Aisha Tyler To Host Gracie Awards Gala

first_imgAlliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) is pleased to announce Aisha Tyler, co-host of “The Talk” on CBS, will serve as Host of the 39th Annual Gracie Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.The Gracie Awards (also known as “the Gracies”) recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women, and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable and digital media. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.“The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media, and Aisha Tyler embodies this goal perfectly. From network television to cable, from actor to author, from podcasts to best-selling books, Aisha showcases her talents in an impressive variety of media,” said AWMF Chair Kay Olin. “We are delighted that Aisha is hosting this year’s Gracies Awards Gala.”Says Aisha, “It’s truly been an impressive year for women in all media. I’m very much looking forward to celebrating all that women have accomplished. However, no one’s getting an award for that Kimye Vogue cover if I have anything to say about it. Hashtag #yawn.”Aisha Tyler is an actress, comedian, author and podcaster. She is currently co-host of the hit CBS daytime talker “The Talk.” “The Talk” launched its fourth season to record ratings, garnering five Emmy nominations and three wins and was recently renewed for a fifth season. Aisha also voices superspy Lana Kane on FX’s edgy hit comedy “Archer,” which has won the Television Critics’ Choice Award for best animated show two years in a row and was just renewed for an additional two seasons. In the summer of 2013 Aisha joined the CW reboot of the improv classic “Whose Line Is It Anyway” taking over for Drew Carey as host. The show was an instant hit, and its second season debut gave The CW its highest rating for that time slot in three years, beating Fox for the hour and matching ABC in demos.Aisha is the creator, producer and host of the hit podcast “Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler.” “A show about stuff guys love brought to you by the ultimate guy’s girl,” “Girl on Guy” was named a “best new comedy podcast” by iTunes and is approaching a landmark ten million downloads. Her latest book, “Self Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation” debuted July 2013 on the “New York Times” bestseller list.Aisha recently guested on ABC’s hugely successful “Modern Family”, and has guested on multiple hit shows, including “Friends,” “24,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee,” “Ghost Whisperer,” and more. She is a favorite on talk shows from “Letterman” to “The Tonight Show” to “The Late, Late Show,” and continually tours nationwide performing stand up comedy.Aisha is deeply dedicated to charity and volunteerism, serving on the board of Planned Parenthood, directing a film to benefit wounded warriors, acting as spokesperson for the American Red Cross, and fundraising for Doctors Without Borders, Futures Without Violence and the International Rescue Committee.The Gracies are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Alliance for Women in Media that supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honors programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and digital media, including news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary and sports.The event is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Hair Care Sponsor: Sexy Hair and Automotive Sponsor: Ford | Lincoln. President’s Circle Sponsors: CNN, Cox Media Group, Crown Media Family Networks, NBC Entertainment & Universal Television, and NBC Sports Group. Producer Sponsors: HBO, Katz Media Group, National Association of Broadcasters, National Cable & Telecommunications Association and “The Wall Street Journal.” Sponsored tables are available by contacting the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation at 703-506-3290.For more information about the 2014 Gracies, click here.last_img read more

Northern Health improving MRI services with new machines

first_imgIn 2017 the first of three new MRI units started serving patients in Prince George. Two other MRI installation projects were put in place at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace, and Fort St. John Hospital & Health Centre. MRI’s are a tool used by physicians and specialists to support in making a diagnosis. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health is providing better access which they share is reducing wait times with new machines and hours for MRI servicesKen Winnig, Regional Director of Diagnostic Services shares, last year 7,500 MRI’s were performed and they are on target to do 13,000. Winnig says “It’s a huge increase”The new MRI units which were forecasted to triple the number of MRI’s in the Northern Health region. This has improved access, wait times and have brought services closer to home reducing travel for residents in the region.last_img read more

Army Commander and Wigneswaran discuss land and other issues

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake and Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran discussed the land issue in the North at a meeting today.The meeting between Wigneswaran and Senanayake took place at the Chief Minister’s Office in Nallur, Jaffna. He had also highlighted the potential available for civil military cooperation in the North, the Army media unit said. Senanayake said that the release of more lands of civilians would be looked into in due course in line with the Government’s policy. The Commander also offered his assistance to resolve issues pertaining to the fishing community in a more practical and friendly manner if such issues are referred to the required military formations.Senanayake also had an audience with His Eminence Rev. Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam, Bishop of Jaffna at his vicarage in Jaffna. During the cordial meeting many matters of relevance to the rehabilitation of ex-combatants, release of more and more civil lands under the five year land release policy and further strengthening of reconciliation among all ethnicities and general developments of relevant concern.Senanayake also paid a visit to the Venerable Meegahajandure Siriwimala Thero, Chief incumbent of the Jaffna Sri Naga Viharaya at the Sri Naga Viharaya premises in Jaffna.Major General Roshan Seneviratne, General Officer Commanding, 51 Division was also present at the meetings. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Canadian dollar extends gains amid disappointing US consumer spending data

Canadian dollar extends gains amid disappointing U.S. consumer spending data AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday amid mixed commodity prices and a tepid read on American consumer spending.The loonie was up 0.25 of a cent to 93.52 cents US.The greenback declined after the U.S. Commerce Department reported that consumer spending rose 0.2 per cent last month after no gain in April, missing expectations for a 0.4 per cent rise.The data was an unpleasant surprise as consumer spending accounts for 70 per cent of the American economy.And the numbers came out a day after another report showed that the American economy contracted in the first quarter by 2.9 per cent, larger than the two per cent contraction economists had expected. The numbers were largely shrugged off as the performance was tied to severe winter weather.But BMO Capital Markets says that while it sees an improvement for the second quarter, it’s now looking at annualized growth of around three per cent, down sharply from earlier estimates of 3.8 per cent growth.U.S. incomes rose a solid 0.4 per cent in May, which met expectations, after a 0.3 per cent April gain.Meanwhile, an inflation gauge that’s closely monitored by the U.S. Federal Reserve has risen 1.8 per cent over the past 12 months, the fastest rise since late 2012, but still below the Fed’s two per cent target.Oil prices were lower as fears diminished somewhat over supply disruptions from Iraq with the August contract down 66 cents to US$105.84 a barrel.September copper was up a cent at US$3.17 a pound, while August bullion faded $5.60 to US$1,317 an ounce.The loonie has been on a roll recently, up about 1 1/3 cents US over the past week to a six-month high as gold and oil prices have risen amid geopolitical concerns centred on a rising insurgency in Iraq and tensions between Ukraine and Russia.The loonie had also found support from stronger than expected inflation data, which raised expectations that the Bank of Canada could raise interest rates sooner than thought.But analysts caution this rally will be difficult to sustain.Oil price increases have been driven by supply worries, not rising demand, which in turn could weigh on the American economy, said Camilla Sutton, chief FX strategist, managing director Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets.Also, a downward revision in American economic growth would also affect Canadian expansion. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2014 6:57 am MDT read more

Village that inspired The Archers in danger of becoming sprawling town after

first_imgLocals are alarmed at the prospect of Inkberrow's growing population meaning they will lose their village status The series’ pub The Bull is based on Inkberrow’s own 17th century inn The Old BullCredit:John Robertson Locals are alarmed at the prospect of Inkberrow’s growing population meaning they will lose their village status.Developer Bovis Homes has been granted planning permission to build 100 homes on a greenfield site at 28 Stonepit Lane next year, while Wychavon District Council have also given permission for up to 40 more houses on a separate site in the village.If the population rises much past 6,000 – which it is likely to do after the new development is finished – planners may be forced to reclassify it as a town. When The Archers first aired on January 1, 1951, Inkberrow had just 80 homes and a population of no more than 200.The village inspired the fictional Ambridge, while the series’ pub The Bull is based on Inkberrow’s own 17th century inn The Old Bull.According to its own community website, Inkberrow has more than 5,300 residents, making it “one of the largest villages in Worcestershire”, and the Office for National Statistics already defines Inkberrow as a “small town”. The series' pub The Bull is based on Inkberrow's own 17th century inn The Old Bull Its sleepy streets and 17th century pub inspired The Archers but for the residents of Inkberrow rural life may soon be over.For the village in Worcestershire, which is visited by thousands of fans of the BBC Radio 4 series every year, is in danger of becoming a “sprawling town” after developers were given the green light to build more than 100 homes. Planners have also given the go ahead for bollard lighting to be built, potentially spelling the end of the village’s tradition of being one of the only in the UK without street lamps. “A lot of people are asking where the development’s stop? Are we looking down the barrel of a sprawling town taking over our once beautiful village?”Putting up street lights, be it lampposts or these bollards, will also mean the end of another tradition in Inkberrow.”Addressing the issue of lighting, Cllr Steel added: “I have now have assurances that the proposed lights are of the bollard type and not street lighting as we know it and that the households will be responsible for the running of them and be able to turn them off if desired.”center_img The village inspired the fictional Ambridge Locals are alarmed at the prospect of Inkberrow’s growing population meaning they will lose their village statusCredit:John Robertson The village inspired the fictional Ambridge But residents and local councillors are determined to retain Inkberrow’s village status.Audrey Steel, the Conservative councillor for Inkberrow, said: “Growth has kept it alive but it retains its village heart and I am vehemently against calling it a town.”John Rhodes, 45, said: “I think it is a shame that the housing development got the OK, but everyone was expecting it.”It will, inevitably, mean the village becomes a town which will be shame. 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

Real hairraising stuff BBC receives complaints over Gary Linekers bald joke

Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy on Match of the Day The broadcaster, who is paid a salary of £1.75-1.76 million per year by the BBC but is classed as a freelancer, has regularly exercised his freedom of speech on Twitter, sharing divisive political opinions and considered largely untouchable by managers. The BBC declined to respond to questions about the complaints, and would not confirm whether they were investigating a possible breach of standards in line with their own policies. A spokesman also declined to explain whether bald jokes would continue to be welcomed on Match of the Day. They are obliged to reply in some form to complainants, with feedback from viewers circulated to producers and managers.Its diversity and inclusion policies apply to “gender, disability, ethnicity and sexual orientation”, and require “challenging ourselves to ensure that Diversity and Inclusion is hardwired into everything the BBC does”.  “I can take a joke, but have you not noticed that bald blokes are literally the only people left in society that can be shat on with impunity?” said another.“Nobody would consider making a joke like that about a bald woman. I started going bald at fourteen; utterly destroyed my confidence.”Another said, simply: “Snowflakes”.  The camera then panned to the two pundits, who are both bald, laughing and shaking their heads. The end of the clip invites social media users to “like, comment, share”. Lineker shared news of a complaint with his 7.3m Twitter followers, saying: “The BBC has received a complaint about bald jokes on @BBCMOTD (genuinely). Very unfair I feel to call @alanshearer @IanWright0 & Danny Murphy jokes.” Careful Gary, there’s gonna be hell toupee.— RYE (@whiteboy_1987) August 20, 2019 Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy on Match of the Day “At the BBC we are committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK,” its internal guidance states.“The BBC is for everyone and should include everyone whatever their background.” Lineker’s disclosure about the complaints, said to be a small number, inspired debate about whether it is acceptable to joke about male baldness. “Oh thank god. A persecuted minority I can be part of! #bravebaldblokes” said one Twitter user in reply.  On the one hand, I guess all topics are valid comedy-themes, and on the other, there aren’t many parts of a person’s body that people would openly ridicule (especially if it’s something they haven’t chosen, or can’t change). It depends on the kind of world you want to live in…— Martyn J Smith (@MartynJohnSmit2) August 20, 2019 Lineker has previously teased his less hirsute co-presenters, replying to a photograph of himself next to Shearer in 2016: “Jeez, my bald spot is nearly as large as yours.”A spokesman for Alopecia UK said that, while Lineker’s joke was likely “jovial in nature and with no malice intended”: “It’s a shame that those in the media still use that platform in a way that reinforces negativity towards hair loss. “We increasingly hear from more and more men who struggle with hair loss. “In today’s society, it seems that jokes about bald men are more acceptable than jokes about bald women or children and this can lead to men with hair loss feeling they are not supported when they struggle to come to terms with their change in appearance. “Jokes about anyone’s physical attributes are extremely outdated and this includes ‘banter’ about hair loss.” Very unfair on the over 75s to fund your exorbitant salary. (genuinely)— Mark Fletcher (@MarkFletch117) August 20, 2019 The BBC has received a complaint about bald jokes on @BBCMOTD (genuinely). Very unfair I feel to call @alanshearer @IanWright0 & Danny Murphy jokes.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 20, 2019 It has found itself mired in controversy on everything from Brexit bias to climate change and the gender pay gap.The BBC has now entered a new minefield: discrimination against balding men. Gary Lineker, the sports broadcaster, has disclosed the corporation received official complaints over a bald joke aimed at his Match of the Day co-hosts.The BBC must now respond to the complaints from members of the public as per its policies, as its highest-paid presenter pokes fun at the grievance online. By Tuesday, the corporation did not appear altogether contrite, with a clip of the offending segment remaining on its Twitter feed with an eyeball emoji and face crying with laughter to emphasise its tone. Watched online by more than 100,000 people, on top of the millions watching the main show live, it saw Lineker tell viewers: “It’s a strong start to the premier league season. Real hair-raising stuff at times… unless you’re Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy.”  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. read more

Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle pay what you want for 6 indie games

first_imgThe Humble Indie Bundle has had a refresh today, and with it the opportunity to pay what you want for six games and in the process donate to charity.The latest bundle is a little different from the last offering. It is called the Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle and lets you pay whatever you want for Frozen Synapse plus its bundled digital soundtrack. However, if you pay more than the average, currently sitting at $3.91, then five more games are added to your cart for free.Of those five, three are full games and the other two are in a state of development. The three complete games are Trine, Shadowgrounds, and Shadowgrounds: Survivor. Then there’s Jack Claw, which is only a prototype that never got finished, but still looks highly playable. Finally, there’s Splot which is still in development. For the time being you get the demo of Splot to play with the promise of the full game coming later.You can pay anything you like for these games, but if you take into account Frozen Synapse is worth $25 on its own, this is a serious bargain for gamers. One word of caution I will throw out is the fact last time we got a bundle deal new games were added near the end of the offer. That may well happen again, and I’m not sure what the deal is with gaining access to those games if you buy before they are offered.As with the Humble Bundles that have gone before, you can choose how the money you spend is split between the games, with the EFF and Child’s Play also being options for donations. All the games work across Linux, Mac, and Windows, and there’s no DRM included with any of them. When I bought the last Humble Bundle I was even given the option of having them delivered to my Steam account.More at the Humble Bundle websitelast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1 Tweet Email1 Nov 30th 2016, 8:59 PM Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Government offers Amanda Mellet €30,000, human remains found in Galway, and Donald Trump to leave business world. Short URL PARTING SHOT Source: Adverts.ieTomorrow is 1 December, so to get you in the mood for the festive season, the DailyEdge has compiled 10 reasons why the RTÉ Christmas Guide is an essential part of Irish Christmas.Comments are closed for legal reasons. By Órla Ryancenter_img NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Pictured today at the National Library of Ireland’s Inspiration Proclamation series of public interviews are Professor Mary McAleese and Director of the National Library Dr Sandra Collins. Source: Mark StedmanThe partner of a woman charged with the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter has told of his horror at finding the 11-year-old cold in her bed.The government offered €30,000 to Amanda Mellet, who was forced to travel to the UK for an abortion in 2011.A man found decomposed human remains, believed to be female, while walking on a beach in Co Galway.The latest article in our Homeless Ireland series looks at the housing situation in regional towns.The government will not oppose a medicinal cannabis bill due to be debated in the Dáil tomorrow, ensuring it will be passed.The Environmental Protection Agency has outlined the dangers of fracking in a new report.After weeks of negotiation, a ‘final’ pay deal was offered to ASTI teachers.Gardaí will be legally entitled to rest breaks under new legislation approved by the Cabinet.Labour’s Joan Burton hit out at a letter sent to TDs which states that children adopted by same-sex families “are more likely to be sexually abused”.New rules were introduced for businesses who want to call their food ‘artisan’ or ‘natural’.WORLD Bob Geldof campaigning in Richmond in England with Lib Dem candidate Sarah Olney (left). The singer suggested that Leave (Brexit) supporters appear to be “on crystal meth”. Source: Sam Lister PA Wire/PA Images#US: President-elect Donald Trump will leave his businesses so he can “fully focus” on the job of running the country.#COLOMBIA: A plane that crashed in the mountains of Colombia killing 71 people may have run out of fuel, a Colombian military source said.#UK: Former darts world champion Eric Bristow apologised for suggesting football sex abuse victims were not “proper men”.#TURKEY: A teacher and 11 schoolgirls died in a dormitory fire at a school in Turkey.INNOVATION Netflix is to start letting users download films and TV shows.New rules will allow you to use Netflix or Spotify unrestricted across the EU. Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 8:59 PM 19,688 Views Get our daily news round up: 1 Comment last_img read more

Ovocyte congelé le Collège des gynécologues relance le débat

first_imgOvocyte congelé : le Collège des gynécologues relance le débatLe Collège national des gynécologues et obstétriciens français (CNGOF) a indiqué mercredi qu’il souhaitait voir autorisé la vitrification des ovocytes pour les femmes qui feraient le choix d’avoir des enfants plus tard. A l’heure actuelle, les hommes peuvent, avant une chimiothérapie par exemple, conserver leur sperme congelé afin de garder la possibilité, une fois guéris, d’avoir un enfant. Si la chose est aujourd’hui possible avec des ovocytes pour les femmes, la loi actuelle ne permet pas le recours à cette technique par choix personnel (contrairement à “l’autoconservation de convenance” pour les hommes). Elle ne peut en effet être employée qu’avant un traitement qui va entrainer une stérilité ou si la femme accepte de faire don de certains de ses gamètes dans le même temps. Pourtant, cette technique de vitrification des ovocytes permettrait à des femmes d’avoir une grossesse ultérieure. D’où la prise de position formulée mercredi par le Collège national des gynécologues et obstétriciens français (CNGOF) qui s’est dit en faveur de l’autoconservation des ovocytes “pour des raisons sociétales” mais sous certaines conditions. Dans le communiqué, le Collège indique que “l’autoconservation d’ovocytes constitue un progrès médical car elle est, avec le don d’ovocytes, la seule méthode de traitement de l’infertilité réellement efficace à 40 ans et plus. Elle permet aux couples d’utiliser leur propre capital génétique, ce qui n’est pas le cas du don d’ovocytes qui souffre d’une réelle pénurie en France nécessitant le recours, pour de nombreuses femmes, à des centres étrangers”.Ainsi, pour le CNGOF, “il n’y a pas de raison particulière pour que cela ne soit pas autorisé aux femmes” alors que cela l’est pour les hommes. D’autant que “l’âge de la maternité ne cesse de reculer et les femmes qui consultent pour infertilité sont, elles aussi, de plus en plus âgées”, souligne t-il cité par le L’inégalité de traitement entre hommes et femmes n’en est que plus frappante. “Il ne serait pas admissible, comme la loi le prévoit pourtant, de limiter la possibilité d’autoconservation aux seules femmes qui accepteraient de donner une partie de leurs ovocytes. Un tel chantage nous paraît éthiquement inacceptable”, estime le CNGOF.Une méthode qui ne garantit pas une grossesseÀ lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Même si de nombreux pays acceptent la conservation d’ovocytes et que la Société européenne de reproduction humaine et d’embryologie (ESHRE) vient de rendre un avis favorable à ce sujet, il existe un certain nombre de risques. Cela pourrait en effet encourager les grossesses tardives ce qui augmente le risque de complications pour la mère et l’enfant, surtout au-delà de 45 ans, reconnaît le CNGOF. Par ailleurs, la conservation des ovocytes pour les femmes de plus de 40 ans n’offre en rien la certitude d’une grossesse. Dans le meilleur des cas, le taux de naissances est de 62%, selon une étude étrangère. Ainsi, plusieurs questions sont aujourd’hui posées et notamment : jusqu’à quel âge, peut-on pratiquer une autoconservation efficace des ovocytes ? et qui doit payer ? Le collège des gynécologues prévoit de statuer prochainement sur ces questions et rappelle la nécessité de bien informer les patientes sur les risques des grossesses tardives.Le 13 décembre 2012 à 12:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sportsmen protest Astoria port parking fee

first_imgASTORIA — Sport fishermen at the mouth of the Columbia River are protesting a decision to raise parking fees at the Port of Astoria.Guide Bob Rees says the $20-a-day fee strikes many in the sport-fishing groups he represents as price-gouging, or revenge for recent changes in gillnetting on the river that restrict commercial fishing.But a member of the port’s commission, Stephen Fulton, says the port is “bleeding money” and needs the revenue. He says the gillnetting controversy has nothing to do with the parking fees.last_img read more

Flood advisory issued for parts of Broward County

first_imgAs of 10:05am, record rain set in Ft. Lauderdale with 3.38″ and more expected throughout the day.— Vivian Gonzalez (@VivianGonzalez7) August 10, 2017The advisory is also heavily affecting the following areas:DavieMiramarFort LauderdaleOfficials have warned drivers to be cautious as streets will be flooded, as well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A flood advisory warning was issued, Thursday, for parts of Broward County after heavy rains spread across South Florida.The flood advisory was issued for the southeast portion of Broward and will remain in effect until noon. Two to three inches of rain has been reported for parts of the county, as well.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday Sept 2 2016

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 and on Twitter @aprnListen nowShould the Permanent Fund invest in oil tax credits?Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation board had an unusual visitor at their meeting today. Former Attorney General Craig Richards showed up to pitch an unconventional investment idea: oil and gas tax credits.Alaska Legislature shutters offices on Friday afternoonsJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauAs a cost-saving measure, 22 legislative information offices around the state are shuttered starting this Friday afternoon.Homer residents respond to proposed drillingShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerDozens of Homer residents attended the public hearing to learn more about the proposal to lease portions of Cook Inlet for oil and gas drilling.Plan expands rural cell, broadband serviceEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauMore Alaskans will have affordable access to mobile phones and broadband internet, thanks to a change in federal communication rules and funding.One People Canoe Society to paddle for Standing Rock Tribe to protest controversial pipelineElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauMembers of the One People Canoe Society will travel this week from Alaska to North Dakota to paddle in protest over a controversial pipeline.Anchorage professor bets on bio-insulation made from mushroomsEric Keto, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageFrom underneath the roads to inside our homes, insulation is everywhere in Alaska. But traditional foam board is energy intensive to produce and often ends up as plastic litter in oceans and waterways. A group of researchers at the University of Alaska Anchorage are working to develop an environmentally friendly alternative.Homer Fire gets boost through remodel, grantsDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerHomer Volunteer Fire Department has started a remodeling project to improve their Pioneer Avenue building.AK: Marine mammal camp nurtures budding scientistsShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerThe phrase “summer camp” usually brings to mind images of toasted marshmallows, campfires and wobbly canoe trips. Not bones.49 Voices: Will Schlimgen of Eagle RiverWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Will Schlimgen in Eagle River. Will is originally from California, and is just starting his second year at UAA.last_img read more

MLA Dr M Anand stresses on use of clay idols

first_imgVikarabad: MLA Dr M Anand called upon people to worship clay idols of Ganesha and protect the environment. He was at Siddhartha School on Wednesday to distribute 3,000 clay idols. Speaking on the occasion, the MLA said God is omnipresent and people should not compete for installing big idols. He told organisers to register the details of the Ganesh pandals. The MLA suggested the organisers to give prizes to users of clay idols to encourage them. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Joint Collector Aruna kumari said the initiative to encourage clay idols must grow further. She hoped that clay idols should be used completely in future. DEO Renuka, BC Welfare Officer Pushpalatha, secretary of private educational institutions Lewis, Nagaiah, MEO Babu Singh, Siddhartha School principal Venugopal, staff of other schools and students were present.last_img read more

Saudi king orders govt reshuffle

first_imgSaudi Arabia‘s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Photo: ReutersSaudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered a sweeping government reshuffle Thursday, replacing key security and political figures including the foreign minister, as the kingdom grapples with the international fallout over critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.The surprise shake-up saw the appointment of new ministers of the powerful National Guard, information and education, as well as the head of a new space agency, but the energy and finance ministries were unaffected despite an economic downturn.The revamp left untouched the authority of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler facing intense international scrutiny over the October 2 murder of journalist Khashoggi, which tipped the kingdom into one of its worst crises.Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former finance minister who was detained last year in an anti-corruption sweep, will replace Adel al-Jubeir as foreign minister, a royal decree said.Jubeir, who sought to defend the tainted government internationally after Khashoggi’s murder, was effectively demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs, the decree added without explaining the change.In other significant appointments, Prince Abdullah bin Bandar was named chief of the powerful National Guard, and Musaed al-Aiban, a Harvard graduate, was appointed the new national security adviser.The reshuffle would help the crown prince further “consolidate power” as many of those promoted were his “key allies”, tweeted Ali Shihabi, head of the pro-Saudi think tank The Arabia Foundation.In other changes, Turki al-Shabanah, an executive at broadcaster Rotana, was appointed as the new information minister, replacing Awwad al-Awwad—who was named as an advisor to the royal court.Turki al-Sheikh, a close aide to the crown prince, was removed as the head of the kingdom’s sports commission and appointed entertainment authority chief, while Ahmed al-Khatib was named tourism authority chief.The king also ordered the creation of a national space agency to be led by one of his other sons, Prince Sultan bin Salman, a former astronaut.The energy, economy and finance ministries were left untouched even as the petro-state faces a sharp fall in crude prices that has generated renewed uncertainty over Prince Mohammed’s Vision 2030 reform programme for a post-oil era.But the appointment as foreign minister of Assaf, who holds a seat on the boards of state oil giant Aramco and the vast Public Investment Fund, indicates an emphasis on “economic diplomacy” as the kingdom seeks to reassure foreign investors rattled by the Khashoggi crisis, analysts say.Assaf was held in Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel last year along with hundreds of elite princes and businessmen, in what the government called an anti-corruption crackdown.Tarnished image -The reshuffle comes as Saudi Arabia seeks to repair its tarnished image after Khashoggi’s murder, widely seen as its worst diplomatic crisis since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, in which most of the hijackers were identified as Saudi nationals.“You cannot delink Khashoggi from any developments, though government reshuffles are customary every four years,” said Mohammed Alyahya, a senior fellow at the Gulf Research Centre.“The reshuffle saw the appointment of some young princes, but also veteran statesmen to positions of power. There is an effort to balance the fast pace of reform with bolstering government procedures and institutions.”Saudi Arabia last week said it was creating government bodies to boost oversight of its intelligence operations, in the wake of the murder.The kingdom has said Khashoggi was killed inside its Istanbul consulate in a “rogue operation” led by Saudi agents, but the CIA reportedly concluded that Prince Mohammed ordered his assassination.The murder has battered the reputation of the 33-year-old crown prince, who controls all major levers of power. He is set to maintain his political and security posts after Thursday’s reshuffle, including that of defence minister.Saudi Arabia last week slammed as “interference” a US Senate resolution that held Prince Mohammed responsible for the killing, and another that sought to end American military support for the Riyadh-led war in Yemen.“The primary bone of contention between Saudi Arabia and American lawmakers is the power of Prince Mohammed and his responsibility for the murder of Khashoggi,” said Ryan Bohl, from the US geopolitical think tank Stratfor.“This reshuffle doesn’t undercut the crown prince, meaning that those within the US Congress who want to see his role reduced will have an argument that further action should still be taken.”last_img read more

Former Houston Compaq Campus To Be Sold By HPE

first_imgPhoto via Hewlett Packard EnterpriseThe former Compaq campus, which once spanned 1,000 acres and was home to 20,000 employees is often credited with much of the growth on Highway 249.Hewlett Packard Enterprises is putting its 74 acre campus in northwest Houston on the market. This comes after flooding multiple times, most recently during Hurricane Harvey.In November, HPE announced it was going to leave the seven building campus along Cypress Creek. The campus also flooded during the “Tax Day” floods of 2016.The company told The Houston Business Journal that the manufacturing facilities at that location were irreparably damaged by Harvey. HPE also said they are committed to the more than 3,000 local employees and look forward to many more years at part of the community in a new Houston area campus.The former Compaq campus, which once spanned 1,000 acres and was home to 20,000 employees is often credited with much of the growth on Highway 249. Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore Police Searching for Serial Robber

first_imgThe Baltimore City Police Department recently unveiled its new “Most Wanted” program, aimed at getting the community to come forward and identify criminals that police have little information about.At a press conference on Feb. 10, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said his program’s prime suspect at the moment is a man they refer to as a serial robber. The man has robbed numerous businesses in Baltimore City and Baltimore County since October of 2014.The unidentified suspect is believed to be a Black man in his mid-30s, about 5-feet-9-inches tall, and weighing nearly 230 pounds. Surveillance footage shows the man often wears a blue hoodie and khaki pants.A task force of detectives from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the FBI are in a joint effort to locate and apprehend the suspect. The Baltimore Police Department is hoping that their newly offered incentive would bring someone forward with information.“Thanks to the FBI’s Baltimore field office they have added $10,000 in reward money to the existing reward of $2,000 from Crime Stoppers,” said Davis. “So the reward for this person now stands at $12,000.”The police department believes they captured a clear picture of the suspect from surveillance footage.“His still photograph has been captured on videotape. Our sketch artist has, in fact, rendered a sketch of our suspect, and both the sketch and photograph are of good quality, so someone who knows him, knows him right away,” said Davis.Witnesses told detectives that the thief acts like a normal customer, pretending like he’s going to buy something before flashing a gun at the clerk.Kushal Sheth, the manager of the Dunkin Donuts on the 3700 block of Wilkens Ave. in Southwest Baltimore says the suspect robbed his store last month.“He came in wearing a mask and walked in the store and went and just told me to open the door,” Sheth told the The Baltimore Sun. “He had the gun in his right hand.”The police are not releasing details of other locations the suspect has robbed because they want to maintain the integrity of their investigation.The suspect has not injured anyone, but police are concerned that he could turn violent due to how often he strikes.“This individual is terrorizing our business community, the safety of our community, both in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. We rely heavily on the health of our economic development effort and we want to do everything we can to identify this individual and get him off of the street,” said Davis.Baltimore Police are hopeful that someone will recognize the photograph and the sketch of their “Most Wanted” suspect.Anyone with information is asked to call the 24-hour hotline at 410-265-8080.jhunter@afro.comTwitter: @hunter_jonathanlast_img read more

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Centre to be set up for underage drug users

first_imgA pilot drug addiction treatment centre for minors was approved by the council of ministers on Thursday.As a first step, the national addictions authority will be invited to submit proposals for the centre, said deputy government spokesperson, Klelia Vasiliou.The project aims to support underage substance abusers who lack a family support network, as well as underage abusers whose level of addiction warrants an intensive treatment programme, and convicted underage users.According to Vasiliou, the treatment centre will work on a 24-hour basis, and will consist of 12-15 rooms.A team composed of professionals with various specialisations will provide intensive treatment, while accommodation, food, supervision and all-round management of the child’s problem areas will also be provided.The annual budget for the operation of the treatment centre was set at €600,000, while an additional €70,000 will be provided during its first year of operation for the purchase of equipment.The project is expected to be completed within 2019, Vasiliou said.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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