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Freeland concerned Canadianmade armoured vehicles used against Saudi citizens

first_imgOTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she’s “deeply concerned” about recent videos which appear to show Canadian-made armoured vehicles being used by Saudi Arabia in a crackdown against its own citizens.Freeland says she’s instructed her officials to “urgently” investigate the matter and determine whether the vehicles in the videos were in fact armoured personnel carriers made and exported to Saudi Arabia by Terradyne Armoured Vehicles, a company based in Newmarket, Ont.She says the investigation must be done energetically but also “very carefully” to be sure Canada is “acting on fully reliable information we can stand by.”She’s not saying what action might be taken if the vehicles are proven to be Canadian-made, other than to say “we will respond accordingly.”In the meantime, Freeland says Canada’s concerns have been conveyed to Saudi Arabia.She’s also personally spoken to the European Union’s foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, about Canada’s concern and investigation into the matter.“We are absolutely committed to the defence of human rights and we condemn all violations of human rights,” Freeland said Monday in a conference call from the Philippines, where she was attending meetings with her counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.“We also are very clear that we expect the end users of any and all exports to abide by the terms of our export permits.”Armoured vehicles have appeared in video in news and social media posts from Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, where the Saudi government is attempting to stamp out unrest among the region’s minority Shia population. Some experts have asserted that the vehicles are Terradyne Gurkha APCs.Almost from the moment Justin Trudeau’s Liberals took office, his government has been under fire for allowing arms exports to Saudi Arabia, which is widely denounced as one of the world’s worst abusers of human rights and has been censured by the European Union and a number of western countries.Canadian export controls prohibit the sale of arms to countries with a “persistent record of serious violations” of their own citizens’ human rights. Yet the Trudeau government issued export permits in 2015 for the sale of General Dynamics armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, a $15-billion deal that had been approved by the previous Conservative administration.The Liberals argued at the time that it had little choice but to honour the deal made by the Tories.last_img read more

Backtoschool stationery a distraction for some in the classroom

first_imgTORONTO – Post-it notes with emojis. Locker magnets shaped like pizza and poop. Pencil boxes featuring T.rex. These are some of the many back-to-school items currently sitting on the shelves of a Walmart store in Toronto.But Rhonda Johnson, of Unionville, Ont., skipped all of that during a recent visit as she was browsing through the store with her nine-year-old son, Jahziah.“I am the type of parent who buys something that is going to be functional and serve its purpose,” she says. “It’s going to be plain. It’s not going to be glittery.”Back-to-school supplies, particularly stationery, have changed considerably in recent years, and are now marketed as “fashionable” items. Some feel the items allow kids to express themselves, but others argue that they detract from learning and are a waste of money.Johnson finds fun, fashion-forward stationery expensive and “unnecessary.”“I do not conform to society’s way of dragging you into certain trends,” she says.The 42-year-old only buys unadorned stationery for her son. And it has always been that way for him and his elder brother, Dre, growing up.But that hasn’t stopped Jahziah from asking for a “Pokemon” binder or a notebook graced with the Minions from “Despicable Me.”“I’ve said no for so long…(but) he still asks because it’s attractive,” Johnson says. “It’s marketing.”Meanwhile, some 40 students in a small town in Britain won’t be allowed to use fancy gadgets at school, but not because their parents said so.Ian Goldsworthy, a Grade 6 teacher at a school in Potters Bar, U.K., has banned novelty stationery — erasers in the form of nail polish, that new “it” plastic water bottle, pencil cases almost taller than the child carrying them — from his classroom.“It was causing too many arguments,” he says, noting that his students would flaunt around the latest gimmick and wait for others to notice, get distracted when someone pulled out something shiny or sparkly and become obsessed when things went missing.He says he had enough around Easter 2016, when he asked his students to empty their desk drawers and put anything that they didn’t need for the lesson at hand in their backpacks.“It wasn’t a big revolt,” he says. “There was some disappointment, but they were pretty understanding.”They talked about the reason behind his decision as a class.“It wasn’t me just saying from (up) high ‘this is how it’s going to be,’” Goldsworthy says. “They could see the logic of the argument. (They) knew it would help (them) focus.”On the first day of school every year, Goldsworthy draws up a classroom contract with his students about the rules they think will best support their learning. He’ll be adding “only bring in stationery I need” this time.Not all teachers feel the same way.Liane Zafiropoulos, who teaches Grade 5 at a school in Ajax, Ont., doesn’t have a problem with trendy stationery. She says her students already know the general rule that only items that infringe on their learning will be banned.“As long as the children are writing and learning, I am happy,” she says.The 40-year-old keeps a treasure box of special stationery in her classroom, which she lets students pick from whenever they exhibit good behaviour.Zafiropoulos says children’s stationery is an expression of their individuality.“We might as well put them in uniforms if we are going to give them all plain pencils,” she says.But what bothers Zafiropoulos is that some of her students cannot afford certain back-to-school supplies.“They illustrate how commercialism consumes us,” she says. “At the end of the day, it’s the corporations who get richer and the families who suffer.”Households in Canada are expected to spend $883 on back-to-school shopping this year, up from $450 last year, according to a recent Angus Reid poll of more than 1,500 Canadians.David Lewis, an assistant professor of retail management at Ryerson University, thinks manufacturers are trying to make stationery — what was traditionally a relatively utilitarian and straight-forward type of product — more “hedonistic.”“If you can turn a pencil…into a toy, then it creates an entirely new market for existing products,” he says, adding that stationery is now “more fun, exciting and pleasurable.”Lewis also sees interesting parallels between how cereal and stationery are marketed to children these days. He says both products serve different purposes for the purchaser and the influencer.“Parents are looking at nutrition,” he says. “Kids are looking at fun,” which means cartoon characters and bright food colouring.It’s the same with stationery, where parents are evaluating functions, while kids are concerned with fun and being unique, Lewis says.Patty Sullivan, a Toronto mother of two, doesn’t mind.“It makes (my kids) more willing to go back to school,” she says. “They complain less.”Plus, she says it’s a way for children to personalize their stuff and show their friends what they like. She recently bought 18 scented markers — which smell like cotton candy, cappuccino, evergreen trees and brick oven — for $10 at a DeSerres art supply store.If Canadian schools were ever to follow in Goldsworthy’s footsteps, she thinks teachers should consult parents first. It would be kind of a big deal for her children, she says.Her six-year-old, Aliyah, says she would feel “bad,” as would her 10-year-old sister, Veronica.“I would probably feel disappointed and depressed,” says Veronica. “I like seeing my happy and amusing (stationery) in class.”A retired elementary school teacher in London, Ont., can still relate to that feeling.It’s why Debra Rastin discouraged — instead of banned — her students from using pencils with anything at the end, from 2010 to 2015, the last five years of her career. Whether it was trolls with blue hair or soccer balls, she considered them “toys” and too distracting.But the 63-year-old also remembers what it’s like to be six and excited about having something new to bring to school.“Fifty years ago, a pack of pencil crayons was fashion-forward,” she says.last_img read more

Health Canadas marijuana education campaign nuanced expert says

first_imgOTTAWA – In the past, public health campaigns warning of the harmful effects of drugs delivered one resounding message: Don’t do it.But now that the federal government has decided to legalize marijuana, Health Canada has undertaken new strategies to try and land on teens’ screens and in the places they hang out.“Inevitably, that communication and education is going to be more nuanced and subtle,” said David Hammond, a professor in the school of public health at the University of Waterloo.Hammond said the federal government has adopted a harm reduction approach to its education around cannabis. That means instead of warning the public not to consume it, the messages point out that there are circumstances where it should be avoided.Health Canada says it has rolled out a number of public education campaigns and has invested some coin in the effort. A social media campaign has been underway since last spring, and Public Safety began running a campaign on drug-impaired driving last fall.There’s also a cannabis health facts advertising campaign underway, launched last March, which aims to deliver “honest facts” to teens. This campaign features questions from the public and answers by cannabis experts, and can be found on the government’s cannabis website. As recently as July, Health Canada launched an interactive engagement tour which targets youth and young adults and takes place at events like fairs, music festivals and sporting events.The department said the planned investment in cannabis public education, awareness and surveillance is more than $100 million over six years. This includes $62.5 million over five years, proposed in last year’s federal budget, to support community organizations and Indigenous groups that are educating their communities on the risks associated with cannabis use.Hammond said it’s too early to determine the effectiveness of these campaigns, but said it’s clear Health Canada is “trying”. He suggested the old tried-and-true black-and-white pamphlet will not be carried in the backpacks of teens.“You’re going to see that some of these campaigns are going to fall on their face and some of them will do quite well, but they’ll all contribute to the discussion and that’s a good thing.”The biggest challenge the government faces, he said, is connecting with teens. Teachers will have to figure out what to tell their students, doctors will determine what to tell their patients and parents will grapple with what to tell their children.“We’re seeing an evolution in the type of messages and if you really want to connect with consumers, don’t tell them whether they should or should not do it. Give them information that will inform their decision.”Health Canada’s warning messages for cannabis act as a “pretty good template” for its general communication campaign, he said.The health warnings say cannabis smoke is harmful, and that cannabis can increase the risk of psychosis and schizophrenia. Another warning says not to use it if pregnant or breastfeeding. But one warning is indeed a throwback, saying simply: “don’t use it”.Marc Paris, executive director of Drug Free Kids Canada, said his organization has developed a pamphlet, primarily for parents, to help them talk to their kids about marijuana. Health Canada helped with the project by providing funding for translation, printing and distribution.Paris said about 250,000 pamphlets have been distributed so far and there’s been a resurgence of requests as Oct. 17 quickly approaches.He said a lot of parents have been “keeping their head in the sand” for some time, refusing to realize the inevitable—that marijuana will soon be legal.“First thing we say to parents is that talking to your kids about drugs is not one conversation, it’s an ongoing conversation.” That means having parents ask their kids what they would say if someone offered them a joint at a party.Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu said she would like to see more education before legalization happens.“If I’m a young person and I’m just going about my life and I’m not really aware about politics, I’m not concerned about marijuana being legalized. Everybody’s already smoking it, so I might not know of the harms. I might not understand there’s a test being put in place for impaired drug driving and how that might impact me. I might not be aware of the changes that we might expect.”last_img read more

Higher fuel costs prompt BC Ferries to remove fuel rebate and increase

first_imgVICTORIA – The cost of taking a ferry in B.C. is going up as the price of fuel increases on the world market.BC Ferries announced Tuesday that it will remove fuel rebates starting June 27.Rebates and surcharges are used to manage the volatility of fuel prices, and BC Ferries said it doesn’t benefit financially from the mechanisms.Ferries president and CEO Mark Collins said in an interview that over the last 14 years the company has had surcharges, rebates, and periods with neither as the market price of diesel fuel fluctuated.“Ferry users have received rebates as often as they’ve received surcharges, so there’s no net impact on the ferry user over time,” he said.The added costs vary depending on ferry trips, but on major routes an extra 50 cents will be charged for passengers and $1.70 more for a vehicle.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said in May that she was disappointed BC Ferries planned on removing the rebate and the government was willing to work with the company to avoid an increase.Collins said the company discussed the issue with the government for three weeks, but couldn’t come to an agreement.“We just couldn’t reach a resolution. We didn’t feel they were in the interests of ferry users,” he said.Over the last year the price of fuel has gone up sharply and the rebate should have come off some time ago, Collins said.He acknowledged that affordable travel is important for customers and said the company uses fuel deferral accounts and hedging as tools to help reduce the impact of fluctuating fuel prices.The added fuel cost varies with seasons, he said, noting that it could be $750,000 in the slow season and double that during a busy summer.last_img read more

Residents in Agadir Mistakenly Break Ramadan Fast Before Prescribed Time

Rabat – Residents in the outskirts of Agadir, southern Morocco, broke their fast seven minutes earlier because Adhan (call to prayers) was called before the prayer’s prescribed time had started, reports say. The Muezzin called for the Maghreb prayers, which marks the end of a day of fasting, at 19h40 while Adhan should have been called at 19h47 according to the local prayers timing charts.The incident which occurred during the first days of the holy month of Ramadan left many residents asking whether their day of fasting was valid or not. Observers of Ramadan may listen to the Adhan of Maghreb in the area they reside before they break their fast, but what counts most in Islam is the setting of the Sun.According to the Islamic teachings, Muslims should ensure the sun has completely set before they break their fast, because the prophet Mohammed said:“When the night comes from here and the day departs from here and the Sun has set, then it is time for the fasting person to break his fast,” narrated by al-Bukhari.However, some people prefer to wait for the Adhan to be called in order to be sure that the Sun has set.People who accidently break the fast before the sun has set but had no intention of doing so because of confusion in time may still continue fasting, according to the consensus of Muslim scholars.It is only when a person is aware that the time for breaking the fasting has not yet begun that the fast is considered invalid. read more

Nearly 90000 people uprooted by clashes in eastern DR Congo UN reports

At least six civilians have died and dozens of others have been injured in the fighting between the national army, or FARDC, and fighters associated with the Ugandan rebel group known as the Allied Democratic Forces-National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) in the Beni territory in North Kivu province “Since the start of the military operations, new cases of killing and other human rights abuses have been registered in the affected areas,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. In addition, villages have been looted and people forced to live in fear of being robbed or attacked in the towns of Eringeti and Mutwanga, the epicentres of the clashes. The majority of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are staying with host families, while some are seeking refuge in schools and churches.Protection, food, water, shelter and medicines are the most urgent needs at present, OCHA said, adding that humanitarian agencies in Beni have been mobilized to assist the displaced. The Office added that access to the affected areas is difficult owing to a high level of insecurity in the northern area of Beni. In an effort to boost security for the humanitarian community, the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) set up a mobile base for four days last week in Mutwanga. It is also planning to set up a mobile temporary base. The rebel ADF started carrying out attacks inside Uganda from hideouts in the west of the country and rear bases in neighbouring DRC in 1996, but has been rarely heard of since 2004 following a major offensive by the Ugandan army against it.The group is one of several foreign armed factions operating in eastern DRC, including the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which also has its roots in Uganda, and the Rwandan Forces démocratiques pour la libération du Rwanda (FDLR). 30 July 2010Local authorities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are reporting that almost 90,000 people have been uprooted from their homes following recent military operations in the region, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today. read more

Sheffield United funded by £3m loan from Osama bin Ladens family court

The judge heard how Mr McCabe had long been associated with Sheffield United and they agreed Prince Abdullah would invest £10million. They “fell out” in 2017 and became involved in a dispute over control, the court heard.Sheffield United Ltd, a company controlled by Mr McCabe and his family, has made allegations of “conspiracy” and “unfairly prejudicial conduct” and wants damages.UTB LLC, a company controlled by Prince Abdullah, wants declarations in respect of its rights under an investment and shareholders’ agreement. UTB LLC, a company controlled by Prince Abdullah, wants declarations in respect of its rights under an investment and shareholders’ agreement.The trial is due to last several weeks.Why are The Blades’ co-owners in court? The two businessmen behind the running of Sheffield United are facing off in the High Court after their relationship broke down.On day one, Mr Justice Fancourt was told Mr McCabe and Prince Abdullah started to work together in 2013.The Saudi prince was first approached by Mr McCabe in 2012. By then, the Yorkshireman had reportedly sunk £70million into his local club and was looking for options to reduce the financial burden being put on him. Mr McCabe thought that Prince Abdullah was “minted”, but their relationship soured when it transpired this was not the case, the court heard.  Mr Tutton was also added to the board of directors at Sheffield United in 2017. Kevin McCabe (left) Sheffield United co-owner and chairman Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Credit:Chris Brunskill/Getty Sheffield United Football Club was funded by a £3million loan from Osama bin Laden’s family, a court has heard.A High Court judge is currently analysing a battle for control of the club between co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is a member of the Saudi royal family.On the fourth day of the hearing a sensational revelation was read out in court, seemingly linking the newly-promoted Premier League club to relatives of the former Al Qaeda leader. It relates to an investment opportunity within the club which became known as Project Delta – a £3million loan that McCabe said would never have to be repaid. In court on Wednesday, McCabe and Abdullah argued about whether or not the money would have to be paid back, with the Saudi prince insisting it would have been paid back through sponsorship. But on Thursday, Barrister Andreas Gledhill QC, who is leading Abdullah’s legal team, said McCabe “knew the money had come from another source, namely a member of the Bin Laden family,” according to the Sheffield Star. The court heard of emails in which McCabe’s colleague at a property business Jeremy Tutton mentions that he would hate the headline in the Sheffield Star to be “Blades launder money for extremists”. Kevin McCabe (left) Sheffield United co-owner and chairman Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud  Kevin McCabe Kevin McCabeCredit:PA/Mike Egerton 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. McCabe dismissed this as “banter”, but Mr Gledhill told the court the email confirms that the co-owner knew where the money was coming from. Mr Justice Fancourt began to oversee the trial in the High Court in London on Monday, but went into private session on Tuesday, after hearing lawyers representing rival camps outline their cases, and ordered members of the public and journalists to leave the courtroom.The judge gave no indication of what issues were being discussed behind closed doors, but said the public hearing would resume later.Mr Justice Fancourt has been told that Mr McCabe and Prince Abdullah control ownership of the club on a 50-50 basis.He has heard that 71-year-old Mr McCabe is “a wealthy Yorkshireman”, and “lifelong” Sheffield United fan, and Prince Abdullah is a Saudi Prince and grandson of King Abdulaziz, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia.Mr McCabe was born in Sheffield, had long been associated with Sheffield United, who are nicknamed The Blades, and had invested about £100 million.He had met Prince Abdullah in 2013 after looking for new investors. They started working together after agreeing that Prince Abdullah would invest £10 million but “fell out” in 2017.Sheffield United Ltd, a company controlled by Mr McCabe and his family, has alleged “conspiracy” and “unfairly prejudicial conduct”. read more

Verizon iPhone 4 handson Personal Hotspot antenna shots and more

first_imgWe just got a quick hands-on session with the Verizon iPhone 4. And, you guessed it, it’s just like a normal (GSM) iPhone 4. There are some subtle differences though, which we’ve displayed in the pictures and video. We’ll cover this more later on, but right from the start we can see there is a personal hotspot feature and a slight change to the antenna design (four breaks in the metal band, instead of three). As we were told in the press conference the antenna was optimized for CDMA, but it wasn’t significantly changed or fixed.You can see the Personal Hotspot controls in the video. They are accessed through the Settings menu, as opposed to a dedicated app. Within the settings users can toggle the hotspot on/off, enter a WiFi password, and then figure out how to connect via WiFi or Bluetooth.AdChoices广告IMG_0538IMG_0538IMG_0537IMG_0536IMG_0535IMG_0534IMG_0533IMG_0532IMG_0531IMG_0530IMG_0529IMG_0528last_img read more

Mercure la mission BepiColombo ne sera pas lancée avant 2015

first_imgMercure : la mission BepiColombo ne sera pas lancée avant 2015La mission d’exploration à destination de Mercure baptisée BepiColombo n’aura pas lieu avant 2015. La grande technicité des appareils devant être utilisés sur cette planète à l’environnement hostile retarde le lancement initialement prévu pour juillet 2014.Mercure conservera encore ses mystères pendant plusieurs années. La mission destinée à explorer la planète et baptisée BepiColombo ne sera finalement lancée qu’en 2015. Co-organisée par l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) et la JAXA, l’agence spatiale japonaise, la mission devait initialement décoller en juillet 2014 à bord d’une fusée Ariane 5 mais des difficultés techniques obligent à reporter le lancement.À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASAEn effet, les industriels travaillant avec l’ESA et menés par Astrium GmbH ont évalué l’état d’avancement de ce projet d’envergure et ont estimé que tout ne serait pas prêt pour un décollage en 2014. Il faut dire aussi que la mission ne s’annonce pas simple puisque la planète Mercure est la plus proche du Soleil. BepiColombo devra ainsi évoluer dans un environnement où la température avoisine les 450 degrés Celsius et plus. Des conditions extrêmes qui nécessitent plusieurs technologies. Les panneaux solaires, le système de propulsion électrique, les antennes ou encore le système de gestion thermique notamment devront donc être parfaitement opérationnels pour le lancement mais leur développement n’est pas assez avancé pour un décollage en 2014. Le départ de BepiColombo pourrait ainsi avoir lieu en août 2015, date prévue pour la prochaine fenêtre de tir vers Mercure, rapporte l’ESAdans un communiqué.Le 12 mars 2012 à 12:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Être bilingue permettrait de retarder certaines formes de démence

first_imgÊtre bilingue permettrait de retarder certaines formes de démenceSelon une étude de grande envergure, parler une deuxième langue pourrait permettre de retarder l’apparition de certaines formes de démence chez les personnes âgées.Si l’on savait déjà que parler plusieurs langues avait des effets bénéfiques sur le cerveau, c’est une nouvelle preuve que vient de fournir une étude publiée dans la revue américaine Neurology. Selon ces travaux, le bilinguisme pourrait retarder de plusieurs années l’apparition de trois formes de démence chez les personnes âgées. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les auteurs de la recherche ont suivi 648 personnes indiennes âgées de 66 ans en moyenne. 14% d’entre elles étaient analphabètes mais toutes s’étaient vues diagnostiquer différentes formes de démence : 240 étaient atteintes de la maladie d’Alzheimer, 189 de démence vasculaire et 116 de démence fronto-temporale. Les autres étaient atteints de différentes autres formes de démence. Parmi ces sujets, 391 parlaient au moins deux langues. Au cours de l’étude, l’effet du bilinguisme a été observé indépendamment d’autres facteurs comme le niveau de formation, le sexe, la profession ou si les participants vivaient dans une ville ou en zone rurale. Or, les chercheurs ont observé que chez ces derniers, la maladie d’Alzheimer et les démences fronto-temporales ou vasculaires ne sont apparues que quatre ans et demi plus tard que celles qui ne parlaient qu’une seule langue, qu’elles soient analphabètes ou non.Un meilleur développement cérébral À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Suvarna Alladi, de l’Institut Nizam des Sciences Médicales à Hyderabad (Inde) explique, citée par l’AFP, cette “étude est la première à montrer que les personnes parlant deux langues et incapables de lire sont aussi bénéficiaires, suggérant que le niveau de formation n’est pas suffisant pour expliquer cette différence”. Si l’effet de parler deux langues a pu être mis en évidence, celui lié au fait d’en parler davantage n’a pu être déterminé. En effet, la portion de sujets trilingues ou quadrilingues étaient trop faibles. “Parler plus d’une langue paraît induire un meilleur développement de la zone du cerveau responsable du raisonnement et de l’attention, qui pourraient contribuer à protéger de la démence”, conclut ainsi la scientifique, principale auteur de ces travaux.Le 9 novembre 2013 à 12:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Archaeology student searches for first Fort Vancouver

first_imgAmy Clearman is good at dropping hints without revealing the full story.The Portland State University graduate student has searched for the first Fort Vancouver, built nearly 200 years ago, in neighborhoods east of the reconstructed Fort Vancouver visited by thousands of schoolchildren each year.Yes, residents allowed me to excavate holes in their yards, Clearman said.Yes, I found artifacts in some holes.No, I won’t say if I discovered the first fort’s location.Clearman is saving her biggest findings for a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.Doug Wilson, National Park Service archaeologist and adjunct associate professor at Portland State, was decidedly less reticent.“I think she’s pretty much found it,” he said.Clearman wasn’t willing to say as much, but she did offer a tease to entice residents to attend Wednesday’s presentation.“People will not be disappointed,” she promised.The mystery of the first Fort Vancouver dates back to March 1825, when the Hudson’s Bay Company dedicated a fur-trading post on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River. Only four years later, the British company abandoned the site and moved to where the reconstructed Fort Vancouver stands today inside the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.Company employees had to haul everything, including water, uphill to the first fort. Historical records indicate that a man named La Pierre would bring in water twice a day using a cart pulled by two oxen, Brandy and Lion.Clearman said she suspects the Hudson’s Bay Company selected the first site because of its vantage overlooking the Columbia River, as well as concerns for potential flooding. After four years, fort managers felt comfortable a location closer to the river would not routinely flood, she said.last_img read more

Michael Ballack heaps praises on Sarri

first_imgFormer Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has praised manager Maurizio Sarri despite the team’s recent struggles.Chelsea faces Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Thursday in the Carabao Cup semi-final, looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.The match comes on the back of a 2-0 loss to Arsenal which leaves them 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and only three above Unai Emery’s men and Manchester United in fifth and sixth respectively.Ballack admires Sarri’s attempts to implement a more attacking style of football but believes the squad lacks the quality to match Liverpool and Manchester City.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Maurizio Sarri is also from Italy, like former coach Antonio Conte. As we know, Italians focus on discipline and an organized style of play but at the beginning, I had the feeling that they want to play a little bit more offensive and creative,” he said, according to AS.“He is a very relaxed guy who started well, although Chelsea lost some important and easy games now. In the Premier League, that’s dangerous because you lose sight of teams like Liverpool and Manchester City who have a big and well-balanced squad. Then you suddenly suffer a 10-point deficit, which is difficult to cut.”“I don’t see any players in the team who really want to attack the top of the table. For the manager, it’s difficult to add quality to the squad. As I said, the squad is good but not good enough for the top.”last_img read more

Valderrama James wont return to Real Madrid

first_imgColombian legend Carlos Valderrama, wanted to say his piece about James Rodriguez’s actual chances of returning to Real Madrid.The way in which Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez has been treated at Real Madrid, is something that his compatriot Carlos Valderrama doesn’t approve and the reason he thinks the Bayern München player will never return.During the summer there was a lot of rumors about the Colombia skipper possibly going back to Julen Lopetegui’s side after Zinedine Zidane left the club, James is still on a loan that will end next season and the German giants seem to have their decision made on James staying at the club.However, there are other options for the player and he doesn’t want to remain in a club where he is not valued as he thinks he deserves.Carlos Valderrama is considered by many as the most important Colombian player in football history, but he is starting to notice how James Rodriguez might be taking that spot from him with his incredible talent and skills.‘Pibe’ as people know him better, feels very close to Rodriguez’s development as a player.Carlos Valderrama (former Colombia player): “James looks good, happy at Bayern Munich. If he hasn’t come back to Real Madrid so far, I don’t think he’ll ever come back.” [ESPN] pic.twitter.com/YOHgC53Nfw— Spectating Madrid (@spectatemadrid) October 18, 2018Naturally, as any mentor or legend of Colombian football would do, Valderrama is always looking out for his compatriots who are representing the country right now on international football but he feels a special kind of connection with James.Carlos was recently in Spain to promote La Liga as an ambassador for the competition and spoke to ESPN about James’ current situation at Bayern München.There has been a lot of speculation about Rodriguez possibly making the decision to go back to Real Madrid, mainly because there is now an opening that was closed when Zinedine Zidane was still the manager of the club.However, when talking to Carlos Valderrama, ‘Pibe’ seems to think that the best option for James is to remain at Bayern München for the rest of his career and not think about Los Blancos at all.Playing for the Spanish giants have proven to not be for everyone, and James Rodriguez is one of those players who are world-class but maybe simply not cut out to play at Real Madrid.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.🇨🇴❤️ pic.twitter.com/dpHp6Rev8Q— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) October 17, 2018Talking to the folks from ESPN at the red carpet, Carlos Valderrama spoke about the whole situation that James is going through and gave him some useful advice.“James looks good, happy at Bayern Munich. If he has not come back to Real Madrid so far, I do not think he’ll ever come back,” said Valderrama.“What James did the first year with Ancelotti was huge because when he arrived at Real Madrid nobody thought he was going to do what he did. I knew it because I’ve known him for a long time and had a lot of faith in him. He had a great season.”“What happened later was strange. I did not understand it and in Colombia, we do not understand it either.”“Surely yes, it’s a strange decision. Surely because Real Madrid now also realizes that they were wrong because they let a great player go, a player of great quality that has proven not only in Madrid but also in World Cups.”“It is very satisfying for the Colombians to see the emergence of these kinds of players,” he concluded.Hoy justo hace 7 años debutaba en la selección. Es un sueño ponerme esta camiseta 🇨🇴. Gran victoria! pic.twitter.com/ct3n12gKsG— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) October 12, 2018What do you think is the best option for James Rodriguez, stay at Bayern München or go back to Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Alaskas employment outlook

first_imgFor decades people came to Alaska for good paying jobs, but what’s the outlook now for the future of our labor economy? With declining oil revenue, what will a great job in Alaska look like 10 years from now? How does this current downturn compare to past financial trouble?The Alaska Economic Trends wages report is available online.Listen NowHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Heidi Drygas, Labor CommissionerNeal Fried, state economistParticipate:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

MLA camp office opens in Zaheerabad

first_imgZaheerabad: Zaheerabad MLA Manik Rao and MLC Fareedhoddin opened MLA Camp office in Zaheerabad on Wednesday which is constructed with 1 crore rupees. They conducted special puja before entering into it.Speaking on the occasion, Manik Rao said, “If people are having any issues, they can approach in camp office. The wefare of people is the main motto of the government.” RDO, Muncipal Commissioner Vikram Simha Reddy, MPDO Ramulu, R&B EE narsimhulu, TRS Party leaders Sivakumar, Uma Kanth Patil, Subhash, Guntappa, Vaidhyanadh, Yakub, Ramakrishna Reddy, Ramulu, Lakshma Reddy and others participated in the programme.last_img read more

Khaleda release a must for fair polls BNP

first_imgBNP leaders and activists observed a two-hour token hunger strike on the premises of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in Dhaka on Wednesday.Senior BNP leaders on Wednesday warned the government that people will not let parliamentary polls happen in the country unless their party chairperson Khaleda Zia is released from jail.Speaking at a two-hour token hunger strike, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders also pledged to free Khaleda, a former prime minister, through a movement, reports UNB.The BNP organised the programme from 10:00am to 12:00noon on the premises of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in Dhaka.“The country’s people and different political parties have now reached a consensus that the next election must be fair and a participatory one. Our foreign friends are also saying the polls must be inclusive,” said BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.The BNP leader alleged that the government has kept Khaleda Zia in jail by convicting her “unfairly in a false” case.He criticised the government for not taking steps for ensuring proper treatment of Khaleda. “It’s the government’s responsibility to provide her with treatment since she is in jail.”Mosharraf also alleged that the government is conspiring to hold another 5 January like election to cling to power. “We would like to say we won’t allow holding of any such voter-less election.”He renewed their party’s demand for resignation of the government before the announcement of the election schedule, reconstitution of the election commission and deployment of army to hold the next polls in a fair and credible manner.BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said now it is not possible to free Khaleda Zia from jail through a legal battle.“Taking to the streets is the only way to ensure her release. We’re on a movement and we’ll intensify it to oust the government.”The BNP leader called on its leaders and activists to take necessary preparations to make their movement a success.Thousands of BNP leaders and activists holding banners, festoons and placards joined the token hunger strike.A large number of law enforcers were deployed near the venue to maintain law and order.The BNP men broke their hunger strike by taking water provided by former vice chancellor of Dhaka University professor Emajuddin Ahmed around noon.Similar programmes were held in most district towns and metropolitan cities across the country.On Monday, the BNP formed human chains across the country, including in front the National Press Club in the capital, to press home the same demand.BNP chairperson Khaleda has been in jail since a special court convicted her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February.last_img read more

In Rural Districts Texas High Schoolers Face Challenges In Getting College Credit

first_imgOn this day, they’re preparing for their midterm exam — a biographical essay in which they have to argue why the person they’ve chosen is important to the study of American history. Brewer says he wants his students to go beyond the usual historical figures.“Cause if not, people are going to choose the standard presidents. They’re going to choose standard people that we all know, and that’s great, that’s fine. But I encourage them to pick somebody unique,” Brewer said.One student chose Fred Rogers, the public broadcasting children’s icon. Another student picked author Stephen King.Brewer, who grew up in Commerce, says he wants more students raised in the area to think about going to college.“I really like to impress with my students the importance that education opens up doors for them and just because they came from a rural community, maybe they came from a family where they’re going to be the first person to go to college, they can still achieve great things and there’s nothing holding them back other than hard work.”Among the participants in the Pride Prep program: students from Wolfe City, about 15 minutes northwest of Commerce.Rose Gardner, a college and career readiness counselor at Wolfe City High School, sees a lot of kids who are hesitant to apply to college.“We are very small rural town. Our college admittance has been very low,” Gardner said. “We have quite a few kids that feel college is out of their grasp. Majority of kids are first generation college-goers, so the whole college experience is a bit far reach for them.”Gardner says some parents of students in the Pride Prep program worry whether their children can handle a rigorous college class. Others wonder whether they can afford to send their kids to college after high school.Gardner wants families to understand the benefits of getting a higher education.“Even when I meet with my seniors, it’s not even a consideration. They’re going to go straight to the workforce. A majority of them. Even the ones that think they want to go to college, there’s no education really from home of how to get there or what to do or what kind of classes to take.”Charlie Alderman, superintendent of Commerce ISD, says having a university like Texas A&M University-Commerce nearby gives Hunt County an advantage over other rural areas.“I want people to understand that even though we’re small schools and we may not have the funding and resources, as long as we’re willing to think and work together, we can give lots of opportunities to our students,” Alderman said.And in Hunt County, those opportunities could lead to more students going to college.This article was originally published on http://www.kera.org/ Listen 00:00 /03:50 Stella M. Chavez / Kera NewsStudents in several rural school districts in Northeast Texas are getting access to college-level courses through a program called Pride Prep.About 10 percent of students enrolled in college courses in Texas are still in high school. They’re taking dual credit classes – that’s where they get high school and college credit. These dual credit classes are growing in popularity, but in rural areas, access to college can be a struggle.Three days a week, Elizabeth Lisko hops on a bus for a 45-minute ride to Commerce High School. The ninth-grader has to be there for college-level classes that start at 7:30 a.m.She’s one of about 70 teens from nearby school districts who are getting both high school and college credit through a program known as Pride Prep. Students get college credit through Texas A&M University-Commerce.“It’s a really good opportunity to get your college hours in,” Lisko said. “And if we stay on this all throughout high school to our senior year then we can graduate with our associate’s degree, I think, which can really help. Especially for me, because I want to be a veterinarian.”When she’s not taking her college classes, Lisko attends high school in Community ISD, a school district in southeast Collin County.Students in rural areas face unique challenges, according to a report released last summer by the University of Texas System and the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Travel time to college campuses and the rural school districts’ limited budgets, combined with potentially spotty internet access — which makes it difficult for students to take classes online — can make the process more difficult.One morning last fall at Commerce High School, students sat in Matt Brewer’s college-level introductory history class. The lessons are usually posted online and students work on their assignments outside of class. When they meet in person, they dive deeper into the material.Stella M. Chavez / Kera NewsAbout 10 percent of students in Texas are enrolled in what are called dual-credit courses, which allow students to earn both high school and college credits.center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

DeAndre Hopkins doesnt report to Texans will holdout for new contract

first_imgTexans wideout DeAndre “Nuke” Hopkins had 111 catches, over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. A feat made more impressive considering he was catching passes from career clipboard jockeys Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett.Hopkins is scheduled to make just under $2,000,000 in guaranteed money this season, which is about the going rate for an equipment manager in the NBA. Hopkins was a no-show at Texans training camp and will holdout for a new deal.#Texans DeAndre Hopkins to hold out from training camp; seeks new contract, reports say https://t.co/ba3ub5JoB4 pic.twitter.com/yb16nglgdo— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) July 30, 2016 Advertisement Hopkins foreshadowed his holdout in an interview with Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com last Saturday.“I’m not looking for a certain range, I just want to be treated for what I’m worth. That’s fair to say, right?”Old timey sports guy says a contract is a contract. If a player signs it, he should honor it. In sports like the NBA and MLB where contracts are guaranteed that makes complete sense. In the NFL it’s not so cut and dry.NFL contracts – especially rookie deals – are team friendly labyrinths of non-guaranteed money and team options, which let the teams pull the escape hatch and bail on a player the minute he isn’t producing or gets hurt. Hopkins is grossly underpaid for his production, but under his rookie deal, the Texans can exercise the fifth-year team option next season to keep him locked into the team friendly deal through 2017.Hopkins is clearly a top-five wide receiver in the NFL. He thinks he should be paid accordingly. The Texans have a decision to make: Pay “Nuke”, or let the situation go nuclear. Let the Hunger Games begin.last_img read more