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first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsEvery year in the south, a walk to raise money for a kids help line takes place.Up north, no such walk takes place.But one young person tells Kent Driscoll why Nunavut needs one.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

13 10 19

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — An aspiring professional chef living in Dawson Creek made the Top 12 on last night’s fifth season premiere of Master Chef Canada.28 year-old Jen Jenkins, who grew up in both Mackenzie and Prince George and now lives in the Mile Zero City, made her first appearance on the show last night, when the Top 21 contestants were whittled down to just 12. The contestants’ first challenge for the panel of three judges was to make a signature dish using an ingredient they had brought from home.The stay-at-home mom had brought eggs with her to the challenge, deciding to wow the judges with her famous (among family and friends) Eggs Benedict. Jenkins explained that she’s worked on her version of the classic brunch dish for the better part of her life, and that it made sense she would open the competition with Eggs Benny. Jen Jenkins’ Eggs Benedict in a potato nest with hollandaise sauce and tomato salsa, which won her a spot in the Top 12 of Master Chef Canada’s fifth season last night. Photo by CTV.“I cook eggs everyday for myself, for my daughter, my husband. I figured why not go with that, and that’s what got me there today. For years and years I worked really hard on trying to create a Hollandaise sauce that was homemade instead of the packaged brand. I was always unhappy with the packaged brand. So I worked really hard on figuring out trying to make it and fixing it when it cracks. We used to have family meals every Sunday and I would do Eggs Benedict every time and everybody loved it. I would just start to put my own spin on it, but I’ve never done like I did last night with the potato nest. That was completely out of left field, I was like ‘I have to make it cooler, I have to make it better.’ And I did.”Dawson Creek resident Jen Jenkins and Master Chef Canada judge Claudio Aprile. Supplied photoAfter sampling all the dishes, the judges proclaimed that Jenkins was deserving of the white apron, allowing her to make the first cut of the competition. The winner will be walking away with $100,000 and the title of Master Chef Canada. Jenkins said that she’ll be continuing to stay focused during the rest of the competition in order to take home the title.Even if she doesn’t take home the title, Jenkins said that she’s already incredibly happy with qualifying for the show, which she applied for last August. Regardless of how well she does during the TV competition, the amateur chef will be making a big step toward her goal of turning pro: Jenkins said that she and her family will be moving to Ontario later this year after she was accepted to the Stratford Chefs School. Jenkins said that she’ll begin her studies next fall, with the goal of achieving her dream of being paid to do what she loves: cook delicious food.Master Chef Canada airs Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on CTV.last_img read more

8 10 19

A policeman who was arrested for opening fire at the UNP headquarters yesterday, was produced in court today and remanded till May 15.The policeman was arrested after he opened fire at the Sirikotha UNP headquarters late last evening. Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the bullets from an automatic weapon pierced the glass of the UNP elephant logo and entered the ‘Panditaratne room’ and hit the wall across.No one was injured in the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette)

2 10 19

OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell looks to move he ball inside against No. 9 seed Northwestern on March 3 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. OSU won, 99-68. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOhio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell was named an Associated Press second team All-American on Monday, collecting the honor for the third straight year. Earlier in the season, Mitchell received the Big Tens Player of the Year for her second consecutive season. This season marks the third year which she has led the Buckeyes in scoring.The Cincinnati native is also the quickest player to score 2,000 points in the NCAA. Mitchell leads the Buckeyes in three-points made and is on-track to become the Buckeyes all-time leading scorer, trailing OSU’s leading scorer, Jantel Lavender, by only 265 points.OSU lost to Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 on Friday, ending its season. read more

30 09 19

Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls beat the New York Knicks 82-81 at Chicago’s United Center on Halloween night.Rose connected on a last shot with 5.7 seconds left to lift Chicago to the win in his first regular season home game since he hurt his left knee a year and a half ago.“That’s what builds your resume,” Rose said. “Leaves a mark on your legacy.”Rose it the final shot when it counted but he didn’t have a great night, scoring 18 points on 7-of-23 shooting and committed four turnovers.Tyson Chandler went 1 for 2 at the foul line to give the Knicks a 81-80 lead with 10.8 seconds remaining. Rose then drove to the baseline and hit a floater over Chandler and Raymond Felton for the winning basket.“I was right there. He just made a big-time play,” Chandler said. “I don’t know if he saw the basket to be honest with you.”The Knicks had another shot, but Carmelo Anthony missed a long jumper as the time ran out.“I got the look I wanted,” Anthony said. read more

25 09 19

first_imgThis is basic hygiene. It’s not rocket science, it’s common senseProf Hugh Pennington More than a quarter of abattoirs fail to take basic hygiene precautions to prevent contaminated meat reaching butchers and supermarkets, it has been reported.Consumers could be at risk of acute food poisoning from exposure to E.coli, salmonella or campylobacter due to breaches identified at the slaughterhouses.Analysis of government audits at 323 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism identified failings at 86 of them.The breaches, logged during inspections by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), included instances of carcasses touching dirty factory floors while others were splashed with water potentially contaminated with faecal matter. 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. The newspaper said a whistleblower also reported records being falsified, raising the risk that contaminated meat had entered the food chain.When animals arrive for slaughter they are often covered in faeces and dirt from farms or transport.Under safety rules any visibly contaminated meat has to be removed from a carcass.However an expert who led a review into fatal E.coli outbreaks warned the precaution does not go far enough as microbes invisible to the naked eye could be missed.Among the bacteria in the gut of animals including cattle is E.coli O157, infection with which can cause severe food poisoning with stomach pain, bloody diarrhoea and kidney failure.The pathogen killed more 20 people during an outbreak in Scotland in 1996 and a young boy in Wales in 2005.Professor Hugh Pennington, an eminent microbiologist who chaired inquiries into both outbreaks, said the rate of failure uncovered by the investigation was unacceptable.”This is basic hygiene. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense,” he told The Observer. “The FSA should be coming down on this like a ton of bricks. It’s very disappointing this is going on.”The main risk is E.coli O157, which my review looked into. The consequences can be catastrophic. People died.”The FSA said abattoirs that are continually non-compliant with safety precautions risked having their licences revoked.”Hygiene failures are not tolerated by the FSA, and robust enforcement action is taken in a risk based and proportionate way,” a spokesman said.”Ultimately if standards are not improving or the risk to public health is high enough, this could mean taking away a premises approval.” Show more last_img read more

22 09 19

first_imgWe are moving steadily in the right direction. Expenses are declining as expected, the positive trend in impairments is continuing, and we saw growing customer activity in the second quarter of 2014.The last six months have also saw a 38% increase in mortgage approvals compared with last year.Figures for total lending remained about the same. Levels at the end of last month matched those for the end of 2013.READ: Ulster Bank is shutting down another ten branchesREAD: There’s going to be a new bank, with no charges*, for Irish SMEs THE FIRST HALF of 2014 has seen Danish money lender Danske Bank make a healthy net profit.The bank today announced profits of €920 million for the last six months. The new figures released this morning also show a 9% overall rise in income.Compared with the same period last year, the bank saw a rise of 88% in net profit . This was put down to improvements in most income lines, lower expenses and lower impairments.In Northern Ireland, the company made a pre-tax profit of £45 million, compared to a £1 million loss last year.Danske Bank is part of the ‘Big Four’ banks in Ireland,  alongside the Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and AIB. The have been trading under the name ‘Danske Bank’ since 2012, after acquiring Northern Bank and National Irish Bank for €967 million in 2004.On the potential impact on the Irish market, a spokesperson for Danske Bank said:“This will have no impact on Danske’s activities in Ireland, we continue to work to wind down the Non-core portfolio and continue to focus on growing the Corporate & Institutional Business in Ireland.”Speaking on the surge in profits, CEO of the bank Thomas F. Borgen said:last_img read more

21 09 19

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 15 years have passed since Greek Australian grandfather Nick Falos (also known as Nikolaos Falieros) was last seen.It was 8.30am on Friday, 14 March 2003 when the then 58-year-old left his Brunswick home to drive along Albion Street in his red 1985 Porsche coupe.His car, with registration JD 944 was discovered three days later on 17 March, completely burnt out, in the Yarra State Forest at the intersection of Mt Beenak Road and Torbetts Road near Gladysdale.Mr Falos’ other car, a brown 1975 Holden sedan was found parked at his home address.His other car, a brown 1975 Holden sedan.A neighbour became concerned about his absence and reported him missing on 1 April, 2003. Police have been searching for him ever since.Even though an extensive search was conducted in the bushland near Gladysdale where Falos’ car was found in May, 2003, no signs of the missing man were discovered.Police have been coy regarding what prompted them the new push to seeing the case solved. They have not revealed whether they have any suspects at this point but they will be re-testing and reviewing physical evidence hopeful that advances in DNA technology over the past 15 years could lead to a break-through.Falos’ Porsche in its original state. Photo: Victoria PoliceThe case is being investigated by detectives from the Missing Persons Squad and being treated as suspected murder.“While it has been 15 years since he disappeared, we know there are people out there in the community who will have full knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Nick’s disappearance,” Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said earlier today.“It is also our belief that a number of people were potentially involved in Nick’s murder.Nick FalosPolice also received separate information from a number of sources around the time of his disappearance about cannabis cultivation in the Yarra State Park and Yarra Junction areas and are reviewing a phone call that was made from a pay phone to Mr Falos’ mobile phone on the morning of Saturday, 15 March 2003.“Circumstances change; people may move in different circles, have new friends or partners and information they may not have felt comfortable providing 15 years ago, they can now speak more freely to police about,” DI Stamper added.“We certainly believe there are a number of people who are in a position to assist us with this investigation. We’re also keen to speak to anyone who recalls seeing Nick or his red Porsche in the Yarra Junction area on 15 or 16 March, 2003. It doesn’t matter how insignificant you think the piece of information is, it could be exactly what our investigators need to make a breakthrough in this case.”Consideration for indemnity for prosecution can also be made in the appropriate circumstances.Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.aulast_img read more

20 09 19

first_imgChoisissez la chanson qui réveillera les astronautes d’Endeavour !Au mois d’avril, la navette spatiale Endeavour devrait décoller pour son ultime vol vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Jamais en manque d’idées pour divertir ses astronautes, la Nasa a lancé un concours musical ! Le grand gagnant aura l’immense honneur de voir sa chanson voyager dans l’espace avec l’équipage de la navette.Ouvert aux artistes du monde entier, le concours a été lancé par la Nasa pour choisir la chanson qui réveillera les astronautes à bord d’Endeavour. L’agence spatiale a reçu quelque 1.350 morceaux, venus de 60 pays différents. Mais à quelques jours du lancement de la navette, prévue le 19 avril prochain, seules dix chansons sont encore en lice pour accompagner l’équipage lors de son voyage dans l’espace.À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?Le vainqueur verra son nom et son oeuvre figurer auprès des plus grands, tels que John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen ou encore les Rolling Stoneset U2, dont les chansons ont fait office de sonnerie de réveil lors de précédents voyages spatiaux. Pendant longtemps, ce sont les astronautes eux-mêmes, et leurs proches, qui ont choisi les musiques avec lesquelles ils ont voyagé, mais alors que Endeavour réalisera en avril son ultime vol avant de prendre sa retraite, la Nasa invite les internautes à donner leur avis.Un tel concours avait déjà été organisé pour le dernier vol de Discovery, qui a réalisé sa 39e et ultime mission en mars. Quelque 25 millions d’internautes avaient voté pour choisir la musique de réveil des astronautes de la navette, et c’est le titre Blue Sky, de Big Head Todd and the Monsters qui avait remporté le concours.Il ne reste que quelques jours avant que ne soit élu le grand vainqueur, celui qui aura l’immense honneur d’accompagner de sa musique le réveil des astronautes d’Endeavour. Cliquez ici (lien non disponible) pour écouter les dix dernières chansons en lice et choisir celle qui sera diffusée dans l’espace !Le 31 mars 2011 à 16:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

20 09 19

first_imgL’ancêtre des mammifères placentaires serait apparu 200 000 ans après les dinosauresSelon une étude publiée jeudi, l’ancêtre commun des mammifères placentaires était un petit animal insectivore qui a fait son apparition après la disparition des dinosaures, il y a quelque 65 millions d’années.La grande famille des mammifères compte 5.100 espèces dont des êtres aussi différents que l’homme ou la baleine. Toutefois, il existe plusieurs types de mammifères : les protothériens (avec des caractéristiques proches des reptiles) et les thériens (qui portent leurs petits durant leur développement). De même, ce dernier groupe est divisé en deux infra-classes : les métathériens (qui portent leurs petits dans une poche externe) et les euthériens également connus sous le nom de placentaires (chez qui les petits se développent en interne). C’est à ce dernier groupe qu’appartiennent l’homme, la souris, le chat ou encore le cheval. Or, depuis de nombreuses années, des études suggéraient que les mammifères placentaires étaient apparus au milieu du Crétacé, autour de -100 millions d’années. Mais une nouvelle recherche parue dans la revue américaine Science datée du 8 février, indique que cette branche animale ne serait en réalité apparue qu’il y a 65 millions d’années, soit après la fameuse extinction qui a notamment vu disparaitre les dinosaures. Pour en arriver là, les chercheurs se sont basés sur la plus grande banque de données génétiques au monde qui leur a permis de combiner les traits des différentes espèces. Tout ceci afin de reconstruire l’arbre généalogique des mammifères placentaires.De là, les chercheurs ont montré que l’apparition de l’ancêtre commun de ces animaux serait survenu entre 200.000 et 400.000 ans après la fin des dinosaures. “L’analyse de cette énorme quantité de données montre bien que [ … ] des espèces comme des rongeurs et des primates n’étaient pas contemporains des dinosaures mais descendent d’un ancêtre commun, un petit animal mangeur d’insectes, qui est apparu peu après la fin des dinosaures”, relève un des auteurs, Maureen O’Leary, chercheuse à l’American Museum of Natural History citée par l’AFP.Un petit animal insectivore en guise d’ancêtreÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”C’est environ 36 millions d’années plus tard que les estimations basées seulement sur des données génétiques” que seraient apparus les mammifères, relève ainsi Marcelo Weksler, un paléontologue du Museum Nacional-UFRJ au Brésil et un des 23 co-auteurs de l’étude. Plus précisément, les scientifiques ont établi cette date après avoir collecté et analysé les caractéristiques physiques et génétiques de 86 espèces, dont 40 sont éteintes mais connues grâce aux fossiles. Ils ont également rassemblé 4.500 traits comme la présence ou l’absence d’ailes, de dents et certains types de squelette ainsi que d’autres caractéristiques morphologiques combiné avec les traits génétiques.Ils sont ainsi parvenus à remonter jusqu’à l’ancêtre commun des mammifères, un animal insectivore et à fourrure de la taille d’un petit rat, avec un utérus bicorne comme la plupart des mammifères, un cortex cérébral avec des circonvolutions et un placenta ressemblant à celui des humains. Ces travaux devraient permettre notamment de répondre à des questions importantes comme celles de savoir comment les mammifères ont survécu au changement climatique dans le passé. L’étude a également révélé qu’une des branches, Afrotheria, qui englobe les éléphants jusqu’au oryctéropes, sont originaires du continent américain (alors qu’on les retrouve aujourd’hui en Afrique).”Déterminer comment ces animaux sont venus en Afrique est une question scientifique importante comme d’autres auxquelles on pourra répondre avec cette banque de données et l’arbre phylogénomique des mammifères produit par cette étude”, a estimé Fernando Perini, professeur à l’université fédérale Minas Gerais au Brésil.Le 8 février 2013 à 15:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

17 09 19

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Aug 2015 – Police believe they are investigating a targeted attack on a 21 year old man, who was shot on the holiday Monday around 9:36pm. The 21 year old was shot in his arm and was treated at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center and is said to be in stable condition now. Although the young man is cooperating with the investigation, Police tell media they still need help in solving this one… the shooting took place near the old Smokey’s on Bay Road in Blue Hills. In another matter: Two were women robbed of their cell phones by a knife wielding duo on around 1am Tuesday. The two women were walking in the area of the down town ball park when they were approached by the men who are described as tall and stocky and short and slim. The suspects took off on foot and despite a reportedly extensive search of the area, the pair was not caught. No one is hurt, but here again Police need information on the two who ran off toward the Jambalaya Bar on Butterfield Drive. Police can be contacted at 941-8083 or by calling Crime Stoppers in Miami at 1-800-8477. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:butterfield drive, cellphone, help, jambalaya bar, police Recommended for you Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children onlinelast_img read more

16 09 19

first_imgOLYMPIA — Speculation that Gov. Chris Gregoire might be named to replace Solicitor General Elena Kagan raises the prospect of falling political dominoes in Washington state.If the governor’s mansion was suddenly up for grabs this year, candidates could be jumping in or out of races for the U.S. Senate and House.Seattle political consultant Christian Sinderman said that a Gregoire appointment would accelerate the timeline for anyone looking at the governor’s race in 2012.“You can imagine all the people trying to seize the moment of a shortened election cycle and jumping in,” said Sinderman, who works for Democratic candidates.President Barack Obama nominated Kagan for the Supreme Court on Monday. Almost immediately, there were whispers of Gregoire being on a short list of candidates. An official within the Obama administration confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that Gregoire was among those being considered to replace Kagan, assuming she is confirmed by the Senate. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations, and had no information on the size or scope of the list or when a decision would be made.Gregoire spokesman Cory Curtis says no one from the White House has talked to Gregoire about the job, which is to essentially be the president’s lawyer before the Supreme Court.last_img read more

16 09 19

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain.In Santa Cruz, about an hour south of San Francisco, an elementary school student was trapped for about 15 minutes when an 80 foot tree fell on him, pinning his arm and shoulder until rescuers with chain saws cut it apart. He was taken to a hospital in good condition but likely a fractured arm, officials said.Throughout the Bay Area, waves slammed onto waterfronts, ferries were bound to their docks, many schools canceled classes and the gusting winds had motorists tightly gripping their steering wheels on the Golden Gate Bridge, where managers created a buffer zone to prevent head-on collisions by swerving cars.The iconic suspension bridge is engineered to swing in cross winds, and engineers were standing by, but “the concern we have right now is more about vehicles,” spokeswoman Priya David Clemens said.Pacific Gas & Electric reported more than 80,000 outages due to a single flooded substation in San Francisco, and but blackouts were much more widespread; 226,800 customers were without power. The utility’s online map showed lights out over thousands of square miles, from Humboldt near the Oregon border to Big Sur on the Central Coast.last_img read more

15 09 19

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida ice cream shop donated a portion of its proceeds to the families of the Stoneman Douglas shooting victims, Sunday.Shooting victim Joaquin Oliver was an employee at Sub-Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream in Parkland, and he was remembered there on Sunday.Members of the community came out to enjoy some delicious treats, while contributing to the cause.“It’s wonderful. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that this whole community has come together in light of this very unfortunate situation,” said owner Ron Daratany. “So I’ve seen the kids, adults, they’re all coming together for this very, very good cause.”Sub-Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream will donate 20 percent of Sunday’s sales to the victims’ families.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

12 09 19

first_img“You know, this is STP, man. So we would not settle,” Dean DeLeo told Rolling Stone about selecting Gutt. “He was one of the last guys we saw, in the last two days of auditions. And that was just over a year ago — September of 2016.”Mr. Weiland paved quite a way. Because not just anybody can sing this catalog. You need someone who really knows how to sing. And Jeff kind of has it all, man. He has that baritone, and he’s also able to get into that tenor world. He’s a real singer.”Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announce 2018 U.S. Tour DatesRead more https://twitter.com/STPBand/status/930628050965762048 Newly minted quartet debut with a gig at L.A.’s the Troubadour and a new single, “Meadow”Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2017 – 8:01 am There are some huge shoes to fill in the lead vocalist department as far as Stone Temple Pilots go. But following the tragic deaths of original frontman Scott Weiland and his replacement, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, the group is now ready to start a new chapter. And former “The X Factor” competitor Jeff Gutt has been named to lead it.The new quartet — rounded out by original members Robert DeLeo (bass), Dean DeLeo (guitar) and Eric Kretz (drums) — has dropped their first single, the driving rocker “Meadow” that echoes elements of classic STP.The Gutt-fronted STP made their debut live appearance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Nov. 14, with a set list featuring “Meadow” and hits such as “Interstate Love Song,” “Plush,” “Vasoline,” and “Down,”  as well of a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Listen: New STP Single With Jeff Gutt stone-temple-pilots-jeff-gutt-introduced-new-lead-singer Twitter Email News Facebook Stone Temple Pilots: Jeff Gutt Introduced As New Lead Singer last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img Share John Jordan for The Texas TribuneThe Confederate Soldiers’ Monument on the south lawn of the state Capitol in Austin.Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday isn’t the only holiday this week for state employees in Texas. They can also take off Friday for a state holiday that has been a source of controversy: Confederate Heroes Day.Confederate Heroes Day is a skeleton crew holiday, when state employees can take a paid day off but state offices remain open. Employees who work can take another day off instead, according to Kevin Lyons of the Texas comptroller’s office. Other skeleton crew holidays include Texas Independence Day and San Jacinto Day. Some lawmakers attempted in 2015 and 2017 to change the name of the holiday to “Civil War Remembrance Day” and move the date to avoid occasional conflicts with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the measure never gained traction. “We’re not talking about wiping out that part of history — or those that may be our family members who fought in the Confederacy,” said  state Rep. Donna Howard, author of the 2015 proposal. “But we are saying that it needs to be inclusive of everyone else and reflect the way we want to recognize what happened … and the fact that we are the United States now.” In the past year, the issue of Confederate memorials and monuments has gripped the nation. Last August in Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacists held a rally protesting the city’s plan to remove a Confederate statue, leading to a deadly clash between ralliers and counterprotesters. In Texas, the state Capitol has recently faced criticism over its Confederate monuments and UT-Austin removed its confederate statues, which campus president Gregory Fenves called “symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.” Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman Marshall Davis said this week the symbols of Confederate veterans don’t stand for hate but for history and honor.“They served their country nobly and bravely, and many, many of them never came home,” Davis said. “When these monuments are being taken down, these are United States veteran memorials. Whether you understand the causes of the war or support the war, you still need to honor the veterans that were there.” Davis said Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Confederate Heroes Day falling on the same week means there can be space to celebrate multiple heroes this week. Confederate Heroes Day has been a state holiday since 1973, when lawmakers voted to consolidate two state holidays: Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s birthday on Jan. 19 and the June 3 birthday of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. Texas is one of nine states, along with South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee and Louisiana, that have holidays remembering Confederate soldiers. In 2015, Howard’s proposal to move the holiday to May — to align with the official ending of the Civil War — and call it “Civil War Remembrance Day” caused an uproar at the Texas Capitol. Student Jacob Hale introduced a draft of the legislation during a committee hearing, telling lawmakers the change would create a “more accurate symbol of our state’s diverse history.”   The measure died in committee. State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, filed a similar measure in 2017, but the bill never got a hearing. Morgan White, a state employee in Austin, is not working this Confederate Heroes Day because she’s on leave. “I don’t think people take it off in order to celebrate the holiday really,” White said. “People just want an extra day off work.” John Jordan / The Texas TribuneThe plaque on the Confederate Dead Monument on the South Lawn of the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 16, 2018.last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Rice University professors Phil Bedient and Jim Blackburn view Hurricane Harvey as a pivotal event for Houston – a wake-up call to rethink our relationship with nature and our understanding of climate change; and an opportunity to implement changes that will make the region more resilient to future storms.Part 10 of 10-part series, “Stories from the Storm”. More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey. This article is part of the Stories from the Storm podcast Share Xcenter_img Listen 00:00 /17:05last_img read more

1 09 19

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comA gated community and posh restaurant served as the backdrop of the camaraderie at the forefront of State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy’s “45 and Fabulous Birthday Party,” at The Grove in Upper Marlboro, Md. on August 1.  The celebration brought out several politicians, public servants and members of the Prince George’s “who’s who,” all of whom were excited to celebrate the State’s Attorney’s 45th year, but also to celebrate her recent accomplishment in rolling out the plan for youth justice reform in the County.“I just want to let you know that when you elected me, you elected someone that actually means what she says and will deliver on promises,” Braveboy said at her birthday party the day after the youth justice reform was announced. State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy celebrated with her 45 and Fabulous party at The Grove in Upper Marlboro, Md. on August 1. (Courtesy Photo)Ever the politician, Braveboy couldn’t help but discuss the new reform program even as she was partying celebrating her 45th year.“I was blessed to be able to lay out, what I believe, will be the gold standard of juvenile or youth justice reform. And we are not playing.  We are reviewing every single charge and screening it for diversion options, because we know institutionalizing our young people is never the answer,” she said.Many notable Prince Georgians and elected officials expressed their pride in Braveboy’s work.“[God] said to whom much is given, much is required- and I think Aisha has done that and then some,” County Executive Angela Alsobrook said.  “She has a heart for service. She loves the community, she loves her family, she loves the young people of this community, and she’s worth celebrating.”Alsobrooks and other speakers, such as Maryland Delegate and former Prince George’s County Sherriff Michael Jackson, talked about the trend of native Prince Georgians being leaders of the County.“We’re homegrown Prince Georgians. We have talent and we have more to come,” he said.“I’m proud of this young lady.  This young lady has represented all of the other 25th legislative team members- the area that I grew up in…. The area that my family still resides in,” Jackson said. “We’re all proud of her in Prince George’s County.”President of the Maryland Senate, Thomas “Mike” Miller Jr. also shared his pride in Braveboy and her accomplishments.“We were there in the primary for Aisha.  We were there in the general, despite the fact we had a member of our own Senate running against her- that was very tough for us, believe me.  But we looked at the candidates, we looked at the qualifications, and the fact that she was a woman mattered a whole lot,” Miller said.Braveboy talked about the beauty of turning 45.“You know what I am so happy to be 45.  You know why? Because 45 is an age where you’re old enough and wise enough to know the things you should not do. But you’re still somewhat naïve enough to think you can still move mountains- that you can make things happen.  And that’s a great age and a great place to be in this age of leadership.”The State’s Attorney also offered a little inspiration to guests.“Your only limitations are your dreams, your aspirations and your work ethic.”last_img read more

18 08 19

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Cracking the often-lamented partisanship of Washington, a Republican-led Congress and a conservative Supreme Court chief justice delivered back-to-back victories for President Barack Obama’s ambitious trade and health care initiatives.The Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, thus salvaging Obama’s top domestic policy achievement. A day earlier, Republican leaders helped maneuver legislation that gives Obama greater power to negotiate international trade deals, and rescued a key item of his second-term agenda. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Obama’s successes were in no small measure the work of a Republican leadership he has often decried as obstructionist and from a chief justice whose nomination Obama once opposed.“This was a good day for America,” Obama declared in heralding the high court’s decision.It was an opinion many Republicans quickly countered with continued vows to repeal and replace the law.As if to underscore the legacy-cementing nature of the court’s ruling, Obama cast the health care law in historic terms. Three generations ago, he noted, the nation established Social Security to lift older Americans out of poverty, and two generations ago it adopted Medicare to offer them health care.“This generation of Americans chose to finish the job,” he said.The ruling came as the White House was already savoring the Senate’s passage Wednesday of fast-track trade authority that gives Congress the right to approve or reject international economic agreement, but not change or delay them. The House passed the legislation last week.That vote came two weeks after Obama’s own Democratic Party dealt him an embarrassing defeat on trade, and it sets the stage for Obama’s real prize: conclusion of a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade pact that is crucial to his effort to expand U.S. influence in Asia. Trade experts believe Obama’s negotiators could finish the deal by early fall and that Congress could vote on it by year’s end.That Republicans agreed to give such authority to a president they believe has already exceeded his powers was as remarkable as Obama’s decision to push his trade agenda against all-out opposition from labor and his party’s liberal base.In the process Obama has left erstwhile allies seething.AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka echoed the sentiment of many Democrats when he said in a letter to lawmakers Wednesday that Obama seemed more intent on getting negotiating authority than in securing tougher trade enforcement and currency provisions and a better assistance package for dislocated workers.“It hasn’t been easy,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “We had plenty of bumps along the road. Frankly, a few big potholes, too. But we worked across the aisle to get through all of them.”Obama’s success came at a sensitive moment in his presidency. Still in the balance is the push to meet a June 30 deadline to conclude an agreement aimed at containing Iran’s nuclear program.The trade pact under negotiation links the U.S. with 11 other countries arrayed along the Pacific Rim, including Chile, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam and Australia. The agreement would lower tariffs and other trade barriers while also setting labor and environmental standards for all its participants. Quick workouts for men By Thursday, House Democrats conceded defeat and an overwhelming majority voted in favor of the worker assistance package, clearing the way for Obama to sign it sometime soon.___This version corrects the reference to timing of start of Social Security and Medicare to three generations ago and two generations ago, respectively, rather than three decades ago and two decades ago.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Obama and trade advocates maintained the deal would open up vast new markets to American goods, particularly in Asia where China is negotiating its own regional trade agreement. But Democrats and labor fiercely argued that the deal would help big business, cost jobs and not provide adequate standards enforcement.The issue created a rare alliance among Obama, McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Also instrumental was House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who was Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 presidential contest.The challenge for Obama was to attract enough Democrats who would break with labor to overcome procedural obstacles in the Senate and make up for Republican opposition in the House. For Republican leaders, the struggle was keeping conservative opposition to Obama at a minimum.Two weeks ago, House Democrats temporarily scuttled the legislation by defeating a companion measure, typically backed by Democrats, that would aid workers displaced by trade.Headlines called it a major setback for Obama. But the support for fast-track authority was already evident in a separate vote. Obama, McConnell and Boehner agreed to split up the trade and worker assistance components into separate bills and put them to a vote. Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

17 08 19

first_imgSource = Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development New initiative encourages young people to Go with TourismNew initiative encourages young people to Go with TourismBright young things are being encouraged to consider a career in tourism as part of a new initiative to help address the growing skills shortages facing New Zealand’s largest export industry.Spearheaded by Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED), Go with Tourism aims to shift the perceptions many young people have about careers in tourism and provides a platform to connect talent with potential employers.A soft launch of the platform began last month with cinema advertising, followed by promotional material around the city in the form of bus backs and posters, and has already generated significant activity; more than 300 young people have already registered their interest, and more than 100 employers are set up, ready to be matched with job-seekers.Steve Armitage, ATEED General Manager – Destination, says getting more young people into tourism is one of the key strategic imperatives to emerge from the Destination AKL 2025 strategy and is critical to supporting the sustainable growth of Auckland’s and New Zealand’s visitor economy.“The industry is facing growing skills shortages to support the record numbers of visitors coming here, yet there is a strong pool of young people across the country – one in every eight – who are not working or in study,” he says. “We need to better connect with this untapped talent so that we can get them into quality jobs and grow our region’s existing and emerging tourism businesses.“Go with Tourism introduces a new platform to promote the stories of young people who are already making their way in the world and enables those who are still considering their career paths to explore the wide range of long-term employment opportunities within the tourism sector.”Tourism is New Zealand’s largest export industry, and with international visitor numbers increasing every year, an estimated 36,000 additional tourism workers are needed throughout the country by 2025 to meet growing demand.“We know that this initiative itself will not solve all of these challenges and further advocacy work is necessary if we are to successfully attract the talent the sector is crying out for. This will include further engagement with central government about how tourism can be better recognised in the school curriculum and reflected in policy development,” says Armitage.A nationwide research project led by ATEED and Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) was commissioned last year to discover what New Zealanders, particularly young people, think about working in tourism. The resulting report, Tourism Youth Perceptions, found that there is stigma associated with the industry.Tourism Youth Perceptions also found that parents, who have the biggest influence on their child’s career path, tend to have limited understanding of the breadth and depth of opportunities within the tourism sector.Maggie Ye is one of seven young people who have been identified as a ‘hero’ for the Go with Tourism campaign. As Groups Administrator at SKYCITY, her experience within the industry has been nothing but positive, enabling her to travel abroad and ignite an ambition to advance her career.“I’ve been really fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing people,” says Ye. “Looking at their success makes me passionate and motivated because I’m on the same pathway that they once were.”Fiona Melrose, People Experience Manager at HIPGROUP, has been a part of the steering group that helped develop the Go with Tourism initiative and is excited by its potential. One of her employees, Oriwia (Livvy) Morell, is senior chef de partie at Amano and is also featured in the campaign.“Through her apprenticeship, to see her today on the front line of the kitchen is a wonderful representation of how young people can excel when given the right tools,” says Melrose.As well as attracting young talent to the tourism industry, Go with Tourism will provide employers with insights and supporting resources to share best practice on attracting, recruiting and retaining youth.For more information on Go with Tourism, whether you’re a job-seeker or an employer, please visit gowithtourism.co.nzlast_img read more