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How weekendonly jail sentences can cause security risks overcrowding

first_imgEvery Friday, large numbers of people across Canada are obligated to report to the same place for the weekend: jail.But the number of these weekend jail terms is increasing in some provinces — and critics are warning about overcrowding, and security stretched to the limits.Quebec’s ombudsman and Nova Scotia’s auditor general both drew attention to the issue in recent reports, which advocates say are a by-product of Harper government sentencing reforms.Canadian judges can impose intermittent terms when sentences are 90 days or less, involving people assessed as a low risk to society.Michael Pickup, the Nova Scotia auditor general, used the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, the province’s largest, as an example of what those working in the system complain about.“You might have 50 people who are there for processing, who are there for the weekend,” Pickup told a legislature committee last month.“That poses significant challenges to the staff in terms of doing assessments, getting them checked in, and at looking at the security.”Pickup’s report noted that staff, rushing to process dozens of people, were found to have skipped steps in the admission process that could impact the safety of offenders and staff.“The assessment involves considering factors … such as age, previous crimes, and types of crimes committed to enable staff to assign a level of risk to the offender while in custody,” Pickup wrote in his report.In her special report on the issue in March, Quebec Ombudsman Marie Rinfret said the increase in weekend sentences had led to overcrowded jails, resulting in “difficult detention conditions and security problems.”Her report said that in 2016-17 the number of weekend jail terms had increased 91.5 per cent in six years in the province. Fully 14 per cent of admissions involved weekend-only prisoners in 2015-16.Pickup’s report cited a 2015 Justice Department analysis that found about 16 per cent of Nova Scotia offenders were serving weekend time.That analysis noted that in much larger provinces such as Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, the use of intermittent sentences were much lower — ranging from two to eight per cent of the offender population.Rinfret pointed directly to “certain amendments to the Criminal Code in the last 10 years.”“Everything points to the fact that the combination of several amendments to the Criminal Code by the federal government between 2008 and 2012 has contributed to the increase in intermittent sentences,” Rinfret wrote in her report.Jennifer Quaid, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, called that “a very plausible and probably very likely thesis.”Quaid said federal measures such as the 2012 Safe Streets and Communities Act had removed judicial discretion in certain serious crimes in favour of mandatory minimum sentences.Previously, the ability to tailor a sentence to individual offenders was “to some extent” a defining feature of the Canadian legal system, she said.“Removing that option means you do have people that do have to have time in prison,” she said. “One way you can try to attenuate that is to have it (a sentence) served intermittently.”Quaid said without data, she can’t say why the use of intermittent sentences is higher in provinces like Nova Scotia and Quebec, but she thinks “there are attitudinal differences across the country.”Emma Halpern, executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society Mainland Nova Scotia, said intermittent sentences are useful because they allow offenders to work and to have access to their families.But she said they also come with “specific gender issues.”Women in Nova Scotia have to travel at their own expense every weekend to Halifax, where the sentences are served, she said.They are also subjected to strip searches on arrival, which can prove traumatic for sexual abuse survivors. Halpern said women serving intermittent terms are also primarily held in isolation.Sean Kelly, Nova Scotia’s director of correctional services, said new security measures are on the way, including the installation of body scan units to help look for illicit drugs.Kelly said alternatives to jail time are also being discussed through the province’s Criminal Justice Transformation Group.“Obviously we’d like to see lower numbers and we’re hopeful the transformation group can assist in coming up with strategies that will reduce the population of intermittent offenders overall,” Kelly said.“I think the more we can do to reduce that population, the better it will be for correctional facilities.”Rinfret’s report recommended fostering social integration programs, and pointed to supervised community-based work programs in Alberta and Ontario as examples of what can be done. Both programs have strict eligibility requirements.Quaid said the reports contain food for thought for the wider justice system.“I’m not sure the solution is obvious, but we can’t just sit back and say yeah, this is fine,” she said.last_img read more

Stars Raise Money For Their Favorite Charities Through Celebrity Auction Doctors‏

first_imgStars from television and music will auction personal items on the groundbreaking new interview-and-auction show Celebrity Auction Doctors, which premieres on April 10, 2014 at CelebrityAuctionDoctors.com and on YouTube.com.The celebrities’ historic items will be auctioned live worldwide in partnership with eBay’s official charity division Giving Works. Each star featured on Celebrity Auction Doctors participates in a candid, exclusive interview where they introduce a personal item for auction to benefit their charity of choice.American Idol Season 11 Top 4 finalist Hollie Cavanagh, fashion designer and winner of the seventh season of Project Runway and Project Runway: All-Stars (season 3) Seth Aaron, and famed 80’s rock band Twisted Sister are all featured in the inaugural episode. Hollie Cavanagh donated a necklace she wore on American Idol, Seth Aaron donated the scissors he used to win Project Runway, and Dee Snider’s personal jacket from the popular Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.Proceeds from episode 1 will benefit The Humane Society of the United States (Hollie Cavanagh), Polaris Project (Seth Aaron), and March Of Dimes (Twisted Sister).Celebrity Auction Doctors was created by entrepreneur Todd Olster, whose company Auction Doctors, Inc. has organized global charity auctions for more than ten years for national organizations including: ESPN, City of Hope, and Women’s Sports Foundation. Olster founded Celebrity Auction Doctors knowing that it would be an outstanding promotional vehicle for charities and celebrities. The highly effective marketing power of Celebrity Auction Doctors is found in the combined social media presence of the celebrities and the charities.Celebrity Auction Doctors will present regular episodes this year following its launch. Stars from many different worlds – including: film, television, music, art, politics, sports, and more – become special guests on Celebrity Auction Doctors so they can raise money and awareness for their charities of choice. Celebrity Auction Doctors only supports 501C3 charities that have proven integrity.last_img read more

Countries must treat sexual violence as serious security threat – top UN

22 September 2011Sexual violence in conflict represents a threat to peace and security and is not just a health or human rights issue, top United Nations officials told Member States today at a mini-summit on preventing and responding to sexual violence in conflict. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the mini-summit, held on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly in New York, that Member States must increase their efforts to prevent such violence and prosecute perpetrators.He remarked that sexual violence in conflict has become a high-priority issue on the Security Council agenda, noting that three resolutions since 2008 have each demanded that parties to a conflict make specific commitments to combat sexual violence and establish mechanisms to hold perpetrators accountable.“The majority of perpetrators remain at large. Prosecutions and convictions are low. We need to make even greater efforts to prevent and respond, including by providing adequate remedies, reparation and care for survivors,” he said.Mr. Ban praised the work of the UN Action against Sexual Violence Conflict network, created in 2008 to help stop rape and other sexual crimes in conflict-ridden countries, and that of the Team of Experts, a group that focuses on assisting governments to ensure sexual crimes are prosecuted.“The experts were unique among the UN in being invited by the Government of South Sudan to contribute to the drafting of the transitional constitution. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) they are supporting prosecution support cells and assisting Government to deploy women magistrates.“These examples illustrate a growing commitment to combat this evil, but they are also evidence that it remains a significant challenge.”During the meeting, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, said that although there were many challenges left, striking progress had been made.Ms. Wallström emphasized the shift in treating sexual violence as a security issue.“Beyond responding to sexual violence as a health issue, we have begun to identify ways to prevent it as a security threat,” she said.“The engagement of the Security Council represents a crucial shift in approach. It is a recognition that conflict-related sexual violence is a legitimate threat to international peace and security, which requires an operational security response.“The Security Council has now – for the first time – put in place an accountability regime for conflict-related sexual violence. This entails closer monitoring of sexual violence and the naming of perpetrators. It gives us the basis to take action against those perpetrators, and put in place targeted prevention and protection measures. It enables us to better understand this phenomenon. We cannot prevent what we do not fully understand,” she added.She also stressed that fighting impunity remains a crucial part of the process.“There must be swift and consistent consequences for perpetrators to serve as a deterrent against future abuse. Together we must ensure that mass rape is never again met with mass impunity.” read more

Ottawa raising offshore liability cap to 1B in Arctic Atlantic waters

HALIFAX — Ottawa is raising the liability cap for companies operating in Atlantic Canada’s offshore to $1-billion up from the current $30-million under new proposed legislation.Speaking today in Halifax, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver also announced that liability in the Arctic will increase to $1-billion from $40-million when the legislation is introduced in the fall.Oliver says the move is aimed at aligning Canada’s accountability regime with current international standards in the event of an oil spill.Changes will also be put in place in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador to make the so-called polluter pays principle explicit in provincial legislation later this year.Other changes would see operators required to pay offshore regulators $100-million in order to address any potential spills or make an operation pool of $250-million available.Last week, Oliver announced that nuclear operators would also face a higher liability ceiling when Parliament resumes following the summer break. read more

South Koreas top court sends exleader case to lower court

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea’s top court has sent back ex-President Park Geun-hye’s corruption case to a lower court for separate trials for her previously convicted charges.South Korea’s first female president was impeached by lawmakers in December 2016 and officially removed from office in March 2017 over the scandal that triggered months of street rallies involving millions of people.An appellate court earlier sentenced Park to 25 years in prison over bribery, extortion, abused of power and other charges.But the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Seoul High Court to deal with Park’s bribery charge separately from other charges.Local media said Park could now face a lengthier prison term because a court typically issues reduced terms when it deals with a person’s multiple charges.The Associated Press read more

UN adviser visits Sri Lanka to ensure children are better protected from

Ambassador Allan Rock, the special adviser for Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, is visiting Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Government, although he will also meet the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Karuna Faction on their obligations to protect children, according to a press release.He will also have discussions with UN partners, civil society and other relevant actors before returning on 14 November when a report on the visit will be presented to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, the release added.Ambassador Rock was Canada’s Ambassador to the UN from 2004 to 2006 and served as Chair of the Group of Friends of the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. He has worked extensively on human rights issues and was involved in the establishment of the enhanced Human Rights Council and the Peacebuilding Commission.In a related development, 17 relief workers for the non-governmental organization (NGO) Action against Hunger, slain three months ago in the town of Muttur in northeastern Sri Lanka, were honoured today by their families and colleagues, a UN spokesman told reporters in New York.“The Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Jeff Taft-Dick, reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to ensure that the full investigation is concluded and never to forget those who were killed,” said spokesman Stephane Dujarric. read more

Football Revengedriven Ohio State aiming for seasondefining win against Penn State

The Buckeyes, led by redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry (13), wait at the end of the tunnel prior to taking the field for the game against UNLV on Sept. 23.Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe door to the left of the lectern opened and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer walked hastily into the team meeting room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for his weekly Monday press conference. He had no time for any opening statements.“Just jump right into questions,” Meyer said, gruffly.He had no time for pontificating; no time for questions. Meyer wrapped up his weekly conference faster than usual, hustling out the same door he entered 11 minutes prior.He had just one thing on his mind: revenge.Last season, Penn State nearly ruined Ohio State’s season as a swarm of Nittany Lion fans wearing white stormed the field following their team’s upset of the then-No. 2 Buckeyes while those wearing scarlet and gray slunk back to the locker room with their season seemingly in shambles. Though coaches normally shy away from publicly claiming avenging defeat as a catalyst for a statement victory, Meyer was blunt.“Is revenge a motivator?” Meyer asked. “Hell yeah it is.”Not much motivates teams quite like memories of a loss to a conference opponent.“We were just stunned. We didn’t respect a really good opponent and kind of took for granted winning,” redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard said Wednesday.This season, Ohio State will not be surprised by the Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes believe they are ready for what will be one of their stiffest challenges of the season. Meyer said Penn State has “one of the top offenses in America.” He called running back Saquon Barkley “the best all-purpose guy we’ve probably faced in probably, maybe my career.” Barkley, a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, has rushed for 757 yards — 6.5 yards per carry — and has racked up a team-leading 32 catches for 448 yards. Meyer said Penn State has “the No. 1 pass defense in America.” The Nittany Lions rank first in the nation in pass defense efficiency (94.02).If Ohio State hopes to win, it must slow down the best running back in college football and penetrate one of the best pass defenses in the country. It needs to limit dual-threat quarterback Trace McSorley and protect quarterback J.T. Barrett from a rampant defensive line that decimated the Buckeyes’ offensive line in their previous meeting. Last year, the Nittany Lions picked on right tackle Isaiah Prince, who will have an opportunity to show his improvement on a grand stage.That’s no small task. But whether this season will be deemed a success relies on it. For Ohio State, anything but a berth in the College Football Playoff will be seen as a failure. The Buckeyes’ game versus Penn State marks the turning point in the season, just as it unexpectedly did last year. Will 2017 be a disappointment or will Meyer’s team position itself in the conference’s driver’s seat?If Ohio State defeats the Nittany Lions, it will be the heavy favorite to win the conference. Sure, it will have to take down Michigan on the road, No. 16 Michigan State and likely No. 5 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship, but optimism would be high following a win against the team many presume to be the best in the conference. If Ohio State wins out, it would earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.But if the Buckeyes lose, their chances of reaching the playoff vanish. They entered the season with three season-defining games — matchups against Oklahoma, Penn State and Michigan. They would have failed their first two true tests of the year, effectively turning their season into an instant dud. Either Ohio State enacts revenge, upsets the No. 2 team in the country and becomes the favorite to win the Big Ten, or its season would be viewed as a flop. There is no middle ground.The Buckeyes cannot look too far ahead. This season-defining matchup comes at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.The page flipped quickly from Ohio State’s off week and Penn State’s 42-13 victory against Michigan to Ohio State versus Penn State.Just six minutes after Penn State’s decisive win Saturday night, redshirt senior center Billy Price tweeted, “#BeatPennState.” At head coach James Franklin’s postgame press conference, the Penn State head coach picked up a phone, saw the time was 11:23 p.m. and said the Nittany Lions had just 37 minutes to celebrate the win.“I’m not talking about the next opponent,” Franklin said, referring to Ohio State, following his team’s win Saturday. “Enjoy the heck out of this win for the next 37 minutes and then the next day, we’ll focus on the next opponent.”Those 37 minutes are up. Now it’s time to see whether the Buckeyes will have their revenge or watch their season end at the hands of the Nittany Lions. read more

Neo Geo X will be 130 without any games

first_imgVintage gaming fanatics who were turned off by the reprised Neo Geo X’s $200 price tag may find comfort in knowing that a barebones version of the old-school handheld will also be available for $130.In 1992, the Neo Geo AES console was released, ushering in a groundbreaking new home system that brought arcade-quality fighting games to the living room for the first time. And it would live on to be known and remembered as the console for fighting game fans. The Neo Geo X will celebrate those games when it launches on December 6.The unit, which is jointly created by SNK Playmore and Tommo, was first announced earlier this year. At the time, they only announced a bundle called the “Neo Geo X Gold,” which will come with 20 pre-loaded games as well as a docking station to connect the system to a TV. That version of the device carries a $200 price tag. The fact that you can buy a brand new Xbox 360 for the same price certainly raised some eyebrows, so the $130 version might be more impulse buy-worthy. Of course, then, the games are an extra expense.There’s something about retro games that have universal – and timeless – appeal. For those of us who grew up playing on the Atari or Sega Genesis, playing old-school titles presents an unbeatable sense of nostalgia. But perhaps the most surprising thing is that even new gamers are becoming fans of the classic titles from the ’90s, proving that there was something about those simple-but-addicting games that can’t be replicated with today’s powerful games hardware.More at Neo Geo X, via Wiredlast_img read more

Russian Foreign Minister dismisses US election meddling probe as blabber

first_img Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 1:10 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3857070 Short URL 11,565 Views By AFP Feb 17th 2018, 7:59 AM Updated 1.10pmRUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER Sergei Lavrov has dismissed accusations that Moscow interfered in the US election that brought President Donald Trump to power as “blabber”.“So as long as we don’t see facts, everything else is blabber,” Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference, a day after the US indicted 13 Russians for running a secret campaign to sway the American vote.The indictments – which include the first charges laid by US special counsel Robert Mueller for election interference – detailed an operation launched in 2014 in a bid to sow social division in the United States and influence American politics “including the presidential election of 2016″.Mueller alleges that by mid-2016, the campaign – under the direction of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin – became focused on boosting Trump and demeaning his rivals including Democrat Hillary Clinton.It allegedly involved hundreds of people working in shifts and with a budget of millions of dollars. Three companies were also indicted.Mueller charges that members of the group posed as US citizens on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, posting content that reached “significant numbers” of Americans.The content was retweeted by the president’s two eldest sons Don Jr and Eric, as well as other top campaign officials and members of Trump’s inner circle.The indictments made no judgement however on whether the alleged Russian efforts had altered the outcome of the election. Share4 Tweet Email Sergei Lavrov Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images No Comments Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Sergei Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister dismisses US election meddling probe as ‘blabber’ “So as long as we don’t see facts, everything else is blabber.” Source: Andrew Harnik via PA ImagesWhen asked to comment on the charges at the security gathering in Germany, Lavrov said: “I don’t have a reaction because anything and everything can be published. We see how accusations, statements, are multiplying.”But he stressed that US officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, had in the past “denied that any country influenced results of the election”.Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova had earlier rubbished Mueller’s allegations as “absurd”.Espionage However, US National Security Adviser HR McMaster, taking the stage in Munich immediately after Lavrov, said “evidence” of such attempts to “interfere in our democratic process” would become harder to hide.“We’re becoming more and more adept at tracing the origins of this espionage and subversion, and as you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and in the public domain,” McMaster said.While in the past investigators were wary of divulging their IT intelligence capabilities, “now that this is in the arena of a law enforcement investigation, it’s going to be very apparent to everyone”, McMaster said.He also argued that Russian authorities might begin to reconsider its attempts to sway foreign elections, “because it’s just not working”.The efforts to “polarise our societies” and “pit Western societies against each other, all that has done has appealed to those big fringes while uniting all of our polities actually against Russia and Russian interference”, he said. Source: realDonaldTrump/TwitterTrump meanwhile has seized on the indictments as proof that his campaign team did not conspire with Moscow.“Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for president,” he tweeted yesterday.“The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”None of the 13 Russian suspects are in US custody.© AFP 2018 Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. Read: Donald and Melania Trump travel in separate cars amid affair claims from Playboy modelRead: France hands back Nazi looted art to Jewish familylast_img read more

Man charged over Meath carjacking where woman was forced out of car

first_img Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie By Sean Murray No Comments A MAN IN his 50s is due to appear in court this afternoon in connection with a carjacking last Wednesday.The incident occurred in the early hours of 6 March.A woman was sitting in her car when two men forced her out and drove off in the car. She was not injured in the incident.A man was arrested by investigating gardaí yesterday in Dublin.He was brought to Trim Garda Station where he was questioned in relation to the car theft.The man has now been charged and will appear in Navan District Court this afternoon. Comments are closed for legal reasons https://jrnl.ie/4533075 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Mar 10th 2019, 11:55 AM Man charged over Meath carjacking where woman was forced out of car in early hours of morning The woman was not injured in the incident last Wednesday. Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 11:55 AM 16,921 Views Short URL Share3 Tweet Email last_img read more

Une protéine antiAlzheimer

first_imgUne protéine anti-Alzheimer ?France – L’équipe du Pr Baulieu de l’Inserm vient de faire une découverte majeure concernant la prévention et le traitement de la maladie d’Alzheimer : selon ses résultats, les relations entre deux protéines feraient partie des causes entraînant l’apparition des maladies neurodégénératives.Sous sa forme normale, la protéine Tau est nécessaire au bon fonctionnement des neurones. Elle est également connue pour être présente sous une forme anormale dans la maladie d’Alzheimer et d’autres cas de démence sénile. L’équipe de chercheurs a découvert qu’une autre protéine, FKBP52, s’accrochait à la protéine Tau et la détruisait.À lire aussiUne activité électrique détectée dans des mini-cerveaux développés en laboratoireFKBP52 se retrouve en quantité abondante dans le cerveau. Elle fait partie d’une classe de protéines capables de se lier aux médicaments immunosuppresseurs utilisés pour prévenir le rejet d’organes. Si cette protéine est présente en grande quantité dans le cerveau, elle empêche l’accumulation de protéines Tau dans les cellules nerveuses et donc, favorise un bon fonctionnement des neurones. Cette “arme anti-Tau” suscite un grand espoir. Le Pr Baulieu espère mettre au point d’ici dix ans une molécule capable de traiter et arrêter le développement de la maladie. Mais il pense aussi, d’ici deux à trois ans, “pouvoir prévoir les risques de développer la maladie d’Alzheimer en mesurant cette protéine dans le sang” afin de réaliser un diagnostic précoce de la maladie.Le 27 janvier 2010 à 10:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Iron Fist enters the Marvel fan fray at NYCC

first_img Oh Marvel, Marvel, Marvel. There’s never a dull moment with you, is there?There wasn’t an empty seat at Main Stage 1-D at New York Comic Con as Marvel unveiled footage from its upcoming Netflix series, Iron Fist. After an extended hype session involving a lot of chanting and warnings that S.H.I.E.L.D agents would toss out anyone caught recording Top Secret footage on their phones, Executive Vice President of Marvel Television Jeph Leob wasted no time bringing out the first of many surprise guests, Luke Cage’s Erik LaRay Harvey and launched us straight into a dizzying montage from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage.And while that was typical of a Marvel panel, it also underlined a theme of the night: Who exactly is Danny Rand?The short answer is he’s Iron Fist, Marvel’s resident martial arts hero who as a child was rescued from an accident by some wise, Kung-fu teachin’ monks from K’un Lun, Asia’s Tibet-flavored Wakanda. And after a decade of everyone thinking, he’s dead, Rand is back in New York City to reclaim his birthright to his dad’s company. He’s also the fourth and final member of the Defenders, the Avengers of Hell’s Kitchen aka the neighborhood with the highest vigilante-to-criminal ratio in all of New York City.The cast was mostly a bunch of newcomers, led by Finn Jones of House Tyrell as Danny Rand. Joining him were show runner Scott Buck and cast mates Rosario Dawson (who will be reprising her role as Claire Temple), Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Tom Pelphrey, and Jessica Stroup. They didn’t get much time to dig into their thoughts on the series, mostly because everyone was mostly there for the clips. (Cast included, as apparently wrapped up shooting at 9 a.m. the same day).Judging by the clips, Iron Fist is a Kung-Fu rehash of Batman Begins. There was a lot of kicking and punching and visceral bone crunching—which drew enthusiastic cheers—and of course, another gritty beat ‘em up hallway fight scene involving tomahawk-wielding ninjas. There was also a weird dancing around just how Danny Rand got so good at whooping the bad guys.Most noticeably, the clips held a laser-focus on Iron Fist’s desire to retake his family’s company and the relationship between him and the other characters. In most of the footage, the kung-fu is treated as a fight aesthetic devoid of the problematic Asian mysticism endemic to many martial arts films that had some members of the Asian-American community up in arms over Jones’ casting in February. There are some hints of K’un Lun and Danny’s destiny as the One Who Will Defeat The Hand, but nothing that would potentially offend aside from a scene of Danny ruthlessly cutting down a horde of mostly faceless Asian baddies.That’s not entirely true of the trailer, which shows Rand meditating on a couch intercut with flashes of wispy smoke dragons, inscrutable monks, and a money shot of his glowing Iron Fist. But in all fairness, before some people blast this show on social media for perpetuating negative White Savior narratives, the clips shown at the panel seem to show that Marvel is more concerned with Rand’s personal drama.So who is Danny Rand? A scruffy hobo trying to reclaim his birthright who is also really good at martial arts? Or a problematic trope of a bygone era? Neither? Both? We’ll have to wait until the show debuts on March 17, 2017, to know for sure.But since this Marvel, and Marvel never ends anything without a Bang, Loeb had a few more surprises in store.First: Jon Bernthal came out on stage to confirm that The Punisher began production this past Monday. He also brought out Deborah Ann Woll, who will be reprising her role as Karen Page in season one.And if that didn’t have the crowd worked up, Finn Jones ran back out onstage to bring out his “new friends”—Daredevil’s Charlie Cox, Jessica Jones’s Krysten Ritter, and Luke Cage’s Mike Colter. And while the deafening screams might have you believing otherwise, the fact that Marvel has been working up to The Defenders hasn’t exactly been a secret.What was the big story of the night? That the Big Bad for the series would be none other than Sigourney Weaver. Cue a hall of fans losing their minds to a chorus of “HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT.” It’s not clear who Weaver will be playing, but here at Geek, we’d get a kick out of it if she played Modok. The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix UniverseMarvel’s Axed Netflix Shows Could Be Revived by Disney Stay on targetlast_img read more

Hughes – We cant wait for Fulham game

first_imgSouthampton manager Mark Hughes believes his side should have defeated Watford and now they can’t wait to face Fulham after the international break.Southampton were one goal ahead against Watford on Saturday when Charlie Austin’s goal was wrongly ruled out for offside and the visitors equalized late on in the 82nd minute.Hughes feels his side were denied three points, and that feeling will only serve to motivate them after the international break.“We’ll have about ten guys left behind and it’s a good opportunity to get some good work into them,” Hughes told Southampton website.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“Hopefully, everybody who is away will come back fit and well.“I sense that we can’t wait for the Fulham game because it’s a game that we’ve always targeted because it’s a good opportunity for us to get maximum points and that doesn’t change.“Given the events of Saturday, I think we’ll be even more determined.”last_img read more

ASAs Biotech Working Group Meets in Washington DC

first_imgASA’s Biotech Working Group met Jan. 30-31 in Washington, D.C. to continue working with industry partners to advocate for the next generation of biotech soybean traits. The working group comprises farmer leaders from ASA, the United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). Together with corporate members BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow, DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto and Syngenta, they met for discussions on the domestic and international working group’s reports and updates, U.S. regulatory environment and improvements/setbacks, a European Union (EU) biotech update, and potential future missions.Additionally, representatives from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) including Dr.Cathy Enright, BIO’s executive vice president for food and agriculture, gave updates on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established last fall between ASA, BIO, the National Grain and Feed Association, American Seed Trade Association, National Corn Growers Association, North American Export Grain Association, Corn Refiners Association, National Oilseed Processors Association and U.S. Grains Council. The MOU brings together the resources of the participating organizations to strengthen communication throughout the value chain on biotech and marketability issues.EU advocacy trip reports were given by ASA First Vice President Ray Gaesser and USB Directors Keith Kemp and Steve Moore. Wade Cowan (ASA)Laura Foell (USB)Ray Gaesser (ASA)Keith Kemp (USB)Alan Kemper (ASA)Jim Miller (USSEC) Steve Moore (USB)Danny Murphy, Chairperson (ASA)Tom Rotello (USSEC)Steve Wellman (ASA)Wyatt Whitford (ASA)Richard Wilkins (ASA)center_img Farmer-leader members of the 2013 Biotech Working Group are:last_img read more

Will Washington sell rights to name facilities

first_imgOLYMPIA — As many state and local governments across the nation deal with the aftermath of severe budget cuts prompted by the Great Recession, a Washington state lawmaker has put forth a plan to increase revenue without raising taxes: Allow the sale of naming rights to publicly owned facilities.“I’m trying to think out of the box and come up with some revenue for our local folks and for our state that isn’t another dollar out of our taxpayers’ wallets,” said Republican state Rep. Jan Angel.The practice has been in place elsewhere for decades, most prominently on sports venues. The results have ranged from memorable, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, to regrettable, Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.The proposal has sparked a measure of skepticism in Washington state among those who think it would give the appearance that government influence is for sale.“I think perhaps of the CenturyLink Capitol building or something like that,” said Democratic state Rep. Sam Hunt, during a recent committee hearing. “How far could this go?”last_img read more

Washington unemployment rate rises to 6 percent

first_imgOLYMPIA — Although the unemployment rate in Washington rose to 6 percent in October from 5.7 percent in September, there’s good news in the numbers, a state labor economist said Wednesday.The size of the state workforce grew by about 10,000 as more people started looking for jobs, said Paul Turek, a Washington Employment Security Department economist.People who weren’t considered part of the workforce because they didn’t have jobs and weren’t looking for them now think they have a chance to find work, he said.“Prospects are improving, so more people are entering the workforce and beginning to look for jobs,” Turek said after the monthly report for October. “But there weren’t enough jobs to support all the people who are looking.”There is evidence the economic recovery is continuing, he said. Washington’s jobless rate in October compares with 6.8 percent in the same month a year ago.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly September 9 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioBoard of Regents Rescinds President Gamble’s Retention Bonus At His Request Josh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe University of Alaska Board of Regents voted Monday to rescind President Pat Gamble’s $320,000 dollar retention bonus by a 9-1 vote.New Research Sheds Light On Late-20th Century Walrus DeclineEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchoragePacific walrus populations  in Alaska’s Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea area declined by half between 1981 and 1999.  New research indicates the decline may have slowed down in the years before 2000.State Presents Election Translation PlanDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelThe state of Alaska is proposing several changes in how they deliver voting information to Alaska Natives whose first language is Yup’ik or Gwich’in.Man In Custody After Hours-Long StandoffDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA long standoff between police and an armed man in Fairbanks ended with the suspect being taken into custody alive this afternoon.Fairbanks Schools Secured Following Unrelated IncidentsEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksA handful of Fairbanks schools have been on high security alert in the last two days due to two separate incidents.Alaska Schools At Forefront Of FASD Prevention EffortShady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerToday is National FASD Awareness day. FASD, or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, is a type of developmental disability caused by being prenatally exposed to alcohol. Alaska and some of its schools are at the forefront of understanding and preventing it.Unalaska Could Face Fines For Wastewater Plant DelaysAnnie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaThe city of Unalaska is falling behind on construction of a new wastewater treatment plant – and they could face up to $200,000 in federal fines as a result.Thermal Imaging Cameras Donated To Villages For Use In Search And RescueJenn Ruckel, KNOM – NomeSixteen handheld thermal imaging cameras will soon be in the hands of search-and-rescue teams in the Norton Sound region, thanks to a donation from Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC). Alaska State Troopers will be distributing these bi-ocular cameras to 15 member communities and Shishmaref within the next few weeks.Yupiit Nation Members Talk Tribal SovereigntyBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelTerms like tribal sovereignty, Native Rights, and co-management, are all open to interpretation.  One of the most vocal groups in the Y-K Delta, Yupiit Nation, recently met to hash out their vision of future governance in the region. Members have a spectrum of views about what tribal sovereignty really means.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 7 Pro price in India starts at Rs 32999 Specifications

first_imgOnePlus Bullets Wireless 2NAINR 5,990Coming soon OnePlus 7 Pro Mirror Gray6+128 GB, 8+256 GBINR 48,999, INR 52,99917 May OnePlus 7 Red8+256 GBINR 37,999June OnePlus 7 Mirror Gray6+128 GB, 8 + 256 GBIINR 32,999, INR 37,999June OnePlus 7 Pro Nebula Blue8+ 256 GB, 12 + 256GBINR 52999, INR 57,99928 May IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Product Configuration Price Availability (open sales) OnePlus has announced their latest flagship devices, the OnePlus 7 series. The launch event opened with CEO Pete Lau’s acknowledgement of how OnePlus has done in India, being the top choice in high-end smartphones in 2018 in India. It was announced that Hyderabad will be home to OnePlus’ biggest store in the world. OnePlus’ stores have quadrupled over the world and they plan to open experience centres in Pune and Mumbai.Here’s everything OnePlus announced at today’s event in Bengaluru:Wireless EarphonesTilen Pigac, the Head of Community at OnePlus India, announced the new earphones Bullets Wireless 2 with literal chest thumping and quite a few music references. The new pair of earphones will sport Bluetooth 5.0 and boast warp charge compatibility, enabling a full charge of 14 hours audio playback, in under 15 minutes. It will have two Knowles balanced armature drivers and a 10mm dynamic driver to provide great bass and high treble.OnePlus 7 Pro: Design and PerformanceNow onto the highlight of the event. The OnePlus 7 Pro itself is a beautiful phone with the highest rated display in the market. “A great user experience means freedom and should enhance your life instead of distracting you from it. I’m so proud of what we’ve built with the OnePlus 7 series and can’t wait for people to try out the display,” said Lau. OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanIt will arrive in three colours – Nebula Blue, Mirror Grey and Almond. It does not have a notch or a hole to mar its 6.7inch display, which features a new technology which has been dubbed as Fluid AMOLED. The screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent. This is the first phone from OnePlus to have a QHD display, packing 4.5 million pixels packed in a density of 516ppi.This, paired with a refresh rate of 90Hz, will allow a spectacular experience on the slim phone. OnePlus also added their version of Samsung’s edge lighting, which they are calling Horizon Light. It will have a blue light filter and support HDR10 for the ultimate video viewing experience.OnePlus has partnered with Netflix to bring content to view in HDR to the new phone. The show then transitioned to the camera, a 16MP selfie camera that pops up in a little over half a second. OnePlus assured the audience of the camera’s physical durability by with a video showing a 20-kg block being lifted just by the camera. Further, if the phone is dropped accidentally (or intentionally) while the selfie camera is open, it closes by itself before the phone hits the ground. OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe triple camera setup at the rear has been called a DSLR replacement and it features a Sony IMX586 48MP sensor. It has a 7P lens setup with an aperture of f/1.6. The second sensor sports a 16MP wide-angle lens with a 117-degree field of view at an aperture of f/2.2. The third sensor is an 8MP one and has an aperture lens of f/2.4 with OIS and 3x optical zoom. The phone’s photo quality has been given a score of 111 by DXOMark, putting it ahead of Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, iPhone XS Max and Google Pixel 3.Google Lens will be available with the camera, giving a nice boost to the already great software. The phone has Snapdragon 855 with 7nm architecture, which makes it 45% faster and 20% more power-efficient than the previous generation. The phone can handle up to 12GBs of RAM, cutting downloading times. As per earlier rumours, it has UFS 3.0 storage technology and can run all day with its 4,000 mAH battery. The phone is liquid cooled and features stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanAs far as gaming on the phone goes, OnePlus had Sam Mathews from esports group Fnatic explain how the Adreno 640 GPU and the 90Hz screen can take gaming on the mobile platform to the next level. He announced a new Fnatic mode on the phone, which will put the device into overdrive by focusing all cores on the game, removing network interference from background apps and blocking notifications to deliver a better gaming experience.The OnePlus 7 will be available in red, a colour not available on the larger variant.Price, Availability and OffersProduct Product Configuration Configuration Price Price Availability (open sales)Availability (open sales)Product OnePlus 7 Pro Mirror GrayConfiguration 6+128 GB, 8+256 GBPrice INR 48,999, INR 52,999Availability (open sales)17 MayProduct OnePlus 7 Pro Nebula BlueConfiguration 8+ 256 GB, 12 + 256GBPrice INR 52999, INR 57,999Availability (open sales)28 MayProduct OnePlus 7 Pro AlmondConfiguration 8+ 256 GBPrice INR 52,999Availability (open sales)JuneProduct OnePlus 7 Mirror GrayConfiguration 6+128 GB, 8 + 256 GBPrice IINR 32,999, INR 37,999Availability (open sales)JuneProduct OnePlus 7 RedConfiguration 8+256 GBPrice INR 37,999Availability (open sales)JuneProduct OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2Configuration NAPrice INR 5,990Availability (open sales)Coming soon OnePlus 7 Pro Almond8+ 256 GBINR 52,999June Close OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classylast_img read more

This Giant Lego Roller Coaster Is Built For Thrillseeking Minifigs

first_img Lego has unveiled the latest addition to its theme park attractions. The new set is a massive, fully-functional roller coaster, and like the other rides in the collection it’s big enough for your minifigs to enjoy.The coaster is one of the biggest sets Lego is selling right now at just over 4,100 pieces. That’s more than the UCS Death Star (but still well short of the ridiculously detailed UCS Millennium Falcon). Fully assembled, the coaster stands almost two feet tall and three feet long!While there’s no loop or corkscrew for minifigs to hurtle through, the track has plenty of turns and dips to keep things exciting. There’s even a working chain lift to pull the cars up to the peak of the hill. Out of the box it’s a hand-cranked setu, but you can motorize the coaster with power elements or Lego Boost.As they typically do, Lego has checked all the boxes with this one. The ride op has a “you must be this tall to ride” stick (sorry, disappointed little girl with the non-movable minilegs) and there’s a park map that shows all of Lego’s big amusement park attractions.As long as we’re looking at details and talking about screaming, just check out those cars! Lego made sure to fit them with a lap bar so that your minifigs aren’t accidentally ejected when they go swooping down a hill or careening around a corner!Your minifigs can also buy overpriced beverages at the concession stand and action photos from the screamiest part of the coaster (snapped by a camera mounted right near the C in sign). Heck, there’s even a trash can you can place near the exit just in case someone gets queasy.The Lego roller coaster isn’t available yet, but that’s probably a good thing. If you want one, you probably need some time to clear the three square feet you’ll need to display it. Oh, and to save up the $380 to pay for it. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

This Fans Han Solo Anime Short Looks Better Than The Movie

first_img Dear Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars, Let Directors DirectMy Complicated Relationship with Gender and Star Wars Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Solo: A Star Wars Story’s first trailer debuted during the Super Bowl, and it looked pretty lacking. I’m not sure about the actor they chose for Han himself, and I’m not very excited to see the movie. But I’m still a Star Wars fan, so I was thrilled to see this manmade anime short by Daz Tibbles in just four days. It’s only a 40-second video teaser, but it captures Han’s attitude and personality perfectly. It does a better job of the trailer showing off a side of Han that we should have seen from the live-action version.It’s impressive work, especially since one person took the time out of their schedule to put it together. You can see Han zooming along in his speeder while being tailed by stormtroopers, a devilish grin on his face, before the trailer fades to the Star Wars logo with Japanese embellishments. It would make for the perfect project, but unfortunately, we’re getting the live action…whatever that was that is Solo: A Star Wars Story.If you like what you see, there are other Star Wars anime and manga out there that you can explore, such as this excellent TIE Fighter short and the Star Wars manga adaptations. Four movies were adapted, including The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, and of course the original Star Wars. It’s a format that lends itself well to the fantastic storylines of the original trilogy and beyond, and it’s strange that there hasn’t been a proper anime series made adapting the story. If you think Kylo Ren is impressive without a shirt for some reason in The Last Jedi, wait until you see a bishounen version.What do you think of this fan’s handiwork? Is it indicative of a Han Solo movie you’d want to see?last_img read more