Technology Supports Effective Teaching in Classrooms

first_imgThe province is providing teachers with more technology that will help young students improve reading and writing and older students prepare for good jobs. Every elementary school will have a mobile technology centre this fall, including notebooks, software and links to online resources. More than 110 teachers are attending a workshop in Wolfville today, May 3, and Friday, May 4, to learn use the technology in ways that excite students and support their learning. “Kids and Learning First supports effective teaching in every classroom by providing teachers with tools and resources to bring curriculum alive for every student,” said Kings North MLA Jim Morton on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “These technology centres also support our plan to help more children strengthen their reading and writing skills in early elementary.” The province is investing $1.4 million in the mobile technology centres. Other efforts will ensure students continue to benefit from more technology and innovation in classrooms at all grade levels. A new Technology Education course will be offered next year to Grade 9 students at more than 100 schools. The new course will engage students and provide powerful hands-on learning experiences in innovative subject areas such as energy engineering, production technology, communications technology and inventions and innovations. Teachers and students at each participating schools will have access to tools of the trades such as screen process printing kits, power drills and cutting tools and digital cameras. The skills students learn illustrate the province’s commitment to prepare young people for good jobs in Nova Scotia. Teachers are learning about the new course at a workshop in Truro today and Friday. Industry and education partners involved in the workshop include: Skills Canada Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Community College, North Nova Education Centre technology education students, Atlantic Photo Supply, Progressive Educational Systems, Fundy Grinding and Machining, Makita Canada, Advance School Supply and Kidder Manufacturing.last_img read more

Major League AllStars Host OffSeason Fundraising Golf Tournament

first_imgA pair of Major League All-Stars, Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, are looking for a full-house when they co-host the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s 13th annual fundraising golf tournament and third annual MGM Grand Poker Tournament to benefit the Players Trust in Las Vegas, January 11 & 12, 2017.In addition to a day of golf at Bear’s Best Las Vegas on January 12, participating players will join Trust supporters when Tia’s Hope presents the third annual MGM Grand Poker Tournament to benefit the Players Trust on Wednesday evening, January 11. Tia’s Hope is a national nonprofit that provides “Memory Moments” for children and their families who are fighting serious illnesses and forced to spend time in the hospital.Scheduled to join Dexter and Bryce on the course in Vegas are Hall of Famers Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield, as well as current and former big leaguers Marlon Anderson, Richard Bleier, Lorenzo Cain, Chris Capuano, Zach Davies, Rajai Davis, Mike Dunn, Scott Erickson, Jacque Jones, Corey Knebel, Mike Lincoln, Kenny Lofton, James Loney, Scott Moore, Chris Narveson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Bud Norris, Ryan O’Rourke, Kevin Pillar, Rene Rivera, Reggie Sanders, Hector Santiago, Chasen Shreve, Steve Trachsel, Devon Travis and Randy Winn.Players Trust fund-raising events promise sponsors, their guests and all attendees, unprecedented levels of player access during our memorable hospitality events, including cocktail receptions and meals. Proceeds from the events will benefit local Las Vegas area charities personally selected by the co-hosts as well as other charitable organizations to be determined by the Players Trust.Sponsorship opportunities, foursomes and individual golf spots are now available, and most packages include hotel accommodations at luxurious MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.For more information, please click here.last_img read more

Family of Brittany Martel holds vigil still looking for answers

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsA candlelight vigil was held for Brittany Martel this weekend in Hay River, Northwest Territories.The 27-year-old was found dead outside Merritt, British Columbia on July 22.It didn’t take long for the RCMP to say her death was not suspicious.But the family still has many unanswered questions.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img

Islamic StateSex Crimes Through the Eyes of Moroccan Survivor

Rabat – Pedophilia, sex slavery, rape, dangerous sexual practices: one Moroccan returnee shares her frightening experience living among Daesh fighters. Salma El-Harraq, a Moroccan woman who returned from Daesh, has recently opened up to the National Criminal Police Brigade about her alarming sexual trauma at the hands of members of the Islamic State, as reported in the March 28 edition of Moroccan newspaper Al Ahdath.Perceived as mere sexual objects for the fighters’ to exploit, women are among the first to feel the terrorist organization’s wrath. The returnee recounted the sufferings of Yazidi women, belong to a Kurdish religious minority, who were taken as spoils of war. These women, among others, were displayed in a market in Hassiba commune on the Iraqi-Syrian borders, and sold them like cattle based on tariffs set by the leader of the terrorist organization. The prices varied between minors and older girls, as the terrorist militants also have the right to “keep” girls as young as seven years old, on the condition that they will perform sexual acts when they reach the age of 12.Prisoners of war were forced to perform housework and errands, in addition to being sexually enslaved by the fighter who is given the right to violate them under the blessing of a fatwa issued by Daesh’s religious theorists. Daesh’s sex victims, according to El Harraq, were also prostituted by the combatants, in exchange for a road pass, internet connection, or food. Those sentenced to death and awaiting execution were not exempted from sexual assault, neither were those whose previous fighter partners passed away or were traveling outside of the camp.Al Ahdath noted that high prevalence of unprotected sex  might mean that a large number of the combatants and their wives, sex slaves, and children are infected with sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS.A 2017 United Nations report urged the Iraqi government to extend help to women victims, Yazidi and other minorities, of Daesh sexual slavery. “The physical, mental and emotional injuries inflicted by ISIL are almost beyond comprehension,” stressed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad. read more

At Rome summit Ban urges bold and urgent steps to tackle global

3 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders gathered at a United Nations summit in Rome to take “bold and urgent” steps to tackle the global food crisis, including boosting food production and revitalizing agriculture to ensure long-term food security. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders gathered at a United Nations summit in Rome to take “bold and urgent” steps to tackle the global food crisis, including boosting food production and revitalizing agriculture to ensure long-term food security. Addressing the High-level Conference on World Food Security, Mr. Ban said that over 850 million people around the globe were short of food before the current crisis began. That number is estimated to rise by a further 100 million, and the poorest of the poor will be the hardest hit. “The threats are obvious to us all. Yet this crisis also presents us with an opportunity,” Mr. Ban told the gathering, which is being hosted by the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “It is a chance to revisit past policies. While we must respond immediately to high food prices, it is important that our longer term focus is on improving world food security – and remains so for some years.” Emphasizing that the world needs to produce more food, the Secretary-General noted that production needs to rise by 50 per cent by the year 2030 to meet the rising demand. “We have an historic opportunity to revitalize agriculture – especially in countries where productivity gains have been low in recent years.” The High-Level Task Force Mr. Ban set up last month to address the situation arising from the surge in food prices has recommended a number of steps, including improving vulnerable people’s access to food and increasing food availability in their communities. This includes expanding food assistance, boosting small-scale food production through the provision of key inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, and adjusting policies to allow the free flow of agricultural goods. Mr. Ban noted that some countries have taken action by limiting exports or by imposing price controls, but called on nations to resist such measures as they only distort markets and force prices even higher. “As I have said before, I say again now: Beggar Thy Neighbour food policies cannot work,” he stated. While the international system is already contributing to immediate needs, the Secretary-General stressed the need to scale up efforts and act together to overcome the current crisis, noting that that “nothing is more degrading than hunger, especially when man-made.” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf appealed to global leaders for $30 billion a year to re-launch agriculture and avert future threats of conflict over food. “The structural solution to the problem of food security in the world lies in increasing production and productivity in the low-income, food-deficit countries,” he said at the opening of the summit. This called for “innovative and imaginative solutions,” including partnership agreements between countries that have financial resources, management capabilities and technologies and countries that have land, water and human resources. Dr. Diouf noted that the current crisis had already had “tragic political and social consequences” in different countries and could further endanger world peace and security. “If we do not urgently take the courageous decisions that are required in the present circumstances, the restrictive measures taken by producing countries to meet the needs of their populations, the impact of climate change and speculation on futures markets will place the world in a dangerous situation,” he warned. “The problem of food insecurity is a political one,” he added. “It is a question of priorities in the face of the most fundamental of human needs. And it those choices made by Governments that determine the allocation of read more

Grant requests to aid torture victims on the rise UN reports

In his report on the UN Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says that total grant requests have increased by at least $1 million each year over the past few years and will likely amount to about $12 million in 2002.The Fund currently stands at $8 million, up $1 million from last year, but far short of the more than $11 million requested by groups aiding torture victims and their families.The Fund receives voluntary contributions from governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals that are then distributed as humanitarian, legal and financial aid to torture victims and their relatives.This year, the Fund disbursed grants to projects throughout the world that provided medical, psychological, economic, social or legal assistance or other forms of direct humanitarian aid. A few grants were also given to training programmes for health-care professionals and others to improve their knowledge of specialized assistance to victims of torture.The report also lists the contributors to the Fund as well as the organizations that received grants. read more

Peru Attorney General seeks arrest of exPresident Toledo

FILE – In this March 17, 2011 file photo, Peru’s former President Alejandro Toledo campaigns for reelection at the Santa Anita wholesale market in Lima, Peru. Peruvian authorities said they searched Toledo’s house on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in a case involving alleged bribes from a construction firm under investigation in a major corruption probe in Brazil. Toledo currently is in Paris and denied the charges by telephone to Peruvian media. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro, File) LIMA, Peru – A major corruption scandal shaking politicians across Latin America continued spreading across the region Tuesday as Peru’s attorney general sought the arrest of former President Alejandro Toledo on charges of laundering of assets and influence trafficking.Toledo was believed to be in Paris. He has denied any wrongdoing in interviews with news media.Peruvian prosecutors opened a formal investigation Monday into suspicions that the former president took $20 million in bribes from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, which is at the heart of the regional scandal. Prosecutors believe Toledo received the money in exchange for giving the firm permission to build a highway connecting Brazil with the Peruvian coast.Attorney General Pablo Sanchez told a local radio station on Tuesday that his office would seek Toledo’s arrest, saying the charges against the former leader were “serious and grave.”The office of prosecutor Hamilton Castro, who has been heading the investigation of Toledo, formally delivered the arrest request to a judge later in the day asking that the ex-president be ordered held in “preventative detention” for 18 months during the investigation.“It is the maximum time allowed by law in Peru,” Assistant Attorney General Sergio Jimenez told The Associated Press. He said investigating judge Richard Concepcion would hear arguments on the arrest request within the next 48 hours.The alleged payments were believed to have been made through Toledo’s friend, Peruvian-Israeli businessman Josef Maiman, who prosecutors said Monday they were also investigating along with the Odebrecht’s former boss in the country, whose testimony triggered the probe.The move came after police searched Toledo’s home in Lima on Saturday.Although he said he has plans to travel to Stanford University in California, where he is a visiting scholar, Toledo has said he would return to Peru as long as he could be assured of a fair trial.“Say when, how and where and in what bank they’ve given me $20 million,” an angry Toledo said in an interview with a local radio station over the weekend.Toledo failed to win much support in a bid last year to regain the presidency, finishing in eighth place, but the idea that the pro-democracy activist who led street protest which forced strongman Alberto Fujimori’s resignation might now be joining his arch-nemesis behind bars has come as a shock to many Peruvians.“It’s a betrayal to the Peruvian people,” President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who served as Toledo’s economy minister and prime minister, said in an interview over the weekend. “It’s very sad.”Authorities in Peru and throughout Latin America have been moving fast to charge officials accused of taking some $800 million in bribes that Odebrecht acknowledged paying in a plea agreement signed in December with the U.S. Justice Department.The bribes, used to win business in 12 countries, include some $29 million in Peru for projects built during the administrations of Toledo (2001-2006), Alan Garcia (2006-2011) and Ollanta Humala (2011-2016). So far three officials from Garcia’s government have been arrested. Peru Attorney General seeks arrest of ex-President Toledo by Franklin Briceno, The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2017 7:31 am MDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Verizon offers 200 to recent subscribers who want an iPhone 4

first_imgIt looks as though Verizon Wireless has a deal we didn’t know about to help entice existing customers to switch to an iPhone 4 and new 2-year contract. However, this deal is only for very recent sign-ups.The deal is available for anyone who became a Verizon subscriber on or after November 26 last year and before January 11 this year (the day the Verizon iPhone 4 announcement was made). These recently new customers would have bought another handset not knowing the iPhone 4 was coming, so Verizon decided to give them a break.If these customers opt to purchase an iPhone 4 with contract, Verizon will give them up to $200 on a Visa debit card as compensation.The deal only seems to appear in the Verizon iPhone 4 FAQ at the moment, so the company isn’t making a big deal of this offer. Here’s the question and answer given in the FAQ:I just purchased a new smartphone during the holiday season, but if I knew that iPhone 4 was going to be available soon I would have waited. What are my options now?Current Verizon customers who purchased and activated new smartphones, feature phones or certified pre-owned phones between 11/26/2010, and 01/10/2011, are eligible to receive up to a $200 Visa debit card when they purchase an iPhone 4 at full retail price by 02/28/2011 and return their existing phone. Note: This offer is only available on consumer accounts with five lines or less, who are purchasing iPhone 4 through Verizon Wireless retail stores, telesales, or through verizonwireless.com. While $200 is a nice amount of cash to receive, the subscriber still needs to spend around $500-$600 buying the iPhone 4 (depending on what the “full retail price” is), plus they must return their existing handset which they probably paid money to get in the last 2 months. So they will be spending far more than they are getting back. The wording also suggests you may not get the full $200 so it could be dependent on the phone you are trading in.Read more at Electronistalast_img read more

Last round of talks set

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The leaders of Greece’s three coalition parties are due to hold final talks with Prime Minister Lucas Papademos on Tuesday to finalise the terms of a new bailout after government officials spent Monday scrambling to find several billion euros’ worth of savings to satisfy the country’s lenders. Papademos had been due to meet with PASOK’s George Papandreou, New Democracy’s Antonis Samaras and the leader of Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS), Giorgos Karatzaferis, on Monday but the meeting was put off as the parties finalized their positions and the government attempted to convince representatives of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – collectively known as the troika – that it can carry through the measures being demanded. The troika held talks with Papademos and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Sunday night in an attempt to set out the cuts that Greece will make to reduce public spending by 1.5 percent of gross domestic product, or 3.3 billion euros. Sources said that there appears to be an agreement so far on how roughly 2.5 billion euros will be saved. The largest chunk, about 1.1 billion, will be from cuts in spending on health and medicines. The public investment program will be limited by 300 million euros and defense spending will be cut by the same amount.The remaining 850 million euros in cuts are due to be agreed on Tuesday. The list will then be put before the party leaders for their approval. Another issue the leaders will have to finalize following their initial talks on Sunday night is the level of the reduction in the minimum wage. A cut of 20 to 22 percent to the 751 euros per month (gross) that about 300,000 Greeks receive has been proposed.The three leaders seemed to accept this on Sunday in return for the idea of scrapping the 13th and 14th monthly salaries being dropped. However, cuts to the minimum wage will have a knock-on effect because they will lead to a 1.3-billion drop in tax revenues and a 2.4-billion reduction in social security contributions. This means the government will have to make up for these losses. Furthermore, Papandreou, Samaras and Karatzaferis are also being asked to agree to scrap the law that allows terms of collective contracts to apply even after they have expired. This means that employers would be free to negotiate individual deals with their employees. Given that the minimum wage will be the basis for these new deals, hefty salary cuts are expected. This will also have a negative impact on revenues and social security contributions. Meanwhile, Administrative Reform Minister Dimitris Reppas said that 15,000 jobs will be cut from the civil service by the end of this year – the first step toward the elimination of 150,000 public sector jobs the government has pledged to the troika. Reppas chose his words carefully when making the announcement but did not rule out the possibility of civil servants on permanent contracts losing their jobs. He did however lay emphasis on plans to merge and abolish state entities. Sources said the sackings are likely in the next two months.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Hazard looking forward to magnificent game against Brazil

first_imgBelgium captain Eden Hazard is looking forward to going head-to-head with Brazil at the quarter-finals of the World Cup on FridayRoberto Martinez’ side produced a stunning comeback in the final 30 minutes of their last-16 tie against Japan to go from 2-0 down to claim a famous 3-2 win with goals from Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli to book a place in the last eight of the competition against Brazil.In wake of their thrilling victory on Monday, Hazard admitted that he is looking forward to the prospect of facing the five-time winners.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“When it comes to the match on Friday, it is going to be magnificent because playing against Brazil is always amazing as a football player,” said the 27-year-old, as stated on Punchng.“We are going to rest really well and going to really try to win that match.”Belgium became the first side since Portugal in 1966 to come back from two or more goals down to win a World Cup knockout stage match within 90 minutes.last_img read more

Gattuso insists he never spoke to Ibrahimovic

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has revealed he never spoke to Zlatan Ibrahimovic about a potential return to the club in January.The Italian club have been linked with a move for Ibrahimovic, but club director Leonardo confirmed last week the Swede would not be joining the club.Speaking about a potential return for Zlatan, Gattuso said, according to Gianlucadimarzio: “I am ok with whoever arrives and have to focus on the players at hand. I have no problem with him but we never discussed it neither face-to-face or by telephone about the possible transfer.”Gattuso also spoke about Bologna manager and former Milan teammate Fillipo Inzaghi, who’s under pressure due to poor results.Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.“There is always a risk of losing your job if results do not arrive.” Gattuso said.“I have fond memories with Pippo Inzaghi. There’s a lot at stake for both of us, it’s part of the job but our friendship and respect will always remain.”On the injuries within his Milan side, Gattuso said: “Conti is ready to play. Musacchio and Romagnoli need to be treated with care. Romagnoli’s calf needs to heal well and the last thing I want is a relapse.”last_img read more

Franck Ribery blasts critics after eating from Salt bae restaurant

first_imgIn series of messages released on social media, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, on social media blasts critics after eating a gold-covered Tomahawk steak at the restaurant of the famous Nusret Gokce, called ‘Salt Bae’.The Frenchman received tons of criticism after he ate a steak which cost 1,200 euros, however, Ribery doesn’t give a damn and used his social media accounts to blast those criticizing him.“For 2019, let’s dot the i’s and cross the t’s…,” it began as quoted by Marca.“Let’s start with the jealous, the haters, those only born because a condom had a hole in: f*** your mothers, your grandmothers, and even your family tree. I owe you nothing.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“My success is, above all, thanks to God, me, and my loved ones who believed in me.“For the others, you’re nothing but pebbles in my socks!”Ribery has 26 appearances and eight goals with Bayern Munich. He was ever present with the France under-21 team where he earned his first selection in September 2004 in a 1–0 victory over Israel in qualifying for the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championshiplast_img read more

Govt apologizes for 2010 West Kingston Operation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – The Government has formally apologized to residents of West Kingston and all Jamaicans who were affected by the operations of the security forces in May 2010, which resulted in the loss of lives and damage to property.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, delivered a statement in Parliament on Wednesday (December 6) in which he expressed regret for the pain and loss that occurred during the operation, specifically the lives that were lost.“The loss of life was never the option that the State wanted to take.   The fact that lives were lost, therefore, is regrettable, is something that we are sorry for; and to start that process of healing, I believe there are grounds, and room for us to make a sincere apology,” the Prime Minister said.During the 2010 security operations to capture the fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, 73 civilians and a soldier were killed while other persons were detained and properties damaged and destroyed.   A Commission of Inquiry into that operation recommended financial compensation for persons victimized by the State and that the Government issue a formal apology for the use of excessive force by the security forces.    An apology was proposed as one form of redress and promoting justice as well as restoring trust and confidence in the State.The Prime Minister said the Government has accepted the recommendations of the Commission and is leading “by extending the hand of peace, starting the process of healing, and in engineering the recovery of a country from one of violence and conflict to one of peace, order, and the supremacy of the rule of law”.Mr. Holness said the Government agrees that the events, the way they unfolded, presented enormous challenges to the security forces, but it is cognizant that even under those conditions, the standards of human rights must be observed by agents of the State.   He noted that an “expensive lesson” to be learnt from this event is that “even where emergency powers are used, even where we have suspended some rights by virtue of the use of emergency powers, the State, through its agents – in this case the security forces, is still bound to respect and preserve life and the dignity of the people they serve”.He said the experience coming out of the security operations “can’t be for naught; it must define how we operate as a country going forward”.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Wells Fargo to lay off 68 local workers

first_imgSixty-eight employees of Vancouver’s Wells Fargo call center were told on Tuesday that they will be laid off this month.A reduced need for debt collectors was the reason, said Tom Unger, a Portland-based Wells Fargo spokesman. Unger said debt collections have dwindled since June, when the San Francisco-based bank closed Wells Fargo Financial, its unprofitable credit card division. Collection services have also slowed as consumers have increasingly worked to pay off debt. That trend has triggered job losses across the country, including a January layoff of 1,900 American Express employees from a North Carolina call center. This month, another 163 employees were laid off at a collection center operated by West Asset Management in Wausaw, Wis. “All sorts of employment is created by debt, and if debt goes down, it will affect those jobs,” Unger said.Now that Wells Fargo has closed its credit card division, Unger said he could not speculate on the outlook for the remaining 332 employees of the Vancouver call center, which opened in 2003 at 521 S.E. Chkalov Drive. Severance packages will be offered to employees being laid off from the center, which operates from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.last_img read more

Despite Brutal 2009 Home Magazines Are Fastest Growing Category

first_imgAccording to The Standard Periodical Directory, other growing magazine categories include celebrity publications (up from 81 titles in 2005 to 139 in 2010), which saw the launch of magazines such as Disney twenty-three and Juicy.  The categories with the most overall titles include Medicine (3,285), Law (2,357), Ethnic (2,179), Computers (1.822), Religion (1,833), Education (1,473), Business (1,365), Health (1,237), Investment (1,136) and Travel (1,131). Home and shelter magazines dominated magazine publishing over the past decade until the collapse of both the housing and print advertising markets.But in spite of a disastrous 2009, home titles lead all categories in terms of growth in the number of titles over the last five years, up from 123 in 2005 to 337 in 2010, according to newly released The Standard Periodical Directory, published by Oxbridge Communications. However, ad pages in the Home Furnishings and Supplies category fell 27.4 percent last year, according to Publishers Information Bureau. “While home magazines experienced strong growth over the last five years, 2009 was a tough year for that category with the closing of Country Home, Southern Accents, Domino, Backyard Living and Metropolitan Home,” said Oxbridge president Trish Hagood in a statement.In November 2009, the 2010 National Directory of Magazines, which tracks data for 17,020 North American pubs that accept advertising, said that home titles grew 167 percent over the past five years, from 105 to 280. Since 2004, that’s an increase from 105 to 280 titles in the category. Real estate publications also nearly doubled during this period.last_img read more

WHS CATS To Hold Fundraiser At Panera Bread On May 10

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?The WHS Choral and Theatre Support Group (WHS CATS) is holding a fundraiser at Wilmington’s Panera Bread (228 Main Street, Wilmington Plaza) this Friday, May 10, 2019 from 11am to 8pm.Print and bring the flyer below — or show it on your phone — and 20% of your bill will benefit the WHS CATS mission to provide scholarships to graduating seniors as well as supplementary funding, as needed, to the WHS Lamplighters Drama Guild, WHS Soundscape a cappella, WHS Chorus, and WHS One Minute Too Many Improv Troupe.Panera Gift Cards are excluded from the event.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS CATS To Hold Fundraiser At Panera Bread On January 18In “Community”WHS CATS To Hold Fundraiser At Panera Bread On September 28In “Community”WHS Class of 2022 To Hold Fundraiser At Panera Bread On May 21In “Community”last_img read more

Elim Gathers River Data as Safeguard Against Uranium Mining

first_imgShepherd and Takak begin to gather depth and temperature readings from the gauge site on the Tubuktulik. (Photo: Jenn Ruckel, KNOM)Forty miles from Elim up the Tubuktulik River, a small gauge sits at the water’s edge, just downstream from the state-owned Boulder Creek site—the largest known uranium deposit in Alaska, and a hot spot for potential mining.At the base of the gauge, a level troll device pulls temperature and depth recordings every 15 minutes from the bed of the river. The device is there because residents of Elim don’t want to see mining develop near the Tubuktulik. During the 2008 Iditarod race, students and elders rallied at the Elim checkpoint to protest Triex Minerals Corporation, the Canadian mineral exploration company that was exploring the uranium deposit near Boulder Creek in 2006. Now, they’re hoping to get official protection.Hal Shepherd is the director of the Center for Water Advocacy, and has been working with Elim’s Tribal Council on a data collection plan for the Tubuktulik River. He and Leigh Takak, a field technician for the watershed program, have been boating up the river almost every month for the past two years. Their destination—the testing site—is one of the only spots on the Seward Peninsula with a gauge device that’s constantly collecting data. Grants from the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs fund the fuel and testing equipment needed for the data collection project.Last week, Shepherd and Takak conducted their routine testing at the site.“First, we used an instrument called a level troll to test depth and temperature. And then we did the transect, so we measured the discharge along that long transect that was about 120 feet wide or so,” said Shepherd. “Then we measured water quality, because that is a concern about any type of mining activity—particularly uranium—that could contaminate the water source.”Shepherd said these tests yield baseline data for the health of the river—data that will be turned over to the state of Alaska as part of Elim’s in-stream flow reservation application. If granted, Mayor Tyler Ivanoff said the reservation would grant Elim jurisdiction over the water flowing into their land.“If we attain them, we would be able to stop mining companies from using the water which would flow into our area,” said Ivanoff. “If we don’t get those water rights, then the state or the other mining companies can just use our water and probably pollute our rivers that we’ve been fishing on since time immemorial.”Alaska is one of few states in the country to allow for individuals, in addition to state, federal and local governing agencies, to apply for reservations of state-owned water. However, Ivanoff said, the state doesn’t hand out these reservations frequently—and the application itself is a large undertaking. You need five years of data to be granted a reservation, though the application can be submitted after two years of data collection.Shepherd said Elim anticipates submitting their application this fall. But until then, and for the next three years, he’ll continue making the 10-12 hour trip up the Tubuktulik. He said it’s a journey ripe with challenges—and, of course, the occasional pit stop for fishing on this healthy river.“It’s so difficult to get up here. It’s so remote. The logistics are almost mind-boggling. You know, a lot of people are really excited about collecting good data. We get excited if we can just get to the gauge,” said Shepherd. “And we do it in the winter time, too. We do ice flow measurements. You have to come up by snow mobile. It can be pretty dicey trying to get up here in the winter.”Though the trip isn’t easy and chances of actually securing a water reservation are uncertain, Elim Water Advocate Emily Murray believes this work is worthwhile. Murray is working with Shepherd on applying for the reservation. Last year she was a strong voice against HB77, a state bill that would have prohibited applications for in-stream water reservations like the one Elim is currently working towards.“We need to be at the table, we need to be part of the permitting process, we really need to be. Because you know [the mining companies] could come and go but we’re still going be here. It’s that much more important for us to fight for our clean water in our backyard,” said Murray. “You know, you need to exercise your authority in that area.”Even if Triex Minerals Corporation does not pursue a mining operation along the Tubuktulik River—with the price of uranium now down to $30 per pound, less than half its trading price in 2006—the community of Elim is continuing to take precautionary action.last_img read more

New state rules prohibit cocktails at Alaska distilleries

first_imgJanilyn Heger mixes a cocktail at the Skagway Spirits distillery in July, 2017. (Photo by Abbey Collins)Alaska’s distilleries are bracing for a shift that will bring big changes to tasting rooms. On Tuesday, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board adopted new regulations banning distilleries from serving cocktails – at least in the traditional sense.The ABC Board voted 3-1 in favor of new regulations that mean no more gin and tonics, Moscow mules, negronis or other mixed drinks at Alaska’s distilleries.“I understand this is a contentious issue,” ABC Board Director Erika McConnell said at Tuesday’s meeting. “And I understand this has a lot of impact on our nine distillery licensees.”The rule, drafted by the Department of Law, clarifies what qualifies as a “distillery’s product.” That is, specifically a distilled spirit made on site.It does not include ingredients like tonic, syrups, and juices used to mix drinks, even if they’re made on site.Distilleries have been operating tasting rooms since they were legalized in 2014. And cocktails have been a part of the equation.Janilyn Heger’s family owns Skagway Spirits, a distillery opened in the Northern Lynn Canal this summer. She worries about the new regulation significantly changing the experience of visiting her business.“I know that all of the distillers are doing the same thing,” Heger said. “We’re harvesting local botanicals and we’re creating unique cocktails that are really showing off what we do in a unique environment. The whole thing is an experience. Part of that, at the very least, changes now with this decision.”There is one catch with the new rule. It does allow mixers to be provided at distilleries. But staff can’t mix drinks behind the bar.Assistant Attorney General Harriet Milks addressed the difference.“An issue that the department of law raised was that if you mix the distillery’s distilled product with some other product, as long as you have, I think it’s one half of one percent alcohol, you have an alcoholic beverage and it’s your jurisdiction to regulate those alcoholic beverages,” Milks said.So, you could get a ginger beer, lime and vodka – separately. But the customer would have to mix them together on their own if they wanted a Moscow Mule.“We can make some fun out of it, I guess,” Heger said. “We can certainly make fun of this decision.”Heather Shade, owner of the Port Chilkoot Distillery in Haines, says her tasting room is currently operating as normal, until they receive official notice. Though, it will be closed for a couple weeks for vacation starting Jan. 28.Brandon Howard owns Amalga Distillery in Juneau.“They’ve put in a wildly inconvenient contrivance that is so absurd it’s nearing comical,” Howard said. “The fact that I can put an ounce and a half of gin on the counter next to a glass of tonic and then the customer can take that ounce and a half of gin and pour it into the glass of tonic and that is fine.”Howard is still hopeful cocktails will get back on the menu.“It just goes to show how badly a legislative fix is needed,” Howard said. “I think it’s good for us to now focus our energies on seeing HB269 pass through.”Howard’s referring to pending legislation introduced by Representative Chris Tuck. House Bill 269 would clarify in state law that distillers can combine the “distillery’s product” with other ingredients, giving cocktails the OK.Legislators who signed onto the original tasting room bill in 2014 have said they never intended to prohibit the sale of mixed drinks.Over 500 pages of public comments were submitted on the new regulations. At Tuesday’s meeting, Director McConnell said the majority of comments supported the continued sale of cocktails.But Assistant Attorney General Milks told the board the quantity of comments should not define the response.“Public comment is never a popularity contest,” Milks said. “And it’s never a numbers game. So somebody can generate 200 or 500 or 1,000 form letters. That doesn’t make those public comments worth of necessarily any more weight than you give the two or three independently written comments.”The new rule is not in effect yet. The regulation still needs to be reviewed by the Department of Law and signed by the Lieutenant Governor.It goes into effect 30 days after getting that signature.last_img read more

Turkish air strikes kill 36 in Syria

first_imgTurkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters are seen in the village of Jamanli, northeast of the Syrian city of Afrin, on 3 March, 2018, as smoke billows in the background from a reported Kurdish People`s Protection Units (YPG) location. Photo: AFPTurkish air strikes killed at least 36 pro-regime fighters backing Kurdish militia in Syria’s northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin on Saturday, a monitoring group said.The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces alliance said the Turkish raids targeted pro-regime positions, but gave no death toll.The two-storey building where the fighters were located was completely eviscerated, an AFP correspondent reported, with several burnt out vehicles visible among the rubble.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on the area of Kafr Janna were the third such raid on loyalist fighters in the enclave bordering Turkey in less than 48 hours.They came after Turkish raids on other parts of the enclave killed 14 pro-regime fighters on Thursday and four more on Friday, the monitor said.Turkish-led Syrian opposition fighters have advanced steadily since January 20, when they launched an assault on Afrin, controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).The Syrian government deployed fighters to the enclave a month later after the Kurds appealed for help.The Observatory says Turkish-led forces control more than 20 percent of the enclave after seizing the area of Rajo in the northwest of Afrin on Saturday.They also seized a strategic mountain in the northeast of the enclave, a military official from the Turkish-led operation said.Ankara says the YPG is a “terrorist” extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state.The YPG has been a key component of a United States-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance that has been fighting the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria.The Observatory says more than 140 civilians have been killed in Turkish bombardment since the start of the assault, but Turkey denies the claim and says it takes the “utmost care” to avoid civilian casualties.Thousands of civilians have fled their homes since the start of the operation, either to the town of Afrin or to nearby government-controlled areas.last_img