Canada to increase annual immigration admissions to 350000 by 2021

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada will take in 40,000 more immigrants in 2021 than it plans to accept this year, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday.The target for new arrivals in Canada will rise to 350,000, which is nearly one per cent of the country’s population.The figures were announced Wednesday as part of government’s updated multi-year immigration levels plan, which covers the next three years. The target rises annually from 310,000 this year, counting all classes of new arrivals.The vast majority of these newcomers are coming under economic programs designed to address skills shortages and gaps in the labour market.Hussen says economic immigration is badly needed in areas across the country that are short on workers and long on older residents.“In certain regions the hunger for workers is huge,” he said. “This plan is making us very competitive in the global market. It enables us to continue to be competitive, it enables us to continue to present Canada as a welcoming country and to position us to continue to be (a leader) in skills attraction.”Many immigration advocates and economic groups had called for bigger increases to Canada’s immigration numbers. The government’s own economic advisory council suggested admitting 450,000 people in a report in 2016.Hussen says the Liberal government is taking a measured approach, keeping in mind the need to ensure newcomers have access to suitable settlement services.“You need to be able to house them, you need to be able to settle them, you need to be able to provide integration services,” he said.The Trudeau government did increase funding for settlement services by 30 per cent since taking office, but if the immigration levels plan were increased dramatically, this would require even further funding increases, Hussen added.“It’s also a question of gradual increase so our immigration system can be able to process these things, communities can be able to absorb them and local immigration partnerships can do their work,” he said. “We can’t just go to 450,000 at once. You need to build up to that.”Meanwhile, as the global number of displaced persons reached a record high 68.5 million last year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has called on countries around the world to do more to help those being pushed out of their homes by wars, violence and persecution.Canada does plan to gradually increase the number of refugees it will accept under its humanitarian, family reunification and sponsorship programs from 43,000 to reach 51,700 by 2021.Nevertheless, the lion’s share of the new admissions under Canada’s immigration levels plan — 72 per cent — will be allocated to economic programs in 2021.Hussen says he acknowledges that more must be done to help refugees around the world, and says he fights every single day to increase the number of refugees Canada admits.He also noted that Canada has “exported” its program allowing private citizens to sponsor refugees to several other countries that previously did not offer a program like that. The United Kingdom has implemented its own version of Canada’s program, with Ireland and Germany set to soon do the same.Additional funding has also been earmarked to bring 1,000 vulnerable women and girl refugees to Canada over the next two years, Hussen said.last_img read more

Facebook to raise pay for contract workers globally

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook has decided to raise minimum wages to its outside vendors in the US to $20 per hour, and would implement the same for contractors in other countries including in India. Content moderators and other contract workers will make at least $18 an hour, up $3 from before. The contract workers at Facebook, employed by outside vendor partners, work either part-time or full-time and provide important services across content review, security, culinary, transportation and other teams. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Facebook is currently paying a minimum of $15 per hour, a minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation and for new parents who don’t receive paid leave, a $4,000 new child benefit that gives them the flexibility to take paid parental leave. “It’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate. This means a raise to a minimum of $20 per hour in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Washington D.C. and $18 per hour in Seattle. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The move comes after several media outlets reported on the long-term impact of working as a contract moderator for Facebook, leaving some workers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. “We’ll be implementing these changes by mid-next year and we’re working to develop similar standards for other countries,” said Janelle Gale, Vice President of HR, and Arun Chandra, Vice President of Scaled Operations in a blog post on Monday. For workers in the US that review content on Facebook, the company said it is raising wages even more. “We’ll pay at least $22 per hour to all employees of our vendor partners based in the Bay Area, New York City and Washington, D.C.; $20 per hour to those living in Seattle; and $18 per hour in all other metro areas in the US. Facebook said it was working to make contracts across its global operations vendor partners consistent. “This includes requirements like quality-focused incentives, no sub-contracting, overtime and premiums for night shifts and weekends, and healthcare,a said Facebook.last_img read more

A life cut short dreams shattered by stray dogs in Mathura village

first_imgMathura: Seven-year-old Devki wanted to be an either doctor or engineer. She was eagerly waiting for her school to open after the summer vacations.But her life was cut short in an attack by a pack of dogs, who mauled her to death at Pisawa village in Mathura on Monday. The incident has frightened other villagers. Devki was on her way to deliver food to her father Bhoop Singh at their farm when she was mauled to death. Her inconsolable father told PTI, “I was not ready to send her to school. But she used to insist on going to school like her elder sisters. She always longed for the school dress and schoolbag. She was fond of studying. She was a sharp child.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Now, she won’t be able to go to school. She hadn’t received the books and the dress from her school. All her dreams have gone with her,” said her father. A pal of gloom has descended on her village after the tragedy. Experts say such incidents take place when dogs feed on dead animals and start behaving like wolves or jackals. Animal Husbandary Department official H K Malik, said, “Earlier, forest areas had a great number of vultures, who used to feed on carcasses. Now, they are on the brink of extinction due to which stray dogs have started feeding on carcasses, behaving like wild animals. Veterinary officer of Chhata tehsil Dr Manoj Agarwal, who inspected the area on the complaint of village headman Kali Charan, said,”Our team searched for the dogs in the village but they could not be found. Possibly, they have gone deep in the forest area.” ” Till now, stray dogs used to attack blue bulls (nilgai), rabbits or peacocks. It is first such instance when they attacked a human being,” he added.last_img read more

Judge upholds permit for oil refinery near national park

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota judge has upheld a state permit allowing construction to begin on an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, upsetting environmental groups hoping to stop the project.Judge Dann Greenwood ruled that the state Health Department has effectively supported its position that the $800 million Davis Refinery will not be a major source of pollution that will negatively impact the park just 3 miles (5 kilometres) away.The agency’s “expertise is entitled to deference when, as here, the subject matter is complex,” Greenwood wrote in a ruling dated Wednesday.The department last June issued an air quality permit that paved the way for Meridian Energy Group to begin site work last summer for the plant, which the company maintains will be “the cleanest refinery on the planet” thanks to modern technology and a model for future refineries. The decision came after a two-year review that it said involved more than 1,000 hours of department staff time and more than 10,000 public comments.The National Parks Conservation Association, the Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Dakota Resource Council sued over fears that pollution from the refinery will mar the park’s scenery and erode air quality for wildlife and visitors. The park is the state’s top tourist attraction, drawing more than 700,000 people annually.Environmental groups argued that the Health Department underestimated potential air pollution from the refinery, asking Greenwood to declare the permit invalid and send the case back to the agency for further review.They argued in part that the department initially had concerns about the amount of harmful pollutants the refinery might generate and asserted that the agency didn’t adequately explain its eventual conclusion that the refinery wouldn’t be a major pollution source. Attorneys for the state countered that Meridian provided information that eased initial concerns. Once built, the plant also will need to prove it can meet state and federal air quality standards, and compliance will be continually monitored.Greenwood said the state’s decision shouldn’t be overruled “simply because there has been an evolution of its conclusion from one of concern and/or doubt to one of satisfaction that the permit application complies with controlling regulations.”The environmental groups issued a statement Thursday saying Greenwood’s decision “effectively gives a green light for the Davis Refinery to pollute the air at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and surrounding communities.” They said they will consider all options, which could mean an appeal.Two of the groups also are challenging a separate decision by other North Dakota regulators not to review whether the refinery site is appropriate. Landowners also are challenging a proposed state permit to allow the refinery to draw water from an underwater aquifer. An administrative law judge earlier this month recommended state officials issue the permit. If they do, it also could be challenged in state court.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/NicholsonBlakeBlake Nicholson, The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral says fighting poverty requires international aid national effort

7 March 2007Emphasizing the importance of reaching global anti-poverty goals, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said this will require international support coupled with national efforts, citing the example of his native Republic of Korea. In a video message for today’s ODA International Conference hosted by the Korea International Cooperation Agency in Seoul, Mr. Ban said this year is crucial for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to slash a host of worldwide ills by the year 2015, since 2007 marks the mid-point. “I take special pride in Korea’s efforts to mobilize support for the MDGs, through this conference and other initiatives,” he said. “I am all the more moved because in my lifetime, I have seen Korea transform itself from a war-ravaged and impoverished country, into a thriving society and globally competitive economy,” he added.“The Korean people achieved this through their own determination, village by village, community by community. But they were also backed by remarkable support from the international community.”Mr. Ban said this approach to assistance “remains highly relevant in our time” and called for joint efforts to promote anti-poverty initiatives across the globe. “Together,” he said, “we must implement such programmes on a large scale.” read more

UNESCO head assures continued support to Sri Lanka

Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha met with Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Irina Bokova at the sidelines of the 39 session of the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris, the Foreign Ministry said today.During the meeting, Minister Premajayantha informed the Director General about the significant steps that have been taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to improve and strengthen the science and technology sector of the country, including the decision to construct a state of the art Centre dedicated for science and innovation and reforming STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) education. In response, Director General Bokova reaffirmed UNESCO’s continued support to Sri Lanka in future. Further, she thanked Sri Lanka for the fruitful contributions that it has made to the role played by UNESCO for the common good of humanity. In conclusion, Minister Premajayantha conveyed the appreciation of the Government of Sri Lanka for the excellent leadership given by Director General Bokova in spearheading the organization during the last eight years and wished her well in her future endeavours upon the completion of her term in the coming days. Ambassador of Sri Lanka to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, B. K. Athauda, Director of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research, Himali Athaudage and the Second Secretary of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris, Ruvini Munidasa were associated with the meeting.The 39 session of the General Conference of UNESCO is taking place from 30 October to 14 November 2017 at its headquarters in Paris. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Rich nations can also suffer from natural disasters says UN agency chief

“As a tourist or as a traveller, we can be faced by natural disasters that do not exist in our country. Therefore we have to be constantly prepared for all types of natural disasters,” Sálvano Briceño, Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), told a press briefing in Geneva. Stressing that even the richest countries have not been spared by such catastrophes, he added that recent weather-rated catastrophes provide an opportune moment for the media to pass the message that it is important for all to be prepared in the future. Such natural disasters will have ever more impact because of increased vulnerability due to urban growth and population growth, he said. People need to be better prepared, and there should be more education and awareness-raising on this subject, he said, adding: “People need to be aware of the importance of early warning systems, and how they can participate, and that there are programmes for preparing for natural catastrophes in which they can participate, as well as simulation exercises.” read more

Condemning executionstyle killings of aid workers in Sri Lanka UN urges probe

The aid workers, who were providing assistance to survivors from the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, were killed in the town of Mattur, according to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Country Team for Sri Lanka, which is chaired by the UN’s humanitarian coordinator but also brings together non-governmental aid agencies.“The country team said the killings were ‘a totally reprehensible act’ and called for an independent investigation. It added that many civilians have been killed since fighting started in the area and called for a cessation of hostilities,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and former United States President Bill Clinton expressed his shock at the killings, extending condolences to the affected families and urging the authorities to do “everything possible to apprehend the perpetrators of this crime and to bring them to justice.”“I hope that this wanton act will not deter the critical efforts of aid workers in Sri Lanka, who have operated with courage and determination under difficult circumstances,” he said in a statement.Last Friday, the UN refugee agency expressed deep concern about the plight of civilians caught up in the violence between the Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who have been fighting for more than 20 years in a conflict that has already claimed some 60,000 lives. read more

US services firms grew at slowest pace since February 2014

US services firms grew at slowest pace since February 2014 In this Wednesday, March 23, 2016, photo, dog groomer Angela Kizirian works on Zack at Bark of the Town, in North Andover, Mass. On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for May. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) WASHINGTON – U.S. services firms grew at the slowest pace in more than two years last month.The Institute for Supply Management said Friday that its services index fell to 52.9 last month from April’s 55.7. It was the lowest reading since February 2014. Anything above 50 signals growth.A measure of employment in services fell last month for the first time since February. Services firms reported slower growth in production and new orders.The ISM report followed a disappointing report on job creation last month. The Labor Department reported that employers overall added just 38,000 jobs in May, the fewest in five years. Services, which account for more than 70 per cent of U.S. jobs, have been a source of U.S. economic strength. The ISM services index has signalled growth for 76 straight months.The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers. Its services survey covers businesses that employ the vast majority of workers, including retail, construction, health care and financial services companies.“This report backs up the weakness story told by the small rise in payroll employment in May,” Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank, wrote in a research note. The drop in the services index “hints that the economy’s troubles could just be starting.”The ISM reported Wednesday that its manufacturing index rose for the third straight month. But the details of the report were gloomier: Factories’ new orders and productions grew more slowly in May, and export orders and a measure of employment were unchanged. by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2016 8:37 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Opinion Alabama running back tweet unfairly sexist toward women

Sophomore Alabama running back Kenyan Drake (17) avoids defenders during a game against Kentucky Oct. 12 at Commonwealth Stadium. Alabama won, 48-7.Courtesy of MCTThere are few things that bring us together as a country like football.Small towns everywhere gather together under Friday night lights to bask in the glory of high school games. College towns huddle together through scorching heat and blistering cold for the love of the game. Even big cities jump on board to cheer on their own professional teams.Quite simply, football is inescapable. Hell, other countries call it American football. It’s ours. We made it and we love it. We have parties based around it, and companies across the nation bid for their advertisements to be featured alongside the game.So to imply that half of the population can’t follow football is insulting and downright sexist.Yet, here we are. Bring in University of Alabama running back Kenyan Drake, who tweeted Jan. 20 from his personal account, @KDx17, “Most girls like basketball more than football (because) they can follow it alot (sic) easier.”Sure, we can blow it off as another stupid thing an athlete sent out to the cyber world and another thing for which an athlete received a major repercussion (re: backup OSU quarterback Cardale Jones’ infamous tweet about how he didn’t come here to “play school” but rather to play football). But to me, it’s more than that.The idea that women can’t “follow” football easily is a blatant exclusion of women from part of the American identity and it’s downright insulting. Football has always been a boy’s club, sure, but there would be a great deal fewer fans without women filling the stands.But let’s play along with his stereotypes.All those women who cook your meals before games and after practices (because that’s where women belong, right? In the kitchen?) don’t know what’s going on in the game. They’re just there to serve you.Same with that woman who knows how to get grass, blood, mud and the smell of sweat out of your uniform. Football is too complicated for her to realize how all those stains got there, but thank God she can wash it for you.And don’t forget the cheerleaders who follow you to every game, throwing themselves in the air to celebrate your achievements? Surely they have a man nearby telling them when to cheer because they’re too stupid to know what’s happening by themselves.Most importantly, what about all the mothers out there? All the mothers who drive their sons to practices, adorn themselves with buttons with their son looking dashing in his uniform so they can properly cheer him on, pray for his safety in every single play and never miss a game — all those mothers are so blissfully ignorant of what their son is doing.Of course, football has always been a male-dominated sport. It takes almost no common sense to figure that out. But to say girls can’t follow it is sexist, insulting and dated.Sexism starts in the most basic jokes. Saying someone can’t follow something or that they follow a certain stereotype, even in a joking matter, makes sexist comments down the line seem less insulting and detracts from the reality of exclusion.The worst part to me is that Drake later retweeted Iowa State redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Duaron Williams (@UntamedBigDawg), who replied back “Or cuz they basic lol,” as a response to his first tweet. He isn’t sorry for what he did and he doesn’t realize his actions are insulting.But football has and always will be a part of my life that I definitely can follow and no, I’m not “basic.” read more

Sir Roger Moore James Bond actor dies of cancer aged 89

first_imgFarewell dearest Roger. All our love, Andrew and Madeleine— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) May 23, 2017 Roger Moore in his role as James Bond A message shared on the actor’s official Twitter account read: “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.” James Bond actor dies in Switzerland aged 89Family say he had short battle with cancerStatement says: ‘We are all devastated’Moore portrayed 007 in seven Bond filmsHe is also remembered for role in The SaintFans and friends pay tribute to Roger Moore​Sir Roger: ‘I was never very confident with girls’Why Roger Moore was the greatest James BondSir Roger Moore  – The Telegraph obituaryRoger Moore: his life and career in pictures​Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has died in Switzerland at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer, his family has announced. “Today, I think we’re very lucky to have Daniel Craig because he is quite extraordinary. I always say that Sean looked like a killer – but Daniel Craig would finish it off. Despite having been criticised somewhat throughout his decades-long career for having a lack of depth, Sir Roger remained self-deprecating.He once said he could not act “in the Olivier sense”, although he described himself as a good technician. ‘Thank you Pops for being you’The statement continued: “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer.”The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone.” “The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Starring in 1978 film The Wild GeeseCredit: Allstar/Cinetext/RANK “In that Roger taught me what a movie star really was and should be,” she added. “Through his lifelong work with Unicef he showed me the true meaning of being a humanitarian and giving back. He was my Bond.” Sir Roger on 007Sir Roger was the longest-serving actor to play the womanising MI6 agent, having portrayed 007 in seven films.He held the title for a total of 14 years, from 1972 – when he was officially confirmed as 007 – to 1986, when his successor Timothy Dalton was formally announced. With Christopher Lee in The Man With The Golden GunCredit: Everett Collection / Rex Feature Roger Moore in his role as James BondCredit: Sir Roger Moore My dearest uncle Roger has passed on. What a sad, sad day this is. Loved the bones of him. Generous, funny, beautiful and kind. #ROGERMOORE— Michael Ball OBE (@mrmichaelball) May 23, 2017 “Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.”Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.”The statement was signed by Sir Roger’s children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian. Sir Roger in Moonraker, 1979Credit: “From his announcement as Sean Connery’s replacement in August 1972 to his retirement in December 1985, he thrilled and charmed a whole new generation of Bond fans and redefined the series.”They said that in his seven films, “he made James Bond his own”. “Arguably the greatest purveyor of Cool Britannia before the term had been invented, he kept the British end up as his reign as 007 saw Bond through the 1977 Silver Jubilee and national resurgence in the 1980s.”He was the Bond not only of his generation but the Daniel Craig generation by keeping Ian Fleming’s gentleman spy alive when people thought his best days were over. “I think that I’ve got an even-money chance to make it,” he told reporters. “After all, I’ve been around a long time in this business. I did The Saint on television for seven years.”He would end up playing 007 for twice that long. “You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond… you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humour for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children. RIP.”The British Film Institute wrote on Twitter: “We’re sad to hear of the loss of one of the giants of British film and TV, Sir Roger Moore.”The official Bafta Twitter account wrote that it was “saddened to learn” of Moore’s death.Pinewood Studios described Moore as a “force of nature”, adding that “his humour and spirit will be missed by all of us”. At the time, he said the citation “meant far more to me than if I had got it for acting … I was proud because I received it on behalf of Unicef as a whole and for all it has achieved over the years”. Roger Moore and Barbara Bach in 1976 Seymour starred with Sir Roger in 1973’s Live and Let Die, his first as the M16 agent. Along with a picture of the two of them together, the actress wrote on Instagram: “I am devastated to learn of Roger Moore’s passing.”The first leading role I ever had as a Bond girl was such a new and frightening world and Roger held my hand and guided me through every process.”She said he taught her “about work ethic and humility”, adding that he was “funny, kind and thoughtful to everyone around him”. Sir Roger MooreCredit: Last year during a question-and-answer session at London’s Southbank Centre, he admitted that, despite winning the coveted role of the martini-swirling spy, one part he wished he had landed was Lawrence of Arabia.He said: “I remember Bob Baker and I going to see Lawrence of Arabia and coming out both being very depressed and saying ‘We might as well give up the business’, because they had made the best movie that had ever been made.” “We are all sad at the passing of a great British icon. Nobody did Bond better.” “When I saw Casino Royale, I thought that Daniel Craig did more action in the first seven minutes than I did in seven movies.” Sir Roger on actingWhile arguably best known for his role as 007, Sir Roger will also be remembered for his work in TV’s The Saint in the 1960s.He once joked of his role as Simon Templar in the spy thriller series, which he also produced: “When I was doing The Saint on television I had two expressions; as Bond I’ve managed to work up to four.” “The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born. With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017 The debonair star, who added a distinct light-hearted touch to the 007 role, also admitted that, while he thought Sir Sean Connery had been the greatest Bond, fans were “lucky” to have the current star of the franchise, Daniel Craig.He said: “I think that Sean was obviously the great Bond.”He was obviously the right person, he brought the right personality to the performance, otherwise Bond would not have gone on past the first six that he did. He was a tremendous Bond. Along with Bond films including Moonraker, A View To A Kill and The Man With The Golden Gun, Sir Roger appeared in movies such as The Cannonball Run, Spice World, The Boat That Rocked and The Man Who Wouldn’t Die.Off screen, he was respected for his charity work, and in 1999 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 2003. With Christopher Lee in The Man With The Golden Gun Roger Moore and Barbara Bach in 1976Credit: CHRIS CAPSTICK / Rex Features Starring in 1978 film The Wild Geese Moore was officially unveiled as James Bond at a press conference at the Dorchester Hotel in London on August 1 1972. Maud Adams, Roger Moore, Britt Ekland Maud Adams, Roger Moore, Britt EklandCredit: Moviestore Collection/REX Sir Roger Moore with Prince Philip at the Duke of Edinburgh Award 60th Anniversary Diamonds are Forever Gala in Buckinghamshire last year Sir Roger in the Ivanhoe TV series in 1958Credit: Everett/REX/Shutterstock So sad to her Sir Roger Moore has died,he was a lovely man. R.I.P— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) May 23, 2017 Sir Roger in Moonraker, 1979 They continued: “We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for Unicef, which he considered to be his greatest achievement. Sir Roger Moore with Prince Philip at the Duke of Edinburgh Award 60th Anniversary Diamonds are Forever Gala in Buckinghamshire last yearCredit:REX/Shutterstock ‘Nobody did it better’Tributes to Sir Roger have been led by The James Bond International Fan Club, which has said “nobody did Bond better”.A statement from the club read: “Sir Roger will always be remembered as the most enduring actor to play 007 and as a great ambassador for the franchise. Pierce Brosnan, who also portrayed Bond in four films, described Sir Roger as “magnificent” as he shared a photograph online of the pair together.In a post on Instagram, he wrote: “Dear Sir Roger Moore, It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning. Sir Roger in the Ivanhoe TV series in 1958 Sir Roger has written two other autobiographies and a history of his years playing 007. O’Mara told The Bookseller he had “never worked with a more professional author or one with a more positive attitude to life”. We’re saddened to learn that Sir Roger Moore has passed awayhttps://t.co/laW0ZbRig1 pic.twitter.com/UI6eDmcanQ— BAFTA (@BAFTA) May 23, 2017 His knighthood was given for his humanitarian work, his main focus for many of his final years. Australian actor Russell Crowe tweeted: “Roger Moore, loved him.” British star Joan Collins shared two nostalgic photos of herself with Sir Roger, whose early 70s series The Persuaders! she guest-starred in.She tweeted: “Devastated to hear about my good friend Sir Roger Moore. He was the kindest, warmest, wittiest gentle man. Love to Kristina and his children.”Former Bond girl Jane Seymour paid tribute as she fondly described the actor as “my Bond”. Sir Roger’s new book Sir Roger submitted a final volume of memoirs just two weeks ago, his publisher revealed following the announcement of his death.Michael O’Mara said the book would be a “typically amusing and self-deprecating” look at growing old, and “a suitable subject for a man in his 90th year”. It includes sketches by Sir Roger, who was also an artist. In total he spent 5,118 days as James Bond and starred in seven films, beginning with Live And Let Die in 1973 and ending with A View To A Kill in 1985.Current 007 actor Daniel Craig is the second longest-serving Bond, having so far spent 4,239 days playing the secret agent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Oireachtas agenda Israeli airspace public pay cuts and property tax

first_imgLunch for an hour at 1:30pmJoan Burton taking Questions to the Minister for Social Protection at 2:30pmDiscussion on four Topical Issues at 3:45pm, until just after 4:30pm90 minutes of debate on Fianna Fáil’s motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter, upon which a vote will be taken at 9pmThe day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADOrder of Business – the daily 75-minute discussion on everything – begins the day at 10:30am, before a visit from Margareta Wahlstrom – the UN’s special representative for disaster risk reduction – who will give an address on the challenges in building ‘risk resilience’ in nations at 11:45am.After lunch members will discuss amendments to new legislation on tobacco marketing at 3pm, while at 4:30pm two hours will be devoted to a motion from Rónán Mullen and Feargal Quinn discussing how Ireland can better support children with special educational needs.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESAfter yesterday’s quiet day on the committee front, there are no fewer than six public meetings today: (Watch here.)The Transport and Communcations committee is first up, to discuss no fewer than 14 new plans for EU-wide legislation, on matters including trans-European energy distribution, ‘occurrence reporting’ in civil aviation, marine equipment and more. (Watch here.)The Education committee gathers at 1pm to hear from Departmental officials and Eagraíocht na Scoileanna Gaeltachta on the impact that changes to the pupil-teacher ratio will have on small schools.The Foreign Affairs and Trade committee meets the ‘Value Added in Africa’ and ‘Traidlinks’ groups at 2:30pm to mark Africa Day and discuss how trade and investment can help the continent to flourish.At 3:30pm the chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, will be in at the Finance committee to discuss how the property tax collection is going so far. This may offer one of the first indications of how many people signed up before last night’s deadline.At 4pm the secretary-general at the Department of Health, Ambrose McLoughlin, will attend the Public Service Oversight and Petitions committee to discuss some outstanding legacy issues from the 2010 report about the right to nursing home care.Finally, Leo Varadkar makes it into the Transport committee at 6pm to discuss Ireland’s proposed approval of an EU-Israel aviation agreement to integrate the air markets of the two jurisdictions.Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? WHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILThe day kicks off with Leaders’ Questions at 10:30am, while that is followed by a quick discussion on the rest of the day’s agenda in Order of Business just before 11am.At 11:30am there’ll be 85 minutes of discussion on last week’s European Council summit, which discussed tax evasion and avoidance across the EU and which urged for a new clampdown on “aggressive tax planning” from multinationals.The rest of the day, minus a few interruptions, will be spent putting the finishing touches to legislation enforcing pay cuts for public workers earning over €65,000. The cuts are part of the ‘Haddington Road’ structures, and will be reversed for workers on between €65k and €100k between 2017 and 2018.A final vote on that legislation will be held at 10pm – with interruptions in the meantime for the following:last_img read more

Manhattanhenge quand le Soleil saligne avec les rues de New York

first_img“Manhattanhenge” : quand le Soleil s’aligne avec les rues de New YorkHier soir, la ville de New York s’est vu illuminée par un crépuscule assez particulier. Les rayons du Soleil, parfaitement aligné dans l’axe Est-Ouest des rues de la ville, sont venus embraser le sol et les façades des gratte-ciels new-yorkais de manière étonnante.Le site mégalithique de Stonehenge, dans le sud de l’Angleterre, est réputé pour laisser le soleil y traverser des cercles de pierre selon un axe central, lors de chaque solstice. C’est à partir de ce lieu mythique que le phénomène qui a eu lieu hier soir à New York a été baptisé “Manhattanhenge”.Quatre fois par an, avant et après chaque solstice, à Manhattan, le soleil couchant illumine toutes les perspectives le long des rues construites selon un quadrillage allant d’Est en Ouest. “Manhattanhenge est peut-être un phénomène qui ne se produit que dans une seule ville dans le monde”, indique l’astrophysicien Neil DeGrasse Tyson, du Musée d’histoire naturelle américaine. C’est lui qui est à l’origine de la labellisation de ce phénomène.Il raconte à l’AFP : “Adolescent j’ai visité Stonehenge située dans la plainte de Salisbury en Angleterre et j’ai commencé des recherches sur tous les alignements de pierre construits sur les îles britanniques. Dans un sens, j’ai donc été sensibilisé à l’extraordinaire impact des alignements terrestres avec le Soleil sur une culture ou sur des civilisations”.À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?Il explique cependant que cet évènement, à New York , semble plus inhabituel qu’il n’y paraît : “Toute ville dont les rues sont quadrillées peuvent connaître des crépuscule où le soleil s’aligne parfaitement avec le tracé des rues. Mais si vous regardez plus dans le détail, très peu de villes s’y prêtent vraiment”. L’astrophysicien n’a réalisé ses premiers clichés de l’alignement du Soleil à New York qu’en juillet 2001, cinq ans après avoir commencé l’étude sur la question. C’est en publiant l’année suivante de nouvelles photos que le phénomène s’est fait connaître, rapporte TV5monde.Cette année, le premier “Manhattanhenge” s’est produit le 30 mai, avant le solstice du 21 juin. Il s’est reproduit hier, mercredi 13 juillet, après une première apparition partielle la veille. S’il est également visible en hiver autour du 5 décembre et du 8 janvier, les conditions météo ne sont pas optimales, ce qui ne facilite pas son observation. Neil DeGrasse Tyson conseille la meilleure position pour en profiter : il faut se placer le plus possible à l’est de Manhattan. Les 14ème, 23ème, 34ème et 42ème rues notamment, offrent d’incroyables perspectives sur l’Empire State building et la tour Chrysler. Des informations précieuses pour le prochain Manhattanhenge.Le 14 juillet 2011 à 14:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

11 Marvel Characters Everyone Forgot About

first_img Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Stay on target The Marvel Comic Encyclopedia is overflowing with characters by now. Marvel has created a lot of superheroes, villains and everything in between. You never really know what you’re going to get, but you always know it’s going to be entertaining and talked about for a long while.Yet there are some characters that you just never hear from again. They’re kind of in the back of your mind, but you can’t remember if you’ve heard about them or not. Some characters have gone up and down with Marvel. They’ve been in a couple of storylines or arcs, on a team for a period until disbanding, came back but then forgotten again, or just plain too weird to live on in the Marvel Universe for a very long time. So, here are 11 Marvel characters that everyone might have forgotten about.ARCADEvia MarvelArcade is one of those villains that seems to weave himself in and out of comic history easily. Yet you kind of forget that he even exists. Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne and first appearing in Marvel Team-Up #65 (1978), there has been a couple of different tellings of Arcade’s life. The definitive one seems to be that he was the son of a millionaire who cut him off. Just like any spoilt brat of the time, he blew his father up. Arcade became slightly obsessed with the act of killing people, becoming an assassin and a villain pretty swiftly. The one thing about Arcade that’s fascinating is his creation of what he called “Murderworld,” an amusement park geared with high technology and death traps so he can torture whoever he pleased.Arcade is a character that rarely shows remorse for what he’s done. Quite the opposite really, he wants to watch you as you suffer. Think of him as that funhouse operator at your favorite amusement park. The one that watches you while you get upset cause you can’t find the exit. With Arcade, you only ever see the egomaniacal game master that he is. This quickly makes you forget about him in the shuffle of supervillains. The best version of his character is in Avengers Arena (2013), which is still a very highly underrated series. In Avengers Arena, he kidnaps teenagers and puts them in Murderworld, watching them pick each other off Battle Royale style for his amusement. Seriously, read Avengers Arena, such a great book. Arcade slowly becomes a great character that you will remember. Hopefully.THE MENAGERIEvia MarvelI would give everything to see The Menagerie in action just one more time and bigger than ever. As quick as they came, they disappeared into the Spiderverse and never appeared again. The Menagerie was made up of White Rabbit (Dr. Lorin Dodson), Skein (Sybil Dvorak), Panda Mania and Hippo. This team consisting of supervillain animals team, created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, was introduced in Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1 (2014). Spider-Man ends up dealing with them faster than the speed of a web fling after they steal decorated eggs. This team lasted four issues.When you think about it, the idea of The Menagerie is pretty dope. I know that I am very much reaching when I say that, but hear me out. A team of criminals that consist of animals? That’s kind of cool! No one remembers this team because of their swift entry and exit. They were almost like a starter battle before Peter gets hit with the harder stuff. Hippo, White Rabbit, and Skein have their respective places in the Marvel Universe. I think if they come back together and give some more to Panda Mania (how amazing is that name?!), I think this team could do a lot more to be remembered as a craft supervillain team.CAPTAIN ULTRAvia MarvelCaptain Ultra is a classic type of superhero. He seems to be super forgotten in the comic books but sneaks up once in awhile in flashbacks or storylines never getting the proper attention he truly deserved. This superhero was created by Roy Thomas, George Perez and Mike Friedrich with his first appearance being in Fantastic Four #177 (1976). Captain Ultra’s background is… strange. It’s not every day that a superhero gets a background that makes you lift your eyebrow going, “Wait, huh?” Griffin Gogol worked as a plumber when a client wasn’t able to pay for the job. He told him that by hypnosis he’d be able to cure his smoking habit. Gogol, weirdly, agreed to this. It turns out that Gogol was facing an alien and the hypnosis unlocked Gogol’s dormant superhero abilities to get his “ultra potential.”Captain Ultra isn’t remembered that much in comics because he’s such a weird background character that even when he’s the leader of a team, it somehow falls flat. He’s been apart of the Initiative, Revengers, and Defenders, moving from place to place and not stable as he appears to be. Even if you can’t remember his background, you can’t forget his pyrophobia or fear of fire. Recently, there was a glimpse of Captain Ultra in Civil War II: Choosing Sides #2 (2016) as he tried to escape the Celler with his old teammate Tom Foster (aka Goliath), but… none of that went as planned. Here’s to hoping Captain Ultra isn’t indeed forgotten and one day can get that storyline of his own someday.JAMIE BRADDOCKvia MarvelIf you’re an X-Men fan, you know Psylocke. She’s one of the most badass X-ladies, but did you know she had a brother? No? Join me in my immediate shock and awe over finding this out! Jamie Braddock, created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe, is the oldest of three children including twins Brian (Captain Britain) and Elizabeth (Psylocke). Jamie was a slick businessman, heading his families prestigious Braddock Industries and being a race car driver on the side. Everything was good for a period until Jamie started to do some double dealings that landed him in big trouble with Doctor Crocodile and Witch-Woman. At the torturous hands of these two, Jamie’s mind went completely off the rails. His mutant powers manifested themselves, gaining him the ability to manipulate reality and time.Jamie seems to be the forgotten Braddock of the bunch because of his powerful twin siblings. It also may be that Jamie had a little bit too much power for people to know how to use it. Since his conception, he’s been an on and off antagonist between Captain Britain and X-Men storylines. He has a wide range of powers in the realm of reality-warping including controlling energy, resurrecting the dead, resistance to mind/reality attacks and so much more. He’s even resurrected Psylocke at some point and amped her power so no one could climb in her mind. .Not too long ago, he died in the comics, with Uncanny X-Force #23 (2012). It’s one of those sad and somber issues that take you by surprise and give you a kind of sadness when you think about the relationship between the three of them.SCORPIONvia MarvelCarmilla Black has powers that sound like the latest science experiment gone a-muck. It’s extensive, super science-ey but so very cool that it’s a shame that everyone seems to have forgotten about her. Carmilla Black was first introduced in Amazing Fantasy #7 (2005) and created by Fred Van Lente & Leonard Kirk.Carmilla Black was born Thanasee Rappucci until she was adopted. She grew up with adoptive parents Julia and Tim Black and believed to be an average girl until her prom night. Her powers came full force that night, killing a couple of people, including her boyfriend. She found out that she is genetically engineered by a company called A.I.M (or Advanced Idea Mechanics). After the night of prom, she ran away from home and lived in the open, but tragedy would strike again when she found out her adoptive parents were dead. She also found out that her mother genetically modified her and others (the Wakers) and she soon because a SHIELD agent to help track down her mother.Carmilla is SUCH an interesting character. It’s a shame we don’t see more of her around. She reminds me a little bit of a Marvel version of Cassandra Cain, and Poison Ivy rolled into one. Carmilla Black also comes with an extraordinary array of powers and abilities. These include immunity to all toxins, be it biological, nuclear or chemical. She can also absorb toxins in her body and carries a stinger. This stinger is used like a witchblade on her body, through all the toxins she acquires she can shoot at someone and kill them. Why did we forget all about Carmilla Black? Someone bless this lovely lady with a few issues.WINTER GUARDvia MarvelWinter Guard is a superhero group that should still be happening now. I didn’t know about this team until the most awesome editor Sheilah Villari suggested them to me for this article. A lot of people think of them as the Russian version of the Avengers, and that’s dangerously accurate. The group, created by Kurt Busiek & Sean Chen, first appeared in Iron Man #9 (1998), as Tony flies over Russia, he sees the battle going on below and asks for Winter Guards help in defeating the Manderian. They don’t give him the help that he needs, but the group would appear in and out of Iron Man and then later in Hulk, She-Hulk, Thunderbolts, and X-Men Forever. This team has seen a TON of changes in their short time, but only really changing twice and that’s because of the rotation of the team. The rotation of Darkstar had Laynia Petrovna, Sasha Roerich and Reena Stancioff taking the mantle. Crimson Dynamo (Russia’s Iron Man) and Red and Steel Guardian (Russia’s Captain America) have had different members dawning those titles as well. The past members include Fantasma, Powersurge, Sibercat, Vostak and Steel Guardian.The current lineup is Darkstar (back to Laynia Petrovna after Reena’s untimely death), Ursa Major (a mutant who can be a bear) Red Guardian (leader, also Vanguard, Darkstar’s brother) and Crimson Dynamo V. Winter Guard had one short-lived series all to themselves. Darkstar & The Winter Guard is a spin-off of their appearance from Hulk: Winter Guard. It would be absolutely amazing to get this team back into the field and out of guest appearances before they fall away forever. Maybe there’s a future with Black Widow and Bucky Barnes making guest spots in their limited issue. Eh!? Eh!?!MAGGOTTvia MarvelI’m all in for disgusting, especially when it comes to film and comics. There’s something about Maggott, as dope as he is, that makes my skin crawl and slightly happy that he’s one of the forgotten Marvel characters. Maggott aka Japheth was introduced in Uncanny X-Men #345 (1997), he was born in South Africa to a large family. Japheth worried his parents because he was the weakest of his siblings. He also had stomach pains and a meager appetite. The doctors tried to predict what was wrong with him since he wasn’t eating a lot and only eating particular foods that his parents and the doctor told him to eat.Not to worry his parents, Japheth ran away from home and tried to die in peace so his parents, especially his mother, wouldn’t have to worry about him. While on this path of destroying himself, Magneto found him on the road, unleashing his power. So, it turns out that the doctor was wrong. It wasn’t stomach cancer that was hurting Japheth. It was two slugs that acted as his digestive system. Fun, right?Scott Lobdell and Joe Madureira did a number with creating this mutant. He’s the sweetest mutant ever, but goddamn is his power gross. You feel the pain he’s going through ten times more when you read some of his stuff. Especially when the Eany and Meany leave him for awhile, and he’s close to dying. The slugs in his stomach have actually to dig their way in and out. When they feed, it gives him power afterward and turns him blue but hearing that is pretty terrifying.LIFEGUARD AND SLIPSTREAMvia MarvelI feel like if we’re going to talk about this duo, we need to talk about them together. Heather & Davis Cameron are Austrailian born mutants created by Chris Claremont & Salvador Larroca. They first appeared in X-Treme X-Men #6 (2001) and with a title like that, you know this is going downhill very fast. Heather & Davis stepped into panels like any other mutants starting out, attractive and minding their own business. They never knew who their father was the kingpin Viceroy and when he died, the X-Men thought that Gambit and Sage had something to do with it. Storm and Thunderbird put their resources together and went to check out Heather & Dave because they thought they might be targets next. They were completely right.Heather’s X-Gene kickstarted when they were attacked by assassins, turning her into solid gold that bullets couldn’t get through. Later, Davis, to save his sister, lets Sage start the X-Gene inside him. This allowed him to “warp-wave” and surf through space and time. I know what you’re probably thinking, and I agree with you.Lifeguard and Slipstream are two characters in the X-Men universe that we can leave in the past. When researching this, I completely forget how much of their origin story I blocked out. They weren’t strong enough in the X-verse to stand on their own. As sucky as it sounds, it seems that this brother and sister duo should probably stay forgotten in the Marvel Universe.DARKSTARvia MarvelI want more Darkstar. I’m PLEADING for more Darkstar. If there was one mutant that we should bring back with full force and all glory in her own title with or without Winter Guard, it should be Darkstar. Created by Bill Mantlo & George Tuska, Laynia Petrovna is a twin to her brother Nicolai and the daughter of a nuclear physicist. Her father believed that she and her brother were killed in childbirth with her mum. They were soon shipped away and when they were of age, they went to a training school by the Russian government that exclusively trained Russian mutants. At the school, Laynia was given the name Darkstar. She could manipulate Darkforce, or dimensional energy, the very thing she was named after and her brother  Nicolai became Vanguard.The twins come with a long strange history of being used by the government, but Darkstar’s journey didn’t kick into action until she was sent to look for and capture Black Widow, Yuri’s (Crimson Dynamo)’s father, and the Commissar. In the middle of everything, Darkstar switched sides, choosing to help Black Widow and return to the United States.Darkstar has been apart of many teams, which is most likely why she’s a little hard to remember sometimes. She’s been apart of Champions of Los Angeles, Soviet Super-Soldiers, KGB, Siberforce, and X-Corps. However, she’s recognized more famously for being apart of the Winter Guard. She was apart of the team for years before dying. After this, Sasha Roerich took her place, but shortly after was killed during a battle. Reena Stancioff replaced Sasha but was also sadly killed. But Laynia was about to resurrect herself in Reena’s body and becomes a member of Winter Guard again. Trippy, right? This is precisely why we need more Darkstar in our lives. She’s badass, and I already ship her with Black Widow. Oops…SPECTRUMvia MarvelRemember when I said there were characters that you’re like, “OH THEM! I know them!” That’s Spectrum. As soon as you see her, you immediately remember who she is. In passing, it’s hard to pick Spectrum out of a long lineup of superheroes. Her first appearance is in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 (1982), created by Roger Stern and John Romita, Jr. There’s not a lot about Rambeau’s childhood, except that she was born in New Orleans, so we skip straight into adulthood. She used to work at the New Orleans Harbor Patrol as a lieutenant. Her life came to a crashing halt when Felipe Picaro, a criminal scientist, built an energy disruptor weapon that fires extradimensional energy. Monica is knocked by the blast and transforms into a beam of light.As Monica goes through her adventures, everyone started calling her Captain Marvel. She later changed to Photon because Genis-Vell, son/clone of the original Captain Marvel took the name from her. He then went back and changed his name to Photon, making her give up her name once again to Pulsar. (That’s massively messy.) In Mighty Avengers, she ends up going by her rightful name, Spectrum. Let’s hope that Photon doesn’t steal it away from her. Monica Rambeau is a magical person to add to any team, but she ends up always getting lost in the background until you forget she’s there. Monica doesn’t deserve to be lost forever.GABRIEL ROSETTIvia MarvelThere aren’t as many horror leads in Marvel. It would be interesting to see more come up, but one that immediately made me think about how forgotten they are is Gabriel Rosetti. The first thing to note is that Gabriel Rosetti might not even be his name. He also goes by Gabriel, Gabriel the Devil-Hunter, and Hunter of Demons. Created by Doug Moench & Billy Graham, Gabriel was introduced in Haunt of Horror #2 (1974) as a scholar at Columbia University and married to Andrea with a baby on the way. Things were happy for Gabriel until one day he came home to find his wife and child murdered. He went over to the priesthood after this, devoting himself to God for the rest of his days.After three months, Gabriel was possessed by Catherine, a witch, who made Gabriel rip out his right out and succeeded. He performed his own exorcism and soon after met Desadia, a woman who looked just like his deceased wife and was a clairvoyant. The two of them would go on fighting demons and perform exorcisms side by side. But… we all know things can’t go well for anyone.At the time of his partnership with Desadia and doing all the exorcisms, Gabriel started drinking hard, slippery slopping himself into alcoholism. On top of this, Gabriel couldn’t catch a break. He ended up losing his assistant to whatever demon took her and never saw her again. Gabriel’s final appearance was in Hellstorm #21 (1994). He was last seen drunk as a skunk being protected by Issac Christians on instruction by Hellstorm. It’s so sad that nothing got resolved with Gabriel. Even though he had a tragic run, he should be remembered for helping exorcise all the demons.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Volunteers asked to help plant trees

first_imgVancouver – The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership along with the city of Vancouver, Clark County and Port of Vancouver community members are invited to help plant trees at Vancouver Lake Regional Park from 9 a.m. to noon on March 4. Many of the park’s trees were significantly damaged during storms this winter. Volunteers will plant red alder, Pacific dogwood and Nootka rose. The trees and shrubs provide food for local wildlife and shade for part of the footpath. Volunteers can pre-register online at http://bit.ly/2kE9uAi.Participants should dress for the weather, wear proper shoes and bring water. Tools, gloves and some refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome to help. For information about the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, visit www.estuarypartnership.org.last_img read more

Bahamas House of Assembly reconvenes Election Date to be announced

first_img Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections, #BahamasHOAreconvenes, #magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Long lines for Registration, Department ready for influx Constitutional requirement on General Elections explained Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 11, 2017 – Nassau – The House of Assembly reconvenes today in The Bahamas and when it does, the Prime Minister, Perry Christie is expected to tell the nation the exact date of the General Election and then dissolve Parliament.Ring the bell is the cultural command as thousands rushed last week to ensure that they have a voice to vote at the polls.  Registration centers were opened late to accommodate the 40,000 plus people who were eligible but delayed registering before now.The goal for the Parliamentary Registration department was to get to at least what the 2012 voter list reflected, which is 172,000 electors.  At last report, the Department was 5,000 voters away from that goal.  Grand Bahama yesterday reported having over 30,000 people registered to vote.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasHOAreconvenes#BahamasGeneralElections Exams rescheduled because of Electionlast_img read more

mBLAST Expands Service Offerings

first_imgmBLAST, a marketing intelligence and brand analytics company, has extended its services by offering its API beyond selected partners. The company has also launched a new search function that allows customers to freely search its content database for product and brand mentions.The mPACT API service is now a public API, available in free and paid versions, and allows customers to integrate the mPACT Pro product into an existing software platform. The product is used primarily by PR agencies to monitor mentions of a brand, product or person across digital and social media platforms.The new web-based MediaSearch feature allows users to perform keyword searches in mBLAST’s proprietary database of articles, blogs and social media content. “On the low end, mPACT MediaSearch lets anyone find relevant articles, blog posts and social media posts based on the keywords of their choice,” says mBLAST CTO Mark Hath in a statement. “On the high end, mPACT API allows sophisticated users to fully integrate the functionality of mPACT Pro into their own services and products for internal use, or for white labeling into products designed for customers, clients and partners.”last_img read more

David Bowie Is Mobile App Makes Museum Exhibit Virtual

first_imgArriving on the GRAMMY winner’s birthday, Jan. 8, the virtual museum exhibit features narration by Gary OldmanPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 3, 2019 – 2:31 pm Curated by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the “David Bowie Is” exhibit ran from March 23 through Aug. 11, 2013 before going on world tour, ultimately attracting more than two million visitors by its July 15, 2018 closing at New York’s Brooklyn Museum. On Jan. 8, the day David Bowie would have turned 72, the exhibit’s new home in digital reality will premier as a mobile app for Android and iOS, narrated by Oscar-winning actor and close friend of Bowie’s, Gary Oldman.”This brings the amazing ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition to a wider audience,” said Oldman. “It’s great that his fans get to experience it. It was a privilege to be involved.” As fellow Londoners, the two became friends in the 1980s and Oldman appeared in Bowie’s music video for “The Next Day.” “David Bowie Is” Mobile App Makes Museum Exhibit Virtual https://twitter.com/DavidBowieReal/status/1080821579578294273 “David Bowie Is” App Makes Museum Exhibit Virtual david-bowie-mobile-app-makes-museum-exhibit-virtual News Facebook Twitter Email The app’s website describes some of the more than 500 “costumes, sketches, notes, handwritten lyrics, music videos and original works of art” that will be coming to virtual life, in 360 degrees when appropriate, accompanied by extensive annotations and immersive audio. The initial app is billed as an “augmented reality” experience to contrast it with a fuller “virtual reality” version still under development.Taking advantage of digital media’s convenience, the app is able to present even more than the pieces included in the dozen versions of the real-world “David Bowie Is” exhibit. Testifying to Bowie’s range of styles and relentless innovation, the greatest virtue of this digital museum exhibit is its power to inspire.David Bowie Takes Over New York With David Bowie Is ExhibitRead morelast_img read more

Why dont you see peoplesized salmon anymore

first_imgChinook salmon on display in 1910 at Union Fisherman’s Dock in Astoria, Oregon (Wikimedia image)While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales’ main prey, chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast.Listen nowChinook salmon are also known as kings: the biggest of all salmon. They used to grow so enormous that it’s hard to believe the old photos now. Fishermen stand next to chinooks almost as tall as they are, sometimes weighing 100 pounds or more.“This has been a season of unusually large fish, and many weighing from 60 to 70 pounds have been taken,” the Oregonian reported in 1895.“It’s not impossible that we see individuals of that size today, but it’s much, much rarer,” University of Washington research scientist Jan Ohlberger said on Monday, more than a century later.Ohlberger has been tracking the downsizing of salmon in recent decades, but salmon have been shrinking in numbers and in size for a long time. A century’s worth of dam building, overfishing, habitat loss and replacement by hatchery fish cut the average chinook in half, size-wise, studies in the 1980s and 1990s found.The dam building and fishing have tailed off, but chinooks have been shrinking even faster in the past 15 years, according to a new paper by Ohlberger and colleagues in the journal Fish and Fisheries. Older and bigger fish are mostly gone.Few fish are making it to old age, which for a chinook salmon means spending five or six years in the ocean after a year or two in freshwater.“The older fish, which normally come back after five years in the ocean, they come back earlier and earlier,” Ohlberger said.The trend is clear, the reasons less so.Two species eat more chinook salmon than any others: orcas and humans.Fisherman Tony Canessa with an 85-pound chinook he caught near Astoria, Oregon, in 1925. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)The 2,300 or more resident killer whales in the Northeast Pacific Ocean eat about 20 million pounds of chinook salmon a year – roughly equal to the annual commercial catch of chinook in recent years, according to the new study.“There is a large number of resident killer whales out there that really target chinook, and they target the large chinook,” Ohlberger said.A study from federal researchers in November found that orcas’ consumption of chinook salmon in the Northeast Pacific Ocean has doubled since 1975, surpassing humans’ catches, which have fallen by a third over that time.“As far as we can see, the killer whales are taking the older and bigger fish,” Craig Matkin said. Matkin is a whale researcher with the North Gulf Oceanic Society in Homer, Alaska. Matkin, who was not involved in Ohlberger’s paper, studies Alaskan orcas’ diets.“We go along with the animals and scoop up fish scales and bits of flesh from where they kill something,” Matkin said. “They’re sloppy eaters.”“They’re going to go for the biggest, oiliest fish there are,” Matkin said. “That’s chinooks.”Salmon born in Oregon and Washington spend most of their lives out at sea, often in Alaskan waters, where orcas aplenty await.“Our [orca] populations have increased faster than anywhere else, and they’re eating chinook from all over the place,” Matkin said.In short, it seems Puget Sound orcas are having their lunch stolen by their better-off Alaskan relatives.“It is an interesting twist to blame the marine mammals,” Ken Balcomb with the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island said in an email. “I would first ask how the chinook evolved to be so big during the preceding 12,000 years in the presence of hordes of such size-selective natural predators throughout their range. Large size was selected by Mother Nature for chinook salmon in spite of natural predation.”Balcomb points to overfishing, habitat loss and salmon hatcheries that have diluted the gene pool of wild chinooks.Today’s smaller chinook salmon lay fewer eggs than bigger ones can. They also have a harder time digging out gravel nests deep enough to protect their eggs from scouring streamflows.Chinooks’ downsizing could spell trouble for all the mammals who want to catch them, whether they have fingers or fins.“Predators are also going to adapt to this change in size and numbers,” Matkin said. “You can’t look at it as a static situation.”“Ultimately, the whales must eat to survive, and humans have not sufficiently allowed for that in their fisheries management calculations,” Balcomb said.last_img read more