Oncepopular Canadiens pocket calendar disappears as club goes green

first_imgMONTREAL – They were once a fixture at the local convenience store and ended up tucked into the pockets of Montreal Canadiens’ fans seeking to keep tabs on their favourite team.But modernity has claimed the once-popular pocket calendar, as the hockey club this year became the last Canadian team to do away with the schedule.The chief sponsor behind the calendar — Molson Coors Brewing Co. — says technology and environmental considerations have rendered the calendar obsolete.“It’s not about the cost, it’s really an environmental question because in 2018, everyone has the calendar on their smartphone, on their computer,” Molson Coors spokesman Francois Lefebvre said.Lefebvre said technology has led to a drop in interest in the tiny calendars that listed every Habs game.“We preferred to invest in other strategic areas when it came to the Canadiens,” Lefebvre said.The calendar remained popular despite its simplicity: Molson printed and distributed 1.1 million last season and had 250,000 returned, meaning 850,000 were snapped up.Lefebvre said the Canadiens were the last of the Canadian NHL teams to do away with their pocket calendar.Molson used to produce similar schedules for the Edmonton Oilers, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators.Paul Wilson, the Canadiens’ vice-president communications, said he endorsed the decision to scrap the calendar, albeit with a heavy heart.“I used to pick one up when I’d buy gas. We all kept a little calendar in our pockets, and it was super useful,” Wilson told The Canadian Press.“But we’re in a world where if we want to be environmentally responsible, we’ve got to make decisions like this.”Wilson said the team’s plan is to become paperless.In 2017, the Canadiens added a surcharge for ticket holders wanting paper tickets, upsetting some fans.Other subtle changes have begun in the press box, where the team is cutting down on what Wilson calls the “mind-blowing” amount of paper documents given to journalists over the course of the season — even though the information is all available online.last_img read more

Alberta premier disappointed with Ottawas response to oil bottleneck

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s disappointed with Ottawa’s lukewarm response to the province’s plan to ease oil bottlenecks by buying more rail cars.She says it’s simplistic to dismiss buying rail cars by saying they probably wouldn’t arrive until a pipeline expansion were already under construction.Alberta oil is currently selling at a discount of about $45 a barrel because of an oil glut due to a lack of pipeline capacity.Notley has proposed Ottawa invest in moving oil to market on rail cars in the meantime and as a hedge against future shipping problems.Notley says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who spent the day in Calgary on Thursday, left Alberta with a better idea of how crucial the issue is than when he arrived.She’s also thanking people who she says helped her make her point when they shut down part of a downtown Calgary street for a rally during Trudeau’s visit.Alberta could go ahead with the rail car purchase with or without the federal government, she said Friday after an announcement in Edmonton.“The government of Alberta will do what it needs to do, whether we do it by ourselves or with support from Ottawa,” she said. “It might be reasonable for them to come to the table.”Notley is planning a trip to Ottawa and Toronto next week for  meetings and speeches to try to keep the oil bottleneck on the federal government’s front-burner.  She has said the price gap between Canadian and U.S. crude is costing the country’s economy $80 million a day.Trudeau said in Calgary that the federal government is doing what it can to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, which would triple the line’s capacity to carry oil to tankers on the west coast.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its approval. The court cited inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on the marine environment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Skawennati takes aboriginal storytelling into cyberspace

first_imgAdvertisement The word machinima, she explains, is a cross between machine and cinema and denotes a means of producing animated films by using computer graphics and video-game technology.Skawennati’s Hunter and Warriors.In coordination with the CAG, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and the Museum of Anthropology, Skawennati has been working with six participants in MOA’s Native Youth Program, demonstrating ways in which oral storytelling traditions can be “reimagined” in virtual environments. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Skawennati, the award-winning new-media artist, did not set out to create a career for herself in cyberspace. Based in Montreal, she was born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, grew up in the suburb of Châteauguay, and studied design art at Concordia University.“When I started [there], the supplies that we had to get were Rapidograph pens, inks, erasers,” she says with a laugh. “That’s how old I am.”Skawennati is speaking to the Georgia Straight while seated on a sofa in the Contemporary Art Gallery’s Burrard Marina Field House, where she has been artist in residence for the past couple of weeks. She is in the early stages of a CAG commission to create a work for exhibition in 2017, but more immediately, she has been in Vancouver to lead an extended machinima workshop with aboriginal youth.last_img read more

Cheaper phone future of PlayBook expected to take centre stage at BlackBerry

The conference takes place at the Marriott World Center, a sprawling complex that acts as a mothership for all of the related events that surround it that range from workshops to live concerts.On Sunday, the preparations were underway for the massive event as staff scurried around, or in some cases scooted through the halls on Segways, putting up signs and other displays.Tour buses with the BlackBerry logo warmed up their engines and drove practice runs around the various hotels and resorts where conference attendees will stay.The meticulous plans have been in the works for months.When BlackBerry held the conference last year, the company was in dire straits. Questions swirled about its future and whether it would sell its operations to a competitor. Heins tried to refocus the attention by unveiling new features of the then in-development BlackBerry 10 operating system, though the crowd wasn’t shown what the new phones would look like.Since then, the company has aggressively tried to regain its status as a leading smartphone maker with the launch of BlackBerry 10 and two new smartphones.This year, BlackBerry will use the event to champion its image as a major smartphone player, though sales numbers for its latest devices in the United States won’t be revealed until the company reports its financial results in June.Getty Images ORLANDO, Fla. — BlackBerry will pull out all the stops this week as the company welcomes thousands of industry players for BlackBerry Live, it’s annual three-day conference which promises to offer some perspective into its future.Chief executive Thorsten Heins will take the stage on Tuesday and is expected to deliver a keynote speech that could reveal a lower-priced version of its latest phone and some clues about whether the company plans to abandon tablet technology forever.BlackBerry Live is both an information session and a hype machine for the company, which has several giant parties planned for its supporters who fly in from around the world and to attend the event.Getty Images One lingering question will be whether another BlackBerry PlayBook will see the light of day, since Heins has been cryptic about the company’s strategy in the portable computer market.Last month, he told The Canadian Press that the company is “thinking about” another tablet “in the context of BlackBerry 10.” In later interviews, he predicted tablets will be a dying technology in five years, replaced by other mobile computing devices.It’s widely expected that Heins hopes to turn BlackBerry smartphones into portable computers that work in conjunction with other devices — think bringing your smartphone into work and it linking with your monitor through Bluetooth technology.While it’s unlikely he will unveil a new product at the conference that maps out how those ideas will be linked, he boasted in January that he had returned his laptop to BlackBerry’s IT department as he had adopted the new version of the smartphone as his personal computer.BlackBerry Live doubles as both a way to inform telecom executives and developers about the company’s future as well as a way to impress them with flashy parties and famous people.This year, Alicia Keys is scheduled to be part of an hour-long discussion about women in the technology industry before she appears at a private concert Tuesday at Universal Studios.Other artists scheduled to appear include Miguel, the Alabama Shakes and DJ Cedric Gervais who generated headlines last year when Madonna mentioned his song “Molly” and wound up in a social media spat with Canadian DJ Deadmau5. The concert will be streamed live on the company’s website.BlackBerry hired Keys as global creative director in January, but the pop singer has played a relatively minor public role as the face of BlackBerry.During her concerts she uses the BlackBerry as a prop for one of her songs and uploads live performance videos from the phone. She also occasionally posts updates on social media that plug the new smartphones, though her face isn’t part of the company’s advertising campaign.BlackBerry has insisted that Keys is playing an active role in the company’s new devices, and has made several presentations to executives over the past few months.In April, Keys visited the company’s headquarters in Waterloo, Ont. to discuss her future role at the company, which has been written off by some in the industry as little more than a glorified spokeswoman.“That’s exactly what she is. Let’s not kid ourselves,” said Mark Tauschek, senior research analyst at InfoTech Research Group.“(It’s not) like she’s actually going to have input into industrial design and functionality. At the end of the day, she’s not qualified to do that, and second of all she probably doesn’t have the inclination to do that.”As far as representing the BlackBerry, Keys has delivered mixed results at best. She grabbed the most headlines earlier this year when it appeared that she tweeted from an iPhone just days after announcing her partnership with BlackBerry.She later said the post wasn’t hers, but that her Twitter account had been “hacked.”What Keys brings to BlackBerry is a celebrity name that is respected across several demographics, but like many spokespeople — previous BlackBerry representatives like Will.I.Am and U2 included — it’s difficult to quantify how they influence the brand.“We don’t have any previous examples as to where this has helped much,” said Troy Crandall, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier“So I guess analysts, like anyone, go on past history or other company’s histories and how well this really helped anyone.”For Keys, BlackBerry Live may prove to be the greatest opportunity to prove to skeptics that she’s more than just a famous face.On Wednesday, Blackberry will focus several events on the future outside North America. The company is a dominant player in countries like Nigeria, the Philippines and Indonesia. read more

Main suspects in Mattegoda bank robbery arrested

The Police said that three armed men had arrived in a car and carried out the robbery.The three main suspects have now been arrested and some of the cash and gold jewellery have been recovered. (Colombo Gazette) The main suspects in the Mattegoda bank robbery has been arrested.Armed men robbed cash and gold jewellery from the branch of a state bank at Mattegoda last week.

Possible sale or auction in store for Sears Canada Report

asset sales|auction|Eddie Lampert|New York Post|sears canada by News Staff Posted Nov 25, 2013 9:18 am MDT Possible sale or auction in store for Sears Canada: Report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO, Ont. – Sears Canada may soon be on the auction block, according to a report from the New York Post.Eddie Lampert, the U.S. owner of the Canadian retailer, is looking to further scale back the business after a series of multi million-dollar asset sales.The Post has quoted industry insiders who say the billionaire hedge fund owner is ready to cut ties to his Canadian retail ownership, and has already been selling the leases to Sears Canada’s best stores – including the one at the Eaton Centre – and bolstering the share price.The paper reports Lampert is interviewing multiple banks, including Goldman Sachs, about a possible outright sale or auction.Sears Canada reported a quarterly loss and mixed sales results last week, while at the same time announcing a special one-time dividend.Mark Cohen, a Columbia Business School professor and the CEO of Sears Canada from 2001 to 2004, says that typically, companies would re-invest in the business, but in this case, Lampert is putting money back into his own pocket. read more

Air Canada latest airline to suffer disruptions from computer glitch

Air Canada latest airline to suffer disruptions from computer glitch by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2017 12:17 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Air Canada saw its operations disrupted by a computer glitch Tuesday that resulted in delayed flights and cancellations.The Montreal-based airline (TSX:AC) said the IT system hardware problem was resolved by the afternoon, but not before it caused problems at airports and online.“We are now working to get our customers on their way quickly,” airline spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur wrote in an email.“We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate our customers’ patience.”Several Air Canada flights departing from its hub at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport were cancelled.On its website, the airline said some of the flights were affected by adverse weather including freezing rain. However, it also acknowledged that “a small handful” of flights were cancelled because of the outage.Arthur said some flights were delayed as passengers were manually checked in. The airline also added larger aircraft, where possible, to help deal with the delays.The troubles came days after Toronto-based Porter Airlines experienced a computer outage that saw forced a 2.5-hour ground stop Saturday. Five Porter flights were cancelled and about 400 passengers had to alter their travel plans.Several U.S. airlines suffered problems last fall after a computer outage at a company that runs airline technology systems.American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America said a technology glitch briefly interrupted their operations.The U.S. airlines blamed their difficulties on a breakdown in systems operated by Sabre Corp., a Texas company that provides software and other technology services to airlines and hotels.A Sabre spokeswoman said its system wasn’t responsible for Air Canada’s disruption. Porter also said its problem wasn’t traced to Sabre.Airlines rely on complex computer programs to handle everything from selling tickets to checking weight calculations before takeoff. When outages occur, they often lead to cascading delays that can linger for hours.“They all run very complex computer systems and so these are the things that from time to time do occur,” said airline analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital. “There’s no real pattern that you’ve seen of there being a systematic issue here.”— With files from The Associated Press. An Air Canada flight makes its final approach as it lands at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2004. Air Canada says a computer issue is causing problems at airports and resulting in some flight delays. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld read more

Toys R Us Black Friday Deals

first_imgBlack Friday is well under way, and while the morning rush is over, the lines will no doubt last well into the night. You can either brave the traffic and risk a potential trampling, or you can do your shopping online and consider it something of an early Cyber Monday gift to yourself.If you’ve got a young one on your shopping list, be sure to check out some of Toys “R” Us’s best tech deals for this Black Friday. Star Wars Light-Up Lightsabers Dueling Pack for Nintendo Wii $19.99 (Down from ($39.99)Nerf N Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Blaster $30.14 ($44.99)Blue Box MiJam Lite FX Drummer $17.99 ($29.99)Mario Kart DS Battery Race Set $17.49 (Down from $34.99)MP3 Speaker Dock $9.99 (Down from $19.99)Dora the Explorer Talking Digital Camera $19.99 (Down from $39.99)Coby 8GB MP3 Player $32.99 (Down from $64.99Up $11.99 (Down from $19.99)last_img read more

PaintYourPizza puts toppings on a pizza based on your crappy MS Paintstyle

first_imgA piping hot pizza delivered right to your door could not have less in common with MS Paint, but artist Jonas Lund has created a site that puts them together in a deliciously fun way. At “Paint Your Pizza,” aspiring artists and hungry folks alike will be soon able to design MS Paint-style images and have them transposed onto real pizzas that will be delivered as ready to eat art (I’m using that term loosely).Paint Your Pizza grew out of a previous Lund project that allowed multiple people to collaborate in creating a simple works of art that would then be sold for an algorithmically-determined price. This venture was not terribly successful — only 3 of 3,500 paintings were sold. Lund decided to take the idea and add pizza, which history tells us tends to make everything better.If you visit Paint Your Pizza, you’ll be able to see some of the test pies that have been built from the simple MS Paint-like images. You will be invited to make a pizza right in your browser with a group of other pizza-lovers, or by yourself. Just pick a color (topping), and get to work.Before you start making dinner plans, be aware you can’t order any of the pizzas just yet. Lund is working with New York City’s Ray’s Pizza to get the actual deliveries worked out. However, these custom pizzas won’t come cheap. The estimated price for each pie will be $36 (not including tip). Lund hopes to partner with more pizzerias outside New York to expand the service, but it’s unclear if enough MS Paint doodlers will be interested to make the Paint Your Pizza viable.last_img read more

Democrats stayed up all night trying to stop this man becoming US

first_img Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Share Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3246260 Feb 17th 2017, 8:56 PM Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite THE US SENATE has confirmed fossil-fuel ally and global warming sceptic Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, installing a legal expert at the helm of a department he has repeatedly sued.President Donald Trump’s pick for EPA administrator was among the most contentious of his cabinet nominees, and Democrats held an all-night session on the Senate floor in a failed bid to block his confirmation.Pruitt was confirmed largely along party lines, 52 to 46 – a clear relief for the White House two days after Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor withdrew his nomination amid business and personal controversy.Two Democrats from coal-rich states, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, voted for Pruitt.As attorney general for the state of Oklahoma, the 48-year-old Republican has filed or joined in more than a dozen law suits to block key EPA rules, siding with industry executives and activists seeking to roll back various regulations on pollution, clean air and clean water.He assumes control of an agency that under former president Barack Obama was responsible for implementing sweeping environmental regulations governing clean air and water, greenhouse gases and vehicle fuel emissions.Pruitt’s opponents scoffed at Trump’s suggestion that Pruitt will be a capable environmental steward.“Republicans are turning their backs on decades of bipartisan environmental progress,” number two Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said.“Pruitt has demonstrated time and again his unwillingness to accept the science of climate change and his contempt for the laws protecting our air and drinking water,” he added.During his confirmation hearing Pruitt countered critics who see him as a climate skeptic, telling senators that “human activity in some manner” affects climate change.Democrats had called unsuccessfully for a delay on the vote until after Tuesday, the day a court has ordered the Oklahoma attorney general’s office to release some 3,000 emails between Pruitt or his team and executives of the fossil fuel industry.- © AFP, 2017Read: Trump’s choice for national security advisor turns down jobRead: ‘Uranium, jerks and a nuclear holocaust’ – the most bizarre moments from Trump’s press conference Short URL Democrats stayed up all night trying to stop this man becoming US environment chief (they failed) Scott Pruitt has sued the EPA a number of times in the past. By AFP 18,353 Views 47 Comments Friday 17 Feb 2017, 8:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New Zealand Prime Minister says countrys gun laws will change following mosque

first_imgNew Zealand Prime Minister says country’s gun laws will change following mosque terror attack At least 49 people have died. Share46 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4545791 Friday 15 Mar 2019, 9:35 PM Updated Mar 15th 2019, 9:35 PM NEW ZEALAND’S PRIME Minister Jacinda Ardern has said her country’s gun laws will change as a result of a massacre of 49 people at two mosque in Christchurch. Speaking at a press conference today, Ardern said that one of the attackers who entered the mosques had a gun licence. One man was arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand.It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.She pronounced it “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.The gunman who carried out at least one of the mosque attacks posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media under the name Brenton Tarrant, identifying himself as a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.Jacinda Ardern said the gunman, a 28-year-old Australian, obtained a “Category A” gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in the attacks in the southern city of Christchurch the following month.The firearms included two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon, she said, speaking to reporters in Wellington, before heading to Christchurch.“The mere fact… that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I’m committing to that,” she said.“While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence, and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now — our gun laws will change.” Ardern noted several earlier attempts to reform the laws in 2005, 2012 and 2017. She said options to consider would include a ban on semi-automatic weapons. She also confirmed that the gunman and two suspected associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies, even though he had published a manifesto online indicating plans for attacks on Muslims.“They were not on any watchlists either here or in Australia,” she said.“The individual charged with murder had not come to the attention of the intelligence community, nor the police, for extremism,” she added.“I have asked our agencies this morning to work swiftly on assessing whether there was any activity on social media or otherwise, that should have triggered a response. That work is already underway.“Given global indicators around far-right extremism, our intelligence community has been stepping up their investigations in this area.”  By Garreth MacNamee 107 Comments Mar 15th 2019, 8:46 PM 27,930 Views Image: Sky News Short URL Image: Sky News Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Nos neurones nous permettrontils de vivre jusquà 150 ans

first_imgNos neurones nous permettront-ils de vivre jusqu’à 150 ans?Selon une étude, les neurones, ces cellules présentes dans notre cerveau, seraient capables de survivre au moins deux fois plus longtemps que notre corps. Voilà une découverte qui a de quoi ravir tous ceux qui espèrent que l’homme vivra un jour jusqu’à 150 ans. Aujourd’hui, l’espérance de vie moyenne dans le monde se situe aux alentours de 69 ans mais certains pays, le Japon en tête, parviennent aisément à dépasser les 80 ans. Or, si l’on en croit une étude publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, certaines parties de notre corps pourraient aller bien au-delà. En effet, celle-ci suggère que les neurones pourraient survivre au moins deux fois plus longtemps que notre organisme.Alors que la totalité de nos cellules sont régulièrement renouvelées, nous naissons avec quasiment la totalité des neurones qui nous accompagneront toute notre vie. La création de nouvelles cellules dans notre cerveau est ainsi très faible et les neurones présentent une durée de vie bien supérieure à celle de toutes les autres. Partis de là, des scientifiques de l’université de Pavia en Italie ont voulu savoir si ces cellules cérébrales n’étaient donc pas capables de survivre aux organismes dans lesquels elles se trouvent. Des neurones encore en vie malgré la mortPour cela, ils ont prélevé des neurones chez des souris adultes qu’ils ont ensuite implantés dans les cerveaux de 60 foetus de rats. Puis ils ont laissé les animaux vivre leur vie normalement, avant de les euthanasier quand ceux-ci devenaient moribonds et incapables de survivre plus de deux jours supplémentaires. Une fois les rats morts, les scientifiques ont prélevé leurs cerveaux pour les observer au microscope. Ils ont alors constaté que les neurones de souris étaient toujours parfaitement fonctionnels lorsque les rats étaient morts. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Or, l’espérance de vie d’une souris est en moyenne de 18 mois quand celle des rats atteint le double. D’après les chercheurs, il est possible que les neurones aient été capables de survivre plus longtemps parce qu’ils ont été transplantés dans un organisme vivant lui-même plus longtemps. Mais les résultats suggèrent également que les cellules du cerveau ne font pas défaut tant que l’organisme survit. Donc si la longévité d’un humain pouvait être étendue à 160 ans, “alors vous ne perdriez pas vos neurones, parce que vos neurones n’ont pas une durée de vie limitée”, a expliqué Lorenzo Magrassi, neurochirurgien et co-auteur de l’étude.  Vivre plus vieux peut-être mais pas éternellement”Imaginez à quel point ce serait terrible si vous surviviez à votre propre cerveau”, a précisé à LiveScience le scientifique, pour expliquer la longévité des cellules. Néanmoins, ce n’est pas parce que nos neurones peuvent peut-être vivre indéfiniment que l’humain pourrait lui aussi vivre éternellement, ont souligné Magrassi et ses collègues. “Le vieillissement ne dépend pas de la longévité individuelle de toutes les parties du corps, et les scientifiques ne comprennent pas encore exactement ce qui pousse les personnes à vieillir”, a ajouté le neurochirurgien. Reste qu’au-delà de l’impact sur l’espérance de vie, ces expériences fournissent des informations pour d’éventuelles applications pratiques. En effet, s’ils ont été menés chez le rat, et non l’humain, ces travaux pourraient ouvrir la voie vers des transplantations neuronales qui pourraient être réalisées en cas de pathologie neurodégénérative comme la maladie d’Alzheimer ou de Parkinson.Le 27 février 2013 à 15:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Tertiary Students urged to use critical thinking to advance country

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 23, 2017 – Kingston – Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is urging students to use tertiary training for the advancement of the country, through critical thinking.He said demands of the workplace include creativity from employees, critical and divergent thinking, self-awareness, and integration of knowledge to tackle various challenges.“We are expecting that you will integrate your learning with your work experience, and play your part in ensuring that your quest for higher education prepares you to cope with the rapid social challenges at national and global levels,” the Governor-General said.   He was speaking at the 2017 I Believe Initiative (IBI) Summer of Service Awards ceremony held today (August 22) at King’s House, in St. Andrew.More than $7 million has been disbursed to the 2017 participating students who did eight weeks of voluntary service and are also pursuing degrees at various tertiary institutions.   Now in its 5th year, the IBI has provided tuition support to more than 53 students.“These are ambitious young people who are committed to achieving success in their academic and professional pursuits,” the Governor-General said, adding that they have shown the attitude of future leaders of their country while demonstrating discipline “to make sacrifices, not just for themselves but for the greater good”.The Governor-General told the gathering, including members of the business community who provided sponsorship for the IBI, academia and family members of the awardees, that the Initiative is part of a “broad vision” to build a heightened sense of purpose and sound values in families and the education system.Emphasizing that the IBI is seeking to eliminate what is not right for Jamaica, he said it is developing employable skills and is committed to “fixing those things that are wrong with Jamaica, by emphasizing those things that are right”.The Governor-General charged the eight awardees to make their time at the tertiary institutions a “transformative experience” and return with higher levels of critical thinking, and be able to demonstrate to their communities and country that “you benefited from tertiary education, and it will be seen in your conduct”.last_img read more

Italy hoping to secure hosting rights for Euro 2028

first_imgFIGC President Gabriele Gravina said Italy will do everything in their power to secure the hosting rights for the Euro 2028 tournament.Gabriele Gravina cited some of the benefits it would bring to the Peninsula with the improvement of the stadiums top of the list.Most of the arenas in Italy were built or restructured for the 1990 World Cup and are therefore crumbling.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….While Juventus, Udinese, Cagliari and Frosinone have been able to strike deals with the local councils to revamp their stadiums, big clubs like Roma and Napoli remain in tense negotiations to get their projects approved.“Bringing the European Championship to Italy is an objective, but the award is not expected until 2022,” Federation chief Gravina told Football Italia via Radio Kiss Kiss.“We asked UEFA to bring it forward, but I don’t know if that will be possible. Our country must do everything possible to bring the Euros to the Peninsula in 2028 and therefore improve our stadiums.”last_img read more

50th World Series of Poker starts today

first_imgThe 2019 series boast a record 89 event schedule, running from 29 May until 16 July, with the flagship US$10,000 buy-in Main Event starting on Wednesday 3 July.The WSOP famously began at the Horseshoe in 1970 when Benny Binion invited seven of the world’s best players to compete against one another in a series of cash games, with the winner, Johnny Moss, decided by a vote from his peers. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team RelatedPosts Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Load More The 50th anniversary World Series of Poker kicks off today at the Rio in Las Vegas. Held for the first time in 1970 at the Horseshoe Casino, the WSOP has since become the biggest annual poker tournament series on the planet attracting the game’s elite and starry-eyed amateurs alike – all dreaming of winning a coveted WSOP bracelet.Last year’s WSOP saw a record 123,865 entries over the course of almost two months, creating a 49-year high of US$266,889,193 in prize money. The average WSOP gold bracelet event in 2018 boasted a US$3,421,656 prize pool with US$655,337 going to the winner.last_img read more

Big Pine Key brush fire 100 percent contained

first_imgBIG PINE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Heavy rain could help officials put out a brush fire that continues to burn in Big Pine Key.Firefighters have been battling the flames in Big Pine Key since Sunday.The fire has destroyed a home, a building and more than 72 acres. #BigPineKeyBrushFire is 100% contained.— FFS Everglades (@FFS_Everglades) April 28, 2018The blaze is now 100 percent contained.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

KRSA Announces New Director

first_imgMohr was an Alaska Salmon Fellow with the Alaska Humanities Forum and has been recognized as a fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. He also served as a senior policy advisor on hunting, fishing and public-access issues to former Governor Sean Parnell. KRSA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit fishery-conservation organization of Alaskans that works to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of fish resources in the Kenai River and elsewhere in Alaska, through education and advocacy of sport and personal-use fisheries and the promotion of science-based fish management. Mohr: “We are fairly well known for the advocacy work that we do related to fish politics. Most importantly though we are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that is a fishery conservation group. We are looking at expanding our efforts as we go forward.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) Board of Directors has announced their new Executive Director, Ben Mohr. Mohr will be responsible for management of KRSA’s operations, public relations and fundraising.last_img read more

Middle Schools Schedule Program Of Studies To Be Reviewed Changes Likely

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At a recent Wilmington School Committee Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced the formation of a committee to review the Wilmington Middle School’s current schedule and program of studies, and offer suggested improvements.“We are currently gearing up for a principal search that will lead to the selection of the school’s next permanent (and hopefully long-term) principal,” Brand wrote in a memo he summarized for the School Committee. “However, given concerns regarding the schedule and program of studies, and the fact that any such programmatic changes have been at a standstill given the leadership situation over the past few years, I do not think it’s in the school’s best interests to wait any longer to begin a review process.”Brand noted that if the review process didn’t start now, and waited for the next principal, any necessary substantive changes to the school’s budget or staffing likely couldn’t be implemented until the 2021-2022 school year, three years from now.Brand outlined the following timeline:End of January 2019 — Call for volunteersFebruary 2019 — Volunteer committee forms to gather information on (1) current research regarding effective middle school schedules and optimal programs of study; (2) staff feedback regarding current strengths and weaknesses of the school schedule; and (3) information on surrounding and progressive (innovative) middle schools and their schedules and programs of study.June 2019 — Committee reports on findings with the middle school staff and Central Administration.July/August 2019 — The new principal and committee will review findings and begin to initiate next steps regarding possible changes, opportunities, and resources needed.October 2019 — Schedule and program of studies changes and recommendations presented to the staff, community and School Committee for feedback.November/December 2019 — Schedule and program changes finalized and approved by the Superintendent.School Year 2020-2021 — New schedule and/or program changes go into effect.While concerns regarding the current schedule and program of studies weren’t specified, Brand noted a misalignment existed in some areas with “what the desired middle school program and learning experience ought to be in order to best serve the needs of the district’s middle school students.”Brand wants changes that consider “best practices in the research around what optimizes a child’s middle school education experience and the type of scheduling that best facilitates teaching and learning for the young adolescent.”School Committee member David Ragsdale praised Brand for starting the review process now, rather than waiting for the next Principal to start in July.(NOTE: Cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography/Jamie Boudreau.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”Wilmington Middle School Students Welcomed Back To School With Homeroom Changes, New ‘Launch Pad’In “Education”last_img read more

Jury begins to hear case involving the death of two State Troopers

first_imgA Fairbanks jury has begun hearing the case of a Tanana man charged with killing 2 Alaska State Troopers in the interior village. 22-year-old Nathaniel Kangas shot Trooper Gabe Rich and Sargent Scott Johnson while they were trying to arrest his father at the Kangas’ home on May 1st, 2014. During his opening statement on Monday, District Attorney Greg Olson began making the case for first degree murder convictions.Download AudioAlaska State Troopers. (File photo by Monica Gokey, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)“The evidence is going to show you that tragedy was perpetrated by Nathaniel Kangas, who ambushed and slaughtered those two state troopers as they were trying to do their job,” Olson said.Olson recalled how the Troopers came to the village after Nathaniel Kangas’ father Arvin Kangas, threatened the local village public safety officer. Johnson and Rich were shot while trying to take the uncooperative elder Kangas into custody. Nathaniel Kangas’ attorney Greg Parvin did not dispute what happened, but asserted Kangas’ actions were not premeditated.“He reacted impulsively and he reacted illegally,” Parvin. “Nathaniel will be found guilty, but not of the crimes the state has charged.”Parvin said the state cannot meet the burden of proof for first degree murder. Opening day witnesses called by the state included Nathanial Kangas’ mother Judy Kangas, who recounted finding her son in his bedroom with an automatic rifle, while troopers were trying to arrest his father on the front porch.“I don’t remember if I grabbed the gun or if he put it down,” Kangas’ mother said. “And I told him no.”Kangas took up the rifle again after his mother left the room, shooting the Troopers at close range as they wrestled with his father. Kangas then aimed the gun at longtime Tanana VPSO Mark Haglin.“He was staring me down with just an intense hatred,” said Haglin. “I actually thought ‘I am within a minute of dying’ based on the look in his eye.”Haglin, who said he’s known the Kangas’ for years, was able to talk Nathanial down. Haglin escaped the scene, and while he ran for help, Nathanial and Arvin Kangas went to the tribal office, where employee Judy Ellen Gau testified she witnessed a distraught Nathanial Kangas.“He sat down. He was crying,” Gau said. “He was saying, ‘Oh my God, I shot him.” and then he said ‘Look what the white man made me do.’”Gau said her impression was that Nathaniel Kangas was brainwashed by his father and other local members of an extremist sovereignty group known as the “Athabaskan Nation”. Both Kangas’s were taken into custody without incident. Arvin Kangas was convicted of evidence tampering for moving the fallen Troopers bodies and removing their guns from their holsters. Nathaniel Kangas’s murder’s trial continues Tuesday in Fairbanks Superior Court.last_img read more