Incredible BC skier Dave Treadway killed in backcountry accident

first_imgPEMBERTON, B.C. — Well-known British Columbia professional freeskier Dave Treadway has died in a backcountry accident north of Whistler.A statement on Treadway’s website says the “incredible skier and monumental human” died April 15 in an accident near Rhododendron Mountain, not far from his Pemberton-area home. Pemberton Search and Rescue confirms its members responded Monday after learning a 38-year-old had fallen 30 metres into a crevasse.A social media post from Ski Journal Magazine editor Mike Rogge says Treadway was crossing a snow bridge when it collapsed. Treadway, who was sponsored by several major companies, including Rossignol and GoPro, is described by online magazine SBC Skier as “one of the most influential skiers of our time,” and was featured in video’s showing breathtaking descents on near vertical mountain faces.  Treadway is survived by his wife and the couple’s two young sons.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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China lashes out at Taiwan over asylum offer to Hong Kong protesters

first_imgTAIWAN – China lashed out at Taiwan on Monday over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully in the latest massive demonstration in the Chinese territory.The government of Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers its own territory, strongly supports the protests, and Hong Kong students in Taiwan held events over the weekend expressing their backing. Taiwan’s president made the asylum offer last month, though it’s not clear if requests have been received.Taiwan lacks a formal legal mechanism for assessing and granting asylum requests, although it has granted residency to several vocal opponents of the Chinese government.On Monday, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Chinese Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Taiwan’s offer would “cover up the crimes of a small group of violent militants” and encourage their “audacity in harming Hong Kong and turn Taiwan into a heaven for ducking the law.”Ma demanded that Taiwan’s government “cease undermining the rule of law” in Hong Kong, cease interfering in its affairs and not “condone criminals.”Organizers said at least 1.7 million people participated in Sunday’s Hong Kong rally and march, although the police estimate was far lower. Police said the protest was “generally peaceful” but accused a large group of people of “breaching public peace” afterward by occupying a major thoroughfare and using slingshots to shoot “hard objects” at government headquarters and pointing lasers at police officers.The protests have at times been marked by violent clashes with police, who say they have arrested more than 700 participants since the demonstrations started in June. However, law enforcement officers kept a low profile Sunday, with no riot police seen from the procession’s main routes. When stragglers convened outside a government complex in the late evening, other protesters urged them to go home.More protests are planned for the coming weeks, with various rallies organized by accountants, transport workers, high school students and relatives of police officers.Demonstrators’ frustrations over what they perceive to be the government’s refusal to respond to their demands boiled over last week with the occupation of Hong Kong’s international airport, during which a reporter for a Chinese Communist Party-owned newspaper was assaulted, and attacks on a number of police stations.A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to Beijing in 1997 under the framework of “one country, two systems,” which promised residents certain democratic rights not afforded to people in mainland China. But some Hong Kongers have accused the Communist Party-ruled central government of eroding their freedoms in recent years.The protest movement’s demands include the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, democratic elections and an independent investigation into police use of force.Asked Sunday about the situation in Hong Kong, U.S. President Donald Trump said the use of Chinese troops to put down the protests — similar to the bloody crackdown on protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 — would worsen the current U.S.-China trade dispute.“I mean if it’s another Tiananmen Square, I think it’s a very hard thing to do if there is violence,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey. “I think there’d be tremendous political sentiment not to do something.”Trump had originally said the protests were a matter for China to handle but has since suggested that Chinese President Xi Jinping could resolve the situation by meeting with protest leaders.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang avoided commenting on Trump’s remarks directly, but referred to the president’s previous statements on the protests.“We have noticed that President Trump has previously stated that Hong Kong is part of China, and that they must solve it themselves and do not need advice. We hope that the U.S. side can match its acts to its words,” Geng told reporters at a daily briefing.China has furiously rejected all outside calls for it to discuss protesters’ demands.Members of China’s paramilitary People’s Armed Police force have been training for days across the border in Shenzhen, including on Sunday morning, fueling speculation that they could be sent in to suppress the protests. The Hong Kong police, however, have said they are capable of handling the demonstrations.Associated Press writer Christopher Bodeen in Beijing contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Fast growing Parkland Fuel posts profit beat on refining margins as revenues

first_imgRevenue for the quarter was $3.5 billion, up from $3.4 billion in the same three months of 2017.Parkland reports revenue for all of 2018 was $14.4 billion, up 50 percent from $9.6 billion the year before, as it enjoyed the first full year of returns from its 2017 purchases of American fuel retailer CST Brands and the B.C. refinery and fuel outlets of Chevron Canada.Parkland says it is increasing its monthly dividend by the equivalent of two cents per share per year.“A standout fourth quarter in the supply segment underpinned our record results, while continued synergy realization and underlying organic growth initiatives positively contributed,” said CEO Bob Espey in a statement.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Parkland’s shares gained $2.52 or 6.84 percent at $39.34 in late-morning trading. CALGARY, A.B. – Shares in Parkland Fuel Corp. rose about seven percent after Canada’s largest independent fuel marketer reported strong fourth-quarter results driven by higher refining profit margins.The Calgary-based company that sells fuel through brands including FasGas, Esso and Chevron is reporting net earnings of $77 million in the last three months of 2018, up from $49 million in the year-earlier period.The earnings are well ahead of analyst expectations for $63 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

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US on edge for Russia probe findings on Trump

first_imgWashington: The US public and Washington’s deeply divided political class on Sunday faced another day of anxiously waiting to learn if the key findings of the Russian meddling probe will implicate President Donald Trump in serious wrongdoing. Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the confidential final report on his 22-month investigation Friday and Attorney General Bill Barr has been studying the document, which he must summarize for Congress. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The Justice Department had told legislators that Barr would not be sending an outline of its “principal conclusions” — expected over the weekend — on Saturday, according to US media. That left the American public still in the dark over what the Mueller investigation uncovered about the president’s ties to Russia and alleged acts of obstruction of justice. Chronic tweeter Trump, who was spending the weekend at his Palm Beach, Florida Mar-a-Lago residence, remained uncommonly silent after spending two years repeatedly labeling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation an illegal witch hunt. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls After the president spent the morning golfing, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley confirmed that they still had not seen the report or been briefed on its findings. Asked how the president felt, Gidley replied: “He’s good.” Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress, many of whom are hoping for evidence to support a presidential impeachment, pressed hard to ensure the report’s full contents are made public, and not just a summary prepared by the Trump-appointed Barr. Neal Katyal, the former Justice Department official who drafted the rules for special counsels, said Barr had no excuse for keeping Mueller’s report secret. “Absolutely nothing in the law or the regulations prevents the report from becoming public,” Katyal said in a Washington Post opinion piece. The secret report was handed to Barr on Friday with the announcement that no new indictments were forthcoming. That produced sighs of relief from the White House, where members of Trump’s family — Don Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner in particular — had been feared possible targets of the probe. For Trump himself, Mueller was prevented by longstanding Justice Department policy from indicting the president. But his report could still outline criminal behavior by Trump that could be the basis for an impeachment effort. Mueller, a 74-year-old veteran criminal prosecutor and former FBI chief, investigated whether members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russians to skew the 2016 election. In addition, he studied whether actions by Trump, including the May 2017 firing of FBI director James Comey, amounted to criminal obstruction of justice. At the end of the probe, he was required to produce to Barr a confidential report that explained why he decided to indict or not indict subjects of the probe. Barr must summarize the report for Congress. He said in a letter to congressional leaders Friday that he is “committed to as much transparency as possible.” However, the special counsel regulations “give Barr lots of discretion about what to disclose,” said Andrew Coan, a University of Arizona law professor. “The selective release of exculpatory material is a possibility worth watching for,” Coan warned. Analysts cautioned about reaching any conclusions, saying nothing is yet known about the form or length of the report. “The president should wait before popping the champagne corks over this and tweeting in triumph,” Benjamin Wittes, a prominent Washington legal analyst, wrote on the Lawfare website. Mueller indicted 34 individuals during the probe, among them six Trump associates, including his former national security advisor Mike Flynn, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Five of the six have pleaded guilty to the charges against them. Court filings in those cases painted a broad picture of a cohesive Russian effort via hacking and social media manipulation to swing the election in Trump’s favor against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The investigation has revealed scores of contacts between the campaign and Russians, with members of the team readily talking to the Russians about obtaining dirt on Clinton. Hours before Barr’s announcement, Trump repeated his accusation that the entire investigation was a hoax and questioned Mueller’s credentials for investigating him. But Mueller, who was director of the FBI for 12 years, has the respect and support of Democrats and Republicans alike as a straight-shooting, disciplined and fair investigator.last_img read more

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French Ambassador to the UN to sue Javier Bardem for defamation

first_imgFez- France’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gerard Araud, said that he would sue Spanish actor Javier Bardem for defamation. Last week the Spanish actor, known for his unwavering support for the Polisario, made a statement to the press that caused uproar in Morocco and resulted in a diplomatic crisis between the kingdom and France.Bardem told French media last week that, during a meeting he had held with France’s Ambassador to Washington in 2011, the French diplomat had told him that “Morocco is a mistress who you sleep with every night, who you don’t particularly love but you have to defend.” But it turned that the Spanish actor was referring to France’s Ambassador to the United Nations rather than its Ambassador to Washington. The French newspaper Le Monde, which first published the statement of the actor, has rectified the error.On Tuesday, Gerard Araud was quoted by Moroccan news website Hespress as saying that he would seek permission from his Foreign Ministry to sue the Spanish actor.According to Moroccan journalist, Moumaed Ouamoussi, Araud told him in a phone conversation that he had never met with the Spanish actor, nor did he make such a demeaning statement against Morocco.Deception tacticNormal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEAR-SAMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-qformat:yes;mso-style-parent:””;mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin-top:0in;mso-para-margin-right:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt;mso-para-margin-left:0in;line-height:115%;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}This deception tactic used by this staunch supporter of the Polisario is in line with the misrepresentations contained in his film “Sons of the Could”.One of the most flagrant misrepresentations is when he says in the trailer of the film that the United Nations Mission for the organization of the Referendum in the Sahara, known by its French acronym as the MINURSO, is the only UN Mission that does not include a human rights monitoring mechanism. But it takes a quick look on the UN website to discover that the MINURSO is not the only UN mission that does not include this mechanism. In fact, there are two others, in much hotter spots, that don’t have this mechanism, namely the UN Mission in Liberia and the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei.Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEAR-SAMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-qformat:yes;mso-style-parent:””;mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin-top:0in;mso-para-margin-right:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt;mso-para-margin-left:0in;line-height:115%;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}In addition, there had been other UN Missions whose mandates have ended, and which did not include such a human rights monitoring mechanism. These missions are as follows:United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (1999-2005). United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (2000-2008). United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (1994-2000). United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (1993-1996).United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (1991- 2003). © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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French Social Media Users Accuse Le Pen of Plagiarism

Toronto – With only five days of campaigning left before Sunday’s Presidential vote, National Front candidate, Marine Le Pen, is fending off accusations that she lifted segments from a speech delivered weeks ago by defeated rival, Francois Fillon.Perhaps smarting from Fillon’s decision to publicly back centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron over her, Le Pen echoed a word-for-word section of a mid-April speech authored and delivered by Fillon.The content referred to people in Argentina and Poland learning French in the hopes of attending an Alliance Francaise school in France. Le Pen embellished the “borrowed” text by adding that France “must and can” become a great power again. Le Pen also borrowed the April 15th speech’s phrase “Italy, our sister.” As with most trending topics on social media, this incident gained momentum fast and was soon the second-most trending topic on French Twitter.Polls continue to show Le Pen straggling far behind Macron. The latest results showed the heavily favoured Macron at 61 percent and Le Pen trailing well back at 39 percent. That represents a nearly insurmountable amount of ground to recover in just five more days of campaigning.Appearing under the hashtag #plagiat, the uproar has inspired nothing but defiance in Le Pens camp. National Front deputy leader, Francois Philippot, said only that the party “completely owned up” regarding any similarities with the Fillon speech.Seeking to downplay the incident in an interview with Radio Classique, Philippot claimed that Le Pen was merely issuing a “nod-and-a-wink” to her former election rival, in order to “launch a real debate” about exactly what the French identity is.So far there has been no reaction from Francois Fillon over the uproar. Analysts agree that any campaign misstep so close to Sunday’s vote could prove to be fatal for either candidate.French voters still find themselves faced with a choice between an extremist, Le Pen, who wants to see Frexit become a reality and curtail immigration to France, and a centrist, Macron, who embraces immigration and wants to expand France’s influence in the EU.Monday’s May Day marches proved that jobs are the number one concern facing French voters this election. Financial markets are paying particular attention to how the event plays out, seeing it as apopulist indicator. read more

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UN renews commitment to support Libya as new leaders declare liberation

23 October 2011The United Nations on Sunday renewed its commitment to help the people of Libya build a brighter future as the transitional authorities declared the full liberation of the North African nation, more than eight months after the popular uprising began. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the declaration made today in the city of Benghazi by the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) marks a historical juncture that signifies a people attaining their freedom after decades of dictatorship. “Today marks an occasion for Libyans to celebrate, to look forward to a future of liberties and opportunities, from the right to express an opinion freely to the right to elect their own government,” he said in a statement issued in New York.“From this day onward, the Libyan people will be in full charge of their future – a future that their new leaders have declared will be based on justice and national reconciliation,” he added.The declaration by the NTC comes three days after the death of the country’s long-time leader Muammar Qadhafi, who was killed in his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, bringing an end to eight months of conflict between Government forces and rebels that began when the pro-democracy movement started earlier this year. “The end of the war is only the beginning of what Libyan fighters, youth and women have struggled for: their determination now is to build a truly new Libya, overcoming the grim legacy of human rights abuse and corruption, and now so many killed or disabled during the conflict,” stated Mr. Ban.Attending the ceremonies today in Benghazi was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Ian Martin, who is heading up the new UN mission set up to support the Libyan people and their authorities as they work to build a new future. read more

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Stop bombing trapped civilians Doctors plea as five are killed in Gaza

first_imgISRAEL SHELLED A hospital in the central Gaza Strip this afternoon, killing five people and wounding at least 70.Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said that the 70 injured included at least 20 hospital staff, among them doctors.The third-floor of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital had been hit by a tank shell.The bombing happened only hours after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) had issued a plea to Israel to ‘stop bombing tapped civilians’ in the besieged territory and to respect the safety of medical workers.They say that an air-strike this morning hit less than 300 metres from a clearly identified MSF vehicle that was carrying a surgical team from the Israeli border, despite assurances that their safety has been assured.“Shelling and air strikes are not only intense but are also unpredictable, which makes it very difficult for MSF and other medical workers to move around and provide much needed emergency care,” said Audrey Landmann, MSF medical coordinator in Gaza. “While official claims that the objective of the ground offensive is to destroy tunnels into Israel, what we see on the ground is that bombing is indiscriminate and that those who die are civilians,” added MSF’s Nicolas Palarus.The hospital strike came on the day that the death toll in Gaza rose above 500 following the bloodiest day in six years in the Palestinian enclave where Israel is pressing a punishing military operation.According to figures released by the emergency services more than 20 people were killed in several strikes across Gaza on Monday and 45 bodies were pulled from the rubble in areas hit by heavy fighting a day earlier. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesSeparately, the Israeli army said it had killed “more than 10 militants” who had infiltrated southern Israel through two cross-border tunnels.Militants killed inside Israel are not included in Qudra’s Gaza toll.Among those killed on Monday was a family of nine who died in an Israeli strike on a house in the southern city of Rafah, he said.Seven of the victims were children.Four more people were killed in various strikes to the south and east of Gaza City, while another died in the northern town of Beit Hanun. There was also one other casualty in Rafah, he said.Of the 45 bodies recovered on Monday, 11 were from Shejaiya, hiking the death toll from a blistering Sunday attack to 72 dead, he said.Qudra has said 80% of the victims in Shejaiya were women, children and elderly people, with around 400 people wounded.Another 23 of the bodies were pulled from a three-storey house belonging to the Abu Jamaa family in the southern city of Khan Yunis which was hit on Sunday, raising the overall death toll from a single strike to 28. Source: Shizuo KambayashiIn a separate development, the Israeli army said it had killed “more than 10″ militants early Monday who had infiltrated southern Israel through two cross-border tunnels.So far, Palestinian figures show 509 Gazans have been killed and more than 3,150 wounded since the start of the Israeli campaign to stamp out cross-border rocket fire on 8 July.On the Israeli side, 20 people have died, including two civilians killed by rocket fire and 18 soldiers who were killed since the start of a ground operation late on July 17.Army figures say 53 soldiers were injured on Sunday alone, five of them severely and 13 moderately, while military radio put the overall injury toll at more than 90 soldiers since the ground assault began.Since the Israeli military started Operation Protective Edge on July 8 in a bid to stamp out rocket fire, Palestinian militants have fired 1,465 mortars and rockets that hit Israel, with the Iron Dome air defence system intercepting another 387, the army said.Approximately 40 stuck Israel on Monday, one of them in the greater Tel Aviv area, while another 11 were shot down, the army said.- Additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: UN Security Council calls for “immediate truce” in Gaza >Read: “It’s a massacre” – This has been the deadliest day in Gaza so far >last_img read more

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3D printing genius creates working lathe

first_imgHere’s one for all of the naysayers out there that think 3D printing at home is nothing more than a fad since people have yet to create anything useful. A 3D printing enthusiast that goes by the handle “Sublime” on YouTube has created a working wood lathe out of PLA plastic parts that he designed and printed on a small 3D printer that he himself invented as part of the RepRap project. If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out the video posted above and see for yourself.Sublime, who is also known as Brad (which is also a Sublime reference), has been fascinated by 3D printing since the first time he laid eyes on the scene after reading about the effort to create a self-replicating manufacturing machine. He immediately began work on creating his own version of the RepRap, on which the lathe was printed.Called the Tantillus, Sublime’s machine capable of printing parts that you design without needing to have a computer attached to it. He claims that this smaller, more hardy version of the RepRap is the closest anyone has come to making a device that can print duplicate copies of itself because the case and other parts can be fabricated very easily.As mentioned above, the printed lathe was created using PLA plastics, a substance that is derived organically from renewable resources, such as corn and tapioca roots. As a result the parts that make up the tool are totally compostable after they wear out or break, a fact that Mother Nature is sure to appreciate. The device is run by a drill motor and while it seems to be very wobbly in the video below, it does complete the job it was intended for quite well. Sublime stated in a video interview that he has used the lathe to create other objects for everyday use.With the number one criticism of 3D printing being the fact that no one has been able to create anything useful out of consumer level printing devices, Sublime’s work in this area is a welcome development — having created a demonstrably useful tool with a printer that he developed himself should be enough to silence the the most snarky of remarks. It’s going to be exciting to see what gets created as more people get their hands on low-cost printers and start to create with them.If you want to get your hands on your very own Tantillus to be able to print out useful woodworking tools, you can contribute to current Indiegogo project that is currently looking for funding right now. For a $390 donation you will get all the necessary parts you need to build your very own portable 3D printer.Read more at Sublime’s YouTube profile and the Tantillus page, via Robot Dreams.last_img read more

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Ruth Davidson urges MPs to vote for a deal as she resigns

first_imgShe said that Johnson had “categorically assured” her that he’s looking to get a Brexit deal, and that she believes him when he says this.“His efforts in Biarritz helped open the door a crack,” Davidson said she was told by Johnson.She added that she stands “foursquare behind” Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his attempts to get another Brexit deal with the European Union.  Davidson has been leader of the Scottish Tories since 2011, and was one of the leading voices in the 2014 campaign against Scottish independence.She said today that she considered her role in that “the most important contribution of my working life and my commitment to keeping the United Kingdom together remains undimmed”.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “On behalf of everyone in the Conservative & Unionist Party, I want to thank Ruth Davidson for her wonderful service over the last 8 years. She has dedicated so much time and energy to the role & has been instrumental in the revival of our electoral fortunes in Scotland. I will miss the incredible leadership she has given to our Party in Scotland, but am delighted she will continue to use her passion & dedication to make the case for Scotland’s place in the UK from the backbenches and beyond. I wish Ruth, Jen & Finn all the best for the future.Former Tory leader and Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted that she was “Sorry to see Ruth Davidson step down as Leader of the Scottish Tories. Thank you for all you’ve done for our party and our Union over the last 8 years, and enjoy your well-deserved family time with Jen and Finn.”Today, former Transport Secretary George Young has today quit his position as government whip in the House of Lords over Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament.“I am very unhappy at the timing and length of the prorogation, and its motivation,” he said in his resignation letter. By Gráinne Ní Aodha It has been the privilege of my life to serve as @ScotTories leader. This morning I wrote to the Scottish party chairman to tender my resignation. pic.twitter.com/CJ9EjW2RqN— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) August 29, 2019 Source: Ruth Davidson/Twitter 25 Comments Short URL 24,912 Views Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesRUTH DAVIDSON HAS resigned as the Tory party’s Scottish leader, citing family commitments. She is to remain on as MSP for Central Edinburgh until 2021.“It has been the privilege of my life to serve as the leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party,” she wrote in her resignation letter, dated today.Davidson has been highly critical of a no-deal Brexit, but does not mention yesterday’s controversial decision to prorogue parliament for five weeks in the lead up to the 31 October Brexit deadline.“While I have not hidden the conflict I have felt over Brexit, I have attempted to chart a course for our party which recognises and respects the referendum result, while seeking to maximise opportunities and mitigate risks for key Scottish businesses,” she wrote, citing fishing fleets and whiskey producers who she hoped feel “well represented”. https://jrnl.ie/4786964 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article To colleagues who want to avoid a no-deal: vote for a deal! You’ve had three opportunities, you blew every one of them, don’t blow a fourth. Aug 29th 2019, 10:57 AM The arrival of my son means I now make a different choice.Answering questions from reporters during a press conference, Ruth Davidson said that she was about to marry an Irish woman, said so she quoted “an Irish saying”: ‘If you want to get somewhere you wouldn’t necessarily start from here.’ I think we had three golden opportunities to support a deal. I think the people who are saying they’d do anything to avoid no-deal, they had an open goal gaping in front of them three times and they kicked the ball over the bar. Share10 Tweet Email As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 10:57 AM Ruth Davidson urges MPs to ‘vote for a deal’ as she resigns as Scottish Tory leader She is to remain on as an MSP until 2021. She said that her son Finn, who was born this year, has changed her life and her priorities. With the threat of an election looming, Davidson said that “spending hundreds of hours away from my home and family now fills me with dread. This is no way to lead.”last_img read more

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Commodity Classic Early Registration Discount Ends January 20

first_imgCommodity Classic is less than two months away, and growers are encouraged to take advantage of the lowest rate by registering before the early discount deadline of midnight, Jan. 20. Registering early will save attendees up to $50. Hotels are currently available, but are booking up fast. Free shuttle service is available to and from all Commodity Classic housing hotels. To take advantage of the early registration discount, register now and reserve rooms at www.CommodityClassic.com.Soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers attending Commodity Classic Feb. 28-March 2 in Kissimmee, Fla., will benefit from a wide variety of educational sessions, networking opportunities and a trade show with more than 1,000 booths displaying the newest technology, equipment, ideas and innovations in agriculture.”If you want to know what’s next in agriculture, this is the place to be,” said ASA Vice President and Commodity Classic co-chair Bob Worth. “The sky’s the limit in 2013 for growers who attend Commodity Classic with the solid foundation they’ll build after learning about the issues and advancements affecting their operation this year.”Commodity Classic’s educational sessions will help producers be better at what they do, including how policy and regulations affect their bottom line and how new technology and innovation can impact profitability and production.last_img read more

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ASAWISHH Program Welcomes Gena Perry as New Project Director for AMPLIFIES Ghana

first_imgGena Perry joined the ASA WISHH program this month as the new project director for the USDA funded Food for Progress, AMPLIFIES Ghana project. She came to ASA/WISHH after nearly four years with AgriCorps, a non-profit focused on agricultural education in developing countries. Gena served as an AgriCorps fellow in Koforidua, Ghana, where she worked in the 4-H Ghana office helping build capacity for staff and traineing 4-H advisors and agriculture science teachers on experiential learning pedagogy. Once stateside, she led the operations of AgriCorps and managed programs in Ghana and Liberia. Prior to joining AgriCorps, Gena worked for Osborn Barr in St. Louis, where her clients included the United Soybean Board and the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Originally from Macon, Georgia, Gena was first introduced to agriculture through her involvement in the National FFA Organization before going on to attend the University of Georgia where she graduated with a master’s degree in agribusiness. Gena enjoys traveling, hiking with her dog and attending live music shows.last_img read more

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SELECTMEN RACE QA Fasulo Eaton Discuss What They Want To Accomplish In

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking Selectman candidates Rob Fasulo and Jonathan Eaton questions each week leading up to the April 28 Town Election.This week’s questions focus on accomplishments each candidate hopes to achieve in the first year on the board, plus how they will be responsive to residents. Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Rob FasuloWhat are 3 accomplishments you wish to achieve during your first year in office?First, I would like the town to purchase the land at 333 Andover St. This is the town’s last remaining large parcel of land and it should become a jewel for our kids and grand kids to enjoy. Having the town purchase this land will also take it off the proverbial playing field and remove it from the constant threat of large scale developments that come up every few years. I have called for this since I announced my candidacy and I have spent hours seeking resident support. Second, within months of being elected, I will work to enact an inclusionary bylaw through citizen petition if need be. At this point it will not solve our problem with 40B but at least in 2019 with a bylaw in place we won’t move further away from our goal of 10%. Had this been in place when the town was advised to enact one (2001 and again in 2004) we would not be facing the possibility of a hostile 40B project after 2020. Third, I would like to move to vote again on using the St. Dorothy’s land for affordable senior housing. Talking to the seniors in town, I am hearing they clearly want this project to move forward, at this location. I have also proposed as part of the land deal with the developer that the first floor (or a portion of) the facility be permanently deeded to the town for use as a senior center.How will you be responsive to residents as a Selectman?My platform since announcing my candidacy, has always been “Of the People, For the People, By the People” and I truly mean it. During the summer, I will be on the Swain Green almost every Sunday morning if residents would like to come talk with me. I also attend most community events throughout the year and people are free to approach me at one of those events. I am active on social media at my Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/RobFasuloforSelectman ), and my phone is always on. Private messages come right to my phone and I can answer when its safe for me to do so. Finally, a phone call will always be welcome. I will be available to all residents in Wilmington because I’m well aware that as a Selectman, I am representing the people. Jonathan EatonWhat are 3 accomplishments you wish to achieve during your first year in office?Affordable & Senior HousingOur affordable housing inventory is currently projected to be about 60 units below the 10% threshold by the 2020 census.  If we are below 10% at that point, the town would be susceptible to a 40B development.  40B developments do not have to abide by local zoning ordinances, meaning they can build whatever they want, wherever they want to.People were upset at the possibility of a gas station behind Mr. Ticket.  Imagine the reaction of residents if a 40B development were built there.  People already are starting to feel like Wilmington is losing its suburban feel; like we are becoming more and more like a city.  Textron has between 50 and 60 employees left on their campus.  Imagine what a big national developer like an Avalon could do to that property if it is made available for sale.We need to prioritize affordable and senior housing, and we need to do it now.  We have town-owned land that we could sell for the purpose of generating affordable and senior housing, a need that the residents have been clear in demanding, while at the same time increasing our affordable housing inventory to reduce the chances that 40B developments are coming to town.Economic Development CommitteeThe topic of an economic development committee has recently begun to gain traction on the current board of selectmen.  Our economy is strong, yet many commercial properties are vacant or underutilized.  We need to prioritize getting the types of businesses that we want in town, and forming an economic development committee should be an integral part of organizing those efforts.  Economic development committees enable residents to be more proactive in the planning of their town, and I believe that the primary role of municipal government is to efficiently pursue the goals of the community.Consolidation of IT DepartmentsWe currently have two IT departments: one specific to the school department, and one for the remainder of the town.  Each IT department purchases hardware and software independent of each other.  We currently do not have an opening for the position of technology coordinator for the school department.  With a new school superintendent about to onboard, now is the perfect time to consolidate the town and school IT departments to permit a centralized IT office to best leverage the town’s buying power to effectuate cost savings through the economies of scale.  We can, and should, be pursuing all avenues to reduce spending and be more efficient with our tax dollars.How will you be responsive to residents as a Selectman?Being responsive requires being as accessible to residents as possible.  Members of the board of selectmen should be involved in many community activities to increase their interactions with residents.Further, methods of communicating have changed in recent years, and elected officials should evolve with changes in technology to make themselves more available to the community.  It’s not enough to just be available by phone. Elected officials should be available by email and through social media, to better serve their constituents.Lastly, there about 23,000 residents in town.  Not all decisions are unanimous. As a member of the board of selectmen, I will be available and respectful to all residents, as I have been since well before this campaign, to best ensure that I am effectively advocating on behalf our community.NOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob FasuloIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

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US Expels 60 Russian Officials Closes Consulate In Seattle

first_imgPablo Martinez Monsivais/APPresident Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House on Sunday after returning from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, FlaPresident Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian officials from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in the Seattle, the White House announced Monday.The move follows the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.The officials and their families have been given seven days to leave the U.S. Of the 60 officers being expelled, 48 are members of the Russian embassy and 12 are officers from Russia’s mission to the United Nations in New York.The consulate was being shuttered due to its proximity to a U.S. submarine base and Boeing’s operations there, according to a senior administration official said.“The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies, and partners around the world in response with Russia’s use of a military grade chemical weapon on the soil of the United Kingdom — the latest in its ongoing pattern of destabilizing activities around the world,” the official said.“Today’s actions make the United States safer by reducing Russia’s ability to spy on Americans, and to conduct covert operations that threaten America’s national security,” the official continued. “With these steps, the United States and our allies and partners make clear to Russia that its actions have consequences.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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iPhone 7 requires Apples 50 dock to charge while listening to normal

first_imgRemoving the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 has been widely regarded as a bad idea, but Apple appears dead-set on compounding its error by making adapters for the iPhone expensive and annoying to deal with.We’ve already seen the Belkin-manufactured dongle that adds a second lightning port for simultaneous charging and music over Lightning. What about a good old-fashioned headphone jack? Apple will let you have one of those, but only as a $50 phone dock. It’s not exactly pocketable.The updated version of Apple’s Lightning Dock is now available for pre-order and priced at $49. That’s $10 more than last year’s model. The new one is available in multiple colors to match the new iPhone 7. That’s pretty much the only difference. The phone plugs into the top of the dock via its lone Lightning port. On the back is a Lightning input and a 3.5mm headphone jack output. That means the dock can connect to your existing speakers without adapters or dongles while the phone is also charging.The Lightning Dock appears to be the only way you’ll be able to charge the phone and use a traditional 3.5mm jack at the same time. Apple maintains tight control over Lightning accessories, so it gets to call the shots regarding what sort of adapters will come out for the iPhone. Someone could certainly design an adapter that had power and a headphone jack, but there’s little chance Apple would certify it. The Cupertino company is going all-in on its move away from the headphone jack.Apple plans to release its own wireless earbuds for the iPhone in the coming weeks (AirPods), but they’re priced at $159. The iPhone 7 also comes with an adapter for standard headphones and headphones that plug directly into the Lightning port. Your options if you want to charge and listen to music over a wired connection are limited, though.last_img read more

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New Tinder Alert Protects LGBTQ Users in Hostile Nations

first_img New Tinder Feature Sparks Summer Music Fest Lovin’Tinder Beats Netflix As Top-Grossing App Love is love is love is love—even when found on Tinder.To keep users safe in the nearly 70 countries that effectively criminalize the LGBTQ+ community, Tinder is launching a new Traveler Alert feature.Folks who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer will no longer automatically appear on Tinder when they open the dating app in discriminatory nations.AdChoices广告Rather, once the Traveler Alert is activated, users have the option to remain hidden or opt into making their profile public.And even if you do choose to connect with new people, your profile’s sexual orientation or gender identity will not be displayed until after leaving the area.The company partnered with ILGA World (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association) to establish locations in which Traveler Alert should be issued.Traveler Alert that will appear when Tinder is opened in one of the nearly 70 countries that discriminate against the LGBTQ community (via Tinder)“The alert will appear when users are on the ground in these countries, as well as if they are using Tinder’s Passport feature to connect and match with people anywhere in the world,” according to a blog announcement.A staunch supporter of the Equality Act—a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity—Tinder believes everyone has the right to “live how they want to live and love who they want to love.”So it’s no surprise that the dating service has implemented this safety feature for LGBTQ members.“We want you to have fun, but your safety is our No. 1 priority,” the Traveler Alert says. “Please proceed with caution and take extra care when making new matches and meeting with people you do not know.”This update, available now to iOS and Android devices, also includes additional dating safety tips.“We’re rolling out a Traveler Alert … to ensure that our users are aware of the potential dangers the LGBTQ community faces,” the Tinder blog said. “So that they can take extra caution and do not unknowingly place themselves in danger for simply being themselves.”More on Geek.com:New Tinder Feature Sparks Summer Music Fest Lovin’Tinder Beats Netflix as Top-Grossing AppCows Now Have Their Own Tinder-Style Dating App Stay on targetlast_img read more

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New spectral analysis algorithm helps identify dialects between whale groups

first_img Journal information: Physical Review E Caribbean sperm whales found to have a regional dialect This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Photo: Fred Benko – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Central Library. Credit: Wikimedia Commons © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img A team of researchers from Norway and Germany has come up with a computer algorithm that analyses sound recordings that quantify how various noises change over time, allowing for studying the sounds whales make in a new way. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review E, the team describes the ideas they used to create the algorithm and how well it worked as the team analyzed recordings of pilot whales off the coast of Norway. More information: Heike Vester et al. Quantifying group specificity of animal vocalizations without specific sender information, Physical Review E (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.93.022138 AbstractRecordings of animal vocalization can lack information about sender and context. This is often the case in studies on marine mammals or in the increasing number of automated bioacoustics monitorings. Here, we develop a framework to estimate group specificity without specific sender information. We introduce and apply a bag-of-calls-and-coefficients approach (BOCCA) to study ensembles of cepstral coefficients calculated from vocalization signals recorded from a given animal group. Comparing distributions of such ensembles of coefficients by computing relative entropies reveals group specific differences. Applying the BOCCA to ensembles of calls recorded from group of long-finned pilot whales in northern Norway, we find that differences of vocalizations within social groups of pilot whales (Globicephala melas) are significantly lower than intergroup differences. As the researchers note, current research regarding whale communications typically centers around attempting to isolate the sounds individual whales make, which hopefully can lead to a better understanding of the whistles, calls, buzzes and clicks that are emitted. But they note, such an approach tends to lead researchers to search for noises that seem meaningful to the human ear. In this new effort, the team looked to use a computer to analyze whale communications to overcome such a bias. They developed an algorithm they call a bag-of-calls—it is based on a statistical approach that quantifies how multiple sounds from a single group change over a period of time. This allows for capturing a form of group-speak, which the researchers say, allows for noting the particular dialect of a pod, rather than for individual members of any given pod. They liken the approach to recognizing the differences in human accents, such as British, versus American—both are the same language, they just sound different when someone is speaking. In running their algorithm on test recordings, they noted that the differences between sounds in one group of whales were significantly different from those in another group, which they noted, allowed for distinguishing between them.To test their algorithm, the researchers recorded the calls of six different pods of long-finned pilot whales analyzed each with their algorithm and then compared the results of each against the others. Doing so, the team reports, allowed for recognizing dialects between pods—thus, moving forward, a team of researchers could drop a microphone in the ocean and be able to identify which pod is making the sounds that are being picked up, using only the algorithm running on a computer. Citation: New spectral analysis algorithm helps identify dialects between whale groups (2016, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-spectral-analysis-algorithm-dialects-whale.htmllast_img read more

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Isla Mujeres residents demand permanent solution to continual electrical blackouts

first_imgIsla Mujeres, Q.R. — Residents and businesses on Isla Mujeres are demanding authorities do something to permanently solve the continual electrical blackout problems on the island.After the most recent blackout lasted 13 hours, island businessmen have asked the mayor to take a firm stand and demand the change of the submarine lines. Islanders say that up until now, CFE only provides temporary remedies.An island businessman who asked to remain anonymous, says that during the last blackout, they suffered losses in the way of damaged equipment including a refrigerator and food merchandise.“Unfortunately we do not see a firm position because the mayor only says that more power plants will arrive in the event of another emergency, but this is not the solution that the islanders ask for,” he said.He explained that ensuring electricity with the plants is CFE’s responsibility and that it should not be seen as a favor they are doing the islanders since it is a service they pay for.“The fact that now the mayor says that more portable plants will arrive means that the the service is not guaranteed and that at any moment there could be another blackout that causes damage like last week,” he added.Isla Mujeres residents demand permanent solution to continual electrical blackoutsPhoto: TV Isla MujeresHe explained that the problems with the submarine lines are nothing new, and the mayor knows that, adding that since he was a deputy, he set a more energetic stance against the CFE.Today we see the mayor announcing the arrival of more electricity generating plants, but these will be to provide service to government agencies, hospitals, tourist areas and even hotels. But what about the colonias?” he questioned.He noted that the problem is more serious than many imagine because as a result power failure also comes a loss of water since the pumps that push water into the homes and businesses are electric.“I think that the arrival of more power plants is just the announcement of more serious problems to which the CFE is anticipating, ” he commented.Last week, residents on Isla Mujeres went about 13 hours without electricity after the Federal Electricity Commission announced a failure in their submarine cable.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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