Conservation officers have authority to kill wildlife BC judge

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia court has dismissed a case in which a wildlife advocacy group accused the provincial government of not following its own law on the destruction of wildlife.The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals filed a petition with the B.C. Supreme Court earlier this year challenging a conservation officer’s decision to kill a black bear cub near Dawson Creek in May 2016.Lawyers for the group argued in court last month that the officer didn’t have the authority under the Wildlife Act to euthanize the cub after it was found on the roadside, apparently orphaned.“The province says there are no legal limits on the ability of conservation officers to kill animals,” Arden Beddoes, a lawyer representing the Fur-Bearers, said at the time.“What we say is that … the Wildlife Act actually directs that there are limits,” he said. “If they’re not a threat, the officer, we say, does not have authority to kill the animal.”The province argued the law implies officers can destroy animals at their discretion, and the conservation officer decided the cub was not a suitable candidate for captive rearing and release.Justice Gordon Weatherill said in a written decision released last week that he agrees with the province.“I find it inconceivable that the legislature intended to restrict the wildlife management powers of officers to kill wildlife to those that are at large and likely to harm,” the decision says.Weatherill noted the authority to destroy animals is not “unlimited or unfettered.” He said officers can only kill wildlife when they are performing their duties and the actions follow government policy.The Fur-Bearers group said in a tweet that they are disappointed in the decision and “exploring options and next steps” with legal counsel.Conservation officers in B.C. responded to 1,972 calls about black bears and killed 454 of the animals between January and the end of October. During the same period last year, they responded to 1,757 calls and killed 458 black bears.last_img read more

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New federal food subsidy program panned in Yukon

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Nutrition North Canada program is now in full effect.The program replaced the Food Mail program which subsidized people for shipping goods like food.Now, those subsidies go to retailers, but the savings are supposed to be passed on to customers.Shoppers in one Yukon community say the new program means they’ll have less choice and higher prices.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

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After Mentioning ‘Mexico’s Brothels’, Morocco’s Minister clarifies on Twitter

Fez- It seems that Mustapha El Khalfi, Morocco’s Minister of Communication and government spokesman, was either ill-advised or did not realize the seriousness of his words when he compared the high number of soap-operas broadcast TV channel to a “brothel in Mexico.”Three days after his declaration before the parliament on Tuesday, Khalfi found himself in an uncomfortable situation and was forced to use Twitter to clarify what he meant by this phrase when he talked about the Latin American soap operas served to the Moroccan public TV channels.“My statement has been altered. This is what gave rise to an attack on a friendly country Mexico, and this attack is unacceptable,” said El Kahlfi on his Twitter account on Friday. This clarification comes after Mexico formally protested the statement used by the Moroccan Minister, according to Le360.During a session of oral questions at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Mustapha El Khalfi slammed Moroccan public TV channels for the high number of Mexican soap-operas that 2M and Al Oula broadcast on a daily basis.“We need Moroccan Media; Morocco is not Afghanistan or any other country. The problem is not whether Morocco is like Afghanistan, Sudan or Iran, the problem is that there are those who want to turn Morocco [through serials and movies] into a brothel for Mexico,” he said.This statement risks to cause problem to Morocco’s diplomacy. Mexico is one of the countries that don’t support Morocco’s stance on the Western Sahara dispute and Minister Khalfi words won’t help change things for the better. The question that comes to one’s mind is why the Minister singled out Mexico when it is known that the soap-operas broadcast on Moroccan TV channels are not exclusively Mexicans.It remains to be seen if the Minister will come out of this controversy unscathed. Already some members of the opposition parties have been quick in slamming a statement that “can cost dearly to Morocco at the diplomatic level.”“Mr. El Khalfi’s response went beyond the scope of a government response to an opposition MP. It is a sovereign and a friendly country that is being abused and called into question. The Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar should react to the words pronounced by his colleague,” Driss Lachgar, Secretary General of the USFP was quoted by Quid.ma as saying.“There is no way one can overlook such words that can cost us diplomatically,” a member of the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM), another opposition party, was quoted by the same source as saying. read more

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The Hassan II Mosque: a Jewel of Moroccan Sacred Art

By Mounir HaissourTetouan – Art lovers over the world enthusiastically agree that the creative aesthetic of the Hassan II Mosque embodies the peak of Islamic sacred art.  Because of its perfect combination of modern and ancient Islamic artistic traditions, the Hassan II Mosque is an elegant expression of Islam’s spirituality and a magnificent example of Moroccan architecture. The Moroccan Islamic art tradition exhibited in this mosque reflects various architectural styles in vogue at various points of Morocco’s history.  The style is a synthesis of Berber, Mediterranean, Eastern, African and Andalusian contributions. The combination, however, does not mean that the level of influence that these different styles had on the work was extreme and unrestrained; the Moroccan architects, artists and craftsmen were always guided by Islamic spirituality that bans images and icons of human figures.The mosque,  which was completed in 1993, is a large complex of nine hectares.  Its fine and detailed artistry is the result of 35,000 workers and craftsmen working over 50 million hours. Nineteen cranes were installed in order to erect the building, which houses a prayer hall, minaret and madrassa. This holy site can house nearly 100,000 worshipers. Its esplanade alone can accommodate 80,000 devotees. The far-reaching echo of its mouzzin’s call for prayer is heard across Casablanca. The minaret also flashes a laser visible 30 km distance at sea. Also, since the roots of its pillars are ceaselessly beaten by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, it required the construction of an 800 m long pier.The mosque draws inspiration from other mosques of the Islamic tradition. The mosque prayer hall is a replica of the Merenid Madrassa, and its tall spire is a copy of both the majestic Hassan Tower and the Koutoubiya Minaret. The green roof is a reproduction of the Qarawiyyine University of Fez. On the inside, the Hassan II Mosque features embellishments that employ arabesques and polygonal constructions of stucco and mosaic. The interior spaces feature ornaments of foiled arches and floral patterns of painted and engraved wood.MINARET: Soaring nearly 200 m, the minaret is topped by a sky-light and a metallic cover made of shining copper called jamour. Because of its exceptional height, sophisticated technology and modern construction techniques were used to erect the minaret. This is marked in the reinforced concrete (béton armé), which is able to resist against the combined effects of the wind and earthquakes.PRAYER HALL:  The prayer hall can hold over 25,000 people.  Its rectangular plan is supported by 78 pillars and is 200 meters long, 100 meters wide and 60 meters high. It has three naves perpendicular to the qibla wall. The central nave is larger and higher than the rest. The roof of the prayer hall undulates with a succession of varied domes, where suspended glass and chandeliers-imported from Italy- light the hall.ROOF: The 3,400 square meter roof is movable and is capped with emerald green tiles. In Islam, green denotes goodness and spiritual plenitude. Once this mobile roof is opened, it changes the central part of the prayer hall in a magnificent, sun-bathed courtyard.MADRASSA: The madrassa, a building that houses theological and other modern classes for pupils, covers 4,840 square meter and includes a basement and two stories. It is built back onto the qibla wall.  The madrassa includes a library, a museum and multi-purpose rooms for seminars, colloquia and conferences. These rooms are all equipped with sophisticated audiovisual equipment.After 7 years of sustained work, the Hassan II Mosque was inaugurated by His Majesty King Hassan II and other African leaders on August 30, 1993, the 11th Rabi II, 1414 in the Islamic calendar. That day coincided with the eve of the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday.  On that memorable day, all Muslims are in a festive mood and frequent holy shrines to read out psalms and praise the Almighty God.The location of the mosque is strategic. Erected at the western tip of the Islamic World, opposite the setting sun, the fog and the swell of the open sea, the building is at the uttermost end of Islamic lands – a religion that was born in the Orient and whose extreme west is Morocco. It was near that gigantic memorial that Oqba Ibn Nafi, the propagator of the Islamic faith, gave a historical discourse to his fellows, after realising that the Atlantic Ocean had been a natural barrier against the continuation of his preaching campaign 14 centuries ago.The Hassan II Mosque is an emblem of an entire nation. It symbolizes solidarity, commitment, creativity and spiritual devotion of the Moroccan people. It constitutes, without doubt, a fundamental element of Morocco’s national heritage. As a result, it is world-renown as a stunning example of Islamic sacred art. read more

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Solving the Cyprus problem also makes economic sense says UN envoy

6 March 2008The inability of many Cypriots to project what the positive elements of a settlement might look like in the future is holding back efforts to obtain a lasting solution to the dispute on the Mediterranean island, the senior United Nations envoy to Cyprus said today. Michael Møller, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told a conference in Nicosia that while the status quo on Cyprus was unacceptable, it was also not enough to merely make assertions that reaching a settlement was in the interests of everyone.He welcomed the research contained in a new report on the projected commercial opportunities across the island if there was a solution to the Cyprus problem.“I commend the authors for their outstanding work, which is bound to become a reference in all future consideration of the implications of a solution… and, necessarily, of the consequences of inaction,” he said, according to a press release from the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).“It helps answer a question at the front of every Cypriot’s mind, Greek and Turkish, one we should be doing more to address: ‘what will a solution mean to me and my family?’“I, for one, am deeply convinced that a just settlement will mean increased security for the people of Cyprus, greater stability for the region, increase in trade and provision of services, the creation of conditions that will allow culture and art to flourish, and the emergence of Cyprus as a model of peaceful coexistence in a world riven by division.”Solving the Cyprus problem makes economic sense, he stressed.Mr. Møller said that it was important “to make clear that the peace dividend that will accrue to all Cypriots following a solution includes benefits that will impact their daily lives in very concrete ways, including in their pocketbooks.”UNFICYP was established in March 1964 following the outbreak of intercommunal violence and is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, and contributing to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and a return to normal conditions. read more

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Measles cases nearly doubled in a year UN health agency projects

“Measles is not going anywhere…It’s everyone’s responsibility,” said Dr. Katherine O’Brien, Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals at WHO. “For one person infected, up to nine or 10 people could catch the virus.”In addition to being potentially fatal, measles symptoms include rashes, blindness and inflammation of the brain. The virus can be transmitted extremely easily, by coughing and sneezing, and it can also survive for hours in a droplet of water.It knows no “geographical or political borders”, Dr. O’Brien said, noting nonetheless that since the year 2000, deaths from measles have fallen by over 80 per cent “probably saving around 21 million lives” in that period.Disease burden in 2018 almost double previous 12-month tallyThe WHO alert follows its announcement that as of mid-January this year, it had seen 229,068 reported cases of measles during 2018, in 183 Member States, which have until April to file data on the previous year’s disease burden.This is almost double the 115,117 cases reported at the same point last year, and WHO’s concern is based on the fact that the final number of infections rose to 173,330.“Due to reporting delays and outbreaks late in 2018, we expect that these numbers will increase, as they have done in previous years,” the agency said in a statement. Measles infections ‘increased in all regions’By region in 2018, Africa saw 33,879 measles infections; of these, 4,391 were from Madagascar alone, where 922 deaths have been reported in an ongoing outbreak that began last October.The Americas recorded nearly 17,000 cases of measles in 2018, the Eastern Mediterranean, just under 22,000. In Europe, there were 82,596 infections in 47 of 53 countries, ahead of South-East Asia (73,133) and the Western Pacific (23,607). To prevent outbreaks and eliminate measles, WHO urges countries to sustain high immunization coverage with two doses of measles vaccine, a regimen which has been administered to “billions” of children, Dr. O’Brien told journalists in Geneva.“We’re backsliding on the progress that has been made, not because we don’t have the tools, but because we’re not vaccinating,” she insisted. Measles jab myth debunkedThere is no association between autism and the measles jab; that myth has been debunked, Dr. O’Brien said, noting that the study that started the falsehood, was based on erroneous data.Nonetheless, in recent years vaccine coverage has stalled, at 85 per cent. This is far short of the 95 per cent needed to prevent outbreaks and leaves many people susceptible to the disease. Second-dose coverage stands at 67 per cent.Countries should also identify and address all communities that are under-immunized, advised Dr. Katrina Kretsinger, Medical Officer in the Expanded Programme on Immunization at WHO. “Some populations are more at risk than others” she said. “Children, migrants, refugees and poor populations.”Although WHO is working in affected regions with ministries of health it won’t commit to a compulsory vaccination recommendation.“It’s up to the countries to implement vaccination programmes,” Dr. Kretsinger suggested. “Some have made it mandatory for children to be vaccinated in order to attend school.”Before the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1963, outbreaks and epidemics occurred every two to three years, causing an estimated 2.6 million deaths every year. The appeal to Member States to close gaps in vaccine coverage follows the previously announced news that an estimated 110,000 people died from the highly infectious but easily preventable disease in 2017. read more

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Ohio State womens hoops seeks top spot in Big Ten

After a decisive win against the Indiana Hoosiers, the No. 9 Ohio State women’s basketball team has crept within a half game of the conference lead. Now, OSU will look to grab first place in the Big Ten when they travel to Penn State to face the No. 12 Nittany Lions (21-5, 11-3 Big Ten) Monday. The Lady Lions hold the top spot in the Big Ten, as well as a five-game winning streak after defeating No. 17 Purdue, 74-63, Thursday. “You can never gauge your stuff on what other people are doing, whether they are coming in on a winning streak or a losing streak,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “You got to stay focused on the topic at hand and that’s the next game.” That task will include stopping sophomore guard Maggie Lucas, who had 28 points in the victory against the Boilermakers. Lucas scored 20 of those points in the second half, and five 3-pointers throughout the game. “She’s able to get those three’s off and we just got to watch for her,” said redshirt junior guard Amber Stokes. “We know it’s going to be a competitive game.” Lucas is averaging more than 19 points a game, while her teammates junior guard Alex Bentley and senior guard Zhaque Gray are averaging 14 and 10 points respectively. With its guards contributing a majority of its points, OSU is preparing to see a team that mirrors it’s own offensive attack. “They’re good in transition, they like to push it, we like to push it,” Foster said. “There’s not a whole lot of teams in the league that like to go up and down … it’s going to be a fun game.” Senior guard Samantha Prahalis and junior guard Tayler Hill combined, are averaging 41.1 points per game. While Prahalis sat out against Indiana due to an illness, she’s still averaging more than 25 points a game and needs 19 more assists to become the all-time Big Ten assist leader. She has 874 and is chasing Northwestern’s Nancy Kennelly, who set the record 892 career assists from 1989-93. Monday’s game will be the first time OSU and Penn State have met since the Buckeyes defeated the Lady Lions, 84-70, in the 2011 Big Ten championship game. After Monday’s game, OSU has two more games remaining, including a trip to No. 21 Nebraska (20-6, 9-5 Big Ten), before heading into tournament play. The Buckeyes will look to defend their 2011 title beginning March 1 in Indianapolis. Monday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with tipoff set for 7 p.m. read more

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Google Chrome 22 brings more secure Flash to Windows

first_imgGoogle Chrome has hit version 22, and once again there aren’t a truckload of user-facing changes to be found. But the Pepper (PPAPI) Flash plug-in has now made its way to Windows users, offering those who surf with Chrome unrivalled protection against rogue Flash apps on the web.Now, Chrome on Windows cradles the Flash plug-in in its own ultra-secure sandbox. As you may have seen at Pwn2Own over the past few years, plenty of Chrome vulnerabilities have been found — but its sandbox has proven incredibly hard to circumvent. Apart from getting a more secure Flash plug-in, Chrome has also gotten a more stable and efficient one. Google claims Flash-related crashes have been cut by around 20% and notes that the PPAPI plug-in is fully hardware accelerated. And there’s good news for Windows 8 users, too. Chrome’s (what was formerly known as) Metro version can display Flash content, putting it on even footing with Internet Explorer 10 (which is getting integrated Flash for its Metro version).It’s not often that Linux users get preferential treatment, but that was the case this time around. The Linux version of Google Chrome received PPAPI Flash back in version 20 back in June of this year. There were a couple good reasons why this happened, of course.For starters, Adobe had previously announced that it would no longer be developing a Flash plug-in for Linux. Google was well aware that the vast majority of surfers (and countless top websites) are still utilizing Flash, and it wanted to make sure that Chrome users on all platforms could still enjoy the same browsing experience. They teamed up with Adobe to deliver a Flash plug-in that utilized Chrome’s more modern, cross-platform PPAPI architecture instead of the ageing, less-secure NPAPI standard. It was also important for Google because Chrome OS is built atop Linux — and no Flash for Linux would have eventually meant no Flash for Chrome OS either.Last up are Chrome’s Mac users, who should be receiving the upgrade in the very near future.More at The Chromium Bloglast_img read more

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Greece seeks extra EU aid to protect sea borders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has called for emergency additional funds from the European Union to contain the rising tide of illegal crossings into its territory propelled by conflict in Syria and Iraq.“We are facing a great challenge,” Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told a press conference in Athens, saying that the number of undocumented migrants intercepted in the Aegean Sea was expected to triple by the end of 2014 over the same period last year.According to ministry data, more than 10,500 people were detained while trying to cross Greece’s sea border in 2013 while 17,000 people – the majority of them Syrians – were arrested in the first eight months of 2014.Greece, at the sharp end of Europe’s illegal immigration problem, is supported by Frontex, the 27-member bloc’s border management agency, and is slated to receive a total of 71 million euros in financial aid for the period between 2007-2015.However, on Thursday, Varvitsiotis stated that Greece needed an extra 63 million to meet staff requirements, saying previous EU funds had been used to upgrade coast guard equipment.Varvitsiotis, who came under fire earlier this year following the death of 12 immigrants in a botched coast guard operation near Farmakonisi island in the southern Aegean, said that failure to enhance Greece’s operational capability could undermine the effectiveness of rescue operations.“We have reached our limits. The risk is to have more incidents at sea,” he said.He said it would help if Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greece’s representative on the new European Commission, were appointed migration, fundamental rights and home affairs commissioner. Greece’s defense minister was expected to assume the post, according to a leaked document released by the EurActiv news website.last_img read more

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Les fichiers légaux sur MegaUpload risquent de disparaître

first_imgLes fichiers légaux sur MegaUpload risquent de disparaîtreSuite à la fermeture du site MegaUpload par les autorités américaines, certains utilisateurs qui y avait stocké des documents tout à fait légaux, ne les récupèreront certainement jamais.En effet, avec ce coup de filet soudain du gouvernement américain contre le téléchargement illégal, personne n’a eu le temps de récupérer ses fichiers personnels pouvant être conservés via MegaUpload. Quelques jours après l’arrêt des serveurs, de nombreux utilisateurs ont rapporté ces témoignages sur le Web, dépités d’avoir perdu des vidéos personnelles par exemple. D’autant plus que la faible popularité de ce genre de fichiers les poussait à avoir une courte durée de conservation sur les serveurs MegaUpload, favorisant évidemment les fichiers pirates (comme le dernier film à la mode) qui intéressent un plus grand nombre.D’après Digital Trends, le département de la justice américaine jette la pierre aux utilisateurs qui auraient dû se renseigner mieux: “MegaUpload a clairement informé les utilisateurs de cette spécificité à travers la Foire Aux Questions (FAQ) et ses conditions d’utilisation” et rappelle que les internautes “n’ont aucun doit de propriété sur aucun des fichiers stockés sur les serveurs de MegaUpload, ils assument le risque de perte ou d’indisponibilité de leurs données et que MegaUpload peut mettre un terme aux activités du site sans préavis”.Voilà qui est clair. On peut donc supposer que les serveurs ne seront pas ré-ouverts pour permettre la récupération des fichiers légaux…Le 24 janvier 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Match announced for tonights 1014 WWE Main Event

first_img New WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions crowned at Extreme Rules Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Twitter Velvet Sky Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Google+center_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next BOOM! Studios and WWE announce new original graphic novel at San Diego Comic-Con WWE Smackdown Results – 6/11/19 (Big E returns to action in a six-man tag with The New Day) WWE.com has announced that Rusev will face Big E on tonight’s 10/14 WWE Main Event on the WWE Network from Birmingham, Alabama.WWE.com: CAN BIG E BEAT RUSEV?Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itlast_img read more

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Save the Date March is for dancing drinking and parading about

first_imgWhat would St. Patrick’s Day celebrations be without a parade? They’d be St. Patrick’s Day celebrations without a parade. … And a lot less fun.Don’t spend time worrying about that doomsday scenario, since the annual Paddy Hough Parade returns from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. March 16, starting at Hough Elementary, 1900 Daniels St., Vancouver; free. The Parade features students, staff and the local community in a celebration of Hough Elementary School, its neighborhoods and the city. The parade will head from Hough Elementary, continuing north on Daniels to 24th Street, east on 24th Street to Main Street, south on Main Street to McLoughlin Boulevard, then west on McLoughlin back to Daniels to finish at Hough Elementary. 360-313-2100 or hough.vansd.org.A Portland Opera performance will take place in … Vancouver. Yes, you read that right. The 2018 Portland Opera Season Preview in Vancouver features Portland Opera’s resident artists and Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox, crossing the bridge to bring a show to Clark County starting at 2 p.m. March 18 at Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver; free, first come, first served. Resident artists perform a 50-minute program including highlights of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Gounod’s Faust, Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. 360-635-4358 or magentatheater.com.This band of performers won’t have to cross borders for their show. The Vancouver Symphony’s Chamber Music Series will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a Celtic concert showcasing classic and contemporary Irish music at 3 p.m. March 18 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver; $25, $10 for students. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will play dance tunes and audience-inclusive songs, followed by young artists playing the Celtic drums and flute. Music that will be played includes “My Wild Irish Rose,” Lannigan’s Ball” and “Danny Boy.” 360-816-0352 or vancouversymphony.org.Whether alone and secluded in your room or in the middle of a wedding party, everyone’s gotten down with dance moves at some point. Now you can walk it out for a good cause at Dance For A Cure from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 23 at Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver; $30 general, $42.39 includes shirt. The biggest team-taught Jazzercise class in Clark County benefits the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win dozens of baskets and prizes. Comfortable workout shoes and clothing suggested. 360-903-1071 or facebook.com/events/1934282736898825.last_img read more

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Neil Warnock cannot wait for Brexit to happen already

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has revealed he cannot wait to see the United Kingdom get out of the European Union, as citizens wait to see how the nation’s Brexit pans out.The details of the UK’s departure from the EU have been a major conversation in the media ever since a slim majority voted in favour of Brexit back in 2016.Now, as the deadline for the referendum approaches the United Kingdom’s parliament remains at a halt, while calls for a second referendum have become louder.It is undoubtedly a topic that demands patience and a lot of sensitivity; however Warnock, known for his blunt public statements insists he can’t wait for the 2016 decision to become a reality.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Cardiff manager Neil Warnock celebrates with the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Warnock will coach Cardiff City for one more year Manuel R. Medina – May 15, 2019 The manager will guide the Bluebirds in the English Championship, but he will also help the team find his successor.“I think once the country knows what they’re doing, it will be straightforward [to make signings] … Any transfer window is difficult for me, not just this one,” he told reporters, according to Goal.“I don’t know why politicians don’t do what the country wants, if I’m honest.”“They had a referendum and now we see different politicians and everyone else trying to put their foot in it … Why did we have a referendum in the first bloody place?”“I can’t wait to get out of it, if I’m honest. I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect.” “Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world.”last_img read more

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Healthy Living Alzheimers Clinical Trials

first_img Posted: September 11, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, September 11, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Every 65 seconds, someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s. Right now there is no known cure or way to prevent the disease, but there are hundreds of studies happening in labs all over the world working to change that- including right here in San Diego.So what is a clinical trial and what’s it like to be in one? Dr. Rema Raman, from the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute at USC, and Ed Noonan, a clinical study participant from Coronado, joined us in-studio for today’s Healthy Living. KUSI Newsroom Healthy Living: Alzheimer’s Clinical Trialslast_img read more

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Laser gun to restrict speed in Adilabad

first_imgAdilabad: Superintendent of Police Vishnu S Warrier inaugurated speed laser gun at Devapur checkpost under Adilabad rural police station limits on Tuesday.The SP said many people are dying in road accidents due to over speed. Also. innocent people also losing their lives due to speeding vehicles. Since speed is the main cause of several accidents, police are using sophisticated technology in the suburban areas of metro cities and on the roads on the outskirts of districts to control the speed of the vehicles. The speed laser gun will check the speed of the vehicles passing through the ‘y’ junctions, where normally the vehicles speed will be more. The speed gun will calculate the speed based on Doppler theory. The challan will be sent to the vehicle owner as a phone message even before the vehicle goes 200 meters away from the spot. The fine for overspeed is Rs 1,400 and more. The SP said police will conduct awareness camps on speed laser guns. Rural Inspector A Pradeep Kumar, Traffic SI V Sayan Rao, Mavala SI Sayyad Mujahid, Sanjeev Kumar, Majid, Sahare Kishore, and others were present.last_img read more

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Texas Offers Funding Boost to Schools With Lower Attendance PostHarvey

first_img Share Morath told legislators last week that the agency could ask the state Legislature to make up the shortfall once it convenes in 2019.“This one-time adjustment is meant to bring some certainty for the remainder of this school year as school leaders face a number of major financial decisions following this devastating storm,” Morath said in the statement.Morath is adjusting the reported attendance numbers for districts and charters that have had damage to at least one campus resulting in a loss of two or more weeks of class days or that had to shut down instructional facilities for nine or 10 days right after the storm. Districts and charters must complete a worksheetdetailing the damage to their facilities by Oct. 27 in order to be eligible. Only those located in Abbott’s 60-county state disaster declaration can apply. The agency put out a list of districts and charters that preliminarily seem to meet requirements, which is subject to change and verification.The House Public Education Committee will meet Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Capitol to discuss Hurricane Harvey’s effects on public schools.On the Senate side, Patrick has been advocating for the Legislature to use the Rainy Day Fund, a state savings account made up primarily of oil and gas taxes, to pay for Harvey damages.“We guarded the Rainy Day Fund this past session so that we would have the resources to handle this kind of disaster. We will need every dollar available to us moving forward,” he said in a statement about this attendance adjustment Monday. Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneA school in the Cypress-Fairbanks School District in Houston surrounded by water on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.The Texas Education Agency is offering state funding this school year to as many as 157 school districts and charter schools with lower attendance due to Hurricane Harvey.The agency officially announced the compensation plan in a release Monday afternoon, with statements of support from the Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath estimated last week that this decision will cost the state a total of $400 million.Districts receive state funding in large part based on the number of students who attend school each day. Fewer students, displaced through the storm, or fewer instructional days due to facilities damage would otherwise mean an estimated $250 million in reduced funds for Harvey-affected districts.With lower attendance, property-wealthy districts are calculated to owe more money to the state through a program unofficially called “Robin Hood,” in which wealthier school districts pay to shore up poorer school districts. The state agency’s adjustment would waive that additional payment, meaning about $150 million less in state coffers.last_img read more

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TMS AsiaPacific sold

first_imgRecruitment specialists, TMS Asia-Pacific has been sold to a joint consortium, which includes the company’s current chief executive Helene Taylor and Asia-based entrepreneur, Steve Hamblin.As part of the purchase, Mr Hamblin said the company will maintain its current branding, but he hoped to re-open the TMS offices in Bangkok and Auckland as well as launch into other markets including China.TMS founder Gary Marshall said the decision to sell the company he established 18 years ago was “hard” but knew it was “time to move on”.“The reality is I have been standing very much on the sidelines for the last five years, becoming more of an inactive shareholder rather than having a day to day hands-on management role in the business,” he said.Mr Hamblin has strong experience in the recruitment sector, launching The Parker Bridge Group in 1988 as well as working with UK-based online training company, Recruitment Training Productions. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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The Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates 50 years

first_imgSource = Switzerland Tourism The Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates 50 YearsThe Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates 50 YearsOne of the world’s biggest annual jazz festivals, the Montreux Jazz Festival, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this July.What started as a humble three day event at the Montreux Casino in 1967, it progressively grew over the decades to become a two week music festival featuring the world’s biggest names in Jazz, Blues, Rock, Soul and Pop including the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Count Basie, Keith Jarrett, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Prince and Portishead to name a few.Entertaining about 250,000 visitors annually, this year’s event (from 1-16 July) will feature a special line up of artists across its four venues of Casino Barrière, Stravinski Hall, Montruex Jazz Lab and Montreux Jazz Club to commemorate the festival’s incredible milestone.Montreux Jazz Festival Deep PurpleDirector of Switzerland Tourism, Mark Wettstein, says not only will visitors witness and enjoy extraordinary line ups that will see well-known legendary musicians and fresh new talent share stages, but a number of specially created projects will ensure the city is drenched in music and festivities to celebrate the occasion.Some of the big names and new blood performing this year include Neil Young, PJ Harvey, Sigur Rós, Pa i Smith, Lana Del Rey, M83, Muse, Ernest Ranglin and Friends, Scofield Mehldau Guiliana, Christian Sco, Jean-Michel Jarre, Future, Simply Red, Beirut, Grimes and a host of others. There will also be performances by well known Latina American, Caribbean and African artists including Ana Carolina, Vanessa Da Mata, Dobet Gnahoré, Ernest Ranglin, Alfredo Rodriguez Trio and many others.As part of the 16-day celebration this year, the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation have organised tributes to David Bowie and to Swiss Movement. There will also be a showcase of Swiss pianist, Nik Bärtsch, and his project, Mobile Continuum, at Chillon Castle; and visitors will also be treated to thematic live performances on the water aboard the Montreux Jazz Boats and all the way to the mountain tops via the Montreux Jazz Trains.Montreux Jazz Festival“The Festival’s stage that is the shores of Lake Geneva is a very special place for visitors and the music fans,” says Mark. “With the picturesque mountainous backdrop, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lavaux vineyards down the road, the moated Chillon Castle a short ferry ride away, the newly opened Chaplin’s World by Grevin in Vevey a short bus ride away and the panoramic Golden Pass Train / Chocolate Train at the doorstep, visitors will be encouraged to keep their itineraries filled with memorable activities to complement their equally memorable musical experiences during their visit.“Queen fans will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the group’s former studio at the Casino Barrière, where they recorded the last songs released in 1995 (from the album “Made in Heaven’). Here, fans of Freddie Mercury can marvel at the countless souvenirs and eclectic wardrobe pieces of the eccentric musician,” says Mark.To commemorate the occasion, a book entitled “50 Summers of Music” will be published, featuring carefully chosen photographs that document the musical adventure over the half century; and an interactive video will take fans through the major highlights of the musical journey.For the Festival’s full program, events and tickets, head to www.montreuxjazzfestival.com. For more information on Montreux, its surrounds and Switzerland, visit www.myswitzerland.com. Montreux Jazz Festivaldiscover more here Switzerland Tourismdiscover my Switzerland here last_img read more

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Homebuyers Undeterred by Rising Rates

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Homebuyers are facing rising mortgage rates head on with just 5 percent of more than 1,300 people planning to buy a home during the year, saying that they would call off their search for a home if rates rose above 5 percent. This according to a May survey by Redfin of more than 4,000 people who had bought or sold a home in the last year, attempted to do so or planned to buy a home soon.“Most of the pressure buyers are feeling is from competition for a very limited number of homes for sale,” said Taylor Marr, Senior Economist at Redfin. “The fact that such a small share of buyers will scrap their plans to buy a home if rates surpass 5 percent reflects their determination to be a part of the housing market.”Among the 1,300 potential homebuyers surveyed by the real estate broker, 24 percent said an increase in rates would have no impact on their search.The survey targeted 14 major metro areas that included Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. Redfin had commissioned similar surveys in November and May 2017.The survey revealed that if mortgage rates were to rise above 5 percent, 32 percent homebuyers would slow down their search to see if rates came down again, up from 29 percent during the same period a year ago. “Homebuyers are well aware that higher mortgage rates mean higher monthly payments, but mortgage rates remain very low, historically, and buyers will make compromises,” Marr said.Inventory pressures are also weighing on buyers’ minds with 21 percent respondents saying that despite rates going up they would look for a home in another area or buy a smaller house; up from 18 percent a year ago.A lesser number of respondents, 19 percent said that they would increase their urgency to buy before rates went up further, the survey indicated, decreasing from 23 percent last year. Homebuyers Undeterred by Rising Ratescenter_img Buy Homebuyers Mortgage Rates Redfin Sell 2018-06-29 Radhika Ojha June 29, 2018 505 Views last_img read more

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HERNDON Va – Audi announced sales for the mont

first_imgHERNDON, Va. – Audi announced sales for the month of December totaling 7,712 units. Despite a challenging marketplace, Audi appears to have outpaced most brands and will record market share increases for December and all of 2008.Audi’s December sales were led by strong totals from both the Audi A5 and A6. The Audi A5 posted a 383.1% increase over last December with 657 units sold. The Audi A6 had a solid month with over 1,218 units sold, an increase of 1.2% over December 2007.“Our goal this past year was to grow our market share and grow awareness of the brand,” said Johan de Nysschen, executive vice president, Audi of America. “We accomplished this with an aggressive product offensive that continues into 2009 and beyond.”De Nysschen noted that 2009 Audi launches will include two diesel offerings, several fuel-efficient powertrain combinations, performance vehicles, the all-new crossover Audi Q5, and the all-new A5 and S5 cabriolet models.Also this week, the Detroit Free Press selected the Audi A4 as the Car of the Year, proclaiming that the A4 “stands head and shoulders above other new cars introduced this year and above any Audi sedan that preceded it.” In honoring the Audi A4, the Detroit Free Press highlights the A4’s “excellent fuel economy and performance” and notes that the “comfortable interior is designed with an architect’s sensibility for appearance and touch.”www.audiusa.comlast_img read more

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