PEI park should keep controversial British generals name Board recommends

first_imgAPTN National NewsCHARLOTTETOWN – Parks Canada is being advised to consider revising the name of a national park in Prince Edward Island to better reflect its Mi’kmaq history, but it has also received a recommendation that the name of a military officer who wanted to kill Aboriginal people with smallpox should remain.An excerpt from a meeting of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada last September recommended that parks officials consult with the Mi’kmaq community to see if there is a historic name for Rocky Point, where the Port-la-Joye _ Fort Amherst historic site is located.John Joe Sark, a member of the Mi’kmaq Nation traditional government, has submitted Mi’kmaq names for Parks Canada to consider, but he says he won’t be satisfied until the name of General Jeffery Amherst is scrubbed from the historic site.“They talk on one side about truth and reconciliation, but when you tell them the truth, they don’t want to do anything about it,” says Sark. “You don’t right wrongs by keeping the name of a tyrant.”Sark has been campaigning for the name change since 2008, arguing that is insulting because Amherst’s goal was to wipe out Aboriginal peoples.The board said it discussed Sark’s request at length but ultimately determined that Amherst’s name should remain because of the location’s historical ties to the British government.In a letter dated April 9 to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Sark disputes this justification, saying there is no historic record of Amherst spending time at Port-la-Joye.Parks Canada was not immediately available for comment Sunday.Amherst, an officer in the British Army in the mid-1700s, is considered a key architect of British victories in the Seven Years’ War for control of New France territories in North America. Several places in the U.S. and Canada, such as Amherstburg, Ont., bear his name.Amherst College in Massachusetts said last month the British military commander would no longer appear in school communications or as an unofficial mascot. Lord Jeff _ as he was known around campus _ was seen as an oppressive figure who supported using blankets infected with smallpox to kill Aboriginal people.news@aptn.calast_img read more

TMC workers hurt in highway accident

first_imgKolkata: At least 30 Trinamool supporters and workers suffered injuries after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a water body near Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway on Sunday. The injured party workers have been admitted to hospital for treatment.The Trinamool workers were planning to take part in an election campaign meeting by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Jalpaiguri. They had hired the bus to reach the venue of the election campaign meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to local residents, on Sunday, Banerjee was scheduled to address an election campaign meeting at Churabhadar in Moynaguri from 1:30 pm. To attend the meeting, around 45 TMC supporters and workers had hired the bus from Sariam. They had started their journey in the morning to reach Churabhandar. However, after a few kilometres near Talma, the bus had a tyre burst and the driver lost his control over the steering and the vehicle plunged into a water body beside the Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLocal resident ran to help the accident victims. Meanwhile, Rajgunj police station and local Trinamool leaders were informed about the accident. Police officers reached the spot shortly and rescued the injured persons. Almost all the passengers had suffered injuries but about 30 of them had suffered serious injuries. The injured persons have been rushed to Rajgunj Rural Hospital Belakoba Rural Hospital and Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital. A few of them were discharged after providing necessary treatment and many are still undergoing treatment.last_img read more

Rohit Yadav sets under18 national javelin throw record

first_imgSonipat: Rohit Yadav of Uttar Pradesh stole the limelight with an under-18 national record throw of 81.75m in the boys preliminary round of the second Athletics Federation of India National Javelin Throw Open Championship here Monday. The 17-year-old from Jaunpur improved on the national record of the 79.29m for boys under-18 set by Mohammed Hadeesh Apia in September 2015. Yadav had also recorded a throw of 79.83m in the SGFI National School Games in Nadiad, Gujarat, in February. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe final will be held on Tuesday. Haryana women trio of Poonam Rani, Monica and Shilpa Rana swept the medals with efforts of 49.53m, 42.46m and 39.89m. Poonam Rani, the 24-year-old from Jhajjar, has a clutch of All-India Inter-University crowns and has thrown over 50m. With national javelin coach Uwe Hohn and biomechanics specialist Dr. Klaus Bartonietz keenly watching the proceedings, it seemed natural that the intensity of competition was high and that there was an eagerness to showcase raw talent. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMeanwhile, in the second AFI National 400m Open Championships in Lucknow, it was a teenager sprinter Vikrant Panchal (Haryana) who took the spotlight with a time of 48.06 seconds in the boys under-20 preliminary semifinals. It was the second time in the day that he breached the 49-second mark, having clocked 48.40 seconds in the preliminary heats. Haryana’s Pankaj Malik, 21, clocked the fastest time in the men’s semifinals. His time of 48.54 seconds was better than the 48.97 clocked by M Ramachandran (Tamil Nadu), in the other semifinals heats. Gujarat’s Vishal Chaturbhai had set the pace in the preliminaries with a time of 48.66 seconds.last_img read more

UN regional centre for preventive diplomacy in Central Asia set to open

7 December 2007The United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia will be inaugurated on Monday in an initiative by the world body to help the region’s countries respond more proactively to cross-border challenges and threats before they can become costlier and more difficult to control. The Centre – located in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan – is being set up by the UN’s Department of Political Affairs (DPA) as it builds on its earlier assistance to the region, including the work since 2002 of the UN Forum for Conflict Prevention in Central Asia.Known by its acronym UNRCCA, the Centre is tasked with assisting the governments of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan “in building capacities to peacefully prevent conflict, in facilitating dialogue, and in catalyzing international support behind projects and initiatives,” according to a press release issued by DPA.The Centre will be headed by a senior Representative of the UN Secretary-General and has been awarded an initial budget of $2.3 million and a small international staff contingent.UNRCCA is expected to work closely with existing UN agencies and programmes operating in Central Asia, and also regional groups such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).While the Centre’s immediate priorities will be determined after further consultations with the five governments in the region, cross-border threats and challenges such as terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime and environmental degradation are likely to be high on the agenda.B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, will deliver a message on behalf of Mr. Ban to Monday’s inauguration ceremony, which will be followed by a two-day conference in Ashgabat on “International Cooperation in Preventive Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution.” read more

Peiris briefs envoys on Pillay

Prof. Peiris, commenting on the preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) Meeting in November, expressed satisfaction with the progress being made. He said that the advance team, representative of members of Commonwealth countries, which had visited Sri Lanka recently, had declared themselves pleased with the arrangements already made. The government is in regular touch with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London regarding logistics, he said.On the Business Forum to be held on the sidelines of the main event, the Minister said that the responses, including from Heads of State and Government, were uniformly encouraging. The emphasis at this event will be on Sri Lanka, as a developing hub for shipping, aviation, energy, commerce and knowledge based activity. He said that proposals for major projects, especially for infrastructure in the public sector, were being developed by the Board of Investment, in association with other government institutions. It is the government’s aim to have the necessary approvals in respect of land, electricity, water and other requirements finalised before the event is held, Minister Peiris said. (Colombo Gazette) Peiris meanwhile commented on the election campaigns for the Provincial Council elections in the Central, North Western and Northern Provinces, and remarked that there had been hardly any serious incidents involving violence against candidates of Opposition parties. Complaints have generally related to disputes among candidates of government parties in respect of preference votes. This is largely due to the lack of a vigorous campaign by Opposition parties, the Minister said. The government’s approach to the conduct of the elections has been one of total transparency and visibility, the Minister said. Although this has not been the practice in the past for Provincial Council elections, the Elections Commissioner decided to invite observers on this occasion from a number of foreign countries, he said. There are 5 observers from India, 5 from Pakistan, 3 from Bangladesh, 2 from Nepal, 2 from the Maldives, and 1 each for Afghanistan and Bhutan, he said. The South Asian group of observers will be led by Mr. N. Gopalaswami, former Chief of the Elections Commission of India. In addition, there are several observers from Commonwealth countries, Prof. Peiris said. These are the former Vice-President of Kenya (Chairman), the former Elections Officer from the State of Victoria in Australia, the former Chief Elections Commissioner of Bangladesh and the Secretary of the Caribbean Association of Local Authorities from St. Lucia. These arrangements have been finalised by the Elections Commissioner.The Minister brought to the notice of Ambassadors and High Commissioners some disturbing features of the manifesto issued by the Tamil National Alliance, in particular, the reference to self-determination. External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris, at a meeting today with Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Colombo, made a point by point rebuttal to some the criticisms by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay at the conclusion of her visit.Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga also presented to the Ambassadors and High Commissioners an overall survey of the current implementation of recommendations contained in the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, the External Affairs Ministry said. read more

President expresses concerns over Paris attacks

President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed concerns over the attacks in Paris in which over 153 people have been killed.“As a nation that has undergone much suffering due to terrorism, Sri Lanka unreservedly condemns such acts of terror. The international community must unite to collectively combat the menace of terrorism and extremism. The Government and people of Sri Lanka stand united with the Government and People of France during this time of grief,” the President said. The Foreign Ministry said that there are no reports so far of any ‪‎Sri Lankans‬ affected by the attacks. Meanwhile the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it was in touch with the relevant officials to gather information on any Sri Lankans who may have been affected by the attacks. ‎Sri Lankans‬ in Paris who need assistance can contact Col. Nazeer Majeed +33620505232 or Deputy Chief of Mission Ms Gunasekera +33677048117 read more

TSX rises commodities up as Chinese economy performs better than expected

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market registered a strong advance Wednesday amid signs that economic growth in China held up better than expected in the first quarter.The S&P/TSX composite index soared 142.6 points to 14,446.52 after the world’s second-largest economy reported growing at an annualized rate of 7.4 per cent in the January-March period, down from the previous quarter’s 7.7 per cent. It was the weakest growth in China since the 2008-09 global crisis but the number was still better than what many analysts had expected.“A lot of investors were fearing the worst (because) a lot of the economic data out of China has been quite soft over the last little while,” noted Allan Small, senior adviser at Holliswealth.“If (growth) stays in this range, there’s nothing to worry about.”The Canadian dollar was down 0.34 of a cent to 90.76 cents US after the Bank of Canada said it was keeping its key rate unchanged at one per cent. The bank also lowered its forecast for first-quarter growth this year to 1.5 per cent from 2.5 per cent, but attributed the downgrade mostly to temporary impacts of a unusually severe winter.New York indexes also finished sharply higher amid good news on the U.S. economy. The Federal Reserve‘s latest regional survey showed that the economy picked up over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 162.29 points to 16,424.85, the Nasdaq gained 52.07 points to 4,086.23 and the S&P index points climbed 19.33 points to 1,862.31.Earnings news also lifted markets as supermarket chain Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) posted adjusted earnings of $1.07 per share, five cents higher than analysts had expected. Overall sales were up 1.7 per cent year over year, rising to $2.55 billion from $2.51 billion and Metro shares were up $1.58 or 2.46 per cent to $65.86.In the U.S., Yahoo’s earnings per share ex-items were 38 cents, a penny higher than analyst forecasts and its shares jumped $2.14 or 6.26 per cent to $36.35. Net earnings were US$312 million, or 29 cents per share compared with $390 million or 35 cents per share a year earlier.After the close, Google disappointed, posting earnings per share ex-items of $6.26, 15 cents short of estimates. Revenue of $15.42 billion was short of the $15.54 billion that analysts expected and its shares fell five per cent in after-hours trading.Prices for metals rose in the wake of the Chinese economic data with May copper up four cents to US$3.06 a pound and the base metals sector gained 1.19 per cent.The energy sector rose 1.5 cent even as the May crude contract shed most early gains as data showed that U.S. inventories rose more than four times the amount expected last week to 10 million barrels. Oil inched up a penny to US$103.76 a barrel.The gold sector slipped about 0.3 per cent as June bullion gained $3.20 to US$1,303.50 an ounce.There was a major acquisition in the gold sector that will see Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI) and Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) jointly acquire 100 per cent of Osisko Mining (TSX:OSK) in a cash and stock deal worth $3.9 billion. The companies are paying Osisko $8.15 a share. The offer represents an 11 per cent premium to a hostile bid for Osisko that had been mounted by Goldcorp (TSX:G).“You’re going to see a lot of this kind of mergers and acquisitions because the price of gold has dropped by so much and a lot of these companies now are not expanding based on any more gold in the ground — they’re having to acquire other companies to expand,” Small said. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2014 6:09 am MDT TSX rises, commodities up as Chinese economy performs better than expected read more

Five questions to ask about Ohio State – Minnesota

1. What is the state of the Minnesota football program? It’s rare for college football coaches to be fired mid-season. But Minnesota bucked that trend earlier this month. On Oct. 17, Minnesota fired coach Tim Brewster after the Golden Gophers’ 1-6 start. In a little more than three-and-a-half seasons as coach, Brewster went 15-30, including 6-21 in the Big Ten. Offensive coordinator Jeff Horton is now interim head coach. 2. Does Adam Weber pose problems for a banged-up Buckeye secondary? Last week, Weber joined the company of former Big Ten greats in the 10,000 career-passing-yards club. In recent weeks, the Golden Gophers have been throwing the ball extensively. Weber has averaged 47 passing attempts in the last two games. In three career games against Ohio State, Weber has averaged 177 passing yards a game while throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions. Despite those average numbers, OSU coach Jim Tressel holds Weber in high regard. “We had him in youth camp. I thought he was outstanding then, and 10,000 yards later I think he’s still outstanding,” Tressel said. “He’s a competitor.” 3. Has Ross Homan’s injury opened the door for the next star Buckeye linebacker? Remember back in 2005 when senior standout linebacker Bobby Carpenter broke his leg against Michigan and true freshman James Laurinaitis stepped in for him and didn’t miss a beat? Andrew Sweat is delivering a repeat performance in 2010 while Ross Homan is mending a foot injury. In the last two games, Sweat had 16 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception, a forced fumble and a pass break-up. 4. Is Terrelle Pryor out of the Heisman race? The smart money says that with Auburn’s Cam Newton and Oregon’s LaMichael James putting up impressive numbers week after week, along with Boise State’s Kellen Moore’s sustained excellence throughout the season, Pryor’s Heisman campaign might be postponed until 2011. Although he’s not completely out of the race yet (Pryor ranks in the top 12 in the nation in touchdown passes and quarterback rating), he will need monster efforts in each of the final four regular season games to put himself back into the discussion. 5. After struggling at Illinois and losing at Wisconsin, will OSU’s road struggles continue against Minnesota? The Golden Gophers are hardly intimidating at 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten. They are 7-42 in program history against OSU, their worst record against any Big Ten opponent. But consider this: No current Buckeye has played at TCF Bank Stadium, which opened Sept. 12, 2009. OSU always gets every Big Ten opponent’s best shot and the Golden Gophers will be amped to play under the lights Saturday night. Tressel said he hasn’t been disappointed by his team’s play on the road so far, but agreed that his squad’s two previous performances away from Ohio Stadium have left room for improvement. “I haven’t looked at our two trips and said, ‘I don’t think they were focused’ or ‘I don’t think they understood’ or ‘they let the crowd get to them,’” Tressel said. “But do we need to play better on the road? Absolutely.” read more

Avengers Endgame obliterates records with 12 billion opening

first_img Image: UPI/PA Images Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 5:45 PM 27,417 Views By Garreth MacNamee Image: UPI/PA Images Apr 28th 2019, 5:45 PM MARVEL’S AVENGERS: ENDGAME shattered the record for biggest opening weekend with an estimated $350 million in ticket sales domestically and $1.2 billion globally, reaching a new pinnacle in the blockbuster era that the comic-book studio has come to dominate.The Avengers finale far exceeded even its own expectations, according to studio estimates today.The movie had been forecast to open between $260 million and $300 million in US and Canadian theaters, but moviegoers turned out in such droves that Endgame blew past the previous record of $257.7 million, set last year by Avengers: Infinity War when it narrowly surpassed The Force Awakens.In one fell swoop, Endgame has already made more than movies like Skyfall, ‘Aquaman and The Dark Knight Rises grossed in their entire runs, not accounting for inflation.Alan Horn, Disney chairman, credited Marvel Studios and its president, Kevin Feige, for challenging “notions of what is possible at the movie theater”.“This weekend’s monumental success is a testament to the world they’ve envisioned, the talent involved, and their collective passion, matched by the irrepressible enthusiasm of fans around the world,” Horn said in a statement.To accommodate demand, Disney released Endgame in more theaters — 4,662 in the US and Canada — than any opening before. Advance ticketing services set new records. Early ticket buyers crashed AMC’s website. And starting Thursday, some theaters even stayed open 72 hours straight.“We’ve got some really tired staff,” said John Fithian, president and chief executive of the National Association of Theater Owners. “I talked to an exhibitor in Kansas who said, ‘I’ve never sold out a 7 am show on Saturday morning before,’ and they were doing it all across their circuit.”Further boosting the results for Endgame were good reviews; it currently ranks as 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, the best rating for any Marvel movie aside from Black Panther. Share Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/4610328 Short URL 29 Comments Avengers: Endgame obliterates records with $1.2 billion opening The Avengers finale far exceeded even its own expectations, according to studio estimates today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Get Assassins Creed Odyssey Free With Google Project Stream

first_imgStay on target 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation For months Google has been using Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey to show off the power of its browser-based video game streaming service Project Stream. But now playing the open world Greek epic this way isn’t just a novel opportunity to see a AAA console game in Chrome, it’s also a chance to get the game for free. From now until January 15 playtest Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey for an hour or more on Project Stream and you get a chance to keep it in your (American) Uplay account. For more on Project Stream, keep reading.First party video game companies have come and gone. Remember Sega or Neo Geo? But for the past three generations now the industry revolves around the holy trinity of Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. And with the video game industry becoming increasingly… risky from a financial perspective, the idea of a new challenger entering the field has always seemed odd unless you’re just talking about making cell phones that happen to play video games.Google is certainly a company big enough to make video games. It’s big enough to do whatever it wants. And recently rumors have swirled that the company is about to reveal some serious new gaming initiative possibly with new hardware. Google didn’t announce a new console today but it show off how the biggest video games can soon play nice with the Google ecosystem. Project Stream will bring AAA games to your Google Chrome browser.There’s a big push to make streaming the future of experiencing video games. It doesn’t force consumers to buy powerful and prohibitively expensive new boxes to keep up as long as they have a good connection. And it’s a sneaky gateway to the always-online walled garden DRM future publishers crave. We’ve seen experiments like OnLive, PlayStation Now, and GeForce Now.But Google putting its weight behind such a plan, on a browser as popular as Chrome no less, is a big deal. How many people really play games on their niche little Android streaming boxes? It’d be a lot easier to swallow if playing a huge new game like, say, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in smooth 1080p HD 60 FPS was as simple as opening up a Chrome tab.We didn’t make up that example either. Starting October 5, those selected for the Project Stream test trial will be able to play Ubisoft’s latest history murder simulator in their dang Chrome window. You just need to be over 17 and have an internet connection over 25 megabits per second. Interestingly enough, in Japan Nintendo Switch owners can also stream Assassin’s Creed Odyssey along with Resident Evil 7.More details on Google’s Project Stream are scarce. Presumably this test will give them valuable intel before moving forward on a full launch. But the day may soon arrive where we can play Red Dead Redemption 2 using a Chromecast. What a world! For more on Google check out its new Raspberry Pi hardware and why Google Duplex creeps us out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Minister promises Grand Turk fire unit next budget year

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#GrandTurkfireunit, #GTresidentsputoutfire, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 19, 2017 – Grand Turk – Residents of Grand Turk were praised highly for their community effort, which along with the airport’s fire truck eventually saw a house blaze extinguished last Thursday.   The residents had to ban together to contain a fire without the help of proper fire-fighting equipment because the fire was threatening a second home.The airport’s fire crew was unable to leave the JAGS McCartney international Airport because flights were on the ground; there is no domestic fire service in Grand Turk.   The first home was gutted by the flames and it again raises the issue that despite huge financial overflows, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government continues to not invest in a domestic fire unit for the Capital of the country.Grand Turk is also where thousands of tourists visit via cruise ship on any given day and is home to the seat of Government, including Parliament and the Governor’s residence, Waterloo.    Still, Home Affairs Minister, Delroy Williams expressed in a media statement sadness at the loss for the Missick family and explained again, that the domestic fire unit will not come until the next fiscal year.“My Government is deeply concerned about the frequency at which fires are occurring and have committed to ensuring that resources are available to provide domestic fire services on the island of Grand Turk during the next budget cycle.”There have been three fires so far this year in Grand Turk, including the complete loss of over 200 year old Victoria Public Library.  The cause of the Misick house fire is unknown, the Fire Department and Police Force are investigating.#MagneticMediaNews#GrandTurkfireunit#GTresidentsputoutfirelast_img read more

Man dead after RV bursts into flames in Descanso

first_imgMan dead after RV bursts into flames in Descanso January 29, 2018 DESCANSO (KUSI) — A man died Monday in a fire that engulfed a recreational vehicle in the eastern San Diego County highlands.The blaze in the 23000 block of Trappers Hollow Road in Descanso erupted for unknown reasons shortly before 3 p.m., gutting the RV and scorching a roughly 20- by 20-foot patch of brush before firefighters could get the flames under control, Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said.The victim, whose name was not immediately available, was found unconscious on the ground a short distance from the burning vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.The cause of the fire was under investigation. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Driver in Highway 500 crash arrested on suspicion of DUI

first_imgA Washougal woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Sunday after a car she was driving crashed into a home off state Highway 500 near Camas.Bailey Porter, 20, drove a 1997 Kia Sportage SUV into a home near the intersection of Northeast Dresser Road and Northeast 28th Street, said Trooper Ryan Tanner, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. The vehicle had gone through a stop sign before it hit the home, he said.No one was injured in the crash.State patrol released the information on Thursday.last_img read more

Tax Bill Passes House After Second Vote

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The GOP tax bill has passed the House after Democrats in the Senate persuaded the chamber that several minor provisions in the House bill violated Senate rules, forcing the House into the second vote this morning, in a vote of 224 to 201. According to White House leaders, President Trump will hold an official signing ceremony at a later date. This morning, the House passed the tax bill for the second time. President Donald Trump has promised a news conference, this afternoon following the final vote to approve the GOP tax cut bill. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): “The passage of this bill marks a defining moment in our nation’s history. It’s been 31 years since we last reformed the tax code—and this bill comes not a moment too soon. It’s time we deliver relief, tax cuts, and good jobs for hard-working Americans.”center_img Speaking before a Cabinet meeting, President Trump referred to the passage a “historic victory for the American people.” The House approved the bill on Tuesday, December 19, and then after debating much of Tuesday, the Senate voted on the tax bill well after midnight, approving the bill, 51 to 48.last_img read more

Avengers midnight screening exposed to worst villain of all Measles

first_img How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 26 Photos Top 5 things Avengers: Endgame sets up for the future Captain America (Chris Evans) looks very angry in Avengers: Endgame. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET The United States is currently in the midst of the worst measles outbreak since 1994, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the number of cases continues to rise across the country.According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, local authorities are warning people that attended a midnight screening of Avengers: Endgame at the AMC Theater in Fullerton, California on April 25 may have been exposed to the disease. A woman in her 20s who attended the screening is the first confirmed case reported in Orange County.The film had the most successful opening weekend in box office history, so you can be sure it was seen by a lot of people. The Orange County Health Care Agency suggests anyone present at the theater at the time may be at risk of infection and should check their vaccination history and monitor themselves for fever or unexplained rash for up to three weeks. The measles virus is known to spread through the air and can persist in the environment even after an infectious person leaves the area.The CDC notes that three counties in California have recorded measles outbreaks since the start of 2019 and 22 US states have reported cases overall. As of writing, 704 cases of measles have been reported in 2019. At the current rate, reported cases in the US are likely to reach their highest number since 1992, when cases topped out at 2,200.measles1graphEnlarge ImageMeasles cases in the US since 1993. Data provided by the CDC. Jackson Ryan/CNET The agency also notes that the majority of US measles cases are reported after overseas travel. However, outbreaks are also seen to occur in US communities where there are “pockets of unvaccinated people.””Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes,” said Nichole Quick, interim county health officer with the Orange County health care agency, in a press release. “The MMR vaccine is a simple, inexpensive, and very effective measure to prevent the spread of this serious virus.”The Orange County Health Care Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.   Avengers: Endgame writers address time travel questions Avengers: Endgame has no postcredits scene, but there is a minor audio stinger Avengers: Endgame and time travel: Why it all makes perfect sense Tags Commentscenter_img TV and Movies Related stories 2 Now playing: Watch this: 2:58 Share your voicelast_img read more

Son Allegedly Shoots Own Father at Sandtown Winchester Funeral

first_imgAntonio Addison allegedly shot his father while attending his brother’s funeral. (Baltimore Police Department)What was meant to be a celebration of life for Antonio Addison, 22 , who was gunned down last month on the streets of West Baltimore, turned into almost the same scene, however, this time it was inside of a church. On Tuesday, family and friends gathered at the New Song Worship & Arts Center in Sandtown-Winchester for a repast after the funeral service where the tradition ended with a 47 year old man being shot in the stomach. The suspect is his own son, 26-year-old Antonio Addison of the 1600 Block of Walterswood Road in Baltimore. The two brothers share the same first and last names.“They got into some sort of argument at this repast over what was said or how it was said at the funeral, and the suspect in this case decided to pull out a gun that he bought with him to this event and shot his own father,” said T.J. Smith, Baltimore Police public information Officer, at a news conference.According to witnesses, the father and the son argued over an omission in the obituary written by a family member, police said. The brother’s name was not in the obituary said Charles Addison, the grandfather. “The place was full of children. They ran out the back and I ran out the front.”The 47-year-old father is expected to survive and his 26 year old son was taken into custody.The shooting happened inside of the church’s lobby, located at Gold and North Calhoun Street said police. Hordes of officers, detectives, along with the police commissioner and deputy commissioner, took over the church as those who attended the service, dressed in white attire, some with “R.I.P” and “Gone but not forgotten” T-Shirts on, watched from the street.Later, family members carried out the food which was supposed to be eaten at a celebration of Addison’s life.Addison was killed not to far from New Song on May 25. He was shot several times and he was found inside of a home just before 6 p.m.“I really can’t even describe how unnecessary and senseless this situation is,” Smith said. “There’s still food on the table inside.”Next door to the church, William Pinderhughes Elementary/Middle School was locked down, keeping the children a half-hour after dismissal said administrators.Sadly, this is not the first time that gun violence has interrupted a home going service. Virginia McGhee, 34, was shot and killed in 2009 at the viewing for her boyfriend who was shot and killed the week before. This shooting was at a funeral home about a half-mile from Tuesday’s church shooting. In 2008, two people were shot while attending the viewing of a man who had been killed in a triple shooting. In 2001, a man attending the funeral for his murdered brother was shot while he was leaving the service.“Fortunately, no one else was injured as a result of this, and again, it’s just that senseless that we talk about,” Smith stated.In the aftermath, the church door was locked and signs that Bible Study had been canceled had been taped to the front door.Pastor Louis Wilson of New Song Worship & Arts Center was not available for comment.last_img read more

Researchers study kinematics of the supernova remnant G109110

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of astronomers from Mexico has lately conducted a kinematics study of a supernova remnant in the Milky Way galaxy known as G109.1-1.0 (or CTB 109). The new research reveals crucial insights into basic properties of this remnant. The findings were presented Sept. 23 in a paper published on the arXiv preprint repository. Search for stellar survivor of a supernova explosion Supernova remnants (SNRs) are diffuse, expanding structures resulting from a supernova explosion. SNRs contain ejected material expanding from the explosion and other interstellar material that has been swept up by the passage of the shock wave from the exploded star. Studies of supernova remnants are important for astronomers as they play a key role in the evolution of galaxies, dispersing the heavy elements made in the supernova explosion into the interstellar medium (ISM) and providing the energy needed for heating up the ISM. SNRs are also believed to be responsible for the acceleration of galactic cosmic rays.G109.1-1.0 is one such remnant located in the Milky Way’s Perseus arm. Previous observations of this SNR revealed that it has a semicircular shell-type morphology. However, the astronomers have not yet definitely determined basic properties of this remnant, such as its distance, age and the amount of energy deposited in the interstellar medium in result of the explosion. Various studies produced significant discrepancies in the results.Recently, a team of researchers led by Mónica Sánchez-Cruces of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City has studied the kinematics of G109.1-1.0, which allowed them to diminish the uncertainties presented in previous papers. Their research is based on observations carried out in June 2015 with the use of a scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer known as PUMA. The instrument is installed on the 2.1 m telescope at the National Astronomical Observatory in Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, Mexico.”We obtained a set of direct images in Hα and [SII]λλ6717,6731 Å using the PUMA focal reducer without the Fabry-Perot interferometer in the instrument optical axis. The exposure time of each of the direct images was 120 s. We also obtained [SII]λλ6717,6731 Å Fabry-Perot data cubes of two regions of the SNR CTB 109,” the paper reads.By analyzing the new images, the astronomers found that the distance to G109.1-1.0 is about 10,100 light years, which is consistent with one study published in 2012. When it comes to the age of this remnant, the researchers calculated it to be between 9,000 and 9,200 years.Furthermore, the authors estimated the initial energy deposited in the interstellar medium by the supernova explosion. According to the research, this value lies between 180 and 520 quindecillion erg.The scientists concluded that the remnant’s relatively young age and the amount of energy deposited in the ISM, indicate that G109.1-1.0 contains simple pulsars. “The age is of thousands of years and the (E0) is rather typical of SNRs containing simple pulsars,” the authors wrote in the paper.Besides determining these basic parameters, the team also found that the remnant’s systemic velocity is approximately –50 km/s, while its expansion velocity equals some 230 km/s. [SII]λλ6717,6731 Å direct images of the different filaments of the SNR CTB 109 taken with PUMA in its direct image mode. Left panel corresponds to the northeastern filaments, while right panel corresponds to southeastern filaments. Credit: Sánchez-Cruces et al., 2017. Citation: Researchers study kinematics of the supernova remnant G109.1-1.0 (2017, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-kinematics-supernova-remnant-g1091-.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further More information: Kinematics of the Galactic SNR G109.1-1.0 (CTB 109) arXiv:1709.07986 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1709.07986last_img read more

FIFA scandal Successful Qatar bid for World Cup aroused suspicion among US

first_imgThe lengthy, 164-page criminal indictment of bribery, racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges against 14 international soccer officials and sports marketing executives “reads almost like a novel,” in its clear narrative arc, Lynch said.But at the beginning of an investigation, such as the one into FIFA, “nothing is clear,” Lynch said.“It’s like peeling an onion back,” Lynch said. “You look at certain business arrangements and they lead you to more business arrangements between individuals, between companies. So, you want to be careful and make sure that you aren’t missing either important connections that will tell you more about the defendants already on your radar or other people who may have also been involved in this.”The alleged corruption stretched as far back as 1991 when two generations of football officials used their positions of trust within the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football and the South American Football Confederation to solicit bribes from sports marketers in exchange for the commercial rights to their soccer tournaments, Lynch said.The probe involved FBI and IRS agents who had to undertake “a very, very painstaking analysis of financial records” and look for corroboration of information that involved international soccer officials and sports marketing executives who were entrusted “with keeping soccer open and accessible to all.”“They held important responsibilities at every level, from building soccer fields for children in developing countries to organizing the World Cup,” Lynch said at a press conference in New York. “They were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest and protect the integrity of the game. Instead, they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and enrich themselves.”© 2015, The Washington PostFollow our coverage of the FIFA corruption scandal here Facebook Comments Related posts:FIFA: The ‘World Cup of fraud’ FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches FIFA arrests transform Blatter heir into face of football scandal Chuck Blazer: The whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests In November 2010, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. traveled to Zurich to lobby football’s world governing body in support of the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup.Football’s popularity was rising in the United States, and a successful bid would bring the most-watched sporting event in the world back to the country for the first time in nearly three decades.The U.S. was not successful. Instead, Qatar — a small, wealthy emirate on the Persian Gulf — became the first Arab country to be awarded the event. And almost immediately the decision to place a summer football tournament in a country where daytime temperatures in those months often exceed 120 degrees drew fierce criticism — and deep suspicion.Even before Clinton and Holder had left Switzerland, there “was a lot of talk that the decision had been bought,” said a person with knowledge of the private conversations among U.S. officials in Switzerland.Concern in 2010 about deep corruption in FIFA helped galvanize a burgeoning investigation into the international football organization and the way the World Cup is awarded. It was launched in the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, New York, where Loretta Lynch, who this year became Holder’s successor, was starting her second term as U.S. attorney.“There’s a lot of things that go into beginning an investigation,” Lynch said in an interview with The Washington Post, when asked about what U.S. officials heard in Zurich. “There had been allegations of corruption within FIFA for some time.” Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a packed news conference at the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Eastern District of New York following the early morning arrest of world football figures, including officials of FIFA, for racketeering, bribery, money laundering and fraud on May 27, 2015 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFPLynch oversaw the investigation into FIFA — the Federation Internationale de Football Association — for nearly five years. Investigators finalized their plans to make arrests in Switzerland in the last couple of weeks, as Lynch was beginning her tenure as the new attorney general.On Wednesday, she announced a stunning 47-count indictment charging FIFA officials with involvement in bribery and kickbacks “year after year, tournament after tournament.”While the Justice Department’s case focuses on the decision to hold the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the probe continues into the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.“The Swiss authorities are continuing an investigation of the awarding of other World Cup venues,” Lynch said. “We look forward to seeing the information that their investigation ultimately reveals. ”What made the complex FIFA investigation so difficult, Lynch said, is that the alleged corruption goes back decades and required the collection of evidence overseas and “the analysis of literally reams and reams of records.”“Our investigation revealed that at least from the early 1990s, the defendants in question began turning their positions with the soccer organizations into their own personal piggybank,” Lynch said. “It’s often very difficult to obtain contemporaneous records for things that go back that far. … You also have to make sure that memories are accurate.”With only one month on the job as the nation’s top law enforcement official, Lynch has made several high-profile domestic announcements, including the investigation into police misconduct in Baltimore and a settlement this week with the city of Cleveland over policing practices.But the unsealing of the U.S. indictments early Wednesday morning and the high-profile round-up of FIFA officials in Zurich thrust Lynch — who is known to shun the limelight — squarely onto the international stage.Several bosses of the game were arrested at a luxury hotel in Zurich and now face extradition to the United States.last_img read more

ClosingCorp Names New Chief Innovation Officer

first_imgClosingCorp Names New Chief Innovation Officer in Headlines, News July 6, 2016 475 Views Pat CarneyClosingCorp has named Pat Carney the Chief Innovation Officer (CInO). He will be charged with exploring and driving innovative solutions that impact the business and industry segments to deliver new growth opportunities and cultivate and commercialize market breakthroughs, according to an announcement from the company.In this new position, Carney will be in charge of overseeing the strategy behind the company’s technology partnerships as well as looking holistically at the user experience. Additionally, he will work closely with the product development team and all players within the mortgage ecosystem to drive creativity and implement forward-thinking solutions.“ClosingCorp is focused on accelerating innovation to streamline the mortgage disclosure and closing processes,” said James Bolger, CFO and interim co-CEO. “The cross-functional nature of the role, and the broad skillsets required, necessitate someone with a balance of technical, managerial, and real world experience, and Pat is that person.”Earlier in his career, Carney founded four successful title companies, was a performance consultant for a large national underwriter, and served as CTO and director of marketing at large title companies. Before starting with ClosingCorp, he also served as COO and Chief Strategy Officer at reQuire, a web-based lien release tracking and reporting service. Prior to his new role as CInO, Carney was SVP of strategic partnerships at ClosingCorp.“Over the past two years, ClosingCorp has experienced significant double digit growth. I’m excited about the opportunity to build on this momentum and bring a stronger focus on innovation both within our company and for our clients,” said Carney. “I look forward to turning fresh ideas into great products.”center_img ClosingCorp 2016-07-06 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more