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Study on cancer prevention a message for governments Canadians researcher

first_imgCamille Bains, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Researchers who have estimated future rates of 30 different types of cancer hope their study serves as a road map for policy-makers to introduce prevention programs that would help Canadians reduce their risk through positive lifestyle choices.The study, which included epidemiologists and experts in environmental and occupational exposure to carcinogens such as asbestos, says as many as four in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by not smoking, being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, having a nutritious diet and practising sun safety — the top five actions to decrease burden of the disease.The Canadian Cancer Society, which funded the study, said failure to act on the findings published Wednesday in the international journal Preventive Medicine would lead to almost 60 per cent more cases of preventable cancer cases by 2042.By then, the number of cancer cases due to excess weight would nearly triple, from 7,200 to 21,000, with people in that category at risk for at least 11 different types of the disease including breast, colorectal and esophageal cancers, the society said.Christine Friedenreich, a co-principal investigator among 10 main researchers, said the results of the Canadian Population Attributable Risk of Cancer study point to the need for initiatives by all levels of government.No single policy will solve the complex and growing incidence of excess weight and obesity, but targeted approaches such as on childhood obesity and anti-stigma programs could be part of an overall strategy, said Friedenreich, scientific director in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research at Alberta Health Services.“This is the first time in Canada that we have such a comprehensive study where we can actually quantify exactly how that burden could be decreased at a national level,” she said.The study analyzed national population data from 2015 to determine how many people are projected to be at risk of developing certain cancers by 2042 if no preventative action is taken.If current trends continue, the number of new cancer cases due to smoking would increase to 46,900 in 2042, from 32,700 in 2015. Physical inactivity would hike the number of cases to 16,500, up from 11,600.Measures to get people more physically active and healthy could include more spending on public transportation, Friedenreich said.The Canadian Cancer Society has also advocated for introducing labelling on the front of food packages, restricting marketing to kids and introducing a manufacturers’ levy on sugary drinks.The society praised Health Canada’s announcement last week that cigarette packs will have to be plain and dark brown by next November in order to drive down the use of tobacco to five per cent by 2035.The department’s statistics show the prevalence of cigarette smoking increased to 15 per cent, or 4.6 million smokers in 2017, up from 13 per cent, or 3.9 million smokers, in 2015.Part of the study said tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer, followed by excess weight.Smoking-cessation programs are available across the country, including through the society and the Canadian Lung Association. They vary across provinces, from counselling by phone to online information and support groups.The BC Lung Association runs a provincially funded program called QuitNow, which includes a live-chat connection with so-called quit coaches who can also be accessed on a toll-free line and a customized online questionnaire that provides information such as how much money someone could save by quitting.Chris Lam, the association’s CEO, said a toll-free text-to-quit number is also available. It uses artificial intelligence to reply to questions from people seeking support, perhaps before they’re about to pick up a cigarette.“Based on their profile and based on predictive language the text-to-quit program will text them back things like, ‘Perhaps you should go for a walk or talk to your family or friend,’ ” he said.Those with a strong urge to smoke can be further prompted to call another line so they can be talked through a tough time by focusing their attention elsewhere, Lam said.One of the most popular aspects of the online program includes a forum where people find support through community.“They see one story about someone who’s quit for a number of years and they immediately almost all want to chime in with their own quit stories and their struggles and their successes because they really do see that as a community where they can share, where they’re not stigmatized,” Lam said.However, he would like the success rate of the program to increase beyond 27.5 per cent.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

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Advocate calls for full review of Indigenous Affairs departments and bureaucrats that

first_imgMark Blackburn APTN NewsThe executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society is calling for a complete review of both departments under the Indigenous Affairs umbrella and the bureaucrats running them.“The operating system in INAC is still protecting what the bureaucrats think what the government’s interests are,” said Cindy Blackstock. “At some level, I think for many it’s what their interests are – they can get promoted and rewarded and conformity and that means a kind of status quo at INAC.”Blackstock is calling on Canada to implement what is called a 360-degree review of the two departments responsible for First Nations, Metis and Inuit issues – because she isn’t convinced that change can come from within.“One of the questions I asked the bureaucrats at INAC after the (human rights tribunal) decision and have asked it consistently since then is, what did you learn from the tribunal’s decision about the way the department thinks and acts in ways that discriminate against little kids? What did you learn about that and how have you reformed yourself internally so that you do not repeat these patterns of behaviour?“And they can never answer that question.”Blackstock took the federal government to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal over a decade ago for discriminating against First Nations children, saying the government underfunded programs. The tribunal ruled in her favour in January 2016.Reform is what the Liberal government promised during the election that swept them to power in 2015.Ministers are still promising it.“We are working towards getting out from underneath this broken system,” Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said during a speech at the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) special chiefs assembly in Ottawa last week.But some say they haven’t seen any change.Oneida of the Thames Chief Randall Phillips is one of them.“I’m spitting mad,” Phillips told APTN News at the AFN gathering. “Absolutely nothing has changed in that regard.”Phillips was also angry about comments Philpott made at the AFN gathering about her bureaucrats“Bureaucrats are good,” she said. “They want to do the right thing. But they worked in a former department of Indigenous Affairs that worked in an era of denial.“We are working to turn that around”But despite Philpott talking up her worker bees, Phillips said it doesn’t ring true.“I don’t buy it for one second,” Phillips said, pointing towards the room where Philpott was speaking. “I don’t buy it for one second that what they’re saying now is all they need was a culture change and leadership from the top. They’ve had ministers before who said that they wanted to work with First Nations and move these things in a positive way but they (bureaucrats) kept on saying no.“So what is going to change? In my mind, absolutely nothing.”This year’s edition of the AFN’s Christmas assembly had its usual parade of cabinet ministers promising a number of changes.Carolyn Bennett, the minister for Indigenous-Crown Relations, spoke of the now common theme of the importance of the government’s nation-to-nation relationship with communities.She ran through a history lesson that irked some chiefs – but received a polite reception.Some ministers did not get the reception they were looking for.Sources told APTN that with the aid of a French and English translator, Canada Revenue Agency Minister Diane Lebouthillier held a closed-door session with chiefs to talk about the OI Leasing debacle.Bureaucrats within Lebouthillier’s department, with the support of the courts, have forced employees of OI Leasing, including a number of past and present employees of APTN, to pay thousands of dollars in income taxes, after they believed they were exempt because the leasing office was located on Six Nations, near Hamilton, Ont.According to the sources, what was supposed to be a speech, followed by a question and answer session between chiefs and the minister, turned heated with pointed comments aimed at Lebouthillier and her bureaucrats about the department’s handling of the file.She left without answering questions.That was followed by Philpott who took to the podium in the main assembly and promised more money for First Nations child welfare ahead of an “emergency” meeting scheduled for some time early next year and to keep learning about the issues that need addressing.“I acknowledge there is a lot that I don’t know … but I want to learn from you,” Philpott said.Phillips said he likes Philpott – and her energy – but he said red flags went up when she made that comment.“She don’t understand our issues,” he said. “So again we’re relying on bureaucrats that have been fighting us for 150 years to say this is what they want and this is how we should do it – it’s not going to happen. It’s going to happen in someone’s utopian mind, it’s not going to happen on the ground. I’ve been dealing with this for 37 years – nothing has changed.”In Alberta, the chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is also in constant contact with the bureaucracy.Allan Adams has been in a pitched battle with the province over the tar sands.He said the issues with bureaucrats crosses from the federal government to province.“You know we went through the same changes in Alberta with the NDP government and we thought when the NDP government came in that things would change,” Adams said. “The only thing that changed was the government.“The bureaucrats are still there, the issues are still there, the issues haven’t gone anywhere – the same process goes over to Canada on a national scope. We had Conservatives exit with the bureaucrats in place, only the political party has changed, the system hasn’t changed at all.”Adams said he will go to meetings with five or six ministers who are surrounded by bureaucrats and he said he’s not clear who is running the show.“You have a process, you have a system, you have things that are in place that they have to follow and bureaucrats follow a system. Unless ministers want to bring changes to that system, well then show it to me. Where are the changes coming in the legislation? That is the only time you’ll be able to make a change to the bureaucrat’s system and if you don’t do that then you don’t have the mechanism or mandate to make any changes,” he said.Cindy Blackstock is currently working at McGill University in Montreal preparing to teach a First Peoples course in January.There, students will choose one of the Truth and Reconciliation’s calls to action and write an implementation plan.They might learn about the time she was escorted from a government office when a member of the minister of Aboriginal Affairs staff learned she was attending a meeting between chiefs and bureaucrats over child welfare.Or about the time, first reported by APTN in 2011, when federal government bureaucrats under the Stephen Harper administration in the former Aboriginal Affairs and Justice departments were spying on her online and tracking the content of her public speaking engagements after she filed a human rights complaint against Canada over First Nations child welfare.“(The two departments) have repeatedly accessed, viewed, read, copied and recorded personal information from (Blackstock’s) personal Facebook page,” said a 2013 report from Canada’s privacy commissioner.But what about today?“I operate as if I am (being spied on) because when it was over with my counsel asked the department to sign an undertaking saying that the surveillance had stopped – and they wouldn’t do it. So I have no assurance that they’ve done it,” she said.Blackstock said there have been some changes in the bureaucracy at the First Nations Inuit Health Branch.“They have Valerie Giddeon, who is First Nations and worked a lot in this area, and I think she has helped shift that relationship,” she said. “So the department isn’t spending the lion’s share of its time defending its definition of Jordan’s Principle, but is instead recalibrating its efforts towards compliance with the orders.”After tribunal ruled against the government, it has issued several non-compliance orders against Ottawa for not following through with its ruling.As for the 360 review, said bilingualism needs to be addressed because the requirement for high-level jobs eliminates many talented Indigenous candidates who would be better at setting the agenda for the department.mblackburn@aptn.calast_img read more

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Husky Energy reports 136M Q3 profit trims capital spending guidance

first_imgCALGARY – Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) lowered its capital spending guidance as it reported a profit of $136 million in its latest quarter.The energy company says it has cut its capital spending guidance to $2.2 billion- to $2.3-billion due in part to cost efficiencies.The revised figures compared with expectations earlier this year that it would spend $2.5 billion- to 2.6-billion.Annual production is expected to remain within the 2017 guidance range of 320,000- to 335,000-barrels of oil equivalent per day.Husky says its profit for the quarter amounted to 13 cents per share compared with a profit of $1.39 billion or $1.37 per share a year ago when the results were boosted by asset sales.Gross revenue totalled $4.72 billion, up from $3.52 billion in the same quarter last year.last_img

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Legendary Footballer Lothar Matthaus Appointed Ambassador for Morocco 2026

Rabat – Former legendary football star Lothar Matthaus has joined the list of former international football stars supporting Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.A statement from the Moroccan bid committee said, “Morocco 2026 is pleased to welcome  the iconic Lothar Matthaus, former captain of the German national team and winner of the FIFA World Cup in 1990, as its ambassador.”The statement added that the star of the football world is pleased to be “promoting the human, inclusive and responsible candidacy” of Morocco. The football star shared a video in his Twitter, expressing his support for the Moroccan bid.“I support Morocco’s bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup because I am convinced that Morocco, with its innovative and compact concept, will provide impeccable conditions for players, supporters, and all football lovers. Morocco is truly a land of football,” said the star.#Soutien ?“Je suis convaincu que le #Maroc, avec son concept novateur et compact, va offrir des conditions impeccables aux joueurs, aux supporters et à tous les amoureux du football”. Lothar Matthäus, vainqueur de la #CoupeDuMonde 1990 avec la @DFB_Team, soutient #Maroc2026 pic.twitter.com/RgpTzdf9bk— Morocco 2026 (@Morocco2026_FR) May 18, 2018Before Matthaus, Brazilian retired professional footballer Roberto Carlos expressed support for the Moroccan bid. The list of other ambassadors includes Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, and El Hadji Diouf campaigning for Morocco’s bid.FIFA will publish its task force assessment, which will decide if Morocco’s bid meets the criteria to host the 23rd World Cup, on May 29. The assessment reveal comes 15 days prior to the final vote, when 211 football federations will cast their ballots for their favorite bids on June 13 during the 68th FIFA Congress.To date, Morocco’s bid has collected the support of many countries, including France, Luxembourg, Russia, Belgium, Saint Lucia, Qatar, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Nigeria. read more

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Toronto Zoo reaches tentative agreement with workers union

A tentative agreement has been reached between the Toronto Zoo and the union representing its workers. CUPE Local 1600 says the deal was reached early Thursday morning after nearly 24 hours of continuous bargaining between the union and the Toronto Zoo. A provincially-appointed mediator was brought in to assist with the negotiations.More than 400 workers, including zookeepers, horticulturalists, trades people, administrative and public relations staff, and concession and ride operators, went on strike on May 11 after the union and zoo officials failed to reach an agreement. During the strike, the animals at the zoo were taken care by management staff, many of whom were former keepers.The zoo has been closed since workers walked off the job and it is still unknown when it will reopen.

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Ellingson flies under the radar

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 When he arrived at Tiger-Cats training camp a few months ago, Slotback Greg Ellingson was flying under the radar. Not too many locals had ever heard of him. But the former Arena League player with the Tampa Bay Storm has stormed into the top ten in the CFL’s receiving stats.Natalie Marconi has more on the man they call “Ace.”

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UN Population Fund sends medical supplies to violencewracked Haiti

The UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA) representative in Haiti, Hernando Clavijo, said its airlift of drugs and supplies for safe childbirth and for the treatment of rape and sexually transmitted infections arrived yesterday in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.The Caribbean country’s health care system was stripped bare during the armed civil unrest that ravaged Haiti and led to the departure of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.The reports of increased sexual violence were extremely troubling, not just for the physical and psychological trauma they inflict on women, but also because Haiti has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the Americas, at 4.5 per cent, Mr. Clavijo said.As part of its HIV prevention, UNFPA was accelerating condom distribution, he said.

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HerouxDevtek wins Boeing H47 Chinook helicopter landing gear contract

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2012 11:39 am MDT Heroux-Devtek wins Boeing H-47 Chinook helicopter landing gear contract MONTREAL – Heroux-Devtek Inc. has been awarded a five-year contract from Boeing to manufacture landing gear for the H-47 Chinook helicopter for the U.S. army.Delivery of the landing gear for the medium- to heavy-lift helicopters are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2014 and be spread out over five years.The U.S. army has contracted for 155 aircraft, but has options for an additional 150 helicopters.Heroux-Devtek didn’t provide a value for the contract but an industry analyst estimated it is worth about $40 million, or $8 million a year, which is three per cent of Heroux’s overall annual sales.It is the Quebec-based manufacturer’s third H-47 contract in three years. The first contract in September 2009 involved fabrication, assembly, testing and delivery of the landing gear for H-47F aircraft delivered to customers outside the United States, including the CH-147 used by the Canadian Forces.The second agreement, announced last September, was for a license to fabricate replacement parts and carry out repair and overhaul services for the landing gear of all Chinook variants.Heroux-Devtek (TSX:HRX) CEO Gilles Labbe said the new contract reinforces Boeing’s (NYSE:BA) confidence in the company’s abilities to manufacture quality landing gear.“This additional contract firmly positions Heroux-Devtek as the leading landing gear supplier on this important and longstanding program,” he stated.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said the contract is an important win for Heroux and probably represents three times as much revenue as the contract to non-U.S. landing gear.“A key investor concern for Heroux-Devtek is the exposure to the military segment, but this contract win will help offset any weakness in existing military programs and also demonstrates the company’s ability to grow its market share,” he wrote in a report.The commercial segment is a bigger driver for the company’s growth, but Doerksen said the military segment’s heavy focus on aftermarket activity means it shouldn’t be a significant drag on growth.The H-47F Chinook’s primary mission is to move troops, artillery, ammunition and other equipment on the battlefield. It is also used for medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and rescue, aircraft recovery, fire fighting, parachute drops, heavy construction and civil development.The aircraft type has been used by the U.S. army since 1962 and has been selected by nearly 20 other defence forces around the world.Heroux-Devtek also said Monday that all investors who acquire its shares until markets close on Dec, 19 will be entitled to a special distribution that follows the company’s sale of a large portion of its operations at the end of August.The payment will consist of $2.70 per share consisting of a partial reduction and return of capital, and $2.30 per share in dividend.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Heroux’s shares gained one cent at $12.79 in morning trading. read more

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11 critically acclaimed PS3 games are 50 off on PSN from today

first_imgThe end of January is always tough. Most people get paid early in December meaning up to 6 weeks before the next lot of cash gets deposited in their bank accounts. But the end is near and this week a lot of people get paid. Sony has decided to take advantage of that fact by having a pretty good sale on PSN.Starting today, 11 critically acclaimed games are being offered at 50% off their usual price. The games include:Costume Quest – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceDeathspank Thongs of Virtue – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceHoard – $7.49 sale price; $14.99 regular priceSoldner-X2: Final Prototype – $6.49 sale price; $12.99 regular priceMotorStorm 3D Rift – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular pricePeggle – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceSpace Invaders Infinity Gene – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceSwords and Soliders – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceTumble – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceComet Crash – $4.99 sale price; $9.99 regular priceShatter – $3.99 sale price; $7.99 regular priceThere should be something for everyone in that list except the avid PSN game purchaser who probably has them all already.There’s no need to rush deciding what games you want to buy at the temporary lower price, Sony is running the sale until January 31.Read more at PlayStation.Bloglast_img read more

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Better Call Saul Gave Us All the Gus Fring We Could Handle

first_img Jimmy’s Fall Is All About Chuck on Better Call SaulWe Knew Things Would Come to This on Better Call Saul Better Call Saul had one of the best episodes of its season, and proto-Saul Jimmy McGill was barely even in it. It was a reminder that, as much as we love watching Bob Odenkirk play the charming, slightly sleazy lawyer, the world of Breaking Bad was fascinating on its own. In last night’s episode, we saw a lot more of it. The show opened with an extended Spanish language sequence where Hector Salamanca drops his money off with the cartel boss. Gus Fring can’t make it, but his associate drops off a noticeably larger, more neatly packed bundle of cash. The purpose of this sequence is to set up the small showdown between Fring and Salamanca that comes next.After two episodes of Gus Fring making very brief appearances, he finally got some decent screen time this week. After Hector Salamanca starts making trouble in Los Pollos Hermanos, Gus is pulled away from his community outreach at the fire station to deal with him. Esposito’s performance is particularly great in this episode. We know what Fring is eventually capable of, but he’s not there yet. He’s still putting up with Hector’s threats, but he’s pretty close to done. When he apologizes to his employees for Hector’s appearance, he tells them Hector was someone who demanded protection money back during Gus’s startup days in Mexico. His speech is probably the best, most inspiring talk about America and freedom since Bill Pullman’s in Independence Day. His assistant manager even starts clapping at the end of it. Why do I get the feeling things aren’t going to end well for him?Gustavo “Gus” Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) (Photo by Michele K. Short/Sony Pictures Television/AMC)Both sides of Gus Fring shine in this episode. We see the smiling, charming business owner, directly followed by the cold, terrifying criminal mastermind. The episode’s most mesmerizing scene comes from a simple conversation between him and Mike Ehrmantraut. Esposito and Jonathan Banks do some of the best acting of the series in this one scene. It’s a standoff between the two men, both sizing each other up, determined to give nothing away. We know they end up working together eventually, but for now, they don’t entirely trust each other. Gus offers Mike some work, but Mike is noncommittal at this point. It depends on the work. We do get a nice bit of foreshadowing right at the end of this scene. Gus reveals that he stopped Mike from shooting Hector because a bullet to the head would be too human. We all know Hector ends up in a wheelchair, unable to speak. Gus is going to do something terrible to him.Jimmy really didn’t have much to do this episode, but he and Kim continue to be a great team. After she helps him draft his confession and cancels Chuck’s door repair appointment, Jimmy hires Mike to pretend to fix the door. Mike is even the best part of Jimmy’s storyline. He shows up to fix Chuck’s door and drives him away with power tools. It’s funny to see him firing a drill into the air for a change. Once Chuck is out of the way, we learn Mike’s real purpose. He’s there to take photos, which leads to a great line from Jimmy after the job is done. “We should probably discuss the rule of thirds.” Photography jokes!Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) (Photo by Michele K. Short/Sony Pictures Television/AMC)Jimmy does have one really great scene at the end of the episode. During his PPD meeting, the prosecutor handling his case asks him to apologize to Chuck before she’s satisfied with the agreement. Jimmy is incredibly pointed in his word choice. It’s so satisfying to watch him say, “No one should treat his own brother like that. Not ever.” That satisfies the prosecutor, but we all know what he’s really talking about. Chuck, for his part, continues to act like the sleazier, yet pious version of his brother we now know him to be. He quibbles over the cost of a cassette tape. That seems petty, but what he really wants is for the bar to know that there’s a cassette tape involved.Once the meeting’s over, Kim tricks Chuck into revealing that Jimmy destroyed a decoy. The original is being kept under lock and key. As the episode ends, it becomes clear that Jimmy and Kim were somehow counting on that. The continued existence of the original tape was somehow a part of their plan. We don’t know what the plan is, but watching them work together is so fun, it doesn’t matter. They are the perfect team. Let’s enjoy that now because we know it won’t last.Prosecutor Kyra Hay (Kimberly Hebert Gregory), Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) and Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) (Photo by Michele K. Short/Sony Pictures Television/AMC)The pieces are moving now, and though it isn’t obvious yet what they’re moving towards, we know it’s something big. Gus’s differences with Hector are about to boil over, and you know there are going to be casualties. And as much as Mike doesn’t want to get involved in it, he’s going to have to if he wants to keep his family in their nice, safe new home. As for Jimmy and Kim, they’re headed to court. Chuck has assured Kim that the bar will hear the tape, so things aren’t looking too great for Jimmy. Whatever they have planned, it’d better be something good. At least they seem confident about it. Better Call Saul is one of the best shows on TV right now. By the time the episode’s over, it doesn’t feel like an hour has gone by. The worst part of the show is having to wait a week to see what happens next. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Verizon customers experience problems with 911 Calls

first_img KUSI Newsroom Verizon customers experience problems with 911 Calls KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 12, 2019 March 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – People making emergency calls to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on Verizon phones Tuesday were experiencing problems connecting with dispatchers.It was not immediately clear what was preventing 911 operators from hearing some calls made on the Verizon network, sheriff’s public-affairs Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said. The regional law enforcement agency was working with the New York-based telecommunications company to determine the source of the problem, Stubkjaer said.Officials advised anyone having trouble being heard by a sheriff’s dispatcher to hang up, after which the emergency operator will immediately call back.The connection problems were tending to go away on the return calls, Stubkjaer said.A Verizon spokesperson did not immediately return a call regarding the issue. last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Wednesday August 19 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Gov. Walker visits Sitka, meets with families of those presumed deadRachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaGovernor Bill Walker was in Sitka today to assess the damage from a series of landslides that hit the city after heavy rains Tuesday (August 18). He also met with the families of three people missing since Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, the search for the three men was proceeding slowly, hampered by fears of further landslides.Running from the slide: two city officials, one survivorRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaAs crews continue to cautiously work through debris searching for the three victims of Tuesday’s deadly landslide in Sitka, it’s clear that the event could have been much worse. There are many homes below and to either side of the slide, and there were two other people directly in its path who escaped.Out with Mew, in with the new: DEA agent to take over as APD chiefEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA man with a long history in drug enforcement will take the reins as Anchorage’s new police chief.Ellis sentenced to 3 years, 2 suspended for death of 51-year-old cyclistAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAn Anchorage teen who pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a man on a bicycle will be sentenced to one year in prison with two suspended. Judge Michael Wolverton accepted the plea deal agreed to earlier this year.Small-scale hydro project comes online in IguigigTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaA prototype in-river hydropower system is currently in operation at Igiugig in southwest Alaska. It’s part of a recent surge of research that has pushed in-river hydro power closer to becoming a reality for rural communities seeking an alternative to diesel-based electricity.Glacier Bay’s missing stories find a new home in Tlingit tribal houseElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauA $3 million dollar Tlingit tribal house is being constructed on the shore of Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay—likely the first time the national park service has funded a tribal house.last_img read more

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Bangladeshi among 35 migrants detained in KL

first_imgThe Malaysian authorities rounded up some 35 undocumented migrants in two separate raids on Saturday, reports The Star Online.Those detained were from Myanmar (22), Nepal (nine), Indonesia (three) and Bangladesh (one), Perak Immigration Operations chief Suhairie Bah Ali was quoted to have said.The immigration authorities conducted the raids at a food processing factory in the Menglembu industrial estate and a construction site at Taman Menglembu Impiana Adril between 8.30am and noon, according to the report.The authorities reportedly started raids to catch undocumented foreign workers, following the 30 June deadline for employers to register their foreign employees to obtain e-cards (enforcement card).”We have also detained the factory owner, in his 40s, for investigation. He will be allowed bail after that,” the official told the media.Suhairie was said to have added that the operation was carried out to check premises for ‘illegal foreign workers’, following the deadline.Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali had reportedly said on Friday that a nationwide crackdown would begin on 1 July, stressing that no more extension would be given after the deadline.The e-card, which was launched on 15 February, functions as a temporary confirmation of employment for illegal workers, which replaces valid travel documents from their respective countries.The card is given out to employees for free, and is valid until 15 February 2018.last_img read more

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AL govt denying peoples ownership of state Kamal

first_img.Terming the movement of the new opposition coalition already successful in view of ‘public response’, convenor of ‘National Unity Process’ Kamal Hossaini on Sunday said the Awami League is doing the opposite of what they demanded.”Instead of releasing [political] prisoners. the government is implicating thousands of opposition leaders and activists in fictitious cases,” he said while addressing a human chain in front of the National Press Club.The Unty Process organised the programme demanding restoration of voting rights, especially formation of an election-time neutral government for ensuring free and fair elections.Rejecting the attitude of the regime, Kamal Hossain said, “The country belongs to all, not any individual, party and family”.The reputed jurist expressed his conviction that no autocratic government could deprive the people of their rights, if a greater unity is forged, reports UNB.Kamal Hossain, also president of Gano Forum, said the people will be deprived of their ownership of the country if the election is not held in a fair and credible manner. “With the feeling, we’re making efforts to unite people and getting overwhelming response from people.”After floating the platform of the National Unity Process, he has tied up with the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party with the common demand for holding free and fair elections and change the country’s political culture.Kamal alleged that thousands of millions of taka were plundered from banks and siphoned off as the people have lost their ownership of the country.He voiced concern that there has been no investment, new industries and factories and employment generation under the current government.”We must bring a change through forging a unity. We’re demanding a credible election to bring the change. We think there’s no alternative to a free, fair and neutral election to bring a change (in power) through a legal way.”He expressed his firm belief that the people’s united movement to ensure a fair and credible election will be successful.He urged the country’s 160 million people to get united for waging a strong movement to establish that the country belongs to all, not to any individual, party and family.” We’ll surely be able to make our movement a success like in the past, and restore people’s ownership of the country.”last_img read more

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HPD 2 Dead Several Injured In Shooting Spree Near Memorial And Wilcrest

first_imgListen 00:00 /00:53 Andrew SchneiderHouston Police Interim Chief Martha Montalvo speaks during press conference Sunday.Two people are dead, including one suspect, and several others injured after an active shooter situation Sunday on Memorial Drive and Wilcrest in West Houston, the Houston Police Department reported.It all began at 10:15 a.m. when a shooting in progress was reported at an auto shop located in the 13200 block of Memorial Drive. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X “An officer arrived within minutes, he was immediately shot upon several times by a suspect,” HPD Interim Chief Martha Montalvo said.The officer called for backup and SWAT officers came out and established a perimeter around the scene. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Precinct 5 constable deputies also responded. Two deputies were shot at and the suspects also fired at a police helicopter, police said. “The suspects had high-powered weapons, AR-15s, that they were using that they were able to actually shoot at a helicopter,” Montalvo said. She said the helicopter sustained five bullets. Police said there were two male suspects involved.  A SWAT officer shot and killed one suspect at the scene and one suspect was critically wounded and transported to a hospital.A victim was found fatally shot in the head inside of a vehicle, police said.“In total we have eight shooting victims, two constables, two suspects, four citizens,” she said. “We have two who are dead: one suspect and one citizen.”The constables were both treated and released from the hospital. Amazing no officer was seriously hurt or killed. Just look at this HPD vehicle. Thankful 4 our officers #khou11 pic.twitter.com/x9izldUAt1— Marcelino Benito (@MarcelinoKHOU) May 29, 2016A shelter-in-place alert that was issued at about 11:30 a.m. was lifted at about 1:37 p.m.“We were able to secure the scene and ensure that the neighborhood was safe. We went house-to-house to make sure nobody else was shot, nobody else was wounded,” Montalvo said.Police said they do not have a motive for the shooting.“We don’t know what started this but what we do know is that they were shooting randomly…just at whoever happened to be on the scene,” Montalvo said.This guy is super lucky. Was shot at at by shooter while he was driving. He’s okay! #khou11 pic.twitter.com/Aou97HnfGw— Marcelino Benito (@MarcelinoKHOU) May 29, 2016Police said they are also investigating a fire that broke out at a nearby gas station. “What we think what may have happened is that as the shooting was progressing that they might have hit one of the gas pumps,” Montalvo said, noting that this is preliminary information in an active investigation.Memorial Drive was closed near Wilcrest in both directions, and may be for some time, officials said. Anyone who has information that might assist in the investigation is asked to call the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.Stay with News 88.7 for the latest in this developing news story. We will update as we get more information. Sharelast_img read more

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Cards Collect More National Academic Honors

first_img The University of Louisville field hockey team placed 16 student-athletes on the 2018 Zag Sports Tours National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Squad.The Division I National Academic Squad program recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year.Senior Maria Gomez earned the honor for the fourth straight year and is joined on the squad by Elizabeth Allgeier, Carter Ayars, Alli Bitting, Erica Cooper, AnnMarie Habelow, Mackenzie Karl, Isabella Leeker, Sam Minrath, Mercedes Pastor, Camryn Pichea, Katie Schneider, Meghan Schneider, Taylor Stone, Katie Walsh and Madison Walsh.The Cardinals finished the 2018 season with a 13-6 overall record and ranked No. 14 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll after earning the No. 3 seed in the 2018 ACC Championship.Fans can follow Louisville Field Hockey on Twitter (@ULFieldHockey) at  https://twitter.com/ULFieldHockey and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ULFieldHockey Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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Save The World And Look Good Doing It

first_img The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu Stay on target Sailor Moon fans have had a fantastic year when it comes to functional and great-looking merchandise related to the series. Bandai has been at the forefront of it, serving up some gorgeous makeup compacts, lipsticks, eyeliners, eyeshadow, and lip balm all either emblazoned with Sailor Moon designed or created to look like transformation items and other important things from the Sailor Moon universe.The latest item from Bandai’s cosmetic brand Creer Beauty is the Miracle Romance Makeup Eye Shadow Flat Style company, which is themed after Sailor Moon’s transformation brooch. As the latest in the long line of Moonie cosmetics, this compact features four eye shadows in various shades, including a light and dark pink, taupe, and brown.The compact itself includes a double-sided applicator, closing latch, and mirror in the lid. It runs about $37 and can be ordered via Premium Bandai‘s website, which started taking orders online this past Friday. If you’re lucky enough to get one, you can look at a special “How To Make Up” guide posted on the official site that shows off a few makeup looks you can put together with the shadows for day wear or special occasions.AdChoices广告The compact itself will begin shipping at the end of March, but if you can’t wait for it to come out, you can check out the rest of the Sailor Moon Miracle Romance makeup line and find something awesome that works for you. I’ve had my eye on the entire line for some time, but I’m especially interested in all the lip balms that resemble the transformation sticks of the Inner and Outer Soldiers.Which piece from the Miracle Romance makeup line is your favorite? Are you going to end up preordering this eye shadow compact?last_img read more

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The Greatest Romances in Comic Book History

first_img Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching, and the thoughts of geeks everywhere turn to love and romance. While comic books have done a great job of teaching us the importance of truth, justice, and the American way, they’ve also given us numerous examples of aspirational romantic relationships. In between superhero slugfests and planetary threats, comic book characters manage to fall in love, get married and even have kids. Here’s our Hall of Fame of 11 of the most notable romances in comic book history.Jessica Jones and Luke CageWhen Brian Michael Bendis created Jessica Jones for his Alias series, nobody expected all that much from her. But the troubled ex-superhero turned private detective became one of the most intriguing characters from the House of Ideas in decades. Working out of a dismal Hell’s Kitchen office, Jessica handled cases at the boundary between the civilian world and the superhuman one. Her relationship with Luke Cage was introduced early on, but what started as a booty call deepened over time into a compelling, realistic romance that saw the pair parent a child, Danielle, and both join the Avengers. They’re a great example of how two people with problems can still help each other.Mr. Miracle and Big BardaWhen Jack Kirby came to DC Comics in 1970, he had big ideas, as always. His “Fourth World” titles laid the foundation of a cosmic mythology pitting the worlds of Apokolips and New Genesis against each other with Earth trapped in the middle. One of the most compelling characters to come from the Fourth World was Mr. Miracle, the Super Escape Artist — aka Scott Free born on New Genesis but raised in a “Terror Orphanage” on its rival planet. Scott escapes from Earth and is followed by Big Barda, the massive Lieutenant of the Female Furies. The two fell in love and married, and have become one of the DC Universe’s most enduring couples as they stand against the Anti-Life Equation and Darkseid.Empowered and ThugboyAdam Warren’s Empowered has probably the most unusual origin on this list — the superheroine started as a character he created for a series of softcore art commissions, and then he started writing short stories around her and a whole universe was born. Emp has evolved tremendously from her T&A beginnings — although her adventures still feature plenty of bondage and making out, she’s grown into a rich, believable heroine with a vibrant supporting cast. Early in her adventures she busted a crew of henchmen, including one she had serious chemistry with. Thugboy gave up his evil ways to be Emp’s life partner, and the support he gives her is honestly sweet and inspirational.Superman and Lois LaneComics’ original secret identity love triangle, for decades crusading reporter Lois Lane only had eyes for Superman, not realizing that he was her mild-mannered coworker Clark Kent. It took until February of 1991 for Lois to learn the truth, which Clark didn’t want to reveal until after he’d won her love as his civilian identity. The pair were married in 1996, and despite multiple continuity overhauls and universal reboots have managed to stay together pretty consistently. What makes Lois and Clark work is that, despite his star-spawned powers, Kal-El knows that his wife is his equal, a whip-smart and fearless hunter of the truth, and they compliment each other perfectly.Apollo and The MidnighterWarren Ellis’s The Authority was a shot across the bow of superhero cliches, featuring a team of proactive metahumans who wanted to save the world from itself. The group’s romantic couple was a blonde powerhouse fueled by the sun and a black-clad tactical genius who was always three steps ahead of every fight. Oh, and they were both dudes. Apollo and the Midnighter were a gay couple that just worked, never letting the stress of their job get in the way of their honest affection for each other. In a book that chronicled a world constantly teetering on the brink of collapse, their relationship was a beacon of stability and truth in the middle of all the chaos.Bulma and VegetaDating the guy who killed your boyfriend seems like a party foul, but the world of Dragon Ball is never predictable. When the alien Saiyan prince Vegeta comes to earth to kick butt on Goku, one of his collateral victims is Yamcha. His girlfriend Bulma watched him die, and then became incensed when Goku let Vegeta escape. Over the course of the series, though, their relationship began to change. Once Vegeta joined the good guys, Bulma offered to let him live with her at Capsule Corp and a romance began to grow. Eventually the pair start sleeping together and Vegeta fathers a child, Trunks. When a future version of their son travels back in time to meet them, it spurs the duo to get serious and marry.Jesse Custer and Tulip O’HareGarth Ennis’s Preacher deals with a lot of topics — religion, conspiracies, you name it — but one of the most interesting things that it wrestles with is the role of masculinity in the modern world. Protagonist Jesse Custer carries a set of values that get him into trouble, most notably with his frequent flame Tulip O’Hare. You see, Jesse thinks that it’s a man’s job to protect a woman from the horror of the world, while Tulip’s confident in her own abilities. One of the best bits in the series is when he realizes that’s true and accepts her as she accepts him. It’s a really smart, gutsy examination of the tough parts of being in love and hell, at the end they ride off into the sunset together so it must have worked out.Spider-Man and Mary Jane WatsonThis one still stings a bit. Peter Parker’s romantic life was a major part of Spider-Man’s adventures from the beginning, as the bespectacled high schooler learned to navigate the murky waters of dating along with his readership. The introduction of the vivacious Mary Jane Watson in 1965 was a landmark moment, as the redhead would become one of Peter’s most fascinating partners. The duo orbited each other for a while, with Parker dating Gwen Stacy while MJ coupled up with Harry Osborn, but eventually they got back together when Mary Jane confessed she knew he was Spider-Man. They were married in 1987, but the much-maligned One More Day storyline in 2007 had Peter make a deal with Mephisto to erase his marriage in order to save Aunt May’s life.Alana and MarkoAt the core of Image’s hit Saga, past all the intergalactic warfare and surreal supporting cast, is the marriage of Alana and Marko. A classic Romeo and Juliet story, the pair hail from warring worlds that have been locked in deadly combat for generations. Alana was Marko’s prison guard, but half a day after they first met they were on the lam together. At the start of the series, the pair welcome a daughter, Hazel, and that mating makes them a target of both worlds. Writer Brian K. Vaughan really nails the way the two interact — it’s loving but not cloying, realistic in spite of the bizarre world it lives in. It’s quite an accomplishment.Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible WomanThe Fantastic Four are often called Marvel’s First Family, and that’s because from the very beginning they had a different dynamic than other superhuman adventurers. Reed Richards and Sue Storm were a couple before the cosmic ray accident that gave them their powers, and fighting evil together only strengthened their love. When they got married back in Fantastic Four Annual #3 way back in 1969, it was the Marvel Universe’s first superhero nuptials, attended by nearly every hero and villain the company had published. Their marriage is now reaching 50 years of real world time, which is pretty damn impressive considering how many times the universe has been destroyed since then.Harley Quinn and Poison IvyNot all romantic relationships are good for you, as the abusive pairing of the Joker and Harley Quinn proves. The addled psychiatrist met the Clown Prince of Crime at Arkham Asylum and he preyed on her insecurities to transform her into a malevolent henchwoman. After breaking free of his clutches, though, Harley has become one of DC’s most popular characters and entered into a same-sex relationship with another Batman villain, eco-terrorist Poison Ivy. The pair both have grudges against the world, but instead of teaming up to destroy Gotham City they end up bringing out the best in each other.More on Geek.com:How Archie Grew Up Into a Sexy, Scary Comics CompanyThe History of Ultraviolence in Comic Books5 Comics Kickstarters You Should Back ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseDamon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch… Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Its she who stands tall

first_img16 December, 2012 was the day which no one can easily forget. The entire nation shook as the day witnessed the one of the worst atrocities when a young girl was gang-raped and bruatally killed. Paying a tribute to the martyr of the tragic incident, Dhoomimal Art Gallery presents the art exhibition Nirbhaya, titled after the name given to the braveheart. The show is curated by K R Subbanna and will be inaugurated by Padma Bhushan awardees Raja Reddy, Radha reddy and Kaushalya Reddy. Artworks of over 50 artists will be displayed at the exhibition. The participating artists are – Arpana Caur, Gopi Gajwani, Gogi Saroj Pal, Ved Nayar, Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Nupur Kundu, and many others.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This event is conceptualized to pay homage to the people who lost their lives and also to express solidarity against atrocities with the support of the artist fraternity who are enthusiastic to express their feelings together with Dhoomimal Gallery, Gandhi National Center for Arts, Creative Mind Publications and NIV Art centre.The event is divided into three parts. The first part of the exhibition displayed the works by the eminent artists of the Country at Matigarh, IGNCA, which concluded on 20 April.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second part was the extension of the show of young artists at the NIV Art Center that started on 26 April and concluded on 10 May. It was the outcome of the one day art camp which was held at Matigarh, IGNCA on 6 April as part of the exhibition Nirbhaya- Multiple expressions. Finally, this event is being documented in the form of an illustrated catalogue that will give each of the participating artists their own individual space. Where: Dhoomimal Gallery, G-42,Connaught Place. When: On till 25 May  Timings:  11 AM – 7 PMlast_img read more

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Costa Rica approaches presidential elections with an uncertain scenario

first_imgA second round, Holy Sunday and the poor electoral menu The lawyer Juan Diego Castro has never run for office and belongs to a tiny party that has only produced one elected representative in its history. However, he’s leading the polls in the still uncertain Costa Rican presidential elections on Feb. 4.Fond of wielding a broom to represent his “sweeping” approach to corruption and crime, the 62 year-old criminal lawyer, known for his glasses and grey mustache, appears to have captured a larger segment of voters than his competitors, though a statistical dead heat is still in place among the three leaders.The support for the National Integration Party’s (PIN) candidate does not go beyond the 18 percent, well short of the 40 percent minimum necessary to avoid a runoff election on April 1.Castro, a former Public Security and Justice minister, is followed by the two candidates from Costa Rica’s traditional parties: Antonio Álvarez Desanti of the National Liberation Party (PLN) with 14 percent and Rodolfo Piza of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) with 13 percent. The real reason the ‘cementazo’ is so scary for Costa Rica – and so important Costa Rica’s elections 2018: a primer The remaining ten candidates have less than 10 percent each.The December poll from the Investigation and Studies Politics Center (CIEP) from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) pointed out that 34 percent of the sample intends to vote but has not chosen a candidate.The CIEP poll was conducted from Dec. 4-13 with 1,578 telephone interviews and a margin of error of 2.5 points.Analysts say the election is pretty much wide open.center_img The political scientist Gustavo Araya, a professor at the Latin American Social Sciences Faculty (FLACSO) and the UCR, said that Castro’s anti-corruption rhetoric has become increasingly popular in the wake of news about the Chinese cement scandal in recent months.The ongoing judicial and legislative investigations have implicated officials from all three branches of government: the case has thus far brought about the arrest of senior executives from the state-owned Banco de Costa Rica (BCR), the suspension of a Supreme Court magistrates and the former Chief Prosecutor, and the implication of various legislators from multiple parties.“The topic of corruption benefited Juan Diego Castro because of his long-standing image of a strong character on criminal issues,” commented Araya. “But the topic has passed and the candidates will have to think about what to offer to the voters for the four years they’ll have to govern.” The 2014 election was the first one since the 1950s in which neither of the two traditional parties are in office. Current President Luis Guillermo Solís hails from the centrist Citizen Action Party (PAC).In 2014, Solís entered the final stretch of campaign with less than 10 percent of support in the polls and emerged as an alternative to the traditional parties. Some analysts believe that the current election could offer a similar scenario.“In the past election, almost 40 percent of the voters decided during the final week, and the majority were young. I’ve got the impression that we’ll have a similar process” this year, said Alberto Cortés, political science professor at the UCR.Cortés added that the candidates who occupy the top three spots are well within reach of those who follow in the polls. He said he thinks Castro has few routes to victory as a less modern candidate who does not connect with the agenda of young voters – and that young voters, in the end, will likely hold the most influence.In short: everything points towards an election that’ll be defined in a second round in April. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s elections 2018: a primer Same-sex marriage issue shifts presidential elections in Costa Rica Christiana Figueres: ‘Costa Rica is in danger of losing what it’s gained’ Presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado pulls out of UCR debatelast_img read more

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