New 10 banknote celebrated in Calgary featuring James Gladstone

first_img(Members of James Gladstone’s family gather in Calgary celebrating a new $10 banknote featuring Gladstone, the first First Nation senator.)Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe Bank of Canada joined members of the Blood First Nation in Calgary to begin circulating the new $10 bill that celebrates the 150th anniversary of confederation.On the new bill is Canada’s first senator of First Nations origin, James Gladstone.Gladstone was a member of the Blood First Nation and was committed to the betterment of Indigenous people. He was appointed to Senate in 1958.“He saw it as an important position especially for a First Nation to be finally represented. I’ve always been proud of him and especially proud that he is honoured on this commemorative bill,” said Gladstone’s grandson, James Dempsey.For the family of Gladstone, who died in 1971, this is a step toward reconciliation while bringing recognition of Blackfoot history and language to the public eye.“After being appointed, he decided he was going to do his opening speech in Blackfoot. And of course at the time, the only two accepted languages were French and English. I would have love to hear the translators translate what he was saying,” said Dempsey while sharing memories of his grandfather.The commemoration also includes the Assomption sash pattern, representing Metis culture, as well as artwork by Inuk artist Kenojuak Ashevak, whose work helped introduce Inuit art to the world.“This note was built by Canadians through extensive consultations around the country. They gave us input and advice and this is the product of that brilliant effort,” said Ted Mieszkalski, director of currency for the Bank of Canada.“This commemorative celebrates one element and the very key element of Canada, and that’s our history.”tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more

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Alberta securities arm eyes mandating public disclosure of women in exec jobs

by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2016 3:39 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta securities arm eyes mandating public disclosure of women in exec jobs EDMONTON – Alberta’s securities regulator — at the urging of the province — is revisiting a previously rejected plan to publicize the number of women who hold top jobs in publicly traded companies.Stephanie McLean, Alberta’s minister for the status of women, says she is not prejudging the outcome, but made it clear she does not wish to see the Alberta Securities Commission reject the plan a second time.“I would not be thrilled if we didn’t move in that direction because that is the way the world is going,” McLean told a news conference Wednesday.According to the province, nine out every 10 boardroom chairs in Alberta-based companies listed on the TSX are occupied by men. McLean said that gender disparity needs to be put in the spotlight.“As hard as we work, the top has been out of reach for too many women,” said McLean.“This happens despite research that shows hiring women to leader positions is not only fair, but makes good business sense.”McLean said regulators have already passed such rules in New Brunswick, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Yukon.McLean made the comments at a news conference at the legislature, with Stan Magidson, the head of the securities commission, participating by phone.The two announced that the ASC has now put forward for discussion proposed rules requiring Alberta-based companies, including those listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, to disclose the number of women in senior positions along with company game plans for recruiting more women.If not, those companies would have to explain why they are not recruiting women — and all that information would be available to shareholders.Magidson said a similar rule change was rejected by the ASC in 2014 because it wasn’t believed to be within the commission’s mandate, but he says their viewpoint has changed.“It is within our mandate, having revisited it,” said Magidson.“From our point of view, it’s about disclosure.“It’s not about what the actual composition of your board is or isn’t, but it’s that you provide sunlight on this matter to shareholders at large from which they can make their investment decisions.”Magidson says the ASC says the public feedback will continue for the next 30 days.After that, the comments will be reviewed and the 12 ASC board members will vote on whether to implement the rule change.“If there’s broad support, general support (in the comment process) for this, we would see this being effective so that reporting issuers would have these rules in place for their annual meeting season in 2017,” he said.Magidson declined to speculate on what the board would do if it doesn’t get widespread support in the feedback phase.“We always respect what we get in through the comment process,” he said.“It’s not a foregone conclusion. We go through the comment process and then we’ll evaluate.”The ASC board members are appointed by the province.Premier Rachel Notley’s government has made gender parity a cornerstone policy.Notley’s cabinet is gender balanced, and the government says it takes gender balance into consideration when making appointments to provincial agencies, boards, and commissions.Nationally, it’s estimated women make up 25 per cent of senior management ranks and 16 per cent of board of director positions. read more

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Theres no point trying to convince millennials to garden Monty Don says

first_imgMonty Don “I think much better to make sure they have access to it up to the age of 10 and of course don’t take it away at that point, and just let them come.” He said that the older generation must be patient, and wait for youngsters to appreciate gardening when they are ready, which he said may not be until they are 30 or 40.“I just think that gardening is about the future, a slow thing, that is deep and spiritual as well as spiritually rewarding,” Don said.“These are not things that are immediately attractive to the average 15, 16 or 17-year-old. And that’s fine, that;s ok, it doesn’t have to work for all the people all the time.”Gardeners’ World, the BBC’s flagship horticultural show,is one of the longest running gardening shows, having been on air since the 1960s.Don revealed why he never wears gloves while he gardens, telling the history festival in Wiltshire: “I never wear gloves because I like to feel the soil on my hands.“I do wear gloves for things that sting a lot or prick a lot. But I just like to feel with my hands. I find gloves cumbersome and uncomfortable and I’ve got tough old hands so the old cut doesn’t matter.” He added: “Get them eating well, growing, doing things, you know, really getting them to enjoy and play but don’t ram it down people’s throats, let them come to it.”“When you’re 15 whatever your parents tell you you should do, you’re not going to do it. Any self respecting 15-year-old [will rebel] and so they should. Monty Don presents Gardeners’ WorldCredit:Tim Ireland /PA He has enthused millions of amateur gardeners with his tips, advice and ideas on horticulture.  Now Monty Don, the Gardeners’ World presenter, has said that we should not waste time trying to get millennials into gardening because they will never be interested in something that is “rammed down their throat”.A string of celebrities chefs, including Jamie Oliver and Raymond Blanc, have launched initiatives aimed at encouraging youngsters to grow their own vegetables. But the 61-year-old presenter has said that trying to interest young people in gardening is a “red herring”.Speaking at Chalke Valley History Festival, he said: “I think a lot of people with the best of intentions are saying how can we get the young interested in gardening?  “I think we put far too much interest in trying to get ten to 20 year olds interested in gardening. I think you should do everything you can to try and get them interested up to the age of 10.” 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

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Government wont say if Taoiseach has or will raise human rights concerns

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS declined to say whether Taoiseach Enda Kenny has or will raise specific concerns about human rights issues with leaders in the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE where he and other Irish officials are on a trade mission this week.Kenny met with senior Saudi politicians in Riyadh yesterday, including deputy prime minister Crown Prince Salman. Kenny is reported to have congratulated him on the country’s election to the UN human rights council and also praised “their leadership in terms of moderation”.TheJournal.ie submitted detailed questions to the government asking if any specific concerns in relation to human rights issues in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE have been or will be raised with leaders.In response, a statement from the Government Press Office said: “Ireland has a very strong track record on human rights issues. “The Taoiseach noted Saudi Arabia’s recent election to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations for the period of 2014 to 2016, of which Ireland are also members.”Kenny is in Qatar today on what is principally a trade mission to the region with Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and companies affiliated to Enterprise Ireland accompanying him. He has met with Qatari Prime Minister of Qatar Abdullah Bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad.Exploitation of migrant workersThe country will host the 2022 World Cup an event which has been the subject of controversy after an investigation by The Guardian and major report by Amnesty International found that migrant workers involved in building soccer stadiums for the tournament are being exploited.Amnesty International’s executive director in Ireland, Colm O’Gorman, said there are “very, very grave issues in relation to the treatment of migrant workers” in Qatar with wages being withheld and workers being prevented from leaving the country.He said the government has a responsibility to raise concerns about human rights in these countries with officials and leaders that they meet.He said: “We always call on the Irish government to raise human rights issues in dialogue with other states. Indeed Ireland has a clear responsibility to do so and often that’s the case. So we would be urging the Taoiseach and indeed all Irish government ministers who are on missions to Gulf states to raise issues.”O’Gorman admitted that Amnesty did not have a chance to speak to the government ahead of its mission to the Gulf as it did not know it was happening, but did note that “Ireland has a long and frankly a good tradition of championing human rights issues”.He said that the organisation has concerns in relation to Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women and the death penalty. Women in the largest Arab state in western Asia are not allowed to drive or travel abroad without a male companion.Kenny and the Irish delegation are due in Abu Dhabi and Dubai tomorrow and Thursday where meetings are planned with the United Arab Emirates’s prime minister, Sheikh Mohamed al Maktoum, and the country’s foreign affairs minister.O’Gorman added that his organisation has concerns about the dentention and conviction of political activists in the UAE as well as its use of the death penalty.“Ireland has a responsibility to raise human rights concerns and issues as part of normal bilateral relations with those countries,” he said, adding that it plans to correspond with the government when the trade mission conclues.Read: Taoiseach and Jobs Minister kick off Gulf trade mission in Saudi ArabiaRead: Football bosses told to worry about Qatar workers – and not just playerslast_img read more

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Netflix CCO says Canadian broadband pricing borders on a human rights violation

first_imgNetflix has grown rapidly in the past few years, and its subscription service has become one of the biggest chunks of the consumer bandwidth pie chart. For Netflix, growth and profit are inextricably intertwined with bandwidth — and that means with the ISPs and their pricing policies. The company has been vocal in the past about its disdain for caps and overage fees, especially in Canada.Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos took a moment to re-emphasize the company’s feelings recently at the Merrill Lynch Media, Communications, and Entertainment conference in L.A. Sarandos said Internet aceess pricing is “almost a human rights violation.” He went on to add that Canada’s main problem is they have “third-world access to the Internet.”Canada’s ISPs aren’t the only ones who instituted bandwidth caps, of course, but the usage-based billing controversy of 2011 left a bad taste in people’s mouths. And it certainly didn’t do anything to improve the public perception of Canada’s major ISPs.It’s worth knowing that Mr. Sarandos is painting his picture with very broad strokes. Some of us here in Canada are quite happy with our Internet service — and feel like we’re being treated very fairly. Even though I live 600 kilometers from the nearest major center, I’m fortunate enough to have 20Mbps fiber optic service… and I’m not bound by a cap. No, my neighbors and I can watch as many high-def Netflix streams as we like without fear of overages or an unexpectedly high bill. So don’t fret for your Canadian friends: our country’s not quite the third-world Internet warzone Sarandos is making it out to be.But you can’t really fault Sarandos for trying. For Netflix to succeed, it needs customers to have not only $8 per month to spare — but plenty of extra bandwidth. If Sarandos can lob a few verbal Molotov cocktails and get someone in Ottawa’s attention, who knows…maybe eventually it’ll lead to Internet access that’s a little more first-world for everyone.More at GigaOmlast_img read more

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Sugary treats and shiny new toys have failed to make Old Trafford

first_img 74 Comments Friday 23 Feb 2018, 12:00 PM Share16 Tweet Email1 Alexis Sanchez looking dejected during Manchester United’s goalless draw with Sevilla on Wednesday. Source: John WaltonYOU MIGHT THINK that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a fantastical tale set in a world of pure imagination, but you’d be wrong. It’s actually a seminal parenting manual, in which Roald Dahl details all the ways children can be turned into horrible little brats.Dahl’s four deadly sins, as personified by the ill-fated kids who accompany the eponymous hero into Willy Wonka’s factory, are: greed, chewing gum, being spoiled and watching too much TV.Which pretty much covers it. Seriously, mums and dads, throw out the Gina Ford books and the baby yoga mat. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has got all you need.As ever with Dahl, it’s the adults who are the real villains of the piece. When poor old Veruca Salt gets chucked down a rubbish chute by a bunch of manic squirrels (only a suggested method of parental discipline) the Oompa-Loompas gleefully sing:…For though she’s spoiled and dreadfully so,A girl can’t spoil herself, you know.Who spoiled her, then? Ah, who indeed?Who pandered to her every need?Who turned her into such a brat?Who are the culprits? Who did that?Alas! You needn’t look so farTo find out who these sinners are.They are (and this is very sad)Her loving parents, MUM and DAD.Okay, we get the message. You hear that, kids? NO MORE CADBURY’S CREME EGGS FOR BREAKFAST!Dahl would, presumably, have been a fan of the Sir Alex Ferguson school of parenting. Distant and threatening with only the very occasional display of affection, lots of glowering and the odd flying object, but it worked. By not sparing the Roy Keane, one wouldn’t spoil the Eric Cantona.Ferguson’s stewardship of Manchester United was very much the ideal of the stern Victorian father figure, who ran the household like a military regiment, birch rod rather than cuddle the parental tool of choice. And while he may not always have been right, he was never wrong — “Juan Veron is a fucking great player, you’re are all fucking idiots!” Alex Ferguson stewardship was very much the ideal of the stern Victorian father figure. Source: EMPICS SportEveryone from bootroom to boardroom knew who the daddy was, even if it took a projectile boot across the dressing room to tell David Beckham. Did us no harm at all, several generations of United players and fans would wistfully argue.So, their beloved patriarch long gone, are United now the Veruca Salt of football clubs? They can get whatever they want, whenever they want, as long as they stamp their feet and and scream loudly (and pay the agent his cut, of course). But look at what happened to Veruca Salt.Actually, United’s transfer policy in the immediate aftermath of Ferguson’s retirement was a bit more in the vein of Augustus Gloop. Having been let loose in the chocolate factory by the permissive parenting of Ed Woodward, they gorged themselves on whatever they could get their hands on, scoffing a fistful of Angel Di Marias and Anthony Martials here, cramming in some juicy Morgan Schneiderlins and Memphis Depays there.And what child wouldn’t do the same, were they lucky enough to enjoy massive global appeal and ever increasing commercial revenues?Kids need boundaries, though, and without Ferguson’s iron will to guide them, United struggled to maintain their sense of what they were about — other than racking up ever more sponsorship partners, social media engagements and mouthfuls of deliciously expensive players.The arrival of Jose Mourinho was supposed to restore something of the Fergusonian order to things, but was in itself the act of a spoiled child. Seeing Manchester City with a mouthwatering, shiny-wrappered super-manager, United screamed until they got their own Everlasting Gobstopper.But the problem with giving a child everything they want is that they don’t end up getting what they need. So while United have continued to grab the sugary likes of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, they have also landed themselves with a manager who prefers the hi-fibre roughage of a Marouane Fellaini or a Scott McTominay. And that’s been a recipe for tummy-ache. Jose Mourinho issues instructions to Paul Pogba. Source: Miguel MorenattiIt might seem to be stretching it to think of United as still living in a post-Ferguson fallout cloud, what with almost five years having passed since he last devoured a fourth official. But it’s a bit like that old line about it being too early to tell the impact of the French Revolution: United will long live under a looming shadow (a looming shadow that is always chewing gum and pointing to its watch, for some reason).The yearning for the glamour and swashbuckle of the Ferguson era means that even though Mourinho offers his own brand of tough love, the reaction of United fans is like that of a surly stepchild: you’re not our real Dad!The sourness towards this week’s scoreless draw in Sevilla said as much, and though Mourinho can point to last season’s Europa League and EFL Cup trophies, the current second place in the Premier League and a hard-fought away draw that leaves them poised for a return to the Champions League quarter-finals, Old Trafford feels like anything but a happy home.Recent figures published by the CIES Football Observatory show that United’s is the third-most expensively assembled squad in European football, costing €747 million in transfer fees alone, behind City (€878 million) and Paris St-Germain (€805 million).Yet while that suggests City are even greater greedy guts, their spending is at least guided by the Barcelona-lite philosophy built around Guardiola’s enlightened paternal presence.The evidence of Mourinho’s clashes with Pogba and the now-departed Henrikh Mhiktaryan, and the fact that the arrival of Alexis Sanchez has yet to have the expected transformative effect on their attacking play, suggests the lack of any such cohesion in the running of things at United. Too many shiny new toys have ended up broken and abandoned, as often happens when a child is overindulged.I blame the parents, as the Oompa-Loompas might say.- Originally published at 10.21‘Go watch Black Panther’ – Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi slams Italian fans for monkey chantsShelbourne’s new jersey pays lovely tribute to U16 player who tragically passed away http://the42.ie/3867598 By Tommy Martin 22,753 Views Feb 23rd 2018, 10:31 AM Short URL Sugary treats and shiny new toys have failed to make Old Trafford a happy home Give a child everything they want and they end up not getting what they need, writes Tommy Martin. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Hellenic Council NSW promotes Greeks in politics

first_imgThe Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) of NSW met on Monday for their quarterly meeting, to discuss how to promote issues affecting Greek Australians in the upcoming Federal election. There is a particularly important role for Greek Australians who are members of all political parties – Labor, Liberal, the Greens and National.Secretary of the Australian Hellenic Council NSW, Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, said the meeting looked at the value of Greek Australians who are members of political parties in promoting Hellenic issues. “There is a particularly important role for Greek Australians who are members of all political parties – Labor, Liberal, the Greens and National,” he said. This comes after comments last week from AHC National Co-ordinator Peter Jasonides, where he argued, “privately you can attend any function you want but you can’t go representing the AHC at a party fundraiser.” Dr Diamadis declined to comment on the remarks, but said it was important Greek Australians were present at all levels of politics. “There is a role to be played by Greek politicians, there is a role to be played by members, there is a role to be played by ordinary members of the Greek Australian community with an interest in a particular issue, be it Cyprus or anything else,” Dr Diamadis said. The meeting also launched the AHC’s updated website, www.helleniccouncil.org.au. Dr Diamadis said the website was important to enable Greek Australians to connect with each-other based around interest, rather than geography. “We’re looking to move away from the first-generation type organisations, towards the second and third-generation ones,” he said. The council also announced a new award to recognise the contribution of a Greek Australian in Australia. Dr Diamadis said the Alexander Award will be presented at the AHC dinner in November. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Le syndrome de Marfan définition symptômes causes traitement de quoi sagitil

first_imgLe syndrome de Marfan: définition, symptômes, causes, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il?Le syndrome de Marfan est une maladie génétique du tissu conjonctif qui peut atteindre le cœur, les yeux, le squelette et la peau. Difficile à diagnostiquer, la maladie de Marfan se manifeste de façon très variable selon les personnes atteintes.Définition: qu’est-ce que le syndrome de Marfan?Le syndrome de Marfan est une maladie génétique qui est souvent héréditaire. Elle s’attaque aux tissus conjonctifs qui soutiennent les organes, les os, les muscles et les vaisseaux. Plus élastiques et moins denses, ces tissus sont donc fragilisés.La maladie se manifeste de façon très variable d’une personne à l’autre, tant au niveau des types de symptômes, qu’à leur sévérité, ce qui la rend très difficile à diagnostiquer. Une personne sur 5000 est atteinte du syndrome de Marfan dans le monde.Symptômes du syndrome de MarfanLe syndrome de Marfan peut associer de nombreux symptômes qui ne sont pas tous présents au même degré chez les individus atteints. La maladie peut même parfois être asymptomatique. Les symptômes, qui peuvent apparaître à tout âge, se manifestent surtout au niveau du cœur, du squelette, de l’œil et de la peau.Les personnes atteintes de la maladie de Marfan sont souvent très grandes et fines avec un visage allongé et de longs doigts. Elles peuvent également avoir la cage thoracique déformée et souffrir de scolioses. Leur peau est parfois fragile et des vergetures peuvent apparaître dès l’enfance.Les malades peuvent également être atteints d’une myopie axile, ce qui peut entraîner un décollement de la rétine et un déplacement du cristallin. Cette ectopie du cristallin peut notamment conduire à la cécité.L’atteinte cardiovasculaire est toutefois beaucoup plus préoccupante puisque qu’elle se caractérise par une dilatation progressive de l’aorte et s’accompagne d’un risque élevé de dissection aortique. Le syndrome de Marfan peut ainsi provoquer des arythmies, une endocardite ou une insuffisance cardiaque.Causes du syndrome de MarfanLe syndrome de Marfan est dû, dans la majorité des cas, à des mutations du gène FBN1, qui est situé dans le chromosome 15. Il suffit que l’un des deux chromosomes 15 soit anormal pour que la maladie apparaisse.Il y a un risque sur deux pour une personne atteinte de transmettre son chromosome anormal à son enfant. Un enfant dont l’un ou l’autre des parents est porteur de la maladie a donc 50% de risque d’en être atteint, quelque soit son sexe. Au sein d’une même fratrie, un enfant peut être porteur du syndrome de Marfan alors que l’autre ne l’est pas. Traitement du syndrome de MarfanLe syndrome de Marfan ne se guérit pas. Il existe cependant différents traitements et une prise en charge spécifique par des spécialistes (cardiologue, ophtalmologiste, orthopédiste ou rhumatologue) qui permettent de traiter les manifestations de la maladie, de prévenir les complications et d’améliorer la qualité de vie.À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Par exemple, les patients dont le cœur est atteint doivent souvent prendre des bêta-bloquants qui permettent de ralentir le cœur. Une intervention chirurgicale de remplacement de l’aorte est parfois nécessaire pour certains d’entre eux.L’espérance de vie des personnes atteintes du syndrome de Marfan a augmenté de 30 ans au cours des 30 dernières années et se rapproche aujourd’hui de celle de la population en générale.Le 13 juin 2016 à 12:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Minister Tangara Meets Kuwait Deputy Prime Minister

first_imgThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, has served as Vice President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York.Tangara is one of the traditional six African representatives elected as Vice Presidents in this year’s session, under the leadership of María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, who was elected on 5th June 2018 as the President of the Session.Tangara presided over the session as his counterpart Sidiki Kaba, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Senegal, and addressed the August Assembly.Meanwhile on the sidelines of the UNGA, Minister Tangara held bilateral talks with Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Saban Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, on Sunday 23rd September 2018.The two top diplomats discussed ways of improving ties across several areas, and issues of mutual significance.Assistant Foreign Minister for the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister’s Office, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, and Kuwait’s Permanent UN Representative, Mansour Al-Otaibi, also attended the discussions.last_img read more

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Minnehaha house a total loss after fire

first_imgA vacant rental house in the Minnehaha area was gutted by fire early Saturday morning. Vancouver firefighters from the west side fire company responded to a house fire report at 5202 N.E. 22nd Ave. at 1:23 a.m., according to VFD Capt. Chris Moen. They arrived at 1:27 a.m., finding the two-story house engulfed in flames, Moen said. “There were flames blowing out of the windows and everywhere,” he said.Except for the basement, he added, and firefighters searched the basement but found nobody. Moen said the house was apparently known to be a vacant rental property that had been undergoing renovations.County property records list the 2,000-square-foot house, just blocks southeast of the Ross Complex, as belonging to Edwin and Ellen Anderson.Moen said about 20 Vancouver firefighters fought the blaze and that Fire District 6 also was briefly on the scene. The fire was under control in about 40 minutes, he said. The house, worth $130,000, was a total loss, he said.Firefighters remained on the scene until 5:30 a.m. The cause is still under investigation.last_img read more

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Herd thinned to 1 on last day of Lacamas Valley Sheep Dog

first_imgTen skittish lambs walked across the field as Andi the border collie followed behind, stopping to hunker down in the grass at her handler’s command. From across the field, Patrick Shannahan whistled and shouted orders, including “come on” and “lie down” as the sheep headed toward the appropriate location and the seconds ticked down on a clock. “There they are through the fetch panels. Very nice,” an announcer said. The audience, seated in lawn chairs and on bales of hay, let out a cheer. Andi, a 7-year-old female, was one of 15 dogs competing Sunday in the final competitions of the Lacamas Valley Sheep Dog Trial at the Johnston Dairy Farm in Camas. During the previous three days, the dogs beat out about 155 other herding dogs to reach the final contest, which included more difficult tasks than the days prior. Dogs in the final round had to herd in 10 lambs from one side of the field, then run to another corner of the field and herd in another 10 lambs. Once the group of 20 lambs was together, the dog was supposed to guide them through two gates and into a circle in the middle of the field.The challenge continued with assistance from the dog’s handler, who helped winnow the group to the only five lambs wearing red collars; the other 15 lambs were shooed away. In the final part of the trial, each dog was tasked with herding the last five lambs into a nearby pen.last_img read more

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Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until Friday Severe Weather Forecast

first_imghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG22xJTKBDM&feature=youtu.beA flash flood watch is in effect until Friday evening for all of Southeast Texas as more severe weather is expected to hit rain weary areas, the National Weather Service says.The news comes as the first official day of the Atlantic Hurricane Season gets underway. Heavy rainfall from last week left many areas under high water across the Houston region, leading to evacuations, rescues, road closures and school cancelations. At least six flood-related deaths were reported across Texas. As of Wednesday, numerous river flood warnings remained in effect. The most severe flooding was occurring in Fort Bend County where the Brazos River was cresting at record-breaking levels. In Harris County, the San Jacinto River in Kingwood on Wednesday had finally fallen below major flood stage. Over the weekend an overflowing Spring Creek left many roads and structures under water in Montgomery County. National Weather ServiceFlash Flood Watch In EffectThe NWS forecast says heavy rains will be developing Wednesday with slow moving storms:“Rainfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour will be possible but the storms are not expected slow down and cluster up. An upper level low pressure system will move closer to the region leading to stronger winds in the lower atmosphere and increasing the threat of more intense rainfall rates early Thursday morning through Thursday night. Clusters of storms may be more likely on Thursday and Friday and hence a greater threat for more widespread flash flooding. Localized rainfall totals of 3 to 7 inches may be possible Thursday.”On Wednesday afternoon Houston Transtar still reported more than 25 high-water locations from rainfall over the weekend.As rain returns to the area, residents are asked to be vigilant about monitoring conditions and to stock up on emergency supplies.Weather Resources: Traffic & High Water Locations: Houston TranStarBayous & Creeks: Harris County Flood Control District, Montgomery CountyPreparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.orgMonitor river conditions: Harris County Flood Warning System; National Weather Service Report street flooding, debris: houston311.orgFEMA assistance:  houstonrecovers.orgShelters: Call (713) 526-8300 or visit redcross.org Sharelast_img read more

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Kirby Triple Deluxe is classic Kirby on your 3DS

first_imgIf you’ve been waiting for the next great 3DS game, you can stop right here. Kirby: Triple Deluxe is everything a Kirby game should be and more.Kirby is one of those Nintendo franchises where, like Mario, there have been so many versions of the game that long time players are cautious about just insta-buying a new one in the series. Not all Kirby games are created equal, and Nintendo has been leaning so hard on their popular IP recently to keep sales up that there’s always a concern that desperation might cloud their judgement. Now that Mario has been brought back to life in the form of Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U, it’s time for Kirby to get a decent game in this generation as well, only on Nintendo’s handheld.From start to finish, Triple Deluxe is all about bringing you the closest thing to classic Kirby that anyone can expect in 2014. This 2.5D side scroller is a piece of history brought to life with modern graphics and animations. Kirby plays exactly like you expect him to, with very little to distract you from the tasks in front of you.The gameplay is straightforward, encouraging you to beat the levels and collect as many sun stones as possible so you can advance to the next boss fight. Each world is set up with its own theme, but the overall formula changes very little from world to world. It’s straightforward, entertaining, and does a great job balancing puzzles and combat.In the primary story mode, you’ll find that the bottom screen of your 3DS doesn’t get used for much. Kirby can store gifts in the star hole on the screen so they can be accessed when you’re in trouble, but otherwise you won’t be glancing down for much of anything. Instead you’ll be paying closer attention to how you are holding your console.There’s quite a few points in the game where tilt controls become relevant, and while most of them are simple you’ll find a couple where being precise and fast matter a great deal. You’ll also find that while the game doesn’t require 3D to be on, there’s a couple of situations where the added depth actually helps. If you can stand to do so, you should probably just leave 3D on for this game.When you finally beat the story mode, or if you get stuck in a particular level and need a break, Kirby: Triple Deluxe includes a few other things you can do. Kirby Fighters puts you one-on-one against either an increasing number of CPU Kirby or up to three Kirby characters played by other people for a duel to see who can use what power best. Each Kirby gets one of the abilities you’ve picked up in the game, and it’s a fight to the death.There’s also Dedede’s Drum Dash, which uses both screens to create a complex jumping game where you race against the clock to complete the stage with as many coins and minutes left on the clock as you can manage. Curiously there are two other spaces in the menu screen that are left blank, as though more games will become available at a later date either by completing the main game or through DLC.Kirby: Triple Deluxe does exactly what it is supposed to do, which in and of itself is fantastic. New and old Kirby fans will love this game for being challenging and fun, but classic Kirby fans will appreciate more than anything that this just plain feels like a Kirby game.You can expect to see Kirby: Triple Deluxe on shelves May 16th for $30.last_img read more

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Kolkata records years highest temperature at 396OC mercury slides after rainfall

first_imgKolkata: Though people of South Bengal witnessed thundershower on Friday evening, there is no chance of getting relief from heatwave conditions in the next few days.On Friday evening, thundershower occurred in Kolkata and some other districts of South Bengal providing temporary relief to the people. Temperature on Saturday will go down a bit due to the effect of thundershower. But the temperature will rise again from Sunday. On Friday, Kolkata recorded a maximum temperature of 39.6 degree Celsius, which is 5 degree above the normal. According to weather office, Friday was the hottest day in Kolkata of the year. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to Alipore weather office, since the West wind is dominating over South Bengal the monsoon is getting obstructed from entering South Bengal districts. But it is assumed that monsoon may hit North Bengal in 2-3 days. After entering the northern part of the state, it can be assumed that the monsoon will enter South Bengal. Sources informed that due to the thunderstorm in South Bengal districts and Gangetic West Bengal, the temperature on Saturday will slide by a few degrees which will provide relief from the last few days of heat wave. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBut the temperature is likely to rise again from Sunday and will stay around 38 degree Celsius. According to the weather report, rain or thundershowers is likely to occur at most places over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Alipurduar and Kalimpong districts of Sub Himalayan West Bengal. Also light rain and thunderstorm may occur in Malda, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Nadia, North 24-Parganas, South-24 Parganas and Birbhum in South Bengal. Since Sunday, the temperature will be at least 2-3 degree Celsius above the normal. Also, the humidity level will be high, which may create discomfort. Since the past few days, due to the heat wave, streets of Kolkata remained deserted during the day time. Doctors have advised people to avoid getting out during the day time and drink plenty of water to remain hydrated. Also, if people need to go out in the sun, then they must use umbrellas, sunglasses and sunscreen lotion to avoid skin allergies and heat stroke. Doctors have also advised people not to have heavy and spicy food to stay fit at this time.last_img read more

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This LowCost Gear Makes Your Live Broadcast Look Like a BigBudget Production

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Periscope… the world is definitely moving towards live broadcasting. It really comes as no surprise, because it’s interactive, ephemeral, and authentic.Whether you have already dipped your toes into live broadcasting or you are just evaluating this content option now, it doesn’t have to be intimidating. One thing that will take the stress out and give a boost of confidence you need is the quality of your broadcasts.There are so many options in the market, you can instantly improve the quality of your videos with minimal budgets. Besides, with popularity of Facebook Live and Instagram Live, the number and quality of offerings in the market will only increase, even as the price decreases.TripodThis little piece of equipment will give you the most bang for your buck. It is uncomfortable to hold your smartphone during the whole presentation. Plus, not only is it distracting, shaky camera automatically drags down the quality of your video. To spare your viewers some nausea after watching your videos, invest in tripod. Mini tripods typically cost less than $30. Plus, a lot of them already come with a smartphone adapter. When you make your selection, just make sure it comes with one.Related: 3 Ways to Optimize Your Video Advertising Strategy on FacebookStabilizerA stationary tripod won’t work if you need to move your camera a lot to show your surroundings. To keep your videos as sharp, and not to lose your viewers to motion sickness, explore handheld video stabilizers. You can find a product with great reviews for under $100.Related: Tricks to Creating a High-Quality Video With Your iPhonePortable lightingLighting significantly impacts the quality of your videos. If your video is too dark or too light, it looks amateurish. Besides, it affects how you look by adding dark circles around your eyes or making your nose twice as big with shadows.So, if you are spending a lot of time talking in front of a camera, good lighting is a must. It will instantly make you and your videos look better, giving you an extra boost of confidence. There are quite a few ring lights specifically designed to be snapped on a smartphone. Some of the best feedback comes about rings that cost less than $30 a piece.Related: 3 Tricks to Create Premium Video Content on a BudgetExternal microphoneGood sound quality is a major issue during a live broadcast. While it’s best practice to do live broadcasting in quiet spaces, it is not always an option when you’re broadcasting a speaker at a conference or an industry event.Don’t fret. An external mic for your smartphone costs $15-$20 and improves the quality of the sound tremendously.Lens kitTo you make your live videos transcend the quality of a smartphone experiment with lens kits. They truly have a huge impact on the quality of a smartphone video.You can find some as cheap as $5 but a $50 lens kit will make a world of difference. This is a worthwhile investment. The right lens will transform your live broadcasts, presenting you as professional and knowledgeable as you really are.Related: 10 Tips for Creating Effective Business Videos #UGPlatformBuildingBluetooth remoteMaybe holding your phone is not an option; and running to and from your phone to switch a broadcast on and off doesn’t sound appealing. Bluetooth remote is your best option. And you know what’s even better? A wide range of them costs just about $7.Related: New Feature Enables Etsy Sellers to Shoot and Edit Product Videos From SmartphonesScreenshareFacebook is testing Live on desktops. Naturally, you might want to enlist a screenshare option. This has been taken care of for you already! There are a few options for doing that. If you’re just starting out and not sure how far you will take live videos, try a free OBS Studio extension.If live streaming is something you plan on doing often, and you’re ready to invest in a piece of software for screen sharing, go for WireCast. It is a bit pricey, but arguably the best offer on the market. Huzza and Switcher Studio are other great options you might want to consider.Live broadcasting doesn’t have to be daunting. If you are going to be riding the new wave of livestreaming, better invest in equipment. With just a minimal amount spent, your videos will go from amateur to professional in no time. And, that will surely, impact your market positioning. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 16, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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Google researchers propose building service robots with reinforcement learning to help people

first_imgYesterday, Google researchers released three different research papers which describe their investigations in easy-to-adapt robotic autonomy by combining deep Reinforcement Learning with long-range planning. This research is made for people with a mobility impairment that makes them home-bound. The researchers propose to build service robots, trained using reinforcement learning to improve the independence of people with limited mobility. The researchers have trained the local planner agents in order to perform basic navigation behaviors and traverse short distances safely without collisions with moving obstacles. These local planners take noisy sensor observations, such as a 1D lidar that helps in providing distances to obstacles, and output linear and angular velocities for robot control. The researchers trained the local planner in simulation with AutoRL (AutomatedReinforcement Learning) which is a method that automates the search for RL rewards and neural network architecture. These local planners transfer to both real robots and to new, previously unseen environments. This works as building blocks for navigation in large spaces. The researchers then worked on a roadmap, a graph where nodes are locations and edges connect the nodes only if local planners can traverse between them reliably. Automating Reinforcement Learning (AutoRL) In the first paper, Learning Navigation Behaviors End-to-End with AutoRL, the researchers trained the local planners in small, static environments. It is difficult to work with standard deep RL algorithms, such as Deep Deterministic Policy Gradient (DDPG). To make it easier, the researchers automated the deep Reinforcement Learning training. AutoRL is an evolutionary automation layer around deep RL that searches for a reward and neural network architecture with the help of a large-scale hyperparameter optimization. It works in two phases, reward search, and neural network architecture search. During the reward search, AutoRL concurrently trains a population of DDPG agents, with each having a slightly different reward function. At the end of the reward search phase, the reward that leads the agents to its destination most often gets selected. In the neural network architecture search phase, the process gets repeated. The researchers use the selected reward and tune the network layers. This turns into an iterative process and which means AutoRL is not sample efficient. Training one agent takes 5 million samples while AutoRL training around 10 generations of 100 agents requires 5 billion samples which is equivalent to 32 years of training. The advantage is that after AutoRL, the manual training process gets automated, and DDPG does not experience catastrophic forgetfulness. Another advantage is that AutoRL policies are robust to the sensor, actuator and localization noise, which generalize to new environments. PRM-RL In the second paper, PRM-RL: Long-Range Robotic Navigation Tasks by Combining Reinforcement Learning and Sampling-based Planning, the researchers explain Sampling-based planners that tackle long-range navigation by approximating robot motions. In this paper, the researchers have combined PRMs with hand-tuned RL-based local planners (without AutoRL) for training robots locally and then adapting them to different environments. The researchers trained a local planner policy in a generic simulated training environment, for each robot. Then they build a PRM with respect to that policy, called a PRM-RL, over a floor plan for the deployment environment. For building a PRM-RL, the researchers connected the sampled nodes with the help of Monte Carlo simulation. The resulting roadmap can be tuned to both the abilities and geometry of the particular robot. Though the roadmaps for robots with the same geometry having different sensors and actuators will have different connectivity. At execution time, the RL agent easily navigates from roadmap waypoint to waypoint. Long-Range Indoor Navigation with PRM-RL In the third paper, the researchers have made several improvements to the original PRM-RL. They replaced the hand-tuned DDPG with AutoRL-trained local planners, which improves long-range navigation. They have also added Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) maps, which robots use at execution time, as a source for building the roadmaps. As the SLAM maps are noisy, this change closes the “sim2real gap”, a phenomenon where simulation-trained agents significantly underperform when they are transferred to real-robots. Lastly, they have added distributed roadmap building to generate very large scale roadmaps containing up to 700,000 nodes. The team compared PRM-RL to a variety of different methods over distances of up to 100m, well beyond the local planner range. The team realized that PRM-RL had 2 to 3 times the rate of success over baseline because the nodes were connected appropriately for the robot’s capabilities. To conclude, Autonomous robot navigation can improve the independence of people with limited mobility. This is possible by automating the learning of basic, short-range navigation behaviors with AutoRL and using the learned policies with SLAM maps for building roadmaps. To know more about this news, check out the Google AI blog post. 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Air Canada to achieve new singleday record for customers carried

first_imgAir Canada to achieve new single-day record for customers carried Friday, August 3, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canadacenter_img MONTREAL — Today will be a very busy day for Air Canada as it prepares to welcome over 178,000 customers, a new single-day record for the carrier.This surpasses Air Canada’s previous single-day record set earlier this summer, said Benjamin Smith, President, Airlines and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada, who also noted that a record-setting 5.2 million customers were carried in the month of July.“With the peak summer season in full force now and heading into the August long weekend, we are expecting to carry more than 178,000 customers today alone,” he said. “To put this accomplishment into context, it is equivalent to transporting more people living in the entire city of Saguenay, QC or in the area of Abbotsford-Mission, B.C., or in the whole province of Prince Edward Island all in one day.” Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

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Costa Rican gold miners receive three month prison sentence for mining in

first_imgNo related posts. A flagrancy court on Thursday sentenced four gold miners to three months in prison for extracting gold inside Costa Rica’s treasured Corcovado National Park, in the southern Pacific region.Park rangers and National Police officers arrested the men on June 20 while they were extracting gold from a river within the limits of the national park, located on the Osa Peninsula.“The gold mining activities of these persons had an impact on the water clarity up to 1.5 kilometers. They also removed some 20 cubic meters of sediment from the river,” park ranger Tony Salas said last Friday.The ruling was the first issued by the flagrancy court in the Southern Zone after a resolution of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court authorized them to rule on environmental crimes committed in the cantons of Golfito, Osa and Coto Brus. In Costa Rica, a flagrancy court allows judges to convict suspects within 24 hours of being caught in the act of committing a crime.According to Carlos Madriz, chief of control and protection at the Osa Conservation Area (ACOSA), environmental damage caused by the gold miners totaled some ₡5 million ($10,000), as they damaged water resources in the area’s ecosystem.“This ruling helps control continous environmental damage in Corcovado National Park because illegal gold mining keeps affecting valuable ecosystems within protected areas,” ACOSA said in a press release on Thursday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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President of Guatemala calls Costa Ricas Solís a strategic partner to change

first_imgCosta Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís hosted President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala Friday as his first official state visit since the Costa Rican leader took office May 8.During the brief meeting between both leaders at the Casa Presidencial in Zapote, in southeastern San José, Pérez Molina called Solís a “strategic partner” in the search for alternatives to the region’s militarized, prohibitionist approach to the drug conflict.“We feel that Costa Rica is a partner that brings an important vision in this battle to change the drug policy that is today based on prohibition,” Pérez Molina said during a press conference after the bilateral meeting.Pérez Molina famously floated a proposal to legalize drugs in Guatemala in an attempt to curb the country’s epidemic drug-related violence. Drugs, gangs, firearms and weak governments have long been blamed for fueling the persistent levels of violence in the region, especially in the “Northern Triangle” region of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Guatemala had the fifth highest homicide rate in Latin America in 2012.Solís reiterated his previous position that he does not support illicit drug legalization, but the Costa Rican leader expressed interest in further “decriminalizing” drug use in Costa Rica. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times“Legalization is a matter that we are not going to take up at this time, but it’s a debate that should take place recognizing the disasters caused by many policies to fight drugs,” Solís said.Both leaders added that they want to “harmonize” laws governing the prosecution and punishment for organized crime in Central America.The two presidents also spoke about their desire to further improve business relations between both countries. Costa Rican exports to Guatemala have grown 43 percent between 2003 and 2013, when they exceeded $450 million, according to figures from the Foreign Trade Ministry. Environmental protection, climate change and international disarmament were among the other topics touched on during the bilateral meeting.Pérez Molina said that he respected a Swiss court’s decision to issue a life sentence against former police chief Erwin Sperisen Friday for the murder of seven people. The Guatemalan president said that it was lamentable that a former security minister was also facing trial in Spain, and several officials during the same 2004-2008 term were also facing trial in the Central American country.Pérez Molina attended Solís’ inauguration on May 8 in San José. The Guatemalan president said that he would attend the meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in San José that Costa Rica will host next January as president pro tempore of the pan-Latin American organization. Facebook Comments Related posts:Drug policy in Central America criminalizes poverty, says Costa Rica Public Security Minister In Guatemala, anti-establishment presidential candidate benefits from corruption scandals Guatemalan legislative commission recommends lifting President Pérez Molina’s immunity Obama says he ended the ‘War on Drugs.’ Don’t believe himlast_img read more

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Strong Servicing Sector for First United

first_imgStrong Servicing Sector for First United in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”First United Bank””:https://www.firstunitedbank.com/ has reason to celebrate, with the company’s recent announcement that its mortgage servicing division’s portfolio has ballooned to more than $1 billion. The Oklahoma-based financial institution will now be able to serve even more customers in its home state and Texas thanks to its achievement.[IMAGE]””First United Bank Mortgage Company””:http://www.fubmortgage.com/Default.aspx benefits from being a Ginnie Mae-approved mortgage backed security issuer and an official Fannie Mae seller and servicer. Additionally, First United Bank, founded in 1900, boasts over $2 billion in assets, ensuring a solid financial base to support its mortgage and servicing divisions.[COLUMN_BREAK]Commenting on the growth in First United’s servicing sector, James Hinton, president of the entity’s mortgage division, said, “”Attainment of this significant milestone reflects First United’s commitment to serve the residential mortgage needs of the communities we serve. Our success reflects the dedication of our mortgage professionals to deliver best in class residential products and service.””First United has more than 31 bank locations throughout its region, and the company employs over 600 people in 20 communities. The privately held financial institution serves over 75,000 clients and is headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma, home to the Choctaw Nation.First United’s owner and chairman of the board, John Massey, says of its goals, “”We know that our deposit customers want us to pay them more, our lending customers want to pay less. Our stockholders want a return, our employees want raises – our mission is to just do what is right.””In a company statement, First United notes that it continues to pursue the philosophy of one of the bank’s founders, Granny Massey, which promises consumers “”a hug when you walk through the door.”” We’ll presume that a “”hug”” from the bank is now extended in theory, as opposed to literally, but either way, First United’s thriving servicing division is well prepared to meet the needs of its client base. September 6, 2011 461 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-09-06 Abby Gregory Sharelast_img read more

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