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Femalefocused Medieval Times show bound for Toronto this year

first_imgTORONTO – After nearly 25 years of entertaining audiences with jousting and a meal with the king, Toronto’s Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament will soon undergo a “sea change” with a new female-centric storyline.The new show with the queen in the lead role is already in three U.S. cities and will launch in Toronto later this year. The company says the story is cast in a matriarchal realm with the queen in charge and sole ruler of the land.“This is going to really motivate and inspire young women to show that there are strong female role models out there,” Monet Lerner, the inaugural queen of the new show, says in a promo video.Toronto is the only Canadian location for Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, which was founded in 1977 in Spain and launched in North America in 1983, with the Toronto “castle” opening in 1993.For the past 34 years, the show has always featured a king as the protagonist and female characters in supporting roles.“Having a queen in charge probably sends a message,” Leigh Cordner, the creative director and writer of the show, says in the promo video.“It’s certainly a sea change for us. Just generally in entertainment and media and stuff, it’s a popular theme. I don’t feel like we’re jumping on a bandwagon. I think it’s certainly given us the confidence that now is the time to be able to do that.”The queen is “a firm but kind ruler respected throughout the kingdom who inherited the throne at the passing of her father, the previous king,” says a news release.Her “authority is sometimes challenged, but she quickly rises to the occasion as a strong leader, squelching opposition,” it adds.The show — which still features the usual elements of jousting and horsemanship — has already been rolled out in Dallas, Chicago and Lyndhurst, N.J.The company says it made the change after guests expressed interest in seeing women in more significant roles.Other changes include new music, new costumes and new suits of armour, shields and helmets.“I think there’s probably a benefit to young women, grown women, little girls who come to the show to see this women who’s empowered, who’s in charge,” says Cordner.last_img read more

FILM ON COLTEN BOUSHIE CASE WINS 10000 PRIZE AT HOT DOCS FESTIVAL

first_imgDebbie Baptiste, mother of Colten Boushie, holds a photo of her son during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 14, 2018. (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – A film about the killing of a young Indigenous man in Saskatchewan has won a top prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.Tasha Hubbard’s “nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up” has won the best Canadian feature documentary award, which comes with a $10,000 cash prize.The film, which opened the festival, is about the case of Colten Boushie. Advertisement The 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation was shot to death after the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm property near Biggar, Sask., in 2016.Last year, a jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally as he was trying to scare off young people on his property.The Hot Docs jury said the film “has created a lasting document that brings together past and future to illuminate oppression and resilience.”Other Hot Docs award winners announced Friday night include Matt Gallagher’s “Prey,” which won a $5,000 special jury prize for its look at a sexual abuse survivor who takes on the Catholic church in an Ontario court.The emerging Canadian filmmaker award, which comes with a $3,000 cash prize, went to Emily Gan for “Cavebirds.”Pailin Wedel’s “Hope Frozen” won the $10,000 best international feature documentary award.The $50,000 Rogers Audience Award for best Canadian documentary will be announced as the festival wraps on Sunday.last_img read more

MKO member dies in police custody

first_imgAPTN National NewsA northern First Nation is accusing both the RCMP and Health Canada of negligence after one of their band members died while in custody.Witnesses say Tracy Okemow of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak First Nation repeatedly called for help but was allegedly told to quit faking.She was later rushed to Winnipeg hospital where she later died.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has more on this developing story.last_img

Indigenous women share successes as business owners

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nation, Metis and Inuit women take on a lot of roles.Caregiver, teacher, role model and, sometimes, business owner.Women entrepreneurs gathered in Gatineau this week to share their successes and everything in between.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.last_img

Trump keeps up pressure on Dems over border wall

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is keeping the pressure on congressional Democrats over funding for his promised border wall.Trump tweeted Monday: “We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall.” He did not provide any evidence for the savings, but again threatened to close the “entire Southern Border if necessary.”A Dec. 7 partial government shutdown had appeared possible, but Trump told reporters on Air Force One Saturday he would be willing to sign a two-week government funding extension to allow for ceremonies honouring former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday.Trump had been gearing up for a showdown as he sought billions for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.The Associated Presslast_img

Top UN official discusses cyclone response with Myanmars Prime Minister

The top United Nations humanitarian official today held talks with Myanmar’s Prime Minister to discuss progress made in assisting survivors of the deadly Cyclone Nargis which struck the South-East Asian nation in early May. Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told the Prime Minister, General Thein Sein, and other officials in the capital Nay Pyi Taw that the positive steps taken regarding relief operations and recovery, as well as stepped up access for international aid workers, is largely a result of bolstered cooperation between the Government, the UN and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “We hope that the dialogue and cooperation built up in the last couple of months over theCyclone Nargis response can be continued and improved, and in future extended to other humanitarian issues as well,” said Mr. Holmes, who wrapped up a three-day visit to Myanmar today. “We must make sure that humanitarian efforts continue to be separate from politics.” He also told the Prime Minister, who welcomed continued collaboration with the UN and other partners, that the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and others are ready and willing to provide disaster preparedness, risk reduction and early warning assistance to Myanmar. “In May donors requested access for international relief workers and a credible, objective assessment: these are both now in place,” said Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. “Nevertheless, we need to continue working to improve access still further, particularly for new international NGO partners,” he added. Released earlier this week, the Post-Nargis Joint Assessment Final Report put a $1 billion price tag on recovery needs over three years, taking into account such areas as education, health, rebuilding livelihoods, infrastructure, agriculture and the environment. Mr. Holmes stressed that this assessment serves as a road map for the relief and recovery efforts, noting that greater action is needed to reach those in the most remote areas of the hardest-hit Ayeyarwady Delta. 24 July 2008The top United Nations humanitarian official today held talks with Myanmar’s Prime Minister to discuss progress made in assisting survivors of the deadly Cyclone Nargis which struck the South-East Asian nation in early May. read more

Did Sidewalk Labs overstep with their masterplan It certainly raised concerns at

Postmedia file photo HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS “Now, (if) at the end of the day people don’t want us to do something beyond Quayside, that’s entirely fair. It doesn’t mean we’ll want to do Quayside, though,” Doctoroff said.“I’m not using the term deal breaker, but what I will say is that we do not believe just at the scale of Quayside that Waterfront Toronto’s priority objectives can be achieved. That’s just a reality.”The current development started in 2017 with a request for proposals from Waterfront Toronto, a federal-provincial-municipal agency tasked with revitalizing the city’s lakefront lands.I’m not using the term deal breaker, but … we do not believe just at the scale of Quayside that Waterfront Toronto’s priority objectives can be achievedSidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff Alphabet Inc.’s Sidewalk Labs released its sprawling masterplan for Toronto’s eastern waterfront on Monday, but the scope of the company’s ambitions, which extend well beyond the five-hectare Quayside district it was initially tasked to develop, are raising concerns with the federal-provincial-municipal agency overseeing the project.In its 1,500-page, four-volume development plan, Sidewalk Labs proposed to invest $1.3-billion to kickstart the real estate portion of the plan, which would feature tall wooden buildings and various smart city features, such as sensors, flexible streetscapes and robotic freight tunnels to reduce traffic.But it also indicated that any plan was dependent on also developing a nearby parcel of land known as West Villiers, where it said Google Inc. — Sidewalk’s sister company — would move its Canadian headquarters during the second phase of the project, sometime in mid-2020.That, in addition to identifying four other parcels of land, totalling dozens more hectares, into which it might eventually scale any successful experiments from Quayside, elicited a reaction from Waterfront Toronto. Five potential sticking points in Sidewalk Labs’ masterplan for the Toronto waterfront Google critic Roger McNamee urges Toronto to abandon ‘surveillance capitalism’ project Sidewalk Labs ‘Most people don’t like change’: CEO of Sidewalk Labs says criticism of project was inevitable In a letter distributed to media, Waterfront Toronto chairman Stephen Diamond said the scope of the real estate development was broader than anticipated, and Sidewalk is asking for major commitments from government, including regulatory changes and a promise to build transit through the proposed neighbourhood.“Based on our initial review of the MIDP, there are a number of exciting ideas that respond to challenges we face, particularly related to environmental sustainability and economic development,” Diamond wrote. “There are also proposals where it is clear that Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs have very different perspectives about what is required for success.”In response to Diamond’s letter, Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff told the Financial Post that Waterfront Toronto laid out a series of key objectives at the very beginning of the process, and both organizations have always acknowledged that greater scale than just Quayside might be necessary to achieve ambitious goals for housing, climate-positive urban development, clean technology and urban innovation.Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff. The MIDP lays out multiple business models, with 11 potential sources of revenue.All in all, Sidewalk is proposing up to $1.3 billion in funding and financing, which they say could induce up to $38 billion in investment by 2040.The core of that is $900 million in upfront capital for the real estate component, which will include dynamic data-powered streetscapes and buildings constructed entirely out of specially manufactured wood, produced out of an $80-million factory owned by Sidewalk Labs.For the first couple of phases of the project, Sidewalk Labs proposed that it would act directly as the property developer, and would buy or lease publicly owned land at a below-market price — discounted because Sidewalk is committing to meet a series of urban development objectives.Eventually, the same building techniques and technological systems would be deployed by other developers in a broader IDEA District throughout the Toronto port lands, with Sidewalk Labs acting as an advisor and a partner to the government agency specifically mandated with developing the larger district.Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront in an undated handout photo. “We’ve learned a lot. We’ve become a lot more sensitive to the uniqueness of this city,” Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff said. These are all potential problems for Waterfront Toronto, according to the letter Diamond published Monday.“Waterfront Toronto has told Sidewalk Labs that the concept of the IDEA District is premature and that Waterfront Toronto must first see its goals and objectives achieved at Quayside before deciding whether to work together in other areas,” Diamond wrote.One aspect of the development that Sidewalk does not plan to earn money from is data. When the proposed project was originally announced in the fall of 2017, it was meant to be a new neighbourhood built “from the internet up” with high-tech sensors and data-driven community management.Sidewalk Labs said in the MIDP that it would like to see an independent urban data trust established by the government to regulate all data collection in the development. The data trust would receive applications for all urban data sensor systems.The data trust would then make anonymized data equally available to anybody, so Sidewalk Labs would not have any special commercial advantage from proprietary data collected in the area.In releasing the MIDP, Sidewalk emphasized that the company has consulted with tens of thousands of Torontonians in developing the plan, and incorporated the feedback they received.“We’ve learned a lot. We’ve become a lot more sensitive to the uniqueness of this city,” Doctoroff said.“To their credit, Torontonians challenged us at every step and that made the plan better.”At least a few Torontonians were willing to give their reaction to the plan before it was even released; the grassroots #BlockSidewalk campaign issued a statement on Monday, pre-emptively objecting to the scope of the proposal.“This project was never about a small 12-acre site on Toronto’s waterfront, and the plan Sidewalk Labs has presented us with is proof of that,” the #BlockSidewalk news release said.“This is about Google trying to get access to hundreds of acres of Toronto’s prime waterfront public land. This is as much about privatization and corporate control as it is about privacy.”• Email: jmcleod@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

US construction spending rises 06 per cent in September to highest level

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2015 8:01 am MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US construction spending rises 0.6 per cent in September to highest level in 7 1/2 years WASHINGTON – U.S. construction spending rose 0.6 per cent in September to the highest level since March 2008, pushed up by a surge in apartment building.The Commerce Department said Monday that spending on construction rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.09 trillion. Construction of apartments and condominiums jumped 4.9 per cent in September from August, while construction of single-family homes rose 1.3 per cent. Overall, private residential construction rose to the highest level since January 2008.The housing market has proven relatively resilient this year amid economic weakness overseas that has hurt American manufacturers and limited hiring. Commerce reported last week that private investment in housing grew at an annual pace of 6.1 per cent from July through September — four times the 1.5 per cent growth registered by the overall economy.Spending on nonresidential construction slipped 0.1 per cent in September, Commerce said. But spending on construction of churches and other religious buildings rose 5.6 per cent.Public construction grew 0.7 per cent from August. Spending on schools and other educational buildings rose 2.4 per cent, and spending on water supply facilities was up 4.8 per cent.Federal construction spending fell 1 per cent, the biggest decline since a 4.4 per cent drop in June.“On the surface, today’s data net out to be somewhat reassuring, if not perfect,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. “Friday’s employment report will be the primary focus of the Federal Reserve, where the threshold for liftoff is low.”The Fed last week held off from raising interest rates from record lows but signalled that they will be considering a move at its Dec. 15-16 meeting. For the Fed to delay a hike again, the upcoming jobs report would have to be a “disaster,” Swonk said. FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2015 file photo, construction work continues on the building known as 3 Manhattan West, in New York. When completed in 2017 it will be 62 stories and will have 844 apartments. U.S. construction spending rose 0.6 percent in September to the highest level since March 2008, the Commerce Department said Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, pushed up by a surge in apartment building. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) read more

GazaEgypt border restrictions worsening humanitarian situation of Palestinians says UN

The Egyptian-controlled Rafah Crossing is Gaza’s main gateway to the outside world, following the long-term restrictions imposed on the crossings controlled by Israel, notes the report of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory.However, recent action by Egypt to counter illegal activities and insecurity in the Sinai have included imposing “severe” restrictions on the movement of people through the Rafah Crossing and closing down smuggling tunnels under the Egyptian-Gaza border. At the same time, there has been only limited easing of the ongoing restrictions imposed at legitimate crossing points from Israel. “Consequently, an already fragile humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip has worsened,” states the report.When open, the operating hours at the Rafah Crossing are four hours a day, six days per week – reduced from nine hours, seven days per week. Only authorized travellers have been permitted to cross, including foreign nationals, people holding visas, and patients officially referred for medical treatment abroad. “As a result, the vast majority of Gazans, who do not meet these criteria, are unable to cross,” the report points out. “On average, fewer than 400 people per day have crossed in both directions since July 2013, about 29 per cent of the numbers who crossed in the first half of 2013.”The report also notes that most of the illegal tunnels under the Egyptian-Gaza border – the main channel for the supply of construction materials and fuel – have been shut down. As of 21 September, only an estimated 10 tunnels were believed to be operating, down from approximately 300 prior to June. The Gaza Power Plant has been forced to reduce electricity production and may shut down completely, if adequate fuel supplies are not urgently made available.Fuel shortages and increased power outages, according to OCHA, are “significantly” impacting the provision of essential services, shortages of construction materials are impeding maintenance and rehabilitation of essential service infrastructure, and restricted access for people through Rafah Crossing is impeding access to specialized health services abroad. The restrictions on the crossings controlled by Israel are part of the blockade the Government imposed on Gaza beginning in 2007 for what it called security reasons after the Hamas group, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, ousted the Fatah movement from the Strip. read more

June – EV registrations

Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 154,038 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Ohio State womens basketball to begin season with major test at No

OSU then-freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Indiana on Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn a much-anticipated matchup of highly ranked opponents, the No. 6 Ohio State women’s basketball team is primed to open its season on Friday against No. 2 South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, at 7 p.m.The Buckeyes, looking to build on a 24-11 record from last season which ended with a loss to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament, return all five starters, including last season’s co-Big Ten Player of the Year, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell.South Carolina boasts three returning starters, including senior guard Tiffany Mitchell, a two-time SEC Player of the Year. The Gamecocks also add a preseason All-American honorable mention in sophomore forward A’ja Wilson to the lineup. Last year, South Carolina’s season ended after a run to the Final Four, losing to Notre Dame 66-65.However, rather than hyping up the game, Kelsey Mitchell stressed how she has been preparing for the 2015-16 season without certain opponents in mind.“You’ve got to be prepared for everything,” she said. “I had no clue, honestly, that we were going to play (South Carolina and No. 1 Connecticut), but you’ve got to prepare before that.”Since South Carolina returns three starters, including its top three scorers and rebounders, the Buckeyes understand they will need to step up on defense and in the post. Last season, OSU’s shallow depth, decimated by injuries, forced it to rely on its offense. Coach Kevin McGuff and his players said they understand their defense must improve.“We weren’t as good as we needed to be last year,” McGuff said. “Part of it was our depth and our youth, but those can’t be excuses this year because we have enough depth and our kids are a year older.”Beyond Kelsey Mitchell and the returning starters, OSU returns four players who missed most, or all of, last season, including redshirt freshman guard Kianna Holland, who was voted team captain. Holland, a transfer from Duke, will debut in a scarlet and gray uniform in her home state of South Carolina.“It’s really exciting. I’ve got a lot of friends and family coming to watch me, so it’s going to be a really neat, supportive environment,” Holland said. Holland might feel at home in the Colonial Life Arena, but the rest of OSU might not find the venue as supportive of the Buckeyes. South Carolina packs its home arena, leading the NCAA in women’s basketball attendance for the first time in program history with an average of 12,293 fans.Preseason All-Americans collideOSU and South Carolina each are led by prolific All-American guards named Mitchell with similar styles. Both were also named their respective conference’s preseason player of the year and led their teams in scoring and assists a season ago.OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell averaged 24.9 points and 4.1 assists per game last season. The 2014-15 co-Big Ten Player of the Year set a Big Ten and OSU record, scoring 873 points while also breaking the NCAA record for most threes made with 127.South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell, a 5-foot-9 senior, averaged 14.4 points with impressive efficiency, as she hit 50 percent of her shots and drained 41.6 percent of three-pointers. The Mitchells have not met despite the similar position, role and name, but OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell said she respects the other’s game.“I’ve never seen her play. But if they say she’s amazing, she’s amazing,” Kelsey Mitchell said.Nonconference gauntlet beginsLast season, OSU played just two ranked teams in nonconference play, beating No. 21 West Virginia and losing to No. 24 Georgia. An easier early slate of opponents benefited the young, inexperienced team dealing with several injuries to key players.But this year, high expectations will be tested early. Friday’s game against No. 2 South Carolina begins a three-week period in which the Buckeyes are scheduled to face the top three teams in the nation.In OSU’s home opener on Monday, the Scarlet and Gray hosted the defending national champions, No. 1 Connecticut. On Nov. 28, the Buckeyes head to Las Vegas to take on No. 13 Texas A&M in the South Point Shootout before traveling to South Bend, Indiana, to battle No. 3 Notre Dame on Dec. 2.South Carolina, Connecticut and Notre Dame reached the Final Four last season, as did No. 9 Maryland, which OSU is scheduled to face twice in conference play.“As a coach, the players we were trying to recruit want to play against the best teams in the country,” McGuff said. “And secondly, I just like to figure out where we need to get better. If you’re winning every game by 20, 25, 30 points, you’re not going to know where you can get better.” read more

Commentary Cleveland Browns should think about playing Colt McCoy

With week one of the NFL season officially in the books, let the quarterback controversy in Cleveland begin. I realize that you cannot fully judge a team, or a player, based on their performance in one game, but it’s hard not to when the statistics are so shockingly terrible. Cleveland’s starting rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, who was 12-35 for 118 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, threw four interceptions (tied for most in the NFL), averaged 3.4 yards per attempt (worst in the NFL), accounted for zero touchdowns, and had a completion percentage of 34.1 (worst in the NFL). Weeden also boasted a quarterback rating of 5.1. Let me say that again, 5.1. The next worst passer rating in week one belonged to fellow rookie Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins. His rating was 39.0, or almost eight times higher than Weeden’s. Tannehill had one more attempted pass than Weeden but accounted for 101 more yards, one less interception, and eight more completions. Weeden’s numbers aren’t just bad, they’re leaps and bounds ahead of- or rather behind- his competition. Backup Browns quarterback Colt McCoy must be licking his chops. In his first start in 2010, McCoy attempted two fewer passed than Weeden, but threw for 163 more yards and actually managed to complete a touchdown pass. Including the preseason, Weeden has started four games this year but has yet to find the end zone once. I’m starting to wonder if he remembers where it is. In McCoy’s rookie season, he threw nine interceptions in eight games. Weeden has almost half that total in one game. Granted, Weeden’s first game came against last season’s top rated defense, but McCoy’s first game was against the Pittsburgh Steelers who went to the Super Bowl that year. Looking at the Browns’ quarterback situation in the long term, McCoy has two more years of NFL experience and is two years younger. While McCoy hasn’t blown anyone away with his numbers in the last two seasons, he hasn’t exactly been blessed with a plethora of offensive weapons around him. In his rookie season the team’s two leading receivers were a tight end and a running back. In half a season in 2010, McCoy had more yards on fewer attempts than the other two previous Browns quarterbacks combined. In 2011, McCoy had more passing yards than Cleveland’s 2009 team and the 2008 team which included Pro Bowl receiver Braylon Edwards and Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow. McCoy’s leading receiver last year was rookie Greg Little. Ask anyone outside of Cleveland who Greg Little is, and you’re likely to get nothing but blank stares. McCoy may not have the greatest record or statistics, but he did pretty well considering he had zero offensive weapons around him. Weeden had better show progress, quickly, or he may find himself on the bench where he belongs. read more

Heres What Happened Today Easter Sunday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Easter Sunday Bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, 1916 commemorations and ATMs made headlines today. Share Tweet Email Commemorations marking the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising took place at the GPO. Sport Ireland Chairman Kieran Mulvey claimed the “continual drip feed” of reports about the Football Association of Ireland is hindering efforts to reform the organisation.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said no extra security detail has been added after a series of protests at his home in recent weeks. There are 10 maternity units providing abortion services out of a total of 19 units across the country, over three months after Ireland’s abortion laws have been legalised.Met Éireann has forecast that the warm weather is set to continue over the course of the next few days.Two ATMs were recovered by gardaí on the Monaghan-Meath border today following the theft of two cash machines from Kells, Co Meath on Friday morning.Tributes have been paid to Carmel Collins, the mother of innocent gangland murder victim Roy Collins, following her death today.THE WORLD Firefighters tackle a large fire which is continuing to burn on Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#SRI LANKA: A series of devastating bomb blasts have struck a number of hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka, killing over 200 people. #LONDON: Over 800 people have been arrested as part of the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests in London. #UKRAINE: A TV comedian has won a landslide victory in the second round of voting in Ukraine’s presidential election.PARTING SHOTIt’s three years today since legendary musician Prince died aged 57.So – for the sunny day that’s in it – here’s his classic hit Raspberry Beret. Source: Prince/YouTube Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 7:45 PM Short URL By Cónal Thomas Get our daily news round up:center_img NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Cpt Paul Conlin reading out the 1916 proclamation of the Irish Republic. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 12,128 Views https://jrnl.ie/4601523 Apr 21st 2019, 7:45 PM 1 Comment Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Oxford University researcher claims aliens are interbreeding with humans to produce hybrids

first_imgPixabaySeveral conspiracy theorists strongly believe that aliens are secretly living in the earth on confidential bases, and governments all across the world are aware of their existence. Adding heat to these claims, a top Oxford University researcher has now suggested that aliens might be actually interbreeding with humans to produce hybrids.This bizarre theory is presented by Dr Young-hae Chi, a Korean lecturer who teaches at the Oxford Oriental Institute. The researcher also added that alien hybrids born from mixed parentage will survive climate change easily, and thus they may emerge as a dominant species on the planet.Young-hae Chi who is a strong believer of alien existence made these remarks in the book ‘Alien Visitations and the End of Humanity’, Express.co.uk reports.”One possibility is that they find our DNA valuable for the preservation of the stock. Secondly, to create species which can survive in the future climate conditions. Thirdly, some abductees report that these hybrids are of very high intelligence, so are they producing these hybrids as a problem-solver, a future leader,” said Chi.Chi also believes that there are actually four types of aliens living on the earth. As per Chi, the major alien types are extraterrestrials with scales and snake eyes, small aliens and tall and bold aliens.Chi also added that these aliens have reached the earth just to assure their survival.”So, they come not for the sake of us, but for the sake of them, their survival, but their survival is actually our survival as well, the survival of the entire biosphere. That is where I progressed in developing my theory and I’m still looking for more evidence to support my view,” added Chi.A few days back, a team of researchers who attended the METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) International Meeting suggested that humans might be living in a galactic zoo, and aliens are monitoring our activities. Researchers also revealed that aliens are hiding themselves to avoid cultural conflicts.last_img read more

Quota system to be reexamined after budget Finance minister

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister AMA Muhith said the government will re-examine the quota system of the public servant recruitment after the national budget.”We will re-examine the quota system after the budget”, he said while addressing a meeting at the finance ministry on the occasion of handing over a dividend cheque by the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB)on Tuesday.Defending the quota system he said quota must be there to advance the disadvantaged group of the society. “But there might be reconsideration about the percentage of quota for different groups”, he added.Muhith’s remarks on quota system came against backdrop of the postponement of the countrywide agitation by students until May 7 following a meeting with roads and transport minister Obaidul Quaderon on Monday.The finance minister said, possibly, right now percentage of quota is much more than requirement. But when candidates are not found from the quota, the posts are filled up with the candidates from the merit list.Currently, 56 per cent recruitment in public sector is made from quota reserved for different groups while 44 per cent is made from merit list.last_img read more

The Payments App Millennials Swear By

first_img Register Now » 5 min read November 5, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global In preparation for this year’s Burning Man festival, Ari Kalfayan, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, went out and bought costumes for he and a friend. The total cost came to just under $1,000. But instead of reimbursing Kalfayan with cash, the friend paid him back using a smartphone app called Venmo. All it took was a few taps to send money between their accounts.“I just found Venmo really easy to use for splitting costs for fun activities,” says Kalfayen.Small payments between friends is fueling rapid growth for Venmo, which lets people easily pay one another for everything from dinner to cocktails to paying rent. The idea is to free people from having to use cash or a check to split a bill.Venmo handled $700 million in payments in the third quarter, 50% more than the previous quarter. The number of people who use the app is unclear. But it’s telling that devotees are increasingly using Venmo’s name as a verb — as in, “I’ll just Venmo you” — much like Google, Facebook and Skype. Indeed, the app has become something of a must-have for Silicon Valley’s young digerati, who regularly use the service to settle up between themselves after a night of bar hopping.But it’s also an area with huge competition from PayPal, Amazon, and Apple among others, all itching for the shot to process people’s transactions and make a buck.Venmo was founded in 2009 by former University of Pennsylvania roommates Andrew Kortina and Iqram Magdon-Ismail. Three years later, they sold their start-up for $26.2 million to the credit processing firm Braintree. EBay  later gobbled up the entire company to build up its digital payments arm, PayPal.When first acquired, Venmo had already gained a foothold among teen and twenty-something users. That trend has continued.Being owned by a large company with deep pockets like eBay gives Venmo breathing room to focus on growth without having to worry so much about profits. The situation will become a bit more interesting next year after eBay spins off PayPal – and Venmo along with it- into a separate company.Jared Fliesler, a venture capitalist at Matrix Partners and formerly a vice president at the payments startup Square, explained that Venmo’s rise is tied to its ease-of-use. The ability to quickly find existing users and invite new ones by searching someone’s virtual phone book and Facebook contacts helped with the app’s growth.“It was a simple product with a clear use case, so people got it and use it,” Fliesler says.Transactions appear in a section of Venmo loosely resembling Facebook’s news feed that friends can see unless users fiddle with the settings to turn it off. To maintain privacy, Venmo never shows the actual payment amount, merely the payment’s purpose, which users type in. The social networking aspect is by no means a critical feature. But it sometimes makes for short-lived entertainment.“Most overpriced drink of my life,” reads one Venmo update posted by one user going by the name Shira Papir. “For full body wax,” reads another from a user identified as Roberto Sroka.The big question for Venmo however is whether it’s built to last. It competes with big guns like Amazon and Apple, both of which are pushing payments services. Additionally, Facebook is reportedly developing a service that would let users of its Messenger pay one another. If true, Facebook’s payments service would be able to tap into the more than one billion people who already check the social network every month.Marc Freed-Finnegan, who led the product development of Google Wallet for a year-and-a-half before leaving in 2012 to cofound Index, a retail analytics company, is skeptical about Venmo’s prospects. He mentioned Square, a payments startup founded by Twitter co-creator Jack Dorsey, that got its start processing people’s credit cards but has branched out with new services including a Venmo-like system called Square Cash. “There’s already pretty strong competition from services like Square Cash at this time, which support pretty seamless payments between people,” he says.Oddly enough, PayPal, Venmo’s sister payment service, is also a rival because it too lets users pay each other. But Venmo appeals to the younger demographic in a way PayPal doesn’t.Braintree CEO Bill Ready says he doesn’t mind having two products in the PayPal family with similar features. He compares the situation to when Facebook acquired popular photo-sharing app Instagram. “You can take and share a photo with Instagram, or you can take and share a photo with the Facebook app,” he says.Eventually, PayPal will likely try to integrate Venmo into its other services to tap into those younger users. But for now, the Venmo team continues to experiment by introducing new features like “Venmo Nearby,” which lets users know when friends are in the neighborhood.Venmo isn’t a serious money-maker. It generates some money by charging merchants, not consumers, for accepting payments through the service. But Ready maintains that building out Venmo with features like Nearby helps with attracting more users, and in turn, creates more opportunities to earn money. Says Ready: “You’ll be seeing more and more of Venmo from us.” This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

UCR Poll Solís running away with runoff election

first_imgRelated posts:Non-career politician Luis Guillermo Solís wins Costa Rica presidential runoff in a landslide What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Johnny Araya is down and out, but not his party, says analyst Solís wins big but bigger challenges may be ahead, say analysts Opposition presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solís has acommanding lead in the polls over ruling party candidate Johnny Araya, according to the latest national poll published by the newspaper Semanario Universidad Tuesday night.Solís of the center-left Citizen Action Party (PAC) had 64.4 percent of likely voters, compared to Araya of the centrist National Liberation Party (PLN) who polled just 20.9 percent. The remaining 14.7 percent of those surveyed said they did not know for whom they would vote, or did not respond.During a press conference Wednesday morning, Solís’ response to the polls was positive but measured.“Things can change in the coming weeks because they already changed once before in the first round,” Solís said at the PAC campaign office in La Granja, according to Radio Monumental.Solís would know. He languished at the tail end of the polls for months before his late surge that won him 30.96 percent of the vote, albeit not the 40 percent needed to win outright.Only 76.6 percent of voters who supported Araya in the first round said they planned to cast their ballot for him on April 6. Solís, meanwhile, held on to 97.7 percent of his supporters, according to the survey.The University of Costa Rica’s Center for Research and Policy Studies called 1,200 Costa Rican adults at their homes between Feb. 3 and Feb. 13, immediately after the Feb. 2 election. The poll has a 2.38 percent margin of error and 95 percent confidence. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

QA Who is the Talibans reclusive leader Mullah Omar

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Quick workouts for men WHERE HAS HE BEEN?Mullah Omar is believed to have fled over the border into Pakistan after the U.S.-led invasion. Some believe he has been based since then in the city of Quetta, under the protection of Pakistani authorities.WHAT WOULD HIS DEATH MEAN FOR AFGHANISTAN?His death would leave the Taliban without a leader, making it vulnerable to fracturing under pressure as it enters into talks to end the war. This could damage the peace process, which is a priority of President Ashraf Ghani’s government.WHAT HAS THE TALIBAN DONE IN HIS ABSENCE?Even with Omar largely gone, the Taliban have waged a bloody campaign against Afghan security forces this year. Local police and soldiers now take the brunt of their assaults as U.S. and NATO forces ended their combat mission at the end of last year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Here are some questions and answers about Mullah Mohammed Omar:WHO IS MULLAH OMAR?Mullah Mohammad Omar led the Taliban as its supreme leader during its rule of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. He has not been seen in public since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and is regularly rumored to have died. He remains the head of the Afghan Taliban movement.WHY IS HE IMPORTANT?Omar is a figurehead for the Taliban, and as such has enabled it to present a united front in informal contacts and formal talks with Afghan government representatives aimed at ending the war there, now almost 14 years old. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img RelatedCarbon Offsetting ExplainedThe problem until recently though is that this area has not been regulated.Green Skies: Environmentally Friendly FlyingSkyscanner investigates flying and the environmentFlexjet launch carbon offsetting schemeA new carbon offsetting scheme has been launched for Flexjet customer flights. Only one in ten flight passengers are willing to change the number of times they fly despite three-quarters accepting that flying contributes to climate change, according to new research.The findings, published on TravelMole.com, involved surveying 487 passengers at Manchester airport – over half of whom said they did not know that carbon offsetting was possible.Almost eight out of ten flight passengers had heard of offsetting schemes, but under 50 percent knew that they could be used to reduce the environmental impacts of their flight.Commenting on the findings, Dr Paul Hooper, the scientist who led the research from Manchester Metropolitan University’s Centre for Air Transport and the Environment, told the website that confusion surrounded the “existence, purpose and methods” of carbon offsetting.”Given that offset schemes are currently voluntary, much more needs to be done to raise awareness of the existence and benefits of such schemes if we want to see greater uptake by passengers,” he said.People can buy carbon offsets for the greenhouse gases they cannot avoid emitting. They enable people to take responsibility for their carbon emissions by paying someone to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere on their behalf. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more