is here and its the last release to support Python

first_imgPython team released NumPy version 1.16 last week. The latest release explores new features, deprecations, and other improvements. NumPy 1.16 is the last release to support Python 2.7 and it will be maintained as a long term release with the bug fixes until 2020. Let’s have a look at some of the major highlights of this release. New features Integrated squared error (ISE) estimator has been added to histogram in NumPy 1.16. ISE is a non-parametric method that is based on cross-validation. NumPy 1.16 comes with max_rows keyword which has been added for np.loadtxt. This sets the maximum rows for the content to be read after skiprows, as in numpy.genfromtxt. New modulus operator support added for np.timedelta64 operands. These operands may have different units and the return value will always match the type of the operands. NumPy 1.16 offers improved support for the ARM CPUs. They can now accommodate 32 and 64 bit targets, and also big and little-endian byte ordering. The matmul function is now a ufunc, meaning that both the function and the __matmul__ operator can now be overridden by __array_ufunc__. The implementation of matmul function has also been changed and uses the same BLAS routines as numpy.dot. New Deprecations In NumPy 1.16, type dictionaries numpy.core.typeNA and numpy.core.sctypeNA have been deprecated. These type dictionaries were buggy and will be removed in the 1.18 release. Users can make use of `numpy.sctypeDict` instead. The numpy.asscalar function has been deprecated. The numpy.set_array_ops and numpy.get_array_ops functions are also deprecated. The numpy.unravel_index keyword argument dims is deprecated, users can use shape instead. Other improvements and changes NumPy builds can no longer interact with the host machine shell directly in NumPy 1.16. The exec_command has been replaced with subprocess.check_output. Earlier, a LinAlgError used to be raised during cases when empty matrix/empty matrices (with zero rows and/or columns) were passed in. Now linalg.lstsq, linalg.qr, and linalg.svd can work with empty arrays. numpy.angle and numpy.expand_dims can now work on ndarray subclasses in NumPy 1.16. +array is now enabled with raising a deprecation warning for non-numerical arrays Earlier, +array unconditionally returned a copy. NDArrayOperatorsMixin can now implement matrix multiplication. For more information, check out the official release notes. Read Next NumPy 1.15.0 release is out! NumPy drops Python 2 support. Now you need Python 3.5 or later. Introducing numpywren, a system for linear algebra built on a serverless architecturelast_img

Illinois to Set Aside Settlement Funds for Legal Assistance

first_img August 31, 2012 428 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-31 Esther Cho in Government, Origination, Servicing Illinois has decided to set aside part of its funds from the national mortgage settlement to provide free legal assistance for Chicago area homeowners, Illinois Attorney General “”Lisa Madigan””:http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/ announced earlier this week. [IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]About $4.7 million from the national foreclosure settlement funds will go to the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF). LAF will use the funds to reach out to distressed homeowners and provide services to keep struggling owners in their home. The funds will also help LAF work with the courts to improve the Cook County Foreclosure Mediation Program and support its staff, which includes nearly 20 attorneys and paralegals. “”This grant money will translate into real help for homeowners who otherwise never would have received it, because the need far exceeds the current legal aid resources,”” Madigan said. “”By ensuring that more homeowners in Chicago and suburban Cook County have an advocate, we can give more people a fighting chance to save their homes and help stabilize communities throughout the region.””For more than 40 years, LAF has been helping people in the Chicago area with civil legal problems such as foreclosure, domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. LAF has more than 80 full-time attorneys and staff and helps about 55,000 people each year.center_img Illinois to Set Aside Settlement Funds for Legal Assistance Sharelast_img read more

Limassol in top 100 for quality of living

first_imgLimassol has been placed in the top 100 cities worldwide in Mercer’s quality of living rankings for 2019.Mercer’s, the world’s largest human resources consulting firm, ranked Limassol 86th of 231 cities in its annual report.In first place is Vienna, followed by Zurich. Vancouver, Munich and Auckland share the third spot. The rest of the top ten are European cities: Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Geneva and Basel.The ranking indicates differences in quality of living factors affecting expatriates in popular assignment destinations.The bases of the quality of living ranking is ongoing research on the practicalities of daily life for expatriate employees and their families.“Factors such as climate, disease and sanitation standards, ease of communications, and physical remoteness can often affect the success of a foreign assignment. Moreover, the local political and social environment, political violence, and crime may give rise to potentially uncomfortable, inconvenient, or even dangerous situations,” the company explained.The survey is used by companies to calculate compensation for employees who are sent to locations away from home.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more