Quebec ticket claims Saturday nights 7 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – The $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec, while the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on June 27 will be approximately $5 million.last_img

Robert Plant Joins Lampedusa Concerts For Refugees Tour

first_imgRobert Plant, Joan Baez, and Ron Sexsmith are joining the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees tour in select cities this month.Also appearing at certain shows will be Ruby Amanfu and Nancy And Beth.Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees will be headlined in North America by Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids.“When I heard that some of my friends were rallying to do a series of concerts to help raise funds and awareness, to help address the basic needs of food, shelter and medical care, I wanted to help,” said Robert Plant. Mr. Plant had a hugely successful career with Led Zeppelin before embarking on an equally impressive and Grammy-winning career as a solo artist.The tour is a benefit for Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative, which was launched in 2015 and endorsed by Pope Francis. JRS seeks to double the number of refugees served in its educational programs by 2020 to 240,000. JRS services are available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs.“When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated,” said Mr. Plant.Joan Baez has been as busy as ever since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-2009, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.Ms. Baez remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable — marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty International tour and more recently, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park.Raised in the Niagara Falls area, Ron Sexsmith started his first band as a teenager. Marrying young and becoming a father inspired him to write his own music. After moving to Toronto, he began releasing original songs on cassette. Ron signed with Interscope and his Mitchell Froom-produced album debuted in 1995.Mr. Sexsmith’s dream gig of headlining Toronto’s Massey Hall was achieved in 2006 and he has done so for every album release since then. His return to that stage in such illustrious company for a great cause is one Ron looks forward to with great anticipation.Whether on Beyonce’s new album Lemonade, or singing her own songs, Ghana-born and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ruby Amanfu’s voice is one you only have to hear once to remember forever. Not an artist to be pegged, Amanfu’s musical style knows no boundaries. She is ever inspired and grateful for the abundant opportunities she has been given to continue to create and inspire through music.Nancy And Beth is an inventive new band featuring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, as well as five other accomplished musicians including vocalist and violinist Petra Haden. Tight harmonies, witty choreography, and songs from every genre and era are coupled with relaxed humor to form an inventive and celebratory musical experience.The concerts start Thursday in Boulder and cross the continent before finishing in Washington, D.C.• October 6, 2016 — Boulder Theater, Boulder, Colo. • October 8, 2016 — Helzberg Hall, Kansas City, Mo • October 9, 2016 — Rococo Theater, Lincoln, Neb. • October 11, 2016 — Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, Mo. • October 12, 2016 — Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, Wisc. (with Ruby Amanfu and Robert Plant) • October 13, 2016 — Vic Theater, Chicago, Ill. (with Ruby Amanfu and Robert Plant) • October 14, 2016 — Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario (with Ron Sexsmith and Robert Plant) • October 16, 2016 — Berklee Performance Center, Boston (with Nancy And Beth, and Robert Plant) • October 18, 2016 — The Town Hall, New York City (with Nancy And Beth, Joan Baez, Robert Plant) • October 19, 2016 — Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, Penns. (with Nancy And Beth, and Robert Plant) • October 21, 2016 — Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C. (with Robert Plant)For more information about Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, visit www.jrsusa.org/lampedusa.last_img read more

Cobra Caught Taking a Stroll On Agadir Bay Beach

Rabat- Fearless passersby spotted and photographed deadly cobra near the sea on Agadir Bay Beach on Saturday.The cobra’s photos were posted on social media networks earlier on Saturday. The snake was spotted by locals at the Agadir beach around 4:00pm, and has since gone viral on social media.Cobras usually avoid water. This is the first known instance of such a deadly snake appearing on the beach in Agadir. So how did this cobra reach the Agadir Bay Beach? Multiple reports suggest that floods carried the snake and deposited it on the shore of Agadir Bay.This is not the first cobra to be seen on an African beach this year. Last month, a two-meter cap cobra was spotted near the sea on Hout Bay Beach in South Africa.Following the odd incident, snake and reptile education expert Shaun Macleod was asked how dangerous it could have been for people to come into contact with the cobra. The snake expert said it’s not very dangerous.‘“The only time it would be dangerous is if you physically tamper with it, 98% of people who are bitten by snakes are bitten because of self-infliction. In most times, the snakes won’t attack you but will move away from you,” he explained.Reporting from Rabat by Aziz Allilou. Editing by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Essaouira to Host 22nd Annual Gnaoua World Music Festival

Rabat – The 22nd Annual Gnaoua World Music Festival will offer three days of musical exploration with nearly 40 musical concerts across the city of Alizes.The festival will gather renowned Moroccan artists as well as big names on the international scene, including both modern and traditional acts. This year, the festival invites attendees to “travel through the universal language,” said the organizers in a statement. The statement also added that this year offers a real mixing pot of music, from Cuban, Tuareg, Tamil, to jazz, flamenco, and reggae performances. The organizers emphasized that youth is at the heart of the festival and that they made sure the younger generations were represented, with 23-year-old Maalem Houssam Gania, the son of legendary Moroccan Maalem Mahmoud Gania set to perform. “The rising star of Africa,” Guinean singer Moh Koyate is also on the lineup. The festival’s Moulay Hassan stage will also host Maalem Hamid El Kasri, the English singer Susheela Raman, Maalem Hassan Hakmoun, and The Universal Force, Omar Hayat, Hahouma, Maria Del Mar Moreno and Nabyla Maan.The Dar Loubane stage will house more intimate concerts and acoustic fusions, like that of singer Alikane and his troupe Tyun Gnaoua with, drummer, Karim Ziad, and percussionist, Rhani Krija. The stage will also see flamenco and tagnaouite with Jorge Pardo and Said Oughassal.The festival plans to host a human rights forum, in the theme of “the power of culture against the culture of violence,” to discuss ideas for a “better world from men and women from all walks of life” the statement said.Every year, the festival sees up to 500,000 people attend from across the globe to view the performances of Moroccan, African, and international artists and to celebrate the music of the Gnaoua brotherhood on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.Read also: Marrakech to Host Unique Yoga and Music Festival in June read more

Pelosi No debt increase until spending limits are raised

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Democratic-controlled House won’t pass must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic programs.The California Democrat said she’ll agree to increase the so-called debt ceiling, which is needed to avoid a market-cratering default on U.S. government obligations this fall. But she says she’ll do so only after President Donald Trump agrees to lift tight “caps” that threaten both the Pentagon and domestic agencies with sweeping budget cuts.Pelosi told reporters Thursday that “when we lift the caps then we can talk about lifting the debt ceiling.”Her remarks came as bipartisan negotiations to increase the spending limits have sputtered, though Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) met with Senate Republicans Wednesday on strategy.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more

Newlyelected leader of UN agency foresees cooperation on food issues

José Graziano da Silva, of Brazil also told a press conference in Rome that he believed food prices would remain volatile for some time and that the FAO would work more closely with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in the effort to overcome hunger.Mr. Graziano da Silva received 92 votes from 180 votes cast by FAO Member States during the second round of balloting, defeating Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaube, a former foreign minister of Spain. He will succeed Jacques Diouf, who has served as FAO Director-General since 1994, on 1 January next year.Asked about alleged divisions between donor and recipient countries, Mr. Graziano da Silva said: “The whole issue of division became clearer in the course of the election process. Not only does it have an effect on elections, it is something that is part of the daily life in FAO.“There are divergences, differences of views which are profound which are not to be swept away, which cannot be ignored.“We have to work on… a minimum consensus around these issues so we don’t lose ourselves and render this organization paralytic over divisions.”He described his own election as a “democratic success” and said that “in the same way I hope I can forge those same types of agreements about a minimum number of issues which will enable FAO to move forward most rapidly.”Mr. Graziano da Silva said one of the very first actions he undertook after his election was to speak with Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), “to set a common agenda.”“We agreed a much more close relationship will be necessary between FAO and the World Food Programme to fit the expectations that the world has now for better food security governance.” For her part Ms. Sheeran issued a press statement welcoming Mr. Graziano da Silva’s election, saying: “The World Food Programme (WFP) is working closely and collaboratively with the FAO, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to address immediate hunger needs in emergencies, and to support long-term sustainable solutions to hunger.”FAO, IFAD and WFP and the European Commission (EC) also today signed a new Strategic Framework of Cooperation “to increase the capacity of the international community to deliver effective, coordinated, timely and sustainable support to food security and nutrition,” IFAD reported.“By joining forces, the four partners are seeking to achieve higher collective impact on the world’s food security,” IFAD said in a press statement.The Strategic Framework of Cooperation defines the complementary roles of the three Rome-based UN agencies, putting emphasis on the coherence of their comparative advantages and core mandates, enhanced through strengthened coordination and collaboration, IFAD said. During his press conference Mr. Graziano da Silva also said that biofuels were not “a silver bullet,” but should not be demonized; the science of genetically modifying crops should not be discarded, but there should be no monopoly on seed sales; land grabs are important in theory, but their impacts so far are “minimal;” and food prices are liable to continue being volatile. “Until we get a more stable financial situation worldwide, commodities will reflect that,” he said. 27 June 2011The newly-elected head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said he would utilize the “democratic success” of his selection to forge agreements to help overcome differences among Member States. read more

FBI searches Detroitarea home of UAW president

DETROIT — Federal agents are searching the suburban Detroit home of the president of the United Auto Workers, apparently another step in an investigation of union corruption.FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider confirmed the search of a home in Canton Township on Wednesday but declined further comment. TV stations posted photos and video of agents outside Gary Jones’ home.Agents also searched the Corona, California, home of former UAW President Dennis Williams and the union’s northern Michigan retreat. A UAW spokesman had no immediate comment.Eight people have pleaded guilty in an investigation of union officials and Fiat Chrysler executives enriching themselves with money from a job training centre in Detroit. But the probe appeared to widen two weeks ago when a former union official was charged with accepting kickbacks from union vendors.The Associated Press read more

Syria UN adviser warns trapped civilians face greater risks as Raqqa fighting

“I am deeply disturbed by reports coming out of Raqqa of the horrendous situation faced by civilians caught up in the offensive to retake the city from the so-called ISIL,” said UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng in a statement released by the Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General. International counter-ISIL coalition forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are carrying out airstrikes, and ISIL, which still controls Raqqa, is reportedly using civilians as human shields, he added. ISIL fighters are reportedly killing those who try to escape, and coalition forces are targeting boats on the Euphrates river, which had been one of the remaining escape routes for civilians. Civilians in south of the Euphrates river are reportedly facing indiscriminate attacks by Syrian Government forces and their allies during military operations to retake the area. “The legitimate aim of retaking Raqqa must not be achieved at such a high cost to civilians,” said the Special Advisor, urging all parties to adhere to their obligations under international human rights and international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians. Reiterating calls for a humanitarian pause to spare civilian lives, Mr. Dieng warned that as the offensive to retake Raqqa reaches its final stages, the fighting is likely to intensify and increase the risks faced by civilians still trapped in the city. read more

As Judge Reinstates Ezekiel Elliotts Suspension Fans Still Confused

“Zeke should’ve just took the 6 games”And let the NFL label you a woman beater with no fight, shut up lmao— yes (@iAmTerrace) October 31, 2017 I guess Roger knows something we don’t know but hey, Giants kicker ADMITS to beating his wife & gets 1 game. Zeke is found innocent & gets 6— 214 (@_WeDemBoyz_) October 31, 2017 Zeke’s legal team should take this to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Twice cleared by police depts! Kia Roberts said accuser not credible— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 31, 2017 The woman told Zeke that nobody would believe him cause she’s a white woman and that’s the only truth she told. And history backs it up— Chelly wise 🎈 (@ChelsIsRight) October 31, 2017 Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskinsin Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge cleared the way Monday night for the NFL to enforce a six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations. While some fans are still trying to figure out why the running back is facing suspension when he was cleared of criminal charges.U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied the request for a preliminary injunction from players’ union attorneys working for Elliott. Failla put the ruling on hold for 24 hours to give Elliott’s legal team time to appeal, a likely move.It’s the second time a federal ruling has overturned a reprieve that kept Elliott on the field. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court threw out a Texas court’s injunction and ordered the dismissal of Elliott’s lawsuit there.The NFL briefly enforced Commissioner Roger Goodell’s suspension before a judge sitting in for Failla in the Southern District of New York issued a temporary restraining order that blocked the punishment for the second time.If the suspension holds this time, Elliott will be out starting Sunday at home against Kansas City. He will be eligible to return for the final three games, starting Dec. 17 at Oakland. The Cowboys (4-3), defending NFC East champions, are in second place in the division.Elliott attended the roughly two-hour hearing in New York on Monday, a day after rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-19 win at Washington. Last year’s NFL rushing leader left court without speaking to reporters.One of Elliott’s lawyers and an NFL spokesman didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment after the ruling.The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence. Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his NFL appeal.The suspension’s announcement led to weeks of court filings, with NFL Players Association lawyers contending league investigators withheld key evidence from Goodell and that the appeal hearing was unfair because arbitrator Harold Henderson refused to call Goodell and Thompson as witnesses.Unlike three federal judges before her, Failla rejected most of those claims and backed the NFL’s contention that it followed the collective bargaining agreement in suspending Elliott, and that those procedures were supported by federal labor law.“Having negotiated with the NFLPA over the terms of a particular CBA, the NFL has an interest in obtaining the benefit of its bargain — an interest that might well be eroded if courts such as this one were permitted to micromanage the disciplinary decisions of the commissioner,” Failla wrote.The judge also said some of the reasons for Elliott’s claim that he would suffer irreparable harm with a suspension were speculative.“And any individual honors Elliott might attain absent suspension depend on countless variables — such as the Cowboys’ overall offensive performance, his opponents’ defensive performance, and Elliott’s health — that together render this alleged harm far too speculative to justify injunctive relief,” Failla wrote.Failla based some of her rulings on the NFL’s successful appeal in the same jurisdiction in the Deflategate case that ended with New England quarterback Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension. Brady delayed the punishment more than a year by winning a district court ruling.NFLPA lawyer Jeffrey Kessler argued before Failla that the hearing was “fundamentally unfair” because it downplayed the conclusion by an internal investigator that Thompson wasn’t credible in her account.Failla disagreed, writing that testimony from the NFL appeal hearing made it clear that Goodell was aware of the investigator’s views.She also backed the NFL’s interest in timely penalties under its personal conduct policy, which three years ago was changed to stiffen penalties in domestic cases.Elliott is third in the NFL in rushing with 690 yards in seven games. He’s tied for the league lead with six rushing touchdowns.CRIMINAL COURT couldn’t gather enough evidence to prosecute Zeke. But the NFL could. Shit is a joke.— Money Mitch (@TrillestAC) October 31, 2017 read more

Assessing Andrew Wiggins 30 Games In

Last week, my colleague Neil Paine wrote about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, who is probably the favorite to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year but who has so far been among the least efficient players in the league according to a variety of advanced statistics. The article triggered a lot of objections on Twitter and in the comments section. Many readers thought it was ridiculous to assess any player, especially a 19-year-old rookie, after just a couple dozen NBA games. Others were skeptical of the array of advanced statistics that Neil cited.So let’s look at Wiggins’s case through the lens of traditional statistics instead. And let’s measure him directly against his peers. Wiggins played in his 30th NBA game on Tuesday night; we can compare his performance so far against other 19-year-old rookies through their first 30 games. I ran a search on Basketball-Reference.com for players who:Were age 19 or younger in their rookie season (based on their age as of Feb. 1 of their rookie year);And who averaged at least 24 minutes per game (i.e. played at least half their teams’ minutes) during their first 30 NBA games.Since 1985-86 there have been only 15 such players (counting Wiggins). The list puts Wiggins in pretty good company. It includes a number of superstars and All-Stars, among them LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Tony Parker and Chris Bosh. There are only one or two total busts, most notably Dajuan Wagner. The rest of the list includes players, such as Luol Deng, who turned into good NBA regulars, and others like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist about whom it’s too early to make an assessment.But in other respects the data is less favorable for Wiggins. When comparing his first 30 games against the first 30 games of those other players, he’s been among the least effective. In the chart below, I’ve listed each player’s statistics per 36 minutes played in the 10 categories that are most commonly used in rotisserie basketball leagues: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, turnovers, personal fouls, 3-pointers made, field goal percentage and free-throw percentage. (For personal fouls and turnovers, fewer is better.) Then, again in the fashion of a rotisserie basketball league, I’ve ranked the players from No. 1 to 15 in each category and added up the rankings to produce an overall score.As a reminder, these stats reflect each player’s performance through the first 30 games of his rookie season only. On this basis, Wiggins ranks about average in points scored, steals, 3-pointers made, turnovers and fouls committed. He’s been somewhat below average in rebounds and blocks — two categories where his athleticism has not yet translated into good numbers. He’s also been a below-average shooter, and his assist rate — 1.6 assists per 36 minutes — has been poor.By the fantasy basketball scoring method, Wiggins ranks 13th out of the 15 players. It’s tough to be a rookie in the NBA, but some of the rookies who came before Wiggins showed more early on. James ranks ahead of him in nine of 10 categories; Durant and Davis rank ahead of him in eight. Even Luol Deng, a player with whom Wiggins is sometimes compared, ranks ahead of him in eight of 10.On the other hand, some rookies who weren’t much better than Wiggins in their first 30 games turned out to have nice NBA careers. Parker and Bosh, in particular, weren’t very productive early on. Overall, a player’s performance through his first 30 games does seem to tell us something — you’d rather take the players from the top half of the rotisserie-style rankings than those from the bottom. But it’s a fairly noisy list.So Wiggins might have lost some value based on his performance so far this year, but he hasn’t crashed. (This conclusion is pretty similar to Neil’s.)What about those advanced stats showing Wiggins to be awful (instead of just mediocre)? They’re probably not the thing for him to worry about right now. Most of those stats will punish players who shoot relatively often but relatively poorly, as Wiggins has so far. But the 5-25 Timberwolves don’t have a lot of better options, and Wiggins has shown some development this year, like shooting well from 3-point range. (And keep in mind that James shot just .417 through his first 30 games.) The bigger concerns are Wiggins’s low rates of rebounds, assists and blocks, deficits that show up in advanced and traditional statistics alike. read more

Golden coach Olivier Krumbholz Defense was a key

franceFrench handballOlivier Krumbholz Olivier Krumbholz put another generation of French handball ladies on the TOP of the Universe! This time, Norway was the final rival, but still the Final 2003 from Zagreb is staying with the title “epic”, when France made historical turnover against Hungary.Our defense with our goalkeeper. That was a key for success. We knew that Norwegian girls run a lot, so we had to keep them with a good defense. Also, we stayed mentally strong in the last five decisive moments. This is a result of hard-work of these girls – said Olivier Krumbholz, the golden French coach… ← Previous Story GERMANY 2017 – Final placement: Europeans with small threats from Asia Next Story → HISTORY: Romania 60’s, USSR 80’s, France 2017!

Adidas sorry for email praising those who survived Boston Marathon

first_img Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 7:49 AM http://jrnl.ie/3346413 Share Tweet Email1 By Associated Press Runners head to the finish line in the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday. Image: AP Photo/Elise Amendola Runners head to the finish line in the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday. pic.twitter.com/cdBKixwSqT— adidas (@adidasUS) April 18, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,418 Views Apr 19th 2017, 7:49 AM At least two survivors of the 2013 bombing participated in this year’s race.Adidas says the marathon is “one of the most inspirational sporting events in the world.”“Every year we’re reminded of the hope and resiliency of the running community at this event.”Read: ‘Crush the saboteurs’: Here’s how the British press reacted to Theresa May calling an election ADIDAS HAS APOLOGISED for sending out a marketing email praising customers it said “survived” this year’s Boston Marathon.The subject line of the email sent yesterday by Adidas Running read: “Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon!”On social media, customers quickly reminded the company about the real survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were wounded when two bombs exploded near the finish line in that attack.The sports apparel company quickly apologised, saying it was “incredibly sorry” for the “insensitive” subject line about Monday’s race. Source: adidas/Twitter 43 Comments Short URL Adidas sorry for email praising those who ‘survived’ Boston Marathon On social media, customers quickly reminded the company about the real survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Image: AP Photo/Elise Amendolalast_img read more

The Greek Government pursues petrol tax evasion

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece plans to fight tax evasion and ease tourist travel through reform of its petrol stations, officials said on Thursday, in the latest attempt to bring its large deficit in line with EU rules.Petrol station owners will be obliged to operate cash registers with automatic receipts as of January 1, 2010.The Greek Government has said there is significant tax evasion in Greece’s retail fuel market and that the introduction of the new cash registers will provide a significant boost to tax revenues.“This system can track tax evasion,” Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis told a news conference. The Greek Government has also approved the installation of 24-hour automatic fuel vending machines by petrol stations. “This measure is absolutely necessary, it has to be implemented, both for Greeks and for tourists,” Hatzidakis said.The 24 hour vending machines will allow travellers – both local and international – to be able to fill up their tanks at night.Independent petrol station owners, who account for the bulk of business in Greece, have staged strikes to oppose similar plans. They argue this would increase their costs and benefit big petrol station chains.last_img read more

Evergreen teachers approve new contract classes begin Monday

first_imgIn a meeting book-ended by cheering, more than 1,000 Evergreen Public Schools teachers voted overwhelmingly to approve a contract that includes double-digit salary increases.Teachers on Sunday ratified a two-year collective bargaining agreement by a vote of 1,455 to 4 — 99.5 percent approval (three cast blank ballots). Teachers will on average see raises of 11.5 percent, with salaries for new teachers starting at $51,619 and pay for the most experienced teachers with advanced degrees topping out at $98,279. The second year, that will increase to $53,474 to $100,618.The tentative agreement came after a bargaining session that started at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday and lasted until 2:57 a.m. Sunday.“It’s a life-changing amount of money,” Evergreen Education Association President Bill Beville said following the afternoon vote at Evergreen High School. The agreement, according to both the union and district, keeps Evergreen teachers the highest paid in Clark County.Clark County’s largest district, which covers much of suburban east Vancouver and has about 26,000 students, will be back in session Monday. The vote ends a week-and-a-half of striking in the district.“We are excited to be welcoming our students and staff back to school and appreciate the hard work both bargaining teams did in reaching a mutually beneficial agreement,” said Superintendent John Steach in a district statement sent by email.Battle Ground Public Schools remains the last district in Clark County where teachers are on strike. Bargaining continued between the district and Battle Ground Education Association on Sunday. Collective bargaining around the state has been heated this year as districts and unions debate over teacher salaries in light of school funding legislation intended to fully fund basic education.last_img read more

Davie mobile home catches fire

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – No one was injured after a South Florida mobile home caught on fire.Smoke could be seen pouring from the house near Southwest 46th Terrace and Griffin Road, Wednesday morning.Firefighters battled the blaze and got it under control.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Funding Constraints Impede Range Modernization for Marine Corps Officials Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The tradeoffs required for the Marine Corps to cope with stringent budget caps over the past several years have come at the expense of efforts to upgrade its training ranges to handle new operational challenges, senior officials from the service told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee last month.“In recognition of the currently constrained fiscal environment, the Marine Corps has been required to sacrifice further range modernization for the sustainment and recapitalization of existing capacities and capabilities,” Maj. Gen. Charles Hudson, commander of Marine Corps Installations Command and assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics, said during a Dec. 3 hearing on the impact of reducing funding for infrastructure and installation support.“This means that we are unable to adequately address the required training enhancements associated with new and emerging operational requirements,” Hudson said.There are some exceptions, however. He cited Congress’ support for expanding the service’s largest and most capable range at Twentynine Palms, Calif. That effort will allow the Marine Corps to exercise a three-maneuver battalion, a Marine expeditionary brigade and a live-fire training environment.Lawmakers also approved funding to expand the Townsend Bombing Range in Georgia, which will allow personnel on the East Coast to train with precision-guided munitions used by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.Maj. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, commanding general of 2nd Marine Division, told the panel the major “training gap” for troops under his command is range modernization.In many cases, a diminished level of funding for infrastructure requires units to travel to other installations to prepare them to be “ready to fight and operate across the full range of military operations,” Beaudreault said.“So that requires me to often go off of installation in places like Twentynine Palms, places like Fort Stewart, Fort Bragg, A.P. Hill, Fort Pickett, where I can ensure that the force that I’m deploying forward can meet every one of its demands,” he stated.Without sufficient funding to upgrade its ranges, the service’s training resources are unable to keep up with the requirements of its newest aircraft.“For example, with the MV-22 we now fly twice as far and twice as fast as legacy helicopters. The Joint Strike Fighter is going to have new weapons systems that … dwarf the capabilities of legacy aircraft today,” Col. Chris Pappas III, commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., told the panel.“And they’re putting a great deal of pressure upon our range space that were perfectly acceptable in legacy airframes. … So that is a bigger challenge I think we’re going to have to look at to meet future training challenges,” Pappas said.Learn more about how states and communities can help installations upgrade their range infrastructure at next month’s Installation Innovation Forum 2016. A special focus of the conference will be understanding defense infrastructure and how it impacts an installation’s military value. The conference will be held from Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C. More details about the conference program and location are available on the conference website.last_img read more

Cordova Hiker Mauled By Brown Bear

first_imgAlaska State Troopers say a 57-year-old woman drove herself to a hospital after she was mauled by a brown bear.Download Audio:Troopers were notified yesterday afternoon that Thea Thomas of Cordova was attacked by the bear while hiking on Heney Ridge Trail in the Cordova area.Salmon were actively spawning in a nearby stream as Thomas hiked with two dogs. The dogs ran off, then returned shortly with the bear running after them.Troopers say the bear noticed Thomas and attacked her multiple times. The dogs took off again.After the attack, Thomas walked one and a half miles back to her truck. She found one of the dogs while walking back and the other dog was waiting at her vehicle.Troopers say the trail is now closed for a week.last_img

UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers To Retire This Summer

first_imgUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers plans to step down this summer.Rogers, who was a top candidate to replace retiring UA system President Pat Gamble, announced his intention to leave the university Thursday, citing health issues he attributes to stress including that brought on by the process of cutting UAF’s budget.Rogers, a UAF graduate, has been chancellor for 7 years, and affiliated with the university system for decades, including 8 years as a regent. He plans to officially end his tenure in August.Meanwhile President Gamble, who had planned to retire this spring, has agreed to stay on a little longer as regents consider candidates to replace him. A message from Regents chair Jo Heckman says Gamble agreed to remain on the job for a few extra months to allow more time to vet candidates to replace him. She also cites the importance of Gamble’s knowledge as the university undergoes downsizing.last_img read more

Sandeep Reddy opens up on Kabir Singh reviewers and calls them parasites

first_imgSandeep Reddy VangaFacebookDirector Sandeep Reddy Vanga has finally broken his silence over the reviewers of Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh and made a sensational remark, by calling them parasites and pseudo-critics.Released in the theatres on June 21, Kabir Singh has taken the box office by a storm and become a blockbuster by collecting Rs 218 crore net at the domestic market. But the movie has created a lot of buzz in media over its criticism more than its numbers. The makers of the film, who were all thrilled its success, stayed away from making comments reviewers especially feminist.Two weeks after its release, Sandeep Reddy Vanga has opened up on the reviews of Kabir Singh in an interview to Anupama Chopra’s Film Companion. Talking about its success, the director said, “When I started the film, I thought it would be a success at the box office, but I never thought that the rage would be never repeated. It is multiplied four times now. I anticipated its box office success, but I thought that it is not possible to the madness and rage that the original version had.”When asked about the criticism, Sandeep Reddy said, “There is part of the criticism that also happened with Arjun Reddy as well, but this was little bizarre. I always believe people get angry when you go beyond their belief pattern. When you question their belief system, they get angry. I think that’s what happened with Kabir Singh. It is not even a healthy criticism. It’s very pseudo.”Explaining pseudo-criticism, Sandeep Reddy added, “I feel it pseudo because when you are deeply in love and deeply connected to a woman and vice versa, there is a lot of honesty in it. If you don’t have the liberty of slapping each other, then I don’t see anything there. These woman critics, who were talking about love, were never in love. Probably they never experienced it in the right way.”Talking about Hindi film critics, Sandeep Reddy said, “I also faced a lot of criticism for my Telugu film, but I have enjoyed it. The reason is that they were criticizing too many aspects of my movie, but here they were only on the feminist side. Here they did not speak anything else.”Sandeep Reddy added, “There are production values, cinematography, background score, sound design, colour correctness. They wrote about editing and directing. I know they hate me. But other than me, there are 24 other crafts. They never mentioned any point. I can clearly see they don’t understand the difference between the description and objectifying. If somebody is fat, you call him fat.””Rajeev Masand reviewed my film and he gave a 2-star rating. I don’t see a point. I have seen him giving more than 3 stars for stupid films. I didn’t understand it, said Sandeep adding, “These guys are a threat to the film industry, but not piracy. There is curiosity in piracy because those are the guys, who get money to you. They are never a threat to me. The guys or women like this are a real threat to the industry.  This is not personal, but a general feeling of every filmmaker.”Some feminists have opined that Kabir Singh encourages rape culture. Talking about them, Sandeep Reddy said, “One lady review said that this movie encourages rape culture. At the age of 24, I worked closely with rape victims. During college days, I was a physiotherapist in the post-surgical ward. I have dealt with rape victim with very close proximity. I know their stories and I can feel their emotions.”The director added, “These critics just used that word and they don’t even know about the spelling of it. They are talking about films, which have made them popular. In a very softer tone, I would say that they are parasites for the film industry. I don’t see them even as critics, because critics talk about a lot of things. You just attack and say something.”Sandeep Reddy raised a question Rajeev Masand’s ratings for a sexist and toxic film like Sanju. He said, “Rajeev Masand gave 3.5 (stars) to Sanju. “Sanju where is my mangalsutra?” What happens after that, you can talk volumes about it. Everybody loved it. When he says he slept with 300-odd women, we were all cheering and whistling in the theatre.”last_img read more

1000 new startups joined in 2017 B2B and advanced tech startups pushing

first_imgEmployees working in a start-up in Bangalore.Reuters2017 has been a good year for the start-ups in India. In the current calendar year, over 1,000 new start-ups joined the ecosystem, primarily fuelled by the growth in B2B and advanced tech start-ups, according to the Nasscom Startup Report.Start-ups in India have cemented their position as the third largest startup ecosystem across the world, amidst intensifying competition from countries like UK and Israel.With the new addition of 1,000 start-ups in 2017, the total count of tech start-ups currently stands at 5,000-5200. The report further showed that the country is witnessing a rapid rise in the B2B tech start-up landscape, with primary focus on verticals such as healthtech, fintech, and ecommerce/aggregators.”India is one of the fastest growing start-up landscape in the world and every major accelerator, investor, angel group, is participating in becoming a part of this growth journey. Today, Indian ecosystem is flooded with innovative ideas and needs the right channel and guidance in terms of acceleration, scaling up and funding to continue to disrupt,” Raman Roy, Chairman, Nasscom said today in Bangalore.With 40 percent of start-ups in the B2B segment, its share in the overall tech start-up funding is over 30 percent. With over 50 collaboration programs, corporations are playing a vital role in supporting these start-ups, the report said.While Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai retained their position as the key start-up hubs in India, 20 percent of the start-ups emerged from tier II and III cities, the report stated.Nasscom launched the 2017 edition of the NASSCOM-Zinnov report on the ‘Indian Start-up Ecosystem—Traversing the maturity cycle’, released on Thursday in its annual flagship NASSCOM Product Conclave 2017.Speaking on the occasion, R Chandrashekhar, President, Nasscom, said, “The Indian startup ecosystem is maturing, driven by young, diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial landscape. This is leading to an emergence of focused domain solutions for verticals like healthcare, agriculture, and education. Findings of the report are testimonies to the potential of the start-up landscape and the scope of growth and opportunity that India presents. Nasscom will continue its drive towards catalysing deep tech start-ups, build category leaders and support start-ups to create for India.”Fin-tech start-up base is estimated to be 360 in 2017 indicating at 31 percent year on year growth with over Rs 1,300 crore ($200 million) funding received in the first half of 2017, which is a growth of 135 percent since the comparable period in 2016, the report noted.Further, the report stated that healthcare technology vertical saw a 28 percent annual growth, with an estimated base of 320 startups. The vertical also garnered a total funding of Rs 1,040 crore ($160 million) in the first half 2017, up by 129 percent since 2016.With over 60 percent start-ups, the business to consumer technology start-up segment focused on creating innovative business models and taking the vertical approach, securing close to 70 percent of the overall tech start-up funding in the first half of 2017, the report said.last_img read more