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first_imgSHANGHAI — Madison Chock and Evan Bates will attempt to become just the second Americans to win gold in ice dancing at the figure skating world championships after taking the lead in the short dance with a career-best score on March 25.Chock and Bates, the reigning U.S. champions, scored 74.47 to outpace Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada in second and defending world champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy in third.“We’ve never been more prepared for an event or trained harder for an event so that gives us the utmost confidence,” Bates said.The only other Americans to win a world ice dancing title were Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who won gold in 2011 and 2013, in addition to Olympic gold last year in Sochi. The duo haven’t competed since the Olympics, but were expected to take part in the world championships opening ceremony later March 25.Weaver and Poje were the favorites coming into Shanghai having won all five international events they competed in this season, including the Grand Prix Finals and Four Continents Championships.“We’ve had the weight a little bit this whole season and we put it on ourselves,” Weaver said. “Regardless of the result right now, we’re so happy with how we’ve been able to shoulder that pressure and funnel it into the performance.”Chock and Bates also led after the short dance at Four Continents in South Korea last month before Weaver and Poje came back to edge them for the gold.“We know we can’t rest,” Bates said. “We have to absolutely attack the (long) program and skate as though we were coming from behind.”Cappellini and Lanotte have had a difficult year with health issues and fatigue after a whirlwind 2013-14 season.“It’s been hard, especially with everyone expecting things from us because we’re the world champions,” Cappellini said. “We wanted to push through maybe too much. Looking back, I don’t know if maybe we should have taken a little time off and recharged.”The pairs short program is scheduled for later March 25.(JUSTIN BERGMAN) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government said Friday it is going to Federal Court to seek “clarity” on two aspects of a compliance order issued in May by a quasi-judicial human rights tribunal on the delivery of First Nations child health care.In a joint statement, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the government’s plan to seek clarification in court is informed by their “experience and expertise as doctors.”The federal government takes issue with the fact the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal said last month that requests for health services for First Nations children must be processed within 12 to 48 hours.In most cases, the government can adhere to this timeline if it is addressing a life-threatening matter, Philpott said, adding there are occasional circumstances that arise where a “rapid decision” may not be the right one.“We are asking for a review just to make sure they understand the implications of what they decided and we are concerned it may not in fact be best for kids,” Philpott said in an interview.The federal government is also concerned about the tribunal stipulation that it cannot use case conferences, she said.“We are concerned that it may not be in the best interests of kids,” Philpott said.“I know as a family doctor that you often need to pull together members of the care team and figure out who else has to be involved, there needs to be co-ordination so there’s not confusion amongst members of the care team.”Since July 2016, she said the government has approved approximately 8,800 requests for health, social and education services for First Nations children.First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock, who has spent the last 10 years fighting the federal government on First Nations child welfare services, said Friday she is disappointed but not surprised by Ottawa’s decision to go to court.She said the neither the tribunal, nor her organization — the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society —has ever argued against case conferencing for medical purposes.“It is crazy,” Blackstock said in an interview. “Why wouldn’t they just ask us to consent to that?”Rather, she said, there should be no case conferencing related to payment of services for First Nations kids, noting the federal government remains out of compliance with orders from the tribunal.“They are trying to find these little loopholes,”she said, pledging to meet Ottawa in court. “I don’t see anything compelling here.”Former interim Liberal leader Bob Rae also expressed dismay at the government’s decision.“Astonished and deeply disappointed Federal Crown is appealing,” Rae tweeted Friday.Romeo Saganash, the NDP’s indigenous affairs critic, said Friday he is “disgusted” to learn the Liberal government is going to Federal Court on the tribunal’s latest compliance order.“How desperate can he (the prime minister) be to disregard basic human rights of Indigenous People?” Saganash said in a statement.This month, the federal justice minister’s office said it has spent $707,000 in legal fees following the tribunal’s January 2016 decision on First Nations child welfare.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgHALIFAX — As the effects of Hurricane Dorian are being felt along the U.S. southeast coast, Canadian forecasters say the storm system is expected to severely impact parts of the Atlantic provinces this weekend.The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the most likely track projection brings Dorian south of the Maritimes on Saturday, pushing through eastern Nova Scotia late in the day.The forecast calls for severe winds and rainfall to have major impacts for southeastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, western Newfoundland and Quebec’s Lower North Shore, with a chance of a storm surge that may affect parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.Most regions will experience some tropical storm force winds, with wind speeds that could reach hurricane force to the south of the forecast track and the possibility of hurricane force northwesterly winds behind the storm.A Category 1 hurricane produces sustained wind speeds above 119 kilometres per hour. Tropical storm force winds exceed 63 kilometres per hour.Forecasters are warning of potential tree damage in particular, which could lead to power outages.Rainfall is expected to be significant, with the highest amounts likely for Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St. Lawrence region, with the possibility of as much as 100 millimetres to the north and west of Dorian.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement The television adaptation has received a plethora of critical praise, including from The Washington Post, which says “The Handmaid’s Tale is magnificent and effectively haunting.”“Already renewed for a second season, The Handmaid’s Tale has instantly been recognized as one of the most compelling dramas on television,” commented Ferne Cohen, Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival. “MGM Television has masterfully adapted a complex and important novel, and we are delighted to celebrate this series’ international success as Program of the Year at BANFF 2017.”The show has become an instant hit around the world. The premiere episode on Hulu in the United States has been watched by more Hulu viewers than any other series premiere on the platform, while in Canada, The Handmaid’s Tale is the most-watched series in Bravo history. The series is available internationally in Australia on SBS, Canada on Bravo, Central Europe on HBO CE, Israel on HOT, New Zealand on Lightbox, the Nordics on HBO Nordic, Poland on Showmax, Russia on TV1000, Spain on HBO Espana, UK on Channel 4 and coming soon to Orange in France.The 10-part series was created for television by Bruce Miller (The 100) who serves as the series’ showrunner. Executive Producers are Miller, Warren Littlefield (Fargo), Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Illene Chaiken. The Handmaid’s Tale is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.For additional information about the Banff World Media Festival visit: http://www.banffmediafestival.com/About the Banff World Media FestivalThe Banff World Media Festival is the world’s largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives – it serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 2,000 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 38th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 11-14, 2017 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.About MGM TelevisionMGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and The Hobbit trilogy.  Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include Fargo (FX); Vikings (HISTORY); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu);  Get Shorty (EPIX); The Voice (NBC); Survivor (CBS); Shark Tank (ABC); Teen Wolf (MTV); Steve Harvey‘s  FUNDERDOME (ABC); Beat Shazam (FOX); Lucha Underground (The El Rey Network).  Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series Lauren Lake‘s Paternity Court is currently airing its fourth season. MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com. Facebook BANFF, AB, June 1, 2017 – The organizers of the 38th annual Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) are thrilled to announce MGM Television’s The Handmaid’s Tale will be honoured as the 2017 Program of The Year presented by Bell Media at its prestigious Rockie Awards. The 38th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 11-14, 2017 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.The Handmaid’s Tale star Yvonne Strahovski and Executive Producer Warren Littlefield will be in attendance at the gala ceremony on June 13 to accept the honour for the series Vanity Fair says is “especially current, cutting, and vital.” Littlefield and Strahovski and will also deliver an exclusive Master Class for BANFF delegates on June 14, closing out the festival.Based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, which recently topped the best-seller’s list once again, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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By Beryl KessioRabat – The most divisive presidential elections in U.S. history is finally coming to an end after this Tuesday. American voters are heading to the polls today to pick the next president, vice president, congressional representatives and other officials.Voting started at 06:00 EST (11:00 GMT) on the east coast, though some villages of New Hampshire polled early. The rest of the country’s polling places are due to open later in the day. A record 46 million Americans have voted early this election season, according to the Pew Research Center. That number could top 50 million by the time all votes are counted. Before voting began today, Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton’s lead over Washington outsider and GOP nominee Donald Trump was a mere four percent, according to a CBS News poll. In most swing states, it will be a close race. However, if Clinton holds on to traditionally blue states and adds a few swing states, she will most likely win the election.Trump will need Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, three hotly contested states, in order to have a chance. That is assuming he does well in the remaining swing states.Both candidates have held rallies in the battleground states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan in the days leading up to the election in a last-ditch effort to win crucial votes to tip them over the required 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the presidency.“We now have the chance to elect a 45th president who will build on our progress who will finish the job … who is smart, who is steady and who is tested,” Obama said at a rally, endorsing the former Secretary of State while slamming Mr. Trump. “She will work, she will deliver. She won’t just tweet.”At his last rally of the campaign on Tuesday, Trump assembled supporters under the idea of putting “America first.”“Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one American flag,” he said.The presidential election is not the only important race for Americans today. Democrats are looking to seize the Senate from Republicans. Even though the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will most likely remain as such, the majority is expected to be reduced. read more

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NEW YORK — A parliamentary committee report is recommending that the United Kingdom government increase oversight of social media platforms like Facebook to better control harmful or illegal content.A report published Sunday says social media sites should have to follow a mandatory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator. The report called out Facebook in particular, saying that the site’s structure seems to be designed to “conceal knowledge of and responsibility for specific decisions.” The report expands on an earlier report by the committee issued in July .Facebook did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.Facebook and other internet companies have been facing increased scrutiny over how they handle user data and have come under fire for not doing enough to stop misuse of their platforms by groups trying to sway elections.The Associated Press read more

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BERLIN — German factory orders dropped sharply in February, erasing hopes of an industrial rebound in Europe’s largest economy as concerns over Brexit and international trade conflicts grow.The Federal Statistical Office reported Thursday industrial orders dropped 4.2 per cent in February, following a revised 2.1 per cent drop in January from December, according to seasonally and calendar adjusted figures.ING economist Carsten Brzeski said it had seemed that a trend of decreasing orders had ended at the end of 2018, but the “sharp drop in new orders clearly undermines latest tentative signs of a rebound in global activity in the first quarter.”Domestic orders dropped 1.6 per cent in February, while foreign orders fell 6 per cent. Of the foreign orders, those from inside the eurozone dropped 2.9 per cent and those outside dropped 7.9 per cent.The Associated Press read more

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24 April 2008The parties to the 2005 peace accord ending the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan deserve credit for striving to overcome their tensions and problems through dialogue, but tangible progress has not been made in key areas, jeopardizing the agreement’s implementation, the United Nations says in a new report. The report on the situation in Sudan, published today, welcomes the recent good cooperation between the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan in devising a joint plan to achieve economic recovery and development, especially in the areas most affected by the civil war.This should “contribute to delivering a true ‘peace dividend’ to the people of Sudan,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in the report, which covers the period since the end of January.Preserving the partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), signatories to the January 2005 comprehensive peace agreement, is also “fundamental to the success of the peace process.”But recent clashes and tensions in the Abyei area, an oil-rich region which remains disputed by the two sides, are a potential threat to the agreement and the broader partnership, Mr. Ban says.“I urge the parties to summon the political will to address difficult outstanding issues, particularly the status of Abyei and the disputed 1 January 1956 border. Further delay in resolving those issues may complicate the situation and lead to unintended conflict.”Resolution of Abyei, including division of oil revenues derived from the area, is just one issue of many which the report says must be overcome if the CPA is to be fully implemented. The others include border demarcation; the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants; the formation of joint integrated units involving the two sides; and appropriate preparations for the current national census and next year’s scheduled elections.“Those issues are interlinked. Progress must be made in parallel; delay or confrontation in one area will affect implementation in the other areas.”Mr. Ban adds that relatively minor amendments are needed to allow the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) to maximize its support to the parties and to help them implement the rest of the CPA, including the arrangements for a peaceful referendum in 2011.“Our activities should also contribute to laying a foundation for stability post-2011,” regardless of whether there is a federal structure or neighbouring States, the report concludes. read more

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Shop for Jobs Fair happens Sept. 17 at the Pen Centre. The job fair is for students looking for part-time work in the retail or food services.Students, dust off those resumes.The Shop for Jobs Fair happens Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Pen Centre. The job fair will highlight part-time work opportunities in retail and food services at the mall, which is close to Brock, and lets students meet potential employers in person.The Shop for Jobs Fair is presented by Brock Career Services in partnership with Niagara College. It runs from noon to 6 p.m.To learn more, including seeing a listing of participating retailers, follow Career Services on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtags #SFJ2013 and #MakeItPossible. Questions can also be sent to Lisa Kuiper, employer development co-ordinator, at lkuiper@brocku.ca or visit the Career Resource Centre in the Matheson Learning Commons. read more

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The OCHA statement, issued today in New York and based on reports from UN assessment teams fanning out from the capital Monrovia to camps at Totota in central Liberia and Salala, 20 kilometres to the south of it, found “displaced persons continue to stream into the camps.””Further, the camps there need to be expanded to meet growing numbers of persons seeking shelter as well as urgent implementation of programmes for clean water and sanitation,” the statement said.The OCHA report said “The situation in the transit shelters was generally unsatisfactory as they were overcrowded and people, in most instances, were living there for prolonged periods, beyond the one to two weeks generally considered acceptable. Some had stayed in transit centres for as long as seven months.”In the Salala camp, there was a reported population of 26,091 internally displaced persons (IDPs). Four separate IDP sites in Totota sheltered some 80,000 people, OCHA said.Food distributions to the camps, which had been interrupted earlier this month, were to resume by the end of October, OCHA said.In a separate report the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said an assessment visit to the city of Voinjama, 260 kilometres north of Monrovia, discovered that the area had been “completely looted.”UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva today, “The town hospital was in total ruins but a clinic was operating with very limited supplies. The UNHCR office and our staff houses were destroyed, along with the Catholic mission and an old health facility. Access roads were overgrown with bush. Although the population appears to be in good health and there seems to be no sign of malnutrition, authorities say the residents lack food, medicine and clothing. There was also insufficient drinking water,” he said.Mr. Janowski said that the UN team had found a building near the municipal offices that local officials said would be suitable for a UN office, and the agency “agreed that Voinjama must be accessed by road as soon as possible so that emergency relief could begin.” read more

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OSU coach Greg Beals and Toledo coach Cory Mee go over the ground rules with the umpires before the game at Bill Davis Stadium April 2. OSU won against Toledo, 7-2. Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerOne day after belting out 19 hits and 11 runs, the Ohio State baseball team picked up right where it left off against Toledo.With a light drizzle of rain coming down to start the game Wednesday, the Buckeyes (18-10, 2-4) quickly pushed across four runs in the first and never looked back against the Rockets (10-15, 2-4), going on to win 7-2.Toledo sophomore pitcher Ross Achter was thrown off his game early, giving up two hits, walking three batters and throwing a wild pitch in the opening inning.With the bases full and no outs, Achter walked sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic to force in the first run for OSU. Sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI groundout and two batters later, junior catcher Connor Sabanosh smacked a single to plate two more and put the Rockets in a four-run hole.Sabanosh has been splitting time at catcher with fellow junior Aaron Gretz throughout the season but he said after the win, he’s been able to stay consistent despite not always playing.“We both get two or three games a week,” Sabanosh said. “When you get a five-day period off, your timing can be off your first few at-bats. Other than, that I felt fine.”Achter calmed down after the first, but was still pulled after finishing the second inning.Meanwhile, Buckeye freshman pitcher Zach Farmer pitched efficiently, tossing four scoreless innings and showing solid command of the ball from the start.“I thought I did pretty good. Feeling for my pitches, getting in the strike zone finally,” Farmer said after the win. “Limited my walks. It felt real good. It was a good day.”OSU coach Greg Beals said he didn’t want Farmer playing a long portion of the game so the pitcher could be available for the upcoming weekend series at Nebraska.“He should be available by Saturday,” Beals said. “That’s why the four innings.”The Rockets finally got on the board in the fifth off OSU sophomore reliever Jake Post. With men on second and third, Toledo sophomore outfielder Ryan Callahan hit a single to score both.The Buckeyes still found themselves up four, though, after RBIs from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson and Bosiokovic in the previous inning.The Rockets only threatened once more in the sixth.OSU brought in freshman reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos for his first collegiate appearance in the seventh and eighth, and he allowed one hit while striking out two.The Buckeyes added an insurance run in the eighth from another RBI from Bosiokovic and freshman reliever Travis Lakins retired the Rockets in the ninth to secure the win.Beals said the midweek games helped the team bounce back after getting swept by Indiana last weekend.“Obviously they’re very important to our goal of putting ourselves, from an RPI standpoint, worthy of an at-large bid (to the NCAA tournament),” Beals said.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to take on Nebraska in a three-game weekend series in Lincoln, Neb. First pitch Friday is set for 7:35 p.m. read more

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first_img SOMETIMES, EVERYDAY LANGUAGE just can’t convey the strength of your emotions. You need words with a little more oomph — expletives.For the sake of knowledge though, we looked into the etymology of a few of these words (some of which violate our style guide!). Learn where they originated below.The “F” BombThe oldest theories trace the expletive-to-end-all-expletives back to Norwegian fukka and Swedish focka, both meaning “to copulate.”Unfortunately, we don’t have much evidence of use in English, partly because the original Oxford English Dictionary’s creators reportedly considered it taboo. The OED’s second edition, however, cites “fukkit” in 1503, but the earliest current spelling appears as “Bischops … may f*** thair fill and be vnmaryit” from poet Sir David Lyndesay in 1535.Another 16th century poem, titled ”Flen flyys,” written in a combination of Latin and Middle English, also hints at the word. The relevant line reads, “Non sunt in celi quia fuccant uuiuys of heli.” Translation: They [the monks] are not in heaven because they f*** the wives of [the town of] Ely.The ideas that f*** is an acronym meaning “for unlawful carnal knowledge” or “fornication under consent of the king” are both false. The phrases do turn up in some court documents but not until the late 19th century, way too late for a true etymology.The “S” WordHere, we actually have two words and two separate origins to consider: the noun and the verb.The noun nods to Old English scitte, meaning “purging, diarrhea.” And just the basic form of excrement stems from Old English scytel. The action, however, has a much more widespread history —  Dutch schijten and German scheissen. The Proto-Indo-European base skie conveys the idea of separation, in this case, from the body.From there, we’ve perfected sh**-faced, sh**head, sh**ing bricks, not giving a sh**, when the sh** hits the fan, etc.Just to set the record straight, “sh**” isn’t an acronym. There’s a story floating around the Internet that when crates of manure on freight ships got wet, they started to ferment, releasing methane. The gas then built up below deck. If someone descended with a lit lantern — BOOM.As a precaution against potential explosions, transporters apparently started placing the letters S-H-I-T — “ship high in transit” — on top of the crates. Storing them above deck decreased their chances of dampness, and if they did get wet, the methane wouldn’t stay trapped below deck.As clever as the story sounds, the word “sh**” has a much older and richer history than an anecdote from European sea-trade. Not to mention sailors usually kept cargo below deck to keep it dry.PissAgain, English includes two forms of this word, a noun and verb. The verb appeared in the 1300s from French pissier, “to urinate,” and vulgar Latin, “pissiare.” The noun came later, in the 1400s, and eventually morphed into an intesifying adjective — piss-poor, piss-ugly, etc. — around World War II.GoddamnObviously a compound word of “God” and “damn.” “Damn” comes from Latin damnare which means “to condemn.” And God originated with Norse goth. But when and how did we put the two together as a blasphemy?Let’s thank the French for that. They started referring to the English as “les goddems” during the Hundred Years War because of their frequent profanity, according to Geoffrey Hughes’ book, “A Social History of Foul Language, Oaths, and Profanity in English.”HellOur word for the worst possible place (religious or not) comes from Proto-Germanic haljo, “the underworld.” Some relationship also exists between “cell” and “hell” through the Proto-Indo-European word for “to cover” or “conceal” — kel.Interestingly enough, the Biblical use of hell may stem from Old Norse Hel, the name of Loki’s daughter in Norse mythology. She rules over the evil dead much like Hades does in Greek tales.BitchAlmost everyone knows a bitch is a female dog, probably from Old Norse bikkjuna. Its use as a term of contempt to women, though, began in the 1400s.The word is first seen used this way in the Chester Plays of the 1400s. ”Who callest thou queine, skabde bitch?” Basically, “Who are you calling a whore, you miserable bitch?”“The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,” published in 1811, calls bitch “the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman, even more provoking than that of whore.”The verb, meaning “to complain,” evolved as late at the 1930s.- Christina SterbenzMen swear more on Facebook, women talk about love>Memo to Pat Kenny: No effing and blinding> One chart reveals how the cost of insulin has skyrocketed in the US, even though nothing about it has changed Gap’s CEO says the retailer wants to shift Banana Republic from a ‘historically’ ‘skinny brand’ to one that’s more ‘inviting’ (GPS) Disney CEO Bob Iger believes that Disney and Apple would likely have combined if Steve Jobs were still alive Volocopter has created an autonomous flying taxi you can hail with your smartphone last_img read more

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first_img Share15 Tweet Email POLICE IN A Seattle suburb are seeking a gunman who had shot a Sikh man in the arm and told him to “go back to your own country,” the Seattle Times reports.India’s foreign minister said on Twitter that the victim is identified Deep Rai and he told police he was working in his driveway on Friday when the unidentified man approached him.“I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai, a U.S. national of Indian origin,” Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said. He added that he had spoken to the father of the victim.Rai told police in the Seattle suburb of Kent that the shooter is 6-foot-tall, white and has a stocky build. He said the man was wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face.Recently, South Asians have been on edge after a deadly shooting in a suburban Kansas City bar that the FBI is investigating as a hate crime. Authorities said witnesses to the shooting, which left an Indian man dead and another wounded, said the suspect yelled “get out of my country” before he opened fire.In suburban Seattle, Rai told police the suspect said he should go back to his homeland and the two got into an argument, according to the paper. It said the victim told police the man then shot him in the arm.Sikhs have previously been the target of attacks in the US After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the backlash that hit Muslims around the country expanded to include those of the Sikh faith, the men often identified by a turban and a long beard.Male observant Sikhs often cover their heads with turbans, which are considered sacred, and refrain from shaving their beards. The faith comes from South Asia’s Punjab region.In 2012, a man shot and killed six Sikh worshippers and wounded four others at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee before killing himself.Read: Trump keeps saying ‘enemy of the people’ — but the phrase has a very ugly history Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26 Comments Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 12:15 PM Mar 5th 2017, 12:15 PM File photo Image: PA Seattle Sikh man told ‘go back to your own country’ before being shot Recently, South Asians have been on edge after a deadly shooting in a suburban Kansas City bar that the FBI is investigating as a hate crime. center_img 15,272 Views Image: PA File photo By Associated Press Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3271717 last_img read more

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first_imgThe film is a eulogy to the Chinatown Fair- the directors even admit as much- and as such it doesn’t have any room to be critical of it. The Lost Arcade is a wonderful look back at a specific moment in time, but it’s also one of those documentaries that exist solely for the fans of the material. You’ll find no discussion of arcade culture or how toxic it could get. It doesn’t matter that this was clearly a good ol’ boys situation and more inclusion should have been welcomed, the documentary mourns what was once lost.It’s completely fair, but the documentary catches a lot of the participants in the moment of time before they start to realize that you can’t go back home.Look, everyone has their own “Cheers”, or at least the lucky ones among us do. Especially New Yorkers. Mine was a bar (Hell Gate Social in Queens), a wonderful place with wonderful drunk people. Any time I went there I had someone to hang out with and commiserate with, and there are more stories about late nights there than I could ever write down, or ever want to. But after a good run the bar was sold, the new owners didn’t know what they were doing, and it closed a couple of years later. Did it suck? Sure, but the fact was we had all grown up. It’s always nice to look back on your past with rose-colored glasses, but the more you think about it the more you start to realize how much the reality doesn’t match up with your memories.It’s the same with Chinatown Fair. My personal experience with it was very limited, as I only stepped foot it in once as a teen in the late 90s, but I remember the place was a mess. It was the kind of mess that I, a burgeoning metal/hardcore kid in New York City, really appreciated, but it was a friggin’ mess nonetheless. It was loud and smoky and crowded and dangerous and while those are all very fun things, New Yorkers tend to look back on the edge of the city as a good thing and lament how soft it’s become. It’s easy to be torn- yes, the city is now less exciting and full of boring stores and boring people, but at least you don’t have to watch your back like you once did.Maybe that’s why it’s hard to look back at the closing of Chinatown Fair as anything but a good thing. Its time had come and gone and even though the place was gone, the memories will always stay. Besides, the former employees seem like they’re doing really well in their new endeavors. Henry Cen went on to open Next Level in Brooklyn, which has become a huge fighting game venue and branched out to become a home for card games as well, and CF is still open as a family amusement location. The city is now full of Barcades which (legally, for the first time) provide much-needed alcohol with arcade games and are safe spots with diverse crowds.Sometimes it’s silly to lament what was and how it’s changed without realizing that it’s mostly changed for the better. In the moment, being part of Chinatown Fair was probably the greatest thing ever, as nearly everyone here seems to think. But it was just a moment, and if you weren’t there, you missed it. The Lost Arcade pays tribute to that- a fleeting, distinctly New York moment that will never be again.—The Lost Arcade opens today in NYC today at the Metrograph and will be available on VOD September. New York City used to be full of arcades. From Times Square to Coney Island you could find people playing arcade games all day and all night, but it wasn’t meant to last. Home consoles and a changing city left the arcades starving for quarters, and soon the videogame wonderland was no more. By the 1990s your best chance to play arcade games was at pizzerias and bodegas, and there were no other options. But there was one… if you dared to head all the way downtown and avoid all the Chinatown gangs.The Lost Arcade focuses on the only authentic arcade that survived while every other non-corporate place shuttered, the legendary Chinatown Fair (CF). Players were driven to the tiny, L-shaped location out of necessity, but it stayed open thanks to a hardcore community of players who increasingly became obsessed with fighting games and hung out at the place long into the night, well past closing. It wasn’t just an arcade, it had a life of its own, and the doc touches on the many people who worked there, who lived there, who grew up there.The filmmakers started shooting footage back in 2011 when they realized that CF was about to close. The story of the CF goes back decades before that, though, back when it was famous in the 1980s for having a chicken that could beat you at tic-tac-toe. The owner of the arcade that we meet (Shams, a sweet old Pakistani man who ended up falling into the business and loving it) ran it for years but was forced to close the place after he couldn’t afford it anymore due to rising rents. The footage shows a distinctly New York place full of rowdy folks drinking in a tiny room full of arcade machines that are constantly being repaired and worked on. It looks like a mess, but a fun one.Arcade manager Henry Cen is interviewed at length about how much the place meant to him, and it truly seems like he was the only thing that kept it going. He’s completely self-taught, learning how to run a business and repair machines just from his years of working there. Another major presence in the film is Akuma Hokura, a man who ran away from home and was living on the street until Shams took him in, giving him a home and a job. This place means everything to him, and watching the community they had built up over all these years be shattered and cast to the winds is hard for him.Watching these people lament the death of their home is hard, but Chinatown Fair itself didn’t die. Soon after it closed it was reopened by an arcade lover named named Lonnie Sobel who tried to turn it into a family friendly environment, brightening the place with colorful paint and putting in ticket redemption machines. As you’d expect, the former regulars didn’t appreciate the changes to their hangout, and Lonnie seemed surprised that the new tactics didn’t work with the audience, but it’s obvious that catering to a larger audience wasn’t a bad thing. As one interviewee put it, she didn’t feel safe at the old place, and the inclusion of music games and others besides the hardcore fighting machines meant that a new crowd of gamers emerged, perhaps a younger and less intense one, but gamers nonetheless. <>last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States hiked tariffs on Chinese imports Friday and Beijing said it would be forced to counterattack in a dispute between the world’s two biggest economies that President Donald Trump says he is prepared to escalate.Washington increased tariffs at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, a first step in what could become an accelerating series of tariffs.China’s Commerce Ministry said it would be “forced to make a necessary counterattack.” It gave no immediate details but Beijing earlier released a target list of American goods for retaliation including soybeans, electric cars and whiskey.Trump discussed the trade war Thursday with journalists who flew with him to Montana for a campaign rally. The president said U.S. tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese goods are set to take effect in two weeks.After that, the hostilities could intensify: Trump said the U.S. is ready to target an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports — and then $300 billion more — if Beijing does not yield to U.S. demands and continues to retaliate.last_img read more

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first_imgWhat’s the forecast for Halloween? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:LuLaRoe gig leaves vendors with clothes they’re unable to sellConsignment stores traditionally sell gently used items. But on a recent afternoon at Spanky’s Legendary Consignment on Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, the racks were flush with brand-new clothes: 24 pairs of one-size-fits-all leggings, 35 dresses, a handful of skirts on the clearance rack.These days it’s not an unusual sight, said Spanky’s owner, Rachel Phillips. Never-worn pieces from LuLaRoe, a multilevel marketing company that sells soft, comfortable clothing designed to fit all body types, are being consigned to the store in huge batches. Cut from stretchy material, the garment brand is known for its geometric and floral-patterned leggings, printed T-shirts and modestly cut dresses.Mostly women, they look to recoup their investment after seeing market become oversaturatedWoman ejected from vehicle in fatal Vancouver freeway crashA woman fleeing police was ejected from her vehicle and killed Tuesday morning in a rollover crash near the Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 split.A Washington State Patrol trooper attempted to pull over a white 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor about 9:40 a.m. on southbound I-5 at Milepost 17 for speeding, according to Trooper Will Finn.Crash came after brief chaseSoutheast Mill Plain Safeway store will close by Dec. 1Safeway will close its store at 13719 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in east Vancouver by Dec. 1, the company said Thursday.last_img read more

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first_imgWhen Alaskans vote for governor on Nov. 4, they’ll also be deciding the fate of Medicaid expansion in the state. Incumbent Governor Sean Parnell has said he won’t expand the federal health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. But his opponent, Independent candidate Bill Walker says if elected, he will immediately accept the federal money.Download Audiolast_img

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first_imgSyrian state television said regime forces had captured the village of Kafr Nabuda in Hama province, where they are pressing an operation on both sides of the strategic Damascus-Aleppo highway.However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said clashes were ongoing after regime forces entered the village.“Regime forces captured the southern district of Kafr Nabuda backed by more than 20 Russian air strikes,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resort“The clashes are the fiercest since the Russian air campaign began on September 30.” Syrian government forces appear to be targeting the town of Khan Sheikhun, which lies on the strategic highway just across the provincial border in neighbouring Idlib.Many of Russia’s air raids so far have focused on the area where the borders of Hama, Idlib and Latakia provinces meet.Latakia province on the Mediterranean coast is a stronghold of the regime and the location of President Bashar al-Assad’s ancestral village. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanIdlib province is controlled by a powerful rebel alliance called the Army of Conquest which includes Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.In recent months, the alliance has sought to expand from Idlib into Hama and the strategic Sahl al-Ghab plain between the three provinces in a bid to target Latakia.Abdel Rahman said the rebels were sending reinforcements to Kafr Nabuda to battle the regime, which was also shelling other parts of Hama and Latakia provinces. A military source, meanwhile, told AFP regime forces had taken at least five villages in northern Latakia province since they began their ground operations in tandem with Russian strikes.Moscow began air strikes in Syria at the end of last month, saying it was targeting the Islamic State group and other “terrorists”.But rebels and their backers accuse the Russians of targeting mainly non-jihadist groups.Elsewhere in Syria, a military source said regime forces had captured the “duty-free zone” area north of the city of Aleppo from rebels.Aleppo city is divided between rebel control in the east and government control in the west, but the situation is largely reversed in the countryside surrounding the city.The source said the regime advance would help protect territory it holds in the area, including the Sheikh Najjar industrial area to the city’s east.last_img read more

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first_img Access HIV information from major journals & the CDC at AllMedx.com. AllMedX AllMedX What are the treatment options for HIV? Review the data on AllMedx.com. AllMedX AllMedX We recommend Antiretroviral medication options are complex. Get the latest info on AllMedx.com TRIO: The on-the-go dual & triple screen laptop monitor Find the latest clinical research on HIV infection on AllMedx.com I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn morecenter_img AllMedX Google Analytics settings Do you treat HIV? Find regimen and dosing information on AllMedx.com. Powered by Cardboard is generally used as packaging, to house new instruments during transit for example. But we’ve seen a number of gear innovations that are actually built using cardboard over the years, including a full-size Stratocaster, an amp in a can, and some drum kits. The latest to join the cardboard band is the Beatbox, a MIDI drum machine built into cardboard housing.The Austin-based startup behind the Beatbox – Rhythmo – is aiming the build-it-yourself kit at makers and STEAM students. As its name suggests, it’s a rhythm machine designed for beat creation and play.The kit comes with Japanese arcade-style buttons, a joystick, parameter knobs, and two 50 W speakers that are mounted to the outside of a recyclable cardboard box. All wires inside the box are connected to a Teensy 3.6 dev board and a 3,000 mAh battery pack. Assembly is reckoned to only take an hour.This means that Beatbox builders can customize their own drum machine with whatever personalized art they wish, and at the end of its useful life, the device can be dismantled and the cardboard recycled. Or all of the hardware can be assembled in another enclosure and the beat-making given a new lease of life.A companion iOS/Android app hosts samples, tutorials and offers the ability to record creations, and is compatible with third party music creation software such as GarageBand, Ableton and Fruity Loops.The 30-mm (1.18-in) mechanical buttons serve as performance pads for finger drumming, the parameter knobs control channel volume defaults, a multi-purpose joystick works as a menu navigator for the app and as an X/Y effector, and more (smaller) buttons can perform different tasks – such as play, record, bank switching and more).”The music world is a living thing that adapts to fit the needs of musicians,” said Rhythmo founder Ethan Jin. “A downside of this is that it can cater more towards the experts of the community, makingthe process more exclusive and daunting to a newcomer. We believe that everyone has the potential to make music and we are dedicated to delivering an accessible way to fulfill that potential. No moreovercomplicated software and overpriced equipment. We want to give production back to the people.”Rhythmo is launching a Kickstarter to fund production on September 3, where backers will be offered special discounts on the expected retail price of US$150. In the meantime, the video below has more.Source: Rhythmo Privacy policy Yes No AllMedX HIV treatment resources from CDC, NIH, & more are available on AllMedx.com.last_img read more

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first_img Lenders are under more pressure than ever to provide borrowers with a holistic lending experience in this competitive market. In fact, borrowers have come to expect a more thorough digital experience not only when applying for a loan but also during the closing process. Too often, lenders place a much stronger emphasis on the loan application process than on the post-submission process. Once the loan is approved, originators tend to think the bulk of their work is done and move on, but they must understand that true customer service should occur throughout the entire loan process and is particularly crucial during the days or weeks after borrowers submit their loan applications. If lenders place too much focus on the loan application process and not enough on the loan approval process, they risk alienating their borrowers and being referred to new customers. Technology, which has made it easier for borrowers to complete loan applications, can also create greater transparency throughout the loan application and post-submission processes.A Golden OpportunityDuring the post-submission period, lenders have the opportunity to communicate with borrowers on status updates and other important information. Typically, borrowers will contact their lender with questions about providing supporting documents and their loan closing. Lenders who proactively provide borrowers with access to loan summary information, with outlines of key loan data points such as rate, loan amount and loan type, in addition to the ability to upload or download documents for reference create an opportunity to enhance their customer service. At this stage in the origination process, borrowers also look to receive details about outstanding items and where the loan is in the process, which might include the underwriting approval status and closing instructions and location. Using TechnologyWhen improving availability to borrowers in the post-submission phase, lenders can especially leverage technology for efficient and meaningful communications by using a portal or centralized site for improved communications throughout the origination process. Using this site, chatbots, and message centers can help borrowers with real-time requests regardless of the time of day, and if necessary, transfer them to staff to answer more complex questions. Borrowers typically have common questions and concerns during this period, so having intelligent assistants to help them find the documents they need or show workflows to complete tasks helps free up staff for more difficult expectations and special requests. Using this portal, lenders can have automated workflows that help borrowers stay on track with their to-do lists, and offer value through dashboards that showcase loan summary information, property details, and value-added loan calculators. These portals can be a centralized resource for borrowers to self-service throughout the origination process, and offer them peace of mind that they have all the information they need at their fingertips.   By improving the post-submission experience for borrowers, lenders can improve their conversion rate while freeing staff time. Borrowers, on their part, have access to the information and reminders they need for a simple closing and have better access to real-time responses to their requests. It is important to note that consumers do not always make borrowing decisions solely on rate and payment; rather, many are influenced by trust and reliability, and prefer to give their business to valued lenders as a reward for superior customer service. Share Providing a Complete Lending Experience applications Borrowers Lenders loans mortgage Originations Post-loan 2018-08-14 Radhika Ojhacenter_img August 14, 2018 574 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more

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