APTN National NewsA new batch of WikiLeaks cables includes some interesting details about the botched raid in 2004 of Kanesatake.The cables show that U.S. officials were closely monitoring the situation in the Mohawk community that was at the centre of the Oka crisis.Some Kanesatake community members are now renewing their calls for a public inquiry.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette explains why.
Lee WilsonAPTN NewsThe countdown for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) kicked off in Halifax Friday.This is the first time the games will be hosted in Mi’kma’ki territory.It will be the largest sporting event Atlantic Canada has seen.“This is history,” said Mike Savage, mayor of Halifax.“This is Mi’kma’ki, let’s make it and let’s make it big!”NAIG 2020 will be the 30th anniversary of the games.The first were held in Edmonton in 1990.NAIG draws thousands of Indigenous athletes from all over Turtle Island for sports such as lacrosse, archery, volleyball, and badminton.Athletes are looking forward to the games but also so much more.“I find it’s very interesting only competing against all Aboriginal people” said Johanna Edwards, from Team Nova Scotia. “You sort of feel like you’re all together and family.”Her teammate Faith Battiste agreed.”There are so many people from different from so many different communities and cultures, it’s amazing,” said Battiste.The athletes will spend the next year getting ready for the sport but the organizers also stressed the importance sharing cultural experiences.“It’s a beautiful celebration of culture, music, sport, dance in the spirit of competition,” said Kevin Sandy, CEO of 2020 NAIG. “It is also infused with the cultural side of it. That’s really what the games represent to me.“The spirit and beauty of who we are as Indigenous people from across the world”The games will take place from July 12 to 19, 2020, with 5,000 participants competing in 17 sports.There will be venues in Halifax and the Millbrook First Nation, an hour north of the city.The region is expecting a big economic boost.In 2017 the NAIG games in Toronto contributed 44 million dollars to the local email@example.com
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors have indicted 20 people in a multimillion-dollar international online fraud scheme.The case announced Thursday stems from a lengthy investigation out of Kentucky led by U.S. Secret Service agents.The scheme unfolded on websites like Craigslist and eBay, and the fraudsters would post false ads for expensive items like cars that didn’t exist. Prosecutors say they’d persuade American buyers to send money to fictitious profiles, duping them in some cases into thinking the sellers were U.S. military and about to be deployed. They handed over money, but goods never showed up.The suspects were based mostly in Alexandria, Romania. Prosecutors say they laundered the money using cryptocurrency.Most of the suspects are foreign nationals. About a dozen have already been extradited to the U.S.The investigation is continuing.The Associated Press
The President of the Council, Ambassador John Negroponte of the United States, said in a press statement that the members took note of the problems still faced by the Government in controlling illicit production and diamond smuggling but encouraged Sierra Leone to further strengthen its internal monitoring capacity to stop these precious gems from becoming a financial source of conflict.Council members also welcomed ongoing efforts among West African countries to develop a region-wide certification scheme and called on all parties to support such endeavours, Ambassador Negroponte said. They were also called on to back continuing efforts in the so-called Kimberly process to develop a global certification scheme for rough diamonds.Council members urged the international community and donor countries to support ongoing Government efforts to implement effective internal measures to control diamond certification and promote economic development through mining activities, Ambassador Negroponte said.Earlier Thursday, the Council was briefed by Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico, Chairman of the 15-member body’s Sierra Leone Sanctions Committee, on the fourth review the Sierra Leone Diamond Certification process.
OMAHA, Neb. – Norfolk Southern reported a 10 per cent improvement in first-quarter profit Tuesday as an increase in railroad shipping volume and a land sale helped offset continued weak coal demand.The Norfolk, Va.,-based railroad said it generated $450 million net income, or $1.41 per share, on $2.74 billion revenue. That’s up from $410 million, or $1.23 per share, a year ago.The railroad beat Wall Street expectations, even without a one-time profit of $60 million on a sale of land in Michigan that added 19 cents per share to Norfolk Southern’s earnings.Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected earnings of $1.17 per share on $2.78 billion in revenue.The railroad’s revenue was relatively flat compared to last year’s $2.79 billion, but that could be considered a victory given the 17 per cent decline in coal revenue.Intermodal revenue improved by 9 per cent and revenue from all other shipments improved 2 per cent to nearly offset coal’s decline.It appears that coal demand may be stabilizing for Norfolk Southern after several years of decline. All the major railroads have been dealing with weak coal demand because of relatively cheap natural gas prices. A number of utilities switched from coal to gas for power generation.“Coal continues to be the wild card in our business outlook, although we do see some signs of stability,” CEO Wick Moorman said.Edward Jones analyst Logan Purk said now that coal appears to have stabilized, the strength of the overall economy and Norfolk Southern’s pricing power will determine how profitable it is.“There’s a built-in floor for coal demand that’s needed to produce electricity,” Purk said.Major freight railroads like Norfolk Southern are considered gauges of the nation’s economic health because the number of carloads they carry of a broad range of things, like chemicals, crops, lumber and containers of imported goods, reflect the health of those industries.Union Pacific and CSX expressed optimism about the future last week. They were able to overcome weak coal demand in the first quarter with rate increases and by hauling more carloads of other things.Norfolk Southern officials say their outlook is mostly positive, but they didn’t provide specific profit targets.“In general, we see an economy that will continue to grow, albeit at a slow pace,” Moorman said.Norfolk Southern operates about 20,000 miles of track in 22 states and the District of Columbia.On Tuesday Norfolk Southern shares rose 78 cents to close at $75.84 amid a broad market rally.___Follow Josh Funk online at www.twitter.com/funkwrite___Online:Norfolk Southern Corp.: www.nscorp.com by Josh Funk, The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2013 4:36 pm MDT Norfolk Southern 1Q profit improved 10 pct. on higher railroad volume and land sale AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 11:18 am MDT Sundance competitor ‘Sepideh,’a doc about an Iranian teen with big dreams, gets iTunes release PARK CITY, Utah – An international documentary in competition at the Sundance Film Festival can already be seen throughout the United States and Canada.Apple’s iTunes made “Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars” available for rent or purchase on Tuesday, marking the first time the company has distributed a film while it is still playing at the independent film showcase.“I’m just so thrilled that so many people get access to this story about a young Iranian girl living far away from our world,” said Danish director Berit Madsen of her first documentary feature reaching North American audiences. “People who are not right here at Sundance actually can follow the festival from a distance, and get invited in the world of my character in the film ‘Sepideh.’”The film tells the story of an Iranian teenager who dreams of being an astronaut despite the limitations of her culture and gender. Madsen spent nearly five years with the young astronomer after meeting her by chance at an astronomy festival outside of Tehran.“I was driven by curiosity,” Madsen said of attending the astronomy event. “And then one dark night, I met her, under the starry sky. It’s almost like a love story.”She described the film as both particular and universal: While it explores the challenges Sepideh faces in pursuit of her dreams in Iran, it’s also a coming-of-age story about a girl becoming a woman.Many films playing at Sundance can only be seen at the festival — at least until distributors decide to pick them up and make them available to wider audiences. “Sepideh” will also reach moviegoers in Australia, Slovenia and Iran, thanks to Danish distributor LevelK. The Sundance Film Festival continues through Sunday. Competition winners will be announced Saturday.The film will also compete in Tehran’s most prominent film festival, Madsen said, though scenes of a female astronaut wearing shorts inside the International Space Station and images of young Iranians dancing may be cut by censors for its screenings there.Madsen said Sepideh’s story delves into “the soul of Iran,” showing the passion of its people rather than the politics that generally dominate the news.She also thinks the story can inspire viewers everywhere.“I hope and maybe even trust that it’s going to be an inspirational film for other young people,” she said. “That if you dare to take life in your own hands and have big dreams, you might go further than you would have thought of. That’s a nice message to send out.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy
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Feb 6th 2017, 8:13 PM 31 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 75,752 Views Monday 6 Feb 2017, 8:13 PM By Sonya McClean Man, who raped sister repeatedly, jailed for one year because he was too young at time to be guilty of rape Michael Hughes, now aged 57, repeatedly raped his sister for two years between 1971 and 1973. Source: William MurphyA MAN WHO as a 12-year-old consistently raped his sister has been jailed for a year because the law at the time states that a child under 14 years old cannot be guilty of rape.Michael Hughes (57) of Nobber, Co Meath had pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court last December to four counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault on dates between December 1971 and October 1973 at the family home they shared in Dublin.His sister, Anne Marie Powney, who waived her right to anonymity, was aged between four and six at the time.Justice Patrick McCarthy said at a hearing last January that the legislation that existed at the time of the offence meant that Hughes could not be convicted of rape as he was under the age of 14.He allowed for the rape pleas to be set aside and sentenced him today on the four remaining indecent assault charges.Justice McCarthy said it was one of the “most harrowing” victim impact reports he had ever read.“Sadly up to now she has not managed to recover from what happened her as a child and she still suffers,” the judge said before he added that the woman lives in constant fear everyday that Hughes would get her.Maximum sentenceThe judge said that the court could also only impose a maximum sentence of two years for the offences of indecent assault. He took into account Hughes’ admissions of guilt and the fact that he was a child at the time before he jailed him for a year.“I don’t think he was not so young as to appreciate the seriousness of what he was doing,” Mr Justice McCarthy added.The now 49-year-old woman read from her victim impact report at the sentence hearing last December, that she didn’t feel like she had her “own identity because the abuse is so ingrained in me”.“I’ve been in prison in my own body and mind. I can never get those years back,” the woman continued after commenting that her brother “walks around free”.She said that as a child she was full of fear, afraid to go out and afraid to stay in. She felt school was the only safe place she could go to. She described wearing loads of clothes and hiding under beds, “but he always got to me. It became a waiting game. There was no escaping”.She said she would never be able to forget the horrors of the abuse and she lived in constant fear every day that Hughes would get her.‘Normal life ended’“I’ve never known what a normal life is and never will,” the woman said before she added that the chances of that “ended the first day he raped me”.Tara Burns SC, prosecuting, told the court that the man had pleaded guilty to sample counts and said the abuse occurred at least two or three times per week.Garda Ciaran Campbell said that Hughes was a father of seven children and had no other convictions.He agreed with Hugh Hartnett SC, defending, that the abuse came to the attention of the health authorities in 1994 when Hughes made full admissions. At that stage the abuse had also been disclosed to their father.The abuse was reported to the gardaí but Garda Campbell agreed Hughes was never interviewed because gardaí believed that the family didn’t want to pursue it any further.Hartnett handed in two medical reports which stated that his client suffered from depression and had attempted suicide twice.Counsel said that the abuse occurred 45 years ago and his client had never denied his involvement.He asked the judge to take into account the fact that Hughes was a juvenile at the time and had indicated his remorse and regret.Read: Car crash compensation claim thrown out as judge says evidence was “unbelievable”Read: Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7 years Share535 Tweet Email Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3226276
A Vancouver woman accused of trying to shoot her husband when he requested a divorce pleaded not guilty Friday to first-degree attempted murder and felony harassment.Gayle Bethke, 60, was arraigned on the charges in Clark County Superior Court. Judge Scott Collier set trial for Dec. 17. She is in the Clark County Jail on $750,000 bail.Prosecutors said Bethke’s husband of nine years told her he wanted a divorce the night of Sept. 21, after which she retrieved a .380 semiautomatic pistol, jumped onto the bed where her husband was lying and pointed the gun at his head, according to court documents.As she squeezed the trigger, Roger Bethke, 41, managed to wrestle the gun away before the gun could fire. A struggle ensued, in which Gayle Bethke kept threatening to kill him, according to Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Nugent. Her husband pushed her to the floor and she left the house in the 14600 block of Northeast 49th Circle.Later, Gayle Bethke left two voicemail messages for her grown daughter, apologizing “for trying to kill Roger,” Nugent has said.Police apprehended Gayle Bethke on Sept. 22 following a pursuit into Skamania County.Court documents indicate she is a recovering alcoholic with a history of mental illness. Gayle Bethke has a pint-of-vodka-a-day habit and is currently detoxing, those documents state.
In the October issue of FOLIO: Magazine, Dan Walsh, vice president of publication papers for Bradner Smith & Company, predicted paper prices falling in the first part of 2011, but rebounding in the second half. “For at least the first half of 2011, look for paper prices to retreat and supply to become more readily available,” Walsh said. “But with domestic mills continuing to show the resolve to extinguish more supply, paper prices could again be on the rise by next summer.” Total U.S. printing/writing paper shipments fell 3.2 percent from September to October and are down 4 percent compared to October 2009, according to preliminary data from the American Forest & Paper Association. Uncoated freesheet shipments fell 7.8 percent to 706,600 tons in October, compared to a year earlier. Shipments of coated freesheets (337,800 tons) rose 3.5 percent over October 2009 but fell compared to September 2010.”This is the weakest-year-to-year comparison of 2010″ Deutsche Bank analyst Marke Wilde told RISI. Considering that October 2009 was still a relatively easy comp, this is a disappointing number.” Wilde also told RISI that further volume declines could trigger price erosion, and RISI says it has already detected lower uncoated freesheet prices in North America and Europe.
Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $155 at Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Share your voice Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the AirPods review $299 at Amazon Sprint DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 1 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Google Assistant can tell you if your flight may be delayed. Google Google Assistant can now predict flight delays. Google Assistant will warn you of predicted flight delays this holiday season, the search giant said Monday. Over the next few weeks, the voice assistant, which rivals Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, among others, will proactively notify you on your phone about predicted delays and offer a reason if it knows why. You can also ask, “Hey Google, is my flight on time?” or “Hey Google, what’s the status of the Alaska Airlines flight from New York to Seattle?”In January, Google Flights added the feature to predict flight delays before the delay is actually announced. The predictions are based on historic flight data and machine learning algorithms. Google would show you the prediction if the computer is 85 percent sure, according to a blog post. You can see the predictions by using Google to search your flight number or route. Google on Monday also update features to make holiday travel easier. If you’re traveling to a new city, Google Maps now has an Explore tab to show you things to do in the city. Google Flight will show you flight price trends during upcoming holiday and school breaks. You can also search “things to do” in a certain place on Google to see popular activities and experiences for top destinations in the world. See it Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $60 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Internet Services Mobile Apps Phones $59 at eBay $999 Tags Comment Sarah Tew/CNET Google Maps for Android See It $999 Share your voice Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read Google Home Hub review I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo $520 at HP Read the Rylo camera preview Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo $999 $210 at Best Buy See at Turo Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple iPhone XS Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 $6 at Tidal Best Buy See at Amazon The Cheapskate Google Assistant Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 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DALLAS (AP) — The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died in a Dallas hospital Wednesday, a little more than a week after his diagnosis exposed gaps in the nation’s defenses against the disease and set off a scramble to track down anyone exposed to him.This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. In September 2014, Duncan became the first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola, and in October 2014 he has become the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. that has died from theola ebvirus. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he was admitted Sept. 28 and had been kept in isolation, according to spokesman Wendell Watson.“Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease,” Watson said in a statement.Duncan carried the deadly virus with him from his home in Liberia, though he showed no symptoms when he left for the United States. He arrived in Dallas Sept. 20 and fell ill several days later. His condition was downgraded during the weekend from serious to critical.Others in Dallas still are being monitored as health officials try to contain the virus that has ravaged West Africa, with more than 3,400 people reported dead. They also are trying to tamp down anxiety among residents frightened of contracting Ebola, though the disease can be spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an already sick person.Health officials have identified 10 people, including seven health workers, who had direct contact with Duncan while he was contagious. Another 38 people also may have come into contact with him. The four people living in the northeast Dallas apartment where Duncan stayed have been isolated in a private residence.“The past week has been an enormous test of our health system, but for one family it has been far more personal … They have our sincere condolences, and we are keeping them in our thoughts,” Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in statement.“We’ll continue every effort to contain the spread of the virus and protect people from this threat,” Lakey added.Officials have said everyone who potentially had contact with Duncan is being monitored for 21 days, the normal incubation period for the disease.Duncan passed an airport health screening in Liberia, where doctors measured his temperature as normal and found no signs of Ebola symptoms. But a few days after he arrived, he began to have a fever, headache and abdominal pain.Karsiah Duncan, left, son of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, family spokesperson, Saymendy Lloyd, center, and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings arrive at a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)Nowai Korkoya, mother of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, center, walks with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, and Josephus Weeks, Duncan’s nephew after they spoke to reporters Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Dallas. Duncan’s family has gathered in Dallas to check on his condition. (AP Photo/LM Otero)He went to the emergency room of Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas on Sept. 24, but was sent home. By Sept. 28, his condition had worsened and an ambulance took him back to the hospital where he stayed in isolation.Duncan’s family had visited Texas Health Presbyterian earlier in the week and glimpsed Duncan using a camera system, but said Tuesday theyhad declined to view him again because the first time had been too upsetting.“What we saw was very painful. It didn’t look good,” Duncan’s nephew, Josephus Weeks, said Tuesday.The hospital has changed its explanation several times about when Duncan arrived and what he said about his travel history. It has acknowledged that Duncan told them on his first visit that he came from West Africa.The Dallas County medical examiner’s office will not be receiving Duncan’s body, but spokesman Stephen Kurtz said he did not know Wednesday what the alternate arrangements would be.
One of the biggest markers you can point to as to why the Nintendo Switch isn’t just a successful Nintendo system but successful video game system is the variety of games it has you wouldn’t expect to see share the stage with Mario and Donkey Kong. Even the most forgotten Nintendo systems have a handful of fantastic Nintendo games. But the Switch has that as well as great indie support, Japanese third-party support, and that rare bird on Nintendo consoles called mature western third-party support.And now after playing Wasteland 2 on Nintendo Switch, I realized the system has quietly picked up another fascinating niche that doesn’t usually show up on Nintendo platforms. The Switch doesn’t just let you bring console games on the go, it lets you bring weird and janky old-fashioned PC games, too.Wasteland 2, or rather the updated Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut, is the crowdfunded follow-up to the original Wasteland for modern consoles and PC/Mac. The catch is that the first Wasteland is from all the way back in 1988, and a lot has changed in the western post-apocalyptic role-playing game genre.AdChoices广告For starters, the original Wasteland, from Interplay no less, was Fallout before Fallout. The games even share team members, some of whom returned for Wasteland 2. But look at what Fallout is now. Gone are the top-down turn-based tactics with heavy reliance of initial player stats. Modern Fallout games are sprawling open-world RPG/shooter hybrids where you can dominate the ruins as whatever lone badass you like, becoming increasingly powerful in all sorts of different ways. This isn’t a bad direction, and definitely not unpopular considering the sales, but it’s not the direction all old-school fans would’ve liked.Fortunately for those people, Wasteland 2 is very purposefully a continuation of that original evolutionary branch. It’s from an alternate future where this is how they make these types of games. It’s like Shovel Knight or The Messenger but for LAN party kids. And those kids will probably love it. From the beginning you can either have the game generate a new party or really dig in yourself customizing stats, assigning roles, naming everybody, changing their looks, determining their back stories. When one of your four rangers die you recruit another giving you plenty of new opportunities to expand the roleplay.Also be sure to expect death because Wasteland 2 is pretty unforgiving about casting players out into the harsh cursed lands. As a Desert Ranger you’ll try your best to keep the peace but it’s ultimately a series of bandages on gaping wounds. Turn-based brawls feel less like heroic missions than scraps for survival as you fight not only against enemies but also your own limited ammunition/weak fists, sketchy healing options even with a doctor in your party, and dice rolls that cause point blank shots to just whiff.Success at one mission can also come at the failure of another. I had an early choice on the radio to help one of two towns in need of protection and the town I abandoned was rightfully pissed. Even just walking around the map requires constant breaks at oases for clean water, if you avoid dying from radiation clouds.Wasteland 2 is old-fashioned not just in its gameplay philosophy but also its presentation. While it’s certainly more technically competent than a PC game from 1988, the gulf isn’t as huge as you’d hope. Surely limited Kickstarter budgets and the Switch’s own specs play a role, but part of the reason is that the post-apocalypse is just an often times ugly aesthetic. Looking at these blocky characters die off in this drab environment gives your eyes some sense of the pain these people must feel. There’s lots of text to flesh out the world, much of if voice-acted, but something about the sound quality too reminds me of machines from a time when folks were psyched about CD-ROMs and loading screen shorter than 15 minutes.I think this adds to the nostalgia though. You can’t talk about the history of PC games without their legacy of jank. Free from oppressive standards of console makers, PC developers rode on the bleeding edge of tech. And the trade-off was lots of impressive games that were also deeply broken. That’s okay! It’s great even. And seeing a game with that kind of pedigree in the walled garden of a Nintendo system, a handheld one at that, leads to just such delightful cognitive dissonance.It’s the same feeling I get when games like Diablo III, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Civilization VI, Payday 2, indie game refugees from Steam, and even Skyrim get ported to Nintendo Switch. These are PC-ass PC games and yet here they are helping me kill time until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes out. It’s honestly as weird as StarCraft 64.But more game great games on Switch, wherever they come from, is a great thing. I don’t even particularly enjoy Wasteland 2 that much, because I don’t have the right background to appreciate it, but I love that it’s on Switch. For more on the end of the world, check out how the robot apocalypse has already started and the best zombie games on Roblox.Buy it now!Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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As scientists, the world over, are busy trying to find the elusive elixir of life that can defy ageing and make you disease-free in golden years, gene-testing — a technology that scans DNA instructions you inherited from your parents to spot genetic disorders, is now gaining ground among Indians, especially the young.According to diagnostics firms and health providers, gene-testing methods can not only find out what diseases you are prone to but also provide customised solutions to nip them in the bud and herald a new health era for you. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Knowledge of the genetic make-up (favourable vs unfavourable) may give the opportunity to take a pro-active step to avoid unfavourable factors and prompt the person to visit the doctor at initial symptoms,” says Dr Amit Verma, consultant (molecular oncology and cancer genetics) at Max Hospitals in New Delhi.He is witnessing a surge in healthy young individuals coming to his clinic for gene-testing. The reason to go for such testing is simple: It can identify increased risks of health problems, allowing you to choose personalised treatments or assess responses to treatments. “The concept of gene testing is quite new to the entire medical field. However, scientifically, it is an established concept. The broader strategy would be to create awareness among the doctors first, followed by awareness amongst the people,” adds Dr Amol Raut, CEO of the Pune-based gene diagnostics firm GeneSupport. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUnfortunately, genetically associated factors cannot be reversed but the action will certainly minimise the possibility of acquiring bad health.“The genes related to all conditions such as cancer, metabolic diseases, congenital diseases, lifestyle or other diseases are scanned, which helps in identifying missing pieces of information or even inappropriate information in genes,” explains Dr Raut, also the chief consultant (R&D) of GeneOmbio Technologies that provides various gene diagnostic services. According to Dr Kshitiz Murdia, an IVF expert at the Indira Infertility Clinic in New Delhi, “genetic testing will be the future as we would be able to eliminate certain inherited or genetic disorders from families who have those.”“In the last four-five years, genetics has progressed a long way through. With the new generation sequencing possible in the human genome, the whole genome can be sequenced and can even
TXQR is a project for transferring data via animated QR codes. It is written in Go and uses fountain erasure codes. Ivan Daniluk, it’s creator and software engineer has shared his experience in building TXDR and also the results of using animated QR as a data transfer method. QR Codes QR codes, a type of visual encoding allows different error recovery levels, with almost 30% redundancy for the highest one. QR Version 40 allows to encode up to 4296 alphanumeric or 2953 binary symbols. But this gives rise to two major issues, firstly 3-4KB might just not be enough and secondly the more data in QR code, the better should be the quality and image resolution. But what if we need to transfer approximately ~15KB of data on the average consumer devices? Using animated QR codes with dynamic FPS and size changes could possibly work. The basic design of TXQR A client chooses the data to be sent and generates an animated QR code and shows it in the loop until all the frames are received by the reader. Encoding is designed properly such that it allows any particular order of frames, as well as dynamic changes in FPS. In case, the reader is slower then it can display a message “please decrease FPS on the sender.” Talking about the protocol, it is simply where each frame starts with a prefix “NUM/TOTAL|”, (where NUM and TOTAL are integer values for current and total frames respectively) and rest is the file content. Original data is encoded using Base64, so only alphanumeric data is actually encoded in QR. Gomobile To get .framework or .aar file to be included in your iOS or Android project one can write a standard Go code, then run gomobile bind. Users can refer to it as any regular library and get autocomplete and type information. Ivan has built a simple iOS QR scanner in Swift and modified it to read animated QR codes, fed the decoded chunks into txqr decoder and displayed received the file in a preview window. Fountain codes TXQR is used for unidirectional data transfer using an animated sequence of QR codes. The approach involved in TXQR included repeating the encoded sequence over and over until the receiver gets complete data. This led to long delays in case the receiver missed at least one frame. As per the article by Bojtos Kiskutya, LT ( Luby Transform) codes can yield much better results for TXQR. LT codes are one of the implementations of the family of codes called fountain codes. It’s a class of erasure codes that can easily produce a potentially infinite amount of blocks from the source message blocks (K). The receiver can receive blocks from any point, in any order, with any erasure probability. Fountain codes start as soon as K+ different blocks are received. It is named as fountain code as the encoded blocks represent the fountain’s water drops. Fountain codes are easy and they solve critical problems as they harness the properties of randomness, mathematical logic and probability distribution tuning to achieve their goal. In this article we have covered TXQR’s basic design, basics of animated QR codes, Fountain codes, Gomobile etc. To know more about the experimentation in detail, check out Ivan’s Github. Read Next AWS introduces ‘AWS DataSync’ for automated, simplified, and accelerated data transfer Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook team up for Data Transfer Project MySQL Data Transfer using Sql Server Integration Services (SSIS)
Román Macaya was sworn in as Costa Rica’s new ambassador to the United States Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the Casa Amarilla in San José. The new ambassador will have to find a way to get Costa Rica’s voice heard in the Beltway and beyond at a time when a child immigration emergency in Central America and other global crises may drown out the concerns of the small, stable democracy.President Luis Guillermo Solís appointed Macaya, a 47-year-old businessman who holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, on Tuesday during his weekly press conference at Casa Presidencial. The president said he asked Macaya to prioritize foreign investment and educational tourism as some of his top priorities when he arrives in Washington, D.C.In an interview with The Tico Times, Macaya said the child migrant crisis along the southwest U.S. border would be another area of focus as he transitions into his new job. Costa Rica has been largely absent from discussions about the issue. An estimated 90,000 unaccompanied minors will trek to the U.S. border, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, by the end of 2014. Macaya said Costa Rica needs to play an active role in the debate and how to address the crisis at its roots.The new ambassador said the current focus of many U.S. lawmakers to increase security along the border could have troubling results for Costa Rica. Macaya observed that if it becomes too difficult to cross the border, many migrants may start to look south to Costa Rica, which already receives more immigrants looking for work than any other Central American country.“We don’t need 90,000 child migrants, we only need 5,000 migrants for our [immigration] system to start to collapse,” Macaya said in a telephone interview.“Central America needs integral solutions to violence, drug and human trafficking and gangs” beyond simply locking down borders, Macaya said.As dysfunction reaches new depths in Washington and hotspots flare around the globe, pushing the agenda of a small partner like Costa Rica will be a challenge for the biochemist. Macaya said he would emphasize the countries’ shared values of democracy, human rights, liberty and pursuit of prosperity for future generations as a way to build leverage.“That leverage comes from shared values of democracy, human rights, liberty and pursuit of prosperity for future generations,” Macaya said, “There are countries with bigger markets or problems that affect the U.S., but Costa Rica offers a stable society with common values. … A country is more than its economy.”But the economy remains a major priority for Macaya, who came under criticism from some Costa Ricans about how his previous opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement might negatively affect his new post. Macaya is hardly alone when it comes to former critics of CAFTA in the current administration, which include President Solís and many other Citizen Action Party members.“Being opposed to CAFTA is not equivalent to being anti-U.S. by any stretch of the imagination. CAFTA is what we’ve got to work with, including this ambassador,” he said.Regardless of his stance on the free trade agreement, Macaya’s U.S. mother from Boston is likely a stronger argument for his affection for the United States. Macaya studied and worked in the U.S. for 14 years after graduating high school in Costa Rica. He recently gave up his dual citizenship with the U.S. to accept the post as Costa Rica’s ambassador. In addition to studying at UCLA, Macaya received a master’s degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.Before his nomination as ambassador, Macaya lead his family’s agrochemical business, RIMAC. Macaya’s wife and four children will accompany him on his post. They will live in Fairfax County, Virginia.Meanwhile, there is no new news on the confirmation proceedings of S. Fitzgerald Haney, U.S. President Barack Obama’s choice for U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica. Haney appeared before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 29, where he mentioned his mother’s participation in sit-in protests in the U.S. state of Tennessee, where he was born, as one of his inspirations for public service. With the Senate in recess until September, the upper house of Congress has yet to confirm Haney, a businessman and Democratic Party donor. Costa Rica has gone over a year now without an ambassador from the United States. Facebook Comments Related posts:Former US President Bill Clinton lauds Costa Rica, urges students to make most of their futures Central American foreign ministers meet in Washington to lobby Obama on immigration crisis Solís welcomes senior US Foreign Service officer on brief 3-country tour Her Majesty’s ambassador to Costa Rica misses Marmite
In order to help tourists from overseas get the most out of their trip to Japan, free Wi-Fi spots and Wi-Fi services that are only available to tourists from overseas are spreading rapidly in Japan. Wi-Fi service is a must-have tool for a pleasant trip nowadays. Whether it’s collecting information on tourist attractions or posting photos of gourmet food onto SNS, Wi-Fi service makes a trip more enjoyable.Among many Wi-Fi services, the ‘0000FLETS-POTAL’ is drawing attention because it has about 50,000 Wi-Fi spots in the NTT East area, all of which use high-speed and high-quality optical fibre. It fully covers eastern Japan from Hokkaido to Tohoku and Kanto regions, so service is available in Tokyo as well as other major tourist areas such as Sapporo, Yokohama, Yamanashi and Nikko.‘Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi’ also makes it easy to find a Wi-Fi spot in major cities and around stations. One can make the most of their trip in Japan and access SNS while taking a break at café or check tourism information while stopping to shop at a convenience store. More and more local governments and businesses are joining and the number of Wi-Fi spots is expected to increase even more in the future.It is convenient and easy to use. One can get a Wi-Fi card at tourist attractions and make full use of free Wi-Fi for 14 days. ‘Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi’ is available on Google Play and the App Store.
hotelsHyattSmall Luxury Hotels of the World Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Small Luxury Hotels of the World have announced the ongoing expansion of their joint existing loyalty alliance, quadrupling the number of participating SLH properties since the alliance launched in November 2018. “We encourage World of Hyatt members to explore these luxurious destinations around the globe, from Croatia to New Zealand,” said Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, World of Hyatt. “The rapid growth of this strategic loyalty alliance is a testament to our commitment to delivering unique experiences wherever our members travel and continuing to extend the genuine care they have come to expect from Hyatt to more locations around the world.”World of Hyatt members now have access to more than 200 of SLH’s luxury boutique hotels that offer new locations across growth markets for Hyatt, including Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, New Zealand, Portugal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines and Turks and Caicos and more.Through this exclusive relationship, World of Hyatt members can explore sought-after destinations like Monkey Island Estate, an 18th century estate turned boutique retreat on a private island on the Thames, Berkshire; Ovolo The Valley Brisbane, a boutique oasis located in the center of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s ultra-hip entertainment district; Mykonos Riviera Hotel and Spa, a sun-drenched luxury resort tucked against the rocky backdrop of centuries-old Aegean cliffs; Enso Ango Fuya II, an artful Kyoto escape set across five Zen-inspired buildings; and Hotel Nantipa, a Costa Rican paradise retreat immersed in the surf culture of Santa Teresa.“This alliance has proven to be a perfect match. We are seeing a positive impact on reservations for our hotels from World of Hyatt members,” said Jean-François Ferret, chief executive officer, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. “Exposure to more than 16 million World of Hyatt members has not only helped increase reservations, but also allows us to expand our brand awareness while providing more luxury boutique hotels options for World of Hyatt members to choose from on their travel journey.”
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2018 10:28 am PDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Author, activist Jewish convert Julius Lester dies at 78 BELCHERTOWN, Mass. – Julius Lester, an author, musician, civil rights activist and university professor who made a late-life conversion to Judaism, has died. He was 78.Lester’s daughter, Lian Amaris, told The Associated Press on Friday that her father died Thursday.“Julius has passed peacefully, surrounded by family,” she posted on her father’s Facebook page.She did not give a cause of death, but Lester had written in his last public post on Facebook on Jan. 3 about his struggles with severe emphysema.Lester, who lived in Belchertown, was a professor of both black studies and Jewish studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for more than 30 years before retiring in 2003.“UMass Amherst is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of professor Julius Lester, who enriched our university community and the world as a teacher, scholar and writer,” a university spokesman said in a statement. “His legacy includes being a recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the Chancellor’s Medal, a campus honour bestowed on individuals who have rendered exemplary and extraordinary service to the university.”The St. Louis, Missouri-born son of a Methodist minister had long known he had a Jewish ancestor and converted to Judaism in the early 1980s, chronicling his journey in the book “Lovesong: Becoming a Jew.”He wrote more than 40 books, including non-fiction, adult novels and children’s books, often confronting slavery and racism.“The need to know more about my individual past led me to begin studying slavery, and once I did, my interest grew and I became intrigued by the challenge of trying to imagine what it was like to have been a slave,” he once wrote in an online biography.One of his earliest books, co-written by folk singer Pete Seeger, was “The 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly,” published in 1965.Before his career in academia, he recorded two albums of original music, his photographs of the civil rights movement were included in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, and he hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City.Known as an intensely private person, Lester continued to share his thoughts after retirement on Facebook, where he had about 3,000 followers.“Again, I am so grateful to all of you who shared so much wonderful energy with me, indeed who lavished wonderful energy on me,” he wrote in his last Facebook post.He is survived by his wife and five children.Funeral arrangements are pending.
NEW YORK — The arty and original “Hadestown,” which takes place in the underworld of Greek mythology, began its night at the Tony Awards with four wins before the telecast even started.Rachel Hauck took home the award for scenic design and Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz won for sound design of a musical. The lighting design was won by Bradley King and orchestrations were won by Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose.Ten of the technical awards were handed out before host James Corden kicked off the telecast on CBS. “The Ferryman’s” Rob Howell took home two Tonys — for best play set designs and costumes. Robert Horn won for best book of a musical for “Tootsie.”Legendary designer Bob Mackie won the Tony for best costume designs for a musical for “The Cher Show,” getting laughs for saying “This is very encouraging for an 80-year-old.”“Hadestown,” has a leading 14 Tony nominations going into Sunday night’s CBS telecast. That’s followed by the jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud,” built around songs by The Temptations; it received a dozen nominations. The other best musical nominees are the stage adaptations of the hit movies “Tootsie” and “Beetlejuice,” and the giddy, heartwarming “The Prom.”Among the stars from stage and screen attending were Bryan Cranston, who wore an ACLU ribbon to show his support for women’s reproductive freedom. Kelli O’Hara honoured her late friend and Broadway veteran Marin Mazzie, who is being given special Tony for lifetime achievement.Billy Porter wore a bright red look crafted out of the velvet curtain used during his Tony-winning run as Lola in “Kinky Boots.” The bedazzled Elizabethan-inspired outfit came with pants and pink tulle on the sides of a skirt.The Tony Awards dress rehearsal earlier Sunday morning — normally with few actual stars in attendance — got a shock of A-listers this year, including Samuel L. Jackson and his wife, LaTanya Richardson, Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Samira Wiley, Danai Gurira, Christopher Jackson, Lucy Liu and Marisa Tomei.Shirley Jones, 85, was on hand to practice introducing the musical “Oklahoma!” — the same show she starred in on film back in 1955. Catherine O’Hara was doing the same for “Beetlejuice,” the 1988 film she starred in.Some of the Broadway stars who practiced included Porter, Ben Platt, Andrew Rannells, Darren Criss, Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. David Byrne of the Talking Heads and Vanessa Carlton also got up early to attend.The best-play nominees are the Northern Irish drama “The Ferryman,” from Jez Butterworth; James Graham’s “Ink,” about Rupert Murdoch; Taylor Mac’s Broadway debut, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”; Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy”; and Heidi Schreck’s “What the Constitution Means to Me,” a personal tour of the landmark document at the heart of so many American divisions.In addition to the best play and musical races, there are some intriguing and potentially history-making moments.Will Heidi Schreck, nominated for best actress in a play and with her “What the Constitution Mean to Me” also up for best play, be the first to win both awards in a single year? Will “Tootsie” songwriter David Yazbek supply the music and lyrics to a second straight Tony Award-winning best musical? (Last year, his “The Band’s Visit” won.)Will three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf become the first actress to win an acting Tony back-to-back-to-back? Can Jeremy Pope, in his Broadway debut, win two Tonys for his two roles in the shows “Choir Boy” and “Ain’t Too Proud”? Will Ali Stroker make history as the first person in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award?Whatever happens Sunday, Broadway is in good shape. The shows this season reported a record $1.8 billion in sales, up 7.8 per cent from last season. Attendance was 14.8 million — up 7.1 per cent — and has risen steadily for decades.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitsMark Kennedy, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2019 4:58 pm PDT ‘Hadestown’ jumps to lead of pack before Tonys really start James Corden, left, and Julia Carey arrive at the 73rd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)