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Some looking to bring party politics to Northwest Territories

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Northwest Territories has no parties, well at least not of the political kind.The territory uses a consensus style of government but some people want to change that.APTN’s Cullen Crozier has the story.ccrozier@aptn.calast_img

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Bob Zimmer campaign signs vandalized

first_img“I am extremely proud of my campaign team and the hard work they are doing putting up signs for those who want to show their support for my candidacy and the Conservative Party of Canada. We have never had a higher demand for signs,” said Zimmer.Monday, September 16th, Zimmer and his party had the grand opening for their Campaign Office in Fort St. John.Zimmer was elected to represent the Conservative party in 2011, 2015 and is now running for re-election in 2019 with the campaign slogan ‘It’s time to get you ahead.’ Zimmer shares, this is a positive message for the entire community.Zimmer has shared he and his team are making sure to pound the pavement, putting up signs and meeting people to answer their questions as he needs people to come out and support him.To view the post; CLICK HERE. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bob Zimmer posted to his FB page several of his campaign signs were vandalized and that is not stopping him.Zimmer shares, it is disappointing to see that several of his campaign signs have been defaced. Noting this kind of vandalism is illegal and undemocratic.The post goes on to urge people to respect the democratic process and leave campaign signs from all parties intact during the course of the campaign.last_img read more

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India rejects as ‘preposterous’ Pak claim of attack plan

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Sunday rejected as “irresponsible” and “preposterous” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s claim that India was planning to carry out another attack on Pakistan, saying his comments were aimed at whipping up war hysteria in the region.Qureshi told reporters in Multan that Pakistan has “reliable intelligence” that India was planning to attack Pakistan again between April 16 and 20, adding that five permanent members of the UN Security Council were apprised about it. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a strongly worded statement, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar termed Qureshi’s comments as “public gimmick” appearing to be “a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India.” “India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” Kumar said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe said India reserves the right to respond “firmly and decisively” to any cross-border terrorist attack. India struck the biggest terrorist training camp of terror group Jaish-e-Muhammed deep inside Pakistan on February 26, twelve days after the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack. On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated by unsuccessfully targeting several military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. Kumar said it has been made clear to Pakistan that it cannot absolve itself of responsibility of a cross-border terrorist attack in India. “No attempt at creating an alibi for its complicity in such attacks will succeed. Pakistan needs to take credible and irreversible steps against terrorism operating from all territories under its control rather than making hysterical statements to obfuscate the core issue that bedevils our region: cross-border terrorism,” he said. The MEA spokesperson said Pakistan has been advised to use established diplomatic and DGMO (Director General of Military Operations) channels to share any actionable and credible intelligence it has about imminent terror attacks.last_img read more

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Mohammed Rabii Signs Five-Year Contract with German Boxing Promoter

Rabat – Moroccan boxer and Olympic bronze medalist Mohammed Rabii has signed a five-year contract to professional German boxing promoter, SES Boxing.Despite receiving numerous offers from international promoters, the 23-year old chose to sign to SES Boxing because he believes that the German promoter can help him fulfill his desire of becoming the first Moroccan to be a professional boxing world champion.“I want to become a World Champion and SES will take me to the top of the professionals. I am very confident in my promoter and the team behind me,” said Rabii immediately following his signing to the group. SES Boxing has also expressed its gratitude over signing the Moroccan athlete. “I am happy to welcome one of the world’s biggest prospects into my team. The goal [of signing Rabii] is to make him a professional world champion,” said a promoter for the German group, Ulf Steinforth.The 23-year old will face Georgian rival Temur Abdulaze on Saturday in Evian-Les-Bains, France. Saturday’s fight will be Rabii’s third professional match. The fight will be broadcast live on French TV Channel, Canal+. read more

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SecretaryGeneral lays out challenging UN agenda for 2008

4 January 2008Peacekeeping, pre-emptive diplomacy, climate change and improving the lot of poor countries, as well as internal reform, will be high on the United Nations agenda for 2008, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. “If the challenges ahead appear daunting, let us remember that great expectations are placed on us,” Mr. Ban told staff during a town hall meeting held at UN Headquarters in New York, in which colleagues from around the world participated via video-link. “The world recognizes the indispensable nature of the United Nations. Let us take heart from the fact that multilateralism is alive and well and in greater demand than ever – that people look to us for global solutions to global problems.” Noting that 2008 will be a milestone year marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Mr. Ban said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) would be strengthened “so we can deliver more results on the ground,” and he would create a task force on the global scourge of violence against women. In peace and security, he cited the establishment of the hybrid UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) which will be the Organization’s largest peacekeeping operation when it reaches its mandated level of some 26,000 troops and police in an effort to bring peace to that war-torn region of western Sudan. “Our task now is to strengthen our capacity for preventive diplomacy, and instil a more integrated and effective UN approach in responding to conflict and supporting sustainable peace processes,” he added, noting the need to continue reforming the Department of Political Affairs and enhancing the peacebuilding system to prevent countries emerging from conflict from slipping back into bloodshed. Mr. Ban called for redoubling efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of social ills such as extreme hunger and poverty, infant and maternal mortality, and lack of access to health and education, all by 2015, adding that Africa must be the priority, as many countries there are in danger of falling short. He stressed that the poorest countries are also among those most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. “So we must act on the mutually reinforcing relationship between climate goals and development goals. Climate change will remain a top priority, both because of the desperate urgency of the issue itself, and because of the tight negotiating calendar,” he added, referring to the agreement at last month’s conference in Bali to have a treaty on greenhouse gas emission targets ready by the end of next year. All these needs will also require revamping the UN’s internal workings, and Mr. Ban cited the streamlining of the world body’s contracts system and a continued focus on better governance, performance, accountability and transparency. Stressing the primacy of staff security and safety after last month’s bombing of UN offices in Algiers, he declared: “The tragedy in Algiers also strengthens our resolve to explain even more clearly and consistently to the public the role of the United Nations, wherever we operate – why we are there, what we are doing, what we stand for and what we don’t. “We must make clear we are not there to represent any one group of nations over another. We are there to clear landmines, build schools, run clinics, advance the rule of law, provide emergency relief, help protect the environment, promote human rights, keep the peace in troubled lands – in short, build better lives for the men, women and children we exist to serve.” read more

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Weaker home sales expected to be drag on remodeling market

NEW YORK — Weaker home sales trends are expected to contribute to a sharp slowing in the home remodeling market.That’s the conclusion of a report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The quarterly report forecasts that spending by homeowners for renovations, expansions and repairs will drop to an annual growth rate of 0.4% by the second quarter of next year from a projected 6.3% in the current quarter.Sales of already occupied homes were down 2.2% in June from a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors. Many homeowners fix up or renovate their homes either before they sell or soon after they buy a home.Harvard researchers use economic indicators including home sales and construction figures and home remodeling permit statistics in compiling its forecasts. It also uses broader economic reports including the Commerce Department’s gross domestic product and the Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index, a forecasting gauge.On Friday, the government reported that the second quarter GDP rose at an annual rate of 2.1%, a sharp slowing from 3.1% in the first quarter. GDP figures show spending on housing — including building new homes and remodeling existing ones — has fallen since the first quarter of 2018.Home sales have been falling because of a lack of available houses and apartments; many homes that were foreclosed during and after the Great Recession were bought by investors and turned into rental properties, taking them off the market. Meanwhile, prices for many homes haven’t returned to pre-recession levels, discouraging owners from selling.The dearth of available homes has driven prices higher, making them unaffordable for many would-be buyers. The median sales price of a home rose 4.3% from a year ago to $285,700, while wages have risen 3%._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

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Opposition parties doubting testimony at hearing into cancelled gas plants

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 28, 2013 10:18 am MDT Opposition parties doubting testimony at hearing into cancelled gas plants AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s opposition parties expressed frustration and doubt Thursday at testimony from Dalton McGuinty’s former chief of staff about the cancelled gas plant in Oakville, prompting the government to accuse the Tories of attacking their own witness.As CEO of Infrastructure Ontario, and later the then-premier’s chief of staff, David Livingston was directly involved in talks with TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) about compensation for cancelling the contract for the Oakville project.Livingston told the justice committee he didn’t know TransCanada had rejected an offer of almost $1 billion, and another of $721 million, when he joined the negotiations to look for possible solutions for the government.“I’ve seen that and I’ve heard that, but that’s not obvious to me that that’s what happened,” he told the committee.“Well it’s obvious to us. We have the documents,” fired back Progressive Conservative energy critic Vic Fedeli.Some of tens of thousands of gas plant documents released by the Liberals prove there were offers to TransCanada in the hundreds of millions of dollars, added Fedeli.“The government was a signatory to this agreement and you’re saying as the chief of staff you had no involvement, no knowledge whatsoever of this $991 million deal,” he asked Livingston.“Quite frankly I’m having a hard time with that, I’ve got to be honest. I’m baffled at this. We’ve got the man sitting here in front of us who did the deal.”The New Democrats were equally frustrated when Livingston testified he wasn’t briefed that there would be extra costs for cancelling the Oakville plant above the $40 million the government claims.“Nobody told me,” said Livingston.“There was not a discussion that there was more money involved than the $40 million.”The opposition parties warn the cancellation of the Oakville gas plant could cost Ontario taxpayers over $1 billion.“So the minister of energy and the deputy minister never told you or anyone else in the premier’s office that in fact we’re talking about a lot more than $40 million here,” asked NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns.“Like my colleague, I find that quite extraordinary.”Outside the committee, the opposition parties continued their attack on Livingston.“I don’t find it credible that he knew nothing about this case before he took it on,” said Tabuns.“He’s sent in as the fixer, has no budget ceiling, and also has absolutely no experience in the energy sector and he designs five options where to site energy plants,” said Fedeli.“That is absolutely incredible and, quite frankly, not very credible.”Liberal committee chair Bob Delaney warned the opposition parties they were on shaking ground with their “shameful” attacks on Livingston outside the hearing room.“I think this has been completely reprehensible, a witness called by the Progressive Conservatives turned into an attack on his character,” said Delaney.“Both the PC and NDP have accused a man of not telling the truth under oath, and they produced absolutely nothing to substantiate it.”The Liberals say the Tories should be calling the former deputy minister of energy to testify about the cancelled project because it had the lead role on the gas plants, not Livingston.The committee is holding public hearings into the cancelling of the Oakville gas plant in 2010 and another in Mississauga that was halted in mid-construction by the Liberals during the 2011 election campaign.Auditor General Jim McCarter is also investigating the costs of scrapping the two energy projects, and is expected to release his report on the Mississauga gas plant in about three weeks. read more

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Study shows Alberta debt levels worse than Ontarios

A new study from an economic think tank says Alberta’s deficit levels are in worse shape than the “poster child for fiscal mismanagement” during its recent economic downturn.The Fraser Institute says Ontario, now the most indebted subnational jurisdiction in North America, saw deficits per person of nearly $3,900 in the years following the 2009 recession.But, Senior Policy Analyst Steve Lafleur said Alberta’s per capita deficit is trending 65 per cent higher at almost $6.400 since oil prices took a dive.“We all know in Alberta how big of a problem the Ontario government is in, and the fact that we’re going down that same path is really troubling.” Lafleur said.He said the issue started before the NDP took power two years ago, and Alberta’s spending was too high for many years prior oil prices collapsing. by Mike Tarasko Posted May 30, 2017 6:50 am MDT Study shows Alberta debt levels worse than Ontario’s AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Stock photo) read more

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Mayweather McGregor Whats The Worst That Could Happen

On Saturday night, in the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip, Floyd Mayweather will defeat Conor McGregor. The great old pro will dismantle the MMA vet turned boxing newcomer, securing a 50-0-0 record that will stand alone in boxing’s record books. McGregor will be outpaced, outclassed and, most simply, outboxed. Mayweather will win — every expert says so.Unless, of course, he doesn’t.Odds on this spectacle, even farce, of a fight opened heavily in Mayweather’s favor. In November, he was a -2250 favorite, roughly implying a 96 percent chance of victory. By mid-August, the money line had narrowed to -400, or about an 80 percent chance. The money has continued to pour in for McGregor. Many bettors, it seems, believe in the Irishman’s puncher’s chance.But maybe it’s not even a punch that’ll end it. As one of us has suggested elsewhere, Mayweather’s best chance of losing may be suffering a pulmonary embolism or a brain aneurysm; drowning in his spit bucket or tripping on the way to the ring. Perhaps one of the fighters will do something untoward in the ring. One sportsbook is offering 9-to-1 odds that the fight ends in disqualification. Which makes sense, considering one of the boxers is barely even a boxer — and the chance of an errant kick is so high that it was considered in prefight negotiation.Strange things happen in boxing. This is the sport where a parachutist later called Fan Man crashed into the ropes during a heavyweight championship fight, after all. And if something strange does happen, it won’t stand alone in the history books. It will join the ignominious ranks of …Wolgast vs. RiversJuly 4, 1912Ad Wolgast defeated Joe Rivers via a 13th-round knockout in Los Angeles County. Perhaps the inspiration for “Rocky II,” this grudge match featured both fighters landing simultaneous knockout blows, then crumpling to the canvas. The referee reached the count of 10 and the bout was over, yet for some inexplicable reason he gave the victory to Wolgast on the basis that he had attempted to rise before being counted out. Compounding the confusion, the timekeeper at ringside had only reached a count of four. The referee’s verdict was upheld amid immense backlash, as Rivers’s camp claimed he had been fouled. They famously produced a considerably dented metal foul protector as evidence for their case, which made headlines across the country.Dempsey vs. SharkeyJuly 21, 1927The fight, held at Yankee Stadium, between Jack Dempsey and Jack Sharkey, guaranteed the victor a shot at the greatest title in sports, then worn by world heavyweight champion Gene Tunney. A crowd of over 82,000 was in attendance to watch the former champ, 32-year-old Dempsey, in his second-to-last fight, square off against 7-to-5 favorite Sharkey in the hopes of avenging his previous loss to Tunney. It was clear by the early rounds that all 82,000 fans and press row were watching Dempsey grow old over the night. Sharkey was handily beating his professed idol when, in the seventh round, Dempsey landed a slew of low blows. When Sharkey protested to the referee, Dempsey delivered a vicious left hook to the chin while Sharkey was mid-sentence. Sharkey did not finish his sentence; Dempsey won by knockout. He later fondly remembered the punch as, “one of the last good punches of my life … His chin was sticking out there, unprotected. I couldn’t miss.”Sharkey vs. SchmelingJune 12, 1930With heavyweight champion Tunney having recently retired and vacated his title, promoters scrambled to bring Germany’s Max Schmeling and the New York-born Sharkey in front of a packed Yankee Stadium to fill the void left in Tunney’s wake. Despite winning the first few rounds, Sharkey made a strange decision in the fourth when he abruptly teed off on Schmeling’s groin with a savage blow that dropped the German contender. Bedlam ensued, prompted by Schmeling’s manager storming the ring in protest. The referee disqualified Sharkey and raised the hand of Schmeling. It was the first time the heavyweight championship had been won on a foul. Schmeling became ignominiously known in the American press as the “low-blow champion.”Ali vs. ListonMay 25, 1965Muhammad Ali had been a 7-to-1 underdog when he stole Sonny Liston’s crown in 1964 — a strange match in itself that included Ali being temporarily blinded by a foreign substance allegedly from Liston’s gloves and ended with Liston refusing to come out for the seventh round. In the time between the February 1964 match and the rematch in May of 1965, Ali converted to Islam, changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and his friend Malcolm X was assassinated. It would be an understatement to say that the rematch swirled with controversy. Ahead of the rematch, Liston was considered a 13-to-5 favorite. Midway through the first round of the fight, a looping right hand later dubbed a “phantom punch,” crumpled Liston to the canvas while Ali danced around the ring. The crowd began to roar, “Fix! Fix!” Hall of Fame commentator Don Dunphy didn’t buy that it was a legitimate knockdown, stating, “If that was a punch, I’ll eat it. Here was a guy who was in prison and the guards used to beat him over the head with clubs and couldn’t knock him down.”Duran vs. LeonardNov. 25, 1980Only five months after handing superstar “Sugar” Ray Leonard his first humiliating loss and taking his title in Montreal, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran returned to meet Leonard at the New Orleans Superdome for one of the most eagerly anticipated rematches in boxing history. Duran had eaten everything in sight after his victory in June and ballooned up almost to the class of a heavyweight before crash dieting and horrifically sweating his way back down to the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. Leonard had counted on this when he pushed to have the rematch as quickly as possible. After being humiliated for eight exhausting rounds, Duran finally gave up and —or so the popular story goes — uttered “no más” to referee Octavio Meyran. Duran followed up the shocking conclusion to the fight by announcing his retirement from the sport. (He’d return to the ring less than a year later.)Bowe vs. GolotaJuly 11, 1996Riddick Bowe was coming off a victory in the third match of his blood-feud trilogy with Evander Holyfield when he squared off against undefeated contender Andrew Golota in Madison Square Garden. Bowe had mostly refused to train for the fight on the basis of his public dismissal of Golota as a “bum.” Golota took control of the fight, but his biggest obstacle to victory became his devotion to excessively fouling Bowe with egregious, swung-shovel-like low blows. After repeated warnings failed to improve Golota’s accuracy, the referee began deducting points. He took three away before offering a final warning that a further low blow would cost Golota the fight. Golota continued to dominate the fight while unleashing perhaps his most sadistic barrage below the belt one final time with 30 seconds left in the seventh round. A massive riot ensued, and police, security and fans clashed in what would be remembered as the “Riot at the Garden.” Five months later, in Atlantic City, Bowe and Golota fought a hotly anticipated rematch. Golota repeated his domination of Bowe and his desire to ruthlessly foul him, leading to a ninth-round disqualification.Lewis vs. McCallFeb. 7, 1997Oliver McCall, for most of his career a distinguished journeyman, was best known as Mike Tyson’s sparring partner before handing heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis his first professional loss in a shocking upset in September 1994. Their rematch more than two years later was arguably the most bizarre heavyweight title fight; by the end of the third round, fans no doubt knew they were witnessing something nobody could have predicted. Before the closing bell to end the round, McCall had dropped his hands and looked despondent. When he came out for the fourth and fifth rounds, McCall spontaneously became a pacifist. Referee Mills Lane noticed McCall’s lips quivering before he began to cry. The fight was stopped in the fifth round.Holyfield vs. TysonJune 28, 1997When the washed-up Evander Holyfield was announced as Mike Tyson’s next opponent after Tyson had secured his second title belt on the way to unification, the opening odds for their November 1996 match made Holyfield a 25-to-1 underdog. The referee stopped the fight in the 11th round after Tyson was sent stumbling into the ropes. A rematch, which drew enormous interest, took place the following year. Holyfield quickly proved to both the world and Tyson that his first victory hadn’t been a fluke. And Tyson’s response became the defining moment of his career. With 39 seconds left in the third round, Tyson’s leaned over and tore a chunk of Holyfield’s ear lobe off with his teeth. Before the round was out, he savagely attacked Holyfield again in the same way and was disqualified. read more

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Kim Cattralls Agatha Christie character meets sticky ending in new BBC adaptation

first_imgKim Cattrall (far right) as Samantha in Sex and The City: The Movie And Then There Were None drew eight million viewers when it was screened in December last year and introduced a new generation to Christie’s novels.There are high hopes that will continue when Witness for The Prosecution is broadcast later this year.The writer’s grandson Mathew Prichard said recently: “I have lost count of the number of times I have told my family they cannot expect interest in Agatha Christie continuing but lo and behold it does.”There was universal acclaim for And Then There Were None and they are a continuation of that.”As well as And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution, BBC One and Agatha Christie Productions are to screen seven new adaptations of the writer’s work over the next four years.These will include adaptations of Death Comes As The End, a murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt and The ABC Murders, depicting  a race to stop a serial killer who is terrorising  1930s Britain.Sarah Phelps, who adapted The Witness for the Prosecution, said: “When I read the short story it felt like the most perfect Film Noir for 1920s London, and, like the famous Noir of post WWII America, there is an incredible focus on the context of the times and how that might lead someone to commit a terrible murder.“Dark, strange, unsettling and thrilling, you feel the rug of your certainties twitched from under your feet.” 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. Kim Cattrall (far right) as Samantha in Sex and The City: The MovieCredit: Startraks Photo/REXcenter_img Dark, strange, unsettling and thrilling, you feel the rug of your certainties twitched from under your feet.Sarah Phelps, screenwriter Kim Cattrall’s character comes to a sticky end early on in the BBC’s new Agatha Christie – dead on the carpet of a smart townhouse in 1920s London.But given the star power of Ms Cattrall – who made her name as the vampish Samantha in Sex and the City – it seems unlikely that is the last viewers will see of her during the two-part court thriller The Witness for the Prosecution.Ms Cattrall was busy filming the production with the rest of the star-studded cast in Liverpool over the summer and this publicity photograph gives a first taste of its sophisticated glamour.Made by the team behind the BBC’s adaptation of And Then There Were None, The Witness For The Prosecution stars Cattrall as Emily French, a wealthy heiress found murdered in her home.Suspicion falls on Leonard Vole, played by Billy Howle, a young chancer to whom she left her vast fortune.But Leonard is convinced his girlfriend Romaine, a chorus girl played by Andrea Riseborough, can prove his innocence.last_img read more

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She was more than my wife she was my best friend Husband

first_img Image: Doolin Coast Guard via Facebook ‘She was more than my wife, she was my best friend’: Husband pays tribute to volunteer wife Bernard Lucas paid tribute to coastguard wife, Caitríona, who died during an operation off the coast of Clare. http://jrnl.ie/3057121 By Sean Murray 15,733 Views Share27 Tweet Email Short URL Image: Doolin Coast Guard via Facebook Nov 1st 2016, 3:15 PM 5 Comments Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 3:15 PM THE HUSBAND OF Caitríona Lucas, the Coast Guard volunteer who lost her life in September, has paid an emotional tribute to his late wife.On 12 September this year, the mother-of two became the first ever Irish Coast Guard volunteer to die after the boat she was travelling in capsized during a search for a missing person.Speaking on RTE’s Today with Seán O’Rourke, Bernard Lucas paid an emotional tribute to his wife, praising her selfless commitment to helping her community.While she worked as a librarian, Caitríona was always on hand to answer the call to help the Coast Guard when required.He told the programme: “Every time the pager went, Caitríona was gone. She used to work for the library service in Clare… If she was working on her own, she couldn’t go. If it was a protracted search, she would go in in the morning before work. If she was working where there was cover from her colleagues, she would go.”Such was her commitment to volunteering her time that she would work about 700 hours a year. Bernard said: “A lot of it would have been behind the scenes. She would have done the Facebook page, the website, and school visits as we were both education officers.”The couple had almost 30 years of experience between them as volunteers. As to the cause of the incident, he said: “You ask all sorts of questions. Until all these things are investigated, we won’t have an answer.” The funeral of Caitríona Lucas, which took place at St Brigid’s Church, Liscannor, Co. Clare Source: Niall Carson/PA WireThe call outAs she would usually do in the situation, when the call came out on the day to provide assistance in a missing person’s case, Caitríona was one of the first to volunteer. Bernard also volunteered to help out but arrived on the scene later.He said: “We got paged to go and the text came through that it was an upturned boat in Kilkee. I went to Doolin, to go on the boat and assist them. When we got to the pier in Kilkee, I was just called ashore by gardaí and told that there had been an accident and Caitríona was involved in it. I just flew with her in the helicopter to the hospital.”An inquiry is currently under way as to the cause of the incident. In September, Irish Coast Guard operations manager said that it would be “unwise to speculate at this time in terms of the cause of accident.” Members of the Coast Guard attending the funeral of Caitríona Lucas Source: Niall Carson/PA wireStamp petitionCaitríona was also an avid artist, and a campaign is well underway to get An Post to make one of her artworks onto a stamp to commemorate her life, and the sacrifice that she and many like her take when they volunteer for the Coast Guard.At the time of writing, 1,200 of the required 2,000 signatures have already signed the petition on Uplift.ie. You can view it here.Bernard said: “We just happened to bring it to the church […] It’s being considered by An Post on the next round of stamps that are going to be issued. She painted it herself. She was a very talented artist.”“She continues to inspire me”She gave up so much of her time to initiatives like the Coast Guard and SARDA (the search and rescue dog association), of which she was national secretary for three years, as well as finding the opportunity to encourage children to get into reading through her work in the library, that she will continue to be an inspiration for Bernard and their children, Ben and Emma.Having met when they were just 17, and having a family early, meant that they were a very tight knit group. “We grew up together,” he said. “She was more than my wife, she was my best friend.”With Ben back in work as an atlantic air aviation engineer in Shannon, and Emma preparing to sit her leaving cert exams, the family is receiving “fantastic support from friends, family and the local community”.When asked by O’Rourke what sustains him, Caitríona’s husband answered: “It’s her memory. It’s her commitment to everything she did. All she did was just try and do it better. Everything we do, we’ll try and do it better.”Read: ‘Caitríona was up there with the best of them’: Shock at sadness at death of Coast Guard volunteer Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Compter les calories dun plat à laide dune simple photo

first_imgCompter les calories d’un plat à l’aide d’une simple photo ?Des chercheurs américains ont réussi à mettre au point une technologie qui permet de calculer la taille et le nombre de calories d’un plat à l’aide d’une simple photo.Rien qu’en regardant ce gâteau au chocolat surmonté de crème, qui vous tend les bras, vous savez déjà qu’il est bien plus gras que le yaourt qui se trouve à côté. Pourtant, aussi explicite soit-il, d’un simple coup d’oeil, pas facile d’évaluer le nombre de calories présent dans un plat. Une difficulté qui force bon nombre de personnes au régime à scruter les étiquettes alimentaires. Et s’il devenait possible de calculer les calories contenues dans un plat avec une simple photo ?C’est la prouesse technologique que viennent de réaliser des chercheurs de l’université de Pittsburgh aux Etats-Unis. Dans la revue Measurement Science and Technology, ces derniers ont annoncé avoir créé une technologie qui serait, à partir d’une simple photo en deux dimensions, capable de calculer la taille et le nombre de calories d’un plat. Ceci en prenant comme point de référence l’assiette dans laquelle est contenu le plat.Une caméra qui scrute vos plats De précédentes études avaient déjà essayé d’aboutir au même résultat en utilisant des photos prises à l’aide de smartphones. Néanmoins, les chercheurs ont souligné que ceci n’était pas forcément aisé à faire pour les consommateurs, que cela pouvait être intrusif, long voire les convaincre de ne pas manger certaines choses. Aussi, ils ont imaginé un tout autre système : une petite caméra cachée dans un bouton à accrocher aux vêtements au niveau du torse. En prenant en compte le fait que l’assiette sur laquelle est servie la nourriture est d’une taille standard, le système est capable de mesurer la localisation exacte du plat dans cette assiette. Puis un logiciel segmente le plat en utilisant une formule mathématique basée sur des facteurs comme la couleur, le contraste et le degré de courbure afin de séparer un objet d’un autre. Une fois que la forme de chaque aliment a été déterminée, ils sont associés à des formes géométriques en 3D provenant d’une bibliothèque pour déterminer de quoi il s’agit.Par exemple, une forme de coin représente généralement une part de pizza ou de tarte. En fonction de quelle forme correspond le mieux à celle observée, chaque aliment est ensuite mesuré avec un ensemble particulier de paramètres pour déterminer sa taille moyenne en trois dimensions. Puis une fois l’aliment reconnu et la taille mesurée, le logiciel se charge de calculer le nombre de calories au vu des données officielles. Une marge d’erreur de 3,7% À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Le système a été testé sur 17 aliments différents, du steak au brocolis en passant par le pain, et a abouti à des résultats plutôt convaincants. Il a permis d’estimer la taille d’une portion avec seulement 3,7% de marge d’erreur quand une personne l’évalue généralement avec une marge d’erreur de 20%. Néanmoins, des difficultés sont apparues pour quelques aliments. Le ketchup par exemple était trop petit pour que la marge soit aussi bonne. De même, la glace n’a pas pu être évaluée avec une grande précision.  Aussi, l’équipe a reconnu qu’il existait encore “quelques problèmes non résolus”, impliquant l’utilisation de différentes techniques pour cuisiner ou de différents ingrédients mais aussi le fait de servir un plat sur une assiette de la même couleur, ce qui perturbe le système, rapporte le Telegraph. Toutefois, les chercheurs ont souligné que leur technologie “avait plusieurs avantages comparé aux méthodes traditionnelles” de mesure. Elle pourrait ainsi s’avérer utile pour les diététiciens ou certains patients qui doivent étroitement surveiller leur alimentation.Le 3 septembre 2013 à 12:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Amazon Cancels New York HQ2 Plans Amid Backlash

first_imgAnything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019In a statement released by New York State, Gov. Cuomo took a different stance, lamenting the “small group [of] politicians [who] put their own narrow political interests above their community.”“The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage,” he said in a statement. “They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.”For now, Amazon will not reopen the HQ2 search. Instead, it remains focused on its Virginia expansion. There is no word on whether the New York cancellation means a larger home base in Northern Virginia.More on Geek.com:Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of BlackmailThis Squirrel Eating an Egg Roll Is New York’s New Furry HeroNeil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ Fantasy Series Is Coming to Amazon on May 31 Amazon has scrapped its controversial plan to build a New York corporate campus in Queens.Announced in 2017, an east-coast HQ2 was to be split into two sites—one in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., and the other in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.Each location would employ some 25,000 workers.Virginia officials jumped on board, signing off on a plan that included $750 million in state incentives.The New York proposal, however, provoked backlash from activists who objected to giving one of the world’s most valuable companies, run by the world’s wealthiest man, almost $3 billion in subsidies and tax breaks.And while Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio supported the idea, other city and state officials criticized it.“The commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long term,” Amazon said in an announcement.“While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment,” the statement said, “a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”The tech titan, though “disappointed to have reached this conclusion,” praised New York’s “incomparable dynamism, people, and culture.” Amazon also applauded Cuomo and de Blasio for their enthusiasm and encouragement—a sentiment that feels a bit awkward in hindsight. Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone. If Amazon can’t recognize what that’s worth, its competitors will. https://t.co/VLU17ULrUo— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 14, 2019“We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity,” de Blasio tweeted this week.“You have to be tough to make it in New York City,” he said, placing the blame on Amazon, rather than his dissenting constituents who seemingly drove the company out of town.Among those dissenters—Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who took to Twitter Thursday to celebrate the news.last_img read more

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Costacurta believes the Italian spirit is back

first_imgAlessandro Costacurta sees more drive and passion around Italy under Roberto Mancini.“Since Roberto arrived, there has been growing enthusiasm and he brought a great breath of fresh air after a difficult period,” Costacurta told Rai Sport and Sky Sports Italia.“As Mancini said yesterday, everyone must have more courage to perhaps give Balotelli better service and then he can deliver the goals.”Costacurta went further to stress the need to win tonight’s encounter against Poland.“I think it’s important to win the game and we saw the problems that the Under-21 side had (in a 3-0 friendly defeat to Slovakia last night).Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“There were some problems with fitness levels and at this stage when you face players who already have seven games under their belts, it will make a difference.“I am concerned the Poland players this evening also have more minutes in their legs than many of ours.”“Having said that, we know what we want to do and want to get back to winning.”last_img read more

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BusinessWeek Tell Us What to Write

first_imgMagazines often get a bad rap when it comes to integrating Web 2.0 ideas into their daily editorial routines, but most publishers have embraced “crowdsourcing” as a research tool. It’s become common for editors to ask their readers for help while researching stories (Wired’s editors, for instance, often blog about stories they are writing).BusinessWeek is taking that tact a mini-step further, asking online readers to submit story ideas they’d like to see reported out. BW editors say they will sort through the suggestions and assign at least one idea a week to its writers. So writes John Byrne:As Editor-in-Chief of BusinessWeek.com, I’ll respond to your suggestions just as I do to my own reporters. “Tom, that’s a brilliant and original idea with importance significance to our readers.” Or, “Frank, I’ve read that story a hundred times. What can you possibly add that’s new?” Whether it’s for research or full-on story pitches, this is something that editors should do more often. Not only is it an easy way to interact directly with readers, it can be a valuable source of information that can help in crafting stories—both now and in the future.In fact, FOLIO: took a step in that direction today. On FOLIO:’s professional networking site MediaPRO, I asked for feedback on a story I’m working on. I’m hoping members—from consumer to b-to-b—will share their feedback and even some story ideas.Take a look and leave us a message!last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for July 18 Wilmington Man Arrested After Fight Motorcyclist Injured

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, July 18, 2018:George Hugh Ferdinand (57, Tewksbury) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License and No Or Inspired Inspection Sticker. (2:34am)Police and Fire responded to a rollover on Main Street near Rite Aid. One vehicle struck another. Fire Department transported one of the drivers to hospital. Both vehicles towed. Police notified Mass Highway regarding large amount of glass on Route 38. (8:21am) [Editor’s Note: The Lowell Sun has more info on the accident HERE.]A MBTA train was blocking Route 62/Middlesex Avenue at North Wilmington station. (9:36am)Motorcycle and two vehicles involved in a crash on Lowell Street, near Lucci’s plaza. Motorcycle driver transported to Mass General due to injuries. Motorcycle and one of the other vehicles were towed. Lucci’s Supermarket provided video of the accident. (3:01pm)Two males were observed fighting near Speedway on Main Street. Police responded. One of the males remained on scene. The other was found running on the tracks behind Walgreens. Police took Nicholas Evan Belanger (21, Wilmington) into protective custody and arrested Andrew Roger Dalio-Foley (18, Wilmington) for Walking/Riding On Railroad Tracks. (10:34pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Alaska firefighters sent to battle California wildfires

first_imgSome Alaskans are helping with the California wildfire response. Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says the state is one of several being tapped for assistance through the National Interagency Coordination Center.Listen now”With the activity they’ve got going down there, those fires and the severity of them, there is a shortage of resources,” Mowry said. “So they have had to reach out to other areas.”Mowry says Alaska firefighting crews disband for the winter, but some fire management professionals are available to fill a variety of response jobs in California.”So mostly, it’s management and overhead, safety officers, field observers, division supervisors,” Mowry said. “There was an order for a public information officer the other day. But mainly it’s management and supervisory positions.”Mowry says the assignments are for two weeks, but can be extended an additional week.”Given the situation in California and the volatility of these fires in the fields down there, who knows how long these events are gonna go on,” Mowry said.Mowry says the extreme situation in California is hard to comprehend in a sparsely populated state like Alaska.”They can be evacuating half the state of Alaska essentially,” Mowry said. “So anything we can do to help them, we’re gonna do.”Thirty-one are known dead in wind driven wildfires in Northern and Southern California. Hundreds more people are missing, and thousands of homes and businesses haven been destroyed.last_img read more

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Lawsuit Seeks 40 million for GTTF False Arrests

first_imgBy The Associated PressTwo men who spent years behind bars after being targeted by corrupt Baltimore police are seeking more than $40 million in damages.The lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and the state of Maryland was filed Wednesday by Umar Burley and Brent Matthews.Members of the notorious Gun Trace Task Force. (Courtesy photo)Burley was convicted and sentenced to 15 years as a result of a 2010 arrest where 28 grams of heroin was planted in his crashed car by rogue police. Matthews, a passenger in the car, was sentenced to nearly four years.They both pleaded guilty despite knowing they were innocent, according to the Department of Justice.A judge has recently erased a manslaughter conviction against Burley stemming from the death of an 86-year-old man killed at the conclusion of a high-speed chase with Baltimore police.last_img read more

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Gus Kenworthy just crowd surfed at Miami Beach Pride and it was

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Olympian Gus Kenworthy just crowd surfed at Miami Beach Pride – and the crowd went wild for him. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Falling backward in a leap of faith, the baying LGBTI community below caught him.Just moments ago during his Grand Marshall speech, they were shouting for him to take his top off.But they carried the Olympian halfway across the crowd before, very kindly, delivering him safely down on the ground.The stage hosts Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard sent mixed messages to the crowd. One warning: ‘no package grabbing’ – while the other shouted, ‘feel his butt for me!’The highlight of @MiamiBeachPride ? Definitely @guskenworthy jumping backwards and crowd surfing. Hopefully no one grabbed your butt like the host suggested? pic.twitter.com/6XQE04cjti— Jamie Wareham (@jamie_wareham) April 8, 2018Speaking on stage as the Grand Marshall of this year’s Miami Beach Pride, Kenworthy told the crowd:‘Pride is so important and Miami does it right. It’s such an honor to be here.’But on his Instagram story today, he did admits it’s an honor that he ‘doesn’t quite understand’ what it means. But it did see him at the front of the parade leading it in a ‘cool’ classic car.And Gus, we checked with the Miami Pride team – as Grand Marshall, you also get ‘a key to the city.’Gus riding in his classic car, as the Grand Marshall of Miami Beach Gay Pride 2018 | Photo: Instagram @gilrigaudThe pride, held in the port town of Miami, happens between 12th and 13th beach on Ocean drive in the city.Miami Pride’s Richard Herring tells GSN:‘Clearly, our tenth pride was our biggest in history. We’ve had more people attend than ever than before. After being a fun community event we’ve really grown into a spectacle of global proportions.’Last year over 100,000 people attended the festival.Gus riding in the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade as the Grand Marshall | Photo: @lag305Kenworthy led the 10th Miami Beach Pride parade as thousands of local residents, and visitors from all over the world turned out to watch.The festivities are presented by Celebrity Cruises, who are the only cruise company in the world to sponsor a Pride. Gus Kenworthy | Photo: Instagram/guskenworthy Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Gus Kenworthy posts thirsty shots of ‘Late night Grind(r) session’ After watching Gus surf the crowd, Celebrity Cruise spokesperson Bradley Norman tells GSN:‘We’re so happy to be back as the presenting sponsor of Miami Beach Gay Pride again. It’s super exciting to see so many people get on board this year; the level of enthusiasm and excitement we’re seeing from even last year is amazing. I mean, even Gus Kenworthy was crowd-surfing the crowd!’Miami Beach Gay Pride lights up city buildings with rainbows in touching Pulse tributeElsewhere at Miami Beach Gay Pride, a touching tribute to the victims, family and friends of those attacked in last year’s Pulse shooting  took place.Miami is just down the coast from Orlando where 49 people were killed at LGBTI venue Pulse.A Pulse survivor, Laura Vargas, has been spearheading much of the tributes.Speaking to Gay Star News she was a mixture of emotions about the weekend though. On one hand, she is pleased it was taking place amongst so much support from local business. But she was also ‘disappointed’ about one recent piece of Pulse news.Laura switching the rainbow lights on on Lincoln road at Miami Beach Pride’s Pulse tribute | Photo: Supplied / Laura VargasJust last week, the wife of the Pulse gunman Noor Salman was found not guilty of aiding her husband Omar Mateen.Vargas is ‘devastated’ by the decision.However, launching the festivals ‘Pride Lights the Night’ initiative, she used the opportunity to focus on the positives. Using her speech to fondly remember her best friend Lewis, one of the 49 killed in the attack.She then flipped the switch lighting up buildings, including the Hard Rock Cafe stadium, in rainbows all over the city.Gay Star News is a media sponsor of Miami Beach Pride. Miami Beach Pride’s presenting sponsor is Celebrity Cruises.More Gus Kenworthy, being the most fabulous Gus Kenworthy he can be:Gus Kenworthy makes history at Winter Olympics with gay kiss on live TV Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Miami Beach celebrated diversity with one huge LGBTI beach party – see the photos hereWATCH: Gus Kenworthy discusses posing naked on a mountainEric Radford hangs out with Gus Kenworthy in PyeongchangRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gus-kenworthy-just-crowdsurfed-miami-beach-pride-and-the-crowd-went-wild/last_img read more

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Air Canada has ticket change policy ahead of Typhoon Lan

first_img Travelweek Group Friday, October 20, 2017 Share TORONTO — With the approach of Typhoon Lan Air Canada has issued travel alerts for passengers flying to and from Japan.Air Canada passengers who purchased an Air Canada ticket no later than Oct. 19 and whose itinerary includes a flight to, from or via an airport in Japan between Oct. 20 and Oct. 24 can change their flight, free of charge, to another date between now and Nov. 7, subject to availability in the cabin originally purchased. Otherwise, any fare difference will apply.Passengers may also choose to travel to an alternate destination. Any change fees will be waived provided travel takes place between now and Nov. 7. Fare differences will apply.The policy applies to Air Canada’s flights into Nagoya (NGO), Osaka (KIX) and Tokyo (HND and NRT). Air Canada has ticket change policy ahead of Typhoon Lancenter_img Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Japan, Travel Alert << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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