Tear my sons clothes take him to task if he does not

first_imgDhanora (Chhindwara): Tear my son’s clothes if he does not deliver, says Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath as he campaigns for his son Nakul who is fighting his first elections from Chhindwara.Invoking his 40-year-old association with the region, Nath says he has now entrusted the task to serve the people of Chhindwara to his son so that he can work for Madhya Pradesh. “I am where I am because of the love and strength you gave me,” Nath says. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Nakul is not here today but he will serve you. I have given him the responsibility. Take him to task and tear his clothes if he does not deliver,” the 72-year-old Congress leader told the locals. He was speaking at an election rally on Saturday in Dhanora village which comes under the Amarwada assembly seat, about 65 kms from Chhindwara district headquarters. “We will start a new journey and create history,” he told the locals. Nath has been the longest serving Member of Parliament (MP) from this Lok Sabha constituency as he served for nine terms and he has now vacated the seat for his son. The chief minister is also contesting bypoll in the Chhindwara assembly constituency as per the legal requirement of being a member of legislative assembly (MLA) for running the state government.last_img read more

Education student helps get kids moving with new app

A new tool created by a Brock graduate student aims to help teachers get kids active in the classroom.Jaime Barratt (BECE ’17), a Master of Education student, recently released an app to help teachers find resources on and meet policy requirements for daily physical activity (DPA) in schools.The app, DPA4U, was inspired by Barratt’s time as an early childhood educator and her work on an independent study supervised by James Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International.The app helps teachers by making DPA resources and information convenient.“In the research, I saw that educators thought there weren’t enough resources, there wasn’t enough time and there wasn’t enough space, and the resources were mostly out of reach,” Barratt says. “The app is helpful because most classrooms either have a tablet or an iPad. Teachers have their phones. The app is on-hand.”The app provides details around what DPA is, the requirements, the benefits and curated resources. These resources include videos from YouTube, provincial documents and other handbooks. Teachers can use it to find DPA options that meet their immediate needs, such as activities that can be done in small spaces.Barratt noticed that children in child-care centres aren’t always as active as they should be. She wanted to explore DPA in elementary classrooms because of the policy requirements teachers need to meet.Canadian physical activity guidelines say that children and youth ages five to 17 should be meeting 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.“What I found was children in child-care centres are not meeting that. They’re maybe meeting 12 minutes of their seven-hour day in child care being physically active,” says Barrett, adding that average comes despite children having two one-hour outdoor play sessions a day. Her thesis research will focus on creating an educator resource to hopefully increase the amount of activity children engage in.  Ontario’s elementary school children are supposed to meet 20 minutes per day of DPA in the classroom. That mark does not have to be met in a single session.One in three children are meeting that requirement according to the research Barratt reviewed. In one study of 16 Toronto elementary classrooms, no children participated in 20 minutes of DPA.The research measured physical activity in elementary schools and child-care centres using accelerometers, counting factors like steps and heart rates.Children experience not only health but also other benefits by engaging in physical activity, such as improved concentration in the classroom.“There are studies that have been done that show academic performance improves when a child has been active outside beforehand,” says Barratt.This is the first project Barratt has completed with Mandigo around DPA in elementary classrooms.“He challenged me to think outside the box. He wanted to see if I could come up with a solution that isn’t regular, that’s innovative,” she says of Mandigo, who suggested she make an app.Barratt doesn’t have much programming experience but managed to build the app with the help of tutorials and other people, including her brother.“I’ve had a lot of support. It’s almost overwhelming,” she says.Barratt says the app has had about 250 downloads so far. Teachers have also been sharing feedback and suggestions through the in-app survey, such as including more activities for students with accessibility needs. It is available for iPhones and Android phones.Barratt completed an Early Childhood Education diploma at Sheridan College before doing Brock’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education program. She was encouraged by Debra Harwood, Associate Professor in Brock’s Department of Educational Studies and Director of the BECE program, to pursue graduate studies. read more

Russian tycoons £4m war with wife over Brighton homes Dali sculptures and

first_imgIn 2014 – a year after marrying Kira – he used money from the sale of property he owned in Russian with his mother Vera to pay £2.5m for another property in Withdean Road.He then swapped another house in the street in order to purchase one next to the new property.The tycoon then spent a further £2m on renovating the two homes, including building a summer house, swimming pool and marble fittings.Complicating the case is the fact that Mr Fedotov transferred the two Brighton houses into his wife and her father’s names.He claims he only did this in order protect himself against negative publicity in his native Russia, and that he is still the rightful owner. Sergey Fedotov and his wife Kira Castle Grant in Morayshire, Scotland – bought by Sergey Fedotov for £1 million in 2014Credit:David Gowans/Alamy Sergey Fedotov and his wife Kira He denies using stolen money to buy the 16th century Highland castle.During a Moscow court hearing, Mr Fedotov insisted that Castle Grant was bought lawfully and the purchase was modest as the castle was worth only the price of a small apartment in Moscow. In a 19-page writ issued against his estranged wife, Mr Fedotov accuses her of arranging for a team of lorries to remove the valuable items from their extensive properties in Brighton’s Withdean Road.In 2012 Mr Fedotov bought two houses in the street – located in one of the city’s most expensive areas – for £2.8m and £1.5m each. Mr Fedotov says he was subjected to a barrage of criticism in Russian about his ownership of properties in the UK property ownership.He says this culminated in a threat to his son made in 2014 after a business partner leaked details of his houses and confidential business dealings to the Russian press.Mr Fedotov says he took the decision to temporarily move to the “safety of his properties in Brighton” and transferred their ownership to his wife and her father Egenii Tupitsyn so his names did not appear on the buildings’ documentation Castle Grant in Morayshire, Scotland - bought by Sergey Fedotov for £1 million in 2014 But the tycoon’s own recent behaviour has not been without controversy.He was ousted as head of the Russian Authors’ Society – the body which collects royalties for writers – in September, after being accused of a series of financial scandalsThree months earlier he had been charged in Russia with carrying out a multi-million pound fraud to fund what was described as his lavish lifestyle.Mr Fedotov, 39, was arrested in Moscow and was held in custody accused of a massive embezzlement in order to fund his purchase of Castle Grant in Moray for £1 million in 2014. He says that because he trusted his wife he did not have a formal deed drawn up.The writ claims that when Mr Fedotov decided to sell the houses for £3.3m in March this year, she refused to sign the relevant documents and claimed the property was hers, before trying to sell the house herself behind his back.Mr Fedotov now wants the High Court in London to declare that he remains the rightful owner of the two Withdean Road properties as well as a third house on the street.His wife and father in law made no financial contributions to the items, and he is their sole owner, the writ claims.He claims Mrs Fedotova has refused to return them and he is now seeking their return, as well as a declaration that he owns contents she removed.It is understood Mrs Fedotova denies her husband’s claims and plans to contest them in court.UPDATE: Following publication of this article, Mr Fedotov withdrew his claim against his wife.  A wealthy Russian businessman is involved in a bitter £4 million legal battle with his estranged wife after accusing her of stealing dozens of valuable items from their homes in Britain.Sergey Fedotov has accused his wife Kira of carting off sculptures by Dali and other valuable works of art in a fleet of lorries as part of the dispute which followed the collapse of their marriage.Kira Fedotova is accused of removing £800,000 worth of sculptures, paintings and antique furniture from the £3m houses she shared with her husband, taking some of them to her new home in Switzerland and auctioning the rest.These included three bronzes by Salvador Dali bought for £95,000 each from an antique fair in Paris; a £30,000 bronze sculpture by Lorenzo Quinn; paintings, prints and photos by Savid Lachapelle worth at least £100,000; and items tailor-made for his London flat.Mrs Fedotova is also accused of arranging for the removal of suits of armour and £26,000 worth of antique furniture, as well as the user and owner manuals for his extensive collection of Rolls Royce and Bentley vintage cars.Mr Fedotov is now suing Mrs Fedotova in the High Court for return of the art work and other property. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Snowflake children are mollycoddled and look down their noses at jobs warns boarding

first_imgSir James Dyson is a former pupil of Gresham’sCredit:Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph  Defending his opinions, Mr Robb said: “Generalisation is a necessary part of life if we are to be able to discuss trends that seem to be more prevalent among a particular group of people.”We must, of course, always be able to see individuals for who they are, whether they seem to conform to a generalisation or not.”It is now well documented that employers have noticed a trend where young people seem ill-prepared for the requirements of the working day, despite boasting an impressive academic education and, I believe, it is valuable for educators and governments to be informed about this in order to better prepare or equip young people for work.” His blog went on: “Among this generation there is an underlying sense of entitlement. I don’t blame them.”They have been advertised to since birth; they have had credit and loans on a plate; they have been overly molly-coddled; and they have been overwhelmed by a strange combination of fictional sit-com characters, reality TV and social media stars, who paint a picture of perfection to be achieved. Some youngsters now approach job interviews in the same way as they might approach buying a luxury holidayDouglas Robb Former Gresham’s pupil Rebecca Lawrence, 23, who now works for the civil service, said: “These assertions left me feeling uncomfortable. Negative stereotypes of millennials are two a penny and you don’t have to look far to find them.” “They have even been encouraged by governments to believe that they deserve ‘more’ than their parents and grandparents had (capitalism, after all, requires consumers to always want to have ‘more’).”More than what? More than the jobs that people too often now look down their noses at, for a start: working unsociable hours in fast food restaurants or in a shop; working in physically demanding roles harvesting crops or packaging produce; or working in essential roles receiving abuse from members of the public, as a police officer, nurse, benefits assessor, or parking attendant.”Mr Robb became head of Gresham’s in 2014. The school’s former pupils include tycoon Sir James Dyson, actress Olivia Colman and composer Benjamin Britten.The school occupies several sites in the Georgian town of Holt. It was founded in 1555 by Sir John Gresham, who later became Lord Mayor of London. “It’s difficult to explain exactly why I felt so irked but I couldn’t help but think that something has been lost. There used to be a real sense of pride associated with doing ‘an honest day’s work’, whatever the role might have been.”That some youngsters now approach job interviews in the same way as they might approach buying a luxury holiday concerns me. Some expect to be given a ‘one-in-a-million’ job, despite being one of millions of applicants, many of whom are not yet fit for the work place!”As well as a clutch of impressive grades or a degree from university, young people need to show they are capable of adding value to an employer’s organisation through hard work, commitment, passion and determination.”He added later in the blog: “I would encourage young people to be grateful for the work opportunities they are given and to throw themselves into each task and take pride in working to the best of their ability.” He continued: “We try as a school not to molly coddle our students – for instance we choose to welcome competitive sports fixtures, just as we encourage students to develop the ability to manage their own learning as they mature, and to have their opinions challenged through debating societies and other forums.”Giving students the opportunities to experience these sorts of tests of spirit and resilience is what we mean when we say that emphasis should be placed on encouraging grit.”I don’t think all students should leave school thinking that their one-in-a-million job is going to present itself straight away; it is probably fewer than one-in-a-million who leave school and immediately find a job that pays the bills and that they would term their dream job.”It takes hard work and determination for most of us to secure a job in which we are truly satisfied.”What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below.center_img I feel like he’s in a Gresham’s bubble… he shouldn’t generalise our generation from a fewex-pupil Rebecca Lawrence In a response on the website Medium, she wrote: “It’s disheartening for anyone to hear, whether it’s their head teacher or one they’re linked with.”I feel like he’s in a Gresham’s bubble, maybe children at his school are more privileged and so are more entitled, but he shouldn’t generalise our generation from a few.”Miss Lawrence, who added the school from 2007 until 2011, added: “It was quite personal to me, as growing up I had a lot of jobs in restaurants and cafes to finance unpaid internships.”I’ve never written a blog before but it didn’t sit right with me that this head teacher, someone who should be a role model, is standing up in front of pupils having said that.” A boarding school head teacher has warned that children are being “mollycoddled” and are not prepared to put in the effort required in the world of work.Douglas Robb, 47, sparked a backlash from former pupils after accusing the so-called Snowflake generation of having an “underlying sense of entitlement”.Writing in a blog on the website of the £33,960-a-year Gresham’s School in Holt, Norfolk, Mr Robb said he was worried that some young people lacked “grit” and “look down their noses” at certain jobs.In a post entitled “Developing grit, and a grateful attitude to work”, he wrote: “A generation has come of age where many more individuals perceive themselves to be ‘one in a million’.”Mr Robb added: “Grit is not a new idea, nor even a new buzzword. Grit remains, however, something that schools and parents seem to have failed to engender in large swathes of young people.” Sir James Dyson Mr Robb wrote that he felt deflated when giving a job interview to a newly qualified teacher, who asked him: “Why should I come and work for you?”He said: “My lasting impression was of an ‘entitled’ candidate who was looking for some further guarantee or incentive before committing to getting stuck in to furthering their career. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

TD insists time change legislation would cheer the whole country up

first_imgLEGISLATION THAT COULD see the country joining the likes of France and Germany in observing Central European Time is now with the Oireachtas Justice Committee, and the TD who introduced it is calling for the panel’s chairman to address the issue before next summer.Dublin North East Deputy Tommy Broughan’s Brighter Evenings Bill would require Justice Minister Alan Shatter to produce a report on the pros and cons of Ireland changing its timezone.At the moment, Ireland, the UK and Portugal operate on Greenwich Mean Time, and Greenwich Mean Time +1 in the summer. Under Broughan’s plan, we would move to GMT +1 in the winter, and GMT +2 in the summer.Broughan maintains the plan would gain over 300 hours of ‘useful’ light for Ireland a year, and he’s calling for a report on the potential benefits of the change to be drawn up by groups like Met Éireann, the Road Safety Authority, Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Agriculture.He says the change would help a large number of people who are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, and that it would also help from a health and recreation point of view, as people would have more time in the evenings to go out walking or playing sportsMinister Shatter poured cold water on the idea when it was raised in the Dáil back in July, saying that trade links with Britain could be jeopardised by the move. He said that if the objective was an extra hour of daylight in the evenings “this could be achieved without legislation by getting up, going to work and finishing work an hour earlier”.CommitteeWith the clocks set to go back by an hour overnight tonight, TheJournal.ie decided to check in with Broughan to check on progress.“The Bill’s now with the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, which is chaired by David Stanton, who is quite supportive of the idea,” Broughan said. “The idea would be to get these interested groups – like Met Éireann – to come before the committee to discuss it.Broughan said there was a long list of legislation set to go before the committee in the coming months, but that he would seek to have the Bill discussed before the summer.“There’s clear benefits. The idea that we couldn’t move because of Britain I don’t know if it holds up; Portugal and Spain have different timezones and that hasn’t been a problem”“I’ve had suggestions that we could just have a shortening of the season — move the hour back closer to Christmas, and forward again maybe in February. I’d still be pushing for the full change”“You can see the benefits. It hasn’t been that bad this year, but when you think about how miserable it was last year… It would cheer the whole country up.A campaign in the UK has called on their government to implement the change, but a bill to enact that change has been in limbo since last year. Campaigners there say that the bill would boost tourism and save half a million tonnes in carbon emissions.Additional reporting by Paul Hosford.Poll: Should we scrap daylight saving time?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?Read: Train, bus and Luas fares to increase from next weeklast_img read more

Permission refused for Offaly wind farm

first_imgAN OFFALY COUNTY Council decision to grant planning permission to a proposed wind farm in Cloghan has been overturned.On receipt of an appeal, An Bord Pleanála ruled that the 10 wind turbines would impact on the visual landscape of the area.The planning application outlined a development which would include 110-metre tall turbines, with rotor diameters of up to 120 metres, giving them a maximum tip height of up to 170 metres.(For context, Liberty Hall – once Dublin’s tallest building – is just 59 metres. And the Dublin Spire is 120 metres tall).Both the National Roads Authority and a private citizen had appealed the local authority’s decision with the planning board.Ruling on the matter, the inspector said he took into consideration the nature of the environment, including the open nature of the immediately-adjoining lands, as well as the size and scale of the proposed turbines.“It is considered that a wind farm development of the scale proposed would create a significant visual intrusion in this landscape by reason of the height and spatial extent of the proposed turbines which would be excessively dominant and visually obtrusive when viewed from the surrounding countryside and villages,” the report said.The inspector also noted the close proximity of the proposed turbines to the number of residential properties in the vicinity, as well as the welfare of wildfowl in the area.“The proposed development could result in collision of birds with the proposed wind farm. The proposed development is therefore deemed contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” the report concluded.A number of other similar developments are being planned for the midlands, much of which could be considered ‘open landscape’ as described by the inspector.H/tip to Irish Planning NewsRead: Bord na Móna wind farm construction launched in Co Tipperarylast_img read more

How protein bars and healthy snacks have muscled their way onto sweet

first_img Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Mar 3rd 2019, 1:01 AM THE WAVE OF protein bars and ‘healthy’ snacks muscling their way into primary retail space shows no sign of abating – and retailers are reaping the extra gains of heeding to the desires of calorie-counting consumers.Earlier this week, retail giant Musgrave announced a €30 million investment in three new SuperValu stores that will showcase what managing director Martin Kelleher calls “shopping concepts” like salad bars and “health and wellness aisles”.Announcing the rollout, Kelleher said the new store layouts will add “both theatre and on trend ranges for the new shopper’s evolving tastes”.But it’s not just the giants that are taking a punt on health kicks.Supermarket chain Fresh – which operates five outlets in Dublin city – underwent a merchandising makeover about three years ago when it shifted away from traditional confectionery and towards healthier snacks.“Brands such as Quest and Nutramino would have come into the market, and we would have implemented them into our impulse sections fairly quickly,” says Shane Byrne, head of marketing and sales at Fresh.The chain still stocks standard bars, but Byrne says they’re positioned in less prominent spaces and the range isn’t as large as it was several years ago.Protein bars and snacks – which often retail at almost twice the price of ordinary sweets – share the same impulse space as crisps and chocolate by the checkout, but they are currently winning a bigger slice of promotional spend.“The standard traditional items would still have quite a high revenue base, but the alternative protein and vegan snacks are growing significantly,” says Byrne. In the last two years, there’s a protein range that’s been the biggest selling skew for our business in impulse confectionery. Previously that area was taken up by the same 10 products year after year. 23,473 Views Share1 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4530848 Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 7:30 PM Source: Shutterstock/melissamnDemand versus re-brandSugary foods in general account for a smaller proportion of the average punter’s grocery basket than five years ago, according to Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at consumer knowledge agency Kantar Worldpanel.“Consumer perceptions and behaviours are changing substantially when it comes to sugar,” he tells Fora, which is what’s driving the wave of protein bars across sweet counters.Faughnan believes intense media scrutiny of the health implications of sugary foods is a key driving factor behind the sea change:It’s almost like 10 or 15 years ago, you had a similar movement with regards to the tobacco industry. Now all of a sudden we’re seeing government levies on sugar, on soft drinks.Shane Byrne says Fresh has simply witnessed a change in its consumer base and “when we see that in any department or any category we adapt and try to innovate”.“People are looking more and more into what’s in food, and how they can get the best quality out of a snack that’s impulsive,” he says.For example, the spike in interest in vegan snack foods is also “a big thing” for Fresh.Different bars, same shoppersBut as consumers re-write their shopping list to reduce the amount of sugar they purchase as part of their overall grocery spend, big brands have begun to reformulate existing recipes and launch ‘healthier’ variants of what is generally considered indulgent or unhealthy categories.For example, Mars, Snickers and Boost bars have been re-imagined as high-protein, low-sugar options.“It’s an obvious attempt from the big food and drink players to try and adapt to meet the changing demand from consumers for healthier products,” Faughnan says, adding that many people who purchase ‘healthier’ offerings still buy junk food.“There are very few people that exclusively buy only the healthier variants,” he says.“It’s definitely going to continue to grow, but the shoppers that will drive the growth are the ones that are already buying into the existing (confectionery) category.”But the emerging category has still provided an opportunity for smaller outfits to get their product into bigger stores.For example Rathcoole-based Absolute Nutrition – which makes a variety of vegan, refined-sugar free and gluten-free snacks – has managed to flog its wares in several supermarket chains, including SuperValu, Fresh and Avoca.Founder Jo Davey tells Fora that after attending a local gym stocked with bars and muffins, she saw a gap in the market for something without refined sugar but that “people would actually like the taste of as well”.The biggest focus for small players like Absolute Nutrition, Davey says, is standing out from the competition – which is why the brand has chased another key market. “A lot of people bring out new bars and things like this, and they’re trying to compete with everybody else. But it looks the same … it has the same kind of packaging, the same colour.“From the outset we’ve tried to position ourselves a little differently, from our packaging and where we’re positioned in supermarkets. We’re in fresh food grab-and-go fridges; we’re a lunch add on.”Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Zuzia Whelan and posted on Fora.ie 33 Comments How protein bars and healthy snacks have muscled their way onto sweet counters Commentators have likened the sugary food and drink category to tobacco in the past. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Fora Stafflast_img read more

Sonic the Hedgehog trailer gets remade in cartoon style

first_img Share your voice Tags Gotta go fast 21 Photos TV and Movies Comments This Sonic should look familiar to fans of the TV show. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET The trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie emerged from the depths of fan nightmares in May, prompting an epic backlash over the character design — especially over his very human-like teeth. The movie’s creators pledge to re-make Sonic, but animator Artur Baranov is one step ahead with a do-over of the trailer.center_img Baranov posted his reworked trailer this week. He had the bright idea to replace the weird-legged movie Sonic with a version inspired by the cartoon television show Sonic from the ’90s. This is closer to how the speedy hedgehog appears in the Sega video games.This new vision for Sonic looks a lot less like a person in pajamas and more like a fantasy character, complete with skinny legs and arms. There’s a slight hint of white in his mouth, but not a creepy tooth in sight. 2 Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more Director Jeff Fowler announced that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie release date would be pushed from November to Feb. 14, 2020, to give the filmmakers more time to rework Sonic. Will the new Sonic look more like Baranov’s version or will we get a completely different hedgehog? It can only better from here. Sonic the Hedgehog movie delayed ‘to make Sonic just right’ Sonic the Hedgehog director promises ‘changes’ after the internet went insanelast_img read more

Senate Finance budget cut falls short of 300 million goal

first_imgSen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, proposed a series of budget amendments during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on Monday. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Senate will debate a state government budget for the coming year that is $262 million less than the current budget.Listen nowThe Senate Finance Committee’s proposed cut is much deeper than the $32 million cut the House passed.But it falls short of the $300 million that the Senate majority caucus announced as a reduction goal this winter.Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy offered a series of cuts as budget amendments on Monday. They were defeated.“The purpose in this is, as a caucus the Senate majority has agreed to reduce the budget by 300 million real dollars,” Dunleavy said. “This is an attempt to get us as close as possible to that reduction.”One of Dunleavy’s amendments would have reduced the budget by another $103 million, without allocating where the cuts would be made. Gov. Bill Walker’s administration would have been tasked with making the cuts. Dunleavy was the only Finance Committee member to vote for the amendment.Senate Finance Co-chairman Bethel Democrat Lyman Hoffman said the governor needs clear ideas about where reductions should be made.“It’s been said, and the governor, governor’s office has said it, unallocated reductions are very difficult to manage,” Hoffman said.The biggest Senate cuts are to transportation, education and health and social services. The University of Alaska would be cut $22 million. University President Jim Johnsen said the cut would be “devastating.”The full Senate was scheduled to begin debating amendments to the budget Wednesday, but delayed the discussion to possibly Thursday.last_img read more

How are Alaska State Troopers coping with lower staffing

first_imgAn Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015. (Photo by Matthew F. Smith/ KNOM)The Alaska State Troopers face a dilemma. They take on some of Alaska’s toughest cases and are seeing increased demand. But even as state budget shortfalls have forced  cuts, the agency is struggling to keep the troopers it already has. How are the troopers coping with staffing issues? Will public safety suffer?LISTEN HEREHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Col. Hans Brinke – division director, Alaska State TroopersSgt. Doug Massie – union president, Department of Public Safety chapter, Public Safety Employees AssociationParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Dont get provoked MNS appeals to activists after Raj Thackeray

first_imgMUMBAI: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Tuesday urged its members to remain calm and not allow mischief-mongers to spoil the party’s image after the Enforcement Directorate summoned party President Raj Thackeray. Senior MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar issued the appeal after Thackeray held an emergency party meeting to discuss the matter as tempers were rising among its members. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “Raj Thackeray has become very popular among the masses all over India after he raised issues like Electronic Voting Machines. There is a huge concern among the people after he has been served the ED notice to appear on August 22,” Nandgaonkar said. He asked the MNS activists to come to the ED office on Thursday in an orderly and peaceful manner. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us “It is possible that some miscreants from the ruling party deliberately try to create disturbance and defame the MNS. Our activists must remain vigilant about this,” Nandgaonkar said. He said if common people want to go to the ED to express solidarity with Thackeray, the MNS workers should not prevent them from doing so. There has been a flutter in political circles and the MNS after the ED on Sunday slapped notices on Thackeray, his former partner Unmesh Joshi — son of ruling ally Shiv Sena’s ex-Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi — and their third business associate. Advertise With Us While Joshi was grilled by the ED for over eight hours on Monday, followed by a second-round today, Thackeray has been asked to report to the ED office on Thursday, in a money laundering case pertaining to the beleaguered IL&FS. The entire Maharashtra Opposition has strongly criticised the ED move terming it as a “vendetta” and “witch-hunt” after Thackeray’s strong attacks on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena. Contrary to earlier speculation, the MNS will not organise any shutdown or agitations to oppose the ED move.last_img read more

Commuters suffer as 10km tailback on DhakaChattogram highway

first_imgA 10-km tailback was created on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Daudkandi upazila of Cumilla on Friday, causing immense sufferings to passengers, reports UNB.The tailback was created stretching from Meghna-Gumti Bridge in Daudkandi point to Munshiganj point from Thursday night as two trucks went out of order over Meghna Bridge, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi highway police camp.The OC said, police removed the two trucks from the bridge and the traffic started returning to normalcy slowly.last_img

Indian warship arrives at Chattogram port

first_imgIndian warship ‘INS KORA’ arrived at Chittagong naval port on a five-day goodwill visit, BSS reports.Chittagong Naval Zone Chief Staff Officer Captain Kamal Nasser welcomed the ship in a traditional ceremony on Friday, said an ISPR press release.Indian naval officials are on the visit as part of the ongoing bilateral exchanges between Bangladesh and India.“The visit will further strengthen the friendship that has historically existed between the two Navies,” the release added.last_img

Juneteenth at Johns Hopkins

first_imgBy Jamesia Downer, AFRO InternOn June 19, 1865, the last group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were informed that the Union Army had won the Civil War and they were free. Since that day, Black people have celebrated their freedom every year for what has now been coined a national holiday:  Juneteenth.Nearly 154 years later, the Juneteenth celebration continue across America but more specifically right here in Baltimore, Md., on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. “They [African American men and women who came before us] visualized this day…where we would all come into this place and gather together for this special day. To celebrate their memory. To celebrate Juneteenth. To celebrate their contribution. To celebrate all the things and all the sacrifices that they made for all of us.” said Sean Yoes, AFRO’s Baltimore Editor and keynote speaker for Johns Hopkins Juneteenth Celebration.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Historically, Johns Hopkins has had many occasions of racism towards residents of Baltimore and the Black students who attend their university. In the present day, there is a group of people looking “to help foster a culture of oneness for all..” on the campus of Johns Hopkins, that group is the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA).The Juneteenth celebration is one of many ways that BFSA brings African-American culture and history to the Johns Hopkins Campus. With musical performances by The Morgan State University Choir, Southern Baptist Church, and Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company a true spirit of black excellence filled the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood Campus. The Black Faculty and Staff Association invited Yoes as their keynote speaker for their annual Juneteenth celebration. For over 30 years, Yoes has used his career as a journalist and activist to be a strong, unwavering voice for the citizens of Black Baltimore. His words were a call to action for those beautiful “spooks behind the door” to continue advocating for African-Americans not only on the Johns Hopkins University campus but throughout the city of Baltimore. You do not need to be a member of BFSA to attend their events. Visit heck their website for any upcoming events that will help promote and celebrate African American life on the Johns Hopkins campus and throughout the city.last_img read more

Turns out Windows 10 upgrade will remain free for some

first_imgTurns out, Windows 10 upgrade will remain free for some by Martin Brinkmann on May 07, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: April 15, 2019 – 25 commentsMicrosoft revealed this week that the free ride to grab an upgrade to the company’s new operating system Windows 10 will indeed be over at the one year launch mark.This means that devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can only be upgraded for free to Windows 10 before July 29th, 2016, and that the option to do so expires on the day of the anniversary.Users who want to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10 after July 29 will have to pay for a license. It is unclear right now whether special upgrade options will be made available, or if users interested in Windows 10 need to buy retail copies.If that is the case, users who want to upgrade their devices after the first anniversary would have to pay the same amount of money — $119 for Windows 10 Home or $199 for Windows 10 Pro — that users pay to install the operating system directly on a system without previous version of Windows installed on it.Windows 10 will remain free for someIt turns out however that Windows 10 will remain free for some users. A new blog post on the Microsoft Accessibility Blog confirms that Microsoft will continue to offer the operating system as a free upgrade for users who use assistive technologies.As you may have heard, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is set to end on July 29, but we want to clarify that that deadline will *not* apply to customers who use assistive technologies.Assistive products are specialty software and hardware products like voice recognition software or screen readers that provide accessibility.Microsoft has yet to reveal how customers who use assistive technology products can take advantage of the offer. The company plans to reveal details on the Microsoft Accessibility Blog in the future however. One way to stay informed is to subscribe to the blog using RSS.It seems highly unlikely that Microsoft will grant free upgrades to Windows 10 for anyone who is turning on accessibility features on Windows 10 after July 29. This would leave only a couple of options including detection of installed hardware or software products for accessibility, or to require some other form of proof before the free upgrade is granted.Note that it is still possible to upgrade systems to Windows 10 for free, provided that a genuine product key is availableSummaryArticle NameTurns out, Windows 10 will remain free for someDescriptionMicrosoft revealed on the company’s Accessibility blog that upgrades to Windows 10 will remain free for users who use assistive technologies.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Following strikeending agreement public schools slowly return to normal

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Former Education Minister Leonardo Garnier blames old system for backlog in teachers’ salaries Teachers reject pay deal; education minister says get back to work Teachers divided over resuming strike negotiations Somber mood as Solís delivers 1st televised address on teachers’ strike An Education Ministry (MEP) report released on Tuesday morning indicates that of 3,751 public schools in Costa Rica, only 613 were functioning normally on Monday, while 1,394 were partially operational and 1,744 remained closed. The report was compiled from information sent by school principals and MEP superintendents on Monday night.An agreement on Monday helped bring an end to a month-long nationwide teachers’ strike, and MEP officials on Tuesday began rescheduling classes and planning agendas, Education Vice Minister Rocío Solís said.“MEP experts are evaluating curriculum to determine what will be included on national graduation tests,” Solís added.The vice minister again asked students and teachers to go back to school. But some schools hadn’t been cleaned or used in weeks, and classrooms, bathrooms and other facilities were too dirty to hold classes.MEP’s vice minister of institutional planning, Miguel Ángel Gutierrez, said that despite low attendance numbers on Monday, officials remained upbeat, expecting attendance to return to normal on Wednesday.The ministry’s human resources department also is working on improving a payment plan for back wages and errors, and officials say they will be able to respond to future payment complaints within 72 hours after receiving them.As part of a strike-ending deal reached on Monday, a blue-ribbon commission will be formed by members of teachers’ unions, the education minister, MEP’s director of human resources and a representative of the Finance Ministry. The group will oversee salary payments and other issues during the next 12 months.last_img read more

Actor Julia Roberts is shown in a scene from the s

first_img Actor Julia Roberts is shown in a scene from the series “Homecoming.” When Oscar winner Roberts went to star alongside Toronto native Stephan James in the upcoming Amazon series “Homecoming,” she wanted to make sure their work ethics aligned.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-TIFF MANDATORY CREDIT by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 7, 2018 1:52 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Julia Roberts praises Canadian ‘Homecoming’ co-star Stephan Jamescenter_img TORONTO – When Oscar winner Julia Roberts signed up to star alongside Toronto native Stephan James in the upcoming Amazon series “Homecoming,” she wanted to make sure their work ethics aligned.“It was one of those things where — not to feel like the old mother hen — but I remember saying just the last day of rehearsal or hanging out or something, ‘So, how are you with time? Do you come to work on time? Is that something that you like to do?’” she said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the series is premiering.James reassured her that yes, he does show up to work on time.“And it was just so great to be with someone who, and not to sound like I’m stereotyping, but just based on how young Stephan is, you don’t know what their sense of being ready is going to be,” Roberts continued, sitting beside James.“And his ready is my ready — and that made us a pair.”Building a rapport between the two was crucial, as they have many scenes together in “Homecoming,” which debuts exclusively on Amazon Prime Video Nov. 2.“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail directed the noir psychological thriller, which is based on the podcast created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg.Roberts is an executive producer on the show and plays a caseworker at a transitional support centre for soldiers trying to return to civilian life. James, 24, plays one of these soldiers.“I feel like I’m getting to a certain point in my career where I’m becoming more and more comfortable,” said James, whose other projects include the American drama series “Shots Fired” and the Jesse Owens biopic film “Race.”“And being in a space like that and working with those people, I feel like it was just a sweet spot and comfortability for me.”Esmail said they auditioned a bunch of actors for James’s role, looking for someone who could “go toe-to-toe with Julia Roberts.”“There were a lot of complexities to that character and Stephan, he first taped for us and blew us away on the tape, which is so much harder to do than in person,” Esmail said.“Then he came and did a chemistry read with Julia and I think that’s when we knew and we saw the chemistry — and it was electrifying to watch.”James, who grew up in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, also stars in the Barry Jenkins film “If Beale Street Could Talk” at TIFF this year. His brother, Shamier Anderson, is also at the festival this year with “Destroyer.”Roberts gushed about James when asked about the Oscars and if they should create a new category, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has proposed.“Category: best performance by Stephan James in that year,” said Roberts, who also stars in “Ben is Back” at this year’s TIFF. She won an Oscar for best actress in 2000’s “Erin Brockovich.”“I think there would be multiple nominations every year and I think he might win.”last_img read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2019 7:54 am PDT Keith Richards reissuing 1988 solo debut ‘Talk Is Cheap’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Keith Richards is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his solo debut album by reissuing it.Richards originally released “Talk Is Cheap” in 1988 and will reissue the album on March 29. It will include six bonus tracks and will be released digitally, on CD, on vinyl and as a box set.The box set includes unseen photos, an 80-page hardback book and rare memorabilia, including lyric sheets, posters and a guitar pick.“Talk Is Cheap” features Maceo Parker, Patti Scialfa, Bootsy Collins and former Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Taylor.____Online:http://www.keithrichards.com/The Associated Press read more