Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse is offering heartfelt condolences to the people of Norway in the wake of the attacks on July 22 that killed 76 people. “I know all Nova Scotians are shocked and saddened by the attacks and join me in expressing our sorrow for the people Norway, their families, friends and relatives,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “Nova Scotia has a strong bond with Norway: we both have a long North Atlantic shoreline, and Nova Scotia was a base for hundreds of young Norwegians during the Second World War.” Friday’s attacks began with a bombing outside government offices and was followed about 90 minutes later by a mass shooting at a youth camp that killed at least 68 people, including a number of children. A man has been arrested and charged for both attacks. Some people have left flowers on the Norwegian war memorial in Halifax and there are plans for a possible memorial service to recognize the province’s strong history with the Scandinavian country. When Germany invaded Norway in 1940, hundreds of ships stranded at sea sought help, including seven factory ships and 16 whalers that came to Halifax. The sailors were eventually housed at “Camp Norway” in Lunenburg, which eventually became a training school for some 1,400 sailors who would serve with the Royal Norwegian Navy. The Norwegians became well established along the South Shore from Chester to Liverpool.
By Jorge Barrera and Tim FontaineAPTN National NewsTORONTO–After one of the most fractious election campaigns in recent memory, Shawn Atleo secured a second three-year term at the helm of the Assembly of First Nations Wednesday and used his first post-vote speech to hammer home a message of unity.Atleo fended off seven challengers to win re-election on the third ballot of voting in Toronto garnering 341 votes of a total of 512 votes cast by chiefs or their representatives.“Going forward, I reflect back to what the ancestors remind us of, we are stronger together,” said Atleo.Atleo’s opponents could not gather enough support to knock him off despite firing off heated criticism that he was too close to the Conservative government and not listening enough to chiefs.Mi’kmaq lawyer and Ryerson Professor Pam Palmater emerged as his main challengers, but despite her second place showing on all three of the ballots, her support was miles away from Atleo’s. She ended with 141 on the third ballot, 107 on the second ballot and 95 on the first.Dene National National Chief Bill Erasmus was the only other candidate to stay on all three ballots and he finished with 30 votes.It was the unity of British Columbia chiefs backing Atleo that secured his victory. With about 200 British Columbia votes in hand, Atleo entered the race with a numerical advantage in an election where only chiefs are eligible to vote.Ontario, with potentially 133 votes, could not come together to form a bloc, despite a large number who were upset with the way Atleo handled the Attawapiskat housing crisis late last year and his endorsement of a joint AFN-Aboriginal Affairs education panel to study on-reserve education.Manitoba chiefs also found themselves divided among several candidates, including two who came from the province, former Ojibway chief Terry Nelson and Ojibway lawyer Joan Jack.Nelson dropped out on the second ballot and Jack on the first.Mohawk activist Ellen Gabriel, who rose to prominence as a calming voice during the Oka crisis, dropped out after the second ballot and supported Palmater.Former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly also bowed out after the second ballot.Atleo praised all the candidates and returned to the theme of unity throughout his victory speech.“Who would think that with over 50 language groups covering every inch of the territories we share that we could find a way to come together?,” said Atleo. “We will work together, recognizing we share inherent rights and titles…we will reject government’s attempt to deny or extinguish our rights.”Atleo also addressed the perceived view that he’s detached from the grassroots population, which, based on social media activity, had primarily gravitated to the female candidates Palmater, Gabriel, Jack and Kelly.“I was asked here…by one of the chiefs to speak directly to the people and so I do want to do that,” he said. “To all of our people we refer to as the grassroots, the grassroots people, all voices must be heard and included.”Atleo’s electoral victory, however, left behind some poisoned feelings.Nelson said up to 10 First Nations would leave the AFN as a result of Atleo’s victory.Palmater also left with parting shot at Atleo.“There is a joint plan between Alteo and Harper and this vote shows that a majority of chiefs are okay with that plan, but there is a good 40 per cent that are not,” said Palmater. “Somehow there is going to have to be a bridging.”Erasmus struck a more conciliatory tone.“Let’s give a strong mandate to the national chief so when he leaves here he knows that the people are with him,” said Erasmus.Much of the early part of this election focused on speculation over where votes would originate. With British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario holding the most First Nation communities, many wondered which candidate they would support – and if they would do socollectively.Even before voting began, there was word that Atleo had garnered the support of British Columbia’s over 200 First Nation chiefs, a powerful voting bloc. But none of this was announced and few chiefswould admit who they – or others in their region were supporting.And while Atleo clearly dominated the first round of voting, it became difficult to pinpoint who among his opponents could challenge him. Palmater, Nelson and Erasmus refused to concede or confirm whether they would strike deals among themselves or with the incumbent.As the candidates would go from caucus room to caucus room, often with supporters in tow, there was speculation over whether they had garnered more votes. Caucus rooms are traditionally off-limits for journalists and this election was no different.When candidates would emerge, often they would refuse to speak directly with reporters, leaving many to wonder about their next move.Missing from this election were the often very deliberate actions by candidates seen in previous races. In 2009, when a candidate was ready to strike a deal or concede defeat, they would walk toward the othercandidate with supporters following behind – often to applause. Far different than this year where these sorts of announcements were announced quietly or not at all.Even the candidate entries to the main hall were subdued and without much of the fanfare seen in previous elections. Only incumbent Shawn Atleo entered the hall accompanied by drums and singing – but even those entrances were toned down by the last firstname.lastname@example.org@aptn.ca
Rabat – Princess Lalla Salma and her children, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Princess Khadija, appeared on Wednesday, September 18, in a photo taken in New York city. Mehdi Benkirane, the founder of the Association of King Mohammed VI Fans, shared the picture on his social media accounts.The picture, which gathered thousands of likes, shows the three members of the royal family walking in New York, near Central Park, and surrounded by a number of security guards.The last time King Mohammed VI’s ex-wife was seen was in July in Greece. She spent her holidays with her son Prince Moulay Hassan in the Greek islands of Sporades. Prince Moulay Hassan is the heir apparent to the Moroccan throne. The 16-year-old prince is the elder child of King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma. His sister Princess Khadija is 12 years old.
As a result of this study, conducted in conjunction with the private sector group, Bogotá Como Vamos, UNHCR will provide technical and financial support for a national workshop from 29 to 31 October, at which representatives of indigenous organizations can discuss with government agencies how best to help their communities.The publication, “Displaced Population in Bogotá: A Responsibility for Everyone,” includes papers given at a forum last November by government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and service organizations looking after internally displaced persons (IDPs).Official figures show that the number of people leaving villages for Bogotá since 1995 now totals about 400,000. Of these, 75 per cent have received emergency assistance, but only 19 per cent got help with income-generating projects and only 4 per cent received housing subsidies.
Four experts have been named to monitor the United Nations embargo prohibiting weapons flowing to militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and, if necessary, to nearby areas of other countries.The four are Kathi Lynn Austin of the United States, Victor Dupere of Canada, Jean Luc Gallet of France and Léon-Pascal Seudie of Cameroon.They will focus on weapons and war materiel going to parties in the Kivus and Ituri, in the eastern DRC, that are not signatories to the DRC’s Global and All-Inclusive Agreement. The Security Council resolution exempts weapons going to the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and to the national integrated army of the DRC Transitional Government.Meanwhile, MONUC chief William Lacy Swing sent letters to the Foreign Ministries of the DRC and Rwanda, expressing disquiet over movements by troops of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) from DRC’s border territory into Rwanda and appealing to the two governments to coordinate their military operations on the border so as to avoid raising tensions.The FDLR has been accused of having been among the main actors behind the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and had sought asylum in camps on DRC territory. Their incursions have been followed by the Rwandan Government sending in its troops, the Rwandan Defence Forces (FDR).On 21 April MONUC reported sighting FDR troops in Bunagana in the DRC, when a Rwandan officer asked a MONUC patrol to withdraw from the area, Mr. Swing said in his letters Friday.Condemning any attempts to restrict the movement of its forces in the DRC, the Mission stressed that any foreign troops on DRC territory were there illegally and that MONUC was gravely concerned about the lack of military coordination in tackling the FDLR.
It’s a closer call than one might think. On any given night in Crew Stadium, it’s difficult to gauge whether there is more energy being expended on the field of play or in the Nordecke, a section in the northeast corner of the stadium where the rowdiest of the Crew fans gather.These black-and-gold-clad super fans are loud and boisterous from whistle to whistle. They sing, cheer and chant for their team in words occasionally not fit for print in a family paper. They could be described as “hooligans lite.”A casual observer might mistake the section for an early Halloween party run amok. It’s not unusual for pirates, skeletons and other such oddities to be interspersed throughout the crowd. As the Columbus Crew and their zealous fans gear up for another run in the MLS playoffs, the importance of the crowd and the Nordecke in particular isn’t lost on those associated with the team.When asked about the significance of the recent 22-game home unbeaten streak snapped by Seattle last Saturday, Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer’s thoughts turned quickly to the fans.“Mostly for me, I’m really disappointed for the fans because ever since they put together that Nordecke section, we’ve made this place a fortress, and we’ve fought hard for them,” Hesmer said. “It can’t help but be infectious to the guys on the field.”He’s not the only one who appreciates what these energetic fans bring to the table.Seattle Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid, who has been on both ends of the sidelines as the home and visiting coach, has a special perspective.“This is a tough place to play,” the former Crew coach said. “The Nordecke has been great. Their support and the atmosphere, you know you are at a soccer venue.”With a win against the New England Revolution (10-9-8) this Saturday in Gillette Stadium, the Crew (12-5-10) would become the Eastern Conference regular season champions and lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs up to the MLS Cup.A draw, which yields one point, would eliminate the Revolution from catching the Crew in the standings and leave the Chicago Fire six points back with only two matches remaining. The tiebreaker, a combination of head-to-head matchups and goal totals, would then go to the Crew.Another achievement that is tantalizingly close for the Crew is a second straight Supporters Shield, the honor given to the team with the highest point total in the MLS at the end of the season.Columbus holds a two-point lead on the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo for the Shield, at 46-44.There are only three regular season MLS games remaining on the Crew’s schedule, including home and away contests against New England.With their most dedicated fans in tow, the Crew look to recreate the magical run of last year to the MLS championship.
The No. 4 Ohio State rowing team aims to bring home a fourth title this weekend when it heads to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championships Sunday. OSU closed out the regular season April 28, winning 10 out of 16 races against No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Michigan, No. 14 Harvard and No. 19 Clemson. Coach Andy Teitelbaum said the Buckeyes are focused on keeping the momentum of the regular season going into the competition this weekend, and acknowledges that the competition is high. “Obviously I think it’s everybody’s goal to win a conference championship. I’m sure we’re not alone there,” Teitelbaum said. “We’re positioned quite strongly, so it’s well within our reach. But, being seeded to win a championship and winning a championship are two different things. We’re the defending champions and we’re hoping to see if we can’t go back to back.” Senior Kate Sweeney said the end of the regular season has been a reflection on the team’s hard work and dedication. “As a team, our goal is definitely to repeat what we did last year and come home with the conference title,” Sweeney said. “We feel extremely prepared; the work we’ve put in since September is really showing on the water and everyone’s really anxious and ready to get out there, but we know that the conference is particularly strong this year. There’s a lot of good teams and good boats individually that are looking for titles, so it’s not going to be an easy path, but I think that we definitely can come home with the trophy again.” Senior Emily Walsh said that a win this weekend would be a meeting of high goals the team set earlier in the season. “We started this year with very high goals and aspirations, and all of us have worked hard non-stop this year just keeping those goals in mind, and I think it would mean a lot,” Walsh said. “It would be a good testament to how much work we’ve done and how far we’ve come as a team to win again.” With their last regular season as Buckeyes finished, the seniors reflected upon the memories they have created at OSU, and what they will carry with them after they leave. “This is a really special group this year,” Sweeney said. “From September, we decided that our goal was to win a conference championship and the national championship, and the work that these girls, my teammates and the coaching staff, have put in every single day has been pretty amazing and I think just being a part of that group is a memory that I’m going to take with me when I leave, whether or not we end up winning nationals.” Walsh emphasized the special meaning of this weekend’s competition to the seniors, and shared the place this past season holds in her memory. “This has definitely been my favorite year,” Walsh said. “I think we’ve had some of the strongest crews in recent history and it’s been a great team atmosphere, a lot of seniors on the team who want to make this one count for everyone. I really enjoyed the year working with everyone, I’ll miss them a lot.” Senior Ulrike Denker said she has hopes the team will overcome the competition and perform in a way that reflects their extra work this year. “I think the training we put in this year has been the most we’ve ever put in,” Denker said. “I think it would be great to show that and to be able to perform that way. We’ve had really good memories on the water, like races we will never forget, but also off the water. Everyone put in 110 percent; everyone goes beyond just what they are supposed to do.” The Buckeyes will face Indiana, Iowa, No. 5 Michigan, No. 14 Michigan State, No. 18 Minnesota and No. 9 Wisconsin. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Elton John and David Furnish at the royal weddingCredit:AFP “The way people treat her is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while. It’s out of control. Let’s all be a bit kinder, huh? “Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind.”Between them, the three celebrities have a Twitter following of 111 million, with a further 83m people watching on Instagram. Sir Elton said he had arranged the latest trip because the Sussexes needed the “safety and tranquility” offered by his villa on the French Riviera, and had made “an appropriate contribution” to a company that specialises in offsetting carbon emissions.Now, Ellen DeGeneres, a comedian and talkshow host who has worked with the Duke on elephant conservation, added to the A-list voices defending the couple. In a post on Instagram, mentioning her wife, she said: “Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation. “They were the most down-to-earth, compassionate people. “Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better.”Pink, an American singer whose links to the Royal couple have not been made public, said: “I’m happy to see people coming to the defense of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I’m happy to see people coming to the defense of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The way people treat her is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while. It’s out of control. Let’s all be a bit kinder, huh? Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind.— P!nk (@Pink) August 20, 2019 The Duchess’s recent project to guest edit British Vogue gave her a platform of hundreds of pages to share her world view unencumbered by outside scrutiny.The Sussexes have previously received the support of George Clooney, the actor, who claimed the then-pregnant Duchess had been “pursued and vilified” during her New York baby shower, and said of media coverage: “It seemed to me to be a little unjust since she hadn’t done anything except just happen to live her life.”Gayle King, a broadcaster and best friend of Oprah Winfrey who attended the Duchess’ baby shower and visited her at Frogmore, regularly speaks up for her on American television. The BBC’s fact-checking team have calculated that the Duke and Duchess’s two return flights by private jet would have created 37.6 tonnes of CO2: “more than six times an average Briton’s yearly emissions, or 111 times those of a person in Lesotho”. DeGeneres’ following alone, of 78.3m on Twitter and 76m on Instagram, dwarfs both the Royal Family’s main official social media accounts – 4m on Twitter – or the SussexRoyal Instagram page at 9.3mThe wisdom of Sir Elton’s intervention has been questioned after it sent the story of the private jet global, elevating it to a spectrum of British newspaper front pages, television and radio. Some were left concerned that the support of multi-millionaire celebrities would not win over the couple’s critics, adding to the confusion over their difficult dual role as global stars and working members of a Royal Family whose activities are funded in part by the taxpayer. Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation. They were the most down-to-earth, compassionate people. Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better. pic.twitter.com/226pRO1fj1— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 19, 2019 The celebrity PR blitz is understood to have unfolded without the knowledge of staff in the royal household, and is not part of an official communications strategy. It will likely be welcomed by the Duke and Duchess, who have become frustrated at their recent portrayal in the media and the restrictions placed upon them as members of the Royal Family. While the couple have a communications team based at Buckingham Palace, aides are bound to issue factual statements rather than speak on record about the Sussexes more abstract personal attributes or good intentions. He and the Duchess are reported to have undertaken at least four flights by private jet on holidays to Ibiza and Nice this month. Instead, the Duke and Duchess have increasingly forged their own methods of communication, writing lengthy Instagram captions giving away “behind the scenes” information about who they have met and publishing personal photographs. Famous friends of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have rallied to their defence following accusations of hypocrisy over their use of private jets, saying the couple are just “trying to make the world better”.American talk show host Ellen Degeneres, who has recently visited the Duke and Duchess, and pop star Pink both issued statements lamenting the “public form of bullying” endured by the couple, after details of their holidays to Ibiza and Nice emerged. It is the latest of the high-profile support for the Duke and Duchess, whose circle of celebrity friends are increasingly using interviews and social media to act as unofficial spokespeople to protect the couple from what they view as “attacks”.On Monday, Sir Elton John claimed the Duke and Duchess had been subject to “relentless and untrue assassinations” after being photographed with their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor boarding a private jet to his home in the south of France. The images led to accusations of hypocrisy for the Duke, who weeks earlier had flown to Google Camp to deliver a lecture on the environment and published an interview warning of climate change: “We are the frog in the water and it’s already been brought to the boil”.
Les anciens Égyptiens façonnaient des bijoux à partir de météoritesPubliant leur étude dans la revue Meteoritics and Planetary Science, des chercheurs britanniques ont mis en évidence la nature du fer composant des colliers mortuaires trouvés dans un tombeau de l’Égypte antique : le métal provenait d’une météorite.Ces colliers de perles de fer, mis au jour en 1911 sur le site funéraire de Gerzeh, situé à quelque 70 km au sud du Caire, et datant de 3.350 à 3.600 avant JC, ont longtemps intrigué les chercheurs : ils datent en effet d’avant l’âge du fer égyptien. S’il ne provient pas d’une extraction minière, d’où vient donc le métal ?D’une météorite, proposait une hypothèse assez répandue. Non : d’une tentative précoce et exceptionnelle d’exploiter un gisement de fer, avant la date historique reconnue pour cette activité, imaginaient d’autres chercheurs. Mais l’énigme vient d’être résolue. Des chercheurs de l’Open University et de l’Université de Manchester (Royaume-Uni) ont analysé le métal de ces bijoux grâce à une combinaison de microscopie électronique et de tomodensitométrie (CT scan), et confirmé que son origine était bel et bien météoritique.”Les météorites ont une signature micro-structurelle et chimique unique parce qu’elles se sont refroidies très lentement en voyageant à travers l’espace. C’est vraiment intéressant de relever cette signature dans des artefacts égyptiens”, explique Philip Withers, de l’Université de Manchester.Un matériau rare et magnifique À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Aujourd’hui, nous voyons d’abord et avant tout le fer comme un métal pratique et plutôt terne. Pour les anciens Égyptiens, cependant, c’était un matériau rare et magnifique qui, comme il tombait du ciel, avait sûrement des propriétés magiques ou religieuses. Ils utilisaient donc ce métal remarquable pour fabriquer de petits objets à signification esthétique et religieuse, si importants pour eux qu’ils en ornaient leurs tombes”, conclut le Dr Joyce Tyldesley, maître de conférence en égyptologie à l’Université de Manchester.(crédits photo : Open University)Le 2 juin 2013 à 12:16 • Maxime Lambert
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Scotland midfielder Ryan Christie has revealed his delight with the match officials during his country’s 4-0 against Albania.Russian referee Bezborodov took note of Mergim Mavraj’s first challenge on Christie before Scotland’s James Forrest, and later showed the Aris centre-back a red cardThat was the second red card situation Christie has been involved in the space of a week after Livingston striker Dolly Menga was banned for two games for putting his head towards Christie in a goalless Scottish Premiership clash between Celtic and Livingston last Sunday, after it was initially missed by the match officials“That’s two in a week,” he said, as quoted in Scotsman.“I wasn’t sure if it was the captain who made the initial challenge but I was trying to get the ball off him for the free-kick and he seemed to get really aggressive and put the head towards me. I am happy that the officials saw this one.”Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.It is has been a fantastic season for Christie, who has only recently became a regular in Brendan Rodger’s team before putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the Scottish champions last week.“It has been a bit of a whirlwind. I have found myself very lucky that they have put me into a team full of great players all around me.“We are playing some great football with Celtic just now and coming away at international level, I really enjoyed playing in that team on Saturday night.“Callum McGregor was sitting in behind me tonight as I am used to and when you have players like Ryan Fraser and James Forrest running off the ball, it makes my job easy.”
Categories: California News, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter The judgment by Yolo County Judge Thomas E. Warriner covers Whole Foods Market California Inc., Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Food Markets Inc., and WFM-WO Inc. The court found that the companies mishandled and illegally disposed of hazardous waste at their California store locations. Whole Foods stores in Hillcrest and UTC were implicated in the complaint. Posted: September 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, The San Diego City Attorney’s ACE Unit pursues public interest causes of action on behalf of the People of the State of California under the Unfair Competition Law, including consumer privacy, predatory lending, as well as unsafe and dangerous products. The Unit also handles complex litigation matters and serious environmental violations, and prosecutes wage theft cases under state law and City ordinance. September 21, 2018 “California has some of the most stringent environmental protection laws in the nation, and for good reason,” said City Attorney Mara W. Elliott. “Companies that handle hazardous waste owe it to their customers, employees, and communities to dispose of this material safely and lawfully. My office works to ensure that all corporations, regardless of size or status, are accountable for their conduct.” Whole Foods to pay $1.6 million for hazardous waste breach Over a five-year period, Whole Foods disposed of hazardous materials, such as ignitable liquids, aerosol products, cleaning agents, and other flammable, reactive, toxic, and corrosive materials, at each of its facilities. Failure to properly handle and dispose of these items violated the California Health and Safety Code. This code, which includes the Hazardous Waste Control Law, provides a comprehensive framework regulating the generation, handling, treatment, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous waste. This law was established to protect public health and the environment. San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott announced today that, as the result of a lawsuit filed by San Diego and 21 other prosecuting agencies, Whole Foods and two affiliates are required to label and store hazardous materials to protect employees and customers from exposure, to properly track and document hazardous waste, and to dispose of it only at authorized facilities. SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Whole Foods stores in San Diego and throughout California have been ordered to pay over one million dollars for improperly handling and disposing of hazardous waste.San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott published the following press release regarding the case:Whole Foods customers can now have confidence that they are not contributing to the unlawful disposal of hazardous waste in California landfills. The People of the State of California were represented by Deputy City Attorney Michael Hudson of the San Diego City Attorney’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Unit and 21 other prosecuting agencies throughout the state. Additionally, the companies will pay more than $1.4 million in civil penalties and legal costs, as well as more than $200,000 toward supplemental environmental projects and the prosecution of similar crimes. San Diego will receive approximately $113,000 in civil penalties, including more than $16,000 to support the work of the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.
Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research made official the financial bloodletting evident from everyone from Goldman to Gucci for over a year now: we are in a recession.What’s that? You need more proof? Look no further than Town & Country’s December editor’s letter.Editor-in-chief Pamela Fiori did some digging in the magazine’s archives, combing through T&C issues between 1930 and 1934 to see how the magazine for and about the affluent covered the Great Depression. What did she find?Nothing. Not a word. It was as if T&C had been on another planet, protected and vacuum sealed from the outside world. While day-to-day existence was grim for most Americans, life was happy and gay (in the old-fashioned sense) as ever—or so it seemed—for the readers of this magazine. There were no mentions of breadlines or eking it out on the dole. The only indication that there might have been something wrong were the pages upon pages of real estate offerings in the back of the book. Such isolationism is not possible in the 21st century.Fiori promises T&C will “not hide or deny what are the realities of our time. And right now we are in for it.”
The financial situation at Playboy hasn’t been pretty: The company reported a year-end net loss of $156.1 million in 2008, compared to a net gain of $4.9 million during 2007. Year-end revenue from Playboy’s publishing division was $84.5 million, down from $93.8 million in 2007. The company said it expects to report a 27 percent decline in advertising revenue in its publishing division in the first quarter of 2009. The publisher has understandably been in a tight spot. Print-side advertising revenue has been down and online has suffered since so much—ahem, racey—content can be found elsewhere, for free. Its online/mobile sector reported $48.4 in 2008, down 24 percent from the prior year. Playboy’s solution? Clean up Playboy.com in hopes of attracting advertisers. The magazine announced a redesign today that will offer “a greater value proposition for advertisers, complement Playboy magazine, and firmly position Playboy.com as the number one entertainment men’s site,” according to Playboy Digital division vice president and associate publisher John Lumpkin. Risqué photos will be relegated to one specific area, aptly called “Girls.” Playboy said the site will feature a forum, a culture and lifestyle news section and new multimedia features, among others. But will the dramatic turnaround online be enough to drum up enough sales to stay afloat? I’m sure traffic to the site is already sizable but are users going there for the editorial content, or to shop? My gut tells me no. It’ll take a lot of work to reengage Playboy’s audience online.
More than a dozen dead common murres washed up on the beach in front of Haines on Tuesday, part of an unsettling trend happening across the state. According to biologists, the seabirds are starving to death.Dead murres on the beach in Haines on Jan. 12, 2016. (Tim Ackerman)Haines’ Tim Ackerman was out for one his usual walks on the beach on Tuesday when he noticed something a little unusual: dead seabirds.“I counted about 14 of them between the cruise ship dock and the harbor,” he says. “There were some in the harbor, too, up on the beach.”He says when he saw the first dead murre, he didn’t think much of it. It had been partially devoured and, as there are usually are around here, eagles lurked close by.“I counted probably three to four of them that were still whole then I knew they weren’t prey. They were the starving birds that have been all over the state.”Rob Kaler is a biologist specializing in seabirds with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Migratory Bird Management division. He says in the past few weeks alone the conservative estimate for dead murres washing up on Alaska shores is up to 10,000. The birds are starving to death; a cascading effect of warmer ocean water, he says. Kaler explains that the mixing of cold and warm water raises nutrients like plankton, closer to the surface. When the water stays warm, that doesn’t happen which impacts the entire food chain.“NOAA also reported that this to be an unusual mortality event year for whales, so we’re seeing the effects of this throughout the food web,” Kaler says.Reports of dead murres started coming in to wildlife officials in March, he says, with the numbers picking up in November and again over the Christmas break.“I think what we had there was a pretty severe storm that pushed birds that were towing the edge over that breaking point in terms of succumbing to the elements and not having their metabolic needs met,” says Kaler.Kaler says he’s gotten reports of emaciated, dead birds as far south as Sitka and as far west as Chignik Bay and Unalaska. He says of all the birds they’ve studied, no poison or toxins have been found. The murres’ stomachs are completely empty, Kaler says. Common murres eat between 10 and 30 percent of their body weight each day, which equates to between 90 and 300 fish.“It’s really peaked in the northern Gulf of Alaska, Cook Inlet, Whittier, Seward, and then reports from Valdez as well as now Haines and Sitka would be the broad range,” Kaler says.The overall impact this die-off will have on the total population is unknown. There are 2.8 million common murres in Alaska. If these deaths continue to occur, and include lots of adult females in their breeding peaks, than it’s possible, he says. And while the number of deaths this year is usually high, murre die-offs have happened in the past. Kaler says they are mostly related to El Nino.“In terms of saying that this could have population-level impacts, we hope it won’t, but we intend to monitor and see. Our efforts right now are focused on the magnitude of this event, as well as capture the geographic scope – how wide is this occurring? -and the duration – how long?”In Haines, local bird expert Pam Randles called the discovery upsetting. She says the murres were feeding in Portage Cove and Lutak Inlet last week.“And so, they’re trying to find food in here, which is not their normal habitat,” Randles says.Not only is the bird die-off unsettling, the implications are scary, Randles says.“Our salmon eat that stuff and who knows what else is dying off, or starving, or having trouble?”Norm Hughes has been commercial salmon fishing in Alaska for more than 30 years. He says last season saw skinnier fish – up to 20 percent smaller.“The fish came back, but there’s less fish, the price was down and the fish were smaller so it was like a triple whammy for a local fisherman,” he says.Hughes says, for now, these events aren’t a major concern. When they say go fish, he’ll fish.Biologist Kaler encourages anyone who sees dead birds to report them to email@example.com or call the hotline at 866-527-3358.
Vijayawada: Mr & Miss Vijayawada 2019 Grand Finale was organised by Satish Addala Creative Events at K-Street here on Saturday. The event was held on a high note and enthralled the audience. In this regard, the event organiser Satish Addala organised a success meet on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Satish introduced the winners of the grand finale. In Mr Vijayawada category, the title winner is Mr Mohammad Waza, the 1st runner up is Shubham and the 2nd runner up is Bhuvan Likith. In Miss Vijayawada category, the title winner is Lahari Juluri, the 1st runner up is Sumasri Kotamaraju and the 2nd runner up is Bhavana Sharma. Also Read – Goldsmith steals gold by polishing jewelry in Bhimavaram Advertise With Us In Lil Mr Vijayawada category, the title winner was Taufiq Mansoor Ansari, 1st runner up Darsh Doshi, 2nd runner up Atulith Challa, Safin Elham Gunturu. In Lil Miss Vijayawada category, the title winner is Hayaa Anannya, 1st runner up Diya Ranganadh and the 2nd runner up is Parinita Sinha. He said that Mr & Miss Vijayawada event was being organised for the last two years and this is the third year. This event was organised to encourage youngsters and to bring out hidden talent and perform on the stage fearlessly. The judges for the grand finale were heroin Bhavya Sri, model and actress Alekya Angel, Vijaya Murthy and Madhuri, Miss India Best Personality 2017.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgFrom Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Madame C.J. Walker, Oprah, Beyoncé, Michelle Obama and others, it does not take Women’s History Month, to know that Black girls have always rocked, yet the District got an extra reminder when the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosted the three day inaugural “Black Girls Rock! Fest,” from March 8-10.“Black Girls Rock! Fest” took place March 8-10 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. (Courtesy Photo)Kicking off Black Girls Rock! Fest on International Women’s Day, Black women and their appreciators from various races and genders came to celebrate with a “Welcome Party” in the Kennedy Center’s atrium. As the event was free and open to the public, hundreds gathered in the atrium for fun festivities such as grabbing food and drinks, taking photos and videos with friends at a booth and dancing the night away to the sets of special guests DJs Beverly Bond and MC Lyte.“I’m here because it’s Women’s International Day. I just want to be around all this good energy and it just feels good to be amongst all these beautiful women,” Taneaka Parker told the AFRO while waiting to take a photo with a friend.The following day participants gathered in the Terrace Theatre for a book talk and panel discussion with Beverly Bond, singer Jazmine Sullivan and writer and activist Michaela Angela Davis.The final night of the festival concluded with a concert featuring Sullivan, Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh and a surprise performance by go-go band Bella Donna.DJs Beverly Bond and MC Lyte did special sets at the “Black Girls Rock! Fest” Welcome Party. (Photo by Micha Green)It was a weekend of fierce, Black women convening to celebrate their magic and discuss forward movement. The Black Girls Rock! Fest website describes the weekend as an “immersive live experience that celebrates, empowers and elevates women and girls of color.”From speaking to women at the welcome party, it became very apparent that Black Girls Rock! Fest lived up to its goal of celebrating, empowering and elevating women of color, who were decked out in their most fly trendsetting clothes, hairstyles and makeup to show how much they truly rock.Some of the women shared what the phrase “Black Girls Rock” meant to them.“Black girls rock for me is just all about being authentic. Being true to yourself and being comfortable with who you are,” Parker said.“Black girls rock means Black girls and women recognizing the divinity within themselves- and really tapping into that, and having faith in that, and moving forward and taking action with that,” said entrepreneur and digital marketer Anisha Malik. “[Black girls rock] is a lifestyle. Entrepreneurship, owning your time, being clear how you want to spend your time, how you want to make your money, adding to the conversation and evolving in whatever field you’re in and serving- that’s a big deal too.” “Black girls rock means to me that we are unapologetically proud, brilliant and smart and we are the trendsetters. We’re actually the mothers of everything,” said Wendi Cherry, who is a certified holistic health coach. “I coach specifically Black women. I coach them to be there most authentic and healthy selves by tapping into the goddess within.”
Toyota’s e-Palette Mobile Retail Space Expected in 2020Pizza Hut ‘Pie Tops’ Shoes Order Food For You Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. March Madness just got a lot more exciting with Pizza Hut’s latest publicity stunt, Pie Tops II.The NCAA sponsor again partnered with Dominic Chamrone, a.k.a. The Shoe Surgeon, for a second-generation sneaker that does more than order pizza.Available in red and “wheat” (reminiscent of actual pizza hues), the special-edition high-tops also link to the wearer’s cable box to pause live TV.Once wirelessly synced with the Pie Tops mobile app, tap the Hut icon on the shoe’s tongue to make a pizza purchase. Then, when the food arrives (or you need a bathroom break), press the other boot for a brief intermission.“The Pie Tops II were created to showcase our focus on giving customers the best delivery experience while making sure that tournament fans can feed their pizza craving without missing a moment of the action,” Zipporah Allen, Pizza Hut chief marketing officer, said in a statement.“It’s called March madness for a reason,” she continued. “We don’t want anyone to miss a play while answering the door to get their pizza.”That’s not the only new tech in stock: Pizza Hut and Chamrone included features like “extreme marinara splash,” “cheese-grater mesh,” branded lace tags and inner soles, and extra “cheese pull” laces.A limited supply of the special-edition high-top sneakers are going on sale later this month; 50 pairs will be available from HBX starting March 19. There is no word on pricing, but you can bet they’ll cost more than a stuffed-crust pie.Each pair comes with a special offer for this year’s tournament: two-topping medium pizzas for $5.99 each when you order two or more.Complete with cheese-grater mesh and extreme marinara splash (via Pizza Hut)“Pizza Hut continues to bring us unique ideas to heighten the excitement that surrounds NCAA championships. We are thrilled with Pie Tops II making its return to March Madness,” according to Ellen Lucey, NCAA director of championships and alliances, corporate relations, marketing, and branding.“This is a time to get behind your favorite team and pull for NCAA student-athletes,” she said. “We’re pleased that Pizza Hut is helping our fans enjoy more of the tournament journey as we head toward the Final Four.”In addition to Pie Tops II, the pizzeria recently launched voice command ordering, the first tracker that includes text messaging, and the Hut Rewards loyalty program that awards points for every dollar spent on food online.
The launch of the Ouya console has been confirmed as June 4, with the only way to get one earlier than that being dependent on whether you backed the original Kickstarter or not.At $99, it is a tempting proposition for gamers who want to indulge in some Android gaming on the big screen. But for anyone with access to a 3D printer, it’s also going to provide an opportunity to design and 3D print your own case for the tiny games console.Ouya has announced it is teaming up with MakerBot to allow for customization of the Ouya casing through 3D printing. This will see design files created and shared using MakerBot’s Thingiverse website so owners can print their own. It’s also likely associated services will start offering pre-printed version of the new case for the console for those of us who don’t have a 3D printer yet.The initial design files are based on the original Ouya case and include a lid and spring-loaded button. It has been designed to be printed using the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, but it’s sure to work with other makes and model of 3D printer. As the Ouya components are designed to just slide out of the original casing, it should be an easy task to transfer them to a new case.With the design file available to download, it’s not going to take long for people to start modifying it using their 3D design software of choice. Different colors, shapes, and probably lots of cases based on popular game characters are probably going to appear. Yes, an Angry Birds Ouya case will happen, of that I have no doubt.