Residential school commission received nutritional experiment documents in 2010

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe commission created to delve into the dark history of residential schools has been in possession of documents related to nutritional experiments conducted on First Nations people for at least three years, according to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office.Valcourt’s office said most of the 900 documents were turned over to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2010 and the rest in 2011. The documents are all related to nutritional experiments conducted on First Nations people and children in residential schools between 1942 and 1952.“These are abhorrent examples of the dark pagers of the residential schools’ legacy,” said Andrea Richer, in an email to APTN National News.A spokesperson for the TRC confirmed the commission is in possession of the documents. The spokesperson said TRC Commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair believes the commission’s researchers need to take a thorough look at the documents before issuing any comment.The nutritional experimentation issue will be addressed in the TRC’s final report, the spokesperson said. The TRC’s mandate ends next year.The subject of nutritional experiments exploded last week after the Canadian Press reported on a study by University of Guelph food historian Ian Mosby. Mosby’s study was titled Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952.The study found that the experiments were conducted in communities and six residential schools in northern Ontario, northern Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia. The targeted communities included Norway House, Cross Lake and God’s Lake Mine in Manitoba, along with residential schools in Port Alberni, B.C., Lethbridge, Alta., Kenora, Ont., and Shubenacadie, N.S.The Assembly of First Nations, which was gathered in Whitehorse, Yukon, for an annual general meeting at the time, immediately reacted after the story surfaced and passed an emergency resolution calling on Ottawa to apologize for the biomedical experiments.Grassroots activists also responded by calling for national moment of silence on Thursday to “reflect upon the impacts of Canada’s residential schools,” according to a press statement. The remembrance event, with planned gatherings in Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Ont., Sudbury, Ont., Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver, will also call on Ottawa to “honour its 2008 apology” to residential school survivors and release all documents requested by the TRC.The TRC and Ottawa have been battling over the release of residential school documents.Valcourt has said that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology covered the nutritional read more

US dollar falls amid weaker manufacturing data

first_imgNew York: The US dollar decreased in late trading on Friday, as investors digested a mixed batch of US economic data, amid worries over slowing activities in the manufacturing sector. In late New York trading, the euro increased to $1.1194 from $1.1175 in the previous session, and the British pound rose to $1.3164 from $1.3027 in the previous session, Xinhua news agency reported. The Australian dollar was up to $0.7014 from $0.6997. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe US dollar bought 111.09 Japanese yen, lower than 111.49 Japanese yen of the previous session. The US dollar fell to 1.0174 Swiss franc from 1.0193 Swiss franc, and it decreased to 1.3427 Canadian dollars from 1.3470 Canadian dollars. The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index declined to 55.5 per cent in April, 0.6 percentage point down from 56.1 per cent in March, which marks the slowest reading since August 2017, said the not-for-profit professional supply management organization on Friday. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days The reading fell far short of an estimate of 57.5 per cent by economists polled by MarketWatch. The disappointing data has partially offset robust US job statistics in April. US total non-farm payroll employment increased by 263,000 in April, and the unemployment rate declined to 3.6 per cent, said the US Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, pointing to a bullish labor market. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, decreased 0.31 per cent at 97.5208 in late trading.last_img read more

Asian stocks mixed after US Chinese tariff hikes

BEIJING — Asian stocks were mixed Monday after Washington and Beijing escalated their trade war with new tariff hikes.Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. South Korea’s main index was unchanged.Markets reacted less strongly to the weekend tariff hikes on billions of dollars of goods than to previous increases. Investors are hoping for progress in talks this month, but analysts warn the fight over trade and technology is unlikely to be quickly resolved.“The short-lived truce will probably provide limited relief,” said Zhu Huani of Mizuho Bank in a report. “Businesses have become increasingly uncertain about future prospects, evidenced by the pullback in business investment amidst growing concerns on growth.”The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.7% to 2,907.51 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.7% to 25,546.70. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 shed 0.2% to 20.653.99.Seoul’s Kospi was flat at 1,967.76 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 retreated 0.4% to 6,579.20. New Zealand and Taiwan gained while Southeast Asia markets retreated.On Sunday, the United States started charging 15% tax on about $112 billion of Chinese imports. China responded by charging taxes of 10% and 5% on a list of American goods.The two governments say they are going ahead with talks this month in Washington but neither side has given any sign it might offer concessions.The United States is pressing China to narrow its trade surplus and roll back plans for government-led creation of global competitors in robotics and other industries. Its trading partners say those violate its free-trade obligations and are based on stealing or pressuring companies to hand over technology.The two governments have imposed higher taxes on about two-thirds of the goods they import from each other.“We’ll see what happens,” President Donald Trump told reporters. “But we can’t allow China to rip us off anymore as a country.”On Wall Street, stocks ended little changed Friday after a listless day of trading ahead of a holiday weekend.The market closed out August with its second monthly decline this year, after May.Financial, industrial and health care stocks were among the big winners. Those sectors outweighed losses in consumer goods makers and communication services stocks. Shares in companies that rely on consumer spending also fell.The S&P 500 index rose 0.1% to 2,926.46. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.2% to 26,403.28. The Nasdaq slid 0.1% to7,962.88.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 11 cents to $54.99 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.61 on Friday to close at $55.10. Brent crude, used to price international oils, retreated 37 cents to $58.88 per barrel in London. It sank $1.24 the previous session to $59.25.CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 106.17 yen from Friday’s 106.24 yen. The euro was unchanged at $1.0991.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

UN food relief agency chief welcomes progress on antihunger programmes in northeast

“You can see the tremendous progress achieved in a matter of months,” the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, said in a news release, issued following a visit to Pompomari camp for the internally displaced people (IDPs) in Damaturu, who fled Boko Haram militants in Yobe and Borno states. “Children who could barely stand just last November are now on the road to recovery. They will continue to require our assistance in the coming months. The work of the international community in Nigeria is not over yet,” she added. By December 2016, an agile response, combining rapid air-and-road interventions, enabled WFP and partners to reach more than a million people in need, particularly in these high risk areas. And while some areas remain inaccessible, organizations are working together to reach as many as 1.8 million vulnerable people in the first quarter of 2017.At Pompomari camp, which hosts some 2,000 IDPs, WFP provides cash assistance in the form of money credited electronically to mobile phones. The spending helps to stimulate local markets. To prevent and treat child malnutrition, children under the age of five receive a highly nutritious, peanut-based supplement, while pregnant and nursing women receive nutritional support.But amid concerns over continued funding, Cousin sounded a note of caution. “The world should not wait for babies to die before taking action,” she warned, appealing to the international community not to prioritize one hungry child over another. read more

Prepare for black swans Chancellor says

Ned Goodman speaks at an alumni event in Toronto.Nearly 100 Brock alumni and friends took part in a unique opportunity to hear one of Canada’s most significant business leaders speak about the world and Canadian economies — and offer a bit of investment advice.Brock’s esteemed Chancellor, Ned Goodman — president and CEO of Dundee Corporation and Ned Goodman Investment Counsel Ltd. — spoke at the Le Méridien King Edward in Toronto on March 14.He suggested some keys to success and strategies investors can employ during this volatile market. He also emphasized the importance of long-term investing.It is too difficult to plan for something when the market is so unpredictable and volatile, he said. His advice is to “prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”Goodman’s son, David Goodman, also spoke at the event. David Goodman is the president, director and CEO of DundeeWealth Inc. and a member of the Board of Trustees of Dundee REIT. It’s important to support your alma mater and give back, David Goodman said.Both Goodmans spoke of “black swans,” a reference to Nassim Taleb’s theories that the impact of rare events is huge and highly underrated. Taleb regards almost all major scientific discoveries, historical events, and artistic accomplishments as black swans — undirected and unpredicted. Black swan events have included the rise of the Internet, the personal computer, the First World War, the September 11 attacks and the 2008 market crash.Even though we can’t predict black swans, the Goodmans said, we must still be ready for them.After the formal presentation, Brock alumni and friends socialized and enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Corey Tyhurst, who graduated with a Bachelor of Business Economics in 2009, said Goodman is a great person to represent the University.“He’s smart with a great sense of humour,” he said. “And as he pointed out, if you listened to his investment advice last year, you would have made a nice return.”Goodman started investing in 1962 when he formed an investment club with a friend. The $7,000 he invested was the core of what became Dundee Wealth, which Scotiabank recently purchased for $3.2 billion.The third annual Chancellor’s Reception is scheduled for the spring of 2012. To attend future Brock events, ensure that your contact information is up-to-date by visiting read more

Willie Mays Was Way Better Than Alex Rodriguez

History was made Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, when New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez launched his 661st career home run into the left center-field bleachers. The blast moved Rodriguez past Willie Mays into sole possession of fourth place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard.Certainly, we’ve reflected positively upon Rodriguez’s immense talent — steroids notwithstanding — in the past. But we also thought it would be a useful public service to once again point out that passing a legend on a prestigious statistical list doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the better player. In the case of the Say Hey Kid versus A-Rod, it’s Mays in a landslide.An easy way to measure Mays’ dominance over A-Rod is to look at the all-time wins above replacement (WAR) leaderboard1Using Baseball-Reference’s version.. By total WAR, Mays ranks as the fifth most-productive player in major-league history, trailing only Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and pitchers Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Mays also ranks as the third-best non-pitcher ever, according to JAWS, which attempts to balance a player’s aggregate WAR compilation against the brilliance of his peak. Among position players in the history of baseball, only Ruth had a better prime — as measured by WAR in a player’s best seven seasons — than Mays did when he was at the top of his game.Rodriguez also ranks highly in WAR, but his numbers are nowhere near those of Mays. A-Rod ranks 17th all-time in total WAR, trailing Mays by about 40 wins. At his career rate of WAR per 162 games, Rodriguez would have to play five and a half more seasons of 162 games apiece — that is, until age 44 — to catch Mays. It also bears mentioning that Rodriguez hasn’t even played more than 150 games in a season since 2007; at a more realistic rate of 125 games per year, he’d have to play until age 46 (with no decline in performance) to reach Mays’ total.Since Rodriguez has recently missed big chunks of playing time in which he could have been accumulating raw WAR, his peak ranking fares a bit better than his overall WAR rank. That’s why A-Rod sits at 12th all-time in JAWS. But the difference in JAWS between No. 3 Mays and No. 12 Rodriguez is the same as the difference between Rodriguez and No. 33 Charlie Gehringer.And the gap isn’t likely to close much before Rodriguez retires. While A-Rod is having a resurgent start to the 2015 season, Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projection system still only predicts about 0.7 more wins above replacement left in his career before his contract runs out (and, coincidentally, he begins to provide negative value) following the 2017 season.So, any way you cut it, Mays provided much more value in his career than A-Rod.From a skills perspective, Mays was also a better ballplayer than Rodriguez in most facets of the game.Using percentile rankings in Fangraphs’ rate statistics for five key skill indicators — plate patience, contact and power hitting, speed, and (position-adjusted) defense — we can measure how good both Mays and Rodriguez have been in each category relative to their peers over the same range of ages2In this case, ages 20 through 39, since Mays didn’t debut until age 20 and Rodriguez hasn’t yet played past age 39.. They’re not exactly the canonical five tools of scouting lore (arm strength is wrapped up inexorably in defense), but they should give us an idea of the raw building blocks that made up Mays’ and Rodriguez’s playing styles:Mays and Rodriguez were both among the pre-eminent power hitters of their eras, and the two are also very close in terms of patience at the plate (in fact, A-Rod has drawn walks at a slightly greater rate than Mays, relative to his era). But Mays separated himself from Rodriguez — and just about everyone else ever — as an all-around ballplayer with his speed, defense and ability to make contact at the plate. Not only did Mays compile a fantastic statistical record, but he did it without any real flaws in his game.And it’s not as though Mays’ playing style was particularly better suited to his era. During Mays’ career, power hitting was more correlated with WAR — and defense less correlated — than during A-Rod’s era,3Relative speed, patience and contact-hitting were of roughly equal importance in both eras so it’s possible Mays’ edge in defense would have produced even more value in the modern game than it did during his playing days.Either way, Rodriguez — while an all-time great — is no Mays. The former’s passing of the latter on the all-time home run leaderboard should not be mistaken to mean that there’s any debate between the two in playing ability or career value. On both counts, Mays soars high above A-Rod. read more

Former Italian rugby player ran Breaking Bad crystal meth lab

first_imgAn Italian rugby star who was inspired by the TV show ‘Breaking Bad’ to build his own crystal meth lab at his London home is facing jail.Lorenzo Bocchini, 36, cooked batches of narcotics at his hi-tech base in London’s Little Venice after being inspired by fictional drug baron Walter White.He even dyed the crystal meth blue – just as the dealers do in the cult TV show. When police stormed the Bocchini’s laboratory they found £300,000 of drugs, £33,000 cash and a stun gun.The former prop, who played for Italian club sides L’Aquila and Viadana between 2000 and 2010, has admitted a series of drugs offences including possession of crystal meth with intent to supply.The hoard included 1,354 MDMA tablets, 34.9g of cocaine, and 813g of meth. Bocchini, brother Alessandro, 43, and his wife Justine, 36, were arrested after a police raid uncovered hoards of meth, MDMA, and £12,210 at their Bayswater home. money The couple have been jailed for six and four years respectively after admitting a series of drug offences. An investigation revealed the pair had paid £100,000 of drugs profits into their bank accounts in the six months leading up to their arrests.Police say the Bocchini family ran a drugs enterprise using an Uber driver as a courier to deliver ‘T-bags’ around London. They are said to have accrued millions of pounds’ worth of assets.Det Con Matt Clark, who led the investigation, said: “The Bocchini family were making significant profits selling highly dangerous and addictive class A drugs. What we uncovered was the wholesale supply of crystal methlyamphetamine and other drugs, focusing on the ‘chemsex’ scene in south London.”The use of crystal meth within this scene is hugely damaging and we believe there are strong connections to drug deaths, rape and child sexual exploitation, links which we continue to investigate.”Det Insp Stephen Payne, of Omega squad, said: “It was like the ‘Breaking Bad’ scenario. These were professional people who made a choice to go into this venture. They were not career criminals but were looking for an opportunity to make money out of nothing.”They lived a high-roller, Breaking Bad lifestyle, not really knowing what to do with the cash. They even seemed to adopt the Breaking Bad signature of dying their crystal meth blue.”Lorenzo Bocchini, of Warwick Avenue, Bayswater, is due to be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 1 December. The judge said he needed to hear further evidence before passing sentence after Bocchini claimed he was merely a custodian of the drugs.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

How the smart meter roll out became such an expensive failure its

It is an IT project which will not meet either its 2020 deadline or its £11bn budget. That seems certain…. Are you fed up with your smart energy meter? Mike O’Brien is. He used to use one of the devices, 53 million of which are due to be rolled out across the country by the end of 2020. “I had an early version,” Mr O’Brien told The Telegraph this week. “After a while I barely looked at it, didn’t use it.” The difference between you and Mike O’Brien, however, is that in 2008 Mike O’Brien was Minister of State for Energy at the newly-created, Ed Miliband-led Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which launched Britain’s smart meter revolution – the biggest and most expensive in the world.

5000 Metrocards made into an awesome bench

first_imgIf you’ve ever used a Metrocard, the kind issued by the Metro Transit Authority for New York City’s subway and bus system, then you know what they are like. The cards are a sort of flexible, durable plastic that is thin, but basically tear-proof. And not only are the cards tough, but they are freely available: any subway station in the city has dozens lying on the floor and people regularly throw out used ones, even though they can be refilled with only a few seconds of extra effort.Artist Stephen Shaheen rounded up 5000 Metrocards and made them into the handsome bench you see above. It’s full-sized and it can support the weight of up to three people, so it’s as functional as it is good looking. Keep in mind though that while Metrocards are pretty tough for plastic strips, they were too flexible to make for a good bench on their own.Shaheen used 1/8-inch thick pieces of stainless steel to reinforce the bench so that it would be strong enough to support multiple people. Metrocard-only options were explored but those methods would have required many more cards. Also, these would have obscured the cards’ familiar design because they would have had to be folded into stiffer shapes. The bench ultimately used a laminant design in which a number of different glues were used to build the cards into larger pieces which were ultimately attached to the structural steel.And how does one go about collecting 5000 Metrocards? Even if Shaheen had the time to scavenge from all the of the city’s major subway stops he wouldn’t have been able to beat the method he went with: Craigslist. After posting an advertisement for used cards he had all 5000 rounded up in under a week. It’s a good thing to know for next time you need to wallpaper a bathroom or re-shingle the shed!via Fastcodesignlast_img read more

Xenophon believes Abbott will go by the weeks end

first_imgIndependent senator Nick Xenophon says Prime Minister Tony Abbott will only last until the end of the week if he doesn’t fend off the talk of a leadership challenge.“Unless he makes real progress by the end of this week, I think he’s basically gone for all money,” Mr Xenophon said this week.The prime minister’s press club address didn’t do much to fend off leadership spill talks, but deputy leader Julie Bishop, treasurer Joe Hockey and minister Malcolm Turnbull have voiced their support to the prime minister.Last night Liberal MP Dennis Jensen became the first MP to publicly call on Mr Abbott to step aside.Mr Jensen called on the party to organise a leadership ballot next week, joining the chorus of Liberal backbenchers who have fuelled the leadership crisis.Senator Xenophon said Mr Abbott remained in “dire straits” with his backbench.“It’s a case of too little too late,” Mr Xenophon saidThe prime minister has seen his personal approval rating nosedive to 27 per cent and was met with ire after gave an Australian knighthood to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Thon rouge la Cites rejette la proposition dinterdiction de son commerce international

first_imgThon rouge : la Cites rejette la proposition d’interdiction de son commerce internationalDoha, Qatar – Comme le redoutaient les partisans de la proposition de Monaco visant à interdire le commerce international du thon rouge, c’est par un rejet que s’est soldé le vote de la Cites, qui avait lieu aujourd’hui.La proposition a été rejetée par 68 voix, contre 20 favorables et 30 abstentions, une majorité aux deux-tiers étant nécessaire pour qu’elle soit adoptée. Le Japon qui consomme 80% des captures de thon rouge, mais aussi le Canada et de nombreux pays en développement, se sont opposés à l’interdiction du commerce international du thon rouge, estimant qu’elle allait mettre en péril leur industrie de la pêche.Une seconde proposition, émanant de l’Union européenne, elle aussi en faveur de l’interdiction du commerce de l’espèce menacée par la surpêche, mais assortie d’un délai avant sa mise en œuvre, a à son tour été rejetée, cette fois par 72 voix contre 43, et 24 abstentions.”Je regrette un débat avorté et de n’avoir pu répondre à certaines contre-vérités énoncées”, a déploré Patrick van Klaveren, chef de la délégation de Monaco. “C’est très décevant et très irresponsable”, s’est de son côté insurgé Sue Lieberman, directrice des politiques internationales du PEW Environment Group. Et de regretter que “l’avenir du thon rouge soit désormais renvoyé dans les mains de l’Iccat”, la Commission internationale pour la conservation des thonidés de l’Atlantique, qui réunit les pays pêcheurs.D’après les défenseurs de l’environnement, les stocks de thon rouge ont chuté de 75% depuis 1957, et de 60 % au cours des dix dernières années, en raison de la surpêche et de la demande croissante d’une chair tant appréciée par les amateurs de sushis.Le 18 mars 2010 à 16:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fukushima Les efforts reprennent pour éviter la menace nucléaire

first_imgFukushima : Les efforts reprennent pour éviter la menace nucléaireAprès l’évacuation de la centrale de Fukushima suite à une fumée grise qui s’échappait du réacteur 3, les travaux ont repris hier soir sur le site. Les six réacteurs disposent désormais d’une ligne électrique externe tandis que les techniciens tentent de rétablir les systèmes de refroidissement.Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) a déclaré que les techniciens étaient revenus sur la centrale de Fukushima vers 8h00, heure locale (23h00, heure de Paris). Le site avait hier été évacué en fin d’après midi suite à l’apparition inquiétante de fumées sortant des réacteurs 2 et 3. Ces réacteurs considérés comme les plus dangereux contiennent du combustible MOX enrichi en plutonium et dont les rejets sont plus nocifs.La centrale de Fukushima présente depuis le vendredi 11 mars un état inquiétant. Celle-ci a été gravement endommagée par le séisme de magnitude 9 et le tsunami qui a déferlé sur les côtes nord-est du Japon. En ce mardi, le bilan provisoire de la catastrophe s’élève à 22.000 morts et disparus, dont 9.079 décès confirmés.Pour l’heure, des dizaines d’électriciens et d’ingénieurs se démènent pour éviter l’accident nucléaire. Les techniciens sont parvenus à restaurer l’alimentation électrique de la centrale et tentent de remettre en service les systèmes de refroidissement afin d’éviter la fusion des combustibles nucléaires. Le porte-parole de l’Agence de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) explique : “Nous avons désormais une ligne électrique qui aboutit vers les distributeurs des réacteurs, mais nous devons encore vérifier un à un les équipements avant de pouvoir les remettre en service”.De leur côté, pompiers et militaires ont intensifié les actions de refroidissement des réacteurs 3 et 4 grâce à des canons à eau. Des relais ont été instaurés sur le site afin d’éviter une trop forte exposition au radiation.Des risques de contaminationÀ lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéTandis que les efforts continuent pour préserver les populations d’une catastrophe nucléaire, les inquiétudes face au risque de contamination s’intensifient. D’après les autorités, le niveau de radioactivité relevé dans l’eau de pluie ou du robinet ainsi que dans certains aliments autour des réacteurs ne représente pas de risque pour la santé. Par précaution, le gouvernement japonais a toutefois décidé d’interdire la vente du lait et d’épinards produits dans la préfecture de Fukushima. La radioactivité menace à présent l’eau de mer et plus particulièrement les poissons et les coquillages qui représentent une grande partie de l’alimentation des Japonais.Le Japon reste désormais en alerte, notamment 35 millions d’habitants de la région de Tokyo, qui craignent que le vent du Nord propage depuis la centrale des substances nocives sur leur territoire. En France, le passage du panache radioactif est attendu sur la métropole pour mercredi mais les autorités ont assuré qu’il ne représente aucun risque pour la santé des habitants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez notre dossier sur les risques nucléaires que représentent la centrale de FukushimaLe 22 mars 2011 à 09:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Beaches TCI to Welcome Sesame Street Character with Autism

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 10, 2017 – Providenciales – Following the landmark television debut of Julia, a new Sesame Street Muppet with autism, Beaches Resorts Turks & Caicos is proud to announce the character’s arrival this fall. With a new exciting activity in tow, Julia’s debut also continues Beaches Resorts’ partnership with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and expands the resort company’s exclusive Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street program, now in its 13th year of partnership.“We created Beaches Resorts as a concept for everyone and it’s our privilege, particularly during Autism Awareness Month, to announce the addition of Julia this fall as part of our exclusive relationship with Sesame Workshop” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Beaches Resorts.” “As a resort company that also celebrates that children have a remarkable ability to see amazing in all people, we are excited to introduce more inclusive programming for families with children on the spectrum of which Julia will play a part in,” he concluded.As a proud sponsor of Sesame Street, Beaches Resorts is the only Caribbean resort company to offer engaging activities with a colorful cast of walkaround characters including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover, Zoe, Bert and Ernie, Abby Cadabby, The Count, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird and, soon, Julia. With an already exciting roster of hands-on activities available at Beaches Resorts, from Baking with Cookie Monster to Story Time with Elmo, Julia will bring forth a new activity, Amazing Art with Julia, just in time for the fall season. In this activity, children will be greeted by Julia a 4-year-old girl character who has autism. Julia, who loves to paint, will highlight how people can express themselves through art. Using a range of materials, children will have the opportunity to explore, experiment and create in this open-ended art activity. Afterwards, children will talk about how they created their piece (colors, lines, shapes, etc.) and how their artwork is a celebration of who they are and their unique self!“We launched our autism initiative, ‘See Amazing in All Children’ to promote awareness and acceptance and to combat the stigma and isolation so often experienced by children with autism and their families,” said Steve Youngwood, COO, Sesame Workshop. “Initially a digital character, Julia has come to life on Sesame Street, and now as a walkaround character who is sure to bring joy to children. We’re thrilled to work with our long-time partner, Beaches Resorts, to extend our work around diversity, acceptance, and kindness.”Sesame Workshop debuted Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children in 2015 to help increase awareness and understanding of autism. Julia, introduced last year in digital form, now comes to life as a Muppet on a special Sesame Street episode. Other Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children resources include digital videos, books, and e-books, available in both English and Spanish. For more information, please part of Beaches Resorts’ brand-wide efforts to increase awareness of autism, staff underwent initial training with “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” resources. Complementing these efforts and continuing its commitment to create memorable experiences for all families, Beaches Resorts has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in training and certification programs, created to meet the training needs of professionals who work with individuals with special needs and cognitive disorders.Through the partnership, which is ongoing and provides intensive training for team members, each of the resorts’ Kids Camps and its early childcare staff have earned the distinction of Certified Autism Centers, ensuring team members have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament and expertise to cater to all children. As the first Caribbean resort company to complete the rigorous IBCCES training and certification, Beaches Resorts has demonstrated it provides a safe, fun and comfortable experience for families with children with autism and other special needs so that all families may enjoy the resort company’s award-winning experience.To find out more about Beaches Resorts: visit read more

Sheriffs from around the country tell Congress the border wall must be

first_img Mike McKinnon III Sheriff’s from around the country tell Congress the border wall must be built Updated: 5:42 PM Posted: March 30, 2018 March 30, 2018 Sheriffs from around the country sent a letter to all Members of Congress outlining the need for congressional action on securing America’s border.Read the #PressRelease here:— National Sheriffs’ Association (@NationalSheriff) March 28, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe National Sheriffs’ Association wrote a letter to Congress urging their support for construction of the border wall. The letter says, “Without border security and immigration reform, more Americans will continue to be victims of crime. Now is the time to act!”380 sheriffs from 40 different states signed the letter publicly expressing their support for President Trump’s campaign promise to build a border wall. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore was not one of the 380 sheriff’s who signed the letter. Sheriff Gore has not made any comments regarding this letter or potential support or opposition to building a wall along our southern border.The full letter reads:Dear Member of Congress:Congress must act to pass legislation to secure our borders through enforcing immigration laws,tightening border security, support the replacement and upgrades to current barriers and fencing andconstruction of barriers along the U.S. and Mexico international boundary as requested by thoseareas where it is needed, suspending and/or monitoring the issuance of visas to any place whereadequate vetting cannot occur, end criminal cooperation and shelter in cities, counties, and states,and have zero tolerance and increased repercussions for criminal aliens.I stand firm with my fellow Sheriffs throughout our nation to have our borders secured first, in fullcooperation and support of our promise and mission to uphold and enforce our nation’s laws, andwe expect nothing less from Congress.As elected Sheriffs, we have taken an oath to do everything in our power to keep our citizens andlegal residents, our communities, and our nation safe. Year after year, we have been warning theFederal government about detrimental increases in transnational drug trafficking, gang violence, sextrafficking, murder, and other escalating incidents of crime by illegal aliens entering our country.Because Congress has failed to enact the necessary reforms, our citizens and legal residents faceeven greater dangers, our national security is more vulnerable, and our enforcement efforts havebeen seriously compromised.Sadly, today some state and local officials have been enacting policies and giving lawbreakersshelter from being rightfully prosecuted and removed from our communities. In fact, these samelaws forbid law enforcement agencies from cooperating with one another, and go as far as forcingthe release of dangerous criminals into our communities exposing our citizens and legal residents tobe victimized once again.In a recent announcement a certain state has even stated that they will prosecute law-abiding, hardworkingbusiness owners if they cooperate with law enforcement to identify and removelawbreakers from the community drives our justice system to a new low. We cannot have lawabidingcitizens threatened with criminal prosecution for cooperating with the very people who theytrust to protect them.The Sheriffs of this nation and all our law enforcement partners understand that the oath we took touphold and enforce our laws is the guarantee that they can trust us to preserve their safety andprotect their well-being.The failure of Congress to create legitimate and comprehensive immigration reform for more than20 years has dramatically undermined our ability to keep our communities safe. This not only putsour law enforcement at serious risk for danger, but further puts them in an untenable situation ofviolating our oath and promise to enforce the law.Further delay and inaction on immigration reform will cost more innocent lives, more financialhardships, and an even greater decline in the public trust that is essential to the preservation of ourRepublic.Without border security and immigration reform, more Americans will continue to be victims ofcrime. Now is the time to act!Sincerely,Baldwin County, AL- Sheriff Huey “Hoss” MackJackson County, AL – Sheriff Chuck PhillipsColumbia County, AR – Sheriff Mike LoeLogan County, AR – Sheriff Boyd D. HicksApache County, AZ- Sheriff Joe DedmanCochise County, AZ- Sheriff Mark J. 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OakesYork-Poquoson County, VA- Sheriff J.D. DiggsBedford County, VA – Sheriff Mike BrownOrange County, VT – Sheriff William BohnyakKlickitat County, WA- Sheriff Bob SongerHancock County, WV- Sheriff Ralph A. FletcherJackson County, WV- Sheriff Tony J. BoggsBurnett County, WI- Sheriff Ronald WilhelmWashington County, WI- Sheriff Dale K. SchmidtWaupaca County, WI- Sheriff Bradley A. HardelWaukesha County, WI – Sheriff Eric SeversonLaramie County, WY – Sheriff Danny GlickThe Ohio Sheriffs’ Association Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Mike McKinnon III, last_img read more

Economic Group Sees Affordable Housing Shortage As Barrier To Growth For Anchorage

first_imgAffordable housing is an issue across most of Alaska, and Anchorage is no exception. The city ranks in the top-20 most expensive housing markets in the nation.Download AudioThe Anchorage Economic Development Corporation sees it as one of the biggest barriers to improving the city’s fiscal future, and the group wants to start addressing the problem by focusing on homelessness.Last week, AEDC applied for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant. If awarded, IBM will send a handful of analysts, along with some sizeable computing resources, to Anchorage in order to begin crunching the numbers on how much money homelessness costs the city. After determining the price-tag, they will offer the most cost-effective solutions.“Homelessness, if we don’t address the situation, becomes more and more of a drag on our economy in terms of attracting that new investment and that new blood that we need in [the] professional workforce,” said AEDC President and CEO Bill Popp.Popp sees the high cost of homes hurting two very different groups. There are the younger, more mobile professionals deciding whether or not to settle in Anchorage. And there are lower-income individuals and families that are more likely to suffer homelessness than to simply move elsewhere. The shortage of affordable housing units is the common issue hitting both groups, and costing the city resources.“If those pieces aren’t in place,” Popp explained, “then your successful investment of dollars in the community becomes less.”Should they win the grant, AEDC will work with other Anchorage organizations to collect the numbers showing the real story of how housing prices affect Anchorage residents. The focus on homelessness as the starting point for a larger conversation came from local community groups, 147 of which have formally partnered with AEDC on past projects.“All the organizations that we have talked to, they have homelessness as an important issue,” said Arcahana Mishra, Director of AEDC’s Live.Work.Play. initiative.Mishra is hoping the grant will provide an opportunity to put together a data set showing how much the city spends just managing its homeless residents through a patchwork of social and emergency services, compared to alternative housing options.Anchorage is competing with other cities from across the globe, and will not know for several months whether it has won the Smarter Cities grant.last_img read more

Analysis Can Texans Handle This Kind of Tough Love about Schools

first_img Share Illustration by Benjamin HassonSchool ratings are coming out next week, and superintendents and principals are having flashbacks to the days when they had to go home to tell their own folks about their math and social studies scores.Telling other people’s parents turns out to be harder. That old performance anxiety is still rumbling in their stomachs, topped with a dash of politics.Schools might be the real focal point of government, the place where parents, taxpayers, business and economic development pros, politicians and educators intersect.Assigning grades to schools puts all those people on notice that things are working or not working — or something in between.We don’t really do that in any other part of government — which has to be a relief to the managements of the state’s Health and Human Services Commissionor the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.School officials aren’t happy. They say the state’s new A-F grading system doesn’t accurately reflect the work they do in a very complicated enterprise. Here’s betting that school districts that get “A’s” will be crowing like happy roosters by this time next week.That doesn’t mean the critics are wrong, necessarily: This is the same kind of high-stakes accountability that riled everybody about standardized tests for students. Legislators first approved the A-F system in 2015 before tweaking it last year; some are hedging their bets a bit now that the grades are about to come out by noting that the Texas Education Agency, which is implementing the law they passed, is now in charge of the show.But what if it works? What if the state government’s lousy grade for a local school district forces it to talk to parents about fixing things right away? What if these report cards do what report cards are supposed to do, letting the folks know that something isn’t working, prompting those folks to get up and do something about it?That could be interesting.According to The Texas Tribune’s Aliyya Swaby, districts are being graded on student achievement, progress and closing the gaps. Individual schools will be on a pass/fail system for another year before going on the A-F regime next August — but they’ll get number grades that can be converted to letter grades by anyone who takes the time to do it.Bet those parents and taxpayers and business and economic development pros and politicians and educators will be fast at that.Everybody’s watching electoral politics — the election is just three months away. But the Legislature will be in town just two months after that, and the school grades will still be a subject of conversation. That conversation, in all likelihood, will be constructed around two questions: What are you doing to improve the worst schools? And why don’t we get rid of this A-F grading system before somebody gets hurt?“Fixing” lousy schools is tricky. Keeping great schools great isn’t easy, either. Some argue for more money, for higher teacher pay, for smaller class sizes and for a hundred other things.Money, of course, is scarce in Texas government. But something funny popped up a couple of weeks ago. Lots of people noticed the governor’s Churchillian faux pas on Twitter early this week, when he quoted Winston Churchill saying something Winston Churchill never said. That got more attention, somehow, than what he tweeted about Texas schools on the last day of July: “There is strong support for teacher pay raises, fixing the teacher pension & healthcare plans, reforming school finance & eliminating the Robin Hood school finance scheme that has failed our students. We’ll get it done.”Greg Abbott is working against a different set of grades — of states and not just of individual schools and districts. Most national public education rankings put Texas in the bottom third among the states. If you want to be an optimist about it, that’s a lot of room for improvement.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Peach and Daisy

first_img Peach To The Rescue!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighters: Peach and Daisy. Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero center_img Who Are They?Pauline may have been Mario’s original girlfriend before she ran for office, but Peach has the plumber’s heart now. Maybe it’s because she started going by Princess Peach instead of Princess Toadstool. Mario has rescued Peach across all kinds of kingdoms, countries, and even whole galaxies out of love and a desire for cake. Princess Daisy, meanwhile, is Peach’s sportier counterpart from the Mario spin-offs and ostensibly Luigi’s love interest.Smash HistoryPrincess Peach, and more female representation in general, was a glaring omission in the original Smash 64 that was quickly fixed in Super Smash Bros. Melee. You’ll see a lot of her, too, as she’s one of the stronger characters in that very demanding competitive landscape. And because she uses Toad as an attack, technically the entire Super Mario Bros. 2 cast is playable thanks to her. And now Daisy has been introduced in Ultimate to show off the new “Echo Fighter” brand for clone characters.What Looks New in Ultimate?As kind of a new character, Daisy is the most obviously exciting thing for Peach players. She’s just another option to have if you want to mix things up without having to learn an entirely new character. And Daisy does have some changes to things like attack speed and aerial range. But even if you couldn’t care less about this alternate princess, Peach seems better too with more consistent Smash attacks and buffs to her already dangerous grounded floating aerial game.Our Hopes?Considering how much time she spends as a damsel in distress in her own games, it’s always great to see Princess Peach just decimate characters like Bowser (or Mario) in Smash Bros. Having another princess partner will just make those beatdowns more satisfying. And it’s not like Super Princess Peach where her powers are controlled by emotions. It may break the game, but our biggest hope is that Peach’s dress-twirling down smash gets restored to its absolutely ridiculous Melee power level.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. 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Destination Guyana now set to promote tourism in the US and Canada

first_imgNorth America is one of our strongest markets with a travel culture yearning for authentic culture and nature/adventure experiences. Guyana is in a prime position to provide that!” – said Brian Mullis, Director of Guyana Tourism Authority. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Guyana Tourism Authority, the official Tourism Board of “Destination Guyana”, has taken a step to reach out to potential visitors from the United States and Canada.Guyana is positioned as the next must-see destination for travelers. With daily non-stop flights already available from New York, Miami and Toronto, and it being the only English speaking country in South America, tourists can experience vibrant indigenous culture, rich history and an incredibly hospitable and friendly people in the language both parties know best. An irresistible combination of natural beauty, pristine primary rainforest, world-class waterfalls and amazing wildlife will satisfy any social media feed. Visiting vibrant indigenous communities and undeveloped beaches; attending festivals, rodeos, regattas and carnivals; and participating in 4×4 safaris and bird watching are just a handful of the possibilities to provide the hungry North American traveler with no shortage of stimuli. “We are thrilled by the opportunity to work with Destination Guyana to promote this paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and avid eco-tourists to the North American travel market. We anticipate an enthusiastic and warm embrace of Guyana, the undiscovered gem of South America.” – said Jane Behrend, President, Emerging Destinations. The agency added Guyana to their list of regions and countries they represent in the U.S.Largely unknown in the US and Canada, Guyana is a small South American country that represents six ethnicities and a rich Amerindian culture. Bordered by Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela, Guyana is part of the revered Guiana Shield, one of the world’s most biodiverse regions that includes many endemic species and South America’s ‘Land of the Giants.’ Guyana possesses Atlantic beaches to the north, staggering mountain ranges to the west, never-ending savannahs to the south and 18% of the world’s tropical forests to boot. It’s an untapped playground for explorers and adventure seekers.The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) is a semi-autonomous governmental organization responsible for developing and promoting sustainable tourism in Guyana through collaboration with sister agencies and the tourism private sector in order to maximize local socio-economic and conservation outcomes and improve the visitors’ experience. The GTA is focused on Guyana becoming recognized locally and internationally as a premier destination for protecting its natural and cultural heritage, providing authentic experiences, and maximizing local economic benefits.For more information on Guyana’s rich and diverse offerings visit or follow Discover Guyana on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Puerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!LGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)IGLTA and European Travel Commission Sign Partnership to Strengthen Promotion of LGBT – Welcoming Tourism in EuropeMore articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

Unemployment rate drops sharply to 128 Cystat says

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