Facebook Advertisement Cara released her debut album, Know-It-All, in 2015. She has made the Canadian and U.S. Billboard charts several times now and is a four-time Grammy nominee. In 2018 the Brampton, Ont., native won her first award — a Grammy biggie — for Best New Artist.In an interview with Billboard, she gave insight on the process of writing her 15-track album.“In terms of lyrics, this is a lot more introspective for me, conceptually. [It’s] a lot more personal than anything I’ve put out before.” She added, “I wanted to make the album title feel like it’s a story, like you’re about to read a book about someone. It feels more like a full album, it’s more impactful.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Up-and-coming Canadian pop sensation Alessia Cara revealed details of her highly-anticipated second album on Wednesday night.She unveiled the album art, tracklisting and release date for The Pains of Growingvia Twitter. The 22-year old has been teasing her sophomore effort since its first single, Growing Pains, dropped back in June. Since then she released two further singles, A Little More and Trust My Lonely.WATCH BELOW: The latest single from the upcoming Alessia Cara album, Trust My Lonely Advertisement
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn RCMP project aimed at tallying the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women has uncovered “over 1,000” cases, APTN National News has learned.The RCMP was able to determine that there are more than 1,000 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women with the help of other police forces across the country, according to a person with knowledge of the project, who asked not to be named because they’re not the official spokesperson on the project.As part of this project, the RCMP reached out to over 200 police forces across the country and asked to get a peek at their files to compile the statistics.APTN was told the project was complete and the report’s release was supposed to come out March 31, but is being held up by the federal ministry of public safety Canada.However, RCMP Aboriginal policing Supt. Tyler Bates denied the report was done when contacted on his cell phone Wednesday afternoon.“There is no report as of yet that has been disseminated,” said Bates. “There will be a publicly available document down the road.”When asked about the tally of over 1,000, Bates said he couldn’t confirm or deny any number.“I’m not going to speak to a specific number to confirm or refute anything at this juncture,” he said. “I don’t have any comment right now. All I can tell you is there is work that remains ongoing.”The purpose of the project was to give the RCMP clear data on the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Bates told APTN in December.The tally of over 1,000 cases would shatter any numbers compiled to this point. The Native Women’s Association of Canada released a report in 2010 with nearly 600 cases and recently and an Ottawa researcher released a study that puts the number at over 800.The RCMP questioned NWAC’s numbers in the past, but, until the recent project, the federal force only tallied information from within its own files.A call to the Public Safety minister’s office was not immediately returned.– with APTN firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington DC: Russia’s arms export to India fell by a whopping 42 per cent between 2014-18 and 2009-2013, according to a new report. As a result, Russia accounted for 58 per cent of total Indian arms imports in 2014-2018, compared with 76 per cent in 2009-2013, according to the report “Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2018” released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort to reduce country’s dependence on foreign arms, India’s import of arms decreased by 24 per cent between 2009-2013 and 2014-2018, according to the figures released by the report. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThis decline in India’s import is also partly due to delays in deliveries of arms produced under license from foreign suppliers, such as combat aircraft ordered from Russia in 2001 and submarines ordered from France in 2008. Still, India was the world’s second largest importer of major arms in 2014-18 and accounted for 9.5 per cent of the global total. Israel, the USA and France all increased their arms exports to India in 2014-18. Pakistan’s arms imports decreased by 39 per cent between 2009-13 and 2014-18. The US has become increasingly reluctant to provide military aid or sell arms to Pakistan: US arms exports to Pakistan fell by 81 per cent between 2009-13 and 2014-18, it said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangPakistan has instead turned to other suppliers. For example, in 2018 it ordered 4 frigates and 30 combat helicopters from Turkey, it added. The decrease in India’s arms import is significant given that the volume of international transfers of major arms in 2014-18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009-13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004-2008. The five largest exporters in 2014-18 were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China. The five largest importers were Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Australia and Algeria. The US was the top arms exporter in 2014-18 and 2009-13. Its exports of major arms grew by 29 per cent between the two periods and its share of total global exports rose from 30 per cent to 36 per cent. As a result, the gap between the USA and Russia – the second largest exporter – continued to widen. In 2009-13, US exports of major arms were 12 per cent higher than those of Russia, whereas in 2014-18 they were 75 per cent higher. Russian exports of major arms decreased by 17 per cent between the same periods. The fall was partly due to general reductions in Indian and Venezuelan arms imports – two countries that have been among the main recipients of Russian arms exports in previous years, the SIPRI said. “Although India remained the chief recipient of Russian arms in 2014-18, Russian arms exports to India fell by 42 per cent between 2014-18 and 2009-13. Arms exports to Venezuela, which was the fifth largest recipient of Russian arms in 2009-13, decreased by 96 per cent between the two periods,” it said.
People with advanced computer skills are more likely to accept and use digital healthcare services and robot doctors, says a study by an Indian-origin researcher. “There is increasing use of automated systems in the medical field, where intake is now often conducted through a kiosk instead of by a receptionist,” said a Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the US. “We investigated user acceptance of these ‘robot receptionists,’ along with automated nurses and doctors,” he added. Also Read – The Puja carnivalFor the study, scientists recruited participants from the online workforce Amazon Mechanical Turk to gain a better understanding of user psychology behind the acceptance of automation in clinics. The research team gauged the participants’ preconceived beliefs about and attitudes toward machines – what is called a “machine heuristic.” The team measured participants’ adherence to the machine heuristic by asking them to indicate their level of agreement with statements such as, “When machines, rather than humans, complete a task, the results are more accurate.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra”We found that if you’re high on machine heuristic and you’re high on power usage, you have the most positive attitude toward automated healthcare providers. This combination seems to make people more accepting of these technologies,” said the professor. “A power user (a person with advanced computer skills) is more likely to accept a robot doctor, for example, than a non-power user.” The results were presented at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Glasgow, Scotland. According to him, the healthcare industry can benefit from increased reliance on automated systems. “Doctors are limited by their human bandwidth, by their experience, knowledge and even state of mind from minute to minute,” he said.
Rabat – Over the course of 2016, the Moroccan consulates in Brussels, Orly and Marseilles developed biometric data collection systems as part of the General Directorate of National Security’s (DGSN) strategy to improve police infrastructure for citizens living inside and outside the borders of the kingdom.Providing this new service allowed 1,808 Moroccans living abroad to acquire a national identity card from their local embassy, without having to return to their home country. The process for the approval of residence visas to foreigners and asylum seekers was also streamlined via this technology.The information, released on Tuesday, comes as part of the DGSN review of security upgrades over the past year. The agency said it aimed to improve the readiness of the national police force while improving the quality and quantity of services it provided to citizens. The DGSN’s data also counts 466 people in Morocco with valid special refugee cards, with 71 issued in 2016 and the remainder renewed for an extended period. A total of 16,288 others received temporary authorization to stay in the kingdom as they continued they journey onward to other countries.“This strategy has made it possible, through the year 2016, to lay the basic foundations of good governance in the financial and administrative management, and strengthen the integrity of synthesis mechanisms and staff capacity building, which reflects positively on the quality of security services provided to citizens, and contribute to the improvement of readiness and effectiveness in accordance with the operational interests of security,” the DGSN’s statement read.
by News Staff Posted Nov 22, 2012 3:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email holiday season|spending Canadians expected to spend less money this holiday season TORONTO, Ont — Canadians might be spending a little less money this holiday season according to a Capital One and Credit Canada Debt Solutions report released, Thursday. While some Canadians will be storming the malls and lining up to make their holiday purchases, most will be cutting back. Women are more likely than men to buy fewer and less expensive gifts this holiday season. The RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook agrees with the findings in the report and believes Canucks will spend six-percent less than they did last year. The Bank of Montreal’s holiday outlook projected on average a 15-percent increase in holiday spending compared to last year. Deloitte has also projected a more modest increase. The final numbers illustrating how much Canadians spent during the holiday season will be released in January.
“Recent new arrivals report suffering inside South Sudan with intense fighting, kidnappings, rape, fears of armed groups and threats to life, as well as acute food shortage,” William Spindler, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told the media at a regular briefing in Geneva. “More than 60 per cent of the refugees are children, many arriving with alarming levels of malnutrition – enduring devastating impact of the brutalities of the ongoing conflict,” he added. However the crisis, third only to the displacements in Syria and Afghanistan and now in its fourth year, has received less attention and is plagued by chronic levels of underfunding. UNHCR said that its response capacities are overstretched in the countries hosting the refugees and the lack of funds is affecting critical and life-saving efforts such as providing clean, drinking water, food, health and sanitation. Last month, the agency revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to $781.8 million (some $297.9 million or 61 per cent higher than the earlier budget) in light of new needs of those who have been displaced due to renewed fighting, increased violence and resulting food insecurity since July last year. The agency’s last year funding appeal of $649 million received only 33 per cent of the amount needed.500,000 displaced in four months – more than 4,000 every dayThe period between September and December 2016 saw almost half a million South Sudanese seeking refuge in neighbouring countries – an average of almost 4,100 people every day for four months. According to Mr. Spindler, as the global displacement trends reflect, those fleeing South Sudan are being hosted by the poorest communities in the neighbouring countries, under immense pressure with scarce resources. Noting that the welcome South Sudan refugees received in the neighbouring countries “is encouraging” he cautioned that the lack of resources to respond is also extremely worrying. The majority of the refugees are being hosted by Uganda (about 698,000), followed by Ethiopia (about 342,000), Sudan (305,000), Kenya (89,000), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (68,000) and the Central African Republic (4,900). “We are working with authorities in South Sudan’s neighbouring countries to provide life-saving support and look after the basic needs of those arriving in desperate conditions,” the UNHCR spokesperson said, renewing a call on donor countries to step up support to the humanitarian efforts for the South Sudan situation.South Sudan has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full blown conflict between forces loyal to each in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians.Despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability have also spread to previously unaffected areas.
Dear Editor,The letter published by the Guyana Chronicle, headlined ‘Jagdeo standing on shaky ground’, penned by one, Earl Hamilton, demands a response, if only to underscore the unschooled repetition of untruths, in the face of available facts.When Hamilton talks about the “the nightly staccato of automatic gunfire that left bodies lying in the city suburbs and its environs” in Guyana, one wonders if the writer found himself lost in the script of one action flick or another. But that is an aside.Moving on to the contents of Hamilton’s letter, he does admit that he stands to be corrected and I intend to do just that – correct him, if only in an effort to stress the need for the disrespect and discounting Guyanese’s intelligence to be discontinued.The letter writer says that former president, Bharrat Jagdeo, “presided over what is now recorded as the most traumatic of our modern political history.” Where are the facts to support this allegation?Hamilton claims that organised crime flourished, but it was the PPP/C that advanced the establishment of the Special Organised Crimes Unit (SOCU) to go after organised crime. Instead, under the Coalition government, SOCU has been hijacked to pursue a witch hunting effort. And the fact to support this lies in the case of directors of the Guyana Rice Development Board – all linked to the PPP/C – being taken to court over an accounting error, something they had no responsibility for.Hamilton claims too that Guyanese men were “systematically murdered”. But the claim, first peddled by the People’s National Congress (PNC) has been discounted via supposed ‘evidence’ provided by the PNC itself. The list of 400 young men, who were supposedly killed under the former PPP/C government, was made public by the PNC. If one were to go through that list, it is clear that the list includes repetition of names, the names of victims of crime and the names of police officers killed in action. Yet, despite these facts, Hamilton peddles untruths, joining the bandwagon of other ‘two-by-twos’ seeking to make a name for themselves by attacking prominent public officials.Hamilton says he looks forward to an inquiry of this period – parroting the Coalition government’s promise of an inquiry. But he fails to admit that Jagdeo and the PPP/C have made clear that an inquiry will be welcomed. The only question left to be answered, therefore, is why President Granger hasn’t moved to establish such an inquiry – especially since Commissions of Inquiry seem to be a fetish of this Government.Hamilton states that “narcotics became the symbol of state affluence,” but again fails to substantiate his claims. If ‘drug money’ was the reason for economic progress under the former PPP/C administration, then we should have seen the crackdown on drug dealers to correspond with the current downturn of the local economy. There is no logic is such a claim.Reference to major projects, including the Marriott Hotel, and the non-release of the related contract was also mentioned. But, with the Marriot Hotel contract being the least of the lot, Jagdeo has called for the release of all contracts for projects, which the Coalition government had claimed were corrupt. This includes the evaluation report for works related to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project. Why hasn’t government done so? Is it because the release of the projects’ documents will show up APNU+AFC’s claims of corruption as shallow and empty talk?Crime rates also get a mention from Hamilton and he claims that statistics point to a decrease in crime. Has he even looked at the statistics for himself from a disaggregated point of view? For example, there have been 39 disorderly type murders, 15 domestic murders, 12 robbery murders, 4 execution murders 8 murders where the circumstances are unknown and 2 murders under the category of ‘others’ at the end of August 2017.Hamilton’s unfounded assertion that the private sector complained about crime increases, because it had “benefitted in so many ways from tax waivers and tax concessions” from the former PPP/C government is preposterous. First of all, the representatives of the private sector have a legitimate right to express concern about something as major as crime if they are being affected. Secondly, the private sector is globally acknowledged as the engine of economic growth for countries and if the crime rate drives business down, it is a legitimate problem that needs to be addressed.Allegations about what the government’s “many audits” supposedly prove were raised by Hamilton, who says the audits “tell a story of wholesale theft of every type.” While this is untrue, Hamilton also fails to admit that the 40 audits cost the Guyanese people over $133M and the costs of at least five others remain unknown. He fails to say that the Coalition government ignored the procurement process and handpicked auditors – many of whom are vocal supporters of APNU+AFC – to do these supposed ‘forensic’ audits. He fails to say that the audit reports were published without the responses from the entities being audited, in an attempt to paint a lopsided picture of the actual state of affairs.Moving on, Hamilton. He says, “I believe in freedom of speech, but not when someone like Jagdeo uses its sacred tenets to mock the sensibilities of this nation on almost a daily basis.” Having established that Hamilton does exactly that – mock the sensibilities of this nation – with his untruths, his comment is ironic.Furthering his attack against Jagdeo, Hamilton says “in any other jurisdiction of a homogenous type, he (Jagdeo) would have been consigned to the dustbin of discredited national leaders.” Hamilton needs to understand that Guyanese society is diverse; our nation’s peoples are brainy enough to see past his untruths; and many Guyanese have the backbone to call out the peddlers of pathetic unschooled repetitions.Regards,Cedric Lord Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: GAWU willing to assist GuySuCo in sugar industry turn aroundOctober 12, 2017In “Letters”Jagdeo need not respond to attempts to discredit his tremendous accomplishmentsSeptember 24, 2017In “Letters”GRA Commissioner: Citizens duty bound to file tax returnsDecember 17, 2016In “latest news”
THREE PEOPLE HAVE been charged with public order offences following a loyalist flag protest in Belfast yesterday.Two men aged 48 and 47 and a 21-year-old woman were been charged following the protest outside the Seaview football ground in Belfast.All three are accused of disorderly behaviour and assault on police, while the 47-year-old man is additionally charged with ‘doing a provocative act’.All three were released on police bail to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on March 13.Related: Timeline: How the flags drama unfolded in Northern Ireland>
Microsoft’s presentations for the Surface RT and Pro computers were all beaming with pride over their VaporMg casing, a material that was lighter and stronger than aluminum with a textured coating that keeps fingerprints away. While all of that is true, it turns out that in some cases this VaporMg also conducts electricity better than it should, to the point that the Surface Pro is shocking some users as they grip the system while it’s charging.It’s not unusual to experience a static discharge when picking up a metal-wrapped tablet, but it’s fairly unusual for the experience to be constant and only happening when the tablet is charging. Several users have now reported a range of experiences, from a tingling sensation in their fingers to a biting shock. This seems to be happening then they touch the bottom right hand corner of the Surface Pro while it is charging.The power adapter for the Surface Pro is no slouch, charging the tablet PC with 12 volts at 3.6 amps with a unique magnetic adapter that connects at five different points to ensure a good connection. It’s not something that Microsoft cut corners on, though nor was the Surface for that matter. Microsoft has touted the design — both on the exterior and interior — since the pair of tablets was first announced.The easiest way to see if your Surface Pro is affected by this is to drag your wrist across the bottom right hand corner of the front and back of the tablet. You can also lift the kickstand and run your fingers along the inside wall of the Surface to feel the shock.Several Surface Pro owners have found that this will quickly show whether or not the tablet is sharing some electricity with the molten magnesium alloy case. If your Surface Pro is affected, you’ll feel the result immediately, regardless of whether or not you have a cover attached.Affected users — we have spoken to one to confirm the issue — will find Microsoft willing to help you fix this problem with a new Surface. The company has offered no explanation as to why this is happening or whether you will have the same problem with a replacement Surface Pro, but you can either call or use the Microsoft support website to have a new Surface shipped to you immediately. Once you’ve received the new Surface, just ship them back the faulty unit, and you’ll be good to go.It’s unclear yet as to how many users are actually affected by this, but Microsoft’s rapid replacement response is a clue that they know about the issue and are addressing it as quickly, and as quietly, as possible.
Even though the Raspberry Pi (Model B) provides a good bit of power for just $35, it is lacking in the most basic department of USB slots. The Model B comes with two, but that’s just enough for a keyboard and mouse. If you’re efficient and get a a keyboard with a USB passthrough, you usually end up using the other USB slot for a wireless d0ngle or a RasPi-compatible USB hub. Not all USB hubs work well with the Raspberry Pi, but now Pimoroni — maker of the gorgeous Pibow case and PiGlow LED array — has created the PiHub, a powered USB hub specific to the Raspberry Pi.Along with the RasPi logo case, the PiHub is a USB 2.0 hub that not only provides four (much needed) extra USB ports for your Pi, but can also power hard drives and charge mobile phones. If there is no power brick, it can run from bus power, and the case won’t disrupt your tastefully appointed setup since it matches Pibow’s colorful designs. So far, there are only UK and EU versions — as well as a standalone version — though Pimoroni does promise a US version soon. Pimoroni also donates 10% of every purchase to the Raspberry Pi Foundation.The one gripe some of us might have with the PiHub is that the more stuff you attach to the RasPi, the less tiny the computer becomes. Aside from the very low price, the size has always been the RasPi’s other draw. However, it shouldn’t be too difficult to attach the PiHub to your VESA-mounted Raspberry Pi, thus getting it up off your desk and onto the back of a display.The standalone version will run for around $22, while the version that comes with the 3000mA power supply will run for around $31. If you need a USB hub for your RasPi and wanted to stay in the cutesy, plastic, made-specifically-for-Pi theme, the PiHub looks like a fine purchase. If you’re in the US, you’ll have to wait until Pimoroni can get around to you.
Le kiosque numérique, alternative aux marchands de journaux ?Les “kiosques numériques” fleurissent en ligne et offrent de télécharger quotidiens et magazines sur tablettes et smartphones. Plus économique, cette alternative propose un nouveau mode de diffusion pour la presse écrite.En difficulté pour écouler leurs magazines et journaux papier, les marchands de journaux vont-ils céder du terrain aux kiosques numériques ? Depuis quelques temps, ces derniers se développent de plus en plus sur les tablettes et smartphones et offrent désormais un large choix de titres de presse. C’est par exemple le cas du site lekiosque.fr (lien non disponible) qui propose depuis janvier un kiosque en 3D dans lequel l’acheteur peut se promener et consulter la presse mondiale, parmi 550 titres. Moyennant un abonnement de 9,99 euros par mois, l’internaute ayant souscrit au kiosque virtuel peut alors lire sur sa tablette les 10 journaux de son choix parmi une sélection de titres. Ou bien, le lecteur peut s’abonner à un journal ou magazine particulier. Dans tous les cas, l’internaute peut alors consulter autant qu’il veut les journaux qu’il a sélectionnés et qui sont conservés dans sa bibliothèque. Mais Lekiosque.fr n’est pas le seul sur le marché. Il est concurrencé par Relay.com, version numérique des kiosques Relaysoutenue par HDS Digital et le groupe Lagardère. Le site de Relaydispose d’un choix de 450 titres etdonne accès à dix magazines par mois pour un abonnement mensuel de 9,90 euros. Néanmoins, un accès illimité est également possible moyennant 19,90 euros par mois. Autre proposition : celle de huit éditeurs français de presse, cinq quotidiens et trois magazines, qui ont lancé en juin dernier leur propre kiosque, ePresse, sur l’iPad.Un marché en pleine croissance Aujourd’hui, ces “kiosques numériques” semblent donc rencontrer de plus en plus de succès. Ainsi, lekiosque.fr a enregistré une hausse de 50% par mois de son chiffre d’affaires, quand Relay.com a noté une augmentation de 15% par mois. Michaël Philippe, l’un des fondateurs du kiosque.fr précise à l’AFP : “On est convaincus qu’il va y avoir un basculement des modes de lecture, et que ça se fera via un service technologique performant et très simple d’utilisation”.De même, Aymeric Bauguin, directeur général d’HDS Digital explique : “On est sur un marché naissant, qui fait moins de 1% du marché physique. Mais ce sont des rythmes de croissance vraiment très forts. Notre conviction, c’est qu’en numérique, il faut inventer de nouveaux modes de commercialisation pour la presse.”À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Mais outre l’intérêt commercial, cette innovation présente également un intérêt écologique en limitant l’utilisation du papier. Néanmoins, “les kiosques, ça apporte quelques chose mais ce n’est pas de là que viendra le développement numérique, c’est des titres eux-mêmes”, conclut Patrick Bartement, directeur général de l’OJD, l’organisme chargé de contrôler la diffusion de la presse. Le 13 août 2011 à 13:11 • Maxime Lambert
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale unveiled a new wildlife conservation exhibit, Monday.The interactive exhibit Wildlife Rescue is meant to draw museum-goers into exotic environments and teach about the importance of wildlife conservation.“It does relate it to you in a more direct way and keeps it from being something that is so foreign that it has nothing to do with you,” said Kim Cavendish, the museum’s president and CEO. “All of these creatures all over the world have everything to do with us, and we have everything to do with them.”The exhibit will run through Sept. 6.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, September 4, 2019:A Clyde Avenue caller reported his Siberia Husky dog got loose after an encounter with a skunk. Dog eventually returned. (6:16am)Police notified DPW and Safety Officer of reports of overgrown brush at the Buckingham Road and Aldrich Road intersection, forcing students to wait for the school bus in the road. (7:17am)A caller reported a hit and run at Cumberland Farms on Main Street. Police confirmed incident via gas station’s video surveillance footage. (8:20am)Police responded to report of two males soliciting funds in the Market Basket parking lot. Parties were trying to raise money for a youth church group. (11:30am)Police notified Verizon that a truck took down wires and support pole on Lopez Road. (1:11pm)Police notified Verizon that a Russell trash truck took down a wire on Chestnut Street. (1:37pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 11: Florida Man Arrested; Hit & Run At Gas Station; Highway CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 3: Driveway Paving Solicitors; Skate Park Tagged; WPD Assist With Pick-Up At SchoolsIn “Police Log”
In the Senate gallery, an emotional Rep. Charisse Millett holds hands with Liz Medicine Crow while Senators debate the fate of the bill. The legislation, which passed moments later, makes 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages alongside English. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Supporters of a bill to make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages organized a 15 hour sit-in protest at the Capitol on Sunday. Their dedication paid off early this morning, when the measure passed the Alaska Senate on an 18-2 vote.Download AudioHouse Bill 216 passed the Alaska House of Representatives last week, 38-0.It now heads to Governor Sean Parnell for his signature.Dozens of people of all ages and races, many wearing their Easter finest, gathered in the hall outside Sen. Lesil McGuire’s office. The Anchorage Republican and chair of the Senate Rules Committee had the power to put House Bill 216 on the Senate’s calendar. But with end of the legislative session looming, the bill’s supporters worried it was getting caught up in last-minute, behind-the-scenes politics.The group started their vigil just after noon, singing, dancing, and playing drums, and talking about why Alaska Native languages are so important.“Our language is everything. It’s the air we breathe. It’s the blood that flows through our veins,” said Lance Twitchell, a professor of Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast.HB 216 would add the state’s indigenous languages to a statute created by a 1998 voter initiative, which made English the official language of Alaska. While the bill is largely symbolic, Twitchell said it’s important to recognize all languages as equal.“That’s all we want is equal value,” he said. “And there’s nothing wrong with standing up and saying that. It takes a lot of courage to do that. And it takes a lot of something else to try and go against that.”Many elders who attended the sit-in recalled being punished as children for speaking their first languages. Irene Cadiente of Juneau said her teachers would hit her with a ruler when they caught her speaking Tlingit.“Sometimes I wonder when my hand hurts, is it on account of me speaking Tlingit?” Cadiente asked. “My hands were rulered. Is that why it hurts? I never forget that.”Cadiente said she’s proud that her great grandchildren are now learning to speak the language.Heather Burge, a student in the Native Languages program at UAS, said she didn’t understand how HB 216 could become controversial.Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tompins (center) celebrates by posing for a “selfie” with supporters of House Bill 216, his legislation making 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages alongside English. The bill had passed the Senate only moments earlier at 3 a.m., April 21, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)“We should be at the point where this should be a non-issue,” Burge said. “But it’s still scary to some people, which is a little disheartening. But hopefully we can get past this.”After the group had been outside McGuire’s office for about 30 minutes, the senator’s Chief of Staff Brett Huber announced the bill would be scheduled for a floor vote. McGuire later made an appearance of her own.“We just got the bill, so we’re going as fast as we can,” McGuire said. “But it’s nice to see all of you. Thank you for coming, and thank you for your passion. I know you have support.”It was 3 a.m. by the time the measure finally reached the floor.Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, who’s Inupiaq, said the bill would not have made it through the legislature without a groundswell of support.“The elders, the youth, Native and non-Native,” Olson said.Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, took responsibility for the delay in getting the bill to the floor. Coghill tried to explain what he hoped to achieve last week when he proposed amending the bill to create a new category in statute for “ceremonial languages.”“I thought if you had them in that place of honor you would aspire to them and honor them,” Coghill said. “Where if you put them in this place, they’re more likely to be under tension that I think would be harder to get to the honor and easy to get to divisiveness.”Coghill said he was an apologetic no vote. He added that he would be willing to own up to it if he ends up being proven wrong. Sen. Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican, was the other Senator to vote against the bill.After the bill passed, supporters gathered outside Senate chambers to embrace each other and shed tears of joy. Twitchell summed up the feeling with a Tlingit phrase.“We succeeded. We obtained,” Twitchell said after first saying it in Tlingit.The bill explicitly says the official language designation does not require the state or local governments to conduct business in languages other than English. But Twitchell said putting them in the same part of the law builds momentum for future generations of Native language speakers.If Gov. Sean Parnell signs the bill into law, Alaska will become just the second state after Hawaii to officially recognize indigenous languages.
Warangal: The BJP-led Central government is bent on pursueg the policies of commercialisation, centralisation and communalisation of education, MLC Alugubelly Narsi Reddy said. Speaking at the three-day State–level Students Federation of India (SFI) Maha Sabha on Kakatiya University campus on Friday, he accused the BJP of deregulating the education sector. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us “The Centre is also trying to control the entire education sector to push the Hindutva agenda,” Reddy said. He accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of controlling NITI Aayog so that to have sway over States. He said that Modi and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao who have scant respect for the Indian Constitution are diluting the spirit of democracy. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Reddy called upon students to gird up their loins to fight against the privatisation of education besides thwarting the efforts of BJP government to push Hindutva agenda in education sector. “The State government is providing education to only 26 lakh against the total 59 lakh students,” Reddy said, accusing the rulers for allocating meagre funds for education. SFI All India general secretary Mayukh Biswas said that BJP was trying to gain mileage by instigating people communally. Prof Ramachandraiah, SFI national president V P Sahu and Kota Ramesh were among others present.
Light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places over Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and at many places of Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna and Barisal divisions with moderately heavy to very heavy falls at places over the country on Saturday.Day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country, Met office said.The sun sets in the capital on Friday at 6:16pm and rises on Saturday at 5:40am.Country’s highest temperature 34.7 degree Celsius was recorded on Friday in Dinajpur and lowest 24.2 degree in Feni.
High CourtThe High Court on Thursday ordered a judicial investigation into the allegations of question paper leakage in the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations, reports UNB.Following a writ petition, an HC bench comprising justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and justice Md Iqbal Kabir also directed the authorities concerned to form an administrative probe body to look into the allegations.The court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why their failure and inaction to prevent the leakage of question papers should not be declared illegal and unlawful, said Supreme Court lawyer Ainunnahar Siddiqa, one of the writ petitioners.Twenty government officials, including education, law and home secretaries, and chairmen of the education boards, were made respondents to the rule, said Ainunnahar Siddiqa.The SC lawyer said the respondents were asked to reply in three weeks.The court asked the authorities concerned to submit the probe reports before it within 30 days.Three lawyers, including Ainunnahar, filed the writ petition with the High Court on Wednesday seeking its order for a judicial probe into the question paper leakage and taking the SSC exams freshly cancelling those have already been held.Ainunnahar said the SSC examinations for nine out of 10 subjects were held amid the leakage of question papers.
Four people were injured in two separate double shootings on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 , according to Baltimore City Police.At 10:24 p.m. Sunday, in the 700 block of West North Avenue near North Fulton Avenue, near the city’s Penn North and Sandtown-Winchester neighborhoods in West Baltimore, an officer discovered two gunshot victims and notified dispatch.As of Monday morning, at least two victims were still in critical condition.One of the victims, a 23-year old man had been shot in the head and was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Another victim, a 35-year old man was shot in the thigh and was listed in good condition on Monday according to police.This shooting occurred four hours after a fatal shooting took place only a block away in the1800 block of McKean Avenue. 18-year old Tre’Quan Mullock was killed in that shooting.Late Sunday night, early Monday morning, detectives were called to the 400 block of Paca Street, just north of Lexington Market, for a shooting, where they found a 23-year old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. He was listed in critical condition, said police.A little time after, a 29-year old woman walked into Mercy Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right arm, police said. She told police she was also shot on North Paca Street. She was treated and released.Antonio Miles, 30, has been identified on Monday as a victim in a shooting that occurred on Saturday in the 200 block of N. Monastery Avenue in the Allendale neighborhood in Southwest Baltimore.Anyone with information on any of these shootings, are asked to call citywide shooting detectives at 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCK-UP
Georgia Tech Game Notes Louisville, ranked 19th in the NCAA Men’s Basketball NET ratings through games of Jan. 14, plays its third ACC road game of the season as the Cardinals visit the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday. Louisville won for the sixth time in eight games as the Cardinals downed Boston College 80-70 in the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday. Jordan Nwora scored a career-high 32 points and produced his fifth double-double of the season with 10 rebounds and four assists. Dwayne Sutton had his third straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Christen Cunningham handed out a career-high eight assists with one turnover and nine points. CARD FILES Georgia Tech (10-7, 2-2 ACC) has won four of its last six games, but fell 72-60 at Clemson on Jan. 16 in its last game as James Banks III had 16 points and four blocks. Jose Alvarado is the Yellow Jackets’ top scorer (13.7 ppg) and Banks is the top rebounder (7.4 rpg). GAME 18Date: Jan. 19, 2019Time: 4:00 p.m.Site: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga. (8,600)Television: Raycom (WHAS-TV in Louisville; see link for other stations) – Evan Lepler, play-by-play; Brian Oliver, analyst.Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (Sirius 94, XM channel 193, Internet 955)Series History: Louisville leads 20-13 (12-4 in Louisville, 4-4 at Georgia Tech, 4-5 neutral)Last Meeting: UofL 77, Georgia Tech 54 (Feb. 8, 2018 in KFC Yum! Center)Officials: Ron Groover, A.J. Desai, Paul SzelcNext UofL Game: Jan. 24 vs. NC State, KFC Yum! Center, 8 p.m. ET (Raycom / WAVE-TV in Louisville) Georgia Tech is among the nation’s top 20 in multiple defensive statistics, ranking eighth in the nation in three-point field goal defense (.277), ninth in field goal percentage defense (.382), 18th in scoring defense (62.7), and 17th in blocked shots (5.4). Georgia Tech is No. 63 in the Sagarin Ratings, No. 69 inESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI), No. 78 in the NET rankings and No. 66 by Ken Pomeroy through Jan. 16. Story Links Where to Watch Louisville Game Notes Louisville has a 20-13 series advantage over Georgia Tech, winning the last seven matchups. UofL prevailed 77-54 over Georgia Tech in last year’s meeting in Louisville (2-8-18) as Jordan Nwora led UofL with 16 points off the bench, burying 5-of-7 three-pointers. The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with four players averaging over eight points. Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 18.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Christen Cunningham is second on the team in scoring with 10.5 points and leads the team with 61 assists on the year. Dwayne Sutton ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.2 points along with 6.8 rebounds per game. Steven Enoch averages 9.3 points per game along with 5.1 rebounds per game. Jordan Nwora’s career-high 32 points with 10 rebounds and four assists against Boston College (12-of-16 FG, 5-9 3FG) was just the sixth time a Louisville freshman or sophomore has ever produced a double-double with at least 30 points. Nwora is the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 18.1 scoring average up 12.4 ppg from his 5.7 average last year. Dwayne Sutton was honored as ACC Player of the Week on Jan. 14. Sutton has had three straight double-doubles while averaging 14.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the last three games. He had 14 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in his last game vs. Boston College. In his last six games, Christen Cunningham has shot 65.3 percent from the field – including 62.5 percent from the three-point line (10-of-16) — while averaging 15.0 points and 5.2 assists. He handed out a season-best eight assists with nine points vs. Boston College. UofL has scored 80 or more points in 11 of its 17 games (80.0 ppg) and the Cardinals are 13th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency by Ken Pomeroy. UofL is second in the ACC in scoring offense for conference games (84.8 ppg). Louisville has made seven more free throws (328-of-435, .754) than its opponents have attempted (221-of-323). Louisville is 10th in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (435/969, 44.9 percent) and is 10th in the nation with 24.1 percent of its points coming from free throws. UofL is 30th in the nation in free throw percentage. Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked second in the nation by ESPN.com, fifth by Rivals.com and fifth by 247sports.com.Print Friendly Version